Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Great Book Giveaway!! Win TEN Awesome Books!

Okay, my private stash of books is overflowing, so I'd thought I'd throw a contest, giving away a bunch of snazzy new books (both middle-grade and YA) to one lucky winner! And yes, I will ship overseas for this!

To enter to win: All you have to do is follow my blog (if you don't already) and leave a comment naming a book--any book--that changed your life!

The winner, randomly chosen, will win ten, yes, TEN AWESOME BOOKS!  I'll be sending the winner a signed hardcover of NIGHTSHADE CITY, but if you already have it, please let me know and I can choose another random winner for that!

Contest ends this Sunday, so please be sure to spread the word!

So, here is the list of the winner's TEN book booty:
NIGHTSHADE CITY, Hilary Wagner (Hardcover - SIGNED)
THE LIAR SOCIETY, Lisa & Laura Roecker (ARC)
BREAKAWAY, Andrea Montalbano (ARC)
TIME RIDERS, Alex Scarrow (ARC)
THE KISSING GAME, Aidan Chambers (ARC)
THE DEADLIES, Kathryn Lasky (ARC)

xoxo -- Hilary


  1. Following! Book that changed my life- ARe you there God? It's me, Margaret.

  2. Mine would be WICKED, by Gregory Maguire. :)

  3. LORD OF THE RINGS. Absolutely changed me.

  4. Following already!
    Book that changed my life: The Secret Garden

    I wish we could pick more than one! If we could I would also pick Esperanza Rising.

  5. Angela, you could pick as many as you like! I have a feeling, we'd all have very long lists! And I loved THE SECRET GARDEN! :)

  6. The Book Thief! That was such an awesome book, and the beauty of the writing really made an impact.

  7. Harry Potter for sure. I know that is technically 7 books, but I wouldn't be a reader without that series.

  8. Debi, I love that book too! When Nightshade City released it was sitting right next to The Book Thief at B&N! I was in awe that my book was next to it! ;)

  9. As a writer, I would say Pride and Prejudice was a defining read. I already follow your blog!

  10. ooh awesome! Let's see, a book that changed my life. It's hard to pick just one.
    I would say Christopher Pike's Remember Me. That was the first book i read in elementary school that i read and made me realize the reason i didn't like reading before was because i was reading the wrong genre of books

  11. Following! What an awesome contest!
    Hmm... a book that changed my life... Harry Potter and The Dragon Riders of Pern. Both gave me a love of great fantastic worlds.

  12. These are all such awesome books, you guys! I love all of these too! :)

  13. What an incredible giveaway! The book that came to mind first isn't MG or YA, but you said ANY book, so...Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams. It made me really appreciate my mother and changed me with a beautifully bittersweet reminder that we don't have all the time in the world with those we love, and that the art of dying gracefully is as difficult as living with grace.

  14. Great contest!

    Harry Potter series
    Lord of the Rings
    the Outlander series

    (I love series, lol)

  15. What a lovely contest!

    I would have to say the first book I remember making me cry was CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London. In that moment I realized the power of the written word.

  16. Ohhhhh, definitely The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If you haven't read this book, I'm going to torture you until you do. *glares threateningly*

  17. THE MISTS OF AVALON. Totally changes how you view Camelot.

  18. Holy crap. I think that's my cat.

    Lord of the Rings made me love to read, which changed my life. Harry Potter made me want to write, which changed my life. Nightshade City was the first novel ever published by an author that I (sort of) knew, which changed my life.

  19. Changed my life? Wow, that's a tall order. I would have said the Secret Garden, but that's taken. So, I'll go with Cry the Beloved Country.

  20. Hmm... a book that changed my life... Each one I read brings something to me in some way, so they ALL do that for me. But in choosing one, I would say: "Here, There Be Dragons" would be my most recent real-life changer. Any why, you may ask? Because Mr. James A. Owen not only wrote that fabulous first book of his ongoing series, but he ILLUSTRATED it completely as well! A dream I have always wished for myself!

  21. I like the premise of this contest. I loved reading Archie Comics and Encyclopedia Brown books when I was little but the book that changed my life was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. I became a reader from that book - and learned that I loved fantasy/sci fi stories. I went to a book signing in NY and met Madeline in 1993. She autographed my book and was soo humble that I was just really impressed with this author. Because of her, I began writing for children. She changed who I was and who I have become in totally wonderful ways.

  22. Anonymous4/12/2011

    The Lord of the Rings. I never read fantasy AT ALL until those books (they're the inspiration for my WiP novel as well). Wouldn't be where I am without them!

  23. What an amazing giveaway. Well I was pregnant when I read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and it changed me because it made me feel blessed to be a mother as well as have my mother in my life. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  24. It was the best of times... it was the worst of times... I'd have to credit Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities as being the number one life-changing book of my childhood.
    And yes, I'd love to win a kid's book! Thanks for the chance. Donna

  25. This is great. I'm a follower already.

    The book that changed my life was Charlotte's Web. It was really what started my love of reading when I was in first grade.

