Monday, January 31, 2011

Contest Monday

The 2009 Debutantes are giving away 40 sets of author L.K. Madigan's books FLASH BURNOUT and THE MERMAID'S MIRROR as a show of love and support while L.K. battles cancer. For more details on the moving story and how you can win, please check out the contest post. ENDS TONIGHT January 31st.

Dear Editor is hosting an epic contest of awesome. Winner will receive an edit of one YA or MG manuscript! Deadline is MIDNIGHT TONIGHT January 31st.

Good luck!

As always, if you have any contests to share please use our Mr. Linky. He is lonely and wants your link love.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Book Recommendation!

LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545123283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545123280

This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.

Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn't cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it's only me who's not firmly in my own skin. 

If you've already read SHIVER (and I'm sure you have, because it's amazing) then you are already familiar with Maggie Stiefvater's beautiful, lyrical prose. Like SHIVER, this cover is absolutely gorgeous. It is definitely a must-buy book, both for aesthetic purposes (it looks fantastic on a book shelf) and for reading and re-reading pleasure.  I liked LINGER even more than SHIVER, and that's saying something. This book is told from the POV of Sam, Grace, Isabel, and a new character Cole. All fantastic characters and all with some sort of personal baggage that makes Linger such a great story. It's every bit as hauntingly, achingly, beautifully, sad (and happy! There's happy stuff too!) as it's prequel. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I finished reading LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater last night, and if you haven't read it you MUST! Immediately. Not only is the story hauntingly beautiful, so is the book jacket. Shiver had a gorgeous cover (with blue text inside!) and Linger is equally beautiful (with green text inside!), and those two covers got me thinking about how I choose a book to read.

I am guilty of judging a book by it's cover. Don't give me that look, so are you. It doesn't mean I won't read a book with a less attractive cover design, but I am more likely to pick it up if it's appealing to me. For example, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE--sorry, Jandy! That cover did absolutely nothing for me. I wasn't even sure it was a YA book. But an author friend recommended it and she's never suggested a book I didn't like, so I gave it a try. It's such a great book!  I highly recommend it.

Second confession, I am more apt to pick up a book written in first person rather than third. This is my personal preference. I used to dislike books written in present tense, but I've read so many great books in first person present, and now my own WIP is written as such. I will read books in third, but when I'm browsing my bookshelves, or the shelves in the store, I'll usually skip over a book in third and read something in first, first.  There are a lot of great books in third person, and sometimes the story calls for it, but I personally like to be inside the head of the MC(s).

Third, and final, confession: I love a good series. Most of the books I purchase have at least two in the series. There are some amazing stand-alone books (that I wish were series!), but my favorites have all been series--Vampire Academy, The Southern Vampire Mysteries(True Blood), The Forest of Hands and Teeth (although those books have different characters, they are set in the same world), Shiver, Nightshade, Matched, Delirium (though I have yet to read book 2 on those last three), The Hunger Games, If I Stay. And there are many more I haven't read yet but I'm sure to love--The Mortal Instruments, Wicked Lovely, Shade, 13 To Life, and lots more that have yet to be released!

This are my bookish confessions, and now I'm curious about yours. Do you like longer novels, or a quick easy read? Are all your favorite covers blue? Do you prefer debut authors or known favorites? That's a tough one, isn't it?

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I'm knee deep in revisions today so I thought I would share just one of the many distractions that keep me from getting work done. Whenever I sit down to write, I'm faced with this:

How can I say no to that? (Pay no attention to the messy house in the background!)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Subjective Point of View and Narrative Distance

I came across two amazing posts this week that were too good not to share. These are must-reads for the writers out there, and I highly recommend following these women (I mean following their blogs, not following them--that would be creepy) .

Juliette Wade of the Talk To YoUniverse blog wrote an amazing post about expressing a character's judgment using evidential adverbs and modal verbs. When I wrote the first draft of my first YA, I was guilty of using a lot of the "she saw" or "she felt" descriptors. This post breaks in down in a simple and understandable way.

Janice Hardy from The Other Side of the Story discusses narrative distance in your POV, and the pitfalls of using distant and close POV's. I learned a lot of this through trial and error writing my first two novels--one in a much more distant POV  than the other. I think narrative distance is partly a matter of personal preference, but I'm much happier with my new novel which is written in a close POV.   

Also, totally unrelated, but too awesome a contest not to mention: the uber-amazing Nathan Bransford is hosting a first paragraph contest of epic proportions. The winner will get a partial critique by his equally amazing agent, Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management AND a signed advance copy of Nathan's book, JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW. (NOTE: There are already approximately one bazillion entries, but someone has to win, so give it a shot!)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Contest Monday

Nathan Bransford is hosting a first paragraph contest over at his blog with some FABULOUS prizes, such as having your partial considered by Nathan's agent, Catherine Drayton
Ends Thursday.

