Friday, October 15, 2010

Afterlife and the Newbie Author


Hi, everyone! I decided to choose two winners for this post, so here are the winners: The WINNER of a signed copy of AFTERLIFE and a small jar of Liquid Light is Nymfaux. The WINNER of a signed copy of AFTERLIFE IS Melissa, who posted on October 15, 2010 2:41 PM. CONGRATULATIONS! There are two ways you can get me your contact info. One: You can DM me your e-mail and mailing address on Twitter. Or you can send me your e-mail and mailing address here: merrie [dot] destefano [at] yahoo [dot] com. Thanks to everyone who commented! You all rock!

I’ve had a lot fun in the past several weeks, ever since my debut novel, Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles, released on September 28. I got to write a number of guest posts and did several online interviews. If you haven’t seen any of them, here are some links: Dark Fairie Tales, Romance University, Night Owl Paranormal, Bitten by Books, Nocturne Romance Reads, Sci Fi Guy, and Bookgasm. Along the way, I had some great chats with readers about the differences between One-Timers and Nine-Timers [if you had the opportunity to resurrect, rather than die, would you?], and the sous-terrain société [would you stay in contact with your current family members or build a new family in your new life?].

There have been a number of great reviews by folks like SFRevu, Rex Robot Reviews, and Night Owl Reviews.

I really want to thank each and every blogger who invited me to participate. You bloggers rock!

On top of that, getting to chat with readers of Afterlife has been fantastic. I’ve gotten to know of many of them through my Facebook page and on Twitter. Another thing that's really exciting is the fact that I’ll get to meet some potential readers face-to-face in the next couple weeks. [SQUEEE!] I have two events coming up that I’m totally jazzed about.

First, I have a book-signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 2-3 p.m. Joining me and signing his own new release, Kill The Dead, is Richard Kadrey. If you haven’t checked out his Sandman Slim, the first in this series, then you should. Soon. You don’t want to left behind. His stories are awesome! So I hope you get a chance to stop by and say hi this Sunday.

Second, I’ll be doing a Meet The Author tea at Paris in a Cup on Oct. 30. Located in Orange, California, this charming tea salon/boutique with a Parisian theme will be decked out for Mardi Gras and all attendees are invited to come in costume. In between listening to jazz and dining on scrumptious food, I’ll do a reading from Afterlife and then do a Q & A session. I hope some of you will be able to attend. I’d love to meet you!

Also, I’ve been working a reader’s guide and hope to have that finished soon. It will be available as a free download on my website and blog once it’s done. So those of who might want to choose Afterlife for your book club, please stop by my site in about a week for a free reader’s guide.

And, believe it or not, I've already finished my second novel, titled, Feast: Harvest of Dreams. It’s scheduled to release on June 28, 2011 and it’s already available for preorder on Amazon here. I wish I could show you the cover—it’s beyond awesome. I can’t tell you too much about this book yet, but here’s a very brief summary: For the past 100 years, a small mountain village in Southern California has been struggling under a mysterious curse. And every year, on Halloween, strange and dangerous creatures come to feed on the humans.

So, today, I’m combining two things as one giveaway. Besides a signed copy of Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles, I’m also giving away a small jar of Liquid Light. Of course, this Liquid Light isn’t explosive or dangerous like it is in the book, but you can still roll it between your fingers and throw it across the room. In other words, you can pretend you’re a Babysitter.


So here’s my question for you: What's the best book you've read recently? I finally have a little bit of free time and I can't wait to read some new books! So tell me what you've read that you loved and maybe why you liked it.

And I’ll be giving away a small of Liquid Light and a signed copy of Afterlife to one of the people who make a comment. To enter to win, please post a comment below. You can earn points by:

+1 Posting in the comments section
+1 Linking to this post on Twitter
+1 Linking to this post on Facebook
+1 Linking to the Supernatural Underground blog on your own blog/website
+3 Following me on Twitter
+3 Following me on Facebook

Just post the total number of points that you’ve earned in your comment. Winner to be announced in this post Monday, October 18. Contest ends Sunday, October 17, at midnight!

