Giveaway & Guest Post: Yvonne Navarro, author of The Dark Redemption series

I am happy to welcome Yvonne Navarro to Book’d Out today. Yvonne is the author of Highborn and the soon to be released Concrete Saviour, from her  new urban fantasy series, Dark Redemption. Yvonne is offering readers the chance to win one of two signed print editions of Highborn, read her guest post for details.

About Highborn{Dark Redemption #1}: Brynna is a fallen angel trying to earn redemption. She’s escaped from Hell in search of a new life on Earth, but Lucifer’s deadliest hunters are hot on her trail. Police Detective Eran Redmond is after her for a different reason: he needs Brynna to help him find a serial killer who is terrifying Chicago . . . and the trail leads them right to Hellspawned demons of the most dangerous kind. She’s also got a very human problem: dealing with a stubborn, attractive cop who makes her long for everything she knows she can’t have.Staying alive long enough to earn a shot at Heaven will mean breaking some major rules in the mortal world, as she learns just how complicated and wonderful being human can be. With so much stacked against her, even Brynna has to wonder if she’s crazy. But she’s not giving in without a fight.Not a chance in Hell. . . . READ AN EXCERPT

About Concrete Saviour {Dark Redemption #2: Once an irresistible, soul-destroying seducer of men and women through the ages, fallen angel Brynna Malak has fled Hell to seek redemption. But is such a thing possible? While dodging the brutal Hunters sent to retrieve her she must also save the life of a teenaged girl fathered by an angel and whose destiny is to complete a preordained task. At her side is a Chicago police officer who fights his undeniable attraction to her. And Brynna has made up her mind: she will die for eternity rather than return to Hell or give up her quest. Yet to continue, she must begin the long and difficult journey of learning to love and appreciate both the joys and the tragedies of being human

To Me or Not To Me

Not too long ago I discussed the idea of separating myself from my characters as part of a recent roundtable discussion for the International Thriller Writers online magazine, The Big Thrill.  Thinking about that, I wanted to go deeper into it, and this great invitation to do a Book’ d Out blog gave me the perfect chance to do just that.

My first inclination was to ask “Why would I want to?”  My personal preference is to BECOME the character, forget I’m the person writing the book, and completely immerse myself—in my head, of course—in whatever mischief and mayhem my character is causing.  I want to write the way I like to read, where the words transport me into the story and make me literally forget that I’m turning the pages of a book.  All I do it put into words what that character sees, does, speaks, feels.  His or her world becomes mine and that gets conveyed onto the computer screen.  The real world fades and all I see in my head is the character’s world and what’s happening in it. I hear the conversations– voices in my head!– and feel the emotions. It’s method acting turned into method writing.

But what if separating yourself means not putting parts of your own personality into your story?  Ah—that’s an entirely different issue, isn’t it?  Everyone does this, sometimes not intentionally.  You show yourself in the little quirks of behavior, attitudes and reactions you give your characters.  You double as Mommy and Daddy to every person you create, watching them inherit the best and worst of yourself, maybe grinning a little as you go along because you get to surreptitiously pass along your opinions and beliefs, and if someone doesn’t like them, you can say, “Hey, it’s only fiction.”

But then the subconscious slides in and gives them a few hereditary traits you never intended to pass along.  I would never point a finger at myself (::ahem::) but I see this both in books and movies.  The one I remember the most was a David Lynch film where the driver of one car ends up beating the heck out of the guy tailgating him.  Now that I bring it up, maybe that comparison doesn’t even belong here, because there was nothing subtle about that message!

Me, I have some kind of a dog in nearly every solo novel.  The extent to which I’m against the way racing Greyhounds are treated came out in my novel Deadrush (Bantam Books, 1995), and I didn’t even realize it until I read the publisher’s proofs.  Enough time had passed to where I thought “Whoa, I certainly carried on about that!”  When I mentioned it to my editor, her reply was, “Yeah, I was kind of wondering what you were doing there.”  It was late in the publication schedule so we left it alone, but you can bet I try to self-monitor a little more now.  Why?  Because my opinions are my opinions, and it’s way too easy to move from fiction to preaching.  You know that old saying: “Get off your soapbox!”  I don’t know where the word “soapbox” came from in regards to pontificating (now THERE’S a great word!), but the last thing I want a reader to do is roll her eyes because I feel strongly about the plight of green toads in Bora Bora and all she wants to do is read about the zombie that creeping around the museum aquarium and about to munch down on the heroine!

