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CONTEST MONDAY: win an ARC of Michele Jaffe’s MINDERS

Today I’ve got a special version of CONTEST MONDAY, because I’m giving away something EVERYONE’s going to want: an ARC of Michele Jaffe’s MINDERS. The book releases Jan. 30, so you have the chance to read it 5 MONTHS before everyone else!

I’m doing this contest for 2 reasons: 1. Michele is incredibly awesome; 2. MINDERS is a book you can’t miss. Let me tell you why.

268304Michele’s BIO: Michele is the author of the Bad Kitty series of YA books as well as thrillers and romances for adults. After getting her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard, she retired from academia and decided to become an FBI special agent or glamorous showgirl, but somehow instead ended up writing.  A native of Los Angeles, California, Michele and her sparkly shoes currently reside in New York City.

I met Michele at the RT conference in Chicago, 2012. And the reason I met her was because I was having serious dress-envy with a floor-length skull-print dress she wore to the Teen Day party. We swapped emails (unfortunately we didn’t swap dresses), stayed in contact, and Michele came to my UNTIL I DIE launch party in New York. Later on, over breakfast at one of those cool little places in Williamsburg, she told me about the YA novel she was thinking of writing…which became MINDERS. And just a few weeks ago sent me an Advance Reader Copy.

And let me tell you…it is AMAZING. You know those stories that make you feel like you’re RIGHT THERE? Yet at the same time, you can totally see it in movie-form while you’re reading. Well, MINDERS did that for me. Here’s the synopsis:

18079614A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching who?

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

Pre-order it here from Indiebound.

Pre-order it here from Amazon.

Pre-order it here from B&N.

Today’s contest is one of my “link to the author” ones, where all you have to do is follow Michele on different sites. You get 1 point toward the random drawing of MINDERS for each site you follow. And here they are:

1. Michele on Twitter

2. Michele on Facebook

3. Become a fan of Michele on Goodreads

4. “Want to read” MINDERS on Goodreads

I’ll let this contest run for 2 days this time, just because it’s such a desirable prize. As usual, it’s international, and I will randomly draw on Wednesday at 10am Paris time. Just let me know in the comments below which ways you followed Michele, how many points to give you, and some way of getting in touch with you.

(People who are reading this on Goodreads: please leave your comments on my actual blog, not on the Goodreads page…or else I won’t see them to count them in the contest. Thanks!)

Ready? On your marks…get set…GO!


CONTEST MONDAY features Sonia Gensler

After skipping Contest Monday last week, I’M BACK with some loot for you from Sonia Gensler.

Sonia was one of the 21 authors at last month’s Texas writers retreat. I had never met her before, but our friend-in-common Tara Hudson had been planning to set us up, knowing that we’d get along. And, since Tara’s psychic (okay just really smart) we did!

These were the girls I shared a house with at the retreat. Sonia’s telling a story way far on the right, and her enraptured audience is (from left) Tara Hudson, Natalie C. Parker, Myra McEntire, and the back of Anna Carey’s and Tessa Gratton’s heads. (And yes, we’re eating red velvet cupcakes made by Gretchen Mc Neil. I can’t even tell you how amazing the frosting was.)

I had actually heard of Sonia a while ago because her first book was called THE REVENANT, and I was like, “I hope they don’t repeatedly die saving humans from preternatural death!” Luckily, it wasn’t anything about undead superheroes in France. :)

Here’s the cover of her (award winning!) book, which is a Victorian ghost story set in a Cherokee girl’s school in the old west. It was praised as “a compelling ghost and love story” by Booklist, “eerie and suspenseful” by Publishers Weekly, and “stunningly taut and entirely compelling” by The Bulletin.

It sounded so good that I’ve actually ordered a copy (just waiting on Amazon France to deliver). (You can too…right here.)

But the above-mentioned loot is in celebration of her upcoming book,

THE DARK BETWEEN, which is a YA Gothic mystery and hits shelves in just four months: August 2013. Just read the description:

At the turn of the twentieth century, Spiritualism and séances are all the rage—even in the scholarly town of Cambridge, England. While mediums dupe the grief-stricken, a group of local fringe scientists seeks to bridge the gap to the spirit world by investigating the dark corners of the human mind.

Each running from a shadowed past, Kate, Asher, and Elsie take refuge within the walls of Summerfield College. But their peace is soon shattered by the discovery of a dead body nearby. Is this the work of a flesh-and-blood villain, or is something otherworldly at play? This unlikely trio must illuminate what the scientists have not, and open a window to secrets taken to the grave—or risk joining the spirit world themselves.

The Dark Between, a supernatural romance about the powers that lie in the shadows of the mind, is perfect for fans of Sarah Rees Brennan, Alyxandra Harvey, and Libba Bray.

It’s available for pre-order here. (I can’t wait to read it!)

So today I have 4 signed DARK BETWEEN bookmarks for you. All you have to do to qualify is discover more about Sonia on your own.

Follow her on Twitter.

Follow her on FB.

Become a fan on Goodreads.

And then tell me below which you did. Each earns you 1 name put into the hat, and I will draw 4 winners in 24 hours. (International).

I think Sonia’s the best, so I bet you’ll enjoy getting to know her and her fascinating books!!



Aujourd’hui j’ai un livre en français à donner pour CONTEST MONDAY.
(Today I’m giving away a French book for CONTEST MONDAY.)

