Big Giveaway Winners

Hello Guys! I hadn’t announce the Big Giveaway winners yet because that one was a bit more complicated. I drew the first winner contacted her to let her know which books she’d receive and confirm she was still willing to pay for shipping, then move to the second winner and so on, all the while making sure they actually wanted to receive the books I still had left.

I finally got news from every winner, so I will now announce them:

Christina D/Christinabean who won Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead, Silver Borne by Patricia Brigs & and ARC of Blood Feud by Alxyxandra Harvey.

Jenn T from I Read Good who won ARC Fallout by Ellen Hopkins, ARC White Cat by Holly Black and ARC Demon Princess: Reign Check by Michelle Rowen.


Harneet B who won Hush, Hush (hardcover) by Becca Fitzpatrick, Wayfarer (HC) by RJ Anderson and ARC of Rot&Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.

Congrats ladies! If nothing comes up, I should be shipping your books tomorrow.


Also while you are all here, I would like to promote an awesome Pre-Order Contest, click the button for more details, you won’t be disappointed!


Paranormal Summer Fest Winners!

Buckle up kids, we are in for quite a ride!

I spent hours going through all the entries and picking winners with our good friend and let me tell you, there were TONS of entries lol

Before I spill the goodies like Santa I would like to thank again the very generous authors and publishers who made this event possible!

Because for obvious reasons it would take hours to contact each one of you personally..

All winners must fill out the form below to claim their prize(s). 

  • Please check out the Paranormal Summer Fest info post if you have any questions.

  • Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize(s) or new winners will be drawn.

  • Some books won’t be released until the end of the month so please be patient if it isn’t shipped to you immediately.

  • If you didn’t win, all covers below link to (free worldwide shipping).

  • Clicking on titles for each giveaway will take you to the original giveaway post.

  • Please visit All Things Urban Fantasy to see if you won any of her PSF giveaways!

Without further suspense, here are the winners!

First here are the two winning Crescendo Covers!

Becca’s Choice —>   

Reader’s Choice —>

*****A name in blue means the prize has been claimed *****

Crossed names means you didn’t claim your prize in time and a new winner was picked.

  • Crescendo Remake Cover Contest:

    Winner of an ARC: Lorena L

    Winner of a Pre-Order: Caitlin G

    (Since Caitlin was chosen by Becca, I let her choose which she preferred)

    2k10 Swag:


    Winner: Marlene B

    Feather & Knight Angels:

    Winner:  Kaila/RagDollVampGirl   

    Lover Mine:


    Barb B
    Stephanie N

    Courtney C

    13 to life:


    Antonio M.

    The Demon in Me:



    Dark Flame:


    The Demon’s Lexicon:


    Jessica T

    Early to Death, Early to Rise:



    Cassandra C
    Mary Graef

    Hunted by the Others:



    RJ Anderson Book Wayfarer

    Harmony B

    Blue Blood Series:


    Kimberly H.

    Night Myst:

    Jessica S

    Dark Forgotten Book of Choice:

    Ashwood-S_Ravenous_000n312240 Unchained2


    Big Giveaway:


    *those winners will be announced later*

    Blood Law:


    Tempest Rising:


    Forgive My Fins:

    Marylène D

    Red Hot Fury:

    Missy W

    Strange Angels & Betrayals


    Jacqueline C.
    Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover)

    The Ghost and The Goth

    Angie D

    Claire de Lune:


    Marian N
    Cindy M


    Corie R

    Eternal Kiss of Darkness


    Natasha/Wicked Lil Pixie
    Caitlin R


    Sacrifice front cover 245x400
    Natasha A.
    Robin K (Intense Whisper)

    Pray for Dawn


    Bailey H.

    Pray for Dawn & Wait for Dusk



    Almost to die for


    Carrie S
    Jessica S
    Royce Anne


    Jessy (find jessy here)
    kenton joseph


    molly p mormon



    TMI Box Set + Poster


    Guy G

    TCA signed chapter + Jewel

    (when you fill the form please let me know which jewelry you want, in case you changed your mind)

    All PSF winners must fill out this form to claim their prize(s)
    If you do not fill out the form new winners will be drawn within 48 hours.

  • PSF – Last Day to Enter!


    That’s right, today is the last day to enter our 60 giveaways for your chance to win some of those 159 books! You have until midnight tonight to enter before Abigail and I start using like maniacs to draw all the winners!

