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Guest Author: Virna DePaul (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Today, I have author Virna DePaul here to talk about her Para-Ops series.  The first book in the series, Chosen by Blood, was just released on May 3, 2011.  The second book in the series is Chosen by Fate, which is currently scheduled to be released on October 4, 2011.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Para-Ops tote filled with chocolate, a Para-Ops mug, sunglasses, and my e-book, A Vampire’s Salvation, a paranormal vampire novella.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.


Author Bio:

I’m a former criminal prosecutor who loves thrilling, sexy stories about ordinary people overcoming extraordinary obstacles to find love. Like contemporary authors Linda Howard, Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson, Lori Wilde, Sandra Brown and paranormal authors J.R. Ward, Larissa Ione, Nalini Singh (and countless others on my keeper shelves), I hope to bring my readers emotional stories that make them feel and dream and wonder well-after they’ve finished reading them.

In May 2011, my debut paranormal romantic suspense series launches with CHOSEN BY BLOOD (Berkley). In this series, the U.S. government forms a special ops team whose members, including a werebeast, wraith, mage, and a vampire and the human female he’s forbidden to love, must retrieve a stolen antidote.

I also have a contemporary romantic suspense coming out in Fall 2011. In that story, an undercover cop poses as a bailiff to investigate a judge and ends up reuniting with a former love.

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

Welcome Virna!

My debut novel, Chosen By Blood (A Para-Ops Novel) comes out May 3, 2011, and I’ve been pretty diligent about marketing and trying to get my name out to readers so they’ll (hopefully) snap up copies on its release!  I admit it’s been a struggle for an introvert like me to be so blatant about promotion, but since this is my dream, I figured why not do everything in my power to keep it alive?  Well, now I’ve got something else on my mind—something that’s yet again both stressful and fun—planning my launch party!  Finally!


Since I sold Chosen By Blood in November 2009, a launch party seems almost anti-climactic, but it’s also a great opportunity to reconnect with my supporters, meet new ones, and just reflect on my whole writing journey.  Plus, I love planning a party.  I love trying to create a theme with small touches that show how meaningful the event is in my life.

I’ve been snatching up cute little items from discount stores like Home Goods, Marshalls and Ross.  I’ve included some pictures of my scores here.  Essentially, you’ll see I’m going for an elegant look with some fun thrown in.  There’s going to be cupcakes, wine, chocolate – and oh yeah, a few packets of bagged “blood” candy in honor of my vampire hero.  It does feel a little weird to be planning a party in honor of myself and my own accomplishment, so the fun details help keep me distracted from that notion.  Besides, I try to remind myself that I have cause to celebrate! I’m now a published author with seven contracted books!   And the first one is going to be out there for people to buy.  And read.

And read.

Gulp.


I mean, Yay!!!  But…gulp.

See, that’s the tricky thing about being a writer.  Most of us are shy loners who are more comfortable in our imaginations than in a crowd.  But yet we have these larger than life stories in our heads that we long to tell others and deep down, let’s face it, in order to actively pursue publication, we have to believe our stories are good enough for public consumption!  I’m a good writer.  There, I’ve said it.  On a public blog, no less.  I’m not the best writer, but I’m good, and I’m willing to work hard to constantly get better and listen to my readers about what they want.  That’s all I can do and I’ll cross my fingers that’s good enough for a long, successful career.  (Can you cross your fingers, too, by the way?  Thanks!!  J)

Bottom line, I write because I’m a life-long reader who has been inspired by authors such as Linda Howard, Anne Stuart, Karen Robards, Christina Dodd, Lori Foster, Larissa Ione, JR Ward, Lora Leigh, Nicole Jordan…the list goes on and on.  I’ve been to National RWA Conference and now to RT.  I’ve had the chance to meet many of the authors I love.  Next week, at my launch party, I’ll think of all the great authors I’ve read and raise a glass to their success, hoping that someday I’ll inspire and empower a reader with my own stories.

