Friday, November 15, 2013

26 Giveaway of THE FIERY HEART by Richelle Mead and YA Pick and Mix 11/16/13

I've been in Charleston all week, first for YALLFEST and then for research for book two of THE HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND. YALLFEST was great, and it's always a pleasure to see old friends and make new ones. Plus, of course, the food in Charleston is spectacular. I think I finally realized why I love the city so much; it reminds me a little bit of Prague, which is my home town. There's that same fabulous sense of history and personality, with quirky alleys and beautifully decorated buildings, and just a hint of a seedy underbelly underneath.

My husband and I visited Boone Hall Plantation, as well as Magnolia and Drayton Hall. We spent a morning talking to Gary, a history buff who owns the liquor store across from the old Exchange building, and happens to have the remnants of some old pirate tunnels in his basement. He kindly closed the shop and took us down, which was all kinds of fun. Then we met with the archaeologist I've been working with, and he took us out to Charles Town Landing, the site of the first Charleston settlement, where we poked around an old plantation site and then toured the lab. We had a great tour of the old city from a member of one of the founding families, and I met up with Jocelyn Rish for lunch. It's been a fantastic visit. But I am ready to be home tomorrow.

Have a great week, everyone! Hope your reading and writing is bringing you joy!


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Young Adult Novel Giveaway This Week

The Fiery Heart
by Richelle Mead
Released 11/19/2013

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure--and re-education--looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Purchase The Fiery Heart at Amazon
Purchase The Fiery Heart at IndieBound
View The Fiery Heart on Goodreads

Young Adult Novel Giveaway Last  Week 

WINNER: Karin McCune

The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

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  • I think my heart stopped when I watched this trailer! Who else is excited for the "Divergent" movie?

Young Adult Reader of the Week:

Crystal Collier

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  1. Divergent trailer looks sooo good! And I can't wait to get my hands on The Fiery Heart! :)

  2. OMG, I so want to go to that one year. Awesome your husband went too.

  3. I love the Bloodlines series! Sydney and Adrian are amazing and I love rooting for them.

  4. Oooh, all kinds of *love* for this post! My kind of research trip - fo' sho'!

  5. I cannot wait to see the Divergent movie. Looks good. Very excited.

    Also super excited for the Fiery Heart. I love this series so much. Thank you.

  6. A brilliant choice this week, just as good as last week's pick in my opinion. Thanks very much. Thanks for the great writing quote as well.

  7. You have no idea how much I need to read this book. I'm so bloody eager! One of my favorite series/spin offs ever.

  8. I love the writing tip of the week. Thanks!

  9. Wow that trailer was amazing! *actually hasn't read Divergent yet* And I need The Fiery Heart so badly!

  10. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  11. That sounds like you had a LOT of fun, touring Charleston and checking out those pirate tunnels! What a great experience. The DIVERGENT trailer looks pretty good! :)

  12. You excited to read this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Thanks! The Divergent trailer looks awesome.

  14. So excited for Divergent but more focused on Catching Fire because it opens this weekend! I own Prodigy and Legend but have never read them. Once I get Champion it will be the first series I've ever read all at once. Can't wait because I think it will make for a different reading experience.

  15. I totally love that writing tip<3
    Makes me wonder when I haven't followed that o.o
    As for Divergent and Champion...
    I am staying away from all things related to them. I own Divergent and Legend, but have yet to get the other books. I really want to read them all at once, with no influence from things like trailers. Let's see how long I last haha
    But I seriously cannot wait until I get my hands on The Fiery Heart. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I LOVE Richelle Mead! Always excited when a new book is released by her :)
    And that writing tip is amazing--couldn't agree more about the over-use of 'very'!

  17. I love,love Bloodlines :)

    Thanks for the amazing opportunity :)

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