Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (ARC)

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Expected Publication September 1, 2011

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?

Every word you say, every number you see, and even the lies that come out of your mouth have a color, a taste and even its own personality - at least to Alison.

Alison has suffered all her life from a neurological condition known as synesthesia. Plagued by the horrible reactions her mother always had when Alison was a child, she tried to keep to herself and suffer in silence over the years. And she was successful - until the afternoon she got into a physical fight with her nemesis Tori. Her synesthesia went into hyperdrive and Tori disintegrated before her very eyes.

Deemed a danger to herself and possibly others, she was sent to a mental institute. With the help of Dr. Faraday, Alison learned to let go of her inhibitions and embraced her hyperactive senses. But with this release came knowledge of the true powers within her - and a reason for Tori's sudden disintegration.

I wasn't really sure what to expect once I read the synopsis for Ultraviolet. But I soon found myself both curious and intrigued by Alison's condition. Though the majority of this book takes place in a mental institution watching Alison fight an internal battle with herself, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself continually wanting to read 'just one more page'. But about three-fourths of the way through, the story suddenly shot straight out into left field. Though I was not initially fond of this deviation, R.J. Anderson managed to wrap her fingers around me once more before the end.

Pick this up. It's like nothing you've ever read and definitely worth the read.

ARC provided by Orchard via NetGalley.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Winners! Ordained Doodle-Graph and Metamorphosis ARCs

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Ordained Book Tour via The {Teen} Book Scene. There was a ton of interest in winning the only second edition copy I will sign with a personalized doodle-graph for the winner. So good luck to you all!
And the winner is...

Sarah Sally (sarah_sal90)

(Sarah has one week to respond to my email or I'll choose another winner)

Now on to the next set of giveaway winners I'm announcing today.

Thanks to everyone that entered to win a copy of my ARCs for Metamorphosis. There were enough entries for me to have 8 winners!
If you missed out on winning here, there are two more places you can currently enter to win a copy. Just scan up to my header and click on the links!

Reviews are beginning to trickle in. Catch one here.

And the winners are:

Sierra Cullen
Trista Siegel
Lieder Madchen
Lisa Richards

(all the winners have one week to respond to my email with a shipping address or I'll choose another winner)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Win a Doodle-Graph Copy of Ordained (INT)

Ordained is going on a book tour courtesy of
 The {Teen} Book Scene and the stops are as follows:

August 8: Missy at Missy Reads Reviews (Character Interview: Emily)
August 9: Melina at Reading Vacation (Review)
August 10: Nicole at Books Complete Me (Playlist)
August 11: Kim at The Book Butterfly (Author Interview w/ Book Lines)
August 12: Ivy at Ivy Reads (Review)
August 15: Lili at Chica Reader (Character Interview: Abby)
August 16: Nicole at Books Complete Me (Review)
August 17: Ivy at Ivy Reads (Teenage Garage Sale)
August 18: Corrine at Lost for Words (Author Book Picks)
August 19: Melina at Reading Vacation (Character This or That List)

To celebrate the tour, I wanna do something fun, so I'm gonna give away one copy of Ordained, signed with a personalized doodle-graph. What is a doodle-graph? Well, I've done only one thus far, for a first edition copy (for Laura YA Indie Princess). I've recently released a second edition to clean up some editing mistakes, so the winner of this giveaway will get the only doodle-graph I'll be doing for the second edition. Here's a pic of the first doodle-graph:

Click pic to enlarge

So how can you win a personalized doodle-graph? You have through August 20th [CST] to fill out the form linked below. This is an international giveaway and you don't have to do anything special to enter. But there are plenty of ways to earn extra entries if you want to!

Obviously, with this many entry possibilities, it'll be hard to check behind everyone. Therefore, I'm only gonna check to make sure that the winner has done everything they marked on the form. Please be honest with your submission entries and play fair. I would hate to disqualify the winner and be forced to choose another one. Good Luck! And as always, the winner will be chosen by Random.org.

When you're done here, check out my blog header for some ARC giveaways!!!

How to Enter: FORM and RAFFLECOPTER  
This contest has ended.
1. Fill out the FORM  (free entry, no obligation on your part)
2. Follow The Crazy Dream Blog (+1 entry)
3. Follow Dark Horse Books (+1 entry)
4. Become a fan or friend on GoodReads (+1 entry)
5. Follow me on Facebook (+1 entry)
6. Follow any or all of the bloggers participating in my book tour (1-7 entries)
7. Post comments on the tour posts (1-10 entries)(see below)
8. Add my countdown for Metamorphosis to your blog sidebar (+4 entries)

Now that you've filled out the form, you're welcome to earn even more extra entries by making comments on the posts associated with the tour! Just scan the Rafflecopter for the dates that you commented, click on I DID THIS and fill in your info. Links can be found within the Rafflecopter.

NOTE: Some of these blog posts may not appear until the afternoon, so check back if you don't see it.

Summer Giveaway Hop Winner!!!

Thanks to everyone that entered my giveaway.
About 300 people entered, but only 1 can win.

Congrats to

Elizabeth_14 (UK)
I'll be emailing you later today with details.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ordained Now Available Internationally Through GoodReads

Ordained is now available to purchase through GoodReads. I'm trying my best to make the ebook available for purchase for international readers. Currently, the ebook is available through Amazon (US, UK and DE), B&N Nook (US) and now GoodReads. For international readers outside these territories, your best option for reading Ordained at this time is via GoodReads (pdf and epub).

Read the first 20% of Ordained on GoodReads here.