Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Mighty Dashner-Johnson-Khoury Giveaway and Blurb News!

I've gotten some pretty wonderful author blurbs lately for CONTROL that I wanted to share.  I feel so, so honored and thankful. The whole asking-for-blurb thing is terrifically scary, let me tell you. I've two to add to the James Dashner blurb I received when my book cover was revealed on YABC (which was already fan-freaking-tastic) but these new ones just made me want to cry. So here they are:

“CONTROL is a masterful debut, filled with everything I love in a novel: mystery, danger, and romance. Kang has crafted a world readers can easily fall into and won't want to leave, complete with flawed yet loveable characters. I couldn't put it down!"  --Elana Johnson, author of Possession

"Surprising twists, tender romance, and a fierce, smart protagonist make for a winning formula in Kang's debut. CONTROL is tautly woven and breathlessly delivered—a thrilling read!” --Jessica Khoury, author of Origin

And in case you haven't seen this one from James, here it is:

“Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I’ve read in a very long time. Highly recommended.”  --James Dashner, NYT bestselling author of The Maze Runner Trilogy

So to celebrate my thankfulness, I'm giving away some awesome books!

There will be three winners: 

One will win an Elana Johnson book of their choice.
One will win Jessica Khoury book of their choice.
One will win a James Dashner book of their choice.

And...if the book you want isn't quite out yet (like James's upcoming THE EYE OF MINDS, or Jessica's VITRO) I'll pre-order it for you. :)

Giveaway ends on July 31st. Open internationally. 



A taste of what you could win!


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51 comments:

Stephanie Thornton said...

Asking for blurbs is absolutely terrifying! What wonderful recommendations--I can't wait to read CONTROL!

Dianne said...

Awesome blurbs!!!! From such great authors too! I can't wait for Control, Lydia! Congratulations on these blurbs! <3

The Reading Nook Reviews said...

Congrats on the awesome blurbs, Lydia!

colorofliving said...

Exciting blurbs and very excited to read this book!!

Katy Glemser said...

Oooo, CONTROL sounds awesome. And how great are those blurbs?! I stumbled upon you and this blog post just now via Twitter and I'm already hooked. I'll definitely pick this one up when it comes out in December!! Can't wait. (I've also read ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury, in this giveaway, and absolutely loved it!)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those are awesome! The last one is really impressive. I was nervous about asking some authors for my third book, but glad I did.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on the awesome blurbs. So excited for you!

Shelly said...

Those are powerful blurbs. I know I always like to read what's on the back of a book before I buy it, and I think these will help hook your readers in-

Connie Keller said...

Congratulations!! Those are fantastic blurbs. I can't wait to read the book.

Mrs. Silverstein said...

How exciting! Congrats on the awesome blurbs--those are some very cool authors!

The Armchair Squid said...

Indeed, congrats on your blurbs!

Lydia, I hope you'll consider joining my bloggers' book club. Here are the details: http://armchairsquid.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-cephalopod-coffeehouse-july-blog.html

Yuna Kingsley said...

Great giveaway on congrats on the blurbs!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

What wonderful blurbs! Congratulations, Lydia. I know what you mean about the whole asking for blurb thing. Just went through it myself. But other authors are so generous. That is one of the nice things about this profession. People are glad to lend a helping hand.

Deb Salisbury said...

Such great blurbs! CONTROL sounds awesome! Congratulations, Lydia!

Emily R. King said...

Wonderful blurbs. Congrats!

shelly said...

Fantabulous!

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

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Kaitlyn (The Bookworm) said...

Yay, what great blurbs! Congrats! :)

Jaime Morrow said...

What a great giveaway! And thank you so much for making it international. Awesome blurbs for a book I can't wait to get my hands on. :-)

nutschell said...

Wohoo! Congrats Lydia. I'm eager to read CONTROL! And yup, I wish I could write blurbs as awesome as those.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Jemi Fraser said...

I got chills reading those!!! Completely awesome!! :)

Julie Dao said...

CONGRATS, Lydia!!! Those are some awesome blurbs by some awesome writers!

LisaAnn said...

