Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Author Event - Jessica Andersen (Guest Post & Giveaway)


Author Jessica Andersen is my guest today.and she is here to tell you about the end of the world! Her Final Prophecy urban fantasy series is loaded with romance and frenetic action where the clock is tick, tick, ticking. It all began with Nightkeepers (2008), followed by Dawnkeepers (2009), Skykeepers (2009) and the newest, Demonkeepers, which releases April 6. If you have been following the series, this is Lucius and Jade's story.

Learn what a ballgame has to do with saving the world. Jessica will be dropping buy to chat and answer questions and she is giving away a signed copy of Demonkeepers. Check out Jessica's giveaway guidelines at the end of the post to enter.

Of demons and ballgames
(with running, screaming and sex!)

Mayan lore and modern science warn that 12/21/2012 could bring a global cataclysm … a threat that is far more real than we imagine. Dark forces stand poised to overrun the earth and crush humanity beneath a vicious rule of terror and blood sacrifice. Our only hope rests with a group of saviors living in secret among us: modern magic-wielding warriors called the Nightkeepers.

Now, in the last few years before the 2012 doomsday, these magi must find and win their destined mates in order to protect the barrier of psi energy that forms humanity’s last line of defense against an ancient and powerful enemy.
Book 4 - Releasing April 6, 2010
Books 1-3

Hello!

Thanks very much for having me on today, Doug, and to your readers for stopping by and spending a few minutes with the Nightkeepers.

Mercifully, as I head into the last week before the release of Demonkeepers and I go from what my crit partner and I call ‘release head’ (high stress, low tolerance for stupidity, OCD-level checking of what little sales data are available to authors) toward total-mental-meltdown status, I’ve got a few things to distract me: looming deadlines, finally a new episode of Bones, and the start of baseball season.

I’m not a math person by any means—whereas my mother could guest star on NUMB3RS, I need the calculator function on my phone to figure out a tip. Yet ask me on any given day of baseball season, and I can probably come up with ERAs, OBPs, and RBIs for most of the starters on the Red Sox (and, depending on the year, the Yank-mes).

I think part of the fascination is that I live out in the sticks (relative to New England, anyway), and following the Sox connects me to a larger community. There’s also this great sense of pomp and longstanding tradition … and this year, the fun kismet of Opening Day coinciding with the release of Demonkeepers.

On Demonkeepers, Publishers’ Weekly said: “Andersen ramps up the danger (in a story that) mixes action and elements of Mayan myth—from a voyage to the underworld to a fantastic high-stakes ballgame—with soul-searching, lust and romance.

I love that they mention the ballgame. It’s not an OMG huge part of the book, but the story has lots of geeks-versus-jocks and sport-as-combat overtones, and the symbols of the ballgame are all over the place when you talk about the 2012 doomsday: The I-shaped ball court represents the underworld, the ball is the sun, and the game-winning play of putting the ball through the high, vertical-set hoop represents the passage of the sun through the center of the Milky Way galaxy … which will occur on 12/21/2012 and is why the Maya set their calendric cycle to zero out on that day.

I could go on forever about the symbology of the end-date and the Mayan ballgame (cue my wonderful editor’s voice in my ear: “cut the lecture and get to the running, screaming, shooting and/or sex!”). But the thing is, games are part of the fabric of life. And I can think offhand of any number of great games that have been used to enrich the stories I love.

Friendly (and not-so-friendly) challenges and wagers are made on hands of Starfield Doubles in Linnea Sinclair’s most excellent Games of Command. Pyramid is a part of daily life on Caprica and in (the new) Battlestar Galactica. The holo-chess board on the Millennium Falcon is still way cool decades after the fact. And the Barrayaran version of ping-pong is one of the few games young Miles Vorkosigan can play without hurting himself. All small moments in the larger scheme, perhaps, but ones that bring added depth.

Similarly, I hope you’ll find that the Mayan ballgame adds to the story of Lucius, an Indiana Jones wannabe who never quite measures up until a twist of magic brings him powers beyond belief … and reunites him with Jade, the magic-wielding one night stand he never forgot.

Despite the sizzling chemistry between them—and the added power that comes with a love match—Jade is determined to prove that she’s more than a researcher … she can be a Nightkeeper warrior in her own right.

But as the two race to rescue the sun god himself from the underworld, they learn that kicking ass isn’t enough. They’ll need all their brains and skill—and the long-denied love that burns between them—to foil the dark lords’ plot.


