Daily Dose Holiday Blog Giveaway: 13 to Xmas

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December 15, 2009

Today, I would like to introduce you to a new author who’s novel is coming out next summer. Author Shannon Delany of the upcoming 13 TO LIFE (YA paranormal series from St. Martin’s Griffin, June 22) created this bookmark for our Daily Dose Holiday Blog Giveaway. The bookmark features hematite (the small silvery beads), pietersite (the larger lozenge-shaped blue bead) and two sparkly beads (because if it’s YA and paranormal it has to sparkle. The gemstone beads are significant; the blue pietersite is specifically tied in to part of Shannon’s debut novel and specifically symbolic.

To quote from the book, Jess Gillmansen (Shannon’s narrator) says:

“It’s also called Tempest Stone. People say it’s good for a lot of stuff, like dealing with change and transformation. Oh. And your gall bladder, I think. Or spleen.” I shrugged, slipping it back into my pocket. He definitely looked interested now. Maybe he had spleen issues.

Since writing her novel, blue pietersite has become increasingly difficult (and expensive) for Shannon to get, so this book mark is one of a very limited quantity that Shannon will be gifting.

About Shannon Delany

She began writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill during a family vacation. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world through Textnovel.com .

Shannon was thrilled when St. Martin’s Press offered her a contract for a series about her 13 to Life characters. She expanded on the cell phone novel version, adding the subplots and characters she didn’t have time to during the contest. As paranormal as werewolves seem, the grief Shannon used to build Jess’s character is something she personally experienced with the loss of her own mother. Focusing on Jess and Pietr’s story of loss, love and dramatic and dangerous changes, Shannon came to better grips with her own struggle. The resulting novel has earned her blurbs from authors she respects most.

Previously a teacher and now a farmer raising heritage livestock, Shannon lives and writes in Upstate New York and enjoys traveling to talk to people about most anything.

13 to Life

Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she is relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide–secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.

Book Trailer

The Rules

1. You comment on the blog in order to be entered into the drawing.
2. You must include whom you want to give the gift too. You do not have to name names or post their email information, just a short blurb about what they mean to you or why it’s important they receive it. You can be a real secret Santa as well.
3. Each drawing will last 24 hours unless otherwise noted. (7 a.m. to 7 a.m. CST)
4. Winners will be notified by email so make sure I have that or access to it via your profile. Upon notification, you let me know whom the gift is going to.
5. You may only win one giveaway, once you win one you cannot enter into anymore.
6. Spread the holiday cheer for everyone celebrating Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Christmas and more.

Let Shannon Delany and the Daily Dose be a part of your holiday plans. Enter to win this fantastic bookmark for someone you love! Entries close at 7 a.m. Central on Tuesday, December 15.


  1. WRW Marlene says:

    I would give the bookmark to my very intelligent 15 year old niece, because she's in the target market for 13 TO LIFE. If I don't win, she'll have to settle for an autographed copy of the book! 😉

    Gail Hart

  2. LOL–Gail, you know I'll gladly autograph your niece's copy of 13 TO LIFE. 🙂 Good luck winning the bookmark, I'm spreading the word (I love Heather's giveaway concept–so VERY much in the holiday spirit).

  3. I would love to win this for my BFF. She is everything a girl could ask for in a best friend & more. I'm so lucky to have shared more than half my life with her:)

    Shannon – I can't wait to read 13 to Life. It comes out a week after my bday!

    hefollowedme AT gmail DOT com

  4. Mel, we shall both celebrate your birthday in a way then! I'll look forward to both dates (and I'm glad you will be, too)! 😀


  5. angel28140 says:

    I am dumbstruck by 13 to Life. It sounds amazing.

    As for the bookmark, I would love to be able to give it to a great friend of mine. She is the first person to read any and every thing I write. I jokingly call her my #1 fan. The one of a kind bookmark would help me show her just how much her time and friendship means to me.

    -Lisa B.
    angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  6. Awesome giveaway! I loved the quoted text!!

    I cannot wait to read this book. 🙂 June cannot come fast enough. 😉

    I'd personally want to keep the bookmark for myself. I don't know anyone who reads any more than I do.

    If I had to gift it, I'd give it to my mother-in-law. She likes pretty things and she reads a good bit.

    Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  7. skyla11377 says:

    I Think You Have A Unique Giveaway Which Is Pretty Kool. The Book Mark Looks Totally Awesome.

    I Think I Would Like To Gift It To My Mom. She Has Always Been There For Me No Matter What. She Let's My Kids And I Live With Her Which Not Everyone Has That Option In These Tough Times. I Will Always Be Grateful To Her For All That She Does For Me.

    Raquel Vega-Grieder

  8. Sue A. says:

    I'd like to pass on this gift to a friend's daughter who is just discovering the joy of reading.

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  9. FrankSandy says:

    Interesting that she is a teacher. I'm one too. walkerd@primus.ca

  10. robynl says:

    I would gift this to me; honestly, I could use it with all my books.


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