Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com Young Adult Fiction Author Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Build the Girls Gone Sci-Fi Playlist http://tamarairelandstone.com/girls-gone-scifi-playlist/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/girls-gone-scifi-playlist/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:34:03 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4796 ggsf Build the Girls Gone Sci Fi Playlist

In just 16 days, Jessica B., Jessica K., Lauren and I will be hitting the road for the Girls Gone Sci-fi Tour!

We’re looking forward to spending a week together visiting schools, libraries, and bookstores. But there’s something in between all those wonderful stops that we’re equally excited about…

THE ROAD TRIP.

The four of us agree that, aside from a reliable GPS, there’s one thing that truly makes a great road trip:

GREAT MUSIC.

 

This is where YOU come in.

We’ve started the official “Girls Gone Sci-Fi Playlist” with a few current favorites and some road trip essentials, but this just isn’t enough music. We have a lot of car time (see exhibit A).

WILL YOU HELP BUILD OUR PLAYLIST?

It’s easy:

  • If you’re on Spotify, CLICK HERE to add your songs.
  • If you’re not on Spotify, tell us your favorite songs in the comments below and we’ll add them for you.

 

A chance to win every day!

Each day we’re on the road, we’ll do a random shuffle of this playlist. The contributor of the first song that plays will win a signed copy of one of our books.

We might do a “winning song shuffle” more than once a day. We might do it… say, three times in one day. Who knows? We’re “on the road.” We’re unpredictable.

So go! Add your songs. Make us sing. Make us chair dance. Make us say things like, “Whoa, I forgot all about this song!” or “I’ve never heard this before, but it’s certainly catchy!” or “Awww… swoony lyrics…”.

We can’t wait to hear the songs that will be traveling along with us from Point A to Point F!

 

(EXHIBIT A: THE ROAD TRIP)

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In Anna’s Town: Evanston http://tamarairelandstone.com/touringevanston/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/touringevanston/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:10:26 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4434 One of the highlights of February was my trip to Evanston, Illinois to speak at the Evanston Public Library and to tour the town where Time Between Us and Time After Time are set.

I’m often asked why I chose to set my books in Evanston. The full story is HERE, but this is the short answer: When I decided to write about a teen time traveler from present day San Francisco who meets a girl in 1995, I wanted the two of them to live in different cities, so they’d be separated by both time and miles. My mind quickly jumped to the place I lived in 1995: Evanston, Illinois. It was perfect. Bennett would feel both fascinated and out of his element when he went to visit Anna, just like I’d been when I first moved from San Francisco to the Midwest.

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I had an incredible time walking around (yes, even though it was 4 degrees without wind chill).

The weather was actually perfect. When Time Between Us begins, it’s early March and it’s been an especially long winter. This trip was magical for me, and it wouldn’t have felt quite the same without that blanket of fresh snow!

Here’s a photo and video tour to give you a sense of Anna’s beautiful hometown!

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First stop:
A tour of downtown and the Northwestern University campus.

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A residential area near downtown and campus. Anna would have walked this way from the bookstore to get home.

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Downtown Evanston’s GAP.
The location of a certain kissing scene in Time After Time.

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The clock tower.
Anna passes by this on her daily run through campus.

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The parks around town looked exactly the way I remembered them. Bennett was in pretty bad shape when Anna found him on this bench in Chapter Six of Time Between Us.

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Walking through campus. I love the NU Arch in the snow…

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I stopped at the University bookstore to get a few gifts. I couldn’t resist this for my son.

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I posted photos on Instagram, and loved the real-time feedback from readers!

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I walked through campus and down to Lake Michigan, basically doing Anna’s daily run in reverse.

This is Anna’s running path that hugs “the glassy expanse of Lake Michigan.” You can see the beautiful Chicago skyline in the background.

I swear, two people jogged by me right before I took this picture. I would never run in this weather, but Anna and other tough ones certainly do!

