YA Scavenger Hunt Winners

6 Aug

The YA Scavenger Hunt is over! Wow, thanks to so many of you for taking part! The main prize for the RED TEAM will be announced tomorrow, but I can now announce the winner of the extra book giveaway…

THE WINNER of an extra SIGNED copy of THE GLIMPSE is:

reading mind 

AUGUST 3, 2012 @ 4:54 PM [EDIT]

Already liked it!!! Lucia pannacc

CONGRATULATIONS! Please get in touch and let me know where I can send the book!

And thank you all for entering and leaving such lovely comments. Hope to see you on the next hunt!

The YA Scavenger Hunt begins!

1 Aug

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This event was first organized by author Colleen Houck and it’s a great to chance to win some awesome prizes!

During the hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for the big prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! (Don’t forget, you’ve only got until August 5th to enter.)

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. 

There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or both! I am a part of the RED TEAM–there is also a blue team. Each team gives you the chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, plus rules go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

Today, as part of the Scavenger Hunt, I am hosting Janet Gurtler 

RITA ® Finalist Janet Gurtler lives in Calgary Alberta, near the Canadian Rockies, with her husband and son and a chubby Chihuahua named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “”eh”” a lot.
Find out more information by checking out her author website or find more about her book here!
 

Janet’s book:

WHO I KISSED

She never thought a kiss could kill…
Samantha didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She was just trying to fit in…and she wanted to make Zee a little jealous after he completely ditched her for a prettier girl. So she kissed Alex. And then he died—right in her arms.

Was she really the only person in the entire school who didn’t know about his peanut allergy? Or that eating a peanut better sandwich and then kissing him would be deadly? Overnight Sam turns into the school pariah and a media sensation explodes. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing her swimming scholarship, she’ll have to find a way to forgive herself before anyone else will.

Janet’s Exclusive Content:

Sorry! This material has now been taken down as the Scavenger Hunt is no longer running.

And don’t forget, to enter the contest you need to know that my chosen number is 37. 

Want another opportunity to win a signed copy of THE GLIMPSE?

As well as the Scavenger Hunt prize, I’m giving away an additional signed copy. All you have to do to be entered for a SECOND CHANCE to win The Glimpse is  ‘like’ my facebook page, and/or tweet about the giveaway:  (Tweets should be roughly along these lines: It’s the YA Scavenger Hunt and I want to win a copy of THE GLIMPSE! @clairemerle #YASH http://www.clairemerlebooks.wordpress.comThen leave a comment on my fb page or here to let me know what you did. (2 points for following the FB page and an extra point for tweeting about the giveaway with a link to my blog). The comp. is open internationally.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced at the end of the Hunt. (If you already follow the fb page your entry will still be counted. Just let me know!)

And while you’re going through the hunt, don’t forget to keep a look out for my bonus material – a sneak peek at the blurb for the second and final book in THE GLIMPSE DUET! (Not available anywhere else!)

Continue the Hunt!

 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out TRACY DEEBS! 
 

ANNOUNCING THE SUMMER YA SCAVENGER HUNT AUTHORS!

28 Jul

It’s that time again! Another exciting YA Scavenger Hunt is coming up. This summer the Hunt will have two teams (RED & BLUE) of 27 authors each. I’m on team RED. There are several new authors, lots of excellent bonus material and extra prizes, and look at all those books! Get ready, it’s starting on Wednesday…

