GIVEAWAY! SSaD Outbreak!


All week, we’re celebrating the launch of Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly with amazing one-day giveaways.

The winner of yesterday’s SSaDOutbreak giveaway is Sara M.! Make sure to contact Kat Zhang to nab your ARCs of ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury and SKINNY by Donna Cooner.

For my giveaway, I wanted to focus on the unique historical setting and steampunk style of SSaD. Susan Dennard’s 1876 Philadelphia is a city bristling with new technology and necromancy– think corsets, brilliant inventors, society parties, and, of course, the walking dead.

Armed only with a parasol, how does one take out a zombie?

Words to live by.

So, today and ONLY TODAY, you have the chance to win

A black lace PARASOL inspired by heroine Eleanor Fitt


A QUERY CRITIQUE from agent Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary.

Yes, that’s right. Not only can you stay out of the sun in high Victorian style, you can have your work critiqued by a fabulous agent who not only reps me and Susan Dennard, but also (ahem) Veronica Roth.

You have two ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment below.

2. Tweet about this giveaway using hashtag #SSaDOutbreak and #parasol

Suggested tweet: Today only! Win a #parasol and query critique from agent Joanna Volpe!! Join the #SSaDOutbreak at

Please note: This giveaway is US only. Entries close at MIDNIGHT, so get on it!

The winner will be announced tomorrow on the next stop of the blog tour, so be sure to check back. Hereโ€™s whatโ€™s still ahead:

– Friday 7/27: Amie Kaufman chats about SS&D and love interests
– Monday 7/30: Marie Lu takes a look at SS&D and action
– Tuesday 7/31: Susan Dennard announces the grand prize winner!
In the meantime, donโ€™t forget to enter the grand prize giveaway for a chance to snag some epic prizes– an amazon gift card, highly coveted ARCs, crits from authors Erin Bowman and Sarah J. Maas and agent Joanna Volpe, and more! For details on how to enter, click here.


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100 responses to “GIVEAWAY! SSaD Outbreak!

  1. This is kind of the best giveaway I’ve ever seen. It totally made me smile. I tweeted about it:

  2. Oh. Wow. That parasol is gorgeous!
    tweeted ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Very excited about this novel–love the cover and the premise (and reviews I’ve read already) are very intriguing!

  4. Cool giveaway! Very unique idea! I like it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I’m so excited to read this book! I remember reading the query when it was posted somewhere during WriteOn Con last year—it sounded so cool that I actually started telling my non-conference-attending friend about it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyhoo, I’d totally be down for a critique and a parasol. Thank you for offering this!

    Oh, and I tweeted:

  6. I just finished SS&D yesterday and UNF I loved it so much. The sequel needs to come out sooner now!

    Here’s my tweet: ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. mandiebaxter

    Looks like an incredible book!!

  8. Lovely prizes Leigh! So excited for this ๐Ÿ™‚

    tweeted here:

  9. Samantha Marie

    Since I am not a tweeter I will just reply…maybe I should become a tweeter…however, I truly do not want to.

  10. Rebecca Sutton

    Fantastic contest! Can’t wait to read this book and so psyched for the chance to win these prizes! Shared the link on twitter:

  11. Leigh, this is awesome. I โค you and Jo so, so, SO much. WHERE DID YOU GET THAT AMAZING PARASOL?! It's absolutely PERFECT–both for style and for zombie-maiming.

  12. Christina Xu

    This giveaway is amazing! I really want to read this book ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Definitely entering. What a great contest. Thank you!

  14. Emmy Neal

    EVERYONE needs to read this book! It was SO MUCH FUN! I love Daniel ๐Ÿ˜‰ Especially since their romance is so different from other YAs!

  15. This is such a unique giveaway Leigh! I could totally rock this parasol ๐Ÿ˜€
    My tweet:

  16. Awesome one-day giveaway! This book is looking more interesting the more I hear about it.

  17. Katelyn Larson

    I love that you guys are doing this for Sooz! It’s so incredible.

    Here’s my tweet:

  18. So excited to read SSaD! Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I tweeted here:

  19. Stefanie Jones

    This is such a cool contest! I like when pwoe do things that are out of the ordinary. Also, this book sounds amazing, I am headed to buy it now!

  20. Jessica L

    I want this book!! Awesome contest ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Kelly Fox

    That is like the cutest giveaway ever! Looking forward to the book too! Thanks.

