A CAMP OUT Contest

Hello, everyone! You may have heard two things about me lately:

  1. After a bad fall a few weeks back, I’ve had my right arm in a cast. Yes, I am right-handed. On top of everything else going on, this has been…challenging.
  2. I have a new book coming out on Tuesday (5/12), the fourth in the Infamous Ratsos series, titled The Infamous Ratsos CAMP OUT!

CAMP OUT is about many things (camping trips, scouting, poison ivy, the perfection of s’mores and the grandparents who provide them) but it is first and foremost about how asking for help is just as noble as offering it. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who likes to feel competent and independent and really enjoys accomplishing things, so feeling helpless — let alone asking for help — does not always come easily. But in the physical state I’m in now, I can’t do a lot on my own: I can’t spread cream cheese on a bagel or write my name or even tie my shoes. So I’ve had to ask for help, again and again. It’s a bit scary, making myself feel so vulnerable, but it’s also a relief, that I can’t even pretend to be together and in charge all the time, which is just as exhausting as having your arm in a cast.

So I’m going to run a little contest this week. Tell me via Twitter (@karalareau) about the last time you asked for help, with the tag #InfamousRatsosCampOut. You’ll have until Thursday 5/14 at 11:59pm ET to post. I’ll choose three winners at random and will announce them on Friday. Each winner will receive their very own signed copy of The Infamous Ratsos CAMP OUT, along with…

…a kit for making your own s’mores!

Though it might be tough to go out camping these days, don’t let that stop you — check out my Pinterest page here for some tips for camping indoors or in your backyard!

(US entries only, and one entry per person. Winners will have to wait until the end of the month to receive their prizes, as I can’t sign books until my cast is removed!)

A Bland New Book

Fasten your seatbelts.

The final book in the Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters trilogy is taking off on January 8, 2019. It’s called Flight of the Bluebird.

I’m still getting used to the idea that this is the last book I’ll ever write about Jaundice and Kale. (Though it’s certainly not the end of their story, as you’ll see when you read it.) Despite how challenging this series has been to write, these girls have thoroughly charmed me. I hope you’ve been charmed (however-Blandly), too.

And I hope you’ll help me celebrate this final chapter. I’ve partnered with my neighborhood indie bookstore and I’m running a preorder contest over the next month — I’ll choose three winners, and each winner will receive signed and personalized hardcover editions of ALL THREE Bland Sisters adventures, as well as 2 pieces of mystery swag!

Here’s how it works:

  • Preorder Flight of the Bluebird (link here) and I’ll sign and personalize it once it’s published on 1/8/19. Be sure to add how you want it personalized in the order comments. (While you’re at it, feel free to order any and all of my other titles, and I’ll sign/personalize those, too — if you order soon, you’ll get them in time for the holidays!)
  • Email me here with a photo/screenshot/printout of your receipt. That counts as one entry to win!
  • You can also promote Flight of the Bluebird on Twitter or Instagram; use the hashtag #FlightoftheBluebird and mention me (@karalareau) so I see it. Each time you promote the book counts as another entry to win!
  • The contest ends at 11:59pm EST on January 7, 2019. I’ll then draw the three winners and they’ll be announced here and on my Twitter and Instagram feeds on pub day, January 8, 2019. US mailing addresses only.

Thank you so much for supporting my books and accompanying me on this however-unintentional adventure — good luck and BON VOYAGE!