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UtopYA

It’s Friday!  Happy weekend to you!

Today, I am excited to bring to you an awesome contest from the utopYA Con official bloggers: We pulled together and are leading you on a scavenger hunt for our panelists’ books!  Read on for more deatils, but first, let me remind you about the utopYA Con 2015 earlybird ticket prices! They’re ending February 28th! Standard admission is $90 right now, and VIP is $115. On the 28th, those prices go up to $110 for standard admission and $135 for VIP. So, go get yours here. For serious.  Get ’em now!

Now, let’s get to the book hunt! Here’s what you have to do to win:

  1. Read the synopsis below.

  2. Guess which book from my short list the synopsis belongs to.

  3. Type your answer in the Rafflecopter entry form.

  4. Enter every day throughout the month of February for a shot at the prize!

Each blogger will list one synopsis and five possible titles for you to choose from. It’ll be a different title each week (this is week two).

This form will stay up on my blog for one week. Then, I’ll change the entry form to a link for the new hunt over on The Paisley Reader. And so on, and so forth. At the end of the game, all incorrect entries will be removed before the winner is chosen.

What’s the prize? Well…

You have a shot at winning a pack of three e-books–one from EACH of our keynote speakers:

Denise Grover Swank, Kim Holden, and Lauren Miller

These prizes are being donated by the official bloggers. We wanted to do something awesome for you guys. What’s better than books written by awesome women you’re going to meet?

So… are you ready?  Here’s your synopsis:

One thing set Lydia Shaw and her store apart from the other antique shops in town…

Lydia’s collection was plagued by curses, and it was her duty to break them.

Rachel, Angie, and Jo knew nothing about their aunt’s secret life. In fact, they didn’t even know she owned an antique shop, until they inherited it. Unfortunately for them, Lydia passed down more than just her store. The sisters are the proud new owners of countless deadly curses, buried under centuries of dust.

Lydia also left behind her apprentice, Peter. He does everything he can to protect the girls, as they explore their new store, unaware of the dangers it hides. In spite of his efforts, Rachel finds herself obsessed with opening a strange trunk, Angie has vivid dreams, haunted by a man who claims he needs her help, and Jo’s imagination starts to run wild.

When one of them falls victim to a curse, it’s up to Peter and her sisters to save her. But, if Peter can’t teach them to wield a magic, that he barely understands himself, she’ll be the first one to die.

And the possible titles are:

Tammara Webber — Breakable (Contours of the Heart Book 2)

Elizabeth Kirke — Carved in Cherry (A Curse Collectors Novel Book 1)

Misty Provencher — Stronger

Katie McGarry — Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits)

Megan Curd — Iron Pendulum (The Periodic Series Book 2)

Time to enter your guess! Remember, you can enter once every day.

ENTER HERE USING RAFFLECOPTER!

So–where’d those book titles above come from, anyway?  Check out the official utopYA Con Reading list here: It’s a giant list of books by authors sitting on panels in 2015, and where we’ll be taking the titles we play the game with. We love our panelists!

And don’t forget to visit the other official bloggers this month:

Week 1 — Jo Michaels Blog
Week 3 – The Paisley Reader
Week 4 – Book Junkie: Not so Anonymous

What do you think of our little giveaway? Did you enter?

DO IT!  Until next time…



It’s DECEMBER 1st!  You know what THAT means?!!  It’s time for a new monthly Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway!  It’s also the end of my review hiatus from November… meaning reviews are back on the metaphorical menu–starting tomorrow!

But I digress… we’re onto the FORTY-THIRD Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly, A Book Vacation!

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve read them all–but my reviews aren’t yet live.  When they are, I’ll include the links for your viewing pleasure and to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

  • Echo Bridge by Kristen O’Toole
  • Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
  • Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay
  • Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • God’s Formula by James LePore
  • Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on January 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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It’s time for another awesome giveaway!!!  This month I’ve joined the lovely Val, from Stuck In Books, on her Twelve Days of New Adult Giveaway Hop, and I’m excited to show you what you can win!!!

