Thursday, December 15, 2011

Best I've Read 2011 Guest Post & Giveaway: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies


Today I am so excited to feature one of my favorite debut authors of 2011. If you haven't read A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies - you're missing out. Oh, Asher. *sigh* We also have one copy of the book to give away so be sure to check out that information after the guest post and summary. A big thank you to Jocelyn and her publisher for participating. 


 Asher and Devin from A Beautiful Dark state their cases for Skye’s Heart: 

 Asher 
Skye is passionate—she just doesn’t know it yet. She has so much potential inside to be great and powerful, and she can’t squander it all by sticking to the rules. Rules are for dorks like Devin who don’t know how to live. Mindless guardians who need their lives mapped out for them. Skye already has the urge to break free burning within her. That’s why she’s a skier. She tests those limits every day. She just needs someone to push her a little over the edge, you know? And if there’s one thing I was born to do, it’s that. I can show her that it’s okay to break out of her shell and not always be so guarded. And once she does, she’ll be able to be free from the destiny that controls her. All I want is to give her the freedom to live her own life, no matter how messy and beautiful. She may have the blood of a Guardian and a Rebel, but she has a heart like mine. Someone who wants to throw themselves at life head-first and never look back. Someone who is willing to fight for what they believe in. And I’ll fight by her side. I always will. 

 Devin 
Don’t let his bravado fool you. The Rebel doesn’t know what Skye needs any better than she does. He’s selfish by nature, and he believes without a shadow of a doubt that his way is the right way. But there is so much more to the story. There is so much more to Skye’s heart than what Asher wants to see. A whole other half of it, in fact. Another kind of blood that rushes through her veins. The world doesn’t thrive on chaos. Civilizations exist because there are rules in place to govern and keep peace. Imagine a world with no order. Violence and destruction would be the way of things, darkness would rule supreme. Human life is the same. Skye has had a difficult life, she has endured pain and grief, loneliness, heartache. I can give her calm and peace. Rules to live by, order to keep her sane. Difficult choices would be made for her. She needs someone to make her feel safe and guarded from danger. Someone who wants to take her pain, and give her the happiness she deserves. I am the one who can give her those things. I can help her be the best version of herself. 

 Who do you think is the right choice for Skye? Vote now! 

 (Leaving your vote in the comments will earn you +2 entries into this giveaway.) 



 On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites;like fire and ice;Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye's life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past. In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can't help falling for, and Devin, who she can't stay away from, the consequences of Skye's choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine. 




Now for the giveaway details! We have one copy of A Beautiful Dark to offer up to our followers. Want it? 

 * You must be a Reading Lark follower 
* You must be 13+ years old 
* You must be a US Resident - No PO Boxes 
* You must fill out the A Beautiful Dark Giveaway form! 
* Leaving a comment on this post will earn you +3 entries into the giveaway. 

 One winner will be chosen using random.org. The contest runs from December 15-20. 

31 comments:

  1. I read your review- excellent review. I love the cover of this book!

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  2. I've read some great reviews of this one! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the cover and I've had it on my wishlist for a while!

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  4. Based on the descriptions, I'm going to have to go with Asher. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  5. You guys just keep giving me such great new authors and books to add to my TBR list! Thank you so much for sharing them, and for this great giveaway opportunity!
    Happy Holidays!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  6. Just based on the summaries above, as I've never read A Beautiful Dark before, I vote for Asher! I love a man who is passionate and fights for what he believes in! Definitely sexy sounding.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book, it sounds so awesome.

    -Elisquared

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  7. Based off this argument? I'm going with Devin.

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  8. I'm Team Asher by the way. Which one would you pick?

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  9. I vote for Asher, I love the dark angel type and god he's so hot!!!!! and that attitude of his...whaaaa!!!!!

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  10. This books sounds so good, and I loved your review of it. Since I haven't read it yet, I'm just going on what I've read here, but I'm going to have to go with Asher. I love his passion, his willingness for fight for her. It's rather sexy in a guy.

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  11. I wouldn't know who to vote for, but I LOVE the name Asher ;D Ooh la la

    Thank you for this sweet giveaway, I'd be thrilled to win A Beautiful Dark [and that cover is gorgeous!]

    Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]

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  12. I know the right one for her would be Devin, but I don't know I've always had a thing for the bad boy. So I'm going with Asher!

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  13. I stumbled across this book and it took me only 1 day to read it. It is an amazing story and I cant wait for the next book. I am so team ASHER!!!!!!

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  14. I read an advanced copy of this book! It's awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!
    beofgoodcheer85(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. I've heard such awesome things about this book and can't wait to read it! Both Asher and Devlin intrigue me, so I'll have to read the book to decide which team I'm on:)

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  16. I agree with M.A.D - but then if I don't she might roast me on a spit and serve me for dinner...she's just that kind of gal. haha love love

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  17. Thank you all for taking the time to comment. Best of luck in the giveaway. :)

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  18. I am dying to read this book it sounds fantastic and I have heard awesome things about it. I am already for Asher. Devin seems like a sweety and I get where he is coming from but Asher seems like he appreciates everything more by taking life one day at a time and yeah he definitely has my vote he just seems super sexy lol.

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  19. I really want to get my hands on this one! The cover is gorgeous :)

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  20. I've heard great things about this book! Thanks for the chance to in it!

    Kelsey d

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  21. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! It's hard to choose which guy would be better for her since I haven't read the book. But based on this post, I would Asher b/c I'm always intrigued with bad boy characters in books!

    Chen Chang

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  22. This is a difficult choice. But I'm going to go with Asher. Like many of the others I enjoy the fictional bad boys and I think he would make a good fit with Skye.

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  23. I'm gonna have to go with Asher. I mean, he might be "the rebel" but give me a break Devin sounds maybe a little too controlling. I'm sure Skye is smart enough to make up her own mind about right and wrong despite Asher's influence but from what I read, Devin doesn't seem to think Skye has a mind of her own.

    Well, thank you very much for this giveaway! I am dying to read A Beautiful Dark. :)

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I'm already intrigued by the book! On my to be read list :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Sophia L.

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  25. Great giveaway, can't wait to read this!

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  26. Although, Devin seems like the "good" choice, I have to go with Asher. Gotta love the bad boys ;)

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  27. Devin sounds like the one I'd choose. Fair and aloof is irresistible.

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  28. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book and I am dying to be able to read it. I really enjoyed this post, very insightful and fun read. The book trailer is epic. :)

    Thank you, for always being so incredibly generous in your giveaways and I hope you have a blessed Happy Christmas!!!

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
    susanhaugland@att.net

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  29. I'm always on the lookout for new authors. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

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