Eclipse Soundtrack Giveaway!

We have reached more than fifty followers, dear readers! YEY! A milestone since I never thought I'd get that many. I love you all! And because of that love and appreciation, I wondered what I could do to celebrate the feat. Then last night, it came to me, why not have a giveaway like most blogs do? Well, this is that giveaway! But, to be a little different, I decided to give away a soundtrack instead of a book. And since Eclipse is just around the corner...why not that movie's OST?

The contest is open INTERNATIONALLY!

In the comments section give me:

+1 Your name

+1 Your email

+1 Become a Follower

+2 The link for blogging about my giveaway. I will visit the link. ;-)

Tally up your entries: 5 in total.

The contest is until July 31, 2010. The winner will be picked at random by my BETA reader and favorite person in the world Noey.

Good Luck!

Contest to win an ARC of ANGELFIRE

As I clicked on one of my favorite blogs (Narratively Speaking) I read a post on an Angelfire ARC contest. It's a debut novel and when I read the synopsis, I wanted a copy BAD. So, if you want a copy too, head on over to Courtney Allison Moulton's site and enter.

Here's some praise for the book:

“At last a YA novel about a sword-yielding-butt-kicking 17 year old girl who has been destined to fight the forces of evil; by her side is Will, her guardian angel protector. Ellie is not that contemporary teen of other novels, who constantly needs rescuing by her immortal boyfriend. Packed with blistering action, mystery, romance, and terror, readers will be glued from the first page to the last, breathlessly waiting for book two of this exciting trilogy!”
--Becky Anderson, Anderson’s Bookshop

“When it comes to the order of meanings listed in Dictionaries under the term 'YA Romance' it's past time to push 'yearning for the unobtainable' down the list in favor of ‘an emotional rip tide fueled by subsumed memories of a seven hundred year intermittent but evolving and passionate devotion, gradually resurfacing amidst the backdrop of round two of the War Against Heaven,’ and ANGELFIRE is just the book to do it. This book throws so many satisfying emotional elements, inventive action scenes, and even a few philosophical tidbits at its readers that they cannot fail to feel themselves in the midst rather than on the margins of the story. Ellie may ask a lot of questions but the only thing her audience will be asking is when is book two.”
-- Kenny Brechner, DDG Booksellers

“This is an amazing, powerful novel with lots of action and fighting scenes that will keep you on your toes. Ellie is a strong, hard-core character you wouldn't want to mess with, and this novel is one you wouldn't want to miss out on.”
-- Lydia Hutcheons, Barbara’s Bookstore

So, what are you waiting for? Enter now by clicking here.

Summer YA Bash Giveaway!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Another INTERNATIONAL contest! And this time around, it has Clockwork Angel. Good Gosh. Can you say: Want. Need. Now? Anyway, the contest is by La Femme Readers.

You can win:



Oh, and:



Wipes sweat off of forehead. Man, that's an impressive haul, if I do say so myself. Enter now by clicking here.


There will be 6 Winners who will be picked by and first place gets first grab, second place chooses next and on down the line.

This is a joint contest and not individual - please don't try entering in the comment field on both our websites as it is linked to the same form.

The contest will run through Sunday, July 18th at midnight EST time, at which point all prizes will be pre-ordered for you on The Book Depository. These are not ARC's but finished, pre-ordered copies. And yes, this is INTERNATIONAL. As long as The Book Depository delivers to your country than you'll be able to enter. Here is the list of countries they deliver to.

Paranormal Five Giveaway! *INTERNATIONAL*

Yey! My first ever contest post. ReggieWrites from The Undercover Book Lover (not really) is having this amazing contest for all paranormal YA lovers out there. Living in the Philippines doesn't seem as lonely when contests marked as INTERNATIONAL comes my way.

You can stand to win:

Along with:

Imagine that! Just click here to enter, God knows I have. Crosses fingers.

Book Budget No. 5

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

Note: Copy courtesy of Lynsey from Narratively Speaking.

Half-mermaid princess Lily Sanderson has been living on land for the past three years, crushing on Seaview swim-god Brody Bennett, dealing with annoying biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher, and just generally trying to figure out this whole human thing. But everything changes when she accidentally bestows her magical first kiss on the wrong boy.

Special Thanks

This is the first time I'm actually doing this on this section of the website.

When I started taking my writing seriously and really committed to creating a career out of writing, I was inspired to put up my own website. The inspiration came from a writer who is also committed to her craft: Emily Conrad. Subsequently, Emily is now one of my critique partners.

Anyway, when the website was going up, I decided that I wanted to have a YA reviews section. I write YA, so why not review them? I certainly read an awful lot, just like you, dear reader. Why not share the experience, right?

With that in mind, I surfed the net for other book blogs that inspire me. In that search, I found Lynsey Newton, the real reason for this Special Thanks.

Lynsey, like all of us, has a blog called Narratively Speaking, which has become one of my frequent haunts.

During one of her In My Mailbox posts, I noticed that she had Ash by Malinda Lo. I've planned to buy this book when it became available, so like many of my comments when it comes to IMM posts, I expressed my envy. If you click on the link, you'll actually see my shameless comment there.  

I moved on with my life after that, and actually forgot that I made the comment, until I opened my email on May 11th (my birthday). Among the list was an email with the heading: ASH. I didn't think much of it until  I opened the mail. Imagine my ecstatic reaction after I read the email. Lynsey, THE Lynsey from Narratively Speaking, wanted to send me a copy of ASH by Melinda Lo. I'd died for a second and saw heaven. My brain had gotten incoherent, but I managed to reply along the lines of a thank you and that it was my birthday and that I lived in the Philippines. I was shocked that I managed to spell out my address properly.

About a week or so later, Lynsey emailed me again saying ASH has been sent. Another "Joy" dance ensued. And I replied. I'm so sorry for misspelling your name in that reply, Lynsey. Totally, totally am.

At lunch today, the doorbell rang. Dadders (my father) got up and answered. I was paying more attention to my mother's sweet and sour fish fillet. He came back and asked if we knew anyone named Lynsey Newton. The name didn't click at first. And when it did, my heart stopped. Died and saw heaven again in the form of a bubble wrap envelop.

Here are the pictures to prove it:

This was after lunch and I managed to get my heart going again. Blocked out the address a bit. But, anyway, I  had already opened the envelop at the table with my parents. They were as happy as I was. It was like we won the Lottery. Another "Joy" dance was choreographed.

Here's the book with its gorgeous cover. Second act of the "Joy" dance follows.

Here's a close up of Lynsey's sticky post note, which I will keep until it literally turns to dust. I will even hand it down to my children and my children's children. Excessive? I know. Way too happy right now to think properly.

So, with all that written down, a big/huge/ultimate THANK YOU, Lynsey. You've made my day! Thank you so much for your great posts and your contest links. Thank you for thinking of sending me the book. Thank you for actually taking the time and expense to send the book. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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