Stephanie Perkins Signing {and Giveaway!}

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EDITED: The contest is now closed.

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Last month, I had the chance to meet the amazing, adorable, wonderful Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.

She stopped by the Irving Public Library to discuss her debut novel, Anna and the French Kiss.

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Stephanie read from the beginning of Anna. She was so fun and full of life, talking about how she channeled a lot of herself and her insecurities into Anna’s character.

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“A few months ago, my father enrolled me in boarding school,” she read. “His air quotes practically crackled over the phone line as he declared living abroad to be a ‘good learning experience’ and a ‘keepsake I’d treasure forever.’ Yeah. Keepsake. And I would’ve pointed out his misuse of the word had I not already been freaking out.”

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In her voice, Anna practically jumped off the page and joined Stephanie on the stage.

Stephanie talked about how she had always wanted to write children’s literature, but in college, her professors frowned upon her preference. Serious authors wrote serious novels, they told her. So Stephanie struggled for years to write an adult novel.

She finally gave in to her desire to write a young adult story, and thus, Anna and the French Kiss was born.

Where’d she get the idea for the story? She had a dream about St. Claire. I bet that was one heck of a dream!

I really, truly LOVED Anna and the French Kiss — so I wanted to share the love with you!

And you know what that means … a giveaway! I picked up an extra hardcover of Anna and had Stephanie sign it for you! But wait… that’s not all!

Because I know that you won’t be able to get enough after Anna, I’m also giving away an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie’s next book! It will be released on Sept. 29 from Dutton Books.

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There will be two winners.

Winner #1 will receive a *signed* hardback of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Winner #2 will receive an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.

The Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.

Contest ends on 7/20/11 at 11:59 PM CST.

You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter. To become a follower, just click the “Join this Site” button on the right side of your screen and sign in with your Google, Twitter or Open ID account.

If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.

If you were a follower prior to the start of this contest, you will receive 2 entries.

Fill out the form below to enter. Do not leave your entry in the comments.

If you have any questions, you can consult my contest policy.

Increase Your Chances:

Complete the following tasks to increase your chances to win!

+2 – Become a fan of The Nerd’s Wife on Facebook.
+2 – Follow me on Twitter.
+3 – Tweet about this contest. Sample tweet: Stephanie Perkins giveaway: ARC of Lola and the Boy Next Door & signed Anna and the French Kiss from @thenerdswife: http://su.pr/1RGHbj
+3 – Post about the contest on Facebook. Tag The Nerd’s Wife Facebook Page in your post so I can track.
+3 – Include a link to this contest in your blog’s sidebar. The link must be there when the winner is drawn on or about 7/21.
+5 – Post about the contest on your blog. Include a link to the contest in your post for the entry to count.

Contest Ends Wednesday, July 20 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Winner will be announced on or around July 21 and the books will be sent soon after.

Thanks for looking!




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Comments

  1. That signing sounds like it was amazing! :D

    I’d be jealous, but you’re being so generous with this giveaway, that honestly, I just can’t be. :) lol

    Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy of Anna and the French Kiss, or an ARC of Lola and the Boy Next Door! :D

  2. OMG! You’re amazing! I freaking ADORE Stephanie Perkins, and I would LOVE to have an autographed copy. Thank you SOSOSOSO much for the opportunity.

    I’m a new follower too and checked out your blog just now. It’s so cute! I’m loving the layout and quality posts. I will definitely be coming back :)

    Twitter tweet link! (I spread the love!) (http://twitter.com/#!/iEatWordsTweets)

    Thank you SO MUCH again. EEP! *Fingers are crossed*

    Farrah

  3. Sounds like the reading was a lot of fun! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway :) I tweeted here, in case you need the link: http://twitter.com/Word_Tapestry/status/88720761900122113.

  4. I love SP! I just found your blog this weekend and I love it! Hoping to one day catch Stephanie in person.

  5. Patty K. says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  6. extremely excited
    goodluck to all!

  7. Brilliant giveaway Arena! Stephanie looks so kooky and fun, I bet she was a blast to hear reading!

    Quick Q – I’m a NEW follower on GFC but an OLD follower as an email subscriber, does that count? I’ve counted myself as a newbie anyway, thought it best to undercount than overcount…

  8. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to read these books! :)

  9. Hey Ellie-

    Email subscription is fine. I’ll change you to an Old Follower on the entry form. :)

  10. Kimberly Callegan @Kimberdee says:

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Kimberdee/status/88990924310458368

  11. Those are lovely books. I’d love to win any. Thanks for the chance! ^__^

  12. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I think you should just go ahead and pick me. Her Irving event was going to be my 1st author signing, but unfortunately my Father’s surgery conflicted. Double sad sigh.