And, as an added bonus, fellow Supernatural Underground author, Juliana Stone, is giving away a signed copy of Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles over on her blog today too!


LynnRush said...

Great post!
Wow, I already follow you on facebook, and I just did the rest, so is that, like, 10 entries? I'm not a math wizard, for sure. Plus, it's Friday, my brain is already into the weekend *smile*

AFterlife is looking pretty interesting. Love the cover. I just added it to my TBR pile.

Happy Friday!

LynnRush (at) cox (dot) net

Merrie Destefano said...

Hi, Lynn! Thanks! Wow, you posted fast! I'm glad you think Afterlife looks interesting and thanks for stopping by!

Tracey O'Hara said...

Hey there sweetie - so glad you have been having a great time since Afterlife release. I am currently reading Sandman Slim - so am rather envious of your sigining with Richard Kadrey.

so excited for you.

Merrie Destefano said...

Hi, sweetie! I hope you're feeling better. =) I love all the posts and pictures and videos of Super Kitteh. He's beyond adorable.

So glad you're reading Sandman Slim! Yes, this is the only bookstore signing I have set up and I'm astonished that Richard Kadrey is going to be there. He's like a superstar.

Thanks so much for stopping by! *hugs*

YelenaC said...

Hi. Well, I just finished Rachel Vincent's Alpha, the last book in her Shifter series, and it was great. Also right now reding The Ninja by Eric Lustabader, which is not new but still great, especially if you're into martial arts and Japan :)
I think I have about 5 points. lol

Van Pham said...

You must try the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep! Her recent novel Venom was just released and it is great...each book gets better and better.

Also Ilona Andrew's Magic series, must say it is one of the best series i have ever read.

+1 comment
+3 twitter follower @vanpham88
+3 facebook friend (just sent request)
total= 7


Jane Wells said...

Hi Merrie!
Well, of course I want to say Afterlife - but you've already read that one...
Along with fantasy/scifi I also enjoy crime procedurals.The authors Preston and Child dance the line between them both. Their latest, "Fever Dream" was very satisfying. I get almost giddy whenever they bring out something new.
No twitter account and my blog is under construction - but I've done the rest! (Which gives me a lousy 5 points.)
But I have a question. If I remember my HS French correctly Sous-terraine society means "underground society" right? Since they've never been buried, wouldn't sur-terraine be more appropriate? (Not that I'd have you change it, just wondering why...)

Chelsea / Vampire Book Club said...

I was floored by how good Meljean Brook's THE IRON DUKE was. It's a steampunk romance. If you like your heroes very alpha, you'll swoon for Rhys. And our heroine Mina does more saving than he does. Totally a great read.

+3 I follow you on Twitter (@VampBookClub)
+1 Tweet, tweet:

(Total = 5)

chelsea AT

Barbara E. said...

The best book I've read recently is Zoe Archer's Warrior, I love it. I've also been reading more of Lara Adrian's Breed series, great books.
Congrats on the release of Afterlife, I'm looking forward to reading it.

+1 Comment

Kelly said...

1st: Thank you for a chance to win this book... It looks really good....

I just finished Crave by JR Ward... Fabulous book... I love love love the WARDen... Also just finished Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian...Another Fabulous book and author....

so for my point total.
+1 for this comment
+1 Link on my Twitter
+1 link on my FB!/profile.php?id=1237552971
+1 link on my blog
+3 for following you on Twitter
+3 for following you on FB...
Grand total of 10 points....
Wow that is a lot of points... :)

Thank you again,

Cherry said...

(+1) I haven't read any 5 out of 5 books lately... but, the last fabulous book I've read was Nightlife by Rob Thurman. Here is my review: The thing I like most about it is the story telling quality. Quite compelling :)

(+1) Twitted about your contest at:!/cherrymischivus/status/27459777820

(+1) Facebook:!/permalink.php?story_fbid=110851335646324&id=100001283227089

(+1) Got Supernatural Underground in my BlogRoll at

(+3) Follow you at Twitter. My Twitter handle is @cherrymischivus.

