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Friday, January 13, 2012

The Crossroads Blog Tour and Giveaway









 
Crossroads (Crossroads Academy #1)
 
 





When Katia enrolled at Crossroads Academy she knew things weren’t exactly going to be easy. The sole heir to the worlds’ most powerful vampire, her presence was bound to cause a stir. But nothing could have prepared her for this. Whispers follow everywhere she goes. So does trouble.
 
But Katia will do her time at Crossroads. After all, she’s only enrolled at the prestigious school for pure blood vampires to fulfill a promise to her Great Uncle Aldo. Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Katia hopes to shed the demons of her past and focus on her education. Raised blissfully unaware of the entire vamp world, she’s got a lot of catching up to do.
As Katia learns more about this dark society and her own legacy, protecting her past becomes increasingly difficult. Bodies start turning up in nearby Rutland and Katia is sucked into a twisted web of danger and deceit. Haunted by nightmares she can’t explain and a thirst for blood that is never sated, Katia will do whatever it takes to keep her past buried. What choice does she have? Exposure will shake the Elder’s Council to its core and likely result in a death sentence at the hands of the Linkuri.

Nothing at Crossroads is what it seems and Katia’s secrets may be the darkest of them all.
 
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Today I am very pleased to have a guest post by the author of The Crossroads, J.J. Bonds.
 
Friday the 13th: The Unluckiest Day of All?
Friggatriskaidekaphobia or Paraskevidekatriaphobics. No matter what you call it (assuming you can pronounce either of these words because I sure can’t!), the irrational fear of Friday the 13th is no myth. Millions of people will change their behavior today due to superstition. There will be fewer air travelers, fewer road trips, and probably a few folks who called in sick to avoid tempting fate.

The good news? This infamous and fearsome day occurs three times this year which is the highest number possible. Oh, wait. That’s not good news? Only if you’re superstitious, which I’m not-- usually. I’ve always been told it’s a day of bad luck, but those superstitious warnings are rarely followed by an explanation so I decided to do some research. And guess what? Just like any urban legend there are numerous possible origins for the irrational fear of the 13th (most of them inconclusive since the fear of the 13th arose during the 19th century).

Still, some persist that there were earlier indications that the number 13 was unlucky. In Christianity, it’s believed there were 13 guests at the last supper which led to betrayal. Norse mythology has a similar tale where a 13th (and evil) Loki god crashed a dinner party leading to the death of a favored and benevolent god. Dig a little deeper and I’m sure we could find countless examples of misfortune and 13 throughout history.

Face it, we’re superstitious creatures by nature and quite a few of us believe the number 13 is inherently unlucky (or maybe even rooted in evil). As a result, the devil’s dozen is frequently omitted in everyday ventures.

  • Ever stayed on the 13th floor of a hotel? No? That’s because many buildings skip the 13th floor.


  • It’s bad luck to have a dinner party with 13 guests. Unless one of them has a death wish.


  • 13th Street/Road/Avenue are typically skipped by city planners.
  • 13 letters in your name? Better prepare for the devil’s luck… like Charles Manson.

As for me, I think I’ll being spending my Friday night curled up on the couch with a big bucket of popcorn and a scary movie or two. Now that seems fitting! The question is… what to watch?

Here are a couple of my all-time favorites. Post yours below! Even if I can’t get it tonight, I’m always looking for new and different horror flicks. I’ve seen quite a few, but with such a popular genre, I’m surely missing some amazing cinematography… or least a few good screams!


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Want to win a digital copy of The Crossroads? Here's how:
1. Comment to win! (please leave a way to contact you - twitter or email)
2. One random comment will be selected to win a digital copy of JJ Bonds Crossroads
3. All comments will be counted to win a KINDLE FIRE with a Crossroads Gel Cover
4. Collect Clues along the tour for a chance to win
5. Comment at each tour stop for extra chances to win
6. Tweet and use #crossroadsbooktour for extra chances to win along with random drawings to win digital copies of the book
7. For additional entries follow me on

Parajunkee on Twitter  and  like my page on  Like on Facebook!

8. Collect clues to find the final entry to win the Kindle Fire.

9. Winners will be selected January 31st


Today's clue:

(I have had two reports that you cannot see the image below. It is the letter V)
 

Win a Kindle Fire during the Crossroads Blog Tour and Giveaway


The Crossroads tour will continue tomorrow at:
 
Reads With Reckless Abandon.
 
