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Saturday, December 31, 2011

DBAW Tour Wk 1: highlights and prizes!

Hey everyone! The first week of the DON'T BREATHE A WORD tour has flown by (which means 3 more days until release day...eek! I'm nervous...).

There are still plenty of chances to win signed books, TMAS audiobooks, signed DBAW art, and other cool swag (lots of it handmade by me!)

Here are the stops and contests so far - leave comments for chances to win, and enter the cover contest and video contest! Yay!


Monday, December 26 Review: Angela at Reading Angel
Sneak Preview: Cindy at Books Complete Me
Cover Post + Recreation contest: Jessica E at Confessions of a Bookaholic

Tuesday, December 27
Review: Heather at Proud Book Nerd
Places Inspired Vlog: LiLi at Chica Reader
Joy This or That List: Erika S at Moonlight Book Reviews

Wednesday, December 28
Review: Danielle at There’s a Book
Video Contest Announcement on Holly’s Blog


Thursday, December 29
Review: Kate at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
TMAS Cross Over 1 – Cameos: Kari at A Good Addiction
 Interview w/ Lyric Answers: Page at One Book at a Time

Friday, December 30
Review: Cynthia A at A Blog About Nothing
Creed Character Bucket List: Lindsay J at Just Another Book Addict
Joy Character Interview: Bailey at IB Book Blogging


Stay tuned next week for a Scavenger Hunt, lots of book secrets, and a totally embarrassing video...

Oh and of course, BOOK LAUNCH DAY!!!!! (January 3rd.) Stop by for the PARTY!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Words Have Power Video Contest!!!


The idea behind DON’T BREATHE A WORD is that Words Have Power.
Joy is suffocating—not only from asthma and her overprotective family, but also in a secretly abusive relationship. She escapes to live on the streets of Seattle and meets up with a band of homeless teens who teach her about life and love. When one of her new friends is in danger, she has to make a choice: will she save his life and go home to face her demons, or will she stay silent and safe?

When I first started writing, I didn’t realize I would write about abuse…but then this character, Asher, showed up. He was seductive, and powerful, and cruel. Suddenly I realized, this was about Joy realizing that words have power—his do, but so do her own.

Where did Asher come from? I didn’t have to look very far—he came from my own life. I wrote about that relationship in DEAR BULLY: 70 AUTHORS TELL THEIR STORIES (my story is “Midsummer Nightmare”). It’s the real life backstory to DON’T BREATHE A WORD. Through both my own story and the novel, my hope is that readers will realize that their words have power, too.

So we are having a contest (rules below)! Create a video with the theme WORDS HAVE POWER, and you could win fabulous prizes that SHOUT OUT LOUD! how powerful you are.

First prize:
Signed copies of Don’t Breathe a Word and the Tell Me a Secret audiobook,
a signed collage TMAS print (my art!), a signed DBAW graphic print, and other swag!

3 Runner-Ups:
Signed copies of Don’t Breathe a Word and the Tell Me a Secret audiobook,
a handmade DBAW magnet set, and other swag!


Plus, for every video entry, I will donate $10 (up to $500) to Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls, a wonderful charity helping girls around the globe find their own freedom and power.

Words Have Power! I can’t wait to hear yours.


OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:

1. All entries must be posted on YouTube and url sent to Holly by 5pm EST on Friday, January 14, 2012. Holly will favorite all appropriate entries on her channel as they arrive! Contest winners will be announced the following week.

2. Please note in your video or video description that this is for the Don’t Breathe a Word WORDS HAVE POWER Contest and include a link to the contest rules!

3. Videos must be appropriate for all audiences and contain original or Creative Commons content (see Creative Commons Search for more info on what is legal to use).

4. The contest is open to entrants over 14 years old. (International prizes subject to import/export restrictions.)

Have fun, and best wishes on your Words of Power!


Goodreads Book Giveaway





Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala



Don't Breathe a Word


by Holly Cupala



Giveaway ends January 03, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.




Enter to win



DON'T BREATHE A WORD is coming January 3rd! Spread the word!

Friday, December 23, 2011

DON'T BREATHE A WORD blog tour!


The countdown says 10 days...but the blog tour is here! Eek!

There will be sneak previews, embarrassing videos, character cameos...and lots of lots of chances to win signed copies of DON'T BREATHE A WORD, signed DBAW art, TMAS audiobooks, handmade DBAW swag, and lots of lots of prizes!

Here is the full schedule:

Monday, December 26 Review: Angela at Reading Angel
Sneak Preview: Cindy at Books Complete Me
Cover Post + Recreation contest: Jessica E at Confessions of a Bookaholic

Tuesday, December 27
Review: Heather at Proud Book Nerd
Places Inspired Vlog: LiLi at Chica Reader
Joy This or That List: Erika S at Moonlight Book Reviews

Wednesday, December 28
Review: Danielle at There’s a Book
Dear Bully Day
Video Contest Announcement on Holly’s Blog
Hosting Jennifer Brown: Bonnie at A Backwards Story
Hosting Catherine Ryan Hyde: Nancy at {a}Musing Reviews

Thursday, December 29
Review: Kate at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
TMAS Cross Over 1 – Cameos: Kari at A Good Addiction
 Interview w/ Lyric Answers: Page at One Book at a Time

