YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes!



Welcome to my stop on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes, a crazy whirlwind blog-hop-extravaganza featuring 58 debut authors and prize packs featuring ARCs, signed books, gift certificates, swag, and more!

If you haven’t visited our Apocalypsies website, please click here to start from the beginning of the race and read the complete rules. (The race will begin on May 2, 2012 at NOON)

Ready, Set, GO!!!

ONE FOR THE MURPHYS By Lynda Mullaly Hunt



In the wake of heart-breaking betrayal, Carley Connors is thrust into foster care and left on the steps of the Murphys, a happy, bustling family.

Carley has thick walls and isn’t rattled easily, but this is a world she just doesn’t understand. A world that frightens her. So, she resists this side of life she’d believed did not exist with dinners around a table and a “zip your jacket, here’s your lunch” kind of mom.

However, with the help of her Broadway-obsessed and unpredictable friend, Toni, the Murphys do the impossible in showing Carley what it feels like to belong somewhere. But, when her mother wants her back, will she lose the only family that she has ever known?


All set? 🙂

That’s all you need to know for your quiz later.

BUT WAIT! There’s more!!

Please leave a comment below at a chance to win a “Be someone’s hero ~ No cape required” t-shirt in your choice of colors (red, black, or jade) and sizes.


You may find ONE FOR THE MURPHYS here on the web:    Lynda’s Website      Book Trailer      

Indiebound      Barnes and Noble       Facebook


**Thanks for stopping by!**    NEXT STOP:  QUIZ QUESTIONS FOR THIS LEG OF THE RACE!


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103 thoughts on “YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes!

  1. Ooh! This book sounds like one I’d love! Looking forward to reading it!

  2. Woah. Sounds like quite a book.

  3. Sounds like a fascinating story.

  4. I’ll be off the grid today, but will check back/comment tomorrow tonight. Thanks to you all for your interest in One for the Murphys! 🙂

  5. YAY! Sounds like a great book!! 😉

  6. I preordered my copy in February. I love the saying on the t-shirt.

  7. Steph Trujillo

    I love these Contests!!! i get to put SO many books on my to read list! im so excited lol

  8. sounds like a great story and having a t-shirt like that would be full of awesome! thanks for being a part of the yamazing race : )

  9. That sounds like a great thing to put on a t-shirt!

  10. Awesome t-shirt ftw. I’ve been hearing seriously awesome things about One for the Murphys. #stoked

  11. That sounds like an awesome story! And the tee shirt definitely sounds good. 🙂

  12. Oh, my gosh, I want that shirt! And for anyone who comment-stalks, PLEASE read Lynda’s book, it is magnificent!

  13. I’ve done a lot of work with Foster Care and am so happy to find a story about Happy foster families! I’ll be picking this one up and sharing it with all the kids I know!

    • Hey, Pamela. Yes, I agree. There are so, SO many foster families out there that are heroes. I thought it was about time that someone write their story. (And a foster child that is saved by their kindness.) I’m so happy that Penguin agreed that a book like this should be out there! Good luck to you on the raffle. 🙂

  14. ebedwell1

    sounds like a fantastic book. And I’m all about winning stuff.

  15. MackenziLee

    this book sounds just lovely! especially the broadway-obsessed character. I can relate to that! Thanks for being part of this contest – it’s essentially creating my summer reading list for me! 🙂

    • Hey! Yes, Toni really is obsessed with Broadway–specifically, Elphaba from “Wicked.” The idea of “Defying Gravity”–overcoming unfortunate circumstances is an undercurrent of the book. Plus, Toni adds a lot of humor to the story. She’s one of my favorite characters!

  16. My mother has been a foster parent for the last 12 years so I think One for the Murphy’s sounds interesting

    – Haysel


  17. the shirt is so cool lynda
    i wanted your book since i saw it /wishlist book ^_^

  18. I would love this to make my boys smile!

  19. Sounds like a great story!

    hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

  20. melody

    This book sounds really good and kinda sad in a way. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway. Love the saying that’s gonna be on the t-shirt.

  21. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  22. deadtossedwaves

    So excited to read your book!!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  23. Wow, sounds like it could be a heartbreaking story!


  24. love the cover of this book! and it sounds like a fantastic read 😀

    chelleyreads AT gmail DOT com

  25. Jesse Grant

    This sounds like an awesome read! 🙂

  26. Sounds like an amazing book 🙂


  27. booksbonesbuffy

    Love the sound of your book! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  28. Havilah

    I’m looking forward to reading this book.


