Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yet another milestone reached--and a contest!!!!

Not sure if you saw this on FB or Twitter already, but yesterday I reached another crazy milestone. After three very long, marathon reading/working days, I made it through my LET THE SKY FALL  1st pass pages and fed-exed them off to S&S.

*jumps up and down*

*sniffles*

*collapses*

Turning in 1st pass is always (and by "always" I mean, yanno, BOTH times I've done it now) a strange mix of giddiness and terror (plus a healthy dose of exhaustion). It's my last chance to change anything from the ARC to the final copies people will buy, and when I turn it in I'm officially done with my work on the book. S&S will still be keying my changes in and proofreading a few more times. But for me, it's kind of like this:



Months and months and months of my life (and waaaaaaay more hours than I ever want to think about) have been poured into the book trying to make it as perfect as I can get it. I've read it eleventy billion times. Questioned and stressed and obsessed over every single word (no, really, I have friends who will back this up). And now... my work is done. All that's left to do is share it with you guys and hope it doesn't let you down.

Which is a SCARY and SUPER AMAZINGLY EXCITING thing. So I thought it called for a small celebration.

I don't think I've shown you guys the GORGEOUS bookmarks Keary Taylor designed for me:

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Aren't they AMAZING?????

And it's high time to give some away! (And they're even SIGNED)

I'm giving away 20--yes TWENTY--to lucky random commenters. 

*tries not to worry that she will not get twenty comments*

If you would like one, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Saturday, July 28th. I'll draw 20 random winners and post their names on Sunday, July 29th. International entries welcome!

95 comments:

  1. I'm surprised you don't have 20 comments already. :) They are beautiful-- I hope I win one!

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  2. Congrats! I can't wait to read the book! I'm sure you've made the book the best it can be!

    Thanks for the awesome contest! I love the bookmarks.

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  3. Congrats on being done. Let someone else win since I have an awesome bookmark.

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  4. CONGRATZZZZZZZ! I seriously cannot WAIT for it to be released :D Thank you sooo much for the giveaway!<3 And the bookmark looks GORGEOUS<3

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  5. Congratulations. That is wonderful and its generous of you to offer a giveaway. I guess my address won't come back here (I don't have a blog). But I will check back at such time and if my name is one of the very lucky chosen, then I'll pass on my info. then , rather than put it here on open internet :)

    Jill A.

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  6. OMIGOSH I WANT ONE! *drools at awesome pic*

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  7. That's great Shannon! Super happy for you. Love the bookmarks, too.

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  8. Please pick me! I love your writing and am soooooo happy for you! Stacy

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  9. Of course they look amazing!

    *tries not to hope that don't get 20 comments to up my odds*

    Just kidding! You're going to get all of the comments, because that's how freaking good your book sounds!

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  10. Congratulations!!! I can't wait to read the book, and those bookmarks look amazing o.o

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  11. Congrats!!!! I kind of love those bookmarks!!! Thank you for the contest!!! *hugs Shannon*

    Alyssa <3

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  12. Congrats on being done! I'm sure the book is fantastic and I can't wait to read it :)

    And those bookmarks are gorgeous!

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  13. Me! Me! Pick me! Pleeaassee! :) Beautiful bookmarks! And I'm so excited to read Let the Sky Falls!
    You must be super excited (and yes exhausted to be done) ... which begs the question: whatever will you do with yourself now ;)
    Congrats!

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  14. Rebecca HipworthJuly 25, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    These are beautiful bookmarks. :) I really can't wait to read Let the Sky Fall; I know it will be amazing! :)

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  15. Those are gorgeous!!! :)

    I can't imagine how bittersweet it must be to really let the ms go! It'll be awesome!

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  16. Congratulations! Lovely bookmark design! :)

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  17. Congrats on your 1st pass....now relax while you can! The bookmarks are just stunning. Looking forward to when the book is published.

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  18. Congrats on your milestone success! Love the bookmarks and so excited to read the book.

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  19. I would love to win the book! Thanks. lisarosenman (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  20. Congratulations! I'm super psyched for Let the Sky Fall.

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  21. Congrats! I am so excited about this book! Bookmarks are gorgeous!

