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so, me and July...

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

First, congrats to yesterday's free book winner, Gabrielle, and now...what I love most about July?

There were a lot of great guesses--did you know that July is National Horseradish Month? (Me either) but here's what makes my July awesome:

The Tour de France

I don't talk about it nearly as much as I used to on here, but long-time readers will know there was a time when my July entries were pretty much all about the Tour. (For instance, back in 2006, all I would have talked about was yesterday and that scary and amazing cobblestone stage--talk about brutal! And now the leader boards are all changed and...anyway.)

See? I could go on and on but I'll spare you and share these links:

Agent Jessica Faust on the Law and Order finale and how it relates to what happens when a series ends because a publisher cancels it -- "I can’t begin to tell you how many authors discover, in the middle of their series, that a contract won’t be renewed, and they fret that they didn’t have time to wrap up the series the way they would have liked." (Be sure to check out the comments as well)

Over at Writer Unboxed, The Art of Balance, a well done look at what to expect from a writing career in terms of what you'll need to do, what you'll be expected to do--and learning how to decide what you *can* do.

Betsy Lerner wonders why you write

Finally, agent Rachelle Gardener has some ideas on how you can become a better writer--that don't involve writing. I would change number 11 to READ. But that's just me.

So, there you--wait.

Am I forgetting something?

Silly! You know I don't forget contests!

This week, I'm giving away an ARC of Ally Condie's Matched *and* an ARC of the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns--two of the most talked about titles around!

For your chance to win, tell me what your current favorite song(s) of this summer (no songs from twenty years ago--I'm looking to find some new music!) and leave a way for me to contact you by midnight EST this Friday, July 9th. You must also have a US mailing address. I'll pick the winner at random--or by which songs I end up liking the most--I haven't decided yet--and that person will get both ARCS!

Can't wait to hear what you think I should be listening to!


Blogger jpetroroy said...

I love Katy Perry's 'California Girls'

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

July 07, 2010 9:42 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I mostly listen to country -- less chance of an offensive lyric sneaking in around my preshoolers :-)

The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert (this story could be a good book I think)

She Won't be Lonely Long by Clay walker

Undo It by Carrie Underwood

Work Hard, Play Harder by Gretchen Wilson

AND then I am loving downloading the GLEE versions of old favorites like Crush, Jessie's Girl, and any of the Madonna covers

Thanks for more great links!!
rachelharris1 at gmail dot com

July 07, 2010 10:29 AM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

Groovy Little Summer Song by James Otto
All Over My by Josh Turner
Roll With It by Easton Corbin
and Love LOver by Jerrod Neiman are all on my summer playlist

July 07, 2010 10:40 AM  
Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

I have a bunch of songs I'm loving this summer, though some are about a year old. This is my summer soundtrack.

Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding.

Cosmic Love by Florence + The Machine

Drumming Song by Florence + The Machine

Light Outside by Wakey Wakey

Giving Up The Gun by Vampire Weekend

Thanks for the great giveaway!
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

July 07, 2010 10:41 AM  
Blogger Samanthajo_322 said...

My favorite summer song this year is All About Tonight by Blake Shelton

Though a close second is Love The Way You Lie by Eminem and Rhianna.

Thanks so much for this giveaway!!


July 07, 2010 11:01 AM  
Blogger Vongole said...

"Fireflies" by Owl City is the best summer song! And I'm not just saying this because the band Owl City is from my home state (MN)! Besides the nice beat, the meaning is sweet -- it's a metaphor for the loss of childlike wonder once you reach adulthood. If you haven't already really listened to the lyrics, listen to them! By the way, love your writing and your latest, The Unwritten Rule, is sooo good, and I am so thankful for your links. You're awesome! Thanks!

vtbidania at gmail dot com

July 07, 2010 11:02 AM  
Blogger Mariah said...

I like I do not hook up by Kelly Clarkson as well as Listen to your heart by DHT


July 07, 2010 11:15 AM  
Blogger Tess said...

~All Smiles by Jess Penner
~The Sunshine Song by The Candle Thieves
~We're All Gonna Die by the Candle Thieves (despite the title, it's a nice song.)
~Pray for you by Jaron and The Long Road to Love
~Four Seconds by Barenaked Ladies


July 07, 2010 12:35 PM  
Blogger Bianca said...

California Gurls by Katy Perry is fun!
and of course, all the GLEE versions of songs. My favorites include Jessie's Girl and Like a Virgin.

