Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

This hop is hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer (HERE) and Martha's Bookshelf (HERE) There are hundreds of blogs participating and each has their own entry rules and geographic limits, so be sure to read the rules for each one and have fun hopping. I’m thrilled to be a part of The Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop because it allows me to give away anything I want, and I have two cool prize packs to delve out. You can enter to win either or both.

The Writer's Pack
I love books on craft that go way beyond the nuts and bolts, and in this pack, you’ll get the faves I keep going back to, time and again.

The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass is a-ma-zing. It so is. Most books skim the surface of character development, but this one's packed with tips on how to get more dimension and depth in your characters and bring out the absolute best in every aspect of the story: plot, motive, structure, cause and effect, how to make the unrealistic seem real. This book is like a writing coach, that gives you all the know-how to achieve greatness with your pen and plenty of exercises to practice. I really hate to give this away, but it NEEDS to be shared ... so I’ll just have to get another one for myself. Yep, it’s that good! This is, by far, the best book on novel writing I've ever read. And I'm offering it to you, oh, lucky one.

The other book in this pack is On Writing by Stephen King. This is considered a must-have by many writers. Half of the book is his personal story and the other half offers writing tips. It’s a shortie, but it’s heaped with wisdom.

... And, I will also give away Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks if the winner wants it. It’s pretty basic but still a wonderful book if you want to learn about writing for teens.

* Please note, these books are gently used. Surprising they’re not in pieces.

The Royal Swag Pack
For this pack, I’m excited to be giving away a signed copy of my debut YA suspense novel, Kings & Queens. Here's what it's about:

How would YOU stop a massacre … if you were only seventeen … if the cops didn’t believe you … if your mom never listened … if your friends thought it was a joke ... if the faceless nutjobs trolled your halls and somehow knew your every move before you made it?

Majesty Alistair, who’s biggest aims of late have been to best Grief and keep any nearby 2x4s from colliding with her crush’s head, has to figure that out and go all Veronica Mars when she overhears two fellow students planning a church shooting. Her pleas to investigate her father’s recent fatal accident and other possible crimes-in-the-works have totally trashed her cred with police, so she aims to ID the gun-toting freaks herself before they act.

But, their agenda turns out to be far bigger than she ever assumed, and soon, every guy in school's looking suspect, even her two best friends, Alec and Derek. It becomes clear that any move she makes will leave blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves.

With Kings & Queens, you can expect a twisted, tense ride with suspense, mystery, romance, baseball and even a sprinkle of humor, oh! and weirdness, can't forget that.

In this prize pack, you'll also get some super cool swag too! Take a look.
  • a novel-sized notebook, that is soooo nice with the K&Q logo on black
  • a K&Q mug
  • a black book tote with red handles
  • 1 K&Q pen
  • a beaded book thong with a K&Q themed charm--Love it! Gonna make one for myself.
This giveaway is open to anyone 15+, living in the US or Canada.
This contest runs from 1.13.12 thru 1.19.12 midnight PT.
The winners will be chosen by on 1.19.12.
Winners are announced on Fridays!
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by me for TWO WINNERS.

To Enter:
  • You MUST follow me here
  • Follow me at Twitter
  • Like the K&Q page
  • Give 1 shoutout about my giveaway in a social media outlet. If tweeted, use #cvwriterhop
  • Fill out the form, signifying your choice of pack(s) ... and leave a comment below if you wish.

    And that’s it. Good luck! Hop around and see what other cool things you could win.

  • ~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.


  1. WOW! I sooo want that Royal Swag Pack!! LOVE LOVE the book :)


  2. Thanks for your support and enthusiasm. :)

  3. Thanks for the great giveaway and having it open to Canada. Your book sounds awesome!

  4. Thanks, Jenn! I'm going to be having giveaways every month that are open to Canada, so check back.

  5. Omg this book sounds amazing the prize pack is awesome! XD Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    1. Thank you. It's been one tornado after another (literally) to get this thing published. I'm excited the paperback will be available soon.

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  7. Great giveaway.

  8. tweet!/minibea/status/159801291223220225

  9. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I tweeted:!/tpulliam2/status/159826478295547907