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Ready?  I have three Marata Eros novels, signed, up for grabs!  You can win:

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A Terrible Love, a galley of A Brutal Tenderness, and The Darkest Joy 

 

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on December 12th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

To enter even more giveaway hops, jump on over to Stuck in Books to see them all, or click this linky to view all the blogs that are part of this hop.

Happy Holidays Red and Gold

 



My stop on the No Blog Left Behind Giveaway Hop is dedicated to ARCs.

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ARCs, otherwise known as Advanced Reader Copies, are a truly beautiful concept, since, you know, no one wants to wait ages to read a book… especially a sequel to one we truly love.  I mean, the suspense alone can kill, and because of this, I am thankful that ARCs exist.  And I’d like to share this love with you.

What’s up for grabs?

207019941. Yolo by Lauren Myracle–this is an ARC that released in August this year.

Through texts and messages, the mega-bestselling, beloved Internet Girls series followed the ups and downs of school for three very different, very close friends.

Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart.

Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country.

In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and . . . roller derby! Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren Myracle brings her groundbreaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets.

231491322.  The Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow–this is an ARC that releases in May 2015

At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of immigrants are arriving in the promised land of New York City. Twelve-year-old Sarah has always dreamed of America, a land of freedom and possibility. In her small village she stares at a postcard of the Statue of Liberty and imagines the Lady beckoning to her. When Sarah and her mother finally journey across the Atlantic, though, tragedy strikes—and Sarah finds herself being sent back before she even sets foot in the country.

Yet just as Sarah is ushered onto the boat that will send her away from the land of her dreams, she makes a life-or-death decision. She daringly jumps off the back of the boat and swims as hard as she can toward the Lady’s island and a new life.

Her leap of faith leads her to an unbelievable hiding place: the Statue of Liberty itself. Now Sarah must find a way to Manhattan while avoiding the statue’s night watchman and scavenging enough food to survive. When a surprising ally helps bring her to the city, Sarah finds herself facing new dangers and a life on her own. Will she ever find a true home in America?

From acclaimed author Robert Sharenow comes this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, perfect for fans of Inside Out & Back Again and Number the Stars.

225738563. Little Peach by Peggy Kern–this is an ARC that releases in March 2015

What do you do if you’re in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and will end at 12:01am EST on November 30th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

AND… make sure you enter the other giveaway hops on the No Blog Left Behind Website!

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And Don’t Forget to Enter my Other Epic Giveaways:

Win YOUR CHOICE of ONE of these Recent Releases (ENDS December 1) International:

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Win Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvated, plus tons of swag (ENDS December 17) International:

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A few of my giveaways recently ended, so I thought… let’s do another!  YES!  Here you go…

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What you’ll win:

  • Hardcopy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue–complete with a doodle inside, penned my Maggie herself
  • Maggie Stiefvater signed book plate–which you can stick inside your book, or just use as a keepsake
  • Alien and Angelfall tattoos
  • Signed Jordyn trading card, Jordyn bookmark, Jordyn Sticker (Tiffany King)
  • Signed Sole Survivor bookmark and Soul Survivor free ebook code (Michelle N. Files)
  • Signed White Hot Kiss bookmark (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  • Signed Ink Series bookmark (Bella Roccaforte)
  • Signed Devotion bookmark (Kristie Cook)
  • Signed Reality bookmark (Dani Hart)
  • Signed Healed trading card (Becca Vincenza)
  • Signed C.L. Foster bookmark
  • The Dark bookmark (Heather Self)
  • Beneath trading Card (Cambria Hebert)
  • Celestina Silvenfare card (Kelly Lynne)
  • The Reflective and The Darkest Joy cards (Tamara Rose Blodgett/Marata Eros)
  • Timeless Sky sticker (Paulina Ulrich)
  • The Protector Series bookmark (M.R. Merrick)
  • A Book Vacation magnet
  • SPQR and girl button

Excited?

