Thursday, April 28, 2011

Deleted SHIFT scene & HOURGLASS giveaway

Today on the SHIFT blog tour, I'm sharing an alternate first chapter of the book, written from Logan's "lyrical" point-of-view. I discuss the many reasons why I like the deleted scene, the many (more) reasons why it needed to be cut, and how I went about solving the problems it was originally created to solve, but in a much better way. Hopefully it's a fun little peek behind the scenes for you!

Check out the blog He Followed Me Home to read it, plus enter to win copies of the book and some Keeley Brothers swag.

To compare, read the final version of Shift's first chapter here on the website.

Deadline: tomorrow at 9am Eastern. International entries welcome!

Lest you think the blog tour is taking me away from here, I've got news for you! I plan to spend the next week sharing photos and stories from my trip to Ireland, doing a day-by-day report of where I was two weeks prior. And I'll try not to shed so many wistful tears that I short out my keyboard.

Today, though, I've got a special giveaway that has nothing to do with me. I recently read Myra McEntire's debut YA paranormal, Hourglass. It totally blew me away! It was truly a haunting read, with complex characters who felt like they would walk off the page and into my living room. The heroine Emerson especially grabbed my heart, with her struggles to remain sane in the face of her strange ability.

Emerson can see "ripples," people who existed in that same location in the past. It's a timeslip novel, which is sort of like time travel, but instead of her going back to the past, the past comes to her. When she touches the ripples, they burst, which is really disconcerting.

Em meets a fantastic guy, Michael, who has a secret ability of his own, as well as a way to help her deal with the "rips," as they're called. The Hourglass, a small society set up to provide support and comfort to paranormal humans, needs Emerson's help to save a life and possibly the world.

That's all I can say without giving away spoilers. Hourglass comes out June 14, but you can win my extra ARC today!

Tell me in the comments: if you could make someone appear from any point in the past or future, who would it be? What would you ask them? What would you tell them about the present?

Deadline: Friday, April 29 (that's tomorrow! Because you need to read this NOW!), 11:59pm eastern. International entries welcome.

(EDITED TO ADD: And the winner is....bqdell! Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their heartfelt wishes. I admit I got choked up a few times. I promise if you check out HOURGLASS when it comes out next month, you won't be disappointed!)

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Oh my gosh. What a question! I would ask to meet my mom's father. He died when she was only 20 yrs old, and she always says how much me and my brother would have loved him because he acted just like us. So it'd be awesome to be able just to talk with him for even an hour, and let him know what awesome grand kids he has ;)

Thank you for the gtiveaway Jeri!! I want to read this SO bad :)

Posted by: Blogger Jena at 4/28/2011 11:45 AM

I would bring back my grandfather. To tell him all the things I needed to say before his horrible death. He died in 2009. :(

... On a happier note, thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 4/28/2011 11:45 AM

I don't know! I think maybe I would bring back my aunty, just so I could spend the day with her, one more time :) That would be awesome. And she's have to cook for me, because can I just say, her cooking was awesome :)

Thanks for the giveaway, this book looks SO good! :D


Posted by: Blogger Bella at 4/28/2011 11:50 AM

it would be my grandmother. i was very close to her untill she died and i'd want to go back and spend time with her again, and tell her about my niece and everything that's happened in the 11 years since she left us. hands down!

i've heard great things about HOURGLASS, so i'd love to win!

Posted by: Blogger Jennzah at 4/28/2011 11:50 AM

I'd pick my mother. She died when I was 11 and since I can remember, she'd never been able to speak- just spell out what she's like to say. I'd like to speak with her and find out about her past. I can't actually ask anyone else: my grandmother gets too upset and my father doesn't like speaking about it. Since she only knew me when I was young, I'd love to tell her about my life: skills, friends, interests and hobbies.

I'd also ask about my sister who my parents put up for adoption. They were too young at the time, and they didn't want an abortion. There's just so much my mum could tell me.

Posted by: Blogger Alex at 4/28/2011 11:50 AM

The book sounds great, I love time-travel-type books. Thanks for the giveaway.

I think I'd like someone from the future to come back and tell me what it's like in 2150. I'd like to compare notes with them: do they have anything still like internet, cars, mobiles?

She can try out my mobile and see if hers has more options (if she has anything comparable).

jh303015 at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Judith H at 4/28/2011 11:51 AM

I think I would bring back Joan of Arc. She was so fierce and had such an interesting life. I would want to know everything about it.

Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 4/28/2011 11:57 AM

I'm so excited about this book, I can't wait to read it!

The time travel question is a really good one but hard. I guess I would like to meet my paternal grandfather. He died before I was born and my father always said he wished his dad could have seen me.


