Monthly Archives: May 2012

The REUNITED Love Your Library Giveaway

It’s Week 3 of the REUNITED Giveaway Extravaganza, which means there’s only 2 more weeks to go until REUNITED hits the shelves!  Yippee!

Last week’s winner –  Samantha C. – walked away with two pre-release copies of REUNITED – one for her and one for Alisha, her BFF.

And I had so much fun giving away those books that I’m doing it again!  But this time, with a twist.  To enter, just write the name of your favorite library in the comments section of this post– it can be your town library, or the one at your school — and you could win two copies of REUNITED – one for you, and one to donate to your library of choice!  (Contest runs through Tuesday June 5, 2012 at 7:00amEST. Open to U.S. residents only.)

Of course, I’m making the librarians at my local library buy a copy. ;) Thank you Mary and Carol!!!

My favorite library, in stick-figure form.

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Level3′s summer tour poster

Coming soon, to a library near YOU!

 

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Giveaway Tuesday: Best Friends 4-Eva!

In just three weeks from today, REUNITED hits the shelves!  So, in celebration of the final countdown, I’m hosting a giveaway a week.  And each week, the prizes get bigger & better!

The winner of last week’s contest, and the proud owner of a REUNITED T-shirt, signed bookmarks, & a Road Trip Mix CD is… (drumroll please) aLmYbNeNr, whose favorite band to listen to on a road trip is Puddle of Mudd.  The Runner Ups, who’ll receive signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road Trip Mix CD, are Jasmine R.(A Room with Books) and Christina (A Reader of Fictions).  Congratulations, ladies!  I’ll email you for your addresses & prizes will be mailed soon.

Now, on to the theme of this week’s Giveaway Tuesday:  friendship.

To enter, all you need to do is share your best friend’s first name in the comments section of this post, and one winner will receive not one, but two pre-release hardcover copies of REUNITED – one for you, and one for your BFF.  You may share more than one friend’s name, but if you win, know that all 78 of you will have to share the two books amongst yourselves. ;)  Contest open to U.S. residents only.  Good luck!

Double your pleasure! Win one book for yourself, and one for a friend.

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I have something you don’t have

26 days ’til release day and I got my author copies of REUNITED in the mail!  The real book.  The actual thing.

If I had more time, I’d take a series of photographs of my book and me on location— sharing a stolen kiss as we sit together on a porch swing in the moonlight, giggling to ourselves as we try on hats at the mall while “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” plays in the background, walking along the beach at sunset, holding hands (but mysteriously leaving only one set of footprints).

But my book cover and I are way too busy for such frivolity.

Fascinating…

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There Are Only 24 Hours in a Day

So, how do we squeeze it all in?  Take 3 minutes to WATCH THIS VLOG & you’ll find out. ;)

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Giveaway Tuesday: Road Trips Rock!

In just one month from today, REUNITED hits the shelves!  So, in celebration of the final countdown, I’m offering four straight weeks of giveaways, either with a music theme, a road trip theme, or both!

“The Pea Pod” – the ’76 V.W. camper van in REUNITED.

Level3, jammin’ at rehearsal.

Since Level3′s reunion show is the thing that motivates Alice, Summer, and Tiernan (ex-best friends) to hop into a van together and drive 2,000 miles cross-country, this week’s contest takes place on Level3′s website.  All you need to do is head on over to Level3theband.com and answer this question in the COMMENTS SECTION (of their blog or mine):   If you were on a road trip, what band would provide your soundtrack?

One winner (selected at random)  will receive their very own REUNITED T-SHIRT, available in your custom size, plus signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road-Trip Mix CD.  Two runners up will also win signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road-Trip Mix CD.

Winners will be announced here on May 22nd, when I reveal the next giveaway. Good luck!  And while you’re at Level3′s site, don’t forget to download three free chapters from REUNITED and TWO FREE SONGS from Level3!

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Can’t a 40-Something Woman Read “Seventeen Magazine” in Peace?

My husband frequently tools on me for reading SEVENTEEN and TEEN VOGUE, even though he knows I do it for work.  As a young adult novelist and screenwriter who writes a lot of teen movies, it’s important to stay up to date with the teen culture and lingo.  Which, as I often remind my husband, makes my subscriptions tax deductable.

