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Sometimes, luck comes through for you.

Win a signed copy of Kelley Armstrong's Waking the Witch!

It was my turn last Friday during the Kelley Armstrong signing in Cincinnati. As the fantasy/YA/supernatural author was signing, I was snapping photos for this here blog when Ms. Armstrong asked me to EMAIL some to her because she needed them for the story Publishers Weekly was doing about the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour.

BTW: the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour includes 18 authors, 12 days and 11 cities, kicking off Sept. 13 in Austin, Tex and ending in Ontario Sept. 25. One of the stops is Cincinnati’s Joseph Beth Booksellers at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 featuring Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, Melissa Marr, Jessica Verday, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jeri Smith-Ready and Margaret Stohl.

I happily complied with Kelley’s request and a week later, Voila! My photo is now featured in the Publishers Weekly article. It’s the one of Kelley handing a book to a fan. : )

And while we’re on the subject….


Yes, you, can win a signed copy of Waking the Witch by commenting on this post.

Good luck!

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Win a SIGNED copy of Kelley Armstrong's newest book in The Otherworld Series, Waking the Witch!!

YA/Fantasy Author Kelley Armstrong graced Cincinnati with her Otherworldly presence Aug. 6 – stopping by our local Joseph Beth Booksellers to discuss her newest installment in The Otherworld Series, Waking the Witch.

After reading the prologue of  WTW, Kelley was gracious enough to sign a copy of her book just for YOU!!

That’s right. I’m giving away an autographed copy of WTW!

To enter, you must comment on this post, but EXTRA POINTS are awarded if you follow me on twitter and subscribe to this blog. A winner will be randomly selected and announced Aug. 16!! Make sure to include your email address when you comment.

Now back to the reading. ; )

WTW follows the story of Savannah, a character first appearing in the Otherworld series’ second book, Stolen. Savannah is the orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and half-demon starring in her first adventure. Here’s what Armstrong had to say:

This is Book 11 and the first book for Savannah. We first met her in Book 2 when she was 12 years old, which in my world, means it’s been 9 years. Now she’s 21 and old enough to get into trouble on her own.

Kelley Armstrong signing Waking the Witch in Cincinnati Aug. 6.

After reading the prologue of WTW, Armstrong answered questions from the audience, including the following tidbits:

Kelley shared the TRUE story behind the necklaces featured on her Darkest Powers covers – her YA publishers liked the pentacle medallion used for The Otherworld and wanted their own necklace for the cover, which she then had to specially write into the story. Egads. The necklace’s appearance changes from cover to cover as well, which Kelley also had to account for.

I also got a chance to ask what was the oddest question she’s ever gotten at a reading. Her answer? Readers asking her about books she didn’t write! How is that even possible? Apparently, it’s happened more than once.

Other interesting details revealed by Kelley? When the Otherworld series was originally picked up, it was called “Women of the Otherworld.” Kelley said she didn’t realize it at the time, but that restricted her to writing only from female POVs. That could change with the new name, The Otherworld Series.

And while Chloe and Co. from the first three books of the Darkest Powers series will not be the main characters in the fourth installment (The Gathering), Kelley said the new group of supes-in-an-experiment may still meet up with Chloe and the gang!

Don’t forget! For your chance to win a signed copy of WTW, comment this post, follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog by Aug. 16.  And be looking for a VERY EXCITING contest involving another of Kelley Armstrong’s books in the next couple of weeks!

Kelley Armstrong reads from Waking the Witch:

Kelley Armstrong answers some questions from her fans:

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What's your aura?

A heretofore untapped supernatural element of our crazy world has been auras – what do they mean? How do they affect us? What do they reveal about our true natures?

Leave it to the Supernatural YA novelists to put auras to use.

Psychics believe an aura reflects not only someone’s personality but also what he or she is thinking or feeling at any given moment. YA novelists Alyson Noël and Michael Scott utilize auras similarly, much to the delight of this particular reader.

In Noël’s Evermore, Ever can read thoughts, but she can also see a person’s aura. Or lack thereof. This allows her to get a grasp on what her friends are REALLY feeling.

Scott, however, styles auras as the source of magic users’ power. A person with a pure one-color aura is rare, and therefore more powerful. The color of an aura in Scott’s The Alchemyst also indicates the “smell” of a magic-user’s spell, tipping off other magicians. For instance, Nicolas Flamel’s aura is green and his spells smell of mint. Cool, huh?

In celebration of auras in YA lit, I have compiled, based on the meaning of a particular aura color, the YA AURA SPECTRUM. Enjoy.

YA Aura Spectrum

Are you a green? A blue? Or both?

Red: Passion of newfound love or annoyance at an arrogant love interest (the best ones, IMO)

Orange: Courage to face whatever trouble or challenge is in-store or finding the strength to survive

Yellow: Joy of a new meeting (boy in a bookstore perhaps? mysterious new kid?)

Blue: Emotion that arises upon viewing the face of your beloved or perhaps the death or change of a loved one

Purple: Intuition that leads you to discover powers/abilities you never knew you had. (Catalyst of most supernatural YA novels)

Pink: Delight when he calls you “beautiful”

Gray: Doubting yourself or others (can I trust myself to use my powers correctly?)

