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Cover Reveal Giveaway Winner!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered, shared, and/or otherwise made my latest cover reveal a success! A huge thanks especially to the bloggers who managed to fit me in at the last minute. I couldn’t have done it without you, so THANK YOU!!

Also, I have huge amounts of gratitude to the three people who gave me the most beautiful cover EVER! My editor for helping figure out what I wanted to see on the cover, Sean the art director at Tor for taking my horrible notes of what I wanted and making sure it came to reality and knowing exactly how to make my covers stand out and POP, and to the cover artist herself, Eithne OHanlon, for somehow being a mind-reader and giving me the most gorgeous cover ever.  No words can express how thankful I am for your awesomeness.

In case you missed the awesome cover or if you’re like me and just want to stare and drool at it some more, I’m posting it below.

Revelations Cover

 

Isn’t it “just about perfect”?  Just like the first cover, there’s so much going on here beyond just what we see and I can’t wait for people to read it to see what’s there.  But I LOVE that it’s not the fairytale-ish look that the first cover had. That it shows what Evie went through in the first book and it’s dirty, and gritty.  That she’s peaceful, for now, but the storm clouds are rolling in. It’s just…perfect. I couldn’t be happier with this cover.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

And now onto the part you’ve all been waiting on.  The winner of the cover reveal contest! They can be found in the rafflecopter widget below.  Congrats to you! Please email me at j.souders (at) jasouders (dot) com with your address and to let me know if you want your signed copy of RENEGADE personalized.

 

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Sunshine Tour Stops, Freebies, and Signed books. Oh my!

Hi wonderful people! I hope everyone has had a chance to see the lovely new cover for REVELATIONS!  If you haven’t, make sure to check out this post. There’s a list of blogs on that page that hosted my cover reveal and all of them have the rafflecopter widget to enter to win a bunch of signed books INCLUDING the ARC to REVELATIONS when it comes out.

I’m superexcited to announce that the Sunshine Tour is coming to Orlando and Tampa/Clearwater.  But WAIT! if you aren’t in Florida or near these areas, keep reading, I promise it’ll be worth it.

Anyway, the Orlando stop is going to March 2nd at the Winter Garden Barnes and Noble.  We’ll each be doing a short talk (panel form) and then signing our books. See flyer below for more information.

The Tampa/Clearwater stop is going to be at the Clearwater Barnes and Noble (Flyer to come shortly). Again a short talk and then signing of our books.

To tempt you all to come on out on what promises to be a really pretty weekend, I’m offering a bunch of goodies that you can only get at the signings.  Among some special SWAG, I’ll be giving away signed posters of the new REVELATIONS’ cover and RENEGADE’s cover and free e-copies of A DARK GRAVE (that will work on all e-readers).  Also, possibly a sneak peak at the next Elysium Chronicles short story.

And if you can’t come, there’s still an option to get signed copies of all the books from the authors on the tour.  All you have to do is go here and fill out the form. More details at that link.

I’m so excited to be on this tour and I can’t wait to see you at the stops!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVELATIONS’ cover is live!

I can’t believe that today’s the day! It’s so so surreal that I’m not focusing on RENEGADE any more.  This time last year, I was worrying over how Renegade would do. Now it’s REVELATIONS’ turn. Wow. Just wow.

Anyway, you want to see the cover not hear me complain about how fast time goes by. LOL.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a TON of extremely awesome bloggers help me with this cover reveal. And I owe them a HUGE debt of gratitude, especially Jaime Arnold from Two Chicks on Books. Thank you, Jaime! <3 <3 And all the other bloggers who are listed below, for being as awesome as they come. 🙂

Also, there’s a contest! It’s pretty easy. 🙂

See list below:

Two Chicks on Books

Bumbles and Fairytales
Fiktshun’s Ramblings
Liz Czukas
Haunted Orchid
Books As You Know It
Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
The Book Life
Books Mystify
Burning Impossibly Bright
Tez Says
Akossiwa Ketoglo
The Daily Bookmark
My Library in the Making
A Dream From My Heart
Dear Restless Reader
YAtopia
Goldilox and the Three Weres
MTG Reviews

Oasis for YA

Ecstatic for Books

The Book Goddess

Finding Bliss in Books

Reading Under the Stars

The Daily Harrel

Book Haven

In Libris Veritas

Curling Up With a Good Book

 

Shadow Libros

 

Escaping…One Book at a Time

Uniquely Moi Books

Citrus Reads

Writing My Own Fairytale

My Bookish Fairytale

Larissa’s World

Bookcase To Heaven

Stuck In YA

Writer’s Ally

Howling Turtle

Sparkles and Lightning

 

 

 

 

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Title reveal for Book 2!

