Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Giveaway and Guest Post: Eternal Spring by Tawny Stokes and Juli Alexander (among others)

Flowers, vacation, baseball, prom…what does spring mean to you? From unicorn hunters and teenage exorcists to Egyptian princesses and aspiring ballerinas, this collection of thirteen stories by some of the most exciting authors in Young Adult fiction explores young love and new beginnings during the most beautiful time of the year.
Thanks so much for having us, Brandi!  Tawny Stokes and I participated in the anthology, Eternal Spring.  We are giving this away to our readers.

(Brandi) Any time. So excited to take part even in a small way
As you can see from the opening paragraph, the authors involved in the anthology are a diverse group.  In order to illustrate our varying styles, we have supplied top five lists for ourselves and our characters in the anthology.
Here’s the description of Tawny’s story. 
“Dating After Dark (With Clowns)” by Tawny Stokes
All teenage exorcist Caden Butcher wants is a demon-free night to take his new girl to the spring fair. Is that too much to ask for?
Pretty awesome, right?
Tawny’s Top Five favorite TV shows
Dan from Dating’s Top Five
1.  Game of Thrones
1.  Dexter
2.  Breaking Bad
2.  Californication
3.  Nurse Jackie
3.  Supernatural (his favorite comedy)
4.  Arrested Development
4.  Mad Men
5.  True Blood
5.  Lost Girl (thinks Bo is HOT)
Juli’s Top Five
Emma from Camp’s Top Five
1.  The Vampire Diaries
1.  The Vampire Diaries
2.  Grimm
2.  Teen Wolf
3.  Justified
3.  Jane by Design
4.  Awkward.
4.  Hart of Dixie
5.  Revenge
5.  Glee
I also Watch Game of Thrones and Vampire Diaries, great choices!
Here’s the description of Juli’s story.
“Camp Cauldron” by Juli Alexander
Forced to spend Spring Break as a counselor at a camp for troublesome young witches instead of drooling over hotties at the beach, Emma relinquishes her hopes for romance. Could the perfect guy be waiting in the midst of poison ivy, s'mores, elephant trunks, and kangaroo feet?
Do you think Dan would ask Emma out?  Neither do we.  They don't seem compatible.  However, their stories are.  The other stories in the anthology are amazingly good, and there are no two stories alike. 
“Barre Hopping at Midnight” by Amanda Brice
How can aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak concentrate on performing at a spring arts festival when her not-quite-boyfriend is in town filming the lead in a hot new vampire movie and he was seen kissing his costar?
“The Vanishing Spring” by Carey Corp
More than a century earlier, Eleanor Quimby tumbled into the water to escape an arranged marriage and disappeared. But was that the tragic end or a brave new beginning?
“The Princess of Egypt Must Die” by Stephanie Dray
A lonely Princess of Egypt is tempted by a forbidden love and forced to make a heartbreaking choice that will upend a kingdom and change her forever.
“Spring Perfection” by Leslie DuBois
Star athlete Scott Kincaid is about to make history and pitch a perfect game. But when he realizes that true perfection lies in the relationship he has with his best friend, Reyna, will he risk everything in order to keep a promise to her?
“Picture Not Perfect” by Lois Lavrisa
Seventeen-year old Tim wants to go to senior prom. Why doesn't his girlfriend Gabrielle want to go with him? Is she not who she says she is?
“Potionate Love” by P.R. Mason
Math geek, Tina, has found a way to get the popular jock, Ronny, to fall for her: a love potion. It'll work unless her best friend Nathan gets in the way.
“1:30, Tour Eiffel” by Jennifer McAndrews
A kiss in the dark will ruin Spring Break and lifelong friendships unless Rachel Healey can prove she is a pawn in someone else's game.
“Off Balance” by Renee Pace
Jennifer’s secret is big, but she loves Charlie enough to know ending their teenage relationship will set him free and enable him to join the Army. When Charlie discovers the truth, it’s up to him to convince Jen their young love was meant to be.
“On a Field, Sable” by Diana Peterfreund
After the shocking events of Ascendant, what awaits the unicorn hunter Melissende Holtz on the mountaintop where she watched her comrades fall?
“The Language of Flowers” by Rhonda Stapleton
Chrissy, a clerk at her aunt's flower shop, starts getting her own romantic surprises -- flowers with a special secret meaning. Can she bury her longstanding unrequited crush on her best friend’s brother to take a chance on mysterious love?
“Sometime” by Alicia Street
Sixteen-year-old mythology buff Terry Conn finally gets the after-school museum job she wanted so badly, but who knew those ancient dragon figures would dredge up images of a past she only half-remembered? Or that drool-worthy Jerrod Pierce would be part of it?
The anthology is free in ebook format and will remain free.  The anthology will be available at all retail outlets in the next few days.  You can read the book on your Mac, PC, iPod, iPad, or smart phone, as well as on your e-reader. 
The production costs involved in the print copy of the anthology prevent us from being able to offer it for free.  However, today, you can enter to win a paperback copy of the anthology right here!
Working on the anthology was a blast for all of us.  We hope you will enjoy it!

