Giveaway: Happy New Year (INT)

welcome to the happy new year giveaway!

In collaboration with I Am a Reader Not a Writer, I'm giving away a book of your choice (up to $13 usd) from the Book Depository!

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This giveaway will run until January 7th. 

This giveaway is open to anyone whom Book Depository ships to.  

The winner of the giveaway must respond to my winner e-mail within 48 hours to claim the prize. 

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Cover Reveal: Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein

Late but still great (hey, look, I rhymed...), here is the brand new cover for Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein, the companion novel to Pretty Amy.  A book you've seen on my blog a lot if you've been around.  I'm super excited for the new book, and you should be too!  So read all the awesome info below and get stoked. 

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She lives in Portland, OR, with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Dear Cassie is her second novel.


What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.

You’d be wrong.

There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.

What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?
But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.

And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?

DEAR CASSIE excerpt:
We kept walking on the lake trail, the bullfrogs croaking. There was also a humming in my ears from the nicotine.
 It could only be from the nicotine. It had nothing to do with being outside, at night, alone with Ben. It had nothing to do with Ben coming to the cabin and taking me instead of Nez and it definitely had nothing to do with the stars above us shining like they were the sky’s tiara. 
I stopped on the trail and looked up, taking them in, when all of a sudden bright colored lights exploded in the sky—fireworks, one after another, on top of each other, huge kaleidoscopes of light, like sparkling rainbow spiders.
“How did you know?” I asked, my voice going softer, like if I talked too loudly they would stop. It was so beautiful, after weeks of so much ugly. 
Ben turned to look at me, the colored lights in the sky turning his skin pink, blue, green. “I’m magic.” He shrugged.
I geared up to tell him to fuck off, because that was some corny-ass shit, but then I realized that he really kind of was. In that moment he was able to actually make me forget being me.
 “I would try to kiss you,” he said, “but I’m afraid you’d kick me in the balls.”
“I probably would.” I laughed, the sky filling with noisy color like paint launching from a giant popcorn popper. “But like I said, it wouldn’t be about you.”
“I guess I’ll have to figure out how to make it about me,” he said, taking off his boots and socks and standing. “Come on.”
“There is no way I am getting near that water again,” I said.
“I’ll make sure nothing happens to you,” he said, holding his hand out to help me up.
            I looked at his palm, open, waiting, just wanting to hold mine. For once, I didn’t think about anything except that there was a cute, sweet, smart-ass boy standing in front of me with his hand out.
I pulled off my boots and socks and took it.  
We stood at the lakeshore, our hands still clasped, the water licking our feet, fireworks decorating the sky.
I turned to him. He was looking up, his mouth open in wonder like he was trying to swallow the moment.
It was definitely one worth keeping.

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Random Recommendations: Best Christmas Movies of All Time, Says I

If you're a Christmas celebrator, you have your favorites.  I wanted to share a few of mine, and some books to pair them with!  

Bill Murray is a high-powered executive at a national broadcasting company...and he's about to get a wake-up call about the meaning of Christmas.  Based on the Dicken's classic but modernized (okay, to about the 90s), it's hysterical, irreverent, and very tongue-in-cheek.  Featuring a toaster wielding fairy, a chain-smoking cabbie, a televised Death, and dormice, it's a fun twist on the old classic.  
Pair it with... A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 
I tend to lean towards comedy, and this one is everything I love (and hate) about Christmas.  Meet the Griswalds.  We have Clark, the slightly-insane father trying to make Christmas perfect, his long-suffering wife, and the invading in-laws.  Exploding turkeys, sleds breaking the sound barrier, kidnapping...everything Christmas should be.  If you've ever experienced a Christmas disaster or have a crazy family, you'll relate.  
Pair it with... Sketchy Santas by Will Zweigart

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 
Claymation plus old corny songs equals Christmas joy!  Rudolph is an outcast, so he's going on an adventure.  Only now he has a companion: an elf who's sick of toymaking and really just wants to be a dentist.  Add a quirky prospector, an abominable snowman, and a cute doe and you have one of the cutest and most classic kid's movies of all Christmastime.  Plus the songs are really catchy.  "Island of Misfit Toys", anyone?  
Pair it with... How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

The Nightmare Before Christmas 
It's a Christmas movie!  I'll argue with you for ages on this.  Jack is tired of being the Pumpkin King of Halloween town.  He's looking for a change in life.  What better than to try out another holiday?  Only the residents of Halloweentown don't exactly understand the meaning of Christmas...and some of them have others plans for Santa.  Creepy, beautiful, magical.  Honestly, one of my favorite movies of all time, and the music is beautiful.  
Pair it with... It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies by Michael P. Spradin

Musing: Return of the Lemons

So, those of you who follow me regularly or interact with me know that I've basically become a ghost these last few weeks.  I won't bother you with all the gory details.  Suffice to say, grad school is a long, hellish journey and I've been at wit's end.  

So now, the semester is over.  I have some time to breathe.  And I miss my little corner of the internet.  

So I can't promise the snappy regularity with which I was posting for a while, but from now on, I'm going to try to get onto some kind of Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule with maybe a Teaser Tuesday thrown in.  

It'll take a bit for me to get back on my feet, but thanks to all for still visiting and supporting.  

And a very, very special thanks to Doodle of Doodle's Book Blog, who just brightened my entire month.  I opened my mailbox today to find a copy of Lauren DeStefano's Wither and an adorable Christmas card.  Moments like these remind me why I love book blogging so much, and of the kind of people who make it special.  

Behold, a very blurry and unflattering picture of me being super psyched about my early holiday present! 

Now, with no further ado, I'm going to wade through the 668 emails I have in backlog before vacation starts.  Look forward to those Assassin's Curse and other reviews I promised ages ago. I swear, they're happening. 

You all are awesome.