Celebrate the paperback launch of BLACK CITY!

Yaaaaaaaay! The paperback for BLACK CITY is out today! *throws sparkles* To celebrate I’m giving away a prize pack! The pack includes:

  • 1 x Book Owl cushion
  • 1 x Arc of PHOENIX
  • 1 x Copy of BLACK CITY
  • Swag

Here’s a picture. Isn’t it pretty?



A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable — they fall in love.

Bonded by a mysterious connection, that causes Ash’s long dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught they’ll be executed —but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

Buy BLACK CITY on Amazon


As you can probably tell, I have a slight obsession with owls! And as part of the prize pack I’m giving away one of my beloved Book Owls…but he needs a name. To enter the prize draw, all you need to do is Name That Owl!

Leave your suggestion in the comments section below. You can also send your entry to me via Facebook (leave your suggestion in the FB comments section under the post about this…er…post), or Tweet it to me! I’m @theredpenofdoom. It’s that simple! You can enter as many times as you like. The contest is open internationally, and ends on  Tuesday 14 May. On the 14 May, I will pick my favorite name for the owl, and that person will win the prize pack…so be creative, as I will be personally selecting the winner!

If you leave a comment below, don’t forget to add your email address or twitter handle, so I can get in touch with you!

Good luck!




  1. Name him..Sintho

  2. Noelle Walker says:


  3. choijeneul says:

    What about ‘Ashlie”? You know, Ash + Natalie :))

    Twitter: @kazhout

  4. Olly!

    twitter: @kuro_rin01

  5. Daisy R says:

    Oddie the Owl. @daisykatiereads

  6. Sir Hoot-a-lot!


  7. Hoot Hefner. Because he’s got allll the books. ;)


  8. Avery the Wise :)


  9. Andrew T. Kuligowski says:

    “B.C. Phoenix”
    P.S. At the Aquarium, we have Hootie (Great Horned Owl), Swoop (Barn Owl), and Pickles (Screech Owl).

  10. Camille says:

    Name it Hooter! It’s a cute pun, I think. :)

    Email address is camille_oliveras@yaho.com :)

  11. Owly

  12. Michele Luker says:

    Professor O


  13. Wobbles,Henry,Spooky,Sparkles,Prince Albert in a Box,Owlbama II,Oscar the Owl,McOwl,Gravy Blue,Albus Dumbledornithologist or Voldemort. Hope you like them :)


  14. Name it Sky or Cloudy :)

  15. Noctua

  16. Roland Ruffle Feathersmith. (R. R. Feathersmith)


  17. quietsong says:

    I was originally thinking Ruby, but since he’s a he, how about Rubido?

  18. You can call her Poppy if it’s a girl, Pimpernel if it’s a guy ;)

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  19. Ollie Ollie Owlsenfree (O. O. Owlsenfree)


  20. Carrie Bryant says:

    Name him samwell!

  21. If he is a she, I would name her Hootsie Daisy. :)


  22. George! :D


  23. I have no idea why but Princess came to mind! Just the pretty red and pink colors ;) and great job on the basket! Looks awesome!

  24. How about Bob the Owl :)

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. Nash (natalie & ash)

  26. What about Nate (Nathaniel) or Mr. Huhú :D :)


  27. Veronika says:

    Gizmo :D
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. I like the name Owlvira! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win – bafarwell@gmail.com | @readingvixens2

  29. I name him “Tweak” :D @NoseGraze

  30. Jocelyn S. says:

    I love this giveaway!! Coming from a person who names all her objects, this is my kind of challenge lol I would name him Hoot Hoot the second:) thanks for the fun giveaway!!!

  31. Dayna (Day + Natalie). The name just popped in my head and I really like how it sounds. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win and happy paperback release day to Black City! :)

    Twitter: @_jhvillegas
    E-mail: jessellevillegas@gmail.com

  32. Okay… What about Mr. Sovee (kind of nickname from “Sova” which means owl in Czech)


  33. Ollympus :) Couldn’t help myself :D

    Email: andrepop98@yahoo.com
    Twitter: @andrepop98

  34. Sheila Ortman says:

    Omni the Wise… owls are wise and all knowing :) Yes I am an owl lover too, my maiden name was “Hoot” no joke i even had personalized plates that said “Hooterz”….

  35. Robin the Book Nerd says:

    I’m going with Ollie the Owl. It was my high school mascot! I have alot of owls items also.

