Tuesday, May 27, 2014

59 BEA Mystery Box/Wishlist Giveaway and the YA Pick and Mix 5/27/14 Edition

I'm off to BEA on Thursday, so I'm actually very nervous. The idea of autographing Compulsion is surreal, because I've never even been to BEA as a reader. And trust me, I am first and foremost a reader. There's no denying that. I'm going to be fangirling all over the authors I love, hopefully inside my skin and not all over my face.

Are you a reader first, or a writer? If you were going to BEA, what authors would you want to see?

Here's the sneak peak again from over at Jenna Does Books (thank you, Jen!)

What BEA books are you dying to get your hands on?

YA Book Giveaway This Week

You'll notice there's no book cover here and no description here this week. That's because of the question I asked above. What do YOU want from BEA?

Tell me in the comments and fill out the rafflecopter, and you might just get it. Or you might get something else that's fabulous. I'm going to try to bring back some amazing goodies!

And don't forget my FOUR Pick ANY YA Novel giveaways this month. They'll be ending on Saturday, and entering any (or all) of them will also give you an automatic entry for the May Grand Prize giveaway, which is a hardcover set of THE ARCHIVED and THE UNBOUND signed by Victoria Schwab, plus a key necklace, and a signed ARC of Compulsion.

Also, there's an interview with me and a giveaway of Ally Carter's DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER over at The Perspective of a Drama Queen.

I don't want to do a ton of giveaways or interviews -- although I'd love to! -- but I definitely also want to give a hand to some up and coming blogs as well as some of the more established ones. If you'd like to host a Pick ANY YA Novel giveaway, stop by my website and let me know.

For more giveaways, sign up for the newsletter, and if you've read Compulsion already and want to join the street team, check here. There's lots going on behind the scenes. : )





Life by Committee
by Corey Ann Haydu
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 5/13/2014

Winner - Helen Adi

Some secrets are too good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

What is your favourite thing about LIFE BY COMMITTEE?

My favorite part of my second novel is the character Sasha Cotton. I wanted to capture a very specific type of girl to be my main character, Tabitha's foil. I didn't want your average enemy-- the kind that has hurt you and is mean to you and that you hate for those reasons. I wanted a character for Tabitha to be jealous of and pained by even though Sasha never actually does anything to her. I wanted to capture something more complicated and, in my experience at least, common. Obsessing about someone and hating someone who you desperately wish you could be more like. Mistaking truly deep envy for distaste or anger.

Sasha Cotton feels full and real to me, and I don't feel that I've seen many characters like her in YA fiction. She's spacey and sexy and unusual and sad and needy and dreamy. She's everything Tabitha could never be. And she exposes something ugly in Tabitha, which makes her even more exciting to me. Some people are catalysts-- not necessarily of actions, but of feelings. Some of them bring out the very best of us and some bring out our very worst. I wanted to write a character who would stir of the very worst in Tabitha. And I wanted her to be somewhat unassuming. Not cruel. Not flashy. Just quirky enough to drive someone crazy.


Creativity takes courage. ~ Henri Matisse

And if you need a little help, here's a great post about stress and creativity from LitReactor.

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  1. Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway! I really wish I could go this year!

    I would want any of the things that Melissa de la Cruz, A. S. King, Jenny Han/ Siobhan Vivian, Amy Plum, Jennifer L. Arrmentrout, Lauren Oliver, Sarah J. Maas, Morgan Matson, Anna Carey, Elizabeth Wein, Alexandra Bracken, Libba Bray, or Danielle Paige are giving out. Honestly, though, I would take any young adult novel! There are just so many great authors who are going.

    It's also really exciting that John Green and Cassandra Clare will be there, but their events are probably going to be ticketed.

  2. Thank you so very very much!!

    I'd LOVE a signed Compulsion ARC, of course, and Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker!! Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini and The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney. There are also some awesome contemporaries which will rock!! LIke books by Rebecca Serle, Isla by Stephanie Perkins, Starry Night by Isabel Gillies, Morgan Matson's anything!!

    Thank you so very much!!

  3. Definitely Heir of Fire! I would KILL for Heir of Fire! I'd also maim someone for The Jewel by Amy Ewing, Trail by Fire by Josephine Angelini, Talon by Julie Kagawa, and Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant.

  4. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, Rooms by Lauren Oliver, Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield, & Jackaby by William Ritter.

  5. I'll do my best, guys! You're nailing some of my favorites. But I'm thinking definitely at least one of Jen's books (since she's a YA Series Insiders sister and I'm seeing her) will be in there, and one of Scott Westerfelds, since we're both speaking at a lunch together. Probably also a Kresley Cole, Christina Lauren, and Becca Fitzpatrick. (Just saying :D) The Jandy Nelson book, sorry. That and Maggie's Stiefvater's books, you'd have to pry out of my hands. And you'd need the help of five or six strong firemen. I'm talking Chicago Fire, firemen.

  6. I'd love to see YA books. Or anything fantasy/science fiction. The Darkest Minds, maybe? Thanks!

  7. Talon by Julie Kagawa, Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas, In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken. Any of those would be awesome!

