Kira Brady

Jun 6
Flash contest: ARC giveaway for Hearts of Darkness

It’s been a stressful few months, not at all keeping with what the beginning of the Summer of Awesome should be, so it’s time to embrace the sun (quick! run outside, Seattleittes, and see it now!) and get this big adventure started off right. Please join me in kicking the Deadglass Trilogy off with a contest for 3 autographed ARCs and cover flats of the book Publishers Weekly called, “Dazzling…thrilling…irresistible.” I’ll be celebrating all summer long with book contests and a blog tour, sharing details of my Grand Tour of Europe, and giving away Scottish tea, Seattle coffee, and Swiss chocolates.

Summer of Awesome:

JUNE: Hearts of Fire (Deadglass 0.5) release on the 26th

JULY: Big Birthday Bash and the National RWA Conference in Anaheim (first book signing!)

AUGUST: Hearts of Darkness release on the 7th and blog tour


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And now for the CONTEST!

For our Grand Tour, we are hitting up Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Brussels, Paris, and Chamonix. We have nothing specific planned except Mr Kira’s summit of Mt. Blanc. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a signed ARC of Hearts of Darkness, the first book in the Deadglass Trilogy. Please share: If you were designing your own month long vacation, where would you go?

 Contest ends Thursday, June 7 @ 11:59 pm PST. Please note: you must include a valid email address with your comment to be eligible. (Sorry, but US residents only for this one.) Three names will be picked by

Winners: as always, if you found the time to leave an honest review on Goodreads or Amazon or other reviewish type place and tell all your friends and family and random strangers on the street, I would be ever grateful. J

PS: By the time I finished typing this up, the sun had returned to its perch behind the clouds. Such is Seattle weather.


41 comments to “Flash contest: ARC giveaway for Hearts of Darkness”

  1. Sherida Stewart
      · June 6th, 2012 at 6:15 pm · Link

    If I were to go on a month-long vacation, I’d be tagging along with you all! Wish we could! The Scottish tea, Seattle coffee and Swiss chocolates all sound divine!

    • Kira Brady
        · June 6th, 2012 at 11:13 pm · Link

      We wish you were coming! Looking forward to Disneyland. :)

  2. RachaelfromNJ
      · June 6th, 2012 at 7:53 pm · Link

    If I was planning a month long vacation, I would go to Italy. I’ve never been out of the country and I would love to experience being somewhere where everything is so different. Plus the food, the culture, the art, all of it would be amazing.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 6th, 2012 at 11:14 pm · Link

      Never? Mr Kira hadn’t been out of the country till we went to Germany together in 2005. Now he’s been more places than I have. ;) I’ve only had lunch in Italy, but I’d love to go explore sometime. Thanks for stopping by!

      • RachaelfromNJ
          · June 7th, 2012 at 2:50 am · Link

        I went to Niagra Falls on the US side and I did walk around on the Canadian side for a little while. Even though it’s ”out of the country” it didnt really feel it since it was only for an hour or two so it didnt count lol.

        My mom went to Italy last yr and she said it was amazing. So many places I’d love to go to.

        • Kira Brady
            · June 7th, 2012 at 4:26 am · Link

          I’ve always wanted to go to Niagara Falls. It was once the classic honeymoon destination–so much good material for a romance novel. ;)

          • RachaelfromNJ
              · June 8th, 2012 at 5:57 pm · Link

            Niagra Falls is nice. It’s funny though because we drove there, about 8 hours I think it took. And when I saw it, I was like oh wow. And then after 10 minutes I was like ok lets go home. LOL

            We stayed over night at a hotel, not at the falls though. I think I would have enjoyed it more if we had planned stuff to do there. I think I was a little underwhelmed by it. There’s only so much staring at the falls before it gets old. LOL

  3. RachaelfromNJ
      · June 6th, 2012 at 7:55 pm · Link

    I included my email address in the form here. Is that what you meant? I don’t want to post it on a website if that’s ok

    • Kira Brady
        · June 6th, 2012 at 11:12 pm · Link

      Yes. Thank you!

  4. Bonnie @ A Backwards Story
      · June 6th, 2012 at 7:57 pm · Link


    I would like to plan a vacation to tour all of Italy for a month. There are so many cities I want to visit in Italy, and they’re across the country, so I think a month would give me a proper amount of time to see everything in a relaxed manner.

    I’d also like to go back to Japan and hit all the prefectures I wanted to get to and didn’t have time for, as well as re-visit some of my favorite ones, so that’s another one month trip I’d love!

