"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Sunday, August 29, 2010

AUSTIN SCBWI—The Best Darned Conference in the World!

OMG, I can't believe the time is here already. Yes, you guessed it. It's time for registration for the annual Austin SCBWI Conference which is set for February 18-19, 2010. It's filled with great faculty, speeches, critiques, small intensive groups, wine and cheese receptions...the list goes on.

I know, you're thinking of a million reasons why you're not going to register right now, but here are some of your excuses refuted. So go ahead and click on the register button right now.

1) You're saying you don't live in Austin.
Yeah, we've heard this one before, and let me offer my sympathies. It is a sad thing that you don't live in the best city in the world, but there's no reason why you can't travel here. I mean people travel to China these days. You can be to Austin in the time it takes to assemble your basic 500 piece Lego set. Trust me, I know. I've done both many times.

2) Okay, you're thinking you might register, but you just aren't sure.
Yeah, there will be space in the conference, but the agent, editor, author, and illustrator critiques are filling up fast. Like as in if you don't send in that application pretty soon, a critique with fab editor Elizabeth Law will just be a dream. And an intensive workshop with Arthur A. Levine will be something the "other people" do.
Be one of those people.

Get a critique with her!

3) You don't know anyone is Austin.
Um, hello. Are you reading this blog post right now? Because I'm thinking you are. And that makes one Austinite you are very good friends with. And I love seeing friends. Seriously. Life is about the relationships, so let's hang out and catch up a little.

4) You're too shy to ever go to a writing conference.
Austin writers are special. There is just something about them that stands out. And I'll tell you what it is. They are the friendliest bunch of people you've ever met in your life. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome (trust me, they took me into the fold). And they'll do the same for you.

5) You don't like cold weather.
Have you looked at a map. This isn't an excuse. Austin is south. Maybe we hit the 20s and 30s from time to time, but I lived in Chicago for a year. I know cold (at least colder that Austin). So take that much-earned time in February and come see us. You hear, ya'll?

Have a glass of wine with him.

Right, so the conference is fab. And you are honestly a click away from being a part of it. Fill out the application and get it in the mail on Monday! That's today (or tomorrow if you happen to be reading this on Sunday). Do it now. If you wait, it will fill up and you'll miss out.

And in case I'm not persuasive enough, the list of our faculty includes...

Emily van Beek – Folio Literary Agency
Carolyn Coman – Author
David Diaz – Illustrator
Julian Hector – Illustrator
Kimberly Willis Holt – Author
Elizabeth Law – VP and Publisher with Egmont USA
Arthur Levine – Editorial Director with Arthur Levine Books
Gregory Pincus – Social Media Expert
Michelle Poploff – VP and Executive Editor at Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, a Division of Random House
Stephen Roxburgh – Editor with namelos
Jessica Anderson – Austin Author
Chris Barton – Austin Author
Bethany Hegedus – Austin Author
Kari Ann Holt – Austin Author
P J Hoover – Austin Author
Jacqueline Kelly – Austin Author
Jeanette Larson – Austin Author
Jane Peddicord – Austin Author
Liz Garton Scanlon – Austin Author
Jo Whittemore – Austin Author
Brian Yansky – Austin Author
Frances Yansky – Austin Author
Jennifer Ziegler – Austin Author

I'll see you there!

VIRGIN TERRITORY ARC Winner!

Thanks a million to all who are entering the giveaways! They are a blast to do, and I'm so happy I get to spread the word about all the awesome books out there.

*****

The winner of an ARC of VIRGIN TERRITORY by James Lecesne (EgmontUSA, Sept 2010)


is...

ENBRETHILIEL at Shredded Cheddar

*****

Congrats to the winners! And thank you again to everyone who entered!

Don't forget I am also giving away...



MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, 2010)

Click here to enter!


RETURN TO PARADISE by Simone Elkeles (Flux, Sept. 2010)

Click here to enter!

Look for more giveaways coming this week!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

MOCKINGJAY Giveaway!!!!

Guess what book I have to give away this week. Yes, I'm even excited myself!
For giveaway this week is a shiny hardcover of:

MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, 2010)


From Amazon:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.


*Source of book: Purchased by THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS


For your chance to win this awesome ARC, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Follow The Texas Sweethearts blog
3) Comment on this blog post


For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me


And make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, September 3, 2010!


And don't forget:

Enter to win an ARC of VIRGIN TERRITORY by James Lecesne

Enter to win an ARC of RETURN TO PARADISE by Simone Elkeles

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Torts are Both Boys?

