Stephanie Perkins Signing {and Giveaway!}

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.

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Complete the following tasks to increase your chances to win!

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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!

Chills and Thrills Teen Book Tour, Allen, Texas

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This weekend, we had the chance to attend the Chills and Thrills Teen Book Tour at a Real Bookstore in Allen, Texas.

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As you well know, I am *addicted* to book events, and couldn’t pass this one up!

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This is Tera Lynn Childs, author of Forgive my Fins and Sweet Venom.

Tera told us all about Sweet Venom, to be released this fall, about a set of monster-hunting triplets. Doesn’t that sound awesome?

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Next was Tracy Deebs, author of Tempest Rising and Zero Day.

Zero Day sounds fantastic — a dystopian retelling of Pandora’s Box, where the main character opens an e-mail attachment and brings about technological Armageddon. It is set to release in 2012.

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And lastly, Jennifer Archer, author of Through Her Eyes. This ghost story sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to dig into it!

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Here’s me and Tera. She was super-fun and I am now dying to read Sweet Venom.

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And here’s me, Tracy and Jennifer. They were also lots of fun. It was neat to meet authors from our home state.

Of course, I couldn’t leave without getting signed copies to give away to you guys!

There will be three winners.

Winner #1 will receive a *signed* hardcover copy of Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs. Winner #2 will receive a *signed* hardcover copy of Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs. Winner #3 will receive a *signed* hardcover copy of Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer.

The Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The contest is open to US and Canada residents only.

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!

+1 – Become a fan of The Nerd’s Wife on Facebook.
+1 – Follow me on Twitter.
+2 – Tweet about this contest. Sample tweet: Chills and Thrills Giveaway from @thenerdswife: http://su.pr/8l82RJ Signed copies of Forgive My Fins, Tempest Rising and Through Her Eyes!

 

 

Contest Ends Monday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Thanks for looking!

 

Princess for a Day at the Renaissance Faire


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This weekend, we headed to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas.

Lately, River has been obsessed with princesses. She loves Beauty and the Beast and all you have to do to make her happy is tell her she looks like a princess.

So, we knew this would be the perfect treat for her!

Her mom did an awesome job of dressing her up in a princess costume. She braided her hair and River looked so beautiful.

River was so excited to go to the “fessival” to see the King and Queen. She wanted to dance with the King, she told us. It was so cute.

Our first stop once we arrived was by the face painting booth.

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River was so excited to have her face painted. She sat so still and did a great job of letting the artist work her magic.

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My favorite thing about it, though? The Nerd has this irrational fear of face paint. It totally weirds him out. And I may or may not enjoy seeing him squirm. I mean, come on! Face paint? Not clowns or bunnies? Face paint?

Hehehehe.

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Once she was finished, River ran over to the mirror to get a better look at herself. She was so excited!

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Isn’t she a doll?

After she was all prettied up, we headed browsed around the festival some more. River loved seeing everyone in their costumes.

We soon found a shop with crowns. Of course, no princess is complete without a crown.

She picked out this beautiful yellow crocheted crown with butterflies on it. So adorable!

Then, we headed off in search of a show or some food.

Along the way, we happened upon a shop with fairie wings. Once River saw them, she immediately headed that way. And how could we resist?

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She picked out some blue ones. You know, to match her pink dress and yellow crown. So cute!

With her wings and crown, she was a full-fledged princess. She found another mirror and was dancing and twirling and admiring her outfit.

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This was my favorite shot of the day. She has just the perfect princess pose!

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And here she is dancing and having fun! Love it!

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Next, we got to ride a camel! Err…River and Nanna got to ride a camel.

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Don’t they look like they’re having fun?

It was such an awesome day, and I think River had a blast!

My favorite part of the day? The food!! Sausage on a stick and kettle corn. Y.U.M.

Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival? What’s your favorite part?

 

 

More Chevy Fan Day Photos (with Jeff Gordon!)

 

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You may have seen my post last week with the video of my trip around the race track with Jeff Gordon. It was so much fun!

I’ve *finally* had a chance to go through all of my photos from that awesome day and edit them, so I wanted to share them with you!

I’ve been doing a lot of work with Chevy lately — they are such an amazing company. And I don’t just say that because I own (and love!) one of their cars.

In fact, they have a whole social community for women centered around their cars. We’ve had such fun chats on Twitter, and they share great tips on how to conserve gas and maintain your vehicle.

Seriously, if you’re not already, you *should* follow Chevy DFW on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.

Now on to the photos!

 

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We first stopped by the Ride and Drive event for Chevy Fans. You had the chance to test drive one of their vehicles! Of course, The Nerd wanted to test drive the 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible.

 

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I must say, it had a really nice view. Heh!

