I have certainly not been as absent as I threatened I would be but I have been very lowkey, Internet!
And that is something.
I am so proud of myself. I’ve maintained my inbox (but unfortunately am woefully behind on blogs). My lack of ~meaningful~ tweeting has somehow caused me to Facebook more (I don’t know). I did a wonderful series of interviews with five other contemporary YA authors over at Persnickety Snark (check them out here–there are four total and all begin with the title ‘5 Contemporary YA Authors On…’) and this fun fun fun interview with Gail at Ticket to Anywhere. AND I wrote 50 pages of this Thing I Am Working On Now. But let’s face it, you are not here to read about my steady levels of productivity are you. You are here about the giveaway to make up for this absence that I am considering extending for another week.
What giveaway, you say?
OH JUST THE ONE THAT IS RELATED TO THESE THINGS I GOT IN THE MAIL:
Oh man, I love the smell of an easy ARC giveaway in the morning before they become increasingly elaborate ARC giveaways!
(Oh yes, there will be more.)
So. I am giving ONE of these away to one lucky winner! And I am making it simple. Before I tell you what is required of you, right now you should know it is a US & Canada only giveaway. BUT, I will be doing an international giveaway of an ARC on my Facebook page at a future date so if you are overseas (or not) and you want in on it when it happens, please like the page and keep watch. But that is enough futuretalk. Back to the present.
What you need to do to enter to win this book:
1) Leave a comment in this here blog. Easy!
1.5) To protect your privacy & prevent you from getting spammed, please don’t post your email address in the actual text of the comment! If you type it in the required email address field of the comment box, I’ll see it! (No one else will.)
2) One comment per person.
3) Winner will be announced on the eve of October 8th!
4) So enter up until that day and on that day UNTIL DARKNESS FALLS.
* If you gots Twitter, retweeting this would be much appreciated! But not a requirement.
And now I am going to close this grand contest announcement with an excerpt of the book–from the first page–so you can decide if it is something you would like to read:
My hands are dying.
I keep trying to explain it to Milo, but he just looks at me like I’m crazy.
“They don’t feel warm–they haven’t.” I squeeze the tips of my fingers as hard as I can, which hurts. “They’re not numb, though…”
“Maybe you have that… Raynaud’s disease,” he says. He takes my right hand and studies my fingers. They seem healthy, pink. He shakes his head. “They’re not blue.”
“But they’re cold.”
“They feel warm to me.”
“They feel cold,” I insist.
“Okay, Eddie,” he says. “They’re cold.”
I jerk my hands from his and then I rub them together. Friction. Heat. Milo can say what he wants; they’re freezing. It’s the hottest summer Branford has seen in something like ten years, but I haven’t been able to get my hands to warm up since it happened.
I hold them up again. They don’t even look like my hands anymore. They don’t even look like anything that could belong to me, even though they’re clearly attached.
“They’re different,” I tell him.
“Would you please put your hands down?” he asks. “Jesus.”
My hands have changed. I catch Milo looking at them sometimes, and I see it on his face that they’re different, no matter what he’s saying now.
Seriously, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS POOR GIRL’S HANDS? I bet if you enter my contest and you win, you will find out! I mean I hope you do. It has been so long since I wrote this book I can’t even remember. So if you enter my contest and you win, let me know too, maybe. Probably you do find out though, I assume. Who knows with me though. Who knows.
PS: I love love love the interest that has been floating around for Fall For Anything (thank you, guys!) but I just want to say if you’re a book reviewer interested in a review copy, those requests should be sent to my publicist, whose contact info is on my contact page. I will delete all requests that land in my own inbox, as I’ve made my policies very clear out of respect for your time and there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to field and forward requests and write at the same time. Thank you for understanding!