Monday, September 19, 2011

New Logan video, & announcing "Bridge Party" to celebrate Enthralled

(Reposted with new date so it'd stay at the top of the blog through Monday.)

EDITED TO ADD CONTESTS! For What It's Worth is giving away a signed/personalized copy of ENTHRALLED, and Fictitious Delicious is giving away signed ENTHRALLED swag to three people who comment on one of their Logan Keeley-related posts from the last week.

As you can see from the countdown widget, Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions, featuring Logan (from Shade)'s short story "Bridge," releases in less than six days! For more details on the anthology, see last week's post.

Since Logan and his fans were so supportive to Team Kilt during Zachary's run in the YA Crush Tournament, we're throwing him a Twitter party on Monday to celebrate the release of Enthralled:

  • To accommodate international folks, there'll be TWO #SHADEboys chats (with Logan and Zachary on Twitter), at 10am and 10pm eastern. There might be prizes--I'm seeing Flogging Molly on Saturday as part of the HFStival, and if they have any FM swag, I'll pick some up. EDITED TO ADD: Yes, I scored a Flogging Molly T-shirt! Also, I've got Keeley Brothers buttons and stickers from the SHADE CafePress store. Oh yes, there shall be swag.
  • Poetry contest! Tweet a short poem to Logan @Keeley_Logan with the hashtag #BRIDGEparty. If you're not on Twitter on Monday (or at all), or if your ode to him won't fit in 140 characters, you can leave it here in the comments to this blog post. Deadline: Tweet your poem between 12:00am and 11:59pm eastern, Monday, September 19. Prize: a signed (by me) HARDCOVER of Enthralled. Winner will be drawn at random, though depending how many author copies I get, I reserve the right to give extra prizes to outstanding entries. EDITED TO ADD: unlimited entries are permitted. I also won't be a stickler for the beginning of the tweet window--if it's a little early, that's okay.
  • At 12:01am midnight eastern Tuesday, I'll post the lyrics to "Forever," as promised, here on the blog. I think you're gonna like it.
  • With the release of the lyrics, I'll have another announcement regarding plans for Logan's "birthday/deathday party" taking place October 18/19. Even bigger stuff! (What can I say, we like to party.)

But first, Amy from Fictitious Delicious has a special treat for you! Remember the fabulous Team Kilt tribute to Zachary they did for the crush tourney? Well, now she's outdone herself for Logan.

Warning--grab your tissues!

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I am really looking forward to this! Thank you Jeri for all you do and bringing the Shade world to us.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly Callegan at 9/14/2011 1:05 PM

Jeri, thank you so much for this! Your dedication truly blows me away.

I agree about Fictitious Delicious--they completely outdid themselves! :)


Posted by: Blogger Diana Julianna at 9/14/2011 5:59 PM

The video was awesome! Zachary and Logan are two lucky boys ;-)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/15/2011 2:42 PM

I'm @TabithaMichelle on Twitter. My poem was way more than 140 characters! lol
Wounded, lonely, sad, and aching
Didn't know how much of me you were actually taking
What I thought was love turned in to sorrow
You left me tonight, what will I do tomorrow?
Sit here and think to myself, what was I thinking
I have a pit in my stomach, a feeling of sinking
To the bottom of a massive hole
I loved you with every single part of my soul
You promised me the world, anything that I wanted
Now I cry at night, my memories haunted
I try to tell myself I'll get over the pain
Laying in my bed, as my tears fall like rain
From the dark gray clouds in the sky
Was it worth it? Your little lie
Was there any truth to the words that were spoken?
How do I fix me, someone so broken

Posted by: Blogger Tabitha Michelle at 9/19/2011 12:59 AM

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Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/19/2011 2:19 AM

Your eyes haven't lost their spark,
They can still move me.
But will you still be there,
If I close my eyes and count to three?

You push me out,
You pull me in.
I feel like I'm riding on a wave,
But I don't know where it begins.

