Sunday, November 8, 2009

Three-Months-and-Counting Contest

THE LIFE OF GLASS will be out on February 9, 2010, exactly three months from tomorrow, so to celebrate I'm having a contest!!!

THE LIFE OF GLASS is a book about sisters, high school, loss, and first love. (You can read the jacket description if you click here.) But, above all, I think it's really a book about beauty, about what it means to feel and be beautiful both inside and out.

In the book, the main character Melissa never saw herself as a beautiful person. She was always the smart one, the funny one, the tomboy. And yet, it seems like everyone around her is beautiful: her mother was once a beauty queen, her older sister is obsessed with competing in beauty pageants, and as she starts high school, her best friend Ryan starts ignoring her after he begins dating the beautiful new girl at school.

Melissa is someone I can relate to a lot, because back in high school, I felt the same way. It seemed like so many girls around me were beautiful and perfect: beautiful straight shiny hair, gorgeous tall figures, perfect clothes. And I was always the short girl with the frizzy hair, who felt the most comfortable in jeans and sweatshirts. (Lucky me, though, I didn't have a mom and a sister who competed in beauty pageants.)

And this is why I love fiction: in the book Melissa eventually does get her moment to shine, to feel beautiful. (And her older sister, Ashley, the beauty queen, gets her moment to finally feel what it's like not to be beautiful.)

So now for the contest: I'll be giving away a signed ARC plus a $25 giftcard to Sephora!

Here's what you can do to enter:

+1 Leave a comment sharing a moment when you felt beautiful

+2 Link to this contest on your blog
+2 add my countdown widget (on the left sidebar) to your blog
+2 add The Life of Glass to your Goodreads list

+5 Tweet about this contest
+ 5 become a new follower of this blog
+5 become a new follower on Twitter (click here)

+10 blog about The Life of Glass and why you want to read it!

Please leave your entries and points in a comment on this post.

Contest Ends November 18th at Midnight. Good luck!

45 comments:

Carol(ina) said...

I felt beautiful a couple of days back when my hair was falling in great waves down my back, my jeans fitted me exactly right, and my shirt was snug yet loose. It was a really great day. I tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/blcarol007/status/5558937177

And I have the Life of Glass on my Goodreads List. (under Carol(ina))

cait045 said...

+1 I felt beautiful at my graduation party. I got this awesome flowing dress from Paris and everyone loved it. I got so many complainments about how mature I looked.

+2 add The Life of Glass to your Goodreads list

Already following blog and twitter
usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom

LiLi said...

+1 I felt beautiful when my mother took me to a seniors prom since she was a chaperone, and I was only 13 at the time. We were both dressed up for it and I looked so good that one of the seniors asked me to dance. My mother turned him down for me, very embarrasing but it did make me feel older and more radiant.
+2 linked to my blog's sidebar: http://lilibethramos.blogspot.com
+2 added widget to sidebar
+5 tweeted about contest: http://twitter.com/Lilixtreme/status/5568672857

chicareader@gmail.com

throuthehaze said...

+1 I felt beautiful at my junior prom. I wore a gorgeous black and white dress and I had my hair, nails, and makeup professionally done. I'm kind of a tomboy so it was an interesting experience.

+2 widget
http://throuthehaze-reads.blogspot.com/

+5 follow on twitter @throuthehaze

+2 added to my GoodReads list (Raelena)

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Cindy said...

Hey! Just wanted to let you know I just found your blog! I'm a follower now! yay!

Cindy
princessbookie.com

PS Your book looks sooo good!

Wanda said...

The day I felt the most beautiful was on my wedding day when my husband saw me in my wedding dress for the first time.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy said...

When i stood up to get my award for NHS.
Would love to win!
amy
addictedtobooks1993@yahoo.com

Kate at Read This Book! said...

+1 I felt beautiful when this really nice guy who I was crushing on told me I was beautiful. :)

+2 linked on blog: http://readthisbook.wordpress.com/contests/
+2 added to goodreads list!
+5 already following you on twitter!
+5 retweeted: http://twitter.com/readingthisbook/status/5643526109
+10 I actually did a Waiting on Wednesday for Life of Glass and several other books a while back.
http://readthisbook.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/waiting-on-wednesday-11/
You can find why I want to read it at the bottom of the page.

