Friday, August 05, 2011

Round 3 teaser, and on to--aaaah!--Zachary's Round 4

As you may know, Zachary won his last matchup in YA Sisterhood's YA Crush Tournament last Wednesday, sending him to the Final Four!
Can you believe it? Just a few weeks ago, he was a lowly 25th and last seed. He's beaten dudes from infinitely better-known books. How? Through the hard work and immense creativity of his advocates, Fictitious Delicious.

My bribes didn't hurt, either.

Anyway, the next round is going on now, now, now, until 9am eastern tomorrow. You can vote once per computer or handheld device, so you know, if you happen to be stopping by the library, or at a friend's house....

I promised to post another Shine teaser if he won last week, and to donate $100 to the Tartan Army Children's Charity. Several bloggers and a fellow YA author pitched in, so our total was $450!

So this week...the bribe incentive is something bigger. Things always have to get bigger. Such is the way of storytelling.

And more complicated, because win or lose, good things will happen today if Zachary's supporters come out and vote.

For every 100 votes he receives, the following will happen:

1a) His advocates, Fictitious Delicious, will donate $5 to TACC. The last matchup had about 2500 votes on each side, so this could be huge.

b) An anonymous donor (not me, I swear, I'm poor now) will match total donations UP TO $500! (Edited to add: another blogger has just agreed to match another $50!)

2) I will tweet a snippet from Shine, under the hashtag #SHINEline. If you're not on Twitter, don't worry--I'll compile the lines and put them in a blog post next week, and that'll serve as the Shine teaser. After today, there are very few spoiler-free Zachary scenes. I never expected him to make it this far. Oops!


3) Fictitious Delicious will give away an ARC of SHINE.

Now, let me explain something really important:

My publisher does not print ARCs for third books in a series. But I'll be printing my own ARCs, a limited run of 20, because they're extremely expensive to make.

That's right:


Of these 20, 8 are already spoken for by SHIFT blog tour winners, which leaves


for you. Possibly.

3 now belong to Fictitious Delicious, Zach's advocates, because I told them they'd get one for every round of the tournament Zachary won.

Bottom line: these are super, super rare. If you want one, learn how you can win it from Fictitious Delicious today! Hint: it involves voting for Zach and getting other people to do it, too.

All that will happen even if Zachary loses. I want this round to be a fun. Getting to the Final Four, the Big Dance, is a party in itself.


I'll write and publish a short story from his point-of-view. Maybe from his pre-Aura days, maybe from a period during one of the books. Maybe from the future. Who knows? It'll come out either right before or right after Shine's publication, depending when it takes place.

So if you want more of the SHADE world, go vote for Zachary! (As of 9:45am, he's falling behind!)

And now, the Round Three-reward teaser, aka the grand finale....

(Note: the xxx's in the text are parts I had to redact to avoid spoilers/confusion.)

(Obligatory disclaimer: 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.)

Setting: Hotel room, somewhere in Northern Ireland. December 22. Evening. Aura and Zachary have had a Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day.


Zachary held still while I wound the bandage around his chest to cover the xxxxx xxxx.

Mostly still, anyway. After his fifth wince, he said, “Ever notice in the movies, the hero gets shot or stabbed and never even blinks, but when the beautiful girl is nursing his wounds, he can’t stop flinching?”

“That’s because of adrenaline. And Hollywood.” My face warmed at his indirectly calling me “beautiful.”

I pressed the last piece of tape onto his back, smoothing it against the gauze, then slid my fingers up and over the unbroken skin of his bare shoulder.

Zachary closed his eyes and breathed in deep. “Aura, d’ye think we could end this not-touching-each-other shite? It’s frankly killing me, as sure as any knife.”

“Me, too.”

I leaned forward to kiss him, but he slipped around me, tugging me out of the bathroom and toward the bed.

I stopped. “Wait. I still feel weird, after the xxxxxx, like xxxx’xx...xx me. Plus I’m kind of gross.” I held up my other arm, still faintly blood-stained. “Maybe if I take a shower—”

He let go of my hand. “Go. Hurry.”

“I’ll be quick.”

“I’ll be waiting.”

The hot water was just what I needed. Cascading over my scalp and shoulders, it chased away the last shadows of clamminess. I rested my palms against the sandy-tiled wall and let the flood caress the back of my neck, loosening the tension of the last twenty-four hours of—well, almost dying.

I’d been in the shower less than two minutes when a knock came at the door.

