The Supernatural Tour Giveaway!

31 May

by Vanessa Di Gregorio


Hey all, it’s me again!

Today we’re going to do something different: we’re going to give away a signed copy of a book! Because every once in a while, it’s nice to take a little break from writing to read. After all, there is nothing better than reading to help inspire you.

Last Thursday, I attended an event called “The Supernatural Tour” in Toronto. There were author readings, a Q+A session, a pretty cool swag bag, an author signing session, and… oh, yes. Three authors!

The Supernatural Tour

Having multiple authors was great (because how often do you get to hear three individual authors read from their new books and talk about writing, all in the same night?). I had the pleasure of meeting three extraordinary ladies: fellow Torontonian Lesley Livingston, Aprilynn Pike, and Kim Harrison. They bounced around ideas and had such great chemistry together; it was really great seeing them joke around and voice their differences.

So, just who are these women?

Me with Lesley Livingston
Lesley Livingston is the author of the CLA award-winning, and Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year WONDROUS STRANGE. Lesley is a writer and actor living in Toronto, Canada, and her second novel, DARKLIGHT, is also out in stores. I had the wonderful opportunity to see the cover of the third novel in the Wondrous Strange trilogy!

Me with Aprilynne Pike
Aprilynn Pike is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS. It is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny, and – get this! – the film rights to WINGS have been optioned to Disney! Not bad for a debut author!

Me with Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison is the best-selling author of the adult series THE HOLLOWS, which is now on it’s eighth book! She is also the author of a new YA series, the first book being ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY. She decided to write a YA series because she found her love of reading with YA fiction as a young girl.

So, with these three women in the room with me, I obviously had to jot down some of the things they talked about!

How They Plot:

Lesley Livingston’s WONDROUS STRANGE series was always a a three-act structure in her mind. But when she got her book deal, it was for a two-book deal. Since then, they’ve asked her to make it a trilogy, which works perfectly for Lesley: she had always imagined it as a trilogy! So for her, it was plotted out right from the beginning.

For Aprilynne Pike, she plotted by series – much like Lesley did. Her WINGS series has always been a close-ended four-book series, and she plotted out the entire series together. It seems she has always had it planned out entirely!

Kim Harrison, on the other hand, talked about how she plots one book at a time; she doesn’t plot out the entire series (such as her series THE HOLLOWS). She also said that THE HOLLOWS is the longest trilogy she has ever written! Her books just had a life of their own, it seems!

Best Job in the World?

Someone during the Q+A session asked all three ladies what it was like having writing as their day job.

Kim Harrison described it perfectly: “It’s a miserable, wonderful, fabulous job”. Her day starts with her doing an hour and a half to two hours doing PR work (maintaining her website, Facebook, blog, etc). And when she starts writing, she writes until 7:00 pm, with only a half hour lunch break. But she loves every minute of it, even though it isn’t an “easy” job.

Aprilynne shared Kim’s sentiments in many ways. For her, being a writer is the best job in the world. But she was quick to remind us all that just because one becomes published, it doesn’t mean it gets easier. For her second book, she whipped it out – and her husband had enough courage to tell her it needed work. But even with so much time devoted to writing and rewriting, being a published author is a dream come true. Having her first book in the hands of so many readers feels like she won the lottery.

For Lesley, being an author gave her the excuse to write down the voices in her head. She loves that people no longer think she’s a lunatic (although I doubt anyone ever thought she was!). Winning awards was one of the most exciting and wonderful things about becoming a published author. She also thinks that it’s wonderful hearing from people who’ve read her books and have her characters living in their heads too. And one of the amazing things about her journey to publication? When she was contracted for her WONDROUS STRANGE series, she had only sent 5 sample chapters with an 8 page synopsis. Which is incredibly rare in fiction, to be taken on with just a proposal!

Giveaway Time!

