Friday, July 04, 2008

Spooky News & Giveaways

Happy Independence Day to those who celebrate it! Please note that Cynsations will be taking a very short hiatus, and will resume posting next Thursday, July 10!

The Cynsations grand prize giveaways for July are two signed copies of Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon Pulse, 2008). From the promotional copy: "For 17 year-old Janie Hannagan, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but- nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her half a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does; they'd never believe her or, worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. Because for the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant...." See also the book trailer below!

To enter the giveaway, email me (scroll for address) with your name and snail/street mail address by 10 p.m. CST July 31! Please also type "Wake" in the subject line. Note: one autographed copy will be awarded to a YA public librarian (please specify library with entry) and one autographed copy will be awarded to any Cynsations YA reader.

Check out the book trailer for Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon Pulse, 2008)!

And that's not all! Enter to win a copy of Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes (Houghton Mifflin, 2008)! Read a Cynsations interview with Louise.

From the promotional copy: "...and they lived happily ever after. Remember the fairy tales you put away after you found that no princess is as beautiful as common sense and happy endings are just the beginning? Well, the old tales are back, and they've grown up! Black Pearls brings you the stories of your childhood, told in a way you've never heard before. Instead of lulling you to sleep, they'll wake you up to the haunting sadness that waits just inside the windows of a gingerbread cottage, the passion that fuels a witch's flight, and the heartache that comes, again and again, at the stroke of midnight. Make no mistake: these stories are as dark as human nature itself. But they shine, too, lit with the fire of our dreams and our hunger for magic."

To enter the giveaway, email me (scroll for address) with your name and snail/street mail address by 10 p.m. CST July 14! Please also type "Black Pearls" in the subject line.

June Giveaway Winners

Winners of the autographed sets of 25 Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008) bookmarks in celebration of summer reading were: Rachel at Brentwood Public Library in Pittsburgh; Barbara at Suffolk Cooperative Library System in Bellport, New York; Deena at Brighton Memorial Library in Rochester; Laura at Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library (who also received a Tantalize audio), and Deb at San Marcos Public Library in San Marcos, Texas; (who also received a Sanguini's T-shirt (Sanguini's is the fictional vampire restaurant in the book)). Due to popular response, additional giveaways were awarded! Valerie at Chambers County Library System in Anahuac, Texas; and Edda at the International Mall Branch Library in Miami both won bonus sets. In addition, Chelsie at the Necedah Memorial Library in Necedah, Wisconsin, won the bonus set along with a Sanguini's T-shirt, and Ray at Rio Linda Public Library in Rio Linda, California, won bonus set, plus a Sanguini's T-shirt and Tantalize audio! Wahoo! Thank you to all who entered! Note: I'm currently out of bookmarks, but more are on order.

More News & Giveaways

Vladimir Tod's Best Nighttime Photo: win an iPod nano and great prizes from Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd at Sugarloot: Sweet Contests. Deadline: Aug. 11. Learn more here!

Do you have some odd books? 826 Valencia recently opened a satellite space at James Lick Middle School in San Francisco. They're looking for some donations. Source: McSweeney's Internet Tendency by way of author Donna Gephart.

Author Cecil Castellucci is giving away an advanced reader copy of her graphic novel Janes in Love (Minx, 2008)! Find out how to enter here. Read a Cynsations interview with Cecil.

Are you a YA reader? Check out the bounty of giveaways at TeensReadToo!

Author Claudia Gray is now fielding character interview questions! Peek: "What do I mean by that? You send in questions for Bianca, and she will answer. Although you're interviewing Bianca right after Evernight, when she has no idea what will happen in future books, feel free to ask her absolutely anything. I don't promise that she will answer every question asked, but we'll post a good interview with her here and on the website August 1." Learn more!

Check out a book trailer for Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Hyperion, 2008)! Note: Deadly Little Secret is the first novel in the "touch novel series."

Attention, Texans!

"Create Your Own Future with Goals and Time Management" with P. J. Hoover from Austin SCBWI on July 19 at Barnes and Noble Westlake. "Imagine you can achieve anything. Imagine there is no way you will fail. What goal would you pick above all others? Half the battle in achieving goals in life is knowing what they are. The other half is formulating a plan to achieve those goals. Firm goals and excellent time management skills will lead to success in every aspect of life. Financial success. Strong relationships. Excellent health. All things are possible, and, with a little inspiration, you'll create a new future for yourself. Author P.J. (Tricia) Hoover will talk about some great ways set goals and to use time to achieve those goals. So come listen and learn how to make the most of life's most valuable resource--Time." P.J. is the debut author of The Emerald Tablet (Blooming Tree, Oct. 2008). The Emerald Tablet is the first book in her middle grade science-fiction trilogy, The Forgotten Worlds Books.

Slumber Party @ Teen Fest: April Lurie (author interview), Jennifer Ziegler (author interview), and Cynthia Leitich Smith will join forces in a "lively, intimate discussion about books and writing for teen girls" at noon Aug. 2 at Carver Branch Library/Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas. The event will include a book signing, "games, snacks, beauty tips, and even a passionate reading contest. Pajamas and pillows optional!"

Austin SCBWI's "A Day with an Editor" featuring Jill Santopolo, author and senior editor at Laura Geringer/HarperCollins, and Cynthia Leitich Smith will be Sept. 13. "Mark your calendars now and prepare to register early as this event is expected to be a sellout. Registrations will open around July 1, and registration forms will be available at Austin SCBWI." Note: Jill is interested in literary novels, quirky middle grades, and picture books. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and is the author of Alec Flint, Super Sleuth: The Nina, The Pinta and the Vanishing Treasure (Scholastic/Orchard, 2008).

More Personally

Again, please note that Cynsations will be taking a very short hiatus, and will resume posting next Thursday, July 10! Again, to those who celebrate it, have a wonderful and safe July 4th weekend!

Attention: Tantalize fans! A teen YA reader known as "Miss Quincie" has started a brand new Tantalize Fan Forum. For those of you on MySpace, see also Tantalize Fans Unite!

On a related note, the Sanguini's store at Printfection will be closing soon (no worries! the Sanguini's store at CafePress is being expanded soon--with new designs). Certain colors and styles of shirts with the Sanguini's logo will no longer be available, so shop Printfection now, if you have your heart set on one of its selections.

Thanks so much to the Denton (Texas) Public Library for featuring the Tantalize book trailer on your MySpace page! I'm glad you like it! See an interview with Shayne Leighton on the making of the trailer!

Tale of 3 Blogs (and 4 Bloggers) from Lynn E. Hazen at Imaginary Blog. Peek: "I'm imagining this experiment as a sort of literary, slightly random, Word-Association-Rorschach-Blotty-Blog-Interview..." Read a Cynsations interview with Lynn. Note: it was an honor to be interviewed with Elizabeth Bird, Eisha, and Jules! Thanks, Lynn!

Do you read Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals? What for "A Lawyer She Was, An Author She Is: An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith" by David Gill (June 1, 2008)(Pg. 64(2) Vol. 35 No. 5). Note: includes breaking news about Eternal (Candlewick, March 2009).

Bon voyage to all those leaving for the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults summer residency! Congratulations to the graduates, who include my former advisees Lynn Acheson, Mari Jorgenson, Marianna Baer, and Rebecca Van Slyke! A big welcome to new faculty members Shelley Tanaka and Alan Cumyn! See you all in January! Note: the new VCFA URL is:


Author Goddesses Libba Bray and Maureen Johnson: