Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: Win Heirs of War

Friendlies! It's that time again.

Writerly Wednesdays here are dedicated to readers and writersIf you've published anything for Young Adults, check out the tab up there.

And now, it's time to announce the winner of Andrew Leon's Shadow Spinner collection. He shared with us two truths and one lie. Those who guessed correctly were entered into a random drawing for the win. 

The options were: 


1. Andrew likes peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
2. He once mistook a rabbit pellet for chocolate and didn't realize the mistake until it was in his mouth.
3. The closest he's ever been to drunk (actually tipsy) was from drinking Welch's grape juice.

The lie is: 

#2, this actually happened to one of his friends, not to him. 

Way to guess those of you who got it right! You are officially human lie detectors. And the winner is: 

...DRUM ROLL...


Congrats, Kathryn! 

And now for this week's special feature...

Seventeen-year-old Zelene doesn't believe in magic or prophecies. When she's told she is part of the prophecy foretelling five powerful girls bringing peace to the war-torn worlds, she scoffs. The idea of other dimensions layered on top of the world she lives in is almost as ludicrous as the idea that she might be able to save them. After she is attacked by magic-wielding assassins, she finds she can't argue with reality.

As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in.

Zelene views them all with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no, and can think of a place or two she’d like to shove the crown she supposedly inherited. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know how she is supposed to go against an army of magic-wielding rebels when her own ability to manipulate the elements is still locked within her. But can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene.

Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.

You can pick up the book HERE.

Shall we meet the author? 

Mara Valderran has been coming up with stories pretty almost since she could talk, often commandeering her brother's G.I. Joes to play out her fictional tales alongside her Barbies. Once she hit adolescence and realized playing with dolls wasn't cool anymore, she started putting her ideas to paper. And she hasn’t stopped since.

Mara is more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She lives in the south with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or spending time at her favorite local coffee shop.

Her favorite cheese is White American and she loves to eat it on turkey burgers cooked by her husband while watching something like Stargate or Doctor Who. You can find her on her website

Mara gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Can you figure out the lie? Those who do will go into my magic hat for a chance to win an ebook of the Heirs of War. Eek! How cool is that? You have until Tuesday, October 1st at 1 p.m. to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on October 2nd to view the winner!

TRUTH OR LIE

1. If she could go back in time, she would meet Audrey Hepburn.
2. There's something weird growing in the back of her car.
3. Her name is actually Mara Valerran.

Okay human lie detectors, which is the lie? 

(And if that wasn't awesome enough, you have a second chance to win:)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

56 comments:

  1. Okay, the neat freak in me is going to say #2 is the lie. Why would anyone allow something to grow in the back of her car?

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    1. LOL. Susan, I guess it depends on how sneaky your kids are. ;)

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    2. Whew! I can finally explain it: I moved bathroom supplies from one house to another in my trunk, and apparently something leaked. Months later I opened my trunk to use it again (I don't use it often), and there was a white fuzz. My hubby is going to attack it, and I got a recipe from a friend that should help kill and remove whatever it is. Ick!

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  2. I gasped when I read #2. And it was the correct one? *gag*

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  3. Mara looks so young - way too young to be an author or be married. She's just a cutie-pie!! I wish her great success!! :-)

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    1. Aww, thank you! I hit 30 this year, so I love hearing that I look young! LOL =)

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  4. Hi Crystal! How fun to be learning about all sorts of new authors! Thanks for visiting my blog. Poor Andrew's friend ~ oops! I feel about chocolate the way you feel about cheese!

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    1. Yeah, well I guess he should have been looking more closely before putting something in his mouth, eh?

      (Yay for cheese!)

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  5. She has the same taste in TV that I do. Awesome.

    I'm going to go with #3.

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    1. The hubby and I are actually in the middle of rewatching Stargate. We're on a sci-fi kick after getting back from DragonCon. Farscape is next! =D

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  6. Congrats to Mara! Love her book cover!

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    1. Thank you! Gretchen Byers designed it. She's fabulous! I think we worked on ideas for about a year, but she was always patient with my requests and excited to try something new. =)

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  7. I know that #3 can't be right. No buzz from grape juice!

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  8. What a great cover! I'm going with #1 just because nobody else has picked it!

    HA :D

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  9. Hmm, I'm going to go with #1. While meeting Hepburn would be awesome, if I had a time machine I'd probably pick someone else :)

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    1. IF you had a time machine? (Shhh, you scientists locked in my basement--keep your mouths shut. I'm not selling the technology!)

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    2. What if that is one of the truths *because* I already have a functioning time machine? Hmmm... =D

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  10. This book sounds very exciting. And I'll go with #3.
    :)

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    1. It does sound pretty action packed, doesn't it?

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    2. I like to think it is. I'm the type of author that gets bored and starts to blow stuff up. =D

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  11. Ooh, this looks like a great book! I have no idea which of these could be the lie, but I'm going to go with #1, anyway. XD

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    1. Thanks! =) I can't wait for it to be revealed. Mainly so I can comment more. =D

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    2. LOL! Mara, it's so difficult keeping your lips sealed, eh?

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    3. Phew! Glad I don't have to keep them sealed anymore. =)

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  12. This sounds like quite an adventure. I like the idea that despite not having ready use of magic, she's still willing to go get her sister. Courage in action is a form of magic isn't it?

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. "Courage in action is a form of magic" Oooh, I love that! So true.

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  13. I love the rabbit-pellet thing - I think someone I knew did that as a kid because it rings a real bell with me (I don't think it was me - yikes!)

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  14. The book sounds awesome. I am wondering why she's lying about her name. :)

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    1. Thank you! =) I can't wait until it releases!

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  15. OMG. How awful for the friend! LOL.
    Hmm...I'll go with #2. Hopefully, if there was something weird growing in the back of her car, it's gone now!

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  16. Oops! Accidentally deleted Sharon K Mayhew's comment (Sorry Sharon!):

    I'm thinking number two...because....UGH...it's number two. (blushes)

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  17. hmm....I'm going with #3 as the lie...though if I'm right, and #2 is true, I'm gonna want the explanation on the 2nd.

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  18. I was going to choose option 4. However, I reckon it's gotta be number three. Congrats to Mara, congrats to Crystal, congrats to Kathryn and congrats to me for staying awake until four on a Saturday morning.

    Gary :)

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    1. Congrats on staying awake! And thank you. =)

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    2. LOL! Gary, what the heck are you doing up at 4 a.m.? Late night cheese run?

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  19. I think #2 is the lie.

    I'm pleased to meet Mara.

    Congrats to Kathryn.

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  20. Congrats Mara... All the best!

    I would say #2 is the lie... most people don't have anything growing in the back of their car...

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    1. Unless they're a botanist who uses their vehicle as a portable greenhouse. ;)

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  21. Congratulations Mara! Sounds awesome!

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Hit me with your cheese!