Saturday, October 25, 2014

Announcing the 2014 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway!

YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt

Hey guys!  I’m so excited to announce the first ever YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt.  It will be starting this Sunday, October 26, and going through Wednesday, October 29.  It features 28 fabulous YA contemporary authors with great guest posts, interviews, and tons of fun prizes.  Each author is hosting their own giveaway but there will also be two international giveaways hosted by myself and Montana from The Book Belles.

To help spread the word about the event, Montana and I are hosting two international giveaways for a contemporary book of your choice.  Enter below and happy hunting!

P.S. Make sure to head over to The Book Belles and tell Montana how awesome she is for putting this together.  I’ve been so busy with school, I did pretty much nothing to help.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 YA Contemporary Challenge: June Reviews + Giveaway!

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It’s that time again!  Time to link up your June reviews and be entered for a chance to win some great books!

Okay so here’s what you have to do to be entered to win the awesome prize pack for June!
-Fill out the Rafflecopter!
-Link up your reviews so other participants can check them out!
-Remember that for a book to count it must have been published in 2014!

What do you have the chance to win this month?

June Contemporary Challenge

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2014 YA Contemporary Challenge: March Reviews + Giveaway!

We are already over halfway through the third month of the 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge.  I don’t know about you guys but I’ve already had the chance to read a few amazing contemporaries!  Also, since this post is a bit late this month (the switch to WordPress and my new job threw me off a little bit) Montana and I will be keeping the linky and giveaway open for a few extra days.  =)

Okay so here’s what you have to do to be entered to win the awesome prize pack for March!
-Fill out the Rafflecopter!
-Link up your reviews so other participants can check them out!
-Remember that for a book to count it must have been published in 2014!

What do you have the chance to win this month?

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An ARC of What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
A copy of The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Assorted swag!

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 YA Contemporary Challenge: February Reviews + Giveaway!

We are already halfway through the second month of the 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge.  I don’t know about you guys but I’ve already had the chance to read a few amazing contemporaries!

Okay so here’s what you have to do to be entered to win the awesome prize pack for February!
-Fill out the Rafflecopter! 
-Link up your reviews so other participants can check them out!
-Remember that for a book to count it must have been published in 2014!

Copy of Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
Copy of Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Swag for Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans


Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 YA Contemporary Challenge: January Reviews + Giveaway!

We are already halfway through the first month of the 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge.  I don’t know about you guys but I’ve already had the chance to read a few amazing contemporaries (one of which is included in this giveaway!)

Okay so here’s what you have to do to be entered to win the awesome prize pack for January!
-Fill out the Rafflecopter!
-Link up your reviews so other participants can check them out!

Signed copy of Going Rogue by Robin Benway
Copy of Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Swag for Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 YA Contemporary Challenge!

Contemporary YA has always been my favorite genre. Sarah Dessen is really the author that got me into reading. My blog would not exist without her books so I figure this is the perfect way to honor those books! So for the third year, I will be hosting the YA Contemporary Challenge and this year I have a new co-host, Montana from The Book Belles.  I wouldn’t be doing this without her help!  

Levels:
Level 1: 5+ books
Level 2: 10+ books
Level 3: 15+ books

Rules:
You can read any contemporary YA novel that is published between January 1, 2014 and December 30, 2014 but you must read them in 2014! (All formats accepted: paperback, ARC, e-book)

Books included:
I have created a Goodreads group for the challenge.  Included in the group is a shelf where I have added and will continue to add contemporary YA books being published in 2014. Members of the group can also add books if they are missing. 

Goodreads group

Authors:
If you have a contemporary YA book coming out in 2014 I would love it if you would participate. I would love it if you would be interested in donating swag/books or being featured here on Katie’s Book Blog or over on The Book Belles. If you are interested, email me at katieb206 at gmail dot com or Montana at bookbelles at gmail dot com.

Participants:
Anyone who has a blog or a Goodreads where they can post reviews is eligible to participate.

Why you should participate:
Contemporary YA is an awesome genre. Isn’t that enough of a reason?

If not, there will also be giveaways throughout the year as well as one grand prize giveaway at the end of the year. Does that motivate you? =)

How to sign up:
Create a list on your blog or Goodreads with your list of books. You can create a list of books that you want to read or start a blank list and add the books as you read them. Once you have created your list come back here and add it to the linky below! Make sure that you post it on the same blog/Goodreads that you are going to post your reviews on throughout the year.

Sign-ups end May 1, 2014.

Friday, August 2, 2013

YA Contemporary Challenge: Review Link-Up!

You guys, I am the worst blogger ever. I know it’s been a few months since I posted the last linky for the contemporary challenge. I am so sorry! Life got busy and the blog really just had to take a back seat for a while. I’m back now and I promise that from here on out I will have one of these up every month.

