Jan 5, 2012

Friday's Highlight: The Dark Divine, Bree Despain, & GIVEAWAY!!

     Today I'm featuring the The Dark Divine trilogy by LDS, YA author Bree Despain. There's some information on Bree, her books, and a giveaway as part of the Young Adult Fairies & Fantasy Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and vvb32reads.

I met Bree at the awesome multi-author Extravaganza event put on by the Orem Library this past December and she gave me an ARC of The Savage Grace (the third and final book in The Dark Divine trilogy) to give away! It's even autographed and contains a Savage Grace bookmark! The finished product won't be available until March 13, 2012.

     Bree has always loved writing, but when she was younger (as many of us think as well) Bree thought that you had to be some-kind-of-wonderful to be an author. (You've got to be just amazing to be a writer for a living, right?) Well here's a clip from Bree's bio telling us what happened to change her understanding. (But yes, writers are amazing, and so are moms and janitors and CEOs):
Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner city teens from Philadelphia and New York. With a renewed passion for story, and the young adult audience, she returned to Brigham Young University, filled her schedule with creative writing and literature classes, and started writing stories again. But regular life kicked in, and she soon found herself married with a new baby, working full-time, and with very little writing done.
That’s when the universe threw a pick-up truck in her path. The car accident left Bree with an understanding that life was too short to not do what you absolutely love. A few days later, her husband brought home a used laptop computer, placed it by her bedside, and said, “You’d better start writing.” Her life has never been the same since.
     Hooray for life changing events that could go either way but through the support of someone special and your own gumption become simply wonderful! I imagine that time in Bree's life was a sort of "Dark Divine" in itself.

     Now, I have to confess that I have not read this series YET. I found the second book on sale in hardcover but not the first and only recently found a great deal for the first in hardcover, but it was while I was in Washington state visiting my awesome in-laws (remember Rachel?) and the book has yet to be shipped from their house to ours (whew). So I don't have any input on the series right now except that the covers are very eye-catching and Bree is very nice. Below I have included the Goodreads summaries as well as a couple of book trailers as well as Bree's book soundtracks for books 1 & 2!

A prodigal son. A dangerous love. A deadly secret.

     Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.
     The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.
     The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.
First chapter available HERE.

A family destroyed. A love threatened. An enemy returns.

     Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process.
     Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot, a newcomer to town. But as the two grow closer, Grace's relationship with Daniel is put in danger - in more ways than one.
     Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her - not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung.
     Bree Despain delivers sizzling romance and thrilling action in the heart-pounding sequel to the The Dark Divine.

The prologue & first chapter are available HERE.

     Brother Gabriel, Daniel’s mentor and an ancient Urbat, plays an important role in The Lost Saint as well as the upcoming conclusion to the Dark Divine trilogy, The Savage Grace. We were first introduced to Gabriel in The Dark Divine when Grace recieves a book of ancient letters that Gabriel (a young monk at the time) wrote to his sister during the Crusades, detailing his search to know more about the Urbat. The book of letters ends just before Gabriel falls to the Urbat curse, leaving us to wonder what happened to him in the following years to turn him into the man he is today.
     Most of Gabriel’s letters were written during the thirteenth century, and later translated and compiled by an Orthodox priest in the eighteenth century. For whatever reason, some of Gabriel’s letters were lost after translation and did not make it into that original book. But good news! A few of these “lost letters,” detailing Gabriel’s fall to the Urbat curse and his quest to seek revenge on the man responsible for his demise, have recently been “discovered” by the indomitable crew at Egmont USA, and are compiled here for your reading pleasure.
     I hope you enjoy The Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel. I think they give a lot more depth to Brother Gabriel’s character and the mythology of the Dark Divine trilogy.

Bree Despain

A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.

   Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything.

     With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she

     The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.

The Dark Divine Book Trailers
The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, book 1)

The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine, book 2)

There is no trailer for The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, book 3) --yet.
(Not that I have found anyway. If you know of one please pass the link along!)

