May 16, 2012

Surrender by Elana Johnson - Guest Post & giveaway!

Help Me Decide What to Write in SURRENDER
A guest post by Elana Johnson

Okay, so it took me months of agonizing thought to come up with the little line I write in copies of POSSESSION.

See, I write “Dare to wish on stars!” because it took me a long time to get an agent and get published, and it was sort of inspirational on that level. Also, in POSSESSION, the main character Violet has a fond memory of wishing on stars with her father—and he tells her wishes don’t come true.

So I chose that line as a reference to me and publishing, and to the book as well, because Vi should dare to wish on stars, no matter what her dad says.

Now that SURRENDER is due to come out in less than three weeks, I am again in the same situation. I have no idea what to write when I sign books—something I have to do a lot during release week. (You can see my signings here!)

So in SURRENDER, there’s a song that Vi sings to Raine. In my head, the song is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but that’s not referenced in the book anywhere. I sort of want to do something with the song—because music is against protocol in Vi and Raine’s society.

The other main character is Gunner, and he’s a top-notch flier. So I’ve thought about using something about hoverboards or flying or the sky or high or some such in the book.

And Raine is always wearing gloves, so I thought about something with that…

And we get to see Jag again in SURRENDER, so I thought about something with that…

Okay, really, I haven’t thought very hard about this at all, and that’s why I’m freaking out.

So today, I’ve come up with some possibilities for what I could write in SURRENDER. And I want you to vote in the comments!

#1: Dreams really do come true.
#2: Way up high—that’s where you’ll find me.
#3: Trouble doesn’t melt like lemon drops in Freedom…
#4: Dance to your own beat.
#5: Be sure to bring your gloves.
#6: Jag says Welcome back! Or he would, if he could…

Oh my heck, I think these might be sooo lame. What do you think? Got anything better? Let the voting begin!

About Surrender:

Expected publication: June 5th 2012
By Simon Pulse
Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....


So this week, as part of the pre-release tour of awesome, you have the chance to win an ARC of SURRENDER before it releases on June 5. And not just one chance. SEVEN CHANCES.

That’s right! There are SEVEN (7!) ARCs available to win this week. Here’s what you can do to win one.

1. Comment on each of the pre-release blog posts this week. (1 entry for each comment)
2. Purchase the POSSESSION paperback (10 entries – no purchase necessary to enter)
3. Purchase REGRET (5 entries – no purchase necessary to enter)
4. Put the SURRENDER blog tour badge on your blog (3 entries)

Please fill out the Rafflecopter entry widget with what you’ve done. This contest ends at midnight on Friday, May 18, is open in the US and Canada, and winners will be notified over the weekend. Good luck!

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  1. I really have nothing useful to say. Just this: Gunnerrrrrrr.

  2. Wait... you're supposed to write something clever in there? I've been focusing only on tidy handwriting. Doh!

  3. I like #4.
    Or you could use something like "Dare to fly higher..."

  4. I like the dance to your own tune one. Or you could just write, "Never surrender!" and it would work really well. Just sayin.

  5. Can't wait to meet the new characters!

  6. I liked #2. This book sounds great I need to get possession.

  7. I can't wait for this book it sounds soo awesome!!

  8. This book sounds great!! I need to read the first one too! Thanks for being part of the tour!

  9. I like Jag says Welcome back! Or he would, if he could… This was has my curiosity going LOL Thanks for the fun and congratulations on the upcoming release :)

  10. Sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  11. #5: Be sure to bring your gloves.

    This sounds interesting ;)

  12. thanks for the post and giveaway!

  13. I often attach music to books as well so it'll be interesting to see if your song also comes to mind when reading this.

  14. Ooo! I definently cannot wait to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. if i had to choose one i like 5 but i like this quote
    "A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender."
    Thomas Browne

  16. Can't wait to read this book. Thanks.

  17. I like number 2 for some reason don't know why or number 5.

  18. Thanks for the awesome contest! I really want to read this book.

  19. Great post! Thanks for doing this giveaway :)

  20. I really liked #2. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win

  21. I like #6. Sounds like a good book.

  22. I really like Dance To Your Own Beat! Can't wait to read Possession!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  23. Excited because of this Surrender Blog Tour!! SURRENDER!! SURRENDER!!


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