Thursday, February 10, 2011

Breathless Reads Tour. This stop: NYC!

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Breathless Reads Tour book signing at Books of Wonder in NYC. Appearing were the authors of The Eternal Ones (Kirsten Miller), Nightshade (Andrea Cremer), Matched (Ally Condie), The Replacement (Brenna Yovanoff) and Across the Universe (Beth Revis).

(l-r) Brenna Yovanoff, Beth Revis, Andrea Cremer, Ally Condie & Kirsten Miller.
The lovely authors were approachable, friendly and funny. Before the panel they chatted with several fans and posed for pictures. The moderator was Sabrina Rojas Weiss of MTV’s Hollywood Crush Books. I just checked out her blog and it is awesome. Lots of great news and scoops. You’ll want to add that to your favorites and follow on Twitter!

Sabrina explained that it is called the Breathless Reads Tour because the main characters are breathless when they meet the love of their life and because the books themselves leave the reader breathless.

I had a lot of fun and I loved hearing the author’s opinions, stories and insights. Here are a few tidbits I found out:
  • Kirsten wanted to be Sherlock Holmes when she grew up and loved Chemistry in school.
  • Andrea wanted to be Anne of Green Gables so she could marry Gilbert Blythe.
  • Ally’s first story when she was a child was about pregnant unicorns, because as she stated and I’m paraphrasing here, “What’s better than unicorns but more unicorns?”
  • Brenna really loved Physical Education class when she was in school and never finished any stories she wrote when she was younger thereby creating “unintentional cliffhangers.” (That makes me feel better!)
  • Beth has a beautiful southern accent and made up her dystopian mythology through her interest in   linguistics.
There was also a round of “Would You Rather?” based on their books. For example, “Would you rather have your whole town think you're possessed or have all your decisions made for you?” or “Would you rather be forced to marry at 17 or spend 50 years in space?” Their responses had everyone laughing. Hmmm, "Literary Would You Rather?" Might make a good feature or meme on a book blog.

Sabrina Rojas Weiss mediates.
My favorite part of the panel however, was when they talked about writing. It seems that none of them ever dreamed they would get published and came to writing via various vehicles, Ally literally by accident. She was laid up on crutches for many weeks when she decided to really give it a go. Their message is to believe in what you are writing and don’t write for others. They also stressed to just sit down and write! Kirsten pointed out that lawyers don’t claim to get “lawyer’s block” they have to keep working and so it should be with writers. I’m totally inspired now! Thanks ladies!

At this point I have only read Nightshade, but I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of these books especially after meeting these authors.

In honor of the Breathless Reads Tour, I have picked up all 5 autographed books for a few lucky winners.  The 1st winner will get their choice of two (2) of the books.  The 2nd winner will get to pick two (2) of the remaining books.  The 3rd winner will receive the remaining title.

To Enter:
We're going to play a game.  I'm going to start off by asking a "Would You Rather?" question as the first comment. The next person will answer my question and leave another "Would You Rather?" question.  The following people can answer any of the "Would You Rather?" questions that are posted in the comments, but they must also leave their own question.

  • See my contest policy HERE.
  • US residents only. 
  • Contest ends Friday February 18, 2011 at midnight.
  • Please leave your e-mail address in your comment.  No e-mail=no entry. 
  • If I cannot contact the 1st winner within 5 business days, the 2nd & 3rd winners will move up and another 3rd winner will be chosen.  (This also applies to the 2nd and 3rd winner.)
Extra entries are optional:
+2-If you are an old follower.
+1-If you are a new follower.
+1-If you Tweet about this contest. (Please leave link.)
+1-If you post about this contest on Facebook.  (Please leave link.)
+1-If you post about this contest on your blog. (Please leave link.)

I hope to figure out to pick a winner, but if I can't, I'm just going to have to pick one out of a hat! 

Good luck!


Midnyte Reader said...

Would you rather be a book character that lives in the past or lives in the future?

Orchid said...

While the past can be really interesting, I'm going to say that I would rather be a book character that lives in the future (because the possiblities are endless for a furture book character). ^_^

Would you rather be a book character from a classic or one from a more recent book?

