Ally Carter is coming to Hicklebee’s celebrate by winning Insignia

Hey guys! I have an extra copy of Insignia by S.J. Kincaid and Ally Carter is coming to Hicklebee’s and it all spelled contest to me. The main prize is Insignia but I carried a few ARCs out of Hicklebee’s the other night and those will be going in with Insignia as a surprise.

What can I do to win this package of awesomesauce? Go to the Ally Carter page at Hicklebee’s and order a book before the twenty-second. If you want your book signed and personalized YAY FABULOUS even better, just fill out your customization in the ‘comments’ form at checkout. You can also call Hicklebee’s during business hours. Then leave your order number in the comments or email it to me and click the “I did this” on the Rafflecopter below.

May the odds ever be in your favor.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Contest

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday. With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

First things first. This book is blurbed by Neil Gaiman. NEIL FREAKING GAIMAN. So I want to give you a chance to win it. You see, my favorite store in the world (Hicklebee’s) is having Cat Valente in on Sunday for a fairy tea party. Awesome right? So Saturday night I will pick a winner here on the blog to win a signed and personalized copy of the book! However if you can’t take the pressure and want to read the book you can call Hicklebee’s anytime and they will get you a signed and personalized copy shipped directly to you (888) 898-0093.

I love my indie, you have no idea how much I love my indie. Freaking J.K. Rowling signed there with the first Harry Potter book and only 20 people came! She drew the sorting hat on the wall and signed it. The walls at Hicklebee’s are filled with signatures, museum items like the actual Indian in the Cupboard, original art, the actual Traveling Pants and so much more.

To win the book (US Only sorry guys I am broke) just go to the Hicklebees website take a look around the site. Read what a Hicklebee is, check out J.K.’s signature. Get familiar with my favorite store. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me why your heart would belong at Hicklebee’s if you lived here! Also tell me how you would want your book signed…

I will have one of the staff pick a winner on Saturday night!

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Hicklebee’s Has exciting news for you!

We have the most amazing authors coming into the store this week. In this post I will give you local yokel’s times and dates to be there. But for all of you who can’t be there no worries! Hicklebee’s can get you signed and personalized copies sent to your door! Just call them at (888) 898-0093!

Joanna Philbin

Thursday, May 12 ~ 3:00

Joanna Philbin writes about fiercely loyal 14-year-old BFF’s in trendy New York, in her stylish and heartfelt Daughters series. Go behind the music in this third novel, The Daughters Take the Stage (Poppy, $16.99).

Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and grew up in New York City. She is the daughter of television host Regis Philbin. She started her first novel at the age of seven, but only got as far as the second chapter. She went on to receive her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She now lives in Santa Barbara.
Author, Chris Crutcher

May 13 ~ 3:30 – 5:00

Chris Crutcher’s fast-paced fiction — heavily influenced by his vast experience as a child and family therapist and child protection advocate — is known for its expert balance of comedy and tragedy, as well as its unflinching honesty and authentic voice.

The American Library Association has named eight of his young adult books, to date, “Best Books for Young Adults,” and four of his books appeared on Booklist’s Best 100 Books of the 20th Century, compiled in 2000 – more than any other single author on the list. Crutcher received the ALAN Award in 1993, the NCTE SLATE Intellectual Freedom Award in 1998, the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and Writer Magazine’s Writers Who Make a Difference Award in 2004. And he takes great pride in landing on the ALA Freedom to Read Foundation’s top ten banned books and authors lists, whenever it happens.

You are invited to a Tea Party with author, Catherynne Valente. Discover the wonders of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

Sunday, May 15 ~ 2:00

Bring your favorite teacup or borrow one of ours. Tea treats will be provided – eat only if you dare or are very, very hungry.

R.S.V.P. requested, though it’s best not to use your real name.

Call (408) 292-8880

Ages 10 & up

CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, and is best-known for her urban speculative fiction, including Palimpsest (winner of the 2010 Lambda Award), and The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden. This, her first novel for young readers, was posted online in 2009 and won the Andre Norton Award—the first book to ever win before traditional publication. Cat Valente lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and an enormous cat.

What the reviewers are saying:

“A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian fairy tale, done with heart and wisdom.” — Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award-winning author of The Graveyard Book

“September is a clever, fun, stronghearted addition to the ranks of bold, adventurous girls. Valente’s subversive storytelling is sheer magic.” — Tamora Pierce, author of The Immortals series

“A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale—full of oddments, whimsy, and joy.” — Holly Black, author of Zombies vs. Unicorns and the Spiderwick Chronicles

“This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — it’s the sort of book one doesn’t want to end.” — Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

“[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable.” — Kirkus, Starred Review

“This book is quite simply a gold mine.” — Booklist, Starred Review

“Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking.” — The Horn Book

I hope you come visit Hicklebee’s, and if you can’t that you order your very own signed and personalized copy from the store.


Guess who is coming to Hicklebee’s?

