Courtney S. Barr

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Spread the Awesome! Author Spotlight: Bree Despain Interview & Contest!!!

Welcome to the Kingdom!
It is a pleasure to have the talented author Bree Despain visiting today.

(don't you love those yellow shoes?!!... ;o) )

Bree’s book The Dark Divine is a favorite here in the Kingdom and our excitement is palpable! The wonderful Elana Johnson started all this by asking which book did I feel deserves 10 STARS!!!
After reading my entry on this AMAZING book be sure to check out over60 Other Bloggers who have also chosen to spotlight their favorite author & recommended read!! For example check out
Suzanne Palmieri's post on author Kenneth Harvey once you learn all you can about Bree Despain here!
So are you ready for The Dark Divine? Turn the page with me..

A prodigal son...

A dangerous love...

A deadly secret...

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

(synopsis, book cover, and photo courtesy of Bree Despain's blog site)

WHEW!! Is that not something that makes you want to run to the closest Barnes & Noble right now!!! Well, put the keys down, keep reading below THEN go buy it… ;o)

SP: Now, Bree, as you can see you are surrounded by adoring members of the Royal Court. All of us here are beyond ecstatic to learn as much as we can about you – we just love juicy details...Ahem.

BD: It is my pleasure to be here your Highness, and I only hope to please the court.

As I was saying we are all delighted to meet you! *smileswickedly* Now for the interrogation..ahem..questions…

SP: When I sit down to write I have my tiara slightly askew, my laptop (jewel encrusted of course), my husband fanning me with a palm leaf and a cup that has Princess emblazoned on it filled with Green Tea at my side. Do you have any little writing quirks, what are your rituals?

BD: Interestingly enough, my writing rituals are very similar to yours. Except my cup would be filled of either cinnamon bears or chocolate chips, and my hubby would be shirtless—occasionally pausing to flex for me :D. In all seriousness, I prefer to write in bed the best.

SP: I dream about how I will react when a book of mine is published – the crazy excitement that will occur. What is the craziest, most out of the ordinary thing you have done since having TDD published?

BD: The craziest thing we did as a family was take a trip to Disneyland. I know it doesn’t sound crazy, but did I mention we drove there? 12 hours later, we learned that was about as crazy as you can get. I promised my boys that if mommy ever sold her book, they’d get a trip to Disneyland out of it—it was a great bribe to get more mommy time for writing.

SP: *SLIGHT SPOILER* What is your favorite page in The Dark Divine? Why?

BD: Good question. Hmmm… I think I’ll go with pg 115. I absolutely love this scene between Daniel and Grace. This is where Grace begins to fully realize the feelings she has for Daniel are more than just a friend wanting to help another friend out, and the first time we begin to see Daniel open up and be truly himself. It is a tender moment and was one of my favorite scenes to write.

SP: What is your favorite color and did you have any say in the cover of TDD?

BD: Red. But purple comes in as a close second. As for the cover, when I was asked if I had any thoughts from my publisher, they got a two page letter outlining what I liked and disliked as cover concepts. I was hoping for something that helped convey the mood and feel for the book, rather than a literal depiction. After a bit of trial and error, we ended up with a cover for TDD that I couldn’t be happier with.

SP: Okay, let’s be honest here. I am a Princess. That means I know things. Things like…you are really a Slayer, right? In other interviews you talk about watching Buffy and how you “would be” a paranormal Slayer. So that must mean that the rest of your family has certain “hidden” attributes…

Its time to fess up: What paranormal creatures are the rest of your family? We promise, this is just between us…

BD: Well, my youngest, Kid A, keeps telling me that he wishes we were all nocturnal and has devised a plan of sleeping in and staying up all night to turn himself into a “night creature” so, I’m thinking he must be a vampire. As for hubby – wolfman all the way. Kid Z takes after his father.

SP: Last but not least, what words of wisdom about becoming published can you share with all the writers here in the Royal Court?

BD: Learn to take feedback gracefully and use it to make your writing better. You may not always agree with the critiques, but often the underlying reason behind the comments can tell you something about how to make different parts of your story stronger. If you don’t learn that now, then you’ll find working with your agent and your publisher on revisions more than overwhelming.

