CHLOE Pit Stop of the YAmazing Race

*** Update Feb. 1 ***

And the winners* of this leg of the YAmazing Race are:

Hannah (Jan. 16 12:42 pm) *** CHLOE ARC and bottle cap necklace! ***
Cassie *** CHLOE ARC and bottle cap necklace! ***
Heather Rosdol
Emily Voss
Petra @ Safari Poet
Kiara Marie
Katy Bauml
Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

*Yep, I doubled the number of winners because of your enthusiasm for my niece, Samantha, and her Little Goody 2 Shoes project. So glad to know this world is full of people with big hearts. More hugs!

*** End Update ***

Welcome Racers! You’ve reached the pit stop for WELCOME, CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes, hosted by 50 2012 Apocalypses Debut Authors. I’ll make this easy on you dear, wonderful racing readers.  CHLOE is the story of a big-hearted, vintage-shoe-wearing girl who is ostracized by her best friends and forced to join her high school’s struggling radio station where she starts her own radio call-in show and falls for radio techie Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe and Duncan learn lessons about love, listening, and loneliness.

Chloe loves vintage shoes.

BONUS CONTEST: Have a few extra minutes and a big heart? Good. Because you can win an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of CHLOE and one of five blingy bottle cap necklaces, AND you can help raise money to buy shoes for kids who don’t have any. WELCOME, CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE seems like a light, funny book, right? It is, but it also has some tender and unexpectedly serious moments as Chloe deals with her ailing grandmother, Duncan’s past, and a community service project she must complete in order to pass her junior year. Since she loves vintage shoes, Chloe decides to collect shoes for impoverished children. However, her school counselor signs her up to do after-school promo work at her school’s struggling radio station.

Chloe doesn’t get to send shoes to kids in need, but YOU can. Here’s how it works. Simply leave a comment on this blog and you will be entered in a contest to win one of five bottle cap necklaces from Little Goody 2 Shoes, which means I’ll make a $5 donation in YOUR NAME to this program which raises money to buy shoes for kids in Ethiopia. Little Goody 2 Shoes is run by Samantha, a middle-schooler  in St. Louis, Missouri, who is my niece and the inspiration behind Chloe’s shoe addiction. 100 percent of the donation I make for you goes for shoes. Cool, huh?

Bottle Cap Bling from Little Goody 2 Shoes

So…you leave a comment on this blog…perhaps about your favorite shoe. I select FIVE random winners. I make a donation to Little Goody 2 Shoes in the winners’ names and they get some bling. I’ll also throw in a CHLOE ARC to one of the FIVE winners.

BONUS POINTS: If you pre-ordrer CHLOE, like on Facebook, add to your shelf on Goodreads, follow me on Twitter, or acknowledge Chloe’s greatness on the glittery social media outlet of your choice, I’ll enter you for each shout out. Just note it in your blog comment. I trust you. :-) CHLOE’s Bonus Contest ends January 31. Good luck!

Your next pit stop: Marissa Burt and her April 2012 Middle Grade fantasy debut, STORYBOUND!

Hugs and happy racing!



  1. My favourite shoes (that I own!) are these suede blue ballerina flats from APC Madras. My dream shoe is probably the Rachel Comey MARS boots or any Rachel Comey shoes, really. I added CHLOE on my Goodreads to-read. :) onpeakhill(at)gmail(dot)com.

  2. WOW. You are so awesome and generous! This a wonderful way to host a contest. I would enter even if there was no prize to win! Thanks for doing this.

    I wear Vans all the time. :) I love them. Those, and Converse.

    Oh, and I added your book to Goodreads. :D

  3. AWESOME!! what a great giveaway that pays too! Thanks so much ;)

    I love love vans and yeah I love high heels pink ones *can’t wear them I’m clumsy* LOL
    added to goodreads to be read!!


