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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Author Interview with Rachel Vincent & Contest

Today I am thrilled to welcome New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Vincent. A native of the dust bowl, Rachel Vincent is the oldest of five siblings, and arguably the most outspoken of the bunch. She loves cats, devours chocolate, and lives on flavored coffee. Rachel’s older than she looks—seriously—and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

Rachel Vincent recently made her YA debut with "The Soul Screamers" series. My Soul to Take is the first novel in the series and is about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) who is trying to make sense of the terrifying, hidden world she is immersed in, while still maintaining the normal high school existance of an American teenager.

My Soul to Take is about a normal high school girl named Kaylee who is trying to make sense of the terrifying world she belongs to, that of the bean sidhes (banshees). You did a lot of research on Irish folklore for this novel—can you share with us some of the most interesting bits you uncovered during the process?

I think the most interesting thing I learned was that originally, bean sidhes were supposed to have only wailed for one of the five major Irish clans. I couldn’t use that particular bit of information in the series (it was too limiting), but Kaylee’s last name (Cavanaugh) is a reference to one of those clans.

My Soul to Take
is the first installment in the Soul Screamers series. Since this novel was your first foray into young adult fiction, would you say it was more challenging to write than the urban werecat Shifter series?

Honestly, no. Overall, I’m finding the rough drafts of the Soul Screamers books to be a bit easier (or at least less stressful) to write than my adult books. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. So far, the first two in the series both went through a bit of an overhaul during the revisions. That was due almost entirely to my efforts to make sure the dialogue and perspective were appropriate for the younger cast of characters. Not too mature, but not dumbed down. It’s a very delicate balance, because teenagers are smart, and they’re perceptive. YA isn’t a watered down version of adult literature. It’s its own category, with a very specific audience. (Though a lot of adults read YA too.) And that audience has a built-in BS meter, which I’d really like to not-peg. ;-)

My Soul to Take was to be made into a movie, do you have anyone in particular you can picture playing the roles of Kaylee and Nash?

Um… I have yet to successfully fantasy-cast Nash. He’s eluding me, but I’m open to suggestions. ;-) As for Kaylee, the famous faces I pictured in the beginning have since matured beyond her age. So… a younger version of Alexis Bledel or Danielle Panabaker. Or maybe Sara Paxton, as a brunette.

My Soul to Save
, the second installment in the Soul Screamers series is scheduled to be released in December 2009. Can you tell us how many books we can expect in the series? Also do you have the entire series planned out and know how it will end?

So far, I’m contracted for a total of five books, and I’d be willing to do a couple more than that, if there’s enough reader demand. I do not have the entire series planned out, but I have book 4 plotted and several very vivid ideas for book five. And I can’t wait to write them!

Can you tell us a little about what we can expect to see next with the Soul Screamers series? What other projects are you currently working on?

In My Soul To Save, Kaylee, Nash, and Tod are trying to save a teenage pop star (yes, seriously) who’s sold her soul for fame and fortune. At first, they think she’s the stereotypical spoiled and rich starlet, but Kaylee’s determined to help her get her soul back, because she didn’t know what she was getting into when she sold it. But as the story progresses, they find out what this star is really made of, and the ending is something Kaylee didn’t see coming.

In this book, I really got to stretch my worldbuilding wings. Kaylee spends a lot of time in the Netherworld, which is absolutely my favorite setting to write about. And we get to learn a little more about Tod, and what he’s really capable of.

Right now, though, I’m working on the rough draft of ALPHA (fall, 2010), the sixth and final book in my (adult) Shifters series. And it’s quite a challenge, trying to satisfactorily wrap up all the loose ends and give everyone an ending worthy of the buildup.

Thank You Rachel for taking the time to stop by!

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, Book 1)

She doesn't see dead people, but....

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

To learn more about Rachel and her books, visit her Official Website HERE.

To purchase My Soul to Take HERE.


Rachel has graciously agreed to give away one copy of

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, Book 1)

To Enter:

Please leave a comment for Rachel

Bonus Entry: Link/Post about this contest to any social network of your choice

Contest Ends:

December 8th 2009 (**Open Internationally to ALL!**)


Don't forget to stop by Fantastic Book Review and check out the Monday Madness!


Wicked Walker said...

Hi Rachel and Kim :)

Rachel, the covers to your books are AWESOME! Did you have any input on them? I read the teaser, My Soul to Lose and I can't wait to read the next!

