YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2017 #YASH #TeamBlue

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2017 #YASH #TeamBlue

Thanks so much everyone who stopped by!  YASH is over for now and winners have been chosen–see you next time!

Hey there!  I’m Christina June and I wrote IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE – nice to see you!
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Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client).

When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela/fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules. 

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

 

(PS – all the way at the bottom is a special giveaway just from me, so make sure you read everything.)

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

YASH Blue Fall 2017

 

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

 

 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 8 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Today, I am hosting Jennifer Honeybourn on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

 

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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. 
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
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Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a nursing home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up, and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend and life ruiner.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England-themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score for once and for all—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to get the boy.

 

 

Take it away Jennifer!

Fancasting Wesley James Ruined My Life

 

When I read a book, I always think about who I would want to see play the main characters in a movie adaptation. I have an eight year old daughter and in our house the TV is often turned to the Disney Channel, so it’s probably not a huge surprise that, in my head, the characters in the YA books I read often look exactly like Disney Channel stars.

 

When it comes to my own novel, WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE, I’ve always pictured Quinn as Dove Cameron, the adorable star of The Descendants and Liv and Maddie. Dove not only looks like Quinn (to me), but I can totally see her pulling off Quinn’s revenge plot against Wesley.

 

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For Wesley, I imagine Ross Lynch, of Teen Beach Movie and Austin & Ally. Ross and Wesley share the same shaggy blonde hair and laid-back attitude. All Ross needs is a pirate costume and he’d become the picture-perfect Wesley.

 

 

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So what are some of your favorite fancasts? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. And head over to @Honeybourn to enter to win a signed copy of WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE.

 

 

 

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Jennifer Honeybourn, and more!
To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is number-7-graphic

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!

Patty Blount

 

Andddddd before you go, leave a comment below for a chance to win an ARC of my 2018 book EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE – US only please.  Winner will be chosen October 9.

 

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From author Christina June comes Everywhere You Want to Be, a modern tale inspired by the classic Red Riding Hood story.

 

Matilda Castillo has always followed the rules, but when she gets injured senior year, she’s sure her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer have slipped away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes–not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.

 

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career–and figure out how to break it to her mother later. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

 

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s dream of college or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.

 

Thanks for joining me – happy hunting!

Applying to College? I’ll Critique Your Essay.

Applying to College? I’ll Critique Your Essay.

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Are you a high school senior working on a your Common App essay?  Got a university-specific essay you want a fresh set of eyes on?  Sometimes authors like to offer query help for authors looking for agents, which I do on occasion, and I thought I’d pay it forward with college apps as well.  How am I qualified to do this?  I’ve been a high school counselor for 11 years and have read hundreds of essays.

Here’s the deal:

  1. You must be a high school senior graduating in 2018.
  2.  You must have a completed draft of an essay to share – doesn’t have to be polished, but it does need to be finished.
  3.  Essays should be in Google doc format and ready for my comments.
  4. I’ll take the first 10 responders via this post.  Just leave a comment and I’ll give you the green light when I’m ready for you to send.  Do not send until you’ve heard from me.
  5. I’ll turn them around within a week.

Sound good?  Feel free to share with any senior who might be interested.  Happy writing!

My Preorder Chapter is Ready!

My Preorder Chapter is Ready!

Hello friends!

Just a quick note to let you know that Blink has been busy sending out my preorder bonus chapter for anyone who has emailed them a receipt for IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE.  It doesn’t matter which retailer you purchase from, as long as you send the receipt, they’ll send you the bonus chapter.

You can send your receipt to: ISWGBook@harpercollins.com

The bonus chapter features a funny (well, I think so) episode in the life of Tatum and her best friend, Ashlyn, before the worst summer ever recorded.  It includes the Homecoming Dance (kind of) and Chipotle.

I hope you’ll consider preordering and sending in your receipt!  Thank you!

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2016 Wrap-Up

2016 Wrap-Up

Well, we’ve made it to the end of 2016.

