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Early this morning, UtopYA announced the nominees chosen by their peer members of the UtopYA Academy and opened the voting in the Third Annual UtopYA Awards to all the fans out there!

This blog, A Book Vacation, and I (Shana) have been nominated THREE times, for BEST BLOG OF THE YEAR, BLOGGER OF THE YEAR, and UTOPIAN OF THE YEAR.  You don’t have to vote for me–I’m just honored and extremely humbled that I was nominated, and I’m excited to boot!

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Make sure you stop by UtopYA and VOTE for your favorites, especially since there are 10 NEW categories for a total of 30, which gives YOU even more opportunities to vote for your favorites, such as Raine Thomas, Megan Curd, Tiffany King, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Heather Love King, Hollie Westring, Paulina Ulrich, Chelsea Fine, Heather Hildenbrand, Angeline Kace, Amanda James, and many, many more!!!

Voting Ends 11:59 PM Friday, May 16, 2014. Congratulations to all the nominees!

VOTE HERE!

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Today is the OFFICIAL RELEASE of the first ever UtopYA anthology, complete with NEW, original short stories from these authors: Tiffany King, Heather Hildenbrand, Amanda Havard, Amy Bartol, Sarah M. Ross, Tammy Blackwell, Raine Thomas, and C.A. Kunz!

Take Me To Your ReaderAll proceeds go directly to UtopYA Con to help with future endeavors, and I can’t wait to read my copy, especially at such a low price of $2.99!

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Hurry and scoop up your copy today (and come to UtopYA 2014 in Nashville June 20-22–it’s the best book conference out there!!!

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Halo City by Mary Ting

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Synopsis:

When a massive group of angels known as nephilim—half human, half angel—had been found by the Royal Council, they were taken to Halo City. Instead of cleansing the Earth with a flood, which had been done before, the Royal Council created a place just for this group of angels. While they were being taken, one of the Twelve, named Aden, rebelled and convinced many alkins to join his cause—to live freely among the humans and take over Crossroads.

After the fall of Aden and his followers, Michael was taken to Halo City to heal. Not only did Michael had a difficult time settling into his new environment, he had conflicting issues regarding his past. Upon meeting the alkins, a particular one by the name of Davin refused to give up on helping him deal with his struggles. Together, they discovered a strange being that would appear at the Crossroads at unexpected times. Souls wandering there is nothing new, but this one aged as time passed. Mystified, they both searched for answers while refraining from telling the Twelve about her. Who is this being that had enraptured Michael’s attention? And will Michael finally forgive himself and find the happiness that he yearned to have?

Add Halo City to your Goodreads shelf.

Halo City is available for purchase at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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About Mary Ting:

M. Clarke also known as Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

Author Contact Links:

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Drowning in Fire by Arielle Caldwell

 

Once again, Marya with Strong Image Editing, has done an amazing job with a cover! She had done each one for The Nerita Torlan Trilogy by Arielle. “Drowning in Fire” is book two in the series.

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Synopsis:

Nerita is tortured and put through more pain than she ever imagined could happen. Ahlic has captured her and locked her in a room where there’s no chance of escape on her own. He forces her to watch the murder of a friend. She strikes a deal to try and save lives but Ahlic is not the bargaining type.

After escaping, Ahlic forces her to endure a traumatic loss and haunts her in her dreams. More powers emerge from her, shocking everyone and leaving them slightly afraid. While on her own, a witch shows her the future and tells her grave news. A battle rages in her heart; unsure of how to handle the revelation.

She seeks Ahlic…but not to destroy him. Feelings she can’t control drive her to insanity and lust. Will Nerita give in and fall for what she’s been trying so hard to destroy?

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About Arielle:

Arielle Caldwell began writing in grade school but never pursued a career in it until early 2012. She started writing poetry in middle school and progressed to books a few years later. She is a proud Cajun from Louisiana but was raised in Pensacola, Florida. Shortly after graduating high school, she joined the US Navy where she met her husband and became the mother of two wonderfully crazy little boys. After separating from the military, she decided to go to college in Texas. A year later, she moved back to Pensacola when offered a job at the naval base as a civilian contractor. She is currently juggling college, work, family, writing, managing her website, Arc Indie Reviews, and being a columnist for APSS, the new Small Publishers of America newsletter. She loves going to the river with her family and friends or to the water park for a few hours. Her Kindle is overflowing with books, she loves rock music the most, and she loves to sing and dance with her children around the house. Her first series, The Nerita Torlan Trilogy, has two books currently released. “Burning in Water” is her debut book, also being book one in the series with “Drowning in Fire” book two, released as well. Book three is “The Awakening” and in the works. “After-Ending” is her dystopian novel that has a planned release of beginning to mid 2014. She resides in Pensacola with her husband, two kids, and their Great Dane, Scooby.

Contact Arielle:

Facebook: AFCaldwellsBooks

Email: Arielle Caldwell

Twitter: @ArielleCaldwell

Publisher: Nevermore Press

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Rivulet by Jamie Magee

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Unfathomable forces have always contested Genevieve Indiana Falcon, known as Indie. The curse of her cold touch entraps her just as the grief ignited in her past torments her. Yet, her mysterious ability to dream while awake saturates her in the belief that she was not always anguished. There is hope that one day a true peace in her soul can be found.

Foolishly, Indie assumes she has contained her life in an odd balance, and she cherishes the visions she sees of the enigmatic boy that held her in a lost time, but can never reach. She grieves for a life she fears she’ll never possess, and that grief is a weapon she uses against her aunt who stands between her and her inheritance.Weeks away from her twenty-first birthday, the date where she would assume control over her family legacy, a night terror robs Indie of the balance she was clinging to. Like the dream she had before she lost her family, it predicts a fatal catastrophe on the horizon. The fight between life and death, good and evil, began the moment her thundering heart awoke her.

