Monday, August 30, 2010

SHADE in the UK week begins!

This Thursday, Shade will officially be a trans-Atlantic phenomenon! It officially comes out on September 2, although it's already shipping from

To celebrate this reverse British Invasion, I and several blogggers are giving away copies (some signed) of the UK version, which is a trade paperback with a totally different (but equally awesome) cover as the North American version.

The first giveaway is a Twitter-only contest. (Non-tweeters have plenty of chances to win elsewhere. Also, seriously, try Twitter--you'll hate it for a few days, then you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.)

EDITED TO ADD: Duh, I just realized people could also enter their answers here on the blog post. I mean, while you're here reading the rules, you might as well.


1. Simply tweet either a) your favorite thing about Zachary (pictured below as a Scott Pilgrim avatar), OR b) your favorite thing about Scotland.

EDITED TO ADD: 1a. Or do it here in the comments.

2. To encourage creativity, your favorite thing about Zachary and/or Scotland CANNOT be the accent. I repeat: If you say "THE ACCENT," you won't win.

3. You must include the #SHADEintheUK hashtag so I can find all the entries. No need to @reply me--save those extra characters to describe your favorite thing.

EDITED TO ADD: 3a. This rule does not apply if you're entering here in the blog comments.

4. I'll draw a winner using a random number generator on Friday at 11:59 GMT (that's a minute before midnight in Glasgow, five hours ahead of Eastern time).

5. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

6. Retail value of prize: 6 pounds, 99 pence (I can't find the HTML code for the pound character, so I had to spell it out).

7. International entries? YES! Anyone, anywhere is eligible.

So share some love for England's Neighbor to the North. And remember what Mike Myers from Saturday Night Live taught us: if it's not Scottish, it's crap!

Labels: , ,


Gerard Butler and Kevin McKidd....mostly Kevin McKidd on Grey's Anatomy. Man, does that guy look like he can kiss.

From Crystal

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 8/30/2010 4:43 PM

*gasp* Kevin McKidd is on Grey's Anatomy???? Why was I not notified?

Must watch this show now.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/30/2010 5:34 PM

My favorite thing about Scotland is easy: it's not England. That must be the Irish in me speaking.

Jim Young

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 8/30/2010 7:48 PM

I'm quarter Scottish, so that means I'm only three-quarters crap - hooray! :-)

Seriously, though, the accent truly is the best thing about Scotland, but since you said that doesn't count... ;-)

-Danny Bhoy for comedy
-Franz Ferdinand for music

Posted by: Blogger Tez Miller at 8/30/2010 8:24 PM

Jim, you should check out SHADE if you haven't--tons of Irish music and heritage stuff in there.

Tez, I didn't know Franz Ferdinand was from Scotland! Neat.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/31/2010 12:10 AM

I could make you barf and say, "my Scottish boyfriend," but I'll refrain, as that may possibly fall under "accent" and be disqualified ;)

Instead, how about the movie Local Hero, about the Texas oil executive who is sent to a northern Scottish town, where he falls in love with the simplicity of life.

Posted by: Blogger Heather at 8/31/2010 9:37 AM

Heather, I won't barf if you mention your Scottish boyfriend, I'll just turn green with envy. ;-)

I love LOCAL HERO! Seen it many times. I particularly liked that they had another, more urban, Scottish character who also felt like a fish out of water, not just the American guy, so that it didn't come across as "all of Scotland is filled with charming bumpkins."

I need to watch that again.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/31/2010 9:49 AM

Scotland is beautiful - rich in history and lush surroundings. I love Edinburgh with its architecture and the castle - lots of writerly inspiration up there (well it worked for J K Rowling) ;-)

Posted by: Blogger Lynsey Newton at 8/31/2010 11:40 AM

My favorite thing about Zachary is they way he cares about Aura. My favorite thing about Scotland is that it's beautiful.

Posted by: Blogger Beladyryn at 8/31/2010 12:10 PM

Favourite thing about (from?) Scotland: David Tennant :).

Posted by: Blogger Karen (Euro Crime) at 8/31/2010 2:51 PM

My favorite thing about Scotland is the fact that J.K. Rowling began writing Harry Potter from a coffee-shop in Edinburgh. :)

Posted by: Blogger Vivien at 9/01/2010 3:56 PM

Scotland is sooooooooo beautiful! They look super relaxing D: and they have castle or castle-ish building(s) somewhere in Scotland, right, right? :D *dreamy*

I've heard that the people there are very nice and friendly as well!

It's my dream to visit there, along with every other European countries.

Well, I don't drink, but Scotland has such a rich beer history!

and thank you for this contest! :D

feeyonachan at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Fi-chan at 9/02/2010 12:56 AM

Let's be honest, I've never been to Scotland but I would have to say that I think Haggis sounds mighty interesting. Isn't it expected that each culture has it's own strange food for foreigners to experience? It really is just sausage, right? BTW, can't wait to meet you in person in Canada at the end of Sept!!

Posted by: Blogger Christinabean at 9/02/2010 9:30 AM

Lynsey: Scotland IS beautiful! If I could return to one place I've already been, it would be Scotland, and definitely Edinburgh!

Beladryn: Awww, that is Zachary's best feature (as far as Aura is concerned ;-).

Karen: Ooh, I did not know that. I'm not a Doctor Who watcher, but I know who he is.

Vivien: I wonder if that coffee shop is now a major tourist destination? And if you can sit at that table and write. Hmm....

Fi-Chan: Yes, they are very nice there, at least from what I remember. Sigh... *wants to fly back right now*

Christinabean: Haggis is one thing I think I don't need to experience, LOL! Looking forward to meeting you in Brampton--yay!

Oh, I almost forgot: The winner of the giveaway is YABooksRock (aka Janice) on Twitter.

Thanks to everyone who commented!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/03/2010 6:57 PM

Many thanks for the competition! I've now bought a copy :).

Posted by: Blogger Karen (Euro Crime) at 9/04/2010 3:49 PM

Thanks so much, Karen! Hope you enjoy SHADE. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/05/2010 12:28 AM

Post a Comment


This Side of Salvation

This Side of Salvation, Jeri's new contemporary YA novel!

Now available in hardcover and ebook.

“A smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale...bringing to light issues of belief versus free will, spirit versus body, and family versus self.” —Booklist, **Starred Review**


Order from Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, or



"Shattered," a Shade novella!

Available here on this website as a free download in all major ebook formats, as well as a printable PDF (now with photos!).

More about "Shattered"

About the author

Jeri Smith-Ready

Jeri Smith-Ready is a Maryland author of books for teens and adults.

Learn more about Jeri...

Photo © Geoffrey C. Baker

Sign up for Jeri's newsletter

  • First draft of secret new project

Current Reads