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Update: The winner of the signed copy of Legend is announced this morning on Susan's blog susandennard.com/2012/07/31/th… !! Hop over to see the results!

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Something a little different today, dA folks! Today I'm very proud to be included as part of a blog tour for 1 fabulously lovely author friend and 1 super awesome novel that she wrote.

The author in question? Miss Susan Dennard. The novel in question? The thrilling, dark, and charming Something Strange & Deadly, now out from HarperTeen.

First of all, I'd like to announce the prize winner of the 7/29 Giveaway (on author Amie Kaufman's blog amiekaufman.com/) of the highly sought-after ARCs, Falling Kingdoms (by Morgan Rhodes) and Pushing the Limits (by Katie McGarry). The winner is... Michelle Harper!! Shoot an email to SSADOutbreak@gmail.com to receive your prize!

So. What is Something Strange & Deadly (SS&D), you ask? Back in March of this year, I was given the enormous privilege of blurbing SS&D. The short version of the story is this: in an alternate 1876 Philadelphia where the dead terrorize the streets, Eleanor Fitt of the Philadelphia Fitts seeks out the (badass) Spirit-Hunters in order to unravel the mystery of her brother's disappearance. In the midst of all this, she finds herself drawn to the irresistibly charming, clever, and working-class Spirit-Hunter Daniel, and must find a way to deal with her mother's plan to match her with a young upper class gentleman.

Sounds awesome, doesn't it? Yeah, I know. :heart:

I remember reading SS&D over the course of a long flight, and I must say--THANK YOU Sooz, because SS&D made an otherwise uber-dull flight an absolutely thrilling one. This is due in no small part to the amount of kickass action that happens throughout SS&D.

Seriously. When the opening line is: " 'Dead!' a woman screamed. 'It's the Dead!' ", you know you're in for a rollercoaster of a ride. Susan takes you not only through the outer conflicts that Eleanor has to deal with (the Dead), but her romantic and family (my favorite) conflicts as well. I loved the complex relationship Eleanor had with her mother and brother, and when those threads were woven together with the Spirit-Hunters and all the mayhem happening in Philadelphia, the action took on a much greater depth. I pretty much bit my nails off wondering what would happen next in each scene.

Another aspect I loved about this book was the lovely blend of tension, darkness, and....fun. Fantastic fun. Even though Eleanor has to deal with very dark issues, there are also light-hearted scenes that balance that darkness really well, and touches of humor that made me laugh out loud. It also helps that Eleanor is just charming and witty as all hell, and Daniel Sheridan is a book boy I can totally get behind.

Anyway, can you tell I thoroughly enjoyed Something Strange & Deadly? Pick it up, for it is now available in all bookstores as well as online at Amazon www.amazon.com/Something-Stran… , IndieBound www.indiebound.org/book/978006… , and Barnes & Noble www.barnesandnoble.com/w/somet… . You can't go wrong.

And finally, to finish off this post, I have a signed copy of the hardcover version of Legend to give away! To enter, just post a comment here. (This giveaway is U.S. only, but the grand prize (below) is international!)

The winner of this contest will be announced tomorrow on the next stop of this blog tour...

Tomorrow (Tuesday 7/31): Susan Dennard herself susandennard.com/blog-2/ will announce the grand prize winner!

In the meantime, help us spread the word about SS&D on Twitter with the #SSaDOutbreak hashtag. Don't forget to enter the grand prize giveaway for a chance to snag some seriously epic prizes. I am not kidding about how good the grand prize is--an Amazon gift card, highly coveted ARCs, crits from authors Erin Bowman and Sarah J. Maas and literary agent Joanna Volpe, and more! How do you beat that, I ask you? For details on how to enter, click here.
  • Listening to: Call It What You Want - Foster the People
  • Reading: Something Strange & Deadly - Susan Dennard
  • Watching: The Dark Knight Rises
  • Eating: Peaches
  • Drinking: Always agua
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Somethingofataco Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I love Legend, can't wait for Prodigy!!!
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Somethingofataco Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I love Legend. You're an amazing author, Marie!
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bbcourtstar Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
This book sounds really interesting, I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway :)
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Calicolupe Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
-posts a comment- :D

Congrats to all of the winners above. <3
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katimers Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. :D
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sepulcralis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
* A* that..amg. /s-spazzplease. I'm not currently in US, but have an address there >< can I still enter for the book draw? It would be absolutely, wonderfully appreciated if I could ;_;
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vtas Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like an awesome book!
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theladyreads Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Woo! Giving away/talking about some great books! I absolutely loved Legend! Can't wait to read Something Strange and Deadly!

Thanks for the giveaway! :o)
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Tillar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
My friends and I were literally JUST talking about SS&D when I saw your journal.

I already have a hardcover copy of Legend, but a signed copy would be amazing! :D
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leayana Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Oh that story does seem REALLY interesting! Now I have to add that book to my list of books to read XD.

