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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

RoseBlood ARCs

RoseBlood arcs are almost here! Word has it they'll be printed late summer / early fall. If you're a blogger and/or reviewer who would like to try your hand at requesting one, below are the guidelines, along with my publisher's contact info.



Guidelines for Requests: 

  • Established blog /vlog / FB / tumblr, etc... devoted to books + reviews, with 1k followers or more

  • 2 or more social media venues where reviews will be announced or posted, alongside the traditional Amazon / B&N review spots

  • Actively engaged with social media channels and followers


If you meet these three criteria, you may contact Caitlin Miller at Abrams via her email: cmiller(at)abramsbooks(dot)com. Please be sure to include your mailing address, blogger stats, and social handles in the body of the email.

Thanks for your interest in reading and reviewing RoseBlood



Monday, June 13, 2016


The Architect of Song blog tour is on the horizon. If you're a blogger and would like to sign up as a possible host for one of the stops, here's a link to more info:

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/…/tour-announcement-archit…

Everyone else, there will be INTL giveaways and book reveals during the tour, so stay tuned! More deets coming your way soon.

Announcing Giveaway Winners!


Announcing the winners of the RoseBlood panoramic artwork and excerpt reveal:

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RoseBlood ARC:

Lorraine Duran



RoseBlood panoramic poster:

Maria Pilar Albarran Ruiz



3 sets of RoseBlood swag + postcards:

Kami Grace 

Lauren Johnstone 

Melissa Marshall 

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The five winners -- ranging from the US, Spain, UK, and Canada -- have been notified via email. Thanks to everyone who took part. 

More giveaways and reveals are on the horizon for both of my upcoming books, so stay tuned!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

RoseBlood Artwork and Excerpt Reveal!

****GIVEAWAY ENDED****
Winners have been announced here.


Back in March, we had the official RoseBlood cover reveal. If you saw that post, you know there was a story behind the artwork. For those who missed it, here's a recap:


RoseBlood’s cover had an interesting journey. At first, I had my heart set on a panoramic view of my heroine, Rune, singing in front of the stage. There’s a scene in the book when she first embraces her voice without pain that is so powerful, it gives the reader that feeling of being swept away upon swells of living music. That’s what I had hoped to capture. So Nathalia Suellen worked up an amazing, evocative, and dark rendition of said scene, and I fell in love.

However, the panoramic view was harder to spot from a distance . . . not as eye-catching. And eye-catching is one of the first rules of a good cover. Also, it was a busier cover, which can be distracting, especially in thumbnail images. And, were we instead to go with a close-up image, similar in ways to the Splintered books, readers would automatically know it was written by the same author, just from one quick glance.

So, the panoramic was pushed aside, and a close-up cover took center stage for marketing reasons.

BUT, I didn’t want to say goodbye to that first mockup. So I bought the original image from Nathalia to use in posters and postcards. This way, you all get to share in the cover journey and have a visual of that pivotal scene from the book.

Without further adieu, here is the panoramic image, and the excerpt it represents -- the first time Rune manages to sing without pain with the help of her masked "maestro":



Excerpt:
The finale stretches, silken and luxurious, before falling in an audible drizzle that coats every wall, rafter, and seat with tremulous emotion.

The room stops spinning, and I’m left standing—strong, powerful … victorious. For the first time in ten years, I conquered the music. I did it.

“I did it!” I shout, spinning in place on the stage, my wet dress opening like a parasol and sprinkling water everywhere. I haven’t felt like this for so long … elated, like when Dad would accompany me, when together we carried the songs.

The unanswered guilt at his absence flutters through my heart again, but can’t find a place to perch. My chest is too full of happiness; it feels effulgent, as if it’s glowing from within. I look down to find it is, and can’t help but wonder if somewhere above me, the Phantom’s chest is glowing, too.

I glance up at the box seats and project my voice, smiling. “Thank you...”

The soft wail of that familiar violin answers, not in my mind, not from the balcony, but from the orchestra pit. One murmuring, sensual note that winds around me like a caress. 

My cheeks tingle and I press my palms to them, only to realize the black glove is gone from my hand, as if he took it back during our fantasy dance. As if he really held me in his arms…
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Yes, those thorny, black vines actually play a part in the story, but not in this particular scene. And yes, they're every bit as creepy and dangerous as they appear. ;)

Now, onto the giveaway!

(1) One personalized and signed RoseBlood ARC.


(2) One signed poster of the panoramic image revealed today. 

(3) Three panoramic postcards + RoseBlood swag packs:
 
 

 That's 5 chances to win something, INTL! Enter the rafflecopter below, and good luck to everyone.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Winners announced!


Winners for my portion of the ‪#‎NewASH‬ prizes, including this Splintered/Unhinged flip arc:


Have been announced here. Thanks to everyone who took part, and more giveaways are on the horizon, so stay tuned!