A Temptation of Angels

02/09/15 A Temptation of Angels , Lies I Told , Life , Prophecy of the Sisters , Shadowguard Series , This Wicked Game , Writing # , , , , , ,

New and Improved

If you’re here I’m sure you’ve noticed something; I finally ditched the old website for something new, sleek, and if I do say so, very chic.

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The old website was developed all the way back in 2009 just before Prophecy of the Sisters came out. The black lace made perfect sense, I swear! But of course, times are a changing, and my writing is ever-evolving. With LIES I TOLD soon-to-be-released and a whole slate of other non-fantasy projects (and even non-YA) in the works, I’m hoping this look will carry me through anything I choose to write. Hopefully it’s also easier to read, which is a complaint I sometimes got with the old site.

Now that the new site is up and running, I’ll be posting more often (this has been in the works for awhile). Stay tuned for more information about LIES I TOLD, PROMISES I MADE, and other super secret projects yet-to-be-announced. As we approach April 7th (the release date for LIES I TOLD), there will also be tons of giveaways and goodies.

So stick around, will you?

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08/28/13 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Uncategorized # , , , , , , , ,

Angels and Revenge Giveaway

Angels and Revenge Giveaway

So a few months ago the paperback edition of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS came out. And I’m embarrassed to admit that I hardly noticed. I guess this is what happens after you’ve published a few books; you get busy — writing more books, meeting deadlines, thinking about the next project — and things like a paperback release can slip right by.

So not cool, because my paperback baby deserves at least some of the love of its hardcover predecessor. And you guys — some of you have been with me since Prophecy of the Sisters came out in 2009 — deserve a little something for all the support you give me, too.

 

Which is why I’m going to try and make it up to you both.

With that in mind, I’m offering up a super awesome giveaway reminiscent of my past super awesome giveaways. But this one’s even more special, because I just so happen to have some copies of the newly released SCHOOLED IN REVENGE, the new companion novel to the REVENGE TV show (which I’m totally addicted to). I’ve had the opportunity to read it, and it’s so much fun! Besides, what could be better than angels and revenge?

 

There is a first, second and third prize, plus five — yes, FIVE — additional prizes of both books. You can win entries by commenting, tweeting a link to the contest (up to once a day for the duration of the contest) and adding the TEMPTATION cover to your Pinterest board.

Contest open to US residents (or those with a US mailing address) and runs from today through 9/15 at midnight.

After that, it’ll be time to kickoff a huge round of fun and giveaways leading up to the THIS WICKED GAME release November 14th!

Note: If the Rafflecopter entry box does not appear on your screen, try refreshing the page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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04/17/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music , Song of the Week # , ,

This Time Tomorrow

Before I get to this week’s song, I have a few orders of business!

First, a big thanks to MTV’s Hollywood Crush for the AH-mazing review of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. Hollywood Crush calls Temptation “a heavenly read” so please head over there, share the link on Facebook, tweet the link, and leave a comment to show them — and me! — some love!

I also received wonderful reviews from bloggers Well-read In YA, Lauren’s Crammed Bokshelf, and WTF Are You Reading (one of my favorites for it’s mention of “no wing molestation”). If you read and enjoyed A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS and reviewed it on your blog and I’ve missed you, please send an email to Rebekah at prophecypress@aol.com with a link and we’ll try to post it for you here. I truly appreciate all reviews, bloggers or otherwise.

On a related note, if you enjoyed the book and haven’t yet left a review on B&N, Amazon, etc., please do!

I spent the weekend and the Houston TeenBookCon and had SUCH A WONDERFUL time. I wish I had pictures for you guys, buy I’m an in-the-moment kind of person and rarely remember to take them. I had an amazing time, though, meeting hundreds of readers and bloggers and hanging with so many incredible authors. It was a reminder to me that while I tend to be introverted and covet my alone-time, it really is good for the soul to interact with others who share your passion, even if you have to force yourself out the door to do it. As a bonus, A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS was sold out by lunchtime, which was pretty awesome.

This week’s song was posted on my Facebook wall by my beloved Caroline when I left for Houston, It’s one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy it!

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04/11/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #10 – Be Mine

This is Griffin and Helen’s song from the A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS contemporary playlist. It’s tres romantique!

 

We only have two more songs to complete the playlist and then we’ll be back to our regular blog features, including Movie/Mystery Monday, Song of the Week, and the Friday Poll. If there are other features you guys would like to see, speak up! Bog features are a work in progress. It’s all for YOU, so if there’s something you want, I’m happy to comply.

