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Shine Light Blog Tour

Welcome to the Shine Light blog tour. At each stop we’ll be revealing something new about the characters in Shine Light. What makes them tick? Do they have any secrets? Read on to find out . . .

Joel/Clash

Blog stop 8

Joel/Clash is the catalyst for Retra/Naif’s journey. At the beginning of the series she worships him without question or criticism. He’s all the things she’s frightened to be; extraverted, bold and uncompromising. He’s also her only friend in the world.

However, it’s not until Naif finally reconnects with him on Grave that she begins to get to know her brother as a real person – not a construct of her rose-coloured memory. Though not always liking what she sees, Naif cannot help but continue to admire him. Like Suki, he is a warrior who is personally motivated by a deep-rooted belief in individual freedom.

The only insight we get into Joel/Clash’s personality, other than Naif’s point of view, is through his relationships with Dark Eve and Charlonge. There is also no doubt he is revered by the Young Ones on Ixion as being handsome and brave, and in the time he’s spent on the island he’s developed into a strong, decisive fighter. But Charlonge thinks Dark Eve has corrupted his more reasonable side. She is right!

Joel/Clash loves Charlonge but his admiration for Dark Eve is profound. He’s never met anyone as committed to the idea of personal freedom as Eve is and it’s a bond that ties them together.  Though he doesn’t love her in the way he loves Charlonge, she is a powerful influence upon him. At this stage in his life Joel/Clash gives priority to his principles and beliefs above his personal relationships. He is not ready for Charlonge emotionally; he is too caught up in the fight.

He does learn though, that his little sister is more than merely a sibling to be protected. It’s the first step in his journey of self-discovery. And the struggle for his affections between Eve and Charlonge continues on for a long while after the SHINE LIGHT is finished.

Break each code at the end of every blog post on the tour and your name will go in the draw to win a**super mystery prize** basket. Email your answers to marianne@mariannedepierres.com.

“NGX IQCT UKGVF OFZG Q VGDQN, SOZZST LOLZTK. QFR O IQR FGZ FGZOETR.” ESQLI ZG FQOY.

 

Ready for your next fix? Meet Dark Eve at http://paranormal-angel.blogspot.com.au/

Did you miss the feature on Liam? See http://treasuredtalesforyoungadults.wordpress.com/

For the full tour listing see http://www.burnbright.com.au/

And now… Your extract.

Shine Light

By Marianne de Pierres

Stop 8 of 13

‘Yes. I searched in all the churches when I arrived but they had only stories like the ones I’d read at home. I thought, perhaps, that I’d come to Ixion for no reason. Then one day Brand came to Vank and locked herself in the gallery. She visited several more times, many days apart, always locking the door. When she left the first time, I scoured every nook of the gallery until I found them. Someone, perhaps one of the monks, had hidden Ixion’s history in the walls.’

‘Maybe they thought to preserve it?’

She looked thoughtful. ‘I expect when the Ripers came they had to flee. Perhaps they couldn’t take their books with them.’

‘I could get them for you. But I have no badge,’ said Jarrold. ‘What if they want to see it?’

Ruzalia stood. ‘They’re not watching the churches as much. The split between Lenoir and Brand means they’re disorganised. If you’re careful, you’ll be able to avoid them.’

‘Liam and I will fi nd Clash and Eve,’ said Naif, ‘to see if they know about the uther queen. You can bring the books to us there.’

‘They will be heavy. I doubt we can carry them far alone.’

‘The Grotto is close to Vank. Let’s meet there. We’ll bring help.’

Ruzalia spoke next. ‘And I will travel to Port of Patience to visit my merchant. We have much to talk about, he and I. When I return we must act, one way or another.’

The coldness in her voice made Naif flinch. She did not envy the merchant. The trip to Port of Patience would take a full day and night, which meant Ruzalia would be gone for two days at least. Naif hoped that would be enough time to fi nd out what they needed.

The pirate added, ‘I’ll set you down on the Lesser Paths near Vank. There is less chance the Ripers will see the ship there.’

Naif, Markes and Charlonge nodded. They all knew the area she meant.

‘Are you ready?’ asked the pirate.

Silent nods were the reply.

