Saturday, March 17, 2012

Team Kilt St. Patrick's Day party & SHINE ARC giveaway begins!

It's St. Patrick's Day, and that means...another Team Kilt party! The Burns Night party in honor of Zachary was such fun, we had to give Logan his due and celebrate the Irish side of Shade. Because we are all Team Kilt, even Logan.

My blogging co-host for this event is the fabulous Shade fansite,, which just had a bee-yoo-tiful redesign. They're hosting a St. Patrick's Day giveaway hop (and doing a giveaway themselves), so check it out and visit each of the blogs linked at the bottom of their post. Be sure to check back throughout the day to see if any new ones have been added. The winner of each blogger's giveaway gets entered into the drawing for the FINAL SHINE ARC. Woo-hoo!

And don't forget our special events. All times are Eastern Daylight, Saturday, March 17. (Europeans, please note the time change since the US starts daylight savings time a couple weeks before you do. We'll be only 4 hours behind the UK, for instance, instead of 5 hours.)

CHATS (use hashtag #SHADEboys. Easiest way to follow is at Tweetchat):

10-11:30am: #SHADEboys + Aura chat. Come ask Logan, Zachary, and Aura anything!

Each question earns one entry into the SHINE ARC drawing, even if I don't have time to answer all of them.

I'll also give away 5 signed TeamKilt SHADE series bookplates, which are exclusively available at TeamKilt events (i.e., they can't be requested like regular bookplates). There are a total of 9 different designs, so you can collect a bunch by coming to the different events.

7-8:30pm: #SHADEboys music party! This one'll have an Irish theme, naturally. Share your own videos and earn an entry into the SHINE ARC drawing. I'll also give away 5 TeamKilt SHADE bookplates.

#SHADEboys chat giveaways are open internationally.


So for the "Kiss Me I'm Irish" giveaway, I asked each blogger to either discuss their favorite thing(s) about Ireland, or tell their favorite kiss story (and it's not too late to add your own post if you like).

Since my husband and my mom read my blog, I'm gonna skip the kissing and go with the Irish thing. I am part Irish, O'Donnell on my Nana's side (and that's pronounced NEH-neh, not NAN-uh like short for banana, no way), so one day I would love to visit County Donegal and see our castle.

Not bad, yeah? Though it's part of the Republic of Ireland, Co. Donegal is even farther north than most of Northern Ireland. The slogan is "It's different up here." Many Donegal folks still speak Gaelic, the Ulster variety that is similar to Scots Gaelic, and they have a lot of ties to Scotland, especially the city of Glasgow.

Basically what I'm saying is I WANT TO GO TO THERE.

But that's not what I'm here to talk about and give away. (What? Did you think I was giving away a castle? Ha! It's not even ours anymore, since the Flight of the Earls.) I'm here to talk about one of my favorite bands, a band that inspired Shade in its earliest days:

The Keeley Brothers, (the up-and-coming band in Shade, if you haven't read it), were largely modeled after Flogging Molly. I watched hours of their videos again and again, in an attempt to capture their amazing energy and reproduce it on the page.

Frontman Logan Keeley worships Flogging Molly. When he dies and becomes a ghost, he begs his parents to scatter his ashes at the Hill of Tara and at Molly Malone’s, the Los Angeles bar where Flogging Molly first played. His fiercest hope when he was alive was to continue the tradition of Irish-American punk rock and lend it his own skate-punk flavor.

Even after Logan’s death, Flogging Molly remains a big part of his musical awareness. He sings Aura to sleep with the painfully appropriate “If I Ever Leave This World Alive.”

I saw them in concert last year, and when this song came on I started to cry, just like I always did at home. I mean, look at this first verse:

If I ever leave this world alive
I'll thank you for the things you did in my life
If I ever leave this world alive
I'll come back down and sit beside your feet tonight.

Wherever I am you'll always be
More than just a memory
If I ever leave this world alive

It's Logan and Aura in Shade, comforting each other after his death. I remembered how raw those feelings were when I wrote that book, especially at the beginning when I was discovering the characters and their story. I felt it all again, over three years later.

