Saturday, December 31, 2011

Giveaway #12

Hey Remarkable Readers!
It's 11 PM and this is the last giveaway of the readathon!  I figured I'd let you party for the last hour of 2011 ;)  Thanks to Deb Shapiro & Company, I'm giving away:

-The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
-Death Watch by Ari Berk
I'm keeping this giveaway simple.  To enter, just leave a comment telling me:
-Your Name
-Your Email
-What was your reading goal for 2011?
-Did you reach it?
That's It!  Good Luck!

Giveaway #11: Another Contemporary

Hey Remarkable Readers,
I'm here again with yet another giveaway!  How are you counting down till the New Year?  Pajama Party?  Fancy Dinner?  Watching Home Movies? Reading? Blogging?  Whatever you're doing, I hope you're having fun!  I'm about to add to the fun with a huge giveaway!  These five books from Macmillan all have a contemporary theme:

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody (Hardcover)
Amplified by Tara Kelly (Hardcover)
Just Your Average Princess by Kristina Springer (Hardcover)
The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas (Hardcover)
Paradise by Jill S. Alexander (Hardcover) 

Guess What?  I'm giving them all away to one winner!  Yes, that's right, thanks to Macmillan!  To enter to  win this giveaway, fill out the rafflecopter form and leave a comment! :)

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Guest Post & Giveaway: Emma Michaels

Hey Readathoners!  I'm counting down to the end of the Readathon and the beginning of 2012 with a giveaway up each hour till midnight (EST)!  How exciting!  For this post I have author Emma Michaels stopping by!  She'll be guest posting and giving away two books!  Now without further adieu, I introduce Emma Micheals!

First I would like to say thank you for hosting me and to everyone reading!!! <3
I've been asked a lot of questions concerning the third book in my 'A Sense of Truth' series. I've been asked if David and Megan are going to get together, or if there will be a stronger paranormal flair, and most of all, if the questions that have been building up through the series are going to be answered. 
I'd like to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about David and Megan's world, plus catching others who may not be familiar with the series up to date.
In my first novel, The Thirteenth Chime, readers are introduced to David and Destiny - two former love interests. Destiny is visiting the West Coast with a college friend, when a chance encounter with a mysterious trap puts the friend and the friend's mother in the hospital. With the police not listening to her, Destiny has no choice but to turn to the one man she can always count on - David. 
But the trap wasn't set for Destiny.
David springs the trap and almost loses his life attempting to help Destiny. The more David learns, the more questions he is left with, most notably about his own past that he has apparently forgotten.
While I won't spoil the first book for new readers, I will state that the end of the first book puts David on a hunt with the only clue he has - a strange cross known as a rosario, inscribed with an ancient symbol on the back. It is that symbol that brings him to the desert in Anasazi, book 2.  
In Anasazi, we're brought into the middle of events where David has myteriously vanished while on his search for the truth. Megan, a friend from before when David and Destiny were close, receives a mysterious text message, inviting her to meet with him.
Only David is nowhere to be found, forcing Megan to search for him in a town that refuses to acknowledge his existence, and into a desert wasteland where something far more sinister is waiting for her. 
In book 3, a year has passed since the events that happened in the desert. David and Megan have remained close, but he has become strangely distant and reclusive, like something is tormenting him. Megan is forced to watch David's life spiral out of control, there is a greater darkness that begins to take hold of them and the children of Seattle, trying to destroy the fragile existince David and Megan have created.
Book 3 is going to be a headrush. Before, David had only to deal with the situations around him, now a global stage of nightmares is being set before him. His greatest test will be the dark seed growing within him, unleashed in the desert. It is a darkness that some will seek to destroy, while others, control. When the forces of three worlds collide, it will be up to Megan to accept a deal from a devil that could make her disappear from his side forever. 
And they haven't even met the real enemy yet. 
I can hardly wait to share more about book three soon! The release date is currently being set for August 2012 and I also have two new starts to series being released this year!!! Thank you again for having me and to everyone reading! You fill each of my days with joy and excitement!  

