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One More Sleep!

GLORY comes out tomorrow!

GLORY, The Dust Chronicles Book 3, comes out in one sleep! Less than one sleep if you order it for kindle, and stay up late enough tonight. :)

This trilogy has consumed much of my life over the past three and a half years. And it’s a little hard to for me to believe that the final book is coming out.

That said, I’m super excited that readers will be able to experience the final chapter in Glory’s story, soon. Like tomorrow. (And don’t worry, it’s not that kind of final chapter. I won’t promise much, but I will promise that I didn’t go all Veronica Roth on readers. Glory lives. And that’s the only spoiler I’ll offer. But I guess I just gave a huge spoiler for the Divergent trilogy. Sorry.)

To celebrate, I’m planning a huge, SUMMER OF GIVEAWAYS, with books, swag and…. 3 Kindle Paperwhites!

The details for the June giveaway will be up on this blog tomorrow!

If you  haven’t read any of my series yet, the first 2 books are on sale at amazon.com for only $1.99, and book 3 is on sale for $3.99.

Also, as of tomorrow, all 3 books will be available in paperback, with these gorgeous new covers!

What are they about?? Well…

The Dust Chronicles is a sci-fi thriller trilogy, set in a post-apocalyptic world, with elements of paranormal, dystopian, fantasy and a good dose of romance. Think X-Men meets Firefly meets Mad Max, with the pacing and high stakes of The Hunger Games, or Divergent, and the emotional intensity of The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

They are fun, fast-paced reads for teens or adults. (In fact… most of my readers are adults.)

  

The contest goes live, tomorrow!

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Cover Reveal!

Glory Cover and Giveaways!

I’m super excited to reveal the cover for GLORY, which is hitting the shelves on June 10, 2014.  You can pre-order, and see more details here:  GLORY

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There will be new looks for DEVIANTS and COMPLIANCE soon, too!

 

GIVEAWAYS

And I wanted to make sure everyone knows about a couple of GIVEAWAYS happening now!

DEVIANTS giveaway hosted by Live To Read

COMPLIANCE giveaway hosted by Live to Read

And a COMPLIANCE giveaway hosted by the wonderful Christina Farley whose debut YA fantasy GILDED just came out!

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.

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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.

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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)

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).