Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 25 - Rachel Vincent

Happy Halloween, everyone! I can't believe Blogtoberfest has come to an end. I hope you've had as much fun as I've had reading all the entries and comments. We've had such a great variety of posts, thanks to the imaginative authors.

The drawings will continue throughout the week, which means you can still enter all the open contests. I'll announce the winners at the beginning of each day's blog post.

The final drawing for the super-ultimo-grand prize will be Saturday, November 7, 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced in a blog post on Monday, November 9.

Speaking of drawings, the winner of a signed copy of Simone Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry is...HeatherMarie!

Our final Blogtoberguest is New York Times-bestselling author Rachel Vincent, who writes two of my favorite series, the Shifters adult urban fantasy, and the Soul Screamers young adult series. Her heroines are strong, but so easy to relate to, they feel like the younger sisters I never had (Mom, if you're reading this, it's okay--I never wanted a real little sister).

I'm thrilled Rachel was able to join us this month and share her funniest/saddest/scariest Halloween moment, depending how you look at it:

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I don’t have a lot of luck with Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. It’s one of my favorite holidays. But my track record so far is less than stunning, and the memory that sticks out the most is this:

I started wearing glasses when I was in second grade, when the teacher noticed me squinting. It turned out that I wasn’t just a little bit nearsighted. I was practically blind and badly astigmatic. In fact, the eye doctor told my mother that I’d probably have to have eye surgery before I finished high school. Fortunately, that turned out to be unnecessary. But the glasses did not. By junior high, I couldn’t see to put on makeup without my glasses unless I was literally three inches from the mirror.

What does this have to do with Halloween? My glasses (with lenses so thick the edges had to be shaved to make them fit the frames) meant that all masks were out, and face paint never looked right. Ever. And my mother was a bit of an artist, so both my sisters and my step-brothers always had awesome face paint.

The year I was ten (I think), I decided I’d had enough of the glasses. I could go without them for a couple of hours. So my mother painted my face (Oddly enough, I can’t remember what my costume was. That may have been the year I was a hobo clown.), and I squinted into the mirror, trying to make some sense out of the bright colors. Then she drove all five of us to the nearest big subdivision.

Every year, we would walk from house to house, and my mom would follow in her van. That year, she gave my middle sister (we’ll call her B) specific instructions to look out for me. I couldn’t see the ground, so steps and yard decorations were perils I’d never even notice until it was too late.

For the first few houses, B was a loyal aid to the nearly-blind. But then she made a particularly big haul and got excited. And left me. I tried to follow, but other kids got in my way, and I couldn’t tell who I was following anymore. They were all dark blurs.

Then, I took one wrong step and landed face first in a ditch. Seriously. A wet ditch. In my costume. I came up dripping and covered in leaves, and half of my candy was soaked. My mom couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry with me.

I wasn’t mad—for long, anyway. My sister was barely nine years old, and candy can have a profound influence on a third grader. But I’ve never let her live it down, either. ;-)

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To enter to win a signed copy of My Soul to Take or My Soul to Save (winner's choice), 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: Saturday, November 7, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Belly!

Other open contests:

Maggie Stiefvater and Ballad
Stephanie Kuehnert and Ballads of Suburbia
Carrie Jones and an ARC of Captivate
Jennifer Echols and The Ex-Games
PC Cast and Tempted
Jeri Smith-Ready and an ARC of Shade

Thanks to Rachel for being our grand finale, and thanks to everyone, both authors and readers, who have made this such a fun blog-iversary!

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WOW! That really is bad luck. My mom always made costumes for my brother and I. We have pictures of my brother dressed as Leonardo, the blue banded Ninja Turtle, beside me as Tinker Bell. One year she made me a "harem girl" costume. Looking back probably not the wisest choice for a 13/14 year old girl (I wore the costume 2 years in a row and probably should have gotten a new top the second year), given that there were several houses where I had to "belly dance" to get my candy. Though the second year I did win the Best Historical costume at the school dance. Unbeknownst to me, everyone thought I was Cleopatra. I laughed and asked where my asp was. No one got the joke but the history teacher. Yeah... even then I was a geek.

Thanks for sharing your memory, Rachel!

Posted by: Blogger Samantha Stoner at 10/31/2009 10:40 AM

Ugh, and I thought I had it bad, wearing glasses and all. I guess I don't have it as bad as I thought!

