Thursday, April 15, 2010

Come on Down and Win a Book!

I'm back from blog vacation! I've missed everyone, and I apologize for how absent I've been for the last few months. I'm ready to jump back in to the blog world and I thought I'd start with something fun.

One year ago today I sent the first query for my middle grade novel, Underground.

So to celebrate one year of being serious about my writing, returning to blogging after a month long hiatus, and having more than 200 supporters on the blog and on Twitter I've decided to give some books away.

Since I'm a bad decision maker, and I don't want to continue agonizing over what books might appeal to all of my blog readers, I've decided to leave it up to you.

So this is how it will work.

1. Tell me in the comments what book you've been dying to read and/or own. (I don't have access to any awesome ARCs, so make sure it's been released, okay?)

2. Follow this blog

3. Tweet or blog about this giveaway and tell me in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry

Do this before Sunday, April 18th at midnight EST. On Monday, April 19 I will randomly select 3 winners announce them on the blog and send them the book they chose.

That's it. Easy peasy right?

I'd also like to say thank you to all of you who follow, read and comment here. I've been amazed at how supportive this community has been since I started blogging 7 months ago. You make it fun--thanks for that. I look forward to catching up with everyone over the next few weeks.

*Yes it is open internationally! If you win I'll send you the book of your choice whether you live in Ohio or Australia.


Wendy Paine Miller said...

I've heard great things about Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

Glad you're back! And congratulations for over 200.
~ Wendy

Jen said...

Umm can I say surprise me!! There are several Young Adult books I would love to get my hands on so I'd have to do a bit of research!!! So for now I leave it blank and if I win I'll make sure the book is released!!

Glad your back and what a great way to come back!!! Congratulations on so many awesome followers!

I'll tweet about this tonight and you will have a place on my sidebar :)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Welcome back! :)
Aww, one year ago today. My how time flies.

Hmm, books I'd like to read:
Hex Hall
Radiant Shadows
Forest of Hands and Teeth
Time and Again

Happy Queryversary! :) xo

Janna Qualman said...

Whoo, finally! ;) Welcome back.

Elizabeth Berg's new one, The Last Time I Saw You. Or, I'd take a used copy of The Lovely Bones for my home library. (I read the Kindle version, but need a hard copy for craft reference.)

You're so generous! Super giveaway. :)

Aubrie said...

Glad to have you back!

Any YA books would be great. :)

Diane said...

Just wanted to say welcome back. :O)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

So happy to see you're back! I want to read SOMETHING MAYBE and EYES LIKE STARS.

Lisa said...



laurel said...

I've missed your cheerful comments in the blogosphere! Welcome back!

I'd like POSSIBILITES OF SAINTHOOD (it's been out for over a year).

I'll be adding a link to your contest in my sidebar. And I'm a long-term follower.

Susan R. Mills said...

Welcome back! I'll have to think about what book I'd like and get back to you.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

*waves* Hi, Natalie! Missed you, but I hope it was productive and fulfilling. I really need to take a writing/revision break, too.
If I win, I'll come up with a book--I'll never run out on my wish list!

Patti said...

Good to have you back, my mind is drawing a blank on the book, but I'm sure I could come up with something if asked.

L. T. Host said...

Welcome back!

I'd like NEFERTITI by Michele Moran.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yay! We've missed you. I think this is a great contest idea, Natalie! I've been wanting The Dead-Tossed Waves and Incarceron. :-)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Welcome back! I'm going to need a break soon too- life is beating me up right now!

I'd like Soulless by Gail Carriger.

beth said...

Ooo! I'm going to copy Shannon and say that I'd like a copy of Incarceron. Great idea for a contest, and congrats on the followers!

Terri Tiffany said...

Welcome back!!:)) Did you have a productive time off? I will be sure to Tweet this :)
I love books so wouldn't be choosy but I would like a good craft book on writing--one on Jody's list that I don't have:)

Derek Whisman said...

