Monday, November 8, 2010

Guest post by Scott Nicholson (Plus a Chance to Win a Kindle!)

October Lasts Forever
By Scott Nicholson


Cover #1
 Though I’ve been writing for so long it seems like I should be into December by now, October Girls is the first series I’ve ever written.

In an earlier blog tour stop, I talked about how I originally came up with the secret family pen name, because I thought people who liked my young-adult paranormal series might not try the books if they thought I as a “horror writer.” I can assure you, I’m not very horrible, and I quickly decided that I was just fine being L.C. Glazebrook and Scott Nicholson rolled into one. The books will keep the Glazebrook name, at least for a while, but having a series adds a whole new set of challenges.

But also a lot of opportunities for fun. The important thing to me is that I love the two main characters, teen witch Crystal and her dead best friend Bone. Crystal is your typical high school drop-out, overcoming the depression that set in when Bone was killed by a UPS van at age 16. Now she’s trying to get her GED and go to community college and deal with her boyfriend Pettigrew, who is a little too serious too fast.

Well, except there’s that part where she has to guard the portal to the afterlife.

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And Bone is a loyal friend, but she kind of wants to catch up on all things she missed back in the land of the living—like losing her virginity. And she’s got a couple of secrets that even Bone doesn’t know about, and there are sinister forces in Darkmeet that are manipulating Bone to get to Crystal—so that all hell can break loose.

You know, real life.

In just one book, there are already enough complications to write a dozen books easily. Does Pettigrew really love Crystal or is it one of Momma’s magic spells? What does Bone do about the sixth-grade dead boy who’s crushing on her? How does Crystal abandon Momma to a life in the trailer park, turning her back on generations of family tradition? And why the heck does the Judge love chocolate so much?


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 Some of these things I know the answer to, such as why Bone feels slightly guilty around Crystal, but also a little jealous. Others, like the chocolate and where Roscoe the possum familiar comes in, are yet to be decided. Maybe you can help me out…

Which of these covers do you like best for Book #2, “Dead & Unfriended,” due out early next year?

By commenting, you will be entered for a Kindle DX and a Kindle 3 giveaway. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter for more giveaways. Thanks, and I hope you let the October Girls into your life.

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Further Info About the Tour/Scott/etc.:

Current 99-cent specials are As I Die Lying and Disintegration. For every book of mine that hits the Top 100 during the tour, I will throw in an extra Kindle 3 giveaway. Tell your friends. Amaze your neighbors. Shock your therapist.

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the thrillers Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, Burial to Follow, and They Hunger. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX or Kindle 3, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free e-books to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. Thanks for playing. Complete details can be found here.

125 comments:

  1. While I enjoy paranormals, I do feel as if there's been a bit too much of it recently. :-)

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  2. I do like those covers. Different that's for sure. The series sounds great!

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  3. I do like those covers. Different that's for sure. The series sounds great!

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  4. #2 cover works best in my opinion. Better color and more intriguing.

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

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  5. Ditto to Scorpio M's and Bibliophile's votes. Cover #2 does have the most vibrant color and the girl's expressions are more interesting. varbonoff 22 at cox dot net

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  6. I love Cover #2, it's probably the red. Studies have shown that red catches one's eye the most.
    atomicxrawr@yahoo.com

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  7. I'm torn between covers #1 and #2. I think I'd give the slight edge to #2.

    -Neal

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  8. Yep, #2 would be my choice, too. Great colors and they match the first book in the series.

    "October Girls" is a lovely and interesting book. I look forward to the second part.

    And because of the neat covers, these are the kind of books I would want in paperback as well.

    Christa
    cpolkinhorn@msn.com
    (Little old lady, who loves both Kindle and paper. LOL.)

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  9. "Dead & Unfriended"--that's an interesting choice for a title...since it also happens to be your BIGGEST FEARS! Fearing death is a common fear. Being unfriended though continually haunts you. Oh my stars! You are such a Facebook whore! It's SHOCKING!

    But your fear of being "unfriended" is a valid one. You've already been "unfriended" by the Appalachian Goat Lovers Society Facebook page...and that has just DEVASTATED you! But you KNOW why you were unfriended...and I must say I am NOT surprised and I would also NOT be surprised if the Appalchian Goat Lovers Society did NOT take up legal action against...or get a restraining order at the very least (or do they already have one?). Common decency (and Facebook's privacy policy) prevent me from revealing just what sort of disgusting and sordid things occured to get you unfriended---but let's just say it was SHOCKING!!!!!

    Other than that, congratulations on the new series. Best wishes with it. Gotta get ready for work...

    CHEERS!

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  10. I think I like the second cover the best, too.

    Margay1122(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I think cover #2 is the best although I like the blue background of the other two.

    Also who doesn't love chocolate a lot? Of course the Judge would too!

    bookworm1858 AT hotmail DOT com

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  12. #2 Does it for me as well! ;)

    inannajourney at gmail dot com

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  13. The questionable judge who loves chocolate is probably Swiss. I'm sure he has one of those numbered accounts where he hides the money he gets from the estates of the dead. Heeeeh.
    Christa

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  14. Scott, #3 but with larger tombstones!
    Paul
    mrluckyATcharterDOTnet

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  15. I'm going to go with Cover #1. And chocolate is easy! Everyone loves chocolate. lol

    Count me in for a Kindle! :D

    LaQuiet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I vote for 2! Good luck with the rest of your series!

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  17. I love cover #2!

    vicky.vak8(at)gmail.com

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  18. #2 is #1 --- wait! Let's just sau #2.

    Barry
    anamchara@gmail.com

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  19. lol forgot my contact info...hense1kk at cmich dot com

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  20. I like #1 the best, followed by #3!

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  21. Like #2 best!

    monacart32 at hotmail dot com

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  22. Fun covers! I am learning a lot about Scott, this tour is awesome!

    journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

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  23. My vote is for #3



    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  24. Cover # 2 definitely! I made my choice before reading the other comments.

    I DESPISE cover # 1.

    bmcbroom at gmail dot com

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  25. Entering, thanks!

    bunkercomplexATgmailDOTcom

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  26. I like the third cover!

    Elizabeth
    www.thefrugalereader.com

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  27. I like cover #1 best.

    lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

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  28. Since you brought the PC version of the kindle software to my attention, I just bought "October Girls" (obviously from you Scott) and "My name Is Joe" (from Stefan Bourque). My first two kindle titles even though I have to read them on the PC. :)
    Thanks for mentioning the Kindle PC software yesterday and October Girls today!!

    calseeor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. I like cover #3 best, I like the expressions on Crystal and Bone's face. My second choice would be #2. I dislike #1 -- it's too dark.

    Thanks for the contest,
    Greg "The Undead Rat" Fisher

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

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  30. Cover #2 gets my vote. Good luck.
    dwdorow@gmail.com
    ThrillersRus.blogspot.com

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  31. Cover #2 for me!

    My daughter is very excited about the next book in the series, and she'll have her Kindle by then too - no more reading on her netbook!

    lorraine_lanning[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  32. I like cover #1.

    eddiem11@ca.rr.com

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  33. I will have to go with cover #2!

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  34. I like cover #3 more.
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  35. I think that cover #3 is definitely the best out of the three. I would suggest that the blue background be something other than just matte blue. Maybe a texture or picture frame or something like that.

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  36. Here's my vote for cover #2. Definitely my favorite.

    dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

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  37. I like cover #2.

    A possum familiar?

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

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  39. nedsped at verizon dot net

    Hi Scott!

    Cover # 3

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  40. I like cover #3 best. renahe_90(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  41. I like cover #2.

    hufflepuffgrl13@yahoo.com

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  42. I like cover #3. Crystal is much cuter and Bone still looks fun.

    Jeff White.... whitejw@ameritech.net

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  43. I think I like #3 the best...
    candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

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  44. I like the first cover best, the one on top, because it goes along with the title a bit better. The bottom one seems a little too friendly.

    Wakincade AT gmail DOT com

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  45. Voted over here and my boyfriend I both like #2 the best.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  46. Thanks, everyone--we'll talk all these over with the "staff." Art is by the wonderful Ludeshka, a well-known Argentine artist. I agree paranromal is overdone, but i don't think there is anything quite like this series--trailer-trash magic.

    @Eric I am honored to be among your first! @Thanks Sandra and Lorraine, now I need to get to work on that next one (I have only written a little...)

    Scott

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  47. I like cover #3 the best. It's the "cutest" of the three and the more enticing illustration. Also, the characters seeming more engaging.

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  48. #2 cover works best in my opinion.
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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  49. Cover #2 :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  50. I've Tweeted, Liked you on Facebook, purchased some books and am still cheering you on - Go Scott :)

    deedeekm@gmail.com

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  51. I like the artwork and would love to win ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  52. I like cover #2

    stephanie(.)pridgen(@)gmail(.)com

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  53. Cover #2 gets my vote. It is not as "dark" as #1, yet still gives a hint of that aspect of the story. #3 seems to hide it completely.

    Write2Bev@gmail.com

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  54. Another day, another blog! ;-) The list of blogs that I am following grows by the day!

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  55. I like the second cover!

    Armand Rosamilia

    armandrosamilia@gmail.com

    Author of "Highway To Hell" extreme zombie novella

    http://rymfireebooks.com/armand.html

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  56. Thank you
    Candy
    dragonfly1976@gmail.com

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  57. I'd say cover #1.

    -Jesse
    conrad.jd (at) gmail (dot) com

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  58. I like number 3 the best.

    forgetyourseatbelt (at) gmail dot com

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  59. I prefer #2 the best :)
    beejee77@comcast.net

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  60. I like number 3. Got a unique look

    matthewcaulder at gmail dot com

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  61. Really enjoying the personal stories. Nice to get to know the writer behind the books more. Thanks!

    smd (at) texoma (dot) net

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  62. Phew nearly forgot!

