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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.
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
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,
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.
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?