Dueling Heroines by Chloe Neill + Giveaway

Filed in Blogoversary , Giveaways , Guest Post , The Latin Lover Posted on January 27, 2011 @ 7:00 am 37 comments
Sadly this day has arrived: our fantabulous (if I do say so myself ;-p) blogoversary events are coming to an end 🙁  But they will go with a bang! Our penultimate guest author is none other than Chloe Neill, the wonderful author behind the Chicagoland Vampires series and the Dark Elite series! Today she gives us an unprecedented dual interview with her two main heroines: Merit and Lily!! Place your bets and read on (you will find a great giveaway at the end)!
Lily: *Tapping the microphone* Is this thing on?
Merit: I’m sure it’s probably on. They wouldn’t have asked us to chat today if it wasn’t right?
Lily: I think that makes sense, although I can’t entirely tell if you’re being sarcastic or not.
Merit: Sorry, it’s a bad habit. Anyway, we’re here today to talk about our series, right?
Lily: *Nodding* Absolutely.

Merit: *Placing a hand on her chest* So I’m Merit. I’m 28 years old and a vampire of about six months. I’m from Chicago and I’m a Novitiate and Sentinel in Cadogan House. I’m the heroine of Chloe’s Chicagoland Vampires series. It’s basically about how I put up with Ethan Sullivan, Master of my House. Your turn!

Lily: Okay. I’m almost sixteen years old–
Merit: You got a paranormal series at sixteen?
Lily: *Darkly* Believe me, it wasn’t on purpose. I was getting ready for my junior year of high school in Sagamore, New York–that’s in upstate New York–when my parents shipped me off to Chicago for boarding school.
Merit: *Frowning* That’s a rough deal. Why’d they do that?

Lily: Your guess is as good as mine. Turns out, there now on some kind of secret mission in Germany, and I’m patrolling the city beneath the city trying to keep Reapers from sucking the souls of unsuspecting humans.

Merit: That’s a pretty big load for a sixteen year-old.
Lily: You’re telling me. But I do have a werewolf.
Merit: *Grinning* Is he cute?
Lily: Ohmygodtotally. Dark blond hair. These crazy turquoise eyes. What about you? Do you have a boy?

Merit: *Blushing* Let’s just say if I was on Facebook, my relationship status would be “It’s complicated.”

Lily: Bummer.
Merit: Seriously.
Lily: Anyway, Chloe’s Dark Elite series is about my attempt to clean up the city and stay alive. My bff, Scout, helps out, too.
Merit: My bff is Mallory. Ditto on the helping. I have kind of a team, I guess.
Lily: OMG, me, too. We’re called “Adepts.”
Merit: *Smirking* We’re just called “vampires,” mostly, but same deal. Anywho, my adventures are usually pretty entertaining, so I hope you have a chance to check them out!

Lily: Ditto! My second adventure, HEXBOUND, is now on shelves.

Merit: *Nodding* My third adventure, TWICE BITTEN, is now on shelves. Book four in my continuing vampire drama saga hits shelves on May 3, 2010.
Lily: Cool. I’ll pick it up.
Merit: Ditto!
Lily: In that case, thanks for having us today!
Merit: Thanks from me, too.
Merit and Lily: *Waving* Goodbye!
Chloe is offering an audiobook of Some Girls Bite and some Hexbound swag to 1 lucky commentator!


You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big Blogoversary Giveaway here.

All you have to do is tell us which series/heroine (the Chicagoland Vampires series vs the Dark Elite series or Merit vs Lily) you like best, or if you can’t choose, just tell us your favourite thing/character/scene/line of the series!
(If you haven’t read either yet, tell us which one you think you would prefer and why.)
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open to US/CA only!
Giveaway ends on Friday February 4th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good Luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • GeishasMom73 January 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Great post Chloe!

    I have to say that Merit sounds like my kind of gal. Snarkiness is always a plus. I live in the suburbs of Chicago so I think I would really enjoy these stories. I don't think I've read a paranormal set in/around Chicago.

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Ricki January 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I have Firespell sitting on my shelf and I cannot wait to read it!
    I am a GFC follower.

  • les121 January 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I haven't read the Dark Elie series, but I LOVE the Chicagoland Vampires. My favorite scenes are the smexy bits with Merit and Ethan 😉

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

  • Victoria January 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I haven't read either series as of yet but plan to. I'm sure I'll love both series but I think I'll start with the Dark Elite series. Thank you for the fun post. I love these kind of things. let's you really get to know the characters.


  • Sarah January 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Great post! I haven't read either series yet although I've heard such great things about the Chicagoland series that I may just go home and read the first one tonight! It's in my mountain of a TBR pile 😉

    smaccall @ comcast.net

  • Blodeuedd January 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    No entry for this Finn.