  36. Cordelia says:


  37. Archimedes (after the owl in Sword in the Stone, one of my favourite movies and one of my favourite characters ever). Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  38. Hooty

  39. Louise at Readers Confession says:

    I have been waiting for this book to get here in the UK for ages :-)

    I’d like to name the owl Plop… when I was little I absolutely adored the book, The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. The owl’s name in the story was Plop. I loved Plop, he could never land correctly, make me smile to think about it, if I win I promise to take good car of him. :-)

  40. Denice Mae says:

    Maybe Buttons? I love his eyes… =)

    Gloxina_Keya (at) yahoo (dot) com

  41. Taylor K. says:

    First off, I really like the picture! The set up is really pretty. :)

    How about Wulfric?


  42. Vermillion? :) Sounds kinda neat, and he is red.

  43. Debora B says:

    Maybe Archimedes? Like Merlin’s owl :P

  44. Ginnie Hutto says:

    My daughter would like to name it Kyah(after herself lol).

  45. In Greek Mythology Athena’s owl was called Glaucus {glaw’-kuhs}!


  46. Teri C says:

    In the style of My Little Ponies, Owloysius.
    Or Wilhemina.

    Congrats on the paperback, I am glad they continued to keep the same cover ! and I cannot wait until Phoenix!

  47. Wow, lets see I think I would name him/her, Blushers :)

  48. For me, the first owl name that pops into my head (thanks to The Secret of Nimh) is Lore (the “Lore Owl” or Great Owl from the movie)… I think that could be an awesomesauce name.

  49. Amairany Ra says:

    Name him Emerson :D

  50. This is an awesome prize pack! I would name your owl Hooter!

  51. I love the name Augustus ♥ Its a nice owl name

  52. Amairany Ra says:

    Fawkes, like Dumbledore’s phoenix

  53. I’ve always been partial to the name Bernard. LOVED Black City and Phoenix- Congrats on all your success.

  54. I like the name PHOENIX, he actually looks a little bit like one and it also honor the black city’s sequel.

  55. ama.5sept(at)hotmail(dot)com

  56. Nessie email: nym1997@aol.com

  57. Cassie says:

    If the owl is a girl, then name her Athena since she’s the Greek goddess of wisdom and owls are considered a type of mascot to her. If the owl is a boy, then you should name him Hermes because he’s the patron god of travel and one of my favorite Greek gods. Thanks! :)

  58. I think you should name the owl Hedwig. I mean, how can you not!

    Thanks for the great giveaway! *crosses fingers and hopes*


  59. Hoo-la – in honor of sunny beachy weather with the coming of summer! :) @allbookedupya and jperlson(at)gmail(dot)com

  60. Oliver the Owl via my daughter :) She loves naming things


  61. Seoul (see it all)


  62. Awr what a cute owl ^_^ I have one but I never thought of naming it… How about call it Errol? After the Weasley’s owl from Harry Potter, which was always very clumsy :D

    – Sam S.

  63. Owlie

  64. Dr Whoooo or Sir Whooooovian

  65. Professor McFeathers :D

  66. Otto, because I like the way it’s spelled the same backwards and forwards. ;)

  67. Jedi or Darth or Binks

  68. Bandikoo

    lilcrickit at gmail dot com

  69. Buttons!

  70. Denise Z says:

    I would name him Hashtag, Hash for short, he always wants to be noticed ;)

  71. Mister Wise : )

  72. Ok, I’m all about the Greek myths so how about Leonidas the Brave (from Sparta) if it’s a guy (He was apparently also believed to be a descendant of Heracles). If it’s a girl, Sorcha (one of the braves protagonists I’ve come across in Fantasy fiction)

    My email: tammybell78(at)gmail(dot)com.

  73. Jessica S. says:

    How about Whisper? Thinking because the owl hooting is usually soft, like a whisper!

    Could probably think of some names that relate to the books, but feel that they might be overdone…or already used!

  74. Sayomay says:

    Pig! :D

  75. Sir Quigly Frumptious the Third. A dignified, delectable name for an owl don’t you think?

    <33333 Inky

  76. Sayomay says:

    Pegasus!!! I like that name for an owl!

  77. Sayomay says:


  78. Name him Apollo! Because I have an obsession with greek gods. =D


  79. Sayomay says:

    Dot! bc of the fabric!

  80. I look at the owl and I think Oslo so that’s what I shall call him! :-)


  81. I’d name the lil’ cutie ….Tarquin…i love this name it comes from a king from thoushands of years ago! and it is really well used in poetry and alot of other literary type t-ings. ^.^ i personaly love the sound of it. <3 <3 <3 <3

  82. Marie O. says:

    I would name him Errol, in honor of the Weasley’s owl. Thanks for the giveaway!


