Fall Into Reading ARC Giveaway

I know it’s still technically summer…. but I’m so over the heat and ready for the cooler, crisper and pumpkin-infused days of fall! I have a terrible craving for a carmel apple from our local Apple Festival right now… I’m not sure I can survive the wait to September! So, I’m ringing in autumn with a little giveaway. All of these titles will be hitting the shelves this fall, but one lucky winner will get to read them a little early!

Titles up for grabs:

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (September 21, 2010)
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (August 31, 2010)
Matched by Ally Condie (November 30, 2010)
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz (October 1, 2010)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (August 31, 2010)
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (October 19, 2010)

Official Contest information:

  • to enter, please fill out the form below
  • entrants must be 13 years of age or older
  • contest deadline is August 13, 2010
  • contest open to EVERYONE*
  • check out my Contest Policy/Privacy Policy

*Advance reader copies are doubles of novels I received for review, provided by the publisher. Sent to the winner by me.



2010 Debut Author Challenge: August

Welcome to the eighth month of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge!
This post is where you can add your review link(s) for the month of August!

If you are looking for more information pertaining to guidelines of posting your links, you can read the Guidelines for Posting Debut Challenge Reviews.

All of the official challenge information can be found here: 2010 Debut Challenge Information

You can sign up for the challenge here: Sign Up for the 2010 Debut Challenge

Prize pack information: (prize packs are subject to change. Anything added after the original post date will be highlighted in red!)

This months prize pack includes:

Advance Reader Copies

  • God is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein
  • Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone
Finished Copies
  • Party by Tom Leveen


  • 8th Grade Superzero
  • The Mark (signed)
  • Shadow Hills (signed)
  • The Iron King (signed)
  • The Secret Year
  • Princess for Hire (signed)
  • Scones & Sensibility
  • The Naughty List (signed)
  • The Rise of Renegade X
  • Dirty Little Secrets 
  • Forget-Her-Nots (signed)
  • Leaving Gee’s Bend
  • The Body Finder (singed)
  • Mistwood (signed)
  • Faithful (sighed)
  • Shade (signed)
  • Other (signed)
  • The Tension of Opposites
  • Losing Faith (signed)
  • Tell Me a Secret
  • Nevermore (signed)
  • Freefall (signed)
  • Prophecy of Days (signed)
  • Before I Fall 


  • The Naughty List (signed)
  • The Stillburrow Crush
  • Three Rivers Rising (signed)
  • Forget-Her-Nots
  • Faithful 
  • Mistwood (signed)
  • The Tension of Opposites
  • Claire de Lune
  • Losing Faith (2) (signed)
  • Sea

Other Goodies

  • The Cinderella Society goodie bag (not pictured)
  • Change of Heart soccer ball (not pictured)
  • Shadow Hills button & Shadow Hills magnet
  • Team Egmont button
  • Two The Body Finder stickers
  • Kristina McBride card
  • Journal with a special message from Kristina McBride
  • Hunger button
  • Losing Faith Pen
  • Losing Faith cover image magnet
  • Losing Faith calendar magnet 

Add your review links for August to the Mister Linky below. (This does not mean that the book has to have an August release date, it simply means that you read and reviewed the novel this month) Remember to put in your direct post url, not your blog url!

Also note that not all partcipants are from the US. This means some novels will be debuts for some countries and not others. Do not use the titles on the Mister Linky list as a reference.

International readers (non US residents) you have the option of reading US books and using those release dates, as well as using international release dates. Those in the US, I ask that you only use US release dates as most novels are readily available in the US.

Please note: ONLY young adult and middle grade titles will be accepted for the challenge.

DEBUT = authors FIRST YA/MG novel released in 2010!

This is NOT the place to sign up for the challenge! 

Sign the Mister Linky as the example shows below.

Your Name: The Secret Year (The Story Siren)
Your URL: http://www.thestorysiren.com/2010/01/2010-the-secret-year.html

Good Luck!!



Winners: The Summer of Skinny Dipping & Freak Magnet

Winner of a signed copy of The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells is:

Danielle J.

Two winners of a singed copy of Freak Magnet by Andrew Auseon are:

Taylor M.


Jessica S.

Congrats Winners!



New Reads: July 25-31

Out This Week:

Daniel X: Demons and Druids by James Patterson
Jealousy by Lili St. Crow
Orphan by John Weber

New in Paperback:

The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart
(paperback re-release)
Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Guest Blog

Author Interview: Lee Nichols & Contest

Lee Nichols

Books (for teens):

  • Deception


When Emma Vaile’s parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age “knight in J.Crew armor,” Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can’t shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can’t explain, as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Emma doesn’t trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he’s about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

Describe Deception in three words.

Romantic. Mysterious. Kick-butt.

What are your must haves when you are writing?

I’m not a desk person, so mostly a comfy spot. I usually work on the couch in the living room or on our bed.

What were you like as a teen? Did it have any influence over your characters in Deception?

Definitely the teasing banter she shares with her friends is the way I was with my friends. And my parents were divorced and my mother worked a lot, so I was very independent the way she is.

Where there any differences for you, in writing a Young Adult novel?

I don’t find it that different. I’m still trying to create believable characters, settings and situations. The characters just happen to be younger.

Who were were favorite authors as a teen?

The YA market wasn’t nearly as strong as it is now, but as a younger teen I devoured Lois Duncan and S.E. Hinton. I also had two older brothers and read a lot of the science fiction and fantasy they left lying around the house. Favorite literary authors I couldn’t get enough of were John Steinbeck, J.D. Salinger and Jane Austen.

Three novels currently in your reading pile.

13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, by Maureen Johnson
DOGS, by Nancy Kress
THE TOURIST, by Olen Steinhauer

If you could travel back in time for one year, where would you go and what three things would you take with you?

I love my uncle’s house on a lake in Maine. I’d take my husband, son and the dogs.

Are you working on anything now? Can you tell us anything about it?

I’ve just finished the second HAUNTING EMMA book called BETRAYAL, which comes out March 2011 and I’m writing the third, POSSESSION which will be published late 2011.

Thanks so much Lee for stopping by! Deception sounds fantastic!

I have two advance readers copies of Deception up for grabs as well!!

Official Contest information:

  • to enter, please fill out the form below
  • entrants must be 13 years of age or older
  • contest deadline is August 13, 2010
  • contest open to US residents only!*
  • check out my Contest Policy/Privacy Policy

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