Thursday, April 14, 2011

Giveaway: Steel

by Carrie Vaughn

Excerpt from author's site:
Chapter One

Jill shook her legs out one at a time. Rolled her shoulders. Loosened up. Rearranged her hold on her weapon once again, curling gloved fingers around the grip. It nestled into her hand like it had been molded there, the épée blade becoming an extension of her arm.

Across from her, on a long, five-foot-wide strip of combat, stood her opponent, a tall, powerful-limbed girl in a bleach-white fencing jacket who seemed more like a linebacker than a fencer. Her face was a shadow behind the mesh of her mask. Jill bounced in place, flicking her épée so it whipped against the air, as if she couldn't wait to start.

The score was tied. This was the last point. The air seemed to have gone out of the room, a cavernous gymnasium where two dozen fencing strips had held competitors fighting and winning and losing all day. Only a few fencers remained now. The winner of this bout would get third place for the tournament. Bronze medal. The loser, fourth place, and nothing else. A pat on the back. And Jill needed this win to qualify for the Junior World Fencing Championships. This was her last chance.

Let it all go, Jill told herself. It was just another tournament, one of hundreds she'd fenced in. Let her muscles do what they knew how to do. Remember why she loved this: With a few flicks of her sword she would outwit her enemy, and even through the mesh of the mask, Jill would see the startled look on the girl's shadowed face when she scored a touch on her.

The official glanced between them, judging their readiness. "En garde."

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--~ Book Giveaway ~--

Win my gently read (once) copy.

Open to all.

Offer ends: May 29, 2011

Visit Carrie's site and tell me something interesting you find there.

AND, leave your email (if I don't already have it)


Contest has ended - winner is here



* you can read an interview and enter another giveaway for this book at Girls in the Stacks -ends April 18

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  1. I visited Carrie's site and I discovered she has also written After the Golden Age!
    I haven't read anything written by her yet, but I really want to read ASAP Steel, Discord's Apple and Voices of Dragons.
    Steel sounds AWESOME!*_*
    Thank you for this giveaway, Velvet! :D

  2. I visited Carrie's site and found out she is on a tour - going to be in Denver this weekend. I also found out that she has FOUR books coming out this year. I had no idea. I thought she only wrote Steel!


  3. I found out that most of the authors on her favorite authors list are also my favorite authors. I already like her!(:

  4. I found some pretty cool short stories. I especially like Amaryllis.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  5. I liked a graphic short story-Infirmo.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Not entering, but have heard great things about Carrie Vaughn and her books!

  7. I like the little drawing Carrie did on her "About Me" page! So funny :P



  8. i learned she has written a BUTTLOAD of books! geez!

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

  9. She has FOUR books to be released this year. Wow.

    sauvadeavelle @

  10. That she wrote VOICES OF DRAGONS - I had no idea!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

  11. Well, what I found is at least very interesting to me. Carrie Vaughn is a fan of Robin McKinley (who just so happens to be one of my favorite authors).

    Awesome giveaway.

    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

  12. I love that she refers to herself as "werewolf psychologist"!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  13. I visited Carrie's site and found out she has also written some short story. I read some of them and it's great. And I love the little drawing on her profile, it's so funny.


  14. I found out that she is a self-proclaimed werewolf psychologist.

  15. I was so lucky can read Carrie vaughn's Kitty series back to back (series 1-5- then 7-8)and now i saw that the series still have two more books to be released this year !

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  16. I read her The Derived Comedy graphic novel and it's cute!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

    And Kitty's books are series that I'm yet to read!LOL

  17. She has a book called The Golden Age coming out which looks great. I need to check it out :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  18. I visited Carrie's site and I had no idea that she was the same Carrie Vaughn who was the author of the Kitty Norville series! I have heard great things about that series, so I'D love to finally discover Carrie's writing.

    Thank you for the great giveaway, you are awesome for always making everything accessible to us international readers too, THANK YOU! :-))

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. I have had my eye on the new release After The Golden Age and suddenly realised that this is the same author who wrote about kick-ass Kitty![@]gmail[.]com

  20. She also wrote 'Discord's Apple', astand-alone novel. :)
    Thanks for the international giveaway!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  21. While visiting Carrie's site I went looking for tour dates to see if she is coming to Canada, and found and online journal to follow.

  22. I found that she has several short stories available for reading on her site. 'Amaryllis' is my favorite.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  23. I found out she has another Young Adult novel called "Voices of Dragons".


  24. I went to Carrie's site and see that she also writes an adult urban fantasy series called "Kitty Norville", and Kitty is a werewolf dj! Would love to read that too.


  25. She went to Occidental College the same time as Ben Affleck but never met him.


  26. Her site was really pretty cool.
    Who knew she was an air force brat?!? I can't believe she through a coffee can at her little brother when he was four--sounds like something I'd do, lmao!

  27. Whoa! She has four books coming out this year!! I'm very, very impressed!


  28. I found that she has a book of story collections from the Kitty Norville series coming out in August.

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

  29. That she recieved her Masters of English from the University of Colorado.

  30. I found out that she was an "Air Force Brat". She sounds like an interesting person!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  31. It was nice to see another cover of her books at gmail dot com

  32. She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and as the ever-popular 'administrative assistant.

  33. I found all of the awesome short stories! I'm looking forward to reading all of those...and all of the cool covers of her books. They're great

    m-hussein at hotmail dot co dot uk

  34. What i found interesting was that I really didn't know she wrote adult reader books as well! Fantastic.

  35. I visited her site and found out she was one of the six valedictorians in her high school :P

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail dot com

  36. I visited her site and learned that she is a werewolf psychologist XD I bet that's interesting :P

  37. I found that she has a blog! lol

  38. I visited her site and discovered that she's also a werewolf psychologist!

    magabyc at


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