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TDM Special Editions Virtual Signing!

Before I jump back into my regular blogging schedule, I wanted to let you know about another opportunity to pre-order the TDM special editions. Good Choice Reading is graciously hosting the virtual signing again! I won't be touring for the release of these editions (in fact, you probably won't see me out and about until next fall), so this is your chance to get them signed and personalized. 👍🏻

As a reminder, TDM has a prequel short story centered on Liam and Cole, NF has a prequel story about how Vida came to be with the Children's League, ITA has a story centered on Clancy, and TtD has very special TO BE REVEALED bonus content. I'm DYING to share what it is, because I think you guys will be suuuuper into it. At least I hope you'll be!

These paperbacks will be on sale January 2, 2018 in the United States. I've had a few people ask about translated editions of the short stories, and I wish I had more information for you. They've been offered to the international publishers, and it's up to them about how they want to use them. I'll keep you updated! In the meantime, if you're desperate to get your hands on them and you're outside of the US, Good Choice Reading ships internationally. 

 

 

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding Preorder Gift

Hi all! 

It's been a while, hasn't it? I've been somewhat better about keeping newsletter subscribers updated (but not by much... I've had deadlines, I swear!) but I really need to check in here more as well!

My new Middle Grade series kicks off on September 5th with The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding! I'm so excited for you guys to read this one--it truly is a product of my intense love of Halloween (and Halloween movies!), spooky tales, curses, and other witchy things. You can start reading an excerpt right now by following this link. It's meant for younger readers but I think--and hope--you guys will all get a kick out of it. 

I'm also very happy to report that it's received two starred reviews! 👻

★ An infectious, entertaining series starter... thrilling plot twists will keep even the most savvy readers guessing. Clever, occasionally frightening, and always fun, this will hook plenty.
— Booklist Reviews
★ Darkly delicious... Bracken’s cast is drawn in loving detail, and her twisty plot will keep readers guessing.
— Publishers Weekly

I also want to let you guys know about the preorder gift giveaway that Good Choice Reading is hosting for The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding. If you pre-order a signed copy through GCR (which can be personalized and shipped internationally!!), you'll receive a cute lil'Halloween print of Toad, the catbat. 🎃

You can also pre-order copies of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding through: 

AMAZON  | BARNES & NOBLEBOOKSAMILLION | INDIEBOUND | CHAPTERS | IBOOKS

Oh! I almost forgot--do you guys remember my instagram stories about signing copies of Prosper with my doodled ghosts and messages in them? Those are a special limited quantity that will only be available to order through Indie bookstores. I'm trying to pull together a list of all of the stores that ordered them in, but I know for a fact that Books of Wonder has a few available

I will be hitting the road and going out on tour--those dates and details are coming soon!

Extras casting for TDM movie!

Helloooooooo!

I've been very quiet post-WAYFARER's release because I've been busying writing my little heart out and working on a few new projects for you to read! I'm really excited to tell you about them--including THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING, which is out THIS SEPTEMBER 5th!!--but I wanted to pop in now for a quick TDM movie update!

If you're subscribed to my newsletter, or follow me on social, you already know that we have the Black Betty gang assembled. I am freaking thrilled Skylan Brooks announced he's playing Chubs so I don't have to keep that secret anymore. Phew! It made me tear up to see the four of them in graphics together. I can't believe it's real... 😭

I did promise you guys that I would let you know the second that I heard anything at all about extras casting, and, well, today's the day! 

Here's the information--please note that you MUST BE LOCAL TO ATLANTA

SOLDIERS
Seeking Men and Women with military or police experience.
Men 5’10″ or taller
Women 5’6 or taller
Rate: 64/8
Dates: Shoot Dates April 3rd – first week of June
Not all dates in between
Subject: DM SOLDIER

KIDS
Looking for kids ages 6 -19
Any Ethnicity
Rate: 64/8
Dates: Shoot Dates April 3rd – first week of June
Not all dates in between
Location: In and Around Atlanta
Subject: DM Kids

If you fit the description then please email DarkMind@RoseLockeCasting.com. Include 3 pics (head, body and profile)

Okay, back to work I go! I'm so excited to see this movie start rolling! 

Tour Dates for WAYFARER + TDM in the UK!

Hey y'all! I'm very happy to post the tour dates for WAYFARER next January, and I'm so thrilled I get to do a week of events with my pal Sooz. :) I hope to see you guys there!!

We might be adding one or two more stops, so stay tuned!

In other exciting  news... some of you may know that I've been hoping beyond hope to one day have a UK edition of TDM trilogy. Over the years, I've gotten countless requests for ebooks to be made available, but we weren't able to do it because the North American and Aussie/NZ editions were restricted to those territories. BUT! I'm so, so happy to tell you that Quercus, my amazing UK publisher for PASSENGER and WAYFARER, has picked up the rights to TDM series and those books are on sale TODAY!!

Check out the slightly modified covers:

The One that is FREE FREE FREEEEE!

Okay, lots to cover in this post BUT FIRST:

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The Darkest Minds is iBooks' Book of the Week... which means that you can download this 500 page beauty FOR FREE on all of your iOS/Apple devices!! Here is the link to the iBooks page. Go forth! Download! Tell your friends to download! Force it on your family members! ;)

If you're new to the series, or thinking about starting, here's the order:

Book 1: The Darkest Minds

e-novella: In Time 

Book 2: Never Fade

e-novella: Sparks Rise

Book 3: In the Afterlight

(The e-novellas are absolutely not required reading, but they do flesh out the world and connect with the main storyline.)

