Exclusive Rabid Drawing + Book Giveaway: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

I’m excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa! 

I’ve got an exclusive drawing of a Rabid done by Julie to reveal and a signed Hardcover copy of Immortal Rules to giveaway!

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

You will kill. The only question is when.
In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their “pets.” In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive. 
Unregistered humans cling to the fringe, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero…and turned vampire. 
Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She’s passing for human…for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

The Rise of Rabidism
With mortality rates from the Red Lung Disease hitting extinction levels, a certain individual within the vampire population revealed his or her existence and immunity to Red Lung.  In a desire to protect the vampire food supply – humans – vampire subjects were provided for testing, with the hope of developing a treatment or inoculation for Red Lung. 
The efforts at creating a cure with the vampire blood produced disastrous results, leading to the creation of a retrovirus that succeeded in conferring immunity to the Red Lung virus, but only by co-opting the RNA of the host and creating new, altered, DNA strands.  These new DNA strands resulted in severely altered physiology, killing the human host but keeping them animated in a state much like vampirism.  It also reduced their mental state to one of animal rage, much like a rabid beast.
Eventually, one of the subjects infected with the retrovirus managed to escape (though no one is sure how this happened) and introduced the retrovirus (soon to be called Rabidism) to the broader population.  It quickly became apparent that Rabidism was transferable not only to humans, but also had an effect upon the vampire population.  Vampires became carriers, immune to the direct effects of Rabidism, but forever imbued with the chance to pass an active case of Rabidism on to any progeny they created.

by Julie Kagawa:

Book excerpt:
“It had been human once, that was the most horrible thing about it. It still had a vaguely human face and emaciated body, though its skin, nearly pure white and stretched tightly across its bones, looked more skeleton than human. The tattered threads of what had been clothes hung on its frame, and its hair was tangled and matted. Its eyes were white orbs with no irises or pupils, just a blank, dead white ….. a mouthful of pointed teeth, the two oversized fangs extending outward like a snake’s.”

Author Julie Kagawa

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time. Her third novel, The Iron Queen, became a New York Times bestseller and her debut novel, The Iron King recently won the RITA award for best young-adult fiction novel of 2010.Julie now lives in La Grange, Kentucky, with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive papillon.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jkagawa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Julie-Kagawa-author/252661891438654
Blog: http://juliekagawa.blogspot.ca/
Website: http://www.bloodofeden.com/

Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway for a Kindle Touch with an exclusive Immortal Rules case cover:

Meet Julie!!

Julie will be making appearances at three bookstores near her hometown. 
* Tuesday, April 24th at 4pm – Barnes & Noble Livonia, Louisville, KY
* Saturday, April 28th at 2pm – The Bookstore, Radcliff, KY
* Monday, May 7th at 5:30 pm – Lincoln’s Loft, Hodgeville, KY
Please visit http://www.readingteen.net/ for tomorrow’s stop on The Immortal Rules blog tour.

Giveaway Details
1 signed copy of The Immortal Rules
Open to US & Canada
Ends 5/7/12
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