Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'm Back . . . With ARCs!



Miss me?

Wait. Don't answer that.


So, thanks for being patient with me while I took a month off for revising (er...rewriting). I'm still not where I want to be, but I am much further along than I was at the beginning of last month. NOT at 100 percent, though. Soooo - while I'm back in the blogosphere, I'm only going to do bloggy stuff one day a week - ya know - until I rewrite the beastly Franken-novel and revise it ten hundred more times.

*sigh*

But I will tell you this. While I was on my bloggy break, um...I missed you guys. I found it very challenging to NOT hop around to your blogs on Road Trip Wednesday or stalk check on YOUR status. I feel like I missed out on a whole year instead of just a month. But I'm back - somewhat. And I'm really excited to hop around and see what you guys have been up to!

Oh, and I'd be completely remiss if I didn't tell you about my awesome super wonderful trip to midwinter ALA!!! Super fun and a whole bunch of BOOKS!!! Many of which I want to share with YOU!

So, I'm hosting a first of many giveaways. All you have to do is fill out the easy-peasy form. And there are lots of ways to earn extra entries - comment, tweet, follow me,...


And here's what you could win.



I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.




Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known as the mini version of his sports-star brother, Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brother's shadow, learning to perform in public, and rocking the Battle of the Bands contest. Oh, and maybe finally working up the nerve to talk to a girl in person instead of just over e-mail. But when Del suddenly returns from college, he expects Ori to step back into his role of little brother, just when Ori is starting to come into his own.
With his confidence wavering, will Ori be able to overcome his stage fright and lead the band to rock glory? Will the Band To Be Named Later ever get a real name? Will their best performances remain in the garage?

Denise Vega's deft exploration of brothers, bands, friends, and crushes promises to have readers tuning in page after page, because among all the ups and downs of being a teen, one thing's for sure: It's hard to rock out in high school.



Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it's been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn't sure how to admit that he'd rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.




In a new school and determined to keep her secrets from being discovered, Thorn finds a mysterious locket that leads to a shocking discovery—the unmarked grave of a newborn baby. Surrounded by new friends she barely knows, as well as the school’s famous former student, a smoking-hot musician named Phillipe, Thorn must investigate to find out if one of them is a murderer.





Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman's boots. She's the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She's vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend.
These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate "private time" they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what's more important: what you believe in, or the one you love?




Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home... Or so he believes...

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.

And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.



Holy Amazing ARCs, Batman.

Just fill out the entry form below by Friday February 17 at 11:59 PM EST and you could win one of these awesome ARCs! And then come back Monday February 20 for the winners and ANOTHER amazing ARC giveaway! PS - contest is open internationally!

Thanks for participating!




Oh! One more thing!


Last year I participated in Rachael Harrie’s Writer’s Crusade and in her Writer's Campaign. Platform building was a purpose, but also a nice way for me to connect with other writers, many who write in my genre. Through this I met some pretty awesome people, participated in creativity-sparking writing challenges, and well, just had a lot of fun!

And . . . AND I wrote this poem for one of the challenges last fall - a review on Ellen Hopkin's novel Perfect. And Ellen Hopkins (yes, the Ellen Hopkins) COMMENTED on it. Like, a really super nice awesomely sweet comment.


*dies*

See what can happen in these campaigns. The possibilities are endless.


And now Rachael’s back with a fourth campaign! I signed up the other day, and you can too! Just head over to Rach Writes by February 15, and get ready to invest yourself in two months of total awesome!

Your turn! What did YOU do while I was gone? Which ARC would you most want to win?

85 comments:

  1. I did miss you!!!! So glad you're back. :)

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    1. Awww - thanks, Sophia! I'll be making my blog rounds tonight. Can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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  2. I did miss you!!!! So glad you're back. :)

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  3. Glad you had a good month off. And love some of the ARCs like Pandemonium which I'd love and Froi of the Exiles.

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    1. I'm reading Pandemonium right now. So, so good. :)

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  4. Wow, sounds like the last camaign was a really good one for you ;-)
    Is the ARC contest open internationally? If yes then I'm totally coming back to enter it!

    xx Rachel

    PS. I'm in the YA and paranormal romance groups with you.

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    1. Yay for campaigns!

      And I always forget to say whether or not it's international! Oops. I fixed it. :)

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  5. Holy Cow, I want all those books! Half of them are already on my wish list!!! Thank you so much, and welcome back! You totally are missed when you're not here!

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    1. Awww! Thanks, April! And I've only just started reading some of these, but they are awesome!

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    2. That's right...I already entered. LOL

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  6. Yay! Glad you're back -- we all missed you :-) This is a really great giveaway, Alison. Thanks for doing it!

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    1. I missed you too! Your posts always make me smile!

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  7. Hi I'm a new follower and happy I got a chance to enter your giveaway... Buried and the Difference Between You and Me look especially good ;)

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    1. Nice to meet you too! And thanks for entering!

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  8. Welcome back! I took a weekend off and felt like I'd missed a month :) I'd love to win Pandemonium!

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    1. Pandemonium is AWESOME - better than Delirium, IMHO. And I know how you feel about taking time off. WHEW! It's crazytown!

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  9. Ooh, I think I will participate in that. I'm awful at the whole networking thing; it might be helpful for someone as introverted as I am. :)

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    1. I am SO glad you are doing this with me!!! We introverts need to stick together. :)

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  10. Yay :D You´re back! Congrats on getting some major work done! Even though you´re not 100% done, it seems like you powered through :-)

    Thanks for the ARCs giveway too!

