Before I Wake Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

I am so unbelievably excited to kick off the BEFORE I WAKE Blog Tour. Author Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series is one of my very favorite series of all time and the author is one of my most favorite authors.

And before I go any further I just have to thank Rachel for taking the time to write an awesome guest post for my stop. I also want to thank Harlequin TEEN and Kismet Book Touring for hosting this tour and for allowing me to be a part of it.

So, back to BEFORE I WAKE… I just so happen to have read BEFORE I WAKE and let me tell you it is AAAAAAA-MAZING! And not just because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. But I better not say any more for fear of revealing certain way too spoiler-y things that happened… things that I’m just dying to talk about. Though I will say that it’s one of those books that will be impossible to put down.

For my tour stop today I have a guest post by Rachel Vincent in which she shares her “Top Five Favorite-to-write Soul Screamers scenes.” I absolutely love the scenes she chose as her top five!  BUT….

There are a few MAJOR spoilers for the series and especially for If I Die. SO…. If you haven’t read all previous books in the series, including If I Die, and you don’t want to know what happens before you read it, you should probably STOP READING NOW and skip to the bottom to check out the other tour stops and to enter the giveaway.

But if you are curious to see what the author’s favorite scenes were, then read on….


Rachel’s Top Five Favorite-to-write Soul Screamers scenes

The scene in My Soul To Keep where Emma was possessed.

That scene was the first time I can remember actually freaking myself out with my own story. Imagining Em like that—out of control of her own body and completely ignorant of that—scared me. Kaylee had been possessed before that, of course, but because she didn’t know about it, neither the readers nor I saw it. We saw Em possessed, though, and I don’t know about you, but that bothered me quite a bit.

Tod and Kaylee’s kiss in the hall.

That was just plain fun to write. Tod had just taken a big risk to do what he could for her, and he hadn’t planned for her to ever find out. But she did, and that’s the moment when she realized that what he felt for her was more than a taboo crush—that he was willing to put both his job and his afterlife on the line for her. And finally, Tod got his moment. That moment changed everything.

Sabine gives Kaylee “the talk”/ Kaylee slaps Sabine, in My Soul To Steal.

Many, many of my favorite scenes and lines belong to Sabine, but I’m going to highlight just these two, and since they’re short, I’m lumping them together. I knew early on during Sabine’s creation that she would be Kaylee’s foil (one of them; Sophie is another). One of the most interesting elements of that (for me) is the fact that while Kaylee, the protagonist and generally a pretty good and moral character, has to tell lies to keep the realities of her existence secret from the human world, Sabine, who has questionable morals, at best, doesn’t lie. Beyond that, she is the only character in the entire series who has never intentionally lied to Kaylee through either action or omission. (Incidentally, since Avari is incapable, he has never told Kaylee an outright lie either.) Sabine tells the truth as she sees it, whether or not it matters. Whether or not it hurts. So I had a BLAST writing the scene where she gives Kaylee an advanced “Birds and Bees” talk in the middle of her school hallway, much to Kay’s humiliation.

And, of course, the scene where Kaylee slapped Sabine was one of my favorites to write, in part because I had NO idea she was going to do that until it happened. That wasn’t planned or plotted. It wasn’t in the synopsis I submitted to my editor. Kaylee was just finally fed up. Everyone was shocked, Kaylee most of all. I loved it. 😉

The Netherworld scene near the end of My Soul To Save.

That was the second significant amount of time Kaylee (and the reader) had spent in the Netherworld, and I really wanted readers to be able to feel it. The strange creatures, with mismatched and disproportionate limbs. The world that mirrored ours, but was incomplete. The predatory nature of the Nether-inhabitants. So I kind of let my imagination go wherever it wanted, and I was pretty pleased with the results. Ever since, I’ve loved writing the Netherworld.

Kaylee’s death scene.

That one was haaaard to write, and it marked two firsts for Kaylee. (Oddly enough, her actual death was not one of those firsts. 😉 ) One was the f-word. Kaylee’s never before or since said that on the page, and I went back and forth about its inclusion. But in the end, I decided that there’s no more appropriate time for that particular word than when you’re about to be murdered and have been offered a “last word.”

The other first was Kaylee actively, physically fighting back. She did hit a reaper with a pan in My Soul To Take, but that was one blow, from behind. In If I Die, she fought against her murderer actively, and in defense of not just herself, but of Sophie and Emma too. Even after she’d already been stabbed and was minutes from death. She was strong. She was brave. I was very proud of her.

Then there were her final minutes, in the hospital. I actually cried as I wrote that, for her, for her father, and for Tod. I love it when I can make myself cry.

For those who have already found copies or would like to take note for later, these are the page numbers of some of my favorite scenes in BIW (US edition).

Page 30 – Kaylee’s new celebrity
Page 85 – Nash visits
Page 112 – Aiden and Harmony chat
Page 157 – Kaylee intervenes
Page 207 – Sabine’s intuition
Page 234 – Sophie joins the club
Page 289 – Tod makes a declaration


I have to say that three of those five scenes are in my top five, too! Though the hallway scene would be number two instead of number four. And I’d add that scene where Tod takes a swing at a certain badly behaving brother.

But, there is one particular scene that is tied for number one as a favorite of mine. As that’s in BEFORE I WAKE I can’t say what that one is. If you read it, however, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.


I have to thank Rachel Vincent once more for sharing her top five scenes and why they made it to the list. And for sharing the page numbers for her favorites in BEFORE I WAKE. When my Kindle copy downloads, I will definitely note those pages as “Rachel Vincent’s Favorites.”


For those of you who have yet to take a peek at the description for BEFORE I WAKE, I thought I’d include it here. Though it also has major spoilers for If I Die. And if you have yet to “meet” the author, there’s just a little bit about her too, along with places you can find her on the interwebs.

About the Book

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…

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….


About the Author

A resident of San Antonio, 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.



Be sure to check out the other stops this month for the tour. In addition to some seriously awesome posts there will be daily giveaways and a grand prize giveaway.

Monday, June 11th- Fiktshun
Wednesday, June 13th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Friday, June 15th- All Things Urban Fantasy

Monday, June 18th – I’m Just Sitting Here and Read
Tuesday, June 19th Book Birthday – Book Soulmates
Wednesday, June 20th – Late Bloomer Online
Friday, June 22nd – Mimi Valentine

Monday, June 25th – Tynga’s Reviews
Wednesday, June 27th – The Page Turners
Friday, June 29th- A Cupcake and A Latte


There are TWO awesome giveaways for the BEFORE I WAKE Blog Tour.

The FIRST is a daily giveaway for a chance to win a copy of BEFORE I WAKE!

And the SECOND is a Grand Prize giveaway for a pink iPod nano engraved with Soul Screamers! {How awesome is that?} The Grand Prize giveaway winner will be chosen from among the daily entries.

So, be sure to follow the tour not only to find out more about this amazing book and author, but for additional chances to win!

Both giveaways are for the US/Canada only. Please see the full contest rules here.

Enter in the Rafflecopter form, below.


Good luck everyone! I hope you enjoyed this first stop on the BEFORE I WAKE tour. Thanks for stopping by.

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