I had a friend my freshman year of college who was a fencer. (She also had one of the coolest first names ever: Sonata.) That's about as close to fencing as I'll ever get.
Speaking of sharp, pointy things that are designed to draw blood ... I bring you today's fabulous bonus prizes. Yes, plural again. We've got two truly awesome books today.
Prize #1: GIRLS THAT GROWL by Mari Mancusi (this is the third book in the series--if you win, you must buy the first two!)
She's a vampire. She's also a vampire slayer. (It's a long story.) And now Rayne McDonald, Goth girl, has to carry out her most deviant mission yet: trying out for the cheerleading squad.
Rayne already has enough on her plate: her twin keeps whining about whether or not to go all the way; her mom's boyfriend is moving in; and her man, Jareth, who's now allowed out in the sun, has turned from a dark, brooding hottie vamp into a surfer dude.
But this vampire slayer is still on the clock, and she has a new assignment. A member of the football team has disappeared-and her bosses at Slayer Inc. think the cheerleaders had something to do with it. Now they want her to infiltrate the squad and get the dirt. But first, she'll need an extreme prep makeover. If only they'd let her wear fishnets under that revolting uniform.
Prize #2: EIGHTH GRADE BITES by Heather Brewer (this is the first book in the series--if you want to drool over a cover, check out the third, TENTH GRADE BLEEDS)
Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.
So, I ran a poll on my blog a while back asking what elements books absolutely must have for you to want to read them. While romance was the overwhelming winner, fantasy was the runner up. Today's entry question is about fantasy elements. What are your favorite fantasy elements to read about? Do you want more monsters or mythology? Vamps, werewolves, or fairies? Something else I haven't mentioned? If you could pick just one fantasy element to read a book about, what would it be? Which ones do you want to see more of?
(I don't actually have an answer today--mainly because I'm severely biased on the side of mythology. Go figure. Besides, this is sneaky market research for me.)
Answer this question: What is your favorite fantasy element in fiction?
(1) copy of OH. MY. GODS. or teaser of GODDESS BOOT CAMP
(1) copy of GIRLS THAT GROWL by Mari Mancusi
(1) copy of EIGHTH GRADE BITES by Heather Brewer
Enter below and check back tomorrow (and the day after that and the day after that) for a new contest. Winners of all contests will be posted on August 25th.
And don't forget the other contests:
Gold Medal Contest
COOP 1 I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE by Stephanie Kuenhert
COOP 2 CRUEL SUMMER by Alyson Noel
COOP 3 HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE by Tina Ferraro
COOP 4 REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN and TWISTED SISTERS by Stephanie Hale
COOP 5 SHRINK TO FIT by Dona Sarkar and VIOLET IN PRIVATE by Melissa Walker
COOP 6 LULU DARK CAN SEE THROUGH WALLS by Bennett Madison
COOP 7 ZETA OR OMEGA? and THE NEW SISTERS by Marley Gibson (writing as Kate Harmon)
COOP 8 YOU HAD ME AT HALO by Amanda Ashby
COOP 9 THE SPECIALISTS: MODEL SPY by Shannon Greenland
COOP 10 SLEEPLESS by Terri Clark and INVISIBLE TOUCH by Kelly Parra
COOP 11 HELL WEEK by Rosemary Clement-Moore
COOP 12 Reader's Choice from Simone Elkeles