ANOTHER giveaway!

How many times have I described a book as The Best Book Ever?**

A lot.

Short and Sweet

Even more frequently since I’ve joined Short & Sweet Reviews‘ weekly blog feature of the same name.

I’ve loved participating in this every Thursday. And I’ve loved getting to know the wonderful bloggers at Short &Sweet Reviews as well as the others who share their book picks.

A related benefit is getting fabulous book recommendations every week.

Anyway — this is a long winded way to say: Their blog is turning ONE this week and I’m helping them celebrate.

I’ll be giving away a pre-order of my debut YA novel SEND ME A SIGN* as well as a Send Me A Sign bracelet. ***

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For MORE sweet giveaways, head over to Short &Sweet reviews — and don’t forget to write down my codeword: LUCKY.***

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* I’ll totally admit that I’ve been dying to order a copy and this is a great excuse
**  Maybe someday if I’m really lucky, someone will say these words about Send Me A Sign (Yes, I am this sappy, deal with it!)
*** This contest is U.S. only. Sorry!
**** GOOD LUCK

Send Me A Sign – Cover Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who made revealing SEND ME A SIGN’s cover so much fun—having a book cover is something I’ve dreamed about for forever, and this is finally starting to feel pinch-me real. I’ve spent the past week dancing around singing versions of they like it, they like it, they really, really like it.

*blows kisses & dandelion seeds*
I’m still waiting on some of my swag to arrive— it’ll be worth the wait, but it means I won’t be mailing out the swag packs for a couple of weeks. I’ll be emailing later today to request mailing addresses, so make sure to check your inboxes.
Sidenote: I’ve decided EVERYONE who enters gets a swag pack, because you are ALL simply amazing.
But while you’re waiting, check out this video of me reading a snippet from chapter two of Send Me A Sign. Hopefully it makes you EVEN MORE impatient for October 2nd.  *cue evil giggle*

Oh, the bracelets! You probably want to know who won those!

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Congratulations Amy, Sarah, & Annika.

I wish I could send everyone else a bracelet too – and I will be doing some more giveaways – but if you love them and need one now (and I hear book-cover-bracelets are poised to be the Next Big Trend), you can order one from the artist by clicking here.
And JUST IN CASE you haven’t had enough time staring at my cover-prettiness, here it is again!

Winners! – Breathless Reads Contest

You’ve all left me breathless with your enthusiasm for this contest! YA fans are the BEST.
And you left fabulous answers, too! I so enjoyed reading them all! Some of them made me teary, others left me in *gigglefits* — and, of course, I loved seeing the names of so many YA guys on that list. Hopefully when SEND ME A SIGN comes out this October, my heroes leave some of you a little short of breath.
But you’re here for the winners—so let’s get to that.
This was supposed to be my project for while the Schmidtlets took their afternoon nap— but the amount of time required to type up 170! names and cut 170! slips of paper exceeded the amount of time the twins are willing to sleep.
So instead of peace and quiet, I got helpers. I put all those slips of names in The Wild Imp’s sunhat — and we had a little bit of a lesson on no, you can’t wear the hat while all that paper is in it.
The Wild Imp chose a name for Prize Pack 1:
Congratulations, Jana! You’ve won a Breathless Reads poster, and signed copies of Across The Universe and Legend.
After stirring all the names for awhile, I finally convinced The Pip Squeak to choose ONE for Prize Pack 2:
Congratulations, Annabelle H.! I’ll be sending a Breathless Reads poster and signed copies of Born Wicked and Nightshade your way.
Thank you to everyone who entered! Please check back  again soon—I’ve got some more prizes… and A COVER REVEAL (eeep!) in the works.

Leave me Breathless…

Yeah, I know, the title* of this post makes it sound like I’m about to launch into a romance story. Not so much.

Though I do love the books I’m about to giveaway.

I was lucky enough to have the Breathless Reads tour come to my town on Sunday night. It doesn’t get much more wonderful than having four fabulous authors delivered down the street from your house.
 
