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dog update, links, and quick contest

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Good news on the dog front: we're waiting for test results to see if she needs surgery or not but even if she does, what she has is treatable. Cue HUGE sigh of relief from me and my husband, who both spent the better part of yesterday in vet's offices worrying our heads off (well, that, and in my case, almost nodding off, as I'm allergic to cats and was on so much Benadryl that I spent all day feeling like I was operating at about half speed)

And I want to thank all of you who wrote or left me notes on facebook about the dog--seeing them all when I finally got back online was really wonderful and more proof that you all are THE BEST EVER!


And to thank you, I want to give away a a book I read over the weekend that I just adored and that I ended up wishing I had with me yesterday because even if I was too stressed out/Bendaryl stupored to actually read it again, it is the kind of read where just looking at the cover makes you happy. You know the kind of read I'm talking about, right?

Anyway! That book? Melissa Walker's fantastic Lovestruck Summer. I have one extra copy to give away, and for your chance to win it, just leave me a comment here by midnight TONIGHT, June 9th. You can just comment, although if you wanted to tell me about a book you've read that just made you feel super happy and content when you were done, I'd love to hear about it!

And I can't forget the links:

This is an older one, but I think it's very interesting--Agent Nathan Bransford wonders if *how* you write impacts *what* you write--as is usual with Nathan's blog, loads of comments to check out.

Finally, birthday cake candles that are useful! I am tempted to get some just so I can pretend it's my birthday, blow out some candles, and then dig right into the most important thing of all--the CAKE!

Editor Cheryl Klein offers up a definition of YA Literature

Agent Janet Reid on when it's too soon to query--and springing off that, agent Nephele Tempest on the importance of being able to write a one-page synopsis

And if you're wondering what the heck I mean by query and synopsis, then you should check out agent Jessica Faust's Publishing Dictionary

One last thing: the winner of a signed copy of Ally Carter's newest book plus a Geektastic ARC was soundistheword3.

And don't forget to leave your comment by midnight tonight for a chance to win the wonderful Lovestruck Summer!


Blogger books-a-lishious said...

i really hope i win.... this book looks super amazing! i was in borders this morning and i totally saw your new book and i was like yes!!! i need to buy this... then i realized that i didn't have any money on me :( i've gotta go back later this week to buy it!


June 09, 2009 1:40 PM  
Blogger luckygirl1112 said...

That's soo good about your dog. Let's see a book I've recently read that made me happy was City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare. I couldn't have picked a better ending to one of my favories series. It made me happy.


June 09, 2009 1:41 PM  
Blogger WhatBriReads said...

That's good to hear about your dog. I hope everything comes out okay! :)

And those candles are really cool.


June 09, 2009 1:45 PM  
Blogger Megg said...

Todays the 9th? Man,I thought it was the 8th...

Anyway, glad to here your dog is well ;) Mine passed away a couple of years ago... cancer, but he was 14 so he lived a long, nice life.

A book the I recently read that made me happy was Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle. It was a quick read with a happy ending. I could really relate to it too, having sisters of my own.

June 09, 2009 2:45 PM  
Blogger Letter Garden said...

That's so good to hear! I hope your dog will have long and healhy life. :D

June 09, 2009 3:14 PM  
Blogger Share You Sweet Tread said...

Im Glad that your dog is doing good a book that I really enjoyed was Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen I really enjoyed the story and i had such a good ending:)

I love Melisa Walker book Im hoping my library get a copy soooon)

June 09, 2009 3:23 PM  
Blogger Book Spot said...

I can't think of a book but I do want to say how happy I am about your dog! I'm so glad she'll be okay.

June 09, 2009 3:47 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

I'm happy to hear about your dog. I hope she feels better soon! For me a book that makes me feel happy and content is The Giver. I love reading that book. I can quote it like a movie.

June 09, 2009 3:51 PM  
Blogger prophecygirl said...

I'm so glad your dog is okay! Phew!

A book I read recently that left me grinning like an idiot was Genesis by Bernard Beckett. It was SO GOOD!

- Jenny

June 09, 2009 4:19 PM  
Blogger Kat Werner said...

Glad that your dog is going to be ok! My parents had doggy problems this week too.

I am currently enjoying Storm Front in the Dresden series. It was recommended by a friend of mine.

June 09, 2009 4:22 PM  
Blogger robby said...

lovestruck summer sounds great.
melissa walker is so cool.
my dog is...bigger than normal dogs, and our vet keeps telling us she needs to lose weight. but it just won't come off.

June 09, 2009 4:25 PM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

*relieved sigh* Glad you got good dog news!

Those birthday-candleholder-cake-fork-thingies(yes, that's a technical term) are nifty! Though, I think sticking a fork into cake breaks some sort of etiquette rule. :)

A super happy/content-feeling book? Patricia C. Wrede's Mairelon the Magician duology(I have the SFBC omnibus, Magic & Malice). It's one of my comfort reads. :) Uh, then there's L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables...and I think I hugged Benedict Freedman's Mrs. Mike when I finished it...heh heh. I better stop there before I keep listing books. :D

June 09, 2009 5:55 PM  
Blogger alyssa_gonzales19 said...

one book that i love and always read to help make me feel good is just listen by sarah dessen. It just reminds me of many great people in my life. Every Sarah Dessen novel usually makes me feel good when i finish it. :DDD

June 09, 2009 6:17 PM  
Blogger Eliz S. said...

