News from Lauren Oliver: Collaboration Challenge Pt. 4 and Giveaway Update

Lauren Oliver recently posted this on her blog:

So far I’ve gotten almost 200 responses to the Requiem ARC giveaway! I’m so excited to sit down and read all of those stories, but in the meantime I’m really excited to announce the next part of the collaboration writing challenge! Once again, we had a lot of great entries, so remember to keep submitting, even if yours hasn’t yet been selected. There’s a lot of this story yet to come and we need as many voices as possible. This week’s story is extra long. The first part was written by, Heather Kirby, and the second part was written by my friend and assistant Natasha! Next week, along with you guys, I’ll jump in with a second of my own!

I can’t wait for you guys to let me know what happens next! Remember, send the next 200 words of the story to laurenoliverbooks@gmail.com by  AUGUST 8TH. That’s ONE WEEK guys! And have fun with it!
Have you entered the Requiem ARC Giveaway Contest yet? If not, make sure you send your Delirium-related submissions to laurenoliverbooks@gmail.com soon! Details about the giveaway here. Ms. Oliver hasn’t set a deadline yet, but seeing as she already has to read 200 stories, I’d get your submission in fast before she becomes overwhelmed with entries!
And remember– one week to submit 200 words for her Collaboration Challenge! How will you continue Molly’s adventure?
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Writing Challenge Part 3!

A huge congratulations to part 2 writing challenge contributor Ashley S Morgan!

Part 3 is now open! and you have until July 26th to get the next 200 words of the story over to Lauren Oliver on this email address; laurenoliverbooks@gmail.com

This is how it currently stands;

Molly Lampart’s 12th birthday was much like every other day, only more boring: first tea with the governess and a posed photograph with her parents, then a procession of girls who giggled and brought china dolls wrapped in pink paper, despite the fact that Molly hated pink and that most of her dolls ended up dissected for medical research purposes. There was no sneaking out the door to climb trees in the narrow, well-tended backyard, or hanging out her window hollering at the trains steaming into the station two blocks away, or helping Tabby chase rats from the cellar.
It was a day to be quickly forgotten, except for one thing:

 

On Molly’s 12th birthday, just as evening was starting to turn the sky the exact color pink Molly particularly despised, the emerald train arrived, seemingly out of nowhere.
 
It started with a rumble, a roar, a whistle, and the earth shook with the effort of keeping the train on its surface. The train was radiant in the dying sun, spraying colors off the emerald sides so that Molly had to shield her eyes just to watch. But the best part, the absolutely most wonderfully breath-taking part of the whole thing, was the fact that it was braking.
 
The emerald train was stopping in front of Molly’s house.
 
Excitement building, she ran from the window, leaped down the grand staircase,
passed butlers and maids and other people who did not notice the girl flying out the door
of the four-story mansion. Rushing across the gravel walkway, Molly skidded on her
heels, nearly toppling into the stone fountain.
 
She felt her jaw drop as her eyes rose to the emerald train stopped in her garden. It was immense, looming, giant, and yet, it was beautiful. For the first time all day, for the first time she could ever remember, Molly felt rather small.
 
Molly stretched onto her toes, straining to make out the words on the side of the train. She could just make out the words “WALNUT’S WONDROUS” in thin gold lettering, reaching toward the sky, when the train door burst open and. BAM.
 
Molly jumped.  To her delight, she saw a flood of brightly colored acrobats pouring from the train cars. Music danced in the air, pounding an infectious rhythm through Molly’s bones. She was so transfixed she did not immediately notice the large, dark man who came after them. But soon she felt someone staring at her, and she turned.
 
There was something wrong with his eyes. One eye looked as dark as the London night, but the other… the other was not real. It was a walnut, carved to resemble an eye. His mouth quirked up at the edges as Molly stared back in fascination, and although she couldn’t hear him over the music, she knew what he said when he opened his mouth.
He said, “Welcome”.
 
Emboldened by his hospitality, her own curiosity, Molly stepped forward, inching closer and closer, until she felt his breath tickling her forehead. She stared up at him, transfixed by that walnut eye, that strange wooden presence that seemed to be pulsing with life, with magic. On a dizzying, maddening impulse, she reached up and gently traced its swirling groves.
 
