Friday, September 21, 2012

2nd Anniversary Celebration Featuring Simone Elkeles (giveaway)

Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens.  Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List.  Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry.  Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.  You can learn more about Simone’s awards by clicking on each of the book titles below.
Simone currently has eight teen books in bookstores:
Perfect Chemistry
Rules of Attraction
Chain Reaction
Leaving Paradise
Return to Paradise
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
How to Ruin my Teenage Life
How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation
Simone was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where she still lives today. Simone went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s of Science there in Psychology in 1992. She continued her education at Loyola University-Chicago where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations while working for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees.
She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors. (She also loves sushi, which you can probably tell by reading her books.) Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.
Simone does inspirational talks at schools, libraries, and conferences. Check out the Press & Reviews page for testimonials from teens, teachers and Librarians who have had her speak at their school or library.

 A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist.
At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive.  So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona  hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense.  Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.

 Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers. Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as “criminal” and “freak.” Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.


How does a fashionista teen end up on a farm in the middle of Israel with her estranged father? Oy, vey doesn’t even come close to describing it. Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home.
Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” is not Hebrew for “shopping mall.” Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci.
Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. “Sperm Donor,” for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone…
Goodbye pride—hello Israel.

Simone would like to give a book to 1 person!
This is US only. If you are International and have an address you can use please enter.
All giveaways this month end on October 7th.

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  1. I have read Leaving Paradise and Perfect Chemistry! I love both series espcially Perfect Chemistry. I love the spanish Simone put in the book and Alex and his brothers are awesome/funny characters! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. I have not read any of Simone's books yet but they are on my TBR list!

    Thanks so much!

  3. YES! I have read Leaving Paradise series and Perfect Chemistry series ;D

  4. No - haven't read anything yet - but I've read great reviews on the Perfect Chemistry series! Definitely on my TBR list!


  5. I've read her entire Perfect Chemistry series and the first book in her leaving paradise series! <3 Love her!

  6. I've read Leaving Paradise & Return to Paradise. Loved them both.

  7. yes, I read perfect chemistry an love it

  8. Yes! I've read the Perfect Chemistry and How to Ruin series!
    Lacey T

  9. Love your books, Simone!! Keep up the awesome work!

  10. Yes, all of her Perfect Chemistry books, and I really enjoyed them. <3

  11. I've read several of her books! The entire Perfect Chemistry series, Return to Paradise, Leaving Paradise, and How To Ruin A Summer Vacation. They are soooooo good! I think my favorite is Perfect Chemistry.

  12. I have read ALL of Simone Elkeles books more than I can remember and I would still read all of them over. These books are just so addicting and entertaining. I made all my friends read perfect chemistry and after the first chapter they were as hooked as me!! I can't wait until her next book comes out. :)

  13. I have read The whole perfect chemistry trilogy and loved them!!!!! I own them as well and even bought them as Christmas presents for my sister.

  14. I have only read Rules of Attraction, I own perfect chemistry, but haven't gotten to it yet.

  15. No but I would love to read How to Ruin a summer vacation, it looks a like a great read!!

  16. No but have lots of them on my want list.

  17. I have read Perfect Chemistry and Return to Paradise, and I totally fell in love with the characters and story.

  18. I've purchased Perfect Chemistry but haven't read it yet