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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spring Into the Future signing recap + Giveaway!

I was lucky enough to be able to make the trip to Miami and attend the Spring Into the Future event at Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL this past weekend! Saturday morning my friends Shanon (Escaping with Fiction) and Angela (Novel Therapy) hopped into the car and hit the road.


We met up with a couple of fellow bloggers, and awesome ladies, Jenna (Making the Grade) and Sarah (YA Rebels) before the signing, and had a great time hanging out and fighting with parking meters.


One of the times we had to go feed the meter Shanon, Angela and I actually saw Veronica and Tahereh chatting outside the bookstore. We got a little excited and I think we startled them when we went up to say hello. They were very sweet about it, though :0)

I have to say, Veronica Rossi and Tahereh Mafi are absolutely hilarious and adorable! They were joking that since they have been touring together for so long, they are basically married now. Romantic walks on the beach included. Haha.


The Q&A portion was awesome. Both authors admitted that there are parts of many of their characters that are drawn from themselves and the people in their lives. Tahereh said there is quite a bit inspired by her brothers. The bird tattoo on Adam's chest is actually a real life tattoo that one of her brother's has. She said after he read about the tattoo and the shower scene, Thanksgiving dinner was a little awkward. Haha. We learned that "Shatter Me" was originally titled "Touching Juliette", but there were too many questions of who was touching Juliette and where she was being touched, so that's how it ended up as "Shatter Me". We also learned that both of them would want to have flight as a superpower, Tahereh also wanted invisibility to go with it. She likes to be stealth :0)


They couldn't share too much about what was coming up in their new books, but we were promised more Roar and more Kenji! That was enough to get me even more excited then I already was. They also had some really great advice for aspiring writers. They insisted that no matter how long it takes and how many times you hear no, you should never give up.


The two of them were so nice once we got up to get our books signed. They spent time chatting with us and even recognized us from Twitter! I was feeling a little starstruck actually getting to have a conversation with these two awesome authors, but they were so genuine and I don't think it could have been more wonderful! I hope if the last leg of the tour comes near you that you'll check it out. It was so much fun and just an all around excellent experience :0)



Now, since it was a signing, I picked an extra copy of each book and had it signed for you guys! So I'll be giving away a signed copy of UNDER THE NEVER SKY, a signed copy of SHATTER ME, and a signed SHATTER ME keychain, to one lucky winner!
This one is going to be US only.






*Some photos courtesy of Jenna DeTrapani & her awesome camera! Thanks, Jenna*

98 comments:

  1. If teleportation is available, I choose that one. I absolutely hate driving, haha. If not, then flying because, as I said, I hate driving.

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  2. Hm I'm terrified of heights so flying would probably end badly and being able to zip around like the Flash would require me to eat constantly...this is hard. I think I would go with Time Manipulation or Teleportation.

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  3. Just one? Speed I guess. Then I would get my hosework done quick

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  4. Oh goodness...I'm perpetually late to everything, so teleportation would be convenient! I could just blink my way to where I needed to be...of course I'd still probably be late because I wouldn't get ready until when I was supposed to be there, but I can hope superpower will make me more responsible haha.

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  5. Teleportation!!! I'd love to go anywhere, any time I wanted. :D

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  6. I would like to be able to fly because no traffic! lol

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  7. Love your post! I think I agree with Mafi and would go with invisibility. That way I could scare my annoying brothers right out of the house ;p

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

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  8. How great to meet these amazing authors! I would love to fly and sometimes be invisible. LOL Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I really want to see these two interacting. They sound freaking adorable! I love when authors are clearly BFFs.

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  10. Oh, superpower, right. I got distracted. Even though I know I would regret it, I still really want to be able to read minds. I want to be able to do so selectively, though!

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  11. Maybe the power of invisibility. Sometimes I'd just like to disappear for a while, especially when my kids and mu husband are driving me crazy:)

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  12. I'd love to be invisible! It's powerful and great to get info:)

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  13. The power to teleport!

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  14. Teleportation! I would be so convinent because I'm always running late lol

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  15. If I could have a superpower, it would be to travel all around the universe and see the different solar systems and planets and life. In fact, this is very much how I imagine the afterlife in heaven to be. A much better outcome than sitting around in bathrobes and sandals singing nonstop. So, that would be my superpower.

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  16. Great recap, Sarah! :) It was such an awesome event and it was also great seeing you again! I'd say that this was perhaps one of my most fun author signing experiences yet. Veronica and Tahereh should ALWAYS tour together... :)

    Until next time! ~ Jenna ;)

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    1. I am definitely on board with them always touring together! It was great getting to see you again, and we all actually got to hang out more this time! I'm still seeing if I can make Colleen's signing work, I'll keep you posted :0)

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  17. I would definitely want my power to be teleportation

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  18. Time travel, telekenisis, or stopping time would be awesome!

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd probably want to have telekinesis or teleporting as superpowers.

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  20. I'd like to be able to fly, very useful in everyday life. Thanks!

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  21. Okay, first off, the signing sounds freaking awesome. I wanted to go to their signing in NYC, but I was told that's too far away. ;____; Sighhhh. They just seem like such BAMFs.

    As for the super power, I'm going to have to go with flying as well. I would absolutely adore that.

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  22. Teleportation please!...just so I can wake up five minutes before class.

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  23. Super speed so i could get places faster and get a ton of stuff done.

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  24. I would want to be able to be fast! Like everything I do is fast, walking, running, homework...

