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Deadly Destinations: Gretchen McNeil’s Bridget Liu on San Francisco

*Visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Deadly Destination tour of Shari Kohler’s The Great White North from Darby & a chance to win NIGHT FALLS ON THE WICKED**

Today we have beautiful San Francisco for the final Deadly Destinations location.  Our tour guide for today’s Deadly Destinations is Gretchen McNeil’s Bridget Liu, from her debut release POSSESS (will be available on August 23rd from HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray).  Thanks to HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, one of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book!  See details below.

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San Francisco, According to Bridget Liu, Exorcist

People say San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Sure, I guess.  Kinda hard to see it when you’ve lived there all your life.  Like me.

And I mean literally hard to see.  Because of the fog.

Most people think of sun-bathed hills with cable cars rushing up and down, a beautiful bay dotted with sailboats in the distance.  Yeah.  Not so much.  My side of the city, also known as the Sunset District (so much irony, considering you usually can’t SEE the sun set…) is blanketed with thick, damp fog about three hundred days a year.

You think I’m joking.  I’m not.

The fog has a mind of its own.  It has a presence, like it’s always watching you, touching you, adhering to you.  That’s my house – as cookie-cutter as they get in this row house neighborhood – but most afternoons when the fog rolls in you can’t even see it from across the street.  Crazy.

I have to say, though, the fog is fitting.  This place is… not quite right.  Take this house, for example.  Mrs. Long lives there.  It looks vaguely like my own, but something evil lurks within those walls.  Something dark and twisted that rolled into the city with the fog and sticks to that house like a damp film.  I can feel it when I walk by.  Makes we want to take a bath in antibacterial gel or something.

This place is also evil, but more in the “high school sucks” kind of vein.  St. Michael’s Prep, bane of my existence.  Catholic School is like Institutionalized Purgatory.  I can’t think of any place I’d less rather be on a daily basis, especially since my dad was killed.  Everyone’s always looking at me like I’ve grown a second head.  “Oh, there’s Bridget.  Her dad was viciously killed by a maniac.”

Oh yeah, it’s awesome.

My mom would be so pissed if she heard me say that.  Oops.  This is what I get for having a parent who teaches at a Catholic school.  Why couldn’t she let me go to public school like I asked?  Yeah, no.  So I’m stuck at St. Michael’s.

This is the Church of St. Michael, attached to the school, where all sorts of horrors take place, not least of which are the St. Michael’s Show Choir rehearsals for which I’m forced to play as second accompanist.  Our newest debacle is entitled “Hip Hop-lelujah” which I’m pretty sure is heinous enough to raise the dead.  Especially in that church.  I see things in there sometimes.  And hear things.  That shouldn’t be there.  So.  Not.  Good.

Still, home is home, you know?  I couldn’t picture myself leaving San Francisco, especially now that they kind of need me here.  I guess we’re stuck with each other, this city and me.  And I guess if San Francisco can put up with me, I can try to do the same.

Vade retro satana.


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About Gretchen:

Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown.  Her YA horror/paranormal POSSESS debut with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins, August 23, 2011.  Her second novel, TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – is tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2012 release. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen is also a founding member of the vlog group YARebels where she can be seen as “Monday.”

You can visit Gretchen around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Gretchen McNeil?

Possess

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This giveaway is provided by HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray

Two winners will each receive a copy of Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Available on August 23, 2011 from HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray

About the Book:

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons’ plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

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1. Leave a comment for Gretchen.

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. only/No P.O. Boxes.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. All Deadly Destinations winners will be announced on August 7th.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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38 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Gretchen McNeil’s Bridget Liu on San Francisco

  1. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    Love the sound of this book and the cover is so awesome. This will be my next cover in my EYES contest. Perfect timing.
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  2. Van P.No Gravatar
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    sounds intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

    +3 blog, twitter, and facebook fan

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  3. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    Possess sounds like a fantastic book and I’m looking forward to reading it. I love the cover, it is so very striking. Bridget’s description of San Francisco is pretty eerie, it’s sure different from the part of Southern California where I grew up, but then San Francisco is like a world of it’s own, or so I’ve heard.

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  4. VivienNo Gravatar
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    Really looking forward to this novel!!
    +1 GFC follower
    +3 spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/126614-deadly-destinations-gretchen-mcneil-s-bridget-liu-on-san-francisco

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  5. Sniffly KittyNo Gravatar
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    Looks like an interesting read ^.^

    GFC Follower

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  6. Martha M.No Gravatar
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    Possess sounds amazing and I’ve been wanting to read it!
    Following on twitter: @marthapao and now also blog.

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  7. erinNo Gravatar
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    sounds fanastic! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    The tour was a hoot, and Possess sounds fascinating. The only thing I’m concerned about is the author … she was a clown? Does this automatically make anything she writes HORROR?