I keep wanting to read Maze Runner. I passed on it before in order to buy Hunger Games (which I loved). So now I'd like to give the Maze a shot.

Welcome back Natalie! I, myself, have been away from blogging too. It's a nice break, isn't it?

TerryLynnJohnson said...

good to see you back - and with a contest!
I'd love to read Uglies by Scott Westerfield.

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, what a great contest!! Glad you'll be back in the blogosphere.

I'd love to have Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (I think that's how you spell it...)

paulgreci said...

Hi Natalie, I'll look forward to your posts now that you are back. I'm intrigued by The Dead Tossed Waves. Love that title!!

Michelle McLean said...

Fun contest! Hmmm, I'll have to think about it and let you know my choice if I win LOL So many to choose from! :D

Jemi Fraser said...

Welcome back & fun contest!

I'm dying to read Leviathan & Hush, Hush

Jessica Nelson said...

Hope you had a great vacation! Sadly, there aren't many books I'm dying to read because I'm trying so hard to get through my TBR pile which is mostly a mix of wins and friend's books. Not that I'm not dying to read those, just saying I haven't been browsing any books lately.
Still, you can enter me if you want. *grin* I am a book addict, after all.
I follow you, but it's anonymously. If that doesn't count, no worries! :-)
Congrats on the one year mark!

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I want to read I CAPTURE THE CASTLE. And, also, perhaps WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE "POSSIBLY" EXPECTING. (Quotes mine.)

'Bout to tweet this contest out to my peeps!

Happy blogversary!

Vonna said...

My To Read pile is stacked beyond my reach, but I just wanted to say I'm glad you are back.

Anissa said...

Welcome back! I've been a bit absent lately as well. I keep meaning to pick up Going Bovine. Great idea! I love seeing all the books on people's lists. :)

P.S. Crab rangoon is totally easy. ;)

L.T. Elliot said...

I've been wanted to read The Adoration of Jenna Fox because I've heard such beautiful things about it.

Congratulations on one year of writing-wonderfulness! So glad you're back!

Brodie said...

Welcome back and congrats on your writing and followers!!!

Oooh awesome contest! I would love to enter if this is open internationally. Ahhh, choosing a book is so hard. I'll go with Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien - but I might change my mind, so we'll see if I win!

I follow your delightful blog and I tweeted -


bianca_riot said...

If International Entrants are ok, then please count me in!

-Ive been dying to read Hex Hall, it has an interesting cover, and its synopsis sounds good.
-Im following your blog

Aik said...

1. I've been dying to read Nefertiti by Michelle Moran!

2. I'm following your blog

3. Tweet:

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Precious said...

You're so generous! :) Please include me in the giveaway if this is open internationally!

I actually like a lot of books. Books that aren't available here in my country. Believe me, I've hunted in all the bookstores here and have been disappointed at the absence of books in my wishlist!

I follow your blog!

I tweeted here:

I'm dying to read Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken and The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I might finalize the decision, we'll see!

Thank you!

Talli Roland said...

Welcome back! I'm new here and I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts! :)

Heather Sunseri said...

Hey, Natalie! Welcome back! I hope your blog vacation was a good one! It's sometimes good to release a commitment in order to concentrate on other things.

But it's so fun to catch up with everyone once we're back!

The book coming to mind is The Help. I haven't gotten to read that yet.

Slamdunk said...

Welcome back!

I am a sucker for true adventure/mystery stories and want to read "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" by David Grann.

Mary Campbell said...

Hey Natalie - good to have you back and a contest is a great way to get us reading your blog again.
Congrats on the 200 followers.

Let's see - I'd really like to have the book Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass

I'm going to tweet this right now and I'm a follower

Kristin said...

Yay, Natalie! So happy you are back! I'd love a new middle grade to read! And congrats on the 200 followers. I hope your vacation was a blast!

kimberlyloomis said...

So awesome! And, as someone said above, Happy Queryversary! I would love to read/own: The Piano Teacher. I'm also posting this through FB for others to hear about your completely fabulous contest. :) Oh, and I'm going to officially follow you as soon as I post this comment.

