Signum Bardia Fan Art

You’ll never guess what I received from a Die For Me reader last week.

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Yes, it’s a bona fide signum bardia, brought to life from the pages of UNTIL I DIE and IF I SHOULD DIE! Die For Me superfan Lisa Vespasiano actually taught herself to do all of the craftwork necessary and spent a heck of a lot of time sourcing the perfect materials before sending the finished product all of the way from Canada to France! I love it that she sent me a photo of the process:

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From Lisa: “Of course I made myself one also, they are so pretty and I am glad that all my online global searching for the right pieces paid off, whew!”

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For those of you who don’t know what the signum bardia is, here is the entry from INSIDE THE WORLD OF DIE FOR ME:

Creating the Signum Bardia

In Until I Die, I wanted Vincent to give Kate something to show she was under the protection of the revenants. As Vincent explained it in Chapter 23, “It’s a…signal to revenants that you are attached to us. That you know what we are and can be trusted.”


Kate’s signum came in handy when she met Gwenhaël, of course, and Bran and Kate both needed their signums to pass Theodore Gold’s security test when they arrived in New York.


So what is a signum bardia? The Latin word “signum” means: “sign, seal, mark, token.” So a signum bardia is the mark of the bardia—their token.


Once I had come up with term I needed, I had to decide what symbolism the object should hold. I decided to lean on my training in art history to come up with something both meaningful and credible.

I thought of self-sacrifice, and used the medieval image of the pelican piercing its breast to feed its young with its blood. (That’s my geeky academic side showing its face.) I wish I still had my first attempt at drawing it. It looked vaguely like an epileptic swan.

The pelican was not only too hard for me to draw, but I knew it would be difficult for me to describe in a way readers could envision it, so I decided to go for something simple. I asked myself what easy shapes could communicate a message. I’ll let Vincent describe what I came up with:

“…the pyramid is supposed to mean life after death, and its three corners signify our three days of dormancy. The flames represent our aura and the only way we can be destroyed. And the circle is immortality.”

Once I had decided on the symbolism, I had to come up with a design. I started by using this ninth ceI thought if I changed the sapphire from an oval into a triangle, it would be a good start. For the flames, I perused a few of my books on ancient jewelry (I warned you…I am a certified geek) and found a fourth century BCE Greek earring in the shape of a large round disk surrounded by a gold pellet border, a bit like my ring. But inside circle were decorative gold swirls that I thought could be shaped into flames. I imagined inlaying a triangular sapphire in the middle of the flaming gold disk and—voilà! It was perfect.

Kate describes her signum thus: “It was a gold disk the size of a dollar coin, and it was edged with two circles of tiny gold pellets, one nestled within the other. Set in the center of the disk was a dark blue triangular stone with a smooth, slightly rounded surface. And in the space between the stone and the rows of pellets were decorative gold wires curved into the shape of flames. It looked ancient, like the Greek jewelry in Papy’s gallery.”

But, for me, as beautiful and priceless as the signum itself, was Vincent’s motivation to give it to Kate:

“This isn’t just from me to you. It is from all of us to you. I saw how upset you were when Arthur said you weren’t one of us. I want you to know that you aren’t an outsider. You aren’t a revenant, but you are still one of us. This signum means that you are kindred.”

From INSIDE THE WORLD OF DIE FOR ME, Chapter 3, “Revenant Mythology”

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Lisa warned me that if I wear her signum, I risk getting gold paint on my neck. So I won’t be wearing it, but WILL be bringing it to all of my signings from now on to accompany me and my books. Readers can see it in Edinburgh this July at my RARE books event!

I can’t even tell you all how touching it is when I receive hand-made gifts from you, expressing your love and enthusiasm for the worlds in my books and showing me a sample of your own creativity. A huge thanks to Lisa for the time and work and love she spent on this amazing, original piece. Isn’t she amazing?

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UNTIL THE BEGINNING is in paperback, so…giveaway!

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I know this is out of focus. Just try to get a 6-month old lab puppy to sit still for a picture, and you will understand why.

My new puppy, Oberon (affectionately known as Obi) would like you to join him in wishing a happy book birthday to the paperback version of UNTIL THE BEGINNING!

As of today, it is available for $9.99 at Amazon, B&N and Indiebound.

That means you can have the entire series (After the End and Until the Beginning) for $19.98, which is not bad at all, considering you get an entirely new universe of magic (the Yara), two sparring heroes (Juneau and Miles), a messenger raven named Poe, the Alaskan wilderness, an epic road trip, crossbows, a crazy Texan billionaire cryogenics enthusiast, trickery, and maybe…just maybe…love. In a tent. Twice. For twenty bucks, I’ll say that’s a bargain. ;)

Of course, Obi’s favorite parts are about Juneau’s two huskies, Neruda and Beckett. (And yes, that is Elsa on the floor behind him, with her hands and feet chewed off. My dog obviously isn’t a Frozen fan.)

Thank you for all being a part of this amazing journey with me, through the DIE FOR ME series, and now the AFTER THE END duology.

To show my appreciation, I’m giving away 8 copies of UNTIL THE BEGINNING (one slightly chewed) to:

2 people who leave a comment below on this blog post

2 people who tweet “Happy book birthday to @amyplumohlala’s UNTIL THE BEGINNING paperback! Win a copy here: http://bit.ly/1Z6FaeQ”

2 people who comment on my Instagram photo of Obi and the books

and 2 people who comment on the Facebook post.