Posted on my sidebar: http://wickedwalker.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the great contest!

tetewa said...

I've been looking forward to this series, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Reading said...

Please count me in. This looks like a great book.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Sara said...

I think that HarlequinTeen is a great idea... now I can review romance books on my primarily YA blog w/out having to worry about content appropriateness when it comes to my younger followers... I'm so glad that you are partipating w/this, Rachel! I can wait to read adn review The Soul Screamer books on my blog! :)

Linked contest on my sidebar @ http://thehidingspot.blogspot.com

Sara @ The Hiding Spot

Orchid said...

I love the covers for both of the books, plus my soul to Take sounds really interesting. :)

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

Ellz said...

Hi Rachel, there is so much excitement arount the net for your upcoming release. congrats!


Natalie said...

I haven't gotten around to reading this series yet, but they're definitely near the top of my TBR list! Alexis Bledel...I love her! :)

+1 Sidebar Link

Natalie @ Mindful Musings

cait045 said...

I can't wait to read Rachel's series. It sounds amazing.


ParaJunkee said...

I read/reviewed the novella My Soul to Lose and have been dying to get/read/start this series. The book was wonderful! Thanks so much for the contest.

+1 Tweet

parajunkee (@) gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me to win a copy. Sounds like a winner.

Coast to Coast with Costina said...

I absolutely love all your books Rachel! I started with your Shifter series...but My soul to take has me hooked as well. I can't wait to read the next one!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hi, ladies! Rachel, if you want to stop by West of Mars when Soul to Save comes out, holler. We can have some fun with the pop singer angle.

Kim (and Rachel), all posted at Win a Book for you guys. Go on and enter me for this one, as I have yet to pick it up on my own. Yes, I'm ashamed of myself.

BookHounds said...

This is one of my favorite books of the year! I can't wait for the next one.

Stacey Brucale said...

This looks great, please enter me!


Anonymous said...

this series sounds wonderful...thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book...

karen k

BiFemPagan said...


I fell in love with your Shifters books, and when I found out you were releasing a YA series, I *HAD* to get it for my son, who is 10. He is in LOVE with it! He's constantly bugging me about when the second book comes out. It's going to be his Christmas present this year. ;o) I think his sister is going to start reading MSTT here soon!

We love your writing, and I'm looking forward to both Alpha AND My Soul to Save.

Have an AWESOME Thanksgiving, and a great holiday season!

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

Hey Ladies!!!
I am so excited that you are giving away this book!
Rachel your writing is wonderful. I was taken in by Kaylee and I look forward to seeing what happens in the Netherworld!
Thank you for such an honest interview!


PeaceLove&Pat said...

Hi Rachel,

I just added this book on my tbr pile. I am so intrigued by the reviews. Please enter me to win a copy.

Thanks Kim for the interview, I love reading them. You get a glimpse on who they are as a person :)


I have also mentioned this on my Twitter http://twitter.com/peaceloveandpat

Bleuette said...

Sounds Great! I love the cover of your books!



BiFemPagan said...

Ugh! Forgot to mention that I'll be twittering this (http://www.twitter.com/his_darkness) and linking on my facebook. ;)


throuthehaze said...

I have been dying to read this book. I think the covers are stunning!

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Emi said...

I definitely need to start reading HT books. I love romance, but it's hard to review on a blog directed toward a YA audience.
I would love to start with Rachel's series!


Jamie said...

Please count me in because I LOVE Rachel's adult books and I am looking forward to reading these!!

jbbird AT duo-county DOT com

Mitz said...

I have to say Rachel you're an awesome writer. I really enjoyed reading the interview and would love to read your books.


Shannon said...

Hi Rachel!

I'm very interested in reading this series and also the Shifters series as well as I have heard great things about them on Goodreads. Please enter me in this contest. Thanks!

Donna Gambale said...

YA has a built-in BS meter. I like that - so true. Thanks so much for the interview and the contest -- I've really wanted to read My Soul to Take, so this is the perfect opportunity to start!

+1 - linked at First Novels Club

firstnovelsclub [at] gmail [dot] com

Cecelia said...

I'd love to have my own copy of this book - it looks so interesting! I heart the fact that Ms. Vincent is the oldest of five kids - that's me, too. It takes a special person to handle it... :)

Thanks for sharing!


Cecelia said...

+1 Also, I'm going to post this on my blog sidebar.



Obsidian Ink said...

