Monday, October 04, 2010

When I’m not writing… with Andrea Cremer + Giveaway

andrea2 I am really happy to be part of the Nightshade only Tour and feel very honored to have Andrea on Tynga’s Reviews once again. Andrea is really amazing and I’m always very happy to work with her! She is the debut author of an amazing book called Nightshade about some rather original wolves. I LOVED her book and you can read my review here. There is also an amazing campaign around the release, and Shay Doran, character of Nightshade, is your host. Andrea is here today to share with us what she does when She’s not writing…

 

Work and Play

Like most writers I have a ‘day job,’ and luckily for me the other hat I wear helps with my writing. I’m a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. My research focuses on the intersection of religion, sex, and violence in the early modern (1500-1800) Transatlantic world. When I built Nightshade’s world I was drawing on years of research and teaching. My students are andreaamazing and I love the discussions we have in class and insightful arguments they make in their essays. This semester I’m on sabbatical – perfect timing because my novel debuts this month! – so I’m revising my academic manuscript while I’m jaunting about the country promoting Nightshade.

When I’m not working I make the most of time spent with my husband and our two dogs. The dogs love to take walks and chase squirrels, but my husband and I favor evenings in another world: the World of Warcraft. That’s right, I’m a gamer girl. I’ve been playing WoW for about three years now and I’d be lying if I claimed I didn’t love it. I’m also addicted to Sid Meier’s Civilization games (Civ 5 just came out – woo hoo!). Aside from World of Warcraft and Civilization I have no other video game vices. While I’m impressed by the graphics of first-person shooter games, like Halo, I can’t touch them. They give me motion sickness.

There are a few television shows I’m devoted to: Mad Men, Glee, Supernatural, and Project  Runway. I’m a big fan of True Blood, but we don’t get HBO so I’m watching the dvds and am therefore a season behind in my viewing. I never tire of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and am the proud owner of all seven seasons, so I can get a Buffy fix any time! Each week I await the release of Felicia Day’s web series, the Guild, and am unnerved by how much I can relate to it (see above: World of Warcraft).

Since my work and hobbies involve a lot of sitting I also try to get to the gym every day. I love running and I do yoga. It’s good that I exercise because eating and drinking red wine are two of my other favorite things!

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Thank you so much Andrea for taking the time to share with us =)

Rocco had surgery recently, and he is getting better, feel free to leave your get well wishes in a comment!

Now Andrea also wanted to give the chance to one lucky winner to read Nightshade (you will get a signed finished copy!). Thank you Andrea!

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Calla Tor has always know her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding scared sites for the keepers. But when she violate her masters’ by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might loose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

 

This giveaway is opened Internationally (YAY!)

All you have to do is FILL THE FORM

You can earn extra entry if you leave a comment here

Ends Oct 18th, 2010

Tynga is a 28 years old mom from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and blogging about them. You might also catch her watching an hockey game. Make sure to say hi on twitter!

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  1. Cute dogs! <3 I've always wanted to have one. And LOL World of Warcraft! I suck at that game! XD

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  2. Sooo I'm totally geeking out because I play WoW too. I also own every season of Buffy and LOVE The Guild. Haha nerdfighters FTW.

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  3. great post! congrats w/ being a part of nightshade's blog tour. fun!

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  4. I am looking forward to this book! It looks really good! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Hope Rocco gets better soon!

    I am really looking forward to reading this book! Hopefully I'll have some money on me for it... if not... well, that's what Christmas lists are for, right? ;D

    Or maybe Lady Fortune will smile upon me and I'll win one!!!

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  6. Supernatural! I was dedicated to that too. Was because now I'm too busy with school. Great post! Thank you for the giveaway! I appreciate that it's open internationally. :)

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  7. ty for the great interview!

    I hope Rocco continues to improve.

    Wow a woman after my own heart when it comes to TV lol.

    Project Runway, Supernatural and True Blood are becoming musts for me - they are set to the DVR. So hate that the season is now over for TB lol. Supernatural I admit I lost track of and started back with the TNT reruns. Then I decided to just get the in order from the beginning on Netflix so I am now recording the new season (past 2 episodes) on the DVR to have when I catch up.

