Kick-Off Contest: YA Giveaway

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Laura Fitzgerald

Some of you may be old readers of my former blog, and hopefully some of you are new from parts unknown.  But to all of you, welcome! 

So how shall we kick things off? How about some free books to start you on your summer reading?  Does that sound good?

Well it better because check out the fabulous prizes I've collected for you:

One lucky winner will receive a dozen YA novels.  The prize pack contains a mix of both hardcovers and ARC's.  There is something for everyone in this prize pack; from paranormal romance to contemporary to dystopian.
How to Enter:

We'll be using a very simple point system in which each point gains you one entry ticket for the giveaway. 
+1 Answer one of the questions:  "Who is your favorite author?" or "What is your post-apocalyptic society survival skill?" (Or both if you like.  Points will only be awarded once.) 
+1 Link to my contest from your blog (provide link)
+1 Link to my contest from your Twitter or Google Buzz (provide link)

Please post your answers and links as a comment to this post.  

This contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and will end on Friday, June 18th.  The winner will be announced by June 25th on the blog and I will contact you then.  The winner will be chosen at random by means of 

Good luck to all of you.  And I look forward to getting to know you.  

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Elizabeth Briggs said...

Looking forward to reading your blog!

Favorite author: Brandon Sanderson! This was a hard decision, but I decided to pick him because I've loved every one of his books. Plus he seems like a pretty cool guy.

I tweeted about your contest here:

Jen said...

Post-apocalyptic society survival skill: Always have a weapon. Knives are good, 'cause they're easily concealed, and you don't have to worry about reloading them. Matches are handy, too. I mean, if there're zombies or vampires, or a convenient propane tank that hasn't lost all its gas, a match can cause enough mayhem to allow easy escape.

Just make sure you don't catch yourself on fire--or blow yourself up--in the process.

JoAnna said...

My favorite author is Roald Dahl. I'm not sure anyone could overwrite that spot for me.

Kate said...

Favourite post-apocalyptic society survival skill: tough call. I'm gonna go with botanical knowledge/foraging, because if I can identify plants, I have food & medicine. If this is a dystopian society, though, I'm gonna go with being able to make crap. Construction.

I tweeted, but I don't know how to link directly to it!

Kirsten said...

Favorite author: Right now I love (love love) Suzanne Collins. I'm in awe of her ability to craft suspense.

Blog link:

Twitter link:

Great contest! And your new blog looks great :)

Kate Haggard said...

Post-apocalyptic survival skill? I'm a good shot, with both firearms and a bow. I also like to think I could help keep the people around me entertained. Have to keep morale high somehow.

Plus a tweet for you:

Now excuse while I marvel at your Kenshin avatar and resist the urge to pull out my DVDs.

Lisa_Gibson said...

Hmmm, favorite current author is Suzanne Collins, although I too love Roald Dahl. My twitter link is Great giveaway!

Vanessa Di Gregorio said...

This is a great contest (too bad I live in Canada though and can't enter!)

I look forward to following your blog though!

(And just cause I feel like answering, my favourite author is Garth Nix... although Philip Pullman, Alice Hoffman, and Suzanne Collins are all pretty close!)

Anonymous said...

My favorite author is most likely Megan McCafferty. I just absolutely adore her writing style, and she is someone that I look up to when I think of my own writing. If I could ever write a book half as good as just one of hers, I would die a happy girl. :)

I tweeted about your contest here:

Kristi said...

Love the contest and the prizes!

My favorite author is definitely Stephen King. He's the first one that really got me addicted to reading and books in general so he'll always hold a special, if not scary, place in my heart!

Rebecca Mahoney said...

Favorite author: Neil Gaiman

And I tweeted about the contest here:

Anonymous said...

Survival skill: talking people into doing what I want.

...speaking of which, I really want to win those books. :-P


Sarah N Fisk said...

I think a dozen more books would collapse my poor bookshelf, but I'm going to risk it anyway!

I love the post-apoc survival skill question. I think mine would have to do with somehow knowing someone everywhere I go. Like running into my friend from Tampa in the Chicago airport on my way home to STL. It seems to me having friends everywhere you go would be useful.

I added a link to your contest in the sidebar of my blog:

And I tweeted!

Anonymous said...

My current favorite author is Diana Wynne Jones. I've been reading and re-reading HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and falling in love over and over.