  4. not really in 2 fashion/ a ya loving dude/love contemp ^_^]
    gr8 project

    good luck all

    rogier c


  5. My favourite shoes that I own are probably a pair of boots. They’re getting kinda of worn down I were them so much. :)
    I added to goodreads! And I follow on twitter (Hannah_FS)

  6. samantha ramos says:

    Sounds like a good book. My favorite shoes are moccasins. I always buy them whenever I get a chance!!

  7. What a great sounding book and an even greater charity! :D My favorite shoes have to be Converse. I wear plain tennis shoes a lot more than fancy heels ahha

  8. What an amazing giveaway – for charity. This is the best kind of giveaway out there!!!!!
    I liked you on FB, followed on Twitter, became a goodreads fan & added the book to my Goodreads to-read list.

    Thank you

  9. Sounds fun! I added Chloe to my shelf on Goodreads, and I’m looking forward to checking it out.

  10. I’m really excited to read this book! I’ve got it on loan from NetGalley, so I should be able to read the ARC soon :)
    My favorite pair of shoes at the moment is a pair of OTK, high heeled black leather boots. They were uncomfortable to walk in at first, but I’m used to them now and I love how they make me look taller!

  11. Kelli Spear says:

    I prefer flip flops to any other shoe! I added Chloe to my shelf on Goodreads. Thanks for the giveaway! Also, kudos to your niece for being an awesome person!

  12. my favorite is converse, a classic. I never shy away from rocking converse and a dress.

  13. Hey, the books seems awesome, and I loved how you’re gonna donate money to kids…Really. Congrats ^^
    I’m so not gonna talk about shoes. Not my thing. I mean, what’s better than socks and a smooth floor? Hohoho

  14. Amazing idea for a bonus contest–and what an inspirational young woman your niece is! As far as shoes go, I *love* what Cole Haan can do with a pair of heels!

  15. This sounds like a great cause — thanks for hosting this thoughtful giveaway!! In terms of shoes, I like comfy sandals :)

    Chloe is already on my Goodreads to-read shelf, and I’m now following you on Twitter! (I’m @Word_Tapestry)

  16. I liked you on FB, I follow you on Twitter (Imburiedinbooks) and put your book on my to read shelf on Good Reads.
    But what I really want to say is HOW AWESOME IS YOUR NIECE? I think that is so wonderful that she does that! Tell her she ROCKS and so do you!

    My favorite shoes are my cowboy boots. I just love ‘em. Got enough of a heel that I have arch support and I feel like I’m being a little different wearing them with dresses most people wouldn’t. When you’re my age, that’s about all you can get away with. Cowboy boots and a dress. Watch out world!



  17. OMG OMG OMG!!! Awesome giveaway!!! I followed you on Twitter (seeitoreadit) and added your book on my goodreads list!!! It sounds great and wow my favourite shoes huh…well I can say I don’t like running shoes cause I detest sports!!!!

    my email is seeitorreadit(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. That is a great cause it is very generous from you and your niece!
    I am a boots kind of girl , it can have heels or be flat, and I wear them in summer, winter, everytime:)
    I added your book on goodreads, and liked you on facebook!
    Can’t wait for your book to come out!

  19. Sounds awesome!
    I <3 CONVERSE!!! :D
    Thanks for the giveaway! I look forward to reading about Chloe! :)

  20. This is a fantastic contest! :]
    As far as shoes go, I basically only wear Converse All-Stars. I have about 20 or so pairs.


  21. Mandie Baxter says:

    Peep toe wedges for dressing up, converse all stars for winter and wrap sandals for summer! :D

    Added on good reads.

    MandieBaxter at yahoo dot com

  22. Autumn miller says:

    My favorite pair of shoes is my hello kity stilettos!!!!!! ( :
    I also liked your Facebook page, follow you on twitter and added it on goodreads!
    Bowlingtowin at gmail dot com

  23. My favourite shoes are a pair of black sparkly heels I got six months ago.
    I liked your Facebook page, followed you on Twitter and added to my to-read list on Goodreads!
    bam_bam289 at hotmail dot com

  24. I have to pick ONE favourite shoe?? I love a pair of cherry red patent heels with a little black bow in the front.. they’re “Barbie by Town Shoes” brand.. :)

    Followed you on Twitter! I’m @JustALilLost :)

    BTW, what a fantastic idea… I love the donation aspect!!

