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Bookitcon: Chapter Two- It’s a CHARITY Book Event!

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I am pleased to announce the formation of the nonprofit UBUbizz!!!

The purpose of this nonprofit is to promote a love of literacy to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

Thanks to UBUbizz, the profits from Bookitcon: Chapter Two will be used to buy new books for two K-8 schools in Camden, NJ whose libraries need updating. The profits will also go towards creating a library for the nonprofit group Grace in the Mud.

Remember- even if you aren’t able to make it to Bookitcon: Chapter Two, you CAN make a donation to this wonderful cause by going to the Eventbrite page. The children will appreciate your generosity.

Bookitcon: Chapter Two Panels!

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I am excited to announce the two panels taking place during Bookitcon: Chapter Two!!!

  SURPRISES IN PUBLISHING PANEL                               FACTS VS FICTION PANEL

                       3:30- 4:15pm                                                                 4:45- 5:30pm

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Moderator: S Usher Evans                                             Moderator: Claire Legrand
Panelists:                                                                                 Panelists:
Anna Breslaw                                                                          Beth Fantaskey
Julie Eshbaugh                                                                       Sandy Hall
Kathryn Holmes                                                                     Kendall Kulper
Lee Kelly                                                                                  Mia Siegert
Jodi Meadows                                                                      Eric Smith

 

ONLINE SALES ARE AVAILABLE!!!

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Introducing…BOOKITCON: CHAPTER TWO ONLINE SALES!!!

Are you unable to attend the event but want personalized books? Don’t fear- online sales are here! 🙂

Due to technical difficulties with this website, the online sales are being hosted through my blog.

Are you ready to see what books are available to be personalized JUST FOR YOU?

Do what the big button says and click below! 😀

Click Here to Enter

 

Bookitcon: Chapter Two Author List!!!

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JOSH BERK  is the author of the teen novels THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN (named a best book for teens of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews & Amazon.com) and GUY LANGMAN: CRIME SCENE PROCRASTINATOR (2012). He has also written the “Lenny & The Mikes” series for younger readers, which includes the Edgar Award finalist STRIKE THREE YOU’RE DEAD and its sequel SAY IT AIN’T SO. Goodreads ~ Twitter 


MARTINA BOONE is the author of the romantic southern gothic Heirs of Watson Island series, including COMPULSION, PERSUASION, and ILLUSION. Like her characters, she loves magical gardens, mystery, hidden treasure, ghosts, southern sunshine, dancing beneath the moon, and slow, lingering kisses.

ALBERT BORRIS   has tracked snow leopards in the Himalayas, backpacked through Iceland, and skated ultra-marathons in Georgia, but his favorite daily adventure is working with teens. Albert is a national award winning student assistance counselor. As a teacher and counselor, he runs workshops on suicide prevention, drug abuse issues, and peer leadership for youth. In spite of the bad jokes, he chooses to live in New Jersey. 


ANNA BRESLAW is a New York-based freelance writer and author who mostly writes funny things, or things about women, or both at once.
Previously, she was a staff writer at Cosmo and a sex & relationships editor at Cosmopolitan.com. She’s also been a contributing writer for Jezebel and Glamour.com. My writing’s appeared in print outlets like The New York Times, New York Magazine, Paper, and Glamour; and web outlets like The Cut, GQ.com, NewYorker.com, The New Inquiry and elsewhere. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is her first book but she hopes to write more.
Goodreads ~ Twitter ~ Tumblr ~ Website


By day, EMMA CHASE is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true. 

JULIE CHIBBARO is the award-winning author of three books: Into the Dangerous World (Viking, 2015), a novel about a girl artist on the NY streets in 1984, Deadly (Simon & Schuster, 2011, Scholastic, 2012), a medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary in 1906, and Redemption (Simon & Schuster, 2004) a historical novel about a girl’s unintended trip to the New World in 1524. All three novels received stellar reviews. Into the Dangerous World is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and an Outstanding . Deadly won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award, and was Top 10 on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project list. It was named a Bank Street Best Book, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association and is now part of many schools’ curriculum. Redemption (Simon & Schuster 2004), an epic tale of love, kidnapping, and white Indians, won the 2005 American Book Award. Julie is a mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Program. Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

KAROLE COZZO lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles. Goodreads ~ Twitter ~ Website 


BARBARA DEE writes humorous fiction for tweens. She is the author of five novels, all published by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster: THE (ALMOST) PERFECT GUIDE TO IMPERFECT BOYS, TRAUMA QUEEN, THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON, SOLVING ZOE (2009 Bank Street Best Children’s Books) and JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE (PW starred review). Her next tween novel, TRUTH OR DARE, will launch on September 20, 2016, and she has two more on the way for 2017, STAR-CROSSED and STUFF I KNOW ABOUT YOU. Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. 

JULIE ESHBAUGH  once produced an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Now, she focuses her time on writing. Ivory and Bone is her debut novel. 
You can find her online here: Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ InstagramTwitter ~ Website

S. USHER EVANS is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit. Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing. Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ InstagramTwitter~ Website

BETH FANTASKEY is the author of the YA novels Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde, Buzz Kill and the new middle grade mystery, Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband, three daughters, a slightly neurotic dog, a crazy cat, an immortal goldfish, and a hermit crab named Shelldon.

