Welcome back to the YAmazing Race!

Welcome back to the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes, presented by the Apocalypsies! Over the course of the race, you’ll be introduced to over 50 debut YA and MG authors and their fabulous books. Are you up to the challenge?

If you’re just landing here and wouldn’t like to participate, head on back to the starting line over at the Apocalypsies page and read the rules. If you’re stopping by for a glass of Gatorade on your way through the race, then read on and good luck! Here’s the vital info you’ll need as you play on:

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

Did you get that? Make special note of Meant to Be‘s setting as you continue on in your journey. You’ll need it!

For the lucky few who complete the race, I’m throwing in a signed, hard cover of the book which releases on November 13, 2012. But that’s not all! (cue Bob Barker voice) I’m giving away a second signed hard copy right here! All you have to do is fill out the form below. Bonus points if you tweet about the giveaway! You can use this sample tweet or get creative:

Enter to win a signed copy of @LaurenEMorrill’s MEANT TO BE, out Nov 13! http://bit.ly/TCnjJD

When you’re done with that, head on over to your next stop with Jessica Souders. Good luck racers!

THE YAMAZING RACE IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS FOR PLAYING

… 33 Days …

Can you believe it? Only 33 days until Meant to Be hits shelves, at which point I will promptly die of excitement.

As we get closer, I just wanted to poke my head in and share some really great reviews that have popped up in the blogsphere. Have I mentioned how much I love book bloggers? Not only are they giving Meant to Be SO. MUCH. LOVE, but they help me discover all kinds of books that I truly love (like, hello, IF I STAY! Never would have read it if book bloggers hadn’t pointed me towards it and WHOA how much do I love that book?). So my advice? After you check out these great reviews of Meant to Be, scroll through a few posts on each of these book blogs. I think you’ll find some other great recs, and maybe your new favorite book’s hiding in there somewhere!

Pure Imagination: A YA Book Blog

The Autumn Review

The Book Life

Amelia Priestley

Karen’s Book Light

The Book Basement

I know there are others out there, so feel free to share links in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. And thanks so much to all the early readers out there who not only took the time to read, but took the time to share their Meant to Be love.

You’ll also want to be sure and swing by Born Bookish this weekend, where Amanda’s throwing a Book Weekend featuring ME! Definitely check that out.