Tuesday, December 08, 2009

2K9 Grad party & an SHADE ARC anniversary giveaway

Before I forget (and while the link is still in my clipboard, before I go and copy something else and then have to copy it again, frustrated with my porous powers of attention), the class of 2k10's graduation party for the class of 2K9 continues today with another big book giveaway! My readers who love music might especially enjoy J.T. Dutton's Freaked, about a teenage Deadhead. Go forth and enter! Then come back.

Today marks one year since the auction for Shade, originally known as Generation Ghost. The climate in publishing was frosty, to say the least (paralyzed with fear, to say the most). Black Wednesday had occurred only five days before, when three major publishing houses announced major cutbacks. We were all pretty scared. (Come to think of it, we still are, but Black Wednesday was a heaping concentrated dose of ACK!.)

But Generation Ghost sold, on proposal, no less, to the publisher I'd dreamed of for years, since I'd first started reading YA: Simon Pulse. There was much rejoicing!

Even as it happened, I never realized that a year later I'd be sitting here with a box of Advance Review Copies (ARCs).

(Click for larger version.)

To celebrate the first anniversary of this unlikely occurrence, I'm doing a low-key giveaway of an a Shade ARC. This will probably be the only copy (other than the Blogtoberfest prize) to be given out before Christmas, because I still need to figure out how many ARCs are going where for what purposes. (I snagged myself a short extension on my Bring on the Night rewrite until next Monday, so I'm still slammed for time.)

So to enter to win a Shade ARC, tell me what odd anniversaries you celebrate. Something other than birthdays, deaths, weddings. First dates? Adopting a pet? The first time you saw Star Wars in the movie theatre?


Tedious Rules to keep my butt from being sued:

1. Contest open to U.S. residents only. This isn't because I'm cheap and don't want to pay international postage. It's because I'm trying to keep this contest legal and can only keep track of one country's laws at a time. Sorry!

2. Retail value: $0. ARCs can't be resold. But why would you want to?

3. Odds of winning depend upon the number of participants.

4. To enter, simply leave a comment. On Tuesday, December 15 at 11:59pm, a winner will be drawn using a random number generator. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED TO ENTRIES. The winner is Carrie!

5. Names of winners will be posted in the comments of this post, and in the first post to appear after the drawing. Winners have one week to claim their prize by contacting me via e-mail at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com. If the winner does not contact me by that time, I will draw another name at random.

6. No purchase is required.

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February 20th - the date I joined writing.com.

Posted by: Anonymous Amygdalia at 12/08/2009 11:45 AM

We celebrate all three of our pets adoption dates. We don't know their birthdays since they are from various shelters so we have presents and treats on each of their adoptions days!

Posted by: Anonymous Mandy Bentz at 12/08/2009 11:52 AM

One of the dates I celebrate with my girl friends is August 23. That is the day we started college and became a second family. They are the dearest friends I have in the whole world.

Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 12/08/2009 11:55 AM

June 15- we celebrate the day my mom bought the restaurant she owns now. She had worked there before as a manager, but the owners were really slimy so she took it off of their hands. She always brings the entire family down for free dinner on that day. :)

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 12/08/2009 12:03 PM

Since my boyfriend and I don't really have a set date where we were officially together. We celebrate our anniversary on Memorial Day. The day we met. :) It's easy to remember this way lol

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 12/08/2009 12:31 PM

Don't know if it counts, but I celebrate and rejoice upon my divorce date. Just to remind me to never do it again. For my sake as much as the unsuspecting lady :)

Posted by: Blogger Preternatural Reviews at 12/08/2009 12:40 PM

My husband and I celebrate the day we meet (June 5th 1999) because it changed both of our lives for the better!!

Posted by: Blogger Jamie at 12/08/2009 2:09 PM

My boyfriend and I were best friends before we started dating so we celebrate the anniversary of the day he kissed me and told me he loved me, even though we didn't actually start dating for another several months. It's pretty much replaced our actual anniversary.

Posted by: Blogger Katherine Hazen at 12/08/2009 2:24 PM

I celebrate the day we adopted my beautiful dog because we don't know what her birthday is.

Posted by: Blogger Jessy at 12/08/2009 3:01 PM

Yes, we celebrate our pets adoption & birth days (2 of our cats were born on our deck so we know their birthday!) & my husband & I celebrate the anniversary of the day we met - on a blind date!!! :)

Posted by: Blogger SMJ at 12/08/2009 3:05 PM

We celebrate the day we moved into our beautiful new house - two years ago now.

