Sunday, July 04, 2010

Freebie... Weekend

Happy July Fourth!

Yes, I'm still "off" from the vacation and catching up. Sorry. But the Freebies are back!

This week with the GCC tour, we're celebrating the dual release of Jenny O'Connell's RICH BOYS and LOCAL GIRLS.

You may remember Jenny from previous visits to the blog. She received her BA from Smith College and her MBA from the University of Chicago. She lives outside of Boston with her family. Her books include PLAN B and THE BOOK OF LUKE.

Here's the official MTV Books blurb about LOCAL GIRLS and RICH BOYS:

There are two kinds of people on the island— those who leave at summer’s endand those who are left behind.

Bestselling author Jenny O’Connell presents a sizzling series for summer. Her first two Island Summer novels, LOCAL GIRLS and RICH BOYS highlight the lives of the summering visitors, the year-round locals living in the beach towns of Martha’s Vineyard, and the fireworks that explode when they combine for three steamy months.

In LOCAL GIRLS, friendships are in danger of ending with the summer. Kendra and Mona are best friends, local girls who spend their summers catering to rich tourists and the rest of the year chafing against small-town life. Then Mona's mom marries one of the island's rich summer visitors, and Mona joins the world of the Boston elite, leaving Kendra and Martha's Vineyard behind. When Mona returns the following summer, everything is different.

Unlike his sister, Mona's twin brother Henry hasn't changed. He's spending his summer the way he always has: with long, quiet hours fishing. Early mornings before work become special for Kendra as she starts sharing them with Henry, hoping he can help her figure Mona out. Then Kendra hatches a plan to prove she's Mona's one true friend: uncover the identity of the twins' birth father, a question that has always obsessed Mona. And so she begins to unravel the seventeen-year-old mystery of the summer boy who charmed Mona's mother. But it may prove to be a puzzle better left unsolved--as what she is about to discover will change their lives forever...

In RICH BOYS, Winnie jumps at the chance to babysit for a wealthy summer family and earn some extra money—but soon learns that life in the Barclay’s beautiful vacation home isn’t as perfect as it appears. And what was supposed to be a carefree summer quickly becomes more complicated than she ever thought possible.

Cosmo Girl calls RICH BOYS and LOCAL GIRLS "sweet romance with relatable characters trying to find themselves."

This week's Freebie will be a little different, with two chances to win... You can enter to win an Island Summer T-shirt on Jenny's blog: by commenting about your favorite summer memory.

And on this blog, I have one of the few remaining TRANCE ARCs up for grabs. To be entered to win that one, leave a comment below and tell me about your summer vacation plans or travels, OR what's on your summer reading list.

I'll start off that one with this picture... this was the view from my room in Mazatlan. *Sigh* That was such a dream vacation. All we did the whole week was lounge in the cabanas by the pool and at the beach, eat fish tacos and shrimp tacos and other yummy food and READ. I devoured THE POISON DIARIES by Maryrose Wood (future Freebie Friday giveaway - watch for it!) and THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE by Carla Buckley. That one's not YA, but was an intense, suck-you-in read that stuck with me long after I finished.

Since I was so late getting this Freebie post up here, I'll leave the drawing for TRANCE open until next week's Freebie Friday. See you then!