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Enter to win Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras (Open Int’l!)

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All week, we’ve been featuring the new YA novel Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras — and today, we’ve got your chance to win. And as a bonus … this contest is open INTERNATIONALLY!

Yes, we are giving away one finished print copy of Strays (U.S. only) and one e-book version of Strays in the format of your choice (open Internationally).

To enter, tell us in the comments below about an animal that you’ve shared a special bond with — then fill out the Rafflecopter form here to make it official, and earn extra entries.

Contest is open through midnight (PT) on Friday, May 29th.

straysHere’s more about Strays:

Sometimes, life becomes unleashed.

Sixteen-year-old Iris Moody has a problem controlling her temper, but then, she has a lot to be angry about. Dead mother. Workaholic father. Dumped by her boyfriend. Failing English.

When a note in Iris’s journal is mistaken as a threat against her English teacher, she finds herself in trouble not only with school authorities but with the law.

In addition to summer school, dog-phobic Iris is sentenced to an entire summer of community service, rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris believes she is nothing like Roman, the three-legged pit bull who is struggling to overcome his own dark past, not to mention the other humans in the program. But when Roman’s life is on the line, Iris learns that counting on the help of others may be the only way to save him.

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Exclusive Q&A with Strays author Jennifer Caloyeras

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Today, I’m pleased to bring you our exclusive Q&A with Strays author Jennifer Caloyeras. Enjoy!

jennifer_caloyeras_high2You write about dogs regularly, but tell us what inspired the story behind STRAYS?

I have been the dog columnist for the Los Feliz Ledger for the past ten years. Many years ago, I wrote a column about an organization in Santa Monica called K9 connection that matches teens in continuation high school with homeless dogs. Through the program, the teens train and bond with the dogs. As I was writing this column, I thought, this would be a great idea for a young adult novel!

STRAYS really highlights the unique bond that can form between people and animals. Tell us about any such bonds in your life.

My home is full of animals! We have our beloved twelve year old rescue mutt named Reba and our new rescue puppy, Dingo. We also have two guinea pigs, Gunther and Cleo and a host of fish and a turtle. All of our animals are family, but none more than our dogs. We love taking them hiking and on walks around the neighborhood. Dogs are such amazing and intuitive creatures and can really sense if you’re having a bad day. I think until you’ve had a bond with an animal, you can’t imagine how special it is.

straysThere are so many great messages in STRAYS — what do you hope readers take away from it the most?

I think the idea that reaching out and helping others, whether it be a person or an animal, is the key to happiness and community. While Iris is “forced” into this animal program, it is she that ends up being on the receiving end of so much growth and love.

You’re a columnist, short story writer, and novelist. What are some of the challenges of writing in these different mediums? What never changes, regardless of what you’re writing?

I love working in different genres. I’ve also written screenplays, plays and I’m working on my first middle grade chapter novel. I think I like serving the story in whatever medium is best to tell my story. I know I’d get restless working in the same genre again and again. What never changes is the importance of what is at the heart of a story.

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite villain?

Jaws.

Pen or pencil?

Pencil!!

Favorite piece of clothing?

Pajamas

Song you can’t get out of your head right now?

“Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink (and Nate Ruess from F.U.N.) I can’t stop singing it but I need to find someone to sing Nate Ruess’s part.

Most recent vacation?

I had a great girls weekend to San Diego a few weeks ago.

5 things that are always in your purse?

Sunglasses, sunscreen (this is L.A. after all), Chapstick, dog treats, and a book (right now it’s May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes.)

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Exclusive Classroom Material: Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras

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When Jennifer Caloyeras first reached out to me about the possibility of reviewing her new book Strays on Novel Novice, I was intrigued – of course – by the premise of the book. But what really stood out to me was, when I perused her website, I noticed she had already put together classroom materials for the novel. (You can download discussion questions HERE!)

straysAnd if there’s anything you know about Novel Novice, we LOVE incorporating YA novels into the classroom. So when Jennifer & I started plotting this week’s features, she generously offered to put together some additional classroom materials exclusively for us. Of course I said yes! So, without further ado …

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Today, I’ll be sharing a writing prompt that will hopefully get you thinking more deeply about our connection to the animal world. You can start by writing a first-hand account of your experience below. Perhaps later, you can fill it in with made up details or even write about it in the third person.