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Alyssa said...

Awesome giveaway you've got going here... obviously I won't be entering, since I was at the event as well... but I just wanted to say good luck to everyone!! =)

Midnyte Reader said...

You can enter and maybe get one of the ones you didn't get at the signing.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

OMFG! This so so awesome! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I'm so glad you got to go!

Please enter me! I would love any one of these books!

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Angelique said...

Great contest, soooo wish I could attend this tour!

I'll go with being a character from a more recent book, namely Mia from Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts. She was a witch with an incredible bookstore and a gorgeous house on a seaside cliff with this amazing garden...

And for my question...would you rather be a vampire or a vampire hunter?

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Andrea Cremer said...

Just wanted to say thanks for this awesome post! It was wonderful meeting you - what a fun night :)

As I Lay Bleeding said...

Vampire Hunter....

Would you rather be the hero or the villian?

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Liz said...

I met them tonight in Minneapolis. They were all so wonderful and fun! Thanks for posting about it :)

Jenny said...

Don't enter me, I just wanted to say how cool is it that you got to meet all those fabulous authors! Those are some fabulous books, I enjoyed all of them and can't wait to see what you think:)

Unknown said...

wow so cool! Glad to see you had a great time!


nfmgirl said...

Oh, I most definitely would rather be the "hero" or heroine!

Would you rather die as the "hero", or live as the "nobody" extra in the book?

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Answer--I think I would rather be a character who lives in the past. There is just something about books that go back that I love like Clockwork Angel...

Answer-- Vampire Hunter, I would love to be one of those kicking butt girls. I love the girls who can take care of themself.

Answer--Hero but maybe with a bit of villan attitude

Would you rather be a werewolf or a vampire?

I think I would want to be a wolf. (I know I didn't need to answer that or all the ones I did but I thought it would be fun.


sorry this is so long but thanks so much for this!! GREAT GIVEAWAY! You ROCK.

Mariya said...

+1 new follower


Mariya said...

sorry, I was like half asleep when I entered and forgot my answer, but

I would rather be a vampire. I think it would be kinda cool to live forever.

have a vampire lover or a faerie lover?

Alyssa said...

Vampire, for sure!!
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Mary Ellen said...


Would you rather be a God on Mt. Olympus or a demigod on Earth?

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Ashley said...

demigod on Earth

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Would you rather: be wealthy or be literate?

Sherry said...

I would rather be literate. What's the point in being rich if you can't read all the awesome books you'd be able to buy!

Would you rather be with Stephan Salvatore or Damon Salvatore(from Vampire Diaries? (I totally couldn't think of anything to ask! lol)

It sounds like you had a lot of fun! I really wanted to make a tour stop but they are just too far away for me!

+1 I am a new follower!
+1 I tweeted.


Thanks so much! Sherry<3

Anonymous said...

OMG Stephan Salvatore!!!! YESSSSSS <3 Team Stephan hee hee...

Would you rather read minds or predict the future?


Logan E. Turner said...

Mimi, great question! I would rather predict the future. I think the Sookie curse would make life pretty difficult.

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Thanks for the great giveaway!

My question: Would you rather kiss someone you hated or eat something that makes you gag?

bibliophile brouhaha said...

Oh, Stephen I think - he is the nicer of the two, isn't he? Can't be trusting a mean vamp, can I?

Would you rather live a day as Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz?

Loved this detailed post - I am a happy new follow, and I loved your guest post at the Unread Reader!

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Jamie said...

I was supposed to go to this! It would have been awesome meeting up with you there! Unfortunately the new job got in the way!

--Jamie (@brokeandbookish)

+2 Old follower

My answer:Alice! So trippy! lol.

Would you rather be friends with the cast of Jersey Shore or the Real Housewives of Jersey?

Midnyte Reader said...

Oh Jamie what an unfair question! ; )

Jessica Ring said...

New follower

I would go with the real housewives, the drama might make for good writing material.

Would you rather live in a book or a movie?

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