Monday, February 20, 2012

Winners! And More ARCS!

Happy Monday! Gihugic THANK YOUs to everyone who stopped by, participated in my last ARC giveaway, commented about my return...I feel very loved, so thank you.

I know some of you asked about an ALA recap, and it's coming. I promise. I had too much fun not to blog about it. I also have an amazing interview to share, reviews, more contests...SO MUCH.

But for now, you'll have to settle for a giveaway. I know, darn.

*snaps fingers*

So, without further Alison rambles, the winners...and then ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!!


April Plummer

Katy Upperman

Cheyenne Teska

Monica B.W.

Amanda (at Born Bookish)

Daisy Carter

Congratulations! Please email me your ARC choice (Pandemonium, Rock On, Take a Bow, Buried, The Difference Between You and Me, or Froi of the Exiles) at alisonmiller20(at)gmail(dot)com. First come, first served!

And...AND I have more fabulous ARCs to giveaway! Check these out!

It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

Lucas and Tessa’s friendship is the stuff of legend in their small Midwestern town. So it’s no surprise when Lucas finally realizes his feelings for Tessa are more than friendship and he asks her to prom. What no one expected, especially Lucas, was for Tessa to come out as a lesbian instead of accepting his heartfelt invitation. Humiliated and confused, Lucas also feels betrayed that his best friend kept such an important secret from him.

What’s worse is Tessa’s decision to wear a tastefully tailored tuxedo to escort her female crush, sparking a firestorm of controversy. Lucas must decide if he should stand on the sidelines or if he should stand by his friend to make sure that Tessa Masterson will go to prom.

Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin tackle both sides of a ripped-from-the headlines story to show that true friendship will triumph after all.

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

The dark thriller, described as Dexter meets The Silence of the Lambs for teens, tells of a boy who uses his killer instinct, inherited from his serial killer father, to help solve a series of murders.

Sophomore Cammie Bliss has long been labeled a stalker by her peers, but when a cute new boy named Toby arrives at her small town high school, Cammie has a chance to be "normal." Trouble is, she can't really help herself and she's up to her old tricks of "intense observation and following" pretty quick. Making things worse, her younger brother is dating one of the most popular girls in the school, her parents have separated, and her dad has begun to watch their house most nights. Cammie has simply got to figure out why she behaves the way she does, and end it once and for all.

And I'm also throwing in a hardcover of

The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines. Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers…from an outsider's perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: How would she be treated if she “lived down” to others' expectations? Would everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions sparked Gaby’s school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever, and made international headlines in the process.

And SIGNED paperback of Amanda Grace's

I never meant for anyone to get hurt. All I wanted to do that night was make a play for Carter Wellesley. His heartless rejection was mortifying, but people got the wrong idea when they saw me leaving his bedroom, crying. That’s how rumors of rape started.

Now girls at school are pouring out their sympathy to me. Guys too. But not everyone’s on my side. The school has become a war zone and the threats are getting scary. What began as poetic justice has morphed into something bigger—forcing me to make a terrible choice.

From the author of But I Love Him comes a haunting novel about what happens to one teenage girl when a rumor of rape goes around her school.

WOWSOME ARCs and books, right?!

Just fill out the entry form below by Friday March 2 at 11:59 PM EST and you could win one of these awesome books! Contest is open internationally!

Thanks for participating!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

RTW: Dropping the P-Bomb

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:

Kate Hart has it on good authority that Kody hates the word "panties," and Steph can't stand "supper."

What words do you absolutely hate? Which ones do you adore?

Words I adore?

I’m a word whore. Whenever I see a word like harangue or cacophony or anomaly, I latch onto it and beat the bloody heck out of it in a manuscript. Kidding. But I do have some favorites. Here are just a few






And my all-time fave


But I also like word sandwiches. I think anyone who’s read this blog even once will attest to the fact that gihugic has to be the most fantabulously created word out there. I also like boregasm (I’ve used this once or twice a lot) I’m also very into saying chill. And since I’ve been writing from a guy’s POV this past year and a half, junk and bro have infiltrated the ranks of favorites.

Um…I have a lot of favorite words. (Bet you couldn’t tell)

But words I hate?

I teach. In the past twenty years I’ve overheard conversations that should make my skin feel like I have bugs underneath it. For approximately fifteen Fridays every fall, I am right there on the sidelines with football players who do not know how to communicate their discontent without dropping a few a lot of F-bombs. My husband is an old school Animal House frat boy. I watch a lot of movies with Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell. There’s not much I’m uncomfortable with.

