Breathless Reads Tour: Collegeville & Doylestown, PA Stops

We get some pretty great authors around the Philadelphia region on occasion but we’ve never gotten such an awesome tour stop here before..much less TWICE! Taking full advantage of the awesomeness, I went to both stops in Collegeville (about 45 min from my house but nearer to my fiance) and then in Doylestown (where I live!). This tour was FANTASTIC. I was live-tweeting like a crazy person because there was just so much to talk about! BIG props to Penguin Teen & the authors for such a great time!

Images From Saturday at Towne Center Books in Collegeville
 The lovely Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked) & Andrea Cremer (Nightshade series)
 Andrea Cremer, reunited with one of my blogging bffs April from Good Books& Good Wine & finally met the lovely Jena of Shortie Says!

All of us with Andrea Cremer, Jessica Spotswood, Beth Revis, Marie Lu — got to meet the lovely April from Sim-sational Books.
Images From Sunday’s stop at Doylestown Bookshop
 The lovely ladies — Beth Revis (Across The Universe), Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked), Marie Lu (Legend) & Andrea Cremer (Nightshade series)
Beth Revis, Frankie, Marie Lu, Me, Jenna, Vi
Love my local bloggers! Always a good time with these ladies. 
I loved what these ladies had to talk about! They are incredibly talented and are really quite entertaining! One of the best things about tours like this is getting to learn about the authors as people, about their writing process & experience and see their passion for their stories just exude from them. If you followed me on Twitter, you probably read most of this but interesting things! I’m going to share with you 5 noteworthy things that each author said or that I learned about them.
Beth Revis:
1. Beth Revis is one of the funniest authors out there. Her evil laugh makes me giggle..especially when she talks about killing off characters. It’s one of her favorite past-times it seems!
2. She sneaks people from her real life into minor characters — and kills the annoying ones! 😛
3.  She wrote 10 novels in 10 years and was rejected for all of them. Has about 800 rejection letters. YAY for her to keep on keepin’ on!
4.  Her new series will be “Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds meets Game Of Thrones”
5.  When asked why she writes YA- “YA is a style of writing not a recommended reading level”
Andrea Cremer
1. Gave some great writing advice: “Stop chasing all the new ideas – pick one and finish it”
2. Her new series sounds amazing!! It’s set in the Middle Ages. It’s called Rift and it comes out in August 2012 and it’s a prequel to Nightshade.
3. “Books should be everybody books, not girl or boy books.” YES YES YES!
4. She’s a speed writer — she writes first drafts in about 4-8 weeks!
5. She’s writing a book with David Levithan!! THIS made my day!!
Jessica Spotswood
1. Jessica is the most adorable human being ever! Her voice..it’s just so cute!!
2. Her inspiration for Born Wicked came to her in a dream.
3. Learned a really random fact about her– she hates vines??! lol. What a random thing to hate!
4. As a debut writer, she’s just been so amazed and overwhelmed! She’s always dreamed of being a full time writer and now it’s happening.
5. She really wanted to explore the complicated relationship of sister’s in Born Wicked.
Marie Lu
1. Marie has some of the cutest outfits ever! Love her style!
2. She’s had the character of Day in her head since high school. She wrote him in a few things but it never clicked like Legend did. He’s just been evolving through the years and she learns new things about him all the time.
3. On why she writes fantasy/sci-fi: “You can explore issues without being preachy”
4. She draws her characters before she writes them. Another fun fact, she used to work for a video game company.
5.  Marie’s favorite character from Legend is surprisingly Thomas — a character people tend to hate!
AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY:
Win your choice of a signed copy of one of the following books: 
* Legend by Marie Lu
* Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (paperback)
* Across the Universe by Beth Revis
* Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood


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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. Kyle (A Reader's Pensieve) says:

    Jealous! I really wish the tour had stopped in Michigan! I would have LOVED to attend and meet everyone!

    I can't wait to read Born Wicked–sounds amazing!

  2. I would pick Legend because I'm not a really big fan of dystopian, but everyone has recommended this to me saying it would change my mind. I would really love to give it a shot.

  3. Laura Ashlee says:

    Ah! Jealous! It looks like you had a blast.

  4. lisa [the nerd] says:

    Across the Universe because I LUUUUUUURRRVE sci fi. Do you see all those 'u's?!

