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Monday, January 28, 2013

YA Giveaway Hop!

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all those who entered! I'll be back later today with a winner.

I've just gotten back from ALA Midwinter, and LOADED myself down with new books! I have to give some of these away due to limited shelf space, so today is your lucky day!

I'm going to give away TEN books this week. One will be your choice of a signed copy of one of my books:

And here is a list of the other NINE books that are up for grabs:

THE THING ABOUT LUCK by Cynthia Kadhohata (ARC - out June, 2013)
THE 39 DEATHS OF ADAM STRAND by Gregory Galloway (ARC - out February, 2013)
NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN by Kate Ellison (ARC - out February, 2013)
EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton (ARC - out February, 2013)
PRODIGY by Marie Lu (ARC - out January, 2013)
THE SUMMER PRINCE by Alaya Dawn Johnson (ARC - out March, 2013)
ME, HIM, THEM, AND IT by Caela Carter (ARC - out February, 2013)
SECOND IMPACT by David Klass and Perry Klass (ARC - out August, 2013)
MY SUMMER OF PINK & GREEN by Lisa Greenwald (ARC - out May 2013)

That's TEN books total that will go to one very lucky winner!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below about where you have spread the word about this contest. Please leave links. You can list up to 6 places you've spread the word for up to 6 entries, so feel free to be creative! Also, let me know which book above you are most excited about - just because I'm curious :-)

Due to mailing costs, this contest is only open to those with a US mailing address. This contest will be open until midnight on February 4th, 2013. Please make sure I have a way to get a hold of you, or come back and check the winner on February 5th. Best of luck to everyone!

Friday, January 25, 2013

GCC Presents Melissa Walker and SMALL TOWN SINNERS!

Thanks all who entered my Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop! Congratulations to the winner...Sherry Strode!

Some of you may remember me touring Melissa Walker and SMALL TOWN SINNERS in 2011 when the hardcover released. I'm excited to let you know that the paperback of this fabulous novel is just out!

To celebrate, Melissa is holding a huge giveaway, and she stopped by to tell me a few little secrets about the book. But first, let me remind you a little about it...

Does falling in love mean falling out of faith? 

“Lacey Anne Byer is a perennial good girl and lifelong member of the House of Enlightenment, the Evangelical church in her small town. With her driver's license in hand and the chance to try out for a lead role in Hell House, her church's annual haunted house of sin, Lacey's junior year is looking promising. But when a cute new stranger comes to town, something begins to stir inside her. Ty Davis doesn't know the sweet, shy Lacey Anne Byer everyone else does. With Ty, Lacey could reinvent herself. As her feelings for Ty make Lacey test her boundaries, events surrounding Hell House make her question her religion." 

Read an excerpt. 

A few reviews
"Walker has written a credible and tender evocation of the moment when a young person’s beliefs begin to emerge and potentially diverge from the teachings of a family’s religion... Near the end, Lacey contemplates a verse from the prophet Isaiah: 'Come now and let us reason together.' It’s a good summation of what Walker asks of her characters and, by extension, of her readers." --The New York Times Book Review 

"A non-judgmental, nuanced, fascinating look at the teenage religious right... Walker writes an outstanding contemporary novel with a cast of characters who, far from being portrayed as hateful zealots, are relatable for readers of all faiths. The extremism of Hell House is tempered by the perfectly understandable attitudes and intentions of Lacey Anne, who struggles with what it means to grow up, to question and to think for herself." --Romantic Times 

"Both tender and provocative... Walker creates an astutely balanced portrait of a conservative congregation's in-your-face response to perennial issues of domestic abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide, as well as of those who struggle to fit the prescribed Christian mold." --Publishers Weekly 

"This secular story about religious people could easily devolve into camp mockery, but because Walker takes her character’s crisis of faith seriously and sensitively, readers will, too." --Kirkus Reviews 

And I promised you a couple of little secrets about the book, so here is what Melissa says about SMALL TOWN SINNERS...

"Before I write the book, I do little interviews with my main characters. That information almost never makes it into the manuscript, but I like having it. Here's a tiny bit from Starla Joy, the best friend:

What you love about your sister?
She means well. She does her own thing—different drummer, people say, but she’s still real nice to everyone.

What you hate about your sister?
She can be a bitch sometimes. For real. She’s all homecoming queen for our parents, and for most people at school, but I see her when she’s giving in to her fears—and she has a lot of them. Am I pretty enough? Am I smart enough? She’s like a self-help cliché."

Don't forget to stop by Melissa's giveaway, and please stop back here next week, as I'll be participating in the YA Giveaway Hop, and hopefully giving away some books I pick up at ALA this weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop!

This Giveaway Hop runs from January 18th (or as soon as this post goes live) through January 24th. Thanks to Kathy from I'm a Reader Not a Writer and Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf for hosting this hop!

I have a slew of choices for you for this hop. Entry is super-easy, and the choices include a signed paperback copy of any of my books, or...I've also offered a few other great books to choose from. See if any of these look like something worth winning...

The Dark LightBetween Shades of Gray


 The contest is for ONE of the above books, your choice. As a bonus, if you tweet that you want to read WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART by @denisejaden and you win, I will throw in an e-copy of that book as a bonus (plus you'll get your choice of the above books).

Note: Because I'm an author, I obviously want to spread the word about my own books, so I've added a tweet about my latest book to the Rafflecopter as a placeholder. But you don't have to tweet/facebook/blog about my books--it will make no difference to your entry, as long as you spread the word about one of the above books and about this contest.

