I have TWO author-type events on this coming Tuesday. My FIRST two author-type events.
I’m not nervous (she says with a laugh that fools no one). I’m wicked excited (this is actually true).
I give good hugs (feel free to request/demand/prepare yourself to receive one).
If you’re going to be at BEA, I hope the Apocalypsie Mix & Mingle has made your schedule! Do you see all the amazing covers below? The amazing authors whose stories live behind them will ALL be there for your mix & mingling pleasure.
And then, after you’ve mixed & mingled (and grabbed something to eat) I hope you plan to zip over to the Jefferson Market Library for the Teen Author Carnival. Check out these panels.
Let’s all take a moment to pretend I won’t be too busy grinning like a fool to contribute to the conversation… actually, that’s not true. I’m too chatterboxy to stay quiet.
At both locations I’ll have plenty of Send Me A Sign swag and hugs to go around.
If the contest had been a spelling list, I’d now be required to use all your words in sentences or a story. That would be a horrendous homework assignment and a VERY LONG spelling list. And, there is less than zero percent chance that I would have gotten the spelling of hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobiaor pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis or floccinaucinihilipilification correct. But I guess when there’s 100+ words on the list (and awesomesauce is on there three times), it wouldn’t have hurt my score too badly to skip some of your zanier choices 😉
Thank you all for stopping by, entering the race, and sharing your favorite words with me. You are ALL YAmazing.
But there can only be one winner of the YAmazing Race SEND ME A SIGN bonus contest and that person is…
*mentally insert drumroll here*
— I guess “rediculous” is not only adorably adorable, it’s also lucky! Congrats, Desiree!
Hello! Thanks for making it to the Send Me a Sign pit-stop on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes! Since I’m not the first stop on the Exploding Flamingos, you probably know the drill by now — This is a blog hop featuring a zillionty debut authors. We’re giving away prize packs stuffed with ARCs, gift certificates, and all sorts of swag.
If you’ve stumbled on this post and are feeling a little lost — skedaddle over to the Apocalypsie websitewhere you’ll find some helpful directions and links to the beginning.
Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
Mia Moore has spent her entire life looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. A sign that the summer before senior year will be the best one ever.
But when Mia is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, the only sign she wants to see is that she will survive cancer. That she will get through a summer of intensive chemo and be able to go back to being the girl she’s always been—top student, part of the A-list crowd, and dating Ryan, the hottest guy at school.
And until she’s better—meaning no throwing up, no hospital stays, and definitely no wig—Mia doesn’t want anyone to know she has cancer. She doesn’t want her friends’ pity. And she certainly doesn’t want to start feeling something more than friendship for the one person who does know what she’s going through, her best friend Gyver. But the sicker Mia gets, the more she realizes that not even the clearest signs offer perfect answers, and in order to find out what happens in her life, she will have to find the courage to live it.
Done? I know your brain is packed full from all the YAmazing/MGnificent Exploding Flamingo bookstops you visited before mine — but I hope you paid attention, because you’ll need to know a factoid from the synopsis above to answer the quiz and enter to win the prize packs.
Wait! Want more chances to win stuff? Since you’re here and everything, I might as well offer you an incentive to stay… or at least come back and visit.
Complete the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win a pre-order of Send Me a Sign.
You may have noticed that I didn’t give my Best Book Ever on the contest page, but since I made you share yours, it would only be fair if I agonized over my own.
Since this is my blog, I’m not limiting myself to one. (I notice many of you didn’t limit yourselves to one either—I approve of this mini-rebellion!)
You may also notice that almost every single book that appears on my list was mentioned in the comments. That’s because my blog readers have excellent taste.
This isn’t a ranking—narrowing it down to ten was hard enough without ranking them. And if you asked me the same question tomorrow, I’d probably come up with a different list, but AS OF THIS VERY MINUTE, my Best Books Ever are:
1) All of Austen. (My favorite changes daily. Usually it’s Emma. Or Pride & Prejudice) 2) The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen 3) Hunger Games —Suzanne Collins 4) Little Women — Louisa May Alcott 5) Anna & The French Kiss — Stephanie Perkins 6) The Archived — Victoria Schwab * 7) Drums, Girls, Dangerous Pie —Jordan Sonnenblick 8) Matilda — Roald Dahl 9) Anne of Green Gables — Lucy Maud Montgomery 10) Dairy Queen — Catherine Gilbert Murdock
*Yes, I’m a big, teasing, meanie. You all can’t read this until 1/13. But it is FABULOUS.
But you didn’t come here for reading recommendations (though, it’s not a bad consolation prize if you didn’t win) – without further delay, the winner of the SEND ME A SIGN pre-order and bracelet is:
For MORE sweet giveaways, head over to Short &Sweet reviews — and don’t forget to write down my codeword: LUCKY.***
* 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
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.
For someone who couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid, and can’t clap to a beat for more than two consecutive claps, I’ve spent a lot of my life focusing on music lately.
First, the Schmidtlets and I joined a baby music class. They love it. The Wild Imp crawls all over the place, singing each new song with anew mom. (Thank you, other moms, for allowing him in your laps and hearts).The Pip Squeak, on the other hand, starts every class by clutching my shirt in both his chubby little fits.A few songs in, he’ll pat my arm or leg along with the beat. A few more songs and he’s clapping.By the end of last class he even crawled half the distance between me and our lovely teacher… but then he looked over his shoulder, panicked, and scrambled back into my lap.
Second, my lyric permissions for SEND ME A SIGN seem to be (finally) falling into place. I sent my signed contract for one song back this morning and am just waiting on the final copyright wording for the other. What songs are they? I’m not telling yet. Maybe soon, but not yet – I don’t want to jinx anything!
Third, SEND ME A SIGN copyedits are coming any day now. And I know of no better way to get back into Mia’s head than to listen to the SEND ME A SIGN playlists.
Here’s a playlist peek for YOU:
— it’s from wayyy back in my college years, anyone recognize it? I love the lyrics. Be VERY glad you’re not here with me right now, because then you’d have to hear me sing along. (Sorry, Schmidtlets!)
Here, you can be anything. And I think that scares you…