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Announcing the CAVENDISHLICIOUS ALA Giveaway!

21 Jun

SO. You know how, a couple of weeks ago, I had this mega-awesome giveaway to coincide with BEA? And it was called CAVENDISHLICIOUS? And Jon Hamm endorsed it?

Well! This weekend is ALA (the giant American Library Association conference in Anaheim), so — you guessed it — I’m holding . . .


There’s UNICORN, dancing again. He loves dancing. He also is so excited about this giveaway that I keep having to put my finger on his muzzle to calm him. It’s kind of like when you put a blanket over a bird’s cage at night or when the Mad Hatter puts jam on the Dormouse’s nose in Alice in Wonderland (OF WHICH I CANNOT FIND A CLIP FOR THE LIFE OF ME).

Anyway, so here are the details. Cavendish comes out in less than three months now. Actually, in exactly a week, it will be TWO MONTHS until the release date (oh dear god are you serious someone find me some jam for my nose okay) and as much as that makes me want to do this

and this

and a little bit of this

mostly it just makes me want to SHOWER YOU WITH GIFTS.

What gifts, you say?


The CAVENDISHLICIOUS ALA Giveaway has four different levels of prizes.

**And for those of you who participated in the BEA giveaway, pay attention! For, lo! The grand prize is DIFFERENT this time!**

TEN winners will receive Prize Pack #1:

pretty pretty CAVENDISH postcard + bug swag + candy + pretty pretty CAVENDISH magnet

FIVE winners will receive Prize Pack #2:

Prize Pack #1 + a pack of CAVENDISH stationery + a stylish (and handy!) CAVENDISH tote bag

TWO winners will receive Prize Pack #3:

Prize Pack #1 + Prize Pack #2 + . . . a SIGNED CAVENDISH ARC!

And ONE winner will receive the GRAND PRIZE, which is . . .

. . . omg I am so excited about this . . . 

. . . like seriously you don’t even know . . .

. . . an original piece of Cavendish art by the book’s illustrator, the uber-talented Sarah Watts!

“An original Watts?!” you say, incredulous. “But it can’t be true!”

OH IT SO IS. Take a look at this beauty:

Look look! It’s Victoria and Lawrence! And creepy dead children in the corners! And the Cavendish Home up there all spooky and whatnot! And BUGS!


I KNOW. For real, though. Those are some fantabulous prizes, in my completely unbiased opinion. This is how much I love you and how utterly, over-the-moon EXCITED I am about Cavendish!

So, how do you play?

Well first of all, let me tell you a little somethin’-somethin’.

See, as you may or may not know, bugs are an important part of our heroine Victoria’s adventures in Cavendish. And they’re no ordinary bugs. They’re especially smart, especially evil, especially . . . shall we say . . . RESILIENT bugs. And they’re so important, and were so disturbing to the point of nightmares, as I am entomophobic fun to write about that I decided to bring them to life.


And there’s a lot more where that came from . . .


(Yes, I cackled madly as I took these pictures.)

Sadly, I will not be at ALA. But! At the Simon & Schuster booth, you will be able to find not only bugs, but ARCs! That’s right! Cavendish ARCs! The bugs will be attached to these lovely postcards that S&S put together for me:

That’s the front, and here’s the back:

If you’ll notice, some of the bugs are in barrette form, while the others are in brooch form (that is, with a t-shirt pin on the back, and isn’t it weird that brooch is pronounced like broach?). When you get your postcard, keep your bug! In your pocket as a good luck charm! On your co-worker’s desk, as you lurk gleefully around the corner! In your hair!

Like so:

Or jauntily pinned to your ALA badge!

I mean, come on. Can’t you imagine waltzing around ALA with this giant cockroach in your hair, and someone sees it! Points and gasps! Shrieks! “Don’t move, something’s ON YOU!” they say. Breezily, you say, “Oh, you mean this?” and PLUCK IT FROM YOUR HAIR LIKE IT AIN’T NO THANG.

I’m just saying.

But whatever you do, don’t get rid of that bug. It’s a key to winning BIG PRIZES.


Ahem. I’m getting there.


  1. For a chance to win one of these CAVENDISHLICIOUS prizes, simply comment below! That gets you ONE ENTRY. Easy-peasy!
  2. For another chance to win, tweet about this contest and include a link to your tweet in your comment below. That gets you TWO ENTRIES.
  3. For a third chance to win, add Cavendish to your Goodreads and include the link to your profile in your comment below. That gets you THREE ENTRIES.