+ 1 comment
+ 1 tweet (
+ 1 post in blog's sidebar (

LeishaMaw said...

My favorite author? Just one? I love, love, love Shannon Hale.

Tweeted (

Posted link in blog side bar. (

E. L. Schneider said...

Favorite Author?
Goes back to when I was a little girl - Roald Dahl...hands down.

Posted to my blog:

Link to Twitter:

Shallee said...

What an awesome contest. Favorite author is tough, and changes often, but right now I love Brandon Sanderson! His characters are amazing, as are his stories.

Blog link:


Margay said...

I have a lot of favorites, but Maggie Stiefvater is high on the list right now.



Jacqueline C. said...

My post-apocalyptic survival skill: Being observant - a very undervalued skill, in my opinion. Oh, and I can boil water :)

Buzz link:

Diana said...

Author de jour: John Green. Post-apocalyptic skill: humor, mostly. That or nunchucks.

Blog link:

Katrina L. Lantz said...

"What is your post-apocalyptic society survival skill?" A: Dull taste-buds allow me to eat for survival without my morale suffering in the least. This means raw potatoes. Oh yeah!

I linked from twitter here:

I linked from my blog here:

Deb Salisbury said...

What a fun way to start a new blog!

My favorite writer is Mercedes Lackey.

I posted about your contest here:


M.R.Bunderson said...

Favorite author: Shannon Hale
Survival skill: Starting a fire without matches, though post apocalyptic there might just be plenty of fire to go around.

+1 comment
+1 twitter, @mbunderson
+1 blog post

Renee G said...

My favorite author is Lincoln Child/Douglas Preston.

T.V and Book Addict said...

Love the blog! So cute! :)

My post apocalyptic skill is badass fighting skills and yeah, I can fly ;) (does it have to be realistic? not that it isn't of course!)


Laura Fitzgerald said...

Folks, I just have to tell you that I am LOVING your answers. Seriously, you all rock. ^_^

Becky Wallace said...

Favorite Author: Today it's Cinda Williams Chima.

Skill (even though I don't get extra points): I pee enough to water a garden (or maybe hydrate a village).


P.S. I'm so glad there are Sanderson fans out there. I love all his books. Any one read Elantris?

Laura Fitzgerald said...

@Becky Wallace Hahaha! I think I just snorted ginger ale out my nose because of your comment.

Re: P.S. I read it! ^_^ Elantris remains my favorite solo work of his up to this point. But...The Way of Kings is going be EPIC. I may have a new favorite soon.

Alleged Author said...

Post apocalyptic survival skills rock! I think zombies will take over and have memorized The Zombie Survival Guide. I will bash in my stairs to the second floor so zombies can't eat my family, thus saving us as a snack for another day. Am still building up a reserve of water and food in my closet as I write this.

Laura Pauling said...

My favorite author is Ally Carter. I'm looking forward to reading your blog! -blogged about it on Friday the 4th.

Wallace Family said...

@Laura Fitzgerald. Sorry about the ginger ale. That stuff burns! But, thanks for the tip on the The Way of Kings. My birthday is in August. I'll just ask for gift cards to spend on books. WAHOOO!!!

erica_henry said...

I tweeted @ericakhenry

My favorite author is P.C. Cast and L.J. Smith. I know that is two but I just can't choose between the two.

Danielle said...

1) Who is your favorite author? Stephen King!

3) Twitter Link:

Janine said...

1. Author: Rowling
2. I tweeted

Laci said...

+1 Author is Janet Evanoich
+1 Tweeted
+1 Blogged
Total of 3 points!

Anonymous said...

My favorite author is Keri Arthur. I can't wait to dive into Moon Sworn!

+1 I blogged:
+1 I tweeted:

3 entries total

Lexie said...

One of my favorite authors is J.K. Rowling. I know it sounds cliche but she is an exceptional writer and the most amazing imagination. It is no wonder she has sold millions of books!
I posted about this contest on my blog at:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great contest. I love Janice Hardy, Meggie Stievater, Melissa Marr, J.K. Rowling. . . .Sorry there's too many to name just one.

1 entry. Thanks for the contest.

Anne said...

My favorite author right now is Suzanne Collins and my p.a. skill would actually be shooting ( I wasn't half bad with an m-16 in the National Guard)
I tweeted--
and blogged --

salarsenッ said...