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  25. Reading minds would be fun! :P

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  26. To be able to become any animal I want

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  27. I would love to be able to have super speed. I could clean my house, run to the store, get my exercise done in under 30 min=)

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  28. Ummmm...I really wish I could teleport. Or be invisible. But mostly teleport because it would make being in a long distance relationship easier. :P

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  29. Hi :D I was wondering.. Is there any chance I could enter even though I live in Norway? I would pay full shipping price if I won :) Either way, thank you. This is such an amazing giveaway :) *Jealous.*
    Love, Carina

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    1. Hi Carina! If you are willing to pay shipping costs if you win, I don't see any problem with you entering :0)

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  30. I would love to be able to fly!

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  31. Oh jeeze.. I think I'd pick a push/charisma type power. Like being able to put ideas into a person's mind and get them to do things. If you've watched Alphas on Sci-Fi, Nina's power is exactly what I'm talking about lol!

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  32. I'm so jealous right now. They're coming here tomorrow, but sadly "here" is a 45 minute bus ride away and I have other things to do so I won't be able to make it :[ I super wanted to meet these two, but hopefully I'll get another chance later.
    And it's really super cheesy, but I've always wanted to be able to talk to animals like Eliza from the Wild Thornberry's :]

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  33. If I had a superpower I would choose to fly. Have always wanted to fly :) Been dreaming of it for years (A) Hih. It just sounds so amazing :D One day. lol :)

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd definitely want to be able to teleport. :)

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  35. I would choose to be able to poof...ah, I mean teleport, too. Ooo, or to fly. That would be so cool!

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  36. Ah! The event sounds like it was so much fun! Tahereh and Veronica both sound so funny. After the tattoo and shower scene... well, it definitely makes sense if Thanksgiving was awkward, haha. Flight seems to be a popular superhero power, but I'd like to manipulate minds. Because I'm evil like that. Hehe. :3

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  37. I think I'm going to have to agree with most people on here and say telekinesis.

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  38. teleportation for sure!! How awesome to be able to get someone when ever I want to without having to actually "travel"!!!

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  39. I would choose to read minds. Definitely. I would want to know what men are thinking. They are such strange creatures. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. I'd have to choose teleportation. I get too queasy in my travels anymore. :-)

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  41. Mind reading, definitely. I'd want to be able to turn it on and off though. :)

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  42. I would so like all elemental powers....
    That would be so cool, but if not those, healing would also be awesome...

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  43. I would choose the ability to restore nature, which is basically an all-inclusive elemental power. I'm studying to be an environmental engineer, so that totally fits :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Alyssa Susanna

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  44. I would choose telekinesis, it's like having the Force! :)
    (yes i'm a dorky girl who loves Star Wars, LOTR, but most of all YA books!)

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  45. Teleportation. I ain't got a driver's license, so that might make my life a little bit easier. ;)

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  46. It would be the power of healing. :) I just want to help, that's it. :) - Flord Naezel

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  47. It's not very exciting or noble but I have to say mind control b/c if you have that, you have most situations covered lol:)

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  48. I want to be able to fly! That would be so awesome. :] Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I'd love to be able to mind read :)

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  50. Thanks for the give away I appreciate it ... I hope I win lol

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  51. If I had a super power I would like to read people's mind

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  52. Teleportation, time travel or flying would be awesome superpowers! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. Definitely some type of teleportation, it would make moving so much easier assuming i could teleport with things!

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  54. Teleportation, invisibility, or shapeshifting that would be pretty cool :)

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  55. I would like the power to move things or maybe fly.

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  56. I would totally like to Fly or Time Travel!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Tabby @Insightful Minds

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  57. Definitely teleportation. Then I could go visit all my favorite authors in the blink of an eye.

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  58. I would love to be able to teleport. How awesome would that be?? Thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. I'd choose telekinesis! :D
    -Heather M.

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  60. Invisibility or to read minds :D Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  61. I would love to have the ability to disguise myself; not really invisible but blend in the scenes. :)

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  62. Just touching something and knowing everything about it. Kind of like Gwen from Touch of Frost. Maybe I'd be able to touch a book and be able to know everything that happened in it!

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  63. I would probably want the ability to heal if we're being practical. Not having anyone around me be hurt or sick would be amazing!

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  64. Oh telekinesis,would be cool to have it would be like having more than two arms and being able to carry more and get things done faster!

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  65. I would like the power to turn things into powder. I think it would be quite useful when dealing with annoying people.

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  66. Something related to the brain, like super knowledge hahaha

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  67. I would probably choose teleportation. With a blink of an eye, I'd be wherever I want to be haha.

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  68. Some type of teleporting! It would make getting around so much easier!

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  69. I would want the power to fly like super man, that way I can get places without walking. Thanks for the giveaway & great question.

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  70. I would want to be able to shpaeshift(like Beast Boy from Teen Titans) so that I could run, swim, or fly when I want to. Teleportation would be fun too. And I could sleep in longer without being late for school. :)

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  71. I would choose the super power to take back things I have said, or to take back my actions, because I have the uncanny tendency to stick my foot in my mouth on occasion.

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  72. I would choose to have a power that when I snapped my fingers my housework, dishes, laundry, and all that kind of stuff would be done, because honestly I really hate doing it!!!

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  73. Cordelia,
    Um....sharper vision!

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  74. I would totally want to have the option of invisibility! That would be great!

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  75. If I had super power it would have something to do with laundry and cleaning house at super speed!

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  76. I'd love the power to go back in time!

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  77. What a tough choice! I would want either super speed, mind reading, or the ability to heal.

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  78. I think I'd want to fly! Then maybe I wouldn't be so scared of heights.

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  79. I'd love to have the ability to read minds. I could do almost anything with that!

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  80. Teleportation. I hate traveling. This way, just blink and I am there!

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  81. FLy! <3 Thanks for doing the giveaway

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