11/27/09



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Contest Winners!

I’m back from my internet vacation and while I was gone a lot of my contest have reached their deadlines! So I have a ton of contest announcements to do!

Can I just say how much I love Google Docs! It’s so very easy now! It puts everything in a nice numbered spreadsheet, so all I have to do is put my numbers into the random number generator. No more compiling comments and plugging them in! It’s already done for me! It’s so very awesome!

Anyway…. lets announce some winners!

Winner of the set of three Blood Coven books: Boys that Bite, Stake That & Girls that Growl by Mari Mancusi is:

Jen

Congrats Jen! There were 184 entrants in this contest!!

Winner of an ARC of Are U 4 Real by Sara Kadefors is:

Ashley

Congrats Ashley! There were 182 entrants in this contest!

I have FIVE winners for Survival of the Fiercest: A Sloane Sisters Novel by Anna Carey:

Anita
Jordan
Mevurah
Jennifer
&
Kelsey

Congrats to you all! There were 78 entrants in this contest!

Winner of an ARC of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell is:

Sab

Congrats Sab! There were 75 entrants in this contest!  Entrants were asked to answer the following question: If you were a superhero, would you save a supervillain who was in trouble? Would it matter if you thought they could fight you and win?

Here’s what Sab had to say:

“Since I’m a girl I would be superwoman, super-sexy and super-dangerous and obviously would have the hots big time for the super-hot supervillain!! So yes I would fight him with sexy/dangerous music on the background and dressed in very tight black leather overall and black stiletto heels and would rip most of his clothes off during the steamy fight and then.. you get the picture ;)”

Hilarious!

I’ve contacted all winners by email. Please reply to me no later than Monday November 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm eastern time, otherwise your prize will be forfeited to another winner. Congrats to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered!

11/27/09



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Fresh Face Friday (8)

Fresh Face Friday is a look at some new bloggers around the blogosphere. I have some Fabulous Fresh Faces to share with you this week! Here are my fresh face finds for this friday:

Zombie Girrrl of Crackin’ Spines & Takin’ Names. Zombie Girrrl reads mostly fantasy and supernatural, but mixes in a good deal of contemporary fiction, all YA. She also has a zombie rating system!

Jessica of Eat Sleep Dance Read. As well as a passion for reading Jessica also has a passion for dancing! As well as book related elements, she also likes to include dance in her blog as well.

Kerleisha of Collegiate Bookworm. Kerleisha is a college student at Emory University who absolutely loves to read, especially YA novels.

Mik of I Am Nonfiction. Mik is a teenager who’s grown up with a love for reading and writing. Her favorite authors are John Green and Libba Bray and her favorite genres are fantasy, Paranormal, Comedy, and Romance.

Ari of Reading in Color. Reading in Color is a blog that spotlights YA fiction about poc (people of color). Ari noticed a serious shortage of books being reviewed about teens who looked like her (latino and/or African American) and teens of other nationalities (Asians and Native Americans) so she started this blog to try and help fill the void. Ari is a half Black, half Latina teenager in high school. She loves reading, blogging, listening to music, dancing, and traveling. Some of her favorite books are A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott, Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher, the Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.

Sandy of Pirate Penguin’s Reads. Sandy is a college student who has a nerdy obsession with books. When she’s not reading, she writes, sketches and hangs out with friends. Not to mention, how cute is a Pirate Penguin!

That’s it for this Friday’s Fresh Faces. There are more great blogs to come. If you’d like to be spotlighted on Fresh Face Fridayjust follow the link.

11/26/09



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Happy Thanksgiving


I wanted to wish everyone in the U.S. a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I hope everyone enjoys the day with family and friends and lots of good food. It’s times like these that remind us how much we have to be thankful for.
Hope everyone is well!

 

11/25/09



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2010 Debut Author Challenge Buttons

Buttons are gone for the 2010 challenge!!

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11/25/09



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2010 Debut Author Challenge Information

Last year, 2009, I found out last minute that the original blogger that hosted the 2k8 Challenge, had decided to no longer host challenges. In return I took over the Debut Author challenge in 2009, but since I hadn’t anticipated hosted it, I had nothing planned or worked. As a result the challenge really suffered. I had awesome participation, but I wasn’t organized enough to keep it going through the whole year. So as not to let this challenge die, I’ll be hosting again this year, 2010!

This is an information post click this link to join the 2010 Debut Author Challenge.

What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?

  • The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I’m going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
  • Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate.  If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.  
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime! 

* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey/The Tenners, AuthorsNow , The Class of 2k10 & Indie-Debut.

If you’re still unsure… I’ve tried to make a list of titles that meet the criteria at GoodReads: 2010 Debut Authors.

More Challenge Guidelines:

  • authors that have “adult” titles currently published but are debuting a YA/MG novel in 2010 can be included in your challenge lists.  This goes for authors that have childrens books published as well.
  • novels must be read between the dates of January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010 to count toward your challenge total. (this means if you’ve read a 2010 debut novel in 2009, it doesn’t count….. but!)
  • reviews posted in 2010 will count toward the monthly prize packs, even if you read the novel in 2009. Does that make sense? For example I’ve read debut author Jennifer Hubbard’s novel The Secret Year, in 2009. But I will not be posting my review until closer to its release date in 2010. So, even though it can’t be counted as one of my “challenge” books, I could still use its review for a prize pack entry.
  • please do list the 2010 debut novels you’ve already read in your challenge lists. That way other participants can find out about a book they might not have otherwise.

For those Participants, not in the U.S.

  • the challenge is open to everyone.
  • you may have a debut title that has already been released in the U.S. that is fine! You do not have to make your challenge lists according to U.S. release dates.
  • all monthly prize packs are open to international residents

Show your Challenge Pride!

Grab a button to display on your sidebar!

Head to this page to get the codes!

I’m really excited to host this challenge and I hope it is as much fun as I’m thinking it’s going to be!



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