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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


 

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