Posted by: Blogger Riva at 12/08/2009 5:19 PM

It's not a celebration so much as a commemoration, but we honor October 17th, which was the date of the Loma Prieta earthquake, the biggest one I ever lived through. This year was the 20th anniversary, and a bunch of us shared our stories and memories online.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 12/08/2009 6:25 PM

I celebrate acquisition of @gambear day and the day I got fired from Borders.

Posted by: Blogger Miss Marjie at 12/08/2009 6:31 PM

The only thing we celebrate that's not a traditional anniversary would be our pets adoption dates.

Ironically, they are all cats! :)

We, hubby and I, don't technically celebrate, but rather make a note to say something to each other the month we met.

I think that's about all!

Thanks for the chance to win an ARC. I can't wait to read Shade.

Posted by: Blogger Jess (The Cozy Reader) at 12/08/2009 6:44 PM

I celebrate two, neither of which I tell the respective folks about:

1) the first time my younger sister said my name correctly (January 23rd, 1996)--she was almost three and to that point had referred to me basically by saying 'aaaaaaaaaaaaeeeeeeee' because for whatever reason she couldn't say 'aley' or 'alex'. But I came in to get her ready for daycare that day and she rolled over, punched my arm (she hates being woken up) and said 'Aley NOT TODAY' before rolling back to sleep. I kept her home that day.

2) The first time I saw my boyfriend. Which isn't the same date he thinks it is. He thinks we first met when Kimmi introduced us in 2004. When in fact I saw him for the first time in GAmestop at the mall 4 years before. He helped me pick out a game for my brother, but he doesn't remember that. I call it FATE.


Posted by: Blogger Lexie at 12/08/2009 7:20 PM

I don't really have any odd anniversaries I celebrate except the day I arrived in my new state. I had lived my whole life in California and picked up stakes and moved to Florida - which involved my adult son and I driving across country in a U-Haul. In my boring life, that was a great adventure and a wonderful time spent with my son.

Posted by: Blogger Barbara E. at 12/08/2009 7:37 PM

I dont consider them odd, but some might. The day of one of my cats adoptions, the day I moved last from a different city and started a much better for me job and the day I quit smoking.

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 12/08/2009 11:36 PM

my husband and I celebrate both the day we started "going out" as well as our wedding anniversary -- so we celebrate in both March & June! lol

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 12/08/2009 11:44 PM

February 12 is the Day I met my soul mate my doggy Shakira. I remember getting my mom bringing her home and right away she jumped to me and started licking me :)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/08/2009 11:53 PM

1)I personally celebrate the day I became a librarian on every Feb 4th.
I always feel like it's the day I became an adult, with a "real job".

2)My boyfriend and I always celebrate our first kiss on Nov.5th,1996 every year. We were kids and it's amazing that we're still together, so it's special to us, & more important than any other anniversary we have together.

Posted by: Blogger Bella@BeguileThySorrow at 12/09/2009 5:01 AM

My hubby and I celebrate the anniversary of our 1st date. This year was our 25th "date" anniversary!!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/09/2009 9:18 AM

I have celebrated my one year anniversary of blogging! But other than that - every year my other half and I celebrate the date that we met. WE hadn't started seeing each other yet, but we SAW each other! LOL

Posted by: Blogger Ruth Schaller at 12/09/2009 9:31 AM

We celebrate all our animals (3 dogs/3cats)b'days (or the date we got them if we don't know the date)

My husband and I also celebrate our first date, He told a joke and I laughed so hard I spit soda all over his dashboard! Very classy - but he didn't dump me so we consider that the point where we knew it was "true love" HA


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 12/09/2009 9:59 AM

I can't say that I "celebrate" any odd anniversaries. But I do make note of the beginning of February since there is a spat of musical deaths.
February 1 - Richie Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers went missing.
February 2 - Sid Vicious Dies. February 3 - Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash.

I know they are deaths, but they are one of the odd things about me.


Posted by: Blogger Katie at 12/09/2009 10:14 AM

My wife and I celebrate the day we met Oct 12. It was the day I joined a club she was running and we now still run together.

We also have a big Anniversary celebration for that club every year. We didn't get together romantically until several years after but it was that club that kept us us together until I wised up ;-)

Posted by: Blogger DavidH at 12/09/2009 11:07 AM

The husband and I still commemorate our original "going steady" date. We feel it' pretty special since it started seven long years together prior to the additional nine we've been married now. So technically, we already felt married before we even got married.

Looking forward to your first Ya and thanks for the opportunity to win it early.