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY and will end at 12:01am EST on December 17th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And Don’t Forget to Enter my Other Giveaways:

Win a Whole Exhibitor Space for UtopYA 2015 (Friday Only)–ENDS November 24

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Win YOUR CHOICE of ONE of these Recent Releases (ENDS December 1) International:

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UtopYA 2014 Fan of the Year, Tammie Zimmerman, has graciously donated a full exhibitor space for giveaway!  That’s right, you can win an ENTIRE exhibitor table for Friday, June 19, 2015!

Exhibitor Space

 

This is a ONE DAY table for Friday, June 19, 2015.  The table will be located in the lobby.

Here’s everything that comes with it:

2 chairs = two General Admission tickets (if you already bought a ticket, we will refund the ticket).

  • You may sell merchandise & giveaway swag – “MERCHANDISE” INCLUDES BOOKS

  • Exhibitor Widget/Badge for your web site

  • Complimentary Wi-fi included

  • Featured in official utopYA 2015 informational materials, either online or in print

  • Volunteer help to load-in, load-out

  • Promotion in social media posts

  • Eligible for prizes in the utopYA 2015 “Time-tastic” Exhibitor Contest: winners will be voted on by the attendees at utopYA 2015 and prizes will be given to winners at closing ceremonies the morning of Sunday, June 21, 2015. Prizes awarded for:

    1. Best decorations

    2. Best swag

    3. Best solo booth

    4. Best shared booth

    5. Best utopYA 2015-themed booth

It is the WINNER’S responsibility to let us know who will be using those tickets so that they can be officially registered in the system.

Giveaway ends November 24, 2014.

Enter using this Rafflecopter for a chance to win!

 

And don’t forget, tickets go on sale for the conference on November 28, 2014! 



It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the FORTY-SECOND Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly, A Book Vacation!

 

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on December 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



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Happy November! For my stop on the Books I’m Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop, I’m giving away a signed paperback of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, as well as lots of signed swag and goodies.  Why?  Because I’m grateful I read this amazing novel–the novel that started my love affair with all books by Armentrout, and, well, swag is awesome, right?

Synopsis of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

White Hot KissOne kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

This book is FABULOUS, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet Jennifer L. Arementrout many times over the past few years… the latest giving me an opportunity to pick up a copy of White Hot Kiss for giveaway, because I am always looking to give back to my faithful readers, and what better to do so than with a signed giveaway of one of my favorite books?

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Check out everything you can win:

  • White Hot KissSigned Paperback of White Hot Kiss by Jannifer L. Armentrout
  • FREE Ebook Code for Soul Survivor by Michelle N. Files
  • Guitar Pick for “Half Blood” from the Jennifer Armentrout
  • The Marked Men Coaster–signed by Jay Crownover
  • Enchanted Heart Poker Chip and Cell Phone Cleaner from Mindy Ruiz
  • Ashlyn Chase pen

Signed Bookmarks from:

  • Bella Roccaforte—The Ink Series
  • Michelle N. Files—Soul Survivor
  • Tammara Webber—Contours of the Heart Series
  • Tiffany King—The Saving Angels Series
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Semester Aboard
  • Amy Evans–Clicks Series
  • Wendy Higgins–The Sweet Trilogy

Bookmarks from:

  • Angie Stanton
  • M.R. Merrick
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Scholastic–Harry Potter

Magnets from:

  • Elizabeth Kirke—Semester Aboard
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Carved in Cherry
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Snow Bound
  • M.R. Merrick–The Protector Series
  • A Book Vacation Reviews

Cards from:

  • Marata Eros
  • Hollie Westring
  • House of Diamonds
  • Natasha Boyd–Signed Eversea
  • Elizabeth Kirke
  • Tiffany King—The Write Stuff
  • Georgia Cates–The Sin Trilogy

Temporary Tattoos:

  • Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
  • Alien
  • Tribal Band

Buttons:

  • “SPQR—HeroesofOlympus”
  • “Flying Horse—HeroesofOlympus”
  • “I want my own Gloresti”
  • “Keep Calm and Date a Royal”
  • “Star Wars–Jedi Academy”

Stickers:

  • Jordyn by Tiffany King
  • P.T. Michelle
  • Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace

Rubber Bracelets:

  • Heaven and Hell Series–Cambria Herbert
  • Keep Calm and Find An Aquarathi–Amalia Howard

Key Chains:

  • The Maurin Kincaide Series–Rachel Rawlings
  • House of Diamonds–Mindy Ruiz

****disclaimer, this SIGNED COPY has a KISS Sticker in it–overlapping a misspelled name, which you’ll never see because the sticker covers it.  If you’re NOT okay with this kiss sticker, don’t enter the giveaway.****

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Excited?

