Birthday Giveaway #1: Jillian Dodd

Birthday Giveaway #1: Jillian Dodd

I love Jillian Dodd. No REALLY. I love her in such a big way. This lady is not only the fantastic author who gave us That Boy, That Wedding, Stalk Me, Kiss Me, and the soon to be released, Date Me, but she’s also an extremely generous and sweet person who has stood by this blog since the beginning! I can’t praise her highly enough.  If you ever wondered, “Huh, should I pick up this That Boy book?” The answer will always be, “Yes,” my friends.

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A big THANK YOU to indie author, Jillian Dodd, for all that she does!!!

It’s no secret that we absolutely adore Jillian Dodd. She’s not only the fantastic writer behind That Boy, That Wedding, Stalk Me, and Kiss Me (BTW That Boy was one of our TOP PICKS of 2012!). She’s also a sweet, warm, caring, generous, loving, wonderful person who doesn’t get enough appreciation for how great and supportive she is. Well, finally she’s getting the love she deserves with this HUGE multi-blog giveaway sponsored by her friends! That’s right! The people whom she supports are turning the tables and supporting her!

Here goes nothing:

A Big Big BIIIIIIG “THANK YOU, Jillian, for all that you do!”

Friends of Jillian Dodd are showing their appreciation! In appreciation for the hard work and effort indie author Jillian Dodd does behind the scenes for authors, her writing friends are offering YOU the chance to win one of her books! You can choose from one of the Keatyn Chronicles: STALK ME or KISS ME. Or maybe you prefer one of the titles in the That Boy series: THAT BOY or THAT WEDDING. All books are New Adult contemporary romance. Good luck!

Giveaway details: (1) eBook copy of STALK

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ME (Keatyn Chronicles, #1), KISS ME (Keatyn Chronicles, #2), THAT BOY (Volume 1), or THAT WEDDING (That Boy, #2). Open International. Books will be gifted from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You get entries for:

1. commenting on this post with which book you’d most like to win

2. liking us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Love-YA-Fiction/223407614411654

3. liking her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JillianDodd1

4. tweeting a big “I Love YOU, @jilliandodd! Thanks for all you do!” on twitter

5. following her on twitter (@jilliandodd)

6. following us on twitter (@iloveyafiction)

Enter the rafflecopter below and good luck!

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If interested in learning about the books (as if you haven’t read them yet!), be sure to read up on them through our stellar reviews:

Jayden’s journey from small town tomboy to happily engaged woman:

That Boy, 10/10 stars

That Wedding, 9/10 stars

Keatyn’s story from Hollywood celebrity daughter turned normal girl in hiding:

Stalk Me, 9/10 stars

Kiss Me, 8/10 stars

Also learn more about how fabulous Jillian is here; believe me this girl is amazing!

http://jilliandodd.net/

https://www.facebook.com/JillianDodd1

https://twitter.com/JillianDodd

http://pinterest.com/jilliandodd/

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Special Announcement: Boston Author Event!!

To all our New England readers who have been waiting for the opportunity to meet your favorite authors (including Jillian Dodd, Rebecca Donovan and Tina Reber) here is your chance! Boston will be having an Author Event on March 16, 2013. I think I see an I Love YA Fiction road trip in our future!!

Here’s the current list of authors attending:

Author List

Amber Lynn Natusch
Amy Bartol
Amy Miles
C.J. Roberts
Denise Grover Swank
Georgia Cates
Jessica Park
Jillian Dodd
K.A. Linde
Karina Halle
Laura Bradley Rede
Liz Reinhardt
Madeline Sheehan
Michele Scott
Raine Miller
Rebecca Donovan
S.C. Stephens
Shelly Crane
Steph Campbell
Tara Sivec
Tarryn Fisher
Tina Reber

For all the details you can visit the Facebook page or check out the official webpage.
Will you make it? Who are you most excited to meet? What awesome songs will be playing on your road trip playlist? (Lots of Taylor Swift on mine, Judith is so lucky.)

 

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Dream Wedding Contest Entry #1: the one that would have won if only zombies had been allowed

A few of you regulars might remember a certain fabulous Dream Wedding writing contest we helped sponsor last month in conjunction with author, Jillian Dodd, and the Readiacs. Our entries were overwhelming! I was honestly awed by what you, our wonderful readers, came up with. Seriously: I write this blog almost every day yet could never come up with a readable piece of fiction about a wedding. My entry would have looked a little something like this, “Me like weddings. Me girl. Err–me already married and have fleeting recollection of wedding.” etc, etc. You get the drift. God awful is putting it mildly.