    As planned, winners like be announced on July 6th, 2010, so make sure you come back to check if you won, because we will not email you personally.

    Click here to get to the giveaways list!

    Paranormal Summer Fest – Thank you!

    paranormalfest2 The end is already so close! In fact the avalanche of Guest Post, Interviews and Giveaways is now over. But you still have until July 4th to enter the giveaways, and all winners will be announced on July 6th, so don’t forget to come back and see if you won some goodies!

    Abigail from All Things Urban Fantasy and myself would like to thank everyone for such an awesome response! We were really happy to have all of you come and visit us and we are hoping you will stick with us some more =)

    Here are some Paranormal Summer Fest Numbers:

    • 27 Interviews
    • 22 Guest Blogs
    • 60 Giveaways which breaks down to 159 books total!

    But this events wouldn’t have been possible without the participation of some truly awesome allies, and we would like to thank every single one of them personally for their time, their efforts and their generosity!

    First, thank you to my partner in crime, Abigail! I contacted her in march with this crazy fest idea because even if it all sounded great in my head, I was scared to dive in alone lol. She jumped right in on my crazy-wagon, so thank you Abigail, I couldn’t have done it alone ❤


    Second, thank you to our friends from the different publishing houses:


    And now a huge Thank You to the fabulous authors who made room for us in their busy schedule! You guys have been so amazing, we can’t thank you enough =)


    R.J. Anderson (Wayfarer)
    Ilona Andrews (Magic Bleeds)
    Sharon Ashwood (Unchained)
    Cyn Balog (Sleepless)
    Dakota Banks (Sacrifice)
    Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Raised by Wolves)
    Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Covenant)
    Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices)
    Marcia Colette (STRIPPED)
    Tera Lynn Childs (Forgive My Fins)
    Kristie Cook (Promise)
    Andrea Cremer (Nightshade)
    MaryJanice Davidson (Undead and Unfinished)
    Melisse De La Cruz (Key to the Repository)
    Shannon Delany (13 to Life)
    Jocelynn Drake (Pray for Dawn, Wait for Dusk)
    Abra Ebner (The Knight Angels)
    P.N Elrod (Dark and Stormy Knights anthology)
    Jennifer Estep (Web of Lies)
    Becca Fitzpatrick (Crescendo)
    Jeaniene Frost (Eternal Kiss of Darkness)
    Yasmine Galenorn (Night Myst)
    Seressia Glass (Shadow Chase)
    Judith Graves (Under my Skin)
    Jess Haines (Hunted by the Others)
    Tate Hallaway (Almost to die for)
    L K Hamilton (Bullet)
    Kim Harrison (Early to Death, Early to Rise)
    Alyxandra Harvey (Blood Feud)
    Jeannie Holmes (Blood Law)
    Allyson James (Stormwalker)
    Christine Johnson (Claire de Lune)
    Stacey Kade (The Ghost and the Goth)
    Stacia Kane (Unholy Ghost, Unholy Magic, City of Ghosts)
    Karen Kincy (Other)
    Kasey MacKenzie (Red Hot Fury)
    Tony Mauro (Cover Artist)
    Kelly Meding (As Lie the Dead)
    Chloe Neill (Twice Bitten)
    Lee Nichols (Deception)
    Alyson Noel (Dark Flame)
    Robin D. Owens (Heart series)
    Nicole Peeler (Tracking the Tempest)
    Adrian Phoenix (Black Dust Mambo)
    Aprilynne Pike (Spells)
    Douglas Rees (Majix)
    Linda Robertson (Fatal Circle)
    Michelle Rowen ( Demon Princess: Reign Check, Demon In Me)
    Jeri Smith-Ready (Shade & Bring On the Night)
    Lili St-Crow (Jealousy)
    Maggie Stiefvater (Linger)
    Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Goes to War)
    Rachel Vincent (My Soul to Keep)
    JR Ward (Lover Mine)
    Alayna Williams (Dark Oracle)

    Titles we featured!

