The Second OF ENEMIES & ENDINGS ARC Giveaway

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As I promised on Friday, I plan to give away One (1) Of Enemies and Endings galley every month until it comes out in June. So, that means that this next giveaway will be going on for ALL of March. If you would like to enter, please use the widget* below:

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The contest starts today. The contest ends on March 30 at 9PM PST/midnight EST.

I’ll announce the winner the following day…and then start another OE&E ARC giveaway the day after that. See how it works? :-D

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS!!!

ETA (3.6.2015): FYI, this giveaway is open to all international entries!

*If you’re new to using Rafflecopter, this video might be helpful (link here). Or follow these instructions:

1) Log in by clicking on the Facebook button (which allows Rafflecopter to contact you via Facebook) or by clicking on the “Use Your Email” button.

1a) Note: if you go with the “Use Your Email” option, you don’t have to use your real name (the widget will display the name you give if you win, but it’ll use an initial for your last name. For example, if I entered, it would say “Shelby B.,” instead of “Shelby Bach.”).

1b) However, if you go with the “Use Your Email” option, you DO need to provide a real email, even if it belongs to your parents or older sibling. The email will not be shared with anyone besides me, and I really do need a real one for all entries. Otherwise I can’t call the winners.

2) Both the Facebook and Use Your Email options should bring you to a new screen: themandatory entry option. For these giveaways, it’s easy. All you need to do is click on the “Just Want to Enter?” button. Once you have clicked on it, you have officially entered, and the number of total entries will go up by one with your entry! Woohoo!

3) Next, it’ll give you optional entry options, where you can earn extra changes to win. This might include commenting on the blog page, visiting The Ever Afters series on Facebook, following me on Twitter, or other things. The widget might ask for special information on this, but I’m not going to double check. This is an on your honor system!

The Nine Winners of the Breaking News Giveaway!

Breaking News GiveawayHello, readers!

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered and a special thank you to everyone who left questions! I meant to start answering them this week, but unfortunately, I’ve come down with an EPIC flu. This is the seventh day I’ve run fever and the sixth day I’ve spent in bed. The doctor says it can last up to FOURTEEN days, but I’m hoping that he’s wrong.

I mention this so that all the winners know that it may be a little while before I get these packages in the mail: I left them in the living room, far away from where I’ve been coughing, in order to keep them safe from this epic flu. It may be a while before I manage to get them to post office.

But without further ado, the winners are….

The first Of Enemies and Endings galley – Sara S.
The Awardwinners Prize Pack – Amanda K. T.
The Delirium Trilogy Prize Pack – Bella
The Heather Vogel Frederick Prize Pack – Emily V.
The I-Went-Back-To-North-Carolina-and-Picked-Up-Some-Southern-Gothic-Novels Prize Pack – Stephanie G.
The I-Attended-This-Signing-Just-Last Week Prize Pack – Abby H.
The Lunar Chronicles Prize Pack – Kayleen
The Recommended by Sherman Alexie Prize Pack – Jasmine D.
The So-You-Like-Middle-Grade-Fantasy?-Me-Too! Prize Pack – Kaitlyn

WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Congratulations to all our winners! And if there is some doubt about whether or not the names above are you, please check your email inboxes. I’ll be emailing all of you shortly.

Now, if you DIDN’T win, don’t despair. Well, at least if you were hoping to win Of Enemies and Endings. I will be putting up another galley giveaway very soon (probably March 1). My goal is to have a giveaway going every month, so you always have a chance to win it!

Breaking News: First OE&E Galley Inspires EPIC Giveaway

It’s here! It’s finally here!!!

Typically, the first galley giveaway happens in late December or early January, so you guys have been tremendously patient for this first chance to read Of Enemies and Endings. Thank you! It doesn’t seem fair that you would have to wait so long just for one shot to win one book, so over the past few months, I have been collecting other titles for an EPIC blog giveaway.

What does that mean?

