Thursday, June 12, 2014

I've waited since 2008 to make this announcement....

I'd like to tell you a short story. Don't worry, it has a happy ending. But the ending is, really, only the beginning.

November 2008: I began writing my first novel. I wasn't sure I could write something that long, but I made it through. That story is rightfully buried in the dark recesses of my hard drive, but I learned so much writing it.

February 2010: I sent my first query for my second novel, a YA UF called The Demons You Know.

2010: I had this conversation with my best friend, an avid reader, many times over:

     Her: I'm going to get a kitty and name it Dragon!
     Me: Well, I'm going to get a dragon and name it Kitty!

My AWESOME 2010 pumpkin

October 2010: then this conversation, while we were carving pumpkins:

     Me: Do you know what my comp titles for The Demons You Know would be?
     Her: *with gusto* DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO!
     Me: I don't think I've heard of that one...
     Her: I just made it up.
     Me: I could write that.

April 2011: I finally gave in to that snarky little voice in my head and started putting Kitty's story to paper.

October 2013: I sent the first query for Dragons are People, Too

February 2014: I announced I'm represented by Rebecca Podos


Today: I get to announce that I've signed a publication contract for Dragons are People, Too with Entangled Publishing!!

This day has been so long coming and there were many days I thought it might never come. There are so many people without whom this could have never happened. I am so thankful for all the agents, editors, and authors who have shared their knowledge with me over the years and welcomed me as a friend. My friends and family who have supported me over the years, despite not completely understanding the craziness I went through sometimes. There are literally so many people I could thank that writing this post would take me all day and I'd still miss some. So, for now, I'll say thank you. Most of you know who you are. And if you don't, I'll make sure to let you know over the next few months. I couldn't have done it without you.


And since I'm so grateful for everything everyone has so freely given me over the past few years, I wanted to pay it forward! I'm giving away four sets of four books, available to US only. BUT, since so many people who've helped me along the way have lived overseas, I'm also doing an international giveaway! Check out the prize packs below and enter to win via the rafflecopter.

Prize Pack 1 (US ONLY)

Prize Pack 2 (US ONLY)

Prize Pack 3 (US ONLY)

Prize Pack 4 (US ONLY)

International Giveaway

Choose any two of the following books and I will send them to you as long as Book Depository ships to your country! (All these are friends and/or people who have helped me along the way!!)


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Monday, June 9, 2014

Book Birthday: Descent by Kallie Ross @KallieRoss

Happy book birthday to Kallie Ross' Descent, a young adult fantasy adventure!

Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…

Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.

“Descent is a gripping debut that takes you on a roller coaster - a page turner that has you asking - what happens next. I loved every single word of it.” 

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About the Author

Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. My conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction.

I love being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. I began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. I have a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined my life would ever be this fun!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book Birthday: Lux Beginnings and Lux Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout @jlarmentrout

Today is the day you can get the beautiful new bindups of Jennifer L. Armentrout's LUX Series!

Lux: Beginnings

Now available together for the first time, don't miss Obsidian and Onyx, the first two books in Jennifer L. Armentrout's bestselling Lux series. Also includes bonus content exclusive to the print edition! "A thrilling ride from start to finish," says RT Book Reviews.

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Lux Consequences 

 Now available together for the first time, don't miss Opal and Origin, the third and fourth books in Jennifer L. Armentrout's bestselling Lux series. Also includes bonus content exclusive to the print edition! "A thrilling ride from start to finish," says RT Book Reviews.

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger...and they know it.

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Opposition Comes out August 5th! Pre-Order It Now!

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About the Author

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Goodreads

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Introducing ... the 2015 Coastal Magic Con Featured Authors!

This will be my third year attending Coastal Magic Con and I cannot recommend it enough! Coastal Magic focuses on urban fantasy and paranormal books and is in DAYTONA BEACH!

I am SO excited to share the first batch of 2015 Featured Authors with you!! The blend of authors you know and love, with authors you WILL know and love, is perfect for a conference like this! (Hint: my alter ego Aria Kane is one of them!)

First, just a few notes:

1) This is NOT the entire list of Featured Authors!! WHAT??? You heard that right... there will be more authors added as details get finalized. Keep your fingers crossed, and your eyes peeled, ladies and gents!

2) At this point, all new Featured Author requests are being added to a waiting list. Something to keep in mind if you're an author who gets put on the waiting list... there are a limited number of additional spots available for the charity booksigning. If you register to attend Coastal Magic as a reader, simply email coastalmagicconvention at gmail dot com to request one of those spots.

3) Our 2015 Featured Bloggers are also making their debut today! Check out the list of Featured Bloggers here! (Hint: I'm one of them!)

The bloggers will be hosting monthly Featured Author spotlights, and moderating the panels at the event. If you're a blogger who is planning to attend Coastal Magic, the Author / Blogger Speed Dating will be open to all of you!! Please contact Jennifer AFTER you've registered to be added to the list of attending bloggers.


Registration for 2015 will be $85 per person, and will include:
  • Welcome bag filled with swag and goodies
  • Access to all panels and meet & greets throughout the weekend
  • One meal (either breakfast OR lunch) on Saturday with the participating Featured Author of your choice.
  • Opportunity to participate in Supernatural LaserTag (requires additional ticket) with participating Featured Authors
  • Access to evening events (Cinema Craptastique, Author/Reader Mingle, etc)
  • Access to charity booksigning (free, open to public) on Saturday
One of the draws of Coastal Magic is that it's a relatively small event, so authors and readers are able to really interact throughout the weekend. In order to keep this "up close and personal" atmosphere, general registration will be capped at 225. If you'd like to attend, mark your calendars and register as soon as you're able! The Hilton Hotel reservation site is already up, you can access it, and other info here.

See you in February!!

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