Smart Chicks Kick It Tour Recap and GIVEAWAY

 On October 1st, the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour made their stop in Vancouver. I haven’t flown alone in a long time and I’ve always been afraid of flying. Which is surprising since my husband and I fly about 3 to 4 times a year on average. I don’t know, something about hurtling from 36,000 feet to my death tends to put the fear in me.  No joke.

Vancouver is about two and a half hours west from where I live (by air). I was simultaneously scared and excited. The flight was uneventful, thankfully. So obviously, I survived. All that fright and worrying were all for naught.

I had an awesome time! Vancouver is such a beautiful and bustling city. I just wish I had the time and the guts to do a bit of exploring, but oh well. Half the battle was getting my butt on the plane. Lol.

Anyway, I got there about two hours before the authors took the stage and the place was already packed. So I wandered around aimlessly to waste time – hardly a hardship since I was at a book store. I honestly have no clue what goes down on these type of events. I didn’t bring my books with me for the authors to sign, so I actually had to buy duplicate copies of all the books.

The illustrious panel included: Kelly Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Beth Revis, Margaret Stohl, Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Sara Zarr. They were very funny and forthcoming about their future projects. In as little as two hours, I learned so much about writing and publishing. The audience, which consist mostly of teens, threw questions that for the most part, were quirky and fun. The crowd pretty much brought back memories of my Twi-hard days, when I’d be one of the few mothers in the cinema for the midnight showing 🙂

I learned that EVERYONE, and I mean, EVERYONE wants to kiss and shag Derek of the Darkest Powers trilogy. Even most of the panel! Margaret Stohl is a huge gamer and attends the annual Pokemon conference (I didn’t even know there was one). Beth Revis is very soft spoken and loves chaos when she writes. Everyone was so nice and they didn’t give me an unapproachable air.

The best lesson of all: NEVER STOP READING.

I won a signed poster of Matched/Crossed by Ally Condie but decided to give it up to a girl whose mom was nice enough to let me cut in front of the line (she knew I had a flight to catch). I got home about six hours later to find an email from this sweet girl thanking me for the poster 🙂

I’m looking forward to the next event that I could afford to go to. I’m eyeing BEA 2012 in June. We’ll see.

Best autograph ever! JOY IS A BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. – Margaret Stohl

So, we come to the giveaway portion of this post. Open to everyone! 

Six winners:

(1) The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
(1) The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
(1) How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
(1) Enthralled by K Armstrong & Melissa Marr
(1) Across the Universe by Beth Revis (signed)
(1) Raised by Wolves & Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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  • So, I went on to your current contest page and saw this. I was like, “woah! Awesome!” but then I thought there must be an event recap somewhere (I love reading these). And there was! YAY!

    So glad that your flights went well 🙂 It sounds like you had an awesome time! Fingers crossed for that BEA thing 😉

    Thanks SO MUCH for the giveaway. I would love to meet all of these authors, but Ally Condie is probably at the top of the list. Thanks again!

  • Hi!

    I just want to say that my GFC name is Molly Gibson-Mee.

    And I'd LOVE to meet Jennifer Lynn Barnes because she's been my idol for as long as I can remember!


  • Wow that's tough but I would have to say Ally Condie I love the world she created in Matched and I so can't wait to read Crossed. I'm Team Ky. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Thanks you for this international giveaway, it's so good….
    i'd lov2 win across the universe

  • Kelley Armstrong!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  • Each of them, but I guess I'll go with Beth Revis or Margaret Stohl!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • oh, want them all, thanks for the giveaway!


    Will settle for one.

  • I'd like to meet Beth Revis. Across the Universe is amazing! 🙂

  • I would love to meet Kelley Armstrong.

  • (Divya)

    Squee! Congrats!

    I'd want to meet Beth Revis!!!!

  • Thanks you for this international giveaway, it's so good….

    i would like to win the books ( raised by wolf) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes or Enthralled
    ( i've got the darkness power trilogy)
    I've met kelley armstrong and she is very friendly


  • I really enjoyed Kelley Armstrong and Jennifer Lynn Barnes books but I wouldn't mind meeting any of them.
    Thanks for the incredible giveaway!!

  • I think I'd like to meet Kelley Armstrong. I have a few of her books on my TBR pile.

