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NYC Fashion Week!

OMG, a chance to go to NYC's Fashion Week (or at least a portion thereof)!  This is, like, my dream!  Unfortunately, I don't show up on film, but if you do, you might not want to miss out on the the #ShowYourHeart photo contest sponsored by Diet Coke.  Check out all the details here.

Lucienne, who does show up on film, is a little too busy running all around the internet promoing our new book, Fangtastic.  She's over today at Magical Words with Authors' Checklist of Dos and Don'ts and at Jessica Brody's blog talking about books, research and her not-so-secret loves.  Still, I'm going to try to cattle prod her into action.  I could be her plus one!

Special Events! Giveaways! Guest Blogs!

So psyched!  First of all, bookklovr22 from Twitter won the B&N gift card for her very stylish pic of her as she was caught reading my first second adventures], Revamped!  Check out her so stylish photo!Never fear, though, several new contests are already underway.

For one, Lucienne and some other fab paranormal authors are doing a big event at Bitten by Books this week.  Each day an author blogs and asks a question.  Comment on the daily blogs for a chance to win prizes.  As a bonus, if you answer each of the questions correctly a
t the end of the week, you're entered to win a huge grand prize basket with $200 in gift certificates and special items donated by each of the authors.  So far we have:
Karen Whiddon with the top five reasons she writes paranormal romances.
Faith Hunter with a list of five things to bring to New Orleans...make that two lists, one from her heroine Jane Yellowrock and one from Beast, who shares her body.
Tomorrow I'll be up with Pluses and Minuses for Dating the Undead, but if you RSVP first you get extra entry points!
Thursday and Friday will be Carol Berg and Diana Pharaoh Francis respectively.  You can RSVP for Carol's event now!

For another show-stopper, I'm also pleased to announce the new Spread the Love giveaway, which runs until Valentine's Day and is totally easy to enter.

There are a ton of ways to win:

-blog, tweet, Facebook or whatever your favorite line from any of the Vamped books

-blog, tweet, Facebook or whatever a slogan or tagline with a link to the series page

-repost the Vamped series music video to help spread the word

-post a new and honest review for any book in the series on your own blog or any bookseller site (B&N, Amazon, Powells, etc.)

Do all or any of the above.  Each thing gets you one entry, so you can enter as many times as you’d like, just let me know so that I can keep track or send me the tally by Valentine’s Day.  Winner will be chosen February 15th.  Prize: the lightweight 6” Kindle with case for one lucky winner.  Open to US entrants only (sorry!).

Wondering about slogans?  For Vamped I had: Vamped…eternity needs an entourage.

For Revamped…undead or undercover, fangs are always in fashion.

For Fangtastic, L's been playing with a few, but nothing’s really struck me yet, so please feel free to come up with your own!  Here’s what I have so far:

Doomsday dresses, disappearances and…death?  Get Fangtastic in 2012!

Secret missions, minions and murder…absolutely Fangtastic!

Most importantly, the series is all about fangs and fun.  I wish you both in 2012!  I hope you enjoy and enter as often as you like.  Let me know about it via the contact form on my website or directly at LucienneDiver @ gmail.com (removing the spaces before and after the @).


And now, a public service announcement from Lucienne Diver about...

You know how when someone throws a party, folks always ask what they can bring? Well, you can bring the fun! Bring your wit and wisdom! Enter to win fabulous door prizes!  This month I’m holding a get caught reading contest in celebration of the January publication of FANGTASTIC, the third novel in my Vamped series.

Facebook,Tweet (hashtag #Vampedseries), blog or just send me pics of yourself, your pets, your resident spirit or whathaveyou reading one of the Vamped books (if you post elsewhere, be sure to let me know about it) by January 7st and you’ll be entered to win a $30 shopping spree at either Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com!  Keep it clean, and make it fun! It counts just as much to get caught reading a digital copy as print.

Winner will be chosen at random, though I’d love to post some of the fun pics on my blog, so when you send ‘em my way at luciennediver @ gmail.com (eliminating the spaces), please confirm that I have permission to use them.  The best may inspire some extra special swag and signed copies of the new book. [Sorry, prizes are limited to US residents only this time out.]

