Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Why I love librarians, and win Last Rite!

This time last week, I was on my way to Houston for the Texas Library Association annual conference. I knew Texas was a big state. I used to live there. But I had no idea there were so many librarians there! This conference is HUGE, and I met a ton of fabulous librarians and readers. I also met some amazing authors, like Kristin Cashore, who helped me figure out which end of my straw hat was the front.

We had an awesome lunch with a great group of librarians, and I told them the same story you've heard here on my blog of how I started writing. It was for my daughter, who's a total bookworm. She spent her lunch period in junior high in the library and her librarian directed her to many excellent YA books.
I started reading them and loved them and decided to write my daughter a book for her birthday. So, it's really all because of my daughter's librarian that I ever wrote a book. Here's my WANTED poster from the event. Five extra contest entries to the first person who can tell me what's wrong with this poster. (Update: Cynthia was close on her second guess and Jackson got it, so I'm giving them both the 5 bonus entries. Answer: There are two Personal Demons covers, but the one on the right was never a cover--ebook or otherwise. It was an early cover comp that was never used.)

I hung out before the luncheon with some other Tor authors, including the lovely Kiki Hamilton (The Fairie Ring), Cherie Priest (Boneshaker, etc) and Orson Scott Card (Enders Game, etc)

I spent some time at the Tor booth where I found this:

I met one of my favorite ladies, Katie Bartow, the founder of Mundie Moms.
(sidenote: I also got to hang out with Katie's sidekick, Sophie, this weekend in Reno :p)

And, I met my lovely agent sister, Nikki Loftin, who's The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy releases this summer from Razorbill!

I spoke on a panel with fabulous authors Stacey Kade, Jessica Warman and Charlie Higson, which I sadly don't have a picture of. A good time was had by all =)

But now I'm home and a day late posting my contest. So for those of you wanting another chance to win a signed copy of Last Rite, here it is! Just enter in comments to win signed copies of all this:

A runner up will receive a signed copy of Original Sin. Remember that entries do not carry over from week to week, so your name needs to appear in the comments below to enter for this giveaway. To enter, all you have to do is comment below and tell me if you go to your library for books. Remember that five extra contest entries go to the first person who can correctly tell me what's wrong with the wanted poster above. You must be 13 or older to enter. Extra entries can be accumulated as follows:
Follow this blog: +1
Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1
Tweet or Facebook a link to this contest: +1
"Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1

Add up your points in your comment, please, because my math sucks. Also, leave me a way to contact you if you WIN! Contest closes Friday April 27th at 12 noon, PST. Winners will be chosen by the randomizer and posted here that afternoon. Starting next week, the contest prizes get bigger (think: NOOK), so don't forget to check back every Monday between now and May 7th!

Good luck!!!


  1. The dollar sign is behind the 100,000 instaed of in front!

    I follow the blog & facebook: Cynthia Garcia
    Twitter: @cynthiacene
    and I like the fb page :)

    Thank you!!!!

    and if I got pic question right first then +5


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  3. Well, I think that the comma looks more like a decimal point than a comma. So is the reward $100,000 or $100.00 with an extra zero. Also the Dollar sign is behind, like Cynthia Garcia said.

    I follow you on twitter and your blog. I also like the Personal Demons facebook page


    If I get the pic question right than +5 to that for a total of +8

    Thank you again for this awesome contest. I feel lucky this time!


  4. When I'm home I do go to the library for my books, but I haven't found a new local one for when I'm at university.

    I follow on twitter and the blog +2

    Vikki @ V's Book Life

  5. I used to love my library but now that I can actually afford to I buy all my books, I am a collector at heart :)

    Comment +1
    Follow you on twitter +1
    Like the personal demons Facebook page +1
    Follow blog +1
    Total = 4 :)

  6. No right answer on the poster, by the way... It has nothing to do with the font, type, or layout of the poster. Hint: Look at the pictures.

  7. Not only do I go to my library for books but I am actually studying to become a librarian (errr... or at least I will be when I start grad school in the fall... ;) ).

    I follow the blog!
    And I follow you on Twitter!


  8. Is it that Frannie doesn't have "wavy, sandy blond hair" on the second cover (an international one I think?)? That instead she has straight dark hair?