At this point, we're 100% sure King Tort is a boy and about 80% sure on Nefertorti. So if, in fact, Nefertorti turns out to be a boy, should we change her name and give her (him) something more befitting a male yet still mythologically sound? (Minotort? Centort?)

Here are the promised pics on how big they're getting:

Nefertorti

King Tort

For reference, I have a size 7 (womens) foot.

No, I don't paint my toenails, but I sometimes wonder if I should start.

Hope the week is going great! My kids are back in school, so I'm getting back into a routine here in Austin.

Monday, August 23, 2010

RETURN TO PARADISE Signed ARC Giveaway

At ALA this year, I was thrilled to find the line for this ARC. I've read one other book by the author and adored it (PERFECT CHEMISTRY). This week for giveaway, I have a signed ARC of

RETURN TO PARADISE by Simone Elkeles (Flux, Sept. 2010)


From Amazon:

Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She’s determined to make a new life for herself.

But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie’s accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them.



*Source of book: From publisher at ALA


For your chance to win this awesome ARC, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Follow The Texas Sweethearts blog
3) Comment on this blog post


For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me


And make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, September 3, 2010!


And don't forget:

Enter to win an ARC of VIRGIN TERRITORY by James Lecesne

GIRL PARTS and THE EXILED QUEEN ARC Winners!

A huge thank you to everyone who has been entering my ARC giveaways!

*****

The winner of an ARC of GIRL PARTS by John Cusick (Candelwick, Aug 2010)


is...

C. R. Evers at Christy's Creative Space!

*****

The winner of an ARC of THE EXILED QUEEN (A Seven Realms Novel) by Cinda Williams Chima (Hyperion, Sept 2010)


is...


*****

Congrats to the winners! And thank you again to everyone who entered!

Don't forget I am also giving away...

VIRGIN TERRITORY by James Lecesne (EgmontUSA, Sept 2010)


Click here to enter!

Look for more giveaways coming this week!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

VIRGIN TERRITORY Signed ARC Giveaway

There are those times at ALA when you manage to be first in the signing line for an author. These are the best, and I was fortunate enough to be for this week's giveaway:

VIRGIN TERRITORY by James Lecesne (EgmontUSA, Sept 2010)


From Amazon:

Virgin Territory explores the power of faith and our need to believe in miracles. Sixteen-year-old Dylan Flack is uprooted from his cozy life in New York City by the death of his mother of cancer the night before 9/ll. He finds himself transplanted to Jupiter, Florida, and in the chaos of the move discovers that his father has lost their treasured collection of family photos. Dylan feels that he has begun to lose the memory of his mother's face, and without access to those pictures of their past together, each day stretches darkly into a future without hope. Enter: the Virgin Club, a nomadic group of trailer kids whose mostly single parents drag them all over the country in search of sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although not looking for membership in any club, Dylan falls in love with their leader, Angela, who believes that change occurs in direct proportion to desire and the willingness to take risks. In a series of misadventures and brushes with the law in what Dylan comes to think of as "virgin territory," she teaches Dylan to risk a future without his favorite parent. Miraculously his newfound courage leads to a long overdue confession from his father that brings them closer together and catapults Dylan into a future that holds more promise.


*Source of book: From publisher at ALA


For your chance to win this awesome ARC, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Follow The Texas Sweethearts blog
3) Comment on this blog post


For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me


And make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, August 27, 2010!


And don't forget:

Enter to win an ARC of THE EXILED QUEEN by Cinda Williams Chima

and

Enter to win an ARC of GIRL PARTS by John Cusick

Monday, August 16, 2010

Adding Some Flair

This weekend I decided to repaint my office. Yes, I'll post pics once I'm done, but it's been a major, paint-all-the-walls, stenciling/multiple colors kind of thing. Anyway, I bid on this wooden mirror with little accent mirrors at our Austin SCBWI Conference this past January and won it in the silent auction, and it's been in my office prior. (It was designed by Austin illustrator Jeff Byington.) With the redecoration, I decided to pull out the glue gun and add a little flair of my own.


Um, yeah, this was fun. I suggest everyone should go out and do the same! And have a great week!

VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE ARC Winner!

A huge thank you to everyone who has been entering my ARC giveaways!

*****

The winner of an ARC of VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE: HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD by Scott Seegert (EgmontUSA, August 2010)


is ...

GABY at Oh My Books!

*****

Congrats to the winner! And thank you again to everyone who entered!

Don't forget I am also giving away...

