Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lipstick Apology–win it here

LIPSTICK APOLOGY by Jennifer Jabaley has a fascinating premise. Just before dying in a plane crash, Emily’s mom writes her a mysterious message, “Emily please forgive me”. This drives the story, but this book is so much more than that. I absolutely fell in love with every character. Jennifer handles the tragedy and loss with senstivity, but the underlying sadness doesn’t drag the story down. It’s a heart-warming book that made me laugh a lot.

And you can win a signed copy by leaving a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post here.

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Secrets of Truth and Beauty–win it here!

SECRETS OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY by Megan Frazer captured me from the first page. It’s a poignant, sometimes funny, and very real story of a girl who runs away from her controlling parents to find her sister, a sister her parents hid from her. As you know, I love stories about sisters. And the setting, a boarding house for misfits, was unusual, yet perfect for the story.

You can win a signed copy of SECRETS OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY by leaving a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post.

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Shadowed Summer–a contemporary ghost story

The words that come to mind when reading Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell are … atmospheric … haunting … beautiful … gothic … truer than true. I loved this book! It’s a contemporary YA set in the south with very real characters, poignant and relatable. A great plot. And one sexy ghost!

You can win a signed copy by entering my xillion prizes give away here.

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Struts and Frets — win it here, and rock on!

I love stories from the boy’s point of view. STRUTS AND FRETS by Jon Skovron totally satisfies–it has a hip yet geeky main character, a three-dimensional love interest, an engaging plot, and depth. I especially appreciated  insider look into an Indie rock band, and the rockin’ soundtrack.

You can win a signed copy in my xillion prizes giveaway by entering here!

And look for something entirely different from Jon Skovron next year–a demon novel called MISFIT!

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TMI by Sarah Quigley — Win it here!

TMI has so much to recommend it–an interesting plot, true to life characters, and hilarity. From the moment I opened this book, I was laughing. Becca is the perfect funny and clueless girl. The story is cute, but the consequences of Becca’s mistakes are not sugar-coated, which makes for a very satisfying read.

You can win a copy by entering my xillion prizes giveaway here.

Sarah sometimes gets asked if she is the girl on the cover. She isn’t, but she’s at least as adorable.

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20 Boy Summer has been challenged–win a copy here!

I absolutely adore Sarah Ockler’s debut novel TWENTY BOY SUMMER for the way it addresses grief and loss so poignantly, for the authenticity of her characters, and the story itself.

Recently, her book was challenged in a hateful way. Read about it, and Sarah’s eloquent thoughts on censorship here. Enter to win a copy of her book at my xillion prizes giveaway.

You can also win a “filthy books” prize pack: SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, SLAUGHTER HOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut, and TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler here.

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My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters Giveaway

Here’s another book you can win in the Xillion Prizes Giveaway–MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS by Sydney Salter.

Sydney is my funny-bone twin. Her novel about body image, choosing potential boyfriends, and surviving horrific summer jobs made me crack up again and again. So if you like to laugh, be sure to enter.

You can also win a copy of Sydney Salter’s newest YA, SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK. It’s at the top of my TBR pile!

Don’t you just love this cover, btw? It won an award at the Bookbuilders of Boston annual book show this year.

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Waiting to Score giveaway

Leave a comment on my Xillion Prize Giveaway post, and earn a chance to win a signed copy of the awesome YA novel WAITING TO SCORE by J.E. MacLeod.

I agree with every word this reviewer wrote:

I found myself completely immersed in Zack’s world, as though I were actually witnessing the parties, the fights, the relationships, and, of course, the hockey games. Zack is a very real, unique, contemporary 15-year-old you won’t soon forget. Waiting to Score is so much more than a sports story. It’s page-turning action and character-testing drama to the very end. –Nora Raleigh Baskin

This story has it all–an amazing boy protagonist, authentic details that immerse you in the story, and substantial themes. Don’t miss out.

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The Generosity of Authors!

Many of those entering the contest have expressed their love for books! And, in this video era, it warms my heart to see this affection. I love movies, too, but books play a unique role in my life.

Just so you know, all the fabulous novels in my xillion prize giveaway were donated by the authors themselves. Because authors are generous people. If it weren’t for the pesky problem of making the rent, most YA authors I know would give away their books to any and all enthusiastic readers.

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Mega Contest with a Xillion Prizes!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!!!!!!!!!

Here’s what I’m  giving away:

One $25 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice

A second $25 dollar gift certificate

These amazing contemporary novels SIGNED  by the author. They are funny, heartfelt, poignant, and enjoyable to the last page. Plus I love what they have to say!

DONUT DAYS by Lara Zielin (PB)

EIGHTH-GRADE SUPERZERO by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (HC)

FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. Madigan (PB)

HAVEN by Beverly Patt (PB)

INDIGO BLUES by Danielle Joseph (PB)

JANE IN BLOOM by Deborah Lytton (HC)

LIPSTICK APOLOGY by Jennifer Jabaley (PB)

MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS by Sydney Salter (PB)

SECRETS OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY by Megan Frazer (HC)

SHADOWED SUMMER by Saundra Mitchell (PB)

STRUTS AND FRETS by Jon Skovron (HC)

SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK by Sydney Salter (PB)

TMI by Sarah Quigley (HC)

TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler (PB)

WAITING TO SCORE by J.E. MacLeod (HC)

And …

TWO signed copies of MY INVENTED LIFE by yours truly

My Invented Life Post-Its

And several Fab-O ARCs:

SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce

FOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN’T HAVE by Allen Zadoff

THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES by Kristina McBride

A signed bookmark to everyone who enters.

Here is how to enter:

Comment on this post!

If you want additional entries:

+1 if you are already following me, or if you add me on FB

+1 if you are already following me, or add me on twitter

+5 send a picture of you and a friend–your heads together like in photo booth pictures at the fair–that I can post here. Send photos to wordbuff@hotmail.com

Contest ends at midnight on OCTOBER 15th.

Each winner picks the prize of their choice–a gift certificate, a signed book, or an ARC. The first place winner will get first choice, the second place winner second choice, etc. If you have multiple entry points, you can win multiple prize.

Thanks for entering!!!!

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