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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.

 

Okay, so there are days where I think we all get to that point of “AH, how the heck am I supposed to get through this, or I won’t ever get this or this done.” It can be overwhelming. Between the day job, the writing, lots of running with the kidlets, long commute to/from work—court, deadlines…ah, you name it. It’s called life, right? Busy. Creativity sucking. Mind boggling. Life.

 

Since I do most of my writing during my lunch hours at my day job, I have a couple of things that are hanging on my desk that kind of keep me going or give me that extra push when I need it. Those moments where I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel (or I feel like I’ll never get this chapter I’m writing just right—or the day job work off my desk etc).

 

The first is a poem by Robert Frost. It was something I had to memorize for my English Lit class in high school. A poem that has stuck with me forever. I’ve had it hanging at my desk since I started the day job almost 15 years ago, as well as had it in a notebook when I joined the army right out of high school.

 

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost:

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

This is one of my ALL time favorite poems…so inspiring for those days when you’re like “Why am I doing this again?” LOL. Or when you just need a pick me up.

 

The other poem is by an Unknown Poet:

 When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to small, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—

You may succeed with another blow!

 Success is failure turned inside out—

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And never you can tell just how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far.

 So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—

It’s when things seem the worst that you must not quit.

 See what I mean? LOVE these words…they’ve been the driving force behind me for years. Do you have any poems or sayings or quotes that kind of keep you on track when things get crazy? If so, feel free to share them below.

 Hope you’re having a FAB summer. Mine so far has been crazy busy! And it’ll be getting more busy (LOL). In the midst of plotting a “secret project” with some other lovely authors. SO excited about guys. Will hopefully have more details on that beauty come September. I’ll also be getting edits for How to Unbreakup come August (can’t wait for you guys to read this nerdy, summer romance—which will come out I believe in January 2015). And of course, I’m nearing closer to the release of The Winter People (September 2, 2014). OMG, I’m flipping freaking out here…hahahaha. So excited. I’ll be speaking at the Fremont Public Library (in Fremont, MI) in October, I’ll post more details as I get them.

 ((HUGS))…and let my vacation countdown begin (less than 3 weeks—squeeee)…then it’ll be me, in the wilderness enjoying some camping, hiking, and rafting!

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