    Nightshade looks awesome congrats on it's release!

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  8. professor and writer, this is exactly the career I'd love to have some day, so inspiring!

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  9. can't wait for the book to come out!

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  10. Thanks for being able to open the giveaway to worldwide bloggers.

    Thats really great and much appreciated.

    Carol T

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  11. Thank you! :D Anyway, I guess I really need to start watching Buffy to get all these talks about Buffy. D:

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  12. Nice interview. Andrea sounds like such a friendly person and a Buffy fan as well!
    And I don't know why but I always find it comforting to hear that other people suffer from motion sickness.

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  13. I hate being sick. I hope you feel better soon
    Lora
    chaarmedone1512@aol.com

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  14. I loved your post! Though you probably get that a lot.
    And I'll definitely agree to that "YAY!". I've wanted to read this in so long, you have no idea. Sadly, I can't find Nightshade anywhere (not even in the public library), so I have my fingers and toes waaaay crossed for this! Thank you for the opportunity and for making it international :)

    legally_write[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  15. Awws, I cannot believe Andrea is a gamer and she loves Supernatural!!
    Heeh, I love SPN and seriously, aside reading, tv is my guilty pleasure! lol

    Heeh, also sounds like she is really good at the games. She sounds as if she may even take on my brother, who is like an avid gamer! XDD

    Thanks for hosting this mini-interview! :)

    I'd love to win the book! *g*

    yvantis@hotmail.com

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  16. Thank you for the giveaway, Andrea and Tynga! I've been really anxious to meet this mysterious Shay Doran.

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  17. Great post! Eating is one of my favorite thing too, so I understand you very well. >_< I really can't wait to read Nightshade. Thank you for making this contest international! :D

    (Hope Rocco does get well soon!)

    Giada M.

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  18. Thanks to Andrea and you for give us the chance! :)

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  19. WOW! Andrea Cremer completely ROX!!
    besides writing, she's a gamer and has an awesome selection/interest in television shows.

    I so want to read this book!

    Thank you for the contest!

    -Elzar

    elzar_valdivia@msn.com

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  20. Nice to get this insight glimpse of the author. I'm a big fan of Buffy and Supernatural as well. Get well soon Rocco! And thank you for the giveaway!

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  21. YAY ! it's international :)

    fingers crossed !

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  22. I want to read this book!!

    thank you for the giveaway, I enter =)

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  23. I, too, am addicted to Glee and Project Runway. I love the costumes on your dogs! Super cute.

    mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

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  24. I have been excited about Nightshade since I first saw the cover. I want that hair color!
    http://www.fangswandsandfairydust.com
    steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com
    @fangswandsfairy

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  25. @Jade - You can't find it anywhere because it's not released yet hun =) In about 2 weeks you should find it!

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  26. Like your dogs very much. I do hope Rocco will improve.

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  27. I love Supernatural too! It is such a fun, but touching show!

    Thanks!
    Katie
    bigferret at email dot com

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  28. Supernatural is the best show ever. Just saying :) So I'm totally with you on that.

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  29. I totally concur with loving supernatural! Can't get enough of the Winchesters...

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  30. I am dieing to get my hands on this book and a signed copy would be fantastic. Great post, I love getting to know the authors.

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  31. love the cover and plot summary. Hope the baby is healing:)

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  32. great post can't wait to read the book

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  33. It's nice to see someone else likes to play video games although I don't play WOW I like different games. However, since my laptop died I can't play them as my new laptop has Window 7 and my games are for XP only. Oh for the joys of life.

    I can't wait to read this book. It sounds like it will really be a good one to read.

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  34. Fun post! I There's always something interesting to see what authors do in their spare time. I can't wait to read Nightshade! I hope that Rocco is getting better quickly! :]

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  35. Thanks for the bog and the opportunity to win this book.
    Good luck!
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

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  36. Speedy recovery Rocco. Your dogs are so cute. I love this book cover. It's so beautiful~stands out. Cannot wait to read this book as it sounds so good.
    Sue B

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  37. Love the dogs. I am a "Dog Person" and can appreciate others with that love them. I have been reading so much about Nightshade all over the web, I guess I am going to have to get my hands on it.

