And the recipients of the North American ULTRAVIOLET audiobook have been chosen. Thanks so much to all of you who entered the contest -- I wish I could have given you all a copy! But alas, 'tis not to be...

The winners were @NicsYABookHaven (via Twitter), Irrel (via Tumblr) and [ profile] ferretvamp14 (via LiveJournal).*

Congratulations to the winners, and do not lose heart -- I hope to do a SWIFT giveaway when that book comes out in March...

* I also had two Facebook entries, which I included with the Tumblr entries since there were the fewest of those. But neither of them won. Sorry, lovely Facebook people!
To celebrate the North American release of Listening Library's unabridged Ultraviolet audiobook read by Justine Eyre, I'm giving away 3 copies to readers in the US and Canada!

If you're eligible and want to enter, just comment here, or tweet with the hashtag #UVGiveaway on Twitter. I'll choose the winners randomly in the New Year.
Good news! My lovely and generous (not to mention talented) fellow Debut 2009 author [ profile] deva_fagan is giving away copies of the UK paperbacks of Rebel and Arrow on her blog, as well as Ellen Booraem's recently released and critically acclaimed Small Persons With Wings, to US/CAN readers only!

If you'd like to enter, go here and check it out.
The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a signed hardcover of Wayfarer is [ profile] etlhoy. Who was zealous enough not only to tell me she really wanted the book but even to write a poem about it, so I think the prize will be going to a good home.

Thanks to all who entered, and all those who've sent notes of congratulation on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere as I celebrate today's official release date of Wayfarer. The book is now widely available in Canada and the US, and I hope those of you who haven't read about Linden and Timothy's adventure yet will enjoy it!
Things are gearing up for the North American release of Wayfarer, and I am doing interviews and guest posts for a number of blogs in the next few weeks. Here are a couple of recent ones:
And in just a couple of weeks, I'll be having my official launch and signing for Wayfarer:

WHERE: Fundamentals Books & Toys (52 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada)
WHEN: Saturday, June 26th from 1-3 p.m.

Shiny Poster under the Cut )

I hope to see some of you there!

But for those of you who cannot make it to southwestern Ontario on two weeks' notice, I am offering a signed and personalized hardcover of Wayfarer to some lucky commenter on this post! All you have to do is tell me why you want it. Contest open to Canada and the U.S. only.

ETA: It would be nice to give a contest close-by date, wouldn't it? Let's keep it open for a week, so you have until Sunday, June 20th to enter.
The lovely [ profile] claudiagray is giving away a three-book package that includes a copy of Wayfarer! So if you're in North America and want an early peek at the story, be sure to pop over there and enter before Monday, May 17th.

Claudia has also posted a hot-off-the-press conversational interview with yours truly, in which the two of us chat freely about inspiration, process, the difference between premise and story, writing romances, upcoming projects, and the horrors of the Molasses Swamp.
Congratulations to [ profile] hakkai_duo, who won my auction on [ profile] help_haiti by donating $50 to UNICEF in exchange for a signed copy of Rebel! And thanks to the hundreds of others who participated, offered donations and made generous bids to help raise funds for earthquake relief in Haiti.

But if you missed the auction, don't worry, there's more to come --

The 2009 Debs have banded together with The Leaky Cauldron Fansite for an event called Helping Haiti Heal. This weekend, donations will be taken for the cause, with prizes given away to random, lucky donors.

Here's the contents of the Debs' Massive Prize Package, which some fortunate person will win:

Full list of more than 30 books below )

The livecast will be on Saturday, January 23rd starting at 2 p.m. EST and running through to 6 p.m. EST -- see you there!
Can you believe 2009 is almost over? I can't. But thanks to my fellow MG/YA authors at [ profile] debut2009, it's been an exciting year with lots of new friends and good reading in it!

So here's our parting gift to you, dear readers:

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Two fantastic book prize packages are being given away soon, and my book is in both of them!