  22. Jessica L

    Whoops, forgot to add where I tweeted about it:

  23. This is exactly what I wanted after reading SSaD. Eeek!!!

  24. Awesome giveaway! The parasol is great and a critique would be AMAZING!

  25. Twitter isn’t working for me today so I’m just leaving a comment. *comment*

  26. J.C. Gregorio

    This is such a fun and unique giveaway:) I tweeted about it, but twitter is spazzing out in epic proportions today. You can check my feed @muchadoabout77 *fingers crossed*

  27. That parasol would be fun to have in the California sun!

  28. Ooooh, pick me, pick me! *flaily hands*

  29. I’m really excited that the book is set in Philadelphia! Can’t wait to read how the setting and where Elenore explores (Philadelphia is such an ignored city in literature, as a rule, so it’ll be a treat to recognizes places and street names).

  30. lillian

    This book sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the contest!

    Here’s link to my tweet:

  31. Ooooh, can’t wait to read this book!

  32. Desiree

    Just a few days ago I was walking down town and saw some parasols and I swore that I would go get one when I can. The one you are giving away is waaay cuter! Whoever wins *hopefully me* will be one lucky lady!

  33. Twitter was down. I had to wait to send out this tweet:
    Elizabeth Fais โ€@elizabethfais

    TODAY ONLY! Win a #parasol or a query critique from agent Joana Volpe! Join the #SSaDOutbreak at #yalitchat

  34. Couldn’t add my twitter link before. Twitter down. So here it is. Yay!

  35. Wow, great giveaway and the book sounds fab! I tweeted ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Retweeted with Joanna’s name spelled correctly this time!
    TODAY ONLY! Win a #parasol or a query critique from agent Joanna Volpe! Join the #SSaDOutbreak at #yalitchat

  37. I won’t pretend that I’m not brainstorming ways to use a parasol in a zombie apocalypse setting.

    However, I also managed to tweet:

  38. Can’t wait to read Something Strange and Deadly! Sounds amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. That is a very nice parasol. I kind of want it. A lot.

    Though, assuming zombies aren’t going to attack, I am unsure what I will do with it.

    And I’m slightly more excited about the chance for a critique. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, here is my tweet:

  40. Katie

    I’m so excited about the book and this contest is fantastic!

  41. Christina

    Whoa…My stomach dropped out of my butt when I saw that Joanna Volpe would critique a query letter!! Very cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Kimberly Chase

    Book looks great! The prizes are pretty awesome too.

  43. I already can’t wait to dig into SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY but to do so with a parasol? I’m down! Thanks, Leigh and Joanna, for this opportunity! And while we’re on it, congrats regarding New Leaf! May the rest of this year bless you guys beyond your wildest imaginations. ๐Ÿ™‚

    With love!
    Deserae McG
    P.S. Although it wasn’t specified, here’s a link to my tweet!

  44. What a great giveaway opportunity, and a really awesome way to help promote Something Strange and Deadly! I tweeted and good luck to everyone who is currently in Queryland (like me! haha)

  45. Michelle H.

    I can’t wait to start reading this book! But I have to wait for it to come in the mail =/

  46. This giveaway is beyond awesome. I absolutely ADORED SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY. Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Michelle Levy

    Who doesn’t want a parasol? Can we bring these back into fashion, please? I can’t wait to read SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY!

    And a big thank you to Leigh Bardugo and Joanna Volpe for this contest!

  48. I LOVE that parasol, what a unique and awesome giveaway! And the book sounds incredible, too. I think Jo is an amazing agent, and I would be thrilled to win a critique from her! Here’s my link to my tweet:

  49. Lois S.

    Really looking forward to reading SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY! And what a great giveaway!

  50. What a cool giveaway! Great idea ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s my tweet:

  51. Parasol as a deadly weapon? Love it!

  52. I went to a fun steampunk festival just last weekend. My costume is lame though – the parasol would help! And the critique would be wonderful. Really looking forward to Strange and Deadly.

  53. Thanks so much for this!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Michael Jennings

    Great giveaway

  55. Heather miller

    So excited about this book! Even more so now that I have the enticing visual of this lovely parasol to accompany it!
    I tweeted it.

  56. Heather H.

    I’m so excited for Susan; I think this outbreak is a fantastic idea! I think it’s showing off just how awesome the Internet can be, AND is pretty heartwarming too, to see how writing friends can band together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments….and I’ve just loved these blog posts so far, too! =)

  57. Alwyn

    Am really really dying to read this. AND have kind of had a thing for parasols (especially the ones used in self defence against the undead) ever since reading Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate.

