Google+ Reading Teen: The Rooftop After-Party & Giveaway!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Rooftop After-Party & Giveaway!

So I (Andye) was on vacation in Florida, when I got a text from Jeremy West from Novel Thoughts, asking what I thought about throwing a party with Liza from WhoRU Blog, for YA authors and bloggers.  I have to say, I was a little overwhelmed by the thought, but said, sure, why not, figuring nothing would actually come of it anyway.  And then this happened:

Ok, it wasn't quite that quick.

There was skyping, and phone calls, and emailing, and planning, and way too much silliness, but in the end, we came up with a list of authors that we would like to be able to party with, and we sent out the invites (designed by Jeremy).

I was SO NERVOUS!!  I honestly didn't expect anyone to say yes.  But pretty soon, we started getting RSVPs from some pretty freakin' awesome people.  Next thing we knew, we were completely full, and were left worrying we'd have too many people.  How did this happen??  I don't know, but it's pretty awesome!

This is one of the incredible views from the roof.  On one side was the Hudson, on the other side was the city.  You could see the Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building and had a fantastic view of One World Trade (The Freedom Building).  It was absolutely the best view of NYC I've ever seen!  Thank you so much to Nili, Liza's cousin, for allowing us use of this amazing building!

The food was incredible!  Liza made toothpick flags with the authors' book covers on them.  Amy made the wreath and the flowers out of pages from Wuthering Heights and Harry Potter (find out more about that here).

Then there was the party:
 Abigaile, Jenny Han (Burn for Burn) & Amy
 Danielle Ellison, Alex Bracken (Darkest Minds)
 & Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass)
 Sarah (sweetest person ever!) & Andye
 Amy & Rebecca Serle (When You Were Mine)
 Kit and Kelsey Dickson
Andye, Kit, & Rebecca Serle
Kelsey, Andye, Britta, Stacy, & Jeffrey
Amy Boggs
& Gretchen McNeil (Ten)
 Kit & Wendy Delsol (Flock)
Rebecca Serle was SO FREAKING NICE and my new favorite person.  She offered (even after I told her no) to sign all 60 copies of her book that we had as party favors.  Ah-mazing!
Susane Colasanti (Keep Holding On), Jenny Han, & 
Elizabeth Eulberg (Take a Bow) Sporting their awesome
glow bracelets and crowns!
 Patricia Riley, Victoria Schwab (The Near Witch),
Danielle, and Leah Clifford (A Touch Morbid)
Jeremy, Stacy, Jen, Trini♥, and Jeffrey
 Britta♥, Mitali, & Andye
Andye & Gretchen McNeil
 Andye & Gennifer Albin (Crewel), you can't see the infinity scarf she has
on in this picture, but it's amazing!  It's got Pride and Prejudice quotes all over it!  AWESOME!
Kelsey, Rebecca, and Jess Rothenberg (The 

Andye with Stacy and Shannan from
I love them!!
Lenore Appelhans (Level 2), Shannan, Michelle & Stacy
 Sarah, Jen ♥, Kat Zhang (What's Left of Me) & Stacy
 Amy & Lizzi (Tom Pollock's fiance)
Shan, Liza, & Stacy

I can not even begin to tell you the amount of work that Liza put into this.  You can read all about it on her blog here.  Amy worked her butt off on the decorations & Jeremy was SO fantastic with all of his design work, including this awesome canvas that all the authors signed for us to give away that night.

I have to give an extra special shout-out to Mitali for helping set up, and to Kelsey from Reading or Breathing for all her help in getting the goodie-bags together, making an awesome playlist with songs from each of the attending authors' playlists, and helping us set up.  You are amazing and I love you!

At the end of the night we raffled off tons of prizes, including books from Harlequin Teen, Journals with all the authors books on them, signed posters, the wreath and flowers Amy made, gift cards and other goodies.  Then each guest got to take home a Figment bag with some awesome books including signed (thanks Rebecca!) copies of When You Were Mine, Burn for Burn, A Midsummer's Nightmare & others.  An extra special thanks to Simon & Schuster for all the copies of When You Were Mine and Burn for Burn!  Everyone was so grateful!


