Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year, New Books! Day 2: Sara Raasch + Natalie C. Parker

Day 2: Snow Like Ashes+
Beware the Wild

Welcome to Day 2 of New Year, New Books! So I had to double feature. Apologies if this post is a bit lengthy! I've got two amazing author ladies on my blog today, Sara Raasch and Natalie C. Parker! Sara, or as I like to call her: "The Tumblr Addict" is here on my blog today, playing 2 truths and a lie! Also, if you are not following Sara on Tumblr, you probably should be:) She's super sweet, and super fun and super FABULOUS

1) Sara Raasch (AKA: The Tumblr Addict)
-author of Snow Like Ashes (Fall 2014)

For those of you who have never played Two Truths and a Lie before, here's how it works: Sara will give you three statements. Two of them are true, one of them is a lie. The point of the game is to figure out which statement is a lie. It's as simple as that! If you have any questions, you can always just leave a comment on the bottom of this post.
Read all about Sara's upcoming book, Snow Like Ashes, and then scroll down to check out the fun game and awesome giveaway Sara has for you!

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Shelves: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: Fall 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray


Synopsis from Goodreads: Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.

If you haven't added this book to Goodreads yet, I'm judging you. I've said in previous reviews that I LOVE books that contain elements of nature, and I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT for Snow Like Ashes!

                        About the Author:

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, comes out Fall 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

Two Truths and a Lie with Sara Raasch
Sara is giving you 3 statements for three topics. Each of the three topics contains one lie! Can you figure out each of Sara's lies? If you can, you'll get extra entries into the rafflecopter giveaway! However, only CORRECT guesses will be entered, so good luck!

1) Concerning Sara:
1) I have an unhealthy Zutara obsession.
2) I speak Russian.
3) I had a modeling contract for about a month when I was 16.
2) Concerning the publishing journey:
1) My real love is writing contemporary.
2) I have had two agents.
3) Snow Like Ashes was the first book I ever wrote.
3) Concerning Snow Like Ashes's main character Meira:
1) Meira's favorite food is frozen berries, a Winterian delicacy.
2) If Meira could wear any article of clothing, it would be a coat.
3) When Meira was seven, she got Winter's future king in trouble by convincing him to help her paint a tent in ink.
Since Sara's book is still in the works, she doesn't have any ARCs to give away, BUT she does have some really pretty swag for y'all:
Aren't they gorgeous? You guys, ENTER TO WIN!!

Rules of Entry: 
2) There will be 3 winners, and each winner will get a set of buttons.
3) Extra Rafflecopter entries can be earned by guessing the correct LIE for each set of statements. 
4) Don't cheat with your entries, I always check!
5) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email, or I will be forced to pick a new winner.
6) The prizes will be sent out at the author's discretion.
7) Take the time to read this post with Sara. Authors are crazy busy, and deserve as much love as you can give them.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
2) Natalie C. Parker
-author of Beware the Wild (2014)

I have no idea who this guy is. But he makes an awesome gif.

So things about Natalie's books are still very mysterious. It doesn't have a cover yet, or a release date. But that only adds to the torture of wanting to read this book. Wanting to read it sooo bad. And also, guys, as a heads up, there is no giveaway because, like I said, Natalie's book is really mysterious right now. But you really should add Beware the Wild to Goodreads right now.

Title: Beware the Wild
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Shelves: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins

Summary from Goodreads: Natalie C Parker's BEWARE THE WILD, pitched as Twin Peaks meets The Village, in which a claustrophobic Louisiana town is dominated by its sinister, encroaching swamp, which swallows up a boy who is instantly forgotten by everyone except his sister, and replaced by a mysterious girl from the past who is intent on taking over his family and his life.