It must have been so scary/stressful, not knowing how your dog was going to be.... but I'm so glad everything is going to be alright!

A book that I've read 5+ times now and that never fails to always put a smile on my face is 'The Year of Secret Assignments' by Jacyln Moriarty.

Hope you're having a much better day than yesterday! ^_^

-Eliz S.

June 09, 2009 6:33 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I want lovestruck summer so bad! It looks so cute...

June 09, 2009 6:48 PM  
OpenID blink73081 said...

Hi Elizabeth,

My warmest wishes for your dog. I'm a dog owner as well, and I know how stressful and anxiety-inducing it is when your dog is sick (my dog recently had surgery to repair a bilateral hernia on her abdomen... her guts were literally coming out from two holes in her abdominal wall).

I am a recent fan of yours. I work as an English tutor for young children and one of my students, a wonderful 11-year-old girl named Kristine, introduced me to you. She requested that we read "Perfect You" for our next reading project. I ordered it from Amazon but in the meantime my friend urged me to read "Living Dead Girl."

It was heartbreaking to read, but I couldn't put it down. It also brought back a bad memory of mine. When I was 11, I was walking home from the grocery store with a quart of milk, when a man--ostensibly he was jogging--came up behind me. I moved to the side, anticipating that he would jog past me, but instead he grabbed me and pushed me over to a van. Granted, he "only" put his hands up my shirt, and then told me to "be a good girl" and go home, but it was traumatizing; cops were called but he was never found. Well, "Living Dead Girl" made me feel lucky, in a way; I was so disturbed after reading the book that I went online and looked up the Sex Offender Registry for my county.

I have three children under ten, and this has always been a fear.

Thanks for listening to my story. I can't wait to read your other books.


June 09, 2009 7:22 PM  
Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Don't enter me, as I have two copies of this one and won a third. I just wanted to send a note saying I'm so happy your dog is ok. My dog is like my fur child, so I know how hard it can be when something is wrong.

And I loved Lovestruck, Summer-great read and perfect for summer. I also just finished Something, Maybe which I adored!:)

June 09, 2009 7:35 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I'm so glad that your dog is all right. I tried to leave a comment on your previous post but I couldn't see how to do it. Anyway, I'm so happy that everything is fine now.


June 09, 2009 9:09 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

*Crosses fingers* I'm glad that she'll be okay, no matter what the results are. But I hope she doesn't have anything, anyway.

I just finished If I Stay, by Gayle Forman, but I'm not sure I'd call that a 'super-happy and contented' kind of book. It's really good, though, if you're in the mood for bittersweet.


June 09, 2009 9:29 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

It is great news your dog is better, hopefully it will continue down the positive road!

June 09, 2009 10:05 PM  
Blogger Iryna said...

"Dancing Through The Snow" by Jean Little was just unbelievable. I don't have enough good things to say about it.

I am so very glad that your dog is going to be alright! I've never had a dog, but I have had quite a few hamsters and I know how it feels to have one of your dearest friends pass away.


Also, thanks for all of the giveaways you've done these past few months! You always pick the best books!!

June 09, 2009 10:07 PM  
Blogger Iryna said...

Oh no - I typed my e-mail address incorrectly!! It's actually supposed to be


I'm very sorry!

June 09, 2009 10:09 PM  
OpenID alatarielsun said...

I recently read Paper Towns by John Green. Anything by John Green makes me happy. :)


June 09, 2009 10:11 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I'm so glad your dog will be okay! :)

June 09, 2009 10:18 PM  
Blogger k said...

I'm so glad about your dog! Very very glad. With my 15 year old beloved cat, I just live in fear of anything happening to her.

June 09, 2009 11:00 PM  
Blogger upthestairs87 said...

I love your writing! I'm so glad I found your blog! That book your giving away looks like a great summer read also.

June 09, 2009 11:20 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I am very glad that your dog will be able to be treated. It totally sucks to lose a dog.

A recent uplifting read that I read was, The Spring of Candy Apples by Debbie Viguie. It is book 4 of the Sweet Seasons novels. And they are all very entertaining!

~Meredith F.
rosesaremyfavorite at hotmail dot com

June 10, 2009 1:17 AM  
Blogger donnas said...

Thats is great news about your dog. I am so glad its treatable.

I have read such wonderful things about Lovestruck Summer. It sounds like a great book.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

June 10, 2009 1:46 AM  
Blogger Y. Bressani said...

Good news about your dog.

Probably too late, if not, I'd like to be considered.


June 10, 2009 1:55 AM  
Blogger Thao said...

I'm glad to see your dog will be alright. It sucks your lovely pet is sick even though sometimes he/she drives you crazy :)

A book I've recently read that made me happy was 20 Boy Summer. It's a perfect read for summer.

June 10, 2009 3:59 AM  

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