Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Agent Signing Celebration Contest!

First of all, thank you SO much for all the sweet comments and tweets and emails yesterday--you guys really are the best! I'm sorry I couldn't reply to the comments, but I did read each and every one, and they seriously made yesterday the best. day. ever!

Add that to the list of reasons why I wanted to hold an EPIC contest to reward you guys--and I think you will be VERY happy with what I've put together.

Since we're celebrating my signing with Laura Rennert--and I love to give away signed books--I thought it would only be fitting for me to give away books signed by my AMAZING Agent In-Laws. So I spent the last three weeks emailing authors and pooling every resource I had (seriously, one of these prizes I'm STILL not sure how I got my hands on it--there was an email to a friend who then made a call to a "book girl" and now a mysterious package is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. It's like I've tapped into the signed book mafia or something. But I got what I wanted so I'm not asking questions!)

I couldn't get books from all of Laura's clients, but I did get six amazing books from six amazing authors and I'll be giving them all away--even though they're all books that *I* don't have in my signed book collection. That's how much I like you guys! And yes, you read that right.

SIX books!
SIX winners!

Which makes for some pretty amazing odds if you think about it!

Here's what's up for grabs: 

Tricks, signed by Ellen Hopkins

"When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival."
Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching...for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.
Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story — a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, "Can I ever feel okay about myself?"
A brilliant achievement from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins — who has been called "the bestselling living poet in the country" by mediabistro.com — Tricks is a book that turns you on and repels you at the same time. Just like so much of life.

The Body Finder, signed by Kimberly Derting

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

The Emerald Tablet, signed by P.J. Hoover

Benjamin and his best friend Andy love being different from the other kids. They like being able to read each others minds and use their telekinesis to play tricks. In fact, they are getting set to spend their entire summer doing just that when Benjamin s mirror starts talking. Suddenly, he s looking at eight weeks of summer school someplace that can only be reached by a teleporter hidden in his hallway. And the summer only gets stranger.

At school, Benjamin discovers that he isn t really human but something called a telegen. It turns out that the powers he always thought made him special only make him normal. But then the mysterious Emerald Tablet chooses him as its champion, and all chances of a uneventful (well, as uneventful as summer school on a hidden, submerged continent can be) disappears.

Fat Cat, signed by Robin Brande

You are what you eat. . . .

Cat smart, sassy, and funny—but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment—on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living—and eating—like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits.

As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. . . .

This funny and thoughtful novel explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can best take care of their most precious resource: themselves.

Thirteen Reasons Why, signed by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. 

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. 

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Shiver, signed by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl.

Now, I could go on and on and ON about how amazing these books are--but I don't really think I need to. I'm pretty sure their buzz and sales records and amazing reviews say it better than I can. Plus, I have a feeling what you REALLY want to know is how to win them. Which brings us to...

The contest rules! 

CONTEST NOW CLOSED--thank you to all who entered!


  1. GREAT list of books! Thanks for the contest.

    Congrats on your signing!! yay!

  2. Huge congrats on your exciting news! Finding representation, check. Best of luck with the next step in the road to publication!! Can't wait to buy your book :))

  3. Awesome contest. What generous authors you will be associated with :)

    I hit submit, but nothing happened. Hope my entry went through. :(

  4. lol! Love it!

    That "bookgirl", *glancesaroundfurtively* she sounds...scary... ;o)

    Wonderful contest!

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

  5. Again, CONGRATS Shannon! Not only is it awesome to celebrate your success, but you give the rest of us hope - Thank you!

    And all these great books! Don't normally enter contests, but I may have to make an exception...

  6. Fantastic contest! Awesome prizes, you rock!!

    And congrats again, SO happy for you!!! :D

  7. Yay!! Wow, that's a heck of a list ;o) You're too sweet for sharing it all with us - You Rock ;o)

  8. Karen: I checked the spreadsheet and your entries were there, safe and sound. Good luck!

  9. Great contest, Shannon! Congrats, again!

  10. YAY! Fabulous contest. And of course, you'd have ties with the Signed Book Mafia. You of Sunglasses/Vampire Eyes fame. *backs away from Shannon*
    Seriously, I can't wait to read all these books! I'll be back to enter. :)

  11. Congratulations, Shannon! I'm so going to copy this idea when I get signed. ("When," she said. "Not if.")

  12. SOB...SOB - It's NOT fair! This is just my luck...sniffle...I live in Greece so I'm not allowed to enter...RIGHT??? 2 HUGE BROWN EYES welling up with tears...

  13. This is a fabulous contest!!! You are awesome!

  14. Excellent contest and I'm SO excited for you!! Can't wait to buy your book when it comes out!

    ~ Marisa

  15. Oh dear, I can't believe I'm so behind on the public congrats!! So, anyway, congratulations on signing your agent!! Yay!! And looks like another great contest, too. Good heavens, girl, you know how to host a contest.

  16. You've had a busy 3 weeks!! Amazing contest - thanks! :)

  17. Wow ... you are GOOD! What a fabulous contest!

  18. Congratulations and what a great bunch of prizes. I filled in the form but it was a bit wonky. Hope it "took." Any which way, woo-hoo! I'm very excited for you.

  19. Congratulations on signing with an agent, especially one with the rep. of Laura Rennert. Wow. Talk about living the dream.

  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting! I would have danced all night!!

  21. Great books!! Thanks for the contest!

  22. Just found you on Suzie Townsend's blog. Congratulations! So exciting!

  23. Huzzah!! That is very exciting :D

  24. Congratulations!

    Someday soon, we'll all be clammoring to win a contest for one of YOUR signed books! *squee*

  25. Congratulations!

    I'm totally on the wrong side fo the world to enter your contest. But I just wanted to say Thirteen Reasons Why is frikkin AWESOME!!!

  26. Congrats on signing! Great contest! :)

  27. Great contest, Shannon! And most especially congrats on signing with an agent! :o)


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