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Update #2: Random Number Generator came to the rescue again! I pooled the comments from here as well as anyone who tweeted me their entry on Twitter. The winner is..... ~Sephinta! Congrats--I'll contact you soon about your preferred mailing address. Thanks so much for participating, everyone! :heart:

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Update: The contest is now done! Will have a winner posted shortly. Thanks so much, guys!

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So I have something fun to give away today. :)

First of all, the significance of today is that it is the launch day for the lush, thrilling book Origin, by debut author Jessica Khoury. Origin is the first of five Fall 2012 books from Penguin Young Readers dubbed the 2012 Breathless Reads, and I have to say, it's fantastic. You will really want to read this. :heart: It's set in the Amazon rainforests (how beautiful and original is that setting? Amazing!), and tells the story of a young girl named Pia who is genetically engineered to be immortal. But immortality is not without its dark secrets, and as the story progresses, Pia slowly begins to learn the truth around the scientists who created her.

Doesn't that sound awesome? (Fair warning: There are some very sad scenes involving animals. But on the very-plus side, there is a PET JAGUAR. :heart:)

So in honor of Jessica's debut today, I'm giving away a box set of all five of the Fall 2012 Breathless Reads books! Honestly, I'm a little hesitant to part with this, especially because it comes in a really pretty box:

Breathless Reads 2012

Breathless Reads 2012

(Photo courtesy of Beth Revis! Sorry Beth, my camera is batteryless and my phone sucks--apologies for yoinking your photo. ;)  )

But luckily I have two of these boxes, and I'm keeping one, dammit. But you guys can get the other one!

The books included, four of which haven't come out yet (how VIP is that? Kind of awesome, seriously):

ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury: A girl who is immortal must uncover the truth of her existence, set in the lush rainforests of the Amazon.

VENOM by Fiona Paul: Love, lust, murder, mayhem and high society...all set in beautiful Renaissance Venice.

BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards: A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war, where humans and Darklings are separated by a high wall in their city.

THE INNOCENTS by Lili Peloquin: Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie...until they got to Serenity Point. Romance, mystery, gothic atmosphere.

FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes: High fantasy. Four young people's fates intertwine in a land where three kingdoms go to war.

How to win the free box set of these books: Just leave a comment here, about whatever. Or tweet me. That's it. :) Runs until 8:00am on Friday, Sept. 7 (PST)! (Sorry btw--this giveaway is only for U.S. and Canada.)

If you want, you can actually read sample chapters from each of these books  here: www.amazon.com/Breathless-Read…

Anyway, you should check out ORIGIN today, now available in all bookstores and wherever books are sold online! Congrats, Jess!
  • Listening to: Sounds of the ocean
  • Reading: Origin - Jessica Khoury
  • Eating: Macadamia nuts
  • Drinking: Always agua
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Sephinta Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa. I... won? I have terrible luck. How on Earth did I actually win? Not that I'm complaining. XD

Thank you so much! I'm super excited to have some great new books to read.
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maffiline Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Congrats to the winner! :3
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leayana Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
It's too bad I didn't win, but congratz to the winner!
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FiyrDragon5 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
I want it! :D
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titania86 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
I haven't heard of some of these. I will be adding these to my reading list regardless of if I win. Awesome giveaway!
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Fundelstein Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmm... what an interesting choice of books you have there. Just as long as none of them are explicit, I'd take a crack at them.
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hingkim Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
My daughter read your book, Legend, 1 of 20 books she read over the summer amongst Divergent, Insurgent, Starters, etc. and your book stood out the most to her as being her favorite read. She is also excited for your next book, Prodigy, which happens to be on store shelves on her 13th birthday, January 29th! It is already pre-ordered to be delivered onto her Kindle when it is released. This set of books that you are giving up seems to be like pretty good reads according to their descriptions, especially Origin. Hope you will consider her for this intriguing set of books. Thank you for sharing!
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kanadexzaoldyeck Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Those books seem interesting. I would be glad to be chosen. ^_^
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taremin Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these look like interesting books!
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Syren-Phoneix Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway all of these books look so good!! I can't wait for the sequel to Legend, wish 2013 comes sooner!!
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kisstna Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh sounds like a bunch of good books! It would be so cool to win them (btw Im counting down the days till Prodigy!)
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white2fire Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Awesome giveaway. Definitely interested in this. :)
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steffy2106 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Awesome!!:dance:
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SarahHeartsYou4 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
How exciting! I have been drooling over Origin at the bookstore this week! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Kiokuffiib11 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I'm interested in this. I hope you consider me as a choice.
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SilverCoast Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay , so hi there I'd love to read these books to improve my English since i'm dutch and i'm from belgium.. *Failure* I know it's only for the USA and Canada but a friend of mine will be in Canada for 1 year :la: so this is my chance to win something :XD: Well ?% chance anyway .. :giggle: I will have to wait untill june next year to read them then but i can wait , since waiting will always be treated or something..

