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Win a SIGNED copy of The Dark Hunters: Infinity Vol.2, The Manga

The second volume in the Chronicles of Nick manga hits the shops on 17th December. Set in the world of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s multi New York Times-bestselling Dark-Hunter novels, this manga is perfect for anyone who loves Sherrilyn’s novels, as well as fans of Percy Jackson, the Olympians and Maximum Ride.

To celebrate publication, we’ve got a SIGNED copy to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question then add your details to the box below.

What is Sherrilyn Kenyon’s teen hero Nick’s surname?

A. Gautier
B. Gallagher
C. Gordon

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Sherrilyn Kenyon Visits the UK – the details!

There were squeals of excitement in the Little, Brown office, and across Europe, when Sherrilyn Kenyon announced that she would be coming to the UK for the first time in six years. The Piatkus team were inundated with emails from fans wanting to know where they could meet their favourite author and get their copies of Styxx signed. So, after some very quick London sightseeing, we put Sherrilyn to work!

Our first stop was Nottingham, on Tuesday 10th September, where Sherri gave more than 100 lucky fans at Waterstones the chance to ask her questions about her past and future novels. Bursting into applause when she revealed that there will be Dark-Hunter films coming soon, the audience were quick to ask which actors the lead roles would go to. Sadly, Sherri had to remain tight-lipped and so we’ll have to wait a little while longer to find out who’s up to the challenge of being Acheron.

The next day, we managed to sneak in a quick visit to Nottingham Castle, where we went on the spooky cave tour and ate some fish and chips, before jumping back on the train and heading to Birmingham. Fans had queued around the block in Birmingham city centre for Sherri’s event at Waterstones on the High Street. Despite the fact that it was raining (hard!), many had waited for hours to get their books signed and to have their photos taken. After drying off, some even showed us their incredible Dark-Hunter tattoos!

With no rest for the wicked, we headed back to London the next day. Sherri came into Little, Brown HQ to meet the staff (we played it cool, we promise) and book bloggers at the annual Piatkus party. Then, finally, after one last night in London, Sherri finished her whirlwind tour with a signing at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Here, excited fans had travelled from all over Europe (including Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy AND Sweden!). In the true spirit of Friday 13th, some fans had even dressed in Dark-Hunter costumes. We probably shouldn’t mention the ones who had skipped school, or the fan that was missing her dad’s birthday… ooops!

It was a hectic four days, but Sherrilyn was delighted to meet so many of her amazing fans and was really touched by the effort everyone went to – especially as it rained for most of her visit! She’s hoping to visit the UK again in the future, so who knows where we’ll end up next time…

 

 

Win a copy of Time Untime

As the countdown begins to publication of Styxx, we’ve got a little competition for anyone who missed out on Sherrilyn’s most recent novel, Time Untime.

Five copies are up for grabs, all you need to do is enter your details in the box below and we’ll randomly select 5 winners on Styxx publication day (3rd September)! Terms & conditions here.

Read an exclusive extract from Styxx

Styxx, the brand new bestseller from Sherrilyn Kenyon, hits the UK shops on 3rd September.

We’re so excited about Sherrilyn’s imminent UK 2013 tour that we couldn’t resist sharing this exclusive sneak preview of the first chapter of Styxx.

Read it now, pre-order your copy then hot foot it down to one of the three UK events to meet Sherrilyn in person!

STYXX by Sherrilyn Kenyon Chapter One by Little Brown UK

Sherrilyn Kenyon UK Tour 2013

September is an exciting month as brand new Dark Hunter hardback Styxx hits the shops.

Now it’s got a whole lot more exciting because SHERRILYN KENYON IS COMING TO THE UK!

The Sherrilyn Kenyon UK Tour 2013 starts on Tuesday 10th September and will include THREE exclusive signings.

