Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 YA Scavenger Hunt

I'm today's hunt stop for the 2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt!

Follow the hunt every day during the month of December! Answer the daily trivia questions from MG and YA books published during 2011 to be entered into the YA book giveaway.

Today's question is from We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han.
Question #44: What appalling thing does Jeremiah do after he apologizes to Belly for his mistake?

Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter here!

Monday, December 5, 2011

2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt Stop

I'm today's hunt stop for the
2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt !

Follow the hunt every day during the month of December! Answer the daily trivia questions from MG and YA books published during 2011 to be entered into the YA book giveaway.

Today's question is from Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Question #12: What is the punishment for failing in one’s duty as a Sentinel?

Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter

Saturday, November 5, 2011

ALL HALLOWS EVE CLOSING: Jennifer Bosworth, Struck



Hey guys welcome to the last and final post pertaining to the carnival! Most of the giveaways, including the Trivia and Pick Your Poison will end on November 15th! Also, November 15th is the last day to enter the Spooky Short Story and Spooky Picture Contests! (P.S. go to the end of the post for a lowdown of all the posts in the carnival!) To close up the whole carnival until next year..which we may do another...maybe...convince me.. Jennifer Bosworth, the author of Struck, which comes out in May from FSG/Macmillan, will be doing a special guest post! Thank you to Jennifer for being the closer of the carnival!

Jennifer will give us her....
Top 5 Scary YA Characters of the Last 5 Years

YA fiction is steeped in horror icons. Witches and zombies, werewolves and ghosts, vampires and vampires and vampires, and more vampires.
But, for me, the scariest characters in YA these days aren’t the usual suspects. Here’s a list of my top 5 scary YA characters and why they freak me out:

1. President Snow from “The Hunger Games” trilogy – He’s a ruthless dictator who forces kids to fight to the death, and smells like blood and roses.
2. Dolores Umbridge from “Harry Potter” – She loves the color pink and anything else cutesy, but nothing gives her more pleasure than punishing children.
3. Freddie from “The Marbury Lens” – Freddie kidnaps Jack, and proceeds to do very bad things to him. And that’s just the beginning, because an even worse version of Freddie is waiting for Jack in Marbury.
4. The Government in ALL dystopian fiction – Whether the government is banning love
(“Delirium”), forcing kids to death match (“Hunger Games”), or watching every move you make (“Little Brother”) it’s terrifying because it has ultimate control. How do you fight something as big as a corrupt government?
5. The Prophet from “The Chosen One” – Anyone who tries to make young girls marry old men is just bad. Bad, bad, bad.


There they are, folks! Not a single fang among them. Happy Halloween!


Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her. 
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities, populated by millions of homeless. Downtown is a wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the attendees drawn to the destruction by a magnetic force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power in the wake of the disaster, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing prophecies. They know she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the worse storm that is yet to come. 
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but he’s hiding a more sinister truth. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must unleash the full horror of her strength to save them all. 

Debut author of STRUCK. Earthquakes, doomsday cults, a teenage lightning addict, and the end of the world. May 8 2012, FSG/MacMillan.


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Here is a lowdown of all the happenings during the Carnival!


I want to thank all the people that made this carnival totally awesome!
Thank you to...
Jennifer Bosworth
Emily White
Suze Reese
Jessie Harrell
Rashelle Workman
All of these wonderful authors have donated for giveaways, participated, or even both for the carnival! Give them a round of applause!
Also, all the other team members of Bookish Delights for being completely awesome during the carnival!

I hope you guys enjoyed the carnival!

p.s. Go enter the Grand Prize Giveaway...lots of prizes in it!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All Hallows Eve Carnival Special-After Post: Guest Post, Suze Reese, ExtraNormal



Hey guys sorry for the delay on posting this; I did not get Blogger to work for me and it kept going crazy on me and deleting images and full on posts. Today and tomorrow I will have a special carnival wrap-up (after party if that sounds cooler) to just give you guys a bit more fun even after Halloween! 




Today, we will have Suze Reese, the author of ExtraNormal, doing a guest post! Everyone welcome Suze Reese! Also...guys you have to thank her with ALL of your heart cause...guess what? She will be sponsoring a giveaway for 2 ARCs of ExtraNormal for giveaway! Suze, you simply rock!!! Check the end of the post to enter the giveaway! I hope you all enjoy Suze's brief 'appearance' on Bookish Delights!


