Monday Musings | Giveaway Formats and Winner!

Starters and Enders by Lissa Price Book CoverHappy Monday, everyone! Tonight’s Monday Musing is especially exciting for me because I want to reflect on the giveaway that I just ran and pick the winner for it! As the giveaway drew to a close, I kept reflecting on how everything went and how I can improve for next time but I wasn’t getting very far. So I decided to go straight to you!

When I’ve entered giveaways in the past, they’ve either been through Rafflecopter, Facebook, or Twitter. This time I chose to go through Rafflecopter because I wanted everyone to have a chance to win – even those who aren’t on the other social media platforms. But I wonder if there were any drawbacks to using Rafflecopter such as the need to register for an account first or connect it to Facebook? What do you think?

To readers and participants: Was it easy to follow the Rafflecopter link and enter the giveaway? Were there certain parts about it that made it difficult for you to enter? Would you have preferred a different type of giveaway?

To fellow bloggers and giveaway hosts: Have you found one giveaway platform (Rafflecopter, Facebook, Twitter) to be more successful than others? Is there anything I should know as I prepare for my next giveaway? (Check back for that later this week… *wink*)

I would love to get any kind of feedback from you all! I want to make things as easy for my readers as possible, and your input will definitely help make that happen! ūüôā

And now, for the fun part! The winner is… Jennifer Grant! You won signed copies of Lissa Price’s Starters and Enders! Please check your email and thank you to everyone for participating!

**Thank you again to Random House Canada for the books for the giveaway**

[Giveaway] Meeting… Lissa Price, Author of Starters and Enders

Starters and Enders by Lissa Price Book CoverHi everyone! Hope you’re having a great Friday. I just recapped my¬†April and already May has been off to a great start! I was lucky enough to be invited by Random House Canada¬†today to have lunch with the bestselling author Lissa Price from the Starters and Enders duology!

In the world of Starters and Enders, all adults have been wiped off the Earth by the Spore Wars. Only those who were vaccinated¬†‚ÄĒ¬†children, teenagers, and seniors¬†‚ÄĒ¬†are left. A body bank called Prime Destinations opens up, allowing teenagers to rent their bodies to seniors for a certain amount of time in return for a large sum of money. Our main character Callie, homeless and struggling to take care of her sick brother, decides to rent out her body. But what she gets is more than what she bargained for…

Los Angeles Grilled Cheese from Cheesewerks

Besides the amazing food (from Cheesewerks, a delicious cheese-centred comfort food restaurant), the best part of the event was being able to talk to Lissa Price and pick her brain about Starters and Enders and learn more about her writing process!  She told us that the inspiration for the series came to her when she was at a Costco waiting to get vaccinated. When she was there, she found out that they were limiting the shots to seniors and children and that made her wonder what would happen if something wiped out the unprotected adult/working population. With only the vulnerable seniors and children left on Earth, what would happen? How would they fend for themselves?

As someone who is not a fiction writer, I am always interested in hearing more about authors’ writing processes. Lissa told us that she uses the “headlight method.” She¬†knows how her books are going to end when she’s writing, but she lets the events of the book flow and develop organically on the way there, planning only “as far as headlights can see.” This was the first time I’ve ever heard of this process but I think it’s a very smart one. When describing this, Lissa used another analogy that I found very spot on. She said that her characters were like a piece of marble waiting to be sculpted; they’re already inside, but it takes time to dig them out. Beautifully accurate, right?

Fans of the series will be happy to hear that Lissa is 100% on board with turning the series into movies! Nothing has been confirmed yet, but I think the books would look amazing on the big screen. There is a lot of cool stuff that happens in the books that I think would translate really well visually. I’m crossing my fingers!

Now, for the fun part! Lissa and Random House Canada were generous enough to provide me with a set of signed books for a giveaway! Entering is simple, just follow this link to the Rafflecopter widget:

 **ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE**

CONTEST RULES:
1. No purchase necessary
2. Open to residents of Canada and the US only
3. Please do not cheat on the tasks, I will be checking them once a winner has been chosen
4. If a winner is picked and their Twitter account only has giveaway entries, I will choose again. I want the winner to genuinely enjoy these books!
5. Have fun and good luck!

Meeting Lissa Price author of Starters and Enders

Thank you again to Lissa Price and Random House Canada! I had a lot of fun. For those available tomorrow, Lissa will be signing books at 1pm tomorrow May 3rd at Chapters Barrie!

Have you read Starters and/or Enders? What did you think?

April 2014

One More Page Monthly Summary April 2014

Hi everyone! What another great month it has been! I read a lot of books and made a lot of new friends this month (hello to everyone who is new to One More Page…!) and I couldn’t be more excited about it. So how did I do this month?

Books bought:

*Lord of the Flies by William Golding
*All That is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon
*The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
*Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
*Twelve Years a Slave by Soloman Northup
*The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
*All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
*Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
*Starters by Lissa Price
*Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

Books received:
*The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (from Penguin Canada for review)
*Then and Always by Dani Atkins (from Penguin Canada for review – thank you!)
*Great by Sara Benincasa (won from HCC Frenzy’s Twitter contest – thank you!)
*Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui (won from Random House Canada’s Twitter contest – thank you!)

Books read:

*Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland (Review)
*The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon (Review)
*All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Review)
*Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
*Starters by Lissa Price (Review to come)
*Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
*The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Review)
*Then and Always by Dani Atkins (Review to come)
*Great by Sara Benincasa (Review)
*Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui (Review to come)

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews Signed

One of the highlights of my month was definitely meeting Alena Graedon and Miriam Toews at the weekly International Festivals of Authors (IFOA) events. I had read and loved both of their books and it was such an honour to meet them in person! I definitely have to learn how to tone down the “fangirliness” though, because I was so starstruck the whole time I could barely tell them how much I loved their books! Have you had a similar experience?

Another really great thing (besides all the great books I read!) were the new opportunities that have come up for me. One big news is that¬†I will be participating in the Then and Always blog tour in May! I absolutely loved the book and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all. Hey, keep your eyes peeled because I might have something else to share with you too… (hint: I’m talking about a giveaway. *wink*)

Anyway, enough about me! How was your April? Did you read any great books? Have you read any of the books I read this month? Also, how do you get over your nervousness when meeting authors? I could definitely use some tips! Let me know!