Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Heart Mysterious Galaxy Books (and a giveaway!)

Okay, I know--this looks like a blogfest. And it kind of is.

And I know you guys know I'm NOT a fan of blogfests, and usually do my best to avoid them. But this one was way too awesome to pass up. Independent booksellers are an incredibly important part of the publishing industry. They hand sell books. Support authors with amazing events and signings. Not to mention it's pretty much impossible to find people more passionate about reading.

So when Lisa and Laura emailed me about a blogging event celebrating Independent Bookstores, of COURSE I was in. And while there are quite a few local Indies I love and support, there's one that goes just a *little* above and beyond, and that's why I chose to feature it. Mysterious Galaxy Books, in San Diego, CA.

Here's how they describe themselves on their website:

Mysterious Galaxy celebrated sixteen years in business as an independent specialty genre bookstore in May 2009. Our tagline, “Books of Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem,” encompasses the genres for which we are widely known: science fiction, mystery, fantasy and horror. In recent years, we have expanded our galaxy’s borders by participating in community events, creating events of interest to our customers, and partnering with local non-profit organizations. We also particpate in a wide variety of outside events including the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Men of Mystery, Southern California Writers Conferences, Comic-Con International ... and many more.

We have an active young adult program, providing authors to visit, read, and teach at schools that partner with us. Our MG Junior section reflects this program and our passion for young adult literature ... which we all enjoy.

Our staff is composed of passionate and knowledgeable booksellers, and we share our enthusiasm for our genres through hand-selling, great customer service, and regular reviews in our print and electronic newsletters, as well as here on our website.


You see that LONG list of authors I've met? Yeah, most of those were from signings at Mysterious Galaxy. They organize more author events than any store around--and they do an awesome job with all of them. And it doesn't matter how crazy or chaotic an event is, they keep it organized--even panels at Comic Con.

Every week I look forward to my Mysterious Galaxy email newsletter telling me what they have going on, and I do my best to hit every event I can. And I am dreaming of the day when I get to do a signing there myself. I know they'll do an awesome job with it. *wistful sigh*

So to show my support for them--and you guys--I'm going to give away a book of your choice (so long as it's something MG carries--remember, they're a genre-store, so they don't carry everything) to one lucky commenter on today's post.

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, June 4th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, June 5th. Once the winner contacts me, I'll arrange for them to choose their prize and ship it as soon as I buy it. International entries welcome.

And...go!

To learn about more awesome Indies, check out these other links:

50 comments:

  1. I love Indies. We have a wonderful one, Nicola's Bookstore. And I remember when Borders was an Indie. Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Thanks for participating in the blogfest. :) I'm learning so much about Indies, today. I'm really glad you all decided to do this.

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  3. Ahh! So cool to check out all these amazing Indies! Thanks for spreading the love, Shannon!

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  4. I would love to have one of their books to read.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  5. hahaha...we BOTH highlighted Mysterious Galaxy! LOVE THEM

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  6. Love their sign "EAT SLEEP READ" - it's kind of my mantra!

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  7. That is a great idea. I love the Independent Bookstores. We have many independent Bookstores in my country and thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. I wish I had a bookstore like that near me. Montana gets short-changed when it comes to cool author events. :-)

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  9. Thanks for the indie-love, Shannon. I hope they have a better future than might appear at the moment. I LOVE my local: Annie Bloom's in Portland, Oregon.

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  10. Sounds like a great store! I'm having fun checking out everybody's indie pick!!! Stop by and check out mine too. Have a great indie day Shannon!

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  11. This is so cool. Love indie bookstores!!

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  12. Your indie sounds awesome! I wish mine had so many great author stops, but it's a bit too squished, which is why I love it. (And I have Books of Wonder in Manhattan for Authors of Wonder!)
    Thanks for the additional giveaway!
    rivkarno1(At)hotmail(Dot)com

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  13. I would love to read one of the indie books. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  14. ooh i LOVE a good genre indie bookstore!
    Throw my name into the drawing please!!

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  15. hurray for a fellow Indie supporter :) thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! its for a good cause, please enter me!

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

    THANKS AGAIN!

