Reader interview with Kate Tilton, Pt. 2

Hello everyone! Here's part two of my reader interview with Kate Tilton (part one is here). Kate is a lover all things book-related. She also loves to work with and for authors, and hosts a weekly twitter chat (#K8chat) so readers and authors can connect. 

Welcome back, Kate! Now, on to the rest of the interview...

You say often how much you love to meet authors, and recently stated that you'll "drive for hours" as long as you have your GPS. How many states have you visited now in order to meet authors so far?

K8: Oh gosh. I’ve been to author events in Georgia, New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Soon I’ll be adding Connecticut to that list. The longest drive so far has been to South Carolina from Georgia (around 6 hours). It is always totally worth it.

What do you love most in regard to the interaction process when meeting authors? 

K8: My favorite thing about author events is when authors remember me. Maybe it’s just me but when an author knows me like I’m a good friend it kind of makes my world. I really adore authors and I’m blessed to have met so many of them.

Is there anything you wish more authors did at their signings?

K8: Actually no. Most authors have been completely amazing at their signings. They let me hang around and take pictures, get books signed, and are all around amazing.

You recently attended BEA. I had no idea how involved it really was until I read your post about it. What, out of all of the amazing things there, was your favorite? 

K8: Meeting my favorite authors. Hands down. Someone actually told me at BEA that they hadn’t realized how much authors meant to me. As great as it was to visit NYC, see my best friend Victoria, and meet new people I am always blown away when I get to meet and talk to an author. (Obsessive, I know, but authors are SO COOL!) At BEA I was able to meet Richelle Mead AND DJ MacHale, two authors I never thought I’d have the chance to meet. Plus I got to see author friends Marie Lu, Andrea Cremer, and Victoria Schwab!

Is there a book you'd love to see adapted into a movie? (Doesn't have to currently be in the works.) What element would you look forward to seeing on the "big screen" most?

K8: The Legend series by Marie Lu! (There is talk already that Legend is in the works for a movie but until I see it I can’t get too excited.) I grew up with Day (Legend’s main character) as I have been a fan of Marie’s artwork before she published. I’d be most excited to see how Hollywood portrays Day because of how much he means to me.

What do you do with your books once you've read them? 

K8: If I own the book (and it is a physical copy) I keep it neatly on one of the many shelves of my room. My goal is to one day have all my books signed (because that would mean I have met every single author whose books are on my shelves).

Character preference: Would you rather create your own version of the characters in your head as you read, or see who the author envisioned as they wrote, and visualize them that way?

K8: This may be super surprising but I actually don’t visualize characters with much detail. I never really thought about that before until I read your question. Frequently I’ll find that I don’t recall many details about the physical look of characters. What sticks with me is the personality.

What is the first thing you read when you get a book? (Blurb, acks, etc.)

K8: When I pick up a new book I always read the back cover (book summary). If it is a book I have helped an author on I cheat and look at the acknowledgments first (I’ve been pleasantly surprised!)

If you absolutely had no choice and *had* to be a book character in order to survive (think some crazy dystopian future), who would you chose, and why?

K8: Day from Marie Lu’s Legend. Although Day isn’t superhuman he has a knack for surviving anything.

Book swag: Are you a user, or a hoarder? (As in, do you use your swag or set it aside so it stays in pristine condition?)

K8: Hoarder! (Don’t tell my mom! ;) ) I love putting book swag like bookmarks into my scrapbooks. Authors and books are such an important part of my life. Book swag lets me share that with the world.

In your age group (late teens to early twenties), what would you say are the three most popularly implemented ways readers find their next read? 

K8: For me I find books on Twitter and recommendations from authors/friends. I also do a lot of reading for my authors, beta reads, and book review requests.

Is there anything I haven't asked that you would like to share about your love for books/reading? If so, do share! :)

K8: Well I just launched this new book blogger group, Kate Tilton’s Book Bloggers. I would love to have more bloggers involved! I’ll be offering books for review, interviews and guest posts with authors, and anything else I think the group will be interested in! Sign ups are HERE.