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A pretty view of the lake:

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These panoramic shots show where Anna’s running path bends toward the track and THE BLEACHERS…

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This might have been the highlight of my tour. This is the track, where Anna sees Bennett for the first time:

Here's the spot where Anna sees Bennett for the first time.
Right-click or ctrl-click on this link to download.

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Sadly, there was no one sitting on the 3rd row of the bleachers. icon sad In Annas Town: Evanston

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From Chapter 1: Time Between Us:
I see someone in the bleachers, hip-deep in the
icy fluff of the third row and impossible to miss.
He’s just sitting there with his chin resting on his hands,
wearing a black parka and a small smile, watching me.

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From there, I walked along the lake toward the neighborhood where Anna and Maggie live.

It was even COLDER down there, and extremely windy.

Me. COLD!

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What do you think, guys?

Maggie’s house?

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From Time Between Us, Chapter 7:

I can’t believe I’m doing this. I peek out
from behind the tall hedge again and stare at the house.
Impressive. Two, maybe even three, stories. Tudor style.
A carriage house out back, if I’m assessing accurately
from this distance and the three times I’ve walked past the house, 
chickened out, and hidden behind shrubbery.

And there is a carriage house on the right!

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And three blocks away, Anna’s house, complete with wrap-around porch!

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Wait… Time warp!

Bennett’s red Jeep belongs in Time After Time,
in present-day San Francisco, not in 1995 Evanston!

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The neighborhoods are gorgeous.
Beautiful homes, quaint streets. I love this area.

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I had to stop by my old apartment. I lived on top floor, flat on the right, from 1995-1997.

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On Thursday night, it was time to visit the Evanston Public Library. This is an absolutely gorgeous building, inside and out!

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I loved this wall in “The Teen Loft” at the Evanston Library. All my favorite time travelers in one place!

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What an honor to see Time After Time as one of the Teen Advisory Board’s top reads!

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An early flight the next day gave me a chance to see the beautiful sunrise over Lake Michigan.

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And I felt a bit like Anna as I headed home:

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Goodbye, Illinois!
Thank you for the wonderful visit to Anna’s world.

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If you haven’t read Time Between Us or Time After Time,
you can start reading right here: CLICK TO READ NOW.

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More pictures:

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Time After Time in School Library Journal http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-time-school-library-journal/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-time-school-library-journal/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:19:11 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4790 I am delighted with this review of Time After Time in School Library Journal!

I’m especially fond of these two quotes:

“The plot marches along at a good pace and those who like romance/adventure stories will want to find out if Anna and Bennett end up together.”

“With the anniversary of Dr. Who and movies like About Time (2013) at the box office, the time-travel theme gives this book plenty of pop-culture cachet.”

Thank you, School Library Journal.

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Music: “Anna Timeless” & “Bennett’s Garage Mix” http://tamarairelandstone.com/timeless-garage/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/timeless-garage/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:49:01 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4368 When I created the Time Between Us & Time After Time playlists, I was a purist about two things:

(1) Keeping Anna’s playlists limited to songs that were relevant and popular in 1995

(2) Mapping the songs to the events in the books, so they play like a soundtrack.

Throughout the process of writing these two books, I’ve also collected songs that don’t conform to either of those rules. Songs that have perfect lyrics or set the right mood for a particular scene. Songs tell a story about first love, or missing someone far away, or having to make big choices.

Anna Timeless:  Beautiful, fun, and occasionally angst-y songs that aren’t limited to the early and mid-90s. As long as the lyrics are relevant, anything goes.

Bennett’s Garage Mix:  Current stuff mixed with some mid-90′s sounds. If you’ve read Time After Time, you know about Bennett’s garage. Even time travelers need a place to hide away from the world and listen to music for a while.

They aren’t in any order. Shuffle away.

 

OUR PLAYLISTS

I know you hear Anna and Bennett’s story in the lyrics of your favorite music, because many of you take the time to tell me, sending me links to a “perfect Anna song” or an “amazing Bennett song.” You have no idea how much I love it when you do that.

So the best part about these playlists? They’re not mine — they’re yours, too.

If you’re on Spotify, just add your songs. Both playlists are collaborative.

