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.
Links to the books:SHINE
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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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