Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Wrap-up

I am actually kind of sad that the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge has ended. It was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun and gave me a chance to re-read and get to know a series I loved already just a little bit more. And it gave me a chance to get to know a few readers and bloggers that I might not have otherwise known.

And while I’m ecstatic that BEFORE I WAKE will be out in just over a week, I’m sad that I won’t be reading a Rachel Vincent book each and every month. So, to combat that, I have started to read her SHIFTERS series and will re-read the UNBOUND books currently available when I’m done. Hopefully that will pass the time until the next UNBOUND book is available.

Yes, I’m hooked. Rachel Vincent’s writing is highly addictive. Her characters are amazing. Her plots are gripping. And her love stories are twisty-turny in all the best ways. I love the SOUL SCREAMERS series even more than I did the first – and second for some of the books – time around. And of course I am equally excited and terrified to read the final book in the series.

Anyway… I mentioned, I was going to announce the winners for the end of challenge giveaway on Tuesday. But I decided to buckle down this weekend and get everything sorted now so that I could start getting those pre-orders in as soon as possible.

I also announced the Mini Challenge Redux winners and the Month Five winners on the SSRC blog. Be sure to check them out to see if you might have won.

So, after much tabulating, organizing, confirming, checking and re-checking, I determined that there were 119 active participants in this challenge – meaning 119 of those who signed up for the challenge posted at least one review/thoughts post during the challenge. Which means – if I round up – that there are 12 copies of BEFORE I WAKE up for giveaway.

I then added up all the points for entries and extra entries for those who posted at least once, which added up to 685 entries, and I put all 685 entries into Random’s List Generator and it has spoken. Amazingly it didn’t post any duplicates, either!


Congratulations Kiara @ Goodreads, Melissa @ Goodreads, Mag @ Geek Chic, Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal, Jen @ The Midnight Book Thief, April @ Books4Juliet, The Whispering of the Pages, Kat @ KHN, Cait @ The Cait Files, Shaft @ Shaft’s Words, Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives and Debbie @ Goodreads!

You all have won a pre-order copy of BEFORE I WAKE to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository. Please contact me by email at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com to claim your prize. If you have already won a pre-order copy of BIW and wish to select a different Rachel Vincent book of your choice, including a pre-order of the SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO, which comes out in mid-November, you can do that instead.

Thank you all SO MUCH for participating in this challenge. I am so amazed by just how many people came back month after month to share their reviews and thoughts about the books! YOU all made this challenge awesome!

There were so many awesome participants who joined in the challenge who posted in one, two, three or four months of the challenge, but there were only 21 participants who posted reviews in every month of the challenge.

[EDIT: In fact there were 22 participants who posted reviews in every month of the challenge and a total of 29 people who received 10 points or more. Due to a similar name of one of the participants when typing this post, I inadvertently left them off. They have been added in, as they are also a star, and they are awesome!]

And to me, they are the STARS of this challenge and I wanted to thank them personally, here in this post.

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Challenge Stars – CHAMPIONS

Posted reviews for all 5 full-length books in the correct challenge month, 3 novellas and 2 short stories  – 15 points

Hoping 4 More Simple Reviews

Smiling Ina’s Bookish Corner

Aleksandra’s Corner

Bookeater/Booklover

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Challenge Stars – AMAZING

Posted reviews for all 5 full-length books in the correct challenge month, 3 novellas (13 points) or 2 novellas + 2 short stories (14 points)

Librarian Mouse – 13 points

Reading the Paranormal – 13 points

Debbie @ Goodreads – 13 points

Helene @ SSRC blog – 13 points

Riffs and Reviews – 13 points

The Midnight Book Thief – 14 points

Kristin @ Goodreads – 14 points

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Challenge Stars – AWESOME

Posted reviews for all 5 full-length books in the correct challenge month (10 points) and one or two novellas or short stories (11-12 points)

OR

Participated in all five months of the challenge, reviewed all 5 full-length books (not in correct challenge month) and 2 short stories (10 points)

Melissa @ Goodreads – 12 points

Kiara @ Goodreads – 12 points

My Book Obsession – 12 points

YA Reader’s Escape – 11 points

Reading Mind @ SSRC – 11 points

Books 4 Juliet – 11 points

Mandi @ Never Too Fond of Books – 10 points

Alba @ BookPics – 10 points

The Whispering of the Pages – 10 points

Kat @ KHN – 10 points

A Book Obsession – 10 points

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There are also seven participants who posted frequently enough to have earned ten or more points in this challenge and participated in four of the five months of this challenge, so I wanted to spotlight them here, too.

As, to me, they are also stars!

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Challenge Stars - STELLAR

Deann @ Goodreads – 13 points

Renee @ SSRC – 12 points

Kristin @ My Para Hangover – 11 points

Tyawna @ Goodreads – 11 points

Ron @ Stories of My Life – 10 points

Ashley @ Wholly Books – 10 points

Cinq @ To Tell The Time – 10 points

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As I mentioned on Twitter, for each participant who posted a review for all five of the full-length books in the series during this challenge and had a review posted during each of the five months, I would pre-order them a copy of BEFORE I WAKE if they hadn’t won a prize (aside from an eBook) during this challenge. I’ve expanded that to include all 28 of the challenge stars above.

However, for the Challenge Stars that are either “Champions” or “Amazing,” if they haven’t already won a pre-order copy of BEFORE I WAKE, I will pre-order a copy of BEFORE I WAKE even if they won another prize during the challenge.

I will be announcing those winners on Tuesday. Stay tuned…

UPDATE:

CHALLENGE STARS Eligible for a BIW pre-order

Librarian Mouse

Hoping 4 More Simple Reviews

Kristin @ Goodreads

Aleksandra’s Corner

Bookeater/Booklover

Helene @ SSRC

Riffs and Reviews

Alba @ BookPics

Reading Mind @ SSRC

Kristin @ My Parahangover

Ron @ Stories of My Life

Ashley @ Wholly Books

Tyawna @ Goodreads

A Book Obsession

If you are one of the 13 additional winners and you wish to claim your BIW Pre-order Prize, please email me at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com. If I do not hear from you by release date, prize will be forfeited.

[Edit: I am adding A Book Obsession to this list, who while they won a prize during the challenge, they opted to passed on it.]

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I also want to thank all those who signed up at the beginning of the challenge or signed up and created a participation post. Your early support of this challenge meant SO MUCH! You have no idea.

So…

THANK YOU!!!!

Spoiler chats and one more challenge….

The IF I DIE spoiler chat is in the works and will hopefully be scheduled prior to the release of BEFORE I WAKE to avoid any spoilers for that book in the chat. Date and time to be announced soon. Stay tuned.

There will also be a BEFORE I WAKE spoiler chat later this summer. Details to come.

AND…

I will be hosting a BEFORE I WAKE reading challenge which will run from June 26th through August 1st. There will be a link-up and a giveaway. So if you just can’t wait to read BEFORE I WAKE and want to share your thoughts on, or shortly after, release date, feel free to stop back on June 26th for details.

SSRC Before I Wake Giveaway

I received the most amazing package of books in the mail yesterday from author Rachel Vincent. Two signed copies of Before I Wake and two signed copies of Shadow Bound.

Of course one of each of those is mine, personally inscribed, but the other two are for giveaway….

