Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Countdown--10 days to go!

Countdown Christmas is an event at A Bookalicious Story to celebrate the coming of Christmas in 2 weeks time. There'll be fun interviews, Christmassy excerpts and giveaways just brimming with bookish-goodness ranging from YA Fantasies to New Adult Contemporary Romances to Adult Historical Romances. I hope y'all will join in this celebration! The more the merrier, aye? ;)

10 more days to go! Are all yer Christmas trees up and decorated pretty? Well, today's guest has a positively BEAUTIFUL book cover and amazing story. Ready? :D


Jenny Lundquist!
About Jenny

Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world's whiniest cat.

Connect with Jenny:

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The Princess in the Opal Mask
Blurb from Goodreads

Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .

Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria's royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face--including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

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Seeing Cinderella
Blurb from Goodreads

Calliope Meadow Anderson wishes her life could be more of a fairy tale—just like the stories she writes. Her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird, her parent's marriage is falling apart, and to top things off, she found out she needs hideously large and geeky glasses.

But Callie soon learns they aren't just any glasses—they are magical and let her read people's thoughts. For the first time ever she's answering all the questions right in math class, and gets a glimpse of what goes through people's minds all day, including what Ellen—and her longtime crush—really think of her.

As if dealing with these crazy glasses weren't enough, Callie tries out for the lead in her school's production of Cinderella and actually gets the part. Instead, Callie chooses to let Ellen have the lead and be Ellen's understudy—just like she has done for their entire friendship.

Add in a new girl who has something to hide, a secret admirer, a best friend stealer who isn't what she seems, and Callie's year just went from ordinary to extraordinary.

Can this supporting actress learn to be a leading lady in her own life? Or is she destined to stay in the background forever—even with her super-freaky-magic glasses?

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Plastic Polly
Blurb from Amazon

Popularity has its pitfalls, and Polly is discovering them firsthand in this middle-grade M!X novel.
Polly Pierce likes being the second-most popular girl at Winston Academy, right after her BFF, Kelsy. Popularity comes with special privileges, like a seat at the best table in the cafeteria and a coveted spot on the planning committee for the school’s big talent show competition, Groove It Up! And since all Polly has to do is agree with whatever Kelsy says, being popular is easy—even if kids do call her “Plastic Polly” behind her back.

But when a freak accident takes Kelsy out of the picture, Polly is suddenly in charge of the Groove It Up! committee. She’s not prepared for her new status—and neither is anyone else. Backstabbing friends, an intimidating crush, and diva demands from an injured Kelsy all threaten to derail Polly’s plans. Can she prove to everyone—and herself—that she has a personality of her own?

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Jenny is very generously giving away a SIGNED copy of The Princess in the Opal Mask and swag to one US reader. Yes, the first book featured with that absolutely stunning cover. Giveaway ends Jan 8.

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**Giveaway is provided by Jenny Lundquist. ABS will not be responsible for the shipment of prizes or any lost mail.


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  1. The Princess in the opal mask sounds interesting. i don't know if its my favorite cover of all time, but I like Angelfall by Susan Ee.

    1. Ohhh Angelfall is one of my favorite dystopian books of all time!! Not sure bout the cover tho cause it's a little plane. But I fell in love with the cover for Princess the first time I saw it cause it's so, well, pretty! Haha.

      Thanks for visiting, and good luck with the comp!

  2. The Princess in the Opal Mask sounds like my sort of book. I also love the cover for it! So pretty. Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly sound like fun reads too. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. I kind of love it! At first I thought the text was PART of the design.

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