I decided to make a little vlog starring my MILA 2.0 ARCs…since, you know, sanity is obviously completely out of reach for me this summer.

*blows kisses as it floats away on the horizon*

Happy Friday, all!

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Belated Bookanistas Links!

Posted by houndrat on Friday Jul 6, 2012 Under ARCs, Bookanistas, Young Adult

So, it’s pretty obvious that I’ve fallen behind in my Bookanista duties lately. Sorry–I really hope to fix that starting next week. Summer is having it’s way with me (kids, house guests, first pass pages, Book Two deadlines, True Blood), plus, this week I might have been a wee bit distracted by fondling acting out skits with staring at my MILA 2.0 ARCs.

Shiny!

ANYWAY.   Next week, I plan on doing a post about ALA–mainly because I picked up a ton of amazing ARCs there and I want to share their awesomeness with you via giveaways!   But for now, check out what the other Bookanistas are reading this week:

Elana Johnson raves about PERCEPTION.
Carolina Valdez Miller celebrates SKYLARK with an ARC Giveaway
Tracy Banghart praises 12 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES
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Bookanista Review: HEMLOCK by Kathleen Peacock

Posted by houndrat on Thursday Feb 2, 2012 Under ARCs, Bookanistas, Young Adult

 

look at all the pretty!

Okay, so I just have to SQUEE a little over that fact that HEMLOCK is coming out in May:

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

*takes deep breathes*

*promises to save further squeeing until blog post is finished*

I have a confession—while I did recently receive and read a shiny new ARC of HEMLOCK (compliments of my awesome editor—THANK YOU CLAUDIA, YOU ROCK), it’s not the first time I’ve read it. I actually fell in love with this story back before Kathleen had an agent.

I have another confession—I loved HEMLOCK even more the second time around. Pretty amazing, since I never considered myself a huge werewolf fan–UNTIL NOW.

 

is anyone else disturbed by the lack of arms?


But here’s the thing–HEMLOCK isn’t just a werewolf story.  At heart, It’s a book about friendships and secrets, loyalty and betrayal, and that’s what makes it SO. FREAKING. AWESOME.  Yes, werewolves are an integral part of the scary world the main character Mac lives in, but there’s so much more to love in this book besides furballs. The mystery, the really creepy dream sequences starring Mac’s dead best friend, the complexity of the friendships Mac shares with steady Kyle, haunted Jason, and fun Serena, all combined to make this one hell of a page turner for me–despite the fact that this wasn’t my first time reading. And then there’s Mac herself—smart, funny, unfailingly loyal, and desperate to keep her friends safe—exactly the kind of narrator you can’t help but cheer for as she tries to unravel the mystery that’s tearing apart her entire town.

In an effort not to give too much away, I’m only including one of my favorite quotes (in which our awesome heroine tells off her two best friends, Kyle and Jason):

Mac: “Did it ever occur to either of you that maybe Mac doesn’t need protecting?  That maybe Mac finds your he-man acts both insulting and chauvinistic? In case you haven’t noticed, Mac is pretty good at taking care of herself.”

Kyle:  ”Why are you talking about yourself in the third person?”

(more hilarity ensues)

Have I mentioned that I love this book yet?

*excuses self so as not to break Vow of Squee-less-ness*

To find out more about Kathleen and HEMLOCK (you know you want to), visit her website at:  http://www.kathleenpeacock.com/

 

See what the other Bookanistas are up to:

Christine Fonseca  interviews author Denise Grover Swank

Jessi Kirby and Jen Hayley are wowed by WANDERLOVE

Corrine Jackson is mesmerized by MAY B.

Stasia Ward Kehoe  interviews DIES IRAE author Christine Fonseca

Gennifer Albin is starry-eyed for STARTERS

Katy Upperman delves into THE DISENCHANTMENTS

Nikki Katz  celebrates CINDER

Tracy Banghart  marvels at JULIET IMMORTAL

Jessica Love spotlights SHINE

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Bookanista Book Love, November 10th

Posted by houndrat on Thursday Nov 10, 2011 Under ARCs, writing, Young Adult

Poking my head out of revisions to say Hey! I joined the Bookanistas!  So excited to spread the word on books we love to the blogosphere, WOOT!