Though, I did always have to have my mom or dad drive my sister and I around every Halloween. We live in the middle of nowhere, so it would take forever to walk!

Robyn :)

Posted by: Blogger Robyn @ Robolobolyn's Universe at 10/31/2009 10:53 AM

I can't wait to read this book. Enter me in.


Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 10/31/2009 11:04 AM

Wow that is some bad luck, I would have never forgiven my sister if she made me lose some of my

Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by: Blogger Jamie at 10/31/2009 11:13 AM

I really enjoy this author and hope to get this one!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/31/2009 11:58 AM

I just started reading your shifter series and really liked Stray. Can't wait to read the rest of that series and start on the new series!
Liz E
reddjena05 AT yahoo DOT com

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 12:03 PM

Oh I can't wait to read this book! I wear glasses too so I feel for you!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/31/2009 12:05 PM

I have never read anything by this author, but this book sounds good!  I love discovering new authors.Mariahpenguinqueen(at)hotmail(dot)com

Posted by: Anonymous Mariah at 10/31/2009 12:06 PM

Ms. Vincent is an absolute GEM of an author! Both her YA and Adult books! Definitely enter me please!

nicole AT

Posted by: Blogger Nicole H. at 10/31/2009 12:18 PM

That's so sad. Now I kind of feel bad - I was always the older sister leaving my little sister behind.

Then again, she WASN'T nearly blind, and my mom WAS there, and we never went farther than 2-3 blocks from our house (We live in an enclosed subdivision - impossible to get lost)

chel_216 at hotmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Chelsea at 10/31/2009 12:26 PM

I have read your shifter series and love it. I thought what the heck and read the YA series. I absolutely LOVE the Soul Screamer series!!!! Such a unique concept. I can't wait until the next book!

kathycrouch AT hotmail DOT com

Posted by: Anonymous Kathy Crouch at 10/31/2009 12:31 PM

I have pretty bad luck for Halloween too... Living up north in Canada it is usually amazingly cold so you have to be pretty creative with your costumes.

Thanks for the contest!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/31/2009 12:34 PM

Your books look really good, I can't wait to find a copy!

Posted by: Blogger Rhia Raye at 10/31/2009 12:41 PM

LOL, that is such a sweet and sad story! I started wearing glasses in third grade, so I feel your pain in that regard, but my costumes were never that creative, so I could go all 4-eyes with no problem ;-)

I love your books! Jeri, thanks for the most awesome giveaway!

Happy Halloween!

Posted by: Blogger Bella at 10/31/2009 12:41 PM

I have read all of Rachel's published books except this one and Prey, I believe. I haven't gotten the chance to experience one of my most favorite Urban Fantasy author's teen books. This is my chance.

Posted by: Blogger Lilixtreme at 10/31/2009 12:41 PM

I would love to win this book. I haven't read this author yet.


Posted by: Blogger Stormi at 10/31/2009 12:42 PM

Halloween has just never been much fun for me. The best part of it was watching two storm troopers, Venom, and Spiderman dance across campus yesterday with a boombox playing 80s music. :)

I've read the first Soul Screamers and I'm terribly curious for #2. :3

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 12:44 PM

Candy is extremely influential to candy lovers.

Count me in!

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

Awe, that's such a sad story! :( At least you got candy :)

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 10/31/2009 12:54 PM

It looks like my little boy is going to miss trick or treating this year, because he is running a fever of 102.
My baby sister was sick one year and my parents made us take an extra bag and a we told every parent that the bag was for our sister, but I'm sure some of the house just thought we were candy greedy.

Posted by: Blogger Jamie at 10/31/2009 1:03 PM

I know how that is with the glasses - same here since 3rd grade. It does limit you in choosing a costume. I can't remember any really horrible Halloweens, the worst I can remember is when my mom took my Halloween candy to use for my birthday party the next day.
I love your books, but haven't had a chance to read the new series yet. It would be awesome to start the series by winning one :O)

Posted by: Blogger Barbara E. at 10/31/2009 1:26 PM

Oh! That's horrible. :(

Posted by: Blogger Erica at 10/31/2009 1:26 PM

I just got glasses this month! I already am not a fan of them. lol

I really want to read the Soul Screamers books.

