Monday, October 5, 2009

The Denver Post (A.K.A. I got a lot of really cool stuff that I'm giving away)

Update: This contest is now closed.

So here's what I have to say about my trip to Denver for the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Expo: FREAKING AWESOME!

Seriously, it was one of those once in a lifetime moments that I'll remember forever. I was so so nervous, but it was still really really cool. I got into Denver around 11:30 am and then met my marketing director, Mary, for lunch, along with 2 other Egmont authors: Lindsay Eland from the 10ers, author of SCONES AND SENSIBILITY, and Victoria Hanley, author of VIOLET WINGS, for lunch.

Then Lindsay and I met Becca Fitzpatrick at the trade show and walked around to check out all the publisher's booths. Not only was my book prominently displayed at the Egmont booth, but it was also displayed at the Random House booth with a big poster with the cover and my author photo on it that said, "Author signing tonight." That was really surreal to see and I couldn't resist taking a picture of it.
(Also couldn't help snapping a pic of THE DARK DIVINE displayed with friend James Dashner's THE MAZE RUNNER--which launches tomorrow, October 6th, btw!)
After the book fair, we went to a signing reception/charity event. Each of us authors sat at a table and signed books for 2 HOURS!! Mary kept bringing me water while I was signing, and about a 1 1/2 into it, I really had to pee! It is really hard to smile and nod and and talk to booksellers when you are afraid that you are about to wet your pants.

After the signing, we drove out to The Brown Palace (a Victorian hotel built by The Unsinkable Molly Brown in the 1890s) in downtown Denver for the most amazing dinner. It was me, Lindsay, Victoria, Mary, and 9 key booksellers from Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. They did a cocktail hour before hand, and then we ate a 5 course meal in a private dining room. The food was absolutely amazing and I loved how everything was served, and how cool the room was. There were these fabric murals on the wall from the 1890s (the only one's like them left in the USA are in the White House) and the table and chairs were very Victorian meets Art Deco, but the food was all very progressive and delicious. They even had a separate Bree-friendly menu just for me.

The booksellers were all really cool, and they kept raving about how this was one of the best/most memorable publisher dinners they'd ever been to. The event went from 7:00 until 11:30 pm, and nobody wanted to leave when it was time to go. It was so awesome to get to talk with all of those booksellers, and I even had quite a lengthy discussion with a bookseller from Changing Hands about how I someday want to write a book about the Armenian genocide. It was just one of those nights that you want to last twice as long. I remember sighing after it was all over and thinking how awesome it was have that experience . . . and then sighing again because I realized that many authors might not ever have an experience like that. I'm feeling very blessed at the moment.
(Lindsay Eland, Becca Fitzpatrick, and me--all holding our books)
And not only was I blessed by a great dinner, but I was also blessed with a bunch of cool swag and goodies that I'm going to pass on to one of you.

The package includes:

A signed hardcopy of HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick
A beautiful HUSH HUSH locker poster
An ARC of SCONES AND SENSIBILITY by Lindsay Eland (I already have one of my very own, so I'm giving this one away)
SCONES AND SENSIBILITY scone mix! (Wish I could eat these! I bet they're tasty.)
A hardcover copy of VIOLET WINGS by Victoria Hanley
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. If you need a suggestion of what to say . . . um . . . how about you tell us about the book you're reading right now.

I'm reading THE CLOCKWORK THREE by fellow Tenner Matt Kirby. It doesn't come out until Fall 2010 from Scholastic, but Matt gave me a sneak peak at the manuscript . . . and it's really good! It's a story about 3 teens in an alternate Victorian Boston/NYC, searching for a treasure--complete with a steam-punk talking head and a green violin.


Chloe said...

Wow, that sounds like a ton of fun! Thanks for the cool giveaway too :D I just finished reading Blood Promise, and I think my next book will be The Hollow.


Katie said...

Sounds like you had a blast! Except .. maybe not the overactive bladder part. You probably would've had a pinch more fun without that.

As for what I'm reading .. I plan on starting The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley right after I post this comment.

Amazing prize pack by the way! Count me in, for sure. :)

Emi said...

Sounds like you had a great time! May I ask what was included on the Bree-friendly menu? :)
I'm currently reading Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson and am writing a review for Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater!

Definitely count me in for this!

Kim Woodruff said...

How cool that you get to read Matt's book early. I can't wait to read it. I just started No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and I'm reading Specials with my husband.

