A DARK GRAVE now available!

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas.  Can you believe it’s almost 2013?! I can’t. This year has just flown by! It’s been filled with some awesome times and I’m so sad it’s coming to an end, but 2013 looks like it’ll be even more awesome and I can’t wait to see what it brings.

A few housekeeping details and then I’ll get to the reason for this post. First, while I’m taking a minor break from my internet hiatus to post this, I’m actually away from my “office” until January 7th. I won’t be answering emails or be on twitter or facebook until then. Although I reserve the right to change my mind before then. 😛

That being said,  I’ll be starting the new year with a bang and doing a lot of events. At least one a month. January has three already lined up! Why so many? I’m excited to say I’ll be participating in The Sunshine Tour with at least 10 other YA authors! For more details, check out the Sunshine Tour’s site. And  keep an eye on my events page. And I’ll be participating in several conferences that I’m extremely excited about, those are of course listed on my events page.

And now (drum roll please), without further adieu, the reason for my post. I’m pleased to announce that Gavin’s short story prequel A DARK GRAVE is now available in English on Kindle!

Here’s the beautiful cover art done by the fabulous Eithne O’Hanlon, the same artist who did the cover for RENEGADE!



And here’s the blurb:


An Elysium Chronicles short story: the beginning.There is only one place forbidden to the people of Gavin’s village; the island just off the shore, rumored to be haunted. Cursed.All who venture to the island disappear.But Gavin doesn’t believe in such things. He is a hunter; since his father’s death, he is the only one who can provide for the family. Silly rumors of ghosts aren’t going to stop him from crossing the dark waters to the island in search of fresh game…

It’s available on kindle now for only $0.99 (FREE if you’re a Prime member), but I’ll be having an after Christmas/New Year’s special where it’ll be free on New Year’s eve and New Years day.  More details here.

I hope you all enjoy Gavin’s story and have a great New Year’s!

Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Chapter by Chapter!! The holidays are always my favorite time of the year, so I’m delighted to participate in this hop.  And, like last year, I’m giving away two books.

RENEGADE by me ; )

and an Apocalypsie book of your choice.

Since I know we’re all busy, I’ve made this simple. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below.  Since I’ll order the books through The Book Depository if you’re International, this contest is International as long as TBD delivers to your country.

Check here if you are unsure!

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And don’t forget to check out all the other blogs and their contests on this hop!

YA 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 one signed 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 TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five 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.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red 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 December 2nd , at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting the fabulous Gina Linko!
Gina Linko has a graduate degree in creative writing from DePaul University and lives outside Chicago with her husband and three children. Gina teaches college English part-time, but her real passion is sitting down at a blank computer screen and asking herself the question, “What if…?”
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!

As for Gina’s exclusive content, she’s been awesome enough to share a romantic scene from FLUTTER!

We stood looking at each other for a long time in the moonlight, in front of the entrance to the path to the Dala Cabin.    The evergreens were sagging and weighted down, thick with heavy, wet snow from the earlier flurries.  The moonlight glistened and glowed off the frozen surface of the evergreens.  It twinkled, really.

Ash reached out slowly and touched my cheek only for an instant, with the pad of his thumb.  Then he moved his hand away from me, abruptly.

“Emery,” he said.

I took a sharp intake of air.  Business, I tried to tell myself.

“I can’t…”  He shook his head.  “I didn’t want to turn you down for dinner… the other day … I just can’t… ”

I nodded, wanting him to go on, wanting him to touch me again.  His touch was electric on my skin.

“I’m not…”  He took a step back from me.  “I’m not someone you can know, not …”

“I understand,” I said, although I didn’t.

He took another step back from me.  I moved forward without thinking, feeling pulled toward him, closing the space between us.  His eyes met mine, and the breath caught in my throat, every molecule in my body feeling pulled toward him, leaning me into his space, into his energy.  It was a heady feeling, disorienting.

Although I barely knew him, I didn’t know if I could pretend even one more second that this thing between us — whatever it was – wasn’t wonderful.

