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Friday, December 23, 2011

Delirium Trilogy Video!

Happy holidays, my darlings! I recently filmed a video discussing the Delirium Trilogy and I'd love for you all to see it and tell me what you think! Here it is! Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem have truly been as fun for me to write as they (hopefully!) are for you to read. I know I say it a lot, but I really am thankful to all of you fans out there. The letters I receive and Facebook/Twitter shout-outs I get mean so much to me!

Oh, and don't forget to order Hana today (Christmas Eve) from Hodder & Stoughton if you're in the U.K.! Here's a link to their Hana page... Ho Ho Ho and Merry-Almost-Christmas!!! :-D

xoLauren


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Gift to Delirium Fans in the UK

This Christmas, Hodder & Stoughton (my UK publisher) is releasing my short story spinoff to Delirium, titled Hana! Hana will only be released in eBook format and is written from Hana's point of view. I know many of you Delirium fans have been curious about Lena's best friend... here's your chance to get to know her better!
On Christmas Eve you'll have the opportunity to purchase Hana at a discounted rate and give me a huge present, too. Check out this awesome campaign from Hodder & Stoughton to get Hana to the top of the eBooks chart! There's also a cool DIY Hana Christmas ornament download that features an excerpt of the book! Hey, don't say I never gave you anything!

Merry Christmas
xoLauren

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Favorite Things!



The holidays aren't just about parties and eggnog. . .they're also about PRESENTS! As the old adage goes, "it is better to give than to receive" (I truly love giving), so let's give our peeps some presents they actually won't return!

With just a little over a week to shop for Christmas (and even less time to shop for Hanukkah!!), I thought I'd lend a hand with your gift ideas. I've composed my own list of faves this holiday season called Lauren's Favorite Things (everything is under $100). Hey, why should Oprah have all the fun?!

1-Juicy Couture Fair Isle Earmuff Headphones are super adorable and double as headphones. No more sacrificing your ears to subzero temperatures because you refuse to ditch your earbuds!

2-Juicy Couture Fair Isle Texting Gloves are not only a perfect match to the aforementioned heaphones/earmuffs, but have convenient slits on the thumb and forefinger for tech addicts who can't stop texting (like me).

3-Hoodie-Footie is the normal person's answer to the Snuggie. It's cozy, comfortable, and most importantly, cute! They come in a variety of colors/styles*.
*All styles are acceptable, except the leopard. Stay away from the leopard!! Also, please note that this is ONLY acceptable gear for INSIDE the home.

4-Kate Spade Gold Playing Cards make a luxurious stocking stuffer! Put the Midas touch on a game of Old Maid and she instantly becomes a hot, single heiress!

5-Pocket Digital Photo Viewer is a photo album and keychain all-in-one!

6-The Cupcake Beanie from Fred Flare is perfect for the girl who always has sweets on the brain. Throw in the Cupcake Shower Cap to keep her head "frosted" at all times.

7-Tory Burch Tortoise Cuff for the logo lovers out there.

8-The Keurig MINI is perfectly sized for a college dorm or small kitchen. I recently bought a Keurig and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

9-Vosges Aztec Elixir Couture Cocoa is literally HOT chocolate! Chocolate and chillies combine in an exotic and delicious treat for only the most daring chocoholics! Try Vosges other distinctive chocolate creations, like their Chocolate Bacon Bar and Vegan Truffles.

10-Last, but not least, Liesl & Po makes a fantastic present for anyone on your list! It's pretty on the outside, and on the inside lies a timeless tale that everyone, young or old, can appreciate! If I do say so myself...

Happy Holidays to you all!!! :)
xoLauren

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Spirit of the Holidays Giveaway: Winner!

Merry (almost) Christmas!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win a signed and gift-wrapped copy of Liesl and Po! The lucky winner who will be receiving a special Christmas package from me is.... Demijel!

Thank you, too, to all the participating bloggers who helped make this contest a success! All of the winners from the various blogs below will be receiving an email--and, in short order, a book--from yours truly.

www.thereaderbee.com

proudbooknerd.com
www.greenbeanteenqueen.com

chickloveslit.com

booktwirps.com

www.pureimaginationblog.com

www.hookedtobooks.com
www.readingvacation.net/

www.starryskybooks.com

www.stuckinbooks.com

Wishing everyone a very safe and happy holiday season!
xoxo
Lauren Oliver

Saturday, December 10, 2011

You Still have Time...