HAWKADDA! Yes my friends that is what the dastardly duo of Sarwat Chadda and Rachel Hawkins have dubbed themselves via Twitter for their upcoming tour and Hicklebee’s has Hawkadda on March 10th at 7pm. This event is 9th grade and up. If you live in the Bay Area you are going to want to make it for this event. If you don’t and you want the Hawkadda duo to sign books for you look to the bottom of this post to see how to make that happen. Here is some more info on the books and their authors. I will be putting book info in order, if you haven’t read book one then the description of book two may include spoilers for book one.

Sarwat Chadda -Billi Sangreal Series

As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn’t normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order’s ancient battle against the Unholy.
One of the order’s ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years — a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London’s firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

Still reeling from the death of her best friend, Kay, Billi’s thrust back into action when the Templars are called to investigate werewolf activity. But these werewolves are like nothing Bilil’s ever seen. They call themselves the Polenitsy: man killers. The ancient warrior women of Eastern Europe, supposedly wiped out centuries ago. But now they’ve come out of hiding and are on the hunt for a Spring
Child—an Oracle powerful enough to blow the volcano at Yellowstone—and start a Fimbulwinter that will wipe out humankind for good.
The Templars follow the stolen Spring Child to Russia, and the only people there who can fight the supernatural are the Bogatyrs, longtime enemies of the Templars. To reclaim the Spring Child and save the world, Billi needs to earn the trust of Ivan Romanov, a young Russian soldier whose suspicious of people in general, and of Billi in particular.
Dark Goddess is a page-turning, action-packed sequel that spans continents, from England to the Russian underworld and back. This is an adventure of folklore and myth become darkly real. Of the world running out of time. And of Billi SanGreal, the only one who can save it.

Sarwat Chadda was brought up on the adventures of the great medieval heroes like Saladin and Richard the Lionheart. His passion for storytelling grew from his love for the history, culture and myths of Europe and the Middle East.

Sarwat used to be an engineer, working on projects like the Channel Tunnel and Hong Kong airport, but now he writes full time. He has travelled widely, from China to India, from Nicaragua to the Yemen, but there’s no place like home, and home is London.

Devil’s Kiss was his first novel.
Visit Sarwat online at his: Website, blog, & Twitter.

Rachel Hawkins – Hex Hall Series

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.
That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth. Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a risky procedure that will either destroy her powers forever—or kill her.But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Rachel Hawkins was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama, and is currently at work on the third book in the Hex Hall series. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree…

Visit Rachel online at her: Website, blog, and Twitter.

I have read Hex Hall and Devil’s Kiss (reviews to come) I have Demonglass and Dark Goddess that I can’t wait to devour. You do not want to miss this event! Come on down and have some books signed by this dastardly duo, it is sure to be a fun night out. What’s that? You want books signed by Hawkadda but you don’t live in the area? No prob, the folks at Hicklebee’s are still going to help you. Just email them at and they will get back to you or even better yet put their awesome customer service skills to the test by giving them a call Toll Free 888- 898-0093. Tell them Pam the blogger sent you.

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Ned Vizini Talk, Signing and Book Swap

Ned Vizzini is one of the most over-looked by bloggers, and one of the most awesomely awesome YA authors out there at the moment. Ned spends his time writing real stories and when he is not doing that he is going around the nation talking to teens about his experiences with mental illness and telling them that they are not freaks for feeling this way, that it is okay to call a suicide hot line if they need to, and more than that, no matter if their friends think it is uncool. It is more than okay to get help. In my eyes Ned is a hero. When I met him last year in May at the Teen Author Carnival, I knew I was destined to fall in love with his works. He showed up in a full suit and has a sideways smile and always looks a tad bit uncomfortable even when it’s obvious he is not. I bought Ned’s book which he signed in red sharpie and I brought it home from New York and devoured it. It was a story of a boy who called the suicide hot line but it was Friday so he was sent to the over flow, so he walked to the hospital and checked himself in, and then the teen ward was full so he spend two weeks in the adult world. Those experiences changed Craig’s life forever. This book is loosely based on Ned’s life. If you never buy another book because I said so, then buy this one.

I introduced Ned by saying that I found out he was coming to the area by lurking on his Facebook page. He then talked about all three of his books and answered audience questions. I asked about the book he is writing now, I promised not to Tweet or post about his answer but it is going to be fabulous! He then signed a ton of books for the crowd, I bought Teen Angst, an anthology of short stories by Ned that may be based again on his life but I don’t know that for sure. Then we had the book swap.

I brought The Silver Kiss, Ned brought The Card Turner which I ended up bringing home and Nancy from Ravenous Reader was running so late she forgot her bag and the only book she had in her car was New Moon (HA!) so she took that one back herself.Debbie’s World of Books was in attendance but she didn’t want to touch New Moon either. In her defense she had it in the car because she was doing some artwork with the text for a friend. The teens brought some great books. Uglies which I love, 8th Grade Stinks and more. It was a fabulous night. If you ever get the chance to see Ned live you should. I am going to post a couple of pics but you can click through to Flickr to see the rest.

Me and Ned

Ned is very photogenic

Small bit of the crowd

Ned signing the wall at Hicklebee’s

Cool edit of Ned’s Signature my husband did

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