I'm going to list the contest winners first.
FALLING UNDER goes to Kaity G. of Bitten Books.
ARCHVILLAIN goes to Rhonda Laney.
GOTH GIRL RISING goes to Gian Faye of The Dichotomy of One's Thoughts.
Now, some free fiction links! (As always, click on the covers to be taken to Amazon.)
WINGS by Aprilynne Pike is currently a free preorder from HarperCollins. This special Kindle edition includes excerpts of SPELLS and ILLUSIONS.
"Lila Zacharov in 13 Pieces" by Holly Black is a super cool postmodern short story in Lila's point-of-view. It's a series of vignettes, but you never read them in the same order. So. much. fun. I loved WHITE CAT, so as you can guess I'm super stoked that RED GLOVE is coming out of April 5 and super sad that I don't have an ARC.
Lots of YA authors offer free short stories set in the same universe as their novels.
These are the two newest (available as of March 15) from Macmillan:
"Fallen From Grace" promotes M. J. Putney's DARK MIRROR, released March 1. "Turned at Dark" promotes C. C. Hunter's debut novel BORN AT MIDNIGHT, which will be released on March 29. Her launch party is going to be from 6-8 P. M. April 1 at Katy Budget Books. I can't make it, but I recommend going if you can. Katy Budget Books is one of my favorite bookstores ever. Not just because I grew up in Katy and I'm nostalgic about it, mind you. It's just a great store.
THE BRANDING by Micaela Wendell is available for free from BelleBooks. I haven't read this one yet, so I don't know whether it is any good. But Wendell is sixteen, which is pretty cool.
Carrie Ryan wrote a short story in THE LIVING DEAD 2 edited by John Joseph Adams. Many of the stories are available free online (courtesy of Night Shade Books), including "Flotsam & Jetsam" which is set earlier in the same world as THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES, the third book in the series, will be released March 22.
Night Shade Books has two giveaways going on right now. Now, these aren't young adult books, but I have to recommend them anyway. Night Shade Books gives independent publishers a good name. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, they are giving away OF BLOOD AND HONEY by Stina Leicht. If you want to participate in the io9 book club, they are giving away GOD'S WAR by Kameron Hurley. The hideous redesign has kept me away from Gawker, but I still enjoy dropping by some of their sites every once in awhile. The io9 book club is worth it. (I would like to mention, again, that the new interface is terrible.)
NOW FOR THE CONTEST!
(In all caps so that ya'll might notice it.)
I have three copies of SMOKIN' SIX-SHOOTER by B. J. Daniels to giveaway. I'll be paying the shipping out-of-pocket, so I'm choosing to make this contest open to US only. This contest will end in one week, on March 23. (I'm going to be traveling in early April, so I want to give myself time to mail the prizes out.)
This time I'm not going to do a Google doc. Just comment with your e-mail address to enter. If you're a follower, leave a second comment letting me know.