(+3) Sent you a friend request at Facebook. My FB name is Cherry Mischivous.

Total points = 10

Also re-posted your contest at:

And thank you for the chance to win your book!! :)

Cherry Mischievous
cherrymischif-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

Anonymous said...

On behalf of my friend Lynn Rush - I am now following you on Facebook as well. Much luck!

Sharon S. said...

Hey Merrie! I could use some liquid light to clean my 9 year old's room .

This week I read Legacy of Ghosts by Joleene Naylor. This is the second book (Shades of Gray is the first). Dark vampire romance/action. Her lead vamp Jorick is smoldering. Naylor is an indie writer and her books are available for e-readers for $2. So glad I stumbled upon them! :)

I just started His Darkest Embrace today;)

Sharon S. said...

forgot to add 5 points for me!

Book Chatter Cath said...

Angels Blood and Archangels Kiss by Nalini Singh....I have a HUGE 'thing' for angels ♥
and Hush Hush (YA) by Becca Fitzpatrick is excellent also
+1 comment
+3 facebook (friend request pending)
Thanks for the chance to win your book

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Recently I read Erin Kellison's Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall and LOVED them! I also read Kalayna Price's Grave Witch which was just awesome!! All GREAT reads!

+1 Comment
+1 Supernatural Underground button on blog

2 Total

Patricia Lynne said...

I just read two good books one was Twelth grade Kills the final book in Heather Brewer's Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and the second was a romance called Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley. both sucked me in with amazing stories and universes.

Only one point for commenting ^^

Sullivan McPig said...

Most recent book that totally blew me away was Double Cross by Carolyn Crane (read Mind Games first as DC is the 2nd book)
Other books that are awesome:
Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams
Embers and Sparks by Laura Bickle
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

+1 Posting in the comments section
+1 Linking to this post on Twitter
+1 Linking to the Supernatural Underground blog on your own blog/website

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'm trying to think of a surprising 5 star that hasn't be mentioned or is penned by an author here. Hmm.. Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.

+1 Posting in the comments section
+1 Linking to this post on Twitter!/BooksThings/status/27480476032
+1 Linking to the Supernatural Underground blog on your own blog/website
Books and Things Blog
+3 Following me on Twitter

6 total

Lea @ The Yearning Mermaid said...

The best book I´ve read so far? Well, I guess it is Slave to Sensation from Nalini Singh. I just fell in love with the characters and the story :) Of course the whole series is a total must-read for me, but Slave to Sensation is still my favourite!

+1 for this comment

Karyn Gerrard said...

I am just getting into JR Ward's Books, just finished Lover Eternal, loved it!

+1 comment
+1 link on my blog

Merrie Destefano said...

I love all your book suggestions! Can't wait to read some of these.

Hi! How are you? You should get HOW TO DRAW VAMPIRES tomorrow. =)

Jane, Hmmm. I don't remember my HS French. I asked the French teacher at my husband's school to help me come up with phrases I could use in the book, and sous-terrain société was her suggestion. It's supposed to mean underground society, like you said, but honestly I don't know the difference in the two terms. =(

Merrie Destefano said...

Hi, Yelena and VampireBookClub,
Love your suggestions too!

Thanks for the congrats! I hope you like the book. =)

Thanks for all the hard work! I'm looking forward to checking out the books you mentioned!

I have that book by Rob Thurman too!

Merrie Destefano said...

Well, thank you! *hugs*

Hi! Wow, I should use that Liquid Light to clean my own house, now that you mention it. Oooh, great book ideas!

I just bought Hush, Hush. It's on my TBR pile. Yay! I have two that have been recommended.

Those sound great too! My reading list is growing, just what I wanted. =)

Merrie Destefano said...

I've been wanting to check out the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. I like that you read two diff. book genres. Cool!

I'm getting excited now! Those all sound awesome.

Thanks for coming up with a new one! I'll be checking out Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.