Thank you, Kate, for a fun and informative chat! :) 

Kate Tilton has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. Kate believes books saved her life and strives to repay authors for bringing books into the world by serving as a dependable author assistant. A cat-lover and fan of many geeky things, Kate can likely be found curled up with the latest Doctor Who episode, plotting world takeover, or assisting authors and readers in any way she can. Kate is also a self-proclaimed Twitter addict. You will find her hosting #K8chat, her own creation, every Thursday night on Twitter from 9-10pm Eastern.
“My goal for the longest time has been to help authors. Make their life better because they make my life better. You are my rockstars.”
Need a visual? Check out my vizify profile.

Waiting on Wednesday -- Solving for Ex

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.  
  This week's can't-wait-to-read pre-publication book is Solving For Ex
Solving for Ex

Solving for Ex

by Leigh Ann Kopans
Publication date: February 11th, 2014

From Goodreads:

Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy. 

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley's place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent. 

Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There's no real reason Ashley shouldn't like Vincent, but with the battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on. 

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it. 

SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance. 

Teaser Tuesday (#1) The Scorch Trials

This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

To participate, you:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! 
You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
* Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday 
participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


This week's teasers are from:
The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

Teaser #1:

"Come out come out make a sound make a sound. I want your noses. "

Teaser #2: 

Thomas shrank back against Brenda when he heard a hand or shoe scruff along the floor just outside the entrance to their little hiding place.

**Not gonna lie, the noses part was crazy!!!**

It's my birthday! and this week's writerly news:

So I'm officially 35. And have three amazing teenagers. (Youngest turned 13 yesterday.) And have a book out, another one coming out soon, more in the works, and reader and writerly friends galore thanks to the interwebs. Plus good friends here, you know, where I live. Not to mention a husband who loves me no matter what and brings me coffees all the time -- he's been so supportive the past five years of this whole writing journey and I feel really, really blessed by ALL of these things I mentioned. :D 

Quick update on all the happenings this week:

Tuesday I participated in the Top Ten Tuesday meme -- this week's topic was Top Ten Character Names I Love and it was so fun seeing everyone's choices! Of course I could NOT make up my mind and also had to add random notes! (link)

Wednesday I was over at Operation Awesome talking about writers being mascots (link)... Here's a photo of my (now) 13 year-old a few days ago being a mascot on Tuesday:

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My #JLBBirthdayBash ends tomorrow... if you haven't checked it out, it really is worth it (even if you do the free entries, that's one *click* for quite a few great things). Also, it's not up there, but both US and International winners will ALSO receive an eARC of my forthcoming IF I SPEAK TRUE (when it's ready in a couple of weeks)!!! (link)

Hafsah's Unbreathable (featured on both of the giveaways -- she's also my designer for like, everything) is now officially out... so even if you don't win either giveaway, her "race for earth" premise really is intriguing and I suggest you check it out (plus the whole good guy, bad guy thing... I tend to always go for the meanie *cough* ROWAN *cough* for some reason). You can find it HERE.

Thursday I had the pleasure of conducting my first "reader" interview with the lovely Kate Tilton, and the first part of it is featured HERE.

And today, well, today I am the big 3-5 and I am celebrating. So here's to another blessed year, to lots of virtual cookies and coffee being shared, and to many productive things and meeting even more friends. Happy Friday, guys! 

Be blessed!

Readerly Interview with Kate Tilton

Over the past few months I've gotten to know Kate as an amazing advocate for authors. Not only that, but she is a book nerd like me (probably more so, actually), and when I saw her suggestion to interview readers in order to see their view on things, I jumped right on that and interviewed her! (See how I worked that?) So please help me welcome Kate to the blog! Here is part one of the interview:

First, thank for letting me interrogate you, Kate! ;D

K8: It’s my pleasure to be here! :)

How long have you been an avid reader? 

