midwinter (book) love giveaway

We're in middle of a very mild winter here in DC, and my week has been weird. On Monday I started a new job. It's at the same non-profit that I've worked for since 2010, but it's a new title, a new position, and they-don't-know-what-I'm-doing-yet-but-shhhh-don't-tell. On Tuesday I didn't wear a jacket. Wednesday: I stayed home sick (unrelated to going jacket-less on Tuesday). Thursday I survived, and then wrote a review in a coffee shop and had a Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich (YUM). And now it's Friday, and I have plans to read cute/fun and intense/dystopian books over the weekend. And maybe see a sappy movie with my girlfriends.


CLEARLY it is also time to host another giveaway. That's what this end of the week needs. So: giveaway. One entrant will receive their choice of the books listed below. Giveaway open internationally, will end February 16 at 11:59pm EST. All you have to do is fill out the FORM. Winner will be notified via email. Good luck!


Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin

Fans of romance don't need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers-known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it's their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can't stand to be in the same room. Still, it's a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on...

Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm. It's not until they're far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there's more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.


Ditched by Robin Mellom

High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.

Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat, handle first.

Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.

Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.

And then ditched her.

Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together -- stain by stain on her thrift-store dress -- exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag's moving car...

But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love.

Filled with humor, charm, and romance, Ditched: A Love Story by debut novelist Robin Mellom will have readers dreaming of love on their own prom nights.


The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

It starts with an itch you just can't shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you'll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you're dead.

When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back. Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival.

As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest. Because how will she go on if there isn't?

Megan Crewe crafts a powerful and gripping exploration of self-preservation, first love, and hope. Poignant and dizzying, this heart-wrenching story of one girl’s bravery and unbeatable spirit will leave readers fervently awaiting the next book in this standout new series.


Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks."

But nothing is what it seems, and Glory's reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along...

15 comments:

M.A.D. said...

These all sound so good, but I'm especially eager to read The Way We Fall!! :D
And thank you for the sweet giveaway~

Kristen M. said...

Congrats on the new job! I hope the weather is still mild when I'm in the DC area at the beginning of March. I'll be really bummed if a big snow storm comes in or something.

danya said...

Thanks very much for the giveaway, and congratulations on the new job! :)

Bee said...

This assortment of books is so quirky, I love it! Thank you SO much for the giveaway.

And I hope you're feeling better now and you enjoy your new job :)

Amy said...

Congrats on the new job, and I hope you are feeling better now. I live in Mass, and I can't believe how odd this winter has been. Not that I'm complaining about it being warmer than normal. :)

fredamans said...

Congrats on the new position. Rest assured they must think you know what you're doing or they wouldn't have promoted you. Have faith and walk forward. You'll be just fine! (((hugs)))

Liviania said...

Congrats on the new position! I hope your planned reading goes well.

Rose said...

Congratulations on the new job and WOW Chopsticks sounds REALLY, REALLY GOOD!

pepsivanilla said...

Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on your new job! These are all books that I want to read :)

ashley said...

Same here as to the weather but I don't think I'm brave enough not to wear a jacket lol!

LisaILJ said...

Chopsticks looks like a fantastic book. I saw a copy of it at ALA midwinter, and I can't wait to read it.

Aleksandra said...

We have quite cold & snowy winter here :( I usually love snow, but I hate the weather at this moment. Congrats on your new job & thanks for the giveaway! Great books to choose from :)

Ginny said...

yay for my talented and smart sister who got a new job at the same place (less stress all in all).

you rock.

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

I'm excited for Chopsticks! Thanks for the shot at winning!

Alyce said...

Congrats on the new job position! Thanks for the giveaway! Chopsticks looks very interesting.

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