Happy Halloween(:

Posted by: Blogger Kelsey at 10/31/2009 1:29 PM

This reminds me of the time I was a fairy princess Barbie. My bracelet slipped off my wrist and as I was looking for it, ants crawled up my tights. Ouch! It was horrible!

Posted by: Blogger pepsivanilla at 10/31/2009 1:31 PM

haha great story!
I loved My Soul to Take!


Posted by: Blogger Sara at 10/31/2009 1:48 PM

WOW, what a story! I don't think I have any Halloween stories as exciting as that haha. So I'll list some of my costumes I've been over the years: a flower, a butterfly, Xena the Warrior Princess, a fall tree, a witch (many times over), and this year, a fairy!!

Thanks for sharing, and for the contest!!


Posted by: Blogger Chloe at 10/31/2009 2:17 PM

Love this interview/post.

Please count me in

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger I ♥ Book Gossip at 10/31/2009 2:20 PM

Great post! Count me in please
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger throuthehaze at 10/31/2009 2:26 PM

Great interview, Rachel. I'm so fascinated by your new YA series

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 2:42 PM

Wow, what a sad story! I always wore my glasses (I'm also severely astigmatic, and have had glasses since I was three!), so my sister never had to lead me around. But when we went to those houses with the scary decorations, and people hiding in coffins and things, I made my little sister ring the doorbell. I scare very easily!
Glasses does make costuming hard, Maybe they're the reason why I never wore costumes with masks, growing up, and not my mother's sewing skills
Happy Halloween, everyone!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/31/2009 2:44 PM

wow, I never thought about how hard it is for people who wear glasses! Well at least you get to go trick or treating! My parents don't let me lol, anyways thanks for sharing your story.

Posted by: Blogger Jasperbells at 10/31/2009 2:57 PM

This series looks amazing. I am in love with the whole concept of it. :)

And, I really enjoyed this post. It showed me that my misfortunes with Halloween, in retro spect, aren't that bad. =P


Posted by: Blogger Dani. at 10/31/2009 3:16 PM

You just needed to find a way to incorporate glasses in with the costume. Though I suppose a nearly blind zombie loses some of its fright factor.

Posted by: Blogger Heather at 10/31/2009 3:26 PM

wow, the worst thing that ever happened to me was going to a house that looked like a haunted house and a lil old lady answered the door who had forgotten it was halloween and did not have any candy so my dad took me and my sister home...

love your books rachel... havent read any by jeri. but i am gonna add her to my list to look for at the bookstore and will check out her webpage. :-) LOVE learning about new authors!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/31/2009 3:31 PM

Poor Rachel! That's so funny, because when I was in grade school I wanted glasses so I could be like the popular girl in class! Great post, and it made a great story you all laugh about now. :)

Loved My Soul To Take, so please enter me for My Soul To Save. Thanks!

Posted by: Blogger Alexia561 at 10/31/2009 3:32 PM

That's pretty bad luck. Halloween when I was a kid wasn't very lucky either; there were minor booboos like tearing my costume or dropping my candy, but the worst was the year I turned 12. I had just started trick-or-treating, was on my third house, and started up the house's front steps. Got my candy, turned around--and there was a big chunk missing out of one of the cement steps that I didn't see. Of course that's where I stepped...and fell down four steps, spraining my ankle so badly that I couldn't walk on it for a week. Needless to say, trick-or-treating was over. I sobbed all the way home (my dad brought me home).

I adored My Soul to Take, so I'd love a copy of My Soul to Save.

Posted by: Blogger BrigidsBlest at 10/31/2009 3:50 PM

Aww...that's a bit of a sad sorry.

Love this series, heard the intro audiobook.

Please cont me in.

Posted by: Blogger Scott Romanski at 10/31/2009 3:53 PM

I loved My Soul to Take and am waiting (impatiently) for My Soul to Save because I know it's going to be awesome!

As for Holloween... My parents never trusted me and my brother (he's three years younger) so my mom went trick or treating with us every year until I finally stopped (meaning, she chaperoned until I was like 14). I like to think that it was because she knew my brother wouldn't listen, not because she didn't think I was capable... but who knows.

Posted by: Blogger Sara M at 10/31/2009 4:07 PM

Awww...what strong will to ditch the glasses! I don't recall much about my costumes growing up, I'll have to ask my mom.

