Friday, November 1, 2013

15 Win HORIZON by Alyson Noel plus YA Pick and Mix 11/2/13

A Little Halloween Weirdness

So I turned in my line-edits on Thursday morning. YAY! And it was only after I hit the send button that I realized I turned in my first round on Friday the 13th, and my second round on Halloween. I guess it's a good thing that the book has ghosts and magic and things that go bump in the night. I'm taking this as a good omen. Another good omen is that Alyssa let me know last night that BEHOLDEN is up on Goodreads. I'm pretty sure that wasn't my publisher's doing, and it wasn't mine, so how does that happen? 

My final round of edits starts on Monday, so I'm taking a breather this weekend to pack for YALLFEST, which is going to be AMA-ZING! And I'm reading. And sleeping. And working on a super-secret project that I can't wait to share with you. But lets just stay that it involves Jennifer Armentrout, Claudia Gray, Bree Despain, Tracy Clark, Kimberley Griffiths Little, Shannon Greenland, Lee Bross, Sara Raasch, Nina Berry, and moi. And it is going to kick A$$. So get ready!

I've been reading my book for so long, I'm WAY behind in my reading. What do you recommend?

A Couple of Workshops

The November First Five Pages workshop starts at noon 11/2/13. I'm super excited to have Stephanie Kuehn as the guest mentor. Steph is the author of the fabulous CHARM AND STRANGE. So get your manuscripts ready!

I had a wonderful time in Dallas last weekend teaching a workshop on social networking, branding, and more. The North Texas SCBWI chapter ROCKS! 

Thought for the Week

via Quotes About Happiness

Young Adult Novel Giveaway This Week

HORIZON by Alyson Noel (ARC)

Expected publication: November 19th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin

Fate has bound them together—and torn them apart. Now Daire and Dace face one final fight that will seal their destiny forever.

Daire Santos is the last of the Soul Seekers, and the only thing standing between the Richters and the destruction of everyone she loves. With her grandmother gone and Cade back in Enchantment, Daire must finally step into her destiny and lead the fight against the Richters. But what if that means sacrificing the person she loves most?

Bound to the Richters by blood, Dace struggles against the darkness growing inside him that threatens to claim Daire too. Though Daire refuses to give up on him, the choice may not be hers. An epic battle is on the horizon and the end of the world looms near. With such insurmountable odds stacked against them, is their love really enough to conquer all?

PreOrder Horizon on Amazon 
View Horizon on Goodreads

Young Adult Novel Giveaway Last  Week 

RED by Alison Cherry

Winner: Vivien Propst

Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:

I know your secret.

Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say "strawberry blond." Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.

Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?

Purchase Red on Amazon 
Purchase Red on IndieBound
View Red on Goodreads

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by Veronica Roth

Winner: mshatch

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Purchase Allegiant at Amazon
Purchase Allegiant at IndieBound
View Allegiant on Goodreads



Books, Books, Books

Have you seen the new "Catching Fire" movie trailer? Let's just say that it will definitely be an insane cinematic experience . . .

The book trailer has been released for Evertrue by Brodi Ashton. (I love the dramatic music)!

Just three more days until Champion by Marie Lu is released! Who's excited? Click HERE to watch the book trailer to keep that excitement going.

Young Adult Quote of the Week

There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn't.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.

~ Veronica Roth, Allegiant

Reading Quote of the Week

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."

~ George R. R. Martin

Young Adult Reader of the Week:

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* Want to be the reader of the week next week? Leave a comment on our Thursday or Friday posts! 


Blogger of the Week: 

SA Larsenッ from Oasis For YA

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* Want to be the blogger of the week next week? To be honest, this is pretty much the only way I have time to discover new blogs, so it's a great way to get into my twitter feed and into these round-up posts if you have great content to share. Leave a comment. I'll pick from among the bloggers who leave comments here on the blog today through Wednesday.

Writing Tip of the Week

Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure.

~ Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

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  1. Good job on getting all those edits done!

    1. Thanks, Michael! Hope the new business is doing well! It looks like you are doing fantastic work!

  2. I think it's really good luck that both rounds of edits were due on a spooky day!!

    Thank you:)

    1. I am going to take your word for it, Christina, and treat it as if it is. :) I'm neurotic enough as it is without having to worry about BAD luck :)

  3. Love the serendipity of handing in your story on those days! Good portents!

    Love the fire dress on the cover of Horizon! Cool idea :) That Allegiant quote is great as well :)

    1. Weird, right? But it has to mean something!

      Isn't that a gorgeous cover for,Alyson? I have cover envy. And the ARC was excellent. And Allegiant? So many brilliant lines!

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  5. Thank you so much and congrats to the Allegiant winner!

  6. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  7. Hmmmm. Friday the Thirteenth and Hallowe'en. I wouldn't get a black cat or walk under a ladder, but the thing is, you got them done! Victory! Congrats.

    1. Too late, Rosi! I live with a black cat :). But I think I can avoid the ladder. Hope you are doing well!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! Great blog btw

  9. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win and congrats on the edits!


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