  • Beth Revis and Margaret Stohl! I haven't read the books of the other authors.

  • I would want to meet Kelley Armstrong! The truth is I would love to meet all of those authors!
    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  • Beth Revis !

  • I would love to meet ALL of those authors! Totally amazing post :]

  • I would love to meet Kelly Armstrong or Melissa Marr. I loved both the Wicked Lovely serires and the Darkest Powers series! You are so lucky! I really want to go to one of these book conventions someday 🙂 *wistful sigh*

    Vivian M

  • Meeting ally condie would be the BEST D:
    thank you for this! I hope it's Canada/international, if its not than ignore brittkneesaur 🙁

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  • I really want to meet Kelly Armstrong. I love all of her books.

  • If I were to choose, it wouldn't be so hard! Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr! Both are great writers! In my head, we're drinking tea in a tea house, talking about our lives, and they weren't bored when I was talking. But of course, that's just my head imagining things that probably would never happen. LOL. 🙂 I wanna read Enthralled!

  • Eeek! Joy, you're so lucky! Yo got to meet Kelley and Beth. Wow! I'd love to meet them! I absolutely love adore love Across the Universe and the Darkest Powers trilogy. I hope I'm as lucky as you are and can meet these two amazing authors some day. Thanks for the great giveaway:)The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl is a series I've heard much about, so thank you for the chance to win:)


  • Great story, Joy! I'm very glad you had such a lovely time. And you are right – best autograph ever :)))

  • I would like to meet Beth Revis and Kelley Armstrong.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway 🙂

  • I have been reading Kelley Armstrong's books for a while now and I have loved them, so it would be totally awesome if I could meet her!!

  • I would want to meet Kelley Armstrong !!
    I am a huge fan of hers 😀 Love her books so much !

    and thank you so much for this give-away <3


  • I actually haven't read any of the books from the authors you mentioned, but I'd be interested in meeting Beth Reevis because I really want to read Across the Universe!

    Working for the Mandroid

  • I'd LOVE to meet Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl as I'm a HUGE fan of The Caster Chronicles:)

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  • Thanks for the giveaway! :] Hope Kelley Armstrong would come here too!

  • LMAO Oh Derek… See? Everyone loves you! *sighs* <3 <3

    I definitely would love to meet Kelley Armstrong!
    Thank you for the great giveaway! 🙂

  • I wish there were pictures ;))

  • Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • I would love to meet Kelly Armstrong. I love her books.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • This is truly an amazing giveaway.

  • I'd most definitely love to meet Margaret Stohl! She is my idol! 😀


  • I would love to meet Kelley Armstrong but also Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I am a firm lover of all Kelley's books but when I picked up Jennifer's book Tattoo I flew right though it and then the same for Fate. I haven't read her Raised by wolves book yet but I would love to:)

    P.S. I know how you feel about flying. I do it about 1-2 a year and I freak out every time. We hit a rough patch on our flight back from Cuba this year and I almost broke my husbands hand lol

  • I think I would pick Kelley Armstrong. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • So jealous! I wish that tour would have come to the east coast. 🙂

    Love the story about the poster. That was awesome.

    I hope to meet Beth Revis one day.

  • Wow, sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for the giveaway. I would most like to meet Kelley Armstong, she's a force in the urban fantasy genre.

  • I would most like to meet Kelley Armstrong! I love love love her books!!

  • Ash

    I would most want to meet Melissa Marr. 😀

  • Kelley Armstrong is a favorite of mine. I've been to several signings…but would love to just sit down and chat with her!

  • I'd love to meet Kelley Armstrong or Beth Revis! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. 🙂

  • I love melissa marr such a talent. Her wicked lovely is one of my faves

  • I met Cami Garicia Last weekend at #OCCBF so i would love to meet Margret Stohl ! or Beth Revis, I loved Across the Universe !

  • I'd love to meet Margaret Stohl, I think she is a great writer (I've read Beautiful Creatures, stopped there for lack of money u_u) and I just think she's really awesome, too! I want to know how does she get to have such original ideas while I'm sitting here, racking my brains just to try to write a suckish story… Haha

    Geeks & Books

  • I would really like to meet ally condie!

  • im so proud of u flying by yourself. n it shows how awesome u are to give away your signed prize!! xoxox