PROMPT: Write about a memorable interaction with an animal. (off the top of my head I can think of a bird’s nest filled with eggs that I claimed and the mother bird came back looking for her babies. Or the time I saw a rattlesnake on a hike and instead of being afraid I was in awe of its beauty) Describe the animal using all five senses. How did this interaction make you feel? What did you learn from the experience? The more details you can add the better! Why not throw a metaphor or simile in there. What do you think the animal was thinking? In what ways were you similar to that animal? In what ways were you different?

Animal Outreach:
Do some research in your community and see if there are any programs similar to Ruff Rehabilitation in my novel, Strays. What are the options for participating with animals in your community? How can you get involved? What do you think you can gain by these sorts of experiences? Why is it important to help animals?

Strays author Jennifer Caloyeras Guest Post: Creative Inspiration

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Today, I’m excited to share an exclusive guest post from Strays author Jennifer Caloyeras. We’re featuring Strays all this week on the blog, so tune in every day for new features, including your chance to win a copy of the book!

For now, here is Jennifer’s guest post:

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Creative Inspiration for My Novel, Strays
by Jennifer Caloyeras

straysA story isn’t born out of thin air, there’s always some sort of inspiration. I’ve written stories inspired by dreams. And I’ve also written stories that have been inspired by real life.

For my latest young adult novel, Strays, a few different experiences converged.

The idea initially occurred when I was doing some research for a dog column years ago. I was writing an article on an organization called K-9 connection based in Santa Monica. Here, teens in continuation school are paired up with homeless dogs. They learn how to train and trust these dogs and in turn gain confidence themselves. As I was writing this column, I put this idea in my back pocket (and into my writing journal) thinking, “this would be a great premise for a story!”

jennifer_caloyeras_high2Roman, the three-legged Pit bull in the story, was inspired by my own challenging experience adopting an aggressive pit mix. Willie, our puppy, had redirected aggressive issues (same as the fictitious Roman). This means that when Willie couldn’t attack the thing he wanted (another dog, for example) he would redirect his aggression to whomever was at the end of his leash (yours truly). I learned a lot about dog psychology while training Willie.

Iris, the sixteen year old protagonist in my novel, ends up in summer school for English. English was always my favorite subject in school and I was lucky to have so many wonderful and supportive English teachers. Perry, the kind and compassionate summer school teacher in my novel, is an amalgam of all my amazing English teachers.

jennifer caloyeras2I have always had a fascination with fairy tales, especially ones that are inverted or told from a different point of view. I discovered Angela Carter’s short story collection, “The Bloody Chamber” when I was in graduate school. I loved Carter’s feminist twist on beloved tales so I worked her novel into my story. These fairy tales always deal with recurring tropes and for Iris, it’s the story of both the missing mother and the wild child that she really finds a connection.

Finally, I needed a setting for my story. In the story, the ocean reminds Iris of her late mother, who loved to swim in the waves, so I knew I needed a beachside community and I settled on Santa Cruz, California. I know Santa Cruz well because I went to college there. Santa Cruz is such a serene and beautiful place, I thought it would be a good juxtaposition of Iris and Roman’s anger issues.

So, as you can see, this novel was inspired by an intersection of many different ideas and experiences!

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Book Review: Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras

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Today, I am pleased to be kicking off a new week-long feature for a really remarkable new YA novel — in stores now — about the unique relationship between an outcast teen girl and an unwanted dog. Be sure to tune in every day this week for more unique content about the book, plus your chance to win a copy.

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A touching story about the unlikely bond between a troubled teen and an unwanted dog, Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras embodies the spirit and power of second chances.

straysSometimes, life becomes unleashed…

Sixteen-year-old Iris Moody has a problem controlling her temper—but then, she has a lot to be angry about. Dead mother. Workaholic father. Dumped by her boyfriend. Failing English.

When a note in Iris’s journal is mistaken as a threat against her English teacher, she finds herself in trouble not only with school authorities but with the law.

In addition to summer school, dog-phobic Iris is sentenced to an entire summer of community service, rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris believes she is nothing like Roman, the three-legged pit bull who is struggling to overcome his own dark past, not to mention the other humans in the program. But when Roman’s life is on the line, Iris learns that counting on the help of others may be the only way to save him.

