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Monday, July 30, 2012

UN-COVERED#5: Mark at Fashion Week in Italy + BIG Contest!

This contest is now closed--thanks to all who entered!

Mark Perini, Tempest Series Cover Model
Yes, there's a contest in this post so read through it cause it's pretty epic!!

Back by popular demand is another episode of Un-covered from Tempest (and now Vortex!) own Model Jackson, Mark Perini! Mark has been busy this summer, leaving his home base in NYC and traveling all the way to Italy for many many weeks...and my first thought when I heard this news was of course, "Omg! Jackson goes to Europe in Vortex!" coincidence? I think not.

It's all part of a much bigger plan. Pretty soon, Mark will start time traveling.

First off, if you didn't catch the big cover reveal of Vortex, check this out and if you've missed previous UN-COVERED posts, here they are:

Okay, on to Model Jackson in Italy for fashion week...just a side note, Mark told me this was his first trip to Europe so he has a ton of pictures of his own sightseeing quests. All the photos are courtesy of Mark Perini from Mark Perini incorporated and the captions are his notes and insights with none of my clever insertions. Like this one:



January 22nd, 1506, is the official date of birth of the Pontifical
Swiss Guard...

First off, Italian Fashion Week is held in Milan, Italy.

According to FashionTV.com this summer's Men's fashion week was full of "sex appeal and great fashion." Designers included: Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and a whole bunch more but those are the only ones I've actually heard of so I left the others out.

me in a runway show for Jose Isaias
Also! Mark revealed to me that he got a chance to meet THE Giorgio Armani! Now that's a name I've definitely heard of. Here's the little interview we did via emails when he returned from across the pond.

ME: what it was like in Italy? What was the weather like and did you do most of your model work inside or outside?

MARK: It was 90 Degrees the whole time. But everything I shot was inside but Italians don't love A/C so some places don't use it at all, which was a bummer.



photo of me on set at a shoot in Italy
ME: Were all the people you were working with Italian? How did you communicate?

MARK: Everyone loved New York so everyone wanted to practice English! Or at least try to. 

ME: Favorite food in Italy?

MARK: Pasta Carbonara from Rome

View from the top of Duomo, overlooking the city of Milan. 
ME: Any tips for those vacationing or traveling to Italy for whatever reason? Or in my case, fantasizing about it.

MARK: Best tips for Italy in the summer are bring comfortable shoes your going to be walking a lot. Wearing shorts in Italy makes you a tourist even if it's scorching outside. Try all the food Italy has to offer I never had a bad meal and I was there for a month.

The town of Brunate also known as the "Balcony of the Alps"  is apart of Como Lake

Me: And, of course I have to ask, what do you think of the Vortex cover??!!

MARK: I really love the new cover it came out amazing. I feel like James Bond.

Look! I found Tempest in an Italian Bookstore!


And last but not least, THE CONTEST! 

PRIZE: Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) of Vortex signed by BOTH myself AND Mark Perini! And a Hardcover of TEMPEST signed by BOTH myself AND Mark Perini! Yes, that's right, it a big prize! Whoot! Signed book marks will also be thrown in for fun!

AND there will be THREE WINNERS!! yes THREE! Two books each! 

Prize:signed Hardcover of Tempest


Prize: signed ARC of Vortex
For more info about the above books go here 

DEADLINE: August 25, 2012, 11:59pm (CDT)

DETAILS: I'm going to ask all of you what you'd like to see from future UN-COVERED posts...I can't say for sure that we'll choose your topic idea but we will totally consider it. 

1) Mark on dating and relationships
2) Mark reviews a YA favorite
3) Mark interviews another model
4) Mark reveals his most humiliating moment from Junior High
5) The 4-1-1 on Mark's very first modeling job
6) Beauty tips for guys 

Contest is open Internationally. To Enter fill out the form below--Name, email and your vote for a topic idea gets you an automatic entry. To earn extra entries you can do any of the following things and each will earn you an extra entry:

1) Follow me (Julie Cross) on Twitter @Juliecross1980
2) Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTPerini 
3) Like the Tempest Series on Facebook
4) Comment on this post in the comment section. Tell us what you think.
5) Tweet about the giveaway
6) Share about the giveaway on your facebook page

Drawing will be held on August 26, 2012 and the THREE winners will be notified via email and announced on the blog the Monday following the contest.

