Friday, July 10, 2009

Win All 3 YA RITA Nominated Books!

Many of our readers remember us talking last year about the Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best YA Book because Kelly was up for Graffiti Girl!

This year, I was lucky enough to get “the call,” and it was made all the sweeter for me when I heard the authors who are also in the category, Rosemary Clement-Moore and Tera Lynn Childs, both wonderful writers and friends!

So I had this silly idea to play a little RITA game here at YA Fresh, and give away all three books to one commenter, and Rosemary and Tera were up for it, so away we go...

The Rules: Pretend your editor asked you to write two books conforming to two titles: the others in your Rita category. What spin might you put on them?

Let’s start my book, How to Hook a Hottie:

Tera says: “Big city fashionista falls for a hunky professional fly fisherman and joins his month-long wilderness fishing expedition so she can spend quality time with her dream guy.”

Rosemary says: “A carefree summer fishing trip goes horribly awry when the hapless group of teens pulls a sulphurous demon out of the depths. Can they save the world from a creature that comes from way WAY farther down than the Black Lagoon? It's 'Most Dangerous Catch' meets 'Drag me to Hell.'"

Okay, so what’s the blurb on the back of the book?

“At 17, Kate Delvecchio has one goal in life: to become a millionaire before the age of 20. And as far as she’s concerned, college will only slow her down. Unfortunately for Kate, the one thing her parents do agree on is that they totally disagree with her strategy. And so the deal is born. If Kate can raise five thousand big ones by graduation day, her parents will hand over the balance of her college account to invest as she pleases. No college, no degree, and no way she’ll ever be able to pull it off.

But when Kate accidentally agrees to go to the sports banquet with the hottest guy at school, she stumbles upon a possible cash cow. The rest of the junior class is amazed that no-nonsense Kate could hook such a hottie, and one by one they approach her for help hooking their own. She doesn’t know anything about getting guys, but for $100 a pop, she’s more than willing to invent a six-step plan for How to Hook a Hottie. And how could that possibly backfire?”

Next up, Tera Lynn Childs' Oh.My.Gods.

Rosemary says: "A late night study session in Comparative Religion goes horrible awry, releasing a pantheon of trickster deities from around the world, and a mismatched group of misfits have to round up the supernormal scamps before they wreck havoc onto an unsuspecting suburban shopping mall. It's 'Clueless' meets 'The Breakfast Club' meets 'Supernatural.'"

Tina says: "hmmm...that's going to feature a collection of brothers, a la Jonas, Wahlberg or Baldwin, where one is simply hotter than the next. OMIGOD, OMIGOD...OMIGODS!"

The real deal:

“When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe’s well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the überexclusive Academy. If it isn’t hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe’s classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you’re running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!”

Last, but never least, Rosemary Clement-Moore's Hell Week.

Tina says: "gotta be summer camp. Adventures include looking inside the latrine, a coiled rattlesnake, and no internet access."

Tera says: "December 21, 2012 -- After years of speculating about the Mayan doomsday prophecy, the world's fears are realized when the major television networks announce a week-long reality TV blackout"

But according to

“Maggie Quinn is determined to make her mark as a journalist. The only problem? The Ranger Report does not take freshmen on staff.

Rules are rules. But when has that ever stopped Maggie?

After facing hellfire, infiltrating sorority rush should be easy. It’s no Woodward and Bernstein, but going undercover as the Phantom Pledge will allow her to write her exposé. Then she can make a stealth exit before initiation. But when she finds a group of girls who are after way more than “sisterhood,” all her instincts say there’s something rotten on Greek Row. And when Hell Week rolls around, there may be no turning back.

If there is such a thing as a sorority from hell, you can bet that Maggie Quinn will be the one to stumble into.”

Okay...who else wants to play? Take a quick stab at how you would spin either Hell Week, Oh.My.Gods or How to Hook a Hottie (just one will do, and you can be brief), and be entered to win all three copies of this year’s RITA nominated books. Or tell us which one(s) you liked best! Or just say "Enter me." It's easy!

The winner will be named Sunday night, July 12th! Stay tuned!

31 fresh comments:

RagDollVampGirl said...

This Contest Seems Soooo Cool!!

A Young Teenage Girl Finds Wings Srouting From Her Back. Suddenly She's Thrown Into Spending The Summer Working For The Gods... No Summer Romance, No Awesome Summer Job, And Definately No Flirting With Other Angels!!!

I Hope I Did This Right.. Though, I Don't Think I Did.. LOL



TinaFerraro said...

You did great, RagDollVampGirl! Consider yourself entered! And thanks for being the first to put her toe in the water!

Janie Emaus said...

