Spring Break and #atozchallenge

I’ll be scarce this week as I bask in the fun that is Spring Break with a house full of kids. So far we’ve been having a fabulous time, and I am exhausted!

Let’s take care of some business…

The WINNER of my copy of WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks from last week’s giveaway is:

**Shalena @ Writer Quirk**
Congratulations Shalena! Send your mailing address to me at oflynn-at-gmail and I’ll get this sent off to you.
#AtoZCHALLENGE is coming!@
Coming up on Sunday and going through April, I am participating in this year’s #AtoZChallenge with over 1200 other bloggers (last I heard).  It is a fun time where we dedicate the blog to the 26 letters of the alphabet and post once each day (except Sundays, but this year it starts on Sunday to that is the exception) about something dedicated to the letter of the day. 
I had a blast doing it last year, and I invite you to 1) join me, and 2) follow me as the month unfolds.  It is a lot harder than it sounds, blogging daily. At least for me.  It sounds great, but by the end of the first week I’m moving from “hooray this is so great!” to “whose idea was this!?” but it is great fun and I love a challenge. Seeing as I have lost my willpower as well as my sense of time since 2012 arrived, this should be interesting.  ;)
 Check the blog for my posts from last year to see what you’re in for.  My favorites were J, and T.
Happy Wednesday – enter by midnight tonight to win BREAK by Hannah Moskowitz!

Giving away BREAK by Hannah Moskowitz

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway of HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire!  I’ve loaded up the randomizer and the winner is:

*Lori M. Lee*
 

Send me your address to oflynn-at-gmail and I’ll get it in the mail to you right away.  I hope you enjoy it and then go out and buy the sequel!

There is still time to win WORLD WAR Z – enter here by MONDAY 26th.

The final contest this week is to win my copy of BREAK by Hannah Moskowitz.   I read this book when it first came out and it is, like all the other things by Ms. Moskowitz that I’ve read,  *intense*.  I have recommended this to many of my reader friends who also enjoyed it… so, there you have my little first and second-hand testimonial.  This is a paperback.

see it on Amazon.com

Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah’s only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders.

When Jonah’s self-destructive spiral accelerates and he hits rock bottom, will he find true strength or surrender to his breaking point?

“[F]or those with a taste for the macabre and an aversion to the sentimental, it’s hard not to be taken in by the book’s strong central relationships….[Break] is like a one-man Fight Club, and it could find nearly as many ardent followers”  –Booklist, starred review

 To enter:

  1. comment on this post. that’s it!
  2. extra entries for following my blog, tweeting this link, facebooking this link, and blog mentions… just link it here or @corinneoflynn

Since we’re on spring break around here, I imagine I will not be online as much… and so this one will end WEDNESDAY MARCH 28th at midnight mountain time.

Win WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks

The numerical data has been entered into the randomizer, my 8 year old assistant has clicked the button, and the winner of my copy of THE LIAR SOCIETY from Monday’s contest is:

**MIRIAM!**

Congratulations Miriam, send me your info via email and I’ll pop this baby in the mail for you!  How fun, I love when people win!

I’ve got another book to give away today.  Enter by Monday MAR 26 at midnight Mountain time to win my paperback copy of:

See it at Amazon.com

“The end was near.” —Voices from the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

I won this book a while back from another blog friend and think it is right to pay it forward to the next happy reader!  What was good for me is now good for you! Isn’t this one being made into a movie with Brad Pitt?  Let me check the google. Yes, and it looks like June 2013 release.

To win this paperback book:  
Comment on this post by midnight on Monday (mountain time).  That’s all!
(Of course you can earn extra entries for following this blog, tweeting this post, and Facebook and all that jazz.  If I don’t see it, it didn’t happen, so just link me here or @corinneoflynn.

There is still time to enter to win HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire.  Closes tonight!

Good luck!

Wednesday Word: Synchronicity

http://www.bugman123.com/Gears/index.html

OK, before I talk about synchronicity, you have to click the link above and hop over to Paul Nylander’s website to check out his Animated Gear Art. The images are spinning in real time on his page and just mind blowing and beautiful.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Pretty awesome, eh?

So… synchronicity. I was thinking about how things fall into place when you need them but least expect them to. And how, when that happens, it breaks barriers that you might not have realized were holding you back. But specifically how sometimes when that happens it comes in a form that you didn’t expect.

Have you ever just been out in the world doing something mundane and mindless like washing the dishes or waiting in line at the store when, *POW* you see something.  It could be a word on a poster on a wall, the water spinning down the drain, a car driving by with the windows down and blonde hair blowing and music blaring, a child reaching up grubby hands, begging to be picked up by his mom who is already overloaded with packages but manages to pick up the child anyway–and that image triggers a thought that sends sparks right through your eyeballs and into your synapses in your brain which blooms then into a full fledged kernel of something amazing?

You gotta love it when that happens. But you can’t just sit down in your chair and make your synapses explode. Well, at least I can’t. If you can, we need to talk, stat. I think the secret is that you have to quiet your mind. The mind that is occupied with monotony is the one that becomes free to really see and percolate and process.

Whenever it happens to me, I feel so empowered and excited by the boost. And when I am struggling, I try to find ways to shut down my mind to let it wake up.  So, there you have it: Clean your house and solve all your creative problems.

I’m off to fold some laundry.

P.S. I’ve got two contests brewing on the blog this week.  This one ends at midnight TONIGHT, this one ends at midnight TOMORROW. You gotta be in it to win it.
 

W I N a copy of HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

W I N a copy of HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

And so Tuesday is here and my shelf is about to get one book lighter! 

Feast your eyes on today’s offering.  Myra McEntire’s HOURGLASS is another book that I absolutely loved. I mean… check out THAT cover!  It is as fabulous as the pages within, and the sequel is coming soon, I hear.  This is a HARDCOVER book.

See it at www.amazon.com

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

To win this hardcover copy of HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire:
  1. Follow the blog
  2. Leave a comment on this post
  3. Extra entry if you tweet this post, just be sure to @corinneoflynn when you do so I see it.

Contest open to internationally. 
ENDS THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

Check out yesterday’s giveaway, it is open until tomorrow night.

Good luck!