Oct 12, 2012


Thank you so much to everyone who entered to win an ARC of THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT. I have read all your entrees—and I’m overwhelmed by your support of the series. What I didn’t expect was how moving your answers would turn out to be. You’ve reminded me of so many important things.

Here are a few of them:
  • Tests are hard, but if we prepare, we can succeed. Some of you have mastered Calculus and Physics. I stand in awe. Truly.
  • Our health should be a top priority/I’m not the only one wishing I could shed a few pounds. Some of you have, and I applaud you. Thank you for inspiring me to renew my commitment to a good diet and regular exercise.
  • Families—our parents, our children, our sisters and brothers—are what bring us our deepest satisfaction.
  • Friends are what give our life color.
  • Bullies suck. (I hope that wasn’t a bully thing to say.)
  • Sometimes the small things—like opening a can of tuna with a new opener—can be just the thing to make us feel great, if we allow it to be.
  • Going the extra mile—helping a neighbor, stepping in when no one else will—feels great. We should do it more often, yes?
  • Some of you are writers and bloggers—hooray for finishing the draft! The chapter! For the new followers! I know how hard y’all are working. Picture me handing you orange slices and Gatorade! Keep it up! That’s how things get done. Simple as that.
  • You have baked cakes, survived seventh grade, adopted puppies, landed jobs, left jobs, kissed your kids, helped your friends, held back words when it was right, danced and sang in front of others despite your shyness, and offered encouragement when it was needed.
  • You are students, bloggers, writers, librarians, mothers, neighbors, friends, sisters, bakers. You are forgiving, generous, hard-working, and courageous.
  • I think you are all amazing.

OK. Switching gears. I contacted my publisher and told them how incredible you all are. I was hoping they would send 500 ARCs so I could mail one to each of you.

Alas, that didn't happen. But Harper did offer to send me TWENTY ARCs, which means that twenty of you, not three, will receive an ARC, which I think is pretty great. Thank you, Harper!

I have your email addresses—or a means to get a hold of those of you who’ve been selected. Congratulations! I’ll be in touch today. 

For those of you who didn’t win, I’m sorry. I tried, really. But I hope you’ll still check out the book in January, and Roar and Liv later this month. And thank you so much for taking the time to share your proud moments with me.

This was one of the coolest things I’ve been a part of in a long time.

Oh, I guess I should say it this way:

The last thing I did that I’m proud of is connecting with all of you.


  1. I completely agree, everyone are amazing and worthy winners!

    And I'm dying to get my eyes on Liv & Roar! Just done "sisterhooding" my copy of UTNS and are waiting for payday so I can ship it to my bestie in the US, and from there it will go o nother dear friend, also in the US. I'm very excited to see where it'll end up, and who will participate in it's journey :)

  2. Congrats to the winners ^_^

    I'm sure it'll be great whenever I read it ;-)

  3. Fantastic! I can wait to get my hands on it! Congrats to you Veronica and all your winners.

  4. I loved reading everyone's proud moments. I'm not going to lie - I definitely teared up at a some of them. And how awesome is Harper for sending more ARCs! It just goes to show how awesome publishers can be and how they truly do respect and appreciate the readership of a fabulous series!

  5. I especially love the one about the can opener and the tuna. I myself recently got a new can opener and it has changed my life (and I mean that with all sincerity!) :)

  6. I love the entrees too. Great energy there! congrats to the winners and to everyone that participated because they all sound like winners to me :)

  7. Congrats to the winners!

  8. You are super awesome! Congrats to all the winners :)

  9. Congrats to all the winners! Hope you enjoy the book, I cant wait to read it when it comes out! =)

  10. Congrats to the winners!And yay for the extra ARC's!

  11. Thank you to everyone who made this possible! Thank you Harper for being wonderful enough to give more ARCs. Thank you Veronica for hosting this and helping us look at the beautiful things that have happened to us instead of focusing on the bad. And thank you so much to all of the amazing people who shared their inspiring stories. You guys rock!

  12. Congrats to the winners!! I will OF COURSE be checking out the book in January, I was just excited to read it as soon as possible.

  13. Congratulations to those who won, and thank you SO much for the opportunity, Veronica! I can't believe my little tuna can entry made your list--your blog posts always seem to make me squeal in excitement in front of my friends and family! =P I am SO looking forward to Roar and Liv, and of course TTEN. I hope you're continuing to do well with book 3!

  14. Whoa! 20 winners instead of 3 is awesome:) Congratz to whoever wins! And heck yeah I'll be getting the book in January, and so will my mom cuz I got her hooked lol

  15. Ha, I'm one of those who "mastered" Physics! (Naah, who am I kidding? I have a loong way to go! :P) Congrats to the winners- I can't wait to find out who won! 20 ARCs is way awesome! :)