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on November 14th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

To enter even more giveaway hops, jump on over to Stuck in Books to see them all, or click this linky to view all the blogs that are part of this hop.

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And don’t forget to enter my other epic giveaways:



It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the FORTY-FIRST Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly, A Book Vacation!

 

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on November 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway

Synopsis:

Almost fifteen-year-old Caleb Hart is a Cadaver-Manipulator in the year 2025. When teens receive a government-sanctioned pharmaceutical cocktail during school, paranormal abilities begin manifesting… making the teens more powerful than the adults.

After Caleb discovers he has the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he must do whatever it takes to hide it from a super-secret government agency whose goal is exploitation.

Caleb seeks refuge in his new girlfriend, Jade, until he realizes that she needs as much protection from her family, as he does from the government.

Suddenly, Caleb finds that hiding his ability while protecting Jade and his friends is a full time job; can he escape the government, protect Jade and lose the bullies that are making him miserable?

 

Available BELOW:

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It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the FORTIETH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly, A Book Vacation!

 

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on October 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And don’t forget to enter my other epic giveaways:

Enter to Win a Signed 8×10 Photo of Monroe from GRIMM!! — ENDS September 10

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Win a Signed Copy of Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, a Signed Copy of Pyxis: The Discovery by K.C. Neal, a Signed Copy of Alight: The Peril by K.C. Neal, plus TONS of SWAG! — ENDS September 27

3000 Likes Giveaway

 



In celebration of reaching 3000 likes on my Facebook page, I’m running a special giveaway!

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3000 Likes GiveawayOne awesome Facebook follower will win:

Signed Books:

  • Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Pyxis: The Discovery by K.C. Neal
  • Alight: The Peril by K.C. Neal

Signed Bookmarks from:

  • Heather Hildenbrand– Imitation
  • K.C. Neal–Pyxis
  • Angeline Kace– Descended by Blood

Rubber Bracelets:

  • Helia’s Shadow by K.C. Neal—Contains Aliens
  • Helia’s Shadow by K.C. Neal—YA Sci-fi Romance
  • DFTBA (from The Fault in Our Stars)

Plus:

  • Signed Purse—K.C. Neal
  • Sampler Booklet—Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield
  • Sampler Booklet—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkmans
  • Sample Lesson Booklet—Game of Thrones Dothraki Language
  • Sampler Booklet—The Young World by Chris Weitz
  • The Fault in Our Stars Stickers
  • Veronica Roth Answers Four Questions Poster
  • “Warning: Zombies Inside” Poster
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner Poster

 

Good luck!

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To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on Rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on September 27th. The winner will receive email notification from me soon after! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a thoughtful comment!



It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the THIRTY-NINTH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by your truly, A Book Vacation!

 

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on September 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And don’t forget to enter my other epic giveaways:

Win a signed hardcover of Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, an exclusive book wrapper of Sinner, and tons of signed swag–ENDS August 10

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Win a Signed Paperback of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay plus tons of signed swag–ENDS August 17

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 Win a Signed Paperback of The Mechanic by Tim O’Rourke–ENDS August 20

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For my stop on the Just Couldn’t Put it Down Giveaway Hop, I’m giving away a signed paperback of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay as well as lots of signed swag and goodies.  Why?  Because I just couldn’t put this book down, and swag is awesome, right?

Synopsis of The Sea of Tranquility by Kayja Millay:

Sea of TranquilityI live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

This book is AMAZING, and I was lucky enough to meet Katja Millay at Book Bash a few weeks ago, where I picked up two copies of The Sea of Tranquility, one for me, and one for giveaway, because I am always looking to give back to my faithful readers, and what better to do so than with a signed giveaway of one of my favorite books?

