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Where is Deviants?

Well, that’s actually a good question.

If you’re heading out to your local big chain book store, or even indie… spoiler alert… the chances of finding Deviants on the shelves are very, very low.

Why is that you ask?

While there can be a lot of reasons that a particular book doesn’t end up in stores (small publisher, bad distribution, not a “commercial” enough title or genre, no sales push from publisher…) in my particular case it’s none of the above.

Bookstores in the US and Canada banded together to boycott my publisher, Amazon Children’s Publishing. The official reason stated by the big US-based chain who started the boycott was that the publisher is only making the e-books available in the kindle format (not Nook, or Kobo, or the more generic e-pub), but I suspect the reasons go deeper than that. But that’s not really what this post is about.

This post is supposed to answer the question: Where is Deviants?

Drumroll….. Answer:

To buy the e-book (currently only $3.99!) you can buy it at the kindle store here:  Deviants on Kindle.

If you don’t have an account with Amazon.com yet, set one up. It’s easy. You will need a credit card but it’s probably one of the most secure retail sites out there. Amazon pioneered this online retailing stuff. They’re good at it. Very. (One possible reason the other retailers are scared and boycotting the book released by the publisher they own..)

Don’t have a kindle? No problem either. There are free kindle apps for your computer, tablet or smart phone.

To buy the hardcover, (prices vary), you can order from most online bookstores.  They will ship them directly to you (possibly for free if you order other things too–or, say, multiple copies. 😉 ) or you can have them shipped for pick-up at a local store. Here are a few suggestions:

And if you live in Southern Ontario and/or the Kingston area, the following stores have Deviants in stock. (Many copies at these stores are even signed! *note to self* get up to Yorkdale to sign more of their stock.)

Indigo Yorkdale
Chapters Brampton
Chapters Barrie
Chapters Belleville

Not being on bookshelves makes it harder for me to help readers find my book. Want to help spread the word? If you’ve read Deviants, please consider posting a review at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca or wherever you post reviews. Tell your friends about it. Tell strangers about it. 😉 Ask for it at your library. Ask your local bookstore to order it.

This has been a public service announcement from the Where’s Deviants Task Force (WDTF).

Well That Was Fun!

The scavenger hunt is over!!

I’ll be picking the winner of my bonus giveaway today and the overall winners of the hunt will be announced on December 5th!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the #YASH hunt, and good luck!

YA Scavenger Hunt Begins!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi!  I’m Maureen McGowan, I just had a book out called DEVIANTS and I’ll be your tour guide for this portion of your fabulous 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 for 72 hours!

THE HUNT IS NOW OVER, BUT MY BONUS GIVEAWAY WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MIDNIGHT!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

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!). 

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.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

I am hosting the fabulous Marley Gibson on the YA Scavenger Hunt!

How fun that I get to host an author who’s also a friend! Marley is someone who really knows that the answer to the meaning of life is ???. Now, if  we could remember the question!

Marley Gibson is a young adult, romance, and non-fiction author. Her YA books included her popular GHOST HUNTRESS series, RADIATE, a fictionalized version of the cancer she went through as a teenage cheerleader, and POSER, about a South Beach Miami model who prefers to shy away from the limelight. Gibson’s Resisting Temptation series, includes the books CAN’T TOUCH THIS, CAN’T FIGHT THIS, and more to come.

She co-wrote THE OTHER SIDE: A TEEN’S GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING AND THE PARANORMAL with her husband, TruTV and Travel Channel’s, Patrick Burns. She also co-authored CHRISTMAS MIRACLES and THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS with New York Times bestselling author, Cecil Murphy. She and her husband live in the Florida Keys in an RV motor home they loving call Midge, with their two rescue kitties, Madison and Boo. She can be found online in many places:

www.marleygibson.com
www.ghosthuntress.com
www.radiatebook.com
Facebook – marley.h.gibson
Twitter – @MarleyGibson

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about GHOST HUNTRESS: THE JOURNEY here!

GHOST HUNTRESS: THE JOURNEY

Teen psychic Kendall Moorehead is about to embark on the most dangerous and shocking ghost hunt of her life. After all, it isn’t every day that the ghost of Princess Diana steps in as a personal spirit guide. But Shy Di isn’t the only surprise awaiting Kendall and her team of teen paranormal superstars as they begin a whirlwind tour of Europe with renowned TV medium Oliver Bates.

As soon as Kendall sets foot on British soil she immediately encounters her first specter — a meeting that raises many questions, and sends her hot boyfriend Patrick rushing to help with the mystery… and to comfort in the way only a boyfriend can. Surely the trip to Paris and Rome will be even more romantic than this first day in London. That is if Kendall’s ex-boyfriend Jason stays out of the way.