This contest is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, January 13, 2013

March Madness Hosts Needed! #WIPMadness

ETA: Eeek! Thanks for the overwhelming response! I think we have enough hosts for 7 days per week (and then some!) I'll be back with more about March Madness soon!

I figure I better start getting organized for this year's March Madness Writing Challenge.

What is March Madness? An annual writing challenge, kind of like Nano, but we all set our own ambitious goals and then cheer each other on to complete them. Last year we also started opening it up to bloggers who want to set goals to blog more, or readers who want to set goals to read more or... pretty much any creative person who wants to challenge themselves to create more during the month of March.

How do we cheer each other on? Through daily check-ins on blogs throughout the blogosphere.

Why will you check in? Because you will need the encouragement...and...did I mention there will be prizes?

First and foremost, I'm looking for some writers with active blogs who would like to be a check-in host for this life-changing event! You'll need to be able to host up to four times during the month of March, encourage people who check-in at your blog, and offer something in the way of a prize that a writer would really appreciate (a critique, a gift card, a really great book, etc).

I've already heard from a couple of people who want to be check-in hosts, but I still need a few more.Email me and let me know if you are interested, what days of the week would be best for you to host, and what prize(s) you may be able to offer. My email is d (at) denisejaden (dot) com

And for those of you who aren't aware, March Madness continues year-round, in a sense, under the hashtag #wipmadness on Twitter. Throughout the year we have weekly blog check-ins on rotating blogs (during March we do this daily). If you just want to join in on the fun, but don't want to host, come and find us there, or check back here at the end of February to get in on all of the excitement!

Friday, January 11, 2013

GCC Presents Lucienne Diver and FANGTABULOUS!

First of all, congratulations to the winner of my New Years Giveaway Hop, Michele Moore Luker! Michele, you should have received an email from me about your prize.

I'm excited to welcome another member of the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit today! Lucienne Diver's newest release, Fangtabulous is just out and it looks so great! If you're also a writer, make sure to read on all the way to the interview, as Lucienne is also a literary agent and she has some great writing advice!

Gina Covello and her band of federal fugitives are on the run after taking down a secret (and sinister) government facility. Strapped without cash or credit cards—a fate worse than death for Gina—the rebels must find a place to lay low. They roll into Salem, Massachusetts, the most haunted town in America and the only place they have friends flying under the radar. But within a day, Gina and her gang are embroiled in a murder mystery of the supernatural kind.

Someone—or something—is strangling young women, and it's rumored to be the ghost of Sheriff Corwin, late of the Salem Witch trials.  Is it the ghostly Sheriff or is someone on this side of the veil using the famous story as a cover up? Gina is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, and she needs to do it before a paranormal reporter on the scene exposes them for what they are...fanged federal fugitives.  

Rave Reviews:
“Another amusing romp in the series, this installment also sees its hardy heroine beginning to mature, adding further dimension to her character. Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, Gina never fails to deliver the goods.”
Kirkus Reviews

For the Vamped series: “Readers who appreciate Diver’s light, dry humor will welcome back feisty Gina and her hunky boyfriend, Bobby… a welcome lighthearted departure from gloomy vampire romance.” —Booklist

“Diver spins an action-packed story that is filled with humor. Gina is a sassy heroine who tackles issues and challenges with proper vampire style.”
School Library Journal

“Diver successfully creates a vampire teen who is active and assertive and has no time for angst.  Gina has a biting, sarcastic voice that makes the Vamped books quick and entertaining reads.”

“There is enough grit and wit in this installment to keep adults engaged, as well as plugged-in co-eds. So take a fabulous spin. And stay tuned for book #4, Fangtabulous

Lucienne also stopped by for an interview:

Welcome, Lucienne! Can you tell me about your book in seven words or less.
Vamp girl goes to Salem. Spirits rise.

Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
I love my hero, Bobby, who’s like a young Zac Efron meets my husband.  I’m pretty hard on him in this book, and he and my heroine, Gina, are severely tested.  You’ll have to let me know how they do!  (Oh, shameless self-promo moment, the latest book in the Vamped series is called Fangtabulous and is available now!)

What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
Writing is work as much as it’s fun, enervating as much as energizing.  Don’t let the self-doubt demons get to you.  Difficult doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong.  Some things will come more easily to you than others, but you have to master all aspects of the craft, which means that other things you’ll wrestle like your hero or heroine does the villain of your piece.  It will get easier with practice.

 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 did all of the above (except avoid writing).  I wrote really bad poetry and kept a journal when I was especially emotional about something.  I wrote stories, but they weren’t ready for primetime.  I think that first I had to work out the kinks and the clichés so that I could move on to the next level.

 What's the last book you read that you really loved?
Luckily, I’m a literary agent, so I read books that I love every day and get to help see them onto the bookstore shelves!  In young adult, this includes Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series, Rosemary Clement-Moore’s gothics, like The Splendor Falls, Brimstone and Texas Gothic, Molly Cochran’s paranormals Legacy and Poison and Chloe Neill’s work.  I wish I had more time to read the wonderful books out on the market, but I can tell you that Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers was recommended to me last year by one of my authors (Amy Christine Parker whose wonderful debut YA Gated comes out in August), and I totally loved it.

Lucienne Diver writes the humorous, suspenseful Vamped series of young adult vampire novels for Flux Books, including Vamped, Revamped, Fangtastic and the most recent, Fangtabulous.  Her short stories have been included in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), and her essay on abuse is included in the anthology Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen).  She also writes the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series for Samhain (Bad Blood, Crazy in the Blood and the forthcoming Rise of the Blood). 

Want to find out more about this great book?