So while at this event, I was able to pick up signed copies of one of each author’s books. This giveaway is for a signed copy of Kim Harrison’s YA novel ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Once Dead, Twice Shy

“My name is Madison Avery, and I’m here to tell you that there’s more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I’m there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.”

Madison’s prom was killer—literally. For some reason she’s been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she’s stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn’t know why the dark reaper is after her, but she’s not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison’s ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.

How to enter:
This contest is open internationally. All you need to do is leave a comment to be entered in the contest. For extra entries, you can do any (or all!) of the following:

+1 for following LTWF on Twitter (add your twitter name to your comment so I know you’re following)
+2 for following this blog (RSS feed) – let us know if you do!
+1 for sharing this contest on Twitter – add @LTWF when you share it (again, let us know your twitter account name in the comments!)
+1 for sharing this contest on your blog – just be sure to leave a link/ your twitter name (so that we know who you are, and how you’re sharing it!)

The contest ends at noon EST on Friday, June 11th. The winner will be picked at random, and will be announced on Saturday, June 12th.

Good luck (and be on the lookout for future giveaways)!


Vanessa is a Sales Assistant at Kate Walker & Co., a book and gift sales agency located in Toronto. She is also enrolled in a publishing program. Currently, Vanessa is working on a YA fantasy novel and a Children’s non-fiction series.

37 Responses to “The Supernatural Tour Giveaway!”

  1. Jules May 31, 2010 at 4:07 AM #

    What fun!

    • Vanessa May 31, 2010 at 7:41 PM #

      I was so excited about doing a book giveaway! 😀

  2. TymCon May 31, 2010 at 5:02 AM #

    I absouletly love Kim Harrison’s the hollow series. I’m on the outlaw demon wails nowXD

    • Vanessa May 31, 2010 at 7:41 PM #

      You should go to a signing if she’s ever having one near you (which I’m sure she will!). She’s great!

  3. Kelly May 31, 2010 at 7:48 AM #

    I know this sounds extremely daft, but how do I follow this blog via the RSS feed?

    • Vanessa May 31, 2010 at 9:17 AM #

      Not a stupid question at all (because for the longest time, I didn’t even know what an RSS feed was! :p)

      It was actually just some text on our sidebar (and therefore REALLY not noticeable), so I’ve changed it to the orange RSS image (under the subscribe to LTWF tab in the sidebar).

  4. Margay May 31, 2010 at 10:58 AM #

    I’ve never read Kim’s books, so I’d like a chance to rectify that!

    +2 I follow this blog’s RSS feed
    +1 Follow on Twitter
    +1 Shared on Twitter but forgot to do the @ thing, so here’s the link:


    • Vanessa May 31, 2010 at 7:40 PM #

      Awesome! Thanks Margay! 😀

  5. Candace May 31, 2010 at 1:09 PM #

    Kim Harrison is one of my all-time favorite authors! I’m a fan of her adult series and started reading the Madison series when it came out last year. I haven’t had a chance yet to read the second one that just came out, but i’d love a copy of this one!

    I follow on twitter (
    And I retweeted it on twitter (

    • Vanessa May 31, 2010 at 7:39 PM #

      Kim Harrison is so great in person too! If you ever get the chance to go to an event/author signing, I suggest you do! She’s loads of fun to talk to!

  6. svonnah May 31, 2010 at 1:26 PM #

    You’re a rockstar Vanessa! Billy and I love you!

    • Vanessa May 31, 2010 at 2:07 PM #

      You guys had BETTER love me! :p

  7. Sandra/Andrea May 31, 2010 at 4:11 PM #

    Ever since I’ve seen this picture, my interest in the grim reaper has heightened considerably. And who can say no to the possibility of a free signed book? *eyes recent spending on books*

    +1 for following LTWF on Twitter (sandravragovic)
    +2 for following this blog (RSS feed) – let us know if you do! [I do!]

    • Kat Zhang May 31, 2010 at 5:09 PM #

      Is he pushing a…lawn mower?? LOL

      • Sandra/Andrea June 1, 2010 at 12:08 AM #

        Hahaha, now that you mention it…;D
        that didn’t occur to me at all!

