Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sacrifice a Faery to the Hunger Games, and a Giveaway

Are you up for a laugh? (Aka, some cheese?)




And now it's time to meet a new author and enter to win an amazing book. 

Last week, the very cool Mary Waibel shared FAERY MARKED with us, along with two truths and one lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win a book of their choice from the grab pool.

Mary's game:

1. When Mary was little she got her head stuck in the fence around the White House, and although they were able to get her out without issue, it makes for a great story.
2. She has a ton of useless facts stored in her mind that make for interesting conversations at the dinner table. (Like the reason weddings are in June is that was when everyone took their yearly bath.) 
3. She wanted to be a nurse until she learned you had to work in the ER and decided she couldn't handle seeing someone she knew come through the doors.

And the lie is: 

#1. While this is a true story, it was actually Mary's cousin who stuck her head inside the fence and got it stuck. They were able to get her out, without any issues, but it's sure made for a funny story to tell.

Way to guess those of you who got it right! And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...

C. Lee Mckenzie!

Congrats Lee! 

And now to today's feature:

When a city is at stake, is the life of one sixteen-year old girl worth risking thousands? 

Deidra Moore goes on the run after escaping from a group of human sacrifices for Bane: God of Gore. She doesn't believe he exists and sees uncertainty in the scorching desert as a better alternative. But Faux City isn't finished with her and their leader Lord Brinn is ordered by Bane - through one of his maiden worshipers- to bring her back or face dire consequences. 

In the desert Deidra meets a wanderer named Kale and as feelings spark can they find a safe place to lead a new life before Lord Brinn and his soldiers catch up with them? Yet the question remains. Does Bane really exist and if he does what will happen if either side succeeds or fails? 

Told in alternating perspectives of both the runaway servant girl and the blonde strong willed leader.

This is book one in a YA Dystopian novella series set to release Fall of 2014. Add it on Goodreads HERE.

Now let me introduce you to this spunky author: 

Sheena-kay Graham was never meant for a traditional job behind a desk. Her childhood career plans included becoming a ballerina, actress or someone who helped people. So naturally she decided to be a writer who writes from her bed. Yes, no desk for this Jamaican book lover. No matter if it’s reading, writing or using the computer....you get the gist. The love of the written word has always been with her, leading to stories, novels, poetry and way too much fan fiction. This Christian woman can be found trolling Amazon online, in local book bookstores, watching movies on the big screen, or in her bed reading/writing/on the laptop. Sheena-kay mainly writes YA fiction and is ready to unleash her creativity to wow the masses.

Her favorite cheese is good old Cheddar, and she loves eating it (surprise, surprise) in bed. Yes, she enjoy doing a lot of things in bed. 

Sheena-Kay gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Those who figure out the lie will go into my magic hat to win one of these books*: 



(*US participants only. If the winner lives elsewhere, I have two alternate eBooks the winner may choose from.)
You have until Tuesday, June 3, at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on June 4.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. Sheena-kay has written song lyrics but can’t sing at all.
2. She won a three legged race against her brother at a family picnic.
3. She thinks it's creepy burying someone at sea without permission, even if it’s a terrorist.


Sign ups are still open for the
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cover reveal (book 2 in the Maiden of Time Trilogy) July 14-19.
Sign up HERE

(Revealers will have first dibs on ARC's as soon as they're available, and one lucky participant will win their choice of $10 to Amazon or a signed copy of MOONLESS.) 


Which is the lie? Does book logic ever astound you? Did you read Hunger Games? Love it? Hate it? Do you like dystopian books? Looking forward the Sheena-kay's awesome novella? 

112 comments:

  1. Hmmmm I think #2 is a lie. I didn't read Hunger Games but I love the movies!!

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    1. The movies are pretty epic--better than the books in some ways.

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  2. Congrats to Mary and Sheena-kay and to Lee for winning!

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  3. I enjoyed The Hunger Games as well as the movies, but I haven't read Catching Fire or Mockingjay yet.

    As for the lie, I'm going to guess #1 because it would be ironic. LOL!

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    1. It totally would, right?

      The books are good. I really liked them...except for #3.

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  4. #2 is the lie? Never ran a three-legged race.

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  5. I loved the Hunger Games (Books especially!) the clip made me chuckle though!
    I think Sheena-Kay's lie might be #1

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  6. I've read all the Hunger Games books, and seem the films. The clip you shared made me laugh!
    I think number 2 is the lie!

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    1. Yes! Mission accomplished. =) Here's to a few good laughs!

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  7. I am eagerly awaiting Sheena-kay's book!!!

