Welcome to Shannon Delany's Start Your Day with Serial Tour! Shannon's debut novel (and first in her YA paranormal series) 13 to Life started as a winning cell phone novel written in serial segments. During the tour you can read bits of the book in order. Miss a day? Hop to Shannon's blog http://13toLife.us/blog and check the link to the blog tour calendar in her sidebar.
There will also be a contest that will close at the end of the tour. Winners get a bunch of stuff.
What's in a Name: 13 to Life
Shakespeare says it far more eloquently than I ever could when Juliet declares, in her famous balcony scene, “What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
I admit it, I’m a total sucker for what names are supposed to mean. I can spend days at BehindtheName.com just imagining characters based on what their names supposedly mean. I’ve occasionally quizzed people on what their name represents when I’m signing 13 to Life posters and excerpt books. Yes, I’m a nerd.
My pseudonym is a fine example of my strange obsession. When I was told my original pseudonym (Saoirse Redgrave) was a no-go I was devastated. Saoirse means (essentially) freedom and what should a pseudonym really give an author but that? But it is (amazingly) difficult to spell. So. Many. Vowels. As a result, I eventually wound up as Shannon Delany.
In 13 to Life (June 22, St. Martin’s Press) my obsession with names again shows a bit. Most of my characters have names that reference historical characters or are ways I play with different aspects of foreshadowing within a character. And one character’s name, specifically, gives important hints to how things line up in the rest of the series. Of course, a couple are also red herrings because I become bored easily.
Why so much hassle and thought when naming characters in a paranormal story? Precisely because it’s a paranormal. And things are seldom only what they seem at first to be.
So, do you know what your name means? Was there a special reason you were given it by your parents? How will you live up to (or beyond) the potential your name declares you have?
I’ll go ahead and answer your question!
My real name is Cindy, which means Light.
It’s also a pet name for Cinderella and Cynthia.
My father chose my name because he loved Cyndi Lauper hehe, and I am most definitely not a singer!
Now I have a little snippet of the book to share with you! If you missed the previous one, visit Teen Channel Reviews!
13 to Life: Chapter 3, part D (used with the author’s permission)
My lunch tray made a clicking noise as it hit the rails in front of the steaming bins of what passed for food at Junction High. The scents blurred and blended — macaroni and pizza, Salisbury steak and meatloaf, shepherd's pie alongside overcooked peas and rubbery carrots… It all became a nauseating blend of substandard fare. I grabbed a questionable salad plate and a yogurt, pausing briefly to check the stamped date — expiration was imminent, but at least the yogurt and I still had today.
For the following snippet, make sure you stop by Escape Between the Pages tomorrow!
Shannon's hosting several contests during the Start Your Day with Serial Tour. The big contest will award one lucky winner with a royal amber pendant, pietersite jeweled bookmark, stuffed wolf, 13 to Life mousepad, pen, tote, signed poster, personalized copy of 13 to Life and both of the 13 to Life pins. All you need to do is comment at 13 of the blogs hosting Shannon during her 30 day tour. Everyone who does so will be entered into a random drawing. Winner may be international.
Now on to today’s giveaway!
Shannon very generously offered TWO signed copies of 13 to life!
giveaway open to US & CAN
Please FILL THE FORM to enter!
Ends July 4th, 2010.
Please don’t forget to thank Shannon and answer her question in a comment!