My Time at BEA & Giveaway #1

Sunday, May 29, 2011

So, as you all probably know, I spent the better half of this past week at BookExpo America, or better known as BEA at the Javits Center in New York City. I went in with few expectations, but I came out with a lot of books, amazing experiences and the chance to meet with some of my favourite authors and bloggers, as well as some of the fabulous contacts I've made since starting this lovely little site. It would be easy to say that the trip was worth it for the books, alone, but truly my time at BEA was made better by meeting other like-minded bloggers, readers and reviewers like myself, not the least of whom were the fabulous ladies behind Supernatural Snark, Bewitched Bookworms, Hobbitsies, Fiction Folio and more.

Now, a lot of what happened at BEA was exactly as I'd expected. For example, there were lines. LOTS of lines. There were also hundreds (maybe even thousands) of people milling about the center throughout the day. There was also definitely a tangible air of excitement from the time the doors opened and well past closing time. There were, however, also things I didn't expect. The bruises from book bags, overzealous fans and many more events that I was even expecting. I will definitely make a more set schedule next time because I most certainly intend to go again, and I definitely want more time to spend with more people, too. To those who couldn't go, don't worry! There's always next year, and remember that each year, things change up a wee bit...plus, I've made sure to get a few treats for those of you who couldn't make it this year, too.

So, in the spirit of kicking off just the first of many to come BEA giveaways, I'm offering a very coveted ARC of the third book in Maggie Stiefvater's popular Shiver trilogy. What book, you ask? Well, see below (yes, it's really up for grabs!)


Here are the rules:
This giveaway ends at exactly midnight on June 11, 2011, and it's open internationally. You do NOT have to be a follower to enter, but it is definitely always appreciated. The winner will be chosen by the all-too-awesome Random.org, and the winner will be emailed directly. Still interested in the ARC of Forever
Click HERE to enter!

50 comments:

  1. Very awesome of you to give away this book! I know quite a few got their hands on it at BEA. I'm definitely looking forward to next year! Count me in!!

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  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! BEA sounded like a great experience. I can't wait to intend next year!

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  3. Glad you enjoyed BEA. This is such an amazing giveaway. Thanks Melissa :)

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  4. Awesome giveaway, thanks! Glad to hear you had a great time.

    Baggins
    bookishbaggins(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. PS. I just realised, I don't think you had a field for email addresses on your form! Just thought I'd mention it!

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  6. Thank you so much for this giveaway Melissa ! I'm dying to read this book !! It's very very sweet to make the giveaway international =) ! Thanks !

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  7. Glad you had fun at BEA! Sounds like it was amazing but crazy too!

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  8. Thanks for the amazing giveaway, Melissa! Glad you had fun at BEA! I'd love to attend some day!

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  9. It's so nice knowing you had such a splendid time and thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. BEA must have been a really amazing experience! Too bad I'll probably never get to go... Thanks for the amazing giveaway Melissa!

    You didn't ask for an e-mail address, so I'll just leave mine here! Thanks again!

    Phanee
    funnywool[at]live[dot]com

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  11. Glad it was a good time! BEA is definitely on my 'to-do' list sometime within the next few years. We'll see how things are financially!

    Not entering the giveaway, but I know there are tons (!) of people who would love to read that, so that's definitely a very awesome ARC to part with. =)

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  12. Dear Melissa,

    I miss you. It's ridiculous and unacceptable that you live so far away, I can't possibly visit you very easily and that is causing me stress. Also, I have some extra virginity for you and now I'll have to ship it which is just a pain;)

    In all seriousness though, you and the girls from Bewitched Bookworms were the highlight of my BEA experience and absolutely made my trip worthwhile. I think too, if I had to face the Harper Booth of Doom alone, I wouldn't have survived:)

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  13. Oh wow! How nice of you to do this giveaway!!!
    Your so lucky you got to go!!

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  14. Glad you had such a great time a BEA, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Yay! thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  16. Thanks so much for this great chance!

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  17. I can't express how much fun and how absolutely and truly wonderful it was meeting you. We had a blast, we truly had!

    You and Jenny were my highlights of the last week. Apart from all the wonderful authors I met of course!!

    I love you two girls so much and I miss you already...

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  18. Sounds rough, but fun! Glad you made it back in one piece, and thanks for the awesome giveaway. :D

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  19. Thanks a lot for the chance and have a wonderful week ^^

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  20. OMG If I win this I will love you forever! lol. So desperate for this book it's insane!!!

    Thank you. Glad you enjoyed BEA, really wished i could have gone, am already saving so I can go next year. :D

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  21. Bea :D So fun! And yay for a contest

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  22. Holy efiovdsm! That is so cool, it must've been so much fun!! Thanks for the chance to win, can't wait for this book ^_^

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway- I can't wait to read this!

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  24. can wait to read this book thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. You are so wonderful! Thanks for this opportunity to win!

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway!

    readingowling AT gmail DOT com

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  27. I tried filling in the form but I'm being told I am required to tweet, make a blog post, put this in my sidebar etc. All the fields are marked as required. Is that right?

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  28. I am glad to hear you are having fun at BEA :)
    It's really generous of you to have a giveaway for those of us who cannot attend.

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  29. Glad you had such a great time and met so many awesome people! I am determined to make it to BEA some day!

    I cannot wait to get my hands on Forever (like half the population on Earth). Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  30. Wow thank you for this awesome giveaway and its so great to hear that you enjoyed yourself at BEA (I'm so jealous) :)

    -Natasha @ Paranormal Goddess Blog -

    Blog : http://bit.ly/hAqMXs

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  31. BEA sounds overwhelming but in a really fun way! I'm hoping I can make it to at least one BEA soon. :)

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  32. OMG I'm dying to get my hands on this! Thanks for the opportunity to win! BTW, I LOVE the title of your blog :). ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

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  33. First of many? I'm already drooling!

    Thanks!

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  34. I wonder how many books from BEA that you got. :D

    Thanks for the chance :)

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  35. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  36. Wish I could've been there! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  37. Oh my god, this giveaway is super awesome! Thanks for being so generous. :)

    I'm desperately dying to get my hands on a copy of this book, so that I can sit down and just tuck into the entire trilogy of books all at once. *g*

    Oh, and fyi...you'll have to to request to follow me on twitter, because my tweets are marked private. And I've made a graphic for this giveaway and posted in my Giveaway's section in my right hand sidebar down a little ways. :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

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  38. I am so jealous of you Melissa! I had planned on going to BEA but I unfortunately couldn't get time off of work. Ugh... :/

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  39. I think I really want to go to BEA next year. Too bad my aunt is moving out of the city next month. I could have had a free place to stay. (sigh) If only I knew what BEA was sooner. Yeah, new to blogging.

    old follower stopping by =)

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  40. Thank you so much for the great giveaway! I can't wait to read this book thanks for the chance!

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  41. OMG I love Maggie's books

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  42. Awesome! Thanks for the awesome giveaway... I'm excited!

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  43. Hi!My Twitter post went wrong!Oops!Here is my correct Twitter post-http://twitter.com/Debasmitadhar/status/79279720209985537

    I hope you count my correct entry!
    Thank you!
    *keeping my fingers crossed*

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  44. Hi did you al ready annunce the winner?

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