Hi, everyone! To celebrate the holiday season, I’m going to repost a blog entry that I wrote a while back and then hold an awesome giveaway!

The original post was part of a YAHighway Roadtrip Wednesday prompt that asked:

What would be the ideal holiday present for your main YA character?

Original Post from December 15, 2011:

I was so glad to see this prompt today!  It has two things going for it in my opinion.  One, it’s filled with holiday cheer and two, it gives me the opportunity to introduce you to my amazing main character, Cassidy Murphy!  As some of you know, Cassidy (who prefers to go by “Sid”) lives in Lakewood, Ohio , a working/middle-class suburb of Cleveland.  Sid’s family is not rich, in fact, her single mom really struggles to make ends meet sometimes.  So anything outrageously expensive (a new car, a trip to Tahiti…) is very unlikely to end up under her Christmas tree.  Also, Sid’s no diva, and while she does have a feminine side at times, she’s kind of a cynical tomboy most days (Think Juno!). So any and all gifts in the “frilly girly” arena (jewelry, a designer handbag, a spa certificate) are likely to make her eyes roll.  What Sid could use and what would be feasible for her family to buy would probably cost no more than a 100 bucks and would be something that she could really make use of on a daily basis.  So, I picked these fabulous boots out for her at Macy’s!  Why these boots?  Well, lots of reasons.  They are cold weather boots which are perfect for surviving freezing, wet, sloppy Cleveland weather.  They are super cute ( yeah, she’s cynical and tomboyish but she does have some taste and style standards). And the boots are to-the-knee tall which is a definite must because Sid Murphy is a  tall girl. And not the willowy, waify, catwalk model tall. Girlfriend is all curves.  (Think the lovely Christina Hendricks. Only in high school.  And with curls, lots and lots of red curls!)  Also, on a less glamorous note, the price is right and the boots are on sale.  Sid’s mom works hard and Sid knows it, she appreciates it, and she would be thrilled to death to  get these boots on Christmas morning.  So, there you have it.  Sid’s perfect present: some really nice boots from Macy’s.  I hope you enjoyed this post and meeting my main character, Sid!  She can’t wait to meet you too!

Now. Moving on…

I thought I’d add a little something to Sid’s holiday cheer this year and give readers the opportunity to pretend to buy a “virtual present” for her. The catch: It has to a present that Corey Livingston, her hot, adorable main squeeze would pick out for her.


  • In the comments of this post you must come up with the best, most thoughtful gift for Corey to give Sid on Christmas. A gift that will knock her socks off and make her swoon right through the new year!
  • Follow me on Twitter @ColleenYA and post your twitter handle into the comment
  • One entry per person
  • Deadline: Christmas Day, 2012, noon
  • Open Internationally

And here’s the best part: THE PRIZE PACK!

Best answer wins Three Contemporary YA Titles by Little, Brown Authors! A signed copy of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, an ARC of TRUTH OR DARE by Jacqueline Green (May 2013), and an ARC of FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick (August 2013).

What Happens NextTruth or Dare (Truth or Dare, #1)Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

So get started my friends! Use your imagination and pick a lovely present for Corey to give Sid on Christmas!

XOXO, Colleen

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6 Responses to GIVEAWAY!

  1. Alexandra Ehlers says:

    Sadly I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet (D:) so I’m not 100% sure on the dynamics of the characters but if I was Sid I think I would appreciate something like tickets to a concert that I’ve been dying to see or maybe something more practical like a journal/diary engraved with her name so that she can record things that happen that she wants to remember.
    Can’t wait to actually read the book!:D

    Twitter: @SleepsOnTables

  2. Maddie says:

    I haven’t read the book yet (Its on my Christmas list – don’t worry) but I know what I would love… Some books. Or even a Barnes and Noble gift card. But if someone went and actively sought for a book they thought I would like, I would be truly touched. :)

    My Twitter is @maddie_tv

  3. Rachel says:

    I think a great gift for Corey to give Sid would be all three seasons of Deadwood on DVD. They both enjoyed watching it together before they were a couple, and watching it was one of those first awkward shared moments the two had together. Corey said he would lend her the rest of the seasons, but as readers we never found out if he did or not (I’m pretty sure on this, though I could be wrong), so for all we know, Sid has been left hanging and still has to see the rest of the episodes! And if she has seen them all, well, that doesn’t matter because she clearly liked the show. She can watch it when she wants to be reminded of Corey or needs something distracting/relaxing at night.

    Oh, and my twitter handle is tigerlilyrachel. :)

  4. Bronwyn Liebner says:

    I haven’t read this yet but am planning to, especially since I’ve heard such wonderful things about the book.

    Regardless, my gift idea is a digital camera. There are budget friendly ones and Sid can take pictures of everything she wants to remember.

    twitter: karysma_

  5. Happy Holidays and thank you for this awesome giveaway! To tell you the truth I haven’t read your books yet but reading this post makes me want to read it sooner. I don’t know what kind of person Corey is so I don’t know if he’s the sweet kind of guy (though I think he is) or he’s the type of guy who seems to be silent and all but deep inside he’s all about care and love for her. I think the best gift that Corey could give for Sid that she can use on a daily basis is a Route 66 Women’s Hooded Wool Jacket which he can purchase on Kmart. The jacket is sold for only $30 from its original price of $80 so it suits his budget of $100. The jacket is a great buy because it’s winter and it could keep Sid warm from the chilly breeze outside their home. I believe that this is the kind of gift that Sid would love to have and will appreciate. :)

    Twitter – @blissfulriz18
    email – clarissa(dot)bulatao(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Dea S. says:

    That is a tough question. Well the first thing I thought of was a Siberian husky puppy! They are cute and look so bad-ass when grown up. I’ve always wanted one so that would make ME swoon. Plus it would be cool for Ronan to have another dog to play and run with when Sid feels like taking a run :)

    My twitter handle is @ellevaed

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