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And the moment has finally arrived!!!! Here is a look at the book covers for The Legend of Me and The Winter People. Both books will be releasing in 2014!!!! Hope you love them as much as me! Can’t wait for everyone to meet the characters!! And look at the cover quote that Renee Collins (RT nominated author of Relic) did for me for Legend–squeeeee…..

Make sure to check out the rafflecopter below the reveal information for you chance to win eArcs (International)

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About the Book

LEGEND OF ME

Author: Rebekah Purdy

Release Date: Early 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Sixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.

When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true. Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more determined to help him discover the beast’s location.

But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly woman in the woods soon, more people could die. Including those closest to her…

 

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Brambles scratched my legs, snagging my skirt. Gnarled trees bent in gruesome forms, while thick shadows splayed out beneath them. A heavy gloom settled over the woodland as wisps of fog slithered like snakes against the ground. I shivered.

Don’t think. I picked an animal trail to follow, stepping over dead branches and forest debris. Blood pounded in my ears and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. I twisted around to glance behind me.

Nothing there. Only the trees. Urgency gripped hold of me and I picked up my pace once more. As I scrambled through the thicket, an overwhelming scent of rotten meat made me gag. I covered my mouth with my hand and stopped running when a bright red piece of fabric caught my eye. With hesitant steps, I moved toward it.

“Oh God.” I stumbled. There, sticking out from beneath a barberry bush was a severed arm, its finger pointed at me in accusation. My breath came in gasps as I scanned the rest of the clearing.

My foot nudged against something and I looked down in horror to find the head of Liam Gatekeeper staring up at me.

I screamed, backing away as fast as I could. All around me were pieces of his body scattered like breadcrumbs. I shielded my eyes with my hands, until I bumped into something else.

With another scream, I whipped around only to find myself faced with an oak tree covered in dried blood and deep claw marks. My vision darkened and I prayed I wouldn’t faint, that I wouldn’t be stuck in the woods. Because somewhere out here, a monster lurked. If I didn’t believe it before, I did now. The beast was real.

 

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About the Book

THE WINTER PEOPLE

Author: Rebekah Purdy

Release Date: July 1, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-1622663682

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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.

 

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The sky darkened with ominous storm clouds. Giant flakes fell onto my face, sticking to my eyelashes and cheeks. Snow blew unhindered across the yard into what looked like small tornadoes.

Oh God. It’s happening again. The frigid air. The creaking of the treetops beneath the wind. Even the way the snow blew across the yard.

I only had one more feeder. Just needed to toss the seeds in then I could leave. Be safe.

The pond water rippled, while the trees bent beneath the strong gusts. Soon, everything became so white I couldn’t see the house. In the distance a strange tinkling sounded, like dozens of wind chimes.

What had the shrink told me to do?

Ten, nine, eight. Breathe. Seven, six, five. Shit!

 Panic stole my thoughts. I backed away from the pond as the flurries swirled toward me. Chasing me.

Then, I bumped into something—something that felt quite human. A firm chest, arms, hands. Not something, someone. A shriek tumbled from my lips and I spun around to face my captor.

“It’s okay. I won’t hurt you,” a soft masculine voice said, pale hands clinging to my arms as he kept me from falling.

My gaze followed those long fingers, up black leather sleeves, to the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen. My breath caught in my throat. I’m gawking. But I couldn’t help it. His raven hair shot with strands of blue, his face pale and perfect, like an ice sculptor had chiseled it into existence. His eyes—oh God, his eyes. They were the palest blue I’d ever seen. Glacial. He had to be over six feet tall, muscles evident through the tight shirt he wore beneath an unzipped jacket.

His mouth turned up at the corners as if enjoying my scrutiny. A cocky grin that made my cheeks warm.

“You’re trespassing.” I tried to keep the tremble from my voice. “This is private property, or can’t you read the signs?” Bravo, that’s right, scare him off with your bitchiness.

He chuckled. And it sounded like the low song of the chimes. “Doris doesn’t mind me coming around. In fact, I’ve met you before, Salome.”

My name on his lips made my knees go buttery. I groaned inwardly.

“You know my grandma?” I fidgeted with the bucket still in hand.

He gave a nod. “Yeah, I’ve known her for years. But I haven’t seen you since you were a child.”

Warning bells went off in my mind, but I pushed them aside. If he knew my grandma, then he must be okay. “Funny, I don’t remember you at all.”

“Don’t you, Salome?” Strands of my hair blew about my face. He reached a hand out as if to touch them then stopped, dropping his arms back to his side.