     Dark Oracle  Lover Mine My Soul to Keep Kitty Goes to War Linger Shade Bring On The Night Betrayals Strange Angels Jealousy Reign Check The Demon in Me Fatal Circle Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen WitchSpellsBlack Dust MamboTempest RisingTracking the TempestHeart JourneyDark FlameDeceptionTwice BittenAs Lie the DeadRed Hot FuryOtherUnholy GhostsUnholy MagicThe Ghost and the GothClaire de LuneStormwalkerBlood LawBlood FeudEarly to Death, Early to RiseBulletAlmost to Die ForHunted By The OthersUnder My SkinShadow ChaseNight MystEternal Kiss of DarknessCrescendoWeb of LiesDark and Stormy KnightsBook of LovePray for DawnWait for Dusk13 to Life: A Werewolf's TaleUndead and UnfinishedBlue BloodsMasqueradeRevelationsThe Van Alen LegacyBlue Bloods: Keys to the RepositoryNightshadePromiseStrippedCity of BonesCity of AshesCity of GlassClockwork AngelForgive My FinsThe Demon's LexiconRaised by WolvesSacrificeSleeplessRavenousScorchedUnchainedMagic BleedsWayfarer


    Don’t forget to stop by the mastersheet (or you can click here for the giveaway list by shipping restriction) and make sure you entered all the giveaways!

    Also, Abigail and I might be doing another fest, so if you guys have any comments, suggestions and/or constructive critiques please let us know, so we can improve for next time!

    Paranormal Summer Fest Giveaway List w/ Shipping Restrictions!

    Hey everyone!

    To make it easier for everyone to enter the giveaways, according to your respective areas, I a new Paranormal Summer Fest giveaway list w/ shipping restriction.

    Should be easier for you late bloomers to enter all giveaways before July 4th, 2010 =)


    Prize (number of winners) US Canada International
    My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent (1)



    Magix by Douglas Rees (1)


    Swag by Judith Graves (1)




    Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane (5)


    Feather & Knight Angels by Abra Ebner (1)



    Spider’s Bite & Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep (1)



    Lover Mine by JR Ward (5)  


    Spells by Aprilynne Pike (1)


    13 to Life by Shannon Delany (2)



    Stormwalker by Alyson James (2)




    The Demon in Me by Michelle Rowen (1)



    Heart series by Robin D Owens (1)


    Dark Flame by Alyson Noel (1)


    Deception by Lee Nichols (5)


    The Demon’s Lexicon Sarah Rees Brennan (2)


    The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (2 more)


    Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison (1)  


    Kitty goes to war by Carrie Vaughn (1)




    Bullet by Laurell K Hamilton (5)  


    Ilona Andrews book of choice (1)




    Hunted by the Other by Jess Haines (1)




    Stripped by Marcia Colette (1)




    Wayfarer by RJ Anderson (1)


    Dark Oracle Alayna Williams (2)


    Fatal Circle Linda Robertson (2)


    Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz (1)


    Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn (3)


    Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn (3 more)


    Shadow Chase by Seressia Glass (2)


    Book of choice by Sharon Ashwood (1)




    Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (1)


    9 books giveaway (3)




    Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey (5)


    Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes (1)



    Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith-Ready (2)


    Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (1)


    Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (2)




    Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (1 more)  


    Red Hot Fury by Kasey MacKenzie (3)




    Strange Angels & Betrayals by Lilith Saintcrow (2)


    Demon Princess: Reign Check by Michelle Rowen (5)


    Black Dust Mambo & a complete set of The Maker’s Song books by Adrian Phoenix (3)




    The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade (1)



    Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson (2)


    Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson (2 more)


    Promise by Kristie Cook (1)


    Twice Bitten  by Chloe Neill (1)


    Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost (2)



    Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding (1)


    Sacrifice by Dakota Banks (3)




    Undead & Unpopular and Undead & Uneasy by MaryJanice Davidson (1)




    Pray for Dawn & Wait for Dusk by Jocelynn Drake (4)




    Almost to die for… by Tate Hallaway (5)




    Other by Karen Kincy (2)




    Other by Karen Kincy (2 more)




    Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (1)




    Unchained by Sharon Ashwood (1)




    Sleepless by Cyn Balog (1)


    The Mortal Instrument box set by Cassandra Clare (3)


    The Mortal Instrument box set by Cassandra Clare (2 more)


    Signed Clockwork Angel teaser Chapter + TMI Jewelry by Cassandra Clare (1)




    Interview & Giveaways with Cassandra Clare




    This morning I have the great honor to close the Paranormal Summer Fest with the fantastic Cassandra Clare! She’s been very lovely and I’m truly grateful to have her with us today! Make sure to read along to discover more about her, but also about her upcoming release The Clockwork Angel and also a few details about City of Fallen Angels!



