Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 23 - PC Cast

The winner of Christine Marciniak's When Mike Kissed Emma is...yabooknerd! Congrats, and thanks to everyone who welcomed Christine's debut!

A real quick Grand Prize FAQ:

Q. Will the books in the uber-mega-califragilistic grand prize package be signed?
A. Nope, the books--all 25 of them, worth over $300--will come directly from Amazon, ordered by yours truly in one lump sale. Some authors (including me) offer signed bookplates you can stick in your copy of the book, but you'll have to contact them individually.

And when I say "you," I mean you. No, don't look over your shoulder. I'm talking to you. The winner. But you probably want to come back on November 9, just to be sure.

Q. What about books that aren't out yet, like the ones being given away as ARCs in the daily contests?
A. Good question! Those will be pre-ordered for you, which means that over the next six to eight months, you'll get surprises in the mail as each book is released. Sweet, huh?

Enough with the business--let's welcome today's Blogtoberguest, PC Cast! She's one of my all-time favorite authors, and also a dear friend (FWIW, we started loving each other's books--well, book, singular, in my case--long before we met). I've probably read more of her novels than those of any other writer, and I've read all five in her New York Times-bestselling House of Night series, which she writes with her daughter Kristin Cast. The sixth one, Tempted, is on its way to my house. *taps foot, glares at mailman*

Anyone who knows me well would say that's about four more books than I usually read in a series. Short attention span, I haz it.

Where was I? PC rocks. Here's the trailer for Tempted:

And now, the Babe herself, PC Cast!

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I love Halloween! Mostly because it’s the only nationally recognized holiday that’s for girls, or as I like to think of it, a girliday. I mean, come on – we get to dress up in costumes (girl stuff), we get to eat chocolate. Lots of chocolate (again, a girl candy). And we get to party while we costume and eat chocolate and basically debouch until the wee hours of the morning.

Waaaaiiiitttt…maybe I am a vampyre…

Soooo, my favorite Halloween was not long ago. One of my girlfriends had an amazing house in a part of Tulsa called Reservoir Hills. Her place was super cool – a white stucco 1920’s movie star mansion complete with koi pond and an amazing balcony. Well, she had a par-tay. Which means the entire neighborhood, made up of an eclectic group of equally cool houses/people, went full out. They made graveyards in their front yards – strung lights everywhere – hired zombies to prowl – got a dry ice/fog machine. I swear you couldn’t walk a yard without getting totally stickied by one of those giant fake spiderweb thingies. Everyone dressed up, from the kids to the cats. There was food and music and dancing in the streets.

But you know what was coolest about it (outside of my excellent vamp costume)? It was the coming together of the entire neighborhood to make it a great time. I love that when it happens, and I also love that Halloween still brings kids and their (sometimes badly) dressed up parents out to go from door to door trick or treating.

So this Halloween how about starting an annual block party? Better yet – theme it! Make it a House of Night Party! If you do I wish you lovely tattoos, a brilliant moon, and the blessings of Nyx.

Oh, and on October 30th, if you’re in the San Francisco area come by and see Kristin and me for our Halloween tour party at Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto, CA 94304, 7:00pm. Yes! Costumes are always encouraged!

PC Cast

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To enter to win a signed copy of Tempted, leave a comment below. And remember, each comment automatically enters you in the drawing for the grand prize package: all 25 books!

For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Thursday, November 5, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Patti!

Other open contests:

Tricia Mills and Heartbreak River
Simone Elkeles and Perfect Chemistry
Maggie Stiefvater and Ballad
Stephanie Kuehnert and Ballads of Suburbia
Carrie Jones and an ARC of Captivate
Jennifer Echols and The Ex-Games

Thanks again to PC for taking time out of her busy book touring schedule to pay us a visit! Mmmm-wahh!!

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I'm a HUGE fan of the House of Night series! Can't wait to read this one! I want an autographed copy, PLEASE!!

