Monthly Archives: October 2010

I haz winnerz!!!


I had SO much fun reading your comments and the pictures you sent.

Everyone who entered wins a free signed bookmark. Just email your address to

And now it’s winner time. Drumroll please …

My first place winner is my namesake LAUREN M!!! She sent this adorable picture.

2nd place: JAEL

3rd place: NINEFLY

4th place: EMILIA    She also sent a lovely photo with her mom and her cousin Vicky (left) . Awwwww!

5th place: MARIE

6th place: LINDSEY

7th place: MICHELE.  Michele’s picture totally made me smile!

8th place: NATISHA

9th place: JESSICA  Jessica sent a picture from a real live photobooth!

10th place: BAHNREE

11th place: BECA R

12th place: NIAN

13th place: FI CHAN  I love this picture!

14th place: LEA

15th place: LAUREN (I swear I didn’t play favorites!)

16th place: JESS

17th place: DARLYN

18th place: BRANDILEIGH Definitely not taken in a photobooth!

19th place: CATALINA She sent an awesome photo, which I misplaced! Gah! Then she graciously sent me another great pic!

20th place: DONNA S.

21st place: SARA P

22nd place: KISAH

23rd place: MISS SHY  I hope you are not too shy to enjoy seeing this posted!

Here are the prizes! The 1st place winner get first pick, the 2nd place winner second choice, and so on.

A $25 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice

Another $25 dollar gift certificate

These amazing contemporary novels SIGNED  by the author:

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)



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)


And …

A signed copy of MY INVENTED LIFE by yours truly

A second signed copy of MY INVENTED LIFE

My Invented Life Post-Its and writing notebook

These ARCs

SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce



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Swoon At Your Own Risk and Indigo Blues-2010

I’m giving away a couple of 2010 novels generously donated by 2009 Debutantes: INDIGO BLUES by Danielle Joseph and SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK by Sydney Salter. I can’t wait to read these beauties! They’re both at the top of my TBR pile. Indigo Blues will take you into the glamorous world of a hit songwriter and the girl who unwittingly inspired the song. Swoon follows the love life of a girl living with her advice columnist grandma.

You can win a signed copy of these books by leaving a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post.

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8th Grade Superzero — a keeper

8TH GRADE SUPERZERO by Olugbemi Rhuday-Perkovich (say that fast three times in a row!) stayed with me for a long time after I read it. It’s a funny, genuine, and uplifting story. I liked how the friendships portrayed are deep, complex, and multi-layered. The novel is about coping with peer pressure gracefully, and making life-changing choices.

It was on Amazon’s best books of the month list for January, 2010! Win a signed copy by leaving a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post.


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Donut Days – a tasty YA read

When I read the flap copy for DONUT DAYS I was intrigued by the premise–a girl growing up with evangelical parents, and her push for some personal freedom. Then I read the book. Wow! Zielin tackles the subject matter with fresh wit and a light touch. The pages turned themselves, and by the end, I loved every character.

You can win a signed copy of DONUT DAYS by commenting on my xillion prizes giveaway here.

Zielin has a new book out:

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Epic critique & book auction for Family Violence Prevention

Swati Avasthi, author of YA novel SPLIT has put together a huge auction to raise money for the Family Violence Prevention Fund. I donated a signed copy of My Invented Life and a first chapter critique. Many, many, many others have donated cool stuff.

You can bid on a critique of your query and first chapter by top-flight agents and editors, Rosemary Stimola, Nathan Bransford, Mandy Hubbard, and Brian Farrey. You can bid on a year long subscription to YA Lit Chat. And there are many hard to find ARCs, and signed novels to choose from.

Check it out here. Bidding ends November 1st.

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Flash Burnout — best debut YA novel of 2009!

Even before FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. Madigan before it won the William C. Morris Award, I knew it was a winner. For one, the main character hooked my right away. Blake has the attitude of a teen boy, but not in a distracting or annoying way. He’s funny, imperfect, occasionally rough around the edges, and lovable from start to finish. And I appreciated that the story had depth–a look at how Blake’s best friend deals with her mom’s drug addiction and homeless–without getting overly dark. It made me laugh and cry, which is my favorite kind of read.

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

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Haven by Beverly Patt–Don’t miss this one!

Here is a gem that may have slipped under your radar–HAVEN by Beverly Patt. It’s the story of a boy who wants a thing badly, and the girl who bribes him to help her run away. Patt tells the tale masterfully. She makes you laugh and ache inside at the same time. By the end of her novel, I wanted to pack up these characters and take them home with me.

Leave a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post for a chance to win a signed copy of HAVEN! You won’t be sorry.

My apologies to those of you who love this cover … but to me it seems a little dark and dour, a poor match to the charming and heart-warming novel beneath. Just my opinion!

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