Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WRWDC #RockTheDrop RT Convention 2015

I can't believe April is already half over but since I have no control over time I guess I have to accept it. The good part of it all is that two very fun events are drawing near---well three actually. 

 The first is a book/scavenger hunt event called #RockTheDrop Operation Teen Book Drop 2015 on April 16th 

  Operation Teen Book Drop 2015 will be held in honor of Support Teen Literature Day on Thursday, April 16th. Want to join in the fun? Here's how you can get involved: 
  * Follow @readergirlz on Twitter and tweet #rockthedrop 
Print a bookmark (see the images through the link below) and put it into a book (or 10!) On April 16th, drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?) Lucky finders will see that the book is part of the drop! 
*  Post about it! Save one of square images below and post it on your blog and social networks. 
Snap a photo of your drop and post it at the readergirlz Facebook page  and/or tweet the drop @readergirlz with the hashtag #rockthedrop 
  Visit our blogFacebook page, and  Twitter for more news and pictures before, during, and after the event!


It's all very exciting. I am going to be dropping a copy of LEGENDARY and CLAIMING EXCALIBUR as a part of the fun :) Be sure to watch out for them and other great books. 

The second is a signing I am doing THIS FRIDAY is a signing with a few of my fellow authors from my WRWDC chapter of the RWA. We will be at the Books-A-Million in Westminster MD from 11 am to 2 pm. So many great authors so many great books.
  WRW Pre-Retreat Signing_web_v2-2   

The third is the RT Convention in Dallas, TX! This is my biggest and favorite book even of 
the year (outside any release of my books ;P )

 I'm taking part in several events during the convention in addition to the Giant Book Fair and Teen Day parties on that Saturday May 16. 
~Tue 5/12- Spooky sleepover party 
~Wed 5/13- Burning Questions Panel 
~Wed 5/13- Mad Hatter Fantasy Tea Party
~Sat 5/16- Giant Book Fair YA Alley
~Sat 5/16- Teen Day Party 
~Sat 5/16- Speed Reading

There are great prizes, giveaways, books, prizes, swag and so much more that will rain down on the attendees of this great event. There are even some I'm going to be trying to get my hands on (an advanced copy of REAWAKENED by Colleen Houck among them!) 
 Click the PDF link below to see the 2015 Teen Day program 3.9.YA.Booklet.sm 

 All of this is coming up so quickly and I am just bursting with excitement! I have many great things lined up for the events. 
 <3 always LH  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2015 Spring YA Scavenger Hunt Team Green

It's finally time! The Spring #YASH is on and I'm on team green! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! 
At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt (a certain number that will stick out). Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt on my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours! There are EIGHT contests--one for each team-- going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! Each teams features 20 different authors totaling up to 120 books to be given away to 8 lucky winners.
And there is, of course, a ton of extra giveaways going on that most authors will host on their own blogs, so the chances of winning something is pretty great.

I seriously think I have the greatest of the 8 teams for this hunt! So many great books just on this team alone :) If you are still a little confused go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to get a better understanding. 
Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the displayed numbers of all the authors on the GREEN team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by 4/5/15, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Dahlia Adler

I am hosting Dahlia Adler and her book UNDER THE LIGHTS   
Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and a writer for the B&N Teen Blog at every spare moment in between. She is the author of Behind the Scenes, Last Will and Testament, and the upcoming Under the Lights. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here! http://dahliaadler.com   https://dailydahlia.wordpress.com/my-books/daylight-falls-series/

Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents’ wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls…opposite Vanessa Park, the one actor immune to his charms. (Not that he’s trying to charm her, of course.) Meanwhile, his drama-queen mother blackmails him into a new family reality TV show, with Josh in the starring role. Now that he’s in the spotlight—under everyone’s terms but his own—Josh has to decide whether a life as a superstar is the one he really wants.

Vanessa Park has always been certain about her path as an actor, despite her parents’ disapproval. But with all her relationships currently in upheaval, she’s painfully uncertain about everything else. When she meets her new career handler, Brianna, Van is relieved to have found someone she can rely on, now that her best friend, Ally, is at college across the country. But as feelings unexpectedly evolve beyond friendship, Van’s life reaches a whole new level of confusing. And she’ll have to choose between the one thing she’s always loved…and the person she never imagined she could.

