Friday, May 27, 2011

Spotted: CK Kelly Martin + YA Contemporary Giveaway!

Hi everyone! So…it’s been a while since I featured a contemporary author. Today, C. K. Kelly Martin and I have something special in store for you! After reading her novel, The Lighter Side of Life and Death and loving it, I have asked her a few questions. I hope you stick around for a huge giveaway after the interview.

As a female author, how were you able to build Mason's voice?

I’m not someone who sees gender as a binary thing, although we’re overwhelmingly socialized that way. Society loves to box people in! There was an article in the Toronto Star recently about a couple (http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/babiespregnancy/babies/article/995112--parents-keep-child-s-gender-secret) who are trying to raise their baby in a genderless way, refusing to tell other people whether it’s a boy or a girl. I found it inspiring. In an email the baby’s mother had written on the subject she said, “In fact, in not telling the gender of my precious baby, I am saying to the world, ‘Please can you just let Storm discover for him/herself what s (he) wants to be?!.” Their eldest son, now 5, has also been encouraged by his parents to be who he is without feeling constrained by gender. In a handmade book full of his drawings and poems there was a page where he’d written (in purple and pink lettering), “Help girls do boy things. Help boys do girl things. Let your kid be whoever they are!”

There are definitely very different social rules and expectations assigned to people depending on their gender (and race, age, religion, class, etc.). It’s more socially acceptable for males to be aggressive and angry than it is for them to be sad, for example, whereas females are often regarded as bitchy and overbearing if they act in the exact same way and are expected to be more sensitive and nurturing. Individuals react to the rules placed upon them in various ways depending on their personality.

So mainly I was aware of the different social rules placed on Mason than say, placed on me, and how those would have shaped him, being the person he is, over the years. Other than that his voice, of course, comes from his individual character – that he’s a very easy-going, friendly sixteen-year-old with a passion for acting.

What kind of research did you do for Mason's life as a teenage guy?

I do a lot of sociological reading about teenagers on an ongoing basis and I do things like haunt sex ed sites (to see the types of questions young people are asking) and eavesdrop on real-life conversations whenever I can. But in a way every guy (and not just the guys because like I said, I don’t think people are their gender) I’ve ever hung out with is research. I’m also a big theatre fan (in my case just watching rather than acting) so I felt like I could really connect with Mason’s excitement for the theatre. 

Your book is quite scandalous in the romance department! (But I loved it.) How did you write these scenes? Were you hesitant in some parts? or did it come out naturally?

I’m so glad you liked it! I try to write about sex in an open but not overly graphic way. I don’t want to sensationalize but neither do I want to skip the scenes entirely because it's an important subject that teens are dealing with and thinking about in their own lives. Basically I just aim to be honest. It’s the same way that I’ve written about sex in all my young adult books. It does come pretty naturally but not long ago I wrote a book with a twenty-year-old main character and I noticed that with that book I felt free to go a bit further with the sex scenes so obviously some part of my brain is aware of who the readership for a novel will be.

In writing this contemporary novel, did you base some of the parts on real-life experiences (whether it is yours or other people's experiences)

None of the scenes come directly from life but I think there are always some indirect overlaps, like when I was in university I used to sometimes run into this guy I’d gone to high school with on the bus. He was nineteen and was going out with someone who was twenty-seven and at the time that seemed like a notable age difference to me (though I didn’t consciously think about that when I started writing Lighter Side).

There’s a scene in Lighter Side where Miracle doesn’t want to meet an actor she and Mason just watched in a play because her admiration for him is so strong that it’s freaking her out and I can definitely get like that. When I hero worship someone being in their presence makes me so nervous that I either don’t know what to say or I can’t stop talking. Years and years ago I once waited outside a theatre for Canadian stage actor Brent Carver and thank God he was supremely nice and listened to me rave about great he was in, like, the ten plays I’d seen him in.    

As for Mason and Kat getting together after a party in Chapter One, I think we all either know people who have done things they regret after drinking too much or have been those people ourselves. And I think the worry about crossing a friendship line – that it could either potentially mean a terrific evolution of your relationship or that it could break your friendship entirely – is a pretty common one that I’ve certainly had myself in the past.

What do you want your readers to pick up from your novel?

I think one big thing is that it’s best to be honest about your emotions because Mason and Kat initially aren’t (Mason doesn’t even tell her that it’s his first time!) and later Mason’s expectations of his relationship with Colette are also markedly different than hers are. A lot of things get messed up when people refuse to be truthful.

In my opinion tricky topics are the ones which need talking about the most, dragging out into the light, so although some people will be uncomfortable about the age difference between Mason (sixteen) and Colette (twenty-four by the end of the book) maybe reading this book will show them how a relationship like that can come to happen, whether they agree with it or not. There are a ton of gray areas in life and I would hope my books generally would encourage people not to be judgmental of others because they, or someone they know, might act a similar way in a similar situation.

Thanks very much for the interview, Precious! It’s been fun chatting with you. 

*CLOSED* YA Contemporary Giveaway! *CLOSED*


C.K. was so generous and so awesome to offer her books to two lucky winners! One main winner and one runner up. The best part is that this is open internationally!

Runner up prize pack consists of:

Signed paperback copies of C. K.’s summer books – One Lonely Degree and The Lighter Side of Life and Death

Main prize pack consists of:
  • Signed paperback copy of One Lonely Degree 
  • Signed paperback copy of The Lighter Side of Life and Death 
  • The winner’s choice of an Amazon.com, Amazon.ca or Amazon.co.uk gift certificate for $25 or the equivalent in British pounds (£15) 
  • A copy of her upcoming book, My Beating Teenage Heart (C. K. will forward this to the winner when it’s released at the end of September)
Rules:

Be a follower.
Leave your email address (so I can contact you if you win)
Open internationally!
Ends on July 1, 2011!

Extra entries (not required):

+1 Tell me which one of C.K.’s books are you most looking forward to reading!
+2 Spread the word: tweet, sidebar, facebook, tumblr, etc! (Leave link)
+5 Blog about this (Leave link)



125 comments:

  1. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!!

    +1 I'm looking forward to all the boooks *lol* but The Lighter Side of Life and Death probably the most!

    danaan at gmx dot at

    GFC follower

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  2. +1 Cool contest! One of my fave authors, Courtney Summers, always raves about CK, so I can't wait to read ALL of her books. :)

    pamharris1981@yahoo.com

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  3. I'm a follower.
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  4. Awesome giveaway!
    +1 I'm most looking forward tk reading the lighter side of life and death =]

    GFC follower

    Caroline
    Carrierules @ hotmail . co . uk

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway. More and more authors now starts to explore their opposite gender's POV

    +2 Tweet (twitter.com/this_Ivan)

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  6. This is great...thanks for the giveaway!!!

    gfc follower

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  7. Awesome! Please enter me!
    GFC follower

    +1 I think I am most looking forward to One Lonely Degree.
    +2 spread here http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/120242-spotted-ck-kelly-martin-huge-contemporary-giveaway

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  8. Thanks for the post + Giveaway. I'm a GFC follower, how I found this post.

    +1 I'm looking forward to reading Lighter Side of Life and Death- but honestly I want to read them all and I Know It's Over has been on my TBR list for a while now.

    +5 http://areadersrecord.blogspot.com

    areadersrecord (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks a bunch
    Stacey

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  9. Great interview--I'm going to follow that link to that Toronto Star article now--that's some interesting stuff. And I can't wait to read THE LIGHTER SIDE!

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  10. Great interview! It was really interesting to hear C.K's thoughts about writing!

    +1 I look forward to reading My Beating Teenage Heart - just because the title is so good! :)

    yavampire(at)hotmail.com

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  11. great interview! I loved getting to know the authors on a more personal note :) thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! To be honest, The Lighter Side of Life and Death sounds really interesting... I'd like to read that one :)

    Thanks again!

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

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  12. Great interview, Precious! C.K. you rock and your thoughtful answers are inspiring. I'm looking forward to reading!

    (don't enter me for the giveaway, keep those goodies for your readers. I'll pick mine up at my local indie)

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  13. I love the cover for The Lighter Side of Life and Death--so romantic ^_^
    Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower
    +1 My Teenage Beating Heart sounds intriguing!

    m_laura28 at yahoo dot ca

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  14. jessicacook756@yahoo.com

    Wow this book of hers sounds really good. I think in this day and age it's very hard for teens to know what's right when it comes to sex. I really interested to see how CK's views on this subject reflect in her character's voice in The Lighter Side of Life and Death

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  15. This is an amazing giveaway, thanks so much!

    +1 I'd really like to read One Lonely Degree

    GFC - JessS
    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

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  16. Thanks for introducing me to CK Kelly Martin. I immediately checked my library for her books...only one, better than none. Awesome giveaway.

    GFC: Candice
    +1 I'd really like to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death

    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. This is a fabulous giveaway, thanks!!


    +1 It's a toss up for me which I'd want to read more. I've had The lighter side of life and death on my wishlist, but My beating teenage heart looks great as well!

    follower
    +2 spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/120276-huge-contemporary-giveaway

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide enbtries.

    Much appreciated.

    I must admit that I have not read any of C.K.'s books as yet but I hope this giveaway will enable me to remedy that.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    I am a Follower via GFC.

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  19. Thanks for hosting. Please enter me. I am an old follower.
    bevsharp@desch.org

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  20. +1 I'm actually really excited about One Lonely Degree. Mostly because it was one of the first YA titles I was introduced to, and sounds like the perfect summer read.

    +2 Sidebar http://wordsonpaperya.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  21. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    My Beating Teenage Heart is the only one I'd heard of before, and I was really looking forward to that one, but they all look good! (+1)

    I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/PbackTreasures/status/74436570823925760 (+2)

    hannah11200 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  22. Thank you for the giveaway! I'm curious about The Lighter Side of Life and Death after reading your review for it.


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  23. krizia_lazaro at yahoo dot com

    +1 I would like to read "One Lonely Degree" since it sounds really "summery"! :)

    +2 https://twitter.com/#!/krizia_lazaro --> tweeted :)

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  24. What a fantastic post, as was the link to the couple raising a genderless baby. There definitely is way too much emphasis put on what it is to be a male or female and ridicule if say, a guy is caught crying in public or something. I loved reading what C.K had to write - very inspiring and thoughtful! And it's only made me even more excited, coupled with your review, to read her work :)

    I would love to win this!!

    +1 All of them?! :) I'm going to have to go with The Lighter Side of Life and Death because your fantastic review and reading this post. I'm really eager to read it!
    +2 Tweeted - http://twitter.com/#!/peacelovebooksx/status/74451072449650689

    Thanks!
    hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

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  25. I follow you via GFC (Throuthehaze)

    +1 I am looking forward to The Lighter Side of Life and Death

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  26. id really love to read my teenage beating heart! im a follower, and i tweeted about the contest here: http://twitter.com/#!/aleezarauf/status/74472737271316482
    thanks!

    email id: aleeza876(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. GFC follower

    +1 looking forward to reading 'my beating teenage heart'
    +2 http://twitter.com/#!/KateJEdi/status/74499994140422144

    KJEdisbury (at) live (dot) co (dot) uk

    Awesome giveaway!

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  28. Awesome giveaway! I'm so excited to read My Beating Teenage Heart.

    the (dot) zealous (dot) reader (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!]

    +1 Totally looking forward to reading My Beating Teenage Heart

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  30. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

    I follow as Kristína Gottthardová

    kgotthardova@gmail.com

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  31. I'm a GFC follower: A.J.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    +1 I can't wait to read My Beating Teenage Heart!
    +2 Tweet: http://twitter.com/woven_/status/74836521215205376

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  32. GFC follower: Gisele Alvarado
    1+ I will love to read "The Lighter Side of Life and Death"

    1+http://twitter.com/#!/Gisselle_Alv/status/74889629123346432
    1+http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4793399-giss#comment_31118798
    1+https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=195628557150452&id=1105106026

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  33. GFC Follower: Gisele Alvarado
    1+ Im looking forward to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death

    1+ https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=195628557150452&id=1105106026
    1+http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4793399-giss#comment_31118798
    1+http://twitter.com/#!/Gisselle_Alv/status/74889629123346432

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway
    Follow on GFC
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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  35. I'm a follower. Great giveaway thanks!

    Margaret
    singitm@hotmail.com

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  36. I'm looking for ward to reading I know it's over. Thanks

    Margaret
    singitm@hotmail.com

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway. I follow as LilyxJames.
    ivaondrejkova@gmail.com
    +1 the book I am most looking forward to is I know its over. Sounds so good!
    +2 tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/LilyxJames/status/74944724942848000

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  38. Blogger GFC Down here is my blog-

    www.bookcasesiren.blogspot.com

    GFC follower- ashley

    ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

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  39. GFC follower and I tweeted the giveaway @thekidfromtexas
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    vanessanicole21 at yahoo dot com

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  40. I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.

    +1 I'm most looking forward to reading One Lonely Degree!

    +2 Spread the word: twitter
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/75036381843435522

    +3 blog about it
    http://the-bookaholics.blogspot.com/p/contests-giveaways.html

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  41. Entering this contest because I really want to read C.K.'s books! I've read your review for The Lighter Side of Life and Death and it just sounds so fabulous to me. Great review, by the way.

    GFC follower: Kai Agito

    +1 Definitely looking forward to reading My Beating Teenage Heart. It's been on my TBR list for 2011~!
    +2 I shared on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=173938009330209&id=100002015418548
    Sidebar: http://amaterasureads.blogspot.com/
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/amaterasureads/status/75052142267867136

    amaterasureads AT gmail DOT com

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  42. Thank you so much for this! I've been looking forward to read a good Contemporary YA book right now!
    I'm a follower!

    +1 I want to read "I Know It's Over"
    +2 Tweeted it!: http://twitter.com/kimson_dino/status/75054910953095168

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  43. Oh wow! Thank you so much for this giveaway! I really hope I win!

    +1 I follow via GFC
    +1 I can't wait to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death!

    sylvia_uy4 at yahoo dot com

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  44. Hi, thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 The book that I´m looking forward to read is My Beating Teenage Heart.

    I´m GFC follower = Adriana
    adriana.ec[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  45. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    I am a follower.

    +1 I'm looking forward to reading My Beating Teenage Heart.
    +2 http://twitter.com/#!/FreakChiq/status/75211269011021824

    sabina(dot)dezman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. This is soooo freaking amazing!!!!!



    I am an old follower =)

    + 1 - Well The Teenage Beating Heart is on my wishlist so definitely looking forward to that one more!!

    +2 - Tweet http://bit.ly/l3ZO98

    +2 - Sidebar http://bit.ly/i7GhDy (Right hand side)

    +5 Blog - http://bit.ly/j57s3W

    THANK YOU!!!
    booksforcompany @ gmail.com

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  47. thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower (Katerina)

    I'm looking forward to reading The Lighter Side of Life and Death :)

    lucykate (at) seznam (dot) cz

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  48. I follow your blog, thank you!

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/75516353892724736

    Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2011/05/ya-contemporary-giveaway.html

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  49. GFC follower as Seesen9
    seesen9[at]gmail[dot]com

    +1 I'm looking forward to reading The Lighter Side of Life and Death (what a cool title!)
    +2 sidebar: http://imaginarywhispers.blogspot.com

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  50. Thanks a lot for this amazing giveaway!
    I'm a follower.

    +1 I'm looking forward to reading The Lighter Side of Life and Death.

    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  51. Hi, I'm a GFC Follower (Stephanie)

    stephbarkerdrew(at)hotmail(dot)com
    :)

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  52. Hi, I'm an old follower: Karla Vollkopf
    Thanks for the awesome intl giveaway. *-*
    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

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  53. +1 Can't wait to read My Beating Teenage Heart! By the description sounds like a very sweet story. :) Is Ashlyn going to be a ghost? LOL Well, poor Breckon. I feel sorry for him already.

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

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  54. +2 I tweeted; http://twitter.com/#!/vollkopf/status/75533789178249217

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

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  55. Thanks for a great giveaway + Making it international :)

    I am looking forward to reading the ligter side of life and death

    GFC - Beckyinwonderland
    x_xBECKIx_X@hotmail.com

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  56. Great giveaway. I am GFC as misadevilgirl

    Misha

    misadevilgirl@seznam.cz

    +1 I'm looking forward to reading The Lighter Side of Life and Death.

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  57. How awesome! Thank you!

    pisisbook(at)hotmail(dot)fr

    +1 Tell me which one of C.K.’s books are you most looking forward to reading : definitely The Lighter Side of Life and Death... or maybe My Beating Teenage Heart... Arg!

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  58. I'm a new follower on GFC:)

    Mandie
    time4mommy @ gmail.com

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  59. Gfc follower as Abby! Thanks for this cool giveaway!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  60. Most looking forward to reading My Beating Teenage Heart

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  61. Tweeted #1
    http://twitter.com/#!/darkmotives/status/75636935313461248

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  62. Tweeted #2
    http://twitter.com/#!/darkmotives/status/75636935313461248

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  63. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm a GFC follower (Thais).

    +1 I can't wait to read My Beating Teenage Heart! It got me at the cover.

    +2 http://twitter.com/_slycat/status/75644384082800640

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  64. Follow GFC

    I am most looking forward to reading "The Lighter Side of Life and Death". It intrigues me. +1

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  65. Thank you for the interview and the giveaway.

    nadz_nnr AT hotmail DOT com

    +1 I am most looking forward to reading The Lighter Side of Life and Death.

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  66. Awesome! I'm a GFC follower! Thanks for the chance! What an awesome prize pack!
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  67. What a great giveaway! Following your blog! (ksyshenka)

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. First I will read The Lighter Side of Life and Death!!!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. #1 Shared on FB!

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=231479603534113&id=100000966605964

    (oksana vladimirovna)

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  70. #2 Shared on FB!

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=231479603534113&id=100000966605964

    (oksana vladimirovna)

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  71. great giveaway! :) and thanks for the interview and introducing me to this author..:)

    jenna_jcm@yahoo.com

    i’m a follower

    +1 i’m looking forward to my beating teenage heart
    +2 spread it here: http://mymixedthoughts.tumblr.com/

    thanks again!:)

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  72. I'm a follower! Please enter me! Great giveaway!

    +1 Having not read any of her books, I'm honestly looking forward to reading all of them. They all sound great! I love YA contemporary!

    Thanks!

    Baggins
    bookishbaggins(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. Please enter me in the great giveaway!

    Folling on GFC as Nina C
    Email is tribb99@yahoo.co.uk

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  74. Awesome giveaway!
    I'm a follower - wyldberry7.
    I am most looking forward to her new book My Beating Teenage Heart sounds beautiful.

    Sally.

    elifylop@hotmail.co.uk

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  75. My Beating Teenage Heart sounds amazing, gorgeous!

    I follow as Jadey!
    I also advertised on my sidebar - inkscratchers.blogspot.com

    jade-walker@hotmail.co.uk

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  76. I follow via GFC
    Sasha L

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  77. I really want to read I know It's Over

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  78. Blogged about the giveaway #1

    http://thriftysassymama.blogspot.com/2011/06/ck-kelly-martin-giveaway.html

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  79. Blogged about the giveaway #2

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  80. Blogged about the giveaway #3

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  81. Blogged about the giveaway #4

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  82. Blogged about the giveaway #5

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  83. GFC - Grace
    wordslikesilverblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. +1 I think I am most looking forward to The Lighter Side of Life and Death

    Thank you
    GFC Follower
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  85. "The Lighter Side of Life and Death" looks interesting. :)

    pristine.precision@gmail.com

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  86. Thank you so much! I'd love to win :)

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  87. +1 The Lighter Side of Life and Death

    GFC-Book Brunette

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  88. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    +1 I am looking forward to I Know It's Over
    +2 Tweet-http://twitter.com/Debasmitadhar/status/76880803388334080
    Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=230699903610906&id=100000126953872
    Sidebar-http://bookaholicsoye.blogspot.com/(under 'Contests' in the right sidebar)
    +5 Blog Post-http://bookaholicsoye.blogspot.com/2011/06/fragments-of-lifeck-kelly-martinya.html

    frndz.debas@gmail.com

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  89. Awesome Giveaway!!! I'm A GFC follower! thanks for making it international! Here's my email id - paromitagupt(at)gmail(dot)com

    +1 I'm looking forward to read CK's My Beating Teenage Heart
    +2 shared it on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/paromita.gupta

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  90. Thank you for great giveaway!
    I would love to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death :)
    GFC: Jeanne
    http://www.dreaming.over.cz/giveaways.html
    Rathouska.jana@gmail.com

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  91. Omg, I would love to win this! Thank you for the giveaway :) I follow you via GFC; Carina Olsen :)
    ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

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  92. Thanks so much for this fantastic giveaway!!

    +1 I would like to read My Teenage Beating Heart the most! It looks great!

    I'm a GFC follower: Chloe

    chloe81012@gmail.com

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  93. Hi! I'm entering (obviously)

    ajiehuang1997@gmail.com

    I really want to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death because love triangles are epic!

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  94. Yay! Thanks for the chance! I'm a GFC Follower :)

    +1 I'm so excited for My Beating Teenage Heart!
    +2 Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/girlaboutbooks/status/77174767588872192

    girlaboutbooks (at) gmail (dot) com


    Thanks again!

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  95. It was interesting to read what CK thought about gender roles and social expectations, I can't say I'd given it a lot of thought before, beyond transsexuals or the kind of toys people buy for children. Thanks for a great interview and giveaway! :)

    I'm following via GFC already

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  96. Thanks so much for this giveaway!!!
    GFC follower name - Mia
    Email id - mia.xoxo5@gmail.com
    Mia
    http://bookaholic5.blogspot.com/

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  97. I really want to read all of them, but if I have to pick one it would be I Know It's Over. Thanks for a really great giveaway!
    +1 comment
    I am a GFC follower: Julie Witt
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  98. Thanks for the giveaway!

    crazypplrok at gmail dot com

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  99. I'm really looking forward to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death
    gfc follower: Boo
    tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/TheMonokuruBoo/status/78112920269103104
    themonokuruboo@gmail.com

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  100. GFC: Lenka Gozorova

    lenka.gozorova@gmail.com

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  101. thank you soo much for this so very genarous giveaway and for making it international!!:)

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  102. +1: looking forward to the lighter side of life and death
    +2 link: http://twitter.com/#!/michelledluvsu/status/79709695807467520
    follower.
    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

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  103. Thanks so much! CANADIAN AUTHOR <3 Plus, Courtney Summers (whom I love because her books are raw, honest and beautiful) has been raving about this author and I just really need to finally pick up one of her books! Thanks.

    thestoryqueen@hotmail.com

    +1: I'm most excited for her newest, My Beating Teenage Heart, but they all look fabulous.

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  104. I'm a follower!

    Awesome prize pack :)

    l-a-u-r-a@live.co.uk

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  105. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    +1 I'm looking forward for The Lighter Side of Life and Death
    blackplum3 (AT)gmail(DOT)com
    GFC follower

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  106. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    +1 - I'd love to read all of them, to be honest, but if I had to choose one, I'd say I'm most excited about One Lonely Degree!

    +2 - Added it to my sidebar (http://funny-wool.blogspot.com/ - It's just above the labels!)

