Thursday, June 28, 2012

Win a Pre-Order of DEFIANCE!



Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city's brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan--the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city's top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor's impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
 
 
Before a book goes out into the world, it gets placed in the hands of a few select readers with the hopes that those readers will love it enough to pimp it so that others will want a piece of that action. (That is totally NOT how Harper explained it to me, but ... there you go.) These select readers craft a sentence or two recommending the book, and that is called a blurb.

DEFIANCE has some very shiny blurbs. Some of those blurbs are official pimpage. Some are friends and family. And a few are the result of a rather brutal shakedown involving ninjas, a dark alley, and one very determined Were-llama.

I'm excited about these blurbs! And everyone knows being excited about something all by yourself isn't nearly as fun as being excited with a group! (Plus, you no longer look like you might need medical help.) So, I'm going to share my blurbs with you--the real, the not so real, and the downright fake. And then I'm going to give you a chance to win a pre-order of DEFIANCE!

Ready for the blurbs? Here they are!

THE OFFICAL BLURBS:

“Spellbinding, romantic, and impossible to put down.” (Julie Kagawa, New York Times Bestselling author of the Iron Fey series and the Blood of Eden series. )


“C.J. Redwine’s DEFIANCE is a gritty, thrilling adventure sprinkled with moments of breathtaking tenderness. I read it in one sitting.” (Rae Carson, Morris Award finalist for THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS )

“DEFIANCE defies all reader expectations, giving us both a post-apocalyptic setting rife with history and a plot that’s as much about the discovery of one’s own humanity as it is about survival.” (Lisa Mantchev, author of EYES LIKE STARS )

THE UNOFFICIAL BLURBS:

"This is actually good." (C.J.'s mom)

"Although DEFIANCE is sprinkled with fantastical elements, it's the raw, genuine intensity of the characters' emotions that makes this book so compelling. CJ Redwine doesn't shy away from talking about loss, grief, and guilt when she's not writing dizzying action sequences and hilarious, sweetly awkward love scenes. This book basically cut out my heart and drop-kicked it, and then hugged me, wiped away my tears, and showed me how to heal." (Alison Cherry, author of RED, coming Fall 2013 from Delacorte)

"Rapid-fire action, a badass heroine, and a plot that moves so quickly I couldn’t catch my breath. In the very best of ways. Try putting DEFIANCE down once you’ve started. I dare you." (Sara McClung, up and coming author and beta reader extraordinaire)

"Where are the zombies?" (C.J.'s son)

"I never was one to have a "book boy crush," but I must admit I have the biggest one on DEFIANCE's Logan McEntire. It's almost as if CJ wrote him just for me. Don't get me wrong, I love Rachel too. She's feisty and headstrong and braver than I'll ever be. But if I got the chance to fight her for Logan's affections, I so totally would. Not that I'd win. Rachel's father taught her everything she needs to know about survival, and that includes hand-to-hand combat. She'd lay me flat, just like this book will do to you.


DEFIANCE isn't your typical sweeping adventure. Nor is it your typical Dystopian. It's real. It's gritty. And it will break your heart time and time again as you follow Logan and Rachel into the depths of the Wasteland. I can't wait to see where this series ends!" (M.G. Buehrlen, author and amazing critique partner)
 
"The world building is fabulous. The intermingling of technology and fantasy elements makes me absolutely giddy." (Shannon Dittemore, author of ANGEL EYES)
 
THE BLURBS GAINED IN A BACK ALLEY SHAKEDOWN:
 
"When the Boogeyman goes to bed every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris, but Chuck Norris checks his closet for DEFIANCE." (Source must remain anonymous for fear of having a near-Chuck Norris experience)
 
"Hey Girl, I'd defy my leader and fight assassins any time for you." (Ryan Gosling, or someone who looked just like him.)
 
"Defiance? Wait. Isn't that a type of liquor?" (Some bum in an alley)
 
"Read DEFIANCE. Read it or weep. If I let you keep your tear ducts." (the Were-llama)
 
 
There they are! Aren't they shiny? Now, it's time to give away two pre-orders of DEFIANCE! To enter, simply write a fake blurb of your own for DEFIANCE! You can base it off the synopsis, the cover, or your Aunt Mildred's famous banana bread. As long as you tie it in to Defiance, it counts. The more dramatic or hysterical or whimsical, the better. Go wild. Truthfulness does not matter here. Put your entry in the comment trail but be sure to fill out the entry form a) so you have extra chances of winning and b) so I know how to contact you if you win!


I'll use random.org to choose two lucky winners! Each will receive a pre-order of DEFIANCE. The contest is open internationally and you have until midnight, central time, July 9th to enter.

Good luck to you!



76 comments:

  1. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. AND I LOVE THIS SOO MUCH, CJ!!! I do believe that the League of Evil would so totally take you in too, like I know I would.

    Btdubbs, the back alley shakedown sounds something that totally needs to happen with a bunch of books all talking smack and then blowing each other out of the water.

