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Shift Blog Tour & Giveaway: Jeri Smith-Ready – Newgrange & the Mysteries of Ireland

Hello everybody and welcome to our stop on the Shift blog tour! To celebrate the release of the second book in the Shade trilogy – about a world where only the young can see ghosts – we are super excited to have Jeri Smith-Ready over to talk about her visit to Newgrange with a guest post and an exclusive (and awesome) video.

Please give it up for Jeri!

I can without a doubt say that this is the most fun I’ve ever had creating a blog post. Or at least the most fun I’ve ever had gathering material for a blog post.

Newgrange from above

Two weeks ago today I was in Ireland, fulfilling both a lifelong dream (to go to Ireland, obviously) and also a creative journey.

In SHADE, my YA paranormal trilogy, the megalith of Newgrange holds the secret of the Shift, a mysterious event that occurred at the moment of the main character Aura’s birth. Everyone born after the Shift (including Aura) can see and talk to ghosts, and no one else can.

Newgrange is believed to have been built around 3200 BC—several centuries before the Great Pyramids of Egypt and two millennia before its more famous English cousin, Stonehenge. No one knows much for certain about the people of that time, but our tour guide Sinead said that evidence indicated they were a peaceful sort. They were buried with jewelry rather than weapons, their recovered bones hadn’t been crushed during life, and most flint of the time was used for creating art and household items, not weapons.

We also now know that they were astronomers. Many Neolithic passage tombs are aligned with the movements of the sun and moon—no doubt to mark important times of the year for religious and agricultural purposes. Newgrange itself is carefully constructed so that its inner chamber is only lit at winter solstice sunrise.

“The light-box combines with other design features so that the light is narrowed with the result that a small ‘dagger’ of light slides along the floor of the passage towards the inner chamber, where it illuminates it for 17 minutes a year.”

(Diagram and caption source: HERE)

Newgrange’s inner chamber may have been the site of rituals held to honor the cycle of life and death. Since the winter solstice marks the time when the days begin to lengthen, it must have been a powerful moment of hope and celebration in these people’s lives.

Nowadays, a select few are chosen by lottery every year to witness the event themselves. In SHADE, Aura’s mother and Zachary’s father were two of these lucky people to enter, the year before the Shift. What happened there on that day may have changed the world. But why?

That’s the mystery that will be further explored in SHIFT, and ultimately solved in next year’s SHINE, the conclusion to the trilogy.

Enjoy the video!

Learn more: For a live video of a Newgrange winter solstice, visit Ireland’s Office of Public Works Solstice 2008 page.

Thanks to Ana and Thea for hosting me today on the SHIFT blog tour! Thanks a MILLION to my talented husband Christian Ready (and his MacBook Pro) for putting together this video. Along with Newgrange, he is the real star of this production.

About the book:

Shift is the second book the in the Shade Trilogy. You can check our review of the excellent first book, Shade HERE.

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend Logan died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows that he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection to the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

The Giveaway:

We have two copies of Shift to giveaway to two lucky winners:

Winner #1 gets a signed copy of the book plus a Newgrange mag, courtesy of Jeri.
Winner #2 gets an unsigned copy, courtesy of the publisher.

The contest is open to EVERYBODY, ANYWHERE, and will run for 24 HOURS ONLY, ENDING TOMORROW MAY 3RD at 00:01AM (PST) when the comments will be closed and winners will be announced here. In order to enter, simply leave a comment on this post.

And good news: your comment will also automatically enter you for a chance to win the Blog Tour Grand Prize: annotated copies of SHADE and SHIFT, an early copy of SHIFT (book three of the series, of which there will be no other ARCS) and an iPod Shuffle! (You can read all the details of the Grand Prize HERE). Only one entry per person, please. Good luck!

Make sure to check out the next stop on the Shift blog tour on Wednesday, May 4 at Mundie Moms

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  • Rachel
    May 2, 2011 at 12:12 am

    That book sounds awesome 🙂 I love stories where old mysteries affect the present

  • Carol Thompson
    May 2, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I was lucky enough to visit Ireland a few years ago but it was for only two weeks and one of those was spent travelling around on a horse drawn gypsey caravan. The other week we tried to cover as much of the country as we could but never got to Newgrange (or a whole lot of other places.

    We found all the people super friendly and ready to do anything for you and have dreamed ever since of being able to go back.

    Thanks for giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    I am a Follower via GFC

  • Judit
    May 2, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Oh, I so want to visit Ireland. Now more than ever 😀 This is such an amazing post, I think so far the best from the whole blog tour 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    judittten at gmail dot com

  • Petra
    May 2, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Beautiful place. Now I want to go to Ireland even more 🙂

  • Vivien
    May 2, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I’m really eager to see how this story develops. I definitely want to visit Ireland at some point.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  • Cicely
    May 2, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I can’t wait for Shift! Shade was awesome, plus Newgrange looks like an awesome place. I’d love to go to Ireland…
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! 😀

  • Saffie
    May 2, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Looking forward to this one!

  • Brodie
    May 2, 2011 at 2:46 am

    So interesting learning about Newgrange and I love the fact that Jeri incorporates this in the mythology of Shade. I’m so excited to learn more about the shift in… Shift! 🙂 Also really makes me want to visit Ireland too.

    Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  • Paulina Golaszewski
    May 2, 2011 at 3:00 am

    There has been a lot of buzz regarding “Shift” in the blogosphere lately! Aura sounds like a strong female character and the story overall sounds like a great romantic paranormal story!
    Oh, and Ireland looks so green and beautiful…unlike New York! lol

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lillian Maloney
    May 2, 2011 at 3:51 am

    I would love to visit Ireland! The backgournd on Newgrange is totally awesome and I can’t wait to read about how it ties into Shift. Very excited for this sequel! 😀

  • Lise
    May 2, 2011 at 3:51 am

    looks like a really good book! and the vidoe was awsome! it really gave you an idea of the setting!

  • Alwyn
    May 2, 2011 at 4:14 am

    This sounds really cool. And that video makes me want to listen to loads of Irish Music. Would love to be entered to win!

  • Katy
    May 2, 2011 at 4:49 am

    yeay!!! This one is exciting! I am fascinated with Irish mythology and culture. So happy my library has a copy of Shade (now on my must-read list)!

  • Gerd D.
    May 2, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Lobo
    May 2, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Thanks for the film Jeri and the giveaway. One day I’d like to visit Ireland.

  • Lostnthestacks
    May 2, 2011 at 5:23 am

    How beautiful!!! I hope to travel there someday.

  • Christine Rankin
    May 2, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Thanks for the. Blog and the give away

  • Karissa
    May 2, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway; I loved Shade.


  • aloveforbooks
    May 2, 2011 at 5:33 am

    The book sounds interesting and I would really love to tour Europe someday!

    Please count me in in the giveaway!

    aloveforbooks at gmail dot com

  • Nicci
    May 2, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I’m so jealous, I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland. This series sounds so good and I’ve been hearing so many good things about it!

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! 😀

  • Robyn
    May 2, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I LOVED Shade and can not wait to read Shift! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Krystal Larson
    May 2, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I wish I could visit Ireland! I’ve stopped by every blog of the tour and will keep going, I really want to read this series! Thanks for the great giveaway and interview 🙂

  • Julie@my5monkeys
    May 2, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Oh I have wanted to go to Ireland myself. Great pictures and video 🙂

    aprilmom00 at gmail dot com

  • Carrie Clevenger
    May 2, 2011 at 6:11 am

    That was the best gift ever, was you taking us along on your trip and referring to the book and where the site fit in. I LOVED Shade, and can’t wait to read Shift.

  • Jennzah
    May 2, 2011 at 6:16 am

    YAY! nice to see Newgrange, and glad you had a great time Jeri! can’t wait for SHIFT!!!

  • Greg
    May 2, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Im a avid reader of books that speculate about the nature of pre written history sites like this. I particularly enjoy learning about the sites themselves.

  • Greg
    May 2, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Im a avid reader of books that speculate about the nature of pre written history sites like this. I particularly enjoy learning about the sites themselves

  • The Book Memoirs (Elle)
    May 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Thank you so much for yet another awesome giveaway! How pretty is Jeri, too? 😮 – Elle

  • bookharlot
    May 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Sounds great! Can’t wait to read this. 🙂

  • Katie
    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I’ve actually been to Ireland for work. I spent a week in Cork and then had one day to see all of Dublin. I need to go back and actually be a tourist!

    bigferret at email dot com

  • Jeri Smith-Ready
    May 2, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Thanks, Book Smugglers, for letting me stop here on the blog tour! This was my first video blog, and now I can see why bloggers enjoy making them. Lots of work, but so fun to share.

    And thanks to all your readers for the great comments! Maybe next year I can come back for SHINE to show you the footage I took in Glasgow.

    Oh wait–I didn’t take any video in Glasgow.

    *runs off to book trip*

  • Anonymous
    May 2, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Ooh this is brilliant, I absolutely loved Shade and have been looking forward to Shift ever since. Thanks so much for holding this giveaway, very exciting! I’m very jealous of your trip to Newgrange, I’ve wanted to go and visit for years but somehow other things have always managed to get in the way!

  • Michelle
    May 2, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Wow, what an interesting place! I’ve been waffling about reading these, but I think knowing that it’s a trilogy, and the really cool premise has convinced me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Elaina Watler
    May 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m dying to read Shift! Someday I want to go to Ireland, it looks so beautiful!

    elainareads AT aol DOT com

  • srs
    May 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I haven’t read Shade, but now I’m intrigued. Also, yay Ireland! My mom’s side of the family is Irish and I have fantasies of going on a walking tour through the country some day.

  • Michaela
    May 2, 2011 at 7:32 am

    thx for the giveaway, the book looks amazing 😀 🙂

  • Kaethe
    May 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I’ve got to get started reading Shade now.

  • Rin
    May 2, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Tatiana
    May 2, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Read the first one. Very excited for this book!

  • SandyG265
    May 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I enjoyed Shade and am waiting to read Shift.

    sgiden at verizon.met

  • Su
    May 2, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Those old-school builders always amaze me with their creativity and accuracy. Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds awesome. I’ll have to hunt down Shade.

  • Debi Murray
    May 2, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Lovely video…I have been waiting to go to Ireland for almost 35 years (as long as I have been married). LOL! Hubby has promised so I hope to do it soon. I have been waiting almost as patiently (just not as long) for SHIFT. Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Jerri.

  • Debi Murray
    May 2, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Oh, I forgot to add…laughed out loud when you were petting the Irish Terrier because mine was sitting with her paw on my knee, begging me to pet her!

  • Lauren
    May 2, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Oooo, this sounds like an excellent series! Can’t wait! ~ L

  • Lisa S
    May 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I can’t wait to read Shift and I would love to go to Ireland! 🙂

  • Shannon H
    May 2, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I love her work, I can’t wait to read this book!

  • Jessy W
    May 2, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I am looking forward to being able to read this book. I would love to visit Ireland someday. It looks beautiful.

  • Lisa (starmetaloak)
    May 2, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I just read Shade over the weekend and I loved it. Would love to win a copy of Shift! Thanks so much!

  • Kasey H.
    May 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for the amazing video, and of course for the wonderful give-a-way. Can you believe tomorrow is the 3rd! Jeri, this has really been a great way to promote your work, so I hope we do it again for SHINE!

  • Mary
    May 2, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Looking forward to reading the complete Shade Trilogy. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Karen
    May 2, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Beautiful video Jeri. Thanks for sharing and your husband did a fantastic job!!
    (don’t enter me int he giveaway)

  • Mara
    May 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Great, now I wish to go to Ireland. I’ve had the opportunity to see Stonehenge, and Newgrange must be equally awesome and exciting to visit (well, for the history and mythology lovers 🙂 ). Loved the video!

  • FloeticFlo
    May 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Heard lots of great things about this one!

  • Linda Henderson
    May 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I really love this series and can’t wait to read this one. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland, I hear it’s beautiful.

  • Amy Pittel
    May 2, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I had tears in my eyes watching the video! What an incredible experience. I cannot wait to see how it shows up in Shine, and to read Shift (which, according to amazon, I should have on release day, hooray!!)

    I’m loving keeping up with your blog tour, and hearing about your trip.

    Amy 🙂

  • Dana
    May 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

    This book sounds great.. can’t wait to read it.

  • Christina G
    May 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I am intrigued by the history of Newgrange. Either te History Channel or Nat Geo had a show on Stonehenge, Newgrange, etc which I taped, but my dvr died so I didn’t get to see it 🙁
    Thanks for sharing your experience!


  • Sarah Bibi Setar
    May 2, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Hi:) Thanks so much for the great giveaway:)
    I’ve been so excited about reading this newest release after reading many great reviews. Thanks for the chance to win:)


  • Ashley
    May 2, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Ooh, loved the video! Everything is so gorgeous and green there. I can’t wait to read more about Newgrange and all the sites in ‘Shine’.

  • ThisViewOfMine
    May 2, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I hadn’t heard about Newgrange before, thanks for spiking my interest. Now i just have to learn more about it! 🙂

  • Mel S
    May 2, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I loved the first book in this series and am so excited about Shift coming out.

    I never heard about Newgrange before but it does look awesome and it’s immediately gone on my must visit list! 🙂

  • Throuthehaze
    May 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  • Josephine
    May 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Wow, sounds fascinating!

  • Briana
    May 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Love the video! I can’t wait for this book! 🙂

  • Laura
    May 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

    This looks great! Can’t wait. 😀

  • Marg K.
    May 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Ireland is one of the top 5 places in the world that I want and plan to eventually visit. I would also love to get my hands on a copy of Shift. 😉

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Cynthia Garcia
    May 2, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Ireland is on my top 5 places to visit when the kids are all grown lol. Thank you for a great giveaway!

  • Maya S
    May 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Ireland! I want to go so bad! Great giveaway btw!

  • Andresa Dias
    May 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

    So interesting learning about Newgrange.
    I definitely want to visit Ireland, looks like an awesome place.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  • ruhme
    May 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I just found out about the Shade series today and intend to read the first book as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Lori T
    May 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Oh, I am so looking forward to reading this! I would love to see Newgrange….it would just be cool to go visit Ireland.

  • Sarah
    May 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

    One of my favorite authors and one of my favorite series…can’t wait!

  • Krysta Banco
    May 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I loved all the info, I love learning about ancient cultures and structures, thank you 🙂


  • suzanne lazear
    May 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

    This book sounds amazing. I devoured the last one. The trip sounds *amazing* I have wanted to visit Ireland for a long time, can’t wait for the day I finally get to go.

  • Tynga
    May 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Please count me in for the giveaway ^^
    I loved the first book and I’m looking forward to Shift. Plus it’d be so great to have a signed copy ^^ Authors never comes to Montreal, Quebec =(


  • jenmitch
    May 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

    i’d love to visit ireland with my younger sisters. this series looks fun, i’m looking forward to giving it a try!

  • Scoot
    May 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Wow, that is really cool! I have never heard of Newgrange before and now I am totally curios. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a copy of the new book!


  • Scoot
    May 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Wow, that is really cool! I have never heard of Newgrange before and now I am totally curious. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a copy of the new book!


  • Jena f.
    May 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I adored reading about the description of the place! Never really read too much into it! And the picture is gorgeous!! Thank you!! 🙂

  • tristan bruce
    May 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Hey, i’ve been following the tour and i love all the stuff i’m learning! Shade is one of my favourite books and i can’t wait to read shift. I love when authors put in so much effort and research in thier books it really shows in the finished product!! I’d love to win a copy of the book!! Thanx for the giveaway 😉

  • YA Vampire Books
    May 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I would love to be entered!
    This series sounds good, and this post really left me wanting to know more!


  • Pippi55
    May 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I love Ireland, and NewGrange is a gorgeous place to visit. =)

  • Caroline
    May 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Being Irish, I’m completely biased of course but I’ve often wondered why more of Ireland’s rich mythology hasn’t been used in stories before this. I’m glad that Newgrange is featured and that more people, who might not otherwise know about it, are getting to know all the country has to offer.

    I’m really intrigued now to read the book and see how it features.

  • bookworm134
    May 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Love this contest! Thanks!

  • Deirdre
    May 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Oh that video made me want to do a revisit and travel around more area. Adding book 1 to my wishlist.

  • Patricia M
    May 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for the contest! Ireland sounds like a blast. I so want to go now. Shift sounds awesome 🙂

  • Kairos
    May 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Exciting! I totally want to go to Ireland now.
    I think it’s still below Italy..but..

  • Mysteriousrose
    May 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Very interesting post. I love Ireland I have only been there once but hope to go back there someday.
    I’m very interested in reading Shift, please enter me into the contest.
    Thanks Jeri for your fantastic writing and for the opportunity to win your book.

    Thank you Ana and Thea for your great blog! It’s awesome to follow your blog.



  • Stephanie
    May 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I loved Shade and have been dying to read Shift. Thanks for the contest!

  • Lisa B.
    May 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Ireland *sigh*. One day I’ll get there, but for now I’ll have your pictures to look at. Great post! SHIFT! Sorry, this blog tour is really getting me ready for SHIFT. Can’t wait!

  • Bailey
    May 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I am obsessed with ALL of those landmarks and you would be surprised how many people don’t now about newgrange. My friend just finished shade and said she loved the idea of newgrange and had never heard of it. Now she is as obsessed as me!!! Thx hope I win

  • Susan Laura
    May 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    We are planning our Spring 2012 trip to Ireland now (first for everyone!) and now I have yet another locale to put on the list. So interesting! And since I love Jeri’s books I would very much like to read her new series, too.

  • Kori
    May 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Ireland..That is where I would love to go on my honeymoon. My boyfriend is Irish and I know he would love to go even more so then me! I LOVED SHADE and I can’t wait to read SHIFT! Awesome giveaway! I hope I win =)
    kriggenbach95 @

  • Dani Nguyen
    May 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Can’t wait to read Shift!

  • Lisa Richards
    May 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    A vacation of a lifetime. My son and his wife are spending 10 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam as we speak.

    I’m a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  • brit
    May 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I look forward to reading this book

  • Sara M
    May 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Shade was my absolutely favorite read of 2010, so I CANNOT wait for Shift!

  • Brittany
    May 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I can’t wait to read this 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Breanne M.
    May 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Great giveaway – I’m actually headed to Ireland in June so this would be the perfect thing to read on the plane!

  • Alexandra
    May 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I want to go to Ireland!

  • elaing8
    May 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway.Shift sounds really good.

  • Tina
    May 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win! I really want to go to Ireland 🙂
    Shift sounds great

  • Robin K
    May 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    WOOT! What a great contest! Count me in as well.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • jnixon
    May 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This story sounds AWESOME!!

  • notunlikely
    May 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Such an interesting post AND giveaway!

  • Victoria Zumbrum
    May 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I really want to read this series. Please enter me in contest. The series sounds very good.

  • winnie
    May 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This is such an interesting post to read! Also awesome giveaway! Please do count me in 🙂


  • Kimmie
    May 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I am definitely going to check this book out — it sounds so cool!

  • Leanna Hiner
    May 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This story sounds Great. The pictures of Ireland are beautiful I would love to win this book.

  • Susan
    May 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    That sounds fascinating – when I get over to Ireland, I’m definitely going to be checking it out. Thank you for telling people about it!

  • Stephanie Tran
    May 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Wow! I’ve always loved Ireland lore and just the intense green landscape. I love the premise of your book!