JESSICA's GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES

To celebrate Opening Day, warmer weather, greener grass, and the impending release of Demonkeepers on April 6, I’m giving away a signed copy of Demonkeepers.

All comments are entered to win—tell me about a cool otherworldly game  you’ve come across in a favorite book or show/movie, ask me a question,  comment on the books, or just say ‘hi.’ I’ll be here all day, and would  love to hear from you!

Contest is open until  Midnight, April 6, 2010 EDT. Leave a way to contact you should you win and if you'd like an extra entry spread the word through Facebook, Twitter, your blog or other social network of your choice.
For more information on Demonkeepers and the other Nightkeeper novels, please check out www.JessicaAndersen.com.

To get a signed copy of Demonkeepers delivered to you the first week of its release, please visit http://store.radcliffbookstore.com and click on ‘virtual signing.’ As a bonus, you can also order a signed copy of Ward’s Lover Mine, which will be out later in April!

38 comments:

  1. Remember Jumanji..the movie with Robin Williams. That was an awesome game...Though, I don't think I would play it.
    I loved your post and look forward to reading your upcoming book.

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  2. Well, the best know game in a book is probably Hogwart's-Quidditch, of course.

    Jessica, If you were a book what would your title be and what the blurb on your back tell us?

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  3. Quidditch is undoubtedly the best game that I could come up with. Love me some Harry Potter.

    Jennifer M.
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  4. Hi Jessica,

    Great post and I love your books!

    Thanks for a chance to win your latest "Demon Keepers"!

    I blogged about your giveaway here:
    http://razloversbookblog2.blogspot.com/2010/03/jessica-andersen-demon-keepers-giveway.html

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  5. Quidditch is what comes to my mind first, and also BSG's pyramid.

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  6. @ dor- Ooh, Jumanji! I didn't even think of that one. You're right, totally don't sign me up to play, but it's a very ... um ... effective game!

    @ Lisa- Hm... good question. I think I would be a decent thriller, where periods of calm are regularly interrupted by sh*t blowing up. LOL.

    As for a back-cover blurb, I'm more of a one-liner. Picture the Jeff Goldblum character in Jurassic Park: "At first it's all 'ooh' and 'aah' ... but then there's running. And screaming."

    Love the bunny art!

    @ Jen (and Lisa and Doville)- Quiddich! I knew I was missing a big one!! Excellent addition.

    @ Razlover Thanks for stopping by, and for blogging about the giveaway!

    @ Doville- Knuckle tap for BSG love.

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  7. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for dropping by. I love the series and can not wait for this one.

    I think Hogwart's Quidditch is the best one out there IMHO. :)

    Dawn
    love2read (AT) Yahoo (DOT) Com

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  8. Let's not forget the great James Caan classic Rollerball!

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  9. Zathura was a very cool game, and I loved the movie too.

    Jessica, I loved the other books in your series and can't wait to read this one! Are you and J.R. celebrating your new releases together?

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  10. Several people have already mentioned Quidditch. I also liked Wizard's Chess from the Harry Potter books.

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  11. Hi Jessica,

    the first game that came to my mind was also Quidditch.

    Can't wait to read Demonkeepers.

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  12. Demons and baseball? Really? I admit that I'm intrigued. I don't think I've ever come across a paranormal book set in my favorite sport, so I'd like to try this. I'm assuming you're a fan of the film "Fever Pitch," being a Red Sox fan and all. It's one of my favorites.

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  13. Hi Dr. Jess,
    Great to read your piece on SciFiGuy today. It is good to know that you have release-day issues too. As a reader I call it release-day paralysis, where you cannot pick up a new book to read, or concentrate because the book you are waiting for is so close, anything else is just a distraction and unsatisfying. LOL! I usually end up doing a lot of rereads by then and by the day before release day I am just a red hot mess of anxiety, "what if the book isn't in the store?" What if it is sold out?" "should I hit the store before work, at lunch, after work?" Red Hot Mess! LOL!
    As a Star Trek fan from way back, one of my fave ST authors is Diane Duane - her book My Enemy My Ally, had a great 4-D chess game, where players played on the 3-D boards but through hyperspace could phase pieces off the boards and time them to come back at opportune moments. Very cool. So happy to see you here. I'm very excited for Demonkeepers! Best!
    Stephanie

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  14. The books sounds awesome and you compared the hero to Indiana Jones. Cannot wait to read. I named my first born after Indiana Jones. Of, course that was before The 4th movie came out. Anyways, I digress...

