Where I'll be next week...

In case any of you are in the area:

February 5th, 6pm

Rediscovered Bookshop, 
Boise, Idaho

February 8th, 7pm

Bookpeople, 
Moscow, Idaho

February 10th, 1pm

Hastings
Couer d'Alene, Idaho

This is basically just a mini tour where I go sign books in my town, my former town  and my parent's town. (Too many hometowns, I think.)  But if you happen to be in any of those places and want to come say hi, I'd love to see you.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of this traveling schedule, any prize books that I haven't already mailed won't be mailed until the middle of February. However all prizes should be mailed by the end of February.

Thank you for your attention, here's a cat with worried eyebrows.


Wednesday Winners, part 3: (the part where they're actually Thursday Winners)

I didn't get this up yesterday, but that just means one more winner today!

Without further ado...

The winner of Wayfarer:

Charlie Robson


The winner of Let the Sky Fall: 

Jill Marie


The winner of Magic Under Glass:

Holly Letson

Who, in a surprise random number generator, upset ALSO won Heart Like Mine and The Shadowy Horses:


The winner of Flying the Dragon and The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano:

Corinne O'Flynn


The winner of The Bartender's Tale:

Sindy Borg

The winner of Mila 2.0:

Rabiah

The winner of The Sweetest Spell:

Natasha


Congrats, everyone! Winners, please email me with your addresses at miriamforsterauthor (at) gmail (dot) com. We've still got some great contests up, so keep entering and checking the winners tag! 

30 Days of Bookery, day 26: Win an ARC of The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Only five more giveaways to go! Today we're giving away an ARC of the The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress.




Summary from Goodreads

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 7th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 25: Win an ARC of Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

I told you I was saving some of the best for last, did I not? Today we're giving away an ARC of the completely amazing Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. Trust me. You want this book.



Summary from Goodreads

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 6th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 24: Win an ARC of The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Lucky 13 Day! Today I'm giving away an ARC of The Flame in the Mist by fellow 2013 debut, Kit Grindstaff.



Summary from Goodreads

Fiery-headed Jemma Agromond is not who she thinks she is, and when the secrets and lies behind her life at mist-shrouded Agromond Castle begin to unravel, she finds herself in a chilling race for her life. Ghosts and misfits, a stone and crystals, a mysterious book, an ancient prophecy—all these reveal the truth about Jemma's past and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than she could have imagined in her wildest fantasies.

With her telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. But in the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 5th. Which is also the release day for City of a Thousand Dolls. Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 23: Win a signed copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the last week of Bookery, and I saved some of the best for last. Today, it's a signed copy of Marissa Meyer's sci-fi, fairy-tale retelling Cinder



Summary from Goodreads

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future


How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 4th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win Bad Apple by Laura Ruby and Past Perfect by Leila Sales


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 22th Day of Bookery! Today we're dipping into the YA contemporary waters and giving away Past Perfect by Leila Sales and Bad Apple by Laura Ruby.




Summary from Goodreads

All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it....






Summary from Goodreads

"If I really wanted to open up, I'd confess that I really am the liar everyone believes I am."

High-school junior Tola Riley has green hair, a nose ring, an attitude problem, and a fondness for fairy tales, which are a great escape from real life. Everyone thinks she's crazy; everyone says so. Everyone except Mr. Mymer, her art teacher. He gets her paintings and lets her hang out in the art room during lonely lunch periods.

But then rumors start flying and Tola is suddenly the center of a scandal. The whole town is judging her--even her family. When Mr. Mymer is suspended for what everyone thinks is an affair, she has no choice but to break her silence. Fairy tales won't help her this time . . . so how can she tell the truth? And, more importantly, will anyone believe her?

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 3nd.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of The Menagerie by Kari and Tui T. Sutherland and an ARC of The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 21th Day of Bookery, and we are in the home stretch! I held back some pretty stellar books for the last week of contests, so make sure you stick around. Right now we're going back to middle grade with an ARC of The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis and and an ARC of The Menagerie by Kari and Tui T. Sutherland




Summary from Goodreads

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World






Summary from Goodreads

Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the mysterious, dangerous world of the Menagerie when he discovers a griffin hiding under his bed . . . and it leads him straight to the weirdest girl in seventh grade, Zoe Kahn.