176 comments:

  1. Thanks for the amazing giveaway. I loved TEMPEST and I can't wait to read VORTEX

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  2. So Excited! Thank you so much for this!

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  3. I loved TEMPEST and would love an advance copy of VORTEX!

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  4. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I've been dying to read your books, but haven't had the chance yet! :( Tempest is #1 on my TBR!

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  5. I love this whole series with having Mark answer questions! I always wonder about the covers! Thanks! :-)

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  6. Loved Tempest! Cant wait to read Vortex! Great job Julie keep it up!

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait for VORTEX

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  8. What a great giveaway. Thank you.

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  9. Love the new Vortex cover.

    Thanks so much for this giveaway, I can't wait to read Vortex!

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  10. Thanks for an amazing Giveaway.I love all the covers and loved hearing about fashion week.

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  11. I really like the covers of both books. I think they definitely convey that this is a time travel series. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  12. Vortex is like my most coveted book of 2013! It would be totally awesome to snag a copy in 2012!

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  13. I love the covers and I can't wait to read Vortex!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  14. Very excited about Vortex. And doubly so about the giveaway! Thank you!

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  15. I'd love to visit Italy someday. So much to see! And eat!

    Thanks for the chance to win! Can't wait for Vortex!

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  16. Love Tempest so much! Thanks for the chance to win Vortex! Looking forward to it so much! Will reccomend the series to all my friends :-)

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  17. What an awesome giveaway!!! Thank you for making it international. <33

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  18. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I think it's cool that YA cover models seem to be getting lots of attention lately. I really like the cover for Vortex and I like the redesign for the Tempest paperback, too! Tempest is such an awesome read, I love time travel stories! I can't wait to see what's in store in Vortex :0)

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  19. I really love the cover for Vortex. The coloring is just very bright and stands out!! I'm sure it will pop being surrounded by all the dark YA covers.

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  20. The cover for vortex is awesome and this is a really cool contest!

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  21. AH!!! The covers are so AMAZING. And I always love reading Marks posts they always interest me and make me wonder who the people in the book covers I read do in their lives. AWESOME segment and giveaway. SUPER EXITED for Vortex. :D

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  22. I love the new covers!! But I always wonder what the sequels with the old covers would have looked like. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  23. I absolutely adore all the covers! Thanks so much for this AMAZING giveaway!! ^_^

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  24. The cover of Vortex is awesome!Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Awesome covers! :D And amazing contest!

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  26. Amazing contest! *Le sigh* Mark is a hottie!

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  27. I totally passed out reading about the giveaway, it's so unbelievably awesome!! Thanks Julie!!

    Btw I totally loved the interview with Mark! :)

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  28. This is such a terrific giveaway! I loved Tempest and cannot wait to read Vortex!!!!

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  29. The covers are gorgeous! Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

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  30. I'm swooooooning over Mark :)) Thanks for this awesome chance!

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  31. I love the YA scavenger hunt. Its great and your one of my favourite authors, but i dont actually own any of your books so im hoping to win :D

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  32. Thank you so much for the giveaway and yay for Team Red

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  33. Thanks for this giveaway

    Eva

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  34. Amazing giveaway! Thank you!

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  35. This is a great giveaway! I loved the interview. He seems really down to earth.

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  36. Thank you for the giveaway, it's really generous. :)

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  37. Thank you for the giveaway! :D

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  38. Sounds great! Can't wait to read Vortex. :]

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  39. Thank you for the great giveaway! One of my favorite things about the Scavenger Hunt is finding new authors and their novels! Thank you!!!!

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway! This series sounded so fascinating to me and I can't wait to delve in!

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  41. Thank you for the giveaway :D

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  42. YA authors always have the best giveaways

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  43. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and for participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt! I can't wait to read Vortex!

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  44. Personally, I think that the cover background is perfectly eye-catching. Can't wait to read it!

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  45. Thanks for the giveaways! You guys rock!

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  46. I love this hunt! it is perfect for getting to know authors and books that you might not otherwise hear of!

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  47. This is so exciting! Thank you so much! Signed books are awesome!

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  48. Just love the first book and love the cover of the second. Can't wait to read it too :D

    Thank you for doing this giveaway.

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  49. Thank you for the great giveaway!! I love the cover of both books :)

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  50. I think the cover is great! ah I can't wait to read these!

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  52. Thank you so much for the giveaway, Julie!
    Can WE have Mark now!! hahahaha!