A combo of all three:

While passing by a mysterious fountain, 16 year old Tweety, throws in a silver dollar, wishing for Brad (who is Oh.My.God so hot) to notice her. She says she'll do anything to get him to ask her to the prom. The second the coin hits the water a strange man appears. He'll make her wish come true if she spends a week in Hell, teaching a class off newbies How to Hook a Hottie. If she succeeds, she'll be sent back home to Brad. If she fails, well, she just won't!

Kelly Parra said...

Fun idea, Ladies!!! I'm proud of all 3 of you!! Have fun at Nationals and good luck!!

And good luck to all who enters to win these great books!!

Anonymous said...

Good luck at RWA! I really wish I could attend and meet you all in person. What a great idea to come together and offer copies of the books. Enter me, please!!!


Diana Dang said...

How to Hook a Hottie:

Ariella is taken to Florida with her friends to a beach party. With a little too much to drink, she accidentally got swept away into the ocean.

She wakes up to find herself still alive... and rescued by a merman! And he's the prince of the sea! Shocked, Ariella's surprise does not stop there!

She is told that she is "the chosen bride" and must wed to the half-human, half-fish hottie! What is a girl to do in this situation??

Oh my god, I think I just came up with a great story plot within ten minutes! I tried writing a story but it had no direction! (Left it for a few months to rot) And here for a contest I came up with a concise storyline within such a short period! Ack! Why does this not happen more often??

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hell Week

Maybe staying in the haunt house on the hill wasn't such a good idea after all, but no leaving now. If they can make it back out alive, it will be some story to tell. Our three young heroines are set to battle the demons that are keeping them trapped in...Hell Week!

Dottie :)

Chris J. said...

Okay, here goes...
Title: Thirteen Can Be Hell
Blurb on the back: Independent, family oriented thirteen year desires a normal life. Why you might ask? Well, I woke thirteen days ago with my hands glowing, talking to me and found out I have the sight of Touch, huh? I didn't scream, I didn't think I had lost my mind but when mom and dad came in to wish me a Happy Birthday...well yeah, I hid those things!

Hope that's what was needed! Because I love Rosemary! Please count me in. :)

Steph Bowe said...

Okay, I'm going to do one for each.

How To Hook A Hottie
While out fishing one day, [girl's name here] accidentally stabs a boy innocently swimming in the lake with her hook. She drags him from the lake, takes him home, and subsequently discovers he is VERY ATTRACTIVE and has the name EDWARD CULLEN on his student ID.

Oh My Gods
In all of his infinite wisdom, God decided that his spoilt daughter should spend a year living on earth and attending an all girls high school in order to straighten her out. Chaos ensues.

Hell Week
Oh, this is the sequel to Oh My Gods: fast forward to our heroine kind of bringing on the apocalypse. There is fire, brimstone, sexual tension, etcetera. Love interest has horns budding on top of his head. Other bad things happen. Then week ends, and all returns to normal (because it's only a hell week).

Think I did that right... I think I prefer the real versions of those books. Definitely.

GirlforChrist said...

16-year old Sarah was learning how to fish. Her Ok boyfriend and admirer was teaching. But, as she was fishing, her line stretched taunt, and a hottie was on the other end. So, in this book, Sarah has to finish learning her fishing skills, get rid of her old boyfriend, and catch a new one. All in 3 days. Why the deadline, you ask? Well, you'll just have to find out in 'How to Hook a Hottie'!!!!
Enter me please!!! If I can't win all the books, I can be satisfied with 1 and 2......

Ashleigh said...

Hell Week

Seventeen year old Anna thought the worst thing about moving into the old farmhouse, would be the creaky staircase. But when she accidentally opens a portal to hell, her life gets...complicated. Now, she has one week to close the portal before all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Thanks for the chance to win! said...

well hell week and to hook a hottie and omyods
lol all 3

Anonymous said...

Hey, guys, here goes nothing....

For: OH. MY. GODS.

Katie Miller's first response when her mother packaged her away to the ruins of Greece to spend some quality time with the ol' man was, "You're joking...right?". Old cracking buildings, heat exhaustion and donkeys were so not what she had planned for her summer. But when she falls upon (quite literally) the ancient ruins of a not-so-dead (not to mention hot!) Greek God, a flame breathing mule, and a father that might not be as human as she once thought only one thing comes to Katie's mind is: "OH. MY. GODS."

Thanks for the opportunity guys! I have to say that Hell Week is a definate favorite of mine but "How to Hook a Hottie" and "OH. MY. GODS." are now an absolute must read, too =)

~Aliya M.

P.S: Rosemary sent me! ;P

Sara said...

