Monthly Archives: June 2012

Battle of the Boy Bands (with prizes!)

Are you a die-hard 1D fan?

One Direction

 Or is The Wanted the one that you want?

Maybe you’re kicking’ it old-school, locked in a decades-long feud with your BFF over the various merits of the Backstreet Boys versus NKOTB.

Either way, it’s time to let your opinion be heard!  And if you’re lucky, you may even walk away with some prizes!

Just type the name of your favorite boy band in the comments section of this post and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $10 iTunes gift card plus a copy of the ultimate fan-girl novel, REUNITED.

Big TIme Rush


Jonas Brothers

NKOTB (the band formerly known as New Kids on the Block). Just like when Kentucky Fried Chicken started calling itself KFC.

Contest ends Friday July 6th.  Open to U.S. residents only.  And enter the poll, too!  But you must leave a comment if you want to win the prizes!


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Super-fan awesomeness: manicure edition

I thought I showed my love for REUNITED when I got my toes painted yellow for BEA, but @amabe421 has clearly one-upped me.  I present to you the best REUNITED-themed manicure ever.  And possibly the only REUNITED-themed manicure ever. ;)

Coordinating one’s nails with one’s literature is a must this season.

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Winner of the KidsBuzz Giveaway!

A hearty congrats to Martie K., of California,, winner of the Shelf Awareness KidsBuzz Giveaway.  Martie, I’ll be sending a signed copy of REUNITED your way soon.

Big thanks to all who entered. Hope you’ll check out REUNITED anyway.

If you’re interested, here are a couple of yesterday’s great reviews from The Perfect 10 and Forever Young Adult.

REUNITED, in the Simon & Schuster lobby!

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The World Book Night Video (and I’m in it!)

This was definitely a special night.  Can’t wait to do it again next year!

To learn more about World Book Night and how you can get involved, CLICK HERE.

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Road Trip Prize Pack Winner Announced on REUNITED’s One-Week Birthday

Thank you all so much for spreading the REUNITED book trailer into every nook and cranny of the social network.    It’s been a thrilling and emotional week as I’ve watched REUNITED make its way into the world (without me!) and I am so grateful for the support of my friends, family, and fans who’ve been with me throughout this process, shared kind words about the book, purchased copies, and helped me pull off a totally kick-ass launch party.

Cruisin’ in the Pea Pod with 13-year-old Helen!

Now, it’s my chance to give some of that love back to YOU.  I’ve been so moved by all of the sweet emails, helpful re-Tweets, and photos people have sent of REUNITED at bookstores all over the country that I’ve decided to give away a bonus copy of the book!

REUNITED, in good company.

The bonus winner, who will receive a signed copy of REUNITED, is Sarah C.   Enjoy!

And now, without further ado, the winner of the REUNITED Road Trip Prize Pack is… Christy P.

Thanks again to all who entered.  May your summers be filled with wonderful adventures and great books!

Behold the glory of the Prize Pack!


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It’s hard to believe release day is finally here.  I feel excited, relieved, and filled with gratitude to everyone who’s supported me during these past few years–my incredibly patient and loving family, my amazing friends, my editor Alexandra Cooper, and the rest of my team at Simon & Schuster, my agent Steve Malk, my manager Seth Jaret, my fellow authors in the Apocalypsies, and the fantastic community of book bloggers and readers I’ve come to know over the inter-webs.

In celebration of this momentous day, I’ve decided to extend my Spread This Book Trailer Everywhere Contest for another week.  So if you haven’t entered yet, this is your big chance.

Now, it’s time to let go of the book I’ve held so closely and allow it to make its own way in the world.  Best of luck, REUNITED!  And don’t forget to write. ;)


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My book cover, in Legos

I’d like to say that my 8-year-old son had a hand in this, but he was too busy building “something cool.”


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Win big at the REUNITED Spread This Book Trailer Everywhere Contest

First off, can I just say how much I loved hearing about all your favorite libraries?  And from every corner of the country, too!  If there was one common thread to your testimonies, it’s that our local libraries hold a very special place in our communities and in our hearts.  I want to visit them all!

Big congrats to the winner of the Love Your Library giveaway, Linda L., who will receive a copy of REUNITED for herself, and one for The Linda Vista Public Library of San Diego.

But on to this week’s giveaway.  And it’s a whopper. ;)

It’s hard to believe, but REUNITED’s release date is only one week away. [Squeal!]  To celebrate the end of my month-long giveaway extravaganza, I’m offering the biggest, baddest collection of loot yet:  a REUNITED Road Trip Prize Pack!

One lucky winner will receive:

  • A $15 Amazon gift card
  • A $10 iTunes gift card
  • A REUNITED t-shirt
  • An assortment of REUNITED-themed road-trip snacks
  • A mini replica of the Pea Pod (the nickname for the van the girls drive cross-country)
  • Signed REUNITED bookmarks
  • A REUNITED magnet
  • And, last but not least, a signed copy of REUNITED

Behold the glory of the Prize Pack! (bedspread not included)

To enter, all you need to do post the link for the Official REUNITED Book Trailer to any or all of these places:

  • your Facebook page
  • Tweet it
  • your blog/Tumblr/Pinterest

Here’s the link to the trailer on YouTube:

The trailer’s also on my Facebook page if you want to share it from there:

Then just post a comment on this blog telling me where you shared it.  If you share it all three places, you’ll be entered to win three times! (Contest ends 6/19/12 and is open to U.S. residents only.  Sorry UK and Canada.)   And thanks so much to all of you who’ve entered my giveaways and to those of you who’ve shared kind words about REUNITED.  It means a lot. –Hilary

And if you haven’t seen the book trailer yet, you can watch it here:


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Girls Night Out… at the Library!

I just got home from an evening at the Francestown Library with the coolest and most adorable group of teenage girls ever.  And I’m not just saying that because they live in my town. ;) These lovely young ladies came out to help me kick off the month of June with a “Girls Night Out” in celebration of REUNITED‘s release date being a mere 10 days away!   We all made collages (like the girls in REUNITED) which centered on friendship (a theme in REUNITED), I read an excerpt from the book and talked about the process of writing it, we ate a bunch of junk food, and I raffled away some major swag.  Special thanks to Mary Farrell, our Children’s Librarian who organized the event, Meaghan Farrell, her daughter/the party’s social director, and Carol Brock, our Head Librarian, for supporting our shenanigans.

And don’t forget to check out their fabulous collages below.  These gals can work a glue stick.

Just like you can’t look directly at the sun without going blind, the camera found it impossible to focus on this much awesomeness.


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Party with the Apocalypsies at BEA!

For those of you who you are attending BEA this year, you are cordially invited to this little shindig, hosted by the Apocalypsies.  Feel free to bring friends & pass this invitation along to others, too.  Hope to see you there! –Hilary


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