    Hm have only read Firespell so can't say who I would like more..I need to read about merit too 😉

  • Meredith January 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series last year and loved Sookie…she may not be the brightest cookie, but she doesn't scare easily and she's loyal to her friends!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • elaing8 January 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I love the Chicagoland Vampire series and Merit and her snarkiness.One of my favorite series.
    I also enjoy the dark Elite series.
    But Chicagoland Vamps edge them out buy a little bit 😉 The chemistry between Ethan and Merit is hot.

  • Estella January 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I haven't read either series yet. I think I would like Lily best—after all she has a werewolf!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • BLHmistress January 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I haven't read either series yet, but I do have Some Girls bite and I plan on reading it this weekend I hope. So since I have the first book in the Chicagoland Vampires series I will go with Merit.


  • Mel January 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love Merit but I'm intrigued by her Grandad – he seems to have a mysterious job that Merit doesn't know a lot about! 🙂

    Mel S

  • LSUReader January 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I haven't read either series yet, but the Chicagoland Vampires are on my TBR list. I'll vote Merit.

  • Teril January 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I just finished Hexbound but I have not read the Chicagoland Vampires. I know what is up with that? My local store never sold the series so it was out of sight out of mind. Now that I know it is out there I am totally on the quest to read it.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  • Kaya H January 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I am in the same boat. I read Hexbound yesterday and loved it and now I cannot wait to read the previous books in the series, but Chicagoland looks awesome!

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  • Danielle Gorman January 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I have not read this series yet but it is definitely on my TBR pile. I think I would pick Merit.


  • Kaetrin January 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I haven't read the Hexbound series but I'm a total Merit (and Ethan!) convert. I have the next book already pre-ordered at the Book Depository and I can hardly wait!

  • Kaetrin January 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I haven't read the Hexbound series but I'm a total Merit (and Ethan!) convert. I have the next book already pre-ordered at the Book Depository and I can hardly wait!

  • Sheree January 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I vote for Lily. She has a werewolf guy!


  • Dina January 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I'd like to read about Merit she older and a new vampire.

  • Pamk January 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I haven't had the pleasure of reading these yet but since I a tad bit older that the ya group i'd probably like the books with Merit and she a vamp to boot.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  • donnas January 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I love them both. I want to say I like the Chicagoland Vampires better, but then I think about the Dark Elite again and cant decide. Its a close call.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • lisagk January 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I haven't read either of these series. I think I would prefer the Chicagoland series. A little older and Merit sounds a little more sarastic, without being too cynical. Thank you for the contest.


  • Jessica January 28, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I really love both of these series. Merit is very entertaining and Lily is becoming a fast fave as well!

    But if I had to pick a fave, I would most likely go with Merit first! She has attitude and has kept to most of her human ways and whatnot since being turned. I like her attitude and her strength!


  • Tore January 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I think I would love both series because I love reading about vampires. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  • Chelsea B. January 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I haven't read her series' yet, I can't WAIT to read Some Girls Bite! It sounds fabulous!


  • Mikki-Manó January 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the post. Please don't enter me, because I live in Hungary, in Europe =) I hope I will have a chance to read one of Chloe's book soon =)

  • Lisa R/alterlisa January 29, 2011 at 5:12 am

    While I haven't started the series yet it is on my list.

    All the reviews and frankly the covers have had me salivating waiting on this series.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  • Alyssa January 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I love the Chicagoland Vampire series! That doesn't mean that I don't like the Dark Elite series, I just haven't read it yet. From this little interview though, I think I'm gonna definitely have to check it out soon though.


  • JoAnna January 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I have not read either series. I think I would love the Chicagoland Vampire series. I have heard a lot of good things about it.


  • Diane January 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I love Merit and Ethan, I've read the books and have the audios too and enjoyed listening to them. But I haven't tried Lily and would like to try it too!

  • Diane January 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    My apologies I forgot my email address:
    dsadler53 AT yahoo DOT ca

  • Beverly January 31, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I have read book one from Dark Elite – LOVED it! I have just book two of Dark Elite and book one from Chicagoland – so I guess I can't say which I like better, but I am excited to read them so I can start trying to decide!

  • CiNdY February 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I haven't read either yet but I just bought the second book in the Dark Elite series..I still have to get the 1st. I have also been eying the Chicagoland Vampires series. Both look amazing!! 😀

  • Julie S February 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I haven't read either series but from the dialogue above I think I like Lily's character better.


  • mbreakfield February 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I think that I would prefer the dark Elite series.

  • jmspettoli February 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Chloe's books have been on my TBR pile for ages and I still haven't gotten around to reading them (there really should be more hour in a day). I'm exited to read both series but I'm definitely looking forward to reading about the Chicagoland Vampires.

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  • lindseye February 4, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Not read either series but I like Lily and her "it's complicated" relationship. Another series for the TBB list.

    linze_e at hotmail.com

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