First, my fellow fantasy authors over at [ profile] enchantedinkpot are running the First Annual Inkies Giveaway Extravaganza, with prizes including three bundles of eight books each -- one focused on Fairy Tales and Folklore (that's mine!), one on Adventure and Witchcraft, and another on Ancient Curses, Modern Ghosts, and Post-Apocalyptic stories. These prize packages contain a couple of droolworthy ARCs and some bestselling titles, so head on over and check it out! Contest runs until December 9, 2009.

Second, the stupendous Debs Library contest is still running over at [ profile] debut2009! If you're a library professional and would like to win 46 free books by the debut authors of 2009 for your school or public library, zip on over and enter while there's still time -- the draw will be held on January 1, 2010.
I am happy to announce that in just a couple of weeks (well, three to be exact), I will be flying down to the AASL Conference in Charlotte, NC to do a signing for many lovely school librarians, and while I am visiting I will also be doing this:

Meet the Debs!

Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

Friday November 6, 2009 at 5 p.m.

R.J. Anderson (Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter)
Lauren Bjorkman (My Invented Life),
Jennifer Jabaley (Lipstick Apology),
Neesha Meminger (Shine, Coconut Moon),
Shani Petroff (Bedeviled: Daddy's Little Angel),
Cynthea Liu (Paris Pan Takes the Dare), and
Erin Dionne (Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies).

We will be signing copies of our books and chatting to all comers -- if you're in the area, please drop by and say hello!

I am especially excited about this trip because not only do I get to meet a bunch of terrific fellow authors and hang out with my wonderful agent, I will be jaunting up to visit my dear friend [ profile] cesario while I am there. Whee!


Next, I am exceedingly excited because today -- yes! today! -- I am going to have tea and hang out with the lovely and hilarious Adrienne Kress, author of two of my favorite middle-grade books of the last few years -- Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon's Gate. More people need to read these books. Seriously. They are adventurous and fantastical and witty and insightful and just plain fun. And so is Adrienne. So this too is made of WIN.


There may also be some very, very good news brewing on the writing front. I cannot say what about, exactly, not yet, as the details are yet to be confirmed. But I will tell you as soon as I can.


And finally, something for you lot -- it's Debsness time again!

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In other news: still working on Touching Indigo. 43K as of today!
First, the good stuff:

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And now for a long-overdue heads-up on what I've been doing. Namely, working on my paranormal YA Touching Indigo every spare moment I get. I was delighted with my 12K progress for the first week -- especially since about a third of that was new material -- but this week it's slowed down considerably due to a houseful of bored kids and my participation in London Book Camp (that's London ONTARIO, FYI -- nobody has offered to fly me to the UK yet!). Still, I have hopes of catching up to my target of 20K by Monday.

To help me stay motivated without an Official Editorial Deadline, I've told myself that if I get the first draft of this book finished by the second week of October at the LATEST, I can buy myself a new laptop. Which, considering that my current laptop is an eleven-year-old refurbished Toshiba with zero Internet capability and a busted hinge, is a pretty good incentive. Now I just have to think of an extra treat I can give myself if I get it all done by the end of September...

In the meantime, I've been delighted to find three Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter reviews in the past month from major US publications. First Booklist came through with some very nice words in their July issue, and then just this past week I got the nod from School Library Journal and VOYA, both of which you can check out on the Barnes & Noble page for Spell Hunter if you're curious.

I'll be offline for the next week, doing family stuff and focusing on getting caught up with Touching Indigo, but I look forward to catching up with everyone when I get back!
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Come escape with us - and win all seven of our books! A US prize pack that features all 7 with our US covers, or the UK prize pack that features all 7 of our books with our UK covers when available! Enter once, win twice because we’re giving away secret surprise prizes too! But enter by midnight EST tonight, because at 12:01, it will be all gone! Escape with the 7!