Black: Fighting with the antagonist in your life (fairies/vampires/weres)

White: Resolution, a new day, a new title in the YA series

And if you are wondering what color your aura may be, click here or here. I’m a violet. Or blue. Or yellow. : )

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Actor Alex Pettyfer is the fan fav to portray Jace, and can be seen in fan-made book trailers on Youtube.

If tattoo-covered demon hunters descended from angels aren’t enough to get you to read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, I have two words for you: Jace Wayland.

If like me, you are a lover of the haughty male with a penchant for witty, biting comments and a heart of gold (Think Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy) you will adore Jace.

Now, to meet Jace, you’ll have to read the books, which are delightful and shouldn’t be too hard for the dedicated YA supernatural lover.

The story begins with the first novel “City of Bones,” which follows 16-year-old Clary Fray as she discovers the world of the Shadowhunters, a race of warriors trained to kill demons, who are invisible to the regular human (mundie or”mundane”) eye.

Jace is a shadowhunter. Shadowhunters, also called the Nephilim, are aided in their fight by Marks, tattoos drawn onto skin that grant the bearer healing and strength. The Nephilim are said to have been born when an angel mixed his blood with that of humans. Shadowhunters bless their weapons with angels’ names and often swear “by the Angel.”


Now to give a taste of what people are missing by not reading this series. : )

Top Five “City of Bones” Jace-isms:


Jace: “One of the Silent Brothers is here to see you. Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually he offered to wake you himself, but since it’s 5 a.m., I figured you’d be less cranky if you had something nice to look at.”

Clary: “Meaning you?

Jace: “What else?”


Jace: “It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234.”


“Of course there’s a parlor,” said Dorothea. “Where else should I entertain?”

Jace: “I’ll just leave my hat with the footman.”


Clary: “Don’t stop there. I suppose there are also, what, vampires and werewolves and zombies?”

Jace: “Of course there are. Although you mostly find zombies farther south, where the voudun priests are.”

Clary: “What about mummies? Do they only hang around Egypt?”

Jace: “Don’t be ridiculous. No one believes in mummies.”


“…Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’

Jace: “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”

…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”

Jace: “Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”


Clare continues the story of Clary and the Shadowhunters in “City of Ashes” and “City of Glass” and the upcoming fourth installment, “City of Fallen Angels.”

To find out more for yourself, visit Clare’s website, http://www.mortalinstruments.com/mortalfaq.html.

Jace in all his glory on the cover of Clare's first book in the Mortal Instrument series.

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While CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” is based on a series of four books of the same name published in the 90s, the producers have taken some liberties, and rightfully so. Perhaps I am biased because I saw the show first, but if you’re a fan, check out my list and you decide:

1.     Elena has blonde hair and blue eyes (WHAT?!!? I’m offended as a brunette!)

2.     Elena’s  the “queen” of the school and kind of cocky. (I love Nina Dobrev’s interpretation of Elena as a strong, empathetic person – you get the vibe that she’s self-confident, but it’s not flaunted in your face.)

3.     Jeremy does not exist. (Not that he’s that exciting, but he does have fans. Somehow.)

4.     Damon and Stefan are 500 years old. And from Italy. That’s right, during the Italian Renaissance. (Gotta love the Civil War flashbacks, but damn I’m sorry I missed the Italian ones with Ian Somerhalder talking all sexy in Italian. Swoon.)

5.     Caroline is INSANE. (Which is sad, because I love her in the show.)

6.    Bonnie is white with red hair.  And she’s descended from Druids, not Salem witches. (However, Bonnie is equally cool in the books.)

7.     Elena has another friend who doesn’t exist in the show. (Basically, Meredith is one of those cool, collected types, aka “boring,” who wouldn’t really transition well to TV.)

8.      Elena ALLOWS Damon to drink from her and she drinks from him. (Would NOT be opposed to this happening in the show.)

9.     That whole tomb thing didn’t happen in the books. Instead, Stefan and Damon saw Katherine die with their own eyes. (Katherine is kind of a wimp in the flashbacks. She’s such a weak character she can’t make a choice. Unlike the show’s version, in which Katherine is portrayed as so much of a woman she can handle them both.)

10.  Despite the fact everything is completely different and Elena’s not as loveable, you will enjoy the books. (At least the first four. I will discuss the two newest installments (The Return: Nightfall and The Return: Shadowsouls) of the Vampire Diaries series in a later blog. Just wait. It’s waaaaaaay out in the proverbial left field.)

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I’m not ashamed to admit I love young adult novels, especially if they have something at all to do with the supernatural. I may be a 25-year-old journalist with an English degree, but I love me some teen-drama-life-threatening-forbidden-love situations.

I spent a good part of my childhood reading the classics, but now I’ve entered the real world, it’s nice to have a fun literary escape equivalent to those chocolate brownies that have no nutritional value but you just. can’t. put down. : )

Check back for my 411 about the fun books out there for young, and that’s right, not-so-young adults.

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