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YA Scavenger Hunt!

April 2nd 2015

Welcome to YA Scavenger Spring 2015 Hunt!

I’m Kimberly. Some of my friends like to call me KGG. I’m the author of Grunge Gods and Graveyards, a YA paranormal mystery set in 1996. GrungeGodscover

I’m on Team Purple and somewhere in this hunt, I’ve hidden the opening scene to my new novella, The Lady in Blue, a spin-off story to GG&G. Also hidden is the beautiful cover — which has not been revealed yet!

Also, I’m doing an extra giveaway via Rafflecopter. The prize is a character named after you in my next novel, Dead and Breakfast, which will be published this fall! The Rafflecopter is at the end of the post.

Make sure you head to Lisa T. Cresswell’s blog for the next stop.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

This bi-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! Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are 8 contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online April 2nd through April 5th, beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days.

Directions: In the post, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number (hint: it’s bolded and in purple). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up.

Team Purple 1Entry 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 DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 LET THE HUNT BEGIN

 Today, I’m super excited to be hosting CAREY CORP & LORIE LANGDON!

They are the authors of the Doon series, a YA retelling of Brigadoon. This must be serendipitous because I’m a huge fan of Scottish culture. Less than —-> 14 years ago, I went to Edinburgh and Loch Lomond. I highly suggest you put Scotland on your bucket list of beautiful places to visit. The Scots are lovely people and treated this American with warmth and kindness.

CAREY CORP and LORIE LANGDON came up with the idea for DOON, their debut novel, one fateful winter morning while discussing their love of musicals. Lorie had known since seeing Brigadoon, at age sixteen, that she wanted more of the sleepy kingdom than the original story revealed, while Carey adored the idea of reinventing a mythical world through the eyes of two, vastly different, but inseparable friends—much like themselves. As ideas flew back and forth, suddenly the village that slept for 100 years at a stretch awoke to epic life; and the DOON series was born. Book one, DOON, is now an Amazon YA bestseller. Book two, DESTINED FOR DOON, available now. Book three, SHADES OF DOON, coming 9/01/15 from BLINK (a YA division of Zondervan/HarperCollins).

Connect with Carey and Lorie at the Dooniverse: www.DoonSeries.com

Instagram: @lorielangdon_doonseries @careycorp Twitter: @careycorp   @LorieLangdon

Check out that gorgeous cover and the blurb for the Doon sequel:

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake—choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.

And now for your bonus content! These lovely ladies have graciously shared bonus material! Always fun!

DEEPER INTO DOON

The Rosettis

Since we are very visual writers, it is essential that have a shared understanding of what our characters look like. Often we send pictures back and forth until we find the right character inspiration. He’s a peek behind the curtain of Doon to the inspiration for the Rosetti family.

Our visual inspiration behind Mario and Sharron Rosetti.

Our visual inspiration behind Mario and Sharron Rosetti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mario Rosetti was called from Naples, Italy to Doon in 1915, where he met and married the love of his life Sharron. The Rosettis have seven children, Sofia, Gabriella, Giancarlo, Matteo, Fabrizio & Luciano (twins), and Charlie (named after Sharron’s father Charles). All the Rosetti children help run their parent’s pizzeria, Rosetti’s Tavern.

The Rosetti Kids-1Our visual inspiration behind the Rosetti children.

  • Sofia (Sofie) 18; Soft spoken, introverted. Has received a calling but the boy has yet to cross the bridge. Sofia loves Doon and has no desire to leave. Cook at Rosetti’s Tavern.

 

  • Gabriella (Gabby) 16; Extroverted and outgoing. Enamored with Vee and Kenna. Would love to cross the bridge and experience the modern world. She’s a server at Rosetti’s Tavern.

 

 

  • Giancarlo (Giani) 17; Alpha male, very protective of sisters – even more so than his father, Mario. He’s expected to take over the restaurant when his parents retire, but doesn’t want to continue in the family business. He wants to be part of the palace royal guard. Assistant manager at Rosetti’s Tavern.

 

  • Matteo (Matti) 16; calm, peacemaker, likes running things, Giani’s sidekick and voice of reason. He can cook better than his father. When Sofie and Matti are together in the kitchen, they speak their own language.

 

  • Fabrizio & Luciano (Fabi & Luci) 14; adventurous; pranksters. These inseparable twins work in the kitchen but they are more like a comic duo/assembly line always covered in flour with pizza dough in their hair. Their hobbies include amateur sheep shearing.

 

  • Charles (Charlie) 13; studious; book-lover; dreamer; busboy.

 

Note from Carey: The Rosetti family was inspired by my Italian surrogate family, la famiglia Fortuna. The Fortuna family had five boys and one daughter. They lived in a three-bedroom apartment in Torino (Turin), Italy but immediately made room in their hearts and home for me.

http://youtu.be/jSf9PkFuVko (Check out this video from Carey)

Get to know the Rosetti’s better in the third book of the Doon series, SHADES OF DOON, coming September, 2015.

