Thursday, October 2, 2014

Young Adult Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive TWENTY signed books, one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM--but there is also a red team  and a blue team for chances to win a whole different set of twenty signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage. 

Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the green team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Scavenger Hunt Post

Today, I am hosting Ashelyn Drake on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Ashelyn Drake (AKA Kelly Hashway)

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Find out more information by checking out the author website!

Buy the book from here!

In one month, seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman will die. But until then, she plans to enjoy every look, touch and kiss with her boyfriend Logan, the new boy in Ashlan Falls. Cara is a descendant of the mythical Phoenix bird, and her rebirth is nearing. But first, she must die and forget all that she knew before, including Logan's face, his laugh, and the way he says her name. With precious little time left for the two of them, Cara does all she can to savor every moment, unwittingly drawing a Phoenix hunter to her doorstep with every move.

Exclusive Content -

Here’s an excerpt from the sequel to Into the Fire, titled Out of the Ashes. This particular scene is taken from one of Logan’s chapters, not Cara’s, so you can get a better look at the male lead in the series as he tries to defend himself to a room full of Phoenixes.
            “I hate to break it to you, Logan, but what you feel for her is just the effect of the imprint. It isn’t real. And when it wears off, all she’ll be to you is a human-bird hybrid that you’ll never be able to love. You’ll be so angry for how the imprint made you feel that you’ll want revenge—on her, and on all of us.” His arms swing out, motioning to everyone in the room.
            He’s baiting me. Trying to get me to admit that I’ll turn on them, but he’s wrong. “Nice try but I don’t buy a word of that.” I stand up, tugging at the handcuffs still pinning my arms together. “This isn’t fake. It’s not just the imprint, or whatever you all do when you fall in love. I felt something the first time I saw Cara. Something I still feel now. I’m the biggest cynic when it comes to love, but here I am, living proof that it exists. I’d rather die than lose Cara. I don’t care if she is part bird or part demon. I’d love her just the same.”
            Linette wipes a tear from her eye and steps toward me. “That was beautiful.” She wraps me in a hug, and a small amount of relief washes over me. One down, now I just have to convince the rest of them.
            “Yeah, very heartwarming,” Garret says, crossing his arms.
            Linette pulls away and looks at him. “Always the voice of negativity, Garret.”
            “And you’re always too eager to see the good in people. Our lives are at stake. People are dying. Phoenixes are dying. And you’re willing to believe the very person who was there when Cara was attacked just because he gave a speech about how much he supposedly cares for her?” Garret scoffs and shakes his head, his eyes never leaving mine. “I’ll be damned if I lose another one of our kind because I fell for some sappy love story.”
“Then I’ll vouch for him,” Monique says, walking into the room. I didn’t think she’d heard what I said from the kitchen, but she must have because her expression has softened.
“You?” Garret raises a brow in challenge. “And what will you be able to do to stop him from telling the world about us? The most contact you have with him is feeding him at the cafĂ©. That’s hardly good enough.”
“I’ll watch him,” Linette says. “I’m at his house every day cleaning anyway.”
“And what about at night?” Garret isn’t going to let this go. He wants me under constant supervision, house arrest, and I’m willing to bet he plans to keep these handcuffs on me permanently, too.

Enter the Contest

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Cynthia Hand, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 17. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Continue the Hunt

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Click here!

Enter The Extra ARC Giveaway

In honor of this special event, I'm going to give away 2 extra signed ARCs of THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE. Just follow the directions in the rafflecopter below:

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Last Time We Say Goodbye (SIGNED) Pre-orders

Hi! So I just worked out a deal with my local indie bookseller, the fabulous Marti at Hyde Park Books in Boise, Idaho, so that you can pre-order a SIGNED copy of my new novel, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, which is coming on February 10, 2015.

SIGNED, people! Woohoo! I anticipate some cramped fingers here, but it will be worth it.

Here's the link to the order form.

You can also order signed hardbacks and paperbacks of my other books from Hyde Park. Just head over to the CONTACT tab, under SIGNED COPIES, and you can find the links to the the UNEARTHLY series.