    Thanks again for the contest!
    Phanee (GFC name: Phanee)
    funnywool[at]live[dot]com

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  107. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    email: iliveforreading[at]hotmail[dot]com
    GFC: iLuvReadingTooMuch
    +1 My Beating Teenage Heart looks amazing! sounds very interesting as well :)

    Thanks again for the giveaway and for making it international :)

    Rabiah

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  108. +1 Woot love this giveaway and My Beating Teenage Heart the story sounds good.
    Bookluver1997@hotmail.com

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  109. The Lighter Side of Life and Death sounds so good. i followed the blog.
    All the books sound so good.
    pixiepuff2006@yahoo.com

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  110. I'm a follower (this account)

    +1 I'd love to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death! It sounds so interesting!

    +2 I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/hikablack/status/82453201663696896

    Hikari
    hikablack(at)gmail(dot)com

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  111. Thanks so much!
    I follow through GFC
    [+2] and I tweeted right here- http://twitter.com/#!/ohaiitschey/status/82849040164847618

    [+1] Also, I think I'd love reading all of the books. Maybe One Lonely Degree more, but I'm not sure. I can't remember which ones of hers I have on my wishlist...hmm...

    Anyways, I know I'm a little late entering this, but luckily I made it before the deadline! Thanks again!

    mcrs_venin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  112. Hey. This is the first time I heard about this author, so I definitely do not know which of the books I'd like to read most (have to do research first), but on a gueus: My Beating Teenage Heart. Because when you wait for a book you get more anticipated & then enjoy reading it more :)

    rocmuller@gmail.com

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  113. I'm a follower for sure on this account! :)

    +1: I actually haven't read anything by C.K. before, but from the interview, I'm really looking forward to The Lighter Side of Life and Death. It sounds like such a good book!

    mimivalentine@hotmail.ca

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  114. GFC- Karen Mae Bautista

    I love My Beating Teenage Heart.

    tweeted-https://twitter.com/#!/itsmeKAHAREN/status/83184605645127680

    blogged-http://kaharenbautista.tumblr.com/post/6756093050/ya-contemporary-giveaway

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    nerakzkiexcore at yahoo dot com

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  115. This is so cool. I've read C.K's I Know It's Over and really liked it. I'm looking forward to all her books.

    +1 If I had to choose one particularly, I'd say One Lonely Degree cos I loved the excerpt I read on her blog.

    +2 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/bee_muses/status/83184012423741441

    +2 Sidebar: http://talkmusebanter.blogspot.com

    Thanks a lot. I'm so glad to see a contemp book up for grabs.

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  116. Oh, I forgot my email,

    speak_to_bidisha@yahoo.co.in

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  117. Hello and Ty for this possibility :0
    I am now a new follower!

    tirabaralla{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  118. The book I would be more looking forward to read is "One Lonely Degree".

    Thank you again for this possibility!

    tirabaralla{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  119. Thanks so much for this giveaway!
    booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

    +1 I'm really looking forward to reading "The Lighter Side of Life and Death".

    +2 Sidebar at http://booksobsession.blogspot.com

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  120. Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    I'm a GFC follower.

    +2 tweet : http://twitter.com/#!/dien_da/status/85214761108779008

    dl(dot)love(dot)freedom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  121. thanks for the giveaway
    Im a GFC follow!

    Maryann Nixon
    smileess_ox(at)hotmail(dot)com

    check out my reviews
    http://wordsontheshelf.blogspot.com/

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  122. Very cool giveaway! I'm a GFC follower with this account (tommygirl).

    +1 After reading the summaries on GoodReads, i think I'm most excited to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death, although they all sound right up my alley.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  123. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I am a GFC Follower! AgnesPink!

    Xx

    Email id: pranali_nk04@yahoo.com

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  124. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

    +1 I cannot wait to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death.

    stephbarkerdrew(at)hotmail(dot)com

    GFC: Stephanie

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  125. Awesome contest! I love that it’s a realistic fiction giveaway :)

    GCF Follower: cyc

    +1 I’m most looking forward to read The Lighter Side of Life and Death :)
    +2 http://twitter.com/#!/nodizzies/status/86630020415631360
    +5 http://nodizzies.livejournal.com/19751.html

    jadedlittlegirlx[at]gmail[dot]com

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