Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Great YA Bake Sale of 2010 (aka: The Most EPIC Contest in the Universe!)

The lovely and talented Christine Johnson (Claire de Lune, Simon Pulse) has organized one the the most EPIC contests I've ever seen! Are you guys ready for this? No, you may think you are, but you're totally not. There's no possible way you could be!

Christine discovered that YA authors seem to have one big thing in common - an obsession with sweets and baking. She also thought that maybe our readers did too. So, she organized a group of us for The Great YA Bake Sale of 2010!

Here’s the deal:

To enter, simply leave a thoughtful comment on this post or any other participating author’s Bake Sale blog post, or tweet about the contest with the hashtag #YABakeSale10. Voila! You’re entered.

When you enter, you become eligible to win any one of the Personal Prize Packs (i.e. a comment on Saundra Mitchell’s blog may net you the Cyn Balog prize pack. You’re entering the whole contest, not just that particular author’s part of it.) You also become eligible to win the humongonormous Grand Prize Basket.

What’s in the Grand Prize Basket?

Each author has hand-written two copies of a favorite sweet-treat recipe. One copy has gone into a beautiful recipe book that is part of the Grand Prize Basket. In addition to the (hand-written! Did I mention that?) recipe collection, the Grand Prize winner will receive:

A signed copy of Cyn Balog’s SLEEPLESS
Bookmarks for KAT, INCORRIGIBLE by Stephanie Burgis
Signed bookmarks for THE CRESCENT and HALF MOON, pencils, and a crescent moon and crystal-studded star necklace from Jordan Deen
A (signed?) copy of THE BODY FINDER, a THE BODY FINDER tote bag, sticker and bookmarks from Kimberley Derting
An EVERLASTING-themed notebook, bookmark and pin from Angela Frazier
A signed copy of CLAIRE DE LUNE, signed stickers and a silver, moon-themed bookmark from Christine Johnson
A signed copy of SHADOWED SUMMER, matching chocolate candies, Twilight-themed heart candies, bookmarks and THE VESPERTINE dance card from Saundra Mitchell
A signed copy of THE PACE, by Shelena Shorts, along with bookmarks and THE PACE pencils
A signed hard-cover of SHADE and a Keeley Brothers pin from Jeri-Smith Ready
A signed copy of PERSONAL DEMONS, a PERSONAL DEMONS tank top, Team Luc and Team Gabe temporary tattoos, and bookmarks from Lisa Desrochers


But that’s not all!

Each author has one other handwritten recipe that will be part of each author’s own Personal Prize Pack.

The prize packs include:
Cyn Balog - Signed copy of SLEEPLESS and a handwritten recipe for Coconut Bread.
Stephanie Burgis - UK paperback copy of A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK and a hand written recipe for Apple Muffins
Kay Cassidy - Hand-written recipe and giveaways
Megan Crewe - Hand-written recipe and giveaways
Shannon Delaney - Hand-written recipe and giveaways
Jordan Deen - Basket with Pampered Chef baking gear and a recipe for Orange Pineapple Cake
Kimberley Derting - Signed copy of The Body Finder, stickers, a totebag, bookmarks and a recipe for Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lisa Desrochers - A signed copy of PERSONAL DEMONS, a PERSONAL DEMONS tank top, Team Luc and Team Gabe temporary tattoos, signed bookmarks and a recipe for Sunday Coffee Cupcakes
Angie Frazier - A signed hard-cover copy of EVERLASTING, bookmark, and a recipe for Butter Rum
Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting
Judith Graves - Copy of UNDER MY SKIN, a character card, and a recipe for Dead Lady Fingers
Christine Johnson - A signed hard-cover copy of CLAIRE DE LUNE, stickers, a silver moon-themed bookmark and a recipe for Chocolate-Chip Butterscotch Blondies
Saundra Mitchell - Recipe and giveaways
Jennifer Murgia - ANGEL STAR swag, Octogram earrings, and a hand-written recipe
Shelena Shorts - Signed copy of THE BROKEN LAKE and bookmarks and a hand-written recipe
Jeri Smith-Ready - SHADE UK paperback edition and a recipe for Scottish Oat Scones

Fine print: The contest entries must be posted by midnight eastern time on September 20th. This contest is open to the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Questions? Leave them in the comments.

