Friday, January 22, 2010

Meeting Richelle Mead and a Giveaway!!

First, I'd like to say thanks to everyone who voted for Ms. Mead to come to New Orleans as one of her stops on her book tour. Even though the signing was in the middle of the Saints playoff game (Who Dat!), my husband agreed to keep our girls so I could take the teenager (Book Mule) and go to the signing. It was very nice - at a small, independent bookstore, probably around 100 people came (I'm not sure about the number...dramatic pause....I was in the 3rd row!!!).

I didn't expect her to look like her photos (why not, I don't know), but she does - she's cute as a button and her red hair is gorgeous!! (I've wanted red hair since I read Anne of Green Gables) She read an excerpt from Blood Promise (about Rose getting another Tarot reading) and then did a bit of Q&A. I don't think she revealed anything new in the Q&A (6 VA books, 6 Succubus books, I don't remember if she mentioned how many Dark Swan books) although she did say when she finishes up VA and Georgina she may do a VA spinoff or something but she wants to go down to one YA and one adult series each. I asked who her favorite characterwas and while she didn't really answer directly she did say Georgina is her favorite to write because that character is most like herself, and Rose is least like herself. She said the men were becoming fun to write, at which point I asked if Seth would redeem himself before the series was over and she gave me a wry look and said yes.

Reading an excerpt from Blood Promise:

Answering questions:

She was actually very talkative while she signed which surprised me; I figured seeing so many people and signing your name over and over would be a bit monotous. She did comment on that when she signed two of my books and realized she'd signed the same thing, she went ahead and added some more stuff to make it a bit different - she was really sweet.

She did a post about her visit with pics and Book Mule and I are in one of the photos, LOL!

As a big thank-you for voting, while I was there I got Ms. Mead to sign a copy of Vampire Academy and a copy of Succubus Blues (SB was my first book review - this series does not get the love it deserves IMO) to give away. I'll pick one winner for each book. Due to the fact that this city is getting ready to turn into Party Central and I plan at being at Mardi Gras Parades for almost two weeks straight, the contest will end February 19.

Here are the rules:

1. You MUST be a follower.

2. +2 for putting my button on your blog (leave link)

3. +1 each for posting, sidebar mention, or tweet of this contest (leave link).

Everyone is entered for both books unless you mention you're only interested in one or the other. Open to everyone.


  1. I'm so glad you got to go see her! Thanks for the pics! How great of your husband to watch the kids.

    I'm not entering, but good for you for pimping Succubus - such a fine series!! Good luck during party central.

  2. Well I hope you had fun! I got so nervous the one time I ever got to meet an author for a book signing...

    +2 I put your button on my blog HERE
    +1 I also put this giveaway on my sidebar (same link as above)
    +1 I Tweeted HERE

    Thank you so much for making this awesome giveaway international! :)

  3. Please enter me! I'm a follower.

    jennsicurella at verizon dot net

  4. Hi Please add me to your giveaway. I am following you on titter and tweeted @sherieannb

  5. I'd love to try her Succubus Blues :D
    have fun at mardi Gras!!

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  6. Patti That's so awesome that you got to meet her! I wish I could have went but one to watch the kids *sigh*. YAY! for you getting to go though! I'll have to enter this one!

  7. OMG Patti I used to watch Anne of Green Gables mini series all the time!!! Moving on, Richelle Mead has gorgeous hair I love the color.

    I tweeted this but since I used tweetdeck I can't grab the link can see I had to correct the spelling ::sigh:: I need to drink more coffee.

    Tweet: Sorry it's Richelle my bad RT @smokinhotbooks: @bookaddictpatti is having a Michelle Mead Giveaway

  8. YAY i'm so glad you could see her and that's she's as fun in real life as she is on the web.I just love her hair, so shiny, so pretty!
    Wow 3rd row!
    I love Richelle Mead's if only she would have a signing in France... *one can hope* =)

    YAY Seth will redeem himself *does the happy dance*!!!

  9. Hi :)
    Thank you for sharing your meeting with the amazing Richelle Mead & for the pictures. Did you keep any signed books for yourselfÉ
    All the best,

  10. I'm a follower, count me in!

  11. I went and Voted when you asked us to. I Live all the way in Quebec, Canada so I doubt I'll ever get the chance to meet her, but I LOVE her books! She's my favorite along with Rachel Vincent.

    My very first review was also a Richelle Mead book, but it was Storm Born =)

    Please count me in for the giveaways, I'd love to own a signed copy! I would give my old copy to a friend to share the Richelle Mead love!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Thanks for sharing,I wish authors would come up here to Canada more often.

