School’s In: Michelle Rowen & Sarah Dearly (Contest)

Schools In (200px)It’s that time of year again. Everyone is going back to school and so is Michelle Rowen’s Sarah Dearly from Blood Bath and Beyond.

Sarah Dearly is adjusting to life as a fledgling vampire, satisfying her cravings at vampire-friendly blood banks. But when her fiancé Thierry takes a job with the Ring—the secret council in charge of keeping vampires in line—Sarah’s about to get more than a taste of danger…

Being engaged to a centuries-old master vampire can be challenging—especially when he takes a job with the Ring. Thierry’s in for fifty years of nonstop travel and deadly risk. It’s enough to make any woman reconsider the wedding…any woman except Sarah, that is.

Traveling to Las Vegas for his first assignment, they encounter a child beauty pageant contestant from hell, as well as a vampire serial killer leaving victims drained of blood, potentially exposing the existence of vampires to the whole world. But when Thierry’s truly ancient history comes back to haunt him, and he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, it’s up to Sarah to clear his name before their immortal lives come to an end.

Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Blood Bath and Beyond.


MRowen-Blood Bath and BeyondIt’s that time of year again. Everyone is going back to school and so is Michelle Rowen’s Sarah Dearly from Blood Bath and Beyond, the first book in her brand new Immortality Bites Mystery series.

Sarah Dearly (in her own words)

I went to a small high school in a small town in Ontario. To put it mildly, it wasn’t all that exciting. I only hit my “exciting years” after I got bit by a blind date from hell and turned into a creature of the night. I’ve been back to my home town as a vampire a couple times now – once for my cousin’s wedding and once for my high school reunion. The wedding was ruined by a vampire hunting reverend who performed the ceremony, and the second was ruined by an ex-classmate/vengeful witch who blamed me for all of her teenage angst. Good times!

But we’re talking memories of school right now, aren’t we?

Okay, I’ll admit it, I was a cheerleader….and I suppose “vaguely popular” would cover the description of my social life back in the day. It’s all a blur now. I remember corn fields and farmland surrounding a tiny town that didn’t even have a movie theater. High school had less than a thousand kids in it. Yup, that was Abottsville, Ontario (don’t try to find it on a map. It’s that small). Total “Children of the Corn,” only with way fewer murders and devil worship. I think. There was devil worship in CotC, right? Or was it aliens? I forget.

Actually, I talk a little about these high school memories in a scene from Bled & Breakfast, the second Immortality Bites Mystery that comes out next June. Rowen authorized me to share it with you. Keep in mind, this might change a bit by the time we get my most recent “memoirs” edited, but this is how it reads right now…

Exclusive excerpt from Bled & Breakfast (Immortality Bites Mysteries #2, June 2013 from Obsidian)

People make bad choices when they’re teenagers,” I said with a shrug. “Believe me, I’m no exception.”

Let me guess…” She swept a glance over my short shirt, bare legs, and high heels. “Cheerleader, right?”

My shoulders sank. Most people, especially those who’d hated their high school years, had preconceived notions of ex-cheerleaders. I didn’t exactly fit the typical mold of endlessly popular bubblehead. Well, not the endlessly popular part, anyway.

Don’t judge. It was a small school. Somebody had to deal with the pom-pom situation. If it helps, I was a really sarcastic cheerleader. My cheers were only half cheerful.”

It’s so true. And don’t even get me started on prom night. Just don’t. It’s really not pretty.


Meet Michelle Rowen!

National bestselling author MICHELLE ROWEN writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy, both light and dark, sexy and sweet, long and short — it all depends on the story! She’s won a Holt Medallion for Best First Book and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance.

Michelle RowenContact Info
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Want to purchase Michelle’s novels?
Immortality Bites Mystery

  1. Blood Bath and Beyond at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Bled & Breakfast at Amazon | Book Depository (June 4, 2013)

Immortality Bites

  1. Bitten and Smitten at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Fanged and Fabulous at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. Lady & the Vamp at Amazon | Book Depository
  4. Stakes & Stilettos at Amazon | Book Depository
  5. Tall, Dark & Fangsome at Amazon | Book Depository


  1. Dark Kiss at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Wicked Kiss at Amazon | Book Depository (February 26, 2013)

Living in Eden

  1. The Demon in Me at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Something Wicked at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. That Old Black Magic at Amazon | Book Depository

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Contest Time!

Thank you Michelle for taking part in Literary Escapism’s School’s in!

Michelle is giving away a copy of Blood Bath and Beyond. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Were you the reluctant cheerleader in high school or the geek? 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 the author by sharing their article, 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.

All School’s In contests will remain open until October 7th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other School’s In contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the School’s In giveaways

I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.

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  1. animal, mineral or plant? LOL… Thanks for a great post! Congrats on the release and I’ll definitely be checking out Michelle’s book :)

  2. I was friends with all kinds of people and was known more as the nice, smart girl. Definitely wasn’t a cheerleader since we didn’t have a cheerleading team ;)

  3. I would have to be more on the Geek side i guess but only if geek does not refer to the smartest person in the class. My friends and I were the quirky group who just like to do our own thing. We were a very Breakfast club bunch:)

  4. I was the Geek and I had no shame what’s so ever in High School.The majority of the student’s in my High school really hated the Cheerleader’s in general at my school because they treated everyone horrible. They really weren’t popular at all if anything they were infamous. The majority of the students just ignored them at pep rally’s and the students in the crowed didn’t cheer when they were up because we knew they were all an act.

  5. I attended 3 different high schools and I was always a geek. High school was just something to get through as quickly as possible so I could get out and go to college.

  6. I would have been the geek. I was in the music dept, kind of like Glee. I love Michelle’s books and am thrilled about the new Sarah Dearly series. What a great idea! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway.

  7. I was definitely the Geek. Loved nothing more than books and was pale and known as the ‘goth’ (even though i wasnt, I just happened to be abnormally pale. Still am!)

  8. If my dad and principal had their way I would have been a cheerleader but they didn’t :) I wasn’t a geek either I was somewhere in the middle I guess not a geek but not guite popular either but I was happy and had friends and that’s all that matters right :)

  9. I can’t really answer this question because we don’t have cheerleaders in my countries in school (Greece).
    But If we had, I guess a geek

  10. i was.. the geeky misfit.. Computer CLub (for one year), Faux goth, always had a book… hung out and drank with the other rejects.. lol..

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