Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Release Day for Resist!

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! The timing is perfect, because today RESIST (sequel to Remake) is officially out in the world. What better time is there to head back to Freedom Province? :) The hardcover is beautiful, and it's available as an ebook and audiobook as well. I'm so glad I finally get to share Theron's story with the world. Here's a little more about it along with a few purchase links.

Having been rescued, Remade, and returned to Freedom, Theron must now face a life without Nine. Though he's chosen to be a healer, he uses all the vices Freedom affords to try and dull the pain of losing Nine. But he can't find the peace he so desperately needs. Until he meets Catcher, a man who shows him the dark truths behind Freedom's Batcher program. From him, Theron learns what it means to be a leader and a father. When he falls in love with a captured rebel named Pua, Theron must choose: Freedom and its easy pleasures, or a life that is truly free but full of hardships and decisions.

As if that wasn't enough, REMAKE is available as a paperback today from Simon Pulse as well. It's a party all around! Here it is in all its beauty with more purchase links.

When seventeen-year-old Nine realizes that the promised freedom of Remake Day is a lie, her courage, heart, and beliefs are put to the test as she fights to regain control of her future.

Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. But Nine isn’t like every other batcher. She is worried about her upcoming Remake Day. That’s the day when she and the others in her batch will leave Freedom Province and fly to the Remake facility. There they can choose who—and what—they want to be. Everything from hair color to name to occupation to gender is theirs to select. Sounds perfect…but is it?

When something goes terribly wrong, Nine discovers that everything she thought she knew to be true about life outside of the Freedom Providence is actually a lie. Things that she’d been told were bad can be good, and decisions that she thought were hers to make have already been made for her.

Pulled between two worlds and two lives, Nine will have to decide what’s most important for her and her future. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?

I spy Theron at my local Costco. :)
Don't forget I'll be at the American Fork Public library on the 16th at 2pm for the RESIST launch party. Everyone is invited to this free family event! There will be lots of giveaways, games, crafts, live entertainment, and desserts! Here's a link to the event page on Facebook.

Also, I'm doing a YA panel and book signing on the 27th at The King's English in SLC with Mackenzi Lee, Sara Larson, and Kathryn Purdie. Hope to see some of you there! Event link.

I hope you're having a great summer so far! Isn't it flying by so fast?

You taught me the courage of stars.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer Events

It's been busy around here with the end of school madness for my kids along with writer conferences, family moving, and a surprise kidney surgery for yours truly. (Boo!) But I'm on the mend and it's looking to be an amazing summer! Here are a few events I have coming up:

June10 @ 7:30pm--YA panel "That Time I Sucked" followed by a book signing at the Orem B&N as part of the Barnes & Noble National Teen Book Festival. Other authors on the panel include Courtney Alameda, Kathryn Purdie, Sara B. Larson, and George Anthon Kibbie.

June 11 @ 3:00pm--Author visit and signing at the Bountiful B&N also part of their national B-Fest.

July 16 @ 2:00pm--Book launch event for RESIST at the American Fork Library. I'll have more details on this soon, but please mark your calendars as this event is going to be epic!

July 27--YA panel at The King's English in SLC followed by a book signing with the authors of This Monstrous Thing, the Defy Series, and Burning Glass.

I'm also heading to Idaho Falls later this month with a number of authors to visit "Camp Magical Moments," a cancer camp for kids where I'll get to talk about writing for the TRUE HEROES anthology. I can't wait!

Can you believe it? RESIST comes out in ONE MONTH along with the paperback version of REMAKE (July 5th release for both). I am so excited! Also, I will be giving away an advance copy of RESIST at the June 10th B&N event, so if you're local, I hope to see you there!

What are your summer plans?

Swim with me, get to someplace better.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Comic Con Recap and Giveaways!

I had a chance to sign books and speak on several panels at last month's Salt Lake Comic Con FanX event. It was my favorite Comic Con yet, mostly because it wasn't so suffocatingly crowded and my panels rocked. I got to speak about diversity in writing, writing page turning novels, and writing about tough topics for teens. As always, my fellow panelists and readers who came to see me were amazing. Here are some pics from that weekend:

Signing books with Jen Jenkins
at the Shadow Mountain Booth.

Me and Jen.

Posing with the large poster of RESIST nestled between
Mysteries of Cove and Fablehaven.

Chilling in the green room and people-watching from a safe distance. :)

At my first panel of the day: writing diversity.

Also, my publisher is giving away FIVE copies of Resist on Goodreads right now. You have only a week to sign up. While you're there, don't forget to add Resist to your To-Read list...it comes out July 5th along with the Simon Pulse paperback and audio cds of Remake. It's gonna be a busy summer!

Also, Resist is up on NetGalley so if you're a book reviewer, you can sign up to get a review copy there.

