Welcome to the Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Chapter by Chapter!! The holidays are always my favorite time of the year, so I’m delighted to participate in this hop. And, like last year, I’m giving away two books.
RENEGADE by me ; )
and an Apocalypsie book of your choice.
Since I know we’re all busy, I’ve made this simple. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below. Since I’ll order the books through The Book Depository if you’re International, this contest is International as long as TBD delivers to your country.
And don’t forget to check out all the other blogs and their contests on this hop!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
Gina Linko has a graduate degree in creative writing from DePaul University and lives outside Chicago with her husband and three children. Gina teaches college English part-time, but her real passion is sitting down at a blank computer screen and asking herself the question, “What if…?”
As for Gina’s exclusive content, she’s been awesome enough to share a romantic scene from FLUTTER!
We stood looking at each other for a long time in the moonlight, in front of the entrance to the path to the Dala Cabin. The evergreens were sagging and weighted down, thick with heavy, wet snow from the earlier flurries. The moonlight glistened and glowed off the frozen surface of the evergreens. It twinkled, really.
Ash reached out slowly and touched my cheek only for an instant, with the pad of his thumb. Then he moved his hand away from me, abruptly.
“Emery,” he said.
I took a sharp intake of air. Business, I tried to tell myself.
“I can’t…” He shook his head. “I didn’t want to turn you down for dinner… the other day … I just can’t… ”
I nodded, wanting him to go on, wanting him to touch me again. His touch was electric on my skin.
“I’m not…” He took a step back from me. “I’m not someone you can know, not …”
“I understand,” I said, although I didn’t.
He took another step back from me. I moved forward without thinking, feeling pulled toward him, closing the space between us. His eyes met mine, and the breath caught in my throat, every molecule in my body feeling pulled toward him, leaning me into his space, into his energy. It was a heady feeling, disorienting.
Although I barely knew him, I didn’t know if I could pretend even one more second that this thing between us — whatever it was – wasn’t wonderful.
“I have to go,” he said, only leaning in closer to me, our faces only inches apart. I could feel the warmth from his breath.
“No,” I whispered. “Where are you going?”
He shook his head then, looked down, saying something under his breath. I couldn’t be too sure what it was, but it sounded like, “Penance.” But suddenly watching him, with his eyes cast down, his lashes shadowing his cheekbones, the way he held himself both leaning toward me, but also restraining himself, filling the space between us with his heady, soapy scent, I just couldn’t take it anymore.
So when he looked up, I closed the small distance between us. I stood on my tiptoes, and I pressed my lips to his. In my hurry, I missed a little bit, landing my lips more on the corner of his mouth, and for a second he didn’t react, but then he turned his face toward me, pressing his lips against mine, a full kiss, a real kiss. And the fireworks exploded deep inside me, sending ribbons of heat from my center out to my limbs, a gorgeous, surprising feeling, like a warm breeze beneath my skin.
Both of his hands went to my face, gently. And just when I thought he was going to pull away, he leaned into the kiss again, longer, deeper. The heat inside me surging again. I smiled behind the kiss, without meaning to, and I brushed my fingertips on his stubble, loving its feel against my fingertips.
He pulled away and we just looked at each other. Should I apologize? Make a joke? Do it again?
“Emery,” he said, my name turning to music in his voice, the quiet deepness of it. He closed his eyes for a moment, shook his head, smiled. I wanted to kiss him again. Right on that crooked eyetooth. But when he opened his eyes, his smile disappeared, and he was himself again. Measured. Cool. “Emery,” he said again. A goodbye.
Then he turned on his heel and left.
Want another chance to win a signed copy of RENEGADE? Just enter the rafflecopter widget below and I’ll send you a signed copy of RENEGADE, plus SWAG, plus a signed poster of the cover!
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I’m so excited to say that RENEGADE’s launch is finally HERE! I’m so excited I can’t sit still! If I could dance, I’d be dancing!
Thank you so much to everyone who’s made this day possible, including my lovely and awesome agent, Natalie Lakosil, and my equally lovely and awesome editor, Mel Frain. Love you ladies! Thanks for believing in me and making Renegade even more awesome.
I honestly don’t know what to say here…I’m so excited and happy that I’m speechless, so I’ll just say thanks again to everyone. *sniffles* and now I’m going to go have a good cry and stare at my books some more!
Oh! Before I go, I’m having a giveaway. Send me a picture (via email or twitter) of my book in an awesome spot to celebrate it’s awesomeness. ; ) And I’ll have a random drawing to win either a book of your choice or a gift card from amazon or barnes and noble. Plus some awesome Rengade SWAG.
If you’re looking for an example, here’s a pic my MIL took.
This is exactly the awesomeness I’m looking for, so get to it! 🙂 *chop, chop*
If you want to know where to buy RENEGADE, it’s available wherever books are sold, but here’s some quick links:
It’s five days. DAYS, people, not weeks, months, years. DAYS! Until Renegade’s debut. And…I’m slightly freaking out. (*insert insane cackle here*) Okay maybe more than slightly. But I’ve somehow managed despite many obstacles to put together a launch party. Yay for me! I’m so excited about this book that I wanted to throw a party to celebrate. If you’re interested, take a peak at the below invite (isn’t it pretty?!) and, if you want RSVP to either by email or on the facebook invite page. This is just so I can make sure there’s enough food and books there.
It’s in the building that inspired Sector 3, so I’m really excited to show it off a bit. So bring a friend, or friends, or a whole shipful of people if you wish. The more the merrier. There’s going to be lots of food, drinks, a reading, raffle, door prizes, and a signing. Plus a bucket full of SWAG to giveaway. But most importantly there’s going to be lots of fun!
So if you’re in the area, just stopping through, or planning an invasion, stop on by! I’d love to meet you and see you!
Whoot! It’s that time again. Time for the 3rd YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes! In case you weren’t here for the first or second race, it’s a blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors, and prize packs that include ARCs, gift certificates, swag, and more! If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete rules.
Welcome to my stop! Now on to the race!
RENEGADE by J.A. Souders
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been altered.
Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.
And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
Got all that?
Great! You’ll need remember it for the quiz ahead! And don’t forget, you must complete ALL FIVE quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack.
But, wait! I have another giveaway for you!
Want a 2nd chance to win a pre-order of my book?
Just tell me what’s the most dangerous thing you’ve done in the comments and don’t forget to add your email addy (see rafflecopter.)
This contest is open internationally.
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Click HERE to go to the next stop on the race!