On another note, I’ll be Rocking the Drop tomorrow by leaving copies of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS, PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS, and some other surprise books in and around my hometown. Hope you will all join me in celebration of Teen Lit Week!

Also want to remind you all that I’ll be in Houston this week for the TeenBookCon, so if you’re within driving distance, please stop by to say hello and get one of my infamous hugs (just say you follow me online and the hug is YOURS).
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04/09/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #8 – Firestarter

I can’t tell you how much I love this song. It’s a kind of anthem for me, and it’s also perfect for Helen and Raum. Embedding has been disabled on this one, but I want to give it to you anyway.

Firestarter by Jimmy Eat World

I hate putting up a link instead of an actual video, so I’ll give you Song #9 as well. Sowing Season by Brand New was chosen as the theme song for Raum’s redemption. This also happens to be one of my favorite Brand New songs.

I also want to remind you all that I’ll be at the Houston TeenBookCon next Saturday, and I’d love to see you all there. A ton of amazing authors are attending. There will be panel discussions and signings and all kinds of awesomeness.

I’ll also be at Oblong Books for an event with author Jacquelyn Delorme on Sunday April 22nd at 4pm. Oblong is a fantastic Indie in historic Rhinebeck, New York, and I love these kinds of signings because they usually provide more opportunity to really talk and hang out with the audience. Plus, there will be snacks! And free books!

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04/07/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway # ,

And the Ipad Contest Winners Are…

I know you’re all waiting anxiously to hear the winners of the Ipad giveaway, so without further ado…

The Grand Prize winner of a new Ipad and $50 Itunes gift card is Tiffany Mahaffy.

First Place Prize Pack; Jessirae Lloyd

Second Place Prize Pack; Aurora Momcilovich

Third Place Prize Pack; Crystal Martinez

Congratulations to all the winners and A HUGE THANK YOU for helping me spread the word about the release of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. Please send an email to prophecypress@aol.com to claim your prize. All winners were chosen my Random Number Generator, but with over 6,000 total entries, I don’t think it’s a surprise that these four peeps had the most entries. They all worked tirelessly — some in very inventive ways — to get the word out. At the same time, there were tons of people who helped out and aren’t on this list, and I want you all to know how very much I appreciate you.

As always it means so much to me to have your support. If you enjoyed A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS, please continue to spread the word by recommending the book to your friends and posting a review on Amazon or B&N online. For the time being, I’m going to continue offering free bookplates to anyone who purchases a copy of TEMPTATION. If you have a reading friend or family member and would like to purchase a copy for them, just send an email to prophecypress@aol.com and we’ll send you out a bookplate as long as they last (or until I get tired of buying them!).

I also want to announce that I will be hosting monthly giveaways until my next book comes out next year. Sometimes the prize packs will feature books signed by other authors, sometimes other goodies of my choosing.

But you all know I give good swag, so stay tuned.

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Congrats again to our winners!

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04/05/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music # , ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #7 – Vices

I know, I know… Another Brand New song! But this one is perfect for sickle training.
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I’m also pleased to announce Shelley Koons as the winner of the $250 bookstore gift card! Thanks to everyone who rushed out to buy a copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in-store. And stay tuned, because I will continue to offer AH-mazing giveaways and will announce the Ipad contest winners on Saturday.

SO EXCITED.

In the meantime, check this song. And don’t’ be turned off by its militant vibe. As with all Brand New songs, you really have to listen to the lyrics.
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04/03/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #6 – Hurricane

Chosen for the warehouse scene in the book, the sixth song on the A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS contemporary playlist is Hurricane by 30STM. I’ve always loved this song, and it’s a particularly good fit for everything that transpires at the warehouse.

Hope you enjoy it!

And don’t forget; you can still get an entry (or more than one!) in the $250 gift card giveaway by buying A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in any brick-and-mortar bookstore — but only until Midnight EST tonight. So hurry!
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04/02/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #5 – Breathe Me by Sia

Oh, you guys… I have such a soft spot for this song. Those of you who know me probably know why.

For those of you who don’t, just listen and enjoy. It’s perfect for Helen and is labeled “Helen Goes Home” on the playlist.

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04/01/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Contemporary Playlist Songs 3 and 4

Sorry I blew it on the Temptation playlist song of the day yesterday! I spent the day on a college visit with Rebekah and came home BEAT.

