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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I keep thinking today is Monday even though I know it's Tuesday--what's up with that? I think I'm still suffering brain drain from this weekend, which was very fun, but ended with me saying, "Wait, wait, wait. It's Sunday? Really? NOOOOOO!" Also, I'm working on copy edits, and they tend to make me a little brain fogged. (All right, fine. More brain fogged than usual! :-) )

Anyway, on to the important stuff, like the photo contest winners! Congrats go out to-- Melanie, Joanna, Denise, Jill, and Alex! (I'm waiting for permission to share their photos and if they give me the go ahead, they'll be up later this week)

Links:

Author Alison Kent on when to let go of a story

Author Courtney Summers has a great blog entry up about what she's learned from being edited -- it's a really great post, with lots of insight into what the editorial process (including editorial letters!) is like.

Interested in knowing how I got published? Then check out my pub story over at the fabtastic Reviewer X

Someone totally awesome created a facebook group for my books! If you're interested, check out Elizabeth Scott Fans -- and be sure to check out the discussion board because, you know, there might be a contest for group members going on....

Finally, I managed to get a hold of an ARC of one of this year's most anticipated books--Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride--and I'd like to give it to one of YOU!

For your chance to win the ARC of Along For The Ride, please leave a comment here telling me--in exactly 99 words!*--why you want to read Along For The Ride. Leave your 99 word comment by midnight EST this **Thursday**, May 21st, and then I'll pick the one I like best and that person will win the ARC. (Please note that this contest is only open to US residents)

*Why 99 words? It just sounded fun :-)

17 Comments:

Blogger pepsivanilla said...

I'm obsessed with Wes and Macy's Waffle World conversations, Remy and Dexter's unique chemistry, and Annabel and Owen's techno music arguments. Sarah Dessen's books have that perfect balance of being completely real and complicated, while still making you want to live inside one of her novels. No matter how many times I read her books, as soon as I finish one I want to pick it up and start reading it over again immediately. I can’t wait to read about Auden and Eli’s adventures in insomnia, and see what kinds of things they find in the early morning hours.

pepsivanilla14(at)hotmail(dot)com

May 19, 2009 1:47 PM  
Blogger Reading Rules said...

I have been patiently waiting for this book since the day I heard about it back in DECEMBER!! Also, I happen to be avid reader...not kidding, I read like ninety-five pages yesterday(of coarse enjoying every bit of it!). I've read the majority of Sarah Dessen's books, sometimes more than once, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVED them. I can't wait especially for Along for the Ride, just the story of a girl with sleeping problems just seems so exciting to me(yes, that may be weird, but that's okay!)! Anyways, I would be really, really love the Arc!

Jill_B@comcast.net

May 19, 2009 3:30 PM  
Blogger Renay said...

I've only been a fan since Just Listen, but through Dessen's work, I've fostered a surprisingly strong friendship with a co-worker. Along for the Ride features something that my friend and I share: being night owls — I've always been one and she's got a toddler. In an interview, Dessen said the book was inspired by being up late for her own baby adventures. Not only do I want to read the book myself, I want to pass the book along and share it with my friend because the subject connects us and Dessen's work brought us together. /sentimental answer

ya.fabulous@gmail.com

May 19, 2009 4:02 PM  
Blogger Lalaland said...

The major reason that I want to read Along For The Ride is that I have never read one of Sarah Dessen’s book. It’s like one of those things you hear that it’s really good from everyone who has done it, and you want to do it, but you’re not sure when you will. I’ve always seen it at the library, but I always pass by it, and pick out a different book. The second is because the author’s first name is the same as my sister’s first name. I have an obsession about people with the same names.

Tara
ttt1612 AT yahoo DOT com

May 19, 2009 5:06 PM  
Blogger jesslovesagoodstory said...

Sarah Dessen's books are all a fun ride
Her new book fills me with excitement that I can't hide
Whether it's about family, friendship, or heartbreak
Sarah Dessen treats each subject with equal fervency and never forsakes
a single, chapter, character, or theme
Winning this book would make me beam.
I’ve been patiently waiting to read her new book
I knew it was going to be riveting with just one look
I cannot wait to enter the world of Auden and Eli and see what they will do
But I can only do that with special help from you!

May 19, 2009 5:28 PM  
Blogger Suzanne C said...

I want to read Along for the Ride because Sarah Dessen has a way of connecting two people who are completely opposite in their eyes, and shows them that they really aren't that much different from one another. I own almost all of her books and love being captivated. Rather its Nate and Ruby, Wes and Macy, Remy and Dexter, Annabel and Owen, Halley and Mac, you can relate no matter what. Auden and Eli will be no exception. Sarah’s characters make you feel as if no matter what happens in life, there’s always someone to watch out for you.

May 19, 2009 5:50 PM  
Blogger robby said...

Sarah Dessen's new book comes out June sixteenth. My fourteenth birthday is June sixteenth. Sarah Dessen is completely and utterly brilliant, her characters are like my twins, and i have a secret obsession with almost all the boy characters in her books (except Rogerson.) Along For The Ride is an awesome title. All the excerpts i've read make my fall in even more in love with the book. And i'm in love with you for having this giveaway. Even if i don't win...you rock. My email is runningforamsterdam@hotmail.com. gah i want to win this...my name is robby.

May 19, 2009 6:09 PM  
Blogger soundistheword3 said...