And while I will be giving away a number of signed books when the challenge ends, as I’ve received Before I Wake just a little bit early, I am offering it up for giveaway now to active challenge participants who might also love the chance to read this one a little bit early, too.

So, yes, this giveaway is only for active challenge participants. And they’ll have had to already have read  If I Die as there’s no point in getting a book early if the previous book in the series hasn’t yet been read.

Anyway, there are some rules for this giveaway – not hoops, just requirements – so be sure to check them out below….

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What’s up for grabs:

A paperback copy of Before I Wake signed by the author, Rachel Vincent.

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The rules:

1. You MUST be EITHER an SSRC active participant (at least one post linked prior to today) OR have left a comment on the SSRC Rachel Vincent Appreciation Weekend blog post before today.

 2. You MUST have read If I Die.

 3. There are extra entry opportunities for each book you’ve read and posted about. I WILL be checking the past Linky Lists before announcing any winners.

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The deets:

1. One entry per PERSON.

2. There will be ONE winner.

3. You must be 13 or older.

4. Giveaway is International.

5. Contest ends at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on June 10th in this post.

7. Winner will have 24 hours after notification to respond with their details.

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There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

Enter in the form below:

Thanks to everyone for stopping by. The giveaway is now closed. I’ll be adding up the entries and running the names through Random later today. Stay tuned and good luck!

Congratulations Ina! You are the winner for the signed copy of BEFORE I WAKE according to Random.org. I will be contacting you for your address details and will send out your book by Tuesday!

Thank you so much to everyone for entering and for participating in the challenge or leaving a lovely comment for Rachel Vincent. There will be more copies of the book – signed and unsigned – given away when the challenge ends later this week.

Stay tuned! And thank you all so much again for reading or re-read the SOUL SCREAMERS series along with me this year!

Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Month Five

Well it’s the final month of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge! I can’t believe it’s almost over. Although, the fact that it will be over is a good thing. Because it means that in less than two weeks after the challenge ends, Before I Wake will be available – a book I’ve been waiting a long time for.

And I’m hoping the If I Die spoiler chat will help bridge that gap. Especially since I won’t be able to wait until closer to month’s end to re-read If I Die. Not after the tormenting, twisty heartbreak that was My Soul to Steal.

Another reason I can’t wait for the challenge to end is that the amazing author, Rachel Vincent, mentioned having a BIW chat at some point after its release. I’m hoping that will be on June 27th, but I don’t think it will be quite that soon. Anyway….

Even if you just found out about the challenge now, you can still join in. Yep, the only time it will be too late is at midnight on June 15th.

All you have to do to be considered a participant in this challenge is sign up in the SIGN UP post and read and review or share your thoughts on any one of the full-length books in this series. If you’re just signing up now, thoughts or reviews must be dated during this month’s challenge dates of May 15th through June 14th.

If you want to announce your participation by creating a post, you can add your link HERE for a chance to win a giftcard at the end of the challenge.

But if you’ve already signed up, then you’re all set to START OR CONTINUE READING… or RE-READING! But whatever you do, don’t forget to stop back and leave your link. Because this month’s prizes are awesome!

And, for each book you read and post you create, you’ll get at least one entry into the end of challenge giveaway for the pre-order copies of Before I Wake.

If you’ve missed the chance to include your reviews for any of the previous books in the series – My Soul to TakeMy Soul to SaveMy Soul to Keep or My Soul to Steal – in the Month One, Month Two, Month Three or Month Four linky lists, not to worry. You can enter them this month.

But it will be the last chance to post those thoughts and reviews. Because once this month’s linky list closes, the challenge will officially be over. As long as your reviews are posted from January 15 through June 14, 2012 you can link them up in this last month’s linky.

Unclaimed Prizes

There are still a few unclaimed prizes for the Month One through Month Three giveaways. But since I’d posted the winners on the SSRC blog versus here, I thought I would give one final chance to those winners by announcing them in this post.

If all prizes from the first three months of the giveaway are NOT claimed by June 1st, they will be added to this month’s giveaway. Month Four prize winners will have until June 15th to claim their prizes or new winners will be chosen.

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MONTH ONE

Fiction Freak – a signed copy of My Soul to Keep

Jo’s Book Reviews – a Kindle eBook of Never to Sleep

Epic Chocolate Fantasy – a Kindle eBook of either My Soul to Lose or Reaper

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MONTH TWO

Angie @ Pinkindle – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

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MONTH THREE

Team Tod’s Soul Screamers Reading Challenge FB – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

Riffs and Reviews – a Rachel Vincent book of your choice

The Cait Files – a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

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Month Five

May 15 – June 14, 2012

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The goal for this fifth month of the challenge will be to read If I Die.

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Goodreads description:

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

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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If you missed last month’s deadline, don’t give up! Whether this is a first read or a re-read, If I Die is the pivotal book in the series and one you may just not want to miss. Especially since the action hits you right from the start. A shocking blow will leave you reeling very shortly thereafter. That roller coaster that author Rachel Vincent likes to put you on is the longest, craziest ride ever. The ups. The downs. The loop-de-loops. Insane. Absolutely insane.

But that’s just my opinion.

Oh, and it won’t let you loose until that last page. So, be prepared.

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Whether this is your first month participating, you’ve been here from the start or you joined somewhere along the way, as long as you sign up and post at least one review or thoughts post you’ll be eligible for the end-of-challenge giveaway for a pre-order for Before I Wake.

As promised there will be at least ten pre-order copies up for grabs. The actual number will be determined after the challenge ends and depends solely on just how many people who signed up have posted at least one review for one of the five full-length books in the series.

There will be a separate wrap-up post after the challenge, in which the winners for the pre-order copies of Before I Wake will be announced.

And just a reminder: If you are a winner who is located internationally and Before I Wake or any of the other “book of your choice” books are not available to ship from The Book Depository to your country, I will send the book by postal mail.

What do you need to do this month?

1. Start reading or keep reading!

If you already started the challenge, then all you need to do is keep reading. If you just joined in, or you are behind, not to worry. You can read and post your reviews for My Soul to TakeMy Soul to SaveMy Soul to Keep and/or My Soul to Steal this month.

And you have all month to read and review this fifth book in the series to get that extra entry into the end-of-challenge giveaway.

2. Post your review or thoughts!

Whether you’ve decided to post a review, or just create a post with your thoughts about the book, you have until June 14th to do so to be entered into this month’s giveaways and to earn an entry into the end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway.

But note, for the four special giveaway prizes, you will have had to post at least TWO reviews of the full-length books during the challenge to be eligible. And yes, those two reviews can be posted this month!

3. Leave your link!

Be sure to come back here and leave a link to your post – wherever that may be – Blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, etc. If you don’t leave the link, you won’t be entered into the giveaway. LINK MUST BE LEFT IN THE LINKY LIST NOT THE COMMENTS.

If you don’t have anywhere to post your thoughts or review, please leave a comment with a way to get in touch and if your review (or thoughts) are positive, I’ll post them as a guest post on my blog, Soul Screamers Reading Challenge.

Reviews or thoughts posts must be from January 15 through June 14, 2012 ONLY.

What are this month’s incentives?

