Ring in A. Morell’s Birthday with Puncture Wounds!

Thanks for having me again, Lex!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Wait, it’s not your birthday. (Or is it? If so, comment below about this happy coincidence.) Whose is it, then?

Well, to be perfectly frank, it’s mine. In three days, anyway. 8/28, such a round and lovely number.

When I was a kid, I would hear those cynical older people who went on and on about hating their birthday, hating getting older, hating the fuss, etc, and think them completely ridiculous. Who could hate their birthday? You have fun with cool people and get stuff, and at the end there’s even cake. What was wrong with those people?

How embarrassing to have to break the news to my younger self—you’ll become one of those people!

I might be exaggerating a little, but the point is the same. I dislike going out for my birthday, like an old fuddy duddy. Obviously it wasn’t always this way. At some point I just realized it became more of an obligation for others than fun for me, and I enjoy being around people normally rather than being the center of attention. I’m an introvert, okay?

I also tend to like giving gifts more than getting them, and let me tell you that is a direct 180 from where I was as a kid. So, it might be a bit backwards, but I’ve decided for my birthday to give rather than receive.

What I hope to give is 1) a good time and 2) …

…free copies of my upcoming fall novella, Puncture Wounds. Hopefully at least one of those options sounds intriguing. 8)

So! All and sundry are officially invited to attend A. Morell’s Birthday Blog Blitz, Bash, and Scavenger Hunt, this Thursday, August 28th! Here’s what you need to know:

*All are welcome to participate!
*Scavenger hunt will start the 28th and run through the 31st, and be untimed to allow everyone in all time zones a shot at winning.
*Two methods of winning: 1) Trivia questions, 2) Puzzle solving.
*On the 28th, trivia questions and free puzzle pieces (as seen below) will be posted to my blog and twitter. Remaining puzzle pieces will be scattered throughout various author blogs.
*Location clues will be posted at my twitter account, under the hashtag #ScavengersAssemble.
*If you see a puzzle piece, the answer to one of the trivia questions will be on that page, but it’s up to you to find it!
*To solve the puzzle, use your favourite imaging software to put the pieces together into one picture.
*All trivia answers and completed puzzles must be emailed to me directly at sans.morale@gmail.com
*Participants may complete one or both methods. One winner will be chosen at random for each method of entry.

Comments? Questions? Fire away! As promised, here’s the first piece of the puzzle:

An exclusive teaser for Puncture Wounds will be available on my blog along with the trivia questions, but for now, enjoy the blurb. Hope to see you around!

James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren. But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.

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