Monday, May 20, 2013

TRANSPARENTly Elated Contest!

Edited to add: If you are in Utah, Natalie is signing tonight (Tuesday, May 21) at 7 PM at The King's English in SLC. I can't be there (curse you, geography!), but you totally should. Because a) Natalie and b) books and c) cupcakes and d) Natalie!

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.

We started this journey more or less together five years ago, and Natalie has been a constant support. I really don't think I would have made the leap from, "Gee, I'd like to get published" to actually having a book worth publishing without her. I probably would have given up after that first round of rejections. In fact, it was Natalie's nudging that made me start Paranormalcy. She's responsible (directly or indirectly) for nearly all of my books.

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.)

38 comments:

Krystal Larson said...

I bought a copy for my sister! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

Kelsy said...

Hi Kiersten! I actually bought three copies! One for me, one for a friend whom I know will love it, and one to giveaway on my blog. I'm also super thrilled for Natalie's debut! I've been following her blog for about a year now and am so happy and excited for her that she has accomplished this dream. Can't wait for the launch party tomorrow night, sad you can't make it but don't worry I'll eat an extra cupcake for you. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

Kelsy
a.k.hunter@live.com

Melissa said...

Got mine in the mail about 2 weeks ago (even posted a picture on her FB page - I was excited!), I'm about 1/2 way through (seriously - time poor atm - but getting to the stage the housework will be further procrastinated as I will NEED to read it).
I think Natalie is awesome, and have been following her blog for quite a while now - she truley is an inspiration!
You are extremely lucky to be able to call her friend (as you would already be aware!)

Natalie Aguirre said...

I loved Transparent too and am so excited for Natalie. I interviewed her yesterday at Literary Rambles and will be buying an e-book for the giveaway winner in the contest I'm running. Hope that counts. The contest runs for 2 weeks and I'm definitely buying the book.

Natalie Whipple said...

Make me teary so early in the morning, punk. I can't be puffy for my launch!

DJ said...

I just bought it - and tweeted about it! I'm excited to read this weekend.

Savanna Waddle said...

I preordered from Amazon, so mine came this morning! Already started and loving it!

Becky said...

I ordered Transparent for my Kindle! I can't wait to read it!

Michelle Wolfson said...

I bought a copy. But you don't need to include me in the contest. Congrats, Natalie. And thanks for cheering on Kiersten. :)

Harleen Kaur said...

Oh, I bought this book already because it has been on my to-reads shelf on Goodreads for awhile. But I haven't gotten to read it yet, and I might not get to it for awhile because I'm soooo behind on my book schedule. (Yes, I have a schedule. I can't work without it)

Michelle Levy said...

I just bought my copy and I can't wait to check out these hot brothers you speak of.

Jennifer Recchio said...

I will not fall for this trickery. I have become responsible with money and only occasionally buy all the books. I don't even need a new book because I still have a stack of library books. Hah!

...Oops. Bought it. Now I will be off to read it in one sitting. Kthnxbye.

kari said...

I got transparent for my vacation to see my then boyfriend now finance and he had to endure my retelling of everything I'd read while on the plane XD

kari said...

That should be fiance not finance. XD

Paula Heuschkel said...

I bought a copy for me and my daughter!

kris said...

I just bought a copy on e-book and am seriously trying to talk myself out of reading it tonight.

Must be rested for work tomorrow. Willpower.

The book may win this one.

~Courtney said...

I bought a copy at the amazing King's English launch. I absolutely adored Transparent. It is a fabulous book with great characters.

Shannon @ Twilight Sleep said...

I bought a copy! Now if I can just find time to read it... *eyes tumbling tower of to-reads*

Gjertrud said...

Why is it only open to English-speaking countries? Copyright, or some other reason?

I bought one through Book Depository, but I live in Norway. Does that mean I can't enter the contest?

Jenilyn Collings said...

I bought the book (and ate cupcakes!) at the signing last night, which was fabulous, by the way. ;-)

Jessie Clark said...

Bought it on Amazon right now :) Thanks for the recommendation, and the contest opportunity. Looking forward to the hot brothers!

Eryn Gallagher said...

I just bought my copy from Indigo! Can't wait to start it!

Katrina Marie said...

I just bought it. I can't wait to read it. :D Thanks for the awesome giveaway! katrina (at) bookishthingsandmore (dot) com

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Broken Angel said...

I preordered it from Barnes and Noble a month ago. Does that count?

Eryn Gallagher said...

I'd actually read about this book on goodreads a couple weeks ago and thought it sounded amazing. Then I scrolled down and saw that you had commented about how awesome it was so I liked your comment and preordered it right away! Picked it up yesterday and am about half done :)
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5218325-eryn

Katie said...

I just bought a copy on my Nook!

Meredith said...

Got my copy today!! I started reading it in the store and I was hooked by page 5!!

LinWash said...

I also bought and am loving TRANSPARENTS!

Mary H said...

Nabbed a kindle copy! Can't wait to read Transparent and Chaos!

spfanATgmailDOTcom

Janelle said...

I bought Transparent, and I am super, super excited to read it! (I'm also unbearably excited for The Chaos of Stars) - Janelle

Leslie said...

I met Natalie at Storymakers this year and she was so funny and so nice! I'm excited to read her book and I just bought a copy!!!

Brianna said...

I just bought an ecopy for myself

Jen Witch said...

I might have put this twice by accident but I bought a copy in physical form

jenbook4(at)gmail.com

Ru said...

Bought it at the launch party!

Becky Wallace said...

I bought it, I read it, I loved it!

Nancy Kelley said...

I bought Transparent. It is sitting on my virtual TBR, taunting me with its prettiness (well, virtual prettiness) while I finish some library books off. But SOON I will read it, and then I will steal a brother from you.

Sarah Hudson said...

Previously commented saying I wasn't sure if I'd be able to buy it in time, but then I got a ride into town and I did! Yay! *happy dance*

I am so psyched for this book.