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Giveaway (US/Int): Regan Summers shares “The Rules According to Sydney Kildare”

by davincikittieMarch 29, 2012

Please help me welcome Regan Summers, author of Don’t Bite the Messenger, to GraveTells today!

Thank you so much for having me!

One of the most interesting parts of writing is getting to know your characters, finding motes and shards of them over the course of weeks or months as you write their stories. Each scene reveals a bit more, until you’ve got their history, their thoughts, their hopes and their fears. They rarely turn out the way you expect them to when you first drop them onto the page and, on top of that, they evolve.

Slippery little devils, characters.

Click here to see our review!

Sydney Kildare, the twenty-six year old vampire courier (a courier for vampires, not a vampire who runs packages) who narrates Don’t Bite the Messenger was nothing but fun to write. She works in a fast-paced, dangerous industry, and humor is both a defense mechanism and a way to test the people around her. But there’s more to her than snappy comments. She surprised me with her drive, her ingenuity and with the true depth of her suspicious nature.

I considered putting together a mock interview with her here, but it’s virtually impossible to get her to sit still. Instead I assembled a list of her governing rules. For those of you who’ve read DBtM, you’ll know that Syd’s big on rules. Rules keep her focused, and focus keeps her alive.

Please note that this list includes foreshadowing, as in Hints of Big Things to Come for Syd and the people around her.

THE RULES ACCORDING TO SYDNEY KILDARE

  1. Don’t trust vampires. Or humans. Or people who wear scarves in the summer. Basically, don’t trust anybody who hasn’t proven his- or herself. Repeatedly.
  2. Don’t judge a courier by her car. Judge her by how many nights she stays alive to drive.*
  3. Don’t listen to a man who offers you flash and baubles. Run in the other direction. Or punch him in the liver, then run in the other direction.**
  4. Don’t drink well liquor when you can afford top shelf. Your liver will thank you.
  5. Don’t be predictable. Fake right, go left, then take another left, circle around and pull a Crazy Ivan if you can’t shake the tail. Always assume you have a tail.
  6. Don’t accrue debts; gather favors. The day will come when you’ll need everything anybody’s ever owed you. Even that might not be enough.
  7. Don’t get into a pickled egg-eating contest. Just…don’t.***
  8. Don’t waver. Yes or no, stop or go. Hesitation kills.
  9. Don’t waste time. Fate is unfair and unkind. If you find someone worth loving, someone who truly loves you back, make the most of it. You never know how short your time together might be.
  10. Never stop fighting for the people you love. Believe they’ll never stop fighting for you.

* And by how well she maintains it. Low tire pressure is never acceptable, people!
** But only if he offered in an offensive way, otherwise you’re the rude one, sweetheart.
*** And don’t ask.

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About the author…

Regan Summers lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and alien-monkey hybrid of a child. She can suspend disbelief in the space of a heartbeat, and believes that hard work leads to happiness. After all the misery of hard work, that is.

Regan Summers can be found at: Website, Facebook, Twitter

Don’t Bite the Messenger is available at: Carina Press, Amazon,  B&N, Powell’s Books

Giveaway:

Regan is giving away one ebook copy of Don’t Bite the Messenger to a commenter today!  To enter, leave a comment below telling us what your favorire of Sydney’s Rules is and why, then fill out the Rafflecopter below.


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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2011 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
14 Comments
  • Molly Frenzel
    March 29, 2012 at 6:59 am

    #3 is great and had me chuckling!

  • Laurie
    March 29, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Love the list! Fav is #9, it’s self-explainitory. Really want to read this, thanks for the giveway!

  • Lauren
    March 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I thought #6 was so true! Don’t owe people, let them owe you!

  • sweety
    March 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I love Quote #9 “Don’t waste time. Fate is unfair and unkind. If you find someone worth loving, someone who truly loves you back, make the most of it. You never know how short your time together might be.”

    Sometimes fate is really unfair and unkind.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Hai-Yen
    March 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I like all of Sydney’s rules but particularly like Rule #8. It’s like driving: If you don’t know where you’re going, just stay home and knit!

    Thank you for the giveaway! Will add it to my TBR list for sure.

    hai-yen.huynh@sympatico.ca

  • Viki S.
    March 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    #9 Don’t waste time. Fate is unfair and unkind. If you find someone worth loving, someone who truly loves you back, make the most of it. You never know how short your time together might be.
    I love #8 too but having had cancer #9 fits me best. Thank you for the giveaway.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  • March 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    My fav is #9: “Don’t waste time. Fate is unfair and unkind. If you find someone worth loving, someone who truly loves you back, make the most of it. You never know how short your time together might be.”

  • Mimi Rose
    March 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I’m all about rule #10 … love and be loved … fight for what you love and they will fight for you!

    Thanks for having this giveaway … the book looks great

    mimirose41209 at hotmail dot com

  • antane
    March 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    “Don’t waver. Yes or no, stop or go. Hesitation kills.”

    yep. that is the one. Excellent interview thank you much!

  • Julianne
    March 30, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I like # 7. Don’t get into a pickled egg eating contest. I never have liked pickled eggs anyway. *shiver*

    The rules were very interesting.

  • bn100
    March 30, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I like rule #1.

  • Filia Oktarina
    March 30, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I like rule #10. Never stop fighting for the people you love.

  • Andrea Henry
    March 30, 2012 at 7:06 am

    5 gotta be 5

  • April 1, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Congratulations to Lauren F. on winning the giveaway!

    Thanks to Regan and everyone who participated in such a fun discussion! These rules really made me smile. <3 you guys!

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