Chick Lit Teens said...

Sounds like a blast! Right now I'm finishing up Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater, which is awesomely sarcastic. Sarcasm + homicidal faeries = great book. :)

The Blogger Girlz said...

Ooo, awesome contest, count me in! I just finished reading "The Body Finder" by Kimberly Derting and it ROCKED! :)


throuthehaze said...

Sounds like lots of fun! I'm reading Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

Bree, I am so happy for you and all of the wonderful things that you are enjoying that you totally DESERVE!

Glad you got a shot of your "signing" poster...too cool!

Sara said...

Wow, THE CLOCKWORK THREE sounds amazing... I have to remember that one!

I'm currently reading EYES LIKE STARS by Lisa Mantchev, which is amazing! I'm almost done though, then I'm starting LITTLE BLACK LIES by Tish Cohen.

Great contest, I'd love to be entered!

Amanda from Novel Addiction said...

Holy cow! I need all of that! Yup, yes I do.

Right now I'm reading "The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance"... I follow several authors very religiously, but I never knew some of them had stories in here! I'm really liking it so far, some great stories.. I just wish they were longer!

Thanks! Please enter me, this would be great!
Morning Glow
ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

D said...

So cool! I wanna know what was on your menu too.

I'm reading the Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell. It's a fun series, good characters and lots of interesting creatures and situations.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Wow, it sounds like you had a blast. I'm sure it was a little overwhelming as well, but hopefully you'll get to do more stuff like that, so you'll get used to it.

Right now I'm reading "Prophecy of the Sisters' by Michelle Zink. I'm only 4 chapters in, but I'm definitely intrigued. It's a story about these twin sisters who are completely opposite and there's this prophecy (surprise, right?) about them. One of them is supposedly good, while the other is evil. It's set in the past and has a Victorian feel to it.

Great contest too!! I'd love to be entered.


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Sounds like you had such fun!

Right now, I'm reading 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs. This is my first Tempe Brennan novel and I find myself comparing to one of my fav tv shows, Bones (based on Reichs' books). It's really hard 'cause no Booth =( But it's a good read so far!

Thanks for another great contest!


Anonymous said...

Wow, sounds awesome! (But exhausting, I'll bet.)

I just read (and loved) Albert Borris' Crash Into Me. Now looking at my TBR pile and deciding what to read next. ;)

shari579 AT hotmail DOT com

Olivia Carter said...

Wow! Sounds just amazing. I enjoyed following you on Twitter through the whole thing too.

Last night I just finished your friends book THE WAY HE LIVED. Amazing book, one of those that leaves you thinking about it long after.
(awful email address that I got when I was 12- just can't bring myself to change it!)

Samantha LeAnne said...

Awesome! Sounds like you had a lot of fun! And how awesome that there was a Bree-friendly menu!

Right now I am reading Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe. Once I finish that I am starting Ash by Malinda Lo.

Chelsea said...

Wow, sounds awesome, Bree! I have that song from Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella stuck in my head, "A Lovely Night," the one Cinderella sings after coming back from the ball.

And I'd love to enter the contest!

Matt said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Bree. And I'm really glad that you're enjoying the book.

Glad you had such a great time in Colorado too.

Oh, and right now I'm reading Sara Zarr's new novel Once Was Lost. I'm enjoying it a lot. Before that, I read the Dark Divine. Which I also really enjoyed!

Bunny B said...

What a fun day! :)

I just finished reading The Penny Pinchers Club by Sarah Strohmeyer. My first book by her and I was really amused :)

Brodie said...

So glad you had a great time, it sounds like it was an awesome day!!

I just finished re-reading Shadow Kiss (which I love and is my favourite in the Vampire Academy series) and now thinking about reading Shiver next since everyone seemed to love that book!

I would love, love, love to be entered, awesome giveaway!


babygirlG said...

I'm currently reading Eyes Like Stars.


Kilee's Closet said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time. ^_^
I've actually been wanting to read all those books and I so cannot wait for them. :D

Right now I'm reading "Devoured" by Amanda Marrone. I really enjoy it so far.

Sign me up for that amazing contest! :D


Scott Romanski said...

Sounds like you had a great time in Denver. just finished Afraid by Jack Kilborn. Not sure which book in my huge TBR pile will be next.

Unknown said...

