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Friday, August 31, 2012

TWO New Denise Jaden Books and a Very Special Giveaway!

Read to the bottom of this post to find out about the new Very Special Giveaway...

Just a quick reminder that there's still time to enter to win my ARC of LIVE THROUGH THIS by Mindi Scott. Also, Mindi is sending me a few BRAND NEW LIVE THROUGH THIS BOOKMARKS, so even if you don't win the book, I'd love to send you one of those! Maybe they'll even be signed...

I have more exciting news! NEVER ENOUGH STORIES is officially out in the wild! You can find it on Smashwords, and it's also on Kobo. It will be trickling into all your other favorite online e-bookstores this week, including Barnes & Noble and Sony. Unfortunately Amazon won't let me put it up there because it's free. Oh yes, did I mention that it's FREE?! Even if you haven't read Never Enough yet, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this. There are no spoilers...it'll just introduce you to some of the secondary characters, and let you meet my main character, Loann, through a variety of point of views. Here's a little more about it from GoodReads:

Never Enough Stories: An anthology of companion stories and deleted scenes from the young adult novel, Never Enough by Denise Jaden.

Everybody loves Marcus, Loann's slow-growing best friend in Never Enough. Reviewers are calling him "a stupendous book boy." Marcus and Loann's unique friendship is not insta-love, and this anthology opens with a little more of how their friendship began...from Marcus's point of view.
Other stories follow the complicated sisterly relationship of Loann and Claire, and give a deeper view into Claire's thoughts. Did things have to end the way they did for these two?

Publishers Weekly calls Never Enough "an intimate and enlightened rendering of anorexia and bulimia." Critically acclaimed young adult author CK Kelly Martin calls it "A poignant, important book...filled with hurt, heart, and personal strength.”

Delve deeper into the lives of your favorite characters from Never Enough.

And...more exciting news! My friend Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse just yesterday announced my first non-fiction work, a book on writing grief in fiction. She gave the official cover reveal yesterday. I'll give you a sneak peak here, but I did a special guest post telling a little more about the book and my process of writing it over at The Bookshelf Muse. I hope you'll stop by and read it! (And have you picked up a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus yet? A totally INVALUABLE resource for writers!)

Here is my new cover, and a little from GoodReads of what the writing/grief book is about:


"Jaden's Writing With A Heavy Heart is a must-have for any writer's craft shelf. The combination of clear guidance and practical exercises allow writers to take their manuscripts to a deeper level."
- Eileen Cook Author of Unraveling Isobel and The Almost Truth

In her first non-fiction mini-book, Denise Jaden explores the stages and outlets of grief and how to implement them into your fiction to create more interesting characters and a more engaging plot. Some topics of this book include: grieving before the loss, spiritual matters, and how grief affects different ages, personality types and gender.
Available October 1, 2012.
 As you can see, this one is not available until October 1st, but if you're a follower of this blog, I'll let you know if you can get your hands on a copy a little early. It could be possible...

And now for the Very Special Giveaway I told you about!

It was my original plan to charge a very small amount for NEVER ENOUGH STORIES, just enough so that I could get Amazon to carry it and to put out a print version. Unfortunately, due to a publication conflict, I was not able to do that. However, for my own personal satisfaction, I did print a very small number of copies of NEVER ENOUGH STORIES at my own expense, and it's a beautiful little book to hold in your hands, if I do say so myself!

To celebrate my release of this companion book, I'm going to give away three rare print copies! You can't buy this companion print anthology anywhere, so the only way to get a copy is to win one here. 

All you have to do to enter to win is spread the word about NEVER ENOUGH or it's companion anthology, NEVER ENOUGH STORIES, then come back here and tell me in the comments how you have spread the word! 

This is open internationally! It's open to anyone, whether you've read NEVER ENOUGH, or whether you're still waiting to get your hands on a copy. (But I admit, I hope at least one copy goes to an ardent NEVER ENOUGH fan.)

Good luck to all, and don't forget to go and download your free e-copy!



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

#Giveaway of an Advance Copy of LIVE THROUGH THIS by @Mindi_Scott

I don't enter a lot of book contests, mostly because I want to support authors in some way--either by purchasing their book or suggesting their book to my library. But I admit, when I see a contest for a book that's not available yet, a book I REALLY want to read, I turn into a bit of a determined freak about winning it.