To enter the Spirit of the Holidays Giveaway contest and win a signed, gift-wrapped copy of Liesl & Po! Hurry up, the contest ends on Dec. 12th. Don't wait another second... ENTER HERE! And remember, you'll earn an extra entry it you tweet about the contest!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thanksgiving Writing Challenge Submissions

Hello Lovelies! I received some mindblowingly original submissions for last month's Thanksgiving Writing Challenge, and as promised, I am sharing a couple of them today. I sincerely thank all of you that participated. Your writing keeps getting better and bette

From Elizabeth Douitsis

For Today

“Be thankful today, because you never know what will happen tomorrow.” This is my motto, but Gwyneth, my my eldest daughter already knows that. She has heard me say it many times. She is so sweet to help me out with Thanksgiving dinner, but today she looks worried. My famous blue apron, the one I have worn every time I make Thanksgiving dinner for the past forty seven years hangs around my neck, nearly trailing on the floor, and I hurry to check the turkey in the oven. I put my hand too close, but the oven is not hot at all. Maybe that is why my turkey is not cooking.
I hear Jeremy and Susanna laughing. My two youngest grandchildren always bring a smile to my eyes, but when I go to kiss them they run away. Never mind, they are busy playing. I go to fill the water pitcher, and Gwyneth calls out in concern, “Not that water, Lisa,” Since when does my daughter call me by my first name?
There is a strange man in my kitchen with a curious bracelet around his wrist. He looks rather lost; I should help him. “I will call a taxi for you to get home,” I tell him and reach into my apron pocket for some change. But it is not an apron. A blue bed sheet is draped around my shoulders, trailing on the floor. I call for Jeremy and Susanna, but they do not respond to their names, and this distresses me.
“I need to get my turkey,” I say, moving towards the oven, but there is only a plain, cold, cupboard next to a fishbowl. This room is sweet and sunshiny, but it is not my house.
“Lisa,” Gwyneth says, taking my hand, but her name tag says “Nurse Peggy”. There is a bracelet around my wrist too, and then I gasp as it all comes back to me. The forgetting, the looks on my grandchildren’s faces when I couldn’t remember their names, putting my keys in the dryer, my clothes in the toaster. Nearly burning the house down by accident, and finally coming here, to Wellington Retirement Home. I don’t know what to think, except that maybe I need a new motto: Be thankful today because you never know what happened yesterday.
“You have some visitors,” Peggy says, and I look up, confused.
The door opens and my family comes in. My younger children, Ben and Gracie and their families, my Gwyneth with her husband Paul and their children. Jeremy and Susanna rush up to me with smiling faces. “Happy Thanksgiving Grandma,” They say, and there are tears in my eyes as I kiss them. They came to visit me; they didn’t forget me.
Delicious smells of turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie fill the room, and Ben and Gracie re-enter carrying platters of steaming food as the children gather round. Gwyneth smiles and hands me my blue apron. “Happy Thanksgiving, mom.” She says. And then I do start crying.

From Jeremy Westphal

"The Price of Supper"

The old man crept from the farm house out towards the barn. While his thick glasses and slow hunched gait suggested a degree of vulnerability, the axe in his hands was wickedly sharp. He passed through a fence and came to the entrance to the barn. He paused in a moment of indecision. The grumbling of his stomach completed his resolve.
The creaking doors allowed sun light to chase away the last of the shadows within. The soft clucking of dozens of chickens searching for seeds was all that could be heard as the door became still. The farmer looked across the length of the barn. At the other side stood his opponent, the turkey.
The turkey stared over the chickens and across the floor. The old man swallowed hard, managing, "Morning Gobbler."
The turkey's nodded as he spoke, but it was obvious that his polite tone was forced, "Farmer Brown."
The farmer scratched the stubble on his neck as he continued, "Well, you know what day it is." He chucked nervously, "It's the day to be thankful, the day of giving thanks, Thanksgiving."
The turkey raised his wings and slid a single foot back with a scratching sound as he hissed, "Thanksgiving, yes, but it will be my ancestors that will be thankful for the beating that I will be giving you!"
The old man's eyes narrowed and he gripped the axe, "So I see, Gobbler. This is going to be the hard way."
Gobbler responded with mocking politeness, "Tell me Brown, is there any other?"
The old man cried out with anger, "You damn dirty bird, I've got young ones to feed!"
The turkey turned its neck giving forth a popping sound, "Bring it on old man. Lets see how you like the stuffing knocked out of you."
Both combatants charged forth. The air filled with frightened, flapping chickens, desperate to avoid the fury of both warriors. The turkey jumped high, spinning like a top. The old man fell into a slide upon his knees, seeking to dodging the deadly feet of his foe. Gobbler's foot unleashed its violence upon a solid target, but it was not the one he intended. Feather's flew and the impacting shock wave ran the length of the chicken's body like a stone thrown into a pool. The innocent bird was sent flying out of the barn, yolk of not yet laid eggs, flinging from its lifeless body.
The farmer's robe clad wife witnessed from the porch of her home as the chicken was tossed from the barn. She watched curiously, unfazed by the thumps, grunts, and groans within. She did wince twice, first at the sound of breaking timbers, second the sound of shattering glass. She looked on, a displeased look forming on her face. She called out, "Harold? Harold!" She paused, "HAROLD!!!"
From the barn she heard her husband cry, "Yes, Dear?!" followed by a loud crash.
The farmer's wife yelled, "Sally called! The kids are up early! Could you stop giving dancing lessons and hurry up?!" She was only answered by an even louder racket than she had heard before. A spare wheel for the back of the tractor came rolling out past the barn door. She shook her head as she stepped back into the house.
Hours later, the side of a minivan being opened was more akin to horse chutes at a race track. The racers though were three running, bounding children. Full of excitement, they competed for knocking space on the door of the farm house. The farmer's wife answered.
All three children chimed in unison, "Grandma!" There was an exchange of hugs and kisses as the children's parents followed at a more leisurely pace. The children all sniffed deeply and were more brief in their greetings as they pushed passed their approaching grandfather. He chuckled. He couldn't blame their impatience at the smell of his wife's pie.
The younger couple came to the porch to greet the older couple waiting in the door way. The younger woman looked in shock at the black circle about the older man's eye, asking, "Dad, what happened to your eye?"
The old man smiled, exposing several fresh gaps from absent teeth and said, "Just the price of supper."

