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What’s New and Giveaways!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I’d like to get back into the habit. Thing is, I probably spend more time on Facebook and Twitter these days…

If we’re not connected there, here are the links where you can find me:

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In other news…

There are three giveaways happening right now. Check them out to win signed copies of DEVIANTS or COMPLIANCE.

  1. LIVE TO READ: COMPLIANCE GIVEAWAY
  2. LIVE TO READ: DEVIANTS GIVEAWAY
  3. GILDED launch party giveaway: Choice of DEVIANTS or COMPLIANCE GIVEAWAY

I’m going to have lots more exciting news soon. Some short stories will be available, new covers, launch plans for GLORY! Sign up for my newsletter to make sure you’re the first to know!

And here’s a small tease of the new cover concepts…

Snippets of the draft cover concepts

Snippets of the draft cover concepts

 

What do you think?

Color me excited. 😀

 

I won!

I was thrilled to find out on Friday evening that COMPLIANCE won the Golden Leaf for best YA! (Thank goodness for twitter! I thought the awards were Saturday night.)

The award is given out by the New Jersey chapter of the RWA. I wish I’d been at the conference to collect the hardware, but alas. :(

This nomination and win were especially gratifying since COMPLIANCE is the middle book in a trilogy, and it’s not exactly a romance… So, I was very pleased that the judges felt that a) it worked as a standalone and b) the romance elements were satisfying. (Worried me in a middle book.)

I had a friend accept the award for me and I’ll have to get together with her soon to get my hands on it!  I’ll post a photo of the award once I see it. :)

In other good news, Compliance made the “Best Books” list put together twice a year by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre!

Speaking of the CCBC, I was at the CCBC’s awards last night, sponsored by TD Bank. It was a fabulous event and a great time to catch up with lots of author friends.

Here’s a slightly blurry snap of me with author Adrienne Kress (also currently starring in a fun Chum FM commercial if some of you local Toronto peeps recognize her).

Compliance release day!

Yes, my book with the business-like and/or kinky title (depending on your perspective) has been released into the wild!

Speaking of the title, I’m busy answering some FAQs for my soon to be revamped website and so I thought I might address the title one right here.

Q: The title for the second book in The Dust Chronicles is Compliance. What’s that about?

A: To be honest, we struggled to come up with a great title for Book Two. In the world of the series, the defacto police are called Compliance Officers, or Comps. In the second book *minor spoiler alert* Glory is training to be a Compliance Officer so it seemed like an apt title.
Initially, Book Two was called Shredders. Shredders are the sadistic scab-covered monsters that exist in the world, but since they don’t play a large part in the plot of Book Two (there will be more–lots more–about Shredders in Book Three) I didn’t think that Shredders would properly represent the story, even though I thought it was an awesome title.

I also like the meaning of the word Compliance and how it fits with some of the themes of the book. i.e. How long will people continue to comply, when the rules and regulations are unreasonable? When do the ends justify the means? And, to risk getting spoilerish, can someone force compliance on others?

More info or buy now!
Compliance (The Dust Chronicles #2)
June 4, 2013 (Skyscape, an imprint of Amazon Publishing)
ISBN:  978-1477816530
Spine-tingling danger, heart-pounding romance, scab-covered monsters! 
The Dust Chronicles has it all!

To celebrate the release, I’m running a Giveaway!!! Tell your friends. (Even if that might decrease your odds of winning, you’ll win karma points, which is way better.)

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Compliance Release Day!!!!

I can’t believe how quickly this release date has come!

I’m thrilled to announce that COMPLIANCE goes on sale tomorrow, June 4, 2013.

If you’ve pre-ordered the kindle version, it might show up on your kindle in less than 12 hours!

More info or buy now!
Compliance (The Dust Chronicles #2)
June 4, 2013 (Skyscape, an imprint of Amazon Publishing)
ISBN:  978-1477816530

Haven Equals Safety. This slogan is emblazoned on the minds of every Haven employee. But for Glory, life inside Haven is anything but safe. Most of all, she must hide her Deviant gift–the ability to kill with her eyes–or face death. 

Training to be a dreaded Compliance Officer, she secretly works undercover to save fellow Deviants, but when people she trusts turn against her and a powerful member of Management takes her under her wing, Glory questions everything she believes and can no longer tell her allies from her enemies.

Spine-tingling danger, heart-pounding romance, scab-covered monsters! 
The Dust Chronicles has it all!

And if you haven’t read DEVIANTS, yet. Great news!

Your procrastination has paid off!

DEVIANTS is on sale at Amazon! Both in the US and Canada.

In Canada, only the audio and kindle versions are on sale, but if you’re in the US, or can order from the US store, amazon.com has the hardcover version for DEVIANTS on sale for less than $3.00!!!! Wow. What a bargoon.

And to celebrate the release, I’m running a Giveaway!!! Tell your friends. (Even if that might decrease your odds of winning, you’ll win karma points, which is way better.)

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One More Sleep!!!

Spine-tingling danger, heart-pounding romance, scab-covered monsters! 
The Dust Chronicles has it all!

I can’t believe how quickly this release date has come!  I’m thrilled to announce that COMPLIANCE goes on sale tomorrow, June 4, 2013.

If you’ve pre-ordered the kindle version, it might show up on your kindle in less than 12 hours!

More info or buy now!

Some advance praise for COMPLIANCE:

“This love triangle will leave readers giddy with anticipation. I’m actually still bouncing up and down in my seat like a five year old.” 4 1/2 stars, Read Dream Relax.com

And if you haven’t read DEVIANTS, yet. Great news!