Il s’agit d’Élégie pour un Ange par Marie-Alix Thomelin. J’ai rencontré Marie-Alix à la convention “Welcome to Mystic Falls 2″ à Paris l’année dernière. Elle m’a donné un exemplaire de son livre, et je l’ai bien aimé. Alors, j’ai voulu donner aussi à quelqu’un parmi mes lecteurs l’occasion de lire ce livre magnifique.
Pour qualifier, il faut juste “liker” son page FB ici, jeter un coup d’oeil sur son site web ici (il y’a un “video trailer” qui explique le livre), et me laisser un commentaire en me disant que vous l’avez fait. (Soyez sûr de me donner une façon de pouvoir vous contacter.)

Je vais choisir le gagnant mercredi matin.

Présentation de l’éditeur:

Marion est une jeune violoncelliste qui vient de réussir le concours d’entrée d’une prestigieuse école de musique. Elle fait la connaissance de deux séduisants musiciens qui ne la laissent pas indifférente : Gabriel, proche mais insaisissable, et Sam, qui lui propose un pacte qui pourrait changer sa vie. Marion va partir en quête de la vérité et aller au devant de bien des dangers. Au moment fatidique, fera-t-elle le bon choix ? Prélude est le premier mouvement du dyptique Élégie pour un Ange. Un roman en plein coeur du quartier latin, emporté par le son du violoncelle de Marion. Envoûtant et fascinant.

Biographie de l’auteur

Née en 1975, Marie-Alix Thomelin a grandi entre les quais de la Seine et l’embouchure de la Touques. Partageant son temps libre entre ses cours au conservatoire et la bibliothèque de Trouville, elle a vite dévoré tout ce qui lui passait sous la main. Elle a lu avec autant de plaisir les grands classiques que les maîtres du fantastique et de la science-fiction, mais ce n’est que bien plus tard qu’elle a osé se mettre à l’écriture, ou plutôt à sortir ses poèmes, nouvelles et romans de ses tiroirs pour les faire lire. Sa harpe l’a accompagnée tout au long de son chemin jusqu’au bac, où sa décision de ne pas devenir musicienne professionnelle l’a définitivement brouillée avec son professeur. Le conflit fut tellement destructeur qu’elle est restée plusieurs années sans toucher son instrument, mais heureusement, elle rejoue maintenant ! Vivant actuellement en Allemagne, elle partage son temps entre l’enseignement et l’écriture.


CONTEST MONDAY: Cowgirl Camp (okay…authors’ retreat in Texas)


For this CONTEST MONDAY, I’m giving away one of my last ARCs of IF I SHOULD DIE…but you’re going to have to work for it! :)

In two weeks I’m going to a writer’s retreat in Texas with the following folks:

Brandy Allard, @BrandyAllard *
Anna Carey, @AnnaCareyBooks
Rae Carson, @raecarson
Corinne Duyvis, @corinneduyvis
Sonia Gensler, @soniagensler
Tessa Gratton, @tessagratton
Bethany Hagen, @Bethany_Hagen
Tara Hudson, @thudsonwrites
Emily Kate Johnston, @ek_johnston
Michelle Krys, @michellekrys *
Gretchen McNeil, @GretchenMcNeil
Myra McEntire, @MyraMcEntire
Amy Parker, @amychristinepar
Natalie C Parker, @nataliecparker
Amy Plum, @AmyPlumOhLaLa
Beth Revis, @bethrevis
Carrie Ryan, @carrieryan
Victoria Schwab, @veschwab
Amy Tintera, @amytintera
Kim Welchons, @Kim_Welchons
Stephanie Winkelhake, @StephieWink
Brenna Yovanoff, @brennayovanoff

*I left these two writers out (eek!), so anyone who
commented before right now (Tuesday 10am Paris time)
will get automatic 4 points for following their Twitter & FB.)

Fun, right? I promise to post lots of pics and bring back some good stories!

As for the IF I SHOULD DIE advance reader copy…I’m giving out points this time.

  • For each of the above authors that you follow on Twitter (or are already following on Twitter) you get 1 point.
  • For each author that you follow on FB (or are already following on FB) you get 1 point.
  • Post a photo of yourself with 1-5 books by these people on my FB page. For each book you get 5 points, up to 25 points. (Try to group all books into 1 photo – it’s easier for me to count! You can show me the book on your e-reader if you have a digital copy.)
  • You get 1 point for commenting below and telling me how many points you have. And please give me some way to contact you (twitter handle, email address, etc.) If you’re reading this on Goodreads, please leave the comment on my blog, not the Goodreads page!

I’m giving you a whole week for this contest, so will close it on Monday, March 4, 9am Paris time and announce the winner on Tuesday. The contest is international, as usual! Can’t wait to see what books you have!



I have something exciting to give away this week. Remember when I told you that my friend Anna Collomore got a starred Kirkus review and we were falling all over ourselves with amazement and respect?

Well that book is coming out in just a couple of weeks (Feb. 7) and Anna very generously offered my readership the chance to win an ARC (advance reader copy). This one is going to be U.S. only since that’s where Anna’s stock of books is being kept (while she is being kept in Paris just across town from me!).

So check the cover:

Isn’t it awesomely creepy? And here’s the description:

Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.

All too soon cracks appear in Annie’s seemingly perfect world. She’s blamed for mistakes she doesn’t remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she’s always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie’s fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play?

The Ruining is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.

I can’t wait to read it!!

So: to win the ARC of THE RUINING by Anna Collomore, all you have to do is show her some love. :)

Follow her on Twitter: @annacollomore

Friend her on FB:

Follow her on Tumbler:

Tell me in the comments below how many of those you did, and you’ll have your name put in the hat up to 3 times for a random drawing. Again, this is U.S. only. (But you foreigners could always have the book sent to one of your American friends!)

24 hours, and….GO!