Posted by: Blogger Sherry Ficklin at 10/29/2009 9:38 AM

I haven't started to read the HOUSE of NIGHT series but I can't wait to start. I have heard nothing but good things.

Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 10/29/2009 9:46 AM

Hey! :)
I really enjoy the House of Night series. Like Jeri, my copy of Tempted is being held up by the postal service & I should get it tomorrow! :)

Posted by: Blogger SMJ at 10/29/2009 9:46 AM

I want a copy of this book sooo bad. I just don't know when I will be able to get my hands on it. Had a car accident last week and all of my avaliable funds are going to that at the moment. Love PC and Kristen they make us Oklahoman's look good.

Posted by: Blogger Michelle at 10/29/2009 9:51 AM

I love the House of Night series. I love Halloween. I'm just sooo full of love - I feel like a pekineses. And I am so excite to read this one. I want to branch out and read the other novels by PC Cast...need a raise to afford my reading addiction.

Posted by: Blogger ParaJunkee at 10/29/2009 9:52 AM

Woo-Hoo! I check in every item the store I work in gets and the book guy came tuesday and I told him "If you don't have Tempted by Cast Squared, you might as well turn around and go." He claimed to have it but I made him SHOW me until I accepted the delivery. lol And THEN the silly man tried to take all the copies to the sales floor. I was appalled! I shouted after him, "HEY! might as well leave one here so I can buy it when I get off." All that to say, you sooo rock. Also we call my niece Zoey (my silly sister, niece's mom) thinks its because its short for Arizona but I KNOW its because of Zoey Redbird. *nods* what does her mom know.

Posted by: Blogger Casse AKA Catholic Kittie at 10/29/2009 9:56 AM

I love this series! I can't wait to read this!! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Sara C at 10/29/2009 10:10 AM

I love Halloween as well! I wish I was in the San Fransisco area - I would totally come.

Posted by: Blogger Erica at 10/29/2009 10:16 AM

That sounds like a lot of fun! Especially the zombies prowling around. Very cool. Our neighborhood has a block party, but no one dresses up. They all just get together and eat and drink. So we usually go out for halloween!

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 10/29/2009 10:19 AM

Hi PC~

I love your House of Night series and congrats on the release of Tempted!! Which I am eager to read.

We do not have too many big plans for Halloween...we always take the kids (this used to mine but now is my grandbabies and my niece and nephew) out trick or treating and meet at my Mom's house for pictures and chili.

I hope that you have a great Halloween.

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 10/29/2009 10:29 AM

I haven't started the House of Night series, but it sounds really cool.

I can't wait till November 9!

Posted by: Blogger Melanie at 10/29/2009 10:34 AM

I enjoy this author and series!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/29/2009 10:46 AM

I am new to this series. I finished Marked about two weeks ago and loved it. I need to pick up the next in the series. My oldest is currently reading Hunted.

Posted by: Blogger DrkCherry at 10/29/2009 11:14 AM

OH MY GOONESS! I want to read this book so bad. I have heard nothing but good things about this series and if it wasn't for my working every waking moment, I would have already bought and read them all by now. Please, enter me in! Oh by the way, I love the mother/daughter writing duo. That is amazing. <3 Bekah

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/29/2009 11:39 AM

I love the HON books as do my daughters. Will there be movies???

Posted by: Blogger Stil29 at 10/29/2009 11:42 AM

Block party... what a great idea! Too bad there's no real sense of neighborhood where I live. Just lots of apartment buildings where no one knows each other. Maybe a block party would help to get people to come out of their shells!

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/29/2009 1:11 PM

That block party sounds really fun! The closest thing we've had around here is a scary movie showing at my apartment complex, but I was too wimpy to go!
And I've really enjoyed PC's adult books, and have heard great things about the House of Night series as well!
Have fun at the Books Inc signing---I have good friends who work there!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/29/2009 2:15 PM

Oh my!!! I'm a huge fan of this series. It's so amazing and I totally get lost in her books!!! *crosses fingers*

Posted by: Blogger Tiffany Cunha at 10/29/2009 2:28 PM

I would love to have a halloween block party but I doubt the neighbors would agree. *sigh* Good luck on the book tour. I wish I could stop by.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/29/2009 4:58 PM

I love the House of the Night series!