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  38. I hope Rocco is feeling better.
    I love Supernatural please enter me into your contest.
    audie(at)wickerness(dot)com

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  39. I love blog interviews. They are specials and diferents.

    I'm a Buffy fan too, and True Blood its a must right now.

    Oh, and I love the blog/facebook marketing campain for your book, it rocks! :D

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  40. I share with her in my tastes about television but I'm not able to do exercise. I'm very lazy and if I don't do with anybody, I don't :(

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  41. Looking forward to reading this one. I Love the cover!!! Also anyone who loves Buffy has to be wonderful (Also if you haven't seen it I recommend the unfairly canceled Firefly and the movie Serenity)
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  42. I've watched The Guild and liked it despite the fact that I haven't played WoW. Although I haven't been watching it recently.
    I love Supernatural!! It is one of the many tv shows that I watch. I grew up watching Buffy.

    Can't wait for Nightshade - I have heard it is awesome.

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  43. I'm looking sooo forward to reading this book- especially with all of its fabulous publicity!

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  44. I cannot wait to read Andrea's book. I have been following her blog and all of the unique marketing she has done for Nightshade. Hers is one of my favorite cover designs.

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  45. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

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  46. Ohh, first I hope Rocco gets well soon!! Second, I love Glee and Project Runway too! These are two of my favorites tv show :)


    Thanks for the contest and the interview!

    luli_.22(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. Nightshade sounds awesome. I love the cover.

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  48. I love Warcraft. I used to play it all the time along with Final Fantasy.

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  49. Great choice in TV shows - I love Buffy and Glee and Supernatural are must sees although being in the Uk we tend to be a bit behind you guys anyway!

    Cool givaway too.Can't wait to read Nightshade. :)

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  50. Awe get well Rocco!:D Very cute dogs! I haven't tried WoW myself, but I've had it recommended to me and the only reason I haven't tried it yet is that I don't want to get hooked lol I'm already bad enough when I play the Sims, I never want to quit lol
    Yay Buffy! and Glee too! :D
    Thanks Andrea! And thanks Tynga for sharing!!! :D

    Ambur

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  51. Yay! Thank you so much for this giveaway! I have been waiting for Nightshade to come out forever!!! I love the cover soo much! =D

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  52. omg!!! been dying to read this book!!! would love to win it!!!

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  53. Such cute dogs! I love Supernatural and glee too!

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  54. I can't wait till October 19th. I am not much of a gamer, but I do walk on my son's Wii...well not literally. Take it easy Rocco.

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  55. I hope Rocco is recovering well from his surgery. I'm really looking forward to reading Nightshade, it sounds like a fantastic story.

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  56. Im really looking forward to reading this book :)

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  57. I find it so AWESOME that she teaches and writes.. that's got to be so much work.. very inspiring :)

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  58. How lovely! I've been wanting to read this book. ^^

    jedisakora@msn.com

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  59. OMG, Andrea I knew you were a rockin' author but my opinion of you just flew through the roof. I myself used to play WoW all the time. But after a while hubby got tired of it (I met hubby playing EverQuest 1) and now we play Everquest II. I too love Glee, Project Runway, and recently have been seduced by Supernatural. As for Buffy she was like my God....lol. Buffy, Angel, and Charmed were my favorite shows to watch. I never miss an episode of Truw Blood. Stinks that you are a season behind. I would go nuts if I had to wait....lol. Thanks for sharing a bit abut yourself with your readers.

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  60. love this cover and book sounds great. Glad I am that i'm not a gamer between books, internet, and scrapbooking I don't have any time now.

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  61. Oh noes! I hope Rocco is feeling better :( Thanks for giveaway :)

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  62. Hey Tynga! Thanks for the awesome contest and great job on the post it was fun to read.

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  63. Awesome giveaway! I've been wanting Nightshade forever!

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  64. I love Supernatural it's my favorite show on tv I'm a real die hard

    Cassandra C

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  65. I am so looking forward to reading Nightshade! And woah, so where does Andrea find time to write if she's doing a lot of teaching, playing games and watching tons of tv shows? amazing!

