Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 21 - Carrie Jones

The winner of Melissa Walker's Lovestruck Summer is...Marie Carlson!

Apologies for the slight schedule change, but Sunday found us at the vet ER with a sick Misha cat (he is home and doing well, don't worry!), so I didn't have time to post Rachel Vincent's blog at a decent hour. Rachel has graciously agreed to do her guest blog this coming Saturday instead, so she'll be closing out our Blogtoberfest.

I can't believe it's almost over! But there are still six open drawings, plus five more to come, including Jennifer Echols (tomorrow), PC Cast (Thursday), me (Friday) and Rachel on Saturday. And then--AND THEN, the grand prize, featuring over $300 worth of YA novels (i.e., the books the authors are giving away).

But first! Today's Blogtoberguest is Carrie Jones, author of several YA books, including 2008's Need (which I shamelessly gushed over last year when I interviewed Carrie). The sequel, Captivate, will be coming out in January 2010. She'll be giving away an Advance Review Copy of Captivate right here.

Carrie recently announced that her publisher has bought two more books in this series. Hooray for pixies! No, wait, pixies are evil. But hooray for books about pixies!

Carrie starts off her post from the point of view of Zara, the heroine of Need and Captivate:

* * * *

TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TRICK OR TREATING WITH A WEREWOLF

1. Canines aren’t supposed to eat chocolate, so you get all the treats.

2. If you get lost in the woods you don’t have to worry about the Big Bad Wolf coming because you are already with the sexy, hot wolf.

3. He wags his tail in both human and wolf form.

4. He doesn’t mind if you wag your tail either.

5. He runs around naked.

6. He isn’t afraid to howl.

7. Did I mention the whole dogs/wolves-no-chocolate thing?

8. He’s really good at begging at the door.

9. He doesn’t mind if you drool, because let’s face it: he drools too.

10. Body heat.

* * * *

And now a bit from Carrie herself...

* * * *


HORRIBLE HALLOWEEN SOB STORY FROM CARRIE’S PAST

I grew up in Bedford, NH. I was the poor kid. This was really super obvious on Halloween. Actually, it was super obvious all year because people would always be like, “Do you live in that creepy brown house on the hill?”

And I was too stupid to lie so I’d always go, “Um….yes.”

Everyone else had clothes from The Gap. Everyone else had cable. Everyone else had a computer. I had a word processor. I had no cable for a really long time. I had clothes from Kmart and eventually the thrift store, because I could at least be sort of cool if I shopped there because it seemed like a choice, you know?

So, I was the quiet girl with the K-Mart clothes with the creepy brown ranch house in a town of colonial houses in cute subdivisions. OH! And my dad was a truck driver. Everyone else’s dad worked for Digital or designed space shuttle parts for NASA.

Anways, I wanted to LOVE Halloween. I wanted to have one of those awesome frilly costumes. I wanted to be a princess or a fairy or a deck of cards or something cool. But, my mom who is awesome is not very crafty. She doesn’t know how to work a glue gun. And we were poor.

So every year I was the same thing.

This thing was not a fairy princess.

This thing was not a deck of cards.

This thing was not a cat or a pumpkin or a sexy she-devil.

This thing was a private investigator. Year after year I would wear my mom’s trench coat and my dad’s dorky brown hat with the feather in it and be a private investigator. And every year nobody knew what I was. Don’t get me wrong. People would guess….

You’re a person on a rainy day….

You’re a teacher….

You’re someone in a trench coat…

But my favorite guess? Yeah, that one was golden. It was announced by Scott Quinn during our school’s Halloween parade where each class would do a circuit around the perimeter of the gym and the other classes would watch.

What did Scott Quinn yell?

You’re a flasher! Carrie’s a flasher!

Yeah. It scared me. Just a bit.

* * * *

To enter to win a signed ARC of Captivate, leave a comment below. And remember, each comment automatically enters you in the drawing for the grand prize package: all 25 books!

For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Tuesday, November 3, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Bella!

