Thursday, September 29, 2011

YA Indie Carnival - Dream Casting for Warriors




It's that time of week again. Thanks for continuing to support the YA Indie Carnival and its sponsors. Today, my peers and I are sharing dream casts for our upcoming novels. Until now, I've shied away from putting faces on the characters of Warriors of the Cross. This post has given me the unexpected opportunity to share with you the phenomenal actors/actresses who would be perfect for the roles.

Blake Lively would absolutely be Dr. Allison Faith La Cross. Really, could anyone be more beautiful and talented?



Zach Efron would be Dr. Brody Kennedy, the only other Warrior.
Drew Roy would be Clark Ardent, attorney... Guardian.
Emma Roberts would be Mallory Peace La Crosse, Allison's troubled sister.
Zhang Ziyi would be the malevolent Dr. Suri Chan.
Hallie Berry would be the admirable Marci Alfred, RN, Gillian's mother and Allison's friend.
Sela Ward would be Lita Kennedy, Brody's amazing mother.
Hugh Jackman would be James Joya, Allison's devoted father.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Von Strassenberg Saga by Gwenn Wright (book cover designed by Dani Snell):
13 on Halloween by Laura A. H. Elliott's:

Don't forget to visit the other carnival participant's and see who they cast as the stars of their books.
Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also, she's a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Nicole Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and Fallen Eden. She is also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura A. H. Elliott Author of Winnemucca and soon to be released 13 on Halloween
Amy Maurer Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles. Geek Mom. Book Reviewer Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T. R. Graves T.R. Graves: Author of Warriors of the Cross and soon to be released Guardians of the Cross
P.J. Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Heather Cashman Author of Perception
Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K. C. Blake Author of Vampires Rule, Werewolves Rule, and Crushed
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
J.L. Bryan Author of Paranormals series - Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, and Alexander Death
Darby Karchut Author of
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing (Liv & Death)
M. Leighton Author of Blood Like Poison Series, Wiccan, Caterpillar, Madly & Wolfhardt, and The Reaping

Thursday, September 22, 2011

YA Indie Carnival - Indie Idol


In today’s Indie Carnival post, we are writing about Indie authors we admire.  Our own special Indie Idols.  I've said several times The Sisters from The Warrior Series are more than three wonderful characters.  With this post, I’m being given the privilege of sharing some special details that will help everyone to understand why I’ve picked The Sisters as my IDOLS. 

In Warriors of the Cross, the readers were introduced to Lita (Brody’s mother) and Glenna and Sylvia (Brody’s aunts).  Lita’s character is based off my beloved mother-in-law (who died seven years ago of lymphoma).  Glenna and Sylvia’s characters are reincarnations of Lita’s very talented sisters (who are still alive and well).  While these three women are role models for women of all ages, they are especially inspirational to me because they were Indie (musician, author, and artist) before Indie was cool.   

Lita recorded an album 30+ years ago and sold them herself at church functions.  Her singing was infamous to anyone who ever heard her.  In fact, singing was such a part of Lita that her everyday speaking voice was beautiful and melodic.  I witnessed the way people were drawn in.  Looking back, I realize it was her voice that literally pulled them her way.  While it may have been the reason people were attracted, they stayed close because of the internal beauty and kindness she possessed.  Below, I've added a snippet of one of the songs from her album.  The transition from album to MP3 is not perfect, but it will give you an idea of how beautifully she sang.


Glenna.  In the book, I created a character whose words are so eloquent and poetic that her talents are instantly recognized by anyone conversing with her.  The real-life Glenna is exactly like that.  I’ve never met anyone else whose every word should be documented for the world to relish in and appreciate for years to come.  Below, I’ve included just one of the many, many powerful passages she shared with the world via small press more than 30 years ago.  The most difficult part of this post is narrowing her entire body of work down to one.  

Forgive me, Lord, if ever I should wrap myself
in pharisiac robes when I see another fall
In no way am I greater
because of another’s weakness.
At the most it only turns the eyes
of the crowd away from my own frailty.
Few of us would ever think of hurting someone
physically
but too many times we have used the power
of "talk" to kill.
Here, Lord, take these stones I hold.

Sylvia’s created some of the most beautiful water-color paintings I’ve ever seen.  I’ve learned from her to be selfless when it comes to my work.  She’s made a habit of giving her masterpieces away to people she knew would appreciate them rather than keeping them tucked away in a closet or selling them.  Actually, my most treasured art - that which exists on the walls of my house - was painted by Sylvia.  While these pieces are sentimental because of the labor that she put into them, I love them for the peace and tranquility they represent.  Sylvia partnered with Glenna and became a book illustrator.  Unfortunately, I couldn't download a sharp/crisp picture of Sylvia's work.  Rather than provide something that did little justice to Sylvia or her work, I chose not to include examples (for now). 