I will choose a winner next Monday, May 9, so get your comments and tweets in! As usual, this contest is international. And…go!

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YA Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt

March 29-April 3 (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 from your favorite YA authors as well as winning amazing prizes.

If you came here looking for my bonus material, the video I made in Paris with 15 reasons you’ll love Inside the World of Die For Me, you’ll have to keep hunting!

At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until April 3!

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Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a RED, BLUE, GOLD, GREEN,ORANGE, TEAL, PURPLE, SILVER, & PINK-each with 20 authors for several chances to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

(If you get stuck as you are moving through the hunt, click through to this page.)

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

ARE YOU READY??? Here we go…

 

BONJOUR!

I’m Amy Plum, and I live in Paris. The one in France. Not Texas.

Here I am on a French reality show with 2 famous French chefs holding my French books. Is that French enough for you?

Here I am on a French reality show with 2 famous French chefs (Norbert Tarayre and Jean Imbert) holding my French books. Is that French enough for you?

As my favorite French chefs are so kindly demonstrating, I’m the author of the DIE FOR ME series, a paranormal romance series set in Paris featuring supernatural beings of my very own making called “revenants.” My second series, AFTER THE END, is set all over America (road trip involved) and is action, romance, adventure, with a little bit of magic and a lot of kick-assness. My third series, DREAMFALL, is YA horror, and will be released in 2017 by HarperTeen.

Now that I’ve introduced myself, I’m excited to tell you about the author I’m hosting today:

the oh so awesome…

 

JEFF GARVIN

 

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I haven’t met Jeff. He lives halfway around the world from me, so that explains a bit. But I was excited to find that we share a publisher — our books are both with HarperTeen / Epic Reads! So it’s kind of like we’re family. Distant family. Half-way around the world family. But family nonetheless.

This is what I know about Jeff:

Before becoming a novelist, Jeff Garvin acted on TV and toured as the lead singer of a rock band. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California, surrounded by adorable, shedding beasts.

This is what I know about Jeff’s book:

  • SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN is Jeff’s debut novel.
  • SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN is getting a TON of attention and awards and big-deal positive reviews, like a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. (P.S. those are both HUGE honors!!!)
  • SYMPTOMS  OF BEING HUMAN was Amazon’s #1 New Release in Teen and YA Fiction. I don’t even need to tell you how huge that is.
  • SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN has an amazing, intriguing, and totally read-worthy premise:

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And secretly gender fluid. Riley starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home—but when the blog goes viral, an anonymous commenter threatens to out Riley to the world.

 

  • SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN has an awesome cover. And it kind of looks like Jeff’s hair. Which is totally reasonable. If I had cool hair I’d want it on the cover of my book too. But I don’t. So let’s proceed to…
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JEFF’S EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

 

SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN: DELETED SCENE

Click here to access an exclusive deleted scene from Symptoms of Being Human containing a never-before-seen blog post from the protagonist, Riley. *SPOILERS WITHIN!* Don’t read unless you’ve already finished the book.

Oh, and you’ll need this password: Solo16

So if you’ve already read the book, dive on in. If not, you’ll need to buy it, then check back here for this bonus content! I love bonus content. I watch all of the making-of stuff on DVDs. Don’t you? Which means I now have to read Jeff’s book so that I can enjoy the deleted scene. It’s a good thing I just ordered the book for my Kindle!

To buy the book yourself, click here for all of the ordering options.
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Jeff Garvin, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 333. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

My very own giveaway

You have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack including signed hardbacks of AFTER THE END and UNTIL THE BEGINNING, 2 fine art postcards of Juneau and Miles by the artist Len-Yan, and 5 signed and dedicated Amy Plum bookplates (to stick in all of your Amy Plum books!) Just rack up points by following the instructions below, and I will put your name in the hat once per point. I will draw randomly at the end of the hunt and announce the winner here on this page.

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How to get your points:

  1. follow me on Twitter at @AmyPlumOhLaLa (1 point)
  2. for each friend you get to follow me on Twitter you get 1 point (unlimited points)
  3. follow Jeff Garvin on Twitter at @Jeff Garvin (1 point)
  4. like me on Facebook (1 point)
  5. get friends to follow me on Facebook (1 point per friend)
  6. subscribe to me on YouTube (1 point)
  7. get friends to subscribe to me on YouTube (1 point per friend)
  8. sign up for my newsletter (1 point)
  9. get friends to sign up for my newsletter (1 point per friend)
  10. Leave me a comment here under this blog post telling me how many points to give you. Just leaving a comment counts 1 point. (And if you have done 1-8, give me your user names and your friends’ user names so I can credit your points.) Please leave all of the information inside one comment, instead of a comment per person. The drawing will be random, but the number of points you get determines how many times your name will be put into the hat.

Note: to be eligible to win you also need to submit a valid entry for the YA Scavenger Hunt grand prize.

Don’t stop here. CONTINUE THE HUNT!

 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!



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Books in Vegas, Baby!

Just one of the activities I’m taking part in 3 weeks from now in Vegas. Hope to see you there!

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