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Smugglivus 2010: Entice Blog Tour (& Giveaway) with Carrie Jones

Welcome to Smugglivus 2010: Day 19

Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors, bloggers and publishers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2010, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2011.

Who: Carrie Jones, author of the Need YA paranormal/urban fantasy series (about killer Pixies, weres, and the like). As part of her blog tour, Carrie has graciously agreed to stop by and tell us all about 2010 and her favorite films and books of the year.

Recent Work: Entice, the third book in the Need series, has just hit stores. Following a small Maine town with a major Pixie problem, the Need series is entertaining paranormal fun (you can check out Thea’s reviews HERE).

Without further ado, please give a warm welcome to Carrie Jones!

My Favourite Things of 2010

So, let’s just pretend that I was a normal author who had a normal year, but I am not. This was sort of year of smut for me. You know? One of those years where you ONLY want to read romance novels. It was that kind of year for me. And it’s a little too embarrassing for me to actually admit to the kind of books that I loved this year.


My mother tends to Google me.
My mother thinks highly of me.
I would like her to continue to do so.
Enough said, right?

Either way, I’ve scrounged up some ‘favourite things’ that won’t give my mom heart palpitations. Hopefully. Oh, who am I kidding? They probably will. Sorry Mom!



War Dances by Sherman Alexie

I have been unofficially in love with Sherman Alexie since college and I hope I never meet him because I like to imagine that he is raw and funny and charismatic just like his words. He’s one of the first poets who made me actually like poetry, who made me actually think, “Oh my gosh! It doesn’t always have to be about wheelbarrows and poems don’t always have to be written by super wealthy, academic people who use pretentious words.”

I grew up poor and in my family poetry was the stuff inside of a Hallmark card or sometimes, a really cold beer.

Sherman Alexie grew up poor too, and he’s taught me that poor and poetry don’t have to be enemies. But this book is actually stories, because Sherman Alexie is also a fiction writers and a really amazing one. I think it officially came out in 2009, but I don’t care. I read it this year.

Jumped by Rita Williams Garcia

Love. Love with an unholy passion.


Star Trek

I know! I know! It came out in 2009, but I am a bit slow on the movie scene and can I tell you, that I am so glad that they made the crew hot. Seriously hot. And full of action.

The very first thing I ever wrote was a Star Trek fan fiction because I thought my super jock older brother LOVED Star Trek. I was in fourth grade. He was in college. I wanted his super coolness to rub off on me and I wanted him to love me. I wrote over 400 pages of Star Trek in a spiral bound notebook, tied it up with my favorite rainbow/unicorn shoelaces and presented it to him on his birthday. I was super proud.

He looked at it.

He looked at it.

He said, “Star Trek? I hate Star Trek. That’s for geeks.”

Ha! Not anymore, bro. Not anymore.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Epic. Awesome. Hysterical. Can you want more in a movie?

The Secret in Their Eyes

Three things:
1. Argentina!
2. Emotional
3. It juggles 801 genres in one movie and it works! Holy cow! (I’d say a worse word here but again – my mom might see it)

Some day I would like to write a book half as poignant as this.


Damn. Anything like this I love. It has twists and turns and a cliffhanger ending. I like my movies either ridiculously stupid, amazingly beautiful, or the kind that doesn’t tie everything up in a happy package. There is no happy package here.

Favorite People of 2010


This year I realized that being a full-time writer kept me in the house way too much and I’d forgotten that other people exist so I applied for (and actually got) a job as a part-time police, ambulance and fire dispatcher.

And I have to tell you… it may not be hipster to say this, but I LOVE COPS! (Not all of them, and not in a badge bunny way of course). They are so funny and real and they are heroes every day. They can drag dead deer across the street, make a man stop beating his wife, pull people out of burning buildings if the firefighters aren’t there yet, and tell more dirty jokes than anyone else except possibly Sarah Silverman.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

This Brazilian leader is swoon worthy really. Because his wife and unborn child died because they couldn’t afford health care, at 25 he decided to become a politician who is dedicated to making his country better. And he’s really, actually trying.

Malalai Joya

Malalai lives in Afghanistan. She grew up while the Taliban was in power. She started underground schools for girls in a place where it’s often considered okay for girls to not even have fresh air. She was in the parliament where she spoke up for women’s rights, spoke up for herself, spoke up about what she thought were wrongs.

And she was kicked out.

And she was intimidated.

And she was the victim of death threats.

She is 31 years old and she is made of so many kinds of awesome that I just can’t handle it. Easily one of my favorite people for forever, not just 2010.

