Tuesday, September 16, 2014

24 The Circle of Publishing . . . Light Speed and Slower than a Crawl PLUS Win Complete Hybrid Chronicles Trilogy Signed by Kat Zhang

This blog is four years old. Four years. We're approaching three million visitors. Dun dun dun. Say that with me in a Dr. Evil voice, okay?

Three million visitors.

I thought about doing another huge "million" milestone giveaway, but I've already got the HUGE Compulsion Prize Vault giveaway going on, and there are going to be more big things afoot for the Compulsion launch, which is coming up in six weeks.

Instead of celebrating the next million, this time, I want to reflect on how amazing this industry is, and how much things have changed in the past four years that it's taken me to get published. That seems like forever, doesn't it? Yet it doesn't feel like very long.

First, the whole publishing landscape is different. Ebooks were looming large on the horizon four years ago, and everyone was promising the demise of the printed format. There were many more bookstores. There were many fewer books. Dystopian was a dawning blip on the radar. Twilight movies were in theaters and that's all people were talking about.

Well, not all. The last of the beautiful, beautiful Wicked Lovely series, one of my favorites, was out that year.

Want to Know How Much Things Have Changed? 

In six weeks, my own book is going to be out in the world, and I'm doing two events with Melissa Marr, the author of Wicked Lovely and other phenomenal books. How mind-blowing is that? Melissa's got a new thriller set in the South, that comes out today.

Happy book birthday to Made for You!

Melissa and I are going to get together to chat with readers and writers in the Northern Virginia area about "Southern Kisses and Spanish Moss" -- sultry romance and southern boys, in other words, each with a side of danger. Check out the events on the Compelling Reads tour.

But in the meantime, check out her book below. I've been lucky enough to read it, and you won't be disappointed. Want to talk about delicious boys? Phew! There is a giveaway going on for Made for You here.

Made for You
by Melissa Marr
Released 9/16/2014

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

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Another Birthday and a Final Chapter

Also in the course of those four years, one of the finalists in our very first Pitch to Query contest here on the blog has sold and published a complete trilogy with HarperCollins. Kat Zhang's gorgeous Hybrid Chronicles trilogy, comprised of What's Left of Me, Once We Were, and Echoes of Us finishes today. I remember beta reading the first book and being blown away by the premise and the writing. The fact that the series is over, that's mind-boggling. It's going to be such a bittersweet good-bye for me.

Happy, happy book birthday, Echoes of Us! I can't imagine how Kat is feeling today, but my thoughts are with her. And to celebrate, I'm going to giveaway a signed set of Hybrid Chronicles hardcovers. See below, guys. You won't want to miss this chance to win!

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What's Left of Me
by Kat Zhang
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Released 4/15/2014

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

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Once We Were
by Kat Zhang
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Released 9/17/2013

"I'm lucky just to be alive"

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

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Echoes of Us
by Kate Zhang
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Released 9/16/2014

To change the world, I may lose everything

All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. But in the Americas, to be hybrid—to share your body with a second soul—is not tolerated past childhood. Now Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. But the tide is changing. A revolution is brewing, and people are starting to question the hybrids' mistreatment.

Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Eva and Addie a daring proposal: If they go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she'll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. It's risky, and Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind, but if she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom.

As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.

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  1. Congrats!! You've come so far, both with the blog and your publishing journey!! You are awesome!!

    LOVE this series - love the concept, and I heard the writing is wonderful.

    thank you so much :)

    1. Thanks so much, Christina! For the congrats and for all your support. XOXO

      Kat's series is truly lovely -- and yes, her writing is just gorgeous. : )

  2. Congrats on 4 years! Your blog has grown so much and is so amazing. And yes, the publishing world has certainly changed.

    I agree you don't need to do any more giveaways. You're already so generous. We just hit over 4000 GFC followers and are about 3 million page views too so I'm thinking of doing something special next month to celebrate.

  3. I do no know if this comment is duplicate, if so I apologize, it went so fast when I hit publish LOL Bottom line; I think this series sounds great and have it on my wishlist and am looking forward to the read. Thank you for sharing and for the treat of a giveaway opportunity :)

  4. This blog has been a haven of information, support and nurturing. Spectacular authors have shared their thoughts and wrapped their wings of I've-been-there-too around us. Four years is a long time in blog years (lol!! couldn't help it) but it's been the best being apart of all the fascinating activity.
    Congrats again about Compulsion and Happy Book Birthday to Melissa Marr's ad Kat Zhang's recent releases :-)

  5. I love this blog! I rely on your reviews every week! Thanks for all your hard work. I appreciate it dearly. I love this series idea, but haven't read the first book yet. I'm putting all on my to-read list.

  6. Congratulations on all these good things going on in your life. How fun to have a book birthday buddy. Made for You sounds terrific.

  7. Congrats on the 4 years and the amazing things you've got going on!! Couldn't happen to a nicer person :)

  8. What's Left of Me. I can't wait to start at the beginning and read them all.

  9. I think my first comment went into cyber space!! what I wanted to say was Congrats on your blog birthday!!

    I Love this series and alll teh books. I love reading. And I often share this blog on my blog and facebook page. I think you are terrific! :)

  10. Congrats!! I've been so excited to complete this series!! Cannot wait :D

  11. I don't know what happened my first comment... Oh well!! My favorite book in the series is the first one because it is the one that started it all off and made you want to keep reading.

  12. this series sounds fantastic! Since I haven't read it, I think I'd start w/ book 1 :) thanks for sharing!

  13. Congratulations! This series looks great and I can't believe that I haven't started it yet!

  14. Congratulations on the 4 years!!! *throws confetti* That's a huge milestone!!! Thank you for celebrating it with us with this giveaway!!!

  15. Congratulations on FOUR YEARS!! I know it's extremely hard to keep a blog going, especially one as big as yours! I can't wait for Compulsion and I'm sure it's going to be great.

    Happy blogging! :)

  16. Hmm there are alot of great books! THANKS for the giveaway (:

  17. These sound like such fascinating books and are a little reminiscent of The Host.

  18. I'm excited to read Compulsion :)

  19. I'm very excited for the Hybrid Chronicles series! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  20. The Hybrid Chronicles series sounds original and I've only heard good things about it!


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