If you’re NOT on Spotify, leave the song title/artist in the comments and I’ll add it for you.

 

I hope you enjoy the music. I can’t wait to hear the songs you add.

Anna Timeless

Bennett’s Garage Mix

 

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I got you stared. Now go add some songs of your own. Remember, if you’re not a Spotify member, leave song title/artist in the comments and I’ll add it for you.

 

You can subscribe to all of Anna & Bennett’s music HERE.

For more Time Between Us & Time After Time playlists, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

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Hello, Evanston http://tamarairelandstone.com/evanston/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/evanston/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:27:43 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4364  

I love meeting readers. Aside from the writing itself, it’s what I enjoy most about being an author.

Since Time Between Us came out, I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel around the country, talking about writing books for young adults. I’ve been to New York City, Los Angeles, Kansas City, St. Louis, Austin, Houston, Tucson, Portland, and Las Vegas.

But there’s one city I’ve desperately wanted to visit and haven’t: Evanston, Illinois.

I’m thrilled to say that’s about to change.

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I’m so honored to be Evanston Public Library’s guest author on February 6.

Really. You have no idea what this means to me.

May I tell you?

People often ask me why I chose to set my books in Evanston, Illinois. It was actually a decision I made even before I took pen to paper. I wanted Bennett to be 17-years-old in 2012, and that meant he would have been born in 1995. I knew he’d be from San Francisco, but I wanted Anna to be from someplace completely different — different enough to make Bennett feel totally out of his element when he was there with her.

I started thinking about where I was in 1995.

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At the beginning of the year, my boyfriend was accepted to graduate school at Northwestern University. It was located in a town I’d never heard of, and he asked me if I wanted to come along.

There were lots of reasons to go. I had never lived outside California, and the company I worked for at the time liked the idea of a “Midwest office.” It wasn’t a big city like Boston or New York or even downtown Chicago, but Evanston sounded nice. It was a daring adventure. How could I pass it up? (I should probably mention that I was head-over-heels in love with this guy, right? And I still am. We just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.)

 

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Our Evanston apartment from 1995-1997. We lived on the top right.

 

Mike and I moved into an apartment near campus. When I wasn’t traveling for business, I worked from home. I bought lattes at the coffeehouse down the street. I took tennis lessons at the Northwestern gym, which was located next to the soccer field. On nice days, I ran a three-mile loop that wound through beautiful neighborhoods, along Lake Michigan, through the campus, and back home again.

(If you’ve read Time Between Us, some of that might sound familiar. Note: Unlike Anna, I’ve always been a fair-weather runner.)

As I thought about the setting for my first book, I began to realize how much I’d loved those two years I spent in Evanston.

I hadn’t thought about them in a long time, and I was starting to forget the little details, like waking up one October morning to find my entire neighborhood transformed by overnight snowfall. Or stacking sandbags in the trunk of our little Honda Civic to keep it from skidding on the ice. Or that horrible jacket I wore everyday that made me look like an orange version of the Michelin Man.

I’d forgotten how often I wanted to close my eyes and open them somewhere else. Somewhere warm.

(By the way, this fixation with weather will continue. Remember, I grew up in California.)

 

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Sure, I was cold. But this jacket? Really?

 

It all fell into place for me. Evanston would be a perfect home for Anna and her family. Bennett would feel as out-of-his-element (and as cold) as I often did. And I’d get a time travel experience of my very own.

From 2008 to 2012, I spent my days writing about a city I hadn’t seen since a brief visit in 1999. A big part of me didn’t want to return — not while I was writing. I knew the town had grown and I didn’t want to cloud my vision of 1995 Evanston. So I stayed away and relied on Google Maps to fill in the details.

But now I finally get to go back, and for the best possible reason: To meet people who have read my books and want to talk with me about them.

Wow.

 

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A view of Lake Michigan from Anna’s running path.

 

Between my library and bookstore visits, I plan to walk around town taking pictures. I’ll stop at all the real points, the places that used to be there but no longer are, and try to find the rough locations of the fictitious spots. You can follow the whole thing on Instagram.