Dear Editor is hosting an epic contest of awesome. Winner will receive an edit of one YA or MG manuscript! Deadline is January 31st.

Good luck!

As always, if you have any contests to share please use our Mr. Linky. He is lonely and wants your link love.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Book Recommendation - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

This week I'm recommending something different, a Middle Grade and Newbery Award Winner - WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead. It's not a new book, it won the Newbery last year, but it is definitely one of my new favorites.

SUMMARY: By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.

Why I love this book: This book took me back to elementary school when I was just discovering how much I love to read. Even though it's something totally new, it felt so familiar to me that reading it felt like coming home to an old favorite. It's set in the 70's, like so many of the books I read back then, references A Wrinkle In Time and features girl dealing with growing up and finding where she fits in in the world. (PLUS it features one of my all-time favorite subjects, but to tell you what that is would ruin the surprise!)

I could go on and on but really you should read this book. I think that particularly if you grew up in the 80s, this book will really strike a chord with you.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Last night I popped into #yalitchat for a bit on twitter and the topic was something like "inspiring stories from the YA community". There were sooooo many that just made me smile and think, see that's what it's all about.

There have been a lot of authors in classic literature that I've found inspiring. For example, I love that Stephen King threw CARRIE in the trash and never intended to finish writing it until his wife found it and told him he should.

Or that Dr. Seuss wrote one of the best-selling children's books of all time using only 50 different words (the result of a bet with his publisher).

Or that William Golding's LORD OF THE FLIES was rejected by 20 publishers before it found a home.

William Faulkner received a letter from a publisher (in regards to SANCTUARY) that read, "Good, God, I can't publish this!"

Richard Adams was told that "older children won't like [WATERSHIP DOWN] because its language was too difficult." HA!

All of these are stories show that fiction is subjective, and with blood, sweat and tears persistence any writer can make that transition to author.

What are some of your favorite stories of inspiration, be they from authors past or present, agents (I've come across some amazing, inspiring, and helpful agents), or pre-pubbed writers. Share!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Debut Extravaganza

So you already know I'm a book junkie, but did I you know I have an extra special place in my heart for debuts? This year is so exciting for me because so many of the authors whose journeys I've been following are debuting. Some of them (like Michelle Hodkin) I remember from contest entries, and now they're real live books! So here's a few of the YA author debut books I can't wait to read this year!

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis (debuted 1/11/11)
ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton (debuts 2/15/11)
THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker (debuts 3/1/11)
BLOOD MAGIC by Tessa Gratton (debuts 5/24/11)
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (debuts 5/3/11)
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire debuts (5/24/11)
POSSESSION by Elana Johnson (debuts 6/7/11)
IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma (debuts 6/14/11)
BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris (debuts 7/12/11)
WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight (debuts 7/26/11)
THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab (debuts 8/2/11)
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin (debuts 9/27/11)

What debuts are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reading and Weight Loss

I never thought these two things could be related, but I am one happy camper right now. If you're a writer (or reader) who has never struggled with extra poundage, you can skip this post--also, I hate you. Not like hate hate, but like jealousy hate. First, three facts about me.

Fact #1) I don't love exercise. I have friends, a sister, and a husband who train for triathlons because they're "fun." Fun is laying by the pool while drinking pina coladas. Fun is going to the movies and eating a large tub of buttered popcorn. If you ever catch me swimming, biking, and running ALL IN THE SAME DAY, then you know the apocalypse has arrived.

Fact #2) I reward myself with chocolate. When revising my first YA novel last year, I'd treat myself with chocolate after every revised chapter. When revisions got really painful, I indulged after every page. Somehow I ended up gaining a few pounds in the process.

Fact #3) We have an entire workout area in the basement (courtesy of my exercise-loving hubby). I was vaguely aware that we had cardio machines and a weight bench, and some big ball that's supposed to have some sort of fitness function, but I'd never gotten up close and personal with any of it. I couldn't even use the excuse that the gym was too far away--it was down a flight of stairs, and I still never went.

I was talking with my hubby about my goal of reading more books in 2011, and how I wouldn't mind losing my revision weight. He said I looked great the way I was (part of why I've been happily married for almost 15 years), but when I persisted, he suggested doing both at once. So I grabbed one of the books on my monstrous TBR pile, and headed downstairs (he even vacuumed the whole basement, because one of my excuses was that there could be spiders and bugs congregating down there).