Everything changed after that dream. The one thing that keeps her curse at bay is stolen, and then the enigmatic boy arrives in the flesh. Face to face with her fiery born-again lover Indie realizes that the only way she can prevent the tragedy before her is to surrender everything she was, is, and could be.

Can she bend the laws of nature and fight the improbability that fire and ice could ever be one? As far as Indie is concerned, there is not a myth, spoken fate, or curse that is stronger than her stubborn desire to have it all … including him.

Add Rivulet to your Goodreads shelf.

Rivulet is available on Amazon.com.

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About the author:

Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

Author Contact Links:

Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Website ~ Amazon Author Page

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It’s been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.

And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.

Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.

Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?

No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.

Add Fire in the Darkness to your Goodreads shelf.

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stacey marie brownStacey Marie Brown works by day as an Interior/Set Designer and by night a writer of paranormal fantasy, adventure, and literary fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

Author Contact Links:

My site ~ FaceBook Author Page ~ FaceBook Book Page ~ Goodreads ~Amazon ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ Google+

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Burning in Water by Arielle Caldwell

Marya with Strong Image Editing, has done an amazing job with the cover! She had done each one for The Nerita Torlan Trilogy by Arielle. Burning in Water is book one in the series.

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Synopsis:

Nerita is the twenty-two year old daughter of a water goddess who was given to Cari, a fairy, to be raised by on land. Her memories are bound and shifted after Cari disappears.

Gavan, her trainer, helps to strengthen her powers and helps her to realize her true potential. When she is old enough, he takes her to Camberton to meet the queen of the fairy folk, Rueh. While there, she learns the truth to her past and the future she is meant to have.

The more time she spends around Gavan, the harder it becomes to deny her feelings for him. He is holding on to a secret that shocks and hurts Nerita. Can she forgive him for what he could never tell her?

She is confronted by Ahlic, the shifter who has taken everything from her. Now that her powers are getting stronger, she sets out to find him and bring down his kingdom. Along the way, she discovers more about herself than she could ever imagine; forever changing her life.

Can the daughter of a goddess be strong enough? Or will she falter; costing the lives of those around her? Follow Nerita on her journeys of love, sorrow, and vengeance.

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Arielle Caldwell began writing in grade school but never pursued a career in it until early 2012. She started writing poetry in middle school and progressed to books a few years later. She is a proud Cajun from Louisiana but was raised in Pensacola, Florida. Shortly after graduating high school, she joined the US Navy where she met her husband and became the mother of two wonderfully crazy little boys. After separating from the military, she decided to go to college in Texas. A year later, she moved back to Pensacola when offered a job at the naval base as a civilian contractor. She is currently juggling college, work, family, writing, managing her website, Arc Indie Reviews, and being a columnist for APSS, the new Small Publishers of America newsletter. She loves going to the river with her family and friends or to the water park for a few hours. Her Kindle is overflowing with books, she loves rock music the most, and she loves to sing and dance with her children around the house. Her first series, The Nerita Torlan Trilogy, has two books currently released. “Burning in Water” is her debut book, also being book one in the series with “Drowning in Fire” book two, released as well. Book three is “The Awakening” and in the works. “After-Ending” is her dystopian novel that has a planned release of beginning to mid 2014. She resides in Pensacola with her husband, two kids, and their Great Dane, Scooby.

Contact Arielle:

Facebook: AFCaldwellsBooks

Email: Arielle Caldwell

Twitter: @ArielleCaldwell

Publisher: Nevermore Press

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by M. Clarke

Published July 24th 2013 (first published July 15th 2013)

* This is a New Adult romance novel recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter.

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She didn’t know what she was missing…until he found her.

Maxwell Knight was positively trouble, dangerously good-looking, and seductively charming. He was everything Jeanella didn’t need in her life. Only Maxwell didn’t see it that way. His pursuit was relentless, making her even more determined to push him away.

Fresh out of college, life was simple and plain for Jeanella Mefferd. Every part of her life was smooth sailing; her friends, her job, and even the guy she’d started dating. Then one night, while at dinner, she spotted someone who made her feel things she’d never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding and breathless heat. Thinking she would never see him again, she brushed it off, but when she started to run into him unexpectedly, all she could think of was how he made her feel with his sweet flirtations. Everything about Maxwell Knight screamed trouble, especially when she found out he was her new boss’s son. Now, heading to a New York fashion show, would she be able to focus on her career instead of Maxwell, who had been scheduled to attend with her? As much as she tried to forget their encounters, his good looks, smooth words and determination to win her over gravitated her toward him. The next thing she knew, her mind was utterly consumed by him. Would she be willing to ignore all the dangerous signs and jump into his arms? Or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?

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M. ClarkeAbout the Author:   M. Clarke also known as Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMClarke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryTing

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1721361.M_Clarke

Website: http://www.authormaryting.com

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Today is the first day of the Fall into UtopYa Party

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It is RELEASE DAY for Veiled Shadows (The Age of Alandria: Book Two)!!

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Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Red Cabin Publishing

Release date: Oct 1, 2013

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Shadows linger where light is obstructed, and truth is veiled.

Evil is an untreated disease in the once beautiful realm of Alandria.

Kaeleigh is faced with a revelation that she must reconcile. She will decide if discovering the truth is worth the unknown consequences to both herself and her friends.