I try to look away from you,
Up, down, and all around.
But your eyes show me more,
More than anything in the sky or on the ground.

It's intense, your gaze,
Like you can see into my soul.
Just looking into them
Makes me lose every ounce of control.

I would be happy, so happy,
If you could stare at me forever.
Now the only time I see you,
Is in the rain or stormy weather.

I reach out to touch your face, a shape,
And I feel like you're looking only at me.
My fingers curl around your cheek,
I close my eyes and count to three.

When I open them again,
It's just my hand where your face used to be.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/19/2011 2:45 AM

Before you read this you should definitely know there are
**Spoilers for SHADE**

Logan was a boy with much love in his heart
He had lots of talent; he was good at his art
A master of guitar that could have made it big
Siblings by his side, they could have played many gigs

Witty and charming, kind and sweet was he
The boy could have had the world but it wasn’t meant to be
A night of success should have brought gaiety
But instead it ended in pure tragedy

Logan made a mistake resulting in death
Poor Aura and all who knew him are now left bereft
Instead of losing just Aura, Logan lost it all
No one suspected how far he could fall

Logan loves Aura, even death could not part
He said it was “Forever” she’d be in his heart
Unable to pass on, Logan stays and he lingers
They talk into the night; they swear “Spider” fingers

Logan is violet, detests colors red
Aura avoids it when making her bed
They listen to music and reminisce
Sometimes they both share in a ghostly kiss

In preparation to move on
Logan sang Aura her song
It was achingly sweet, made tears streak her cheek
As he sang and then left, Aura never did speak

Logan’s story is heart breaking, his life was cut short
He had to rehash it testifying in court
How can you explain to those from your past
The details of how it ended so fast?

Logan tried to pass on but that went awry
It wasn’t the time to say goodbye
His anger betrayed him and clouded his sight
Only love and belief could bring back his light

His story is longer, Logan’s path isn’t yet done
But to tell that story, I am not the one
To learn more about Logan, you’ll have to read more
Shift, Shine & Bridge hold lots more in store

Posted by: Blogger Marissa at 9/19/2011 4:21 AM

I am blown away by these poems. They are beautiful! <3

Posted by: Blogger Ginger @ GReads! at 9/19/2011 8:53 AM

hey! i've already tweeted this as a pic but just in case you didnt get it, i'll post it here too...

To write a poem, i'm not used to
But for Logan Keeley, anything i will do
He makes me smile, he makes me cry
But make no mistake, he's a wonderful guy

He may have died quite too early
But I shall carry out his legacy
Of happiness, rocking and the greatness of loving
With Logan, my life will never be boring

This poem cant even give him justice
Coz such a great guy he truly is
Just remember, Logan, when you pass
Your memories will always remain with us


Posted by: Blogger Nicole Lualhati at 9/19/2011 8:55 AM

here's another one for the Irish Punk Rocker we all LOVE... also tweeted this as a pic...

LOVER, that's what he really is
Of life, of music, of Aura, goes on the list
Giver of happines, provider of fun
Always so sweet, and smart like none!
Never forgotten, he'll always be number one!

Kilt-wearing zachary is still no match
Everone knows Logan's the real catch
Everything he does makes me love him more
Logan is full of rockin' love up to his core
Even though in this world you'd have to part
Your greatness will always remain in my heart <3

p.s. check out the first letters of each line. hope you like it..


Posted by: Blogger Nicole Lualhati at 9/19/2011 8:57 AM

This is so intense. I'm so freaking thrilled. You are awesome. My poem will be coming soon.

Posted by: Blogger Triquetra at 9/19/2011 10:25 AM

Ok, how could I possibly pass this up. Below is a not so good attempt at a poem for Logan, but it was just too much fun!

In violet he's trapped
then one day he snapped
Reduced to a shade
through Aura was saved
Still stuck as a ghost
but luckier than most
His glow can fade
and a connection be made
The details aren't clear
but twice a year
for Logan their's hope
As long as he's not such a dope.

