Tuesday, March 11, 2014

59 Giveaways of PANIC by Lauren Oliver and THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski plus YA Pick & Mix 3/11/14


Last week was the cover reveal for Compulsion, and sometime this week, the ARC is making its way out into the world. This is both a strange and wondrous feeling. I adore the cover, so that's wonderful. But now it's not really my book anymore. It's going to belong to readers, and to what they (you) discover inside the story. I know from my own experience that every reader will bring something different to the table. That's a beautiful thing -- and it's scary as hell, which is why . . .

I'm leaving the country.

Um. No. That's not really the reason. But I am leaving, heading to Cozumel, Belize, and Honduras on the first real family vacation we've all had together in years. I wish I could take the dog and cat, because leaving them inevitably means the family isn't complete, but we're moving people into the house just so they won't be sad and lonely. Seriously. This is how bad I've gotten.

Do you feel guilty leaving pets? Do you feel bad leaving your writing projects? Writing isn't one of those things it's easy to leave behind.

Have a great week, everyone. Happy reading and writing,

Martina
 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

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YA GIVEAWAY OF THE WEEK




Panic
by Lauren Oliver
Hardcover
HarperCollins
Released 3/4/2014



Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Author Question: What is your favourite thing about PANIC?

That's a difficult question to answer. Of course, I love the characters and the way that their stories intersect, and I'm particularly proud of the dual narrative perspective, particularly because it gave me the chance to write from a male point of view. I also like the way that the town of Carp itself becomes a kind of character; it was fun to really conceive of the town as a whole and think about what growing up there would have felt like. But my absolute FAVORITE thing about PANIC? One word, man: tigers!


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The Winner's Curse
by Marie Rutkoski
Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released 3/4/2014


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.


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BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS

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  • My cover reveal of Compulsion, in case you didn't hit all the stops, was on Mundie Moms, Hypable.com, Cuddlebuggery.com, PageTurnersBlog, The Story Siren, YASeriesInsiders.com, and here on Adventures, as well as on my personal Tumblr. Each stop has giveaways of a personalized Compulsion ARC, a sterling silver necklace similar to one of the Tiffany keys Barrie wears, and great books signed by my favorite authors, including Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Kendare Blake, Claudia Gray, Meagan Spooner, Meagan Shepherd, Kat Zhang, Stephanie Kuehn, Veronica Roth and more. 
  • Great collection of trailers for 2014 movies based on books provided by River City Reading.
  • Rae Carson read the first sentence for her new book and needless to say, I screamed and got even more impatient for it. 
  • Claire Legrand revealed her cover for her dark Nutcracker retelling and it looks and sounds amazing.
  • Cassandra Clare announced the title to her next Shadowhunters series, The Last Hours, which will feature the generation after Tessa, Will and Jem in 1903. As a big fan of Clare's book, there is no doubt in my mind that I will be picking these ones up. Especially if it means more Tessa and Will! Included in the post are some really amazing pictures of the characters done by Cassandra Jean!
  • Publishers Weekly announced in their weekly book deals that TOR has acquired the rights to Susan Dennard's (Author of Something Strange and Deadly) new book Truthwitch, the first in a new four book fantasy series that is being pitched as “Garth Nix meets Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Add it to Goodreads! 
  • Melissa Marr's cover for her new novel, Made For You was revealed on USA Today

   

WRITING TIP

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59 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're getting away from it all and enjoying a family vacation. The pets will miss you for sure. I hate leaving our doggies :(

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  2. Have a great trip! You so deserve a break. Yes, now that I have a puppy, I feel guilty when we have to leave her at the vet.

    Rafflecopter isn't working but I'd love The Winner's Curse. I've read such great things about it. I already read Panic. It was good but that game was so dangerous the kids were playing. Made me want to slam the book shut.

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  3. Why isn't Rafflecopter cooperating? =( These books look too good to miss out on!

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  4. Enjoy your vacation, you've earned it. This is a great pair of books. I'll be back to get in the running for them when the Rafflecopter is working. Thanks.

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  5. The trip sounds wonderful. I have been worrying about a trip we will take in August and be gone for 10 days. Our little dog, Mason, has separation anxiety. Seriously. He's a rescue dog and his prior owner died. We have found a wonderful dog sitter and have left his with her for a couple of weekends, but 10 days! I feel so guilty. But we can text and maybe talk on the phone a time or two... Wait! He's a dog! It will be fine. Won't it? Anyway, Panic sounds like such a good story. Thanks for running the giveaway. Now go enjoy your trip. It sound fantastic.

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    1. Hi Rosi,

      Good for you for taking in the rescue, and surprisingly, our dog loves to get on the phone. I don't know if they hear things the same way, but he definitely listens and seems to feel better after he hears my voice when I'm away. Or at least he stops moping by the front door for a bit. And of course it will be fine! : ) Hope you're going somewhere fun!

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  6. Have an amazing time!! You deserve to relax and have Compulsion woo readers everywhere!!

    I'd love a copy of either book, but rafflecopter isn't working, there aren't any entries or tasks to complete.

    Please include me in the giveaway!! I'm a follower on Twitter, facebook, blog email subscriber etc.

