Friday, January 10, 2014


Hey Quirks! I have a special treat for you today!

To help spread the word about authors Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando going on tour for their new YA/NA novel ROOMIES, I'm posting my very own ROOMIE story. After you read it, you can check out where Sara and Tara will be visiting on their tour and then enter to win a ROOMIES gift pack!

Sara Zarr                                                                                      Tara Altebrando

My ROOMIE Story:
During my first couple weeks of college, my roommate, Sarah, and I were both involved in sorority recruitment. We were in that stage where you go each night to a themed event. We'd been doing this for a few days already and we were tired of the hustle, bustle, and trying to impress people. To top it off, we'd already made some amazing friends with the girls on our dorm floor, and while they were busy making plans and going out, we were stuck dressing up for events we weren't really into.

One of those nights our dorm friends said they were going to the UC later to watch a movie in the auditorium, and it was a movie we both really wanted to see: Mean Girls. We felt torn - we'd made a commitment to go to these events...but we really, really wanted to hang out with our new friends and go see the movie. Sarah and I debated back and forth about what we should do, and at the end of it, we decided to email our recruitment leaders and let them know that we were withdrawing from recruitment. Sarah and I did this at the exact same time, helping each other write the emails and bolstering each other to hit the send button. When the task was done, we high-fived and, with lighter hearts, got ready for our movie night.

That night turned out to be one of the best of the year. Not only did we have fun with our new group, but that movie became a running theme between us and our friends. We papered our dorm room with quotes, made up songs based on lines in the movie, and even dressed up like the Plastics for a Christmas party (the proof of that one is below). To this day, I remember it as a lesson in following my heart, and I'm glad I got to have that experience with my ROOMIE.

L-R: Me, Shannon, my roomie Sarah, Mona

That was fun! To read more ROOMIE stories, check out NOVL, a YA Tumblr site brought to you by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Now for the important stuff! Hopefully you will get to meet Sara and Tara at one of their confirmed events:

January 12, 2014 - New York, NY: McNally Jackson [more info]
January 15, 2014 - Salt Lake City, UT: The King's English [more info]
January 16, 2014 - Provo, UT: Prove Library [more info]
February 4, 2014 - San Fransisco, CA: Books, Inc, Opera Plaza [more info]
February 5, 2014 - Petaluma, CA: Copperfield's Books [more info]

So what is ROOMIES? Here's the book synopsis from Goodreads:
It's time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they've never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

Sounds great, right?! I know I can't wait to read it! If you don't want to wait around and see if you win the giveaway, you can find ROOMIES at the following online retailers:

Before you jump down to the Rafflecopter widget to enter to win a copy of ROOMIES, here are some important rules and information for this particular giveaway:
  • To enter, you must have a US STREET ADDRESS (no PO Boxes, sorry)
  • The book will be sent out by the publisher, not Writer Quirk.
  • The winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter widget after the giveaway is over.
  • The giveaway will end at 11:59pm CST January 14th.
  • Entering the giveaway means you agree to comply with all terms and conditions.

Good luck!

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