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Monday, January 23, 2012

All's Fair in Vainities War Blog Tour: Guest Post with Elizabeth Marx and Giveaway!


All's Fair in Vanities War by Elizabeth Marx
Publication Date: October 24, 2011
Publisher: Kindle (Self-Published)
Salem’s always held sinister secrets. No one understands this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer.

The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame.

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, and part of the Order, a clandestine organization entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world. Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriends life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him, because only those without blemish can rule the Order. And once at the helm of the Order he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death.

On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents’ murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares. She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are. Keleigh wants to be Ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she’ll have to use all her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it.

As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order’s involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy. While Locke’s affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is torn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh’s love . . .

But if they don’t find the witches bottle before the
ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.

INSPIRATION FOR ALL’S FAIR IN VANITIES WAR

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, never has a phrase been truer than for an author. A single image imbedded in our minds, spins magical worlds, of faraway places where monsters and mayhem rule.

When I decided I wanted to write a young adult novel, I knew I wanted to write a twist on a fairy tale, and like most fairy tales there needs to be some lesson learned, because fairy tales are morality tales. I jumped from the inspiration of morality to the seven deadly sins. An author’s mind spins webs and ideas, connecting concepts that seem abstract to others. I decided on vanity, I don’t know what made that sin stick in my mind, maybe I saw one too many mascara commercials that day, maybe it’s a personal character flaw I wanted to explore, or maybe I wanted my daughters to know that beauty, true beauty, lies on the inside of the person, and because it does, it never fades.

With the idea of vanity firmly planted in my mind I wanted to know what symbols represent vanity and two concepts kept coming up: mirror and skull. I wondered how these symbols could work together? I put them in a search engine and voila, All is Vanity, Charles Allan Gilbert’s 1892 optical illusion came up. When you first look at his sketch you might immediately see the skull, or you might see the woman looking in her mirror, but if you look at the image long enough you’ll see the skull, the symbol for death.

I think Mr. Gilbert was toying with us, showing us just how transitory beauty is. I decided this image would capture the essence of my book. All’s Fair in Vanities War is about a pretty young woman who is robed of her beautiful physical form in this world, for a much higher calling in the next, a once beautiful boy, who damages his face trying to rescue her, and another young girl with a spell masking her true self.

So who’s the vainest character you’ve ever met in a book?

On to the Giveaway!!

Details
- TWO winners!
- Each winner will receive an ebook of Vanities and TWO gorgeous bookmarks!
- US only
- Must be 13 or older to enter


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Make sure you check out the rest of the blogs on the tour HERE

Grand Prize
Not only do you have enormous amounts of opportunities to win bookmarks and copies of All's Fair in Vanities War, but you also have the chance of winning a $50 Amazon gift card! All you have to do is "like" the Seer's Facebook page and post your favorite line from All's Fair in Vanities War. Easy, easy!

21 comments:

  1. Great post! I hadn't even noticed the skull shape until someone pointed it out to me! haha I'm curious to read this in a few weeks.

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  2. I commented on this this morning.. Why is my comment gone!? *gasp*

    Oh well. I think I said something along the lines of; I'm really intrigued about this; reading it soon; coobie. :)

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  3. Oooh I LOVE that cover! This sounds great, awesome guest post hun! (:

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  4. The vainest character I've ever met?? Hmmm.... other than Narcissus himself? Haha

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I would have to say Magnus the warlock from Cassie Clare's Mortal Instruments series! I love him for it, though :)

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  6. Cruella de Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians is the vainest character I know. I think Daisy+Tom from The Great Gatsby are also quite conceited...love the books, though!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  7. Pheona from the Firebird science fiction novels. And if you know what I'm talking about, you get a cyber kitten. ---> =^.^=

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  8. I'm just going to pick the vain character in the book I'm currently reading...Trinity in Blood Like Poison

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  9. Vainest character....

    Lucy B. Parker.

    Great interview!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. I kinda like vain characters because I always feel like they're hiding something. Seth from J.Armentrout's Half-Blood and Pure books is pretty vain, but I still like him.

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  11. I think Jace from Cassandra Clare's City of books is extremely vain. I definitely don't see his appeal (if you can't tell, I'm not a fan of the books)

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway!:) Magnus of Mortal Instruments i guess:) But it was nice!:P

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  13. The vainest character I have ever read about is Aphrodite in the house of night series by Pc cast. :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. the vainest character would be Jace from the Mortal Instruments:)

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  15. zoey in the boo taste of love and evil vamp

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  16. Honestly, I thought Jace was pretty vain (from the Mortal Instruments).

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  17. I hate sounding like a broken record, but Jace from the Mortal Instruments is the vainest character I've read, though I think as the series moves on he has gotten a little better.

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  18. The Evil Queen from Snow White (did she have a name? lol) she is the vainest of them all!

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  19. Hmmmm...Aphrodite House of Night, def vain! She had reason to be though.

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  20. I think that Aphrodite from the House of Night series takes the cake!

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  21. I pretty much have to agree with everyone else. Jace was pretty vain. But then you grew to love the character. Aphrodite was at first too but then you have to get through the series to know her. Hm... others... Lord Voldemort was very vain. Cordelia from Buffy and Angel, Spike..though I still LOVE him. :) There are lots more but thats all I can think of at the moment. Awesome cover! I would love to read this!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark @ yahoo.com

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