After 're-educating' myself on these great women's work, I'm more positive than ever that they are my role-models...my IDOLS.  They have shown me the importance of taking the road less traveled (if necessary) in order to make your dreams come true.  They also proved to me Indie does not mean less talented because there have been fewer people in the world more talented than these sisters.

Books by Glenna Oldham & Sylvia Grubbs:
Friends 
The Potter and the Clay 
Cherish the Memories 
A Journal for Prayer & Praise 
…for He delights in me 

Album by Lita Kennedy:
Sing Them Over Again

Also, there is a new release from Laura Elliott13 On Halloween. Click Laura's name to get to the book's trailer.

Don't forget to visit the other carnival participant's (women/men who are Indie Idols by their own right).

Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also, she's a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Nicole Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and Fallen Eden. She is also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura A. H. Elliott Author of Winnemucca and soon to be released 13 on Halloween
Amy Maurer Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles. Geek Mom. Book Reviewer Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T. R. Graves T.R. Graves: Author of Warriors of the Cross and soon to be released Guardians of the Cross
P.J. Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K. C. Blake Author of Vampires Rule, Werewolves Rule, and Crushed
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
J.L. Bryan Author of Paranormals series - Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, and Alexander Death
Darby Karchut Author of
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing (Liv & Death)

Friday, September 16, 2011

YA Scramble - Winners Announced



 The YA Scramble was 24 hours of insanity as friends/follower/fans hopped from one blog to another, collecting letters and unscrambling the secret phrase. The answer was:

WE HEART YA BOOKS

One lucky person is walking away with the Grand Prize which includes lots of amazing gifts such as:
ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (with signed bookmark)
Ebook of Soltice by PJ Hoover (with trading cards)
Ebook of The Space Between by Alexandra Sokoloff
Paperback copy of Perception by Heather Cashman
Signed paperback ARC of Anathema by Kathleen Tucker
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Gift Set (Trade Paperback ofEighth Grade Bites, Vlad Journal, Minion Bling Buttons and Vlad Tote)
Signed paperback copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft
Signed hardcover of Clarity by Kim Harrington
ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Signed ARC of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Signed paperback of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
ARC of Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
Copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Winner's choice of 5 ebooks from a list of indie authors (see collage below for examples)
Signed paperback of Sleepers by Megg Jensen
Ebooks of Soul Quest and The Guardians of Souls by Amy Jones
Kindle copy of Winnemucca by Laura Elliott (plus a guest post spot on her blog!)
Paperback copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

 And the Grand Prize Winner is...
Mindy Herbert!
 
And now for a list of the other lucky readers whose names were drawn for the individual prizes...
 
SableLexi wins a signed copy of Clarity by Kim Harrington and a signed ARC of Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon from Irish/Gail. 
Bookishly Malyza wins a signed paperback of Between by Cyndi Tefft. 
Mirrormera92 wins a pack of Solstice trading cards from PJ Hoover. 
Sarah Nicolas wins an ebook of Anathema by Kathleen Tucker. 
Lolawid wins a pre-order book of her choice from Kaitlin Simpson. 
Janhvi wins an ARC of Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler from Jennifer Morris and a pack of Solstice  trading cards from PJ Hoover 
Britney Wyatt wins a book of her choice from Danielle Bunner's list and FIVE ebooks from a selection of indie authors from T.R. Graves. (see collage above for examples) 
Tamara Basic wins an ebook of Perception from Heather Cashman and a pack of Solstice trading cards from PJ Hoover 
Roro wins a copy of Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke from Jennifer Morris. 
Erin Baker wins an ebook of Sleepers from Megg Jensen. 
Aeicha wins an ebook of The Glassheart Chronicles from Amy Jones and a pack of Solstice trading cards from PJ Hoover. 
Aimee Brandon wins a signed paperback of Winnemucca from Laura Elliott along with a Winnemucca  coffee mug and a guest post on Laurasmagicday.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

YA Indie Carnival - Back to School Is the Theme


Welcome Back!  Believe it or not, this is the 10th installment of the YA Indie Carnival.  Last week's giveaway was very successful thanks to some great authors/blogger/followers.  

