Monday, November 7, 2011

Contest for Auction Bidders (Winners): LOTSA Books!

As a thank-you to you guys, here's a contest for contributing to the Haiti Relief Fund! Here are the books you could win!


To enter, comment on this post with your email address. State which prize (1 or 2 or BOTH) you want to win/be entered for.



Prize 1:
In the Shadow of the Master – Michael Connelly
The Kind Diet – Alicia Silverstone
A Year in High Heels – Camilla Morton

Prize 2:
Signed ARC of The Eternal Ones - Kirsten Miller


Rules:
- The winning bidders of The Haiti Relief Fund Auction
- Open to US Only
- This contest will end on November 25 at 4pm (GMT+8) unless this contest doesn't meet at least 35-40 entrants...then, it will be extended.
- Contest Policy applies.
- I will use The Contest Winner Picker for picking the winners for this contest.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Auction Outcome! We raised $800 for Haiti!

Hi guys!

Guess what?!?

We raised $800 for The Haiti Relief Fund! That's amazing!

Here's proof of the donation to the fund:


Thank you so much to everybody who bid and a BIG THANK YOU goes to these authors for donating to the auction!

Julia Karr
Bettina Restrepo
Beth Revis
Angela Morrison
Lauren Kate
Carrie Harris
Kody Keplinger
Amy Holder

Lisa Schroeder
Tessa Gratton
Kimberly Derting
Claudia Gray
Christina Gonzalez
Amy White
Carrie Jones
Amanda Howells
Inara Scott
Lindsey Levitt
Christine Johnson
Holly Cupala

Kirsten Miller
Tricia Rayburn

Karen Kincy
And a VERY SPECIAL, AWESOME PERSON

NOTE FOR BIDDERS: THERE'S GOING TO BE A SPECIAL CONTEST FOR YOU GUYS SOON, SO KEEP A LOOK OUT!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Auction 31: Signed Copy of Other by Karen Kincy + Swag!

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Karen Kincy

Item for Auction: Signed copy of Other.

Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate-into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and-most importantly-stay alive.

Conditions:
-US/Canada Only
-Ends November 3 at 11:59pm.



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Auction 30: Signed copy of Siren by Tricia Rayburn!

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Tricia Rayburn

Item for Auction: Signed copy of Siren.

Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.

Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.
Conditions:
-US/Canada Only
-Ends November 3 at 11:59pm.

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Auction 29: Signed Copy of Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala


Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Holly Cupala

Item for Auction: Signed copy of Tell Me A Secret.

Blurb:
Tell me a secret, and I'll tell you one…

In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.

Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.

Conditions:
-US/Canada Only
-Ends November 3 at 11:59pm.

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Auction 28: 10 Page Critique and Claire De Lune Swag from Christine Johnson!


Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Christine Johnson

Item for Auction: 10 Page Critique and Claire De Lune Swag!

About the Author:
Carrie is the author of Claire De Lune (May 18, 2010, Simon Pulse). She lives in Indianapolis and loves yoga and cooking, but she isn't really a movie person =)))

Conditions:
-Please refer to the How It Works page for critique submission guidelines.
-Ends EXTENSION: November 5 at 11:59pm.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Auction 27: YA ARC Pack!

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: A VERY COOL Person =)))

Item for Auction:
ARC of The Lying Game - Sara Shepard
ARC of Darkest Mercy - Melissa Marr

Conditions:
-US Only
-Ends November 2 at 11:59pm.



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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Auction 26: MEGA HarperTeen YA Box!

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: A VERY COOL Person =)))

Item for Auction:
The Year of Goodbyes – Debbie Levy
Guys Read: Funny Business – Jon Scieszka
Fat Vampire – Adam Rex
Firelight – Sophie Jordan
Paranormalcy – Kiersten White
Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover – Ally Carter
Game – Walter Dean Myers
I love you, Beth Cooper – Larry Doyle
I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore
I Am Number Four T-SHIRT

Conditions:
-US Only
-Ends November 1 at 11:59pm.




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Auction 25: Critique Package from Lindsey Leavitt (Princess for Hire)

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Lindsey Leavitt

Item for Auction: A 3-chapter critique (or full picture book) AND a query critique.