  5. Laura Ashlee says:

    Oh, and I would choose Across the Universe because I love those books so much! I devoured each book in a day.

  6. Jasmine Rose says:

    I wish the stop was coming close to me, but sadly, it's not. I'm glad you got to go to the awesomeness that was this tour though! I would pick either Legend or Born Wicked. I've been meaning to read Legend since I heard so many awesome things about it last year and I read an Arc of Born Wicked, loved it, and am dying to own a finished copy now!

  7. I would choose either Born Wicked or Across the Universe. Born Wicked because I read an ARC and would LOVE a finished copy. Across the Universe because I've been wanting to read it for awhile, but never had the time, so I never picked it up.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  8. the story siren says:

    Not a contest entry… but just wanted to say that it looks like you had a BLAST! so jealous you got to hang out with such fabulous authors and bloggers! I am having event withdrawal in the most horrible way, thank god I can live vicariously though my blog buds!

  9. sarabara081 says:

    That looked like so much fun! What an amazing experience!

    I would choose Legend. I loved that book and would love a signed copy. 🙂

  10. SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Kristi! You gotta get up to Anderson's soon! Well, all the fun at RT will more than make up for any event withdrawal!

  12. Sounds like an awesome fun time! There's nothing cooler than actually seeing what your favourite writers are like in real life — I always find that their writing is more alive afterwards. Or maybe I'm just super weird.

  13. Oops — and I would pick Born Wicked, because the cover is gorgeous and I haven't read it yet =)

  14. sarahwedgbrow says:

    Fantastic tour and thanks for summarizing the good bits! I'd love BORN WICKED…really love a book dealing with family relationships (sisters).

  15. Thanks for the post. It looks like it was so much fun. I would choose Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood because it's the only one I don't own yet!

  16. Ana Lucía says:

    Born Wicked. I've read it's really good.

  17. I would choose Across the Universe, I read and loved both it and it's sequel.

  18. Athena Franco says:

    Sounds like such a great time! I would choose Marie Lu's "Legend," it sounds so good and I can't wait to read it.

  19. I would choose Born Wicked because it looks fantastic!

  20. A Novel Review- Laura Kay says:

    I would pick Born Wicked. I LOVE the trailer, the story just seems so intriguing to me. I watched the trailer with my daughter and she was thinking it was for a movie and wanted to go! lol. So if I win we'd both read it!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. melissa @ 1lbr says:

    I would totally pick Legend, because that book blew me away! Great story, interesting characters, realistically scary future, and so cinematic! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  22. Monica G Lopez says:

    Which book would you pick and why?

    I would, without a doubt, pick Born Wicked. I have read the reviews, watch the trail about a thousand times, and well, I love it! I was to so close to getting it but I didn't 🙁 I appreciate the opportunity to win!

  23. I dont know what I would chose to be honest. I've read both Born Wicked and Across the Universe and both were good! i dont know…

    I am super jealous that you got to go, not once but TWICE! Nothing comes to Cleveland!

  24. I would pick Across the Universe becauseit sounds really intriguing!

  25. Bookish in a Box says:

    I would pick Across the Universe because I've heard nothing but good things about it and because it's a sci-fi murder mystery.

  26. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase says:

    This seems like such a great event! I saw some of your live tweets, so I'm glad you put it all together in one post!

    I'd pick either Born Wicked or Across the Universe. I LOVE AtU but I own Legend and haven't read it yet, and I don't own Born Wicked. So I guess I'd go with Born Wicked, because hopefully one day I can get Beth Revis to sign my copy of AtU. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  27. Ria- The Beaucoup Review. says:

    I'd choose Born Wicked, I've heard a lot of great things about it and would love to read it. Thanks for hosting!

  28. I am SO jealous of this!

  29. Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) says:

    You guys all look SO cute! It's cool that you went to two stops!

  30. Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf says:

    I would pick Born Wicked…of love stories with witches and that trailer is amazing!