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  66. Great giveaway! Thanks so much :D

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  67. I'm no gamer girl but I'm with you with all the TV shows ;)
    I love your day job! Sounds really interesting :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  68. fun interview and what a book cover!

    bchild5@aol.com

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  69. Fun interview. This is a book I have really looked forward to!



    msdarcy22@aol.com

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  70. Awesomeness. I would love to read this book because I've heard so many good things about it!

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  71. Thanks for the chance! Nightshade sounds so good. I can't wait to read it.

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  72. History professor? Very cool. Now that I'm older, I certainly appreciate history a lot more. I only wish I'd paid attention more in school.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love the Nightshade cover!

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  73. I really hope Rocco is okay soon! Sick pets is always sad and scary.

    I'm also a big Buffy fan. Love having it all on DVD to satisfy a fix whenever it's needed ;) I'm really looking forward to Nightshade!! I'm a total wolf girl so it would have been a must for me any way, but with so many fantastic reviews, I'm very anxious to read it!

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  74. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm dying to read Nightshade already! So many awesome reviews out there.

    I send get well wishes for Rocco. It kills me inside whenever one of my furry "babies" is sick or sore. :(

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  75. Thank you so much for this international contest !

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  76. waitingggggg!
    thanks forthe giveaway girl
    http://we-b-blogging.blogspot.com/

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  77. BIG Supernatural fan myself! Been hooked since episode 1! Also love Buffy, I too own all 7 seasons and surprisingly due to cable being totally weird on me, I missed season 7 when it aired. I even missed the last few episodes of season 6! Also at that time I missed the last 4 episodes of Roswell.

    But yes, Buffy was amazing!!

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  78. OMG! Freakingly cute dogs!!! :) I really want a copy of the book!

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  79. Great interview! Not exactly a hardcore Supernatural fan myself, but close enough :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  80. I can't wait to read this! Thank you for the When I'm not Writing post!

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  81. Andrea seems so awesomely down to earth :) thank you so much for this opportunity. I'm dying to gt my hands on this one and have been since I first saw it on Story Siren's IMM. ahhhhh can't WAIT!

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  82. Fantastic! I can't wait for Nightshade! Thanks so much for hosting the contest!

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  83. My sister and I are big Glee and Project Runway fans too! ^^ Thanks so much for this giveaway! c:

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  84. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! Nightshade sounds like a great book, would love to read it =D

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  85. I'm totally missing the point, but that Supernatural promo picture just made my day a little better. :-)

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  86. Fellow history teachers unite!!!

    I am loving the Shay Doran promo stuff. It's fun to get into.

    Cheers!

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  87. I'm so looking forward to reading Nightshade. It sounds awesome and the cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  88. Aw Andrea, your dogs look so adorable with their trendy scarves :-D lol

    And congrats on the release of Nightshade, you must be so happy that you got such a beautiful cover! :-)

    Thank you for the great giveaway, and especially for making it international! :-)

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  89. this is pretty cool!!!

    an interesting post , yesiree.

    regards,

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  90. This is something different ,

    'like' it.

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  91. Awesome giveaway!!! Thanks for making it international!

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  92. So which one is Rocco, the black or the beige? Hope Rocco recovers well!!

    Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-nightshade-at-tyngas-reviews.html

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  93. I have two dogs as well. I have to say, I just love the karate costume. I dress my dogs up for Halloween and let them sit outside while I hand out candy. The kids just love it.

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  94. Thanks for the interview :D

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  95. Thanks for the interview. I have been anticipating Nightshade for a very long time. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds unique.

    kjovusatgmaildotcom

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  96. Coolness. I love GLEE too! :D

    Thanks for the contest, and agreeing to ship internationally.

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  97. I have seen the promotion packages sent out to various book bloggers and they looked great. A really great idea for a peromotion.

    I would love to get this book so please enter me.

    Thanks.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  98. I can't wait to read the book.

    We have a lot of the favorite TV shows. I can't get enough of Buffy, Supernatural or Glee, and while I have HBO I'm decided that True Blood filled my DVR too much (cause it kept recording over and over again) so I'm watching it on bluray.

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  99. My mom talked about getting a dog some time ago. Glad she put that idea aside. We live in an appartment and I value my silence. Thought I like dogs. Some dogs. Not all :D

    Thanks for making this giveaway International :)

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  100. I'm a loyal fan of Supernatural too! I was worried that Eric Kripke's leaving would affect the show a lot, but for now it seems to still be interesting.

