Make Me Lose My Breath: Breathless Reads Re-Cap plus GIVEAWAY

Peeps, if you get the chance to ever attend a Breathless Reads Tour YOU SHOULD GO! Seriously there is nothing more kick ass than young adult authors.

Breathless Tour Everyone

From the left: Me, Andrea Cremer, Jamie, Jessica Spotswood, Beth Revis, April from Sim-Sational Books, Marie Lu, Jena from Shortie Says

By hook or by crook, YOU SHOULD GO. I know, I get a little repetitive with that. On February 18th, I kidnapped my little sister and drove the four hours to Collegeville, PA just to go to this book signing. Interesting things we saw along the way: The Great Wall of PA Turnpike, Pay-to-Potty, the most sketchy gas station in Upstate NY, and an abandoned shopping plaza.

Upon arriving at the Towne Bookstore, I immediately spotted Jamie from the Perpetual Page Turner and ran over to say HEYYYYY GIRL! AND OMG sitting in front of her was April from Sim-Sational Books and it was so FREAKIN AWESOME to meet her for the very first time EVAR and you guys it was her very first book signing and SHE IS SO COOL. And then I also got to meet Jena from Shortie-Says who is so ridiculously adorable and pretty you guys have no idea. After introductions and chatting we had to sit down and listen to this moderator and the authors. You guys I totally TOOK NOTES so I could report back to you, but I didn’t write everything down because partway through I got really REALLY hungry and started thinking about food and zoning out.

Breathless Tour Andrea Creamer

Left to right: Andrea Cremer, Me, Jamie, Jen

BUT HERE ARE COOL THINGS I LEARNED AND NOW YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT THE BREATHLESS AUTHORS:

Andrea Cremer read a lot of David Eddings and JRR Tolkien as a kid. Awesome taste yo.

Jessica Spotswood based her book, Born Wicked, on the concept of strong independent girls in a society that doesn’t value them.

Beth RevisΒ  loves books with a fantastical setting, but felt a sci-fi setting was the best way to tell her story.

Marie Lu grew up reading fantasy and sci-fi, because she is totally cool. She always wanted to write about a teenage criminal who was a good guy, much like Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

According to Beth Revis, truckers really like her sci-fi book, as she discovered after the audiobook of Across The Universe was on the books channel on XM radio. (Sidebar: I have XM, um yo HOW DID I NOT KNOW THEY BROADCAST AUDIOBOOKS).

80% of Andrea Creamer’s readers are girls. She really loves writing the sexy times and fighting scenes.

Marie Lu totally got some bonus points because she said she was obsessed with Game Of Thrones and really liked Ready Player One.

Beth Revis is into Castle and Firefly and Dr. Who. (Sidebar: I wonder if she is a Nathan Fillion fan?)

Jessica Spotswood showed that SHE TOO has taste as she enjoys Downton Abbey, Revenge, and the Graceling series.

Andrea Cremer loves Buffy and is a total Joss Whedon fan girl.

Andrea Creamer said her story is done before the fans see it. She said the characters believe they are real and that she cried while writing her book.

Jessica Spotswood is focused on the characters and what they want and what is stopping them from what they want. She mentioned honesty and consequences.

Beth Revis pretty much won the panel by saying that she laughs wickedly after killing her characters.

Marie Lu tries to read reviews every now and then to see what readers are thinking. She also likes getting to know other writers and finds social media is great in reaching out to other writers and getting advice from other writers.

OH and also ahhhh, Beth Revis mentioned that her next project is going to be The Birds meets Game Of Thrones, and you guys I literally wrote in my notes for this ‘OH FUCK YES!!”

And now, since you’ve read like 600 words of me rambling about Breathless Reads Tour, I have a reward for one lucky reader.

 

A signed paperback of Across The Universe by Beth Revis

and an unsigned ARC (because I suck and forgot to bring it) of Legend by Marie Lu

Just leave a comment and I will randomly choose a winner on March 12 and announce them on this post. And no you do not have to come back to the post to look. I will email you. This is open internationally because I love my international readers TOO.

 

If you would like, it would be super cool if you could tweet this using the button below or like this on FB or stumble it or G+ it? PLEASE?

And the winner is: Catherine S!! Check your email πŸ˜€

About April (Books&Wine)

April is 30 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and baby, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Beth Ravis may be my new favourite person.

    I have Across the Universe (library copy) sitting on my table begging to be read.
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  2. It’s so exciting to meet authors like that. I wish I was able to break away from the nest and fly away on my own to go to all these fabulous signings. What I wouldn’t give to meet Jessica Spotswood in particular. And I STILL haven’t read Legend but I STILL totally want to.

    The Birds + Game of Thrones? Revis certainly has quite the imagination, lol.

