June is going to be a crazy, insane month, and I am wildly grateful for this. I’m going to be out in the world meeting readers and bloggers. Plus, ARCs of IF I LIE are making their way out into the world, and people are finally reading my book. People I don’t know. Total strangers. And I’m nervous in that way you get right before you make a speech to a big crowd. I even get a little armpitty (my friend coined this term) when I think too much on it. The thing is, I’m so proud of IF I LIE. It’s a book that moved me during the writing and the editing. It’s made me cry a hundred times, and I hope it makes readers think and feel and maybe “ugly cry” as one reviewer has already said.

So to celebrate my baby’s voyage into the world, I’m announcing a contest. A very simple contest.

Find me at any event I’m going to be at in June (the list is below), introduce yourself. That’s it. Say hi, and you will get the things.

The Prizes:

  1. Everyone who finds me gets a signed bookplate, bookmark, and a very special pack of tissues in case IF I LIE makes you “ugly cry.”
  2. AND…drumroll, please…everyone is entered to win (1) one annotated copy of IF I LIE with my commentary in the margins. Think of this like the “behind the scenes” video on a DVD.*
  3. If you take a picture with me and send it to me via email, Twitter, or Facebook, I’ll include it in a YA Rebels video.

BONUS Entries:

+1 – if you confess a lie you’ve told to protect someone. Or one that someone told to protect you. Bring on the scandal.

+2 – if you attend any of the events and send me a picture(s) via emailTwitter, or Facebook.

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BEA (New York City, NY)

  1. Tuesday, 6/5, 10AM – 3PM: Wandering the floor at Javits
  2. Tuesday, 6/5, 3:00-4:00PM: The Apocalypsie Mix & Mingle, Javits Center Room 1E04: I’m not on the official roster for the event, but I’ll be about for a bit giving away swag.
  3. Tuesday, 6/5, 6:30-9:30PM: Teen Author Carnival, Jefferson Market Public Library

ALA (Anaheim, CA)

  1. Saturday, 6/23/12, 8PM: The Great YA Blogger Meetup hosted by STACKED and YA Highway. Degrees Wine & Patio Bar at the Marriott
  2. Monday, 6/25/12, 5:30-7:30PM : Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing YA Debut Author dinner and speed-dating reception hosted by Deb Caletti at the ALA Annual Conference, Sheraton Plaza Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, Palm West Room, 1855 South Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

What I look like (except my hair is darker):

*Note: This prize will be fulfilled in August.