Welcome to LA, Baby! Though BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is set in South Carolina, and Kam's family is from North Carolina, we both now call L.A. home.
As many of you know, Kami and I just had the pleasure of catching up with some of LA's finest at Vroman's Massive Temple of Books (that's not really the name) for their blockbuster LAYAPalooza. Pizza, Trivia games, and more than a dozen local writers mingling with readers and bloggers *Hi Khy!* and then a few geeks, well, two, like Kami & me.
Vromans is amazing. They had everything I was looking for, and let's just say I DID NOT COME AWAY EMPTY HANDED! I think you can see the towering stack of books in the archive of Khy's blog.
Which is where you step in, bloggyfriends. I have obtained (through special means involving a credit card that worked on the second try and a dashing cashier) a signed copy of every YA book from the event, and will be giving away two a week, every Monday.
Local author love, local bookstore love. If you are in Southern California, stop by Vromans! You can buy books and then have cake and coffee. At least that's what we did…
The first giveaway: A SIGNED COPY OF ABSOLUTELY MAYBE, by Lisa Yee…
In Lisa Yee's off-beat, emotional adventure, Maybe (short for Maybelline) attempts to discover herself while experimenting with all the quirks of teen evolution: coloring her hair with different packets of
sugar free Kool Aid, running away to Los Angeles, and working in a Taco
Truck (no true Los Angelino could pass that plot beat up!) The latest Lisa Yee is one
of my favorite YA reads of this summer.
You can find out more about LISA YEE here.
You can find out more about how to DYE YOUR HAIR WITH KOOL AID here.
You can find out more about TACO TRUCKS here.
And A SIGNED COPY OF VIDALIA IN PARIS, by Sasha Watson…
In Sasha Watson's debut novel, a lonely artist who cares for her mentally ill mother is suddenly given a scholarship to a prestigious art school in Paris. She doesn't Pray, but she Eats and Loves. Vidalia is a complicated character, and becomes caught in an equally complicated web of intrigue that quickly becomes more than a simple summer adventure. But Paris, as seen through Vidalia's eyes, is the main character here, and compared to what you'd spend on airfare, you can't afford to pass this up.
You can find out more about SASHA WATSON here.
You can find out more about Paris and the ECOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS here.
You can price your ticket to CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT here.
ONE WINNER, TWO BOOKS, BUT HOW?
Leave a comment telling us about a local favorite of your hometown. Whether a bookstore or a taco truck or a pizza joint or a hamburger hotspot, we want to know!
Winners will be announced next Monday, when the next LAYA contest goes up! Now get posting!