Zoe is panicking. Her family has been guarding the Menagerie for centuries. If they don't get the cubs back fast, the whole place will be shut down. To save the griffins' lives, she's willing to break all the rules, even if it means letting an outsider like Logan help. But the real mystery remains: Is someone trying to sabotage the Menagerie?

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 2nd.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 20: Win a copy of Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Friday, and time to give away another book that has something to do with City of a Thousand Dolls!

One of the very early influences on City of a Thousand Dolls was my then-obsession with geishas. I had read Memoirs of a Geisha--which is a lovely, if not always accurate novel--and wanted to learn more about this amazing subculture. I was also playing with an idea for a book about a city where girls are groomed for different fates, and the two ideas intersected quite nicely.

I went to the nonfiction section of my library and read everything I could. I was fascinated by the idea of a world made up of women and girls, and I loved the idea that someone could dedicated themselves to art and beauty as a career. That research underlined a lot of what I did with the girls of the City. And even though there are no longer many Japanese influences in the book, traces remain. The "little sisters" in the House of Music for example, and much of the House of Beauty.

I did not discover until much later that Mineko Iwasaki, the woman that Arthur Golden had credited as being one of his main sources for Memoirs of a Geisha, had written her own book. She wanted to combat what she felt was a poor portral of geishas and geisha culture. That book is Geisha, a Life, and that's the book I'm giving away today.





Summary from Goodreads

No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story -- until now.

"Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave." Trained to become a geisha from the age of five, Iwasaki would live among the other "women of art" in Kyoto's Gion Kobu district and practice the ancient customs of Japanese entertainment. She was loved by kings, princes, military heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike. But even though she became one of the most prized geishas in Japan's history, Iwasaki wanted more: her own life. And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way toward a new beginning.

"Geisha, a Life" is her story -- at times heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring, and totally true.


How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 25th. February 1st.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

The Why of Writing: Charley Robson and Miriam Joy

We interrupt your giveaways for a guest post!

I haven't done a Why of Writing post in a while, and I always love hearing about other authors and how they write. So when two of my long-time blog readers, Charley and Miriam, told me they were coming out with a book, I became very excited. And when they asked if they could do a guest post, I jumped at the chance to learn more about St Mallory's Forever! 


St. Mallory's Forever with Charley Robson and Miriam Joy



How does one go about writing a blog post collaboratively? You’d think we would be in the ideal position to do so, as we’ve spent a year and half doing just that (more on that in a moment), but nope. We still ended up just talking nonsense on Skype and putting it into plural first person – always a weird experience.

But who are ‘we’? We’re Charley Robson and Miriam Joy—you might have seen us around the blog (which is a lovely place, by the way) as Miriam submitted an acrylic painting to Miriam Forster’s cover competition last year, and Charley won a couple of books. We’re two teenage writers who collaboratively wrote a book called St Mallory’s Forever! with e-book bestsellers Saffina Desforges, and it just came out this month.

When we approached Miriam Forster about writing a guest post, she mentioned a series called ‘The Why Of Writing’, or why we write what we write. Generally we both write because it’s the only way to make the voices in our heads shut up, but St Mallory’s Forever! had a more specific start.

You see, Mark (one half of the Saffina Desforges writing partnership—yep, there are two of them!) has always wanted to write a boarding school novel, a kind of updated Enid Blyton. There aren’t really any boarding school books these days that aren’t (a) magical, like Hogwarts or (b) a non-realistic set up, like the spies of Gallagher Girls. Clearly, however, Mark couldn’t write one without inside information. And as he’d recently come across Miriam’s blog and asked her to guest post for him (and through her, met Charley), he thought he knew who to ask…

Charley’s a boarding school veteran, you see. And Miriam, well, she’s spent her life in the state school system but she’s fairly good at keeping up.

It was a bit out of our usual comfort zones, which are mainly centred around fantasy (urban and otherwise), so it took a while to get into, especially as it’s written in the style of blog posts from the main characters, a sort of updated ‘diary’ format. We also had three individual voices. Miriam’s expertise lay with Helen, the newbie who plays every instrument under the sun, while Charley’s was with Abby, an old hand at St Mall’s. Neither of us really knew how to write Xuan, as neither of us are multilingual or Chinese, but we got there in the end—with help from Mark.

And it took a lot longer to write than we’d expected.