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Check out everything you can win:

  • UntitledSigned Paperback of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  • Sticker of Jordyn by Tiffany King
  • FREE Ebook Code for Soul Survivor by Michelle N. Files
  • Zipper Charm of Rout of the Dem-Shyr by Raine Thomas
  • Guitar Pick for “Post Modern Love” from the Fighting Fate Series by Paulina Ulrich

Signed Bookmarks from:

  • Bella Roccaforte—The Ink Series
  • Michelle N. Files—Soul Survivor
  • Katja Millay—The Sea of Tranquility
  • Dani Hart—A Firefighter’s Flame
  • Kristie Cook—Power
  • Tiffany King—The Saving Angels Series
  • Hollie Westring—Whispers and Wishes

Bookmarks from:

  • Angie Stanton
  • M.R. Merrick

Magnets from:

  • Elizabeth Kirke—Semester Aboard
  • Michelle N. Files
  • Shana—A Book Vacation Reviews

Cards from:

  • Tamara Rose Blodgett—The Reflective
  • Cambria Herbert—Before
  • Kelly Lynne—Celestina Silvenfare
  • Tiffany King—The Ascendant

Temporary Tattoos:

  • Angelfall
  • Alien

Buttons:

  • “SPQR—HeroesofOlympus”
  • “Flying Horse—HeroesofOlympus”

 

Excited?

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on August 17th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

To enter even more giveaway hops, jump on over to Stuck in Books to see them all, or click this linky to view all the blogs that are part of this hop.

PLEASE NOTE–This hop stop is NOT ending on July 20th like all the others.  It is going until August 17th.

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And don’t forget to enter my other epic giveaways:

 

Win a signed hardcover of Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, an exclusive book wrapper of Sinner, and tons of signed swag–ENDS August 10

What You Win

 Win a Signed Paperback of The Mechanic by Tim O’Rourke–ENDS August 20

The Mechanic

 



Yesterday, I went to a signing at The Children’s Bookstore in Baltimore to see the amazing Maggie Stiefvater. As she drives cross country on her Sinner Tour, complete with exclusive Sinner book wrappers drawn by Maggie herself, which Scholastic then printed up specifically for this tour, Maggie is stopping in 16 cities to speak and sign books.  I was lucky enough that she came close to me, and so I drove out to Baltimore with some friends specifically to purchase two copies of Sinner because I covet the book wrappers–I mean, who wouldn’t?  Look at it:

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Yeah, that is amazing!  And as it wraps around the hardcover, I knew I HAD to have it.  And of course, I knew I HAD to pick up one for a giveaway, too, because I love you guys and I wanted you to have the opportunity to have one as well.

But anyway, I digress.  The signing was full of strange fun, beginning when Maggie pulled up to The Children’s Bookstore just a few minutes prior to 4pm, where she, and we, witnessed the bookseller being run over by a woman in an SUV who REFUSED to park somewhere else and told the bookseller that The Children’s Bookstore couldn’t hold the spot for the author coming to sign.  Yeah… that woman wasn’t let into the store.  But again, I digress.  Maggie did eventually get a parking spot because a dedicated fan moved her own car for her, and Maggie was able to park her beautiful muscle car, Loki, and come inside for the signing–she got out of her car all rocker chick, carrying her skateboard, and it was just perfect.

Once Maggie was inside, we all crammed ourselves into the teeny tiny little shop with no air conditioning (I don’t think this store had any idea of the magnitude of people Maggie’s presences would bring), where Maggie had to stand on a table to be seen by everyone, and we listened to her speak for upwards of 45 minutes, regaling us with stories of her own band, her car, writing, and life in general. It was humorous, but hot.

Maggie Signing

And then, there was the signing.  As chaotic and hot as it was, I did get to meet two really awesome people while waiting in line: Ashley from Books by Migs and Sarah Whitsted (seriously, these two ladies are gems, check out their blogs and like them on social media), and we chatted about everything under the sun, but mainly books.  And of course, Maggie was a sweetheart when I finally got to her table, where she signed all my books, two book wrappers, and some bookmarks for me as well.

