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[CLOSED] Giveaway: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

by Ann-Katrina

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Hush, Hush Cover This is one highly anticipated book, especially because of that burning hot cover…yummy half naked guy…hooray to that cover designer.

There has been much talk in the blogosphere by those few lucky enough to have received a review copy and much drooling by those who can’t wait for October 13th to arrive fast enough.

Now, if you’re in the latter category, here’s a chance for you to get your very own ARC.

You’re probably staring at the screen a little cross-eyed wondering what I must be smoking if I’m willing to part with my amazing, drool-worthy copy of Hush, Hush, but fear not…the copy I’m offering up for giveaway is an extra ARC sent to me by the wonderful folks at Simon & Schuster.

Since I want to do something a little different for this particular giveaway, it’s not going to be your typical “leave a comment to be entered” post. Nope. Not at all.

Well, you still have to comment, yes, but that’s not all. In order to be officially entered in this Hush, Hush giveaway, you must help write an angelic story.

WTF?!? I hear you muttering…

Let me explain.

In this post will be a sentence which will serve as the beginning of our story. The first person to comment must copy the first sentence and add another sentence to the story, the person after that must copy the previous comment and add another sentence, and so forth.

I know, I know…the torture! the agony! the inhumanity!! You’re probably naming all the ways you aren’t creative, but I beg to differ (don’t you remember that awesome finger painting you did when you were six that could rival a genuine Van Gogh?) and plus, wouldn’t it all be worth it if you win a copy of Hush, Hush?!?

So without further ado…

Here’s the first sentence:

I was told once that angels couldn’t bleed, but the one sitting across from me was covered in blood.

Soooo…LET’S GET CREATIVE PEOPLE!

Some end notes:

  • Yes this giveaway is open internationally, so even if you’re on the other side of the world, feel free to jump in. (If you’re under the age of 13, please make sure you have your parent or guardian’s permission first.)
  • If you wish to have more entries, I suggest subscribing to the comment thread, telling your friends, and adding more sentences–one at a time–to the story. (Only one new sentence at a time, meaning no back to back sentences are allowed…so, more participants = more chances for you to win.)
  • Please, let’s keep the profanity to a minimum. I don’t have a problem with it, but my readership has varying sensibilities…
  • Questions? No problem, just shoot me an email (todayiread[at]gmail[dot]com) and I’ll answer ASAP.
  • Most important note of all? HAVE FUN!

The contest will be open until 11:59PM EST Friday October 16, 2009. I’ll comb through the entries and select a winner on Sunday October 18.

Comments on [CLOSED] Giveaway: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

  1. # margaret wrote on October 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm:

    He sat stiff and rigid, and barely glanced in my direction; I could tell he had been through a rough time, the wounds helped to prove it.
    .-= margaret´s last blog ..Babymouse: Rock Star =-.

  2. # Belle wrote on October 10, 2009 at 10:24 pm:

    What a fun idea!

    [EDITED -- see her entry below]
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..Chris Grabenstein and the John Ceepak Novels =-.

  3. # Belle wrote on October 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm:

    oops – I was too slow composing my answer. Okay, scratch that entry, I’ll go with the first comment (and yes, I’m realizing I could go on like this forever …) [AK - No worries, Belle. Your previous post has been edited.]

    He sat stiff and rigid, and barely glanced in my direction; I could tell he had been through a rough time, the wounds helped to prove it.

    I leaned forward, wanting to help.
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..Chris Grabenstein and the John Ceepak Novels =-.

  4. # margaret wrote on October 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm:

    But I didn’t know how to help – and I didn’t want to ask the obvious question of “are you ok?”
    .-= margaret´s last blog ..Babymouse: Rock Star =-.

  5. # [TSS] International Book Giveaways List – Oct 11 Edition - Ms. Bookish wrote on October 11, 2009 at 8:57 am:

    [...] Hush Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick, at Today I Read (ends Oct 16) – Ann Kat has added a fun twist to this giveaway (and yes, I nearly wrecked the [...]

  6. # Ivana wrote on October 11, 2009 at 10:09 am:

    [EDITED; removed previous sentences leaving only the last.]

    I realized the blood he was covered with was not his; it was mine.

    Great contest, the best I’ve ever seen! Congrats!
    .-= Ivana´s last blog ..TSS: Booking through the week… =-.

  7. # Shanra wrote on October 11, 2009 at 12:29 pm:

    (This is such a fun idea. May I vote for some round-ups of comment sentences every so often so we can read up on what happened before?)

    It didn’t seem real, somehow.
    .-= Shanra´s last blog ..NaNo! =-.

  8. # Zee wrote on October 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm:

    It didn’t seem real, somehow.