K8: When I was younger reading was a part of daily life but it wasn’t until one certain year that reading became invaluable to me. As a child I lived in a village where there were very few other children. When my two dearest friends moved away reading became my life. Books were my friends when I had none.

Most readers have that *one* book (or perhaps that *one* series) they can attribute to pulling them into the love they have for reading today. Do you have one? If so, what is it, how old were you, and what are a few things that you appreciated about it?

K8: For me I was brought into reading because of the circumstances (above) but there are a few book series that really mattered to me. A ten book Spy Kids series, and two Star Wars series (Jedi Apprentice and Boba Fett).

Do you have a favorite author and/or authors? What makes them your favorite?

K8: I do have favorite authors! I actually have two lists of favorite authors (I know, I know, I’m a little obsessive). On one list I have authors such as Maggie Stiefvater and Ally Condie who have wowed me with their writing. On the other list I have authors who have become my dear friends like Beth Revis and Marie Lu. (And yes, authors can be on both lists like Victoria “V.E.” Schwab.)

How about a favorite book cover (or two)? Tell us what made it/them stand out.

K8: One of my favorite book covers is Untraceable by S.R. Johannes. I have a picture of a group of authors holding up their books and Untraceable stands out from the crowd. The cover contains bold colors, professional type, and careful placement that makes it look good no matter how small it is.

What merits a book making its way onto your personal favorites list?

K8: The books that are on my personal favorites list (the books that get authors onto my special list) are the ones where the words are carefully selected. Read Crossed by Ally Condie or Vicious by V.E. Schwab (note by Jessica -- Vicious is an adult book, and not YA) to get a feel for what I mean. I also adored the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater because they moved me to want to create (draw, sing, write). I have never before been so moved by another’s creativity that my own felt alive.

Tell us a little bit about why you started up #k8chat on Twitter. 

K8: #K8chat is a weekly Twitter chat (Thursdays at 9pm Eastern) designed for authors and readers. I am a Twitter addict and I love being able to connect with others via Twitter chats. However I noticed most chats were either entirely made for authors or readers. I felt that Twitter needed a place where both groups could come together to form valuable relationships and have fun. If you are interested in joining #K8chat please check out for details!

Thanks so much for being here, Kate! Join us next week for the second half of Kate's interview! 

About Kate:

Kate Tilton has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. Kate believes books saved her life and strives to repay authors for bringing books into the world by serving as a dependable author assistant. A cat-lover and fan of many geeky things, Kate can likely be found curled up with the latest Doctor Who episode, plotting world takeover, or assisting authors and readers in any way she can. Kate is also a self-proclaimed Twitter addict. You will find her hosting #K8chat, her own creation, every Thursday night on Twitter from 9-10pm Eastern.
“My goal for the longest time has been to help authors. Make their life better because they make my life better. You are my rockstars.”

*** Pssst! I'm throwing a #JLBBirthdayBash for my birthday week and giving away books, book swag, t-shirts, and the good folks at Rafflecopter have thrown in a free month! It ends Saturday! You can check it out, HERE.

Waiting on Wednesday -- #Scandal

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.  
  This week's can't-wait-to-read pre-publication book is #scandal


by Sarah Ockler

Publication date: June 17th, 2014

From Goodreads:

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

*** Pssst! I'm throwing a #JLBBirthdayBash for my birthday week and giving away books, book swag, t-shirts, and the good folks at Rafflecopter have thrown in a free month! You can check it out, HERE.

Top Ten Character Names I Love

As I'm getting deeper into editing and writing and reading again, I'm finding a lot of the readerly blog memes to be a lot of fun and a nice break from "work"! In fact, there are two separate Tuesday memes/features I especially enjoy -- Top Ten Tuesdays, and Teaser Tuesdays. The first of those requires making decisions, however, and I tend to have a hard time doing that (for some reason... is this a writer thing?). So, while I will participate in Top Ten Tuesdays on occasion, I think the one I'm going to do more often is Teaser Tuesdays. (First one coming up next week!)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at
 The Broke and the Bookish

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Character Names I Love

1) Viola: I love the name Viola, and not just because She's the Man is one of my favorite movies.I actually first found this as a book character name from is Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani.

