Release Day Love Giveaway!

This is a post about books and friendships (and bear with me because you can also win things!).

Sometime back in 2008 or so, I met my good friend and critique partner, Tiffany Schmidt, on Twitter. At the time, we were both agent-less writers with big dreams of one day getting published. The first time we exchanged manuscripts, I completely forgot to attach my comments about her book to my email. And yet, somehow our relationship prevailed! At different times, we secured separate agents, and finally, independently, realized our publishing dreams. So in 2012, when we discovered my debut novel, THROUGH TO YOU, and her debut, SEND ME A SIGN, would actually share a release date, we reeled over the improbability…and decided it was all the more reason to celebrate!

Continuing our unlikely publishing tradition, Tiffany and I share another release date today!

As of this moment, you can walk into a bookstore (or go online) and buy Tiffany’s sophomore novel, BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE along with a paperback copy of THROUGH TO YOU. You can run out the door this very moment and do that, if you so choose, OR… you can enter to win a signed copy of both books right here in the Release Day Love Giveaway!

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Jonah and Brighton are about to have the most awkwardly awful night of their lives. For Jonah, every aspect  of his new life reminds him of what he has had to give up. All he wants is to be left alone. Brighton is popular,  pretty, and always there to help anyone . . . but has no idea of what she wants for herself. Her seemingly  perfect life is marred only by Jonah, the one person who won’t give her the time of day, but also makes her  feel, well, something. So when they are repeatedly thrown together over the course of one night, anything  can—and does—happen. Told in alternating chapters, this poignant, beautiful novel’s energy and tension,  amidst the humor and romance, builds to a new beginning of self-acceptance and hope. View the trailer for BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE here.

Through to You HC_FinalTHROUGH TO YOU:

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He’d give anything for just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees an apparition: her name is Nina, and she’s from a parallel world. When Cam follows her there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it’s as if all his wildest dreams have come true. But things are very different in this other world. . . . Nina is hiding a secret, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with the truth, he’s forced to make a choice that will change his life forever. View the trailer for THROUGH TO YOU here.

Congratulations, Tiffany! There is no one else I’d rather share this exciting day with! <3

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An Apocalyptic Thanks (giveaway!)

Oh, December…a time to reflect on the year that has gone by, bake holiday goodies, and try to catch up on reading all the freaking AMAZING books that came out over the last 12 months! I think it’s safe to say 2012 was a banner year for debut authors and I’ve been trying to think of a way to say thank you to all of the readers, book bloggers, and librarians who have maintained a steady level of enthusiasm for us throughout the year.

The other group I need to thank is The Apocalypsies. I never expected a bunch of competing debut authors to be so warm, understanding, and supportive during what sometimes truly felt like an apocalyptic year. Our group took 2012 by storm and our follow-up books will continue crashing series and standalones into 2013, 2014, 2015…and beyond! I’m honored to have shared this experience with all of you.

It seems appropriate to offer one last giveaway in 2012 that gives readers a chance to discover the books of my fellow debut authors.


Please go to the Apocalypsies website to review our 150+ titles, then come back here and enter to win the Apocalypsies book of your choice! That’s right–ANY book (as long as it’s an Apocalypsies debut)!

This giveaway is international, so enter with abandon!

Thank you for making 2012 a year to remember for me, THROUGH TO YOU, and my fellow debut authors. <3


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ARC Giveaway Winner!

First, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this giveaway. Your comments and enthusiasm over the cover and the book simply took my breath away. This was such an exciting thing to share with all of you–thank you for making it into a true celebration!

And those of you who entered your addresses for a bookmark–they’ll be in the mail ASAP!

I so wish I had more than one ARC to give away just now, but stay tuned here and on my Facebook page because there WILL be other opportunities between now and October 2nd–I promise! And if you haven’t already, add THROUGH TO YOU on Goodreads because I have it on good authority there will be additional chances there.


And now, without further ado, the winner of the *signed* ARC of THROUGH TO YOU is:


Christina Rita Condomaros


Thanks everyone, once again, for participating! And to keep this fun, here are just a few of the MANY amazing titles I’m looking forward to this year. What other 2012 books are you waiting for??



We Have A Winner!

Thanks so much again to everyone for entering the giveaway and liking my Facebook page! This has been a really fun contest (I loved your enthusiasm!) and I wish each and every person who entered could have won. I can’t wait for the chance to do this again soon.

But now, without further ado:

The winner of the *signed* copies of SUPERNATURALLY by Kiersten White and A BEAUTIFUL DARK by Jocelyn Davies is:

Athena Franco

Athena, I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address. Thanks again to everyone who entered for your enthusiasm and check back for another chance to win soon!


An Anniversary Giveaway!

Today is a very special day. Just thinking about it makes me totally overwhelmed and appreciative and blows my mind anew.

One year ago today, my amazing agent, Mary Kole, of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, offered me representation. Her email popped up on my Blackberry at 7:30am the day after I received my very first rejection for my new novel, THROUGH TO YOU. I about had a heart attack when I saw who it was from, and after I read the email, I had my husband read it too, just to make sure I wasn’t delusional. I won’t hesitate to say the things that have happened in the year since have changed my life irreversibly. THROUGH TO YOU will be coming out November 20, 2012 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins (the cover is currently in development–can’t wait to share it with all of you), Paramount Pictures has purchased the film option rights, and I’m hard at work on a second standalone book for B+B.

So, as you can tell, today is a big day for me! I had NO idea one year ago what lay in store for me. I was so focused on just getting an agent, I proceeded to spend hours that day sifting through message board threads trying to figure out what happens next. The answer is: a lot! I have learned so much, had so many great experiences, and am so grateful. And now I’d like to celebrate with:


 My very first giveaway – be gentle. ;)

So, the important question: what can you win??


SIGNED hardcover copies of SUPERNATURALLY by the lovely Kiersten White, and A BEAUTIFUL DARK by the fabulous Jocelyn Davies!  …and just for fun, I’ll throw in some awesome Apocalypsies bookmarks and buttons. I had the pleasure of meeting Kiersten and Jocelyn when they came to The Tattered Cover on the Dark Days tour. They are both fellow HarperCollins authors, so I figured what better books to feature for my agent anniversary and very first giveaway? Did I mention these books are signed?


The rules are very simple:

All you have to do is leave a comment right here on this blog post saying you’d like to enter (if you’re reading this on Facebook or Goodreads, please come HERE to my website to comment or I may not see your entry). YOU WILL BE ENTERED TWICE if you indicate in your comment that you have LIKED my Facebook page, which can be found here: (please be truthful, I’ll be checking). This counts for anyone who has already LIKED my page too. Just remind me!

Entries will be open until this Friday, November 18th, at 5:00pm Pacific (sorry, due to shipping costs this giveaway is only open to those with addresses in the continental U.S.). One lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced here next week. Will it be you?