Tuesday, November 15, 2011

YALLfest 2011: Part 3- The Finale & Giveaway

Part 3:


After lunch, I was tired, my arms hurt and I wanted to stop. But of course I couldn't do that because there were loads more of amazing authors to be met. So I grab my next stack of books and carried on. 


Next up was the Putting the Yall in Yallfest panel which I had been looking forward to all day long. This panel consisted of Katie Crouch (The Magnolia League), Saundra Mitchell (The Vespertine),Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth), Michelle Hodkin (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) and was moderated Beth Revis (Across the Universe).


I'd been looking forward to hearing Michelle Hodkin speak all day and wasn't disappointed. Beth Revis was a very funny narrator, picking on Saundra Mitchell who took all the "damn Yankee" comments like a true sport. Beth Revis had the authors describe their novels in as few words as possible and asking them specific things about them. I loved hearing Michelle Hodkin tell her story about the origin of Mara Dyer (even though I already knew it). I was really impressed with Carrie Ryan speak. She was so funny and seemed really passionate about her novels which made me excited. Plus, the fact that she's worked out every possible zombie apocalypse situation (she says the best weapon in the event of a zombie invasion is someone that runs slower than you) was awesome!


Ashley and I ran over after the panel and I got in line to meet Carrie Ryan and Katie Crouch. I got to speak with Carrie Ryan a bit since she had to sign three of my books and told her we'd traveled from Florida and that I blogged. It was really cool because she recognized it!

Afterwards, I hopped over to meet Katie Couch and got my copies signed. We also talked a bit about my drive and I told her how much I was enjoying visiting historical Charleston. She was very nice.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get to Saundra Mitchell on my own and make it to the next panel in time to see any of it, so my friend got my copies signed for me.It's a shame because she seemed awesome in the panel. I hope to get the chance to one day!

I scurried back to catch the last half of Don't Dis-Topian panel which consisted of Beth Revis (Across the Universe), Kim Derting (The Pledge), Eliot Schrefer (School for Dangerous Girls), Diana Peterfreund (Rampant) and was moderated by Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Lexicon). I was glad I got to catch some of this panel.

 While I was there, they spoke about who they thought they would be in a dystopian novel. Beth Revis said she'd be Hermione and that she'd like to think she was on the good side but would probably end up going to whichever side for something stupid like "oh, they have comfortable chairs". Kimberly Derting said that she'd be the evil dictator because of the way she bosses her husband around!


Then they all fought about who would be the best Princess Leila. Eliot won though Diana Peterfreund had a really convincing argument.


After the panel, we ran over for book signings again. I hopped in Kimberly Derting's line (my friend said I had a lady crush on her which might be true but, hey, she wrote Jay!) and waited to get my books signed. I had a few of them for her to sign and we started talking because I'd told her we'd met before. She remembered me from Miami and while signing a book for a friend, she accidentally put "to Amber". She told me to run and get her another copy (which I did but felt terrible about) and she corrected it. She said that one of her biggest fears about signing was doing that and she'd never done it before. I ruined her record. Which is why mu The Pledge looks like this:


In case you can't see that it say "To Amber (who screwed up my book)"! Now she says we had a moment and I'm inclined to agree with her!


After chatting with Kimberly Derting, I ran into Blue Bicycle Books where Beth Revis and Diana Peterfreund were signing. I got a blurry picture with Beth Revis and she signed a few copies for friends for me:




Then I spoke with Diana Peterfreund who was really surprised I had a hardcover of Rampant. I told her I'd purchased it when it first came out and she seemed really thrilled!

And guess who happened to be hanging out in there with them while they signed? If you guess Michelle Hodkin, then you'd be right! I decide I wanted to meet her so I marched up to her and told who who I was. We'd talked back and forth a bit on Twitter and I just had to meet the woman responsible for Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer and Jamie! We even took a Facebook photo together:

I made it back for the last little bit of the Zombie Attacks panel but didn't get to see too much. After that, we were all cleared up and let back in for the YA Smackdown. This was all the authors up on one stage, divided into categories. They were forced to play silly games and tell stories. It was a lot of fun.

In the end, the dystopian team were victorious and took home the leafed crown. I was happy they won because they made me laugh the loudest with their shameless pandering to the judge and for acting out "Princess Manatee and The Sexy Times".

The authors all gathered up for a group photo so I snapped a few shoots.

After the event, we were starving. I'd met Angela of The Reading Angel there and we all decided to grab a bite to eat. Her husband and my husband got along great and we all talked books for a bit. The food was awesome but I got a little ill during dinner and I'm afraid I wasn't able to talk shop as much as usual. Still, I had a wonderful time meeting them and I can't express how sweet they both are in person!