Glad you're back and blogging!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Hey, welcome back!

Actually, I've been wanting to get my hands on Ally Carter's new book Heist Soceity. But I could go for any YA book right now. :)

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Voidwalker said...

Welcome back. No need to send me a book... I'm too tired at the moment to figure out one to put here.

Maria I. Morgan said...

Fun contest! Ran across a comment you left on Wendy's All in a Day's Thought blog and thought I'd check out your blog. Glad I did! I look forward to your next post.

I'd love for you to stop by Life Lessons @ your convenience! Have a blessed weekend!

Lola Sharp said...

Congrats on your queriversary!

What a generous contest!

If I should happen to win, I'll choose something. The books on my list right now I plan to buy over the weekend.

Happy Weekend!

davidfweisman said...

I'll give you a break. If I win, send me young adult fantasy or science fiction - whatever you have on hand.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I really don't want a book. What you have already given me is priceless : the realization that as you obtained an agent, I can, too.

So what I want is to wish you high sales on your new book and to give you thanks for having a delightful blog. I did become a follower. If you could take time out of your hectic schedule to look over my blog, WRITING IN THE CROSSHAIRS, I'd be deeply appreciative.

As a courtesy only, I am providing a link to it :

Have more success than you dreamed possible, Roland

Sandy Shin said...

Welcome back! I've missed you. *huggles* :)

One book that I've been dying to read is YEARBOOK by Allyson Condie. I've also tweeted about it here:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh no! The pressures on. I can't decide. I'll get back to you.

And thanks for Tweeting about the contest. :D

Lisa and Laura said...

Happy anniversary! Isn't crazy how fast time flies? We'd LOVE FALLEN by Lauren Kate! Great contest!

Anita Saxena said...

Welcome back!
I've enjoyed skimming everybody's reading wish list. I'm going to look into some of those titles.
I really want to read Shiver or The Sorceress.
Going to post this on my blog tomorrow morning. Have a great weekend!!

Sydnee said...

I've been dying to read: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and The Dark Devine.

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Ooh, great contest. I'd like Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I'll also go tweet you. :)

Anita Saxena said...

The link to your contest is posted!

T. Anne said...

OOH! I'd love Catching Fire. Is that the follow up from the Hunger Games? I hope I got it right. Welcome back!

Amanda J. said...

This is a great contest! I could have sworn I was already following your blog, but apparently I just make random visits via other people haha. I took care of that problem though. :)

I'd have to go with Hunger Games or Fire by Kristin Cashore - so many great YA books, how does one choose?!

Congrats on all the followers and welcome back!

(Post and sidebar linkage @

Jackee said...

Great party and GREAT blog, so glad I found it.

I've been dying to read When You Reach Me, but then again, I'm not picky--I have a huge TBR list.

Congrats on the 200+ and being done querying agents. I'll put a link to the giveaway on my blog sidebar.

Amy Jo Lavin said...

Great contest! I'd love THE SIX RULES OF MAYBE by Deb Caletti.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Wow! You are generous and kind. Congratulations on your one year, 200 follower mark. I am a follower of your lovely blog.

I would love any book you'd like to send me, except zombies, ghosts, witches or vampires. I write non-fiction, but also love fiction with happy endings.

Thank you!


Audrey; (AyC) said...

Hope you had a great blogcation! :)

I would love to read Finnikin of the Rocky by Melina Marchetta!
and I tweeted! link:

thanks for the awesome contest!

blueicegal said...

Thanks for the contest first of! ive just become a follower great blog btw keep it up :) i have seriously been dying to get a hold of rules of attraction by simone elkels , i just tweeted your contest@

my email in case you need to get in contact is,

Spav said...

I can't wait to read The Dark Divine and/or The Maze Runner.


bookaholic said...

This a wonderful giveaway and I would love to win a copy of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles or The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting!


Adam Heine said...

I need to read Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (you know, for research ;-).

Tweeted (albeit at the last minute):