Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's time for another YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes!



The APOCALYPSIES are doing it again! Doing what? Oh, you know, just giving you a chance to win lots of books and swag and gift cards and other cool stuff, while finding out about 2012's most happening reads. IMPORTANT: The YAmazing Race does not start until Monday, October 22nd at noon EST, so if you've found your way here early, get excited but don't go a-clickin' yet.

Welcome to my blog, site of mad giveaways, shameless bragging, and occasional rants and raves. My debut novel, VENOM, comes out on October 30th...




Love, lust, murder, mayhem and high society converge in one thrilling debut

Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiance-- yet she longs for something more. Ever since her parents' death, Cass has felt trapped alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape. 

When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman--with a bloody X carved across her heart--she's drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a poor artist with a mischievous grin...and a habit of getting into trouble. Will Cassandra find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiance or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco? 

Beauty, romance, and mystery weave together in a novel that's as stunning and seductive as the city of Venice itself. 

That's all the information you need to be YAmazing. Good luck! I'll send autographed Venom bookmarks to everyone who comments on this post. (Writers' block? Cat got your tongue? Tell me if this is your first YAmazing Race, or the best book you read all year, or what you're dressing up as for Halloween). If you want bookmarks, don't forget to send your mailing address to fionapaulbooks at gmail d o t com.


Other possibly relevant things: 

Anyone who has already or does preorder VENOM should click here to receive pretty Venom wallpaper and a free pdf copy of VENOMOUS, my 9000 word companion story. You'll also be entered in a drawing to win more great prizes.

Also, #VenomReleaseParty madness starts today on twitter, where I will be giving away at least two signed copies of VENOM this week to people who have changed their twitter avatar to the cover design in support of VENOM's launch. Then, more giveaways on October 30th!!

Speaking of giving stuff away, if you have any extra kidlit books or ARCs, please consider donating them to Books Change Lives. Lili is a high school senior working to get books into the hands of kids who might not be able to afford them. How awesome is that?

Next stop on the YAmazing race? May I present the fabulous Lenore Appelhans...




50 comments:

  1. Venom is on my wishlist!! The romance and Venice and mystery are awesome:)

    I'm going as a vampire for Halloween:)

    Thank you:)

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  2. Oh! I forgot to tell you, I LOVED Grave Mercy and Under the Never Sky this year.

    And this is my first YAmazing Race.

    I already emailed you:)

    Thank you:)

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  3. Looking forward to this!

    I'm thinking about going as the red queen for Halloween.

    And this is my first YAmazing Race.

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  4. This is my first YAnazing Race.
    Venom sounds fantastic!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway! This is my first YAmazing Race.

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  6. Yay for signed swag! I have participated in two YAmazing Races all together, and I LOVE THEM!

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  7. I love the word courtesan. I'll be dressing as Georgia O'Keeffe again this year.

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  8. I'll be going as Georgia O'Keeffe.

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  9. Well... i'll just answer all of those questions
    1. Yes, this is my first YAmazing race!
    2. Wow... That one's hard.
    I've read a lot of books this year but... Divergent, Legend, Angelfall, The Iron Fey, and Unearthly were some of my favorites.
    3. I sadly am not dressing up this year :(
    But i'll tell you what my BEST halloween costume was and that was my hobo costume! That was a very fun year! XD

    Thanks for the giveaways by the way!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway can't wait to read your book

    thivy.lopez@gmail.com

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  11. I'm reposting my comment as it was before 12 noon - hope it's okay:)

    Venom is on my wishlist!! The romance and Venice and mystery are awesome:)

    I'm going as a vampire for Halloween:)

    Thank you:)

    Oh! I forgot to tell you, I LOVED Grave Mercy and Under the Never Sky this year.

    And this is my first YAmazing Race.

    I already emailed you:)

    Thank you:)

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    1. No worries on the comment timing. We just didn't want people to start the race early in case some of the links didn't work or were programmed wrong and led you in a never-ending link loop. The awesome brainchild of the race, Gina Damico, spent the morning testing all of the sites.

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  12. This is my first YAmazing Race. :) I can't wait till Venom comes out! So excited to read it!

    Thank you. :)

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  13. I'm going as Rosie the Riveter for Halloween! I'm so excited!

    Venom sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. This is my first YAmazing race! My wish list is growing rapidly!

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  15. I do believe this is my first YAmazing race! :D I can't wait to read Venom - it sounds unlike anything else I've ever read! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  16. This is my first YAmazing race. Venom sounds amazing!

