Remember the YA Crush Tournament? Of course you do. Some of us are still catching up on sleep/work after it a month later. (And I know, I still owe you the final list of SHINElines!)
Because Logan really wants his own chance to win something, I'm holding a new giveaway, of some gorgeous art!
First, some background. When my husband and I traveled to Ireland and Glasgow (Zachary's hometown) this April so I could do research for Shine
, my friend Heather volunteered her fiance Fraser, a Glasgow native, to give us a tour and show us a good time.
Which he did. We were so lucky to see this beautiful city through the eyes of one of its own. Fraser answered my dumb questions and explained which things Scotland invented (hint: all the things). He only laughed a little (okay, a lot) when I said I'd wanted to see a Partick Thistle match.
And of course, he took us to some great pubs, like The Butterfly and the Pig and Òran Mór (the site of a very important Shine scene). He taught me of the wonder that is Crabbies Ginger Beer (it's like regular ginger beer, which is my favorite drink--but with alcohol, the way the good Lord intended).
Anyway, Fraser moved to the States this year, and as of a week ago, he and Heather are happily married! Unfortunately, that's not exactly the end of the story. You see, there are a million hoops to jump through to immigrate here, and some of those hoops are incredibly expensive. Heather explains it all on her blog
Luckily for all of us, Fraser is an amazing photographer and his business, Street Spirit Photo, has an Etsy shop
with all his prints for sale. Many images are from Glasgow and the surrounding area, making them the perfect gift for the Scot-o-phile in your life (especially if that Scot-o-phile is you).
This is one of my favorites, taken in the Necropolis on a day exactly like the one when we visited:
This next one I'm definitely buying for my office. It was taken out at Loch Lomond. Fog + flag = perfect inspiration for editing Shine (and one day writing Zach's story, "Shattered").
So for every "triangle tourney" round Aura, Logan, and Zachary win, I'll give away a Street Spirit photo print. Winner's choice! Each print is 5x7, matted to an 8x10 frame size, and each is signed and numbered.
All you have to do is go vote for Aura/Logan/Zach
(on the right sidebar) and leave a comment on the Day 8 post (make sure you mention Shade/Shift
or one or more of the characters so I can spot you). I'll draw a name at random tomorrow after the voting has closed at 7am eastern, and will post the winner here:
ROUND ONE WINNER: Lynn Marie! And guess what? Aura/Logan/Zach won Round 1, so the next round (and chance to win a Street Spirit print) will take place this SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17. Thanks for all your votes and support!
If the winner doesn't claim their prize within 24 hours, I'll draw another name. I want to order the prints ASAP so we can keep this happy couple together.
Thanks for your help!
Labels: Ireland/Scotland trip, SHADE series