However, to make up for the months I’ve missed, I’m going to give away 5 books instead of just 1 this time. There will be 5 winners and each winner will receive one book. The books include The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, How To Love by Katie Cotugno, Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton, Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt, and When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney.

If you reviewed a young adult contemporary novel in the past few months (published in 2013) add your link to the linky below.  The book does not have to be published to count but it must be published sometime in 2013.  You must be participating in the 2013 YA Contemporary Challenge to link your reviews and be eligible for the giveaway.  

You only need to use the Rafflecopter for your first review.  It’s just so I have a way to contact the winner.   


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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge: May Reviews!

It’s the fifth month of the YA Contemporary Challenge for 2013!  If you review a young adult contemporary novel in May (published in 2013) add your link to the linky below.  The book does not have to be published to count but it must be published sometime in 2013.  You must be participating in the 2013 YA Contemporary Challenge to link your reviews and be eligible for the giveaway. (Sign up here!)

You only need to use the Rafflecopter for your first review.  It’s just so I have a way to contact the winner.  

This month you will be entered to win Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen, which I haven’t had the chance to read yet but have heard amazing things about!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge: March and April Reviews!

It’s the fourth month of the YA Contemporary Challenge for 2013!  If you reviewed a young adult contemporary novel in March or April (published in 2013) add your link to the linky below.  The book does not have to be published to count but it must be published sometime in 2013.  You must be participating in the 2013 YA Contemporary Challenge to link your reviews and be eligible for the giveaway. (Sign up here!)

You only need to use the Rafflecopter for your first review.  It’s just so I have a way to contact the winner.  

Since I didn’t post a linkup for March, you have two chances to win this month. If you reviewed a book in March, fill out the first Rafflecopter for a chance to win Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan.  If you review a book in April, fill out the second Rafflecopter for a chance to win Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview With Michael Hassan

book cover of Crash And Burn by Michael Hassan

On April 21, 2008, Steven “Crash” Crashinsky saved more than a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David Burnett from taking their high school hostage armed with assault weapons and high-powered explosives. You likely already know what came after for Crash: the nationwide notoriety, the college recruitment, and, of course, the book deal. What you might not know is what came before: a story of two teens whose lives have been inextricably linked since grade school, who were destined, some say, to meet that day in the teachers’ lounge of Meadows High. And what you definitely don’t know are the words that Burn whispered to Crash right as the siege was ending, a secret that Crash has never revealed.

Until now.

Michael Hassan’s shattering novel is a tale of first love and first hate, the story of two high school seniors and the morning that changed their lives forever. It’s a portrait of the modern American teenage male, in all his brash, disillusioned, oversexed, schizophrenic, drunk, nihilistic, hopeful, ADHD-diagnosed glory. And it’s a powerful meditation on how normal it is to be screwed up, and how screwed up it is to be normal.

First off, describe Crash & Burn in 140 characters or less!

From the starred review in Booklist: “Gutsily conceived, written, and edited, this is, quite simply, a great American novel.”

What made you decide to write a YA novel?

Visit a random school on any given day and you will find that it is filled with more alien life forms than the bar in Star Wars. Somewhere in the novel, Crash mentions that “everything that happened since happened because of who we were by the end of sophomore year”. While I don’t completely agree with him, I think that as adults, in some way, we still carry the anxieties, insecurities, resentments, friendships, moments of power that we experienced during those four years for the rest of our lives.

I am completely fascinated with this process.

What kind of research did you do for Crash & Burn?

I built an extensive time line of music and movies and political and pop culture events to coincide with each year that is represented in the book. Then, I played the appropriate music in the background while I wrote, sometimes checking out scenes in particular movies. Of course, Wikipedia is an incredible resource for much of this, but I used a multitude of other sites for verification and accuracy.

What do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

Maintaining continuity from one day to the next, especially if I am doing other things in between.

Sometimes its like starting a very old car on a cold day, basically, you are sitting in the snow, cranking the engine over and over, hoping that you don’t die of frostbite until the motor finally revs up and then, you are suddenly off on an adventure and it’s a lot warmer and you forget that you will have to deal with the engine the very next day.

Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?

Headphones. I tend to play very loud music when I’m working and I want the sounds to be as close to my brain as possible. Also, I do my best writing late at night and would otherwise wake the rest of my family.

Can you share anything about what you’re currently working on or what’s next?

I am back in high school again with another unique character who has a very different voice than Crash and who is perceptive in an entirely different way and constantly funny to me.

Thanks so much!

Thanks for having me.

About the author:
Michael Hassan lives in the Northeast. CRASH AND BURN is his first novel.

Readers, you can find more about Michael and his books on Twitter or Goodreads!