Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hello, there! Welcome to my stop on The Twixt Guided Tour! Joy's condo is right over here, if you’ll just follow me. Our guide for today's tour is the quiet and reserved Ink, who's going to show us around Joy's flat. Joy's condominium is pretty standard for this area of Glendale, but I think Ink can unlock a few of its mysteries for us. ;0)

Ah, here we are. And that lean guy with the spiky hair over there is Ink! He's got a very boyish face, but the slightly menacing look in his strange, all-black eyes makes me think we shouldn't keep him waiting. See that chain dangling from his back pocket? I’ve heard interesting things about the wallet at the end of it, I do hope we’ll get see— Oh..he's waving us over...let's hurry!

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Hello. Are you here for the tour? Then you should follow me. I am Indelible Ink. The building behind me is the condominium complex where Joy lives. You will first need to open the gate. Yes, I know it is locked. Ah. Unfortunately, I do not know how to unlock it. I do not have much experience with gates, but I have an idea.

There. I will ask Joy to have someone repair it later. This way.

I remember standing at that gate when I walked Joy home after our return from Connemara Gaeltacht. I watched her cross this courtyard and knew in that moment that something had happened, but I could not comprehend what. My sister, Inq, warned me about how I might feel different after I claimed a human as my lehman, my chosen mortal, but this was even more different than what she had described. I did not have a name for that feeling then. I do now.

Why are you smiling?

Now then, we are going to the second floor. I believe there is an elevator, but Joy always takes the stairs, so we will also take the stairs. Two flights up, two doors over, and this is her home. Yes, I do have a key, of sorts. It is in my wallet. Hmm? You are right—it does look like an arrowhead. How interesting. Come in, please.

That beeping? One moment. There. It stopped. What am I looking for? Nothing, which is as it should be.

Here is the kitchen. That is a new window over the sink. That is their refrigerator, which dispenses cold water, ice and food. The family eats at this table, which is significant to me for personal reasons. The den is where Joy and her friends watch television and eat pizza, which is otherwise not allowed because tomato sauce can stain the carpet. Yet she does so. I have learned that human rules are often flexible. Such as “no boys allowed in the bedroom;” since I am a “Scribe” and not a “boy,” I am allowed. See? I suffer no ill effects crossing the threshold into Joy’s room. It is safe to enter. There is Joy’s bed, her computer, her desk and chair, her bookshelves, her closet and her wastepaper basket. She has quite a collection of souvenirs, gifts from the Cabana Boys, and owns a great variety of clothes, music and books, but not nearly enough potions, weapons and armor. But she is learning. I protect her while she adapts to my world, the Twixt, whose rules are absolute.

Stop. Do not touch the windowsill. Or the air vent. Or the door. They are warded against intrusion and the results may prove…unpleasant. There has been such unpleasantness in this room in the past, but also much pleasantness.

You are smiling again. Was I being funny? I still have much to learn. I, too, am learning to adapt.

Down the hall is the bathroom, three bedrooms, a master bath, and hall closet, but I have been told that the remaining rooms are private so our tour must end here. You look disappointed. I assure you that this bedroom, this table, this kitchen, etcetera, is important to the Twixt because of Joy and the Edict, but it means far more to me. This place, this home, is where I first understood what it might be like to feel. This is where I first learned joy.

Why are you smiling again?

Ah, you are correct—it is time to go. No, we are not going to use the door. I have a more direct route in mind. Take my hand. Keep your eyes on mine. Let us slice our own door. Step through the breach and…now!

Well, that was an experience I'll never forget...how about you? I'm glad Ink warned us about those wards, too. All that talk about unpleasantness has me curious, but I was afraid to ask him anything else. He has quite the way about him, doesn't he?

So did you catch today’s code word? Don’t forget to enter it for your chance to win the grand prize! And be sure to collect all the code words because there will be a special prize at the end of the tour for those who've collected them all.

Well, this is where I leave you. Good luck and enjoy the rest of the tour! I'm sure you'll have many more experiences along the way. :D Before you head off, here's a little about each of the books in The Twixt series and the author's info:

The Twixt, book #1
By Dawn Metcalf
Release Date: July 30, 2013

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Order Indelible:
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Here's the blurb:
Some things are permanent.


And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…


The Twixt, book #2
By Dawn Metcalf
Release Date: September 30, 2014

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Order Invisible:
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Here's the blurb:
Some things lie beneath the surface.


With the power to change everything.

Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

About the author:

Dawn Metcalf has always lived on the edge between reality and magic, which explains her current profession and love of fantasy books and games. Her passions include karate, fairy tales, Victoriana and dark chocolate, often combining one or more of them in unexpected ways. Currently, she lives with her husband and family in northern Connecticut. If they had a sign, it would be: Confounding the Neighbor Children Since 1999. Dawn’s current Young Adult series with HarlequinTeen, The Twixt, has four titles: Indelible (July 2013), Invisible (September 2014), Inviolate (June 2015), and Invincible (May 2016). She also has a Young Adult standalone, Luminous (June 2011 from Dutton Juvenile).

Find Dawn:

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Enter this Tour's code word (underlined in the text) into the form below and collect all 6 code words to win the Grand Prize Pack!

Must be 13+ to enter
US/CAN only
Contest runs 10/7-10/30

For full giveaway details and rules, see the Tour Kick-Off post here.

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Be sure to check out the rest of The Twixt Guided Tour:

Tues, 10/07: Libby Blog
Thurs, 10/09: Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Tues, 10/14: The Starry-Eyed Revue
Thurs, 10/16: Danasquare
Tues, 10/21: Skye’s Scribblings
Thurs, 10/23: Lili’s Reflections

Thanks for taking today's tour! I hope it's piqued your interest in this amazing series!


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