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Online launch party: Library love for you

I have something to celebrate this week, and I like to celebrate by giving stuff away. In the past, I've often marked writerly milestones by donating money to my local library (e.g., in comment challenges). This time around, I thought: I'd like to help your local library. (No offense to my library, which is lovely and will be getting some support from me later this year, as usual.)

To celebrate the launch of my second novel this Thursday, January 19, I'll be accepting comments on both of my blogs (LiveJournal and Blogger) all week on this post. Just leave a comment with a way to contact you by Friday night at 9 PM EST. I'll select a commenter at random to receive a $150 donation to your local library (or Friends of the Library, or literacy-related charity such as RIF). Also, the commenter will receive a signed copy of my book. More detailed rules are below. Also to celebrate: bookmarks for all! Just send an email to jennifer[at]jenniferhubbard[dot]com if you'd like a bookmark (rules on that below, too).

About Try Not to Breathe, a YA novel published by Viking (Penguin): In the summer after his suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Ryan struggles with guilty secrets and befriends a girl who’s visiting psychics to try to reach her dead father.

I wrote this book because I wanted to focus on recovery from a suicide attempt. What happens when someone steps back from that brink? How does he put his life back together? And so, while I certainly explore the darkness my character has walked through that brought him to that point, I see this book mostly as a story of learning how to live.

If you'd like a more detailed discussion of it, see this analysis by Susan Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times.

Bookmark requesters and giveaway entrants must be at least 13 years old. Giveaway entrants must be able to receive mail in the US or Canada.
Winner will be randomly selected from the entries on both blogs, from comments left by 9 PM EST on Friday, January 20. If the winner does not claim the prize within a week, I reserve the right to select another winner or to cancel the giveaway. I reserve the right to cancel the giveaway in the event of computer or software glitches that interfere with it, or for any reason.
One entry per person.
Spam comments will not be eligible; I am the final arbiter of what constitutes spam.
The winning library or charity must be able to receive a donation of $150 US dollars by credit card or check. If the winner's library cannot do this, winner will be able to select another library or charity, unless and until a satisfactory recipient cannot be found.
I will be the final arbiter of what constitutes an eligible library or charity.


I wish they could all win!
Wow, Jenn, you are so generous. I would LOVE some bookmarks! Emailing you....
Bookmarks are on the way!
Woo hoo! And my lib copy of your book arrived yesterday!
That is a wonderful review.
Thank you--I really appreciated their take on it.

Try Not to Breathe Contest

Congratulations on the publication of your book. As a long-time follower of your blog, I wish you all the success in the world.

Chris Blake

Re: Try Not to Breathe Contest

Thank you, Chris!
Fabulous! You are an inspiration.

And I can't wait to read the book when it comes out! I'd better get some tissues handy.
It's obviously sad but happy, too. For me it is about hope more than anything.
You are too amazing and generous. What a fabulous idea!! Congratulations on your new book. Can't wait to read it. :)
I appreciate it, Jama!


I am so excited to read your book! The description sounds awesome and I just wanted to say that you are so sweet for offering that donation. I'm crossing my fingers!
Whoopsy, I forgot to log into my LJ account and accidentally posted that anonymous comment.

As I was saying, I am so excited for your book and I think it's so sweet of you to donate to one lucky person's library. I'm crossing my fingers that it'll be me!
Thank you so much!
I'm a random commenter who really looooooves her library! This is an awesome contest, btw. And happy publication day!
Thank you! (And I hope you've been enjoying your writing studies.)
Wow, that's some great review, Jenn. Congratulations to you and your upcoming launch!

Thank you for always showing your library love.
Long live library love!
Congrats, Jenn! This book sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it. And, of course, thank you thank you for your commitment to supporting libraries.
Your words mean a lot to me, Megan. :-)
Congrats on the new book! Loved the first -- can't wait to read the second!
I'm sure my library would be thrilled to win a donation as well! :)
Thank you very much!
Congrats Jenn! I'm spreading the word tonight.

Count me in...Can't wait for the 4th :)
I appreciate it! Will be glad to see you, too.
Thank you so much!
Great idea, Jenn :)
Thanks, Jon!
Congratulations on book two! I can't wait to celebrate with you soon. :)

*loves libraries so much!*
Thank you, Shveta!