Saturday, October 22, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway with Author Dina James!


Dina did it! She gave you an excerpt of her book which is one of my MANY favorite parts of the book!  Where Billy compares to a... PIZZA!

Okay, I'm THRILLED to introduce you all to Dina James.  I have read, loved, and reviewed her newly released book, All Wounds.  Please give her a warm blogger welcome. I know you all know how.

And if you stick around to the end, I think there might be a book giveaway along with some goodies... maybe PIZZA!?!


Hi, Mel! Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog for the All Wounds Blog Tour!

Vampires, hellhounds, werewolves…oh my!

Those things are quite likely familiar to readers of the paranormal genre. In All Wounds, I take it a step further and call paranormal beings "Ethereals."

What's an Ethereal? In the Stranger Things world, it's any creature not from the Mortal realm – a creature of the Otherworlds. The Otherworlds are divided into "realms," kind of like a crystal prism, and exist alongside our own. The crystal taken as a whole is a solid object, but each facet of it separates the light through it differently. These, in my book, are the Otherworlds, and the beings that live in them (and there are so many!) are Ethereals in general.

Just like humans are a species, so are Ethereals. Humans are divided into races and ethnicities. So, too, are Ethereals. Where we have Asians, Africans, Europeans and so on, Ethereals have vampires, hellhounds, werewolves and so on.

Whereas human doctors can heal humans, Rebecca (though human herself) was born with the ability to heal Ethereals. Her ability comes from the unique life-force inside her that she can channel into the energy needed by Ethereal beings. More or less. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Each Ethereal being is different and has its own variety of needs. Some creatures need light, while others need darkness. Some need the nourishing power of Rebecca's blood while others just need their ectoplasm patched up. It depends. No two days are ever alike in the enclave of a Healer.

So what kind of power does Rebecca have? I'll turn this part over to Billy, a werewolf. (Oh, I'm sorry…a "man-wolf." Not a wolf-man.)


“I’ll try to explain in a way you’ll get, but I ain’t no good at stuff like this like Syd is,” Billy replied, sighing a little. “Let me think.”

His eyes went to the pizza still in the box before them. He pointed to the missing slices.

“Say this pizza, when it still had all the pieces, is the power an Ethereal has,” Billy said. “Let’s say...a vamp, like Syd.”

“Syd is a pizza, got it,” Rebecca said with an impish grin.

I am not a pizza, Acolyte.

Syd? Aren’t you supposed to be [redacted for potential spoilers]? Stay out of my brain!

Aren’t you supposed to be working on shielding your thoughts?


“Hey, Bit, pay attention,” Billy chastised, though he was smiling. “I’m lessoning you here.”

“Sorry, Billy,” Rebecca said, but without sincerity. She enjoyed the thought of Syd being a pizza too much to really be sorry.

Billy rolled his human eyes at her and continued. “Now, we’ve eaten some of the pizza, and it’s filled us up, right? We’re not hungry anymore.”

“Well I’m not,” Rebecca teased. “Can’t say you’re not, because you’re probably thinking about waffles.”

“Good places, waffle joints, especially the ones that are open all day and night. Sometimes a guy just needs a waffle, no matter what human time it might be. But you’re missing the point. You ain’t hungry no more, are you?”

Rebecca shook her head.

“So Syd gives—let’s say Ryan, who has a hard time keeping hold on his and making his own, or your Nana, since she ain’t got much of her own no more—a slice of pizza...his they ain’t hungry,” said Billy. “He’s sharing his own with them. Get it?”

Rebecca’s brow furrowed. “I think so. It kind of makes sense. So... Nana...can’t remember things because she needs...a slice of pizza?”

Billy nodded. “When she was younger, like you, she had her own pizza to keep her fed. Like you, she could make more pizza to replace what she shared with others, unlike now. She could, and did, share it with those who needed it, like you do with Ryan.”

“I’m a pizza too,” Rebecca said, looking at the boxes.

“Right,” Billy said. “But where Syd is an extra-large supreme pizza with everything on it, you’re just a small cheese pizza. Well, that’s not really true. Nobody’s sure yet exactly what size or kind of pizza you’re going to be, or...or even if a pizza is what you’re going to be.”

That didn’t sound good.

“What do you mean?” Rebecca asked, her heart pounding in an uncomfortable rhythm against her chest.

“You’re still being made,” Billy said. “And since Martha didn’t do nothin’ with your dough when you was growing up—she just let you sit there—you might not come out a pizza like you’re supposed to. Whatever you end up being, you gotta be baked first. But that doesn’t mean that parts of you ain’t okay to eat now. It’s just your dough that isn’t ready to eat.”

“And my birthday is baking day?” Rebecca asked. “The day we find out? And if I’m a good...whatever...or a bad one?”


And there you have it.

Doesn't that part there want to make you start singing, "I Am A Pizza?" In celebration of Billy's monstrous appetite (no pun intended), I'll offer a $15 gift card to the pizza place of the winner's choice – Pizza Hut, Domino's, or Papa John's (US Residents only, sorry!). The book giveaway, though, is open to all! E-book or print, whichever they prefer.

BLURB FOR LATEST RELEASE – All Wounds available from Mundania Press

It's said that when opportunity knocks on your door, you have only one chance to take it.