xo Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for my next challenge.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Never Judge a Book By It's Cover... Unless It Looks Like These



Happy Thursday! I thought I'd celebrate the almost end of the week by showing you two gorgeous European covers of my books. On the left is the super edgy Czech cover of Before I Fall (it was released there yesterday!). And here on the right is the beautiful Greek cover for Delirium. What do you guys think of these? Pretty awesome, right?

xoLauren

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's NOT TOO LATE TO VOTE!

C'mon, peeps: let your voice be heard! Make sure to cast your votes (by clicking here) in the final rounds of the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Need extra motivation? Then watch this video!

You only have until November 30th, so come on and get clicking! And don't worry--even if you voted in the original or semi-final rounds, you're free to vote again!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Spirit of the Holidays Giveaway!


Happy Black Friday, everybody! Now that turkeys have been consumed and pumpkins have been eviscerated, I am so happy to announce a massive SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON GIVEAWAY!

The holidays, as we all know, are a time of sharing--and frantic, last-minute gift-buying. In order to do my part to celebrate, I will be giving one lucky reader one signed and gift-wrapped copy of Liesl & Po, perfect as a present for under the tree (or beneath the Menorah!).

I am thrilled to announce that I will be co-hosting this contest along with ten other fabulous bloggers and avid fans of L & P, so be sure to enter early and enter often! A winner will be selected from EACH blog, meaning that ten copies of Liesl & Po will land in the hands of a lucky child this holiday season.


www.thereaderbee.com

proudbooknerd.com
www.greenbeanteenqueen.com

chickloveslit.com

booktwirps.com

www.pureimaginationblog.com

www.hookedtobooks.com
www.readingvacation.net/

www.starryskybooks.com

www.stuckinbooks.com

The contest opens today, 11/25, and winners will be selected on 12/12! To enter on my blog, just comment on this post and tell me what YOU love about the holiday season. You will get an extra entry if you tweet about the contest as well! But remember to visit all ten blogs to increase your chances of winning a copy.

(I'm so sorry to all my international friends, but this is US and Canada-only.)

Good luck, and spread the word!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A very special post--for all the baby mamas and brides to be!


So, my soon-to-be mother-in-law is insanely creative, and has recently started making the most adorable gifts for brides, bachelorettes, and baby-mamas to me! I have to share because I am so proud of her, and I'm so excited to trumpet her creativity to the world.

Her cupcake boxes filled with four "cupcakes" (actually onesies) are a perfect for expectant or new parents, and can be customized in different colors and styles depending on the sex of the baby (or simply made unisex). How frigging cute are they???

Additionally, she makes smaller boxes that hold little baby socks--perfect stocking stuffers, people!


She also creates fabulous bouquets, which can hold everything from thongs and a champagne-bottle-candle (for bridal or bachelorette favors--pictured), to, again, baby socks and onesies and even a little baby bottle.








She's working on her Etsy site now, so please contact me directly at laurenoliverbooks at gmail dot com if you're interested in purchasing, or just want to share your love for these amazingly delectable gifts! She usually charges $35 for the big boxes filled with onesies, $35 for the bouquets, and $18 dollars for the sock boxes, but anyone who buys before December 1st gets a ten percent discount!

Also, she's still looking for a NAME for these fab creations, so if any of you brainstormers have some bright ideas, let me know in the comments section!

Guys, please spread the word. Huge thanks to Jamie at Broke and Bookish, who is crushing on these adorable creations hard.

(PS--she's looking for some of these bouquets at her bachelorette...hint hint!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Give Props to Germany!

My German readers are loyal fans, so I have to give props to them for showing me so much love these past two years!
Delirium
was nominated for the Leserpreis this year in their "Kinder-/Jugendbuch" category (Before I Fall was nominated in 2010). This is a huge honor and I'm so thankful to them for supporting my books, and hosting me earlier this fall when I visited Frankfurt. Voting is open until November 27th, so pay the Germans a visit, and support Delirium by clicking here to vote. I'll be eternally grateful!
And while you're at it, make sure you show your home-country love by voting for me in the latest rounds of the 2011 Goodreads Choice awards!

xoLauren

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Writing Challenge!!!