    Yup definitely number 2!

    gem.wood@gmail.com

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  63. Cover #1--I like green.

    jimmishrode(at)verizon(dot)net

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  64. I like cover #2.

    bluefrog62@yahoo.com

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  65. I think cover #3: because I love the juxtapositioning of happy smiley faces and the title "Dead & Unfriended".

    jamesemr (at) gmail (dot) com

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  66. Cover #2
    cntbauer1@msn.com

    Chris Bauer
    SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD, a novel by C. G. Bauer (Drollerie Press)

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  67. It would be SO nice to win a Kindle! That's the only way I'll ever have one!

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  68. First of all, the book sounds really cool; something my Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn (and, later, myself, on the sly) would enjoy. I really like cover #2 best. I think the contrast is more eye catching and the colors sort of pop!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries
    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. Love it!

    josephafisch@gmail.com

    Joe F.

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  70. I would LOVE a Kindle DX. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :)

    P.S. Click on my name for my contact info. ;)

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  71. I like cover number 3. Please enter me in content for Kindle. Tore923@aol.com

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  72. I think that I like cover #2.

    jessangil at gmail dot com

    -Jessica

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  73. I'm torn between #1 and #2. I like the darkness on 1, but the vibrant colors really pop on the second one. I'm going to pick two because of the way the hair and flowers are defined.

    lenikaye@yahoo.com

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  74. Of the covers shown, my fave is #2. Vibrant and gloomy at the same time.

    therabidfox[at]gmail.com

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  75. Great post.

    I like cover 2 more personally

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  76. Thanks for another chance to win.
    Bkhabel at gmail dot com

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  77. I like cover #2 best.

    dalelmurphy(at)gravesidetales(dot)com

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  78. I like Cover #3.

    sillysun22[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  79. I like both cover #2 and #3, but I like cover #2 best.

    dekad1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  80. I like Cover #2 the best, but when the dead part comes into play, the colors of Cover #1 fit the title better. It must feel a bit "exciting" writing a series when you don't know all the details or where it is going. You must like to live dangerously, or just like a little literary excitement. More power to you.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

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  81. I like #3 best

    www.b10mediaworx.com

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  82. I think cover #2 is the best one!

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  83. I like cover #2 the best. :) I can be reached at sweetbrier at shaw dot ca

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  84. I like cover #1 because of the green tint on the faces. Nice article.

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  85. Another great post Scott.

    Randymir@gmail.com

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  86. If "author branding" is still as important now as in the pre-digital days, pseudonyms for different genres are probably a good idea.

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  87. Oops, I forgot...

    Twitter: MachineTrooper

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  88. I like #2.

    dreamer dot ima at gmail dot com

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  89. October could last forever as far as I'm concerned. I love this time of year and especially Halloween. I think I'm partial to cover #2.

    Deidre
    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

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  90. I really liked Cover #2.

    kellysydow at yahoo dot com

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  91. Like # 2 cover the best for the storyline. u wanted me to tweet, but having trouble sending...maybe doing something wrong...will keep trying.

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  92. #2 is my choice.
    Gail in Florida
    cowgirl3000 AT gmail DOT com

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  93. Cover #3 is my choice. It’s simple yet bold, and jumps out more than the others.

    Series are massive playgrounds for writers (speaking from experience). Glad you found one to play in as well.

    Coscomentertainment [at] gmail [dot] com

    www.canisterx.com

    POSSESSION OF THE DEAD and ZOMBIE FIGHT NIGHT (and others) for just TWO BUCKS at the Amazon Kindle store. Grab your copies here!

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  94. i'm all for cover #2
    emily_erickson@yahoo.com

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  95. I like #2 the best.

    Stefanie647@msn.com

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  96. Cover 2 Is My Fave.
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  97. I really enjoyed the first book, I can't wait to read the second! I like cover #2 best.
    Thanks for the contest :)
    shadowfairy13@hotmail.com

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  98. Definitely Cover #1.
    Cover #2 is my second choice.
    kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  99. Hm.. I like #3 best, followed by #2... Thanks for the lovely post! :)
    You can reach me at luvpinkpanther@gmail.com

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  100. I prefer cover 2, too.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  101. My vote is for Crystal to ditch Pettigrew, I mean come on the name says it all!! Good Luck with the series.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

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  102. I love cover #2!

    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  103. Hmmm...this is the second blog my comments have disappeared from. Good thing I've been checking I guess. Anyway, I prefer Cover #2.
    teawench at gmail dot com

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  104. i got one of L.C. Glazebrook's books...even though i am not a 'young' adult. spvaughan@yahoo.com

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  105. Thanks!
    Emily ebdye1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  106. My guess is I might be a day late! I don't think I was a follower of the blog tour yet, but I like cover #2!

    Cici
    cicistheories@gmail.com

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  107. accually the more I look at them, I like the first cover the best.
    hgrundyson@gmail.com

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  108. I don't usually read YA but I'd consider this series.

    nmreviews@gmail.com

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  109. This sounds pretty interesting!

    I'm a fan of cover #3.

    thecozyreader @ gmail.com

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  110. Gosh, any kindle would blow my top,.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  111. I like cover #2 best.
    Sarah,
    sarahslostinabook(at)gmail(dot)com

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  112. Oh I love the artwork!!
    I'd love to participate. ea_dim@popmessenger.de

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