Sorry for the radio silence...

August 29, 2011

I've been writing like mad.  No excuses.  I will make it up to you all in the next couple of days with a nice, juicy giveaway.  :)

xxxo

Josie

And The Limerick Winners are...

August 17, 2011

Caroline Cousens with 28 votes

There once was a Demi-god from Spain

who could fly without use of a plane

the poor boy could not score

lest he stared a great war

so his heart it was filled with great pain.

Laura Ferguson with 20 votes

There once was a girl who was beautiful

She met a hot guy who was unsuitable

He made her so angry

She couldn’t think clearly

His abs were distracting

But the curse was counteracting

She flew to escape

But couldn’t circumnavigate

He tried to stop her fall

Which was a curve ball

They soon discovered

That they were Starcrossed lovers.

Maddison Page with 20 votes

There once was a girl from Nantucket

Who owned a really nice locket

People thought she was a freak

But really she was unique

A Starcrossed lover so to speak.

Congratulations you three!  Please send me your mailing addresses and I will get the signed books out to you ASAP.

Thanks to all who sent in limericks.  I enjoyed them all immensely.  And as I always say, if you didn't win anything this time, its because you haven't won yet!

I will be having another little giveaway in the next few days, so keep checking back.  ;)

xxxo

Josie

 

The Limericks!

August 15, 2011

Okay, so here they are.  You are all so clever! :)

Please vote for your favorite one in the comments.  I will tally up the votes and the top three with the most votes will win the signed UK editions of Starcrossed.

Limerick 1

There once was a girl from Nantucket

Who owned a really nice locket

People thought she was a freak

But really she was unique

A Starcrossed lover so to speak.

 

Limerick 2

There once was a girl who was beautiful

She met a hot guy who was unsuitable

He made her so angry

She couldn’t think clearly

His abs were distracting

But the curse was counteracting.

She flew to escape

But couldn’t circumnavigate

He tried to stop her fall

Which was a curve ball

They soon discovered

That they were Starcrossed lovers.

 

Limerick 3

There once was a girl from Nantucket,

Who was filling up a bucket,

Thinking how different she was.

When a fright in the night,

Made her eyes create a sight,

Destiny started to dawn again.

 

Limerick 4

There once was a Demi-god from Spain,

who could fly without use of a plane,

the poor boy could not score,

lest he stared a great war,

so his heart it was filled with great pain.

 

Limerick 5

Helen a young girl hidden from her fate,

Destiny is too strong to keep at bay,

Bound together she fell into his life,

Discovery of her powers, her skin unpeirceable by a knife,

For every time her eyes close dreams are hovering,

The houses are against them, the Gods are watching,

Forbidden, forbidden, there love is wrong,

He is Lucas and they are the Starcrossed ones.

 

Limerick 6

There one was a young girl from Nantucket,

Who could never get hurt by a bullet.

She wore a heart shaped necklace,

From her mother who was reckless.

This special young girl from Nantucket.

 

Limerick 7

'There was once a girl from Nantucket,

As history repeats itself abidingly,

She falls for the one whom she should hate,

Nightmares that hold realistic horrors,

She can hardly control her fate.'

 

Limerick 8

Helen and Lucas; hatred at first sight

Broke out with an emotional fight

Destined to hate

Due to  a cursed fate

But their love shone out so bright.

 

Limerick 9

There once was a girl from Nantucket

Who hated a family she’d just met.

With this new family and her loving Dad

Discovered her strange past and talents she had.

There once was a girl from Nantucket

Who had been born into a godly debt.

With her new friends and loving family

Can she solve this new mystery?

 

There you have them!  Pretty awesome, aren't they?  I will post the winners on Wednesday.

Thank you all who entered!  <3

xxxo

Josie

London Calling!

August 9, 2011

I have been thinking a lot about the UK today.  My heart goes out to anyone who is caught up in that situation.  So you know what I want to do?  Give books away.  Maybe that will help brighten someone's day in the UK.  To try and take your minds off of all of the turmoil, we are going to do something fun.

So here's the deal.  I have 3 lovely copies of the UK version of Starcrossed ready to sign and give away!

Anyone know how to write a limerick?  I'll start you off… There once was a girl from Nantucket… and you take it from there.  It doesn't have to start with exactly this line, just find a way to tie the limerick to the book somehow.

But please, keep it clean y'all!!  PG-13 at the most!

Send the limericks to questions@josephineangelini.com.

This is open to UK residents only.

I will be collecting the limericks up until Sunday the 14th at 8pm PST.  Then on Monday the 15th I will post them here on my blog and leave it up to all of my StarHearts to vote on their favorite!

