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And here we are into November! So sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but September and October were CRAZY insane! I had book signings (sometimes a couple in one week). So I was on the road a lot and got to meet lots of awesome readers, writers, and other authors.

The small book tour I did this fall was my first ever and let me tell you that I was HOLY nervous for my first signing—and then for my first speaking event (ah). But I made it through. Seriously can’t tell you how awesome it was getting to talk to readers. It was so cool that people wanted to come meet me. Sometimes they were nervous to talk to me (which totally seemed alien to me because I’m the most normal person in the world). To my own kids, I’m just there mom, who also happens to write.

I wanted to also thank everyone for the fan emails, direct messages, messages, and tweets over the last couple of months, seriously, they mean so much to me. To hear how much people are loving this world I wrote about and the characters…

So I thought I’d share a tiny little bit of news (for those of you who didn’t already know). The Winter People will have 2 more books in the series. The 2nd book, as of right now, is titled: Summer Marked. I know TWP had a pretty satisfying ending, so it’s not like there was a cliffhanger or anything like that. But the 2nd book kind of lets us explore more of the characters from the 1st book. Some characters who had more stories to tell. There will also be the introduction to some new characters who I’m SO excited for people to meet. This 2nd book is darker than the first. We do have a tentative release date on that one of August 4, 2015 (so less than a year).

Anyway, just wanted to share that bit of information with everyone (will share more when I’m allowed to). I will hopefully have some other good news to share soon.

But for now, I’m going to share some pictures from my book signings below (I had more pics, but my daughter’s phone had a malfunction and she lost a lot of photos she had saved on it—sniffles).

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Hi everyone, today I’m taking part in something very very very important called the One Voice campaign that is being sponsored by Entangled Teen and Dear Teen Me. This campaign is to bring more awareness to bullying and rally to help put a stop to it. I’m on the Entangled Teen Blog talking about my experience with bullying in high school.

You can stop by here! http://www.entangledteen.com/onevoice-against-bullying-rebekah-purdy/

Hello Everyone!

It’s that time again. We have less than two weeks until the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you reserved plenty of time for this one because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, I said 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, news, and fun for all you readers out there! So let’s get started!

TEAM RED INCLUDES:

 

TEAM GOLD INCLUDES:

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TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:

 

TEAM ORANGE INCLUDES:

 

TEAM INDIE INCLUDES:

 

TEAM BLUE INCLUDES:

 

There are so many books here I don’t even know where I would begin. I hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October 5th. That means to get through the entire hunt you’ll need to go through 1.5 teams per day!

For more info stop by here: http://yascavengerhunt.blogspot.com/2014/09/announcing-authors.html
Leave a comment below to tell me which team you are the most interested in checking out!

Phew, these last couple of weeks have been crazy! The kidlets went back to school, soccer started back up, and I had a book release! I want to thank everyone for their support during the release of The Winter People. THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has read it, tweeted about it, posted on Facebook about it, reviewed it (both good and bad reviews) and reached out to me to chat about it. I’ve gotten a chance to meet some new people (reviewers, bloggers, readers, authors) and it’s awesome.

While we’re on the subject of The Winter People, yesterday one of my agent mates informed me that The Winter People actually made it to #26 on the hot new releases for young adult and teen ebooks on Amazon! So THANK YOU FOR THAT!! Seriously can’t express my gratitude enough.

And to answer a few questions that have been coming in via email/twitter/Facebook/Goodreads/DMs:

Are there more books in The Winter People world? YES. There will be 3 books total set in this world. The next one, I believe will come out at the end of next summer (I believe August 4, 2015–but this date is subject to change). We’ll get to see more of some of the characters from TWP and also meet some new ones (some not so nice–LOL).

When is The Legend of Me coming out? I’ve actually been asked this a lot lately (grins) and I wish I had a good answer for everyone. But at this point I have a floating release date. There isn’t one set in stone, it’s just a matter of being able to fit it into the publishing schedule. I’ll likely find out 1-3 months before it’ll release and when I do, I’ll let everyone know. Trust me, I’m dying to get it into everyone’s hands as much you’re dying to read it!

