Sunday, October 5, 2014

SO. CAL ROAD TRIP & a WINNER!

I'm hitting the road!


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Along with 3 other YA authors, I'll be tackling the busy so. Cal freeways 
to come and visit you later this month.



October 17, 2014 - 4:00 pm Los Angeles Public Library -  Memorial branch 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019

October 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm
Barnes and Noble 
791 S Main St #100
Orange, CA 92868 

October 18, 2014 - 4:30 p.m.
Barnes and Noble
2615 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054
October 19, 2014 - 2:00 pm Barnes and Noble  5500 Grossmont Center Drive La Mesa, CA 91942



And now for the BIG,
IT'S STILL SUMMER READS GIVEAWAY update.
SO many of you entered the contest (thank you!), 
but as you know there can only be one winner. 

*cue the drum roll*

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AMANDA MACHONIS

CONGRATULATIONS, LADY!
Those books will be coming your way soon.

As for the rest of you, FEAR NOT. I will do another giveaway soon.
Not only do I love my fan club, but giveaways are a lazy blogger's best friend. #winwin

Thursday, October 2, 2014

YA SCAVENGER HUNT (Team Gold, baby)



YA Scavenger Hunt

Guys...It's time to hunt!



This epic, tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours.


Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.
There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all. I am a part of the GOLD TEAM (the coolest team)

but there are also five other teams, each with a chance whole different set of signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.




SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number in GOLD. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD TEAM, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use your fingers. No judgement here).

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 5, at 12pm Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Now, let's start this hunt...

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Today, I am hosting the talented (& darling--that hair!) Cole Gibsen, to my site for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

   

At seventeen Cole found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen Jetta and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break the reality of their own lives.

You can find out more about Cole on her website, or just skip the formalities and buy the book. (Please note, Amazon hasn't caught up with the title change yet)  Speaking of the book, check out
LIFE UNAWARE...


 "On the surface, seventeen-year-old Reagan Fray appears to have everything. She's popular, Ivy League–bound, and her parents are rich enough to buy her whatever she wants. Behind the scenes, Reagan is a girl with an anxiety disorder struggling to hold the fraying threads of her life together. It takes work to stay on top, and when that fails, Reagan's learned from her politician mother that a little social espionage never hurts. That is, until the day Reagan finds all of her texts and private messages printed out and taped to every locker in her high school.

Finding herself ostracized from her friends and on the receiving end of the bullying she used to dish out, Reagan won't settle into her new role as social pariah without a fight. Determined to get back in with her friends and reclaim her social status before her mother finds out and sends her to boarding school, Reagan has no choice but to team up with outcast Nolan Letner.

But the closer Reagan gets to Nolan, the more she realizes all of her actions have consequences, and her future might be the biggest casualty of all."



Social Espionage? 
Bullies?
 Cast-aside boys??

YES, PLEASE
 

And now, for the EXCLUSIVE CONTENT you won't find anywhere else,

the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow would like to formally introduce you to this lovely author:



*swoons* I don't know what it is about boys in black eyeliner, but they get me every time...

Ahem. Back to the hunt, Bethany.

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Cole Gibsen, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 22. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GOLD TEAM and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


CONTINUE THE HUNT:

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, the amazing Tera Lynn Childs. And don't forget to tell your friends about the hunt and include #YASH on all your tweets!
 

GOOD LUCK!



Monday, September 1, 2014

It's STILL Summer!

For most of the country, the arrival of September means cooler weather and turning leaves, but here in Southern California it just means that summer weather has finally arrived. Over the next 30-45 days, I have the pleasure of suffering through 90-100 degree temps. I know, I know, you've been dealing with that since June, well...sorry! I'm a little bit diva and I don't do hot weather!! (have you seen my hair?!)   Anyway, because summer has finally arrived in San Diego, I thought we'd celebrate with a HUGE summer reads book giveaway!!

Unless you've been living under a rock, or in Utah *snorts* (my friend Precy will think that's funny), you know that I'm all about contemporary books. With that in mind, I've stockpiled some of the hottest, freshest contemporary summer reads ever!  We've got road trips, chance encounters, life lessons, self-discovery and ALL the feels!

Here's what you can win:

A signed copy Jennifer Salvato Doktorski's, HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES plus fun nail polish and other bookish swag,

Rebekah Crane's, ASPEN,



a signed copy of Adi Alsaid's LET'S GET LOST, 



Ken Baker's, HOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS and FELL MADLY IN LOVE,


and, of course, my very own SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS, signed, along with other Short Bus swag.