Break out your elastic waist pants...It's almost Turkey Day! Time to give thanks, watch football, and pig out with family and friends.
We all know that family gatherings all too often provide a setting for some Epically Uncomfortable Moments: Grandma waxes on about your mom's teenage antics, your uncle turns nostalgic after too many sips of wine...Yes, a holiday dinner can definitely have its ups and downs. Mom's pumpkin pie (yes!), an endless sea of dirty dishes (no!).
And so...Thanksgiving is also the perfect time to launch our latest writing challenge!

Here's what to do: submit a 250-300 word story that takes place during a family holiday dinner. Have fun with this one. Use as many or as few characters as you want, and think hard about evoking setting, food, etc. There's tons of potential for food fights and dramatic revelations here, so get crazy...just like you would if your bro tried to take the last piece of pumpkin pie!

Send your submissions to laurenoliverbooks@gmail.com and I'll post some of them right here at the end of the month! Happy early Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pandemonium Giveaway!!!

I have FABULOUS news for those of you dying to read Pandemonium... Harper is doing a HUGE giveaway on Goodreads and there are 20 copies up for grabs! I'm so excited about this, I'm doing the happy dance at my laptop!!! :)

You have 28 days to enter the giveaway (linked here) so click away. You know you want one! Good luck, peeps!

xoLauren

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tips for the Sickies!

Winter is on it's way, and the change in seasons is bound to bring on the inevitable (and unfortunately, I'm not talking about hot cocoa with extra marshmallows). I'm talking about getting sick. Trust me, I should know: I've spent the past 24 hours in bed with a bad head cold.

Colds and flus will get around like bad rumors for the next few months. Luckily, if you do get sick, you can always curl up with your favorite home-sick-on-the-couch book (my favorite is Matilda by Roald Dahl) and let a great story transplant you to someplace fabulous!

Here are some more favorite sick-time reads:
A Wrinkle In Time (I mean, it BEGINS with Meg huddled in a blanket on a dark and stormy night--what could be more a propos??)
Harry Potter (Revisiting the halls of Hogwarts always makes me feel better.)
Anything by Agatha Christie! (Look, you may have the flu, but at least you're not trapped on an island with a homicidal maniac who is slowly picking off his dinner party guests.)

And some more perks to being under-the-weather....
1--Sleepytime tea. YUM!
2--An excuse to stay in your pj's all day long.
3--People bring you things! (Like chicken soup and mugs of aforementioned sleepytime tea.)
4--Time to catch up on blogging!

If you're still unconvinced, here are some tips to keep you well:
1--Get you flu shot already! C'mon, it's just a pinch!
2--Wash your hands regularly, and don't just cheat all day with sanitizer.
3--Don't touch your face. Putting your hands on your mouth, nose and eyes introduces germs to your body. Also, this may prevent a few pimples! It's a Win-Win.
4--Get rid of viruses on your computer. I'm talking about the ones living on the surface of your keyboard, not just your hard drive. Invest in disinfectant wipes and keep your computer and your cell phone germ-free.
5--Stay away from sick people! (Obv.)
6--And if you do get sick...do like I do and STAY HOME! Seriously, don't spread the nasties by going to school/work/shopping, just chill at home for a few and drink plenty of fluids (and catch up on that TBR pile of books next to your bed!).

What are your tips and tricks for staying well? And what are your fave books to read when sick?


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Movie Tie-Ins


Do you remember seeing Eat Pray Love in the bookstore with the words beautifully scripted in pasta and prayer beads?
Do you remember walking in to the same bookstore and suddenly seeing the cover with Julia Roberts enjoying her gelato?
When a movie based on a book is soon to be released, the books' publishers will usually release that book again with a new cover and watch the sales skyrocket. What sells a book better than Julia's pillowy lips, anyway?! (Personally, I'm more likely to buy based on the pasta...)
This fall, we're being treated to a whole lot of movie tie-ins! Here's a few for you to look out for:

Anonymous starring Rhy Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave (Oct.)
Books: Anonymous: William Shakespeare Revealed and Anonymous and the Shakespeare Authorship Question: The Theories, the Contenders, and the Evidence

Footloose starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough (Oct.)
Book: Footloose

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner (Nov.)
Book: The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara (Dec.)
Book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

And if you have little sisters or brothers...

Puss in Boots voiced by Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek (Nov.)
Books: Puss In Boots Movie Novelization plus picture books

Happy Feet Two voiced by Elijah Wood, Robin Willams, etc. (Nov.)
Books: Happy Feet Two, The Novel plus picture books and a sticker activity book

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked starring Jason Lee and David Cross (Dec.)
Book: Chipwrecked, The Junior Novel plus picture books and a sticker activity book

See folks, there's something for us to do while we wait for...THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE TIE-IN!! What books would you like to see on the big screen?



Monday, November 7, 2011

Halloween Giveaway Winner!


