Curiosities Contest Winners

Entries in, names randomized, winners are a go!

In the US, we have:

Marina G



Our international winner is:

Madeline C

Congratulations, and I’ll get in touch with you guys shortly for mailing addresses.

For anyone who might still be craving your very own copy of The Curiosities, it just so happens that I have a whole big box of finished copies sitting on my floor and it really needs to not be sitting on the floor, so this will certainly not be your last chance to win!

Which means that as the bus bench by my house says, Watch This Space.


So, it’s been a long, LONG time since we’ve had a contest around here. (So long that I don’t even know if I remember how to do this, you guys.)

But right now, I have a nice big box of finished copies of The Curiosities, and I want to give them to you!

the curiosities

I think the way we’ll do this is … three copies up for grabs—two US, one INTERNATIONAL.

Also, while I don’t usually ask you to go out and spam the world, I think I might this time (a little).

I feel like this is kind of a special circumstance, mostly because I am totally biased and I really, really like this book and want desperately to share it with the world, because it was the Most Fun Ever to write—because I got to write it with Tess and Maggie and hang out in Tess’s living room and eat guacamole and it was noisy and joyful and I really want to share that experience with other people!

So, the instructions:

What I want you to do is blog or tweet or Facebook about The Curiosities—just once. It can be as complicated as speculating on what kind of conversations or drawings we put in the margins* or including an image of the cover, or as simple as saying that you’re excited about it and would like to read it.

The only requirement is that you have to include a link back to this post, and also I need you to come back here and tell me what and where so I can go check it out (as usual, if your Twitter is private, or I can’t see your Facebook, I DON’T COUNT IT. I know you guys know this, but … there are always a couple.)

Also, if you’re entering internationally, be sure to mention it in your comment, because you’ll go into the special international drawing!

I’ll pick winners at midnight Eastern on Sunday, August 29th, so make sure to have your entries in before then!

(Also, I will remind you. Probably next week or something.)

(Also-also, as usual, even though I think I’ve thought of everything, it’s likely that I’ve missed something. If so, I apologize in advance, and if I think of it, I’ll be sure to update.)

*Which, there are a lot, which is what makes it fun!

Winners of the Contest of Various Unspecified Stuff!

Okay, so I poured all the entries in the randomizer, and I will shortly be contacting the following people for mailing addresses:

  • Kristina Y. Zavala
  • brookea_2006
  • Andrea
  • Meagan L
  • Meghan (@meghan805)
  • Aik
  • Marisa
  • Leigh Smith

After which, they will receive mailings of my choice. (I assure you, whatever I send will be tidy, well-packaged, and tasteful. But of questionable usefulness.)

And now to everyone, thank you so much for sharing your goals with me! It’s really wonderful to see what you all have in store this year—so go forth and accomplish! ♥

Happy New Year and Now I Want to Give You Things!

As you might imagine, I have a lot of books. Which is good, because I love books.

However, what I didn’t really understand until it was brought to my attention by D (who is far, far more organized than I am) is that I have a lot of MY books.

And I have to say, it feels amazing to have all these books—these physical reminders of what I’ve worked really hard on, what I’ve accomplished.

But the thing is … I don’t actually need this many.

So, in honor of my outrageous stockpile of books, I am going to implement what will henceforth be known as The Easiest Contest Ever.

I mean it. Easy-peasy.

Comment below, telling me a personal goal for the year 2012, be able to provide me with a US shipping address, and I will draw some names.

That’s it, the whole thing.

The contest will go for two weeks—now until Sunday the 15th at midnight Eastern—at which point I will draw something like six names, and each of those approximately six will get something in the mail. Probably a book.

(Really, a book)

What you need to understand: I’m not necessarily sticking to English-language versions. When I say I have a lot of books, I mean some that are in a language I can read, and some that aren’t.

Which means that you might receive one that isn’t.

You might receive additional prizes, such as buttons or stickers.

You might receive a book I didn’t write.

Honestly, this is a very freeform contest …

SO. That being said, good luck!

EDITED FOR CLARITY: No need to leave me a postal address here (I’ll get them later, if applicable), but if you could leave an email address, that would be fantastic!

Um, carry on.

Here Is Where I Get Caught Up

As you may or may not have noticed (I won’t be sad if you didn’t notice—I promise), I have not been on the internet at all since Thursday. So, wow.

The reason for this is, I just spent the weekend in Minneapolis. Which is not to imply that they don’t have internet in Minneapolis, because they do.

I just didn’t avail myself of it, because some of the trip meant being busy with AASL, and the rest of it meant being holed up in a hotel room with Tess and Maggie, working feverishly on our upcoming Merry Sisters of Fate anthology. It was a lengthy and manic process, involving caffeine, sticky notes, stupid drawings, smart drawings, and lots and lots of markers. It was excellent.

But now I’m home, and trundling around trying to get everything in my life back where it belongs.

First, here are the things you need to know:

  1. There IS a contest this week, but it’s over at Merry Fates, and The Space Between is not the only thing up for grabs! You also have the opportunity to win a copy of Blood Magic, a copy of The Scorpio Races, and a box-set of the Shiver trilogy!

    And the rules are fun, too—all you have to do is go over there and tell us in the comments what made-up title you’d give to a Merry Fates story of your choosing, if you could give it any title at all.*

  2. The very next thing I’m going to do in my list of Doing Things is respond to the comments on Thursday’s high school post. Because I haven’t done that yet, and I really want to, and I like them!