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FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

Two winners will receive a Rachel Vincent book of your choice – this can include a pre-order copy of Before I Wake

One winner will receive a signed copy of Soul Soul Screamers Volume One

One winner will receive a signed copy of If I Die

Three winners will receive a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

Two winners will receive a signed copy of Before I Wake*

*Prize delivery time TBD as BIW will be pre-ordered from Amazon, then mailed to the author for signature with a SASE, returned to me and I will then mail to winners

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FOR PARTICIPANTS WHO POST REVIEWS FOR TWO+ FULL-LENGTH BOOKS

A set (signed) of Soul Screamers Volume One, My Soul to Keep, My Soul to Steal, If I Die and Before I Wake*

*BIW delivery time TBD as it will be pre-ordered from Amazon, then mailed to the author for signature with a SASE, returned to me and I will then mail to winner

$50 in books of your choice from Amazon or Barnes & Noble

A ONE-OF-A-KIND printed and bound copy of Reaper signed by the author

A ONE-OF-A-KIND printed and bound copy of Never to Sleep signed by the author

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In case you wanted to know….

Extra Credit Reads

You can still post your reviews for any of the extra credit reads this month. Each extra credit read will give you an additional entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge AND will give you an extra entry into this month’s giveaway.

What if I don’t finish the book this month?

That’s okay. The challenge will be over, but If I Die is awesome. So no matter when you finish reading it, it will be a WIN.

What if I’ve signed up, but never read any books during the months of this challenge?

That’s OKAY. We all have things in life that sometimes take priority. You won’t be eligible for any of the giveaways without at least one review or thoughts post, but no one will judge you for signing up and not doing anything beyond that!

The fact that you want to read the author’s amazing books is awesome! And whether you read them now, or in the future, you’ll be discovering a series that I think it is pretty amazing.

What if I’ve already reviewed the book?

If this is a re-read for you, you can simply create a post about this book talking about what you found different the second (or third, or fourth or…) time around. If you are a blogger, you can always link to your original review in that discussion post so that people can check out what you thought on first read.

BUT, you cannot simply repost your original review to be eligible for the giveaway. AND you cannot leave a link to an old post. All posts must be created during the challenge.

The first book I plan on reading for the challenge isn’t If I Die, is that okay?

Absolutely! If you are starting this month’s challenge by reading any book other than If I Die, you can still post your reviews for that book – or any of the other Soul Screamers books – during this month’s challenge. It will give you an entry – or more depending upon how many reviews you post – into this month’s giveaway and will count as an entry toward the end-of-challenge Before I Wake pre-order giveaway.

But, you only get an extra entry for posting your review for If I Die during this month of the challenge.

How are this month’s giveaway prizes going to be decided?

The giveaway winners’ names will be drawn on June 17th. The end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway winners will be announced in a separate post on June 19th.

For this month’s ALL PARTICIPANTS giveaway prizes, Random will be drawing numbers based on the linky number associated with your post.

For this month’s SPECIALTY giveaway prizes, participants names will be drawn using Random’s list generator by name.

Each giveaway will be drawn separately.

If you’ve won and you do not wish to receive that prize, the next number on the list that Random drew will be the winner.

And guess what….

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Author Rachel Vincent will be conducting spoiler chats after each month’s read for that book only. So, at some point in the second half of June, there will be an If I Die spoiler chat! Check out her blog post HERE to learn more.

If that weren’t enough, she mentions that after the release of Before I Wake, which comes out on June 26, 2012 in the U.S., there will be a discussion and spoiler chat for that book too! How AWESOME is that!?!

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So….

Leave your links below for posts created from May 15 through June 14, 2012. This month the linky list will close ON June 14th to avoid confusion. So be sure to get your posts in on time to count for this final month’s giveaway and for those extra entries.

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Let’s see those posts!

SSRC: Meet the Mara…and an Incentive

It’s just about half way through the fourth month of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge. Can you believe it? I know I can’t! That means it’s now less than two months until release date for Before I Wake.

And just a couple weeks until we can officially re-read If I Die – a book that I’ve been dying (no pun intended) to skip ahead and re-read for months now.

By now in the challenge, if we’ve read the first three books in the series, we’ve met bean sidhes (banshees) and reapers and hellions and fiends. We’ve seen what damage three of the seven deadly sins can do. We’re really starting to get to know and like – or hate – some of the major characters in the series.

And we should have already come to expect a pretty wild emotional roller coaster ride with each and every book author Rachel Vincent writes in this series.

Well, in this month’s challenge we get to meet the mara. That’s right, they’re the “living personification of a nightmare” as the description so aptly calls them. And the one we get to meet in My Soul to Steal most definitely is.

For those who already met Sabine Campbell, she more than meets the definition of nightmare – both awake and in dreams. She’s rude. She’s wicked. She has an almost single-minded focus. And that focus is locked on to someone it shouldn’t be.

For those who have yet to meet her, well, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when you do.

But My Soul to Steal is the book that sets the stage for what comes next. It’s the book that has to happen for If I Die to be as awesome as it is. Without the mara, or everything else that happens in this book, things might have turned out very differently for one particular character that I’m rather fond of. But I’ll say no more until next month’s challenge.

In the meantime, I know that being in a long reading challenge that spans months gets TOUGH. It’s why I didn’t make monthly participation mandatory. Some months are easier to add a book to the pile than others. Even if those books are absolutely amazing.

So, to add just a little incentive to pick up whatever book is next for you in the series, whether it’s the first book or the current month’s read, and to share your thoughts, I’m adding another prize to the giveaway pile.

And that would be…

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All you have to do is post a review or your thoughts dating from April 15 through May 14 for any of the full-length books in the Soul Screamers series, add your link to the linky list on the Month Four challenge post by May 14th, and you will be eligible for this prize.

Just click the button below to be taken to the MONTH FOUR challenge post where you can enter your links or see what other prizes are up for giveaway in this month’s challenge.

I know that the end of April and the beginning of May are filled with new release titles that are so amazingly awesome. But if you can squeeze in a few hours to catch up on one of these books in the Soul Screamers series and share your thoughts, one of you will have $50 to buy just a few of those new releases or pre-order your copy of an upcoming title you’re dying to have.

If you are new to the challenge, you are welcome to sign up, it’s not too late! Just add your details to the linky in the sign up post HERE and then post your link to your review or thoughts in the MONTH FOUR post linked in the button above.

And yes, for those of you who already posted links to your thoughts about one of the full-length books in the series this month, you are eligible and the link you’ve previously left is your entry.

So, whether you’re just diving in, you’re on track, you’re a little – or a lot – behind, or you’re re-reading for fun, spend a few hours hanging out with Kaylee, Emma, Nash and Tod…. And yes, even Sabine…. They won’t be wasted!

Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Month Four

Month four of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge has officially begun! Which means that there’s only one month after this one remaining in the challenge and just over a month until the release of Before I Wake!

And yes, you can still sign up. It’s not too late! Even if you only decide to read one Soul Screamers book for the challenge you are eligible to participate. All you have to do is click the link to the sign up post in the button above to get started.

And if you want to create a participation post, you can add your link HERE for a chance to win a giftcard at the end of the challenge.

If you’ve already signed up, then you’re all set to START OR CONTINUE READING… or RE-READING! But don’t forget to come back during the month to leave your links for any books read and reviewed or posted about during this month of the challenge.