Daegan, the Ferrishyn warrior, is conflicted by more than his loyalties, and is confronted with emotions he doesn’t know how to deal with. A choice must be made. A choice… that may cost him more than he ever wanted to give.

The Droch-Shúil—enforcers and servants of the ancient darkness—continue to cast their shadow over Alandria seeking those who can be turned to their side.

The magic of The Orchids is growing, but not everyone will survive what is to come.

Veiled Shadows is the second installment in The Age of Alandria series: the story of the Sol-lumieth’s quest for freedom of self and the power to battle the evil of the Droch-Shúil.

Buy links:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble Kobo | Smashwords | Add to Goodreads!!

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MorganMorgan Wylie, originally from the Pacific Northwest, now resides near Nashville, TN with her husband and daughter. She and her husband work everyday at their individual and combined creative pursuits while she learns to balance being “Mama”, wife, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head.

You can find her and news on her books at the following:

MorganWylie.net

MorganWylieBooks on Facebook

@MWylieBooks on Twitter

Info@MorganWylie.net Email

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Silent Orchids (The Age of Alandria: Book One):

A dying realm.

The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.

The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long?

Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that
could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.

Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.

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The founder of UtopYA, Janet Wallace, and her amazing team have just announced important information concerning Exhibitor Space for the conference next year:

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Highlights:

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE

Exhibitor space is EXTREMELY limited this year–as in, 40 tables, so if you share, that’s about 80 spaces total

$200 for half a table and $400 for full table

UtopYA has set aside dedicated time to send people to the exhibitor hall both Friday and Saturday

You will have two days to network with other authors, bloggers, editors, publishers, etc.

There will be exhibitor prizes on Sunday (for best table, swag, etc).

You will be featured in the exhibitor section of the website with photos of you, your books, etc.

****On Sale August 23 at http://bit.ly/exhibitor2014 (but check often because it might be available even sooner–link will not work until the sale is live)!!****

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE–get ready if you want a table!!!

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Make sure you check out Breaking News: UtopYA 2014 Information and a Challenge To Attendees for more information about the hotel!

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 Need to know more about the conference before you commit?  Click the links below to learn more and read real testaments from those who attended UtopYA 2013:

UtopYA 2013: What You Need To Know and Why You Need to Go in 2014

Breaking News: UtopYA 2014 Information and a Challenge To Attendees

UtopYA: A Fantasy Conference Grows in Nashville—From Publisher’s Weekly

UtopYA Official Website

UtopYA: A Note To People Who Don’t Get It

Lift and Pull and Tug For That Spectacular UtopYA View

UtopYA: Why It Should Already be on Your Calendar for 2014

Impromptu Cups Song—You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

UtopYA 2013 and Special Announcements!

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UtopYA 2013! How awesome was it? This is how awesome…

Why you should attend UtopYA 2014

UtopYA, UtopYA, UtopYA

Reminiscing about UtopYA 2013

UtopYA 2013: Author Sarah Ross: Inspirational Video

Author Heather Hildenbrand talks UtopYA 2013 Video

UtopYACon…My Take Aways

My Trip To UtopYA 2013

UtopYA Con 2013 + Announcement + Ramblings

UtopYA / Quirky Chick Conference Report

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Have you heard?  UtopYA 2014 is getting bigger and founder Janet Wallace has some great news to share, as well as a challenge!

Did you watch the whole thing?  Did you?  Do it.  This is epic!  I cannot wait for June!

 Need to know more about the conference before you commit?  Click the links below to learn more and read real testaments from those who attended UtopYA 2013:

UtopYA 2013: What You Need To Know and Why You Need to Go in 2014

UtopYA: A Fantasy Conference Grows in Nashville—From Publisher’s Weekly

UtopYA Official Website

UtopYA: A Note To People Who Don’t Get It

Lift and Pull and Tug For That Spectacular UtopYA View

UtopYA: Why It Should Already be on Your Calendar for 2014

Impromptu Cups Song—You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

UtopYA 2013 and Special Announcements!

Quinn Loftis and Tiffany King UtopYA 2013

UtopYA 2013! How awesome was it? This is how awesome…

Why you should attend UtopYA 2014

UtopYA, UtopYA, UtopYA

Reminiscing about UtopYA 2013

UtopYA 2013: Author Sarah Ross: Inspirational Video

Author Heather Hildenbrand talks UtopYA 2013 Video

UtopYACon…My Take Aways

My Trip To UtopYA 2013

UtopYA Con 2013 + Announcement + Ramblings

UtopYA / Quirky Chick Conference Report

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The giveaway for an entrance ticket into UtopYA 2014 as well as some amazing Prize Packs has just concluded, and I’m excited to say that the winners have been chosen via Rafflecopter.

And the winners are…

Prize Pack 1: Amy Leigh Strickland

Prize Pack 2: Elyse Schramm

So, what have they won?

