Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We made it to 782 on Twitter! Yay!

Antenna Witch-Ball and Diana's Commonplace Book
Wow!  We've made to 782 followers on Twitter! To those of you who haven't read the All Souls Trilogy, let us explain.  Ashmole 782 is the manuscript that triggers all of the action in the story, and it's what Matthew and Diana seek throughout the entire series (also known as 'The Lost Book,' or 'The Book of Life' depending on what type of creature you are.  One character even called it 'The Book of Death!'). It's not just any number...in case you thought we were being ridiculously random!

True to tradition, when we reach this number on our social media accounts we hold a giveaway to thank our followers.  The only other venue we've ever done this on is Facebook (so far), and we are really excited to add Twitter to the ranks!

A short story about us and Twitter.  In October, 2012 (prior to any thought of a campaign—we know! What?!), we'd individually log in and stumble around on Twitter trying to reach out to the right people to get our #RA4MC message across to anyone who would listen.  It was. . .interesting.  The 140 character limit kept choking us, and forget the proper use of hashtags!  Foreign!  For a while we were essentially just communicating truncated messages to each other!  It's really pretty surprising we didn't hang it up then, and go right back to chatting on FB messenger.  It turned out to be a good thing that we were passionate enough to stick it out!

We've come a long way, and this is a major milestone for us.  Thank you for helping us get here. Thank you for hanging in with us so long (even if it's just for the great pictures!)

We are giving away the famous—famous in the AST world, anyway...and now sort of rare—version of Diana's commonplace book, issued by the Viking promotions department during the hardcover release of 'The Book of Life' last July.  The only place you can get it now is in the box set of hardcovers, and sometimes the publisher will give out a few during events.  We are also pleased to be able to offer Aunt Sarah's really cool witch-ball (actually featured in 'The Book of Life!')  We searched high and low for them!  Every place we found had them out of stock, so it's a pretty special item. Both were gifts from Matthew to Diana and Sarah Bishop—Sarah also got a cool car out of the deal; Matthew is a great gift-giver!  We'd love to give one out to each of our 782 + Twitter followers, but we are Daemons of a limited budget, so it's either a bulk order of witch-balls or paying for web hosting. You are here at the site, so you know what we chose! The good news is that one of you will to get to fly with her on your broom of choice.  Good luck, and thank you again!  We are humbled.

Click here for the details: Win the Bishop Package!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Daemon Guide to 'A Discovery of Witches'

Presenting “The Daemon Guide to A Discovery of Witches."  Book 1 of the All Souls Trilogy


Why did we write this?  Well, we have a decent amount of followers and fans, and we realized that not everyone follows us for the same reasons.  That’s what happens when you run ‘split personality’ campaign!  You get a wide range of diverse followers!  Please know that we are grateful for all of you, whatever your reasons are for sticking with us.  Anyway, some are just here because they share our intense love of the All Souls Trilogy.  Our Pinterest boards cover a lot of that, and we do divert from our RA love on our social media to showcase series items.  We also realize that we have some fans that haven’t read the book(s)!  They may have bought it, read two pages, and put it down.  Or some may have no intention on reading the book, unless RA gets the part of Matthew Clairmont.  You are free to do what you’d like!  However, we will never stop encouraging people to read the series!

We created this little guide to help potential readers get through what may seem an intimidating read (the book is pretty big!)  Or perhaps, some feel it’s the same old story regurgitated in a different form (those who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around vampires. It’s not their genre, and they aren't compelled to start reading fantasy novels now).  We consider this a story about society, and how we treat others who live among us who may be different (now and historically).  It’s also happens to be a romance between two star-crossed lovers that must be hidden because of established norms and governing rules.  And finally, it’s a descriptive tour of wonderful places not everyone will have the chance to see in their lifetimes.  Yes, there are daemons, witches and vampires in it, but that’s just happenstance.  Give it a chance, if you dare!

Also, you can take it a step further by joining the re-read at Goodreads sponsored by Penguin books, going on right now:  https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/159040-all-souls-trilogy-re-read

The Penguin Goodreads reading schedule:

Week of 3/24: Discovery of Witches Chapters 1-10
Week of 3/31: Discovery of Witches Chapters 11-21
Week of 4/7: Discovery of Witches Chapters 22-32
Week of 4/14: Discovery of Witches Chapter 33-43
Week of 4/21: Shadow of Night Chapters 1-10
Week of 4/28: Shadow of Night Chapters 11-21
Week of 5/5: Shadow of Night Chapters 22-32
Week of 5/12: Shadow of Night Chapters 33-42

Use our guide to help you navigate the first book of the All Souls Trilogy (AST), “A Discovery of Witches” (to be referred to as ‘ADOW’ in the guide).  There is a downloadable version of this guide for printing if you’d like keep this as a quick reference while reading.  Ok, let’s tackle this!  *Please note, there will be minor spoilers.  No plot points are given away.

View the reading guide here: The Daemon Guide to 'A Discovery of Witches'

P.S.  We are planning to cover all three books of the series.  Up next:  The Daemon Guide to 'Shadow of Night'.  The Goodreads re-read for Shadow of Night is in April, so expect it around then.  This is to provide a timely quick reference guide for people participating.