 

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I think Shannon from Milk and Cuddles needs a new ride. She looks *good* in that Camaro!

Then, we all had a chance to take a trip around the track with a Team Chevy driver. I had a blast with my driver, Shane from Oklahoma City. We got up to 100 mph… but the best was yet to come!

 

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We headed back to the clubhouse to eat lunch. Soon, we were joined by Jeff Gordon, who did a brief Q&A and autograph session.

When we arrived, we were each given a raffle ticket. The coordinators drew 10 random tickets to win a hot lap with Jeff Gordon.

The Nerd won! He’s so lucky. They let me come along for the ride, too.

 

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It was so neat to see Jeff pull up in a Chevy Camaro. I think it was a bit harder to drive with the top down, though! Not as aerodynamic as he’s used to, haha!

 

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Jeff looked really good coming out of that Camaro! He came over to talk to us, telling us that they asked him to keep it under 90 mph. Yeah, right, he told us.

 

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And he was true to his word! The Nerd said he saw the speedometer pass 130 mph. Eeee!

It was such a great day, and I had a blast.

I think The Nerd did, too.

Who’s your favorite race car driver? Or do you even follow NASCAR?

 

 

Chevy Fan Day With Jeff Gordon at Texas Motor Speedway

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Yesterday, the Nerd and I headed to Texas Motor Speedway for Chevy Fan Day, courtesy of Chevy DFW.

I had never been to a NASCAR event, and I’m still processing a lot of what we saw and experienced. I have TONS of photos to go through and edit (and share with you all!)

But the coolest things we got to do was go on a hot lap with Jeff Gordon. I took along my video camera so you could experience it, too.

It was so much fun! Jeff told us that they asked him to stay at or below 90 mph during the lap, but then he wouldn’t say how fast he was going. Naughty, naughty.

Luckily, The Nerd was sitting in the back seat with a clear view of the speedometer — he said it passed 130 mph.

Have you ever been to a NASCAR race? Who’s your favorite driver?

I promise more pics (and stories) soon!

Spring In Texas Means One Thing…

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BLUEBONNETS!!

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Ask any Texan mom (or, in my case, aunt) and they’ll tell you — Spring means days spent eyeing random fields and highway sides looking for the inky blue petals of our state flower.

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What is it about bluebonnets that makes us go crazy and dress up our children and try to make them sit still long enough to snap a few photos?

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It’s not like we haven’t taken these pictures every. single. year.

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It’s not like it’s *easy* for a toddler to sit still while there are so many pretty flower to touch.

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So many pretty flowers in which to frolic.

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So many pretty flowers in which to… check your e-mail? Yes, this is what Nerds do when you bring them along for “moral support.” He does this all. the. freaking. time.

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River had a great time running through the field of bluebonnets we found.

Such a great time, in fact, that she cried when it was time to go.

“But I wanna play in the pretty flowers,” she wailed, as Nanna carried her back to the car. “We can’t stay here all day,” Nanna replied. “But I don’t want to leave.”

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I guess we’ll just have to come back next year.

Do you like our field of bluebonnets? It’s the *perfect* spot if you live in North Dallas.

There are three huge field of bluebonnets right in front of the JCPenney headquarters in Plano. Here’s the address: 6501 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas. If you turn right onto Corporate Drive from Legacy Drive, there are spots to park along the road. So awesome!

Do you take photos of your kids in the bluebonnets? Where are your favorite spots?

 

 

Claudia Gray Signing: Dallas, Texas

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Last night, I headed to our local Barnes and Noble to see Claudia Gray, author of Afterlife, the fourth book in the Evernight series.

I haven’t had the chance to read the series yet, but I’ve heard great things about it. And you know my obsession with author signings. This one was so close, I couldn’t miss it!

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Claudia was so wonderful — she took the time to chat with each of us in the line and she even asked me about the story behind my name.

That’s one I’ll have to share sometime. It’s a great one.

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I really loved how personable and nice Claudia was. I’m so often star-struck by the authors I meet, but she made me feel so comfortable.

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Isn’t she so great?

And…because I love you all so very much, I scored an extra *signed* copy of Afterlife to give away!

The winner will receive a *signed* hardcover copy of Afterlife by Claudia Gray!

The Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The contest is open to US and Canada residents only.

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!

+1 – Become a fan of The Nerd’s Wife on Facebook.
+1 – Follow me on Twitter.
+2 – Tweet about this contest. Sample tweet: Win a *signed* copy of Afterlife by Claudia Gray from @thenerdswife: http://su.pr/1uf4TW #giveaway

Content ends Friday, March 18 at 11:59 CST.

Good luck!
UPDATED: The winner, Stephanie, has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered!

 




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