 I got on the recumbent bike and started to read. ONE HOUR later, I realized I was still biking. The book was that good. Now I love that bike, but mainly because I love reading. And granted, when I say 'biking,' it's not my hubby's version of a bike workout. He does Level 5 and is drenched in sweat when he's finished. I stick to Level 1 and don't think anyone who saw me after would even know I'd been exercising (and full disclaimer: I look nothing like the girl in the above picture). BUT... 

New Fact #1) I'm reading more than ever. I still don't love exercise per se, but I love anything that allows extra reading time.

New Fact #2) I lost all the revision weight.

New Fact #3) I still reward myself with chocolate. I'm now revising YA book #2, and eating chocolate by the bucket--but I'm not gaining weight thanks to my magical bike.

Any other tips out there for those who have struggled with writer's/reader's butt? Does anyone else love the recumbent bike as much as I do?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Contest Monday

Happy Monday! Hope you're all enjoying the end of your three-day weekends! Here's this week's contests.

Angela and Becca at The Bookshelf Muse is having an awesome contest for writers! Check out their Good Things in 3's GIVEAWAY and win critiques from both of them and more!

Adventures in Children's Publishing is giving away THREE awesome new releases this week! (See below.) Enter here. Ends 1/19.

Shannon Whitney Messenger is giving away an ARC of THE EMERALD ATLAS by John Stephens at her blog as part of Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. Enter here. Ends 1/22

Also, these two HOUSE OF NIGHT contests are still going on:

For all you HOUSE OF NIGHT fans out there, a HUGE contest is going on where you can win the entire set of House of Night books by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Check out the Facebook page here for the deets. Contest ends: Jan. 29.

And go here for a chance to win lunch with the HOUSE OF NIGHT authors in honor of the release of AWAKENED, the newest title in the series. The winner gets a 3 day/2 night trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma!

Have a contest you'd like to share? Post it in our Mr. Linky below:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Book Recommendation--THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

I'm going old-school in my pick today, as in all the way back to a book first published in 1993. It did dystopian before dystopian was cool. It won the 1994 Newbery Medal, yet stirred much controversy and remained one of the most "challenged" books of the 1990's: THE GIVER by Lois Lowry.

Summary: The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan which has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of "Receiver of Memory," the person who stores all the memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make. When Jonas meets the Giver, he is confused in many ways. The Giver is also able to break some rules, such as turning off the speaker and locking his door. As Jonas receives the memories from the previous receiver—the "Giver"—he discovers the power of knowledge. The people in his community are happy because they don't know of a better life but the knowledge of what they are missing out on could create chaos. He faces a dilemma: Should he stay with the community, his family living a shallow life without love, color, music and knowledge or should he run away to where he can live a full life?

What I liked: I'm a huge fan of all things dystopian, yet what struck me about this book was its originality. It's a simply written, yet powerful story of a young boy, and I was completely hooked from page one. This book has clearly had a huge influence on the genre--I've recently read several dystopian ARC's, and saw a movie (Equilibrium), that included similar elements. If you read or write dystopian, I'd say this is a must read, and it would make for some great book club discussions!  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Must Have Books of 2011

Like Kristi and Valerie, I've set a reading plan/goal for 2011. My goal, is to read the books I already have before purchasing new ones. Except those must-have books that are coming out this year.

There are still a lot I must have from last year, like SLICE OF CHERRY! How I missed that release date is beyond me. But I plan on hitting up the bookstore on Friday night so that's covered. Yeah, outside of the plan BUT that book came out in 2010 and I had planned to buy it before I made the new year plan, so it's okay. Hush.

I honestly haven't paid much attention to a whole lot of the 2011 new releases, not because I don't want to, I've just been that busy. Some that I am aware of and must have are:


FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater

*Secret Novel* by Maggie Stiefvater
*no cover image*

BLOOD MAGIC by Tessa Gratton

BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris (and you guys should be ready for that one too--we *might* have something special when it comes out.)

POSSESSION by Elana Johnson

THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab

HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire
*no cover image*

CORSETS AND CLOCKWORK by Various (includes a short by Dia Reeves)

And I'm just going to stop there because this list is really long.
What are some of your must-have books for 2011? Share so I can make said list even longer. Mwauahahahaha! (That's an evil laugh.)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Less Is More - My 2011 Reading Plan

I admit it. I'm a book junkie. I see books I haven't read lined up on a shelf and I get excited. They're like tiny Christmas presents wrapped up in pretty paper. Each one holds a whole world that I can slip into and discover. And like Veruca Salt I want them ALL and I want them NOW. And that's a problem. If books were food, I'd be 200 pounds overweight.