“Yeah?” I heard the door open. “Forget something?”

“Aye.” A sliver of curtain peeled back, enough to show one of Zachary’s vibrant green eyes, dark with desire. “I forgot how hard it is to think of you in the shower.”

I shifted back, the water now between us, blurring his image. “There’s not much room in here.”

“Aye.” He stepped inside, putting half his body under the spray. The lower half.

I lifted my hands. “Your bandage’ll get wet.”

“Aye.” He took my wrists and moved forward, pinning me against the hard, slick wall, arms above my head. Then he kissed me, settling himself fully under the stream of steaming water. Water that flowed from his once-forbidden skin onto mine, its path unbroken by air or space.

With my hands in his grasp and his name on my lips, I could believe that nothing—not even time itself—could tear us apart.



I saved the best for last, a video presentation for Zachary by Fictitious Delicious. It made me cry. And laugh. And realize that after knowing Team Kilt, no matter how the vote goes, I've already won.

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Man oh Man!!!! i'm dying over here!

Posted by: Blogger Kris & Tom at 8/05/2011 10:14 AM

That teaser was AWESOME! I cannot wait for Shine!!

Posted by: Blogger Jamie Manning at 8/05/2011 10:21 AM

Wow. I need a cold shower now. TEAM ZACHARY!!!

Posted by: Blogger Kelly Lyman at 8/05/2011 10:24 AM



Jeri, Jeri, Jeri!!


I love you.

That's all I have left to say.

Posted by: Blogger Fictitious Delicious at 8/05/2011 11:03 AM

O.O !!


Oh my, canna breathe!

How I <3 Jeri for posting this. Like super <3! :)

Posted by: Blogger cegluna at 8/05/2011 11:16 AM

I don't want it to end. *sniff* Damn, you are a good writer, Jeri. Zach is delicious. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 8/05/2011 11:20 AM

Excellent choice for a teaser--I feel thoroughly teased now :)

Heading over to Fictitious Delicious to max out my chances for an ARC. I do not want to have to wait until May! It is May, right?

Posted by: Blogger Barbara at 8/05/2011 11:22 AM

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Posted by: Blogger Miss Jessica at 8/05/2011 12:23 PM

Hi Jeri,

Its Amy from YA-Sisterhood! I am pretty sure I'm echoing Fictitious Delicious when I say "A shower scene?!?!" My word, I'm fanning myself as I make my kids lunch and not from the heat in the kitchen!

Also, I just wanted to say thanks for all your supports in the YA-Crush Tourney! Its been amazing!!! You guys are the reason why we blog & even have the crush tourney! You rock!!!

Posted by: Blogger AmyG@YA-Sisterhood at 8/05/2011 12:53 PM



Holy... something.

My brain doesn't work.

You officially broke me, Jeri.

Posted by: Blogger Brittany Howard at 8/05/2011 1:15 PM

Oh. Wow. So speechless right now, although my mind is racing with thoughts I can't turn off... LOL ;)

The trailer is awesome. Great work Ficticious Delicious!

And Jeri, I will keep my eye out on the mail box for my ARC of Shine... I mean, one of those is mine, right?... Right? :)

Posted by: Blogger Kendra at 8/05/2011 4:47 PM

Aye, your teasers are killing me ;)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 8/05/2011 5:04 PM

I think I'm blushing! But smiling too! I always wanted it to be Aura and Zachary!! Great teaser!


Posted by: Blogger BURIED IN BOOKS at 8/05/2011 5:23 PM


I believe Zachary's shower scene will rival that of Shane's. This is one of the hundreds of reasons we love you! Another great teaser...Thank you!!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 8/05/2011 7:47 PM

OH.MY.TEASER! Wow, just wow! I need Shine. Now. Like right this instant, now.

Congratulations on Zachary making it to the final four and now making it to the FINAL ROUND!! Woohoo! He's gonna have some stiff competition, but I think Team Kilt will come out on top.

*Fictitious Delicious are freaking amazing too! That Zachary trailer is phenomenal.

Posted by: Blogger Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) at 8/06/2011 10:15 AM

OOh yummy yummy yummy yummy and did I mention yummy?? I am going to go stand in my shower for 348 hours in the hopes that he shows up.

Posted by: Blogger Three Fixed Hearts at 8/07/2011 5:28 AM

Oh good Gawd *fans self, really, really fast*

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly Callegan at 8/10/2011 3:36 PM

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