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger throuthehaze at 10/29/2009 6:30 PM

I really enjoyed Halloween in my sister's neighborhood. Some of the neighbors did haunted houses, and everyone in the family was out having fun with the kids/grandkids trick or treating. I've since moved across the country, but at least I get pictures of all the kids costumes. I haven't read any of the House of Night series, but I'm going to start as soon as I can pick up the books.

Posted by: Blogger Barbara E. at 10/29/2009 6:47 PM

I LOVE the "House of Night" series, and I can't wait to read TEMPTED!!!

karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

Posted by: Blogger Karen W. at 10/29/2009 8:42 PM

Tempted looks great, please count me in! Thanks.

Posted by: Blogger holdenj at 10/29/2009 9:34 PM

WOW that does sound like an awesome time and I wish that i was remotely in the CA area to potentially meet with you both tomorrow.. alas I am in NY so its unfortunately unlikely. I do wish you both a most exciting Halloween and a wonderful time tomorrow as well.. Thank you for your awesome series!! I'd love to figure out how to go about co-writing my daughter...

Best wishes!
Debbie in NY

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/29/2009 9:55 PM

My husband said I should try House of the Night. I'm not sure why. But he was super super right. I love it, and I'm slowly (oh, too too slowly) collecting them.

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/29/2009 10:37 PM

Great post. Thanks for sharing. I love the House of Night series and cant wait to read Tempted.

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 10/29/2009 11:07 PM

I have all but the last book in this series and can't wait to read it!

Posted by: Blogger macbeaner at 10/29/2009 11:09 PM

I would love to have a neighborhood block party. I live in a small town and we have a fall festival, but it's just not the same. We used to have this big Halloween shindig at the local tobacco warehouse, haunted house, cakewalk, country store, duck pond, fishing, you name it. I loved going to it when I was a kid.


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 10/29/2009 11:42 PM

I'm working my way through the Time Raiders series and will be starting The Avenger next. Would love to win your book.

seriousreader at live dot com

Posted by: Blogger Linda Henderson at 10/29/2009 11:50 PM

I would love to start reading this series. It looks great. Block party halloween, wonderful idea.

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/30/2009 6:20 AM

My teenager and I both read the HoN series - it's nice to have books we can discuss together!

Posted by: Blogger Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) at 10/30/2009 7:19 AM

Hi guys! Thanks for posting! Kristin and I are leaving Seattle this morning and heading to gorgeous San Francisco. Fun!

I appreciate you guys - especially those of you who have been fans of my adult books for all these years!


Posted by: Blogger PC Cast at 10/30/2009 11:38 AM

Looking forward to the next book!! Love them!!

Posted by: Blogger Sirhijinx at 10/30/2009 1:21 PM

I CAN'T wait to read this!! That better be STARK on the cover, not Heath! <3

Posted by: Blogger Amanda at 10/30/2009 1:39 PM

I absolutely love the House of Night series! My copy of Tempted is in the mail as we speak :). However, I would absolutely love love love an autographed copy...because I live no where close to where PC Cast is touring. As for the motherload of amazing books.....Pick me! I am a Law student hungry for more pleasure reading!

Posted by: Blogger Coast to Coast with Costina at 10/30/2009 1:58 PM

ohmygoodness I LOVED TEMPTED! Such a cliff hanger and the last 4 pages are just way sad. I absolutely cannot wait till Burned is released. Anyone no how many books total will be in this series... I NEVER WANT THEM TO END! And thats alot coming from me since I normally HATE to read! I used cliff notes in school! lol

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Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/30/2009 2:10 PM

I love the House of Night series~ I can't wait to read Tempted!

