Monday, March 14, 2011

Calling all Gleeks!

Recently, I've become a huge fan of Twitter.  I know, it was inevitable.  Anyway, one of my favorite things about Twitter is the awesome ability to stalk follow authors.  It's pretty cool, in that often they are hilarious and fun and surprisingly down-to-earth.  Well, one of my favorite authors to follow is Sara Bennett Wealer.  She wrote this beautiful book to the left there called Rival.  It is in fact her debut novel.  I haven't had the chance to read it, but it looks incredible.  And, after reading Prom and Prejudice, which has a bit of a music sideline story, I can't wait to get my hands on Rival.  Here's the summery from Goodreads:
What if your worst enemy turned out to be the best friend you ever had?

Meet Brooke: Popular, powerful and hating every minute of it, she’s the “It” girl at Douglas High in Lake Champion, Minnesota. Her real ambition? Using her operatic mezzo as a ticket back to NYC, where her family lived before her dad ran off with an up and coming male movie star.

Now meet Kathryn: An overachieving soprano with an underachieving savings account, she’s been a leper ever since Brooke punched her at a party junior year. For Kath, music is the key to a much-needed college scholarship.

The stage is set for a high-stakes duet between the two seniors as they prepare for the prestigious Blackmore competition. Brooke and Kathryn work toward the Blackmore with eyes not just on first prize but on one another, each still stinging from a past that started with friendship and ended in betrayal. With competition day nearing, Brooke dreams of escaping the in-crowd for life as a professional singer, but her scheming BFF Chloe has other plans. And when Kathryn gets an unlikely invitation to Homecoming, she suspects Brooke of trying to sabotage her with one last public humiliation.

As pressures mount, Brooke starts to sense that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had. But Kathryn has a decision to make. Can she forgive? Or are some rivalries for life?
So it looks like a great YA book, with added music intrigue, which I love.  Now, here comes the awesome part.  Sara Bennett Wealer has started a TwitterQuest to get the word out about her book Rival to Glee lovers.  Now I happen to love Glee.  The music and choreography is wonderful, and I would not be lying if I told you that I have a playlist just for Glee music.  So I personally think that Ms. Wealer's idea is brilliant.  The best part:  She's giving away prizes!  That's right, signed prizes!  Her plan: to have Twitter users combine the hashtags #Rival and #Glee in some clever way to expose the book to Glee lovers.  The times:  March 15th and March 22nd (both Tuesdays when Glee airs) from 8 pm to midnight.  She is going to follow both hashtags and enter any twitter user (once) into her drawing for numerous prize packs.  How fun is that.  Now, I unfortunately have the horrible life of a nurse, ok the horrible schedule of a nurse, and will be working both nights.  So I will be tweeting early (possibly from work, though that probably won't happen), which is why I'm advertising to you guys.  I think it's a great idea, so I thought I'd share the brilliance so you can join in too.  (And send a couple extra tweets for me...)  Hope to be reading about your twitter awesomeness when I drag myself home Wednesday AM.

Here's additional info:
Sara Bennett Wealer's blog post about it, including the twitter IDs of the Glee stars and the DL on the prize packs.
Goodreads: Rival
Goodreads: Sara Bennett Wealer

Twitter IDs (including some of my other favorite authors):
Me - @hannahmatkins
Sara Bennett Wealer - @sarabennettwealer
Sarah Dessen -@sarahdessen
Kimberly Derting - @kimberlyderting
Elizabeth Eulberg - @elizeulberg
Lisa and Laura Roecker - @landlroecker

1 comment:

  1. awesome. we never seem to catch up on twitter - need to fix that. i'd love to chat sometime!