Being at school, we both had exams, GCSEs for Miriam and AS Levels for Charley. Midway through 2012, Charley shoved the totality of her existence into cardboard boxes and moved to Germany with her family. Plus, being a musician and a dancer, Miriam had a bunch of shows to do, either playing (and seriously, whose idea was it to tell her to take up the mandolin as well) or dancing, which required rehearsals and performances.

So it basically took a year and a half to write, even though Miriam’s the sort of person who writes first drafts in two weeks and Charley isn’t much slower. It’s tricky with collaborative writing: we forget who wrote what and when it happened, and whether there was originally a chapter here because it’s been mysteriously left blank, and does anybody actually remember the music teacher’s name? As for the librarian, she changed names (and genders) at least twice.

Once we got going it became easier. Charley supplied timings, general practice in boarding schools and a bit of lingo-busting; Miriam gave Helen’s background, mainly the music side of things. She’d like it to be known that she is nowhere near as good as Helen, however, and music is not her primary focus in life!

It was also a lot easier to work out the actual mystery with several people to bounce ideas off, as neither Charley nor Miriam has ever written a mystery before with any degree of success. We’re sure the long breaks are to blame for the continuity issues in the first draft—not to mention the fact it existed in about eight different documents and only ever came together as a complete story when we’d finished the first draft and Miriam sat down to source every chapter and put them together.

But as is probably obvious, it really took all of us to pull it through. We can write, but we’re newbies to the world of publishing, and that’s where Mark and Saffi (Saffina Desforges when together) came in. As well as being our guru on the publishing side, Mark kept us supplied with lots of hilarious emails, which is essential given the Moods of Eternal Gloom that crept up on us both when in the depths of revision.

We had a habit of sneaking our favourite things into the story. Charley’s no use with music, but she’d be damned if she wouldn’t get a Monty Python reference in there. Though we can’t tell who was responsible for the first quote, after a few nods in the direction of Sherlock it quickly deteriorated into a nerd-out between Charley and Miriam.

Star Trek. Doctor Who. Lord of the Rings. Doctor Who. Lord of the Rings. Star Trek. More Star Trek.

Seriously, there were a lot of Star Trek references. We (and many of the other characters) are also convinced that Xuan is secretly a Vulcan.

On a more serious note, the nerdy references had a purpose to them. The characters weren’t the kind we usually work with in our solo writing (Miriam’s are bitter and broken, usually resulting in tragedy, and Charley’s have a snap response to hit things with swords) so adding little ways of relating to them made them easier to work with. Also, nerdy protagonists in YA fiction are fairly rare. Often the geeky characters are there for comic relief, so we wanted that to be a facet of the main characters’ personalities without being their entire existence.

Charley suggested naming the sequel “St Mallory’s: REVENGE OF THE NERD”.

Sequel? Yes, we have plans for a series. Well, plans is the wrong word. Intentions might be better, as both Charley and I have an aversion to actually planning things before we write them—another thing to tackle when writing collaboratively.

To sum up, we wrote the book because Mark suggested it, and also because it was fun and a little step out of our comfort zones and hey, try anything once except incest, right?
[Charley: And balrog wrestling. Not recommended either. No way.]

Miriam: Behave yourself, Charley. There are only so many times in a blog post we can scream TOTAL NERDS at the readers and expect them to take us seriously.

[Charley: They take us seriously?]
Anyway, that’s the long and short of it. Well, more long than short—apologies for that! But then, there are two of us.

Looks like we managed to write a collaborative blog post in the end. Just goes to show you can do most things if you try. You know, like bestselling authors teaming up with teenagers to write a book when none of them had ever met. We managed that one as well.

St Mallory's Forever! is currently available in Kindle format at Amazon UK and Amazon US. You can also check out Charley's blog, Miriam's blog and the St Mallory website. 

30 Days of Bookery, day 19: Win a copy of The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Are you a thinker of thoughts? Do you love the Avengers? Then I have the book for you. The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers edited by Mark D. White.



Summary from Goodreads

Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team.

Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes of "The Avengers." Deepens your appreciation both of "The Avengers" comics and the Joss Whedon movie adaptation. Answers the philosophical questions you've always had about Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including: Can a reformed criminal become a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his wife, is he still a hero? Helps you think differently about the members of the superhero team--Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the others.

This book is mostly based around the comics, and includes more of the Avengers than were in the movie. So if you like comics and in-depth analysis of pop culture, this is the book for you.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 31st.