And of course, I'll take an autographed copy too! That would be nice to add to my collection!

ruthiesbookreviews AT yahoo DOT com

Posted by: Blogger Ruth Schaller at 10/30/2009 4:02 PM

The book looks awesome! I can't wait to read it :) Great post.

Posted by: Blogger Poppy at 10/30/2009 4:33 PM

I love your House of Night series! I agree that when the neighborhood or communities come together for Halloween it is great. But I also love the creep factor of the holiday too. When I was a kid the scariest thing was we were walking near the high school and some random person started chasing us, running full out, and did I mention they were wearing a guerrilla suit? :0) No, we still don't why a guerrilla suit but we ran away fast. Good merry fun. Happy Halloween!

Rose S

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/30/2009 5:00 PM

Please enter me!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/30/2009 6:19 PM

So far I'm loving this series! Haven't read Hunted yet as I'm waiting for the paperback. So I'm looking forward to this one!
Liz E.
reddjena05 AT yahoo DOT com

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/30/2009 9:41 PM

So i love this series it makes me smile becuase it is the truth about life there are evils and good inside evil. it is just a matter fo what you see.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/30/2009 11:39 PM

I *adore* this series and am really looking forward to reading the new book.

Posted by: Blogger BrigidsBlest at 10/31/2009 12:56 AM

Oh I love it! I love the idea that it's a girls' holiday! I'm going to tell my 8 yo DD, she'll love it, too!

I love this series and have been so looking forward to the release of Tempted!

Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy Halloween!

Posted by: Blogger Bella at 10/31/2009 12:46 PM

Oh, wow. I'd love to win a copy of this for my little sis! She absolutely loves this series. They're pretty much the only books that she'll read!

Robyn :)

Posted by: Blogger Robyn @ Robolobolyn's Universe at 10/31/2009 12:49 PM

I would love a copy of Tempted, because as you can imagine I have read all the HOS books and think they are fing awesome!

Posted by: Blogger Lilixtreme at 10/31/2009 12:49 PM

Count me in!

jotayde at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger rainstorm at 10/31/2009 12:53 PM

Please count me in. I love this series.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger I ♥ Book Gossip at 10/31/2009 2:17 PM

Love this series and so do all my girlfriends. We are also in our 30s-50s, so this series may be YA, but a lot of people of all different ages love it...Stacy

Posted by: Blogger Jamie at 10/31/2009 2:34 PM

One of my friends loves your books! She wants to read them, and I definitely will! They sound very good. :)

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 10/31/2009 4:46 PM

I love HON!!! I can't wait to read Tempted!!! It would be awsome to win a signed copy! =)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 5:10 PM

I love the House of Night series too. Let's just say I put Vampire Diaries, and Vampire Kisses on Paperbackswap after reading once, but I still have the House of Night books so I can read them again:) Some books are fun, but yours are fun and keepers!

I agree, I love the neighborhood Halloween parties too!

Posted by: Blogger Brenda Hyde at 10/31/2009 5:27 PM

I love your HON series, i have all 5 first book....would love to have a signed copy of the 6th book :)

Posted by: Blogger Van Pham at 10/31/2009 6:24 PM

I just started this series and love it. Can't wait to get to Tempted.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/31/2009 7:42 PM

ive read all the HON series books so far except this newest one, and would lOve to win it!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 8:50 PM

Wow, that party sounds awesome! I would love to live in a large house like that. And with neighbors like that I'd never leave!

I'm up to book 3 in the HoN series. :) Love them.

Posted by: Blogger Jess (The Cozy Reader) at 10/31/2009 9:23 PM

Please throw my name in the hat!! This book looks so good..

