Monday, October 01, 2007

YOUNG ADULT VAMP RELEASE MONTH!

October is definitely the Month of the Paranormal, so it's no big surprise that YA publishers have chosen October as the month to release several kick ass vampire/vampyre novels. I'm going to give you guys a heads up on some of the best, as well as a chance to win signed copies from the fabulous authors.

First up is the amazing Marianne Mancusi. Check her out and comment in for a chance to win a copy of her entire BOYS THAT BITE trilogy!



Hi all,
I’m Mari Mancusi and I’m your guest blogger today, here to talk a little bit about my teen vampire series from Berkley Jam (Boys that Bite, Stake That!, Girls that Growl) and about the vampire society I created when writing the books. I will also be giving away copies of the entire trilogy to a commenter, so be sure to tell me what you think! I’ll be stopping by to answer any questions, too.

In BOYS THAT BITE, all sixteen year old Rayne McDonald wanted in life was to become a vampire. She networked, got on the waiting list, even took her vampire certification class (which required some heavy homework.) But on the night she was supposed to be bitten and made undead, her intended Blood Mate, Magnus, accidentally bit her identical twin sister Sunny instead. Sunny had no idea, up until this point, that vampires even existed, and was so not pleased to be informed that she would now be turning into one a week before prom.

Poor Rayne’s luck doesn’t get much better in Book #2, STAKE THAT!. She’s informed by her school’s drama teacher (who also happens to be VP of Slayer Inc) that she’s the one in her generation destined to become--not a vampire, but a vampire slayer. Her first assignment? To get into a seedy blood bar downtown and slay its owner, a baddie vamp named Maverick. Luckily, she has help in the form of brooding, emo vampire Jareth.

In book #3, GIRLS THAT GROWL, our Goth heroine Rayne gets a new assignment—her toughest yet. To infiltrate the ranks of her high school cheerleading squad! Some football players have gone missing and the cheerleaders have been heard, well, growling.

A lot of people have compared my series to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I would definitely say I was influenced by Joss Whedon’s brilliance. But while the humor may be similar, the vampire world I created is very different than his. My vampires are high tech and organized and most of them are good—mingling with humans and getting blood from specially tested paid Blood Donors, instead of running around biting and killing people. They don’t like garlic and crosses, but have no problem with mirrors. They can regenerate quickly when injured, except when infected by tainted blood. They can’t go out in the sunshine and live in massive underground crypts hidden below cemeteries. They are extremely rich and hold many prominent positions around the world.

When Rayne decided she wanted to become a vampire, she had to go through a ton of testing and take certification classes. Once she was approved, the Council had to find her a Blood Mate with compatible DNA. A Blood Mate is kind of like a soul mate, who agrees to share his or her blood with the vampire-to-be and become partners with them for eternity.

I hope you will get a chance to check out the series. Book 1, BOYS THAT BITE, was released in May 2006 and was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Book 2, STAKE THAT!, came out in December 2006. And now, we continue the story with GIRLS THAT GROWL, out this week!! For more information, visit me at www.boysthatbite.com or friend me on MySpace at www.myspace.com/marimancusi.

Comment below to win the entire trilogy!

38 comments:

Kathy said...

I love this series. I have read the first two and have been waiting for the third to come out.

destiny6260 said...

Mari's series rocks~Great comedy action romance. Its a two thumbs up five star must read~

JennGoose13 said...

Wow, these books are so awesome! I kept passing Boys That Bite in the bookstore and eventually I bought it and I've been hooked over since! Stake That! was even better! I can't wait to read Girls That Growl!

Bard Girl said...

I love this series and Girls That Growl is absolutely fabulous with the funny and a few tears mingled in.

Stephanie said...

i know it is repetitive, but i absolutely love this series. some of the stuff in here is mushy (which we can all use a little bit of, because come on, let's face it.. we are all saps!) and some of the stuff made me laugh so hard i thought i was going to pee my pants!

i cannot wait for the third one to be out so that i can finally read and buy it!!!!! =)

katya said...

i love these books. i've waited soo long for the third book and i can't wait to read it.

DarkHeartxMeeko said...

yay! i found the comment box! XP
enough of my stupidness....anyways...I LOVE UR BOOK AND MARI'S BOOKS! XD! CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE OTHER BOOKS! XD!

brigeisfalling said...

I LOVE YOUR SERIES and i cant wait to read Girls That Growl!

moongazer2010 said...

