Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Party Time!

Happy December!

Can you feel the excitement in the air?

It's that time of year when the champagne flows, the waistline grows, and gifts and parties are on the mind. Well, at least they're on mine!

I'm throwing a party all month long and you're invited! So pour yourself a glass and pass the shortbread cookies. Here's how it works:

I have this stack of books I was going to take to the used book store, but then I thought how much more fun it would be to give them away on the blog. But I'm not just giving away books. You could win a bracelet or a gift card, a critique or an ARC. Yeah, this is going to be fun!

It's really easy to play along. All you have to do is follow this blog and leave a comment. Every follower who leaves a comment is automatically entered to win. And I'll be giving something away every time I post. Would you believe I have 12 posts planned for the month of December? It's my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Woohoo!!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, an ARC of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. Have you heard about this book? In a word, incredible!

This ARC actually was given to me by one of my true loves, Kathy Mullins at the Book Loft in Solvang. I've told you before how fabulous it is to be given books when I go to the book store. This is another awesome find that she sent my way.

Here's the blurb:

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.

There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Oh man, I get chills just thinking about it again! You can read more about the book (and the authors) over on Myra's blog. If you like paranormal YA, you'll love this book.

Of course, if that's not your thing, I'm all about choices. Alternate options for today's giveaway include TROY by Adéle Geras or a $10 gift card from Amazon. TROY is an award-winning YA about the epic siege on Troy, seen primarily through the eyes of a teenage girl. The Amazon gift card, well, you know what to do with that, don't you?!

I'll be randomly generating a winner on Friday.
All right people, party on!


Elana Johnson said...

Wow, cool! I'm in! What a great contest idea. :)

MeganRebekah said...

What a fun idea!
I already have Beautiful Creatures, but have been meaning to pick up Troy.

Oh, and pass the champagne... it's been a long day already!

Mim said...

This is a great idea! It makes me think of what I could give away, but I'm going to wait until the holiday season is over.

Myra McEntire said...

I ADORED THIS BOOK. But you know that. I'm so glad you liked it, too!

Catie S (Book Bound) said...

Awesome idea!!!
I love the holidays!!!

Susan R. Mills said...

Fun times! This is great. You are so generous.

Kelly Polark said...

Sherrie, you are so generous! What a great idea for December!
(and I'm glad the prizes aren't food, my waistline has grown since Halloween already... ;)

Suzy Thompson said...

what a great idea, and that book sounds wonderful. I'll have to add it to my must read list.

Tess said...

Check you out, party girl!

Don't enter me - I won the last fab contest here ("Runestone" was a really fun read, btw. My 15 y/o, my 10 y/o and I all read it over Thanksgiving break..thanks again!)

And, living in Solvang, OF COURSE you're passing out shortbread cookies. Yum!

(did I tell you my hubby is Danish? Lived in Denmark for a while? Loves Solvang cuz he can talk to the waitresses in Danish and get "real" Danish/Norwegian food? We used to go there from time to time when we lived in Ca -- but havent' been in years. Maybe someday :D )

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, funny, I was going to do an eight days of Hanuka giveaway! (but I wasn't sure I could keep it up that long :)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

yay!!! love the book and the contest.

Jean Michelle Miernik said...

Alright! What a nice thing to do. I'm excited about reading new books again now that NaNoWriMo is done. :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, man, I have actually been wanting that book - it's on my wishlist! What a sweet and generous contes!

Ummm, did I read something in there about cookies? ;-)

Sherrie Petersen said...

Elana: You're in!

MeganRebekah: A glass of bubbly would be nice right about now, huh?


Myra: I loved it. And I love the interview you did, too!

Catie: I love the holidays too :)

Susan: Glad you like!

Kelly: 'Tis the season to gain weight!

Scathing: I would love to read your review of the book :)

Tess: I'm glad you guys enjoyed Runestone. I'll have to send that Danish husband of yours some marzipan!

Corey: Great minds think alike :)

Shelli: I actually thought of you when I was reading this book. I know you'd like it!

Genie: This is a good one to immerse yourself in after NaNo :)

Shannon: It's a really good book. And yeah, the Danish shortbread out here is yummy :D

PJ Hoover said...

Fun, great idea, Sherrie! Thanks!

I already have/read Beautiful Creatures, so please put me in for TROY!

Rebecca Gomez said...

Hurray for PARTIES!

Rebecca Knight said...

What a great contest! :) Please enter me. Thanks so much!

Kristi Faith said...

That is a great 12 days of Christmas gift list. :0) Count me in for either one. I need to catch up on my reading.

lisa and laura said...

This is so fun Sherrie! What a great idea! Ooh and send Beautiful Creatures my way. DYING to read this book!

Scott said...

Great idea! Free books! Woo-hoo! Oh, wait, I think I heard a groan coming from my overflowing bookshelves. Oh well, certainly one more potential book on the shelf won't be the book that caused the shelves to come tumbling down . . . would it???

Sherrie Petersen said...

Mim: Glad you like it!

PJ: I'll enter you for Troy :)

Rebecca: I was in the mood for a good party :)

Rebecca Knight: You're welcome!

Kristi: Hope I can help you catch up with the reading :D

LiLa: You will LOVE Beautiful Creatures!

Scott: Don't worry about the shelf. That's what the floor is for!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Stop by sometime today. I left you a little something on my blog.

And I'd love to enter your contest while I'm here. :)

Barrie said...

Guess whose business card I just came across? Yours! And I'd forgotten how cute it is!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Woo! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I have now found you - awesome. And just in time for this cool contest. New follower.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Okay, entries are closed for this post. Check back tomorrow for a winner and a new prize!

Dawn Simon said...

I know you already selected a winner, but I wanted to say BEAUTIFUL CREATURES sounds really good! Plus, you mentioned the Book Loft at my blog! What a great place!

Darren Blair said...

Part time! Christmas is a time when we exchange presents, moments of happiness and party with friends and relatives .

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