Category Archives: Contests

SO. MUCH. VICIOUS. NEWS.

Announcing the VICIOUS prequel short story, WARM UP!!!

While I was over in Scotland, I had the chance to write a short story! My first official one. My editor and I wanted to give readers a glimpse into the world of VICIOUS without spoiling anything from the book, and WARM UP was born! The full pitch for WARM UP will go live closer to the story’s release on Tor.com this August, but in the meantime, check out the gorgeous cover art. The amazing art director over at Tor, Irene Gallo, was able to get my cover illustrator, Victo Ngai, to do the art!!

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VICIOUS is now up on Netgalley!

Well, let me be clear, 115 pages of VICIOUS are up on Netgalley! If you want to get a taste of the book, wet your feet, whet your appetite, whatever turn of phrase you like, hop on over and request!

Also it will make my heart happy. Like, really happy. And happy hearts are more likely to give away goodies.

Also also I KNOW it’s only 115 pages. I know. We went through this with THE ARCHIVED, but lovelies, we saw such a marked difference in sales, and Tor and I want to make sure people go buy the book so that I can, you know, have the chance to write more books. AND if you don’t want to read the preview because you’d rather read the whole thing in September, that’s totally fine, too. I just want to make sure that the people who WANT a sneak peek have that option!

If you’re on the fence at all–I know I have a lot of YA readers who aren’t sure what I sound like writing as V.E.–I highly encourage you to try the sample! It’s a really good indicator.

And to everyone, it would make me so happy if you hit REQUEST over on Netgalley, and/or spread the word about it being up there. The publishers, they watch these kinds of things.

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DID YOU KNOW…if you pre-order VICIOUS, you get trading cards?

It’s true! If you pre-order VICIOUS and email proof to viciousveschwab at gmail dot com, a gorgeous complete set of trading cards–yes, including the author card–will arrive in the mail! This opportunity will run all the way up to release, but the online price of the book might go up, so keep that in mind!

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Last but not least, giveaway winners!

The winner of the VICIOUS arc is…
–hollybindurham

The winners of the VICIOUS trading cards are…
–Disquietus
–Nicole de Leon
–Lauren Thoman
–ellemoe
–Kayla Keefer

Yay!

In summation.

There’s still one piece of really awesome VICIOUS news coming, but I’m not allowed to announce it yet, so for now I’ll just say THANK YOU.

Thank you for being awesome and thank you for all of your excitement so far and for continuing to build that noise in the coming months. We all know how important your voices are, and I’ve felt them there, cheering with me ❀

3 months till world domina—I MEAN VICIOUS!! Time for a giveaway.

Lovelies!!

Today is the 24th of June. VICIOUS hits shelves on the 24th of September. That means today =
3 MONTHS TILL VICIOUS OMG.

*breathes into bag*

*goes in search of smelling salts*

*eats a box of cookies*

Okay.

I’m okay.

Now, for those of you who’ve been following the blog for some time, you know what these month marks mean!

A GIVEAWAY!!!

ONE person will win an elusive signed ARC of VICIOUS and a set of trading cards.

FIVE more people will win a set of trading cards.

I’m in the dreaded middle of a first draft right now–I swear, so many fire swamps in writing books–so I’m going to keep this nice and simple.

You can earn…

+1 point for commenting on this post
+1 point for posting about VICIOUS/the giveaway on Facebook
+1 point for posting about VICIOUS/the giveaway on Tumblr
+1 point for pinning VICIOUS/the giveaway to Pinterest
+1 point for blogging about VICIOUS the giveaway
+1 point for adding VICIOUS on Goodreads
+1 point for every list you add VICIOUS to on Goodreads
+1 point for asking your library to order VICIOUS
+1 point for any extra clever things you can think of

You can comment below when you have points to report, and you can earn each of the above points ONCE PER DAY. Feel free to comment once with all your points at the end of the day, or as you complete each task.

You have from now until FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH, 9PM CST to enter.

READY SET GO.

VICIOUS GALLEY WINNERS.

Sorry for the short post, lovelies. Life’s been rocky (after an already downhill week, I lost my beloved dog on Friday) and I haven’t been feeling chatty or post-y.

Let’s get straight to the good stuff.

The winner of the VICIOUS galley is…

Bethany Farwell

The winners of the VICIOUS trading cards are…

The Cover Contessa
Ava at YAvaReads
Caroline Waddell

I also decided to pick two more winners of trading cards, and those are…

Emily Schlinker
Andrew Muir

Lovelies, please email your mailing info to vschwab at comcast dot net to claim your prizes.

If you didn’t get an ARC of VICIOUS at BEA, here’s your chance (GIVEAWAY).

Hey lovelies!

I thought I’d do something for all those who couldn’t make it to BEA, and those who could but couldn’t snag an ARC.

I’ve decided to give you one of mine.