Posted by: Blogger Jennifer at 4/28/2011 11:58 AM

I would bring back my grandfather. He died suddenly and I didn't have a chance to say goodbye. I would tell him how much he means to me, how wonderful he is and I would let him know he has multiple great-grandchildren (he never got to meet any of them!). What a great giveaway!

Posted by: Blogger Jill at 4/28/2011 11:58 AM

If I could bring anyone back, I would want to bring back my mother's parents. They died two minutes apart when I was 8. I didn't get to spend nearly enough time with them and would love for them to see the person I am today and see how well I am doing.

Would REALLY love to read this book!


Posted by: Blogger lindseybousfield at 4/28/2011 12:00 PM

I suppose it would be really interesting to meet my great-great grandmother and talk about why and how she moved from the old-country to Canada. I could tell her how much easier life will be for her grandchildren.

I'd love to read HOURGLASS!

ellestraussbooks at gmail dot com

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Posted by: Blogger Read Between the Lines at 4/28/2011 12:09 PM

I would bring my friend from the past. in elementary graduated day we fought, and i said something so bad to her. then she moved to other city. she never told me where and i never saw her again. it's so sad. i never meet her anymore, now i'm 21, i really wanna see hey and say sorry.. i wish one day i can meet her again.. :)

thanks for the awesome giveaway.. :)
cant wait to read this book! :D


Posted by: Blogger LeviOsaaah at 4/28/2011 12:12 PM

I love this question, I always pick the same person. I would LOVE to bring back Marilyn Monroe. I would ask her about the Kennedys LOL! But I would also let her know how much she was loved, what an icon she became after her death. Its sad that people can be judged so badly when they are alive and then loved so much when they are gone. It's sad to know that she didn't really know how loved she was.

I absolutely love the cover of this book! I have to admit its what caught my attention. Then reading what it was about just made me want to read it even more!

Thank you so much for the chance to win! meanmisskittie at gmail dot com

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 4/28/2011 12:13 PM

I would love to meet my real father I have a few questions I would like to ask . One would be " Why did he leave without getting to know me?" I would also like to find out for myself if he really was a bad person like my mom would say he was. and I would love to read


Posted by: Blogger Read Between the Lines at 4/28/2011 12:13 PM

I would totally bring my grandad back he died when I was three and so I don't remember him anymore but everyone always says how I was the daughter he never had.

Hey grandad just tell me everything you remember about the family???
because I want his memories to carry on to my children.


Posted by: Blogger ashley at 4/28/2011 12:18 PM

I want one of my grandchildren or great-grandchildren to come from 100 years in the future and tell me what it's like! Of course they have to bring samples of their current technology to show me, and images (preferably video) of all my descendants.

Posted by: Blogger bqdell at 4/28/2011 12:21 PM

I'd love to meet Freddie Mercury. I would ask him about his health (and for him to sing for me! ;) ) and tell him what a shame it is that when he was alive they did not have the medicine we have now. :(
What a waste of talent.

cris_mv at hotmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger M Cris at 4/28/2011 12:34 PM

Oh, I've heard such great buzz about HOURGLASS. I want that ARC!! (And I've never actually seen or held an ARC before so I'm particularly desperate for the win!)

I'd love to talk to my late father-in-law. He and I never met--he died rather tragically in a car accident when my husband was 20. I'd love for him to know his only son is doing well, is loved, and is the greatest father to our little girls...and that he misses going through all of life's milestones without a dad. Even if he won't say so out loud.

If, however, I were to choose a celebrity, I agree 100% with Terra Mae. Marilyn Monroe. I'd finally get to ask her: Was your death really a drug overdose or did someone else have something to do with it? (I'm a conspiracy theorist. LOL)

Posted by: Blogger Jeanmarie Anaya at 4/28/2011 12:39 PM

I would pick my grandparents, any. I never knew any of them.

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 4/28/2011 12:49 PM

I only just learned what 'ARC' really means! LMAO!! O.O Can I have it? *-*
I would also like to have met my grandparents... any of them. LOL. Unfortunately they all passed before I was born, so...

But I WOULD REALLY like to meet Heath Ledger and ask him WHY and HOW exactly he died. >:( It's still not very clear...
I'm also curious about the future... I'd like to ask anyone from a couple of centuries ahead what is in it for us all. :-)

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 4/28/2011 12:50 PM

Now that's a tough one! I'd love to meet anybody from the future, just ANYBODY, and quiz them about books, books, books! Are they still printed, are they easier/ more difficult to get, yada yada....

If I were to pick somebody from the past, I'd pick someone from the past to bring back and talk to, it would be Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (Though I don't know how long I'll last talking to pure genius!)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Posted by: Blogger Anki at 4/28/2011 12:56 PM

I think I would Cleopatra to come forward to find out what happened to her. I would tell her that in the future, she is a total rock star!