With sparkling prose and delightful humor, Jennifer Caloyeras’s novel beautifully portrays the human-animal bond.

Strays is a quietly moving story about starting over, and the powerful bond that can form between animals and humans. Caloyeras’ prose is instantly captivating, and readers will feel for Iris’s agony and her pain. Iris is a multi-faceted character — as are the others we are introduced to throughout the story. These fully-realized individuals — both people and dogs — who populate the story are what really bring Strays to life.

It’s also refreshing to find a more mature story about the human-animal bond. So often, stories about animals are geared towards younger readers (or they are traumatizingly heartbreaking, thank you very much, Marley & Me, ahem). Strays is an ultimately uplifting and hopeful story — but certainly deals with tough subjects in a mature fashion that both teens and adult readers will appreciate.

Beyond the bond between animal and human, Strays is also about the bond between individuals — friends, family, teachers, partners. And the parallels between Iris and Roman help show that everybody — whether you walk on two legs or four — sometimes needs a hand up, and a second chance.

Strays is in stores now.

 

Month9Books Holiday Gift Blitz & Giveaway

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From our friends at Month9Books:

Welcome to Month9Books’ gift blitz for our amazing winter titles: CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil, PRAEFATIO by Georgia McBride, ENDLESS by Amanda Gray, A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley, DEAD JED (1 & 2) by Scott Craven, and TRACY TAM by Krystalyn Drown! Are you looking for the perfect winter/holiday read? Then these are the titles for you! Oh and as a thank you to our readers we have an amazing giveaway for you!

Crown of IceCrown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil

Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

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PraefatioPraefatio by Georgia McBride

Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway. After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth. Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?

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EndlessEndless by Amanda Gray

Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not everybody can see the past lives of people around them. When she befriends Ben Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble onto an old music box with instructions for “mesmerization” and discover they may have more in common than they thought—like a past life! Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to believe they have been there together before. But Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her dreams who has now appeared next door, was there, too. Jenny is forced to acknowledge that Nikolai has traveled through time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time, is determined to send him back. While Ben, Jenny, and Nikolai race against the clock—and the Order—Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life and beyond death.

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A Murder of MagpiesA Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vadya and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

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Dead Jed 1Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie by Scott Craven

The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed asks for the one thing he’s always wanted–a dog–and again, his parents tell him they’re not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie dog bearing his namesake–a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his undead pet. When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be expelled if he can’t expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the shadowy group. Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school, Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he’ll need even more duct tape and staples than usual.

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Dead Jed 2Dawn of the Jed (Dead Jed #2) by Scott Craven

As the fall semester ends and kids head home for winter break, Jed and his parents gather for the annual exchanging of gift lists. Once again, Jed asks for a dog, leading to a heated argument and a firm “no.” But when Jed spots a stray, he chases it until the dog darts into the street where it is struck and killed by a car. Grief stricken by what he’s done, Jed cradles the dead dog in his arms. Soon, ooze from the dog mixes with teardrops from Jed, creating Tread the zombie dog. Finally getting his wish, Jed must convince his parents to let him keep the undead dog. But a zombie dog turns out to be the least of Jed’s issues. It seems some parents don’t want Jed attending school with their kids. Enter the mysterious NZN Network. They’ve been distributing anti-zombie propaganda in an effort to get Jed expelled. But Jed wonders if the creation of Tread has caused his relationship with Luke to sour. And why, just as he seems to need them the most, have his best friends abandoned him? Could they have bought in to the anti-zombie way of thinking? Was creating Tread a mistake Jed will live to regret? When Tread goes missing, and with his very existence at stake, Jed must rely on his instincts, team up with an old nemesis, and fight for his right to have just as miserable a middle school existence as any other student—undead or alive.

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Tracy TamTracy Tam: Santa Command by Krystalyn Drown

Tracy Tam doesn’t really believe in Santa Claus, at least not like the rest of us do. She also doesn’t believe that Santa can possibly deliver all of those presents in one night, to children around the world, without a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, after all, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. How else could he know what every little girl and boy wants for Christmas and who has been naughty or nice? In order to test her theories, Tracy sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh then ends up at Santa Command, where a team of (gasp!) humans monitor Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus into the system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world (oops!). Santa won’t be able to deliver all the presents in time! Now, Tracy must fix time and help Santa, but she has no idea how. How can a girl who doesn’t believe help Santa and save Christmas before it’s too late? With a little Christmas magic, of course!