Emma is giving away two books today:
-1 copy of her book The Thirteenth Chime
-1 copy of her book Anasazi

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Giveaway #9: Contemporary!

Hey Everyone!
     There are only 4 1/2 hours left in this readathon.  Guess how many giveaways are left?  Four.  It works out perfectly!  I'm going to get to work on scheduling one for each hour!  Right now you're looking at #1.  Thanks to Candlewick Press, I'm giving away:

-1 copy of Getting over Garrett Delaney by Abbey McDonald
-1 copy of The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love by Dyan Sheldon

For this giveaway, I'm changing it up!  Just leave a comment telling me which book you want to read most and why!  Don't forget to leave your name and email.  Bonus Points:

(+1) for taking my survey
(+1) for voting in the Reader's Choice

If you fill out the survey or vote in the reader's choice, leave your name in one of the boxes in the form so I know that you've entered!  Make sure to tell me that you have bonus points in the comments!  Also, if you are filling out the forms, try to be helpful.  By Helpful I mean: for your thoughts on the blog design, you shouldn't write "good" or "bad."  Please elaborate!  Thanks!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Nook for Sale

Hey Remarkable Readers,
     If you watched my holiday IMM, you may already know that I recieved a Nook Tablet for Christmas.  I still have my original nook and I'd like to sell it to help pay for a custom blog design!  I've had my nook for a little over a year and it's in great condition.  There is one small dent on the top left front corner.  Barnes and Noble is still selling the 1st edition nook but, they aren't still selling the version that I own.  Mine has 3G, while Barnes and Noble isn't selling the Wifi+3G version anymore.  I also have a case for my nook.
     Without the case I'm asking $70 and with the case I'm asking $78.  The USB cable and wall adapter are included.  If you purchase my nook, I will calculate shipping charges and add that.  I can be paid via PayPal.  The case is also in great condition.
     You can see all the features of my nook here.  Please note that it will have all the default settings when you recieve it so that you may program the display, add your own books, change the screensaver, etc.  Below are pictures of my nook so that you can see the condition it's in.  If you'd like to purchase my nook, just send me an email: and remember, the money goes towards a custom blog design!

Nook in use
Back Cover

The case says "A good book is the best of friends,
the same today and forever"-Martin Tupper
Inside of Case

The small dent is pictured.
The light spot in the picture is only a reflection of light


Favorite Covers of 2011

Hey Remarkable Readers, 
I figured to close off the new year, I'd show you some of my favorites of 2011!  Don't forget to vote for your favorites here!  Sorry if the images are all out of whack but, Blogger refuses to format the way I want!  Anyway, here are my favorite covers:

Runner Ups:
And Then Things Fall Apart

Love, Inc.Where I BelongI'll Be There

More Giveaways: #8 and Other Bloggers' Giveaways!

Hey Remarkable Readers,
Here's my readathon update:

Currently Reading:

Tempest (Tempest #1)

Tempest by Julie Cross
Pages in Book: 352
Pages read since last update: 116
Currently on Page: 270
Thoughts: Still loving it!

      Junonia by Kevin Henkes
Pages in Book: 144
Pages read since last update: 35
Currently on Page: 35
Thoughts: Very Cute.

I'm not doing that great on the readathon but, at least I'm trying!  Now for some giveaways!  As part of other bloggers' giveaways, there are a bunch of other giveaways going on for the readathon!  The amazing Willa from Willa's Rambling is giving away a copy of Supernaturally by Kiersten White on her blog!  You can see her post here.  The awesome Angela from Reading Angel has a super cool greek mythology quiz for you to take for a chance to win your choice of the YA Greek Mythology books she's picked out!  Check that out here.  Her challenge is INTERNATIONAL!!!  I also have the supercool Audris from the YA Bookmark doing a post!  You can win a copy of Wintertown while completing a fun book spine challenge.  Check that out here.  
     If all those awesome giveaways aren't enough, I still have four more giveaways that will be going up during the readathon!  Thanks to Deb Shapiro and Company, right now I'm giving away two books featuring Girl Power in YA Dystopians!  They are:

-One copy of Eve by Anna Carey
-One copy of Scored by Lauren McLaughlin

As usual, you must be a readathon participant to enter.  Just fill out the rafflecopter form!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Readathon Giveaway #7

Hey Remarkable Readers,

So far I haven't read much for the readathon but, I'm going to try to finish Tempest by Julie Cross tonight.  I'm doubting that I'll finish it but, I'm giving it a shot!  How are you doing with your readathoning?  I still have a few more giveaways up my sleeve for the readathon, so here's one!  Thanks to the lovely people over at Candlewick press, here's what will be given away:

-One Paperback Copy of Angel Burn by LA Weatherly
-One Hardcover Copy of the highly anticipated sequel: Angel Fire by LA Weatherly
-One very cool Angel Burn drawstring bag!

To enter to win, as usual, just fill out the rafflecopter!
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Waiting on Wednesday

My Life Next Door
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time." 

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen year old Samantha wishes she was one of them… until the day Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. 

Jase can sense that his beautiful neighbor is missing something in her sterile home, and as the two fall fiercely in love, his family makes her one of their own. 

But when the bottom drops out of Sam's world, which perfect family will save her–and will her perfect love survive? 

Set among the haves and have-nots of a coastal New England town, My LIFE NEXT DOOR captures the angst, the heartache, and the raw-nerve emotions of first time love—and biting loss.

This sounds like an awesome read!  The cover is gorgeous and I've been needing a good contemporary read!  What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

IMM #24: Holiday Edition

Check out what I got for Christmas!  What did you get this holiday season?!  Interested in buying my nook?  Leave me a comment for that, too!  Don't forget to leave your email!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Other Blogger's Giveaways and Challenges

Hello There Remarkable Readers!
Esther's Ever After     I just thought I'd link you to the giveaways hosted by other bloggers!  Brenna from Esther's Ever After is hosting an awesome challenge!  She posted small parts of book covers and you have to try to guess them.  The challenge is awesome and there's a prize!  Check that out
here .
Annabell's Book Nook     Ann from Annabell's Book Nook is hosting, too!  She's giving away two book
s by Alyson Noel so make sure to check out her giveaway here !  As an extra entry into her giveaway, Ann has a fun quote match!  Don't miss out on that!
     Anyways, good luck with your readathoning! :)

Readathon Giveaway: #6

Hey Remarkable Readers!

How's your readathoning going?  I haven't read much since the last update but, I'd love to know what you've read so far!  Fill out the linky!  I read everyone's posts :)  Anyway, I have ANOTHER Giveaway and there are more to come!  Today, thanks to Deb Shapiro & Company and Egmont, I'm giving away 3 sneak peaks into Egmont's 2012 titles!  These books have had so much buzz lately, I wish I had my own copies!  The books are:

-The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
-Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynne Barnes
-BZRK by Michael Grant

Thanks to Deb Shapiro & Company and Egmont
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Readathon Giveaway: #5 Macmillan Audiobooks

Hey Remarkable Readers!  
There are a few days of the Readathon where there will be TWO giveaways!  The other days are just random but, since its Christmas (if you celebrate) I carefully selected today to have more than one awesome giveaway!  Today I'll be giving away an awesome pack of Audiobooks from Macmillan Audio!  I'd like to thank them for all their help with this readathon!  If you win this giveaway, you'll receive:

-Halo Cryptum Audiobook by Greg Bear
-All These Things I've Done Audiobook by Gabrielle Zevin
-The Fox Inheritance Audiobook by Mary E. Pearson
-Enclave Audiobook by Ann Aguire
-Some Swag

To Enter to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter Form below!  If your entry isn't working, just leave me a comment and I'll check it out!  How's your readathon going?
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Guest Post: Dystopian Reads by Willa

     Hey Remarkable Readers!  Today I have Willa from Willa's Ramblings stopping by!  She's going to be telling us all about dystopian books.  I love her post!  Willa is one of my BBFs (Best Blogging Friends ;)  and you shouldn't miss out on her blog!  Check it out when you have the chance!  Here she is:

