Tuesday, May 25, 2010

BEA Contest: Sympathetic Swag #1

Confession: I've been to BEA twice, but it was long, long ago. Before Child...before husband! Before writing.

Back then I was a shiny young bookseller/bookstore manager, and getting to go to BEA was a huge perk. Celebrity authors! I still squee a little over the memory of meeting James Earl Jones. Parties! I'm sure I didn't get to go to the super cool private ones, but I did manage to squeeze into a dark, pulsating party where Stephen King, Amy Tan, and Dave Barry et al. (The Rock Bottom Remainders) were rocking the house.

But most of all...SWAG. Oh my cupcakes, the amazing piles of books (Free Books) for booksellers to take! Galleys, hot titles, new titles...I dragged bags of them all over the convention center. I came home with a suitcase full. It was insane.

These days if I attended BEA I imagine I'd do a little more networking, visiting, chatting, and I'd certainly be a lot more aware of what was really going on around me. But I'd still scoop up the swag like nobody's business.

So in celebration of BEA and all the booksellers/authors/agents/editors/friends who are there this week, and in sadness that the rest of us are NOT there, I'm going to give away a little swag.

For each of the next 3 days, you can win one book. All you have to do is answer a question in the comments below. Today's book (hardcover!) I highly recommend:

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns…

The sparkly, innocent creatures of lore are a myth. Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. And they can only be killed by virgin descendants of Alexander the Great.
Fortunately, unicorns have been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.
Or not.

RAMPANT, by Diana Peterfreund

Want it?

Go to PW's list of Kids' Galleys to Grab at BEA, then come back here and tell me in the comments which book or books you'd grab. If you don't read YA or kids' books yourself, which one would you snag for someone you love?

Contest closes at 8 AM tomorrow, when the next one will be gearing up. GO!


Derek Molata said...

Bright Young Things, Clockwork Angel, Reckless, and Revolution.

But really, I'd take all of them if I could.

Amy Jo Lavin said...

Wow, so many great titles! Do I have to choose just one? I'd definitely grab Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles, and Matched by Ally Condie.

Brodie said...

I'm so incredibly jealous of all the lucky people who are attending BEA this year, but at the same time I'm so happy for them! Okay, from that PW link the books I would totally grab are
Beautiful Darkness, Matched, Nightshade, The Replacement, Stork, Halo, Hunger.. oh man, the list goes on! Can I say all? I bet I could carry every single one if I really tried...

Oooh Rampant! I so need to read this. I would love to be entered if open internationally :)


Janet Johnson said...

Seriously, I could list them all, but . . . A Long Walk to Water, Judy Moody, Girl Detective, The DUFF, and Nightshade City. But sigh, no Mockingjay listed. ;)

Mia said...

Okay, let's try this again...

Is it cheating to say I want to read all of them? I really do. When I start adding these onto my to-read list it's going fight back. There are already too many books on it.

Some that I can't wait for are...

The DUFF - Oh, how I've longed for this book.
Reckless - Because I adore a dark fairy tale
Wildthorn sounds terrifying
I Am Number Four - I love teen aliens. I think it's leftover from watching Roswell

Okay, I ihave to stop. I really do want to read them all.

Kristin Miller said...

Bright Young Things, Delirium, Fat Vampire (not on the list - am cheating), Revolution, Adios Nirvana . . . There are so many I want!

CKHB said...

Trouble With Chickens, Girl Parts, DUFF, The Replacement, Stork, Hunger... forget networking, I want the swag.

Helen said...

Being a complete bookworm, I'd be happy with pretty much any of them :-) That said, "The Agency: The Body at the Tower", "Stork", "Alien Invasions and Other Inconveniences" and "Octavia Boone's Big Questions About Life, the Universe and Everything" particularly caught my eye.

(BTW, my word verification word is "susleye", which struck me as being appropriate to you :-))