“Pull it out,” he said calmly, as if suggesting the most natural thing in the world. Molly stared at him in wonder, and her heart began thumping crazily in her chest. Her palms now slick with sweat, she looked at him for reassurance. He nodded.
 
She curled her fingers around the edges of the rough bark and gave it a good yank. She felt a sudden blast of wind. And now the man was not a man, but something else: the socket expanded into a gaping black hole. From the blackness emerged a swirling force, like a live coil, like a whirlpool, as rippling and colorful as the acrobats, and it suck her in and down, down, down, making her stomach clench and then expand in a sickening flutter.  After an endless fall, she heard a splash, and felt a fierce, wet coldness turn her bones to ice.
Good Luck everyone, and remember to let us know if you enter!

Writing Challenge Part 2!

Lauren Oliver would like to thank all her wonderful fans for the submissions for the writing challenge. There were so many amazing entries she has picked two winners, congratulations to Natalie Geoffroy and Valerie Armour, who were the winners for part one!

Part two is now open to us all again, and a quick reminder of the rules!

You have one week to turn in your 200 words for the next part of the story so that’s July 16th everyone! By submitting your entries you are giving Lauren Oliver the right to alter them (lightly) as she sees fit to work with the story. All entries for the challenge are to be sent to  laurenoliverbooks@gmail.com in the main body of the email, so no attachments people.

So here is where you pick up, the story is bellow, it’s up to you to decide the next 200 words. Good luck!

 

It started with a rumble, a roar, a whistle, and the earth shook with the effort of keeping the train on its surface. The train was radiant in the dying sun, spraying colors off the emerald sides so that Molly had to shield her eyes just to watch. But the best part, the absolutely most wonderfully breath-taking part of the whole thing, was the fact that it was braking.

The emerald train was stopping in front of Molly’s house.
Excitement building, she ran from the window, leaped down the grand staircase,
passed butlers and maids and other people who did not notice the girl flying out the door
of the four-story mansion. Rushing across the gravel walkway, Molly skidded on her
heels, nearly toppling into the stone fountain.
She felt her jaw drop as her eyes rose to the emerald train stopped in her garden. It was immense, looming, giant, and yet, it was beautiful. For the first time all day, for the first time she could ever remember, Molly felt rather small.
Molly stretched onto her toes, straining to make out the words on the side of the train. She could just make out the words “WALNUT’S WONDROUS” in thin gold lettering, reaching toward the sky, when the train door burst open and. BAM.
Molly jumped.  To her delight, she saw a flood of brightly colored acrobats pouring from the train cars. Music danced in the air, pounding an infectious rhythm through Molly’s bones. She was so transfixed she did not immediately notice the large, dark man who came after them. But soon she felt someone staring at her, and she turned.

There was something wrong with his eyes. One eye looked as dark as the London night, but the other… the other was not real. It was a walnut, carved to resemble an eye. His mouth quirked up at the edges as Molly stared back in fascination, and although she couldn’t hear him over the music, she knew what he said when he opened his mouth.
He said, “Welcome”.

Lauren Oliver Issues a Writing Challenge!

After all the chaos surrounding the release of her new book, Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver is back to giving her readers writing challenges! Lauren loves to get her readers creative juices flowing and this is certainly a fun way to do it!

So what’s in store this time?!

The prompt for this challenge is. . . awkward! No, really, awkward is the prompt. What does awkward mean to you? Is it blurting out you like someone, only to have him/her confess to liking your best friend? Is it the moment at graduation your uncle gets drunk and confesses he wished he’d married your mother instead of her sister? Is it your father trying to give you advice on the birds and bees, or your mom asking your advice on the very same subject? Or is it (like the image above) when someone gives you a present that you just have no idea what to do with! Take this anywhere you want, so long as the prevailing theme is a moment of supreme and skin-crawling awkwardness.

The best entries will be featured on Lauren’s very own blog for all of her readers to see!

You can find all the details, including response length and due date on Lauren’s blog!