Can ONE woman give away NINE advanced reader's copies in THREE weeks?
What we have here is a regular bonanza. And I need a bonanza because I got really sad this week.
Boston hasn't been my home in many years, but my family is still there, and the Boston Marathon has always been a big event for us. It goes right through the center of my hometown--Ashland--and my clan and I are accustomed to hanging out in a relative's front yard, shaking our heads at the lunatics jogging by who still have about 22 miles to go before they hit Heartbreak Hill.
This year, heartbreak happened after the hill.
I have a lot to be grateful for. My eldest sister Margaret was at the finish line to cheer in a friend who had run the marathon. Luckily, her friend ran the marathon in three hours and six minutes, so Mags was long gone before the bombing--but to tell you all the truth, I'm still a little shaky over that one.
I think we're all a little shaky over this one, even people who have never been to Boston, so I want to give something a try. When I was in high school, I started this circling note called "The Things To be Happy About List". I would list things that made me happy, like: That street lights know exactly when to turn on at night. Or: The way laughter and yawns are both contagious, but neither of them kill you. I then passed the note around encouraging other people to add things they were happy about to the list, and on and on it went.
In light of the tragedy in Boston, I think we all need to remind ourselves of what's really important. I know I do.
As always, I want all of you to chime in. To lift my spirits--and maybe to lift yours--I want everyone to leave a comment telling me one thing you are grateful for today, and we can start a new list.
A Gratitude List.
Me? I'm grateful my sister's friend is a really fast runner.
The giveaway ends Friday, May 10th, and as always, it is international.
In order to enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below.
Congratulations, Eli!!! Email me your mailing address and I will send your goodies out to you ASAP.
And, last but not least, the winners of the Spring 2013 Scavenger Hunt are...
For Red Team:
For Blue Team:
Each of these winners has been contacted by email already.
As for the blog post question, I would pick LOVE 100%! Fame seems lonely, and annoying... unless you like the paparazzi. ;)
Anyway, thank you all for participating. For those of you who didn't win, you'll be happy to hear that I have 10, yes TEN, GODDESS ARCS to give away in the next few weeks.
So don't stray too far!
This is the teaser for a TV pilot I wrote with my husband. There are still several steps to go before it becomes an actual TV show, but I thought I'd give you all a little glimpse. The password to access it is hidden somewhere in the YA Scavenger Hunt.
Hi! I'm Josie.
And this tri-annual event was first organized by the amazing Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes!
During the Scavenger Hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, (in my case a super secret TEASER to a TV show I'm working on, a prequel to STARCROSSED), you also get a clue for the hunt.
Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive at least one book from each author on the hunt. That's over 50 books!
But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours.
There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all.
I am a part of the BLUE TEAM -
- but there is also a RED TEAM which you can also follow for a chance to win a whole different set of books!If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
Today, I am happy to be hosting my dear friend AMY PLUM!!!
Amy and I became friends after I read her first book, DIE FOR ME, while my husband was in the hospital. His 4 hour surgery turned into a 10 hour ordeal-- and as the hours ticked by with no word as to how my love was doing, the only company I had was Amy's book. Even though I didn't know her, I felt like I had a cherished friend sitting right next to me the whole time. My husband pulled through, and I wrote Amy a long email about how much her writing had comforted and encouraged me through a very dark day.
If you haven't read any of her books, do yourself a favor and READ THEM! You might just find a friend in the pages as I did.
Now for her stats!
Amy Plum is the author of the International Bestsellers DIE FOR ME (Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal) and UNTIL I DIE. The final book of the trilogy, IF I SHOULD DIE, will be released in May 2013.
Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.
Here's a brief summary.
Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend's girlfriend. Jules Marchenoir is a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He's spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum's Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.
You can buy DIE FOR HER HERE.
Amy is also offering as a special bonus a video of her reading the first chapter of DIE FOR HER. Check it out.
Now, for the SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE!
Directions: I've listed my favorite number somewhere in this post. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up.
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form HERE to officially qualify for the grand prize.
Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 7th at noon, Pacific time.
(NOTE: Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.)
BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE!!
While you're here, be sure and enter my contest to win a signed copy of my novels STARCROSSED, DREAMLESS, as well as a signed ARC of the final book in the Starcrossed Trilogy, GODDESS!
Plus... wait for it.... a TEAM FATE TOTE BAG!
In order to enter you must do the following:
Okay, ready for the next author in the Scavenger Hunt?
Count to 3 and then click HERE!