HELLO, ALL OF YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE! :) ♥
I don't think I can even tell you how excited I am to be a part of the blog tour for Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent, hosted by the amazing Kismet Book Tours! The Soul Screamers series is one of my all-time favourites (a lot because I'm in love with sarcastic reaper-boy Tod, but also because Rachel knows how to write an amazing world), and this book? SO. DARN. EXCITED!
Soooo, without further ado... I would like to introduce you to two of the most realistically well-written brothers around: Tod and Nash Hudson! One is a bean sidhe and the other is an undead reaper. Great mix, huh? ;)
(May contain minor spoilers from previous books.)
Meet the Brothers, Tod and Nash
Mimi: Hi, guys! I seriously can't be any more excited to be able to have you here today!! Because everyone deserves to know how awesome you are, can you introduce yourselves? :)
Nash: I'm Nash. This is my brother, Tod. He’s dead, but that doesn't stop him from taking whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, even though he shouldn't still be in the world. Also, he kills people for a living. Make of that what you will.
Tod: I don't murder people. I'm a grim reaper, not an assassin. I reap the souls of those scheduled to die. And I stick to that schedule, the vast majority of the time. My record is practically spotless. Practically.
Mimi: *whispers to audience* Nash is kind of harboring a grudge at his brother right now, if you can't tell... *back to the boys* Would you be embarrassed to admit to your human friends that you're bean sidhes (banshees)?
Nash: Everyone who matters already knows.
Tod: I'm never embarrassed. But most people have no idea I exist, so that question doesn't really apply to me.
Mimi: I guess that's true! (Does that mean all of us readers matter, since we know?? Yay! I mean, focus, Mimi. Next question.) How would you describe Kaylee?
Nash: Ex. Lost. Liar. Pain.
Tod: Kaylee is everything that matters most. *turns to Nash* It’s not fair to blame her for what happened.
Nash: Totally fair to blame you, though, right?
Tod: Oh. You meant… *frowns* I thought you were talking about that other thing that happened… I was going to blame fate and the forces of evil, but whatever.
Mimi: *to audience again* Correction: Nash is harboring a grudge on everyone right now — but it's totally justified, and I love him anyways! *back to the boys again* Just wondering: If you figured out you had only one day left to live, what would you spend it doing? (You know, assuming you were still alive, Tod. :P)
Nash: Making amends.
Tod: Changing fate.
Mimi: I'd eat cookies, but I like your ideas better. :') Do you have anything you've always wanted to confess to each other?
Nash: I'm sorry I couldn't save our dad. I tried. If you'd been there, I'm sure you could have made Mom cooperate. Also, since we’re opening up, I feel like I should confess that you're a huge pain in the ass.
Tod: I have a couple of things I should tell Nash, but none anyone else needs to hear. Except that he's a huge pain in the ass. Must run in the family.
Mimi: I totally beg to differ! (But maybe that's just because I have a major crush on you both, so let's skim over that haha...) Tod, do you like your job as a reaper? What are some pros, cons, or random quirks you think we should know?
Tod: You already know more about me than you should. However, in the spirit of this deep personal invasion... I hate my job, but I've recently come to love the spare time it gives me. Now that I have use for spare time.
Mimi: Kaylee is so lucky!! *blushes wildly* If it's any compensation, Tod's also a pizza delivery guy on top of reaping souls so I think that counts for something. ;) But Nash, what would you say to being a reaper like your brother?
Nash: No. Hell no. Not for anything the world. When my time to die comes, I won’t hang around just to make everyone else miserable.
Tod: *looks away*
Mimi: Aww. *heart breaks* So much of what you guys have been through happened after you met Kaylee. Do you ever regret meeting her?
Mimi: I'm glad. :) If you could go on a dream vacation anywhere in the world with any one person you know, where would it be, who would it be with, and why?
Nash: I hear Betty Ford has nice beds. It’s Sabine’s turn to visit me in an institution…
Tod: I’d go with Kaylee. The place doesn’t matter. No one would see us anyway.
Mimi: Is there anything you'd want to change about being a bean sidhe?
Nash: Everything. Being a male bean sidhe sucks. You can make people do whatever you want them to do, but then people hate you for it and you wind up hating yourself even more.
Tod: But you can save people’s lives.
Nash: Not without ending someone else’s. Whose bright idea was it to put that kind of decision in the hands of a teenager?
Tod: *thinks* He’s right. That sucks.
Mimi: Let's say that your awesome lives are (finally) being turned into a movie! Which actor/model/random guy off the street would you choose to play you? :)
Nash: I don’t care.
Tod: It doesn’t seem fair to saddle some poor guy with that kind of responsibility. I mean, imagine the blow to his ego when he fails to capture all of this on screen?
Mimi: Agreed, Tod! That's a lot of pressure on the pour guy. My friends are pining for Max Irons as Nash, but we've all agreed that it's impossible to cast you. x) Pretending that some brilliant author is documenting your crazy life adventures in a 7-book series, what would your pitch be to convince people to read it?
Nash: The first four books are awesome. After that, the story changes direction and it goes down hill.
Tod: Kaylee’s in it.
Mimi: Did I mention that there's a small grudge between brothers? :')
AND SOME THIS OR THAT QUESTIONS:
Mimi: Summer or winter?
Mimi: Blue eyes or brown eyes?
Mimi: Books or movies?
Mimi: Bean sidhe or reaper?
Even when one brother is not-so-happy with the other at the moment, I really, truly, and honestly have given my heart to these boys from book one! ♥ Everything that Rachel Vincent has put them through just breaks my heart. You will love them too, guaranteed! :)
There are two giveaways for today! The first giveaway is a daily one for the chance to win a copy of Before I Wake (in all its gorgeous pink glory). To enter, all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below. It's open to US/Canadian residents only. (Sorry, international followers!) You can see the full contest rules here.
The second giveaway is for a grand prize of a GORGEOUS pink iPod nano engraved with "Soul Screamers"! The Grand Prize winner is chosen from all of the daily entries, so you can enter at all of the other tour stops as well for more chances to win! :)
About Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent:
I died on a Thursday — killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.The good news? He didn't get it.The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school...Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life....
About Rachel Vincent
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A resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.
You can follow the rest of the tour below or on the Kismet Book Touring Website:
Monday, June 11th- Fiktshun
Wednesday, June 13th - Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Friday, June 15th- All Things Urban Fantasy
Monday, June 18th - I'm Just Sitting Here and Read
Tuesday, June 19th Book Birthday - Book Soulmates
Wednesday, June 20th - Late Bloomer Online
Friday, June 22nd - Mimi Valentine (YOU ARE HERE ♥)
Monday, June 25th - Tynga's Reviews
Wednesday, June 27th - The Page Turners
Friday, June 29th- A Cupcake and A Latte
TA DA! *jazz hands* Are you not as crazy excited to read Before I Wake as I am?? (If your answer is no, then that must only mean that you haven't started this series yet, in which I have to ask: Why not? Here's a link to the full series HERE.) If it's anything like the previous book, If I Die (which is my favourite) then we're all in for a major ride!
(I love Rachel's books for the pure reason that she's never afraid to put her characters through hell and back. It makes me grow so much closer to them! ♥)
So what do you think: Would you rather be a bean sidhe or a reaper? :)