To make it up to you, I’m giving you Songs 3 AND 4 tonight!

This one is song #3 and is labeled “Helen discovers her identity” on my playlist. I’ve always loved this cover of the Eurythmics original, and it’s a perfect fit here.

The 4th song on the contemporary playlist is Heartbeat by the Fray. I see this song when Helen and Griffin first become friends, walking the streets of London, getting to know each other, and doing sickle training in the ballroom.

Hope you guys enjoy these!

On another note, the Ipad GIveaway is officially closed. Thanks so much to everyone who entered in the month of March by helping me spread the word about A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. You really made a difference. Winners will be announced on Friday April 7th, so stay tuned!

You still have a couple days to enter for the $250 store gift card by buying a copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in any brick-and-mortar bookstore (ANY store, as long as it’s not online). So many people bought copies online that we have surprisingly few entries for this mega gift card, which means great chances of winning. So hurryyy!
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03/30/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music # , ,

Temptation Playlist Song #2 – Search and Destroy by 30 Seconds to Mars

After posting the first song on the A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS playlist yesterday, I wanted to continue by giving you guys the second song, chosen for Helen’s escape. Those of you who have read the book will know what I mean.

Hope you enjoy it! And don’t forget there’s still a few more days to enter the $250 gift card giveaway for buying a copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in any brick-and-mortar store as well as two more days to enter to win the Ipad and assorted other goodies.

Hurryyyy!!
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03/29/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

Temptation Playlist Song #1 – Noro by Brand New

This is the song I chose for the opening scene of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. Those of you who know me know that my adoration for Brand New if well documented, so this probably comes as no surprise. Still, it’s a perfect fit, and those of you who have read the book will know why.

And I always have to post lyrics for Brand New songs, because they are a true writer’s band. No one writes songs like Brand New.

I hope you enjoy it and that you’re all accumulating entries for the $250 gift card and the Ipad. Not long now!

<3

 

Little light lead us through the night
And if we die burn down the forest
chariots, carry us
distance says we don’t care to walk

I’m on my way to hell
I’m on my way to hell

Why doesn’t anyone in Noro sleep?
Are they all just scared of their dreams?
When they lay down there heads down at night,
What are they haunted by?
Why won’t anyone just close their eyes?
Could it hurt them to rest for a while?

(Because)
I’m on my way to hell
(Well I’ve tried, god knows that I’ve tried)
I’m on my way to hell
(One time, two time, three time)

Sitting duck
Running out of luck
And I caught up on the train crossing
How are we ever gonna know peace
How will I ever see a life through the tress
I wanna burn down everything we begun
I wanna kill and eat my young

(Because)
I’m on my way to hell
(Well I’ve tried, god knows that I’ve tried)
I’m on my way to hell
(One time, two time, three time, again)
I’m on my way to hell
(Well I’ve tried, god knows that I’ve tried)
I’m on my way to hell
(One time, two time, three time, again)

I’m on my way to hell [x4]

 

 

 

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03/28/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Uncategorized # ,

Looking for a Tempting Vibe?

I’m all about atmosphere, so if you’re looking for a little taste of the atmosphere in A TEMPTATION IF ANGELS, here are two good ways to check it out!

You can go to the A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS Pinterest board, which is a virtual bulletin board of images that fit in with the vibe in the book. It’s GORGEOUS, if I do say so myself! I had so much fun choosing all the beautiful images.

You can also listen to samples of Kenneth’s original A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS score, either on Itunes or on Amazon. It’s a perfect fit for the book. Kenneth and I collaborated for months on the project, with Kenneth coming up with new pieces and calling me over to listen when he thought he had something good. We have a lot of fun with these projects, and I feel so lucky to have someone around who really “gets” the atmosphere in my work and is able to so perfectly match it with his own.

You have almost a week left to buy a copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in any brick-and-mortar store (an Indie, a B&N, Books-a-Million, etc.) for an entry into the $250 gift card giveaway, and you have a little less than a week to accumulate entries in the epic Ipad Giveaway (which includes lots of other great prizes in addition to the Ipad).

So.. yeah! Tons of awesome prizes and chances to win, in addition to quite a few blogger giveaways still going on.

And with that, I need to share some links of more awesome blogger reviews fro A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. I try to say thank you to bloggers who enjoy my work and review. If I missed you, it was entirely unintentional! If you’d like me to link to your review, just send it to prophecypress@aol.com.