And now, I’m paying it forward.  I have a hardcover of Sinner up for grabs, as well as the signed book wrapper, a signed Sinner bookmark, and TONS of other awesome swag for giveaway.  But first, check out how awesome Sinner looks when it’s wrapped up…

Book Wrapper

What you see above is actually the physical copy of the novel I’m giving away, and what you see below is EVERYTHING the winner of this massive giveaway is going to win:

What You Win

And breathe…

Here’s a detailed list of everything you can win:

What you’ll win:

  • Signed Hardcover of Sinner by Maggie Stievfater
  • Signed Book Wrapper of Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Captivate Coaster signed by Amy Miles
  • UtopYA 2014 Pen from Amber Garr
  • Wildflower Seed Packet signed by Elizabeth Sharp
  • “Love” Bangle

PLUS:

Signed Bookmarks from:

  • Maggie Stiefvater—Sinner
  • Brenda Pandos—Everblue
  • Georgia Cates—Beauty From Pain
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout—White Hot Kiss
  • Bella Roccaforte—The Ink Series
  • Michelle N. Files—Soul Survivor
  • Katja Millay—The Sea of Tranquility
  • Dani Hart—A Firefighter’s Flame
  • Kristie Cook—Power
  • Kristie Cook—The Space Between
  • Jon Messenger—Water Shaper
  • Paulina Ulrich—Chosen
  • Casey Peeler—No Turning Back
  • C.L. Foster—Light and Shadows Collide
  • Becca Vincenza–Damaged

Bookmarks from:

  • Tiffany King—Jordyn: The Final Battle
  • Megan Curd—Steel Lily
  • Marata Eros

Magnets from:

  • Elizabeth Kirke—Snow Bound
  • Raine Thomas—Becoming
  • Michelle N. Files
  • Elizabeth Kirke—Carved in Cherry
  • Shana—A Book Vacation Reviews
  • Dancing with Deception Bottle Cap
  • Hollie Westring—Sage Springs Series
  • M.R. Merrick—The Protector Series
  • Miranda Kavi—Rue and Rive (signed)

Cards from:

  • Kelly Lynne—Celestina Silvenfare
  • Tiffany King—Forgotten Souls
  • Marata Eros

Temporary Tattoos:

  • Mustache
  • Alien
  • Alien Mermaid from Amber Garr
  • Girl’s Face
  • Heart (and a poker chip from Mindy Ruiz)

Buttons:

  • 5 from Casey L. Bond
  • Smiley face
  • Girl with red hair
  • “Observe my Brill Skills”
  • “Keep Calm and Read a Bethany Lopez Novel”

Stickers:

  • Jordyn by Tiffany King
  • Chosen by Paulina Ulrich (signed)

Free Ebook code:

  • Soul Survivor by Michelle N. Files

 Rubber Bracelets:

  • “I’ve Been Tijaned
  • Cambria Herbert—”Heaven and Hell Series
  • C.L. Foster—”Ninja in Training
  • Cynthia Shepp—”Save a Book. Get an Editor
  • “Save 2nd Base
  • Dani Hart—”The Life of Arie
  • Dani Hart—”A Firefighter’s Flame”

Signed Trading Cards:

  • Wishing for Someday Soon by Tiffany King
  • Creatura by Nelly Cab
  • The Sin Trilogy by Georgia Cates
  • Meant to Be by Tiffany King

Charms/Keychain:

  • Book charm—Orenda by Ruth Silver
  • Bottle cap charm—Dark Reflections by Elizabeth Sharp
  • Bottle Keychain from Dani Hart

Excited?

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on August 10th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And, check out the dates for the rest of the Sinner tour–Maggie may be coming to a city near you this July:

7/5: Pittsburgh, PA

7/7: Chicago/ Naperville, IL

7/8: Chicago, IL

7/8: Milwaukee, WI

7/9: Madison, WI

7/10: Iowa City, IA

7/11: Omaha, NE

7/14: Denver, CO

7/19: Salt Lake City, UT

7/21: Reno, NV

7/23: San Francisco, CA

7/24: San Francisco/ Menlo Park, CA

7/28: Los Angeles, CA

7/29: Los Angeles/ Montrose, CA

Full details here on her website.