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

July 07, 2010 1:01 PM  
Blogger Kelsey Sutton said...

My favorite song of the summer is Marching On by OneRepublic. It's not new, but I just discovered it. I listen to it over and over! Thanks for the giveaway.

July 07, 2010 1:10 PM  
Blogger BrittLit said...

Honestly I've been listening to a ton of bands from http://bandstandbusking.com/ I love Lulu and the Lampshades and Emmy the Great. Also I love Pomplamoose. I love her voice and their covers are just awesome!


July 07, 2010 1:45 PM  
Blogger Samantha Rowan said...

Who are you rooting for in the Tour? I picked my podium as Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans...I think Armstrong will finish fifth. And I love Fabian Cancellara! So nice to have a writer who is also a cycling fan.


July 07, 2010 1:46 PM  
Blogger Hayley said...

'Run' by Snow Patrol

'The Call' by Regina Spektor

'If I Die Young' by The Band Perry

'The House That Built Me' by Miranda Lambert

'Set Fire to The Third Bar' by Snow Patrol

'When I Look at You' by Miley Cyrus, not a fan of her but loved the lyrics of this song.

These are the ones on my most listened to list on itunes right now.


July 07, 2010 1:46 PM  
OpenID gabrywrites said...

Good luck to those participating. I'm not going to participate, because I already won and stuff. I wonder what songs I listen to in the summer, because the most I listen to is year round, haha.

July 07, 2010 2:28 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I have two, and I'll even link you to the YouTube versions so you can sing them all day like I do :).

First off I am completely enamored with "This Too Shall Pass" by Ok Go! It's my song for when I'm feeling a little down. It's so happy, AND it's a marching band!


My other favorite that gets stuck in my head constantly is "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap. You'll hum it all day after listening to it.


Hope that you like them :).

July 07, 2010 2:49 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Oh oops...email address sorry! I got all excited about the songs.


July 07, 2010 2:50 PM  
Blogger Hannah S said...

Empire State of Mind

I've been replaying this over and over and over...I love it!

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbUcy0u6zh8

Love, Hannah
xoxosweeet at yahoo dot com

July 07, 2010 4:10 PM  
Blogger Hannah S said...

Oh, and thanks for the opportunity, Elizabeth! You rock!
Love, Hannah

July 07, 2010 4:11 PM  
Blogger I am lying said...

You Don't Have to Believe in Me - Eric Hutchinson

OK, It's Alright With Me - Eric Hutchinson

Won't Go Home Without You - Maroon 5

Rich Girl - Hall and Oates

Lumos Flies - All Caps

Chances - Five For Fighting

Trouble is a Friend - Lenka


July 07, 2010 6:31 PM  
Blogger ally said...

Ok here are some songs to get you happy and in tune with the summer:

- Umbrella Beach by Owl City
- Hello Seattle by Owl City
- Secrets by One Republic
- Salvation by The Scanners
- If We Ever Meet Again by Timbaland ft. Katy Perry
- Alice by Avril Lavigne
- Andalucia by The Doves

And that's IT! :)

July 07, 2010 7:05 PM  
Blogger luckygirl1112 said...

My favorite songs of summer are Water by Brad Paisley, Indian Summer by Brooks and Dunn,Sound Of Madness by Shinedown, Pray For You by Jaron and the Long Road To Love, and also, I Hope You Hit Traffic by Jaron and the Long Road to Love


July 07, 2010 8:29 PM  
Blogger Harmony B. said...

Oo, my summer favorites have been:

-Le Disko by Shiny Toy Guns

-California Girls by Katy Perry


July 07, 2010 8:59 PM  
Blogger purplg8r said...

This summer, my fav song is OMG by Usher...it just keeps getting stuck in my head!


July 07, 2010 9:10 PM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot. I live in an area with hurricanes, and I love how they took something so scary and powerful and turned it into an inspiring "God-love" song.


(oh um... it said "haley" won the other contest, but I wasn't sure if it was me or not, because I never got an e-mail or something?" anyway thanks.)

July 08, 2010 8:19 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I'm in love with anything Glee, but I'm also really getting into Joshua Radin. Perfect lazy Sunday morning songs.


July 08, 2010 10:21 AM  
Blogger louisse_ang said...

