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GFY Giveaway: Ana of California by Andi Teran and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


You guys! I feel like you’re going to be really excited about this week’s giveaway. It’s two fabulous books, one of which you may already love. Voila:

THE BOOK:

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Per Amazon:

A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables

In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.

When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush, and Emmett Garber is skeptical that this slight city girl can be any help on his farm. His sister Abbie, however, thinks Ana might be just what they need. Ana comes to love Garber Farm, and even Emmett has to admit that her hard work is an asset. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.

All that, and Flavorwire recently called it one of the best books of the year to date!

Appropriately — and awesomely — the winner will also get this gorgeous copy of Anne of Green Gables:

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I assume you know what this one is about? A sassy red-headed orphan, a doomed writing slate, one very intriguing bottle of cordial, etc. Don’t worry, you’ll love it.

THE TASK: I will be picking the winner at random, but to keep things fun, please comment and tell us your very favorite childhood read. (Anne of Green Gables might just be mine. Although I love Emily of New Moon. And Harriet the Spy. And Anastasia Krupnik. How can I choose? [Also, apparently I really like books with names in the title.])

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

 

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GFY Giveaway: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma


Very excited to bring you this giveaway today! And not just because the cover is so pretty:

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THE BOOK:

Per Algonquin Young Readers:

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

THE TASK: We have three signed copies to give away! I will be picking the winner at random, but in order to enter please comment and tell us your favorite ghost story. (I mean, you don’t have to tell the entire story. You can just tell us what it’s about. Or you CAN tell us the entire story if you want. I don’t know your life.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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GFY Giveaway: The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza


We are delighted to have a giveaway of one of the summer’s most fun (and most popular) beach reads today! And not only because, as a writing duo, Heather and I have a special affinity for other female writing duos. This book is perfect for your poolside-reading (even if your pool is, like mine, imaginary):

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What’s is The Knockoff about? From Goodreads:

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

THE TASK: We have one copy to give away, and this contest is open to EVERYONE. I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us about the worst co-worker you’ve ever had. (I had one that used to change my grammar TO BE INCORRECT and who left randomly to go to a silent retreat in the middle of a huge project she and I were working on. That was actually a blessing.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

 

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GFY Giveaway: How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz


Happy summer to the Northern Hemisphere of Fug Nation! Our book giveaways are BACK!

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We are lucky enough to have FIVE copies of the news Lisa Lutz book to give away here today. What’s it about, you ask? I can help you. Via Goodreads:

From a bestselling writer, a story of unexpected friendship—three women thrown together in college who grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them

When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgiana Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between—the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives—is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness in this meticulously constructed novel.

Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless—moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman (“If you go home with him, might I suggest breathing through your mouth”). And then there’s George: the most desired woman in any room, and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.

Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz’s books so beloved, How to Start a Fire pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George’s complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose.

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us your favorite campfire snack. (I’m hungry.)  Good luck!

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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THE ROYAL WE Grand Prize Giveaway


Our new book, The Royal We, comes out on April 7th – less than two weeks from now — and  we are so excited for everyone to get to read it at last (or, if you’ve read the free preview of the first seven chapters, to read the rest of it). To celebrate our impending book birthday, we’re delighted to be giving away three prize packs to Fug Nation. Let’s cut right to the chase. All three winners will receive:

  • An autographed copy of The Royal We
  • An adorable Harrods shopping bag, in its London Icons pattern. For toting your book AND your snacks, of course.
  • A Union Jack/American flag lapel pin, as featured on the back of the book (and actually inside the book as well, which we promise is not a spoiler).
  • Your own stash of Cracker Jack. (There is also a book-related reason for this. You’ll soon see.)

One grand prize winner gets all of the above, PLUS:

  • A cheesy-fabulous mug commemorating Wills and Kate’s wedding. Click through to the slideshow to get a better look at it, and a bunch of these items, like the pin and a close-up of the pattern on the tote.
  • A copy of Robe, which is, to quote our friends at the Royal Collection, “the fashion magazine the world has been waiting for, for the last 350 years, and your handy introduction to all that is best in seventeenth-century haute-couture.” One of the cover lines is “Face Patches: Dos and Dont’s.” It’s highly amusing.
  • A posh glass tumbler from Windsor Castle. IT’S GILDED. Your toothbrush might want to live in something gilded, don’t you think? Or you can use it for your scotch while you stand on your balcony and think about all your loyal subjects and/or how to ruin people.
  • A red Buckingham Palace pen, clearly what the Queen uses to write love notes to people… or her hate mail. We hope you use it for a bit of both.

And, the best part: This contest is open to everyone, regardless of where you live.

Finally, a reminder: If you live in NYC or D.C., we have a signing coming up in each town, and we’d love to see your fabulous faces. In New York we’re at Book Culture on Columbus on April 7, at 7 p.m.; in DC, we’re at Kramerbooks (which has a BAR) on April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

After the jump, there’s more info about the book, some of our lovely blurbs and reviews thus far — and all the info you could possibly need if you’d like to pre-order The Royal We and not have to worry about such pesky details as dates and days.

If you’d like to enter to win the book early, and get some of these extra treats, simply leave a comment letting us know who your favorite Royal personage is – Princess Anne! THE QUEEN! Harry! William! Kate! Princess Michael of Kent (you’re really into cat portraiture)! Crown Princess Mary (you don’t have to swing British)! Henry VIII (you can pick someone who’s dead)! The contest ends on Tuesday, March 31st at 9pm PST, and the winners will be picked at random. Good luck, and happy reading.

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GFY Giveaway: Searching for Grace Kelly by Michael Callahan


I think the book in today’s giveaway is going to prove to be right up your street:

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THE PRIZE:  Per Amazon:

For a small-town girl with big-city dreams, there is no address more glamorous than New York’s Barbizon Hotel. Laura, a patrician beauty from Smith, arrives to work at Mademoiselle for the summer. Her hopelessly romantic roommate, Dolly, comes from a working-class upstate town to attend secretarial school. Vivian, a brash British bombshell with a disregard for the hotel’s rules, rounds out the trio of friends. Together, the girls embark on a journey of discovery that will take them from the penthouse apartments of Park Avenue to the Beat scene of Greenwich Village to Atlantic City’s Steel Pier — and into the arms of very different men who will alter their lives forever.

I am ALL ABOUT people having romantical dramas and journeys of discoveries in Olden Times, as you will know, and I can’t wait to read this one. We are lucky enough to have five five FIVE copies to give away here today.

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us which ACTUAL hotel you’d most like to move into, if they let you. PRICE IS NO OBJECT. (I’m moving into Claridges.) Good luck!

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you

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