The Dark Divine Book Soundtracks
Click below for Bree's soundtrack pages:
(The Dark Divine page even includes posts of the music and her Bree's thoughts about the songs in relation to the book.)
The Lost Saint
    *And something else cool? Bree has Dark Divine trilogy nail polish! She has the little bottles at her book signings and they are so cute and tiny and match the nail polish the models wear on the book covers (books 1 & 2)!  
**And you know what?
I'm going to include one of each in this giveaway along with the bookmarks for the first two books!**
EDIT (Jan. 9, 2012): Bree just posted a giveaway for the new Savage Grace nail polish!
This giveaway will include:
     1 autographed ARC of The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, book 3)
     1 Savage Grace bookmark
     1 Dark Divine bookmark
     1 Lost Saint bookmark
     1 Dark Divine nail polish (purple)
     1 Lost Saint nail polish (blue)

To Enter:
*Answer the question -
If you could make your own book swag (book related item) what would it be and for which book?
*Leave your email in the comment like this: ladyofnarnia(at)yahoo(dot)com

Giveaway is open to US residents only
One winner will be chosen using Random.org
Giveaway ends January 12, 2012 @ 11:59 PM MST


  1. If I could make book swag for my own YA book series I would want to make a hardcover book purse. I've seen a few and they're really cool! Though this doesn't really relate to reading books per se but it would be awesome! :) I also think that any of the above covers wold make a fabulous book purse! So elegant and beautiful with the flowing fabric!


  2. The coolest book swag I've ever seen was for Melissa Marr's Graveminder. She had these toe tags that were just perfect. That's my favorite kind of swag - something unusual that fits the book perfectly. I love how Bree uses the nail polish too. What a fun & different idea for swag.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. The best swag I've seen lately was some paper dolls that Heather Dixon made of her main character from Entwined. You can print them out and everything! I thought that was awesome.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    booksatruestory (at) gmail (dot) com


  4. I've read the first two and can't wait to read the third. Your interview on Dani's blog was great! :)

  5. I'd love to make little keychains with angel wings for Unearthly.


    GFC follower Christina Kit. Liked on facebook Christina Rita Condomaros

  6. I love my bookmarks! So, for this series, I would do a book thong. I would have the book thong itself made of metal with small openings (think of a ladder). I'd thread the chiffon or silk (corresponding with the book cover's color) through the "ladder", leaving a bit flowing off the top and add a small charm of something specific or distinctive to that book in the series. (It's a LOT easier to picture in my head than it is to describe in words...lol)


  7. Oooh, I would make those window cling decals (the removable ones), and I'd make them for Rachel Vincent's Shifters series because a werecat paw print would look awesome on my rearview window. :)
    Randi M
    randi.wedekind AT gmail.com

  8. I'd make nacho scented (and shaped) bookmarks for the book Free Thaddeus! by John Gosselink

  9. Awesome giveaway! I love book marks the most. Never can have to many book marks. I would love to something with dangling feathers and pretty ribbon for Hush Hush saga.
    April Hays


  10. AHH!!! I want this book SO MUCH!

    Anything? Then I would totally make an old-fashioned-looking map of the seven realms from Book of a Thousand days. Hands down.

    ~Enna Isilee

  11. I would love to make some Temporary Tatoos for the Wicked Lovely book....
    GFC: Mechele Johnson

  12. I would make bookmarks for the Nightshade series. Thanks!

    GFC - Brooke

  13. My book swag item would be a Tiger Curse book mark for the Tiger Curse series!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. I would make fliers advertising the races for The Scorpio Races (kind of like some of the ones that came out for The Hunger Games)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  15. If I could make my own swag I would totally make clothes that the characters wear! Some of the covers are clothes Id want! I the Eyes Like Stars series is where i would start!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I really love this series! XD

  16. I would make a clockwork angel necklace like Tessa's. jesmck at yahoo dot com

  17. If I could make something I would like to make jewelry related to the characters. I'd start with the Mercy Thompson series- lots of wolf/coyote paw prints :D

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  19. I would create a perfume for the main character in a book...I love perfume lol!

  20. I would make t-shirts and bookmarks for Variant by Robison Wells that said..."Trust No One" on them, with that variegated blue background. I love this book/story!!

    I can't wait to read Bree's series. I would love to win one of her books! Thanks for the chance.


  21. I'd make key chains of all the classes in dystopian books, and also t-shirts

  22. I think I would like some swag from any of Cassandra Clare's books. For The Infernal Devices series there's Tessa's Clockwork Angel! and Will's ring! or for The Mortal Instrumets they have necklases wih the runes they have! When I saw everything there was, I was just Zomigod O_O

    and Thank You so so so So Much for this Zomigod worthy Giveaway O_O

    Jude Henderson :) @In Between Writing and Reading

  23. I would love to make jewelry in the shape of a scythe for Darynda Jones' Grave series! Not YA, but I love this series! hschrock24112(at)yahoo(dot)com

  24. Id love to have some swag for the princess diaries. Maybe a little diary booklet like the one mia keeps


  25. I would love to have a Clockwork Angel like Tessa's. It sounds so awesome!

    shadowkatt2011 [at] aim [dot] com

  26. Swag for my books...hmm. I'd make a bag out of the hardcover version, jewelry that's from the actual book, and/or figurines of the characters. I love me my action figures!

    GFC: usagi, the golden witch
    usagiko at gmail dot com

  27. The best swag I ever got was chapstick for Starcrossed by Josie Angelini. It's so practical and it makes me smile and think of the book every time I use it - and I'm still using it all the time. But basically I think chapstick is the perfect swag and it's great for kissing books =)


  28. How about some nice book swag luggage tags. Laminate them and you're good to go.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. If I were to do a swag I would do a giveaway for either signed copies of Tiger's Curse series (1-2) with a few bookmarks or I would do signed copies of Across the Universe and A Million Suns ARC swag with bookmarks and the Across the Universe water bottle.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  30. I would design book covers that reflect the types of graphics from the genres that I like to protect my books and my kindle.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  31. I would make kindle covers with my book cover on it! thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    prettyhaydengurl (at) yahoo (dot) com

  32. I would probably make some kind of werewolf charm, I think that would be neat. I would probably make it for The Lost Saint.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  33. I've seen the hardcover book purses and have wanted one so badly, I'd love to make one! I would use Needful Things by Stephen King since he's my favorite author and that's my favorite book by him. :D


  34. lisapeters at yahoo dot com Kathy Reich Bones series. T-shirts like Got Bones? Murder or Natural Causes, then bags for shopping with bones from different parts of the body for size. Leg bones largest bag, arm smaller , skull smaller, etc. Book marks shaped like bones from the body with injuries, Everything would be in English and French for the Quebec aspect, maybe some slime that is in one of those squeeze balls with little finger bones floating inside. stuff like that. thanks

  35. Thanks for the giveaway :) I don't know if they already have them, but I think it'd be cool to make necklaces for The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong :)

    I love the nail polish swag for The Dark Divine series, that's so creative!


  36. I would make bookmarks! I love them and you can never have too many!


  37. I would say If I could make my own swag, I would make some cool Book Ends for my office. I would them to be based of Harry Potter in some way.


  38. OMG Nailpolish! I would totally do that for different books and name them something to do with them.

    1. Sam's Eyes (hazy golden brown) from the Wolves of Mercy Falls
    2. Ash's Glare (ice blue, close to white) from The Iron Fey
    3. Patch's Wings (greyish, dark) from Hush, Hush

    something like that!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :D

    iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

  39. If you could make your own book swag (book related item) what would it be and for which book?

    I would definitely create Team Daniel and Team Cam bookmarks for Fallen by Lauren Kate! One would be green and dark . . .then other would be luscious and violet.


  40. If I had to make a swag pack for a book, I would probably make some sort of awesome book tote. (I'm terrible at marketing, but we get cute ones really cheap at my library.) Maybe a black bag with a swatch of color for the Bree Despain books?

    Anyways, thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  41. Jewelry. Some kind of jewelry. OR a skin for my phone or Kindle.

