In honor of the up coming anniversary of publishing You Are Mine, I am giving away the entire signed paperback series. All you have to do is ask a question, any question about books, the Mine series, Darkening Light series, or writing in general, and you’ll be entered to win. Best of luck to you!
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!
Want to win a paperback of all these books?
One lucky winner will receive one paperback book from each author on the hunt in my team, all of the books above! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, a teal team, a green team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Now to the fun stuff!
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting Jennifer Comeaux author of Ice Series: CROSSING THE ICE on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing.
Description: Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.
The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though…
The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?
CROSSING THE ICE begins when Courtney and Josh are 21 and 22, but they’ve known each other since they were young teenagers. Here is a bonus scene that takes place six years earlier!
“What do you want to do today to celebrate?” Mom asked as we finished breakfast in the hotel restaurant. “A national championship deserves something very special.”
I smiled and drank the last of my chocolate milk. My partner Mark and I had been skating together for four years, and we’d finally reached the top of the podium, winning the junior title in pairs. It had been the highlight of my fifteen-year life.
“Maybe we can go shopping… and look at iPods?” I gave Mom a hopeful grin.
“We might be able to do that.”
I did a jig in my seat and folded my linen napkin. “I’m gonna get some more fruit.”
I headed over to the buffet but stopped when I saw Josh Tucker, one of my competitors, looking at the fruit selection. He was a year older than me and so freaking cute with his shaggy dark hair and clear blue eyes. But we’d hardly spoken since we’d played Seven Minutes in Heaven (or rather, Seven Minutes in Hell) two years ago. I’d wanted him to be my first kiss so badly, but all we’d shared were seven minutes of near silence. Even though Josh was a super quiet guy, I’d hoped he would make just a little move on me. I’d gotten nothing.
Normally I didn’t go out of my way to talk to him because I still felt weird about that night, but I was feeling especially confident with my new champion status. I grabbed a small plate and hopped up to Josh’s side.
“I’ll fight you for that last piece of cantaloupe.”
He looked startled, and he fumbled the silver tongs and dropped them on the bar, causing a loud clang. “You can umm… you can have it.”
“I was just joking,” I said with a little laugh.
He echoed my laugh but with a nervous edge. “I know, but you… it’s yours.”
He offered me the tongs, keeping his head down. I reached for them, and our fingers brushed, sparking tingles from my scalp to my toes. Josh finally looked up at me, for only a few seconds, but the light in his eyes was enough for the tingles to flush my cheeks.
“Thanks.” I dipped my own head, suddenly not feeling so confident anymore.
“Excuse me.” An older lady tapped the arm of Josh’s Team USA jacket. “Can I get a picture with you and your partner?”
She motioned to me, and Josh and I both stammered while talking over each other.
“I’m not his partner,” I finished.
“Oh, sorry about that. Too many faces to keep straight,” she said.
“We can still take a picture with you,” Josh said.
I raised my eyebrows, but the lady was already handing her camera to the elderly man with her.
Josh and I set down our plates, and I waited for the lady to stand between us, but Josh led her to his opposite side so he was in the middle.
Next to me.
He hesitated a moment and then stretched his arm across my shoulders. It was wiry but solid. I inched closer and curved mine around his waist, slotting perfectly into the nook of his body.
Holy Romeo, he smells good.
The scent of his cologne was slightly sweet and made me light-headed. I barely registered the camera flash firing. I was too busy picturing Josh putting his other arm around me and giving me the kiss he owed me.
“Thank you, kids,” the lady said.
Josh slowly let his arm fall away from my shoulders, and he shuffled backward and shoved his hands in his jean pockets.
“That was hilarious,” he said. “I don’t look anything like Mark.”
“And I sure don’t look like Stephanie,” I said of his partner and sister. I was about to add, Don’t act like her either because she was a first-class snob, but I stopped myself from being rude.Josh’s eyes focused on mine, and it felt as if he was saying something to me he couldn’t say out loud. From the way he was looking at me, it had to be important. My pulse picked up more speed every second he waited to speak.
“Congratulations, by the way,” he said.