But then when the band got to that last part, where it goes:

She says, I'm okay
I'm all right.
Though you have gone from my life.
You said that it would
Now everything should
be all right.

My tears dried up, and I started screaming the lyrics with the rest of the crowd. For me, for Aura, it was finally the song of strength it was meant to be.

Because eventually, everything is all right.


Wanna find out exactly how it becomes all right in Shine? Enter my giveaway here and all the other giveaways on the hop, for your chance to win the final ARC.

My prize is

1) a copy of the Flogging Molly Live at the Greek Theatre DVD/double-CD set. I have it and I love it!


2) a Keeley Brothers tote bag, signed sticker, and signed button (the button with the black background, currently only available to Street Team members)


3) A signed paperback of Shade.

To enter, leave a comment below telling me something you love about Ireland or the Irish. Double entries to those who name Irish bands, because I'm always looking for new ones.

Deadline: 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, March 20. International entries welcome.

EDITED TO ADD: And the winner of this giveaway is...Julie W! The drawing for the final SHINE ARC will take place after 12:01am Friday, March 23. EEP!

Hope to see you at the chats, and if not, have a fantastic St. Patrick's Day weekend!


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Oh my... you made my eyes all teary because of that song. I remember Aura and Logan and though I am TeamKilt, I always love love love Logan. Oh wait, what do I love about Ireland? Yeah, that's the question, right? lol. I'm carried away again...

Anyway, I haven't been to Ireland but I always want to. I began wanting to go there since I read Shade. (so I guess that's your fault Ms. Jeri ;P hehe. ) Though I don't know what I would find there, I am absolutely sure that it will be worthwhile... I heard that Irish people are so nice and welcoming... Who wouldn't want to visit a beautiful place with kindhearted people? :)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! And super thank you for this wonderful event + giveaways. And yay, thank you for giving international readers a chance to win =)

God bless and more power! You rock! Xoxo.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/17/2012 2:31 AM

Well you know I love Flogging Molly and If I Ever Leave This World Alive is a favorite of mine. I also love the Dubliners Home Boys was the "bar song" where I bartended.


Posted by: Blogger Jaime at 3/17/2012 2:37 AM

I have wanted to vist the fair green isle since watching Ballykissangel (a Sunday evening light drama that was on in the early 90's) and then even more so when I read Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawkes. If you haven't read it then you really must. It would be an awesome road trip for Team Kilt to do!
It begins -
"It's not Bollocks."
"Yes it is. Nobbody could ever get a lift with a fridge."
"They could in Ireland, it's a magical place."
and so the story goes. We travel to Bunbeg and cross the water to Tory Island to have tea with a king, down the west coast where we see the fridge go surfing, get christened and named, to Cape Clear Island in the southwest and an inccident with a young lady from New Zealand and a dog kennel. Get to know all the eccentric people they meet on the way, fall in love with Ireland yourself, because Ireland is, to be sure, a magical place.

Oh and my favourite Irish bands - The Corrs - Forgiven Not Forgotten, Enya - Shepherd Moon and The Undertones. Hubbys list is very long!

Posted by: Blogger claire at 3/17/2012 4:00 AM

Such a great post thanks you

I would be delighted to win this prize thank you for opening it to international

i love the traditional music and dance

Happy St Patrick's day


Posted by: Blogger miki at 3/17/2012 5:01 AM

as for irish band i only know one because my brother is fan " the Corrs"

thanks you again

Posted by: Blogger miki at 3/17/2012 5:02 AM

If I ever got to see Ireland in person, I'm sure the countryside would be my favorite thing. I think for me, it would have to be a toss up between the accent and the music. I always wanted to have a cool accent....

Posted by: Blogger Christine Manzari at 3/17/2012 8:28 AM

I would love to go to Ireland just to visit the countryside and all the gorgeous land and of course castles! I also really like Riverdance. I went to see that probably 4 or 5 times growing up and still enjoy watching it. I was always a tapper and it's like extra awesome tap dancing : ) As for music, I'm a big fan of a lot of the instrumental stuff because it's so fast paced and happy sounding!! I also like celtic thunder for the same reason-they have songs that are fun and covers of some classic american songs too : )

Posted by: Blogger alicia marie at 3/17/2012 11:58 AM

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Ireland is such a beautiful place it'd be awesome to visit!! The music and dancing are obviously awesome too!! :)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/17/2012 12:19 PM

It's sad that I know next to nothing about the Irish, considering I'm part Irish, but I do love the accents and the scenery. Thanks for the giveaway and all the fun at the #SHADEboys chat earlier! :)

Posted by: Blogger Poochylover at 3/17/2012 12:43 PM

I've never been to Ireland but I would love to! It seems like a beutiful place.

One thing I really like about Ireland is the Irish Folklore. All the stories and mythology are fascinating.

Irish Bands - There's The Corrs that I really like; The Cranberries; U2; Westlife, Enya... :P

Happy St. Patricks Day and thanks for the giveaway!

Posted by: Blogger Carla at 3/17/2012 12:51 PM

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)) Something I love about the Irish: the accents! Irish Bands: The Dubliners, The Cranberries, and The Corrs!

Posted by: Blogger Kristen at 3/17/2012 1:03 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Kristen at 3/17/2012 1:04 PM

Kris, I deleted your second comment with your email address, which will hopefully avoid you getting spammed. But it came to my email, so don't worry about reposting it. :)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/17/2012 1:16 PM

The castle! The lyrics! *swoon*

love love love

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/17/2012 3:02 PM

What I love about Ireland? It's beauty, the scenery is just breathtaking, those landscapes to me are just magical!
I so wish I can visit it someday, I've gotten to meet a couple of irish friends and they're so nice, I can't believe my luck!

As to irish bands, my ultimate irish band is The Cranberries n_n

Posted by: Blogger Gaby Pendragon at 3/17/2012 3:15 PM

Awesome post! Great giveaway! Thanks for being awesome! I don't know of any Irish bands but I do like the song "Chambermaid" by Emilie Autumn. There's a "celtic" version that sounds pretty sweet!

Posted by: Blogger Triquetra at 3/17/2012 3:48 PM

Great post. Thanks for the giveaway Jeri. I've never listened to Flogging Molly so I guess I'd better start. The only Irish band I've ever listened to is U2, although I did always love the soundtrack to The Commitments (I'm pretty sure that's Irish).
I love how green Ireland always looks. Where I live everything is always white (snow) or brown.

Posted by: Blogger Lisa (Reading to the Moon) at 3/17/2012 4:29 PM

Thanks so much for the awesome post and giveaway!! I love everything about Ireland, from the lush green countryside to the ruins to Guinness!! And lest we forget, we got Colin Ferrell courtesy of Ireland! My people hail from County Clare and we still have some family there, and it's a dream of mine to go visit them one day with my 4 sisters!

As for Irish music, I have always loved Flogging Molly! My son turned me onto them many years ago! I also love Celtic Woman - their music is SO beautiful, and Dropkick Murphys!

jwitt33 at live dot com

Posted by: Blogger In Julie's Opinion at 3/17/2012 6:19 PM

Do the Pogues count? They aren't Irish, but Celtic, which is close....

Anyway. I can say "kiss me I'm Irish" and get away with it! Haha. Not full Irish (there's English and SCOTTISH too), but a lot (got the red hair and pale skin to show it). I'd have to say my favorite thing is the scenery. It's one of my top places to visit.

And the music. And the ACCENTS!!!!!!!!!!! ;0)

Posted by: Blogger Mandie Baxter at 3/17/2012 9:49 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the folklore...and Celtic Woman. <3

Posted by: Blogger Ash at 3/17/2012 10:56 PM

Thanks for the giveaway! I love blog hop! It's a great way to discover new blogs!

Katrina @ Kindred Dreamheart

Posted by: Blogger kindreddreamheart at 3/18/2012 1:24 AM

Great band!