    As for what book. I dunno. I have so many favorites, it's ridiculous.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

    GFC: Dani @ Refracted Light
    dani AT refractedlightreviews DOT com

  42. any kind of swag iwante dhumm honestly I think would be cool to make a hidea book cover deal yano where its ahard cover book on the outside butw hen u open it up its really a hiding spot for ur treasure slikbook things ect and the cover of the book have to be for the gobling wars series or something else its really hard to say


  43. hi well there some great stuff i got form earser
    to pen to small poster to book mark to

    the books are great color i would go with key ring with the pic of the book on it
    desi the blonde@msn.com

  44. I would love to have eye shadow that matches the color on the girl on the hardcover cover of Delirium.
    GFC - rickimc

  45. I know it has been done, but I would love to create jewelry (especially a ring) for the Lord of the Rings series. My all time favorite!
    GFC: Lexie@BookBug
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  46. If I was making book swag, I would have the obvious bookmarks, business cards, etc. But I would make a book thong or cover that can be used again and again.

    Thank you for the giveaway! jbronderblogs at aol dot com

  47. I would love to make the book purses and probably jewelry maybe clothes also. LOL... I would do it from one of the House of Night books... :-)

  48. I would love to take some of my favorite hardcovers and add extra pages to it so I can add some drawings and art to them!
    Thanks for the chance!
    thebumblegirl at rocketmail dot com

  49. I love bookmarks and book thongs so I would definitely make those. I'm currently reading The Dragonriders of Pern omnibus so it would be neat to make one using dragons, fire lizards and dolphins.


  50. I think I would make jewelry that matches that which the characters wear. I think I would go for the Mediator series on this one.

    katie_tp AT yahoo DOT com

    GFC: Katie

  51. I would like to make a book purse from The Hollows series or some kind of jewelry from that series. It is my favorite of them all. I also love all the jewelry from the Mortal Instruments and Infernal devices series that Hebel Design has made. Thanks for the giveaway.


  52. You could have fairy dust nail polish or a necklace with a charm that has fairy dust in it for any fairy book. That would be cute and pretty I think :)
    helldog3 (at) aol (dot) com

  53. I love Christmas ornaments made that represent the books. I'd love to collect enough to decorate my whole tree in books I've read and loved. There are so many series that would make awesome ornaments, Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, Hunger Games, Werecats, oh, I could go on for pages!
    GFC- Lisa Richards

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  54. I would like unique jewelry that was worn by characters in the book. Or maybe if there was a different purse or bag used in the book also. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  55. This is going to sound lame, but I like witty t-shirts. Like, for Harry Potter, I had a t-shirt that said "Save a broomstick. Ride a Weasley." like that terrible country western song, save a horse, ride a cowboy. I don't know. Something like that.

    oneagainst at hotmail

  56. If you could make your own book swag (book related item) what would it be and for which book?

    I would love a cool tote with a quote on it from one of my favorite series...maybe from The Hunger Games?

  57. Oops! My email is brianne(dot)libby(at)maine(dot)edu

  58. I love t-shirts! If I could make some swag I would love to include a witty quote on a t-shirt with a little cartoon of the character or the cover of the book. I actually make my own t-shirts all the time with iron on letters of my favorite quotes from books. Bookmarks are also always great or tote bags to carry books! Thanks for the giveaway! The books are gorgeous and sound awesome!


  59. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Hmm...I would make jewelry for DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. Sadly, they won't be magical jewelry that makes wishes! :P


  60. I would love a tube of lipstick from The Lipstick Laws!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  61. I think a silver charm bracelet would be neat. It could have a charm to represent each character or each element in the story. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

  62. I love to read series. I think some kind of jewelry (like earrings or necklaces) that represent each book in the trilogy.


  63. I would do a swag giveaway for Wicked Lovely series. Along with a hard cover book you would win some temporary tattoos and book markers.
    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  64. I really like the trading cards, one of each character. Goes great with any type of story.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  65. I would love a swag bag. Just a nice tote bag. Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. I think I would make candles that reminded people of the character somehow. Either it was their favorite scent or it was how they were described as smelling such as minty with a touch of lavender. Not sure which books I would make them for as many as I could I guess.