  25. I love how bright the cover is. I follow on twitter and added Chloe on GR. Thanks for the chance!

  26. Very very cool project! Love the idea of Little Goody 2 Shoes!

    My fav shoes right now are ones I have yet to wear. I just bought some fabulous Camper shoes which are white and look like they have hand painted flowers on them. I can’t wait for spring!

    Followed on twitter (@natalievana)
    Liked on Facebook (natalie van apeldoorn)


  27. I already have your book on my to-read ist on Goodreads. :)

    My favourite shoes are my red glitter pumps, which have little silver stars sprinkled acoss the whole shoe.


    Thanks for the giveaway and for being so generous! :)

  28. Thanks for the giveaway! Awesome prize. I love the cover of your book :) Followed on Twitter and Goodreads, both @Screenplaydiva.

  29. Wow, this is such a great contest, and very meaningful too!

    I follow you on twitter (@amaterasureads) and Chloe’s been on my GR shelf for months (Kai (Amaterasu Reads))!
    I’m so excited for it to be released! :)

    My favorite shoes… hmmm… I love my Chucks! I’d trade any glittery, strappy, high heeled sandals for a pair of Chucks anytime!
    amaterasureads AT gmail DOT com

  30. I love slip on Vans – in the craziest colors and patterns I can get my hands on. laurisawhitereyes at yahoo com

  31. I have been dying to read this book. It sounds amazing and I am so glad you were one of the stops on the race! I checked out your neices website and I think what she is doing is amazing! I love shoes, am a huge bottle cap necklace fanatic ( seriously) and have been collecting them for 8 years now! I seriously buy any bottle cap jewelry I can find. So I was really excited that the proceeds go to benefit a great charity that supports other awesome things like shoes ( what girl doesn’t love those?) and africa! I bought a necklace to show my support! Thanks so much for haring her site with us!

    As for my favorite shoes…Oh gosh that’s a hard one! I’m gonna go with my vintage booties. THey are my fave and super comfy, and they definately turn heads!

    Thanks again for the contest and your neice for the good work she is doing!


  32. My favourite shoes are my suede ankle boots. I wear them everywhere!
    Little Goody 2 Shoes sounds like an amazing cause!

    christajls AT gmail DOT com

  33. Added on Goodreads and following on Twitter. (I’m thebooktramp both places.)
    I bought a pair of boots from Børn this year. Totally cute with buttons (my favorite) all the way up the side.

  34. My favorite shoes are these 5 inch black patent leather pumps with a zebra print heel.

    I followed you on twitter (@pinkindle) and tweeted about your awesome giveaway!

  35. What an awesome cause! That niece of yours is wonderful!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    I added the book on Goodreads, followed on Twitter, and liked on FB :)

  36. Awesome giveaway! I can’t wait to read CHLOE! As for my fave shoes…ooooh, boy, there’s a lot! I adore shoes! Maybe my pair of denim flats with rainbow ribbons? :D

    I added CHLOE to my Goodreads to-read shelp – as Kim Waters
    I liked you on FB – as Kim Waters
    I followed you on Twitter – as @bookishbaggins

    Thanks again!


  37. My favourite pair of shoes is: my kick-ass black leather high heels with straps.

    +1 I like on Facebook – Aik Chien
    +1 I added your book to my shelf on Goodreads – Aik Chien
    +1 I follow you on Twitter @aikchien

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  38. My favourite shoes are ankle boots and All-Stars.
    Liked on FB as Demitra Giote
    I added CHLOE to my Goodreads to-read shelp as Diana Giote

    This is very cool, thank you!