Prize Pack 1Prize Pack 1: AMY**

  • One Ticket into UtopYA 2014 (for 3-day pass to conference, admission to awards and after party, Friday night book signing, and Sunday write-in)
  • One Signed UtopYA T-Shirt size L (womens)—Signed by the authors attending UtopYA 2013

Signed Books:

  • Signed paperback of Pieces of Me by Eisley Jacobs
  • Signed paperback of Awaken OR Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross (winner’s choice)
  • Signed paperback of one of Raine Thomas’ books—winner’s choice

Ebooks and Swag:

  • eARC of A Stroke of Luck by Desiree DeOrto
  • eARC of Steel Lily by Megan Curd
  • Ebook of Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones
  • Ebook of Cornerstone by Misty Provencher
  • Ebook of Soul Quest by Amy Maurer Jones
  • Ebook of Wildflower by Amy Maurer Jones
  • Ebook of Reveal by Brina Courtney (Cryptid Tales 1)
  • Ebook of The Modified by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of One Tiny Secret by Adam Kunz
  • Ebook of Soul Survivor by Michelle Nicole
  • Ebook of Clicks by Amy Evans
  • Ebook of Bluffing the Devil by Christy Foster
  • Ebook of Forbidden by Amy Miles
  • Ebook of Reckoning by Amy Miles
  • Ebook of Touching Smoke by Airicka Phoenix
  • Ebook of Games of Fire by Airicka Phoenix
  • Ebook of Natural Selection by Elizabeth Sharp, autographed bookmark, autographed postcard for each of the Forces of Nature books
  • A leather bookmark from Chelsea Starling
  • A BookLover Journal and A BookLover Tee designed by Whit&Ware Design from Victoria Alday
  • A specialty signed goodie pack from Tiffany King

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Prize Pack 2Prize Pack 2: ELYSE**

  • One Ticket into UtopYA 2014 (for 3-day pass to conference, admission to awards and after party, Friday night book signing, and Sunday write-in)
  • One Signed UtopYA T-Shirt size L (womens)—Signed by the authors attending UtopYA 2013

Signed Books:

  • Signed paperback of Promise by Kristie Cook and a set of embellished bookmarks
  • A signed copy of Awaken or Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross– winner’s choice

Ebooks and Swag:

  • eARC of A Stroke of Luck by Desiree DeOrto
  • eARC of Steel Lily by Megan Curd
  • Ebook of Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Scorched Treachery by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Semester Abroad by Elizabeth Kirke and 6 signed trading cards
  • Ebook of The Amulet by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Emerald Staff by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Cypher Wheel by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Ice Diamond Cuff by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of Reveal by Brina Courtney (Cryptid Tales 1)
  • Ebook of The Childe by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of Dark Days by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of Hale Maree by Misty Provencher
  • Ebook of Mercy, A Gargoyle Story by Misty Provencher
  • A leather bookmark from Chelsea Starling
  • Winner’s Choice Ebooks: Tiffany King Saving Angels Bundle pack (including ebooks of Meant to Be, Forgotten Souls, The Ascended) OR YA Contemporary ebook Bundle pack (including ebooks of Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies)

**Disclaimer: The winners of this epic giveaway MUST plan on attending UtopYA 2014 in Nashville, have their own transportation to and from the conference, provide their own lodging, and accept the winning of the ticket along with all other prizes.  Should the winner already have purchased a ticket to UtopYA, we will discuss other options, such as the winner giving it to a friend of theirs, in which case we will purchase the ticket in the friend’s name, etc. These tickets hold NO MONETARY VALUE and cannot be refunded by the winner for any financial gain as the refund will come back to those of us purchasing the tickets for the winner.  Refusal of the ticket will result in refusal of the entire prize pack.

A tweet has already gone out to the winners with an email to follow! If I don’t hear from the winners within 48 hours, I will select new winners using Rafflecopter.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners… but don’t despair if you didn’t win this round!

Enter to win my other great giveaways:

Win a Recently Released Book of Your Choice: Ends August 1

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UtopYA 2013 was one of the best experiences of my life, and I think the 300+ participants that were there with me this year would agree 100%. Right now, tickets for next year are on an early-bird sale, but they’ll no longer be on discounted sale after July 31.  In fact, you won’t be able to buy them again until Black Friday when they will be released for full price admission.  But never fear!! We’d love to see you down in Nashville, Tennessee, with us in 2014, and so, with the permission of UtopYA founder Janet Wallace, many authors and bloggers have come together to create TWO epic prize packs complete with one ticket to UtopYA 2014 (for 3-day pass to conference, admission to awards and after party, Friday night book signing, and Sunday write-in), a UtopYA 2013 t-shirt signed by a majority of the authors in attendance, signed books, ebooks, and swag.  The sheer amount of prizes and support from authors and bloggers for this giveaway just goes to show you how much we adore UtopYA and each other, and we’d really like to see you there (prize pack does NOT include transportation to the conference or lodging, you’ll have to provide that on your own, sorry).

Below is a list of what each Prize Pack includes:

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Prize Pack 1Prize Pack 1

  • One Ticket into UtopYA 2014 (for 3-day pass to conference, admission to awards and after party, Friday night book signing, and Sunday write-in)
  • One Signed UtopYA T-Shirt size L (womens)—Signed by the authors attending UtopYA 2013

Signed Books:

  • Signed paperback of Pieces of Me by Eisley Jacobs
  • Signed paperback of Awaken OR Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross (winner’s choice)
  • Signed paperback of one of Raine Thomas’ books—winner’s choice

Ebooks and Swag:

  • eARC of A Stroke of Luck by Desiree DeOrto
  • eARC of Steel Lily by Megan Curd
  • Ebook of Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones
  • Ebook of Cornerstone by Misty Provencher
  • Ebook of Soul Quest by Amy Maurer Jones
  • Ebook of Wildflower by Amy Maurer Jones
  • Ebook of Reveal by Brina Courtney (Cryptid Tales 1)
  • Ebook of The Modified by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of One Tiny Secret by Adam Kunz
  • Ebook of Soul Survivor by Michelle Nicole
  • Ebook of Clicks by Amy Evans
  • Ebook of Bluffing the Devil by Christy Foster
  • Ebook of Forbidden by Amy Miles
  • Ebook of Reckoning by Amy Miles
  • Ebook of Touching Smoke by Airicka Phoenix
  • Ebook of Games of Fire by Airicka Phoenix
  • Ebook of Natural Selection by Elizabeth Sharp, autographed bookmark, autographed postcard for each of the Forces of Nature books
  • A leather bookmark from Chelsea Starling
  • A BookLover Journal and A BookLover Tee designed by Whit&Ware Design from Victoria Alday
  • A specialty signed goodie pack from Tiffany King