Gothic Angel Book Reviews wrote, “I must say that few books end with me in tears with a pile of tissues beside me. Even fewer books still that start with tears and end with a wry kind of smile. A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS was one of the latter.”

Book Kitty Blog called TEMPTATION, “Dark and beautiful.”

Rebecca’s Book Blog said, “If you love historical fantasy, or if you love paranormal romance but want to read something that’s different and unique, I highly recommend this book.”

You can still enter Reading or Breathing’s giveaway for personalized copies of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS, and Novel Thoughts is still running their giveaway for two wonderful prize packs, including book store gift cards.

Tomorrow I’ll start unveiling the contemporary A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS playlist. Come back to check it out!

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03/25/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway # ,

In Store Book Purchase = $250 gift card and Ipad Giveaway Entries

Wow. You guys continue to amaze me. I watched my numbers at B&N climb OVERNIGHT after launching the initiative to give readers an entry for a $250 gift card for EVERY COPY of A Temptation of Angels they purchase in an actual store – any actual store.

This is because, as I’ve said more than once, my readers RULE.

And that’s not all, purchasing a book in-store qualifies you for tons of other contests and giveaways, too, with some amazing prizes up for grabs including an Ipad, gift cards to Itunes and Starbucks, Visa gift cards, Victoria’s Secret swag, and MOAR!

You can read more about the giveaways in play here, but here’s the gist; buy A Temptation of Angels at any bookstore and get an entry in the $250 gift card giveaway. This also entitles you to TEN ENTRIES per copy purchased for the Ipad giveaway (an online purchase counts for this one, too) as long as you purchase before Sunday April 1st.

And that’s not all.

I’ll send you a free signed limited edition bookplate and bookmark for each book (this makes for an amazing and personal gift for the reader in your life) you purchase, too.

So basically, but a book in-store and be entered to win a $250 gift card, an Ipad, and assorted other swag, PLUS get free personalized bookplates and bookmarks for each copy.

Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself!

Thank again to all of you who have mobilized on my behalf by going out to your bookstores and buying the book, as well as those of you who have bought online. What would I do without you?!

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03/22/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Uncategorized # ,

Blogger Reviews, Giveaways, and a $250 Gift Card!

Okay, I’m sort of recovered from the crazy that was release day for A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. If I owe you an email or a tweet or a Facebook comment or ANYTHING, I promise you, I’m working on it.

First things first; Like many people, I buy a lot of stuff online. I live in a very rural area where the nearest bookstore is almost an hour away, the nearest Thai restaurant is 40 minutes away, and the only restaurant in town that delivers is a pizza place – four of them, to be exact.

As a single mother to four teenagers, sometimes I just can’t get in my car and make the haul somewhere to buy something (not to mention how expensive gas is – eeek!). Enter online shopping.

That said, I would HATE to come to a place where we don’t have any more brick and mortar stores, because sometimes, there’s nothing like going to a bookstore or a music store or a natural foods store and just… wandering. So I’m going to do something to encourage brick and mortar buying.

I’m offering up entries for a $250 bookstore gift card (you can choose – Indiebound, Books-a-Million, B&N, Book Depository, Amazon, etc.) to anyone who purchases A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in ANY brick-and-mortar store.

Yes. $250!

All you have to do is send a picture of your receipt (please make sure it’s legible) to prophecypress@aol.com.

And I’ll give you one entry for EVERY copy of TEMPTATION you purchase at a brick and mortar store.

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada (the release date for Temptation is different in other countries) and runs from the release day of TEMPTATION (March 20th) through Midnight EST on Tuesday April 3rd. So if you purchased the book at a brick and mortar store prior to now, you are still eligible to win. If you’ve already supplied a brick and mortar receipt for a bookplate, just shoot as en email and we’ll enter you automatically. Plus, I’ll still send you a signed bookplate for your book and a bookmark.

That’s it! No tweeting, no Facebook status, no blog posts. Just a receipt for your copy or copies of TEMPTATION from a brick and mortar store.

Now, I need to give a little blog review and giveaway love!

Seventeen Magazine said A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS, “…will leave you craving more until the very end.”

The Story Siren is hosting a TEMPTATION swag giveaway and said about the book; “An absolutely beautiful story! I only hope there is more to come! There is more, right?”

Alice Marvels said A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS is, “… always a delicious, captivating ride.”