Here’s a little information about Chosen By Blood below.  I’ll be giving away a prize to one random commenter: A Para-Ops tote filled with chocolate, a Para-Ops mug, sunglasses, and my e-book, A Vampire’s Salvation, a paranormal vampire novella. Just answer this question: Cost and practicality aside, where would you love to hold a book party (for writers or readers!)?  What would it look like?

Thank you so much to Angela for having me here on the Dark Faerie blog.  Wishing you all much love and success with your own reading or writing ventures!


Radio Interview with Virna on How She Really Does It

About the Book:

United by fate. Bound by desire.

Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starving his people into extinction. When the FBI contacts him about leading a team of hand-selected Others on a mission to reclaim the stolen antidote, Knox accepts. His new assignment places him in direct contact with Special Agent Felicia Locke, the beautiful human he’s craved since their very first meeting.

Chosen By Blood Excerpt:

Special Agent Felicia Locke knew the minute she saw the willowy dharmire that there was going to be trouble. She’d chosen the bar because it was as far from Pennsylvania Avenue and the J. Edgar Hoover Building as one could get and still be in Washington, D.C. With its spray-painted façade, dim lights, and ramshackle assortment of tables and chairs, the Black Hole was also light-years away from what a typical federal agent would consider reputable, let alone palatable. In its favor was the fact it served the best brandy in the state, strong and undiluted. That and some privacy was all Felicia wanted.

She’d just locked her car and was walking toward the bar’s back entrance when a dharmire, who couldn’t have been more than sixteen years old, stumbled around the corner of the building and into view. Felicia immediately recognized the female as half-Other; although she had a vampire’s silver hair and black eyes, her skin was sun-toasted, just a shade lighter than a graham cracker. She clung to the arm of a stocky man with no neck, squinty eyes, and slicked-back hair. The man pushed her against the side of the building and covered her slim body with his own.

Felicia’s prediction of trouble formed not because the man was ugly, but because he was unkempt and, considering the foul things he was saying, obviously uncouth. She’d never met a vamp who’d willingly suffer the company of someone so appallingly unrefined. It would be like asking one to wear jeans or, God forbid, drive a beat-up old truck down a public highway. As a rule, vamps didn’t do casual or tacky. Even so, she tried telling herself that maybe the girl just looked young. There was no accounting for poor taste, after all. But the closer she got, the more apparent it became that the dharmire was under the influence. Her silver pupils were dilated and glassy, and she appeared to cling to the man out of necessity rather than affection.

The man shifted to the side just as Felicia walked within ten feet of them. She saw the fine gold chain and pendant around the dharmire’s neck—a smaller, more feminine version of the one Knox wore and an exact replica of the one Noella had worn all her life. The same pendant Felicia’s best friend had been wearing on the day she’d died, a gaping hole in her chest where her heart had once been.

Felicia came to an abrupt stop and blinked her eyes several times to make sure she wasn’t imagining it. But no, it was real and it was a real bitch of a sign. Noella had died exactly one year ago today and it couldn’t be coincidence that, before Felicia even had a chance to get rip-roaring drunk while avoiding Knox at the same time, a female appeared who was from Noella’s clan—Knox’s clan—and in obvious need of help.

Thoughts of Knox assailed her. Had Kyle Mahone gotten in touch with him? She’d been fully briefed on the Bureau’s plan to add a new team to the FBI’s elite, super-SWAT group referred to as the HRT, Hope Restored Team. She knew that team was the crucial step toward stabilizing relations between humans and the Otherborn races they’d once fought. And despite her preference to stay as separated from Knox as possible, she knew he was the right choice to lead it. Most civilians craved peace now, but it was a constant, often bloody battle given the insurgents, humans and Others alike, that resisted.

On the other hand, Felicia thought, still staring at the man and the dharmire . . . There would always be individuals who just naturally preyed on those weaker than themselves.

Okay, okay. Message received.

No rest for the wicked.



GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Para-Ops tote filled with chocolate, a Para-Ops mug, sunglasses, and my e-book, A Vampire’s Salvation, a paranormal vampire novella.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Cost and practicality aside, where would you love to hold a book party (for writers or readers!)?  What would it look like?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

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

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. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Thursday, May 19th at 11:59 PM EST.

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


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38 Responses to “Guest Author: Virna DePaul (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    If I could I’d hold a book party at my favorite place – The Ritz Amelia Island FL. We’d have the club floor with all the food and drinks sitting around the mock fireplace with the ocean waves crashing in. How I LOVE it there! +1
    Am an old follower here and Twitter. +2
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  2. Kaya HNo Gravatar
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    OK that party rocked! I would host a party for readers in our library with a desserts and drinks with book signings and some kind of character bing happening. the interview was great. i cannot wait to check out this book.
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  3. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    Ok so I live in the middle of nowhere as far as author signings go so my idea would be having a signing for the readers and host it in this historic flour mill in their party room (looks totally neat) and have desserts and coffee and tea while we talk and listen to an awesome author. That party was amazing looking. I loved the bagged blood ;)
    Great interview, I am very intrigued now by this book!
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  4. AprilNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the giveaway and the cool post! One way or another, I cannot wait to read this book ASAP. :)

    Casting aside practicality completely, I think if I could host a book party, I’d have it in a castle in Ireland. I can’t think of a particular one, but there’s no shortage of castles there so it would work out.

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  5. VivienNo Gravatar
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    I really wouldn’t care about the setting, as long as it’s warm. I’m really tired of the cold weather. But it would definitely be zombie themed. Some virus infused snacks, some brains to eat, and blood to wash them down with. YUM!

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  6. LisaNo Gravatar
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    Cost aside…for a PNR book I would want to hold it on the coast of Maine at a b&b. (oh and we would have the Mr. Romance contestants in attendance. LOL)

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  7. Nicole WeiszNo Gravatar
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    I live in a place where we have haunted houses, a lot. So I would do it there and it would be dark and amazing with dark furniture, I love old house.

    I loved the interview, the bag of blood thing is amazing, I need some.

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  8. StacieDMNo Gravatar
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    Hello Virna!
    I love the party decorations you scored at the discount stores. I have two crystal beverage servers just like yours.

    If I could host a reader or writer party it would be in an old gothic mansion. The setting would work well for many different romance subgenres: mystery, paranormal or historical. Congratulations on your new release and all of your upcoming books!

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  9. Virna DePaulNo Gravatar
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    Vicki, I love the ocean! Never been to the Ritz but I’ve heard they’re wonderful!

    Kaya H
    I used to work at a library. Love library people! Thanks so much. :)

    Teri C
    A flour mill sounds cool! I won’t be reading from my book, but hopefully the guests will enjoy everything else. Thanks for stopping by!

    April
    Thanks! I hope you enjoy CBB! :) I’m going to Ireland this month for the first time. Will check out some of the castles for a good one! LOL

    Vivien
    Oooo, zombie themed. LOVE it! Warm definitely is a requirement!

    Vivien
    I’ve only been to Maine once, but loved it! Was at RT and saw the Mr. Romances there. Some nice company for sure!

    Nicole Weisz
    I got the blood from Oriental Trading Company! I love old houses, but haunted houses scare me. Amityville is not something I can watch… :) Thanks for posting.

    StacieDM
    Thanks for the congrats! Gothic mansion would be cool. And I love my beverage decanter!

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  10. ShereeNo Gravatar
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    I’d love to hold the party in Alcatraz, as long as the weather behaves. Otherwise, how about the Winchester Mystery House? That would be fun and maybe someone will see a ghost.

    GFC follower & on Twitter (infinitieh)
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  11. DawnNo Gravatar
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    I would have a launch party at my favorite place. The beach! Late afternoon early evening. Sunset on the horizon, candles on long tables set with tons of food and wine (and other drinks for non drinkers)! Plus little bonfires scattered throughout the beach with marshmallows, hershey chocolate bares and graham crackers will people played guitars and sang or just gazed into the fire…even maybe some ghost stories!

