Monday, August 29, 2011

Bloggy Things...a whole heap of giveaways and more!

Okay, the next few bloggy months are going to be very busy and I wanted to do a bit of catching up since I have some new followers. Yay to new and old followers! You are all made of awesome for reading my ramblings. And hopefully, you will be rewarded because September is FULL of giveaways.

1. This Friday (Sept 2) I will be hosting a guest blog with Terry Tibke about his new graphic novel UPGRADER. And yes, that does involve a giveaway so be sure to stop by.

2. Tuesday Sept. 6 is my INSIDE THE AUTHOR'S STUDIO interview with the ultra-fab Talli Roland. I'm giving away a copy of her book THE HATING GAME and you'll get to hear what job she would like to try other than writing.

3. Grab yourself a badge from my sidebar, my friends, because the EPIC "I LOVE DARK YA" Blogfest is coming up in November. You can sign up for it anytime between October 1-31st at YAtopia.blogspot.com but feel free to grab your badge in advance and proclaim your love of the Dark YA. Also, you can put a badge on your sidebar to promote the fest even if you aren't participating because you are doing NaNoWriMo (btw, I'm totally doing both, that's how fun and low key this blogfest will be).

4. And speaking of Blogfests, I'm doing a giveaway in conjunction with Banned Books week at the end of September. I will be giving away at least 3 books (only one for sure is Sarah Ockler's TWENTY BOY SUMMER, the other two are TBD).

5. And finally, Mark asked me what my favorite YA books are. Well, this changes all the time because of the greatness of all the new YA books out there, but my current favorites (not in any order) are:

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Touch by Jus Accardo (coming out in November---yes, I totally read the ARC, you all will love it!)
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Story of A Girl by Sara Zarr
Hushed by Kelley York (coming out in December--I'm trying to convince Kelley to let me giveaway an ARC of this with the I LOVE DARK YA blogfest--fingers crossed!)

16 comments:

Mark Noce said...

Ooo, giveaways, sounds rad:)

Deana said...

You are busy and so much fun for us readers! I am loving the I love Dark YA blogfest. Gotta do that one:)

E.R. King said...

Thanks for the info on Dark YA Blogfest. I hadn't heard of it until now. I guess I should decide if I want to join in...hmmmmm.

KO: The Insect Collector said...

wow- you are super busy! this all sounds amazing, and like lots of fun. Great to get new recs on books, too.

M.J. Fifield said...

The idea of attempting a blogfest on top of NaNoWriMo made my eyes pop out of my head. But if you're attempting both, then maybe I can too.

By the way, I read Boy Toy on your recommendation...it was a great book so thanks for telling me about it!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is also quite awesome.

Heather said...

So much fun stuff coming up, and yeah for I Love Dark YA blogfest! I can hardly wait! We're going to have a blast.

Alison Miller said...

I'm bookmarking this for all these great reads! I'm reading Boy Toy right now and LOVED Hourglass! YAY! And I plan to do the Banned Book Giveaway too. Awesome!

ali cross said...

Wow, I haven't read MOST Of those! I loved STORY OF A GIRL, though. And INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER? I have GOT to read that!

Mandie Baxter said...

So much fun stuff on your blog! Can't wait to see the dark ya stuff! And excited to read hushed.

Kelley said...

The blog topics for the Dark YA blogfest are going to be SO MUCH FUN, guys. I hope everyone's going to participate with us!

Kerri Cuev said...

Oh good stuff going on! YA blogfest sound fun!

Talli Roland said...

Yipppppeeeee! I can't wait to be on your blog -- thanks for the shout-out.

Monica B.W. said...

Awesome! I'll spread the word with my friends! :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll definitely be back for Talli!

CherylAnne Ham said...

Wow, lots of awesome going on up in here. Can't wait to read all the stuff you have lined up for Sept. Sounds great!

AliyaPM said...

Wow, sounds like good times are ahead!
That's a great batch of YA books!