Sydney Salter and My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters
Christine Marciniak and When Mike Kissed Emma
Tricia Mills and Heartbreak River
Simone Elkeles and Perfect Chemistry
Maggie Stiefvater and Ballad
Stephanie Kuehnert and Ballads of Suburbia (believe it or not, I didn't intentionally book these two similarly-titled-but-way-different novels back-to-back--just got lucky)

Thanks so much to Carrie for reminding us why we adore her!

Labels: , ,

96 Comments:

This was a great post. I love the 10 reason to trick or treat with a werewolf, very funny. I also fell in love with Need last year and have been waiting for Captitive as soon as I finish reading Need. I can't believe January is almost here.

Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 10/27/2009 9:58 AM

Hahaha. I understand your pain. We always made our own costumes too. My mom would tell us we made the costumes because it was more than going out and just buying one. We knew the real reason. But we always tried to have fun and that's what counts.

Posted by: Anonymous Brittany at 10/27/2009 10:07 AM

Love the 10 reasons to trick or treat with a werewolf too! Great stuff! Hope I win, I'm running out of reading material, have to make a run to the book store soon.
Thanks Jeri!!!

Posted by: Blogger Sharon K at 10/27/2009 10:08 AM

Wow! Love the 10 readons to trick or treat with a werewolf - makes me want to go check out the book!

Karen

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/27/2009 10:09 AM

Oh wow. That would be unbelievably awkward!

Posted by: Blogger Melanie at 10/27/2009 10:17 AM

Heh. I was the poor kid in my town, too. Couple that with a religious fanatic father, and there was no trick-or-treating to be had at all. I've just started reading Need, so Captivate sounds awesome.

Posted by: Blogger BrigidsBlest at 10/27/2009 11:24 AM

Enjoyed todays post, can't believe its almost over!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/27/2009 11:25 AM

So funny!!! Carrie the flasher... I almost had a (mini) werewolf to T&T with, but she opted for vampire instead. Ah well.

Posted by: Blogger Liz Jones at 10/27/2009 12:10 PM

Awww, that really stinks. Zara's bit was hilarious, though. Can't wait for Captivate!

Posted by: Blogger Rhia Raye at 10/27/2009 12:13 PM

Flasher huh...? Could be worse. Peeping tom? Glad to see the cover for Captivate...been wondering what would be gold*ish. Love it!

Posted by: Anonymous Jbigheart at 10/27/2009 12:22 PM

Yay, Carrie! And I can totally relate to not having cable--I used to lie to my friends about watching Double Dare every day ;)

Thanks for the post--and the contest! I can't wait for CAPTIVATE!

Posted by: Blogger paperback.pixie at 10/27/2009 12:23 PM

Haha! funny story, i was at the thrift store last week and tryed on a trench and seriously considered being a flasher for halloween. its so hard trying to find the perfect costume, and now im 22 and still having a hard time haha. Carrie you are wonderful cant wait for CAPTIVATE!

Posted by: Blogger jackattack17 at 10/27/2009 12:29 PM

Carrie is so spooky-fantastic. (I have a review copy of Carrie's book, so I'm entering for the Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center Library in Austin).

Posted by: Blogger Cynthia Leitich Smith at 10/27/2009 12:30 PM

I love you Carrie! You always brighten up my day with your stories. =]

The ten reasons to trick or treat with a werewolf is genious.
I need to find myself a werewolf of my own.

I can't wait for Carrie's next book. =]

<3 Chantal

Posted by: OpenID thebiblioblogger at 10/27/2009 12:32 PM

I can't WAIT to read Captivate!!!! one of my favorite things about you, Carrie, is that you are so REAL- even face to face- you are who you are and don't make excuses for that! I think that "you" is pretty awesome, btw :)
~Stephanie

Posted by: OpenID raiyasmamma at 10/27/2009 12:32 PM

Ooo, I want to trick-or-treat with a werewolf! Please enter me in this contest, as well.

Karen

www.karenkincy.com

Posted by: Blogger Karen Kincy at 10/27/2009 12:35 PM

I definitely need to trick or treat with a werewolf...more treats for me!
great post!