THE EXILED QUEEN (A Seven Realms Novel) by Cinda Williams Chima (Hyperion, Sept 2010)
Click here to enter!

and


GIRL PARTS by John Cusick (Candelwick, Aug 2010)
Click here to enter!


Look for more giveaways coming this week!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Five on a Friday!

I hope you're all having a great week and a great summer in general! We're actually off to the movies tonight to see INCEPTION. Everyone keeps telling me I need to concentrate when I'm watching it, so I'm not sure what to expect. Still, it's a movie without the kids which is exciting and new :)

Here are my five for the week:


1) Reading and really enjoying MUSEUM OF THIEVES by Lian Tanner (Delacorte, Sept 2010). It's MG fantasy, and I'd highly recommend it. And if my rec isn't good enough, my son read it and as soon as he finished he said "I can't wait for book 2!"


2) Had a fabulous lunch this week with new-to-Austin writer Samantha Clark! Looking forward to lunch today with fellow TEXAS SWEETHEART Jo Whittemore!


3) I love the cover for Jenny Ziegler's new book, SASS AND SERENDIPITY (Delacorte, July 2011). Isn't it perfect! (Even the small text at the top is right on.)


4) I have a new WIP! And the best part is I'm really loving working on it. New characters. New setting. I'm about 50 pages in and having a great time with it. Hope writing is flowing well for you guys, too.


5) There's only one week left until school starts! And this time it's both kids meaning my baby is off to Kindergarten. She gave up sucking her thumb cold turkey and sadly her blanket, too. Le sigh.


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

GIRL PARTS ARC Giveaway

Up for grabs this week is a signed ARC from John Cusick of his debut novel (he's also a literary agent, btw). I had the pleasure of meeting John at BEA when he was signing at the Candlewick booth and was thrilled to get this amazing ARC which was just released this week!

GIRL PARTS by John Cusick (Candelwick, Aug 2010)


And here's an amazing book trailer for the book!




From Amazon:

What happens when a robot designed to be a boy’s ideal “companion” develops a will of her own? A compulsively readable novel from a new talent.

David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend. In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uberconnected world.



*Source of book: From publisher at BEA


For your chance to win this awesome ARC, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Follow The Texas Sweethearts blog
3) Comment on this blog post


For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me


And make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, August 20, 2010!


And don't forget:

Enter to win an ARC of VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE by Scott Seegert

and

Enter to win an ARC of THE EXILED QUEEN by Cinda Williams Chima

My WriteOnCon Debut

If you guys aren't following WriteOnCon, you should be! But just in case, here's the video I put together for the event which aired today!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

For those lucky enough to live in Austin, Texas...

...this is a workshop you will not want to miss out on!

Picture Perfect! A Spit-Polish Workshop Featuring Famed Lisa Wheeler as Keynote Speaker

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 9th when the Austin SCBWI Chapter will meet at beautiful St. Edwards University to enjoy an incredible day at the page. The focus of this one-day workshop is to hone the skills required to spit-polish your fine manuscripts and illustrations to radiant perfection. Austin SCBWI has gathered a fabulous team of highly successful illustrators and authors who, through presentations and/or valuable one-on-one critiques or portfolio reviews, will generously share their tips for publishing success!

The Presentation/Review Team includes:

  • Lisa Wheeler has written 17 books for children. Her most recent picture book for Atheneum is the hilarious Castaway Cats, illustrated by Ponder Gombel. Learn more about Lisa on her website at www.lisawheelerbooks.com.
  • Sarah Sullivan who has written three picture books. Her latest, Passing Music Down, published by Candlewick is forthcoming very soon. Learn more about Sarah on her website at www.sarahsullivanbooks.com.
  • Stephanie Greene is a master of the series chapter book. Stephanie has written the Moose and Hildy and Owen Foote series, several middle-grade novels, has earned Horn Book’s coveted starred review for her latest…Happy Birthday Sophie Hartley. Learn more about Stephanie at www.stephaniegreenebooks.com.
  • Don Tate who is an illustrator of children’s books and educational products. His background includes illustration as well as graphic design in the areas of advertising, educational publishing, and visual journalism. Learn more about Don at www.dontate.com.
  • Laura Jennings who is a freelance illustrator living in Austin, Texas.

Download the promotional brochure listing affordable fee scale, schedule of events, and portfolio and manuscript review information. Click here for the Picture Perfect Workshop brochure.

Note that reservation spaces for one-on-one manuscript and portfolio reviews are limited. Sign up right away to assure a spot!

