Tantalize Audio Giveaway

Enter to win one of two audio production copies of Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith, performed by Kim Mai Guest (Listening Library/Random House, 2008), each offered with a Sanguini’s T-shirt (in celebration of the fictional vampire restaurant in the book)!

From the promotional copy:
Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid-werewolf first love threatens to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. And just as she and her uncle are about to debut Austin’s red hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform the new hire into a culinary dark lord before opening night? Will Henry Johnson be able to wow the crowd in fake fangs, a cheap cape, and red contact lenses? Or is there more to this earnest fresh face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?One prize will given to a librarian and one any YA reader! To enter, email me with your name and address by 10 p.m. CST March 11! Please type “Tantalize audio” in the subject line. Note: librarians, please indicate your library with your contact information.

Cynsational Notes

Tantalize is available in hardcover from Candlewick. The novel also will be available in paperback later this year (Candlewick, fall 2008).

Check out the Sanguini’s logo (left), which appears on the giveaway T-shirts. More Sanguini’s logo items may be purchased from Printfection and CafePress. Read a Cynsations interview with designer Gene Brenek. Notes: (1) Gene is highly recommended for logo and related promotional design; (2) I don’t make any money off of this merchandise; (3) don’t you love the fang marks over the “I”s?

In other news, the SCBWI Bologna 2008 series is ongoing here at Cynsations! Don’t miss today’s interview with Sarah Odedina, senior publishing director with Bloomsbury Children’s Books in the U.K. Here’s a sneak peek: “I think the rule of thumb is 30 pages. If something is not exciting me by then, I reckon it probably won’t.”

Check back tomorrow and beyond for more insightful question-and-answer interviews with agents, editors, authors, and illustrators about the U.S. and international youth publishing scene.

To register for the SCBWI Bologna Biennial Conference 2008, please visit and click on SCBWI@Bologna. Queries?