Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Have You Ever Kissed A Stranger? Write It!

I am finally, finally feeling caught up with my life these days. The summer, she was a busy one, with HOW I LOST you revisions gobbling up lots of the sunshiney hours. That's not a complaint! I loved writing it and I'm really happy with the (almost final) results. The cover for HOW I LOST YOU is amazing of my faves. I can't wait to share it. 


Now it's time to focus on WHO I KISSED. Which comes out October 1st. Which is...a month away...GASP!!!!!!!!!

I am super double duper excited about this book, with the inspiration coming from my son and it's kind of (in a very odd way) a book I wrote for him. My son has a peanut allergy and nut allergies and asthma, as does the boy in the book. Alex. Sweet Alex. Handsome Alex.  Who Samantha kisses. A virtual stranger.

Which leads me to a CONTEST!!!!


Open to everyone, this is a chance to write a scene that tells about a time when you kissed a stranger.  Have you ever done that? If you haven't, by all means, make it up.  Write about a guy you wanted to kiss. Or should have kissed. Whatever it is, tell me who you kissed! *Please keep it pretty mild, remember I am a mother of a soon to be teenager (ha ha ha) I can handle a little steam but we're talking age appropriate people! Make me feel something. Happy? Sad? Angry? All emotions count.

You can send your entries to
Word Count Limit-  1000 words.

I will close the contest on September 30 at 12:00pm MST. 

I will read all entries and select the winner and publish the post on my website on October 1!

The winner will receive a gift basket filled with prizes like...

Jelly Belly's
A copy of WHO I KISSED
Swim Goggles

Jelly Belly's !

So get writing and send me your entry before September 30, 2012.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Internet Break

Hey all!

I will by busy with holidays and revisions on book 4 and won't be on the Internet for the next couple weeks.

If you have anything urgent, you can reach me at jemacleod at gmail dot com.

Enjoy the last weeks of summer!
See you soon!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sneak Peek at WHO I KISSED!

Thanks everyone who came by to visit during the amazing YA SCAVENGER HUNT!

I picked a winner and it was mecharodriguezo.

I've contaced the winner!

Hope you'll all check out Who I Kissed and for now here's a SNEAK PEEK at WHO I KISSED until October 1, 2012!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012



I am on holidays but will announce my t-shirt and book winner on August 8, so peek back to see if you won!!!!!

I WAS part of the RED TEAM--but there is also a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage

 I hosted Lisa Burstein on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

Pretty Amy is her first novel. She never went to her senior prom.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.
She was a lot like Amy when she was in high school. She is still a lot like Amy.

How much do I LOVE the cover and blurb for PRETTY AMY! Can't wait to read this!!!

Sometimes date is a four-letter word

Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing.
Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here!