(Logan, I am truly sorry about that last line, but lets face it. You were a dope. But its forgiven. You have since become smarter. XOXO)

Posted by: Blogger Bwyatt at 9/19/2011 11:10 AM

The depth of forever none shall know
Our lives, our love, forever failing to grow
Except those of us who’ve once died
There is nothing; tears have been cried

Those who remain are heavy in heart
Those who remember us must make a new start
We watch from afar; they go on as they should
Wanting to hold again, knowing we never could

The rhythm slows, my heart comes to an end
My love watches me leave, to Heaven he must send
He shall need me, want me, miss me - this I trust
Though I am nothing, I am of only the dust.

Hold my hand as my soul says goodbye
Please don’t be sad and I beg you don’t cry
For I will be with you and be blissful I will
You promised to love me, though I’m gone still

(Yeah, longer than a tweet. love, lavender girl AKA 3fixedhearts)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/19/2011 11:54 AM

This is from Aura's perspective.

I wake up screaming, tears streaming down my face
Logan, sweet Logan, you're not in your usual place
I look around me, but all I see
Is a lonely, empty space where your life used to be

You sang to me, a beautiful song
Logan, sweet Logan, what went wrong?
I blame myself for not being there
I would give anything to run my fingers through your hair

I miss the feeling of your hands around my waist
Logan, sweet Logan, I miss gazing at your beautiful face
You said you would never leave me, you lied
You died

You left me here all alone
Logan, sweet Logan, I wish you could have known
You're somewhere far away now
But I can still feel you with me someway, somehow

I miss your face, your touch, every single day
Logan, sweet Logan, I wish things didn't have to be this way
I'm giving you up, you've been released
I hope you find happiness and peace

I will still love you forever and always
Logan, sweet Logan, you were the sun on my dark days
I tell myself now that this is for the best
Logan, my love, you can finally rest

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/19/2011 11:58 AM

another poem for my beloved punk rocker:

As I go through my dismal days
Sad and alone, my spirit i cant raise
Thankfully there's a man who never fails
To put a smile on my lonely face

He's name is Logan, ever so dear
He is a ghost, but no need to fear
To harm you, he will never ever do
He is far to kind to even hurt you

He is a man of music, advocate of Art
But make no mistake, he's also very smart
Witty and handsome, warm and full of fun
He's also romantic and as HOT as the sun

To be a rockstar is what he wanted to be
But fate had other plans for Logan Keeley
On his birthday, his happiest night
To everyone's horror, Logan Keeley died

But he still remained to hang around
In places he once visited, he can be found
He stayed to make sure everyone he loves knows
That despite his death, his love for them still grows

But another reason why he doesn't pass
Is because he fears they'll forget the past
Leave him behind, move on at last
And he'd be nothing more than a patch of grass

To forget Logan, that will never happen
As if your COOLNESS can even be forgotten!
So Logan, my love, no need to fret
I assure you, you are someone we will NEVER FORGET <3


Posted by: Blogger Nicole Lualhati at 9/19/2011 1:39 PM

Wow Jeri! They're so many beautiful poems, Logan is definitely a well loved boy-ghost!

My short little poem...


I wonder where you are,
Are you lonely, or happy or sad?
Logan you are pure flamming heat,
You are the reason my heart skips a beat.

Posted by: Blogger ThamyDuff at 9/19/2011 1:52 PM

You guys are making me cry BIG TIME! And Logan, too. ;-)

Seriously, though, this is amazing. You make these characters feel even more real to me than they ever did before, which is saying a lot.

OK, I'm going to copy the Tweet-poems into the comments, 5 at a time, so they'll be preserved in one place for posterity:

From @stil29:

@keeley_logan violets are blue and roses are red it doesn't matter that you are dead!

From @BrookeWorm33, Brooke Lynn G.:

@jsmithready @keeley_logan Would this poem be acceptable? Roses are red, violets are blue, you're Logan Keeley and i really wanna do you?