Thank you so much for the interveiw! It was awesome! :P
But the book also looks awesome, I've been hearing a lot about it and I'm so excited to read it!
So please enter me, pretty please :B


Thanks again!

Obsidian Ink said...

Thank you so much for the interveiw! It was awesome! :P
But the book also looks awesome, I've been hearing a lot about it and I'm so excited to read it!
So please enter me, pretty please :B


Thanks again!

Bella G. said...

I have all her other books now there is another to read..YEAH!!

ReggieWrites said...

Hi Rachel! I just wanted to say that I am TOTALLY in love with the covers...at first I thought it isn't YA, but it grew on my and I LOVE IT! =)

SerieslyReady said...

Rachel, I really liked what I read of Stray. I can't wait to pick it up again. As a matter of fact, I might read it during Thanksgiving Holiday.

Rebecca said...

Hi Rachel,

I have both the Soul Screamers and the Shifters series on my reading list but still haven't read any of them. It was really cool to find out there'll be five books in the series.


Jessica B said...

Rachel and Kim, thank you so much for this amazing contest! I'm extremely curious as to how you got the inspiration for My Soul To Save.

+1 Posted on my sidebar at: shutupimreading.blogspot.com

shutupjessicasreading @ gmaildotcom

Annette Allison said...

Great covers. This book has been on my "to read" list for awhile now and I'm looking forward to getting into a new series.

Abigail said...

I'm new to this series, but I like the irish folklore angle.

I'm a follower and I posted this on the Contests & Giveaways section on my sidebar



in which a girl reads said...

I love folklore in a story--the bean sidhe already has me intrigued. And I love the cover!

+1 added to sidebar at http://inwhichagirl.blogspot.com/


Jill of The O.W.L. said...

These books sound really good. I won a t-shirt for My Soul to Take and would love to have the book to go with it.

I also love the cover. Very pretty and eye catching

+1 sidebar http://owlforya.blogspot.com

foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

Llehn said...

Hi Rachel,

I saw that your book was available at the library catalogue the other day and was way excited! I'll pick it up on my next trip down if it hadn't already been checked out!


mariska said...

Hey Rachel,
I love to win this book, since i don't have any of your works ~_~
Love the cover too !

uniquas at ymail dot com

whitewolfreads said...
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whitewolfreads said...

Awesome interview and I love the concept of the bean sidhes! I thought it was very original and not something that hasn't really been done before.


spettolij AT gmail DOT com

Martha Lawson said...

Hi Rachel!

Your books sound awesome. The covers are very eye-catching.

I am a follower.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Van Pham said...

Hi Ms. Vincent,

Your book sounds amazing, would love to read it.


Unknown said...

Hi Kim & Rachel :)
Thank you for the excellent interview. I enjoyed learning more about Rachel Vincent and her writing. Thank you to Rachel for taking the time to share. YAY! Book Two is out next month!
All the best,
PS - Posted on my Blog about this interview & giveaway for Wed, Nov 18th, 8am EST. (rkcharron.blogspot.com)

Alyssa Kirk said...

Hi Ladies! Thanks for a great interview. The premise of these books is so original. Look forward to the sequel and love the covers on both!

A post about all of your contests will go up first thing tomorrow (11/18) and I also put it on our sidebar at teensreadandwrite.blogspot.com

Thanks for another great contest!

host said...

Hi Rachel and Kim!

Thanks for the great contest (and for thinking about us internationals :))
I love the covers for "The Soul Screamers" series, they really make you want to grab them off the shelf and start reading.

Posted about the contest at my blog: http://angel-on-a-move.blogspot.com/

Glowstars said...

I can't wait to get in to this one so count me in!

Simply Stacie said...

I'd love to read Rachel's books.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Melissa (Books R Us) said...

I love the cover. I cannot wait to read it.


Ines said...

I would love to enter and try and win the book. :) please count me in.

chocowafer said...

Hi Rachel! I haven't read any of your books but My Soul to Take sounds amazing! :)



CrystalGB said...

Hi Rachel. I enjoyed your interview. Your Soul Screamer series sounds great. I love the covers.


kalynnick said...

Rachel, what are some of your favorite series?

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the contest :)

infiniteplaylist (at) gmail (dot) com

Michelle said...

Great interview. I'm excited to see how the whole banshee premise pans out. It is very unique take on the paranormal ya scene. Very clever. Thanks!

mmillet at gmail dot com

Jessy said...

Thanks for the interview. I love the covers, they are absolutely beautiful. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

Meliam said...

