Guest Blog & Giveaway: Syrie James & Ryan M. James favorite books & win FORBIDDEN

January 28, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 35

A big welcome to mother-son writing team Syrie James and Ryan M. James, co-authors of FORBIDDEN (available now from HarperTeen) described as, “A spectacular supernatural YA debut full of wit and romance.” Here at ATUF, we love getting book recommendations (they are especially fun from authors we love, & just take a look at Abigail’s review of of Syrie last book, NOCTURE, to get an idea of how big a fan she is).  And Syrie & Ryan come bearing gifts too!  See details below to win your own copy of FORBIDDEN.

Syrie and Ryan’s Favorite Books and Recommendations
Syrie James & Ryan M. James

Syrie’s favorite books/recommendations:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Persuasion and Emma, by Jane Austen
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss,
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon,
The Windflower By Laura London
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Tintin series by Hergé
Harry Potter
The Hunger Games
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell,
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Ryan’s favorite books/recommendations:

I simply have to split my answer into two categories, favorite novels and favorite graphic novels/series:

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Too Many Magicians by Randall Garret
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Hope Springs Eternal by Stephen King
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Comic series:
Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson
TINTIN adventures by Hergé
Y the Last Man by Brian K Vaughan
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Bone by Jeff Smith

About the authors:
Syrie James is an author and screenwriter. After a successful career as a screenwriter, in which she sold nineteen screenplays and teleplays in a variety of genres to Tri-Star Pictures, Fox Family Films, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX TV and the Lifetime Network, Syrie decided to follow her passion and write a novel. She was thrilled when her first work of historical fiction, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, sold at auction after a two-day bidding war between three major publishing houses.

Ryan M James is a writer, editor & director with a diverse range of creative and technical experience in both film and video games.  By day, Ryan works as an editor for the games industry.  Under cover of night, he conjures stories for print, screen, and web.

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Giveaway provided by Syrie James & Ryan M. James
One copy of FORBIDDEN by Syrie James & Ryan M. James
buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery 
Available now from Harper Teen

She should not exist.

He should not love her.

Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now (the longest she and her mom have remained anywhere) and she’s desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there’s no way she’s going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she’s been having or the creepy warnings that she’s in danger.

Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he could be normal for once. He hadn’t factored Claire into his plans. . . .

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the reason behin
d Claire’s unusual powers is revealed and the threat to her life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?

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35 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Syrie James & Ryan M. James favorite books & win FORBIDDEN”

  1. Krista

    My favorite angel is probably Patch from Hush, Hush, but that's because it's the only angel series I've ever read. Hoping to read more! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  2. abookandashortlatte1

    I don't really have a favorite angel character since I haven't read many entries in the genre that I liked, but I guess I'll go with Clara from Cynthia Hand's Unearthly.

  3. Chantaal

    Favorite is Clara from Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series, followed very closely by Raffe from Susan Ee's Angelfall.

  4. erin

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I'd have to say that right now I'm loving Nalini Singh's Archangel series. I love them all so I don't have a particular fav.

  5. YzhaBella's BookShelf

    Favorite angel? I can't way that I have one. There have been very few stories lately that have left any sort of mark on my brain. How about some recommendations for me?

  6. Cheryl

    I've only read a few angel books and have really only liked two – Hush, Hush and The Ghost and the Goth and I have to say I like Alona Dare from the latter series.

    I've seen this book around, but hadn't read about the authors and had no idea it was a mother-son team. Very interesting; I'm pretty sure my mom and I would kill each other if we had to write a book together! 🙂

  7. Amanda S.

    I never read any angel books but its something to look forward to.

  8. Author Syrie James

    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! Ryan and I are so excited about our novel FORBIDDEN. The response from readers and critics has been terrific. We hope you'll enter our contest to win cool Forbidden swag! Email me at [email protected] with proof of purchase (copy of receipt) from any bookstore or online retailer, and FORBIDDEN BESTSELLER in the subject line. For each copy you purchase, your name will be dropped into the hat! Contest closes at 11:59 pm PST on Feb. 14, 2012. Limited to U.S. residents. More info at Thanks and happy reading!