Sunday, July 1, 2012

Huge Lucky 13s Giveaway!

Before I get started, I just want to warmly thank everyone who stopped by to read my post on being bullied. I am completely overwhelmed by the support from friends, bloggers, and family. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Okay, now on to some fun stuff. :)


The group of 2013 debut authors that I'm honored to be a part of, the LUCKY 13s, is having a fantastic contest.

Many of my fellow authors are 6 months away from their debut! So to celebrate, there is going to be a 20 book--yes, you read that right--TWENTY book giveaway on the Luckys blog.



We've all chosen books that influenced us in one way or another.

My giveaway choice could have been one of a dozens, but I chose A NORTHERN LIGHT by Jennifer Donnelly. It is one of my all-time favorite YA books. Yes, it would go with me to a desert island (ideally, a dessert island, but I digress.) Heck, I love this book so much I've already given it away on my blog before!

Here's the blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder. 

It's based on a true event that occurred in the early 1900's but Mattie's story goes so far beyond this one event. Donnelly expertly weaves fact, fiction, history, and the complexities of family and relationships to make you completely forget that you're living in the 21st century. You end up so invested in Mattie's life, her choices and her world.

In a word, it's brilliant.

This was a book that made me aspire to be a better writer. To make a character and plot so engrossing that it was un-put-downable. To make every sentence count and try to craft some beauty out of a handful of words. 

So if you want to win this and a whole lot of other books, stop by the Lucky 13s blog to enter, and read about the other books that are being offered.

The contest ends July7th and winners will be announced July 8th.


So. Is there a particular book in your life that has changed you, or your writing?

24 comments:

Liza said...

There are so many books that inspire me that I don't know how to narrow it down. But a big influence was/is the poet/writer Marge Piercy. Her words are so lyrical and visual.

Angela Brown said...

How to go about picking one book? I'm not sure because various books have different impacts or inspire things in different ways for my wild imagination. But this book you've highlighted sounds like one I need to add to my TBR. Thank you.

Shelly said...

This sounds like a wonderful book for me to read, so I am going to! There are a number of books out there that have impacted my life powerfully.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like an awesome giveaway. I loved Northern Lights. I read it after meeting Michael Stearns, who was Jennifer's editor.

Jenny Woolf said...

Alice in Wonderland greatly influenced me. I know A Northern Light, and it's a fine book, but since I have read it already I won't enter the giveaway this time .

By the way first time I tried your site it came up with a Malware warning saying you had content from Blogorama. Just mentioning it since it didn't come up when I tried the site again.

Barbara Watson said...

I'll be checking out the giveaways; thanks for the word about them.

In March I read an ARC of THREE TIMES LUCKY (it has since been released), and it forever changed my view of what middle grade books can do and be. The voice of the novel, the mystery, the enchantment, the humor, and the overall story were so perfectly woven into one marvelous thing, and it challenged me to place all those things and more in my own writing.

Leslie S. Rose said...

I'm a huge fan of REVOLUTION by Jennifer D. Her writing is so gorgeous. I have to credit Peter Pan with inspiring me to fly with my writing.

Slamdunk said...

After taking the month away from blogging, it looks like I missed some great stuff. Off to read your bullying post Dr...

Clarissa Draper said...

SOunds like a wonderful book. For me, Diary of Anne Frank touched me a lot as a youth. I think I started journalling after reading that book. It may have contributed to me taking up writing.

Karen Lange said...

Will hop over and check it out. Thanks for the info, and congrats to all the 2013 authors! :)

Happy 4th!

Rachna Chhabria said...

The giveaway sounds good. Congrats to all the 2013 debut authors.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Very cool Lydia. Thanks for the heads up!

nutschell said...

you've definitely sold me on this book, Lydia. I'll check it out for sure.

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

vbtremper said...

Oh no! There were 13 comments until I chimed in. Sorry to ruin the perfect numbers.

I loved A Northern Light! What a great book to giveaway and what a great idea for a giveaway! Good luck to all the Happy Lucky 13s!!

-Vicki

Krispy said...

Ah, this book has been on my TBR list for so long! I definitely need to bump it up higher now. :)

I think there are so many books that have pushed me to be better, but off the top of my head Bradbury's From the Dust Returned and Beagle's The Last Unicorn.

Carol Kilgore said...

Great giveaway. I don't know which book changed my life or my writing the most. Probably two or three contenders in each category.

Heather said...

Sounds like a fantastic giveaway! Hmm, books that changed my life or impacted me deeply... The Help, Speak, and Crank.

Ciara said...

I love books based on true stories. This one sounds like a great book.

Walt Mussell said...

Don't know if I said it yet but congrats on your upcoming book in 2013.

Walt Mussell said...

And I'll give some thought to which book has changed my laugh most.

Ganesh Chella said...

Thanks for the information... I really love your blog posts... specially those on Helping Organisations

Melissa Sugar said...

Congratulations on luck 13. I have always considered 13 a lucky number. I guess you have to when you were born on Friday the 13th, lol. I have been blogging and reading sporadically the past couple of months for a variety of reasons (my brother's death & my cyber-bully, ironically), so I have not had a chance to keep up with everyone. I am so sorry that you have been the target of a bully. I know how frustrating and terrifying that can be. I am off to read about it now. I hope everything is okay now.

Coleen Patrick said...

I can't pick just one, but am happy to see a new book by Jennifer Donnelly--I loved Revolution!
Your site looks great Lydia :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I loved A Northern Light, too. Now I want to reread it. ; ) And like others who commented, many books have changed me or my writing, which is a wonderful thing.

 
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