Happy Halloween everyone! Be safe!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 4:19 PM

Wow! That must really suck. I understand because I wear glasses too and sometimes it can get in a way. I am thankful for the invention of contacts. I still have reservation for eye surgery. *shivers* Happy Halloween!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 4:28 PM

Thanks for sharing. That definitely makes a Halloween to remember. Also something good to hold over a sibling! I loved My Soul to Take, cant wait for the sequel.

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 10/31/2009 4:31 PM

I wouldn't have let her live it down either! Eeek. Great story, though! :)

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 10/31/2009 4:43 PM daughter is 9 and just got glasses last month. She's nearsighted too, and I asked her last night when we went to the school trick or treat if she wanted to leave off her glasses. (She was a zombie princess.) She said "OH,NO! my eyes feel funny without them, just like the eye doctor said they would." In other words, she can't see crap without them:)

Posted by: Blogger Brenda Hyde at 10/31/2009 4:52 PM

LOL...That sounds alot like one of my Halloween fumbles, One year I walked straight into a stop sign with enough force to send me and my candy sprawling to the ground giving me a nice big goose egg on my forhead! Only difference is I have perfect vision, it was just a result of not paying attention to where I was walking! But like you my own sister felt sorry for me and let me call dibs on all her snickers bars and I quickly forgot all about the golf ball swelling on my head!!!

Posted by: Anonymous evilqueen21 at 10/31/2009 5:08 PM

Awww, how traumatic for you! I'd make my sister feel guilty and remind her every year! :)

Love your Shifter series but haven't tried your Soul Screamers yet.

Posted by: Blogger Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) at 10/31/2009 5:16 PM

LOL! I don't know if I could have kept from laughing if I was your mom.

Posted by: Blogger Jackie Uhrmacher at 10/31/2009 5:29 PM

Hiya!! and Happy Halloween.
Sorry to hear of your past Halloween disaster, but you have more than made up for it for being such an amazing author.

Please enter me in this amazing contest

Posted by: Blogger Nancy at 10/31/2009 5:32 PM

I have all your shifter books, but havent tried your soul screamer book...would love to read it!
Please enter me into the contest :)


Posted by: Blogger Van Pham at 10/31/2009 6:20 PM

AWW! You poor thing! That's sad! I love your cover art! I want to read these two series Jeri is gushing about. They sound rather interesting! :) <3 Bekah

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/31/2009 6:31 PM

I know the feeling. I got my glasses in the sixth grade when I realized that even sitting in the first row I couldn't read the blackboard.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/31/2009 7:39 PM

You poor thing. Not having glasses, I've never really thought about the impact with costumes. Your book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.

Posted by: Blogger holdenj at 10/31/2009 8:19 PM

Happy Halloween!
and plz count me in for the contest :)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2009 8:40 PM

Poor Rachel! That's a particularly sad childhood memory! But a little funny too!

A picture of your costume would have spoken 1,000 words for this story! :)

I don't have any weird Halloween memories. They were all pretty uneventful. Except that Halloween is my youngest sisters birthday. And she ended up having her son on the same day 3 years ago. It's fun celebrating birthdays on Halloween!

Posted by: Blogger Jess (The Cozy Reader) at 10/31/2009 9:04 PM

I love the Shifter series and I am quite taken with what I've read so far of the Soul Screamer series. I'm looking forward to the future installments of both series.

Posted by: Blogger N.L.R. at 10/31/2009 9:26 PM

Eep, I've had my eyes on this on Amazon for quite a while already. Hope I get it! :D


Posted by: Blogger lovely1117 at 10/31/2009 9:32 PM

Happy Halloween !! I would love to win your book.

seriousreader at live dot com

Posted by: Blogger Linda Henderson at 10/31/2009 9:36 PM

I can't say I have had a bad All Hallows Eve.. well minus last year when I was in the hospital and was trying to explain to them I couldn't stay because I have no one to watch my childern.. I checked myself out promising not to sue if I died HA and then drove myself to the house of a coworker of my husbands and begged them to take my son trick or treating while the baby and me rested on the couch.. Okay so maybe that was worst than I thought...
Oh and it rained all this evening so the kids didn't get to really trick or treat.. BAH

Posted by: Blogger Brooke at 10/31/2009 9:41 PM

I got my glasses in the second grade as well. Never muched cared for trick or treating though. I always loved dressing up but when it came to leaving the house I would always start to cry and decided I didn't want to go.