    • Vanessa May 31, 2010 at 7:38 PM #

      Yeah… I hear you on the spending part!

      And Kat, you’re crazy! I think he’s holding his scythe! Or a shovel. I didn’t see lawn mower at all! But I love that you saw it like that, ahahaha. I think it’s SUCH a cool picture!

      • Kat Zhang May 31, 2010 at 8:30 PM #

        Lol, my first thought was actually that it was one of those gadgets that draw the white lines on the (american) football fields…. Guess I’m just strange like that? 😛

      • Sandra/Andrea June 1, 2010 at 12:11 AM #

        Right? I’m still convinced he’s taking his dog out for a walk. The positioning is all wrong for a scythe or a shovel!

        • Vanessa June 1, 2010 at 6:56 PM #

          Now all I keep picturing is Death walking a little chihuahua, ahahaha!

          • Sandra/Andrea June 1, 2010 at 10:05 PM #

            Lol! You will never see him/her/it the same way again (hopefully, that is, I know *I* can’t think of any better interpretation) ;D

  8. Judy May 31, 2010 at 10:25 PM #

    Great interview, Vanessa! I liked the Q&A a lot. The book in particular sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it.

    +1 I actually didn’t know LTWF had its own twitter, so I am following now! (twitter name: judyilin)
    +2 I also follow this blog on RSS Feed.

    • Vanessa June 1, 2010 at 6:56 PM #

      Thanks so much Judy!

  9. Caitlin June 1, 2010 at 9:22 PM #

    Thanks for posting this, and having the Giveaway. I have to ask though, ow did you find out about this supernatural tour event? It seems like I always hear about book signings and events the day of or after they’re done in my area, but I’m sure I’m just not looking in the right places.

    Also +1 for following LTWF on Twitter (CaitlinVanasse)

    • Vanessa June 2, 2010 at 1:00 PM #

      For me, there are so many events that sometimes I’ll start forgetting about them! So the best thing for me is to keep a calendar and jot down which events are happening, and on what days.

      The best way to find out when events are happening is to follow publishers on Twitter or Facebook – they often will mention events coming up. Another great way? Just Google it (with the name of the city you live in), and you’ll see tons! Or check out publisher websites every once in a while. And keeping a calendar comes in handy, so that you can write them down in advance (often, there are multiple events happening on the same night).

      Hope that helps! 😀

  10. Nicole June 2, 2010 at 6:43 PM #

    Never read any of her books… so PING! just clicked on the RSS feed!

    • Vanessa June 2, 2010 at 8:52 PM #


  11. Sarah Cary June 2, 2010 at 8:33 PM #

    I am an avid reader always looking for new authors to read. I get a bit obsessive and read everything they wrote and go onto to the next one! I am going to look for her the next time I go to the bookstore!

    • Vanessa June 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM #

      I am like that too, especially if I really love the first book I read!!!

  12. Marina June 8, 2010 at 2:11 PM #

    Great Contest!!

    +1 on following on Twitter, user name TsuDohNim
    +1 twitted about the contest!

    Tried to add RSS feed, but it’s not working.

    • Vanessa June 10, 2010 at 9:41 AM #

      It’s not? Oh darn. I wonder why that is…

  13. Emily June 10, 2010 at 5:20 AM #

    RSS feeded (i hope!!!) +2
    Tweeted 🙂 +1
    Followd on twitter (Emily_writer) +1

    • Vanessa June 11, 2010 at 11:17 AM #

      Great, thanks! 😀

  14. Kay June 11, 2010 at 8:37 AM #

    I’d like to enter!
    /Am hoping this comment is in time.

    • Vanessa June 11, 2010 at 11:18 AM #

      Yep! You’re in time! 😀

  15. Vanessa June 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM #

    The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! The winner will be announced tomorrow 😀


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