Dark Faerie Tales said, “Zink builds a convincing and mysterious world around historical London that will keep you turning the pages!”

Esther’s Ever After called TEMPTATION, “… an addictive, fascinating, page-turner that’s remarkably refreshing for its genre.”

Christine Fonseca, author of another angel book called LACRIMOSA, says TEMPTATION is, “… a beautifully crafted historical tale that tackles themes I can really relate to – love, betrayal, temptation.”

The Book Faery said Temptation was, “… most definitely a One-Sit-Read for me, my highest honor!”

Nina Reads said, “Michelle Zink has once again created something completely original… If this is not on your to-read list already, add it now!”

Starting the Next Chapter said, “Michelle Zink has created a wonderfully imaginative take on the battle between angels and demons that will set your imagination alight.

Thanks for all the kind words, you guys!

And there are some blogger giveaways still in play, too!

Novel Thoughts has two awesome TEMPTATION prize packs up for grabs!

There is ONE MORE DAY to enter WhatchYAReading’s giveaway, including swag and book store gift cards!

The Story Siren’s TEMPTATION giveaway also includes swag and a book store gift card!

You have two more weeks to enter I Am a Reader Not a Writer’s giveaway for a signed copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS plus swag.

Aaaaand! Don’t forget that you still have 9 days to enter the massive Ipad giveaway right here! There are tons of amazing prizes, and all you have to do is help me spread the word that Temptation is out in the world. Easy!

And lastly, a big shout out and thank you to Kelsey at Reading or Breathing for rallying the troops to help me with a little distribution problem. 😉

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03/21/12 A Temptation of Angels #

What You Can Do

Now that A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS has officially released, many of you have approached me to ask what you can do to help.

It means so much to me that so many of you want to support me and my work. Many of you have been with me since Prophecy of the Sisters published in 2009. You have supported me through so much and helped spread the word about my work in a way that has made a true difference in my success.

TEMPTATION is a bit of a departure for me. It’s the first non-Prophecy book I’ve published and also the first book with my new publisher, Penguin/Dial. While it’s still dark and Gothic in style, it’s got a Steampunk edge and a lot more action than Prophecy. I think it’s a dark, sexy read with the same kind of psychological undertones that made Prophecy a cult favorite, and I’m very excited to share it with you.

I welcome your support in any way you can offer it. Purchasing the book – particularly in the first couple of weeks when sales are closely monitored by the publisher – helps tremendously. It tells publishers that there is immediate demand for the book and sometimes increases early print runs and prompts the publisher to increase marketing. If you go to purchase the book and your store doesn’t have it, please take a minute to inquire with the staff. Often, the books haven’t been unpacked yet and are sitting in the back. Having a customer ask will prompt the booksellers to put them on the shelf. If the store doesn’t have it all, special ordering sends a signal to corporate that there is demand for the book.

And I’ll do my part by providing a free bookplate and bookmark (for as long as they last) for each book that you buy.

But buying the book isn’t the only way to help! Requesting it at your library also drives sales (libraries buy tons of books and provide such a tremendous service tot heir communities) as does tweeting about the book or posting a Facebook status about it with links to it at Indiebound, Amazon, B&N, or Book Depository (links make it easy for people to click through). Once you’ve read the book, leaving positive reviews on sites like Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads help other readers feel more comfortable taking a chance on the book.

Writing is my lifelong dream. My lifelong passion. Everything you do to spread the word helps support that dream, and for that, I can never thank you enough. There are many of you that I’ve never met in person, and yet I’ve found that I remember you and think of you as friends. That friendship, more than ANYTHING else, is truly invaluable to me.

Thank you so much for everything you do!
<3

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03/20/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway # ,

Temptation Twitter Launch Partay Instructions

Whew! This day has been CUH-razy. But in a good way!

I’ve been sitting on my Twitter and Facebook feeds more or less all day, trying to keep on top of all the tweets, retweets, and statuses about A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. You’ve been so wonderful, really working to get the word out all day long. I can’t thank you enough. You guys rock my socks!

Now I want to give you instructions for tonight’s Twitter partyso everyone knows how its works.

Kenneth and I will be co-hosting the chat. You must be following us both to win prizes. Kenneth is @kenneth_zink and I’m @michellezink.

You must use #atemptationofangels in all of your chat/party tweets to win. Just copy and paste it if you’re not using a Twitter chat app that does it automatically.