The contest runs the entire month of September and is limited to the United States.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

A tour through Cricket's 'hood (+ A GIVEAWAY)

If you've read SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS, you know that besides being bitchy opinionated and painfully honest, Cricket Montgomery is also LOADED. (well, her dad is)
We're talking major duckets. Serious cash. Loads of money, yo! Which is exactly why her transition to a life of bugs, cots, and wrinkled clothes was so entertaining.

I'll be the first to admit that Cricket's reaction to two weeks outside the city limits was a bit extreme, but after a recent trip to Cricket's stomping grounds, I know why.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of touring Cricket's hood with some dear writer friends I was traveling with. *nods to the world-renowned Goat Posse* She lives (and plays) just a few blocks from the famous Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. (Vince Vaughan, Stedman Graham (Oprah's I-will-never-marry-you beau) and Jerry Springer are just a few inhabitants of this neck of the woods.)

I thought it would be fun to take you on a pictorial tour of Cricket's world and then top off the post with a giveaway. Cause, nothing says "You're a poor loser and could never afford to live here" like a free book and a bookmark.

 The sidewalks are quiet and lined with street lamps and beautifully manicured plants,
 

the buildings and storefronts unique in their heritage and understated snobbery.

There's no shortage of shopping, so long as your wallet can hang with the big boys...



Pretty sure I saw a sign on the door here that read, "Our most valued customer: Cricket Montgomery"


After ogling over bags and shoes that would break my retirement account, I ventured
over a block to Astor Street, where Cricket lives.

(Side note: I had to take a moment here. Seriously--this was SUCH a cool experience)



 The houses on Astor street are old, one of a kind, beautifully maintained and EXPENSIVE!  (Also, the neighbors we encountered weren't very nice. #grumpyoldfarts)



  It was great fun strolling around this quaint street, especially when we rolled 
up to Cricket's house:

Because of the size of the house and the angle of the street, I couldn't get a full-frontal image of the house. This is a side view of the first (of three) floors. The house sits on the corner of Astor and Banks streets and is as big and grand as it is charming.
The window boxes were overflowing with happy, sun-drenched flowers and the front door
was obviously designed with our big-headed main character in mind.

Now, the giveaway:

A signed copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS + swag pack
(if the winner is international, the book will come via 
Book Depository and will not be signed)

The contest runs until August 22!
Good luck to all!







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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

LIFE BEFORE NETFLIX

Before Netflix...


I thought that the Clintons were the most power-hungry couple in politics.
I assumed my Family Ties watching days were over.
I had no idea that orange jumpsuits could be so entertaining.
I didn't know what a Cumberbatch was...or why I'd want to lick him.
I never knew that the kid from Third Rock ended up becoming a brilliant actor.
I had $11.99 more a month in my bank account.
I had no clue that James Van Der Beek didn't drown in Dawson's Creek.
My family watched TV in the same room.
I didn't realize you could tattoo a map of a prison on your body to aid in an escape plan.
I slept.




 God bless you, Netflix.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Girl, just...NO! (A giveaway)

Sweet girl,

Because I love you, I cannot let you go out in public looking the way you do.


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I know that it's hard to keep up with appearances when you've spent the last eight months surviving the elements in your jeans, long-sleeved hoodies and those ridiculous Ugg boots you thought would make you look cool, but really only declare to the world that you paid a sh*t load of money for some really ugly boots,

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but fear not, Auntie B is here to help, so let's get down to business.


First of all, your legs are in need of a good shave.


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I don't care what those laid back chicks who work at The Coffee Bean told you,
the natural look is never in.



Secondly, it's beach season, baby, and that two piece you picked up at Forever 21's end-of-season clearance sale last September isn't going to cut it.
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Finally, let's talk about those feet!

Seriously, sweetie. Did no one ever tell you that you're allowed to get pedicures year 'round?!




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Yeah, you even scared the dog, and he eats his own poop!



Alas, don't completely freak out. I'm here to help.

Because I love you as much as I do, I'm going to  fancy you up so you can enjoy the summer sun without causing retinal damage to the rest of us.

While I can't afford to buy you a new suit (we all know how picky you are), and the thought of gifting someone a razor and shaving gel makes me want to gag, I can help you out when it comes to the condition of those paddle boards you call feet.

I'm giving away a custom bottle of CAMP KILL-ME-NOW PINK nail polish (as inspired by SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS) and some other pedicure essentials, along with some SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS swag.

Obviously, this prize pack won't solve all your problems, but it's as close as I can get without actually touching you. And let's face it...there's no way I'm touching you in this condition.

The giveaway lasts until July 1st!



