Monthly Archives: April 2013

YA Scavenger Hunt: April 4-7 (winner to be announced Monday)

Welcome to the Spring 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt!

Apr 4 – 7 (noon pacific time)

For you first timers, the YA Scavenger Hunt is an online blog hop created by the lovely and talented Colleen Houck. It’s a chance for you to see bonus material by your favorite YA authors as well as winning amazing prizes.

If you came here looking for my bonus material, a video of me reading an excerpt from DIE FOR HER, you’ll have to keep hunting!

At each stop on the hunt, you not only get to meet a YA author and read their bonus material, but you get a clue to enter for a grand prize–one lucky winner READ MORE…


TODAY’S THE DAY!!! Julesfest Day 9

I woke up this morning, got out my iPad, looked in my Kindle file, and there it was: DIE FOR HER!!! Written by Jules Marchenoir himself! (Okay, I took dictation, but still…) And guess what appears at the end of the eBook. The first chapter of IF I SHOULD DIE!!! I didn’t know that would be included!

The last 9 days of countdown have been in celebration of the eNovella written from Jules’s POV, which ends between UNTIL I DIE and IF I SHOULD DIE, making it a kind of DIE FOR ME 2.5. If you haven’t ordered it yet, here it is!!!

click to pre-order DIE FOR HER

I really hope you enjoy it! (Let me know!)

Today’s HOT JULES is Chace Crawford. Okay, he’d have to wear brown contact lenses, but I’m sure Chace would sacrifice his baby blues to play our hot Parisian artist.

Up-to-no-good Jules

Saucy Jules

Scoot-over-and-let-me-in Jules :)

Today Jules will answer 25 more of your questions from Sunday’s contest. Tomorrow he will answer the rest, and then Thursday the YA Scavenger Hunt begins, in which I will be reading the first chapter of DIE FOR HER. (And giving away more prizes!)

So, handing the keyboard over to Jules…

21. Katherine: If Jules could have Kate and Vincent didn’t love Kate and her him, what would he do to win her heart?

I would court her. Big time. Take her to Italy for a weekend. Candlelit meals, romantic walks, maybe book a private museum tour. Kate loves romance and art. I think I could handle that.

22. Geraldine Frost: You have been revenant for a very long time and I am sure it has not been an easy life. Apart from your painting and art, what do you do when things get too much for you?

You’re right—I do escape through my painting. But sometimes that’s not enough, so I’d have to say sparring. There’s nothing like a good, heated work-out with swords in our armory to work off extra stress…especially if I’m up against Ambrose.

23. Enna Penglin: What’s the best and worst dream you have ever had?

I often dream of being human again. And when I wake up I experience this huge wave of nostalgia. Regret almost. And then I remember what I am and why I’m here, and the regret is replaced by a sense of belonging. Of embracing my fate.

24. Nora – Jules, can you show me your favorite places in Paris and maybe we can go to a cafè with the Eiffel Tower? :)

Absolutely! It’s a date!

25. Kelly V: Jules you said that you have loved many women over the years and now Kate is the women you love. It just seems that you choose women who are unavailable to you, or to whom you don’t get attached so you can’t get too close. Why, who hurt you so bad?

There isn’t one woman who hurt me. I’ve never let myself get emotionally involved enough to risk a broken heart. I just haven’t met anyone worth it. Until now.

26. Vivianna: Jules, have you read the Harry Potter series, and did you like it?

I read the first few books and thought they were fun…imaginative. I go more for biographies, history or historical fiction, though so could take them or leave them.

27. Daisy R – Jules, what is your favorite flavor of Ice Cream?

Rum raisin.

28. Lexi B – Jules, do you believe in true love/love at first sight?

I believe in seduction at first sight, because it happens to me all the time. As for love at first sight? It hasn’t happened to me, at least.

29. Annika Huhtala: I’ve understood you have seen many mistakes humans have done over the years, but also sacrifices people have done for their loved ones. Do you think that if Kate would put herself in great danger while saving the man she loves, you would still sacrifice yourself and Die for her?

It seems like you’ve all caught onto the fact that I have a little thing going for Kate. Okay, maybe a big one. But even if I didn’t feel the way I did, I would die for Kate in an instant. Not only is it in my nature as a revenant, but Kate is an amazing person who deserves a good, long, happy life. Not only would I be saving her, but giving to everyone who comes into contact with her. Kate’s a light in the darkness. She literally radiates beauty.

30. Lea Krnjeta: Besides painting what do you do to relax and what type of music is your favorite? :)

My answer to your first question is the same as 22: besides painting, sparring in the armory is my favorite way of blowing off steam. As for music I like experimental stuff—”weird” music, as Ambrose calls it. Like CocoRosie, for example.

31. Ashlie Baire: If Vincent had really died and Kate couldn’t do anything about it…what would you do to help/console her…would you slowly form the romance that you want?