  26. How hard to pick just one book! A book that changed my life is Letters to Judy: What Your Kids Wish They Could Tell You. I must have checked this book out of the library a hundred times. It was great insight for me as a child, to see that questions I had were asked by other kids too. It made me feel normal :)

    Thank you for this awesome contest! I follow via GFC as Tiffany Drew.


  27. Anonymous4/12/2011



    As far as books go, everyone I have ever read has had an impact of some sort on me. Whether it be me thinking of a friend I hadn't thought of in years to reconsidering my views on an issue. For example, every time I read Bridge to Terabithia I think of my childhood friend growing up.


  28. Jonathan Livingston Seagull-Read it in 4th grade. Made me a young deep thinker.

  29. Anonymous4/12/2011

    I'm already a follower!

    There are so many books that I could choose from. Charlotte's Web, Rescuing Sprite, and The Five People You Meet In Heaven are a few that were very special to me.

  30. Well, I was following you in my rss feeder, but now I'm following you here, too!

    A book that changed my life:

    Invisible Man by Ellison.

  31. I've been following for a while :)

    A book that changed my life? Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I had no idea nonfiction could be so good! It's still one of my favorites.

  32. What a fabulous contest! I'm already a follower. One book, huh? Can I list three? Catch-22, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Lorax (do picture books count?). :)

  33. Oh it is impossible to narrow it down, but two of the first that I bought for myself at the school book fair, long before most of you were born, were:
    What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew
    The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg

    both were amazing and had my imagination and attention until I finished. In fact, I just re-read them again for the first time in many years. I still love them. They inspire me.

    Charlie and the Choc Factory, Ian Fleming (a little early start for these!), Jack Finney, Asimov... so many that shaped me. I also loved biographies, reading about people's lives and stories. Thanks to my mom who instilled a love of reading and helped me get a library card.

  34. The Garden of Eden. BY HEMINGWAY.

  35. Awesome contest, Hilary! I guess the book that changed my life was a picture book by Crescent Dragonwagon called Homeplace. It's the book that made me want to be a writer.

  36. You are so generous!! Oh wow, though, such a tough question! Hmmm.... I'm going to choose door #3, which is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Books never felt so magical, so powerful to me!

  37. Anonymous4/14/2011

    Ooh I love this contest. I am now a follower. The first book that changed my life and made me realize how fabulous reading is was Behind The Attic Door by Sylvia Cassedy


  38. What a generous give away. That is a tough question. I'm going to go back to books that stick out in my mind that really moved me. Hatchet and Where the Red Fern Grows. There are many books that have left an impression on me since but I always think of those two.

    And I just won a copy of Nightshade City! It should arrive soon. I can't wait to read it and same with my daughter who loves Redwall. I'm a follower.

  39. Wow, Hilary you are so awesome.

    There is only on book that really changed my life and opened me up to reading again and eventually becoming a writer and that author was JK Rowling.

    Really, HP came to my life with the first movie came out in 2001. My father had just past away. It was the magical lift I needed. A year later after the second movie, I realized these were based on books. SO that is where my passion for HP began.

  40. Fun contest! There are so many books to choose from, but I'll have to go with Holes, by Louis Sachar. Completely changed the way I looked at writing middle-grade fiction.

  41. Awesome giveaway. I would have to say Little Women changed my life. I read it at a young age and it has always stuck with me since.


  42. Great contest, following now :)

    I'd have to say "Magician" by Raymond E. Feist - it was the first time I realized just how great a fantasy novel could be!



  43. I guess the book that changed my life was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
    GFC follower as Diana
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  44. Little Women.
    amandarwest atgmaildotcom

  45. I'm going to have to go with Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene. It was the first "big" book that I ever read, and it made me fall in love with reading.

    I'm a GFC follower as kaitywells.

    shadowkatt2011 [at] aim [dot] com

  46. I follow now. thanks for the awesome giveaway. My answer would be The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  47. I think it's To Kill A Mocking Bird. I learn many things from that book. Especially how to understand the others

    I am your GFC follower

    aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

  48. Many books have changed my life, but the first one that came to mind was Gone With The Wind. I read it in eighth grade, and I remember being blown away by the characters and the sprawl of the story. Loved it!

  49. I am probably too late for this but the book that changed me is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It was such a moving book and I just fell in love with little Hannah Baker. I can't get her out of my mind.

  50. I am a new follower! Yeah! A book that changed my life would be "Choosing to See" by Mary Beth Chapman. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  51. New follower (jennifer).

    Tough question. Maybe reading Judy Blume's Blubber or Are you there God it's me margaret when I was a kid.

    jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

  52. google follower and I would have to say Harry Potter and the sorceror's stone
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  53. Following! Book that changed my life was Same Kind of Different As Me. Thanks! :)
    ohmygoshbeck at gmail dot com


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