Kenneth and I will ask questions related to our conversation (which we’ll play by ear but will likely be about the book, Kenneth’s score, book in general, music, movies, and video games) and the book. I WON’T ASK YOU ANYTHING YOU CAN’T KNOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK since it just came out today. I’ll only ask you things that were part of the party convo and/or that you might have learned by reading the TEMPTATION THURSDAY excerpts here on my website.

I may give you fun games and tasks to complete for prizes as well. Mwah-ha-ha-ha!

The first person to supply the correct answer or complete the task will win a variety of prizes from gift cards to body sprays to nail polish to bookmarks to books!

If you win, please send an email to prophecypress@aol.com with “Twitter Party Winner” in the Subject line and what I said you won (Rebekah will kill me if I attempt to keep track of it myself since I just randomly give stuff away without any record of it… O_o).

Feel free to ask questions of either of us, but when you do, please format your question this way so it doesn’t get lost in the chat feed; “Question for @kenneth_zink; do you write the music first or choose the scenes you want to write for first?”

The feed moves very, very fast. We’ll try to keep up and not lose or miss anyone, but if we miss your question, please know it’s purely by accident. Just tweet it again and we’ll probably catch it the second time.

That’s it! It should be fun. I hope you’ll all join us!

Also want to remind you that you can still get a free limited edition bookplate and a TEMPTATION bookmark just for buying the book. Each book purchase also earns you TEN POINTS in the Ipad giveaway. Just send in a receipt or order confirmation or a picture of either to prophecypress@aol.com with your mailing address and we’ll get it right out to you!

<3

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03/19/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway # ,

Temptationpalooza!

Welp, tomorrow’s the day! A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS will start shipping and I’ll be able to share Helen’s story and the world of the Keepers with all of you. I’m super excited and so hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I have a couple of updates for you about the release and the many contests and giveaways going on right now;

You can still enter the Ipad giveaway for a free Ipad, Victoria’s Secret goodies, gift cards, jewelry and more! Check out the rules here. Contest runs through the end of the month, and while there are a few people who have been going HARD since it started, there are plenty of ways to make up entries FAST. But you gotta get on it! Even though the winners (there are four prize packs) will be chosen via Random Number Generator, you definitely up your odds of winning something by having a lot of entries (last year’s winner of the Ipod Touch had the most entries of anyone, which I’m sure wasn’t a coincidence).

I’m still giving out free bookplates to anyone who pre-orders Temptation before midnight EST tonight (3/12/2012). A bookplate is a sticker (these are custom designed to match Temptation) that can be signed (by me, of course!) and placed inside your book, effectively giving you a signed copy. Just send your receipt and/or order confirmation or a photo of one of them to prophecypress@aol.com and include your mailing address and the name of the person you’d like the bookplate made out to. This is a double bonus, because you also get TEN POINTS in the Ipad giveaway for EVERY SINGLE copy of Temptation that you purchase. This means that if you buy one for yourself, one for a friend, and one for your niece (all of who will get signed bookplates), you get 30 ENTRIES. If I have bookplates left after today, I’ll offer them up first come, first served to anyone who buys the book in the first two weeks. So stay tuned!

Tomorrow night from 9pm – 11pm EST, Kenneth and I will be hosting a Twitter launch party for A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. During this time we’ll give you fun tasks and ask you questions related to the book, Kenneth’s original score, and/or our conversation during the launch party, all of which will give you opportunities to win fun prizes! All you have to do to participate is log-in to Twitter and use #atemptationofangels on all of your contest-related tweets. To win, you’ll need to follow both Kenneth (@kenneth_zink) and I (@michellezink). This is the first time Kenneth and I have done something like this together, and it’s going to be a blast! Kenneth has so many interesting things to say about music and books and movies. I’m super excited for you all to get to know him better.

There are tons of other contests and giveaways going on for A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS and other assorted swag, among them giveaways at WhatYAReading and Stephanie, A History. More giveaways will be added daily, so keep your eyes on my Twitter feed for updates. I try to RT them when I see them! I’ll also be posting a fresh round of great blogger reviews very, very soon.

And here… we… go.

Wheeeeee!!!!
<3

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03/17/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway # ,

Three. More. Days.

Ahhhhhh! I can’t believe A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS will be out in just three more days. So very excited to finally be able to share this world and these characters with every one of you.

