March 4, 2008

Alexa's ARC—Win Yours Today!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I finally have an ARC of Frenemies! (I'm sure most of you already know that ARC stands for "advance reading copy"—but if you didn't, well you do now.) No, it's not the final product. It's missing the acknowledgments and there are definitely some mistakes in the text, for starters. But, it looks like a real book! (Please also note it just looks darker in this image because my scanner is, um, old.) You can hold it and flip the pages like a real book! You can read about all the fancy marketing plans on the back of the book! And the best part of all, in my humble opinion? This copy at the top of the back cover, which reads: "Sure to be a hit with girls who love the Clique books, Frenemies marks the debut of a hilarious voice in teen fiction and the beginning of an exciting new series!"

Did you catch this part: THE DEBUT OF A HILARIOUS VOICE IN TEEN FICTION? They're talking about ME! They think I'm hilarious. (I think that might be a bit of a stretch...and sure, "they" are my publisher so they have to say nice things about me. But hey, I'll take it.)

So, yeah. I'm excited. And you should be too, because here's the part where you can actually WIN something. Yup, I'm going to send one lucky blog reader a signed copy of this much-coveted and super-collectible ARC. (And, since I think I only have about five readers, your chances of winning are seriously high. Seriously high. Like one in five or something.)

Here's what you've gotta do for me, though (there's always a catch, right?): LEAVE ME A COMMENT. And not just any comment. I want you to tell me about your most memorable "frenemy" moment—a time when one of your nearest and dearest betrayed you or hurt you or perhaps when you did the betraying or hurting (you horrible, mean, awful person). Don't worry about telling the best story (because, y'know, every story is a good story...to someone)—just send me a quick little anecdote, and I'll put the names of all respondents into a random drawing and pick a weeeener one week from today: Tuesday, March 11. Oh, and feel free to change the names of the people you're talking about when you comment, too. After all, we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings now, do we? (Remember...I am a nice blogger. Nice blogger.)

Okay then. On your mark, get set, GO! (This is where you click on "COMMENTS" and unleash your tales of love-hate. GO, GO, GO!)

XO

13 comments:

Book Chic said...

Well, even though I'm already out of the running since I'm getting an ARC soon anyway, the whole "0 Comments" thing was bugging me, so I decided to write a frenemy tale anyway.

So I had this friend Kathy and we were friends for the first two years of my being at college- she was a year ahead of me. Then, for some reason, during my Junior year, she got very sour toward me and was pretty much making fun of me every chance she got, especially when I was up for workshop in our creative writing class. Even though she'd read my work before and said it was good for the genre I was writing for, she was vehemently against anything I wrote, marking it up with wonderful sentences like "Why are you even in this class?" and "You're a horrible writer."

Not only that, she also got one of my best friends to turn against me too- they were roommates at the time.

It felt horrible because I didn't understand what I had done wrong- a braver person probably would have just marched right on up and asked, but I'm quite shy for the most part, so I never did. I avoided both of them as much as possible, which is kinda difficult when your own roommate is dating this Kathy girl. I actually had a plan to just eat lunch alone, even if it meant not hanging out with my real friends. I just couldn't stand being there with Kathy and her roommate, berating me every time I spoke. Luckily, my real friends (aside from my roommate) actually said that they missed having me around and that Kathy and her roommate were pretty much Debbie Downers at lunch and not much fun to hang out with, so they wanted me around to liven things up.

Things are a bit better now though, and Kathy and I are able to be civil to each other when we see each other. Her roommate had some problems and is now back in her hometown, so I like never see her anymore.

So yeah, that's my story and HOLY CRAP, is it long. lol. It was only supposed to be a short little story, but I guess this is what I get for being a writer, lolz.

Oh, and if no one else enters, I'll totally take a signed ARC. I can just give away the unsigned one I get. Because I'm giving and selfless like that. ;) lol

Brooke said...

Maybe people are scared to air out their dirty laundry? I'm not! haha

I had a steady boyfriend for three years in high school. Everything was great between the two of us, until we became friends with the new girl in school senior year. We'll call her "Amy". She was so sweet, and always doing nice things for me. Then boyfriend started to get distant and ignoring my pages (yes, pagers, it was that long ago lol)

One night I paged him and got no answer. A mutual friend of ours, John, showed up, and I asked if he'd seen the boyfriend. He sure had, and said he saw his car parked in front of Amy's house.

