Monday, April 2, 2012

The Lucky 7 Game and this week's LAST RITE giveaway.

The lovely Kody Keplinger has passed along a challenge. The Lucky 7 Game is making it's way around writerly circles. Apparently, the deal is that if an author is tagged, we're supposed to:

1. Go to the seventh or seventy-seventh page of our WIP.
2. Count down seven lines.
3. Copy the seven sentences that follow and post them.
4. Tag seven other authors.

Kody is a cheater and picked something from her soon to be released, A Midsummers Nightmare, *jabs Kody* but I'll do it right. ;p

I actually have three works-in-progress, two very hot YAs and a MG, so I chose the one I've been picking at most lately. This is from page 77 of one of the YAs. It's a contemporary with speculative elements. This is from my female MC, Val's, POV.

As set up, Val is on her way with her best friend, Persephone, to her first date with a boy who's totally swept her off her feet. But, also along are Persephone's boyfriend, Billy, and his friends, Scott and Wyatt, the later of whom Val sort of crushed on freshman year until she found out he was a total jerk. So, here goes.

“So…I’m not sure what happened with us last year,” Wyatt said, sidling closer, his arm brushing mine as we walked. “I thought we had…you know…some kind of connection.”
“Yeah? Really? I don’t remember that,” I said.
“Well…” he waved his arm toward the rest of the group, who were half a block ahead of us, “with Billy and Persephone dating I guess we’ll be spending the summer together.”
            I grunted, unable to find any words other than, just shoot me now.

And I'm passing along the challenge to my good writerly friends:
1. Kendare Blake
2. Leah Clifford
3. Andrea Cremer
4. Julie Cross
5. Kristin Halbrook
6. Mary Lindsey
7. Elizabeth Norris

Lots of you have already won signed ARCs of LAST RITE and other signed books by John Green, Beth Revis, Stacy Jay and more over the last few weeks. This is your chance to enter for this week's signed copy of LAST RITE! Because I love you, I'll throw in another signed book. Let's see...something fabulous... Got it. In addition to LAST RITE, one lucky winner will also receive a signed copy of Jessica Spotswood's BORN WICKED. And, as always, a runner up will receive a signed copy of ORIGINAL SIN.

All you have to do to enter is tell me if you've read any books by the authors listed above (including Kody). Remember that entries do not carry over from week to week, so your name needs to appear in the comments below to enter for this giveaway. You must be 13 or older to enter. Extra entries can be accumulated as follows:
Follow this blog: +1
Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1
Tweet or Facebook a link to this contest: +1
"Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1

Add up your points in your comment, please, because my math sucks. Also, leave me a way to contact you if you WIN! Contest closes Friday April 6th at 12 noon, PDT. Winners will be chosen by the randomizer and posted here that afternoon. There will be a new contest for signed copies of Last Rite and other signed books (think Holly Black, Veronica Rossi, Marie Lu) every Monday between now and May 7th, so don't forget to check back every Monday to enter!
Good luck!! :p


  1. Can't wait to read Last Rite, and I LOVED Born Wicked! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Blog follower: Nicole Mainardi
    Twitter follower: @nicole_mainardi
    "Like" the FB page: Nicole Mainardi

    Total: +3


  2. I have read Anna dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and LOVED it!! Anxiously awaiting the sequel! DUFF and Shattered Souls are on my to read queue.

    Plus 1 for being a blog follower
    Plus 1 for being a Twitter follower @SKSimone (I told you how many tweets you had the other day)...
    Plus 1 for liking Person Demons FB page
    Plus 1 for tweeting about this giveaway...

    So add +4 to my total. :D One of these weeks I'll get this or Last Rite will be out soon!

