Friday, September 05, 2008

Spooky News & Giveaways

Enter to win one of four ARCs of Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez (Harcourt, 2008)(author interview)! From the promotional copy:

"Fashion statement...or something freakier?

"The first installment of this creepy, campy paperback original series introduces the psychic Giordano sisters—and their very strange hometown, Nightshade, California.

"Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior.

"When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can't help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new 'look.'

"Samantha looks a little...well, dead, and all the popular kids at school are copying her style.

"Is looking dead just another fashion trend for pretty popular Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad....

"Dead is the New Black is a fast-paced mystery that combines romance, humor, sibling rivalry, and lots of attitude."

To enter the giveaway, email me (scroll and click on the envelope) with your name and snail/street mail address by 10 p.m. CST Sept. 15! OR, if you're on MySpace or Facebook, you can message me on that network by 10 p.m. CST Sept. 15! But DON'T send in your contact information on MySpace or Facebook. I'll contact you for it if you win.

One ARC will go to a teacher, librarian, or university professor of youth literature (please indicate), two will go to any Cynsational readers, and one will go to a member of Tantalize Fans Unite! at MySpace. Please indicate status. Please also type "Dead is the New Black" in the subject line.

Enter to win one of three ARCs of The Devouring: Sorry Night by Simon Holt (Little Brown, Sept. 2008). To enter, email me (scroll and click on the envelope) with your name and snail/street mail address by 10 p.m. CST Sept. 8!

OR, if you're on MySpace or Facebook, you can message me on that network by 10 p.m. CST Sept. 8! But DON'T send in your contact information on MySpace or Facebook. I'll contact you for it if you win.

One ARC will go to a teacher, librarian, or university professor of youth literature (please indicate), one will go to any Cynsational reader, and one will go to a member of Tantalize Fans Unite! at MySpace. Please indicate status. Please also type "Devouring" in the subject line.

The winners of the Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, edited by P. C. Cast (BenBella, 2008)(exclusive to Borders/Waldenbooks) giveaway were: Ann, a school library media specialist in Tennessee; Lucile in Florida; and Ciera in South Carolina. Note: there's some delay in adding it to the Borders website, so try to find a "brick-and-mortar" store. Note: read a related interview with P. C. and Kristin Cast. Didn't win? Don't despair! Enter another Immortal giveaway, sponsored by fellow contributor Claudia Gray!

More Giveaways

Join debut author Kimberly Pauley from now to Sept. 10 at the The Official Sucks to Be Me Book Launch Par-tay! Note: it's so gracious (and typical) of Kimberly to be highlighting other authors as she launches her own debut title! There are tons of amazing giveaways!

TeensReadToo is giving away books by Dakota Lane, Sarah Mlynowski, Julie Anne Peters, Laura Resau, Dandi Daley Mackall, Sally Nemeth, Margo Rabb, Kathi Appelt, Michael P. Spradlin, Tamora Pierce, and Kenneth R. Besser. Learn how to enter here!


Contributor Claudia Gray is giving away three copies of Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, edited by P. C. Cast (BenBella, 2008)(exclusive to Borders/Waldenbooks)! Learn how to enter. Read a new interview with Claudia from Book Review Maniac. Peek: "I am currently working on a couple of proposals that are both definitely supernatural and romantic, but no vampires -- one involved witchcraft, and the other--hmmm--let's call them reincarnated time-travelers."

More News

Enter to win from the Texas Book Festival! Grand prize: VIP Trip for two to the Texas Book Festival in Austin from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Second prize: Fort Worth Arts and Culture Tour. Third prize: Barnes & Noble and BN.com Gift Basket & Gift Card. Check out the amazing details (airline tickets, spa resort, and much more)!

Stephen King's On Writing by Liz Gallagher from Through the Tollbooth. Peek: "You might be surprised to learn (I was!) that King doesn't plot. He just tells stories as they go. Even the really complicated ones. He says that stories are like relics, and that the writer's job is to uncover the relic, keeping as much of it in tact as possible." Read a Cynsations interview with Liz.

Check out this new book trailer for Zombie Blondes by Brian James (Feiwel & Friends, 2008), and read a Cynsations interview with Brian about the novel.



Coming Soon

Rick Guzman (Austin) will speak at the Sept. 13 meeting of the CenTex Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers in Round Rock, Texas. "Book Publishing Contracts: What You Need to Know," will discuss what to look for, what to avoid, and what it all means. "Guzman's law practice includes publishing interests, and he writes biographies of famous Latinos, most recently George Lopez: Latino King of Comedy (Enslow, 2008)." Source: Writers' League of Texas.

The Youth Literature Festival, sponsored by the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be Oct. 4. All events are free and open to the public and will be held at various locations across the Urbana-Champaign community.

Speakers will include: Ashley Bryan; Betsy Hearne; Dan Keding; W. Nikola-Lisa; Alice McGinty; Patricia Hruby Powell; Melodye Rosales; Marc Aronson; Susan Campbell Bartoletti; Chris Crutcher; Jan Spivey Gilchrist; Jennifer Holm; Paul Jancezko; Francisco Jimenez; M. E. Kerr; Robert Lipsyte; Robert San Souci; Cynthia Leitich Smith; Joyce Carol Thomas; Richard Van Camp; and Janet Wong.

See more information. Hope to see you there!

The first annual Hill Country Book Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Georgetown Public Library (Georgetown, Texas).

The children's activities will include author and illustrator visits; live music; face painting; crafts (puppets and collages). Free popcorn and snow cones will be available, as will hot dogs for $1.

Participating authors/illustrators include Liz Garton Scanlon, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, Don Tate, P. J. Hoover, and Deborah Frontiera. The Biscuit Brothers also will be performing! See schedule.

"Connections & Craft: Writing for Children and Young Adults:" hosted by Brazos Valley (Texas) SCBWI Nov. 15 at A & M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas. "Editor Joy Neaves, agent Emily Van Beek, and author Cynthia Leitich Smith comprise our faculty for this day-long event. Published BV-SCBWI authors will also conduct a hands-on Writers' Workshop." Download the brochure. Read a Cynsations interview with Emily.

Online Events

I'll be appearing twice to discuss Tantalize and related forthcoming books in October on the Eye4You Alliance Island at Second Life. From School Library Journal: "There will be two appearances, the first on the main grid of Second Life (for those 18 and over) on October 14, and again on October 28 on the teen grid of Teen Second." See more information.

More personally

Happy belated 14th wedding anniversary to Greg Leitich Smith! Last night we had a wonderful, celebratory dinner at Eddie V's.

Autographed paperback copies of Tantalize (Candlewick, 2008) are available at the Barnes & Noble Westlake (Texas), where April Lurie signed The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine (Delacorte, 2008) last Saturday. April also signed stock after the end of the event, so you can find them there, too, along with signed copies of her previous novel, Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds (Delacorte, 2007)(author interview).


Autographed hardcover copies of Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007) are available at Austin's famed indie bookstore, BookPeople. Go upstairs toward the BookKids section and you'll find the YA shelves along the east wall (and in that area). You can also call BookPeople at: 800.853.9757, to purchase a signed copy and request that it be shipped to you (postage will be charged).

You can of course also find the book at more fine indies, the various national chains (now including Wal-Mart), and libraries! If you'd like a signed bookplate for a copy of your own, feel free to write me with a snail/street mail address, and I'll zip it right off!

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