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!


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)



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 …

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



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

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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Jane in Bloom–the shadow sister

My sister and I were very close growing up, and still are. Which is why I wrote a YA novel about sisters, and  love reading other novels on the topic. Recently, I read JANE IN BLOOM by Deborah Lytton. I so loved this book about a girl living in her sister’s shadow, that I had to feature it here. And interview Deborah.

Check out how to win a signed copy of JANE IN BLOOM at the end of this post!

Your premise for Jane in Bloom is compelling–a girl who goes unnoticed in her family because of  her perfect, yet no so perfect, anorexic sister. What made you write about this?

Years ago, I saw a piece on a news program about forgotten siblings.  They were the invisible kids in a family focused on one problem child—and because they had no problems, they were virtually ignored.  I wanted to tell their story—and that turned into Jane’s story.   I do not have any personal experience with anorexia, but I wanted to reach out to girls and hopefully empower them to look at who they are on the inside, and not the outside.

Do you have a sister?

I do—only I am the older one.  We are three years apart, and we are best friends—the thing about sisters is that no one else really knows all your secrets and that makes it a very powerful and very comforting relationship.  I found that I could write about Jane’s journey of grief by imagining how I would feel in the same situation.  To me, the love and the bond between sisters is completely unique and unlike any other relationship.  It’s complex and dynamic and at the heart is a connection that is unbreakable.   That is the relationship I created for Jane and Lizzie.

As the story progresses, the interactions between Jane and her father evolve into something wonderful. Why did you highlight the father in your story?

I don’t know that I actually ever made that decision consciously.  The characters took on lives of their own, and I just told their stories.  But in my research, I read a number of stories about girls with anorexia, and the families seemed to fall into a pattern. I used that pattern to form Jane’s family, but the only way for this family to survive was by the father learning to evolve.  If he couldn’t change, the family would disappear without its preoccupation with Lizzie.

You have had a busy acting career. Has this influenced your writing?

I believe my acting background has helped my writing tremendously. In acting, you have to learn to accept rejection—because you lose more roles than you book.  As writers, rejection is the biggest hurdle we must overcome.  I think being able to separate myself from the work helps me to move past the rejections and keep writing  (after consuming copious amounts of chocolate!).  Also, to be a successful working actor, you have to take direction well—as a writer, being able to accept editing suggestions with an open mind is one of my greatest strengths.

Are you working on another book? Please do tell 🙂

I can’t tell too much because I am superstitious, but I will tell you that I am working on a ya novel about an unlikely romance.  It’s a slightly older protagonist than Jane, but it has some of the same dramatic elements.  I hope it will make people cry at least once.  Jane in Bloom has a young romance, but the book is really about the family dynamics and how they impact Jane.  This new novel is centered on the romantic relationship, and I’m having a great time writing it.

I can’t wait to read it.

Thank you Lauren!  I am such a big fan of your work, it has been an honor to be interviewed by you.

And now, how to win a copy of JANE IN BLOOM!

Within the week, I will unveil a contest where you can win a gift certificates to your favorite bookstore, signed copies of some of the best contemporary YA debut fiction of 2009–books you should definitely read, but may have overlooked–, delicious ARCs, and more. Stay tuned.

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Five signs of the impending apocalypse

Go check out Roz’s signs of the impending apocalypse, plus five reasons to go on living. It’s on at Shelf Elf. Plus enter for yet another chance to win a copy of my book or a writing journal!

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Another contest!

Jennifer W. is giving away a signed copy of My Invented Life, plus two writing journals. To win, just leave a comment at the TRT Book Club!

Good luck!

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Win a writing journal!

Someone (I forget who it was!) suggested making writing journals with my cover on them. I loved the idea, and went for it. My Invented Life is a good name for a writing journal, don’t you think?

So Bee is giving the first one away on her awesome Dreamcatcher’s Lair blog! All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog.

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Debsness–win 35 gifties from 35 authors

Find Out What's In The Bag And Win It Today

Visit the Debs today to enter!!!

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Learn my secrets at + contest

The talented Crystal Patriarche is a columnist for A few months ago, she contacted me for an interview. Her questions are a cool mix of fun and insightful with a few toughies sprinkled on top.

Check out my interview here.

At the end of the interview, click on the  ENTER button to win a pair of Sister Necklaces!

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Win a signed copy of My Invented Life

Yep! AuthorsNow is doing a book giveaway with my spotlight post.

Click here and enter a comment to win!

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