  3. I would so much love to get an ARC of LAST RITE.
    I re-tweeted your tweet:!/LisaDez/status/186902580474032128 +1
    I've read Andrea Cremer.
    I follow your blog as Victoria Sloboda +1
    Twitter as Jovial_1 +1
    Facebook as Viki Sloboda +1

    Total 4


  4. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!
    I haven't read any books by the authors listed above. :(
    I do have all three books in the Nightshade series and A Touch Mortal waiting to be read in my tbr pile though. :)

    GFC Follower - Memrie
    Twitter Follower - @darkangel231988
    Tweeted -!/darkangel231988/status/186911652850053120
    Facebook - Memrie Harris

    5 entries


  5. Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait for the release of Last Rite, I love the Personal Demons series. Unfortunately I haven't read any of the above books but I will definitely look them up.

    2 entries - blog follower and twitter follower.

    Vikki @ V's Book Life

  6. GFC: Arianne Cruz
    twitter: @ariannecruz07
    Liked FB page: Arianne Cruz
    email: cruz042 at


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  8. Blog follower: BCHaysel
    Twitter follower: @thetatteredpage
    "Like" the FB page: Blake C Haysel

    Total: +3

  9. I have read and loved Anna dressed in blood! I have also read the nightshade series and enjoyed it quite a bit :)
    Follow this blog (miaka_yuki70) +1
    Follow on twitter (@AlexYuki70) +1
    Like the personal demons books page (Alexandra Beaudoin) +1
    Total = 3

  10. I absolutely love Andrea Cremer....her stuff is ADDICTING!!! Can't wait for the next one from Kendare Blake as well.
    +1 GFC: Vivien
    +1 @deadtossedwaves
    +1 tweeted:!/deadtossedwaves/status/186940574484533249

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  11. I'm currently in the middle of Julie Cross' Tempest. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Follow this blog: +1(mromero)
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1 (mtrw12)
    Tweet a link to this contest: +1 (!/mtrw12/status/186943577924976642)
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1 (Marie Romero)


    mromero2012 AT gmail DOT com

  12. I haven't read any of those authors... YET!!
    1+ GFC: Gisele Alvarado
    1+ Twitter: @Gisselle_Alv
    1+ Liked the FB: Ileana Alvarado
    1+ Tweeted:!/Gisselle_Alv/status/186948536183701504
    TOTAL: 4 entries

  13. i have read kendare blake's anna dressed in blood.

    1+ GFC: chelleyreads
    1+ Twitter: @chelleyreads
    1+ Tweeted:!/chelleyreads/status/186954696345399296
    TOTAL: 3 entries

    chelleyreads AT gmail DOT com

  14. I've read Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. :)

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    +1 Blog Follower - Carla
    +1 Twitter Follower - @c_cass189
    +1 Tweeted -!/c_cass189/status/186952454502490113

    Total - 3

    cjmfnobrega AT gmail DOT com

  15. I loved the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer!

    +1 Blog followe - Lostnthestacks
    +1 Twitter follower - @Lostnthestax



  16. I have read the Nightshade trilogy by Andrea Cremer and both of Kody Keplinger's books :)

    I follow your blog (Gabbie)
    I follow you on twitter (@Gabelle_M)
    I tweeted:!/Gabelle_M/status/186982410733371392

    Total: 3


  17. No... unfortunately I've hadn't had a chance to read anything yet of those authors, but I really would love too! <3

    Follow this blog: +1
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1
    Tweet a link to this contest (icestarlight67): +1!/icestarlight67
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1


  18. I haven't read any of the authors listed.
    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower @elaing8
    +1 tweet!/elaing8/status/187000578306621440



  19. Follow this blog: +1 K8 (Google Friend Connect)
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1 (Froze8)
    Tweet or Facebook a link to this contest: +1 (!/Froze8/status/187004132459167744)
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1 (Kate )

    I have read Andrea Cremer's Nightshade (currently reading her Wolfsbane) I have also had the chance to meet Andrea twice and she is so sweet! Currently she's in my profile picture on FB. Haha :)
    I am so determined to win! I got Original Sin so now I need Personal Demons and Last Rite!!!