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 1 Winner will receive A Taste of Christmas Gift Basket (US Only)

3 Winners will receive eBook bundles of 5 Month9Books (International)

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Ultimate Gift Ideas & Where to Shop for Book Lovers

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With the holidays upon us, it’s time to start shopping for the fellow book lovers in your life — and to pass along your wish list to loved ones, too!

We all know that it is dang-near impossible to buy books as a gift for book lovers … because you never know what’s already in their collection! But there are some fabulous, gorgeous gifts that book lovers will adore — and that make perfect gifts, too. Here’s a round-up of our favorite places to shop for book lovers & some of the goodies you’ll find at each place.

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Plus, keep your eyes peeled for this symbol to get special offers & discount codes just for Novel Novice readers at some of the retailers mentioned below!

GoneReading.com

We LOVE this website for shopping for fantastic book-ish goodies — from book-shaped plates, to scented candles inspired by famous authors, to reading accessories you didn’t even know you needed! We reviewed this site and some of their fantastic offerings earlier this year — and I even built my own holiday wishlist from their pages. (My husband shopped there for some of my gifts, and was VERY impressed by how quickly everything arrived!)

Plus, if you’re a new shopper, join their email list for a 10%-off coupon!

Here are some of the items from GoneReading.com that we adore for holiday gifts:

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy

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Book Plates & Serving Platters

book plates(There’s even a cup & book-shaped saucer for drinking tea or coffee while you read!!!!)

Personal Library Kit

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“Take Me to Your Reader” & Other T-Shirts

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Book Holder & E-Reader Stand

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001Special OfferGoneReading.com is offering one of YOU lucky readers a chance to win a $40 e-Gift Card to help with your holiday shopping. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE to be entered in the drawing. Contest is open worldwide!

Novel Novice CafePress Shop

Okay, so we’re a little biased here – but we DO love the fun products in our own Novel Novice CafePress shop, each of them designed with our fellow fanatical readers in mind. Most of the items feature our signature “Book Nerd” and “Keep Calm & Read a Book” designs, which were created exclusively for Novel Novice.

Here are some of our favorite goodies:

Shirts & Hoodies

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Accessories

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Jewelry

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Bags & Totes

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PJs

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Stuff for Your House

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Drinkware

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PosterText

Amazing poster designs created using the actual text of the books that inspired each illustration. PosterText offers these gorgeous pieces printed on high-quality paper, all of which would make beautiful, statement art for any book lovers’ home. Browse all of their designs here, and check out some of our favorites below:

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001Special OfferPosterText.com is offering Novel Novice readers 20% off purchases made online through the end of the year. Just enter the code NN09871 at check-out. Coupon code is good through 12/31/2014.

Litographs

Much like PosterText, Litographs features art prints with designs created using the text of a book. But Litographs has also gone beyond just prints, adding their designs to high-quality dye-sublimated t-shirts and tote bags. They’ve also just recently released a collection of adorable lit-inspired temporary tattoos — which would make fabulous stocking stuffers!

Here are some of our favorites from each category:

Posters

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Tote Bags alice-tote-2_405a51ce-df5f-47bd-8113-d90eead71550_1024x1024 persuasion-tote-2_6c0c0f95-d258-44af-8a12-b43b06a23906_1024x1024 pride-tote-2_78d3e6fc-ade0-44a8-aad1-a69238d1016f_1024x1024Temporary Tattoos (Great Stocking Stuffers)
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001Special OfferLitographs.com is offering Novel Novice readers 10% off purchases made online through the end of the year. Just enter the code NOVELNOVICE10 at check-out to receive the discount.

Storiarts

The perfect way to stay warm this winter is with a book scarf and fingerless gloves (perfect for reading) from Storiarts! This hand-crafted Etsy artist is the creator of the original Book Scarf — and I have to say, I’m a huge fan. I’ve had my Sherlock Holmes scarf for a couple years now, and it is one of my favorites. It’s very comfy and cozy, and it is super cute. (Bonus: reading material on the go!)

