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OC Children's Book Fest

I spent most of day at the OC Children's Book Fest and so many wonderful authors.  I will have several posts to recap and some swag to share!  Special thanks to Robyn who organized all of the Young Adult authors. 

Here is a list of authors I was able to see:

Gitty Daneshvari -- School of Fear - she totally sold me on her book.  I bought one and after I read it, you can win it!

Cecil Castellucci -- Rose Sees Red -- this is another book that is autographed and will be given away.  It turns out we have friends in common.  I am also going to profile Beige for Rocktober.

Lauren Kate -- Fallen & Torment -- I could only get out the words "your books are fabulous".  She looks like a fairy queen with fabulous boots!  She was the rock star of the day and very unassuming. 

Maria Snyder -- Inisde Out -- way smart.  I picked up some signed mini posters to give out.  I am embarrassed that I haven't read her books yet, even though several people in my book group have berated me.  I did buy Poison Study and Inside Out. 

Becca Fitzpatrick.  She is just too wonderful for words.  Very charming and down to earth.  I had copies of Hush, Hush and Crescendo signed and will give those away soon.

Nancy Holder -- Crusade--   I only caught the tale end of her talk.  She looks like a lot of fun.  Another author where I have all of her books, but have only read one.  Don't hate me.

Jessica Brody -- The Karma Club -- I have a cool autographed book mark for some lucky person.  She is the ultimate!  I can see why Princess Bookie / Cindy adores her work.  And yes, I will get right on it.

Emma Michaels -- The Thirteenth Chime -- She is very poised and charming.  I bought a book to share with one lucky person.  I know this isn't an authorly description, but she is adorable!  I want her to win at what she does.

Lisa Desrochers -- Personal Demons -- This is probably my favorite book of the year.  I ended up with a coughing fit when I met her.  She did remember my review though. I picked up a cute bookmark to give away.

Robin Benway -- The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June.  I had my ARC signed to giveaway.  I haven't had time to read this one.  She is a local OC girl and I am going to feature her other book, Audrey, Wait during Rocktober.  Another author who made me want to read her.  

Amber Benson -- Among the Ghosts -- She is so pretty, yeah, I know that is not anything writerly, but she is also very funny.  I had to leave while she was speaking.   I loved her Calliope Reaper novels.

I have several pictures to post and will have those up during the week.  I wish I could have stayed longer.  It was truly a wonderful event and I wasn't the oldest person there--YAY ME!

One thing I did find out is that there are a lot of women who read more young adult books than anything else and they aren't embarrassed by it.


  1. Oh my, I can't wait to see more of your posts, you saw a great collections of authors! I am glad that adults were well represented as readers of YA too!

  2. Sounds like a fun event. I am not embarrassed to admit that I am really enjoying more and more YA fiction as of late (I a way past what would be considered YA!). I just lent Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver to a friend and she looked at me and asked "Isn't this a kids book?" My answer to her was just read it. I saw her yesterday and she is loving it.

  3. I was there also. It was fun! I got a couple books signed too, but couldn't stick around for all the authors unfortunately.

  4. Hi! Sounds like you really had fun there. You were very lucky to get to go to it. Thanks for letting us know about it. :)


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