Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ARC giveaway (but no #%@$ stickers!)


Dear friends,

Why hello! It's so good to see you again. Techie Boyfriend and I got back to the US about a week ago, whereupon I went to New York City for an unspeakably dreamy visit at HarperCollins, about which more in a future post. Now, we are crashing at Hippie Roommate's place (remember Hippie Roommate? She came into a rambling old house in the countryside which she is fixing up. I get to plant the flower garden!) while we figure out our next move.

I am in that exhilarating post-travel phase where I own precisely one hair elastic and one pair of socks, and had to borrow Hippie Roommate's underwear because I lost all of mine in the Lisbon airport and have been too busy writing Novel 2 to buy more.

I was planning to get exciting swag organized to give away with the ARCs—gift baskets! bags of fancy coffee to keep you 'wild awake' while reading! stickers! bookmarks! illuminated manuscripts hand-lettered by Trappist monks! But the stress of trying to put together Martha Stewart-level swaggery while not even wearing my own underwear was turning into me into some kind of hyperaggressive stress-monkey, so I pulled the plug on it and decided to write this post instead.

With this in mind: three lucky ARC winners will win an ARC. There will be no coffee beans. There will be no Trappist monks. There will be no pixelated and poorly cropped stickers I spent seven hours trying to design on this #%@$#% impossible sticker website and then ordered anyway, in desperation, because I felt like I had to make something. I may slip in a handwritten note scrawled between the hours of three and four AM, and if I do it will probably be too strange and revelatory and include wavering drawings of radios and bicycles and other things from the book.

Are you okay with this, oh potential ARC winners of mine? Are we cool?

If we are cool, and you are interested in getting an ARC of WILD AWAKE and no swag whatsoever, leave a comment below, and I will select three winners at random just as soon as I get this gum out of my hair.

Sincerely,

The Most Serene and Well-Organized Author on the Face of the Planet




109 comments:

  1. I am IN! (Already have my own trappist monk chained to a post in my basement so he can make beer for me forever. What?)

    Yay!

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  2. Just cut it out. And then pick me. ;)

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  3. No need for fancy swag -- I'm dying to read your book, not slap a sticker on my forehead. ; ]

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  4. OMG!!!!! Yes, yes, yes! I've been hearing so many amazing things about this book and I need it in my life! I thought it was out already and was looking for it, getting all impatient with the bookstore only to discover it is indeed NOT out. I seriously can't wait for the release, though if I get picked I will FREAK OUT!

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  5. I would LOVE one! Pretty please? Thanks for the chance!:)

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  6. Yes, please! Been hearing so much about your book!

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  7. Eeep!!! I'm ok with no swag. No worries!!!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  8. Oh please God of Random Luck, chose me. I'm going to do something that goes against the theory of random selection and spread the word, adding more numbers to the pool.

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  9. Give me one OR ELSE! I mean... uh... I'd take one if you'd so kindly give it to me.

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  10. Yay! I have kids . . . I have enough random swag cluttering up my house! I want the book! ;) Thank you.

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  11. Oh yah. I like what I see. Orange and shiny. Come to mama.

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  12. Ooooh I cannot wait to read the book!!! I've heard so many great things about it! No swag necessary :)

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  13. I'm ok with no sawg! I have heard so many great things! I really hope to win!

    pnh002@gmail.com

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  14. I think an ARC is swag enough! Congrats on getting your arcs, and for beginning another novel. :D

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  15. You are too much! Glad to hear you made it back safely, though your underwear did not. Obviously Lisbon is the place for panties to have a good time. ;)

    I would love a ARC. If you do include swag (half a piece of gum, a clipping of hair, or something equally ambiguous)I will celebrate with a special happy dance.

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  16. Keep a close eye on that hair band because it will try to make a run for it the first chance it gets... Trust me, I go through like hundreds of those a year... And you think I'm kidding...

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  17. Stickers? We just want the blasted book.