THE RED TEAM

JOSEPHINE ANGELINI

LEAH BOBET

LISA BURSTEIN

KRISTI COOK

JULIE CROSS

TRACY DEEBS

KIMBERLY DERTING

TARA FULLER

DAVID MACINNIS GILL

JANET GURTLER

RACHEL HARRIS

ELISSA J. HOOLE

AMALIE HOWARD

CORRINE JACKSON

STACEY KADE

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JESSICA KHOURY

JONATHAN MABERRY

CLAIRE MERLE

COURTNEY ALLISON MOULTON

GREGG OLSEN

JOCELYN DAVIES

LISSA PRICE

PETER ADAM SALOMON

JERI SMITH-READY

JESSICA SPOTSWOOD

TERI TERRY

LANI WOODLAND

THE BLUE TEAM

HEATHER ANASTASIU

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

GWENDA BOND

TERA LYNN CHILDS

ANGELA CORBETT

GINA DAMICO

ED DEHORATIUS

LEIGH FALLON

MARLEY GIBSON

SHAUNA GRANGER

CYNTHIA HAND

NANCY HOLDER

COLLEEN HOUCK

TARA HUDSON

DENISE JADEN

MIRANDA KENNEALLY

SUZANNE LAZEAR

JODI MEADOWS

ALEXANDRA MONIR

E.C. MYERS

ERICA O’ROURKE

AMY PLUM

CARRIE RYAN

JESSICA SHIRVINGTON

J.A. SOUDERS

VICTORIA STRAUSS

DEBBIE VIGUIE

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Join THE GLIMPSE book party!

7 Jun

My book officially launches today! (Throws confetti). After years of dreaming about this, it seems pretty surreal.

80s Party--Confetti angel

To celebrate The Glimpse book birthday, I’ve decided I want to do something you can all take part in. So I’m going to be doing a giveaway with a special, one-of-a-kind Gimpse Birthday Prize.

THE PRIZE:

A star necklace (an important icon in The Glimpse) and a signed copy of the book.

 

 

To win this gorgeous star necklace AND signed copy of The Glimpse all you have to do is:

a.) For 1 point tweet: The Glimpse @clairemerle is celebrating her first book birthday TODAY! Join the party & win prizes: http://www.clairemerlebooks.wordpress.com

b.) For 1 point: Like my author facebook page and leave a comment to let me know you want an extra point for the Glimpse birthday prize.

The winner will be chosen at random tomorrow, 8th June at 10.a.m. French time.

IN ADDITION to celebrate The Glimpse birthday,  for TODAY only, I will send anyone who purchases a copy of The Glimpse a signed bookplate!

Email me at clairemerlefiction@yahoo.co.uk, with a copy of your receipt dated 7th June. (Doesn’t matter where you purchase from as long as the receipt in the 7th June & the name of the book is on the receipt.) The book must be paperback (otherwise you’ll have nothing to stick the bookplate into!) Though purchase must be made between 7th June, you can email me with your receipt up until 10th June.

If you are purchasing online you can buy from these retailers: U.K., U.S.,  Australia, Canada, Germany, Worldwide.

What a debuting author does the day before her book hits the shops:

6 Jun

Propping myself up on my elbows I squint at the clock on the far shelf – 7 a.m. It’s Wednesday and as I live in France that means no school for my boys. (Yes, they have EVERY Wednesday off.) No sounds come from next door in the boys’ bedroom, so I lie back down just for a minute, close my eyes, and the next thing I know it is 8 a.m. Leaving my husband still in bed, I creep down stairs and make myself some coffee, flip open the computer, check twitter (Wow, a year ago I didn’t even understand the concept of twitter – help!) Then I start work on writing posts for my book blog tour.

At 8.30 a.m. the boys trundle down the stairs, my three-year-old demanding that I ‘heat him up’ with ‘the cuddles’. I oblige. Make more coffee. Sneak my computer upstairs to my little office. Check Face Book. Husband comes and peeks head around the door for good morning kiss. (Wishful thinking) Husband goes downstairs to see the boys.  OK, he’s sorting the boys out with breakfast, I’ll let him off. Now he’s coming back up for his shower. I’m working – promise. Eventually, he comes in at 9.30 a.m. for a morning/ goodbye kiss. Once he’s gone, I jump into the shower, pack the boys up and drive to my dad’s. My dad’s about to go to Greece for four months and this is the last chance we’ll get to see him for a while.

By a strange twist of fate, my dad married a Bulgarian/French woman and moved to France six years ago, (four years after I moved here). He then bought a house on the river in the countryside five minutes from where I got married!

I spend the day relaxing, playing with my boys, chatting to my step-mum and dad, and going for a long walk. When we get back I check my emails and find out my book has been chosen as the editors’ pick for best books of the month on Amazon UK. Whoop! Whoop!