Anyway , this was my comment >__> Good luck to all the other participants :la: And thay look awesome :la:
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Plainevil Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I've never read any of these would love a go!
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alexanormal Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those books seem really interesting!
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Dmajor08 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
The books sound interesting. I'd like to win them.
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Scarpamela Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Aww Cool! I would love to win this!! I'm one of the very few people that actually like going to the bookstore and buy hard copies of books! I refuse to buy a kindle/ipad/reading device. It takes the fun away from reading! Especially because half of the books I've read, i've chosen them because of their cover :)
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Scarpamela Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Awwww.....man this giveway is so awsome!! I would love to win this! I'm one of the very few people that still like going to a bookstore and buying hard copies of books. I refuse to buy a kindle/ipad/reading device. It takes the fun away from reading!
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AAinsanity Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really nice thing you're doing. And I'd like to take part!
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bookbutterfly09 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
wow ive been wanting to read these books! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! and I cant wait for Prodigy =]
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CAnneFrye Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
AH! This giveaway is super awesome! *fingers crossed* <3333 Thank you so much, Marie!
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faceintheflame Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Pretty boxes are pretty. Amazing books are amazing. :D
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twirlyfwirly Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
some of these books look pretty interesting
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Mindlessgreenromance Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Yay! They sound real interesting!
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Iluvmyyellowducky Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Oh wow five books! I'd love to enter
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pettook Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Yay contests!! The books sound amazing!!
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moongirlwriter Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Awesome contest. Really hope I win!
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anw122 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd be interested.
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purpleph34r Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow, the books sound really interesting!
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reachforthepencil411 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesomeness.
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Pipe-stream Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Origin, Black City and Fallen Kingdoms sound interesting!
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GinaLuvsFang Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME!
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Knight-Emma Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
as a girl who can't put a book down to save her life, this sounds like something that could be entertaning and give me something new to read! :D
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooooo. Those do sound very interesting. Here's hoping I get the chance to read them via winning your pretty box set!
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SilverWing21 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
The books look awesome! Can't wait to add them to my read list! :)
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sealle Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Ooo this sounds really cool, I am definitely keen if you ship to Australia XD
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leayana Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Wow, that sounds REALLY interesting. I'm actually working on my story - sort of working on it XD - about something sort of like an engineered immortal, but probably very different from this one anywho. Even if I don't win it, I'm definitely going to check this book out once school comes rolling around! Probably not the best idea to read good books when you should be studying, but I'll give me something to do while I'm riding the bus~
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Lovelywik Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I really want to read those books! I would Love to read these books. The covers are fantastic and I just know that the story lines will be as well. :D
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BethanyLarson Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student
Oh, wow, these stories sound really interesting, especially Origin and Black City (the cover art is wonderful, too!)! I'm always looking for new books to read, constantly exploring new worlds causes my mind to go crazy with concepts for art and stories. :)
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Sephinta Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope I'm not too late! I'd love to win these; I'm a huge bookworm and I'd love some new novels to chow down on.

Good luck everyone!
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finnickingawesome Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never win anything, but I love reading so much that maybe I'll get lucky this time!
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maffiline Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
This sounds really interesting! I don't recall hearing/reading anything similar to this, so in my mind it'd be the first of it's kind. I'd love to read it. :3
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AkisaYuki Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
aww. i really would like a set !! :dance:
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jmmlewis Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohhh my gosh I have been looking forward to these books foreverrr. Stoked! :heart:
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blazenfalcon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Hopefully posting a comment xD
Anyway, these books look fantastic! :D Very kind of you to part with a set.
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emily3371 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im super interested in the giveaway!!!! they all sound so good!!!!!!!
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anari01 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I would love to win those books. Been look for a great read for a long time now >w<
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