More details of the Sherrilyn Kenyon UK signings are below and make sure to ‘like’ Sherrilyn’s UK Facebook page and search #kenyonuk2013 on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

SHERRILYN KENYON UK TOUR 2013

Tuesday 10th September
Ticketed event at Waterstones Nottingham. Seated talk followed by signing (max capacity 150). Time: 7pm
1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR
Tel: 0843 290 8525

Wednesday 11th September
Signing at Waterstones Birmingham High St.
Time: 6pm
26 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SL
Tel: 0843 290 8149

Friday 13th September
Signing at Forbidden Planet, London.
Time: 18:00-19:00
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
Tel: 020 7420 3666

 

Ten copies of Born of Silence to be won!

This week we publish the paperback edition of Born of Silence, book five in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s futuristic League series.

To celebrate we have x10 large paperback copies of the book to giveaway. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is complete the entry form below.

About the Book

In the Ichidian Universe, the League and its ruthless assassins continue to keep rule. But at what cost? Welcome back to the future. . .and a whole new world.

The second most infamous member of the shadow organisation called Sentella, Kere, an explosives engineer, is known for striking terror in the hearts of all enemies. The bounty on his head is truly staggering, and no one outside the Sentella knows his real identity.

Zarya Starska grew up hard on the back streets of hell. Labelled a traitor because of her father’s political beliefs, she dreams of a different life and a different world. A world where the harsh hand of the Caronese government doesn’t destroy the lives of its citizens. As a resistance leader, her goal is to topple to government that took her father’s life, along with her mysterious right-hand man, known only as Kere.
But Kere has a dark secret. He’s out for revenge for past crimes against his family, and plans to annihilate all those he feels guilty, along with every resistance member he can find . . . including Zarya.

Born of Silence is available from book retailers now. Head on over to theUK Book page to read an extract from the novel.

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A Bumper Crop of Belador Code Prizes to be Won!


Today we publish The Curse, book three in Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love’s kick-ass Belador Code series about a band of supernatural warriors bound by an extraordinary code of honour to protect mankind from creatures that go bump in the night. In The Curse, our protagonist Evalle Kincaid has just two days to prevent a troll invasion on Atlanta and save the entire Belador race from a ruthless plan to destroy them all!

To celebrate publication we have some truly fantastic Belador Code prizes up to grabs – all donated by the lovely Dianna Love. First prize includes a paperback copy of The Curse, a set of 10 transferable Belador triquetra tattoos, a Belador branded Post-it notebook signed by Dianna Love, a Belador T-shirt, a Keeper Kase™  packed with Belador book covers signed by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love, and a Belador bookmark all inside a monogrammed Belador tote bag!

Second prize is a paperback copy of The Curse, a set of 10 transferable Belador triquetra tattoos, a Belador Post-it notebook signed by Dianna Love, a Belador T-shirt, a Belador bookmark and a Keeper Kase™ packed with signed Belador book covers. Five runners-up will also win Belador bookmarks plus transferable tattoos for them and their friends. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning these great prizes is complete the entry form below.

This is a bumper crop of prizes, so what are you waiting for? Enter now.

Last week fans also caught up with Dianna Love, co-author of the Belador Code series, for an exclusive Twitter chat about the series. For those who missed the live chat, we have a transcript of some of the best bits here.

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The Curse is available to buy in paperback and as an eBook from all good book retailers now. For more about New York Times bestseller Dianna Love, visit her website and Twitter feed.

Ask Dianna: Belador Code Webchat with NYT Bestseller Dianna Love


Last Friday, Piatkus, the UK publisher of Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Belador Code series, hosted a live web chat with New York Times bestseller and co-author of the Belador Code series, Dianna Love. For one hour fans were granted a fantastic chance to submit their questions on the Belador Code to Dianna – many great questions were asked and lots of fun was had by all.

For those who missed it we have collected the best bits from the web chat below. Enjoy!

Fan: The worlds and mythology you and Sherrilyn Kenyon create are astonishing! Where does inspiration for Beladors mythology come from?

DL: Celtic mythology and the idea of warrior descendants living today . . . and creating a mix blood female with a lot of troubles who likes to kick demon butt!

Fan: Do you have a planned number of books for the series?

