Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Time to Celebrate! Win a copy of ENTWINED by Heather Dixon

It seems like I've had a ton of friends sign with agents, announce book deals, or have books come out in the last few months. Congratulations to all of them!


Today I wanted to honor my sweet friend and loyal critique partner, Karen Hooper, who sold her mermaid book, TANGLED TIDES, on Friday. YAY!!!


Karen is a master of fantasy. The world she builds in TANGLED TIDES is rich and magical, the story is brilliant, and the characters are deep and human (even though they aren't actually human). You will love this book.



To celebrate I'm going to give away my favorite debut so far this year, ENTWINED by Heather Dixon.

Entwined


I don't want to spoil the story for anyone who hasn't read it, so I'm only going to say five things about it:


1. I hadn't heard about ENTWINED until my 17-year-old sister picked it up from the library.

2. She gushed as she read it multiple times, finally convincing me to pick up a copy.

3. It's a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (probably my favorite fairy tale ever).

4. I LOVED IT. The story is as gorgeous as the cover.

5. Heather Dixon has the most entertaining blog I have ever read (and I've read A LOT of blogs). Seriously. Check it out.


You can watch the book trailer here.


All you have to do to win the book is follow my blog and leave a comment. I'll announce the winner Monday, July 25.


And to make it easy to leave a comment I'll ask two questions: What's your favorite debut so far this year? And HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO READ KAREN'S BOOK!?!?

23 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I didn't know about Karen's big news until now. Wow! I'm really excited for her. :D

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Aw, I LOVE that you're celebrating Karen's news <3 And also, I have to go find the 12 Dancing Princesses... I've never even heard of that fairytale!

My favorite debut this year? Wow. That is a TOUGH one. I loved SHATTER ME, though it hasn't come out yet. Also, DIVERGENT--awesome, awesome book.

And dude, I've ALREADY READ Karen's book. SO how about I tell you how excited I am TO SEE IT IN PRINT???

THIS MUCH! *Stretches arms impossibly wide*

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Aww, thanks so much for doing this, Nat. And for saying such kid stuff about my book. <3

Entwined is already in my TBR pile. I heard great things about it.

1.) I'm SOOOOOO excited about Karen's book. Probably more excited than anyone else. ;)
2.) My fav debut so far is Wither.

Thanks again!
xoxoxo

paulgreci said...

Congrats to Karen!!! :-) :-):-)

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

How exciting! Thanks for the giveaway. This is right up my alley. I'm writing a sequel to a fairytale right now, and I also just bought the original story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses for my daughters. So, this will be a great read.

kprwrite at hotmail dot com

Keisha Martin said...

Congrats to Karen=o) one day I will squee for your book Natalie. Thanks for the giveaway I have never read the Twelve Dancing Princesses I should check it out and then ENTWINED I love mermaids just as much as I love vamps.

Jemi Fraser said...

What a great way to celebrate a friend's book. There have been so many great books this year: Dogsled Dreams, Possession, Liar Society, Earthling Hero, Clockwork Angel... So many great ones!

Anita Saxena said...

I have a lot of favorites from this year. I enjoyed Posession by Elana Johnson and Across the Universe by Beth Revis and Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (although I think the last two debuted in 2010).

Bonnie said...

I'm really excited to read Karen's book. And there's so many wonderful debut books I'm having a hard time coming up with a favorite!

Alexandra Shostak said...

Dude, so I should totally win this BECAUSE when I was in middle school I was in a PLAY of the twelve dancing princesses. I was the bitchy princess. It was lots of fun, especially because my dad played the king.

My favorite debut so far this year is Rae Carson's THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS.

And I AM SO EXCITED TO REREAD KAREN'S BOOK OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN PHYSICAL COPY! YAY!

therainhouse said...

Oh, I already read Entwined and it was quite fun..

I can't decide what my favourite book is this year. Honestly, I can't.. I could give you a list of my favourite debuts in each genre..

Fantasy: Hounded by Kevin Hearne.
It made me laugh so much and it is just plain hilarious! I hope you'll read it too.

YA/Paranormal: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.

YA: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

I read the synopsis of Tangled Tides on Facebook and I can't stop grinning because I just love, love, love mermaid and siren and sea creature stories!

You don't have to enter me for the giveaway..

And for your benefit,

My favourite retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.. Have you read it? It's awesome, there's magic, romance, friendship, action! Oh, it's fantastic!

Princess of the Midnight Ball is pretty good too...

I love the ballgowns they use on the covers of these retellings.

Thanks so much Natalie!

Zoe

therainhouse said...

Oooh sorry! I made a mistake..

Love Story isn't Jennifer Echols' debut but you probably knew that..

Okay thanks so much for letting me comment. =) Zoe

Kimberly Krey said...

So I checked Karen's blog. I absolutely love her book cover, and the book sounds like the total package! The same goes for ENTWINED, and I'm really hoping to get my hands on it the old win-it-by-awesome-blog-contest way! I'll be checking out Heather's blog next.

Nicole Zoltack said...

My favorite this year - Possession. And I am so excited to read Karen's book!

Valia Lind said...

I loved loved The Girl in the Steel Corset. And Spellbound. And The Near Witch. And...im gonna stop there! lol
I cant wait for Karen's book! So awesome! :)

Diane said...

So excited for Karen!

I just read the book blurb on Entwined and yes, please!!! I have been reading a lot of Deeanne Gist lately and love her. :O)

PS-Glad you're back!!!

May-Day_Aura said...

This book sounds fantastic! I love fairy tales and retelling versions of them, especially dark ones. =)

I'm super excited about Karen's book. I've been a follower of her blog for a while and was instantly hook on her story ideas. I can't wait til her book hits the shelves so I can grab me a copy.

And my favorite debut of the year..."The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Boat of Her Own Making" by Catherynne M. Valente. Loved it!

darkangel_1988 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC - Memrie

My favorite debut so far this year would be a tie between Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams & Death Whispers by Tamara Rose Blodgett.
I'm ecstatic to read Tangled Tides because I love books that have mermaids, selkies, gorgons, & sirens in them. :)

darkangel231988(at)gmail(dot)com
Memrie

Patti said...

That is a gorgeous cover and I'm so excited to read Karen's book.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

LOVED Entwined! I went to school with Heather Dixon. ;) Entwined really was one of my favorite debuts this year. It was such a great book. Glad to see you're blogging again!! :D

Lydia K said...

That cover is gawgeous! I'd totally read it.

ASHLEY HOLT said...

My fav debut is Unearthly by Cynthia Hand!
& Very excited!

GFC- ashley

ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

TerryLynnJohnson said...

oh my gosh!!! I'm just getting back to blogging after a lengthy absence and reading all this great news! Congrats to Karen! I can't wait to read it! So fantastic!
Great way to celebrate here, I would love to read Entwined.
Now that's a tough question - can't name just one. My favourite debuts so far are:

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
OyMG by Amy Dominy