As promised here’s surprise number 3 for Valentine’s day (some of you may already know this, hence why it’s third. :P) ! And actually I have some more great news to add to this! But as all good teasers, it’s at the bottom of the post.

First: (Drum roll please!) The title for book 2 of the Elysium Chronicles is…

 

 

REVELATIONS!

 

Also, it has a release date!  🙂

 

It will be coming out November 5, 2013! (It’s also available for pre-order already on Amazon.)

Plus, RENEGADE will be coming out in trade paperback October 8, 2013! (Pre-order here.)

 

And the best news of all?  I’ve seen the cover for REVELATIONS. It’s gorgeous. It’s perfect. It’s even better than RENEGADE and it’ll be revealed on Monday, February 18th! I’m so excited.

If you’re a blogger, I’m definitely still looking for help revealing the cover.  Fill out the form below and I’ll contact you. (Err. The link isn’t working at the moment. I’ll update when I get it fixed.) Otherwise, you can also email me at j.souders (at) jasouders (dot) com.

 

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Elysium Chronicle’s Valentine’s Short Story and A DARK GRAVE FREE today.

As surprise number 2 for Valentine’s Day, I’ve written a quick short about the first time Evelyn met Timothy.  I wanted to give fans a special treat that wasn’t spoilerific and I love Timothy, so I wanted people to see a bit more of him. If you’ve read RENEGADE, then you know why I say that… Anyway, I wanted to write something that doesn’t spoil RENEGADE for those that didn’t read it. This scene is EXTREMELY rough, but I hope you’ll enjoy it all the same.  HAPPY Valentine’s day!

           My Maid laces the ties in the back of my pink dress. I don’t really like the color pink, but Mother insists to wear it today. It’s Valentine’s Day and purple just won’t do.  She’s wearing red for the occasion, but she can. She’s Coupled.

I glance over to her. She’s standing next to my bed, flipping through the papers in her hand and mumbling. And even though she’s obviously upset by whatever she’s reading, she’s beautiful as always.  Her blond hair is down and brushes her shoulders in soft waves. Her eyes are especially blue today and her skin has the perfect dewy look to it that I envy.  The lights outside my window cause the water to lay a wavy shadow over her face.

I gasp when the Maid pulls the ties too tight, then hiss out a breath when Mother glances my way over the top of her papers.  She purses her lips. “Now, now, Evelyn. Stop squirming. You’re not a child any longer.”

I straighten my back and try not to let it bother me that I can’t really breathe. “Yes, Mother.”

She watches me carefully, her eyes narrowed before she turns to the Maid pulling little pots and brushes from a case. “Darken her eyes and lips.  She’s of age now. She needs a more mature look.”

“Yes, Mother,” the Maid says and starts working on my face.

A few minutes later, Mother’s lady’s Maid pokes her head. “The guests have arrived, Ma’am.”

Mother smiles and waves the woman away and turns to me. “Meet me in the ballroom when you’re finished. I have a gift for you.”

My stomach churns in anticipation, but I only smile my acknowledgement.

Ten minutes later, my hair in an intricate up-do that has my curls in a riot over the top of my head. The symbol of my rank sits on top of them like a tiara.  My rose necklace rests in the hollow of my throat and I run my fingers over it nervously.

I stand outside the ballroom, my heart in my throat. This is my first event after coming of age. I’ll be expected to entertain the Suitors Mother invited. I’ve practiced and practed what I’m to say and when and to whom, but I’m terrified my condition will act up and they’ll realize how strange I am.

The room is decorated in pink and red hearts and the cupids that are so synonymous with the holiday.  Pink and red streamers crisscross the ballroom and the chandeliers sparkle like diamonds. The roses from my garden are on each of the tables lining the wall and their smell drifts to my nose calming me.

I step through the doors and the Guards nod at me as I pass through. My plan is to go straight to the hors d’oeuvre table. The petit fours are so cute with their pink and red frosting and shaped into tiny hearts. But Mother sees me instantly and waves me over. She’s standing next to a fairly tall couple. They’re both taller than Mother, which definitely makes them taller than me.