Posted by: Blogger BeyondTheIcyWalls at 10/31/2009 9:56 PM

I had to get glasses when I was about 13 in the 7th grade, which is a time girls so want to fit in and be pretty, but I do enjoy being able to see. :)

Thanks for sharing your story and for the contest!

Posted by: Blogger Karen W. at 10/31/2009 10:06 PM

This book looks great and that little bit into the author was great to read. =)

Posted by: Blogger Kari Olson at 10/31/2009 10:15 PM

That is some pretty sad luck. I've tried to go without my glasses a couple times, but it has never worked out very well. Something always manages to go wrong. xD

Posted by: Blogger Melanie at 10/31/2009 10:20 PM

Thank You Rachel for sharing your Halloween story.. I just returned from taking my 3 yr old & 11 yr old trick or treating in the rain and I cant tell you how many times I had to rush to try to keep up with the 3 y/o & pick her up from tripping from her excitement ;) 1st real TorT... she LOVED it but I think Im out of shape!! lol
Both your series look interesting Im definitely going to have to check them out... werecats! hmmmm I havent read about them yet... very cool!

Thanks Jeri for a wonderful month of new authors to search out and enjoy!! Happy Halloween everyone!

Debbie in NY

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/31/2009 10:22 PM

sorry about that and I can completely understand the glasses. I got mine in first grade and still wear them to this day. I would love to win the second book in your Soul Screamer series. I love them and my son is still bugging me about the next one lol.

Posted by: Blogger Pamk at 10/31/2009 10:39 PM

Whoa. That is bad luck.

Can't wait to read this book!! Count me in!

Posted by: Blogger Jessica @ a GREAT read at 10/31/2009 11:34 PM

Oh no, how unlucky! At least you have a good worst Halloween story to tell now though!

Looking forward to Rachel's new book, please enter me in the contest.

Posted by: Blogger Rebecca Herman at 10/31/2009 11:41 PM

These books look so good!

I know what you mean about the glasses. I had them too. Not a very attractive Halloween accessory are they?


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 11/01/2009 2:29 AM

The prequel story was so good! I would love to have My Soul To Take (I had to borrow it from the library.)

Please toss my name in the hat.

Posted by: Blogger Adele at 11/01/2009 3:38 AM

i cant wait to read this book :)

Posted by: Anonymous Jasmine H at 11/01/2009 3:41 AM

Awww...that's sad! :( I remember the halloween of 91...we had a HUGE storm up here in northern MN, like 4 feet of snow or something in a span of a few hours. Mom bundled me up and I think I hit up one whole street near my house, and then another in a nearby bigger town, and had half a 30 gallon garbage bag full! LOL. I understand how candy can affect a young girl, but still! :( Hope thereafter have been better ;-) Can't wait to read this series...I LOVE your shifter series, and salivate just thinking about the next one coming out :)

Posted by: Blogger Rayna at 11/01/2009 5:50 AM

I haven't read any of these yet, but I keep picking them up at the bookstore so this would be a great way to get me started!


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 11/01/2009 8:18 AM

I LOVE Halloween. But have always had the WORST costumes. You remember those ones with the ugly plastic masks and the big gray rubber band that would snap the first time you tried to take it off? Yeah. Those. Now that I'm grown & married, my husband never likes to celebrate *anything*. *sigh* Oh well. At least I can comfort myself with the discounted candy!

Posted by: Blogger kiaras at 11/01/2009 8:48 AM

I LOVE the very first book in the series and I've been dying to read the next one.

kimnrob7 at hotmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Kim Swiderski at 11/01/2009 8:57 AM

i would love a copy of the 2nd copy. and a chance to win the big prize - awesome!


Posted by: Blogger Tanya at 11/01/2009 9:32 AM

So excited for My Soul to Save! I'll enter!

Posted by: Blogger Rachel498 at 11/01/2009 9:55 AM

I'd love to win this, it sounds really good!