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger throuthehaze at 10/27/2009 12:52 PM

I absolutely adore Carrie Jones! ADORE HER! Her books are just as fabulous as she is! I would love to enter!

Posted by: Blogger Aubrey (AKA Stacey) at 10/27/2009 1:06 PM

awww I was the poor kid too. Except I used to be a Jehovah's Witness, so we didn't celebrate Halloween. I did wear K-mart clothes or whatever clothes my mom made me. I was never called a flasher though. That's a classic.

Posted by: Blogger BrittLit at 10/27/2009 1:19 PM

Awe, that sounds like a cool costume, but I understand every year would get old! :(

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 10/27/2009 1:44 PM

A flasher? Oh man, that's a crazy guess! I can't wait to read Captivate :)

Posted by: Blogger pepsivanilla at 10/27/2009 2:22 PM

10 reasons to trick or treat with a werewolf was very funny. You are amazing, Carrie! You are very funny. I can't wait for Captivate!

Posted by: Anonymous Dana Nichole at 10/27/2009 2:32 PM

Lol a flasher? that's too much. I can't wait for Captivate to come out :)

Posted by: OpenID stephest at 10/27/2009 2:56 PM

Just finished reading Need and so want Captivate right now! The ten reasons to trick or treat with a werewolf was awesome!

Posted by: OpenID harmonybookreviews at 10/27/2009 3:04 PM

I loved Zara's reasons for taking a werewolf with you on halloween! Need is a very awesome book, and i cannot wait for Captivate! :D

Posted by: Anonymous Audrey Bognar at 10/27/2009 3:09 PM

Haha, a flasher? How embarrassing. Screw them, not everyone live on cloud nine all the time. Remember, pay back is a you know what. And regardless who's giving it, or when it happens. I definately believe in Karma. That top ten reasons to go trick or treating with a werewolf was hilarious. I believe I'd like to go with one now. Know any? I would love to read your book, the first and the second. Sign me up! <3 Bekah

Posted by: Blogger Bekah at 10/27/2009 3:13 PM

Oh, I think a private investigator is a great costume. And I've had some lousy costumes, despite being middle class and having a mother who is a superb seamstress. Kids just don't always have the best costume ideas.
I wonder if a trick or treating werewolf would have prevented my mother from eating my Snickers bars? (She didn't eat them all, just one; have to clear that up!).

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/27/2009 3:15 PM

Love your story and duhh the ten reasons to go trick or treating with a werewolf are genius!! If only Nick Colt were real..... oh well! I can't wait till I can finally read Captivate! I know it is going to be pure amazingness. Did I ever tell you I read Need a total of I think 5 times already? Yepp, one book 5 times... I have never re-read a book before, EVER! Then yours comes along and BAM! I couldnt put it down! Either I'm weird or your book is great....yea I'm going with the second one. ;)

<3 ya! ~Chels

Posted by: Anonymous Chelsea at 10/27/2009 3:45 PM

I've never trick or treated before. I've been in America for 5 years and my parents are pretty strict about me going out at night since people might abduct me...Besides going to school and bookstores, I can go to CVS and Shoppers and...that's pretty much it.

Hope this Halloween will be different...

Posted by: OpenID missmagic188 at 10/27/2009 3:56 PM

We were always poor too, but we lived in a very economically depressed area (until I was 8) -- so everyone made their costumes. One year, we made ours out of brown paper bags (well, my creative mom did) -- I don't remember what I was, but my brother was a nutcracker soldier.

Posted by: OpenID robinellen at 10/27/2009 4:00 PM

This is a great post to read. I love the 10 reason to trick or tret with a werewolf. I was grinning the whole time. Awww on the Halloween Story. Carrie a flasher? I guess that would be embarrasing.