Even if you’ve been participating in the monthly challenges, don’t forget to sign up in the linky on the sign up post to be entered for the end of the challenge giveaway.

If you’ve missed the chance to include your reviews for My Soul to TakeMy Soul to Save or My Soul to Keep in the Month One, Month Two or Month Three linky lists, not to worry. You can enter them this month or next month. As long as your reviews are posted from January 15 through June 14, 2012 you can link them up in any month’s linky during the challenge.

Month One and Month Two Winners

There are still a few unclaimed prizes for the winners of the Month One and Month Two challenges. I am extending the offer for one more month for a last chance for the prizes to be claimed or they will be added into final month’s giveaway. If you haven’t checked to see if you had won, CLICK HERE for Month One winners. CLICK HERE for Month Two winners.

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Month Four

April 15 – May 14, 2012

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The goal for this fourth month of the challenge will be to read My Soul to Steal.

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Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

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If you didn’t make the month three deadline, there’s no reason to give up! If you’re doing a re-read, you can always skip a book and join in with this month’s read. Or if it is a first read, then just grab the next book and start reading. You do not have to catch up on all the books to be a challenge winner!

Just remember, if you continue on with the challenge you will have more chances to win some of the signed books or the pre-order for Before I Wake at the end of the challenge. And next month’s giveaway is going to be the biggie!

And if you are a winner who is located internationally and Before I Wake or any of the other “book of your choice” books are not available to ship from The Book Depository to your country, I will send the book by postal mail.

What do you need to do this month?

1. Start reading or keep reading!

If you already started the challenge, then all you need to do is keep reading. Even if you read ahead in the previous months, hopefully you held off posting your reviews so you could post them this month for an extra entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge.

If you just joined in, or you are behind, not to worry. You can read and post your reviews for My Soul to TakeMy Soul to Save and/or My Soul to Keep this month or at any month during the challenge.

And if it is a re-read for you and you want to skip last month’s read and start with either of the novellas – My Soul to Lose or Reaper – or with this month’s read - My Soul to Steal - then that’s okay too!

You have all month to read and review this fourth book in the series to get that extra entry into the end-of-challenge giveaway.

2. Post your review or thoughts!

Whether you’ve decided to post a review, or just create a post with your thoughts about the book, you have until May 14th to do so to be entered into any of this month’s giveaways and to earn an entry into the end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway.

3. Leave your link!

Be sure to come back here and leave a link to your post – wherever that may be – Blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, etc. If you don’t leave the link, you won’t be entered into the giveaway. LINK MUST BE LEFT IN THE LINKY LIST NOT THE COMMENTS.

If you don’t have anywhere to post your thoughts or review, please leave a comment with a way to get in touch and if your review (or thoughts) are positive, I’ll post them as a guest post on my blog, Soul Screamers Reading Challenge.

Reviews or thoughts posts must be from January 15 through May 14, 2012 ONLY.

What are this month’s incentives?

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Two winners will receive either a Shadow Bound pre-order or a Rachel Vincent book of their choice ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository

Two winners will receive a T-Shirt or Tank from Rachel Vincent’s Cafe Press store, Urban Quill

One winner will receive a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

One winner will receive a signed copy of If I Die

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In case you wanted to know….

Extra Credit Reads

You can post your reviews for any of the extra credit reads at any time during the challenge. Each extra credit read will give you an additional entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge AND will give you an extra entry into that month’s giveaway.

SO, if you want extra chances to win a specific prize, be sure to hold off on posting your reviews for the extra credit reads until the month of that giveaway prize!

What if I don’t finish the book this month?

That’s OKAY. You can post your review or thoughts next month. And you can leave more than one link during each month of the challenge.

What if I’ve signed up, but never read any books during the months of this challenge?

That’s OKAY. We all have things in life that sometimes take priority. You won’t be eligible for any of the giveaways without at least one review or thoughts post, but no one will judge you for signing up and not doing anything beyond that!

The fact that you want to read the author’s amazing books is awesome! And whether you read them now, or in the future, you’ll be discovering a series that I think it is pretty amazing.

What if I’ve already reviewed the book?

If this is a re-read for you, you can simply create a post about this book talking about what you found different the second (or third, or fourth or…) time around. If you are a blogger, you can always link to your original review in that discussion post so that people can check out what you thought on first read.

BUT, you cannot simply repost your original review to be eligible for the giveaway. AND you cannot leave a link to an old post. All posts must be created during the challenge.

The first book I plan on reading for the challenge isn’t My Soul to Steal, is that okay?

Absolutely! If you are starting this month’s challenge by reading any book other than My Soul to Steal, you can still post your reviews for that book – or any of the other Soul Screamers books – during this month’s challenge. It will give you an entry – or more depending upon how many reviews you post – into this month’s giveaway and will count as an entry toward the end-of-challenge Before I Wake pre-order giveaway.

But, you only get an extra entry for posting your review for My Soul to Steal during this month of the challenge.

How are this month’s giveaway prizes going to be decided?

The giveaway winners’ names will be drawn on May 18th.

For this month’s giveaway prizes, Random will be drawing numbers based on the linky number associated with your post.

Each giveaway will be drawn separately.

If you’ve won and you do not wish to receive that prize, the next number on the list that Random drew will be the winner.

And guess what….

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Author Rachel Vincent will be conducting spoiler chats after each month’s read for that book only. So, at some point in the second half of May, there will be a My Soul to Steal spoiler chat! Check out her blog post HERE to learn more.

If that weren’t enough, she mentions that after the release of Before I Wake, which comes out on June 26, 2012 in the U.S., there will be a discussion and spoiler chat for that book too! How AWESOME is that!?!

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So….

Leave your links below for posts created from April 15 through May 14, 2012. This month the linky list will close ON May 14th to avoid confusion. So be sure to get your posts in on time to count for this month’s giveaway and for those extra entries.

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Let’s see those posts!

 

SSRC: My Soul to Take Spoiler Chat Q&A with Rachel Vincent

Last weekend, the first of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Spoiler Chat’s was held with author Rachel Vincent. For a little over an hour, the author was kind enough to answer all of our questions about the first book in her Soul Screamers series, My Soul to Take.

And she may have even been lured into answering one or two about the second book in her series, My Soul to Save.

The full chat transcript will be available later today on the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge blog – with the If I Die spoilers redacted. But for those who are interested in finding out just what questions were asked an answered, rather than having to scroll through the chat, I thought I’d post them here.

Q & A

Q. Rose2468:  Are the other novellas going to be printed?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Rose, I hope to have news about that to announce very soon…

 

Q. Kihn28:  In MSTLose, Toby . . . why haven’t  you mention him in the other books?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn28, I haven’t mentioned Toby again because he hasn’t been necessary to the future plots. He’s old news. Kaylee’s SO moved on. ;)

 

Q. Helene:  How do you have the idea to write about bean sidhe?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Helene, honestly, I knew I wanted to write a paranormal YA but didn’t want to write about any creatures/territory that was already well-explored. So I did a bunch of folklore research and rediscovered bean sidhes. There wasn’t much in the lore, which left plenty of room for me to make stuff up. That’s the fun part. ;)

 

Q. smiling_ina:  Rachel, how long did it take to come with your first draft for MSTTake?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Smiling_ina, the rough draft of MSTTake took about…4 or 5 weeks.