  39. Thank you for such a great giveaway! I love when people give back. My favorite shoes at the moment are boots!

    I liked your author page on facebook
    Added Chloe to Goodreads
    Followed on twitter
    I have also pre-ordered

  40. So excited for Chloe!!
    I follow on twitter, like on facebooks, have mentioned on my blog, and added on goodreads!!

    dukesangel002 AT yahoo DOT com

  41. How sweet! Not only is the cause great but the book sounds really interesing! Def preordering! My favorite shoe are these sandles i got from Cancun! THeir brown leather with triangle designs around the egdes and were the straps meet on top of my foot is a colorful painted mayan calender! I seriously love these shoes! But they broke :( I seriously wore them ALL the time! I still have them! I dont have the heart to thrown them away :(

  42. As un-girly as it sounds, my favourite pair of shoes I’ve worn to date were steel-toed boots. They were waterproof, shock-proof, stubbed-toe-proof, and generally AWESOME black leather. :D

  43. I follow on Twitter and it’s added on my Goodreads.
    Love my Emu boots – always will. They’re the most comfortable things ever.
    Thanks for a great contest =)

  44. I’ve been looking forward to your book for ages! It’s already on my goodreads list. Can’t wait to read it :)

    - Liz

  45. My favorite pair of shoes are these really really sparkly black heels. I wear them whenever I can even though I’m pregnancy-bloated because I love them so much. :)

  46. Stephanie Wilkes says:

    I had this awesome pair of metallic lime green moccasins that I wore to death. They were awesome. I miss them soooo much!
    Followed you on Twitter and added book on Goodreads.


  47. Very cool idea! Could you send me the details of your niece’s program? My son’s kindergarten teacher is looking for a community service project for this year. I know she’d love to work on something created by a kid for other children. You’ve got my email – I look forward to hearing all about it so I can pass the info on. Thanks!!

  48. Way cool, captivating cover! And I love the idea of a girl having her own radio show. Fun! Liked you on FB! Thanks!

  49. Jake Savage says:

    This book sounds like an amazingly cute and fun read! Liked you on FB, and followed on Twitter:)

  50. My favorite shoes are a pair of leopard-print ballet flats. They go with pretty much anything and are super comfortable so I wear them all the time.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I follow you on twitter (@lovelylit) and have added your book to my goodreads. :)

  51. Wow, this looks like an awesome book! :D Can’t wait to read it!

    I’m not a shoe person, though. I prefer them to be comfortable and easy to take off/put on. lol.

    Also, added book to GR to-read list (Darcyette/Cassie Frye)
    Liked on Facebook (Cassie Anne Frye)
    and followed on Twitter (CAnneFrye)

  52. alicia marie says:

    This will definitely be a book different from what i’ve been reading lately. Sounds good :)

    i would probably say one of my pairs of cowboys boots is my favorite; maybe the darker brownish ones. i wear them way too much!

    added to goodreads to read: alicia marie
    liked on facebook: alicia marie ezell
    followed on twitter: bamayankee

  53. Dominique says:

    The necklaces are super cute. Doesn’t Catherine have one?
    As you know I am super, super, SUPER excited to read your book so any contest where I could possibly win an ARC of it would make me happy. Plus, who doesn’t love shoes? I’m sure that the kids in Ethiopia will appreciate it :D
    Personally, I am a fan of flip-flops and boots, total opposites, I know, but whatever. One to wear in summer and one to wear in winter!

  54. Those necklaces are beyond cute. Plus, the book looks pretty great too.
    My favorite shoes are Converse, though when I’m acting like a hipster, I call the “Chuck Taylors.”
    Liked you on Facebook! (Kathryn Flucht)

  55. I love to wear sneakers.

  56. What an amazing contest! And an amazing book of course.
    You are absolutely great.

    My favorite shoes are my combat books. (They count as shoes right?)

  57. Great stroy line. Love those necklaces.

    My fav shoes are the teal cowboy boots I bought at the Calgary Stampede a few years back.

