Thursday, December 4, 2008

On the fourth day of the holiday giveaway my blogger gave to me...

Tip of the Day: The winner of Deena's giveaway, KENDRA, is Khyrinthia. E-mail us at author2author DOT blog AT gmail DOT com with your mailing address to receive your prize.

Love, love, love giving away books! Especially to our wonderful readers because I know you guys totally love YA books just as much as we do. So today I'm giving away Lauren Barnholdt's FOUR TRUTHS AND A LIE.


I'm a total Lauren Barnholdt fan-- and not just because her books are always fun and clever and told in a great voice. Lauren is also a super cool person and taught me a lot in this whole YA writing world. Before I took her YA chick lit class online the summer of 2006 I'd never had another person read one of my books. Not even a family member or close friend. And I ended up with several great critique partners from her class. I also had never blogged or even heard of live journal or blogspot back then (yeah, I was living under a big rock). And I didn't know any other YA writers. And now from blogging around (I just love that phrase) I know tons. So, I'm thankful Lauren popped up in my google search that day back in 2006 and that I signed up for her class.

I asked Lauren what she was thankful for in her writing life this past year and here's what she said:

"There are so many writing-related things I'm grateful for this year. I have an amazing agent, a new chapter book series that will be out in the fall, and new deals for both my tween and YA books. And while all this stuff is exciting and wonderful, the thing I'm most thankful for is that over the past year, I've rediscovered my love for writing. I am so, so lucky to have found what I'm passionate about, what I love, and what I want to spend my time doing. So many people go their whole lives without finding that thing, that goal they can work toward and get better at. This year, I am most thankful just for writing. The pure joy of knowing that I've found it."

I totally agree! It is so awesome to get to do the thing you love. And one of you lucky readers will get to read one of Lauren's fab books by commenting here by midnight EST tonight (two entries if you post on your own blog and let me know). Lisa will post the winner tomorrow!

Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub

21 comments:

Patricia said...

Id like to be entered ;]

aka_Nik said...

Pleeeeeeeease pick me to win this book!

CrystalGB said...

Sounds good. Please count me in the drawing.

Jessica Burkhart said...

Isn't Lauren the coolest? Now, I can't imagine not being connected to other writers through LJ. :)

meryl's musings said...

It would be fun to pass this book along to someone that loves to read young adult. Sounds like a fun book.

Emily Marshall said...

Wow, was our class really that long ago. Man, time flies.

stephanie said...

omg, i'll love to be entered

thankss

stephanie
ps. linked it on my site (SIDEBAR)
juiciliciousssreviews.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Please enter me in!
The contest is linked on my sidebar

Meggy said...

I really liked The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney by Lauren, so I hope I win this!

Paradox said...

Enter me please! This looks like a cute book.

harmonybookreviews said...

Ooh, enter me!!

Shalonda said...

Please enter me as well!

I have linked to the contest on my Contests! sidebar.

kporterbooks said...

Enter me, enter me!

Madame Lefty said...

Count me in!

Meredith said...

Lauren is a great writer and I love her books that I have read so far...

~Meredith

Hope. said...

This book looks really good! I'd love to be entered. :)

Susan said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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ambear said...

I hope I'll be one of the luckiest readers this week, please count me in.

By the way, I love what Lauren said, so honest and relatable.

Christina Farley said...

Can I enter everyday? I hope so because you all are giving away awesome books!

rimasbookjournal said...

I'd love to be entered!

-Rima

Susan said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Susan



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