This week has brought some more AH-mazing reviews for the book, including Booklist who said about Temptation (among other wonderful things);

“Set in a steampunk London, where gas lamps and rudimentary computers share time with corsets, waistcoats, and a bit of magic, this well-paced and delicately detailed story is full of recurring imagery, creeping terror, deftly wrought secondary characters, and slowly building sexual tension that has a gothic romance feel. Caught between light (her fellow Keeper, Griffin) and dark (Ruam, a childhood friend who turns out to be much more dangerous than she could ever imagine), Helen must make a choice
and learn that love and sacrifice cannot be separated.” — Charli Osborne

Love it!

One of my favorite reviews this week came from Jessirae at Words, Pages, and Books. Jessirae happens to be one of my favorite readers and bloggers (if you haven’t been following her Tweets about Temptation, you’re missing out!). Jessirae had a lot of incredibly flattering things to say about A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS including, “Each moment had me reeling. I wanted to devour this book at the same time savor it to keep from reaching the end. The action and excitement in the book was never ending. Not a single dull moment in this book was present whatsoever. The plot and build-up are breath-taking and heart stopping. There is no measurement to how much I love this book.”

Another reason to check out Jessirae’s blog is her one-of-a-kind Team Griffin button. It — and he — is smokin!

A great review from earlier in the month (but which just came to my attention this week) was from Danny at Bewitched Bookworms who called A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS a, “Fantastic introduction into a new world of Angels secrets, love and friendship. Wonderful heroine, smart and hot boys and so much more!! I’m eager to get back into this wold!”

Thanks so much, Danny!

I also loved this review from Kari at A Good Addiction, who said, “… Zink has created a type of story all her own, and done it masterfully. Vivid in setting, with beautifully written scenes and actions, this one will easily play out like a movie in reader’s minds, and setting them right beside Helene the entire time. The writing is stunning, saying so much in few words, and having a lulling air about it while also keeping with the tense and sorrowful emotional atmosphere that comes with the situations Helen finds herself in. This book is easy to get lost in, and memorable in many ways.”

That review made my day, Kari!

Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to read and share their love for the book through reviews and tweets and Facebook posts and Goodreads reviews. You guys are totally my secret weapon!

I try to stay on top of good reviews (yes, I said it, because while I know there are bad ones out there for every book, no writer goes out of their way to read them) and to repost and help drive traffic to your blogs. But it’s tough to stay on top of everything, especially as I get closer to the release date for TEMPTATION. If I’ve missed your review and you’d like me to feature it here, please send a link to Rebekah at prophecypress@aol.com and I’ll try to post it for you. Any omission is purely accidental!

I’ll be hosting a Twitter launch party on Tuesday night that will include a Temptation-, writing-, and reading-related chat with prizes given throughout. Just log-in to Twitter at 9pm EST (party goes to 11pm EST). You must be following me and tweet with #atemptationofangels to win!

Lastly, don’t forget you still have a couple of weeks to enter the Ipad giveaway. There are lots of amazing prizes in addition to the Ipad, so what are you waiting for?!

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03/13/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music , Song of the Week # , ,

A Tempting Song and Three Tempting Reviews

This week’s song, Within Temptation by Sinead, is brought to you by Krystal, who recommended it as a good match for A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS after watching the trailer a couple of weeks ago.

Love it!

Also, have to say that the release of a new book is always stressful. In the old days, you were lucky (or not) to read a couple of professional reviews. Now, authors are subject to reviews from every corner of the globe 24/7. This can be good. And it can suck hard. It’s totally part of the gig, and I get that, but that doesn’t mean the tough ones don’t hurt.

So far this week I’ve been fortunate to have three stellar reviews for A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS from three reviewers I’ve long admired.

The first is from Bookalicio.us, who calls TEMPTATION, “… breathtakingly written.” She also told me on Twitter that she liked it MORE THAN CAKE. So, yanno, it doesn’t get much better than that.

I almost squealed out loud when I saw the review from Fiktshun, mostly because is having someone say, “This story was so utterly enchanting from start to finish that I did devour it in just one sitting” isn’t cause for squealing, I don’t know what is.

And then there’s The Viet Babe’s Blog review, who called TEMPTATION, “So engrossing and excellent, I couldn’t put it down.” Music to my ears!

So to these three bloggers and to all of you out there who spread the word about my work through your reviews, THANK YOU! Many of you are every bit as professional as someone who’s paid to write reviews for a living. I feel more fortunate than you know to count you among my supporters.

And now, go forth and enjoy music!

<3

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