  31. Awesome post! I wish the tour could have stopped in Nashville, but I did see Beth Revis at the Ash2Nash Nashville stop. You're right: she's absolutely hilarious! It looks like you had a great time. 🙂

  32. If I had to pick one, it would be Across the Universe, since I didn't have my own copy for Ash2Nash.

  33. I think I would pick Born Wicked. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  34. Ever since I saw the beautiful cover and found out it was about witches, I have wanted to read Born Wicked! Thanks for doing this giveaway because the tour didn't come to the state that I live in 🙁

  35. Nicci @ Paper Dreams says:

    I wish I had been nearer to one of the tour stops, it would have been so awesome!! I would pick Born Wicked because I have heard it is amazing, and I have yet to see a bad review for it. 😀

  36. They were wonderful! I was at the Collegeville tour stop! I loved Beth! She was so funny!

  37. Shannon Scharf says:

    I would pick Across the Universe! I've been hearing great things about it!

  38. Ashley Holstrom says:

    So jealous! I've never been to a book tour… Methinks I need to add attending one to my bucket list.

    Also, your outfit is so freakin' cute.

  39. I would pick Born Wicked. I've heard such awesome things about it.

  40. pandalovesyou says:

    I would pick Born wicked. Hearing lots of buzz about this book.

  41. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

  42. thefantasyfangirl says:

    I'd pick Born Wicked. The gorgeous cover is what first caught my attention, but it being a story about witches interests me even more.

  43. I'd pick Born Wicked. I've heard amazing things about it, and I'm really excited to get my hands on it! I'm not really a fan of witches, but I've heard that many readers who felt this way had their minds changed.

    Thanks Jamie!

    – Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  44. Magan @ Rather Be Reading says:

    Hi Miss Jamie! I'd love to win a copy of Born Wicked! I'm itching to read that book. That cover is absolutely fabulous. I've read umpteen rave reviews for it, too! You're so awesome for doing this giveaway! 🙂 xoxo

  45. I'd pick Born Wicked or Legend.. I already own copies of the other two, and though I'd love a signed copy, I'd rather own a book I don't already own. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Thanks for the giveaway.
    If I win I'll Choose Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood I really really want to read it.

  47. throuthehaze says:

    I would choose Born Wicked because it sounds interesting and I already have the other books 🙂

  48. Book Flame says:

    I would pick Born Wicked..the concept sounds interesting and something I would really enjoy reading

  49. I don't know which book I would pick! I'd need to think about which book I want to advocate to and give to my friends. The only book I haven't read is Nightshade. (commenting as Justine)

  50. books first love says:

    I would choose LEGEND cause I like dystopian books very much. Ahh a signed book, sigh. Thanks very much for the chance to win.
    best wishes.
    just.andreeam@yahoo.com

  51. Definitely Born Wicked! It seems to be the most popular choice too. Just seems like an awesome book. Thanks so much! 🙂

  52. Sarah Kalaitzidis says:

    I would pick Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood because it looks so cool!!
    thanks for the great giveaway!!

  53. I would pick Legend. I've been wanting to read it for awhile!

  54. I would LOVE to have a signed copy of any of the above, but I think I would choose Born Wicked! It's the only one of the above I have not read yet 🙂

  55. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) says:

    Wow. I'm sighing as I'm thinking about where I live – far away from events like this and it is awesome that you got to go! It looks awesome.

    If I won, I'd choose Across the Universe because Beth Revis mentions NC State University in it briefly. And that is not too far from here. Random, I know. Also, because I loved it, it's sci-fi, the characters are great, and it made me feel claustrophobic. Crazy reason, the claustrophobia? Nope. Beth Revis can reach outside of her pages and make me FEEL things. So, that's the one I'd choose.

    That being said, I'd WANT them all.

  56. This tour sounds like so much fun, I'm so jealous of everyone who went to it! I love that Beth Revis kills off annoying people inspired from real life – that's hilarious!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway! I have no idea which I'd choose, I kinda want them all…probably ATU (one of my fav books ever and yet i don't own it!) or Legend.

  57. Ahhh, I wished I could have gone to the tour, it seems like it was fun 🙁

    I'd pick "Across The Universe" because I absolutely loved it and I really want a copy of it, or "Legend" because I heard a lot of good things about it and I want to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Also, I love your outfit from the last pictures! 🙂

  58. It looks like you had SO much fun during these two tour stops! I was able to catch them when they came to NY, and I absolutely enjoyed it. It was amazing to meet them all, especially Marie Lu!