  29. kassiah

    What a great giveaway! I can’t wait to check out this book xo

  30. Artemis

    Very beautiful story and cover! Thank you for the extra giveaway!

  31. Kimberly B.

    This sounds great! I’d love to read it myself and share it with some Middle Grade friends! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  32. It sounds like my kinda book ❤ 🙂 Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  33. Niahara

    Sounds like an awesome book 🙂

  34. McKenna Burke

    Adding this to my list!

  35. Alyssa Susanna

    OMG! I love the premise of your book! And that t-shirt logo is awesome 🙂
    Thanks for the chance!
    Alyssa Susanna

  36. Kind of random, but the name Murphy reminds me of when we had t-shirts made for Field Day in fifth grade and my teacher (her last name was Murphy) was the only one with her name misspelled.

    I told you it was random ^^

  37. Jaime S.

    I am really loving this race, because I am reading about books I probably never would have found otherwise! This book sounds so good and I definitely plan to read it! The shirt sounds cute and I would love to have one! 😀 I have a shirt that says “Sprinkle Sunshine” which I love because of the positiveness of it!

  38. eggheadwa

    My family is looking into becoming foster care parents, so I would LOVE to read this book!

  39. Absolutely fantastic contest. Thanks for being a part of something so fun and fantastic 😀

  40. Sounds like an interesting book! Um..the superhero shirt sounds epic!! Yes please! 🙂 Thanks! readingwishes@hotmail.com

  41. Katie

    As a friend of a former foster youth and a teacher I cannot wait to read this!

  42. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂


  43. This book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Kathryn

    This sounds awesome! I can’t wait!

  45. Amy S.

    I think that I will love this book. Thanks for the chance to win!
    amy dot swihart at gmail dot com

  46. This book sounds really interesting. And I love the quote on the t-shirt!


  47. Shannon

    Hiya! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for taking the time to write this book for us readers as well as for the giveaway! I especially love the quote! I’m definitely putting your book on my summer to-read list 🙂


  48. Nikki

    I can’t wait to read your book! It just sounds great!

  49. Joy

    This sounds like a great story–can’t wait to read it!
    And thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Sounds like a good book – love the Apocalypsies!

  51. Jessica

    This book looks great! Can’t wait to read it. I love the YAmazing Race so much, it’s helped me find so many amazing books!

  52. Lille Moss

    So excited to read your book! 🙂 Sounds quite good.

  53. Shinyfox

    This book isn’t in the genre that I normally frequent, but you’ve got me interested! I added it to my goodreads list =)


  54. sounds like a truly inspiring story! As a public school teacher, I think foster parents are super stars!

  55. bn100

    Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  56. +JMJ+

    This reminds me of Surviving the Applewhites, although I can’t remember whether the boy who joins the Applewhite family’s homeschool is also a foster child.

    And just writing that made me recall The Great Gilly Hopkins, which I know is about foster children. (Maybe also The Pinballs . . . but I haven’t read that one yet.)

    In other words, it sounds like an award-winning classic in the making. 😉

    PS–I’m international, so don’t put my name in the draw if the contest is only open to US readers. =)

  57. Thanks for taking part in the race and for this giveaway!! Looking forward to reading One for the Murphys!


  58. Thank you for the giveaway! The book sounds fantastic – I’m adding so many books to my tottering pile for after exams. xx

  59. Sounds really great!Thanks for the giveway!

  60. Flord Naezel

    Omg. Cool giveaway! Thank you!

  61. Awesome giveaway, is it in’tl though? I would love to be entered if it is! 😉 Thanks!

  62. Tressa S

    I already have this on by tbr. The shirt sounds fun!

  63. This sounds like a great book. Adding it to my tbr 🙂
    and thanks for the giveaway!

  64. Cute story, thanks 🙂

  65. Thanks for the giveaway! Can’t wait to read the book too 😀

  66. Amanda Dickson

    Sounds awesome can’t wait!

  67. Cool shirt and even cooler book! Can’t wait to get my hands on your novel 🙂 Thanks for the amazing giveaway 😀

  68. Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂


  69. LOVE the race because I get to discover new books. Yours sounds great!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  70. CONGRATULATIONS TO MY TWO WINNERS OF “Be someone’s hero” t-shirts.
    (1) Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea And
    (2) Alyssa Susanna

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