Friday, December 30, 2011

Dragonswood Tour: Janet Carey's Letter to Her Teen Self & Giveaway

Janet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of eight Children's and YA novels. Her YA fantasy is critically acclaimed: "Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best–original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.” School Library Journal starred review. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers to make a difference in the world. She tours in US and abroad presenting at schools, children’s book festivals, and conferences.

Photo by Heidi Pettit  

Dear me at sixteen,

I’m writing to you from the year 2011 when you’re the whopping age of fifty-seven. I can still see you clearly. I still believe in your dreams. The first thing I’d like to tell you is not to worry about your mom’s second marriage. Doug will turn out to be a wonderful stepfather. I know you’re still bitter about your parents’ divorce. I can tell you now that loss ended up bringing a lot of amazing people into your life. You’re just getting to know Martha now and she’s going to encourage you to write poetry and songs. Listen to her. She knows what a joyful thing it is to create. Your world will expand beyond your wildest dreams. This year you’ll get involved with theatre, music, and the anti war movement. You’ll learn to deepen your perceptions through mediation. All good things. You’re going to be lonely for a while now you have broken up with David, but it won’t be too many years before you meet the boy you’ll end up marrying. He’ll be tall, dark, and handsome. He’ll be your best friend, a great father, and an inspiring travel companion along the ever twisting trail.

You think you’re too fat and you don’t like your body much right now. You won’t always be overweight. Eventually you will learn to love your body for the amazing soul vehicle it is. You’ve got your hopes set on creating a different kind of life than your parents had. You want to try something new and different. Go for it. The dreams of being a published author are good ones. Don’t let people talk you out of them. In future years you’ll write lots of books and get nothing but rejection. You’ll think about giving up. Don’t. Keep writing. Keep creating and sending in those manuscripts.

Finally, you have a tendency to try and do everything by yourself and never ask for help when you need it. This is going to backfire. Down the line you’ll have to learn to lean on your friends and on God a little more. Why? Because you’re going to face some things that would terrify you now if I told you what they were, but here’s the good news. You will survive. Your faith will grow. Not in spite of the difficulties but, in part, because of them. Continue to open your heart. Be generous.


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Coming January 5, 2012

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Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.

Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.

In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.


One lucky winner will receive both a signed copy of Dragonswood and a signed paperback of Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey!

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment telling me one thing you would like to tell your 16-year-old self. Include your email address so I can contact the winner.
  • US Only -- prize will be shipped from the publisher
  • Following is not required, but greatly appreciated 
  • Ends 01/06/12 at 11:59 pm EST 
  • One (1) winner will receive both Dragonswood and Dragon's Keep
  • Please review my giveaway policy

Good luck!


Katie said...

Dear 16-year-old self, this boy will prove himself to be a digusting pig in six years. Be a bit relieved that he turned you down now.

Kristina said...

I read Dragonswood and I loved it, but I gave my ARC away to another blogger. I would love to get a signed finished copy of this wonderful book. The cover is so pretty I had a hard time letting it go.

I would tell my 16 year old self that things get hard, but they things also turn out so wonderful

myworldofbooks18 at hotmail dot com

Linda: Book Ninja said...

Haha, I wish my teen self would have listened to her advice.
I'd tell my 16-year-old self to never give up. Never stop dreaming. There is a future out there and you're going to love it! Don't hate the one's that love you. They really do care. And never pick that class your science teacher told you to. It was NOT worth it.

Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

Cozy in Texas said...

This sounds intriguing. I don't think I would have listened to anything anyone told me at 16.

Patricia's Particularity said...

Wow, what wouldn't I like to tell my 16year old self... I guess most importantly I would tell myself that being yourself no matter what is the key to happiness. Don't change who you are.

TayteH said...

I would have told my sixteen year old self: It was your first rescue. The fact you did your best is what counts. :D

Samjam G said...

Just keep swimming. :)

Mackenzie said...

hahaha well considering 16 was just last year for me, I haven't had time to make too many mistakes, so i'll stick with a timeless message. Always stay positive. No matter what, life goes on, so just deal with it the best you can. Love, me :)

Thanks for the giveaway!! This book has been on my TBR for quite some time!

Carol M said...

I would tell myself to study hard and make sure you get into a good college.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Christine Rains said...

Your book sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway.

I would tell my sixteen year old self that when you go to college, don't rely on student loans. Work while you go to classes. You'll still be paying off those loans when you're 40!

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I would tell my 16 year old self to go away to school and finish your program.

Bella said...
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Bella said...

Oh, how I'd love to be able to write a letter to my 16 year old self! I remember how grown up I thought I was then. I knew it all. One of the things I would tell myself is to appreciate all my Aunts, Uncles and grandparents that lived nearby and that I took for granted. When you are that age you usually haven't experienced a lot of loss so you have no idea how those memories will be all that you have of those dear people.

TheGirlOnFire said...

I would have told myself to spend as much time as I could with my mom while we had the chance.

thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

LoriStrongin said...

That was a really powerful post. I think I'd probably tell my 16 year old self the same things, but especially that the loneliness won't last forever. That once she gets to college, she's going to meet people who don't care if she's not a supermodel or if she's a giant nerd. They'll be her friends for the rest of her life, and give her the support and comfort she never had in high school. That, and she'll be a success while many of her fellow high school graduates ended up working at McDonalds or Walmart.


LilMissMolly said...

I'd tell myself to wait to have sex. I didn't get married until I was 27 - I never would have thought that at age 16!
lvsgund at

Vivien said...

Don't ever sign up for a credit card. Bad news.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I would tell my 16 year old self that grades are not everything and to have some fun


Anonymous said...

Dear 16 year old self,
You're not bad at math. You're just uninspired. Give it a chance and you'll have more opportunities in the future. Also, don't let your friend copy your physics homework last minute. That jerk of a teacher is going to give you a 75% for turning it in literally 60 seconds late.

Also, don't be so close minded about Sho. She ends up being a really great friend, and you'll feel lousy for years knowing that you said those things about her.

your 23 year old self

jacqueline.c.goodman AT gmail DOT com

- Jackie

Maidenveil said...

Dear 16-year old self,
Don't focus too much on your studies. Go out and live. Enjoy your youth!
You some years later.

-Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

Fairday Morrow said...

What a wonderful letter this author wrote to her 16 year old self. I would want to tell myself many of the same things. I would also tell myself to not be so hard on my mom- that she would end up being a big support to me later in life, even though it didn't seem that way at the time. I would also tell myself to write, write, write. Oh- I would also say to invest in a company called Google as soon as you hear about it- and put away $5 from every paycheck into an account- you will need it later.

Thanks for offering this great giveaway! I would love to win. I am an olf follower: Jess/Fairday (either one might show up).

haightjess at gmail dot com

Manda said...

I would say:

Quit being so LAZY! You can be finished with high school in a year! Oh, and that guy you're pining after? He's pining after you, too, so make a move instead of waiting a year for him to make one. Also, he's gonna shave his head. Stop this at all costs. It's not pretty.

GFC; Manda

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