AMANDA FOODY  has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. When she is not writing young adult fantasy about spectacle, extravagance, and prestige, she is figuring out this whole “adult” thing. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, she now lives near Philadelphia, PA with her many siblings and many books. Her first novel, DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY, will be published by HarlequinTEEN in August 2017. Her second, ACE OF SHADES, will follow in Spring 2018.  Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Instagram  ~  Twitter ~ TumblrPinterest


A. V. GEIGER  is a popular online author on the story-sharing website Wattpad, where her original teen fiction has received millions of hits. Her writing career began with celebrity fanfiction, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with fan culture and social media. Her debut novel FOLLOW ME BACK will be published by Sourcebooks in 2017. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin boys.   Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter~ Wattpad  


S. J. GOSLEE  lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, two young sons, two dogs, and three cats. She has a mild obsession with werewolves, indie rock, kittens, Patrick Stump, and writing about guys struggling not to be a–holes and the awesome friends who love them. Her stories focus mostly on growing up and trying not to make terrible decisions, all in the name of love, lust, family, and decent music. Whatever is her first novel.

 

KIT GRINDSTAFF   was born near London, and grew up in the rolling countryside of England. After a brush with pop stardom (under her maiden name, Hain) she moved to New York and embarked on her career as a pop song writer. Kit now lives with her husband in the rolling countryside of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the SCBWI. The Flame In The Mist is her first novel. Goodreads ~ Twitter


SANDY HALL is a librarian from New Jersey where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When she’s not writing, or librarian-ing, she enjoys reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr.

KATHRYN HOLMES  grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was an avid reader and an aspiring writer from an early age. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and piles upon piles of books. A graduate of The New School’s MFA in Creative Writing program, Kathryn works as a freelance dance journalist, among other writing gigs. She is the author of “The Distance Between Lost and Found” and “How It Feels to Fly.”

CHARLOTTE HUANG is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the Record (Delacorte, 2015) and Going Geek (Delacorte, September, 2016).

LEE KELLY is the author of A Criminal Magic and City of Savages. She has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper. An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced in Los Angeles and New York. She lives with her husband and two children in Millburn, New Jersey.
Follow her through her: Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter ~ Website

LISA A. KOOSIS is a prize-winning short story writer, whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Family Circle, The Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Hugo-nominated Abyss & Apex. Lisa is a member of the SCBWI, an ambassador for National Novel Writing Month, and an active member of her local writing community. She is hopelessly addicted to writing contests, anything seashore-related, and accessories (particularly feather earrings and anything with fringe). Although she will forever consider herself a Long Islander, currently Lisa lives in New York’s historic Hudson Valley with her family, both two- and four-legged. Her debut YA sci-fi novel, Resurrecting Sunshine, will be released by Albert Whitman & Co in Fall 2016.Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Website


KENDALL KULPER writes historical fiction with a fantasy twist for teen readers and knows more about nineteenth century whaling than she ever imagined. Her debut YA novel, SALT & STORM was published by Little, Brown on September 23, 2014. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history and literature in 2008 and spent several years as a journalist before deciding to write full-time. She grew up in the wilds of New Jersey and now lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, daughter, and much-tweeted-about dog, Abby. FacebookGoodreads ~ Tumblr ~  Twitter

MACKENZIE LEE is a reader, writer, bookseller, unapologetic fangirl, and fast talker. She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults, and is the author of This Monstrous Thing, a steampunk reimagining of Frankenstein, and the forthcoming The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, both from HarperCollins. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. 

CLAIRE LEGRAND  used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is a writer living in New Jersey. She is the author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, The Year of Shadows, Winterspell, and the upcoming novels Some Kind of Happiness and Foxheart. She also co-authored The Cabinet of Curiosities.

JODI MEADOWS lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen) and a coauthor of the forthcoming MY LADY JANE (HarperTeen). * A Kippy is a cat

NANCY NORBECK   wrote her first story when she was in fourth grade, and began to take writing seriously in high school. After teaching writing to English as a Second Language students for several years, she enrolled in Goddard College’s MFA in creative writing program, which she completed in 2009. The Silver Child is her first novel. She currently works as a writing and creative process coach. She lives in New Jersey and loves to travel, especially via a good book. For more information on current projects, upcoming releases, and coaching services, please visit

PHOEBE NORTH has an MFA from the University of Florida. Her books, Starglass and Starbreak, are available now from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter, and cat.

VICTORIA SCOTT is the critically acclaimed author of TITANS, FIRE & FLOOD, SALT & STONE, the DANTE WALKER trilogy, and her upcoming novels, HEAR THE WOLVES and VIOLET GRENADE. She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe. Her latest novel, TITANS, received two starred reviews, and FIRE & FLOOD was nominated as a YALSA Teens’ Top 10 book of 2015. Victoria’s novels are sold in thirteen countries, and she loves receiving reader emails from at home, and across the world.

MIA SIEGERT is the author of JERKBAIT, a dark YA about twins, hockey, gay teen suicide, and online predators. She received her MFA from Goddard College and BA from Montclair State University, where she received honorable mention in fiction.

Bookitcon: Chapter Two!!!

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IT IS OFFICIAL!!!!

BOOKITCON is coming back better than ever in 2016!

Introducing…Bookitcon: Chapter Two!

Date: Sunday, August 7th, 2016
Place: 16 East Main Street Moorestown, NJ 08057

Stay tuned for the author announcements! They’ll be coming soon. 🙂

 

Bookitcon!

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I am proud to finally announce Bookitcon- a book event taking place on Sunday, August 9th from 3pm-8pm!

Bookitcon will be composed of author signings, meet-and-greets, and an after party as well as a book drive concurrent to the event. We currently have 25+ authors confirmed to participate in Bookitcon, with more being revealed soon! To check out the amazing authors, click HERE!

Something that is unique about Bookitcon is that the majority of the profits from Bookitcon will be used to revitalize a library in a low-income school in Camden County, New Jersey. Books donated during the event may also be distributed throughout the area, wherever books are needed!