Tuesday, December 22, 2015

First Day of Winter VICARIOUS ARC Giveaway (INT)

Hi :D Happy holidays! If you're still shopping, check out my holiday gift ideas over on the EpicReads blog. There are things you can buy now and still have in time for Christmas.

Today is the official release day for the Liars, Inc. paperback. I'm proud to say that Liars, Inc has received more positive trade reviews than any other book I've written :)

Check out the official Liars, Inc. website for more info about the book, buy links, and fun extras like quizzes and top ten lists. EpicReads also has a post about why fans of How to Get Away With Murder will enjoy Liars, Inc. If you've seen the show, you'll want to check out the post just for the adorable #Coliver GIF.

But I know, I know, none of that is why you're here. You're here for the giveaway, right? Book people...so predictable ;) So today is the first day of winter (for me, anyway--happy summer to you Southern Hemisphere dwellers), and because the main character in Vicarious is named Winter, I thought it'd be fun to give away an ARC. I actually thought about renaming her, because back in 2012 when I was writing the first draft of this, I knew that bestseller Marissa Meyer had a forthcoming book with an MC named Winter. But it's hard to rename a character after you've known her for a while, and I ultimately decided that no one would get my knife-throwing, bridge-jumping stunt girl confused with Snow White :) Plus she has a Korean name too :D [Fun fact: her Korean name actually means "sky."]

It's a snowflake, because Winter. Yes, I continue to excel at graphics ;)

If you've ended up here but don't know if you really want a free signed ARC of Vicarious [spoiler: you do], I'll let these awesome authors try to convince you:

"Reading this book is like tiptoeing through a minefield. Blindfolded. In other words, I'm in love." -Victoria Scott, author of Titans and Fire&Flood

"A mind-bending thrill ride with a female protagonist who’s as smart as she is strong. Readers will love Winter!" -Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex and The Death Code.

Need more info? Click here for my books page and scroll down to read the official cover copy.

And now for the giveaway: I only have two or three more Vicarious ARC giveaways planned in the next six months, and at least one of those will be for newsletter subscribers only. So if you want a signed ARC, make this Rafflecopter your beotch :) The question for leaving a blog comment is about your favorite YA main character name. Hopefully that'll be a fun one for people to answer :) Happy holidays!

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

They Call Me Alexandra Gastone $1.99 Sale Blitz

Hi lovely peeps! I am going to be away from the internet for a few days because I am going back to St. Louis to celebrate Birtsgivingmas, AKA Thanksgiving + my mom's birthday + Christmas, all handily rescheduled into one week when I can actually afford to fly ;)

I thought I'd leave you with some info about a great deal on a great book! I read THEY CALL ME ALEXANDRA GASTONE because the author seemed really cool and because I'm a sucker for spy-girl books, even though they sometimes end up disappointing me. I'm happy to report this book was not a disappointment in the least. It's well-written, compelling, realistic (despite featuring a fictional country, and do you know how hard that is to pull off?), and even brings the feels at the end. If you're a fan of the TV show ALIAS or books by Ally Carter, you should definitely give this one a go.

When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?

Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. 

She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency.

For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing.

But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now.

Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur.

Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?

Here's the author, T.A. Maclagan to tell you more about the book:

T.A.: I was thrilled to learn that Amazon selected my debut novel, They Call Me Alexandra Gastone, as a $1.99 Holiday Deal for the month of December. That said, there are A LOT of books on sale right now, so the competition is stiff. As such, you might be wondering why you should buy mine over others. 

First, let me spark your interest with a few reviews…

"...the intersection of action, espionage, and drama makes for solid...entertainment: readers will gladly sit back and watch Alexandra navigate the obstacle course that comes with playing her role too well. It's a strong debut for New Zealand author Maclagan." --Publisher's Weekly

"Death-threats, global takeover, double-agents, hidden files and a blown cover--by the time you get to the shocking conclusion of this cliff-hanger, you won't know who to trust..." --Girls' Life

"An intricate, debut spy thriller...readers will keep turning pages, and the surprise ending will have them anxiously awaiting a sequel." --Booklist

"A solid debut that has both heart and smarts. Clever, solidly paced, and power-packed with a killer voice. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is a blast to read. A perfect balance of mystery, romance, and betrayal. Bring on the sequel!" -- Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex

Now let me tickle your interest just a little bit more…

As both a woman and an author, I love butt kicking female characters who are strong but not invulnerable. I like morally complex characters who struggle through life, love and whatever horrible situation they’ve been put in and who ultimately come out the other side tougher than before. Alexandra Gastone is just such a character, so if you love the likes of Buffy, Katniss, Tris and Clarke, then pick up a copy of Alexandra Gastone for the bargain basement price of $1.99!

There’s a $15 Amazon gift card up for grabs today as a thank you for stopping by, so check out the rafflecopter below! And if Alexandra Gastone sounds right up your alley, check out my 
dream movie cast or my blog post on the top 10 butt kicking females who influenced Alexandra Gastone!

Click here for the Rafflecopter where you can enter to win a $15 Amazon gift card!