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  53. Fabulous new cover!
    Thank you for the International giveaway.
    New follower via YASH
    Caroline Cousens

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read the book!

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  55. Thanks for the great giveaway and Fashion Week in Italy sounds amazing!

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  56. I would LOVE to interview and work with a male model, especially one the looks as nice (personality wise) as Mark does!! LOVE this hunt and cannot wait to start reading all of the new writers I learned about through this hunt!!

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  57. Great giveaway! Can't wait for Vortex =)

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  58. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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  59. I think this is a great giveaway and an amazing cover for both! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  60. Tempest is such an amazing book. I loved to read more about the model in this post, and would love to hear more! Can't wait for Vortex :D
    -Lori T.

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  61. Awesome thanks for the giveaway!! Tempest is AMAZING!!

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  62. Can't wait to read Vortex!!!!

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  63. Thank you for the amazing giveaway. It is fantastic!

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  64. My Librarian, her daughter, and I met you back in April at the YA Convention! The covers look great and thanks for doing this giveaway.

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  65. I tweeted @5_girls and liked facebook Heather Heslip Alexander. thanks for the contest.

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  66. Great to encourage a guy to review YA, we need more of that.

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  67. The covers make me sooo excited to read these. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Aeromech332003@yahoo.com

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  68. My sister thinks Mark is hot. That's the first thing she said when she saw his picture LOL

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  69. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

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  70. This is a fun series of interviews! Thank you for the chance to win your fantabulous books!!

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  71. I haven't read Tempest but I'd love to read the series! =D

    P.S. I love Europe specifically Paris...sigh.

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  72. The covers look great! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! *fingers crossed*

    ~Christina
    The Book Hookup: Eat. Breathe. Read!

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  73. Oh my gosh, wow. The cover for Vortex just took my breath away! I am so excited to read it! *crossing fingers*

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  74. These are wonderful books, beautiful covers! That's for the giveaway! :D Excited!

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  75. Loved the interview. Awesome giveaway! :)

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  76. thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the YASH!

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  77. The cover alone made me want to check out what these books are all about. And now, I'm definitely going to read them. Sounds so good. :D

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  78. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  79. Love the giveaway! Thanks so much!!!

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  80. Thanks for the giveaway. This book series has been on my TBR pile forever!!!

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  82. I'm so glad you were featured in YASH! I can't wait to read your books!

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  83. thanks for the giveaway. Your book looks so good!!

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  84. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. Cool giveaway, would love to read Vortex!

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  86. Love the cover...I would LOVE to win this giveaway. Did all the task. Thanks!!!

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  87. thanks for the giveaway. your books sound amazing .

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  88. Thanks for the giveaway

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  89. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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  90. I definitely want to win the Tempest because I haven't read it.

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  91. i hope this is an international giveaway


    thank you a lot for your generosity

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  92. Tahnk you for making it international! :)

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  93. I'm excited about this giveaway, and I hope I win. :D

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  94. Sounds like an amazing giveaway! :-)

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  95. THanks for the giveaway and being a part of YASH! I am really excited to read this series!

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  96. I'm so excited about Vortex! I can't wait to read it! Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win!

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  97. thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  98. Thanks for allowing your readers to get involved in selecting future posts! Also, thanks for the giveaway! Good luck to all who enter!

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  99. I can't wait to read what happens in Vortex. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  100. I've wanted to read this book for a while, so thanks for the giveaway!

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  101. I love the cover, I have been wanting to read these books, but waited as I wanted the sequel before starting the first. I hate waiting, lol, also have many books i need to read for reviews, so need to get caught up, but they look amazing, and love both covers.
    thanks for the giveaway, i hope i win, would be awesome (My name is Michelle L. Lynn on the form, so you know its me)

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  102. Awesome stuff! (Y)

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  103. Cool giveaway!
    -Noelle

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  104. Thank you for the giveaway! I have Tempest on my list of books to read soon.

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  105. I absolutely love the covers and I loved Tempest! thank you so much for participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt! And thank you for the chance to win!

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  106. Hiya, thanks for the Giveaway! I love the Tempest and Vortex covers.

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  107. I've wanted to read Tempest for a while, and vortex looks great too!

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  108. Awesome giveaway! I love the new covers, but I like the old Tempest one best:)

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  109. Oh wow, that ARC cover is pretty stinkin' awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  110. LOVE the awesome cover!! Also, thanks for the great giveaway : )

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  111. I love both covers :D Thanks for the giveaway!