Wednesday Winners, part 2.

Time for another 30 Days of Bookery Winners post!


The winner of Marcelo in the Real World:


Joy Putney


The winner of Unnatural Acts:


Sunny Duvall


The winner of Toads and Diamonds:


Spav


The winner of Summer and Bird and A Tale Dark and Grimm:


Michelle Santiago


The winner of a signed copy of Delirium:


Jbethel_alson92


And finally the winner of this week's most entered contest, an ARC of Pivot Point:


Nadia Islam


Congrats, guys! Winners, please email me with your addresses at miriamforsterauthor (at) gmail (dot) com. And keep entering and checking the winner's tag to see if you've won something. We're not even halfway done!

30 Days of Bookery, day 18: Win a copy of The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Wednesday all! Today I'm giving away a delicious book, The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors.



Summary from Goodreads

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 30th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 17: Win an ARC of Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Lucky 13 Day again! Today I'm giving away an ARC of Mila 2.0 by the awesome Debra Driza.  You definitely want to win this one.




Summary from Goodreads

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 29th.

New Interview Links!

As much as I'm loving the 30 Days of Bookery, I do miss posting on the blog. Fortunately for me, I get to blather on in other places!



1. Hear me ramble about cases systems and worldbuilding at Daydreaming Bookworm (Where, if I'm not mistaken, it's the last day of her City of a Thousand Dolls giveaway.)

2. Find out my biggest writing struggle at the 2012 Author Wrap-up at Mod Podge Bookshelf

3. Here's a mini author interview at Kate Ormand's blog. (She's a dog person, but I like her anyway.)

4. And finally, I'm over at YA Highway today talking about writing non-western fantasy and why I'm not qualified to do it.

So you can check those out if you want. And finally, in the spirit of the blog, here's a happy quokka.


30 Days of Bookery, day 16: Win a signed copy of The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Monday! We're a little over half way done with the 30 Days of Bookery, which means we're about 15 days out from the release of City of a Thousand Dolls. Which means I'm panicking.

*cue author hyperventilation*

Anyway, today we venture into the world of literary fiction, with a signed hardcover copy of The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig. (I was privileged to hear the author speak at the Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Convention this past fall, and he was fantastic.)




Summary from IndieBound

Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an “accident between the sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago.The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine.

Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own. As Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.


How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 27th.

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi and an ARC of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 15th Day of Bookery, and today I'm giving away a couple of awesome middle grades. An ARC of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano and an ARC of Fying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi. (Winner gets both books.)




Summary from Goodreads

American-born Skye knows very little of her Japanese heritage. Her father taught her to speak the language, but when their estranged Japanese family, including Skye's grandfather, suddenly move to the United States, Skye must be prepared to give up her All-Star soccer dreams to take Japanese lessons and to help her cousin, Hiroshi adapt to a new school. Hiroshi, likewise, must give up his home and his hopes of winning the rokkaku kite-fighting championship with Grandfather. Faced with language barriers, culture clashes and cousin rivalry, Skye and Hiroshi have a rocky start. But a greater shared loss brings them together. They learn to communicate, not only through language, but through a common heritage and sense of family honor. At the rokkaku contest at the annual Washington Cherry Blossom Festival, Hiroshi and Skye must work as a team in order to compete with the best.




Summary from Goodreads

There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her Mami and Papo, her true feelings about growing up in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude about Abuela, her sassy grandmother who's come from Puerto Rico to live with them. Then, like an urgent ticking clock, events erupt that change everything. The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group, dump garbage in the street and set it on fire, igniting a powerful protest. When Abuela steps in to take charge, Evelyn is thrust into the action. Tempers flare, loyalties are tested. Through it all, Evelyn learns important truths about her Latino heritage and the history makers who shaped a nation. Infused with actual news accounts from the time period, Sonia Manzano has crafted a gripping work of fiction based on her own life growing up during a fiery, unforgettable time in America, when young Latinos took control of their destinies.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 27th.

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany and an ARC of Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 14th Day of Bookery!!! And that means it's time for another Double Dip. Today we're taking a detour through adult lit with two books, an ARC of The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley (reprinted version) and an ARC of Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany. (Winner gets both books.)




Summary from Goodreads

THE INVINCIBLE NINTH ROMAN LEGION MARCHES FROM YORK TO FIGHT THE NORTHERN TRIBES. AND THEN VANISHES FROM THE PAGES OF HISTORY.