    I simply couldn’t figure out how it could be my blood.
    .-= Zee´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: Is Book Reviewing a Job for Journalists or Bloggers? =-.

  9. # Ann-Kat wrote on October 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm:

    Just a reminder, each person may only add one new sentence to the story at a time. (I know it’s easy to get excited.)

    With that in mind, I’m here to do a bit of story clean up and follow-up. Here’s the story so far:

    I was told once that angels couldn’t bleed, but the one sitting across from me was covered in blood. (Ann-Kat)

    He sat stiff and rigid, and barely glanced in my direction; I could tell he had been through a rough time, the wounds helped to prove it. (margaret)

    I leaned forward, wanting to help. (Belle)

    But I didn’t know how to help – and I didn’t want to ask the obvious question of “are you ok?” (margaret)

    I realized the blood he was covered with was not his; it was mine. (Ivana)

    It didn’t seem real, somehow. (Shanra, who gave me the awesome suggestion of rounding up the sentences. ;) )

    I simply couldn’t figure out how it could be my blood. (Zee)

  10. # Shanra wrote on October 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm:

    I couldn’t, couldn’t remember how I got injured, how I got here, anything, not even my own name…
    .-= Shanra´s last blog ..Giveaway at Today, I Read =-.

  11. # margaret wrote on October 11, 2009 at 3:41 pm:

    I frantically searched my brain for any clue as to what my name was, and then I thought to look in my wallet – which I had forgotten at home that day in a rush to meet with him.
    .-= margaret´s last blog ..Babymouse: Rock Star =-.

  12. # Haleyknitz wrote on October 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm:

    i began to breath hard, my hands began to shake, and he looked at me and smiled a sad sweet smile that made what was left of my blood heat up.

  13. # Audrey wrote on October 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm:

    Cautiously, I looked up at the angel, wondering if it was possible that he could have inflicted these wounds upon me, wondering if I was here with him because I was dead.
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Review: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman =-.

  14. # Audrey wrote on October 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm:

    oops! I also was too slow in composing my answer.
    I guess we could just change “looked up at the angel” to “looked him in the eyes”
    So we have
    Cautiously, I looked him in the eyes wondering if it was possible that he could have inflicted these wounds upon me, wondering if I was here with him because I was dead.
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Review: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman =-.

  15. # Zee wrote on October 11, 2009 at 3:50 pm:

    Cautiously, I looked him in the eyes wondering if it was possible that he could have inflicted these wounds upon me, wondering if I was here with him because I was dead.

    He didn’t look like he could have killed me, he had no weapon.
    .-= Zee´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: Is Book Reviewing a Job for Journalists or Bloggers? =-.

  16. # Audrey wrote on October 11, 2009 at 3:53 pm:

    He didn’t look like he could have killed me, he had no weapon.

    And, now that I thought about it, I was in far too much pain to be dead.
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Review: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman =-.

  17. # Haleyknitz wrote on October 11, 2009 at 3:54 pm:

    he touched my cheek and asked me if i was ok, cautiously looking over his shoulder at something that i hadn’t noticed before.
    .-= Haleyknitz´s last blog ..Fang better not die =-.

  18. # Audrey wrote on October 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm:

    he touched my cheek and asked me if i was ok, cautiously looking over his shoulder at something that i hadn’t noticed before.

    Unsure as to whether or not I was okay, I didn’t answer and instead tried to get a closer look at what he was looking at, whincing in pain from the effort.
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Review: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman =-.

  19. # Ann-Kat wrote on October 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm:

    Wow, I’m getting excited. Thank you all for adding to the story. Here’s another round up of what we have so far… :D

    I was told once that angels couldn’t bleed, but the one sitting across from me was covered in blood. (Ann-Kat)

    He sat stiff and rigid, and barely glanced in my direction; I could tell he had been through a rough time, the wounds helped to prove it. (margaret)

    I leaned forward, wanting to help. (Belle)

    But I didn’t know how to help – and I didn’t want to ask the obvious question of “are you ok?” (margaret)

    I realized the blood he was covered with was not his; it was mine. (Ivana)

    It didn’t seem real, somehow. (Shanra)

    I simply couldn’t figure out how it could be my blood. (Zee)

    I couldn’t, couldn’t remember how I got injured, how I got here, anything, not even my own name… (Shanra)

    I frantically searched my brain for any clue as to what my name was, and then I thought to look in my wallet – which I had forgotten at home that day in a rush to meet with him. (margaret)

    I began to breath hard, my hands began to shake, and he looked at me and smiled a sad sweet smile that made what was left of my blood heat up. (Haleyknitz)