    The Clockwork Angel synopsis is awesome, from what I gathered, Tessa is a Shapeshifter, is there a reason why we’ve never seen that kind of Downworlder in the The Mortal Instruments books?

    Yes, Tessa is a very unique kind of Downworlder — in fact, the Shadowhunters spend a good deal of the first book trying to figure out what she is, exactly. All warlocks have something that mark them as warlocks — Magnus has cat’s eyes, Elias (in City of Ashes) had bat wings, Ragnor has horns. But Tessa has no "warlock’s mark" – instead she has this odd power of shapechanging. And not only can she change shape, but she can hear the voice of the person who she’s changed into whispering in her head — even if they’re dead. It’s kind of a creepy power and the Shadowhunters are naturally very curious about this anomaly — I’d say a lot of the second book is "the search for Tessa’s origins."

    If you had to describe TCA mains characters by a sentence each, what wouClockwork-Angel_213ld it be?

    Tessa: Tessa is bookish; she loves to read and compares everything in her life to books.
    Jem: Jem is unfailingly thoughtful, unselfish, and philosophical about his situation — but he does  have a darker side which we see more of in book 2.
    Will: Will was fun to write because he is so utterly self-sabotaging — he spends his life trying to make people think the worst of him.
    Charlotte: Charlotte, who runs the Institute, gives off the air of being utterly competent, and she really is, but as a woman, she has to fight for her place in Shadowhunter society.
    Henry: Your classic absent-minded mad scientist – in one scene he comes to dinner actually on fire, without noticing.
    Jessamine: Jessamine hates Shadowhunters, hates everything about it, won’t touch a weapon. She’s the anti-Isabelle.

    I know you read a lot about Mythology and Demonology to write your books, I was wondering what part is pure Cassandra Clare Imagination?

    I think of mythology — of which demonology and angelology are a subset — as a springboard to imagination. I’d go farther and say I don’t think there is such a thing as "pure" imagination — what we imagine, what we dream up, is an amalgam of our knowledge, our beliefs, our passions, and our experiences, which is as it should be. It’s the way we combine and refine them that makes them unique. To answer your question more specifically, I read a lot of mythology and folklore while researching for TMI, and tried to put my own unique spin on what I learned.

    Will TCA have an impact on what’s to come in City of Fallen Angels?

    Yes, in the sense that the past impacts the future. I don’t wind either series to be exclusive of the other – meaning you could pick up and read Clockwork Angel and nothing in it will be inexplicable if you haven’t read the Mortal Instruments. You can shun Clockwork entirely and still read City of Fallen Angels (though obviously I hope people won’t!) However, reading Clockwork will make CoFA a richer experience — at least one important character is first introduced in Clockwork before appearing in CoFA to stir things up, for instance. Aspects of Magnus’s past that have an impact on his character in Angels are also hinted at in Clockwork.

    Let’s learn a bit more about you ^^

    It seems like you travelled a lot while growing up, what’s your favorite country?

    I have a special affinity for England because we lived there for a few years when I was growing up.

    Do you speak other languages?

    French, some Italian, some Spanish.

    If you could go back in time, when would it be?

    Victorian London, of course!

    If you had to choose, would you be Downworlder (if so which one) or Shadowhunter?

    I’d be a warlock — I like the living forever part of the deal, but the blood drinking bit about being a vampire grosses me out.

    Would you share with us three surprising facts about yourself?

    I only type with two fingers.
    I was born in Teheran, Iran.
    I once killed a rattlesnake with a shovel.

    Thank you so much Cassie for taking the time to answer my questions. I really enjoyed my correspondence with you and loved you answers! Thanks for your generosity =)


    Cassandra is offering to one lucky winner a signed Clockwork teaser chapter (!!!!) and a piece of rune jewelry from the Mortal Instruments store, if you haven’t been to the shop yet, make sure you do, those jewelry are amazing!

    (pendant is just an example of what you can find in the store)

    Fabulous as she is, Cassie will ship internationally!

    All you have to do is fill the form!

    Ends July 4th, 2010.


    But hey like this wasn’t already fantastic enough, scroll down for more goodies!


    Simon & Schuster very generously offered two box set of The Mortal Instruments series (Hardcover!) and posters (14×9)!

