30 Giveaways, 30 Days: Win a Copy of Marjorie M. Liu’s In the Dark of Dreams

First off, congrats to Kelly, whom random.org chose as the winner of the leather-bound Grimm’s Fairy Tales!

Read below for today’s giveaway as Holiday Happiness continues–I’ll be choosing an entry on Tuesday for a copy of Marjorie M. Liu’s brand new book, In the Dark of Dreams, which will be released tomorrow.

I just finished the book, and it’s a great read. The heroine, Jenny, stumbles upon a boy merperson on the beach as a child, and has never forgotten him. The book takes her on a journey as she and the merman, Perrin (who’s now a major hottie, of course), find each other again–with far-reaching consequences.

It made me think of events in our early lives that have a major impact on who we become. In In the Dark of Dreams, that chance encounter as a child led Jenny to become a marine biologist.

Sadly, I didn’t run across any merchildren on a beach when I was a kid–I guess what impacted me was being read to every night until I was well past old enough to read for myself,Ā  developing a love of stories, and finding friends among the characters in the books I read. (I mean, how many bowls of milk did I drink pretending to be Heidi?) As for the supernatural bent? Well, I can only blame Stephen King.

Now, for the fun stuff! To win a copy of the brand new book by Marjorie M. Liu, all you have to do is this:
For one point, leave a comment–If you want, tell me the most influential thing that happened to you as a kid
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Happy reading!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

15 thoughts on “30 Giveaways, 30 Days: Win a Copy of Marjorie M. Liu’s In the Dark of Dreams

  1. Well, one important thing was when A Boy Who Shall Remain Nameless told me I had a droopy butt, but that’s only peripherally affected my life as a writer and reader. I guess my mom’s job as a librarian was a biggie! I got to hang out at the library all the time, and never had to pay overdue fines. Of course, now that I DO have to pay those fines, I try to blame my mom for not setting boundaries…

  2. Hi šŸ™‚
    The most influential thing to happen to me when I was little?
    I read The Hobbit in Grade 1 and fell into a life-long love of Fantasy.
    All the best,
    RKCharron

  3. The most influential thing in my young life was attending a German school as a teen. Learned heaps about my young self in those years.

    Love to read Marjorie’s new book.

  4. Thanks for the comments, y’all šŸ™‚ I’m feeling Southern today.

    @Teri Anne–too funny. Maybe having droopy butt influenced you to choose a vocation that required a lot of sitting–ha.

  5. the most influential thing that happen to me as a kid has to be being adopted at age of 8 to a italian and half irish family. i was from china and raised there till my dad come all the way from us to come to china and pick me up and spend 2 weeks w me before he took me back to the us. im greatful to be adopted, bc being my age at 8 usually parents dont want kids that old, they usually adopt kids that are baby stage. so im happy where i am b.c of my parents. i have my own family now and i look up to my parents for what they did and what they gave me and what they shared to. so now im a mother of a wonderful 2 year old and a wonderful army hubby that is doing his job and going to be in iraq in feb. so w. out my parents i wont be here happy and have a family of my ouwn o and loving books lol. (they encourage me to read and now im a book worm lol) thanks mom and dad for that lol.

  6. 1st….THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! Can’t wait to read!!!!

    I would say that the most influentail thing that happen to me as a kid was losing my mom at 13. Not an easy thing for a teenager to go through.. I had to grow up really quick. But I learned how to be strong and rely on myself to get things done..

    Thanks for another chance to win..
    Kelly
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    Thank you tons,
    Kelly

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  7. I remember lying down one Saturday morning in the living room back in 1967 or 1968. I was watching the dust motes swirl in the sun rays sloping from the blind slats. A perfectly ordinary scene I’d probably witnessed hundreds of times, but this one time I can picture vividly: the dark emerald green of my mother’s carpet; the luminous specs of dust transformed into golden sparks that defy gravity and dance in unseen air currents. I can even deduce the time of year; judging from the angle of the light — almost 60 degrees from horizontal. At our northern latitude that’s only possible around midsummer’s day.

    I was only five or six, but I remember being seized with a terrible longing, by feelings for which even now I don’t have entirely suitable words. But I remember those feelings with perfect clarity. There was something wonderful out there that I hadn’t found, or even dreamed of yet. Looking back, I’d say I felt an incompleteness and insignificance that was painful, yet satisfying because that meant I was part of that inconceivable, undiscovered, wonderful thing I longed for.

    That has been the one and only bona fide mystical experience in my life, but it has stuck with me. Perhaps one of these is all you get, and that must be enough. It was a timeless moment — obviously not neverending, but still somehow eternal. I need only close my eyes and I’m there again. It is like some cosmic hand is reaching out and plucking a chord in me, one that will never die as long as I keep remembering it. And I often wonder: does this happen to everybody? I think perhaps it does, but most people have forgotten that moment when they were opened up to the immensity of existence and its possibilities. I am fortunate not to have forgotten mine. It changed me, and continues to change me. For a brief instant the veil was lifted, and now, over forty year later, I still find myself peeking around the edges of what clearly *is*, wondering what might have been, and what might still yet be.

  8. Most influential thing that happened to me as a kid was moving from a small town in the beach to the biggest city in the country. Very different lifestyles. I still miss my little town.

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  9. Wow, Cathy’s story is really touching. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    For me, the most influential thing was a school trip I took to Washington D.C. when I was 13. I’d just changed schools and didn’t have any friends. I realized on that trip that no one knew me and I could be anyone I wanted. So I tried out a few jokes, people laughed, and I made one of my best friends. It also gave me a passion for traveling without my family – something that prompted me to move to Europe and meet my husband.

    Darn good trip, that was.

    Suz, I’m glad you were read to a lot. It’s made you a great writer and you’ve been influential on my writing now.

  10. Same thing, being read to and then reading on my own. Voraciously. All the time. Neverending! There are worlds in books, and I was lucky enough to discover many of them when I was young.

  11. Well my mum died when I was five and that was a huge influence on my life, but its made me a wonderfully independent person.

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