  58. In terms of amount of wearing, it’s definitely my Teva sandals (in the summer anyways).

  59. looks really great!

    Im adding it to goodreads right now!!!

    and i’ve recently become more shoe savvy, since my feet dont grow, and the styles dont change too much. but still Converse all the way!!

  60. This book seems really good! and it’s for a good cause. (: I added chloe to my shelf on goodreads and I followed you on twitter! ( & @koolkatkiara ) My favorite shoes are oxfords<3

  61. Black ballet flats with silver buckles. No heels!

  62. Those are cute bottle cap necklaces! And my favorite shoes are actually just my comfy tennis shoes. They have Dr. Scholls inside and they are super comfortable. I actually pre-order before I heard of this YAmazing Race, so does it still count?

    Twitter: @TheStorySeekers
    Facebook: Emilia Sherman
    Goodreads: Story Seekers

    Emilia (

  63. my all time favorite shoes are chuck taylors! or as everyone calls them, converse shoes. I followed you on twitter, AlwaysShmargie, and added the book to good reads.

  64. Such an awesome giveaway. :)
    I don’t think I have a favorite shoe really…but I do love sparkly ones. ^_^

  65. Brilliant giveaway!!! Anything that has shoes attached to it should be deemed awesome!!! I don’t usually wear heels, but I stumbled across a pair of Victorian style boot heels in a charity shop one day and feel straight in love!! I follow you now on Twitter – @thegirlinacafe and on facebook with my real name (Hannah). Oh, and this uber awesome blog too!!! :D

  66. I’ve only just started discovering the world of shoes. Right now i’m in love with my pink plaid airwalks… but I also love my fun work heels (red, of course). But I’m still learning! :)

  67. Anme Burgess says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I really like the idea behind the book, especially the radio component. The cover is also wonderful.
    I am a FB follower as anme burgess
    I am a twitter follower as msaching
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  68. my favorite shoes that I wear ALL THE TIME are leather sandals, dark brown, birkenstock style. I did see in a mag last night a cool pair of saddle shoes that I would get and wear if they weren’t $160/pair…

  69. Wonderful! I love that you are into helping others! My fav shoes are my Toms, and I love that for every pair purchased and underpriviliged person also gets a pair! Love it! Added on GR and followed on twitter (@BritneyWyatt)

  70. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! :))

    I added your book on Goodreads: Kris-10
    I follow you on Twitter: @kmichelle_10
    I “Liked” your Facebook page: Kristen Reader


  71. Hello bloggers, this is Hayley- see what I did there with the title haha. Thanks for the contest I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about this title! My favourite pair of shoes are my Green Jessica Simpson pumps! Love these shoes to death! Haha
    I added you on Goodreads and follow you on twitter :)

  72. What a wonderful (and generous!) contest!

    My fave shoes that I own are my comfy, no-name, brown sandals :)

    I follow you on twitter (@writertessa)

  73. i totally heart converse!

  74. Followed you on twitter and liked you on fb. Looking forward to reading your book!

  75. What a really awesome contest! For me, I can’t have enough ballet flats–I am 5’10″! I even have a pair by Puma that’s comfy enough to teach in all day–love!

  76. My favorite shoe: absolutely the ballerina.
    Thank you for this chance to win!

    angela1997 at live dot nl

  77. looks great and added on goodreads

  78. Katy Bauml says:

    I can’t wait for your book to get here! I first found out about it through the M-F e-letter Alice Marvels and have had it on my Shelfari TBR for a while now! I’d love to have one of those necklaces to match my bottle cap belt made by Little Earth. My favorite shoes? Flip flops! I wore the closest thing to flip flops that I could find on my wedding day. I put comfort at the top of my priority list and my feet did not hurt once the entire day.

    I liked you on Facebook
    I’m following you on Twitter
    I added Chloe to my GoodReads shelf even though I sign on very rarely. I use Shelfari as my primary book site.

