By , on May 7, 2012


Giveaway closed! Thanks to all who entered; I’ll be posting the winners on Tuesday. ;)

Well, it’s somewhere between 3 and 4 o’clock on a Monday afternoon, which means that it’s time for me to give you free stuff. OBVIOUSLY. Today I have an ARC of THE HALLOWED ONES by Laura Bickle, as well as a bunch of these really cool THE HALLOWED ONES card/bookmark thingies. I don’t know what you actually call them. You’re probably supposed to tape them to your doorknob at night to ward off garden gnomes. And during the daylight, hey, you can use them to hold your place in your book.

The text on the cover reads “If your home was the last safe place on earth, would you let a stranger in?”

SPOILER ALERT: It is. She does. And it’s epic.

I had the honor and the pleasure of reading this a few weeks ago, and guys, it was pretty much the most intense thing I had going on in my life at the time. Here’s the goodreads summary:

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning

When I was a kid, I was a fan of a little show you may have heard of called Are You Afraid of the Dark? In one particular episode, the characters found themselves in a silent theater. One of the vampires stepped out of the screen, into the theater, and effectively killed my chances of sleeping without a nightlight for the next five or six years. I have a little cousin who is eight, and when I told her about this freaking scary vampire, she didn’t believe that a vampire would be so terrifying. “That’s okay,” I said. “I’ll PROVE it to you.” I hopped onto google images, and it took me the better part of ten minutes and several queries before I found a very small, very blurry thumbnail image of this vampire. PS? Still scary.

THE HALLOWED ONES is going to make you dust off your childhood nightlight. When you get up at night to use the bathroom, you’ll be turning on all five lights between your bedroom door and the door of the commode. It is creepy, and realistic, and creepy again. It’s also wonderfully written. The protagonist, Katie, is astoundingly brave and strong while still mostly conforming to the rules of her Amish heritage. This is NOT something you want to miss. It comes out this fall, but if you start reading it now, you can buy up all of the nightlights and then sell them back to your friends at triple the price when they read it in September.

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. That means you are eligible to win whether you live in the US, Canada, Istanbul, or in the belly of a whale. Whenever I host an international giveaway, there are always “will you ship to X?” comments. The answer is YES. If you live on the moon, I will hire an astronaut. No worries. Cool stuff CAN be yours no matter where you live; believe it, my friend.

In order to enter, tweet/facebook/blog/tumblr about this giveaway with a link to this blog entry (if you are on goodreads, please link to and comment on my blog post here: as comments on my goodreads blog will not be counted). Then enter a comment below with the link to your tweet/facebook/blog/tumblr post. On Sunday, May 27th, at 11:59 PM, EST, this giveaway will end and I’ll select the winner using a random number generator. Your entry number will be based on the order in which you commented. The first randomly-generated number will determine the winner of the ARC, and 10 others will win the bookmark/postcard/gnome ward thingy.

166 Comments to “THE HALLOWED ONES giveaway!”

  1. Samantha MArie says:

    Oh, snap…a free book – I might want the gnomes near me….you never ever know! I do get lonely…

  2. Samantha says:

    Now i wish i was living on the moon, that would be beyond cool!
    Retweeted on twitter (samanthab237)!

  3. Maud Grefte says:

    Facebook: (I couldn’t get a real link to my post but I shared your one on FB :) )
    Twitter:!/MaudGrefte (same story as FB but my twitter automatically post my GoodReads messages :) )

  4. Gabrielle F. says:!/FioreGabrielle

    Im not sure how to post a single tweet. Im kinda new to twitter! lol. But i did do it!
    Thanks Lauren!

  5. Rachel Friars says:

    Thanks for the oppourtunity :)


  6. Laura Bickle says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Lauren! *blushes* I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed THE HALLOWED ONES and that you’re spreading the fear of the dark with this contest! :-D

  7. Kelly Allan says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. Lente Bindinga says: First or second post on the wall! Yay for contests!

  9. Meghan Overbury says:!/xxfearless/status/199604196268453888

    Ahhhh I hope I win! :D This book sounds good!

  10. Nicole says:

    And the cat, is the cat included?!/fireflyflames/status/199621570614919169

    Please excuse my sass, it’s been a long day. But the book sounds awesome.

  11. This book sounds amazing! *frantically searches for childhood nightlight* *prepares self*!/readwriteramble/status/199627408381444097

  12. lisa gregory says:

    I really hope i did this right because i want to win, but really don’t know any thing about twitter. Anyways good luck everyone. Happy reading :)

  13. Jordan Fayette says:

    Yes! I recently read the synopsis for The Hallowed Ones on It sounded like a promising spine-tingler. Thank you for the opportunity!

  14. Jessica says:

    I saw this book on goodreads and thought it looked really interesting. I can’t wait to read it!

  15. Tweet:!/chorusgal1316/status/199652544002260993

    Thanks so much for the giveaway Lauren!! The gnomes have much to fear :)

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

  17. Marieru says:

    “When you get up at night to use the bathroom, you’ll be turning on all five lights between your bedroom door and the door of the commode.”
    I only have one light!! (I’ll read it anyway)


  18. Sarah P. says:

    The Hallowed Ones sounds so good!! Thank you for the chance to win, Lauren! :)

    I tweeted:!/Sarahbotbonkers/status/199685826450423810

  19. Baggins says:


    Thanks so much for this giveaway, I’m definitely looking forward to reading THE HALLOWED ONES!

  20. DT says:

    What a great book! I love Amish stories and dystopian so I think this will be just right for me.

  21. Christine says:

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway and making it international!
    The book has been on my wishlist for quite a while!

