Monday, January 09, 2012

Giveaway: Ten Signed Copies of Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

By Cynthia Leitich Smith
for Cynsations  

Enter to win one of ten signed copies of Bittersweet by Sarah Ocker (Simon Pulse)(excerpt)!

From the promotional copy:

From the author of Twenty Boy Summer, a teen pushes the limits to follow her dreams—and learns there’s a fine line between bitter and sweet...

Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances, a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. 

Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life—and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last....

To enter, comment on this post and include an email address (formatted like: cynthia at cynthialeitichsmith dot com) or a link to an email address. Or email Cynthia directly with "Bittersweet" in the subject line. If you include in your comment a thought on the video below, you'll receive two extra entries! Good luck!

Publisher-sponsored. Eligibility: U.S. Deadline: midnight CST Jan. 23.

Cynsational Notes

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Sarah Ocker is the bestselling author of Fixing Delilah (Little, Brown, 2011) and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer (Little, Brown, 2010), a YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick.

She is a championship cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm.

When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, Sarah enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.

Visit her website at and find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Read chapter one of Bittersweet.


C.K. said...

That cover's seriously tempting my sweet-tooth! Would love to read Bittersweet. Coca-Cola cupcake...I have to get me one of those.

lostnthestacks said...

I can't wait to read Bittersweet! I would have told my high school self the same thing, no sense in worrying so much what others think of you.


Lauren said...

A chocolate coca-cola cupcake? AMAZING! I quite like Cupcake Wars, too. :) I really enjoyed Twenty Boy Summer, and am very much looking forward to reading Bittersweet! [email address: laurengibaldi at gmail dot com]

Anonymous said...

I have the perfect young reader in mind for this book - would love to honor her reading addiction with a signed copy!

cathy54321 at hotmail dot com

Cassie Mae said...

I don't have that fast internet connection that let's me watch videos, lol. But I've heard of this book and I totally want a copy!

cassiemcook at hotmail dot com :)

Mrs. Schwander said...

Oh...Bittersweet sounds like a great, great read that my high school students would love! Who can't identify with Hudson who, as Sarah describes, doesn't like asking for help?!?
Mary Schwander - HS Librarian[email: mschwander at nhsd dot org]

Alexa said...

I'm seriously so excited to read this book. I mean, it's got CUPCAKES! That's enough of an appeal.

alexalovesbooks at gmail dot com

SimplyMe said...

I want to read this one so bad!


Gilly said...

Bittersweet is the perfect winter read - fun, funny and charming! And I loved Sarah's advice to her teen self from the video. Would that we could all pay less attention to what others think!

gillysegal at gmail dot com

Reader Riah said...

looks like a fascinating read! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

mariahoverlock at

Gaby said...

Coca-cola cupcake? Mmmm I don't know about that one but you never know it might taste good.


Anonymous said...

I love Cupcake Wars! I'm seriously addicted to that show. And to cupcakes. Now I'm hungry.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Vi Nguyen said...

Sounds like a cute book. Thanks for the giveaway!

vi3ti3abe at

BookChic said...

I loved Sarah's debut and am so excited for this book! A signed copy would be fabulous!! :)

Vivien said...

Cupcakes are the definite heater! lol I really enjoy her work. Can't wait to read this one.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

I loved Twenty Boy Summer, so Bittersweet seems like another opportunity to fall into a world of wondering! I have so many questions already about Hudson . . . can't wait to read! Thanks for the chance to win!

Also, watched the video with Sarah. I loved her response to what advice she would give her teenage-self. If only it were that easy not to worry about everyone else!

Thanks again!
mlnero at comcast dot net

NiaRaie said...

Can't wait for this book! Cupcakes are my favorite dessert, and the names for hers are so inventive. Count me in!

niaraie AT yahoo DOT com

Taffy said...

Cute cover! I haven't read any books by this author...yet!


Meghan and Jesse said...

Very generous of you! Thanks a ton for the chance to win Bittersweet. I am a firm believer that ya books and cupcakes combined are a great recipe for happiness :)

Haha. Thanks again.


Susie said...

Gosh I've been anticipating Bittersweet for awhile now. I'm so glad to have heard about this giveaway!

Susie Tyler

wendy said...

i love discovering new authors to read

madamerkf at aol dot com

Tess said...

10! Copies! That sounds nice =) I knew cupcakes always stood by the best giveaways.

And my name is Tess. Thanks.

TayteH said...

I loved Twenty Boy Summer, and knowing her, Sarah made this book awesome too. The video was amazing. I loved hearing about that cupcake. :D Sounds tasty. :D

Laurisa White Reyes said...