Posted by: Blogger daizee at 11/01/2009 10:24 AM

Oh what a bummer Halloween story :(

I'd love to win the second book! I already have the first one :)

Posted by: Blogger Poppy at 11/01/2009 12:22 PM

omgosh! Your story takes me back too. i got glasses in the 3rd grade but i think i needed way before that. I went without my glasses 1 yr, when i was with my friends but i ddnt have any fun cuz i couldnt see anything. lol

I would love to win your book thanks.:)

Posted by: Blogger victoriasdreams at 11/01/2009 1:35 PM

It's really interesting reading these halloween stories as it's not really a date that is celebrated here.

Posted by: Anonymous emmad at 11/01/2009 2:36 PM

Such a story! I, too, started wearing glasses early - 3rd grade for me. I can so relate to your going-without-glasses for Halloween experience. For me, it was a mom-made witch outfit - nobody recognized me and I think I won a prize; however, I couldn't see the entire time I was in costume!

Posted by: Blogger Joni G. at 11/01/2009 3:28 PM

Can't wait for book two, loved the first.

Posted by: Blogger Katherine Hazen at 11/01/2009 3:42 PM

Ooooo this one sounds terrific, please enter me. I love your books!

Posted by: Blogger Chris J. at 11/01/2009 4:22 PM

Holy cannoli, what a memory. Sounds like an awesome family.

Posted by: Blogger TBunsie at 11/01/2009 5:31 PM

I have fallen in love with Rachel's books! Her blog is also one of my favorites to check.

Great entry!

Posted by: Blogger Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess at 11/01/2009 5:43 PM

Nice contest! Looking forward to the next book!


Posted by: Blogger Laurie T at 11/01/2009 6:11 PM

It's funny, I don't remember ever worrying too much about my glasses for costumes, but I did enjoy my first Halloween after getting contacts.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/01/2009 8:07 PM

Not the candy!!NOOOOOOOO :) Would love to win this book!

Posted by: Blogger Amy Jo at 11/01/2009 8:11 PM

Can't wait for the next book( in both series).

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/01/2009 8:56 PM

oh man. 25 books? that's an awesome contest!

and i can't wait for myts and shift!

Posted by: Blogger Alex Levine at 11/01/2009 10:10 PM

Whoa, this is so dang awesome. Please enter me for this one - I've been waiting to read it for a long time.
mmillet at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Michelle at 11/01/2009 10:19 PM

I was upset that the YA Urban Fantasy got stolen at RWA Nationals this year. I did get a signed copy of Pride for a good friend at the Literacy Autographing session and Rachel was nice enough to sign Prey for me. My friend squeed so loudly, I could hear her from Canada. Rachel is one of the nicest people and it really sucks that someone stole her books. My daughter is starting her own autograph collection. She has Gena Showalter's Intertwined (her first ARC), both of Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers, Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely, PC Cast's Marked and a few others. Winning this would make her extra happy.

lunasea16 at comcast dot net

Posted by: Blogger Jeanne Ryan at 11/01/2009 10:50 PM

I can't wait until your new Shifter book comes out. I love this series. This year I got into YA's and you and Gena Showalter have gotten me hooked. Your Soul Screams is so well written, you don't have to be a teen to enjoy them.

Posted by: Blogger DrkCherry at 11/02/2009 12:05 AM

Aw, that is just sad. I can understand your sister's distraction with the chocolate coup and your Mom's indecision whether to laugh or cry. Hopefully, the annual delights of Halloween improved over the years. I LOVE the Shifters series and and looking forward to the next Soul Screamers book. Thanks for the contest and I hope you had a Happy Halloween.

Rose S.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/02/2009 12:09 AM

Books win over before candy anyday but a huge bowl of M&M's and a good read and I'm good to go, no costumes nescessary..

Posted by: Anonymous GeriG at 11/02/2009 7:18 AM

Rachel, I love your books. Can't wait for MSTS to come out!

Thanks for the great contest

Posted by: Blogger Sara C at 11/02/2009 9:43 AM

Hi Jeanne,

I'm very happy to report that as it turns out, my books were not among those that were stolen! Which was a huge relief. Mine were never shipped, due to some kind of admin error.

It still sucks that they weren't there, but I'm so glad to know that they weren't taken! ;-)

Posted by: Blogger Rachel Vincent at 11/02/2009 11:16 AM

Rachel, I follow your blog everyday, and I have a bad habit of refreshing the page every few minutes, hoping for a new post, haha. I love both of your series, an REALLY looking forward to My Soul to Save.

