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BLOOD SONG eBook Worldwide Release Giveaway & Author guest post

Earlier this year I gave away a hard copy of Blood Song the first book in the Lharmell series by Aussie blogger-turned-author Rhiannon Hart. It gives me IMMENSE pleasure to offer readers WORLDWIDE the opportunity to win a copy of the eBook edition of this amazing fantasy for Young Adults (and older!) To help Rhiannon celebrate her international release, I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog!

 I wanted to turn but I was held captive by the song on the wind. I’m coming, I told the voices. Please, wait for me.

When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.

Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.

Zeraphina must be willing to sacrifice everything if she’s to uncover the truth – but what if the truth is beyond her worst nightmares? (goodreads.com)

As well, Rhiannon was kind enough to write a fun little thing for me to post with this giveaway, so I’ll pass this post over to her before I post the entry details!

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Five things No One Would Know about me Just By Looking at Me

–I’m pretty tall, ok? Pretty robust-looking girl. But I have the crappiest, thinnest veins. Low blood pressure, too. I try to give blood and it’s like, nothing. Nurses and anaesthetists struggle to find a vein. A vampire would have real trouble.

–I CAN’T STAND slugs. I grew up with poisonous spiders everywhere, but basically in the desert and I never got used to CREEPY SLIMY MEAT-FLECK SLUGS. *shudder* I mean, they don’t have heads or tails or any discernible body parts.

–I rewatch favourite TV shows. To death. It’s partly so I can go off and do other things and just listen with one ear. And partly comfort. Just something to nap on the couch to. Infuriates my housemates.

–I did seven years of ballet as a child. I was pretty bad. But I love to dance. There are dancing scenes in both Blood Song and Blood Storm.

–I’m interested in everything. If I open up Wikipedia I can disappear into threads for hours. Weird stuff like lists of kidnappings and serial killers, ghost ships, far-flung countries. All that glass-blowing stuff in Blood Storm came out of one long Wikipedia binge that started with … minerals? The Saharan Desert? I can’t remember. Fascinating stuff though.

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And now for the extra exciting part – the giveaway! Here are the details:

  • Contest ends: December 13, 2012
  • Open WORLDWIDE!
  • I will not be using your email address for anything other than notifying you if you win.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply once contacted or another winner will be picked.
  • Do not leave your email address in the comments. If you do, I will delete the comment.

All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below! GOOD LUCK!

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Blood Storm

Blood Storm (Lharmell, #2)
by Rhiannon Hart

The rain wanted to be ocean; the ice in the mountain caps wanted freedom. I never knew that water held such longing. The clouds above my head rumbled like a growling wolf, impatient to release their burden. I held the rain there a moment longer. I turned to Renata, heard her gasp and knew my eyes glowed blue.

I spoke a single word. ‘Rain.’

In the Second Book of Lharmell, Zeraphina and Rodden must travel across the sea to find the elusive ingredients that will help them to win the coming battle against the Lharmellin – but shadows from Rodden’s dark past may come back to haunt him. And while she learns to harness her new abilities, Zeraphina still fights the hunger that makes her crave the north – not to mention avoiding her mother, who wants to see her wayward daughter married to a prince at all costs. (goodreads.com)

Oh, look! A blog post about a BOOK! What a novel concept for this blog.

So.

I have something VERY EXCITING to tell you all. Ready? Ready? WELL! Rhiannon Hart’s Lharmell YA Fantasy series is now available OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA!! *dances* You have no idea how exciting this is. It is EXCITING! I told you all in January how much I loved the first book in this series, Blood Song and I was broken hearted that I was missing the release of the sequel Blood Storm because it was only in Australia and it was too expensive for me to buy with shipping. Well, both of these books are now available in Canada, the US and the UK as eBooks.

