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. ;)
I’d like to say that my 8-year-old son had a hand in this, but he was too busy building “something cool.”
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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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…
It’s official. I am in the Simon & Schuster “Author Portal.” (At least the link works on AOL.) And I love how much Level3 footage they used!
Check out the MEGA Giveaway at YA Books Central. And I do mean mega!
Also– win a road trip mixed CD (made by yours truly) over at Reading Wishes.
In addition to being a writer, I can now proudly call myself the producer of a boy band. They’re called Level3, and yesterday, I spent ten hours in the studio helping them record their new hit single “Heyday.” So, you might want to watch your backs 30 Seconds to Mars.
Cuter than the Jonas Brothers, more soulful than Big Time Rush, Level3 seriously rocks. And there’s no doubt in my mind that this adorable pop trio would be sweeping the charts if it weren’t for this one minor problem.
Like the premise of a bad Hollywood movie, the rock band in my book Reunited has come to life! Of course, this would not have been possible without the AMAZING talents of some actual musicians—Brian Therriault, David Minehan (of the Neighborhoods—holy crap!), Dave Westner, and Emmanuel Ording. Truth be told, I just sat on the couch and tapped my foot a lot. ;)
So here is the real boy band. (Do not attempt to adjust your computer monitors.)
These promising young upstarts might just be the next big thing.
“Heyday” still needs to be mixed, but will be available as a free download closer to Reunited’s release date—June 12, 2012. “LIKE” me on Facebook if you want to stay in the loop. And a single of Level3’s “Parade” is also in the works!
And on a personal note, it’s really a shame I don’t have a musical bone in my body because getting to be a part of a rock song coming together was SO MUCH FREAKING FUN!!!
“Heyday” was recorded at the wonderful Wooly Mammoth Sound Studio in Waltham, MA. And this project would not have been possible without a generous grant from SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) who were kind enough to bestow Reunited with their 2011 Book Launch Award. Thank you, SCBWI!
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