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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Experiencing UtopYA

This past weekend I drove down to Nashville* to attend UtopYA Con, a new conference put on by the absolutely fabulous Janet Wallace. We spent three days completely focused on YA paranormal books. We talked about reading them, writing them, and marketing them. We laughed. We cried.** We learned stuff. We found out about CMT's Katie Cook's Twilight obsession.

One of the best parts of the weekend for me was meeting so many other writers. Unfortunately, the Tammy-itis*** kept me from doing much of the after-hours hanging out, but there were some spectacular people who managed to wrangle a conversation out of me during the day despite my social awkwardness which rendered me unable to be clever or well-spoken. **** As a "thank you" to all those other authors, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card so you can go and buy some of their books!

How it works:

1. Leave a comment below telling me which of the UtopYA authors you are most excited to read. (Authors listed below)

2. Submit the entry form no later than 11:59 CST on Friday, July 20.

3. The winner (as chosen by the Random Number Generator) will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

So, tell me, which of these UtopYA writers are you most excited to read next?*****

Abbi Glines
Amanda Harvard
Amy Bartol
Angeline Kace
Brina Courtney
CA Kunz
Chelsea Fine
Elizabeth Kirke
Ella James
Heather Hildenbrand
Jessica Sorensen
KC Neal
L.M. Davis
Leanna Renee Hieber
Melanie Niles
Myra McEntire
Quinn Loftis
Raine Thomas
Samantha Shakespeare
Tiffany King
Willow Cross

* My first conference as a writer? One block off the Vanderbilt University campus. Yeah, that's the place where Scout and Alex went to watch the play, held hands, and had that "incident" in the woods. 


**  Okay, so maybe it was just Chelsea Fine and me crying at Myra McEntire's keynote, but that video was very touching.


*** Or, as The Great Askini has me referring to it now, The Chronic. (Different illness, same emotional journey.)


**** Kind of like when I try to write blog posts.


***** UtopYA ladies (and Adam & Jamie), please let me know if I accidentally left someone off!



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23 comments:

  1. Abbi Glines
    Heather Hildenbrand
    Jessica Sorensen
    Quinn Loftis
    Samantha Shakespeare

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  2. SO... my FAVORITE of these authors:
    Amy Bartol and Chelsea Fine... BUT I already own all of their books! Just like yours!! :)

    But the authors I would be interested in reading books by:
    angeline Kace, Brina Courtney and Willow Cross

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  3. I love abbi glines. I have read her Vincent boys series and can't wait to read all her others.

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  4. Yay!Now I have more books to add to my 'to-read' list.I'm really excited about a couple of these author's sequels!But I am excited to read Willow Cross's books:)

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  5. I would love to read more of Quinn Loftis.

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  6. It is impossible to pick! I am just in awe that I got to eat breakfast with Miss Tammy!

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    1. And I'm in awe that someone would let me tag along to their breakfast! Thanks from saving me from a bacon-free morning. ;)

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    2. I wish I'd gotten to be there.... :'(

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  7. Ok so i cant pick one. I love abbi glines, amy bartol, ella james. Cant wait for their next books.

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  8. Jessica Sorensen, Ella James, abbi glines :)

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  9. I seriously love Chelsea Fine. I fell in completel love with Sophie and Carter. It was so unique but still held the obvious storylines that attracts readers. I cannot wait to read more. Not to mention her Archers of Avalon books. It is a great series. I am so looking forward to the next one!

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  10. Abbi Glines. Hands down I am addicted....

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  11. Abbi Glines! I haven't read her books yet but I hear they are really suspenseful and addicting! I can't wait to get started!

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  12. Of the authors that I haven't read yet, I would love to read Myra McEntire!

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  13. I think I have C.A. Kunz from the authors listed above to read next. I've already discovered a few of the others though!

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  14. All of the above!!!! They're all so talented! You guys should all form your own secret 'Awesome Writers Club' and win Emmy's for awesomeness! (This is my lame inner kid speaking)

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  15. All all all. I have a new reading list! Yaya!

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  16. Im looking forward to Abbi Glines. I love Quinn Loftis and have read all her books!

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  17. I really love reading Amy Bartol's Premonition series but I also really like Quinn Loftis, Jessica Sorensen and Samantha Shakespeare's books too. It's really hard to choose just one author from the list. :) I would really like to read some of Abbi Glines books but haven't had a chance to read any yet.

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  18. Heather Hildenbrand but they are all worth checking out! I love ebooks and the possibility to sample so many new authors!!

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  19. I love Amy Bartol but I am ALWAYS up for a new read. I'm a self professed Bookwhore who buys way too many books from amazon! Kept tract last year and proudly read 155 books!! :)

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  20. I love Quinn Loftis series i can't wait for her next book.

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