There you have it my friends. Right from Bree herself, we would continue to bother her with random questions but she has THE LOST SAINT to finish up…

Oh! Didn’t I tell you she has a sequel to the Dark Divine coming out on December 28th!! Well, it looks like we may just have to see if we can have her visit again… perhaps right before it hits the shelves…yes, yes, it is now a Decree…

Sorry Bree no arguing with Royalty! You know “Off with her head!” and all that nonsense is a common phrase around here *winks*

Goodness! I almost forgot! This isn’t just a day to celebrate the most AMAZING BOOK! Not only can you now claim to know Bree Despain’s favorite color, her favorite page of TDD & what paranormal creature her husband truly is…but you can WIN SOMETHING!!!
One lucky commenter will win Dark Divine Swag!

Dark Divine T-shirt

(winner will email me their size and color choice)

1 copy of:

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Any one piece of:

The Dark Divine jewelry items from Heather Gardner’s Etsy shop

Heather Gardner Photography & Jewelry at ETSY

Click the link above to view her shop!

You have until May 7, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST to enter.


You must be a follower of mine & Bree's Blog to be eligible!

You must comment on THIS POST – please leave your email address in order for me to contact the winner.

(Be sure to block spammers by using the following format)



One lucky winner will be drawn using The Hat software!!

Now go check out Suzanne Palmieri's post on Kenneth Harvey!


  1. Loved the spotlight!! Had a fabulous weekend!! Im ready to get in the car and head to the store now....well, maybe when all the rain stops!!

  2. Ooh sounds interesting, thanks for sharing Courtney, and for giving the interview Bree!

  3. PS your link to Bree's blog doesn't work!

  4. oops! I mispelled my email address. *hand slap head*

    Thanks for the great interview. I can't wait to read the book. Count me in for the draw. :D (Boy, you've got to love this Spreading the Awesome event).


  5. I absolutely enjoyed the way this interview was conducted. What with you being a princess and all that ;)

    Please include me for this fantastic contest!

    - I followed both you and Bree's site
    - Email: shy8629(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thank you!

  6. Wicked awesome interview and offerings! Loved the fact Bree made her husband a werewolf. Warm blooded all the way.

    I'm already following both you and Bree.

    Thanks for the opportunity!(Hugs) Indigo

  7. This book sounds amazing! My email address is heftynicki(at)writing(dot)com. I tried to follow to Bree's blog, but the link was broken :((

  8. Bree's link has been corrected! Sorry about that! Seems I failed to close the html. It is good to click now. ;o)

  9. Great interview, Courtney! And omg, I want that last necklace (bird in tree)! I have a mild obsession with birds. :-)

    This book has been on my TBR list for a while...

    Follow both.

  10. Great post! Wonderful contest!

  11. Ooh I loved The Dark Divine and I want one of those awesome t-shirts. They are so pretty. And I can't wait to read The Lost Saint.

    I follow both blogs.


  12. I've wanted to read this for months, but I've never quite made it to the bookstore. I guess it's time to read it!

    I'm headed over to follow Bree's blog now.


  13. Such a cool interview and awesome contest!!! Well Ive been a follower of both for a long time so sign me up:-)

  14. Nice interview (I did read it! lol), I've been wanting to read this.

    Looks like I'm your 200th follower!
    I already follow Bree.

    Enter me, please!
    I'll try me best to come by ofter, I've always liked to give and recieve comments :)

    ella_press AT live DOT com DOT ar

  15. Bree sounds so fun (as do you)! Thanks for the great interview.

    P.S. I'm a princess, too. :D

  16. Great interview, Courtney. Like Bree's Kid A, I have one who wants to become nocturnal though I forbid it, being a big fan of daylight myself. So I guess that child has vampirical (word?) tendencies too.


  17. I'd love to enter!! I'm following both blogs :) Thanks for the interview and contest!

    inthehammockblog (at) gmail (d0t) com

  18. How exciting! I really want to read this book! And I loved the interview. :) Oh! And I'm following both your blog and hers.


  19. I LOVE this book! And Bree is just awesome, I met her at one of her signings here in Utah. Great interview!


  20. What a wonderful contest! Count me in.


  21. Very awesome interview, Courtney! And it was nice to hear about your own writing ritual too! Not sure I could get the wife to do the palm leaf thing, but it's worth a try. :)

    Looking forward to hearing more about "The Lost Saint" too.

    Thanks for putting this up.

  22. Well done interview. I had to laugh about the 12 hour drive to Disneyland. We annually have a 12 hour or so drive to the beach with our 3 little ones. The trip simply has to be experienced to be believed--the Mrs. and I fight over is driving.

  23. yay! Please enter me since i follow both blogs!

  24. Wow - great interview! The book looks great!!! Here is my email - christine(at)christinenfonseca(dot)com

  25. Awesome interview Courtney! LOVE IT. And I would love to be entered in your fabulous contest--if I'm allowed (are previous winners allowed to try their luck again?) ;)

    Thanks to Bree and Courtney for sharing and spreading the awesome. This day is so much fun! :)

  26. Of course it is open to previous winners, Shannon!!! ;o)

    Thank you everyone for enjoying this! Bree is AWESOME!!! There are not enough words for how great the book is and how wonderful she is!!

    Be sure to check out all the bloggers that did spotlights - they are wonderful!

  27. Wow, I'm glad I stopped by your blog today! Thanks for the wonderful interview with Bree and the great prizes!

  28. Enter me. : )

    I was happy to hear Bree got some input on her cover. I know authors don't always get much of a say. : (

    I follow both you & Bree's blogs.
    ambience.of.rain {at}

  29. gah - i'm a doof - sarah(dot)ahiers(at)gmail(dot)com

  30. Wow, that is some serious swag!! I loved Bree's advice about handling critiques. Excellent tip and great interview :)

  31. Wonderful interview :) I'm following both of you lovely ladies, count me in! :)


  32. This is one of my very favorite books as well! I'm following both blogs (now). I'm glad I discovered yours!

  33. You're giving away many awesome things here!


  34. Okay, I totally don't read YA, but I hang around with plenty of bloggie friends who read and write and proselytize it, and I confess I've been tempted to pick up The Dark Divine, just 'cause everyone seems to love it and the cover is pretty awesome, but then I think that for a guy to walk up to the counter with TDD would be strange, and I'd have to say I was buying it for my daughter, but she's only 2-1/2, so that'd be wierd. Anyway, lovely interview, good lady. Awfully entertaining, and all that.


  35. I have wanted to read this book for months! Count me in. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful book.

    I'm a new follower of both of your blogs (YAY for discovering new blogs!)


  36. Spooky! But it's a great interview. And the book stuff is awesome!

    Thanks for visiting my blog this morning. :)

  37. Great interview. Thanks!! I really want to read The Dark Divine but havent had the chance yet.

    I am a follower of both blogs.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  38. Love this idea and the interview. Going to go post a book and do a contest too. There are so many wonderful and underappreciated authors out there!

  39. Awesome! Count me in too please. You already have my email. :)

  40. I am a follower of both blogs already:)
    I love how she said to take criticism gracefully. I think we could all follow that bit of advice.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    bangersis at msn dot com

  41. I'm a follower of both blogs, please count me in.
    cheboricuas at gmail dot com

  42. I love how spreading the awesome is letting me discover loads of cool books and new blogs.
    Count me in for the contest. I'm following both blogs.

  43. Awesome contest. Please enter me.
    I'm a follower of both blogs.


  44. I am hyperventilating I want to read this one so bad! That swag is beyond awesome, too!

    Sign me up--I'd love to win. :)

  45. Oopsy--alackerm AT telus DOT net

  46. AWESOME interview, Courtney! (fun ;)

    I love that tree/bird necklace and I haven't read the count me in!

    (you have my email addy)

    I follow both of you.

    Happy Monday!

  47. OH my gosh-y GOSH! The jewelry is amazing, the tree is like, my symbol!!!! Please enter me! I follow both your blogs :D


  48. I'm following both blogs! This contest looks AMAZING. The jewelry is gorgeous, the book looks incredible and FREE clothing. What could be better?
    I royally request to be entered. My kingdom is located at rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  49. You have such fab contests, my dear. Truly. I bow down to you, Princess.

    What a fantastic interview, too! Bree sounds like tremendous fun. How lucky to get to interview her. Thanks for the recommendation! I cannot believe I haven't read this yet. Definitely adding it to my TBR pile!

    You have my email, I think, and I'm on my way to Bree's blog now!

  50. Holy awesome giveaway, Princess! Wow! Um...Wow! Pick me, pick me, pick me! I LOVED TDD and I love Bree Despain! Seriously!

    Did I!

    mrso_d at yahoo dot com

  51. Please enter me (:

  52. Thanks so much for posting this!!! Also putting it on my blog now :)

  53. Gorgeous, gorgeous cover! I haven't seen purple and black like this--it really stood out. The blurb sounds great too!

    I want in on this drawing--here's my e-mail:


  54. That jewelry is sooo pretty. I've looked at it several times. The tree necklace is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

    foltzsfantasticbooks at

  55. Fantastic giveaway! I follow you and Bree.


  56. I'd love to play please!

    I follow both your blogs :D


  57. I'd love to win! :)
    I follow both blogs


    Thank you!

  58. i really want to read that book! sounds so good!!

  59. OMG, I REALLY WANT THIS! I'm a HUGE fan.

    Following you and Bree! SQUEEE!!! Thanks for hosting this!

    *crosses fingers*


  60. Count me in!


  61. Great contest!

    I'm a follower of your blog and Bree's blog.

    krae991 at yahoo dot com

  62. What a fabulous interview! And you have quite the swag here! Did I tell you I met Bree in March? No? Well, I did. And I talked to her again just last weekend. We're like, THIS. No, we're not. But she is uber-friendly and amazing.

  63. Great interview
    I am a follower of Your blog and Bree's Blog Shaim


  64. I loved the interview! It was super fun to read.
    Great contest! I am now a follower :)


  65. Great contest! I just became a follower of your blog and Bree's (as sneakybea). And I really love this idea of book bloggers sharing with their readers the authors they've liked---so cool!
    Thanks for the terrific giveaway!
    beax0002 (at) umn (dot) edu

  66. Awesome interview. I love this book. :) Following you both and my e-mail is Jenaye(at)gmail(dot)com

  67. Bree, I loved your intereview. I have had this book on my wish list since the first review I read. I would so love to win Dark Divine. Purple is my favorite color. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    I follow your blog and Bree's blog

    I follow both on twitter(@misskallie2000)

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  68. Bree, I loved your intereview. I have had this book on my wish list since the first review I read. I would so love to win Dark Divine. Purple is my favorite color. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    I follow your blog and Bree's blog

    I follow both on twitter(@misskallie2000)

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  69. Lots of fun stuff. I've read TDD, and agree that it's a fun book. I enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  70. OMG! This book sounds so lovely and amazing!
    I would be really happy if ever I win =) *crossses fingers*

    BTW, I'm your follower and also a follower of bree's blog.

    Tanya_Starpower (at) yahoo (dot) com

  71. I want to read The Dark Divine! It sounds amazing:)
    Thanks for this contest:)


  72. I'm a follower of both blogs!

  73. I can't wait to read the next book. Great interview. Bree is such a sweetie.

    I follow both blogs!

  74. Hey in case anyone is looking is looking for my ETSY shop to see their selection here's the link

  75. Great Interview!

    I follow both of course

    here is my email: santos7305(at)aol(dot)com

  76. I follow both. Great contest!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  77. Following both blogs, crossing fingers, really wanna win this contest!!! :-D

  78. Follow and subscribed to blogs! ^_^ Please eter me would love to win!

  79. I've heard lots of great things about this book and I'd love to read it.


  80. That's a lot of fun giveaways! I'm a new follower to both blogs.


  81. I loved this book!!
    Thank you!!

  82. I would love to be entered! I follow both blogs :)


  83. What an awesome contest! I would love to be entered! I am now following both blogs and my email address is:

  84. that's the best contest ever! please count me in 8D
    i'm a follower on both blogs and here is my email address:

    thanks a lot for this great contest!

  85. Fab contest! Dark Divine is wonderful!

    Count me in! Followed both blogs. :D

  86. Cool interview , great contest. Thanks

    I follow you both[@]gmail[.]com

  87. I'm a follower of yours & Bree's Blog!
    bunnybx at gmail . com

  88. I'm a follower of yours & Bree's Blog! I hope I win!


  89. Follower of both your blogs :)
    Great giveaway!


  90. Awesome giveaway! I'm a follower of yours & Bree's blogs!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  91. I started reading this, but it was during Finals Week so, yeah, that didn't work. I so want to find it again and finish it. Thanks for the interview!! :)

    Oh, and my e-mail is achinghope(at)gmail(dot)com

    And the jewelery is shiny and pretty :)

  92. Hi, Courtney!

    Your contest is GREAT! And I'm so glad I have been able to "meet" you.

    I signed up as a "follower" on both sites, and I sure would appreciate a "follow-back" on my blog, "Cynde's Got The Write Stuff".

    Here's my email addy:

    Until next time,

    Cynde's Got The Write Stuff.

    P.S. I love everything , also, especially "Tinker Bell", so here's a little something, "just for you!

  93. What a great interview. Awesome book. Please enter me. Thank you!!!



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