Monday, July 11, 2011

ZOMG: Zachary wins Round One! (and promised SHINE teaser)

Thanks to the heroic (and I mean Braveheart/David-and-Goliath/300-Spartans heroic) efforts of Team Kilt, 25th-seeded Zachary Moore beat his 8th-seeded rival in Round One of the YA Summer Crushin' Tournament, in a huge upset!

If you haven't read Fictitious Delicious's amazing ode to Zachary, take a minute and check it out. It's sweet and hilarious, and I am in awe of their talent.

Round Two will be some time next week Monday, July 25 through Tuesday, July 26, and it's a perfect matchup. Zach's fellow foreign-accented, awesome-kisser rival is Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Should be a funny and friendly contest!

Anyway, I promised last week that for every round Zachary won, I would post a short teaser from Shine, and that each would take place at Ballyrock Castle. None will contain spoilers for those who've read Shade and Shift.

This first one takes place a few minutes after they arrive at their room, after Aura has flown across the Atlantic to meet Zachary in Ireland to celebrate their birthdays , witness the winter solstice at Newgrange, and hopefully solve the mystery of the Shift. And maybe do a few other things.

(Please note: this is a relatively rough version. It hasn't even been line edited, much less copyedited or proofread. So it's likely to improve a ton before the final version.)

Like the rest of the series, it's from Aura's (nervous, at this moment) point-of-view.

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Our hands lay a few inches apart on the balcony’s cold stone railing, but the distance might as well have been a few miles. That’s how hard it would be to join them. Because of what lay beyond.

But I spread my fingers wider, and he did the same, until the tip of my right pinky and the tip of his left pinky almost brushed. Almost.

The thick Irish mist seemed to fill my lungs, drowning me in fear and anticipation. I wasn’t sure what would kill me faster—touching Zachary or not touching him.

“Are y’hungry?” he finally asked in a low voice.

“No,” I whispered, not looking up.

“Thirsty?”

“Uh, yeah. No. I don’t know. Maybe.” I risked a glance at him. “What’s there to drink?”

“Water from the tap?” He gave a short, hoarse laugh. “I dunno why I’m acting like a waiter.”

I smiled, but looked away, down at the River Boyne, wishing it could lend me some of its silent silver serenity. “I don’t know, either.”

“I suppose, now that you’re in my part of the world, it feels like you’re my guest, and I want to make you, em...”

“Comfortable?”

“Happy.”

I summoned every scrap of courage and turned to face him full on. “You do. You always...” My voice trailed off, because I’d run out of breath.

"Aura." Zachary drew his top lip between his teeth, then spoke to the stone surface just beyond my feet. “I’ve tried to think of what I’d say and what I’d do right now. How I could make it everything you want.” With each quickening blink, his eyes shifted, never leaving the ground. “But then, I started to think it would never happen, that I’d never even see you again. And then every time I turned my mind to this moment, it went blank.” His lashes lifted to let his gaze meet mine. “I couldn’t imagine a future that would be so kind to us.”

My eyes burned with tears—of anger as much as sorrow or love. Whatever those bastards had done to him, the one thing I’d never forgive was the haunted look they’d put in his eyes.

“So I’m sorry,” he continued, “if I’m no’ quite the most, em, smooth person when it comes to these things. I never did sort out what to say and do, how to get from here—” He pointed to the space between our feet. “—to there.” He gestured behind him, toward the door, but at an angle. Toward the bed.

I took a shaky step forward, so that we almost touched. “You’re not the only one who can sort stuff out.”

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Whaddya think? Be nice--it's my birthday.

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28 Comments:

Eeee! Cannot wait to read this book in its entirety. Love the snippet. Love Zach.

Posted by: OpenID clairehennessy at 7/11/2011 1:43 PM

Wow. That was incredible, Jeri. I can't believe you gave us such a long excerpt! I'm so happy to see this, but it raises so many more questions. Which is why they call it a teaser, aye?

THANK YOU for giving US such a great present on YOUR birthday!

Posted by: Blogger Fictitious Delicious at 7/11/2011 1:44 PM

They need to touch each other...now. I can't keep holding my breath waiting for it any longer. LOVE IT!

Posted by: Anonymous Adrian at 7/11/2011 1:53 PM

AAAAAH! I love it! I got chills! And YES! Zachary won! Happy Birthday!!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Frankie Diane Mallis at 7/11/2011 1:54 PM

Ooh, happy birthday!! And very merry unbirthdays to the rest of us, because that was one amazing excerpt! Thanks so much for sharing it. I'm kind of dying a little inside, wanting to read more pronto. *sigh* =b

Posted by: Blogger Ashley @ Book Labyrinth at 7/11/2011 1:56 PM

WAIT WHO DID WHAT TO ZACHARY! AHHHH neeeed <3

Posted by: Blogger Jena at 7/11/2011 2:14 PM

Fantastic! Great combo of atmosphere, awkward teenage uncertainty, and electric desire in the air. Cannot wait to read the next snippet when Zach wins the next round. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Amy at 7/11/2011 2:20 PM

I didn't think it was possible to love Zach more, but that was great.

