Sunday, September 27, 2009


Hi Everyone!

I’m finally back in town after my trip to the SIBA (Southern Independent Bookseller’s Alliance) Trade Show in Greenville, SC.

Long drive (which I shouldn’t complain about since technically I was chauffeured by the guy I’m sorta married to but not allowed to talk about online). Great hotel (I mean, it’s always a good thing when you can see your reflection in gold in the elevator. I’m so spoiled. Again, thanks Dude!). Fabulous signing!

I had a great time meeting booksellers and readers and catching up with some old BEA friends (and meeting some new ones!)

Thanks again, Dave, for getting such an awesome event together!

A lot of booksellers seemed excited about One Wish, which is always a good thing.

AND . . . in the hour before my signing, guess what I managed to snag?


I swear, perks of the job: free Advanced Reader’s Copies of books that haven’t even hit stores yet. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Here’s what I managed to snag:

Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron (2009 Deb!)
Shadow by Jenny Moss (2009 Deb!)
Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson (sequel to Suite Scarlett, which I loved!)
The Hole We’re In by Gabrielle Zevin (I met Gabrielle in NYC, and just finished
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, which was fabulous!)
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Sky is Every Where by Jandy Nelson
Wish by Alexandra Bullen
Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (*sigh* John Green!)
Through the Heart by Kate Morgenroth
Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler
Tangled by Carolyn Mackler
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

AND, as if that wasn’t freaking awesome enough, I managed to score a SIGNED FIRST EDITION of Aprilynne Pike’s WINGS. Signed. First. Edition. I was actually going to buy it, because I knew it wasn’t free. Turns out Harper was going to give them away Sunday. When I mentioned that Aprilynne and I were both 2009 Debs and I thought she was fabulous . . . the Harper Rep handed me a copy. Of course, I told her she didn’t have to do that (while I was squealing on the inside), but she insisted. SO Sweet! My new best friend, really!

So . . . it was a successful weekend. I had a great time signing, and indie booksellers: You know you’re Awesome!

Can’t wait to sink my teeth into all these amazing books! In the meantime, I have to work the rest of the weekend to catch up (since we left Friday), and baby girl brought home a nasty cold from SC.

More than halfway through first round revisions on the WIP! Still plugging away!



Lauren said...

Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson, Shadow by Jenny Moss, The Sky is Every Where by Jandy Nelson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, Captivate by Carrie Jones, The Hole We’re In by Gabrielle Zevin, AND
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver?!?!? I'm SO envious! =)

Anyway, happy reading and good luck on revisions.

Leigh Brescia said...

I know! I feel like I hit pay dirt! Thanks, Lauren! :)

bookalicious said...

Wow, that's an amazing haul!!! I'm particularly envious of WISH by Alexandra Bullen - I'm dying to get my hands on that one, it's like number one on my wishlist but I've no idea how to get one!
ps: Just stumbled upon your blog when I was googling for WISH and I've checked out your book - it's sounds really interesting actually, I'll add it to my TBR list!

bookalicious said...

ps: I've had a chance to read Before I Fall and it was one of the most amazing books ever (my review here) so I hope you'll enjoy it too! :)

Leigh Brescia said...

Thanks, bookalicious! :)

I honestly don't even know where to start! I hadn't heard of Wish or Before I Fall, but I may have to stick those at the top of my pile. :)