The Ultimate YA Fantasy Showdown—It's happening now!



As if WriteOnCon isn't enough for this week...

The ultimate battle is going down now! Check it out!

Monday, August 09, 2010

WriteOnCon—Will you virtually be there?


So Tuesday kicks off the amazing, free, online writing conference by the geniuses Elana Johnson, Casey McCormick, Lisa and Laura Roecker, Shannon Messenger, and Jamie Harrington!

In the event you haven't heard of it, it's a free conference complete with agents, editors, and authors, with critiques, great discussions, and all sorts of useful information.

You can check out the event here at the official WriteOnCon website.

Okay, I'm very excited for Thursday as I put together a vlog for the conference which will be posted that day. But in the meantime, you can start off your Tuesday with this amazing schedule!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010:

6:00 AM: Welcome Keynote by author Josh Berk

7:00 AM: Refining Your Craft with Each Book by author Janette Rallison

8:00 AM: Give Yourself Permission by editor Molly O’Neill

9:00 AM: Myths and Misconceptions by literary agent Holly Root, and editors Molly O’Neill and Martha Mihalick

10:00 AM: Illustrating Children’s Books by author/illustrator J.H. Everett and studio (series of 3, posted every 20 minutes)

11:00 AM: Bringing the Funny by author Rachel Hawkins

12:00 PM: Becoming a Career Author by literary agent Catherine Drayton

1:00 PM: Writing Middle Grade by author Jon Lewis

2:00 PM: Voice by literary agent Elana Roth

2:30 PM: Live chat with literary agent Suzie Townsend

3:00 PM: Writing a Query Letter by author Jodi Meadows

3:30: Joanna Volpe’s query critique

4:00 PM: In Defense of a Less Than Huge Advance by literary agent Michelle Wolfson

5:00 PM: Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Revision by editor Kendra Levin

6:00 PM: Pie in the Face (how characters react to situations) by author Rosemary Clement-Moore

9:00 PM: Panel of Professionals chat LIVE (Elana Roth, Kathleen Ortiz, Martha Mihalick, Paul Samuelson)

10:30 PM: Working with Agents and Editors, a live Workshop with literary agent Mark McVeigh


Yeah, pretty nice, isn't it! See you there!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Brick Collecting Love and Osceola Mills

I realized I forgot to post about my successes in antique brick hunting from my trip to Pennsylvania. I'm pretty sure nobody's been dying for the post (except for perhaps my relatives), but here you go.

So Fourth of July weekend it was up to Osceola Mills, PA for some family fun, ATV riding, antique brick collecting, and treasure hunting.


We started off with success in the woods near the house, finding this patch of bricks.


And here they are stacked.


Then it was off to this gem of a place where there wasn't much in the way of bricks, but it just begged to be explored.


I was a bit worried the roof would fall on top of me, so I didn't venture inside but got this closer picture from the outside.


And we did find a perfect "OSCEOLA" brick off to the side.


The old outhouse looks like it will be better explored in the winter when no rattlesnakes will be hiding in the tall grass.


Here's what a side cut looks like of where it's been strip mined (taken in the "Little Rascals" quarry).


The old bus stop.


Me with our brand new metal detector. This thing worked way better than the previous model circa 1974. We found nails, old pipes, hooks, and pieces of rail used by mining cars (taken outside an old coal mine).


Another stash of bricks. These we left in place to keep the critters out of the garage.


My brick collecting assistant helping dig a brick out of the road.


Me riding the ATV.


Roasting marshmallows on the Fourth.


Did I mention how much fun this is to do?


I opted against posting a picture of what we found in the freezer. Any guesses?

Hope you guys have a great week!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

THE EXILED QUEEN ARC Giveaway

This week I'm heading back into some YA ARC giveaways, and I'll start with this fabulous new book from the Seven Realms. I love the covers of these novels. They seriously make me want to lose myself in reading them.

THE EXILED QUEEN (A Seven Realms Novel) by Cinda Williams Chima (Hyperion, Sept 2010)


From Amazon:

You can't always run from danger...

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

*Source of book: From publisher at BEA


For your chance to win this awesome ARC, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Follow The Texas Sweethearts blog
3) Comment on this blog post


For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me


And make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, August 20, 2010!


And don't forget:

Enter to win an ARC of VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE by Scott Seegert

BLACK HOLE SUN and THE MARBURY LENS ARC Winners!

A huge thank you to everyone who has been entering my ARC giveaways!

*****

The winner of an ARC of BLACK HOLE SUN by David Macinnis Gill (Harper/Greenwillow, August 2010)

is ...


