I went and did it again – accidentally bought two copies of a book. It’s lucky for you I don’t pay closer attention to my shopping cart because now I can give one away!

I ordered this book as soon as I saw it because I was hooked by the premise (which makes sense given the book’s subject matter). What does the brain crave from every story, and how can you write yours to transfix your readers and make sure they keep turning pages?

Using brain science to reveal the evolutionary purpose of story and how we, as writers, can tap into readers’ desires, this book seems a unique take on improving our writing by creating the kind of compelling stories readers need.

I haven’t read it yet because I plan to take it with me to the LA-SCBWI conference, but I’ve started skimming, so I can say it promises to be an excellent read. Want to win one of your own? Do any or all of the tasks below. I’ll draw a winner on August 7th when I return from LA. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. Sounds like an interesting book 🙂

  2. wow.. sounds intriguing!!
    Kelly McDonald

  3. I awfully glad you didn’t pay attention to what was in your cart! 🙂 The book looks great, so I’ll be crossing my fingers. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. This is brilliant. Not only could I take it on holiday, I could use it to decide which books to take on holiday.

  5. Ooh, I haven’t heard of that one. Sounds good!

  6. I love book recommendations! Thank you, Julie! And thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I haven’t heard that book, but find the premise interesting. I just finished Jonah Lehrer’s “Imagine,” which was fantastic.

  8. This is a new book to me… and looks interesting. Nice to know I’m not the only one who buys the same book over (and over) again because “I absolutely must have it”!

  9. This book sounds fascinating! Thanks Julie,
    Beth Thaler

  10. Daniel Rousseau

    I’m very aware of what “To Kill A Mockingbird” does to my heart and soul every time I read it, and that is what I would love for my readers to feel when they read my work.

  11. That’s amazing. Sign me up!

  12. Looks like an interesting read! Thanks, Julie.

  13. Another book about writing? Sure! I’d love another. Of course. 😉 (btw, not sure my attempt at entering the giveaway worked. I couldn’t post a comment via rafflecopter.)

  14. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for giving away your 2nd copy!

  15. p.s. Have fun in LA.

  16. I keep seeing this book all over the place so I’m in!

  17. Sounds interesting. Thanks for your generosity!

  18. This would be a great fit with my writing teaching and creativity coaching! Thanks for the opportunity, Julie! I’ve done that, too, so now I know what to do with those extra copies. ; )

  19. The book sounds like it could help! Thanks Julie!

  20. This book sounds very inspiring and intriguing!

  21. Sounds like a great book. I like how you have us completing steps to enter in the drawing. Very cool widget!

  22. This sounds like a great book! I tend to believe that we have a predisposition for story in our being… it’s part of our creation, part of our makeup, that we love a good story. It’s why we read the best ones again and again. – Damon Dean

  23. Hadn’t heard of this book. Thanks for letting us know.

  24. I was just reading a blog post over at writer unboxed by Lisa Cron, and it really got my interest spiked. If I don’t win it, I’ll buy the book, but I’ll take my chances here first 😉

  25. Thanks for another great giveaway Julie!

  26. I didn’t know how much I didn’t know until I started consulting resources about the craft of writing picture books. 🙂 I’d love to win the book…thanks for the opportunity, Julie!

  27. How cool to know what makes the brain keep reading – or not. Thanks for this, Julie!

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