Good Luck!!


  1. 1. Those cupcakes look like heaven and 2. Apple Muffins sound amazing right now! Or an Apple Fritter for that matter.

    Great contest. :]


  2. Wow, this contest is amazing! Thanks so much :) Sunday Coffee Cupcakes!?!? Coffee and cupcakes are two of my absolute favorite things. I need that recipe!


  3. Cupcakes have seriously been such a mood booster for me when I've been feeling down. So I'm incredibly excited about this!!

    Also tweeted:


  4. Cupcakes...baked goods...oh god all these sweets ;-; you make a girl cry when she's diabetic. However on the other hand, it makes me EXCITED to figure out ways to make the recipes viable for me to eat without going into a coma XD

    Lexie C.

  5. I am astounded at the true EPICNESS (is that a word? I'm making it a word) of this contest! Books AND sweets! What more could you ask for???

    Also tweeted:


  6. Awesome contest! I get to make cupcakes this week for my daughter's birthday...might have to make a few extra just for me :)



  7. I think this contest is perfect. Books and sweets to eat. What more could a girl ask for! Plus I think that cupcakes have really taken over this year. Seems like all the bakeries are making them and there are several shows on cupcake makers.

    Thanks for the great contest!

  8. I think books and sweets are a must together!! When I'm reading a great book I have to have something to munch on too :)

    dukesangel002 AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Oh, those sweets look so darn delightful. I definitely agree with Reading Angel, Books + Sweets = A must.

  10. mmmm this really does make me hungry Fab!

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  11. Wow! Amazing contest! Thanks for the chance to win.


  12. First, I really want some baked good now...doesn't even matter what kind. Even an oreo might suffice. :P lol
    Second, holy moly Batman! This contest is freaking unbelievable, and I'm loving the prizes! Thanks so much for having it!! :D
    So glad I'm from Canada, so I can enter and maybe win all those goodies!!! :D

    Thanks again,

    Ambur (ambiepie_6(@)

  13. Awesome contest, it is making me hungry!

  14. I've had to re-read this several times because my brain couldn't process how simple the entering is... Kind of jaw-drop, like, "Wah?" Anyway, I think those prize packs and of course the grand prize sound amazing!!!

    I tweeted, also, just because this is cool:

    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

  15. Amazing contest! I can't believe all the prizes. For once living in the UK might pay off.I fancy something chocolatey and bad for me now. Looking forward to character week :)


  16. Wow-- those look like some amazing cupcakes. I absolutely love sweets!

  17. epic is right! im totally posting it to my blog :)
    this contest is awesome. count me in!

  18. weakness..sweets! I just watched the episode on Glee where they had the bake sale! lol

    count me in!

    brokeandbookish (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Thanks for making me crave something sweet. Now off to find a Hershey bar...

    Must not give up my search!

  20. Sunday Coffee Cupcakes sound delicious! I'd love to win the recipe! :)


  21. Seriously craving some awesome baked goods and delicious books! Wait... delicious baked goods and, whatever, it goes both ways!! Great contest!

  22. What a super awesome fantastic contest. It's such a great idea. There are some yummy sounding recipes there!'s just a pity I can't enter :( I live in Australia.

  23. Alisha313@hotmail.comSeptember 5, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Mmm, Cupcakes... and books! My 2 fav things!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. What an incredible giveaway!! I haven't heard of a lot of the recipes and they sound yummy!! And those cupcakes look divine!! I want one.

  25. Awesome, awesome contest!!

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  26. This is great! I think I'll go bake me some cookies now too... Thank you all for this! :D

  27. Oh wow how awesome is this? Truly an epic contests and now I'm craving cupcakes like you wouldn't believe lol

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

  28. This contest is huge!!!! And made of awesomeness!!

  29. Those are some epic looking cupcakes at the top of the post. All the recipes sound so good, and make me so hungry!

  30. Well, I knew Christine was a genius, but I didn't know she was this epic! Now I do. I'm so poaching this for something...sometime. Great idea!