  9. Second hint: There is no international cover on that poster.

  10. They put the ebook cover of Personal Demons on there. Add hey! I am a HUGE fan and have never seen this cover. Why does she have brown hair?

    1. that was suppose to *and not add

    2. You've never seen it because it was never an actual cover. =)

  11. I used to go to my library for books. But since I've won hundreds of books to date from blogging, I now only go for DVDs :)

    Poster: It says READ instead of DEAD.
    GFC: Arianne Cruz
    email: cruz042 at cougars.csusm.edu
    Liked: Arianne Cruz

  12. I normally get my books from in the form of eBooks, but I used to go to the library to get my favorite books, the books on minerals and jewels, I've always loved rocks!

    The poster has a picture of Personal Demons and another one of Personal Demons, NOT a picture of Original Sin, the covers look similar, BUT they showed two copies of the same book when I think they wanted to display the two books you currently have out.

    Follow this blog: +1 (Jackson Bakse)
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1 (Jackson Bakse)
    Tweet or Facebook a link to this contest: +1 (Jackson Bakse)
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1 (Jackson Bakse)
    And original point for posting in the first place: +1 (Jackson Bakse)

    total: 5

    Can be reached at jbakse@hotmail.com

  13. When I was in high school I used to borrow books from the school library all the time and sometimes from our town library, but now I usually end up buying the books because I want to reread them all the time and don't want to give then books back.

    The poster has another cover from the Original Sin,and not the original one.

    Follow this blog: +1
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1
    Tweet to this contest (@icestarlight67): +1
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1

    Total: 5


  14. I do all four, and this is a comment! :D I really want to win this one, cause I just need a signed Last Right to complete my set, and I loved Legend. so, it would be a win win. haha. get it?

    5 for me!


  15. prepare yourself, there are NO such things as Libraries in my country T_________T only some universities have them and then the books there are only the academic thick-slash-my-throat-out-before-reading type...so nope I can't go to any libraries for books T_______________T I feel so weird, always, when talking to people about books and they tell me all about going to the library or having to return something to the library T_T I've never had that...

    I follow you
    GFC- Alba
    Twitter- @alba_solorzano
    Facebook- like the page as Alba Solorzano
    tweeted- https://twitter.com/#!/alba_solorzano/status/194959972805787648

    4points in total :D


  16. I live in a small community our library is not that great.I try and get books from my library.But they never have the ones I want.

    tweet https://twitter.com/#!/elaing8/status/194959649626263552

    blog follower-elaing8

    follow on twitter @elaing8

    total 4


  17. to answer the whats wrong with the poster it is that it only shows the personal demons books and not personal demons and original sin (sad ):) but oh well!
    to answer the question do i go to the library??? are you kidding i pretty much live there! and sadly they dont have your books ): but the school library does :) but since im a senior ill need to get my own copies! another fun fact....im going to college to be a librarian!! i wish i could have been in texas to meet all the cool librarians you did!
    answer and comment +1
    i follow this blog +1
    follow you on twitter +1
    tweeted this contest link +1
    like PERSONAL DEMONS on fb +1
    thank you for another contest!

  18. I actually don't get to the library because they don't have a very good selection of books :-( But I do get to the book store as often as I can to buy books! :-D

    Follow this blog: californiablue17 +1
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): @MadiganHeart +1
    Tweet or Facebook a link to this contest: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=352947061430033&id=1535996127 +1
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page: Crystal Martinez +1

    Total: +4


  19. if you go to your library for books. ---- I did when I lived in New Hampshire and when I was in Georgia in high school. Now that I am in college I find I have a hard time finding time to read and that I have a lot of books I own that I can read. (I wish I had more time!)

    Remember that five extra contest entries go to the first person who can correctly tell me what's wrong with the wanted poster above.
    The second cover is not the official cover for PD, and as you said it is not international so :)... (my guess is they should have put OS on there)

    Follow this blog: +1 GFC as K8

    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1 @Froze8

    Tweet or Facebook a link to this contest: +1 Retweeting your post!

    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1 Done as Kate T.

    So that is 5 entries and hopefully an extra five for a right answer?