DL: Not a set number of books, but there are at least 4 major series arcs — first one is soon. Lot happening in CURSE.

Fan: Don’t want Evalle’s story to ever end but want her to find HEA! Thank you!

DL: LOL — we feel the same way! And she has a lot of story yet to go with big surprises coming in Curse & next book

Fan: How did you come up with lugnuts as a snack for Feenix?

DL: He is TOO cute and I kept thinking ‘what would be fun that would cause trouble?’

Fan: Do you and Sherrilyn Kenyon ever disagree on an idea and if so, how do you decide who wins?

DL: LOL — We respect each other’s opinion so no fights, but lots of [snarky comments] in the pages.

Fan: I basically love ALL the characters in this series! Is there any of them you particularly feel close to?

DL: I truly LOVE Feenix because he’s so sweet, but Evalle is special to me because of what she’s survived and faces each day.

Fan: What’s the best part of writing in collaboration?

DL: Brainstorming together, sharing moments when some character or plot element surprises us, laughing (we snark a lot) . . . Being able to spin a story in unexpected directions is what drew me into writing. Love puzzles & lots of action.

Fan: If you could have a magical power like the Beladors we wondered what it would be?

DL: Oh, it would so be to teleport. I hate traffic and would take a helicopter over diamonds any day . . .

DL: A question from me – who do you think Evalle should end up with? And why?

Fan: Storm! But I have to say the way you ladies write it makes me dream about anyone so, I’m flexible on my decision. LOL

PB: Ohh — that is a tough one. We don’t want to play favourites but Jaguar shapeshifters are pretty hot! (i.e. Storm!)

PB: Time is up guys! A massive thank you to @diannalove for her time and speedy question answering!
DL: Thank you for inviting me! I enjoyed chatting.#Beladors

To celebrate publication of The Curse, we also have some fantastic prizes (all donated by the lovely Dianna Love) to give away. Enter now!

The Curse is available to buy in paperback and as an eBook from all good book retailers now. For more about New York Times bestseller Dianna Love, visit her website and Twitter feed.

Exclusive Guest Post: NYT Bestselling Author Dianna Love on the Belador Code and the Fine Art of Collaboration

With just  two weeks to go until we publish The Curse, the brand new novel in the Belador Code, we caught up with NYT bestselling author Dianna Love to find out more about how the series came about and just what it is like to collaborate with the queen of paranormal — Sherrilyn Kenyon.

I’m often asked what it’s like to collaborate with #1 NYT bestselling paranormal author Sherrilyn Kenyon and many times when I’m asked this, we’re out on tour or at reader events with her standing right beside. That’s when we look at each other and smother our chuckles, because we’re probably the oddest writing team out there.

Why?  Sherrilyn has been writing since she picked up crayons, but I didn’t start writing until 2001.  Sherri goes to bed at 4:00 am and I get up at 4:00 am. She’s a seat-of-the-pants writer and I tend to plot out complex story threads.  She has three children.  I have a saltwater tank full of fish, which is why I remind her that my life is far more stressful since she’s never had to flush a child.  That’s when she reminds me that she’s wanted to do just that a couple of times.

How did we come to collaborate on two series?  It happened about 2:00 AM one morning in the middle of a tour.  I don’t remember which city.  We’d just gotten in from a late signing and were trying to unwind quickly so we could grab a few hours sleep and head out by 6:00 AM.  We started talking about a series she had going and got around to the BAD agency.  She wanted to give it the darker, edgier feel of a thriller so I immediately started brainstorming something off the cuff.  The next thing I know she’s suggesting we write it together.

This is where the dialogue cloud above my head read, Let me think about this…collaborate with a #1 NYT best selling author?  My answer?  Let me put it this way – my mamma drowned the dumb kids.  But that was the extent of our planning how we’d do it.  Later that day, we just started writing on the first book.

