Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NIGHTSPELL giveaway!

The winner of the Nightspell giveaway is Ilona, whose favorite ghost book is The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde. Congratulations, and thank you everyone else for entering!

Almost exactly a month ago, my second book, Nightspell, was released. It’s a stand-alone companion novel to my first book, Mistwood, with one cross-over character. Since the book has now been out for a month, I can even tell you who that cross-over character is: Clarisse. Rokan’s manipulative, scheming sister is back… and this time she’s in a kingdom where the dead and living co-exist uneasily, and where the arrival of a determined barbarian princess is about to change everything.

You can read the first three chapters of Nightspell at the HarperCollins website. Or, if you don’t feel like clicking, here’s the very beginning:

Darri didn’t see the ghost until he was upon her, a solid weight that dropped from the branches above and threw her sideways off the saddle. Because he was solid, she didn’t realize at first that he was dead. She hit the ground with a thud and rolled to her feet, pulling her dagger from her boot. By the time she was standing, she had already thrown it.

The dagger plunged into the man’s chest with a thunk, and he laughed at her. He was a large, ruddy man wearing a fine set of riding clothes and a short cape. As he laughed, his body slowly faded, so that even in the torchlight Darri could see the trees through him. Her dagger dropped straight down through his body and disappeared into the dark mass of ferns that covered the forest floor.

And of course, there’s a giveaway: I’m giving away a personalized signed copy of Nightspell. For a chance to win, post a comment on the thread and mention a ghost book you really enjoyed – whether from your childhood or more recently.

Contest ends on Sunday, July 10, at midnight. I will randomly select one winner and post their name at the top of this post – and if you leave an email address in your comment, I’ll notify you by email as well. Open internationally.


serendipity_viv said...

Mine would be Tom's Midnight Garden - where the ghost was an unusual ghost. Or it might have to be Moondial! Oh too many too choose from.


Thanks for a great competition.

LisaFicTalk said...

One ghost story that really stuck with me since I read it a couple months ago was 'Past Midnight' by Mara Purnhagen. AND I literally started reading it around midnight. I was... a LITTLE scared, I'll admit. Or maybe A LOT. lol.

But there's so many books that I've read and Loved that have ghosts, that it's hard to choose just one, ya know?

Thanks for the giveaway, Leah! <3

Lisa @ Fic Talk


Snarky Writer said...

Ooh, giveaways!

As a kid, I really liked Christopher Pike's *Remember Me,* wherein the main character is a ghost trying to solve her own murder.



Anonymous said...

I really liked Shade & Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready. They're kind of a different take on the traditional ghost story.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Christa said...

I just finished Give up the Ghost a few weeks ago. It was fun & instead of the teen girl hating her powers, she actually relied on them so much that she stopped interacting with living people. I thought that was very different from most of the ghost books I've read!

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

Mine would be Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson, where the ghost is an author who manages to somehow grant a young girls deepest wish - but only for a short time.

Thank you for the giveaway!

Tasnim said...

A ghost book i really enjoyed would have to be Born at Midnight by CC Hunter. It's about group of 'misfits' who are sent to a 'reform camp' because they have special powers. There's one girl who can see dead people and she's haunted by this one ghost who doesn't leave her alone. There's a love triangle for those who like that. It's an amazing book!


Tasnim x

Carina Olsen said...

I would love a signed copy of your book :D It's seems really good. <3
Hmm, I have not read many ghost books. But, I read one this week that I loved so, so much, and that is Hereafter by Tara Hudson :)
Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

Jennie said...

My favorite ghost books would have to be the Mediator series by Meg Cabot. I really enjoyed that series, especially the ghost Jesse. ;)

Thank you so much for the giveaway!


Bwyatt said...

Hmm, ghost books. I really haven't read a whole lot of books involving ghosts. I do remember taking a field trip to a haunted plantation in Southern Louisiana when I was a kid though. It was really creepy. Oh and I recently read BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE, and I did really like that one. ;o)

Unknown said...

I love the book 'Ghosts' by Adrian Plass. It's a completely engaging read, and although the ghosts never come out in the open in the story, I like to think that they really were there all along. :)
My e-mail:
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Katie said...

the mediator series by Meg Cabot. LOVE Suze and Jessie!!!


Anonymous said...

I recently read GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crewe, which was a lot of fun :)

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poisnivyred said...

My favorite ghost story was also Remember Me by Christopher Pike. I first read it while I was in highscool and I loved it so much I had to buy the newest publication. I previously owned the 3 book set. I like how the story is now in one volume. This is a classic teen novel and I'm glad it has stood the test of time.


SandyG265 said...

I liked Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe.

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Gaby G said...

I don't usually read ghost stories (too scary for me) but I really enjoyed Possessed by Kate Cann.

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Caitlin said...

I think my favorite would be A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb, i read it awhile ago, i dont quite remember it. I guess it would be a ghost book.


Unknown said...

