Thursday, July 2, 2009

Rock This! Thursday Giveaway

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Release Date: July 21, 2009

Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.

Since Stephanie is our Author of the Month, I thought doing a giveaway for her upcoming novel would be great. Oh and also because the book blew me away and is one of my new favorites!

For your chance to win just leave a comment with your email address (no email, no entry)by July 21st at midnight (central time). This contest is only open to those with a US or Canada mailing address. Contest is now closed! Thanks to all who entered.

Extra entries:

+2 for becoming a follower

+3 for already being a follower

+3 if you comment on my interview with Stephanie here (UPDATED)

+1 for every place you link this contest too

+5 Since the book is based in the 90's, leave a comment telling something that you loved from that era. For example most of the bands I love like Nirvana, Bush, Green Day, No Doubt, Sublime, Alanis Morissette, and tons others came out around then. Let's not forget the best movie ever from 1995 called Empire Records! (Damn the Man! Save the Empire! Rave on! Rave on!)



Eli said...

Great contest! x)

+3 for being a follower.
+1 for posting this contest on my sidebar. (
+5 My favorite part of the 90's were the old shows I use to watch! Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Are you afraid of the dark?, Clarissa explains it all, Boy Meets World, Kenan and Kel, there are so many!

Unknown said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

I'm also a Blogger follower.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Lilixtreme said...

+3 already a follower
+1 posted on sidebar:
+5 The hair. Should have seen my mom's hair back then...'nough said.

Erica said...

I'm already a follower

and I loved the music of the 90s :P
I mean come on, who didn't love Britney and Hanson :)

Unknown said...

I love the 90's because of the rockin music, Green Day is a fav!

I'm following now.

Dottie :)

Tasha said...

+3 for being a follower

+5 All of the old shows most definitely! You can't beat Boy Meets World and Doug! They just don't make 'em like that anymore haha

Thanks so much!


DeNiSe said...
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DeNiSe said...

I live 20 minutes away From Oak Park I must read this book
+3 Im already a follower
+5 My favorite movie of all time came out in the 90's
10 Thing That I Hate About YOu :X


RagDollVampGirl said...

Wow!! Great Contest!!

+3 I am A Follower
+5 Do YOu Remember All The Cult Classic Movies?? Like Urban Legend, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, And The Craft... I Miss Movies Like That.. Even Though Some People Found them Cheesy I Love Them... And I Also Miss BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!!! That Was My Favorite Show!! I Still Watch It On DVD..
+1 Posted On My Blog Above My Posts..



Jenna said...

This book has been on my radar, and it looks like it will be amazing.

I'm already a follower.

I really miss the cartoons from the 90s (Rugrats, Rockos Modern Life, Doug, etc.)Those were the ones I grew up on, so they will always hold a special place in my heart that no new cartoon can ever touch.


Unknown said...

Count me in:)

I loved the Babysitter's Club books.

+3 for already being a follower

+1 for every place you link this contest too

+5 Since the book is based in the 90's, leave a comment telling something that you loved from that era.


Unknown said...

Blogged about giveaway


throuthehaze said...

+3 already a follower

+1 blogged:

+5 we are kindred spirits because I love all those things too! I also REALLY loved the movie Hackers!

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Flip The Page! Book Reviews said...

+3 for already being a follower

+1 for linking it on twitter-

+1 for linking it on my page

+5 for answering the question-

The thing i love most about the 90's is Tupac and Boyz in The Hood! Usually i dont like rap very much but i am a sucker for that movie! It's just so good!


Brittany said...

This really is an amazing book!

+3 already a follower

+1 Linked on my sidebar

+5 I most certainly have to agree with Empire Records (What's with today, today?)the 90's also brought us my favorite writer's first work Weetzie Bat(okay so it was'89 but shhhh) The 90's brought some of my favorite movies like Fight Club, SLC Punk, Clerks and Mallrats.


Liz said...

This book sounds great!

+3 already a follower

+5 My favorite part of the 90's were the movies and cartoons! (Forest Gump, Titanic, Rugrats, ect)


liztapioka14 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Marie said...

Words cannot describe how much I want to read this book!
+3 for being a follower already
+5 Nirvana all the WAY! And also Hole...


Sab H. said...
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Sab H. said...