Willa's Ramblings     Hey readers! *waves* I’m Willa, author of Willa’s Ramblings, a book blog for YA literature. Jess has invited me to guest post for the readathon, and I was honored
! So here I am. 
I really wanted to share some information about a widely growing genre (and one of my favorites) DYSTOPIAN. The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Ashes are among my favorites. These books are often thought of as end-of-the-world types, but that isn’t always true. 
Dystopian means an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one, and is the opposite of a utopia. I believe that one of the first dystopian novels was The Giver, published in 1993 – there was definitely ones before this like Farenheit 451, War of the Worlds, and others, but this was the first one that is similar to what dystopian is now. 
Now, dystopian has become an umbrella genre that encompasses things from Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Matched by Ally Condie. When Matched came out, many people were relating it to The Giver, and saying how it resembled the Giver so strongly – even The Society (the ruling force in Matched) was named the same thing that The Giver’s ruling society was called. 
I talk about this issue frequently, and people are always agreeing with me: that the dystopian genre needs to be revaluated, because books are being placed in a genre that doesn’t fit them. As readers, and some of us bloggers, we need to tell publishers this, and advocate for developing this booming genre and industry! Somehow, dystopian has become fascinating to us, and it will only grow – and we must prepare for this. Take a few seconds and think about your favorite dystopian novels, and ask yourself – are they end-of-the-world? Have you not broken into the genre much past The Hunger Games? If so, check out a list of my favorites complied below.
  1. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick – While Alex is mountain climbing, an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the continent, and everyone from early twenties to seniors are killed. Alex takes in a young girl name Ellie when her grandfather is killed by the pulse, and they fight for their lives with the help of Tom, a young soldier. Can the threesome make it in this dangerous world?
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Beatrice has to make the life changing decision: which faction does she belong to? There isn’t second chances, so she has to make sure her decision is right. When she chooses Dauntless, and she faces the highly competitive initiation along with discovering things about herself she never knew – and is forced to keep secrets that could destroy her and the world as she knows it.
  3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – In Lena’s world you don’t fall in love, and it’s treated so you never do. Love (or deliria) is dangerous, according to scientists, and when every child turns eighteen, they are treated and their live is perfect with no heartbreak. But then, with only ninety-five days left until treatment, Lena does the unthinkable – she falls in love.
  4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card– this was the first Dystopian novel I read, and I loved it. In order to develop a secure defense against the alien race’s next attack, the government breeds child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Ender and his sister Valentine are canidates for the soldier-training program but don’t make the cut, and Ender heads off to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous and frightening military training. 
  5. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson – When seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox wakes up from a coma, she is told she is still recovering from a terrible accident she was involved in year ago. But if that really is why she just woke up, why she can’t remember anything that happened? And what happened the night of the accident? And most disturbing of all: Are these memories even hers?
I hope everyone goes out and finds a dystopian book they didn’t know about, and remember: may the odds be ever in your favor. 

Giveaway #4: Hidden Gems? : Small Publishers and Indie Authors

Hey Remarkable Readers!  If you celebrate Christmas then Merry Christmas!  If not then, Happy Holidays! :)  Since it's Christmas, there will be two giveaways today!  You'll have to wait a while for the other one though ;)  Anyway, here's what I'm giving away today:

-A Signed Copy of Elements by Kate Fuentes
-Witch Hunter by Kathleen S. Allen
-Eldohr Adventures by T. L. Wood
-Endlands an anthology edited by Vincent Hobbes
-Signed Elements Bookmark
-Eldohr Adventures Bookmark
-Endlands Bookmark
-May B. Signed card
-May B. sticker

The Theme of this package is "Hidden Treasures."  I have yet to read any of these books but, they're special.  Why? because, these books are either self published or published by a small publishing house (except for May B.)!  This means that you can't get most of them in bookstores so they're rare!  Who knows, maybe you'll find a Hidden Treasure ;)

To Enter this giveaway, fill out the form below.
Thanks to Kate Fuentes, Caroline Starr Rose, Kathleen S. Allen, and Hobbes End Publishing for donating these prizes!
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