Maggie’s house: For obvious reasons, the address in the book — 282 Greenwood — doesn’t exist. But that house does. When we first moved to Evanston, I was captivated by the beautiful homes close to the lake, and one in particular — a grand Tudor mansion with the carriage house out back — has always stuck in my mind. I love that Maggie and Bennett get to live there.

Anna’s house: Like Maggie’s, Anna’s address is fictitious, but her house is real. I hope I can find it. I should know it from that tell-tale wraparound porch I always loved. I wonder if the house is still yellow? (If it’s now painted gray with white trim, that will freak me out.)

The coffeehouse: I don’t think that shop near my apartment is there anymore. And even if it was, it wouldn’t look like it did in my books because that interior is based on a place in downtown Chicago, complete with mismatched couches, high tables, and live music.

 

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Downtown evanston in the winter.

 

Even though the coffeehouse isn’t real, the idea of it is important to me.

When I was living in Evanston, I was part of the university community, but I’d often see the local teens around town. I remember being fascinated by them. I wondered what it would feel like to grow up there. How strange to watch your entire town change twice a year, every May and August, as students left and returned again. Did the high schoolers like the college students? Did they ever interact?

I liked to imagine they did, so I created the coffeehouse — a place that brought the two together for live music on Sundays. A spot where Justin’s friends from school would awkwardly intersect with his buddies at Northwestern’s WNUR radio.

 

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I found this during my research. Original artwork created by a WNUR Radio staff member in 1992. (Click to see it in detail.)

 

I got to feel like local once. During that first summer in Evanston, everyone I knew (including Mike) went back to their respective homes for internships, but I stayed behind. And I felt the difference. For one summer, I was no longer part of the university crowd but a member of the town. It was a lot quieter. It was even lovelier.

But whoa… A whole lot warmer.

(And just when you thought I was done talking about the weather!)

That was the summer I got to experience real heat. Since I worked from home, I used to sit in my un-air-conditioned apartment, trying to type while sweat dropped from my forehead onto my keyboard.

When I could no longer stand it, I’d pack up my laptop and head to the only place in town that had free public Internet in 1995: The Evanston Public Library.

 

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I just love it when a story comes full circle. Don’t you?

 

I’ve spent the last five years getting to know Anna, Bennett, Emma, Justin, Mr. and Mrs. Greene, and Maggie. My sound mind knows they’re fictional, but in my heart, they’re as real as the town they live in. I can’t wait to be back.

Huge thanks to the Evanston Public Library and Book Stall for having me.

 

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Girls Gone Sci-Fi Tour http://tamarairelandstone.com/ggsf-tour/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/ggsf-tour/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:49:41 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4355  

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When Jessica Brody told me about her idea for GIRLS GONE SCI-FI — a community of young adult authors who write the kind of science fiction that will will bend your mind and steal your heart — I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. Touring the country with amazing women who write sci-fi with mixed with romance? Sign me up!

I’m thrilled to be part of the first (hopefully, first of many) GIRLS GONE SCI-FI national tour. This March I’ll spend six days visiting schools, bookstores, and libraries alongside these incredibly talented authors:

Are we headed your way? It’s very possible. We have an amazing series of stops lined up, and all will be revealed throughout the week on the Girls Gone Sci-Fi Facebook page.

In the meantime, one lucky fan will win a prize pack featuring autographed copies of ALL OF OUR BOOKS (even the ones that haven’t been released yet)! Time travel, genetic engineering, futuristic technologies, parallel universes, memory manipulation — you’ll find here:

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Contest open internationally!

And remember to LIKE the Girls Gone Sci-Fi Facebook page so you’ll be the first to know about tour dates and other details.

I hope I get to meet you on the road!

– Tamara

 

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Time Between Us: $1.99 Today! http://tamarairelandstone.com/dailydeal/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/dailydeal/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:42:05 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4334  

TIME BETWEEN US
is a
Kindle Daily Deal.

$1.99 today only!