OMG! Empire Records is my favorite movie of all times. I never thought somebody else would love it the way I do!(I know every dialog! its crazy). What else I loved about the 90's other tha Emp R? I would have to say FRIENDS because it is the best show ever.

+3 I'm already a follower.

donnas said...

Great contest.

I am a follower.

There were so many great things in the 90's. I loved REM for music and Friends for TV.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

amanda said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

+2 for becoming a follower

+5 - I loved the shows 90210 (the original) and Doug... I also was really into slap bracelets in the early 90's, although I may have been a little late on that one :)

Kaitlyn said...

+3 I am already a follower!
+5 My favorite part of the 90's is definitely all of the shows and music.
I mean, Are You Afraid of The Dark?, TLC, Boy Meets World, Even Stevens, and Buffy!

I loved all of those shows and artists.

Lesley (aka Upper West Side Writer) said...

I would love to win--thanks!


Lesley (aka Upper West Side Writer) said...

I am now following your blog--thanks!


Lesley (aka Upper West Side Writer) said...

+5: My favorite '90s memory? The Smashing Pumpkins! I fell in love with them in middle school, the first "favorite band" I ever had!


valerie2350 said...

sounds great - sweeps4bloggers at gmail dot com


Ed Edd and Eddie!!!! :) oh....and the power puff girls

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

Sounds like an interesting novel, count me in, many thanks for this giveaway.

Sarah said...

Great contest! I loved the 90s.

+3 Already a follower.
+5 What I loved was the tv shows. The ones that you would wake up extra early to see. I use to love watching Yu-Gi-Oh. Then shows like Blue's Clues and Kennan and Kel, The Amanda Show, All That. Television just isn't that good anymore.



scottsgal said...

Please count me in for this one too

+3 already a follower

+5 loved Boy Meets World and so much of the music of the 90's

msboatgal at

Cindy said...

count me in


+3 already a follower
+5 Watching Boy Meets Wrold, Clueless, 7th Heaven and cartoons like Pokemon :)

Anonymous said...

+3 I'm already following you through GoogleReader (if that counts)

+5 I think you mentioned almost all of my favorite music of the 90s : I was a fan of Green Day, No Doubt and Alanis! But, one thing you didn't mentioned was... New Kids on the Block! I was WAY too young and didn't understand english at the time, but my older sister was a fan, so of course I had to love them too ;)

infiniteshelf at gmail dot com

Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

+3 I follow

+5 Favorite TV show of the 90's is friends. Favorite movie of the 90's is Forrest Gump, favorite band of the 90's is Green Day, favorite clothes in the 90's would be platform shoes...and having my son in 1999 would be my top favorite thing

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Test said...

I would love to enter! :)

+3 I'm already a follower
+1 There is a link to this on the sidebar of of my blog: Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
+5 My favorite part of the '90s was all the really amazing movies, tv shows, and music groups that cam from it: Ten Things I Hate About You, Boy Meets World, Clueless, Friends, No Doubt, and many others.

Kristen said...


+3 already a follower
+5 Hm... the 90s? I really loved watching shows like Boy Meets World, All That, great replays of shows like Bewitched and I Love Lucy on Nick at Nite. Ah the good old days.

Kristen said...

Oh my email! Dur!

Misusedinnocence said...

This looks great!

Misusedinnocence said...

+3 I became a follower. :)

Misusedinnocence said...

+5 - The 90's was when I was first introduced to Star Wars, when they were re-released. Awakening forever my inner geek. ;)

wheresmyrain said...

good book choice for the contest

Laina said...

That duck freaking creeps me out.

+3 I'm already a follower.
+1 I link here:
+5 Well, I particularly liked being born, that was nice. (1992.) There's a blog: That cracks me up, it's so funny... and true.

tashiana said...

+2 i've been a follower 4 like a day
+3 i commented on the interview
+5 i rlly miss the cartoons hey arnold, catdog, rocket power, the original rugrats and not crappy all grown up
yeah lol

Eleni said...

+2 I became a follower!
+3 I commented on Stephanie's interview
+1 I twitted about it:
+5 I loved some of the TV shows in the 90's such as 90210, Married with children, mama's family, full house, saved by the bell and the list can go on and on...



pepsivanilla said...

Please enter me :)

+2 I became a follower
+3 commented on your interview
with Stephanie
+5 I loved Boy Meets World and I miss it so much. And also Bug Juice on Disney. That was just a great reality show.