Storiarts offers a variety of designs from assorted authors, so there’s sure to be soemthing to suite everyone’s tastes. Beyond the scarves, also check out the coordinating fingerless gloves, headbands, and throw pillows.  Here’s a peek at some of the goodies:

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001Special OfferPORTLANDERS! Look for Storiarts at Crafty Wonderland, December 13-14th. In addition to their regular products, they’ll also have an assortment of discounted items available for purchase!

Hebel Design

Love YA fantasy? Then Hebel Design has something for you to love. High-quality, hand-crafted jewelry inspired by some of the hottest YA fantasy and paranormal series around, all with the authors’ seal of approval! Featured series include The Mortal Instruments, The Grisha Trilogy, The Selection Series (JUST released!), The Lynburn Legacy, The Lux Series, and many more! Here are some of our favorites:

Morozova’s Collar (from The Grisha Trilogy)

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Tessa’s Clockwork Angel

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(On a budget? Try the replica Clockwork Angel necklace for a great bargain.)

America’s Songbird Necklace

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Golden Snitch Bracelet

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001Special OfferUse the promotional code NovelGift at check-out to receive a 15% discount off one item on all orders through the end of the year at HebelDesign.com

Out of Print

Amazing designs and fun products abound at Out of Print Clothing, where much more than clothing is offered. Their incredible book-inspired jewelry line is brilliant and gorgeous, their t-shirt and tote bag designs are delightful, and their ever-expanding collection of accessories and other items continues to charm. Here are some of our favorites:

“So It Goes” Slaughterhouse Five Necklace

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The Great Gatsby West Egg Pennant

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Composition Book Tote Bag

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Library Card Pouch

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The Great Gatsby Sweater

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Where the Wild Things Are Onesie

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Library Stamp T-Shirt

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The Literary Gift Company

The Literary Gift Company has an amazing variety of products, all suited to any book lovers tastes. Their offerings include products made from old, up-cycled books, adorable mugs for sipping tea or coffee while you read, cool book-ish jewelry, and other unique book-ish accessories you didn’t even know you wanted, but now you totally do. Then wrap-up all your gifts in their incredible literary wrapping paper! Here are some of our favorites:

Bookshelf Tie

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Young Banned Books Bracelet

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Book Handbags

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Doodle & Stitch Duvet Cover

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Jane Austen Scarf

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Typewriter Satchel

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DFTBA

So you’re a John Green fan? You like proclaiming your love of all-things nerdy? Then check out the DFTBA shop for John Green-approved merchandise and goodies, created by an amazing group of fandom artists. There’s lots for John Green books, Harry Potter and other fandoms, even some not based on books. (Gasp!) Here are some of our favorite goodies:

Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards T-shirt
(I have this shirt & it’s one of my favorites. Super comfy & soft, plus fabulous design!)

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The Fault in Our Stars Hazel & Gus Phone Case

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Ampersand Necklace

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Black Milk Clothing

For the fashionable book nerd, Black Milk offers a few collections inspired by some of your favorite book fandoms, most notably Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and The Lord of the Rings. Here’s a few of our favorite styles they offer:

Daily Prophet Bomber Jacket

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Marauder’s Map Dress

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Middle Earth Leggings

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Game of Thrones Skater Dress

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More Great Ideas

Still wanting to flesh out your wish list, or get other gift ideas? Here are some other products we LOVE for gifting to book lovers:

My Weekend is All Booked Sweatshirt
Also available in other styles. 

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Mini Book Necklaces
Browse a variety of mini-titles at the Miniature Literature Etsy Shop

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Book Shelf Phone Cases

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Book-Shaped Pillows

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Daily Prophet Hobo Bag

10159708_hiI Married Adventure Book Clutch from kate spade new york

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“Archive Your Accessories” Wall Hooks

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Dictionary Wallet

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Katniss Everdeen Poster

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For the comments: What’s on your wish list? Any other great ideas you’d add to this list?

GoneReading.com: The Perfect Place to Shop for Book Lovers

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Most reviews here at Novel Novice are for books — but let’s face it. Even the most diehard reader needs to surface from the pages of a book sometime. And when we do return to the real world, we want to cling to our love of books and share it with the world.

