Tuesday, April 24, 2012

TEN Blurbs + Giveaway

mood: disbelieving
pandora/ipod: "don't stop believin'" by journey

Being an author is hard. Fun, but hard. I'm just going to put that out there for starters.

There are, however, some perks.  Like free books.  And getting to know other authors.

Every once in awhile, you have contact with someone - a writer, let's say - and it totally blows your mind because - let's say - this writer is kind of one of your personal idols, or this writer did a series of books based on one of the greatest T.V. shows of all time.

Let's say.

Let's say that I have two blurbs for TEN that I get to reveal today.  Let's say THEY BLEW MY FREAKING MIND AND OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE EITHER OF THESE WRITERS ACTUALLY READ MY BOOK LET ALONE ENJOYED IT!!!!!

Heh.  Sorry.  I'll simmer down.

Anyway, I have two amazing blurbs to reveal for TEN, and then we'll be playing a little giveaway game.  Ready?  Here we go.

The first is a from a friend, someone I've had the honor of meeting several times, who also happens to be one of the greatest horror authors around.  She just won her fifth Bram Stoker Award, oh and she wrote the Buffy the Vampire Slayer books...

"Gretchen McNeil's TEN is my new number one! I jumped at every creaking floorboard in my house and on the page. This is sure to be a teen thriller classic!" (Nancy Holder, Bram Stoker Award winning author of THE SCREAMING SEASON)

Yeah, I know. I'm totally blown away.

The second blurb actually made me cry. I got an email from this author late one Friday night, telling me he'd read and loved my book. It was like getting an email from J.D. Salinger. I mean, he's the freaking GODFATHER of YA HORROR!!!! And yes, I cried. With joy.

"TEN is a real page turner! Gretchen McNeil knows how to plot a thriller: Her setup is flawless and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat." (Christopher Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the THIRST series and REMEMBER ME)

OMG CAN YOU FREAKING BELIEVE THAT????

Sorry.

Okay, here's the giveaway part.  Three prizes:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: an ARC of TEN
TWO (2) RUNNERS UP: a copy of THE SCREAMING SEASON by Nancy Holder or REMEMBER ME by Christopher Pike (your choice)

Here's how to play.  Write a blurb for your favorite book.  Any book.  Here's the catch: it has to be TEN words or less.  ;)

Put the blurb in the comments along with your email address.  That gets you an entry to win the ARC of TEN.  I'll be choosing my favorite blurb!

Tweet the link to this page using the hashtag #TENBLURBS.  Every hashtag gets an entry to win the runners up prizes.  These will be chosen at random.

Easy, right?  And fun.  I hope.

Entry open to U.S. only.  Sorry, internationals.  Next time, I promise!  Contest closes this Friday.

43 comments:

  1. Wow hard challenge! Only 10 words ugh lol. Ok mine is for Cinder by Marissa Meyer, one of my favorite books of the year.

    "Who says fairy tales need princesses? Cyborgs are way cooler."

    and my email is amandapearl2books@yahoo.com (spammers no spamming!) lol thanks for this contest and congrats on your blurbs!

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  2. Ok this is hard, but will give it a go. Mine is from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.LOVED IT!...

    "Starting over's hard especially when insanity and murder are involved."

    *Phew* That took some ingenuity & I just realized it rhymes too(Cool). Pretty Fun contest & congrats on those awesome blurbs from Nancy holder & Christopher Pike! My e-mail is: lizzy9rule@gmail.com

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  3. OMFG!!!! You must be out of your mind with excitement. Congrats, Gretchen!

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  4. You know you're an author when your book is blurbed and you have several sequential heart attacks. Congratulations!!

    My favorite book right now is Masque of the Red Death from Bethany Griffin. So here goes nothing...

    "Griffin took Poe's Masque and made it more, better, creepier."

    Great contest idea but I had to really stretch my brain's limits (that afternoon nap feeling is starting to hit hard!).

    E-mail: oneohvt [at] gmail [dot] com

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  5. Wow, Christopher PIke has such good taste! Good on you, Gretchen. This book rocks the house!

    Paz y amor,

    Nancy

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  6. Um... let's see. Across the Universe by Beth Revis... "Trapped inside while in space, danger, mystery, murder, deception, thrilling!"

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  7. Congrats on the amazing blurbs! That's so exciting!

    So my most recent 5 star book was Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

    "Assassin nuns. Handmaidens of Death. Need I say more?"

    That book was ridiculously good. And I don't really know how else to describe it, so ten words (or I guess nine) was perfect. Thanks for the chance to win Ten. I can't wait to read it!

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    1. lol nope! I'm totally sold on those 6 words. That's pretty much all I knew about the book when I bought it lol

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  8. Ten word blurb for 'The Knife of Never Letting Go' by Patrick Ness:

    "Plunge into this knife and feel the noise: no silence!"

    Congrats for all the wonderful news and reviews in advance of Ten!
    Cheers,
    Eddie

    E-Mail: TheEddieLouise [at] gmail [dot] com

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  9. Congratulations on the blurbs!

    I did my blurb on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

    "24 go in. Only 1 lives. Will it be you?"

    This being as if the reader is a tribute.

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    1. My email is alishamb08@aol.com

      Sorry almost forgot that part! No spammers please!

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  10. OMG Congrats on the blurbs, Christopher Pike is definitely scream&cry-worthy!
    And tough challenge! I'm going to choose Wanderlove, my current favourite read of 2012.

    "Know that wherever you wander, you will discover."