    Cautiously, I looked him in the eyes wondering if it was possible that he could have inflicted these wounds upon me, wondering if I was here with him because I was dead. (Audrey)

    He didn’t look like he could have killed me, he had no weapon. (Zee)

    And, now that I thought about it, I was in far too much pain to be dead. (Audrey)

    He touched my cheek and asked me if i was ok, cautiously looking over his shoulder at something that i hadn’t noticed before. (Haleyknitz)

    Unsure as to whether or not I was okay, I didn’t answer and instead tried to get a closer look at what he was looking at, whincing in pain from the effort. (Audrey)

  20. # Zee wrote on October 11, 2009 at 4:27 pm:

    Unsure as to whether or not I was okay, I didn’t answer and instead tried to get a closer look at what he was looking at, whincing in pain from the effort.

    It was an indistinct shape, as if it was blurred at the edges, or perhaps, made of smoke.
    .-= Zee´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: Is Book Reviewing a Job for Journalists or Bloggers? =-.

  21. # margaret wrote on October 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm:

    I tried to think of what it could be – having never seen anything like it before.
    .-= margaret´s last blog ..Babymouse: Rock Star =-.

  22. # Bethie wrote on October 11, 2009 at 6:54 pm:

    [EDITED]

    Is it really what it seems?

  23. # margaret wrote on October 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm:

    The shape took the outline of a human – or human like figure – and started walking toward him, my heart frozen with terror at what might happen next.
    .-= margaret´s last blog ...hack// Legend of the Twilight Vol. 2 =-.

  24. # Audrey wrote on October 12, 2009 at 1:24 pm:

    Suddenly strangely drawn to the smoky human figure walking towards us, I reached out as if to touch it, but, in a soft, cracking voice that sounded as if it hadn’t been used in ages, the angel spat out a harsh “No!”
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..In My Mailbox (1) =-.

  25. # Shanra wrote on October 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm:

    I recoiled – though ‘fell back with a gasp of pain’ might be a better description.
    .-= Shanra´s last blog ..Look what you did! =-.

  26. # margaret wrote on October 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm:

    He stood up and told me not to touch the figure, that if I did only pain and suffering would come to me.
    .-= margaret´s last blog ...hack// Legend of the Twilight Vol. 2 =-.

  27. # 1inseveralbillion wrote on October 13, 2009 at 11:20 am:

    I thought to myself, what could be more painful than the state I was in at this moment?

    [EDITED]

  28. # Audrey wrote on October 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm:

    “What are we doing here?” the angel asked the figure as it emerged from the smoke; already his voice was much stronger.
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Old Reviews (2): Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner and the Princess Diaries 10 by Meg Cabot =-.

  29. # Strangelove wrote on October 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm:

    “What are we doing here?” the angel asked the figure as it emerged from the smoke; already his voice was much stronger.”
    [EDITED]

    I was puzzled more than fearful, but I felt like I was not supposed to see such a confrontation.

    (carlos_durao AT hotmail DOT com)

  30. # Edu Chico wrote on October 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm:

    I was puzzled more than fearful, but I felt like I was not supposed to see such a confrontation.

    [EDITED]

    Those blank and life-grabbing eyes…

  31. # Cavalier wrote on October 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm:

    Those blank and life-grabbing eyes…

    [EDITED]

    My heart pounded just as he was about to reach my skin… And then the angel grabed him…

  32. # J. Lee wrote on October 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm:

    [EDITED]

    He caressed me as if there was only me as I tentatively looked into his seductive eyes.

  33. # Audrey wrote on October 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm:

    My heart pounded as I wondered if he felt it, if he felt my love for him, and the connection between each other. He caressed me as if there was only me as I tentatively looked into his seductive eyes.

    (Okay, I’m not sure if the angel is caressing her of the other smoky creature, but I’m just going to roll with it)

    Suddenly, the angel’s face changed to one of anger, and he growled to me harshly under his breath “You have to leave here now! I don’t know how you got here, but this is not your fight!”
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Old Reviews (2): Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner and the Princess Diaries 10 by Meg Cabot =-.

  34. # Ann-Kat wrote on October 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm:

    Just another quick reminder, especially to new entrants: only one sentence at a time. Each commentator should only add one sentence to the story, wait for someone else to add another sentence, then (should the mood strike) add another. Bear in mind, sentences don’t necessarily need to be short, but should move the story forward.

