Friday, October 02, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 2 - Shannon Reinbold-Gee

Today's Blogtoberguest is Shannon Reinbold-Gee, whose debut novel, 13 to Life, won the 2008 Textnovel Contest (written under the name Saoirse Redgrave) and was then picked up in a three-book deal by St. Martin's Press.

13 to Life
doesn't come out until June 2010. That means we are a bunch of special people to get such a sneaky preview.

It's so sneaky, in fact, this book will be published under a different pen name to be determined. So don't worry if you have trouble remembering her real name (hyphenated names are so annoying, aren't they? Oh, wait.).

Shannon is one of three or four Blogtoberfest authors who will be giving away an Advance Review Copy of their books. Winning one of these will make you the envy of your friends (the bookish ones, anyway, and those are the only ones who count).

Since it's so far in advance, 13 to Life hasn't been reviewed yet, BUT...some obscure author named Jeri Smith-Ready had this to say:

13 TO LIFE made me laugh, cry, and turn the pages so fast I almost got paper cuts! Jessie and Pietr's bond is sweet and real, with more than a touch of delicious danger. An original, pulse-pounding story!
And she meant every word.

Party on, Shannon!

* * * *

Where I grew up Homecoming was a pretty big deal (even though we didn’t have a football team). There was a game, a parade, a bonfire at the fairgrounds, a dance... Basically all the same things that happen in 13 TO LIFE’s town of Junction—other than the paranormal stuff. Not so many werewolves in Pennsylvania...

But 13 TO LIFE isn’t my story, it’s Jess Gillmansen’s and Pietr Rusakova’s. It’s small town America meets big trouble and what happens when the changes you’re going through can end life as you know it—in SO many ways.

I’m just the author and although writing this series feels like coming home for me, maybe you’d like to read something in Jess Gillmansen’s voice.

* * *

I quickly slipped out of my bloodstained gym shirt and shorts and into my street clothes. Today had officially been Hell and tonight would be Homecoming—the bonfire and game.

Hell. Round two.

There was no escaping it. As an editor of the school paper, I needed to attend. Besides, didn’t I want to watch Derek on the football field, leading Junction’s Jackrabbits to victory?

I sighed and tried to fix my hair in the mirror. “Ugh!” My fingers still trembled from the fight. Why did I bother trying to fix unfixable things? Fixing my mop of mousy brown hair here and now was like a metaphor for my life—wrong place, bad timing, never the right tools to solve the problem. But I kept trying. Stubbornly stumbling forward.

Now my failure was all brought into glaring focus in Junction High’s Girl’s bathroom. Under fluorescent light. Because if I was going to suffer, my suffering should absolutely be illuminated by the worst lighting ever. Crap. It was official. My hair couldn’t get worse unless it caught fire. Somehow the hum of the fluorescents overhead didn’t reassure me that wouldn’t happen next.

Of course it wasn’t like I’d see Derek before the bonfire—probably not even before the game wound up. All I had to do was wash the last bit of blood off my knuckles... “Out, damned spot,” I whispered, quoting Lady Macbeth, as I cranked the faucet on to rub the stain away with fierce fingers.

I’d get on the bus and head home. I’d clean up better there. Regroup. Figure out what was really going on with this Derek and Jenny mess and where I fit in with Derek—if I really did at all.

After the bus ride. After sitting next to Pietr, knowing my luck.

“Crap, crap, crap!”

At least Lady Macbeth believed her Hell was murky. My newest version of Hell was crystal clear—lean and handsome with a soft Russian accent and a frustratingly mysterious past. And yeah, he’d probably be at the bonfire and game tonight, too. And if I compared him to Hell in front of my friends? Amy would just point out that Hell was supposed to be hot.

And Pietr Rusakova was at least that.

* * * *

Ooh, look what I found! A book trailer:

To enter to win 13 to Life, leave a comment below. For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Friday, October 9, 11:59pm Eastern. THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED TO ENTRIES. THANKS!!

Other open Blogtoberfest giveaways:
Rosemary Clement-Moore and The Splendor Falls

Thanks again to Shannon (or whatever your name will be) for giving us a first glimpse!

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This book looks great,Congrats on your book.

Posted by: Blogger BreiaB at 10/02/2009 7:14 AM

Hi Shannon & Jeri :)
Thank you for the great post.
I loved the excerpt & trailer.
I'm looking forward to reading it.
I am in Canada, so don't enter me.
All the best,

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/02/2009 7:24 AM

OK - I've got to know what happens to Jess - and I don't want to wait until June. Please enter me!

