MFT Guest: Becca Ritchie and her favorite things + a Giveaway!

Today I have the pleasure of having Becca Ritchie on the blog for My Favorite Things.  She’s going to share a few of her favorites and she’s giving away a copy of Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy.

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy

Few know of the demonic beings that plague our world, threatening to destroy it. But for two families, it is a familiar battle they have fought for ages. 
The Wynters and the Chelseas live for the hunt, to kill those who prey upon the innocent. Four children, born of these two dynasties, are now in their teenage and young adult years. The three boys-Jack, the conjurer; Dustin, the telepath, and Trevor, prescient one-are all warriors, well aware that their destinies are sealed. Then there is 17-year-old Amanda, the one who has been protected and guarded all of her life-much to her great questioning and dismay. She is the special one, the empath and first girl born to the families. Burning with the fever to fight, Amanda constantly challenges the status quo, but to no avail. 
When their parents inexplicably disappear, Amanda’s dream of joining the legacy wins out, and she goes to battle with her brother and her lifelong friends. But as the four follow a dangerous path across the United States, a long-buried affection surfaces between Dustin and Amanda, and each must confront their hidden emotions…and ultimate reason for their existence.

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy might be about supernatural hunters but the core of the story really remains between these two families, the Wynters and the Chelseas, where four young adults have to come together to find their missing parents. Throughout the book, I threw out a multitude of pop culture references, and with the quirky Trevor Wynter, my love for superheroes is shown in big bright neon letters.
In spirit of the summer superhero movies, I would normally go on a rant about how amazing X-Men are and salivate over Captain America in his uniform, but most people are probably tired of superheroes on the big screen. So I’ll stick to my favorite three things, books, movies, and television, which may inadvertently have those pesky superheroes in it… sorry it happens with me.
My Favorites
YA Book: The Hunger Games trilogy – Why? Amazing world, amazing story, brilliant cliffhangers in each chapter, it literally made me love reading again.
Non-YA Book: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce – I love character driven stories, and this book rivaled Catcher in the Rye for me, so much so that it landed as my favorite non-YA.
Comic Book: New Mutants: Fall of the New Mutants (#15-21) – I just read this and it blew my mind. My two favorite X-Men have quickly become Cypher and Magik. The New Mutant series is definitely one I would pick up if anyone is new to comics.
Movie: X-Men: First Class – I saw it at midnight and it beat X2 by just a hair. The film is storytelling at its finest. A lot of action-packed movies forget about character development, which for me is key to a great movie or even a great book. I want to fall in love with the characters and connect with them so when an explosion does happen, I care.
TV Show: The Vampire Diaries – Hands down this is the best show on television. I will fight with anyone about this (with my words) because it is so brilliantly written. I admit, I’ve never read the series, but the plots are crazy good in the TV show. The last three episodes truly amazed me.    
While these are my favorite things, not all of them are seen in Wynter Chelsea. The pop culture references in the series are usually thrown out by Trevor Wynter, and in one of my earliest drafts, Superman Returns (the bad one) was playing in their fictional movie theater. Time has certainly passed since then. But I think a lot of people forget that superheroes come in so many forms, and they don’t have to wear tights or fly or even brandish a sword. All Trevor ever wanted to be was a superhero, and in his own right, he is one.

The Giveaway:
Becca is being awesome and is giving one lucky person a paperback *signed* copy of Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy (bk 1)
This is open to US only.
Must be 13 or older to enter
Ends July 5th, 2011

To Enter:
Tell us 5 of your favorite things. And don’t forget contact info!

For the schedule and list of Giveaway for The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!
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  1. My favorite book is the stand by stephen king, my favorite movie is the green mile, my favorite song is be yourself by audioslave, my tv series is the x-files, and my favorite cat is named Patty (but I don’t tell my other cats that).

  2. Favorite YA book: Shiver is at the top of the list.
    Non-YA book: Pride and Prejudice
    Comic book: I don’t read them
    Movie: The Pirate movies with Johnny Depp
    TV Show: Lost with Grey’s Anatomy and the new version of Hawaii Five O a close second and third


  3. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.
    My favorite movie series is Lord of the Rings trilogy.
    My favorite tv mini series is Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth.
    My favorite food is lasagna.
    My favorite beverage is coke.

  4. 1. Favorite YA book: The Hunger Games series.
    2. Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
    3. Favorite T.V. series: The Closer.
    4. Favorite food: Pizza
    5. Favorite beverage: Tea (unsweetened)

    Rachel Leigh
    TheOneRing111 at gmail dot com

  5. (Doing this for the year so far)
    1)Favorite UF Book – Blood Destiny

    2)Favorite Movie – X-Men: First Class
    (Becca Ritchie hit on the head, best one since X-Men 2)

    3)Favorite TV series – Breaking Bad (caught up just this year)

    4)Favorite Song – Letters From the Sky by Civil Twilight

    5)Favorite Superhuman Ability – Telekinesis

    Thanks so much for the great post and giveaway, had lots of fun.

