Monday, November 26, 2012

The Gift of Reading Contest!

THE CONTEST:
To enter: buy a book for someone on your gift-giving list! A child, a teen, an adult, an adult who acts like a child, it doesn't matter to me. All that matters is that you spend some of your holiday gift money on a book for someone. (It can even be for yourself. I highly approve of self-gifting books.) I'd extra super love it if you bought from an independent bookstore, but I know they can be harder to access geographically, so it's not a requirement.

You have two weeks (until Monday, December 10th) to leave a comment on THIS POST AND THIS POST ONLY telling me what book you bought. You can also tell me who it is for (unless that person also reads my blog, in which case you have excellent taste in friends and family). I love hearing about what people are reading and what they love enough to give to other people. It makes my heart happy.

THE PRIZES:

You can have your pick from either...

A signed early copy of one of these lovelies:

Just look at those eyes. You know you want to read it.

Or, to aid in your holiday gift-giving, a completed, signed trilogy!

(It will be paperback, paperback, and hardcover, not all hardcovers.)

THE RULES:

You MUST purchase a book. I don't care what book. You MUST comment on this blog post telling me you purchased a book, and saying what book it is so we can all look it up! One entry per person, even if you buy multiple books (which is super highly encouraged) or you buy my books (also super highly encouraged). This contest is NOT open internationally. (I'm sorry, I'm just not willing to stand in line to fill out a customs form. The Post Office is always the worst, but in December it is extra the worst. There will be future contests open internationally.) The contest closes on December 10th so I have time to get you the book(s) before Christmas.

So! Go forth! Give the gift of awesome books, and be entered to win even more books because of it!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

When Dreams Become Reality

One thing I've been unexpectedly grateful for over the course of my journey as an author is how REAL it's made writing for my kids. They write and illustrate books in their free time for fun (or, in my daughter's case, "It's not a book, Mom, it's a series!"), write under pen names (they use White, too!), and regularly check to see whether or not I know their favorite authors.

(Hey, Mo Willems? Wanna be my friend?)

It's wonderful that this wall between writers and books has been broken for them. Books aren't magical things that exist on their own--they come from somewhere. Someone has to write them. And they know that someone could be them, if that's what they want to do.

But sometimes I wonder if maybe they've seen a bit too much. Tonight they were upstairs playing at bedtime when I heard my eight-year-old tell my six-year-old, "Okay, pretend you're my editor. Tell me all the things you want me to change about my story! Also, find any mistakes I make and tell me to fix them."

Maybe books-as-magically-created-objects is more fun to believe in, after all...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

YA In the Sun!

Hey! Are you in or around or within reasonable or even unreasonable driving distance of Encinitas, California?

Because if so, I know what you should do on Saturday! Myself and nineteen (!) other authors are going to be doing an event at the Encinitas City Library this Saturday at 2:00, and it's going to be awesome. It's totally free to the public, books will be for sale there, there will be raffles and contests and mingling, and dude, this library? HAS AN OCEAN VIEW.

I KNOW.

So, if you can get there, you totally should! This will be my last event until MIND GAMES comes out in February, and I'd love to see you there!

And PS, my contribution to the raffle may just be an ARC of MIND GAMES...and by "may just be" I mean "actually is."

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Very Important Day

There are two very important things I am doing today, and I feel strongly that, provided you are old enough, you should do the same.

The first is VOTE.

I have studied the issues, decided what is most important to me and which propositions, local politicians, state politicians, and national politicians best align with my personal views on the direction I hope things go. For me, this means I am voting for Obama for president. His views on women's and gay rights, as well as his firm but not US-At-All-Costs foreign policy (we are citizens of the world, not its rulers), plus his progress on health care and other issues earned my vote.

It's okay with me if you are voting otherwise, as long as you know WHY you are voting otherwise. I always prefer the mindset of voting for a candidate, as opposed to simply voting against the other guy.

The second is WAY MORE FUN. I am going to go buy Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor! I have been waiting for this book since the second I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and it's finally here! I have it on good authority that the book is amazing, both from Amazon (Best Books of the Month for November!), professional review sites, and one of my best friends who texted me today that she COULDN'T EVEN HANDLE how good it was.

"But Kiersten, what if I haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet?" Then you are EVEN MORE THE LUCKIEST, because you can buy the paperback of Daughter and the hardcover of Days and read them back-to-back without an agonizing, year-long gap between! I'm jealous of the incredible words you have ahead of you, dear reader.

So! Go vote, of-age-US-citizens! Go buy incredible books from amazing authors! Do both as informed and thoroughly awesome people! A happy high-five to all of you.