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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.
- LIVE TO READ: COMPLIANCE GIVEAWAY
- LIVE TO READ: DEVIANTS GIVEAWAY
- 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…
What do you think?
Color me excited. 😀
Win a signed hardcover of DEVIANTS
The blog Live to Read is giving away a TON of books. (Okay, 250 books might not technically weigh a ton.)
Right now, DEVIANTS is featured front and center. Go enter to win a signed hardcover!!
PS. I cannot WAIT to reveal the new cover design for the DEVIANTS kindle version!!!
I got some exciting news today.
LOS INDESEABLES, (the Spanish version of DEVIANTS), was featured on the most important cultural review show in Spain, página 2.
And, a HUGE image of the cover is displayed along the river in Bilbao, with the Guggenheim museum in the background. At first I assumed it was FX, but I’m told the book covers are actually there. (Unless I’m having translation issues in my e-mails with my Spanish editor.)
Here’s a snapshot taken from the TV show.
And here is the actual program. Go to approximately minute 20:50.
Página 2 – Héctor Abad FaciolinceVer vídeo
After my book, the presenter talks about the YA Film WARM BODIES.
This is very cool. Excited…
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?
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.)
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
And I’m doing a BONUS GIVEAWAY for my new book DEVIANTS here! Please enter to win one of two prize packs.
You get 5 bonus entries if your blog comment answers this question: What book does the clue for my favorite number come from?
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
JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
COURTNEY ALLISON MOULTON
PETER ADAM SALOMON
The Red Team
TERA LYNN CHILDS
DAVID MACINNIS GILL
And again, here’s a link to the official #YASH hunt page!
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!
In case you’d like a handy set of links… Here are some places where you can buy the book!