17 YA Authors + Disneyland = Crazy Awesome Fun!
3.30.13 Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
From left to right, back row first: Jennifer Bosworth, Chris Howard, Me, Lish McBride, Sean Beaudoin, Kevin Emerson, Elise Allen, Robin Mellom, Gretchn McNeil, Martha Brockenbrough, Rachel Cohn, Carrie Lawler Arcos, Gabrielle Zevin, Cecil Castellucci, Shannon Messenger, Cat Patrick, and Jessica Brody. (pic by moi)
The awesome Cat Patrick dreamed up this epic event: Seventeen young adult authors + bloggers, librarians, and book enthusiasts like me converged on Disneyland at 8:00 AM Saturday, March 30th.
The fun started as soon as we stepped through the gates of the Magic Kingdom… We rode rides, screamed, got drenched and/or stuck on rides (thanks to Tigger spilling honey on the Pooh ride), pretended we were pirates, ate chocolate, tacos, and more chocolate (though no chocolate tacos that I’m aware of). It was the best day ever! All shared with a group of amazing people who love books. (Chris Howard pic by Kasie West)
Anyone too far away to participate could (and maybe still can) order autographed books by these amazing authors through the Mysterious Galaxy’s website.
Not to make you jealous if you didn’t know about this fab event (or couldn’t make it), but here’s a glimpse of what you missed…
Screaming, Reading, Silly Hats, and Prizes!
There was Tower of Terror screaming (pic by Jennifer Bosworth)…
Some were too busy reading to scream (pic by Kevin Emerson) … while others couldn’t help themselves (pic by moi) …
Silly hats happen to just about everyone at Disneyland, as Kevin Emerson discovered (Rapunzel pic by Cat Patrick)… Then there were the lucky dogs who won prizes (Sean Beaudoin pic by Cecil Castellucci)…
And a Book Signing, Chainmail and All!
Anyone who couldn’t make it to the park could join the YAppy crowd at the 5:30 book signing at the Anabella Hotel, across the street from Disneyland. Mysterious Galaxy provided the authors’ books for sale. Autograph slinging ensued, followed by more food and drinks … and wouldn’t you know … chainmail! Compliments of a YAppiest fan who stopped by after attending WonderCon…
A sparring good time was had by all! (pics by Cat Patrick)
More YAppiness & Giveaways Galore!
The YAppiest Day on Earth was soooo awesome, I’m going to keep the YAppiness rolling with reviews and giveaways of the books written by these crazy awesome authors — 17 in all. I’ll post two reviews per month (in alphabetical order by title), each with a FREE GIVEAWAY!
Yes, there is an ulterior motive. I’m hoping you won’t be able to resist joining the YAppiest bunch next year for even more outrageous shenanigans!
the YAPPIEST GIVEAWAY roll:
- Because It Is My Blood — Gabrielle Zevin
- Beta — Rachel Cohen
- Ditched: A Love Story — Robin Mellom
- Divine Intervention — Martha Brockenbrough
- First Day on Earth — Cecil Castellucci
- The Infects — Sean Beaudoin
- Let the Sky Fall –Shannon Messenger
- The Lost Code: Book One of the Atlanteans — Kevin Emerson
- Necromancing the Stone — Lish McBride
- Out of Reach — Carrie Arcos
- Pivot Point — Kasie West
- Populazi — Elise Allen
- Revived — Cat Patrick
- Rootless — Chris Howard
- Struck — Jennifer Bosworth
- Ten — Gretchen McNeil
- Unremembered — Jessica Brody
Stay Tuned for a chance to win one (or more) of these epic reads!