Without further ado, the winners are:
BBurton
Emily Tardy
Darby Karchut
Cassandra
Vivien
amabe421
LuvToRead09 (won a Warriors of the Cross eBook)
Paige
Kimy Unalesca
Julie Witt
Avery Olive
Jess
The Queen of Teen Fiction
krystallarson
Emily: Emily Ann Ward

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!

This week, the carnival participants are sharing 'a first day of school experience from our writing AND our lives'.  Let me tell you in advance that the 'first day of school' story I’m sharing is NOT mine but rather someone else’s.   
 
*****
When I was in the 10th grade, I was at school and went outside to find my friends for lunch.  Leaving my class, I saw from a distance several of my friends were staring my way as if anxiously awaiting my arrival.  The closer I got, the more obvious it became that they were bursting at the seams to tell me something. 

It turned out that they wanted to gossip about a new student.  The second I approached them, they pointed his way.  While they tried to be discrete by using head tilts and eye movements, I'm confident their actions were not nearly as 'clandestine' as they thought.  Ignoring their rudeness, my gaze followed the direction they were hinting toward. 

That is when I saw the most beautiful person that I’d ever laid eyes on.  I'd never used the word ethereal in my life, but - right then and there - I knew it applied to him.  He casually leaned against one of the many walkway poles and pretended to ignore the way everyone watched him like he was an animal at the zoo.  As gorgeous as he was, my first impression was that he was very sad and lonely.

In the background, I vaguely heard my best friend filling me in on everything he’d heard about the boy, including the fact that he was in the 11th grade.  Instantly, I realized it was unusual for someone his age to move to a new school.  I wanted to know more, but he was too stunning to approach much less befriend.  I, instead, left him standing by himself. 

Here's the thing.  I’ll never forgive myself for not reaching out to him that day.  It turned out that his mother had moved him away from his loving father, his childhood home, and the only friends he’d ever known.  His entire life had been uprooted with his move from the fourth-largest city to our tiny, little town in Louisiana.  Having been married to him for the last 25 years, I now know that move - that first day of school - was one of the hardest things he's ever done.  Almost a man by then, he had choices, but he followed his mother and become the man of the family. 

Even today, he is selfless.  He puts my needs and his kids wants above his own on a daily basis.  I'll never be able to share every lesson he's taught me over the years, but on that day, I learned it is NEVER inappropriate to reach out to someone who looks like they need a friend…because they probably do.

*****
Warriors of the Cross - Allison La Crosses's first day of residency: 

“Now, you’ve heard enough from me.  Here are the three Chief Residents you will be working with day and night,” she said introducing the woman and two men walking into the auditorium.

Making their way next to her on the podium, two of them instantaneously became invisible.  The third person’s presence meant every other person in the room faded to black.  He wore a white skin-tight, long-sleeved t-shirt – one hugging every sun-browned ripple on his arms, chest, and abdomen – and a pair of OR green scrub bottoms.

“This is Dr. Patel,” Dr. Medsin said as the woman next to her lifted her hand to let us know she was Dr. Patel.

“Next to her is Dr. Martinez.”

With that introduction, the bearded man beside Dr. Patel gave everyone a peace sign.

“Finally, we have Dr. Kennedy.” 

Dr. Kennedy nodded his head in acknowledgment of Dr. Medsin’s comments.  He stood legs spread apart and hands locked behind his back.  He had an enviable confidence since public speaking led to weakness and nausea for me.  My gasp was audible when I realized he was the beautiful man who blew past me at Clark’s the day before.  The one I’d dreamed about. 

Watching him, I became hypnotized.  I was unable to pull my focus away from the beaming golden light, which was blinding and bright.  Its source was an aura emitting from his pores like he had a powerful radiance embedded within him.  When I regained focused, his glow disappeared. 

Mesmerized, I found myself unable to look away from him or his thick, wavy hair, which was brown with natural highlights.  Admiring his eyes, I saw a natural hint of pink lining the rims of his lids.  The color of his eyes happened to be as unique and beautiful as him.  A thin brown ring lined his teal-green irises.  I thought, again, that he had to be more stunning than anyone I had ever seen.  Man or woman.

