Monday, April 04, 2011

Blog tour intro & your chance to interview Zachary (if you dare)

Book bloggers! I need your help.

I'm putting together a Shift blog tour for the book's May 3 release. The tour will be hosted by For What It's Worth Reviews, who will unveil the schedule, title and logo button in the next couple weeks.

But here's the basic gist:

This is not your grandmother's blog tour.

As a sports lover, I think anything can be made more fun by adding a little competition. Therefore, the bloggers participating in the tour will be divided into two teams: pre-Shifters and post-Shifters. (Get it? Like in the books, where pre-Shifters can't see ghosts but all post-Shifters can?)

Pre-Shifters will post their blogs the week before release, and post-Shifters will post afterward. Every blog comment goes to that team's total points. At the end of the blog tour, whichever blogging team has the most comments wins! Each of those six bloggers will win:

  • An autographed, annotated ("marked up/director's commentary") version of Shade.
  • An autographed, annotated ("marked up/director's commentary") version of Shift.
  • An autographed bound galley of the third book in the Shade trilogy as soon as it's available in the fall.

That third item on the list is extremely special, because my publisher doesn't print ARCs for third books in their series. So this will be the only way most people (i.e., people who don't work for my publisher) will be able to read Book 3 pre-release.

Why am I mentioning this now? Because I still have one slot available on the tour, for one lucky blogger. Here's how you can be that person.

See, Logan is getting interviewed as part of Jackie Morse Kessler's Postmortem blog, where the character of Death from her Riders of the Apocalypse series interviews characters from other YA books. Death is a dead rock 'n' roll star who bears an astonishing resemblance to Kurt Cobain, so it's a perfect match for Logan.

I figured someone should interview Zachary, to give him equal time. It's only fair, aye?

To "audition" for the chance to interview Zachary on your blog and be part of the Shift blog tour, simply send 3-5 sample questions to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com by Sunday, April 10. I'll announce the winner next Monday, April 11.

Be creative! I want questions that will make Zachary--I mean me--laugh and/or blush. And he's not exactly the heart-on-his-sleeve type, you know? Being the son of a secret agent has made him, well, secretive. So delve deep! Let's see if we can get this Mystery Boy to open up.

If you need inspiration, here's my favorite picture of English actor Tom Sturridge, who I think would make a perfect Zachary (if he can pull off the Scottish accent and put on a few dozen pounds' worth of muscles).

Okay, stop looking at Tom and go send me questions.

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Yay for blog tours, just sent my questions to you. I hope you receive them in time!

Posted by: Blogger HayleyAG at 4/10/2011 11:13 PM

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