Sep 30, 2013

Halloween With HarlequinTEEN

It's that time of year - leaves are changing, air is cooling, and kids are already dreaming about the bucket full of candy they'll have in a few weeks' time. I'm not a kid anymore, so this Halloween I'm laying off the chocolate (mostly) and indulging in one of my favorite treats - Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz.

Cara is one of my all-time favorite authors, and anyone who knows me knows that I rave about her books Spellbound and Spellcaster. I met Cara a few years ago at BEA and she is so incredibly sweet and gracious. I chat with her one twitter and she routinely cracks me up and doesn't seem horribly annoyed that I always lament that Brendan and Emma, the stars of her debut series, only got two books.

That, my dears, is changing because Cara has written an amazing little IM scene between these characters as a special Halloween treat for the HarlequinTEEN blog tour. So check it out:

[NEW IM from Emma Connor to Brendan Salinger]
[8:49 p.m.]
E.Connor: Hello, handsome. Sexy. Love of my life.
B. Salinger: What do you want me to do? J
E. Connor: Rude! I can’t say hi to my wonderful, majestic, superb boyfriend?
B. Salinger: Do you have open right now?
E. Connor: Ha, ha, ha. You’re so funny. :/
B. Salinger: I know. I should have my own talk show or something.
E. Connor: So you really won’t dress up for Halloween with me? Come on! Cisco’s party is going to be really fun. And costumes are required!
B. Salinger: I’ll go to the party. I just don’t want to dress up.
E. Connor: Please?
B. Salinger: Okay, I’ll dress up. I’ll be Brendan from the Future.
E. Connor: Yay!
E. Connor: Wait…what does Brendan from the Future wear?
B. Salinger: Black shirt and jeans.
E. Connor: Noooooooooooo!
B. Salinger: But…they’re FUTURE jeans.
E. Connor: Doesn’t count.
B. Salinger: Come on, Em. You know I love you but I don’t want to wear some uncomfortable outfit all night or dress up as a pirate or something lame. If you come up with something that isn’t embarrassing, I’ll do it.
E. Connor: Challenge accepted.
B. Salinger: Crap.
[Emma Connor has logged off]

[NEW IM from Emma Connor to Brendan Salinger]
[11:38 p.m.]
E. Connor: I know what we should do.
B. Salinger: Sneak you into my bedroom this weekend since my parents are out of town?
E. Connor: No.
E. Connor: Wait, what?
B. Salinger: J
E. Connor: Okay, let’s talk about that. But I’m talking about Halloween. You should go as Daryl Dixon.
B. Salinger: From The Walking Dead?
E. Connor: Yes! You can wear a necklace of zombie ears. We can get squirrel stuffed animals to hang from your belt.
E. Connor: Brendan? You there?
B. Salinger: I get a crossbow.
E. Connor: Yeah. And you don’t even have to brush your hair.
B. Salinger: Go on. What would you go as? And please don’t say Andrea. She is the worst.
E. Connor: A zombie, obviously.
B. Salinger: So you’ll spend all night trying to rip my shirt off and bite me?
E. Connor: Duh. I’d do that anyway.
B. Salinger: Okay, I’m in.
E. Connor: You’re the best!
B. Salinger: I keep telling people that but you’re the only one who believes me.

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to— Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives— visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

About Cara Lynn Shultz:
Cara Lynn Shultz’s love of supernatural writing began when she was 7 and wrote a play about ghosts, which she and her friends acted out on her grandparents’ porch. Since then, her work has appeared in Teen People, Alternative Press, Stuff, InStyle, Us Weekly, The Guardian UK and countless posts on Facebook and Twitter. She is a proud graduate of Fordham University and is currently a senior editor at Cara lives in her native New York City with her husband, tuxedo cat and 8 million other people. Spellbound is her first novel. 


Monday, September 30th - Cara Lynn Shultz and Spellbound - The Irish Banana
Wednesday, October 2nd  - Cara Lynn Shultz and Spellcaster – Alice Marvels
Friday, October 4th  - Gena Showalter and Alice in Zombieland & Through The Zombieglass – The Page Turners
Monday, October 7th  - Dawn Metcalf – Indelible – Refracted Lights
Wednesday, October 9th  - Rachel Vincent and The Soul Screamers Series - Such A Novel Idea
Friday, October 11th  - Victoria Lamb  and Witchstruck – Book Swoon
Monday, October 14th  - Melissa Darnell and Crave & Covet – The Book Swarm
Wednesday, October 16th  - Melissa Darnell and Consume – A Bookish Escape
Friday, October 18th  - Julie Kagawa and The Immortal Rules – Tyngas Reviews
Monday, October 21st  – Julie Kagawa and The Eternity Cure – Bittersweet Enchantment
Wednesday, October 23rd  -Michelle Rowen and Dark Kiss – Books & Things
Friday, October 25th  -Michelle Rowen and Wicked Kiss – Bewitched Bookworms


  1. I read the first book of the series, but not the second. I love paranormal reads because it's so imaginative and there are no boundaries.

  2. LOL--that IM was cute. I haven't read this series yet but it's on my TBR shelf!

  3. What a clever idea, the IM conversations!

  4. i like scary books because they hold my attention and seem interesting.. Usually all my books i read are some type of paranormal!! they are so fascinating!!

  5. It takes a lot to scare me, so I'm always looking for a new book that will rise to the challenge. I do love horror, but creepy, eerie books are most frightening to me.

  6. I love reading about things that go bump in the night. I could weave stories about haunting and my co-workers would know if I'm pulling their legs.

  7. I haven't read anything by Cara. *hangs head in utter shame* Clearly I need to read this series though, both you and Danny love it and we're all basically the same person so I know I'll love it as well. Also, seeing your face in that picture just made me happy:)

  8. I haven't read any scary books. But I would love too. I am a huge fan of scary movies and I love books more so I should be tearing through all the scary books out there. I've wanted to read Spellbound for a long time now. Hopefully I will get the chance soon. Thank you SO much for the giveaway. It's an awesome one.

  9. I have to say that Andrea did redeem herself in the end. Darn girl made me cry! :p LOL

  10. Paranormal books are my jam! I love scary books! And I love anything involving witches, werewolves, ghosts, vampires, etc.


  11. I love that paranormal books are so far out of reality they allow you to really stretch your imagination and just relax and enjoy them!

  12. I am actually just starting to love scary book this year but Paranormal themed books are my absolute favorite genre!!!!

  13. Haha, that conversation was cute - and made me miss IMs a little, lol

    I haven't heard of this novel before, but it sounds really good! Paranormal novels are my favorite so I added this to my TBR list for sure :)

  14. Publishers are saying that paranormal is on the decline but I know I will never get sick of it.

  15. I have always LOVED paranormal books - always have and always will! I love scary ones too. Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway!


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