Total: 25 entries

Thanks for this contest!

kate.readthisbook [at] gmail [dot]com

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I felt beautiful after I gave birth to my daugher. She was my first child and I felt such awe for my body and what it was capable of. Strong and beautiful.

+2 widget http://owlfory.blogspot.com
+5 tweeted http://twitter.com/justkeepreading/statuses/5697522951
+5 follow blog
+5 follow on twitter (justkeepreading)

foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

Jessica Kennedy said...

+1 My most beautiful day was my wedding day. Gorgeous dress, awesome hair, beautiful weather.

+2 Link on my sidebar on blog
+2 added countdown widget to my blog
+2 added The Life of Glass to my Goodreads "to-read"

+5 Tweeted about this contest
+ 5 became a new follower of this blog
+5 became a new follower on Twitter @junklekennedy

+22 if my math is correct... :) Great book!

Haleyknitz said...

+1 I feel beautiful onstage when i perform. it's such a life and energy giving experience.

+2 countdown on sidebar haleymathiot.blogspot.com

+2 contest posted at http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/2009/10/contests.html

+2 book on goodreads list

+5 posted at twitter.com/haleymathiot

+5 follower of the blog

+5 follow on twitter

haleymathiot@yahoo.com

thanks!! So excited to read this!

Anonymous said...

I felt beautiful before this sinus infection :) lolol

Nice blog and great giveaway!

-ilanawrites@gmail.com
Ilana

Stacie said...

I felt beautiful the day my fiance proposed to me.

I am a new follower of your blog.

I am a new follower on Twitter (mysticconn)

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Colleen said...

I felt beautiful on my wedding day when, after it was all over and I was in sweats and a T-shirt, make up off and hair a mess, my husband still looked at me the way he did when he saw me walk down the aisle.

Erica said...

+1 I felt beautiful at my homecoming this year. I had cut my hair short - the first time ever and I wasn't sure if it'd look ok with my dress and it looked great.

+2 The Life of Glass is on my goodreads list.
+ 5 follower
+5 Follow on twitter @thebookcellarx

:) Erica
thebookcellar@wi.rr.com

Patty said...

following the blog :)

Great contest and book!

I feel beautiful every time I feel accomplished. It's that high that makes me realize that I can be beautiful inside and out.

Starry*Night said...

I think the last time I felt beautiful was when I got ready for my prom back in may. Thanks for the contest and I'm a follower.

Christy

Bianca said...

+1 I felt beautiful at a dance at the Thespian convention I took with my theatre club at school last year!

+2 Link this contest to my blog at http://wickedgoodbooks.blogspot.com
+2 added the widget
+2 added the Life of Glass to my goodreads list

+5 Tweet about this contest @bianca1946
+ 5 become a new follower of this blog
+5 become a new follower on Twitter (

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

KatieDoll said...

+1 Mine is kind of cheesy. But it was a year or two ago, I was laying on a trampoline with my boyfriend at the time. And I was just rambling on about pointless things and he wasn't answering. So I looked over at him and he was just staring at me. And the way he was looking at me just made me feel incredibly beautiful.

+2 I linked this contest to my blog. (http://www.sophistikatied.blogspot.com)
+2 Added to my goodreads list. (Katie Dahlberg)
+5 Tweeted about contest. http://twitter.com/sophisti_katied/status/5717204703
+5 Following this blog.
+5 Became a follower on Twitter.
(25 points total.)

Congrats on the book, I can't wait to read it. It sounds incredible!

skellington28210@yahoo.com

Sunshine Edition said...

+1 I know this is cheesy but i always feel beautiful in heels! They give me instant confidence and i love how i light up once they are on.

+2-Linked to my blog

thanks

Rachel
sunshineedition132@yahoo.com

RKCharron said...

Hi Jillian :)
I am a new Follower of your Blog.
I am Following you on Twitter.
I felt handsome on my wedding day.
Thank you for the opportunity to win.
Love & Best Wishes,
RKCharron
xoxo

Wendy said...

