Monday, August 27, 2012

FORETOLD out tomorrow!!

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is the release day for FORETOLD: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction!  It seems that this entire year has sort of snuck past me!  So in celebration of release week, I thought I'd post the first line from each of the stories to hopefully whet your appetite for more!  I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such fabulous authors and to include their really amazing stories in this anthology!

If you're interested in reading more, here are links to purchase FORETOLD: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction: IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million | Walmart.

Also, just a note to say that if you're interested in ordering a copy of FORETOLD signed by me, you can do so through my local indie, Park Road Books (info here).

I hope y'all enjoy reading these stories as much as I did!

Gentlemen Send Phantoms
by Laini Taylor

"Once, when the moon was younger than it is tonight and not as plump, three girls gathered by a hearth to bake a dreamcake."

Burned Bright
by Diana Peterfreund

"Tonight, the lodge will be shaken off its foundation by the power of our prayers."

The Angriest Man
by Lisa McMann

"On the day the angriest man died, his bones cursed the bed they lay in. Inside the box, the bones seethed and growled."

Out of the Blue
by Meg Cabot

"Interview of Dr. John R. Hall; RESTRICTED ACESS: EYES ONLY; 'Well, I can't say I wasn't expecting you.'"

One True Love
by Malinda Lo

"It is never lucky for a child to kill her mother in the course of her own birth."

This Is a Mortal Wound
by Michael Grant

"Here is what I said to Ms. Gill: 'All you care about is being in charge and pushing us around.'"

by Heather Brewer

"Misery was a strange name for a town, and Alek wasn't at all certain that it was fitting."

The Mind is a Powerful Thing
by Matt de la Pena

"Joanna's sixteenth birthday celebration kicked off at a small apartment in West L.A. where her and her girls always went to pre-party."

The Chosen One
by Saundra Mitchell

"I suppose there's nothing to distinguish Vernal, except that it's my home and it has a prophecy."

Improbable Futures
by Kami Garcia

"When I was six years old, my mom sent me to school for a month.  It was the first and last time I ever set foot in a real school."

Death for the Deathless
by Margaret Stohl

"It's not possible.  It can't be. The end of the world should come at the end.  Not now."

by Simone Elkeles

"As I step off the bus with my duffel, I stare at the sign across the street welcoming me to my new home.  Seaside Campground and RV Park.  I never thought I'd be homeless at the age of eighteen."

The Killing Garden
by Carrie Ryan

"They say my father wept at my birth.  Not from joy, but from agony that I was born a daughter rather than a son."

by Richelle Mead

"I hadn't expected to be back in Russia so soon.  I certainly didn't want to be."

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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 until noon PST on Sunday, August 5th!

You can start right here or you can go to the YA Scavenger Hunt Page 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!). Hint: the secret number is highlighted in red.

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.
Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I'll introduce the author I'm hosting on this hunt.  I'm super excited to be hosting.....

Suzanne Lazear

Suzanne Lazear's young adult steampunk dark fairytale, INNOCENT DARKNESS, book 1 of the Aether Chronicles, will be released from Flux in August of 2012.  Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter, hubby, and a hermit crab, where she's currently attempting to make a raygun to match her ballgown. She's also part of the Steampunk group blog Steamed.
Check out this cover! Isn't it awesome?

Be careful what you wish for...

In an alternate version of 1901 Los Angeles sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed to restore his dying world. Her best friend, V, who has secrets of his own, appears to help Noli escape and return to the mortal realm. If they are successful, Noli will live, but if she does the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.

Suzanne has a fantastic website for her Aether Chronicles full of a ton of great information -- check it out here!  You can also buy her book (and support an awesome indie) here!  

[[EDIT: The YA Scavenger Hunt is now closed! So I've taken down the exclusive content.  If you want to know more about INNOCENT DARKNESS, head over to the series website: INNOCENT DARKNESS: Book 1 of the Aether Chronicles]]


Thanks so much for stopping by!! Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Suzanne Lazear, and more! To enter, find my favorite number in this post (hint: it's in red). 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 (enter here)!

I'm also hosting TWO giveaways!  The first is for one of three ARCs of FORETOLD: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction, the anthology I edited with stories from Richelle Mead (set in her Vampire Academy world!), Laini Taylor, Michael Grant, Heather Brewer and many more!  You can enter that giveaway on Goodreads here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Foretold edited by Carrie Ryan


edited by Carrie Ryan

Giveaway ends August 17, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
I'm also giving away three autographed paperback sets of my FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH trilogy!  Enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter form below (this is my first time using Rafflecopter... fingers crossed! It's set up so you get an extra entry for following me on twitter, tumblr, liking me on Facebook and by tweeting about the hunt!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! I'm super excited to be sending you to COLLEEN HOUCK! Not only is she a total sweet-heart and fab author, she's the one who first organized the hunt -- how awesome is that?!  She's put a ton of work into organizing this behind the scenes so don't forget to give her a huge thanks!!