Posted by: Anonymous KMont at 12/09/2009 2:27 PM

I must be completely odd because I don't really celebrate any odd anniversaries. The closest thing I get to that is marking time from when I moved right before my freshman year of HS. Cross-country and didn't know a soul in a brand new hs. Sheer torture. But of course I got over it, but we still say "can you believe it's 11 years since we moved?" that sort of thing..

Posted by: Blogger Michelle at 12/09/2009 5:17 PM

We tend to at least keep track of our pets ages, usually based off the holiday closest to when we adopted them. We also keep track of the anniversaries of when both my parents quit smoking and how long we've been in this house.

Posted by: Blogger Julie at 12/09/2009 5:20 PM

1. I celebrate all of my cats' birthdays. We only know the exact date for Riley (because my friend was there when her cat had the kittens) so for the rest we counted back however many weeks the vet estimated from the date we got them, and arbitrarily picked dates. Hobbes and Rupert have the same birthday because when we counted back for Rupert it was really close to Hobbes, and we figured they could have a joint-celebration.

2. My girlfriend and I celebrate our anniversary as the day we finally talked it out and figured out what we were doing. It was just a random night on the internet when I posted a survey on myspace and left the question asking about a significant other blank because I didn't really know what to put. It doesn't correspond with a first date, or when we first met. Just the day we sat down and defined the relationship.

I'd love to win an ARC of Shade! I'm so excited for this series.

Posted by: Blogger Sara M at 12/09/2009 6:15 PM

Looks like I'm not the only one who celebrates pet's adoption days. I buy them a little present to celebrate them joining our family. Very cool! We also celebrate the date we bought our home, usually with dinner and a special toast.

Posted by: Blogger Alexia561 at 12/09/2009 10:18 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/10/2009 5:27 AM

My bestfriends and I celebrate the day we first watch a movie together. It has become a tradition to do it every year in the same exact movie theatre.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/10/2009 10:09 AM

My boyfriend and I celebrate the day he said he loved me. June 4th, 2008. =] And I also celebrate when ever the new Twilight Saga movies come out or Harry Potter...kind of lame, I know, but it's a tradition my mom and I started that her and I go see them together.

Posted by: Blogger Tiffany Cunha at 12/10/2009 8:31 PM

We celebrated my pets adoption date. We've had our dog for 11 years and she was just so special. We lost her two days before Christmas last year but she'll never be forgotten.

Posted by: Blogger D Q at 12/12/2009 5:19 PM

My friends and I celebrate a week after school has ended every semester. It's like a little reunion we always do because all of us went to the same high school and now different colleges.

Posted by: Blogger Van Pham at 12/13/2009 1:27 PM

I celebrate the day of my heart surgery which was in 2007 because it was such a scary time in my life. After the successful surgery I've come to appreciate my life and the things in it so much more. =)

Posted by: Blogger Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) at 12/13/2009 7:57 PM

I celebrate and remember loved ones who are gone on their birthdays and the anniversaries of their deaths, but I also smile and remember on the dates of things that were special to me in my life, like a special trip or a wonderful concert.

Posted by: Blogger Karen W. at 12/13/2009 9:52 PM

No non traditional celebrations here .But please enter me anyway

Posted by: Blogger wanda f at 12/14/2009 12:22 AM

I celebrate my dog's birthday :)

Posted by: Blogger throuthehaze at 12/14/2009 12:25 PM

DH and I celebrate the anniversary of the day I successfully defended my thesis.

Three of my closest friends and I also celebrate the day we went to London together on study abroad. Best thing we ever did in college.

Thanks for the ARC giveaway!

Posted by: Blogger Angiegirl at 12/14/2009 1:02 PM

I celebrate when my family got a dog

Posted by: Blogger J. Lee at 12/14/2009 3:31 PM

Does my blogoversary count? lol. I started my YA book blog on May 18th. Other than that, nothing out of the usual.


Posted by: Blogger ~The Book Pixie at 12/14/2009 4:48 PM

I celebrate the the day I met my best friend!

Posted by: Blogger L at 12/14/2009 7:12 PM

Well there are a couple that I celebrate. The day I first started blogging. I also celebrate the day we got our dog and her birthday. =]


Posted by: Blogger Katie at 12/14/2009 9:15 PM

My husband and I celebrate 12/12 - the date we bought our very first house. We just celebrated our one-year home anniversary :D

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/14/2009 10:12 PM

Um...I seriously cannot think of anything. My birthday, I guess. Does that work? I really hope so.

