Guest Blog & Giveaway: Tonya Hurley on Lucy The Saint & win The Patron Saints of Summer Prize Pack!

June 19, 2013 Giveaways, Guests 29

A big welcome to Tonya Hurley who is here for the sixth stop on the Saints and Sinners Blog Tour. We’re learning about The Blessed series, Lucy the patron Saint of the blind, and celebrating the release of Precious Blood, The Blessed #1 (published on June 25, 203 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ). Want to win The Patron Saints of Summer Prize Pack? Enter via the widget below.


Lucy The Saint


Tonya Hurley


Photo Credit Natalie Shau

During my research for Precious Blood, it became clear to me that many of the saint stories of the ancient past are some of the earliest YA stories we have, pious romances full of teenage rebellion, gruesome death and supernatural love – albeit of a particular kind.  These girls, these martyrs, have been revered for centuries.  There is no fifteen minutes of fleeting fame in their cases, not only are they household names in many instances, but they are worshiped.  Their legends handed down from generation to generation.  Schools and churches stand in their names.  They are a part of our everyday lives in some way or another.  In a very deep way, one that will never have their names on a denim line on the discount rack at Kmart.  The legend of Saint Lucy is a perfect example of this.


Saint Lucy, patron Saint of the blind, possessed inner confidence and determination as well as a defiant streak that would ultimately lead to her death at a young age. Martyred in the early fourth Century A.D., Lucy was a young noblewoman of Greek and Roman heritage who became Christian. Determined to give her wealth away to the poor, her betrothed denounced her to the Roman authorities and she was ordered to make a sacrifice to the Emperor, which she refused. She was then sentenced to a brothel to be defiled. When the soldiers arrived, accounts say that she could not be moved. Lucy’s most attractive feature were her eyes and traditions hold that she gouged them out of her own head to make herself less attractive to suitors. This is why Saint Lucy is always pictured holding a plate with her eyes on them. The association of eyes and vision with Saint Lucy in Precious Blood is made not only through the physical sense of sight, but of being able to see, i.e., perceive the truth. Being blind to the truth and real meaning.

Don’t miss the rest of the Saints and Sinners Tour

Monday, June 17:

Meet Agnes the girl at Confessions of a Bookaholic and Agnes the Saint at Candace’s Book Blog.

Tuesday, June 18:

Meet Cecilia the girl at Bewitched Bookworms and Cecilia the Saint at A Life Bound by Books.

Wednesday, June 19:

Meet Lucy the girl at The Reading Date and Lucy the Saint at All Things Urban Fantasy.

Thursday, June 20:

Meet Sebastian the boy at Vampire Book Club and Sebastian the Saint at The Book Cellar.

Friday, June 21:

In Bed With Books has a Q&A with Tonya.

Photo Credit Kevin Mazur

Tonya Hurley is the New York Times best-selling author of the highly acclaimed “ghostgirl“ book series; creator, writer and producer of animated and live action hit television series; writer and director of independent films; writer and director of commercials for Playstation, Gameboy and Warner Home Video; and creator of groundbreaking videogames. Her new young adult trilogy, THE BLESSED, begins with Precious Blood.

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Giveaway courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

The Patron Saints of Summer Prize Pack

One (1) winner receives:

Earbuds (courtesy of Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music)

Sunglasses (courtesy of Lucy, Patron Saint of Sight)

Essie Chastity Nail Polish (courtesy of Agnes, Patron Saint of Chastity)

Copy of Precious Blood

AND a Lucy t-shirt

 Precious Blood by Tonya Hurley

The Patron Saints of Summer Prize Pack


Available on June 25, 203 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.

The story begins in PRECIOUS BLOOD and continues in PASSIONARIES, available 1/7/14.

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29 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Tonya Hurley on Lucy The Saint & win The Patron Saints of Summer Prize Pack!”

  1. Nancy Townsend

    I’d be the patron saint of dogs. I just want to look after them all.

  2. Christine Sutor

    I’d be the Patron Saint of animals!! They need help.

  3. Sarah

    Animals 🙂 They don’t have a voice of their own so someone has to help them

  4. Molly Frenzel (@dg_molly)

    I’d be the patron saint of patience because I honestly don’t have any. Hopefully it would help me to obtain some.

  5. Carl

    Well, I like lost causes but that’s already taken. How about the patron saint of drunks? They could use the assistance.

  6. Angie

    I’d be the patron saint of ice cream, making sure that all companies who made frozen dairy dessert would be closed.

  7. Valerie

    I would be the patron of Gift Cards.. to hand out to those that need help.. not those that take but never give back.

  8. Kai W.

    I would like to be the patron saint of animals like Saint Francis of Assisi.

  9. Christine H

    I’d be the patron saint of solving puzzles. I bet a lot of people would love to have a saint like that interceding for them!