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An uplifting, educational conference for writers of supernatural and contemporary YA and NA fiction, book bloggers, book cover models, book cover designers, editors, agents, book marketing experts, publicists, book trailer producers and, of course, the book lovers out there! Publishing and Writing industry experts abound at utopYA.
Panels, filled with writers and experts in the publishing and entertainment industries, share knowledge with aspiring authors and screenwriters to improve their craft and advance their careers. There are also FUN panels for fans where then can directly influence and interact with their favorite authors!
The June 2014 Conference has:
--> Barnes & Noble and Indie Book Stores
--> Swag from over 80 Exhibitors
--> A Guinness World Record Attempt
--> Keynote Speakers Gennifer Albin & Sylvia Day
And you won’t want to miss the Third Annual utopYA Awards on Saturday night, where we celebrate the writers, producers, editors, bloggers, designers and others who bring our favorite characters and stories to life!
With 20+ categories, live music, interactive live streaming and celebrity hosts and guests, it’s YOUR chance to dress up and get down with your favorite authors and friends!
NEW in 2014:
Friday evening PUBLIC Book Signing event for the fans!
Saturday night dance party after the Awards!
Sunday afternoon Write-In…with prizes!
on Dec. 10, 2014 :
And I loved Loved LOVED this book. I really enjoyed this book as a whole and I can see myself reading its stories again and again. I will definitely be looking up some of the authors other works.
As there is eight stories I’m only going to write brief comments on each one.
"The Divided" by Amy Bartol
I wanted this story to keep going. I could read a whole novel about Vi, Mattie, So-wah and Clyde, in fact I’d really like to. In this brief snapshot of the characters’ lives we get intergalactic romance, revenge, action and a glimpse at what could be a much bigger story. You immediately feel for Violet; she’s a young woman with her whole life ahead of her but then her Violet finance is murdered and what follows his death introduces her to a whole other world.
Five Stars out of Five.
"Monsters of Earth" by Tammy Blackwell
At the start you think you’re going to get some light-hearted monster slaying romp, but what you end up getting in this very short story is a lot of emotion and a monster that you really hope Helem can defeat. Four Stars out of Five.
"The House on Maple Street" by Amanda Havard
This was a nice light hearted boy finds aliens, boy outwits aliens and makes a new friend tail. You get nasty aliens, friendship, action and an average guy as the hero. I also think I would enjoy this story longer as well, maybe the aliens come back for revenge huh? I really enjoyed the Fenton and Travis dynamic, I think they could have some rather good adventures together.
Four Stars out of Five.
"The Force" by Heather Hildenbrand
I started reading this story and thought to myself this is sounding very much like that hangover movie but with teenage aliens instead of middle aged men. It got better as it went on and turned out to be about more than just waking up with a mate missing and not remembering what happened the night before. It’s not a bad story but the ending was a letdown for me, I would have liked the romance to build more between Axel and Becca and maybe even see him smuggling her back to his home land (but that’s just my personal taste) still a fun and entertaining read.
Three Stars out of Five.
"Ultra-Con" by Tiffany King
Ahh having your body taken over by an alien force was one of my recurring nightmares as a child. We get good aliens, bad aliens, action, danger and humans caught in-between it all. The story built nicely but then the final standoff seemed too rushed for my taste. Three stars out of Five.
"Snow Globe" by C.A. Kunz
I would have liked it to keep going, I want to know how Kyle goes fitting in on earth. A nice sweet little story about an alien boy finding happiness thanks to a human girl that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy.
Four stars out of Five.
"The Black Stone Heir" by Sarah M. Ross
This was a lovely well rounded story. We had action, adventure and romance. I really liked how the narration kept changing between the main two characters. It’s a loved each other from affair, unknowingly, and then coming together – Aww my favourite kind of love story.
Four Stars out of Five
"The Ascendant" by Raine Thomas
I NEED More!!!!!! Wow loved it. In this short story we get action, bad aliens and forbidden romance. I want a whole series of Kyr learning her lessons, coming across Ty each time and then finally how they continue their relationship once she takes on her destined responsibilities! Please give me more to read!
Five Stars out of Five.
Oh man I have the biggest book hangover ever. I’m going back to the beginning and reading them all again. Bye now!
(reviewed long after purchase)