The Compulsive Reader: CHASING BROOKLYN: Chase Around the USA!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Hello everyone!

I just finished a lovely book called Chasing Brooklyn, Lisa Schroeder's latest book in verse. It was lovely and heartbreaking and all sorts of beautiful. I'll get my official review up soon, but for now, check out this drawing I did. It spells out "healing", because that is part of what this book is about--finding healing through the pain. I drew the letters of the word with flowers (or attempted to anyways, I have to confess, I am not a great artist), because in the book, Brooklyn's talent lies in photographing and then drawing flowers. I'm certain she does it better than I!

And now I'm ready to pass it on to the next person in tour...but first I have to figure out who that is! Read below for more details and for info on how you can be the next stop in the tour!

CHASING BROOKLYN by Lisa Schroeder will be released January 5, 2010. Due to publishers cutting back, ARCs are not as plentiful these days. BUT, Lisa has one ARC that she's sending out on a multi-state tour, and she will be trying to chase it down as it goes from reader to reader.

If you would like to read CHASING BROOKLYN, add your name to the comments below. One name will be randomly drawn 24 hours from the date and time of this blog post, and the winner will be contacted via e-mail (please leave your e-mail address in your comment). Not only will the winner get to read CHASING BROOKLYN before it hits the shelves, but each winner will receive a $10.00 gift card from the bookstore of his/her choice from Lisa. If Lisa guesses what state the winner lives in before the state is revealed to her, that amount doubles to $20.00!

Participants in the Chase Around the USA have 5 responsibilities. If you don’t think you can meet these responsibilities, please, PLEASE do NOT volunteer to be a part of the chase.

1) READ - CHASING BROOKLYN within 7 days of receiving it. If you can read it sooner, even better!

2) Take a photo of ONE word - about the book, to describe the book, something in the book that’s important, etc. How do you show us your word? Be creative! Write on paper, on a t-shirt, in the sand, on the wall, in cereal – the possibilities are endless! Please TRY TO INCLUDE THE ARC IN THE PHOTO SOMEHOW. The only requirement is that it cannot be something negative. Of course some people may not like the book. But Lisa plans to use these pictures in a special way when the chase is over, so positive is best. If you don’t like the book, simply pick a word that shares the tone of the book, describes a character, etc. (By participating in this contest, you agree to e-mail the photo to Lisa for her to use as she chooses.)

3) Post the ONE WORD photo on your blog - along with a picture of the CHASING BROOKLYN cover and these rules, and hold another contest just like this one, drawing a name within 24 hours of the blog post. Do what you can (tweet, facebook, etc) to point people to your blog about the contest.

4) Post a comment on Lisa Schroeder's blog - that you've held the contest and drawn the next blogger's name (without revealing the name) to receive the ARC. Lisa will then try to CHASE the ARC down by posting a guess on her blog of what state the ARC will go to next. Once Lisa's blog post goes up with the guess, the current holder of the ARC will post the new winner's name and the state he/she lives in on his/her blog. If Lisa guesses the correct state, the next recipient of the ARC receives a $20.00 gift card to the bookstore of his/her choice!!

5) Mail the ARC - to the winner IMMEDIATELY after receiving the winner's address, so the book can get into as many hands as possible. Lisa is hoping for at least 7-8 stops on the chase, but that will only happen if people get the book read and sent off quickly. Use the flat shipping rate envelopes at the post office for a low price and speedy delivery! Whoever has the book on the release date of 1/5 will mail the book back to Lisa. Please feel free to write notes in the ARC for Lisa to read when the book is returned to her.

At the end of chase across the USA, Lisa will draw three names from the bloggers who participated in the chase to receive FREE signed copies of one of her books - I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, FAR FROM YOU or CHASING BROOKLYN.

Finally, the blogger who has the most creative one word photo (judged by three teens in Lisa's neighborhood) gets a signed copy of FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. Madigan, a signed copy of LIPS TOUCH by Laini Taylor, and a copy of CRASH INTO ME by Albert Borris.

Okay, it is 4:30 PM Eastern by my watch, so I will be picking a winner tomorrow, October 14th, 2009, at 4:30! Get commenting below (only US residents, please)!

Ready? Set? Go! Let the chase begin!!


SarahChristine said...

enter me! this sounds really cool,crazy enough this is the first i have heard about it.



April said...

This sounds like fun and the book sounds amazing! I would love to have a chance to win!


Tami Klockau said...

Count me in! I loved I Heart You, You Haunt me and would post the contest on YAedge! Love the idea of this contest!


hpseeker4 AT gmail DOT com

Sandy said...

Oh wow. this is epic ;D


Unknown said...

I would love to be a part of this. Please enter me!


Shannon Messenger said...

Definitely want to be a part of this. Count me in...

packratx (at) hotmail (dot) com

Also, I'm so glad I found your blog through this. Hope you don't mind that I'm following you now...

Windowpane Memoirs said...

I would love to be a part of this I'm a HUGE fan of Lisa wrting style.


ReggieWrites said...

Enter me please! I really want to read it and the tour sounds like amazing fun!

jpetroroy said...

Sounds fun! I'd love to be part of the tour!

jpetroroy (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina said...

Sounds like fun! Count me in!


Leslie said...

def count me in! :D

leslie-lv at hotmail dot com

Daisy Whitney said...

I am totally up for the challenge! I love Lisa's books and she is one of my favorite YA authors

Mari said...

Sounds fun. I would love a chance to participate.

Dani. said...

This is such a cool contest. I would love to be a part of it. I meet all criteria, and really just love Lisa Schroeder, and think this would be a fun way to spread the Lisa love. :)


Kelsey said...

I love this idea! I really want to read Chasing Brooklyn.

kelseythebookscout at gmail dot com

Sab H. said...

count me in!


~The Book Pixie said...

Enter me! I'd love to read this. I really enjoyed Lisa's book Far From You.


DeNiSe said...

I love Lisa book please enter me I usually Finish theme really fast

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Me, please! I've just finished writing a novel-in-verse and would love to read this.


A Passion For Books said...

can't wait to read this book!


Beth S. said...

Very cool contest. Count me in!

beths0103 at yahoo dot com

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

How fun is this? What a great way to get a story out!
I would love to read this book and be a part of its journey!



Unknown said...

What an interesting contest! I'd love to read Lisa's newest book! She's fantastic!



Anonymous said...

Pick me, pick me. :-) Thanks for holding the contest! I <3 Lisa!

writes4kids AT wi.rr.com

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

I'd love to do this! Please enter me!

kglittle at msn.com

Sara said...

I'd love to get a chance to read this book... can't wait until it comes out!


(Tirzah - hope it is okay that I entered... )

Melanie said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! Chasing Brooklyn sounds like a really cool book, and I'd love a chance to read it!