    How fabulous is that prize? Too bad I can’t enter my own giveaway!


    So if you haven’t started this series yet, or want to get your hands on this shiny prize, all you have to do is fill the form below.

    Contest is open to US addresses only.

    Ends July 4th, 2010.

    Fill The Form


    Please take note that those are two separate giveaways, and you have to fill each form separately to be entered for both!

    I’m not giving extra entries to spread to word, but it’s greatly appreciated =)


    Read an Excerpt of the Clockwork Angel

    Visit the Infernal Devices website! ——————————-

    Click Here if you want to Pre-Order The Clockwork Angel

    Interview & Giveaway with Cyn Balog

    Today, I have the pleasure to introduce you to the fantastic Cyn Balog! You might know her from her debut novel Fairy Tale, released in June 2009 and she is now getting back to us with her second book, Sleepless.

    More about the book (description from Cyn’s website):


    Eron De Marchelle isn’t supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn’t encouraged to–after all, getting too involved in one human’s life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.

    But he can’t deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can’t seem to reach her . . .

    Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?

    Would you like to talk to us about your upcoming release, Sleepless.

    Sure!  Sleepless comes out July 13.  It’s about a Sandman who falls in love with a mortal girl whose sleep he controls.

    A story about a sandman is quite original, how did you come with that idea *eyebrow raised inquisitively* ?

    I was driving home and it suddenly popped into my head that I should write about a Sandman. Maybe because I was sleepy, which, while driving, is probably not a good thing to be thinking about.  I had this image in my head of a guy sitting outside a sleeping girl’s window, invisible, longing to be a part of her life. Luckily I made it home in one piece and was able to actually write the thing.

    What would the favorite song of each of your main characters?

    Eron’s favorite song is In the Good Old Summertime, Griffin’s is You Belong to Me, and Julia has a thing for anything by Boys Like Girls.

    Fairy Tale was release in ’09, Sleepless will be out next month and there’s another title on the way for 2011, they are all stand alone (unless I’m mistaken?), do you have plans to write a series at some point?

    I would write a series if that ever came up!  I do enjoy writing single titles because I start to feel bored with my characters after awhile and want to kill them off. I am like a character serial killer (if you are fictional, you should be very afraid of me). I think I would feel very claustrophobic being stuck with the same characters over a few books.  Though now that FAIRY TALE has been out awhile I find myself missing the characters in there. And not a week goes by that I don’t get asked if there will be a sequel, so maybe I will go back and revisit it one day!

    Your favorite writing subject when your were only a "young-writer" ?

    I didn’t write about hurting poor, defenseless fictional animals, but for some reason I loved to write about death and destruction. I wrote a choose your own adventure book when I was 10 called "YOUR BUILDING IS ON FIRE."  Most of the endings led the reader to a crispy demise.

    Is Cyn your birth name or a pen name?

    I was born Cynthia but haven’t gone by that… ever. I bet if you said that out loud I wouldn’t even turn my head.

    Is there anything about you our readers would be surprised to learn? *winks*

    I actually don’t think anything about me is surprising.  If I mention anything weird, since I am weird, people will be like, "I totally expected that from you, weirdo."  So I am trying to think of a very normal thing that I do.  I wear socks. And they usually match.

    Since your book is about dream, what was the silliest dream/nightmare you’ve ever had?

    I had a dream when I was nine or ten that I was in league with the evil Batman and Robin and we were stirring a big witch’s cauldron of body parts and saying Goobledy Goobledy Goo, which obviously makes a lot of sense. 

    (Batman illustration artist: Wildlifehoodoo)

    Is there anything else you would like to mention?

    Goobledy goobledy goo?


    Thank you very much Cyn for this colorful interview! I had a great time and really appreciate you taking the time to stop by!


    Giveaway time!

    Cyn generously offered a Signed Copy of Sleepless!

    How awesome is that? Make you you leave a comment to show her some love!

    Open to US only

    Ends July 4th, 2010.

    Please FILL THE FORM to be entered!

