Win-It Wednesday

Win a Copy of Fast Fiction

Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise Jaden is celebrating the release of her new nonfiction writing book, FAST FICTION, by dropping tips about writing quickly at every stop of her blog tour, and offering some awesome prizes for commenting on any of these posts (including this one!) The more you drop by and comment, the more chances you have to win these great prizes:

1. Compliments of New World Library: They will be giving away A BOX of copies of FAST FICTION by Denise Jaden and GET IT DONE by Sam Bennett (US and Canada only):

2. Compliments of Denise Jaden, TWO BOXES of great fiction (US Only). Details on Denise's blog.

3. Audiobook copies of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden!

4. A critique of your first five pages, compliments of Denise's agent, Michelle Humphrey from The Martha Kaplan Agency!

See how to enter at the bottom of this post!

And now, here are Denise's Thoughts on the Cover of Fast Fiction:

Since I’m very new to writing nonfiction, I had no preconceived ideas for the cover of FAST FICTION. My publisher sent me a few ideas, all similar with different color schemes, and asked for my input.

Really, I was thrilled with all of them, but I suggested a few small tweaks and my first choice of color. They followed all of my suggestions, which felt really honoring to me (only slight changes of a “speed” look to the font). The finished cover changed very little from the original choices they sent, but I loved it so much, it inspired me to redesign the cover for my first nonfiction book, WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART. Now I love to look at these books together on the shelf!


About Fast Fiction:

Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels.


A portion of publisher proceeds will be donated to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)


Where you can find Fast Fiction:

The giveaway:

Remember, all you have to do is leave comments to get lots of extra entries to win some great prizes.

Don't know what to comment about? Tell us the name of your favorite writing book!

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Win-It Wednesday: Just Like Fate (signed!)

just like fateThe lovely Cat Patrick and the glowing Suzanne Young have signed a copy of their collaborative novel, Just Like Fate, for one lucky blog reader! Yay! Here's the summary:

Caroline is at a crossroads.

Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline’s been at Gram’s bedside since the stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape—both her family and the reality of Gram’s failing health. So when Caroline’s best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: Stay by Gram’s side for what might be her final hours, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequences of this one decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths—and she is about to live them both. And though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending…

I for one love the idea of certain events in our lives being fated... unchangeable and meant to be. To enter to win the book, just do the various tasks I've put forward below. I'll choose a winner at random next week!

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Win-It Wednesday: Signed Unbreak My Heart Paperback!

UnbreakMyHeartPBThe winner of last week's giveaway of Spellcaster by Claudia Gray is... Jasmine V! For the next two weeks, I'm going to celebrate the paperback release of Unbreak My Heart! It's out on Tuesday of next week (YAY!) and I have three signed copies for three winners!

You may have noticed on Twitter and FB that people have changed their icon's to the "I Read YA" button, and everyone is talking about what YA book they're currently reading. SO, in honor of the "I Read YA" movement, here's how you enter the giveaway, via rafflecopter, below:

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Win-It Wednesday: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

SPELLCASTER-coverRuth Silver is the winner of The Boyfriend App! Hooray! Also, I believe there is a lot of money to be made in the teleportation field. Someone should get on that. This week I'm giving away a signed copy of Claudia Gray's latest, Spellcaster (read the Cover Story here). The lovely Ms. Gray fulfilled my Girl Scout cookie wishes this year, and included a book to boot!

To enter, just follow the rafflecopter lead below. Bonus if you leave a comment telling me what spell you'd cast if you could... I believe, at this moment in time, mine would be a spell that would make me an amazing cook who always had every ingredient she needed in her pantry, whenever the urge to make dinner struck. (As a non-spellcaster, tonight I ate leftovers again. Sigh.)

Good luck!

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Win-It Wednesday: The Boyfriend App

boyfriend appI have been a very remiss Win-It Wednesday host. Sorry! The winner of The Chocolate War is Samantha Jo P!  (Your win is just in time for the Stacked Read & Blog Along with this book!) This week, I'm giving away a signed copy of The Boyfriend App, by Katie Sise. Here's a pic of Katie reading from her book at Thistle & Clover last week (she also makes really awesome jewelry, hence the table display -- such a fun book party!).

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Reviews so far have called this book "too cute for words" (Book Scoop) and "a unique story line and a spunky, nerdy protagonist that doesn't fall at the feet of others" (Book Jems). Yay!

To win a signed copy of Katie's book, enter below in various ways. I promise to pick a winner faster this time!

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Happy Wednesday!


Win-It Wednesday: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

AHHH! Why did it take me so long to read this book? I have no idea. But that was so silly of me. Because this book is GREAT. You want to read it. So enter below in various ways and I'll pick a winner next week. On Weds, or Thurs (if I'm running behind like this week). xxM choc war


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PS-Last W-I-W MJ books winner was Jen P! And I'll totally mail them very, very soon!

Win-It Wednesday: Maureen Johnson's Latest

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The winner of the box full of books, chosen at random from the entries, is Brandy Graves! Thank you guys so much for the pics and tweets and fb love!

This week I have a super fun giveaway--two books by the effervescent Maureen Johnson. The prize is: The Name of the Star in paperback, and its sequel, The Madness Underneath, in matching hardcover design (see above).

To enter to win these books, go through the paces below. Extra points for comments, because I like to hear your voices, and if you're looking for something to talk about, maybe we discuss the redesign for these covers? The original hardcover of The Name of the Star looked like this (right), so what do you think of the change?


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