And the (very, very belated) winner (one day I promise to do these things on time) of the Where She Went ARC (but maybe it just makes you savor the anticipation even more) by Gayle Forman (or probably you find it utterly annoying. I’ll shut up now) is…..


Yay!  Please email me at houndrat at yahoo dot com to claim your ARC, WOOT!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Now for a quick announcement!  Do you see that Goodreads button on the right?  Do you?  That actually LEADS TO MY BOOK!  Yes, I realize it’s still titled Book One, but still—IT’S MY BOOK! SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!

I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to see my name next to that poor, empty rectangle featuring that poor non-title.  Even the tiniest thing makes my book deal feel a little more real, you know?  Some day, I might actually be 100% convinced that’s it’s going to happen.

Anyway, I planned to follow up that announcement by blogging about Important Things. Except, the only Important Things I can think about at the moment are asiago bagels and where I can find a sparkle cowboy hat for Kirsten Hubbard’s book release this weekend.  (if you know, please tell me…I’m flailing here. FLAILING.)  But it’s kind of hard to carry an entire blog post with those topics.  Okay, that’s a lie. I could totally carry an entire blog post about those topics…it just wouldn’t be one you’d want to read.

So instead, I decided to embrace the easy path and give away another ARC instead. YAY!

This one is Chime by Franny Billingsley, which earned a starred review from Booklist. If you enjoy dark fantasy, this is your kind of book!  Here’s the blurb:

Before Briony’s stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family’s hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it’s become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He’s as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she’s extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn’t know.

And here’s the cover, which I totally love:

To win, follow me on Twitter, and leave a comment telling me which power you would want the most if you were a witch.  Personally, I’m kind of a fan of the classic turning someone into a newt.  Or maybe a banana slug.  Seriously, how entertaining would that be? Well, as long as you could change them back.

I Need This Sign.

Contest ends this Friday at noon, PST and I will TRY MY BEST to notify the winner that same day.  Feel free to poke me in the comments if I forget!  GOOD LUCK!


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17 Responses to “Win an ARC of Chime by Franny Billingsley!”

  1. Kelsey Dirom Says:

    Haha Love the contest! I follow you on twitter under @KelseyBookBlog =D
    Hmm i think I will have to go for the whole flting on a broom power =] that is pretty darn awesome if you ask me =D

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  2. Hayley Says:

    Yay about your book being on goodreads!!!!

    And Chime looks awesome. Right up my alley :) If I were a witch…I’d totally go for the whole eternal life & beauty potions.
    Hayley recently posted..Recommended Reading- THE VESPERTINE by Saundra Mitchell

  3. Melanie Says:

    Great contest. The books sounds amazing and the cover is eerily BEAUTIFUL. I already follow you on Twitter ;-)

    If i were a witch, i’d want the full knowledge of potion making so i could make all sort of crazy things happen!

    Melanie K Santiago

  4. Chanelle Says:

    Great contest. You already know I follow you on twitter!!

    I’d love the ability to teleport I guess. Would be super awesome. Or telekenesis ala Charmed.

  5. Annie Says:

    I would just like to be able to curse mean people!! Lol

  6. Kelly Andrews Says:

    I’d love a magic broom. Flying would be nice, but I really want it to clean my house.

  7. Yahong Says:

    Oh gosh, fire. FIRE. Definitely. You know, beng able to produce it. Like, fire in my palms, fire in my hair, fire in my eyes (metaphorically!)… AAAAAhhhh so cool. :D

  8. Yahong Says:

    Haha, I just looked at my comment, and that last bit — “so cool” — get it? *busts out laughing* :P :D :) I just crack myself up.

  9. lindsay cummings Says:

    i’d love the power to control my boyfriend for awhile, so i could get him to propose to me!!! =] (ive been waiting so long i feel like i can’t breathe! the worst part is, i KNOW he’s going to! WHY NOT NOW?!)

  10. Monica-Marie Holtkamp Says:

    This looks awesome! A witchy book huh? That’s RIGHT up my alley! *SIGH* Still bummed that Charmed didn’t last longer!

  11. Chandler Craig Says:

    Great contest! I already follow you and as for my power I would fly on a broom bewitched style!

  12. ashelynn sanford Says:

    Aleeza! CONGRATS. :)

    Hm. A witch power, eh? I’m going to have to go with Chanelle: telekinesis ala charmed! YESS. Best. Power. EVER. <333
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  13. Lilly Bear Says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! Chime is near the top of my wish-list right now :) As for witch powers, I already have them, you see. I shan’t tell you what they are, though. We witches are a suspicious lot. I suppose the part I like the best is the potion-making. That’s not really a “power” per se, but I find it deeply kickass.
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  14. A.J. Says:

    I follow you on Twitter: @woven_
    If I were a witch, I would like to cast spells. Ones that would improve my life. ;) Great giveaway!
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  15. Lola Sharp Says:

    That is a lovely cover, indeed.
    I now follow you on twitter (@LolaSharp).
    When I was little I used to wish I could be like Tabitha, wiggle my nose and POOF! a pony.
    Yeah, so, I want to be able to magically make things appear, disappear, teleport…all that stuff Samantha could do. No potions, just a quick nose wiggle.
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  16. Dana Wright Says:

    What a great giveaway. Love the story and the cover.

    If I were a witch, I would love to heal. And control some weather. Nothing like zotting someone with a nice bolt of lightning when they cut you off on the interstate. :) but I would use my powers for good. Really. :)
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  17. A Rick Says:

    If I were a witch I would want to be able to cast spells because it could be a whole lot of fun. Plus they might actually be useful.

    Chime sounds awesome, can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the great giveaway.

    I follow you on Twitter @arick01

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