    • Kira Brady
        · June 6th, 2012 at 11:15 pm · Link

      Italy would be nice: Tuscany, Rome, Venice! Another trip, that would be awesome. I’ve been to Japan, but only Tokyo and a small town outside. I would love to explore more. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Mlle. X
      · June 6th, 2012 at 11:34 pm · Link

    My personal theory of travel is that it’s better to plan for longer stays in fewer locations – to my mind, a month is just enough to really settle in somewhere.

    My next big travel goal is to hit the Inca Trail. The classic trail only takes four days but I’ve seen tours that do ten or fifteen day long treks through a bunch Incan ruins.

    Follow that up with some recovery time at a nice hotel, maybe a day on the beach, and it’d be perfect.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 12:19 am · Link

      Mr Kira’s original idea was to settle somewhere, but there are too many places I want to go see! I’d love to do the Inca trail sometime. If we didn’t have a toddler, we would be hiking. We have this book, Classic Hikes of the World, and my dream is to do them all. Thanks for joining me!

  6. Carrie Bateman
      · June 6th, 2012 at 11:41 pm · Link

    Wow. There are so many places I still want to visit. I’m torn between touring the United Kingdom (we’ve been to London, but I would love to visit Ireland and Scotland) or heading down under and checking out New Zealand and Australia. Hopefully we can actually get to these places once the wee ones are not quite so wee. ;)

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:28 am · Link

      New Zealand is gorgeous. We hiking the Routeburn Track, one of the aforementioned Classic Hikes of the World. I had high hopes of doing the Great Highland Way this trip in Scotland, but those little people put a hitch in the serious tramping plans. Still, now that Mr. Kira and I have our FitBits, we’ll be walking all over Europe just to beat each other’s scores. Soon baby J will want her own!

      • Carrie Bateman
          · June 7th, 2012 at 4:53 am · Link

        Oh J will totally want her own! Ana already does. After we had ours for a couple days she was pretending to check her FitBit stats along with us. So much in fact, that we gave her her own pedometer (I think we got it in a cereal box or something) to “track her activity.” ;)

  7. Kristine Cayne
      · June 6th, 2012 at 11:43 pm · Link

    Congratulations, Kira~ I’m so excited that your book is about to be released. If I could plan a month long vacation, I think I’d tour Europe, but I’d be sure to do it when the weather is nice. I’ve had just about all I can take of the Seattle gloom and doom :)

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:29 am · Link

      Thanks Kristine! It seems silly to leave Seattle gloom and doom for Scotland gloom and doom. After all this rain, I’m starting to wish we were going to Hawaii instead!

  8. Shortskie
      · June 6th, 2012 at 11:47 pm · Link

    I would go to Japan. I’ve had fascinations of visiting the country since I had my first bowl of ramen and first spread of sushi. To wander around Tokyo, hit the beaches at Okinawa, or buy a kimono and flaunt it.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:32 am · Link

      I really want to go back there. We loved the ryokan in the mountains and seeing the sheer number of people in Tokyo. I still want to go to Kyoto and get a kimono. Maybe next trip!

  9. Beth
      · June 6th, 2012 at 11:47 pm · Link

    I’d like to hit up all the UK I think. Start in England, and then go to both Ireland and Scotland, hitting the major highlights, considering I only would have the one month. Haha. I almost said Italy, but I have been there before (if only for the one week), and I want to branch out a bit.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:34 am · Link

      My perfect vacation! I tried to convince Mr Kira to spend the month in the UK, but he’s not an anglophile like me. Two weeks in Scotland was our compromise. I loved Ireland, even if it looked a heck of a lot like Western Washington (with the rain too!).

  10. Alison Atlee
      · June 6th, 2012 at 11:50 pm · Link

    If it’s a summer vacation, I might just pick Prince Edward Island and spend the month pretending to be Anne of Green Gables.

    Kira, the trilogy looks fascinating! If I don’t win today, I’ll stop by the literacy signing.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:35 am · Link

      Prince Edward Island is my mom’s all time favorite trip. She took it long before she had me and bicycled across. I would love to go someday.

      Please stop by the literacy signing to say hi in any case! I’ll be one of those lonely debut authors sitting behind my pile of books while I watch the line for La Nora. Ha.

  11. Sara M
      · June 7th, 2012 at 12:55 am · Link

    My month long vacation would definitely include Amsterdam and Ireland. Maybe London. Regardless of the exact locations, it would definitely be a fun trip around Europe.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:39 am · Link

      In graduate school I studied city planning and the amazing bike paths in the Netherlands. I definitely want to see them in real life. It would be so cool to live in a place that culturally supported bicycles over cars. (Mr Kira has been multiple times, so he said not this trip. Sigh!)