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it--not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has "seen" a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.




Summary from Goodreads

When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined.

Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?

At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again.

But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew..

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 26th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 13: Win a copy of Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Friday, and time to give away another book that has something to do with City of a Thousand Dolls! This time it's Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore.

I read Magic Under Glass soon after it came out, and adored it. And when I had to send one last query for City of a Thousand Dolls, one of the reasons I chose Jennifer Laughran to send it to was that she was Jackie's agent. I actually used Magic under Glass as a comparison book in my query letter. So I have a soft spot for the book. And now you can win it!




Summary from Goodreads

When a wealthy sorcerer hires Nimira to sing with a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. But at the sorcerer's estate, rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman, and fairies that are tortured for sport. When Nimira discovers-and falls for-the spirit of a fairy gentleman trapped in the automaton, she will also find the fate of the magical world in her hands.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 25th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 12: Win an ARC of Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Okay, I admit, I'm extra excited about this one. Today I'm giving away an ARC of Shannon Messager's fantastic YA debut Let the Sky Fall.



Summary from Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 24th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

Wednesday winners!

It's the first 30 Days of Bookery winner post! I'll be posting the winner roundup every Wednesday. (And can I just say, you guys are awesome. Seriously, the amount of participation and enthusiasm in this contest series is blowing me away. You rule.)

Since it's the first one, there are only three winners.

The winner of an ARC of Shadowlands by Kate Brian is....

MINDWRIGHT


The winner of a signed copy of Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor is...

MICHELLE
‏(Twitter handle @herondalesduck)


And finally the winner of the most entered contest so far, an ARC of Dualed by Elsie Chapman...


LEA


Congrats, guys! If the winners will email me at miriamforsterauthor (at) gmail (dot) com, I'll get those prizes in the mail! And if you didn't win... well there are eight open contests right now and more to come, so keep entering!

30 Days of Bookery, day 11: Win a copy of Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Wednesday! Today's lucky winner will get a copy of Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson.



Summary from Goodreads

In a time of deadly crisis, Linden alone has the power to save her people.

The faeries of the Oak are in danger of extinction, and their only hope for survival rests in fifteen-year-old Linden. Armed with the last of her people's magic, she travels bravely into the modern human world. Along the way she makes a reluctant ally--a human boy named Timothy.

Soon Linden and Timothy discover a danger much worse than the Oakenfolk's loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens to enslave faeries and humans alike. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Tim and Linden must risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it's too late to save everyone they love.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 23th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 10: Win an ARC of Pivot Point by Kasie West

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Lucky 13 Day and I'm giving away another great book by a 2013 debut author. Today it's an ARC of Pivot Point by Kasie West.



Summary from Goodreads

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 22th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 9: Win a signed copy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Monday! We've got another fantastic giveaway for you today, a signed hardcover copy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver.



Summary from Goodreads

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 21st.

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull and an ARC of In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

On the 8th Day of Bookery, my true love gave to me... awesome middle grade books! Today one winner will get an ARC of In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz and an ARC of Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull.



Summary from Goodreads

Take caution ahead—
Oversize plant life, eerie amphibious royalty, and fear-inducing creatures abound.

Lest you enter with dread.
Follow Jack and Jill as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true.

Step lively, dear reader . . .
Happily ever after isn’t cutting it anymore.



Summary from Goodreads

When their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them. A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely—Down—one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen. Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each in a very different direction in the quest to find their parents, vanquish the Puppeteer, lead the birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. (Sorry guys!) Contest ends midnight PST, on January 20th.

Some entries got caught in the spam filter!

I have freed them, and hopefully rectified the problem. But if you have a consistent problem with comments disappearing, let me know.

Sorry about that!

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone and an ARC of Return to Me by Justina Chen

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 7th Day of Bookery!!! To celebrate the weekend, I'm giving away two books today and two books tomorrow. And today's duo is an ARC of Return to Me by Justina Chen and an ARC of Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. (Edit: Winner gets both books.)




Summary from Goodreads

Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She's weeks away from starting college--at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad's last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there's the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.

And if that isn't enough to deal with, mere days after moving cross-country, Reb's dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her "perfect" boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?



