Dreamless ARC Giveaway - The End is Near!

April 26, 2012

32 days to go before DREAMLESS comes out!  I'm going to be doing a whole Nantucket-themed thing (haven't really hammered out the details yet) right before the release, but I figured I still needed to keep my StarHearts' old home fires burning with an in-between giveaway.

As you may know by now, I've been doing a bit of globe-trotting recently.  I was in Chicago for RT, which is a big convention for both authors and readers.  I roomed with Amy Plum and Tara Hudson-- not because we had to, but because we thought it would be fun.  And it was fun.  Maybe a bit too much fun.  I think I slept a grand total of 4 hours in 3 days.

Then, massively jet lagged, I went on to Sweden to speak at a festival called, LituraLund about the importance of reading.  It was both pretty amazing and terrifying.  Not that the Swedish are terrifying people, in fact they are stunningly sweet and welcoming, but I hadn't spoken in front of so many teenagers since I was one.  After initially wanting to run screaming from the auditorium, I eventually figured out how to use a Madonna-like headpiece microphone thingy without feeling like too much of a tool.

Then I came back to Los Angeles for the LA Times Festival of Books.  I was on a panel, and used a basic, standing microphone instead of a head-hugger.  Needless to say, I'm now nursing one hell of a cold.  I don't know if it was that lady coughing her brains out next to me on the 12 billion hour flight from London to LA, or if it was shaking hands and hugging so many people over the last few weeks, or tromping through the frozen streets of Lund, but man, am I sick.  Did I mentioned it snowed while I was in Lund?  Sweden is like, way north.  It's freaking arctic north, and my thin Southern California blood apparently doesn't approve of snow in April.

Now, about that giveaway, as before, the winner will receive a signed ARC of DREAMLESS...

... along with a signed DREAMLESS bookplate.

As for the question, I'm curious as to what you would do given this situation.  Say you were out and saw your best friend's meaningful other with someone else. Would you tell your best friend, or let things play out?  It's a tough one, I know.  But what would you do?  Leave me a comment with your answer.

In order to enter the giveaway simply do the following:

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The deadline to enter is Wednesday, May 2nd.  The winner will be announced on Thursday May 3rd.

Thank you and good luck to all!! :)


And the winner of the Easter Dreamless Giveaway is...

April 15, 2012

Ina Park

Congratulations, Ina!

Please email me your address so I can send you the Dreamless ARC.

So here I am at RT, which is a huge book conference for Romance and YA writers.  Anne Rice and Charlaine Harris were both here.  I didn't get to fan-girl either of them because I was waaay on the other side of the room, at my table, signing books.  *sigh*  But I felt their presence, and it was a beautiful thing.

But, about that giveaway...

I just want to say that there are a lot of forgiving girls out there.  Most of you said that it depended on the circumstance and how committed you were to the man who had wronged you-- which makes sense, of course-- and most of you said that you would forgive him.  At least the first time.

It sort of made me feel like a vindictive so-and-so.  I would NEVER take a guy back if he dumped me.  I never have, and I never will, no matter what the circumstance.  Okay, if my husband dumped me because some evil Overlord was going to drop me into a bubbling vat of boiling acid if he didn't divorce me, and then my dearest love killed said evil Overlord and begged for my forgiveness THEN I would forgive him.  But that's about it.

Maybe it is stingy of me, but I always see the ending of a relationship as being sort of like driving off a parking lot that has those spikes at the exit.  If you back up, you will incur severe tire damage.  The lot is the relationship, and the tires are your heart.  Keep driving, young Jedi.  Keep driving.



Last Call!

April 13, 2012

Quick reminder, the deadline to enter the Easter Dreamless giveaway is tomorrow.

Good luck!

Enter Here

Easter Dreamless Giveaway!

April 8, 2012

You asked for it—you got it!

I love Easter.  It’s the only time of year you can eat a bunny and not feel like a monster.  I like to start with the tail, but I hear that the ears are the first choice of 71% of all chocolate bunny eaters.  As usual, I’m in the minority.  I really don’t have my finger on the pulse of…well, of anything, really.

But you do!

So once again, as part of the giveaway, I am asking a question that relates to the new series I'm writing.  The question is this:  Would you give a guy a second chance?  And I mean he has totally messed up and done something truly unforgivable, like dumped you so he could date another girl (who is way hot), and then a few months later realized that the hot girl is giant moron and now he wants you back. That’s the kind of messing up I’m talking about.

So, what do you say?  Is a guy that hurt you this badly re-dateable, or curb-worthy? Be sure and leave me a comment with your thoughts.

As before, the 1st place winner will receive a signed ARC of DREAMLESS...

... along with a signed DREAMLESS bookplate.

In order to enter the giveaway simply do the following:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline to enter is Saturday, April 14th.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 15th.

Thank you and good luck to all!! :)


DREAMLESS (Chapters 1 and 2)

April 5, 2012

I am reposting this and removing the password for those of you who didn't get a chance to read them.

(NOTE: If I can make a suggestion, the document is best viewed as a PDF.)

Enjoy! :)




And just like that...

April 2, 2012

... another hunt comes to an end.

Thank you all so much for participating.  I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did.  Without further ado, the winner of the Yellow Team Contest is...

Alan T.

Congratulations, Alan!  Someone will be contacting you shortly.  If you have any questions please visit the YA Scavenger Hunt site.

And last but not least, the winner of my contest is...

Becca Fowler

Congratulations, Becca!  Be sure and email me your address so I can send you the books.

As for the question (Do you believe in love at first sight?), your responses skewed slightly towards not believing, although there were lots of you who did believe, or at least hoped.

Personally, I don’t think it can be real. I know, I know. I wrote a whole book about it. But if you’ll remember that was actually hate at first sight, which is far more entertaining. I do think first impressions really matter, though. I think they say a lot about how your relationship with another person is going to unfold.

I also think that most of us ignore our first impressions and then, months later, think to ourselves, “I should have known. When I first met him, I thought he was kind of a tool.” Of course, that rarely stops us from dating said tool.

Mostly, I believe in knowing if it’s someone you could love at first sight. But I also think we’re terribly bad at admitting that truth to ourselves when we finally do meet that person.

I have no idea why that is. Probably, we’re all just really stubborn.

But then again, I could be totally wrong.