My favorite author has to be Jane Austen. There are so many I love today, but she epitomizes the romance for me.

I've but your giveaway in my sidebar and in my blog post for tomorrow--June 4th.

Tweeted you @SherWordsGirl

Oh, and I'm following you too.

salarsenッ said...

Hey Laura,

I told you I'd come back with the link.
Enjoy your day!!

Christa said...

+1 Answer one of the questions: "Who is your favorite author?"
My favorite author was C.S. Lewis & Gail Carson Levine when I was younger, now, though, the issue is a little foggy. : ) I don't like choosing favorite. However, I've been really enjoying Meg Cabot's work lately (Airhead, anyone?)
+1 Link to my contest from your blog
+1 Link to my contest from your Twitter

ambience.of.rain {at}
Thanks for the great contest!

Joanne Brothwell said...

Hi Laura,
Sheri linked me here, and I'm glad she did! I can't enter your contest because I'm living in a dang igloo up here in Canada!

I will mention my current favorite author - Thomas Sniegoski. I just picked up his book, "The Fallen" and I love it, love it, love it!

jpetroroy said...

+1 My favorite author is Meg Cabot and I can't wait to read Mockingjay!

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

Chersti Nieveen said...

"What is your post-apocalyptic society survival skill?" Run really really fast. And basically move to Gilligan's island since that will probably be the safest place to live because A.) no one ever dies on Gilligan's Island and B.) I can build any sort of weapon I'd need out of bamboo and coconuts.

+1 Above answer
+1 You are on my blogroll and noted under the contests section on my homepage (
+1 Link from Twitter (

Ladytink_534 said...

Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors. My post-apocalyptic survival skill is to get out of the city and out in the country in a defendable position.


bclement412 said...

+1 My favorite author is Suzanne Collins

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Riv Re said...

I can't pick a favorite author. Kristin Cashore, I suppose. And Maggie Stiefvater.


Shalena said...

+1 One of my favorite authors is Ally Carter (of the Gallagher Girl & Heist Society series).

+1 Tweet:

+1 Blog:

*Andye* said...

I almost had a heart attack when I saw your books! I want Nightshade SO badly, and I love Melissa Radiant Shadows....yay!

+1 My favorite author is always J.K. Rowling...but I think she's in a league of her own. SO, other than her, I would have to say Kristin Cashore. I love Graceling and Fire and can't wait for Bitterblue!

+1 Blog link

+1 Tweet

Great blog! Thanks for the giveaway!!


ReadingTeen1 at

Mel said...

Great way to kick off your blog.

+1 My favorite author is Tamora Pierce. She is the author that really got me hooked on reading as a teen, so she is tops for me. (Although Julie Kagawa has got me hooked now too--love the Iron Fey series!)

+1 Tweet

Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read your blog.

Becky said...

Hi, I'm a New follower! :)

+1 Answer - Post-Apocalyptic skill would be self-defense and weapon making... Definitely not with guns, because ammo runs out and then you're in trouble. Plus you'll be able to use the environment as part of your defense rather than trying to find a good place to shoot stuff. ;)

+1 Twitter -

+1 Link on my blog sidebar:


LoonyMoonyy said...

Favorite Author: Right now Is Melissa Marr. Not only are her books amazing, but she is so nice and funny. I hope to meet her face to face one day.


ally said...

+1 Who is your favorite author? Overall, I'd have to say J.K. Rowling who was the one that got me started in reading =)
+1 Link to my contest from your blog
+1 Google Buzz:

Awesome way to kick off your blog ;)!

literati_rain66 said...

+1 Favorite Author: Melissa Marr. No question.
+1 link on my blog under "links"
+1 for Tweeting about it


Tegan said...
Melissa Marr or Kelley Armstrong also a Huge fan of Ellen Hopkins.

+ Link on side bar notyourfaerytale.blogspot

Kris & Kels said...

I'm a follower :)
and a link shall appear at

My post-apocalyptic skill: common freaking sense and I have seen way too many horror movies. So I'm all set.

<3 Kelsey Leigh

Catie S (Book Bound) said...

+1 Answer one of the questions: "Who is your favorite author?"
My favorite author is Melissa Marr (Since I have to pick only one.)

+1 Link to contest on Twitter (

Ash said...

