Lips Touch Three Times Give-a-way

When a publishing company makes statements like “unparalleled imagination,” my status bar for the content is immediately raised and my disappointment meter is on high alert.

“Lips Touch Three Times” by Laini Taylor is the exception to that rule.  I loved this book so much, I bought a second copy to give-a-way.

You might remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned Taylor had a book coming out “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” (Bitchin’ title and hot cover) praised by author Kiersten White on Twitter.  I decided to buy Taylor’s “Lips Touch Three Times” book to check out her writing.   

“Unparalleled Imagination” is an understatement.  This book consists of three stories, all which involve the power of a kiss.  Here’s the book synopsis so I don’t botch it:

Everyone dreams of getting the kiss of a lifetime - but what if that kiss carried some unexpected consequences? A girl who's always been in the shadows finds herself pursued by the unbelievably attractive new boy at school, who may or may not be the death of her. Another girl grows up mute because of a curse placed on her by a vindictive spirit, and later must decide whether to utter her first words to the boy she loves and risk killing everyone who hears her if the curse is real. And a third girl discovers that the real reason for her transient life with her mother has to do with belonging literally belonging to another world entirely, full of dreaded creatures who can transform into animals, and whose queen keeps little girls as personal pets until they grow to childbearing age. From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight, three stories about the deliciousness of wanting and waiting for that moment when lips touch. 

The main character in the first story has a freakishly obscure family life and yet Taylor paints with her words in such a way you believe those families truly live among us.  The second story gives you a twisted but plausible India-ish version of heaven and hell.  I say “India-ish” because it’s based on the Hindu’s concept of heaven and hell but with an artful spin that Taylor puts on all her work.

The third story blew my mind away.  This is the type of writing I hope to achieve someday.  She spins half-truths with folklore mixed in wolf’s blood for an amazing tale.  I don’t want to say any more because I might sprinkle in spoilers and not mean to but you have to read it with virgin knowledge to receive the full mind blow.

At the end of her book, Taylor inserts an Author’s Note about the where her half-truths were derived.  It’s those half-truths that make the stories believable and that is the quality in her work that I love and strive for in my own writing.  She sums herself up as follows:

Like a magpie, I am a scavenger of shiny things: fairy tales, dead languages, weird folk beliefs, fascinating religious, and more. 

I couldn’t have described her writing any better.

Now the Give-a-way.  Simply tell me in the comments you want this hardcover book and I’ll use to select a winner.  Contest ends Monday, May 23, 2011 where I’ll announce a winner.

If you are feeling at all generous you can, blog, tweet, FB or whatever about this post but you don't have too.  I want to spread the word about this amazing author.  By doing so, you will be feeding the word of mouth karma in hopes that someday, when you become published, someone will pay it forward and spread the word about your book.  (No she is not a debut author but she is totally spread the word worthy.)  

BTW…did I mention the illustrations are gorgeous?  You have to have this book.