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  18. Welcome back! Book is totally swag-swaggy enough (I have a handmade crow bookmark that my kiddo made for me anyway, and she gets all bent out of shape if I use another, so in having none to give, you'd be doing me a favor, as it turns out, if I win). I am also a fan of strange and revelatory notes and drawings of radios and bicycles! See how things work out?! ;)

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  19. Love and do want! I have been dying to read this book =)

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  20. I #@&%@ the %%@#@#% #££@ and @$£%& so, so §%@!

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  21. I want an ARC. I don't even like swag!

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  22. I have been waiting patiently for this book. Plus, I have stickers. *sends "pick me" thoughts*

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  23. I'm so excited for your book! It's one I've been anticipating for a long while. (And I do admire your sticker-tenacity.) Thanks so much for the chance to win it. *crosses everything crossable*

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  24. I had to comment. The photo at the end made me. it looks like three a.m., everything is backwards, and I WANT A POST IT NOTE WITH A PICTURE OF A FLYING MONKEY ON. Oh, yeah, and a copy of the book, please!

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  25. Comment comment comment!!! Keep the swag, I just want the ARC!

    -- Tom

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  26. Loss of stickers ain't no thang - pick me!

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  27. Arcs are wayyy cooler than stickers :). So excited for this book it's insane!! The cover is so pretty!

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  28. Would love to read an ARC!

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  29. This made me LAUGH. And I would LOVE to read Wild Awake.

    Please, pretty please?

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  30. On the gum...try ice? Then pick me!

    Suerte!

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  31. I have four kids, two of which are under the age of three (the others are nine and ten). I need no stickers, as they will likely end up in any one of a number of places that have no business being stickered. I just want another book to read in those rare moments of peace and solitude I'm able to carve out of that far-too-short stretch of time while my kids lie sleeping! Please? Pretty please? Thank you?

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  32. Yeah, we cool. Can't wait to read your book!

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  33. Me! Me! Pick me!

    Yay, I won! (visualizing)

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  34. Ooh, ooh, I want one! (Also, I never cared much for swag anyway.)

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  35. I would love a copy! (And leave the gum in your hair, it adds character.)

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  36. For an ARC I'll trade you the underwear of the nearest Trappist monk.

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  37. Since I don't drink coffee anyway (*gasp*), no coffee is fine by me! I'd love to read the book a little early :)

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  38. I'm not the coffee type anyway, so I'll have to settle for an ARC ... sans gum, though, if you don't mind.

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  39. If you'll pick me, I'll make stickers and send them to the people who didn't win. :)

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  40. I'm in! I just really want to read that book!

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  41. Love the tone of your blog...can't wait to read the book!

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  42. I'd LOVE to win this ARC. Yay you! (Gum and all).

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  43. I'd love to win this ARC. This book sounds so cool...

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  44. Peanut Butter in the hair...ARC in my hands. <3

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  45. You need swag when you've got an ARC? I just want to read it :)

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  46. oh I'm in...cannot wait to read it =)

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  47. This is one hilarious post. Love it! Would love to read and review your book on my blog :-)

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

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  48. I wanna win! Please, oh please! I have been DYING foe Wild Awake! Good luck with the gum situation!
    @Desi_Gay

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  49. As disappointed as I am that there will be no coffee or monks, I am pretty dang excited about your book. I'm only kidding about the disappointed part...sorta :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  50. This is so cool. I love giveaways. Oh, and I wamt one!!

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  51. No worries, I'll buy my own stickers!

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  52. I would absolutely love to get a copy of this!!! Thanks for the chance. :D



    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  53. Good luck with your flower garden! And don't sweat the stickers. Sheesh -- writing an amazing novel so many people are as excited as I am to read is more than enough, don't you think?

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  54. I am entering this ARC giveaway for sure! I have been wanting to read this book. Thanks for giving this book nerd a chance. =)

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  55. I'm new here (and to the literary blogging world in general), but judging by the amount of comments, and the pure excitement and NEED for your book, I think I want in!

    And I definitely support taking care of yourself and your underwear situation rather than worrying about excessive swag. I think it's clear your fans will love you no matter what.

    I'm excited to read more of your blog and get to know you! Good luck with writing Novel 2, but for your own sake, please buy more underwear. :)

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  56. Hopefully you've had a chance to buy more underwear. At least Hippie Roommate wears the same size as you. Please pick me.

