Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Missy Jane Blog Tour: Prequel Part 1 & Giveaway Today Only

The World of Shifters

The year is 2025. Natural resources are on the verge of running out. Animals are becoming extinct at a rapid pace on every continent. Civil wars are the reality in many countries all over the globe. Paper is nearly non-existent and humans rely on technology for nearly every aspect of their daily lives. Education is on the back burner as people go into survival mode and military law is inevitable.

In the United States, the president and cabinet are kept behind locked doors to prevent assassination, speaking to the people through weekly televised updates. Global relations are at a standstill as each country tries to prevent self-annihilation. Humans are dying out, killing each other at an alarming rate. Religious fanatics believe the end is near. Apocalyptic prophesies abound and there is little hope for future generations.

Amidst the chaos there is a hidden species, biding their time, hiding in plain sight until they simply can’t remain hidden any longer. The violence calls out to their primitive instincts as the fight for survival becomes harder each day. They are shape shifters. Part human, part animal, their DNA is a delicate mix created by Mother Nature to survive all obstacles. They’ve walked on two legs as humans for centuries, but the time has come to reveal their true nature.

It happens slowly at first. They reveal themselves to government agencies in the hopes of preventing bloodshed on either side. Some are successful while others fail miserably, and the public remains oblivious. The shifters don’t want to remain hidden, however, no one can agree on the best course of action. After years of failed talks, kidnappings and brutal experiments, the shifters decide to take action.

May 3, 2025, on television screens across the world, shape shifters make themselves known in the most brutal way possible. The internet explodes with questions and live video. Humans run frightened in the streets to escape the various species of animals appearing where they were never meant to roam. The civil wars continue but the battle lines have changed. Human enemies fight side by side to keep the animals at bay.

August 4, 2028, a treaty is signed in what was once the United States of America. Both sides begin construction to strengthen the impromptu wall hastily erected by the humans at the beginning of the war. Within two years it’s complete enough to man with soldiers, and in the end will span the entire width of North America. From sea to shining sea, a fifteen foot high, eight foot thick, steel and brick barrier keeps the two new countries separate. Other continents soon follow suit.

The northern half of North America becomes The Federal Nation of Therianthropes. In the south the humans create the Combined Human States. CHS is made up of all of the states from the west coast to the east coast south of Colorado, including most of California, and all of Latin America. The rest of the former U.S. and all of Canada belong to the shifters. Both countries have their own government, their own constitution and their own armed forces.

The rules are simple. If you’re a human you don’t go into FNT without a permit or a sponsor. Some humans go north for business, some out of curiosity, others for adventure. However, if you’re a shifter you don’t enter CHS period. There are no permits, no sponsors, no exceptions.

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Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain…

My name is Alexia Williams. In my world, North America is divided between north and south—but not the way it’s taught in the history books.

After losing my family to the shifters, I joined the Combined Human States Army. Now I find myself on the front lines, defending the wall between my species and theirs. My mission is simple: keep the animals on their side by whatever means necessary—and I’m good at it. I don’t talk to them. I don’t sympathize with them. I sure as hell don’t admire them…until one saves my life.

Andor isn’t like any shifter I’ve ever met. He’s a three-hundred-year-old golden eagle asking for help finding missing shifters who may be in my lands. I just have to decide between helping the animals or ignoring signs that my fellow humans aren’t what I thought they were. But how can I help a species I hate and fear? Even if Andor makes me feel alive again?

In the land of the shifters…they call me Death.

THEY CALL ME DEATH available in print and e-book from Samhain Publishing:





They Call Me Death was chosen as our May/June book for The Travelling Book Gnome. After that we spoke to Missy and she was nice enough to include us in her Birthday Blog Tour! Check it out, because you can win prizes at every stop. Go HERE to find out more!! If you comment here today, you get a chance to win something out of this amazing pile of goodies!

Missy Jane Blog Tour

And the grand prize, drawn at the end of her tour, is a Team Missy Jane t-shirt and a signed copy of Moon Called by Patricia Briggs!

