Mar 18, 2011

Three Questions. Two Blogs. One Elana. CONTEST!

In case you didn't already know...I love Elana Johnson

Even more than you do, if you can imagine. I love her blog with its funnies, advice, and bacon. I love her vlogs. And I really love her writing!

Possession, which is being published on June 7, 2011 by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, is FRAWESOME! (did you catch the hint from Wednesday's post?)

Seriously though. When I read Possession, it blew me away; I didn't know I was surrounded with such talent. It was the first time I realized the quality of writing on an author's blog really is reflected in his or her books.

I am not sure if I should admit this to you, but I got to read Possession last summer because I am a whiner. What happened is that Elana's query for Possession was being featured at Mathew Rush's blog The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment. Days earlier, Elana had announced her book deal to the world, and I may or may not have known for a little longer. My appetite was whet! And so, at Matt's blog, I posted this,

Damn you, Elana. My mouth was already watering to read this book, or any of your writing for that matter. Then you announce your book deal and now this. Hmph.
May 28, 2010 1:11 PM
I was totally a whiny little kid. Omg. And then Elana emailed me and said,
Because I love you... 
So you wanna read my book? Once you read it, I'm sure you'll think less of me. And I'm at work and about to go to lunch, so you'll have to wait until later tonight for me to email it. I don't know the protocol for these things, but I'm pretty sure I can trust you not to forward my draft to everyone and their dog. (Or anyone at all.)  
:) E
I was totally embarrassed! Like, I wanted to go hide under a rock. But I definitely wanted to be under that rock reading what was then called Control Issues. And I mean, is that not the sweetest email EVER? So of course I emailed her back and apologized for being a whiny fanboy, then said Hells Yeah I want to read your masterpiece!

And so I did, while on vacation. And it was like being on a vacation within a vacation. I was physically enjoying the summer heat, but mentally traversing a whole new world. Elana put me right inside the head of Violet Schoenfeld. Through Vi's eyes, we see a world all about Rules, Tech, and boys. We view everything through the eyes of a teenage girl, after all. But Vi is witty and bold. These qualities are what attract the eye of dangerous and cocky (and yeah, dreamy) Jag.

Possession is a dystopian novel, and Elana gives us grit and grime. But she also gives us sleek and modern. I am not a romantic person, but Elana brings out the miniature romantic in me. By the end of Possession, I was out of breath from the harsh, fast-paced action and raw emotion I felt as Vi fights for her life, and for the lives of others.

Sound like something you'd like to read?

I know the answer is yes.

So, how about a chance to win an ARC of Possession?

Not enough?

How about a chance to ask Elana a question and have her answer it via a vlog?!


There will be three winners from my blog (and Theresa Milstein has her own branch of the same contest!):

Two winners will have their question for Elana answered via vlog, and one winner will win an ARC of Possession.

I will put a lot of thought into the winners of the first two prizes, so put A LOT of thought into your questions for Elana. Whenever I ask Elana a question, she is funny and insightful in her response. Her advice and ideas are priceless. Be creative!

The winner of the ARC will be chosen at random.

This contest runs from today, March 18, through April 1 (the same day Carol's agenting contest ends).

To enter, click the link below and fill out the entry form. You must comment on this post and follow my blog and Elana's blog. 

And don't forget to visit Theresa for more fun and chances at winning! (Following Theresa's blog is not a requirement, but I highly recommend you do, she's superfly!)

Three Questions. Two Blogs. One Elana. click link for entry form


  1. Hey nice new look! And awesome contest. For some reason I've won 2 preordered copies of Possession - can't wait until June! You know what they say - the squeaky wheel gets the grease! :)

  2. I have the ARC, and I've read the first chapter, which is great, but I'm waiting on the rest because I want it to be fresh in my mind so I can review it closer to the release date.

    Elana rules, hard.

    And that's so cool that her post on my blog brought you two together like that. I'm absolutely honored to have anything to do with Elana whatsoever.

  3. I've never been called superfly before. (Blushes.)

    I enjoyed Elana's book, and I liked her take on dystopia.

    Cool we're doing this contest together. Hope you get lots of new followers!

  4. That is a fantastic review.I love the recap element of it. I already wanted to read it but now even more!

  5. Crap. The ARC winner is chosen randomly?? I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT. Especially after this review! Thanks for the awesome contest, J!! And, Elana--congrats again on this super awesome snowball of excitement surrounding your novel!! It'll just keep getting bigger and bigger until poof, you've got an avalanche!!

  6. Elana is definitely one of the kindest people I know. She is AMAZING! Also, you have a nice blog! :)

  7. I heart Elana (and you too)! What a great contest ! And I am beyond jealous that you got to read Possession so soon! I need to become whinier.
    Will be thinking very hard for a good question...

  8. Wow, Possession sounds amazing. Elana is too kind for words. I can't wait to read Possession!

  9. I was already content to sit and wait until June and buy up a copy of Possession for my kindle for a birthday present to myself, but how can I resist a chance to have my very first ARC by a woman I admire greatly! Also, the blog is looking beautiful Jon! Great job!

  10. Wow, I am so excited for this book! Elana is just awesome, and this novel sounds fantastic!

  11. i want to read this book. the cover is amazing!

  12. Yeah, this is better than a Sasquatch-themed giveaway. By about a million. I love Elana. When I was new to the YA writing community she was so sweet and welcoming. I was actually shocked that someone like her would take the time for newbies like me. So I'm not surprised she emailed you that. See, you learned the one thing kids know instinctively: Whining gets you what you want.

    So, um: Damn you, Jon. My mouth was already watering to read this book. Then you announce this contest in which the winner is chosen totally at random. Hmph. ;)

  13. What an awesome-fun giveaway! Of course, don't enter me, but Huzzah for Elana and fanboys!

  14. OMG I love her SO much there aren't even words. She seriously is one of the nicest people I've ever "met."
    What a great contest!

  15. You are a great blog friend! I hope I get a book published so you'll rave about me!

  16. Nice of you to give her such an astounding shout out.

  17. Great contest. I should have whined last summer so I could read it to. I have to wait for the book to be published. Sob, sob.

  18. Okay, I already asked the same question over at Theresa's, but just in case, here it is (and we totally understand if she only wants to answer questions about Possession, we're just changing it up a little, you know, just in case she doesn't): We want to know about your first book, Elana. The one that's trunked. What didn't work about it and how did you know (and what did you do to say goodbye)?

  19. Duuuuuude, it has taken me all day to get here. Finally I'm here! So freaking excited to see what Elana has to answer! I'm gonna think up a good question, you know. OMG, I hope you pick miiiiiine. *whines* *whines harder*

  20. I love the cover and your blog thanks for this contest

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  22. I had to think up a "worthy" question...and it took me a few days LOL! But, I have submitted the form and I am followers of both you and Elana and I heart you both.

    You know what I would heart just as much?


    *clears throat*

    That is all. Thanks for hosting such an awesome contest :)

  23. Really looking forward to the release!!Its getting so close.

  24. she seems like a lovely and caring person!

  25. I cannot wait to read this book. Would love to review it on my blog like you!!!! Haha. Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Free books are like mana. Wants!

    Also please and thank you and keep writing!

  27. Elana is awesomesauce!
    I can't wait to get my hands on her book!

  28. I've pre ordered POSSESSION, but I still totally want to win a signed copy. Elana was one of the first author blogs I followed, and she followed me right back. She's awesome.

  29. Wow, I'm jealous. You got to read it before there was even an ARC? Wow. That's awesomesauce. I MUST read POSSESSION!