    I am a follower



  13. How cool you got to meet her.
    Please count me in. I am a follower.


  14. Oh, how fun! I'm not entering, but I'll mention your contest in my next bookity post. :)

  15. Thanks for the pictures and contest.


  16. Cool contest! Would love to win SB!

    I'm a follower

    Tweeted (

  17. Yay! Mardi Gras and signed Richelle Mead books? Sounds like a celebration to me!

    I'm a follower (Lisa M. Basso)

  18. Sounds like you had a blast! I think Richelle Mead is gorgeous with all that red hair.

    Sad to say I haven't read any of her books but I have the ones you are giving away. I hope to read one of them soon.

    Don't enter for the contest but I'll pimp this out for you on my blog. :)

  19. Awesome! I can't believe you got to meet her. I'm so jealous!!!

    I'm a follower!

    +2 Button on Right Sidebar
    +1 Tweeted it!


  20. Please enter me too. I am a follower. Thank you.
    Sue B

  21. You're so lucky...Richelle is so down to earth.

    I remember wanting red hair Anne Shirley!

    Thanks for hosting the contest.

    vision.nguyen AT gmail DOT com

  22. "I asked if Seth would redeem himself before the series was over and she gave me a wry look and said yes."

    ARGH! I will believe it when I read it - because at this point I want to gouge out Seth's eyes (I don't care that he's a fictional character, he makes me angry!)

    So glad you had a good time (did your son go?). How cute is Richelle Mead! I love her hair. I wanted to ask her if it was natural but I didn't have the guts.

  23. Woohoo on all that has happened for you honey!!! Michelle... The Saints.... Mardi Gras coming!!!!!! You are right... party city!!!!
    Girl, you know I am a stalker of yours... And I have your button at my place and I will be putting this up on the side bar!!

    So jealous that you got to meet Michelle but very glad to see that you went!
    Have a great weekend honey!

  24. many thanks for sharing the richelle mead experience!

    follower of your blog
    +1 tweeted:


  25. I'd love to win and I follow. :)

    Posted on sidebar at

    And a tweet here:

  26. That's awesome that you were able to go to her signing! Great contest Patti!!

    I'm a follower
    +2 button on my blog
    +1 sidebar link
    +1 tweeted

    thebookvixen at gmail dot com

    (please enter me for both)

  27. follower: kittydanza


  28. Great contest! She looks so friendly!

    I tweeted the contest:
    :] -Jackie

  29. Awesome contest! That's so great that you got to meet Richell Mead!

    + 1 for tweeting this contest!

  30. Cool giveaway! Thanks!

    +1 sidebar:
    +1 tweet:


  31. here's my tweet!:

  32. I didn't expect her to look the same either! I met her at the NYC signing, two nights after NO.

    I'll tweet (@ljboldyrev) about your contest and follow, and I'll put a link up on my side bar( I suppose that gives me 3.

    For anyone interested, I am giving away a signed hardcover of Blood Promise (VA #4) at Would go very nicely with this one :)

  33. I have never got a chanve to meet an author.

    Wonder if I would even be able to remember any questions to ask her. LOL.

    I have joined as a Follower.



    buddytho{at} gmail DOT com

  34. - I am a follower
    - - a post about the contest! - sidebar mention

    and I twitted about the contest ( @vampireLadies96)

  35. I would love to win Succubus Blues. I am a follower

    +2 button

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  36. I'm follower!

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

  37. You MUST be a follower.
    +2 I have you button on my blog sidebar.
    +1 each for posting, sidebar mention, or tweet of this contest : (SIDEBAR -

    Awesome contest!!

    -Brittany (

  38. I would love to win Vampire Academy!


  39. Great giveaway!

    I'm a follower

    +1 Tweet:

  40. I'd love to play please!



  41. Great contest!

    I'm a follower

    eva.silkka at

  42. It must have been so cool to meet Richelle at the signing. I really enjoyed your story & your pictures!

    I'm a follower

    +1 Blogpost:

    +1 Sidebar:

    +1 Tweet:


  43. I'm so very interested in winning Vampire Academy :)

    New follower

    +1 sidebar:

    +2 button on blog

    I guess that's 4?


  44. I'm a follower and I linked your contest:


    5peasinapod at sbcglobal dot net

  45. New Folower!

    retsbar2go AT gmail DOT com

  46. Amazing giveaway!!
    I LOVE Richelle Mead. She's amazing. I'd kill to see her. hehe:) Congrats to that!

    New follower!
    +2 side bar on my blogspot.


  47. I am a follower!

    +2 I put your button on my blog
    +1 I also put this giveaway on my sidebar (same link as above)
    +1 I Tweeted (@mariqpetrova)
    +1 I add you to my friends in facebook
    +1 I add a comment in facebook about the contest

    My email is mpp1501(at)gmail(dot)com

    I hope I win the books because they are awsome.

