Jen E. Smith & Lissa Price in Manila 09/21/2014 + Giveaway

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Just two weeks ago, I attended another bookish event and got to meet two YA authors, Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price, who were in the Philippines for a book signing tour. This wouldn’t have been possible without National Bookstore, who continues to bring us amazing opportunities to meet our favourite authors. Love you, NBS! Now, on to what went down during the event.

The Q & A

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Jen was seriously the sweetest. She graciously answered all the questions in the kindest manner and was super friendly to all of us. Lissa was awesome and so easy-going. She loved giving tips about writing, and I was fond of hearing her share her experiences when it came to publishing, etc.

Tidbits & facts from the Q&A:

  • When asked what happy looks like for Jen, she quoted her own book. Isn’t she adorable?
  • Jen mentioned that Oliver from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is her favourite boy and said she’d want to meet a cute Brit boy on the plane when she was asked to choose which situation in her books she’d like to happen to her.
  • Jen and Lissa also talked about the editing process and both agreed that it’s important to listen to your editor but also to listen to your gut feel.
  • Lissa shared how she came up with the world in Starters and Enders: she was going to get a flu shot but discovered that the old and the young were to get the vaccine first because they were the most vulnerable in the society. She wondered what would happen if there was a killer disease and that was the post-apocalyptic books.
  • Jen on her love stories: ‘It’s been fun to explore timing and chances and serendipity.’
  • Lissa expressed how she’d want to rent Oprah’s body, if she lived in her own dystopian world.
  • Lissa spilled the beans that there might be a third book for her series! Exciting!
  • Jen also let us in on some info about her next book to be titled: Hello, Goodbye And Everything In Between. It’s estimated release is September next year AHHH!!!

The Signing

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Swag and books to be signed

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Fabulous authors signing my books *fangirls*

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Getting to chat with Lissa and Jen = <3

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With Lissa and Jen!! 

The Signed Books

Because a signing recap is incomplete without them, right?

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Jen, while signing TIWHLL: “I’ll draw you, Wilbur!!”

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Okay, this was a fun recap to write- I loved reliving last month’s event with Jen and Lissa and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one, with Madeleine Roux and Claudia Gray this October! Again, infinite thanks to National Bookstore, Jen and Lissa and my fellow PH Book Bloggers for making the event a memorable one.

To my readers, thank you for checking out this longish (and late) recap!! In return, I’m giving away a signed Starters and Enders swag pack from Lissa Price! Just leave a comment below about your thoughts on the post until 10/12/14 to enter to win.

31 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh! This is so beautiful :D I’ve never really been into a book signing event before (I know, boohoo) Anyway, I’ve been wanting to read Jennifer and Liza’s books but never found the time. Hopefully, will soon! :D

    1. Thanks, lovely! You definitely need to attend a book signing should the opportunity arise. :D Jen’s books are some of my favourites because they’re outstanding and beautifully written. I’ve yet to read Lissa’s books myself but from what I heard about them during the signing, I’m convinced they’re awesome. I hope you get to check them out. :)

  2. I was actually there that day! :) I was with my toddler and husband, though, and I couldn’t stay for long. Seems like a great event. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for NBS to bring over Sarah Dessen or Rick Riordan someday. :)

  3. I’ve never been to a book signing event, so this post was very interesting and fun to look through. I’m hoping that I can attend an event like like this sometime in the future. I’ve heard great things about all of these books and the authors. I’ll try to check these books out soon; they sound great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. The only book signing event that I went to was the Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi, and Veronica Rossi one. I REALLY WATED TO GO TO THIS EVENT :( HUHUHU I’M SO JELLY OF YOU.

  5. It must have been so cool to meet them! I’ve been to a few author events before and they are the best. Love Wilbur on This is What Happy Looks Like.

  6. Yay! That must have been a very awesome experience, 2 authors in one event! I, myself, have only been in a book signing once and I miss the feeling of fangirling or seeing one of your favorite authors in real life! Wish I could go to a book signing event again. :) also, it’s so generous of you to give away a signed copy of a book. God bless you more!

  7. Ahhh, author events! I’m going to my very first one this Thursday, with Laini Taylor! Super excited!
    I haven’t read any books by these authors, but they sounded very sweet! I love all of the pictures! Glad you had fun, Hazel! :D

  8. I’ve been to the signing in SM Aura and I was just freaking out mainly because they’re both one of my favorite authors and it was my first book signing and I got to learn things about them and writing tips and I was just breath taken on how they were so happy and stuff like that and your recap just made me more have post book signing depression (is there even such a thing? let’s just pretend there is) but anyway, this just made me smile. I bet you had an amazing time :)

  9. I’ve yet to attend one these events and I hate myself. But I love love reading your posts about bookish events here in the Philippines. Makes me feel like I was there, if I stare at my screen really really hard :) But seriously, you look so happy in all your pictures and I just might muster enough courage to go to the next one.

  10. Oh my goodness! You’re so lucky.. Lissa has been one of my absolute favorite authors ever since I borrowed a copy of Starters from the library, and I fell in love with Jen’s “The Geography of Me And You.” I’ve never been to a book signing before.. but it sounds like a lot of fun!

  11. So luck you got to meet Jennifer E. Smith! I adored Statistical and What Happy Looks Like! I still need to read Geography… I’ll probably read it when my tbr pile goes down. And, I like how she drew Wilbur in your book. :)

  12. What excitement, I LOVE author and book events!! I’ll admit I haven’t read anything by Lissa Price, but I LOVED This is What Happy Looks Like and really enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, too. :) So glad you had the opportunity to meet these authors and had such a good time!

  13. I picked up The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight on a whim and fell in love with it. Fantastic book. Had my daughter read it and she loved it too.

  14. Oh my goodness! You are so lucky to have gone, met them and have your books signed, I am envious! Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. I love it when you do recaps of events, Hazel! You are so lucky to meet them both! I can really see that you enjoyed the event and that’s a good thing because who wouldn’t be happy to meet authors, right?! Thanks for being awesome, Hazel! :D

  16. The books look so perfect! I’ve heard such good things about those books but havent had the time to read them!

  17. I have had Starters on my TBR for soooo long. Your post makes me know I must get to finally reading it! I haven’t read any Jen either, but I am definitely going to add her book to my TBR now!

  18. I’ve heard awesome things about Starters and Enders. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading them soon! Looks like you had an awesome time at the signing! Thanks for sharing.

  19. I wanted to attend this but I had prior commitments. Sucks. :( Good thing a friend of mine came and had my books signed. I love Jennifer’s books — ALL OF THEM. Haven’t read any of Lissa’s books though. Time to start, I guess. :)

  20. I have never been to book signing my entire life, it must have been awesome eh! I would love to win because I have never read a book in ages lol!

  21. NBS should bring the authors here in Davao too. I’m always sad whenever there’s a signing going on in Manila and Cebu. :( Anyway, Jen’s drawing of Wilbur on your copy of This is What Happy Looks Like is soooo cute!

  22. I think I’ve read Starters last 2012. I’m really a huge fan of those authors and seeing this recap made me feel sad again. I’ve never been to any book signing here in the Philippines. :(((

    I really enjoyed reading this recap. :)

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