I have to say, these blurbs are especially meaningful to me--and not just because the authors are hugely successful authors (though they are) or because they described my book exactly the way I'd hoped people would (though they did).
See ... the thing is, I've been EXTRA nervous about LET THE SKY FALL.
Not only is it my "accidental YA"--and a story I never thought I'd have the writing chops to pull off--but it's also the most personal book I've ever written. Sure, it's about two teenagers who control the wind--but beyond that, there's a whole lot of Shannon in there.
The setting is the area I grew up in, and there are so many moments and details and references that I ripped straight out of my own life. And even though 99.9% of readers won't know that or be able to recognize those things, *I* know they're there. So letting people read this book feels very exposing,
So when my manuscript went out to these amazing ladies there was an even bigger moment of, Oh-Holy-Crap-What-If-They-Hate-It-PANIC!!!
And there were MANY stunned-happy tears when these blurbs arrived:
"Charged and romantic—a whirlwind of a love story.”
—Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush Saga
"Funny, fast-paced, and slyly romantic, Shannon Messenger's YA debut dazzles.”
—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally
Becca and Kiersten--if you're reading this--THANK YOU for taking the time to read my book and for liking it enough to blurb it. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to properly express how much it means to me!
And to celebrate, I'm giving away a some of these ladies' amazing books!
But I'm doing things a *little* differently this time, since I know a lot of you probably own some of their books already. The winner will get TWO BOOKS--one by each author. But they'll get to CHOOSE which books they want:
For Becca Fitzpatck, you can pick from:
*If you choose FINALE, your prize will be a pre-order, not an ARC
For Kiersten White you can pick from:
*If you choose ENDLESSLY, you prize will be a pre-order, not an ARC
To enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Friday June 1st. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Saturday, June 2nd.* International entries welcome.
And remember, you'll win one book by each author if you're chosen, so make sure you let me know in your comment which one you would want from each list. (Does that make sense? I hope so. If not, ask away in the comments)
*Sorry, I won't be able to email the winner to let them know they won. Not only do I not have time to do that anymore, but I'll be out of town for BEA that week and with limited access to internet. So I *highly* recommend you follow my blog in some way/form so that you won't miss the "winner" post and have me give your prize to someone else--but its up to you! That's not a requirement!
AND DON'T FORGET TO COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE SHINY COVER REVEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!