  13. Michelle Aguilar says:

    What an amazing giveaway! Love your blog. :)

  14. Ana Lucía says:

    Thank you for this giveaway and for making it international, fingers crossed! :)

  15. I would’ve given anything to be there. She looks like such a fun girl. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of LatBND.

  16. Hi Arena,
    Me again! Ooops, I’ve also now posted about the giveaway as part of today’s blog hop!
    http://musingsofabookshopgirl.blogspot.com/2011/07/we-interrupt-this-showing-for-book.html
    I’ll stop being a pain now, I swear… :)

  17. No worries, Ellie! I’ll add it to your entry. :)

  18. This is so cool! I can’t believe I didn’t know about your blog until now! Crazy!

  19. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  20. Hi! I’m a new follower and just stumbled upon your blog. I just want to say one big THANK YOU for making this INTERNATIONAL! I am a gigantic fan of A&TFK and appreciate the chance to join this giveaway. :)

    Ms. Perkins must have been one heck of a speaker, the pictures look wonderful. I wish I’d been there!

  21. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your photos from the event. Such amazing pics of such an amazing woman! Steph was a pleasure to meet, and I can’t WAIT to read Lola & the Boy Next Door–and pass it along to all my teens once I’m done reading it. Thanks for standing in line to get this copy! You’re awesome :)

  22. This is such an awesome giveway! I’m going to see Stephanie in Oceanside in a few weeks and at DBF in Sept, both of which take place before Lola is released so I’d LOVE the ARC! I’ve had you in my Google Reader forever and became a Google Connect follower last week!

  23. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  24. ZOMG I am DYING for Lola! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!

  25. Thank you for this giveaway

  26. Hey Arena,
    I’ve already filled out the form..
    I’ve already tweeted about the giveaway 3 times.. and posted on Facebook and blogged about this. Sigh. I really want this!

    Thanks for the giveaway..

    If you ever have trouble tracking the tweets or the Facebook post, let me know..

    Zoe
    therainhouse17@gmail.com

    Thanks for making this giveaway international! You are just plain AWESOME!

  27. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway! I loved the story of Ms. Perkins’ years in college because my experience was similar in quite a few classes. Also, I think it’s wonderful that you “heard” Anna’s voice in Stephanie. I think that’s the most interesting part of signings.

  28. Thanks i love her blue hair!

  29. You’re amazing, you know that? I wanted to read Anna And The French Kiss sometime ago, but then decided to wait and buy the book. But now I found your blog and this awesome giveaway. Thanks!

    GFC: featherlyhearts-
    Twitter: @Kejtie
    Facebook: Featherly reviews
    E-mail: katie(dot)sijanec(at)gmail(dot)com

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Kejtie/status/93021113877143552
    Facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=186017424790956&id=163716410368154

  30. Nancye Davis says:

    I didn’t see a place to put the link for my Tweet. So, here it it:

    http://twitter.com/#!/NancyeDavis/status/93473219167789058

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  31. Amazing giveaway! I am so glad I found this awesome blog! Thanks for the opportunity! Your a star!!

  32. Awesome contest!

    Here’s the link to my tweet about the contest! http://twitter.com/#!/ellenmasquerade/status/93622212480872449

  33. This looks like it was fabulous. I have heard great things about Anna and the French Kiss and Stephanie seems so genuinely sweet! Thanks for sharing! :)

  34. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

  35. Thanks!

  36. Chen Chang says:

    I wanna say, thank you for this giveaway! I really want to read LOLA so I hope I win!

    Here are the other links I wasn’t able to put into the form:
    http://twitter.com/#!/nodizzies/status/93509240181891072
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=150519521693262&id=825115

    jadedlittlegirlx [at] gmail [dot] com

  37. Thanks for an international giveaway with so awesom prizes! :)

  38. latisha depoortere says:

    What a great giveaway thank you so much!

  39. Jessirae says:

    Thanks so much for this giveaway! Here’s my tweet to the contest:

    http://twitter.com/#!/xjessirae/status/93853394992766977

  40. Mary Preston says:

    FABULOUS THANK YOU!!!

  41. AWESOME giveaway! Thanks for making it international, too :D

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