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ONE winner will get one of my personal ARCs and a set of trading cards.

THREE runner-ups will get sets of trading cards.

You can enter EVERY DAY.

You get an entry for commenting and then an extra entry for tweeting/FBing/blogging/etc.

Giveaway runs until Sunday 9PM EST.

Sorry lovelies, but this one is US only.

Ready, set, go.

A VICIOUS winner, BEA, and a secret about The Archived and The Princess Bride.

Hey lovelies!!

I JUST got back to a very dreary Nashville from the YA2U tour! I had SO much fun with Marissa, Marie, Beth and Megan, as well as everyone who came out to see us!! I return home with tired bones but a happy heart.

And the first thing I knew I had to do when I walked in was announce the winner of the ARC of VICIOUS!!

So, without further ado, that strange little book goes toooo………..

*drumroll*

CHRISTA SEELEY!

Congrats, Christa!

And while we’re on the topic of VICIOUS, a very exciting announcement!!!

You might have already heard the news, but in case you haven’t…

I WILL BE AT BEA!

SIGNING VICIOUS ARCS!

The details:
MAY 31ST!
2-3PM!
TABLE #17!

I am BEYOND excited about this!!! I hope I get to see some of you there!

And now, the last little bit of business this rainy Wednesday Thursday (I TOTALLY know what day it is) is actually a strange little ARCHIVED snackbite.

It has to do with Wesley.

During one of our many drives to and from events, my travel-mates got to talking about movies, and when we ended up on The Princess Bride, I mentioned a strange little fact about The Archived, and the whole car erupted with WHY HAVEN’T YOU EVER SHARED THAT?!

So I thought I’d share.

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The male lead in The Princess Bride is named Westley.

You might have also noticed that the boy in The Archived is named Wesley.

This is not a coincidence.

Wesley Ayers in The Archived is actually a nod to one of my favorite male leads of all time. And it’s not just the name. The fact that Wesley Ayers wears black eyeliner is actually a nod to Wesley’s black mask/Dread Pirate Roberts disguise in the movie!!

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Just a little info bit for your Wednesday Thursday afternoon πŸ˜‰

Want to get your hands on the very first ARC of VICIOUS?

So last week, this happened…

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And several someones on Twitter immediately said YOU NEED TO GIVE AWAY AN ARC!!!

To which I ALMOST replied I DON’T DO GIVEAWAYS UNTIL THE 6-MONTH MARK.

And then I realized that the 6-month mark just happened, like, a week ago, and we are now officially within that window.

Which was itself a little scary.

BUT.

IT MEANS I CAN GIVE AWAY AN ARC.

The first ARC!

Like, EVER.

I’m back on multiple deadlines, so let’s keep this simple. The giveaway will be open to US/Canada, and run from now until Friday April 5th at 9pm EST.

To enter, you simply need to tweet, blog, or tumbl about the book (please use the hashtag #VICIOUSbook). Then post a comment here with a link. You can enter (you need to comment each time) ONCE per day. That’s a potential of five entries per person.

See? Easy peasy.

Ready?

Set?

GO.

Happy Book Birthday, Beth Revis!!!!!!!

You guys! Today is a very special day!

Today, the final book in Beth Revis’s amazing ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series, SHADES OF EARTH, is finally on shelves!!!

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This book. This series. My feelings. Beth’s epicness.

It’s a widely known fact that I love Beth, and I love these books, and I’m so thrilled for her, and so honored that I get to spend release day celebrating with her IN PERSON!

That’s right, we’ll be in Morganton, NC this afternoon (4-7pm) to help launch the final installment in the series*, along with epic authors Megan Miranda, Jessica Khoury, and Alexandra Duncan (and there will be copies of THE ARCHIVED there! My first event for it!)

You should all come, but if you can’t, be sure to wish Beth a very happy book birthday on Twitter (@bethrevis).

AND to celebrate SHADES OF EARTH’s release, I’m going to give away a signed copy from today’s event!!! Pretty cool, right?

Want to win, right?

To enter, simply leave a comment below, and make sure I have some way of contacting you! The contest will run till 9PM EST on Friday!

Lastly, if spending release day with Beth and giving away a signed book wasn’t cool enough, Beth was awesome enough to make a MAKING HISTORY video for you all!

Watch, enter to win, and don’t forget to shower Beth in release day sparkles!

Announcing the first Keepers of the Archive.

There were more than 90 applications for 10 spots.

You guys, I spent HOURS trying to whittle down the list. I enlisted help. I angsted. I cut names. I added them back. The fact is, all 90 would have made WONDERFUL Keepers. In the end, I had to consider several factors, from experience to the answers given to geographic location. I needed a spectrum of Keepers with a variety of strengths.

In the end, I narrowed the list to 16. That’s as close to 10 as I could get it.