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  112. thanks so much for the giveaway! love the covers :D

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  113. cool! I hope I win! :)

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  114. Haha. This is fun! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Mark should totally do book reviews or something! :)

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  115. I keep seeing this book and I really want to read it!

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  116. Ty for the great series.. love it..

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  117. I absolutely fell in love with the covers! And I must judge them by their covers and can see that I would love them.

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  118. Thanks for the giveaway ! I love the covers for your books and the model looks great !

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  119. Great giveaway!!! Would love to win! THanks for participating!!

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  120. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! I love the covers!

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  121. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!!!

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  122. Ooh, Mark signed them too! BONUS! These books so cool with the new covers. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  123. Thank you for the amazing giveaway.

    Pam

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  124. i love the cover and awesome giveaway and you both signed them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MAry
    whitetigerfangirl@yahoo.com

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  125. So going on my to ever growing to read list!!!

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  126. The books sound as awesome as the cover!!

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  127. gabby says: Two Books at once ! nice!

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  128. Wow that's amazing!! Thanks so much for it and been an YA Scavenger Hunt's Auhtor :)
    I would love win it!!! I really like both cover & it sound so interesting!
    Love & Huges.-

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  129. Love this giveaway and love love love Mark!:) If they ever make your books into a movie, I hope they get him to play Jackson. Also, thanks for participating in the hunt!
    Name: Katherine Beaulieu

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  130. Fantastic giveaway and I love the YA scavenger hunt so many books get added to my TBR pile

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  131. Love the giveaway and the cover!!!

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  132. LOVE the covers! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  133. Book of these books look sooo good! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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  134. These books look so interesting. Would love to read them (even if I don't win).

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  135. These books look amazing!!
    kaylemort@msn.com

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  136. Love the covers! Thanks for the giveaway! I'll be sure to read the books! ~Claire

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  137. I loved loved loved Tempest, Jackson is ♥
    I can't wait to read Vortex.
    You are an amazing author ; )

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  138. Loved Tempest, not the ending. Kleenex was my friend. I would keel over if I got an ARC of Vortex. And I like that this book is from the male POV. It's refreshing. Not many others do it, or can pull it off.

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  139. Thanks you for the givaway!! i love these posts

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  140. Aww this is such a fun post! I LOVE reading about model's real life. It always amazes me that they have such fabulous life, yet they are still down-to-eart! Mark is gorgeous, I can't wait to picture him as Jackson when I read your books! x) I hope if they ever turned your book into a movie, Julie, they would choose Mark to play Jackson! ;)

    Anyway, thank you for the amazing giveaway, Julie! :) I'm hoping to see more of this lovely posts in the future! <3

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  141. I'm dying to read a post about beauty tips for guys, that would be so awesome!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  142. Fun post! Just discover your books and you in the YA Scavenger Hunt and I want Tempest and Vortex! Is fun the Un-covered! I`ve read them all at once, it was great and great contest!

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  143. Those covers are so beautiful!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  144. I really enjoy the Un-Covered posts! And Mark is such a delight, he's so kind. And the covers are seriously the best. I wanna win a copy because Tempest isn't sold yet in the Philippines and I want it for my shelf. <3 Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  145. The cover looks great! Thank you for the competition. :)

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  146. I'm a librarian, and TEMPEST has been the EASIEST book to get people to borrow. First off, it's FUN. Second, it doesn't time travel really well. And third, male narrator! Yes, it's been a favorite, and i'm very excited for the sequel.

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  147. What I got from that interview: Italia is hot, the food is great and never wear shorts XD Nice tips! \o

    I'm loving this posts, Mark sounds like a really nice guy =)

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  148. I loved Tempest, and I'm so excited!!!

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  149. I loved the cover of Tempest and now I can't wait for Vortex :)

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  150. Thank you so much for the giveaway Julie! <3

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  151. I love this book do much. The cover is amazing!

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  152. thank you very much for the awesome giveaway

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  153. How fun! This is the first of the un-covered posts I have read. I love that you know your cover model! I have never heard of an author knowing their cover model before. :)

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  154. So I totally didn't know, even though I lived in Italy for two years when I was in elementary school, that you're automatically a tourist if you wear shorts!
    Good to know.

    Great giveaway!

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