Hi Bree :)
Thank you for sharing your joy-filled adventure and the great pictures.
I just finished DEMON PRINCESS by Michelle Rowen & THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaimon. (I LOVED both books!) I am currently reading VANISHED by Joseph Finder.
All the best,

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Cool Bree! Count me in and we're really looking forward to your interview with The First Novels Club!!

Sherry said...

That is an awesome story, the dinner part sounds amazing! Right now I am reading "Kissed by an Angel", by Elizabeth Chandler. It's three books combined in one and right now I am on the third even though I only started yesterday... :) It's very good, hard to believe it came out 14 years ago!! Thanks for this contest!


Anonymous said...

Wow, that is a really great giveaway!!! Please count me in!


ReggieWrites said...

WOW! I bet you had a great time meeting all of those other authors! Anyway, I'm currently reading Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. It's really good so far. It's only the second book I'm reading by her...the first being Along for the Ride =)

Reggie :-)

Susan said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing all the pictures and details. My current book is In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith which is a rare suspense/thriller story for YAs.

Carrie said...

The Clockwork Three sounds fantastic. I love me some Steampunk. Anyway, glad you had a good time, I am insanely jealous. I am currently reading Liar by Justine Larbalestier. I just started it last night, but I'm hooked already.


Elie said...

Wow, it must have been so exciting seeing your baby displayed like that. congrats.
I am reading the Van Alen Legacy.


Miss Haley said...

right now i'm not reading anything interesting. i'm reading The Iliad by homer, for school it's extremely boring. i'm also attempting to read Eldest, but i haven't gotten into it yet. the next book on my list is The Book Thief, i found it at a used book store...

so i need some new books to read!! oh i hope i win!!

haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

Brittany said...

I'm so glad Steampunk is coming back. I'm glad you had a good time... one day I'll be famous and everyone will love me.*laughs* I just finished Liar by Justine Larbalestier and so now I am reading Give up the Ghost by: Megan Crewe, I'm not that far into it, and I'm not sure how much I'll love it. It's really chick lit-y. So that's that.



cait045 said...

Right now I am reading Patricia Briggs Bone Crossed. Its the fourth book in the series with more to come. This is an awesome contest enter me in.


Angela said...

What a fun trip! I just finished THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner (great book!), MY FAIR GODMOTHER by Janette Rallison (so cute, it should be a movie!) and KETURAH AND LORD DEATH (ah, that my husband could be Death!) and am now trying to decide which book to tackle next. Although, if I won your contest I wouldn't have any trouble deciding! :)


Donna Gambale said...

Denver sounded like so much fun! I just finished Beastly and If I Stay in the past couple days. Next up, The Shifter and probably Soulless.

This is an awesome contest, but since Frankie from First Novels Club already entered us for it, I'll just let you know that we're linking the contest on our blog!

Tynga said...

Seems like you had a lot of fun!
and thank you sharing your goodies!
I am curretly reading rampant, it's Unicorns, but they aren't sweet little things like in our childhood, they are vicious and most the hunted!

Pam said...

How much fun did you have? And now look how much we're going to have...

I'm currently listening to the Prophecy of the Sisters. I'm enjoying it but I'm not sure if I'm into audiobooks yet...I get too distracted. I'm also reading Fire (love it) and The Bastard of Istanbul - also good.

melacan at hotmail dot com

Emily Cross said...

wow sounds like so much fun!!

Currently reading P&P - again!

aw Mr. Darcy, he's my edward lol.

Britt said...

Wow! Sounds like lots of fun!

I haven't decided what to read next! I just got Forest Born, but I think I need to reread the other 3 before jumping in... Maybe I'll read The Everafter War next.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

That does sound like an awesome party! I totally would have taken a photo of my face on a poster with my book (of course, that assumes I ever write a book).

Right now, I'm reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.


Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

Sounds like you had fun! And things to share?! Awesome!

I'm reading Rowan of the Wood by Christine & Ethan Rose. It's pretty good! Next up is Witch on the Water the sequel to Rowan. :) I'll be participating in there blog tour on the 18th. :)


Thao said...

I'm glad you had great fun there and thank you for sharing with us about such experience. I love that picture of you, Becca and Lindsay with your shiny books :)

At the moment I'm reading TMI by Sarah Quigley. It's fun and I'm curious where the story will go

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

That sounded like a great day, well except for the almost peeing in your pants part of course, I know the feeling and it is not a good one. I will take a note of the title of the book you're reading!

If the contest is international than I would love to be entered(I live in Norway :) ).

