Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Become an Into the Dark Series Ambassador!

Hey all, I have 3 big things to share with you!

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark book 1) ebook is currently on sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only $1.99!  I don't know how long this sale will last, so you might want to take advantage while you can!

The release dates for The Shadow Prince paperback and The Eternity Key (Into the Dark book 2) hardcover in the U.S. are coming up fast.  The Shadow Prince paperback will be available April 14th and The Eternity Key will be available in hardback and ebook on April 28th, a full 3 weeks earlier than was originally announced!

Become an Into the Dark Series Ambassador! (Pretty please?)

With the roller-coaster of news of my original publisher, Egmont USA, closing it's doors and my books being acquired by Lerner Books, the future of the Into the Dark series is a little bit up in the air at the moment. Which means I need a little help from my friends (and fans, or just general book loving people). I'm looking for a few good folks who would be willing to become ambassadors for my Into the Dark series in order to give The Shadow Prince paperback and The Eternity Key hardcover the best possible send off into the world this coming April. The better these books do out of the gate, the better the chances that Book 3 in the series will be published. And believe me, once you finish The Eternity Key, you are going to want Book 3!

I've already experienced an overwhelming show of support and best wishes from many of you (seriously, just thinking about it makes me a bit verklempt) and so many people have said to let them know how they can help--so I've decided to create a very tangible way for people to help give the Into the Dark series a well-needed boost.

Here's the deal:

The Into The Dark Series Ambassadors will be a consortium of friends and fans all working together to tell others about Haden and Daphne. If you would like to sign up as a series ambassador, I will provide you with the tools you will need, including books, content, and swag to help promote and talk about the Into the Dark series.
As an ambassador you will receive:
  1. 3 to 4 copies of The Shadow Prince paperback. 1 personalized to keep for yourself and 2 or 3 signed pass-along copies to give away. How you give them away is up to you--host a contest, gift to a "loudmouth" book loving friend, donate to a high school class . . . however you think will spread the word about the series in the best way.
  2. 1 signed The Eternity Key ARC. (To keep for yourself or pass along.)
  3. Additional pass-along swag (i.e. bookmarks, charms, etc.)
  4. Exclusive teaser content to be posted on your social media platforms once a week for 6 weeks. (For the 4 weeks leading up to the release of The Eternity Key in the U.S. and the 2 weeks after.) Content may include teaser quotes, book excerpts, character profiles, videos, and exclusive interviews. Don't worry, I will do all the work--all you have to do is post the content on its designated day.
  5. A Series Ambassador badge that you can post on your social media sites if you choose.
  6. Your name listed in the acknowledgements of Into the Dark book 3 (when it's published because y'all are going to rock getting the word out about the series.)
  7. A special exclusive thank you gift from me. (Every ambassador who posts all 6 weeks worth of content and gives away their pass-along books will receive a very special gift from me as a thank you. Trust me, you'll want it. It's adorable!)
All I ask in return is that you spread the word about The Shadow Prince and The Eternity Key by posting, talking, and sharing. There are a few of restrictions though.
1.  This opportunity is unfortunately only open to U.S. residents or people with a U.S. shipping address--because international shipping costs are a bear. 
2. You need to have a social media presence where you can post content--and agree to post the content you are provided with each week for the 6 weeks. (All content will be PG friendly.)
3. I only have so many books to give away, so I will have to limit the number of official ambassadors to 20 individuals/households.  (However, that doesn't mean you can't participate by linking, sharing, and talking as much as you want in an unofficial capacity.)
4. Postage is expensive and I only have so many supplies, so please, please, do not sign up to be a series ambassador if do not plan to (or are unable to) fully commit to posting my content for the 6 weeks and to finding a great home for the pass-along books.

So how do I sign up you ask?  Great question!  Just fill out the form below before Noon MDT on Saturday, April 4th.  We will review all applicants and contact you once you have been selected, which will likely be sometime on Sunday, April 5th.  The first content post will be sent out to ambassadors early next week. If you have any questions, be sure to let me know either in the comments or by using the contact button above. If you know someone who would be interested in being an ambassador, please pass this information to them.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who is even considering becoming a series ambassador! I am able to do what I do because of people like you!

Monday, March 2, 2015

#LastListEgmont Blog Hop: List of places you can enter to win my books

The wonderful Kat Kennedy at Cuddlebuggery has put together a huge blog hop to help spread the word about Egmont's Last List. There are guest posts, author Q&As, and giveaways galore. Here's a list of where you can find Q&As with me as well as giveaways of signed copies of my books. Even with many of Egmont's books being picked up by Lerner, the Last List authors still need a lot of support during the transition--so be sure to check out the blog hop, enter some giveaways, and tell your friends and followers to do the same!

Confessions of a Book Geek (The Shadow Prince giveaway- International) https://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/last-list-blog-hop-interview-with-bree-despain/

 Pili from In Love with Handmade (The Shadow Prince giveaway- International) http://pili-inlovewithhandmade.blogspot.com/2015/03/last-list-blog-hop-q-with-bree-despain.html

Reading Teen (The Eternity Key giveaway- International) http://www.readingteen.net/2015/03/the-last-list-blog-hop-giveaway.html

Wonderland Novels (The Eternity Key giveaway- International) http://wonderlandnovels.blogspot.com/2015/03/blog-hop-q-with-ya-author-bree-despain.html

Chasm of Books (The Eternity Key giveaway- International) http://chasmofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/03/last-list-egmont-interview.html

There should be a couple of more coming, so I will update this list if needs be. 

