Monday, July 15, 2013

Chicago ALA Event 2013 & Giveaway

Annual ALA Event
Chicago, Illinois 

On June 27th, several of us here at Waves of Fiction, including Crystal, Rachel and myself (Arlene) had the pleasure of flying to Chicago to attend the Annual ALA event. For Rachel and I, this is the second opportunity we’ve had to attend this BOOK.HEAVEN event, and it was absolute bliss!! All of the major publishers were on site, and they had a pleasant and informative group of representatives at each booth ready to share information of recent and upcoming releases.

One of the things I look forward to the most is the opportunity to connect with publishers, engage in fun book conversations with other bloggers and book enthusiast, as well as the privilege of coming home with some great releases that aren’t due out until the Fall of 2013, and this event was no exception. The three days went by so quickly because we were having such a great time.

We all arrived on Friday in time for the Exhibitions Grand Opening and stayed until Sunday. And, I have to say one of my favorite parts of the trip was finally getting a chance to meet my book bestie Crystal after FIVE long years of virtual book chatting. We’ve read, blogged and talked together for many years, but this was our first time meeting in person, and we both agreed that we won’t let so much time go by without connecting.

Rachel and I are lucky enough to live in close proximity to each other, so frequenting book events together is always a treat. We all made time for a book club night on Saturday, so imagine our enjoyment of having the opportunity to eat dinner and talk about books for over TWO hours!! Best.Time.Ever!
Sarah Dessen, Tracey Garvis Graves and Julie Ann Walker
At the convention, we were able to meet one our favorite authors Tracey Garvis Graves, which for me was the highlight of the Exhibition Event. In addition, we were able to get our hands on some books, which we’ve been pining for. So let me share with you a sneak peak of some upcoming reviews you’ll see from us.

Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Love Wars by L. Alison Heller
Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
Snapshot by Angie Stanton

Speaking of books, we typically share a small giveaway along with our event recaps, so we have three books, which we’d like to share with one lucky Waves of Fiction follower. Simply fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win. This giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck!

No Limits by Jenna McCormick
My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams
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Giveaway Policy: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age and older to enter. Must reside in the United States. The retail value of the books are $11.96, $11.05 and $9.98 USD listed respectively. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners will be selected after August 12, 2013 randomly by Rafflecopter. Entries will be reviewed for accuracy. Waves of Fiction is not are not liable for lost items shipped/emailed. If the items are not claimed via email within 24 hours of receiving notification the item will be forfeited with no winner or an alternate winner may be selected at blog’s discretion with email verification by August 15, 2013. Waves of Fiction has the right to obtain and publicize the winner's name and likeness. Void where prohibited by law.


  1. I am looking forward to reading Edible by Ella Frank, Lick by Kylie Scott, and Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning!

  2. I'm looking forward to Lick, Forgiving Lies and Covet right now! Thanks!

  3. I'm most excited to read Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams. I love all her books!

  4. Lick by Kylie Scott. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. I'm looking forward to reading My Favorite Mistake. Thanks for sharing your ALA experience with those of us who didn't get to go! :)

  6. they all look great, but I'd probably read Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams first

  7. I am looking forward to read is My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron thanks for the great givaway!

  8. I'm actually excited to read them all equally :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. I'm most looking forward to Forgiving Lies :)

  10. I'm looking forward to Forgiving Lies. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  11. I am most excited to read No Limits.

  12. I'm actually looking forward to reading all 3 of them equally! Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. I can't decide. All three sound like amazing reads. Thanks!