After the disasterous week that is last week (wherein I sort of failed all my exams), I am frantically trying to make amends on this week’s finals and papers. My brain is perpetually mushy and not good for anything until next Wednesday 5 pm, when this week is officially over.

The most my attention span is capable of is linking to contests, of which there are many now that the year is ending.

So, yes, be sure to check out Megan Crewe’s End of 2009 Giveaway with two awesome prizes. Megan is the author of Give Up the Ghost. Here’s the catchy trailer:

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Check out this fabulous trailer of Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore!

Nimira is a music-hall girl used to dancing for pennies. So when wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. In Parry’s world, long-buried secrets are about to stir. Unsettling rumors begin to swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry’s involvement in a group of corrupt sorcerers for whom the rules of the living and dead are meant to be broken for greater power. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing fairy gentleman is trapped within the automaton, she is determined to break the curse. But even as the two fall into a love that seems hopeless, breaking the curse becomes a perilous race against time. Because it’s not just the future of these star-crossed lovers that’s at stake, but the fate of the entire magical world.

Want to win a hardcover of MAGIC UNDER GLASS by Jaclyn Dolamore plus more prizes? See http://fabulousfrock.livejournal.com for details!

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Here are three more synopses for the Enchanted Inkpot’s giveaway extravaganza:

The Runaway PrincessThe Runaway Princess by Kate Coombs

A dragon darkens our dells. A witch haunts our woods. Bandits roam our moors” . . . King Stromgard swept on. “In the tradition of so many monarchs, I offer my daughter’s hand in marriage and half my kingdom to the prince who can rid us of these evils, restoring peace and prosperity to our realm.”

And so the contest in the Kingdom of Greeve begins. But Princess Margaret is not your traditional princess. Meg firmly objects to her parents’ giving her away, and she certainly has no intention of remaining in the tower where she is sequestered. Instead, she sets out to win the contest herself by enlisting the help of her good friend, her loyal maid, an eager guardsman, a young wizard, and a tenacious witch. Does Meg find her distinct place in the kingdom, or is she doomed to fulfill her royal duties?

Kate Coombs weaves a magical tale full of pesky princes, enchanted frogs, a beady-eyed scarf, and invisibility juice – a tale of wonder, but a story familiar to all who struggle to find their own place in the world.

The Emerald TabletThe Emerald Tablet by P.J. Hoover

Benjamin and his best friend Andy are different from normal. They love being able to read each other’s minds and use telekinesis to play tricks on other kids. In fact, they are getting all set to spend their entire summer doing just that when Benjamin’s mirror starts talking. Suddenly, Benjamin’s looking at eight weeks of summer school someplace which can only be reached by a teleporter inside the ugly picture in his hallway.

And that’s the most normal thing he does all summer.

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

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I’m a university student currently uncertain about what I want to do with my life, though I do hope to attend a medical school after 4 years of college.

Reading and writing have always been a major part of my life, and one of my biggest aspirations is to become a published writer. It is a distant dream, but one I am determined to hold on to. Currently, I am planning and writing a YA steampunk re-telling of Beauty and the Beast called The Beast’s Apprentice.

This blog will hopefully contain a combination of my writing journey, my life troubles, and a series of links to posts I find interesting and/or helpful. :>