This recently happened when Mindi Scott was holding a contest for her one extra advance copy of LIVE THROUGH THIS. I blogged, I tweeted, I told my friends and my cat about it. But--sigh--I did not win. However...my good friend and avid-fast-reader Angelina Hansen did. I attempted to act composed when she said to me last week, "Oh, did you want to read this?" Not only that, but she didn't need her copy back! That's what has brought me here today.

If you haven't seen this gorgeous cover yet...

And if you haven't read up on what it's about...

Sometimes hiding the truth requires more than a lie . . .

From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal . . . whatever that means. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time—but Coley’s adorable, sweet crush Reece helps distract her from the annoying drama. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a stepdad and mom who would stop at nothing to keep her and her siblings happy and safe.

But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted façade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now, Coley and Reece are getting closer, and as Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling.

Mindi Scott offers an absorbing, layered glimpse into the life of an everygirl living a nightmare that no one would suspect in this unforgettable powerhouse of a novel.

 In my own words, this is a fantastic book--it's an issue book that's not all about the issue, and it's edgy, but it's edgy with good reason, to deeply show the complications. It brings you into the heart and confusion of Coley's life. It made my heart ache for these very real characters about very real situations that are rarely talked about. One other thing I especially loved was Mindi's treatment and exploration of a large but complicated family. I loved this book, and so I just can't keep it to myself. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

The Contest: Mindi Scott is not only a brilliant author, she's also a friend of mine. I want to spread the word as much as possible about LIVE THROUGH THIS. In the comments, please tell me how you are, or how you will, spread the word about this great book (review on your blog? reviews on Amazon/Barnes & Noble, Suggest to your library, tweet tweet tweet, tell all your friends to pre-order it, etc!)

This is a subjective contest - I won't add up numbers, or pick a winner from a hat, or worry about how many blog followers you have. It is purely based on how much I believe you want to spread the word about this book. So tell me all about it in the comments, and good luck!!

Note--I hate saying this, but I have to make this open to US only for the book, as overseas shipping is just too expensive. If you're international, though, please still spread the word and I'd be happy to send you a swag pack if you win.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Monday!

I mentioned this on Twitter last night, and I've actually known about this for a couple of months, but wasn't allowed to share until it actually happened. My husband went into our nearest Barnes & Noble last night and snapped a picture of this:




I was told before Never Enough came out that Barnes & Noble was supporting it and had ordered a chunk of books for an endcap in their stores labeled "Tough Stuff." At the time, I had no idea what an endcap was! But I'm thrilled beyond words. This is one of those hit and miss, lottery type of things that authors can wish for but can't make happen.

Now go forth and buy a copy off of your local B&N endcap in hopes that they'll keep it there!

One other exciting thing...I've made my first plunge into self-publishing! I've mentioned this before, but I have my first non-fiction writing book coming out on October 1st, and I'll have more info on that coming soon, but as a "Get My Feet Wet" experience, I've just published a short anthology of short stories and deleted scenes to go along with Never Enough!



This is intended both for people who have read and loved Never Enough, and for those who don't know if they'll like it and want to check out a few of the characters first.

This anthology doesn't officially release until September 1st, but because I'm new at this and still playing around with upload times and how to make it available as many places as possible, I'm letting you, my faithful blog readers, know that you can get it right now. And the best part?

It's completely and totally FREE!

Here's the link to it on Smashwords, where you can download an e-copy for any of your devices or computers. Also, to celebrate it's release, on September 1st I will be having a special contest for a very limited edition signed print copy of this anthology (It is not available for free or purchase - I only have a few specially made copies.)

So I hope you'll grab yourself and e-copy and let me know what you think! Then come back here on September 1st to celebrate with me!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lee Strauss Has a New Cover!


Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans. Her brother Liam is missing. Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically. Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

 PERCEPTION is a ( SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not too distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love. This is the first book in a planned three book series.

 You can "like" Lee Strauss on facebook and mark Perception to read on goodreads.

Lee Strauss is also known as Elle Strauss (for her lighter, lower YA titles) You can find her at www.ellestraussbooks.com

PERCEPTION will be for sale on Amazon and at other e-retailer stores SEPTEMBER 12!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

GCC Presents Elise Allen and POPULAZZI!


 I'm excited to welcome another Girlfriend from the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit, Elise Allen! POPULAZZI came out in hardcover last year, but today we're celebrating her paperback release!