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  17. Thanks for all of the comment love--and Halloween costume ideas--everybody :)

    If you tweet a picture of yourself in your costume (mask optional) to @fionawritesYA #VenomReleaseParty anytime before October 30th you will be entered in a random drawing to win:

    1. A Breathless Reads 5-ARC boxed set
    2. An autographed VENOM hardcover
    3. A 25.00 giftcard to B&N

    Attendance at actual party not required for those prizes, but I will be giving away a slew of ARCs at the actual party, October 30th, 6-8:30pm Central time, only on twitter :)

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  18. This is my first YAmazing race. Would really love to read Venom!

    darkenf(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  19. This is my first YAmazing race. I'll be dressing up as a witch (matching my daughter). :)

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  20. Oh my god your extra giveaways are so awesome! I can't wait for Venom to finally come out ^^ *is off to preorder and email you*

    carmen_brack(at)bluewin(dot)ch

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  21. This is my first YAmazing Race -- so exciting! My Goodreads To Read list is about to be flooded. :)

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  22. This is my first YAmazing race thanks for a chance to win! THE book souns amazing

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  23. I would love to read Venom!! Heard many good things about it :) This is my first YAmazing race.. I'm not sure about the best book.. Dante's Girl by Courtney Cole..

    ariellatheipoduser(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. This is indeed my first YAmazing Race. I always seem to hear about it too late. Sigh. But I've heard great things about VENOM and can't wait to get my hands on it!

    shelver506 at gmail dot com

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  25. I love a good murder mystery!! I cannot wait to read yours!!!
    lenamars101 at gmail dot com

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  26. I am SO excited for VENOM's release. I so can't wait to read it! I pre-ordered it last week and I definitely have the Venom background on my computer!
    hannahle816 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yay! It's such a pretty background :) The VENOMOUS .pdf will arrive on 10/29. We promised exclusive content to the blog tour bloggers so we didn't want to send the whole story early because that wouldn't be fair to them.

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  27. Also, you guys don't have to give me your email addresses. Email ME if you want signed bookmarks :)

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  28. Also...GOOD LUCK IN THE YAMAZING RACE!!

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  29. WHAT a beautiful cover!! I can't wait to read it :)
    I will definitely be emailing you for a lovely bookmark! Thank you so much!

    Michele

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  30. This book is one of many anticpated books of October! Has anyone else noticed that a TON of YA books come out this month?
    Only 7 or I guess more like 6 days left until the release of the book! I'm counting down...

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    1. I'm excited for some November releases myself. I need me some Reached, some Days of Blood and Starlight, and my Breathless Reads sis Elizabeth Richards Black City.

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  31. I am very excited to read this book! It sounds fantastic.

    This is my very first YAmazing Race... and I absolutely love the idea! I mean, how can you not like the chance for free books?

    By the way, I LOVE your cover! It's so gorgeous!

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  32. From the sound of the summary, I can't wait for it to come out so I can read it.
    This is my first YAmazing Race, but I already want to participate in the next. I think learning about new books to read is the best part...however the chance to win new books is pretty great too. It seems like a lot of interesting books are coming out next month. I wonder why.

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  33. I am very excited to read Venom :D! The cover is absolutely amazing and the synopsis sounds so good.

    This is my first YAmazing Race Hop :D! I had never heard about this before, until I signed up to the Apocalypses newsletter. I am having so much fun hoping around the blogs and discovering new books :). My TBR list just keeps getting bigger :).

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  34. YAmazing Race is amazing! This is my second, thank you! I love the story of your book.
    Artemis

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  35. I'm dying to read Venom! It sounds amazing! This is the second time I've done the YAmazing race, but I have to say I'm having a lot more fun this time around!

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  36. Yay, this is my first Yamazing race! Just pre-ordered my copy of venom...hope I'll receive it on time! :)

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  37. Hi everyone. Thanks again for the comment love :) I will be mailing all of the bookmarks on Monday once the YAmazing Race is over. If you don't get yours within a week in the US or 3 weeks outside of the US, feel free to email me again and I will resend.

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  38. I have an ARC of Venom and I'm so excited to read it! And I'm going to email you for a bookmark for sure :) Thanks so much!

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  39. I'm Dressing up as a maid for halloween! A victorian maid that is! Thanks for the bookmarsk!

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  40. This is indeed my first YAmazing Race (: I've heard about the others, but I always discovered them after they were over. I'll definitely be checking Venom out!

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  41. This is my Race, I got to meet Kami Kinard at the SC Book Festival and she told me about the group. You guys all look fantastic.

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  42. This is my first race, I'm dressing up as the usual witch, and the best book I've read this year...probably Throne of Glass by S.J. Maas or Fever by Dee Shulman

    baawisdombooks@hotmail.co.uk

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  43. This isn't my first race.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. This is my first YAmazing race and I'm having fun! I would love a bookmark to use in my copy of Venom... if I don't read the whole thing in one sitting, that is ;)
    I sent you an email with my mailing address already today (I'm @MsJessR on Twitter, we chatted a bit (I might have screamed) today on Twitter) :) Thank you!

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    1. Yay! Ms. Jess R--winner of one of the #VenomReleaseParty early giveaways.
      Will you resend your mailing address? Gmail seems to be eating some of my mail :/

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  45. This is my first race! I'm very excited to read your book soon. :-)

    Sarah
    escapingthroughbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. This is my THIRD YAmazing Race! Such fun, thanks for the signed bookmark! Can't wait to read Venom.

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