Maybe not quite in the same shape as when we started the year, but if you’re reading this, you’ve survived.

As we put 2016 to bed, I thought I’d share some of the things that were good in my world this year.

1.  I sold a second book!  It was a dream come true to see one book become real, but to be given the chance to do it again is overwhelming.
2.  I went to Las Vegas for the first time and celebrated 10 years of marriage.
3.  I retreated with some inspiring authors in the fall.

4.  I gave my first professional (not writing related) conference presentation.
5.  I held my words in my hands–it’s almost a real book!

I was also very entertained by the following books:

1.  Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
2.  My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
3.  Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult
4.  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
5.  Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E.K. Johnston
6.  Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
7.  Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
8.  Frannie & Tru by Karen Hattrup
9.  Liars And Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath
10.  Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

2017 debuts to look forward to (these are the ones I’ve been privileged to read already):

1.  Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
2.  It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Suguira
3.  The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
4.  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
5.  After The Fall by Kate Hart
6.  How To Break A Boy by Laurie Devore
7.  In 27 Days by Alison Gervais
8.  Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
9.  The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

I’ll share more 2017 debuts as I make my way through them.

Favorite movies this year:  Moana, Ghostbusters, Sing Street, Love & Friendship, The Edge of Seventeen, How To Be Single, and Rogue One.

Things to look forward to in 2017:

1.  I feel like this goes without saying, but May 9, 2017 is going to be a pretty momentous day.  My debut novel IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will officially be published and available for public consumption.
2.  My launch party will be May 13, 2017 at One More Page in Arlington, VA–I’d love to see you there!
3.  I’m signing copies of my ARC at the American Library Association’ Midwinter Conference AND I’m on a panel with some fabulous authors.

4.  I’m appearing at YABBAFest in Warrenton, VA in October.
5.  I’ve got a few more signings/readings ideas in the works, so stay tuned.

Whether you’re celebrating this time of year or not, I hope you’re ushering in the new year with loved ones and doing something that brings you joy.

Interested in preordering my book?  Here’s all the info.  AND!  There’s a bonus chapter in it for you.

Feel like asking your library to add my book to their collection?  Here’s how.

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Library Preorders!

Library Preorders!

 

I’m humbling requesting  you to consider asking your local public library, or perhaps your school library, if they would think about adding IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE to their collection.  Not everyone can afford to buy all the books they want to read, so in a way, this is a gift for them too.  Libraries are such important community resources and librarians are super heroes for getting the right books in the hands of readers who will cherish them.

So, how do you do it?

  1.  Access your library’s website.  OR stop by in person.
  2. Locate how to suggest a title.  It may say “purchase request,” “books on order,” “suggest a title,” or something similar.  You may find a form online, you may be asked to call the library, or you might have to fill out a form in person.

 

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Here’s what it looks like for my local library

3.  Use the following information to make your request:

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Paperback –

  • Series: Blink
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Blink (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310758661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310758662

E-book –

  • Publisher: Blink (May 9, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HAKH5LY

And that’s it!  If there’s enough interest, hopefully this baby will be coming to a library near you next year.

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Thank you!

 

Preordering IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE

Preordering IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE

Did you know you can preorder IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE and have it delivered right to your mailbox on release day?  Scroll down and find out how.

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On sale at bookstores everywhere 5-9-17

Preorder Here:

One More Page Books (signed copy!)

Barnes & Noble

Target

Walmart

Amazon

Kobo

Book Depository

Indigo

Book Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

Check out the book on Goodreads.

Anyone who is so kind to preorder can send me a picture of your receipt and I’ll add you to my super secret list to receive bonus content.  Hit me up here:  Contact

Other fun stuff coming down the road:

  • a graphic design contest!  Want to be like Tatum and create a band poster?  Blink is generously hosting a a little competition and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.  Watch this space for more info.
  • a playlist of the songs Tatum listens to in the book, as well as what I listened to while writing ISWG.
  • a local launch party!  I’m already starting to think about what kind of cupcakes we’ll have, so if you’re in the DC metro area (or feel like taking a road trip), stay tuned for the details.

