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The One Where We Meet Max

Okay my lovelies! It’s reward time! Because you all are awesome, and we hit 1500 likes on my Facebook page, it’s time for another teaser from FAKING IT!

This time I’ve picked something from Max’s POV. Here’s what the FAKING IT cover copy says about her:

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

For Cade’s book, I purposely wanted someone very different from Bliss. Where Bliss was tentative and funny, Max is bold and sarcastic and hardened. She doesn’t over-think things, and in fact, sometimes doesn’t think through her actions at all. Well, enough of me blabbing about her. Time for her to say hello.

Here’s a brief snippet from FAKING IT: 

Cade coughed, and then groaned. I moved closer and wrapped an arm around his waist. His hard body pressed into mine, and the heat of him seeped into my skin. His brown eyes met mine, and there were volumes written in his expression. Those volumes contained words that terrified me, but I couldn’t look away.
“I’m sorry,” he said. His eyes closed, and he teetered towards me. His forehead pressed into my temple in a gesture that felt sweet and familiar. He swallowed, and I could feel every imperceptible change in his body.
I held tighter to him and asked, “What could you possibly have to be sorry for?”
“I’m getting blood on you.”
I laughed. “Only you would apologize for something like that, Golden Boy.”
His eyes were open again, and they locked on mine. He wasn’t laughing. He shook his head. “I meant I was sorry for kissing you.”
With his forehead pressed against mine, the sight of him filled up my vision. There was nothing else in that moment, but him. And he… he reminded me of music. Of the way singing made me feel. Like I was falling and flying, freedom and fear.
Without thinking it through, I said, “Don’t be. I’m not.” 

I’ll release another teaser when we hit 2000 likes! And I’ve already got a good one in mind. 🙂

The One with the Panties

Yep. You read that right. PANTIES. 

Okay, let me back up a bit. 
Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day!  Whoo-hoo!  (Or Boo! Depending on your mood). 
And I have a SUPER fun, SUPER special giveaway for you guys. 
Now, most of you have already read the book, so I didn’t want to give away an e-book copy. And I already have a contest going to win signed paperbacks. So, I decided to do something a little different.

At least one winner will have his or her choice from the LOSING IT Merchandise below. Here’s what’s up for grabs:

Stop! Cats! Boy brief underwear 🙂
a FLABBERGASTED T-shirt
And for the Valentine’s Hater’s– A Kelsey-inspired flask
There you go ladies and gents! A unique Valentine’s Giveaway! I DARE another author out there to giveaway panties and flask in the same event. *DARE*
Giveaway ends at 12:00 AM EST on 2/18. International. 

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The One with the Reveal

Guys… I cannot even begin to express how much I love you all, and how exciting you guys have made… well, my life.

The U.S. Paperback of LOSING IT releases in two weeks and one day. In two weeks and one day, I will find my book in a bookstore. WARNING: My twitter feed that week might consist of pictures of me with the book in every bookstore I can find. If you enjoyed LOSING IT, I would be honored if you would buy a print copy for your book collection. You can pre-order it now.

You can also enter my LOVE LETTERS contest for the chance to win a signed copy (open internationally).

And now, on to thing you really want. The cover of Cade’s book FAKING IT. I’ve been very secretive about this book. I didn’t let anyone read it before I sent it in to my editor, and I’ve told you all next to nothing about it. But the secrets stop now!

So firstly, you might be wondering what this book is about? Well… here goes:

FAKING IT by Cora Carmack
releases 06/04/2013 from William Morrow Paperbacks
Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
SQUEEEE!!! So now that you know what it’s about, check out this AWESOMEPANTS cover! 
Sometimes I just catch myself staring at it. 
It’s just so pretty. *pets the pretty*
It’s okay… you can pet it, too. 
BTW… this book comes out on my BIRTHDAY! Can you say BEST. BIRTHDAY. EVER. 

The One with the Contest: LOVE LETTERS TO LOSING IT

Who’s ready for an EPIC CONTEST of AWESOME? 


EDIT: I had a lot of confusion about the contest, but this can be as simple as you want it to be. All you have to do is post something positive about the book pretty much anywhere, and then send me proof in the form of a link or picture. You can post on facebook or tweet. You can post a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You get an entry for each post that you make. So if you leave a review on Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and Goodreads– that’s five entries and all you have to do is copy and paste. Leave any questions in the comment section at the bottom.  EDIT FINISHED 😀

Let’s start with the prize! 

