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Supernatural Smack Down: M. J. Scott’s Lily

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE…..

Finals: Fighting for DFT – Lily

Lily vs. Ainsley Campbell

Remember to check out Parajunkee’s View site and choose wisely…tweet #SuperSmack

Name: Lily

Book Series: Shadow Kin: Book One of The Half-Light City series

Job: Assassin. Others might say slave.

Height: Five foot six inches

Weight:  As a wraith, nothing. Otherwise…no one has scales in a Blood warren.

Hair Color: Red

Eye Color: Gray

From (Location): The City

Significant Other: Simon DuCaine

Signature Move: Dagger to the heart

Kill Highlights: I don’t talk about those

Enemies: The one who enslaved me and those who follow him.

Favorite Pastime: Staying alive

Other Facts: I can turn invisible, I can walk through walls. There’s nowhere to hide.

Intrepid reporter (opens notebook, ignores slightly shaking fingers): So, Lily, tell me a little about yourself.

Lily: They call me Lucius’ Shadow. The most feared assassin in the Half-Light City. Trained to kill since I was old enough to hold a blade.  Trained to do my master’s will and take down those who defy him. Or anyone stupid enough to get in his way.

Intrepid reporter: I see.  And why are you so scary?

Lily (twirling a nasty looking dagger): Why do they fear me so much? Well, that’s easy.

I’m a wraith. Shadow Kin. One of those the Fae term soulless. I can walk unseen. Unheard. Unstoppable…unless you can afford your own personal sunmage. And even sunmages get tired eventually. You’ll never see me coming until you feel my dagger pierce your heart. And by then well, it’s just too late.

Intrepid reporter: Do you like being an assassin?

Lily: I’m good at what I do.

Intrepid reporter: Rumor has it you can kill a man by ripping his heart out of his chest.

Lily (deathly stare): It’s not a rumor. Nor do I wish to discuss it.

Intrepid reporter: O-kay. Right. Um. Ever thought about a different career path?

Lily: What else can a wraith do? Maybe my Fae mother was right to reject me once she knew what I was…but sometimes I wonder about a different life. What might I be if the Fae hadn’t sold me to Lucius, Lord of the Blood? He knew why he wanted me but somebody else may have seen something more than a weapon. But why waste time thinking about what might have been. The past is the past and I am what I am. Next question.

Intrepid reporter: Walking through walls must be fun.

Lily: You have an interesting view of fun. The shadow has its uses like any other skill.

Intrepid reporter: So what else can you do?

Lily (evil smile): Well, I was trained by the best Lord Lucius could afford. Which is pretty much anyone in the Night World. I  really don’t have to rely on my powers to win a fight. I’m good with a sword or a gun or whatever I can get my hands on. Which is helpful when you grow up in the Blood Courts.  I had my share of enemies here, those who would like to see Lucius lose his favorite tool. But not many of them dared to actually try. And all of them failed. Would you like a demonstration?

Intrepid reporter (shuffles back a little) : No. No. That isn’t necessary.

Intrepid reporter (coughs a little, checks list of interview questions): So why did you enter the Supernatural Smackdown?

Lily: Why enter any competition? To win, of course.  I’ve heard the rumors.  Some would like to think that I’ve gone soft, now things have changed here in the City. They think that I won’t kill if I need to. That I won’t protect what’s important to me.  That I’ve gone soft.  Such thinking would be a mistake.  Those who seek to hurt me or mine better hope that they can conjure endless daylight. And nobody can do that.  So better still to not start anything they can’t finish. Some humans choose not to kill. They think it’s a sin. Perhaps they’re right. But in my viewpoint, it’s a sin to let someone chop off your head and smile as you lie lifeless at their feet. Staying alive is the best revenge. And I intend to do just that. Against all comers. And this is a way of making that clear.

Intrepid report (not entirely sure of a good comeback to that): So I see.  Hmmm. (shuffles a little in seat, consults notebook again).  So, where’s the best place in the City to buy a fabulous leather vest like that one you wear?

Lily: (vanishes into thin air).

Intrepid reporter: Lily? Lily? (has horrible feeling that the empty air might not be completely empty. Drops notebook. Runs for the door).


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About M. J.:

M.J. Scott was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in the green and rolling hills of South Gippsland, Victoria. Raised by two teachers, her love of reading was always encouraged and books willingly provided to feed her reading habit. She moved back to Melbourne to attend university, where she did an honours degree in a subject completely unrelated to writing fiction. She still works in that field and gets to write a lot of documents that do not involve assassins, mages, vampires and romance.