I almost always read several books at the time, one audiobook and a couple of books in different parts of the house(like the living room and in my bedroom). Right now I'm listening to Marked by P.C. Cast & Kirsten Cast and in my livingroom I'm reading The Last Vampire by Christoper Pike. I would like to mention the best read I've had in awhile, which I finished today, Old Man's War by John Scalzi. It was SO good(I have a teaser from the book on today's blog post)!

Have a great week!


Sheere said...

Seems like you have a great time!
I'd love to enter the contest. I'm going to start to read Rampant today.. I can't wait!

Chen Yan Chang said...

hmm...i'm reading Heart of Darkness b/c i'm student teaching that book to a 12th grade class...but for pleasure...i'm reading Prophecy of the Sisters

Shooting Stars Mag said...

that sounds amazing. i'm glad you had a good time. I'm reading a few books right now but one is The Body Finder and it's amazinggg.

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Jackie Johnson said...

Your Denver trip and events sound awesome! It is so exciting to hear about someone's life-long dream coming true. Congrats!

I just finished up the House of Night series and I am starting The Hunger Games. I have high expectations, so I hope it lives up!

leonore said...

I'm reading ROXANA by Daniel Defoe for my 18th century novel's quite scandalous in an 18th century way. And for fun I'm reading SHIVER (and it's that changing of the seasons time in appropriate!)

Thanks for the contest!

~The Book Pixie said...

I recently finished What My Mother Doesn't Know and I'm working on reading Betraying Season, Mackenzie Lost and Found, and Scary Beautiful.


CrystalGB said...

I just read Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas. I loved it. I plan to read Covet by JR Ward next.

Kelsey said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for the contest(:

I'm reading Undead Much? by Stacey Jay another '10 release!

kelseythebookscout at gmail dot com

AnAddictedBookReader said...

I'm reading Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith and it comes out later this month. It's amazing!
adrienne2093 at comcast dot net

KR said...

I'm reading Lisa Jackson's Chosen To Die. I love her stuff!


Lilixtreme said...

Whoa, lots of fun for you lol!!

I'm reading something outsidebar my usual comfort zone, The Black Book of Secrets by F. E. Higgins! So far, so fascinating!

Cassie said...

Glad you had fun. Sounds super awesome! Please enter me in the contest!

Jessy said...

Thanks for the great contest! Can't wait to read The Dark Divine. Right now I'm reading Everafter by Amy Huntley.
Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Haley said...

Sounds fun! Awesome contest, btw. =)
I'm reading The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm.

Nicole said...

That sounds so fun, I love that you took a picture of you poster, I totally would too. I also loved that they had a special Bree menu, that was the first thing I thought of when you said you went to dinner. its fun to hear about your adventures, thanks for sharing!

Jess said...

Wow, the trip sounds amazing! I love that you are so grateful too. I just finished reading When You Reach Me and I think I'm going to read Odd & the Frost Giants next. I'd love to be entered in the contest!

Sarah Steele said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I want to be like you when I grow up.

Oh and the book I'm reading now...kind of a snoozer. It's called "Remembering Isaac," and the only reason I got it was because the poor author was doing a signing at Costco and no one was at his table. So I would greatly appreciate something else to read:-)

Cari said...

I'm having one of those weeks where all the books I have been waiting to get for months all arrive at the same time. It's very exciting! But, very frustrating. I have 7 books I need to read and I am determined not to read them all at once. Right now I am reading Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through, but it's a fun, light read so far. :)

I hope you had fun on your trip!
neohippy10 hotmail

Sandy said...

Sounds like someone had an incredible time ;)

The clockwork three! What's this I hear about a green violin? :D I actually just finished Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson and I reaaally liked it. Now I gotta write up a review for it!


Midnight Bloom said...

I'm about to start The Book Thief which I borrowed from the library, but I also really want to get book 4 in the Blue Bloods series, The Van Alen Legacy, and Hush Hush! ^.~

Bianca said...

Great contest!

I'm reading 1776 by David McCullouch. Not by choice, but it's for AP US History. It has to be read by next week. I'm on page 2. YIKES

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

donnas said...

Sounds like a great day!

I am just about to start Blood Promise.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Llehn said...

I'm reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.


Yamile said...

Sounds like so much fun! I'm reading John Keats' Complete Poems and Letter. Awesome!
cheboricuas AT gmail DOT com

Pamk said...

sounds like a fun time was had by all. I am reading Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead and so far it is very good. please enter me in thsi contest.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Mariana S said...

