Musings of a YA author throwing herself into the fray. Join me on the journey ...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to All!

To all of our fans and enthusiastic supporters (hi, Mom!) we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Keep stopping by all of our Smooch Stops as we countdown to our January 3rd release. Only one more week to go!

Ivy Adams

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Around the World in 80 Kisses Week 4

Sorry for the late update - holidays are crazy, y'all!

Thanks to everyone who's been following us as we go 80 Blogs in 80 Days to launch The International Kissing Club. Only 12 more days till release day--can.not.wait.

Our week 3 prize bundle winner was Blanche!  

This week we're giving away a stellar prize pack: A Coach Poppy wallet, Laini Taylor's excellent Daughter of Smoke and Bone with some promo tattoos, some delish Girl Scout mint chocolates in a super-cute tin shaped like a vintage suitcase to go with our travel theme, and of course IKC swag! So be sure to comment at our Smooch Stops to be entered to win.

Ivy Adams

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Smooch Stop #20

Hey Smooch Stoppers:

We're back at our blog today with a post from our very own Emily McKay and a not-your-everyday tens list. 

Take it away, Emily:

There are days when writing a blog post like this one (top ten list of anything) is easy-peasy. Today was not one of those days. Maybe it’s because I just finished a book and my few remaining brain cells are currently vacationing in Cancun sipping ‘ritas on the beach. Or maybe they’re already in a sugar coma from all the Christmas cookies. Who knows.
Whatever the reason, a top ten list about anything had me flummoxed. Oh, I had ideas, they were just all stupid. I even wrote one entire top ten list that was dull I actually fell asleep in the middle of number nine (which was homemade chocolate chip cookies. How boring does a list have to be for cookies to put me to sleep???) So I decided to treat you to a list of all the top ten lists I toyed with and decided not to write. The reason why I ditched the list is in parentheses. 
  1. Top ten snacks to eat while on deadline (this ended up reading like an article for Fitness magazine. Until I got to the cookies, anyway)
  2. Top ten movies to watch while on deadline (the real answer to this is: “Zero. Put down the remote and get your butt back to the keyboard.”)
  3. The best ten deserts I’ve ever eaten (Not a bad idea... but it’s not like you could run out and eat these yourselves, so it’s not super helpful either)
  4. Top ten hot environmental activists (okay, I was going to have to research this one, ‘cause my current list only has like two guys on it, but I’m sure I could find eight more)
  5. Top ten words I misspell every damn time I type them (I told you some of these ideas were real stinkers!)
  6. Ten movies I wish I’d seen this year (Well, I didn’t see them, so I don’t have anything clever to say about them)
  7. Ten movies you couldn’t pay me to see (see above)
  8. Top ten embarrassing conversations I’ve overheard at the gym (Let me tell you, this blog would be looong. Like, I could write a novel about the crazy crap I’ve overheard at the gym. Hmm ....)
  9. Ten ways to waste time on the internet (If you need someone to give you a list of ways to waste time on line, you’re an idiot. Some things should just come naturally.)
  10. Top Ten songs of teenage rebellion/angst (Okay, this list has huge potential. It could It could be great, or it could be horrible and make me look old. I mean, it’s not like I would include Elvis songs or anything, but still ...)
What’s your funniest top ten list title? Leave a comment (with your email so we can contact you) to be entered to win the Around the World In 80 Kisses daily and weekly prize and also become eligible to win the Grand Prize, a Kindle Fire. For a list of all our Smooch Posts you can visit and earn more entries to win, visit us here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Smooch Stop #18

We've double-backed today to our own blog for today's Smooch Stop. And since we're all wrapped up in the year end frenzy, I'm always looking for a good reading escape when I get some down time during the holidays.

It's no secret that the Summer series from Jenny Han were hands down my favorite books so far this year. Tracy and I have phone sessions as least once a week dissecting the nuances of these books and why we loved them so much.

But, much as I loved them I need something new to fawn over so, tell me your favorite book of the year, whether bestseller or little known gem, and why it should be my new favorite, too, and you're entered to win the daily, weekly and grand prize giveaway

We should be back to our regularly scheduled Smooch Stops tomorrow. Sorry for the hiccups.

Jenny and me at the Austin Teen Book Festival 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Week 3 of Around the World in 80 Kisses

We're off on week 3 of our Around the World in 80 Kisses Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who's been following us and for entering.

Chey is the winner of our Week 2 Prize bundle!!

Keep visiting us--we've got lots more to give away!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Around the World In 80 Kisses: Week 2

All Aboard! It's week #2 on our Around the World in 80 Kisses Blog Tour and Contest.

To kick off this week we're at My Reading Room for Smooch Stop #7. Come have a visit and remember to leave a comment (with your email) to be entered for our daily, weekly and grand prize Kindle Fire.

Scroll down for all the contest info and rules and how to join our Smooch Club.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Around The World In 80 Kisses: Blog Tour and Contest

80 Days, 80 Blogs, Too Many Prizes To Count!
Want to a chance to win fabulous prize packs and a Kindle Fire? Then pack your bags and grab your passport cause we’re going on tour--blog tour, that is, to celebrate the debut of the young adult novel The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams coming January 3rd. 

Follow us around the around the interwebs beginning Monday, November 28th as we hit 80 blogs over 80 days and enter daily to win (80) daily prizes, (11) weekly prize bundles and a grand prize (1) Kindle Fire. 

How to Enter:
  • Leave a comment on the daily Smooch Stop at the hosting blog (a link will be posted here each day or click on the banner below for complete tour info courtesy of Teen Book Scene) 
  • Be sure to leave your email address in your comment (so we can let you know when you win*). 
  • You can enter once per Smooch Stop and your comment automatically enters you for the daily, weekly, and grand prize. 
  • All entries are cumulative toward the weekly and grand prize, so be sure to enter every day for more chances to win. 

That's it--no fuss, no muss!
But wait...want even more chances to win? 
  • Like our Facebook page (1 entry) and/or post on our wall (1 entry per day)
  • Tweet about IKC and the contest (Click to Tweet here) or create your own tweet using #intlkissingclub (1 entry per day)
  • Join our Smooch Club for more ways to earn entries
The Fine Print: Around The World in 80 Kisses contest is only open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest begins 12:01 AM ET November 28, 2011, and ends 11:59 PM PT February 14th, 2012. Click here for official contest rules and regulations
* We are not collecting email addresses, this is only for the purpose of contacting you should you win a prize.