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Blog Par-Tay Giveaway!

I love Twitter.

Anyone who knows me, knows this, but one of the main reasons I love Twitter is the AMAZING people that I meet. One of those people is Carolina Valdez Miller.

Honestly, I can’t remember the first time I “met” Carol, but one of my first memories of her is from a blogfest someone hosted.  I think it was a fight scene. I read her story, which she claimed to have started around midnight and finished a few hours later, and I was blown away. Blown away. I emailed my friend Trisha Leigh and said “I want to write like Carolina when I grow up.”*

*true story

So Carol became this person I talked to on Twitter, but also someone I admired.

Then last September I went to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Conference in Denver. It turned out to be a Twitter hook up (not that kind) and I had the honor, pleasure and delight to meet Carol in person. She turned out to be just as nice in person as she is on Twitter, no scratch that, she turned out to be nicer. Carol’s one of those people that is so genuinely sweet you can’t help but love her.

For serious.

So when she emailed me this weekend and told me her super awesome FANTABULOUS news, I literally jumped up and down.


Carolina Valdez Miller has an agent– Vickie Motter of Andrea Hurst!

*throws confetti*

This is cause for a celebration! Carol is calling it her Agent Signing Celebration Mega Giveaway! If it celebrates her awesome news, I want to take part!

The question was what to give away. In the end, it was easy. My daughter Jewelz, has started a YA book review blog YA Book Diva Reviews and since Carol writes YA and I’m writing a YA, I decided to give away all the current release books that Jewez has reviewed (and LOVED) on her blog.

I’m giving away to THREE winners:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

(Jewelz decorated her room in a Paris theme after reading this book)

(BTW, I also loved this book. By far the best contemporary romance I’ve read in ages, YA or adult)

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

(Jewelz loved this book and my level of coolness increased when she found out I’ve talked to Courtney on Twitter)

(I loved this book so much and I was so close to the end, I took it to the movie theater and read it in the lobby waiting for Trisha Leigh)

Hex Hall and Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

(Jewelz read these within the last couple of days and LOVED Sophie’s sarcasm. She kept reading passages aloud to me and I had to shush her. I haven’t read them yet!)

(Obviously, I haven’t read these yet but they both are at the top of my TBR pile)


Just leave a comment and you’re eligible! Contest ends April 1st, 2011. Winners announced April 4, 2011.

In lieu of following my blog, I ask that you follow me on Twitter and that you follow Jewelz blog YA Book Diva Reviews (sorry to make this difficult)


But this is called a MEGA giveaway! So there’s lots of other things to win!

Winner 1: A 1st page critique from agent Vickie Motter!

Winner 2:

slate-shasta-main-wifiA Kindle Wireless Reading Device

In order to win this one, you will need to follow all the blogs in the giveaway to qualify.



Winner 3:

escapingintotheopenSigned copy of Escaping into the Open: the Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg



Winner 4:

shadeSigned Hardback of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Winner 5:

passingstrangeSigned Hardback of Passing Strange by Daniel Waters







(You will need to subscribe or follow her RSS feed)

One winner will win:

WRITING DOWN THE BONES, by Natalie Goldberg


HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL, by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman



One winner will win all three:

  • Stephen King’s ON WRITING
    • Ray Bradbury’s ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING

  • Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD


(In lieu of a follow, you will need to LIKE her Fan page)

Winner 1: A signed copy of MISFIT MCCABE (or ebook)

Winner 2: A signed copy of NOWHERE FEELS LIKE HOME (or ebook)

Winner 3: A canvas book bag

One winner takes all 3:

A signed copy of THE DARK DIVINE

A signed copy of RAISED BY WOLVES




A $25 Amazon gift card

A Hardcover of Across the Universe

A Signed copy of PERSONAL DEMONS by Lisa Desrochers

(You will need to subscribe to her blog)

101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Guide


A partial Critique

A $15 Barnes and Noble gift card


Well, what are you still doing here? You better get commenting and blog hopping!

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Sara McClung
10 years ago

:) :) :) I LOVE that your daughter has a book review site! I’m definitely going to check it out.

YAY for Carol! I feel like I’ve shouted this across so many blogs today my throat should be sore ;-)

Deb Marshall
10 years ago

Partay indeed! Thanks for taking part and looking forward to getting to know the party people and their blogs…CONGRATS Carol, rock on, lol!

David H. Burton
10 years ago

This is an amazing giveaway. Great big congratulations to Carol!

I’m now following you on twitter and your daughter’s blog!!

Thanks for this!!

Patty Blount
10 years ago

What a great idea!

Am following all now!

10 years ago

Congrats again to Carol…I’m loving this par-tay!!!

She’s such a sweetie!

Thanks for the giveaway!

10 years ago

Woo! More FOLLOWERS! Thanks momma! :)

Lori M. Lee
10 years ago

Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway and a huge congrats to Carol! Blogs are followed :D

LK Gardner-Griffie
10 years ago

I agree 1000% with you on how sweet Carol is in person. You just HAVE to hug her. And I couldn’t be happier for her in obtaining representation. I hope Vickie knows what a jewel she scooped up.

(PS – You’re pretty fabulous yourself. Love ya!!!)

10 years ago

This is so great! I love that your daughter has a book review blog. And I LOOOVE all those books :)

Jamie Burch
10 years ago

Thank you for this fantastic giveaway! Oh, your daughter’s blog is wonderful. I wish something like that had been available when I was her age.

I don’t have Twitter, but I subscribed to your blog.