 

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AMAZON READER REVIEWS

5.0 out of 5 stars Such an original and believable time-travel-love story!
Such an original and believable time-travel-love story! You won’t be able to put it down!

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 2012 debuts

I absolutely loved this story. The entire time that I was reading it, I had no idea how it was going to end, and that was the most exciting part. I adored Anna and Bennet as they tried to navigate the entirety of their relationship across so many different years. All in all, my friends, move this to the top of your to-read list, because this is a book you don’t want to miss out on.

5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel Romance
By DJLA531 (Wichita, KS United States)
TIME BETWEEN US is a YA gem that has so many things I love in a novel: it’s imaginative, heartfelt and mixes time travel, foreign countries and music! Anna and Bennett’s romance is so sweet – and the narrative is infused with such urgency because you want these two teens from different times to end up together.
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story woven through time, with characters you’ll never forget.
By Jen @ A Book and a Latte (Colorado, USA)
Time Between Us is a beautifully written love story intricately woven through time. Months later I’m still thinking about Anna and Bennett! You don’t want to miss this debut by Tamara Ireland Stone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chapter by Chapter’s review of Time Between Us
Straight after reading what Time Between Us by author Tamara Ireland Stone was about (and after seeing all the extremely positive reviews) I was dying to get reading! I mean, it sounded like the Time Travelers Wife mixed with all the YA goodness I love. I bet you’re wondering if it’s as awesome as it sounds and as awesome as I am building everything up to be and the honest answer is this: It’s pretty freaking awesome if I do say so myself. I would recommend Time Between Us to fans of either the novel or the movie for Time Traveler’s Wife but want a YA twists and to those of you who lived through the 90′s and want to be sent back in time. Readers will definitely fall in love with the world that Ireland Stone has created.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay Time Travel
By J. Kim (Newport Beach, CA United States)
I loved this book so hard. I read it all the way back in May, but it never left me. I thought about it and talked about it for so long afterward, and I can’t wait to run out and buy a copy of my very own to read over and over. It really is everything I love in a book all wrapped up into one beautifully written package. If you’re a romance lover like I am, this is seriously the book for you. This is an awesome debut by Tamara Ireland Stone, and I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly told story with deftly drawn characters and gorgeous prose– a must read!
I don’t even know where to start. It’s been a while since I was speechless from a book. Tamara Ireland Stone is coming to my town for a signing soon, and so I picked up her book. I had no idea what a treasure I was buying! Overall, a gorgeously told novel with terrific characters, scenery, and pacing. Stone is one of the most talented authors that I have discovered this year, and I can’t wait to pick up the next gem she writes!

READ MORE REVIEWS HERE

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Holiday Read-A-Thon http://tamarairelandstone.com/holiday-readathon/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/holiday-readathon/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:00:05 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4292 UPDATE and WINNER (12/10/13)

First, congratulations to Liza Wiemer on a wildly successful Holiday Read-A-Thon! It was an honor to participate.

For my mini-challenge, I asked you to share your book love. See my original post below.

Going in, I knew that my goal to get 500 comments in 3 days was hugely ambitious. And we fell short. But I got such joy out of reading every single one of your comments. Hearing all of you talk about how much you love books and how much reading has impacted your life put a smile on my face all weekend.

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And I wasn’t alone. I was just speaking with my friends at Room to Read and they loved your stories. They called them ”truly inspiring.”

In fact, they’d love to read many, many more of them.

I also learned that their generous corporate sponsors are matching every donation 1:1 throughout the month of December.

And there’s more good news. My husband’s employer, an avid supporter of Room to Read, has offered to give another $1 for every one of your comments! So thanks to them, all of the comments on this post are now worth $2.

We could stop at 63 comments. But, nah. Let’s not!

500 comments @ $2 each = $1,000.

When Room to Read’s corporate sponsors match that,
it becomes $2,000.

$2,000!

That’s a LOT of books for a LOT of kids.

Will you keep sharing the book love?