Well, we had readers-turned-writers out there who were actually inspired to write some incredible pieces. This is one of my top 5 favorites though Ellen (luckily) convinced me that zombies have no place in a dream wedding (or do they? Is it a Dream Wedding or a wedding that’s a dream. Oooh, heavy!). Clearly she’s the sensible one among us but I couldn’t let this awesome entry never see the light of day. So here you have it! Oh and if you want to contact the author, Gemma Bennett, her blog link is at the end.

But first, here’s a preview to whet your whistle mainly cause I just wanted to use these funny pictures. Enjoy.

It’s this (minus the misshapen bare feet on the guy below, geesh):

vs this (words simply aren’t necessary, are they):

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This was not how I’d imagined my wedding.

I was wearing ripped jeans and a paint flecked shirt, my unruly curls in a tangled mess. My bouquet was a bundle of plastic flowers I’d found in the restroom. And I had no guests – no Cindy behind me straightening my train, no Matty rolling his eyes in the front pew, no Mom telling everyone that I was wearing her dress, and no Dad to give me away. But at least I was in a church. And Josh was standing across from me at the altar, beaming in his grungy khakis and flannel shirt.

Josh was all that had kept me from falling apart. That morning, in the back of the sanctuary, I’d finally admitted what I’d been thinking for days.

“He’s not coming back.”

Josh had furrowed his brow. “You don’t know that, Lil. There’s time.”

“No, there’s not. Face facts. If Matty was alive, he’d be here by now.” I dropped my head to my knees. “We’re all gonna die on Hilton Head.”

“We could make a run for it.”

“No. We’ve already cheated death. We’re just delaying the inevitable.”

“Hey.” Josh lifted my chin with a gentle finger. “Look on the bright side. At least-”

I snapped. He was always so freaking optimistic. “Bright side? My entire family is dead, and when the bombs drop at seven, we’ll be dead too. What exactly is the bright side to this?”

He went silent. “I was gonna say that at least we’re together.”

“Oh.” I immediately regretted yelling. Josh’s family was safe, evacuated a week ago by helicopter. But he had run off to find me. And now we were both stuck. “I’m sorry. I just can’t stop thinking about Matty.”

“I know.”

I leaned close to Josh and listened to his heartbeat – steady and comforting in the chaos around us. “You should have left the island with your family.”

“I’m exactly where I should be. I love you, Lily.”

He’d said it before, but a year into our relationship, I still had trouble believing it. How had popular, gorgeous, Josh Harrington fallen for plain old me?

“You still don’t get it, do you?”

I refused to meet his eyes. “I get it.”

“No you don’t.” He grabbed my hands. “Remember when I lost my bookbag at that gas station?”

“Of course. You almost got killed over that stupid bag.”

“I didn’t care about the bag. There was a ring in the side pocket.”

My jaw dropped. “A what?”

“I’d been carrying it around for a while. I was gonna propose to you at the end of the summer.”

My mouth hung open, silently.

Josh quickly added, “I mean, I didn’t think we’d get married right away or anything, but you were going away to Stanford, and I wanted you to know that I was serious. About us.”

I finally got control of my mouth. “I would’ve said yes.”

Josh kissed me, and for a flash, I forgot about the carnage outside. There was only me and Josh, happy together. Then a zombie banged against the door, reminding us that this evening, and our lives, were going to end soon.

I laced my fingers through Josh’s. “You know…we could do it.”

“Do what?”

“We could get married. Right now. Let’s ask Pastor Mike.”

“Seriously?”

“Yeah.”

“Ahem.” Pastor Mike’s voice pulled me back to the present. “Do you, Lily, take Joshua to be your lawfully wedded husband?”

“Oh! Yeah. Yes! I do!”

“And do you, Josh, take Lily to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

Josh beamed. “I-.”

Before Josh could finish, a window near the roof exploded in a shower of glass. A dark figure dropped though and landed in a crouch. Josh stepped in front of me, but I moved around him. Something about the way it stood was familiar.

That wasn’t a zombie – it was Matty, drenched from the rain and covered in mud.

I reached for him, but he swatted me away. “Matty! Are you okay?”

