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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Author Guest Post + {GIVEAWAY!}: Laura Bradley Rede

Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede
Pages: 288
Genre: YA Paranormal
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Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars, where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl’s heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?

Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:

People change.
Three’s Company: Why We Love a Love Triangle
by Laura Bradley Rede

When the first Twilight movie came out, I hopped myself up on Diet Coke and headed for the Mall of America to take in the midnight premier. I expected there to be screaming and squealing (some of it coming from me!) but I wasn’t prepared for how polarized the crowd would be. Almost everyone sported Team Edward or Team Jacob t-shirts and there were times when the tension in the packed theatre made me feel like I was in the middle of a gang fight, or at least a political campaign. Now, with the Hunger Games movie coming soon, I know we’ll be seeing Team Peeta and Team Gale all over our local Hot Topic and it makes me wonder: what is it about love triangles that grabs us as readers? Why is it so much fun to take sides?

It’s a question I thought about a lot while I was writing my YA paranormal romance, Darkride. The book is a love triangle told from three points of view: Ander, a former monster hunters turned werewolf; Luke, a vampire prince out to win back his immortality; and Cicely, a practical girl who doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires until she finders herself caught up in a battle between them. As a reader, I knew that a good love triangle could keep me turning pages, eager to find out which guy the heroine would choose, but as I wrote, I realized that a good love triangle goes beyond just choosing a guy. A good love triangle is really a crossroads where the heroine chooses a future. Will she be Mrs. Jacob Black and stay human, grow old, but keep her loving family? Or will she be Mrs. Cullen and become an immortal vampire but leave her father and friends behind? Sometimes the choice is philosophical: is she for Gale’s violent revolution or Peeta’s gentler one? Sometimes the choice is good verses evil, as simple as if the guys were a cartoon angel and devil on our heroine’s shoulders, but many times it’s more complex, as the two guys change and grow and sometimes even swap roles. But one thing is for certain, a good book will keep you guessing to the end which way it’s going to go. That’s why, whoever wins, I’m Team Love Triangle to the end.

Laura Bradley Rede

I am the oldest of nine kids. I grew up in a small town in Maine and now live in a little hippy-punk neighborhood of Minneapolis with my wonderful partner, our three amazing children, one great dane, one dachshund, and four city chickens. I am a winner of the Writers of the Future Award for fantasy and science fiction. I often quote Bela Lugosi, the original Dracula, who said “I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow." (A girl can hope, right?)


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  1. I love the drama of love triangles or I like to read about love triangles I don't think I would personally want to go through one, but they can be quiet passionate.

  2. Love triangles are very entertaining. The only time I don't like them is when the lead female stuck in the middle worries about it too much. I'm sure it's a stressful situation, but there's no need to whine and moan. :P

  3. I think love triangles always make for a entertaining read, as long as the person in the middle doesn't lead them both on for like 8 books, cause then it makes that character seem annoying.

  4. Thank you for taking the time to do this giveaway :) I like love triangles, IF they are played out right ;)

  5. It depends, I suppose. I like love triangles if they're WELL DONE, but nowadays, nearly all YA romance books have love triangles. After awhile it get's little commonplace I suppose. I myself have a 100% accuracy radar when it comes to predicting who the girl ends up with :D
    Rachel C.


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