    I'm guessing the three legged race as the lie.

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    1. I've been waiting since I first saw the cover. =)

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  8. Good luck to all who enter the contest. I've not gotten into the Hunger Games thing at all. I never got into Harry Potter either. I think it's the rebel in me that stirs clear of things that everyone does.
    Sandy at Traveling Suitcase

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    1. Ooh! She's a rebel. I know what you mean, I was totally the same way in my younger years, but I've grown out of it. =)

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  9. Congrats, Lee!

    Hi, Sheena-kay. *waves*
    Hi, Crystal. *waves*

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  10. Congrats to Sheena. I really like dystopian stories and am sad that publishers flooded the market and now aren't publishing many.

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    1. Seconded! There are some really great ones out there.

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  11. That had to be a little scary to get her head stuck in a fence! Glad she got it out without a problem. It certainly is a good story to share!

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    1. I know! Can you imagine as a parent what that would be like?

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  12. I likes the Hunger Games books. Congrats to Sheena and the lie I hope is #3 in hopes she can sing ;)

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    1. You really have to be able to sing your own songs, right?

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  13. Ha! Funny video. All valid points. :)

    I say the lie is #2.

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    1. I know! Why is it so easy for an outsider to pick out the obvious flaws, eh?

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  14. Damn, now I'm jealous that I can't enter. The Hunger Games is one of the best books of all time! Also the movies are amazing. Divergent, take notes. Thanks for featuring me Crystal and to all the welcome from comments. It's fun to watch you guys guess my lie.

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    1. Thanks for being here, Sheena-kay. You're giving us a reason to hang and chat about books!

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  15. For the lie, I'm going to go with #2. Writing from bed is cool.

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  16. Congratulations to Mary and Sheena-kay and to Lee for winning!

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  17. Congratulations to Sheena-Kay! Your novella, and the idea for your series, sounds really interesting. My favorite cheese is good old cheddar, too. :)

    I'm going to guess #2 is the lie, because I write song lyrics and can't sing. And I also think burying at sea is creepy. ;)

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    1. Chrys, that's really, really sad. I'll loan you my voice. ;)

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  18. Oooh, this sounds like a really interesting read! As for the lie, hmm, not really all that sure. I'm going to guess #1 :)

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  19. Oh gosh--I never thought about working in an ER and having someone you know come in. That would be tough.

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    1. I know, right? Especially if they obtained their injury in some outlandish or embarrassing way...

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  20. I think the lie is #no. 2 - a wild guess!
    Congrats to Sheena-Kay!

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  21. I'll guess #1. Congrats to Sheena-Kay!

    Did I sign up? I think I did. Poke me if I didn't.

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    1. You totally did. And you totally rock.

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  22. That's a tough one. I say the first one.

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    1. She did pick some difficult ones to choose between, right?

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  23. Congrats, Sheena-Kay! I'm going to guess #1 is the lie...

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  24. This truth or lie is hard! I guess #3.

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  25. Congrats to Lee! Best wishes for much success to Sheena-Kay! :)

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  26. I'm saying #2. Congrats Sheena-kay!

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  27. Love the concept for this story!
    I'm going with Lie#2 - it's so normal. ^_^

    Okay, that video is funny. I love it so much when people point out stuff like this! I didn't even think of that. Lol!

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    1. I know! I find myself wishing I had my own group of hecklers who'd point out this kind of stuff BEFORE my books are published.

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  28. Congrats to Sheena-kay.
    I do like YA dystopian. I read the whole Hunger Games series. The first book was excellent (despite the amusing game logic that video pointed out, lol).

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    1. LOL. I know. In the heat of the moment (reading the book) none of those possibilities crossed my mind.

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  29. Congratulations to Sheena-kay! I'm going to say #1 is the lie.

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  30. That Hunger Games video cracks me up! And congrats to Sheena! So excited about her book! I think #2 is the lie! :)

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    1. It's a pretty awesome video, eh? The HISHE team is pretty epic.

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  31. These are tricky. I'm guessing #3.
    Congratulations, Sheena-kay!
    Congrats to Lee too.

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    1. You know, I never was very good a guessing these kinds of things, but I love watching from the inside and seeing how awesome people are at figuring it out.

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  32. OMG, OMG, I laughed so hard!!! Loved the video.

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  33. Tell Mary, I want to know the story about her cousin's head stuck in the White House fence!

    Congrats on your upcoming release Sheena-kay! I am going to go with #1 as a lie.

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    1. I should tell Mary...but maybe she'll read it herself.

