BEA 2011: Best Ever

by Lisa Wray, Public Relations Coordinator

Book Expo America (BEA) is an event for publishing professionals, but it’s also an opportunity for Harlequin authors to meet their fans. The Harlequin in-booth signings began on Tuesday with Linda Lael Miller, who had over 100 eager fans waiting at 10 a.m. to get a signed copy of A Creed in Stone Creek.

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Long line of avid fans waiting to meet Linda Lael Miller.

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She made time to chat with each reader!

The lines were filled with librarians, booksellers, bloggers and even staff from other publishing houses, all waiting to meet their favorite Harlequin authors. The large crowds created much excitement and once the in-booth signing event Paranormal Hour began, it was hard to keep the signing-lines in good order.

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Gena Showalter (left) and Heather Graham (right)

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Laura Ann Gilman (left) and Stephanie Chong (right)

My much anticipated events were the two Harlequin TEEN hours, which occurred at 12 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Rachel Vincent signed and gave away copies of her much anticipated fifth book in her Soul Screamers series If I Die (out in October 2011) and I was able to catch-up with debut author Cara Lynn Shultz, who signed her upcoming release, Spellbound (July 2011). As you can see from the photo below, the Harlequin TEEN group drew in quite a crowd.



Avid readers lined up to meet the Harlequin TEEN authors

The second Harlequin TEEN hour on Wednesday had avid fans lining up two hours before the event began! And how could they not when copies were being signed and given away by Maria V. Snyder, who signed her latest novel Outside In and Julie Kagawa, who signed The Iron Queen.

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Rachel Vincent signing If I Die

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Maria V. Snyder signing Outside In

Two of the authors were giving away copies of yet-to-be released titles: Gena Showalter was signing her much awaited for third book in her Intertwined series, Twisted (coming out in September 2011). Harlequin TEEN’s first steampunk author Kady Cross signed The Girl in the Steel Corset (out in June 2011 – free e-novella out now!).

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Gena Showalter showing off Twisted and her editor Natashya Wilson

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Steampunk author Kady Cross



Julie Kagawa in front of her enormous Iron Fey poster

For my first BEA event, I have to say it turned out exactly how it had been described to me: fun, crazy, intense, exciting, fast-paced, hectic and overall an over-the-top good time!

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Comments ( 6 )
  1. Anni
    May 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm
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    That looks like it was seriously awesome. Had I gone to BEA, I would have hardly ever even left the Harlequin Teen area!

  2. DannyBookworm
    May 31, 2011 at 5:31 am
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    Seriously, you guys have been awesome! Thank you all so much, it was great meeting you and I appreciate all the afford you put in those days!

    It was incredible meeting those wonderful authors and I was especially thrilled meeting, Cara Lynn Shultz, Julie Kagawa, Gena Showalter and Rachel Vincent!

  3. Jess (The Cozy Reader)
    May 31, 2011 at 11:10 am
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    I’m so sad I wasn’t able to attend this year!! I’ve been there for the last 2 years. I loved the bags that were handed out one of those years, I use it all the time!

    I’ll be contacting Emma to see about getting review copies that I wasn’t able to get. I can’t wait to read and review BLOOD BOUND by Rachel!

  4. Liz Fichera
    June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm
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    Very cool to see all the love and enthusiasm for Harlequin Teen books!

  5. Stephanie Chong
    June 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm
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    This was so much fun!! Thanks again for all your help – the Harlequin team rocks!

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