  48. Enter me please, for both books. They sound great!

    Blog follower
    Twitter link:

  49. Please, enter me :) I am a follower

    crazy_canadian_chick37 at hotmail dot com

  50. I'm follower (sRy_)
    +2 button
    +1 sidebar mention
    +1 tweeted

    thanks for this international contest! :)

  51. GOD! I love it!!

    I'm a follower and I tweeted it:


  52. I just became a follower and would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks!

  53. I follow your blog on google friend connect. Thanks for the chance!
    mannasweeps AT gmail DOT com

  54. Richelle is a new for me Author, I'd really like to have one of her books !

    - a follower

    - i tweet'd here

    uniquas at ymail dot lcom

  55. It is so good to hear that someone got to meet the lovely Richelle in person and glad that dream came true for you in New Orleans especially as the city needs something positive and books and books signings are a great start!
    I am a GFC follower and have your button on my blog here in middle under the posts with line of blog buttons:
    Tweeted the contest here:
    Posted link and info on profile here:

    Right sidebar post on my blog in contest links:

    Either book is fine love Richelle's reading material..

    jackie b central texas

  56. I'd love to be entered for Vampire Academy! :)

    I'm a new follower.

    +2 Your button is on my sidebar at

    +1 Contest is linked on my sidebar.


  57. I'm a new follower I would love to enter the contest.

  58. Follower and +1 for tweet:
    twipippi at gmail dot com

  59. Hi I'm a follower. I would love to win too. Please cound me in. polo-puppy-fluffyAThotmail(dot)com

  60. Hi there!I'm a follower.So jealous that you met Richelle Mead,btw!
    Please,count me in!
    +2 button on my blog (
    +1 sidebar link (same link)


    Thank you,awesome contest :)

  61. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! :)

    heather y

  62. That is awesome so glad you got to meet her! She sounds like a sweetheart I haven't gotten to read this series yet but I'll have to give it a shot! :)

  63. I haven't read this series but I'd love to!
    So glad you got to meet her

    I'm a follower

  64. This is a generous giveaway, I would love to enter. :)
    I am a follower.
    + 2 for your button on my blog
    +1 for tweeting about it

  65. Helo Helou!

    I really love her books and i love her hair ^^

    +1 I am follower
    +2 You button on my blog:
    up side^^

    +3 tweet about it^^

    Kisses! See ya!

  66. I would love to enter! I am a follower, I have a link up at my site (, and I tweeted about it:

  67. She's so pretty! I love her and her VA books! Thanks!

    I'm a follower! :)

    +1 SIDEBAR


  68. Awesome! Please enter me:)

    Im a follower
    +2 button in my blog:
    +1 sidebar:
    +1 Twitter:

    Im interested in Succubus Blues ^.^


    sarima89 at gmail dot com

  69. Ok AWESOME contest! I love Richelle Meads work so it would be amazing to win this!

    I am a follower! :)

    +2 added button to my blog(right sidebar)

    +1 tweeted

    +1 sidebar post(right side)

    Thanks so much for the chance to win one of these!


  70. Hi! Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

    New GFC Follower & Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  71. Enter me in the contest please. I'm a follower.
    Tweeted about the contest :

  72. Oh, I'm so excited! Thanks ^^

    I'm a follower.

    +2 for putting your button on my blog (it's with the other buttons, at the end)

    +1 I tweeted

    +1 Sidebar

    +1 Facebook:!/profile.php?id=100000505210213&ref=nf


  73. Please count me in! I'm an old follower.

    Re-posted your contest at:

    Tweeted about it at:

    Got your badge on my left sidebar at:

    mischivusfairy-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  74. I have not had the honor of meeting an author but hope to in the near future.
    Richelle Mead sounds like a very nice person. I have not read any of her books as she is a new author to me. I would love to win either one of these books as both sound like great books. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    1 am new follower

    misskalllie2000 at yahoo dot com

  75. I am a new follower

  76. I tweeted
    photoquest2 visit meeting richelle mead and giveaway
    less than 5 seconds ago from web

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  78. Please include me in the contest!

    I'm a follower.


    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  79. Richelle sounds like a nice person as well as a great author

    +2 Your button is on my blog

    +1 this giveaway is on my sidebar

    +1 I tweeted


  80. I love Succubus Blues but haven't read Vampire Academy yet, been planning to for quite some time..

    I'm a follower, and I tweeted here:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  81. Please enter me for both books. Thank you!! I'm a follower.


  82. Thanks for the contest! Would love to win either book.

    I'm a follower and your blog has been linked to Keta's Keep (Notable Blogs) for some time.

    Keta Diablo

  83. Please enter me!


  84. I'm a new follower. +1
    Sidebar post +1


  85. I follow on google friend connect
    and I tweeted

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  86. Omg you met her!? You're so lucky! And I agree, SB does not get the attention it truly deserves!!

    I'm a follower :)

    +1 Sidebar link

  87. I'm a follower. Thanks for the great giveaway.


  88. The contest is now closed. I'll announce the winners this weekend (hopefully!).

    Thanks to everyone who entered!

  89. hey
    i just wanted to let people know that there is now OFFICALLY a VAMPIRE ACADEMY MOVIE! The website it made by the movie producers!!

    these books are the amazing,

    here is the url