Monday, May 3, 2010

Spreading the Awesome - P.C. and Kristin Cast

The fabulous Elana Johnson decided to Spread a little Awesome, and invited a few friends along  :) Today is Spread the Awesome Day. Basically, I and many other writers will be singing the praises of one of our favorite books and its author. We will link our posts so you can follow through the most awesome Recommended Reading List ever. Speaking of which, be sure to head to Shelli Johannes-Wells blog for her choice of Awesome.

I cheated a little and chose a series instead of just one book - The House of Night series, by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

My very sweet stepkids got the first three books for me for Christmas 2008. I had them done in a day a piece and immediately ordered the rest of the series. A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

At the time, I was very new to YA and MG writing - the Twilight series was about all I had read of the genre. So opening the first book of the House of Night series was a new YA adventure for me.

I found a fun world where vampires are a part of normal society - still a little feared, mistrusted, "different", but it is a world where the best and brightest actors, artists and scientific minds are vampires - where being a vampire is a genetic trait - where you are marked as a teenager and sent off to a private vampire school where your body may or may not accept the change into adult vampirehood.

The series follows Zoey Redbird, an exceptional fledgling who exhibits powers and abilities (along with wicked awesome tattoos) far beyond her years and experience. Throughout the series, Zoey learns the meaning of true friendship, love and betrayal, sacrifice and service, and fights the forces of pure evil.

She is supported by a seriously awesome cast of secondary characters including several love interests to literally die for, a cowgirl best friend named Stevie Rae who becomes a whole new type of vampire, and the resident witch with a B, Aphrodite, who you can't help but love.

It's a wild ride and an awesome fun read. With incredibly beautiful covers :)

For more information on P.C. and Kristin Cast, visit their website. P.C. has written many other novels in addition to the House of Night series, which she co-authors with her daughter, who also has several solo novels. For more information on the House of Night series, visit the site devoted to it HERE.

And now for some fun stuff....I couldn't very well tell you how awesome this series is without giving you a chance to own part of it for yourself!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!

Just fill out the form below, hit Submit, and you are entered! I'll take entries for the next week, until midnight, Sunday May 9th. Our grand prize winner will be announced bright and early Monday morning, May 10th.

Since some of you may have read all or part of this series and some of you may be newcomers that would like to start it, I'm going to give you a choice of prizes :D Click on the titles for the book summaries.

Prize Choice 1: Book 1 of the House of Night series - Marked



Prize Choice 2: Book 7 of the House of Night series - Burned (just released!)



Prize Choice 3: The Triple Moon necklace, created for the House of Night series


If you have started the series and are somewhere between books 1 and 7 and would like another one instead, just choose either one of the book options in the form below. I'll double check with the winner what book in the series they'd like to have. :)

27 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

Entered, thanks Michelle!

MissV said...

Another book for my list...ack, I'm going to have to quit my job to catch up on reading!

Jamie Burch said...

I love this series! Burned arrived the other day and I can't wait to read it.

Nisa said...

Oh these sound good! Definitely going on my tbr list!

Carolyn V. said...

Whew! That book sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it! =)

Suzette Saxton said...

I love that these are written by a mother-daughter team!

Thanks for the recommendation.

Christine Fonseca said...

I heard this was a great series - can you believe I haven't read it yet?!?!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Cool contest! That necklace is gorgeous!!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

You know I've seen this series in the book store and was very curious about them. I think I will not be able to resist reading them now, but I'll wait to start reading them until after May 10 just in case I win! But even if I don't, I suspect I'll be picking them up. They look too good. Great review, Michelle!

And thanks so much for adding my contest to your sidebar. I've added yours as well. And now a follower! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Palindrome said...

great giveaway! I have to come back and enter when I'm on my laptop. :)

Caledonia Lass said...

I absolutely LOVE this series too! You have such good taste. ;)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Great post! Man--this awesome spreading is amazing. I feel all warm and squishy from all the bloggy/writerly love. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

This series is so much fun, and I just love that it's written by a mother and daughter. Thanks for spreading the love for them.

Bethany Wiggins said...

Fabulous reviews!!! You're such a sweetheart. Miss you!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've read the first five, but haven't had a chance to read Burned yet. It's amazing how many different ways you can use vampires in a series, and each one is great. :)

Christina Lee said...

entered, pure awesome (always wondered about this series)!

Kathy McCullough said...

Wow, these books sound great! Thanks for sharing!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I can't resist a good vampire story! Thanks for the recommendation -- and great contest!!

Mandy said...

I don't think I've read the 6th HoN book yet

C. Michael Fontes said...

I've wondered about this series forever now, just never known anyone that's read it.

Well, I hope I win so I can give it a look. Thanks!

Elana Johnson said...

What a great contest, Michelle! And great review, too!

Nichole Giles said...

I've read books 1-5, but haven't read six yet, so I can't possibly read 7 first, right. Anyway, thanks for the review.

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Nice contest!! Thanks for a great blog - and the chance to win a nifty prize :D

B.J. Anderson said...

Awesome contest, Michelle! We still miss you guys. Move back! :D

Jackee said...

Awesome review, Michelle! And awesome prizes. I'm just now making it around to all the Awesomness, but I'm determined to reach every one! (And yours was particularly aweseome!)

Emsky said...

I LOVED this series. I can't believe I didn't realize bk7 was out! :-) Woo hoo!!

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Michelle!

Great prizes, girlfriend. I have to get reading, I can see. This series sounds right up my alley.

Until next time,
Cynde
Cynde's Got The Write Stuff.

"something just for you!"