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Check out the BEAUTIFUL cover for my lovely friend Carol Riggs book BOTTLED! Bottled is a YA fantasy novel. It will release July 7, 2016, from Clean Reads.  It sounds SO SO good!

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BLURB:

At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into a genie and imprisoned in a bottle. For a thousand years, she fulfills the wishes of greedy masters—building their palaces, lining their pockets with gold, and granting them every earthly pleasure. All that sustains her is the hope of finding Karim, the boy she fell in love with as a human. When at last she finds a note from her beloved, she confirms he has access to the elixir of life and that he still searches for her.

But someone else also hunts her. Faruq—the man who plots to use her powers to murder and seize the life forces of others—is just one step behind her. With the help of a kind master named Nathan, Adeelah continues to search for Karim while trying to evade Faruq. To complicate matters, she begins to experience growing fatigue and pain after conjuring, and finds herself struggling against an undeniable attraction to Nathan.

As Faruq closes in, Adeelah must decide just how much she’ll risk to protect Nathan and be with Karim forever. How much power does she really have to change her future, and what is she willing to sacrifice for an eternity of love? If she makes the wrong choice, the deaths of many will be on her hands.

BIO For Carol Riggs:

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Carol Riggs is an author of YA fiction who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. Her debut novel, THE BODY INSTITUTE, released Sept 2015 from Entangled Teen, exploring body image and identity. Her fantasy YA, BOTTLED, will release from Clean Reads on July 7, 2016, and her sci-fi YA, SAFE ZONE, will release from Entangled Teen in October 2016. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.

Connect with Carol:

Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads

Add this book to your Goodreads reading list: BOTTLED

Okay, so in honor of it getting closer to the release of the 3rd and final Winter People book (The Winter’s Spite) on June 27th, I figured I’d share a short excerpt with you!

You can go here to read it :  EXCERPT

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Okay, so obviously it’s been awhile since my last post. Life sometimes gets SUPER busy and I have to stay off social media (LOL). First of all, I have some news to share (woot-w00t):)

I’ve sold another book  (AHHH-so freaking excited). It’s entitled: Incriminating Dating (YA Contemporary). It’s described as Election meets Can’t Hardly wait. It’s set for Winter 2017 publication date.

Official sales info here :

R. Purdy's announcement

We’re only a few months away from the release of The Winter’s Spite (the 3rd and final book in the Winter People series). And I’ll have a YA Contemporary entitled French Fries, Football, and My Freshman Year coming out tentatively October 2016. And next year I’ll have more books coming out (YAY). So lots of busy things.

So if I’m kind of quiet on here, it’s not because I don’t love you guys, it just means that I’m trying to plow my way through 3 book deadlines (1 that needs edits-lots of them (hahaha), another 1 that is only like 1/10th of the way written and it’s due to my editor in June, and I have another 50 page proposal I owe another editor for a book by May. So yeah, plate is kind of full). Not to mention I have a day job that keeps me away from home for about 12 hours a day (between long commute/and working). Plus we have soccer season in full swing, we’re planning a graduation party for my son, and we have another son who is getting married in a few months.

I promise though to try to keep you updated with any news or awesome things that’ll be going on:)

Hope you’re all doing well.

 

BOOK NEWS!!! EEEP

SOOOOO…today I get to share some really awesome news that I’ve been sitting on! *Wait, what?* LOL. I have a new book deal for Legend of Me!!!! SQUEEEEE….

I know, some of you are like, “Wait a second, I thought you’d already sold this book?” Well, I had, but some things fell through with it and so we ended up getting the rights to it back this fall.

In true ninja/super hero form, my agent Fran, subbed the book back out to find it a new home. And we have….

*Official Announcement*

Rebekah Purdy’s LEGEND OF ME, pitched as THE VILLAGE meets INTO THE WOODS in dark retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a teen girl goes into the woods despite warnings about the evil creature that roams there, to Georgia McBride atMonth9Books, for publication in 2018, by Frances Black of The Literary Counsel(World). Film/TV, Translation, Audio:
Georgia@month9books.com

SQUEEE…I’m so excited to be sharing with you today, the cover for the 3rd and final book in the Winter People Series entitled: The Winter’s Spite. This book will be releasing on 6/27/2016 (in ebook/paperback).

Super happy to be wrapping up Salome’s story. It’s been a looong time coming:) I wrote the first book back when I was still in high school (or at least a short story of it), which as an adult I turned into a full fledged book length story. I’ve enjoyed the characters and I hope you have as well! Without further adieu, I give you the cover!

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BLURB for The Winter’s Spite:

On the eve of the winter solstice, Salome receives word of a family tragedy in the human world, and an urgent request to return home. But after a failed attack on Winter, and the whereabouts of the Winter Court unknown, Nevin forbids her to go, declaring it too dangerous. However, Salome knows she needs to be with her family and can’t sit by to wait for the inevitable.