I’ll be giving away AT LEAST four signed, personalized copies of  the U.S. Paperback of LOSING IT. And I might increase that number or add other special prizes if we get a lot of participation! 

So… you guys interested? 

Want to know how you win? 

Well… here goes: 

Step One: 

Write a “love letter” to LOSING IT. This love letter could be just a normal review posted on your blog or Amazon or Goodreads. Or it could be something simple like your favorite quote, a funny gif or photo, etc. The “love letter” can really be anything you want it to be as long as you include the TITLE, AUTHOR, and RELEASE DATE (in Paperback 2/26/13). For UK and Australian readers, you can put the new UK Paperback release date: 3/28/13! This is an international contest, so readers from all countries are eligible to participate. If you’re unsure what date to put on yours either ask me or just put the U.S. date to be safe. 🙂

EDIT: Now that the book has been released, no date needed! Just put available now or something along those lines. 


Here’s an example by of a LOSING IT love letter by awesome fan (and soon to be author) L.M. Augustine:

What I thought before reading LOSING IT by Cora Carmack:



What I wanted to do to the author after reading:





LOSING IT by Cora Carmack: Available on 2/26/13 in Paperback! 

Step Two: 

Post your love letter. If your love letter is a review, you can post it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, iBooks, etc. You can post your letter on your blog or facebook. It’s as simple as copying and pasting. You can also print hard copies and post it on your campus message board, the community board at your local coffee shop, or just pass it out to people on the street. Or if you’re really hardcore, you can go into an apple store and put your love letter as the background on every device. 😀 You get one entry for every time you post, and you can post as much as you want! You don’t have to stick to one letter either.(Note: Please only post your letter on your own Facebook page, blog, etc. We don’t want to annoy anyone by spamming them). 

Step Three: 

Send in your proof! You can send a link if your love letter is posted online or a picture if you posted it in real life. Email your proof to losingitloveletters (at) gmail (dot) com. Please send each entry in an individual email if possible. 


So… to recap:
1. Make a love letter (Don’t forget to include title, author, and release date)
2. Post it. 
3. Send in your proof to losingitloveletters (at) gmail (dot) com. 

Possible step 4: Win a signed, personalized copy of LOSING IT! 

I’ll be giving one copy to a random entrant, one to the most creative letter, one to the most creative posting location, and one to the person who posts the most (again, no spamming). If we get a lot of participation, I might just increase the number of copies I give away. I’m all about sharing the love. 🙂

This contest will run through 12:01 AM Monday March 4th. So you have plenty of time to share! 

And if you need another example of  how to participate, check out this hilarious video by Super!Fan Ana… 

And here’s some icons for the event. Feel free to snag. 🙂

Please help me spread the word! You guys are the best! 

In Awkward <3, 

Cora

EDIT: 
Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q: Can I post my letter on Twitter?

A: Absolutely! You can even post it multiple times. However, I’m going to limit the number of times you can count a twitter letter to 5 times. Same goes for Facebook. BUT… after those five times, you can always craft a new letter. 🙂



The One Where YOU Can Participate!

HELLLLOOOOOO out there!

GUESS WHAT?

I just saw the final cover for Cade’s Book– FAKING IT!!! It is *fans self* so gorgeous!  *DANCES*

And…. not to be redundant, but GUESS WHAT ELSE? 
We’re revealing the cover to YOU ALL in ONE WEEK! 
And you can help! If you have a blog, I’m holding sign-ups below for those who want to participate in the Cover Reveal. Just fill out the form, and I’ll contact you with more information! 

The One Where We Go Abroad

Okay, my lovelies! I have news and a request for you all!

First, the news…

*drumroll*

We’ve sold foreign rights to LOSING IT in Hungary! Whoo-hoo! Here’s the announcement:

Hungarian rights to NYT and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s debut LOSING IT, to Content2Connect, at auction, by Blanka Daroczi of Andrew Nurnberg Associates Hungary, in association with Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary & Media, on behalf of Suzie Townsend.