If you aren't already following me on social media, please do, because I'll be giving away a few more goodies as we get closer to release date. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And of course you could always pre-order it right now. :)

Won't you fly with me?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Burning Glass

Kathryn Purdie's debut novel BURNING GLASS released yesterday. Katie has been my critique partner and dear friend for years...since the start of my writing journey. She's an amazing writer and I couldn't be more thrilled that everyone can finally read her book! Here's a little about it:

Red Queen meets Shadow and Bone in a debut fantasy about a girl forced to use her gift for sensing—and absorbing—other people’s feelings to protect the empire from assassins. Steeped in intrigue and betrayal, Burning Glass captivates with heartrending romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s quest for redemption. 
In Riaznin, it’s considered an honor for Auraseers like Sonya—girls with a rare form of synesthesia—to serve as the emperor’s personal protector, constantly scanning for feelings of malice and bloodlust in the court. But Sonya would rather be free.
After the queen’s murder and a tragic accident, Sonya is hauled off to the palace to guard a charming yet volatile new ruler. But Sonya’s power is reckless and hard to control. She’s often carried away by the intense passion of others.
And when a growing rebellion forces Sonya to side with either the emperor who trusts her or his mysterious brother, the crown prince, Sonya realizes she may be the key to saving the empire—or its greatest threat.

You can purchase it anywhere books are sold, and here's a quick link to buy it from The King's English where you can order a signed copy. 

Katie also had an epic launch party at the Provo Library where so many friends and fans came out to support her. Here are a few pics from yesterday:

150 cupcakes and swag on the display table I helped set up.
Emily King did all the amazing legwork!

Dinner with writer friends before the event. So much talent in this room!

Requisite goofy author picture.

Quick shot with Katie at the restaurant and her gorgeous book.
We match the cover!

She killed it!

Katie shared several pics of our critique group.
So many great memories over the years!

There was giveaway of Remake AND an advance copy of Resist
(which isn't out for 4 more months). Erin Summerill won!

Hanging out in the HUGE signing line with Emily(CP and bestie)
and her sisters Sadie(writer) and Daisy(beta reader).
They came all the way from California and Logan to support Katie!

Getting her autographs on.

CP love. We miss you, Robin!

Stay tuned to the blog because I have some Remake series related coming up soon!!

Can we go on like it once was?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Remake #2 Cover Reveal!

A lot of you have been waiting a while for this...I know I have. I'm thrilled to announce that Remake #2 has a title and a cover and a blurb and a release date and I'm so excited to share!!!

Okay, so the title is RESIST and it will be out in hardcover on July 5th. You can already pre-order it or add it to your Goodreads shelf. Yay!

Here's a little more about the book:

Having been rescued, Remade, and returned to Freedom, Theron must now face a life without Nine. Though he's chosen to be a healer, he uses all the vices Freedom affords to try to dull the pain of losing Nine. But he can't find the peace he so desperately needs. Until he meets Catcher, a man who shows him the dark truths behind Freedom's Batcher program. From him, Theron learns what it means to be a leader and a father. When he falls in love with a captured rebel named Pua, Theron must choose: Freedom and its easy pleasures, or a life that is truly free but full of hardships and decisions.

This book is probably the hardest I've ever had to write, yet I'm super proud of how it turned out and can't wait for the world to find out what happens next in Freedom One.

Do you want to see what it looks like? 

Are you sure? 

Really sure? 


Here you go...

Yes, that is a picture of Theron on the cover, since this book is told from his point of view. But I assure you that all of your favorite characters from Remake will make an appearance. Trust me. :) 

I'll probably do a giveaway of an advance copy soon but I couldn't wait to share the great news. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.

In the meantime, join me in a celebratory dance!

The dust has only just begun to form...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Merry Christmas to me!

I've been sitting on some BIG news for a long time and am thrilled I can finally share it with the world.

Simon and Schuster has purchased the paperback rights for the entire REMAKE series!

What does this mean exactly? It means that Remake will be released in July 2016 as a paperback from Simon and Schuster under their Simon Pulse imprint. Having a big house behind the series will mean great publicity, marketing, and distribution that will get the novel into more reader hands!

Here's a bonus: there will be different covers for the paperback versions as well, and here's a sneak peek at the new Remake cover. It's creepy and absolutely perfect for the story. I love it.

But what about the hardcovers? Yes, all of the books in the series will still be available as hardcovers, and Shadow Mountain will be publishing those along with the ebooks and audio versions. Remake 2 is scheduled to be released next summer as well, with the paperback version coming out a year later in 2017. And so on and so forth with the next book.

Long story short, my Nine and her story will be around for a while and I'm so so grateful. It's the best present I could have asked for this year. Yippee!

My heart still beats and my skin still feels
My lungs still breathe, my mind still fears