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Shawntelle Madison's Top 5 Favorite Author Swag & UNDER MY SKIN

I love swag. Those cute bookmarks up to the oh-so-fun potato chip clip holders. A few years ago, I did a blog post on my favorite swag. I asked myself a deep and thought-provoking question not too long ago: have my opinions changed? Oh, yes, they have!
Previous top five:
1.
Office supplies and electronics
2.
Custom bookmarks, trading cards,
and postcards
3.
Make up: nail polish and lip gloss
4.
Jewelry and pins
5.
T-shirts
1.     Author Bags
Author swag has changed over the years. The one item I’m in love with now is custom bags. I’m not talking about conference bags. I’m talking about author bags with fun logos or lines from characters in a book.  I’ve got a book hoarder bag that was so much fun to design! I’ve seen Amanda Carlson’s cool bag, too which is great for shopping. I always love taking authorbags to the store and if others seen it and learn more author my favorite authors it’s a win-win all around. I still have the tote bag I got from Kelley Armstrong before my first book came out from Random House. Now as to whether or not I’m collecting other author bags is something I won’t be sharing…
2.     Pins
I’m still in love with author pins. During conferences I love to collect them and wear them on my badge. They come in all shapes and sizes from the cute circular ones to the rectangular ones with a cover. The ones that make me laugh are my favorites! In particular the Keep Calm and Marry a Greek Billionaire one.
3.     Book cover posters
Okay, to be honest this one is a request. Back in 2012 I went to San Diego Comic Con and I got the coolest posters! I would LOVE to see more posters available. Posters aren’t cheap to make though, but with the right poster, you could make such an impact and I would go crazy for a signed poster from one of my favorite authors.
4.     Cell phone power bank
Now we’re jumping into a more expensive item. But I use these all the time. Yep, I use my smartphone a lot and I’ve lost track of all the times I’ve needed a quick jolt of power. (I’ve come to the rescue of others, too.) I used to see a lot more USB drives around. I have so many now and I rarely use them, to be honest. Most
of time if I need to transfer data I email myself or I use Dropbox.
5.     Hand-crafted swag
This last one I really saw in action at last year’s Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon. On one author’s table I saw that she had crocheted a red lobster
for everyone! They were so cute!
Can you tell I also love places like Etsy? I love to buy homemade soaps and other items for gift bags. Do I love to get them in return from authors? Oh yeah!
What would I love to see more of? I’d love to see more hand-crafted bookmarks. I’ve seen a few on crafting blogs and they are gorgeous! I know they take time to create, but the ones I’ve seen are so sturdy and look like they’d last longer than most of the standard bookmarks.
So I’ve shared my list of favorites. What is your favorite swag? Has your opinion changed this year like mine?
About Shawntelle:
Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d never admit it, but if asked she’d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detasseling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs—from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she’s not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.
Under My Skin Blurb

Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets…

For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn’t something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate’s result thrusts her into the Guild’s world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.

Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon’s deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate’s mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate’s body, and love might end before it even begins.
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