For more information, visit BlinkYABooks.com.

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In a Year….

In a Year….

….my book will be available.  In a year, the words I have worked on since December 2013 will be released for public consumption.  Sometimes people say that once a book is published, it no longer belongs to the author, but instead to the reader.  That is, of course, the goal, but it doesn’t make it any less terrifying.

My editor and I are starting to have conversations about promotion and book events, about my launch party (!!!) and bonus content.  We’re discussing preorders and buy links and all the things that happen as a publisher prepares to turn that word document into a book you can buy and hold in your hand.

A lot can happen in a year

Looking back on where I was a year ago, a lot has definitely changed.  I was on submission and was feeling like this book just wasn’t going to find a home.  I was working on a new book I loved and trying to convince myself that second books have a better track record with sales….no idea if that’s true, but it sounded good at the time.

And then, the book sold!  After a really long time, the very wise “it only takes one” came true.

With one year to prepare and make sure everything is just right, I know there will be many more things to learn.  More changes are coming.  But I’m ready.   I think.

Only 365 days to go!

#TBT – Throwback Thursday 1

#TBT – Throwback Thursday 1

My parents moved recently and unearthed a huge box full of poems, short stories, school projects, and art work from my elementary and middle school days.  So of course I’m sharing it with you!  I’m hoping to make this a regular blog feature.

Throwback Thursday 1:  a fine specimen containing two poems, circa 4th grade.  Please note the old-school font and take a moment to appreciate that this was printed on a dot-matrix printer.

 

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What’s Been Happening

What’s Been Happening

Long time, no blog.  I’m quickly learning that working on a contracted book plus day-jobbing plus parenting plus adulting plus having any kind of down time is hard.

That said, it’s been a really great, productive couple of months!

Where are you with IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE?

Well, I’ve just turned in the second round of developmental edits (plot and character changes) and the next step will hopefully be copy edits.

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Me and the esteemed Lisa Maxwell, working hard.

Have you seen your cover yet?

YES!  And it is beautiful, gorgeous, perfect, etc etc etc.  The designers at Blink REALLY paid attention to my preferences and those of my editor, while also finding a way to work in some key elements from the story.  It is a thousand times better than I ever imagined it could be and I’m so very grateful for it.

Well, when can we see it??

My cover reveal will be June 14 on YA Highway, so set your calendar!

Will there be ARCs?

Sometime over the summer!  My editor is working on getting endorsements right now, which is both awesome and terrifying.

In fact, you can win a signed ARC if you make a donation to #YARunsA5k.

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What are you working on now?

A bunch of things.  BUT I’ve found that when I’m making revisions, it is very very difficult for me to get in the head space of another character, so writing new words has been sporadic.  I’ve definitely been doing some plotting though.

What else have you been up to?

I’ve done a pitiful amount of reading in the last few months.  This is in part due to revision brain and part because my husband and I binge-watched all 6 seasons of THE WALKING DEAD.  I was pretty dead set against watching, even though he’s been a fan for a long time, but then we went to a panel with the show runners, plus also Andrew Lincoln, and I decided it was time to give it a try.

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It was a solid life choice, except that now I have to wait months to find out who got Lucille’d.

I went to the Walter Award Ceremony at the Library of Congress with We Need Diverse Books.

I’ve done some fun beta reading for Heather Van Fleet and Kelly DeVos.

I read WILD SWANS by Jessica Spotswood, DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally, ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes, and THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner.

I listened to the audio of SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY MAYBE by Lauren Graham, BITTERSWEET by Sarah Ockler, and finally, FINALLY, I cracked and listened to PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen.

I’ve also been vacation planning.  My husband and I are celebrating our 10 anniversary this summer and we’re going to Las Vegas, the first trip for both of us.  (Any and all tips and recommendations are appreciated)

 

Annnnnnd, that’s about it for now.  Hopefully I’ll have things to share before another 3 months passes!