Can we just talk about how awesome my agent peeps are? They are seriously the BEST! 
And now for the other news! Ironically enough when I got the news of our deal in Hungary, I was writing a chapter of Kelsey’s novel set in Hungary! Budapest, specifically. I’m sure you guys put this together based on LOSING IT alone, but Kelsey’s story occurs while she’s traveling abroad. 
Now, I spent some time backpacking through Europe a few years ago (Um, like five), and though I wanted to go again for this book, I didn’t have time to squeeze in a trip. So, instead I’m doing a lot of research and taking the trip in my mind. LOL. 
So my request is this– whether you live in Europe or have visited– what’s your your favorite country/city/place/etc? Is there a particular place you’d like to see Kelsey go? I can’t promise I’ll get her to all the places you guys request (as the traveling has to fit with what’s going on in the story), but if I can fit in a request, I will! 
So there it is! Your chance to help influence Kelsey’s book! Tell me about your travels (or about your home) in Europe! I can’t wait to hear about it! 
In Awkward <3, 
Cora


In Which Cade Does Some Kissing

My Facebook Page now has 1200 likes!!!! You guys are awesome! 
SQUEEEEEEEE! 
And as a reward, I bring you teasing teaser from Cade’s upcoming book, entitled FAKING IT! 
See what I did there? I also gave you the title! Aren’t I nice? A few of you had already put two and two together, but yep, I’m telling you for real now. So, without further ado, here’s a little love from FAKING IT (and it’s from Cade’s POV! You’re welcome): 

Two thoughts crossed my mind—one involved a lot of yelling.

I chose the other, and used the hand I was holding to tug her forward into my arms. Her chest pressed into mine, and her lips were millimeters from my own. She exhaled sharply, and I could taste the sweetness of her breath on the air. I saw in her eyes the moment she knew she was wrong, but I wasn’t done proving it to her.

I crushed my mouth to hers.

She gasped, and I slipped my tongue into her mouth. She stayed there for a few seconds, her hands still at her sides, then I felt the tentative touch of her hand against my side, and that was all the permission I needed to continue. I threaded a hand through her hair and wrapped the other around her waist. I walked her backward until her back hit the wall. Her other hand came to my waist, and her fingers pressed deeper into my skin. Her lips were soft and full underneath mine, and I eased up enough to taste them. I tried to kiss her softly. I did, but there was something about her that made me desperate, and I kissed her harder. 

All right my lovies, there you go! I’ll do another teaser when the Facebook page hits 1500 likes, so spread the word!

ALSO– if you’re not already following me here, on twitter, and facebook, you’re going to want to! Because I have an EPIC CONTEST planned for you guys, and there will be signed copies of LOSING IT up for grabs! I’m squaring away a few details, but I hope to have info about it for you soon! So don’t miss out just because you’re not following!

*smooshes you all*

In Awkward <3,

Cora

SIGNED LOSING IT #1

Here’s the first of two posts where you can bid to win a signed copy of the U.S. Paperback version of LOSING IT in an effort to raise money to help Patrick McCartney raise money for his cancer treatment.

The Auction will remain open through MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH 11:59 PM EST.

The book doesn’t release until February 26th, so you’ll receive your copy after that. Your copy will not be signed or sent until you’ve followed through on your pledge to donate.

Leave your pledge and a contact email below in the comments.

Thank you in advance! You guys rock!

SIGNED LOSING IT #2

Here’s the second of two posts where you can bid to win a signed copy of the U.S. Paperback version of LOSING IT in an effort to raise money to help Patrick McCartney raise money for his cancer treatment.
The Auction will remain open through MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH 11:59 PM EST. The prize will go to the highest pledge. 
The book doesn’t release until February 26th, so you’ll receive your copy after that. Your copy will not be signed or sent until you’ve followed through on your pledge to donate. 
Leave your pledge and a contact email below in the comments. 
Thank you in advance! You guys rock! 

CHARACTER NAME IN KELSEY’S BOOK

Here’s your chance to be a character in one of my books, Kelsey’s companion novel actually, in an effort to help Patrick McCartney raise money for his cancer treatment.
YOU CAN BE IN A BOOK! 
The Auction will remain open through MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH 11:59 PM EST. The prize will go to the highest pledge. 
I’ll contact the winner directly to find out what name you’d like featured. 
Leave your pledge and a contact email below in the comments. 
Thank you in advance! You guys rock!