Synopsis:

WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you had the chance to erase your past and reinvent yourself as the person you’ve always wanted to be?  Would you grab it?  Would you stick with it, no matter what the consequences?
Cara Leonard always wished she could be one of  those girls: confident, self-possessed, and never at a loss for the perfect thing to say.  One of the Populazzi.
It always seemed impossible… but now could be her chance.
When Cara moves to a new school just before junior year, her best friend urges her to seize the opportunity and change her life… with the help of The Ladder.  Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms herself into the perfect girlfriend for guys higher and higher on the Popularity Tower, she can reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi, the most popular girl in school.
The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment — a straight climb up — but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted.  And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.

Some reaction to the book:

"In her first solo novel, Allen offers a smart mix of hilarity and tragedy in this Macbeth–meets–Mean Girls tale.” -- Publisher's Weekly
"The story unflinchingly depicts the dark and dangerous side of high-school popularity, making it a captivating read."—Kirkus Reviews

Named a "Great Summer Beach Read" by Shape Magazine
One of Justine Magazine's "Chick Lit Picks"
Named one of the "Top Hits of the Summer" by Girl's Life Magazine




Interview With Elise Allen:

 1. Tell me about your book in seven words or less.
Girl Transforms For Popularity, Hilarious Disaster Ensues.

2. Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
Robert Schwarner!  He wasn’t even in the first draft, which seems impossible, since he’s pretty much the conscience of the whole book.  Robert is a “Happy Hopeless,” a guy so low on the popularity tower that he isn’t even aware of the tower’s existence, and hence lives in a state of ignorant bliss.  The guy dresses up as his favorite sci-fi character, wields a broadsword, and regularly quotes Yoda.  He is a social disaster… and yet easily the most self-aware and self-confident character in the entire book.  I love him.

3. What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
WRITE!  It’s practically cliché and sounds obvious, but if you want to write, you have to get the words down on paper.  As a corollary, I’d say that when you get opportunities to get paid for your writing, grab them, even if they’re not the kind of writing you imagined you’d do.  I had a couple dead years between TV writing jobs, and ended up writing dialogue for Furbys (remember those?  Interactive fuzzballs who spoke their own language and “learned” as you played with them).  The job was a far cry from the prime time sitcom writing I’d been doing, but it was a fun creative challenge, and actually ended up opening doors to all kinds of other writing projects.

4. What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether?
I constantly wrote as a teen, mostly in script format, mostly for theatre classes.  I’m particularly proud of two seriously funny adaptations, one of The Odyssey and one of Medea, which of course is known for its heavy-duty slapstick potential.

I also had two long-term writing projects as a teen.  The first was The Sagas, a novel my then-BFF and I wrote between 7th and 9th grades.  This was an epic romance novel that charted the wild exploits of the two of us… and George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham!  We’d swap chapters back and forth, and since both of us desperately wanted George (shut up – he wasn’t gay then!  I totally had a chance with him!), each chapter had soap-operatically-crazy plot twists that sprung George back and forth between us.


In 10th grade I started a new project with a new writing partner.  This one was written as a TV show, and involved something going terribly wrong on the set of The Monkees (no, I’m not old enough to have seen The Monkees first-run, but I am old enough for MTV’s obsession with the show in the ‘80’s).  In our ongoing sitcom, Mickey, Davy, Peter, and Mike accidentally ate radioactive carob-coated alfalfa sprout clusters that propelled them into the future, where they met BFF and I, accidentally fed us some of the clusters, and thus began a constant romp in which the six of us bounced haphazardly through history, barely dodging disaster as we desperately attempted to get home.


5. What's the last book you read that you really loved?
Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer.  It just left me speechless.  Okay, not speechless since I loved it so much I blurbed it, but it really got under my skin.  I was blown away by the book’s emotional honesty, and the characters are so true and compelling that I feel like they’re people I knew in real life.

 Giveaway:

To thank everyone for their support with the paperback launch, I'm doing a giveaway on my blog where commenters can win a pack of five books -- Populazzi plus books from the four authors who blurbed it (including the marvelous Girlfriend Eileen Cook!).  Here's a link to that:  http://eliseallen.com/2012/bookscoop/populazzi-paperback-prize-a-palooza/


After starting her career in television, ELISE ALLEN has emerged as a vibrant new voice in teen fiction.  She is the co-author of Hilary Duff's New York Times Bestseller Elixir, as well as its sequels, Devoted and True.  She received an Emmy nomination for her work on the PBS show Dinosaur Train, and fulfilled a lifelong dream when she wrote for the Muppets.  She lives in Los Angeles, where she indulges her inexplicable desire to run marathons.  Visit her at www.eliseallen.com, or on Twitter @EliseLAllen.