“I’m fine. Hotwired an SUV. Pedal to the metal, we might make it off this

Matte you and roaccutane dosage calculation Fairy dots clean.

rock before they blow the bridge.”

“Um, give us a minute.”

Matty took in the scene and his eyes widened. “What do you two think you’re doing?”

“Getting married.”

He rolled his eyes. “No, you’re not. You’re seventeen.”

I interrupted. “Matty, I love you, but I’m not your baby sister anymore. I watched our parents die. And Josh has killed people that used to be his friends. We made it here on our own, and we’re making this decision without asking your permission.”

Matty gave a resigned sigh. “Whatever. Hurry up.”

I gestured for him to stand next to me. “Be my maid of honor.”

He stepped forward and pointed a finger at Josh. “If you hurt her, I will make you wish the zombies had gotten to you first.”

“Understood.”

Pastor Mike cleared his throat. ““So, Josh-”

“I do!”

“Then I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride.”

I glanced in Matty’s direction and gave Josh a tiny peck. “There’s more where that came from later.”

Matty groaned. “Please stop. You’re making me wish I hadn’t survived to see this.” He started toward the door. “Pastor Mike? You coming?”

He shook his head. “I’m going to stay here and pray. I have a feeling you’re not the last group to need sanctuary this evening.”

I hesitated at the door.

Josh grabbed my hand. “We don’t have to go if you don’t want to.”

Matty raised an eyebrow. “What? Of course she does.”

Josh ignored him. “If you want to stay, I’ll stay with you.”

I still dreaded the horrors outside, but somehow, my future looked brighter now. Maybe we wouldn’t survive, but I wanted to try. “No. If we don’t make it, there’s always the bright side.”

Josh smiled and gripped my hand tighter. “You ready, Mrs. Harrington?”

I nodded. “Let’s go.”

And we did.

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Now do you get it? Girlfriend can write like it’s nobody’s business! If you want to learn more about Gemma Bennett and her writing, check out her blog Gemma Writes Nights.

 

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Our Winners of the Jillian Dodd Dream Wedding Writing Contest

If you’re anything like me (though let’s just remember that we’re all individuals here) then you LOVE free stuff. And after what seems like an interminable amount of time, you’ve probably been thinking to yourself, “Now I know I wrote a kick butt entry into that I Love YA Fiction writing contest but how come there hasn’t been any sort of hint at who the winner is? I mean, my writing skills are superlative so what the howdy hoo are they doing? I want my Kindle Fire!” Well, you would not be mistaken in wondering what the howdy hoo the hold up is. But have no fear! The winner(s) is here!

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THAT Dream WEDDING Contest update: Enter to Win a KINDLE FIRE, Amazon gift cards, or free copies of the book

I Love YA Fiction has teamed up with some pretty impressive blogs to bring you THAT Dream WEDDING contest! We all loved That Boy and That Wedding by Jillian Dodd and now you have the chance to tell the fabulous author all about YOUR OWN Dream Wedding! See below to find out how you can win one of a bunch of great prizes!!!

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It’s time for you to tell us about your dream wedding! Every girl . . . and a few guys at one time have all dreamed about their fantasy wedding. From the Cinderella dress and horse drawn carriage to getting married at Yankee Stadium.

We all fell in love with JJ & Philip in THAT BOY so it was only fitting that in THAT WEDDING, JJ and Philip made their dreams and fantasies come true with a beautiful, elaborate and complete fairytale of a wedding. We just didn’t the invite to the party of the year!

Now it’s your turn. In 1000 words or less, tell us what your dream wedding is. So grab your pen, paper and your guy . . . girl and get to writing.

Important Info & Rules:
Contest dates: March 19th – April 19th

Winners announced – May 7th

All entries are to be written in English.

You must be 17 years of age or older to enter. If you are under, parents’ permission is required.

Entries must be submitted via email. A word attachment is not necessary, but encouraged.

All entries must include the following:
Name:
Age:
Site you are entering on: I Love YA Fiction

Entries are emailed to Readiacs.Contest@gmail.com

Each site will pick 3 of their favorite Dream Wedding stories.

One (1) grand prize winner will be chosen – Winner receives a KINDLE FIRE – booyah!

Each site will have one second (2nd) place winner – $25 Amazon Gift Card – Or Barnes & Noble if you have a Nook.