    Giveaways – Other by Karen Kincy


    A shameless nerd and lover of snark, Karen lives in Olympia, Washington, where she is a senior studying linguistics, literature, and computer science at The Evergreen State College. She ripped off her hometown of Snohomish, WA for the fictional locale of Klikamuks, where Other takes place. When she’s not at her computer, writing, she’s probably out in the forest with her notebook, writing, or on a photography expedition with her trusty digital camera. She likes to imagine werewolves lurking among the trees. (source)


    Karen’s first novel Other is about to hit the shelves (July 1st, 2010) and I am really happy to have 2 copies of her book to giveaway! Her story is very original, and reading the following description I am sure you will agree!


    I can’t last much longer. It’s been one week, three days, and I forget how many hours.

    My belly cramps, and I curl on my bed, staring out at the stars. A delicious breeze glides through my window and cools my sweaty forehead. The air smells of summer–mowed grass, recent rain, lingering barbecue–and tempts me more than I want to admit. Shards of moonlight and shadow shift on the wall. I clench my teeth and toes and try to ride out the pain. My bedroom drifts counterclockwise, and I shut my eyes.

    It can’t be good for me, not shapeshifting.

    Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

    When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate–into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and–most importantly–stay alive. (source)

    Now I can see all your confused eyes looking at the computer screen…

    you gonna ask me, Tynga, what’s a pooka?

    Here’s how Karen answers the question (source)!

    Also known as, “What the bleep is a pooka?”, which may be the reaction of certain people. Anyway. A pooka is, in a nutshell, a shapeshifting spirit of the faerie family from Wales or Ireland. Most commonly, they appear in the form of a shaggy black horse with sulfurous yellow eyes. A pooka’s yellow eyes always give it away, even in human form. Gwen, being half-pooka, can pass her eyes off as hazel, though they glow when she gets excited. Pookas are tricksters who love waylaying innocents, according to lore, though that may just be human propaganda. Pookas also go by the name puca, phouka, pwca, and many other spelling variants.

    Now that we all have a better idea what Other is about, Let’s talk giveaway details!

    Flux offered 2 copies of Other!!

    Open US, Canada & Mexico!

    to enter, Please FILL THE FORM

    Ends July 4th, 2010.

    Guest Post & Giveaway with Andrea Cremer




    I am very happy to have the amazing debut author Andrea Cremer by my side today! The first  novel of her trilogy, Nightshade, will release in October 2010 and let me tell you, this is one amazing book! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC, so you can read my review here if you want more details! Andrea created a rather unique werewolf love in her book, and I asked her to tell us a bit more about it!





    Calla Tor has always know her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding scared sites for the keepers. But when she violate her masters’ by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might loose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


    Something Wolfish This Way Comes

    Thanks so much, Tynga, for the invitation to share some thoughts about wolves and writiheight=264ng. This post will be part confession, part discussion.  First: confession.

    I’ve lived long in the realm of paranormal/fantasy proudly bearing my badge of vampire girl. That’s right: I came on board as a fan of vamps, not werewolves. I was Team Edward during Twilight. I prefer Bill and Eric to Sam in Tru Blood. But before you start throwing tomatoes, let me tell you why.

    Friends who knew I was a vampire girl presumed that meant I love ALL forms of paranormal, so they’d push werewolves at me enthusiastically. I wasn’t interested, and I couldn’t figure out why. After all they were fierce, strong, magical – all things I liked. So what was the problem? And then it hit me – I didn’t like werewolves because I love wolves.

    That’s right – I’m a wolf girl, but a real wolf girl. I grew up so far North in Wisconsin that it’s practically Canada. Wolves roamed the forests of my homeland. I also loved National Geographic specials even more than cartoons. So by age 9 I could rattle off biological and ecological info like a pro. Wolves to me were beautiful, intelligent, social, and graceful.

    Werewolves seemed to be none of these things. The werewolves I’d encountered on page and screen were hideous – half man/half beast, usually ugly, often unintelligent, driven only by rage or bloodlust. height=169

    And worst of all: they didn’t want to be wolves. Lycanthropy occurs as a curse, or a disease. The endgoal of most werewolf tales was to kill the wolf or free the affected person of the wolf curse. height=249

    I couldn’t come to grips with that idea. If someone asked me – hey wanna turn into a wolf? I’d say “heck, yeah!” Wouldn’t you rather be a wolf? From what I know of wolves, the answer is indisputably YES.

    Nightshade’s Guardians are my way of coming to terms with my love of wolves and my trouble with classic werewolf tales. Calla – the alpha female who narrates Nightshade – is powerful and revels in her life as a wolf.