Great ‘wind down’ day. OK, I’m ready…

 

2nd Featured Author Giveaway – Rebecca James

3 May

Welcome to my second FEATURED AUTHOR GIVEAWAY, where I tell you about an author I love and give away a copy of her book!

I first came across Rebecca James last year when I read her YA psychological thriller BEAUTIFUL MALICE. Publisher’s Weekly sums the book up like this, ‘James, gifted with unusual insight into teenage agonies, probes Katherine’s raw-nerve guilt over her sister Rachel’s murder, Alice’s self-destructive narcissism, and the healing power of young love.’ Sounds intriguing? It is excellent! Beautiful Malice has been sold in over 20 countries. Here’s the blurb:

Book Description: Beautiful Malice

‘Truth or dare?’ She asks.

I hesitate. ‘Truth,’ I say finally. ‘I can imagine one of your dares, and I don’t fancy running down Oxford Street naked tonight.’

‘Truth,’ Alice says slowly, drawing out the vowel sound as if she’s savouring the word. ‘Are you sure? Are you sure you can be completely honest?’

‘I think so. Try me.’

‘Okay.’ And then she looks at me curiously. ‘So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?’

Katherine has moved away from her shattered family to start afresh in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic, party-loving Alice, who brings her out of her shell. But there is a dark side to Alice, something seductive yet threatening. And as Katherine learns the truth about Alice, their tangled destinies spiral to an explosive and devastating finale.

MY REACTION after reading BEAUTIFUL MALICE:

“Brilliant, awful, heart-breaking, powerful, tender… this book is all these things and more! I’m totally in awe. While I was reading, I couldn’t help but cringe as I remembered some of the stupid things we did as teenagers and got away with, and how life-shattering it is when you don’t. Don’t miss this book!”

Rebecca lives in Australia with her partner and their four sons. She is currently writing her second book “Little Deaths”, which I can’t wait to read!

ADD BEAUTIFUL MALICE TO YOUR GOODREADS LIST.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT REBECCA

To win a copy of BEAUTIFUL MALICE go to The Glimpse facebook page HERE and leave a question for Rebecca, or a comment letting me know you’d like to win the book. Rebecca will be dropping by the Glimpse facebook page over the next couple of days to answer your questions!

Right now you can also win a copy of THE GLIMPSE on Soumi’s blog Pages From My Thoughts.

Featured Author Giveaway – Rebecca Lim

19 Apr

Welcome to my first FEATURED AUTHOR GIVEAWAY, where I tell you about one of my favourite authors and give away a copy of their book!

I first came across Rebecca Lim after reading her YA mystery about a fallen angel, MERCY. I totally loved MERCY. It left me breathless and hungry for more. (More about that in a minute!) Since then, Rebecca and I have become online friends and she is not only an awesome writer but a gorgeous person too. So today I’m giving away a copy of MERCY, or to anyone who is already into the series, I’ll give you whichever book you’re waiting on next.

First a little about MERCY:

Book Description

Mercy ′wakes′ on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else′s business — or thinks they do. But they will never guess the secret Mercy is hiding ….

As an angel exiled from heaven and doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, Mercy is never sure whose life and body she will share each time. And her mind is filled with the desperate pleas of her beloved, Luc, who can only approach her in her dreams.

In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. But a host of angels are out for Mercy′s blood and they won′t rest until they find her and punish her — for a crime she doesn′t remember committing …

An electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, MERCY is the first book in a major new series.

HOW THIS BOOK LEFT ME FEELING:

Wow! Fantastic! Want to read the next one right now, as in NOW! (And that hardly EVER happens to me. Usually, I like a break between books in the same series.)

I embarked on this book knowing nothing about it except it had come highly recommended from a friend and I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed Lim’s writing style, the narrative intrigue was brilliantly done and Mercy is a strong, wonderful character. I love the way Lim has managed to write a complete and very satisfying story and still maintain such mystery around Mercy and her past – mystery that makes me want to plunge into book 2 straight away. The tantalising romantic attraction between Mercy and Ryan left me hoping Mercy will somehow meet Ryan again!!

You can hook up with Rebecca on facebook here:

To win the copy of Mercy go to The Glimpse facebook page here:  and leave a question for Rebecca or let us know you’d like to win Mercy.