My Exclusive Bonus Material for the YA Scavenger Hunt. The First Page of GODDESS!

July 28, 2012

Chapter One

 

Helen could see what she guessed was the River Styx just off to her left.  It was a roaring torrent, riddled with ice burgs.  No sane person would dare to swim across it.  Feeling stranded, she limped around in a tight circle.  A quick scan of the horizon showed that there was no one else on the barren plain.

“Dammit,” she swore to herself, her voice breaking.  Her vocal chords were not completely healed.  Less than an hour ago Ares had slit her throat, and although it still hurt when she spoke, cussing made her feel better.  “So typical.”

Not even an hour ago she’d made a promise to her friend Zach.  He was dying in her arms, and she swore that she would make sure that he drank from the River of Joy in the afterlife.  Zach had sacrificed himself to help her, and in his final moments, he’d given her the clue that allowed her to kill Automedon and save Lucas and Orion.

Helen intended to keep her promise to Zach even if she had to carry him to the Elysian Field and right up to the banks of the River of Joy herself—broken ribs, wonky leg and all.  But for some reason, her usual way of navigating in the Underworld wasn’t working.  Normally all she had to do was say what she wanted aloud and it just happened.

She was the Descender, which meant that she was one of the exceedingly few Scions who could go down to the Underworld in her living body, and not just as a spirit.  She could even control the landscape to a certain extent, but of course just when she needed that talent the most, it found a way to go on the fritz.  It was just so Greek.  One of the things Helen resented the most about being a Scion was that it meant that there was an appalling amount of irony in her life.

Helen pinched her bruised lips together in frustration and raised her hoarse voice to the empty sky.  “I said-- I want to appear by Zach’s spirit!”

“I have that one’s soul, niece.”

Helen spun around and saw Hades, Lord of the Underworld, standing several paces behind her.  Tall and poised, he was wreathed in shadows that dissipated like fingers of fog relaxing their grip.  The Helm of Darkness, and the extra yards of fabric from the black toga that he wore obscured most of his face, but she could just make out his lush mouth and square chin.  The rest of his toga was draped over his body like a decorative afterthought.  Half of his smooth chest and his powerful arms and legs were bare.  Helen swallowed and concentrated on focusing her swollen eyes.

It's here! The summer YA Scavenger Hunt!

July 28, 2012

Get your horses, get your hounds.  WE'RE GONNA HUNT!!!

Okay, there's no fox at the end of this one, but we've got something so much better.  How's about a chance to win over 50 books?

Was that thud I heard your hearts, or your butts hitting the floor?

Here are the deets.  It starts Wednesday August 1, noon, PST.

Scroll down for a list of the participating authors.

THE BLUE TEAM

 

HEATHER ANASTASIU

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

GWENDA BOND

TERA LYNN CHILDS

ANGELA CORBETT

GINA DAMICO

ED DEHORATIUS

LEIGH FALLON

MARLEY GIBSON

SHAUNA GRANGER

CYNTHIA HAND

NANCY HOLDER

COLLEEN HOUCK

TARA HUDSON

DENISE JADEN

MIRANDA KENNEALLY

SUZANNE LAZEAR

JODI MEADOWS

ALEXANDRA MONIR

E.C. MYERS

ERICA O’ROURKE

AMY PLUM

CARRIE RYAN

JESSICA SHIRVINGTON

J.A. SOUDERS

VICTORIA STRAUSS

DEBBIE VIGUIE

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THE RED TEAM

 

JOSEPHINE ANGELINI

LEAH BOBET

LISA BURSTEIN

KRISTI COOK

JULIE CROSS

TRACY DEEBS

KIMBERLY DERTING

TARA FULLER

DAVID MACINNIS GILL

JANET GURTLER

RACHEL HARRIS

ELISSA J. HOOLE

AMALIE HOWARD

CORRINE JACKSON

STACEY KADE

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JESSICA KHOURY

JONATHAN MABERRY

CLAIRE MERLE

COURTNEY ALLISON MOULTON

GREGG OLSEN

JOCELYN DAVIES

 

LISSA PRICE

PETER ADAM SALOMON

JERI SMITH-READY

JESSICA SPOTSWOOD

TERI TERRY

LANI WOODLAND

 

Come meet me!  

July 23, 2012

If you are in the Los Angeles area I will be at the Central Library doing the LA Teen Read this Thursday the 26th.

Come and hear me read out loud!

It's like TV, but without the actors or the set!  :)

And the winners of the Team Fate jerseys are...

July 17, 2012

Before I announce the winners I'd like to take a moment to thank you all so much for spreading the love.  I know that a lot of you weren't just doing this for a t-shirt.  You did it to support me and my series.  It means the world to me that there are so many of you who have fallen for Starcrossed and want it to be a success.

One quick thing, though.

Um... I may have inadvertently gotten one or two of you in trouble with Twitter.  I had no idea that was going to happen and I'm really sorry about that.  So, if I do one of these Twitter things again, I'm going to rework the format so that there are only so many entires or something like that.  That was poor planning on my part, and, um, yeah.  Whoops.

Anyway!  On to the fun part.

The winners are....

Jennifer Brookes

Rose Hairston

Emily Siess

Congratulations you three!!!  Email me your addresses and I will get the jerseys out to you ASAP.

Once again, thank you all so much for your love and support.  You are the best fans ever!!!!

xxxo

Josie

Spread the Love!

July 2, 2012

First of all, I would like to take this moment to thank you all. I've been getting so many amazing Tweets and posts on my Facebook page these past few weeks about Dreamless. Every day, dozens of you, my precious StarHearts, both old and new, send me their love for the series. I've been walking around with a blissed-out grin on my face for weeks.

But while I absolutely adore getting bathed with your support, I would love your help getting the word out to a few other people.  The media!  I want to let them know how you feel.

Renee Grant made these stylin' Team Fate jerseys.

Aren't they cool!?  Renee did this all on her own (thx Renee!), so there aren't that many jerseys to go around just yet, but she agreed to let me give 3 away on my site.

Here's what I'd like you to do.

Tweet the media outlets I've set up for you in the Rafflecopter entry form.  Sample Tweet: (Recommend ‪#Starcrossed‬ ‪#Dreamless‬ by @josieangelini great summer reads! @USATODAYBooks)

Something like that.  I've included 9 media outlets in the entry form.  Do as many as you can.  Each Tweet earns you 2 points. The more points, the better your chances of wining a Team Fate jersey.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline to enter is Monday, July 16th.  The 3 winners will be announced on Tuesday the 17th.

And of course, the giveaway is international.  :)

Good luck and thank you!! <3

xxxo

Josie