I've really been enjoying your blog, Cynthia. Bittersweet sounds like a wonderful read. - Laurisa White Reyes, author of The Rock of Ivanore (
lauriswhitereyes at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

That is great advice for any teenager and those of us well beyond the teenage years would do well to remember it too.

Coleen Patrick said...

Love Sarah's books--can't wait to read this one.
Oh and popcorn and candy on a cupcake sounds great--sweet and salty is yum.

coleen AT coleenpatrick DOT com

Ashley said...

Can't wait to read this book! It sounds amazing!!

**Loved the video. She seems really sweet and genuine, and i love cupcake wars too! <3 haha**


Carrie M said...

I don't even care about the praise Bittersweet has gotten(which were GOOD!). I'm more excited about the excerpt I've read not too long ago. Whoop whoop. Can't wait to read this!


Jasline Devereaux said...

What an awesome excerpt. I loved Twenty Boy Summer so I know Bittersweet will be just that...bittersweet.

Sarah, you're a doll!

Minas said...

Great video. I LOVE cupcakes! I'm looking forward to reading BITTERSWEET.

Thanks for the giveaway!

YA Bibliophile said...

I love the title and cover change for this one! Also, cupcakes + hockey boys = total win!

I totally agree about not really wanting to give high school me advice since it could change where I ended up.

YA Bibliophile said...

Shoot! I told myself I wouldn't forget to include my email... and then I forgot!

heidi at yabibliophile dot com

A.J. said...

I've read Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer & loved it! Really want to get around to reading her other novels.
Watching the video really makes me want a cupcake right now!
Thank you for the great giveaway! :)

naruto_and_hinata at hotmail dot com

Ashley G. said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


Tristan said...

This book looks sosososo good and I cannot wait to read it! The Coca Cola cupcake Sarah was talking about with the popcorn and the m&ms and the raisinets sounds so good! It's making me really hungry!! :) Also, I really liked the advice she would give to her teen self!

Thanks for this awesome giveaway!


Denise Jaden said...

Okay, I obviously need this book for the cupcakes alone! And Sarah is so cute talking about them.

d at denisejaden dot com

kimberlybuggie said...

I have never had a Coca Cola cupcake! OR one with popcorn on top! I could go for some researching of cupcakes! ;)

Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to read this. What a beautiful cover too.

Kimberlybuggie at yahoo dot com

Snark and Ramble said...

I just recently jumped back into reading contemporary YA fiction, and I want to read this one so badly!

Also, excuse me while I attempt to track down something exactly like the Lights, Camera, Cupcake! described in the video. That sounds like the example of cupcaking perfection and I must have one!

snarkandramble at gmail dot com

Jennifer Ansbach said...

I loved both TWENTY BOY SUMMER and FIXING DELILAH. Sarah Ockler creates believable characters with tough but real problems to face. Most of all, I love that the voice and dialogue ring true. The characters' thoughts or words never feel forced or like an adult's version of what teens should say.

As for the video, I'm in love with the idea of a chocolate Coca-Cola cupcake and need to find one of those to sample when I read the book. In the interest of research, of course.

jen8mail-teach (at) yahoo (dot) com

californiameaghan said...

i love to bake cupcakes and decorate them, but not so much to eat them. weird i know.

i LOVED twenty boy summer and would love the chance to win a copy of this book!

meaghan_koci (at) yahoo (dot) com

Stephanie M. Hasty said...


What I like most about the video is all the different cupcakes she talks about and about how much Ockler loves cupcakes.

I am also excited for this giveaway

smj274 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Please also feel free to check out my first ever giveaway!

~* (aliyah) *~ said...

My email address is: pamplemousse1750 at gmail dot com

I love seeing author interviews and hearing how they intend their characters to be read. In this video I liked how Sarah Ocker talked about Hudson's flaws. Hudson is so much like a real teenager, not so "ideal" which is great!

Kaylyn's Book Blog said...

Bittersweet! ZOMG I read Twenty Boy Summer and love love loved it! I can't wait to read this one it sounds awesome and related to something I wanna do when I get older.... make cake and cupcakes (: As for the video I loved it. And her favorite cupcake sounds awesome. And I liked that she made up some of her own in the story thats really cool.

kgtforever (at) hotmail (dot) com

Inspired Kathy said...

Thank you for the great giveaway. This is on my to-read list.
I love cupcakes too! We have this awesome bakery 25th on Main that has to die for cupcakes.
bkhabel at gmail dot com

Joee Lynn said...