You'll notice I said plan, not goal, in the title of this post. I do have reading goals, mainly, to read a few classics. (I started Great Expectations before Oprah chose it for the book club.) But my PLAN is to dig deep into my massive TBR pile. I got a bit overzealous with the book buying last year, and a bit overly optimistic about how much free time I would have. (This is just some of the books I got in December of 2011 - only two are ARCs.)

Last year my goal was to read 100 books. Up from the 80 or so I read in 2009. I thought it would be simple. I'm a fast reader, so two books a week would be no problem. I started off great but then writing, and critiquing became more important and I got WAY behind. I think I finished the year at something like 44. So THIS year, like Kristi, I'm not going to count books. I'm just going to read them.

My rule this year is that I'm not allowed to buy ANY new books (save for a few must have pre-orders I placed last year) until I've read at least 20 of the books I already own. If this takes me all of 2011, so be it.

What are your reading goals this year?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My One Reading Goal for 2011

Last week, I shared my writing goals for 2011 with you; this week I want to address something equally important--my reading goals. In On Writing, Stephen King discusses how reading is a normal part of his work day. He reads every day, in addition to the whole writing thing. I truly believe that reading helps you become a better writer, and teaches you about important things like pacing, characterization, etc. Like many writers, I LOVE to read but sometimes feel guilty doing it, because if I'm reading, it means I'm not revising/editing/writing/etc. I need to get over this...hence, my goal.

I know there are many people out there who keep track of how many books they read per week or year. I'm not one of them...if I can keep track of my two kids for an entire 24 hours, I consider the day golden.

So my 2011 goal is simple--to read more in 2011 than I read in 2010. I realize that's hard to track if I don't know how much I read in 2010, but I do know that I did NOT average more than one book a week in 2010. I'm going to shoot for at least one per week--and not feel guilty when I read blogs where people complain they "only" read 300 books last year. That may be, but do they know where their kids are?

My first YA of 2011 was NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer. Holy great first pick on my part! I can already tell you that WOLFSBANE is one of my must-reads this year. Next up for me is THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, and then CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese (not YA, but it's for my book club and I've heard it's amazing). My other YA must-reads for 2011 include POSSESSION by the lovely and awesome Elana Johnson, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, and BAD TASTE IN BOYS by zombie queen, Carrie Harris.

What about you? What are your reading goals for 2011? Your must-reads for this year?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Contest Monday featuring HOUSE OF NIGHT

For all you HOUSE OF NIGHT fans out there, a HUGE contest is going on where you can win the entire set of House of Night books by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Check out the Facebook page here for the deets. Contest ends: Jan. 29.

Also, check out Steph Su Reads where there's info about a chance to win lunch with the HOUSE OF NIGHT authors in honor of the release of AWAKENED, the newest title in the series. The winner gets a 3 day/2 night trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma!

Feel free to post other contests in our Mr. Linky below:

Happy Monday!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011: Where I've been and Where I Want to Be

2010 brought many great things for me. Some of them personal, some of them writing related. Since this is a writing blog and not a bore-you-to-tears-with-my-personal-life blog, I'll stick to the latter.

2010 Highlights and what I've learned from them.

I finished revising my first novel, and promptly decided that it was horrible and would never be seen by anyone but my scribe sisters and I, started a few drafts for different works that I didn't pursue, and then I found my gem. I wrote it, and I rewrote it, and I rewrote it again, and I'm still revising it. I've learned so much from this manuscript, not just about sentence structure, plot, characters, etc. But also about my own writing style, my voice, and the mark I want to make as an author.

I entered it in few fun contests (and won, woohoo!) which landed me with partial/full requests. From those I learned a lot about what works and what doesn't in a novel opening, and that fiction is very subjective.

Watching Sisters in Scribe grow to having over 400 amazing followers! Our group has really come together over the past 12 months. We've grown as partners, learned each others habits and styles, and you lovely readers have been with us every step of the way. We're very grateful for your continued support.

Writing with Tangled Fiction has taught me more than I could have hoped for. I've learned I can write under pressure, I can meet strict deadlines, and I can still produce quality fiction that I am proud of.

I feel that I've come a long way as a writer, and I owe a lot of that to my scribe sisters.

Hopes for 2011!

I want to finish revising my current WIP and start submitting it to agents.

I want to draft another manuscript.

Of course I would love to sign with an agent, but my biggest goal for 2011 is to do my best, to grow as much as I can as a writer, and to write the best book that I can.

