Anyone who knows me, knows my newest love is verse. My writing instructor recommended I read verse to study line breaks and use of "white space," and now I can't get enough. One of my favorite verse novels is Lisa Schroeder's I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. I cried, I skipped ahead because the suspense drove me mad, then went back to enjoy each word. I can't wait to read FAR FROM YOU.


FAR FROM YOU release celebration and contest!

Dec. 15th, 2008 at 6:34 AM

Lisa Schroeder, author of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, (One of my most favorite books ever!! Can't wait to read her next book!) is celebrating the release of her upcoming YA novel, FAR FROM YOU, and hosting a contest with LOTS of great prizes!

For three days leading up to the book’s release date of December 23rd, you can watch VLOGs and hear some excerpts read from the book. The VLOG schedule is as follows:

Sunday, December 21st – Liv’s Book Reviews -

Monday, December 22nd – What Vanessa Reads -

Tuesday, December 23rd – Lisa Schroeder, author - AND

Help spread the word, and you might win a fabulous prize!

Copy and paste THIS entire blog entry into your blog between now and December 21st, then come back to Lisa’s blog at either Livejournal OR Myspace and leave a comment with the link to your blog and you will get TWO enteries to win a number of prizes.

Wondering what you might win? Here is the list (there will be multiple winners):

~ An Advanced Review Copy of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, by Carrie Ryan
~ An Advanced Review Copy of SOMETHING, MAYBE, by Elizabeth Scott
~ Young adult novel GIRL, HERO by Carrie Jones
~ Young adult novel, THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD by Donna Freitas
~ Young adult novel, UGLIES by Scott Westerfield
~ Pair of YA fairy tale retellings by Cameron Dokey (BELLE and BEFORE MIDNIGHT)
~ TWILIGHT movie soundtrack
~ $15.00 Barnes and Noble gift card along with some Harry & David’s chocolate moose munch
~ And of course, a signed copy of FAR FROM YOU

For more chances to win, watch one or all of the VLOGs and leave a comment on that vlogger’s page, and you get another entry. That means if you post the schedule on your blog AND comment on all three VLOGs, you can have FIVE entries for the contest!
A live drawing with winners announced will be done by Lisa Thursday morning, December 24th, in a special holiday VLOG.


  1. Ah, you're so sweet!

    Thank you - you are entered!!

  2. I, too, liked this exercise.

    With the few words, I am brought immediately into this person's world.
    Nicely done.

    I couldn't help but leave my interpretation:

    I sit, alone.

    My newspaper is a curtain,
    between us,
    like the unfilled
    in the middle of our bed.

    Neither of us ever brave
    enough to enter.

    A spoon clinks against
    your coffee cup.

    Your knee brushes mine
    and quickly pulls away.

    I stare
    at the obituaries.

    Now, I hear
    the rustle
    of the newspaper,
    as I turn the page.

    No clinking,
    no throat clearing.

    I sip my lukewarm
    tea and swallow
    the words
    on my tongue.

    I put down the paper,
    and see only your empty
    cup, and a five-dollar

  3. Betsy, WOW that's wonderful. Loved it. And thanks for coming by and saying hello.

  4. Hey Paula, guess what!? You are a winner in the contest. Winner #5. That means winners 1-4 will pick their prizes, and then the remaining 5 prizes, you get to choose from. It's all in the vlog I made drawing the winners. You can see it here:

    Congrats, and hope you are having a lovely holiday!

  5. OMG!!!!!!!! I NEVER win anything. I'm so excited. A little embarassed as I seemed to be the only one who entered more than...ahem...once, okay four times. But hey, it worked.

    Yeah! Hoping for a sigend copy of Lisa's new book.


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