I like the accents, scenery and folklore.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 3/18/2012 1:30 AM

Aw that song!! I have to say one of the things I love about Ireland is how GREEN it is!! It's simply amazing, you don't see green like that everywhere. Also the accent. I have a big thing for accents and the Irish accent *swoon* LOL! also I have started reading up on Irish myths and they are so INTERESTING!! They are so different to myths we have in Aussie land. It's incredible!

(Twitter: @LovesBooks96)

Posted by: Blogger Pavan at 3/18/2012 6:19 AM

Such a great post! I have always been intrigued about Ireland and all the myth and folklore surrounding it. Maybe because I'm NOT Irish so I was curious what makes it so amazing, and there are so many things!

One favorite thing that sticks with me daily is Irish Music. I do like many of the bands that have been mentioned previously: Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Cranberries, U2, etc. At total risk of dating myself, I also like the 90s alt rock band Ash. ;)

Posted by: Blogger Janette at 3/18/2012 8:24 AM

I love the music. The dances. The way Irish pronounce some words and their mythologies :)

Thanks for making it international :)


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/18/2012 10:13 AM

My favourite thing about Ireland is probably just the people and their history (and the gorgeous countryside, and the music, and... okay, lots of awesome stuff about Ireland, clearly). I'm also enchanted with the country because my family on my Dad's side is Scotch Irish, so I'd love to keep researching and find the parish that they came from.

Thanks for the fab giveaway! =)

Posted by: Blogger Ashley @ Book Labyrinth at 3/18/2012 10:44 AM

Thanks for the fab giveaway!
My fav thing about Ireland... Culture, history and (I am not sure if this is even Irish, but I am going to say it anyways) Irish Scream BBQ sauce. Had on pork chops yesterday, very tasty! :)

Posted by: Blogger Caleigh at 3/18/2012 8:27 PM

There are so many things about Ireland that are so beautiful yet in a way sad as well, the landscape is beautiful as is it's history but both have been stained by blood and death so many times in the last few hundred years....

My current favorite Irish groups are as follows:

Celtic Woman and the brother group, Celtic Thunder
The Cranberries

Posted by: Blogger Musical Life at 3/18/2012 9:09 PM

I'd go to visit an Irish library, and to see some historical sites with my husband's family- who have a greater Irish heritage than I do.

For music enjoyment: Afro Celt Sound System

For FYI awesome: Rodrigo y Gabriella got popular and learned English in Dublin. Mexicans with Irish accents = <3

Posted by: Blogger madhousemirror at 3/19/2012 12:18 AM

This is by far my favorite song by Flogging Molly! My sister is a part of Team Kilt and she raves about Shade and I would love to win this book so I could gush with her. Hehehe :) I hope to visit Ireland and as for my favorite thing about it, it would either be the historical aspects or the music. The culture and people just seem so wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome prize. By the way, thanks to Damian Mcginty being on The Glee Project, I got to hear Celtic Thunder, and those men are so amazing! Also, another good Celtic band is Tartanic, they play bagpipes and big drums! They go to Arizona's Rennaisance Festival and are super awesome!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Sarbee at 3/19/2012 4:54 PM

My favorite thing about Ireland is Irish coffee...yum. Also Irish soda bread, that stuff is awesome.

Posted by: Blogger Jill Kaplan at 3/19/2012 7:42 PM

My love of the Irish... My hubby, Logan Keeley, Jameson, the history, mystery, architecture and lands of Ireland. Maybe hubby will take me one day!! As far as music, I'm in love with Irish influenced Dropkick Murphys. And Flogging Molly rocks it. Big fan on The Cranberries, and just discovered The Aftermath. Thx for the GW ;)

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly Callegan at 3/20/2012 10:50 AM

Congrats to Jill W., who won my giveaway of the Keeley Brothers swag, the Flogging Molly DVD/CD & the signed SHADE paperback!

The drawing for the final ARC of SHINE will take place after midnight!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/22/2012 10:52 AM

PS: Thanks to everyone who entered, and especially for the music recommendations! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/22/2012 10:53 AM

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