My favorite summer songs would be:
California Girls by Katy Perry
My First Kiss by 3OH!3 ft. Ke$ha
Never Say Never by Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith
Magic by B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo
The Kids by B.o.B. ft. Janelle Monae
Lovelier Than You by B.o.B. (again, I know I'm hooked :))
Monster by Lady GaGa
Somebody to Love by JustinBieber ft. Usher
Faithfully by GLEE Cast
Bad Romance by GLEE Cast
Oh, Sookie by Snoop Dog (I think)
I think that's it. :) I hope you enjoy and listen to them as I did. :)

July 08, 2010 10:43 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Oh I want to win Zombies vs. Unicorns hehe.

I have been listening a lot to 3OH! 3 My First Kiss featuring Ke$ha

July 08, 2010 12:17 PM  
Blogger girl jordyn said...

I Am Not a Robot by Marina & the Diamonds.

i loooove that song.


July 08, 2010 12:18 PM  
Blogger Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I'm loving VV Brown's "Shark in the Water." It's catchy and fun, and the lyrics are good too!

Here's a youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPQlxHWsemI


July 08, 2010 12:19 PM  
Blogger Mal said...

Ok, let's get down to business:

Airplanes- B.o.B

Break Your Heart- Taio Cruz

Kings and Queens- 30 Seconds to Mars

Between Two Lungs- Florence + the Machine

I'll just stop there. Hope you enjoy!


July 08, 2010 12:26 PM  
Blogger My little world of books said...

When I look at you by Miley cyrus is gorgeous, especially de lyrics =)

aaww hope i win :D

July 08, 2010 12:27 PM  
Blogger Catie S (Book Bound) said...

Summer music to me is usually upbeat & make you wanna dance.

A few songs I love are:

Marianas Trench: Cross My Heart, Sing Sing, & All To Myself

Forever The Sickest Kids: Whoa Oh!

The Maine: Girls Do What They Want

Hopefully you like at least one of those.


July 08, 2010 12:31 PM  
OpenID mindcaster said...

Favourite song of the summer is definitely either A) All the Right Moves by One Republic B) Streets of Gold by 3OH!3

I'm not quite sure how old All the Right Moves is but honestly I don't think it's more than 2 years or so.

ginnypotter34 (at) lycos (dot) com

July 08, 2010 12:37 PM  
Blogger Celeste said...

I'm loving B.O.B.'s Nothing on you and Airplanes.


July 08, 2010 12:37 PM  
Blogger bookbunny68 said...

Wow - I think Airplanes by B.O.B. with Hayley sums up summer. Just picture laying out in a field at night watching the night sky for falling stars, smelling the honeysuckle, listening to crickets, and feeling how warm the ground is from the sun during the day

July 08, 2010 12:38 PM  
OpenID melmindcaster said...

My favorite songs right now are "Summer of '09" and "Can'T" by ALL CAPS.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

chloehaskins1 (at) gmail (dot) com

July 08, 2010 12:41 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

She and Him's Volume Two is sort of my soundtrack of the summer. I've been listening to it on repeat. My favorite song from it is probably "Thieves". At least for the moment.

Thanks. :)

July 08, 2010 12:43 PM  
OpenID mindcaster said...

Sorry, it looks like I double entered. That was just my sister using my livejournal openID. Neither of us have blogger. Sorry about that.

July 08, 2010 12:44 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

"Howl" by Florence + the Machine and "Lisztomania" by Phoenix are my current faves.


July 08, 2010 12:49 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

Aww, no Canada? :( Lol, that's alright!

I was wondering if you happen to receive a mass email I have sent out to authors?

July 08, 2010 12:50 PM  
Blogger molly (a dazzling distraction) said...

I'm really enjoying Lenka's entire cd this summer. Her song "The Show" made me order it, but I think I like "Bring Me Down" even better!


July 08, 2010 12:55 PM  
Blogger Chloe said...

Favorite songs?
I'm really liking "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" by: Snow Patrol and... hmmm... "Over My Head" by: The Summer Obsession.


bixbytheband (at) gmail (dot) com

July 08, 2010 12:56 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

OMG by Usher. It is so darned catchy and it is everywhere. leyser73 at yahoo dot com

July 08, 2010 12:59 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

Forgot my email, sorry!

I'll just repost the comment.

"Howl" by Florence + the Machine and "Lisztomania" by Phoenix are my current faves.


EdwardColin1 (at) gmail (dot) com

July 08, 2010 12:59 PM  
Blogger Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I don't want to be entered to win the books, but you should definitely check out these songs:
'Cooler Than Me' - Mike Posner
'Animals' - Neon Trees
'Pyramid' - Charice
'Crossfire' - Brandon Flowers
Anything by Florence + the Machine (She's amazing!)

