Thursday, September 16, 2010

Smart Chicks Kick It Tour

Even if you only know me in the slightest bit, you know that I love anything about books, from the actual books themselves to the people who write them, particularly young adult books. When the Smart Chicks tour was announced last year with not one, not two, but THREE stops in Texas, one in my town and two only three hours away from me, I knew I'd be the creeper who attended all three.

The Smart Chicks tour consisted of various young adult authors, with Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, and Kelley Armstrong appearing at every stop. Along with those three lovely ladies, I had the pleasure of meeting Cassie Clare, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Margie Stohl, Kami Garcia, Rachel Vincent, and Rachel Caine.

Night 1 was here in Austin at Book People. The event started at 7:00, we arrived a little after 6:00 and the place was already standing room only! There were 450+ people there, crazy!

Night 2 was in The Woodlands in Houston at Barnes and Noble. I was able to hang out with Houston buddies Shandra, Cynthia, and Maria! I rarely ever get to see them since they live in Houston so it's nice to catch up. There were 400+ at this event, but the store was way small and overcrowded and I felt overwhelmed the whole time. Plus I remembered at about 8:00 that night that I never ate lunch. Oops.

Cynthia, myself, and Shandra

Night 3 was at a place called The Refuge in Houston and was sponsored by Blue Willow Book Shop. This was by far my favorite event, even though my energy level was zilch at this point. There weren't quite as many people there and it was organized like WHOA. Those ladies had it down! Kudos to you, Blue Willow workers!

Each event consisted of about a 30 minute Q&A, followed by a quick "lighting round" Q&A led by Holly. After that the authors signed books and things. There were so many people there each night that this usually took about two hours. Crazy!

I am a horrible picture-taker. I'm usually so excited to be in that moment that I usually don't think about stopping to take a picture until later. However, my lovely friend Shandra grabbed my camera from me while I was going through the signing line at the Woodlands event and took some photos. If you squish your eyes you can pretend you're in line behind me!

Yes, I realize I am lying on Kami and Margie's signing table like a fool. I introduce myself and this happens:
Me: Hi, I'm Steph Pellegrin from Twitter. (And I'm totally NOT a creeper!)
Kami and Margie: Oh hey!!!
Kami: Ohmigosh, I thought you were tall! Like obnoxiously tall!
Me: *blink blink* Nope, I'm a shorty!
Margie: We want a picture with you! Here, get on the table!
Me: *more blinking* O...kay...

So, yeah... me lying on a table with Kami and Margie. Enjoy. You can also click here to watch a YouTube video the lovely Jackson Pearce made of the Woodlands stop. I'm in it around the middle/end blowing kisses to someone, or fanning myself and generally looking like an idiot. You decide.

For those wondering, here is my signed loot:

It was a fantastic week, and it's felt strange not going to a book signing of some sort today. I hope they do something similar next year!

I'm sure you're wondering, "Well this is great to hear about, Stephanie, but I wasn't able to attend a Smart Chicks event. What's in this post for me?" Well, dear readers... I will SHOW YOU.

Prize Pack of Awesome #1:

Prize Pack of Awesome #2:

That's right! two prize packs! Prize Pack of Awesome #1 will include a copy of Cassie Clare's story from Zombies Vs. Unicorns, chapter 2 in Holly Black's upcoming novel Red Glove, a Darkest Mercy bookmark signed by Melissa Marr, a Dark Flame bookmark signed by Alyson Noel, and an 8x10 inch Smart Chicks poster signed by Cassie Clare, Holly Black, Alyson Noel, Rachel Caine, Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong!

Prize Pack of Awesome #2 will include a copy of Cassie Clare's story from Zombies Vs. Unicorns, chapter 2 in Holly Black's upcoming novel Red Glove, a Darkest Mercy bookmark signed by Melissa Marr, a Radiance bookmark signed by Alyson Noel, and an 8x10 Smart Chicks poster signed by Cassie Clare, Holly Black, Alyson Noel, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Vincent, Kami Garcia, and Margie Stohl!

How you can get your grubby hands on one of these Prize Packs of Awesome, you ask? Well it's simple!

*Fill out the form below.
*No, you do NOT have to be a follower.
*Only one entry PER PERSON. Multiples will be disqualified.
*This contest IS international!
*Contest ends in two weeks on Friday October 1st at midnight CST. (I will use to pick a winner at some point that weekend.)
*I will email the winner and they have 48 hours to email me back with their address. If they fail to do so, another winner will be picked.
*I am not responsible if the postal service loses a package or damages it in some way. :(

Now that the business has been taken care of, what are you waiting for? Fill out the form already!!


  1. Aww wow, it looks like you had a blast! :) I'm entering your giveaway in hopes of getting into some of these books and writers - I feel so out of the loop. XD That and it ends a day before my birthday! Lucky sign, I hope. ;)

  2. That makes my third event hosted by Blue Willow Bookshop, they are very efficient. If they do their Teen Con this year, you will have to drive down. It was a blast.

  3. Aggh! You did get to take many pictures, I was so starstruck I forgot all about taking pictures, and you're right it was really overwhelming in the Woodlands. I'm so glad you came!!! =D

  4. Oh.. I went to the event in jackson, ms but somehow missed this book I totally would go nuts if i won it ;)

  5. Steph, you are toooo cute girl! Awesome giveaway and even more awesome pic of you with Garcia/Stohl!