  67. Following you via GFC as ThePixieSprinkles

    I am new to the book blog community and have no idea what swag is or what you are talking about! lol I see you listing nail polish and bookmarkers and those seem like really neat add ons to me! =)


    Thanks! =)

  68. One of the best pieces of swag I have ever gotten was the Keychain Maggie gave out at the release party for Forever. It was a leather heart keychain with Forever on it. I think if I had to pick a swag item it would be for Bloodrose and it would to a little wolf keychain or charm! I LOVE this series and would LOVE to win!


  69. Swag - I think I would love to have a swag necklace. But for which book? I don't know. But it would have to be pretty cute! :)

    lisaisabookworm at gmail dot com

  70. bookmarks with a map of westeros, from 'A Game of Thrones'

  71. I think I would make postcards! I really love sending them and like to imagine the people working at the post office would like to see pretty book themed postcards =)


  72. I think I would make jeweled bookmarks for the main characters. I love bookmarks and think you can't have too many!

  73. Forgot to enter my email:

  74. I would make a book bag with golden fabric for my huge Lord of the Rings trilogy


  75. If I could make my own book swag for a book series I would make a book holder and the book series would be the Iron Fey. :)

    - Beckie


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  77. Oh that's a good question! For my own YA series I would make jewelry swag so the fans could wear something their favorite character in the series wears.

    Ty for the entry!


  78. Oh I have no idea... I really like personalized and unique items for swag. There was this one giveaway where the author gave a bracelet themed around her book. It was awesome! I think that's a great idea, personally. :)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  79. I would love to make Tattoos for the Wicked Lovely books

    robinblankenship at gmail dot com

  80. If I could make some swag I think I would make some colorful stretchy book covers for paperback. I think this would save a lot of covers.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  81. Thank you very much love her books can't wait to read this book!
    I love swag I would make something for Hush Hush LOve Angels some thing
    with pretty colors maybe shape with wings love bookmakes! I don't think
    I could make it but love bookmakes :) Thanks so much for this great
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  82. This is a really hard question. I guess if I could make up some swag it would be a bookmark with an Eiffel Tower charm for Anna and the French Kiss.


    leyser73 at gmail dot com

  83. I saw the most adorable swag idea the other day! The book Destined by Jessie Harrell has a butterfly ring on the cover and thats part of the swag! Love it!


  84. If you could make your own book swag (book related item) what would it be and for which book? I would love to see a purse or mp3 player with book covers on them! Like the gorgeous cover for the Paranormalacy series, or stuffed animals that match the tigers and various creatures in the Tiger's Curse series.
    Ashley A

  85. I'd make some mini felt pet zombies for Pet Cemetary, lol :)


  86. I would copy your swag collection for this giveaway. It's pretty awesome! Me, I'm happy with bookmarks and if I happen to get a magnet or a pen or a book, even better. thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  87. I would either have charms for Stephanie Perkins series (like a little banana and maybe a moon or something) . . . or a pocket watch for Myra McEntire's Hourglass and Timepiece - though that might be costly ;-)

    Though a wolf stuffed animal for Bree Despain's series wouldn't be bad.

  88. Wow this is an excellent giveaway! Love Bree's books and am so excited for The Savage Grace.
    Ok for my swag idea I would do magnets with just the book cover on it. Can you imagine how cool it would be to have a magnet board up by your bookshelves showing the covers of all your favorite books? I've gotta figure out how to do that! Crafty anyone?

    britani_quigley at yahoo dot com

  89. Those covers are so lovely, I think I might just do a scarf in the style of the fabric on the covers. I think it would work for all the books and you could do a bit of embroidering on the bottom. (One for each of the titles).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    nayjf at yahoo dot com

  90. Id make a nail polish for the Iron King Series.


  91. If I had the ability to make book swag, I would choose to make book lights for The Savage Grace because red is such an intense color and people would be curious and would talk about the book.
    Email: puieread(at)yahoo dot com

  92. I'd have crow temporary tattoos for The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith or nail polishes in shades of lapis (blue), black, and green, or maybe even a bookmark with a crow charm and blue beads (Damon was my favorite character from the series lol).

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

  93. I would love to make a bookmark that was a feather to go along with the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. I would love to make it the feel of a feather but not as fragile and would love to inscribe a quote from it along the quill like the with those pieces of rice at amusement parks.

    mprigmore2002 (at) yahoo (dot) com


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