Thanks for the chance to win this!

findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Jessy at 4/28/2011 1:00 PM

Wow, what a lot of wonderful, heartfelt answers! It makes me realize that I would want to talk to my dad's parents, too, who died the year before I was born.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 4/28/2011 1:24 PM

I'd bring my Grandpa back, pre-Alzheimers, so he could meet my son and my husband and spend time with my Grandma again.

I'm jnaomicline at gmail. Thanks for hosting the contest!

Posted by: Blogger Jessica at 4/28/2011 2:10 PM

My brother. He died when he was 20 and I was 3. I wasn't old enough to have a memory of him, but old enough to at least know he existed and miss the relationship we could of had. I'd just ask him simple things like what his interests were, if he generally had a happy life and to tell me every moments he could remember. Just something tangible to know and maybe we'd have something in common that I could think rubbed off on me because I saw him do it or like it. One memory like he gave me a cookie when Mom wouldn't. Something, even just one is better than nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 4/28/2011 2:42 PM

I'd bring my Mom's father back so I could mmet him. He died before I was born.

Thanks for the giveaway

sgiden at

Posted by: Blogger SandyG265 at 4/28/2011 2:43 PM

Great question to which I have two responses:
First, my birth father whose last contact with me was when I was a newborn; he died in 2008, just ten days before I hired a PI to find him for me. There are too many things I'd ask him to list here, but just looking into his eyes and getting a hug would probably be enough.

Second, I'd want to meet my future self, from the day before I die (last coherent day). I'd ask my future self if I should change anything about my life. Which presents a conundrum because if I changed something, then my future self would be different and how would I know if that was the right change to have made?

So maybe forget my second choice lol


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Posted by: Blogger Kori at 4/28/2011 3:51 PM

I would say i would want to bring back my grandpa. I was only 7 or 8 when he died and my mom and him were extrememly close. I would love to bring him back just for her because she was so devesated when he died. I think i would ask him about his parents and grandparents. I'm really into researching my family tree and its difficult to get the whole picture because they are deceased. This is a good giveaway! I hope i win =)

Posted by: Blogger Kori at 4/28/2011 4:08 PM

Oh wow, this is difficult! I would love to bring back my cousin who died in a horrible car accident, he was eighteen. It made my whole family very sad, and I wish he was still alive today. Thank you so much for this giveaway, I would love to win Hourglass :)

Posted by: Blogger Alexis Salcido at 4/28/2011 4:29 PM

Can't wait to hear about your trip! And see pictures -- it's so gorgeous up there.

Wow, what a tough question. I think I'd like to speak to either my Nana's little sister (she died in Holland during WWII) or my Nana's cousin who worked in the Resistance movement during the war. I'd like to hear firsthand from them what it was like.

Beyond personal history, I think it would be awesome to talk to someone from Medieval Europe... like Heloise and Abelard. Maybe one of the Saints, like Francis of Assisi or someone.

Posted by: Blogger Ashley @ Book Labyrinth at 4/28/2011 4:32 PM

This might be self absorbed lol, but I would love to meet myself in the future if that is an option. I'd probably just ask and talk about the standard stuff: what I'm doing in the future, what I should/shouldn't do, did I ever get that hedgehog and named it Penelope.

Posted by: Blogger April X at 4/28/2011 5:22 PM

i would love to bring my my granddad who passed away when i was only 5, from all the stories i hear about him, he sounds like a lovely man and i wish i could remember him :)

Posted by: Blogger Tasnim at 4/28/2011 5:23 PM

These answers are amazing and intense! (((hugs))) to everyone, especially those who've lost loved ones. I think I'd have to pick my grandfathers - together. Grandpa G saved Grandpa P's life, but Grandpa G died before my mom and dad met and got married.

Posted by: Blogger Myra McEntire at 4/28/2011 5:35 PM

I think I would bring back my great-grandmother she raised my mom and my mom always talks about the wonderful food she used to make. I would ask her for some of her recipes because my mom is always trying to figure out how she made certain things.

Thanks for the giveaway!

elainareads AT aol DOT com

Posted by: Blogger ereader89 at 4/28/2011 5:37 PM

i think I'd like someone from the future to come back and tell me what it's like in 2020. I'd like to ask if they still have technology we have now and whats new

Posted by: Blogger minhchieu at 4/28/2011 5:43 PM

I would bring back Wilma Rudolph. She is this really big track&field star. I would ask her for some advice. I would tell her that nothing has really changed since she died, but the internet has gotten really popular.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Posted by: Blogger Pokadots1121 at 4/28/2011 6:53 PM

I would love to help with my cousin and intervene with his life, go back 6+ years and help to be a more positive influence in his life before he made a really bad final decision.