Check back for the winner and more fabulous fun on January 8th, when I’ll be looking for Fangtastic slogans and giving away a lightweight 6” Kindle!  (Note: you can enter both, so no need to hold off.)

Teen Vogue/Figment fiction contest

Ohmagod, ohmagod, ohmagod!  Teen Vogue and Figment are teaming up for a fiction contest surrounding fashion week.  This is so my thing I can't even tell you.  So excited!  Just have to get Lucienne on the ball to write, write, write.

Gah, she says she doesn't get any sleep as it is.  "You can sleep when you're dead," I tell her.  Or undead.  Whatever.

Free Story - "Fanged"

Since I almost always change names to protect the "innocent" when I tell my tales to Lucienne, she gave folks a chance to choose characters in this tale of shopping slashers and feral fashion.  L's posting this story free to all our fans, so feel free to spread the word and even repost, as long as you include links.  This one goes out to Rowan and Martha. 

"Fanged" by Lucienne Diver

I heard Marcy yip and leggo the dress she’d had a death-grip on, which was so unlike her that I almost flashed fang at the presumed threat.  Or maybe not almost, from the speed at which the girl eying my blouse drew back from me and found somewhere else to be.

     “Break a nail?” I asked Marcy, wadding up my prize into the smallest possible package, the better to avoid having it swiped away.  It was just my size—small—and color—fire-engine red.  I knew just by eyeballing it that it would fit like a glove.

     “N-no,” she stammered.  Surprised, I left off ogling the shoe selection still available a quarter hour into the Bombshell Boutique’s annual midnight madness sale to turn and assess her freak-out level.

     Her eyes were wide, and her arms empty.  Her heartbeat was, of course, non-existent, us being undead and all.  But I imagined that if she still had a working heart it would be pounding.  Nothing short of structural nail damage or impending doom would cause my BFF to surrender a sales item.  I knew from experience.  I’d been on the other end of that tug of war.

     “Eyes,” she continued.

     “Eyes?” I asked, baffled.

     “They flashed at me.  Glowing amber, like a caution light.”

     “You mean red?” I tried.  Very old vamps sometimes got a red and dead glow about them when crossed.  It wouldn’t be too startling to find another of the fanged and fabulous at a midnight madness sale.  After all, they seemed tailor-made for us.

     “Amber,” she insisted, “like a traffic light.”

     Yellow…amber…it probably wasn’t worth arguing the finer points of the color wheel.

     “Where?” I asked.  “Which girl?”

     Marcy grabbed my arm and started to pull me toward the shoes.  “We’re off-duty,” she reminded me.  “Come on, let’s go check out the kicks before our sizes are gone.”

     More problematic for me than for her, since my feet were a normal size seven, and she had munchkin feet, but I let her steer me in the direction I wanted to go anyway…until another girl howled.

     It was a perfectly human howl of pain and shock, but I pulled away from Marcy and spun to see a girl about our age yank back a slashed arm, blood dripping dramatically on the silver shawl she clutched.

     “Right there,” Marcy said, when it was clear I wasn’t going anywhere.  She pointed to a brown-haired girl just turning away from the commotion, her wild mane of hair bobbing above the crowd as she made her way to the door.

     “I’m going after her.  You talk to the girl who got gouged.  Something’s not right here.”

     “But…shoes!” she wailed.

     “Later,” I promised.

   “When all the good ones are gone,” she grumbled, but she let me lead the way back to the sales table we’d come from.  When she stopped, I kept going.  Already I was losing sight of the shopping slasher.  I could still see her head above the crowd as she power-walked away, the path opening magically before her.  She paused at the entrance when a suited security guy moved in front of her, but I could swear I heard a growl and suddenly he stumbled back.

     He was yelling into his radio as I got there, and I didn’t even realize that one of the cries was for me until I was past and remembered the shirt balled up in my right hand. 

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Also, look for Fangtastic, forthcoming in January 2012!


