Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Ellie James Book Tour & Giveway (US/Can): Fragile Darkness (#3 Midnight Dragonfly)

Ellie James has stopped by our blog in the run up to the new release in her Midnight Dragonfly Series - Fragile Darkness. She's also allowing a lovely giveaway fro US/Canada residents only though guys (sorry, but postage is crazy expensive especially when Ellie's giving away a paperback for every blog stop!)
Ellie has treated us to a Top 10 list, but admittedly she got carried away and excited about her series, so shared 13 lovely tidbits with us!
Enjoy and check out the giveaway toward the bottom of the post.   
Midnight Dragonfly Series
Glimpses. That’s all they are. Shadowy premonitions flickering through sixteen year old psychic Trinity Monsour’s dreams. Some terrify: a girl screaming, a knife lifting, a body in the grass. But others--the dark, tortured eyes and the shattering kiss, the promise of forever--whisper to her soul. They come without warning. They come without detail.

But they always mean the same thing: The clock is ticking, and only Trinity can stop it.

Find out how in Shattered Dreams, Broken Illusions, and Fragile Darkness, available from Griffin Teen!

About Ellie James
Most people who know Ellie think she’s your nice, average wife and mom of two little kids. They see someone who does all that normal stuff, like grocery shopping, going to soccer games, and somehow always forgetting to get the house cleaned and laundry done.
What they don't know is that more often than not, this LSU J-School alum is somewhere far, far away, deeply embroiled in solving a riddle or puzzle or crime, testing the limits of possibility, exploring the unexplained, and holding her breath while two people fall in love.
Regardless of which world Ellie’s in, she loves rain and wind and thunder and lightning; the first warm kiss of spring and the first cool whisper of fall; family, friends, and animals; dreams and happy endings; Lost and Fringe; Arcade Fire and Dave Matthews, and last but not least…warm gooey chocolate chip cookies.

Ten Random Things About the Midnight Dragonfly Series
By Ellie James
Thank you so much for hosting a stop along the Midnight Dragonfly blog tour!  Today I’m happy to share Ten Random Things about the series…
  1. The opening scene, of a group of bored, thrill-seeeking teens breaking into a mysterious, creepy, long-abandoned mansion in the New Orleans Garden District, came to me in a dream. I was literally right there with them 
  2.  As I shaped the dream into a series, my original idea was : What happens when your father is a devout Catholic…and your mother is the daughter of a renowned voodoo queen?  (The voodoo part, ultimately, got nixed!)
  3. New Orleans is the most haunted city in America.
  4. The character of Dylan was originally named Jeb, and not only was he not slated to be a major character, he was scheduled to meet an untimely end…
  5.  For research, I walked every street Trinity walked, explored every place she explored (including the cemeteries!), even those where, um, neither of us were supposed to be…
  6. Chase’s family home in Chalmette, which was wiped away by Hurricane Katrina, is based upon the home of some friends of mine.
  7. My editor’s favorite character? Amber!
  8. The original ending of book 2, Broken Illusions, was going to feature…nah, I can’t tell you that. But it was different. Very different.
  9. The hardest scene to write? That “spontaneous” ending, followed closely by the beginning of Fragile Darkness.
  10.  If I could change anything about the series, I would get Trinity back to the abandoned mansion on Prytania Street a whole lot sooner…with an entirely different outcome….
  11.  Okay, since I copped out on #8, I’ll go one more: My favorite scene of the entire series happens in book 3, Fragile Darkness, when Trinity takes off during a Mardi Gras parade for a mysterious meeting, with Dylan in close pursuit…and listening to her every word, every breath, through the open phone line.
  12.  And heck, why stop at 11? The abandoned Six Flags park is real. It’s still there, sitting, rotting…waiting…
  13.  And finally, my favorite line: “Will you touch me like you did before, and make the darkness go away?”

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Ellie's next book, FRAGILE DARKNESS, is available from Griffin Teen November 27, 2012.

Tour Hosts:
Monday November 12 Dear Teen Me
Tuesday November 13 Parajunkee
Wednesday November 14 Reading Angel
Thursday November 15 Candace's Book Blog
Friday November 16 I Love to Read Books
Monday November 19 Reading Teen
Tuesday November 20 Books Over Boys
Wednesday November 21 Vy's Blog
Thursday November 22 Cari's Book Blog
Friday November 23 The Curiosity Key
Monday November 26 Teen Shiver
Tuesday November 27 IB Book Blogging

Wednesday November 28 Bex 'n' Books
Thursday November 29 Paranormal Book Club
Friday November 30 Teen Shiver
Monday December 3 The Reading Fish
Tuesday December 4 Debra's Book Café
Thursday December 6 My 5 Monkeys
Friday December 7 365 Days of Reading
Monday December 10 Reads for Comfort
Tuesday December 11 Stuck in YA Books
Wednesday December 12 Just Us Girls
Thursday December 13 A Midsummer Night's Read
Friday December 14 Cool Kids Read

Live the Mystery
Amazon US Author Page Link

Haunted Destiny, Griffin Teen, a free short available via all online booksellers
Shattered Dreams, Griffin Teen, on sale now via all online booksellers
Broken Illusions, Griffin Teen, on sale now via all online booksellers
Fragile Darkness, Griffin Teen, coming November 27, 2012


  1. Hi there....just wanted to thank you again for hosting a stop along my blog tour! I had so much fun with this Top Ten(Ish) list! Looking forward to dropping a signed book in the mail soon!


  2. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the give away and most of all thank you for all that you do to help these awesome authors

    1. Thank you Teracia <3 *warm & fuzzy feelings* right back at ya!

  3. This series sounds so good. Thank you for hosting and thank you Ellie James for giving us the opportunity to begin the journey.

    Happy Holidays,

    1. Exciting huh! The best of luck & Happy Holidays <3


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