This is where you come in!  Each of our blogs is giving away leftover goodie bags!  The books in them vary, but every bag at least has a signed hardcover of When You Were Mine & an ARC of Burn for Burn.  After you enter here, make sure you run (or click) over to Novel Thoughts & WhoRuBlog and enter there as well!

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  1. WOW! It looks like you all had a BLAST! All the pics are great & the ones w/Jeffrey creepin' in the background are hilarious! (I haven't met Jeffrey but I think I love him. Ha!)

  2. I had such a fantastic time at the party! Thank you for throwing it :) And WOW! I never knew that wreathe and those flowers were made by Amy! I was admiring them all night :)

    1. You are so welcome! I'm so glad you could come. And yes, Amy's stuff was amazing, wasn't it? I think she's starting to take requests! :D

  3. Is it international? or US/Canada...

    I really wish I could have attended, but it sucks living in England sometimes... (i've entered, but if it isn't, please ignore my entries!

    1. Haha, it is International, which it clearly states in the Terms and Conditions that is very small and no one can find. :P heehee

      Good luck! :D

    2. Thank you! and thank you for replying so quicly! :D

  4. Great giveaway. I really want to read both of those books.

    My blog -

  5. I am *SO* bummed that I missed this (but only for my daughter)! All the books and authors are fabulous--and I heard about that wreath--so cool! You guys are amazing for putting this together ♥ xxxNat

    1. I was so sad you couldn't make it! But, yes, daughters are important! Luckily mine was old enough to be with me! :D Hopefully next year!

  6. Y'all are so fun! Who would say no to one of your parties?!! Glad the Reading Teen crew enjoyed NYC. One of these years I'll make it up there from Texas.

    1. AWW!! Thank you! Hope you can come party with us next year! :D

  7. Very beautiful photos!!! Thank you for the great giveaway.

  8. Cool! Sounds like it was a lot of fun. :D

  9. You all are just the BEST! <3 you guys so much. Here's what I wrote on my blog today about YOU - but it bears repeating here: "It took hard work, organization, learning new skills. None of us had ever worked together before, so it was a whole new level of teamwork. Honestly, it was a pleasure co-hosting with such awesome people! The enter Reading Teen family – Andye is so organized, Amy’s so incredibly gifted with her art – several people commissioned her to do projects from this. They’re kind, funny, loving, and gracious people. Kit, Austin, Abigaile worked so hard – they’re so freakin’ amazing. I love those YA! (Ask Austin – I wanted to take ‘em home!!)"
    There was more about the rest of the team . . . but people will just have to read about it in my comments. :-D

  10. Ok, that's just plain awesome guys! How stinking fun!

  11. My goodness ladies, I was uber envious of all those who got to attend BEA this year...but I'm officially FAR MORE envious of all those at the Rooftop After Party, now! The photos are so cute, the decorations are fantastic (good job, Amy!), and it looks like it was oodles of fun. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity too :D

  12. What a wonderful party! I was impressed with the view, your decoration ideas, and all the authors you gathered together. It looks so fun.

    Thanks for sharing your pics and post!

  13. It looks like it was an amazing party!! Love the pictures! :)

  14. It looks like you guys had so much fun!

  15. Wow, I am jealous. Would love to be at a party, in new york, on a rooftop, with a bunch of great authors and fans. Great pictures.

  16. Thank you for sharing. Looks like you had a blast.

  17. looks like a bunch of fun. Wonderful giveaways, be amazing to recieve it!!!

  18. It looks like you guys had a really great time!

  19. It really was so much fun! The most fun I had all week!! Wish you all could have been there!

  20. Oh my goodness, I would have given anything to be able to be there and have as much as I know ya'll pretty much did. :)

    Thank you, so much for this amazingly generous giveaway.

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  21. It wouldn't let me like the post.

  22. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and making it international :)


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