  20. Sounds like you had an awesome time! :D *Jealous* ;) And ohhh. This is the best giveaway. WANT SIGNED LEGEND :D Also want signed copy of your book. <3 :) Thank you for the chance :)

    +1 follow blog via GFC as Carina Olsen.
    +1 like on facebook as Carina Olsen.

    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

  21. I want to read Legend but not as bad as Last Rite... Extra good week of goodies!

    Here's my weekly entry. I do not go to the library for books but I should because my addiction to reading is EXPENSIVE! My 95 year old grandma goes to the library every week.

    My kids are starting to get addicted to reading as well so I definitely need to start going to the library. My 3.5 year old is always trying to steal my kindle.

    My points are
    follow blog + 1
    like on fb +1
    follow on twitter + 1
    tweet to this contest + 1
    and answer original ? + 1

    TOTAL 5 Points!

    Twitter SKSimone
    Email sarah-kramer@live.com

  22. Thanks for the giveaway!*fingers crossed I win* ;D
    I almost ALWAYS go to the library for books!


  23. I love libraries. I can't afford to buy all the books that I want, so get some from the library. I live in a small town, so get to visit 3 local libraries in surronding area. I also have won copies of books for my local library and they have put them on the shelf for others to enjoy. I also belong to a couple of street teams and sometimes they send extra books. I also donate to the local library. They are very happy for that. I would love to win and read this book. You are a new author for me and always looking for new books to check out.
    +1 follow-Chrisbails
    +1 like on FB Chris Bails
    +1 follow on twitter-chrisbails1015
    +1 share on facebook-https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Flisadesrochers.blogspot.com%2F2012%2F04%2Fwhy-i-love-librarians-and-win-last-rite.html%3Fspref%3Dfb&t=Why+I+love+librarians%2C+and+win+Last+Rite%21

  24. I use the library a lot. The only time I don't use it is if I can't wait until they start carrying a new release or they have a long wait list for a book I really want to read. In those cases, I'll buy the book.

    Comment +1
    I follow this blog: +1
    I follow you on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1
    I tweeted a link to this contest: +1

    Total +4

  25. I don't borrow books from the library, but I buy them whenever they are having a book sale.

    GFC follower
    Twitter follower @emma015
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Emma015/status/195577899347226624
    Like Facebook page-Jessy Boz

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  26. I usually don't barrow books from the library unless I don't have any money to buy more books, the book is out of print or I know for a sure fact that I'll only be reading the book once.

    Comment: +1
    GFG Follower: +1 GFC Name: Maria
    Twitter Follower: +1 @fantasysink
    Tweet: +1
    Liked Facebook page: +1 Maria Qa

    Total: 5


  27. I usually get books from the library,but when I really love a book I buy it.

    Follow this blog: mromero
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): mtrw12
    Tweet link to this contest: https://twitter.com/#!/mtrw12/status/195719310059110400
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page Marie Romero

    Total: 5

    mromero2012 AT gmail DOT com

  28. I LOVE my library! When I go there I walk out with ten books at least! :-)

    Follow this blog: +1
    Follow me on Twitter (@ValiaLind): +1
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1

    Total: 3!

  29. I get my son tons of books from the library. I like to own the books I read but once in a while if I'm not sure about a book, I check it out at the library first.
    +1 Blog follower: Lexie@BookBug
    +1 Twitter follower: @LexieBookBug
    +1 Like on Facebook: Lexie May Hogan
    Total = 4
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  30. Yes, I do go to my library for books. However, if I really want a certain book, I will go out and buy it.

    Comment: +1
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page: +1

    Total: 2


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  32. Follow this blog as Ash: +1
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez)as @Ash_Ash: +1
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page as Ashley Nichole McKinsey +1
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  33. Heck yes I go to the library! I used to work at one in my last city, so visiting the public library is a top priority after I move. Now I work at a fantastic used bookstore, so I get books there too. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

    Follow via GFC & Twitter as LitzaLou :)

  34. I am a book finatic and have to own my own copies so don't hit the library too much.

  35. I always use the library. Love it there.
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  36. Yes, although there aren't that many "good" novels;)

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    Tweet this contest (https://twitter.com/#!/tessireysia/status/195864756857487360) +1

    = 4


  37. I rarely go to the library cuz the next one is about 1.5 mile away from our village.

    + 1 Like Facebook as Kira Moss