Without further delay, here are the first Keepers of the Archive:

Megan – Charlotte, NC
Kate – Buford, GA
Kenzie – Albany, NY
Rachel – Lake Tapps, WA
Cade – West Covina, CA
Rachel – Athens, OH
Nicole – NYC, NY
Becky – Omaha, NE
Lane – Portland/Tucson
Jill – Reading, MA
Crystal – Denton, TX
Dulcy – Lake Mary, FL
Bethany – West Warwick, RI
MaryAnn/Gabby – Winnipeg
Michelle – Toronto
Jessica R. – Ottawa

To the 16 chosen, you will be receiving an email from me with further instructions. You’ve been given the chance to be Keepers, but now you’ll have to earn your book and your key.

To the 74 who weren’t chosen, you’ll also be receiving an email from me. I’ll be asking for your mailing addresses, so I can send you a set of 10 signed bookmarks. You all had so many great ideas for spreading the word, and I hope you’ll still support the book, even though I wasn’t able to add you to the street team *right now*.

The reason I keep emphasizing the *right now* is because I am really hoping the Keepers will grow as the series goes on! While I’ll only be starting with these 16, you’ll have another chance to join the Archive before the sequel is released *and* if one of these 16 is unable to perform their duties, I’ll enlist new Keepers from those who didn’t make the list, but stuck by me.

Until the emails go out to both sets, I just want to say thank you. You are ALL wonderful, and I feel totally honored and humbled that so many people wanted to support the book, and me.

Onward, lovelies.

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It’s time to BRING YA TO YOU!!!

Happy New Year, lovelies!!! I can’t believe it’s 2013 (at last, at last). I can’t believe it’s January! I can’t believe THE ARCHIVED comes out in three! weeks!

*breathes*

I have to save some exclamation points, though, because today, I have something else to share with you. A secret! But secrets secrets are no fun, so here’s one to share with everyone!!!

You guys, I’ve been dying to talk about this for months. Months, I say! And it’s finally time to share!!

What am I talking about???

Well, this spring, five authors (myself included) are…

Bringing YA to You (or YA2U for short) was a project that came from YOU–all of you who have ever said, “Why won’t a book tour make a stop in myΒ hometown?”

Well, that’s what we want to do! We’re hosting a contest–everyone gets to put in whatever city they most want us to go to, and whatever town has the most votes, will get an exclusive tour stop from all five of us!
And that’s not all–we’re also hosting another contest where, if you help us spread the word, we’ll give you ten signed books, all the books we five have published so far!
In short, you could win a tour stop in your hometown from five award-winning and best-selling YA authors or ten signed books direct from the authors!
Sounds fun, yes? πŸ™‚
You can find the full details of the YA2U project here: http://ya2u.blogspot.com and you can also go ahead and enter your hometown for the win and help spread the word. There’s also lots of cool features on the site, including downloadable posters (consider putting them up in your school or library!) and other tips on how to win.
Remember, the more votes you can drum up in your city, the better chance we’ll be coming to YOU.
But that’s not all. I said that there were five of us, and I bet you’re wondering who the other four authors are!!
If you CLICK RIGHT HERE you’ll discover the identity of another one of the authors! On their blog, you’ll find the link to another, and so on!!
Well, are you excited????
Then go enter! And spread the word!

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One month till THE ARCHIVED and…no giveaway???

Hey lovelies!

It’s the 22nd of December, and that means there’s only one month till THE ARCHIVED.

If you’ve been following this blog for more than a month, you know that I’ve been doing a series of countdown giveaways (starting at the 6-month mark!) and today should be the last giveaway!

But here’s the thing.

A couple days ago, THIS HAPPENED:

And between my SQUEEEEEEING over finished copies, and the ongoing Making History series, I feel like I’ve been really…loud. I try to maintain a balance online between promotion and everything that’s not promotion, and I’ve felt myself leaning too hard toward the former. And because things are going to necessarily get loud and necessarily swing more toward promo shortly, I want to catch my breath while I still can.

So.

It’s the holidays, and I want to take some time to be quiet, and reflect, be with family, prepare for the new year, and focus on deadlines (oh, you ever-present evil things).

Because of that, and because my last giveaway is arguably my biggest, I’m going to hold it for a couple weeks. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll run it at the three week mark, or the two week mark, but I promise that I WILL HAVE ONE.

Just not this week.

And if for some reason I’m not back on here before year’s end, I just want to wish you all the HAPPIEST of holidays. You’re all wonderful, and you brighten my year, and I hope the rest of yours is filled with joy and warmth and cheer.

[That rhymed, and I’m not even going to fix it.]

All my love, lovelies.

~V

PS. A reminder! If seeing the finished copy of THE ARCHIVED has you wanting to preorder your copy, remember that if you do preorder (through ANY outlet), and email me proof (vschwab at comcast dot net) I will send you signed goodies!