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  12. DawnNo Gravatar
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    Okay that should read chocolate bars! not bares!

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  13. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I’d hold the party at the Ritz Carlton. We would have some fun music, drinks, and fancy champagne and chocolate desserts. I think it would be like a lazy, fancy lounge setting where everyone could relax and chill out and just chat about books, yummy men, and what not.

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  14. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    Oh wow on an island! With cool breezes and waves!

    I am a follower.

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  15. MarieeNo Gravatar
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    I think an old castle would be really cool. And depending on what kind of book the release party was for I would have different themes. A paranormal would have a bit of a spooky vibe with blood red drinks and hunky vampire looking waiters.

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  16. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I would choose a lovely hotel, with lots of drinks and wonderful food, and room for all of the people that are sure to attend. Somewhere like the Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando, or the Swan and Dolphin Hotel at Disney.

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  17. Virna DePaulNo Gravatar
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    Sheree! Alcatraz sounds cool! I’ve never been to Winchester Mystery House, but I’m a wimp when it comes to ghosties.

    Dawn, chocolate bares brings to mind all kinds of possibilities. But I ADORE the beach, too. My favorite writing retreat is in South Carolina, held on a mansion right on the beach.

    Amy, Oooo, fun and classy! Love it!

    Robin K, More on the beach theme! Cool breezes, sand, and surf, wonderful!

    Mariee, Blood red drinks would be cool! I’m gonna serve Sangria!! Thanks for stopping by!

    Barbara, I stayed at the Swan & Dolphin last year for RWA! Lovely!! Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    With no need to think of cost or practicality; I would choose Bran Castle in Romania. Even though it is referred to as Dracula’s Castle, it isn’t dark and dank but a beautiful place. The only odd thing is instead of fish they are salamanders in the lake. I think all this would add atmosphere for a launch party with all the party favors already mentioned.
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  19. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    Absolutely! I would love a readers or writers because I would learn so much either way. I would want to do it in a deep lush forest then the theme would be the Alice and Wonderland tea party. I mean books and tea? Can’t get better.
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  20. JessicaNo Gravatar
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    I work at a hotel so I would bug my boss into giving me the meeting room and them we’d have a picnic with awesome food and sprawl out everywhere with giant stacks of books to gush over.

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  21. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would have the party at the hotel along the oceanfront where my sister had her wedding reception. The room had these enormous sliding glass doors that gave a beautiful view of the ocean and led right to the beach. The food and cocktails would have a beach theme to go along with the view :)

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  22. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    I would have it at Virginia Beach, Virginia-The Cavalier Hotel
    Where one of the ghosts likes to warn you about the other ghosts on the 6th floor.
    Dinner, candle lights, music, book signing, and then nighty night ON the 6th floor! LOL

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  23. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    At a large castle in Scotland. It would look like a medieval fair but have modern conveniences and the male servers would wear kilts.
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  24. Lisa (Lisa's World of Books)No Gravatar
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    I am kind of bummed that I noticed that the person before me has a very similar answer. Oh well, I would want it in an amazing castle in scotland with AMAZING views. Lots of good food and drinks.

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  25. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Hi Virna! Great contest! Since I am a great fan of paranormal books, obviously a great place would be in an historic building in New Orleans. We could serve Cajun food and make use of the awesome atmosphere. Count me in on the contest please. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb +1 comment, +2 follower.

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  26. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    I would have it in the library (there is an area for this type of thing) and I would have lots of great refreshments and art around.

    I’m a gfc follower
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  27. Elaina WNo Gravatar
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    I live near the beach so I think I would have a book party in a Beach house somewhere along the beach with lots of junk food and drinks and people can sit outside in the sun and enjoy the awesomeness of the beach.