  83. I would name him Wybie, or Coraline if it’s a girl, the button eyes made me think of the book Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

  84. Ileana A. says:

    Percy :)

  85. samantha keyes says:

    i would name it Rosie, Big Eyed Rose, Olivette, or Ottaline.

  86. Amairany Ra says:

    Applepie, I love that name

  87. I like the name Tatum or how about Aggression. I also like Reign,Kardi and Atlas.

    I like thinking of names so I prob will be back. ;)


  88. Giaochau Nguyen says:

    Hope you like the name. Thanks for the giveaway.

  89. Taylor Knight says:

    How about Alpheus?


  90. Kayla Degroote says:

    How about.. Kagura? Or.. maybe Nash! (a sort of combo of Natalie and Ash :3)

    My email is: sonic_girl_905@hotmail.com

    Twitter: @KaylaDeGroote

    That owl is so cuuuuute!! <3 Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  91. Fawkes~ as in the phoenix from Harry potter~ :)

  92. I like the species names for owls (thank to reading the Gaurdians of Ga’Hoole way back in middle school). Tyto or Alba, because Barn owls are my favorite. Perhaps even Bubo or Strix.

    Email: kiltgirl1@yahoo.com

  93. Hugh Who
    Bartholomew (Tolly for short)
    Ophelia (if she’s a she)

  94. Ooh! Or Abraham DeLacy Giuseppe Casey (because if you know that movie, you’re awesome).

  95. Donna Knight says:

    This is fun. How about, Mistic Feathers, Red City, or Paradise Feather.

  96. I like the name, Soul Searcher.

  97. Fallen Heart

  98. Ollie or Gracie


  99. You could name it:

    If its a him : Sam, Berny, Walter, Hoover or Gus

    If its a her: Lola, Katy, Opal, Mila or Luna

    My email: lilmama2brynn318@yahoo.com

  100. Kameron says:

    Gulliver, Chauncy,

  101. Meghan Stith says:

    Hootie and the Blowfish

    mestith at gmail dot com

  102. Tamara A. says:

    I would name the owl Klaus or Aria :)

  103. I say Tsubasa or Nymeria,

  104. Ashfa Anwer says:

    Winglebert!! I’m going to keep trying.

  105. Stacie Cruz says:

    Oliver Winston Ludwick

  106. Pea. His face reminds me of both an owl and a cat, which makes me think of ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’ The name Pea, is inspired by that of course! :D

  107. étoile T says:


  108. étoile T says:


  109. étoile T says:

    Tes. When u join yr name it becomes EliTes.

  110. étoile T says:


  111. I’ll name him, or her, “Scarlet Button-eyed”. Since he’s red and has a button eyes. Oh Mr. obvious got me! Thanks!


  112. You could name it Howsty. when I was little, I had a blanket named Howsty which I took with me everywhere
    botezatu_paula at yahoo dot com

  113. How about Owliver? Or Archimedes, like Merlin’s owl in the old Disney movie, The Sword in the Stone?
    Awesome contest! I loved Black City so much and would love to get to read the next book early :D By the way I have a plushie-owl from Skelanimals ^^ So cute <3

    email: carmen_brack(at)bluewin(dot)ch

  114. Danielle Willis says:

    You’ve could name him Ashton after Ash:)

  115. Hugo would be cute

  116. Kayla C says:

    (Because Horton Hears a Who….. And owls say Hoo…. Yeah??…… You see what I did there??……No?…..Okay)

  117. I would name it Ash because he is my favorite character ever! And I just love that name:)

  118. Sasha would be nice.

  119. Awesome contest! :D I’m gonna go with Hootie because that was the name of the owl in the movie Christopher the Christmas Tree and he’s my favourite TV owl! :D

  120. Kayla Degroote says:

    Athena would be good! She’s a greek goddess that is accompanied by an owl :3

  121. My first pick was Athena also lol. My second choice is Duke Owlington

  122. Hard question, but I think you should name it Simon if it’s a boy or Simona (that is my name (lol) ) if it’s a girl.