Posted by: Blogger Riva at 10/02/2009 8:01 AM

Looking forward to reading it! Love me some werewolves. ;-)

Posted by: Anonymous Elaine Corvidae at 10/02/2009 8:08 AM

"My newest version of Hell was crystal clear—lean and handsome with a soft Russian accent and a frustratingly mysterious past."

Got me!

Love the book cover and trailer too!

Posted by: Blogger Miladysa at 10/02/2009 8:20 AM

What a great post, and this looks very good! Can't wait to read it. :)

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 10/02/2009 8:24 AM

As a member of Shannon's crit group, I was lucky enough to get an early read of this book--and yes, it really IS as cool as it looks! Can't wait for it to come out!
(And don't enter me in the contest, since there should already be a copy with my name on it...)

Posted by: Blogger Deborah Blake at 10/02/2009 8:39 AM

Jeri--You're an AWESOME hostess!

Thanks, BreiaB--it's been a wild ride so far. :-) To think it all started as a cell phone novel...

RKCharron--I'm glad you like the trailer, my DH worked long and hard to build it. :D

Riva--I'm so glad Jess has you intrigued! I loved writing her. After you read it you'll have to tell me what you think. :-)

Elaine--looks like next year will be a howlingly good one for werewolves. ;-) My first and second books come out in 2010 and there are a bunch of other werewolf writers releasing work in 2010, too.

Miladysa--I couldn't help but write the Rusakovas. Love the Russian language and culture! :D

Brooke Reviews--I hope you like it!

Thank you all for stopping in and commenting. :-) I'll be poking my head back in here a couple times today in case anybody has questions.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/02/2009 8:49 AM

The book sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it!

Posted by: Blogger Sara C at 10/02/2009 9:26 AM

June is so far away! So glad to have an intelligent teen paranormal on the radar! Waiting impatiently to see it on the book shelves!

Posted by: Blogger Robin at 10/02/2009 9:28 AM

Book sounds great!!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/02/2009 10:52 AM

This books sounds really awesome! I can't wait to read it :)

Posted by: Blogger Poppy at 10/02/2009 10:59 AM

Crap! I vowed not to start anymore series (I'm wrapped up in @7 or 8 of them) but this looks too good to resist.
It's on my list to look for next year.
Good luck - it looks great!


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/02/2009 11:02 AM

Wow this sounds good. Please include me. I would love to get my hands on this early!!

Posted by: Blogger Jamie at 10/02/2009 11:19 AM

Ah, paper cuts, so funny. Great event. Looks like lots of fun. I wish I had an ARC to be in the fest...but alas, enter me to be on the receiving end at least.


Posted by: Blogger Jame at 10/02/2009 11:28 AM

Hi Shannon and Jeri~

This sounds great and oh my goodness June is quite a long way from, keeping my fingers crossed.

Do you have a pen name picked out yet or any ideas of what you will choose?

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 10/02/2009 11:35 AM

Looks good! I'm adding this one to my ever-growing "to read" list!

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/02/2009 11:47 AM

Hooray! This book looks terrific!!! Thanks for sharing!
(By the way, I'm here via Jame Richards' blog.)

Posted by: Blogger Penny at 10/02/2009 11:51 AM

Book looks great, so please enter me!

Posted by: Blogger Alexia561 at 10/02/2009 12:09 PM

very excited for this - i read the full thing on textnovel ages ago! pick me, pick me, pick me! :)

Posted by: Blogger Jennzah at 10/02/2009 12:25 PM

Hi Jeri and Shannon!
Great interview and the book sounds awesome! A Big Congrats to You.
Please enter me in the contest,I so want to read this one! :)
The book video looks cool, I love werewolves!
Have a Great Weekend.

Posted by: Blogger Chris J. at 10/02/2009 12:28 PM

Sara--thank you. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

Robin--oh my gosh! I know I can't believe it won't be on shelves until June (it feels like it's just around the corner)!

ObsidianMorte and Poppy--Thank you. I'm glad you like what you've seen so far. Book 2's in front of my editor and I just drafted book 3--never a dull moment! :-)

Karen--I understand the dangerous pull of series! I'm reading several, too. But thanks for being willing to make an exception for mine. :D

Jamie--Glad it's got your interest. From the blurbs authors have sent me after reading it, I'm guessing it'll hold your interest once you start reading, too. Here's hoping you love it!

Jame--Soon, right? There's plenty of time to get involved with great events like this (I'm just super lucky Jeri offered to host--she rocks!).