    I am eagerly anticipating this read :)

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  15. @ Dawn- Thanks for being a fan of the books! I can't wait to share Jade and Lucius with readers :)

    @ SFG- Rollerball! *classic*

    @ Moonsanity- Yes, JR is hosting me at a signing in Radcliff KY this Saturday, and we'll be doing a "Chat with JR and Doc Jess" at the Romantic Times convention at the end of April, when she's officially launching LOVER MINE.

    For what it's worth, if you buy DEMONKEEPERS and LOVER MINE together through the virtual signing right now, you get 25% off the pair.

    Oh, and LOVER MINE rox.

    @ Sandy- Isn't it interesting that chess has made it into so many SFF stories? Then again, it's the ultimate strategy game. Or is that Go?

    @ Danny- Hey back! Quiddich is definitely our front runner, I'm seeing!

    @ Rebecca- Well, the book itself includes the Mayan ballgame, whis is more like the full-contact love child of soccer and basketball, but I'm a definite baseball fan!

    Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed 'Fever Pitch,' and thought it was a fun detail that having shot the ending as one would expect it to go (the Sox lose the World Series in a heartbreaker), they had to go back and reshoot when they won. (Or maybe that's an urban legend-- but it's still a good story!)

    Hope you'll check out the books :)

    @ Mujer (Stephanie)- LOL! I totally had release day issues with Linnea Sinclair's newest (Rebels and Lovers). I contained myself until the Sunday before the official release day, so the sale would count toward her first week numbers. I was planning on buying out the store and giving them away at a talk I was doing-- but there was only one left!! I told myself to spread the love and give it away anyways ... but I couldn't. I dug in my claws and read it that night .

    @ Robin-- 'Kay, I've gotta ask. Did you name him Indiana or Henry? I love it either way!

    @ Michael-- Okay, y'all are making me think I really should go read the Potter books (in my defense, I've seen all the movies).

    I'm one of those stubborn cusses who refuses to pick up a book once it gets wickedly popular. And I didn't much care for high school, so tend to shy away from YA-type stories. But still... it might be time to give Potter a chance.

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  16. @ Jessica -- We named our son Indiana :) His middle name is a J name too! We would proudly announce him as Indiana J*** and the Diaper of Doom!!!

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  17. Hi Jessica. I love your books. I can't wait to read DemonKeepers. The only game I can think of is Quidditch in the Harry Potter novels.

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  18. I have been waiting for TRON legacy to come out for a while now, so thats what came to mind first for me.

    Your books sound great, I'm a huge Indiana Jones fan, the original trilogy is fantastic.

    sleepingaurora at gmail dot com

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  19. Hey Doc Jess, I am just popping in to gie you a shout out and show some love. I can't wait to get DemonK. The ball-game is so interesting, and I love the symbology of it all. Maybe one day you could write about it all, so I could learn more. Thanks for posting the link on FB because I would not have found you today...LOL!!! Have a blast. I see some cool games here...Jumanji is one of my faves...I must say Zathura (sp?) was pretty cool too.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

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  20. Hi Doc Jess,

    I was thinking about the great hide the jewelry game played by werewolves in the last Patricia Briggs Alpha Omega book. Brought a lot of issues out front and led to the grand finale.

    I'm also waiting on tippy-toes for April 6 and Demonkeepers.

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  21. Dabo was played in Quark's bar on Deep Space Nine. Your Final Prophecy series sounds like a wonderful read and I'm looking forward to checking it out.

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  22. @ Robin- LOVE it! Diaper of Doom (insert ominous music)

    @ Crystal- Hey! Thanks for stopping by, and for being a fan of the series!

    @ Ms. Laura- Ooh, TRON. Nice. And yes to the first three Indy movies. The fourth (as Robin mentioned) not so much! There are places aliens simply don't belong ... and that's one of 'em!

    @ Paula- Hey back! Glad you found your way over here- look around, I bet you'll find some new favorite authors!

    @ Barbara- Cool- a new game to add to the list! Good luck in the drawaing, and please do check out the books!

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  23. My favorite "otherworldly" game is Quidditch" from Harry Potter. I am a total "Potter" fan and this game looks like a total BLAST!