Thanks so much to Elise for stopping by! If you'd like to pick up your copy of POPULAZZI, you can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or ask for it at your favorite independent retailer.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Frogs and Other Loud Workshop Interruptions

I spent the weekend out in the middle of nowhere. Okay, I'm actually a bit of a wimp. There was gravity-pulled running water from a creek. There was also enough electricity to host several bands.


I, of course, forgot to take pictures of any of that stuff, but here's a picture of the serenity I was surrounded by all weekend. I was at a music festival where I was teaching a workshop on writing. It went very well, except, as you'll see by the subject, for the very loud (but tiny) frog that was hanging around. Seriously, though, he was pretty cute! I swear, I find myself in the oddest situations.

As I mentioned on Twitter, my first day without phone and Internet was akin to a detox--I was practically getting the shakes every time I thought of my useless iPhone. By day two, though, I was so completely relaxed. I say this every time I'm forced into a place with no electronics, but I tend to forget: I need to do this more often.

To compound my technology fast, I pulled out my laptop (which has an 8-hour battery) to work on revising a chapter of my novel. I'd gotten through most of a chapter when my Microsoft Word problem started doing weird things, and eventually shut down, not saving my work.

I sweated over this for about an hour. Then I decided to read a good book (which I ended up reading from start to finish). I'm happy to report that I came home a much less-stressed person!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Do you ever take forced breaks from technology? Let me say this one more time: I NEED TO DO THIS MORE OFTEN!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Workshops While Camping and Write On Con!

I have a couple of events coming up that I wanted to mention.

This weekend, I'll be giving a workshop on writing and publishing at Becoming Shiloh, an outdoor music festival in...B.C. I'm not sure what to call the area it's in. The Interior? Past Kamloops, near Clearwater. That's all I know. Anyway, here's the Facebook page if you're from the area and want to check it out.

And this coming Tuesday, my made-of-awesome agent, Michelle Humphrey and I will be giving our first co-presentation at Write On Con! I'm very excited about this, as Michelle is super smart and savvy, and I just know that co-presenting with her will make me look that way too!

If you haven't yet signed up, it's totally free and totally full of awesomeness.

Have a great weekend, everybody! The sun is shining...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Win an ARC of Live Through This by @Mindi_Scott

My  good friend Mindi Scott is giving away her one extra ARC of Live Through This! I have yet to read this one, but I will read anything by Mindi. She's awesome, as are her books!



LTT contest

PLUS...Mindi's giving away a plush giraffe that has to do with the book (oooh, secrets!) and also a mystery gift (MORE secrets!)

I personally want to win this pack, so I'd rather NOT tell you how to enter. But, sigh, because I love Mindi, I will. Click on this link to find out all the details of how you can win!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

YA Scavenger Hunt is Closed

The Hunt is officially closed! Winners will be announced on the YA Scavenger Hunt website on Monday!

Many thanks to all who participated!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

YA Scavenger Hunt!

ETA: The Hunt is officially closed! Winners will be announced on the YA Scavenger Hunt website on Monday!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author 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! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or both! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

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 August 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

Today, I am hosting Marley Gibson on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

Marley Gibson is a multi-published author in young adult and romance fiction, as well as non-fiction books for Penguin Putnam, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and St. Martin's Press.Her popular GHOST HUNTRESS series has been option by Shoulderhill Entertainment and she was featured on the premiere episode of A&E's Biography Channel's "My Ghost Story." Her YA book RADIATE has received critical acclaim as a fictionalize version of the cancer she went through as a teenage cheerleader. Although she calls Boston home, she and her husband, Patrick Burns of TruTV's "Haunting Evidence" and Travel Channel's "Paranormal Challenge," live full time in their RV motorhome they lovingly call Midge with their two rescue kitties Madison and Boo.



And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Marley Gibson, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!


As my additional contribution to The Hunt, I will award an advance copy of my ebook of companion stories and deleted scenes from Never Enough!

This doesn't officially release until September, but if you follow my blog (on the right sidebar) and add the Companion Stories to your GoodReads to-read list, and comment below to tell me that you've done both, you will be entered to win!

Best of luck with all of the wonderful Scavenger Hunt prizes!