It means I’m giving away not one, but NINE (9) prizes—as in a total of 23 BOOKS!!! (That’s my favorite number!!!!!)

Can you tell I’m excited about this?

Very quickly, here are the rules:

1) I’m only giving away ONE copy of the Of Enemies and Endings galley this month. Don’t worry though. I’ve set aside enough of them to do one ARC giveaway EVERY MONTH until the book’s release. (I am also VERY excited about this.)

2) Because there are so many prizes, I’m going to tweak the usual rules: you can win up to two prizes. In other other words, you could win the Of Enemies and Endings galley AND the Awardwinners prize pack, or you might win the Of Enemies and Endings galley AND the signed set of The Lunar Chronicles. But you wouldn’t be able to win Of Enemies and Endings, the Awardwinners prize pack, AND the signed set of The Lunar Chronicles, because that would be three prizes for one person and thus unfair,

3) You don’t have to use a real name when you enter, but you DO have to use a real email address (which no one will see but me). Otherwise, I won’t be able to contact you if you win.

4) I’m afraid that just leaving a comment on this page doesn’t automatically enter you in the contest, so please make sure you enter your information into the rafflecopter widget for each prize you would like to win!

For detailed instructions, check out this video, and if all else fails, please ask your parents or a tech-savvy sibling for help!

5) International entries are encouraged, as long as you know it’ll probably take slightly longer for your prize to reach you.

6) I usually ask you guys a question about books or fairy tales to answer in the comments (if you want), but this time, I’m going to do something a little different. I wanna know if there’s a question that you really want to ask me. I can’t promise I’ll answer every single one in the comments, BUT I’m working on a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. Plus, for some questions (like ones about writing), I may even dedicate a whole blog post to answering it!

(Disclaimer: If you’re wondering what is going on with Chase and Rory in OE&E, I’ll answer that right now with what I usually say about those two: their relationship changes A LOT over the course of the series. Revealing any more than that would involve huge spoilers. :-P)

[Edited to Add:] Also, you don’t HAVE to ask a question. You can just leave a comment if you want!

7) Contest ends on Friday, February 27 at 9PM PST/12AM EST! Winners will be posted on this blog and also emailed the following day.

Without further ado, here are the prizes! Hopefully, there’s something for everyone!!

(Disclaimer: Some are signed, and some are not. Check out the descriptions on the rafflecopter widgets to see which is which.)

The first Of Enemies and Endings galley

Of Enemies and Endings galley

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In case you would like to read the description of this book, check out this page. If you want to more spoiler-y version of that description, you can also visit this blog post, but WARNING: read at your own risk!  

The Awardwinners Prize Pack

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Two of my Faves of 2014 won the Newbery and a Newbery Medal this year, which made me VERY excited. Excited enough to give them away on this blog, in fact. I’m also throwing in an older title, A MONSTER CALLS, which was a Fave of 2012 and won some awards in the U.K. Please note: I think they’re having to reprint THE CROSSOVER, so I’ll either have to email you an e-copy or I’ll have to send you your prizes in separate packages. :-)  

The Delirium Trilogy Prize Pack

Delirium Trilogy

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This is one of my favorite dystopians ever. It takes place in a society that has outlawed love, BUT it’s really about emotion and choice.

The Heather Vogel Frederick Prize Pack

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I think the covers and titles give you a pretty good idea of what these books are about. I just wanted to add that I was on a panel with Heather Vogel Frederick in November, and one of my favorite moments was when several of Ms. Frederick’s fans came up to her with huge stacks of her books, wearing fan t-shirts and carrying thank you cards they had made themselves. They almost made Ms. Frederick cry!  

The I-Went-Back-To-North-Carolina-and-Picked-Up-Some-Southern-Gothic-Novels Prize Pack

I Went Back to NC

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Gothic novels are fun! They typically involve creepy houses, secrets, and sometimes ghosts…or witches. This is a mix of young adult and middle grade titles.