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  2. Any girl who deftly wields a sword has my undivided attention. The fact that she also kicks butt in hand-to-hand combat only seals the deal. This book is a must read.

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  3. Ah! Fabulous contest xD. Thanks for making it International!

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  4. So excited for your fantastic blurbs. And they're all so true. I loved your book. I won't enter since you got me an ARC for my blog giveaway. So very excited for you!

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  5. "With a name like Rachel, it has to be good."

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. "With Captain Jack Sparrow and the Were-Llama on her side, CJ Redwine could easily take over the world, but I believe her new book DEFIANCE just might do that on its own."

    Good luck to everyone! CJ is a very talented writer. =)

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  7. Very exciting! I like your mom's blurb the best :)

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  8. This is an awesome give away and the book looks amazing!

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  9. I'm looking forward to this! That's my
    WoW this week! :)

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  10. "Look at her cape, now look at your cape. Sadly, you do not have a cape, but if you had one, it would not look like hers. Read Defiance and you can pretend her cape is your cape."

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  11. "50 Shades of Grey? Why bother when you can read Defiance!"

    Nothing else came to mind! lol...sorry, my brain chose the easy way instead of the intellectual way.

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  12. It's been on my to read list for a while now. Excited to read it soon! Sad there's no zombies though. Lol

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  13. "Defiance is a fast paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, mixed with a heart wrenching romance that will grab a hold on your heart and never let go."

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  14. "Don't defy me when I tell you to read Defiance!" -mom

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  15. Defiance...a defiantly awesome read! -a random poster

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  17. "Well, there are no zombies and were-llamas. But there is a bloody monster immortal" *blush*

    Cant' wait to read it!

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  18. "Come over to the dark side and read Defiance"

    That's just based on the cover. *shrugs*

    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  19. Defiance looks amazing!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  20. "Join Rachel and Logan in the Wasteland in this fast-paced, thrilling story of a lifetime. But be warned. Defiance WILL keep you up all night"

    Thanks for the international giveaway :)

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  21. Rebecca HipworthJune 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    "Let the cape whisk you away into a world of wonder, brimming with action and danger from wall to wall. A must read!"

    :D

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  22. "I like girls who defy. They're ok in my book. ;)"

    -Maddi

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  23. Defiance - Because sometimes a heroine has red hair, and when she does, watch out!

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  24. Don't defy the urge to pick up this book. Defiance is a must read!

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  25. "Holy hot stromboli! This book is better than eating a cupcakr, in the beach, in Hawaii, at sunset! ...Yes, it's THAT GOOD."

    Thanks for this opportunity!

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    1. "Holy hot stromboli! This book is better than eating a cupcake, on the beach, in Hawaii, at sunset! ...Yes, it's THAT GOOD."

      I hate typos, but that's what I get for doing this on my phone...

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  26. I can't wait to read this :) Thanks for the giveaway

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  27. Love all the blurbs! Sounds great!

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  28. Loved the blurbs. They were all really different. Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to read this book.

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  29. Um I think I love you?
    This is my most anticipated debut read of 2012... it has to be amazing!!!! CJ, thank you for this opportunity!!!! I know there's a slim chance of me actually winning, but I'll still buy it if I don't win!!! Must have!!!!!!! Thank you!!! :)

    Alyssa Susanna

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  30. "Fascinating and insanely addictive. From the moment you pick up DEFIANCE you won’t be able to put it down!"

    - Mary

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  31. "Rachel and Logan advance across the mysteries of the country side battling rogue unicorns, animatronic dinosaurs and napalm filled love seats in the heart pounding novel Defiance!"

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  32. "D-E-F-I-A-N-C-E That's what it means to me

    and you will Respect this story!

    Amy

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  33. "Grab a sword and come slay the monsters lurking within the Wasteland.. and then blame C.J Redwine for your misuse of the butter knife later."

    - Megan

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  34. Official:

    "Captivating and unforgettable, DEFIANCE is soul exposing" - Jenna Lynne from Between the Bind

    Unofficial:

    "DEFIANCE refused to be put down resulting in a sick day, pizza night, and complete isolation from social media..." #BookBloggerProblems

    Back Alley Shakedown:

    "DEFIANCE...YOLO" - Drake

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  35. I don't need coffee any more. I just read a few pages of Defiance every morning.

    - Former Starbucks regular

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  36. "Rachel Adams is a heroine like no other! DEFIANCE not only emulates the innocence of romance, but the strength one must have to persevere in a world of dangerous liaisons."

    - Tori Stegle

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  37. "Rachel's epic adventures and Redwine's killer writing will have readers hooked and waiting on the edge of their seats for the next book!" -Book Critic

    "I couldn't put it down! I read it all in one sitting! I can’t wait for book 2!" -Thrilled Reader

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  38. Eep! This looks so exciting! Can't wait to read this one :D

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  39. The book is beautiful and i was drawn to the book even before the cover release. The blurb is awesome and so interesting that it is killing to wait t=for the book to come out. I wish I had time machine.

