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    100 Follower Giveaway – Signed Cryer’s Cross and Wake Trilogy

    Contest has ended!

    Winner announced later today

    Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to enter to the contest, posted comments or opted to follow. You guys are so very appreciated.

    Without you I’d have a super lonely blog and just be some crazy lady talking to myself.

    There will also be a surprise 2nd place winner of their choice of an unsigned set of the books from the Book Depository or Amazon OR a $25 USD eGift Card from Amazon.

    Today I have reached 100 followers – YAY!

    (Just scroll down to the “Click Here to Enter” if you don’t want to read the blah, blahs.)

    Thank you to all the awesome people who have stopped by my blog and opted to follow. I really appreciate each and every one of you. And thanks, too, for those who just come by for a visit. All of you who have read my posts and left comments are amazing.

    Without you I’d just be talking to myself.

    So, as promised, though I didn’t anticipate reaching the 100 quite so soon after my last giveaway, here is my 100 follower giveaway. (And it is International.)

    I’m giving away a signed hardcover copy of Lisa McMann’s Cryer’s Cross along with signed paperbacks of her Wake trilogy.

    The amazing Lisa McMann had come to town for a book signing and I had the great pleasure to meet her and some other awesome authors. After her visit the store had a number of books she had signed for them, so I thought buying a few would be a great way to support her and for a possible future giveaway on the blog.

    The rules are simple:

    You must be 13 to enter.

    Giveaway is International where allowed by law.

    That’s it!

    You do not need to spread the word, follow, tweet, etc. But as this is a followers giveaway, there are extra entries for following.

    Contest ends on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at Midnight. Winner will be announced Monday on the blog.

    All details are on the Google docs form, so…

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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    The Extras: Teasers #2

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

    Amelia’s thoughts:

    For one sunlit season, I had laughed and I had loved and I had been extraordinary. It was a glorious ruination–my madness was mine–and for that, I was not sorry.

    I can’t put my favorite passage here or I’d be giving away a spoiler but if you read the book you’ll find it at the very end.

    Ashlyn’s thoughts:

    His whisper slipped into my soul, just like it had countless times before, and wound around my tender heart.

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    Colin’s brief touch at my shoulder was assuring. What did he know of the counterfeit life of which I’d been no more than currency, an ivory pawn?

    Eden’s thoughts:

    Memories rose, rippling like pebbles tossed into the lies she’d told herself to try to forget about him.

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    With a whispered breath, he moaned, “Love.” It rolled from his lips like a promise, echoed layer after layer. Deep inside her, something shivered.

    Kathryn’s thoughts:

    The human voice, it turns out, just isn’t that strong. Human hatred, on the other hand, is.

    Violet’s thoughts:

    He smiled then, a sad smile that almost made my heart break into a million little pieces.

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    Raising one hand to his lips, he kissed his fingertips, and then pressed them against my heart. Something about the gesture said more than any words could, bringing tears to my eyes.

    Aristanae’s thoughts:

    He pulled me closer, tighter, deepening the kiss as though starving, yet taking the time to savor every second. I knew how to kiss, knew the mechanics involved, but this was the first time I’d ever lost myself, ever wanted it more than breathing and wanted to keep doing it until time stood still and the earth faded away.

    I do have a favorite passage close to the end, but it is a spoiler. Here are just a few of the overwhelmingly many beautiful passages in this book.

    Kendall’s thoughts:

    She counts the steps to one hundred, and then she can stop and really concentrate on the ball. She loves the way it moves over the grass, like a hand on bare skin, seeking out all the nuances.

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    She is forever in that moment just before sleep, that sweet hovering of a moment where nothing else matters. Sounds, urges, all is deep background noise. This, she realizes . . . this is truly where her brain doesn’t rule her world.

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    The desk :

    Save me. I’m alive. Say yes. I need you. Come back.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #6

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    As is the case each week, these are all books I have on pre-order or plan on buying when released.

    Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in all formats from Amazon and in hardcover and audio formats from Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 240 pages.

    I had a chance to read this book as part of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program. But I have the eBook on pre-order and I may pick up a copy in hardcover when the author, Lisa McMann, comes to town for her book signings at Barnes & Noble. (So excited.)

    This book is eerie, haunting and disturbing in so many really good ways. And you will definitely want to read on to find out if Kendall can figure out just what happened to her best friend Nico and fellow high school student Tiffany Quinn.

    This is such an amazing book and is a really quick read so there is no reason for it to remain at the bottom of the TBR pile!

    If you’d like to take a look at my review, to read the description from Goodreads or watch the trailer, either click here or scroll down to my post from Sunday, February 6.

    To read an excerpt from Scribd, click here.

    Cloaked by Alex Flinn will also be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print version is 352 pages.

    I’ve read and re-read Alex Flinn’s book Beastly which has been made into film and will be released soon. So, of course I have to check out this book by the author.

    I’m not totally clear on the whole story behind Cloaked, but per Goodreads it’s a “modern fairy-tale mashup.” Apparently there’s a curse, a frog, a talking fox and some swans. So it sounds like a cute and fun read and I can’t wait to get a chance to do so later this month.

    Click here to read an excerpt from the author’s website.

    Pink by Lili Wilkinson will also be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats. (Note: This book was originally published on August 1st 2009 by Allen & Unwin.)

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Pink was a book recommended to me by a friend which is why I’m buying it knowing little about it or the author.

    It isn’t necessarily a book I’d typically read, but it looks to be an interesting book about self-discovery, as the main character Ava changes schools and tries to recreate herself with a completely new identity. And, as I’m sure is the case, things do not go as planned!

    I’m not certain just how “Americanized” the U.S. edition will be, if at all, from the original release, but I would like to get my hands on the original for comparison. And although I think the U.S. cover is pretty, I kind of like the Australian cover a bit more.

    Father of Lies by Ann Warren Turner will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover only.

    Published by HarperTeen, the hardcover is 256 pages.

    I’m looking forward to reading this book even though I’ve had to order the hardcover since it’s not available as an eBook just yet.

    Set during the Salem witch trials, the book is a fictitious story of one girl’s experience during that frightening time. It reminds me a little bit of the book  Johnny Tremain, which was a boys perspective of life in revolutionary America, which I really enjoyed. Although in this story, the girl has some sort of special abilities that make life even more complicated and possibly life-threatening.

    This is another book that seems to offer up something just a bit different from the norm so I can’t wait to take a peek.

    Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley will be released in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the paperback is 304 pages.

    Where I Belong is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    This is another type of story I really enjoy. A girl who is living the privileged life loses everything and is forced to move to Texas to live with her grandparents, attend public school and take a rather unpleasant job. And as is promised from the summary she realizes things may not have been as perfect as they once seemed and her desperate attempts to return to her old life may no longer be what she really wants.

    It looks sweet, fun and I bet there is a whole bunch of sad thrown in for good measure and I can’t wait to start reading this one!

    To read an excerpt from the author’s website, click here and click the tab marked “excerpt.”

    Where I Belong promotional book trailer: (Included because it’s cute and fun!)

    So Shelly by Ty Roth will also be released on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. and is the last book I’m spotlighting this week. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover eBook formats.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    So Shelly is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    What first drew me to this book was the beautiful cover. I learned about this book from my participation in the DAC and decided that this might be an interesting and different sort of book for me to read.

    The characters are based on poets John Keats, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley in a story set in modern times. Many of their real-life experiences are brought into this story which starts off with the mysterious drowning of Keats and Byron’s friend Shelly.

    Of course any sort of book where there is a “tragic” and “untimely end” would grab my attention. There is just something appealing about books that already start with an ending or a death and the pieces get filled in as you read on. Add to this a story involving a fictionalization of some of the greatest romantic poets makes this a very different type of story that I am most curious about.