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Prize Pack 2Prize Pack 2

  • One Ticket into UtopYA 2014 (for 3-day pass to conference, admission to awards and after party, Friday night book signing, and Sunday write-in)
  • One Signed UtopYA T-Shirt size L (womens)—Signed by the authors attending UtopYA 2013

Signed Books:

  • Signed paperback of Promise by Kristie Cook and a set of embellished bookmarks
  • A signed copy of Awaken or Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross– winner’s choice

Ebooks and Swag:

  • eARC of A Stroke of Luck by Desiree DeOrto
  • eARC of Steel Lily by Megan Curd
  • Ebook of Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Scorched Treachery by Rebecca Ethington
  • Ebook of Semester Abroad by Elizabeth Kirke and 6 signed trading cards
  • Ebook of The Amulet by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Emerald Staff by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Cypher Wheel by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of The Ice Diamond Cuff by Alison Pensy
  • Ebook of Reveal by Brina Courtney (Cryptid Tales 1)
  • Ebook of The Childe by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of Dark Days by C.A. Kunz
  • Ebook of Hale Maree by Misty Provencher
  • Ebook of Mercy, A Gargoyle Story by Misty Provencher
  • A leather bookmark from Chelsea Starling
  • Winner’s Choice Ebooks: Tiffany King Saving Angels Bundle pack (including ebooks of Meant to Be, Forgotten Souls, The Ascended) OR YA Contemporary ebook Bundle pack (including ebooks of Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies)

Honestly, I am salivating just looking at all the prizes in the Prize Packs! I am also in awe of the authors’ and bloggers’ willingness to donate so much, and it’s all because we really want you to come to UtopYA 2014 and experience how amazing the conference is for everyone in attendance: authors, readers, bloggers, publicists, editors… and the list goes on.

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Need to know more about the conference before you commit?  Click the links below to learn more and read real testaments from those who attended UtopYA 2013:

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To enter this giveaway you must:

  • Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

  • Plan to attend the UtopYA 2014 conference (the whole reason the giveaway was started was to give away tickets to this amazing event)

  • Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

**Disclaimer: The winner of this epic giveaway MUST plan on attending UtopYA 2014 in Nashville, have their own transportation to and from the conference, provide their own lodging, and accept the winning of the ticket along with all other prizes.  Should the winner already have purchased a ticket to UtopYA, we will discuss other options, such as the winner giving it to a friend of theirs, in which case we will purchase the ticket in the friend’s name, etc. These tickets hold NO MONETARY VALUE and cannot be refunded by the winner for any financial gain as the refund will come back to those of us purchasing the tickets for the winner.  Please do not enter this giveaway if you DO NOT plan to attend UtopYA 2014 or are under the pretense of accepting only the t-shirt, ebooks, swag, and signed books.  Refusal of the ticket will result in refusal of the entire prize pack.

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

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This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on July 21th. Please only enter once. The winner will be announced later on July 21th, and will receive email notification! Please read our giveaway policy and leave us a comment!

And, MAKE SURE you ALSO enter to win tickets over on Supagurlbooks as well!  She’s running a giveaway too: UtopYA 2014… Take Me To Your Reader INFO and GIVEAWAY

ALSO, bookmark this site: https://utopya2014.eventbrite.com/ just in case.  Early registration ends July 31 and won’t open again until Black Friday (at full price).

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  • Winners are chosen by rafflecopter and random.org.
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  • Time frames for receiving prizes will vary immensely based on type of prize.
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UtopYA 2013–let me tell you–was one of the most epic, amazing experiences of my life. Not only was I able to fangirl over dozens of authors I read and adore, but I was also able to connect with them alongside fellow readers and bloggers on a more personal level in a completely laid-back setting.  The conference brought us all together, and what amazed me the most was that it really made everyone feel like we were equals, sharing knowledge with one another in order to help everyone from published authors to aspiring authors, readers to bloggers, editors to designers, and the list goes on.  It was a wonderful experience and I highly suggest that you come to UtopYA 2014 in Nashville in June—you won’t regret it! And I’ll tell you why:

Hanging OutI’ve only ever been to one other big yearly convention (100+ authors present), and that is NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).  Because I had nothing to compare the convention with, I really thought NCTE was the icing on the cake.  I walked around from booth to booth, stood in long lines, purchased books, and got them signed by the authors.  But what I didn’t know I was missing at the time was commodore.  We, the fans, stood in long lines, but we didn’t talk to one another.  It was a very quiet function actually, now that I think back on them.  Publicists had us write our names on sticky notes and put them on the title page so authors could quickly sign.  We were then ushered away from the table—no time to talk to the authors or tell them just how much their books touched our lives.  It was a “get in, get signed, get out” mentality that I thought was normal, and probably is normal in the regular signing world.  2013-06-29 10.38.40However, UtopYA is different.  Authors and aspiring authors, publicists and publishers, bloggers, and readers alike spend three days in close succession at UtopYA, and everyone is equal.  There was never any feeling of authors and publishers on one side and everyone else on the other, and there was never any feeling of inferiority, either.  There were relatively no long lines, and authors took the time to talk to their readers, really personalizing their books after getting to know the person they were signing for.  We all went to the panels together, picking and choosing which ones we wanted to attend (and there were so many amazing ones), and the best part was that I could sit right next to my favorite authors, and we, as the audience, were asked to interact with those on the panels.  It wasn’t a sit and listen to the speakers type deal like so many panel discussion tend to be.  The audience not only asked questions throughout, but also offered their own insight as we all had something to bring to the table, and there was no discouraging of it, but rather pure encouragement from the very beginning.  Panel rooms were packed to the max, and they were fun!  Not only did I learn some amazing things about the authors I love and the publishing world in general, but I also laughed hysterically.  I got to see how candid the panelists were—no frills and no cliques, and the fact that they were made up of authors, bloggers, publicists, editors, designers, and readers gave the topics more insight.  And then?  We ate dinners together, hung out in the hotel lobby together, took hundreds of pictures together, put twitter handles with faces, and all around connected in a very real way.  What other book conference can say that?  I had all my books personalized, listened to authors, bloggers, editors, and designers speak about their journeys on multiple panels, ate meals and attend gatherings with my heroes, met fellow bloggers I’ve been following, and connected with many people I didn’t know, making long-lasting friendships… it was just amazing, and I cannot, cannot, cannot wait for June 2014, which is going to be even more epic as founder Janet Wallace and her amazing assistants roll out their changes.  It’s going to be even bigger, and I just can’t wait.

Now, you might have just read all that and thought to yourself, “that sounds great, but I have no one to go with,” or “I’d love to go, but it’s probably too expensive.”  So, I just want to break that mentality right now, because I’ve been there and am so glad I didn’t listen to my inner monologue…

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Event Pricing:

First of all, the conference itself isn’t expensive at all!  Right now, there are advanced tickets selling on eventbrite.  Here’s the price range you’re looking at to attend some or all of the conference.

  • $55* (for the awards and after-party ONLY—does not get you into the conference itself) *Pricing may change as we get closer to the conference

  • $75  February 1 – May 31, 2014   •   $90 June 1 – event   •   $95 at the door

    • 3-day pass to the utopYA convention (utopYAcon)
    • Fan admission to the Friday Public Signing Event
    • Admission to Saturday Pre-Awards Cosmic Cocktails hour (Appetizers included. Cash bar for those 21 and up)
    • General Admission to the Third Annual utopYA Awards
    • Admission to Post-Awards Dance Party
    • Admission to the Sunday Write-in
  •  $105 February 1 – May 31, 2014   •   $120 June 1 – event   •   $125 at the door

    • 3-day pass to the utopYA convention (utopYAcon)
    • Front-of-line Fan admission to the Friday Public Signing Event
    • Admission to Saturday Pre-Awards Cosmic Cocktails hour (Appetizers included. Cash bar for those 21 and up)
    • Preferred Admission to utopYA Awards (you enter and pick your seats before General Admission ticket holders are allowed in)
    • Admission to Post-Awards Dance Party
    • One commemorative utopYA 2013 women’s cut T-shirt (discounted t-shirt price)
    • Two lunch tickets – lunch provided on premises both Friday and Saturday
    • Admission to the Sunday Write-in

I highly, highly suggest you attend the whole conference, but act fast as these prices continue to rise as we get closer to the conference date!

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Where and When:

 

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM – Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

Nashville, TN

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Hotel:

In 2014, UtopYA is moving to The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel and the group rates are just $105 a night for a room with a King or two double beds!!! This is even cheaper than this past year’s price at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt!  The group code to reserve this price is 1406UTOPYA.  Do it!

Oh, and they offer a FREE shuttle service roundtrip to the airport.  Even better!

For UtopYA 2013, I roomed with the amazing Tiffany King, and it was epic.  She’s an astounding author, and I’m a blogger.  See what I mean about connecting with everyone on a deeper level at this conference?  I was ecstatic to room with her and her lovely daughter!  And next door to us?  Heather Hildenbrand, Heather Self, Angeline Kace, Chelsea Fine!  And the next few rooms? Carol Kunz, Adam Kunz, Raine Thomas, Sarah M. Ross… and the list goes on and on.  EPIC.

In other words, you won’t be alone in the hotel, and if you need a roommate to help cut costs, you can easily find one!  The more the merrier in a room, as I found this weekend, and I’m actually a really quiet, shy person who is socially awkward and doesn’t speak in situations where I don’t feel comfortable.  Are you like me?  Then you’ll thrive at UtopYA.  I didn’t have trouble speaking to anyone at all, I loved my roomies, I hung out with the rest of the people on my floor… all around amazing time.

Yeah, so don’t let the hotel situation stop you from coming.  Need a roomie?  Join the We are Going to UtopYA Facebook Page and easily find one!  Think about it: if you split $105 by two it’s just $52.50 a night for three nights, a total of $157.50 plus tax to stay at the hotel where the convention is held!  That’s a GREAT PRICE!

OR, find three roommates for a price of $26.25 per night… a total of just $78.75 plus tax for three nights to stay at the hotel where the convention is held!  That’s a GREAT PRICE, TOO!  Don’t worry, you won’t be spending much time in your hotel room, anyway, so multiple people in a room, though it may sound scary, really isn’t bad at all.  Trust me.

So PLEASE don’t let the price of the hotel or the need of roommates, etc.,  STOP you from coming!

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Books and SwagTravel:

If you can drive to Nashville without getting car sick (like I do), then do it!  But, if you’re like me, or if it’s just too far by car, then fly, and by fly, I mean TAKE SOUTHWEST.  Why?  I’ll tell you:

Southwest is the only carrier I’ve found that doesn’t charge for luggage.  This is a book conference, so that means you’ll have LOTS of books to take home.  You could mail them, technically, and spend a lot of dollars doing it, OR, you could fly Southwest, which allows you TWO FREE CHECKED BAGS UP TO 50 POUNDS EACH!  Yeah.  This.

I flew Southwest this year based solely on the free checked luggage.  It’s a three days conference, so you don’t need to bring much in terms of clothes and such (which I’ll talk about next).  But you DO need lots of space for your books.  I checked two bags for the conference, and one was completely empty on my way down to Nashville.  Hey, it’s free right?  And it saved me a ton of cash when I left the conference because I checked all my books… my combined weight with books, swag, and clothes was about 80 pounds between the two bags.  And about 70 pounds of that was book weight.  Imagine the price tag on mailing home 70 pounds of books?  Yeah.  Don’t.  Take Southwest.  Oh, and make sure your carry-on has wheels.  You might want it for the conference to transport all your books and swag (plus, it’s gentler on your body).

ALSO, if you have the chance, do what I did: On your flight home, if they’re asking people to standby and take another flight because your flight is full, DO IT!  Southwest asked me to take the next flight out, which was just four hours later than my original, and they GAVE ME A VOUCHER FOR DOUBLE WHAT I PAID FOR MY ROUNDTRIP TICKETS.  That means my flight to Nashville next year is ALREADY PAID FOR! 

In other words, if you don’t have any pressing engagements, take the voucher on any Southwest flight if they’re offering (free bags, remember), and it’ll add up to some awesome free flights.  For real.

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Mailing Books:

If you DO decide to mail books, make sure you send it USPS (regular mail)  and tell them it’s MEDIA MAIL (if you’re mailing in the USA–media mail doesn’t exist for international mailing)!  I highly suggest avoiding FedEx because it’s mad expensive.  USPS is the least expensive, and media mail makes is even less so.

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What To Pack:

Pack light.  You’re only at the conference for three days, and you don’t need to change your outfit multiple times a day.  I hardly packed anything to wear, and I still didn’t wear it all.

What you need:

  • 1-2 pairs of comfortable pants (or dresses)

  • 1-2 pairs of comfortable tops

  • Comfy sandals (shoes if you want)

  • 1 “formal” outfit for the awards ceremony with shoes to match (seriously, by “formal” I mean sundresses.  You don’t need anything more, but if you want something more flashy, think PROM)

  • Pajamas2013-07-01 19.24.18 (we’re talking pajama parties, here)

  • Undergarments (socks optional)

  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail file, perfume, hairbrush, women stuffs, straighteners, etc.—they have hairdryers in the rooms)

  • ANY BOOKS YOU ALREADY HAVE THAT YOU WANT SIGNED

  • Heavy wrapping paper (you will want to double wrap your books in stacks for the travel home so they don’t flop all over the suitcase and end up damaged)   ====> Newspaper is NOT a good idea, though, as it leaves black ink on things and is too thin.

  • Cash for books—some authors take credit cards, but it’s just easier with cash on hand.

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Shuttle:

Just in case you missed it in my hotel information tidbits, the hotel offers a COMPLIMENTARY ROUNDTRIP SHUTTLE SERVICE TO THE AIRPORT.  Call ahead to let them know you need them to pick you up, for FREE (but don’t forget to tip the driver).  #Epic.

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Keynote SpeakersThe Conference:

I’ve already said it in my opening statements, but this conference is epic.  I adored it and the laid-back nature of it all.  Janet Wallace, the founder of UtopYA, has made it an unforgettable event that you just cannot miss!

In 2013, our keynote speakers were Jennifer Armentrount and Jen Sincero, two amazing authors, and their speeches inspired us all!  There were also amazing giveaways to start the morning, so make sure you’re at the conference on time!  So many people showed up late, missing the opening statements and, therefore, lost out of their prizes!  Hey, more for me!  But seriously, you don’t want to be late for the opening announcements each morning.

In June 2014, the keynote speakers are Gennifer Albin and Sylvia Day!  Whoot!  You don’t want to miss this.  Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Do it ==> eventbrite

The schedule of events for 2014 is now up…. CHECK IT OUT!

We’ll also have an author signing event on Friday night this coming 2014 UtopYA!  This is a great addition for which I can’t wait!  This will allow a set time for authors and fans alike to get their books signed, making it easier to pinpoint your particular author’s whereabouts.

I HIGHLY suggest that you bring as many books as you can TO the conference as many authors only bring limited quantities.  Though, there will be a bookstore on site this year–a new addition.  But, in 2013, I contacted all my favorite authors and asked them if they’d have all their books with them, or if I should bring my own for signing, and most recommended I bring my own to guarantee that I have them. Some authors brought copies just for my purchase based on my query too, so they might tell you they’ll reserve some for you, but I definitely recommend double checking prior to the conference.  There is nothing worse than planning on buying a book from your favorite author to find they are sold out.  So, plan ahead. Books tend to be about $10-12 on site from authors, FYI, but I’m not sure what things will look like with the bookstore in 2014.  So, I’m going to contact my MUST HAVE author’s again for 2014 just to be certain I can get their books…

Likewise, you will acquire much swag and meet tons of authors you haven’t read yet.  So bring cash in case you decide you want to buy their books as well—I met so many new authors and after connecting with them and learning about their books, I just had to have them!  Set a budget and plan accordingly.

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The Awards:

The awards were phenomenal this year (2013).  I loved every minute of it!  It’s like a red carpet event and it was so awesome to be a part of it.  Right now it’s not a sit down dinner event, so eat a light meal ahead of time, but also keep your ears open as food may become part of the awards at some point down the line.

