Sunday, December 21, 2014


I know, I know, there are technically 12 days of Christmas. But what can I say? I'm keeping all the sexy drummers and pipers for myself. If you know me at all, that really shouldn't surprise you. I do love me some drummers! Also, I only had 10 prizes :D

We know we do not look it, but we swear we
are Christmas cookies complete with real candy cane pieces.

I once celebrated Christmas in Thailand and was quite surprised by all of the lights and fake trees and garishly decorated shopping malls. "But Thai people are mostly Buddhist, right?" I asked a man on the skytrain. "I didn't know you celebrated Christmas."

"Thai people do not celebrate Christmas because of any religion," he explained. "We celebrate it because it's fun!" It's been probably ten years but I never forgot that. So this giveaway is in the spirit of fun. It's all-inclusive (yep, all prizes are international!) and not meant to alienate or offend those of you who don't celebrate Christmas for religious or any other reasons. And now that the fine print is out of the way, let's get to the presents part! 

PRIZES!! (AKA presents)

1. A LAINEY swag pack, to include buttons, magnets, and bookmarks

2. A LIARS swag pack, to include a notebook, post cards, and mini flashlight (for optimal sneaking around!)

Evil overlord Blogger demands that you view this pic sideways.

3. A candygram of my fave holiday treats, plus bonus swag

4. An e-copy of INFINITE REPEAT

5. Another e-copy of INFINITE REPEAT, because Micah <3

6. An iTunes $15 gift card, because #MusicSaves

7. A LIARS, INC. black or white T-shirt (size small to 2XL)

Sexy front designs.

Stylish back design. (White shirt has stylish plain back.)

8. A signed ARC of LIARS, INC.

9. A signed copy of THE ART OF LAINEY (or TBD order + signed swag for INT)

10. A finished copy/pre-order of any of my books + signed swag 

Enter below via your pal, the Rafflecopter :) I hope you have a bookish and wonderful holiday season. Thanks for visiting my website!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Kids + Books = Win!

I went to elementary school, middle school, and high school in Hazelwood, Missouri. In fact, "Hazelton" where THE ART OF LAINEY is set, is actually a fictionalized meld of Hazelwood and nearby Bridgeton. Just down the road is Ferguson, another suburb of St. Louis that's gotten a lot media attention lately. I played against the Ferguson high schools in soccer and tennis and had plenty of friends who lived there. The reality is not exactly what you're seeing in the news.

It's been hard for me to see a place so close to where I grew up repeatedly misrepresented and victimized, so I recently got in contact with prominent St. Louis indie, Left Bank Books, to see if there was anything bookish I could do for the community when I go back to St. Louis later this month. The YA coordinator told me they were doing an Angel Tree Book Drive for Airport Elementary, one of the Ferguson-Florissant schools.

For many of these kids, books are a luxury their families can't afford. Please consider donating a book to one of the students this holiday season. Each of the school's teachers has selected a story he or she feels would benefit the classroom and there are some amazing titles on the list--entertaining and meaningful stories that might turn a kid onto reading at a really young age. Left Bank has set up their book drive page so that all you have to do is select a classroom and add that book to your shopping cart. Once you check out, the book will automatically be pulled from stock and added to the fundraiser. Click here to go the the Left Bank Books Angel Tree Book Drive donation page.

If you'd like to help out but can't purchase a book, the Left Bank Books Foundation accepts donations of any amount and works to spread and celebrate the love of books all around the St. Louis area. Tweets and posts about the book drive are also greatly appreciated :)

 Thanks for spreading the bookish love this holiday season <3