Enter for the anthology here:
print copy, open internationally
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  1. Fun post! I'll play.

    Dani (from Barre Hoppping at Midnight)'s Top 5:

    1. Teen Celebrity Dance-Off (the Dancing with the Stars knock-off that she appears on in Codename: Dancer, the first book in the series)

    2. Dance Academy (what can I say? she attends a ballet boarding school)

    3. Glee (singing and dancing...needs no explanation)

    4. Vampire Diaries (she may be a character in a straight-up contemp with no paranormal elements, but she's fascinated with all things fangs, as demonstrated by her obsession with the hot new vampire book and movie, "Midnight" in the story in the antho)

    5. True Blood (see above)

    Honorable Mention -- Bunheads (it just premiered the other night, so it's too early to say if it will actually be a fave, but with dancing, a former Broadway starlet, and Gibson Girls-esque writing how can you go wrong?)

    1. Cracking me up. I'm so glad The Vampire Diaries is on Dani's list.

  2. Okay, I'm going to give this a try for Bowie from "1:30, Tour Eiffel". ::deep breath:: here goes...

    Bowie says:

    1. The Walking Dead
    2. Justified
    3. Game of Thrones
    4. Mythbusters (c'mon. stuff blows up)
    5. The Voice (if you tell anyone about this, I will hunt you down and feed you to the zombies)

    As for the heroine of the story, Rachel, I'm pretty sure she doesn't watch any of these shows. I wonder what those two will talk about.....?

  3. Oh boy.

    Well, I'm pretty sure that Princess Arsinoe would have benefitted greatly from watching GAME OF THRONES but TV wouldn't be invented for several thousand years.

    1. Is this cheating? :) Might be. We'll need her top five favorite myths/fables.

  4. Great post. Between Emma and Juli - you've got me covered. I'm a huge Grim fan and I've also just discovered My Girl and Call Me Fitz - on DVR - loving it. You gals all rock!

    1. (We can be best friends now, but don't tell the others.)

  5. It's funny what you can tell about the authors and the characters by what they watch. :-)

  6. I would love a chance to read this especially “The Princess of Egypt Must Die” by Stephanie Dray I love Egypt and the chance to read about it

    1. You will love Stephanie's Story. She is an amazing writer. I won't say I cried, but...

  7. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  8. Mostly all the books are ones I haven't even heard of yet. I know what I'll be reading up on tonight :)


  9. Love this post! Okay, I think my character Terry would like Grimm, Game of Thrones, My Girl and Teen Wolf. So happy to be part of this anthology!

  10. This sounds awesome...I really can not wait to read this. Thanks for this great post :D

  11. Thank you for the great review, all stories sound interesting, especially The Vanishing Spring, I like the concept.
    And thank you for the international giveaway,
    Kristia Miltiadou.

  12. I love this top 5 of tv shows! I love Juli's #5 Revenge a lot! :]

  13. Stephanie,

    Revenge is sooo good! I can't wait for the next season.

    1. Me neither. I almost died at the seasons finale! xD

  14. Brandi! Thanks for being such an amazing hostess. I'm glad you like the number ones of both of us.

    This turned out to be a great way to show our differences and our similarities. A celebration of diversity and individuality!

  15. Huaahh.. Nice Top 5 of the TV show..

    Mee... Mee.. I want share My top 5 too... ;b..

    First is Glee...
    second is Once Upon a Time...
    the Third is Revange
    fourth is Game of Thorne
    Last is Supernatural... xD


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