Oh my gosh, what fantastic blurbs! And your cover is GORGEOUS... Don't know how it has taken me this long to see it! Such exciting stuff all the way around... So happy for you!!!

Jessica R said...

Congratulations! What awesome blurbs, and from awesome authors, no less! That's wonderful :)

Vivien said...

Utterly fabulous blurbs!! So compelling.

bethchristopher.com said...

I would imagine asking for blurbs is truly a knee-knocking experience. What fantastic blurbs. Makes me itch to read it!

Kelly Polark said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing blurbs! Congrats, Lydia!

SA Larsenッ said...

Three outstanding author blurbs. Good for you!!! They are amazing!

J E Oneil said...

Glowing blurbs--of course :). I can't wait until your book comes out.

Holly Bryan said...

Ooh, I know you are so excited about receiving such wonderful blurbs for your book! I don't think I ever realized that an author has to do the asking! O_O I would be terrified!! I suppose I assumed that the publisher or agent took care of that...wow! I love how much I learn about all things book-related following authors like you on your blogs and social media :) I don't want to sound like one of those crotchety old folks with a cane, but seriously...KIDS THESE DAYS just don't know how good they have it!! Such insight into the people behind their favorite books -- it just wasn't possible when I was growing up the way it is now. Wow.

I'm so excited to read CONTROL!! My husband's a chemist, so I'm looking forward to having him ask me about it when he sees the cover (instead of snickering next to me in bed with my usual YA reads...always accompanied by some sort of comment about my status as a NOT-SO-YOUNG YA reader!). Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Asking for blurbs is scary. But, you have nothing to worry about Lydia. You have three wonderful blurbs from three superb writers.

LD Masterson said...

Excellent blurbs. Congratulations.

Liesl Shurtliff said...

Those are fantastic blurbs from 3 fantastic authors! Congrats!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Those are such incredible blurbs! I've met all three authors, and they are all awesome. Congrats!!

Stephanie S. said...

Blurbs are almost scarier than queries!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary Preston said...

You must be so thrilled with the blurbs. They make me want to investigate further.

Christina said...

So... wonderful giveaway and amazing blurbs by some terrific authors BUT!!! I have to say that what I really want is a copy of Control in my hands more than the other books :-) Can't wait!!!

Christina @ Ensconced in YA

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Such wonderful blurbs! Congratulations!

Eveline V said...

Congrats on the good blurbs! great giveaway:)

katja9_10 said...

Congrats on the awesome blurbs. Thanks for the giveaway!

Les Johnson

katja9_10 said...

I am a GFC follower (katja9_10).

Les Johnson

Lisa Collins said...

Congrats on the blurbs! I'm super excited for Control. It sounds way interesting. And I love the cover... so pretty. :D

mackenzilee said...

I have been eagerly awaiting Control since I first heard about it. And how excited to get exciting blurbs! I eagerly await the release :)

Lynne Matson said...

Wow, Lydia, AWESOME blurbs! I am DYING to read CONTROL--it's been on the summit of my TBR list from the day I heard about it. And the tagline on the cover? Creepy good. <3 it!

Congrats! So stoked for you!

Jenn Soehnlin said...

Awesome blurbs! Congrats! My desire to read this book just tripled. CANNOT wait to read! :)

Bridget Howard said...

I cant wait to read Control I think it sounds awesome!!!! The blurbs make it sound even better. I was lucky enough to win an arc of your book so I am eagerly waiting for it to arrive in my mailbox so I can devour it :)!!!!

kymbrunner said...

Love the cover - love the premise. *Cheers for a super successful launch!

Michelle Santiago said...

congrats on the awesome blurbs from fantastic authors. and thank you for the giveaway :D

Nikki Wang said...

OMG SUCH AWESOME AUTHORS! CONGRATSSSSSS. Now I'm even more eager to get Control! *bounces*

Aneeqah said...

Ahh, asking for blurbs seems so scary, but it is AWESOME that you got such cool ones, especially from James Dashner. How cool is this?! Congrats!! <3

Kim Van Sickler said...

Congrats! Awesome recommendations on your book!

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