I've heard so many great things about Nalini Singh. Maybe I should start with that book!

Thanks for the suggestion. Isn't it so cool when you are still reading a book and so in love with it? I really enjoy that, although I never get anything else done. =)

Merrie Destefano said...

Well, you all told me the best book you've read recently, so I thought I would tell my latest fave. I just finished reading Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It was pretty dark and had some parts that made me a bit squeamish, but it was the best vampire book I've read in a long time. It felt very "Nosferatu" or "Dracula" in nature. It's the one the current movie is based on and it was an international bestseller. If you decide to read it, just remember it is Dark with a capital D. =)

Stephanie M said...

The best books I have read recently are Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews and Eat, Prey, Love by Kerrelyn Sparks. Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite authors and I love that William was able to get his own story after not getting the girl in On the Edge. Eat, Prey, Love was great because I could not put it down. There is not one part of the story I like best because the whole thing is amazing.

Thanks for the giveaway.

+1 comment

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

mariska said...

I'm reading Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams now. it's GREAT !

+1 Posting in the comments section

+1 post on Twitter :

+3 Follow on Twitter (@becunique)
+3 Follow on Facebook

total = 8 points

Katie Dalton said...

Awesome! The next book comes out on my son's 5th bday! I wonder what mommy is getting him....dang too bad he wont be able to read it. :) Looks like I will get it after all. lol

Congrats Merrie on all the love from Afterlife. Hope they keep pouring in!

Wenj said...

The best book I've read recently is 'Mark of the Demon' by Diana Rowland, the first in the Kara Gillian series. I can't get enough of it! Love the characters and the mystery-filled with lots of twists and turns!


Vivien said...

Great giveaway!

Total is just 1 for commenting.


The Happy Booker said...

Great Giveaway! I would love to win this, thanks for the opportunity!

The best books I've read recently were the Downside series by Stacia Kane, starting with Unholy Ghosts. I loved so many things about them, mainly the flawed heroine, the incredibly interesting and dark world, and the "downspeak" the slang that the Downsiders use.

Extra entries-
added you on twitter @Donna224
added you on fb -
twitter post-!/Donna224/status/27581783977
linked on my blog sidebar @
fb post -

Hope I win :-) my email is

Anonymous said...

Well I would suggest Yasmine Galenorn she has a book coming out the end of Oct. and I have been re reading the rest of the series. and Rachel Caine has one coming out so I am catching up with her Morganville books. and after that it will be Alpha by Rachel Vincent.

I also follow you on Twitter.

Justine R. said...

I was just rereading Destined for an Early Grave by Jeanien Frost and I loved it even more the second (okay fourth) time. But since you've probably already read her books I'll suggest Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thomas series, and everything by Christine Feehan. Not too many xDD


+1 for commenting
Total = 1

Casey H said...

I just finished Ecstasy by Jacquelyn Frank. It was amazing! Possibly my favorite novel of hers by far. I haven't had a lot of time to read either.

+3 for following you on Facebook
+3 for following you on Twitter
+1 for link to S.U. on my Facebook
+1 for commenting here

Total =8


nymfaux said...

Yea!!!! I'm so looking forward to Afterlife!!!

+1 commenting here
+1 linking on twitter!/moviebunny/status/27608727251
+1 linking on facebook
+1 linking to my blog sidebar
+3 following you on twitter
+3 follow you on facebook

Llehn said...

I loved Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.


nymfaux said...

I already posted--but I was so excited about Afterlife, that I forgot to mention what I've been reading recently...

First off...Sophie Jordan's Firelight is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!!!

Oh and Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan--frackin' FANTASTIC!!!

Also, I'm coming off a little bit of a sugar rush, from Tera Lynn Childs' Eye Candy--It's one of her unpublished novels--She puts a chapter on her website every week (for free) and it is SOOOOO DELICIOUS!!!!

And I'm also in the middle of reading Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series--which has completely sucked me in...

Happy reading!!!

my point total was 10 out of 10--I can't wait for Afterlife!!!