18 June 2013

Title: Precious Blood (The Blessed, #1)
Author: Tonya Hurley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 432 Pages (Paperback release - June 25th, 2013)
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Synopsis: From the author of the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series, the start to a captivating and haunting teen trilogy about three girls who become entangled with an enigmatic boy—a boy who believes he is a saint.What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief. The story begins in PRECIOUS BLOOD and continues in PASSIONARIES, available 1/7/14.

Today I'm excited to welcome Tonya Hurley to help celebrate the paperback release of Precious Blood! Tonya, I know I'd love to know.....

What would you do if someone told you that you were a saint?  Would you believe them?

In my novel, PRECIOUS BLOOD this is the fantastical and life-changing proposition posed by the mysterious Sebastian, to Cecilia, Lucy and Agnes, three Brooklyn teenagers who are the heroines of the story.  Of the three, runaway rocker Cecilia, would seem the hardest to convince.  She believes in one thing, and one thing only, her music.

Photo Credit: Natalie


Cecilia Trent is based on Saint Cecilia, a third century virgin-martyr revered as the patron saint of music.  The legends say she was a Roman noblewoman by birth who converted her husband to Christianity and was executed for trying to convert others.  Struck three times in the neck with a sword, she did not die but rather sang praises to God for three days until she finally expired from her wounds.  St. Cecilia is often pictured with a cello, harp or piano, as a visualization of the music she is said to have heard coming from the angels on the day of her wedding.   Many famous musicians have used her as a muse for their works over the years.

Today the Saints and Sinner tour also stops by Bewitched Bookworms to introduce the other Cecilia!

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur
About the Author

Tonya Hurley is the New York Times best-selling author of the highly acclaimed “ghostgirl“ book series; creator, writer and producer of animated and live action hit television series; writer and director of independent films; writer and director of commercials for Playstation, Gameboy and Warner Home Video; and creator of groundbreaking videogames. Her new young adult trilogy, THE BLESSED, begins with Precious Blood.
Find Tonya and The Blessed Online:

Learn more at - http://theblessed.com

Like The Blessed on - Facebook

Follow The Blessed and Tonya Hurley on Twitter and join the conversation using #PreciousBlood

Follow The Blessed on - Pinterest

Praise for Precious Blood:

“Our new favorite dark, sexy rock-n-roll thriller.” (SugarScape.com)

“Intriguing premise, fiery dialogue, and digs about celebrity-obsessed culture that moves at the speed of Twitter…” (Publishers Weekly)

"...Hurley brings her deadpan wit and blackest humor to the first tale in this trilogy about spirituality, sacrifice and supernatural romance." (MTV Hollywood Crush)


One (1) winner receives:

· Earbuds (courtesy of Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music)

· Sunglasses (courtesy of Lucy, Patron Saint of Sight)

· Essie Chastity Nail Polish (courtesy of Agnes, Patron Saint of Chastity)

· Copy of Precious Blood

· AND a Cecilia t-shirt

Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.
Must be 13 years old to enter.
Giveaway ends: July 5th, 2013 (12:00AM EST)

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Check out the rest of the tour!

Monday, June 17: Meet Agnes the girl at Confessions of a Bookaholic and Agnes the Saint at Candace’s Book Blog.

Tuesday, June 18: Meet Cecilia the girl at Bewitched Bookworms and Cecilia the Saint at A Life Bound by Books.

Wednesday, June 19: Meet Lucy the girl at The Reading Date and Lucy the Saint at All Things Urban Fantasy.

Thursday, June 20: Meet Sebastian the boy at Vampire Book Club and Sebastian the Saint at The Book Cellar.

Friday, June 21: In Bed With Books has a Q&A with Tonya.

FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book or any of the items, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for sharing this post and or giveaway. Both prizing & samples courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

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