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Welcome to The Secret Year online launch party!



The Secret Year is my debut YA novel, coming out January 7 from Viking (Penguin). Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend. When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal Julia left behind. But Colt is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.

To join the party, I invite you to leave a comment on this blog post between now and Thursday, Jan. 7, at 7 PM EST.  That will set several wonderful things in motion:

For every unique comment (unique=one comment per person), I will donate 50 cents to my local libraries (Cheltenham Township libraries, PA).  I will either add this amount to whatever I raise in the upcoming reprise of the Library-Lovin' Blog Challenge later this spring, or, if I raise enough, I'll send the check now.  I'm going to set a cap at $50 for now, but if I reach that goal with time to spare, I may be persuaded to set a new goal.  (I'm unpredictable like that.)*  Spreading the word is welcome and appreciated, and if you want to join the big multi-blog library challenge later this spring, please email me at jennifer[at]jenniferhubbard[dot]com about that.
*EDITED TO ADD: We've exceeded the 100 necessary comments to meet my first goal.  Bravo and THANK YOU! Please do keep commenting--every entry will count for something toward the library, besides entering you in the giveaway.

Your comment also enters you in the giveaway.  I will pick a commenter at random to receive a Secret Year prize pack.  The prize pack contains a signed copy of The Secret Year and assorted TSY swag.  But that's not all! Because I am honored to have my book come out during the same week as a lot of other awesome books, you will also get to choose one book from the list below. (You don't have to tell me yet which book you want; you'll definitely need some time to think about it!  I'll just ask the winner.)

***Bonus for library folks: If you work at a library, send an email from your institutional library email account to jennifer[at]jenniferhubbard[dot]com by noon EST on January 31, because I will randomly select three libraries to receive copies of The Secret Year.***

As I was saying, I'm in excellent company this week, because the books coming out now include:

CHASING BROOKLYN by Lisa Schroeder: A story about two teens, Brooklyn and Nico, the ghosts who are haunting them, and how they must learn to let each other in, or not one soul will be able to rest.

BLEEDING VIOLET by Dia Reeves: A mentally ill sixteen-year-old girl reunites with her estranged mother in an East Texas town that is haunted with doors to other dimensions and protected by demon hunters called Mortmaine.

GETTING REVENGE ON LAUREN WOOD by Eileen Cook: Helen was betrayed by her best friend three years ago. Now she's back to even the score, if only she could figure out the perfect revenge.

CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones: In the sequel to NEED, Zara and her friends knew that they hadn’t solved the pixie problem but when a new, younger pixie king shows up, there is war in the air. When he tells Zara she is fated to be his queen, the stakes get even higher.

THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET by Erin Dionne: What do you get when you have parents who dress and talk straight from the 1600s, a genius seven year old sister, and mysterious origami pigs left in your locker? Hamlet Kennedy's totally tragic life.

LEAVING GEE'S BEND by Irene Latham: Ludelphia Bennett, a determined, ten-year-old African-American girl in 1932 Gee's Bend, Alabama, leaves home in an effort to find medical help for her sick mother, and she recounts her ensuiing adventures in a quilt she is making.

BEDEVILED: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY DRESS by Shani Petroff: Angel's devil powers are going out of control--especially around her crush, Cole. But how do you stay away from someone and still get him to ask you to the big dance?

ISLAND STING by Bonnie Doerr: Far from her former New York City home Kenzie Ryan falls under the spell of savvy island native, Angelo Sanchez, and experiences electrifying danger and discord as they join forces to end the slaughter of an endangered species.


Just leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, Jan. 7, at 7 PM EST. One entry per person. If you don't have a LiveJournal or Open ID and you post anonymously, include some name or nickname in your comment so that I can identify you. Anonymous comments will be hidden until I get a chance to screen them. You need not put your address in the comment; I will only ask for the winner's address.  I reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments, but fortunately I've almost never had to do that on this blog.  If the prize remains unclaimed by January 31, I reserve the right to select a new winner.

Who's eligible:

You must be at least 13 years old and able to receive your books via the mails in the US or Canada. The recipient will be chosen at random.  I will exclude from the prize drawing any friend or family member who has received a copy of The Secret Year from me, but will count their comments toward the library fundraising challenge.

If you're still looking for more partying, here are some other festive activities:

Watch the trailers for the Tenners and the Class of 2k10.

Participate in Nathan Bransford's writing contest, where you must write a diary entry (as I had to do in The Secret Year).

So go forth, comment, email, and win some free stuff!

Comments

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Ooh, this is very exciting! I've heard great things about your book - congrats!!
Congratulations, Jenn!

Great idea!

This is a great idea, and Pennsylvania libraries can really use the money this year as there have been big cuts in state aid to libraries.

Yay!

What a great idea to donate as well as give away! You're kind of awesome like that:)

Natalie Whipple
Exciting! I'm really looking forward to reading your book!

(Anonymous)

Libraries rock, what a great way to give back! Kudos! :]

Soooo psyched for TSY, happy (online) launch party!

-Dani
I love the synopsis and the cover is...well, I think it's hot in a subtle way. Congratulations!
You are so awesome!
Commenting! I love this!
Wow, this is a very neat way to donate! I wish you tons of success with your debut novel :)
Par-tay! Congratulations to you and all the Tenners. I'm looking forward to a year of great books.
I can't wait to read this book and so many of the others coming out this week! What a great start for YAs in 2010! CONGRATS!!!!!
Yay Jenn! Yay Colt! Yay Julia! Yay PARTY! YAY BOOK RELEASE!

Also...did I ever tell you Julia is one of my favorite names ever? It is. :-P I always wanted to rename myself Julia. ;-) Didn't happen though.
Start donating that money now, sister.

I am thrilled for you and your book baby. M and S and I were at B&N tonight (for S to start her SAT tutoring), and the YA section was nearly bare in anticipation of all the new releases due out this week!
that is really cool that you are donating money to the library! I can't wait to read The Secret Year either! It sounds really good!
Its so amazing that you are doing this and I can't wait till your book is released.
OMG Happy official debut!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you!
WOW, big week! Congrats on your book b-day week and i look forward to reading yours and the other deb's books!!! Also, thanks again for arranging the Classof2K10 stuff for Page Turners!
Wow this sounds great! I totally can't wait for The Secret Year. It intrigues me. I'm excited to read it! :D
OOOH! YAY contest--looks interesting and what a great contest. added books and a fundraiser. That's multitasking :)
Congrats, Jenn! I can't wait to meet you for the signing in February and we already have your book and it's our YA table and doing really well :)
What a great idea! And the book sounds awesome :) Please count me in!
Joining the party!
Your book has sounded really interesting to me since the very first time I read your teaser about it (I think I found you from Nathan Bransford's page - I don't even remember anymore.) But anyway, looking forward to reading your book.
I'm going to have to run into my local bookstore and grab random people, point to your book on the shelves, and say "I know this person! She is a published writer! I know her! Read this!" ;)
It's party time, Jenn!!!
Congrats, and happy release week to you!

Wow!

I've been telling everyone at my school about your book! Congrats!!!!
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