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first ever guest post: starring kirsten miller

Today is the first time I’ve ever had a guest post on my blog, and I’m delighted to welcome Kirsten Miller, the author of The Eternal Ones, which was released yesterday. Congratulations again, Kirsten, and I’m so glad to have you on the blog!

Hi Everyone,

Wow, it is such an honor to be asked to post on Ally’s blog. I’m a great admirer of her work, and I think Matched may be one of the best YA books I’ve read in years. I’d elaborate, but I should probably save most of my praise for the review of Ally’s book that I’ll be posting on my own blog later this year. For now, I’ve been asked to tell you a little bit about my latest novel, The Eternal Ones.

I’ll be the first to admit that The Eternal Ones is somewhat strange—which shouldn’t surprise anyone who grew up with me. When I was a kid, I used to force my friends and siblings to play a game I called, “What If?” There weren’t any rules and it could get quite silly at times. All it required was an unexpected (though often desired) scenario. What if a UFO landed on your front yard while you were in the middle of a shower? What if your parents informed you they were spies for the Russian government? What if Jacob B. showed up at your front door with a bouquet of flowers and asked you to run away with him? (His name wasn’t Jacob, and he never showed up at my house with flowers. Too bad, ‘cause I had everything planned!)

The Eternal Ones began as my own private game of “What If?” (My friends and siblings won’t play anymore!) What if you discovered you had lived other lives? What if you began to suspect that there might be someone out there you were destined to find? What if soul mates really do exist?

Once those questions were answered, I knew there I had a tale I needed to tell. But The Eternal Ones isn’t the quaint little love story you might be expecting (although there’s certainly plenty of love involved). It’s a thriller, a mystery, and the chronicle of a romance that spanned countless centuries. And I couldn’t help working in plenty of weirdness for good measure.

If you’ve ever experienced déjà vu or love at first sight, there’s a good chance you’ll find The Eternal Ones entertaining. And if you’ve ever wondered if you’ve lived before, pop on over to my blog for a past-life reading! (No, I don’t have the credentials to offer a service of this sort, but it’s been a whole lot of fun so far!)

Thanks again, Ally! I’ll see you on my blog soon!


And, to celebrate this awesome guest post, I’m going to give away one of the signed copies of The Eternal Ones. Please comment on this post, and leave your e-mail address before midnight Friday (MST), and I’ll choose one winner. Sorry, this is open to US/Canada only.

+ comments (40)
  • Cindy
    August 11, 2010

    Thanks so much for this giveaway. I can’t wait to read The Eternal Ones!

    cfchok (@) gmail (dot) com

  • Meg
    August 11, 2010

    Always love to hear from the authors about their books & how they came up with the ideas for them. It sounds quite interesting…looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    meghanlee11 (@) yahoo (dot) com

  • ~chanel~
    August 11, 2010

    I can’t wait to read this book! I love the idea of reincarnation and past lives. Thanks for the interview!

  • Wow! This book sounds really intriguing! I can’t wait to read it!


  • Anne
    August 11, 2010

    Sounds like a great premise for a book. I’d love to read it!
    anne.llyr (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Shveta
    August 11, 2010

    I’m definitely curious about how the reincarnation’s handled. Count me in. 🙂

  • Tasha
    August 11, 2010

    I’m a sucker for a giveaway – maybe sometime I’ll actually win one, huh!!

  • msfive
    August 11, 2010

    I am always up for a good read. Looking forward to reading it.

  • Savannah
    August 11, 2010

    Pick me, pick me! 🙂 savannah.swanson@hotmail.com

  • Jen
    August 11, 2010

    This sounds like a great book. Gotta go to a bookstore!


  • Van P.
    August 11, 2010

    The Eternal One sounds like my type of book, can’t wait to read it 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • tami
    August 11, 2010

    sounds intriguing! And who can turn away a free book (hopefully!).