    β€” Asher
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  3. Book signings sound so exciting! I’m enjoying all the Whedon/Fillion/Game of Thrones love that seems to have taken place =D
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  4. WOW! I wish I could go. I was lucky to meet Andrea Cremer when she was in Italy. She’s a great author! >_<
    Fantastic post! And thank you for the awesome giveaway! πŸ˜€
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  5. brb stalking Beth Revis’s next book until it drops…
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  6. Book signings are so fun! Meeting new people, and meeting authors. I wish there were more book signings in my area D:
    Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  7. It is SO HARD to get authors to come to Canada. But thank you for the giveaway!
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  8. Wow! What an awesome time! I wish I could have made it to one of the tour stops, but there was not one close by. πŸ™

    I’ve read every book on the tour and loved them all! They are great books!
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  9. Thanks for recapping for those of us who haven’t attended a tour stop! (Publishers, send your authors near me, please?)

    I’m looking forward to Patriot (Legend #2) in September 2012 and Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) in January 2013. πŸ™‚

  10. Wow – it sounds like it was an amazing time! I’m really looking forward to reading Born Wicked … especially after hearing Jessica Spotswood loves Revenge just as much as I do. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  11. Oh wow, you’re so lucky to be able to meet up with authors like that πŸ™‚ Born Wicked and Across the Universe are up at the top of my wishlist so I am super jealous!
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  12. Yay! I like potentially being rewarded for reading random tidbits and facts about authors and bloggers I like. πŸ˜›

    It’s a hard knock life. And Breathless Reads looks pretty much awesome and full of good times.
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  13. I always want to go to these tours, but they never stop anywhere near me…oh well, at least there are awesome people like you who share the info, run giveaways, and basically just let me live vicariously through you. πŸ˜› haha

    I already knew a bit of the stuff you shared, at least about Beth Revis. I follow her tumblr and she’s posted about being a Browncoat before. πŸ˜› So, yes, yes she is a Nathan Fillion fan. πŸ˜‰ haha

    Thanks for the giveaway, April, and for sharing the event with us. πŸ˜€
    Ambur
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  14. not a comment to win…. but i am so jealous!! it looks like you had a wonderful time! miss hanging out with you girls!
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  15. I met Andrea Cremer last month and she is probably the coolest author I’ve ever met πŸ™‚ Wish there was a Breathless Reads tour stop near me, this sounds like so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ˜€

  16. Ooh. Beth is so evil.
    So glad you had a good time! I think Breathless Reads is coming to my area, but I’m not sure if I’ll have a chance to go…
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  17. You are SO lucky to have met them! I live in Australia, and unfortunately not many authors visit here (that I know of).

  18. I’m so jealous! We never get author events or book tours where I live!

    Jessica Spotwood DOES have good taste – Revenge, Downton Abbey and I love Graceling series! ( she also likes TVD *fist pump*

    Beth’s next project sounds so cool which reminds me that I need to start reading my copy of Game of Thrones…
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  19. Lucky You!The pictures are lovely and it looks like all of you had a great time! πŸ™‚

  20. Thank you for this awesome giveaway πŸ˜€ I would love love love to win. <3 And oh! So jealous of you! Wish I could meet them all πŸ˜€
    Love, Carina
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  21. Mary Preston says:

    This was fabulous to read through thank you.

    The Birds meets Game Of Thrones – I’m in.

    Sensational giveaway.

  22. Not commenting for the contest..

    It was so awesome meeting you. I’m so glad you drive down. Lol at the turnpike walls and shady potty. We almost pulled into that same shopping center. I still have to write up my post, I have been distracted.

    This being my first signing, I have to say it will forever be my favorite.. and you ladies really made it awesome. I was so nervous to meet other bloggers, but you all made me feel so welcome… so thank you. It was so fun πŸ™‚ Looking foward to seeing you at future events.. maybe next time I’ll make the 3 hour drive up your way!
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  23. OMG! The tour sounds amazing! πŸ˜€ Seems like you had a great time and I’m so jealous of you for meeting up with Jamie! It’s times like these that I wish I lived in the US. Or that plane tickets were cheaper. Either really πŸ™‚
    Anyway, thank you so much for the giveaway!!
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  24. Born Wicked is about “strong and independent girls in a society that doesn’t value them?” I’d love to read it. I like my books with a side of feminism.

  25. This sounds like so much fun! The Birds + Game of Thrones sounds very very interesting, I can’t wait for it.
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  26. I’ve never been to a signing before. FAIL. But Lauren Oliver is coming to Raleigh on Sunday and I’m considering kidnapping a friend a couple of towns over and making her go with me. But I haven’t actually read the books yet. FAIL. And I’m so nervous! DOUBLE FAIL. I just don’t know what to do with myself.

    Beth Revis gets mad points in my opinion for spending time at NC State University. Or at least mentioning it in Across the Universe.

