I won!

That’s right. Me. Out of 275 entries, I actually won an ARC of THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY, & JUNE, by Robin Benway over on the First Novels Club blog.

The premise of the book sounds awesome. Here’s the description posted on Amazon:

I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn’t imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.

Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.”

But that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to read this book. I’m working on my own YA paranormal written from multiple points-of-view. I thought what better way to study how it’s done than to read Robin Benway's book written from three viewpoints.

So back to winning. Because I never win anything. Not lotto. Not the scratch tickets my favorite patient gives me each time I see her. Not raffle tickets. Nothing. Nada, zip, zero. But take me to see a hypnotist’s show or a comedian, have them ask for a “lucky audience participant,” um, yeah, that’s right. Do they not get that I’m scrunching down low in my seat for a reason?

But. Over the past year I have actually won four books. Four! All on amazingly awesome blogs like this one. Who knows, maybe my luck is changing. But I think I’ll stick with watching comedy on television, just in case.

Thanks again to the writers from the First Novels ClubDonna Gambale,  Sara Konkowski, Janine Leaver Burgan, and Frankie Diane Mallis,


  1. Wow congrats for winning (at last lol) and a prize you REALLY wanted! Those are the best kinds :)

  2. Congratulations! I can't wait to hear what you think about it. Pultiple POV can be so difficult, but it is always impressive to see it done well.

  3. Thanks guys.

    Yes, I do think it can be tricky to do multiple povs. On faeriality(dot)blogspot(dot)com Shelli posted comments from a teen panel and asked questions about pov changes.

    One teen said she found it difficult to switch "heads," but also said if it was done well she enjoyed the experience. Hence my goal, to do it well.

  4. So glad you won! And actually, one of the primary reasons I wanted to read AMJ (besides the author's amazing dialogue) was the multiple POV, because my first novel was mutli-POV (albeit close third person and a contemporary novel, but still!).

  5. Donna, I'll blog a review for you (or you can just read it before you mail it to me).

    Thanks again for the book and for the great blog posts over on FNC.

  6. Donna, I'll blog a review for you (or you can just read it before you mail it to me).

    Thanks again for the book and for the great blog posts over on FNC.

  7. Congratulations Paula!! The book sounds awesome as does your book, UNTIL DEATH!!

    I figure winning four books in a year is a sign of something good to come!!

  8. It does sound like an amazing book. Congratulations on winning it. Multiple POV's? That is a challenge to do well.

    You have a lovely blog, Roland


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