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YA Spring Fling Blog Hop w/ Cheyanne Young

March 28th 2015

As part of the YA Spring Fling, I’m featuring fellow YA author Cheyanne Young. Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 3.09.24 PMShe has a ton of books under belt including Somewhere Only We Know, which is part of the YA Spring Fling giveaway. Check out her website here.

And now on to the hop! Here’s the Q&A with Cheyanne.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Working in my pajamas and reading emails from fans are about the two greatest things in the world.

 What’s the worst thing about being a writer?

The worst thing about being a writer is the sheer terror of knowing that no matter how long I live, I’ll never live long enough to write every story that is in my head.

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I write YA contemporary mostly, with a little YA Superhero fiction thrown in. My stories have strong female characters and always always have kissing.

 Coffee or Tea?

Coffee is my life. My family and friends know this and understand that they all come second to my first love, which is coffee.

 Plotter or Pantser?

A little from column A and a little from column B. I can never plot or pants an entire story. They’re both plot-ants-ed.

 Are there any books involved in the YA Spring Fling that you’re secretly lusting after?

I’d love to get my hands on every book in the Science Fiction category. Luckily, I just picked up The Body Electric by Beth Revis, so I’ll be diving into it soon.

 What was the last YA book you read?

I just finished The Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris and it was adorable!

 What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?

Listen. Zombies make loud, gurgly breathing sounds and creepy moans everywhere they go. How could you possibly let one sneak up on you? Also, cardio. Lots of cardio.

Where can readers find your books?

You can find them on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Kobo and iBooks!

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YA Spring Fling! Win books! Lots o’ books!

March 20th 2015

Nothing says ‘I am so over snow’ more than a big YA books extravaganza!

YA Spring Fling, baby! Over 70 authors are participating. Over 100 ebooks. Signed paperbacks, swag — you name it. Click here to enter. It’s crazy easy. Then stop back here on March 28th to read an interview with YA author, Cheyanne Young. Good luck!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. vvv

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The long and short story of it

March 5th 2015

I self-published a short story today! Last week, I got the final rejection on a beloved YA short story (“Strong writing but we don’t publish YA” — I didn’t read that anywhere on the submissions page). I had sent it to quite a few literary journals (one that even paid) but alas it was never accepted. I was not doing myself nor my story any favors by having it languish on my Macbook, so I decided to publish it myself. I created a cover on Canva for $1 (I don’t recommend this, but I’m low on funds), paid $20 for a quick copy edit (this I do recommend spending money on) and formatted it, only to have a lovely KBoards author reformat it so I wouldn’t embarrass myself (thanks, Pete!). onenightcover4And then I spent a few hours trying to figure out the best keywords to get the book visible. I created an account on Kindle Direct Publishing and uploaded everything. Summarizing all this makes it look like this was a quick process when, in fact, it took up a lot of time. So much so, I haven’t done revisions on my novella in a week. Despite this, I feel energized. I’m sure I’ll feel pretty crappy in a week when no one has bought the story and it’s sitting on page 1,200 on Amazon’s search results, but for now I’m excited. I truly believe authors need to be fed a diet of their own work in order to survive. Meaning: write and publish. Write and publish.

Here’s the summary to One Night if you’re interested.

After Margot Green helps move her older sister into the University of Miami dorms, she just wants to go home to New Jersey where she can wallow in her loneliness. Unfortunately for Margot, her parents decide to extend their trip to the Florida Keys where they sign up for a kooky tour of historic Key West. Margot is horrified to have to traipse around hotter-than-Hades Old Town with her embarrassing parents until she meets Sam, an enigmatic local, who convinces her to embark on a spooky adventure that will inevitably lead to discovery and heartache.

You can buy it on Amazon or read it for free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

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Making it on my own

February 26th 2015

So, I have some news. I am going to self publish my novella, The Lady in Blue. Hot damn, I’m excited!

 

The Lady in Blue is a spin-off story to Grunge Gods and Graveyards, and is set in 1955. It is the story of Lana, a golden-haired beauty with Hollywood dreams, who is run off the road and left for dead. Right now, I’m doing revisions so that I can send it off to my beta readers in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I’m lining up an editor (or trying to) and figuring out a release date. Hoping for June!

Self-publishing is exciting, but it’s also daunting, overwhelming, and confusing. There’s so much to learn. Formatting. Keywords. Kindle Unlimited. I’ve been on KBoards often, soaking up the knowledge that flows freely there. But it’s still scary to go out on your own. Wish me luck.

If you’d like to see The Lady in Blue’s cover before anyone else, please sign up for my mailing list. I’ll also send out an email when I have a firm release date planned.

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