Thursday, October 06, 2011

International T-Shirt & Books Giveaway; Walker Releases Blessed & Tantalize: Kieren's Story

More styles to choose from!
Attention Readers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.!

Enter to win:

1rst prize: Blessed, Tantalize: Kieren's Story, and your choice of Tantalize T-shirts, designed by Gene Brenek

2nd and 3rd prize: your choice of Blessed or Tantalize: Kieren's Story.

Pictured here, we have the ever-popular "Cell Phones Will Be Eaten" T-shirt. This one is especially beloved by librarians.

Other options, pictured below, include: I HEART Baby Squirrel; the dragon and bird "Predator or Prey" logos; Drop in for a Late Night Bite; and the classic Sanguini's restaurant logos (flowers and fang-marks).

See all of the Tantalize designs. See also designs for Eternal and beyond.

Winners will be invited to specify preferred style, color and size.

I HEART Baby Squirrel
dragon predator or prey?
bird predator or prey?
Drop in for a Late Night Bite
Sanguini's flowers logo
Sanguini's fang-marks logo

To enter, comment on this post and include an email address (formatted like: cynthia at cynthialeitichsmith dot com) or a link to an email address. Or you can email me directly with "Blessed/TKS Giveaway" in the subject line.

For extra entries (itemize efforts in your entry comment/email with relevant links):
Limit 8 entries.

Author-publishers sponsored. Deadline: Oct. 17.

Eligibility: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.

Do you want to buy Tantalize series T-shirts, stickers, magnets, hats, mugs? Shop Sanguini's at CafePress! See Tantalize and Eternal (not pictured here) designs.

See also Illustrator Interview: Gene Brenek on the Logo for Sanguini's from Tantalize and Gene Brenek on Images of Cynthia Leitich Smith's Eternal.

New Releases

Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith is now available from Walker Books in the U.K. From the promotional copy:

Teased by Tantalize? Possessed by Eternal? Then prepare yourself to be Blessed in Cynthia Leitich Smith's latest dark fantasy.

Quincie Morris, teen restaurateur and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid-werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who “blessed” her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running.

She hires a more homespun chef and adds the preternaturally beautiful Zachary to her waiting staff. But with hundreds of new vampires on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature – and a flaming sword – and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before it’s too late.

Even if they save the world, will there be time left to salvage Quincie's soul?

More on Blessed from Walker (U.K.).

Note: Blessed was released by Candlewick Press and Walker Australia and New Zealand last winter.

Check out the U.K. version of the book trailer.

Tantalize: Kieren's Story, illustrated by Ming Doyle, is also available from Walker Books (U.K). and Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. From the promotional copy:

Illustrated by hot new talent Ming Doyle, Cynthia Leitich Smith's Tantalize is reimagined as a graphic novel – seen through Kieren’s werewolf eyes.

As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren is destined to join an urban Wolf pack and learn to master his shift. Soon he’ll leave everything behind: home, school, his family, and Quincie, his human best friend ... who’s beginning to be a whole lot more than a friend. 

For years, Kieren has managed to keep his desires – and his wolf – at bay. But when the chef at Quincie’s family restaurant is brutally murdered, Kieren resolves to be there for her, even if it means being framed or watching Quincie’s beloved restaurant morph into a vampire lair. But when the new chef begins wooing her, how long can Kieren control his claws? How long can he protect Quincie – and himself? 

In an elegant graphic edition featuring cinematic sequential art and lush, romantic cover art, best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith re-envisions her delicious dark fantasy through wolfish eyes.

More on the graphic novel from Walker (U.K.)

More on the graphic novel from Walker Australia and New Zealand.

Note: it's available from Candlewick Press in the U.S./Canada.

Cynsational Notes

$2.99 ebook sale!
U.S. Readers! Have you been waiting for a chance to read Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2009)? It's a highlighted October sale title for Kindle readers! You can purchase the e-book for $2.99 (67% off)! See a complete list (with links) of children's-YA ebooks on sale for Kindle/ readers from author Cheryl Rainfield.

It's Our World But... by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Amy LV at Sharing Our Notebooks. Peek at pages from my journal--pre-writing notes on the Tantalize series.

Monsters & Metaphors: The Heart of Horror Writing by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Cynsations. Peek: " occasionally humorous, occasionally romantic and touching rescue-the-boy, kill-the-monster, save-the-world story." See also Agent Ginger Knowlton Interviews Cynthia Leitich Smith from Cynsations.

Going Graphic by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Hunger Mountain: A VCFA Journal of the Arts. Peek: "'Get out of the way of the illustrator.' That was my mantra in recasting my first Gothic fantasy as a graphic novel." Note: for comparative purposes, the post includes excerpts of the Tantalize prose novel, the script, and Tantalize: Kieren's Story.

YA Novel Tantalize: Adapted to Graphic Novel from New POV by Zack Smith from Newsarama. An Interview with author Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrator Ming Doyle. Peek from Ming: " of the things I liked most of Tantalize on my first read through was how much it reminded me of a Holmesian adventure, with a healthy and intriguing dose of the mythical and bizarre thrown in for good measure." See also Illustrator Interview: Ming Doyle on Tantalize: Kieren's Story from Cynsations.


Brittany C. said...

