Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Um...what just happened?!

Fan Club, you've caught me in a rare state of speechlessness.


What the heck happened to 2014?!

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Perhaps it's my age catching up with me, (Somebody's turning 40 in June. *coughs* *hacks* *jams a knife into her chest before the fateful event actually happens*) but if not for the continuous Macy's year-end interruptions commercials I'd swear that it was still March!

Thing is, when I actually stop long enough to reflect 
on what's gone down in my world, 
I have to admit that Carson Daily has shown up right on time.

In the last twelve months I have:

Signed my first book,
sent a kid off to sixth grade,
cried sad tears with my best friend,
drank beers with my editor,
met amazing, talented people,
toughed out some ugly reviews,
visited my main character's actual home,
wrote a new book,
embarked on lifelong friendships,
cried happy tears with my best friend,
read insanely good books,
danced with Mickey Mouse,
edited an old book,
written terrible blog posts,
become addicted to PhotoBucket,
prayed. A lot.
Traveled with six of my soul mates,
 said incredibly stupid things at the wrong time,
bruised my tailbone on a children's toy,
laughed until I cried, 
eaten pounds of guacamole,
cried until I laughed,
swallowed my pride,
learned that no one will ever love my books as much as I do,
watched a lot of TV,
worried about things that are out of my control,
sought wisdom,
indulged in my family, 
judged unfairly,
sang out of key. Loudly. 
Become a fan of #hashtags,
grown to despise Tumblr, 
hugged hard,
counted the colors in a sunset...
and a sunrise.
 Learned to trust more,
enjoyed champagne on a school night,
and most of all, 
marveled at the generosity of others.

Huh...No wonder I'm so tired.
2014 was an exciting, stressful, thrilling, terrifying, 
humbling, frustrating and amazing year.

Thanks for sharing it with me.




Monday, December 1, 2014

Ho, Ho, HOLY CRAP! A Christmas giveaway!

...we interrupt our regularly scheduled 
blog post to bring you 
this important news from YA author Eric Devine.

Ah, the holidays. Your stress level is through the roof, your credit card is sweating from the workout at the register, and you have a list that would make Santa say, “Ho, Ho, hold the phone.”

No worries, I have the perfect solution: free books.

Whether you have a reluctant or avid teen reader to buy for, or you know an adult who would love something kick-ass to read as a stocking stuffer, or if you are treating yourself with an escape hatch from this crazy time of year, step under the mistletoe of my books.

Okay, so my novels are more like getting punched in the face and then having the mistletoe shoved into your mouth, but still, fun times.

Here, I present my gifts, my collection of work from Running Press:

PRESS PLAY    When Greg Dunsmore begins filming his weight loss documentary, he never intends to film the hazing rituals of the high school’s beloved lacrosse team. Once he does, he must find somewhere to go with his evidence, before he is discovered and everything is turned against him.

DARE ME    Teenage friends participate in increasingly dangerous stunts, which are posted to YouTube, first as a prank and then for money from an unknown financeer.

TAP OUT     With no way out of his life of poverty, abuse, and threat of a meth-dealing biker gang, Tony turns to the MMA gym with his friend, Rob, as an outlet. Will the gym be enough to help Tony find an escape?

Oh, you need more enticement?

Here, book trailers for Press Play and Dare Me.

Yes, now you’re intrigued.

I would have made a trailer for Tap Out, but Santa would have cried. He’s super-sensitive.
So you’ll just have to imagine. Think dark; no, darker, with lots of F-bombs and punches. Maybe redemption? Maybe.

So, enter the contest.

You have nearly a month to better your chances of winning by tweeting and following and doing all the other social media shenanigans that are expected. (Santa’s crying, again. Sorry, Santa, it’s what we do.)

So, yay for YA that is intense and intriguing. And yay for free gifts for the holidays. And yay for you for stopping by and putting your name into the hat. Who knows, your New Year could be filled with all things Devine :)

...Hey guys, it's Bethany again and OHMYGAWD!!

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 Ho, Ho, HOLY CRAP is right!

All you have to do to win this epic prize pack is enter on the copter below.
This contest runs through Christmas Eve and is US only.

Good luck, everyone. And MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Friday, November 21, 2014

A very bad poem dedicated to a very special bird

I love you with cranberries,
I love you with stuffing,
I love you with green beans,
Yes, green beans, no bluffing.

I love the way you taste on taters with gravy,
I love the way your Tryptophan makes me feel lazy.

You go good with wine.
And beer.
And champagne.
Pretty much any ole' bottle I'll drain.
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I love you cold, I love you hot,
I love you simmering in a crock pot.

I love you with Swiss,
on a slice of wheat bread
I love you always,
so long as you're dead.

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Check back December 1st for a HUGE, holiday giveaway featuring books by Eric Devine!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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My dear friend, Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, has a new book coming out next May called, THE SUMMER AFTER YOU AND ME. And because Jen is every shade of rad, she's letting me help show off the fancy new cover!!

To honor this special occasion, I'm giving away a signed ARC of THE SUMMER AFTER YOU AND ME (when it's available) as well as a signed copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS (a book that Jen happened to blurb *coughs like a big shot*).  This is a U.S. only giveaway and runs thru Friday, November 14.

Here's a quick tease about the book:

Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it's not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

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Jen is the queen of summer reads. This is going to be amazing!

And now, the big reveal. 

Scroll down for a look at this dreamy cover...


keep going...



What's happening right here is called "building suspense"...



almost there...




I know!! 

It's so dreamy and romantic and...gah! ALL. THE. FEELS.
I swear I can feel the salt water drying on my skin right now. 
(p.s., Jen, you should totally get a product endorsement from the Nair people for this. Those legs!)

Okay, so now it's up to you guys.
Tweet, like and comment your hearts out.
The more entries the better your chances of winning!

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Be sure to add this book to your TBR, and stay in touch with Jen via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or on her website.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


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,
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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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.


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

 "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? 
 Cast-aside boys??


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!


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!


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, 


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.

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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


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

Ohmygawd. Ohmygawd.

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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 Scroll for the real deal * * * *


****Keep scrolling****


****Stop whining, slacker, you're almost there****

  Press Play cover  

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