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All content shamelessly poached from [ profile] anywherebeyond, because I'm lazy like that this morning.

I just got my first pass pages for Rebel today from my UK publisher! It's so exciting to see my manuscript all typeset and laid out like a real book!

Now I just have to get my copyedits on the US edition (Wayfarer), so I can cross-reference the two and make sure that the text of both editions ends up being more or less the same...


And speaking of the UK and the US, I am delighted to announce that the Seven, a group of talented debut authors of which I am honored to be a part, is offering SEVEN FREE BOOKS to two lucky winners!

You could win a copy of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter OR a copy of the UK edition Knife, along with six other hot YA titles -- Saundra Mitchell's atmosphere-drenched paranormal mystery Shadowed Summer, Sarah MacLean's sparkling Regency romance The Season, Carrie Ryan's haunting literary zombie novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Aprilynne Pike's fresh and unexpected fairy story Wings, Sarah Cross's dynamic teen superhero novel Dull Boy, and Sarah Rees Brennan's witty, breathtaking and heart-stealing adventure The Demon's Lexicon.

All you have to do is pop by the contest site starting tomorrow, July 1, and give us your name, your e-mail, and whether you'd prefer to win the US or the UK editions of the books. Yes, it really is that easy! So visit the Summer of Seven site today!

You can also follow the Seven on Twitter at @summerofseven.
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This week I'm featured in the Author Spotlight on AuthorsNow!, and I'm giving away a signed hardcover copy of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter as part of the deal. If you want to throw your name in the hat, check out the interview here and leave a comment!

I'll also be doing another giveaway here on the LJ some time next week, so if you don't win over there, you can always stay tuned for that one.


On a related note, recently I've been hearing from folks who've tried to find my book in their local Big Bookstore and were surprised/disappointed not to see it there. There's a simple explanation for that: for their own mysterious reasons, the two major US chains have opted out of carrying Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter in their stores. That doesn't make it impossible to find, but it does make it a bit harder, as it's only being physically stocked by independent booksellers.*

Still, if you're not in the habit of visiting your local indie, why not give them a try? I used to think I could get a better deal by shopping elsewhere, so it's only in the last year or so that I started visiting my local indies on a regular basis. But now I've come to see what a great bunch of people independent booksellers can be, and how well they know and love the books they sell. So if you're thinking of picking up a copy of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter, please consider looking it up on IndieBound first. You can even order the book online through the IndieBound site if you prefer.


And speaking of book-buying, I should also mention that [ profile] sarahcross's fabulous, funny, action-packed, utterly charming teen superhero novel Dull Boy just released today. Don't be misled by the title, because it's definitely tongue-in-cheek: Avery Pirzwick's story is anything but dull. You can visit Sarah's website to learn more about her and the book. Or you could just go ahead and buy it!

* Canadians don't have the same problem, though -- Chapters/Indigo/Coles are giving the book some great support up here, bless 'em.
I have good news! My local indie bookseller has informed me that they got two extra ARCs of my book that I could have if I wanted, so I am now going to give away three ARCs of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter!


Using my Aforementioned Mysterious Criteria I narrowed down the list of candidates to eight, and assigned them all numbers. Then I used the Virtual Hat of Randomness to pick three of those numbers, and voila!

The winners are:

1. YAtheneum
2. Becky's Book Reviews
3. Angieville

Please e-mail me at rjawriter at gmail dot com with your mailing addresses and I will send those ARCs out to you early next week.

Thanks so much to all of you who entered! You all have great blogs that I enjoyed visiting and reading very much, and I really appreciate your interest in my book. I'm sorry I didn't have enough ARCs to give you all one!

And I would invite anyone interested in reading some great reviews to check out all the blogs that entered the contest -- the winners are linked above, and you can also drop by the following sites:

Beyond Books
Frenetic Reader
Kiss My Book
Naptime Writer
Reverie Book Reviews
Ticket to Anywhere


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