*****

The winner of an ARC of THE MARBURY LENS by Andrew Smith (Feiwel & Friends, Nov 2010)

is...

KIM FULLER at BookumsXlibro

*****

And thank you again to everyone who entered!

Don't forget I am also giving away...


VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE: HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD by Scott Seegert (EgmontUSA, August 2010)




Click here to enter!

Look for more giveaways coming this week!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Book Trailer Love! HOLLER LOUDLY by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Barry Gott

I have officially ventured into the making of book trailers, and I couldn't be happier to show you a book trailer I made for what I consider to be the most darling picture book coming out this fall!

I give you HOLLER LOUDLY, written by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Barry Gott.



HOLLER LOUDLY will be available from Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc., November 11, 2010.


From Amazon:

Holler Loudly has a voice as big as the southwestern sky, and everywhere he goes, people tell him to "Hush!" From math class to the movies and even the state fair, Holler's LOUD voice just keeps getting him into trouble. But when a huge tornado comes twisting into town, Holler (with that voice of his!) saves the day.

Readers will cheer for this rollicking story about celebrating our unique gifts, and Barry Gott's bright, fun illustrations will have you hollering for more.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Ultimate YA Fantasy Showdown—Coming Soon!

Something is going down. Something big.


How would you like to see Edward duke it out against Hermione? Or Katniss and Katsa? Well, guess what? You can, in the first ever YA Fantasy Showdown. In celebration of Suzanne Collins' final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, a group of bloggers are pitting some of the best-known characters in YA in the ultimate showdown. And you get to pick the winner.

That’s right. You read the battles, evaluate the characters, and vote for who has the honor of moving on to the next round. It’s a tournament like you’ve never seen before (because there’s more). The authors have been asked to participate and advocate their character in writing their own version of the battle. It’s going to be truly epic. Or at least a good way to pass the time until Mockingjay comes out. It all goes down August 10th.


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Toy Story 3 and Play Lists

I've never been one to make a play list of songs for a book I'm writing, but I see tons of authors doing this. Truth is, until now, I've never really seen a strong reason aside from it's a really cool thing to do that I just haven't made time for thus far. That said, every time I see movies that bring me to the edge of tears and beyond, I think about the power of music in evoking the emotions.

Pixar has an amazing ability to have nothing but music and make me cry. Take UP for instance. Those first ten minutes I'm wiping my face constantly. They manage to say so much with only pictures and music. Not a single word is spoken. It's genius. And then there is Toy Story 3. I saw it this weekend and seriously cried about ten times starting from the very first scene where we're watching Andy's video of him playing when he was young. So much is relayed in the images, but then the music is added which really cinches the deal.

So here's my question? Does the creation of a play list for a manuscript help in writing more emotion into scenes? Because if it does, then I'm all over that. Or is it just a fun thing authors do to connect more with their story?

* And I'm laughing at this movie poster. It's subtitled "The Breakout Comedy of the Summer." I'm thinking it's more along the lines of "The Saddest Movie of the Summer."

VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE ARC Giveaway

I've been doing plenty of YA ARC giveaways, so I thought I'd offer up a fantastic MG ARC from Egmont. Up for giveaway this week is...

VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE: HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD by Scott Seegert (EgmontUSA, August 2010)


From Amazon:

Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak's level of infamy.

From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents' basement in Trenton, New Jersey).
With chapter titles like "Bringing Out the Evil" and "Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization," numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces.

In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.)


For your chance to win this awesome ARC, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Follow The Texas Sweethearts blog
3) Comment on this blog post


For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me


And make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, August 13, 2010!


And don't forget:

Enter to win an ARC of BLACK HOLE SUN by David Macinnis Gill and

Enter to win an ARC of THE MARBURY LENS by Andrew Smith

Sunday, August 01, 2010

BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS and WHERE THE TRUTH LIES ARC Winners!

A huge thank you to everyone who has been entering my ARC giveaways!

The winner of an ARC of BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown, October 2010)

is...



and the winner of an ARC of WHERE THE TRUTH LIES by Jessica Warman (Walker, Oct 2010)


is ...


*****

And thank you again to everyone who entered!

Don't forget I am also giving away...

BLACK HOLE SUN by David Macinnis Gill (Harper/Greenwillow, August 2010)
Click here to enter!


and

THE MARBURY LENS by Andrew Smith (Feiwel & Friends, Nov 2010)
Click here to enter!



Look for more giveaways coming this week!