    Here’s the facebook link:

  22. Carina Olsen says:

    YAY! This book seems AWESOME! :D Really want to win it. <3 And the swag looks so so good :) Thank you for this giveaway. <3
    My tweet:!/CarinaOlsen/statuses/199765010904399874
    Love, Carina

  23. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! And making it international! <3


  24. Jessica Shaffer says:

    Posted to facebook!!

  25. alicia marie says:

    I loved Are You Afraid of the Dark…until it kept me up all night…and any book that includes creepy in it’s description is a MUST read: )


  26. I love creepy books! This sounds just up my alley…!/ElanorLawrence/status/199906903302737921

    elanor_gamgee at yahoo dot ca

  27. Lena says:

    This book sounds amazing! I RT you on Twitter! :-)!/LaurenDeStefano/status/199904768603324418 (@lena1xoxo)

  28. Iffath says:

    I think I NEED this book! It sounds super-awesome!!!/lovereadingx/status/199925512544591872

  29. Becky says:

    I tweeted! HALLOWED ONES sounds awesomely creepy (and I used to LOVE Are You Afraid of the Dark!).!/BeckyLeJeune/status/199945173843718144

  30. Stephanie says:

    Free book? Yes please! you want to win a really creepy book from @LaurenDeStefano?

  31. Jennifer Kamanu says:

    Facebook via my phone…hope it worked ;-)!/krayziej359?__user=1106394231

  32. I have been on the hunt for a book to scare the bejeesus out of me!!/whatsontheshelf/status/200384497852755968

    thanks for the giveaway :)

  33. Stephanie says:

    Scary, creepy book? Scary, creepy book with Amish teengaers in it???? I NEED THIS BOOK NOW!!!!

    I tweeted:!/EdwardsBloodTpe/status/200669795400683520
    Not sure how to gte the status of a fb page but I posted it here:!/profile.php?id=100002664528716

  34. Stephanie says:

    *FACEPALM* I wrote Lauren Oliver. Forgive me!!! There’s just too many Laurens!!!

  35. Rose says:

    I tweeted! It sounds like an awesome book! (:

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  37. This book sounds like creepy, like it should be read with Cecil in your lap with a flashlight in the dark during a lightning storm.

    I tweeted about it! Here is the link :)!/ashliepants/status/201020544294993921

    Thank you for hosting this contest Lauren!

  38. RegencyEmma says:

    The book sounds brilliant! I tweeted about it :D!/RegencyEmma/status/201020504843358208

  39. Veronica says:

    This giveaway is epic! Thank you so much!
    here is the tweet:!/V____________/status/201432479771537408

  40. Rosa says:

    I’ve tweeted :)!/FarPastMidnight/status/202013780513800192

    thank you for making the giveaway international :) it makes me happy


  41. Laura F says:

    YAY this is an awesome comp. Thanks so much!!/laurafergs/status/202092916074745857

  42. Aleksandra N says:

    Wow, thanks for the opportunity to win an ARC, I can’t wait for this one :)

    I tweeted:!/Sandra_s_Page/status/202094190404968449

  43. I sent your giveaway link via Twitter!!/enchantedbookss/status/202096007281000449

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway too.

  44. Katie L says:

    Thanks for the giveaway- intrigued to read it!!/ktlama/status/202221587792011264

  45. Artemis says:

    Great giveaway! Thank you for the chance.

  46. Nirel says:

    I’m having trouble with my computer so if this is the billionth time I’ve posted this then I am very sorry. But just in case…since I really don’t want to be left out….here is the link to my post on tumblr:

  47. Ashley says:

    Sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway!


  48. Kai A. says:

    I’m definitely intrigued with the book’s premise! Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international :)

    I tweeted:

  49. Linsey Matthews says:

    Oh my, a GIVEAWAY! ~

  50. Marissa says:

    Oooh, I’ve never heard of The Hallowed Ones before this but now I want to read it really bad! Here’s the link to my tweet: (yes I tweeted it at 2:30 in the morning so?)

  51. Darlene says:

    I tweeted! :D Really want to read that book I think I would like it a lot.!/xDarlene/status/204966634232885248

  52. Aryanna says:

    I tweeted about this here:

    So excited! Good luck, everyone!

  53. Gabrielle says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    I tweeted about it. :)

  54. Joanna Ward says:

    If you recommend it, I definitely want to read it. I can scare easily though, so I’ll make sure my dog is at least guarding my back while reading. =D


  55. Grace Radford says:

    Woo, this book sounds cool!

  56. Sudha says:

    I really hope I’m not too late to win a copy of The Hallowed Ones. I entered late. I’m on goodreads as the same name above. Thx for posting. :)

  57. Shellie says:

    OoOo this sounds like it would be really good. And the gnomes, they uh…well garden gnomes honestly scare me cause they are a bit creepy, so yeah. Thank you for the giveaway, you rock! Here is my twitter linkage –

    sorry. last link didn’t work. still trying to figure all this out. :(

  59. Heather says:

    Shared the link on Facebook: (also couldn’t get a direct link to the post)

    Thank you for the giveaway… can’t wait to read it either way… It sounds awesome!

  60. Ohh free stuff.. here’s my tweet:

    Thanks so much Lauren, for this great giveaway!!

  61. Candi says:

    Just tweeted. @laceysgarden

  62. Sean says:

    Tweeted/Twittered <3

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! (and for being an awesome writer..) :D

  63. May says:

    Sounds so exciting! I’d love to read this ^_^

  64. Candice says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! This book looks intense.
    Here’s the link to my blog post.

  65. Kiana says:

    Yay :D You’re so awesome, Lauren. Really. Your books are brilliant and your personality is stellar.

    I couldn’t figure out how to link to the specific status update, but its’ there :)

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