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Christine Cody Guest Post & Giveaway: Bloodlands and favorite books

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Christine Cody is the author of the post-apocalyptic supernatural Western series Bloodlands and the urban fantasy Vampire Babylon books (written as Chris Marie Green) from Ace. Once upon a time, she used to be an eighth-grade teacher until she became a full-time author who has published nearly forty books under all three of her pseudonyms (including Crystal Green).  Don’t forget to read the Bloodlands excerpt VBC posted earlier today, and read to the end of this post for a seriously awesome giveaway.

Bloodlands by Christine CodyHi, all! Very happy to be here. ☺

As a writer, I get asked the most interesting questions. One of my favorite ones involves my favorite books (imagine that!), so I thought I’d chat about that today, as well as how these stories relate to my newest release, Bloodlands, the first in a trilogy that will be released back-to-back-to-back beginning yesterday! (Bloodlands had a July 26 date, Blood Rules, book two, will come out August 30 and In Blood We Trust, book three, will be released on September 27.)

First fave? The Stand by Stephen King

A mysterious disease strikes the population, decimating its numbers and leaving the survivors to navigate a deadly post-apocalyptic world. Good and evil people separate in to two main groups, and they clash, leaving only one side standing….

This is a book I just couldn’t put down—and I’m talking about the unabridged version! I was in love with these characters, and I was addicted to the realism of this devastated new society. What Bloodlands has in common with The Stand is this: the end of the world as we know it…and how the characters can still love, feel and want to persevere in the midst of it. When I first wrote this proposal (over four years ago), I was still raw from 9/11, even years afterward. My mind had had enough time to go through thousands of dire scenarios about where our society was headed, and I was interested in how we, as driven, determined people, would survive. Bloodlands is one version of my post 9/11 therapy.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This book, which involves an East Coast Ivy League college, a closed bunch of students who study ancient Greek, and a murder that occurs among them, is warped, although in a strangely beautiful way.

What I loved about this story how it explores the dynamics of a group during times of death, distrust, and betrayal. There’s some seriously dark stuff that goes on here, and that’s like catnip to me. You’ll definitely find darkness in the Bloodlands series—but it’s twisty paranormal darkness that hopefully sheds a little light on the boundaries between monstrosity and humanity…

Blood Rules by Christine Cody (Bloodlands #2)The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne

My favorite romance—a Calamity Jane type heroine teams with a Jimmy Stewart type cowboy to take care of a young, prissy girl after the child’s mother dies. Extremely touching, and it has the gritty yet soulful feel of all the best old Westerns.

I based the Bloodlands series on those wonderful old Westerns, but I twisted those tropes (the gunslinger looking for redemption, the cruel rancher next door, etc.) into paranormal shapes. Whenever I pitch this story, I say it’s like a supernatural Shane meets Mad Max, but you can see some Jenny Jones feistiness in my heroine, too.

What are some of your favorite books? How have they inspired you?

Find Christine Cody online: her blog, website, Twitter and Facebook

GIVEAWAY: ALL SIX VAMPIRE BABYLON NOVELS — SIGNED!

Christine has kindly offered to giveaway a signed set of mass market copies of her alter-ego’s Vampire Babylon series (written as Chris Marie Green). Six books in all! To win, please leave a comment. U.S. addresses only. Enter on or before Sunday, Aug. 7.

CONTEST DETAILS AND RULES
1. To enter, you must leave a comment on this post.
2. You do not need to follow Vampire Book Club to be entered, but we sure do like it.
3. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.
4. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, Aug 7.
5. The winner will be selected using Random.org. Then she will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to claim her prize. If we do not hear from the winner(s) within that time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Entrants must be at least 18 years old or have their parent’s permission to enter. Please review our privacy policy, if you have any questions as to how Vampire Book Club uses your information. (Short version: we’ll only use it to contact you for this contest.)
7. Though unlikely, Vampire Book Club has the right to change or cancel any giveaway at any time without prior notice.
8. Vampire Book Club is not responsible for prizes lost or damage in transit.
9. Thanks to Christine Cody for providing the books!

