INTERNET! I finished the first draft of my 4th book before my 3rd one came out! Just like I wanted to do!
Internet, that draft needs polishing, so guess how I am spending the holidays?
Internet, I am very tired and very behind.
I hope you will bear with me while I catch up. I always feel guilty about writing blog entries before I’ve caught up on other people’s blogs, my own blog comments (sorry for everyone in the queue), my emails… etcetera. But I’m really hoping I’ll be in the clear by the end of this week. I thank you for your patience. Meanwhile, I have a bunch of stuff to tell you about! Like the short story that I wrote for you to read and the big giveaway I am holding in celebration of the good books I’ve read this year and do you like books you could win some good ones so stay with me here.
(How awful. Trying to buy your attention with book giveaways. Tsk tsk!)
But first can I just say oh-my-goodness-I-finished-that-draft? Because oh my goodness I did. Wow. It used to be I’d finish a draft of a book and RIDE AN ADRENALINE HIGH right after, but apparently I have graduated to a new phase of writing where every time I finish a draft I just want to rock back and forth in a corner and not talk to anyone forever. That’s bleak. Maybe payback for the horrible things I put my characters through? Who knows. Anyways.
So about a month ago, St. Martin’s Press asked me if I would like to write a short story related to Fall for Anything in anticipation of its release and I said yes! The best part about it is that you do not have to read the book to ‘get’ it. But hopefully, if you haven’t read the book, it will make you want to read it! And if you have read the book it will add an ~extra dimension~ to your experience. And get this–it’s from a dude’s perspective!
You can read it here.
Moving right along, turns out there are a BUNCH of book blogger giveaways going on for Fall for Anything right now. It’s kind of insane. I’ve been posting them on my Facebook page, but here they are, if you’re interested:
So I was going to do a Fall for Anything giveaway when I announced the Milo short story, but given all of these chances at it floating around, I thought I’d mix it up a little and give away books that I’ve loved this year! And Fall for Anything. Which I love in a different way. I think it would be a nice wind-up for 2010. Also, the best part about reading great books is sharing them with other people. The toughest part about this giveaway is that I’ve read SO MANY good books this year, it was really hard to narrow it down to four. So I took into consideration previous giveaways and decided on these four (plus Fall for Anything):
This contest is open to people who live anywhere The Book Depository ships! Visit this page to see if they ship to you. If they do, you gots to enter this contest. How do you do that? Just comment on this entry by December 20th and tell me what your favourite book of 2010. Easy!
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE.
I got a lot of good natured ribbing about all the US/CAN only contests held this year for Fall for Anything. Do you know who heard your cries? One of my oldest and dearest friends, Damon Ford. A truly wonderful human being, he is one of those friends you have to stop and stare at the sky and you’re all like sky, Damon is such a great friend. Thank you. In Fall for Anything, I named a river after him! In Some Girls Are, he was the convenience store Regina bought all her antacids in!
Anyways, Damon is generously putting up a second prize of a copy of Fall for Anything for Australian/UK residents only. So if you live in Australia or the UK and you want a shot at the 5 books above AND a shot at the second prize of a single copy of Fall for Anything, just include Damon rocks! in your comment.
So let’s have those rules one more time:
1. Everyone! To enter to win my four fave reads of 2010 and a finished copy of Fall for Anything, comment telling me YOUR favourite read of 2010.
2. If you are a resident of the UK or Australia and also want a shot at a second, bonus prize of one finished copy of Fall for Anything, include the words ‘Damon rocks!’ in your comment. (You may enter for both!) The second copy of FFA is only for residents of the UK or Australia.
3. You have until December 20th. Winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to give me their details before I will draw again.
Clear as mud, right? Please note that The Book Depository ships their books individually, and they won’t be shipping Fall for Anything until January 3rd–but you’ll get it!
Anddd that is about everything, I think! I am off to catch up on… everything. Oh wait! I’m so excited to announce that Some Girls Are has been nominated for a 2010 GoodReads Choice Award in YA Fiction. If you have a GoodReads account and you dug SGA, it would mean the world to me if you gave it your vote!
And that actually is everything. Seriously. I promise.
NOW ENTER MY CONTEST!