“I still can’t believe I’m leaving,” Ally murmurs as I wrap my arms around her waist from behind and rest my chin on her head, both of us watching the sun sink below the Pacific from the edge of Josh’s backyard. “New York City’s got a lot of things, but it doesn’t have the ocean, and it definitely doesn’t have Malibu sunsets.” She reaches up and strokes my jaw. “Doesn’t have amazing boyfriends who throw fantastic parties, either.”
“I can’t really take credit for this, as I’m sure you can guess.”
She laughs. “No, but I’m guessing the massive display of French macarons was you’re doing, among other things. I love that there are stamps of you and Van all over this crazy thing.”
Seul le mieux pour ma petite amie.”
She shivers in my arms, despite the lack of breeze floating over the water. “God, I can’t believe how good you’ve gotten at French.”
“I’ve had an excellent tutor,” I remind her, dropping a kiss in her hair. It smells like the salt air mixed with coconut shampoo, and my gut twists when I realize it’ll be months at best before I smell that combination again. “So, are you having fun?”
“Mmmhmm.” She inhales deeply; I can feel her trying to imprint the sights, sounds, and smells of the beach to memory. It’s a relief to see her like this; sometimes I worry she’ll run off without looking back. “It was nice of everyone to do this. I’m gonna miss everyone.”
“We’re gonna miss you too, Al.” Understatement of the century, but I’m trying to force myself to nut up.
“Yeah?” She turns in my arms, her gray eyes shining a little, and I wonder if she really doesn’t know that.
I don’t answer; I’m afraid of what I’ll say if I do. Instead, I bend down and kiss her soft, familiar lips. She tastes like champagne and buttercream, sweet and addictive, and I can’t get enough. I kiss so many girls, for the show, for movies, for ads, but only one feels, tastes, smells this perfect. Only one feels like anything to me at all.
And she’s leaving, and I’ll be here, still kissing, always kissing, but never the one person I want to be.
“You okay?” she asks softly, brushing my hair back from my forehead. They want it long for the show, and while it’s not my preference, when she touches it like that, it’s hard to mind. “You seem a little…elsewhere.”
“I’m here,” I promise, kissing her forehead. “Trust me when I say there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. Except maybe alone with you in my apartment.”
She grins and snuggles closer. “I think that can probably be arranged later—”
“Hey, lovebirds—this isn’t a rom-com,” Josh calls out from the party. “Stop hogging the guest of honor, Holloway.”
I roll my eyes and debate running off with Ally down the sand, but she laughs and tugs me toward the crowd. “Come on. He got Columbia-blue Christmas lights for the palm trees. The least I can do is have a drink with him.”
God, I hate Josh sometimes. But I let her pull me, and we take shots with Josh, some of the guys, and a few of the Daylights Falls cast and crew. “Where’s Van?” she asks, but Josh just shrugs, and then we clink glasses and chug.
“Hey, Holloway—you ready for tomorrow?” asks Royce. “Let’s see those abs, bro.”
I cringe as Ally turns to me with confused surprise. She knows about the callback, of course, but I left the embarrassing ab display out of the story of meeting Scott Lassiter. The last thing I need my soon-to-be Ivy League girlfriend thinking about when she meets a bunch of freak-genius boys is that I’m basically a hooker. “There’s gonna be an ab showing?” she asks mock-innocently, fluttering her eyelashes.
Oh good, now I’m officially a joke. “Bitter much?” I snap at Royce. “Sorry you must be at least this tall to portray an adult in a movie now.”
“Burrrrn.” Josh cracks up and slaps me five while Royce gives me the finger. “You’re so jealous.”
“Whatever. There’s no way you’re doing this movie even if you get the part,” says Paz, grabbing another shot as one of the burlesque waitresses circles slowly around us with a tray. “Your show’s not gonna let you audition, are they, Cowan?”
Jamal raises his hands in the air. “I don’t even know what y’all are talking about. What movie?”
“Lassiter’s Iraq movie.” I take a shot too, and offer one to Ally, who shakes her head. “I auditioned a couple of weeks ago. Callback’s in three days.”
Ally squeezes my hand, and again my gut clenches, remembering there’s no going to her house after it; she won’t be there. I squeeze back with one hand, toss the shot back with the other.
“Oh, man, you got an audition for that? My agent tried his balls off, but no luck. They’ve already got a black guy, apparently.” Jamal rolls his eyes and takes another shot too.
“We ran into him at a club one night. Pure dumb luck.”
“And abs,” Paz says with a stupid grin. “Don’t forget the abs.”
I’m about to tell him to shut up when Ally’s free hand slides over said abs, warming my skin through the thin fabric of my shirt. “I could never. Trust me,” she says, cutting me off, and I have to kiss her again.
“You guys are the worst,” Royce says sourly. “I’m going to find Bridgid.”
“For the millionth time, Royce,” says Josh, “Bridgid does not like dudes.”
“Who cares? She’s wearing a bikini.” Royce disappears, and I think a few other guys too, but I’m not really paying much attention. I’m the one with the guest of honor, and judging by the way she’s kissing me back right now, I think she’s pretty happy with the party’s entertainment.
And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, L.H. Nicole, and more! To enter, you need to know that I just turned the big 30! Now you know my number, find the rest of the #TeamGreen numbers and add them all up to enter the big giveaways! 
<3 always LH
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