  31. This is such an amazing contest! Now I'm really hungry! :) lol


  32. Oh wow! That has to be the coolest contest ever!! Cupcakes and books are all anyone needs :)

    I tweeted


  33. Oh this is a great giveaway! *stares at the list of prizes* Plus cupcakes = my weakness. YUM!

    I tweeted:

  34. Omg look at all that loot...and sweet stuff!


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  36. This really is the most epic contest in the universe. I want to get my hands on some of those recipes! :P. Plus so many amazing books as, wow. Ahmayzing :D.


  37. This is one of the coolest contests ever. I love baking. I think cookies, brownies, and cupcakes are my favorite things to make. Now I really want some cupcakes though..


  38. holy moly thats alot of stuff to win!! count me in!

  39. Tweeted it ( and will probably blog it as well--Fantastic contest! We do have quite the group sweet tooth : )

  40. Cool contest. Looking at that picture I really want cupcakes now.

    Tweeted too:

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  41. WOW what an EPIC contest! Putting baked goods and books together is just heaven with icing on top!

  42. this is an amazing contest! I love to bake but I am not very good at it, I can handle brownies and thats about it


  43. were right. Totally not ready for that. Amazing. Thanks so much to all of the authors participating!


  44. Okay. Now I'm hungry. This is a brilliant idea. Two of my favorite things - books and sweets together in one contest.


  45. Awesome contest! My favourite part about cupcakes is the frosting. Latest favourite frosting: one made with evaporated milk - it's very moreish!

  46. Wow!! This is an amazing contest. To be able to win all those books is making my head spin. What can be better than reading a good book while munching on yummy cakes :) Please enter me!!

    I'm also tweeting it as @thebookishsnob. Thanks!

  47. Wow what an amazing contest and so yummy!! Please enter me. :)

  48. This is beyond a sweet deal! Wow...unbelievable. I would love to win this!

    Jen Bigheart

  49. This is amazing! Thanks for the contest!


  50. This is an awesome contest! Sweets AND books? The best. (Plus I'm a total recipe collector as well as a book collector. How did you all know?)

  51. Oops, my email: mshellion @ gmail . com (without the spaces)

  52. Great contest! Two of my fave things: books and sweets!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  53. Baking treats? Check! I'm am so in line with all of you! Baking is one of my favorite things to do. Give me my mixer, a bunch of ingredients, and recipes and I will bake until the cows come home. Then at night going to bed with the smell of something fresh baked in the air... It's magical.

    Thank you so much for holding this sweet (pun intended) contest!

    Emily ebdye1(at)gmail

  54. This is so awesome! I love to bake and the recipes must be cool! Baking and reading sounds fab!

  55. Those cupcakes look sooooo good! This is an amazing contest! So many of those books are on my wishlist! :D


  56. Ooohhhh! Death by sweets! I love sweets! And exclamation points. It's the sugar high. This is absolutely the most amazing contest. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


  57. YAY for all the amazing sweet recipes and prizes!!!

    I'm in heaven!

    Thanks for being one of the hosts :)

    truthbetold004 at gmail dot com

  58. thoughtful comment...thinking, thinking...thinking that I really can't wait to read your book. Perhaps I shall eat cupcakes while I read it...hellishly heavenly cupcakes? yes.

  59. Now I am really hungry for cupcakes. I love trying out new recipes so I hope I win!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  60. Cupcakes? Bah! You know what is more delicious than cupcakes? Pumpkin bars. Also pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin pie. I have never encountered a pumpkin cupcake. Ergo: Cupcakes are inferior baked goods. Just saying.

    Books however, books are always awesome. Even without pumpkin.

    cass at feministdracona dot net

  61. The cupcakes look good but I'm more of an apple pie or brownie person,

    sgiden at

  62. Hand written, handed down recipes are by far the best to be found - there's something wonderful about a hand written recipe book (I've started one myself, just for the joy of it). There's also something fantastic about a hand written recipe - because they never go wrong. Tried and tested, they've got to be loved or they wouldn't be shared! Plus there's no picture so no need to worry if it might look a little 'wrong' as there's nothing to compare it to. This is a fantastic giveaway!


