Two-in-One Post

Debut Author, Joelle Anthony (RESTORING HARMONY), is celebrating Indie Bookstore Week over on her blog.  You can check out her blog post and contest here.  In honor of Indie Bookstore Week, I want to tell you about my favorite local indie Bookstore.

Vroman’s Bookstore is located in Pasadena, CA.  It is an amazing bookstore, with incredible customer services, and the most fantastic  events.  Of course one of my favorite areas of the store is the children’s section which is quite large (actually there are some indie Bookstores that would fit in the children’s book area) and the selection of books from picture books to YA is fabulous.

Today, I was at Vroman’s for an author event.  Two awesome YA authors were featured at the afternoon event. Ally Carter (Heist Society, The Gallagher Girls) and Melissa de la Cruz (Van Alen Legacy, Blue Bloods) shared the spotlight in front of a packed out audience.

Ally Carter began with talking about her books followed by Melissa De La Cruz.

Of course, Pasadena and the Los Angeles area is home to some great YA authors who also stopped by to show their support.

Yes, you guessed it Margie Stohl and Kami Garcia were in the audience.  They brought along Vania (known on Twitter as ReverieBr).

After waiting in line and getting books signed by both Melissa and Ally.  They were gracious enough to take pictures with me.

Thanks Kami for taking the picture of Melissa and me.  Vania snapped the one of me and Ally.

Also, another local blogger and friend was on hand.  Here is a picture of Janelle and Ally.

Now for a surprise.  I have a hardcover copy of the Heisty Society signed by Ally Carter and a copy of the Keys to the Repository signed by Melissa de la Cruz to give away.   One lucky winner will be able to win one book (either Heist Society or the Keys to the Repository).

Here are the rules:

1.  All entrants must complete the attached entry form.

2. Entrants must be 13 or older.  International participants are welcome.

3. Please leave a comment about which book you would like and why.

4. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

Please complete the Entry Form (click for link).  If you have trouble with the link, please email me at kidlitfrenzy(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

Good luck everyone and if you have an Indie Bookstore in your area – go out and support it!

– Aly


41 Responses

  1. Thanks for joining in on Indie Bookstore week. The pics are great fun!

    • Maybe one day I’ll be taking pictures of your book signing here. Michael knows the place. He was here with Heather Brewer a couple of months ago. 🙂

  2. I entered this awesome contest! I hope I’m following you the right way 😛 I couldn’t figure it out at first but I think I got it now.

    • Briana – I don’t see you under subscriptions. It usually shows with your email. i will let you know if it doesn’t show up in a day or so. Thanks for reading, commenting, and entering.

    • brianna – Did you get a confirmation email about your subscription to this blog? So far you aren’t showing up. Just following up…

  3. I’m so jealous that you go to meet Melissa de la Cruz, and meet up with Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia again. Looks like a fun event.

    & I wouldn’t mind a copy of HEIST SOCIETY.

    • Renee- Got to actually meet up with Ally Carter, Kami Garcia, Margie Stohl, Vania, and some others for coffee before the event. Ally was so nice. Melissa is at a lot of the L.A. events so I will get to see her again in September.

  4. So cool you got to meet them!
    I have never read anything from Melissa de la Cruz, I don’t know I’m just not a huge vampire fan I guess, I have read Gallagher Girls and would love to read Heist Society!

  5. From those pictures it looks like you had a great time. I would have loved to meet Melissa de la Cruz. I just LOVE her Blue Blood Series. I hope she comes to the East Coast some time. I would LOVE to win Keys To The Repository. That would just made my day.

  6. Thanks so much for this giveaway! I would love to win Keys to the Repository because I love Blue Bloods but I’m too broke to buy the book 😦 uni life is such a big B*…!

  7. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Laura Hartness, Laura Hartness. Laura Hartness said: Win signed "Keys to the Repository" or "Heist Society" […]

  8. Thanks for the contest! I’ve been practically stalking Heist Society in hopes of getting my hands on a copy. Why this one? I love heist/caper stories. This probably started with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and was solidified by The Thomas Crown Affair. This book looks like such fun, so I do plan to enter!

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us and the photos, too!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic

  9. HEIST SOCIETY! Yes, I’m excited…why?? Oh, please, caper/spies?? Wheeeee!!!!

    • I like thinking of it as a YA version of Ocean’s 11. Next to fantasy – things like Alias and high level theft is always interesting.

      • Really??? Oh wow. I’ve been wanting to read the series. Now, it’ll have to somehow bubble up faster on my TBR!!!! Cool.

  10. Yes please!!!

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  12. You are so lucky you got to meet them! 🙂 Awesome contest! 🙂

  13. First, I would like to thank you for the contest because it is open internationally, so bookaholics of other countries as I can have fun and improve your English. I am a new follower, but I intend to make an old = P.
    Well, I’d love to win ‘Heist Society’. I love stories that have adventure and leave us breathless. And besides, we can identify with certain characters, and it is great! = D
    Fingers Crossed! = D

  14. It seems like a great store! I’d love to win ‘Heist Society’ because I’ve enjoyed all of Ally’s other books.

  15. wow! I wish I were you! You got to meet them! agghh you’re so lucky.

  16. I love Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl series and I’m anxious to read Heist Society!!!

  17. Like to win :Heist Society

    I am a HUGEEE fan of Ally Carter. I LOVEE, BREATH & SLEEP Gallagher Series. I recently read “Only the Good Spy Young”, which revieled alott for Cammie & me. I have not read “Heist Society” for the reason that I was too into Only the Good Spy Young. And if i were to win it, it would be much better.


  18. The Heist Society sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  19. Your bookstores in the US seems to be flourishing. Here in the UK, they are closing down 😦

    • I think bookstores that are creative and offer other things (i.e., book clubs, author events, etc.) are doing better than other ones. But we haven’t had a lot in my area close down.

  20. Please count me in the contest! 😉

    I would like to win The Keys To The Repository should my name be the lucky one that got drawn… thank you for the chance to win this fab book!!

    Cherry Mischievous

  21. The event looked like so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway 😀

  22. Hey Everyone – Just a reminder – if you signed up to follow the blog (using the email subscription button), please remember to confirm your subscription when the email comes. I can’t give you credit if you don’t. Thanks.

  23. The Heist Society looks really interesting! I would love to read it.

  24. Please enter me 🙂 i would love a copy of Keys to the Repository!

  25. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read Heist Society because I adore Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series and I’m betting Heist Society will be just as good! 😀

  26. I’m okay with either books, coz they are New for me Authors ! 🙂

    and i had confirmed my subscription!

  27. Great pictures. I have heard so much about both books and love to see who the auhors are.

  28. Looks like it was an amazing time! I get to meet The Caster Girls (lol), Melissa De La Cruz and many others in September for the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour! I can’t wait!

  29. its so cool! I wanna have The Keys to the Repository so badly. Also I wish I could meet them. If I meet them I would just say “aaahhhh!!!!”

  30. Sounds fabulous! I love Melissa de la Cruz’s series!

  31. Sounds like you had a great time! So cool to meet authors in person!

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