Friday, November 18, 2011

Become by Ali Cross, Dark C.A.R.M.A. Spotlights, and another Giveaway!

If you read my Monday and Wednesday blogs this week, you already know I’ve been spotlighting the Dark C.A.R.M.A. books this week. I’m way exited for these amazing women and their individual decisions to go INDIE with high quality work and a strong promotional push.

Today I’m spotlighting Become by Ali Cross.

I haven’t read it yet. Well, at least, not this version. I did read an older version of this book several months ago, and I loved it then. Love Desi, love Michael. Love the concept of the story. But I haven’t yet had the chance to read the newest version, but I’m really excited to get to it (as soon as I finish my NaNo project—you know, reward for accomplishment and all that). If it’s even half as good as the version I read, it’s really, really amazing.

Wanna know what it’s about? Here’s the blurb:

Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared. When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

A little bit about Ali:

I’ve always been a dreamer. When I would tell my family what new adventure I wanted to take on, they’d roll their eyes and say something like, “Oh yeah? Well let us know how that works out for you.” Meaning, of course, that no one expected my dreams to amount to much.
I wanted to be a pilot in the Canadian Air Force, a Royal Canadian Mounted Policewoman, and Prime Minister of Canada.
I wanted to be a youth minister, an opera singer, and a ballet dancer.
I wanted to be happy.
The good news is . . . not all dreams stay relegated to dreamland forever.
I was an opera singer (five years with Opera Idaho) and tried ballet for one magical summer when I was thirty years old.
And I’ve discovered new dreams that are coming true even as we speak.
And . . . I’m happy. Thanks to my family, friends and a core set of beliefs that shape my day.
It’s true, I’m a dreamer. But man, where my dreams have taken me!
And now, I'm the sansei of the writer's dojo, the author of the soon-to-be-released young adult novel BECOME, and ninja-writer extraordinaire. 

And I should also add, Ali is a beautiful, smart woman who has an amazing capacity for friendship and I am one of the lucky people who gets to consider her one of mine. *sniffs and cheers* Go Ali!

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for. THE GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate the release of all these books, I’m giving away a copy of Become by Ali Cross. (Winner may choose between hard copy or ebook.) That's right! To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog (see the sidebar) and leave a comment on this post, telling me why you’re excited to read any of the Dark C.A.R.M.A books, or why you're dying to get your hands on a copy of Become.

That’s it. You have until midnight, MST, Saturday, November 26th to enter, and I’ll announce the winner sometime the following week. Okay? Sw-eet! Also, in case you're afraid you won't win the copy I'm giving away, there are LOTS more chances to win. Check out Elana Johnson's blog or fill out this form for a chance to win one of five more books.

**Friday, November 18 is the LAST Twitter chat during which one lucky person will. Search the hashtag #BECOME to participate and enter. 

In case you can't wait (and let's face it, who can?) to see if you win, you can buy your copy of Become on Amazon. You can also read more about the works of Ali Cross on her website.

Once more, big congratulations to Ali, Christine, and RaShelle! And good luck to all the contest entrants.


Matthew MacNish said...

Thanks for featuring Ali, Nichole. She's the best!

Jamie Manning said...

I SOOO wanna read BECOME! Ali is great, so I just know that her book is gonna reflect that cover ROCKS!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

jmanni32 @ yahoo dot com

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for featuring Ali!!! I love all the amazing bloggers who are hosting her. I am impressed by your generosity, and I would love to read Become because it sounds awesome . . .but after I finish NaNo.

Angie said...

GFC: Angie
Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT)com

I'm dying to get my hands on become because it seems like my type of book. Its YA and paranormal. Thanks for the chance to win!

Vivien said...

I won an ebook of this. Started it. Love it. So now I would love to a finished copy :)

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

ali cross said...

Nichole, thank you so much for being a part of this awesome gift you and the others gave me this week. You're the best!

Sorry I came late to the party today (I have a friend in from out of town and we are at TOFW) but I had to pop in here as soon as I had a chance and say (or SHOUT)


Diana said...

I think books from Utah authors are great! And this one in particular sounds awesome because it's about Lucifer's daughter. How interesting!

Mindy said...

I've been looking forward to reading this for awhile. Thanks for the give-away holtmin at yahoo dot com

kbrebes said...

Can't wait to read Ali's book!!!