That didn’t seem like what he’d wanted to tell me, but I smiled anyway.
“Thanks. I saw you guys had a good comeback.”
He shrugged and looked down at his sneakers. “It wasn’t our best competition.”
“Josh!” Stephanie marched over to us and gave me a sidelong scowl. “What are you doing? We
have to go.”
“Oh… yeah… I forgot.” He turned back to me. “We have a meeting.”
My heart sank that he was leaving just as we’d actually started talking. Should I hint we could talk more later? How am I going to smoothly pull that off? And with Stephanie giving me the stink eye? I chickened out and said quietly, “Have fun.”
They walked away, and Josh glanced quickly at me over his shoulder. Stephanie didn’t give me another look (nor had she congratulated me, but that didn’t shock me). She was so easy to read. Unlike her brother.
I picked up my plate and plopped the slice of cantaloupe onto it. Standing so close to Josh had made me wonder for the millionth time what kissing him would’ve been like. He was so quiet and gentle that I imagined his kiss would be soft and sweet. The perfect first kiss. Not like the one my Homecoming date had given me. He’d practically cracked my teeth he’d crashed his mouth into mine so hard.
Why am I even still thinking about this? It had taken Josh and me two years to say more than five words to each other. At the rate we were going, we’d be thirty by the time we got to first base.
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Jennifer Comeaux, and more!
To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 13.
Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Find Melissa Giorgio HERE.
Enter to win ebooks of all my books!
Questions answered in part 1:
-If you were Serena’s mother, how would you cope with losing the man who had controlled your whole life?
-I’m really curious as to whose point of view the next book will be coming from?
-So I know Waverly’s story is next, but then can we have Bethany?
-What inspired you to write the Mine series?
-Were you afraid with the Mine series how readers would react to the women being mistreated/kept submissive?
-When can we expect book 3?
-Have you changed them a lot as you write and develop them or did you stick with an original idea as to where the story would lead?
-What makes a great author? What inspired you to write the series? Have you ever doubted choosing a writer’s path? Why? When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Winners announced. Questions answered in part 2:
-When did you first decide you wanted to take on the monumental task of writing a book, let alone a series?
-How many books will be in the series? When will the 3rd book release?
-How lond did it take you to write mine to spell?
-Have you ever traveled outside of the US? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
-While creating the world of Chardonia, how did you get the inspiration for the Tarnished?
-How much wood could a woodchuck, chuck- if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
-Where do you get your ideas?
-How did you decide on the covers you have for your books?
-If You Are Mine was made into a movie, who would you want to play Serena?
Missed Question (opps!): Do you identify with any of your characters? If so, which one(s) and in what way?
Also, I have to go through 28 pages today, not 48. Still a lot, but much more doable.
Thank you so much for all the questions!
Pass along copy was won by commenter #1 Havalah!
Because I totally forgot to ask for email addresses (derp! I blame being buried in Mine to Spell edits ;), if you would email your mailing address, Havalah, I’ll get it shipped out to you!
I have a paperback copy of You Are Mine that I can’t sell because it’s technically a proof. The thing is, it’s exactly like the final version, except for the word proof printed on the last page. I debated what to do with it when the idea hit me that hopefully some readers would enjoy. A Pass Along Paperback!
- You can read it if you haven’t already, but by saying you’d like to receive it, you’re promising to pass it on when you’re finished. If you’ve already read it and just want to pass it on, that’s fine, too.
- It can be passed on to anyone, so long as you think they’d enjoy it AND they are willing to pass it on when they finish it.
- I will pay postage to a US address for the first time only. Any other time it gets mailed, the mailer will have to pay the cost. (fyi, it can go as media mail which is only a couple bucks). Or you can give it away in person. 🙂
- You will have the option of writing your name and location in the book.
- You will also have the option of taking a picture with the book and sharing it with me on facebook, twitter, or email if you so desire.
Obviously I can’t make you pass it along, but please, if you don’t want to pass it along, either purchase a copy for yourself or wait until I have another giveaway. I will be giving away more paperback copies in the future, one of which will be soon.