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    1. Well, I don't know about major work, but I did get quite a bit accomplished. Still a long road ahead. But that's okay. I relish the process...most days. ;)

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  11. Yay! So happy you're back! I've missed your happy blogging. :) Thanks for the fantastic giveaway... fingers crossed!

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    1. I missed your happy posts too! And it feels weirdly good to be back. :)

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  12. Weird, I totally thought I was following you already! Anyway, welcome back and thanks for the fantastic giveaway! I'm pretty curious about Pandemonium actually. I was blown away by the end of Delirium. I want to see where she goes from there.

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    1. Just wait. Pandemonium is, IMHO, so much better! I hope you get to read it soon!

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  13. Welcome back! The blogosphere missed you :)

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  14. Welcome back! And I just signed up for Platform Builders for the first time. I just missed it last time. So excited to participate!

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    1. Woohoo! So glad you joined the Campaign! I don't know how much time I'll have for it, but man, I love the challenges.

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  15. Yay! So good to see you back Alison! :-D Are you going to have an ALA recap post?

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    1. Um...I guess I should? It was fun and even though I am incredibly overwhelmed with books, I REALLY want to go Anaheim this summer. Fingers crossed.

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  16. How funny to see Buried on the list! I just had a lunch meeting today with our SCBWI group, and Linda is one of us.

    Hope your time off was productive!

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    1. Awesome! I will definitely have to read that one too!

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  17. Hi! I'm in the YA group with you. I'm just stopping by to say "hi."

    Michelle

    www.michelle-pickett.com/blog

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  18. None of the ARC's really strike my fancy, but it's super-great to have you back again...even if its only for one day a week! WELCOME BACK!! :)

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    1. Thanks! I missed all the Write Club fun!

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  19. Hello! I'm following you from the campaign! :)

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    1. Great to meet you! Thanks for the follow!

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  20. Those ARCs look great! Thanks for sharing and welcome back!

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  21. Hello there. I'm a campaigner too and in your group.

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    1. Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Yay! Welcome back! Glad the month was productive. Also, I'm pretty sure I'm an old follower, but not positive? So I guessed that I am. So ... yes. ^_^

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  23. Hi, stopping in to introduce myself. I'm a new campaigner and we're in the para group. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully I can get this rewrite done soon and post more often!

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  24. Thanks for the fabulous ARC giveaway. I met you in the platform building campaign last year (I regret that I'm unable to join this time since I'm way too short on time to give it the attention required.) I'm thrilled that you're still excited about the Ellen Hopkins comment. Your poem deserved it. ^_^

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    1. Thanks! And I think I'll be gushing about the poem for a long time!

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  25. Thank you for this awesome giveaway! You're such an awesome person! :)

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    1. Your welcome! And thanks for stopping by. :)

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  26. Welcome back and thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  27. Hello, I'm in your YA group and was stopping by to drop you a line. And then I saw you are a YA Confidential! I LOVE that site. Looking forward to reading your posts.

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    1. Yes! I love YA Confidential too (although I'm probably slightly biased). Alexandra (a fellow operative) is doing the campaign too - you should check out her blog as well!

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  28. Welcome back! I've been on and off in blogging lately. Gah! I miss it too and can't seem to get back into my schedule...

    I wrote a book in January and have been spending a lot of my energy getting ready for another baby in a couple months :)

    Anyway, have fun with the campaign! I wish I could join but it isn't going to work at this time. Bummer.

    Good luck with all your revisions! And YAY for the ARC giveaway. That's awesome :)

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    1. I was just thinking about you the other day! So glad to see you back around! And whoa. Book in a month. Holy massive writing! That's amazing!

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  29. Hi there! I'm in the same Group3 with you. Just wanted to pop in and say hello! Good luck and have fun with the campaign challenges. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm certain we'll continue to run into each other. :)

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  30. Hey! New follower here. Can't wait for the first campaign challenge.

    Also, my debut novel comes out in 17 days! I hope you'll help me spread the word! http://jessica-therrien.blogspot.com/

    Nice to meet you :)

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  31. I missed you too! And it's funny, because I was away too! lol
    Awesome contest--I just spread the word! :D

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    1. Thanks for spreading the word, Monica! And so glad we're both back. :)

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  32. Hi! Newbie follower here from the campaign.
    Love the blog title and precious cat picture! Looking forward to the campaign fun :)

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  33. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I cannot wait to read Froi of the Exiles!

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  34. Welcome back! Glad you had a great time at ALA, I'm so jealous! Thank you for bringing back these awesome goodies for us :)

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    1. I did have a great time at ALA! Every one should go to one once!

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  35. Hi, I'm a new follower over from the campaign. Nice to meet you. Sounds like an awesome contest!

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    1. Nice to meet you too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  36. Hey Alison! New follower here =) Great contest!

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  37. Awesome contest! I keep meaning to sign up for that Platform thing, so it's good you mentioned it since the deadline is today! :)

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    1. Oh yay! I hope you signed up! It's awesome fun and a great writing challenge!

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  38. Welcome back! Glad to see you are back. Hoping your break was productive.

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    1. Thanks! It was productive - never productive enough, but definitely some progress!

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  39. Great post on words you love/hate! I jumped over here from there when I saw your ARC giveaways! And I'm on the campaign, too! Great to meet ya!

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  40. So exciting to have so many books to give away!!! YIKES!!

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  41. Stopping by from the campaign. Your giveaways look really nice! Also, I'm tagging you in a game of 11 questions. Stop by annamittower.blogspot.com to pick up your questions.

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  42. Hi Alison, I'm stopping by from the writer's campaign! We're in the YA group together :).

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  43. I'm stopping by from the Platform Campaign. Cheers.

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