Hey all! I'm really excited to join this Halloween carnival! What could be better than a whole holiday that celebrates zombies, vampires, witches and monsters? I thought I'd take this opportunity to chat about a monster-type topic that's a little out of the ordinary: namely mind control.
Don't worry. I'm not going to make you do anything against your will. If I could do that, my kids would be eating their veggies.
But the premise of mind reading and mind control is a delicious one for writers. I like to think of it like this: the creepiest part of any story is just before the bad guy arrives—when the scary music starts and a door creeks and the good guy's pulse begins to race and you know something's about to happen but you don't know what.
But when mind control is involved, that monster never shows up. The hero can't stab anyone through the heart or pull a gun or even run away. Because the villain is in his head. And there's no way to fight him or even know who he is.   
Mind control happens to be a major theme in ExtraNormal, where inhabitants from the planet Nreim use their own electro-magnetic energy to chat with one another in pretty much the same way we use cell phones. The problem is, we mere humans don't know what to do with someone showing up in our head to have a chat. Which means the residents of Nreim could potentially just come on in and help themselves to our puny little brains.
Not that anyone would do that, would they? Yeah, of course they would, otherwise the story would be boring. And I'm in big trouble if it's boring.
Anyway, Happy Halloween all. Peace, love and safe brains.
Now go eat your vegetables.


Thank you so much for participating in the carnival, Suze! P.S. Finally the  post is up after that battle with Blogger! YAY! :)

Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Except that she knows how to harness electro-magnetic energy to communicate without words. And she's really, really far from home. Her assignment as an emissary to Earth sounds fairly simple: blend in, observe, and stay away from the planet’s primitive males. But after she finds one mysterious boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes the real reason she's supposed to keep her distance: mates from her world can die if separated. But a series of serious accidents make it clear that someone wants to force her return. Mira decides her only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment—before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home. (Via Goodreads)





Author of YA paranormal romance ExtraNormal. In real life I fight pirates, travel to outer space and am trained in lethal jiu jitsu. In my imagination I sit in front a computer all day writing and eating peanut m&ms. Or maybe its the other way around. I get confused. I have published in a different genre, but this one is way way more fun. I have a degree in communications. Which I guess means I know how to communicate good.
Check out what you have to do to be one of the two winners of the ARCs of ExtraNormal!
-U.S. Only..sorry guys..not sponsored by me...
-13 or Older
-Must be a GFC Follower!



Thank you for viewing day one of the carnival..after party! Tomorrow will be Day 2 and the end of the Carnival as we know it...okay..so there may be one next year...but yeah... :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

All Hallows Eve Carnival! Day 8: Grand Prize Giveaway!!!


Happy Halloween Everyone!!! We wish you all a night filled with frights and delights! We hope you have enjoyed the All Hallows Eve Carnival at Bookish Delights. Today is Day 8, the last day of the carnival. Today we will be having the grand prize giveaway!!! And don't forget, the final letters to the Carnival Unscramble are on the bottom of today's post!!!

Also there are only a few entries so far for the Spooky Short Story Contest and the Spooky Photo Contest, so feel free to enter those if it is something you are interested in! *Update: I will extend the deadline to enter the Spooky Short Story Contest and the Spooky Photo Contest until Nov 15 by 11:59pm PST to give people more time to enter. All other carnival giveaways will also be extended until Nov 15 by 11:59pm.
Grand Prize:





1) Halloween Candy!! It wouldn't be a real Halloween giveaway without candy!
2) A $10 Book Of Your Choice (Pre-order ok!)
3) A Paperback book of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
4) A Signed Paperback book of The Hollow by Jessica Verday
5) A Paperback of the book Immortal: Love Stories With Bite by P.C. Cast
5) An ARC of Wither by Lauren Destefano
6) An ARC of Huntress by Malinda Lo
7) An ARC of Vixen by Jillian Larkin (my favorite book of 2010)




8) Two ARCS from these four (depends on which ARC the winner of Spooky Photo Contest Winner chooses):
-Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
-Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
-Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
-Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
9) Audiobook of The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker


10) Signed Destined Bookmarks from YA Author Jessie Harell
11.) Signed Slide Bookmarks from YA Author Jill Hathaway
12.) Signed Forbidden Bookmarks from YA Author Megan Curd
13.) Signed Elemental Bookmarks from YA Author Emily White
14.) Signed Exiled Rack Cards from YA Author RaShelle Workman
15.) Signed Monarch Swag including Bookmarks and Posters
16.) Some Signed and Unsigned Random Swag from Roshini


The Grand Prize Giveaway Ends On Nov 15, 2011 by 11:59pm PST
To Enter The Grand Prize Giveaway, you must do the following:
*Restrictions: US ONLY!!!!

1) Be or Become a GFC of Bookish Delights.

2) You must have entered at least one (or more if you like) of our All Hallows Eve Carnival game giveaway(s) or contest(s).
*You'll get bonus entries into grand prize giveaway if you enter more carnival giveaways/contests!

3) Unscramble the letters posted at the bottom of each carnival post to reveal the secret two word message from Bookish Delights to You on Halloween!!
(*Hint: Carnival Letters from Day 1 through Day 5 spell out the first word. Then Carnival Letters from Day 6 and Day 8 spell the second word.)

4) FILL OUT FORM BY CLICKING THIS LINK!!!


FOR EXTRA ENTRIES:
1) In a comment below let us know what you did for Halloween. +2
2) Spread the word about our All Hallows Eve Carnival GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY! (*Be sure to Leave Link in FORM, Please DO NOT add link in a comment).


Thanks!!

Hope You All Have A Happy Halloween!!!!

HERE ARE THE FINAL LETTERS:

E L N A E H L W









Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cover Reveal: BETRAYED by Ednah Walters


Title: Betrayed 
Series: Guardian Legacy 
Author: Ednah Walters 
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press, www.SpencerHillPress.com 
ISBN: 978-1-937053-18-5 (Trade Paper), 978-1-937053-19-2 (e-book) 
Release Date: June, 2012

BETRAYED 
Lil isn't just an average teenager. She's one of the Nephilim--the descendants of humans and angels--which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she's found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she's warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves... and won't stop until she's been lured to the dark side.
I'm honored to reveal the cover for the new Spencer Hill Press novel, Betrayed by Ednah Walters! What do you guys think? Thanks to SPH for contacting me about revealing the cover!



Saturday, October 29, 2011

All Hallows Eve Carnival! Day 6: Pick your Poison!















Today is Day 6 of Bookish Delight's All Hallows Eve Carnival!




Today we will be having a "Pick your Poison" Apple Bobbing Contest!



Rules: The rules are simple, just pick an apple (either A, B, or C) from each row (there are a total of 5 rows) and hopefully you will pick the RIGHT POISONOUS APPLE. One poisonous apple in each row corresponds with a YA book about poison! You have to decide which apple the reader ate while reading a book about poison and as a result, poisoned the apple! You get one entry just for entering and trying. Then you get one additional entry for each correct answer you get. Then fill out the entry form below.


Deadline To Enter: Nov 5, 2011 by 11:59pm


Restrictions: US ONLY Giveaway


Prize: An ARC of Poison: A Novel Of The Renaissance by Sara Poole.

*Winner will be chosen by random.org, once all the entries are tallied.



Get Ready To "Pick Your Poison" From The Five Apple Rows Below! Five Readers Read A Book About Poison. Determine Which Apple Each Reader Ate And As A Result Poisoned The Apple! Submit Your "Letter Choices" From Each Row Into The Form At The Bottom. Remember you get one entry just for entering and trying. Then you get one additional entry for every correct guess.




1. Which apple did the reader of Poison eat?

Row One: A B C




2. Which apple did the reader of the Poison Study eat?

Row Two: A B C




3. Which apple did the reader of The Poison Diaries eat?


Row Three: A B C



4. Which apple did the reader of Poison Apples eat?

Row Four: A B C




5. Which apple did the reader of The Poison Eaters eat?

Row Five: A B C





That's it! Good luck!!!