What happens next? Visit  http://paranormal-angel.blogspot.com.au/  to find out!

Derek Landy Q & A part 3

So moving right along, this was a great question about magic.

Also don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to go into the draw to win the signed book. Competition closes Aug 31 2012.

Derek Landy Q & A part 2

Now moving into the next part of the Q&A  I have to tell you this comes with a spoiler alert about character development in the later books.

Wish it didn’t take so long to get these edited and uploaded for you but bear with me I will endeavour to get the rest up over the weekend.

Derek Landy Q&A part 1

So I finally got it up, the first part anyway. I will just keep posting in manageable sections until I have done all the footage.

The sound isn’t brilliant, it is better than I thought at one point I did think I may have to transcribe it for you, fortunately not.

Derek Landy – Tour Teaser and Book Giveaway

Okay so I was going post all the Landy stuff today but it may take a while to piece it together so in the mean time I will say it was awesome.

Right from the beginning he engaged his audience. He was great fun to listen to.

He began by talking a little about himself and his life. He also told some funny stories about his pets before moving into a Q&A session.

The questions the audience asked were interesting and his answers insightful. He addressed such things as character development and a possible Skulduggery movie.

As my footage is still importing I will post instead the information for the book giveaway. All I want you to do is post a comment that tells me who your favourite Skulduggery character is and why. Winner will get this book.

It is signed.

And just to prove it is a legit signature here’s my signed book with the same signature

I also got something for my friend Erin

Now you have to come and visit me sometime babe.

To all you wonderful Skulduggery fans I will hopefully manage to get the footage sorted for tomorrows upload.

Clockwork Princess – Cover Reveal

Okay to this is how you do a cover reveal. Cassandra Clare used the power of the tweet, as fans tweeted the #clockworkprincess tag, a little more was revealed until they hit the 30 000 tweet target.

So for your visual pleasure –

This is scheduled for release March 19 2013

Derek Landy Tour NZ/Aus

August sees Derek Landy, creator and author of the Skulduggery Pleasant books in case you’ve been living under a rock, tour New Zealand and Australia. Here, as promised, are some of the details as I know them to be.

 

NZ

Wellington

Thursday 9th:

The Children’s Bookshop, Kilbirnie- Public Signing – 4:30 PM

Whitcoulls, Queensgate – Public Signing – 7 PM

Christchurch

Friday 10th:

The Children’s Bookshop, Blenheim Rd – Public Signing – 4:30 PM

Auckland

Saturday 11th:

Appearing on Breakfast TV at 8:20 AM

Whitcoulls, Albany Mall – Public Signing – 10 AM

Paperplus Botany Town Centre – Public Signing – 1 PM

AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

Sunday 12th:

Riverbend Books- Public Event (ticketed) – 5 PM

Sydney

Tuesday 14th:

Pages & Pages/ Mosman Library- Public Event- 4:30 PM

Wednesday 15th:

Shearers on Norton – Public Event  – 4:30 PM

Melbourne

Thursday 16th:

Dymocks, Collins St – Public Event (ticketed) – 5:15 PM

Adelaide

Saturday 18th:

Dymocks, Rundle Mall – Public Signing – 11 AM

Pages & More, Gleneig – Public Event – 1 PM

Perth

Monday 20th:

Aquinas College – Public Event – 6 PM

(CONTACT Dymocks Garden City for tickets)

Tuesday 21st:

South Perth Library – Public Event – 11 AM

Mark Of Athena – Cover Reveal/Chapter Tease

Okay so I am looking forward to this, but then I always do. I love the Percy Jackson books and that goes for this series as well.

Here are some covers:

The Australian one

The US one


Also if you are like me and impatient then maybe you will want to read the first chapter. I did and was again reminded of why this is a bad idea because now I really want to read the book but that won’t make it get here any faster. Teaser chapters are evil, but the link is here.

Which cover do you think is best? And do you like torturing yourself with first chapters?

Team Human – Justine Larbalestier Q&A

Friends don’t let friends date vampires.

It’s not out yet but boy it’s a fun read, here is a q&a with one of the authors.

 

Vlog Brothers on Facebook

Just because I love these guys, and yes it is relevant because John Green writes YA books that are great.

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