But the thing is, I’m secretly glad I have an excuse to read these magazines.  And not just because I like to keep up with the fashion trends for Prom season.  These magazines aren’t intended for me, but like unearthing a repressed traumatic memory, I believe they are healing the teen girl inside of me, the young me who flipped through their pages filled with self-loathing because she didn’t look like the models, no matter how much Clearisil and Noxema she slathered on, the girl who felt like a reject because didn’t have a boyfriend about which to fill out the ubiquitous Love Quiz at the end.  Or, at least a boyfriend who wasn’t gay.

I think there’s something very valuable in grown women  (and men!)  looking back on that time in our past when were first stepping (and mis-stepping) into our adult selves. As someone who writes about and for teenagers, I’m glad I’m able to use my own experiences to offer some wisdom to teenagers today.

And apparently, I’m not alone.

Below are some fun and entertaining resources for that rich and fascinating intersection of the adult and teenage worlds.   Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

1. THE JV CLUB PODCAST

Presented by Nerdist.com and produced by the wonderful Janet Varney, this weekly, hour-long podcast features Janet interviewing popular actresses and comedians about their teen years.  Hilarious, wise, and absolutely addictive!

2.  DEAR TEEN ME

Dear Teen Me is a blog of letters, written by YA authors, to their teenage selves.  And now, it’s a book, too!  Read my Dear Teen Me post here, and peruse hundreds of others.  So heartening.  So 80′s.

3. YOUNG ADULT

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s worth checking out.  Definitely the dark side of that strange phenomenon known as Grown-Ups Who Are Stuck in High School.

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We have a winner!

The winner of the limited edition pea pod necklace in my Bonus Contest for the YAmazing Race is Doodle of Doodle’s Book Blog!

How cute is this?

And because I had so much darn fun reading all of your wonderful posts, I’ve decided to give away not one, but TWO additional prizes!  Teresa L. and Fakesteph — you’ve each won a collection of signed Apocalypsies bookmarks.  (I’ll email you later to get addresses for where to send your loot.)

Hope they like to read, because two people just won a butt-load of bookmarks.

To find out who won the YAmazing Race, go to the Apocalpsies blog.

But even if you came up empty-handed, you still have time to win an ARC of REUNITED on Goodreads!  Plus, as it gets closer to REUNITED’s release date, I’ll be giving away REUNITED t-shirts, iTunes gift cards, and more!  So stay tuned…

Best,

Hilary

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The YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes 2: Electric Boogaloo

Welcome to Stop #1 in the “Laser-Eyed Iguana” leg of the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes 2:  Electric Boogaloo.   In case you missed the first one, the YAmazing Race is the coolest blog hop ever, featuring over 50 debut authors and a veritable smorgasbord of booty including: ARCs, gift certificates, swag, and a bottle of perfume made from lilacs, the scent of fresh-baked blueberry muffins, and Katniss Everdeen’s sweat.

Okay, I made up that last one.

The race officially begins at noon EST on Wednesday, May 2, so if you’re reading this before that time, you may want to amuse yourself by checking out REUNITED’s book trailer.  And if you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website, CLICK HERE to start from the beginning and read the complete rules.  Now on to the race!

REUNITED by Hilary Weisman Graham  (Simon & Schuster – June 12, 2012)

1 Concert.    2,000 Miles.     3 Ex-Best Friends

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends.  Back in middle school, the girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3.  But when the band broke up, so did their friendship.  Summer ran with the popular crowd, Tiernan was a rebellious wild-child, and Alice spent high school with her nose buried in books.  Now, just as the girls are about to graduate, Level3 announces a one-time-only reunion show. Even though the concert’s 2000 miles away, Alice buys three tickets on impulse.  And as it turns out, Summer and Tiernan have their own reasons for wanting to get out of town.  But on the long drive cross-country, the girls hit more than a few bumps in the road. Will their friendship get an encore or is the show really over?

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Now tuck that away in your clever, little brain for the quiz at the end.

Plus, I’m also hosting a bonus contest where I’ll be giving away a limited edition pea pod necklace.  Why a pea pod, you ask?  Because the “Pea Pod” happens to be the name of the 1976 pea green VW camper bus Alice, Summer, & Tiernan take on their 2,000 mile road-trip.

Enter to win this pea pod necklace!

The "Pea Pod," from the REUNITED book trailer.

Do any of the following six things and you’ll be entered to WIN the pea pod necklace.  Or, do all six and you’ll be entered six times!  And don’t forget to tell me how many times you entered in the comments section of my blog.

Ready to move on?  Then CLICK here to link to the site of Anne Nesbet, author of 2012 Kind’s Indie Next List book, CABINET OF EARTHS   And good luck!

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