If that isn't enough excitement for you (It is for me--someone bring the smelling salts!), I'm so thrilled and incredibly excited to tell you guys that The Darkest Minds series is debuting at #7 on The New York Times series bestseller list!!

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting the series over the last three years--it's been such an incredible journey, and I can't believe that there won't be more books, that I won't get to keep checking in with the gang (aka ruining their young lives). How lucky am I that I not only got to tell a story with characters I love, but also connect with all of you? Thank you for coming on this crazy ride with me.

Next week, I think I'll go ahead and post a FAQ list for the final book and the series, but I still want to give folks another week to finish reading before I potentially spoil them!

Also, if it's of interest, In the Afterlight's playlist is up in full on Spotify! Have yourself a lil'listen:

The Comic Con One

Hi y'all!  Sorry for not dropping in on Sunday or Monday (I'm trying to establish an actual blogging schedule with limited success), but I was busy, busy, busy trying to finish the story I've been working on since last October!  And I did!  Last night, around 12:30 in the morning. I decided to suck it up and push through to the end, even though I've been feeling under the weather and I kept turning around to gaze mournfully at my bed. I'm really proud of myself for finishing this one--I'm allowed to say that without looking like a d-bag, right?  I've had the idea in the back of my mind since 2009, but I didn't start working on it until Columbus Day weekend last year (when I took a research trip to Boston).  I was going to be all dodgy and secretive about it, but I flat-out said it was Middle Grade in that post and, well, no use pretending.

That's really why I'm proud that I finished it--writing MG is out of my comfort zone, but I wanted the challenge after feeling a little burnt out on YA.  I honestly have no idea if I actually succeeded. Initially, I really struggled with the stylistic changes you have to make to write for a younger audience.  I tend to be a long-winded writer both on a micro sentence level and a macro storytelling level, so it was an uphill battle to change my usual syntax.  It ended up being 65,000 words (just under 250 pages) which is still a bit long for MG, but, hey, that's 100,000 words shorter than the first draft of the last book I finished (she says, trying not to cry).

In any case, it needs a bit more polishing and time to settle before I talk about it, but--I'm excited!  Finish it was one of the goals I had for October, so I'm actually ahead of schedule. Even if it all comes to nothing, I learned a lot about writing MG and I'm really fond of the characters and story.

(I was going to write some slick transition here, but I'm feeling pretty miserable/not-so-clever/headache-y today. This morning on the subway train--which, of course, was running "at slower speeds due to an earlier incident"--I started feeling REALLY ill. I woke up thinking, "I should probably call in sick to work today," but in the two years I've worked here I've never taken a single sick day... and, well, this girl has pride.  Anyway, bad choice.  I felt worse and worse and worse when I transferred to the Q, and, lemme tell you, there are few places worse when you're sick than a super hot, super crowded train.  I started stripping off my scarf, my coat, my knit vest to try to cool off, but I could feel the sweat pouring off me. And all I kept thinking was, YOU WILL NOT BE THE SICK PASSENGER, BRACKEN.  YOU WILL NOT HOLD UP THIS TRAIN BY PASSING OUT, NOT AFTER SO MANY JUDGE-Y TWEETS ABOUT SICK PASSENGERS GETTING ON TRAINS.

This is when the train stopped all together and I basically gave up on life and set my purse and lunch bag down on the ground so I could lean against the pole and puke on the evil person sitting directly in front of me, watching all this happen, and not offering me the chance to sit down.  A girl a few seats down finally got up and thank God for that--I think I was two seconds away from sitting my ass down on the floor of the car to avoid falling onto it.  So yeah, not a super fun day.)

I just wanted to remind you guys that this week is NEW YORK COMIC CON WEEK!!

I would LOVE to meet you guys if you're attending!

Friday, October 12th

11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Disney Publishing Worldwide Booth 1132

I'll be signing THE DARKEST MINDS galleys in the Disney Hyperion Booth alongside Dan Krokos (author of FALSE MEMORY).

1:30--2:30 PM, 1A14  PASSION, POWER, AND PARANORMALS! Panel

Authors Keri Arthur, Maureen Johnson, Tahereh Mafi, Tonya Hurley, Margaret Stohl, Dan Krokos, Alexandra Bracken, and Kalayna Price discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels. If dating the undead wasn’t tricky enough, these protagonists must also battle the forces of evil while trying to keep their sanity and the world safe from destruction. Moderator Jocelyn Davies will have the authors divulging the steamy details behind creating their characters and their tricky love affairs.

1. Keri Arthur (Beneath a Darkening Moon) 2. Maureen Johnson (The Shades of London series) 3. Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me) 4. Tonya Hurley (The Blessed) 5. Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures) 6. Dan Krokos (False Memory) 7. Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds) 8. Kalayna Price (Alex Craft Novels) MODERATOR: Jocelyn Davies (A Beautiful Dark and A Fractured Light, Editor at Razorbill)
(I'm SO excited about this panel... and super, super nervous!  Luckily Jocelyn is captain of this ship, so I know we're in good hands and the audience is in for a real treat.)
3:15 – 4:15, Autographing Tables 2,3 and 4 Panel Autographing
I'll be signing BRIGHTLY WOVEN after the panel ends, but I'll have a few copies of THE DARKEST MINDS to give out, and--if the shipping gods smile down on me--TDM postcard-sized prints I can sign for you, too.