    WAIT. WHAT? Audiobooks on XM? How is that even fair? Somebody has been holding out on us. Let’s start a revolution.
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  27. I’m am so incredibly jealous of you. The tour stopped by where I live, but it was on a school night! Gaaaaah. >.< I missed Pitch Dark, too, because I forgot about it. Two awesome tours in the span of one week- both missed!

    Anyways, done complaining.

    Glad you had a great time! ^^

    Lucia
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  28. Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and Buffy? They all have great taste! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. I want!

    I’ve already read it, but I waaaaant a copy for myself!

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  30. A signed paperback of Across The Universe by Beth Revis??

    I haven’t read the book . . .yet! but I think I read so many reviews that it’s practically the same as reading it! I spread the word and I really appreciate the chance to win a SIGNED copy of ATU! πŸ˜€

  31. What I wouldn’t do for a chance to go to the Breathless Reads tour. It sounds like it was absolutely amazing! So jealous!

    I’m glad you had an awesome time and thanks so much for the giveaway.
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  32. Kimberly Lim says:

    I wish I could actually go to book signings, i think it’s really fun….
    Thank you for the giveaway….!
    I’m really dying to have a copy of this book…..

  33. Natalie says:

    Hi there! Thanks for the great report on the Breathless tour. We’re slowly getting more authors coming to Vancouver, so it’s exciting to see what they do during their tours! It sounds like fun! Thanks for making the giveaway international. πŸ™‚

  34. Louise k says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! Glad you had a great time!

  35. I SO wished Breathless Reads tour made a Canadian stop! What a fantastic experience!!

    Thanks for the great opportunity of a contest! πŸ™‚

  36. I wish more book signings were in my area however, ND is not a desired place to come I guess haha. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
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  37. Sounds like you had an amazing time! I’d love to go to one of those events. Sadly I live in Australia. I love your notes too.

    (I hope this is international)

  38. Peggy Martinez says:

    I’d loooooove a copy of these!! SO exciting & I’m SUPER jealous you got to meet the authors! πŸ™‚
    will tweet & post on FB!

  39. BΓ‘rbara says:

    It is in times like these that I really wished I lived in the US! It must be awesome to have the opportunity to meet and talk to all of these great authors. Beth Revis seems to be such a nice person. And after reading that Marie Lu based her main character on Jean Valjean, IΒ΄m really looking foward to reading it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Stella C says:

    I love Game of Thrones too! These ladies are way too cool.
    Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

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  41. Tiffany S says:

    I wish they would tour Canada together! I would so go.

    Thanks for this giveaway! :3 I love international giveaways!

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  42. May Richard says:

    OMG OMG OMG! PLEASEE BOOK GODS AND GODDESSES! LET ME WIN!
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  43. Ashley Chen says:

    Thank you for the info! I love all of the author, but I relate most with Marie! πŸ™‚ Thank you for the giveaway~!

  44. And now I’m slightly kicking myself for missing the Breathless Tour when it came through Dallas a few weeks ago. It sounds like it was so much fun!

  45. This is awesome! Thanks for the giveaway. πŸ™‚

  46. Omg well I am most like miss.cremer and I have read all her books lol what a lovely bunch of ladies! I really hope to win across the universe!

  47. I am so inordinately jealous of anyone who got to go to this tour, it sounds like it was so much fun! After reading so many bloggers’ recaps, I’m fairly certain Beth Revis is my favourite person ever. I mean, I would totally laugh with her after she kills off characters. Also, the more accurate thing would be of course she likes Nathan Fillion because who doesn’t?!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!
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  48. Catherine S. says:

    I’d love to go to a book signing like that! But unfortunately, I live international where the authors wouldn’t think twice to go to.

    Thank you SO much for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  49. Aw, you are so lucky! I wish i could go to a book tour. Nearly all the authors i like live in America ):

  50. Ooooh, I’d love either the ARC of Legend or the signed copy of Across the Universe.
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  51. You’re so lucky! I’ve never been to a signing as not many authors come here!
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  52. Lexie@BookBug says:

    I’m jealous! I bet it was amazing to meet all those authors!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  53. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  54. You’re so lucky that you got to meet such awesome authors! I’m sooooo jealous of you! They never tour where I live πŸ™
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  55. brookea_2006 says:

    Awesome giveaway! I’m so jealous of you getting to meet all those awesome authors!

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  56. Chenise J. says:

    I recently read Legend but I have yet to read Across the Universe. Shameful i know! Can’t wait to read it!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. Wow! I’m so envious! You get to meet so many authors.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  58. reading mind says:

    freaking good giveaway! and thanks for making it international!

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  59. Oh great giveaway. I’ll tweet it for you. Thanks for the chance.
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  60. awesome Giveaway >.< thanks for a chance to win ^.^

  61. Jennifer Vu says:

    I actually went to one of the stops! They were great! No, I was too poor to buy anything but I did get a signed poster!

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