And now for the special ALA rules!

  1. I’m really bummed that I can’t be at ALA to take part in all this fun, because it was sooo much fun at BEA. So! If you send me a picture of you with your bug, either in a comment or email (clairelegrandbooks [at] gmail [dot] com) — or TWEET at me (@clairelegrand) with your picture — you will get TWO EXTRA ENTRIES. 
  2. I’m also really bummed that I can’t be there at ALA to see my ARCs out in the wild, so! If you send me a picture of you with a Cavendish ARC, either in a comment on this post or in an email — or TWEET at me with your picture! — you will get TWO EXTRA ENTRIES.

That’s right. If you do all of the above? You get 10 total chances to win one of the CAVENDISHLICIOUS prize packs — including that Very Special Sarah Watts Grand Prize! But even if you’re not attending ALA, that’s 6 total chances to win.

Extra! Entries! To win! Prizes! Swag! ARCs! Sarah Watts Art! Funtimes!


Man that’s a long word.

The CAVENDISHLICIOUS ALA Giveaway begins NOW and ends Thursday, June 28 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Oh yeah, and this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.

And don’t forget! The first chapter of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is available on my blog! You can read it by clicking the link below:


Now, I leave you with this picture of Jon Hamm, because . . . I mean . . . well. This picture just never gets old, is what I’m saying.

And yeah, Le Hamm still loves Cavendish. With the fire of a thousand suns. He told me so. And he wants you to love it, too.


19 Jun

BEA has come and gone (and I have finally recovered), so you know what that means . . .

It’s time to announce the winners of my CAVENDISHLICIOUS BEA giveaway!

What? WHAT?! YES, it’s TRUE! And this is so exciting that Jon Hamm has returned, overcome with delight because he, too, has been waiting on pins and needles to hear the winners.

Well then. WELL THEN. I don’t think anything can describe the joy (and panache!) of this moment better than that picture, so:


Prize Pack #1 (pretty pretty CAVENDISH postcard + bug swag + candy + pretty pretty CAVENDISH magnet)

Erica (@thebookcellarx), vivien (@deadtossedwaves), Lisa Marie (@lisalueddecke), Jazz, elena (@novelsounds), Enna P. (@ennapenglin), Julianna (@JustJuliHelms), Sara (@thehidingspot), Amy (@amabe421), and Michelle (@chelleyreads)

Prize Pack #1 + Prize Pack #2 (a pack of CAVENDISH stationery + a stylish – and handy! – CAVENDISH tote bag)

Sarah (@drpharmgrl), Deserae McG (@sommertales), Annie Moore (@AnnieMooreBooks), lisa deal, and Cecelia (@celialarsen)

Prize Pack #1 + Prize Pack #2 + . . . a SIGNED CAVENDISH ARC!

Kaye (@gildedspine) and A Man DA (@silvergrl21)

and the E-Reader Grand Prize goes to. . .

Alexandra (@salseraBeauty)

Winners, congrats on your prizes! Please check your email and send me your complete mailing addresses.

A huge thank you to EVERYONE who participated in this giveaway. I hope you had as much fun with it as I did!

If you didn’t win this time, never fear! I’m holding a SECOND CAVENDISHLICIOUS giveaway in conjunction with ALA this weekend. I’ll be giving away more swag, more ARCs, more BUGS, and a very special grand prize. And when I say “very special,” I mean Jon Hamm would look at said very special grand prize and go like this:

Stay tuned to the blog for more info on Thursday!

And don’t forget! If you haven’t already, you can check out the first chapter of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls here.

Thoughts From BEA (or, GOD MY FEET HURT)

12 Jun

Last week, I attended BookExpo America (BEA), which is a huge publishing shindig about which you can read a much more entertaining description here. It was a hoot and a half, let me tell you.

I planned to write some sort of “BEA Recap” post. They’re pretty popular in the blogosphere, and I love reading other people’s summaries of the event. But then I realized 1) I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures; 2) I’m too lazy to go hunt for other people’s pictures; 3) IT’S ALL A HAZY BLUR; and 4) mehhhh I LIKE LISTS. So I wrote a kind-of recap, but I’m not sure it really counts.

