Monday, September 19, 2011

Everneath Contest--Because I care for you that much!

I know if you  have stopped by my blog over the past couple of months all you have seen or heard has been  crickets--my mind has been empty and my life has been distracting. I know--excuses, excuses.  I have to tell you that I have been thinking of you and trying to find a way to kick off the blog again, well this weekend an opportunity of a lifetime arose.

Last Friday my brother nonchalantly stops by my office at work and sets a book down on my desk.  Nothing unusual there because he is quite the avid reader and likes to share his favorites. I look over and see that it is an advanced reader copy (ARC for those of us in the know) of my sister-in-law, Brodi Ashton's book, Everneath.  I became really excited, because I had yet to read the fully edited, gone to the presses version and I thought he was letting me borrow it! (I've been in a family line waiting for the ARC for weeks.)



Then he said "This is yours."

I look up in disbelief--"Mine" I ask in a muted whisper, my voice stolen by unbelief.

"Yes, yours to do with what you will!"

(The above version of events is dramatized because in reality there was some embarrassing squealing.)

So, after reading it greedily and letting my daughters read it greedily it is now up for grabs to you--because I just have to share the joy!

Thumbs up from Daughter L
Not only am I excited that I know someone who has an agent, editor, and publishing powerhouse behind her book, but I am excited because it is a truly, truly, truly exceptional book. It is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance. While that industry description says a lot it doesn't say nearly enough.  It is beautifully written (as good as any literary fiction), it has soul, wonderful characters, absorbing plot, consuming twists and turns and it makes you cry, smile and sigh.

I loved it from beginning to end and the first time I finished it (after I had that moment of sadness when you finish a book you love and know that you have to leave that wonderful world) the hair on the back of my neck stood up on end--yes, it was that good--it was as if I could see it being published and loved by millions.  I also was a little sad because now everyone would know what a great person Brodi was and I would have to share her.

So, I have this crazy good, signed by the author, book to give away.  It has already been read by some reviewers, so it has the slightly worn look of a beloved book shared by a few respectful readers.

Here's the deal--I am giving this ARC away--but not for free. You have to do three things:

1.  Make a comment on my blog--any comment on any of my posts in the past or until Friday the 23rd of September, 2011.

2. Make a comment on Brodi's blog.

3. Become a follower of my blog.  (If you are already a follower--then good for you and you are already a step ahead!)

Then I will put the names in a hat and choose!

Stay tuned because the countdown to release has just begun--other prizes coming soon!

33 comments:

  1. I'm excited! Plus, now I have a new blog to follow!

    Thanks so much!

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  2. I can't wait to read this book! :D Also, I very much likes the tags and such you use on your blog posts, they are amusing. :D

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  3. I'm a new follower. And I left comments on both blogs. Thanks! :)

    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. I'm following you and left comment here and on the other blog. Please please pick me. I've wanted a copy of this book since I heard about it.

    opal23zuniga(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Jessica--thanks for the comments and supporting my crass opportunism!

    Anna--thanks for the compliment!

    A.J.--I'll have to check out the comments on Brodi's too. Thanks for doing the drill.

    Gail--Good luck, your name is in the hat!

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  6. Yay for fun giveaways!! I can't wait for this book! So excited:)

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  7. Done done and done! I can't wait to read more from you!

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  8. Andrea--I love giveaways too.

    Coranne--Check, check, check and thanks!

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  9. I'm a new follower and would love to win a copy! I love reading blogs and am always looking for new ones to follow.

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  10. I just started following as well- I'm glad you enjoyed Everneath, because I've had my eye on it for months now! I'm happy to hear that it sounds like it's going to live up to the hype :)

    I commented on Brodi's blog: http://brodiashton.blogspot.com/2011/09/can-you-name-that-literary-character.html?showComment=1316449140305#c6168048594564250440

    And a comment for you too!
    http://edenannjohnson.blogspot.com/2011/07/who-knew-hickory-burgers-would-give-me.html#comment-form

    everafteresther(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. Awesome! I'm so excited to read this! Comments and follows done. :)

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  12. No Bodi, thank you!

    Allison--glad to have you aboard.

    Aliceatthemoon--your name is in the hat.

    Faith--you are set!

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  13. I suppose there is an exclusion for immediate family? I mean really immediate.

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  14. Totally awesome! I don't have much more to say than, totally awesome. Put me in the hat! Yahoo! *fingers crossed*

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  15. Commented on Brodi's blog. Following you. Commenting here.

    I got to the the ARC and want one of the own. This is a wonderful book.

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  16. Oh my gosh, I hope I get it! I've wanted to read this ever since I heard about it.

    I commented on Brodi's blog and now I'm following yours as well. :)

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  17. Comments and follows done. Thanks for this giveaway!

    Erin.
    little_dhampir@live.com.au

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  18. Awe thanks so much for the chance! I've been dying to read this book like crazy!!!!

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  19. Even if I don't win the book - I can't wait to get my own copy to read - and I have connections to get it signed by the author ;)

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  20. Following your blog .
    Commented on your Sunflower at Wheeler Farm post :)
    Also commented on Brodi's blog post.

    Can't wait to read Everneath ! Thanks s lot for this opportunity ! <3

    Ifrah
    Starlight023(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Thank you for the amazing giveaway! I am dying to get my hands on Everneath. Can you feel my jealousy radiating from your computer screen? And gosh that cover is so stunning! <3

    Follower and commented on Brodi's blog :)

    Thanks,
    hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

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  22. Danno--you made immediate sound so intimate!

    Small Town Shellie Brown--of course you are in the hat.

    Donna K. --I know how you feel, once you read it you want to keep it.

    Ru--You are in!

    Little_Dhampir91--thanks

    Valia Lind--You are most welcome

    Underwood Nest--It seems we all are using our connections! Good luck.

    Ifrah--Thanks for the sunflower comment

    Brodie--Honestly, I could feel some jealousy radiating! The cover is fantastic.

    Good luck to everyone!

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  23. I'm so excited for the book! I've done all the above. :] Thanks so much for the giveaway! ~ Gabi

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  24. Oh gosh! I forgot to include my e-mail. It's teddycavygal at yahoo dot com.

    :] Thanks! ~ Gabi

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  25. I thought ARCS only existed in fairytals and high brow people who don't really appreciate or devour great books and you are giving plain ole folks the opportunity? Don't I feel SPECIAL!
    I've followed all of the rules, to a T, and actually have a chance?!
    FINGERS CROSSED!
    ellandriel@hotmail.com

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  26. Yes, Amanda the work can sometimes be a magical place! Good luck.

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  27. How fun is this! Can't wait to read it!

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  28. OOOO Am I too late? If not put me in for the competition too! I Just read the Twilight series again I am in desperate need of a new book :) Hope your doing well. XOXO

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  29. Cher--It was great to hear from you. I love reading about your cooking class.

    Ashley--It's been too long! Thanks for commenting and your name is added to the list.

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  30. GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom I would love to win this book, really want to promote it on my own site! I was able to grab the widget too!

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  31. Awesome!!! Thanks so much :) I also became a new GFC follower :)
    commented on
    http://brodiashton.blogspot.com/2011/09/saddest-banana-in-world.html?showComment=1316837529763#c1554083027580052331

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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