Hopefully your Halloween experience got better. :]

Posted by: Blogger Sue (okibi_insanity) at 10/27/2009 4:01 PM

I love Carrie. I teach high school English and last year had the pleasure of introducing Carrie to some of the students. She was wonderfully hilarious. Even the guys were captivated with a girl who essentially writes girl stories. I personally think she is brilliant. Of course, she wouldn't believe that if you told her, but she is. While reading the Halloween story I could imagine Carrie telling it in person. I would love a copy of the new book--can't wait and am so glad that there will be two more (or more) behind it. I will, of course, without guilt, promote it to all of my students and why not? She is a captivating author after all. Hopefully, she will bless us with another visit. Thank you for sharing. The site is great.

Posted by: Blogger Mrs. Tenney at 10/27/2009 4:23 PM

Ha, I love the 10 Reasons to Trick or Treat with a Werewolf - hilarious!

Posted by: Blogger Erica at 10/27/2009 5:07 PM

LOL! Oh my gosh, that definitely sounds like my high school ("A flasher!"). How could you not guess Private Investigator?

Need was amazing, and I can't wait for Captivate!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Lea at 10/27/2009 5:17 PM

I haven't read Need but I guess if I get Captivate I'll "need" to read Need. :)

The 10 reasons to trick or treat with a werewolf makes me want to go find Jacob from Twilight. Hahaha.

Posted by: Blogger Tiffany Cunha at 10/27/2009 5:28 PM

Oh wow. What a story. We didn't dress up for Halloween, but what a tough story.

By the way, I love #1 for werewolves! Pass the chocolate.

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/27/2009 5:31 PM

The 10 reasons to trick or treat witha werewolf was great!

Amber
justyourtypicalbookblog(at)hotmail(dot)com

Posted by: Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog at 10/27/2009 5:35 PM

Poor Carrie the non-flasher! I know what you mean about lame costumes that no one can guess...having worn more than one of them in my time.

But don't worry, Carrie...just go trick-or-treating with a werewolf, and you'll get to keep all the chocolate! ;-)

Cara

Posted by: Blogger Cara King at 10/27/2009 6:03 PM

I can emphathize - my dad was a truck driver too, and we didn't have much money so I never got a cool costume either. But as long as I got lots of chocolate, I was okay. Your top ten reasons were so cute, not having to share the chocolate is great, I'll take a werewolf trick or treating any day.

Posted by: Blogger Barbara E. at 10/27/2009 6:39 PM

Haha, sorry, I'm laughing at your halloween story! :)

Posted by: Blogger Janicu at 10/27/2009 6:57 PM

I'm going to post those reasons to trick or treat with a werewolf on next week's teen corner author spotlight at the library I volunteer at. I already did one on Carrie a few weeks ago - but I'll add to it! c:

Posted by: Blogger Janelle Kelcey at 10/27/2009 7:09 PM

Aw, werewolves can't have chocolate? Sad for them, but great for Zara!

Posted by: Blogger Heather at 10/27/2009 8:37 PM

Aw.... You guys are all too nice.

And I am SO sorry for everyone else who had totally horrible Halloween costumes or who don't even get to go trick or treating. That is BEYOND horrible. Brigidsbest and Brittlitt...I am looking at you guys.

Cait045, that is so nice of you to say about NEED.

Brittany, I am so sorry you can feel my pain.

Sharon, You are too kind.

Karen, that is so nice of you to want to do.

Melanie, it was SO beyond awkward.

Tetewa, Jeri's month has been amazing, hasn't it?

Liz, I am so sorry she went vamp.

Thanks, Rhia. I hope you aren't disappointed.

Jbigheart... I don't know. Is a peeping tom worse? Hm....

paperback pixie! I did THE SAME THING!

jackattack17, you crack me up. Go back and buy it!

Cyn, you are spooky-fantastic, too.

I love you, Chantal!

That is REALLY REALLY nice of you to say, Stephanie. That's such a great ego boost. *Happy dance*

You too Aubrey/Stacey. You are way too nice.

Posted by: Blogger Carrie at 10/27/2009 8:53 PM

I love #5 of the top ten reasons to go trick or treating with a werewolf :)

That was sad about the costume, kids can be so cruel :(

Posted by: OpenID wyrdkat at 10/27/2009 9:11 PM

I enjoyed the blog, but I just have to say I *loved* NEED, and I can't wait to read CAPTIVATE!!!