Nelsby said...

Thanks for the giveaway...this book sounds like such a good read!

+2 I became a follower

+3 I commented on your interview with Stephanie

+1 I shared this post on user name is Nelsby

+1 I shared this post on user name is JenAim

+1 I shared this post on user name is Nelsby

+1 I shared this post on user name is Nelsby

+1 I shared this post on user name is Nelsby

+1 I shared this post on user name is Nelsby

+1 I shared this post on Twitter:

+5 First and foremost, I absolutely LOVE the movie Reality Bites...still can't get enough of it! I hate to start naming bands because I might not stop...but here's a few of my faves: Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam.

sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Book Sp(l)ot said...

+3 for already being a follower
+5 I love No Doubt too (Tragic Kingdom CD msot so 90s there), still loev my 90s pop too, though...Bringing Down the Horse Wallflowers CD, Buffy, 10 Things I Hate Abotu You (was that 90s?), and my baby doggy who was born in the 90s..I miss her D: And living in the Chicago area...I did that in the 90s (or most of it.)


Book Sp(l)ot said...

posted it on my sidebar now: and commented on the interview (in my own strange way :D)
(+1 & +3)


mrsshukra said...

I want to win this book!

+2 - New follower!


notemily said...

My email is sophie[dot]sensation[at]gmail[dot]com, I'm already a follower, and my favorite thing about the 90s is the first three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Liviania said...

My favorite thing about the nineties is that there was great women's figure skating. Michelle Kwan was at the top of her game and so were the competitiors. There's no one I really want to root for in the sport right now.

Korianne said...

+2 new follower
+1 linked here:

+5 Well I was quite young in the 90s, (born in 89) but I did love me some Hanson brothers! My favorite thing from the 90s was the movie Clueless. I thought it was cool then, now I just find it hilarious. I can quote almost every line from it!

8 entries total.

Unknown said...

I've also put this on the sidebar of my blog at

Thanks for the great giveaway!


Charlotte said...

wonderful contest!
please enter me.

a flight of minds said...

We'd love to be entered! We really want to read this book. :)

+3 Already a follower
+3 commented on the interview
+1 linked in sidebar
+1 linked in a Tweet
+5 That computers became so mainstream and everyday. Also the birth of cellphones. (That was the 90s, wasn't it?) Also... our births? :P

Alex & Lauren at aflightofminds(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Count me in!

+3 for already being a follower
+1 linked to my sidebar (

+5 My favorite thing about the 90s was the "new" technology, mainly computers and cell phones. It's weird to see how far we've come from.


Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

+3 for already being a follower

+3 comment on interview

+1 sidebar & twitter

+5 in the 90's i was really into nsync(i no embarrassing rite lol, i was like 11/12 so..)

redleocat at

Ninja Fanpire said...

Ninja Fanpire said...

+2 for becoming a follower
+1 linked:
+5 I liked the show My Little Pony. Even though I think that came out in the 80's, I wasn't born then. Also the Babar movies.

Hailey said...

This sounds like an awesome book! Please enter me.

+1 Became a follower.

+1 I commented on your interview with Stephanie

+5 I love the bands Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins ,Weezer, Green Day, Oasis, Radiohead, Beta Band, The Stone Roses, Pearl Jam, REM

Paradox said...

Awesome contest!

+3 I'm already a follower.

+3 I commented on the interview with Stephanie.

+1 I linked to the contest on Twitter. -

+5 I loved the kids shows of the 90s! I especially loved Sailor Moon and The Secret World of Alex Mack.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Samantha LeAnne said...

+2 Became a follower
+3 commented on interview
+1 Posted on sidebar @
+1 Posted on Twitter
+5 The music! Including the bands you named, which are all amazing! Oh and SLC Punk, Fight Club, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Casino, and the gloriousness that is American History X.

Debbie's World of Books said...

Please enter me: dasuzuki at yahoo dot com
+2 I became a follower
+5 Ok, they were late 80s and early 90s but I loved the New Kids on The Block. Can't believe they are making a come back tough.

The Book Explorer said...

Good Contest~

+2 became a follower

+5 My favorite thing of the 90's was NSync and Boy Meets World. I also loved watching Are You Afraid of the Dark as well as Spice Girls.