But love problems and eerie British ghosts aren’t Kendall’s only problems. Team leader Oliver has brought along Scottish teen psychic Christian Campbell, a rising star with a sinister aura about him — literally. When Christian starts dabbling with a Ouija board during their paranormal investigations, things turn dark, as a potentially demonic entity named Dojo emerges. This being torments Kendall, making her doubt her mission and calling as a psychic. Kendall races to battle not only Christian and his shadowy methods, but also Dojo… wondering if both might be far more real than she wants to believe.

Buy GHOST HUNTRESS, THE JOURNEY here.

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Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win all 25 signed books by everyone on the blue team! Plus, you can also do the red team hunt, then you’ll have a chance to win 50 signed books!! To enter, you need to find my favorite number somewhere 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!

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CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Tracy Deebs!
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And I’m doing a BONUS GIVEAWAY for my new book DEVIANTS here! Please enter to win one of two prize packs.   

 

Prize pack:
– signed hardcover copy of my new book, DEVIANTS (unsigned outside of North America)
– cool book-related swag (swag only mailed to North American addresses, sorry)

You get 5 bonus entries if your blog comment answers this question: What book does the clue for my favorite number come from?

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HAPPY HUNTING!
On to the next site!

YA Scavenger Hunt!!

I’m so excited to be part of the winter YA Scavenger Hunt!

For more info, check out the official site here: linky.

Check out the amazing list of the authors and teams!

The hunt will begin this Thursday, November 29th at noon pacific time and will end on Sunday, December 2nd, at noon pacific. There will be multiple prizes given away and it’s a great chance to add some books to your holiday wish list! I know I’m already making my own wish list.

The Blue Team


HEATHER ANASTASIU


JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT


RACHEL CARTER


ANNA COLLOMORE


JULIE CROSS


TRACY DEEBS


LEIGH FALLON


TARA FULLER


MARLEY GIBSON


CYNTHIA HAND


P.J. HOOVER


AMALIE HOWARD


CORRINE JACKSON


STACEY KADE


SUZANNE LAZEAR


S.R. JOHANNES


MAUREEN MCGOWAN


COURTNEY ALLISON MOULTON


LEA NOLAN


AMY PLUM


LISSA PRICE


PETER ADAM SALOMON


JESSICA SHIRVINGTON


JESSICA SPOTSWOOD


RACHEL VINCENT

The Red Team


JOSEPHINE ANGELINI


RAE HACHTON


TERA LYNN CHILDS


KRISTI COOK


GINA DAMICO


KIMBERLY DERTING


ALEX FLINN


MICHELLE GAGNON


DAVID MACINNIS GILL


NANCY HOLDER


COLLEEN HOUCK


TARA HUDSON


ELANA JOHNSON


JESSICA KHOURY


GINA LINKO


MYRA MCENTIRE

Timekeeper (Timeless, #2)
ALEXANDRA MONIR


E.C. MYERS


GREGG OLSEN


JOY PREBLE


BETH REVIS


VICTORIA SCHWAB


J.A. SOUDERS


VICTORIA STRAUSS


EDNAH WALTERS

That’s the list. The hunt starts Thursday! Leave a comment and tell me which books you are the most excited for.

And again, here’s a link to the official #YASH hunt page!

Update!

This weekend, the YA Apocalypse Tour headed all the way to Belleville, Ontario–about 2 hours east of Toronto–with authors Megan Crewe, Cheryl Rainfield, Lesley Livingston and Courtney Summers.

It was a great road trip. Highlights included: watching in awe as Lesley Livingston donned mascara in my passenger seat while we zipped along the 401, ordering food off the Hobbit menu at Denny’s and seeing some of the Ontario Blogger crew again!

 

I’m not sure what a turkey and stuffing sandwich has to do with Gandalf or The Hobbit, but not sure I care. It was yummy.

Here’s a photo of the end cap of our books in the store. And look. Mine’s on top! So, if you live within driving distance of the Chapters in Belleville, head on down to buy a signed copy. DEVIANTS will make a great Christmas gift (for you or someone on your list.)

Today, I’m on two different blogs.

First, the lovely Sarah Fine, whose novel SANCTUM came out 2 weeks before mine, asked me some really interesting questions about the origins of my dystopian world and the relationship between Glory and her disabled brother Drake.

Check it out here:  http://thestrangestsituation.blogspot.ca/2012/11/deviants-by-maureen-mcgowan.html

Also today, I’m a special guest at adult author, Marie Treanor’s Fairy Tale Party!

At the Fairy Tale Party, I posed the question: are dystopians the new fairy tales? Marie’s blog has some 18+ content… (Not all fairy tale adaptations are rated PG…) But do stop by if you’re 18+. I’m giving away two books! A signed hardcover copy of Deviants and a signed trade paperback copy of Cinderella: Ninja Warrior. http://romanticthemeparty.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/welcome-maureen-mcgowan.html

Also… if you’re in the US, Amazon.com dropped the price for the hardcover version for DEVIANTS!

