Congrats to the three winners of the #TheSecretOfAHeartNote Bookstagram contest! Each wins a gorgeous necklace made by @celeste_pewter. In no particular order:

1) @books_n_dragons posted a beauty featuring the book on top of a pile of charming, old-fashioned knickknacks:

2) I loved @sueyahollywood’s pastel set that includes a perfume recipe card written by the aromateurs themselves!

3) Finally, @foldedpagesdistillery created a bookstagram brimming with flowers and spices that was truly eye catching:

The Secret of a Heart Note: 4/5 Stars . 🌸 This book was absolutely the kind of read I needed right now. It was so perfectly up my alley that I was delighted the entire time I read it. I think it’s a new personal favorite for me and one I’ll read again and again. . 🌱 First you should know that I’ve always loved plants and the meanings attached to them and all the uses for them. The world of herbs, spices, scents, and plants is extremely fascinating to me. And this book weaves these kinds of details, descriptions, and information throughout the whole story. After thinking about it, I wonder if it might feel a bit information packed at times to some, but for me I was 100% fascinated and engaged so it didn’t feel that way for me. . 🌹 I love the idea of being able to smell feelings as well as the very essence of what makes people who they are. It almost feels like mind-reading without getting all the dirty details. (which I’d be into) Smell is one of my favorite senses and I love how no matter how old a memory is, it can be called up immediately and vividly by associated smells. So reading about the way the MC, Mim, smells each person and plant and talks about her sense of smell was fascinating. . 🍄 Mim and her mother are the last two aromateurs aka “love witches” on the planet— meaning they have the rare ability to smell out and create elixirs that allow people to fall in love once they’ve been fixed with a love potion. But as you can imagine, messing with love potions can really screw things up if you’re not careful. . 🌻 Not sure if it was because I was really enjoying the concept of this story, but a lot of the usual YA drama and misunderstandings in this read didn’t annoy me like they usually do. haha. Also, I really liked and related to Mim. . 💐 This ended up not only being a fun and interesting read, but also got me thinking on what Love really is. This is my first Stacey Lee book and I’m definitely picking up her other books. This book was exactly what I was looking for right now and I can’t say enough how much I loved it. Super cool idea and a really quick and fun read.

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Thank you so much for playing! To the winners, send your addresses to staceyleeauthor@gmail.com.

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I’m loving all the #bookstagrams for The Secret of a Heart Note on Instagram. The amazing Celeste Pewter made me the most gorgeous pendants which I’m giving away to my favorite three bookstagrams of Heart Note (must use my book somewhere in the picture). Simply tag your #bookstagram with the hashtag #TheSecretOfAHeartNote, and I will find you.

NOTE: If you have already made a bookstagram for my book, simply add the hashtag #TheSecretOfAHeartNote to your post and you will be automatically entered!

Contest ends 2/28/17 at midnight, PST! Enter as many bookstagrams as you wish and be creative!

Here’s my attempt at a bookstagram. 🤗

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Oh la la! I’m very excited to announce the second giveaway to celebrate the upcoming release of my third book, THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE!

The goodies (basket not included).

The goodies (basket not included).

Here are the giveaway specifics:

  1. One gorgeous tote (the one on the right) commissioned by my buddy Stephanie Garber (thanks, girl!) and handpainted/designed by Becca Fowler of @pivotbooktotes.
The tote up for grabs is the one on the right, which reads: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFATUATION AND LOVE CAN BE MEASURED BY THE DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO PAIRS OF LIPS. 💋

The tote up for grabs is the one on the right, which reads: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFATUATION AND LOVE CAN BE MEASURED BY THE DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO PAIRS OF LIPS. 💋

2. One secret spell book + matching journal for you to record your own magic recipes.

Secret spell book + journal, black with gold lettering.

Secret spell book + journal, black with gold lettering.

3. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment + Stila Raspberry Lip & Cheek Stain + Mermaid Perfumes Aromatherapy Massage Oil

I’m a big fan of Fresh products and their sugar lip treatment is my favorite! We girls (and boys) need to take care of our lips, even if we don’t plan to kiss anyone, like the star of THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE, Mimosa. Stila’s lip/cheek stain is so holiday glamorous and shimmery, and the massage oil is made with organic lavender and ylang ylang essential oils.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Stila Raspberry Lip & Cheek Stain, Mermaid Perfumes Organic Massage Oil (lavender & ylang ylang)

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Stila Raspberry Lip & Cheek Stain, Mermaid Perfumes Organic Massage Oil (lavender & ylang ylang)

Enter here (US only!) and good luck!
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My third book, THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE releases 12/27 and to celebrate, I’ll be doing several giveaways during December! In addition to the giveaways, the first one hundred preorders will receive a personalized perfume recipe of scent notes written on an ‘antique’ aromateur’s card.

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Stay tuned for the giveaways, including handmade perfumes from Sweetbriar Natural Perfumery, featured in THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE.

Also, if you’re in the area, you’re invited to the launch of THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE January 31, 2017 at Kepler’s Books, a joint celebration along with my critique partner Stephanie Garber and her fantasy debut, CARAVAL!

And about CARAVAL, if you preorder Stephanie’s book, Macmillan is giving away an AMAZING prize for you that looks like this:

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Happy pre-ordering, and hope your holidays are wonderful!

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Illustrated Historic Chinatown, 1884

Illustrated Historic Chinatown, 1884

It’s been fourth months since OUTRUN THE MOON was released! Since Mercy Wong does not care for the number four, it’s time to turn that number into something special with a giveaway! The prizes: an illustrated historical map of San Francisco Chinatown as it was in 1884, two vintage wooden lucky cat combs, and three embroidered Chinese charms.

Three colorful Chinese embroidered charms

Three colorful Chinese embroidered charms

Vintage Wooden Lucky Cat Combs

Vintage Wooden Lucky Cat Combs

To enter, please leave a review on Amazon! Rafflecopter ends Oct. 3, 2016, midnight, PST.

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“Stacey Lee is an incredible voice in historical fiction, but she may have outdone even herself in her recent Outrun the Moon. Set during the San Francisco earthquake in April 1906, the story follows Mercy Wong as she connives her way out of her impoverished community to attend an elite school. Eventually, it’s Mercy who has to use those same skills to help herself and her peers survive when disaster strikes.” — Bustle 

 

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If you’re in the California Bay Area May 26 at 7 pm, you’re invited to join me at Books, Inc., Palo Alto for the OUTRUN THE MOON book launch! Also, remember to preorder your book for a beautiful peacock fascinator.

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