C. PyxiRose:  Wow that is quick.

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] PyxiRose, Most of the others are longer, but took abt the same amount of time. I’m pretty quick with most rough drafts.

Q. smiling_ina:  Wow, that’s all? I bet the edits took up most of the work.

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] smiling_ina The Soul Screamers edits aren’t usually that bad. The Unbound edits are hell. Every single time. ;)

 

Q. Rachel:  I have a question, but it’s more general… as a writer, you work from home, does that ever feel isolating to you?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Rachel, yes, writing is a very isolating career, at least for me. I’ve lived in S.A., TX for 2.5 years and have only made 1 in-person friend. I’m pretty sure I’d fade away without the internet. ;)

 

Q. Ri:  Do you outline your novels before you write them? :)

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Ri, yes, I almost ALWAYS outline my books first. That’s actually a requirement for me, in my contracts with my publisher.

 

Q. bookhound:  Rachel, I know you can’t give us specific details, but I know both your current series are ending soon. Do you have more in the works so we don’t have to wait too long to read something new from you?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Bookhound, yes, I’m currently working on two other “side project” books, but I can’t talk about them, because I haven’t even tried to sell them yet. My agent hasn’t even seen them.

 

Q. KatherynUK:  This is more a general question, but are you planning on coming to the UK anytime this year?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] KatherynUK, I’d love to come to the UK, but because of time and cost restrictions, I’ll only be able to do that when/if Mira Ink invites me.

 

Q. Apiee:  What inspires your stories?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Apiee, my inspiration comes from everywhere. What-ifs, mostly. And songs. Even things other people said, but I mis-heard. Sometimes what I heard was more interesting than what was actually said. ;)

 

Q. MandiKaye:  When you write, do you start with an outline that you stick to? Or do you just start writing and let it flow that way?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] MandiKaye, I almost never stick to an outline entirely. The book changes as it’s written.

 

Q. smiling_ina:  I have a question about Sophie. Does she really “hate” Kaylee because she thinks she’s embarrassing her or is there maybe something else? Maybe Sophie is as self-confident as she seems? Oops, I meant, maybe Sophie is NOT as self-confident as she seems. ;)

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] smiling_ina, Sophie…Sophie is growing, slowly but surely. She’s truly not a big Kaylee-fan, for several reasons.

 

Q. Mag_GeekChic:  How do you decide which mythical creatures to include in your books? (Other than the bean sidhes, as you’ve already answered that.)

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Mag_GeekChick, most of the creatures in Soul Screamers are made up-entirely, or are my versions of folklore creatures. I use whichever ones fit the plot.

 

Q. bookhound:  Do you see the Soul Sceamers following Sophie later on, maybe under different titles that don’t follow the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep poem? Since you based Never to Sleep on her?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Bookhound, no, after WAMS, there will be no other Soul Screamers novels. At least, that’s where I stand on that issue now. I love the series, but there are always newer and shinier ideas on the horizon. ;)

 

Q. dutchess_shoes:  What are your favorite kinds of scenes to write?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Dutchess, my favorite SS scenes are the Netherworld scenes. In general, though, my favorite scenes to write are dialogue heavy. I love dialogue.

 

Q. Fiktshun:  Rachel, did you have a specific order planned for the various sins in each book?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Fiktshun, I had an order for the seven deadly sins/book themes originally, but that changed a little. Once I realized Sabine existed, I knew the envy book had to come earlier than I’d intended. Remind me in the IID spoiler chat to tell you guys what the lust plot ALMOST was. ;)

 

Q. bookhound:  I’ve beed trying to get Rachel to Tennessee where she is from to do a signing….it is hard! :)

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Bookhound, yes, I did grow up in TN. I was there from 5th grade through my freshman year in college.

 

Q. Rachel:  You’re a writer with quite a big online presence, what kind of measures do you have to take to protect your own/your family’s privacy online?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Rachel, that’s a great question. I’m really big on online privacy. I never show pictures of the outside of my house or use my family members real names. Nor do I say what they do for a living or how old they are, beyond generalities. And I try to stop people from posting their email addresses in my blog comments. That’s really dangerous, guys.

 

Q. smiling_ina:  Rachel, are any of the SS characters based on people you know in real life? Even loosely?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Smiling_ina none of the SS characters are truly based on real people, but Nash is a sort of combination of several guys I dated or wanted to date in HS. Sabine is named after a girl in my HS who was rumored to have…been with my ex while we were still together. Tod…is his own creature. ;)

 

Q. Mintz:  In MStT, there was one passage (though I don’t quite remember where it was), where we learned that when they were younger, Kaylee was “adored” by her cousin, which I would assume is Sophie. Why did her “adoration” for Kaylee change? Or did the adults misinterpret that?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Mintz, that’s a good one. Yes, when Sophie was a toddler, she followed after Kaylee, as little kids often trail after their older relatives/friends. But then they become self-aware. And everything changes. ;)

 

Q. perla333:  What is your opinion about fan translation?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Perla333 I don’t know what fan translation is….

Q. perla333:  Well fan translation is when the rights to a book aren’t purchased and people who make the translation make it for that people who don’t know English to can read the book. Is illegally, but a fan translations are common in different countries. And I’m just curious what do you think about it :)

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Perla, Um… I understand the reason people do that, but it really is illegal, because neither the publisher nor or author are compensated for fan translations. I’m willing to discuss that further, but not in this chat. ;)

 

Q. Cem:  Rereading MSTTake I released just how much all the characters have changed by IID. Did you know where things would end up when you were writing Take?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Cem (Hey!!!) no, I didn’t know where all the character developments were going when I started MSTTake. I’ve never been contracted for more than 3 books in a series at a time (which is pretty standard) so I never know how many more books I’m going to get to write until I decide I definitely want to end a series. So…they head down their own paths, and my job is to make sure that I keep things…

[RACHEL VINCENT] …real for them. There are no miraculous recoveries. No personality transplants. No easy outs.

 

Q. Shay:  Is Before I Wake the last book of the series?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Shay, no, there will be 7 full-length novels, plus the shorts and novellas.

 

Q. Rachel:  Did you know the plot to each book when you wrote My Soul to Take, or did you just have a vague idea of what would happen in the rest of the series?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Rachel, I plotted the books one at a time. Write one book, then plot the next. Though I usually have a general idea of where the next one will go as I’m writing the previous.

 

Q. Ri:  Weird question, but I thought I’d ask it: What kind of kid was Tod before he died, in like a high school setting? What kind of student was he? What did they think of him?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Ri (without spoilers…) Tod was a normal kid. Smart, but no overachiever. Athletic, but no super-star. He blossomed after death. But no more about that in this chat. ;)

 

Q. beth:  I live in England and can’t work out when the IID Spoiler chat is haha could someone tell me in hour many minutes/hours it is please?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Beth, that one won’t be until…what? June?

 

Q. dutchess_shoes:  Book 1-4 all start with “My Soul to…” Why did you change the titles up for books 5 -7?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Dutchess, we changed the title pattern because people were getting the titles confused. As was I. ;)

 

Q. smiling_ina:  Did you always plan on writing MSTLose as a pre-Novella, or did you agent or publisher came up with the idea?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Smiling_ina I was asked by my publisher to write MSTLose as a free novella, to give people a taste of my writing/Kaylee’s world in anticipation of the books. MSTLose was actually written after the second book was complete.