    Her troubles arise not from her ability to shift, but from the ways in which her masters try to limit her power, to restrain her freedoms.

    Wolves also inspire me because of their sociability.


    height=232Pack relationships offered a wonderful way to explore a world of friendship, servitude, loyalty, and betrayal. While Nightshade is about Calla’s journey, it’s also the story of her pack. The other wolves in the book play key roles throughout the trilogy. Wolves offered a wonderful framework around which to explore relationships, love, fear, and rivalry.

    I still love vampires, but I have to say I think I’m switching teams. Wolves carry a magic and mystery to me that captured my heart and hasn’t let go. It was just a matter of finding my own way to tell their story.


    Thank you very much Andrea for sharing with us =) It’s true that werewolves are offend portrayed as violent and impulsive creatures and the lore you created for Nightshade was quite refreshing!

    Now to give you a taste of what you can expect from Nightshade, here are the very first sentences of the book!

    I’d always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden.
    The bear’s roar filled my ears. Its hot breath assaulted my nostrils, fueling my bloodlust. Behind me I could hear the boy’s ragged breath. The desperate sound made my nails dig into the earth. I snarled at the larger predator again, daring it to try to get past me.

    Convinced yet? Yeah, that’s what I thought!

    Andrea generously offered and ARC of Nightshade and a wolfish surprise (a calendar, stuffed animal, or postcards, something like that) to a lucky reader!

    Why is it a surprise? Well surprises are way cool, but Andrea hasn’t decided yet lol so whoever wins, please let me know what you received lol I’m a curious little think!


    Open Worldwide (Thank you Andrea!)

    to enter, Please FILL THE FORM

    Ends July 4th, 2010.

    Chat & Giveaway with Tate Hallaway

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    I’ve had the great honor to meet and chat with Tate Hallaway, author of Almost to Die for (Release August 3rd, 2010). Here’s to result of our discussion about her upcoming release =)

    (light italic text is Tate and Maroon text is myself )




    Hello Tate!
    Thank you so much for stopping by
    Tynga’s Review, I am really excited to have you on board =)
    Would you mind starting with an introduction of Almost to Die for?

    Mind?  Well, sort of.  I have to tell you that I’m a Minnesotan. We’re naturally reserved, so it can be difficult to do this sort of self-promotion.  I’m not really wired for it.

    So, here’s how my publisher describes the book:

    Twilight meets The Princess Diaries in the new series from the author of Honeymoon of the Dead.

    On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker learns that her so-called deadbeat dad is actually a vampire king. And he wants Ana to assume her rightful position at his side, in spite of the fact that she has witch’s blood running through her veins-from her mother’s side.

    Too bad witches and vampires are mortal enemies. And now Ana’s parents are at each other’s throats over her future. It’s up to Ana to make a choice, but deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.

    I’m really curious about witch vs vampires aspect, would you tell us more?

      As I’m sure you’ve noticed, it’s really hard to find something NEW to say about vampires.  I wanted to give mine a completely different origin story than most, though I will admit to extrapolating on ideas and themes that excited me elsewhere.

    For instance, my vampires are demons… sort of.  Unlike the Buffy-verse, my vampires existed before Hell, that is to say, before Christianity.  In fact, I imply that the First Witch (who is responsible for bringing over the first vampire from "beyond the veil") was a Stone age Goddess worshipper.

    Vampires and Witches are at war in my world because the vampires, very recently (like within the last fifty or so years), broke the spell that had kept them enthralled.  Witches had been using them like djinn, or more bluntly, as slaves.

    In the now of the story, vampires are experiencing some growing pains. They can’t return to


    beyond the veil, so they’re stuck trying to figure out how to survive here on their own, without the aid of their former masters.  There’s a schism within the vampire community, since some actually would prefer to return to service — it being the only life they’ve known for, perhaps, thousands of years (depending on the vampire, of course.)  Meanwhile some of the witches have decided to live and let live now that the vampires have won their freedom, but there’s a faction of others who miss all the benefits of having supernatural servants.

    At lot of this is very subtly in the background of the first book, to be fair, but I’ve been developing it more for the subsequent novels. The first book is really about our main character Ana finding out who she is and whether she wants to side with the vampires or the Witches… or if she needs to make a choice at all.