Thank you, Carrie!

For More About Entice and the Need Series, make sure to check out the official NeedPixes Facebook fanpage, which includes: a Team Nick or Team Astley poll, a Contest where you can tell the author and publisher who your dream cast for a movie version of the Need series would be (also, you can enter to win a Flip cam!), book trailers, an official Alyx fanpage, and coming very soon…a Pixie Kiss App! Check it out.

Giveaway Details:

We have ONE copy of Entice, along with awesome Pixie bookmarks, up for grabs! The contest is open to US street addresses ONLY (no PO boxes and no international addresses), and will run until Saturday, December 25 at 11:59PM (PST). In order to enter, leave a comment here letting us know who you prefer – Astley? Or Nick? Only ONE comment per person, please! Multiple comments will be automatically disqualified. Good luck!

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  • Susan B. Evans
    December 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Nick! Totally and forever, Nick! Astley is no good, and I can’t wait to see what has happened with Nick in Valhalla.

  • Emily
    December 19, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I vote Astley- Nick’s hate for pixies is too much of an obstacle for me. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  • Erica
    December 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Astley – I don’t know as much about him, and he seems a lot more interesting than Nick. In a way.

  • Courtney
    December 19, 2010 at 11:07 am


  • Robin K
    December 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I have no idea which to pick. I usually lean toward the bad boys. So I think it would need to be Asley.

  • Tina
    December 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    So far I’ve only read Need, but Astley sounds like a more complex and interesting character than Nick.

  • Allie
    December 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I am open to both of them. They both have their pros and cons

  • Audra Holtwick
    December 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Astley- I have to be on his team

  • Victoria Zumbrum
    December 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I haven’t read the series but I would like to. Please enter me in contest.

  • E.J. Stevens
    December 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I’m team Nick. 🙂
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    From the Shadows[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Lisa
    December 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Team Astley!! Thanks for entering me in the contest. Happy holidays!

  • JenM
    December 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I just picked up Need but haven’t read it yet so I can’t pick a team. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kimberly B.
    December 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve only read Need so far, but I quite enjoyed it! Right now I’m Team Nick, but who knows if books two and three might change my mind . . .
    Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

  • Stephanie K.
    December 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Team Nick.

  • Melanie L
    December 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I don’t know which one I prefer right now. I just bought Need and Captivate the other day, but haven’t had a chance to read them yet. I plan on getting to them soon, though. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  • Linda Henderson
    December 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I’m going team Nick, although I could change my mind later.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  • jennie m
    December 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    i’d love to read the series, but as i haven’t, i am not on a team!

    in general, though, i prefer to be on team “whoever the heroine is”. whatever is best for our current awesome protagonist is what is best for meee. 🙂

  • Laura
    December 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Nick. 🙂

  • Maureen
    December 20, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I pick Nick.

  • Becky
    December 20, 2010 at 7:02 am

    The problem is I like both of them but for different reasons. I 1

  • Ashleigh
    December 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I don’t really like either choice, so if I could choose the invisible third option of “neither,” I would. If must choose, I will go with Astley. I did not like the turn Nick’s behavior was taking in Captivate before he got taken.

  • Amanda Lee
    December 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I haven’t started the series yet (it’s on my to-read list!) so I can’t pick between either. However, I tend to lean toward whomever is less of an entitled jerk, so sign me up for whichever team falls under that category!

  • Cindy C.
    December 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I choose Nick 🙂

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  • Amanda L
    December 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I think I’ll go with Astley!

  • Aik
    December 21, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I’m team Nick all the way!

  • Sharron Clemons
    December 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    i’d love to read the series, but as i haven’t, i am not on a team! in general, though, i prefer to be on team “whoever the heroine is”. whatever is best for our current awesome protagonist is what is best for meee. 🙂

  • Marisol Perry
    December 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I haven’t started the series yet (it’s on my to-read list!) so I can’t pick between either. However, I tend to lean toward whomever is less of an entitled jerk, so sign me up for whichever team falls under that category!

  • Scribe Kira
    December 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    i also haven’t read the series, but i have two friends who have, one of which recommends books to me all the time! =o) 😀

  • Lillian Maloney
    December 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Team Nick FTW!

  • CherylS22
    December 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    That’s a tough choice – but, I’d probably go with Nick.

    Thanks for the giveaway…
    Happy Holidays!

  • Donna S
    December 23, 2010 at 9:50 pm


    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Anonymous
    December 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Nickkkkkkkkk! All the way!

  • Anonymous
    December 28, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Ima go with Nick. Cause ijust love him, but astleys bot bad

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