    Thank you :)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

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  7. I can only image how excited you are about the upcoming ARC. (Squee! ^^) Hope you have a great trip! I do feel bad leaving pets. Our cat Jefferson does the classic "laying in the suitcase while we're trying to pack" act. I think it's just because the suitcase probably smells different being in the back of the closet all the time, but it still looks like he's wanting us to take him along.

    I REALLY wanted to enter this giveaway, (such awesome books!) but the rafflecopter isn't working… :/ I follow the blog and on facebook- please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks bunches. ^^

    blacklaceblonde(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I think I've finally got the Rafflecopter fixed. Sorry about that, everyone! I don't know what happened, and I'm sorry I'm not keeping tabs as I should. The internet connection down here is slooooooooooow!

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  9. Leaving the country is a huge deal. I hope you have the best time!

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    1. We did, thanks! I zip lined, which was super scary because I'm afraid of heights. And I loved the Mayan ruins, but honestly, I just love going anywhere new and finding out more about the world!

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  10. Really interested to read both these books! Thanks for the giveaway. And ENJOY your magnificent vacation, Martina!

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  11. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Its always nice to go vacation.

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  12. Hope you're have a wonderful time and that you're getting all the awesome reviews you deserve for Compulsion arcs :)

    Thank you:)

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    1. Thanks, Christina. That's the part of this whole process that makes me super nervous. :D

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  13. Winner's curse, WINNER'S CURSE! I am dying to read that one! And many many congrats on the Complusion ARC'S and cover! XD

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    1. Finished this one on vacation, Alex, and LOVED it! THE WINNER'S CURSE is a great book. And thank you!

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been dying to read these, especially Panic!

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    1. PANIC is another one that I can't say enough good things about. It was WONDERFUL!

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  15. Crazy excited for this giveaway!

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  16. I have been wanting to read these books for the longest time. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  17. The Winner's Curse looks so good...hopefully I can get a copy soon.

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    1. This is one you're going to want to keep!

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  18. Have a great vacation! Thank you so much for the giveaway of these two awesome books. I've been dying to read both of them!

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  19. Have fun on vacation

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  20. Hope your having a wonderful vacation. I read Marie's MG book and really enjoyed the characters and setting. Nice to see she's writing YA too.

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    1. I love that so many MG people are moving up to YA!

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  21. OMG I am so dying to read The Winners Curse. I love that beautiful cover and I am a sucker for a forbidden romance! Fingers crossed!!!! Thanks for another incredible giveaway!

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    1. My pleasure as always, and best of luck!

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  22. We don't really go anywhere (we've only left twice in 15 years for three days at a time lol) but yes, I did feel terribly guilty about leaving the pets. I hope you have a great time though!

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    1. We did that for a long time when the kids were little, because we wanted to make sure they were old enough to enjoy the experience. Now we're trying to make up for it. :D

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  23. I already own Panic and liked it. I would love to win The Winners Curse. Have fun on your vacation. I loved the cover reveal for Compulsion! I'm really looking forward to reading your book Martina.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I hope you will like it and good luck for THE WINNER'S CURSE! : )

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  24. When I had a cat, I never used to worry about that- she was self-sufficient and not terribly fond of people. But now I have a dog and I feel so awful every time we have to leave her at the kennel.
    Have a marvelous vacation- you deserve it!

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    1. Thanks, Kirsten! Oddly, my cat guilted me this time too. According to our house sitter, Zoe spent the entire time curled up in my writing chair. :/

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  25. I read The Winner's Curse and loved it! Panic looks amazing also!

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    1. They are both REALLY good. I think you'll enjoy them both!

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  26. The Winner's Curse looks so good! I always feel bad when I leave my pets. They're my babies.

    What is the "mailing list" and how do I sign up for it?

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    1. Hi Rain, we'll put you in for the mailing list automatically if you choose that option. : )

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  27. Thanks so much everyone! Phew. Vacation was awesome, although I confess that I am worried enough about my deadline on Book 2 that I actually wrote a bit every day. That's okay. I think of that as fun! I'll put up some of my pics when I do my next post on the 25th!

    The bad news is that our poor pet sitter kept writing about how miserable Zoe and Auggie were. Zoe (the cat) evidently sat in my writing chair all day every day. And Auggie lay by the front door waiting for me to come home. This is the drawback to working at home, because the furries aren't used to being separated.

    The upside? I connected with the non-furry people, aka my kids, which was wonderful.

    And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU all for your support and kindness on the cover reveal! I'm so excited about the way everyone is responding. You. All. Rock!

    <3333

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  28. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I loved The Winner's Curse and I just love both covers.

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    1. The covers overall this year have just been amazing. There are so many I covet.

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  29. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! I've heard such great reviews on Panic! Looking forward to reading it :)

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    1. Good luck. Yes, both of these books are getting tons of buzz!

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  30. I can't wait to read these books people are saying great things about them. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  31. (This is Darith L)

    It would be so awesome to win these books! Thank you! :D

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  32. Sooo jealous of your vacation, I would kill for a one right now. Have tons of fun! :)
    Thanks for an amazing giveaway! :)

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  33. Thanks so much for this and have a great time on your vacation! <3

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  34. So glad you had a rejuvenating vacation! My family and I also have had difficulties arranging for proper furkid care so haven't gone away very frequently or for very long at a crack. Thanks for the fab giveaway! :)

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