I love humour in serious books for some reason XD, time for me to get it! I'm not in the U.S., but I'm happy for whoever receives it!
That is a really amazing grand prize, I should try to enter that grand prize!
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Froze8 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can never have enough good books in my life :)
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Secret-Hunter Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Enrty post! :) (LOVE LEGEND!!!<3 <3 <3)
Wow, can't wait to read it! Sounds AWESOME! =D
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NoseGraze Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I am absolutely DYING to read Something Strange and Deadly! I've heard nothing but super fabulous things about it and I think it's exactly my kind of book!

Also thanks for your totally epic giveaway!!
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FiyrDragon5 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Sweet! I'll look into it. And here's my entry comment, of course ;)
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jes5890 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
It's so sad the pictures don't do the real cover any justice. I love the foil and raised letters. I couldn't put my copy on my bookshelf when I finished. I had to set it up so I could look at it all the time.
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Heather-RHB Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
The cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!!!
hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com
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Heather-RHB Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Wow, the cover is gorgeous! And thanks so much for the giveaway!!!
hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com
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Guiled-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, I really need to read this! Though I need to read your sequel first! :la:
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fufuwith1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I just love finding out about new awesome books. Thank you for that and thanks for the giveaway
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jayzeerox Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah... Umm..... LEGEND PLZ? ^^ Sounds really good though! I might check it out.
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hmbryan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! I think it's so great that such amazing women authors have all come together to support another amazing woman author :) And to give us fans some joy for a week!! Many thanks!

Holly B
hmbryan@alumni.duke.edu
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IntendedChaos1256 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Writer
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Sounds Amazing!
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ceridwen83 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Yay thank you for the super awesome giveaway!
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Laleira-Granite Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Always glad to hear about new books!
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LaurenFitz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Noo! Why only the U.S.?? I got really excited for a minute there...
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:icon2obssessedwithfandom:
Thanks for the Giveaway!!!!! I would love to win a signed copy of Legend!!! :D
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VersusTheSiren Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Thanks for the giveaway! :D
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countryLoveSick Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D: why does it only have too be us TT^YT damn canada
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dgmolly Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I did an early review for Something Strange and Deadly at GraveTells and loved it! I'm not normally a zombie fan but Eleanor won me over. She is such a strong heroine to overcome the situations that were thrown at her. She's my new fave. I can't wait to see what she does in book 2. I'm so stoked!
molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com
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stowersd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Oh Marie, this has me crying. I'm not kidding. Your words mean so, so, so much. I know I've thanked you to the point of annoyance for reading and blurbing SS&D...but one more (at least) thank you is clearly in order. Thank you so much for this kind, kind review and for participating in the #SSaDOutbreak and for reading the book and for meeting me at Comic-Con and for just being the COOLEST, MOST HUMBLE Big Deal Author out there. You have no idea how much your kindness despite that fact that you are uber famous has meant and still means to me. I want to be like you when I grow up...even if we're the same age. You know what I mean. <3
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh Sooz, you are just too good to be true!!! :heart: :hug: I am so privileged and excited to be a part of your debut, and am so glad you let me participate!!
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ang2383 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
you make me want to read Something Strange & Deadly (SS&D)!!! i never heard about the book until i saw you mention it here. i will definitely put it on list of books to read!!!
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deadtossedwaves Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I absolutely loved SSAD. It was so refreshing!! Susan is such a sweetheart. Congrats to her!!

Thanks for the great giveaway :)
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desiree1612 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I love how all of you ladies have been spending the entire week celebrating with Susan Dennard. Such a fun release week! I would love, love, love to win a signed copy of Legend!
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EverViciousYuna Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The signed copy of Legend would take the place in the shadow box that I have my ARC in. The book sounds really interresting and while living dead isn't exactly my thing I think I'd actually enjoy that one...
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fellie220 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That book sound interesting; I'll consider buying it next time I drop by B&N!

Also, a signed copy of Legend sounds pretty awesome. :dummy:
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Breatheforlife Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Writer
This book looks awesome! I cannot wait to go to the stores for it! I love Legend, too, really really really really really really really want to win! I'm obsessed! I really wanna win pretty please let me win! lolz tho seriously consider me please :)
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MaryBellamy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Definitely interested in the Legend contest. =)
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Cionie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
This book looks great, I'll pick it up on my way home tonight :) I've been looking for a new good read!
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klarson315 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I was lucky to get my hands on an ARC of SS&D and it was an incredible book. I loved every second of it. Congrats to Sooz!!! :)
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teurastaa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I LOVE SSaD!! I ate it up in a day and ignored every living thing and person around me all the while.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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zanni123 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
:D cool~ :3
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Princess-Moony Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Writer
Oooooh! Comment! :meow:
Lol.
That book sounds right up my alley.... with alot of my favorite things put in one! Well, I'm pretty sure it won't have Day or June in it xD
//shot
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Mrkllwhetz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I already ordered my SSandD copy! Great book! Thanks for the giveaway :)
--Markella
markella.whetzel@gmail.com
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd definitely be interested in reading it. And it's also my entry post.
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