He said he would drive me over there. I was so angry but scared. I didn't know if I could confront them. But when we got to her house and they were making out up against his car, it made things a lot easier.

So I was betrayed by two people! I told them off the best way I knew how, and eventually John and I started dating :) (I knew John had his reasons for showing up that night, and wanting me to know where boyfriend was) haha.

Rachael said...

yeah, i already have an ARC, but what the heck. participating is fun :D oh and i also posted a link to your contest on my blog, for all those other book lovers who like free books (like me)

my frenemies moment...dont really have one i can remember. i mean, my friends and i have gotten into plenty of spats over silly things before, but it's never been anything big. and i wouldnt say i've ever really had a frenemy.

well, there was this one girl in middle school who really seemed to hate me and couldnt take my sarcasm. does that count?

oh well, if you pick me (which you probably won, but if you do), then i will give my copy to my friend who REALLY wants to read your book.

Melissa Walker said...

Ok, I am IN IT TO WIN IT. Just wanted that to be noted. But I'll also buy your book when it comes out, because I find your blog hilarious (and thus, I agree with "them").

Frenemy stories? Where do I start? Well, ok: In college, I made out with a friend's boyfriend. I know, I suck. I can't believe I'm admitting this on a blog! But I guess I'm a true frenemy. She found out, and in the end, she escaped with all our friends. So she wins, really.

Does that count?

Reader Rabbit said...

Heyyy ;)

Hmm. My "frenemy story" happenned at the beginning of junior high where my OWN COUSIN (and a girl who I had been kind of friends with) spread a nasty rumor about how I was using my new "friends" to make myself not look like a loner.

Needless to say they ditched me for no reason, left me random "loser" notes, except for one of them (=o gasp. didn't follow peer pressure)

Anyways, at the end my mom made me transfer schools because my cousins mom and her had never been friends and she didn't like hearing her gloat about what a loser I "was".

Sadly for my evil cousin I ended up making better friends and reuiniting with some at the other junior high and all she could do was glare at me whenever we met up at family gatherings.

I mean really, years later and she's still peeved? Psh.

Anonymous said...

I should, by default, receive an ARC. No? But I'll bite! :)

Fourth grade: I was dating the totally hot Jason Snook. He was tall (well, taller then me - which isn't saying much); had an adorable smile with dimples; dressed so cool and wore black and white checkered Vans; had wavy skater boy blond hair. When we starting "going out," recess was my favorite time of day... waiting for that special time to pass our love notes to one another and to maybe even hold hands.

Then SHE came along. The new girl. Kristina Mohns.

Though I had been dating Jason for like an eternity (4 days almost!), Kristina showed up at our school and immediately grabbed the attention of my sweet Jason. He was gone in a second (taking my heart with him) passing sweet love notes to her at recess instead. I was absolutely crushed.

However, Jason liked to move on. And, within a few days, dropped Kristina like a hot potato. I felt her pain, and consoled her. We became fast friends and have been friends ever since.

I'm now 37.

:)

When do I get to tell the story of the blossoming of our friendship? - Go Fame the Musical!

XOXO,

~Bec

Anonymous said...

My frenemy moment has got to be in fifth grade when me and my whole group of 5 other friends split up for some dumb reason that I can't even remember right now. I vaguely recall 2 people in our group, Margarita and Jess, got into an argument about something and our whole group took sides and split up. However, after that split, I do remember that the atmosphere got really tense and cold, especially since we were all in the same class. I remember we asked our teacher if she could change seats because we all sat at the same table or in the same area. That went on for another month or 2, but later, we became friends again and stayed best friends for the rest of the year and the summer, until middle school started. We all went to different middle schools and so I lost all contact with them after awhile. But that was a lot of drama wasn't it? Especially for ELEMENTARY school? Wow, even now I can't believe I was a part of that. Hahaha!

Grace
luv.jesus@hotmail.com

Elainareads said...

Hey =D

Hmm my frenemies story, where do i start lol.

I think in my frenemies I was kinda the betrayer but here goes anyway. I had these 2 friends Hunter* and Sarah*. Well Hunter really liked Sarah and I was pretty positive that they were going to start dating. Well sometimes Sarah would come to me and say things about Hunter that I thought was very mean and I couldn't understand why she acted liked she liked him but talked about him behind his back.

Well it really bothered me, but I kept it to myself and didn't tell him even though me and him were also friends. One day Sarah made me really mad (i dont rememmber what she did right now) so I called Hunter and told him all of the things that she had said about him. Well the next day when I saw Sarah she was really sad and she said Hunter was mad at her but she didnt know why.