I have the same problems with bad eyesight, but I finally converted to contacts not too long ago. Thank goodness.

Melanie =D

Posted by: Blogger Melanie Golden at 11/02/2009 12:01 PM

Ahh, our fond childhood memories.

My husband had what we affectionately called coke bottle glasses, yes, they were that thick. Over the years his vision worsened and then he developed cataracts in his late 30's. He recently had surgery and now only wears reading glasses. I myself can't stand contacts so I resort to wearing glasses everyday. Laser eye surgery's on my lottery wish list :-)

Posted by: Anonymous Gordana Fritsche at 11/02/2009 12:41 PM

I can't wait to read this book! Please enter me in the drawing!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/02/2009 1:41 PM

I live out in the country so we always had to drive to houses to trick or treat.

The only costume I remember well was the year I wanted to be Princess Leia. My mom put my hair in braids and coiled them up for me.

Can't wait for the next Soul Screamers book.

Michelle C.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/02/2009 3:33 PM

Poor thing! I feel for your mom. I wouldnt know whether to laugh or cry either if it was my daughter. Thanks for the entry.

Posted by: Blogger Carrie at 11/02/2009 3:36 PM

Aw, at least your sister didn't quite mean it.. I can see my older sister laughing at me and skipping off the second she could escape. Of course, that same sister put me in the hospital twice when I was 4... hrm. Of course, my parents always went with us up until middle school.

I remember when I got glasses and remember seeing Joseph and the amazing technicolor dream coat and not being able to see a thing because I left them at home.. silly me.

:) Please enter me!

Posted by: Blogger Kristen at 11/02/2009 4:26 PM

That's about the age I started wearing them too, and you brought back all my memories of why I wished I didn't.

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 11/02/2009 4:30 PM

Hey Rachel,

Thanks for sharing that Halloween story with us. I myself used to wear glasses too but had corrective surgery for it a few months back. That was money well spent!!

Unfortunately, I don't have any cool Halloween stories to tell though. I'd love to be entered into the contest!

Shelley D.

Posted by: Blogger spgirls at 11/02/2009 4:41 PM

Now that's a Halloween memory!


Posted by: Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog at 11/02/2009 5:36 PM

Please enter me in the contest!


Posted by: Anonymous Kelsey at 11/02/2009 5:47 PM

I feel so bad for you in the ditch! But it is very funny too!

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 11/02/2009 6:56 PM

Really, really want your book!

Costume issues are horrible, but at least no wardrobe malfunctions this year.

Dottie :)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/02/2009 7:25 PM

I loved reading all the Shifters books and My Soul To Take. :0) I can't wait until My Soul To Save comes out!

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 11/03/2009 2:22 AM

Wow - what a Halloween! Reminds me (bizarrely) of my freshman year of college. I went to a small school way out in the middle of nowhere, and my roommate and I liked to go outside late at night, in an area of campus where it was pitch dark... especially on nights with just a sliver of moon. There was something adventurous about relying on our other senses to make our way around. Until one night, my roommate stepped off the path and into a hip-deep ditch of ice-covered water. He made his way out of the ditch, unhurt but freezing, and that's the last time we did that. :)

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 11/03/2009 3:12 AM

Aw, what a rotten Halloween memory! Did you ever get to have an awesome face paint experience?

I remember one year when we had sleet and I ended up flat on my back after sliding on my neighbors' stairs. It was one of those both-feet-off-the-ground-hanging-in-the-air-before-dropping spectacular falls, but yeah, not a great way to end Halloween...

Posted by: Blogger alanajoli at 11/03/2009 10:31 AM

ah Halloween memories...I like to forget most of them except for all the candy I received every year (my brother and I used to love to weigh the bags and then trade everything we didn't like to each other).


Posted by: Blogger Lexie at 11/03/2009 11:35 AM

I have been a fan of Rachel Vincent's since I found the first book in her Werecats series! I read the prequel to My Soul to Take and fell in love. I would love to win a copy of My Soul to Take!