DON'T FORGET!: TO BE ENTERED INTO THE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT, YOU MUST UNSCRAMBLE A BUNCH OF LETTERS THAT WE WILL BE POSTING DURING THE CARNIVAL! SO BE SURE TO COME BACK EACH DAY TO COLLECT ALL OF THE LETTERS!







HERE IS TODAY'S LETTER:














Friday, October 28, 2011

All Hallows Eve Carnival! Day 5: Halloween Trivia!





How are you all enjoying the All Hallows Eve Carnival so far?!! We hope you haven't had enough spooks yet! Did you check out our carnival guest post yesterday of the Bone Chilling Story by YA author Emily White (Elemental, May 2012)?! Click Here To Read It, it will scare the socks off you! Be sure to come back daily this whole week for more games, giveaways, and guest posts from awesome authors, and our grand prize giveaway on Halloween night!Today is Day 5 of Bookish Delight's All Hallows Eve Carnival!



Today we are having a Halloween Trivia Giveaway!!

How fun is that! Learning more about Halloween!! Time to test your Halloween Trivia Skills!! Are you up for the challenge?! We hope so!

Rules: Take Our Halloween Quiz Below To Be Entered Into The Giveaway For The First Five Books In The House Of Night Series!! Each Correct Answer Gives You One Entry Into The Giveaway. There Will Also Be Bonus Entries As Well. Once You Are Done With The Quiz, Submit Your Answers In The Form Below.




Restrictions: US Only Giveaway, (sorry International folks!). Also you may only take the quiz once. No retakes.



Deadline To Enter: Nov 5, 2011 by 11:59pm

*Winner will be chosen after adding up all entries, then using random.org.




Prize: First five books of the House of Night series!!
















Take Our Halloween Quiz Below. Once You Are Done With The Quiz, Submit Your Answers In The Form Below.


About Halloween History:



1. Halloween's (or Samhain's) origins date back to an ancient ___ festival:



A. German



B. Celtic



C. Jewish



D. Hogwarts



2. When Rome took over the above region, what holidays did they combine with Samhain?


A. Saturnalia (a midwinter celebration of the Solstice) and a day to honor Minerva (Goddess of Wisdom)



B. Black Day (an unlucky day) and a day to honor Persephone) (Queen of the Underworld)



C. Feralia (celebration of the passing of the dead) and a day to honor Pomona (Goddess of Fruit & Trees)

D. Festival of the New Sun (celebration of the new sun) and a day to honor Aurona (Goddess of Dawn)





3. In the second half of the nineteenth century, Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the(ir) _______ by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.



A. number of children they would have

B. day they would marry

C. day Voldemort would return

D. future husband


4. By ___ and ____, Halloween had become a secular, by community centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment.

A. 1920s; 1930s

B. 1930s; 1940s

C.1940s; 1950s

D. 1950s; 1960s


About Trick-Or-Treating:


5. Trick or Treating probably dates back to the Early All Souls' Day parade in England.

True or False

6. To avoid being recognized by _____, people (back when Halloween first started) would wear masks to disguise themselves.

A. dementors

B. ghosts

C. their neighbors

D. demons


7. People would leave ____ on their doorsteps to appease ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

A. candy

B. food

C. horcruxes

D. crosses


About Pumpkin Carving:


8. _____ immigrants brought the "jack-o-lantern" tradition to America.

A. Mexican

B. Irish

C. Celtic

D. Wizard


9. According to what myth does this practice come from?

A. The Deathly Hallows

B. Jack o Lamp

C. Stringy Jack

D. Pumpkin Jack


10. In England, back when this tradition first started, they used what instead of pumpkins?

A. Pears

B. Apples

C. Beets

D. Turnips
That's it! Hopefully you guys get them right!!

Did You Know....?

About 50% of American's decorate their yard for Halloween?

More than 35 million pounds of candy corn is sold annually. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces--enough to circle around the moon nearly 21 times if laid end to end!!

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween!



DON'T FORGET!: TO BE ENTERED INTO THE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT, YOU MUST UNSCRAMBLE A BUNCH OF LETTERS THAT WE WILL BE POSTING DURING THE CARNIVAL! SO BE SURE TO COME BACK EACH DAY TO COLLECT ALL OF THE LETTERS!

HERE IS TODAY'S LETTER: