Deadly Destinations: Kristi Cook & win MIRAGE

August 22, 2012 Deadly Destinations 59

Today’s Deadly Destination  is from Kristi Cook‘s Aiden Gray on Winterhaven School from MIRAGE (published on June 5th 2012 by Simon Pulse). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Kristi Cook’s Aiden Gray on Winterhaven School from MIRAGE

Welcome to the Winterhaven School.  I’m Aidan Gray.  If you’ve been “called” to the ‘Haven, then you probably already know the school’s secret.  Everyone here—students, teachers, administration—has some sort of psychic gift.   That means you have a psychic gift.  Use it wisely, don’t break the C.O.P.A. (Code of Paranormal Abilities), and you’ll do just fine.

Let’s see…campus basics.  I’m sure you’ve already seen the admin building, with the stained-glass-tiled dome and shiny statue of the school’s founder, Washington Irving.  Most of the school’s origins are shrouded in secrecy.  All we really know is that Irving donated the land, and it’s pretty clear that he knew what was going on—that he wanted to provide a safe haven for people with special abilities.  But beyond that?  Who knows.

Anyway, the dorms are connected to the admin building, divided into two sections, East Hall (juniors and seniors) and West Hall (freshmen and sophomores).  The rooms are big by boarding school standards—nice, even, despite the shared baths.  You get used to it.  Each hall, West and East, has a student lounge, and there’s a dining hall on the first floor where all student meals are served.

Follow the corridor out from the dining hall and you’ll reach the atrium.  There’s a school store, bookstore, and café, plus several study rooms.  The café is always crowded on weekends—actually, it’s crowded most of the time.  But it’s great for coffee (way better than the stuff they call coffee in the student lounge vending machines) or between-meal snacks.  You can even get an old-fashioned tea service—little sandwiches, scones, clotted cream.  Just one of the Headmaster’s eccentricities, but a nice touch, if you ask me.

Head outside and you’ll find the quad.  In good weather, the quad’s a popular spot to hang-out.  A huge lawn, plenty of benches and shady old oaks.  Off to one side is the school theater, which doubles as a movie theater most weekends.  On the other side, you’ll find steps leading up to the gym complex, which includes practice fields, tennis and basketball courts, the aquatic center, and the Winterhaven Warriors stadium.  Believe it or not, we take sports very seriously here at Winterhaven.  At least, that’s what I’m told.  Me?  I’m partial to the fencing team.  Girls fencing, to be precise.  The top-seed varsity girls’ fencer is hot.  Really, really hot.

Anyway….ahem, where was I?  Oh, right.  Walk straight across the quad—or take one of the sidewalks on either side—and you’ll reach the classroom buildings, A, B, C, and D, with a courtyard in the center sporting an enormous stone fountain complete with gargoyles and the like.  Another great hang-out spot.  If you don’t mind getting misted by the spray on windy days, that is.

If you head back to the walkway that leads past the theater and follow it down toward the river, you’ll pass the last main building on campus, the chapel.  Which, it turns out, is an exact replica of the King’s College chapel at Cambridge.  Actually, I can vouch for that–it’s pretty much exactly the same, only smaller.  Things like all-school assemblies and graduations are held here, and not much else.  Personally, I’m rather fond of the chapel’s loft.  Especially during the full moon.

And there you have it—the campus in a nutshell.  A word of warning, though.  Things at Winterhaven—including the people here—are not always what they seem.  Watch your back.


Giveaway provided by Kristi Cook
Two copies of MIRAGE by Kristi Cook


Published on June 5th 2012 by Simon Pulse


Danger looms large in the sequel to Haven, which Booklist called “a blend of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Twilight saga, and Lois Duncan’s thrillers.”

Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But while their love for each other is as strong as ever, their troubles are far from over.

News of a rogue vampire on a killing spree sets everyone on edge. While Aidan is determined to stop the killer, Violet is chilled by a horrifying vision she simply must prevent…for if she can’t, two people she loves will meet a violent end.

In the midst of Violet’s fear, a mysterious newcomer enters her life—and he has some vital information not just about her past, but about her future as well. Now everything Violet held as truth is upended, and she is left not knowing whom to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together.

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59 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Kristi Cook & win MIRAGE”

  1. Veronika

    I haven’t read the books yet, but they’re on my wishlist already. Thank you for giving away some copies!

  2. Carla C.

    Hi Kristi! What’s your favorite snack for when you’re busy writing and get hungry?

    Thanks for the giveaway. 😉

  3. Jessica Tan

    This sounds so so interesting! I’m looking forward to reading this book!!!

  4. Christiane C.

    Wow Winterhaven sounds awesome, I’d love to go there! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. justpeachy36

    I haven’t read Haven yet, but I would love to win this one as well.

  6. alicia marie

    I loved Haven, but haven’t read Mirage yet. I’m curious where the idea for a school just for people with psychic gifts came from : )

  7. Texas Book Lover

    This book sounds like it could get very interesting!

    I accidentally hit enter before I entered by Twitter Name: @TexasBookLover.


  8. Caty R

    I would hate to be in a school where everyone had a psychic gift. That is just an invasion of privacy in the wrong hands and there is always wrong hands in a high school.

  9. Viki S.

    These books have had great reviews and I intend to check them out. I love the cover to MIRAGE. Does the butterfly signify new beginning while the cracked mirror the end of ones path?

  10. Chelsea B.

    Oh, wow. Will definitely be watching my back! Thanks, Aiden!

  11. Kristi Cook

    Viki, yes on the butterfly–new beginnings, and her “transformation” while the broken mirror represents the fact that things are not exactly what they seem/look like.

  12. Carl

    Thanks for the campus tour. It seems pretty nice if maybe a bit dangerous. I hope you all have a successful semester and live to tell another tale. All the best.

  13. Victoria Zumbrum

    Kristy I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Wren B.

    I was wondering what made you choose the covers you did? Or did you have any say in the covers? If not why did these particular covers were picked? Thank you!

  15. Sariah

    I haven’t read this series yet. It does sounds like a great read. I will be adding this to my list. Thanks for the chance.

  16. Brandy

    I love this cover it’s so simple yet still intriguing and well I love butterflies so yeah love it. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  17. Kristi Cook

    Wren, I had no say in the covers at all! Well, except I did get to choose from some images for MIRAGE’s cover, and I picked the broken mirror! But the overall concept came from the art department at Simon & Schuster!

  18. Danielle B

    I can’t wait to read Mirage. I read the first book, Haven, and I loved it. Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

  19. Rachel at theJeepDiva

    I have wanted to read this series for a while now. It looks and sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway and post.

  20. Rachel Chan

    OMG, this books sound absolutely amazing, just the type of read I enjoy!
    That is, I have a HUGE weakness for characters with special powers and books set in boarding schools. This is like my perfect book 😀

  21. aatweens

    Sounds great! Where is your favorite place to write? Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Jean S.

    Ooh! A school for psychics? Sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. DeeDee Griffin

    Somehow I have a Winterhaven bookmark but not the book. I need to get started on this series ASAP!

  24. Jolene A

    Sounds like a great read, can’t wait to get started on it!!! Thanks for the chance to win

  25. Ileana A.

    I almost miss this one tooooooooooooooo!
    I don’t know what is wrong with me! Thank you so much for the chance!

  26. Myra White

    I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but from the title and cover of this book I’m really inclined to think it amazing! Going onto my to read list!