I want to read Along For The Ride because I've been following Sarah Dessen since Keeping the Moon was released and she's become my favorite author. To me, her books are comfort books. When I read them, I escape real life and feel better. Next weekend, I have to say goodbye to my boyfriend as he's headed to Spain until January. As I'm already pretty miserable about this, I plan to start a Sarah Dessen reading marathon once we part. I'd love to have this to finish with and give me something to look forward to.
Kristin at dazdnconfusd@comcast.net

May 19, 2009 7:33 PM  
Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I was pretty deprived as a teenager when it came to YA books. All I wanted to read was something real. Then I found Dreamland. My first thought was wow, this is a real story! Finally there is an author out there that has a teenage voice without trying to fluff it up. When you’re use to reading Sweet Valley, lemme tell you, these books were godsends! Even now that I’m an “adult”, I can always find something in her books that I can relate too either with my past or present. Basically, Sarah Dessen is my Judy Blume.


-Amber
sammyjones57(at)hotmail(dot)com

PS-Loved the pub story!

May 19, 2009 9:26 PM  
Blogger Amee said...

I wish I had a cool reason for why I want to read Along for the Ride. I am not an insomniac, and I do not ride around my town late at night on a bike. (I do want a bike, but I doubt I would probably just ride it during the day.) My reason is simple. I have been a fan of Sarah’s since reading Just Listen. I was introduced to her books by a friend who suggested This Lullaby. I picked up Just Listen after reading This Lullaby and was hooked! I have not looked back since.

amee821(at)hotmail.com
It's funny because I had another last sentence but it was over 99 words. I simply deleted the last sentence and came out with 99 words. Perfect!

May 20, 2009 3:36 PM  
Blogger Megg said...

I literally have been counting down the days, waiting for Along for the Ride. You know how Harry Potter is known for getting kids to love reading? Well, Sarah’s books where my Harry Potter. Ever since I read That Summer I have truly loved her books and blog. This book is my most long-awaited one, and I want it intensely. Her books make me think, not to much or to little. At the same time, they are written greatly, originally, and entertainingly. This book not only sounds great, but from the description, I can already relate to the characters.

May 20, 2009 4:04 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I want to win Along for the Ride because Sarah Dessen is one of my all time favorite authors. Like you, she makes her characters easy to relate to and lets you know that you are not alone in the world. I deeply connect with each of her novels and every one seems to be better than the last. I want to read it because it’s a love story (her specialty). It is my favorite genre above all others because even though I am a hardcore fantasy lover, nothing cheers my spirits up more than a beautifully written love story.
addictedtobooks1993@yahoo.com

May 20, 2009 6:34 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

My first Sarah Dessen book was Someone Like You. Since then I’ve read them all, and yes, I have a crush on Wes and Dexter, but I also want what Scarlett and Haley have, that best friendship where it doesn’t matter how much the other person screws up, you love them anyway and are always there for them. Haley says that life is an ugly, awful place not to have a best friend; I think waiting for a book to come out doesn’t help with this fact, which is why I can’t wait to read Along for the Ride.

May 20, 2009 9:33 PM  
Blogger Michelle Kuo said...

I’d love to read Along For The Ride because there’s something about Sarah Dessen’s writing that leaves me wanting MORE. The Truth About Forever is the book that actually got me to start reading so much. The way she portrays romance in her novels aren’t typical love stories, but there’s something so much deeper, between the lines. Somehow, Sarah Dessen is able to make her books relate to anyone personally, which grabs and holds my attention most. I’ve read so many Sarah Dessen books and I crave for more, which is why I NEED to read her newest book!

michelle.kuool(at)yahoo(dot)com

May 21, 2009 4:54 AM  
Blogger Nora said...

This Lullaby caught my interest while I made my typical beeline from the kids section to the adult’s, never pausing to examine that lone bookshelf with the tiny tile of “Young Adult.” Intrigued by the cover, I made a detour, checked the back flap, flipped through the first few pages and started to read, propped up against the bookcase, nose in the book. I eventually migrated to the corner where I sat cross-legged until I had finished Remy and Dexter’s story. Why Along for the Ride? Because Sarah Dessen got me hooked on YA, and I never looked back.

May 21, 2009 10:12 PM  
OpenID cocokiss457 said...

I picked up “The Truth About Forever” by Sarah Dessen when I was thrust into a brand-new school, new classes, and new acquaintances. After reading all her books and that book especially, I have fallen in love with Dessen’s writing style, themes, connections, characters, everything because her books are so real to me. I feel like I know Macy, Remy, Ruby, Annabel personally. I would love to receive a copy of “Along for the Ride” because her books bring me peace, endless thoughts (contradictory-ly), and so much joy. She speaks to me, she touches that nerve inside of me.

--Kristin L.

May 22, 2009 1:00 AM  
OpenID insidehabit said...

I might be too late but I am trying anyway. I want Along for the Ride because I know, from previous experience, that Sarah Dessen is an amazing writer and honestly her characters make my heart sing and then I think "oooh, I wanna write just like her", and then 20 WIPs later, "oooh, okay, i can't write like her but um... her books rock!" It's kind of a satisfaction guaranteed or your money back kind of thing, except that you KNOW you won't be sending it back. Knowing that, you HAVE to enter 99 word contests like these!

May 22, 2009 2:55 AM  

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