Thanks for giving us a chance to win an ARC! Fingers crossed!

karenwitkowski AT aol.com

Posted by: Blogger Karen W. at 10/27/2009 9:30 PM

Love the Top Ten! And Carrie's Halloween memories were too funny! Remember when it would be freezing during trick or treating, so everyone wore a coat and no one could see your costume? Think trick or treating was always my favorite part of Halloween! Thanks for sharing your memories Carrie!

Posted by: Blogger Alexia561 at 10/27/2009 10:11 PM

Great post and I can see that trick or treating with a werewolf is the way to spend Halloween.

I love your private investigator comstume...what a fun idea. The flasher aspect is pretty funny.

I am really looking forward to reading Captivate!

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 10/27/2009 11:18 PM

Hah, that was a great post and an awesome story. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 10/27/2009 11:18 PM

Love the Top Ten list. Heh. Good points, all. And I also loved, Need. Can't wait until Captivate comes out and I can read it! :0)

I can relate to the no cable issue. We lived in a rural area that couldn't get it. And this was in the 80's. Gave new meaning to the slogan, "I want my MTV!". LOL!

Thanks!
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 10/28/2009 4:29 AM

We were Halloween-poor, too...I was always a hobo. Gee thanks, Mom.

Posted by: OpenID whitehousemom at 10/28/2009 8:30 AM

The Halloween after I graduated from college, another person with the same name (different middle name) left a derelict car in the middle of Route 1 in Waldoboro and set it on fire. This was way back when there weren't a lot pf people around and well before the internet. I spent the next week explaining it wasn't me who was the villain, although I've often thought it might have been an interesting entry on my resume if I had thought to do it.

Posted by: Blogger Berek at 10/28/2009 8:39 AM

I love Need and cannot wait for Captive. I have to say that when I read about the trench coat my mind went toward flasher as well. Sorry. :) Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Posted by: Anonymous Nicole W at 10/28/2009 9:49 AM

I have not a craftsy bone in my body, so it's a good thing my wife is better about such things. In a few years, we'll have a little one old enough to trick or treat. Maybe we'd better start planning now to save him from a traumatic costume experience. ;)

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/28/2009 1:05 PM

What a funny post! I guess I'll have to date a werewolf so I can keep all of my chocolate to myself!
If it was any consolation, I dressed up and was the Little Old Lady from Pasadena in 3rd grade. I wore my dad's graduation gown and had a diploma from driving school.

Posted by: Blogger Cassie at 10/28/2009 1:45 PM

Great Post! I'd love to go trick or treating with a werewolf. LOL! I just finished reading Need and can't wait to read Captive

Thanks for the chance to win.

annasbookblog@gmail.com

Posted by: Blogger Anna at 10/28/2009 4:13 PM

I love the cover for Captivate! Please enter me!

belle2211(at)yahoo(dot)com

Posted by: Blogger purplg8r at 10/28/2009 6:07 PM

lol, I totally know what you mean Carrie. When money was tight, I was either a ghost, ratty one at that or a hobo for Halloween.

Deidre

Posted by: Blogger ddurance at 10/28/2009 10:45 PM

I am obsessed with the covers for these books. Seriously, they are works of art.
And I NEED a copy of Captivate, like, yesterday. ;)
That list is amazing by the way.

dubeltake@aol.com

Posted by: Blogger ElleDoe at 10/29/2009 12:36 AM

A flasher? Really? *dies* Do flashers even wear hats? Wait why am I seriously thinking about flashers? Disturbing. lol Im sure it scarred you for life but it makes a GREAT hilarious story!!

Posted by: Blogger Casse AKA Catholic Kittie at 10/29/2009 4:23 AM

Love the werewolf trick-or-treat list! A PI is pretty clever but a flasher is pretty darn funny!

Posted by: Blogger Patti at 10/29/2009 7:18 AM

Wonderful post Carrie from Zara's top 10 reasons (I think I need to find myself a werewolf...hmmmm) and your personal Halloween story.. thank you so much for sharing!
Im looking forward to checking out your work.

