You Are My Only by Beth Kephart Treasure Hunt & Giveaway

You Are My Only by Beth Kephart, which will be released this month and is also available for Kindle, is a book I have been anticipating for months.  I’m not a big reader of young adult fiction, but I am a big advocate for authors I adore for their consistently excellent story-telling capabilities — Tim O’Brien, Yusef Komunyakaa (yes, even poets tell stories), Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, Anita Shreve, Karen White, Christopher Moore, and others — and Beth Kephart is fast becoming one of those favorites.

I met her last year when she released Dangerous Neighbors (my review) at BEA, and we’ve since bonded over poetry, especially since much of her writing is very poetic — attracting my undivided attention.  I’ve read Nothing But Ghosts (my review), which I loved, and Undercover (my review), which is my favorite of her books so far.  So you can imagine that waiting for my pre-ordered copy of You Are My Only (plus giveaway copies) is killing me.

Recently, Beth came up with a delightful idea that has kept me occupied over the last month — a Scavenger Hunt.  All I had to do was hunt down a series of guest posts throughout the blogosphere about the behind-the-scenes of novel writing and title selection, which as any writer will tell you is gold.  Since I’ve read all of the posts, I wanted to provide the links for you to enjoy as well, so you can get a glimpse into the writer’s process.

1.  The (furious) metamorphosis of Sophie

2.  Opening the Doors to Clois and Helen by Beth Kephart

3.  When Emmy called I listened

4.  I was obsessed with an asylum

5.  What name should we give this book?

I hope that you will take the time to check out the scavenger hunt posts, learn more about Beth and her writing, and consider not only entering my giveaways later on but also buying a copy of You Are My Only for yourself or a friend.  Thanks Beth for making my Internet time more fun.

If you would like to win 1 of 2 copies (two winners) of You Are My Only by Beth Kephart from me:

1.  Please leave a comment about which of Beth’s books is your favorite or if you haven’t read any of her books, why you want to read You Are My Only.

2.  If you spread the word about the giveaway, tell me how and leave a link for additional entries up to 3.

3.  For 5 more entries, leave a comment on Beth’s guest posts and let me know you did.

Deadline is Oct. 31, 2011, at the witching hour!  This giveaway is international.


  1. Nancye Davis says

    I left a comment on Beth’s post of “Dangerous Neighbors”

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  2. Nancye Davis says

    I Tweeted!


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    I Tweeted!


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    I Tweeted!


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  5. Nancye Davis says

    I have not read any of Beth’s books yet. After looking on her site I see that she has quite a few books that appeal to me. This book looks like it will be very exciting and heartbreaking book (kidnapping of a baby?) I definitely want to read this one!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  8. I’d love to win this book. I’ve never read anything by this author and the blurb caught my attention!

  9. I visited and read Beth’s guest posts and left a comment after each one. I really enjoyed all of them and, since I keep getting the number order wrong I’ll say that my favorites were Beth’s guest post about Clois and Helen and her post about Emmy Rae and maternal love.

    It was a huge treat to get a glimpse behind the scenes of such an amazing author’s writing process!

    Thank you Beth and Serena!
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  10. The cover caught my attention right away. It seems both mysterious and a little sad. As Beth is a new author to me, I would like to try her work. Thank you for the chance.

  11. I have, so far, read only one of Beth Kephart’s books, “The Heart is Not A Size”. It’s a beautiful, wonderful book and I want to read all of Beth’s books. I want to read “You Are My Only” because Beth writes beautifully and she writes powerful, rich and beautiful stories. I love the premise of “You Are My Only”, too.

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  12. I see what I’m going to be doing this evening – checking out all of the treasure hunt links! I haven’t read any of Beth’s books, but I am always looking for new YA authors for my daughter (and myself!).

  13. Hello, Serena, I’m so happy to come here and found your links to Beth’s posts. I’m a fan of Beth’s, but couldn’t find time to play the scavenger hunt — but do want to reap the treasure. So thank you for nudging those forward! I’m also happy to have found your blog, which I’m bookmarking to return to.

    Like you, I find gems in all of Beth’s books, but was particularly smitten with the setting of Dangerous Neighbors. And I read Beth’s memoirs before she began writing for young adults. Seeing Past Z: Nurturing the Imagination in a Fast-Forward World holds a special place in my shelf about teaching writing.

    • I have not read Seeing Past Z, but it is one on my tbr list. That list seems to grow larger than life, however. I’m glad to help others out even though it may diminish my chances of winning the prize.

  14. No need to enter me Serena. I just wanted to say that I have all of Beth’s books on recommendations from so many bloggers and I really need to pull one out and get started. Her newest is one I want to read really bad though – it sounds fantastic and I really like the cover!

  15. My darling and beautiful Serena. I spent the last six months writing William’s story, just for you. It’s illustrated. I love it. It’s richer in many ways than DN.

    But now I have to figure out what to do with it.

  16. i haven’t had the opportunity to read any of beth’s books (yet!)…looking forward to doing so…this book sounds fascinating…thanks for the chance to read it 🙂

  17. That is where I know the name. I have Nothing but Ghosts on my TBR list. This cover gets my attention everytime, would love to win it, I have heard so many good things about BethK.


  18. Undercover is also my favorite. Please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

    • Glad to see someone else counts Undercover as a favorite. That one spoke to me on a deeper, more personal level as a writer…

  19. Great giveaway! I’d love to be entered. I’ve only read Dangerous Neighbors and while I didn’t love the story, I did fall in love with Kephart’s beautiful prose, so I’d love to try another of her books.

    I’ve posted the giveaway in my blog sidebar and on my Diary of an Eccentric Facebook page.

    • Dangerous Neighbors was good, but I wanted more about William…he was too mysterious for me…I needed more about him to be sold on the romance aspect.

  20. I’ve never read anything from her, but I’d love to since I love ya fiction and the cover is so lovely.

    • That cove is so memorable and I just love it. I have picked up books in stores based on covers, and this would be one of those occasions if I were browsing the bookstore and saw the cover.

  21. Hmm. It’s very difficult for me to name a favorite because I adore Beth’s writing, starting with A Slant of Sun. I loved the period details and the twin theme in Dangerous Neighbors, but I have a special fondness for stories set in foreign countries so today I will say The Heart Is Not a Size.

  22. WAIT. Oh my gosh! I meant, A deeply appreciative author. I am ashamed. I am blushing over my early-morning cup of tea. Forgive me?



  23. Wow! Serena! You.Should.Not.Have.Done.This. A giveaway inside a giveaway. An Escher drawing. A deeply appreciated author. Thank you so much for this.

  24. I have not read any of her books but I get the feeling from this one it would be a good read. Thanks!


  25. Entering for You are my Only as I have not read anything by her yet. Thanks for making it open to all. Much appreciated.