Disclaimer: technically, The Scorpio Races isn’t a Southern Gothic novel, but I bought it at the same store as the others–it seemed right to throw it in too!

The I-Attended-This-Signing-Just-Last Week Prize Pack

I Attended This Signing

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These are mysteries! Gayle Forman was another Fave of 2014, and I loved her new book too. I haven’t gotten a chance to read Blake Nelson’s latest, but it’s in my TBR bookcase. Also, this is probably for older readers (in other words, rated PG-13–cursing and stuff).

The Lunar Chronicles Prize Pack

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Another Fave of 2014, and one originally recommended by you guys! One reason I was so excited to meet Marissa Meyer last fall was that I planned to get a full set of her books and ask them to sign them for this giveaway!

The Recommended by Sherman Alexie Prize Pack

Recommended by Sherman Alexie

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On Small Business Saturday, Sherman Alexie was recommending books at University Bookstore, and I asked him for some middle grade book titles. That initially stumped him (he typically writes YA and adult), but he thought long and hard on it. These are the two he came up with!

The So-You-Like-Middle-Grade-Fantasy?-Me-Too! Prize Pack

So You Like MG  

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I felt like I was neglecting my favorite genre, so I picked up a few more titles this week. They may not be strictly categorized as middle grade fantasy, but I think they’ll appeal to MG fantasy readers:

The False Prince is sometimes pitched as young adult high fantasy (LOTS of intrigue, not so much actual magic), but the main character is about the same age as Rory in Of Enemies and EndingsSteelheart is definitely YA scifi, but still, SUPERHEROES! Except the Supers in this book are also the villains! I haven’t read Story Thieves yet. I just know that many of you readers have recommended this author to me (James Riley also wrote Half Upon A Time).

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Good luck to everyone who enters! Remember: You can win up to two prizes!

Behold! A Historic Moment!

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Here’s what has dominated my week and will consume my weekend: the Of Enemies and Endings first pass.

It also happens to be the last time I’ll ever be able to make changes to any of The Ever Afters books (a bittersweet moment, for sure, but DEFINITELY historic). I always do the same thing at this stage–I read it out loud.

Once upon a time, in college (a.k.a. many years ago), I took a fairy tale course. Our professor’s red editing pen was ruthless, and she suggested we read our work aloud to catch any typos, repeated words, or unnecessary phrases. Nine years later, I’m still taking Professor Darlington’s advice. My four hundred page novel takes way longer to read than those five page college papers though! Sometimes, I get a little hoarse.

That’s my big news. My minor news is that this month’s giveaway has been pushed to the first week of February. Why? Because I found out that one of my new favorite authors, Gayle Forman, is coming to Powell’s here in Portland, and I want to make sure I snag a new copy of her new book, I Was Here, to add to the giveaway. WOOHOO!

(Also, it’ll be my reward to myself for finishing the first pass the day before. :-P)

Okay, my voice is somewhat rested. Back to the OE&E read-aloud marathon!

Saturday Sixteen: the When-Five-Doesn’t-Cut-it Edition

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1. I didn’t do Christmas cards last year. This is what I Photoshopped instead. That’s MY handwriting, by the way, and the picture is one I took at Ghost Ranch (a.k.a. Georgia O’Keefe’s chosen home) in early 2012.

2. I accidentally stepped away from the blog for roughly seven weeks. I’m so sorry! Next time I do that, I’ll just announce an online break. For some reason, life went from crazy to CRAZIER. Which is why I’m making up for lost time with a Saturday SIXTEEN instead of just a plain old Friday Five.

3. Three members of my family have had health concerns since I last posted. One or two were on the somewhat life-threatening scale, but—fingers crossed—everyone is well on the way to recovery now. It was just, you know, a bit scary. (Note: understatement.)

4. The Of Enemies and Endings copy-edits came in mid-December, with a tight turnaround so that we could get it back to the right people before the holidays. I returned it on time, but to manage that, I was up at 4:30AM the night before I flew to Montana to join my family for Christmas.