If you’ve read over the list and would like the pass along copy, please leave a comment below. If more than one person would like it, I will use random.org to choose a winner.
You asked for:
It’s all here, plus extra swag, and one lucky person will also get:
Not the pen though, I’m using that to do lots of this:
How do you earn some of these
Make your own rule for the
Janeal will pick her favorites to be voted on August 19-23. The creator of the rule with the highest votes wins.
1 signed paperback copy of You Are Mine with notes written in by the author
You Are Mine bookmarks and postcards
$20 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)
A chance to name a character in Mine to Spell
Everyone (number will vary depending on how many good ones there are. There is NO limit) who is chosen as a top pick by Janeal to be voted on, except the grand prize winner, will receive the following:
A signed paperback copy of You Are Mine
You Are Mine bookmark and postcard
$10 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)
Everyone Who Enters
Will make Janeal tickled beyond belief over your awesomeness
1. You may enter as many different rules as you like.
2. Rules must be NEW. They cannot already be located in the Woman’s Canon. *see trailer and list below.
3. Rules must begin with the phrase ‘A woman’
4. Rules must be in by August 12, Janeal will pick her favorites which will be voted on August 19-23. The winner will be determined by YOU!
5. Rules must be rated PG. Janeal can and will delete any inappropriate entries.
For Fun and Ideas:
Made by Barth Entertained
Example list for the Woman’s Canon:
A woman is always graceful.
A woman never raises her voice.
A woman must always look her best.
A woman must always wear gloves when a warlock is present.
A woman must address her owner as Master.
A woman only wants what her Master wishes.
A woman must treat all warlocks with respect.
A woman is always watched by her Master.
A woman does not call out when beaten or hexed.
Must be 13+ to enter and legally able to win. There MUST be at least 10 entries. If there are less, only the grand prize will be given away.
If your rule is one of Janeal’s top picks, it may or may not end up in a future book. IF it does, credit will be given 100% to you for coming up with the rule, Janeal will discuss it with you first, and Janeal will think you’re the coolest reader on the planet.
Open to everyone except Janeal and her husband. And honestly folks, if her husband ever participated in something like this, she’d give him the grand prize just out of shock. But then she’d make another grand prize for you guys too, so no worries.
Entries will be for Janeal’s eyes only until after she picks her top choices. After that, rules will be open to anyway who would like to take a gander at them.
The past 4-6 weeks have been pretty crazy around here so it’s time for a little break. Seriously, my dreams now include tweeting, facebooking, emailing, and blog commenting. Love all these things, but prefer to keep my dreams a little more adventurous–spies, assassins, swoon, and the like. 😉
I will be offline May 19th – May 31st. Even though I won’t be on the internet, I still have something fun planned! Ask me anything you want. When I get back online, I will be answering your questions. Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments or fill out the the form.
And to make it even more fun, a random person or people who fill out the form will be chosen to win You Are Mine bookmarks. The number I giveaway will directly correlate to how many people fill out the form. The more people that fill it out, the higher % given away. So if you want a bookmark tweet/share/talk others into filling it out.
Hope you all have a fantastic twoish weeks!
Thank you all so much for your support and enthusiasm for You Are Mine and fun swag! I’m so glad that I didn’t have to pick the winner because I wouldn’t have been able to choose. You are all so fantastic! Sadly, there can only be one. The winner is…
#94 – Danielle!
Congratulations! She has 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen.
For those of you that didn’t win, can I ask a huge favor? If you haven’t already done so, would you please consider purchasing a copy of You Are Mine? And if you have already read it, would you tell someone about it today? Truthfully I hate to ask (makes me feel all awkward and weird), but the support would really help to fund future books.
And now that that awkward bit is over — Happy Wednesday! How’s your week going so far? Over here it’s good, but much too hot for May. Have a fabulous day!
