Monday, 17 January 2011

Maggie Stiefvater Book Signing and SHIVER Giveaway

I have a deep, deep love of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I fell hard for the story and characters in SHIVER and although I was very nervous about it having a sequel, LINGER cast its spell over me from chapter one. Grace, Sam, Cole and Isabel are some of my favourite characters, and I can not wait to get my hands on FORVER.


This being the case, I've been trying to go to a Maggie Stiefvater signing for ages. It shouldn't have proved that hard since she does a lot of events in Virginia, but the timing was always wrong. It seemed like I was jinxed and would have to live vicariously through James of Book Chic's posts.


Then on Friday, as I was killing some time of Facebook, I happened to see (fate!) she had a Saturday signing in Frederickburg. So I left the baby with his Daddy, jumped in the car, and headed off.


It was so worth the trip. Maggie was interesting, funny, and just plain nice. If you read her blog, listening to her talk is exactly like reading it. She tells stories, goes off on tangents, and makes you laugh.


A few of the stories I knew from her blog, but I didn't know that the British version of LAMENT has had the words bloody and frigid removed. Which strikes me as very funny, seeing as we do use them to mean covered in blood and cold too!


Anyway, I had a great time and I even asked a question, two questions in fact! Which, if you know me, you'll know is huge. I am, not shy exactly, but I don't like talking in big groups. But I asked and no one shouted what a stupid question, so it was all okay. 


And in case you're wondering I asked Maggie if she's a plotter or a panster. She answered that she writes her novels the way she plans her road trips. She has a starting point, a destination, and a few highlights along the way, but plenty of room for detours too.


Afterward Maggie signed books, handed out samples of the English version of LAMENT (bloody and frigid free - phew!), and posed for photos. 


I got a photo, in which I don't look completely insane, and Maggie has her eyes open, so I can post it here (although my hair needs a cut!)








AND


Of course I got a signed SHIVER  to share with one of you. Maggie even drew a cute wolf in it, look




So cool.


So if you live in the USA, UK or CANADA (sorry international readers I'm poor this month) and would like a signed copy of SHIVER. Leave a comment by midnight on the 21st January 2011 and I'll randomly pick one of you.

29 comments:

  1. :O!

    Me want! Hee hee. Maggie is so adorable in that pic!

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  2. so excited for this giveaway
    thank you so much for the giveaway!!

    khyla_808ATyahooDOTcom

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  3. OOh I've been wanting to start this series so if I win this'll be the perfect chance ^.^

    snifflykitty@gmail.com

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  4. Wasnt she great? I was sitting next to you I think at the signing, :-P

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  5. I really enjoy your blog and enjoyed this post!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  6. Very jealous you got to meet Maggie Stiefvater! Love Shiver. I wish we got more author appearances in Australia.

    Love the wolf she drew.

    PS. Don't enter me as I am international :)

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  7. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Jessica b
    jecca.0104[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. i've just started reading Shiver having bought it before christmas because my best friend raved about it for weeks after she read it. for her to rave for weeks was quite amazing because she had to do it by email.
    i'm about 30 pages in and not to sure about it at this point. having read this i'll make sure to keep reading.

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  9. I would love to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  10. That's great you got to meet her. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  11. So cute! The wolf is the best part.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  12. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

    Thanks for the awesome prize!

    jmanni32@yahoo.com

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  13. How fun! I'm so glad you were able to make the trip and catch the signing. Love the wolf doodle.

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  14. I would seriously love to read this one. Thank you for the giveaway. The wolf is cute too.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  15. I swear to be your best friend if I get picked.

    ;-)

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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  16. Wow, you are incredibly awesome for giving this away! Thank you!!

    lovereadingx[at]gmail[dot]com

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  17. I already have a signed copy of Shiver, so I'm not entering the contest. Isn't she awesome! She just seems like so much fun!

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  18. I'm so glad you got to meet Maggie! That is so cool! And you look lovely, by the way.

    Can you believe I haven't read any of this series yet? I will soon, I promise (especially if you pick me!!!)

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  19. Do I want this? Or would I be scared? You decide whether to include me or not. Hehe!

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  20. Yay for contests! Thank you!

    Sara @ The Hiding Spot
    thehidingspotATliveDOTcom

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  21. Great picture! I would love to win this!

    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Oh, what a fantastic prize! Definitely keeping my fingers crossed for this one!

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  23. You're so lucky to have met Maggie. She is definitely one author I'm dying to meet in person. She is so talented in more than just writing.

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  24. How fun that you got to meet Maggie Stiefvater!! Very cool. I'd love me a signed copy of her book!!

    mmillet at gmail dot com

    Thanks@

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  25. OMG This is so exciting. I'd love to win her book - maybe I could read it and then offer it to someone in another giveaway!

    clenna at aol dot com

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  26. How exciting! I'd love to have a signed copy...thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. I'm glad I caught this now instead of 24 hours from now (aka-post giveawy entering time)! I am soooo excited for shiver! I'm glad you finally got to meet Maggie Stiefvater (I am sooo jealous).

    -Jenny
    quilloncole@gmail.com

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  28. Don't enter me, obviously! Just wanted to come by and say that it's awesome you finally got to go to a Maggie signing though it would've been awesome if I'd been there too (I miss you!). But, as I told Maggie on her livejournal, I was up in NYC seeing a matinee show of Jersey Boys with my roomie, her bf and her dad. Glad to hear you had a good time!

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  29. Thank you for this great giveaway! I've read and loved Shiver and Linger.

    sarahdc22 (at) gmail (dot) com

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