“I have to go,” he said, only leaning in closer to me, our faces only inches apart.  I could feel the warmth from his breath.

“No,” I whispered.  “Where are you going?”

He shook his head then, looked down, saying something under his breath.  I couldn’t be too sure what it was, but it sounded like, “Penance.”  But suddenly watching him, with his eyes cast down, his lashes shadowing his cheekbones, the way he held himself both leaning toward me, but also restraining himself, filling the space between us with his heady, soapy scent, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

So when he looked up, I closed the small distance between us.  I stood on my tiptoes, and I pressed my lips to his.  In my hurry, I missed a little bit, landing my lips more on the corner of his mouth, and for a second he didn’t react, but then he turned his face toward me, pressing his lips against mine, a full kiss, a real kiss.  And the fireworks exploded deep inside me, sending ribbons of heat from my center out to my limbs, a gorgeous, surprising feeling, like a warm breeze beneath my skin.

Both of his hands went to my face, gently.  And just when I thought he was going to pull away, he leaned into the kiss again, longer, deeper.  The heat inside me surging again.  I smiled behind the kiss, without meaning to, and I brushed my fingertips on his stubble, loving its feel against my fingertips.

He pulled away and we just looked at each other.  Should I apologize?  Make a joke?  Do it again?

“Emery,” he said, my name turning to music in his voice, the quiet deepness of it.  He closed his eyes for a moment, shook his head, smiled.  I wanted to kiss him again.  Right on that crooked eyetooth.  But when he opened his eyes, his smile disappeared, and he was himself again.  Measured.  Cool.  “Emery,” he said again.  A goodbye.

Then he turned on his heel and left.



What a great scene, right?

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Gina, 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 red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! One of my absolute favorites, Tara Hudson!


Want another chance to win a signed copy of RENEGADE? Just enter the rafflecopter widget below and I’ll send you a signed copy of RENEGADE, plus SWAG, plus a signed poster of the cover!
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Launch day is here!



I’m so excited to say that RENEGADE’s launch is finally HERE! I’m so excited I can’t sit still!  If I could dance, I’d be dancing!

Thank you so much to everyone who’s made this day possible, including my lovely and awesome agent, Natalie Lakosil, and my equally lovely and awesome editor, Mel Frain.  Love you ladies!  Thanks for believing in me and making Renegade even more awesome.

I honestly don’t know what to say here…I’m so excited and happy that I’m speechless, so I’ll just say thanks again to everyone. *sniffles* and now I’m going to go have a good cry and stare at my books some more!

Oh! Before I go, I’m having a giveaway. Send me a picture (via email or twitter) of my book in an awesome spot to celebrate it’s awesomeness. ; )  And I’ll have a random drawing to win either a book of your choice or a gift card from amazon or barnes and noble. Plus some awesome Rengade SWAG.
If you’re looking for an example, here’s a pic my MIL took.

This is exactly the awesomeness I’m looking for, so get to it! 🙂 *chop, chop*


If you want to know where to buy RENEGADE, it’s available wherever books are sold, but here’s some quick links:

Barnes And Noble
Book Depository


5 days until Renegade Surfaces

It’s five days. DAYS, people, not weeks, months, years. DAYS! Until Renegade’s debut. And…I’m slightly freaking out. (*insert insane cackle here*)  Okay maybe more than slightly. But I’ve somehow managed despite many obstacles to put together a launch party.  Yay for me!  I’m so excited about this book that I wanted to throw a party to celebrate.  If you’re interested, take a peak at the below invite (isn’t it pretty?!) and, if you want RSVP to either by email or on the facebook invite page.  This is just so I can make sure there’s enough food and books there.

It’s in the building that inspired Sector 3, so I’m really excited to show it off a bit. So bring a friend, or friends, or a whole shipful of people if you wish.  The more the merrier.  There’s going to be lots of food, drinks, a reading, raffle, door prizes, and a signing.  Plus a bucket full of SWAG to giveaway.  But most importantly there’s going to be lots of fun!

So if you’re in the area, just stopping through, or planning an invasion, stop on by! I’d love to meet you and see you!