Jun 27, 2011

Event Re-cap: YA IN BLOOM

Picture from Ms. Lisa Lee's twitter :)

This past Saturday was the first ever YA IN BLOOM event at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA. My cousin and I decided on making the trip which was about an 1 ½ drive, not too bad considering it was the Gold Cup final; Mexico vs. US (in Pasadena as well).

Upon arriving we were given a swag bag (it was orange! *squee* My favorite color!) filled with goodies, swag and 2 books. Upon taking our seats I happened to run into Tessa, From The Bookshelf of T.B. I was so excited to finally get to meet her. She has been one of my blogging buddies from the very beginning. I am still utterly amazed at the fact that she is only a freshman in High School. This girl can WRITE! She is also very dedicated… I don’t think I would have been able to run a blog at such a young age.
Tessa and I! Isn't she cute?!
Tessa and I were comparing books from our goodie bag when we happened to meet yet another great blogger, Lauren over at 365 Days of Reading. Both these girls are adorable and super young! (I felt so OLD!) And can I just mention how awesome Lauren is?! One of the books she received in her goodie bag was TRAIL BY FIRE by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Since she already had a copy at home, she gave me her extra copy… yeah, she’s THAT awesome! Thanks so much again, Lauren :)
We all decided to sit together up front and gave our undivided attention to our wonderful hosts Alyson and Alethea.
These lovely ladies are too cool for words. YA IN BLOOM was an idea they started about a year ago and after working their butts off to have various authors’ present, books to giveaway; including 2 booster boxes that were worth over $500… I think it’s safe to say that YA IN BLOOM was a success! The event had approx 100 people present at the event; writers, author, bloggers, book lovers, etc. They also provided a delicious lunch :)
The Vroman’s staff was also super friendly and helpful. I don’t think they could have picked a better bookstore to host the event. They gave us a 20% discount coupon too! After a ton of giveaways, author Q&A and an enthusiastic YA presentation on book selling, it was time for the author signing. There were some pretty awesome authors present; 
Cindy Pon (Silver Phoenix)
Lisa Yee (Absolutely Maybe)
Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die)
Gretchen McNeil (Possess) 
Nancy Holder (Wicked) 
Jessica Brody (My Life Undecided) 
Andrew Smith (The Marbury Lens)
I was very excited to finally meet Cindy Pon. She was so nice and fashionable, definitely felt under dressed when I was standing next to her. After getting my books signed, I made my way over to the desert table, I grabbed myself a slice of the most delicious Lemon pie I have EVER tasted! Seriously, my taste buds were in heaven! A special shout out to Lizette Hernandez, the genius behind these creations.
Well my friends, that concludes my event re-cap. Thanks once again to everyone who helped organize this event. Also, make sure and check out the website Bridge to Books, for more info and future events.

My cousin w/Jessica Brody
Finally got to meet Ms. Nancy!
Alyson, YA IN BLOOM host. Check out her blog: http://www.kidlitfrenzy.com/
Alethea, other YA IN BLOOM host :) check out her blog http://www.readnowsleeplater.com/


  1. What a cool event! I wish they had something like that closer to me...and what fun to meet so many neat people!


  2. Oh, you always attend the best events! You look lovely as usual and those cakes look yummy!

    Thanks for sharing so many pictures.

  3. That sounds like so much fun and you and Tessa are BOTH super cute! I wish I could look so effortlessly breezy. :)

  4. @Lindsay- thanks so much for stopping by :)
    @Missie- you are too kind! and yesss, the lemon cake was delicious!
    @Logan- "effortlessly breezy" ?! :)haaa! Thanks so much! It was so hot that day, I threw on the first dress I saw in my closet (which is still full of sweaters and jackets!)

  5. Super fun! How cool! I want to go to something like this. You got to meet some great bloggers, too!

    Thanks for sharing. Seems like it went great! :)

  6. You're all so cute! And this sounds like a really fun event.

    Now I gotta go make cookies because just looking at those cakes made my sweet tooth ache longingly.


    Thanks for the recap!

  7. Hey Diana!

    It was awesome to get to meet you, and I agree YA in Bloom was a success!! That was such an amazing event, and I can't wait to go to more in the future! There were so many authors and a LOT more people then I expected! It was so nice to get to meet you in person!

  8. WOW, YA in Bloom sounds like it was amazing! So cool that they were giving out goodie bags and there was cake, LOL! Glad you had fun and got to meet some other bloggers. Cali really does have some of the best YA events! :D

    Oh BTW my sister, Carrie is co-contributing to my blog now. That last IMM was hers but I'll be sure to let you know whether or not she likes it. :)

  9. @Tessa- likewise my friend, it was a pleasure finally getting to meet you :) let me know how the STARCROSSED signing goes!

    @Shannon- totally missed that announcement. Will definitely be on the lookout for yours and your sister's posts :)

  10. What an awesome recap, and cute pics! I was at the event, but I'm sorry our paths didn't cross. Maybe at another event... your blog is so fun!

  11. Glad you had a great time!

  12. Ohh that looked like so much fun =D

  13. So much fun! I wanted to go but had to work and am glad to hear it was such a success. I'll see you there next time!

  14. Woo! Thanks, Diana! I had now idea where to look during that picture... will have to be better-rested for the next event; I was getting a little loopy by 3:30 XD

    So glad you had fun--and that bag totally goes with your dress!


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