Halloween is over, but we're still having fun! Here is the winner of our Scary Halloween Contest, Claudia, in one of her past Halloween costumes. I think she looks like she's in a funky photo shoot on America's Next Top Model! Great pic, Claudia! She has just scored herself a copy of Fury by Elizabeth Miles, Carrie by Stephen King, and Turn of the Screw by Henry James!!!

Also, thanks a bunch to all who participated!!! :) Here's my gift to you... You get to check out this very scary video of me dressed up for Halloween as a sociopathic serial killer! video

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2011 Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads is hosting their 3rd Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, and guess what? I have been nominated in 4 categories!!! I am so elated, and filled with gratitude for all of my incredible fans out there! Thank you, thank you, thank you--if I could, I would bake you all RAINBOW COOKIES OF THANKS!

Now do me a favor and vote HERE ...so I can actually WIN! Ha! This is one of the few book awards that is awarded based completely on fan votes, so speak up and voice your opinion. As an FYI, I was nominated in the categories below:

Favorite Book of 2011
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Best Middle Grade & Children's
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Best Goodreads Author
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Voting ends on November 30, you have to vote for your faves by November 13 to get them into the semifinals! Don't delay, VOTE NOW!!! :)

xoLauren


Monday, October 31, 2011

Liesl & Po Writing Challenge Submissions!

First, I want to thank those of you that participated in this month's Liesl & Po Birthday Writing Challenge. In honor of the release of Liesl & Po, I challenged you to come up with a short story in which magic falls into the wrong hands. The responses were great, and I love how you all conceived magic in incredibly varied and unique ways. Check out a sampling of the fab submissions below...

From Lexie Botzum

She falls on her knees before the simple gray stone, hands groping the soil as though she can tear it away and there he will be: smiling, laughing, leaning from his grave to kiss her cheek and tell her it’ll all be okay.

It’s nighttime, but it’s not a gentle nighttime. It’s the sort of nighttime that creeps upon you slowly, slowly, and then it pounces. And you’re caught, because you are alone, in a graveyard, sobbing feet above your boyfriend’s coffin.
“Please,” she whispers. “Please.” She rocks back and forth. She claws at her hair, claws at the soil. Lets her fingers skim the carved words, tracing the dips. That’s all that’s left of him, carved words and stone memories.
“Please,” she repeats again. “Let him go. Just let him go.” Rock back and forth, back and forth. If he were there, he’d press her arms against her sides and hold her tight. But no. He’s not there. He’s not.

“I’ll do anything,” she says. Her hands are fists, nails biting palms, tears biting cheeks, her whole body just one more sobbing broken wreck in a field of broken corpses. “Anything if you’ll let him go.”

She tilts her head back. Sorrow-stained cheeks meet star-stained sky. “I promise,” she says, and her voice is so soft, so dead, that one might think she herself is dying if not for the very live pain in her eyes.

And then something tears.

Something shakes.

Something groans.

Something bursts from the soil beneath her knees.

A hand.

An arm.

A torso, pale collarbone, bruised neck.

And his face.

His face, unravaged, insentient, unseeing.

She reaches out a hand. It shakes. Slowly, as though he might disintegrate beneath her fingers, she strokes one sallow cheek.

“I’d do anything,” she whispers. And she collapses.



From Kiki Hatzopoulou


Of Doom and Mondays


Malory Stone is a conflicted individual.


On the one hand, she is the mistress of Catastrophe, the all-consuming force of Destruction, the ancient goddess of Doom, the creator of Chaos, a hard-working black hole, if you will.


And on the other hand, she is caring, lovable and devoted, easy to please and hard to annoy, kitten-loving, puppy-loving, flower-loving, a sweetheart really, in every sense of the word.


Which only makes her job as undying power of disaster all the more difficult.


So Malory has devised a simple, bedlam-facilitating plan. She allows herself to care and love for something, as love as the ultimate fate of the object of her affection is ruination. A love-you-to-death kind of approach.


She has spent millennia trying to subvert all that seems nice and wonderful about this little greenish planet called Earth, starting with all the things that have to do with humans. A black dot to her otherwise spotless résumé, humans satisfy her greedy requirements; they are both capable of immense accomplishments and quite easy to obliterate. The fact that she allowed for them to be generated in the first place is beside the point; it was a moment of amorous weakness for the maker of all things good, otherwise known as Johnny D. It is a choice she has come to regret each and every day of her life, usually right before bedtime. (One could even go as far as to claim the reason behind her desire to destroy is jealousy that Johnny D was the creator of admittedly the most fantastic creation of all times, but Malory likes to think that she isn’t that petty and besides, she’s had some pretty good moments, too.)


But anyways, Malory, queen of Malice, recognizes a small perk to the birth of man; without him, the absolutely perfect candidate to test all her vicious demolition plans on, life would be so much duller.


First she tried the sinking of whole islands; that went exceptionally well. She has always been an avid fan of all things watery and Atlantis was simply an amazing construction of both man and nature, too amazing to survive her admiration and wrath.