Missy Jane Blog Tour

Now, did you notice that I mentioned this was Part 1 of the Prequel? Missy is posting the Prequel to They Call Me Death in 5 parts on all the blogs that are members of The Travelling Book Gnome. It is only available right now on our blogs! Can you guess how many squee-worthy moments I’ve had because of all this?! LOL Anyways, make sure to check out her next stop at Paper Cut Reviews tomorrow for part 2 of the Prequel and another chance to win!

  1. Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick ~ Part 1: The World
  2. Paper Cut Reviews
  3. Can’t Find A Bookmark
  4. Lovin’ & Livin’ Life in the 808
  5. Maybe Tomorrow?

I’ll be posting my review of They Call Me Death sometime this week, so watch for that. Our gnome just might be making a special appearance! So remember if you want a chance to win a prize from Missy today, leave a comment and/or ask a question! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to give her a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

*~Contest here is now closed~*


Ky said...

Woot woot! Awesome Amanda! (Coincidentally I'm working on mine right now) :P

Jo Bryan said...

Sounds so cool, I would be one of the curiou ones wanting to go into FNT to see what its like, what a fab storyline.

Happy Birthday

Nastassia said...

Happy Birthday Missy!!! Your book sounds great.

Aik said...

This is so awesome! Happy Birthday, Missy!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Missy! :-) Your book has been on my wishlist ever since I read your interview at Storywing's blog.

Thanks for the prequel!

Can't wait to see your review Amanda and catch a glimpse of the gnome! ;-) lol

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

SiNn said...

Hapy Birthday Missy!

I LOVEDDD This book totally utterly with out a doubt loved it i have it on my keeper shelf and reread often

mountie9 said...

Happy Birthday Missy! My buddy Natasha recommended your books, and well she hasn't been wrong yet -- well except for fact that she doesn't like Airplane or Young Frankenstein (I know, no one can be perfect)

Thanks again for the donation to the SB&H

Bethany C. said...

Happy Birthday! The book looks hardcore. Does the model on the cover resemble how you pictured Alexia in your mind?

b dot cardone at hotmail

Amanda Leigh said...

@Ky- I'm dying to read all the parts to the prequel!!! It's killing me! LOL Ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but just by a little. :)

@Jo- I would too. My curiosity would totally get the better of me! It usually does. LOL

@Nastassia- It is! It is!

@Aik- Glad you like it! Much planning went into all of this!

@Stella- Oh, you must read it! So good! hehe I'll have my review up soon w/ the gnome and all! :D

@SiNn- I'm right there with you! I was bouncing up and down when Missy told us the idea about the prequel! And there's going to be a sequel! SOOOO happy!!!

@mountie9- Everyone does have to have a few flaws in there somewhere. I LOVED this book! Will have my review up soon. Some of the other The Travelling Book Gnome participants might have there's up already. If not they will this week as well. :)

@Bethany C- Nice question!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN MISSY!!!! Thanks so much for doing this! It's so wonderful!

sscout said...

Happy b-day again Missy (just dropped a line on your facebook).
I've had My name is Death on the backburner for almost a year, but I promise I'll get to it after the urgent TBR (new dresden, new hollows, new ABVH, etc). :)
It's really amazing to see someone on a 1 month book blog tour.

p.s. I love samhain too, I like their catalog much more than ellora's cave' :P

Cathy M said...

Happy Birthday Missy, and thanks for the prequel. Will go check it out right now.

♫♥✿Chas @ LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ said...

Wow... Thank you Missy for the back drop of the novel.
I find it all fascinating and very creative.

Thank you for sharing more of the novel with us. As a fan, I am thrilled tho read this piece and eagerly await for more!!

Yes... squee-worthy!! Prequel and sequel =) =) =) =) whoo hoo!

♫♥✿Chas @ LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ said...


donnas said...

Happy Birthday!!

Thanks for sharing. I am really looking forward to reading your book and am going to start the prequel right now!

debbie said...

Happy birthday. I was wondering, what is one thing that you think we will have in 2025, that we don't have now?

Amanda Leigh said...

@sscout- Move it up the pile! It's so worth it!

@Cathy M- It's coming out day by day in parts.