Summary from Goodreads

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. (Sorry guys!) Contest ends midnight PST, on January 19th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 6: Win a copy of Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Friday! I decided on Fridays that I'm going to give away books that have something to do with City of a Thousand Dolls in some way. And first up is a copy of Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson.

This one one of the books I read when I was trying to figure out how to do justice to the complexity and richness of a different culture. I read a lot of research books but I also wanted to read novels that dealt with an Indian or South Asian setting to see how other people handled it. And this lovely fairy-tale retelling was one of my favorites. (I checked it out of the library the first time I read it, but in a nice bit of serendipity, it was also one of the first books my editor sent me.)



Summary from Goodreads

Diribani has come to the village well to get water for her family's scant meal of curry and rice. She never expected to meet a goddess there. Yet she is granted a remarkable gift: Flowers and precious jewels drop from her lips whenever she speaks.

It seems only right to Tana that the goddess judged her kind, lovely stepsister worthy of such riches. And when she encounters the goddess, she is not surprised to find herself speaking snakes and toads as a reward.

Blessings and curses are never so clear as they might seem, however. Diribani’s newfound wealth brings her a prince—and an attempt on her life. Tana is chased out of the village because the province's governor fears snakes, yet thousands are dying of a plague spread by rats. As the sisters' fates hang in the balance, each struggles to understand her gift. Will it bring her wisdom, good fortune, love . . . or death?


How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 18th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 5: Win an ARC of Unnatural Acts by Kevin J. Anderson

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Today I've got something for you mystery lovers out there. An ARC of Unnatural Acts by Kevin J. Anderson.



Summary from Goodreads

Anderson, one of the most popular and prolific authors in science fiction today, presents the second novel in a fabulously funny urban fantasy series starring a zombie private detective--in a laugh riot reminiscent of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.

It is the second book, but so far I'm following along fine. And it's VERY entertaining.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 16th17th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 4: Win a copy of Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm giving away a hardback copy of Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.



Summary from Goodreads

Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm.

He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 16th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 3: Win a copy of Dualed by Elsie Chapman

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Well, that will teach me to update contests when I'm tired. Things got a little messed up there for a moment.

Anyway today's contest was an ARC of Dualed by Elsie Chapman



Summary from Goodreads

You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 15th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 2: Win a signed copy of Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Hello all! Mondays are going to be signed book days in this little party, because let's face it, Mondays could use a little extra awesome. To kick off, we're giving away a signed copy of Laini Taylor's Days of Blood and Starlight.

(You know you want this...)



Summary from Goodreads

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 14th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 1: Win an ARC of Shadowlands by Kate Brian!

Welcome to the 30 Days of Bookery! We're starting out with a doozy, an ARC of Kate Brian's Shadowlands.


Summary from Goodreads

Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

Here's how you enter!

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 13th.

30 Days of Bookery Contest(s)!!!!!

PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET, I HAVE UNPACKED THE BOOKS.



There are a lot of them.


Like a lot.

And City of a Thousand Dolls is out in little more than a month! Which requires celebration and festivities!



So here's the deal. Starting on Sunday, January 6th, I'm going to give away a book a day. Some will be adult, some will be young adult, some will be middle-grade. Some will be books that came out in the past year, some will be books that aren't out yet. Some will be hardbacks, some will be ARCs. But I will give away at least one book a day for 30 days. 

Here's how it works.

--Every day I will post a new book giveaway.

--Each individual giveaway will last one week.

--All single book giveaways will be international. Multi-book ones will be US only. (This is to avoid the problem I had this summer of too many international winners and not enough shipping money.)

--ON THAT DAY'S POST you'll enter by leaving a comment. You get:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

(Winners will be chosen randomly Maximum five entries on each contest.)

But wait, there's more!

If you blog about the 30 Days of Bookery, you get an automatic +1 to every giveaway on the blog that runs during that 30 days. Your post must:

-have a link back to this post.
-state the reason for the contest (to celebrate the City of a Thousand Dolls release!)
-include a picture of the City of a Thousand Dolls cover.

Leave the link to your blog post in the comments section of this post and you'll get an automatic entry to every giveaway for 30 days.

Am I finished?  Not quite.

I will also be wandering Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook for those thirty days and giving away random books over there. Those giveaways will be unannounced and quick, so if you're interested in them, you might want to click the links on the sidebar and follow me.

So there you have it. 30 days of book giveaways.

Any questions? Clarifications?

See you Sunday!



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