  • Sara B. Larson
    August 11, 2010

    Sounds like an intriguing an idea that sparked this book. Can’t wait to read it. Congrats on your book’s birthday this week Kirsten! 🙂

  • Renae
    August 11, 2010

    Hi Ally,

    I enjoyed meeting you at WIFYR – you were walking across the parking lot with Ann Dee and I was the older woman whose car battery kept dying.

    Don’t remember? Oh, well. I didn’t think that would really give me a leg up in this contest, but maybe the fact that I am a desperate educator who needs books for classroom libraries will melt your heart.


    As much as I am anxious to read THE ETERNAL ONES, I am even more anxious to read MATCHED!

    Oh, flattery won’t help either? That wasn’t flattery!

    Okay, well here’s my e-mail address: naesalisbury@gmail.com

  • Libby
    August 11, 2010

    Oh this sounds SO fun to read! Thanks for doing a giveaway Ally!

  • Meaghan
    August 11, 2010

    nancy pelosi si on top chef which is a wee bit confusing but not necessarily appropos to this conversation.

    this book sounds amazing and i would love to win a copy.

  • Raelena
    August 11, 2010

    The Eternal Ones sounds like a great book! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  • Elaine
    August 11, 2010

    Sounds like a great book! I can’t make as compelling a case as Renae as to why I should get it (I’m rooting for you, Renae), but I really like free stuff…

  • Jeahnelle Woodley
    August 11, 2010

    Wow. Thank you for the giveaway.

    The possibilty of reincarnation is such a fascinating area to explore.
    I would absolutely love to read your book.

    Again. Thank you.

  • This book sounds amazing! We’re so excited 🙂 Thanks for this interview and contest!

    kidlit (at) writeedge (dot) com

  • JenP
    August 12, 2010

    I’ve been looking forward to this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  • becca
    August 12, 2010

    Ooooh. Me, too, please! I love books.

  • Rosanne
    August 12, 2010

    Would love a copy. my e-mail is 9t9online at gmail dot com

  • KathrynPackerRoberts
    August 12, 2010

    kathrynroberts @ hotmail.com

    Yes please!

  • Devan
    August 12, 2010

    Thanks for the giveaway! Can’t wait to read this book!!!


  • Lena
    August 12, 2010

    What a great post! Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway!


  • Lindsay
    August 12, 2010

    I would love a copy of anything you recommend, Ally. Some of the best books I’ve ever read you’ve either written or recommended. lindsay[dot]hepworth[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Reader'sRamblings
    August 12, 2010

    Greaet contest!


  • Sara Cluff
    August 12, 2010

    Great blog! It sounds like an interesting book. I love the idea!


  • HeatherSmith
    August 12, 2010

    I enjoy holding a book in my hands. Hope I win!

  • Julie Dixon
    August 12, 2010

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Aubrey
    August 12, 2010

    Oh this book sounds so so good! I’d love to win!


  • JenilynTolley
    August 12, 2010

    What an intriguing premise! The book sounds so good.

    jeni.any.dots (at) gmail (dot) com

  • cupcakequeenblog
    August 12, 2010

    I can’t wait to read this book!!


  • Damaris
    August 13, 2010

    yay! Thanks!


  • Bridget
    August 13, 2010

    How fun!

  • abby
    August 13, 2010

    what a fascinating thought process. i used to play a version of that called “would you rather” where we tried to think of two (often disgusting) options and you had to pick one. (ex. would you rather have a nose that would move around your face or three feet?)

    your book sounds a lot cooler. 🙂

    acmumford (@) yahoo (dot) come

  • An Ordinary Mom
    August 13, 2010

    Fabulous post! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Lisa(GoodChoiceReading)
    August 14, 2010

    I would love to read this book! If I win, I would post a review on my blog: http://www.goodchoicereading.blogspot.com

    my email is lsano23@gmail.com

  • Arena
    August 19, 2010

    I’ve been *dying* to read this book! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!


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