  79. My fave shoes are some purple plaid flats…no idea what brand they are, but they are so freaking cute they are awesome!
    I follow on FB (Book Sake) and Twitter (@BookSake).
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  80. What a good cause! :) About my fave shoes, it’d be anything flat. I’d like comfortable shoes more than fashionable ones. Welcome Caller, This is Chloe has long been added to my TBR on Goodreads. I followed you on Twitter and FB as well. :D

  81. Thanks for the giveaway! I don’t really have a pair of fave shoes, I like all of them! I really like an ARC WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE, sounds like a great read.

  82. My red Chuck Taylors! <33 Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. Awesome idea!
    I love LOVE My purple high heels :D
    GR Cayce
    Twitter: Cayce_23

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  84. My favorite shoes are probably my worn and tattered house slippers… because that means I’m home and cozy!
    Your book sounds reeeally good.. I’ve added it to my to read list at Goodreads, I’ve liked you on Facebook (sorry, I don’t tweet).
    What a great charity and awesomely cool of you to help your niece. *two thumbs up to you*

    please add my name in the hat for your giveaway and have a fantastic day!!
    zypadeedodah [at] aol [dot] som

  85. Chloe rocked my socks off and I cannot wait to see her LIVE on the shelf in May! :D
    Those bottlecap necklaces are adorable, and I agree that her love for vintage shoes makes my heart happy :)

    I do not have my own favorite pair of shoes – but I recently saw the most delicious pair that Kristin Chenoweth wore for a Pushing Daisies promo here. Aren’t they amazing?

  86. elli sweeney says:

    Hi my name is Elli Sweeney, i am a junior high student from north dakota. I wanted to tell you how much it means to me that you are supporting Sammi with the bottle cap necklaces. I was in ethiopia in November with Childrens hope chest, and i got to visit all the care points that Sammi buys shoes for. This is such a geat idea to help orphans and poor children in third world countrys.. I geuss that my favorite pair of shoes are my old black slippers that i wear everywere!-(even to church)-! well thanks again!

  87. Okay…you are the most wonderful blog readers in the universe. You GOT IT! You got that this wasn’t just a little book giveaway and chit-chat about shoes. You got that it was about doing good. I am amazed and humbled by your response to my niece Samantha and her Little Goody 2 Shoes project. In celebration of your all-around brilliance, I’m doubling the prize giveaways. So…two CHLOE ARCs and ten bottle cap necklaces are going to the following YAmazing Racers:

    Hannah (Jan. 16 12:42 pm) *** CHLOE ARC and bottle cap necklace! ***
    Cassie *** CHLOE ARC and bottle cap necklace! ***
    Heather Rosdol
    Emily Voss
    Petra @ Safari Poet
    Kiara Marie
    Katy Bauml
    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

    I’ll send the above ten racers an e-mail off-blog to get your mailing info. In the meantime, surround yourself with good books and great people! Hugs!


  88. OMG, THANK YOU for the ARC and THANK YOU for donating money on our behalf to Little Goody 2 Shoes. It’s truly amazing when people give back. :D Also, congrats to the other winners!

    (Btw, have you sent out those e-mails yet? I’m afraid my Mac mail server is deleting emails without my consent, and yours might have been one of them).

    Thanks again.

  89. Joshua Coriell says:

    Hi Shelley! It is your nephew Josh. The website looks great! Congrats on the success! =)Love ya.

  90. Breanna says:

    My favorite pair of shoes are these gold sparkly pair of skinny heeled pumps that my friends got me for my birthday. Since we live in a town where there aren’t many places to wear such shoes, I have yet to wear them. Still, I enjoy looking at them everyday, I kind of love shoes. Also, I think it’s so cool what your niece has done and at such a young age, kids like her inspire me to be a better person.

  91. Jaime S. says:

    I have no idea what brand my favorite pair of shoes were, but they were cute eggshell blue flats with a buckle across the top and a cream-colored zig-zag on the side. I took them over from my older sister and I wore them into the ground!