Tuesday, November 13, 2012

After Dark Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the After Dark blog tour! I am so happy to have the author, Emi Gayle, on my blog today! We have some awesome stuff for you, including a guest post by the author and a GIVEAWAY!

But first off, here is a little about the book:

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists — which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

Sexless romance in YA novels ... does that make them not hot?

Not a chance.

After Dark was recently tagged as ‘sexless’ but also ‘hot’. How can that be said about one book?

Well, if we think about the fact that all the ‘stuff’ leading up to sex is sometimes hotter than the actual event, it could be a book filled with so much steam your glasses will fog up.

It’s not ... but some scenes are definitely not suitable for children under ... oh ... 13.

You see, Mac and Winn are sexual creatures. We humans just are. They are going to react to each other in ways that come across with innuendo, flirting, desire, passion, etc. even without the actual act.

Yes, there is no sex in After Dark, but that doesn’t mean what’s building, brewing and stirring in the pot that is Mac and Winn isn’t passionate. Actually, it’s far deeper than that. There connection stirs all the elements that could lead ‘there’ but in this book, doesn’t yet.

Why? Because it’s not the right time. Just like teens have to make the discovery and decision for themselves, so too do Mac and Winn.

That’s the case for all YA books. Some say there should be no sex. Others don’t care. While I’d like to see all teens make the ‘right’ decision and wait ‘til marriage, it doesn’t happen and characters in a book, to be ‘real’, have to go through those same emotions, the build up, the temptation and pressure to give in.

Whether they do or don’t is up to them.

And sometimes, the build up is even hotter than any fully-described sexual act one might find in an adult romance or erotica.

About the author: Emi Gayle just wants to be young again. She lives vicariously through her youthful characters, while simultaneously acting as chief-Mom to her teenaged son and searching for a way to keep her two daughters from ever reaching the dreaded teen years.

Ironically, those years were some of Emi's favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she's still in love with him to this day. She'll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.



Man, what an awesome post! I couldn't agree more with Emi on the subject! And now moving on to the giveaway...

The giveaway is now OVER and the winners have been chosen. Thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned for future giveaways!

The giveaway is international, will run from today (Nov 13th) to Nov 30th, and there will be TWO (2) winners! The first place winner will receive and e-copy of After Dark, and the second place winner will get a signed After Dark bookmark! And all you have to do to enter is fill out the following Rafflecopter form...super easy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Please read the terms and conditions!*

Thanks to Emi Gayle for stopping by today and sharing this awesome post AND providing all these goodies for the giveaway! And good luck to all those who enter the giveaway!


  1. Thank you SO much for having me and for hosting the giveaway!

    1. No problem :)

      P.S. I am LOVING After Dark (currently reading it)!

  2. I would be a pixie! There's a lot u can do when ur so tiny!

  3. I would love to be an Elemental! I would make it rain all the time where I live :D

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Ack, I have no idea. I guess a fairy, so I could fly. Or no! A mermaid.

  5. Probably a wereleopard that way I could still have my human form but could be fierce if need be. Plus they are really sleek and pretty!

  6. I'd love to change into a wolf cause so I can run free.

  7. I'd be an owl. Nooobody suspects an owl at night. Plus they can hear heart beats from forever away. How cool is that?

  8. A wolf, strong and beautiful


  9. Unicorn- feurce, brave, & pretty.

  10. If i could be any supernatural creature,i would be a fairy because they are smart,beautiful,have wings..... :D

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name - Rosemarie D

  11. I would be a dragon, I could fly long distances and breathe fire!

  12. I might choose to be a werewolf so I'm always warm! :)

  13. I would be a dragon! Because... well, because I love dragons and I would like to fly!

  14. an elemental. I'm thinking fire. :D

    __ashley snyder

  15. A Fairy or a Witch! Tahnks for the giveaway!

  16. I would be a pixie! There's a lot u can do when ur so tiny!

  17. Hmm, maybe a witch or an immortal. Someone who has the power to teleport, my ultimate superpower wish.

  18. I would totally be a shapeshifter! Out of all the supernatural creatures out there, I feel like that's the only one that never gets old!

  19. I shapeshifter...then I could change when I got bored :) if I have to pick one that doesn't change I would pick a fairy!


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