Pasadena Teen Book Festival and a Contest

The Pasadena Public Library and Bridge to Books is sponsoring a YA book festival, Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Public Library. Click on the picture below to get to the official website:

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The free tickets are sold out, but join the waiting list at The sponsors are going to make every effort to get the wait list inside, and the first 150 attendees get a free book bag!


Starters and Enders will be available for purchase, but you are also welcome to bring your books from home for signing.

Join me in the library Auditorium at 1:40 p.m., for my panel and then signing right after. Check out the full schedule of all the wonderful authors on panel at the Festival here.  See you there!


Enter the “renaming contest” for a chance at winning a $50 Vronman’s gift certificate. To participate create a fun or clever name to replace the Pasadena Teen Book Festival. A name will be picked by a panel of judges, and the winner will be announced at the Festival!

The deadline is Friday, April 25, 2014. Click here to get started.

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2014 Young Adult Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! You can read exclusive content from YA authors and also win big prizes. Add up the numbers, and maybe you’ll win one signed book from each author in my team. This is INTERNATIONAL! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

You do not have to solve the number puzzle to enter my bonus rafflecopter below.

There are 2 contests going on, and you can enter one or both! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team so there are two ways to win!

More info is here: YA Scavenger Hunt homepage. But if you know what you’re doing, read on.

Below, you’ll find the secret number. Collect these from all the RED team authors and add them.

Welcome to my site, I’m Lissa Price, author of STARTERS and ENDERS, the YA duology set in a future L.A. where desperate teens rent out their bodies to seniors, so they can be young again temporarily. Come back and have a look around after the contest!

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I am so happy to be hosting the lovely Liz Czukas, author of the YA contemporary Ask Again Later.

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Liz is a freelance writer who lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ask Again Later is her first novel. She collects college degrees she doesn’t use, types too loud and always has a song in her head. In high school Liz did go to two proms but not at the same time.

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About Ask Again Later: Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

You can purchase Ask Again Later HERE

If you want to know more about Liz you can follow her on twitter here or check out her website here.

Special Preview! 

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Liz has graciously offered to let our lucky readers have a preview excerpt of her 2nd book, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, which is coming out this December!

(Note: the YASH contest is over and exclusive content is always removed after. But check out her links!)


To win the YASH contest, you need to know the secret number is 94. Add up all the secret numbers of the authors on the RED team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

My Bonus Give Away

Separate from the YASH contest, you can enter my bonus contest! 

First Prize: One YA or MG book of your choice, up to $20. International okay if your city is serviced by Book Depository.

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Second Prize: the UK Version of STARTERS and an audiobook of ENDERS

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Third Prize: RUNNING WITH THE PACK, The Werewolves of Laura Anne Gilman, Carrie Vaughn and more

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Fourth Prize: A signed chapter sampler of STARTERS and swag for STARTERS and ENDERS

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To enter: Follow me on Facebook below! (if you are not on FB, then leave a comment below, that will be one entry – and if you do any of the bonus follows, list them).

You also get one bonus entry for each of the following that you choose to do:

Follow me on Twitter, follow me on Tumblr, follow my website or sign up for my newsletter!

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Good luck, everyone! 

The next stop on the scavenger hunt is Floridian J.A. Souders, author of The Elysium Chronicles and more!



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Philadelphia – Starters and Enders

I spoke at the Ridley Middle School in Philadelphia recently.


The students were incredibly smart; the questions were stellar.


And the questions didn’t stop. I would love to see where these students are in ten years.


The next day I was at a great B&N in the Neshaminy Mall, in Bensalem (a suburb of Philadelphia).  I did a signing of Starters and Enders there on Divergent Day — the first Saturday of the film release.  Loved meeting the Philly readers! Am especially excited when I get to meet guy readers.






Note the chapter sampler in her hand. This was given out at the Divergent film the opening weekend. See photos of the chapter sampler in the menu under “Starters.”


The staff was WONDERFUL. This is the special swag package they gave me. And, Divergent chapstick.


I was also at the B&N in Broomall, PA, another Philly suburb.


This B&N is one of the classic ones, a pure store with no cafe, no stationary items — just books! Again, the staff is terrific and supportive to authors. Some students from my school appearance the other day came in to get the book.

Both of these stores may have some signed books left.

300 Neshaminy Mall
Bensalem, PA 19020

1991 Sproul Rd
Broomall, PA 19008 610-353-3255

Thank you, Philadelphia! I truly loved meeting you all.

