ApollyCon Highlights and Giveaway!

ApollyCon Highlights and Giveaway!

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When Kelly told me a few months ago that ApollyCon would be held in our hometown of Philadelphia, I jumped at the chance to not only fly home to my favorite city but to also indulge my fan girl tendencies. With a line-up that included, Wendy Higgins, Cora Carmack, Jeaniene Frost and of course the guest of honor, Jennifer L. Armentrout, there was no way BookCrushin was missing out.

We were lucky enough to snag VIR tickets, which allowed us to get into the signing well before the public, which translates to tons of swag, signed books and more. IMG_6450 (1)

 

Wendy Higgins & Shannon

Wendy Higgins & Shannon

At 9:15 sharp, Kelly and I lined up with other die hard fans and made our way through the B&N bookstore where we snatched up tons of books to get signed. When we entered the conference we were able to make our way around and talk with such authors as Megan Erickson, Rachel Hollis, and Susan Dennard. The line to see Cora Carmack was long and I was sweating not being able to talk to her before they broke for lunch but the ever gracious Cora, made an exception, and signed all of our books cutting into her own lunch time.

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Kelly & Megan Erickson

 

We happily got back in line during the public signing and decided to divide and conquer the other half of the room. Kelly waited in line to speak to the guest of honor, who had a line that wrapped around the conference room. Although, I think that had a little something to do with Drew Leighty, aka Seth the cover model from The Return (fans self).

 

With Kelly in line to see Jennifer, I was able to make may way over to meet some of my faves, such as Jay Crownover (who is hilarious), Katy McGarry (who may or may not have given me some intel on a certain favorite character of mine), and Sarah J. Maas (who is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen up close).

Jay Crownover & Shannon

Jay Crownover & Shannon

At 4pm, I get a frantic text from Kelly that she is only 5 people away from Jennifer, so I hauled ass across the conference room and finally got to meet her in person! After signing for hours, she was as funny and as humble as can be.

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Before we left we both found out that we had each separately won ARCs from the raffles. Kelly won her grail ARC–A Court of Thorns and RosesΒ by Sarah J. Maas and I had won Asa (Marked Men #6) by Jay Crownover, SQUEEE.

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At 7pm it was back to the hotel to partake in the after party. Getting to see so many fans dressed up in their ApollyCon finery was a real treat. The DJ put on some amazing tunes, and we spent the better part of the night shaking what our mama’s gave us.

Getting to hang out with real fans and the authors whose words give us so much joy was an awesome experience.

With that said, we can’t wait to share the wealth with all of you! Read on for the first of a few prize packs we will be giving away over the next week.

 

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Kelly’s Book Haul

 

All the books we got signed for friends & giveaway winners!

All the books we got signed for friends & giveaway winners!

 

Giveaway:

Fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win your choice of 1 book from our ApollyCon stash & swag! Open Internationally! Swag will be random. All entries will be verified any fraudulent entries will disqualify the entrant.

Here is our stash pile:
On the left all the books are signed. The middle are cd audiobooks with signed covers. The right are all the freebies we got at the very end so there was no way to get them signed (Throne of Glass) but they are happily up for grabs! Remember the winner gets their choice of one book pictured!

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45 Comments

  1. Semoy
    March 5, 2015

    I’d LOVE to get a copy of Throne of Glass. Mostly because it’s been on my TBR list for so long, and too many others have had great things to say about the series!

    • kelly - artichoke8
      March 5, 2015

      Just so you know the Throne of Glass books aren’t signed πŸ™ they were in our VIR bags that we got at the end of the night, and SJM was already gone so we couldn’t swindle another signature from her…but such a great book/series!

      • Semoy
        March 5, 2015

        Doesn’t matter to me if they’re signed or not. I just want to get to read them XD

  2. Nancy L.R.
    March 5, 2015

    I am so jealous! This is so awesome & I wish I could have gone, specially with a line-up like this!
    I have a few signed books by some of these authors, but some I haven’t met like Jay Crownover, Katy McGarry, Cora Carmack! I love their books, so I hope I get to soon.
    Other authors I am dying to read/meet are Sarah J. Maas & Susan Dennard.

    Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

    • kelly - artichoke8
      March 5, 2015

      Sarah J Maas is seriously amazing person & she’s got moves like Jagger on the dance floor! Susan Dennard is so sweet & humble! Cora Carmack is by far the nicest person ever and I totally stalk her –in a good way!! I hope you get to an event even a small local signing sometime soon….then you can join the ranks of the addicted!!

  3. Tracy Vincent
    March 5, 2015

    I’m so jealous! I wish I lived anywhere near a book signing. I’d probably squee myself to death!

    My ultimate of most ultimate sign wishes would be GRRM or Patrick Rothfuss or Justin Cronin or LH Cosway or Penny Reid (wait I have signed book by her, but I won it, I didn’t meet her…yet.) or Melissa Haag (I got to pet a book signed to my niece by her) or get my copy of Good Omens signed by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

  4. Vika S
    March 5, 2015

    Wow! looks like a good time and an awesome haul!

  5. Katie Lowden
    March 5, 2015

    I would love any Jamie McGuire book signed, thanks so much for the chance!! πŸ™‚

  6. Ashley Kemp
    March 5, 2015

    Holy shiballz you guys I have to go with Tracy and admit I’m a teensy bit jealous, we never have conventions like this where I”m at lol. And really I wouldn’t be able to pick between the Firelight books and SJ Maas πŸ˜€ love that you got to meet and have books signed by such amazing authors! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. Ashley Kemp
    March 5, 2015

    Oh and I forgot to add that I too want some signed Neil Gaiman or even Anne Rice!