And you all know how I feel about eBooks, they are even worse than hard covers, but boyo did I go out and BUY Blood Storm the SECOND Rhiannon told me about this. I can now say that I have officially completed my first ever eBook read and THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK NEARLY KILLED ME! OMG! *flails*

And as worried as I am about sequels not living up to the first books, I can honestly say that I loved Blood Storm even more than Blood Song. There’s this entire part of the novel that takes place on a ship as they cross the sea and I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS SCENE, or chapters, or event, or whatever you want to call it. I simply adored it. There’s something so wonderful about the banter and relationship between Zeraphina and Rodden.

And if I want to be honest, I might have a bit of a crush on Rodden and it’s rare that a literary character can make me swoon.

Now, the problem with reading an eBook (ok, well, ONE of the problems, anyhow) is that I can’t tell how much book I have left while I am reading. Not on the one I have anyhow. It’s not like a real book where you have a visual clue as to how many pages you have left and when you might get to the end of the book. So when I got to the end of the story and I realized what just happened and then I realized how much I was NOT going to get ANY resolution to WHAT JUST  HAPPENED until the THIRD BOOK was out… well, I nearly yelled out loud on the BUS on the way home last night. I kid you not. Normally I travel with my husband, but he was working from home yesterday and so I was all alone, and for once I was able to read on the bus without barfing. (Side note – I think I might possibly be able to read on my Kobo on the bus without motion sickness. Maybe? This entire book I had no problems, yet I can’t even read my iPhone screen for texting without getting sick. Interesting.) Anyhow, once I realized that I just went from the last page of the story to the author’s acknowledgments  I gasped out loud and almost yelled “NO!!” but I caught myself just in time. Instead, I opened up my iPhone and tweeted to Rhiannon to express my GAHHHHH-ness.

And I have to commend Rhiannon as well for remembering to feed her characters this time. There was much feasting and ample questing food – within the first 25% of the book, too! Go, Rhiannon!

Also… I want a Brant.

So, my readers. I might be lacking in a couple of blog posts for books that I read (will have one for Polterheist, the 5th Ester Diamond book, soon!) but I wanted to post about this one because of the two astounding bits of news surrounding it. 1) It’s available internationally finally and 2) I bought and read an ENTIRE eBook.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!

To celebrate the international releases Rhiannon is going to give away one eBook copy of the book! Er.. or of Blood Song? Hmm, I need to reread my email before I write up my second post with the giveaway info. Heh. STAY TUNED!

Books of Lharmell

  1. Blood Song
  2. Blood Storm
  3. Blood Queen – 2013

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In My Mailbox #61

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

All my IMM posts can be found here!

Quick & dirty, so there’s no links, sorry! I recorded this early this morning and let it upload as I went out. Only have time to write it up fast!

For Review:

The Painted Girls – Cathy Marie Buchanan (HarperCollins Canada)
A Bad Day for Voodoo – Jeff Strand (Sourcebooks)
Picture the Dead – Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown (Sourcebooks)
Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy, #3) – Lauren DeStefano (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Gifted:

Slated (Book 1) –  Teri Terry – from Gail @ Ticket to Anywhere

Bought:

24 Days of Tea! from DAVIDsTEA – was going to link so you can buy your own, but I think it’s sold out, because it’s not on their site anymore! They do have other awesome holiday stuff, though!

Slated (Book 1)

Remember when I used to blog?

Yeah. Me neither.

I have read a whopping ONE book so far this month. I have had no time or energy to read anything else and that ONE book was on a train ride.

School is kicking my bottom. And I’m only taking one course. And working. And doing a lot of traveling.

I have no clue when I’m going to be able to put up my Christmas decorations. Or read.

Or blog.

Was going to do an IMM video for this weekend but I haven’t been home long enough and won’t be home tomorrow.

I even changed my goodreads challenge back to 100 from the original 125 I had hoped to get to. At this rate, I don’t even know if I’ll get to 100 books.

This year has been a failure of all the things I normally can accomplish, but on the other hand, I am excelling at things I never thought I could do. It balances out, I suppose.

But yeah… don’t forget about me. Please. 🙂