Even better, I got to spend some time with fellow Apocalypsies Eve Marie Mont and Elise Ludwig 

while we listened to Beth Revis, Jessica Spotswood, Marie Lu, and Andrea Cremer share their authorly wisdom.

But I already have all their books, so these signed copies are for you.

And see that cute poster I’m holding in that photo?  I’m giving away two of those as well.

I’ll choose two winners:

#1 Will receive a poster, and signed copies of Across The Universe and Legend.

#2 Will receive a poster and signed copies of Born Wicked and Nightshade.

All you have to do is comment below and let me know one thing that leaves you breathless. It can be anything, I’ll even start.

Running, leaves me breathless—I’m still waiting the point when I can drop the getting from getting in shape and just be in shape.

Finn, from BORN WICKED, also leaves me a little breathless and swoony.

Feel free to enter more than once – just leave a new comment for each breath-thief and I’ll count it as a new entry.

I’ll choose the winners randomly on Friday during the Schmidtlets’ afternoon nap.

Have fun & good luck!

*Have I dated myself with this? You DO know this song, right?

A SWEET Winner

The wonderful thing about being at a writing retreat set in a hunting lodge in the middle of the woods is… well, almost everything. There’s great company, time and space to write, conversations that fuel creativity, discussion that challenge and stretch, and beaucoup laughter.
The downside of being at a writing retreat set at a hunting lodge in the middle of the woods was missing the Schmidlets. And, that every time someone entered my SWEET Giveaway, I had a new candy craving and no way to satisfy it.
·      Whoppers & Bottle Caps! I hadn’t thought about them in years.
·      Twix! I used to try and convince my mother those weren’t candy, but a form of granola bar.
·      Milk Duds! Delicious and a handy way to tear out fillings.
·      Licorice! I always bite the ends off Twizzlers & use them as a straw. Tasty & functional.
·      M&M’s are clearly the chocolate version of Revision Skittles – Wasabi peas are the healthy version.
·      Peanut Butter Cups! I recently heard that these can be used to make S’mores – have any of you tried this? I need to ASAP.
·      Kit Kat, Almond Joy and Heath lovers – I challenge you to try S’mores with your candies of choice too – make sure to report back to me with your results.
·      And gummy-lovers (both sour and not), you people are my tribe. Let’s all get together and ruin our teeth with chewy deliciousness.
Initially I had big fancy-pants plans about how I would choose a winner – writing all the numbers on gumballs and then filming the winning one coming out of the gumball machine.
But we don’t have a gumball machine, I’m still in my pajamas, and am quite busy making up four days of Schmidtlet-snuggles. So, I defaulted to a random number generator.
Without further ado – the winner is: Loralie! 
Rock your Revision Skittle Boombox with pride – I highly encourage recreations of the scene from Say Anything.
Thanks, everyone, for entering and stay sweet!

A SWEET Giveaway

There are a few awesome things on my desk right now.
1)   My Edit Letter! I think this makes it official. Well, MORE official. It also makes my head spin in the very best of ways.
2)   A bag of Revision Skittles  – No, I’m not sharing. I NEED these.
3)   This fabulous Revision Skittle boombox
 
      And this could be yours. Well, not this one, it’s mine.  But there’s another one downstairs still in its box that could have your name on it.
Music plays a large part in Send Me A Sign, and Revision Skittles played a large part in my writing of it – it seems only fitting that I should pair the two and give one of these away.
The boombox is made by Terracycle  – and this is their description:
“Groove greener with this portable boombox made with up to 80% recycled materials. With its 3.5mm universal plug for you can play music from your iPod, iPhone, MP3 player, laptop, or computer. Batteries not required.”
To enter – leave a comment below where you list YOUR favorite candy.
I leave tomorrow at early o’clock for the Goldblatt Agency retreat – aka Camp Barry – and let’s just say that I’m having some major separation-from-Schmidtlet anxiety. Cheer me up by entering.
I’ll leave the contest open until I get back and will draw a winner on Monday.
Good luck and stay sweet!
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