2) Azalea: If you've followed my blog long enough, you know that my upcoming book, IF I SPEAK TRUE, was first called FLORA (I've since titled it "The Flora Series"). There are a few reasons for this, the most obvious being many characters are named after flowers and trees. So of *course* I like flower names, and I haven't heard of Azalea much, plus I really enjoyed Entwined (which is where this particular name comes from), so there you go.

3) Lennie: Four words: The Sky is Everywhere. That's really all I have to say. I love the name because I love the story and I love Jandy Nelson's voice as Lennie, so therefore I love Lennie, too. (Not to mention, it's not a typical girl name, so that's another reason I like it.)

4) Rowan: This reason is two-fold. IF I SPEAK TRUE has a Rowan (he's a good guy) and Hafsah's Unbreathable has a Rowan (not so good). Maybe it's the name. I don't know. All I know is, if I had a boy I'd name him Rowan right this very moment and never ever regret it. ;)

5) Will: Lately, it seems like every other guy character name in YA is Will. For two years, my David (sorry, IF I SPEAK TRUE on the brain right now, guys) was a Will, too, and as I continued to write and read, I realized just how popular Will is. Wills are just naturally charismatic and nice with big smiles and great eyes and the perfect hair and sometimes have an English accent, too. I don't care what book you're reading, if there's a Will, you're going to fall for him. So yeah. I love Will.

6) Jonah, Jonas, Joel: I've read the three of these multiple times (and have a Jonas myself in PITY ISN'T AN OPTION). Apparently I really like guy names that start with J. **

7) Warner: If ya'll have read any of Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series, you will recognize this name. I just like it. It's different, but not too much. I'm finding I'm really enjoying names that should be last names as first names as long as they're not too "out there". Warner just works. 

8) Malcom: My Malcom pick comes from Suzanne Selfors' Coffeehouse Angel. I just loved him and it made me love this name. (I've seen it somewhere else but can't remember where... and not just as the creepy, tarantula-loving guy on She's the Man!***)

9) West: First time I saw this was in L.M. Augustine's Click to Subscribe. Love it. (I obviously have a thing for W names, too! Ha ha) ****

10) Emerson: Ah, back to last names for first names again. This comes from Myra McEntire's Hourglass series. I just love this as a first name for a girl!

And there you have it!***** How about you? What are some of your favorite character names?

Pssst! I'm throwing a #JLBBirthdayBash for my birthday week and giving away books, book swag, t-shirts, and the good folks at Rafflecopter have thrown in a free month! You can check it out, HERE.

* Fun fact: She's the Man is actually based on William Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night. Which I haven't read. But the main characters' names are true to Shakespeare's play. 

** If you're into zombies, Carrie Ryan's (very) short enovella, What Once We Feared, has a Jonah in it that I totally would have loved to get to know better! (grumble grumble) If you're not into zombies but like a good novel that weaves tons of elements into the story and at the end makes you go WHOA, read On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta to find another Jonah. :)

*** Pardon all of the She's the Man references. It's like one of our favorite movies (along with Stick It) so we tend to quote it a lot around here.

**** Also, West is a character's last name in the Shatter Me series. (Had to make that connection for ya'll.) And as I am a huge fan of The Princess Bride movie and saw this mentioned somewhere else, I have to add that Westely is a pretty darn cool name, too. Okay. I am done now.

***** Remember how I said I can never make up my mind? Well I can't. And had to add that I've been seeing Thomas around a lot, too, and I just *love* the name Thomas. And Cam (from Neal Shusterman's UnWholly). So I kinda shared, technically, fourteen favorite names. But it could have been worse. And for some reason most of these are guy names. I don't know why. Still, I think I did pretty well. *pats self on the back*

The #JLBBirthdayBash is ON!!!

