Friday, February 11, 2011

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY Winner (and agent query critique contest!)

And the winner is...

Samantha Sotto-Yambao

Please send your shipping info to katrina (dot) lantz (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll get this baby pre-ordered for you!

Samantha won BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY as part of our Operation Awesome Month of Follower Love. 

Come back on Valentine's Day for some even bigger Follower Love!

TWO fabulous (and so generous) literary agents have offered up query critiques to help us celebrate our 300+ awesome followers: you guys! We'll have a random drawing from the comments, so be sure to stop by on Love Day!

Here's the awesomeness Samantha will be getting:

Add it on Goodreads

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.


  1. Congrats on your win, Samantha.

    WHat a way to share the love.... What a great contest.. I see you Valentine's day.


  2. Congrats on the win and what a gorgeous cover!

  3. Congrats! And I can't wait for Monday's contest. I'll be here :)

  4. man, you guys are just full of giveaways lately! Throw my name in that drawing please

  5. *Does the Snoopy dance* Wow! Thank you! So excited to read the book - which is the only thing I've ever won in my life (except for a VHS player - Yes. It was THAT long ago. LOL.). :)

  6. Congratulations to Samantha and I am looking forward to Monday's post. Thanks for the opportunity.


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