Ashley won a contest!

I won Dawn Kurtagich’s BOOKISH BANANA contest!  I never win things!

I fangirled.


I’ll be getting an awesome Author Only Autograph book.  (Saving for YA Fest 2017!) And an ARC of And the Trees Crept In — which I am so, so, so excited about.  And a letter for Kurtagich.


September 6, 2016

And then wished she didn’t live in the U.K. so we could get her to come to YA Fest 2017.


A simply DIVINE time!

Have I recently mentioned my love of THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray? If not, you can read about my fondness for it in my review, or read about Ashley’s enjoyment of it here in her review.

Earlier today, I received an email from my boss telling me all about a contest in which libraries can win a prize pack to host a DIVINERS party during Teen Read Week (which is October 14-20). Needless to say, I entered and then passed it on to Ashley so she can enter, too. (Speaking of Ashley, if anyone else has noticed her absence, she unfortunately was suffering from death-like symptoms last week. But she’s better now.)

However, even though it’s just for libraries to enter (sorry everyone!), they also sent lots of cool tidbits along with the invite. Including a book trailer for THE DIVINERS, radio episodes, and a DIVINERS playlist. If you’d like to have a “divine” party at your library, ask your librarian to check out THE DIVINERS Teen Read Week Sweepstakes on THE DIVINERS Facebook page!

Isn’t that the most pos-i-tute-ly amazing book trailer?

And if anyone is interested in listening to the playlist Libba Bray listened to while she wrote THE DIVINERS, lo and behold… here it is!

  • BLUE SKIES, Al Jolson/ “The Jazz Singer”
  • AIN’T SHE SWEET, Richard M. Jones & The Blues Singers
  • CHARLESTON, Paul Whiteman
  • CREOLE LOVE CALL, Duke Ellington
  • DEEP RIVER, Paul Robeson
  • DOWN HEARTED BLUES, Bessie Smith
  • DEMON HOST, Timber Timbre
  • FIVE FOOT TWO, EYES OF BLUE, The Savoy Orpheans
  • MANHATTAN, Dick Todd/ “Garrick Gaeties”
  • RHAPSODY IN BLUE, George Gershwin
  • SOME OF THESE DAYS, Sophie Tucker
  • THE SONG IS ENDED, Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers
  • WANG WANG BLUES, Fletcher Henderson
  • MAMIE, Jan Garber and his Orchestra
  • FRANKIE BLUES, Mamie Smith
  • DO IT MR. SO-AND-SO, Mamie Smith
  • THAT’S NO WAY TO GET ALONG, Robert Wilkins Saxe
  • WILDWOOD FLOWER, The Carter Family
  • TUBULAR BELLS, Mike Oldfield
  • ORGAN DONOR, DJ Shadow
  • SWAMP MAGIC, Timber Timbre
  • DREAM WITHIN A DREAM, The Alan Parsons Project
  • THE RAVEN, The Alan Parsons Project
  • ME AND MY GIN, Bessie Smith
  • I MUST HAVE THAT MAN, Annette Hanshaw & Her Sizzlin’ Syncopators
  • LET’S MISBEHAVE, Irving Aaronson & His Commanders, Irving Aaronson & Phil
  • THE VARSITY DRAG, George Olsen
  • HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL, Robert Johnson
  • GIMME SHELTER, The Rolling Stones
  • LEAVE HOME, The Chemical Brothers
  • THE BARBER AND HIS WIFE, Len Cariou/ “Sweeney Todd”
  • EPIPHANY, Angela Lansbury & Len Cariou/ “Sweeney Todd”
  • I DON’T CARE MUCH, Alan Cumming/ “Cabaret”
  • IF IT BE YOUR WILL, Antony
  • POSSUM KINGDOM, The Toadies
  • I GET LOW, Timber Timbre
  • CITIES IN DUST, Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • YOUR PROTECTOR, Fleet Foxes
  • YES SIR, THAT’S MY BABY, Ace Brigode & His Fourteen Virginians
  • GEORGIA LEE, Tom Waits

Enjoy everyone! Remember, THE DIVINERS comes out on September 18! 

Two awesome book giveaways from around the web

Courtney Summers book giveaway from Nova Ren Suma! 

Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and Dani Noir, is having a very generous giveaway on her website, She’s got a great guest post by Courtney Summers AND she’s giving away signed copies of Some Girls Are and Fall for Anything, and a pre-order of This is Not a Test (due out in June 2012). She also has a separate contest for audio books of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are on the same page. Head to Suma’s website and fill out the form at the bottom of the post to enter,  and check out some of the other really cool author interviews and guest posts.

P.S. Review of This is Not a Test coming soon!

Daisy Whitney two-book giveaway from Courtney Summers!

Speaking of Courtney Summers, to celebrate the release of The Rivals, Daisy Whitney’s sequel to The Mockingbirds (which is AMAZING), Summers is giving away a copy of each on her Facebook page. All you have to do is leave a comment saying you want to win, and BAM! You’re entered!


“The Future of Us” Goodreads Giveaway

Is anyone else as psyched for The Future of Us as I am? (55 DAYS AND COUNTING!!!)

I hope not, because then the rest of you won’t enter the giveaway on Goodreads, which will give me a better chance to win! You can also head over to Jay Asher’s blog to enter the Future Friday contest, in which he’s giving away one copy of the book every Friday until the release date.

For those of us who don’t win a copy of the book (I know I won’t be that lucky), The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler will be released on November 21. The last day to enter the Goodreads giveaway is October 1.

And in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this and tell me it doesn’t sound awesome:

“It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.”

Have I mentioned it’ll be out in 55 days…?

I love me a good book tour…


Check out the From Ash to Nash book tour! Beth Revis, Victoria Schwab, and Myra McEntire are making the rounds starting in Asheville, NC and ending in Nashville, TN. They’ll be visiting bookstores and other landmarks in between the two cities and picking up some other fabulous YA authors along the way. Since they won’t be able to reach everyone, they’re bringing a Virtual Tour to us!  Check out their site to see how you can win prize packs, including signed copies of their books!

Entrants must be 13 or older. Contest closes on August 13, 2011.