    With that in mind, I’ve had to edit a few comments (leaving the final sentence as the entry). Now, here’s where we are so far:

    I was told once that angels couldn’t bleed, but the one sitting across from me was covered in blood. (Ann-Kat)

    He sat stiff and rigid, and barely glanced in my direction; I could tell he had been through a rough time, the wounds helped to prove it. (margaret)

    I leaned forward, wanting to help. (Belle)

    But I didn’t know how to help – and I didn’t want to ask the obvious question of “are you ok?” (margaret)

    I realized the blood he was covered with was not his; it was mine. (Ivana)

    It didn’t seem real, somehow. (Shanra)

    I simply couldn’t figure out how it could be my blood. (Zee)

    I couldn’t, couldn’t remember how I got injured, how I got here, anything, not even my own name… (Shanra)

    I frantically searched my brain for any clue as to what my name was, and then I thought to look in my wallet – which I had forgotten at home that day in a rush to meet with him. (margaret)

    I began to breath hard, my hands began to shake, and he looked at me and smiled a sad sweet smile that made what was left of my blood heat up. (Haleyknitz)

    Cautiously, I looked him in the eyes wondering if it was possible that he could have inflicted these wounds upon me, wondering if I was here with him because I was dead. (Audrey)

    He didn’t look like he could have killed me, he had no weapon. (Zee)

    And, now that I thought about it, I was in far too much pain to be dead. (Audrey)

    He touched my cheek and asked me if i was ok, cautiously looking over his shoulder at something that i hadn’t noticed before. (Haleyknitz)

    Unsure as to whether or not I was okay, I didn’t answer and instead tried to get a closer look at what he was looking at, whincing in pain from the effort. (Audrey)

    It was an indistinct shape, as if it was blurred at the edges, or perhaps, made of smoke. (Zee)

    I tried to think of what it could be – having never seen anything like it before. (margaret)

    Is it really what it seems? (Bethie)

    The shape took the outline of a human – or human like figure – and started walking toward him, my heart frozen with terror at what might happen next. (margaret)

    Suddenly strangely drawn to the smoky human figure walking towards us, I reached out as if to touch it, but, in a soft, cracking voice that sounded as if it hadn’t been used in ages, the angel spat out a harsh “No!” (Audrey)

    I recoiled – though ‘fell back with a gasp of pain’ might be a better description. (Shanra)

    He stood up and told me not to touch the figure, that if I did only pain and suffering would come to me. (margaret)

    I thought to myself, what could be more painful than the state I was in at this moment? (1inseveralbillion)

    “What are we doing here?” the angel asked the figure as it emerged from the smoke; already his voice was much stronger. (Audrey)

    I was puzzled more than fearful, but I felt like I was not supposed to see such a confrontation. (Strangelove)

    Those blank and life-grabbing eyes… (Edu Chico)

    My heart pounded just as he was about to reach my skin… And then the angel grabed him… (Cavalier)

    He caressed me as if there was only me as I tentatively looked into his seductive eyes. (J. Lee)

    Suddenly, the angel’s face changed to one of anger, and he growled to me harshly under his breath “You have to leave here now! I don’t know how you got here, but this is not your fight!” (Audrey)

  35. # Judy wrote on October 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm:

    I was hurt by his words because for some reason, deep in my soul, I did not want to leave him alone.

  36. # margaret wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm:

    I stood up and looked at him and said “No. I will not leave you.”
    .-= margaret´s last blog ...hack// Legend of the Twilight Vol. 2 =-.

  37. # Strangelove wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm:

    But I could not find the courage to resist, and so I ran from there, not looking back even when I heard the sound of two worlds coliding.

  38. # Edu Chico wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm:

    I knew I couldn’t get far, that the one still standing would reach for me soon enough, and I hoped it was the angel, even if my fascination with the creature was growing at every breath I took.

  39. # Caty wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm:

    I stopped to regain my breath, leaning against a wall and praying to whoever would listen.

  40. # Edu Chico wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm:

    I was no longer sure that I could pray to the Guardian Angel I believed to have since childhood, for one had just stand before me and screamed.

  41. # Susy wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm:

    Yes, he saved my life, but that did not hide the fact that he was a creature that inspired much fear.

  42. # Strangelove wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm:

    Booooommmmmmmmmmm!
    The exploding sound, just centimeters away from me, came with a wave of dust covering everything around.

  43. # Susy wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:17 pm:

    I could only understand that one of them had just landed with great force in the terrain that was before me, but I was unable to even guess which one by the mere sight of that silhouete.

  44. # margaret wrote on October 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm:

    As the dust began to settle, I finally could make at who it was – and a smile began to creep upon my lips; even though I fought to keep my face a mask.
    .-= margaret´s last blog ...hack// Legend of the Twilight Vol. 2 =-.

  45. # Hush, Hush Giveaway Winner - Today, I Read… wrote on October 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm:

    [...] the last giveaway, rather than have everyone simply leave a comment, I asked each participant to help me write an [...]

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