Hi all! It's officially my birthday week! Woot! As you know, I've been adding things for the past couple of weeks, and am doing two separate giveaways. The first one is US only (because, you know, shipping costs). The second, though, is an international giveaway for *everyone* to enter! Yay! 

The #JLBBirthdayBash will run this week only and ends Saturday at midnight, PST. I've incorporated as much as I can into the photos to give you a breakdown of each giveaway, below (my cell camera stinks, so sorry they're not the best photos). Also, the Rafflecopter form is beneath each breakdown. (There are quite a few ways to enter -- two you can do daily!) 

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  US Giveaway:

* Hardcover of Elizabeth Wein's ROSE UNDER FIRE (due to certain situations and language, this young adult book is definitely high-end YA -- link)
* Paperback of PITY ISN'T AN OPTION (and/or audiobook) + bookmarks (link)
* UNBREATHABLE bookmarks + button (by Hafsah Lazaif -- link -- you can also enter to win a paperback at that link)
ask me about my favorite books t-shirt
* One Rafflecopter t-shirt (actual t-shirt design may vary)
* 2 Go Away I'm Reading buttons
* not pictured: The Dusk Gate Chronicles bookmarks (by Breeana Puttroff -- link

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International Giveaway:

* One free business month from Rafflecopter (link)
* UNBREATHABLE ebook + bookmarks + 2 buttons (link)
* PITY ISN'T AN OPTION ebook OR audiobook + bookmarks
* ROOTS OF INSIGHT ebook (book 2 of The Dusk Gate Chronicles by Breeana Puttroff -- book 1 is free on Amazon [link] or, readers choice if winner prefers a book other than book 2) + bookmarks (link)
* Book Nerd bumper sticker 
* 2 Go Away I'm Reading buttons

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I can't wait to see who wins! Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me!

#JLBBirthdayBash update and writerly news

Happy Friday! 

So I received edits back for IF I SPEAK TRUE (whew!) and aside from the #JLBBirthdayBash next week, I'll probably be lying low so I can get that done. Also, I'm running a bit behind today so I'm just going to update things by saying if you haven't seen the awesome button Hafsah made for the giveaway, here it is:

ANOTHER item added to next week’s #JLBBirthdayBash (designed by @iceybooks)! (Check out for more info!) #bookswag #giveaway

I'm adding that AND another design (she made two) to the giveaway, and one or two more items will be added next week! This is big, ya'll! (I'm so excited!) Plus, I had an ask me about my favorite books t-shirt made just for me too, and I can't wait to wear it! (And potentially gush until people want to run away and hide from me for the next decade!)

If you're new to the blog or have had your nose buried in a book the past couple weeks and have no idea what I'm talking about, go HERE.

In the meantime, what are you reading? What are you writing? And what scent is that you're wearing? You smell nice!!! *nods approvingly*

Have a blessed weekend, guys! See you Monday with a fun interview (I asked Kate Tilton a whole bunch of readerly questions!!!) and the breakdown of the awesome #JLBBirthdayBash giveaway items!

P.S. I use a lot of exclamation points!!!
P.P.S. Had a cool idea I'm starting up November 1st on my Tumblr so let's connect if we haven't already!

Pride and Prep School Scavenger Hunt Amazon #giveaway

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Yesterday was Pride and Prep School's book birthday and we're celebrating with a Scavenger Hunt and $20 Amazon gift card giveaway! (Pride and Prep School is the third installment in Stephanie Wardrop's Snark and Circumstance enovella series--a modern, snarky YA re-telling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.)