Each site will have one third (3rd) place winner – E-Copy of THAT WEDDING by Jillian Dodd

We have joined forces with some fantastic blogs to bring you an amazing contest!
http://www.eventchicdallas.com
http://whatsonthebookshelf-jen.blogspot.com
http://www.latebloomeronline.com
http://joie-joiedelire.blogspot.com
http://www.iloveyafiction.com
http://toughcriticbookreviews.blogspot.com
http://readingeatinganddreaming.blogspot.com/

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A list of why I love Texas: an homage of the random

Did you know that I’m in Texas? No? Are you sure? I only post about it everywhere on every form of social media oh about a bagillion times a day. For real.  Anywho, my parents moved here about 5 years ago and I have to admit that I never really cared one way or the other.  But now, I’m starting to see the error of my ways! I love Texas. Don’t get me wrong, I’d never move here because, well, I’m a Northeastern gal at heart and after 14ish years in or around Manhattan, I just can’t let it go but still, I can appreciate the good in other places (mainly because it showcases all the short-comings of the Big Apple). So in honor of the great Lone Star State I’m posting a little list of all the random things I like about it:

-liquor in the drug store. LIQUOR IN THE DRUG STORE! This is a concept foreign to the Northeast where sometimes you can’t even buy liquor on Sunday (yes, I’m pointing a sharp stick at you, New Jersey) and if you can, sometimes it has to be after noon (and yes, this stick is for you, Massachusetts).

-99 cent stores. There is something intrinsically wonderful about buying crap at a fraction of the price even if it breaks in two days.

-grocery stores the size of football fields.  Come look at my neighborhood grocery store in Hoboken, NJ and you will see what a crapfest it is to fight people in aisles no bigger than 4 feet wide for dusty, outdated food. Everyone living in the suburbs has it so good!

Jillian Dodd. People, the amazing authoress of That Boy and That Wedding lives here!

-Chick-Fil-A. All chicken, all the time. And if you have kids there’s always some play structure to climb on so parents or aunts as the case may be can get a much needed break from the non-stop chatter and screaming.

-Big Trucks.  There is something intrinsically sexy about a beefcake man in a big, outfitted truck.  Drool!

-perma-tan. Everyone here in Houston exists in a perpetual sort of perma-tan mainly because there is exponentially more sun than ever hits up North. I have to admit: I’m jealous. My bleached out white flesh would give any vampire a run for his or her money.  Speaking of, I’m reading Love Reborn by JR Ward and LOVING IT! If you liked the earlier BDB novels, you are gonna adore this one. Check it out, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Except of course if you’re Ellen and you haven’t read the last 6 books and will call or text me every two minutes demanding to know what is going on and also, WTF?!

-Friday Night Lights (book or tv show; you pick, both are excellent)!!! Need I say more? I think you all need a visual actually and look! It combines two of my most favorite parts of the list: trucks, beefcakes, and FNL:

I’ll more than likely come up with more over the course of the next few days but for now, that’s all I’ve got.

xoxo

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It’s time for the Monday Roundup and yes, smarty pants, I know it’s Tuesday

Happy Faux Monday, everybody! I know, I know. It’s actually Tuesday and I really should have done the roundup yesterday but I have a big secret for you: I miss Ellen. I mean, I really, really miss her. When she’s not around, I have no will power and will spend all evening eating bonbons and reading Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout instead of actually being productive and updating the blog (golden bodied Seth calls to my baser instincts and for that there’s no excuse except for the fact that I’m female.) When Ellen’s around, I will churn out 2+ reviews a week which is rather ambitious for a working gal such as myself but let’s face it, right now we’re lucky if I can get anything written. I’ve got the Ellen withdrawal and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

This week was fabulous though! There’s so much going on: contests, reviews, cover reveals, guest bloggers…it’s got it all.

Now what I’m most excited about is this: a FREAKING BIG CONTEST WITH AWESOME SWAG! We’re giving away a Kindle Fire (yes, you read that right) to one lucky aspiring writer who tells us all about his/her dream wedding in 1000 words are less.  Get cracking, all you authors out there!

One of my most favorite YA authors, Tammara Webber, revealed her latest book premise and cover on our site. Easy will be a standalone novel following Jacqueline to college as she is forced to decide between her high school boyfriend, crazy stalker, college tutor, and sexy classmate Lucas.   Swoon! Plus look at this hot cover. Yum, I like me a good wrist:

Reviews:

Secret Vampire by LJ Smith: Terminally ill Poppy is given the surprise of her life when best friend, James, reveals he’s actually a vampire and changes her into one too in order to save her life.  10/10 READ THIS NOW.