Posted by: Blogger Martha Lawson at 10/31/2009 9:30 PM

A party sounds great but were I live wouldn't happen.. Only three houses out of 20 even have people living in them... Needless to say trick or treating is zip and a party mmm yeah less that zip.. lol

Posted by: Blogger Brooke at 10/31/2009 9:45 PM

I've done block parties for New Years, July 4, labor day and memorial day.. basically, all the fireworks holidays. But not Halloween... although I think it would make a great firework thing... hmm

Posted by: Blogger Kari Olson at 10/31/2009 10:13 PM

I haven't had the pleasure of this series yet. But I am planning on buying the first one in this series for my son for xmas. He loves YA books.

Posted by: Blogger Pamk at 10/31/2009 10:52 PM

I love the series and I love halloween!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 11:33 PM

They don't have this in the bookstore near my school yet. >.< So count me in!

Posted by: Blogger Lale at 11/01/2009 1:40 AM

I have heard awesome things about HON and would love to be entered in the contest.

Posted by: Blogger Adele at 11/01/2009 3:36 AM

I have been waiting and waiting for this book to finally come out..I love this series! My niece put me up to this series and all I can say is that I'm so happy I read it lol
Once I read the 1st book, I was hooked!!!

Posted by: Blogger StyleVamp at 11/01/2009 4:42 AM

I've been waiting for the next one! My neice got me started on them, and we just share the books now!

Posted by: Anonymous Beth at 11/01/2009 8:30 AM

would love a copy...great series.

Posted by: Blogger Tanya at 11/01/2009 9:51 AM

I just started House of Night series. My friends said they are awesome. So i would love to win a copy thank you!

Posted by: Blogger victoriasdreams at 11/01/2009 1:52 PM

I love this series. Hanging out for this one.

Posted by: Blogger emmad at 11/01/2009 2:39 PM

Love this series, can't wait for Burned in May!

Posted by: Blogger Katherine Hazen at 11/01/2009 3:45 PM

I borrowed the series from my niece, last weekend and am totally in love. I can't wait for

Posted by: Blogger Amy Jo at 11/01/2009 7:43 PM

Please enter me for this one please - it looks awesome.


mmillet at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Michelle at 11/01/2009 10:25 PM

OMGOSH! I'm a huge fan of the HON! Please enter me for this one! Awesome!


Posted by: Blogger Melanie Golden at 11/02/2009 12:10 PM

Holy Vampire-Cow! I just started the House of night series and I'm hooked. Please enter me in the drawing!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/02/2009 2:09 PM

Would love to win this one. Might inspire me to finally start her series.


Posted by: Blogger Kristen at 11/02/2009 4:21 PM

i LOVE house of night series !!!!
and i really want that book!!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/02/2009 5:04 PM

I just got the first two books at the library last week. Can't wait to start reading them!

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 11/02/2009 6:07 PM

Huge, huge, fan of The House of Night Series and I just picked up Immortal!!

Please enter me!!

Dottie :)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/02/2009 7:31 PM

I really want 2 read TEMPTED but sadly I can't until I am done with a great book, DARK VISIONS by L.J. SMITH. It is soooo darn cool!
From Anna-Marisia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/03/2009 3:56 PM

HUGE HON fan and cannot wait to meet you tomorrow in White Marsh. My daughters are very excited too!

Posted by: Blogger Lori at 11/04/2009 9:51 AM

I am a huge HON fan and love the Casts!!

Posted by: Anonymous carrie at 11/04/2009 8:48 PM

I would love a copy! Please sign me up!

Posted by: Anonymous Sam R. at 11/05/2009 8:57 AM

Looks like one I'd love to read.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/05/2009 1:10 PM

I love the series, and can't wait to read the new book!

Posted by: Blogger iridessa at 11/05/2009 5:56 PM

I actually just started Marked last night but I absolutely love it so far. I regret not snatching up the box set I saw last night at Kroger. (Kroger ladies! You're selling at Kroger! How awesome is that?)

Posted by: Anonymous Michele Lee at 11/05/2009 6:53 PM

The winner of a signed copy of TEMPTED is...Patti! Congrats!

Thanks to everyone who commented, and a special thanks to PC who popped it during her whirlwind book tour to say hi!

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