******
Don't forget to visit the other carnival participant's blogs and say a quick 'Hi!' to our newest members.
Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also, she's a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Nicole Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and Fallen Eden. She is also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura A. H. Elliott Author of Winnemucca and soon to be released 13 on Halloween
Amy Maurer Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles. Geek Mom. Book Reviewer Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T. R. Graves T.R. Graves: Author of Warriors of the Cross and soon to be released Guardians of the Cross
P.J. Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis  
Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Heather Cashman Author of Perception
Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K. C. Blake Author of Vampires Rule, Werewolves Rule, and Crushed
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
J.L. Bryan Author of Paranormals series - Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, and Alexander Death

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

YA SCRAMBLER - Contest & Giveaway


Instructions for the YA Scramble:
1) Visit the first blog (based on list of Participating Blogs).
2) Read the guest post for ALL 14 sites.
3) Identify the PURPLE word in each of the guest blogs (below).
4) Pick out the 3rd letter from the PURPLE word.
5) Go to the next blog.
6) Repeat #3, #4, and #5 until you've visited all 14 sites.
7) At the end, take all 14 of the 3rd letters from the PURPLE words and figure out the message near and dear to our hearts.
8) You will enter that unscrambled message ONCE into this form as your official entry for a chance to win some great prizes from fantastic authors and bloggers.

Participating Blogs - All must be visited (scroll over name and click to access blog):
Kaitlin Simpson
PJ Hoover
Cary Cummings
Heather Cashman
Kathleen Tucker
Jennifer Morris
Cyndi Tefft
Irish/ Gail
Danielle Bunner
Melissa Layton
T.R. Graves
Megg Jensen
Amy Jones
Laura Elliott

Guest Blog by: Melissa Layton
Topic: Timeless Titles

Every now and then you come across a book that pulls you in and plasters itself in your mind and heart so firmly, it simply won't let you go. One read just won't do, so you read it again and again... and again. You crave diving back into a world where anything can happen. Where good triumphs over evil and love never dies. Where characters are so believable they seem to leap right off the page. Where, though trials and seemingly insurmountable obstacles dot every page, the human spirit is able to accomplish anything. Have you ever experienced that? Have you ever fallen so madly in love with a book that you keep returning to the treasure hidden within its pages? I know I definitely have.

For this Scramble, I wanted to share five novels - or series, as the case may be - I know I will definitely be rereading for years to come. Then I realized it was near impossible to narrow it down to just five. So, without further ado, here are TEN titles I know I'll be rereading in 10, 20, 30 years from now. Enjoy!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is one of my favorite series of all time. Honestly. Suzanne Collins is ridiculously gifted at creating unforgettable characters in an eerily believable world. Being a longtime fan of dystopian novels, I recently asked myself an interesting question: Why in the world do I enjoy this genre so much? I mean, if you think about it, dystopias are frequently filled with a lot of sadness, violence, oppression and other various awful things. Am I just a twisted person who likes to see people suffer? Is there something wrong me? Absolutely not. I've come to the conclusion that I like this particular genre not because of all the awful things, but because of the hope. Within many dystopian novels there is so much light and hope to be found, and The Hunger Games is no exception. I will continue to reread this series over and over, not because I enjoy all the struggles Katniss, Peeta and the Panem citizens have to go through, but because they have so much hope for a better world. I will reread this series because it shows that hope, strength, love and determination can conquer any darkness we may come across.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Speaking of darkness, there are few historical blemishes that can compare to the darkness found during World War II. Markus Zusak was definitely inspired when he wrote this touching and heart-wrenching novel. Narrated by Death, The Book Thief is a fantastic look at what it may have been like to be a child/teen growing up in Nazi Germany. This novel sucked me in like a well-powered vacuum and didn't spit me out until I had devoured each and every one of its 550 pages. So why will I be rereading this in years to come? Because the characters are engaging, the adventure, harrowing, and it is a reminder of what humanity is capable of - good and bad. Not to mention, it almost made me cry... no easy feat, I might add.

I love me some mythology! Ever since I was a kid, I have been entranced by mythology. Rick Riordan is an absolute genius for making mythology accessible and entertaining. I wish Percy Jackson was around when I was a kid! Though the heroes are sent on outrageously difficult and scary missions, there is so much humor, camaraderie and heart in the series that you can't help but be swept up. Whether it's reading the series for myself or my future children, I absolutely know I will be reading Rick Riordan's novels for years to come!