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  34. I'm going to guess number one for the lie. I enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy. Love HISHE clips. Hilarious.

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    1. *high five* I'm right there with you. The kids sit around and beg us to put on another one, and then just one more, and just one more.

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  35. I think 1 is the lie. Congrats to Sheena-kay.

    Yay for Lee winning the giveaway.

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  36. I'm going to go with #1 as the lie - she probably has a pretty voice!

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    1. You know, the logic behind people's guesses really gives you insight into their character. I'm so glad we're friends.

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  37. I will go with #1 being the lie. Just a guess. I think she can write and sing. :D

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    1. Because how bad would it stink if she could only do one or the other, eh?

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  38. I was laughing so hard at that I started having a coughing fit.

    I'm going with #1 as the lie.

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    1. Eek! No coughing fits. They're not allowed!

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  39. I remember hearing about Sacrifice Her elsewhere. Such a lovely cover!

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    1. Yeah, the cover reveal happened a while ago. Can't wait for it to come out.

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  40. I love both of the covers. I think the lie is number 2

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  41. I'm guessing #1 is the lie - and funny 'how it should've ended' parody of The Hunger Games.

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  42. Congrats to Sheena-Kay. I pick lie #1

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    1. Wouldn't that be crazy if they were all lies?

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  43. I'm going with #2 just because it sounds like the truth. I read hunger games and liked it but I still didn't understand its run-away popularity.

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    1. I wish I could say I didn't get it either, but I really do. I'm afraid adults like a dose of reality with their fiction, and nothing is better than controversy.

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  44. I think it's #1 because she must be able to sing - she's so talented! I did enjoy Hunger Games, but I also had trouble with them all falling asleep at the same time - alliance or no, it makes no sense. And what's up with Peeta when they are all sleeping? He could have . . . well, anyway. Overall, I still really like Hunger Games.

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    1. I know! And he totally should have...but I don't think it was in his character. I mean, if you were in the game, would you really be able to bring yourself to do something so horrible? I'd totally be a Ru.

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  45. Lol, funny:) Also, I signed up, looks sweet!

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  46. I love Mary's random comments one--I'd love to hear more of what they are! And I pick lie #1 for Sheenakay! :D

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    1. I'm right there with you. Random facts are awesomesauce.

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  47. Well, will wonders never cease? I won. How much cheese do I get, Crystal? I need to stock up on crackers.

    For this one, I'm going to go with #1 as the lie. It sounds perfect.

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    1. LOL! I wish I could send you all the cheese in the world, but then I'd just end up at your house, camped out. ;) Congrats, Lee!

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  48. Hmm... I'm going to guess that Sheena-Kay hasn't beat her brother in a three-legged race yet. But maybe someday ;)

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    1. I like that. Someday. I opt for "One day" when referencing the bright future.

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  49. I dropped by to say hello! I have been absent from blogging for a while, and I did miss your posts. It’s good to be back.

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    1. You're alive!!! Yay! Good to have you back.

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  50. I'm guessing #2 is the lie... :)

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  51. Wow. The premise looks amazing. Sacrifice to a God who might or might not exist? Yes please. :)

    Sania @ Fragile Words

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  52. Congrats to Sheena-Kay. I've heard her talking about Sacrifice Her (well, not actually heard, but read) and pleased to see it's set for release!

    I think #2 is the lie. She's had a go at writing most things so I can believe #1. I did the same myself and also can't sing a note! Although it's probably better those words were not sung. :)

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    1. Oh, I bet you can sing a note. In fact, I think with a little training most people could sing just fine. Of course, this comes from a vocal performer who knows how to cultivate the human instrument, so...

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  53. I love both of the covers. I think the lie is number 2.

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  54. yay for Mary, yay for Lee winning
    and yay for Sheena!! love her cover & story!
    i guess the 3 legged race is the farce =)

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    1. That's a whole lot of "yay." Yay it is!

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  55. I read Hunger Games with my niece and some of Catching Fire. I wanted to finish them all but had so many other books on my review TBR list that I threw in the towel.
    I'm going to be the oddball here and guess number 3 is a lie. Although I'm probably wrong!
    Not a big cheddar cheese fan but I do love a nice manchego with honey spread on a baguette thinly sliced=) Yum.
    Good luck with your novella, Sheena! And thanks for sharing, Crystal!

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    1. Gina! Mm...manchego...I'll join you for some of that.

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  56. I signed up for your cover reveal, right? I meant to and I think I did. Let me know if I didn't and I certainly will.

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Hit me with your cheese!