    5 entries in total!

    joinstuff (at) ymail (dot) come

    1. That last thing should be com not come... I think I'm tired.

  20. I've read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (I loved both books!)

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower: Throuthehaze
    +1 twitter follower: @raelena85
    +1 FB Like: Rae Pavey

    TOTAL: 4
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  21. Thank you for this amazing giveaway. <3 I have read Anna Dressed in Bloog :D
    +1 follow the blog
    Love, Carina ~

  22. I've read Andrea Cremers' Nightshade series. :)

    +1 - following this blog via GFC: Maidenveil
    +1 - Follow me on Twitter: @maidenveil
    +1 - Tweeted:!/readerhappy/status/187147560492867584
    +1 - liked the Personal Demons Books Facebook page: Maiden Veil

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  23. Love the exercept, I'll read anything you write! :)

  24. I've read Mary Lindsey's SHATTERED SOULS, Leah Clifford's A TOUCH MORTAL and A TOUCH MORBID and Andrea Cremer's NIGHTSHADE and WOLFSBANE.

    +1 I'm a long time follower of this blog :)
    +1 I'm a long time follower of you on Twitter :)
    +1 I tweeted this giveaway!/fiktshun/status/187404602335956992
    +1 I Linked it on my Facebook page
    +1 I have "Liked" the Personal Demons Books FB page for ages. :)

    TYSM for the amazing giveaway. So sad to see this amazing series end!

  25. I have read the entire Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer, but I am looking forward to reading the books by all the other authors you listed :)

    +1 Follow Blog - GFC: BookBreather
    +1 Follow Twitter - @Bookbreather
    +1 Like Facebook - Gabbi Calabrese

    Gabbicalabrese AT hotmail DOT com

  26. I have read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and I loved it! It was definitely my kind of book. I've also read Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey and I really liked that. I love anything paranormal, be it ghosts, shapeshifters, vampires, witches, demons, you name it, so it's no surprise that I loved these books.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    +1 comment
    +1 Twitter Follower @_sunnykimmy_

  27. I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, and I'm salivating, waiting on Girl of Nightmares. :)

    Follow this blog: +1 - starryeyedjen
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1 - starryeyedjen
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1 - Jeannette Bruce
    4 entries total

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. I read 'Tempest' by Julie Cross, and so far it's on the top of my list for the year!

    GFC: Jaime
    FaceBook: Twisting the Lens

    3 entries total


  29. I haven't gotten around to reading any of those author's yet, but I own several of their books.

    Comment: 1
    Follow this blog: +1
    Follow me on Twitter (@LisaDez): +1 (@NicoleZoltack)
    Tweet or Facebook a link to this contest: +1 (!/NicoleZoltack/status/187564185335508993)
    "Like" the Personal Demons Books Facebook page +1

    total 5

  30. Awesome giveaway! I had to read Born Wicked on my friend's kindle, arguments were had over giving it back haha.

    I've read (and love) The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. I think it's one of those books that every girl (of any age) will be able to relate to in one way or another.

    Follow the blog: nikki_donoghue
    Follow on twitter: @nicco_1990
    tweeted contest:!/Nicco_1990/status/187592139067240448
    Like the facebook page: Nicola Donoghue

    total entries: 5

    Nikki :)

  31. Hi Lisa!

    I have not read any of the books from the authors listed above. But I have heard of many of them such as Leah, I have heard of her Morbid Series and would love to read it one day! I have also heard of Kendare Blake, I would love to read Anna Dressed in Blood one day! I also heard of Andrea Cremer, my friend got me a book from her signing, Nightshade, and I can't wait to get it and read it! (:

    +1 GFC Follower-Ella
    +1 Twitter-@MaskedVampyre13
    +1 Facebook share-
    +1 Liked the Personal Demonds FB Page! (Ellen Trieu-fb username)

    Total: +4


  32. I've only read Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. Thank you for the giveaway!
    GFC follower as Diana
    Twitter as @artdem83
    FB as Demitra Giote
    I shared it on FB :

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  33. I've read Andrea Cremer's Nightshade and have a copy of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake that I still need to read.

    Follow blog: +1 GFC: Maria
    Follow on Twitter: +1 @fantasysink
    "Like" on Facebook: +1 Maria Qa

    Total: +3