Fangirl Friday: Recent Contest Winnings

About a month ago, I won several Twitter/blog/random giveaways, and they all came in by a week or so ago.  I had meant to get this post together to say thank you to all the people who hosted these giveaways!  But alas, I got busy and then fell ill.  If you read all the way to the bottom middle of my Mask of Shadows review, then you’ll have seen the fun package I received from Sourcebooks Fire as a random winner during their promotional prerelease activities.  (Quick note: some of these happened awhile ago and I don’t remember all the details.  Mostly I wanted to share my thanks and gratitude with the people/author/publishers who hosted the giveaways!)


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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 4

As promised, here are some signatures collected from past ARCHONs!  It’s always exciting to see who the writer/artist guest of honor will be and then to meet them in person.  My earliest favorite author, Tamora Pierce, attended a couple years back.  I went to almost every panel she was on and even invited her to my bachelorette party.  Unfortunately, although she agreed to make an appearance that night, she was not feeling well.  Instead, she sent her assistant with a lovely note apologizing and congratulating me.

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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 1

It has come to my attention that people might want to see & learn about my author signature collection.  In the last three years or so, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of my favorite authors, and I’ve been actively contacting others to see if they would be willing to sign bookplates sent via SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope).  Some of them already have their own system already in place, but almost half do not.  So, I was able to work with those authors to make my own bookplates.

I have already shared a few of these in past posts; however, I haven’t been very diligent.  Not sure how many parts there’ll be as I have a rather large collection now, but I think each post will only feature 2-4 authors, pictures of the collected signatures, and the story behind each.  So, look out for these posts on Fridays!  Here’s part 1 🙂

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Fangirl Friday: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Earlier this week, I shared my review of A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet during the Spotlight Tour.  I had originally received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley, but while my boss was at ALA16, I had her ask if there were any galleys left.  Unfortunately, there weren’t any at the conference, but the Sourcebooks rep. took my name and address and said she’d try to send a copy when she got back to the office.  Normally, I don’t count on that type of thing because there’s lots of stuff that can happen, BUT look what came in the mail this week!!

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It’s absolutely gorgeous ❤  One of the best special galley presentations I have received.  Looks like my pre-order is going to find a new home with one of my friends 🙂  This was truly a spectacular book, and I can’t wait until January to read the sequel!  Thanks, Sourcebooks Casablanca.  And thank you, Alex 🙂