  8. Kristy Petree
    March 5, 2015

    Too many authors to name, so I’ll rank my preferences from your awesome stash. πŸ™‚
    1. Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout
    2. Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
    3. Apolonia by Jamie McGuire
    4. All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
    5. Tale of Two Centuries

    Looks like you had a great time! Thanks πŸ™‚

  9. Tammy V.
    March 5, 2015

    I would love to read the Tina Reber books.

  10. Jeanine D
    March 5, 2015

    There were so many authors at Apollycon I wanted to meet, Jennifer Armentrout, Cora Carmack, Laura Kaye, Jay Crownover, Jamie Shaw… As for the book, I would have to grab a quarter and heads-All Line Up and tails-Wicked πŸ™‚ That’s the only way I’d truly be able to decide, lol Congrats on winning Asa, color me jealous πŸ™‚

  11. Brandi Defries Swendt
    March 5, 2015

    Jamie McGuire… love her

  12. angelina
    March 5, 2015

    too many to love <3 Cora Carmack, Tina Reber, Jamie McGuire and Jennifer Armentrout

  13. Nichole H
    March 5, 2015

    Ahh! I’ve never been to a convention or signing before! I hope I can go to one this year! πŸ™‚

    I’d love Wicked Jennifer L. Armentrout!

    It’s hard because I love Cora Carmack and I’ve wanted to read Throne of Glass!! Ahh haha Thanks! <3

  14. Kristen K.
    March 5, 2015

    I’d love to have The Sea of Tranquility signed!

  15. Sierra McBride
    March 5, 2015

    So awesome you won an ASA arc – Totally Jelly!! Lol
    Looks like you had an amazing time! Hopefully one day I can make an Apollycon.
    Would love to win anything, but if I had to pick it would be either the Walking Disaster or Beautiful Disaster CD.

    Thank you for the chance!!

  16. Lisa Vazquezanzua
    March 5, 2015

    I would love to have a book signed by Richelle Mead and Jennifer L. Armentrout!

  17. Janja
    March 6, 2015

    Would like Jamie Mcguire , Cora Carmac,Tina Reber.
    Thank you for the chance!

  18. Irma
    March 6, 2015

    Tina Reber would be my pick :)… or Cora?

  19. Ashfa
    March 6, 2015

    I’d love to get one of Kristi Cook’s books!

  20. Alexandra A
    March 6, 2015

    Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout πŸ™‚

  21. Genesis @ GenGen's Book Blog
    March 6, 2015

    I would love to get either Firelight by Sophie Jordan or Wicked by JLA. I love Cora Carmack and have her Rusk University books signed.

  22. Kelly Peterson
    March 6, 2015

    I wish I could have met you both at ApollyCon! I was there too! It would have been wonderful to meet some new blog friends!

    Even though I was at ApollyCon, I didn’t pick up Wicked or The Art of Pretending which I really wish I had. πŸ™

  23. Brittany Ferrell
    March 6, 2015

    Hi! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!! β™‘

  24. Rhoda K
    March 6, 2015

    I’d really love Firelight. There are so many awesome books in that pile!

  25. Nina G
    March 6, 2015

    I would LOVE to get a book signed by Jennifer L. Armentrout!! And I would really love to have Wicked!!! πŸ˜€

  26. Sara Meadows
    March 7, 2015

    I hope that I can go to Apollycon with you guys next year!! XO.

    • kelly - artichoke8
      March 7, 2015

      YAY! That would be awesome!! I hope it is in Philly again too!

  27. Mary-berry
    March 7, 2015

    OMG, I need to win but I know that I won’t. πŸ˜€ Too many great authors… Maybe a book signed by Jennifer? πŸ™‚

  28. Caitlin Audet
    March 7, 2015

    I would love to meet and get my books signed by Abbi Glines. I’m not exactly sure she attends this convention but she is one of my absolute favorite authors who has the gift of continuously writing amazing books and even though I do have a few that are signed it would be way more exciting to have it done in person.

    • kelly - artichoke8
      March 7, 2015

      Abbi wasn’t at this event, but I have met her twice before! She travels a good bit too!

  29. Kim B
    March 8, 2015

    I would love Apolonia. I LOVE all things McGuire. I have signed books by her, but haven’t had the chance to meet her.

  30. Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages
    March 8, 2015

    I would love the signed copy of Wicked!

  31. lea
    March 9, 2015

    All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

  32. Danielle Meek
    March 9, 2015

    I would love All Lined Up or Wicked πŸ™‚

  33. Alisha Hebert
    March 9, 2015

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  34. Michelle S.
    March 9, 2015

    I would love to have All Lined Up by Cora Carmack.

  35. Diana Doan
    March 9, 2015

    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout!!

  36. nardie
    March 10, 2015

    Any Jennifer L. armentrout books or glass of throne

  37. Michelle Lee
    March 10, 2015

    The authors that I love are Jamie McGuire, Sarah J Maas, Tina Reber, and Sophie Jordan! I heard about this event but it was too far from where I live that I couldn’t go to the event. You are so lucky to have gone! I bet it was amazing to have met all the wonderful authors. Thank you for this amazing chance! πŸ™‚

  38. Samantha Wallace
    March 11, 2015

    I would like to get Firelight by Sophie Jordan, Wendy Higgins, and Jennifer L Armentrout books signed and thanks for the giveaway!! πŸ™‚ <3

  39. _Sandra_
    March 11, 2015

    I would love to get my Leigh Bardugo’s or Veronica Roth’s books signed.
    From Apollycon stash, I would most likely pick one of Tina Reber’s books.
    Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  40. Betul E.
    March 11, 2015

    Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout!!!

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