Posts Tagged "Friday Freebies"
Wondering what scares little old me? You’re in luck, then, as I’m guest posting over at Nova Ren Suma’s blog today as part of her Halloween author series. Check it out, comment on the post, and you’re entered to win a scary scary book — maybe mine!
Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories released this week from HarperCollins, and I’m thrilled to be keeping company with so many brave, talented, and distinguished writers.
You are not alone
Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class.
Today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.
My own contribution to the collection is a short-and-sweet list, but you’ll want to read all of the stories, heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and heart-breaking as they are. Congrats to all on a worthy and meaningful project, and yay for all of the positive buzz. From the New York Times:
“This anthology of personal essays provides empathetic and heartfelt stories from each corner of the schoolyard: the bullied, the bystander and the bully himself are all represented. Their words will be a welcome palliative or a wise pre-emptive defense against the trials of adolescent social dynamics.”
Look what we found in a cab last weekend:
It’s a tiny jar of custom printed M&M’s! One side of the M&M’s read “July 9, 2011,” which I can only assume is the date of Leah’s baptism (as per the mini candy jar lid). The other side of each is printed with Leah’s face. Delightful, no? If a little weird?
What will those chocolate manufacturers think of next?
Happy baptism, Leah! Our sympathies lie with the guest who forgot his or her delicious candies in the back seat of an NYC taxi, the poor thing.
Look, I’m not saying that everyone needs to be a dog person (though I may think less of you if you are anti-puppy, because, I mean, WTH?). But if this video of a ticklish Boston Terrier doesn’t make you smile, then you are dead inside. DEAD inside, I say.
TGIF and happy holiday weekend, people!
Oh, why not? Who says Thursday has to have all of the fun?
And today’s bookish news is fun stuff – for me, at least – as I’m super-pysched to let you know that I’ll be hosting a rousing round of “Three Blind Words” over on the Figment forums tonight, 5pm EST.
Here’s how the game works: I feed you a prompt of three random words, and you spin those words into a book premise. I pick the top three pitches. Lather, rinse, repeat. Winners receive a signed copy of my book and a nifty Figment tote bag!
(That’s the “freebie,” by the way.)
But wait, there’s more! More freebies, that is, this being Friday and all. The family release giveaway closes on 5/15. Interested in being entered to win a signed copy of family, an arc of my upcoming release, What Would My Cell Phone Do?, and $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble? It’s so easy! All you have to do is:
1. post a comment on any blog post (posts left on my interim blog WILL be included in the drawing) through 5/15
2. head over to my Facebook author page and click “like.”
That’s all! Nothing to it! Why are you even still reading this when there are contests to be entered?
Happy Friday, folks!
As mentioned, this blog is a placeholder for my shiny new website, currently undergoing its facelift. Thanks to those of you who’ve indulged me by hanging around this joint as I count down to the “family” release.
The good news is, THE RELEASE IS NEXT WEEK!
Oh, my goodness CAN YOU EVEN?
I, for one, cannot. Seriously.
Still on the horizon, in case you managed to miss it,
*a reading and signing with the Contemps up in Larchmont, NY, 4/29
*an appearance at BEA on 5/26
*a feature on figment.com
*a feature on MissLiterati.com
*various still-being-finalized blog interviews COMING SOON TO A WEBSITE NEAR YOU!
…And other things I might be forgetting in all of the excitement.
So in addition to all of the above hoopla, next week should ALSO bring the unveiling of the new site. Still at this address so you don’t even have to go out of your way to find me. See what I did there? Who’s looking out for you?
Happy weekend, readers!
My mouth does this thing where it turns down at the corners. It just does. I was born that way, true story.
But the result of that genetic blip is that if I’m ever not actively smiling, I look FURIOUS.
And I kinda can’t help it.
So, yeah. I can relate. (Via The Gloss.)
Brother Dave has designed this handy-dandy graph to demonstrate his relative sympathies for a range of animal species. You’ll note that dogs rate significantly higher than human beings here, which I can kind of get behind, to be honest.