Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Weekly Road Trip with a Side of Giveaways, Coming Right Up!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you've ever researched?

I do a lot of research for my stories, everything from the anatomy of a cheetah to yin yang to Succubus to the Bernoulli spiral, but I think the weirdest thing I've ever researched...

The woolly bear caterpillar

For my superhero WIP, I needed an animal that was uh, very cold-natured (don't ask), and this little guy worked. Woolly bear caterpillars can freeze their insides to withstand Arctic temperatures of up to ninety below. Cool, huh?

Any eccentricities in YOUR google searches? Check out the other YA Highway folks to see what they said.

Now time for CONTESTS!!!

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The fabulous folks over at YA Highway are celebrating their second anniversary and giving away a TON of books including a signed copy of Kody Keplinger's Shut Out, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and so many more. Click here to see what else is up for grabs.

My dear friend Ricki Schultz is hosting a June is Bustin' Out All Over giveaway - sooooo many uh-mazing books - Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Shine, Thirteen Reasons Why - so many good ones. Hop on over to her blog! Now!

And...AND...Carolina Valdez Miller, Beth Revis, Elana Johnson, and many others are celebrating Independent book stores by sponsoring amazing giveaways on their blogs. This is the super-duper list of who's participating...

Carolina Valdez Miller
Lisa and Laura Roecker
Sarah Frances Hardy
Shana Silver
Elana Johnson
Stasia Kehoe
Shannon Messenger
Mundie Moms
Myra McEntire
Sara Bennett Wealer
Janet Gurtler
Joy Preble
Ty Drago
Kate Walton
Julia Karr
Randy Russell
Adele Griffin
Helen Landalf
Andrea Higgins
Beth Revis
Tess Hilmo
Sheela Chari
Gail Handler
Christine Fonseca

Whew! That's a lot of giveaways! Wait - you're still here? Why aren't you entering these fabulous contests? Click, click, click away!


  1. I want one (or ten) of those caterpillars as pets! They look so soft and sweet... Which is a weird thing to say about an insect, because I'm scared even of ants. But STILL :) I could make a little tent for them in my freezer. AND get to watch my husband scream like a girl when he discovers them, lol

  2. Cool fact about the willy worms (that's what we called them when I was growing up)...and great contest info!

  3. That's interesting about the caterpillar. Is it weird that I want to pet the picture?

  4. Very interesting about that caterpillar.
    Thank You.

    anthony stemke

  5. OMG that caterpillar... craziness! Also, I think if I saw that thing in the arctic I would faint. LOL

  6. Yeah, sometimes I laugh at the things I research!
    And um, no--I don't want to pet that caterpillar. Just ew. :P

    Also thanks for the links :D

  7. omg. It looks like the cutest thing. Is that weird that I said that? Though if I ever saw it in real life it would probably frighten the mess out of me.

  8. I kind of hate bugs and creepy crawly things, but I have to admit, that caterpillar is super cute. But I think I'll just look from afar. I still wouldn't want it in my house.

  9. I can't decide if that thing is cute or oogly. Both, I think.

    Super contests, btw! Thanks for the mention, too!

  10. Super hero caterpillar? Now I need to know more.

  11. Never knew fact about those caterpillars. Cool!

  12. So you have a superhero named WoolyBearMan? You've got us all intrigued!

  13. That thing creeps me out a little! lol

    I actually stopped by to say 'thank you' for your support during my A-Z blogging month. I've created a fun "no strings attached" blog award for you and all of the other awesome bloggers who offered feedback and encouragement.

    You can view the award and my thank you note here:

    Hope you are well and that I see you around in the future!


  14. They are amazing little furry creatures. So neat.

  15. Thanks for all the links! I actually do a lot of research for a name. At least in one of my novels. Every name means something. It's awesome!

  16. Heard they can predict a hard winter as well.
    Glad you're participating in my blogfest on Monday!

  17. Wow, what a list of giveaway links! Thanks for listing all these. And I love those caterpillars!--my sister and I used to play with them all the time when we were growing up. :)

    Have a great Sunday!

  18. Dudes - let's get our sanity back - those are BUGS!

    Thanks for the contest pimpage, Alison!!! *kisses* I can't wait to go check out some of the other giveaways!


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