That’s where GoneReading.com comes in — the perfect online place to shop for book lovers everywhere.

book plattersWhat’s that? You’re in need of a snack? Why not dish up a tasty treat on one of these adorable book-shaped plates. Made of bright-white porcelain, these plates and platters are sturdy and solid. Not only perfect for dishing up snacks for your book club meeting, the smaller pieces are also great as valet trays or a place to hold assorted nick-knacks, like paperclips, loose change, etc.

Mark-Twain-Travel-Tin-Candle-300x300Maybe you long for the smell of the library when you’re cooped up at home reading? GoneReading.com has a fabulous collection of literary-inspired candles and scents. Don’t worry, the candles don’t actually smell like unwashed old men … I received a sample of the Mark Twain candle, and it’s divine. (My husband loved it, too!) A blend of tobacco flower and vanilla, it’s a unique but lovely scent and not at all overpowering. I’m eager to try out more of this collection, too … I think Oscar Wilde is next on my wish list!

My-Bibliofile-300x300GoneReading also has a great assortment of book journals, for you to keep track of your reading habits offline. (I know, what a concept, right?) As much as I love blogging and social media, there is something so lovely about hand-writing lists and notes and details about things you love — especially when it’s on nice paper in a pretty, bound journal. GoneReading’s assortment includes “My Bibliofile,” which is a wonderful diary-type book for folks who want to keep track of their thoughts on the books they read offline. It features many pages for writing reviews (complete with the option of filling out how many stars), interspersed with fun interactive pages where you can answer questions about things like your favorite authors, favorite quotes, and travel destinations inspired by books you’ve read. As an avid gone reading review itemsbook blogger, I can’t see myself using this particular journal much, since it would be like rewriting all my blog posts by hand! But for non-bloggers, it’s a great template for keeping track of what you read and your thoughts on each book. (The “Books to Check Out” journal would probably be a better choice for me, since I’m always making lists of books I want to buy/borrow/request/read.)

Besides these three items (which I received for review), GoneReading.com offers plenty more for book lovers to drool over. I’ve already added a ton of items to my “wish list” board on Pinterest (where my husband looks first when he’s shopping for my birthday, Christmas, or other gift-giving occasion). There are cute t-shirts, an assortment of adorable bookmarks and bookplates, unique bookshelves, book-ish home decor, and more.

So if you love reading and love telling the world about your love of reading — check out GoneReading.com and start making your OWN wish list.

Contest: Win a copy of Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy

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As we wrap up our week-long feature on the magical middle grade novel Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy, we want to give some of you lucky readers a chance to win your own copy!

Deadly Delicious - ebook coverThe Prizes:

One winner (U.S. only) will receive a signed paperback of Deadly Delicious

One winner (Int’l) will receive an e-book of Deadly Delicious

(All prizes courtesy K.L. Kincy)

How to Enter:

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form here. You can gain add’l entries by following Novel Novice & K.L. Kincy on various social media, and by commenting below.

Just tell us in the comments below … what is one magical ingredient you’d add to your own baking!

The Deadline:

This contest will run through midnight (PT) on Friday, August 1st.

Questions? Leave ’em in the comments & we’ll reply!

Exclusive Excerpt from Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy

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Today we have an exclusive excerpt from Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy:

Deadly Delicious - ebook coverI bound up the crooked stairs and slip into the kitchen. “Mama?” I call.

No reply.

Cooling on top of Mama’s prized pink appliances, her secret-recipe DeLune DeLuxe doughnuts perfume the air with the aromas of happiness, confidence, and good luck. My head gets all whirly as I breathe in deep.

These doughnuts are pretty enough to be hanging on a Christmas tree. They’re all twinkly with sprinkles, and plump enough that I’m just itching to squeeze them. Oh, look, chocolate filling leaking from the good luck doughnut. I glance around the kitchen. The coast’s clear, so I dip my pinkie into the chocolate.

A stinging blow lands on my knuckles. Mama’s choice walnut-wood spatula.

Even though she can’t actually poof from a cloud of smoke, it still scares the bejesus out of me when she pounces like that. She’s wearing her favorite coral pink suit and pillbox hat, her hair all glossy—she must have just drove up.

“For customers only,” Mama says.

Like I don’t have any wishes of my own.

Check out more & order your copy of Deadly Delicious here!