I like the Sanguini's flower shirt. It would look awesome with this set of bracelets/necklace that I have. Thank you for doing the giveaway!

Victoria said...

I love all the shirts but would really like the Bird predator or prey?
Have done both of these:
Click "like" on the Cynthia Leitich Smith facebook author page as Viki Sloboda
Follow @CynLeitichSmith at Twitter as Jovial_1

vsloboda at gmail dot com

**~{KARiSXox.}~** said...

Omg! I love all te books I even got my trends to read them! One gut read te first page of eternal and said "WHOW! you should lend me books more often" lmao!
(I like Cynthia on Facebook)
Email : rebel_chika96 at hotmail dot com

rachael said...

wow fab shirts!!
please enter me in the competiton
rachael xxx

Vivien said...

I love The Pink Sanguini's logo. I have the magnet and love it, so it'd be great to match.
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kayla said...

I like the drop in for a late night bite shirt. it's witty and funny. I liked the author's facebook page and youtube channel.

kaylalovesandrew09 at yahoo dot com

Kylie1403 said...

This is just SOOO beyond cool!! please enter me in the comp

kylie1403 AT gmail DOt com

Marion said...

Thanks for the competition. I love the "Drop in for a late night bite" or Sanguini's flowers or fang-marks. Great marketing!
Email: mazz1761 at hotmail dot com
Also linked up on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Networked Blogs, Jacket flap, Blogger and email subs! Will share the post!

Scorpio1974 said...

I love the Dragon and the Bird Tshirts! So cool! =)

Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
Jewelry Creations by V.S. Long

marybelle said...

- I love the dragon predator or prey T-shirt. It's a wonderful design & I have a thing for dragons.
- "like" on the Cynthia Leitich Smith facebook author page: Mary Preston
- I follow: Mary Preston
- I subscribe: Mary Preston


Katherine C. said...

I lived Tantalize it was amazing!

Darrella said...

I love the Cell Phones will be eaten and the Dragon predator or prey t-shirt. I love the books!!

darrellarose at gmail dot com
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I follow on twitter

southernbelle said...

Love all the shirts!! They are awesome. Please enter me in the contest:


YA Reader said...

Love the Cell Phones will be Eaten t-shirt! As a middle school librarian, I feel that way when the cell phones are out and about.

agalliton at wfisd dot net

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Following on Twitter - agal2tch
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Jennifer said...

I love the baby squirrel shirt.

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Following on Twitter- @NyxTheBookCat
Subscribed to Cynsations

rebecca said...

Thanks for all of the contests! I'm a fan of the baby squirrels shirt.

reolso2006 at yahoo dot com

ferretvamp14 said...

I love the "Come in for a late night bite" shirt. It seems to symbolize the whole of Tantalize.

ferretvamp14 at live dot com

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Mags said...

mrcookdobson at hotmail dot com
Thank you for the giveaway! If I win I would like the Predator and Prey Bird T-shirt.

A Simple Love of Reading said...

Incredible giveaway! Those t-shirts...I love them all!

astewart305 at rogers dot com

TayteH said...

I love the Sanguini's Flower Logo t-shirt. The design is absolutely beautiful!
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+1 Following on Twitter: Tayte5
+1 Subscribed: TayteH
+1 Email:
Thanks so much for the giveaway! I loved Tantalize and Eternal, though I'm not a fan of sad endings. :D

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Just a quick not on the ending for TayteH: the endings of Tantalize and Eternal are not the end of the stories of those characters! Look for more Quincie, Kieren and Zachary in Blessed as well as more Quincie, Kieren, Zachary and Miranda in the forthcoming Diabolical!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thank you for the awesome contest! the graphic novel looks amazing!

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+1 tweeted:!/in_the_hammock/status/125433349396373504
+1 it's a close race between cell phones will be eaten and drop in for a late night bite, but i think i'd pick drop in, b/c it sounds like a cute restaurant tag line.

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

Nicole@The More the Merrier said...

They are really great but I really like the Drop in for a Late Night Bite shirt.
Twitter follower @niclovestoread
Liked on FB Nicole Arellano
Thanks so much for the chance to win.


Alex said...

I am rather partial to the Cell Phones Will be Eaten tee. Please enter me in this contest - I have heard nothing but good things about your books and would like to read them for myself.
Thanks -

thechildrenswar at gmail dot com

mrsswt said...

Love the books! I have been following you on twitter as @mrsswt. Retweeted it as I also liked your FB page. Am very interested in the I <3 baby squirrels shirt. Have a great day!

Joanna said...

I adore the "Cell phones will be eaten." T-shirt, and totally wish I could consume them sometimes.
Looking forward to this series. Thanks so much for this chance!

joanna9273 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Hello Cynthia, ^_^

My name is Cindy J.

My email is
cejimenez17 at gmail dot com

The t-shirt design I really like is Sanguini's flowers logo because it'll make me feel like I was an actual guest of Quincie's restaurant and its a pretty cool design!

I've been following you on twitter for a while now. My twitter username is Cinds_91 :D and I found out about this give away on Facebook since you told me about it ^_^

I also Google+ the give away!

Thanks for this Awesome Give Away!
God Bless You! and I'll be looking forward into finally reading Blessed!