I was only supposed to be there on the Sunday, but then Friday night the lovely Kirsten Hubbard and I decided...let's be spontaneous and go tonight! (which, btw, is SO unlike me) So I scrambled to get down to San Diego to pick her up and headed to the Convention Center where we met up with our friend Nikki and we wandered the exhibits for a few hours and then got dinner and walked around the Gaslamp Quarter and hung out till like midnight and there went all my plans for writing and revising and reading and blogging that night.
Soooooooooo glad we went though because we had an AWESOME time:
Here's Kirsten with her GORGEOUS ARC (LIKE MANDARIN) and two of her lovely Random House PR peeps
And here's Kirsten at Simon and Schuster (holding an ARC that *might* look familiar to some of you)
Sadly, those are the only 2 pics either Kirsten or I took. We were both a little overwhelmed and distracted by ALL THE AMAZING ARCS. ALA is a readers PARADISE! Check out my spoils:
And believe it or not, I was fairly conservative about how many I took--partially because I was *trying* not to be greedy, but mostly because OMG-YOU-HAVE-NO-IDEA-HOW-HEAVY-IT-WAS-TO-CARRY-ALL-THOSE!!!!!!!!!
So between some personal stuff taking up all of my Saturday and then being back at ALA all day Sunday (where I got to hang out with Aly, who is SO sweet and even treated me to Starbucks!), yeah...my weekend did not include any time to write/revise/read/blog/anything. Le sad. So I'll have to push off the MMGM I'd been planning until next week. Or maybe I'll switch it to one of these snazzy new ARCs instead.
Oh, and don't worry--I am planning a blog contest of EPIC PROPORTIONS to redistribute some of those lovely ARCs to some of you guys. A few friends have claimed dibs on some, the Bookanistas get a few others and there's a couple that are just MINE. But trust me when I say there will be some awesome prizes to be won.
In fact, part of that starts today!
You know how I'm giving away a signed copy of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE along with some swag to one lucky commenter on THIS post? And you know how I'm also giving away two AtU swag packs without books to two additional winners? Well, look what I just so happened to grab from the lovely people at Penguin/Razorbill:
Two lovely, shiny ACROSS THE UNIVERSE ARCs!!!
Which means the winners of those swag packs will each get an ARC to go with it. They won't be signed but they will be AWESOME. So if you haven't had a chance to enter that contest, make sure you hop over THERE and leave a comment. You don't want to miss out.
And that's all I have for you today. My brain is quite mushy from the very busy weekend and I'm so sore from carrying all those books around that I feel like I've been hit by a truck. It's amazing I slapped a post together at all. (If you happen to spot any typos please don't tell me). But I will try to get back in the swing tomorrow.
In the meantime, happy Monday everyone!
(Oh, and if you need to satisfy your middle grade fix, the lovely Ms Shannon O'Donnell can usually be counted on for a Marvelous Middle Grade Monday feature on her blog. Make sure you stop by THERE to see what she's gushing about this week!) :)