    Oh wow that really sounds great, I can’t wait to see where Ana fits in! I noticed that she has eyes of two different colors on the cover, does it have anything to do with her half-vampire/ half-witch genetic?

    It does.  Of course that doesn’t quite explain David Bowie, does it…?  🙂

    HAHA Of course not, unless he is hiding more than we think?

    Well, he WAS a goblin king… and an alien.

    What kind of magic can we expect?

    All sorts.  In my Garnet Lacey stories I stuck pretty closely to what real Wiccan magic is like, with some Hollywood special effects.  In this series, I decided to let myself have full-on fantasy powers for my Witches.  One of Ana’s friends who is also a "true witch" can do the sort of "Bewitched" nose twitch to make things happen. The vampires also have their own magic although it’s much more subtle and naturalistic, and it takes a long time for Ana to get in touch with it.  If I say much more, however, I’m in danger of spoilery.

    We will avoid spoilers *winks* I hate when someone steals the punch lol

    The complete title of the book is Almost to Die For: A Vampire Princess of St. Paul Novel, is the action happening in your hometown, St-Paul Minnesota ?

    It is.  I’m really excited to feature the town I live in, too.  I think urban fantasy benefits if you can add local flavor into the stories, you know?  I love my minor league town, and there’s a lot of strange here that I think fits well with vampire mythology.  Saint Paul, you may know from Garrison Keillor’s many monologues on the subject, rolls up its streets after dark.  Downtown Saint Paul is pretty much a dead zone after five.  My explanation?  Because THAT’S when the vampires come up. 

    Does it mean we don’t see you in the streets after five? *winks*

    Oh, I’ll never tell!
    Honestly, I’m so not the goth, vampire type myself.  I’m very much a lark, which is the opposite of a night owl.  I’m to bed early, and at my best when most people are complaining they need more caffeine.

    Well that’s good, I’m not into caffeine myself either.
    The book description lead me to think there might be a love triangle in the book, can you tell us some more without being spoilery 🙂

    There is a love triangle in ALMOST.  I’m having a lot of fun with it, too.  Normally, I sort of know which guy my gal is going to ultimately perfer, but not this time.  They both have pluses and minuses in a way that makes it really hard for her (and me!) to choose!  Luckily, she doesn’t have to for a while.  🙂

    She doesn’t have to choose for a while, umm, how many books are planned in the series?

    Right now, only three.  The first is coming out in August, and I’m currently hard at work on the next one.  Fingers crossed, if it does well, the series will continue after that.

    I find myself wondering, how do you choose your characters name?

    I have a baby book (several actually) by my bedside. Plus, I find the phone books, the paper kind, are actually quite helpful if you’re looking for a particular kind of surname.  I go by instinct.  I put two names together and say them over and over to see if I like how they sound, if I can imagine a mother shouting out that full name in anger, etc.
    Names I think are magical.  There’s a reason you need to know a demon’s (or fairy’s) true name to bind them.  So, I try to pick carefully, though I think naming is one of my favorite parts of writing.

    Do you character’s name have ulterior meaning?

    Not consciously.  I suppose, as names all have meanings, you could imagine one.  Garnet is a stone, but Lace-y implies something soft and transparent.  Perhaps Garnet, unconciously, lives up to her name:  she seems soft on the outside, but inside she’s hard and cold as stone.  However, I didn’t do that on purpose.  I just liked the sound of the names together.  But, you know, writers will take advantage of all that stuff.  If it gets someone thinking about that analogy, it totally works for Garnet’s personality.  Especially since she’s carrying a hard, cold dark Goddess on the inside.

    Goddess on the inside hen? Can’t wait to learn more about that!
    Before I let you go, do you think you could share a tiny little teasing excerpt with us?

    Well, anyone who wants to can read an excerpt from Honeymoon of the Dead on my website: .  I don’t have one up yet for Almost to Die For, but I will shortly  (I’m actually having some technical difficulties with my FTP program, so I haven’t been able to update my websites for a while.  I do hope to have that corrected in a day or so, though.)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only thing I’ll add is a thank you.  This has been terrific fun!

    Thank you very much Tate for this chat, it’s been real great!


    Tate has been very generous and is offering FIVE copies of her new book,

    Almost to Die for…


    Open INTERNATIONALY (Thank you Tate!)

    Books will be shipped when Tate receives her author copies

    to enter just FILL THE FORM

    Ends July 4th, 2010.