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  40. *glances at were-llama in the darkened alley*

    "Just read it. You don't want a were-llama with katanas after you. Trust me." *runs*

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  41. "Secret. Sword. Fantastical journey. Romance. Defiance. You know you want it."

    Thx for the giveaway!

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  42. "Where one girl kicks butt and wears purple - what's not to love?"

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  43. What a great giveaway!
    Thanks so much!

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  44. Can't really blurb it as I haven't read it, so I'll aim for a summary of my Wishlist Wednesday post: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/06/wishlist-wednesday-5.html

    "Defiance is one part romance, two parts adventure, and three parts awesomeness. Add a dash of ginger and stir. Let sit for one half-hour and then dig into a rip-roaring good time."

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  45. This book looks interesting. can't wait to take a look!

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  46. I'm planning on writing a review soon! I don't have my own copy so here's yo hoping!

    "An action packed adventure and a must read for all YA lovers."

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  47. LOL...Loved your son's blurb. here is mine:

    "You have to be defiant to read Defiance!"- a teen rebel

    Great Blurb's & Giveaways!

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  48. "A badass heroine, a swoonworthy romance, and kick-butt action all intertwine to weave an incredibly fast-paced tale that drew me in and dared me to defy it by putting it down. I finished it in one sitting, reading until 2 AM. If you you like stories about people taking control of their lives and risking everything to defy their fate, then DEFIANCE is the book for you." -Awesome Unpublished Author (AKA Me.)

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  49. Give me defiant or give me death.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Your book looks awesome. I already have it on pre-order.

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  50. with a suit like that ,you bet she's kickass

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  52. "You don't know badassory until you've read DEFIANCE!"

    I totally made up a word, and I'm owning it!

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  53. Defiance is the only thing that both the city and the Wasteland have in common. - anonymous insider

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  54. They say "Don't judge a book by its cover", but I can't help it. Defiance's cover is FREAKIN AWESOME!
    I can't wait to read it! :)
    -Lily Sooklal

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  55. "What's better than a YA book cover? A defiant YA book cover. Read Defiance and be defiant!"

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  56. "Defiance will knock your socks off!"

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  57. "Defiance even makes the though as stone Katniss Everdeen swoon over Logan McEntire( watch out Peeta!),and run and hide from Rachel!"

    -A girl who Totally agrees with Katniss and who totally just swoons over Logans name.( Olivia Rodriguez)

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  58. "Where are the zombies?" (C.J.'s son)

    Love this one. Couldn't have said it better! :)

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  59. Defiance the Epic read that defies all YA stereotypes!

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  61. The chick on this cover will find you and kick your a$$ if you don't read this book.

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  62. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  63. "If you are still alive after not reading this book within a week after release, I will wonder how the heck you survived!"

    Yeah yeah, I'm not a pro but this book looks like THE BOMB. I honestly NEED IT NOW! Ackers. Anyway looks like we all share opinions. Yay for consensus...and I'm starting to ramble so have a great day and THANKS!

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  64. Yikes, I'm so not good at saying everything that goes through my mind in just a few words. But here's me trying, because I NEED this book: Defiance defies even the readers who read just a specific genre, because it has a bit of everything for everyone: historical and fantasy elements, a dark, post-apocalyptic setting, lots of action, sweet romance, intense emotions, kickbutt characters, cool technology, a bit of humor... Everything packed up in a compelling story that will stay with the readers long after they've finished it.

    Phew! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  65. "Watch ouf for the next read hair heroine. She will kick ass and looking good while doing it. Defiance will keep you at the edge of your seat with every turning page."

    That's all I could come up with haha. I hope its OK. I'm dying to get my hands on this book, fingers crossed and thank you for making it international. :)

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  66. I'm very excited about Defiance! My kind of book!

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  67. This looks like such a great book! I can't wait to read it; the cover looks amazing too.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looking forward to following your blog =)

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  68. "Defiance has a little bit of every genre thrown into one book; therefore no reader can say they wouldn't want to read it! Defiance is a must-read!"

    I forgot my blurb when I commented on the post! Hope this was okay =)

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  69. "Defiance, by C.J. Redwine has a kickass red-headed heroine. What more could you want?"- Mom of two red-heads

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  70. 'If she can survive the wilderness then it should be much better than HUNGER GAMES'

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  71. "Whoa. Dude. Man. Like, wow. Like, this was amazing, dude. I'm not even sure where to start...."

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  72. "Move over brunette heroines of the past, there's a ginger on the loose and she'll sooner chop your head off than back down." - A Fellow Red-Head (Even if it is dyed)

    Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait for Defiance!

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  73. Move over Rachel McAdams, this is Rachel ADAMS and she is bad ass!

    I can't wait to read Defiance, I know it has my name stamped all over it! Thanks for the opportunity to win, I'm going to pre order anyway! :)

    Lynsey(at)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

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