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway (:

    Favorite Movie: Spirited Away
    Favorite Song: Sakurairo Maukoro
    Favorite Band: Within Temptation
    Favorite Book read this year: Poison Study
    Favorite Cartoon Character: Spongebob!


  7. My favorite books are the Twilight Series.
    My favorite movies are the Twilight Series.
    My favorite paranormal television show is Fringe
    My favorite cop show is Law and Order SVU.
    My other favorite show is Bones.
    Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Fave food – chinese food
    Fave movie – Lion King
    Fave hobby – reading
    Fave color – blue
    Fave drink – Mocha frappucino

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  9. First, thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention… It sounds great and I haven’t heard about it before!

    My favorite thing is my Kindle!
    My favorite thing to do is reading!
    My favorite vacation destination is Thailand
    My favorite place is my home..
    My favorite beverage is coffee.

  10. Favorite Book Series: Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz<< AMAZING, i have never read a book, let alone series, about vampires like these. Mind blowing!!

    Favorite Director: Tim Burton <<Anything by this guy is fantastic. I love his dark love themes. My favorites are Nightmare before christmas, edward scissorhands, and cry baby.

    Favorite Drink: Cherry Coke << I am a pepsi girl, but i LOVE cherry coke, but it has to be coke with grenadine, not the bottled cherry coke, too sweet.

    Favorite Tv Show: Pretty Little Liars << I love how its alway a mystery and that you are always surprised. You can never guess and be right. If not this show then True Blood lol

    Favorite Candy: Fun-Dip << Even though it is very messy, i can eat Fun-Dip all day. I especially love the sugar sticks, most people dont, i dont know why.

  11. 1. Favorite YA book: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
    2. Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
    3. Favorite T.V. series: Dexter
    4. Favorite food: French Toast
    5. Favorite beverage: Gatorade

    Thanks again!
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  12. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    1) Reading a good book.
    2) Following book blogs.
    3) Coffee.
    4) BBC TV series Touch of Frost (no longer on but complete series is on Netflix)
    5) and of course CHOCOLATE!


  13. oof, I am not even going to try to answer my favorite book or even favorite YA novel, but my favorite mystery is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King.
    My favorite legendary characters are Robin Hood and Sir Gawain.
    My favorite action author is Alistair Maclean.
    My favorite tv show is Leverage.
    My favorite fairytale is the Wild Swans.

    Thank you!

  14. 5 fav. things:
    Bittersweet Chocolate
    Alone time
    Date nights
    Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

    And they are pretty much in order. :o)

  15. Favorite Disney movie – The Little Mermaid
    Favorite treat – Godiva Dark Chocolate (Midnight Swirl)
    Favorite band – Paramore
    Favorite beverage – Coca-Cola (the real thing)
    Favorite tv show – Parks and Recreation/Lost (I’m like the Golden Globes, comedy and drama categories)

    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. 1. A cold beer on a hot day.
    2. My children
    3. The TV series Primeval
    4. The movie Brigadoon.
    5. The book The Stand, by Stephen King.
    (not necessary in that order!)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  17. Favorite Book read so far this year – A discovery of witches by Deborah Harkness

    Favorite Song – At Last by Etta James
    Favorite movie – Harry Potter series
    Favorite place – Home
    Favorite Web Destination – book blogs!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  18. 5 favorite things:

    Favorite Book: Harry Potter (any)
    Favorite Movie:Star Trek (2009)
    Favorite Food: Pizza
    Favorite Drink: Carmel Macchiatto
    Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate 😀

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  19. Thanks for this giveaway!

    My five faves things (that are not exactly necessary for life)

    1. Ice Cream
    2. Books
    3. Manga
    4. Anime
    5. Email

    Necessary Things

    1. My parents
    2. Sleep
    3. Food
    4. My Friends
    5. Water

  20. 5 favs… hmm

    cookie: chocolate chip butter pecan
    movie: the Princess Bride
    book (so far in the year): Clarity


  21. 5 favs huh:

    Favorite drink: Texas sweet tea
    Favorite gadget: Kindle 3
    Favorite sport to watch (that my girls don’t play: Football
    Favorite sport to watch live: My daughters soccer team!
    Favorite food weakness: Dark Chocolate

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  22. Jen’s Favorite Things:
    1) Favorite Activity- Reading!!!
    2) Favorite Band- Linkin Park
    3) Favorite Actor- Johnny Depp
    4) Favorite Movie- The Labyrinth
    5) Favorite Book- City of Bones


  23. Favorite Book: The Outsiders
    Favorite Movie: Chasing Amy
    Favorite TV Show: Supernatural & Hawaii 5-0
    Favorite Musician: Bruce Springsteen
    Favorite Food: Pizza

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

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