Then, there was the spectacular stint in Africa. The sandy continent was a particular favorite of hers: the obsolete landscapes, the colors at night, the witty zebras and the studious lions. It was, and still is despite all her efforts, a beautiful piece of land. Unfortunately, it is also the place where the first humans lived and prospered and that was just the final drop; Africa had to go. Malory conjured up droughts and famine, tsunamis and tornados, but none of them seemed to seal the deal. And then it came to her, surprising her with the brilliance of its obviousness: on the fight of nature against man, man would always come on top. All Malory had to do was put man against man; that would be a battle to remember. So she caused a random earthquake and buried a whole forest underground, creating man’s ultimate demise, the almighty oil.


And yet, there is one of her creations that will always be close to her heart, despite the fact that most of her fellow deities, not to mention man, would not turn to look at it twice. Malory had been the mastermind behind uranium and infidelity―for humans were too lovely to just have one―and she had started the global wrecks that are known as World War II and the final season of Lost, but there is nothing she’s more proud of than the idea to create Monday mornings.


From Alexis


Karen glanced down and inspected the book in her hands. It was hefty and battered, like it had survived a hundred storms. The stories relating to the book ranged from bad to worse, and the main characters in the tale usually ended up dead or maimed. That fact hadn’t stopped her though.
As she opened up the first page, the magic almost immediately flooded through her veins like water from a spout. Karen could read the seemingly random markings on the page because she was a witch. A white witch as a matter of fact. She had always been forbidden from the dark arts, and now she had the biggest book of dark magic known in the world.
“Who goes there?” shouted a voice from behind her. She had left the library at around nine, so the alley-way she was walking down was almost pitch-black. Karen put the thick tome in her arms and ran at a dead sprint. She couldn’t, she wouldn’t, be caught with the book.
No matter what the cost.
Karen rounded the corner of the block, and after looking behind her to see if she was being followed, she stopped with a huff, opening the book again.
This time the magical feeling she got was less foreign and more natural.
“Here we go,” Karen muttered to herself.
She pulled out her wand from where she had put it in her boot and glanced once more around to make sure no one was watching.
“Take me somewhere safe, take me to my mother’s arms,” Karen chanted. Suddenly, the book opened up like a mouth and pulled her in, like a vortex to a world unknown.


***FYI*** Don't forget to enter the Halloween Contest/Giveaway! Today is the last day! Good luck...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hey Philly and Chi-Town!

COME PLAY WITH ME! I'm back from Europe and headed your way this week, to round out my epic month-long tour of insanity. Holla! (Can you tell I'm hopped up on caffeine?)

This is the time for you to listen to me read from my latest, Liesl & Po, and to ask me all of the probing questions you're dying to have answered, such as: "When did you start writing?" and "Which brand of ketchup do you prefer?"* So check me out at one of the dates/locations below, and spread the word!


Tuesday, October 25th, Haverford, PA:

7:00 PM Children’s Book World

Reading/ Q&A/ Signing

17 Haverford Station Road

Haverford, PA 19041


Wednesday, October 26th, Naperville, IL:


7:00 PM Anderson’s Bookshop

Reading/ Q&A/ Signining

123 West Jefferson

Naperville, IL 60540


*Trick question...there is NO brand of ketchup besides Heinz!!




Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rock the Vote!

Guys, you have to check out this book trailer for Delirium, which is up for School Library Journal's Book Trailer awards! It was created by a librarian named Sherry Thompson from Flower Mound, Texas. I love the music she used and the photographs, she nailed the tone of delirium and created a ton of suspense! Let's support Sherry, and Delirium, by checking out the trailer and voting! Please take a look, then scroll down (the poll is way at the bottom) and vote!

xoL

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Liesl & Po Writing Challenge Re-Post!


Peeps, get your submissions in! In case you missed the details of the writing challenge, I posted it again below!...

After months of waiting, my baby's finally here! Liesl & Po, my first middle grade novel, is in stores today! So run, skip, bike, hitch a ride, or teleport yourself out there and get yourself a copy! Here's the Goodreads summary:

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.

Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.

So, in honor of Liesl & Po's release, here's your writing challenge assignment: submit a 250-300 word submission featuring magic that falls into the wrong hands. Questions to ask yourself: what kind of magic is it? How was it lost/switched/stolen? What drama will ensue as a result?

Send your pieces to me at laurenoliverbooks@gmail.com and I'll post a few of your wonderful submissions right here!!!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm on the LIST!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I come to you this morning to humbly report that Before I Fall is on the YALSA's 2011 Teens' Top Ten! In case you're wondering, YALSA stands for Young Adult Library Services Association. It's the YA division of the American Library Association. I'm so excited about this, and I'm super grateful to all my readers, especially those who voted for Before I Fall! My fans make me so happy, I could cry! :-D

Check out the winner's video... it's so cute!

xoL

Monday, October 17, 2011

Scaaaary Halloween Contest + Giveaway!!