Almost by Anne Eliot: Jess is still living with the repercussions of an attempted rape 3 years ago and in order to placate her parents she hires Gray to play her boyfriend to get her overprotective parents off her back. 9/10

Guest Blogger:

Meet Richelle, everybody! Doesn’t she seem so fun and down to earth? Look at those glasses! I’m a big fan. Approved, Richelle! Approved.

And last but not least, my Reading List:

1.  Running Wide Open by Lisa Nowak: I’m really loving this one! It’s so refreshing to have a male protagonist and no lovey dovey crap. I’m almost done with this and think the review should be up soon.

2.  A Strange Fire by LH Cosway: This is one of the books that an author approached me about reviewing. I love being thought of as some serious reviewer so I must admit that I gave an adament, “yes!” when asked to read it.  I might not have checked out the blurb about it yet but am really digging that cover. It reminds me a lot of John Green’s Looking for Alaska cover but hopefully there will be a lot less tears.

3. The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle: Hello naked cover! I love covers with half-naked men on them, granted this “man” appears a little more pubescent than man. Frankly I prefer a beefcake but beggars can’t be choosers, here. Irish myth and a lot of skin? Sign me up! Not the biggest fan of prose written in accent though…we’ll see how it goes.

4. Fix by Leslie Margolis: Who can say no to teens and plastic surgery? This is fascinating stuff and I can’t wait to read this one.

Now I am off to drool more over Seth and hate on Aiden in Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout. Seriously, what’s Alex’s problem?! If Seth were sniffing around me and wanted someone to abuse him thoroughly, I would sooooo be on board with that. Just sayin’.

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It’s Contest Time at I Love YA Fiction: Enter to Win a Kindle Fire!

Hey there, peeps! I’m beyond happy! It is our favoritest time of year and that’s contest time here at I Love YA Fiction. We have a fantastic new That Wedding contest and I promise that you’re going to LOVE the prizes. We’re not talking canned peanuts and a candle. Oh no, we’re talking big, big swag and no, sadly, it’s not a naked, gift-wrapped Phillip all ready to be used as your personal boy toy for the day. Sigh. But, you will be extremely happy nonetheless and here’s why!

It’s time for you to tell us about your dream wedding! Every girl . . . and a few guys at one time have all dreamed about their fantasy wedding. From the Cinderella dress and horse drawn carriage to getting married at Yankee Stadium.

We all fell in love with JJ & Philip in THAT BOY so it was only fitting that in THAT WEDDING, JJ and Philip made their dreams and fantasies come true with a

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beautiful, elaborate and complete fairytale of a wedding. We just didn’t the invite to the party of the year!

Now it’s your turn. In 1000 words or less, tell us what your dream wedding is. So grab your pen, paper and your guy . . . girl and get to writing.

Important Info & Rules:

Contest dates: March 19th – April 19th

Winners announced – May 7th

All entries are to be written in English.

You must be 17 years of age or older to enter. If you are under, parents’ permission is required.

Entries must be submitted via email. A word attachment is not necessary, but encouraged.

All entries must include the following:

Name:

Age:

Site you are entering on:

Entries are emailed to Readiacs.Contest@gmail.com

Each site will pick 3 of their favorite Dream Wedding stories.

One (1) grand prize winner will be chosen – Winner receives a KINDLE FIRE – booyah!

Each site will have one second (2nd) place winner – $25 Amazon Gift Card – Or Barnes & Noble if you have a Nook.

Each site will have one third (3rd) place winner – E-Copy of THAT WEDDING by Jillian Dodd

We have joined forces with some fantastic blogs to bring you an amazing contest!

http://www.iloveyafiction.com

http://www.eventchicdallas.com

http://whatsonthebookshelf-jen.blogspot.com

http://www.latebloomeronline.com

http://joie-joiedelire.blogspot.com

http://toughcriticbookreviews.blogspot.com

http://readingeatinganddreaming.blogspot.com/

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That Wedding Giveaway Winner is…

Maria Monteiro! Thanks to all our fans for signing up for the contest! Ellen’s kick ass review makes me want to reread it right this minute cause I need another Phillip fix stat.

xoxo

Judith and Ellen

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