What’s our process?  We don’t take separate chapters or characters to write.  I like to write the opening of the story, but once we get rolling we’ll hand off the book in the middle of a scene. We both read each other’s words and edit at will.  From the beginning, we had one common goal – the story came first.  Splitting up characters and/or scenes disrupts the author voice, in my opinion.  I’ve read stories written that way and it’s easy to pick up who wrote what because I got pulled out of the story.  I’ve also read stories written the way we write and find myself immersed in the journey, so that works for us.

Who wins a fight?  We get that question often and laugh, because we don’t fight, but we do put snarky comments in brackets.  We’ve sat in her cabin in two different rooms, emailing chapters back and forth on the final run.  One of us will hit a snarky comment and lean over to call out something derogatory and the other one will snort or chuckle.  I did walk in once to ask her about a sentence that didn’t seem to fit.  When I pointed it out to her, she said, “I thought you wrote it.”  I said, “I thought you wrote it.”  We deleted it and pretended that sentence never happened.  That’s how well our voices overlap and blend.

Four years ago, our publisher asked if we’d consider writing something paranormal together. Back in 2006, I’d created an urban fantasy concept about the Beladors. I’d shopped the series to editors who’d wanted it, but marketing departments said the Belador series was too unusual and (at the time) didn’t fit within any genre.  They had no idea how to present it to readers.  One editor suggested it was ahead of its time, which turned out to be the case.  But fast-forward four years to the conversation with Sherri and our publisher.  Since she’d been generous enough to bring me into the BAD Agency series she’d created, I asked Sherri if she’d like to collaborate on the Beladors. By that point the urban fantasy market had changed significantly, and she loved the idea.

Sherri and I met when my first book was out and we noticed we’d been running into each other every weekend at the same conferences for over a month.  We started eating together, then meeting at other events.  Inside a year, we’d become good friends and were touring in the US and internationally.  For my part, I feel blessed to have met someone like Sherri who is both creatively generous and has been a wonderful friend.  We’ve covered a lot of miles together, and we both share a passion for writing, business and marketing that has produced a lot of interesting ideas.  It’s been great to work together as a team through the crazy business of publishing, and the most wonderful part—getting out there to meet the readers and fans.

To find out more about the Belador Code and The Curse visit the UK Books page now.

For more about Dianna Love visit  her website and stay tuned to Dianna’s Twitter feed for your chance to ask her anything in an exclusive #Beladors web chat from 13.00hrs GMT on Friday 14th September 2012!

The explosive new Dark-Hunter® must-read is here!


Today sees UK publication of Time Untime, the brand-new novel in the Dark-Hunter® series and if the great comments we have been receiving from all you lovely fans and bloggers over the past few months are anything to go by, we aren’t the only ones who are very excited about it!

An explosive read for existing fans and newcomers alike, in Time Untime we meet Kateri Avani a young scientist who is about to come face to face with the mysterious warrior who has haunted her dreams her whole life; we also catch up with Ren Waya (the sexy Keetoowah warrior of Kateri’s dreams, a Dark-Hunter® the eagle eyed among you might recognise as Renegade from Retribution).

You can check out an extract or get your copy of the book from the Time Untime Book Page now, or read on for more info about this scorching summer must-read!

About the book:

Long before recorded history, there was a Keetoowah warrior so feared that everyone trembled before his wrath. Only a brutal betrayal by the one closest to him could defeat him. But not even death was the end of a man so strong.

The Time Untime approaches . . .

Kateri Avani has been plagued her entire life with dreams she doesn’t understand: images of places she’s never been and of a man she’s never seen. Her quest for answers has driven her to Las Vegas where she hopes to finally silence the demons in her mind. What she never anticipates is coming face to face with the warrior who has haunted her her entire life. One who belongs to a world the scientist in her refuses to believe is real.

Ren Waya came back from the dead to keep the prophecy he began from coming true and ending the world. For thousands of years, he has fought the same evil that once possessed him. But now that evil has found the one person he can’t fight. The one person who, against his will, holds the most sacred part of him: his heart. But if he doesn’t kill Kateri, the deadliest of evils will reemerge and destroy everyone else on the planet. It was a sacrifice he made once. Will he be able to make it again?

Time Untime is available from all good book shops and online retailers now.