Here's the final tally of how many things I came back with (keep in mind, I own may of these books. I ended up buying 9 novels there plus a small stack of 4):


YALLfest was chalked full of amazing authors, amazing events and amazing people. It's hard to believe this is only the first year for the event because it was so well thought out and put together. I can't thank the people of YALLfest enough for volunteering and putting together such an amazing festival. If they decide to do it again next year, you can bet we'll be attending again. To all the authors I met, thanks for being awesome and sharing your stories. I look forward to reading many more!

So I wouldn't have teasered you all with epic photos unless I brought a little something back for you! What is it you ask?:

A signed copy of...
Yay! I'll also be throwing in some bookmarks and a neat shirt I got there as well. So check out the rules and enter to win!

Rules:
  • Must fill out the form
  • May only enter once (with the exception of the daily tweet)
  • Must be 13 years or older
  • This is a US only contest (Sorry international followers.)




Good luck!

55 comments:

  1. Awesome story about Kimberly Darling :D wow, how much did u end up spending? i love attending stuff like these but since i can't afford much, i just attend the local ones and don't buy the books even though i want them signed by the authors

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  2. I am so jealous! I really wish I could have been there. I am a big fan of so many of these authors and would have loved to hear them speak. I can't imagine how much my arms would have ached though! Sigh, it would have been so worth it!

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  3. how awesome! i wish I could meet all those authors..... Were you star/author-struck? I would love to meet Michelle <3 she seems like such an awesome person! great post and thanks for the giveaway.

    Diana

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  4. I sooo wish I could have made it to Ya'll Fest. It wasn't that far away from me! But, my husband just had to go and get nominated for CMA award so we HAD to go to the awards show. (I know, so sad right!?!) Hehe, I'm very proud of him, but I told him he owes me lots of books for missing Ya'll Fest. It looks like you truly had a fabulous time!

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  5. This must have been amazing experience! I cannot imagine actually getting to meet these authors in person. They sounds like fun people.

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  6. Yallfest looks like a lot of fun. I wish i could have gone. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Okay, it sounds like you had a rockin time! I really wanted to go to YALLfest but couldn't make it. Oh well. Thanks for the giveaway!!!! :)

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  8. That picture of you and Michelle Hodkin is adorable! I'm so jealous of everyone who got to go. The panels sound like they were amazing. Thanks for the recap and giveaway!

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun. Can't believe you got all those books signed! : )

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  10. Wow, you lucky lucky girl!! SO super jealous. I bet you had a blast. I'm so a fan of so many of these authors. Maybe next time you'll get to see Saundra!

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  11. Im so jealous!!! It looks like you had a fab time!!! I pretty much adore every single person you met!!! Great fun! :)

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  12. I so covet your experience. Carrie Ryan & Kimberly Derting--rock my face off. I would so be claimg bankruptcy. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Amy @ www.bookgoonie.com

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  13. Ahh wish I could have been there! So many awesome authors! Although who knows what I would have done if I met some of them... fainted or given them a creepy-too-long hug.

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  14. It must have been soo amazing meeting all those authors! I am deeply envious! and to have that moment with the author, Kimberly Derting, AMAZING!

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  15. It is soo amazing that you got to meet all of those authors! you must of had a lot of fun! I am deeply envious of you! and to have that moment with author, Kimberly Derting, AMAZING!

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  16. Aww that's a great! now you and Kimberly will always have "history" together!

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  17. Oh man that sounds like so much fun!!!! I just love meeting authors. They are the sweetest. The picture with you and Michelle Hodkin is beyond awesome! I wish they had big bookish events like this near where I live. :)

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  18. I'm so jelous right now! I can't believe you got to meet all those authors! Wish I was there. Thanks for thinking of us and got a SIGNED book of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! :)

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  19. I'm so jealous! Thanks for sharing your awesome experience with us!

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  20. I am so jealous! I really wish I could have been there. I am a big fan of so many of these authors and would have loved to hear them speak. I can't imagine how much my arms would have ached though! I wish I had the money to go to these things... Thanks for sharing your experience I am thankful you are doing this giveaway :)

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  21. I'm really jealous. This is something that I would really have loved to do. It sounded like an amazing experience!

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  22. You sound like you had such a glorious time. I so envy you!

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  23. man i wish there was something like this on the west cost!!!! and i love Michelle H!!!! she is so amazing and down to earth. i got to met her and becca fitzpatrick recently at a book singing and i LOVED her books. i cant wait for the next one!!!! as always amber, another amazing snagging!!!!!