See what the Bookanistas are highlighting today:

Elana Johnson gushes about THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS
LiLa Roecker sings for VIRTUOSITY
Shelli Johannes-Wells praises author Addison Moore
Rosemary Clement-Moore gets all wrapped up in WRAPPED
Jessi Kirby more love for VIRTUOSITY
Nikki Katz screams for LEGEND
Katy Upperman sets us all up for BEFORE I FALL

 

Happy reading!

 

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First off–a cover reveal! Check out fellow Apocalypsie Jessica Spotwood’s cover for BORN WICKED–isn’t it STUNNING???

Check out her celebratory contest here.

So, some news. My blog posting time is going to be limited this summer as I dive into revisions for MILA 2.0.

Maybe *I* could learn to type with my feet…

I’ll try to not to disappear completely, but instead continue with updates, photos, and little bits of randomness.  In fact,  I’m going to kick off my revision-mania with an ARC giveaway!

This giveaway is for Andrea Cremer’s WOLFSBANE, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to NIGHTSHADE.

 

Summary:

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended–Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer–one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack–and the man–she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive

 

 

 

If you’re a Nightshade fan then I know you must be panting after this book (cough, couldn’t resist), which comes at the end of July!

To win, we’re going to  play a little game called Name That Musk.  Tell me in the comments what you’d name a designer werewolf cologne or perfume.  You get an extra entry for tweeting about the contest, and entries close on Monday, June 20th, at noon PST.

Good luck!

 

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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…..

ALEEZA!

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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Read this book.

Okay, so I’m one week late with the next ARC Giveaway. In Debra-time, that’s impressively close to the target date, so we’ll roll with it.

I’m typing this up at the total last minute while my 3-yr-old pretends I’m a jungle gym, so please excuse me for brevity. Or mistakes. Or when you see OUCH! pop up in random spots.

Where She Went is Gayle Forman’s eagerly awaited follow-up to If I Stay, and I have to say, I think I loved it even more than the first one.  This book is from Adam’s perspective, and Adam is broken. And there’s nothing I like better than a broken male character.

Wow, that makes me sound like a crazy, warped man-hater. When really I’m just warped.

Anyway, it’s written in the author’s powerful prose, and like her first one, alternates between real time and flashbacks, with just a touch of magical realism.  Plus, it’s full of angry break-up songs, which made me think of Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill album, and that’s always a good thing.

Angst angst angst

Okay, now I just need a contest.  How about…in the comments, tell me you at least went and READ Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Shelterbox fundraising post about helping disaster victims in New Zealand.  I won’t ask if you donated or not but if you do, well, know that you are awesome and entitled to be addressed as Mr. or Ms. Awesomesauce for the remainder of the week.

Contest will close Tuesday at noon, PST.

And because it amuses me, here are a few keyword searches that led people to my blog recently:

“BREAST RASH PHOTOS”—Because nothing says Quality Writer’s Blog like a few solid posts on breast rash.  Hmmmm.

“BRI SUE FIRST NAKED”—Obviously someone with ADD who got distracted from legal matters by more pressing needs

“BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FUR COAT”—Anytime I get a Buffy search, I’m stoked. Even if I’m now picturing a black fur coat with a massive picture of Buffy wielding a giant stake painted on it. In blood. Remeber that warped part?

“MY ASS BEAUTY”—For those in search of total body sparkle.

“PENIS”—Nice. Simple. I like it.

“ SAHM PICTURE OF A NASTY HOUSE”—Finally, a legit reason to come to my blog!

Anyway, GO!  COMMENT!  WIN!  And…try not to search “my ass beauty.”  Please.

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Divergent ARC Winner Announced!

Posted by houndrat on Sunday Feb 6, 2011 Under ARCs, contests, writing, Young Adult

And the winner is…lucky comment number 38!  Bri, email me at houndrat at yahoo dot com to claim your prize, WOOT!

Another ARC will go up for grabs this week–stay tuned!

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…and the winner of the ANGELFIRE ARC is….

KARLA NELLENBACH!!!  Karla, send your address to houndrat at yahoo dot com  and I’ll hook you up!

For the rest of you, sorry you didn’t win. But never fear!  Your luck could change in the next ARC contest, which starts…nowish. And you really, REALLY want this one.  It’s for Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT.

I had the pleasure of reading this book before Vee got agented, and it was fabulous. I read it again once I picked up the ARC ,  and it was even better.

Divergent is the kind of book that leaves you thinking about it long after you finish, the kind of book that makes you question your own character just as Veronica’s Tris questioned hers.