“No. Grandma’s never mentioned you.”

He gave me another cocky grin. “Well then, maybe we should be reacquainted.”

“Or maybe not.” I snorted. “I’m not sure how you got on the property, Grandma keeps all the gates locked.”

He produced an antique-looking skeleton key. “She gave me this. Like I said, Doris has known me for a long time.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, it’s just my grandma never mentioned I’d have visitors.” In fact, I wondered why she didn’t ask this guy to watch her house instead of me.

The arrogance left his face and he stared at me. “Perhaps, we can try this again.” He held his hand out to me. “I’m Nevin.”

 

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So happy to have my agent mates: Yelena Casale and Tina Moss on my blog today to talk about why they write and read Urban Fantasy. Also make sure to check out their soon to be released book: A Touch of Darkness coming October 31, 2013.

 

A Touch of Darkness

Book Blurb:
Cassie’s working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she …well, whenever.

So, when a mysterious stranger walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’s-a-crappy-life list. Yet, when the stranger’s predictions start to come true, she discovers a world that could shake up her humdrum existence.

The book releases October 31st. For now, it can be added to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18392580-a-touch-of-darkness

 

Make sure to enter here for your chance to win a copy of A Touch of Darkness!

                                         Why do we write, and read, urban fantasy?

 Our everyday lives are full of worries, stress, anxieties and…well, everyday life. We work at our day jobs, cook, clean our houses and spend time with our families. We live full lives that are rich with hobbies, care for our pets and, occasionally, new exciting things like travel.

 But once in a while, we want to be taken away to a different world, experience events and feelings that are not the norm in our everyday lives, and know what it would be like to be someone else. Urban fantasy can provide an escape into this other life, a temporary reprieve, a vacation in a manner, that gives us a fresh new perspective into our own lives, or provides us with rest, if nothing else.

 That is what reading urban fantasy is all about. It is also why we write in this genre. Creating a fun new world, a unique twist on a certain mythology, characters that have exceptional abilities is an exciting job. The characters in urban fantasy overcome problems in ways that we would often like to overcome our own problems. They conquer their fears and fight on, no matter what needs to be done. We don’t always get to be heroic in our everyday lives, but there are always situations where we can encounter and overcome our own fears. We believe that is one of the main attractions of the genre, what many relate to within it.

 The appeal of the urban fantasy is that it is about putting magical, supernatural and unexpected into the recognizable, comfortable, commonplace world. We get to build a world that is accessible, yet not real, scary, yet fun, challenging, yet heroic.

 We hope that the readers who pick up our urban fantasy A Touch of Darkness will enjoy getting a little reprieve for their own everyday worries for a little while.

                                                                                                 Yelena Casale

 Top ten urban fantasy and paranormal romance books/series Tina and Yelena love: 

  1. Kate Daniels’ series by Ilona Andrews
  2. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
  3. The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh
  4. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
  5. Dreg City series by Kelly Meding
  6. Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
  7. Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout
  8. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
  9. Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
  10. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Yelena and Tina

Tina’s bio: Tina Moss is an author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and New Adult novels. She lives in NYC with a supportive husband and alpha corgi, though both males hog the bed and refuse to share the covers. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching cheesy horror flicks, traveling, and karate. As a 5’1″ Shotokan black belt, she firmly believes that fierce things come in small packages.

Yelena’s bio: Yelena Casale is an Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author. When she is not writing, she loves to read, watch TV with her husband (and without), take long walks and cuddle with her cat Bones. She is a second degree black belt/Shotokan karate instructor, and archaeology, history & art enthusiast.

Tina’s contact info:

Website: http://www.tinamoss.com
Twitter: @Tina_Moss
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Moss/126390774082870

Instagram: http://instagram.com/tinamossauthor#
Yelena’s contact info:

Website: http://www.yelenacasale.com
Twitter: @Yelena_Casale
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yelena-Casale/253292294718229?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lotus7us/

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Soooo, I can finally share my AWESOMELY FAB news!!! My lovely agent Jenn Mishler ( at Literary Counsel), sold my YA contemporary romance entitled The Romeo Club to Georgia McBride at Swoon Romance, in a two book deal. The Romeo Club will have a May 2014 release date.

So for those of you keeping track (GAH–this is crazy insane), I’ll now have The Legend of Me releasing  December 2013, The Romeo Club releasing May 2014, and The Winter People releasing June 2014. HOLY BOOKS!!!