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  101. Great Giveaway! I've been highly anticipating this book for awhile now and can't wait to read it :)

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is most definitely one of the best series ever and I've been meaning to start watching Mad Men. I've heard nothing but good things.

    Thank You!!

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  102. Supernatural is one of my favorite shows too! The more I watch it, the more I like it:)
    Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  103. Awesome giveaway and oh my goodness, World of Warcraft! xD And I'm also in the 'argh, I can't play first person shooters because it's giving me a serious headache' camp. <3

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  104. I didn't enter initially but I just can't resist, the buzz about this book is just amazing.
    Oh and Jared Padalecki is just so hot (too young for me but I can still look :) )

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  105. Love the doggy costumes!

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. :)
    xx,
    E.J.
    From the Shadows

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  106. Thanks for the chance. I am also a Glee and Supernatural fan.

    Jules
    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

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  107. Can't wait to read the book, it looks so good. I too love Supernatural, I even read the books that are based on the show. :)

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  108. Supernatural and Buffy FTW!
    Andrea has great taste. ;)

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  109. Thank you so much for this opportunity. :)

    meli_963@hotmail.com

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  110. Omg thanks you so much for making this international love ur blog btw can't wait to read this book so much buzz dying in suspence
    along with other in my ever growing to read list i love trying new series. the cover is gorgeous i love supernatural and i'm kind of a new gleek love the songs kurt is fabulous and this post awesome blog keep up the good work

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  111. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Andrea is truly starting to be one of my favorite Authors. All the reviews she gives are wonderful! And now that I know she is a devoted Buffy fan, I love her even more =) Gamer girls rock!

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  112. I can't wait to read this. I've had it on my wishlist since I heard about it!

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  113. I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds like something up my alley!
    Thanks for making the giveaway international!

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  114. kkkk i know that lots of people have already said this, but, thanks for the internatioal thing. it's really cool. this sounds a good read

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  115. Woah, there're 118 comments on this O__O But anyways, thank you for the giveaway. Can't wait to read this book.

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  116. I love the look of that cream-colour dog (Yes, I am that lame when it comes to dog breed, yikes! I don't even know what it is called). And I hope that Rocco will have a speedy recovery from surgery =)

    Thank you for making this giveaway international. You're awesome!

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  117. The puppies look like they are ready for Halloween.

    Thank you for the giveaway! Heard wonderful reviews on this book.

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  118. How fun! This was great to read! I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, but I just LOVE the cover! :)

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  119. Absolutely cannot wait for this book.

    Vivien

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  120. Fantastic post--and I love how she mentioned Supernatural. My favorite show! I can't wait to read Nightshade!

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  121. I'm so excited for this book to come out and Andrea seems like such a down-to-earth person. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

    wickedawesomebooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  122. Thanks so much for the giveaway!! and for opening it internationally.

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  123. This is amazing! Another person who likes watching Glee and knows about The Guild! :D

    Thanks for the interview and having such an awesome giveaway!

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  124. I love Supernatural too!!! Sam is so cute and Dean is so funny! =)

    Thanks for making the contest international!

    milagp1@yahoo.com.br

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  125. Love Sam & Dean and BTVS :) cute doggies

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  126. I've seen TONS of reviews for this book and would love to read it!

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  127. Cute dogs! I love Supernatural, too.

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  128. Saw this book everywhere ! Would love to get a chance to read it myself ^_^
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  129. Hi! Supernatural is perfect! \o
    Your blog is amazing! Very good! :D

    I'm from Brazil. My blog is http://lembradaquelahistoria.blogspot.com/ ^^
    Bye!

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  130. I would love to have this book. the books i win i read and donate to our public library. they have ran out of funds and they are taking donations. Heres hoping for me and my community thanks for the great giveaway.
    chaarmedone1512@aol.com

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  131. That photo at the top with the pug is so so adorable. I'm practically melting on my chair ♥__♥

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  132. Thank you for the chance to win your book. Best wished to Rocco. I love my pets to death. We all watch Project Runway together.

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