From @3fixedhearts, Melissa:

@BrookeWorm33 @jsmithready @keeley_logan roses r red, violets r blue, brooke wants 2 do you and i do, too

From @andyswife25, Jennifer Anderson

@keeley_logan I will carry all I can on my shoulders to lift the heavy load of yours allow me to carry far and wide just allow me love you forever.

From @lindsiking Lindsi King:

@keeley_logan @3fixedhearts @BrookeWorm33 Roses are red, violets are blue, Logan would choose me, instead of you two. :-P

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/19/2011 2:46 PM

MORE Twitter poems!

From @BrookeWorm33, Brooke Lynn G.:

Unlimited entries you say? @keeley_logan is violet, shamrocks are green, he's also the sexiest boy i've EVER seen! <3

From @lindsiking, Lindsi King:

Your eyes haven't lost their spark, they can still move me. Will you still be there, if I close my eyes and count to three?

From @Kimberdee, Kimberly Callegan:

@keeley_logan I wanna be your gurl-I know you'd blast my er, world- You effin rock- @moore_zachary is wearin' violet socks!

From @jenduffey, Jennifer Duffey:

First it was @moore_zachary then came the chance for @keeley_logan to be free. Now I think maybe I could be #TeamKeeley #BRIDGEparty

From @Kimberdee, Kimberly Callegan:
Yo- Der is dis fictional boy-I tear him up like chips ahoy-He make me shout fo joy- @keeley_logan #forever my boy toy - #word

From @MarissaOdom, Marissa:

Logan was perfect and strong
He could sing a damn good song
Some gals love him best
But never in jest
Loving Logan you cannot go wrong

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/19/2011 2:58 PM

And MORE tweet-poems!

From @MarissaOdom, Marissa:

You sang & you played the guitar
As a ghost you can haunt near & far
Logan, we love you
Without having to try to
You'll ever be our favorite star

From @MarissaOdom, Marissa:

Ahoy, ye lassies & batten yer hatches!
For I've got a lad to beat ALL your matches
Logan Keeley is about whom I speak
To describe him it could take a week
But Shiver me timbers!
This lad's got quick fingers
Whether picking or strumming
He’ll get your heart pumping
And make your sea legs go weak

From @MarissaOdom, Marissa:

You grew on me like moss on stone; slowly, silently, creeping across the surface of my heart to grab hold "Forever."

From @BritneyWyatt, Britney Wyatt:
O Logan, Logan! Wherefore art thou Logan? Deny thy death & refuse thy glow. And forever be my rock hero! (smirk)

From @poisonivyred, Kelsey:

I’m lost in this world without you,
You left me with no air to breathe,
No solace to run to.
Nothing but pain with no hope of reprieve.
One day I’ll no longer have a heart to break.
You’ve taken my soul & buried it deep.
So I’ll lie here damaged, no more pain can I take.
I’ll be alone forever, trapped in this never-ending sleep.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/19/2011 3:14 PM

Posting my latest one- I tweeted it earlier ;)

My dearest @keeley_Logan u stole my heart-

No other book can keep us apart-

Violet is now my favorite color-

I'll always love you like no other-

You are one hot rockin' ghost-

#Forever in you I will be engrossed-

This to you I #teamShadeBoys and spider swear-

Living fictitiously in the Shade series is better than anywhere!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly Callegan at 9/19/2011 3:58 PM

STILL more tweet poems:

From @tamsbookramble, Tamara Basic:

Maybe you're not perfect,
but maybe you don't need to be.
Maybe she's not worth it,
and maybe you're the one for me.

From @JessicaXxXLW, Jessica Wright:

In love I lost,
But not forgot.
What I had now gone,
No more you belong.
The passion and desire,
dwindle without your fire,
and I see the hope inside me along.
The purple haze of fright,
never thought that it would be that night.
But still inside I know.
Love will forever aglow.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/19/2011 5:29 PM

Just my heart
You don't have to move mountains, just my heart
Tho they might be one in the same
The task may seem great
But you can withstand any obstacle
Meet it, defeat it to conquer my heart
It may try to resist you, your beauty and charm
Your words and your deeds shall make me undone
Therefore my champion are you up for the task
To conquer this heart and make it yours at last?