Halloween will be here in a few weeks so it's time to get your costume on! Eventually, we all get too old for trick-or-treating (well not me, but maybe you do!), but you are never too old to bust out that princess tiara and get all gussied up! Luckily, the laws of fashion go out the window and for one night you can literally wear whatever you want and get away with it... as long as you aren't wearing any of these.
So this giveaway will consist of a contest (costumes are optional, but heavily rewarded). It'll go like this:
Comment with your email address = 1 point
Tweet about this contest = 2 points
Facebook message about this contest = 2 points
Mention contest on your own blog = 3 points
Post a picture of you in one of your wondrous Halloween costumes past = 6 points!!!
Now, for the super scary prize... the winner will receive a Halloween-themed trio of fear-inducing novels. FURY by Elizabeth Miles, CARRIE by Stephen King, and a third book TBD. And who knows what other spooky stuff may be lurking around in this giveaway... you'll have to enter to find out!
xoL

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Top 10 Things About Germany!



Greetings from the Frankfurt Book Fair that's held in Germany every year. It's the largest trade book fair in the world, and dates back all the way to the 15th century! The first book fair was held not long after Gutenberg invented the printing press. I'll be among 7500 exhibitors from over 110 countries buying and selling rights to thousands of books, but I also get to tour the rest of the country immerse myself in the richness of German culture for a few days! So, without further ado, here is my top ten list of fabulous things about Germany...

10-- German sausage. It's not necessarily my thing, but with over 1500 varieties, they must have something for everyone!

9-- The bread... Hello, pumpernickel! Good day, rye!

8-- Liesl (of Liesl & Po) is from there, or at least her name is!

7-- Cars... Karl Benz built the first car there in 1885 and Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and Porsche are all manufactured there.

6-- Oktoberfest! Too bad I already missed it. (It's actually in September.)

5-- Berlin! After that pesky wall came down two decades ago, Berlin became one of the coolest cities in the world with it's bustling art scene.

4-- Geniuses: Einstein, Bach, Beethoven, Nietzsche, Kant, Marx, just to name a few.

3-- The Black Forest. Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, but it's also the birthplace of black forest ham and black forest cake! Yum!

2-- German beer! From the Bavarian brews to Beck's and the Munich-bred Dunkels, there's no reason to drink anything else!

1-- I'm here, duh! Lauren Oliver in the house!!! :) Plus my girl Lenore of the fabulous blog Presenting Lenore will be throwing down with me! Hollaaaaa.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

L&P, Internationally




Hi all--

Greetings from 30,000 feet! I'm currently on my way back to NYC after Leg #1 of my tour. I'll get a luxurious four hours at home to do laundry and smooch my fiance, and then it's off to Germany tomorrow. (Stay tuned for my Top Ten List tomorrow--I'll let you know all the things I'm super psyched about in the land of spaetzle and beer!).

I've had a few FAB events in Minneapolis and Milwaukee. Midwest does it best! Check out some cutie pie pics from my time at Wild Rumpus, where I discovered my innate love for ferrets (so floppy!) and was interrupted by a vocally insistent cockatoo during my reading.

One more cool thing. I happened upon this awesome Spanish rendition of the L & P cover online. It's VERY different from the US cover (if you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for??), but I kinda dig it. What do you think?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Conquer the Silence!


As you may know, I contributed to an anthology called Dear Bully, which was released last month. I was grateful for the opportunity to share my experiences with teen bullying and take part in such an amazing project, along with about 70 other YA authors. If you haven't already picked up your copy, well, you know what to do. Get your butt down to the nearest bookstore and get it already! (No, I'm not bullying you, just politely reminding you that Dear Bully is in stores. :-)

I have received mail from many fans who were touched by Dear Bully, but I can truly see the powerful impact of this book in the response of Sarah McManus! She is a young blogger that was inspired to create a website called Conquer the Silence (http://www.conquerthesilence.blogspot.com/). On Sarah's blog, contributors are free to communicate their stories in any written form they wish, and can even post anonymously. I'm proud of Sarah McManus for taking a stand against bullying, and I'm proud of all of my young followers who sincerely want to make a difference in this world.

Let's support this step in the right direction and speak out against bullying by posting to and spreading the word about this new blog page! Conquer the silence, people!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

California Love

Greetings from the Liesl & Po tour, Days 1-3!

So far this week, I have learned several invaluable life lessons:

1--Children are adorable. Also, children in California are better-mannered than children in New York!

2--Ackee is a delicious kind of Jamaican vegetable that grows in a pod, and very much resembles scrambled eggs in looks and texture, although not in taste.

3--The Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles makes delicious homemade pickles.

4--I am not a morning person.