Best I pay attention to the story instead of me, huh?

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About the Author

Yvonne Navarro has written twenty-two novels, taking a crack at every genre via both original and media tie-in fiction.  Her work has won a number of writing awards, including the Bram Stoker for her YA book, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Willow Files, Vol. 2.  Her latest book is Highborn, the first in the Dark Redemption series; the second, Concrete Savior, comes out in June 2011. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, author Weston Ochse, along with three rescued Great Danes (Goblin, Ghost and Ghoulie) and two people-loving parakeets.

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Enter to Win

Yvonne is offering two print editions of Highborn.

One US/CA reader will win a signed print edition with a set of Zombie Eyes magnetic bookmarks

One reader outside the US/CA will win a print edition of Highborn (*shipped via bookdepository.com)

Entries close: April 30th 2011 {drawn via random.org}

Required To Enter:

Leave a comment on this guest post OR the Yvonne’s website  OR Yvonne’s Facebook page and comment on something relevant to this guest post.

Include your name, email address  and country.

For extra entries:

+1 if you tweet, blog or facebook this post Use the icons below to make it easy and provide a link OR tweet the following:

I entered to win Highborn {Dark Redemption #1} by Yvonne Navarro at @bookdout, you should too!  @YvonneNavarro http://wp.me/p12MUP-st

+1 if you add Highborn and Concrete Saviour to your to-read list at Goodreads or Library Thing

Good Luck!

62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary Preston
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:28:44

    Both ‘Highborn’ and ‘Concrete Saviour’ from the Dark Redemption Series look amazing.

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  2. Mary Preston
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:29:47

    Sorry I forgot my country. AUSTRALIA.

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  3. Sarah Bibi Setar
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:50:29

    Hi:) I love the interview. I’ve always wondered just how much of themselves authors add into descriptions of their characters’ personalities and I can imagine just how difficult it must be to attempt to separate your own views and opinions from the book due to a belief that the reader may find it boring or irrelevant. However, I do believe that it adds character to a book and so, authors should not attempt to separate themselves from their characters as it is that very closeness between an author and character that adds an element of uniqueness to the personality portrayed. Great interview! I hope to be able to read your books some day.

    Name: Sarah Bibi Setar
    Country: South Africa
    E-mail: sarah.setar@gmail.com

    +1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/SweetNSensible/status/60110540541931520
    +1 Added both to my goodreads shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/624302-sarah?shelf=to-read

    Thanks:)

    sarahDOTsetarATgmailDOTcom

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  4. Sarah Bibi Setar
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:59:08

    Hi:)

    I’ve also posted a comment on Yvonne’s website at: http://www.yvonnenavarro.com/

    Thanks:)

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  5. Sarah Bibi Setar
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 09:01:52

    And I’ve also added Yvonne on Facebook as Sarah Bibi Setar

    Thanks:)

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  6. -petit
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 11:59:30

    It’s good when the author puts a little of himself in their characters, so we can know him better, but it’s always weird when the author realize their dreams or things like that in a book. To me is. XDDD

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/petit_sayumi/status/60159612090990593

    Put on my to-read list on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4439169-debora-lima?view=table&search%5Bquery%5D=highborn (Goodreads Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4439169-debora-lima)

    Name: Debora Lima

    Country: Brazil

    Email: sweet(dot)sayumi(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)br

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  7. Debbie
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 14:03:32

    Both books look amazing!!

    Debbie Shannon
    debilooskadoo@Mchsi.com
    USA

    I posted a link on my FB page, I made a comment on your FB page and I added both books to my GoodReads To-Read pile!! Thanks for the opportunity and good luck with your writing!!

