Thursday, March 18, 2010

Autographed Carrie Ryan Giveaway!

Earlier tonight I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting author Carrie Ryan at my hometown Barnes and Noble. She is out traveling on a book tour for the recently released: The Dead-Tossed Waves. As soon as I saw she was coming HERE, I knew I had to go and meet her. I loved her debut novel-The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I was told to read it by a bookstore employee I have come to know and trust, and while I was wary, I ended up falling in love.

Carrie Ryan writes beautifully about topics that are deep, dark, and tragic, but still manages to maintain a sense of hope in a world gone evil.

Tonight she explained more about her writing process and the inspiration behind the novels. In addition to reading a portion from her new release, she also fielded questions from the audience and was extremely funny. She was a great speaker and as an aspiring author, I gained a lot of insight from her. After speaking with us, she took pictures with the people who showed up dressed like zombies before settling in to sign books.

While signing my books, she was incredibly friendly. I was just shy (I get that way around new people). The last time I met an author (Markus Zusak) my mother had to get me talking because I didn't know what to say. But Carrie was very friendly and warm!

In addition to getting my own copies signed and personalized to treasure forever and ever, I also picked up an ADDITIONAL hardcover copy of each novel for her to sign. She also gave me some extra swag!

So yes, I am doing a Carrie Ryan Giveaway!

What is up for grabs?

The first place winner will receive the following items: Hardcover copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth (signed), Hardcover copy of The Dead-Tossed Waves (signed), The Forest of Hands and Teeth bookmark, and an "Eat. Prey. Love." sticker.

The second place winner will receive the following items: The Forest of Hands and Teeth bookmark, The Dead-Tossed Waves bookmark, "Eat. Prey. Love." sticker, and CD full of videos and information about The Dead-Tossed Waves and other YA novels and sequels.


  • You must comment on this entry and tell me you are interested!
  • You must be a "Follower" of my blog!
  • If you were an old "Follower" I will give you 1 extra entry!
  • If you write about this contest on your blog and link to this post, I will give you 3 extra entries (please provide a link to your post in your comment here or it will not count!)
  • You must be a United States resident (sorry, but I cannot ship out of country at this time).

The contest will run until April 1, 2010 (Carrie is getting married that day-no, I'm not a stalker, she told us this tonight!) at midnight.

Good luck!


  1. Sounds like you had a great time at the signing. I would love to be entered in this giveaway and I am an old follower.

    morgansact (at) comcast (dot) net

  2. I would love to be entered to this giveaway and I'm an old follower. I haven't read the Dead-Tossed Waves yet, but I can't wait. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Great giveaway! I've been wanting to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth. :) I'm an old follower.


  4. Oh my! How exciting! This is grand! Please count me in suitejuju(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Wow, that is awesome! Please count me in. I'm an old follower.


  6. Sounds lovely! I'm definitely interested, and have been following you for a while :)

  7. Oh, wow, married! And amazing giveaway, thank you. I haven't read Dead-tossed Waves yet, and I definitely want to. :)


  8. Carrie sounds like an awesome author to meet!

    Anyway, great giveaway! I was a follower prior to the contest.

  9. I am so glad you had a great time meeting Carrie Ryan the other night. I think it is always fun to go to these signings and hear some personal background on the author, especially on how they get their ideas and writing methods. Love, Mom

  10. Oh my goodness...PLEASE!? I love these book and checked my FHT out from the library so it would be nice to have a copy. Following!

  11. I am VERY interested!!!! I'm a follower.... =)

  12. Her books have been on my TBR list for several months - how fun that you got to meet her. I am now a follower and look forward to seeing what other books you are reading.

  13. I would love to be included. I am a follower and posted here and on the sidebar.


    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  14. Oh! Enter me please - I'm a follower.

  15. Please enter me in the contest. I read Forest of Hands and Teeth and I want to see what happens next. I'm a follower.

    stephaniefleischer889 AT gmail DOT com

  16. Great giveaway! Thanks for doing that. :) I'm very excited to read the Dead Tossed Waves. This is my first time visiting your blog (good timing on the contest!) and I think it's cool that you're reading through the classics. My bookshelves are filled with classics to be read, but I keep getting distracted by great YA reviews. :) Have a great week!

    Samantha -

  17. I am an oldish follower.. :)
    kinda old and following for awhile.

    Please enter me!

  18. I would LOVE to win this!
    Thanks! :D:D:D
    I am a old follower


  19. What a great book signing! It sounds like she was so interactive - that's really awesome! I would so love to win this and I am an old follower! Thanks!