  123. margaret says:

    Ferry short… for confetty

    • margaret says:

      Or Mr. Funfetty. He looks like he has confetty on him and I always think confetty should be called funfetty

  124. I have no great wisdom behind this name, but I like Fleather. It’s certainly better than what I named my stuffed donkey when I was a kid (yes, they make stuffed donkeys!). And no, I did not really understand what the name meant at my tender age. But since he was ugly (stuffed donkeys are VERY ugly) I named him Fugly. Do, I will not provide the grown up definition of that name. :) britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

  125. Or Holly The Owl

  126. Joanna W. says:

    I’d love to have one of your book owls… they’re too cute! Here are some names I thought of (I hope you like–I had fun coming up w/ them!):
    – Owlington; Iris
    – Patches
    – Artie; Ary; Avery
    – Echo
    – Nestine (or) Nester
    – Owlivia (as in Olivia/Alivia)
    – Owlissa/Alissa
    Email: joanna9273@gmail.com

  127. Oscar? Or Spencer! :D


  128. Lola, The Nightkeeper
    botezzatu_paula at yahoo dot com

  129. Whisper Wings

  130. I’m no good at finding names, so I’m just going to suggest my nephew’s name; Cedric. <3 :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

  131. Delphi – as in the Oracle of Delphi as those huge eyes of his are fountains of limitless knowledge:))

    He’s awesome!!

    Thank you:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  132. OH OH OH!!

    Got the perfect name for him because he’s obviously a genius:

    Owlbert Einstein

    Or if you’re strategically inclined:

    Winston Churchowl :))

    Amazing contest:)

    LOVED Black City!!

    Thank you:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  133. Of course if he’s a creative type, like his mama, here’s a name he’d rock:

    Owlku or Howlku (as in Haiku)

    Oh my God, I’m getting addicted to this naming game!!:))

    Seriously, turn it into an app, and it’ll be as addictive as Pinterest:)) It’s now turning into whole owl phrases – like Owl Love You forever. If I win I’m getting him a tiny T-shirt with that printed on it:)))

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  134. Enna P. says:

    Hedwig would be my first choice, but that’s popular, how about Apple, Katie, Whoover, Dean, Sam, Castiel, Bobby (yes I am part of the supernatural fandom), Zeus, Athena, Diana, Artemis, Percy, Annabeth (yes I am part of the percy jackson fandom).

  135. Rutherford :D!


  136. Amanda Rodriguez says:

    Name hime Percy! It suits him because he seems brave enough to take on dangerous creatures(:

  137. Amanda Rodriguez says:

    Name him Percy because it suits him and he seems brave enough to take on Purian Rose(:


  138. Amanda Rodriguez says:

    Name him Percy because it suits him and he seems brave enough to defeat on Purian Rose(:


  139. Alikiya says:

    “Xephenius”… ’cause reasons. A simpler one could be “Rose”/”Rosen” or “Flameo”. Or the”The Mad Hooter”! I really like the name “Rayne” but I don’t have anything clever to put behind that one. Or if we’re thinking on mythological terms, “Strix” or “Stryx”. Reid (like reading the book), “Medoka”, “Fullmoon” or “Pink Pearl”? -tossing out ideas- Or what about “Blacknix”, “NixNax”, “Bihooticle”, or “TootHooty”? -more ideas- Haha (:

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway ~ You rock :D ! I can’t wait to read Phoenix <3


  140. Armasis

  141. Filia Oktarina says:

    How about Giddy, Shin, Spike, or Nikki ….maybe Ray. Hihihihihihi…:)


  142. How about Athena? She’s the goddess of intellect and arts. I think it’s pretty fitting. (My cousin came up with that actually.)

  143. Augustus! :D

  144. jethro! :3

  145. Daidalus! :)

  146. Olberto!

  147. I think I’ll have to go with ‘Sage.’
    It means wise in French. :)

  148. I sent this via twitter already (added some) :)

    Boy: Loir (Hebrew for ‘light’), Nox (Latin for ‘night’) Cassius, Damien, Hugo, Ares, Andro, Chuck, Kira, Trowa, Quatre, Heero, Calix, Caelum, Lucas

    Girl: Loira (or Loira), Lucille, Portia, Adrie, Horatia, Briea, Lia, Athrea, Lacus, Clyne, Yula/Eula, Daphen (not Daphne),

    – @clapstompjump

  149. I respectfully nominate the name “kruukruu”. Hee. Congratulations, Elizabeth! <3 And thank you for the giveaway!

  150. I’m terrible with names (coming up with them, remembering them, spelling them, everything Dx), but here’s my try…

    – Fireling
    – Fawkes
    – Pigwidgeon
    – Errol
    – Calcifer
    – Howl
    – Emberwing

    (can you tell I’m a Harry Potter fan? xD)
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, and for making it international!

  151. I put my response on Goodreads but I’ll post here too!

    Hootie Tottie [like Hottie Tottie but only owl’s hoot :)]

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