 

Q. Kihn28:  RachelVincent, in book one why did you make Tod seems so miserable?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn, in book 1, Tod seems so miserable because he’s pretty miserable. Nash can’t mourn his brother’s passing with that dead brother is still around. But at that point, Tod is starting to lose his humanity. To kind of slip out of the world of the living.

 

Q. Rose2468:  Rachel, maybe do you know if the series (or any of your book) are going to be translated to Hebrew?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Rose, I have no information about any Hebrew releases. It’s up to the publishers in any particular territory to buy the rights to the book. Otherwise, it won’t be legally published there. None of that is up to me. ;)

 

Q. amison15:  Why did you choose to have Kaylee oblivious to her identity in the beginning rather than knowing from the start?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Amison15, that’s a great Q. I wanted Kaylee to be ignorant of her heritage at first so the reader could figure it out along with her. Soul Screamers has some pretty indepth world-building, and if Kaylee already knew all about it, that would be hard to convey to the reader without using info dumps.

 

Q. bookhound:  Do you like ending a series? I know you said with Shifters it ended like you wanted, but do you think back on Shifters and even possible the current ones and wish you had contracted for just one or two more books. Like there was something you forgot to talk about and want to say?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Bookhound, no, I don’t particularly like ending series. But I don’t want any of them to drag out past their prime, either.

 

Q. Kihn28:  Ok how did you envision the whole death scene with Kaylee and her mom

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn28, you mean when Kaylee was 3? You know, I don’t know. I’ve tried not to picture it too specifically, because I may want to write it someday as a flashback or a short, but what needs to go in that scene might change between now and then. Does that make sense?

 

Q. bookhound:  Is it hard for you to kill off a character? Do they feel like a part of you or like a child?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Bookhound…you’re all going to hate me for this, but no, it’s not usually hard for me to kill off a character. I feel like those are the moments when I shine. When I can make people mourn someone I made up entirely. I think pathos and anger are my favorite emotions to write, and death lets me do both, if it’s been built up properly. ;)

[RACHEL VINCENT] Re: Killing off characters, I’ve always found that if the readers think any character is “Safe” they grow complacent. None of my c…

[RACHEL VINCENT] None of my characters are safe.

 

Q. summerbug99:  Rachel, when is the last book coming out ?!

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] summerbug99, Next fall. 2013

 

Q. Kihn28:  Rachel, How would you describe Kaylee’s mom?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn, how would I describe Kaylee’s mom? Dead. Loved. Mourned.

 

Q. PandaCutie101:  Rachel, how did u get the idea for Kaylee’s mom’s death?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] PandaCutie, Kaylee’s mom’s death was actually one of the first background bits I knew for sure. The other was Nash & Tod’s relationship. Those form key personality traits for the main characters. Kaylee’s feeling that she needs to earn her life. Nash and Tod’s complicated relationship…

 

Q. PandaCutie101:  Rachel, do you think that Kaylee’s uncle might ever come back in to the books for something?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] PandaCutie, Kaylee’s uncle is in several of them. And I have a feeling that everyone will be involved in the final book. Everyone still living (or mostly-living) anyway. ;)

 

Q. Kihn28:  So how is Emma life going to be now that Kaylee and Nash saved her but in result someone else dying.

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn28, Emma’s life changes a lot, especially once she understands what K & N had to do to save her. There’s guilt, and relief, and the fear that one day, they may not be able to save her.

 

Q. smiling_ina:  I just want to say I LOVE Lydia! What was your inspiration for her?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] smiling_ina I love Lydia too! I consider her one of the tragic figures of the series. (Nash is another of those–but NO SPOILERS). No matter what happens, those two never seem to catch a break…

 

Q. Shay:  Why is Kaylee always soo unsure? She doesn’t know how to take stand… why did u make her character this way?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Shay… I think some people would argue with you on that one. Kaylee takes a couple of very hard stands later in the series.

 

Q. smiling_ina:  Btw, I was kind of happy with what happened to Kaylee’s aunt… does that make me a bad person?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Smiling_Ina, I think Aunt Val got what she deserved. ;)

 

Q. dutchess_shoes:  I have seen many interpretations of the name Kaylee but that is the first time I ever saw it spelled that way. Is there any reason why you did that??

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Dutchess, I spelled Kaylee’s name like that because that’s the most common American spelling of the name that I’ve seen. She’s kind of an “every man” character, except that she’s a bean sidhe. She’s the average person thrown into extraordinary circumstances. She has two choices: curl up into a ball and cry, or learn to fight. But in her heart, she never feels extraordinary. That’s what the name…

[RACHEL VINCENT] …is supposed to say. Normal, but with an Irish heritage, as a throwback to the original bean sidhe lore.

 

Q. Kihn28:  Whatever happened to the bond between Kaylee and Sophie when they were kids?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn, When Kaylee and Sophie were kids, they had no problems. Then Kaylee’s mother died, and her father left, and Sophie suddenly had to share her parents with a cousin she grows to see as strange. That’s what happened. ;)

 

Q. smiling_ina:  My heart just broke for Lydia in MSTLose. All the pain she is taking on herself. Does Lydia ever really have a choice on whether or not she WANTS to take the pain away from others, or is she compelled to do it?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Smiling_ina, yes, Lydia has a choice…sometimes. You’ll learn more about that in IID.

 

Q. PandaCutie101:  Why was Nash never interested in Sophie? I mean, whatever magical powers Kaylee had, Sophie is a teenage high school girl. Plus, Nash didn’t even know what Kaylee was until later. Please tell me why they were never interested in each other.

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] PandaCutie I don’t know how to say why Nash was never interested in Sophie. Chemistry’s a funny, unpredictable thing. ;)

 

Q. Fiktshun:  Was Aunt Val’s sacrifice always a planned ending? It was totally heartbreaking that all those girls died for nothing…

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Fiktshun, yes, Aunt Val’s sacrifice was always planned. She had to see her own daughter at risk to understand how many lives she destroyed.

 

Q. PandaCutie101:  I would love to know more about Nash’s mom. She seems awesome!

C. PandaCutie101:  Harmony Rocks!

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] PandaCutie, yes, Harmony is kinda awesome, IMO. She has a really interesting discussion with Kaylee’s dad in BIW that I think you guys will get a kick out of. ;)

 

Q. Cem:  The end of MSTTake suggested a past between Harmony and Kaylee’s dad and uncle. Any chance we’ll get that back story at some point?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Cem, yes! There is an interesting past between the Cavanaugh brothers and Harmony. That bit is kind of foreshadowing for Kaylee, and backshadowing for Harmony. ;)

 

Q. Kihn28:  RachelV, will you ever write a Nash story?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn28, I’ve thought about writing a Nash book, but people are having a hard time sympathizing with him later on in the series, and I’m not sure that seeing things from his perspective would help that. But it may make the Kaylee-haters hate her more, and I don’t want to do that.

 

Q. smiling_ina:  I felt so sorry for the other girls too, but was sooo happy when Nash and Kaylee saved Emma. Emma has got to be one of the best friend you could ever have!

