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Want to Win (the FABULOUS) Across the Universe?

10 Jan

Last week, I wrote a (very long) blog post about three of the best books I read last year.  One of them—Beth Revis’s fabulous debut, Across the Universe—comes out TOMORROW, 1-11-11!

If you’re still unsure about this book, no matter how much people have hyped it—or, possibly, because people have hyped it—I have ideas for you.


First, you might want to learn a little bit more about it.  If so, here is a link to The League of Extraordinary Writers, a blog featuring posts by five debut authors who write YA dystopians.  The link above will take you to a post with a gorgeous trailer for the book, a summary about it, ISBN numbers for both hardcover and audio versions, and a list of other noteworthy links you might want to check out.


After you check that out, and you’re STILL not convinced you want to run out to the store tomorrow, buy it, and read for the rest of the day, you can enter to win it on Liza Kane’s blog!  In honor of her birthday (and mine, really, since it IS Birthday Season this month), she’s holding her first contest—and, yes, it’s open internationally—so, go check it out here! (Contest open until January 17, 2011)


If you already plan to buy the book in stores, and haven’t heard of Beth Revis’s Epic Launch Giveaway Extravaganza (not its official title, but it totally should be…), you must check it out.  There are a TON of chances to win, and the prizes are awesome—sweet looking water bottles, signed hardcover copies of the book, buttons, an iPod touch nano, for example.  For official information on how to win, click here.  (Contest open until January 25, 2011)

Good luck and happy reading to you all!

Anna and the French Kiss Giveaway Contest!

16 Aug

Also known as the post in which I shamelessly plug a book I’m SO looking forward to reading in an attempt to win an advanced copy.

Because I want it.  And you should, too.

Just last week, I blogged about the intense and inspiring revision process of author Stephanie Perkins.  So, how cool is it that I — and you — have a chance to win an advanced copy of that very novel, the result of all that devotion and discipline?  I was already looking forward to Anna and the French Kiss, but my anticipation totally quadrupled (and then the quadrupled anticipation quadrupled) after I read about the blood, sweat, and tears she put into it.

Click here to read Stephanie’s post about the contest.

Since this is a rarity on this blog (this being a shameless attempt to win something), that should tell you how much I’m looking forward to the book.  I promise to bombard you with such shameless attempts *only* in the most special of contests.

Like this one.

(Note: Saying nice things about Stephanie and her book are NOT part of the requirements to win the contest.  I merely had to post about it.  Thought it was worth mentioning that these are things I genuinely think-slash-feel, and they won’t give me any better chance at winning the book.)(Unfortunately.)

Au revoir for now!  (She says in a completely tainted-by-Texas, un-French-as-you-can-get accent.)

Smells Like Teen Angst

5 Jan

In honor of his client’s soon-to-be-released novel The Secret Year (author: Jennifer Hubbard), blogger- and agent-extraordinaire Nathan Bransford is holding another contest.

A veritable deluge of teen angst has been submitted¹ in response to Nathan’s prompt: Write the most compelling (fictional) teen diary entry.  It may be a diary entry or an unsent letter, but it should be in a teen’s voice.

It must be 500 words or less, and the deadline is tomorrow — Wednesday, 6 January 2010, at 4:00pm Pacific Time.  There are fabulous prizes.  Among them?  A signed copy of The Secret Year, as well as the winner’s choice of a “query critique, partial critique, or 10 minute phone conversation/consultation/dish session.”  Oh yeah, and pride.

So!  If you’re interested, add your angst to the flood.  

For a longer list of specifics, and to submit your entry, click here to get to Nathan’s post about the contest.  Be sure to let me know if you enter, it’s fun to read all the entries!  (Warning: if you read them all, prepare to be transported back to the days of high school drama.  Just saying.)

¹300+ entries as I write this.  Mine is somewhere around #308, FYI.

Paragraphical Insanity

15 Oct

In case you haven’t heard, Nathan Bransford, literary-agent-slash-blogger-extraordinaire, is holding a contest.  The poor (crazy?) man has volunteered his free time to read the 2300 entries (and counting) people have posted.  The contest: “The 3rd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge.”

You have until later today to enter your tweaked-to-tears first paragraph, one shot to impress.  When I say “one shot,” what I really mean is “don’t do what I did and submit two different entries, then read the rules that say you can only enter once.”  I think I’ve been forgiven, since he deleted my first entry at my request.  But still.  Awesome first impression, right?  Riiight.

Okay, and here’s a pretty funny coincidence that has to do with Nathan’s contest – did you guys read my post the other day, the one called Lava?  I wrote a little bit about how it’s possible to infuse drama into anything, but ultimately, some things just don’t compel people to care.  I whipped up a stupid little example about a woman who has based her entire life collecting pristine rows of embroidery thread, then freaks out when one of the ends are frayed.  

Well, last night, after I entered, my husband and I read through lots of the entries people had submitted.  In a freak coincidence, we ran across an entry about someone who collects embroidery thread and has them all lined up in rows.  Weird¹!  I’m a little worried the author might see this blog and take offense, but in all seriousness, I stand by my point.  You are going to need to do a whole lot to make something compelling out of an embroidery thread collection.

Whatever Nathan’s motives for taking on such an insane project this week, he’s gained another faithful blog-follower in me.  Head on over and check it out, even if you don’t plan to enter.  Any writer could learn a great deal just by scoping out lots and lots of entries.  Personally, it was eye-opening to see so many people trying to stand out, to see what worked and what got lost in the sea of words/ideas.

Alright!  Best of luck to you guys, should you choose to enter.  Let’s all thank Linda Cassidy Lewis for her post on this, because without her, I’d never have known it was happening.  

¹If you feel like seeing the embroidery-thread entry for yourself, check out the comment made on Nathan’s post, which was submitted in the comments at 4:04pm, the 14th of October.  If you feel like seeing mine, it’s at 6:31pm of the same day.  Warning, you’ll have to sift through pages of stuff to get there – it would be best to start toward the end of the comments.  I don’t want to reprint the paragraph itself, lest I be accused of taking what’s not mine without permission.

To NaNo, or not to NaNo…

20 Sep

NaNoWriMo.  The word alone makes me itch to try it!  

For the unfamiliar: NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is a challenge for writers to write madly throughout the entire month of November, in hopes of meeting a 50,000 word deadline.  For those who are unfamiliar with what 50,000 might mean in terms of effort, it’s a daunting and difficult prospect, though it can be done by the duly diligent. 

I love a challenge.  Plus, I have an idea, one that may not see the light of day for a while, since it’s wholly different from my current work in progress.

The dilemma?  I’m still working on my second draft, steeped in the world I’ve made.  Though I’ve made great progress, I’m just far enough from the end that it would be quite the stretch to finish this draft before November.  I can’t justify abandoning my project mid-draft, nor do I have the desire to do so.  However, maybe it’s precisely the catalyst I need to push through, though I’d never want to sacrifice quality for the sake of a self-imposed deadline¹.

I’m undecided, at this point.  Are any of you guys planning to participate?  Have you done it before, and if so, how did it influence your current writing habits?

¹Funny.  NaNoWriMo itself is a sort of self-imposed deadline, though I see it with a different purpose than everyday writing.  NaNo is a chance to tackle a new project, a chance to stretch your diligence muscle, to challenge your focus, to get words down on the page, to inspire confidence that yes, you can do this, if you just stick with it.  My current project, though, is in need of quality words at the moment, not mere quantity, the very opposite of writing just to get words down on the page.