25 June, 2014

Drift Blog Tour and Giveaway - INTL ends 7/3

Hey everyone! Today I'm featuring a book from Lee & Low's Tu Books imprint, a debut novel by M.K. Hutchins. I actually only got the book in the mail a few days ago, so I haven't finished reading enough to write a review yet. But that doesn't mean I can't share some info about it with you!

I like what I've read so far, so I've also decided to offer a giveaway of the hardcover (open internationally, ends 7/3/2014). Make sure you get all the way down to the end of the post and use the Rafflecopter widget to enter the giveaway.

On to the book!


Drift by M.K. Hutchins
Publication date: 15 June 2014 by Lee & Low/Tu Books
ISBN 10/13: 1620141450 | 9781620141458
Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound

About the book:

Tenjat lives on the shores of Hell, an ocean filled with ravenous naga monsters. His island, a massive Turtle, is slowed by the people living on its back. Only those poor enough to need children to support themselves in old age condescend to the shame of marriage. Tenjat is poor as poor gets, but he has a plan.

In the center of the island rises a giant Tree, where the Handlers—those who defend and rule the island—live. Against his sister’s wishes, Tenjat joins the Handlers. He couldn’t have picked a more dangerous time. The Turtle is nearing a coral reef where it desperately needs to feed, but the naga will swarm just before they reach it. Even novices like Tenjat are needed for the battle.

Can Tenjat discover his sister’s secrets in time? Will the possibility of love derail all his plans for a richer, marriage-free life? Long-held secrets will at last be revealed in this breathtaking debut from M. K. Hutchins.

About the author:

M.K. Hutchins's short fiction appears in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show and Daily Science Fiction.  She studied archaeology at BYU, which gave her the opportunity to compile histories from Maya glyphs, excavate in Belize, and work as a faunal analyst. Drift is her debut novel.





Are you intrigued?




Blog Tour Schedule


June 19: John Scalzi’s Whatever BlogM.K. Hutchins on worldbuilding and cultural ecology here
June 20: Supernatural Snark – M.K. Hutchins on being inspired by Maya mythology here.
June 23: It’s All About Books – M.K. Hutchins’ top 5 most influential books here.
June 25: Read Now Sleep Later - Spotlight and

June 26: The Brain Lair - M.K. Hutchins on tools of the trade here.

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Open internationally.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!

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20 June, 2014

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop - US ends 6/30

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop
June 21st to 30th

Hello again, book fans! Thanks to I am a Reader for another great giveaway hop. Make sure you hit the links at the end of the post (most bloggers will post their giveaway on Saturday, I'm just a little early) to enter to win more great books and prizes.

Today I'm giving away what is so far my favorite middle grade book of the year -- The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer! I haven't posted a review yet, since I chose it for my YABC (book club) pick and the first rule of book club is that you don't talk about the book before the meeting :) I will probably post a review on Amazon and link it since my clubmates don't really read my reviews there. But suffice to say for now that it's a phenomenal book, and I hope it wins many awards in the year to come! The giveaway is open to US only (ends 6/30) because I have to mail something breakable to the winner, but more on that later.


About the book


Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.


About the author

Tracy Holczer lives in Southern California with her husband, three daughters, and two rather fluffy dogs named Buster and Molly. She has a deep love for the mountains where she grew up so she writes them into her stories.

A 2014 ABA Indies Introduce New Voices pick, her debut middle grade, The Secret Hum of a Daisy, was written in praise of both nature and family, and all that can be found if you're willing to hunt for treasure. It will be also be published by Konigskinder/Carlsen in Germany, fall 2015.
Find out more:
Follow @tracyholczer on Twitter
Blogging on the 30th of each month at http://smack-dab-in-the-middle.blogspot.com
Buy the book:
Autographed copies (note request on the order or they won't know it needs to be autographed!) available at Once Upon a Time in Montrose, CA

The Giveaway (US only, ends 6/30)

1 signed hardcover copy of The Secret Hum of a Daisy

1 answer jar (here is the one Tracy made for me! Answers not provided, haha :) You can read a little more about the answer jar here.


Giveaway Rules:
  1. Open to US residents only.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  3. One set of entries per household please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address.
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends.
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner.
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here.
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks, and good luck!


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18 June, 2014

Trailer Tuesday (on a Wednesday)

Hi, everyone. I am a little late on Trailer Tuesday so you're getting trailers on Wednesday instead. There have been some fun trailers released in the last few weeks, so we hope you enjoy and let us know what you think of these in the comments below.



Delirium (Hulu) starring Emma Roberts will premiere this week on June 20. Who is going to tune in? I think I am one of the few people who has still not read Delirium, but this looks like it might be good. I like Emma Roberts enough and think she's make a good heroine. This trailer is pretty dramatic though so I may wait until I am in a drama mood (yes, I have a drama mood).




Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo was just released this week and this is the newest trailer for it. Again, very dramatic. Love this series though and can't wait to read the final book in the Grisha trilogy.




This is a new-ish trailer for Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. Maggie is such an amazing artist and I love all of her trailers. She usually does the art and music for all of them and I am  just amazed. I really like the artwork in this one and the animation. I wish the book cover had her original art instead of what it actually is (sorry, not a fan). Excited to read Cole's story.




The Merciless by Danielle Vega - Well this just looks creepy.

Those are all of the trailers I have for you guys today. Do any of these excite you? What books or movies are you looking forward to this summer?