Lori T--The pseudonym thing's been crazy! I wrote 13 to Life under Saoirse Redgrave (which everybody said sounded beautiful, but nobody could spell!). My publishers and I chatted and I said I was willing to change the name. Must. Be. Flexible. ;-)So we went back to my other name--but it's lengthy (and hyphenated). So at this point I'm supposed to choose one that's easy to remember and spell (I want it to still have a meaning) AND it has to be decided before the catalog closes--1 week! Eep! So I'm open to suggestions. ;-)

Ken and Alexia561--Thank you so much for your support. :-)

Penny--Thank you so much for popping over via Jame's blog. Glad you did. :-)

Jennzah--You've been such a great support from early on (and I know you adore Jeri's work, too). I really appreciate you hopping over here to say hi! *hugs* You need to keep writing, girl!

Chris J.--Thank you. I love it when people already love werewolves. I've become more and more a fan of them myself as I've been writing the books. And my werewolves are different from others you may have read--I hope you wind up loving them, too. :-)

You all are so great! :D

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/02/2009 12:54 PM

I'm really happy to have read this. It -is- as good as it sounds.

Posted by: Blogger Ann Aguirre at 10/02/2009 1:08 PM

Shannon - Love the excerpt! I'm looking forward to hearing more of what Jess has to say, so enter me in the contest.

Posted by: Blogger Gail Hart at 10/02/2009 1:09 PM

LOVE the excerpt! Can't wait for the book--yes I"m one of those weird adults who adores YA.

June will be here before you know it ma'am!


Posted by: Blogger Cece Writer at 10/02/2009 1:10 PM

I'm with Miladysa, I got to those lines and was hooked. Then I hit: "And if I compared him to Hell in front of my friends? Amy would just point out that Hell was supposed to be hot."
Now your book has been added to the MUST-buy-on-release-day list. Sounds great!

Posted by: Blogger Katherine Hazen at 10/02/2009 1:15 PM

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of this book and all I have to say is you will NOT be disappointed, it rocked!!!

Posted by: Blogger Netti at 10/02/2009 1:27 PM

I'm so proud of everything you've accomplished. The excerpt is great, the trailer even better and the only thing I want *nearly* as much as your ARC is some more votes at Textnovel. :)

Posted by: Blogger Liane Gentry Skye at 10/02/2009 2:17 PM

Ann--I'm so thrilled you and Jeri DID read 13 TO LIFE--your opinions mean so much to me because you both write so wonderfully. :-)

Gail--Thank you for coming by! I'm glad you want to hear more from Jess--the gal's got a lot to say! ;-)

Amie--I'm totally with you about being one of "those weird adults who love YA!" YA's filled with such a diverse bunch of authors it's no surprise people of all ages love them.

Thank you, Katherine! :D I love that you've decided to get it on release day--THAT's like the coolest thing you can say to an author! Woot!

Netti--Thank you for stopping in! You totally made my day when you read the manuscript and told me "You suck!" because I didn't have book 2 to hand over right then--now SMP's set to release each book with only six months between and I plan on having enough stuff going on for fans in that interim so you don't have to feel like you've traveled too far from Junction at all. :-)

Liane--Yep, this is technically our 3rd go at a trailer and they do get better each time. And for you to say you want my ARC even a smidge more than more votes at TN--I know how much you want those votes, so I'm beaming at how much you want the ARC. :D

Thank you all for stopping by to read and enter the contest for the ARC. As a debut author this means SO very much to me. :-)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/02/2009 2:46 PM

I love to read ARC'S and this one sounds great!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/02/2009 3:45 PM

Oh wow, that sounds like a goooood book!

Posted by: Blogger Rhia Raye at 10/02/2009 4:36 PM

Ooooh, this looks like a great story! I would love the chance to get it early. I have to say my favorite comment in the book trailer was describing the book as "crack-tastic." :0)

Thanks for the post and contest.

Rose S.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/02/2009 6:19 PM

I'm glad you included the trailer, it gave me a better feel for the book - which sounds fantastic!

Posted by: Blogger Barbara E. at 10/02/2009 8:02 PM

The book sounds very intriguing! And I love what I see of the cover.

Thanks for the contest!

karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

Posted by: Blogger Karen W. at 10/02/2009 8:12 PM

Tetewa and Rhia-- Thank you! It's been wonderful to write 13 to Life. :-) It gave me the chance to see things through different eyes.

Rose--I absolutely LOVE that "crack-tastic" quote by Ann Aguirre! *blush* She was so cool to take time to read it and then she Twittered about it like crazy one day (very good for my ego :D ). She's writing a YA now, too--I hope you all get to glimpse it soon. :-)

Barbara--I agree! The trailer really does help to give everyone a little better idea of the story (my husband did an awesome job making it). ;-) I'm glad you liked it. :-)

Karen--Thank you. :-) The cover was totally different from what I expected but it's SO gorgeous! The designer (Ervin Serrano--I hope I spelled his name right!) has done an amazing job. :D I can't wait to see it when it's totally complete!