Participant's in The Crossroads blog tour:
January 3: Otherwhere.co
January 4: PIcked by Poison
January 6: Under the Covers
January 9: Rants~N~Scribbles
January 10: Mother/Gamer/Writer
January 11: The Book Nympho
January 12: Books with Bite
January 13: My Life With Books
January 15: Books And Beyond
January 16: Book Crook Liza
January 17: We Fancy Books
January 20: Bending The Spine


 

20 comments:

LadyRed said...

J.J. thanks for the blog hop, it seems that some of the links are not working however and some of the clues are not showing up on certain sites either.
Today's clue:
That is all that is shown as today's clue unless it is supposed to be blank?
My favorite horror flicks are not exactly scary but consist of all of the Underworld movies, Interview With a Vampire, Queen of the Damned, The Omen Trilogy (and The Omen remake), Bram Stoker's Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, An American Werewolf in London, An American Werewolf in Paris, and The Howling movies (can you tell I am a vampire and werewolf junkie LOL?). greeneyesredhair@gmail.com

My Life With Books - Jennifer K Jovus said...

Hi Lady Red,
I just emailed you the links that I have for the participating blogs. I also forwarded your message to the blog host. Thank you for the feedback and partcipating in The Crossroads blog tour! Good luck!
Jen

Na said...

I like scary movies especially when they are based on true events. I prefer them over gory ones. I find the older ones scary such as Nightmare on Elm Street and The Candyman. Growing up I was drawn to R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike's books :) Happy Friday the 13th!

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J.J. Bonds said...

Oh, I love Underworld too! Just watched Evolution the other day and can't wait for Awakening! Thanks for the heads up on the links and clues.

J.J. Bonds said...

Sounds like we were reading the same books growin up Na! I actually also find the scariest movies to be the ones that have the potential to be real. The Strangers totally freaked me out. So did Straw Dogs, which I will never watch again!

Catherine Lee said...

Hi JJ...I also can't see today's clue. It's not showing...and I didn't see what your horrow flick favorites are. Ones with children always freak me out--Damien, Children of the Corn, etc. I also found The Shining pretty scary.

catherinelee100[at]gmail[dot]com
@capefearlibn

Maria D. said...

I'm not really a superstitious person and I really don't watch scary movies either...lol...I guess the scariest movie I ever saw was Nightmare on Elm Street Dream Warriors....I have watched some scary true crime type movies though and I think one of the best ones had to do with the Green River Killer....

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

Kali S said...

Kali Skittles
dontkillkittens8@netscape.net

Catherine Lee said...

Jennifer...Thanks for spelling out the clue. I was one of the commenters who couldn't see it.

Kim S. said...

Uhhh, I don't really have a scary movie suggestion. I've not really viewed a movie that was 'scary' to me. Some shock me, not a one has scared me yet, though. Sorry. :(

thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

SacredmOOn said...

The Underworld series is my favorite scary movie! I also like 28 days later. 13 is superstitious and I give caution to it. Thanks for being apart of the book tour.
DeAnna Schultz
sacredmoon1(at)gmail(dot)com

Anne said...

Nothing bad happened on my Friday the 13th. I liked the original Fright Night with William Ragsdale and Chris Sarandon. The remake with Colin Farrel wasn't bad either.

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Denise Z said...

I generally try to be pretty quiet on Friday the 13th LOL I want to consider it a lucky day and in turn receive good vibes :) Thank you for participating in this fun tour. I am wanting to read The Crossroads more and more. I followed on twitter and facebook and look forward to the journey.
dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

Lovey Dovey Books said...

I like this movie called 'Cry Wolf'. It's scary to me, but more for the suspense, I wouldn't call it horror.

Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books
Twitter: @candyco01

vadeluna07 said...

I'd have to say that I always stick with the classic Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Halloween movies. Of course there's also Evil Dead 1 & 2, The Howling, The Exorcist, Silver Bullet, and Hellraiser.

vadeluna07@yahoo.com

Teressa Oliver said...

I love horror movies and they rarely scare me. But two really creep me out and thats Hostel and The Hills Have Eyes. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with the book tour
teressaoliver at gmail dot com

Anya said...

I love horror movies and unfortunately the only one in my home that actually loves horror. My favorite horror movie is UnderWorld series. I am really happy that the new UW movie is out today. Already got plans to see it. Thanks for hosting this awesome tour and giveaway!

anya dot sandoval at yahoo dot com

Crystal said...

Love scary movies!! :-) thanks for the awesome giveaway...the book sounds great.

Crystal said...

oh forgot my e-mail ;-)

californiablue17@aol.com

shadow_kohler said...

I love scary movies! Im so addicted! I love 100 Feet, the Alien movies, the Hellraiser movies, the Nightmare On Elm Street movies, The Puppet Master movies, etc.. I could go on and on! lol Thank you!
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