Best wishes
Debbie in NY

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/29/2009 4:27 PM

I loved the idea of keeping all the treats. I loved Need and can't wait for Captivate.

Posted by: Anonymous Liliana at 10/29/2009 5:26 PM

Loved your list. Your book sounds great and I would love to read it.

seriousreader at live dot com

Posted by: Blogger Linda Henderson at 10/30/2009 12:03 AM

I loved your top ten list. Halloween can be difficult if your family doesn't have the money or creativity. I think publicly being called a 'flasher' is just sad! Luckily, as a little sister I got the left overs from previous years but limited choice...which is the downside to being the little sister. Happy Halloween!

Rose S.
warsoldier79@yahoo.com

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/30/2009 5:05 PM

I met Carrie Jones last year and got my NEED book signed!!! Yeah that was fun for me... I CAN'T WAIT for Captivate!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous Moriah at 10/30/2009 5:17 PM

Captivate! *squeal* I'm in love with the cover of it. :)

Posted by: Blogger Lauren at 10/30/2009 6:20 PM

OMG! I am just crazy about NEED, and can't wait for this book to come out. It will be as good as the first. i know it! x. Jenna
sorrowfulgoodbyes.blogspot.com
big-pink-fish@hotmail.com

Posted by: Blogger Jenna at 10/31/2009 11:18 AM

I have been wanting to read Carrie Jones's books!  I LOVE the cover art on them!Mariahpenguinqueen(at)hotmail(dot)com

Posted by: Anonymous Mariah at 10/31/2009 12:01 PM

I've been wanting to read Captivate ever since I finished Need! I love all the phobias that she listed and the structure of the novel.

chicareader@gmail.com

Posted by: Blogger LiLi at 10/31/2009 12:43 PM

This comment has been removed by the author.

Posted by: Blogger JMarie at 10/31/2009 12:54 PM

Good tips to know. Happy Halloween....Stacy
samnstacy(at)me(dot)com

Posted by: Blogger stacy stew at 10/31/2009 2:12 PM

Only Ten? JK - Love the ten reasons to trick or treat with a werewolf! Need is on my TBR, but after that post, I gotta move it up!

Happy Halloween & Samhain!

~bella

Posted by: Blogger Bella at 10/31/2009 2:18 PM

My mom was crafty, so while I wore the same thing every year, the effect was different. Did you know when a red riding hood cape is dyed black that it makes a wonderful witch's cape? It's true. And after a growth spurt makes the cape really short, hey! A perfect beatnik! ... at least, that's what my mom assured me I was.

Posted by: Blogger Chelsea at 10/31/2009 4:52 PM

Great post, please enter me into the contest :)

van

Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

Posted by: Blogger van_pham at 10/31/2009 6:31 PM

*gasp* signed ARC of Captivate?!
i "NEED" it! lol
plz enter me, for sure. i read & loved Need, and the cover to "Captivate" looks so beautiful...

iroquois.girl@yahoo.com

Posted by: Blogger 2.0 Blog at 10/31/2009 9:07 PM

Okay, you had me at # 1!!!! Seriously. What an awesome top 10!

A flasher! HA! That's awesome. You should have worn one of those t-shirts that looks like a naked body but it's just a very long t-shirt! ;)

What a simple costume: a PI. :)


P.S. - I can't wait to read your books!!!! I really want to!

Posted by: Blogger Jessica Kennedy at 10/31/2009 9:14 PM

Need was a great book with a solid idea and I am definitely interested to see where it goes from here.... and just maybe, there should be a flasher/private investigator someone in it.

Although, I can see how that would be a good conclusion to make from that outfit.

Posted by: Blogger Flamingo1325 at 10/31/2009 9:54 PM

The top ten was great... Is it bad to sneak a piece of chocolate from my kids haul tonight? hmmm

Posted by: Blogger Brooke at 10/31/2009 10:05 PM

Love the Top 10 reasons. Mmmm body heat XD

Lol, Carrie your story made me laugh. But in a good way.