Her two great fiction loves have always been fantasy and romance, having grown up reading Tolkien alongside L.M. Montgomery and Susan Cooper, Diana Wynne Jones and David Eddings mixed with Heyer, Austen and all the romance books she could find. Therefore, it was somewhat inevitable that when she finally decided to start writing down the stories in her head, those stories incorporated both genres.

Her unpublished novels have won a number of awards including the Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Award and Valerie Parv Award and the Romance Writers of New Zealand’s Clendon Award. She was also a two time finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award.

Shadow Kin is her debut novel and has won praise from three New York Timesbestselling authors. Her urban fantasy-like stories in an historical alternate world setting are a fresh twist on the genre.

Her life, apart from the day job, revolves around books, writing, the odd sewing, knitting, spinning or quilting binge, resisting the lure of dark chocolate and taking orders from her cat.  She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

You can visit M. J. around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from M. J. Scott?

Shadow Kin

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This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Roc

Two winners will each receive a copy of Shadow Kin: A Novel of the Half-Light City by M. J. Scott

One International winner will receive an e-book copy via NetGalley

Available on September 6, 2011 from Penguin/Roc

About the Book:

On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages…

Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart…

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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38 Responses to “Supernatural Smack Down: M. J. Scott’s Lily

  1. SandyG265No Gravatar
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    There’s something about the cover for this book that just seems off to me somehow.

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    I voted for Lily. This book looks amazing and the attention caught my eye.

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    Voted for Lily, I’ve had my eye on this book for a while

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    This sounds good!

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    I’m still having issues entering through the Rafflecopter, not sure if anyone else is having this issue or not

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    Book sounds great :D I want to read it!

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  7. Chris BailsNo Gravatar
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    This is a new author for me and am always looking for new books to read. I would love to win and read this book so please choose me for the giveaway. Good interview and loved the excerpt.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  8. erin fNo Gravatar
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    I just got this book so I’m not entering, but I justed wanted to say thanks for an awesome post! I counting down to the weekend so I can finally read it :)

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  9. CrystalGBNo Gravatar
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    This book sounds great. Love the cover.

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  10. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    Sounds like an addictive world that Scott has created. I’d love to read this book. Thanks for all these awesome giveaways.

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    This looks like a great read, thanks for the giveaway

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    I voted for Lily today. Really enjoyed the excerpt, and want to read what happens next.

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  13. BrendaNo Gravatar
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    Lily got my vote! I will be adding this to the super looooooooong tbr pile your smackdown has caused. You sure know how to pick them!Thanks for the chance to shorten the list with the giveaways! ten.tsacmocnull@7mednerb

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    I voted for Lily. This sounds great!

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    Lily got my vote! I have this book on my TBB list, it sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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    I voted for Lily too. Love the cover and she has cool talents.

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    I voted for Lily- she sounds like a very intriguing character!

    melissar527(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    I voted for Lily, she sounds like she can take care of herself and any contenders too.

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    Congratulations Mel! That cover is gorgeous, the premise for the book is amazing and I really can’t wait to read it. Lily is one amazing character!

    Margie

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    I voted for Lily because I like the UF feel of the book.
    Still no Rafflecopter.
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    I voted for Lily; I’m very much looking forward to reading this.

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    I’m dying to read SHADOW KIN!

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    this looks awesome!! thanks for the chance!

    alainala@ hotmail dot ca

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    I’ve totally got my eye on this book. It sounds great. I love dark UF. I voted for Lily.

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    Sounds really good. Congrats on the release. Looking forward to reading it.

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    I love the cover of this book, plus who wouldn’t be afraid of Lily.

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    The bit i’ve read of Shadow Kin has left me hanging out to read more. Would love to have this book.

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    The reluctant assassin trope always grabs my attention. Shadow Kin sounds really good.

    mdturett at juno dot com

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    How could people not vote for Lilly? A kickass wraith that looks like she can take care of anything.

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  30. Amber HughesNo Gravatar
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    This book sounds great! Putting it on my TBR list! I love the cover too! I voted for Lily :-)
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    Very cool cover..would love to read the book

    International (Canada)

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    I really want to read this book. It sounds great and that cover is bad-ass!

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    I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile. Love the cover-fierce!! Another awesome smackdown.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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    Lily looks kick ass and this book looks so good!

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    Love, love the cover. I’m for the international copy.

    andra(dot)always(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Lily looks awesome!

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    My vote goes to Lily!

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    I voted for Lily becuase she kicks major butt!!! thanks for the giveaway.

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