That situation is too hard for to think about. If my best friend were destroyed, I would be too. But I would feel a responsibility to care for Kate in his absence. Who knows what might follow.

32. Shelby vonWahl: What is your favorite childhood memory (before becoming a Bardia)? and why?

Going to the Louvre with my mom when I was 7 years old. I was already drawing a lot at that point, and when I saw the paintings section of the museum, I suddenly knew that I belonged. That I too would create works of beauty.

33. CD: What is the funniest piece of ‘art’ you’ve ever encountered?

Marcel’s Duchamp’s LHOOQ – both the painting and the meaning behind its title still make me laugh.

34. Nicola Donoghue: Jules, what is your biggest regret?

Missing the World Exposition of 1900. I was only 3 years old so my parents didn’t take me. The Eiffel Tower was newly erected, and I would have loved to watch people’s faces as they saw it for the first time.

35. Clarisse H.: Jules, what do you love/hate about Paris ?

I love the fact that it’s a city of art, not only what is housed in its museums, but you could take a snapshot almost anywhere in town and hang it up in an art gallery. The city IS art, and not all cities are. As far as hates, I hate it when my favorite restaurants and bars close down and are replaced by the newest, trendiest thing.

36. may: favorite book? Can’t put a finger on an all-time favorite, but at the moment I’m really loving Wolf Hall!

Thanks for those responses, Jules!

And now to today’s giveaway! Since today is DAY 9 of JULESFEST, I have 9 presents to give away!!! Like the last few days, the winner will have a choice of book from the following selection:

as well as all of the gifts from previous days PLUS 2 bars of French chocolate (one dark and one milk)!!!

And today’s question is simple. If you had to stay the same age for the rest of your immortal life, what age would you choose? I will choose randomly from answers to win today’s Paris Prize Pack!


Julesfest: Day 8

Today’s HOT JULES is played by Andrew Cooper, as suggested by Nicola Donoghue. He nails the role with his sexy sensitivity. (Having a 6-pack doesn’t hurt either.)

I-want-you Jules

Sensitive Jules

6-pack Jules

As you know, JULESFEST is being held to celebrate the fact that our favorite revenant artist has his own eNovella coming out tomorrow! If you haven’t yet ordered it for $1.99, you can right here:

click to pre-order DIE FOR HER

I can’t wait for you all to read it and tell me what you think!!

Yesterday you asked Jules a ton of questions, so today he’s going to answer a few of them for you! Enjoy!

1. Tiffany: my favorite time of the year is summer. I like to sit outside and watch people walk by. Especially people wearing little sundresses.

2. Tamara: I am going to live somewhere other than Paris, but you have to read IF I SHOULD DIE to find out where.

3. Ellie: yours is a trick question. I can’t choose. I would have to try to save both of them, and if one perished I would spend the rest of my lifetime mourning their death.

4. Kelly: I’m going to the United States for the first time in IF I SHOULD DIE.

5. JK-17: I wouldn’t trade my fate to go back to being mortal. My existence as a revenant is much more fulfilling than being a mere artist with a 60-year lifespan. This fate suits me.

6. Lindsey: no. But I’ll take you out to dinner.

7. Marilyn: Though Charles Russell’s landscapes couldn’t be anything other than American, his skies remind me in palette and technique of the French Impressionists, especially Monet.

8. airhead: horse-sized duck.

9. Krystal: the answer to your question is fully explained in DIE FOR HER! (I hope you like it.)

10. Jacqueline: I regret not seeing Kate for who she was from the very beginning.

11. Stephanie: Yes.

12. Chloe: you.

13. Tessa: I’d like to go to Rio during carnivale!

14. Lorelai: I don’t watch t.v., but love the movies. Especially Matrix 1, Bladerunner, and other futuristic fantasy films.

15. Doris: I would. But that is not an option.

16. Ree: down to the quays next to the river Seine at dawn.

17. Ems: I find all women beautiful, but personality counts for more than looks to me. I am particularly attracted by independent, strong women who know their own minds.

18. Shanny: I would say, “We all love Kate,” and then change the subject before he could ask again.

19. Carla: all of Edward Hopper’s works. I am in awe of the man.

20. Kristalyn: who wouldn’t want a series written about them? But I think Amy’s done writing about our world. Then again, I could be wrong.

That’s all for today, but Jules promised to be back tomorrow with answers to the rest!

So finally – being Day 8 of JULESFEST, I’m giving away 8 prizes! A choice of one of these books…

And this amazing prize pack:

2 signed bookplates, 2 signed bookmarks, a blue rubber Paris bracelet, a sparkly Eiffel Tower pin and a Paris/Eiffel tower cell phone ornament

On this penultimate day of JULESFEST, I’m asking you to tell me what you hope will happen to Jules at the end of the series (or maybe just after). Give Jules your own happy ever after…or not! I will choose randomly from the comments left below!