  • Five Random Facts
  • Natalie's Website|Goodreads author page
  • Five things BEWARE THE WILD is about: secrets, swamps, siblings, the south, and Sterling Saucier.
  • Five things BEWARE THE WILD is not about: vampires, voodoo, vixens, vengeance, and....volcanoes.
  • BEWARE THE WILD is set in a fictional small town called Sticks, Louisiana. For subtlety. And because I have a strange affinity for words beginning with 's.' 
  • The word "swamp/y" is used 333 times. "Quagmire" and "bayou" are used once. Because 335 uses of "swamp" is two too many.
  • The body count in BTW is 3. 
Five Random Facts About Natalie C. Parker:
  • I am composed of equal parts grits and grit.
  • I have never been transformed into a gatorgirl, but imagine it's painful.
  • Once, when I was a wee bairn, I tried to fly from the top of a three story building. I was unsuccessful.....or was I?
  • My affection for Teddy Roosevelt knows no bounds. He is my favorite crazy president.
  • My affection for jellyfish knows very sharp bounds. They should not exist. End of story. 
In addition to the individual giveaways each author is hosting, I am also going to have a grand prize giveaway that will run for the entire month. This is because some authors cannot contribute a giveaway, so I figured I'd give something of mine as well.

Grand Prize Giveaway:
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
2) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If not, I will have to pick a new winner. 
3) The prize will be sent out at my discretion, so I might take me a little longer than a week to get it to you.
4) In order to earn the maximum amount of entries, you can comment on EVERY SINGLE DAY of New Year, New Books!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Both books sound amazing! I'm so excited to read them! 2014 is going to be an epic year for books! Thanks for doing such an awesome giveaway!

  2. Ooo, this was fun! Like Meredith said, both of these books sound amazing! Can't wait to see what else you have planned!

  3. This was so fun! I can't wait to see her books :-)

  4. Both books sound fantabulous and again Jayne, I am so proud and amazed you pulled this all together with school going on, and everything else. I love the pins

  5. I loved playing two truths and a lie and learning more about the book and the author through it! Great idea!

  6. FOR SARA I'm pretty sure #1 about Zutara, #3 about SLA (she started when she was 12-13 SO I THINK it was her first. Er. Maybe) and as for Meira I'M PRETTY SURE #3 WOULD BE RIGHT. >:D

  7. The books sound awesome! Adding them to my TBR! :)

  8. It was so tough to pick the lies for Sara's feature! I kept going back and forth on what to put. Both features were fun to read, though. This is the first I've heard of Natalie's book, but it's now on my Goodreads to-read shelf!

  9. I am so, so bad at Two Truths and a Lie, I can never even guess. Though from my own publishing experience, I'm going to guess the lie for #2 is that Sara's debut is the first book she ever wrote, because how often does that happen?? Can't wait to read both books!

  10. Both books seem like something I would love to read, especially Beware the Wild. Swamps and secrets are always fun to read about, especially when there is a body count involved.

  11. Two new books I have yet to hear about! Putting them on my TBR list for sure. ;v; *patiently waits*

  12. Both books sound great! I'm excited! These giveaway posts are fun to read! :D

  13. Isn't that Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver? (Oh man, am I old or am I ancient?)

  14. I cannot wait to see the cover! I haven't gotten addicted to tumblr....yet.

  15. I think that the first story is more interesting than the other. XD

  16. Wow! I love the quote on the button.

  17. You have featured two wonderful authors today. I enjoyed the game; this was something new for me. I got a big kick out of making wild guesses. And I really appreciate Natalie Parker giving away two ARCs from her own collection (or are they from YOUR collection?). The potential books we might win are amazing.

    1. Hi Michelle! Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed the game:) Those ARCs are mine, and I can't wait to give 2 of them away to a lucky winner!

  18. Hiii!! So happy these wonderful authors were willing to do this, and so happy you were able to feature them! :) I found out about Snow Like Ashes a few days ago and I'm so excited for it!! And I love the quote on the button! So nice <3

  19. Even with the little bit of info we get from the synopsis, I am very intrigued! I can't wait to see the cover and get a guess at what I can expect! Very awesome post!

  20. WOW. "Beware the Wild" sounds like an intriguing mystery novel:-O

  21. Wait, I'm still stuck on the first one. What is Zutara?

  22. Both of these books sound so good. Especially the second book. I love the swamplands, and the things that come out of them! And the first book sounds like it has a kick butt MC, and that always makes me happy!

  23. Both books sound great! I can't wait to read them!

  24. I've heard so much about this book! I really want to read it sometime!