Okay, so, one of these things I already knew, and two of them are food related, but DON'T JUDGE ME! So far, I'm having a great time on tour: at the B & N in Huntington Beach, CA, I got to see the west coast side of my family, which was very special; plus, I got to leave a note for my best friend Elizabeth Miles, who was visiting the store the following day with Becca Fitzpatrick and Moira Young!
In NoCal, I visited a school literally nestled in the midst of a magical, mystical redwood forest. It made me a) want to return to being a child just so I could attend and b) aspire to write an elvish fantasy set in just such a place. Kind of. More the former than the latter, actually.

Anyway, check out these assorted pics and keep on following my adventures on the road...




Monday, October 3, 2011

Liesl & Po Birthday + Writing Challenge!!!


After months of waiting, my baby's finally here! Liesl & Po, my first middle grade novel, is in stores today! So run, skip, bike, hitch a ride, or teleport yourself out there and get yourself a copy! Here's the Goodreads summary:

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.

Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.

So, in honor of Liesl & Po's release, here's your writing challenge assignment: submit a 250-300 word submission featuring magic that falls into the wrong hands. Questions to ask yourself: what kind of magic is it? How was it lost/switched/stolen? What drama will ensue as a result?

Send your pieces to me at laurenoliverbooks@gmail.com and I'll post a few of your wonderful submissions right here!!!





Friday, September 30, 2011

Leaving on a jet plane...


Hey Peeps!

It's that time of year again... I'm heading out on tour to promote my new book Liesl & Po! The upside: meeting cool new people and my amazing readers/fans, hanging out in awesome cities, and having a legitimate excuse to partake in copious amounts of takeout.
The downside: packing a bag with a month's worth of essentials and living out of a suitcase. Ugh! Now, if I could only figure out what is REALLY necessary... Something tells me my new Keurig coffee machine won't make it past the metal detectors.
Help a girl out! What are your travel essentials? What do you bring with you for just that extra bit of comfort on the road?

xoL

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A round-up of Liesl & Po reviews!

Hello, friends!

The clock is ticking: my very first book for middle grade readers, Liesl & Po, comes out on Tuesday!! Yayyy! If you are still debating whether or not to buy/read it, you should! But DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT! Check out a round-up of some recent reviews, which will hopefully help sway you!

The Readiacs
The ReaderBee
Proud Book Nerd
Chick Loves Lit
Green Bean Teen Queen
Hooked To Books
Addicted 2 Reading

So go on and pre-order Liesl & Po...because everybody's doing it!! :)

xoL

Monday, September 26, 2011

Liesl & Po Tour Dates!

All right, kiddos. I'm packing my bag with granola bars and portable ketchup packets (yes, I bring them when I travel), and I'm hitting the road to tour my latest book (and my first middle-grade read), Liesl & Po.
As Pitbull so eloquently says: You know you want me. So take note of the dates/locations below and come see me already!

Tuesday, October 4th: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA

7:00PM Reading/Q&A/Signing

Barnes & Noble

7881 Edinger Avenue

Huntington Beach CA 92647


Wednesday, October 5th: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

7:00PM Reading/Q&A/Signing

A Great Good Place for Books

6120 LaSalle Avenue

Oakland CA 94611


Thursday, October 6th: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

7:00PM Reading/Q&A/Signing

Rakestraw Books

522 Hartz Avenue

Danville CA 94526


Friday, October 7th: LYNNWOOD, WASHINGTON

7:00PM Reading/Q&A/Signing

Barnes & Noble

19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway

Lynnwood WA 98036


Saturday, October 8th: PORTLAND, OREGON

WORDSTOCK FESTIVAL, PORTLAND!!!

WORDSTOCK FESTIVAL

Oregon Convention Center

777 NE ML King Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

5:00 PM

“Facing Fears in YA Fiction” Panel

Widen + Kennedy Stage, Room C#124

Authors:

Kimberly Derting, The Body Finder

Patrick Carman, Dark Eden

Moderator: Suzanne Young, A Need So Beautiful

5:50PM Book signing at the Powell's Books signing area


Sunday, October 9th: PORTLAND, OREGON
MORE WORDSTOCK!

3:00PM Solo Presentation with Jonathan Auxier

Knowledge Universe Children’s Stage

Main Exhibit Hall C

3:50PM Book signing at the Powell's Books signing area


Monday, October 10th:
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

6:00PM Reading/Q&A/Signing

Wild Rumpus

2720 West 43rd Street

Minneapolis MN 55410


Tuesday, October 11th: GLENDALE, WISCONSIN

6:30PM Reading/Q&A/Signing

North Shore Library

6800 North Port Washington Road

Glendale WI 53217


...And then, after a brief interlude in which I travel to Frankfurt for the book fair...

Tuesday, October 25th: HAVERFORD, PENNSYLVANIA

7:00PM Reading/Q&A/Signing

Children’s Book World

17 Haverford Station Road
Haverford PA 19041

Wednesday, October 26th: NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS

7:00PM Reading/Q&A/Signing

Anderson’s Bookshop

123 West Jefferson

Naperville IL 60540


Phew...and then it's home to sleep for the next month. Anyway, spread the word, gas up the car, and come join me on the road! Hope to see you there. xo
 

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