Posted by: Blogger D.M. Seymour at 7/11/2011 3:04 PM

Most excellent. Now I want SHINE even more!!

Posted by: Blogger Jana Oliver at 7/11/2011 3:05 PM

Ohmigod ohmigod I can't wait until Shine finally comes out!

Posted by: Blogger Addictedtolife at 7/11/2011 3:06 PM

OMG Super squeeeeee!!!! Love this. Can't wait for more. Must make sure Zachary makes it further so we get more of sweet sweet Zachary.

Posted by: Blogger Jen at 7/11/2011 3:18 PM

*sadface* *sighs* well, i guess it was inevitable.... :P

Posted by: Blogger Brooke at 7/11/2011 3:37 PM

Of course it's a knock-out! Can't wait for the next "teaser" when we win Round 2!! TEAM KILT!

Posted by: Blogger Kasey at 7/11/2011 4:01 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Cindy at 7/11/2011 5:21 PM

Oh. Em. Zee!!! So, so yummy. I am so giddy about this teaser, and dying for more! Happy Birthday to you, indeed! And we get the gift!

(sorry, I had posted it originally under the wrong sign on, so I deleted it and reposted it)

Posted by: Blogger Kendra at 7/11/2011 5:32 PM

Wow! you surely do not disappoint:D I can't wait to read SHINE!!!

Posted by: Blogger Patricia M at 7/11/2011 6:51 PM

This made me so verra glad to have voted 150 times! lol
Happy Birthday Jeri! Mine is next Monday & hopefully Zach will win round two so I can enjoy an awesome treat ;)

Posted by: Blogger cegluna at 7/11/2011 8:19 PM

I am sooo excited to read the book!!!!! This was an excellent teaser! Like others have said, thank you for giving US a wonderful present on your birthday! Hope you get to take some time away so that you can enjoy your birthday today :) Can't wait for it to come out!!!

Posted by: Blogger Garrett's Mum at 7/11/2011 9:19 PM

Oh, Jeri, I love you!! And I love Aura! This reminds me of Shift when Aura says "Don't tell me what I want". Go girl! Get that Scottish hunk!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! If I wrote amazing books like you, I'd post a teaser from one of them on MY birthday for YOU to enjoy!

Amy

Posted by: Blogger Fictitious Delicious at 7/12/2011 2:23 PM

Amazing! I cannot freaking wait for SHINE!!!

Happy Belated!

Posted by: Blogger Melissa Fonseca at 7/12/2011 9:04 PM

OMG! I want to read Shine so bad after that teaser! Oh, and Zach's adorable level just went through the roof :)

Happy belated birthday!!

Posted by: Blogger Daisy at 7/14/2011 3:06 PM

EEEEEP!!!!!
That was one amazing teaser! I can't wait for SHINE! :D

Happy belated birthday! Thanks so much for the wonderful excerpt! Even though it hasn't been edited, I wouldn't have been able to tell if I just read the teaser! It's sooo good! :D

Posted by: Anonymous Juli at 7/14/2011 7:30 PM

Thank you all so much for your comments on the SHINE teaser! It's very inspiring to hear. :-)

Don't forget to vote for Zachary next Monday/Tuesday in the YA Crush Tournament!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/20/2011 3:17 PM

Woo Hoo!!! I cannot wait for SHINE! And Happy Birthday! (throws cofetti and bakes virtual cupcakes)

Posted by: Blogger Bwyatt at 7/25/2011 10:01 AM

This made me so happy! But now I'm worried...lol Something happened to Zachary?? You're killing me (in a good way)!

Happy belated birthday :)

Posted by: Blogger Lindsi at 7/25/2011 1:46 PM

Well, first belated Happy Birthday wishes! And poor Zachary! It sounds like he's been through something awful! I didn't imagine them getting caught. Guess I'm not very imaginative am I? Just don't kill them off like their parents, okay? Well we don't know about Zachary's dad, but still....

Heather BuriedinBooks

Posted by: Blogger BURIED IN BOOKS at 7/25/2011 5:24 PM

That was an awesome clip...and if I would have logged on it would have been a great birthday present for me since apparently you & I share a birthday!!

Posted by: Blogger Jennifer711983 at 1/01/2012 9:10 PM

Wow, Jennifer, I've never met anyone who shared my birthday. Cool! (And glad you liked the teaser.)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/11/2012 2:58 PM

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