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Harlequin TEEN’s Reading Into Romance Blog Tour + Giveaway: Guest Post with Rachel Vincent

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Harlequin TEEN’s spring Reading into Romance

Spring is in the air and HarlequinTEEN wants you to fall in love! And they have just the books to make that happen!

In this epic tour, we’ll be featuring 9 authors and their amazing, toe-curlingly romantic books!

I love this blog tour by Harlequin TEEN and Kismet Book Touring that celebrates some of my favorite authors this spring. And I am so super excited to be a part of it and have the very amazing and enormously talented Rachel Vincent stop by to talk about why romance is so important to her stories.

As one of my favorite authors of all time, who has two series ending this spring that have just the right amount of romance, romantic tension and chemistry, I loved getting to hear her thoughts on the subject. Especially since I am one of those readers who, through practically every book in the Soul Screamers series, wondered about the state of the relationship of two of her characters.

And while I would never reveal what happened in WITH ALL MY SOUL – yes I read it, and yes it was awesome – or any of the books in the Soul Screamers series, I will just say that this amazing author has definitely not “underestimated the importance of romance” in any of her stories.

Anyway…

You’re not here to read my ramble. You’re here to read what Rachel Vincent has to say. And if you haven’t yet taken a peek at the description for WITH ALL MY SOUL, the final book in the Soul Screamers series, I have some information about it and places to find it online included in this post. And for those of you who haven’t yet checked out this series, there are some brief descriptions for each of the books also included below.

Rachel Vincent will also be stopping at Parajunkee and The Bookish Brunette today for the tour. So you’ll definitely want to visit both of those blogs, if you haven’t already, to see what else she has to say.

And if you scroll down just a little bit farther in the post there is also a giveaway. So be sure to check it out.

But first, let me turn my blog over to Rachel Vincent.

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Guest Post

Why is romance so important to my stories?

Romance is vital to most of the stories I’ve written because at its core, even if you were to take out all the pretty faces and well-timed sweet words, romance is about human connection, and human connections are what let an audience connect to a story. Any story. We want to read about people going through the things we’ve been through. Even if those people secretly have fur and claws, or can predict death, or spend half their time in a nightmare dimension with monsters determined to feed upon their souls.

Even in fantasy—especially in fantasy—the human elements of the story must feel real. Beyond that, in my opinion, they must feel vital. That’s what’s so great about writing romance in YA, in particular. It makes sense for the relationships to feel like the most important thing in the world, because as teens, that’s really what it felt like. At least, it did for me. ;)

Obviously, romance isn’t the only kind of human connection I’m drawn to in my writing. I also tend to write stories about family relationships and friendships strong enough to count as family bonds. And since there is no story without conflict, I work really hard on conflict and motivation in my books. But what continues to surprise me is that no matter what kind of torture I put my characters through—no matter what kind of challenges they know they’ll face in the next book—the questions I get most often from readers aren’t “How are they going to survive?” or “How will Kaylee get them out of this one.”

Nope. People ask, “Will they get back together?” and “Will they stay together?”

As a fledgling author, I underestimated the importance of the romance for readers. That’s not a mistake I’ll ever make again. ;)

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About Rachel Vincent

A resident of Central Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan.

Rachel is older than she looks–seriously–and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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With All My Soul

About WITH ALL MY SOUL

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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About the series

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It starts with a scream….

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s compelling Soul Screamers series keeps getting better—

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My Soul to TakeMY SOUL TO TAKE

She’s always felt different, but now Kaylee discovers why. The screams that cannot be denied mean that someone near her will die—and she can never save them.

Because saving one life means taking another….

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My Soul to SaveMY SOUL TO SAVE

Going on dates with her boyfriend is still new to Kaylee. But when the singer of the band they’re seeing dies onstage and Kaylee doesn’t scream, she knows something crazy is going on. Soon she discovers souls can indeed be sold….

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My Soul to KeepMY SOUL TO KEEP

Aside from the whole “I scream when someone is about to die” thing, Kaylee Cavanaugh’s life has gotten better. She’s getting to know her dad, doing okay in school and has a hot new boyfriend who understands her in every way. Until the hellion Avari starts tempting everyone with an exotic new drug—demon’s breath….

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My Soul to StealMY SOUL TO STEAL

Now on shaky ground with Nash Hudson, Kaylee is taking their relationship easy. But then Sabine—Nash’s ex—storms into their lives. She’s determined to get Nash back and there’s nothing she won’t do to remind him of what they had. And since Sabine has special abilities of her own, Kaylee is headed into a battle she’s not sure she can win….

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If I DieIF I DIE

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. But the next scream might be for Kaylee.  But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.  Anything.

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Before I WakeBEFORE I WAKE

I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it.  The bad news?

Turns out not even death will get you out of high school….

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With All My SoulWITH ALL MY SOUL

When one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

 

With All My Soul, the final book in The Soul Screamers series will be released March 26th by HarlequinTEEN - add it to your Goodreads shelf!

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On Tour Today….

Be sure to check out the other blogs hosting Rachel Vincent and her seriously amazing Soul Screamers series today!

Parajunkee
The Bookish Brunette

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The Giveaways…

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Harlequin TEEN has included TWO seriously awesome giveaways for this tour!

The first is a paperback copy of any one book from the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent to THREE winners.

The second is a Romantic Grand Prize Package, pictured and described below.

