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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.