    I hope to get a chance to read this right away, but it may not move to the top of my pile until early March as February 15 is a huge release day for a number of books I’ve been waiting on for ages and ages.

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    If you haven’t yet had a chance to grab any of these books it’s still not too late. Happy reading!

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    Review: Cryer’s Cross

    Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann will be released on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is available now for pre-order online at Amazon in all formats and at Barnes & Noble in print and audio.

    (Note: pre-orders previously placed for the Kindle edition were canceled out by Amazon because there is a new Kindle multimedia version available for pre-order. It will still work on the Kindle, but this version has additional content that is only available for iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices.)

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 240 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic.

    Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad.

    Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him?

    The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

    When Tiffany Quinn disappears, the small town of Cryer’s Cross, Montana, drops everything to search for the missing girl. It is the last week of Kendall Fletcher’s junior year and the school cancels classes a week early so that everyone can help with the search.

    When the fall school semester rolls around, no one is any closer to figuring out what happened to Tiffany. But the arrival of two new students, Marlena and Jacián Obregon, helps to fill the empty space she left in their small twenty-four student school.

    This balance helps to calm the chaos that Kendall has been feeling due to her OCD ever since Tiffany went missing. But when her lifelong best friend Nico Cruz begins to pull away and then disappears without a trace, just like Tiffany, Kendall’s ordered world completely shatters.

    In addition to the loss of a friend, now with a soccer team too small to continue, Kendall loses another outlet for escape from the OCD that threatens to overwhelm her. So when she begins hearing Nico’s voice coming from his empty desk next to hers, she just knows she is going crazy.

    Even if the voice isn’t real and she has completely lost it, how can she take the chance at ignoring his plea for help? With no clues as to what might have happened to him, this may be her only means of saving him. But if she gives in to his seductive entreaty will she find herself just as lost as Nico and Tiffany?

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    Cryer’s Cross is an eerie, haunting and unsettling novel by author Lisa McMann. Set in this small rural town in Montana, that still has a hitching post at the one-room schoolhouse and is a community where you can leave your car keys under the floor mat in the front seat and not worry about it being stolen, the disappearance of two teenagers is devastating.

    The idea that foul play of this nature could reach a town such as theirs is unheard of, and the arrival of the Obregon family immediately casts suspicion on their high school-aged son, Jacián when Tiffany vanishes. And even though he’s cleared of any suspicion by the sheriff, Kendall is still wary of the moody and hostile boy.

    However, as circumstances continue to push the two of them together, she realizes that Jacián may be the only person who can understand what she’s going through, help alleviate some her suffering and figure out the mystery behind Nico’s disappearance.

    Author Lisa McMann is an absolutely unique and brilliant writer. The style in which Cryer’s Cross is written has a very similar feel to her WAKE trilogy, making you feel as if you are a voyeur to the story, slightly disconnected, and even as if the main character, too, is somehow distanced from her role in everything that is going on.

    The story is eerie and haunting and you can almost feel the tension that builds within Kendall when she has no release for the hold that the OCD has on her. And the end of chapter passages are disturbing and disquieting and will leave you feeling very unsettled as you begin the next.

    Cryer’s Cross is a very quick read and one that will completely suck you in, making you feel like you are out there in this small, desolate town with miles of quiet, open space, counting the paces along with Kendall. This is not a story to read while listening to a Clint Mansell score or in quiet solitude or you just may find yourself being lured in by those whispered words to, “save me.” But this is definitely a story you must read.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    From my review above, I’m not sure how clear it is just how much I freaking loved this book. I absolutely love a story that can give you a sad, hollow feeling inside and huge case of the heebie-jeebies. I got no warm fuzzies from reading this and didn’t expect to. But for the few hours I spent devouring this novel I was completely transported into this reality created by the author.

    I absolutely love Lisa McMann’s writing. I was completely captivated by her WAKE trilogy, although I do have to read the last book again as I think I might have missed something key when reading it.