+1 When my old friend used to tell me I was beautiful, I was in love with him so his word was gold.

+ 5 become a new follower of this blog.
+5 become a new follower on Twitter (@omgitswendy)

stargirlreads said...

+ 5 become a new follower of this blog

+1 I felt beautiful the day I finally realized that I was worth more then the way a guy was treating me

princessashley9@gmail. com

Its on my goodreads list

Veronica :) said...

A moment when I felt beautiful was this one time where everyone at my HS had to dress up (like really dress up! DRESSES AND TUXEDOS) and everyone was forced to participate. The day when everyone showed up with their dresses and tuxs on, everyone complimented me on my dress, hair, and how pretty I looked. It was one of the best moments of my life. [+1]

+2 I added the countdown widget! (I really want to read this book!!)

+2 I linked the contest on my blog! I posted it. Note: I also added the countdown widget on my blog. Link to my blog: http://www.theveronicaproject.blogspot.com

+5 Tweeted! www.twitter.com/random_noodles

+5 I am a new follower of this blog :)

+5 I am a new follower on Twitter. I am @random_noodles or "the name's VERONICA♥"

+10 www.theveronicaproject.blogspot.com is my blog to see on one of my posts on why I want to read The Life of Glass :)

Hope I win!

~ Veronica

BookMac said...

+1 I felt beautiful whenthe guy I had been crushing on asked me to slow dance with him at our Social instead of my leggy blonde friend who also had her eyes on him. I felt beautiful on the inside and out knowing that he liked me for who I was rather than just my looks.

bookmac13@gmail.com

Alexa said...

Definitely my wedding day, fantastic dress, fantastic "fake" tan, fantastic hair and best of all fantastic husband, who always makes me feel like the most beautiful woman around, even when I'm clearly not :)

+2 added on goodreads
+5 tweeted
+5 new blog follower
+5 new twitter follower

The books sounds amazing. Thanks for the contest

jpetroroy said...

I felt beautiful on my wedding day.

+5 I tweeted at https://twitter.com/jpetroroy/status/5739560327
+5 Became a new follower of the blog

jpetroroy (at) gmail (dot) com

Casey said...

+1 I felt beautiful at my cousins wedding this year.

+2 sidebar
+2 already on my Goodreads list
+5 Tweet (http://twitter.com/passionforbookz/statuses/5749211405)
+ 5 already follower on blog
+5 already follower on twitter

Anonymous said...

I felt beautiful when I caught my husband staring at me while we were at a James Taylor concert.

I added you to my goodreads.
I am going to twitter your contest and become a follower.

Good Luck with your book.

Maribeth

www.ninidee.wordpress.com

Hannah said...

+1 - I feel beautiful every-single-time my husband looks at me. With or without makeup, he could care less. I am his perfect.

+5 - am now a follower.

Thanks!!

tauntsociety AT gmail DOT com

YA_RockStarlette said...

+1 I felt beautiful when I first walked into high school,and I had practiced my posture and makeup all summer and all my friends were not only giving me compliments but they were happy to see me.

+2 I linked in my blog and +2 I also added the countdown widget http://yarockstarlette.blogspot.com/2009/11/monday-musings_16.html
+ 5 become a new follower of this blog
+5 become a new follower on Twitter

YA_RockStarlette said...

Oh,and I forgot to put my email
yarockstarlette(at)gmail(dot)com

Thao said...

+1 I felt beautiful at the first day of this luna new year. New hair, new clothes and brighter attitude make me happy with myself.

2 Link to this contest on your blog
+2 add my countdown widget (on the left sidebar) to your blog
+2 add The Life of Glass to your Goodreads list

+5 Tweet about this contest; (serenehours)
+ 5 become a new follower of this blog
+5 become a new follower on Twitter

+10 blog about The Life of Glass: http://serenehours.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-29.html

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Jillian : )

Cindy said...

