This Side of Salvation Day 9

This is it.
The final day of the Superfan contest.
I hope y’all enjoyed the cards each day. And that you’re running out to get your copies or bugging your libraries or have been participating. (Or all three!) I know I’ve been enjoying seeing the cards and I’m going to miss seeing them every day.

Final day of the TSOS Superfan contest, featuring Mr. Ralph and the quote that came to me in a dream! Share this post on Facebook and visit my blog to see how you can enter to win some great prizes:



This Side of Salvation Day 8

I stopped in the library yesterday to see if This Side of Salvation was in yet (even though I haven’t gotten my text message). No luck. But I took some of my bookmarks in and passed them on to a young girl that I met as I was going in and to the librarian. Hopefully she’ll be interested enough to take a look at the book!

Penultimate day of the TSOS Superfan contest, featuring the precocious Eve Decker! Share this post on Facebook and visit my blog to see how you can enter to win some great prizes:


This Side of Salvation Day 7

Did anyone go visit Reddit yesterday? I stopped in a couple of times when I wasn’t at work, but I didn’t ask any questions. It was fascinating to see all the different questions and Ms. Smith-Ready’s answers. I hope some of you had a chance to stop in.

Today’s card is from cult leader, Sophia Visser. It’s always (to me anyway) an interesting story when a cult leader is involved… what do you think?

Day 7 of the TSOS Superfan contest, featuring cult leader Sophia Visser! Share this post on Facebook and visit my blog to see how you can enter to win some great prizes:


Smith-Ready on Reddit!


As a special post for today, Jeri Smith-Ready is participating in Reddit (as I may have mentioned on Saturday). Go head on over and join in!

BONUS Superfan activity! Spread the word about my Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) the same way you would the trading cards, by sharing this post/image, then visit my blog to see how to enter today’s bonus daily drawing, PLUS earn points toward the grand prize.
>Go here! To sign in or sign up

Jeri Smith-Ready on Reddit!

No special card for This Side of Salvation today, but a special idea. Jeri Smith-Ready will be participating in “Ask Me Anything” over at the YA Writers Group on Reddit on Monday (April 7th). You do have to be a member to participate, but it literally takes about 10 seconds and they don’t require much of anything to sign up. She’ll be taking questions from 9am to 5pm and has invited people to stop by and well “Ask Me Anything! About me, my books, etc. I will try to be both entertaining and informative, maybe even at the same time.”

Reddit link to sign up and if I can I’ll add the link to the post on Monday… I’ll be at work when it goes live so I won’t be able to add it until it’s almost over.

This Side of Salvation Day 5

Well I read the first three chapters last night of This Side of Salvation and I have to admit, I’m hooked. Even more than I thought I would be. I really like the idea that this book is based on the family’s reactions to the death of their son/brother. Having suffered the own loss of my brother as a child, I can relate to that and I think everyone (even if they haven’t suffered that loss) will be able to relate to the down to earth writing.

I got a sample on my Kindle and will definitely be reading the rest just as soon as possible.


This Side of Salvation Day 3

Today’s card comes from Bailey, David’s girlfriend. I’m finding it difficult to write about something today because I haven’t read the book yet (although it’s on hold at the library). I’m excited about it and I want to read it, but things being what they are, I just can’t afford it right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it from the library soon and can share my thoughts with you.

Please don’t let that stop you from reading it and letting me know what you think!


This Side of Salvation Day Two

Jeri Smith-Ready’s book This Side of Salvation is in stores today! Check it out!

From the release post!

This Side of SalvationJeri Smith-Ready (author of the Shade trilogy) makes her contemporary debut in what Kirkus calls “a captivating story of family heartbreak.”


Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure:  The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined… 

What Others Are Saying:

“THIS SIDE OF SALVATION is impossible to pigeonhole. It’s a mystery, a
love story, a tale of friendship, of prejudice, and of a family
overcoming tragedy…Jeri Smith-Ready has her finger on the pulse of
American youth.” — Printz Honor winner and NYT Bestseller Elizabeth Wein

“This is a frighteningly realistic story that delicately handles the issues of religion and family—an emotional mystery sure to be popular and perfect for discussion.” — VOYA, **Highlighted (Starred) Review**

“[A] smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale…bringing to light
issues of belief versus free will, spirit versus body, and family versus
self—while never being heavy-handed.” Booklist, **Starred Review**

“This book has some of the best written, strongest, and most satisfying
character dynamics that I have read in a long time…There are no
extreme moral rights and wrongs in this book. These people just are, and
they work, and they make this story beautiful.” — Bibliopunkk

Giveaways Galore!

Jeri has two ongoing giveaways to celebrate the release of This Side of Salvation.

Join the Rush swag fest: free EXCLUSIVE swag for everyone who orders TSOS on or before Monday, April 7.

Superfan contest (March 31 – April 9): share the TSOS characters’ “trading cards”  on your social networks to earn points. Biggest Superfan wins the grand prize, but there’s a chance to win a book and a gift card every day you play!

Here’s the first day’s card, featuring the main character, David Cooper:

Cat blogging meets book birthday!

Meet Misha and Twinkle, the real-life inspiration for the cats of This Side of Salvation, on PulseIt, the official site of Jeri’s publisher, Simon Pulse.

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