Chicagoland Vampires Spring Fling Contest

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Nicole and I are hijacking the rant this week, so we can talk about one of our favorite series, the Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill.  When we were given the chance to participate in Chloe’s first Spring Fling, we knew we wouldn’t have any problem coming up with something to say.

About the Chicagoland Vampires Novels: Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit, the heroine of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling series, found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. The sixth book in the series, Biting Cold, will be released on August 7, 2012 (you can read Jackie’s review here).

Did you Know?: Jeff Christopher, one of Merit’s grandfather’s employees, builds his own computers from parts, including the monstrosity that once abided on his desk in the Ombudsman’s office–before the mayor kicked them out.

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Why Nicole Loves these Books: Reason I love the Chicagoland vamps… I like that the series is a modern spin on traditional vamp lore.  I also like that vamps and shifters are…cooperative.  They don’t really get along but they tolerate each other. Another reason Chicagoland series is awesome… the variety of supernaturals. There isn’t just 1 type of supernatural in her world….oh and there’s a blonde, British vamp as the hero and if you know me, you know I have a big soft spot for blonde, British vamps. *G*

Why Jackie Loves these Books: Reason I love the Chicagoland vamps… because Chloe Neill isn’t afraid to hold any punches.  She does the unexpected with her characters and she makes their reactions and their feelings seem more real. She completely hooked me on this series when, in the first novel Some Girls Bite, she didn’t have her character just roll over and say oh well, I’m  a vampire now.  This wasn’t what Merit wanted and she wasn’t all thankful about it. I don’t know how many series I’ve read where the characters are introduced to vampires and they just go with it – who does that?!  Your life was just turned upside down, you can no longer see the sun and you’re okay with it? I don’t know anyone who would be okay with that, and Merit totally isn’t. She doesn’t just sit there and accept it.  Instead we get to see her transform from a graduate student to a badass vampire with all the emotional and physical baggage.  It’s not just with Merit either; over the course of the series you get to see how each of the side characters grow and develop in whatever role they play.

Make sure you check out the other stops on the Spring Fling tour for more fabulous bits from the Chicaogland Vampires series and to see why others love this series so much. You’ll never know what you’ll find out. For instance, A Book Obsession had the cover reveal for House Rules (and yes I’m totally reposting it here).

  1. CNeill-House RulesA Book Obsession
  2. Goldilocks & the Three Weres
  3. Looksie Lovitz
  4. Mystifying Paranormal Reviews
  5. Nina Reads
  6. Starry Night Book Reviews
  7. Tynga’s Reviews
  8. Under The Covers
  9. Wholly Books


Meet Chloe Neill!

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

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Contest Time!

CNeill-CharmfallFor the first ever Chicagoland Vampire Spring Fling, Chloe has generally offered to give away a signed copy of Charmfall and Friday Night Bites, plus various Chicagoland swag.  Since there’s two books, we’re going to have two winners and each getting a bunch of swag which includes:

  • 1-2 “I Survived Hard Bitten” buttons
  • Chicagoland Vampires quote postcards
  • Signed Cadogan House bookplates
  • Chicagoland Vampires stickers

To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: How would you convince someone to read the Chicagoland Vampire series? If you’ve read the series, why do you love it and who would you like to see more of? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.

Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support Chloe by sharing the Spring Fling, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.

The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.

The contest will stay open until May 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. I would say that it’s a very good series about vampires. I would also say that the Chicagoland vampires’ series is very good because it combine action, romance, and the characters are very funny.
    (I make my sister and one of my friend read the books and they both really liked it.)
    I love this series because Merit is very funny, and i LOVE Ethan. I love the relationship between them :) I would love to see more of Morgan (i like him even if i prefer Ethan).

  2. because my sound has read two book of the ya series by her and loves it. It’s why she made my must read
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  3. I’ve only read the first two books in the series but I found Mer to be funny and I really liked Ethan in it. It’s a good vamp urban fantasy!

  4. I love the sense of humor Chloe Neill has given her characters, I find myself laughing out loud! :) I post all my reviews on my blog, Amazon and Goodreads!

  5. I’ve posted reviews of the entire series on my blog to convince people to read this series. It’s an original spin on the paranormal with fun and witty characters. Most of the characters are so easy to fall in love with and that’s what keeps readers coming back. Plus, you really never know what’s going to happen.

    I love Chicagoland vampires for many of the same reasons I’d use to convince someone to read the books. The characters are great, the plots are original, and the relationship between Ethan and Merit is enticing.

  6. Well, I haven’t read the series but I would treat it like all the other books I’ve loved and hound my friends and family to pick it up. Then I would sit back and smile as they gushed over how much they loved it

  7. I would buy them a copy of “Some Girls Bite” if I had to and tell them that this is different than any other vampire series out there. I also would tell them about how much I enjoy Merit and Ethan and how original the series is.

  8. Well I haven’t read them yet, but I’ve heard such great things (aka my friend told me I HAD to read them) that I can’t wait to read them myself!

  9. To get someone to read the Chicagoland Vampire series, I’d hand them my copy of Some Girls Bite and say “Read this or suffer the consequences.” I might even tell them a bit about the plot, but that is essentially how I was recommended the books.

    I love the series for many reasons. One, I live in Chicago so I get all fan-girl when Chloe writes about different places that I know/pass everyday. Two, I feel very attached to the characters. They are extremely well developed, Merit especially. I feel like I’m reading about a real person. Some authors tend to focus just on plot and don’t delve into their character development as much as they should. Chloe’s characters are 3 dimensional in every way. They jump off the page and you can’t help but get lost in their world.

  10. I was cruising through and realized I didn’t answer all of the questions. I posted why I liked the books. Obviously I would like to see Ethan more in them because I think he’s awesome. As far as getting a friend to read them. As far as convincing goes, I would just buy them the book. LoL That’s what I always do. I can tell them how great the book is and how funny the dialogue is but if I buy the book for them, then I know that they will read it :o)

    Sorry for two posts.

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