Thursday, May 13, 2010

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit: Starring Jeri Smith-Ready

I'm very excited to bring you today's girlfriend! Jeri's book SHADE was just released, and man oh man... is it GOOD!!

Let's hear more about it:

Simon Pulse Release Date: May 4, 2010
Jeri Smith-Ready,,,

About the Book:

Love ties them together.
Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

About the Author:
Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and the world’s goofiest greyhound.

Jeri's plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late.

Jeri loves to hear from readers, so please visit her at, or even better, on Facebook ( or Twitter (, where she spends way too much time.

Praise for SHADE:
“Shade is a hauntingly good story and an intriguing beginning to a new series. Jeri Smith-Ready proves again why she is one of my very favorite reads! — PC Cast, New York Times-bestselling author of the House of Night series

“The perfect combination of mystery, ghosts and romance, Shade left me breathless.” — Lisa
Schroeder, author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me and Chasing Brooklyn

“Awesome debut that will leave you craving the sequel as soon as the last page is read… Jeri Smith-Ready has made a fan out of me.”—The Story Siren (5 out of 5 Stars)

SHADE Book Trailer:
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Jeri even took the time to answer a few questions:

Okay, first question. If this were high school, which senior superlative in the yearbook would you score?

Most Likely to Say Something Inappropriate

What is one thing you wish you would have done when you were younger? For me, it’s that I never studied abroad. How about you?

I wish I’d taken piano lessons. (My parents bought me a piano, but no lessons.) I was able to teach myself a few songs, but I wish that once I had a job, I would’ve spent some of the money learning how to play that thing.

Now here’s the self-promotion part: Can you please tell us all about your book? We have some book shopping to do!

SHADE comes out Tuesday, May 4, from Simon Pulse (although it’s already been spotted at several Borders over the weekend). It’s about a girl (Aura Salvatore) who can see ghosts (as can everyone born after her) and isn’t thrilled about it, until her boyfriend dies and becomes a ghost. There’s also a cute Scottish guy who is all too willing to comfort Aura in her grief.

So, say your book just got picked up for a movie (congratulations!) Who’s playing your MC?

If I could merge Selena Gomez and Ellen Page, that would be the perfect person. (Note to self: learn genetic recombination.)

If you could take one literary character to prom, who would it be, and why?

Ooh, ooh, can it be one of my own? Because Zachary wears a kilt to the prom in SHADE’s sequel, SHIFT, and I absolutely want to be the girl with him—you know, the one with the smug look on her face. Is that wrong? Okay, then I don’t want to be right. (Let’s all refer back to Question 1 about the yearbook, shall we?)

And finally, since all of the other questions were so serious… What do you hope teens take away from your book?

First of all, I hope they’re entertained, because a book is nothing without a good story. I also hope that those who have lost someone they loved will feel a kindred spirit in Aura and maybe find some hope and comfort in the way she copes.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Jeri! And everyone, pick up SHADE today!! :-)


Shelli (srjohannes) said...

sounds good! love the new look - on blog and on you.

cant wait to see you in la!

Lisa R said...

I can't wait! Added it to my wishlist some time back as I love Smith-Ready's books but glad to see that all the reviews have been so good.