This series is not ghost-centric, but I love the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. There is a cool ghost named Fabian.

cegluna said...

Love Jeri Smith Ready's Shade/Shift & Laura Whitcomb's A Certain Slant of Light both of which were already mentioned.
Another good one is Elizabeth Chandler's Kissed By An Angel series.

Kaitlyn said...

My favorite ghost book would have to be the Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong and Shift by Jeri Ready Smith


Anonymous said...

Oooh, thank you for the awesome giveaway! My favorite ghost story as of right now is probably The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade. It's pretty funny (:


Juliana Piovani said...

The last book I read about ghosts and really liked was "Bad Girls Don't Die" by Katie Alender,it's a great book!
Thank you for the giveaway!I'm crazy to read Nightspell!!!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the giveaway! Mine's Hereafter by Tara Hudson. Creepy, but a sweet romantic tale. I can't wait for the sequel.

ashelynnsanford at hotmail dot com.

Kristina said...

Karen Chance's Touch the Dark series
Thanks for the giveaway

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Lesley said...

Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade is one of the best books I've read with ghosts. It's a different spin on them and I loved it.

Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read Nightspell. :)

lesleykjones at hotmail dot com

Teril said...

Shift and Shade are both great books for ghosties! I loved Mistwood. Nightspell looks fabulous.

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KayaH said...

My teen book club just finished Mistwood, and I loved it. For a ghost book I have to say that I loved the elements in Splendor Falls.

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Na said...

I do love a good ghost story. I am reading a ghost story right now, it's a paranormal romantic comedy and I am really enjoying it. It's called A Ghost of a Chance. Growing up I remember devouring all the Fear Street books :)


Sara M said...

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready was my favorite read of 2010. Very interesting lore. I definitely need to read book 2, I'm sure it'll be just as great.

Sara M
sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

kristina shields said...

I really liked Betrayal and Deception by Lee Nichols. Thx for the giveaway!


Emily said...

I'd have to say my favorite ghost book is The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement Moore.

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Cherry said...

Sad to say I haven't read a ghost book (that I remember) that I have enjoyed immensely. I am still on the look out for a good ghost book... if Nightspell has a ghost in it, then maybe this is it! :)

Cherry Mischievous
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felinewyvern said...

My favourite ghost story has to be The Canterville Ghost. It's both amusing and emotive with a great ending.

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Seesen said...

Second Glance by Jodie Picoult. It was deliciosly thrilling and there was a love story too :)
Thank you for the chance to win.

Krystal said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I don't remember what the book was called, but I think it was something like "True Ghost Stories" lol! When I was young I remember reading it and being so freaked out. The cover is black and red I think, with a skull on it. It was a bunch of "true" stories and they were spooky!


emitchellwrites said...

Love the giveaway and the excerpt.

I really enjoyed Ghostgirl. It was quirky and fun.


Barbara E. said...

I've always enjoyed stories about ghosts, especially romances. It's always interesting to see how the author figures out a way to get the ghost back to the living. Lynn Kurland has several great ghost books, but my favorite is Stardust of Yesterday.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Escape by Fiction said...

I haven't read many ghost stories, but I can tell you that my favorite ghost is Peeves from HP (the book - not he movie). He's funny and always trying to get someone into trouble:)

Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

April X said...

Thank you for the giveaway :) I love love love Shade and Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready :D


Onge said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I loved Mistwood and can't wait to read Nightspell!! I don't read many ghost stories but I did enjoy She Smells the Dead.

Brenda Hyde said...

Now maybe this isn't what you meant, but Jeaniene's last two Night Huntress books featured a ghost and her series is one of my favorites!

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YzhaBella's BookShelf said...

I'd have to say one of my favorite ghost stories so far was Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready! It's YA and a totaly new twist! Loved it!

Thanks for the chance to win!
mleger0546 (At) rogers (dot)com

The Introverted Yogi said...

I'd have to say Arrows of Time by Kim Falconer - not exactly a ghost story but Rosette is out of her body and behaves a little like a poltergeist :) Have to say it's pretty funny setting fire to the table!

Stephanie M said...

I love the Mediator series by Meg Cabot. It was interesting to see the different types of interactions between humans and ghosts.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

Renee said...

I really like betrayal and deception by Lee Nichols. I was never really into ghost stories until I won deception from Kim Derting. Now I'm really getting into them. :)

Thanks Renee Sherman dolphinrj@gmail.com

Asenath said...

I was a scaredy cat as a kid that I didn't read a lot of ghost stories...Goosebumps terrified me. I do remember reading a collection of Scary Stories that had a lot of ghost stories, but I think I repressed those from my memory. Except for the one about a girl names Emily who always wore a scarf around her neck. When she was old and died, they took the scarf off and her head fell off!

arallison at gmail dot com

Casey H said...