I think this book looks GRRREATTT!I can't wait to read it! The video was great.. I enjoyed watching it!!! I LOOOVE cupcakes!! mmmm..

Joee Lynn said...

This book looks GRRREATT.. I cant wait to read it!!! The video was very cool.. I LOOOOVe cupcakes!! I can't want to read this book. Hopefully it happens soon!! :)

Vivien said...

Also, Sarah gives really good advice in the video. Coming from someone who has experience is always really helpful.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Bianca said...

Read Twenty Boy Summer and loved it! Can't wait to get my hands on this one! Mmmhh Cupcakes!

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot

Lauren Morrill (Mona Mour) said...

I read this on my Kindle and LOVED IT, so of course I need a hard cover copy :)

lemorrill at gmail dot com

Chris BetweenTheCovers said...

Coke-a-cola cupcake? I have had cola cake, should be pretty good. Thanks for the contest!! BetweenTheCoversChris at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

I can't wait to read Bittersweet! It seems like an excellent book, like all Sarah's books turn out to be. The way I related to Twenty Boy Summer made it an even more amazing book.
I like the cover of this book, too. Cute. A signed copy would be wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity!

Melissa L.
ohheymelissaa at gmail dot com

Lisa G said...

This book has been getting lots of buzz on twitter with #alamw12 Wish I was at the conference so I could get a copy but maybe I can win one here! From the video: Interesting comment about not giving your high school self advice. I totally agree it might force things to make changes in who we are today!
Lisa lrg115 at gmail dot com

Christi said...

I love cupcakes, and so it's probably a good thing that there aren't any cupcakeries in my area--it would be impossible to resist temptation! I just started reading Bittersweet and am loving it--would love my own signed copy. Twenty Boy Summer remains one of my all-time favorite reads, and is one of the main reasons I decided to become a teen librarian!

Thanks for the giveaway!

sarahirene said...

I am really excited to read Bittersweet, because Sarah Ockler is one of my favorite Young Adult Fiction authors! She's truly an inspiration to me. Even just the creative storylines she can come up with and the realistic characters created throughout her novels are truly something for readers to admire!

I found it interesting that Sarah Ockler did research into cupcakes in order to write her novel. This shows her dedication as an author; to really want to produce a novel her readers can be proud of reading. I also love her response to what she would say to her teenage self. I admire how down-to-earth Sarah Ockler truly is.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to enter to win, Cynthia Leitich Smith!

(email: sarahirenehanson at verizon dot net)

Stefanie said...

I've been wanting this book since I finished reading Twenty Boy Summer :)
And I love Sarah in this video, she's the cutest hahaha


Anonymous said...

She so had me at a cupcake topped with M&M's <3 ahh. Anyway, I have been in love with Sarah from the moment I finished Twenty Boy Summer, and I though Fixing Deliliah was amazing! I would absolutely love to add Bittersweet to my collection.
I'm Megan, reach me at: alwaysmegan at Hotmail dot com

Dana said...

The Lights, Camera, Cupcake cupcake sounds so good! Can't wait to read this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)


Stephanie W said...

I'd love a chocolate cherry coca-cola cupcake. YUMMY!


Liz said...

liz [at]

Love her books, but the cupcake she talks about in the video sounds kinda wonky. lol. "Chocolate Coca Cola cupcake" sounded interesting but popcorn on top is a little strange.

fishgirl182 said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I loved twenty boy summer and cant wait to read bittersweet!
Twee66 at gmail dot com

brandisbookmusings said...

I just bought Twenty Boy Summer today and can't wait to read it! I don't know about that cupcake though. Chocolate, Coca-Cola, popcorn, m&ms, and raisins? I don't think I'm brave enough for that.

Brandi- brandisbookmusings at yahoo dot com

brandisbookmusings said...

I just bought Twenty Boy Summer this week and can't wait to read it. A cupcake with chocolate, Coca-Cola, popcorn, m&ms, and raisins? I don't think I'm that brave.

Brandi- brandisbookmusings at yahoo dot com

Tabitha Michelle said...

A Cola cupcake? I'm not too sure that would taste good! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

chicababy_63019 at yahoo dot com

Marmaladelibby (aka Ange Schmelzer) said...

mmmmm...this sounds SO darn good! Hudson sounds like she's a bit too much like me if she's refuses to admit that she's in over her head! That is me on a regular basis...I must read this one!

Cinderella10383 said...

Fantastic giveaway, One thing I love more than anything is reading new books

Jamie Brigham
cinderella10383 @ aol dot com

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Thanks so much for your entries! This giveaway is now closed. Watch Cynsations for the announcement of the winners!