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Smiling_Ina, Emma holds a special place for me. She’s everyone’s best friend. Pretty, but not conceited. Social, but still private. And she’s Kaylee’s only remaining link to the normal world. Seeing Emma put in danger because of her friendship with Kaylee is one of the hardest parts for K.

 

Q. dutchess_shoes:  Will there be another chat to discuss later books?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Dutchess, yes, we’re going to do one chat for each book.

 

Q. Mintz:  Belphegore, the hellion, was mentioned in MStT… but I’m assuming that we’ll learn about her/him later?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Mintz, yes, we will see Belephegore again!

 

Q. Fiktshun:  We need an Unbound series Spoiler Chat!

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Fiktshun, I’m up for an Unbound chat. ;)

C. Fiktshun:  Yes! So excited! And then we can chat all things Unbound!

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Fiktshun, yes, we can chat about Unbound! But no one else has read SB yet… ;)

 

Q. Kihn28:  Can you explain what Lydia is? Or is that a spoiler?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn, I don’t consider that a spoiler. Though you won’t actually hear it until IID. But she’s a syphon. She takes surplus things from other people. Mostly emotions and pain.

 

Q. Fiktshun:  Can you expand on just what Tod thought when he saw K in MSTLose?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] {Fiktshun} What did Tod think when he saw K in MSTLose? Hm…

[RACHEL VINCENT] {Fiktshun} Well, it was a brief sighting, but he was definitely intrigued. ;)

 

Q. PandaCutie101:  Can u tell us what Nash was doing in MSTLose?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] {PandaCutie101} What was Nash doing in MSTLose? Being Nash. The old Nash. Having fun. Hanging out. Getting good grades without really trying. Getting girls without really trying. Not yet noticing Kaylee… ;)

 

Q. Mintz:  Do you have character songs that you listen to when you think/write about your characters?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Mintz, yes, I have certain songs that remind me of certain characters. But I don’t typically listen to music while I write.

 

Q. Juli:  Rachel, did you have to cut out any characters/scenes you really liked in MSTT?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Juli, no there were no major cuts in MSTTake. Very few in the SS series at all, actually. My edits for those usually involve tightening prose and adding stuff. ;)

 

Q. Sunnykimmy:  When did Tod realize that he knew Kaylee from MStT? *I mean MStLose.

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Sunnykimmy, I think that’s actually mentioned in one of the future books, and I’m NOT getting sucked into another spoiler. ;)

 

Q. Kihn28:  I still say even though it in the others books, Tod saw her first LOL

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Kihn28, yes, Tod saw her first. That’s in MSTLose. But you can’t call dibs on people. ;)

 

Q. Fiktshun:  If you had to change anything from MSTTake, would you?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] {Fiktshun} If I could change anything in MSTTAke, I would go back and fix the timeline error. Tod actually has two ages in that book. I missed one in a timeline rewrite during the edits. ;)

 

Q. Ri:  There’s also the one with Harmony’s wail sounding beautiful to Kaylee… when it shouldn’t :P

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Ri, yes, I forgot about that one. MSTTake was the first book HQTeen published, and we were all still getting that ball rolling at the time. Some things slipped through the cracks, unfortunately. ;)

 

Q. smiling_ina:  So, was Nash only interested in Kaylee in first place because she was a bean sidhe? Because he never showed any interest in her until he’d had his suspicion about her.

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Smiling_ina, that’s a good one. Nash may have been interested in Kaylee because of her species at first, but it grew beyond that.

 

Q. Mintz:  You’ve mentioned that you have a hard time writing the first book in a series (at l think you said something like this), did you find that to be the case with MStT?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Mintz, yes, I usually have a hard time with the first book in any series. The first draft of MSTTake wasn’t hard, comparatively, but I didn’t get it right the first time either. It took some…rewrites. ;)

 

Q. bookhound:  Since Sophie was in Nash’s crown in school (the popular kids)…did he know Sophie is also a bean sidhe like he did with Kaylee? Or was it Kaylee’s scream that attracted him to her?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Bookhound, Sophie’s not a bean sidhe. ;)

 

Q. Fiktshun:  In MSTTake Kaylee seems to notice an awful lot of details about Tod. Almost more than about Nash. Was that planned?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] {Fiktshun} Was it intentional that Kaylee noticed more about Tod than Nash? No. I hadn’t noticed. But my CP did. During the critiques, she kept writing, “I get it. Blond. Curly. Gorgeous. But what does Nash look like?” ;)

[RACHEL VINCENT] Yeah, Tod snuck up on me.

 

Q. PandaCutie101:  Rachel, which, in your own opinion, is cuter in the book or real life? Nash or Tod?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] PandaCutie, There is no way I can answer that. ;)

Q. PandaCutie101:  Ok, I’ll rephrase it. :) Do you think your characters are cuter in your books or would be cuter portrayed as actors?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] PandaCutie, there is no way on earth any real-life actor could be as cute as I picture Nash and Tod in my head. But I’m more than willing to let them try. ;)

 

Q. Fiktshun:  Kaylee seems very confident about most things except when it comes to Nash. Why does Nash make her feel so insecure about herself?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Fiktshun, I don’t think it’s Nash who makes her insecure. I think it’s dating/love in general. He’s her first serious bf (Toby didn’t last long) and there are always some growing pains involved in that.

 

Q. smiling_ina:  Who was your least favorite character to write about in MSTLose and Take?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] smiling_ina, there aren’t any characters I don’t like writing in SS.

 

Q. Sunnykimmy:  I remember you asking on Facebook for suggestions for names for a new character (not sure for which series). But how did you pick the names of Nash, Kaylee, Tod and Emma? Was it random?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] SunnyKimmy, Nash was the hardest to name. He went through 5 or 6 names before his, and I eventually just ran out of time to give him a real name. So Nash stuck. No. 1 thinks it’s hilarious that he’s named after two cars. Which was totally unintentional.

 

A couple Q’s and A’s about Avari from My Soul to Save…

Q. bookhound:  Avari….how much fun is it to write from the POV of someone who is just so wicked, souless, and plain mean?

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Bookhound, I LOVE writing Avari. He’s so creepy. He’s the kind of bad guy that you can almost get along with, and he’ll let you think that’s what ‘s happening–right up until the time that he bites your head off. Cavazos (from Unbound) is like that too. ;)

 

Q. Mintz:  Avari is probably one of the best antagonists in YA fiction that I’ve read of. :)

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Mintz, Avari was fun to write in BIW. I wish we could talk about that, but we have to wait a bit. But he has an interesting perspective on how IID ended. ;)

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Oh, crud. I forgot Avari isn’t in MSTTAke. Sorry, guys.

 

Read on for just one final question about Sabine….

Q. bookhound:  With having characters like Avari and the Mara (I can’t think of her name…grrr!) it must be very freeing as a writer to be able to write what no one would say, but truly thinks. (I hope this makes sense)

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Bookhound, that’s what I like best about writing Sabine. She’s so brutally honest. ;09

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] Crap! Yes, no Sabine yet. Sorry!

A. [RACHEL VINCENT] You guys keep sucking me in to spoilers, and I’m such an easy target!!! ;(

 

Soul Screamers Reading Challenge Month Three

Month three of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge has officially begun! This means we’re one month closer to the release of Before I Wake! If you still haven’t signed up it’s not too late. Seriously. There are three months left to read any or all of the books in the Soul Screamers series. Just click the link to the sign up post in the button above to get started.