Such an exciting day! Congrats to Carol…:)

10 years ago

Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

Christine Danek
10 years ago

What a wonderful giveaway. Carol is the best. She deserves this. Congrats Carol!!

10 years ago

What a party! Congrats, Carol! And for my last stop on the celebration bus, this is an incredible giveaway.

I am now following you on Twitter and your daughter’s blog…that’s so awesome BTW.


Heather McCorkle
10 years ago

Congrats to Carol! She is one of my favorite Twitter buddies too! This couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. I’m glad we could all come together to celebrate with her.

Zan Marie
10 years ago

I’ve got you on my Google reader now. You are so sweet to do this for Carol.

Carolina Valdez Miller
10 years ago

Such kind words, Denise! I adored you before, but oh man, I’m just so moved! Thank you so much for your words, your generosity, your friendship. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you more and more. I’m in awe of all that you do, all that you are. You’re amazing, girlie. Thank you, from the deepest most inner part of my heart.

Also, I realized that I have your old website on my sidebar! I wondered why you hadn’t posted since October… *runs off to update*

Victoria Dixon
10 years ago

Tweet-followed you both! Many congratulations to Carolina!

Sophia Chang
10 years ago

Twitter/blog friends are awesome! I’m actually flying across country to visit one of my CPs that I met online this spring. :)

Dea S.
10 years ago

Yay!! Congrats to Carol!! She deserves it! New follower here.

Genna Sarnak
10 years ago

I am so excited for Carol! She’s very deserving! I followed you on Twitter and YA Book Divas via GFC. Thanks so much for this opportunity! :)

10 years ago

What an inspiration to see a hard working writer reach her dreams!

10 years ago

Yay!! What a great day, so exciting.

Im a follower

bacchus76 at myself dot com

10 years ago

Thanks for doing this giveaway! :) I followed you on Twitter and followed Jewelz blog.

10 years ago

Thanks a lot for the contest! Congrats to Carol–I’ve been a follower of her blog for some time now and I couldn’t be happier. What a great achievement!

Following YA Book Diva Reviews, and Twitter (cc9309)

cc932005 at hotmail dot com

Laura Howard
10 years ago

This is truly a fantastic giveaway! You are such a great friend for sharing the love, too! I only “met” Carol a couple weeks ago, and I still teared up a little when I first saw the news…I guess she’s just THAT kind of person!
Thanks for the treats.
Laura :)

10 years ago

Congratulations Carolina and thanks for the great contest! I follow you on twitter and follow YA Book Dava too. sixbird(at)msn(dot)com

10 years ago

I’m following you on Twitter now. I LOVE Carolina I’m so happy for her!

Donna Leonard
10 years ago

This is a great idea! I get to find all these great blogs and writers!

10 years ago

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’m a Twitter follower (@LexieBoookBug) and I follow YA Book Diva (Lexie@BookBug)

Simon Larter
10 years ago

Wait…there are *other* kinds of Twitter hook-ups? Have I been missing out, here? Dang!

Erm…. *shifty*

Also, yay and whee and yippee for Carol’s wonderful news!

And I already follow you on on Twitter. So there. :)

Lynda Young
10 years ago

follower of both and tweeted @LyndaRYoung

Regina Linton
10 years ago

Congrats to Carol! So many wonderful opportunities to win and help her celebrate! Jumping up and down for her. Great news. I love book reviews, so looking forward to following Jewlez. And now following on Twitter. Best wishes

Sonia M.
10 years ago

Many congrats to Carol!

Count me in!

Katie McCabe
10 years ago

I follow Jewelz on her blog & you on twitter (& Jewelz too!) but realized I forgot to stop by & say hi!! *waves*

10 years ago

Congrats to Carol! I’d love to enter!

Janet Johnson
10 years ago

Carol is awesome! I haven’t met her in person, but maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough.

I don’t do twitter, but I’m off to follow your daughter’s blog. :)

Jessica Love
10 years ago

I agree…Carol is so nice in person! And I’m so excited for her!

I’m following you on Twitter and I’m following your daughter’s blog.

Veronika Briseno (Ronyka7)
Veronika Briseno (Ronyka7)
10 years ago

Loving this blog, and following you in twitter @Ronyka7, and Now Following your daughter’s blog, and I’m going to check it

Rachael Harrie
10 years ago

It’s such fantastic news!!!

Nicole Ducleroir
10 years ago

Hi! I’m so excited for Carol!!! I’ve followed you on Twitter (I’m @NicoleDwrites), and I’m off to visit YA Book Diva Reviews, where I already follow! Have a great weekend!

camille s.
camille s.
10 years ago

congrats carol! :)

10 years ago

Congrats Carol! What a fun way to celebrate. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m excited about all those books. I love finding new blogs to follow also.

10 years ago

Stopping over in honor of Carol!
Good to meet you.

Alison Miller
10 years ago

Congrats to Carolina! I am now following you on Twitter, but I tried to click on your daughter’s blog (PS – too cool) and I couldn’t get there! I would love to read her reviews and share with my daughter! I will try again tomorrow.

10 years ago

Congrats Carol!

I follow via twitter (@JaidisShaw) and email

JaidisShaw at yahoo dot com

I am also a GFC follower of your daughters – Jaidis


kirsten merritt
10 years ago

nice. great give aways! congrats to carol!

Hayley Gillis
10 years ago

Yay for giveaways! I follow you please enter me in your epic contest!

10 years ago

Congratulations to Carol. Now following your tweets and off to see your daughter.

10 years ago

Thanks for the giveaway! Now I’m off to check out your daughter’s blog :D

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