Thursday, November 10, 2011

Full Moon Extravaganza #2: Kids Need To Read

Once again the full moon is upon us. Which means, once again it is time to celebrate my favorite werewolves and the fact that it is only 4 months until the release of THE SAVAGE GRACE.

I am especially excited because today's extravaganza is not only something super cool for fans of the DARK DIVINE series, but also will go to support a cause I am passionate about. So what is it you ask?

EGMONT USA has released an eBook version of THE LOST LETTERS OF BROTHER GABRIEL (A Dark Divine Original Story) for only $1.99!

Story Description:

Brother Gabriel, Daniel’s mentor and an ancient Urbat, plays an important role in The Lost Saint as well as the upcoming conclusion to the Dark Divine trilogy, The Savage Grace. We were first introduced to Gabriel in The Dark Divine when Grace recieves a book of ancient letters that Gabriel (a young monk at the time) wrote to his sister during the Crusades, detailing his search to know more about the Urbat. The book of letters ends just before Gabriel falls to the Urbat curse, leaving us to wonder what happened to him in the following years to turn him into the man he is today.

Most of Gabriel’s letters were written during the thirteenth century, and later translated and compiled by an Orthodox priest in the eighteenth century. For whatever reason, some of Gabriel’s letters were lost after translation and did not make it into that original book. But good news! A few of these “lost letters,” detailing Gabriel’s fall to the Urbat curse and his quest to seek revenge on the man responsible for his demise, have recently been “discovered” by the indomitable crew at Egmont USA, and are compiled here for your reading pleasure.

I hope you enjoy The Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel. I think they give a lot more depth to Brother Gabriel’s character and the mythology of the Dark Divine trilogy.

But that's not all. Today's extravaganza gets so, so much better...

As many of you know, I spent a summer in college writing and directing plays for underprivileged kids from New York City and Philadelphia. It was one of my most cherished life experiences. One I can look back on and pinpoint as literally life-changing. I had grown up in a fairly safe and average middle-class neighborhood all my life, and to be a part of helping kids who had to struggle so much just to have a portion of the quality of life I had enjoyed as a kid, was not only an eye opening experience, but it was humbling as well.

One of the things that I learned the most from this experience was how important reading and stories are for helping kids, teens, adults . . . everyone find a place in this world and encourage them to help others do the same. This is what made me re-commit to my dream of being an author.

But today, I get to do a little more. Because today, I get to tell you that from now until June 2012 all of my proceeds from the sale of THE LOST LETTERS OF BROTHER GABRIEL will be donated to the charitable organization Kids Need To Read (KNTR). Their mission is to to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. For more info you can go to their website ( or watch this video from one of my most favorite Hollywood crushes and co-founder of the organization, Nathan Fillion:

Ah, Nathan Fillion. I love that guy. Remember when we fan-casted him to play Pastor Divine in a TDD movie? That'd be beyond cool. Ok, enough daydreaming because . . .


I want as many people as possible to know about this fantastic organization and their mission, so I am offering a signed book prize pack to anyone who helps spread the word about THE LOST LETTERS and how the proceeds will be donated to KNTR.

What you get:
Signed copies of
1.) SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick
2.) DEMON GLASS by Rachel Hawkins
3.) THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner
4.) CROSSED by Ally Condie
5.) THE SAVAGE GRACE (ARC) by Bree Despain... or, you know... me.

How you get it:
Blog, tweet, facebook, yell down the street, call your mom. Ok, the last two are great, but won't work for the contest. Just tell people about THE LOST LETTERS eBook and KNTR fundraiser. Then come back here and show me what you did (with links). One entry per person, but the more you do, the more money you help raise for KNTR. But as an extra added bonus, I've decided to give an extra entry to the first 10 entrants.

When you get it:
Give-away ends November 30th. I will then pick the winner via and announce it on or before Dec. 2nd here on the blog. If it's you, then you will have 30 days to claim the prize by emailing me your shipping address. If it is not claimed by then, I will assume the you do not want the prize and will pick another winner.

Seriously, I'm really excited about this. Please help me make it awesome and help put some great books in the hands of some great kids.

Oh, and don't forget to buy THE LOST LETTERS either here, or here, or you can get it in the iBooks store from your iPhone/iPad/Mac, or anywhere else eBooks are sold. Go forth and share the joy of reading!

P.S. FYI, in preparation for upcoming release of the paperback edition of THE LOST SAINT on November 22nd, the eBook version of THE DARK DIVINE is now available on Amazon for only $3.99!!


Valerie said...

Here's my link:

Thanks!!! I love Nathan Fillion. Seriously.

Shannon said...


Nathan Fillion is so Shiney!


Book Sp(l)ot said...

I tweeted about it here:!/thebookspot/status/134663960854138883

(joins in the Nathan Fillion <3ing)

book.splot AT gmail DOT com

Book Sp(l)ot said...

Fixed tweet:!/thebookspot/status/134664908053815296 (First one had the @Kidsneedtoread name not linky)

leezabetho said...!/leezabetho/status/134663737457119232


This sounds so amazing! Can't wait to purchase it!


Traci @ The Reading Geek said...



melissa @ 1lbr said...

Just tweeted about it here:!/melissa1lbr/status/134665520636104705

Great charity - wish I could donate more!

Nina Solimen said...

Awesome giveaway! I tweeted about it :))!/the_chatterer

Nina Solimen said...

Here's the link to the tweet :!/the_chatterer/status/134668020286103552

Jenni Elyse said...