Posted by: Blogger Jessica Secret at 12/14/2009 10:39 PM

I celebrate the day I decided to join the navy.=)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/15/2009 12:46 AM

At the moment I truely can not think of any dates out of the normal that I celebrate.

Though in appreciation of my friend(she moved to another state), we have matching bracelets. I'd still wear it even if she still lived near me but it is always a nice reminder.

Posted by: Blogger BeyondTheIcyWalls at 12/15/2009 6:13 PM

We have two wedding anniversary dates, because I misdated the certificate. It's Oct 16-17, 2007. :)

Posted by: Blogger Carrie Clevenger at 12/15/2009 10:41 PM

*raises hand for arc* I celebrate every June for the best 10 years since I lost almost 100lbs and kept it off.

Posted by: Blogger KT Grant at 12/15/2009 10:44 PM

My puppy's birthday for one. The anniversary of my first published poem numer 2.

Posted by: Blogger Jaime at 12/15/2009 10:44 PM

I celebrate the birthday of one of my characters every November. The one that kicked my butt back into writing!

Posted by: Blogger Zee at 12/15/2009 10:51 PM

We have this weird tradition of moving every 18 months, so that's an anniversary of sorts :)

Posted by: Blogger Emi at 12/15/2009 10:51 PM

i celebrate being alteration-free. may 2, 1983

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/15/2009 10:53 PM

November - the month I closed and moved into my first and still-living-in house. We celebrated 8 years together last month. :)

Posted by: Anonymous heidi2524 at 12/15/2009 10:53 PM

This seems very odd because its depressing and to other people not a big deal but November 1st 2006 my big sister moved to Texas. It was one of the worst days of my life. My mom moved 2 years earlier and my dad moved February 2006 so my sister was the last person in Colorado with me so I was completely alone. I even remember the last dinner and drink we had. We are all together again now since I moved to Texas February 2007 but I always remember that day when it comes around and remember the feeling of being completely alone. lol sad and weird to remember that anniversary.

Posted by: Blogger Casse AKA Catholic Kittie at 12/15/2009 10:55 PM

Oh, you know I can't wait to read SHADE!

My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary (Oct. 16th), our children's birthdays (May 7th and 25th), and of course the crazy Irish Terrier's birthday in April because she is spoiled rotten. We don't pay much attention to our own birthdays 'cuz we are old...........LMAO!
Debi Murray

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/15/2009 10:57 PM

My hubby and I celebrate Labor Day weekend because it's the weekend we met in 1987 at a bar in college. I was there with his roommate's girlfriend. When hubby and I were talking, he dropped his beer on my foot. We have been together ever since! :o)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/15/2009 10:59 PM

I celebrate my parent's anniversary by helping my dad secretly trap my mom in a room using nothing but toilet paper. I know it sounds strange, but it's loads of fun surprising my mom every year.

Posted by: Blogger book_lover_girl at 12/15/2009 10:59 PM

We've created/adapted a few holidays that have become tradition. When my daughter is home from college in the spring we celebrate Past-Over by inviting her friends for a big spaghetti dinner. They all dress like pirates, we pass the eye-patch around the table and say what we are thankful for. We also seem to have an annual make Indian food/play Rock Band night.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/15/2009 11:00 PM

My favorite anniversaries are my retired racing greyhounds' Home Days. I especially remember bringing my girl home almost 9 years ago. She was my first dog and I was almost as freaked out as she was! But we both adjusted very quickly and it was the best decision I ever made. They are the sweetest, funniest dogs ever, I'm very lucky to have discovered what greyt pets greyhounds make!

Posted by: Blogger Greytfriend at 12/15/2009 11:18 PM

Like amygdalia (*waves to Amy*) I celebrate October 8th, the day I joined writing.com. It's definitely one of my favorite days. =)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/15/2009 11:33 PM

Well, I don't have official dates but every summer (usually July) I watch the entire Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. I love Buffy! Thanks so much for the contest.

Rose S.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/15/2009 11:35 PM

O celebrate the day I met my bf Halloween!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/15/2009 11:48 PM

The winner of an ARC of SHADE is Carrie! Congrats!

Thanks to everyone who entered. I really loved hearing about your special anniversaries. May you have many, many more!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/16/2009 10:10 AM

Every year my best friends and I, who happen to be great family friends, celebrate: Christmica, a combination of hanukah and christams. We exchange gifts under the tree, light the menora, eat patato latkees (pardon my spelling), and drink eggnog. It's a great way to celebrate both holidays!


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