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  8. Miranda Grissom
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 14:28:59

    Wow this sounds like a series I would love! Great interview 🙂 I also absolutely love the covers they are amazing!!

    Miranda
    miranda.grissom@gmail.com
    Tennessee, US

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  9. Amy Z. from the USA
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 15:25:08

    I think the results of actually becoming the character are very good (authors who do so end up with a story that is gritty and compelling, and actors who do this end up with a great performance). However, it’s really important to be able to separate yourself from the character after it’s done.

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  10. Carol Thompson
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 15:55:29

    I think a lot depends on the type of story a writer is writing. It can be very important to present an unbiased view for some types of stories.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    South Africa

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  11. Birgit
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 17:05:34

    I’m ashamed to say I haven’t yet heard of the author, BUT those books sound promising and just like the kind of thing I might like 🙂 ! So thanks for introducing!!

    Austria
    danaan at gmx dot at

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  12. Leanne
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 19:51:53

    Hey there. Canada here, great books!

    leanne_gag at hotmail dotcom

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  13. Rad Hall
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 20:33:54

    You had me at
    “the zombie that creeping around the museum aquarium and about to munch down on the heroine”
    🙂

    Rad Hall
    emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au
    Australia

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  14. veronica
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 22:37:22

    Hey this giveaway sounds awesome!
    You can reach me at emfan899@yahoo.com

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  15. Judi S
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 23:47:47

    Great topic for a guest post! I can only imagine that most authors’ would have to put at least some of their beliefs & personality into each of their characters because we write what we know, right?

    Highborn and Concrete Saviour sound like awesome reads! I’ve always been fascinated by fallen angels. 🙂 I’ll definitely be adding both books to my wishlist on GoodReads, Amazon & Chapters.

    Judi S
    Canada
    sidhevicious (at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. Wanda B
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 23:50:05

    These books look fascinating. I’d love to read them.
    wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Wanda B
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 23:50:54

    Oops! Forgot to mention that I’m from Canada.
    wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Wanda B
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 23:52:03

    I tweeted the giveaway – http://twitter.com/#!/lemonslippers/status/60339752125210624
    wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Jan Terry
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 00:44:45

    Hi –
    I support when a writer brings her causes to the stories.
    “I’m against the way racing Greyhounds are treated” as you mentioned above. I feel if the concept fits with the story line it can and should be included…because it helps the readers become aware of the broader issues.

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  20. Jan Terry
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 00:51:55

    LOL, just realized I left out my country: United States, living in Chicago.

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    • Yvonne Navarro
      Apr 20, 2011 @ 14:43:09

      Hi Jan. Just thought I’d mention that both HIGHBORN and CONCRETE SAVIOR are set in Chicago. Okay, almost all my solo novels are. Write what you know… it’s my hometown!

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      • Jan Terry
        Apr 28, 2011 @ 23:55:17

        Hi Yvonne –
        I just added those titles to my TBR list! I really enjoy reading books that take place in the Chicago area, especially when I recognize the locations!
        Thanks for the info, Think Spring!
        Jan

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  21. Mel S
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 07:25:44

    I have to admit these books weren’t on my radar but sound right up my street – I love UF and Brynna sounds like a cool heroine.

    I’m from the UK

    notanotherbookblog(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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  22. Julie
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 08:33:52

    Both books sound really good. This sounds like a promising author.

    Julie
    juliecookies(at)gmail.com
    USA

    +1 added Highborn and Concrete Saviour to myto-read list at Goodreads

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  23. Clarissa Pereira
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 14:29:25

    The cover of Concrete Saviour is beautiful. Love the fire and wings!

    Name: Clarissa Pereira
    Country: India
    e-mail: claroxide@yahoo.co.in

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  24. Yvonne Navarro
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 14:47:28

    I just want to thank everyone for taking the time to read and comment. I always like to hear from people. Much appreciated! :o)

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  25. Kua Sing Yin @ Serene
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 02:00:13

    I would love to win this =D

    Name: Serene
    Country: Brunei Darussalam
    email: serenekua AT gmail DOT com

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  26. winnie
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 17:40:30

    Interesting guest post! The premise of these books sound like my kind of reads too! Will definitely check them out and thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    country: Canada

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Aik
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 21:07:57

    This book definitely sounds interesting! Please count me in for the draw!