    Thank you for doing the giveaway!
    ashleylovesbooksblog [at] gmail [dot] com

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  11. My Blurb is on one of my most favorite books of 2011 ' Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma'

    "Creepy and twisted. It hooks you and never lets go..."

    My email address jeahnellewoodley@yahoo.com
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  12. I thought my blurb was posted but ok...
    for Untraceable by S.R. Johannes
    "Looking deep within the woods, can be surprising and fatal"

    haha, I can't wait to read your book!!! :) great blurbs.
    lmarste@yahoo.com

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  13. Wow, congrats on same GREAT blurbs! That must be surreal!!

    My blurb is for 'Divergent' by Veronica Roth:
    "One city. One girl. One choice. Her world forever altered."

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kspear22@gmail.com

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  14. Wow this is so hard! Blurb for Divergent by Veronica Roth
    "I am both selfless and brave, I am divergent."
    I would love the chance to read your book the cover is amazing!
    danasquare3@aol.com

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  15. Hmmm... well I would say that this is hard, but it appears as though that has been covered... My book that I am doing a blurb on is "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin.

    "You'll be so confused that you'll have to love it!"

    10 words exactly. e-mail: kingmonday@hotmail.com

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  16. Hmmm....
    My favorite book of all time is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, in the Infernal Devices trilogy.
    So, this is my first one:
    'Love is never easy. Especially when evil people hate you.'
    But then I ACTUALLY read that. And I did a facepalm.
    So I rewrote it.
    'Demons, automatons, cute boys: what else could a girl want?'
    ^the exact reason why I should never have even tried to enter this contest. Hey, on the bright side, both were exactly ten words.
    By the way, AWESOME job with TEN- it looks amazing!
    My email is : emily@onemilysbookshelf.com.

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  17. I'm going old school horror on this one: Dracula.

    "Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' is a classic of Gothic nightmares!"

    philhall1969@gmail.com

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  18. I'm going back to my childhood for Ursula K. LeGuin's Tombs of Atuan:
    Little priestess tries to kill famous wizard in a labyrinth.

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  19. Hmm. I'll try one for Divergent by Veronica Roth.

    "A true roller-coaster ride. You'll be up all night!"

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  20. Ooh, tricky! I'm going to attempt a blurb for Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

    "Death's handmaidens: kicking butt one weaselly traitor at a time."

    startingthenextchapter(at)gmail.com

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  21. Oh boy..I'll attempt a blurb for The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa..

    "One girl, half fey, half human. What would you do?"

    And my email is peaceluvpigs(at)gmail.com

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  22. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving:
    God's Gift came in small a squeaky package.

    sassypants14 (at) gmail.com

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  23. All Right! I will blurb the Evernight series by claudia gray. "Star-crossed lovers, fights, brilliant humor, surround boarding school.

    I can't wait for Ten! Thanks for the giveaway!

    my email- rsblueviolet@gmail.com

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  24. My blurb for my favorite book of all time, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. Obviously I'd like to write more, but the book is just so incredible that the best any human being could be expected to do is stuff as many appropriate adjectives into the blurb is possible. I utilized the ellipsis to represent the extra 990 words that would have done it full justice.

    “Brilliant, astounding, narratively complex, and subtly philosophical… This generation’s masterwork!” - Jason Lalljee

    Can't wait to read TEN! Hope I win! Email: jasonlall9@aol.com

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  25. Everneath by Brodi Ashton: "When all else fails, love conquers, unless you are immortal with motives."

    Email: hastingsre (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Fivezenses/status/195601917601267712

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  26. For Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood!!!

    "Sisters must hide their true nature or die for it."

    I've only heard good things about TEN so far!! Can't wait to read it :) lazylibra at prodigy dot net!

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  27. When adults disappear, havoc ensues and I was completely enamored!
    For Gone by Maichael Grant

    email: aroomwithbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

    "Cried. Laughed. Then looked at the world a different way."

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    1. Aaaand I forgot my e-mail. >_>

      nerdfighterwriter@gmail.com

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  29. "Dark and gothic Wuthering Heights is the epitome of ghostly."
    Pam@eurobands.us

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  30. Young Governess. Brooding Byronic Hero. English moors. Read it now!
    mackenzilee(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. oh, and this was Jane Eyre, by the way. If that wasn't clear.... :)

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  31. "The dead don't always want to be forgotten"
    The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
    email: monalivia91@gmail.com
    -Olivia

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    1. I *love* that book. Have you read Desires of the Dead yet? It's chilling. I loved it so much!

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  32. OKAY! Wow Funness! Love Blurbing! Mine is:

    "The enemy is a piece of jewelry! I mean, EPIC!"

    That is blurb for: Lord of the Rings! BEST BOOK ON THE PLANET! Yaya! Can't wait to read Ten!

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  33. My favorite book I've read in a really long time is Hourglass by Myra McEntire. This book inspired me and gave me hope. It makes me question the universe, and it helped me in ways word cannot describe. My blurb is:
    "My world stopped as soon as the hourglass was flipped."
    I love books like TEN! I love horror and death in YA, It makes the plot so much more fun! TEN is right up my alley, and I cannot wait to read! (Also, you said the deadline was Friday, but did not specify a time. It's 11:11 ET, hope that's ok)
    Jill Kaplan
    email: booklovingal@gmail.com

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  34. *sigh* Truly a day late (and probably a dollar short). :-P

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  35. How awesome you got a blurb from Christopher Pike! Congrats! I used to love his books when I was younger, even though they scared me. When I read the synopsis of TEN, I immediately added it to my to-read list, because it kinda reminded me of Christopher Pike's books. I cannot wait to read it!!

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