  8. Wow this is awesomeness. I would LOOVVE Talon by Julie Kagawa, Trial by Fire by Josphine Angelini, Hier of Fire by Sarah Maas, The Jewel by Amy Ewing, The Iron TRail by Cassie clare and holly black, and about a million other, I hope you have a blast and i will def see you there next year!
    <3 Britt

  9. Well, Holly Black is autographing at the table after me, so I *may* be able to swing that. Is that against the rules? Not giving up a table until an author autographs their book for you? LOL.

    1. TOTALLY WAS WITH IN THE RULES! lol hope you stood ur ground hehehe

  10. Talon, Compulsion, anything by Kresley Cole, anything that's fantasy - really just anything. I read a LOT!

  11. If I were to win, I would love to get Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Talon by Julie Kagawa or In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken.I wish I was going!

  12. I'd love Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, Talon by Julie Kagawa, Game by Barry Lyga, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Panice by Lauren Oliver and definitely Compulsion!! Anything would be awesome!! Thanks for hosting these amazing giveaway!!

  13. Compulsion, Talon, The Mime Order...actually, any YA would be great.

  14. I'd love to get any YA books or some fantasy books.
    And i'd love a signed Compulsion ARC, of corse!
    Actually anything would be awesome!!! :D

  15. I *may* be able to swing Compulsion. : ) Actually, my publicist is out of ARCs until after BEA, so i'm hoping to snag one or two. We'll see!

    This is fun. I'm excited about filling up the box now. : )

  16. Oh my goodness, have tons of fun at BEA!
    If I were going, some books that would definitely be on my must-get list are Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers, Stitching Snow by RC Lewis, This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Talon by Julie Kagawa, Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, and Compulsion of course!
    Thanks Martina, and enjoy!!! :)

  17. How do I choose? Are either of the new Maggie Stiefvater books going to be at BEA? The new Holly Black, of course. The new A.S. King. Any of the SF/Fantasy books that the publicists in the booth are really excited about.

  18. Melissa de la Cruz, A. S. King, Jenny Han/ Siobhan Vivian, Amy Plum, Jennifer L. Arrmentrout, Lauren Oliver, Sarah J. Maas, Morgan Matson, or Danielle Paige
    Definitely Heir of Fire, as well as Talon by Julie Kagawa. I would love any YA arcs in general so anything would make me happy if I were to win

  19. I'd do about anything to get my hands on Jandy Nelson's new book ... though I see that you're unwilling to part with it, ha! I'd be the same!

  20. Tops are definitely: Afterworlds, The Walled City, The Accidental Highwayman, The Young Elites, Messenger of Fear, Trial By Fire, and The Mime Order. Others wants: The Fire Artist, Thursdays With the Crown, Heir of Fire, Mortal Heart, The Young World, The Vault of Dreamers, Bad Magic, The Darkest Part of the Forest, The Doubt Factory, and Zodiac (Russell).

    Thank you so much for this epic giveaway and have an amazing time at BEA!

  21. I don't even know what to say since there are just so many books to want! Maggie Stiefvater's books (though of course you'd want to keep that for you!), Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest, Scott Westerfeld's upcoming book, Sarah Maas' Heir of Fire, Rainbow Rowell's Landline, Marie Lu's The Young Elites. Oh, and I would freak out for Garth Nix's CLARIEL!!

    This is a fantastic giveaway. Thanks for having it! Have so much fun at BEA!

  22. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, Talon by Julie Kagawa, Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas, Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers.....I could go on )

  23. Anything from Jennifer L. Armentrout would have me bouncing off the walls with joy! Also Sarah Maas' Heir of Fire, Marie Lu's The Young Elites, Talon by Julie Kagawa. I think it would be impossible to get something from Cassie Clare, right? I'm dreaming to big LOL Any kind of swag would be fantastic!! Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway!! x

  24. After the End by Amy Plum, Camp Payback by J.K. Rock, Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly, Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, The Ring and the Crown by Melissa Cruz, and The Young Elites by Marie Lu

    Thank you!

  25. I would love to have Jackaby by William Ritter, Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant, Talon by Julie Kagawa, Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers and The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. Thank you for the giveaway!

  26. Wow... Too many choices!
    Talon by Julie Kagawa, Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas, Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Falling into Place by Amy Zhang, Blackbird by Anna Carey, Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien, The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans, either book by Lauren Oliver!
    That's way more than four, lol.

  27. Ooh. That is a tough question. I would love Talon by Julie Kagawa, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas...really, anything sci-fi or fantasy would be awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. In my box, I would love a signed copy of Compulsion. I've also been a Neil Patrick Harris fan since Doogie and would love an autograph from him. Too many great authors listed to even know where to start. Talk about an author's dream destination!

  29. I would love pretty well any of these books! I would really love Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker or Blackbird by Anna Carey!

  30. Compulsion, of course! 8-) Anything new, fresh, and funny.

  31. I would love any of: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, Rooms by Lauren oliver, The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M O'Brien, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, Atlantia by Ally Condie, Stone cold Touch by Jennifer Armentrout. Thanks.