+1 Since I am incapable of picking just one favorite author, I will say that my survival skill is my ability to unify people. I can generally (don't think it would work so well with zombies) help keep groups of people (including small childrens) quite, calm, and able to work together.
I'll organize the few people left alive (and use that to take over the world... Bwa hahaha!)

+1 I also included a link to your blog in the giveaway section on a sidebar at

If I win, I will also link your blog to the books as I review each of the books!

Stacey said...

One of my favorite authors-Sarah Dessen,tweeted about contest here.

Love the contest it's awesome!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the oppurtunity to win these books ! I see Nightshade in the pile, and I've been wanting to read that book since forever ! So thanks for being so generous!

+1 Choosing a fave author is really hard. But if I had to choose one, I would choose Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely series). She's really nice. She replies to her readers and her writing is phenomenal !

+1 Tweeted bout this giveaway!

Total: 2

Thank you again !


Jenna said...

Awesome contest! I see a bunch of books in that pile that I have been dying to read.

+1 My favorite author is John Green. Not only for his writing, but his awesomeness in general.
+1 I tweeted:

Thanks for the great contest!


Maggie said...

+1 tweeted --
+1 answer -- My favorite author would be Maggie Stiefvater, I think. I'm in love with her books. :)

Thanks so much for this opportunity!!

Lynsey Newton said...

My favourite author is Maggie Stiefvater who writes the most wonderful books! I've tweeted this giveaway (@lynseynewton).

Thank you for such an amazing contest and good luck to everyone! Fingers crossed!

Jennzah said...

my favourite author is Jeri Smith Ready, and has been for years. i love her, she's amazing! :) and a good friend.

i RT'd this contest @jennzahling

Maidenveil said...

+1 I adore Cassandra Clare's writing!
+1 (contest sidebar at leftside)

Abby Stevens said...

+1 My favorite author is JK Rowling.


+1 (sidebar)

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Renae said...

Great new blog! My favorite author, Stephanie Meyer.

I posted on my blog...

Bethany Elizabeth said...

What an awesome majorly freaking amazing contest!! :)
Linked on my blog:
(right at the top of the sidebar, second contest)
And on Twitter:

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Oh, P.S. My favorite author is Jim Butcher, especially the Codex Alera.

Melissa said...

Oh sigh. Sometimes I hate that I live in Canada (only at times like this when contests or tv shows are for US residents only - otherwise I love Canada). Good luck to everyone who enters! This is a pretty crazy contest!

Anonymous said...

My favorite author is Cassandra Clare the author of the Mortal Instruments!!! I love those book there so good!!

Lindsay said...

My favorite author is Cassandra Clare the author of the Mortal Instruments!!! I love those book there so good!!

Lydia Kang said...

Great contest! My favorite author is Jane Austen, and my post-apocolyptic skill would be hunting.
I've just joined your blog (Nice to meet you!) and I'm going to link to my blog:

Jennifer said...

I'm not sure if this would be a post-apocalyptic skill or not, but I'd sure be pleased to have it - shooting lasers from my hands. It would solve so much - starting fires, keeping zombies away, hunting, etc. Not likely I'd have this skill, but if there can be zombies, I can have laser-shooting powers. It's only fair.

Posted a link to this entry at:

salarsenッ said...

Hi, I'm back with the link where I blogged you.

Tina said...

Post-apocalyptic survival skill: weapons (i.e. archery--took it as a kid--and shot-gun... I'm a hick what can I say) AND green thumb--I can make just about anything grow. Sue me, its two.

Posting this contest to twitter!

Lola Sharp said...

New follower here. *waves* Nice to meet you.

There is no way I could choose just one favorite author, my name is not Sophie. But since we're doing the post apocalyptic thing, I love Cormac McCarthy (all his books, he's a master at craft, but The Road is what made me thing p.a.).

Hmm, I'm damn good at finishing the job--the old double tap is my mantra, I'm resourceful and I never give up.

I'm putting you on my sidebar right now at:

And I'll put up a post about it either tomorrow (Fri. the 11th) or Sat.--and I'll come back with the link when it's up.

Awesome contest! Thanks.
authorlolasharp at gmail dot com

Kathryn Packer Roberts said... do you pick your favorite author? I would have to say either Charlotte Bronte or Louissa May Alcott. Touch choice.

Bloged about contest :
and Twittered:

Arch said...

well, I like quite a few authors but of late I have been reading some books by Thirty Umrigar and I would say she is surely one of my favourite authors...



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Lisa said...