Bursting with news today!  First, the winner of Lucienne's newsletter-exclusive contest is Jessy!!!  She gets either signed copies of my first two adventures (Vamped and Revamped) plus swag or a $25 gift certificate to her bookstore of choice.  You go, girl!!!  (If you want to sign up to get info on future exclusives, here's your link.)

Second, be sure to tune in tomorrow for a totally new, totally free short story called "Fanged," following my adventures at the mall with my BFF Marcy.  I promise, it won't all be all sales and shoe shopping, though I fail to see anything wrong with that!

Third, in honor of this past weekend, when Lucienne and her entire family got glammed up for the Renaissance Faire, I'm reposting her very first ever blog:

The Top Ten Things I Learned From Wearing a Corset:

1) Corsets are fantastic for forcing great posture. My grandmother would be so proud...that or scandalized. Probably both.
2) Strange men suddenly lose the ability to look where they're going and totally forget the meaning of subtlety.
3) Always wear sunscreen. (Very important!)
4) In the event that you forget sunscreen, the pain will forever cure you of a second round of stupidity.
5) Dropped food will =never= hit the ground.
6) The fainting scene at the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean is totally convincing.
7) You get very good service.
8) Bend at the knee, not the waist.
9) Men seem to like it when you laugh.
10) It helps to attend an event several hours away so you don't accidentally bump into anyone you know!

And no, there will not be pictures <g>.

[Gina here.  I could have told her all that, of course, but does she ever listen to me?  Oh, no!  But revenge really is the sincerest form of...something.  So, herewith, I'm pleased to present to you a corset shot.  (Plus, it is a really is a fairly stylin' look, if you're into that sort of thing.)  Do me a favor, print it out for her to autograph at some future date and watch the blush. Tell her I sent you!]

ReVamped reading and contest

Okay, my delicate digits are still drying (today's color: Naughty Nighshade), so I'll make this brief. My not-so-ghost writer, Lucienne, has started us up a fan page on Facebook and to celebrate is having a name-that-character giveaway.  That's right, she's going to type up one of my never-before-seen adventures and post it up for free here, there and everywhere.  And you get to name a character.  Just join our fan page and paste up one of your favorite quotes from Vamped or ReVamped on your profile and in the contest comments and you're entered for the drawing.  Make-up a name, put yourself in the story, whatever you like! 

To follow up on L's reading of the Vamped excerpt, I'm posting up here the video of her reading my "Rules for Surviving Super Spy School Training" from ReVamped.  Hope you enjoy!

Bitten by Books

Lucienne's totally representing at Bitten by Books this week for our virtual launch party.  It runs through noon tomorrow (Saturday), so check it out.  Plenty of chances to be entered to win a stylin' iPod Nano with a special fashion skin.  I picked it out myself!

In other news, I'm been out there vamping for ReVamped myself.  In case you've missed them, I've been over at:
The Mad Genius Club with "Tomorrow the World"
Vamp Chix with
"How to Stay Dreamy When You're Dead"
Magical Words with
"The Care and Feeding of Minions"

Hope you'll join in the fun!

Exciting stuff

Very exciting news!  Revamped is up on Bitten by Books' Poll for Best Paranormal /UF Cover for September 2010.  You can check out ALL the fabulous covers here and vote for your favorite.  (Which, of course, I hope will be mine, but no pressure.  Really.  I mean, totally ignore the fact that I can vamp you out in a New York minute.  Because I'm just not that kind of girl.  Much.)  Best title, I think, has to go to Sherrilyn Kenyon's Eat Prey Love.

In other news, L is all over the blogosphere this week, touring with the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit.  So far, you can check her out here:

Stephanie Kuehnert's blog (contest closes tomorrow!)

Megan Kelley Hall's blog

Daisy Whitney's blog

Sarah Hantz' blog

More as it happens!

Contest to win signed copy of ReVamped

New contest (US only), really simple, hopefully fun for all...post your favorite line from my first adventure, Vamped, on your blog, Facebook page or Twitter, let me know about it, and you're entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of ReVamped.  The contest ends September 6th.  Come out and play?

(Heck, if you've already gotten your hands on ReVamped and want to post a non-spoilery fav from the new novel, I certainly won't stop you!)