111 Responses to “Christine Cody Guest Post & Giveaway: Bloodlands and favorite books”

  1. I’m a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

    I love the sound of this new series. Can’t wait to indulge!

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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

  2. Allison says:

    I really enjoyed reading the excerpt! Thanks for offering up all your hard work like this, truly a fantastic thing to do.

  3. Rhonda says:

    Sounds like a great series. I follow you on twitter an facebook. Love what you do. I have picked up a lot of books because of your reviews and I have never been disappointed!!

  4. Jennifer, thank you!

    Marlene, I love P&P, too. (It doesn’t hurt that the A&E TV version rocked my world.) Thank you!

  5. Allison, it’s my pleasure! I appreciate that you stopped by and read the excerpt, etc. 🙂

    Rhonda, why hello! Thank you for *all* your support–and what a nice thing to say! 😉

  6. Sarah Huxley says:

    This sounds really good! Would love a chance to read the series!

  7. Emily D. says:

    Great contest!

  8. Aurora m. says:

    OMG! this is a GREAT giveaway! Thanks for the chance this is so excellent. I would love to win these…..I have a girlfriend that would just flip! You see if I won these I would make them a birthday surprise!!!! Lips are sealed. Here’s hoping for a big win!
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. Mara says:

    Hello, again:
    Just finished the contest at Bitten by Books and now I’m here! Blood lands in the first book on my to buy list. I actually have a list, as well as a calendar of sorts showing when bloghops or a particular author’s book release blog tour, as well as a list of the contest s I’ve entered and when they are over. Unfortunately, that list isn;t always up to date so I lose track of who I saw and where I saw it, tho, this can lead to a nice surprise. I have actually won books that I completely forgot about, so, when I win, it’s even more cool than when I win and know it! Jeez – I’m sounding a little fanatical and neurotic, but, hey – these things happen when you’re single and have some time on your hands!
    Congrats again on the book –
    Mara
    marajbrandon AT earthlink DOT net

  10. Teawench says:

    Looks like some interesting books.
    Thanks for awesome giveaway!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I can’t believe you are giving so many books away, and signed at that! Amazing!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  12. Anne R says:

    Awesome giveaway

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  13. Lori Vargas Agnew says:

    Just looked up the books on my kindle I just got it now to convince hubby of all the need to have books to go with it. But just think at least this way he won’t trip over them at the front door so he won’t know right. I just love a series and the covers are great. Kindle’s are nice but the books don’t come autographed. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Lilcrowgifts@aol.com

  14. jessica says:

    Sounds like a great series to get into…even if you don’t win!! Look forward to starting soon.

  15. Hi and thanks Sarah, Emily, Aurora, Teawench, Stephanie, and Anne!

    Mara, thank you! I love your list idea. I wish I were that organized. 🙂

    Lori, LOL. And that’s true about Kindle books–how does an author sign those? Still trying to figure it all out….

    Jessica, awesome! I appreciate it.

    Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

  16. April Canter says:

    Thanks for giving us a little peekaboo! It sounds interesting especially since it appeals to the very things I love the most: futuristic, post-apocalyptic, western and supernaturals! Looking forward to reading this series.

    Btw, Kindle just came out with an app where author can sign & personalize books electronically and readers and received an electronically signed book: kindlegraph.com

  17. Cate says:

    Sounds like a wonderful series! I hope you include me in the contest. Thanks!

    Kayko118(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. Amanda Mills says:

    You always have the best giveaways!!! That sounds like a good vampire series, I look forward to reading it!!!

  19. April–thanks! And that’s some good info about the Kindle app. Appreciate it. 🙂

    Thank you Cate and Amanda.