Gwenn has been a royal guard most of her life, and although she’s not a fan of humans, she has to admit Salome’s growing on her. So when Salome begs her to cover for her for a few days so she can be with her family, Gwenn can’t refuse. Gwenn soon finds herself creating diversions to keep Nevin from discovering Salome’s disappearance. Problem is the Council is growing suspicious of Salome’s absence, and has started making threats about Nevin’s removal as king. With her lie on the brink of discovery, Gwenn needs to find out what’s taking her brother and Salome so long to return. When she discovers the portals are closed, and someone within the Council has betrayed Summer, Gwenn knows the kingdom’s in jeopardy. But before she can confide in Nevin about helping Salome leave Faerie, Gwenn finds herself at the enemy’s mercy, fighting for her life.

When Salome arrives in the human world, she finds everything in chaos. Grisselle, the Winter Queen, has done the impossible and brought war to Salome’s world. And Kadie is acting as her right hand. Monsters born of man’s worst nightmares roam the streets—dark faeries and ghosts bring terror and destruction. And to her horror she discovers an old enemy is back from the dead, while a new one lurks in the shadows—watching her, hunting her—preparing to make its move. And this time they mean to finish what they started.

GOODREADS LINK (if you’d like to add it, click here): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28668859-the-winter-s-spite

RAFFLECOPTER CONTEST for $20.00 Amazon gift Card/Swag Pack

Here’s the link if you’d like to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/dbee40f61/?

ALSO HUGE THANK YOU to all my blogger, reader, and writing friends for helping me share my book cover today, you guys are freaking awesome and I love you to bits:)

Want to be a part of the book cover reveal for the 3rd Winter People book: The Winter’s Spite? I’ll be doing a reveal on Friday 1/29/2016. So if you’d like to help please comment below or message me. To reveal the cover all you need to do is post it on your FB page, or blog, twitter, or instagram (or all the above) LOL. Or any social media outlet you have. Make sure to leave me an email if you’d like to take part so I can email you the stuff the night before:) ((HUGS)) and thanks for all your support! The cover is GORGEOUS… can’t wait for everyone to see it!

Okay, so before Christmas I hinted on a couple social media sites that I might have some NOT SO GOOD NEWS. *sigh* So two weeks before Christmas my agent and I received an email that my publisher has decided not to publish the 3rd and final Winter People book. Not gonna lie, I bawled my head off and ranted and bawled some more, then began to doubt myself as a writer. Every emotion you can go through, I went through in that short span of time. My lovely agent called me on a Sunday so she could comfort me and decide what our next step should be (which if you must know, Agent Fran is FREAKING AWESOME).

2015 was the year from hell for me. I had 2 family emergencies (one involving my teen daughter), a missed deadline, 2 books being pulled from my publisher, a couple book releases moved…etc. So needless to say, I’m ready to make 2016 better.

But I wander off subject here (LOL—it’s the writer in me). So anyway, after letting the whole thing sink in and coming to terms with it, I realized this might be a blessing in disguise. I STILL PLAN TO FINISH THE WINTER PEOPLE SERIES. However, I will be self-publishing the last book. I’ve never self-pubbed before so I’m super nervous and scared, but I’ve found a brilliant cover artist, and I have some lovely author friends who will be holding my hand through the process. So I repeat, I will finish out the Winter People series.

The positive things about me self-publishing the final book in the series is 1) I’ll have more control over the pricing (yay). 2) I’ll be able to stick with my vision for the book series/ending. 3) I’ll also be able to choose the release date (woot-woot)…And, I won’t be under a ton of stress with a strict editing schedule.

I’ve had numerous emails and messages from readers lately and I tell you, they came at such a perfect time for me. It was a couple days after getting the news that I received an awesome email from a reader about how much she loved my book series and she wanted to do an art project relating to it. So thank you for that and thank you all for reading my books and your support. My readers ARE EVERYTHING to me. I seriously love you all:)

So I’m finishing this series off for you (and for me). I couldn’t leave us with a cliff hanger, or wait to see if we could place it with another publisher as I knew if it got picked up it could mean another couple years for a release date. So, again, I’ll be self-pubbing the 3rd Winter People book.

And to give you a “small” teaser it will be entitled: The Winter’s Spite.

Also, I’ll be doing a cover reveal somewhere around the end of January 2016 or beginning of February 2016, so if you’d like to be a part of that, please drop me a line (on any of my social media sites or via email).

Oh, and for those of you who don’t follow my FB page or my twitter feed, I announced a new book deal for a YA Contemporary entitled: French Fries, Football, and My Freshman Year, which will be published by Swoon Romance in 2016 (eep).

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