Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fantabulous Event: YA Fest in Princeton

Hey Fantabulous Readers! 

I just wanted to let you guys know about an author signing I'm holding as a fundraiser for my local library! The information is in the flyer below! 

We have seventeen wonderful authors joining us for a book signing and then we're having a few of the authors hold a book panel, hosted by me! So if you live in the area and want to join us, admission is absolutely free and I would love for you guys to come!

And if you don't live in the area, we're also having an online bookfair, where a certain amount of the profits go to my library! So if you were gonna go Christmas shopping online, you can also help out a struggling library! It's a win win situation!

Let's try and get a hash tag going for this event! If you plan on coming to this event, tweet your favorite authors that are coming with the hashtag #princetonYAfest

Some of the attending authors have been featured on this blog and I'm going to add a little piece of their profile from their websites and link them to an interview, if they've done one with me!

1. Rajdeep Paulus 

Rajdeep decided to be a writer during her junior year in high school after her English teacher gave her an “F” but told her she had potential. She studied English Literature at Northwestern University, and she writes masala-marinated, Young Adult Fiction, blogging weekly at InSearchofWaterfalls dot com.

When Paulus is not tapping on her Mac, you can find her dancing with her four princesses, kayaking with her hubs, coaching basketball or eating dark chocolate while sipping a frothy, sugar-free latte. She secretly hopes to one day own a laptop that functions under water! Oops. The secret’s out.

2. S. Elle Cameron

"I’m young, inexperienced, and vulnerable to the world. I’m an open book that no one cares to read so instead I write and hope that someone will read my words. Maybe that person is you……".

Growing up in a suburban area of Long Island, New York, S. Elle Cameron constantly felt like she didn’t belong. She creates characters that people of all ages can relate to. Her first novel, A Tragic Heart is based off of her many struggles and experiences as a teenager and early adult.

Cameron strives to create novels that capture most of her feelings and emotions while also depicting the inner feelings of other teens. She has since written three more novels that will be released to the public in the near future.

3. Janice Bashman 

Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of PREDATOR (Month9Books 2014) and WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (w/New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry)(Citadel Press 2010). She is editor of THE BIG THRILL (the International Thriller Writers' magazine) and has written for Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Writer's Digest, the Writer, Wild River Review, and many others. Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and the International Thriller Writers, where she serves on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.

4. KM Walton 

K.M. Walton is the author of the contemporary young adult novels, CRACKED (2012) and EMPTY (2013). She is represented by Jim McCarthy from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

K. M. had a gazillion dreams when she was a little girl. Her biggest dream was to be a teacher. Teaching became a reality for K. M. and she taught for twelve glorious years – some of it in Osteen, Florida and most of it in Springfield, Pennsylvania. But, it turns out writing is her favorite thing to do. Even the hard parts – and there are a lot of hard parts.

K.M. Walton also co-authored a book on the teaching of mathematics called TEACHING NUMERACY: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking published by Corwin Press.

5. Charlotte Bennardo 

I'm living one dream; my book, Sirenz, co-authored with best gal pal Natalie Zaman, debuts from Flux in June. I'd like to be able to chase my other dreams where ever they take me, but that's dependent upon money, time, political unrest, contractual agreements, book revisions, if cat will let me, and if I have to make dinner.

6. Alison Formento

Alison Ashley Formento is the author of the young adult novel TWIGS (Merit Press), and award-winning picture books THIS TREE COUNTS!, THIS TREE 1, 2, 3, THESE BEES COUNT!, THESE SEAS COUNT! and THESE ROCKS COUNT! (Albert Whitman & Co.). She's written for The New York TimesParentingThe Writer and several other magazines.

7. Lisa Colozza Cocca

I grew up in upstate New York between Albany and Saratoga. After college, I moved to New Jersey and still live there today. I’ve always worked around books – I was a teacher, I ran a school library, and I’ve written tons and tons of school and library materials. If you’ve been to school in the past decade, there is a good chance you have used something I had a part in making.

