Contest for Five Minutes More and Responsible or Saving Grace and Rules for Life

Thanks to Darlene Ryan I have two awesome prize packs to give to two lucky winners!

Prize pack #1 will included the following books along with some other goodies:

Five More Minutes More

“I play the Five Minutes More game. Five minutes. I can stand anything for five minutes. Even my father being dead.”
D’Arcy desperately wants her father’s death to have been an accident. Then she learns the truth. Why would her father choose suicide? Why didn’t she see the signs? How will she manage alone? Then D’Arcy becomes friends with Seth. Now will things get back to normal or will she have to call on strengths she didn’t know she had to make a new kind of normal, five minutes at a time?
"Teachers, for the most part, don’t know anything about real life. If they did they’d have much better jobs than teaching geometry and the history of the stupid middle ages to a bunch of kids who aren’t listening anyway.”

Kevin Frasier is in a new high school—his fourth so far. When he falls in with Nick and his friends, Kevin ends up going along as they bully and threaten their way through the school. Then Nick starts tormenting Erin. When she stands up to him the harassment takes a dangerous turn and Kevin is forced to be responsible for his choices.

Prize Pack #2 will include the following books along with some other goodies:

Saving Grace

“I looked over toward the counter and saw a police officer standing there with his back to me. I couldn’t breathe and my feet seemed to be stuck to the ground."
Fifteen year-old Evie has kidnapped the child her father made her give up for adoption. On the run with her reluctant boyfriend and a sick baby, Evie struggles to figure out what being a mother really means.

Rules For Life
Rules # 41: If it’s dirty, wash it. If it’s hungry, feed it. If it’s broke, it’s Jason.
Izzy’s mother had a rule for every circumstance, and since her death Izzy has used those rules to get by. But now her dad is planning to get married—to a woman Izzy barely knows, her friend, Mrs. Mac, is sneaking contraband sausage and her big brother Jason is…well, being Jason. As Izzy tries to fix things she discovers that sometimes you have to make up the rules as you go along.
A touching, often funny story of love an acceptance, Rules for Life is a reminder that while we can’t choose the family we were born with, we can choose the people we take along for the ride.

How To Enter:

Fill out this form! Not filling out form equals no entry.

Extra Entries:

follower prior to the contest. (+2)
follower for the contest. (+1)
linked to this contest from Twitter, Sidebar, exc. (+1 for each time)
dedicated a whole post to this contest. (+5)
left a comment on the contest post. ( +1)
went to Darlene's website and tell me something you learned. (+1)


December 8 and is open to USA and Canada!.



  1. Thanks for such a great contest ^^

  2. Definitely loving the first prize pack. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. Indigo

  3. Nice article as for me. I'd like to read something more concerning this matter.
    By the way look at the design I've made myself Overnight escort

  4. Awesome contest. Not sure which book sounds better. haha. I really like the cover of "Saving Grace" though. :)


  5. Interesting books in this contest. I've nver heard of any of them, but they sounds pretty good. :)

  6. Wow, all of these look great. And what a neat little contest form. :)

  7. +2 followed before contest
    +1 commented here.

    These books look great..


  8. I love this contest!

  9. I filled out the form. Thanks for having this!

  10. Amazing contest!

    All of these books sound great.

    -Lexi (:

  11. these all sound like good books. this is the first time ive heard of them.

  12. Hi Lauren :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    I hadn't heard of Darlene Ryan before and her books sound like great reads. Thanks for introducing me to her. Is she on Twitter?
    All the best,

  13. What a great contest. I have never heard of the author before. Her web site is great and has alot of information for new writers.


  14. Thanks for the contest. All the books sound pretty good

  15. Great giveaway. I have not read any of Darlene's books so am in interested in knowing more about them.


  16. Wow, those books all look great! I'm pretty sure I'd end up bawling my eyes out if I got prize pack #2...and since I can never decide if that's a good thing or not (my husband always tells me to avoid something if I know it's going to make me cry, but sometimes you just need to get some tears out, ya know?) I'll prolly just put my name in for both prize packs!

    Thanks for the great contest!

  17. PS: I love the form idea, by the way! I'm not sure how much trouble it is for you to make it, but it's such a great idea. Much safer!

  18. I have not read any of these books, but I would love to.

  19. They all look really good! I have never heard of them before but now I guess I will add them to my To Read list.

  20. I haven't read any of her books - but I've been dying to read Five Minutes More!

  21. I have never heard of any of the books, but I do like the sound of them! C:


  22. these book sound great.
    thanks for the giveaway

  23. Thanks for the chance!!

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  24. What a great contest! I'll definitely be entering.

  25. Thank you everyone for all the great comments you've been making about my books. (I'm getting a swelled head.) And a big thank you to Lauren for organizing this.

  26. Oh and +5 I blogged here: http://booksobsession.blogspot.com/2009/12/round-up-of-contests.html


  27. +2 Follower already

    +1 Commenting. This is a really great contest!

    Thanks for the contest!
    barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  28. What a great giveaway, especially for this time of year! I haven't read any of these yet so they all sound very good. Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 comment
    +2 already follow
    +1 added to sidebar
    +1 comment from Darlene's blog -
    Darlene used to write radio commercials.


  29. http://cherylbaryl.blogspot.com/2010/01/mailbox-monday.html

    Here is a link to my post. Thank you so much for these author signed books. Can't wait to read them.


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