Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Winners are posted below, and I just have to say, you are in for a TREAT! I loved all three of these books, so I really hope you enjoy them.

Of course, I promised some pictures from the conference, so I'll post those first (insert evil laugh here). I also left off a really great comment Kathleen Duey made.

First, the comment. Kathleen was describing how to plot, and specifically how to handle the beginning and the ending. Besides the genius picking-up-a-puppy analogy, she spoke of plot like a roller coaster. She warned not to start with your biggest thrill at the beginning. You build, fall, careen around, and toward the end hit that highest thrill. Then coast gently to a stop. Don't jerk to a halt, and don't coast for miles. She even described this with movement and sound effects - which was AWESOME. Anyway, I'm not sure if I described it right, but it was a great analogy.

Okay, pics.

Kathleen Duey, Richard Peck, and Kadir Nelson at Books and Books:

Me and Jackie Dolamore:

Me and Kathleen Duey:

Me and Michael Grant:

I don't think those lined up the way I wanted them, but oh well. I am still getting used to blogger.


With the help of, here are the winners:

Winner of a signed copy of Kathleen Duey's SKIN HUNGER:


Winner of a signed copy of Michael Grant's GONE:

MIKE JUNG (AKA Captain Stupendous)!!!

Winner of a signed copy of Jaclyn Dolamore's MAGIC UNDER GLASS:


I will be emailing you for your addresses! Congrats to the winners!

Larissa :)


  1. Yay! THanks so much! Awesome contest. Congrats to the other winners as well.

  2. Cool! Thanks for hosting the contest and for sharing about the conference.

  3. Congrats to the winners. And thanks for the "roller coaster" analogy--excellent advice. The pics are fun. It looks (and sounds) like you had a great time.

    BTW, I gave you an award on my blog. :)