Happy 2011!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011: No Resolutions - Just Goals

I don't make resolutions. (Um... anymore.) I think they're too broad, they don't bend to real life situations. I'm the kind of person that needs to feel like they're making progress, and I work better when I have a set of conditions to meet, so for me it's all about setting goals.

Last year I was coming off the high of finishing my very first complete draft of a novel. I set some HUGE goals that I now know were not just overwhelming, but also misguided.

2010 was a difficult year for me in many ways, and an amazing one in many others. A death in the family left me unable (both literally and emotionally) to write or revise for about two months. I entered into that long dark tunnel called "revisions". Where I learned that no matter how good you think your first draft is, there are always thousands of ways to make it better. And some of those ways take a full revision before you can see the path to them.

So where am I as I start 2011?

After an extremely busy holiday season I am FINALLY reaching the end of what turned out to be an almost complete rewrite. I have learned A LOT about story structure, plot, and character arcs. Much more than I would've thought possible in a revision.

From my revisions I've learned a lot about myself as a writer, my tics, and ways to make my next first draft a much better starting point. (Also, Scrivener changed my life when it comes to story, plot, research, and chapter organization!)

I have felt the pain of killing my darlings and the joy of having a CP fall in love with my favorite character.

I've fought the pull of shiny new ideas, found ways to stay focused (although this will be a continuing battle for me, no matter how excited I am about a project) and discovered that I CAN write on demand and turn out something I'm proud of (thanks Tangled Fiction!)

I have made some truly awesome friends who get my obsession over writing and YA.

And I have been humbled and honored by some very kind and encouraging words about my writing.

So what are my goals for this year?

Last year I wanted to bang out the really rough first drafts of two novels. This year that's not good enough for me. I want to complete one really well thought out, solid first draft.

I want to make my current ms the absolute best it can be before it goes out into the world.

I want to write more short stories and on a regular basis, which okay, is a given thanks to Tangled Fiction. But I want these to be stories I'm proud of, not stories I make excuses for like "well, if I had more than a couple days, this would've been awesome!"

As a whole, I just want to keep getting better at writing by actively pursuing ways to do so. Whether it's conferences, retreats, challenging myself to styles/genres I've never written before, whatever.

And of course, I want 2011 to be the year I sign with the perfect agent for me and my book!

What about you? Are you going full steam ahead with a list of resolutions? Setting small goals? Did 2010 turn out like you thought it would?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011: Can It Top Last Year?

Happy 2011 to all of you! I hope your holidays were relaxing and joyful. I'm not crazy about all holidays (seriously, who came up with Valentine's Day?), but I do love the start of a new year. Maybe it's because of the concept of fresh starts and new challenges. Maybe it's because every year has been better than the one before, and I've had some pretty great years. I'm not big into resolutions (the same way I'm not into dieting or exercise), but I do love challenging myself. So, I'm listing my writing challenges for the year and would love to here yours as well. First, here's what I loved about 2010.

Some of my favorite writing highlights from 2010:
  • starting this blog with my awesome Sisters last Dec., and watching it grow over the past year, to over 400 followers! We are so grateful to have you reading our blog, and every comment makes us smile.
  • winning a Dear Lucky Agent Contest and an agent pitch contest with my first YA novel.
  • finishing the first draft of a 2nd YA novel at the end of 2010, and being really proud of how it turned out (well, for a first draft anyway)
  • the amazing support and encouragement in our critique group...I couldn't do it without them!
  • the fabulous community of writers, bloggers, book-lovers, etc. out there. You're all wonderful!
Writing Goals for 2011:
  • Revise the heck out of 2nd YA novel (hope to have my second draft finished by the end of Jan.)
  • Attend PPW conference again in April.
  • Get more comfortable with Twitter
  • After another critique and revision of 2nd YA, begin to query
  • BIG HUGE GOAL FOR 2011: SIGN WITH THE PERFECT AGENT FOR ME. (There, I said it. I really hope to have an agent by the end of this year. I realize that goal isn't totally under my control, but I think with some revisions and polishing, I have a decent shot.
Overall, I had a great 2010, so can 2011 beat it? Absolutely. Here's hoping that everyone has a year filled with magic and wonder. What about you? What are your reading and/or writing goals for the new year?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Contest Monday with Winners!

We have winners! Out of a total of 204 entries from 69 different entrants! You guys rock!

Winner of THE MAZE RUNNER is Fi-Chan!

Winner of THE DEMON KING is Theresa M!

Winner of WAKE is Dari!

We have your mailing addresses, so you don't need to do anything else. If you didn't win this one, don't worry! We will host many more giveaways in the future! As always, thank you guys for entering! We <3 you!

If you know of any contests for reader or writers, let us know!
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