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Love Trouble with Tribbles?


David Gerrold, the writer of the famous “Trouble With Tribbles” Star Trek episode is endorsing me for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He’s also known for The Martian Child, a Hugo and Nebula winner.

I wrote about this award given at the Hugo Awards ceremony here where you can see other endorsements. I’m posting this reminder because I just found out the author and moderator of my panel at the Chicago Worldcon, author Bryan Thomas Schmidt, who said glowing things about Starters – listen here - didn’t even know I was eligible. And the deadline is in two days – 3/31.

If you can help me spread the word to any Hugo voters, I am in my second and last year of eligibility to be nominated. I’m one of 20 authors who have their novel excerpts published in the Campbellian Anthology, available for a free download by anyone. This will expire at some point. It also has “Portrait of a Spore,” my short story that is otherwise only available in the paperback of Starters (not in any e-version).

Hugo voters may nominate five writers for this category. The voters are made up of members who have paid for a membership to Worldcon last year (LoneStarCon) or this year (LonCon3).

The Campbellian Anthology, edited by M. David Blake here.

Not sure if you can vote? Everything you need to know here.

Membership lookup for LoneStarCon 2013 here.

My post on Lytherus about going from fangirl to Campbell-eligible author here.

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Kami Garcia’s Birthday Party

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You know Kami Garcia from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and UNBREAKABLE. I’ll be forever grateful to her because she blurbed STARTERS long before she ever met me. This is a taste of her birthday party, hosted by her partner-in-crime, Margaret Stohl who also has her solo series beginning with the wonderful ICONS.


Dangerous dames with knives.

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Kami with the fake book I gave her, bought from Once Upon A Time Bookstore. I told her it’s a book she doesn’t have to read! (it opens up to be a keepsake box). I want one for myself.

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That’s Ransom Riggs’ finger.

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And there’s Ransom with his lovely bride Tahereh Mafi (SHATTER ME) and me – extremely jet-lagged.

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Kami opening the big group gift we gave her. Big bag hiding something small…

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It’s a bracelet!

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With safety pins – edge and bling. So Kami. Wonderful party, great food, YA peeps, kids, couldn’t have been a better night.

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Starters is in its 8th Printing!

Found out today that STARTERS is in the 8th printing now and ENDERS is actually going into a second printing already! Thanks to you who made it happen, we’re all very grateful.


That’s how happy I am!

Copies in bookstores now will still be first printings of Enders. Anyone who would still like to nab a first-edition, first printing of Enders signed can order from Once Upon A Time Bookstore in Montrose, CA. And you can put in the remarks that you want it inscribed to you or someone else and I will drop in there to do that for you. It might be possible to ship to your International location.

They are a terrific bookstore, I believe the oldest one in the US specializing in children’s books. They also have great gifts (the puppets!), stationary items and can order any book for you. The store was going to close a few years ago and the new owner was a customer who couldn’t stand to see it close, so she took it over. She and her family have devoted themselves to making it a wonderful, vibrant place to meet authors. Kid fantasy author Brandon Mull will be there 3/26.

Can you tell I love them?



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Keynote – Write to Thrill

A keynote address to motivated high school students who came out on a beautiful Saturday to learn about writing.

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STARTERS at an Oscar Party for Charity




Many thanks to the lively bidders who went after my package which included a gift card to Once Upon A Time Bookstore. Congrats to the winner who helped us raise $300 for charity. rotateauctionmydonation

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STARTERS is finally in Japan!

Starters was just published in Japan and author Miranda Kenneally (who wrote Catching Jordan) spotted it on in the bestseller’s section!


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Get a $110 gift card for $75 & books & a call from me!

This is for a great established charity called MEND (Meet Each Need With Dignity). The auction ends Mar 2, so hurry.

1. $110 gift card to Once Upon A Time Bookstore in Montrose. They will ship. They can order any book and they also have great gifts, kids items, baby gifts.

2. The original hardcover of Starters, the paperback that has the exclusive “Portrait of a Spore” and the new hardcover Enders, all signed and inscribed to you.

3. A 20 minute phone call from me to talk about what interests you — writing, the series, how to get an agent, etc.

4. swag and the cutest rubber ducky reading a book.

So send your friends, rush over because this ends 7PM PT on Sunday, Mar 2. The auction rules say you must pick up in person, but if the winner is not in Southern California, I will  get it and ship to you anywhere in the U.S.

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