Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Guest Post: Avery Olive (and Giveaway)

Death always hits Xylia Morana too close to home, but she likes it that way. She hangs out with the terminally ill, attends random funerals, and every so often, when the weather is right, she sleeps in open graves. But after Landon Phoenix, the high school hottie, dies in Xylia's arms, she sneaks into the morgue to say goodbye. How could she know stealing a kiss from his corpse would wake him up? With Landon returned to the living and suddenly interested in Xylia, life has new meaning. But what Xylia doesn't realize is that by kissing Landon back to life, she's thrown Life and Death off balance. The underworld demands a body, and it might just have to be Xylia's this time. 

Today, I'd like to welcome Avery Olive, fellow Canadian and author of A Stiff Kiss, to my blog. For today's stop on the blog tour for A Stiff Kiss, Avery will be listing the ten things she wants to do before she dies. 

Okay, this was extremely hard! I mean like, I spent weeks mulling over the question, coming up with answers and then scratching them off the list. Partly because I’m content with how my life is going and partly because I’m mildly afraid of death, and didn’t want to think about all the things I want to do before death knocks at my door. 

Then again, putting it all down puts things into perspective, showing me there are some really great things on my list that I must do!

So, without further adieu ... My top ten things I’d like to do ... in life and in no particular order - cause that would just make the list that much harder.
  1. Visit a Castle. Sadly, Cinderella’s castle at Disney Land just won’t cut it. I’d like to go to Scotland or Ireland and see one up close, with its history, charm and dungeons.
  2. See the Sistine Chapel. It’s just one of those things that should be on everyone’s list!
  3. Have at least 5 novels published. This one hopefully now has become more attainable. I’ve got one under my belt.
  4. Celebrate a 20th Wedding Anniversary. I know that seems silly but every day you read about someone, or hear about someone that’s had a failed marriage. I took my vows seriously, and truly hope for my own Happily Ever After. I figure after 20 years, we’ve made an honest go of it, so if it fails after that, I won’t feel so bad.
  5. Have one of my novels turned into a major motion picture. I know, right, that’s probably on everyone’s list. But seriously, how cool would that be!
  6. Win the lottery? Is that too cliché? Cause, what I wouldn’t give to have some extra dough lying around. And I’m not talking about million, just a little extra nest egg.
  7. Meet all the wonderful Authors I’ve befriended. It’s amazing that Author hood is like its own little cult. I’ve met (through Twitter, Facebook and the like) some really amazing people and I’d love, love to meet some of them!
  8. Get a tattoo. I know, not anything WOW or exciting but I’m a chicken, a big fat fraidy-cat! But I have a design that I would love to have inked on my body forever. I just have to work up the nerve.
  9. Become a Grandma. I know. Most people aren’t concerned about that. I gave the world one child, and what happens if he doesn’t have any kids? I’d better put down my want for grandchildren just to be sure it happens.
  10. See the Northern Lights. I live in place that yes, you can see them. They faintly dance about the sky in flickering hues of greens and purples. But if you go further North - almost to the top of the world apparently they are freaking amazing.
Thanks for stopping by, Avery!

A bit about Avery: Avery Olive is Canadian.  She is married and has one child. When she’s not helping raise her very energetic and inquisitive son, she can be found working on her latest novel--where she devilishly adds U’s into every word she can. When she is looking for a break Avery enjoys cake decorating, losing herself in a good book, or heading out to the lake to go camping. The release of Avery’s first novel proves to her it won’t be the last. As long as her family continues to be supportive, she can find the time, and people want to read, Avery vows to keep on writing.

Avery can be found on: [her blog] [Twitter] [Facebook] [Goodreads]
A Stiff Kiss can be bought from: [Amazon] [Barnes and Noble] [The Book Depository]

Besides the grand prize being offered on her blog, Avery has generously offered to give away some swag to one lucky winner. Here's what she's offering: mousepad, signed bookmark and collector card.
To enter, read the rules below and then fill out this FORM:
  1. You do not have to be a follower to enter.
  2. You must be over the age of 13.
  3. This giveaway is open internationally and will end on Tuesday, April 10 at 11:59 PM. 


  1. Avery! I love this bucket list. A few things... I have two tattoos, and I speaking from experience, I wouldn't recommend getting one, even to my own worst enemy. Yes, I regret mine, but only because they get so ugly so fast, with the fading and the blurring. *shudders* Of course, I got mine when I was only 18, which is definitely not a good idea because what does an 18 year old know about permanent stamps?! Okay, sorry to ramble on about that. hehe

    Oh, and I been to the ruins of a castle in England, actually it was a whole village and it was Amazing!

    I do hope you get to experience everything on your list at some point. Thanks so much for the guest post and giveaway!

    missie at theunreadreader.com

    1. P.S. I guess it's better to regret things you've done than things you haven't done, at least that's what they say, so if you really want that tat, go for it. :)

  2. Thanks so much for having me today! It was a lot of work, but reading my list today, I realize that with some hard work most of my goals are going to be attainable. And well... I'll just have to make sure my son knows how much I want to be a Grandma lol

    Missie, I'm older than 18... *gasp* way closer to thirty, so if I got a tattoo I feel I've spent enough time thinking about it's importance, and well I want it on a spot that if it begins to look ugly over time I can cover it up :) But thanks so much for the advice!!

  3. LOL one of my dreams is to win the lottery too and I always think it will come true especially when there's a big jackpot.

  4. Visiting the Sistine Chapel is on my list too! I've actually been to Rome twice now and have been foiled in my attempts to go both times, it's ridiculous! I almost made it the last time, but I was unaware there were 2309482039482039 galleries before you actually got to the Sistine Chapel once you were in the Vatican Museum and my husband and I had to sprint out of there before we made it to the end or we were going to miss the bus that took us back to the cruise ship. It was hugely disappointing. Oh well though, now I have a reason to go back right? Right:)

  5. I feel you, it would be hard to come up with just 10 things. Seeing the Northern Lights has got to be atop my list too!

  6. Great interview! And im so with you on going to scotland and ireland. Ive always wanted to visit and explore there castles, and the hotties with accents doesnt hurt either. lol :) Thanks!

  7. I have ALWAYS wanted to see the Northern Lights! And the castle thing works for me, too.

    This book sounds really fun--definitely going to have to check this one out. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. YAY! Another awesome Canadian author to add to my radar! *dances in happiness*

    And I absolutely LOVE this post! My list of things to do is probably miles long right now, but there are so many things that are on your top ten that I want to do too (or have to add to my own)! Especially getting a tattoo -- no one in my family will believe me when I say I want to get one (because I'm admittedly kind of girly and scared too LOL), but I'm definitely planning on it when I turn 18! x) I hope you can get your cool tattoo soon :)

    Awesome guest post, Avery! <3


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