And if you want to create a participation post, you can add your link HERE for a chance to win a giftcard at the end of the challenge.

If you’ve already signed up, then you’re all set to START OR CONTINUE READING… or RE-READING! But don’t forget to come back during the month to leave your links for any books read and reviewed or posted during this month of the challenge.

Even if you’ve been participating in the monthly challenges, don’t forget to sign up in the linky on the sign up post to be entered for the end of the challenge giveaway. And if you’re submitting your Month Two Reviews, you have until Saturday, March 17th to add your links! But only for reviews posted BEFORE March 15th.

Starting with this month (month three) there will no longer be any extra days to enter your review links, as it has caused a bit of confusion with participants entering reviews posted after the corresponding month’s challenge end date.

If you’ve missed the chance to include your reviews for My Soul to Take or My Soul to Save in the Month One or Month Two linky lists, don’t fear. You can enter it this month or in any subsequent month. As long as your reviews are posted from January 15 through June 14, 2012 you can link them up in any month’s linky during the challenge.

Month One Winners

There are still a couple of unclaimed prizes for the winners of the Month One challenge. I am offering up one last chance for the prizes to be claimed or they will be added into next month’s giveaway. If you haven’t checked to see if you had won, CLICK HERE.

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Month Three

March 15 – April 14, 2012

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The goal for this third month of the challenge will be to read My Soul to Keep.

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Goodreads description:

WHEN KAYLEE CAVANAUGH SCREAMS, SOMEONE DIES AND KAYLEE IS ABOUT TO SCREAM HER HEAD OFF…

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them. Until something does.

Demon’s breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked. And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.

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If you didn’t make the month two deadline, don’t give up! While it might not seem like a lot to read a book a month and write up your thoughts, I’m sure as amazing as the Soul Screamers books are, they aren’t the only books on your pile. And I’m also pretty sure that reading isn’t the only thing that takes up your days.

You can still continue to participate in the challenge without worrying that anyone is judging you for not having read every book or having read each book during each challenge month. If you continue on with the challenge you will have more chances to win some of the signed books or the pre-order for Before I Wake at the end of the challenge.

And if you are a winner who is located internationally and Before I Wake or any of the other “book of your choice” books are not available to ship from The Book Depository to your country, I will send the book by postal mail.

What do you need to do this month?

1. Start reading or keep reading!

If you already started the challenge, then all you need to do is keep reading. Even if you read ahead in the previous months, hopefully you held off posting your reviews so you could post them this month for an extra entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge.

If you just joined in, or you are behind, not to worry. You can read and post your reviews for My Soul to Take and/or My Soul to Save this month or at any month during the challenge.

And if it is a re-read for you and you want to skip last month’s read and start with either of the novellas – My Soul to Lose or Reaper – or with this month’s read - My Soul to Keep - then that’s okay too!

You have all month to read and review this third book in the series to get that extra entry into the end-of-challenge giveaway.

2. Post your review or thoughts!

Whether you’ve decided to post a review, or just create a post with your thoughts about the book, you have until April 14th to do so to be entered into any of this month’s giveaways and to earn an entry into the end-of-challenge Before I Wake giveaway.

3. Leave your link!

Be sure to come back here and leave a link to your post – wherever that may be – Blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, etc. If you don’t leave the link, you won’t be entered into the giveaway. LINK MUST BE LEFT IN THE LINKY LIST NOT THE COMMENTS.

If you don’t have anywhere to post your thoughts or review, please leave a comment with a way to get in touch and if your review (or thoughts) are positive, I’ll post them as a guest post on my blog, Soul Screamers Reading Challenge.

Reviews or thoughts posts must be from January 15 through April 14, 2012 ONLY.

What are this month’s incentives?

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Two winners will receive a Rachel Vincent book of their choice ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository

One winner will receive a copy of Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions and a copy of Kiss Me Deadly ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository

One winner will receive a signed copy of My Soul to Steal

One winner will receive a signed copy of If I Die

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In case you wanted to know….

Extra Credit Reads

You can post your reviews for any of the extra credit reads at any time during the challenge. Each extra credit read will give you an additional entry into the Before I Wake giveaway at the end of the challenge AND will give you an extra entry into that month’s giveaway.

SO, if you want extra chances to win a specific prize, be sure to hold off on posting your reviews for the extra credit reads until the month of that giveaway prize!

What if I don’t finish the book this month?

That’s OKAY. You can post your review or thoughts next month, or at any time during the challenge. And you can leave more than one link during each month of the challenge.

What if I’ve signed up, but never read any books during the months of this challenge?

That’s OKAY. We all have things in life that sometimes take priority. You won’t be eligible for any of the giveaways without at least one review or thoughts post, but no one will judge you for signing up and not doing anything beyond that!

The fact that you want to read the author’s amazing books is awesome! And whether you read them now, or in the future, you’ll be discovering a series that I think it is pretty amazing.

What if I’ve already reviewed the book?

If this is a re-read for you, you can simply create a post about this book talking about what you found different the second (or third, or fourth or…) time around. If you are a blogger, you can always link to your original review in that discussion post so that people can check out what you thought on first read.

BUT, you cannot simply repost your original review to be eligible for the giveaway. AND you cannot leave a link to an old post. All posts must be created during the dates of each challenge month.

The first book I plan on reading for the challenge isn’t My Soul to Keep, so why start now?

If you are starting this month’s challenge by reading any book other than My Soul to Keep, you can still post your reviews for that book during this month’s challenge post. It will give you an entry into this month’s giveaway and will count as an entry toward the end-of-challenge Before I Wake pre-order giveaway. But, you won’t get an extra entry for posting your review during the scheduled read month for that book.

While the disadvantage is that you won’t get the extra entry, there are advantages to reading any of the books early and participating now.

One of the advantages to reading it now – and posting a review or discussion post – as opposed to waiting for the scheduled month, is that you’ll be eligible for this month’s giveaway prize. You may also discover that once you finish reading the series you’ll want to go back and re-read those first books – trust me, If I Die is a game-changer and it is very likely that you’ll be interested in doing just that.

So, by participating now, you’ll have the time later on during the challenge to re-read those books and by creating a post be eligible for those other giveaways and get yet another entry into the Before I Wake giveaway.

How are this month’s giveaway prizes going to be decided?

The giveaway winners’ names will be drawn on April 18th.

For this month’s giveaway prizes, Random will be drawing numbers based on the linky number associated with your post.

Each giveaway will be drawn separately.

If you’ve won and you do not wish to receive that prize, the next number on the list that Random drew will be the winner.

And guess what….

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Author Rachel Vincent will be conducting spoiler chats after each month’s read for that book only. So, at some point in the second half of April, there will be a My Soul to Keep spoiler chat! Check out her blog post HERE to learn more.

If that weren’t enough, she mentions that after the release of Before I Wake, which comes out on June 26, 2012 in the U.S., there will be a discussion and spoiler chat for that book too! How AWESOME is that!?!

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So….

Leave your links below for posts created from March 15 through April 14, 2012. This month the linky list will close ON April 14th to avoid confusion. So be sure to get your posts in on time to count for this month’s giveaway and for those extra entries.

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Let’s see those posts!