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  22. Beautiful! Can't wait for the book!

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  23. Let The Sky Fall is number one on my wishlist. ^^ I really want to preorder it... like now.

    I love those bookmarks. So pretty!

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  24. Well you have reached the 20 comments Shannon so no worries anymore ^_^
    I'm very much looking forward to having Let The Sky Fall in my hands and not read it from my computer screen anymore (since I really badly want to re-read it but I have told myself to wait until I have bought the actual book) :)

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  25. CONGRATS, SHANNON! I can't wait to read your book! And the bookmarks look drop-dead gorgeous. :D

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  26. The bookmarks looks awesome. It would be great if I won one! Of the bookmark isn´t never enough and especially of beautiful like this one. I can´t wait to read this book. Thank soo much for this giveaway and making it internationally (:

    dinkyka@gmail.com

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  27. Congratulations! I'm super excited to read the book! The bookmark would be amazing to use in it if I happened to win one:D!

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  28. This is where I insert the video of donkey in the Shrek Main Menu jumping up and down saying, "Pick me! Pick me!" Congratulations on being done!!!! That means one step closer to the REST of us getting to read it. So excited!!!

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  29. I'm glad you survived yet another book! Now go celebrate by eating some chocolate or something :)

    Also, it looks like you don't have to worry about not getting 20 comments :)

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  30. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS!!! I can't wait to read this book! The bookmarks are stunning!

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  31. Congratulations!!! It is very beautiful, thank you for the giveaway.

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  32. Congrats!!! It is so beautiful and Id love to be entered to win one :)

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  33. They're gorgeous!

    Congratulations!!!

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  34. So looking forward to your books!

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  35. Congratulations! The bookmarks are amazing!

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  36. Gorgeous bookmarks! Thanks for the giveaway :) I can't wait to read your books when they come out!

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  37. They're gorgeous, Shannon! Great job in the design. I'd love one, of course!!!

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  38. They're wonderful! And you're an inspiration. I remember you workshopping an early phase of this book at the Temecula writer's retreat last year. How AWESOME to see it come to life, and with such blazing success. You've more than earned this moment. Enjoy it. And thank you again. You are proof that hard work and dedication pay off. Can't wait to read Keepers of the Lost Cities and Let the Sky Fall!

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  39. oh, look how pretty they are! <3 why are you doing this to me!?

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  41. Were you seriously worried you wouldn't get 20 comments? Come on . . . they're beautiful. Can't wait to read the book!

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  42. You rock, these bookmarks rock. They are so pretty and are making me want to read the book SO MUCH MORE now! lol

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  43. Beautiful bookmarks! Can't wait to read the book!!

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  44. Awesome! They look so great! Huge congrats on the milestone.

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  45. Congratulations!! Those bookmarks are so pretty. I'm looking forward to reading both books. :D

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  46. They look so pretty! :)
    Can't wait to read Let The Sky Fall! :)

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  47. LOVE THEM! I love the with the full cover the most. :D Thank you! I can't wait to read your book. :D

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  48. Ooh those are beautiful bookmarks!! How exciting! Congrats again. I would love to win and put it in my Shannon collection :) As I wrote on FB I am half way reading ARC of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES and it's fabulous!!

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  49. Wow, that looks amazing! Congrats :)

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  50. I am in love with those bookmarks and one of my favorite authors is quoted on them. That's impossible to not get 20 comments, the bookmarks are gorgeous. I can't wait to read Let the Sky Fall. Congratulations.

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  51. Congratulations! They are really pretty! I can wait to read it!

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  52. Congratulations Shannon. Celebrate and get some rest too!! The dedication to your books will pay off:)

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  53. Congratulations! It looks beautiful!!

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  54. So gorgeous! Congratulations on the book! It's already on my wish list. ; ) So of course I'd love a bookmark...

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  55. Congrats on finishing... now on to the next project, right?! :-)

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  56. OOOHHH!!! WANT!!!! :D They're SO PRETTY!
    -Nikki
    (Just tweet me if I win. Pwease? @Nikki_Wang)

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  57. OMFG I want one!!!!!!
    They look amazing!