Next, here are the things I just want to tell you because I want to:

  1. The Space Between comes out in fourteen days. Which is two weeks. Which is scaring me, because I thought it was never in a million years actually going to be November, and now it is!
  2. There’s been some really exciting critical reaction, like a starred review in Publishers Weekly!

    The Space Between is also an ALAN pick for the month of October, and I’m sharing the link here because I absolutely love what they have to say about it.

    This book is my favorite thing I’ve written, and it makes me stupid-happy when people read it and want to talk about the parts that matter most to me. (Scroll down to see the ALAN take on it.)

  3. Also, thank you for reading my blog. I’ve only been away since Thursday, and already I was missing it, and missing you.

    So, thank you.

*Only, probably not a dirty title. Not that.

Finished Copy Winners!

Once again, you guys have come through with some fantastic answers to a complicated (and honestly very personal) question. I’m so impressed to see the range and depth of things that people in the world are doing to help others, and I really loved reading your stories, so thank you.

Our two US winners of the finished Space Between copies are:




And our international winner is:


(I’ll be in touch for mailing addresses)

Also, I just looked at the calendar and The Space Between will officially be out in the US in 21 days.

Which is three weeks.

Which is so, so close.

I’m thinking that we still have time for one more contest before TSB is released into the wild, so be sure to check back. I’m going to be at AASL in Minneapolis all this weekend-plus-Monday, talking to librarians,* but I promisepromisepromise to come up with something, even if I don’t have a chance to post it until I get home, so keep your eyes open!

And you guys? We’re almost there. My red, red book is almost on shelves.

(Thanks for sticking with me.)

*Basically one of my favorite pastimes.

Creepy Cake N Bake: Red Velvet Cardiac Event

As many of you already know, I enjoy baking.

I also enjoy 80s horror movies, 90s horror movies, other horror movies that didn’t come out in those decades, and anything by George A. Romero.

So when Dawn and Stacey asked if I wanted to join their epic Halloween baking contest of deliciousness, creepiness, and prizes for you guys, there was nothing to say but Absolutely!

And now, I present to you—the culmination of my efforts!

still life with kidney

The ladies have asked me to share a little bit about how I approached this endeavor. So, first you will need:

instruments closeup

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Contest Winners, Part II

First, I just want to say that I LOVED reading all the entries! I gave you a really broad topic, and you guys had some amazing responses. I can’t tell you how much fun I have hearing about all of you, and I’m really grateful for the amount of thought you put into your answers.

And now for the part you really care about—the winners of the signed ARCs are:

Amber Couch


Meghan (@meghan805)

And the two signed dust-jackets go to:

Krystal Larson


Sara M

(I’ll be in touch for mailing addresses shortly)

Thanks so much for the great turn-out, you guys! And remember to check back later this month, because for the next contest, I’ll be breaking out the finished copies, not to mention making at least one of them an International-Only prize.

The Second Space Between Contest

It’s that time again—the time when you tell me something interesting about yourselves and in return, I drop your names into the randomizer and give you books!

This time around, I have two ARCs of The Space Between, plus two signed (and only slightly crumpled) dust jackets—so, four winners total. And yes, because this is an ARC contest, again it is US only.*

TSB dust jacket 2

(See the pretty dust jacket? Well, it looks even better in person.)

So, the contest:

Daphne, the main character in The Space Between has a deep fascination with earthly minutia. She loves fireworks and paper lanterns and costume jewelry. She collects all kinds of tiny useless artifacts, because to her, they represent a whole uncharted world—a world she wants to understand, even if it’s only a piece at a time.

Now, what I want you to do:

  1. On your blog/Facebook/Twitter, tell me about some item of YOURS—some trinket or souvenir that might seem minor, but that means a lot to you. Again, it can be anything—a cardboard crown or a ticket stub or a photograph or a seashell. It can be strange, or precious, or totally unremarkable to anyone but you. Tell me broadly, or tell me in detail. I like hearing about you, so as usual, this will be as easy or as complicated as you make it.
  2. When talking about your memento, include a link back to the contest so that other people can play too.
  3. Comment on this post and tell me where I can see your answer. Again, make it easy. Most of the entries I got last time were perfect, but a few defeated me. If you link to Facebook or Twitter and I can’t see it, what happens? All together now—your name doesn’t go in the randomizer!**
  4. Do this before midnight Eastern time on Sunday, October 2nd. (Six days is totally enough time, so spread the word!)

I’ll announce winners next Monday, but until then, I look forward to learning about you!

*Again to my international friends: ARCs are technically supposed to stay in their country of origin, but I’m currently waiting on my finished copies. They should be here imminently and then I can start giving them away. To anyone. And that means you!

**I’m really not this mean. Please don’t make me be mean.

Contest Winners

The entries are in, the names are randomized, the theme songs are musical and touching and hilarious and highly personal, and now, I present to you . . . your winners!

Destiny Philipose


Jenny Zoss

Congratulations! (I’ll be getting in touch with you guys shortly to sort out mailing addresses.)

To everyone who participated, I want to thank you for making this a success. I’m really impressed with your entries and the depth and variety of your music (and people who chose to blog, I know I didn’t comment on the posts, but rest assured, I read every single one).

This was a great first-contest turnout, which means that we need to have a second one! (There’s something just really gratifying about giving things away, and I have more ARCs to hand out and a whole stack of sample dust jackets, and I should probably come up with some other stuff, too.)

So stay tuned, and keep your eyes open.