Thank you everyone for participating in the giveaway. I loved reading your comments and hearing you express excitement for the book. I decided after all to give both books away, even though we didn’t hit 50 comments. After a random drawing using random.org, the winners of a signed copy of Bruised are: Natasha Donohoo and Christina Condomaros! Congratualtions!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! To celebrate, I’m holding a giveaway for a signed copy of Bruised by Sarah Skilton!
I was lucky enough to attend Sarah’s launch party yesterday for her amazing YA debut, Bruised, which was just released. I adored her book (you can read my review here), so I purchased two SIGNED copies to give away! Here is Sarah signing one of those books:
And unfortunately, that’s the only photo I took:( Yeah, when it comes to photography, well, that’s my husband’s strength, not mine! Sarah answered lots of questions about her road to getting published. For example, she started writing Bruised in 2009! And her next book is called High and Dry and will be coming out in 2014. It’s a mystery set in the desert, and it sounds really good. She was so nice, and I could tell she appreciated all the support of her family and friends who attended the party.
There were lots of authors in the audience, many of whom I didn’t know, but I did recognize Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and the upcoming 3:59! Author Kristen Kittscher (the soon-to-be-released The Wig in the Window) was also there. I admit to eavesdropping on a group of women talking about their agents and editors, which was pretty interesting! Everyone at the party got a raffle ticket, and Sarah raffled off some fun book prizes. She also read a passage from the first chapter of Bruised, which was a perfect section to read, since it does a great job of introducing the character of Imogen—showing her strength, vulnerability and humor—and it also shows off Sarah’s beautiful writing skills.
The book itself is beautifully designed—Amulet Books must have some great designers on staff, because this isn’t the first well-designed Amulet book I’ve seen:
See that ink splatter above the title? That represents blood! Yes, that is important to the story.
Here’s what Bruised is about:
When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else — more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world — full of dark humor and hard truths.
This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only, and to enter you simply need to leave a comment on this post. Tell me why you want to read Bruised, do you know Tae Kwon Do, do you like character-driven stories, or anything else you’d like to comment on. I’ll throw in a couple of bookmarks, too! I have two signed copies to give away, but here’s how it’s going to work: if I get less than fifty comments, I’ll give one copy away, but if I get more than fifty comments, I’ll give away the second copy as well! So tell your friends, feel free to tweet about the giveaway or share it on Facebook. The more people who enter, the better! You have until March 29th to enter, and I will select a random winner from everyone who leaves a comment. May the luck of the Irish be with you!
Find Sarah and Bruised!