Yesterday was November 24. This simple fact only occurred to me this morning after the coffee started brewing this morning. November 24th of 2008 was the day I began posting my cellphone novel 13 TO LIFE over at Textnovel.com . A year and a day later, my novel has won the first-ever cellphone novel contest in the western world, landed me an agent, a multibook deal with St. Martin's Press and is scheduled for release June 22, 2010 under the St. Martin's Griffin imprint.
It blows my mind.
So I want to do a little celebration to mark the occasion. If you know me, you know I believe even small things need to be celebrated. And, if you know me, you know I want what I do to help others.
First--the prize: TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by author Jay Asher. This is a hardcover YA novel I got at the Penguin Warehouse Booksale this year. I got a single copy initially. I read about 150 pages (and kept telling my husband and friends about it) and knew I needed to get more to give away. So we hauled back to the sale (an hour's drive easily) and I snatched up 2 other copies. I think I should have gotten even more, frankly, that's how amazing this book is.
Here's part of the Booklist blurb (found at Amazon.com):
When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He's one of 13 people who receive Hannah's story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah's voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah's voice (italicized) and Clay's thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions.
The awesomeness of this author's debut novel can only be experienced if you read it--and I want you to.
So here's the contest to win your copy of Th1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY:
- Leave a comment here with an email where I can get you in case you win.
- AND tell me the title and author of one YA novel you've read this year that you would recommend EVERYONE read. Those titles will go into my Holiday Book Blitz List which will be posted here so parents and teens can see what novels were recommended (before plunging into the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Saturday).
- The contest will run from NOW to Black Friday (that's November 27th at noon EST).
- On Black Friday we'll roll the dice to see who wins. Then I'll contact you through the email you left for a real address and ship out your book!
So. Hopefully this contest helps one lucky winner of the novel and helps parents, teens and authors with book shopping and holiday madness through YOUR recommendations.