Monday, January 2, 2012

Initiation's almost here! I think it's time for PRIZES!

**I added a new way to enter below!

It's almost heeeeerrrreeee!! (Can you tell I'm excited? Cuz I'm not. I mean, why would I be freaking out that Team Canterwood gets INITIATION tomorrow?! :D)

Some of you have already found it in stores (thank you, booksellers!) and a lot of you haven't yet. Whether you've grabbed your copy or not, I think it's time to party with prizes! How else are we supposed to welcome Lauren to Canterwood?

In honor of book number lucky 13, I've got some fab stuff (my faves!) up for grabs. Check it:

That's right! We've got AMAZING Hair Tinsel and Gelly Roll pens. (Thank you to everyone at Hair Flairs and Sakura of America for offering up these fantastic prizes.

(Here's a pic of me from last January wearing dark purple tinsel. I was signing a book for our very own Jill (<3!)--the model for Sasha.) :)

The prizes up for grabs:

4 winners will receive:

2 packets of different color Hair Tinsel and either pink or purple Gelly Roll pens (all Tinsel and pen colors chosen by me at random)

1 GRAND prize winner will receive:

Your choice of a 20 minute phone call or 20 minute Skype session with me!  We'll both work out a date and time via e-mail. :)

You must be a US resident to enter. Sorry, international readers!! Winners will be drawn at random and notified via e-mail. So be sure to leave yours!

You have TWO WEEKS starting tomorrow to do one of the following (some options will be worth extra entries!):

* (Worth 5 extra entries) Review INITIATION on, or another book seller site. Put the link in your comment. 

* Post a comment here about what you liked about Initiation after reading it

* (Worth 3 EXTRA entries) Send me a photo of you and your copy (it can be a paperback or Nook, Kindle, etc., of Initiation. I will NOT post the photo on my blog unless I have parental permission.

* (Worth 2 EXTRA entries) Post about INITIATION on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and leave the link in the comments, Tweet it to me, or tag me on Facebook. 

* Post a comment here about how long it took you to finish Initiation

* (Worth 2 EXTRA entries) link to this blog post via your Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc!

* (Worth 4 EXTRA entries) Create something at Polyvore for your fave CC character! 

* (Worth 5 EXTRA entries) Make a YouTube (or other video hosting site) video about Initiation. You can review it, talk about what you liked/didn't like, send a shout out to other members of Team Canterwood--whatever you like! Get creative! :) *Please DO NOT email me the video because the file size will fill my inbox and then I won't be able to receive your messages* Put the link to your video in the comments section of this post. 

* And . . . 6 EXTRA entries go to the person (judged not by me, but by an impartial Internet friend) who gets the most creative about celebrating Initiation's release day. 

The contest closes on Monday, January 16, at 11:59pm EST. I will e-mail the winners on January 17, so be sure to check your email! 

Good luck to all!

Now, other stuff:

Among other places, you can find copies of INITIATION at awesome places such as:

Barnes & Noble


Indie Bound


Books a Million

I've been thinking a lot today about all of Team Canterwood and how lucky I am to have such a wonderful, amazing, intelligent group of readers. It makes me teary when I think back to the first e-mail I ever received about someone liking TAKE THE REINS. I can't believe the very first book will be out for three years later this month.


I would not be able to live my dream as a writer without EACH and EVERY one of you. Your messages keep me inspired, even on the darkest, tough days. I wish I could hug you all and be able to come up with better words than "thank you" for everything you've given me and the Canterwood Crest series. It would not continue without you.

I wish you all a very happy New Year! I've got copyedits to finish on POPULAR and then I'm starting to write COMEBACK. :)

Much love and cheers to 2012!



CCH said...

I loved the drama and the way Lauren wasn't a total copy off of Sasha.

It took me about two and a half hours to read

CCH said...

Is for the link to my blog

CCH said...

It took me about two hours to three hours to finish the book I got it Dec. 31. And finished it that night when I went to the sand dunes and went camping
I just got my Internet connection back today and just got back from camping

CCH said...

Oh yeah it's

horse_crazy said...

Too bad the contest is only for uSA local book store won't have the book before a while sadly...i'll probably buy it online!

Anonymous said...

OMG How did you guys get the book! it like, hasn't even come out yet!

Anonymous said...

I am getting it tomorrow after school. I can't wait to read it!!

Kusanar said...

I got my copy yesterday :D :D Can't wait to read it!

Emma said...

I love Lauren's love for classic fashion and French. Girl after my own heart! <3 That being said, I miss Sasha and Co., and there's a bit of a time inconsistency, since, in book 12, Lauren arrived mid-year, not at the beginning of the school year.

I also love the cliffhanger! There's so many options as to what Lauren was talking about.

I'll have to blog tomorrow...

Emma said...

I finished Initiation in about 1 1/2 hours. Normal for me.

And that link below is my blog post about Initiation!

horselover01 said...

I just finished reading Initiation yesterday. It was so good, but a cliffhanger as always which is why I can't wait to get Popular! Once again, a great contest, but only open to US residents :(

Adina H. said...

omg this is awezome! I love how everything was super descriptive with the clothes, and decorating, and the academy its self. It made me see CC in a whole new light :D. I got it on Saturday and I finished it in one day because I just couldnt put it down for long. E-mail is: Can't wait to read popular and c how LT's friends deal with her keeping the "secret" from them

Kacie Farris said...

