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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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Hey my lovelies! Well, 2015 has almost slipped away from us. It’s definitely been a year, that’s for sure. A year, I DON’T want to repeat. I should have some more news for you in the coming days/weeks. Some of it good news, some of it kind of a mixture of ‘good/bad’ news, depending on how you look at it (LOL). Yeah, I know, that was kind of not helpful at all.

I’m still working on The Winter People Book 3. I’m getting closer to finishing it up. Nearly 3/4 of the way through with it.

I’ll soon be working on a couple other projects which I’m totally excited about. One is a contemporary book and the other two are Fantasy books (YA of course).

I’m super looking forward to my vacation, which is coming up in 3 days (not that I’m counting–hahahaha). Gonna hang out with my kidlets, hubby and animals. I’ve got two of my kids who got engaged this year. And another one who got into Central Michigan University (starting next fall as he’s a senior this year).

So next year we’ll have 2 weddings and a graduation (OMG, how is this possible?). So lots of busy stuff to come.

As the year comes to an end I just want to tell all my readers how much they mean to me. Thank you EVER SO MUCH for the emails and messages you send. Thank you for reading my books…it means SO SO much!

Hoping to have a couple more out there next year for you 🙂

I hope everyone has a blessed holiday season, no matter what you’re celebrating…

 

 

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Hey lovelies,

So I’ve been invited to hangout at the Bitten By Books blog this Thursday starting at 12:00 pm Pacific time (3:00 pm EST time). I’ll be answering questions about my The Summer Marked (or any of my books) and taking any other questions you have.

If you RSVP ahead of time you will be given 25 entries automatically to go toward your chance to win a $30.00 Amazon Gift Card (which is opened internationally) WOOT.

You can register ahead of time here:  http://bittenbybooks.com/author-rebekah-l-purdy-interview-and-30-00-amazon-gift-card-contest-101-rsvp-here/

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My book HOW TO UNBREAKUP is .99 pre-order priced on @AmazonKindle! #YA #Romance
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RY204ZS?ie=UTF8&at=aw-iphone-pc-us-20&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links

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Hey lovelies,
Hope everyone had a FABULOUS November. I’m in the middle of two deadlines right now, so I’ve been kind of hiding out with my stories/characters (LOL).

I wanted to let everyone know that The Winter People is on a list/nominated (with lots of other fabulous teen books) for a Teen Choice Book Award for best book of 2014. Readers/People have a chance to vote on their top 5 books between now and February 2015. So if you have time and would like to vote for me, I’d super appreciate it.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLXJ2G3

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I’ve been asked by a friend and fellow author Vanessa Barger to join her in a My Writing Process Blog Tour. As a part of it, I’ll feature two authors who will in turn do their own blog about the writing process.

 

  1. What am I working on? Currently I’m writing the Legend of Me bk 2. It’s a fantasy w/horror and romance elements.
  2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I try to have my own little twist on my characters’ reality—which I think every writer tries to do. I also love to add humorous situations, no matter what type of book I’m writing.
  3. Why do I write what I do? Because I love it. I love creating worlds and characters. To give readers at least somewhat of an escape from reality.
  4. How does your writing process work? Phew, this is a fun one to answer (LOL). Actually every story I write gets a notebook. In that notebook I do character sketches (like what they look like/personality traits/where they live/who their friends are/enemies etc). I also keep track of setting information, outline info, the back cover blurb, playlists, and any notes having to do with that particular story. I keep these notebooks throughout the whole writing process (from start to publication). That way if I have to look back at something, like let’s say a certain character’s eye color from book 1, I have it right there.

I generally do most of my writing during my lunch hours at work (except for when I’m on deadline—then I’ll use evenings and weekends). But yeah, that’s pretty much my writing process…

 Next week, two of my crit partners will be on board to tell you about their writing processes:

Kit Forbeshas been a lover of books, history, and all things paranormal for as long as she can remember. Characters are always the focus of her stories. Being true to them can sometimes mean unpredicatable turns of plot but that’s half the fun of writing (and reading).

Expect the unexpected is the best way she can think to sum things up.

Traci Kenworth has been enthralled with storytelling since she was old enough to string sentences together. She didn’t just play with her toys, she wrote scripts for them. In high school, teachers often thought the assignments she wrote she copied off the book jackets. She tends to write on the dark side as fiction goes. Ghouls, flesh-eaters, ghosts, and soul-stealers among others. All those spooky books she read influenced her. She’s created a world that spans from Ohio to Tennessee in which a culture comes together to fight evil, to make a stand when others look the other way. Everyone is important from young to old and pulls their own weight to keep things safe. She likes the idea of their unity, of the mixture of their heritages, of fighting back evil. They are strong, proud, savage when called for, and determined to win.