@Chas- I'm very impatiently awaiting the rest of the prequel. LOL I mean patiently, yes that's what I meant to put.... :)

@donnas- I love this whole world and the characters she's made. I'm a total fan girl at the moment waiting for the other parts to the prequel. lol

@debbie- That's a fun question!

Author Missy Jane said...

Lol, YOU GUYS ROCK! Thank you for the birthday wishes and all of the excitement around They Call Me Death! It absolutely thrills me to know you guys like my book so much (much squee from me over that). Let's see if I remember all the questions:
-The model on the cover is actually very similar to how I pictured Alexia in my mind. I was ecstatic when I first saw it.
-I would LOVE to visit FNT too, just to meet some hot wolves ;-)
-One main thing about "my" future is the loss of many natural resources. So, in the year 2025 there would be fewer things than we have now. Paper is a biggie, so there would be many varied e-readers, lol.
I hope I got all of the questions, but my eyes were teared up from laughing as I read through the posts!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday!

This is very cool... but how does the elf gnome guy thing work!?

Author Missy Jane said...

He's traveling from blog to blog, taking my book with him so the ladies can review it.

Andrea I said...

Happy Birthday Missy!
This book is definitely going on my TBB list. I love the cover.


Amanda Leigh said...

@Missy Jane- I think it's becoming a trend that people end always end up laughing a lot on my blog. One day I might make a serious post again... or not. :D
I agree with you on the natural resources becoming more scarce thing.

@Robin K- Cedric/Fin is our gnome that travels w/ our book on a fun journey and you'll get to see pictures and stuff on each of our blogs as to what he's encountered along the way! :)

@Andrea I- The cover grabbed my attention right off the bat as well!

Book Sake said...

Ooooh pretty book! :)

Angelique said...

Happy birthday =)

Sounds like the author put a lot of time and thought into this, I'm definitely interested in reading it!

Author Missy Jane said...

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes!!! I'm heading to bed so I can hit the gym early, then I'll come home and choose a winner :-)
Keep the comments coming.

Amanda Leigh said...

@Book Sake- Yes, yes it is!

@Vampires and Tofu- It's a lovely world to get lost in!

@Missy Jane- Hope you had a great birthday!

Heather (DarklyReading) said...

Happy Birthday Missy Jane! I like the idea of the re-drawn north/south lines based on shifters v. humans and the cover makes Alexia look pretty kick ass so I'm looking forward to checking out the book!

*yadkny* said...

Happy Birthday Missy!!! Don't work too hard at the gym, after all it is your birthday you deserve a break:)


Reading said...

Happy Birthday Missy!! This is now on my wishlist!

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Paper Cut Reviewer said...

Hi Amanda and Missy! I'm a bit late but wanted to wish you a happy birthday:) Great post by the way;)Can't wait for you to stop by PCR tomorrow.


Author Missy Jane said...

Thanks again everyone! All of you made my birthday even better. Now time to choose the lucky winner...

Robin K!!! Congratulations!! Send your mailing address to missy@msmissyjane.com so I can put your prize pack in the mail.

Everyone else check out Steph's blog today for part 2 of the prequel and another chance to win.

Amanda Leigh said...

@Heather- Yeah, that's what drew me into it too.

@yadkny- Thanks for stopping by!

@Bethie- Yay!

@Steph- Hi! Oh I can't wait to read Part 2!!!!

@Missy- Thanks so much for stopping by! This was a lot of fun!
Robin K congrats on winning!
Hopefully I'll see a lot of you at Part 2 of the prequel at Paper Cut Reviews!

♫♥✿Chas @ LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ said...

psst... i am borrowing your linkies!=)
I am super excited. It's like Easter and I am hunting all the eggs but instead there are only 5 and they are the Parts in this Prequel! How fun! I love Parts 1 and 2 so far... cant wait for 3!!!

Amanda Leigh said...

@Chas- LOL borrow away. I'm all for helping out my fellow TTBG participants! :D

Isn't the prequel great so far! I must go hunt down part 3 soon! SQUEEEE!

Beth (maybe-tomorrow.org) said...

I can't wait to read this book! The prequel is really interesting so far! Great fun jumping from one blog to the next!