+1 Leave a comment sharing a moment when you felt beautiful:
I feel beautiful everytime my boyfriend looks at me. We've been together for almost 5 yrs and I love him sooo much.
+2 Link to this contest on your blog: linked on sidebar
+2 add my countdown widget (on the left sidebar) to your blog: did it
+2 add The Life of Glass to your Goodreads list: did it username is: princess bookie

+5 Tweet about this contest: did it, princessbookie8
+ 5 become a new follower of this blog: yep follower
+5 become a new follower on Twitter (click here) follower:princessbookie8

+10 blog about The Life of Glass and why you want to read it! Did it on blog:princessbookie.com

Please leave your entries and points in a comment on this post.

Contest Ends November 18th at Midnight. Good luck!



Total Points: 32 entries. I did them all! LOL

Cindy
princessbookie.com
cnhand84@yahoo.com

brizmus said...

+1 I felt beautiful at my sister's wedding reception. It was the day after the wedding, and my mom had bought me a beautiful pink and black sleeveless 80s prom style dress to wear. For some reason that night, I felt more beautiful than ever, rocking out with my sister and her new husband to the 80s cover band she had gotten to play the wedding.
+2 LIfe of Glass already on my goodreads list
+5 new follower of blog
+2 in my blog sidebar under The Contest List
http://brizmusblogsbooks.blogspot.com
+5 new follower on twitter (@brizmus)
+5 tweeted about it http://twitter.com/brizmus/statuses/5808852248

zedster.tbb(at)gmail(DOT)com

Justine said...

Wow, this sounds like a great book I'd like to read. Melissa seems like a very relatable character and it's easy to see through her eyes. I'd love to enter!

+1 When someone tells me they like my hair or my shirt is cute or my earrings are nice...basically any kind of compliment, I feel beautiful. It's just a few, simple words that can make me happy and feel good about myself. Such a tiny action but a big effect on someone on the inside. :)

+2 linked on the sidebar here
+2 added countdown widget :) here
+2 on my Goodreads list here
+5 new follower of this blog
+5 follower on twitter (i'm @justeena)

justeena_25(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Aik said...

+1 I feel beautiful when I am calm and confident.

+2 Link to this contest on your blog
sidebar
http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com

+2 add the countdown widget
http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com

+5 Tweet about this contest
http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/5817223851

+ 5 become a new follower of this blog

+5 become a new follower on Twitter @aikchien

+10 blog about The Life of Glass and why you want to read it!
http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com/2009/08/list-of-worldwide-giveaways.html

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Allison said...

+1 I always feel beautiful when it rains. :)
+2 Link to this contest on your blog (http://readintothis.blogspot.com/)
+2 add The Life of Glass to your Goodreads list
+5 become a new follower of this blog
+5 follower on Twitter

Thanks!

Jessy said...

I feel beautiful when the sun is shining outside.

+5-New follower
+5-Following on Twitter (emma015)
+2-Added Life off Glass to my Goodreads to-read list
+5-Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Emma015/statuses/5831545446

Senfaye said...
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Senfaye said...

+1 I felt beautiful when my mom puts make-up on me and does my hair.

+2 The Life Of Glass has been on my goodreads list for a while!

+5 tweeted it: http://twitter.com/Senfaye/status/5846733954

Thanks so much!
-Senfaye
annieluvsmuffin@Gmail.com

Alexa said...

+1 I felt beautiful at my cousin's bar mitzvah because it was the first time I wore make up.

+2 sidebar:
http://hookedonyabooks.blogspot.com/
+2 added countdown widget to blog
+2 add The Life of Glass to Goodreads list
+5 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/naggy8/status/5848650520
+5 new follower
+5 new twitter follower @naggy8

lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

J. Lee said...

+1 I felt beautiful at my homecoming
+5 new follower

trashmail819@gmail.com

Amber said...

+1 I always feel beautiful when I perform in a show. It makes me excited to hear the audience applause after seeing one of my plays! :)

+5 I'm a new blog follower.

+5 I'm a new follower on Twitter (lipstickncandy)

+5 I tweeted: http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/6064622310

That's 16 entries! Yay!

Thanks for the lovely giveaway! :)
shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Joyce Lansky said...

+1 I feel beautiful right now. I recently lost 32 pounds, and that does wonders to how I see myself.

+5 Tweet

+5 Sure. I'll follow you.