13 June, 2014

Precious Blood T-Shirt Giveaway Ends (US - Ends 6/25)


Hi, everyone! I am still going through our giveaway boxes and I am finding lots of fun things to giveaway on the blog. Today we have cute lavender t-shirt that was a promo gift for Tonya Hurley's Precious Blood.  This shirt is new and unworn is a women's medium. Just a note that this is a baby-t type shirt and it's cut pretty small. I would say it's closer to a women's small. If this sounds like a prize you are interested in, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Your first entry is free. This is for US residents only and will end midnight on June 25, 2014. Good luck!

Giveaway Rules:
  1. Open to US residents only.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 
  3. One set of entries per household please. 
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. 
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. 
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner. 
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks!

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05 June, 2014

Getting the Words Out (6) - YA and Other Things I'm Not Ashamed of

So Slate posted a piece today about why adults should be embarrassed to read YA. I won't link to it; you can Google it, if you like. (I linked to a Facebook discussion, which in turn is linked to the article.) It's b.s. anyway.
 
Listen, there's things we should be ashamed of, and things that we really shouldn't be ashamed of.
 
For example, I am not ashamed (anymore) of having this on constant repeat:
 
 
I'm not a Miley Cyrus fan, but I do love Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, and this rendition of "We Can't Stop" is just freaking flawless. I've listened to it probably a hundred times in the last two days (I ran for about an hour with this as the only song on repeat, which is probably why my data usage was so high, but I digress), what of it? It makes me happy, and it doesn't hurt anybody, so why should you care?
 
You know what I am embarrassed about? I'm embarrassed it took me two weeks to find out about the hundreds of Nigerian girls kidnapped from a school (during a test, if that wasn't stressful enough) and that they have been sold into slavery/captive marriages and the knowledge that I am totally powerless to do anything about it. 
 
You know what I'm not ashamed of? Ending sentences with prepositions, and punctuating incomplete clauses. The 15-year-old me would have been like OH HELL NO, whereas the 35-year-old me, who has taken linguistics classes, and writes a lot for both recreational and professional reasons, knows the rules and when to break them. Rule-breaking in this manner occasionally serves a purpose, whether it's rhetoric/stylistic, humorous, or otherwise. But being ashamed of reading children's/middle graders'/teenagers' books, or for that matter, feeling guilt over pleasure (which I believe was the point of the Slate article), serves no purpose at all. 
 
"Live long and prosper." Isn't that enough anymore?
 
More things I'm not ashamed of as an adult:
playing video games
watching cartoons
collecting action figures and toys
having crushes on celebrities
posting endless cat photos on Instagram
swearing a lot
I was molested when I was a child
 
Some things I am ashamed of as an adult:
I often can't do anything tangible to fix giant problems like oppression in Thailand
I associate with some people who are still sexist/racist/otherwise-prejudiced to a painful degree in this day and age
I'm 35 and I still don't have a driver's license (I can drive, just not legally yet)
I'm terrible at budgeting (though I was really good at it when I was 12 and had an allowance that was something like $1 per weekday)
I'm very disorganized (again, a skill set I seem to have let go since I hit puberty)
 
Look, I'm not angry. Everyone's entitled to their opinion; I just reserve the right to disagree. I'm sure we're just seeing the first of the angry rants and tweets about this. However, I also think the best of the backlash has already been written
 
Bottom line: read what you like and don't hurt nobody.
 

EDIT:

Yet more thoughts on this matter:




02 June, 2014

Minnie in Paris - Giveaway (US only, ends 6/10) #MinnieinParis


Good morning, lovely readers! We have a great giveaway today from Disney Press.
MINNIE IN PARIS by Sheila Sweeny Higginson, Illustrated by Mike Wall is available now (in stores May 13, 2014) and you can enter to win the prize pack shown below! US addresses only, ends June 10, 2014.

About the book:

Fashion is Minnie's passion! And, as a result, she's been invited to show her bows on the runways of Paris!

At the airport, Minnie is so busy taking care of her nieces, Millie and Melody, that she accidentally switches suitcases with Penguini the magician--and finds that his suitcase is full of bunnies instead of bows! Minnie must round up the mischievous little bunnies, find Penguini, and make her bows in time for the show. Will she make it?

Readers are treated to a stunning tour of famous Parisian locations, from the Louvre to Tuilleries Gardens to the Eiffel tower, to a classic Parisian bistro—all in search of Penguini's bunnies.

This charming hardcover picture book comes with a code to access the Minnie in Paris eBook.

Scroll down to see the prizes, enter  and get a peek at some of the pages of Minnie in Paris!


Read your favorite stories with a Disney book bundle!

One (1) winner receives:
Minnie in Paris
Minnie’s Bow-Toons: Trouble Times Two
Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Follow That Sound
Sofia the First: The Royal Slumber Party

Sofia the First: The Enchanted Forest

Minnie in Paris is part of a new collection of books from Disney Publishing that includes digital content such as songs, eBooks, iPhones/iPads apps and more. Other titles in this collection include Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast, which includes a code to download the song “All You Desire,” Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Follow that Sound! which includes a code to download the Jake and the Neverland Pirates Shapes and Patterns app, Minnie: Trouble Times Two which includes a code to download the Minnie Bow Maker app and Sofia the First: The Royal Slumber Party which includes a code to download the Sofia the First: Story Theater app.






Giveaway Rules:
  1. Open to US residents only.
  2. We and the publishers are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 
  3. One set of entries per household please. 
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. 
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. 
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner. 
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks :)
All entries are optional but you need to complete at least one to be entered! Good luck!


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