Wow! I'm starting to think I'm going to wear out my exclamation point here--I'm so thrilled you all dropped by! :D

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/02/2009 9:25 PM

Wow, Ann, Jeri, AND Maria V. Snyder blurbed your book---it must be good!
I really enjoyed the blurb, particularly Jess's distinctive voice.
I'm happy to see so many great paranormal YA novels coming out lately. I think it's good to get 'em while they're young!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/02/2009 10:09 PM

I know it sounds cliche, but I absolutely love this story! I'm so excited to read it in the print edition. There's something about actually having a story set in stone (or rather, set in paper) that I imagine must be very satisfying for its author. Congrats Saoirse!!! (Since I will always remember you by your Textnovel name lol)


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/02/2009 10:33 PM

This looks/sounds like a definite MUST READ! Thanks for sharing a snipit and hooking us a good 8 months before we will be able to get our hot little hands on it!! So not fair! lol

"Saoirse Redgrave" is very beautiful indeed... what about keeping it and changing the first name to Freedom since thats its Irish meaning anyway?? probably silly but I think it sounds like an awesome name as well --and I could spell it too! ;) you did say you were open to suggestions! lol

I would love to be a recipient of your ARC, so please include me as well.
Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!
Many thanks to Jeri as well!! ;)

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/02/2009 11:48 PM

Kimberly--I have to say, having Jeri, Ann and Maria blurb my book was such a fabulous thing. I was given only a few books to pass out so I had to choose carefully. I love the writing each of these authors do. They are tremendously creative and make such distinct worlds and characters--having their support lets me know I'm starting on the right track.

Annabelle--I'll gladly accept that cliche that you "absolutely love this story." :D You've gotten to see it from early on in its Textnovel incarnation. There IS something amazing about seeing a story in a more solid and tangible format. As writers we go through so much getting the concepts into digital files (or notebooks) and then to see it continue to evolve...? It's amazing. And you'll get there, too, eventually. :-) I'm so glad you stopped in. :D

WriterWannaB_NY--Sorry to be such a tease! LOL I chose Saoirse because of the meaning (figuring that's what a pen name should give a writer). I like your idea, :-)I guess I don't mind cloaking the freedom concept in the name Saoirse but just feel it's such a big concept for a gal like me to use so boldly. I hope that makes sense. But I will definitely put it on the list to throw towards the SMP gal who is calling me to chat names on Monday (I'm scared stiff!).

Thank you all for stopping in--Jeri's such a great hostess! :-)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/03/2009 8:09 AM

I would love to read this book, especially since Shannon was so encouraging to me when I flirted with the idea of submitting something to myself. Because of her, I entered a story and within the first two weeks, it was picked as an Editors' Choice, which was really thrilling and encouraging - and writers always need encouragement! So I would be thrilled to read this story or just to show support for one writer who lent encouragement to another. Shannon, you rock!

Posted by: Blogger Margay Leah Justice at 10/03/2009 3:23 PM

I guess I'll enter. If I win, I'm still going to buy the book on day 1. lol

Love the new cover.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/03/2009 4:01 PM

Woot! More Textnovel folks! :-)

Margay--I'm so glad you took the plunge on (and glad that you're getting additional encouragement as a result :-). It's so important for writers to lift each other up whenever we can. What we do as writers can be a very solitary art (and very disheartening at some stages along the way). We need each other to learn and grow--to build ourselves into stronger writers. I'm so glad I was able to help you even a little. :-) Keep writing!

Matt--I love that you love the cover and that you'll buy the book on its release day even if you win. *big hug* That's awesome and SO appreciated. :D

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/03/2009 6:13 PM

This book sounds so great! :) So, I would love to enter!

~ Lauren

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/03/2009 8:11 PM

This looks wicked awesome! I'll be posting a link to your overall contest in my contest roll on my sidebar. Happy reading!

Blog link

Posted by: Blogger loreleimarsh at 10/03/2009 10:28 PM

OH this looks SO good! Can't wait! I hope i win! Thanks for the contest!

Posted by: Blogger Reverie at 10/03/2009 11:14 PM

Hi Shannon! :0)

Thanks for the peek at your new book. 13 To Life sounds right up my alley. (I'm totally loving all the YA paranormal books out right now.) I've already got it on my wish list for next year. :0)

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 10/04/2009 12:11 AM

Lauren--Glad you like what you've seen so far!

