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The Tucson Festival of Books!

Hello Bloggesphere!!
If you follow my blog you might be asking where have I been where are the monthly giveaways?!?!
Well the first thing which has slowed down my blogging is the fact that I no longer have a computer!
Yup my little mac laptop broke on me!!

If you want to help me buy the t-shirt in the right side column.

Second the only time I have on a computer is at my library which only allows an hour. 
I get up my required post I already signed up for and the rest of my time on the library computer these past 2 weeks has been for planning my trip to The Tucson Festival of Books!!

I have gone to ever one for the past 4 years!! It is in March every year at the University of Arizona!
They always have amazing authors, lectures, and workshops!
Also it is a huge family event with acrobats, entertainment, children activity tents, puppet shows, and of course my favorite Science City. Science city is geared more toward children because they are trying to get children into science, but honestly adults love it too. I know I am not the only adult who made a paper rocket last year and launched it!
 Tucson Festival of Books also supports vital literacy programs. Since its launch in 2009, the Festival has contributed $1,050,000 to local literacy organizations.

Last year when I went to lectures I wouldn't normally go to and received so much information about how to write a book that I could not find searching the Internet. 
This was my face for the two days during last years festival.

Here is a list of authors I am excited about this year:

Adam Rex
His first picture book, THE DIRTY COWBOY by Amy Timberlake, was published by FSG in 2003. His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, which will be adapted into the DreamWorks film HOME later this month. He has illustrated the work of many authors, including Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Paul Fieg.


Ridley Pearson
Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Risk Agent series, and the bestselling Lou Boldt crime series, and many books for young readers. His newest book for adults is, The Red Room. "A cunning thriller worthy of the promised series... Exotic locale. Credible heroics. Vicarious thrills. Fans will want more, and soon." --"Kirkus Reviews"
Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In 2013, Ridley was awarded Missouri's Quill Award and inducted into that state's Writers Hall of Fame. As a "full time dad and husband," Ridley, along with his wife, Marcelle, live with their two teenage daughters in St. Louis, MO.


E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is the author of the New York Times Bestseller We Were Liars as well as the Printz-honor and National Book Award finalist The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Her other novels include The Boyfriend List and its sequels, Fly on the Wall, andDramarama. She teaches at Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children.






Jennifer A. Nielsen

New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer A. Nielsen, is the acclaimed author of the USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE. Her new book MARK OF THE THIEF is the first in a new series. Jennifer also wrote BEHIND ENEMY LINES, the sixth book in the Infinity Ring series, as well as the forthcoming novel A NIGHT DIVIDED. She was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her husband, three children, and a dog that won’t play fetch.


Lisa McMann


Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unwanteds series, the Wake trilogy, the Visions trilogy, and other books. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa at LisaMcMann.com, find her on Facebook (Facebook.com/McMannFan), or follow her on Twitter or Instagram (@Lisa_McMann).





Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness’s New York Times-bestselling career in fiction began in September 2008 when she began to wonder “if there really are vampires, what do they do for a living?” A Discovery of Witches is the unexpected answer to that question. The story of Diana and Matthew continues in Shadow of Night and, as of July 2014, The Book of Life, the third book of the All Souls Trilogy. When not writing fiction, Harkness teaches European history and the history of science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She also writes an award-winning wine blog, Good Wine Under $20. Photo by Scarlett Freund

Gini Koch


Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny bestselling and award winning Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she's made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch.



Gail Carriger

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. Gail's books are published in over a dozen different languages. She has received both the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers.
The Parasol Protectorate series begins with Soulless which won the ALA's Alex Award and has been turned into a graphic novel and optioned for TV. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young woman who discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more than she thought. In the Custard Protocol series, beginning with Prudence, Rue and her crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea. Gail also has a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crudrat.

I would go on but you should all just go to the Tucson Festival of Books website!
It is happening this weekend and I am still planning!!
To make up for not hosting the monthly book giveaway, I am going to get as much swag as I can from the Tucson Festival of Books to create an awesome book lovers swag pack! Expect a big giveaway next week!!

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