No one said what you're supposed to do when it kicks it.

All Rebecca MacDonnell wants to do is get through high school with grades good enough to win a prestigious scholarship so that she can finally leave her miserable life behind. One evening, after a particularly bad day, she finds out that people other than her aging grandmother need her help, and desperately so.

Well, not "people," exactly. Vampires, werewolves, demons, ghosts, goblins, and other things thought only imaginary all need help sometime, and Rebecca was born with the unique ability to heal ethereal beings. She is about to turn seventeen, the age at which her talent will manifest in its entirety, and become a true Healer…if she lives through the event.

A war between various ethereal factions is brewing, and Healers are a valuable commodity to any side. Those who wish to harness Rebecca’s manifesting healing powers for their own purposes must get to her before her seventeenth birthday.

Only two vampires and a rogue werewolf stand between Rebecca and those determined to make her serve them, and the fact that Rebecca has no clue what she's doing doesn't exactly help matters.

Neither does being seriously attracted to more than one of those just trying to protect her.

For a soon-to-be seventeen-year-old Healer-in-training, that's a lot to handle.

Especially on top of her homework.

TWITTER: @dinajames


Thank you Dina!!  I'm so glad you stopped by.  Thank you!

That Billy is one special guy.  I love his explanation!  And that he is always thinking of food. hee hee.  I know that part goes on a little longer and Billy is just amazing at it, but we can't give it all away.  Can we? ;)

Okay, as Dina promised a giveaway! Yeah!
As you saw she is has offered 1 lucky entry:
~ A Copy of All Wounds, your choice of Ebook or Print.
~ $15 Pizza Gift card to: Pizza Hut, Domino's, or Papa John's
(Sorry, Pizza gift card is US only, but if International winner we will try to sub with other goodies.)

Enter ON this Form:


  1. Lol, nice post, so she is a pizza, Mmmmm now I want to eat pizza ;)

  2. This post has inspired a very deep existential question for me - What kind of pizza would I be??? Hmmm. I think it depends. Somedays I'm sausage on a deep crust, other days a margherita on a thin NY crust, and then again once in awhile I'm a goat cheese with spinach monstrosity. But I'm never half-baked!

  3. That was one of my favorite parts of the book, I do love Billy, and he's got a knack for breaking down a situation to the bare bones, lol. (or in this case, slices)

    And what a GREAT idea for a giveaway!!! Not only the book (which I love) but PIZZA!!!! I'm almost ALWAYS in the mood for pizza.

    What a fun post! Thanks, Mel, and Dina :-)

  4. I've seen this book around the web but didn't know what it was about. After reading your review and the description above, I'm really looking forward to reading All Wounds.

  5. Okay, I can't surpass what Stephanie said. I'm am SO such an half-baked pizza!! LOL

  6. Now that you've made all the blog readers crave pizza (I'd love a white pizza with spinach and ham from that fab little pizzaria in Rye Brook, NY, please), we'll all need to pick up All Wounds to learn more about Rebecca, Billy, and Syd. Well played, ladies. Well played.



    (P.S. Funnily enough, my word verification 'word' began with "ham". Now I *really* want that pizza! :p)

  7. I have seen this book around and really want to read it! And now I'm really hungry for pizza, too :) Thanks for the interview and giveaway!
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  8. I love Dina. I follow a blog that she's a host on--The Evil League of Evil Writers-- and always look forward to her snark. It comes through loud and clear in her awesome books, too!


  9. Blodeuedd - lol. So glad you enjoyed the post! And I had to have pizza over the weekend because of this post. ;D I thought of Billy too! ;D

    StephanieD - lol!! Oh that is great... I do think sometimes that I AM half baked though. ;D Thank you!!

    Jennifer - Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it. It was fun pulling it together with Dina. :) This was one of my favoritest scenes as well. Thank you!

    Barbara E. - Oh! So glad you like what you saw here! That means the job was done right. ;D Thank you! Do hope you get a chance to enjoy it.

    Melissa (Books&Things) - lol! I know! But I do think at times I'm half baked too. ;D Thank you!

    Rissatoo - lol! Oh, I think you would enjoy this one. And that is an amazing sign! That means you have to read it. ;D

    Julie - Oh, so glad you like what you are seeing of this one. :) And I had to have pizza this weekend after putting this post together. ;D Thank you!

    LoriStrongin - Oh yes! I follow ELEW as well. I enjoy all the posts. Thank you for stopping by!

  10. I've been seeing this book all over and got an e copy of it just yesterday.It sounds fascinating! I'd love a print version as I'm still a primarily a "bird in the hand" type of person.

  11. Ha! This is certainly a yummy post! I love the "you're still being made" bit. So sweet!

  12. Oh, wow! I really loved the pizza analogy. I'm going to have to use that one when I'm trying to explain something to my kids. They can totally relate to pizza. LOL!

    Great guest post!

  13. Thanks for this great giveaway ! This book sounds very interesting ! Thank you too for the exepert, I want to know more now !!!!

  14. I love the explanation of power with the pizza! Very clever. The idea of sharing power is quite original. Your books sound very interesting, I will definatley be checking them out!


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