  12. Sharon M
      · June 7th, 2012 at 12:58 am · Link

    I’ve been to France, England and Italy. For a trip out of the U.S., I’d love to go to Scotland and Ireland. Staying in the U.S., I’d love to go to either Alaska or Hawaii.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:41 am · Link

      Hawaii is sounding really, really great right now. We’ve had rainy day after rainy day. I used to tell people it didn’t rain as much in Seattle as the rumors said, but I can’t say that any more. Damn you global warming! I need to see Alaska sometime too, especially living so relatively “close.” One of my dreams is to see the Aurora Borealis.

  13. Courtney
      · June 7th, 2012 at 3:00 am · Link

    I don’t even need a moment to think about this one. I would spend my time roaming England and Ireland. England especially where I would go to all of my beloved literary spots such as Bath and of course London itself. A huge Jane Austen fan and Anglophile in general it would be a dream come true to simply wonder the country and savor it’s literary heritage.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:43 am · Link

      Yes! Yes! oh, YES! Maybe we should start a romance reader tour company and all take a trip. ;) We can see all the settings of our favorite literature and take tea in as many spots as possible. I’m loving this idea.

  14. Name*Monica
      · June 7th, 2012 at 3:37 am · Link

    Congrats on your upcoming book release – I wish you tons of success.

    If I had a choice of a month-long vacation, it would either be to Italy or the UK. It could be fun to drive cross-country thru the US, as well. I’m not all that well-travelled, even in my own country!

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:44 am · Link

      Thank you! I’ve driven cross country twice, but I never had enough time to stop and sight see. There are so many national parks that I would love to go to, and I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon. We talked about taking a train trip across the country someday. Baby Kira loves trains, and I’m starting to love them too.

  15. JenniferK
      · June 7th, 2012 at 4:31 am · Link

    If I could spend a month long vacation, I would spend it visiting London and Paris. I would visit both places for two weeks so I could actually get an idea of what it is like living there. See every tourist attraction and just enjoy the history of these beautiful cities.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:48 am · Link

      Maybe if you had Hermoine’s time turner. :) Both London and Paris are so packed with touristy, artsy, historic, wonderful things, I’m sure I couldn’t see them all if I stayed a whole year! I spent a week in London and took a bunch of really fun historic walking tours. If I got the chance to go again, I’d take more tours just like it. On the tour of Mayfair I saw Half Moon Street and was a total fan girl: “THERE’S WHERE THE BRIDGERTON’S LIVE!!!”

  16. Carmen
      · June 7th, 2012 at 4:45 am · Link

    YAY! I’m so excited for you!!
    A two month tour…depends. Do I have to bring my kids? ;-)
    I backpacked through Europe for 6 months back when I was in college. It was crazy fun and there are several places I’d like to re-visit with hubby. Southern Italy & Greece top the list. (I’m sick of this cold weather!) In the summer I’d like to head back to Scotland and Wales…all over the UK really.
    For US locals, The Outer Banks in NC are amazing and I’d love to go back. Someday I’d like to visit New England and see the leaves turn.
    So many plans….

    • Carmen
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:51 am · Link

      leafs. Not leaves. Darn auto-correct.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 7th, 2012 at 4:52 am · Link

      Jealous! I’ve always wanted to backpack through Europe. This is the closest I’ll get, two-year-old in tow. Needless to say, it will be a verra different experience than if I had taken a tour in college. ;) I’ve never been to the Outer Banks, but have friends who love it there and go every year. Someday I’d like to sail the inside passage. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Sheila Polansky
      · June 7th, 2012 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Love apocolyptic stories. My own comes out in August. Amonth, huh? Hm… 2weeks in Machu Picchu, Peru then aweek in Cambodia at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom then… a walkabout in Australia visiting the Aborigine tribes. I know a week’s not long enough for a walkabout, but when you’re on walkabout a week can be as long as you like-time means nothing.


    • Kira Brady
        · June 8th, 2012 at 6:46 pm · Link

      All excellent choices! I would love to go backpacking in South America. Maybe when my little ones are not so little.

  18. Adriana Jovel
      · June 7th, 2012 at 4:32 pm · Link

    For me, my month long vacation would have to be Italy! Ever since I saw and read the book Under the Tuscan Sun I fell in love with the beauty there and the food of course.

    • Kira Brady
        · June 8th, 2012 at 6:47 pm · Link

      One of my best friends just spent a week in Tuscany and had a great time. I would love to do one of those vacations where you go to Italy and learn to cook!