The winner of the JANE ARC giveaway is…

Laura!!

Congratulations!

(email me your address and I will send the book)

I loved Laura’s answer (a) because of the Stephenie Meyer joke. Well played, Laura, (b) I also find much “literary gold” in children’s books (I loooove middle grade), (c) TRON… woot! and (d) I love this: “…because as I said, rewards are always greater when earned after hardship.”

Here is Laura’s full answer:

1. Stephanie Meyer…JUST KIDDING! Initially I thought of Sharon Creech or Jerry Spinelli, but I’ve decided to go with someone even more contemporary: Gennifer Choldenko. My frustration with most of the teen and adult fiction these days is the poor writing and lack of any sort of moral, i.e. let’s go rave like it’s 1993, and I irrevocably irrevocably irrevocably love you (we get it, you’ve taught the youth a new word). I find most of the literary gold in children’s/young adult books like Al Capone Does My Shirts, where not only can the reader enjoy the journey and the story, but we also learn a few morals, think a few intelligent thoughts and enjoy good writing. Being a pioneer isn’t always about exploring completely new things, it’s also about doing things well (so there’s a good trail left for others to travel) and making old things (like Alcatraz) new again. So who is a (modern) pioneer of literature? Gennifer Choldenko.

2. The world is obviously going into the apocalypse because we’ve all run out of ideas. TRON 2? Really? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? At first I wanted to hate remakes because I’ve been craving something original, but the truth is- I’m totally going to see the new TRON movie, and I could really get into a modern Jane Eyre (especially considering that Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorite books). Nothing’s original, so my opinion on modern retellings is going to be based on the same factors that I judge any literature- is it well written, thought out, clever etc? I think could potentially enjoy any kind of book that isn’t just trying to soak me in sex and hipness soup.

3. I would much rather be classic Jane because even though life may have been dreadful in earlier times (especially in the beginning of Jane Eyre), dreadful things always make good things seem a lot more wonderful. Romance, being a gentlemen, honor, patience- these all meant different and greater things than they do now. Yes, in a modern Jane Eyre, life would hopefully be without such abusive orphanages, sickness, death, marital traps and duties to honor. But a modern tale would more than likely also have more selfishness and impropriety, and less patience, lesson learning and reward (a reward is always greater when it has been earned with trial). Would I rather experience what the old Jane experienced? No. But would I prefer the reward the old Jane received? Yes, because as I said, rewards are always greater when earned after hardship.

Cool contest- made me think :)

ARC Giveaway…JANE by April Lindner

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Because the Glorious 4th was Charlotte Brontë’s favorite holiday (total lie, well I’m pretty sure it’s a lie, she was English after all.) I thought I would celebrate one of my favorite Brontës AND the 4th of July in one fell swoop. And to do this…I shall host another ARC giveaway. And the ARC is…

Jane by April Lindner:

“Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.

But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?

An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.”

Release date: …yea that’s right. October!

Here is how you enter to win:

1. Tell me who you believe is a pioneer of literature.

2. Give me your opinion on modern retellings of classic works of literature. Be as honest as you’d like.

3. Would you rather be the modern JANE or the classic Jane? Why?

**And if you Tweet this, Facebook it, or share it on your blog…I’ll probably like you a lot…and who I like, my ARCs like. ::wicked smile::

The contest will end on July 11th. As always, have fun with these answers. Be creative!!

And HAPPY 4th!!!

The Winner of The DUFF is…

Kristi Helvig. Congrats!!

The reason you win is twofold. Emily Browning absolutely WON me over in Lemony Snicket, and Joss Whedon IS a genius. You are NOT disqualified for that answer because he is the author of one of my favorite comic books: Fray.

Shoot me an email with your address and in a few days you’ll be reading The DUFF!

Also as a SPECIAL treat…

Tomorrow, This Literary Life will be featuring an interview with…

the one…the only…

Yet another ARC giveaway…

Okay. This one is a hard one for me. I wanted to keep this ARC all for myself like a naughty, selfish girl. But who am I kidding, I don’t have time to read anything outside of incoming manuscripts. Therefore…I have broken it out of the vault (the box of BEA books under my bed) and I am hosting another ARC giveaway contest!

And the ARC, you ask? Which ARC did I desperately want to hold onto all for myself??

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. Release date: September 2010.

“Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.”

So here’s how you enter to win:

Follow these blogs…they are wonderful!

1. http://everydayintensity.com/

2. http://www.taranormal.com/

3. http://joannahaugen.com/blog/

4. http://lisarivero.com/

5. http://www.nikkikatz.com/

6. http://renaemercado.blogspot.com/

7. http://literaryasylum.blogspot.com/

8. http://ketch1714.wordpress.com/

BUT that is just preliminary work. The real contest starts here:

In the comments section name (1) the actor/actress you would choose to play your main character in your manuscript or WIP & why (2) The theme song to your manuscript or WIP, (3) if you could co-author a book with any already published author, who would it be & why?

The contest will end on June 30th. Have fun!!

Deliciously Devilish ARC Giveaway

D.M. Cunningham, by far my most diabolical client, is hosting a mischievous ARC giveaway on his blog: the appropriately titled Literary Asylum.

Not only is this giveaway an ARC, but it is autographed by the ingenious author himself, Barry Lyga. That’s a totally dirty deal. As if The Godfather himself was involved.

Go be naughty and win yourself a great prize.

And for the record…my favorite ARCHVILLAIN…

Jean Loring aka Eclipso, ex-wife of Ray Palmer aka the Atom.

She is so lip-smackingly deranged.

Contest for the ARC of Matched!

Inspired by Ms. Ketch’s comment on my ‘What is your perfect writing condition?’ poll on the side of my blog—>

…I am starting a contest.

The winner of the contest will be the proud new owner of an ARC for the highly anticipated book MATCHED by Ally Condie (Dutton Juvenile). The release date is not until November 30, 2010!

Ms. Ketch commented on my poll saying, “I actually create my own playlists using music that follows the basic plot line of my novels. It’s a lot of fun.”

As a former music journalist, both music and writing are very important to me. And personally, I cannot write without music. SO…

In order to win the ARC of Matched you must…

In the comments section: list your ‘top 3’ writing playlist songs. My favorite ‘top 3’ will win the ARC. Yes, highly subjective, but hey it’s my contest! Tip: Make sure you list the name of the song and the band.

Have fun with this. And like Ms. Ketch said: these are songs that follow the plot line of your book. If your book is great…won’t the songs be great as well?

The contest ends June 14th at 9 pm PST.