Anyway, BEHOLD:


  • got free books!
  • attended awesome panels!
  • participated in the high-energy Apocalypsies event WHICH ROCKED ALL THE WORLDS EVER
  • cried because Lois Lowry made me, she MADE ME
  • infested the Javits Center with cockroaches
  • diverted my route, on countless occasions, through the booths that had extra padding in their carpets TO SAVE MY BURNING FEET
  • met awesome booksellers!
  • met awesome bloggers!
  • met awesome authors!
  • gave swag to REBECCA “THE STEADMEISTER” STEAD (that is the name I gave to her, fondly, in my head, i.e., she does not know so shhh)
  • had Thai food for the first time!
  • ate too much Thai food
  • got caught in the rain with my editor while discussing Hoarders
  • participated in an impromptu toast to the late Ray Bradbury with some truly disgusting bourbon (which I downed like a CHAMP! hoo-ahhhh!)
  • stood in line
  • stood in line
  • pretty much lost my voice
  • met more awesome people!


  • “The Internet here is like the cyber-equivalent of flea poop.”
  • “How is my book ever going to compete, like at all? THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS IN THE WORLD.”
  • “Did my publicist just hug me in a weird way? What does that mean? Did I somehow annoy my publicist? If I circled back and reassured her that if I did indeed annoy her, I didn’t mean to . . . would that weird her out further?”
  • “So-and-so’s hair/dress/body/poise is better than mine. God, WHY AM I SO AWKWARD?”
  • “Someone I recognize. THANK GOD. LET ME HUG YOU. Oh, did I just interrupt the conversation you were having? Please, carry on. WHILST I CLING TO YOU.”
  • “It’s like, the more people I talk to, the more incoherent I become. Maybe I should just start saying, ‘Hello, you are? My name! Gloogleflorp. Books! Purple giraffe.’ I’m not sure people could tell the difference. God, WHY AM I SO AWKWARD?”
  • “I’m so stopping by Duane Reade on the way home to stock up on candy. Or booze. Or BOTH.”
  • “I’m sweatinggggg. Can people see how much I’m sweating? I would go to the bathroom to wipe myself down but THERE IS ALWAYS A LINE. GOD.”
  • “If I go crawl under that table in the Penguin booth to take a nap, would they judge me? Would they kick me out of the event? Do I care?”
  • “[So-and-so authors] on [such-and-such panel] are so pretty/talented/eloquent/[insert complimentary adjective here]. Why can’t I be like that? I wish I could be on a panel.”
  • “Food. Food food. Food food food! Food.”
  • ” . . . Wait. Why am I not on a panel?! This obviously means I am some sort of failure. Because I am not good enough to be on a panel. Everyone else in the entire world is on panels. Oh god everyone hates me. EVERYONE OBVIOUSLY HATES ME.”
  • “Should I give Kristin Cashore a cockroach? Would Kristin Cashore want a pin cockroach or a barrette cockroach? These are sentences I never thought I’d say.”
  • “I think I’m going to keep being indifferent toward John Green just out of spite, because everyone likes him so much. Does that make me a bad person?”
  • “I bet it’ll end up being like with Harry Potter, when I refused to read them out of spite because they were so popular, and then I gave in, and then my life changed.”
  • “Come to think of it, that’s kind of like how I was with cheesecake. The whole thing about cheese and cake being in the same dish offended my sense of order. So then we had denial, denial, spite, denial . . . and then one day, BAM! Cheesecake. And then BAM! Life = changed.”
  • “Mmm . . . cheesecake . . . “
  • “Would you like a cockroach? Would you like a cockroach? Would you like a cockroach?”
  • “The word ‘cockroach’ has officially lost all meaning. So has ‘Cavendish’. So have ALL THE OTHER WORDS.”
  • ” . . . I wish I was cooler. How are all these people so cool?”
  • “My book feels so small. I feel so small. This is impossible.”
  • ” . . . Maybe I’m not cut out for this.”
  • “Hey, it’s that person from Twitter who is in fact real!”
  • “I wish unicorns were real.”
  • “Wait. That’s silly. They’re totally real.”
  • “Must not jump the bones of bloggers who are already excited about my book that’s coming out two years from now. Must not jump the bones of bloggers who are already excited about my book that’s coming out two years from now. Must not . . . aw, screw it. *FLINGS SELF INTO ARMS OF BLOGGERS*”
  • “This place would be hella freaky at night.”
  • “This place smells like old underpants.”
  • “This place needs more cake.”

Did you go to BEA? Did you have fun? Do you like cake? GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS.

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