Hi!!! please count me in!!
Im reading City of bones (finally) by Cassandra Clare, its pretty good!!!.


Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Wow, this contest exploded a lot faster than I expected. I love reading through all of your book recommendations. Hubby is going to die because I already have a to-be-read pile that is taking over our bedroom, and now I want so many more books!! said...

I just finished a book that has yet to be released. I got it from Barnes and Nobles "First Look" Book Club. Hint, check there to get great books before they are released! The book was fabulous;
The Postmistress!! About 3 women during WWII and how their lives connected.

dancealert at aol dot com

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

This was so fun to read about. I'd be speechless to be in the same room with those people!

Ok book I'm currently reading: I'm FINALLY reading The Hunger Games. Very good so far! Plus my daughter and I are listening to The Dead and The Gone while we drive to and from school. Super good book!

foltzsfantasticbooks at

Cranberryfries said...

The last book I finished was Catching Fire and the book I'm currently on is The Princess Bride (again).
Looks like a fab event!!

Nancye said...

It sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for the cool giveaway! I am reading a book called "Rattled" can't remember the author. It's about this well to do familiy after they move into a new development that is on Rattlesnake land.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Unknown said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time!!


The Britton Clan said...

Isn't Denver Great! We really miss it. The Brown Palace is an awesome hotel too. Congrats, on how blessed you are.


mrsshukra said...

I'm reading In the President's Secret Service right now!


DeNiSe said...

All this prizes sound great !!!!Please enter me
Right know I am reading Rampant The books about Killer Unicorns Its something new and i like the whole idea of it Ive only just stated


Book Dragon said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip!

I just finished Lori Foster's Simon Says and may be starting Hard to Handle next. I have about five books I've started but got in a bit of a rut so I'm re-reading. After H2H? I've got a list of review books to read!

I keep missing the Hush Hush giveaways so I'm crossing my fingers.

bookdragonslair at gmail dot com

Wrighty said...

What a great trip! I've never been to an author event like that and I would love to go. Authors are celebrities!! :)

I just finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth and next up is The Maze Runner. I can't wait to read The Dark Divine! Best wishes!!


Natalie said...

I'm glad you were able to have such a great time!

I'm currently reading Blood Promise by Richelle Mead and Possessions by Nancy Holder, and enjoying both of them!

Natalie @ Mindful Musings

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

Please enter me in the contest!
I'm currently reading an Agatha Christie collection-I'm on The Mysterious Affair at Styles but have three others to go with it!

stephaniefleischer889 [at] gmail [dot] com

Kate at Read This Book! said...

Fab contest Bree. I'm currently reading Sleepless by Thomas Fahy. I really like that scary looking cover. LOL!

kate.readthisbook [at] gmail [dot] com

Tegan said...

Reading Hush Hush
Just read, Van Alen Legacy

because i am 4chapters into hush hush i am going to tell about VAL

Its the 4th book in the blue bloods seies and i have been waiting four years for THIS book for the events in it to happen. Its amazing and I loved it!

tbain064 at uottawa dot ca

Unknown said...

I'm currently reading Covet by J.R. Ward.

Awesome giveaway! Please count me in :)


Katie said...

Count me in! I just finished Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and I'm about to start Duplikate by Cherry Cheva.

Alessandra said...

Is this open to international readers? If so, I'd love to be entered! At the moment, I'm reading "How Not to Be Popular" by Jennifer Ziegler.


kimmyl said...

Great post and great prizes. I love October and all the good books out there to read.
I'm reading One Scream Away by Kate Brady.

Katie said...

Oh wow this is an amazing contest. Also, I am currently reading Bad Apple by Laura Ruby. I like it so far. =]

Giuly said...

Wow!! It´s an amazing contest! Please count me in!

I am currently reading "Hour Game" by david baldacci and "The Vampire Diaries" by L J Smith!

Thanks for the contest!



Dani. said...

Ahhhh, cool contest.

Well, currently I am reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, and Skinned by Robin Wasserman.
I'm not very far in Skinned, but they both sound/are amazing! :)


P.S.- I am currently procrastinating on writing my Fear Analysis Essay, so thank you for the fun way to procrastinate.

P.S.S.- You look like you had a lot of fun, and I had a fun time reading about it. So...Thanks(again)

P.S.S.S.- Okay I'm really going to write my essay now.