Renegade’s German Book birthday!

Eee! Today is an extremely exciting day for me! It’s Renegade’s German Book birthday.  People all over Germany are reading my book!  And while it’s extremely nerve-wracking, I’m jumping all over the place with excitement.

This version had to leave the nest a little earlier than the US version, so I’m worried about it making it in the big, scary world, but I’ve done all I can for it and it’ll either sink or swim.  Hopefully, it’ll swim and may even start doing speciality strokes! That would be extremely awesome.

Because today is release day for Renegade, Evelyn is over at the Book Goddess sharing her diary in a “Day in the Life of” post on the Authors are Rockstars tour.

For people in Germany, if you see my book “in the wild” I’d LOVE to see it. Send me pics, so I can share the awesomeness on twitter and facebook!

Anyway, thanks to everyone who’s sharing this awesome occasion with me. I’ll hope you join me again in November for the US release.

Young Adult Giveaway Hop.

Announcing the 
Young Adult Giveaway Hop
August 8th to 14th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Reading Teen

We’re officially in the double digits for RENEGADE’s US release! And we’re only 12 days from the German release! I’m super excited for both so I’m participating in this hop to prove it! 😛  

This one is simple, all you have to do is follow my blog and then enter through the rafflecopter widget below. The prize will be a pre-order of RENEGADE (Either US or German) from the retailer of your choice and SWAG.  If you’re international, though, I will be getting it from book depository.   Simple, right?

That being said, if book depository delivers to your country, then you can enter, so yes, it’s International.

And, as always, here’s the description and covers.

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. 
Her memories have been altered. 
Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. 
And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red 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 blue 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 August 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Today, I am hosting ALEXANDRA MONIR on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Isn’t she gorgeous?! I have to admit I’m slightly jealous. ; ) But on top of being gorgeous, she’s also insanely talented. Not only does she write YA novels, she also is a songwriter and recording artist. See below for her bio.

Alexandra Monir broke into the world of YA novels with her 2011 debut, TIMELESS. She is a singer/songwriter and recorded original music to accompany both TIMELESS and TIMEKEEPER, her second novel. She lives in Los Angeles.

Find out more information by checking out her website or find more about the her book here!  

“When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor’s high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn’t remember her. In fact, he doesn’t seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.

Michele then finds her father’s journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.

Alexandra Monir’s Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.

Available everywhere books are sold on January 8th!”

And now here’s an excerpt from the first chapter:


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Alexandra, 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 blue 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 
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! While you’re here, don’t forget to enter the bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.

I will be giving away an annotated ARC plus SWAG.  To be eligible to win, enter through the rafflecopter and ALSO leave a comment on this blog telling me why you should win my grand prize.

AND Alexandra has a bonus giveaway as well.  Alexandra is gifting 4 readers a copy of TIMELESS, a digital download of SECRETS OF THE TIME SOCIETY, and a CD of the original songs from TIMELESS! Send her a tweet @TimelessAlex to be entered in the contest. Prize winners will be announced on August 5th!

Don’t forget that you also get an extra entry by tweeting about the hunt.

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Cover reveal: Broken by A.E. Rought

Today I have the absolute pleasure of revealing the cover for a book from a dear friend of mine.  A book that I loved enough to blurb I might add. 🙂

It’s a beautiful book. Dark. Romantic. And really kept me wanting to read even way past the time I was supposed to stop.

The book is, of course, BROKEN by A.E. Rought and is being published by Strange Chemistry the YA imprint of Angry Robot books.

Thank you, Ann, for letting me help with this reveal.

So, without further adieu, let the reveal begin…

What do you think?  I love the font and the creepy trees all the way in the back and the grave yard.
Here’s the blurb:
Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely…familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks.

And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

But that’s not all. There’s even a small excerpt, BUT I only have a small portion of it. There’s eleven blogs who each have an excerpt so if you want to start at the beginning you’ll have to go here.

Otherwise, the previous excerpt is here and the following excerpt is here.

Here’s my excerpt:

Which is exactly why I hadn’t said anything. Bree might be a genius in the costume and makeup department—comes with the territory for a theater major—but she’s not a miracle worker. The longer I hedge, the less time she has to force me into being a Zombie Twin, or Bad Faery Twin, or Whateverelse Twin she’s plotting on subjecting me too. With us both being 5’5”-ish, with blond hair—mine natural, hers what my mom calls Bottle Blonde—and average curves, Bree has a lot to work with in the Twins department.
“I’ll let you know.”
“Dying of anticipation,” she says, dragging out the last word like Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
“Can we discuss this tomorrow? I’m walking and talking and can’t hardly see the sidewalk…”
“Say no more.” She takes a swig from her pop, then says, “See ya in the morning, Em.”
“Bye, B.”

Blog Tour and Housekeeping

I am now almost officially 4 months away from my release and things just turned CRAZY, y’all. It’s exciting and scary and absolutely wonderful. I still kind of have to pinch myself when I realize this is REALLY, really happening.

As you may or may not have heard, I will be having a blog tour. TWO blog tours in fact.  Two wonderful blogs have agreed to host for me and yes I know I’m insane.  The wonderful Mundie Moms and a newer blog The Book Paparazzi.

The Book Paparazzi already started taking sign-ups as of last night, and Mundie Moms will be doing theirs soon, so if you don’t make it into one, there’s always a chance of making it in to another. And if you don’t make it into either of those, I’ll be putting together a street team eventually (give me time on that part).

Before I go into the housekeeping details of the blog tour, I just first want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to every one for supporting me and wanting to read RENEGADE. I’m simply blown away and (people overuse this word a lot, but) humbled by all of you. I want to say more here, but I’m pretty sure it would just get really sappy and silly and I’m already crying so I’ll stop here. 🙂

Now for the housekeeping details, if you’re interested in signing up for the blog tour, here’s how you can do it. The Book Paparazzi is taking sign ups right now. You can contact them and they’ll let you know from there. I’m not sure how Mundie Moms does their blog tours, but I will post that information as soon as I know.  Please do NOT email them and ask to sign up yet. If you really, really want to be on their blog tour and can’t wait for details. [:P] email me instead.

If you are selected to be on either blog tour and you were signed up for a review and you are on the ARC list for my publicist, let me know, so I can make sure my publicist knows.

I think that’s it. If you have any questions, please feel free to either email me or comment below.

The button for The Book Paparazzi is below. Feel free to snag it and spread the word. I’ll post the button for the Mundie Moms one when they get it to me.

I look forward to working with these two blogs and all of you. Thanks again for such a wonderful reception.  I <3 you all!  *mwuah!*