Your procrastination has paid off!

DEVIANTS is on sale at Amazon! Both in the US and Canada.

In Canada, only the audio and kindle versions are on sale, but if you’re in the US, or can order from the US store, amazon.com has the hardcover version for DEVIANTS on sale for less than $3.00!!!! Wow. What a bargoon.

To celebrate the release, I’m running a Giveaway!!! Tell your friends. (Even if that might decrease your odds of winning, you’ll win karma points, which is way better.)

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Newsletter! Goodreads Giveaway!

Well, I’ve finally done it. Almost. I have a newsletter!!!

At least I’ve set up a newsletter signup sheet. It’s a start.  Next step, an actual newsletter.

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And there are still a couple of days to enter the Goodreads Giveaway for COMPLIANCE!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Compliance by Maureen McGowan

Compliance

by Maureen McGowan

Giveaway ends June 03, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

If you haven’t read DEVIANTS yet, here are a few things you should know:

  1. While the story does go over 3 books, each of them stands alone. So you can enjoy COMPLIANCE even if you haven’t read DEVIANTS! (And then maybe you’ll be curious enough to read DEVIANTS second to see how it all started.)
  2. DEVIANTS is on a big-time sale right now at Amazon.com (kindle, hardcover and audio) and on Amazon.ca (kindle only on sale, last time I looked.) I’ll put links below for your convenience.
  3. I forgive you. 😉

COMPLIANCE cover reveal giveaway!

To celebrate my cover reveal, I’m giving away 2 copies of DEVIANTS. Signed if you live in North America, unsigned if you don’t. (Sorry… often mailing a book overseas costs $35-$40 and I just can’t afford that. But I will send it to you from The Book Depository.)

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I’m starting to get excited about this release… I can’t believe it’s May already!!!

Oh! And the Spanish version of DEVIANTS (LOS INDESEABLES) was recommended on what my publishers in Spain tell me is the most important cultural TV show in Spain! They made it sound like this was the US equivalent of being featured on Entertainment Tonight, or something. So, Yippee!

Here is the video. My book’s mentioned at about minute 20:50 and it’s easy to scroll ahead.

Página 2 – Héctor Abad Faciolince

And if you’d like to pre-order COMPLIANCE, here’s some linkage.

Pre-order Compliance here:

Compliance Cover Reveal!!

I’m happy to reveal the cover for COMPLIANCE coming out June 4, 2013.
I’ll be running a contest next week to celebrate, and have some news about signings and events, so check back!
I think the cover captures the idea of the book really well. And I think the red on navy color scheme is very “now”.  At least I keep seeing the color scheme everywhere.
Pre-order Compliance here:
And here is the cover for the Spanish version of DEVIANTS, aka LOS INDESEABLES.
I have to say, I kind of love this cover. The back is cool too. 
You can order the Spanish version here: (sorry, I don’t know any other Spanish retailers)

YA Scavenger Hunt! Spring 2013

The Hunt is now over! Thanks for hunting!! 
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! (You can also play to win the prize package from the red team too!) 

And… check out my bonus contest at the bottom of the post!

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

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 Sunday April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST

I’m pleased to be hosting, Tara Fuller!

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North  Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.
Find out more information about Tara by checking out her website or find more about her latest book BLURRED here!

“Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Heaven’s beautiful reaper, Anaya, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.
Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire, she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker, a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.
The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?”

 


EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
You lucky hunters get a sneak peek at the prologue from Tara’s upcoming release, BLURRED (Kissed by Death #2)!

The exclusive content is no longer available, but check out and pre-order Tara’s book BLURRED here.

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER!

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Tara Fuller, and more!

To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 33. 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!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Lisa Burstein!
ENTER MY BONUS CONTEST!

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It’s YASH time again!!!!

I’m super excited to be part of YASH again! The hunt starts on Thursday!

Here are the deets:

How To Hunt
Participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt is easy! Here’s all you have to do:
On April 4 at noon (Pacific Standard Time), the hunt is open. 
During that time, you can go to the participating authors blogs and websites–you can find them all here. The first thing on the page should be their hunt information–there you can find out about new authors and get exclusive content.
Take note of the highlighted number on each author’s hunt page. You need that number to enter the contest!
Each author is on either the RED Team or the BLUE Team. Add up the numbers of all the authors on the red team, and you have the secret code you need to enter the contest. The prize is all the books from the authors on that team! You can only enter once, and your entry only counts if you have the right number, so make sure you get the right code! Break out those calculators!
You have to submit your entry by April 7, noon, Pacific Standard Time. You can submit your entry for each team HERE.
On April 8th, we’ll announce the winners! There’s one winner for the red team, and one for the blue team. The hunt IS open internationally, to all ages, so you have no excuse to not join in the fun!
See you April 4!

I’m on team BLUE along with these other amazing authors! What a line up!

Amber Argyle
Josephine Angelini 
Kate Avelynn 
Lisa Burstein 
Tera Lynn Childs
Kate Evangelista
Tara Fuller
Rachel Harris
Colleen Houck
Justina Ireland
Ellie James
Carrie Jones
Jessica Khoury
Cindy Madsen
Megan Miranda
Erica O’Rourke
Diana Peterfreund
Amy Plum
Beth Revis
Gina Rosati
Victoria Scott
Jessica Spotswood
K.A. Tucker
Lisa Voisin