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  16. Mine is Cover to Cover in Vancouver WA. I ordered a signed copy from an author last year. When I called again 6 months later for the next release they remembered me. This is huge seeing as how I'm multiple states away and they've never met me. Love them!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  17. Thanks!! I wished I could have a store like Mysterious Galaxy near my home!

    magabygc at gmail.com

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  18. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I love indies!


    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. That bookstore sounds awesome! I wish we had bookstores like that where I live.

    lyssad87(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Thank you for this great giveaway!
    Pokadots1121@yahoo.com

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  21. That bookstore sounds so awesome! I DEFINITELY want to go there.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I am going to go there one day! I just know it...

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  23. I love MG! Their store is awesome, they have great signings, and they are always so organized and friendly when they're providing books for events. Maybe I'll see you there sometime this summer when I'm home from college ;)

    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Mine is Anderson's Books in Naperville, IL. They bring in tons of authors; in fact, it was an author event that pulled me into their store in the first place!

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  25. This sounds great

    gfc follower

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  26. That sounds awesome! Count me in the contest.

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  27. What a great way to support your indie! I love their description--you can tell the booksellers have such a passion for the books they read.
    meredithmoore5@gmail.com

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  28. I have a local Indie bookstore I love called Watermark Books. They always do what ever they can to help me out, and they are the only place I know that brings in authors for the public to meet. I went to a Melissa De La Cruz signing there. I don't know what I would do without it!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  29. So nice to hear that there are Indies that are surviving . . . all the ones in my area have gone out of business.

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  30. I'd love to play please.

    Already a follower.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I love Mysterious Galaxy! I've only been there twice to see S.G. Browned and Michael Boatman and Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. It's a small store, but it has all the things I love. It's a bit of a drive since I live close to LA, but it's worth it. :)

    titania86[at]yahoo.com

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower.

    toprocrastinate at hotmail dot com

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  33. old follower here...ok no-forget that- anyways I looove selfpublshed authors!! they're really cool and I admire all the work they go through to publish themselves, I've read a few and loved them!^^
    thanks for the giveaway!!

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  34. I have yet to find any Indies around me! Thanks for the shout out to yours and for the contest! Also, thanks for having a helpful blog. There are lots of book blogs out there, but a friend pointed yours out to me and I'm so glad she did. I actually read each post because I really can get something from each one, so at the risk of sounding sappy, thanks!!! Keep it up! Oh, and I'm an old follower. wilsondev(At)gmail.com

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  35. Unfortunately, living in a small area, we don't have many indie bookstores, but this is a great thing you all are doing.
    Thanks!
    Andreat78 (I follow the blog)
    andreat78@yahoo.com

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC - Memrie

    darkangel231988(at)gmail(dot)com
    Memrie

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  37. Why isn't there a bookstore like that where I live? Sigh. So awesome! And I love their "Eat, Sleep, Read" sign :D

    Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!

    hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

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  38. Unfortunately, I don't have an Indie bookstore in my area. I wish I did though.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  39. That is so cool that it is a genre store :) I follow you via GFC (Throuthehaze)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  40. Ooooh, what fun!! :) Count me in. Indie bookstores are the best.

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  41. Love that you all are doing this! And I love Indies! Thanks for the giveaway, Shannon.

    alisonmiller20@gmail.com

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  42. That's awesome. I like to go to indie bookstores and browse through them. Never know what you can find sometimes. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    hollyjolly89@gmail.com

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  43. What a cool sounding store.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  44. Thanks for the chance!

    GFC follower (Dovile)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  45. I would absolutely love to have that bookstore in my town. Mysteries and Sci-fi are some of my favourite genres. It's wonderful that there still are some small bookstores out there.

    elanor_gamgee [at] yahoo [dot] ca

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  46. Great contest. We have to support our independent bookstores!

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  47. Thanks for this giveaway! I want to visit this store now!!! but i can't..........................

    ajiehuang1997@gmail.com

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  48. My friends mum owns an Indie Bookstore! I really think it's great that bloggers are supporting these smaller bookstores ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

    callmeghostgirl@yahoo.com.au

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