Join the #YAParty, May 29, 2014, 8-11 PM EST – 31! AWESOME PRIZE PACKAGES
May 23rd, 2014 by Liza Wiemer



WHERE: Twitter

WHEN: May 29, 2014, 8-11 PM EST

(Please tweet during those hours!If you won’t be around during that time, I recommend scheduling tweets using TweetDeck. ONLY entries during that time will count!)

WHY: Because space for the BEA YA Author/Blogger Party is very limited and I want everyone to be able to participate.

***Special thanks goes to Andye Eppes of Reading Teen and Hannah McBride of The Irish Banana, YA Author/Blogger Party Organistas Extraordinaire – Please follow them and enter the two special prizes (#24 & #25)!

A HUGE THANK YOU to the publishers and bloggers who provided the prize packages! See each one below.

(You must be 13 years old or older. This post and the prize packages are accurate as of 5-23-14, but are subject to change until the 11:00 PM EST on May 29, 2014. Notification will be done through Twitter. Prizes are not exchangeable. Winners will be notified by June 15, 2015 or sooner. Shipping will be done through the prize donors. You must contact the donor within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.)

What do you need to do?

It’s Simple:

Follow @LizaWiemer on Twitter

Follow the publisher or specific prize donor and tweet (information listed below for each prize)!


From Paper Lantern Lit: An e-copy of each title from The Studio OR an editorial review of 50 pages of a manuscript OR an editorial review of 15 pages of a plot outline.

Tweet: I joined the  and follow  & Liza Wiemer. I hope to win a 50 page manuscript review. 


I joined the  & follow  . Hope to win a 15 page plot outline editorial review. 


I joined the  & follow  . Hope to win an e-copy of each title from The Studio. 


PRIZE #2: (USA Only)NOVL-Logo-tagline-12-12-12 copy

From Little Brown @TheNovl

  • Rapture Practice Paperback

  • The Walled City ARC

  • Famous in Love ARC

  • Secrets & Lies Hard Copy

  • Just Call My Name ARC

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @TheNovl & . I hope to win a Little Brown five-book package! Info: 


PRIZE #3: (USA Only)

From Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary SIX (6) NEW TITLES!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @SHContemp & . I hope to win a six-book package! 


PRIZE #4: (USA Only)website_logo_clear_670x60

From Strange Chemistry, your choice of five books!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @StrangeChem & . I hope to win five SC books, my choice! 


PRIZE #5: (USA Only)1b69a6d8a3b2f8183c33bb5ff595df76_400x400

From Books of Wonder a signed copy of DOROTHY MUST DIE

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @BooksofWonder & . I hope to win a five SC books, my choice! 


PRIZE #6 & #7: (USA Only)

BraceletFrom Bookish Delites, bookish bracelets made by Kassiah Faul.

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @SwoonyBoys & . I hope to win one of two bookish bracelets! 


PRIZE #8 & #9: (USA Only)

From Fic Fare, YA Signed ContemporaryIMG_6158 Book Package! (Better Off Friends, Ask Again Later, My Life with the Walter Boys)

IMG_1771. . . YA Signed Dystopian/Alternate Future Book Package! (Plus One, Control, In the After)

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ErinLee20 of Fic Fare & . I hope to win YA Contemporary Book Package! 

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ErinLee20 of Fic Fare & . I hope to win YA Dystopian Book Package! 

PRIZE #10 – #26 (USA Only)

From Wicked Bookcraft, (17 winners) A handcrafted bookmarkbookmark 2 (like the one pictured, various book themes, including Harry Potter & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!)

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @WickedBookcraft of Reading Teen & . I hope to win a handcrafted bookmark! 

PRIZE #27 (USA Only)

From the YA Party, a signed “We Love YA” Board from our YA authors – at least twenty-five signatures!

Tweet: I joined the  & follow @ReadingTeen @Irish_Banana. I hope to win a signed “We Love YA” Board from YA authors!  Tote Bag

PRIZE #28 (USA Only)

From the YA Party, a tote bag filled with books/ARCs/Swag from the event.

Tweet:  I joined the  & follow  @Irish_Banana. I hope to win a tote bag filled with YA books/ARCs/Swag! 



From Danny at Betwitched Bookworms, a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Tweet:  I joined the  & follow @Danny_Bookworm & Liza Wiemer. I hope to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card! 


PRIZE #30 (USA Only)

From Harlequin Teen:

  • Pawn by Aimee Carter

  • The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

  • Dare You To by Katie McGarry

  • Inside by Maria V Snyder

Tweet:  I joined the  & follow @HarlequinTEEN & Liza Wiemer. I hope to win four Harlequin Teen YA novels! 

PRIZE #31 (USA Only)

From author MG Buehrlen (THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE) andYABooksCentral.com 

Tweet: I joined the #YAParty & follow @yabookscentral @mgbuehrlen & Liza Wiemer to win a YABC tote w $100 of books! 


Thank you for joining us! We hope you had fun. Good luck! Winners will be notified by June 15, 2014 or sooner.


Flashback Friday: LEAVING PARADISE and RETURN TO PARADISE by Simone Elkeles
May 23rd, 2014 by Liza Wiemer


For more information on the MEME, check out Fic Fare’s post: http://fictionfare.blogspot.com/2014/05/flashback-friday-may-23-2014.html

LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles

Published by Flux

Pub Date: April 8, 2007

Buy the book: Amazon | Audible | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

544424From Goodreads:

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as “criminal” and “freak.” Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.


My Review: 

Simone Elkeles writes some fascinating characters, and this book is no exception. The characters in LEAVING PARADISE have depth. Emotions run high, and the story draws you in. I appreciate the surprises and contrasts of this novel. It’s easy to compare an author’s work, especially in the same genre. Don’t. This is an amazing book to be read with a fresh eye. Don’t compare it to her other works, as I’ve seen in other reviews, which have said it’s not as good as… Instead read this as a stand-alone novel (until the sequel comes out). I am certain you’ll appreciate it on so many different levels. LEAVING PARADISE is an emotional, fast, great read.

I highly recommend reading the sequel, FINDING PARADISE, too! I loved it. A very satisfying end to these books! Love Simone!!!

About Simone Elkeles:

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