  32. Ahhh, I have no idea what to ask for from BEA. How could you ask a book lover to pick? . . so cruel. Lol. I've had my eyes on The Murder Complex, The Taking, & Hexed. I'll read pretty much anything that's romance, paranormal, or horror. I've yet to find a good bookw/ romance and horror. I guess Anna Dressed in Blood was okay. Anyway, thanks for the giveaway & opportunity!

  33. Anything by Jandy Nelson, JLA, Libba Bray, Becca Fitzpatrick, Maggie S., Marie Lu, Ally Condie, uhh all of the YA authors sound about good to me! ;) I am very excited to read Atlantia and Compulsion!

  34. Sadly, I wouldn't know where to begin in deciding what book I'd want to get from BEA. lol! Although I love writing with a passion, I'm a read first. If I could make a comfortable living just reading, that would be so awesome.

    I hope you have a wonderful time while you're at BEA and be prepared for readers to fangirl all over you :-)

  35. I'd be happy with any of the latest/upcoming releases from BEA. I attended last year (as a reader and an author). It was one of the best experiences of my career so far. I just you're going to the have the best time too. Enjoy and soak it all in, Martina! :)

  36. Oh, there is so many. It's hard to decide. My top picks are Rooms by Lauren Oliver (I know this isn't a YA but I've already read Panic and I know her adult novel is going to be awesome.), Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, The Fever by Megan Abbott, and of course your book Compulsion. Wish I was going. I hope you have lots of fun.

  37. I guess I'm not sure what my choices are from BEA… I'm sure I'd enjoy whatever was in the box. Particularly if it is YA.
    I would love my own copies of Jenny Han's books. I only have Sarah Maas' first book- I would like copies of the others.
    Whatever works, THANK YOU for hosting this giveaway- and for an awesome book blog. ^^

  38. Enjoy BEA. So excited for you. Would love Marie Lu's or Sarah Maas' new books or some debut MG and YA fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi or thriller ARCs.

  39. This is a great giveaway and I'm so excited for you. BEA will be so much fun!!! There are just too many to choose from, if I won I would want you to surprise me!! Thanks.

  40. I have looked at the author list and I would love to have Compulsion first of all. Then books from: Kiera Cass, Jennifer L Armentrout (Lux series), Julie Kagawa, Amy Plum, Anna Carey, Cassandra Clare. Holly Black/Cassandra Clare, Josephine Angelini, Kresley Cole, Lauren Oliver, Maggie Stiefvater, and Veronica Roth. Any books from these authors would be great! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  41. I love all kinds of ya books. Im okay with whatever you put in the box

  42. So much fun information here! I'm currently reading my good buddy Sarah Skilton's latest release, HIGH & DRY. It's awesome! Next up...another Sarah Dessen book :)

  43. hmmm...I would be super excited about anything. I would love any of the books from these authors: Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Melissa Marr, Danielle Paige and Anna Carey

    Entered rafflecopter as:
    Alisha Sienkiel

  44. Thanks for the giveaway, hmmm, Any book should be good I like to discover new books and new authors, but I really like to read Dorothy must Die,

  45. (This is Darith L.)

    I would just love to get an ARC of Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (Eeeep!) or Talon by Julie Kagawa! I could also take a Holly Black's or Mary Lu's book! :D

  46. (Kelly P.)

    I don't really know what they're giving away at BEA, but I tend to like YA scifi/fantasy with a low romance factor. But hey, free books! Can't complain about that, right? :)

  47. I would love either Talon by Julie Kagawa or Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. What a great giveaway!!!

  48. There are so many books I wish I was at BEA to get: Heir of Fire, The Jewel, Stitching Snow, This Shattered World, Afterworlds, Mortal Heart, Falling into Place, Compulsion and others.
    I really wish I could have gone. It is an awesome giveaway!

  49. Talon by Julie Kagawa, Heir of Fire by Sarah J Mass, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Both of the Lux bind ups and The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout, anything fantasy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. I would really like anything by Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Melissa Marr, Amy Plum, Anna Carey, Cassandra Clare, Josephine Angelini, Kresley Cole, and Veronica Roth anything really I like reading new things as well. This is an awesome giveaway.

  51. Thanks for the mystery giveaway! I would love to read Compulsion. I would love to see books by Julie Kagawa, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Amy Ewing, Veronica Roth, Katherine Howe, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, Alexandra Bracken. Entered rafflecopter as : Jan Parker

  52. I would love anything by Jennifer L Armentrout!

  53. Wow! What an amazing giveaway!

    I really want:
    CIty of Heavenly Fire
    Mortal Heart
    The Jewel
    Trial By Fire
    The Girl From The Well
    Sublime! I need this so bad!
    Silver Shadows
    Stone Cold Touch

    rafflectopter: Julia Rain Wellman

    Thank you so much!

  54. Oohh AFTERWORLDS! and Stone Cold Touch!!

  55. I would love to get a copy of Compulsion! My second choice is A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

  56. thank you for another awesome giveaway. wish i was there to see these books and authors in person.


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