Neon Trees and I /book giveaway

Since I only have three days left until the awesome party-ish Slayers: Friends and Traitors book launch, you would think that I have been busily preparing my presentation. You would be wrong however, because I’ve been at an artist retreat for two days, and get this: Here is a picture of me with Neon Tree’s Brandon Campbell. Janette with Brandon Campbell
That’s right. A Neon Tree has his arm around me! (*girlish fan scream!*) Is everybody talking? Well, they should be. (Love that song.)
And here’s a picture of me with author friend, Ally Condie.Janette with Ally Condie
I would have taken more pictures but I forgot my camera. (Argh!) Ally’s husband took these and kindly forwarded them to me.

Everyone there was so nice, and so ubertalented. Here’s my quick assessment of artistic people: The musicians were all very cool and hip. The film makers/actors were good looking. The artists all dressed whimsically, the dancers were all buff–and the writers looked like moms. Sadly, I think we are the least cool of the artistic professions. (But we do get to wear pajamas to work, so maybe it’s a draw in the end.)

Anyway, I didn’t get to my presentation this weekend. But trust me, it will be good. If you’re in AZ, join me at Changing Hands Book Store on Tues, the 15th at 7:00 pm.
Slayers cover
Now on with the book giveaway. Today, the theme is friend trouble. Friends are frequently as much trouble as guys. The characters in Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List and Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws find this out. (And yes, I know the covers aren’t great–alas, writers have no control over their covers–but the books will make you laugh. You have my permission to glue pictures of attractive people onto the covers.)

Winners can tell me which book they want. Descriptions are below.

To enter scroll past the list of other blog giveaways and leave a comment telling me about any friend trouble you’ve ever had. Following me on facebook, twitter, or announcing on your social media that I am your favorite author, will get you extra chances.

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free ThrowsLife, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws

Josie loves hottie Ethan Lancaster, the captain of the basketball team, but she never can do or say the right thing in front of him. So how can it be fair that Ethan is only interested in her best friend, Cami, when Cami isn’t even trying for his affection? Or is she?

Cami dreams of winning her basketball team’s coveted MVP award, and earning the chance to take the court during a special halftime demonstration with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, but her best friend, Josie, is a better player. So how can it be fair that Josie is a shoo-in for the honor if she is barely interested in basketball in the first place and isn’t even trying to be the best? Or is she?

Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List

Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List A PC school principal turns West Side Story into a comedy of errors.
Sixteen year-old Jessica dreams of Hollywood fame, and when Jordan moves into her small town, she dreams of him too. He’s a movie star’s son, and hey, he’s gorgeous to boot. Jordan has always wanted to get out from the shadow cast by his superstar father, but now that he and his mother have moved so far away from LA, how can he get his divorced parents back together? Jessica convinces Jordan the way to get his father to come for a long visit is to be a part of the school play. And if she’s “discovered” in the process, all the better. Things go wrong when she lets Jordan’s secret identity slip, and grow even more disastrous when the principal tries to change West Side Story into a gangfree, violence-free, politically correct production.
In the same romantic and sharply witty spirit of Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws, Janette Rallison delivers another comic gem that teen readers are sure to love.

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  1. Emily F
    October 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Friend trouble – tough time with 3-way friendships, especially when one friend has a different schedule than the other two. An artist retreat definitely sounds interesting!

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I remember those days and being pulled different ways. Life gets better after high school.

  2. Alexa
    October 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    As a girl, it seems my life is filled with non-stop friend trouble and drama! The worst was probably my two best friends getting in a fight with each other leaving me to choose sides and play mediator. It was the longest month of my life!

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Condolences! I’ve been there.

  3. Tiana Smith
    October 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I’ve never heard of Neon Trees? Maybe I should check them out. Hmmm, friend trouble? I remember when I started dating my hubby, my best gal friend at the time got super jealous because I wasn’t spending as much time with her. She wouldn’t talk to me for weeks and I had no idea why. So annoying. Ugh.

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      My favorite Neon Trees songs are: Everybody Talks and Animal. I hope your friend eventually got over it. I mean, friends should understand about hot guys.

  4. 1110cg
    October 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I have been lucky to not have much friend trouble. Great pic!

    (I follow you on facebook and goodreads)

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Oh, you are lucky!

  5. Em
    October 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    My best friend decided that she didn’t like me any more because I had some other problems going on and I couldn’t be completely care free like she could.

    (I follow on facebook and twitter)
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Friends should be with you during the hard times! I hope you got a better friend.

  6. Natalie Erickson
    October 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Friend trouble- at one point, my friend just up and stopped talking to me. For A WEEK!
    I also follow on FB and Twitter.

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Wow, people who do that must not need friends very badly. Hope it all worked out!

  7. bn100
    October 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Haven’t had any

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Count your blessings!

  8. Lori Widdison
    October 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    My biggest friend trouble is that my BFF/cousin lives in Arizona and I live in Utah. I miss her. Love Neon Trees!! Everybody talks, too much. :o)

    I follow you on Facebook.

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Thank goodness for cell phones, internet, and skype!

  9. Lori Spotts
    October 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Friendship is hard. Mostly now I deal with my children and their challenges. Follow on Twitter/ facebook.

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      As a mother, I’ve found that ususally my friends are my kids’ friends’ moms. They’re the ones that I sit and talk to while our kids are doing stuff together. It’s harder as a mom to find those opportunities to spend time with other women.

  10. Beedubbs
    October 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm


    I love Neon Trees. Well, I can’t really say I’ve heard all their songs…but you can tell a band by their hits, right? SOOOOO Jellin like a Felon (that means I’m jealous in Valley Girl speech!…not that Valley Girls are bad…) that you met Brandon and Allie. I guess that’s one of the perks of writing really good books! You get to meet other awesome, famous people.

    Friend trouble….how about the fact that three girls and I were really good friends in high school. Two of them liked the same guy…. Long story short, one moved to a new school, never to speak to us again, and the other fell away and now has same-gender-attraction/preference, so now it’s just me and my one other friend.

    See? Friend issues…

    • Beedubbs
      October 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Dang it…I always feel like my posts are the longest. You probably dread reading mine. “Oh, here we go AGAIN with the long shpiel…”

      Sorry….I’ve been told I talk to much…”Diarrhea of the mouth.” That’s what my dad calls it….

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Ohhhh. So sorry! Hope you get some more good friends soon!

  11. Melissa
    October 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t really have any friend problems right now. Not to brag or anything, but I get along pretty well with all my peeps!

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Count yourself lucky!

  12. Jessica D
    October 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I have this friend that never talks to me unless she needs something from me. Which makes it very hard to call her a friend at all. But it didn’t always used to be this way….

    Dang it, your blog has turned into some sort of therapy confession session!

    The things I do for a chance to win….

    Thanks very much, though!

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      My books are worth it, Jessica! Besides, this all gives me more ideas for future books. It sounds like that friend needs to be put on the B-list, for sure.

  13. Linda Kish
    October 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    The only friend problems I have had are time and distance. Kids, works, moving away all make it hard to get together.

    • Janette Rallison
      October 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      So, so true. I have some really good friends that I only see about once a year. I visit the dentist more frequently. Sigh.

  14. Janelle
    October 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    No friend drama recently, but I had some LOVELY run-ins with not-so-nice girls in junior high who I thought were my friends. Thankfully we all survived.

    • Janelle
      October 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Also, I follow on fb. And ditto to the time and distance problems. 🙁

      • Janette Rallison
        October 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm

        Glad you survived!

  15. Margaret Turley
    October 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Great pictures!

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