Right now, the hardcover is only $8.87 and the e-book is $3.99.  Not sure how long the sales will last, so I suggest you buy multiple copies now–just in case the apocalypse comes and you run out of books. (That’s a joke for those of you who don’t know me well enough to appreciate my sense of humor. 😉 The sale is no joke, though. :-) )

In other news… Madly finishing up the polish edit for Compliance (The Dust Chronicles #2) which will be coming out May 21, 2013!!! Then I need to finish the third book, ASAP. Ack! No sleep for the wicked. :)

YA Apocalypse Tour!

It feels like ages ago when author, Megan Crewe and I thought, hmmm, we both have apocalypse-related YA books out this year and there’s a prediction of an apocalypse in December, 2012. Wouldn’t it be cool if we did an event together?

Well, thanks to Megan and her awesome organizing, the YA Apocalypse Tour is a reality!

Six Ontario authors of apocalyptic and dystopian YA fiction will be touring around Southern Ontario, chatting with readers, signing books, and offering great prizes to those who attend! Check it out:


The dates and details, if you have trouble reading the poster:

Tuesday Nov 6, 7pm – Indigo Yorkdale, Yorkdale Mall (Toronto) – Leah Bobet, Megan Crewe,
Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, Cheryl Rainfield. RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday Nov 10, 2pm – Chapters Belleville, Quinte Mall – Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, Cheryl Rainfield, Courtney Summers. RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday Nov 17, 2pm – Chapters Brampton, 52 Quarry Edge Drive – Leah Bobet, Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, Cheryl Rainfield. RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday Nov 24, 2pm – Chapters Barrie, 76 Barrie View Drive – Leah Bobet, Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, Cheryl Rainfield. RSVP on Facebook!

You’ll notice I mentioned prizes? All of the authors will be offering prizes at each location. I’ll be offering some Deviants related swag and a signed copy of either Cinderella: Ninja Warrior, Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer, or The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance. Your choice.

If you’d like to help spread the word, you’re welcome to borrow that e-poster and any text from this post.

Hope to see you there!

Where is Maureen?

Happy Halloween!!

I received these flowers yesterday from my fabulous author-relations team at Amazon Children’s Publishing. Isn’t that sweet!

Here are a few places where you can find me on the web this week–and discover lots of revealing secrets interesting facts about me and about DEVIANTS.

Get Lost in a Story — interviewed by Donnell Ann Bell

Diana Peterfreund’s Blog — She asked really interesting questions! (not surprisingly, if you know Diana or have read her fabulous books)

Honestly YA — Interviewed by Jennifer McAndrews — more really interesting questions… and a discussion about eating rat meat…

The Reading Cafe — A fun interview and a great review!

Inkygirl — Great interview wherein I offer lots of tips about writing and publishing

And there are giveaway options at most of the places! And below!

BIG TIP!

If you’re not a gambler, and don’t want to risk the giveaways, DEVIANTS is only $3.99 for the kindle right now, if you live in the US! (A bit more in Canada and elsewhere–click on the link to find out how much is is, where you are.) And the hardcover is on sale most places too!

I’m also thrilled that DEVIANTS is listing in the top 50 on Amazon under “spine tingling horror’ which is kind of awesome, especially on Halloween!

On Friday, I’m super excited to be blogging at Omnivoracious! Where today, they’re discussing great YA Halloween reads and Friday, I’ll be talking about why adults do (and should if they don’t) read teen fiction.

Tomorrow, I’m on the panel “Romancing the Beast” at the World Fantasy Convention. Fellow panelists include #1 NYT Bestselling author, Patricia Briggs! I think I’ll just sit and listen to her. :)

And on Saturday, I’ll be a VIP Guest at the Ontario Blog Squad’s Annual Meet Up! Very excited to meet everyone there!

(And somehow, at the same time, I need to do line edits for COMPLIANCE, The Dust Chronicles #2, before Sunday night… Sleep? I hear it’s overrated.)

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DEVIANTS RELEASE DAY!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!

Yes, today is the official release day for DEVIANTS. And the first day people can actually post reviews at amazon.com.

Here are some places where you can find me on the interwebz today:

An interview/discussion about DEVIANTS, worldbuilding and dystopias with the fabulous and talented Diana Peterfreund here.

Interview about writing and publishing with lots of tips with the equally fabulous and talented Debbie Ridpath Ohi, aka @inkyelbows here.

An interview with, um, me here. Yes I interviewed myself. What a nerd!

And my giveaway continues! 

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In case you’d like a handy set of links… Here are some places where you can buy the book!