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  28. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    How about a vampire book party at the blood bank? I think that’s obvious….we’d have dark red punch and even have the nurse on duty for real donations!

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  29. blackroze37@yahoo.comNo Gravatar
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    DEPENDS ON THE BOOK, BUT A GRAVE YARD WOULD BE COOL

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  30. Virna DePaulNo Gravatar
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    lulilut, love the idea of Bran Castle, salamanders and all!

    Stephanie, an Alice In Wonderland Tea Party in the forest!! Cool! I’m envisioning someplace in Humboldt County. :)

    Jessica, a picnic in a hotel is such an unexpected treat! Love the idea of having stacks of books to choose from.

    Throuthehaze, Can’t go wrong with ocean views and a beach theme! :)

    Theresa, Oooo sounds fascinating! Will have to read up on that place.

    Marlene, Scottish dudes in kilts!! I’m SO there!!! :D

    Lisa, plenty of Scottish castles and men to go around! Timeless idea!

    Barb P, I’ve wanted to go to New Orleans for so long! Love the idea o fhte launch party there!

    Melissa, Libraries are some of my favorite places! How cool that you get to hang out in one!

    Elaina, Living near a beach? How lucky are you? LOVE the idea of a party on the beach with junk food, drinks, and sun!

    Meredith, WOW!!! A blood bank with blood donations solicited. Excellent way to get in the spirit of things! :)

    Blackroze, Graveyard sounds great. Candles and fresh flowers would add a nice touch I think! :)

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  31. Michelle BledsoeNo Gravatar
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    I would love to hold a book party at the Hard Rock Casino is Biloxi, Ms. Talk about a cool place. Yummy food,gorgeous scenery, and fun games to play..Yee Haw…LOl
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  32. Magaly GuerreroNo Gravatar
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    I would love to hold a Laughing Corpse themed party anywhere that would allow it.

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  33. BethieNo Gravatar
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    I think it would be kind of cool to have the party outside. I love to read outdoors and I think a lot of people would relate to that.

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  34. Elizabeth MizeNo Gravatar
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    Oh! I would love to hold it at a huge ball room. Complete with chandeliers, red velvet table cloths on tables with chocolate fountains and champagne.

    Everyone would dress up like it was the later 1800’s. Authors would have tables to display their books to sign autographs and sell them. But when they wanted to get up and mingle they could have a really neat way of having their names on their outfits, maybe a flower in their hair or on their necklace. No gender specific outfits either. In case someone wanted to wear pantaloons. There could be a nice veranda decorated in fairy lights. Big comfy chairs by fireplaces to read snippets on new books by your favorite authors. Secondary ballrooms for panels to hear authors speak and read.

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  35. Krysta BancoNo Gravatar
    35

    +1- I’d love to hold a book party in Moundsville Penitentiary, well only if the book party is for scary books because that penitentiary is really scary even in the daylight.
    +2- I am a GFC follower- Krysta Banco, I follow on Twitter- @YearofTiger86
    +3 tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/YearofTiger86/status/70701329286299649

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  36. Amy BancoNo Gravatar
    36

    Hmmm let’s see.. I would have my book party in the Library from “Inkheart”.
    I am a GFC follower
    posted here: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=186004211447609&id=100001076389374

    boobooburdet AT gmail DOT com

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  37. Christine SenterNo Gravatar
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    Well if cost and practicality don’t count, I’d totally have a book party on a tropical island. We’d have posters of the book all over, as well as food, umbrellas, and those pretty little drinks that come in coconut shells.

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  38. Christine SenterNo Gravatar
    38

    +2 I’m already a follower on GFC as Christine Senter and I’m already following you on Twitter as sapheyerblu

    +3 I did a blog post about this giveaway here:
    http://christinesenter.com/latest-book-related-giveaways/
    and tweeted about it here:
    http://twitter.com/#!/sapheyerblu/status/71276380272340992

    sapheyerblu AT gmail DOT com

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