On Tuesday I promised more details about why I’m giving away a mug, and here we are. I know it’s getting to be the warm season when hot drinks are being overtaken by icy cold ones, but I’m a rebel. I drink hot chocolate any time of the year, and so does the main character, Serena, in You Are Mine. Except I don’t drink the same type of hot chocolate as her. Mine is the regular hot chocolate like you can make with a mix. Hers is a hot chocolate, thick and rich, made only from scratch. It’s almost pudding like. And I thought, wouldn’t it be fun if I could make her hot chocolate? Yes, it would! I spent the winter figuring out this recipe. Let me tell you, it was one of my favorite writing related projects yet. The recipe below is fairly simple, just requires patient.
Also, I no longer like hot chocolate from a mix. I’ve been ruined to the easy hot chocolate life.
Don’t forget that you can win a mug to use for this rich recipe (or whatever else you like), along with bookmarks and a signed paperback of You Are Mine. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s a good sized mug. I’m quite in love with it. ♥
Giveaway now closed.
Continental US only.
If you can’t wait to see if you win the giveaway to meet Serena, you can buy You Are Mine at the following places.
Purchase You Are Mine:
Chardonian Hot Chocolate Recipe:
In a large sauce pan mix —
2/3 C. Sugar
3 T. Cornstarch
1/2 C. Cocoa powder
Dash of Salt
1/2 C. Water
Turn on medium low heat and stir until the mixture dissolves. Don’t wait too long or your cornstarch will start to thicken and you’ll have a harder time getting a nice, smooth consistency. Once dissolved, slowly add while whisking–
1 C. Milk
Then whisk in —
2 C. Milk
Turn to medium heat (I usually go one tick above medium) and stir constantly for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the mixture thickens. Do not boil.
Take off of heat, pour in your favorite mug, and enjoy!
*Note: Will thicken more as it cools. Also, it easily develops a skin so I like to keep a spoon in it as I drink and give it a little stir every once in a while. Optional: You may use less cornstarch or add more milk if you want it to not be quite so thick.
Let’s start with a little story. *passes out snacks* And stay tuned (or skip ahead) after the credits for a giveaway!
Once upon a time there was a girl who decided to self-publish her novel. The girl loved her novel and the way she felt about it was like she’d felt about no other book she’d written before. But the girl did a lot of research. The realities were kind of depressing. After much thinking, the girl decided depressing realities were fine, she’d just adjust her goal to fit reality. It was a good goal. Nice and small, fitting given the research. The girl thought she’d have to work hard to make it happen within the first three to six months. So she set out to do the best she could.
Yesterday, the girl officially published her novel. The girl was happy as several book sales happened. Then happiness turned to surprise when more happened. Then surprise into downright shock as she met her goal in one day. As the day drew to a close the girl wept tears of gratitude and joy as her goal was surpassed.
Today, the girl is giving something back. She doesn’t know what else the future will bring, but she does know she’s so very, very grateful for those who not only purchased the book, but loved it, rated it, reviewed it, and sometimes reviewed it on more than one site. And the girl is happy.
Also, the girl decided to do away with her expectations.
*after the credits bonus*
As this was all happening, both yesterday and as interest increased last week, I decided I wanted to give something back. I was originally planning on giving swag and ebooks away today, but your enthusiasm and support has made it so I can giveaway something special. Along with signed bookmarks and a mug (more about said mug on Friday!), I am giving away a signed paperback of You Are Mine.
I’m so thrilled to be able to do this. With my minuscule budget, it’s a rare thing, but one I hope can be repeated in the future. For now, I hope that you will all enter. And it would make me so, super happy if you would spread the word. You Are Mine has done well, but to continue doing well, it needs a lot of love and support. If you haven’t bought it, would you please consider doing so? And if you have purchased it, would you please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads? Thank you so, so much!
1 (one) Signed Paperback of You Are Mine
1 (one) You Are Mine Handcrafted Mug (hand wash only)
3 Signed Bookmarks
The following standard applies: I hate that I even have to say this, but… I WILL be checking the entries and deleting ones that are not legitimate, so no cheating. But I know you’re all too cool to go there
Please Note:Continental US only! Sorry! I hope to be able to do international some day! Must be 13 years or older and be legally able to win. Winner will be selected May 15 and must respond withing 24 hours or a new winner will be selected.