  20. Pam S (pams00) says:

    This series sounds really awesome -have seen alotof good reviews on the books. Ty for the chance to win the set!

    pams00 @ aol.com

  21. Robin D says:

    These look great! Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  22. Pam, great to hear that there’s good word about Bloodlands. Thanks!

    And welcome, Robin! 🙂

  23. Mary M. says:

    Sadly, I am here today just after hearing of Leslie’s passing. Thank you for your help in fundraising for her care.

    Thamk you for this giveaway and excellent post.

  24. Mary, I was only too happy to do the little I did. What tragic news.

    Thank you. 🙂

  25. David Chamberlain says:

    Wow! This is an awesome contest – what a great opportunity! I’m so glad I follow the Vampire Book Club!

  26. OMG what a giveaway TYTYTY so much! I’m a sucker for reading/watching anything supernatural.
    SacredmOOn
    sacredmoon1@live.com

  27. Theresa N. says:

    Christine-
    What a great series!! I love the excerpts that were written up about the books. I can’t wait to read these. They are definately on my “to buy” list if I don’t win. thank you so much for doing this giveaway, too!
    Theresa N.

  28. Kayla Bouy says:

    This series looks really good. I’ve added them to my To Be Read list. Awesome giveaway!

    kcrochet002@gmail.com

  29. Oh My! I just started on the second book of the Babylon Vampires. It would be such a treat to win. They are so wonderfully written that it would just be a crime to not go out and buy them or buy them via e-book. Thank you so much for the chance to have such a wonderful Author and Book Series to add to anyone’s collection.

  30. Cameron Yeager says:

    Yet to start this series. Worth a shot at trying this contest. The books have been on my TBR list for a while now.

  31. christine says:

    i love vampire novels and they really are exciting and interesting.

  32. Shira says:

    Oooo books I haven’t read AND a giveaway! Im in!

  33. Denna Holm says:

    Very interested in reading this vampire series. My favorite characters (vampires) especially if the story is well written and this is getting good reviews.

  34. Darlene says:

    I live in a very rural area and buy most books online. (I’m sooo happy that there are finally book trailers on tv.) When I drive into town, the bookstore is always my first stop and I generally pick several series at a time. My last trip being all 12 DH, a couple “Burning Bunnies”, and I discovered Cat and Bones! I just heard about Vampire Babylon and can’t wait to enter my next new world!

  35. j3nny says:

    The books looks interesting and definitely something I’d like to try 🙂

  36. Kristin D says:

    This sounds like a great series! Can’t wait to read it!

  37. Alisia says:

    Free vampire books?!! What more is there to say, im sooo in 🙂

  38. James says:

    This sounds like a great set of books to read.

  39. Terri M says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

    oklahomamommy0306@gmail.com

  40. Welcome, David, DeAnna, Christine, Shira, Denna, Alisa, and Terri!

    Thank you, Theresa, Kayla, Cameron, Darlene,j3nny, Kristin, and James… Hope you enjoy!

    Wow, Christy, so nice of you to say! I appreciate it. ; )

    Have a great weekend, you all.

  41. T C Welch says:

    series sounds great

  42. I wanna buy them now! I hope I win

  43. latisha depoortere says:

    Thank you so much what a great giveaway I can’t wait to read them sounds great! Thanks for the chance! Im a GFC follower/latishajean
    tishajean@ charter.net

  44. Michael Stang says:

    I am delighted to see that you are going to comment on the latest writing contest at awordwithyoupress.com. The tribe is thrilled to have you along.

  45. Christy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! These sound great! 🙂
    shortcut_2_mushrooms(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)nz

  46. Denise Z says:

    I have been stalking this tour and these books have been on my wishlist for a while, thank you for the awesome post and giveaway opportunity.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  47. Karla Carranza says:

    this is awesome!! i would so love to win these!!

  48. infinitieh says:

    Sounds great! I’ll be sure to check this series out!

    Twitter follower

    cgnemesis [at] yahoo [dot] com

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