Also, I should mention that I am going to be participating in the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt starting tomorrow, where I will reveal the first chapter of THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE.

Over and out.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lady Janies

So, some of you might have seen a cool announcement on Publisher's Weekly this week, but I am so excited to announce this news here. I have sold a new book! Its title is MY LADY JANE, and I am writing the book with my two writing besties, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton!

*much rejoicing*

I will have a lot more to say about this book and this process, which has been such a delightful, enjoyable book to work on (especially right after I wrote THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, which is such a heavy book), but for now I will just say, I love this book hard. I have laughed every day writing this book. I am SOOOOOOO excited that it is going to be published.

And without further ado, here is a video-chat that Jodi, Brodi and I did today announcing the book. There will be lots more from the three of us coming, so be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and tell your friends about us.

*much rejoicing*

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cover Reveal

The day has arrived! I have finally been given the green light to share the cover of my latest novel, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE.

Here it is:

And here's the description from the book jacket:

There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

So there you have it! A cover! A description! A release date: February 10, 2015! It's all coming together!

I feel that I hit the jackpot with this cover. It's gorgeous, first of all --the colors, the image!--but beyond that, I feel it truly reflects what happens in the book. And that is a rare thing. Covers, you see, are meant to be advertisements--their sole purpose to to get some poor unsuspecting reader to pick up the book and then buy it. So often what's on the cover is more a reflection of marketing than what's at the heart of the book. That's okay--it's meant to be like that. I mean, I loved my covers for UNEARTHLY, but at no time did my main character Clara ever stand around outside in a formal gown. But the covers did their job--they got people to buy my books.

But this cover does both so beautifully. It is pretty and enticing and just begs to be picked up. And it FEELS like the story. I can feel Lex in that room, looking at that note.

Happy sigh.

So what do you think?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

YA Authors (including me) Read Mean Reviews Out Loud

A while back the people over at The Midnight Garden blog asked me to read some of the mean reviews I've received for Unearthly out loud. I had a blast filming this. It always blows my mind when reviewers are out and out mean in their reviews, because they have to know that there's a good possibility that the authors will read them.

(warning: some spicy language. Spoken by me.)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Signing in Los Angeles

Hi y'all,

For those of you who have been clamoring for me to do a signing on my home turf in LA . . . wish granted. I will be doing an event at the Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo this coming Saturday, March 29 at 2:30. It's called the Triple Trilogy Treat, because I will be joined by my good friends and fellow writers Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton.

Woot! I love these ladies! I love signings! If you come I'll even let you take a peek at the secret cover to my next book. . .

Here's the official link to the information.

See you there!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

New Book, New Title!

Yesterday I officially finished my fourth novel.

Which made me feel like:


Because this novel just about killed me to write. To an extent, all of my novels have made me feel like I might not survive the process (this writing thing is HARD, yo), but this novel. THIS NOVEL, you guys. There were entire weeks were I unabashedly wept every day while writing this novel.


It's that kind of novel. You might need tissues, is what I'm saying.

There are a couple of things I can tell you at this juncture:

1. The TITLE!!!!!

I love the title. It's the only book I've written to date where my working title became the actual title, and for that I am very proud. It is:


2. The book (I call it TLTWSG for short) is a YA contemporary stand-alone. Meaning that it is not Unearthly-related. It is not a paranormal romance (although there are parts of this book that are so romantic, sigh) and it does not feature anyone with supernatural powers. That said, I will add that I am always interested in stories where mysterious things happen, and this book is no exception.

3. I say the novel is not Unearthly-related, but TLTWSG is about a girl who is trying to deal with the death of her younger brother, and I think fans of Unearthly will be able to see the connections between what I was writing about in the Unearthly series and what I'm writing about here.

3. The book will be out sometime in early 2015. I know that's a long time to wait. Believe me, I know. Publishing a book is often a game of hurry-up-and-wait. But I will be here in the next year to keep you updated on all of the news: the book description, the cover, the release date, all the fun stuff, as it happens.

So that's what I'll give you for now.

*Takes a deep breath.*

*Eyes the notebook for the next novel.*

 Um, EXCITED. Sheesh, gif people. Spell check.