Thursday, December 13, 2012

BIR 2012: Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready - Guest Post and Giveaway

I don't think it would be a Best I've Read without a book from Jeri Smith-Ready on my list. I think the past three years of BIR, I have had at least one of her books featured every year. And before you ask, yes, she is just that good.

Shine is the final book in the Shade trilogy, Smith-Ready's first, although hopefully not last, foray into YA. I reviewed Shine back in May on the day it was released. You can read that review HERE.

This book was the perfect ending to an amazing series. It was the end of Aura and Zach's emotional journey to discover what originally caused the Shift, and if there was anything they could do to stop it. There was some laughter, but many many tears (and this is just me). There is also beautifully descriptive scenes in Ireland and Scotland, where I have always wanted to go (and Jeri has gone. Paint me jealous!). Kilts and Brogues. What's not to love. ;)


As a treat for Shine being chosen for this year's BIR, we have a guest post from Jeri Smith-Ready. She has given us Five Fun Facts from Shine. Although, she has kept them non spoilery for those of you who, ahem, haven't read the book yet (would look great on a Christmas list, just saying).

Thanks a million to Kendra for picking SHINE as one of her top three reads of 2012! I’m incredibly flattered, what with all the amazing novels published this year. Big squishy hugs.

For my wee guest post, I decided to share 5 Fun Facts about SHINE, the third book in the SHADE trilogy. These are embellished from the short notes I used in my annotated copies (kind of like a director’s cut).

1. In an earlier draft, there was a ghost-rights organization framed for the attack on Flight 346, called Ghosts-To-Be. Their motive was to incur sympathy for ghosts by making lots more of them! But it just didn’t make sense when it all panned out, and it also bothered me that they hadn’t been mentioned in earlier books.

2. There is no significance (that I know of) to the number 346. If anyone can tell me, I’d really appreciate it—maybe it was subconscious brilliance!

3. Zachary’s alias, John (“Jack”) McLean, is similar to the name John McClane, Bruce Willis’s character in DIE HARD. The movie trailer states, "The last thing McClane wants is to be a hero, but he doesn't have a choice." Zachary is a big fan of this guy, and DIE HARD is his favorite Christmas movie (he’s not much for sentiment).

4. I used the text of Zachary’s letter on page 145 to create the SHINE teaser video. It was my first attempt at making a video, so I went with a simple motif aimed at maximum emotion. Since iMovie kept crashing toward the end of the video-making process, I probably won’t be making any more trailers until I get a more powerful Mac. *sighs, daydreams* (Which is actually a shame. This video is amazing, and very heartwrenching. You have to watch it! ~ Kendra)

5. MI-X logo and motto (page 55): “A three-headed serpent with a dragon’s body reared fiercely in the center of a circle topped by a crown. The Latin motto, Verum ex arcanum, curved beneath the hydra’s talons.”

I based the logo for the British paranormal agency on those of MI-5 (domestic security service) and MI-6 (international security service), which feature a griffin and a unicorn, respectively. 

Keeping with the mythical creature theme, I chose a hydra, to reflect MI-X’s resilience and ferocity. Were I ever to make (or have commissioned) an official MI-X logo, I would base it off this picture on Encyclopedia Mythica.

The MI-X motto, meaning “truth from secrets,” was given to me on Facebook by one of my dearest and most brilliant author friends, Kate Milford.

Thanks to Jeri Smith-Ready for the great post, and "behind the scenes" fun facts about Shine!

Want to learn more Random Fun Facts? Enter the giveaway drawing for your own annotated copy of SHINE! International entries welcome.
Author Bio: Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a problem maker than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.
When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter or Facebook. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late.
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To help celebrate Shine as being one of the Best I've Read, we have one copy to give away. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter, and you will be on your way.

UPDATE: We have not one, but TWO copies of Shine to giveaway. Jeri Smith-Ready has contributed an annotated copy of Shine, so the lucky winner of that will get a great behind the scenes/director's cut look at this amazing book. The copy of Shine is a US only giveaway, and the annotated copy of Shine is open internationally.There are two separate Rafflecopters for each entry, so make sure you are entering the one you want.

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  1. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Either one because I love both Ireland and Scotland - and I've heard awesome things about both boys:))

    Thank you:)

  2. Well, I think I'm all for Logan. I felt so bad for him in the end!

  3. Both!! I cannot pick between those boys, I love them equally.

  4. Can I have them both I love the Scottish brogue and the Irish accent!!!

    Note: I didn't realize there were two rafflecopters until I had already filled out the first one which I shouldn't have since I'm international, hope you all can delete my entries from the first rafflecopter, sorry about that.

    1. That's ok, not a big deal. We'll take care of it. Thanks for reading, and thanks for entering!

  5. I would love the annotated edition! I love this series!!

  6. Oh yeah...choose between the boys! Zach! Because he's sexy & alive.

  7. Extremely hard choice. I love them both so much and they are in my top three book boyfriends of all time. I have to say Logan though. I love that he's a singer/guitarist, he's thoughtful and sweet, and he acts like a two year old sometimes, which can be really funny. Overall, I just relate to him more than I do with Zach, but I still love Zach, and I was always rooting for him and Aura to be together.

  8. Even though I will always have a soft spot for LOgan, I'm team Zogan. I love both of them equally. They are both excellent characters in an excellent story.
    I really hope I win this anotated book. It would complete my set. Thank you and Jeri for the giveaway.

  9. Either one. I like both characters

  10. Thanks for the great giveaway!! This is definitely one of my faves of the year as well.

    I'm definitely 'Team Zach' although Logan grew on me throughout the series.

  11. I LOVE Logan!!! Of course, I love Zach, too. But I'm all for Logan, I think he is my favorite character ever!

  12. Oh no, no, no! I do not choose between my Logan and Zachary. This is impossible! I love them both so much. But since Zachary ends up with Aura, I will lean toward Logan. ;) I do have my Keeley Brothers T-shirt after all!

  13. I like them both, but I'm sticking with Zach.

  14. I have to say Logan. I feel really sorry for him. He's such a sweet guy now.

  15. Zach all the way! (Ileana A.-rafflecopter)



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