    Tweeted here

    *fingers crossed*

  58. I would love to enter? This story didn’t seem like my thing at first, but the internet is gradually winning me over.

  59. Snort….aim for the knees. ๐Ÿ™‚
    My curiosity was piqued about this novel as soon as I saw the pins New Leaf posted on Pinterest. A parasol would be quite a handy way to help this red head stay out of the sun…and I’d love to get a query critique from an agent I know has such great taste (as she reps the wonderful Erica O’Rourke and Holly McDowell)!

  60. Amber Landez

    Wow this is the best giveaway ever thanks for this awesome giveaway
    Also twitted about the giveaway @landez956

  61. Tweet tweet

    • Sidenote – my twitter feed goes straight to my FaceBook update – my husband saw a thumbnail pic of the parasol and thought it was a “lady’s butt.” I laughed and told him he was a perv, but if you just glance at it….um…yeah. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  62. Woohoo! This looks awesome! i can’t wait to read this book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. I really can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for having this giveaway!

  64. This is so awesome, SSAD style. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait for my copy to arrive! tweeted:

  65. mandiebaxter

    Twitter down earlier. Here’s my tweet.

  66. Katie O'Shea

    What an amazing giveaway for an amazing book!! I am beyond excited for the #SSaDOutbreak! ๐Ÿ˜€ Would die for a Joanna Volpe critique! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Aim for the knees!

  67. I collect umbrellas and this one is sooooooooo pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ I will tweet also. Keeping fingers, toes and elbows crossed ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. C.A. Kunz โ€@AuthorCAKunz
    Today only! Win a #parasol and #query critique from agent Joanna Volpe!! Join the #SSaDOutbreak at Pretty PLZ RT ๐Ÿ™‚ I also left a comment up above, the umbrella is soooooooooooooo pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. This is so awesome. I am definitely in need of a parasol.

    I’ve tweeted about it here:

  70. What an awesome parasol!

    I retweeted a post to my followers.
    Today only! Win a #parasol and query critique from agent Joanna Volpe!! Join the #SSaDOutbreak at
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  71. I’m so lucky I saw this in time, since I haven’t been anywhere near a computer all day…:)

    I tweeted!

  72. Laura Genn

    Miss Volpe? Sold! *crosses fingers*

  73. So awesome, thank you for this opportunity and I can’t wait to read this book!


  74. I am not above begging. Please? please. PLEASE. ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. OMG, that parasol is GORGEOUS! I want! <3333 Thanks for this giveaway.

  76. Thank you so much for doing this!
    And I tweeted!

  77. NE

    The book is sounds awesome! just waiting for it to arrive in the main! I really want that parasol!

  78. Awesome contest and prizes and the book looks pretty amazing too. *requests at Library*


  79. Jasmine

    What a great sounding book and awesome prize!

  80. H2theannah


    That parasol is lovely; I have an outfit that would complement it nicely! With zombies and Victorian corsets, I am there with bells on.

  81. Sounds like a fun read. I love steam punk, so I’ll have to check it out.

  82. I tweeted, too. Though I saw someone else’s tweet a couple minutes before midnight, so I’m cutting it awfully close. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  83. lilo medina

    i already have a copy of the book in my room. can’t wait to read it from the long line of books. . . the parasol is fabulous!!!

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  85. Rachel

    Such a timely give-away! When dealing with hot summer days and zombies (err bath salt users) on the loose, a parasol is the must-have item of summer 2012. Tweeting now!

  86. Brandon Alston

    Just so happens I’m actually reading this book! They’ve just visited the cemetery. Excited about contest!

  87. This sounds so awesome! I want to read this book so badly!

  88. Ellen Oh

    I WANT THE PARASOL!! Cause I love Eleanor and want to break some knee caps, I mean shade myself from the sun! It would have been especially helpful on the beach while reading SSD where I got a funky sunburn bc I was so riveted!!! So as you can see, I really deserve the parasol!! ;o)

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  90. H. P.

    Ooh… You and Veronica Roth… awesome authors… I’m reading this.

  91. This is an Awesome give away! I Love Shadow and Bone. Excellent job. I also love steampunk (and tsarpunk). Thank you for the opportunity to win a query critique, that would be an amazing prize on its own (the book and parasol that matches my corset awesome bonus!)

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