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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

PRESS PLAY cover reveal & HUGE Giveaway

OH MY GAWD.
Ohmygawd. Ohmygawd.
I'M SO EXCITED!!!!



Guys, this is such a good day for you to stop ignoring my blog and pay me a visit. 

My very dear friend, ERIC DEVINE, has hijacked my blog to unveil the 
cover of his thrilling new novel, PRESS PLAY!

Besides that, there's a HUGE, and I mean HUGE, giveaway to help celebrate.

So, buckle-up and hang on, kids...
This is what epic looks like.




I threw a party and want to give you my gifts.  

So I finally got to see the awesome, amazing, and intense cover for my next novel, Press Play. And then the Book Buzz 2014 Young Adult edition released, which has the first two chapters in it. I was so excited that I threw a party to celebrate.  


Bethany Crandell came with a signed copy of her novel, Summer on the Short Bus and a swag pack with bookmark and pin.
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AG Howard brought an awesome 18x24” Unhinged poster, as well as a Splintered series swag pack.
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Lisa Ann O’Kane rolled up with an e-copy of her debut, Essence and some sweet swag pins. Essence. Book imageESSENCE Pins          


A. Lynden Rolland rocked the place with a signed copy of her debut, Of Breakable Things and her swag pins and bookmark.
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And then Justin Holley scared us all with his contribution: a signed copy of the horror anthology, Amanda’s Recurring Nightmares, in which his short story, “Wildflower” is featured.
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We had a blast, and because I’m so thrilled with my cover and the sample chapters, I WANT TO GIVE ALL MY GIFTS AWAY. So let’s reveal my cover and then you will have a chance to win all that you saw above, as well as a signed copy of Press Play
Awesome, right?

  
*Drum roll* 

And for the teaser...
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  Press Play cover  
Holy-in-your-face-what-is-going-on-with-these-kids-in-this-glitchy-video-image?  

Let me explain: About Press Play:  

Does the truth really set you free? Pound by sweaty pound, Greg Dunsmore’s plan is working. Greg is steadily losing weight while gaining the material he needs to make the documentary that will get him into film school and away from the constant jeers of “Dun the Ton.” But when Greg captures footage of brutal and bloody hazing by his town’s championship-winning lacrosse team, he knows he has evidence that could damage as much as it could save. And if the harm is to himself and his future, is revealing the truth worth the cost?  

With unflinching honesty, author Eric Devine explores the debatable truths and consequences of the choices we make to get through each day intact.  
You’re pumped now. I can feel it. 

Well, if you need a fix, here are the first two chapters. But don’t forget to enter, below, to win the prize pack.

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About the Author  
Eric Devine is the author of multiple works of Young Adult fiction, most recently Dare Me. He is also a veteran high school English teacher, where he spends as much time teaching as he does completing field research for his novels. His work has been listed by YALSA and Booklist for reluctant readers and for Best in Sports. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters and two not-so-wonderful Labradors. Eric’s next novel, Press Play, will be released 10/28, and he is currently working on two novels. Find out more at his blog, his Facebook fan page, or Twitter: @eric_devine  


About the Giveaway Authors  
Bethany Crandell writes young adult novels because the feelings that come with life's "first" times are too good not to relive again and again. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two kiddos (one of whom is differently-abled), and a chocolate lab who has no regard for personal space. She believes that avocados are better than chocolate and that Jake Ryan is going to show up at her door any minute now…. twitter: @bethanycrandell website facebook  


A.G. Howard is the author of the Splintered series, a young adult gothic spinoff of Alice in Wonderland. Here are her online haunts: Goodreads FaceBook Pinterest Twitter Tumblr Website  


Lisa Ann O'Kane is a young adult author and former vagabond who once camped out in Yosemite National Park for an entire summer, an experience that inspired her debut novel ESSENCE. Her background is in zookeeping and environmental education, and she has been kicked, cornered, bitten and chased by nearly every animal she has ever loved. She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail.Find out more: Website Twitter Facebook Instagram Pinterest


A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She spent much of her childhood compiling dramatic stories of tragic characters in a notebook she still keeps. As a former English teacher, she enjoys visiting classrooms to discuss reading, writing and publishing. When she isn’t writing or chasing her two young children around town, she moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. Of Breakable Things is her first novel. You can connect with A. Lynden Rolland online through Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.  


Justin Holley is the author of several scary books and short stories, many of which are published in magazines and anthologies around the world. Outside of writing, Justin likes to spend time with his family, investigate the paranormal, and play volleyball pretty much year round. You can interact with Justin at his website, at Minnesota Ghosts or on Twitter: @Justin_Holley

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