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  57. Your book sounds interesting, and I think an ARC is more fun than a sticker or coffee beans anyway, though I do like stickers and coffee beans too. :)

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  58. Getting just the ARC would be awesome enough!! although getting a strange note is always nice too : )

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  59. Who needs swag? The book is the best part!

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  60. Dude, do NOT worry about the swag. The book is the important thing. It's pretty and awesome and has your name on it!

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  61. Yah, be a handin thet thar ARC ovah ta meh.

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  62. I would be delighted to get an ARC. Congratulations on having a real physical book in your hands!

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  63. of course the ARC would be awesome even without the swag :)

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  64. Pick me! Pick me! Yayyyyy! Pick me! (Even my cat wants you to pick me!)

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  65. An ARC would be lovely, but if not I'm buying it anyway :)). super excited!

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  66. Been dreaming about this ARC ever since you teased us with it from North Africa...Oh, Sahara dreams!

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  67. The cover is just so pretty!! *admires until I die*

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  68. I'd love to play please :D

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  69. So pretty :-) And you crack me up, as always.

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  70. Would you, could you send one to Australia? It's okay if you can't. But I would LOVE IT!

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  71. Would love an ARC. You're awesome.

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  72. Would love to read your work, not sure about the stress involved sending it to South Africa??

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  73. I am dying to read this! No fancy coffee necessary, I have my own. :-)

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  74. Strangely enough, author swag just takes up my way too cluttered apartment. Winning an ARC with no swag would be like winning twice because I don't have to figure out what to do with the stuff!

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  75. Sticker websites are a nightmare, I don't blame you for getting frustrated. This Brit would love to read WILD AWAKE. :)

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  76. No swag! Don't need anymore things to throw out!

    Need book, please. Thank you.

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  77. Already have book on pre-order, but will happily pass that on. Can't wait!

    Also, I hate coffee, just like to smell the beans. Seriously, I kept a box of coffee beans on my desk instead of potpourri for, like, 4 years. Give it to the Trappist monks instead.

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  78. Sorry about Lisbon swallowing your underwear. Arc minus swag would be awesome. Equally awesome would be that note written between 3 and 4 am.

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  79. I want this! I voluteer to cook for a month if you pick me. And you can come visit me in my house in Italy and I shall drive you around!

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  80. I've heard that butter works for gum. Good luck with that.
    I'm looking forward to reading this book. Swag not required.

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  81. Oh yes I want to read your book and then I'll brag on http://heyireadyourbook.tumblr.com/ like all the cool kids.

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  82. We don't need swag! Your words are enough. :)

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  83. I'm dying to read this!

    Sincerely,

    A 2 days away from all her deadlines totally calm and not at all in denial Admin who would rather be reading your book than doing paperwork

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  84. Swag, meh. And did you know you can't comment on your site from an iPad?

    I'd love a copy of your book.

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  85. If this is international, enter me please! I would love to read your novel :)

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  86. Ack! Am I too late? Have you gotten the gum out of your hair yet? (he said, walking by and popping a Bazooka bubble over her head)

    Would love an ARC. Stoked, here.

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  87. I'd love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!
    saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

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  88. OH I would love a copy of WILD AWAKE! (as much as I hope the gum is out already, hope you haven't selected the winners yet...)

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  89. I would love an ARC! If you can mail to Ireland that is ...

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  90. Eek! Wearing someone else's underpants Wouk stress me out too...can't wait to read Wild Awake!

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  91. The book looks GORGEOUS. I'd love to read it.

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  92. No need for fancy swag. I can get coffee beans anywhere and I would use the stickers as bookmarks. An ARC would be a lot better anyways.

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  93. I'm in - even if I don't win I'll be buying Wild Awake when it comes out - can't wait!

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  94. Would be exciting to win! Good luck in the future with the book! :)

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  95. I would LOVE to read your book, thanks for the giveaway!

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  96. I absolutely want an ARC of your book but I can't bear the idea of a sticker ruining the experience of enjoying it, unless there are extra stickers...

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  97. I would like an ARC! Although I am also a fan of terrible stickers.

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