  63. I want to win this! I have a food blog, I want to blog about an author's recipe. And I particularly want to eat an orange-pineapple cake. I LOVE hand written recipes.

    thejoyofthejoyofcooking at hotmail dot com

  64. What a great contest, and yummy recipes too. Who wouldn't love that?


  65. Wow!!! I can't stop drooling over those yummy sounding recipes and awesome books!!

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  66. Oh sounds so great :)

    ::Crosses fingers hopes to win::

  67. Two of my favorite things together. Books and Baking, I would be a very happy girl.


    Thank you for this opportunity

  68. What a fun contest!
    I love to eat baked goods, and I obviously love the YA genre, (and books in general) but I can't bake to save my life!

    Love, Hannah
    xoxosweeet at yahoo dot com

  69. Indeed, this is the most epic contest ever! Thanks for participating! Your Sunday coffee cupcakes sound interesting-- I've heard of coffee cake, but coffee CUPCAKES? Revolutionary! :D

    - Lauren
    pichipitch (at) gmail (dot) com

  70. For some books (like Personal Demons) this contest simply perpetuates the eternal battle between angel (food cake) and devil (food cake).

    OK, that was too easy. May not even qualify as "thoughtful"!


  71. Sweeeeeeeet! Books and Baked Goods. THAT is a quintessential combo for me!

    Thanks so much for the contest!!

    ~ Joy
    joyfulpie AT aol DOT com

  72. Those cookies are the cutest thing ever! Thanks for participating in the sweet giveaway!

  73. You always have the nicest pictures interspersed with your blog, and the YA Bake Sale cupcakes are the yummiest ever. Thanks for being part of the contest.

  74. Oh my goodness, this is amazing and it's making me hungry! I love all kinds of sweets and all of you are so sweet to take the time to write out the recipes! Thank you!!

    -Julia Girvin

  75. Wow, what fantastic prizes. Count me in!

  76. Mmmm! Books and baked goods!?! Can it get any better? Methinks not. Count me in too, please. :D

    - Rhianna (RhiReading)

  77. This is an awesome contest idea!

    wbbusby at gmail dot com

  78. Yum, those cupcakes look good! Good thing it's almost my birthday and I have an excuse to make some! Though any excuse to bake is a good one, I think. And I would love to have more recipes to try out!!
    Thanks for the opportunity :)
    kirsten.jason.2010 at gmail dot com

  79. Please count me in because this is just amazing. lol

  80. Oh, oh. oh! What is this? Sweets and books!
    Wow, what a treat!! :)
    I follow on google friend but wish I could subscribe by email. wink-wink

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  81. Fantastic giveaway! I love collecting recipes and I definitely love books.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

  82. Hey, who could say no to delicious treats? Hmm?! Not me :) and just you know I prefer chocolate flavour over vanilla though I won't say no to vanilla... chocolate muffins, chocolate fritters, chocolate.... :0)

    Re-posted your contest at:


    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  83. This contest looks totally yummy! Gotta have those cupcakes now :D


  84. Those cupcakes look soo tasty its making me hungry!

    Cassandra C
    cassandra dot crouser at yahoo dot ca

  85. What a wonderful contest - combining 2 of my favorite things, YA and dessert recipes! Couldn't be more appropriate!

    Crazy Cat Lady

  86. Holy cow! AMAZING contest!

    I've always wanted to make neat cookies and cupcakes and what not but haven't tried yet. I should try sometime soon!

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

  87. What a great contest! I have an obsession with cupcakes so how perfect is that?!

  88. Those recipes all sound so good! Yum!

  89. I have a sudden urge to make cupcakes! Thanks!

  90. Wow! What a contest! Count me in!!!

  91. This is an amazing contest! Those cookies are adorable!! When I crave sweets, I like to make Mountain Dew Apple Cobbler! It is delicious!!!


  92. I think I already entered somewhere, but oh, well!

  93. Sweet treats and awesome books are 2 of my favourite things. What a great idea putting the two of them together.


  94. This is a epic idea!!