Hi Rachel! I loved My Soul to Take, and I am so excited to read the next one! The covers are really pretty too.


dor said...

Hey Rachel. I am now going to read the series. I have to say the cover is out of this world. Bravo.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Jackie said...

Rachel, read today you finished Alpha and congratulations on that. Love the covers for the new YA series and since have read the E-book you posted also am so excited to read about Kaylee, Nash and the rest....

I posted the link on my Blog site at:
and my Twitter site at:
and on my Facebook account at:

Jackie B Central Texas

Van Anh Do said...

I've heard about this book forever. I have the second book. Hope I win the first one! Thank you!!!

Twitted here:


Unknown said...

hiya rachel
wonderful job on the book! :)
gorgeous covers as well. cannot wait for the next book to come out!


Josette said...

Hi there, I'd love to read a story with some Irish folklore in it. It sounds really interesting!

And classmates dropping dead? Wow. Please count me in your giveaway. Thanks!


Ruth Schaller said...

Hey Rachel!

I've been reading nothing but good stuff about your YA series! So you can definitely count me in for this one!

ruthiesbookreviews AT yahoo DOT com

Sheere said...

these books look so awesome! The titles and the covers arevery beautiful? Did you choose the covers, Rachel?

Oh and enter me for the giveaway please!

+1 tweeted


Anonymous said...

Enter me please! I'd love to win this book!

TBunsie said...
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TBunsie said...

I really really enjoy Rachel's writing. I love how she writes about things a little outside of the box, her characters and story lines are so fresh I'm always surprised when I read something new she's written. I don't know where all her great ideas come from.

Margay Leah Justice said...

Rachel, I'm looking forward to trying out this series. I've read a lot of good things about it and the more I read about it, the more I want to read it.

I tweeted it here:



Anonymous said...

Hello!... Rachel I love your shifter books and now starting the soul screamers series... You have become one of my favorite authors.

Gaby P

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel! I can's wait to read your books ;) They sound so wonderful and have excellent reviews! Best wishes!


Jen said...

I absolutely love this book and would love to own it! I can't wait till the next one comes out.

Blogged about contest at:


Amanda L said...

I love the Shifter series and can't wait to read the Soul Scream series. I would love to win this book, I could start it that much sooner!

mandan513 at hotmail dot com

Mariana Dal Chico said...
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Mariana Dal Chico said...

I really like the cover!
I can´t wait to read this book.

Tweete: http://twitter.com/maridalchico/statuses/5949646476



melissanh74 said...

melissanh74 said...
I am counting down the days until My Soul to Save and your adult series SHIFT books come out! I just wish it would hurry up and get here! You are a wonderful writer and I can't wait see where your imagination takes us next!
Thank you!

Miss Haley said...

Your books sound (and look!) awesome. I've been wanting to read them for as long as I've seen the covers!!!! Wow, a five-book series. I can barely handle the three-book series I'm working on... how do you manage to keep it all organized??? Good luck :D

+1 posted at twitter.com/haleymathiot


Carla Ribeiro said...

Hi, Rachel. Your books sound great and I love the covers. Would love to read this one.

carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

Miriam said...

I wasn't actually keen about Rachel's werecat series because I was questioning the sexism involved - but perhaps questioning it is a good thing? But this series seems really good and I'm glad she's writing for young adults. This is definitely on my christmas wishlist.
I'd love to be entered in this competition please. My email is: miriamfrancos@dsl.pipex.com

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

Rachel, though I have yet to read your books, they sound awesome. And that cover is BEAUTIFUL.

+1 sidebar: http://ireadd.blogspot.com

Thanks :D andrearobbins10@yahoo.com

Jenny N. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I have not read the first book in the series so would love to be able to win a copy.

+1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Jullysay/status/6001644939


Wrighty said...

I love these covers too! I haven't read the first one yet but have been very anxious to. I didn't know the second one was coming out so soon so I need to hurry up! I really look forward to the whole series. Thanks for the giveaway!

added to sidebar


Jasmine H said...

I would love to win a copy of my soul to take. it would make me very happy i love rachels other books :)

Reuben said...

Sign me up!


BorostyƔn said...

Everyone says good things about this book. I'd like to get a copy.


Ronit said...

Hi Rachel,

The plots of your books sound very interesting & unique. I would love to get a chance to read them! :) Also, the covers are beautiful and captivating.

ronitie.85 at gmail.com

mindy said...

this sounds like a great read thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Casey said...