My new publisher: Lerner aquires Egmont titles


Good News: My books have found a new home at Lerner Publishing! My five existing books (including the very soon to be released THE ETERNITY KEY) will now be published through Lerner. 

What does this mean for the third book in my Into the Dark series? Hope! 

I don't know yet if Lerner will want to publish Book 3, but the reality of it happening is much more likely now. Every preorder, every post of support, and every time you mention one of my books to a friend, that reality comes a little closer. Thank you so much to everyone who has shown their support through this rough month. Xoxo.

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Comic Con FanX Schedule

Woohoo! I'm headed back to one of my favorite events: Salt Lake Comic Con FanX! Here is where you can find me (talking about some of my absolute favorite shows that inspire my writing). I will have a bunch of free advanced copies of THE ETERNITY KEY to give out at my signings. Come see me! 

Ten Years of Supernatural
Thursday, January 29, 5:30 pm-6:20 pm. Ballroom B

The Whedonverse: The Past, Present, and Future of Joss
Friday, January 30, 11:00 am-11:50 pm. Room 250A

Book Signing
Friday, January 30, 1:00-2:00 pm 
(at Shadow Mountain booth between the #2000-2100 aisles on the expo floor.)

From Aang to Zuko - The Legacy of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra
Saturday, January 31, 1:30 pm-2:20 pm. Room 151G

Book Signing
Saturday, January 31, 5:00-6:00 pm
(at Shadow Mountain booth between the #2000-2100 aisles on the expo floor.)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Publishing news and the future of my books . . .

 If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I've been holed up in my deadline cave for the last few weeks, working on book 3 of my Into The Dark series. The first draft was supposed to be due on February 1st, and Wednesday morning I was riding high on having written 4300 words the day before and was just settling into my writing routine . . . when my phone rang. I jumped to answer it as I do any time a call comes in from New York, just in case it's my editor or agent is calling. This time it was my editor, but what she had to say was wholly unexpected.

Egmont USA, my publisher, will be closing its doors on January 30th.

The word heartbroken doesn't even seem to cover how I am feeling right now. I sold my very first book to Egmont USA in January 2009, and I was working on my sixth book for them when I got the news. It feels like I am losing part of family. I have so much respect and gratitude for the wonderful staff who will all be out of jobs at the end of the month. I am grief struck for all of the authors who have had books canceled (including myself), utterly upset over what this means for my characters and their stories, and disappointed on behalf of my readers who have so graciously invested themselves in my writing.

I find myself rotating through the stages of grief, but most of all, I feel determined to make sure this is not the end of the road for me or my books. I am also immensely grate for all the calls, texts, emails, messages, flowers, and offers of support and help. The best thing about bad news is the outpouring of love that comes afterwards.

So what exactly does this all mean? I don't know a lot at this point, but here is what I do know:

1. The paperback edition of THE SHADOW PRINCE and the hardcover of THE ETERNITY KEY will still be published within the next few months.  They were originally scheduled to be released in April and May respectively, but those dates may move up. (So hurray, you may get to read THE ETERNITY KEY even sooner than originally planned!) However, with my publisher leaving, that means most of my marketing and publicity will go with it. I will be brainstorming ways to spread the word on my own.

2. My backlist books (THE DARK DIVINE, THE LOST SAINT, THE SAVAGE GRACE, ant THE SHADOW PRINCE hardcover) will continue be available through one of Egmont UK's distributors. However, I don't know exactly for how long. (So if you ever wanted to buy one of my books but haven't yet, now is the time to do it.) I'll keep you posted if anything changes with my books' availability. The same goes for THE ETERNITY KEY--it will be available, but I don't know for how long.

3. As far as the future of Into The Dark Book 3, that's all up in the air right now. I have 2/3rds of a first draft written of the book so far--and I have to admit, I really love how the story is going so far. I love Haden and Daphne, and I will be absolutely devastated if I don't get to finish their story. Right now, I am exploring options for getting Book 3 into the hands of my readers. 

4. A lot of people have been asking how they can help and I am so incredibly grateful for this. So here is how people can help: pre-order, post, tell a friend, spread the word of mouth about THE SHADOW PRINCE and THE ETERNITY KEY.  I have gotten so many sweet messages from friends telling me that Book 3 will certainly find a new home with a new publisher--but the reality of this is unlikely. Most traditional publishers won't be interested in picking up a third book in a series. However, the better THE ETERNITY KEY sells, the better those slim chances get. And on the other hand, if I decide to self publish Book 3, the better THE ETERNITY KEY sells, the more likely I will be able to afford the expenses of going it alone. So yeah, if you've ever had the inclination to buy either THE SHADOW PRINCE or THE ETERNITY KEY, now is the time to do it. I hate asking people to buy my books, but if you can spare a pre-order, please do so. If buying a book isn't something you can do, that's totally cool. Requesting the books from your local library is also very helpful. Tweeting, reviewing, Facebooking and Goodreads-ing (is that a word? it should be) makes a big difference. Word of mouth is vital in this business, and right now I could use every word I can get.

5. I'll probably be looking to set up a blog tour and reviews for THE ETERNITY KEY soon. If you're interested, please let me know either through the comments or by clicking that contact button in my header.

Thank you so much to everyone who has ever bought, read, or shared one of my books. My stories exist because of YOU.