Count me in!

ruthiesbookreviews AT yahoo DOT com

Posted by: Blogger Ruth Schaller at 11/03/2009 1:07 PM

Big Fan, love all the books so far in the Werecat series and so looking forward to the last 2.
I thought I was near sighted, guess not so bad after all and hate to this day wearing glasses. Contacts for me are out due to allergies....
Halloween was never and is still not my holiday of choice, Devil's Night is not one we celebrate. However give me Valentines and Christmas and will be there...
Thanks for the neat post and your traumatic memory in hindsight for you seems to have become fonder....
Jackie B in Central Texas

Posted by: Blogger Jackie at 11/03/2009 9:43 PM

I loved the first book in the soul screamers book. It made me actually start your other series. Which is also awwwesome! Casse

Posted by: Blogger Casse AKA Catholic Kittie at 11/04/2009 12:42 AM

Love all your books Rachel and my daughter, Kaylee, is a huge fan of the Soul Screamer series which are in my TBR pile.

Posted by: Blogger Lori at 11/04/2009 9:43 AM

I have both as ebooks, but would love either one as a signed copy.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/05/2009 1:12 PM

I would love to enter! :)


Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/05/2009 5:21 PM

Thanks, Lori! I hope you and your daughter both like the rest of the series. ;-)

Posted by: Blogger Rachel Vincent at 11/06/2009 11:39 AM

Please enter me in the contest. I just love Rachel's books.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/06/2009 3:01 PM

Oh now I'm trying to remember what I did about my glasses as a kid with Halloween...I know I got my face painted once because it was in the paper (small towns are fun that way) but I think I just wore tehm anyway....hmmmm, maybe mine weren't a problem?


Posted by: Blogger Book Sp(l)ot at 11/06/2009 5:58 PM

Love the Shifters series! I would love to read MY SOUL TO SAVE. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Posted by: Blogger Angiegirl at 11/06/2009 6:32 PM

i would LOVE a chance to win My Soul to Save! thank you for the great oppt

Posted by: Blogger victoriasdreams at 11/07/2009 1:58 AM

oooh, i have these books on my christmas wishlist! thanks for the opportunity, Jeri! have i told you lately how awesome you are??

my nan made our costumes always untill she couldn't do it anymore, recently, my cousin's son used a costume that my nan made back in the SEVENTIES! awesome :)

Posted by: Blogger Jennzah at 11/07/2009 11:48 AM

No way in hell im going to win, but heres to wishing

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/07/2009 11:53 AM

I didn't get glasses 'til I was in seventh grade so I had those silly masks -- they were not as great as they were cracked up to be! ;)
Really looking forward to the new book.
All the best - Susan

Posted by: Blogger SMJ at 11/07/2009 12:29 PM

Quite a story Rachel! Love Halloween, my favorite Holiday. You don't have to buy a present or go to a family dinner, you can dress any way you want and act like an idiot....and nobody cares! My fondest memories of trick or treat was cutting through the cemetery on the way home..."I ain't afraid of no ghosts"...LMAO!

BIG thanks to Jeri for are the best and we all "heart" you!

Posted by: Blogger Debi Murray at 11/07/2009 12:44 PM

I've dressed up exactly two times in my life - once as a Gypsy when I was five, and once as a Werewolf - this year. (I'm 26.)

Dressing up is, as a result, a huge thing for me.

I really hope I can continue to do it in the future.

Not to mention that I LOVED My Soul To Take, and I sure hope I win.

Posted by: Blogger Tygerwolfe at 11/07/2009 2:09 PM

Great interview! rachel vincent is a excellent author, read my soul to take and cant wait to read my soul to save.

Ashley R.

Posted by: Anonymous Ashley R. at 11/07/2009 2:23 PM

Thank you for a fun month and great reading!

Good luck to everyone but I'm crossing my fingers that I win at least Rachel's book. ;)

(kimnrob7 at hotmail dot com)

Posted by: Blogger Kim Swiderski at 11/07/2009 4:11 PM

I love Rachel Vincent's writing I own every book that has something shes written in it.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/07/2009 4:33 PM

Wow, cool contest! Consider me entered. I'm all about reading books...lots of them. ;) Good luck to everyone who enters!

Posted by: Blogger Julie Trevelyan at 11/07/2009 10:59 PM

The winner of one of Rachel Vincent's SOUL SCREAMERS books is...Belly! Congrats!

Blogtoberfest is finally over, except for one more drawing--the grand prize. I'll be announcing that in less than an hour on my blog today, so come on back to see who won all 25 books!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/09/2009 8:49 AM


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