I’ll continue the giveaway by sending another set of books to a second winner at the end of the month (open internationally). If you’ve already commented, you’re automatically entered in the next drawing. Unless, of course, you’re THE WINNER…

 

MINI-CHALLENGE WINNER #1

I’ve randomly picked a winner from the original 3-day challenge. Congratulations to:

SAMI


Sami’s getting a signed set of Time Between Us/Time After Time. You can read all about her Harry Potter and Jane Austen love HERE. Congratulations, Sami!

 

Okay, let’s keep that reading love going. Comment below and help build a school library.

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ORIGINAL POST (12/6/13)

 

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I’m honored to be part of WhoRuBlog’s 4th Annual Holiday Read-A-Thon.

As part of my role in this year’s event, I’m hosting a mini-challenge.

And friends… I couldn’t be more excited about it.

 

Because books have changed my life. Reading them. Writing them.

I bet they’ve changed yours, too.

But over 60 million primary school-aged children around the world can’t imagine a life with books. And Room to Read is working hard to change that.

 Holiday Read A Thon

Room to Read is transforming the lives of millions children in the developing world by establishing libraries, creating local language children’s literature, constructing schools, and providing education to girls.

 

For my mini-challenge, I’m asking
you to share your love of reading.

And every one of your comments
will help build a school library.

 

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HERE’S THE CHALLENGE:

In the comments below, tell me about the books you love.

Name your favorite book. Talk about why you love mysteries or romances or horror stories. Tell me about a book that changed you. What was your favorite picture book as a kid? What book do you read over and over again? What book do you love to read to your children? Talk about a book that made you cry. Talk about a book that made you see the world differently.

Tell me anything.

Just share the book love.

For every one of your comments (up to 500), I’ll donate $1 to Room to Read.

My goal: 500 comments.  $500.

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And right now, Room to Read’s generous partners are matching all donations 1:1. So your ONE comment will become TWO dollars. If we can pull this off, collectively, your 500 comments will become $1,000.

That’s not enough to build a whole library, but it will help. It’s enough to fill 20 shelves with new books. It’s enough to help create some new readers in our great big world.

And every comment will be entered into a drawing to win a signed, hardbound set of my books, Time Between Us and Time After Time. Winners will be drawn at random, and it’s open to everyone, everywhere.

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WANT TO DO MORE?

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You can also donate directly to Room to Read.

Click HERE to learn more about this wonderful organization and the work they do.

What do you think?

Can we get 500 comments in 3 days?

I think we can.

Please help spread the word!

Tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook to share the book love. Use hashtag #Readathon. 

 

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Books Make Great Gifts http://tamarairelandstone.com/signed-books-great-gifts/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/signed-books-great-gifts/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:37:30 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4265 photo 300x276 Books Make Great Gifts

Signed books make great gifts!

Want to give the readers in your life a personalized copy of
Time Between Us or Time After Time this Christmas?

It’s easy to do!

 

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area:


Stop by, say hello, and let me sign your books!

 

If you live outside the Bay Area…
even outside the U.S.:

Contact the wonderful team at
A Great Good Place for Books
Phone: (510) 339-8210 •  Email: books@ggpbooks.com

Order by email or phone, and my friends at GGP will take care of you. All you have to do is tell them how you’d like me to personalize your books. And because they’re amazing, they’ll gladly ship internationally.

Order by December 18 to guarantee Christmas delivery.

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

– Tamara

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Time Between Us Movie: Contest Winners! http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-movie-contest-winners/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-movie-contest-winners/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:16:36 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4272 We have our TWO winners in the
Time Between Us Movie fan-casting contest!

 

Congratulations to Kimberly and Alexandra!

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had so much fun seeing your picks for Anna, Bennett, Emma, and Justin!  Did you happen to catch a glimpse of some of these fan-made collages? So impressive:

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You can check out more of the amazing casting ideas on Instagram and Twitter.

Thanks again to EVERYONE who played along, and huge congratulations to our winners.

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TIME BETWEEN US

Amazon  •  Barnes & Noble  •  iTunes 
IndieBound   Goodreads

 

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