I’m super excited for everyone to read The Romeo Club. It was such a FUN write. And this is the book I got the title idea for from a spam email (which was actually advertising er…adult things).  My daughter’s excited for everyone to read about C.C. (one of the nerdy guys from the book who’s super flipping hilarious) and I can’t wait for you all to meet him and the rest of the cast of TRC, I hope  you’ll love this story as much as me.

I have to thank my FAB crit group (YAFF), you ladies are awesome and help to make every story WAY better than it started out. I love you ladies so much!!! And of course, my FREAKING AWESOME agent, Jenn Mishler, who lets me talk about crazy stuff that has nothing to do with writing (stalker cats who can open doors–hehehe). Lastly, have to give a giant shout out to my teen daughter Erin (who is beautiful, funny, and honest) for reading through my first draft of The Romeo Club and encouraging me to hurry up and finish so she could see what happened next. Between her and my sister nagging me to write this, I was able to crank it out in a short time and have fun writing something outside my comfort zone (contemporary YA Romance).

This has been a blessed year on the writing front. This is the 2nd book deal Agent Jenn has brokered for me this year. She’s a ROCK STAR who believes in my stories and champions them! MWAH!!!! Will post the official PM announcement in my News Tab when it’s posted!!!!

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I’m SO happy to announce that my agent Jenn Mishler at Literary Counsel sold my YA Fantasy The Legend of Me in a three book deal to Liz Pelletier at Entangled Teen through their digiTeen imprint, with a tentative publication date of December 2013. I’ve been sitting on this news since February and it was KILLING ME (LOL). But at least now I can share it with the world.

That means I’m gonna have at least 6 books coming out in the next few years (between The Winter People series and now The Legend of Me series). That’s a lot of writing/books. Of those 6 books, I’ve got three already written, but 3 more to go (ah).

It’s so awesome to think that a few years ago, I was struggling to get an agent, and now I have book deals to blog about. I’m just so humbled and happy and overwhelmed. And I have to thank my lovely crit group, writing friends, and my lovely agent who’ve championed my stories and kept me from totally freaking out (LOL). Can’t wait for everyone to read these two series. I hope you’ll love the characters, stories, and settings as much as I do.

As soon as the official PM comes out with the info about the book, I’ll post it here.

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I wanted to give a huge congrats and shout out to my crit partner and agent sister Vanessa Barger, who just landed a book deal with Month9Books for her YA book A Whispered Darkness (deal brokered by our FAB agents at Literary Counsel), which is scheduled for release in Spring 2014!

Stop by and congratulate her on her FB Author page

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OMG! So VERY excited and happy. My AWESOME agents Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel said I could announce that my book The Winter People sold in a 3 book deal to Liz Pelletier at Entangled Publishing!

I’m seriously overjoyed and happy and FREAKING OUT! The only things I know right now are that the 1st book The Winter People is slated for late 2013 (likely Fall), the 2nd (untitled) will likely be spring 2014, and not sure about the 3rd one.

I’ll post more details as I get them. So happy to share this with my agents, my friends, and my FABULOUS crit group YA Fiction Fanatics, who without, this SO wouldn’t have been possible.

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It’s OFFICIAL!! SQUEEE…I have signed with a new agent: Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel.

I know some of you might be like WTH, I thought you already had an agent? Well, to keep it short and sweet, we parted ways a couple of months ago. There was no dramatic break-up or anything we just had different visions for my stories/writing. I wanted to stay true to who I was as an author and decided it was time to move on.

All I can say is that Jennifer is FABULOUS and she loves my stories as much as I do. The good thing about going through this before is that I had a VERY good idea of what I wanted/needed this time around. So when I entered the query trenches, I made sure I kept those ideas in the back of my mind.

I remember the first email I received after Jennifer read my full. She told me how much she loved TLOM. She indicated she’d wanted to read through it again to take some notes.

Then came the next email that indicated she wanted to talk with me on the phone (holy wanted to faint at this point). Our call went great (well except for the part where I actually forgot one of my character’s names—LOL, luckily she was cool about that). Jennifer asked if I’d be willing to revise a couple things. I agreed. I did some brainstorming with my crit group on Friday night-Saturday then went to work. I finished the revision up rather quickly then on Weds I got another email indicating she liked the changes and she offered representation. At this point, I had to get with the rest of the agents who had fulls/partials. After some phone calls/emails/chats with agents, Jennifer felt like the best fit. Not only did she “get” my stories, but she knew the YA market.

SO VERY THRILLED to be working with Jenn!

And on a side note, I am blogging at Astraea Press today. If you stop by you’ll be able to see a pic of me dressed as Princess Leia (hehehe). GO STAR WARS!!!!

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