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HarlequinTEEN dresses you for a romantic date with this beautiful, unique heart shaped locket! And in case it’s a chilly spring evening, don’t forget the matching beautiful Pashmina!

Your entry in the daily giveaway will be your entry into the grand prize giveaway.

To enter both giveaways, just enter in the Rafflecopter below.

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The Tour Schedule…

Monday, March 4th – Karen Ann Hopkins and TEMPTATION

Bittersweet Enchantment | The Cozy Reader | Paulette’s Papers

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Wednesday, March 6th – Liz Fichera and HOOKED

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales | IB Book Blogging | Chick Loves Lit

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Friday, March 8th – Cayla Kluver and the Legacy series

YA Bibliophile | Rex Robot Reviews | Starting the Next Chapter

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Monday, March 11th – Aimée Carter and the Goddess Test series

Coffee, Books and Me | Book Nook | Bookshelf Banter

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Wednesday, March 13th – Julie Kagawa and The Iron Fey series

Refracted Light Reviews | PageTurners | Mundie Moms

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Friday, March 15th – Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits

Alice Marvels | Bewitched Bookworms | Katie’s Book Blog

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Monday, March 18th – Rachel Vincent and the Soul Screamers series

Fiktshun | Parajunkee | The Bookish Brunette

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Wednesday, March 20th – Hannah Harrington and Saving June

A Bookish Escape | The Book Cellar | Basia’s Bookshelf

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Friday, March 22nd – Jordan Dane and IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS

Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf | Fantasy Book Addict | Swoony Boys Podcast

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To learn more about each of the tour stops, be sure to visit Kismet Book Touring’s Harlequin TEEN Reading Into Romance Tour Page.

36 Responses to “Harlequin TEEN’s Reading Into Romance Blog Tour + Giveaway: Guest Post with Rachel Vincent”

  1. Enna P. says:

    Kishan from the tiger’s curse series and tod from the soul screamers series!

  2. jovialvampyre says:

    Aside from Rachel’s characters it would be Jace from the Mortal Instruments.

  3. So many! But if I had to narrow it down to one, I’d choose Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices series.

  4. Nancy L.R says:

    So many to choose from! I will say Tod from the Soul Screamers series. He’s selfless, caring, charming, courageous. He’s perfect.

  5. Jen @ BE says:

    Tod! ;) Seriously, he’s right on the top of all my favorite YA guys… but Dimitri, Kaidan, Ash and a few others come pretty close. ;)

  6. khn21 says:

    Tod is at the top of my YA Hero list, as much Jace from Mortal instruments is heroic he also kind of not.

  7. Alexis says:

    Definitely Daemon Black from the Lux series! Lol there’s no question about it! I love him!

  8. Tina Sawyer says:

    Edward from Twilight-love an old-fashioned guy!

  9. Monica P. says:

    I love me some Tod from Soul Screamers!!

  10. TOD!!!!!!!!! Love that sexy, snarky, reapers!!!! Not counting Soul Screamers then I’d say Adrian Ivashkov!

  11. Id have to say Tod. Watching him grow so much during the series has been so enjoyable :)

  12. Caila Ferrie says:

    I’d have to go with Tod. Daemon (Luxen series) is also quite yummy. Thanks Rachel!

  13. ephrielle says:

    Latest would be Zeke Cross from The Eternity Cure. But I wouldn’t recommend reading it since it is horrifying. Before that I would definitely say Peregrine from Through the Ever Night.

  14. That’s a tough one ’cause there are SO many! But I think I’ll go with Logan from the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep, even though the ending of Crimson Frost still has me quite shocked.

  15. mark says:

    to be honest, i haven’t had a character do that for me in a long time!

  16. Jenny V. says:

    I loved Zach from the Shade/Shift/Shine series. He was a true hero.

  17. Angela H says:

    Obviously Tod!! Love him to death (literally…….. ha ha).

  18. Brooke says:

    Will Herondale and Aiden St. Delphi! *swoons*

  19. smiling_ina says:

    Tod’s my all-time favorite, but Shane from the Morganville Vampires isn’t too shabby either. :D

  20. deadtossedwaves says:

    Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy

  21. erinf1 says:

    Four from the Divergent series.

  22. I love Day from Legend and Jace Wayland!

  23. Haley Miller says:

    Mine would have to be Lucius from Jessicas Guide to Dating on the Darkside series. Love him!!

  24. Lisa R says:

    TOD!! duh… :D

  25. xsweeteternityx says:

    One who is brave, kind and puts you above everything else. Ex. Tod Hudson, Dimitri Belikov etc.

  26. Lacey T says:

    Warner from Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi!

  27. Ash from The Iron Fey series

  28. Taylor says:

    Well, Tod’s definitely on the list, but I wouldn’t exactly call him a “hero.”

  29. Erika says:

    Daemon from the Lux series or Jace from Immortal Instruments! Thanks!

  30. Quentin from Shattered Grace.. Thanks for the Giveaway >^.^< (howlofwolves@yahoo.com)

  31. Julie Witt says:

    I just finished Kiss of Frost so I would have to go with Logan!

  32. This really was my first ya SERIES so I’m pretty attached to Nash and Tod. I was all NASH for a very long time but now, after BIW, I swoon too easily whenever Tod enters the scene. Is there anyone else? No way…

  33. Hollow May says:

    Shane from MV and Puck from TIF =)

  34. Alicia says:

    Defentley Jace from Mortal instruments! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    That would be Daemon from the Lux series!

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