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Party time

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.


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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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huzzah! this is such a great celebration.
Congrats on the book release!! I'm adding The Secret year to my list of books to be read in 2010!

(Anonymous)

Congratulations, Jennifer!
I can't wait to read your book, but I'm going to wait to buy it (and have it signed!) at your book launch party at CBW.
-Jennifer M.
Congrats, I am very excited for all of the new releases. 2010 is starting out great!

Thanks for the launch giveaways.

(Anonymous)

Library Love!

I hate that in the buy-online, drink-Starbucks-at-Barnes-and-Noble, send-wirelessly-to-my-Kindle world, our public libraries are often lonely and forgotten.

Despite the fact that I own a Kindle, love my coffee time with a good book at B&N, and often buy books online, I still frequent the library on a regular basis. (I may be addicted to books. And caffeine.)

Thanks for bringing back the library love! Can't wait to borrow TSY when it comes to my local library.

-ChristieC
Congratulations Jen! Super-sounding book and very cool party idea. The big, downtown library is one of my most favorite spots on earth, but I like the little branches too. Never walk through the shelves without spotting a treasure.

Good luck on your release. I'll be adding you to my LJ friend page.

yay

Congratulations, Jenn!! Hope you find yourself surrounded by good food, good friends and good cats today. (You're providing the good book.)
All best,
Madelyn Rosenberg

(Anonymous)

Great contest!

I would like to be entered in this contest! I'm looking forward to reading The Secret Year when it comes out, win or lose, but I'd love to win. Several of your fellow debut authors are also on my list.

CONGRATS on your publication! This must be such an exciting time to cap off all that hard work along the way. :)

-Guinevere
http://thisisnotmydayjob.blogspot.com
guinevere.rowell@gmail.com
That's really quite generous of you to help out. I know I should be using the library more but like to have the books on my shelf. Maybe eventually (probably soon by the looks of it) I will run out of room or money or both I will start checking books out of the library.

Good Luck with the release!
Congratulations on your book release. Pretty awesome!!! Enjoy the day.
Huge congratulations to you, Jenn! It has been great getting to know you and I'm already hearing WONDERFUL things about your book!
Congratulations on publication day! I look forward to reading your book. Cheers. :)
Congratulations, both on the book and the library fundraising! Best of luck with both!
Contest closes here: thanks for entering!
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