    @jisuoppa

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  58. So pretty! And congrats, you've now got 60 comments. ^_^

    Twitter: @snowlyte

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  59. Absolutely gorgeous!!

    @deadtossedwaves

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  60. Congrats on finishing the 1st pass pages! And on those gorgeous bookmarks! :)

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  61. Congratulations on finishing!! *happy dance* You worked so hard!! I can't wait to read it! Those bookmarks are beautiful! Yippee for Shannon!!! *hands her a cupcake*

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  62. Congrats! I think it is funny that I am actually watching an episode of Friends right now!

    @Stephanie_27_

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  63. 1000 times congrats!!! We've been eyeing your book for awhile now! Can't wait to read it!
    Yasisterhood(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Legal. Gostei mesmo. Sou do Brasil e já estou ansioso para que a Novo Conceito lance logo o livro! :) | Cool. I really enjoyed it. I'm from Brazil and I'm looking forward to the Novo Conceito to launch the book soon! :)

    @jvfcarvalho0612
    jvfcarvamhlo@bol.com.br

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  65. Congrats!!! Bookmarks look gorgeous :)

    tasnim-sheikh AT hotmail DOT com

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  66. OMG, these bookmarks are gorgeous!

    cannefrye@gmail.com

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  67. GORGEOUS BOOKMARKS!!! Congrats! Watching Friends sounds really good right now...

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  69. I love the cover so I love the bookmark! Congrats :)
    itsahardcoverlife@gmail.com
    --Markella

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  70. Congrats, Shannon--you are one HARD WORKER! You go, girl. And I love those bookmarks. They are amazingly eye-catching and gorgeous. :) I'd like to win one! (haha, and there are MANY more than 20 comments here on this post!)

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  71. These bookmarks are absolutely beautiful! Congrats on the milestone!

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  72. Congratulations. I would love to be enter for one of these books. I can't wait to read. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

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  73. Oh yeah, those are totally gorgeous!!!

    Enjoy the 1st pass giddy-crazy-scaries :o) It means you love what you do, and if it ever goes away then your writing's just routine. (So says the girl who's never published anything. YET!) ;o)

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  74. Very cool bookmarks! I'd love to be entered, thanks :)

    Danya
    tapestrybookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. Ahhh! Congrats, Shannon! I'm sure LTSF is perfect, I can't wait to read it :)

    The bookmarks ARE gorgeous!!

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  76. Those are gorgeous bookmarks! I'd love to add one to my growing collection.

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  77. I love them!!! And to have Becca Fitzpatrick opinion on it is amazing as well!!!

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  78. Thanks. Really pretty.

    @jlkalman26

    Jennifer k

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  79. Congratulations, Shannon!!! The bookmark is gorgeous! Let the Sky Fall is one of my most anticipated releases of 2013 - can't wait!

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  80. CONGRATS on the milestone. The bookmarks are great!

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  81. OMG!!! YAY :D:D I love love love them. <3 They are GOOOORGEOUS :D Sigh. Wants. <3 *Fingers crossed.* Congrats, Shannon :D You are awesome. <3 :)
    Love, Carina

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  82. congrats, Shannon! I'm so excited for you! and oh my gosh, those bookmarks are gorrrrrrrrgeous!!!!

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  83. Congrats!! I love love love the bookmarks!! They're so pretty!! *gazes at screen longingly*

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  84. So pretty! I want one of these...

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  85. Congrats, Shannon! <3 I can't wait for your book to come out! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and those bookmarks are just... PERFECT! <3

    And I'm sure you don't need to wirry about twenty comments anymore - there are even more comments in this post! x)

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  86. Wow! They look great, and I can't wait until Let the Sky Fall comes out! I've been slightly obsessed with it lately!
    @jennrenaemccoy

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  87. Congrats on coming to such a huge milestone! :) That has to be so exciting! I am so read to read Let the Sky Fall! :)

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  88. They are sooo pretty! I can't wait to read your book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  89. Very pretty and I like the blurb, seems like it will be good!

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  90. Congratulation on finishing another book. I can't wait to read it.

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  91. Congrats!! I am really looking forward to reading this!!

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  92. Congrats! They're so beautiful, and I can't wait to read it! :D

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