5. I was very tired when my mother, sister, and I got our tree and when we decorated it and when we drove back to the airport to pick up my father and brother. Exhaustion aside, we still had a great Christmas.

6. On New Years’ Eve, I hung out with friends around a bonfire. The brief video does not show scale or the way sparks flew worryingly into the nearby tree or the way the smoke seemed to chase me around the fire pit. It also doesn’t show how much I laughed.

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My nice coat still smells like smoke, and it makes me smile every time I get a whiff.

It already seems like a long time ago, but I hope you guys had fantastic holidays as well!

7. Of Sorcery and Snow went into a second printing! This is the first time one of my hardcovers has done so, and I did a HUGE happy dance when I found it after returning to Portland.

Thank you guys so much! Not just for buying the books themselves and not just for reading them, but talking up the series and getting other people excited enough to try out the books. The second printing would never have happened without your enthusiasm and your support, and I am truly and sincerely grateful.

I would really like to give all of you a hug, but sadly, no picture, emoticon, or gif can pass along the feeling of a really happy, thank you hug. So, just know I’m sending you one through the screen.

8. Now that the book is mostly done, I am slowly attempting to catch up on all the messages I’ve received from you guys. Since there are so many, it’s going to take me a while, BUT I wanted to let you guys know that I’m working on it!

9. Speaking of things I’m working on, the Of Enemies and Endings first pass arrived yesterday. This will be the LAST time I see the book before it goes to print.

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10. I’m not going to lie. It’s pretty bittersweet. The Ever Afters has consumed me and driven me for more than five years—the majority of my adult life, actually—and I feel so glad to have had the opportunity to tell such a rewarding story at such a young age and so unmoored at the thought of finishing such a humongous project.

11. 2015 is also the first year since 2009 where I DON’T OWE ANY MANUSCRIPTS TO OFFICIAL PEOPLE. That is kind of amazing. I forgot what January felt like without a major deadline right around the next corner.

Well, besides the Of Enemies and Endings first pass deadline on 2/3, of course. :-P

12. I am, however, working on a number of other projects though. For instance, an author video! And a new blog series!

13. CONFESSION: Something about being too busy to read makes me want to buy ALL THE BOOKS. As a result, I have a lot of unread books in my room. You know how a lot of people have a TBR (a.k.a. To Be Read) pile. I have a TBR bookcase, taller than I am and crammed with books I haven’t read yet. This may seem out of control to you, but I didn’t realize what a problem I had until I had a whole TBR shelf of books in a SECOND bookcase.

So, I’ve made a new rule for myself: I’m not allowed to purchase any more books unless I have room in my TBR bookcase. I have roughly five books left to read before I’ll have a spot free for a new book. (The goal is to finish before Gayle Forman’s I Was Here and Marissa Meyer’s Fairest comes out. Otherwise, I may have to break my brand new rule.)

I also have a number of new obsessions I want to share:

14. OBSESSION: Leslie Knope—of Parks & Rec—is my new role model.

She is goofy, she is smart, she is passionate, and she LOVES HER PEOPLE. Unapologetically. I want to be Leslie Knope when I grow up. Or Amy Poehler. Maybe both. After reading her new memoir, Yes Please!, I get the feeling that the two are fairly similar, but Amy herself is messier and has a more intense temper.

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15. OBSESSION: Parks & Recreation itself.

I watched Seasons 1-4 within a week. I’ve slowed down, because I don’t want it to end. Also, because I don’t have cable and have to wait to watch the season 7 episodes on Hulu a week after they air.

16. OBSESSION: I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

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Less than a month in the year, and I already have a new Fave of 2015! It was recommended to me by Jenny Bean at Green Bean Books. She had trouble containing her love for it into complete, sensical sentences, and now, I’m having the same trouble. But I can tell you that it’s about grief and making art and falling in love and forgiveness, and it created a HAPPY BOOK GLOW that lasted all week.

(Quick warning to younger readers: it is probably rated PG-13.)