July 08, 2010 1:06 PM  
Blogger qbanchic14644 said...

Omg by usher. Has a nice beat 2 dance 2.


July 08, 2010 1:42 PM  
Blogger Okapi said...

Set the Fire to the Third Bar by Snow Patrol - it has sad, nostalgic tones to it. It was the song featured in the Dear John trailer.


July 08, 2010 2:33 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline C. (The Eclectic Book Lover) said...

California Girls by Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg and anything from Janelle Monae's new album.


July 08, 2010 2:36 PM  
Blogger Laura C. said...

I LOVE Jack Johnson's new CD titled ToTheSea.

"To The Sea", the song on the CD puts me in the summer mood.
"Anything but the Truth" and "Only the Ocean" are also two great songs by him.

Jack johnson makes me want to go to Hawaii!


July 08, 2010 4:36 PM  
Blogger FBF said...

Grrrr, it's hard to choose. Okay, right now, my current favorite songs are:

Build God, Then We'll Talk by Panic at the Disco

Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

What You Own from the musical RENT

July 08, 2010 4:46 PM  
Blogger Crazy for words said...

I have a music obsession. So I'll even give you links to youtube so you don't have to hunt them down yourself. ^_^

Love Like Woe by The Ready Set: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh6Oz-L156c

The Boys You Do (Get Back At You) by The Summer Set: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYI_IEZw_Rg

Life of the Party by A Rocket To The Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivyZUYeXeJo

Can't Stand It by Nevershoutnever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdDG1vsLgTQ

Heart Song by Automatic Loveletter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_6tRkpsQo0


July 08, 2010 4:55 PM  
Blogger Crazy for words said...

Also, I'm assuming you meant the contest ends July 9th, not June 9th. Might wanna fix that. ^_^

July 08, 2010 5:00 PM  
OpenID beautyxinsainty said...

The American Scream-Alkaline trio


July 08, 2010 5:13 PM  
Blogger Sammy said...

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July 08, 2010 6:04 PM  
Blogger Sammy said...

This is my summer playlist at the moment:

Florence + the Machine - Howl
FC Kahuna - Hayling
The Presets - Are You the One
Santigold - Starstruck
La Roux - I'm Not Your Toy
M.I.A. - Xxxo
Parachute - The Mess I Made
Jaydiohead - Fall in Step

You can contact me at samanthabina@gmail.com

July 08, 2010 6:05 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

The Black Keys - "Tighten Up" screams blare me at the beach.

143books at gmail dot com

July 08, 2010 7:11 PM  
Blogger COEY2K said...

I like anything by Colbie Caillat:

"The Little Things"
"Lucky" (with Jason Mraz)


"Make it Mine" & "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

If I get selected, I'll give the ARCs to my lovely wife - she loves and adores all your books, and she's been dying to read MATCHED.


sbidania at gmail dot com

July 08, 2010 9:34 PM  
Blogger Jackie Noel said...

I'm really into Ingrid Michaelson this summer. She is so chill and is really great for just going for a ride or taking a shower. :) My favorites by her are
"You and I"
and "The Way I Am"

I also am loving the Glee Cast's cover of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Mis. A very powerful song!


July 09, 2010 2:19 AM  
OpenID kathleenliz said...

I'm pretty much obessed with Hey Marseilles' debut album which just came out last month. My favorite song on the album is probably Calabasas. (I saw them play a free concert in Seattle a few weeks ago and it was amazing!)


July 09, 2010 2:26 AM  
OpenID rabbithigh said...

I can't participate in this contest since I'm international, but my favourite song this year would be..

Eminem's "Not Afraid."

I don't usually like his music but this single is different. The lyrics are so meaningful and powerful. They're directed to the world, haters and fans alike. It's also a declaration to himself, a manifesto sort of, that he's put behind the troubles of the past and is going to focus on rising to the top.

(anbi14 at hotmail dot com)

July 09, 2010 12:07 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

My favorite song of the summer is definitely Airplanes by B.O.B. Featuring Haley (from Paramore)

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

smittenwithbooks (at) hotmail (dot) com

July 09, 2010 1:02 PM  
Blogger Autumn, Haley, and Peyton said...

I LOVE the songs:

-Giving Up The Gun by Vampire Weekend

-Set Fire to The Third Bar by Snow Patrol

-Sleepyhead by Passion Pit

They're amazing and so fresh! Check them out. :)


July 09, 2010 5:42 PM  

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