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Banish Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway (AU/NZ + INTL)

25 Jul 2013

I'm incredibly excited to be participating in the Australian Blog Tour for Banish by Nicola Marsh, hosted by the fantastic people at Harlequin Teen Australia! Banish is Nicola Marsh's debut YA supernatural thriller and so far, I'm really enjoying it! My review will hopefully be up soon :) As for today, I have an awesome guest post "A Day in the Life of a Wiccan Teen" as well as a giveaway at the end of the post<3

Banish
by Nicola Marsh
Published by Harlequin Teen Australia
in August 2013

Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit... and save her soul. 

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural...despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks?



A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WICCAN TEEN

Hey, I’m Alyssa, and while my mom is Wiccan, and Aunt Angie (who I’m staying with while I’m in NYC) is a Wiccan High Priestess, I don’t believe.

Here’s how my day goes:

7am-drag self out of bed, quick shower, grab strawberry milk on way out the door.
9am-school, with the usual crappy subjects. My faves are English and Chem.
4pm-home. Surf YouTube. Do homework. Read. Eat TV dinner.
9pm-chat with Aunt Angie when she gets home.
10pm-head out to a jazz club with Ronan, hottest boyfriend on the planet, to watch him play sax in his jazz band, The Dizzy’s.
12pm-curfew. Ronan is the coolest! And hottest…

But if I did believe, Aunt Angie said there’s this really cool witch school in NYC and these are the subjects I could do (along with the usual English, algebra, blah, blah, blah):

·         Divinatory Arts (including dreams, tarot and runes)
·         Wicca (book of shadows, holidays, tools)
·         Gods & Goddesses
·         Magick (crystals, grimoires, rituals)
·         Paganism (law, New Age)
·         Psychic Development (meditations)
·         Alternative Therapies (herbalism, aromatherapy)
·         Spell Casting (basics, specific spells for Ostara, Lammas, Mabon, Samhain, Beltane.)

I admit, I’m fascinated by the symbolism of Wicca and really like some beliefs:

·         Do no harm to others
·         That our thoughts and words and actions have the power to change stuff around us.
·         What you do to others can come back on you times three.
·         That everything moves in cycles, like the seasons.
·         Do your best to be a positive.

Pretty cool stuff.

Okayyy so liking English and Chem is a strange combination...I can understand if someone likes Eng and History or Chem and Maths, but ENGLISH AND CHEM? O____O 
OMGGGGG A boyfriend who's in a band? *faints* Where's my Ronan?!?
I think I'd like to attend this witch school in NYC! So much better than all this accounting crap I have to do in Uni! hahhahaha

Andddd it's GIVEAWAY time!<3

Harlequin Teen Australia has kindly offered ONE print copy of Banish for AUS/NZ residents only and ONE e-copy of Banish for my International readers!
  • Leave a comment with a way to contact you :)
  • Indicate whether you're AUS/NZ resident or INTL.
  • Ends August 2nd 2013
  • Tweet/FB/Share this for bonus entries. Leave links in the comments. (Make sure to include @shiirleyyyxxx)
  • Winners will have 48 hours to reply. 
You can view the Tour Schedule HERE

19 comments:

  1. Alyssa has such a cool schedule, I would drop my day to day activities asap to hang out with a guy like Ronan. I tend to have a weak spot for musicians! Thanks for sharing this great post with us Shirley! :)

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  2. Ohhh, witchy fun!
    I'm in Aus.
    kalasyn@hotmail.com

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  3. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I'm in the US.
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  4. This sounds like an AWESOME book!
    Can't wait to read it!
    I'm in AUS
    chrissielyn@hotmail.com

    -Christina

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  5. The witch school subjects sound like a LOT more fun.

    Fabulous thank you.

    AUSTRALIA

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  6. This one hasn't really been on my radar, but I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it! It sounds like it could be a pretty entertaining read. Looking forward to your review and thanks for sharing the brilliant guest post! I feel like I have to meet this awesome Ronan now. ;)

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  7. Haha, why hadn't I heard of this book before?! It sounds really good and I love Alyssa's schedule! And Ronan sounds very swoon worthy, I really want to meet him. :)

    Thankyou so much for sharing this brilliant blog tour post with us, Shirley! I'm definitely going to add this to my never ending wish list now. :D

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    from that. if you want to save yourself from all this contact Lord Krishna Alm he helped me with my spell.: (lordkrishnatemple@hotmail.com) or call him on +2347055102046 and he will give you the help you ever wished for….
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  11. I only heard of this recently but it sounds like a pretty fun read, I like the wiccan aspect :)

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  18. Be careful here nobody can help you here or even suggest how you can get your ex or love back,any testimonies of most spell caster here must be ignore.because most of them are scam i mean real scam which i was a victim and i got ripped of thousands of dollars because i was so anxious to get my wife back after she left me for over 2 years with my 7 years old son jerry,i have applied to 7 different spell caster here and all to no avail they all ask for same thing send your name your ex name address and picture phone number etc which i did over and over again and most of them were from west Africa until i saw a post about mama Anita spell and i decided to gave her my last trail.she ask me four things my real name,my ex and my ex mother name and $180 and said my ex will come back in 24hours, i have paid over $3000 on spell casting and courier and nothing have work for me after 3 days i was thinking about how much i have lost so far so i said let me give her a try so i called her again and send my real name,my ex and my ex mother name and the $180 because i swear it was my last try so i was waiting as she told me to wait till next day and i could not sleep that night because i really love my wife and want her back at 9pm that day i saw my wife on line on face book and she said hi at first i was shock because she never talk with me for the past a year and 9 month now i did not reply again she said are you there? i quickly reply yes and she said can we see tomorrow i said yes and she went off-line i was confused i try to chat her again but she was no more on line i could not sleep that night as i was wondering what she is going to say, by 7.am the next morning she gave me a miss call i decided not to call back as i was still on shock again she call and i pick she said can we see after work today i said yes so she end the call immediately i got off work she call me and we meet and now we are back again i call mama Anita the next day thanking her for what she has done in fact i still call her and thank her as my life was not complete without my wife please be careful here i have been scam thousands of dollars if you want a true love spell then contact mama Anita (mama.anitatruelovespell@gmail.com)

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  19. My Name is John Richmond,I never believed in Love Spells or Magics
    until I met this special spell caster once when i went to Africa to
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    anyone needs the man.His email address is uzorspelltemple@gmail.com
    the following are the spells that he can
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    (4 ) Want women / men who are behind you.
    ( 5) If you want a child.
    ( 6) [ Do you want to be rich.
    (7 ) You want to tie your husband / wife to be yours forever .
    ( 8) If you need financial assistance.
    (9 ) Care Herbal
    10) Help get people out of jail
    ( 11) Marriage Spells
    ( 12) The Miracle spells
    ( 13) The beauty spells
    ( 14) CHARM PROPHECY
    (15 ) The Spell of Attraction
    ( 16) Evil Eye Spells
    (17 ) Kissing Spell
    ( 18) Remove Spells disease
    (19)ELECTION WINNING SPELLS
    (20)HOW TO GET THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S GIFT FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND
    contact him on this email:
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    __________________________________________________________

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