Totally going for Polyvore!!! I MIGHT make a video, it depends on how busy I am :/ But for now:


My E-Mail is horsequeenkacieATcomcastDOTnet

Unknown said...

I can't enter the contest, but I finished in 4 hours. Faster then usual for me. I was hoping something like that wouldn't happen to Lauren, but that's what makes the book so intense and awesome! But I love how you have Lauren deal with Riley. There's no way I could be that chill with a girl like that always making me mess up. But I found she's a little bit too much like Jazz, in my opinion. But still a fantastic book! Can't wait until Popular!!!! :D

Anonymous said...

I cannot read all of these posts, as I do not have my copies of Initiation that I pre-ordered from AMAZON!!!!!!Killing me.....Love your books Jess.

Adina H. said...

also sending u a pic of me with iniation jess for another entry.

Chloe said...

I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But i do really miss sasha.
i waited up till 12 am i downloaded it on my kindle and i read it in a 13 hours it was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo GREAT AMAZING AND AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not even close to the end of the book ( Chapter 7 ) and I sneaked a peek on the end. I REALLY want to read Popular now!!! Cliffhanger! LOL

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I loved the new book! Couln't put it down and begged the barnes and noble lady to give it to me 2 and a hald weeks early. CCA books are my oaisis from my hectic books. Just wanted to say thankyou for all of the hard work you've done ! B)
-Emily J (EmilyandAladdin4ever!@<3)

Anonymous said...

I meant hectic life -EMILY

Sophia said...

I loved Khloe and GLEE!!! Great book. Counting the days till Popular!

Anonymous said...

I LOVED Initiation!!! It was a great book. I liked how it is a little more diverse than the other books. I got it 2 days early!! The bookstore said they didn't have it but I checked and they did!! So yay for me!!!! But I lllooooved the book the characters are awesome and I like getting to know them again like I did with Sasha.

Anonymous said...

It took me about 2 days to finish and I wrote the last comment but forgot to put:

Olivia said...
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Olivia said...
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Olivia said...

OK! It finally uploaded right!!!! I loved your book!


Olivia said...

Oh I forgot to put my email!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am more than half finished with Initiation, I love the French interjections! LT is so cool!Way to go Jess!

Connie said...

It took me two hours, 49 minutes, and twenty-three seconds to read Initiation. (Stopwatch.)
What I liked about Initiation was the drama about Lauren's secret, and the very vivid descriptions of all the characters' clothes, appearance, and personality. Lauren seems like a sweet person. I enjoyed reading about how Lauren tackled the workload at Canterwood while still having enough time to bond with Khloe, Lexa, Jill, Clare, and Riley. I won't say anything about all the girls' personalities, but please read my blog post about it.

Connie said...

My blog is

Connie said...

I wrote a review on
I don't know if I have to tell you, but I did.

Anonymous said...

Finished with Initiation loved the ending, so much drama! LT is such a great addition to CC!!

Connie said...

Again, I am not sure if this info is needed or not, but for the Barnes and Noble review on Initiation I used a pen name.
Bubbles821...I left my blog address on the comment for identification, but I just wanted to make sure I would get hose 5 extra entries (I am SO hoping to win-especially the grand prize but I'd be SUPER happy for the hair tinsel and pens as well!)
Can't wait for Popular.

Connie said...

UGHHHHHH I posted my Initiation review this morning on Barnes and Noble, and when I signed in it said that I had posted the comment. YET I cannot find it on the review list!!!! Which means I don't get the five entries!!!!
Connie/Chamomile/Bubbles821 is very frustrated.
Anybody know how I can get my review to show up...????

Katie ( said...

I love how Lauren is easy to relate to for me, and how she always tries to be the best person she can be, and when Riley is mean to her, she doesn't let it bother her too much.

Anonymous said...

it took me from 7:30PM-10:30PM of day 1 than from a total of 4 hrs to read the book
I honestly thought that the book was amazing and i would reread it over and over again :)

Anonymous said...

I posted about initiation on Facebook!My favorite part about initiation is the ending when they were all in the common room watching Lauren's accident:(It took me 2 days to finish hours=3 and a half:)!!My EMAIL is

Callie said...

This is the link for my blog

Callie said...

I wrote a review for but it's being processed so it should show up in 48hours it said

Callie said...

Hey Jessica, you should come to the Maryland Horse Expo, the farm I ride at is gong there, it's like anything horse is there LITERALLY
It's awesome, check out the website

Connie said...

Okay, so since my review didn't work I created a new account, and it worked!
For clarification, my pen name is bookworm82100.
Loved Initiation, can't wait for Popular!

Connie said...

It was a Barnes and Noble review.

Anonymous said...

I was so obsessed with Initiation, I think I peed my pants when I first touched it. I sprinted to the register to buy it and immediately read the book that night. Talk about a drama crave! I think that Lauren is totally original and seperate from Sasha, besides the fact that they're both equestrians. Lauren's more fierce than Sasha, and she tends to do better at fending for herself, while Sasha would run back to her dorm and cry when bad things happened. Lauren just clears stuff from her mind and attempts for forget about it, but Sasha is a worry-wort. Thanks for such an AMAZING novel, Jess! My email is

Anonymous said...

I haven't read INITIATION yet but I'm sure it will be great.

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