I love the series and can't wait to read Girls That Growl...I hope you get to continue writing about the Blood Coven...It's one of my favorite series!!

blackroze37 said...

i really like the title! im just getting my middle daughter to reading , just for fun , and just becase of school, but i must say, ive read her books too and loved them, though i hadnt read yours yet, but sound divine!
please enter me or my daughter to win the trio! thank you!

Marianne Mancusi said...

Wow thanks guys!! I'm so glad you're liking the series this far. Can't wait to hear what you think about Girls that Growl.

If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask them in a comment and I'll do my best to answer!

I'm curious, too. Which is your favorite twin? Sunny or Rayne?

MARI

danetteb said...

Hi Mari,
I need to add your series to my list , it sounds exciting.
Hugs, danette

Melissa said...

Interesting promotional idea (the guest-blogging and book giveaway).

And it sounds like I've got another series of books to look up at the bookstore.

Good luck with your book sales numbers :-)

PC Cast said...

Thanks so much for making Marianne welcome guys! Please feel free to ask her questions - she's easy to talk with and loves to interact with readers!

And stay tuned - there will be another YA author coming soon (with more giveaways!).

Kathy said...

I like Sunny best. I just find it hilarious that thanks to her sister's interest and a twist of fate due to Magnus' case of mistaken identity, ended up with a life she never wanted.

LadyVampire2u said...

Congrats on the new release! Sounds like an awesome series.

Karen Mahoney said...

I've never tried this series, but love vamp books! Have read Mari's Shomi book and really enjoyed it. :)

Mandy Leigh B. said...

I have heard some great things about these books, and they sound awesome! I really love the whole concept of the series. Please enter me in the contest!

Bonnie Ferguson said...

Ther series sounds wonderful! Congrats on the release of Girls That Growl :)

Digital said...

I think I will be checking this series out. Will have to have the bookstore order in copies of the first two books (they currently don't carry them).

Marianne Mancusi said...

Thanks all! Yeah, you might have to have Boys that Bite and Stake That ordered or you can get them off Amazon. Bookstores just don't like to keep books on the shelves for more than a few months these days. Thank goodness for the Internet!! :)

Mari

Crystal Adkins said...

Hi Mari, you're great!! I loved your blogging!

~AmBeR~ said...

I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!! A MUST READ SERIES!!!!THEY'RE TOTALLY AWESOME!!

Meljprincess said...

I'd love to win this series. Marianne's books really satisfy. I wanna sink my teeth into these three books, Mari!

Lis said...

Hi Marianne,

Love your writing, look forward to checking out the YA series. What's the biggest difference in writing YA for you as opposed to for adults?

Wendy said...

Hi, Mari! Congratulations on your new release! I've actually never read any of your books but after reading your post, I'm really intrigued about this world you've created. I'll definitely check out your books! :)

PC Cast said...

We'll pick a winner Saturday. Thanks for the wonderful responses guys!

jaiceesweet@hotmail.com said...

OMG OMG OMG finally finally finally this book is out i totally LOVE LOVE LOVE this book series and this author I especially loved Stake That! I am so happy that Rayne and Jareth found each other i mean there soooo perfect for each other dark, stubborn, and try and hide themselves from ppl gettin 2 close 2 them i cant wait to read the newest book i mean it i have to see wats up w/ the cheerleaders and wats goin on w/ sunny and definitly Jareth i mean come on he's a vamp who can go out in sunlight wat will happen must read book!!!!!!!!!

Kiki said...

Oooh, I love this series! I can't wait to read GtG!

EternallyMaroon said...

Hahaha! The title of these books are hilarious. I'm sure the content is just as funny, if not better. I look forward to the release of the third book. ^.^

Sean said...

I like young adults...I mean, vampires.

Kalayna-Nicole Price said...

I'll be honest, I've not picked up these books yet, but I definitely will now! *makes plan to head to bookstore after next paycheck*

CrystalG said...

I want read this series. It sounds wonderful.

Crystal said...

I would love a chance to read these! I'll put them on my list to buy when I'm allowed to buy books again!

Maryam said...

Sounds great. Definitely count me in.

Jennifer said...

This sounds cool...count me in.

PC Cast said...

AND THE WINNER IS...BLACKROZE37! Yea for you! Email me privately at phyl@pccast.net with your snail mail, which I'll pass along to Mari. Congratulations!

And thank you to all the posters! You guys are awesome!

James said...

I love to read the book...Its very fantastic...
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