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Cathy Cassidy giveaway

Hello everyone. -waves-

I am participating in the YA Book Carnival hosted by Shooting Star Mag! This is going to be so exciting.

I recently had a chance to meet Cathy Cassidy, author of Ginger Snaps, Dizzy, Indigo Blue, Driftwood, Scarlett, Lucky Star, Sundae Girl and her latest book, Angel Cake. She has this lovely British accent (I think it’s British) and she was so sweet.

I am giving away two books and a notebook.

1st place: Sundae Girl by Cathy Cassidy (signed) and a notebook
1st Runner up: Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy (signed)
2nd Runner up: two bookmarks (not related to Cathy Cassidy)

View the signed copy of Sundae Girl.
View the signed copy of Dirtwood.
View the notebook (not signed).

This is an international giveaway. It ends July 1st.

Additional entries:
+1 link on sidebar to this contest
+1 every person you refer gives you one bonus entry
+3 become Google follower (I must be able to see my link in your sidebar under Google followers)

I shall leave you with this quote

Friendship makes the world go round
-Cathy Cassidy

Click here to view a badly taken pic of Cathy.

Interview with Marley Gibson and contest

To kick off June, I present to you MARLEY GIBSON!
What was your road to publication like?

Well…it was bumpy and had a lot of construction and detours, but I stayed on the road, gripping the wheel tightly and holding on for the ride…where ever it would take me. How’s that for a metaphor? LOL!! Seriously, though…it was rough. A lot of rejection. A lot. Two agents (one not so good; one very good) A lot of revisions and editorial letters and a lot of rewrites. Basically…I never gave up. Tenacity and perserverence will get you far!

Describe how you felt when you first saw the cover for Ghost Huntress.

Wow…I’m pretty sure I burst into tears. Not just because it’s sooooooo gorgeous and the artwork is fabulous, but because it has MY name on the cover. Made me feel very proud.

What was the hardest part of writing Ghost Huntress?

I have to say that it hasn’t been hard writing it at all. The characters are soooooo real to me. I see them like I can picture family and friends in my head. I guess the biggest challenge for me is that I work full-time and I have to make time in my schedule/life to write. The first two books flowed from me immediately, but I’ll admit it’s been hard finding time for the third book–that’s due in a couple of months–but I’ll get it done! = )

How long did it take for you to write Ghost Huntress?

I believe it took me 65 days of writing/editing. I banged it out pretty quickly because I saw the entire story in my head like a movie. It was very vivid to me and the characters’ voices really sang out to me. I believe I spent 55 writing days on GH2. We’ll see how it goes for GH3. =)

When did you begin to take interest in ghost hunting?

I became interested in ghost hunting after I came up with the idea for the series. I had no idea people actually went on ghost hunts. I had no idea there were TV shows out there featuring ghost hunters and the paranormal. I had no idea there were conventions and events where people gathered to do investigations of haunted places. I will say that getting involved in the paranormal community like this has vastly changed my life (for the better) with the amazing people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, and the support I’ve received.

What was your dream job when you were in high school?

Don’t laugh at me…but I used to play travel agent all the time. I always thought it would be cool to book other people’s travel and help them explore the planet. Ironically, even though my BA is in Advertising, I have spent a majority of my professional career as a meeting planner, planning corporate events and travel. So, I guess I sort of grew up to do my dream job as I’m planning travel for four executives here at my company every day. Then…to add to that, in high school, I wanted to be a doctor…a psychologist to be specific. Hmmm…maybe I would have found my way into the paranormal after all, dealing with psychic kids? LOL!

What are some exotic places you’ve been to while traveling?

I don’t know if I’d call them “exotic,” but certainly interesting! I’ve been to The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, Rolling Hills Sanitarium in Bethany, NY, Waverly Hills Sanitarium, in Louisville, KY, and the Palmer House Hotel in Sawk Centre, MN. Not exactly your high spots for tourist destinations, but each had their own uniqueness to them and provided great experiences.

Which is one haunted location you have yet to visit and would love to visit?

Although I’ve been to Paris three times, I’ve never had the chance to explore the underground catacombs that date back to the 18th century. The catacombs are massive tunnels full of human bones that the Parisians set up in 1785 when the cemeteries became too full. It’s now a “tourist” destination, but imagine the EVPs you could get in the tunnels. Imagine the energy that’s down there. Wow…

What advice would you give to someone who encountered a ghost?

Interesting question. Everyone’s encounters and experiences are different. I would say to breath, remain calm, be open to the experience and document it in any way that you can whether it be with your camera or a video or a voice recorder. Then, write down everything you experienced…smells, sounds, etc., so you have a record of it. Share your experiences, too. They’re quite special, I’ve found.

What book(s) are you working on right now?

Working on GHOST HUNTRESS: THE REASON right now! And have a blast with it.

Check out this hilarious spooky video interview!