  • Megan @Amethyst Daydreams
    May 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    WOW! Seeing Newgrange after reading Shift…. it’s magical. It’s going to feel like the longest wait ever for Shine!! Thanks so much for the post and to Jeri for the great video that really brought Newgrange to America for those of us not lucky enough to see it in person!

    amethystdaydreams at zoho dot com

  • Cristina Escalante
    May 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Nice video! I’m always amazed by the wonderful landscapes. Nice touch with the red scarf , by the way, you wouldn’t want to be bothered by ghost while shooting this video. Can’t wait for tomorrow!!!

  • Lisa Marie
    May 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Please enter me in the drawing! Go raibh maith agat!

  • Margay
    May 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Really enjoyed Shade,so can’t wait to read Shift.


  • Bethie
    May 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this.

  • Jess (The Cozy Reader)
    May 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I can’t wait to read this one! And lucky Jerri, going to Ireland. My husband and I would love to go to Ireland. Gorgeous picture and video.

  • Dea S.
    May 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway. 😀

  • Lauren
    May 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    That was a beautiful video. Awesome giveaway!!! Got my fingers crossed! :mrgreen:

  • Kay-Kay-Bay
    May 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of these books before, but they definitely sound worth reading!

  • MannaB
    May 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • April X
    May 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this cool video of your trip in Ireland! Newgrange looks beautiful, I think it’s awesome how you’ve incorporated such a unique back story to your books 🙂

  • Jen B.
    May 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting concept. I am always looking for new YA books for my kids. Thanks for the giveaway. 😀

  • Scribe Kira
    May 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    love the cover! book sounds great! thanks for the awesome contest!!!=o)

  • Llehn
    May 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I’d love to play please.

  • Vivi S
    May 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I’d like to go to Ireland.. fantastic place..
    and I can’t wait to read SHIFT..
    thanks for the giveaway..


  • Ann
    May 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Awesome…count me in.


  • Brooke!
    May 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    “Hey it’s me again! And that’s something! I don’t know what!”
    ahahaha i love Jeri! she makes me laugh! Plus she just keeps pimpin’ out Ireland & i wants to go there sooo bad!!! 😀

    The Hill of Tara is absolutely gorgeous! Perfect place for my boy Logan! <3

    did the end of the video give anyone else goose bumps!? Like for real! That beautiful background & music & the book titles! *DIES*

    (you don't need to count me in the contest!)

  • Kimberly B.
    May 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    That was a fascinating video! I really enjoyed Shade and bought a copy for a friend of mine who’s an actual Young Adult (unlike me); couldn’t resist the chance to spread the Jeri Smith-Ready love! Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

  • Tiah
    May 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I love this post and your books Jeri. I want to go to Ireland but my husband thinks there is nothing to do but go to pubs(we don’t drink). I will have to show him this as part of my quest to convince him to go.

  • Alicia
    May 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Ireland is at the top of my list for places to visit 🙂 it’s so green!

  • Ginny
    May 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    ooohhh!! i need to add both of these to my TBR list! thanks for the opportunity to get my grimy, greedy hands on this book! 😀

  • Jaime
    May 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Love the video 😀

  • Beverly
    May 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Wow! This is an awesome giveaway.. Hope I win 😀 if not though I think I’m gonna have to buy the book. I’m intrigued…

  • Stephanie K.
    May 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Now I want to go to Ireland.

  • Book Sp(l)ot
    May 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    It’s great to see those pictures and an explanation -after reading about Newgrange on the books I was curious & now I have more of a sense of it 🙂

    Book.splot {AT} gmail {DOT} com

  • JenM
    May 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I’ve been to Newgrange! It’s an amazing place and I can totally see why it inspired Jeri. I just got my copy of Shade and I know I will love it. Looking forward to reading Shift after that.

  • Donna S
    May 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Looking forward to Shift. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Van P.
    May 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Looking forward to reading this!


  • mikhaila
    May 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    it looks really good, yet another to go on my to be read list 😀

  • Courtney
    May 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    This looks like a great book!

  • Sharon
    May 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Shade trilogy – love the name of this book series

  • Fia
    May 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    SO wanna win this book 😛

  • Ana
    May 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Thanks to all the comments!

    The contest is now closed and we will close the comments. Winners will be announced later today!

    Good luck.