Monday, February 18, 2013


I'm elated to the infinite degree to be hosting this giveaway of RAVENS by Kaylie Austen. She's a very talented author pal of mine, and I'm stoooopid excited to read this YA debut. I know the dark and twisted mind that is Kaylie's and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need someone to hold me while I read it...

That said, you can (and should) connect with her on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Without further ado, here is the magnificence of RAVENS!

Blurb (World Castle Publishing January 2013):

What are Ravens, and are they as the world wants us to believe—sinister and without human qualities? When abruptly taken from their world, select humans are transformed into creatures of the night with penetrating eyes and uncanny abilities that most believe are a threat to mankind. Stripped from their mundane and ordinary lives, these creatures have no choice but to stalk the night and fight back in order to survive.
One such Raven is eighteen-year-old Liam, who uses his telepathy to communicate with Kendra in order to lure her into the transformation. It proves to be a double-edged gambit that turns into a tumultuous journey. Racing against time to save her sister, whom she believed to be dead, Kendra falls through a portal and into a parallel world where humans hunt her. She becomes a Raven with ill-controlled powers, trapped in a torrid affair with Liam, and desperately struggles to find a grip on her new reality.
Sounds intense huh? Huh??? *nudges shoulder* As a special treat, I've got an excerpt for your reading pleasure!

The first few times Kendra dreamt of Liam, he was a blurry ghost haunting her sleep. After the first year, he sat with her, talked to her, and consoled her.
“What’s wrong with your eyes?” she’d asked.
His gaze met hers until she looked away first. The intensity of those unnatural orbs sent chills down her spine. The colors were all wrong and made Liam seem dangerous, inhuman.
“Our eyes change here.”
“Where’s there?”
He shrugged. “Another world.”
“Like…the afterworld?”
He laughed. “I’m not dead!”
“Of course you are,” she muttered.
Liam disappeared when she awoke, and every so often returned to continue the conversation.
“Is Julie with you?” Kendra inquired with a bitter ache in her chest.
“What happened?”
“You really want to know?”
“Who killed you?”
He laughed. “I’m not dead!”
“Of course you are,” she muttered.
Liam hadn’t visited in a while, but the anniversary fast approached, which meant he’d pop up again.


I'm giving away not one but TWO signed copies of RAVENS. To enter, leave a comment below and tell me why you want to read this book so very much badly. Be convincing. Make me feel it. Make me want to overnight the book to you, mkay? Because that's how you're gonna win this giveaway.

So...On your mark...Get set...Wait for it...Wait...I said wait...GO!


Monday, February 11, 2013


Okay, so I'm pretty sure I've mentioned in passing that you guys suck in the best possible way. You've made picking the winner for my bookmark contest haaaaaard. So many great (and by great, I mean fan-flipping-tastic) entries. There were well over a hundred entries. I was almost in tears trying to pick a winner. This was supposed to be fun. If not for you, then AT LEAST for me, right? Right??

Shame. On. You.

So now I'm putting the ball in your court (cliche alert! Ew). Now you must suffer with indecision. Bite your lip bloody and raw. Drink wine from the bottle with said bloody/raw lip.

However, I have made it a tidly bit easier for you. I've narrowed the contest down to the top six entries. Instead of hundreds of entries, you just have to choose between six. Easy, yes? (Insert maniacal laugh here, then the gulping sound of drinking more wine, followed by an unladylike hiccup).

Here are the rules:

1.) Vote in the comment section. (For example: Entry one. Another example: Entry two. See how it works?) I don't feel like messing with one of those poll widget things. This also gives you a chance to give praise to the finalists.

2.) If you leave a negative comment about any entries, your vote will not count, your comment will be deleted, I will secretly consider you a bad person and possibly a poor sport, other people will know that you're a jerk, and your mother will be utterly and irretrievably ashamed of you and what you have let yourself become.

3.) You may vote only once. (Because duh).

4.) All votes must be in by midnight on February 15th. Any votes posted in the comments after that deadline will not be counted. I am not responsible for what time zone you're in. I don't even know what time zone I'm in, so good luck with that.








Monday, February 4, 2013


You guys suck, and I mean that in the best possible way. You are all so talented that I actually couldn't decide on a winner for the OF TRITON bookmark contest. That said, I need your help. Pwease.

I've got it narrowed down to my favorites, but I was wondering if you could help me decide who THE winner is? Would you be willing to vote? Would you be willing to give of yourself in that way?

In a few days, I'm going to post the top 5 choices I've made. I want you to vote for your favorite in the comment section. I do NOT want any nasty or ugly or demeaning comments about the entries I've selected. I simply want your vote. If you make a derrogatory comment, I'll delete it faster than I'd pop a zit, and then I'll secretly think of you as a bad person, and probably never have tea with you and your vote will CERTAINLY not count at all. So you just think about that.

I'm going to be contacting the top 5 finalists in the next few days to make sure it's alright to publicly flaunt their skillful swagger on my blog. After I've received the go-ahead, I'll post the images. You will be impressed. It will be difficult for you to choose. And then you will know my agony.

Stay tuned for updates on this contest.

I can't even tell you how overwhelmed I was with the huge response to this contest. There were literally hundreds of entries. And most of them, honest to God, were mind-blowing.

So, you guys really do suck. In a good way. :)