What to wear?  Well, really it doesn’t matter.  Since it’s like a red carpet event, most people were dressed to varying formal degrees—from sundresses to prom dresses, I saw them all.  I also saw slacks and jeans, so don’t feel like you have to dress up!  It’s not mandatory.  The only thing that is mandatory is that you have a good time, and that’s a given.

And, in 2014, there will be a cocktail hour AND an after-hour dance party as well… oh heck yes!

The Awards

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Need to know more about the conference before you commit?  Click the links below to learn more and read real testaments from those who attended UtopYA 2013:

UtopYA 2013: What You Need To Know and Why You Need to Go in 2014

UtopYA: A Fantasy Conference Grows in Nashville—From Publisher’s Weekly

UtopYA Official Website

UtopYA: A Note To People Who Don’t Get It

Lift and Pull and Tug For That Spectacular UtopYA View

UtopYA: Why It Should Already be on Your Calendar for 2014

Impromptu Cups Song—You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

UtopYA 2013 and Special Announcements!

Quinn Loftis and Tiffany King UtopYA 2013

UtopYA 2013! How awesome was it? This is how awesome…

Why you should attend UtopYA 2014

UtopYA, UtopYA, UtopYA

Reminiscing about UtopYA 2013

UtopYA 2013: Author Sarah Ross: Inspirational Video

Author Heather Hildenbrand talks UtopYA 2013 Video

UtopYACon…My Take Aways

My Trip To UtopYA 2013

UtopYA Con 2013 + Announcement + Ramblings

UtopYA / Quirky Chick Conference Report

UtopYA

What else? 

Questions, comments, concerns?  Let me know and I’ll do the best I can to answer them, or put you in touch with someone who can.  Also, make sure you check out UtopYA online as they’re already updating their site for next year’s event.  See you there!!

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AND–make sure you pick up a copy of the first ever UtopYA anthology, complete with NEW, original short stories from these authors: Tiffany King, Heather Hildenbrand, Amanda Havard, Amy Bartol, Sarah M. Ross, Tammy Blackwell, Raine Thomas, and C.A. Kunz!

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It’s time to get excited and to get to Nashville for the first ever UtopYA Con, which is the convention for female, paranormal/fantasy young adult authors and readers who love them.  It will be held at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN on July 6-8, 2012. Would you like to come? You’re already excited I know, but wait until I tell you who’s coming (and this is just a few)… Myra McEntire (Hourglass and Timepiece), Angeline Kace (Descended by Blood), Amy Bartol (The Premonition Series), Tammy Blackwell (The Timber Wolves Series), Tiffany King (The Saving Angels Series), Abbi Glines (The Vincent Boys), Ella James (Stained), Jessica Sorenson (Fallen Star), and so many more! You can find the full list at the UtopYA Con website.

Here’s what a few of them are saying about going to UtopYA Con:

Raine Thomas (Daughters of Saraquel)-  “”The world’s been waiting for a conference like UtopYA. It’s unique and in a class of its own. If you enjoy YA fantasy and paranormal stories, you can’t miss this event!”

Chelsea Fine (Sophie and Carter)- “”Don’t miss out on UtopYa Con 2012: Bringing your YA books to life!”

Brina Courtney (Cryptid Tales)- “If you’re a true YA fan, you’ll be there,  mixing it up with all of us.”

But it’s not just for fans, it’s for authors too. Learn the tricks of the trade from people who are there, doing it successfully already. There are sessions and panels for both readers and writers alike.

So how about it? You wanna go? Well obviously you do, but here’s the question… ARE YOU GOING?

Here’s where you can find out more about tickets.

Now, so maybe you’re awesome, but you can’t go, and you’re bummed obviously. Well you still want to participate right? Here’s your chance, from now until June 29th, 2012 you can vote for your favorite books to win UtopYA Con awards, hosted by CMT’s Katie Cook. Pretty sweet right? I know, I think so too.

Anyway because we had so many blogs help us to promote this unique event we decided to do some fun giveaways provided by some of our authors at UtopYA Con and some other authors.

Good luck and we’ll see you at UtopYA Con!

 Click here to go to The Shadow Realm to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway (WordPress does not support Rafflecopter, oiye)

Want to visit other sites in this hop? Go to:

1. Always YA at Heart 2. FireStarBooks
3. Jessa Russo 4. Chelsea Fine
5. Brina Courtney 6. Write as Raine
7. Giselle from BookNerd 8. Jason’s Spina Bifida Journey
9. Allie B Books 10. The Shadow Realm
11. The Rambling Jour 12. writing, stuff and nonsense
13. Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal 14. Tiffany- Escaping… One Boook @ a Time
15. Tammy Blackwell 16. Monica @ Cover Analysis
17. Author Chelsea M. Cameron 18. Ren @ Ren’s Rambles
19. Mandy @ I Read Indie 20. ReadingDiva Blog
21. SJune @ sarahs books & life 22. A Book Vacation
23. Girls Just Reading 24. YA Book Addict
25. A Book and a Latte 26. Novelly Nice
27. Michelle Leighton 28. YA Sci Fi Author’s Ramblings
29. Like a Bump on a Blog 30. Jessie’s Remarkable Reads
31. Fade Into Fantasy 32. Banshees, Books, & Baseball
33. Magnet 4 Books Reviews 34. Book Loving Mom
35. Megan @Reading Away The Days 36. Kiersten Pate
37. Lynne @ The Submission Process 38. Brittany @ The Cover


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