So, it’s funny this road trip topic comes up this week because I wrote a word in my manuscript the other day that makes me cringe and want to curse every man on the planet every time I read it. It’s not the C-word which I will nevereverneverevernever use ever. But it’s close. I’ll give you a hint: it starts with a P and is synonymous with a female cat. Are you there yet?


If you’ve ever been around a bunch of high school football players when they’re losing, um…this is their word of choice. I hear it many other times. And it doesn’t particularly bother me a whole lot to hear other people say it. But me writing it?


I. Just. Can’t. Use it. It may be realistic, but yeah, okay…gotta draw the line somewhere.

So how about you? What words do you adore? Any that are cringe worthy?

Oh, and since I made you suffer through two paragraphs about that shudder-some word, let me point you to my ARC giveaway (click here). It’s open internationally and I’m giving away ARCs of Pandemonium, Froi of the Exiles, and more! Giveaway ends this Friday.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'm Back . . . With ARCs!

Miss me?

Wait. Don't answer that.

So, thanks for being patient with me while I took a month off for revising (er...rewriting). I'm still not where I want to be, but I am much further along than I was at the beginning of last month. NOT at 100 percent, though. Soooo - while I'm back in the blogosphere, I'm only going to do bloggy stuff one day a week - ya know - until I rewrite the beastly Franken-novel and revise it ten hundred more times.


But I will tell you this. While I was on my bloggy break, um...I missed you guys. I found it very challenging to NOT hop around to your blogs on Road Trip Wednesday or stalk check on YOUR status. I feel like I missed out on a whole year instead of just a month. But I'm back - somewhat. And I'm really excited to hop around and see what you guys have been up to!

Oh, and I'd be completely remiss if I didn't tell you about my awesome super wonderful trip to midwinter ALA!!! Super fun and a whole bunch of BOOKS!!! Many of which I want to share with YOU!

So, I'm hosting a first of many giveaways. All you have to do is fill out the easy-peasy form. And there are lots of ways to earn extra entries - comment, tweet, follow me,...

And here's what you could win.

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known as the mini version of his sports-star brother, Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brother's shadow, learning to perform in public, and rocking the Battle of the Bands contest. Oh, and maybe finally working up the nerve to talk to a girl in person instead of just over e-mail. But when Del suddenly returns from college, he expects Ori to step back into his role of little brother, just when Ori is starting to come into his own.
With his confidence wavering, will Ori be able to overcome his stage fright and lead the band to rock glory? Will the Band To Be Named Later ever get a real name? Will their best performances remain in the garage?

Denise Vega's deft exploration of brothers, bands, friends, and crushes promises to have readers tuning in page after page, because among all the ups and downs of being a teen, one thing's for sure: It's hard to rock out in high school.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it's been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn't sure how to admit that he'd rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.

In a new school and determined to keep her secrets from being discovered, Thorn finds a mysterious locket that leads to a shocking discovery—the unmarked grave of a newborn baby. Surrounded by new friends she barely knows, as well as the school’s famous former student, a smoking-hot musician named Phillipe, Thorn must investigate to find out if one of them is a murderer.

Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman's boots. She's the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She's vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend.
These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate "private time" they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what's more important: what you believe in, or the one you love?

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home... Or so he believes...

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.

And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Holy Amazing ARCs, Batman.

Just fill out the entry form below by Friday February 17 at 11:59 PM EST and you could win one of these awesome ARCs! And then come back Monday February 20 for the winners and ANOTHER amazing ARC giveaway! PS - contest is open internationally!

Thanks for participating!

Oh! One more thing!

Last year I participated in Rachael Harrie’s Writer’s Crusade and in her Writer's Campaign. Platform building was a purpose, but also a nice way for me to connect with other writers, many who write in my genre. Through this I met some pretty awesome people, participated in creativity-sparking writing challenges, and well, just had a lot of fun!

And . . . AND I wrote this poem for one of the challenges last fall - a review on Ellen Hopkin's novel Perfect. And Ellen Hopkins (yes, the Ellen Hopkins) COMMENTED on it. Like, a really super nice awesomely sweet comment.


See what can happen in these campaigns. The possibilities are endless.

And now Rachael’s back with a fourth campaign! I signed up the other day, and you can too! Just head over to Rach Writes by February 15, and get ready to invest yourself in two months of total awesome!

Your turn! What did YOU do while I was gone? Which ARC would you most want to win?