Giveaway: Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar Series

I started tech last week for the play I’m doing, which means long hours, so most days I don’t even know what time or month it is. In addition to rehearsals, there’s some promo work, including the radio interview I have this Thursday, posing for stills, and shooting some footage for a trailer. When I have all the materials and links, I’ll post them here in case anyone is interested.

Moving on to the business at hand, I’m giving away two sets of Harlan Coben‘s Mickey Bolitar (YA) series. The first, Shelter, came out last August, and the next installment, Seconds Away, will drop September 18. Here are the official descriptions of both:

Seconds Away

When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon—find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter, the Butcher of Lodz and the mysterious death of his father, he needs to figure out who shot Rachel—no matter what it takes.

Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves. But with danger just seconds away, how can he protect them when he’s not even sure who—or what—he’s protecting them from?


The stunning young adult debut from international bestseller Harlan Coben is now in paperback!

Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he’s met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn’t who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey’s father. Soon Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.

Two winners will receive a copy of each book. To enter, leave a comment about something you accomplished as a teen that still makes you proud. Giveaway ends next Tuesday, September 18, 9 p.m. PST. US residents only. Winners will be randomly chosen and have 48 hours after notification to claim prizes.

Good luck!



  • Reply
    Linda Rodriguez
    September 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    The books sound terrific! I love Coben’s thrillers.

    When I was nineteen, I worked as a juvenile justice officer. Got the job with fake ID. One night, I rescued a young girl, who’d gone home to her prostitute mother and called me from the bathroom where she’d locked herself when one of her mother’s johns went after her. Police wouldn’t go to the projects where she was on a weekend night–too dangerous. I got a friend to take me. I didn’t drive, and with the great help of an old man who kept the drunks and druggies off me, I got the girl safely out.

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    September 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Wow, can’t top Linda’s experience! My big moment was organizing a fund raiser from soup to nuts. I have continued that process as an adult and my children followed in my footsteps.

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      Linda Rodriguez
      September 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Jann, I think it was more a case of 19-year-old fools rush in… I would hope I’d still do it, though, even though I know better now.

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    Carol Wong
    September 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Wow, my exploits really pale against the two above. I stood up and packed peanuts in plastic bags for a whole day to raise money for the poor. Went caroling at Christmas time at the nursing homes. Works for years in Junior Red Cross, making items for nursing homes. Also worked with a special chldren group with children with autism, Down’s syndrome and brain injured.
    Also babysat for years and interacted with a sweet boy who was brain injured and paralyzed from a car accident.

    My dad would not have allowed anything as adventurous as Linda’s experiences. I think I was “sheltered from the outside world” at the time of my life.

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    September 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I tried out for the boys soccer team in high school to make a stronger case to get a girls team (there was not girls team). My friend and I made the team and we got the girls team.

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    September 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    All the above comments put me to shame, PCN.

    I was a bad kid and even when I finally turned it around, I was still pretty bad. In fact, I’m still fairly bad but I hide it better.

    Best of luck to the entries.

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    Shell Sherree
    September 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I know I can’t enter the competition, but I wanted to say Congrats on the play!! I’ll look forward to seeing more on that when you’re ready. And best of luck to all ~ what great prizes!

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    September 12, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I just want to say I’m blown away by these accomplishments. Thank you for sharing.

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    Anita Yancey
    September 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

    The only thing that I can think of that I accomplished other than graduating from high school is, I was a member of the ecology club and we planted a lot of trees and cleaned up a lot of trash. So I hope that I did some good.

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