Magic Number 300 and a National Book Award giveaway!

This has been a week of confetti throwing and random celebration.

- I turned in my edits. (Finally!)

- Husband and I got a new kitty

- AND I hit my 300 follower mark this week! 

*cheers* *applause*

And as promised, I'm having an EPIC giveaway to celebrate. (Seriously, I think I'm more excited about this contest than I have been about anything else I've done all year.)

So without further ado....

As many of you know, the National Book Award is a Very Big Deal. I don't know any writer that wouldn't sell their left leg to get nominated. It's a wonderful thing that happens to wonderful books and for many writers it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Well... this year the National Book Award went from being a Very Big Deal to a Very Big Mess. And in the process, all these amazing books have been kind of shoved to the side. And their authors have had the sad experience of seeing their achievement turned into something bittersweet.

So to support those authors (all six of them), I bought their books. And now I'm giving them to you.

One lucky grand prize winner will receive all six of the orignal National Book award nominees. 

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt,
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai,
My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson,
Chime by Franny Billingsley,
Shine by Lauren Myracle,
And Flesh and Blood So Cheap: the Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin.

Because this contest is so full of epicness, I didn't feel right about just having one winner. So to remind us all of the amazing books the National Book Award has highlighted in the past, I bought two more prizes.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell and...
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

(You want these books, trust me. They are fabulous.)

The first place winner will get the book of their choice, and the second place winner will get the other.

All you have to do to enter is 

1. Leave a comment


2. Be a follower of my blog

That's it. Of course if you want to help spread the word by Facebook, Twitter or whatever, that would be awesome. Just let me know in the comment section and I'll give you an extra entry for each thing you do. International entries are welcome and the contest closes at midnight, November 30th.

Any questions? Go forth and enter!

(P.S. There's still almost a full day to enter the Paranormal Girls giveaway from last week as well.)

(PPS. I had to turn off the Intense Debate comments for this post for technical reasons. But all comments on the intense debate thread are still entered. Sorry for the inconvenience. *frowns at Blogger*)


  1. I love books :) and you are funny.

  2. I found the link to your blog over at Jon Acuff - SCL (I love that guy) and wanted to congratulate you on the 2 book deals. Way to go! I also want to win the books! :)

  3. I thought I commented before...if I did, disregard this.

  4. Ooh. Ooh. These really ARE epic prizes! Love it!

  5. Congrats on turning in your edits. I am so excited to buy YOUR book! So proud of you my friend!!

  6. Great giveaway :)

    (I didn't comment already did I? I'm having weird tech issues.....)

    Oh, and the books you gave me have been AMAZING- so thank you! <3 <3

  7. Leaving a comment. You should make these things a little harder. :)

  8. Yay! I love books! Too bad about them getting pushed to the side though!

    And I follow you, :)

  9. I thought I had commented already, but apparently not. EPIC giveaway! Oh my goodness, Miriam, I want to win! :)

  10. The first few entries in this contest were on the Intense Debate thread. I'm listing them here just so you know they were counted:

    Sophia Chang



    deleted4798107 (Not sure who this was, but their comment is below)
    Wow, that's one heck a prize package. Disregard me as an entry if it's not international - that would be a lot of postage to England :-)


    Jo Ramsey

    Thanks for playing everyone! You are the best. :)


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