YA Debut Authors Bash 2017: Guest Post with Candace Ganger & Giveaway

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Welcome to my stop on the 2017 Debut Authors Bash hosted by YA Reads! Today on the blog, Candace Ganger gives us a list of some lesser known facts about herself. Before we read the dirt on Candace, let’s take a look at her debut YA novel, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post to win your own copy of the book.

314506751Title: The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash
Author: Candace Ganger
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: July 25, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads): Birdie never meant to be at the party. Bash should have been long gone. But when they meet, a collision course is set off they may never recover from.

Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall—hard—the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo. Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

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Top 10 Lesser Known Facts About Candace Ganger, Author of The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash

I have a long list of phobias, including, but not limited to, plastic cups, farm machinery, and bare mattresses. Every day, it seems there’s a new thing I’m terrified of.

I’ve never had an invisible friend, but talk out loud, to myself, 99% of every day.

  1. As an avid mental health advocate and someone who lives with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Distress Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder (yeah, it’s a lot), I’ve been pinching my toes together between passing objects since five years old.
  2. I’ve had a lot of jobs but my least favorites include door-to-door vacuum sales, an annoying telemarketer (sorry), and mortgage company receptionist where I was belittled every day until fired.
  3. In high school, I was in M-Club — a Marion (IN) Giants basketball cheering section where I regularly held signs asking old Coach Moe to marry me (and I see how incredibly inappropriate that is now…yikes).
  4. I performed at a Boys & Girls Club talent show in middle school and walked away with a second place trophy (I think they felt sorry for me).
  5. I eat a mandatory yogurt mixed-with peanut butter and chocolate chips every night before bed.
  6. My first real kiss wasn’t until my sophomore year.
  7. My husband and I met performing at the same open mic.
  8. I didn’t begin running until I turned 31 — a year after my son and I nearly died from his traumatic birth. In the time since, I’ve run 1 ultramarathon, 7 marathons — including Boston — 9 half marathons, and dozens of 5 & 10ks.

View More: http://merindabuchananphotography.pass.us/candaceCandace Ganger is a mother, blogger, contributing writer for sites like Teen Vogue, TWLOHA, Bustle, Romper, XO Jane & Hello Giggles. She’s also an obsessive marathoner and continual worrier (yay!). Her debut YA novel, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH, is out now via St. Martin’s Griffin, and she’s part of a YA mental health anthology, LIFE INSIDE MY MIND, out April 10th, 2018 via S&S. Her forthcoming YA novel from St. Martin’s Wednesday Books, FALLEN LOVED ONES AWAITING TRANSFER (#float) doesn’t have a pub date yet, but will soon!

When she’s not writing for other people’s fame or stress baking, you can find her training for marathons in cemeteries or taming her two weird kids (not to be confused with her two weird cats) while consuming way too many Milky Way lattes. You can follow her obsessive cat picture posting shenanigans via @candylandgang on Twitter!

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Giveaway:

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Book Giveaway Hop: December 2017 New Releases

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Welcome to the November 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by It Starts at Midnight!

It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to an end already! It has been such an amazing year for book releases, and I think that the December new releases are so fantastic. Foolish Hearts sounds like such an interesting story and I am so excited to read the new Kasie West novel, as well.

This giveaway is open to international entries, as long as The Book Depository ships to you! You can enter to win any book published in November 2017 that you are most excited for, worth up to $20 USD. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to a notification email with their address and choice of book. Rules.

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Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop: $20 Amazon Gift Card

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Welcome to the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It! One of my favourite times to participate in a giveaway hop is just before Christmas. It’s always wonderful to be able to spread a little holiday cheer and help out my followers with their gift giving!

I am giving away one $20 USD Amazon Gift Card that can be used to purchase books or any other holiday items that you may have on your list. This giveaway is open to international entries. Rules.

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Book Giveaway Hop: November 2017 New Releases

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Welcome to the November 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by It Starts at Midnight!

How excited for you for all of these amazing books hitting the shelves just before the holidays? I know that there are quite a few of these November books on my wishlist. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi is one that I hope to receive, as that cover is just stunning.

This giveaway is open to international entries, as long as The Book Depository ships to you! You can enter to win any book published in November 2017 that you are most excited for, worth up to $20 USD. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to a notification email with their address and choice of book. Rules.

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