Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hello, lovely readers!  I am so excited to bring you a special guest post from Bethany Griffin, author of the amazing Red Death series, as part of the Dance of the Red Death Blog Tour.  The awesome ladies at Rockstar Book Tours have put together a great tour, complete with some equally amazing giveaway prizes.  Before we get to that, here's a little bit about the epic sequel to Masque of the Red Death:

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Title: Dance of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Series: Red Death, book #2
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.

In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.

My review goes up on Monday!

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2)

About the author:

Bethany Griffin is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature. She is the author of Handcuffs & MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (April 2012). She lives with her family in Kentucky.

Find Bethany:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Bethany has obliged us today with a glimpse at her writing space.  I just love when authors are willing to share such an intimate look at their lives as writers...and just how different each writing spot is from author to author! Without further ado, here's Bethany...

My writing space

In the summer/spring/fall, this is where you can usually find me.  Gilbert hangs out here with me, and usually a few cats.

Here is my view--in it you can see one of my cats, and Gilbert’s dragon toy.

Here are two more of my cats, lounging behind my chair.

Here is my office. It’s supposed to be where I work, and it is where I sit to address envelopes, and to do “official” emails and things.

Here is my reading chair and my stacks of books (behind chair) and Gilbert, again. I was planning to fill the wall with built in bookshelves, but since there is a chance we may not remain in this house as long as I expected when I bought it…(and this room is technically a dining room) I’m thinking of getting some of my foreign book covers blown up and framing them for that wall. Of course, that leaves the question of the books…
This is my desk. This is when I was hard at work on revisions. Disregard the orchid. I killed it.

This is where I do the actual work, in the winter or when it’s raining. This particular picture was in the throes of revising Dance of the Red Death. I’m usually not that messy.

Hehe...don't worry, Bethany!  My mother is always wondering how I ended up with a brown thumb when she's always been quite the gardener.  People know better than to give me plants if they have any hopes of them remaining alive.  =)  Thanks for the view of your writing space!  It was so fun seeing all of the spots where you make the magic happen.  :D

Giveaway Details: US/Canada Only 

Grand Prize - Poe nail decals, Dance of The Red Death inspired bracelet, hardcover of Dance of the Red Death, and a bookmark!

3 more winners will receive a hardcover of Dance of the Red Death, bracelet, and a bookmark!

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Follow the rest of the Dance of the Red Death Blog Tour:

6/3              Fiktshun - Guest Post
RockStar Book Tours
6/4              Two Chicks on Books - Guest Post
6/5              Katie's Book Blog - Interview
6/6              The Starry-Eyed Revue - Guest Post
6/7              Burning Impossibly Bright - Character Interview

6/10            Coffee, Books and Me - Guest Post
6/11            Shelfspace Needed - Review
6/12            Shortie Says - Character Interview
6/13            Lust For Stories - Review
6/14            The Bookish Brunette - Review

Thanks for stopping by & happy reading!


  1. I really enjoyed these books - look forward to your review.

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  2. I'd personally go with the blown up covers as well. Some of the foreign additions look really neat so why not show them off. Can't wait for you review on Monday!

  3. I love Cask of Amontillado. It is one of my favorites, I also like poe's Masque of the red death.

  4. I love the Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart, and basically anything he's ever written. :)

  5. I love that office! I look forward to reading this series. :)

  6. I personally loved The Cask of Amontillado. I love how unreliable the narrator is and it was probably one of my favorite class reads this year.

  7. I have been so busy lately. I knew about Masque and it just dawn on me that the Dance of the Red Death is the second book. It was the moment where I'm telling myself that this is the second book but I couldn't connect that knowledge that Dance of the Red Death IS the second book. How weird is that!!!

  8. The Oval Portrait. I first read it when I was in high school & I absolutely loved it.
    Then Masque of the Red Death is probably the second one.

  9. I haven't had the pleasure of reading one, so I don't have a favoite, yet.

  10. Murders In The Rue Morgue is my absolute favorite although I can't say there is a story of his that I DON'T like. This short was the first detective mystery and for that I have to thank him!! I LOVE the mystery genre. Plus, it was scary as heck!! lol

  11. My favorite Poe poem is Annabel Lee. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. My favorite Poe poems are The Raven and Annabel Lee. My favorite story is The Tell-Tale Heart. Both of these books sound great and I LOVE the covers! If I were to take pics of my "reading" space, it would have several of my furr babies in it as well.

  13. It will always be the Raven! I love Poe but that specific one, the romanace, the sorrow, the longing, I've loved it since I was a kid!

  14. The Tell-Tale Heart, of course.

  15. The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. I love The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum. :)

  17. Oh gosh, I don't know. All of Poe's stories are pretty creepy. I do remember liking that awful one with the teeth.

  18. I love seeing where authors create their magic, too. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Annabelle lee and telltale heart are two of my most favorite ones. The count of monte cristo is a good one too.

  20. The Masque of the Red Death is one of my favorites as are The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Mystery of Marie Roget.

  21. I love the Cask of Amontillado! The Tell Tale Heart is good as well.

  22. The Raven!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. To be completely honest I have never read any of Poe's original work! I read a lot of retelling books though.

    I love reading and writing outside! SO relaxing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. OMG!!! I CANNOT wait to read this!!! I totally LOVED Masque of the Red Death!!! Loved, loved it! I recommend the first book to EVERYONE I know and on the blogs I visit. And the covers for both books are SO GORGEOUS!!! I'm so excited about this giveaway!! I don't really have a favorite from Poe but I did like "The Fall of the House of Usher". And I did not know that Poe wrote Masque of the Red Death. I just downloaded it for free from Amazon and I'm going to read this one today! Thank you so much for having such a generous giveaway!!

  25. I don't love Poe, because his stories creep me out
    But...I do love the books I've read that people have written because of (or based on) his stories. Because they are amazing :)

  26. The awesome ladies at Rockstar Book Tours have put together a great tour, complete with some equally amazing bingo online giveaway prizes. Before we get to that, here's a little bit about the epic sequel to Masque of the Red Death:

  27. I love the poem Anabelle Lee, so romantic

  28. The Pit and the Pendulum is a favorite of mine, thanks!

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