May 8, 2013

RT 2013!

Kansas City from the Skywalk

So I am still trying to catch up on my Zzz's from last week! To top it off, I still feel like I am riding what was the slowest elevator rides ever!! Seriously, the things moved slower than molasses! And they got really testy if you tried to hold the doors open for a long time to let other people in. I know, because I held it open when I could hear other RT peeps talking/walking down the hall when I was headed down. The thing buzzed at me! And yet it still moves so slow!

Yeah, elevators are always something to talk about after RT!! I loved the hotel last year because my room was on the lobby level and then the floor or two below it was where the action happened, so I could easily take the escalator! No elevators involved! And I hate elevators, they totally mess with my head and give me the worst case of vertigo ever! As I said, I still have that vertigo now and it's Tuesday!! Doesn't help that I still need to use one at my work, we're on the 7th floor and I can't climb that many floors in heels.

Anyway...the convention was awesome!! I am always tickled with joy when an author recognizes me! Granted they cannot always remember names and frankly I can't either, for I did see quite a few familiar faces from convention goers last year. Thank goodness for the name tags!! But still, it's always nice to be recognized by authors, because to me, they're my celebs! Or as my one t-shirt says, Authors are My Rock Stars!

There were a lot of good panels, I had to do some panel hopping! The authors occasionally do giveaways at these and not only did I score a lot of books, I also won an e-gift card to B&N from Jeaniene Frost!! Yay! One of the best prizes besides books is money for books!

I went to a few of the parties, but I am more of a morning person, so by 9pm when they open the doors, I am about wiped out! But I attended one of them for awhile. I was going to go to the Friday one, got my costume on and everything, but after all that, I was wiped. So I made it an early night.

I also did one agent appointment this year. It went pretty good I think. I need to write up a new query letter and send it to the agent. I am always so nervous when talking about my book because I can never quite tell how much to tell and when I try to shorten it, I still have to backtrack and explain the why and reasoning behind Action A and why it's so important and how it led to Action B. So going to try working on that letter this week and then send it to the agent. She requested the first 5 chapters which is good, because I think it's chapter 5 in my book that's my favorite because it's when my heroine first learns that vampires exist and I feel her reactions are very realistic, and yeah, kind of funny too!


There will be 4 winners, each choosing their choice of 3 books from below. One winner will get one extra book, and that will just be the first winner that comes out of the hat. Also included but not shown, SWAG!! I have lots of swag and then some. A few extra pieces that I got that weren't necessarily from RT either but will be gifted among the winners!

Due to shipping costs, I have to restrict this contest to the US residents only. Sorry!

Books shown:

The Selection by Kiera Cass (SIGNED)
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (SIGNED UK EDITION!!)
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (SIGNED)
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Possess by Gretchen McNeil (SIGNED)
Haunted by Jeanne C. Stein (2 copies)
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (SIGNED ARC!!)
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason (ARC)
Teardrop by Lauren Kate (ARC)
A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard (ARC) (2 copies)

For the bonus question, here is a better picture of the shirt I was wearing in the picture with Jenna Black!

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  1. thanks for the giveaway Jessica! and I hope you’ll be successful in your writing! i want to read it! :)

  2. oh, and if I’d win I will pick: The Selection (because its signed hehe), Born of Illusion, and Starcrossed. :) bonus: teardrop by lauren kate :)

  3. This is a great giveaway!!! I would choose all the ARCs if I won. They all look great! Sounds like RT was fun, and good luck with your query! :)

  4. Sounds like you had a great time, Jessica! Oh, and I wish you nothing but the best with your query. :)

  5. So jealous! It looks like you had an amazing time! Sadly I don't know the T shirt lol, but I'd love to get Born Wicked, Haunted, and a Darkness Strange and Lovely.

  6. Ahhh, Jessica! You are so nice! Thank you so much!

    I would love to win Teardrop, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, and Born of Illusion! I don't really have a fourth preference.

    You ROCK!

  7. Wow, that sounds like so much fun! I really would love to attend one year. Maybe once my kids are older I can attend more conventions.
    I would love to win Born of Illusion, The Clockwork Scarab, Teardrop and A Darkness Strange and Deadly. I think... ;) Thanks for your generosity!

  8. Thank you for awesome giveaway! I would pick The Selection, The Gathering and Born Wicked.

    1. Oops I forgot my 4th choice. It would be Possess. Thank you!

  9. It sounds like you had a fun time! I'm glad =D If I won I would pick Born Of Illusion, A Darkness Strange & Lovely, Teardrop, & Starcrossed!

  10. Jessica- this is awesome!!! <3 I would do Teardrop, Starcrossed, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, and Unspoken!

  11. I'm glad to hear you had a good time at the RT convention! I hope all goes well when you send the query to your agent :)

    I would die for a copy of A Darkness Strange & Lovely, I love Susan Dennard's writing. Born of Illusion looks really good as does Starcrossed and Teardrop.

  12. Jess, so jealous you got to go to RT!!! I'm glad you had such a fabulous time.

    Would love Starcrossed, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, Born Wicked, and Unspoken :-)

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

  13. I would love A Darkness Strange and Lovely, The Selection, Haunted, and Born of Illusion :)

    Thank you so much for this oppurtunity!!

  14. I'd love to win The Selection, A Darkness Strange, Hunted, and bonus of Born Wicked

  15. OH gosh I don't know what the shirt is but it looks cool. I know exactly what you mean about elevators I hate them! I've only been to RT once - like 7 or 8 years ago and it was great. If I go again I plan to definitely do more of the parties if I can handle it. But i did do a cruise right after and I was on the bottom of the ship and the food was on 12th deck. I walked those stairs twice a day just to avoid taking the elevators cause I hate them THAT must. You know how they say you gain 5 to 10 pounds on a cruise - well I LOST five...thats right stairs baby. ahah

  16. PS I'm so glad you went and had a good time - hope the new query letter goes smoothly. Didn't realize you were a budding author =P

  17. You're so lucky! Wish I could have gone to RT. Thanks for another awesome giveaway, here's my picks:

    * The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
    * Teardrop by Lauren Kate
    * Haunted by Jeanne C. Stein
    * The Selection by Kiera Cass

  18. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like it was a lot of fun :) I'm determined to go one of these days :) My choices would be:

    The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
    Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
    Possess by Gretchen McNeil
    A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  19. Ummm... So hard because there are MANY awesome choices but I think my top 3 are:
    1. Unspoken (because I LOVE the UK cover almost as much as the US)
    2. Teardrop (because I enjoy Lauren Kate & like the description)
    3. Born of Illusion (sounds AMAZING!!)

    If I got the bonus one I would choose a Darkness Strange & Lovely

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  20. I'd pick Possess, Born Wicked, Born of Illusion, and A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Freaking awesome giveaway!

  21. Born Of Illusion, A Darkness Strange & Lovely, Teardrop, and Haunted!

  22. I'd want to win Born of Illusion, Born Wicked, The Gathering, and A Darkness Strange and Lovely.

  23. I am SO sad I missed this one! I'm dying to read Born of Illusion! Great post too! Thanks for sharing your experience! :)

    Sabrina @iheartyafiction


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