LoreleiMarsh--Thanks! Definitely post that link to Jeri's contest--she's got an epic grand prize, too! :-)

Reverie--So glad you stopped in! Good luck to everyone.:D

Dawn M.--Thanks so much! I VERY much appreciate you adding it to your wish list for next year. That means a lot to an author. :D

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/04/2009 8:46 AM

The book trailer rocked. Your premise and book cover is way cool. I admire you and look up to you. Thank Jeri for the post and glad you're better. I would love to enter your contest, my friend.

Posted by: Blogger Kristen Howe at 10/04/2009 9:21 AM

Now you know that this Jess needs to know what happens to your Jess! Very much looking forward to the release so I can pick up a copy and read for myself.

Thank you for all that you do for the writing community as well. You're not just a great writer, you're a great teacher.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/04/2009 9:22 AM

The excerpt drew me in - just a few words and already I identify with and care for Jess. Plus, there are some terrific lines - Hell is hot and this book will be too. I can't wait.

Posted by: Anonymous Rachelle Reese at 10/04/2009 9:33 AM

Looks amazing count me in =)

Posted by: Blogger Mandy at 10/04/2009 1:28 PM

I've never heard of this book before, but it sounds incredible! I can't wait to read. :)

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 10/04/2009 3:50 PM

This looks awesome!

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 10/04/2009 6:52 PM

This book sounds intriguing, and the idea of reading it early is *really* intriguing!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Wehaf at 10/04/2009 7:39 PM

Kristen--thank you so much! I'm very happy with this first book trailer (and know we'll do more--all very different--before the book releases). Keep plugging away at your writing! :-)

Jess--Love your comment! I hope all the Jessicas out there find something cool about my Jess. Her attitude's based *very* loosely on a Jessica I knew when I was just a kid. I lost touch with her decades ago, but it was fun using her name and spirit as the faintest bit of outline for my Jess. Then I got to color in all the details. :-) I try to help writers whenever I can--I'm glad I'm making some small difference. *blush*

Rachelle--Thank you! :D I hope this book and the rest of the series is as hot as people are forecasting. LOL Hopefully June 2010 will be a the type of hot readers wish for!

Thanks, Mandy, KatieDoll and Katie! I hope you all love it--Pietr and Jess are characters I adore and I really put them through their paces in this series.

Wehaf--Great! If it sounds intriguing I'm probably doing okay as a writer. ;-) And, if you don't win it here I will be doing bunches of additional giveaways as we get into spring and close in on the release date, so keep an eye out for me. :-)

Good luck to all of you! :D Thanks for the support!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/04/2009 8:25 PM

This book looks sweet. Congrats! Please enter me, I'd love to read it!

Posted by: Anonymous BekahBoo at 10/05/2009 11:49 AM

Cool! Looking forward to the release and the name

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/05/2009 3:39 PM

Obscure? Secretive? What could be better? lol


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 10/06/2009 6:02 PM

Oh goodness, this definitely has me intrigued! Now you've got me thinking. :)

Posted by: Blogger Melanie at 10/07/2009 4:33 PM

I love paranormal books, and this sounds good! I'm so excited to try out this new author!

Posted by: Blogger Book~Adorer at 10/07/2009 10:54 PM

Plug your ears as I commence the fangirl @squeeeeeeel*! UM OH EM GEE! lol I am crossing my fingers, praying to Jesus, Buddha and the likes that THIS THIS THIS is something I win. If not...I will wait not so patiently, I suppose since I hafta.

Oh and yes Hyphenated names are...difficult to remember. Said Ms Grandberry-Williams to Mrs. Smith-Ready and Ms Reinbold-Gee. *winks*

Posted by: Blogger Casse AKA Catholic Kittie at 10/08/2009 8:19 AM

The book sounds amazing!!!

A Blog with Bite!

Posted by: Blogger Froggy at 10/08/2009 12:00 PM

Wow, awesome teaser! Can't wait to read this one. :) Jess sounds like my kind of MC.

Posted by: Blogger alanajoli at 10/08/2009 6:57 PM

Sounds great!

faked_sugartone at hotmail

Posted by: Blogger Diana Dang at 10/09/2009 1:55 PM

the books sounds very interesting!


Posted by: Blogger Bianca at 10/09/2009 10:52 PM

The winner of the ARC of 13 TO LIFE is....Lauren! Lauren, please send your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com within the next week.

Thanks so much to everyone for your fantastic comments and making Shannon feel welcome. And don't forget to come back for more Blogtoberfest-y goodness, with guest blogs and prizes all month long!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 10/10/2009 8:24 AM


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