    But when I first heard about Cryer’s Cross, read the synopsis and listened to the very creepy countdown widget I knew I couldn’t wait to read it. As much as I love those happily ever after love stories, or tragic romantic paranormal dramas, there is nothing quite like a book that leaves you feeling very off-balance and completely spaced out. This is unequivocally that kind of story.

    And I cannot forget to say that kudos must be given to the maker of the book trailer which is the perfect companion to the story and is a perfect reflection of the creepy, eeriness that is Cryer’s Cross. And exactly expresses the feeling I got when reading it.

    If you are a reader who doesn’t get so immersed in a story that you create a visual picture, just watch this trailer first and it will certainly set this stage for you.

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    To read an excerpt of Cryer’s Cross from Scribd, click here.

    Book trailer for Cryer’s Cross:

    This review is based on an eARC I received as part of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program.

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    The Extras: February

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once in awhile I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description.

    Some of these are new, and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice sneak peek or freebie now and again?

    Cryer’s Cross is a new book by Lisa McMann, author of the Wake, Fade, Gone trilogy. A nice long excerpt can be read at Scribd or you can listen to an audio excerpt at Simon & Schuster.

    Wolfsbane is the sequel to Nightshade by author Andrea Cremer. The first chapter is available for free download from the Nightshade website. It will definitely tease you in with the tagline “How many trials can love survive?”

    Darkest Mercy is the final book in the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr. The author has been revealing excerpts of Darkest Mercy on her blog “one bite at a time.” Click here to read. I know I’ve posted the link before, but I’ve added here again as release date is in less than a month and she just updated with a long excerpt. Her next update will be on January 29th.


    An excerpt of the first chapter from The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan is available on the author’s blog. The Demon’s Surrender is the third and final book in The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. It will be released on June 14, 2011 in the U.S.

    Cat Calls from Cynthia Leitich Smith is a brief story set in the same world as Tantalize, Eternal and Blessed. It is available for a free download from Amazon. It was published on December 23rd, but is still being offered as a freebie. It will be included in Blessed if you would prefer to wait and read it in print on January 25th.

    Don’t Die Dragonfly is a free Amazon download from author Linda Joy Singleton. It is a full-length book, and is the first book in the Seer series. It was originally released in 2004, but is currently being offered for free to entice you to read the other books in the series.

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    The Trailers: February

    For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for upcoming books releasing this February.

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    Delirium by Lauren Oliver

    Release date: February 1, 2011

    (Fan made)

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    Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

    Release date: February 8, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Desires of the Dead (Body Finder series) by Kimberly Derting

    Release date: February 15, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely series) by Melissa Marr

    Release date: February 22, 2011

    (COS Productions)

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming this afternoon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Delirium-Trilogy-Lauren-Oliver/dp/0061726826
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    Book Watch: Cryer’s Cross

    Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann will be released on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats in the U.S. The hardcover edition is 240 pages and the book is published by Simon Pulse. It is currently available for pre-order in all formats at Amazon.com and in hardcover and audio at Barnes & Noble.

    Goodreads description:

    The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace.

    Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic.

    Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him?

    The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

    Cryer’s Cross is a new book from New York Times best-selling author Lisa McMann, author of the AMAZING Wake trilogy. While that series is definitely missed, Cryer’s Cross looks to be just as intriguing.

    It has been described as “[a] brilliant, engaging, scary piece of fiction” by author Heather Brewer and “an eerie, gripping, totally addictive, breathtaking whirl of a book” by author Alyson Noel.

    Even the widget was so creepy I had to remove it from my site as the plea to “help me” freaked me out every time I signed in.

    I know I have been anxiously awaiting this book’s release and have had it on my pre-order list for months. Check back in February for the review.

    Book trailer for Cryer’s Cross:

    Author Lisa McMann talks about Cryer’s Cross:

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