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First of all, I wanted to let you all know that The Romeo Club is now up for preorder on Amazon.com (squee). It will be available across other venues in the next few weeks as well. SO EXCITED for you guys to read this. It’s SUPER fun and light and my first contemporary romance.

http://www.amazon.com/Romeo-Club-Rebekah-L-Purdy-ebook/dp/B00INB4FMM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393889101&sr=1-1&keywords=the+romeo+club

Also, I wanted to let you guys know that I’ll likely have some more writerly good news soon to share with you. Actually, I know I’ll have some good news to share with you (LOL). Just waiting for the go ahead to share. Will keep you posted it. SO excited and happy.

Hope everyone is surviving the winter. I’m beginning to think I live on Hoth instead of Earth (for my non Star Wars fans Hoth is a planet that is covered in snow and ice–LOL).

((HUGS))…I’ll have lots of stuff going on in the next month or so as far as contests, blog tour stuff for TRC (The Romeo Club) etc so make sure to check in here!!

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So winter has been kind of relentless up in my neck of the woods (Michigan). The kidlets were off school this whole week due to weather and one day last week. And I’ve gotten to add an extra hour onto my commute (ahhhh). LOL.  Needless to say, I’m beginning to feel like my MC Salome, in The Winter People (fearing/hating winter).

 

But in other news, it is LESS THAN 2 MONTHS until The Romeo Club releases. I’m SO SO SO excited. Seriously can’t wait. I’ve also turned in another round of The Winter People edits and The Legend of Me edits. Waiting to hear back on a couple proposals for a contemporary YA I need to write. I’m plotting out the 2nd TLOM book.

 

Other than that, I’m just kind of chilling! I’ll be hanging out at the basketball courts for my daughter’s b-ball games starting Monday. Can’t wait to watch her play. And I’m trying SO hard to get caught back up on crits in my critique group as well as putting a dent in my TBR pile.

 

And speaking of TBR piles, here are a few of the books I’m looking forward to getting my hands on and reading in 2014 (And I know I’ve probably forgotten several—LOL). What are you looking forward to reading? Or are there any you think I ought to add to my TBR list/to buy list?

 

Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Alienated by Melissa Landers

To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles

Crown of Ice by Vicki Weavil

Compulsion by Martina Boone

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

Salt by Danielle Ellison

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Briggs Waller

Breathe for Me by Rhonda Helms

Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

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You guys, I’m SO SO SO happy to take part in Angie’s book cover reveal for her book Dark Paradise. Angie and I “met” a couple years ago when we were both going through the query trenches/getting our first agents. She has since been such a supportive writing friend who I SO adore. I’m so excited for her and her upcoming book! Check out Angie’s GORGEOUS cover and don’t forget to enter her contest to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card.

DARK PARADISE
Angie Sandro
July 1, 2014
Grand Central Publishing/ Forever Yours
 
Dark Paradise cover
 
BOOK BLURB:
DARK LEGACY
Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.
DEADLY SECRETS
Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he starts to wonder if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.
 
GIVEAWAY:
Angie is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
 
ANGIE SANDRO:
 
Angie Sandro Author

Bio:
Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.
Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father’s family in Louisiana inspired this story.
Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador
Author Links:
 
 

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Hi my lovelies! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve dropped in. Been hanging out with my family, working on writing stuff (handed in The Winter People bk 2 to editor over Christmas vacation), and just got back from an out of town conference at work.

So this year, I’ll have 3-4 books releasing (OMG—seriously). LOL. It’ll be a busy year that’s for sure. But I’m excited and have been waiting for 2014 for a while now. Definitely can’t wait for everyone to read my stories.

This year, I also have a couple crit partners and agent mates with books coming out too. And I’m WAY excited for them as well. I’ll definitely be having them all stop in to share their releases with us.

This upcoming week my daughter has basketball tryouts. I know she’s way nervous (fingers crossed that she makes the team). She made it last year, but you never want to get over confident that it’ll happen again.

In other news, I might attend ALA in Las Vegas this year to sign The Winter People, still trying to get some last minute details worked out though. We normally take a 2 week family vacation in the summer and we’d talked about maybe switching the time frame of our vacation to correlate with ALA. But again, still have to figure out a few more details before I’ll say it’s set in stone.

Winter has been crazy up here. The kidlets missed a few days of school due to snow/temps/roads etc. So they got an extended vacation from school.

I hope everyone is doing great and that we’re ready for a FABULOUS year! ((HUGS))…

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