As a writer, I’m always keeping my eyes open for new ideas. I love to read and to watch plays and movies. I love to visit gardens, wineries, museums, and pretty much any place I’ve never been before. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to linger over dinner with friends in endless conversation. I’ve closed down many a restaurant!

8. Yvonne Ventresca 

Before becoming a children’s writer, Yvonne Ventresca wrote computer programs and taught others how to use technology. Now she happily spends her days writing stories instead of code, and passing on technology tips to writers. Yvonne’s the author of the young adult novel Pandemic, available in May 2014 from Sky Pony Press. In Pandemic, a teen struggles to survive not only a deadly outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons. Yvonne’s other writing credits include two nonfiction books for kids, Avril Lavigne (a biography of the singer) and Publishing (about careers in the field) along with various articles for teens and adults.

9. Imani Dunning 

Imani Dunning is an entrepreneur from New York City who endeavors to change the world one young person and one performing arts opportunity at a time. Her life’s goal is to walk alongside others, encourage them, and inspire them to push themselves towards their purpose.
She believes the most efficient way to push others towards their purpose is to walk in your own purpose, taking full advantage of your own gifts and talents. Thus she embraces her talents which include writing. Thus far she has been published with Conscious MagazineChelsea Krost, and Women’s Elevation Magazine. She can be found frequenting  Lead With Giants Twitter-Chats about entrepreneurship and how to better serve people.
She relishes the opportunity to change lives through the arts and divine appointments! It is an honor.

10. Heather Demetrios 

When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher's Weekly calls “[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. She is the author of EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles and what Kirkus called in its starred review "an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history" (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN CYCLE). She is also the author of the upcoming I’ll Meet You There (Winter 2015). I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can always find her on Twitter (@HDemetrios), ogling the military dogs she wants to adopt (but can’t because her NYC apartment is way too small).

11. Rosemary Dibattista 

A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The atmosphere of the Jersey shore is present in the details, whether it’s the smell of the sea, the sound of a Springsteen song, or the taste of Kohr’s custard from the boardwalk. And no summer is complete unless she has sand in her shoes.
Her series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her deep appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries, from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. Her debut novel, Murder and Marinara, was named a Best Cozy of 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was a finalist for a 2014 Daphne Du Maurier Award. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She still lives in her home state with her husband and her youngest son.

12. Amy Ewing

Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

13. Joanna Swank

Writing is an outlet to get the clutter of ideas out of my head. I often think if I stopped writing I would run out of space in my head to learn.

In 2011 I started the series Anyone Can Be a Novelist to help other aspiring authors fulfill their dreams. This has been a successful series and has even spurred a college course

As a marketer by trade and talent I have a knack for coming up with unique ways to promote my books. I am also a judge for several writing competitions.

My Published Works Include:
Thorne – A family tragedy that is twisted and full of love 
Anyone Can Be a Novelist – The popular lecture and college series 
Swank Poetry - An eclectic assembly of poems

14. Nicole Zoltack 

Nicole Zoltack loves to write fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, and historical, for all ages. When she isn't writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending they're unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb. Her current favorite TV show is The Vampire Diaries.

15. Cate Price 

Cate Price is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening, antiquing, and cooking with friends. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.

Writing this series proved to be rather a dangerous project, because while researching auction houses, she also became addicted to bidding on box lots. GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS and A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR are the first and second books in the Deadly Notions mystery series, and Cate is hard at work on the third, LIE OF THE NEEDLE.

16. Rachelle Burk

17. William Brazzel 

For the last 30 years William Brazzel has dreamed of writing a science fiction novel; something different but entertaining. Unfortunately, time was his enemy. Raising a family and running a full time business provided no time for self indulgence such as writing. Finally, facing retirement, William was able to create his first novel, "The Seventh Holy Man." He believes that all science fiction and non-science fiction readers will thoroughly enjoy this first novel. Currently, William is researching and writing his next novel which promises to be truly engaging and different. As he describes his goal, my main reason for writing is to entertain my readers.