Tuesday, October 11, 2016

3 Five Things I've Learned Publishing a YA Trilogy PLUS A Giveaway

  1. Readers have uncanny timing. Whenever I feel like I hit a writing (or publishing) wall, I inevitably get a note from someone who gets the books, or connected with the books, or needed something in one of the books, or just plain loves the books, and that reminds me all over again why I write. I love meeting readers at book festivals. It's such a privilege to see what books mean to them, not just my books, but books in general. This is what books meant to me when I was growing up, and I seeing their excitement and joy in reading, I feel like I'm part of a club that didn't exist when I was in school. Then reading was something I shared with one or two special friends and mostly made up a secret compartment of my life.
  2. Bloggers are incredibly generous. I have met some of the most amazing people through this series. A lot of them are mentioned in the acknowledgments of my books, but there are so many others who it's been my pleasure and honor to get to know. I don't know if people realize how many books come out every month. To get people like Jaime Arnold or Hannah McBride to be willing to organize blog tours, to have blogs that I read before I was published champion my books--that's amazing. And if y'all don't think that authors appreciate each and every review, you're wrong. We truly, truly do!
  3. Authors never stop fangirling. (At least this one doesn't.) I'm awkward. Okay, I'm lame. It never fails that I end up running into a hero at a book festival and gushing awkwardly. I watch other authors playing it cool, not discussing their love for author X or author Y in front of that author. Me? I'm all "Ohmygosh, I adored XXX. Gush, yadda, yadda, yadda. More gushing." I leave and think, "Could I have been more awkward?" And unfortunately, the answer is almost always no.
  4. Writing a book never gets easier. Seriously. I still have these epiphanies all the time that I keep hoping is going to teach me to make writing easier. But every book is a puzzle. Part of that is that I really need to find a chapter of Overcomplicates Anonymous. My books have more layers than sedimentary rock, and I spend most of my time trying to figure out how not to make that sink the book. Making a book read simple when it's complex is probably way harder than making it simple in the first place, but I can't write that way. Some day. Maybe. 
  5. Three books speed by. ILLUSION, the last book in the series, comes out in two weeks. Two weeks. How is that possible? It's so strange to think the series will officially be over at that point, that I have to leave the world of Watson Island. I mean, I know that officially readers will continue reading it and discovering the series even after ILLUSION comes out, but this launch day will be incredibly bittersweet for me, like having a child graduate from high school. I'm incredibly proud and happy and grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of this life that I brought into the world, but I'm also teary-eyed and a little bit heartbroken to let it go.


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And don't forget the wonderful blog tour going on right now. Start this week's posts over at Mundie Moms!


Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
ISBN: 18732883

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

Three hundred years ago, an ancient spirit cursed one of the founding families of Watson Island and gave the other two magical gifts that became compulsions. Arriving for the first time at her aunt’s plantation home, Barrie Watson finds herself haunted by the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she can’t see. With the help of Eight Beaufort, who seems to know what she wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

RT Book Reviews Top Pick & Editor’s Best ~ USA TODAY Must-Read Paranormal ~ Goodreads Best Books of the Month & YA Best Books of the Month

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Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
ISBN: 148141125X

As reporters chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold descend on Watson Island, Barrie Watson discovers more is buried at Colesworth Place than treasure. A mysterious, magical man claims the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion, and Barrie has no option but to help him find it. While she and Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie must decide not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eight’s or her own. With the fate of the founding families at stake, she has to choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe.

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Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1481411306

Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her.

With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.

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Happiest of Book Birthdays to FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP by Sarah Glenn Marsh! I was honored to get to do an early read for this book and to get to gush about it. Here's what I and a few other people said! Read the praise, then hop out and buy your copy! : )

"Beautifully-written with mysteries and love lurking within the pages as dangerously as an ancient evil waits in the drowning deeps of Sarah’s unique setting on the Isle of Man. Don’t miss this one!" —Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy

"Haunting—gripping—beautiful. So powerful!" —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper trilogy

"Fear the Drowning Deep is gorgeous. Lyrical. Atmospheric. Magical. Sarah Glenn Marsh's debut is perfect for anyone who's ever looked out at the sea with awe, and wondered what kind of creatures lurk in the deepest places. Utterly haunting." —Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy, the Orphan Queen duology, and My Lady Jane

"Readers will be swept away by Bridey’s love story, every bit as thrilling and mysterious as the Isle of Man’s deep, dark sea." —Tricia Rayburn, author of the Siren trilogy

"[A]tmospheric historical fantasy . . . evocative setting, memorable characters, and use of obscure folkloric elements all contribute to the novel’s strong sense of place." —Publishers Weekly

"[T]his watery take on “Beauty and the Beast” will be catnip to paranormal-romance readers." —Kirkus Reviews

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Fear the Drowning Deep
by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Sky Pony
Released 10/11/2015

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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  1. Congratulations on delivering your book-babies! I plan to read the whole trilogy in one shot--it's everything I love in a paranormal romance, and there's those great setting hooks.

    Someday I'd love to hear your thoughts on the difficulties of writing books 2 and 3. I've been beating my head against my own PNR trilogy--not making book 2 filler, trying to tie things up in book 3 without contradicting everything in 1 and 2--and it'd be nice to hear how somebody else handled these problems.

    1. I'll try to do a post on that. I had an advantage in that I knew the legends I was working with, so it wasn't a question of contradicting things but twisting what the reader knows. I do that in each book, because the series is ultimately about how perception changes history. But I also will tell you that a series bible is incredibly helpful. There's no way you can remember everything in the first book by the time you get to the second, much less the third, book! : ) Hang in there. If this was easy, everyone would do it, and really a lot of it is simply persistence, insistence, and pure stick-to-itnesss! Xo

    2. And adoring your hero/heroine, and throwing every torment at them that you can think of. :-D


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