Though it may be hard for some to believe, there was a time in my life when I was not interested in reading. I know, right?! Shocking, but true. It may sound cheesy, but it was Harry Potter that slapped me upside the head and made me remember how much I loved reading. I can still recall the day I picked up the first Harry Potter book. The Goblet of Fire had just come out and a bookstore was getting ready to close, so all the books were at least 70% off. My Mum loves a good sale - especially a book sale - so we headed on over to see what we could grab. I had heard of J. K. Rowling's boy wizard books but I just couldn't understand the hype. However, I figured that with such a great discount, I wouldn't be losing much if I didn't like it. I bought the book, went home and began to read... later that day, I went back and bought the next three. Since then, I have been reading pretty much non-stop. I will be forever grateful to J. K. Rowling's magical world of Harry Potter for reigniting my love for reading.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
I don't care if some consider this a kid's book; I love it and couldn't have a Timeless Titles list without including it. So, at least for my purposes, this is a YA novel. Deal with it. Ahem... moving on. Oh my word, I LOVE this series. The themes and characters are so easy to identify with that The Chronicles of Narnia will always be relevant. Who doesn't remember reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and wondering if every closet was a door to another world? C. S. Lewis is an amazing storyteller and his wonderful creation has captured the imaginations of so many children throughout the years. It is because of this that I will be reading this series well into my golden years, I have no doubt.


What can be said about The Hobbit?! Tolkien is a master at his craft and I will forever be a huge fan. He is able to weave such an intricate, entertaining, adventurous STORY that you simply can't escape it. Hobbits, wizards, dragons, dwarves, elves, trolls... this book has it all and then some! For those of you who may be intimidated by Tolkien, give The Hobbit a try. I dare you not to enjoy this fun, magical and adventurous read... I know I shall for many years!

If I had to describe this series in one word, that word just might be "exquisite." I am not really a "werewolf" fan, so I wasn't holding out much hope that I'd enjoy this series. Boy was I wrong. Maggie Stiefvater is a masterful weaver of words and she certainly makes some beautiful tapestries, by jingo! At the core of this story is a boy and a girl and the love they have fore one another. It's because of this novel that I have hope true love exists and can make it through anything. Okay, not just because of this novel, but you get the picture. Though I caught on to the series a bit late compared to some, I know I'll treasure it all my life.

A girl. A rundown English castle. A coming-of-age tale. I read this novel in high school and I have yet to forget it. Have you ever read a book so many times that it's like an old friend? Well, that's how this book is for me. I still feel a kindred spirit in Cassandra Mortmain, the main character. I was completely transported the second I picked up I Capture the Castle for the first time and it continues to have that effect on me to this day. I know I'll be reading this one into my dotage, without a doubt. I really can't put into words how much I love this novel. It's near impossible. If you haven't read this masterpiece by Dodie Smith, I recommend it. What a wonderful escape!

There's just something about a wonderfully executed fairy tale retold, isn't there? Shannon Hale is one of the most enchanting writers to come along. Not only is she able to take an obscure fairy tale and totally revamp it, but her character building is magnificent. The heroine in this novel, Dashti, is one of those people you would do anything to be friends with. She's kind, loyal, brave and has a great sense of humor; even in a less than desirable situation. Honestly, would you ever expect those characteristics to be found in a servant who has been trapped in a tower for seven years with her mistress, a princess? I thought not. Not only is Dashti an amazing character, this story has a wonderful message. Will I tell you what it is? Nope. You'll just have to read it to find out!

I know this might not technically be a YA novel, but I couldn't omit it from this list. I had a tendency to rebel against required reading whilst in school, though I wish I hadn't. I remember the day my tenth grade English teacher passed out battered copies of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. After learning a bit about what life was like in that era, our class read the first few chapters aloud. I instantly fell in love. I enjoyed our class reading so much that I went home and finished the entire book, weeks ahead of schedule. This novel will forever be a favorite and I have and will reread it many times in my life.

So, what YA titles will you be rereading in 10 years?




GRAND PRIZE ITEMS:
ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (with signed bookmark)
Ebook of Soltice by PJ Hoover (with trading cards)
Ebook of The Space Between by Alexandra Sokoloff
Paperback copy of Perception by Heather Cashman
Signed paperback ARC of Anathema by Kathleen Tucker
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Gift Set (Trade Paperback of Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad Journal, Minion Bling Buttons and Vlad Tote)
Signed paperback copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft
Signed hardcover of Clarity by Kim Harrington
ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Signed ARC of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Signed paperback of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
ARC of Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
Copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Winner's choice of 5 ebooks from a list of indie authors (see collage below for examples)
Signed paperback of Sleepers by Megg Jensen
Ebooks of Soul Quest and The Guardians of Souls by Amy Jones
Kindle copy of Winnemucca by Laura Elliott (plus a guest post spot on her blog!)
Paperback copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


Next, go to Kaitlin Simpson's blog.