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  9. JenMNo Gravatar
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    Ha, this description is so true. I always thought it was the height on irony that the Sunset district was one of the places in SF where there’s no way you can actually see the sunset thanks to the ever present fog. I don’t read much YA, but I think I might have to make an exception for this one. It sounds great.

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  10. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    ooooo!!! This one sounds so good!! I loved the trailer for it!!
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  11. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    I’m a follower of this blog and on FB and Twitter.
    +3pts.
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    Tweeted the link!!
    +3pts.
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  13. AmandaNo Gravatar
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    What a gorgeous cover! Every time I see it I am in awe.

    I’m a GFC follower of DFT

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    That cover is totally awesome!
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  15. Tabitha JensenNo Gravatar
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    This cover looks so much like a painting I saw by one of the students in a art class I was in. I love it. I’m such a cover junkie. I love the sound of it!
    +3 following all =4

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  16. Sarah E. CruzNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the Giveaway! Love the Cover <3
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  17. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the post and giveaway!
    The cover of Possess looks super creepy and striking. I would love to read it.

    +3 GFC follower

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  18. Gidget BuchananNo Gravatar
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    Hearing demon voices? Crazy! I have a feeling this book is going to be GREAT! Can’t wait to read. Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

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  19. Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond)No Gravatar
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    This sounds like a winner. Definitely all for the cover. It is gorgeous. Although she looks older than a teenager, might be just me but hey. But I love the new world of San Francisco and man that trailer was the creepiest things ever. I can’t wait for this. It has been on my wishlist for a month or two now. Looks incredible and scary. Thank you so much for the tour and giveaway.

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  20. donnasNo Gravatar
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    Sounds really good. Looking forward to picking up a copy.

    follower on all

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  21. maidenveilNo Gravatar
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    Hi, Gretchen! I’m totally excited for your book. It sounds interesting and there’s nothing like demons and possession to set a dark story!

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  22. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    I can’t wait to read this one!

    +1 GFC follower
    +3 spread here http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/126665-giveaway-deadly-destinations-gretchen-mcneil-s-bridget-liu-on-san-f

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  23. Stacy (UrbanFantasyInvestigations)No Gravatar
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    This looks good.

    +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

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  24. YolandeNo Gravatar
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    Hello! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    I followed on twitter (under name @YolandePLL) and your blog GFC under the name Yolande +3

    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/YolandePLL/status/98079682423037952

    Thank you!
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  25. Dani NguyenNo Gravatar
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    I cannot wait to read Possess. One of my most anticipated books of the year. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC follower dani_nguyen
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  26. Nicole MNo Gravatar
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    I can’t wait to read Possess, and the cover is just amazing! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    I’m a follower, and I liked the Facebook page, but I don’t have a Twitter :/

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  27. ElizabethNo Gravatar
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    I cant wait to read this book! The cover is fantastic!

    +3 Following
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  28. Julie S.No Gravatar
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    I’ve been hearing good things about this book.

    +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

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  29. AngieNo Gravatar
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    Thank you so much for this giveaway!!!

    +1 for being a follower of this blog as Angie

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    Thanks!

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  30. ReggieNo Gravatar
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    Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to grab my hands on POSSESS! :D

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  31. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    Hi Gretchen, did you ever tell your folks you were gonna run away and join the circus? ;) It sounds like your life has been as fun as the things you write about.

    +3 I am a follower
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  32. Low KeyNo Gravatar
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    I am so ridiculously excited and fascinated by this book. The cover is gorgeous and anything involving demonic possessions and priests is right up my alley.

    Thank you so much for the tour and giveaway!

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    San Fransico is a place that I would love to visit. The fog alone is amazing. Thanks for the guest post. I am really looking forward to reading Possess.

    GFC Follower
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  34. Amanda @ The Mortal's LibraryNo Gravatar
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    I am so pumped for Possess. I love reading great books by new authors, and Gretchen’s book sounds amazing.

    Enter me please!
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    also tweeted and linked in sidebar (+6) (do you get points for each?

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    I’d love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’m a follower and here’s my tweet https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/itzKelseyD/status/99115667697041408

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  36. Destiny PhiliposeNo Gravatar
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    I follow GFC (DestinyPhilipose), on Facebook (Destiny Philipose), and on Twitter (@DPhilipose)

    Thanks for a giveaway! And Gretchen, as I’ve told you on Twitter on many occasions, I CANNOT WAIT for this book!! I would love to win a copy!! :)

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  37. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    Sounds like a good read and I love the cover! :3

    Following on GFC, Facebook, Twitter =)

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  38. Brittany HardyNo Gravatar
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    Looks like you were graced by the cover art gods. I can go for any book about possession. :)
    +3 following on all

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