Monday, January 16, 2012

Online launch party: Library love for you

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.)

To 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 father.

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 live.

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:
Bookmark requesters and giveaway entrants must be at least 13 years old. Giveaway entrants must be able to receive mail in the US or Canada.
Winner 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.
The 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.

21 comments:

  1. Wow, Jennifer!! This is so awesome of you. We all know how libraries are in trouble, and it's amazing to see you helping out! This is a really generous and thoughtful giveaway. :) Thanks!!

    Lucia
    iLiveiLaughiLoveBooks@gmail.com
    @LooChiaPet (I'm the one that mixed up you and Kirsten... #HubbardPower?)

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  2. This is a wonderful idea! And the book sounds good too!

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  3. What a fabulous launch idea. I'm excited to read your newest.

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  4. We have a student who just returned to school after an attempted suicide. He lost an eye. I worry about him everyday. Another student, who was his friend, now eats in library everyday. I worry about him too. I want to buy books that might help...somebody.

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    1. That is heart-breaking. May they find the support they need.

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  5. Oh sorry, brainlair AT GmAI(L) d(o)t com

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  6. Thanks for the chance to enter this. Cant wait to read your book. :)
    knapp_5(at)msn(dot).com

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  7. Thank you so much for the opportunity to give to our libraries. I love our library system. I even have a branch right around the corner that I visit way too often. Here is info on the library: http://youranswerplace.org/
    You can contact me at KurtNewSong[at]charter[dot]net
    Thank you again for your generosity.
    Sandra

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    1. I love libraries and will take any opportunity to give them a boost.

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  8. Fantastic launch idea. Your generosity will definitely be appreciated by my library. This is a promotion I can certainly get in on.

    ait(dot)mzm(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  9. You are so, so incredibly generous! I would love to be entered for this drawing, and I'm sure such a gift would be adored by my local library, which is only a few blocks from me.

    I'd also adore a bookmark, so I will email you for that. :)

    ladyglamis@gmail.com

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    1. I feel lucky to have a book coming out, so I like to spread the luck around. :-)

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  10. Congratulations on Try Not to Breathe! It sounds amazing. I am looking forward to reading it. And what a great way to celebrate this release--with library love.

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  11. All of us librarians appreciate your generosity! Especially in recent tough times. I can't wait to read your new book! :)

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