Thanks for the giveaway, I have been hearing lots of awesome things about this book

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Posted by: Blogger Kristina at 4/28/2011 7:01 PM

Lovin' the SHIFT tour! <3

& that is an crazy question! i think i would want someone from the roarin' 1920's to appear! Preferably a Flapper! How freakin' awesome would that be!? I would definitely ask them to teach me to Charleston & have them make my hair flapper-bob chic! Weird, i know. lol

I would tell them that the only good thing about the future is the YA novels! lol (it's true!)

i just think the 1920's was a different/easier/more exciting time!! :)

& yay another fictional BF for me in HOURGLASS perhaps? of course he could NOT replace Logan but maybe a close second? LOL

thanks for the giveaway Jeri!

Posted by: Blogger Brooke at 4/28/2011 7:26 PM

I would bring my mom back just long enough to tell her I love her, miss her, and look forward to the day we will be able to hang out again. Until then, I will make sure her grandchildren remember how wonderful she is!

As always Jeri, you ROCK!

Posted by: Blogger Ria at 4/28/2011 8:32 PM

Thanks for the chance !!!
I would bring back my grandmother. I was very close to her but before she died, I didn't have a chance to say goodbye.


Posted by: Blogger Dinda at 4/29/2011 1:24 AM

I want this book so bad! I would have to go with Marie Antoinette, I find her super fascinating . I would ask her about her clothes and all the things she did.

Posted by: Blogger Alicia at 4/29/2011 1:42 AM

Wow. This is going to be uber personal but if I could bring one person back it would be my husband's great grandmother. When she died 3 years ago, she told her son (husband's grandfather) a secret of hers but she was no longer in her right mind and none of us are sure whether to believe it all so she has started a family mystery and I want to solve it.

Amethystdaydreams at zoho dot com

Posted by: Blogger Megan at 4/29/2011 1:34 PM

peachandblue was having trouble posting her comment, so I'm posting it here so she can be entered:

I'm not sure why the blogging network isn't letting me post comments, i think the world just hates me right now. xP My comment is. "If I could talk to anyone in the history of the world I would want to meet L. K. Madigan because I heard that she was amazing. I woudl ask her how she managed to over come cancer and ask her all about her books. It's a shame that she's gone now, and I really wish I could have met her when she was still alive. :)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 4/29/2011 2:56 PM

I have to say, this is a very simple question for me. my aunt died young of cancer when i was little and the one thing that has bothered me all my life is that i didnt know much about her. so i would want to talk to her. i would ask her everything. her favorite color to her favorite memory: as many questions as i could ask in the time we had together. i would tell her all about our family in the present. that her 3 little kids are doing great, that her husband is ok now, that everything is just alright.

(wow, i just realized how corney that sounded... but its true.)

Posted by: Blogger NikiRoche at 4/29/2011 2:57 PM

I'd want to meet, talk with Michael Turner (comic book creator/artist) and I would just love to ask him about his works, and how much they mean to me, and how he has made me into such a comic book clooector, I'd also let him know how amazing his company is doing now, and that even after his death he is still loved and remembeered by all his fans.

Great Question also Jeri :)

Posted by: Anonymous Danielle at 4/29/2011 3:34 PM

I don't know.

I would like to say that I would let the past be the past. I don't think it's a good idea for me to contact people from the past.

But I really don't know what I would's so very tempting...


Posted by: Blogger Mysteriousrose at 4/29/2011 4:32 PM

I would want to bring back my grandma. I lost her when I was eleven. We were very close, and I felt I could always tell her anything. I always felt she was gone too soon. :(

thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read HOURGLASS, and would *love* to win a copy!

ashelynnsanford at hotmail dot com.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 4/29/2011 4:47 PM

I would bring back Leonardo DaVinci. We would ride on a plane and make phone calls to each other. I'd show him Facebook and blogging. I have a feeling he wouldn't be very surprised, just impressed, and curious as to the mechanics of it all.

Thanks so much for the giveaway Jeri! I have heard such great things about this book, it would be great to read it. (I also can't wait to read Shift too!)

alice smith

Posted by: Blogger Alice Smith at 4/29/2011 10:00 PM

I'm not really sure who I'd bring back. Maybe someone like Cleopatra, just because it'd be cool.
I would love to talk to some random (but nice) person from the future just to find out a bit about what happens.


Posted by: Blogger JessS at 4/30/2011 6:07 AM

And the winner is....bqdell!

Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their heartfelt wishes. I admit I got choked up a few times.

I promise if you check out HOURGLASS when it comes out next month, you won't be disappointed!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 4/30/2011 10:23 AM

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