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Originally published at Sarah Rees Brennan. You can comment here or there.

The time has come, my friends, to talk of many things: snippets of suffering, and the giveaway of four advance copies of Untold!

Every generation suffers in Untold, I like to think…

Kami heard the creak of the front door opening, and instantly afterward the loud sound of her father’s voice.

He sounded furious in the same frightening way he had before.

“You just wanted to protect me, and protect our children, and protect the town.”

“Yes,” said Mum.

“So you told lie after lie, all for the best, until you had told so many lies you didn’t know how to begin telling the truth.”

“Yes,” Mum said again, desperately.

“I could have forgiven you for any of those lies,” Dad said, though he didn’t sound forgiving. “But there were so many of them. You didn’t know how to begin telling the truth? I don’t know how to begin trusting you again. There was no time in our lives when you weren’t lying to me. There’s nothing to go back to.”

Kami could see their shadows, black against the yellow wall, and how far apart they stood.

“There was nothing you could have done,” Mum said, low. “I did wrong, but I did it because I love you and I love the kids.”

“It wasn’t your choice to make!” Dad said. “They’re not just your kids. They’re our kids. That’s what it meant when we got married, that we promised to make those choices together, and I always have.”

“I know you gave up a lot to come back to Sorry-in-the- Vale when I told you I was going to have Kami,” Mum told him unsteadily. “And you never threw it in my face, until now.”

“That’s not fair.”

“I wanted to make it up to you, I wanted to make things right for you,” said Mum, her voice changing, becoming more like her usual voice, trying to be calm, trying to explain matters. “So I did a spell, and it hurt Kami. After that I was sure I could never tell you any of it. I was sure you would never forgive me.”

“Well then,” Dad told her. His voice had changed too: it was very soft. “At last we find something we can agree on.”

They went into the kitchen. Kami heard the clatter of their movement, the absence of noise that was their furious silence. Her hand was still locked around the banister, gripping the wood as if there might be some comfort there. As if wood and stone were what her home was made of. She thought of Aurimere House, where Angela had said people were going to Lillian, where there might be answers.

Angela had said Jared was there too.

No. She wasn’t going to do it. She was going to go back to bed and sleep, and in the morning she would be in control of herself. In the morning she would fix this.

So what must one do to win all this suffering?


(Also, the font of the cover was based on the polkadots on my dress in this picture. Check skirt and font. True story!)

So. Four books. Four challenges. No waiting.

1. Art Challenge. Drawing, manipped photo, tumblr gif with hilarious words on, anything Unspoken-related visual and artistic, and I shall give the most artistic artiste a prize!

2. Words Challenge. Song, poem, story: anything Unspoken-related under a thousand words. We wordsmiths must stick together.

3. Picture Challenge. Take a picture of yourself reading Unspoken somewhere–the weirder somewhere it is, the better. ;)

4. Surprise Me. Everyone tends to be better at this than me, so if you think up something that doesn’t fit in the three categories, by all means–hit me! (Street/library posters. Pictures of people mildly concussed by Unspoken. Cosplay as the unicorn princess. Anything. Hit me! (DO NOT LITERALLY HIT ME.))

I will post the books to anywhere in the world. The contest will end at the end of this beauteous month of May. Just put links to your entries in the comments to this blog post, or its mirror on livejournal. I am looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!


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May. 8th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh no, Kami's happy family!!! This book is just gonna send me into a ball of nerves, I just know it! Okie dokie, yup, I really want a copy! Challenge accepted!
May. 9th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)

Yes, it all does rather come down...
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May. 8th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
*nudge* Is there any chance you could either resize the pic or put it under a cut? It's pushing flists into weird proportions.

But, aside from that - huzzah! Thank you for offering these contests to your happy readers! :-D
May. 9th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Seconded! I read on my phone and it's making it next to impossible. Will be forced to defriend if not.
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May. 8th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
How many times can we enter?
May. 9th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
As many times as you like!
May. 8th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
So, it's to be cannibals and kings, is it? This can only end in tears. As per usual. *hugs all characters and whispers how writers are cruel* *which is why we love them* *humans, so weird*

Is it Septermber yet?
May. 9th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
Heh heh heh!
May. 9th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
Good for Kami, for not wanting to go charging off half-cocked in the middle of the night. I hope that she does in fact do the sensible thing and go back to bed. Her record has been quite good so far.
May. 9th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
Time to make some mistakes. *laughs*
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May. 9th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's GORGEOUS, thank you so much!
May. 9th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm completely intrigued by the sound of this story!

I also meant to say that I finally got around to reading all of the Demon's Lexicon Trilogy (along with a sidestep into Team Human - which was awesome!) and I absolutely LOVED it!
May. 9th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
This snip is from the sequel, she adds hastily, so... spoilers abound. ;)

So pleased you enjoy!
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May. 10th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
I read Unspoken today. I absolutely hate romances where the couple has mysterious mental connections that allows them to read each others thoughts and emotions (INVASION OF PRIVACY MUCH?) not least because it sounds like a fourteen year old girl's Twilight fanfic, but this book had me thoroughly converted by the fifth chapter, only to find the connection severed in the end. (WHY do you hate me, Sarah?)

Richard Marks' Hazard is the soundtrack of Jared's life, isn't it? Also, Angela is such a true-to-life portrait of my own best friend (freakishly tall, ridiculously beautiful, loves me viciously, projects air of wanting to grind the universe under her stillettoe, makes grown men cry with a mere glare) that I spent about ten minutes freaking out at the possibility that you may have actually met her.
May. 10th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
*points up* that was me, posting without logging in.
May. 10th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Heh heh heh. I love tropes. I love the crackly sound they make when I jump up and down on them. ;)

Angela is based on two of my friends combined up with my own deep dislike for mornings, but I am glad to hear she exists in the real world...

May. 10th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hi Sarah! Can we post pics or poems right on the comments?
May. 10th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I forgot to add, can we post it with out a link?
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May. 11th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
could we email our entry to you??? if its not too much, of course.
May. 11th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
I'd rather it was posted so I can share. ;)
May. 12th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
Can I just say how you are so wonderfully evil?
May. 12th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, I do try. ;)
May. 12th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
Hello, Sarah-san~! I chose to do the first challenge and here's the finished product: http://lisellelovesscones.blogspot.com/2013/05/unspoken-art-challenge.html (http://lisellelovesscones.blogspot.com/2013/05/unspoken-art-challenge.html)

Thanks for the awesome contest, Sarah-san! >.<

May. 12th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
Hi, Sarah! I decided to do the first challenge because I thought that it would be the best way to show my love for the Unspoken OTP. *laughs*
Anyhow, here's the link: http://lisellelovesscones.blogspot.com/2013/05/unspoken-art-challenge.html (http://lisellelovesscones.blogspot.com/2013/05/unspoken-art-challenge.html) Thanks for the awesome Untold Contest~!
May. 12th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
I tried to leave my art entry link on the snippet post on your website, but I think my comment got eaten. (This snippet, by the way, snippet-ed my heart right out of my chest and stopped on it and tore it pieces and fed it to piranhas when were then fed to sharks. Exactly as I'd hoped.)

Here's my art entry on tumblr! (http://writer-of-wrongs.tumblr.com/post/50191624152/i-made-a-thing-a-thing-for-sarah-rees-brennans#notes)
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