I just love to win this one. Need was the best!!

Posted by: Blogger BeyondTheIcyWalls at 10/31/2009 10:08 PM

lol your top ten list just made me love werewolfs more. lol.

Posted by: Blogger Pamk at 10/31/2009 11:00 PM

Flasher? That just made my morning.

booksbya.k@gmail.com

Posted by: Blogger lale at 11/01/2009 1:39 AM

would love a copy.

Posted by: Blogger Kiyote at 11/01/2009 9:53 AM

Need was great! Captivate looks awesome!

Posted by: Blogger rachel445 at 11/01/2009 9:58 AM

thank you for your story..it reminds me of how we grew up. there was never enuf money to buy fancy clothes esp. awesome costumes. so either we didnt go o my mom would try and make something which usually didnt turn out right. lol but i love her anyways.

sign me up i would love to win your book.

Posted by: Blogger victoriasdreams at 11/01/2009 1:46 PM

oh I love those tips :)

Posted by: Anonymous emmad at 11/01/2009 2:38 PM

I loved Need! Please enter me.

Laurie
llt806@optonline.net

Posted by: Blogger Laurie T. at 11/01/2009 6:18 PM

Poor kid here too, however, I was always a.....Hobo. Complete with coffee ground beard! Would love a copy of this book. :)

Posted by: Blogger Amy Jo at 11/01/2009 8:15 PM

This looks like such a great series - thanks for the teaser! count me in

mmillet at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Michelle at 11/01/2009 10:27 PM

Wow! What an awesome chance! I've been looking forward to the sequel since I finished the last book, Need! Good luck to everyone!

Melanie

Posted by: Blogger Melanie Golden at 11/02/2009 12:08 PM

Carrie's first book was amazing and I was absolutely giggling while reading her top ten reasons to trick or treat with a werewolf.

Definitely want a chance to win the sequel!

Posted by: Blogger Kristen at 11/02/2009 4:17 PM

Thanks for the Halloween story! Very funny!

Thanks!

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 11/02/2009 6:51 PM

Very funny post!! I love werewolves, lol.

Can't wait to read this one!

Dottie

gymmom_027@yahoo.com

Posted by: Blogger My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) at 11/02/2009 7:37 PM

definitely need the body heat reason. It always seemed like every day leading up to 10-31 would be wonderfully beautiful and slightly warm...10-31 decided to become all aboard for freezing temps. It was the biggest reason I hated wearing the 'cool' halloween costumes--none of them were WARM enough!

Lexie

Posted by: Blogger Lexie at 11/03/2009 11:36 AM

Looking forward to Captivate. Would love to get my hands on it early. Thanks for the contest.

Posted by: Blogger claritysheen at 11/03/2009 4:12 PM

I can relate to being the poor kid. My mom trained me to always go straight for the clearance racks when walking into stores adn I am a frequent shopper at Goodwill, even now. Have not read Need yet but I want to!! It looks amazing.

Posted by: Blogger Lori at 11/04/2009 9:46 AM

The winner of the signed ARC of CAPTIVATE is...Bella! Bella, please send your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com in the next week. As always, only the author and I will see the address.

Thanks to the tons of people who commented. Carrie's readers rock!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/04/2009 8:24 PM

NEW RELEASE!

This Side of Salvation

This Side of Salvation, Jeri's new contemporary YA novel!

Now available in hardcover and ebook.

“A smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale...bringing to light issues of belief versus free will, spirit versus body, and family versus self.” —Booklist, **Starred Review**

More about THIS SIDE OF SALVATION

Order from Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.com.

NOW AVAILABLE!

Shattered

"Shattered," a Shade novella!

Available here on this website as a free download in all major ebook formats, as well as a printable PDF (now with photos!).

More about "Shattered"

About the author

Jeri Smith-Ready

Jeri Smith-Ready is a Maryland author of books for teens and adults.

Learn more about Jeri...

Photo © Geoffrey C. Baker

Sign up for Jeri's newsletter

  • First draft of secret new project

Current Reads


goodreads.com