I absolutely LOVED Meg Cabot's Mediator series! Jesse was so hot and not a scary ghost at all (unlike some of the other ghosts that Suze had to battle).

buddyt said...

I remember reading a book quite a while ago that was an anthology of ghost stories which was rather good.

It was Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories by Roald Dahl.

I can recomment it.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Vivien said...

I really enjoyed Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Giada M. said...

One of my favorite ghost book is Remember Me by Christopher Pike.
Thank you for this giveaway! :D
I loved Mistwood and I'm so curious to read Nightspell.

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Alice Smith said...

One of my favorite recent ghost stories is Hereafter by Tara Hudson. So riveting and suspsenseful!

I'm very excited to read yours too.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Amy said...

I really liked A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. I haven't read that many books about ghosts. Oh, and I also really loved the movie Ghost!


Jenny N. said...

I read Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready recently and like that. Also Shade was one of the top debut books I read last year.


Laura Morales said...

The most recent book i've read about ghosts or having something to do with them is midnight veil the midnight breed series by lara adrian


roxy said...

I really enjoyed reading all the comments and also thanks for the contest!! I'm going alittle old school with my choice of ghost book: Come home, Aimee by Barbara Michaels. I read it on a unseasonably cold, wet summer day. It gave me the chills as a teen alone in a creeky house with a storm raging outside.


Jenn of Frequent Reader, Infrequent Blogger said...

Ok I don't remember the detail of the book but I remember being enamored with the book when I was a kid. It was called The Haunting of Francis Rain something to do with a pair of glasses.

jennlovesed14 at gmail

Gabbie said...

I recently read and really enjoyed Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready.

Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

Rebs @ Book-Rants said...

A Certain Slant Of Light by Laura Whitcomb and I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder


Carol said...

I recently read and really enjoyed Intrinsical By Lani Woodland & have Shade on my TBR pile ^^
Thanks for the chance!!


Raychelle Steele said...

My favorite ghost book is Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen. Thank you for the giveaway! I loved Mistwood, so I am very excited for Nightspell. =)

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Mary Preston said...

HOW TO FIND A GHOST by James M Deem is an inventive introduction for children into the fantasy of the supernatural.


Anonymous said...

I really liked Blood Ties, by Kay Hooper.

In Julie's Opinion said...

I used to read the R.L. Stine Goosebumps books to my kids when they were younger and there were quite a few ghost stories amongst those, although I cannot think of the titles at this moment, of course! I hope this counts :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

jwitt33 at live dot com

Corrin212 said...

I adored the mediator series by Cabot when younger. But the first ghost book I recall was about a girl named Wendy. Sadly, I can't find the book anywhere...


Llehn said...

Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe.


Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Meg Cabot's Mediator series - so much fun and the main character is TOTALLY badass!! :)

bella-on-toast [at] hotmail [dot] com

latishajean said...

My favorite is Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready have not read to many but loved that one! Thank you so much great giveaway!
tishajean@ charter.net

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

This is awful but I can't come up with one title of a ghost story that I've read recently. Though I know there are some in my TBR pile.

I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


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Stephanie said...

I enjoyed Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. Thanks for the giveaway!


Aik said...

I loved Bad Girls Don't Die! It's so engrossing!

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nat_isabel said...

Does The Lovely Bones count??? Oh and I love Hamlet!!! Thanks for the great opportunity!!!


Jana said...

My favorite ghost books would have to definitely be the Mediator series by Meg Cabot♥

Thank you so much for the chance to win!


WickedWillow said...

I loved Remember Me by Christopher Pike!
Thanks for the giveaway!
I am new follower!

Carina said...

I haven't read many ghost books yet, so I have to go with "Shade" by Jeri Smith-Ready. :)

Thanks a lot for the giveaway.

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Ashley G. said...

I haven't really read any books that primarily feature ghosts but I have read several that feature them that I really enjoyed. The main one would be Evernight and towards the end of the series ghosts became more prominent. When I was younger I really enjoyed Remember Me by Christopher Pike.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Mallory said...

I have to pick a ghost series! The Mediator series by Meg Cabot is so great! Full of action and romance and ghosts, of course!

Super excited for this giveaway!


Sylvia Sanchez said...

My favorite ghost story is Claudia Grey's Afterlife. Its not exactly a ghost story but the main character dies and becomes a wraith. I love this book because it shows her struggles in life after dying and fearing that her parents would hate her after becoming the one thing that her parents feared the most. Her parents are horrified about what happened to their daughter but made sure she knew that they still loved her regardless of what she became.

This book is a beautiful story and it helped me safe my fears of rejection and just overall gave me strength when I needed it the most.

Sylvia sanchez

Liyana said...

The one that truly crept me out, even after all these years, has to be Katie Alender's Bad Girls Don't Die. The subject matter, along with the style of writing... excellent, excellent book to read in the dark, under the covers, lights on throughout the whole whole.


Michelle Santiago said...

A ghost story i recently read and enjoyed is Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey.

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