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And don’t forget to enter my other epic giveaways:

Win a Signed Paperback of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay plus tons of signed swag–ENDS August 17

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 Win a Signed Paperback of The Mechanic by Tim O’Rourke–ENDS August 20

The Mechanic



It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the THIRTY-EIGHTH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by your truly, A Book Vacation!

Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

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To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on August 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And don’t forget to enter my other epic giveaways:

Win a signed hardcover of Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, an exclusive book wrapper of Sinner, and tons of signed swag–ENDS August 10

What You Win

Win an ecopy of Stronger by Misty Provencher–one of my TOP TEN READS of 2014–ENDS July 31, 2014

STRONGER Teaser

Win a Signed Paperback of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay plus tons of signed swag–ENDS August 17

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It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the THIRTY-SEVENTH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly!

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on July 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And, check out the other giveaways running on the blog:

 

Win a signed paperback and book charm of Soul Survivor by Michelle N. Files, a signed paperback of The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros, or a paperback of The Fifth Man by James Lepore–ENDS June 16

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It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the THIRTY-SIXTH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly!

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on June 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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A Book Vacation is honored to be nominated for:

BEST BLOG OF THE YEAR

BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

UTOPIAN OF THE YEAR (Shana Benedict)

UtopYA Nominee

You don’t have to vote for me, but you should definitely vote for your favorites!!

Voting ends May 16: http://bit.ly/VOTEutopYAawards2014

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And, check out the other giveaways running on the blog:

 

Win a SIGNED Paperback of The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros–ENDS May 8

 

The Darkest Joy

Win a Paperback of Easy by Tammara Webber–ENDS May 8

 

Easy 2

Win both of Hollie Westrings ebooks, Whispers and Wishes and Spirits and Spells–ENDS May 16

Hollie Westring

Win a Signed Paperback Set of Witch and Yellow by Tim O’Rourke–ENDS May 20

Witch and Yellow

 



Tim O’Rourke has just recently updated his covers for the fabulous Sydney Hart Series–they’re beautiful!!  And in celebration, Tim if giving away a signed set to one lucky winner!!

Witch and YellowWitch:

Twenty-year-old Sydney Hart has always made mistakes and when she meets Michael Grayson, she soon comes to wonder if she hasn’t made the biggest mistake of her life. That one moment of passion between them causes Sydney’s world to spiral rapidly out of control.

Suffering from nightmares, Sydney soon realises her life and the people closest to her aren’t who or what she believed them to be. Fearing she has been cursed, Sydney attempts to unravel the dark secrets that surround her, and is desperate to discover why a dying man called her ‘Witch’.

A racy, paranormal romance with a chilling twist.

 

Yellow:

In love with Vincent and trying to move on with her life, Sydney Hart is visited by an old friend. When this friend suddenly goes missing, Sydney finds herself in a desperate race against time, not only to save her friend’s life, but also her relationship with Vincent.

With Michael wanting to spend more time with her in order to rekindle their relationship, Sydney’s life and emotions become ever more complex.

Trying to stay focused on the hunt for her missing friend, Sydney has to figure out who is telling her the truth; but most importantly, who is Mr. Yellow?

 

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To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on May 20th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the THIRTY-FIFTH Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly!

Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

Recent Release

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on May 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And, check out the other giveaways running on the blog:

 

Win a SIGNED Paperback of The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros–ENDS April 8

 

The Darkest Joy

Win a Paperback of Easy by Tammara Webber–ENDS April 8

 

Easy 2

Win SIGNED Paperbacks of The Dowser Series by Meghan Ciana Doidge–ENDS April 8

The Dowser Series

4 Will Win a Ebook of The Kiera Hudson Prequels 2 AND a Signed Print of the Cover–ENDS April 11

KHP2

Win 6 Awesome Novels in Celebration of 2000 FB Likes!–ENDS April 26

2000 Likes Giveaway



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