    Thanks for this event!!

    Have a great day every one!
    Kate (aka YzhaBell's BookShelf)
    mleger0546(@)rogers(.)com

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  24. Hi, Jessica,

    I'm a fan of the series too, so thanks for the contest! :)

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  25. i remember the Life-chest in Harry potter. that's cool :)

    i tweeted : http://twitter.com/becunique/status/11346037510

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  26. I'm drawing a blank on games...except for quidditch, which is funny since I haven't read the Harry Potter books. I'm another stubborn type that doesn't read the wickedly popular. I was the same with Dan Brown. Though that last might be more a result of my profession as historian.

    I loved the first book, can't wait to read more,

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  27. Was going to go with Quidditch ('cause really, how cool would it be to ride on a flying broomstick?), but then I remembered a movie from a couple years ago: Death Race. It's basically Nascar, gladiator-style.

    Prisoners of a post-industrial world race armored cars to their bloody deaths, to the televised amusement of everybody else. Whoever survives a certain number of races gets set free, and of course, no prisoner has yet to reach that number. It's gratuitous and far from an excellent movie, but I can say it was highly entertaining (and yum, Jason Statham).

    I've also tweeted about this post here. Thanks for the chance to win!

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

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  28. @ Kate- Yeah, if we're going with 'what game would I like to play?' I think quiddich has to rank pretty high! I'm not all that big on heights if someone else is in charge of my safety (what? who me, control issues? snerk), but if I've got my own broom, look out!

    @ Karen- Thanks for loving the books, and good luck in the drawing!

    @ mariska- thanks for the tweet!!!

    @ Aria- Yep, Dan Brown was another one I stayed away from during the height of the hype.

    I tried him later, once it died down, and liked the level of detail but thought the semi-heroine's motivation was seriously weak (ooh, I saw nana and grampie doing it, I'm scarred for life!).

    But I digress- LOL. Glad you enjoyed the first book (that means alot to me coming from an historian!), and hope you'll check out some of the others!

    @ Julie- Thanks for the tweet, and for the Jason Statham moment. (mmmmmm) Death Race had its WTF moments, definitely, but it satisfied my main movie requirements: manhunk, loud noises, and sh*t blowing up. LOL!

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  29. I would say the game in the movie The Running Man w/ Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's the ultimate, you win or you die like the ball games the Aztecs and Mayans played.

    (I had forgotten Jumanji, but that would be pretty cool and I'd stand a chance of not dying.)

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  30. In elementary school we studied the Mayans for awhile. It is very interesting and I have been fascinated ever since. I look forward to reading your book :)

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  31. Anne- Running Man-- good one! Another, somewhat similar, is the Game played in a Piers Anthony's Phaze series whose name is escaping me at the moment. I'd go look it up, but referring back to the blog, the new episode of Bones will be on in a minute, and I don't want to miss me some manhunk!

    haze-- Good luck in the drawing, and do check out the website and books. If you're into the Maya, I think you'll like them!

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  32. I love your books, and the sharp mind that create them. You are one of those writers that surprise me every time. I’m reading Skykeepers again this weekend. The first time I rushed; now I want to enjoy it.
    Best of luck with Demonkeepers!

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  33. I'm with the others who mentioned Quiddith! Such an awesome game!

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  34. I recently learned that there's a sequel to the movie TRON coming, so I thought about the game in the movie, where the players had to cut each other off using motor bikes that left a line behind them. In the movie humans got digitized into the game and had to out wit the computer.

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  35. The first thing that came to my mind was Jumanji. I love this movie ,I've re-watched it many times. I would love to win your book. I like this series.
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  36. @ Joanna-- Awww (blushes). Thanks so much for being a fan of the series! I hope Skykeepers holds up on the reread, and that you get a chance to grab Lucius! (I know I'd like to-- (evil chuckle)).

    @ Christine-- Note to self re JK Rowling: You know you've made it as a writer when a game you created is the overwhelming choice for 'cool fictional games'! Nice!

    @ Sue-- I must admit that one of the above posters mentioned the TRON movie, and that was the first I had heard of a remake/sequel. But now I'm seeing it everywhere :)

    @ Natassia-- Thanks for Tweeting.

    To all, thanks so much for hanging out with me, and good luck in the drawing!!

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  37. My favourite otherworldly game would have to be Quidditch.

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