Guys, I don't even know what to say.
My best friend, critique partner, and partner in insanity, Natalie Whipple, is officially a published author.
That sentence makes me happier than I can possibly tell you.
LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS PIECE OF GORGEOUSNESS.
I've been fortunate enough to be able to read all of Natalie's drafts along the way, too. She's a delightful writer, and her ability to capture the teen experience in such an honest, real way (no matter what the setup--including the world of TRANSPARENT in which everyone is a mutant) never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Those of you who follow her online know that she is a genuinely honest, open person. She's not afraid to let people know when she's struggling (making them realize it's okay if they are, too), and she's always willing to help others. That emotional honesty comes through in her writing in a way few authors can manage.
I love TRANSPARENT. I love Fiona, a freak in a world of freaks (how true to teenhood is that??). I love her twisted-but-loyal family dynamics, her longing for the sort of real life she fears she can never have, and most of all her honesty and strength. I also love the abundance of hot brothers in this novel. (SERIOUSLY. SO MANY HOT BROTHERS.) An invisible girl really is the perfect metaphor for how so many of us felt in high school, and Natalie deftly combines that with a story of mobs and intrigue.
I love this book.
I hope you will, too! I thought about giving away a copy of TRANSPARENT, but let's face it: I want you to buy it. So, instead, I'm giving away an advance copy of THE CHAOS OF STARS, my book that comes out in September. This book owes so much of its existence to Natalie's suggestion that I use my love of/research of Ancient Egypt for a YA novel, plus her continued cheerleading every time I declared it was too hard and I couldn't write it. Yet another book of mine that wouldn't exist without her!
TO ENTER: Get TRANSPARENT! Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, your local indie--wherever! eBooks are completely acceptable.
After you have bought a copy, come back and leave me a comment on this post telling me you have TRANSPARENT. Easy as that, you are entered to win the ARC, but you have technically already won because you get The Book of Hot Brothers!
RULES: You must buy a copy. It is open internationally IF you live in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, because the book is available for purchase there as well. You must leave a comment telling me that you bought a copy. That's pretty much it. (As always, I trust you to be honest, because this would be a very silly thing to sacrifice integrity for, right?)
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, May 31st.
So, go forth. Get TRANSPARENT. Read it, love it, enter for an ARC of Chaos, and then find me on twitter so we can argue about which hot brother we get to claim. (Spoiler: I read it first, I GET THEM ALL.)