Hunter and Sarah stopped talking.Sarah and I stopped talking. Hunter and I started hanging out alot and we are now best friends.

So in my opinion my betrayal wasnt all that bad because I helped Hunter out, but I still kinda felt bad about it after it happened.

*names have been changed

Book~Adorer said...

Ok everyone's gonna think i'm so terrible but i'm sorry it was vengeance. I had a friend she wasn't close or anything but we were still friends. She was rude and mean and was always trying to one up me. If someone said I had nice hair. She would later go ask the person if her hair was better and made sure the person said yes. She'd brag about how many guys she's been with. I was friends with everybody but I had a best friend, i'm still bestfriends with her to this day. Anyways this girl tried to steal my bestfriend and would talk bad about me to her and would try to get me to leave me whenever I was around. Me and my bestfriend are really close I always first to her but I said that's enough of this girl. I would her to leave me alone for good. This girl was in love with this guy. He was really hot and they had been together but weren't at the moment. She always bragged about how the hottie had hooked up with her and nobody else. I never hooked up with him before cuz he was hot But stupid and I wasn't into that. But I guess you can get the drift. I hooked up with him and told one of her friends so it would get to her. Now she's so sweet to me and runs to say hi to me wheneve i visit home. I'm sure she still hates me but will never have the guts to treat me like trash again.

Anidori-Isilee said...

Okay...well...I'm not a very mean person, and I can't say that anyone really ever betrayed me.

I could say that maybe I "betrayed" this penpal of mine. We were really good friends (just through writing). We "met" in fifth grade and continued writing all through middle school. Eventually, the gaps between letters became longer, but we still wrote. And then we stopped. I kind of didn't know why. Then a couple of months ago (and this was a couple of months after I assumed our penpalship was over), I was cleaning my room and found on my dresser a letter that I had written and never mailed. So of course she never responded. I felt horrible, but I couldn't bring myself to send the letter or write a new one. I mean, she never bothered to write a "Hey, where are you?" letter like she would have.

And since that's not really a tale of any sort of betrayal, just a friendship coming to an end because we had become totally different people...

When I was in kindergarten, I had this best friend. Her name was Abby (changed, though I doubt that A. she's reading this and B. even knows who I am). We had sleepovers like every other week. And then we were never in each other's class again, which was okay because we still stayed friends through elementary school, hanging out at recess. Then in fifth grade, we moved to the middle school, and the middle school is made up of students from three different elementary schools. Abby started hanging out with new kids in her class, and so I didn't really talk to her that much. I didn't really make a lot of friends in fifth grade, but I guess I didn't really care because I was never much for friends. And then in sixth grade, I became homeschooled. Soon after that, Abby invited me to her birthday party. I was kind of surprised since I didn't think we had much in common. It was mini-golfing and we were split into two groups based on last name. I remember that I didn't really know anyone in my group (she was in the other group) and felt kind of lonely and left out because I didn't go to the public school anymore and from what I can remember, people were like ignoring me. Yeah. You want to know who I talked to the most that day? Her mother. How's that for an eleven-year-old's socializing at a birthday party? I think (I can barely remember) I felt kind of upset that she had invited me and then we didn't really even get the chance to talk. I mean, I really had wanted to be in her group just because I didn't really talk to her.

So that's all I've got.

And I am entering for the ARC. ;)

Sherry said...

Personally? I can't ever remember a time where a close friend stabbed me in the back. I think it's because of two reasons: my friends overall are pretty sweet, and I have a very limited group of people who I let in so close that they have the aptitude of hurting me in such a manner.

It could also be that I'm a very oblivious person.

However, I know there are only two friends right now who could ever back stab me and I would really care about.

But if I think really hard, I would have to choose this instance where one of my friends (E.) said something about another friend of mine (D.) (they're not friends with each other), and it was BAD. It went against my morals, so I told D. what E. said. E. told me the insult in confidence, but I sorta betrayed her by telling my other friends.

Also, if someone says something about one of my friends (something small, not huge) that's negative, I don't stick up to them. I have this theory (although I think I'm wrong about it) that people are entitled to their own opinion about everyone.

*shrugs*. Seems like I'm the bad friend :/.

Entering for the ARC :).

PrincessB said...

i have had a few Frenemies in my life. One day my best friend stopped to be my best friend, she ignored me at once.
And one time a frenemie was blackmailing me to another friend. That was really a stabber in the back..

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