    Aik, Malaysia.

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  28. Rhonda Laney
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 14:02:15

    i love series of books. usa

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  29. donnas
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 14:14:52

    Sounds really good. I think its cool how she has a dog in every book.

    tweet – http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/61281368566538240

    Donna S
    USA
    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  30. Cate aka absolutartist1
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 21:33:33

    I LOVE finding new authors in this genre, and these books look awesome! Thanks for the chance! 😀

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  31. isabel q.
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 02:11:26

    how i didn’t know about this series is beyond me! this is exactly what i like to read.

    isabel q.
    usa
    quimbayai@hotmail.com

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  32. Scarlet Kira
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 10:43:10

    They sound interesting.
    scarlet_kira@live.com
    From the USA

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  33. Tanya1224
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 10:56:54

    New author and books to me…sounds like a really good read. I ‘ve been reading a series from Gena Showalter and you can tell that she puts in her witty and humorous personality into some of her characters. I think its great. I have not read a Chicago setting book in a while. They seem to be all New Orleans these days. Thanks for the post. Please count me in the contest =)
    +1 tweeted at http://twitter.com/Tanya1224/status/61593976335110144
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com
    US

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  34. Kris Summers
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 11:09:26

    These look like great books. I’d love to win a set!

    Name: Kris
    Email: elfdrop AT gmail DOT com
    Country: USA

    Additional entries:
    tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/SummersKris/status/61596775982698496

    Added Highborn and Dark Savior to my to read list on goodreads.

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  35. Krysta Banco
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 05:57:12

    Great Giveaway!
    Name: Krysta Banco
    Country: United States
    FB post: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=194436010600519&id=1227339860
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/YearofTiger86/status/61880217643384833
    added both books to Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5297591?shelf=to-read

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. Sherri Wright
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 10:57:25

    Great Interview. I think it would be near impossible not to leave a bit of yourself in the characters you create. Probably not your whole self but select bits and maybe the ones you would like to live vicariously through your character. 😉

    I already had Highborn on my list to read. Thanks Shelley for sharing on Goodreads. I’ve added Concrete Savoir as well. Both sound like fun reads and how can you pass up fallen angels demons and zombies?

    Name: Sherri W.
    Country: United States
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/urbangirlreader
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/urbangirlreader/status/61952456900349952
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2839435-sherri?view=table&search%5Bquery%5D=navarro
    Contact: urbangirlreader (at) gmail(dot)com

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  37. Yvonne Navarro
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 11:55:37

    Just wanted to pop in and give everyone a Saturday ::wave:: and say thanks again for reading the blog and all the tweets and twitters and reposts and comments and stuff. Every single one is appreciated.

    By the way, isn’t this just the most beautiful website? ::covet!::

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  38. Rhea Katyal
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 17:06:03

    Highborn seems like a great read, would love to win it 🙂
    name: Rhea Katyal
    email: rhea.katyal@gmail.com
    country: India

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  39. Carmel
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 21:51:57

    Thanks so much for having a contest available to us in Australia, Shelleyrae. Love to see as many new books featured on our Aussie Goodreads group. Highborn sounds very interesting, it’s going on my TBR list!!
    fauthc@tpg.com.au

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  40. Sille Eero
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 04:49:15

    Country: Estonia

    So excited! Sounds intriguing.