Good luck and stay safe!

Josie

DREAMLESS Excerpt

August 3, 2011

A few of my precious StarHearts missed the Scavenger Hunt and therefore didn't get to read the excerpt. So by popular demand, I am re-posting.  The following is the start of Chapter 2 where Helen meets a very important character.  I'll give you a hint.  His name is a constellation that most people recognize as 3 stars.  (And yes, I did do that on purpose.)  :)

Here it is.

Helen took tiny, gasping breaths. This was the fifth night in a row she’d descended into this same spot in the Underworld and she knew that the less she moved the slower she sank into the quicksand. Even breathing too deeply edged her further into the pit.

She was prolonging the torture, but she just couldn’t bear the thought of drowning in filth again. Quicksand isn’t clean. It’s stuffed with the dead and decaying bodies of all its former victims. Helen could feel the moldering corpses of all kinds of creatures bumping up against her as she was dragged farther and farther down. Last night her hand had skimmed across a face-- a human face-- somewhere under the tainted sand.

A pocket of gas bubbled to the surface, sending up a plume of stench. Helen vomited, unable to control herself. When she eventually drowned, the putrid dirt would rush into her nose, her eyes, and fill her mouth. Even though Helen was only up to her waist, she knew it was coming. She began to cry. She couldn’t take it anymore.

“What else can I do?” she screamed, and sank lower.

She knew thrashing didn’t work, but maybe this one time she would reach the dry reeds on the side of the pool and be able to grab them before the heavy muck swallowed her. She waded forward, but for every inch of progress she paid with an inch of depth. When she was up to her chest she had to stop moving. The weight of the quicksand was pressing the air out her, like a great weight settling on her chest-- like a giant knee was pressing down on her.

“I get it, okay?” she cried. “I put myself here by being upset when I fall asleep. But how am I supposed to change the way I feel?”

The quicksand was up to her neck. Helen tilted her head back and thrust up her chin, trying to will herself higher.

“I can’t do this alone anymore,” she said to the blank sky. “I need someone to help me.”

“Helen!” a deep, unfamiliar voice called out.

It was the first time Helen had heard another voice in the Underworld, and the sudden difference was so drastic that at first Helen assumed she was hallucinating. Her face was still tilted up, and she couldn’t move it to look or she’d be sucked under.

“Reach toward me, if you can,” the young man said in a strained voice, like he was struggling at the edge of the pit to get to her. “Come on, try, dammit! Give me your hand!”

At that moment her ears filled, and she could no longer hear what he shouted at her. All she could see was a flash of gold—a bright glimmer that pierced through the dull, defeated light of the Underworld like the life-saving beacon of a lighthouse. She caught the barest glimpse of an angular chin and a full, sculpted mouth at the very edge of her vision. Then, under the surface of the quicksand, Helen felt a warm, strong hand take hers and pull.

To be continued... ;)

Scavenger Hunt Swag Winners And Other Random Thoughts

August 2, 2011

Wow.  What an incredible couple of days.  Congratulations to Anne Liu for winning the YA Scavenger Hunt!

I hope you all enjoyed the DREAMLESS excerpt.  I know it was quite short but that's all my publisher would allow.  :(  But I think you get the idea.  I wish I could tell you more but for just once I have to zip and hold my horses.  As for the SWAG Giveaway, over 500 of you entered!  I couldn't believe it.  So of course, I can't just give away 3 bags of swag.  So, I randomly picked 20 names!

Here they are:

  1. Kimberly Meza
  2. Joely Alt
  3. Amber Robinson
  4. Erica Haglund
  5. Krystal Larson
  6. Sherry Salach
  7. Krystal Van Eyk
  8. Valerie Fink
  9. Miranda Lopez
  10. Stephanie McCabe
  11. Momo Xiong
  12. Emily Ellsworth
  13. Aryelle Martinez
  14. Jessie @ Remakable Reads (Pls. email me your last name)
  15. Jessica Stewart
  16. Nicole Sobon
  17. Grace Smith
  18. Marty Shaw
  19. Kira Boswell
  20. Vivien Propst

Congratulations to you all!!

And sorry it took me so long to post these.  Like I said, there were a TON of you.  For those of you who didn't win, don't worry, I haven't run out of goodies yet.  So keep checking back.  I'm planning on giving away at least one bag of SWAG once a week if time permits.  I'm just trying to come up with some new ideas for contests.  Simple ones.  So, if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments.  Once again, thank you for your support.  <3

xxxo

Josie