Awesome way to help a charity! :)



fany1 said...

Post in on my blog!

Estefany franco

Victoria said...

Don't know if this counts but I re-tweeted off your Tweet.!/breedespain/status/134671197551071233


Konstanz Silverbow said...

Here are all of my shares!



Google plus:

Nicci @ Paper Dreams said...

This is so awesome! I think I may have to buy a copy myself. :D


Nathan Fillion = <3


Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

Thanks so much! Cant wait to get my own copy!
Google + and




Eloise said...

This sounds awesome :)


Anonymous said...

Thanks this sounds awesome.!/a_cattie/status/134689050656374785

Anonymous said...

What a great cause! I'll be buying my copy asap!



Read Between the Lines said...

wesome giveaway and I did a blog post that links back to this pg

I even retweeted it!/amdase/status/134712248361951232

Lenmeo said...!/Lenmeo/status/134714965453053952

This is a great way to garner attention for a good cause. Thank you for offering a giveaway.

afterthebook at gmail dot com

Celine said...


This is really a great way to help KNTR. I can't wait to buy the ebook copy too!

Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Sofi.b said...!/SofiBusk

I already taged you in ones

Sara H. said...

I hope I win! Here is my profile on FB, where I posted the info:


Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Blog Post

lindseybousfield said...

I shared on FB :!/lizzy190

I also shared on twitter:!/lizzy1931

( I also bought the letters :) YAY)


Alden said...

Great giveaway!

Shared about it on Facebook -

alden(dot)ash(at symbol thingy)gmail(dot)com

Amanda said...

Awesome contest. This is for a great cause too!
Here's my link:


May said...

This is an AWESOME GIVEAWAY! Thank you! :)

Tweet Link:!/MayAbe23/statuses/134770409001324544

Email: MayAbe23(at)gmail(dot)com

Em said...

Thanks for this awesome giveaway!! :) here's my blog link

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Paige said...

Awesome idea for the charity!!

Tweeted: It had to be two tweets because i couldn't stay under the character limit.

Tweet #1:!/JohnsGirl202/status/134778227842490369

Tweet #2:!/JohnsGirl202/status/134778702914523136


ansindt said...

Awesome giveaway!!!

I posted it on my blog...

Good luck everyone!!!

Sophi K. said...

This giveaway is great!! Thanks for having it!
Twitter Link:!/Sophi2S/status/134779654421753856


Vivien said...

Great giveaway! Excellent cause.


deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Sophia (The Bookworm) said...

My link:

My blog is advertised on Goodreads, YA blog directory, and

My email:

:) love these books and Nathan Fillion! There is so much romantic tension of Castle; he needs to kiss her!

Riv Re said...

Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.
This idea is so great. It's awesome that you're doing ALL the proceeds.
(The Lost Letters are #2.)

Thanks again.

Amy ~Lover of Books~ said...

Great giveaway!

My link:


Pavan H said...

Hey there, this is a brilliant cause, so i would like to say thank you :)

@BreeDespain's The Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel ebook for only $1.99!All proceeds go to Kids Need To Read #goodcause


Anonymous said...

Amazing so excited!
I also told all my friends about it!

I facebooked it, and I'm going to buy it to.!/profile.php?id=100001413708593

Sara H. said...

I blogged about this fabulous giveaway:



Thanks! This giveaway is one of the best I've seen and as an added bonus, it helps donate money.

Mandi Lynn said...

I talked about it in my YouTube video:

And my facebook/twitter that are connected:

Dee said...

Posted it on my tumblr and my facebook, here's the link for my tumblr, I think this is a really great cause and a really important one

Sarah said...

Here's my link. I'm so sorry I only have five followers (literally...just five. I'm a terrible blogger!)because I hope lots of people get involved! :)

Sylvia said...

Thanks for the chance to win while spreading the word about a great cause! Here is where I sent the word out!



and email (

I hope I win!

Constance said...

This is such a great cause, and such a great idea. And Nathan Fillion? Amazing. :)!/WriteSpinner/status/136124474952126464

Unknown said...

I shared on Facebook,

Diana said...

Great cause!
I shared this on my Book Page on FaceBook:

Ramone15 said...

My links:!/AshleyRamone15


Bwyatt said...

Yay! This is fabulous Bree! I love it when authors really give back and help the community. Its a great cause too!

Unknown said...

That is an awesome charity and very cool that you are donating the proceeds. I blogged about it and tweeted:!/moiraethefates/status/136585894504316928

Diana said...

awesome :D I love it when authors get more involved. Very kind of you!

I tweeted about it here:!/LovelyGetaway/status/136587962086461441

Thanks so much for hosting!


Unknown said...

This is a great cause! Thanks for giving us opportunity to be a part of this.
Here's my links:

Michelle said...

What a great organisation and awesome giveaway.

I tweeted about it here:!/Shelly_McShelly/status/136750481841192960

And blogged about it here:

Ashley G. said...

I created a blog post and tweeted about the contest. Links are below. Thanks!!/whollybooks/status/136853317669224448

noliea said...

hey i posted info on my facebook,, just look at my page, i don't know how to type a link to it,, but we are friends on facebook if u just look me up. my name is nola dillard,.. thank u and thank u agian for being my friend on fb.

Colleen H. :) said...

so ive done everything i possibly can! ive told my family, friends, peers, and teachers about your book! ive also done some online work :) heres the link!

my twitter background is your book too :) <3

Maidenveil said...

this is a great giveaway! and i'm glad to hear about the lost letters! glad to help at the same time. :)