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  24. Im so jealous! I didn't find out about YA'll Fest until too late to request off work to be able to go. It looks like it was so much fun! Maybe next year =D

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  25. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Wish I could have gone :)

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  26. You're so lucky to have met such incredible authors! I'm jealous. But thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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  27. You are so lucky! I'd do anything to join a signing! It sounds like you had a blast! Thanks for the giveaway anyway! :)

    Jen @ Midnight Book Thief

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  28. I wanted to go so bad! Maybe next year if I'm lucky. But thanks for the giveaway(:

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  29. It was so great meeting you!! You're such a sweetie :) Love your Kimberly Derting story ;)

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  30. Lucky you! your stack of books looks amazing! I would be hugging them all day! thanks for the giveaway

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  31. I am literally dying to read this book. No, seriously! I'm hooked up to an IV in the ICU over here. They're pretty sure that, if I don't win this contest, I'm not gonna make it!

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  32. Wow!!!!!! super super super jealous!!!! I'd love to have met/seen these authors :)

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  33. Holy moly, you came back with some awesome swag!

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing all the awesomeness of YALLFest. I'm really hoping to be able to make it next year, but for now, I'll live vicariously through your recaps!

    And thanks for the giveaway op! I've been wanting to read this one!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  34. That looked like soooo much fun! I wish I could have gone! But I have this blasted thing called school. :( You got soo many books! I really want a signed copy of Mara Dyer. I wish I could go to author events. But when you live in Kansas not many authors come here. :(

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  35. Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. I'm a little or a lot jealous sounds like a really fun event. I would love to go sometime but I guess we'll see what the future holds.

    Nice pile of books. I can not imagine carting all of those around but I guess that's why I would bring someone to help or they would just add to the pile.

    All in all it sounds like you had a really great time!

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  37. This sounds like fun! I wish I'd learned of this event earlier.

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  38. What I love about these panels is how you get a feel for the authors as people - and then when you read their books you see bits of their personality in their (ie humor)

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  39. Sooo jealous!! I have never met an author in person before, but's it on my list of things I must do and do soon!!! I've won some signed books but it's not the same as having them signed and personalized in person. Sigh, someday :)

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  40. Ahhh, it sounds like so much fun! I would love to something like this one day. I love how all these authors seems so personable. I like that in this day and age, your favourite authors feel like "real" people too, if that made sense? I loved your Kimberly Derting story and your picture with Michelle Hodkin is so cute! Thank you so much for sharing all this with us (so we can live vicariously through you!) and this giveaway. :)

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  41. YALLfest is apparently not terribly far from where i am (only several hours' drive) and i suppose i could probably do this next year if this isn't a traveling festival. i've never been to any type of signing before, so i think i would LOVE a setting like this were there are a ton of them all in one place! especially if there were panels where i could listen to a few of them talk!

    about michelle hodkin...i've seen so many people say she is the nicest person ever. it is really something to have that sort of reputation out there to be so highly thought of.

    anyway, thanks for sharing about YALLfest and thank you for the giveaway opportunity. i really do want to try and go next year. :)

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  42. Great pictures! Looks and sounds like you had a great time. How fun to meet the authors of these amazing books. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I was so sad I didn't get to make it to YALL Fest this year :( I do thank you for posting all the awesomeness that you got to discover while there.

    You have great descriptions of some of the goings on and great pictures! I bet the panels were great! Thank so much.

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  44. so jealous you got to meet such amazing authors!
    i love diana peterfruend, D: I wish I had Ascendent I can't find it anywheree :(

    Hope I can go to signing sometime :*

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  45. Omg, you got so many signed books!! I wish I was there! All of those awesome books SIGNED! I'd be freaking out!! lol

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  46. Sooo. Many. Books. Yes, I'm very envious. Plus, you got to meet all these amazing authors -- Kimberly Derting, Michelle Hodkin, Carrie Ryan ... Man, I wish I was there.

    But you seemed like you had a great time! I'm hoping that I can go to YALL Fest sometime. Sometime. *crosses fingers*

    Linda @ Most Important Letter
    http://mostimportantletter.wordpress.com/

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  47. I am so jealous! Nothing fun ever happens in Cleveland! You got some awesome books and I don't even have words for the experience.

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  48. I've met Kimberly Derting a couple of times because she is located here in the NW. She is a sweetie and I always enjoy reading her books. It is very exciting meeting your favorite authors and one of my favorites is Kelley Armstrong. What a character!

    jcalvert719(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. I'll try not to be jealous! I'd love to go to an event like that one of these days...just don't know if I could afford it!!

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  50. I am very jealous and I'm not going to pretend I'm not =) It sounds like it was a wonderful event and they had such a great panel line up!

    Was there a lot of lines and waiting around? That is what usually holds me back from attending similar events. I would love to get my books signed but I just hate lines =/

    -Emily
    www.fallingforya.blogspot.com

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  51. That is alot of great books from great Authors! Looks like it was alot of fun thanks for shaing and great giveaway!

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  52. Wow it looks like u had a good time! :)

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