I have something to celebrate this week, and I like to celebrate by giving stuff away. In the past, I've often marked writerly milestones by donating money to my local library (e.g., in comment challenges). This time around, I thought: I'd like to help your local library. (No offense to my library, which is lovely and will be getting some support from me later this year, as usual.)
celebrate the launch of my second novel this Thursday, January 19, I'll
be accepting comments on both of my blogs (LiveJournal and Blogger)
all week on this post. Just leave a comment with a way to contact you
by Friday night at 9 PM EST. I'll select a commenter at random to
receive a $150 donation to your local library (or Friends of the
Library, or literacy-related charity such as RIF). Also, the commenter
will receive a signed copy of my book. More detailed rules are below.
Also to celebrate: bookmarks for all! Just send an email to
jennifer[at]jenniferhubbard[dot]com if you'd like a bookmark (rules on
that below, too).
About Try Not to Breathe,
a YA novel published by Viking (Penguin): In the summer after his
suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Ryan struggles with guilty secrets and
befriends a girl who’s visiting psychics to try to reach her dead
I wrote this book because I wanted to focus on recovery
from a suicide attempt. What happens when someone steps back from that
brink? How does he put his life back together? And so, while I certainly
explore the darkness my character has walked through that brought him
to that point, I see this book mostly as a story of learning how to
If you'd like a more detailed discussion of it, see this analysis by Susan Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times.
Giveaway rules behind the cut:
requesters and giveaway entrants must be at least 13 years old.
Giveaway entrants must be able to receive mail in the US or Canada.
will be randomly selected from the entries on both blogs, from comments
left by 9 PM EST on Friday, January 20. If the winner does not claim
the prize within a week, I reserve the right to select another winner or
to cancel the giveaway. I reserve the right to cancel the giveaway in
the event of computer or software glitches that interfere with it, or
for any reason.
One entry per person.
Spam comments will not be eligible; I am the final arbiter of what constitutes spam.
winning library or charity must be able to receive a donation of $150
US dollars by credit card or check. If the winner's library cannot do
this, winner will be able to select another library or charity, unless
and until a satisfactory recipient cannot be found.
I will be the final arbiter of what constitutes an eligible library or charity.