Thursday, July 17, 2008

Punk Rock & Graffiti Book Signing & a Giveaway!

Just in from my book signing with Stephanie Kuehnert (I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE) at Borders in Monterey, CA. (Not Minnesota!)

There was a mix up and our book signing materials were sent to the wrong store in another state, but Borders Express pulled through and had signs made and did their best to promote the event. They gave us flowers, pens, and chilled water. They were all super nice and always checking on us.  The manager admired how outgoing we were with the customers. I thought we did a pretty good job too!

Punk Rock & Graffiti Signing, Borders Express

I was thrilled to have a teen reader fan come especially to get her copy of GRAFFITI GIRL signed with her mom. (Hello, Rei Monique!) How cool is that??

Even though Steph had been on the road all day, she was upbeat and ready to sign books.  She had her hair died a pretty pink, and wore a cute blouse with a skull pattern.  Even though I hadn't met Steph before I gave her a big hug. We'd been chatting on-line for a while now, and guess what? Her astrology sign is Cancer, and guess what Tina's is?  Cancer too.  So I knew we'd get along great--haha!

Stephanie Kuehnert

We had a great conversation with a group of military students, and they kept us entertained for a good half hour and purchased our books too! Here is Randal, he's a cutie and so outgoing. See, boys like our books too! Our prize giveaway went to his friend Nathalie by random draw. yay!

Guys like our books too!

Our Book Signing Giveaway

Here we are at the end.  The night was calm and the manager apologized but I expected that for midweek and we still sold books! Nonetheless, it was a fun and memorable experience with another great MTV Books author!  Thank you, Steph!  

Kelly and Stephanie

Hey, I think I'm finally getting a hang of this book signing deal. Just a little bit more, anyway. ;)

Now for the on-line giveaway! Leave a comment to win an autographed copy of I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE. Keep in mind RAMONE is for mature teen or adult readers (15 years and up). Winner will be announced Sunday evening. Thanks!

31 fresh comments:

TinaFerraro said...

Allow me to lead off the comments and say best of luck to all who enter!

Your booksigning looked like SO much fun! And glad you sold some books, too. =)

Anonymous said...

Enter me!!! :-)


Did you feel like the gift basket made a difference at all? Just wondering.

Carol said...

Ooh please enter me.I would love to win a signed copy! :)

Jessica Burkhart said...

Yay, girls! :) Love the pics!

Anonymous said...

That sounds so cool. Enter me please!

Kayla (Midnight Twilight)

Marianne Mancusi said...

As a Ramones lover and former punk rock girl myself, I'd love to win a copy of this book. Been dying to read it!! :)


Anonymous said...

Please enter me! I would love to read Joey Ramone!

Rachel R.

Note to Authors:
If you have any upcoming contests or book signings please feel free to email me so that I can post about it on my site.

paperxxflowers said...

I'm not here to enter, just to remark that I'm glad y'all had fun!

I already have a copy of IWBYJR.

Meredith said...

Sounds like you guys had fun, even though the promotion stuff went the wrong way on the road trip!
Good luck with future signings!


Bunny B said...

Looks like you guys had some awesome fun!!! I wanna win, please :)
Thank you for the chance@
bunnybox9 at gmail . com

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

I had soooooooooooo much fun with you last night Kelly! You kept my energy up after the long road trip and it was just so good to finally meet you! YAY!!!!! And thanks for posting pics!!! I'll post mine when I get home in a week!

Good luck to everyone entering!

Kiki said...

Awww, what great photos! And how awesome was it to snap a candid shot of the guy? He can use that to show off his sensitive/intellectual side to the laydeez for years to come. ^_-

Cara King said...

Glad it went well! Particularly after your book signing materials were sent elsewhere!!!! (Why does something always go wrong at a booksigning???)


Kelly Parra said...

Thanks, Tina, it was fun! Wish you had been there too!
Hey Mandy, I don't know if it makes a difference, but putting something to win is always fun!

Kelly Parra said...

Thanks for entering, Girls!
Mari, it's an awesome read!
Thanks, Paperflowersxx

Kelly Parra said...

Hi Steph, yes it was great chatting with you and we had fun!! Looking forward to the pics, and have a great rest of your trip!!
Yeah, Kiki! We had a couple of guys buy our books!
Cara, I just don't know why! haha!

Breanna said...
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Breanna said...

It would be so much fun to be an author and do book signings. Even if not a whole lot of people show up I'm sure it's fun.

It looks like you two had a great time! I'm glad =)

Please enter me to win the copy of IWBYJR!


freewriter said...

I was at a Barnes and Noble during the week once and they had an author in the store signing copies of his book. There was no one in the store to begin with and no one was going by his table. I felt so bad that I bought his book so he would have sold one. Sounds like you had fun though. I can't wait to read both books

Wendy Toliver said...

Great photos! I'm glad you had such a great time. I would have loved to pop in if I lived closer.

Lauren said...

I would love to win a signed copy!
Enter me!!


Kelly Parra said...

Thanks, Breanna! Yeah, being an author definitely has it's ups and downs like any job but if you love telling stories, then its a dream job!
freewriter, that was very kind of you! Yes, signings are not always tons of people wanting to buy your book unless your like Steph Meyer. haha! So it's always nice to do a co-author signing!

Kelly Parra said...

Thanks, Wendy! I am excited to meet you at conference!
Great, Lauren!

Laura said...

I'm very excited for this book - definitely count me in on the contest!

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered!!


The Story Siren said...

enter me please!!

Hillary said...

cool contest! enter me!

Bunny B said...

I'd love to read this! Thank you for the chance!
bunnybox9 at gmail . com

Little Willow said...

Sounds like you all had a blast!

Alea said...

The materials got sent to Minnesota! I was in the store about a week ago and was about to mention that their information was wrong on their computers about the signing when severe weather started and we ran for home. Oh man that's a bummer though. I still wished that you had come that would have been so fun. I'm glad you posted about it though :)

Kelly Parra said...

Thanks Everyone for entering! Winner coming soon...
Alea, that would have been fun to visit Minnesota! Sorry about the big storm! And thanks for letting us know in advance about the mix-up!