Enter me! Favorite author: Maureen Johnson.

throuthehaze said...

+1 My favorite author is Gena Showalter

throuthehaze at gmail dot com said...

hi, my post apocalypse skill would be a mad skill for improvising something out of nothing -- MacGiverish.
Stopped in to this from the hop but stayed for the contest and to follow. Thanks and please come on by:

Anonymous said...

Great contest. Thanks for hosting it.

+1 This is a tough one--I have so many faves--but I'll say Laurie Halse Anderson.
+1 The link on my blog is
+1 The link on my Twitter account is

Tina said...

+1 My favorite author is Melina Marchetta. I read and loved Saving Francesca years ago, and have loved every book I've read by her since then. I'm a total penny pincher, but I was willing to pay shipping to get The Piper's Son as soon as it came out in Australia, since I wasn't willing to wait for it to come out in the U.S. It was worth every cent!

Thanks for the contest!

Latoya Alloway said...

My favorite author is John Grisham. +1

Great contest.

Rachel Bateman said...

Awesome contest!

My favorite author is Fyodor Dostoevsky. My favorit LIVING author is, um, maybe Sarah Dessen?

Blog link:

Twitter link:

Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

You rock! Thanks for the giveaway.

+1 Who is your favorite author? by personal preference at random from all my other favorite authors - Becca Fitzpatrick

+1 Link to contest from my blog on sidebar (

+1 Link to contest from my Twitter(

- Dahlia

L. Hild said...

This is an awesome giveaway!
+1 my favorite author is Alice Sebold

Anonymous said...

This is a really cool contest! My favorite author would be Stephenie Meyer because the Twilight books are inspirational ! Thanks !


Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

+1 Post-apocolyptic survival guide? We live on a military base so I hope with all the weapons, tanks, gear, etc. we’ll be set.

+1 tweeted:


Okapi said...

+1 Answer one of the questions: My favorite author is JK Rowling, who has a vivid imagination, and the complexities of her plotlines dazzle me.
+1 sidebar:
+1 tweeted:

Thanks so much! Every single book here looks AMAZING.

donnas said...

Favorite author is really hard but I would say right now its Cassandra Clare. Her series is my current fave.

Post and sidebar link -

tweet -

bacchus76 at myself dot com

twimom101 said...

+1 apocolyptic survival skill?? not sure. I like to think I would beable to last a little while at least. prob rationing food, plenty of knives, etc. but in case that doesn't do me any good...fav author? another hard one cause I have a few. Nic Sparks, Charlaine Harris, Richelle Mead. There are so many good ones.
+1 tweeted

angelatarantula said...

+1 my favorite author would have to be Joan Bauer. I know, her books are for younger kids... but they're just filled with so many good messages!
+1 blog link:
+1 tweeted: (@wefreadom)


thanks for the giveaway!! :)

Trini said...

+1 Favorite author..hhhmmm. Well it depends on which genre.
British Lit Classic- Emily Bronte
American Lit- John Steinbeck
YA paranormal-Cassandra Clare
YA Realistic fiction- Simone Elkeles
Adult paranormal- Sherrilyn Kenyon
Ok, I will stop there before I take up the whole page.
+1 Link in on my sidebar @
+1 Tweeted it @

Thanks for the contest!

Trini @ A Book-Lovers Review

Travis said...

It sounds cliche, but I'd have to say JK Rowling.

Tweet: (


Heather said...

+1 Favorite Author: Nicholas Sparks, Kelley Armstrong, and the list goes on.
+1 link on blog
+1 Tweeted:

Bianca said...

+1 Favorite Author - JK ROWLING. She is a genius!
+1 Tweeted:

Thank you so much! This is just a wicked good giveaway.
infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

rachel445 said...

Favorite author right now is Richelle Mead!


Liz L. said...

My favourite author...Oh, that's a toughie, I love so many. I have two favourites, Simon Holt and Rachel Vincent. I think, for your question, it'd be Rachel Vincent. :D

spazzzydragon13 at yahoo dot com

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Molly said...

It's still Friday! I hope I can still enter! :)

+1 I really love Roald Dahl and Maureen Johnson, although there are several others. Survival skill? Coffee. Used to make things smell better, and caffeinate, for optimal running-away-from-zombies ability.

+1 Aaaand LINK TIME!

Thank you!

theknittingnerd at gmail dot com. :)

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