Thanks Marley, it was fun having you. Marley was oh so sweet to provide a signed copy of Ghost Huntress: The Awakening to one lucky winner.


Open to US residents only
Contest ends 15 June
To qualify to enter, you must have a review blog!
To enter, just comment below. Try not to comment multiple times please.

To get extra points:
+1 link to the contest on your sidebar
+1 follow me on Twitter
+3 watch the video (link above) and comment with your thoughts on it.
+4 become a follower of Read This Book!

Buy Ghost Huntress: The Awakening today! You can read my review of it here.

Win Black Box by Julie Schumacher

Edit: The question is now up on www.twitter.com/readingthisbook! You have one week to send me your answers.

You have read my interview with Julie, and now, we have the contest to win Black Box! =)

Black Box synopsis: When Dora, Elena’s older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy Zenk—who failed at least one grade and wears black every day of the week. And at home, Elena’s parents keep arguing with each other. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal—even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear.

Sounds good? Now’s your chance to win it –signed!

The question will be posted on Twitter on Friday May 15, 9:45 AM Eastern Time. You have one week to reply to my question on Twitter with the correct answer. Remember to address your tweet to @readingthisbook.

Where can I find the answer?
Read the interview I did with Julie. =]

I’ll be drawing the name from a bag on May 22nd.

What’s the catch?
My Twitter updates are protected. Which means you have to follow me or you can’t answer the question! And you have to read the interview I did with Julie. ;D

To get extra entries:
Retweet! +1
Link to this contest on your blog/sidebar +2
Comment HERE to let me know where you retweeted/linked.

US residents only (I’m sorry international peeps). But I’m having a contest for international people soon. Stay tuned! Hopefully next week.

Win A Map Of The Known World

I held a mini contest a while back whereby you gave Stephanie Hale your birthday wishes and you are entered to win A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell (not sure whether pb or hc). But there are only five entries and I decided to give you another chance to win. This will not happen again. 😛 Those who commented here are already entered so no worries.

Recommend a book to me that is not a love story. Something sad please. Can be family issues, disorders, anything! But the book has to be out in paperback.

When commenting please put your comment number. Example:

I strongly recommend….
Comment: #6

Yes, start from comment #6!

US residents only, winners announced tomorrow (April 12).


Next month’s contests to look out for: Twitter contest!
And thanks for all the suggestions (keep ’em coming)! Would like to hear opinions of Sarah Dessen. 😉


Ahh my brain isn’t working well because of the migraine. If you got an email saying the contest ends Friday 13th April, I meant 10th April! It’s not wise to be blogging and emailling with a killer migraine and homework not done.


Interview with Tera Lynn Childs part three

My head hurts so bad right now. Killer migraine. So shall quickly blog. I’m still waiting reply from Melissa so I shall post Tera’s first. She’s the author of OH. MY. GODS.!

1. As a child, who was your fave cartoon character?

There were so many! My parents called me Bugs (for Bugs Bunny) and George (for Curious George), but I also loved Cinderella. I guess if I have to choose just one all-time favorite it would be Rainbow Brite.

2. Which subject were you least good in, in high school?
Um, sadly, English. I was a science girl and I just didn’t get grammar or literary analysis. Partly, it was because it didn’t seem relevant to my life, and partly it was that I didn’t identify with the books we had to read. I can count on one hand the books I read in school that I actually liked.

3. Did you love or dread Valentine’s Day in high school?

Neither? I was always equal parts hopeful that maybe my crush-du-jour would reveal that he secretly loved me too, and accepting that it was going to be just another day.

4. How were your grades like in high school?
I was a good girl with good grades. Mostly A’s with a few B’s. I was even in all the honors and AP classes.

5. How did you cope with homework?
I was (still am) a serious procrastinator. I always put off homework and papers and studying until the last possible moment. Unless an assignment was longer than about five pages I almost always put it off until the night before it was due. (I don’t necessarily recommend this approach, but it’s a process I still use today with my writing deadlines.)

6. What do you do when you are very stressed?
That depends on the type of stress. If I’m emotionally stressed out, I clean. If I’m just worried or overwhelmed, I go shopping–either at Target or a bookstore. I like to just browse, sometimes without even buying anything. It think it makes me feel better to wander.

7. If someone told you 10 years ago that you would be a writer, what would your reaction be?

When I stopped laughing I would have told them they were sadly mistaken. Ten years ago I had just graduated from college (with a degree in Theatre) and was applying to architecture schools. Writing was definitely not in my plans. (more…)

Win Death by Denim ARC!

Linda Gerber is giving away a signed ARC of DEATH BY DENIM along with this stylin’ skull and crossbones necklace. But there’s more, a basket of books – which will include a signed set of all three DEATH BY books – an iPod Shuffle, iTunes gift card and more! How exciting!

All you have to do is design and decorate anything denim and send the picture to Linda!

Hurry! Contest ends May 14, 2009.