we despise mondays!! =D
this is the reason i decided to feature my
free books giveaway on monday, to try and
bring some cheer to this day.
today, i have a very special giveaway.
three books that were on the morris shortlist
for 2010. the morris award is given to excellent
young adult debuts, and i’ve had the pleasure of
meeting the authors as well as enjoying their
fantastic novels.

also, i’ll be buying a signed copy for the winner
directly from indie bookstores, which will also
get some loving in this post!


my review :

i’ve heard ASH by malinda lo described as a lesbian
retelling of cinderalla, but this short changes
malinda’s wonderful debut novel. beautifully written in prose
that can make your heart ache, ASH loses everything
that she loves and is on a journey to discover herself
in the process.

rich with folklore, malinda intrigues the reader with
the dark, intense and possessive fairy, sidhean juxtaposed
with the innocent, butterflies in the stomach encounters
with the king’s young huntress, kaisa. both relationships
drew me for their own reasons, and malinda does a fantastic
job of adding her own twists to a familiar fairy tale.

i highly recommend this debut!


*malinda and i at the 2009 scbwi LA conference.
i try to post the foto as much as i can cause it makes
me giggle. ha!


*Photo L to R: Elaine Petrocelli, C. Lee McKenzie,
Lissa Rovetch (Kid Lit Salon coordinator), George McGovern,
Sarah Quigley, me, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, J.A. Yang.

signed copies of ASH can be purchased from Book Passage.
this is what malinda had to say about her local indie bookstore!

My local independent bookstore, Book Passage, is way more
than a bookstore. It has a gigantic series of events every month
including author signings, writing conferences and literary salons —
it’s truly a community meeting place. My first event for ASH was at
one of those literary salons, the Kid Lit Salon, which brings together
Bay area writers and readers of children’s and YA books. Because
Book Passage is such a happening place, George McGovern happened
to be presenting in a separate area of the bookstore the very same
night, and Book Passage owner Elaine Petrocelli brought him over to
the Kid Lit Salon to say hello. That was an awesome way to kick off
my ASH promo efforts!


my review :

gothic. epic. touching. frightening.
mysterious and intriguing.
with a hero falling in love for the
first time whom you can’t help falling
in love with yourself.
and a heroine battling her family, her
past, her future and herself.

definitely recommended!


*L to R : kami garcia, margie stohl, nancy holder,
me, and megan whalen turner.

the signed copy of Beautiful Creatures which will
be made into a film soon (!!) was purchased
at the Mysterious Galaxy Holiday Party in december.
i got the chance to hang out with some awesome author
friends and many lovers of Mysterious Galaxy showed
up to support authors, good books, but most of all, a very
beloved local indie bookstore.

Mysterious Galaxy focuses on, according its website,
“books of Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem
(with occasional Matchmaking and Munchkins)”.
every author i know who writes within these genres
loves the store. and if you’re a reader that enjoys
science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, suspense or thrillers,
it’s the bookstore to go to if you are ever in san diego!

i had the pleasure of meeting tad williams, elizabeth
moon, melissa marr, and neil gaiman at MG author
events. i also attended my first fantasy novels panel
at Comicon and had a signing there through MG last year!

they have also been so supportive of SIlver Phoenix
and keep signed copies in stock, calling me to let me
know when there are personalized requests!


and last but not least, Flash Burnout was my
second favorite read from 2009–out of 41 books read.
it was an utter surprise to me because i do lean toward
fantasy as favorites (reading tastes are so personal), but
i instantly fell in love with l.k. madigan’s “hero”, fifteen
year old blake. his voice was so honest, endearing, funny
and real. this debut satisfied on multiple levels, and
i couldn’t have been happier to learn that it was awarded
the morris award for 2010!

congratulations, lisa!!

signed copies of Flash Burnout are available
from Annie Bloom’s Books. this is what lisa had
to say about her local indie bookstore :

The first blog review FLASH BURNOUT ever received
(a glowing one!) came from Holly at Annie Bloom’s.
And the very first fan mail I ever received (literally: the
topic line was “Fan Mail”!) came from Matt at Annie Bloom’s.
No wonder they’re my favorite independent bookstore.
They made me feel like a star before my book ever came out,
and they’ve been hand-selling it ever since.

whew! so how do you win ALL THREE fabulous
signed copies? simply tweet, fb status, LJ or blog a link
and blurb about the contest from now through this
saturday (1/30). i will choose a winner randomly some
time on saturday. please be sure you let me know in
THIS POST if you’ve tweeted, etc, to officially enter!
contest is open to all!
good luck!

56 thoughts on “TGIFBM morris and indie love!”

  1. I’ve sent out a tweet about this wonderful contest you are having. I will also be sharing the news with the members of my GHHS library book challenge group so that they can enter, too! I’m klibrary on Twitter. All of these books that I have in the library and yours, too, fly off the library shelves!

  2. Hi there! What a great giveaway! I’m especially happy that you’re sharing your love for Indie bookstores, since I used to work at one!
    I tweeted the contest @KimBea.

  3. I tweeted (re), posted to facebook, and put on my website that I run with my students in Southern Indiana, RAW INcK (Reading and Writing in Kentuckiana). Our url is rawinck.ning.com. Our sole purpose is to create a classroom community that we can share with others. We collect and create resources for reading and writing.

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