How to Hook a Hottie:

The town's resident hottie is organizing a backwoods fly-fishing trip... and has asked our heroine to join! The only problem -- our big city girl doesn't know how to fish. So she decides to take a quick trip to visit her cousins in the country for a little help. She gets all the help she needs -- from their good looking neighbor!

Enter me! I want to read them all!

TinaFerraro said...

We have very creative readers! Thanks to all who have entered so far, and we'll keep it up until Sunday evening, 7:00 PM PST!

Paradox said...

Oh. My. Gods.

On the outside, the five new students at Rowan High look like pretty normal teens. They do homework, play sports, have private jokes with each other, and prepare for the upcoming prom. Normal kids, right? Wrong. They're not normal. In fact, they're not even human. The five teens are actually immortals, gods and goddesses in training. And whatever occurs at the prom will be their final test.

I'm tempted to actually write this...

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Llehn said...

Hell Week

Maggie Quinn is chosen for a new reality show ala The Bachelor. She moves into the Bachelorette mansion and right away feels like she's back in high school again where she has to deal with the Mean Girl, the Goth Girl, the resident slut, etc. 12 girls, 2 bathrooms, 7 days and one hot bachelor. Welcome to Hell Week.

throuthehaze said...

i liked Oh.My.Gods the best
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

What a Girl Reads said...

17-year old Trisha Tompson wakes up after a car accident to find herself in a hospital bed in Olympus. By her side is the heroic (and very hot) Hercules, who brought her there. But everything is not as good as it seems, the other Gods are terribly angry at Hercules for bringing a human to the world of the Gods. Will Trisha survive the wrath of the Gods? And will she find her way back to the United States?

sosarora_11 @

cait045 said...

I would love to "Enter" this contest...all 3 books are amazing and I would love to have anyone of them

shelburns said...

Hell Week

Band camp was supposed to be fun. What's not fun about 180 students learning marching music, getting to know each other, and being away from home? It's only fun until someone gets hurt. Now the question is, who did it? Could there be evil among them? A supposed week of fun turns into a week of Hell.

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

Kara said...

Oh. My. Gods.

Miffed by all the serious attention still given to the Abrahamic god, while the rest are reduced to roles in YA fiction and bit parts in pirate movies, the ancient pagan gods decide enough is enough and are determined to win back the hearts, minds (and souls) of the general public through a slick advertising campaign.

Katylin Smith, junior executive advertiser extraordinaire, is approached by the appointed representative of the Ancient Ones, a hunky Celtic god named Manannan Mac Lir (“Call me Mac”), who is determined to win her over, as well as the rest of the world.

The worlds of Madison Avenue and ancient mythology collide in this hilarious and romantic romp through an assortment of pantheons.

Enter me please.

Also, Rosemary Clement-Moore sent me.

HeatherMarie said...

Ok, trying again because blogger doesn't seem to like me these days.


Elra's parents decide she needs to attend an all Pagan summer camp to get back in touch with nature. However, it looks like they won't just be learning about the gods, but they'll be learning from them. With camp counselors like Thor, Demeter, and Posieden it's going to be an interesting Summer.

bookmaedin at yahoo dot com


Margay said...

Hell Week

Once a year, there is a short portal of time where the best-behaved demons are given the chance to redeem themselves and vie for a spot in a place with a less...fiery...climate. And so they are let free on a mortal playing field where they must complete their task. What task, you might wonder. Help a human, of course. It's going to be one hell of a week...

Tina,I want to thank you for holding this contest because, by doing it, you just helped me nail down a story idea that's been floating in my head for awhile. Now I'm going to take the above blurb and go work out the rest of the story!


Amber said...

It is a great book for all teens and i really enjoyed it. it a really fun read.

thanks for the chance at entering!

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AwesomeNiks said...

I've never read any of the books =( So I can't put a spin on it

but I would LOVE to win so that I could read the books just to try them out!


Caroline said...

Enter me please!

Anonymous said...

Enter me!


TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, everyone, the contest is closed. Look for the winner's name bright and early tomorrow!

Taste Life Twice said...

Oh. My. Gods.
When Phoebe's parents decide a trip to Greece is in order, she is less than excited. She knows Greece with her parents will be all museums and famous landmarks, and no amount of complaining will stop them from dragging her to each and every one. It's all pretty hum-drum until their visit to The Parthenon. Something about the energy of the place seems to strike a cord with phoebe. Then the whispering starts. Quiet at first, but louder every Grecian day. Phoebe decides to follow the whispers under cover of night, and they lead her to The Parthenon, the goddess Athena, and a world she only new from her history book. It's a whole new kind of rabbit hole.


haha I know the contest is closed but this looked like fun