They both smile when I step up to them. I return it with one of my own.

Mother introduces them as Scientists from Sector Three. I curtsy. “It’s wonderful to meet you. I’ve always had a fascination with Sector Three,” I say as I was trained. It’s true. I’ve always been fascinated by the new things that the Scientists come up with. So it comes out with an excited appearance that I don’t have to fake.

The woman starts talking, but I stop paying attention. Coming up behind them, his hands carrying two plates of hors d’oeuvres, is a young man my age. At least I think he is.  He’s just as tall as the man in front of me, and despite the fact that almost everyone in Elysium looks the same, he looks remarkably like the couple.  His eyes are the same light blue and, when he stops behind the woman, he holds himself just like the man.  His dark blond hair—the same color as the woman’s– is slightly longer than usual and has dripped into his eyes. I know it’s wrong, but I have the sudden urge to brush it away. And I can’t stop myself from staring.

“Evelyn?”

I start and blink quickly, trying to pull my attention from the boy to Mother. From the slightly frustration in her tone, it sounds like this wasn’t the first time she’d said my name.

“Yes, Mother?”

She purses her lips, but only says, “I was introducing you to Timothy.” She flutters her hand toward the young man. “He’s the Whitworth’s son. He’s just passed Suitor exam.”

The young man bows. “It’ll be a pleasure to be one of your Suitor’s, Miss Evelyn.”

Our eyes lock together and my belly flops around as I stare at him. He’s my Suitor? I’d be lying if I didn’t say the thought pleases me.  He’s perfect, I think, giving him the once over. Tall. Gorgeous. Perfect. I repeat in my head.

His lips–perfectly symmetrical lips, I notice–lift in the corners to smile at me. It’s not hard to see he’s amused at me. I bite my bottom lip, and turn, my face burning in embarrassment at being caught staring.

“Evelyn!” Mother hisses.

With an inward wince, I force myself into another curtsey. “My pleasure, Sir,” I say.

Mother narrows her eyes at me, her reprimand clear. “Why don’t you too, get to know each other, while I talk business with the Whitworths’.”

The band switches to a waltz and he offers his arm. “Would you care for a dance?”

Instead of answering, I take his elbow with my gloved hand, allowing him to lead me to the dance floor.  Even though we’re careful not to touch skin-to skin–Un-Coupled peoples aren’t allowed to touch skin-to-skin–we lean close to each other so we can hear each other as we talk.

He smells like a mix of oil from Sector Three and soap. It’s an interesting and nerve wracking mix. I never would have thought I’d enjoy the smell of oil and soap on someone so much. We spend the entire night talking and even when another Suitor cuts in, it isn’t long before I find myself dancing with Timothy again. Each time we join each other in another dance, he holds me in a slightly tighter embrace. Never too much. Never enough for the Enforcers to notice, but some part of me—the part that’s obviously lost her mind—wants him to take me in his arms and hold me close. Place his lips against mine in a kiss. But he never does, which is just as well. It’d be suicide if he did.

But each time one of those other Suitors comes, Timothy looks like he’s going to argue. And as foolish as I know it is, I can’t help but feel excited about the prospect that he doesn’t want to share me.

Finally at the end of the night, exhausted with my legs and head aching, I smile as he says goodnight, bowing, then watch as he leaves a mixture of emotions flowing through my blood.

Mother joins me almost the instant he’s out of sight. “What do you think, Evelyn?”

I smile, thinking of how perfect his hands felt in my gloved ones. “I think I would be honored to have him for a Suitor.”

Mother smiles at me, running her hands over the curls on my head and staring in the direction Timothy left in. “Happy Valentine’s Day, Evelyn.”

 

In case you didn’t know, surprise number 1 is that A DARK GRAVE (Gavin’s short story) is free today and tomorrow. If you want to give me a Valentine’s gift in return, I’d love to get it under 100 on the free kindle store, so please feel free to share the link with everyone.  🙂

A DARK GRAVE

BTW, for those that have been asking, A DARK GRAVE is not on anything other than Kindle right now. I do apologize for the inconvenience of that, but stay tuned because that may change.

I do have a few more surprises planned for today, so stay tuned, ‘K?

 

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