Pride and Prep School (Snark and Circumstance, #3)

Here's how to play:

Go to Stephanie's blog for questions from all three enovellas. One coordinating photo answer will be featured on each of our participating blogs. Once you've matched the questions to the photos,  go to Stephanie's post and share your answers in Stephanie's comments section. (For example: Q 1: a bird; Q 2: a burrito, ect.) Each correct answer gives you one entry into the drawing to win a $20 Amazon gift card! (If you're unsure about answers, Snark and CircumstanceCharm and Consequence and Pride and Prep School are all only 99 cents each right now on Amazon--links are below--or, you can just guess!) 

The deets:

The Pride and Prep School Scavenger Hunt will run 
from today, Wednesday, October 16th through Sunday, October 20th. 

Stephanie will post a winner on her blog Tuesday, October 22nd.

Are you ready? Then let's get started! 

Go HERE to find Stephanie's Pride and Prep School Scavenger Hunt questions, then find the photo answers located somewhere on each of the participating blogs below:  

Participating blogs:

Adrianne James (link)

Rachel Bateman (link

JC Emery (link

Monica B. Sanz (link

ST Bende (link

Nicole Zoltack (link

Jaycee DeLorenzo (link

Louise Gornall (link

Nazarea Andrews (link)

Thanks for helping us celebrate Pride and Prep School's book birthday, and see you back at Stephanie's blog!!!

* Snark and Circumstance on Amazon (link
add to Goodreads (link)

* Charm and Consequence on Amazon (link)
add to Goodreads (link)

* Pride and Prep School on Amazon (link)
add to Goodreads (link)

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Waiting on Wednesday -- Prince of Shadows

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. This week's can't-wait-to-read pre-publication book is Prince of Shadows. (I first learned about this on IceyBooks' WoW a couple of weeks ago, and since then, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it!)

Prince of Shadows

Prince of Shadows

by Rachel Caine
Publication date: February 4th, 2014

From Goodreads:

A standalone built around the character of Benvolio, from Romeo and Juliet. The novel will be told from the point of view of Benvolio, who is Romeo’s cousin and, in Shakespeare’s play, attempts to get the lovelorn Montague interested in other girls after it’s discovered that Juliet is a member of the clan his family despises: the Capulets. Caine’s novel, her agent said, explores a scenario in which Romeo and Juliet are not the only couple to fall into dire romantic straits and is “a tale of intrigue, betrayal, hatred, and tragedy,” about “lovers lost, and lovers found.” (From Publisher's Weekly)

#JLBBirthdayBash update

Happy Friday! I am so excited about my upcoming #JLBBirthdayBash! Like I said, more items are being added to both giveaways all the time (the good folks at Rafflecopter have offered to throw in a few things, too!). Here's the latest update (and remember, there's more to come!!!):

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Here's a breakdown:

US Giveaway:

* Hardcover of Elizabeth Wein's ROSE UNDER FIRE (link)
* Paperback of my debut, PITY ISN'T AN OPTION + bookmarks (link)
* UNBREATHABLE bookmarks & buttons (by Hafsah Lazaif -- link)
* The Dusk Gate Chronicles bookmarks (by Breeana Puttroff -- link
* ask me about my favorite books t-shirt
* Rafflecopter t-shirt
* and more!!!
**just added: Go Away I'm Reading button

International Giveaway:

* One free business month from Rafflecopter 
* UNBREATHABLE ebook + bookmarks & button
* PITY ISN'T AN OPTION ebook OR audiobook + bookmarks
* reader's choice ebook from The Dusk Gate Chronicles by Breeana Puttroff + bookmarks
*Book Nerd bumper sticker 
* and more!!!
** just added: Go Away I'm Reading button

So keep checking back because I asked Hafsah to make some special things and I can't wait to show you what they are!!! (Plus... more STUFF!)

Also: The PITY ISN'T AN OPTION audiobook giveaway on my Facebook page is almost over... I'm giving three audiobooks away and there's only a few entries so your chances of winning one are pretty high! :) (I believe it's required to like the Facebook page to enter, but you can always like it and then unlike it later!) Click HERE to enter.

Have a blessed weekend!