About the Author:
Lindsey Leavitt is the author of Princess for Hire (Disney Hyperion) and the forthcoming Sean Griswold's Head. She is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high-school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Part of bio taken from her site)

Conditions:
-Please refer to the How it Works page for critique submission guidelines.
-Ends November 1 at 11:59pm.



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Friday, October 28, 2011

Auction 24: Princess For Hire Package!

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Lindsey Leavitt

Item for Auction: 2 signed copies of Princess for Hire (release date: March 16, 2010), 1 signed copy of Sean Griswold's Head (release date: March 1, 2011)

Blurb:
(Princess for Hire)
When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you
A) run
B) faint
C) say yes?
For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of "Royal Rouge," she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.... In this winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

(Sean Griswold's Head)
Payton Gritas needs a focus object—something to focus her emotions on after discovering that her father’s been hiding his multiple sclerosis. Her guidance counselor suggested something inanimate but Payton chooses the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas, it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really noticed him before.

Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean’s big blond head, and her research quickly grows into something a little less scientific and a lot more crush-like. As Payton gets inside Sean’s head, Sean finds a way into her guarded heart. But obsessing over Sean won’t fix Payton’s fear of her dad’s illness. For that, she’ll have to focus on herself.


Conditions:
-US/Canada Only
-The highest bidder will get a signed copy of Princess for Hire AND a signed copy of Sean Griswold's Head
-The second highest bidder will get a signed copy of Princess for Hire
-Ends November 1 at 11:59pm.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Auction 23: Signed Copy of The Candidates (Delcroix Academy) by Inara Scott

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Inara Scott

Item for Auction: Signed copy of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates (release date: August 24th 2010)

Blurb:
Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.

But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she's special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome.

And then there's her mysterious new friend Jack, who can't stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn't convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her "gift" than they're letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.

Conditions:
-US/Canada Only
-Ends October 30 at 11:59pm.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Attention Auction Winners!

Hi guys!

The auctions aren't over yet. But for those auctions that are over, I'll start collecting money already so that I can send the lump sum as soon as possible to the charity! Winners, you will each be getting a Paypal money request email from cruzadiel@yahoo.com (my mom's Paypal). Once you've payed this, I will email you again from my email (regietc@gmail.com) and ask for your info such as your address, etc.

If you have any questions, email me at regietc@gmail.com

Thanks!
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Auction 22: Thirty Page Critique from Inara Scott (Delcroix Academy)

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Inara Scott

Item for Auction: A thirty page critique.

About the Author:
Inara is the author of The Candidates (Delcroix Academy 1) from Disney Hyperion. She hates the cold and she's addicted to yoga =)

Conditions:
-See the How It Works page to see the guidelines for critiques.
-Ends October 30 at 11:59pm.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Auction 21: Signed Copy of The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Amanda Howells

Item for Auction: Signed copy of The Summer of Skinny Dipping (release date: June 1, 2010)

Blurb:
"Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.
My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything...."

After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Mia is looking forward to spending a relaxing summer in the Hamptons with her glamorous cousins. But when she arrives she find her cousins distant, moody, and caught up with a fast crowd. Mia finds herself lonelier than ever, until she meets her next-door-neighbor, Simon Ross. And from the very first time he encourages her to go skinny dipping, she's caught in a current impossible to resist.

Conditions:
-US/Canada Only
-Ends October 29 at 11:59pm.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Auction 19: Signed Forget-Her-Nots Package!

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Amy White

Item for Auction: Signed copy of Forget-Her-Nots (release date: March 2nd 2010) and swag.

Blurb:

When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door, Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn't so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don't always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she's soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom.

Conditions:
-US/Canada Only
-Ends October 25 at 11:59pm.
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Auction 20: Signed Carrie Jones Package!

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Carrie Jones

Item for Auction: Signed copy of Need, signed copy of Captivate, signed copy of Girl, Hero.