It’s the kind of book that will show you a stunning, stark version of Chicago in the future, a book that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until you finish.

It’s also the kind of book that makes you think boys who use numbers for names are hot, a book that makes you wonder…does Starbucks exist in the future?

Um. Anyway.  Here’s the blurb:

One choice

One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever.

Or, one choice can transform you.

In Veronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent, a perfect society unfolds into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals, and unexpected romance.

And here’s the cover, this time with Fergie as the model (she was feeling left out):

Even Hounds Like Divergent!!!!

Now, here’s the contest. Most of you eager to get your hands on this book know that Tris’s choice involves picking one of the five factions that splits her society. Those factions are:

Candor (the honest)

Abnegation (the selfless)

Dauntless (the brave)

Amity (the peaceful)

Erudite (the intelligent)

Since the factions  revolve around virtues, I’d like to know:  which virtue is most important to you in a main character, and why?  (you can pick from the above or make up your own and extra kudos if you give a YA example).  Leave that in the comment section, and please, please, please, follow me on twitter by clicking the button on the top right (though again, I won’t hunt you down and blow raspberries at you if you don’t.  Probably.)

GOOD LUCK!!!  Contest ends at noon PST on Tuesday, February 1st.

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So, I mentioned on twitter awhile back that I was fortunate enough to attend one day of ALA Midwinter. Wow, am I glad I did!  Oh my gosh, you guys–the BOOKS!  Gorgeous, amazing, new-smelling books EVERYWHERE, just waiting to be fondled, er,  picked up and admired!  My only complaint?  My poor, aching shoulders! But that’s just because I saw all the books and turned into a greed monster, stuffing my red bag full of all the YA offerings as fast as I could find them.

Seriously, though, the massive amount of bookage almost overwhelmed this first timer. Luckily, I met my agent Taylor Martindale and fellow writer Kirsten Hubbard there, and they showed me the ropes. (pssst, I also picked up a copy of Kirsten’s Like Mandarin, and HOLY WOW!  Amazing!  But more on that coming soon!)

If I ever get the opportunity to attend another ALA (oooh, lookie there! New Orleans in June!), I will definitely employ a strategy.  Most of the ARCs weren’t sitting out—you have to go up and ask the reps for specific titles or authors. So, if you get a chance to go, it’s definitely worth your time to make a list of upcoming releases and their publishers, and then hang out around said publisher’s display until you can ask for the precise books you would stab someone in the eye with your swag pencil over.

Ahem.

Anyway, here’s a photo of a lovely model (my dog Skye—will work for kibble!) with some of the books I scored (no stabbing necessary!)

Yes, Skye looks sweet there, but in the next photo, you can tell what she’s really thinking:

ARCs taste just like chicken!

(See that tongue?  Unfortunately, Skye takes the concept of “enjoying a good book” a bit differently than I do.  Bad dog.)

And now, it’s time for ARCapalooza!  I’m going to be giving away at least one ARC a week until…well, until I’m done. (Sorry, but all my friends and family will tell you I’m not very good at scheduling. Suffice it to say that, based on the number of ARCs, the giveaway will go on for quite awhile.)

First ARC up?  ANGELFIRE by YARebel and imprint sister  Courtney Moulton.

I wouldn't eat it...REALLY!

This one is near and dear to my heart because I had the honor of knowing Courtney via a writing forum prior to her book deal with Katherine Tegen Books, and even got to read an earlier version of her story.  You want this one, you REALLY do.  Courtney’s Ellie is a kickass heroine, and the world building is both unique and So. Freaking. Cool!  Here’s the blurb:

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers—monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell—she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie’s powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her—an assassin who has already killed her once.

To win, all you need to do is leave a comment and let me know what name you’d call yourself if you were a badass, sword-wielding slayer of the Grim.  Sure, it’d be great if you clicked the little link at the top right of my blog to follow me on twitter, but I’m not going to hunt you down or anything if you don’t. (I might pout, but since you can’t see me, so it probably won’t be all that effective).

Good luck!  Contest ends this Thursday, January 27th, at noon PST.  Winner announced that night!  (Er, note:  if even the sight of dog hair makes your airway tighten in allergic reaction, this contest is probably not the one for you.  Skye says sorry.)

***NOTE:  CONTEST CLOSED!!!****

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