Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE SHADOW PRINCE Teaser Tuesday #3 (and giveaway)

Happy New Year's Eve!

I'll admit it, 2012 was kind of a craptastic year for me and my only hope for 2013 was that it would be marginally better. But like the wise Rachel Hawkins recently said of herself, I decided to chalk 2012 up as a "learning year" and made some changes--both big and small. And you know what? 2013 has turned out to be pretty darn great! A time filled with good physical and mental health, true friends, amazing family moments, and even a few end of year surprises that were the chocolate shavings on top of an already pretty sweet year.  So if for you 2013 has been the equivelant of crap on the bottom of your shoe, I'm a walking testament as to how quickly your fortune can turn around if you keep moving forward.

I'm hoping that with the release of  THE SHADOW PRINCE that my 2014 will be an even better year!

Speaking of end of year surprises . . .

In case you've missed my obsessive Instagraming the last few of days, you should meet the newest member of the Despain clan (and present from hubs):

Mei Mei the Christmas Kitten!

You have no idea the amount of joyful squeals that have been going on over here while playing with this little cutie.

Okay, I'll stop teasing you all with Mei Mei's cuteness and move on to the real business . . . .

THE SHADOW PRINCE: Teaser Tuesday #3:

Today's teaser is extra special because it involves a song. Not just any song, but the song that was the very first inspiration for this book: "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie.

If you're not familiar with the song, you should have a listen by clicking here.

I was kind of obsessed with this song back in 2006--as in played it on a loop incessantly--and the lyrics really got me thinking and about who would do such a thing. Follow someone into to the dark--or the unknown, as I like to think of it. Which then reminded me of the myth of Persephone and Hades, which then got me thinking about the relevance of their story in our modern time, which got a couple of characters talking in my head, and a story started forming . . . and several years later it is now a book!

And of course a discussion of the song and these themes of it all made it's way into one of my very favorite scenes in the novel. A tidbit of which is today's teaser:


(Many thanks to anyone who wants to snag the teaser image and share it on Pinterest, Instagram, your blog, facebook, wherever! Every share helps spread the word about the book and fills me with immense gratitude.)

Now for the giveaway!

To help spread the word my fellow Utah author Natalie Whipple's new book BLINDSIDED, I am giving away a signed copy of TRANSPARENT (book one) to a lucky winner. This book is about an invisible girl who is on the run from her mob boss father who wants to turn her into an assassin--and it so much fun! Definitely one of my favorite reads of the summer. I can't wait to get a copy of the sequel, BLINDSIDED, this week!

Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win TRANSPARENT:

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1 comment:

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Awww!! That's the cutest little kitty ever! :)