Sing to Me
Try as I might I can never touch you again
I remember the smell of your skin, your whisper soft fingers, your breath mingling with mine
So close yet so far

Sing to me through the night
Make me remember the things we did
Make me forget the things we won't ever do

The world will never be the same again without you
So I'll lock you away deep down in my heart
And visit when I can bear the pain

Sing to me through the night
Make me remember the things we did
Make me forget the things we won't ever do

Posted by: Blogger Marissa at 9/19/2011 6:48 PM

Surrounded by a violet hue, red repels you, but your spirit and light always let you SHINE through. I'm a blogger, not a poet.

Bad poetry aside I wanted to celebrate Logan's big day because I love him, I love you and I loved Bridge.


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 9/19/2011 8:34 PM

@SapphireNight83 on twitter. Here we go.

Haunting Ghost

Longing to be with you again.
He only wants to touch you.
Hold you.
Yet he can only float by your side.

Unfinished Business

One final night with her,
That's all he wants.
To be by her side,
And proclaim his love. He waits by her bedside
Until she sends him away.
Always by her side,
He can never let her go.

Cruel Afterlife

Her cries break his stiffened heart.
Death had him in a headlock.
He could not wipe a single tear from her face.

The last one I already submitted to twitter, but I gave it an official title. Thanks Jeri, you're amazing!

Posted by: Blogger Meghan Raine at 9/19/2011 8:44 PM

And yet MORE tweet poems:

From @marisolgaddi, Maris♥l:

Am sitting in class,
pretending to listen
But 'I wonder...' thinks this lass
of the #BRIDGEparty she's missin'

She had fun last night chatting, nevertheless,
with @keeley_logan, @moore_zachary, and some new found friends!

From @SapphireNight83, Meghan Raine:

Her cries break his stiffened heart.
Death had him in a headlock.
He could not wipe a single tear from her face.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/19/2011 8:58 PM

Hope this works even though I didn't tweet it first!


My shirt’s hanging open
My heart’s hanging out
I can’t fix it, I can’t fix a damn thing

I see your naked skin and my soul aches to touch you
To go where your fingers go
To kiss that spot behind your ear just One. More.Time
No, screw that. A Million More Times

I’m burning alive like I’ve swallowed hell itself
Rage ricochets inside my head until the darkness starts to eat my soul
But you call me back, you pull me in

I’m scared to leave
I’m scared to stay
I don’t know what the fuck I want

I just want you.

Wait for me, Aura.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 9/19/2011 9:31 PM

The first note starts, a song begins.
Liar, fire course its ends.
Verses I will never sing,
audiences I will never gain.
A billion words and whispered secrets,
in a song hidden for lovers and poets.
Chorus roaring,
the crowd goes wild.
But in the music,
is nothing mild.
Sadness and grief are not single words.
They are phrases, music cutting like swords.
The end is coming, though it's not welcome.
If I have one more chance, one more song, one more day...
the chance will never come.

Posted by: Blogger Diana Julianna at 9/19/2011 9:34 PM

Okay, okay...

Here goes again:

Hearts twist, they grow, they sing, they expand.
They shrink, they break, they shatter, they end.
But there is a cure, and it's looking at you.
Even as a ghost, the feeling's nothing but true.
There's a thousand things to say, a thousand things to do,
but no matter how hard I try I don't know if you believe, too.
Maybe it's wrong, maybe it's cruel,
but how will I choose, between him and you?
Maybe I've already chosen, my heart won't admit.
The part of me you took, it's coming back, bit by bit.
But no matter what, I will never forget you.
And I'll love you forever, because you're the first love I knew.

... Can you tell I'm not a poet?

Posted by: Blogger Diana Julianna at 9/19/2011 9:50 PM

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