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Friday, February 25, 2011

Calling All Librarians and Book Lovers!

Have you checked out the Elevensies Book Feast yet? It's a major giveaway hosted by a bunch of authors from the Elevensies (including moi!). We'll be giving away huge prize packs throughout the year (spring, summer and fall)! Currently, the spring prize package is up for grabs... it includes these fabulous books:

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer — "Glee" goes to the opera in this novel about best friends, bitter enemies and one life-changing competition.

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder — Sometimes popularity comes with a price...especially when the Lipstick Laws are involved.

Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard — There's not much beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but Grace thinks she's found it in an unlikely friendship with wild girl Mandarin Ramey — that is, until Mandarin betrays her.

Illegal by Bettina Restrepo — Nora, a Mexican immigrant, crosses the border illegally to find her father in Houston, Texas.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys — A fifteen-year-old girl fights for her life amidst Stalin's genocide.

Haven by Kristi Cook — A paranormal tale set at a boarding school where everyone has psychic abilities.

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers — Frannie possesses a skill so unique that the king of Hell himself has taken notice, and he's sent Luc to claim her soul.

Warped by Maurissa Guibord — A romantic fantasy about a girl, a unicorn tapestry and the threads of fate that bind them together.

XVI by Julia Karr — In the future, innocence expires at sixteen.

Vesper by Jeff Sampson — A geeky teen girl must figure out who’s committing a rash of murders in her small town...and what’s causing her to turn into a monster.

Memento Nora by Angie Smibert — A teenage girl struggles to hold on to her memories—and her identity—in a world that finds it far more lucrative for everyone to forget—and keep on shopping.

Kat Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis — In Kat Stephenson's Regency England, magic is the greatest scandal of all - but Kat's not going to let that stop her when there are highwaymen to battle and true loves to catch for her older sisters!

Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson — Rebecca dreams of becoming a famous sled dog racer.

The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante — Thirteen year old Dellie learns about faith and healing from Miss Shirley, a mysterious new neighbor, and Corey, a five year old boy in need of love and rescuing.

The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless by Allan Woodrow — Tales of the nefarious and all-around evil doings of ten-year-old Zachary.

So... what are you waiting for?!? Enter today!

Librarians, click HERE for your entry details.

Readers, click HERE for your entry details.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Are You Swimming in Valentine's Day Chocolate?

Did you get a ton of chocolate this week that you don't know what to do with? If you're like me (a chocolate lover), this wouldn't be a problem. However, I know there are some people out there who don't like chocolate that much...ahem - misfits - cough, cough. Anyhow, if you're wondering what to do with all of your Valentine's Day chocolate, I've created the perfect list for you. Check out my guest post for The Books With Love Hop over at Once Upon A Twilight for the Top Ten Uses for Valentine's Day Chocolate. And even better, leave a comment below if you come up with a creative addition to my list.

Once Upon a Twilight

One more thing - I'm planning another giveaway like THIS ONE & it's coming soon... so stay tuned...and leave a comment below to get one extra entry right off the bat!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day! Time to Announce the Giveaway Winner!

Happy Heart Day!!! I hope everyone is having a special day filled with love, fun...and lots of chocolate! I'm posting this evening to announce the winner of my recent giveaway and to chat about some other fun stuff.

Thank you SO much for all of the fabulous giveaway comments, shout-outs and votes! I was so happy by the awesome turnout and wish I could give the prize package to each and every one of you! Unfortunately, there's only one winner this time around...but I do plan on having more giveaways over the next couple months to celebrate my book's upcoming release. So please stay tuned and continue to check back for more giveaway fun.

Now...without further ado, the winner of this prize pack is:

Uniquely Moi Books

Congratulations! I will be in touch shortly with the prize details.

(The winner was randomly selected through's random name picker)

In other news, I'm participating in the Books With Love Blog Hop at Once Upon a Twilight with a guest post and a giveaway. Not only am I giving away a preorder copy of The Lipstick Laws plus swag, there are many more authors donating some fab goodies to the blog hop. Check out these AWESOME PRIZES that you could win if you enter. I mean, hello?!? Are those not the best bunch of prizes ever?

Once Upon a Twilight

Also, the Class of 2k11 has some fun activities going on this month that may earn you some signed books and/or swag. The Lipstick Laws is one of the titles to choose from for Mashup Mania, Cover Re-Creation and the Hands On contests. Enter now & let your creativity win prizes!

**As an extra thank you to everyone who entered my last giveaway, I'd love to send you a signed bookmark. If you participated in my recent giveaway and would like a signed bookmark, please leave a comment below and email me at with your address info. Please note, this is only for participants of THIS PREVIOUS GIVEAWAY**

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Lipstick Lowdown #4

It's February 4th that means it's exactly TWO months until the release of The Lipstick Laws. It also means that it's time for Lipstick Lowdown #4, to help me count down to my book launch and celebrate all things lipstick!

Seeing that February is the month of love and Valentine's Day, I figured I'd post an extra sweet Lipstick Lowdown recipe today. Try getting some sweet kisses from your honey on the 14th (or just enjoy the lip smacking yumminess yourself) while wearing this chocolate lipstick:

Heavenly Chocolate Gloss (from the book Lipstick A Celebration of the World's Favorite Cosmetic by Jessica Pallingston)
1 & 1/2 teaspoons grated cocoa butter
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon grated chocolate (or three small chocolate chips)
Carefully heat cocoa butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil in the microwave. Slowly stir in chocolate and continue melting. Stir the mixture from time to time until it's very well blended, returning it to the microwave as needed. Pour into a small container and allow to cool. Enjoy!

Also, for you lipstick & gloss lovers out there, Elf Cosmetics is having a fabulous sale for the next few days. Use coupon code 50LIPS to get half off of all lip products until Monday, the 7th.

I hope you'll join me next month for my final Lipstick Lowdown post before my book launch - woohoo!

***If you haven't entered my current giveaway, make sure to check it out and enter HERE for a chance to win an ARC of The Lipstick Laws, two gift cards & lots of other goodies. It's open to international participants & ends on Valentine's Day. Good luck!***

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