BOOK SIGNINGS: For those of you asking where I’ll be for my book signings, as of right now I have a few set up, but they’re all in Michigan right now. I’m hoping to get some out of state ones set up in the future and I’ll keep you posted on those! As of right now these are the ones I have on my calendar:

Horizon Books in Traverse City, Michigan September 27, 2014 from 2-4 pm (address is in my news tab)

Fremont Area District Library in Fremont, Michigan October 16, 2014 7-9 pm (this will be a signing/speaking event–address is in my news tab).

B & N in Rochester Hills, Michigan on October 25, 2014 7pm (this will be a panel w/5 other authors see news tab for address).

I might have another one in Grand Rapids, MI at the Rivertown Crossings Mall/B&N on October 14th. Still waiting for all the information on that one.

So definitely drop into see me if you can! Would love to meet you!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!!! ((HUGS))…

OMG, SOOOOOO…I’ve been waiting for today for a long time now for The Winter People’s release, but it’s finally here. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. This book started from a small seed–or rather a short story I wrote my senior year of high school for my creative writing class. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read it and reviewed it and to all those who will read it in the future.

Make sure to stop in at some of the blogs this week as I’ll be giving away some Emergency Winter Kits, which will include–some super cute mittens, a coffee mug, hot cocoa, gift card, chapstick, flashlight, a cute crystal rose…stuff to survive winter (which is coming).

 

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Summary from Goodreads:

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.
Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Barnes & Noble

Books a Million

iBookStore

Powell’s Books

Google Books

Book Depository

iTunes

Stop in for some of the spots on the blog tour:

Blog Tour Schedule:

September 2:

Musings In Fiction Alley – http://musingsinficitonalley.blogspot.com/ – Review

Arkham Reviews – http://arkhamreviews.wordpress.com – Review

September 3:

Mom With A Kindle – http://momwithakindle.blogspot.com – Promo Post

Reader Girls – http://www.readergirlsblog.com – Promo Post

September 4:

Books Direct – http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/ – Promo Post

Will Read for Coffee – http://www.willreadforcoffee.blogspot.com – Review

Sunshine Book Promotions – http://sunshinebookpromos.blogspot.com/ – Promo Post

September 5:

Musings of the Book-a-holic Fairies, inc. – http://bookaholicfairies.blogspot.com/ – Review

Bookworm Dreams – http://www.bookwormdreams.com/ – Review

September 8:

Such a Novel Idea – http://suchanovelidea.com – Review

The YA Lit Chick – http://www.theyalitchick.blogspot.com – Review

September 9:

Two Chicks on Books – http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/ – Promo Post

September 10:

Fall Into Books – http://falln2books.blogspot.com – Promo Post

September 11:

The Bookworm Insider – www.thebookworminsider.blogspot.com – Review

Addicted Readers – http://addictreaders.blogspot.com/ – Promo Post

September 12:

Hannah Hunt Writes – http://www.hannahhuntwrites.com/ – Review

September 15:

The Book Rogue – http://the-book-rogue.de/ – Review

September 16:

Nicky Peacock Author – http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com – Review

September 17:

Bookdictive Reviews – http://www.bookdictivereviews.blogspot.com – Review In Between The Lines - http://bestbetweenthelines.blogspot.com - Review

September 18:

books are love – www.hello-booklover.tumblr.com – Review

Little Whimsy Books – http://littlewhimsybooks.tk – Review

September 19:

Stephanie Keyes, Author – www.stephaniekeyes.com – Promo Post

 

144So, I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks. It’s been awesome having a break from the real world for a while. But unfortunately, all good things must come to end–tomorrow it’s back to work (ahhhh). It’s always so hard come back home. I love being in the wilderness and the slower pace of life. I love being able to fall asleep at night to the sound of waves crashing against the shore and waking up to that same sound. I love being able to just get up and walk like 50-60 feet to the beach. Eventually, we plan on moving up near where we vacation, but it’ll still be a little while before we do that.

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So, here’s your first chance to win a signed copy of The Winter People on Goodreads. If you’re a member of Goodreads the giveaway is up for the next 39 days! So from now until August 25, 2014 you can enter for your chance to win a copy (US residents only).

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/100369-the-winter-people

 

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Blurb of the Book: Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.
 


Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

 

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