Blurb:
(Need)
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

(Captivate)
Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

(Girl, Hero)

After landing a lead role in the high school musical, freshman Liliana Faltin is hoping for some stability and happiness in her life. But her mom's live-in boyfriend has a thing for booze, touching, and telling dark family secrets. And the other people in her world aren't exactly role-model material, either. Her unreliable father cries a lot, wears blue tights, and drives a little beige car. Her backstabbing best friend cares more about being popular than being real. And her older, married sister is showing up with big purple bruises on her face. Then there's Paolo, who's cute and nice and makes Lily want to recite romantic movie lines.
To deal, Lily writes letters to John Wayne. Sure, he's a dead movie cowboy, but at least the Duke knew about doing the right thing, about being a hero.
Now, Lily just needs to figure out how to be a hero herself

Conditions:
-US/Canada Only
-Ends October 26 at 8:00 pm.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Auction 18: Signed Copy of The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Christina Gonzalez

Item for Auction: Signed copy of The Red Umbrella (release date: May 11th 2010)

Blurb:
In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.


Conditions:
-US Only
-Ends October 22 at 11:59pm.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Auction 17: Signed ARC of Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Claudia Gray

Item for Auction: Signed ARC of Afterlife (release date: March 8th, 2011)

Blurb:
The fourth book in this electrifying vampire series has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s Evernight books runaway successes.

Having become what they feared most, Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They must return to Evernight Academy, Lucas as a vampire and Bianca as a wraith. But Lucas is haunted by demons, both personal and supernatural. Bianca must help him fight the evil inside him, combat the forces determined to drive them apart—and find the power to claim her destiny at last.

Readers have fallen in love with Bianca and Lucas, and they will be thrilled to read this exciting conclusion to their romantic adventure.


Conditions:
-Slight delay in sending
-US Only
-Ends October 21


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Auction 16: Signed Copies of Stargazer by Claudia Gray

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Claudia Gray

Item for Auction: TWO Signed copies of Stargazer (release date: 24th 2009)

Blurb:
Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning....


Conditions:
-The two highest bidders will get one each of the signed Stargazers.
-Slight delay in sending.
-US Only
-Ends on October 19 at 11:59pm.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Auction 15: Signed The Body Finder Package!


Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Kimberly Derting

Item for Auction: Signed ARC of Desires of the Dead, signed copy of The Body Finder (release date: March 16th, 2010), The Body Finder tote-bag, and The Body Finder swag!

Blurb:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.


Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


Conditions:
-US Only
-Ends October 19 at 11:59pm.

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Auction 14: 20 Page Critique From Tessa Gratton (Blood Magic)

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Tessa Gratton

Item for Auction: A twenty page critique.

About the Author:
Tessa Gratton is the author of the forthcoming Blood Magic (April 26th 2011, Random House Books for Young Readers). She was born in Okinawa, Japan and traveled around because her dad was in the US Navy. She graduated from University of Kansas in 2003 with a degree in Gender Studies. Check out her awesome website here: http://tessagratton.com/.

Conditions:
-She can only critique it in the last week (or last two weeks) of October.
-Please refer to the How It Works page for critique submission guidelines.
-Ends (extension) October 18 at 11:59pm.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Auction 13: Signed Copy of Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Lisa Schroeder

Item for Auction: Signed copy of Chasing Brooklyn.

Blurb:
Restless souls and empty hearts.

Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca died a year ago, and now their friend Gabe has died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there, waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca chasing her through her dreams.

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying so hard not to feel the pain of missing Lucca. But when he begins receiving messages from his dead brother, telling him to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.


Conditions:
-US Only
-Ends October 17 at 11:59pm.

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Auction 12: Two Critique Packages from Angela Morrison

Before you bid, please read the How It Works post if you haven't.

Donated by: Angela Morrison

Item for Auction:
Package One - Critique of first thirty pages of a YA novel OR query and synopsis.
Package Two - Critique of first thirty pages of a YA novel OR query and synopsis.

About the Author:
She is the author of Sing Me to Sleep (2010, Razorbill) and Taken by Storm (2009, Razorbill). Her other books include Unbroken Connection, the sequel to Taken by Storm and the forthcoming Cayman Summer, sequel of Unbroken Connection. She graduated from Brigham Young University and she has four children.

Conditions:
-The two highest bidders get either package.
-Please refer to the How it Works page for critique submission guidelines.
-Ends (extension) October 21 at 11:59pm.

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