Friday, December 30
Review: Cynthia A at A Blog About Nothing
Creed Character Bucket List: Lindsay J at Just Another Book Addict
Joy Character Interview: Bailey at IB Book Blogging

Monday, January 2
Review: Heidi Z at YA Bibliophile
Character Feature with May and Santos: Andye at Reading Teen
Short excerpt + “behind the scenes”: Jenny at Mimosa Stimulus

Tuesday, January 3
Review: Bailey at IB Book Blogging
Scavenger Hunt #1—9 am EST: Sara H at Eve’s Fan Garden
Scavenger Hunt #2—12:30 am EST: Kate at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read
Scavenger Hunt #3—4 pm EST: Angela at Reading Angel

Wednesday, January 4
Review: Tara M at The Bodacious Pen
Review: Sara at Eve's Fan Garden
TMAS Cross Over – Locations: Heather at Proud Book Nerd
Creed’s Music Feature: Deborah at Books, Movies, and Chinese Food

Thursday, January 5
Review: Jenny at Mimosa Stimulus
Character Tens List: Kayla at Caught Between the Pages
Playlist: Crystal at My Reading Room

Friday, January 6
Review: LiLi at Chica Reader
Creed This or That List: Izzy at My Words Ate Me
Joy Character Book Picks: Heidi at YA Bibliophile

Monday, January 9
Review: Tara G at Hobbitsies
Asher Character This or That List: Corrine at Lost for Words
Short excerpt + “behind the scenes”: Amber L at Just Your Typical Book Blog

Tuesday, January 10
Review: Kayla at Caught Between the Pages
TMAS Cross Over 3 - Delaney’s Secrets: Katie B at Katie’s Book Blog
Street Life Features
Hosting Heidi Ayarbe: Julia at Rex Robot Reviews
Hosting Holly: Danielle at There’s a Book
Hosting Suzanne Young: Crystal at My Reading Room
Hosting Steve Brezenoff: Patricia at Patricia’s Peculiarity

Wednesday, January 11
Review: Andye at Reading Teen
Story from the Past: Rummanah at Books In The Spotlight
Creed Character Interview: Cynthia A at A Blog About Nothing

Thursday, January 12
Review: Corrine at Lost for Words
Deleted Scene: Julia C at That Hapa Chick
Writing Tens List: Hannah at Paperback Treasures

Friday, January 14
Review: Jessica E at Confessions of a Bookaholic
Quiz- Which Character Are You: Tara G at Hobbitsies
The Real New Horizons: Jennifer H at Late Bloomer Online

Monday, January 16
Review: Page at One Book at a Time
Final Wrap Up Video + Contest Winners: Tara M at The Bodacious Pen
Hope to see you!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Join the DON'T BREATHE A WORD Street Team!

Did you love Don't Breathe a Word? Dying for extra chances to win a signed copy, exclusive extras, fun swag, and to share the news about DBAW?


Then join the Street Team!

Kari (@flamingo1325) of A Good Addiction and The {Teen} Book Scene is coordinating the team, and we are just about ready to launch CONTEST #1 to spread the word before the DBAW release on January 3rd!

To sign up, just follow this link and fill out the form completely: DBAW Street Team Form

There are a limited number of slots, so don't wait! Thank you so much, and I can't wait to welcome you to the team!

xoxHolly

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

DON'T BREATHE A WORD giveaway on Goodreads

The DBAW countdown has begun...and we're starting with 2 signed ARC giveaways on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway





Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala



Don't Breathe a Word


by Holly Cupala



Giveaway ends January 03, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.




Enter to win



DON'T BREATHE A WORD is coming January 3rd! Spread the word!

TELL ME A SECRET now on Audible!

Very exciting news: Audible.com bought the rights to distribute TELL ME A SECRET, read by amazing award-winning actress Jenna Lamia, and it's now available!

Download it here.

PLUS for a limited time during the holidays, the Special Edition MP3 CD (with cool shiny packaging and exclusive info!) is 40% off in our Amazon store!

Preview the first three chapters here.

Here's what people are saying about the TELL ME A SECRET audiobook:
"I already knew I loved TELL ME A SECRET. But the audiobook, which I listened to this past weekend, is a pleasure in itself. When a book is read aloud, the phrases get a chance to permeate in a completely new way. And Jenna Lamia, who narrates, is especially good with dialogue; the dialogue is acted, rather than simply read." ~ Holly Schindler, author of PLAYING HURT and A BLUE SO DARK

"I highly recommend this audiobook! Listen to it, read it, whatever, just devour and love it like I did!" ~ Abigaile at Reading Teen

"Jenna Lamia’s voice was perfect for the part of Rand. Plus, she gets the bitchy of Delaney so WELL. Then you can feel the condescension in her voice as she plays Rand’s mother. It’s wonderful and youthful and easy to fall into. Just, trust me that it’s awesome." ~ April at Good Books & Good Wine

"I love this book! I just wished for the Tell Me a Secret Special Edition Audiobook on my Amazon Wishlist." ~ Jolie at Actin' Up With Books

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The DON'T BREATHE A WORD sneak preview has arrived!

Thanks to all of you who asked about a sneak preview (and lit a fire under us to get it out in the world)! It can be linked to/downloaded/shared/plastered anywhere you like here:

DON'T BREATHE A WORD 2 Chapter Preview

I can't wait to hear what you think!