Hey Rachel,
I absolutely love the Shifters series!!
I really want to read My Soul to Take!!
love Casey

Unknown said...

I hope i win the book i like harlequinteen books and yours look really good

i put a link in my status : http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1100361833

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be entered.

Rachel, I can't wait to read your book. I'm sure it's great.

BONUS ENTRY: Promoted at http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/245678-my-soul-to-take-by-rachel-vincent

Anonymous said...

I would love to read your book!

Euphoria13 said...

Hello Rachel!
Well i never heard of these books until reading this post and they sound interesting! The covers look very appealing as well! :)

+1 I posted a blog entry about this giveaway


Emily Brown said...

ive been wanting to read this book!


Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

I bought a copy of this for a friend's birthday and couldn't help but take a peek - now I really want my own copy to read and have!

catherine [at] amynta [dot] org

Raven M said...

I want to read this book so bad!

I tweeted about this:

My email adress is:


ReaganStar said...

Thanks for the great contest, Rachel you are a great writer, I love this series.


Sarah said...

I've seen this book around the blogsphere a lot but didn't think much of it. But this interview changes my mind. My Soul To Take sounds like a great book along with its sequel. Enter me in the contest, please!

Linked to sidebar

Thanks Kim!

two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

Bwyatt said...

Hey Rachel,
I love books like this. I can't wait to get my hands on it. It sounds great and the idea is definately creative. I really like it when authors come up with original ideas and not the same old stories. Thanks for the interview and insight. I really enjoyed reading it.

Lindsay said...

The contest sounds good count me in !


Unknown said...

Hi Rachel! I read your ebook prequel and I have been DYING to read the first book!

Aik said...

Hi Rachel, I've always wanted to read your books! I hope lady luck is on my side this time. :)

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

Linked here:


aikychien at yahoo dot com

Holz Smolz said...

Hi Rachel!
absolutely love your Shifter Series, heard great things about this book so i'd love to get a copy of it!
Great covers!


Evgenia said...
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Evgenia said...

I'm totally in love with covers of both books+)

I tweeted http://twitter.com/Secresy/status/6304587481


D Q said...

This looks like a great series! Loved the interview.

Holly said...

Soul Screamers is such a captivating title for a series, I'm going to add it to my wishlist!

Linked on my blog - http://goodgollymisshollybooks.blogspot.com/.


Jo said...

Such an awesome interview! I am so looking forward to getting started on the Soul Screamers series! I love Shifters series, and know I'll love My Soul to Take, too!


Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

Anya said...

Thanks for the amazing interview Rachel:)I love it to hear everything about the authors thoughts on a great book series. I cant wait to start the Soul Screamers series;)

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/AnyaKapllani/status/6349260150


Taylor P. said...

Wow, sounds like a good series, I can't wait to read it. =)


Linda Henderson said...

I enjoyed the interview very much. I have heard a lot of great things about your books. Would love to read this one.

seriousreader at live dot com

Anonymous said...

wonderful interview rachel! the covers are gorgeous. wanted to read my soul to take for a long time, it is so different from the typical vampires and angels.

hopefully i win, so i can indulge in this great read


booklover0226 said...

This book sounds great; I look forward in reading it.

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

rachel, I absouletly loved your other series about the were cats. I'd love to read more of your books.
p.s- I'll make sure to duck and cover if someone around me screams(;

FrankSandy said...

The covers are great. walkerd@primus.ca

Unknown said...

really want to read the book i have the 1st.

Brooke said...

Love the werecat series and can't believe you are pounding out the words so fast... Second, I hope that SA is treating you nicely and yes it is always hot there..

BookMac said...

Rachel, I haven't had a chance to read your soul series but I've heard nothing but good reviews! Keep up the writting!

extra entries: http://book-mac13.blogspot.com/2009/12/contest-roundup.html


dsandyboy said...

Your book sounds really interesting. dsandyboy@gmail.com

Annie said...

This sounds... AMAZING!!
Definetly in my wishlist.


Tweeted about the contest here:

Wrighty said...

I've heard great things about this book Rachel and I've really been looking forward to it! Glad to know it's a series and I love the covers! Thanks so much for the offer.

Added to sidebar


CherylS22 said...

I've read so many good things about your books on the blogs & can't wait to read one myself. Thanks for giving me the opportunity.

Sahm Lee said...

Your books sound really great and love the cover art! Thanks for the contest!

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