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  41. Marlene Breakfield
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 11:01:31

    Both these books look really good. I don’t mind a little “soapbox” in my story, if the author feels strongly about a subject.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Janhvi Jagtap
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 01:17:06

    this giveaway sounds awesome!!!
    i’m looking forward to reading this…
    i’m from India

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  43. Krystal Larson
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 10:09:54

    I like both of the books, thanks so much for the great giveaway! edysicecreamlover18@gmail.com

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  44. Traci
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 12:49:30

    This book looks really interesting and I love the cover. I definitely am putting it in my to read list.

    raynekitten@gmail.com

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  45. Traci
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 12:49:54

    tweeted

    raynekitten@gmail.com, usa 🙂

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  46. Diana
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 01:55:05

    Books sound amazing!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Name: Diana
    Email: artgiote at gmail dot com
    Country: Greece
    FB post: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522821560
    Put on my to-read list on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4929880?page=3&shelf=to-read

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  47. tony sacre
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 13:29:07

    Just love the presentation and the covers. My daughter Zoe and I are both authors in paranormal I write as Cary Stone. My friend Carmel at Goodreads reccomended “Highborn” Sounds fantastic!
    I am in Australia btw

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  48. Ken
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 12:42:11

    I didn’t realize that the author had written in so many genres.

    kenthebaker(at)gmail(dot)com
    United States

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  49. cherrymischievous
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 20:07:44

    I am one of those naughty readers who likes to nosey if the author patterned their characters after people around them, family, friends, celebrities, or maybe a bit of mother-in-law in one of the bad guys… it doesn’t really make a difference to my book buying/reading habits… I’m just nosey. However, I always take it for granted that the characters would always have a bit of the author in them. Don’t really know why. Nobody told me so, I just took it for granted… either way, what matters to me is the story telling quality.

    (+) Twitted about your contest at: http://twitter.com/cherrymischivus/status/63904190195433472

    FB: http://www.facebook.com/cherrymischievous/posts/158141127582239

    (+) Added Highborn and Concrete Saviour to my to-read list at Goodreads.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Cherry Mischievous
    chericenter-bookdout [at] yahoo [dot] com
    UK

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  50. cherrymischievous
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 20:09:02

    Oh… I forgot, my GoodReads name is Cherry Mischievous 🙂

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  51. LadyVampire
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 21:15:04

    I cannot believe I missed out on these books but I have now added them to my wishlist. Awesome post, thanks for sharing!
    +1 Added on Goodreads: Lady Vampire

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  52. Karla Vollkopf
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 22:22:14

    What a great giveaway! I’d love to read Highborn, the excerpt was awesome!!
    I’m Karla, from Brazil.
    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

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  53. Karla Vollkopf
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 22:22:43

    I’ve added both books to my to-read list. *_*
    http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5232858-karla
    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

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  54. Karla Vollkopf
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 22:23:04

    I’ve tweeted about it:

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

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  55. Krystal Larson
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 22:26:49

    Krystal L from USA. Thank you so much for this Giveaway!

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  56. Lolawid
    Apr 30, 2011 @ 11:16:45

    These both look like great books!! Would love to add them to my collection!

    widsfam7 @ digis dot net

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  57. tahliaN
    Apr 30, 2011 @ 13:31:14

    I found the piece about distancing yourself from your characters interesting. I think Yvonne has the right idea. In the end it comes down to balance. You have to be in them enough to feel them and be them, but you don’t want every character to be you, and yes, you don’t want to preech your own views.

    I’d love to read the books but unfortunately my budget doesn’t feed my reading habit, so I’d love to win them.

    I tweeted about it and added the books on goodreads
    makes 3 entries

    tahlia@activ8.net.au
    Australia

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  58. Stella (Ex Libris)
    May 01, 2011 @ 00:27:55

    I’m always on the lookout for great new UF series and Yvonne’s series looks and sounds fantastic!

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    +1 I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/64334473256378368

    +1 I also posted on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=213999418627678&id=100000899165880

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  59. Mysteriousrose
    May 01, 2011 @ 08:32:29

    Wow the covers are so pretty and the story sounds so great, I will love to read (and review) them as soon as possible.

    +1 Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/mette_s_jensen/status/64455802387312640

    +1 Added the two books on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3063796-mette

    Have a great weekend.

    Mette (Mysteriousrose) from Denmark.

    forceofstars(at)yahoo(dot)dk

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  60. shelleyrae@ Book'd Out
    May 01, 2011 @ 12:19:56

    Entries closed! Winners to be announced soon!

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