Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Be the 1st to Read GRAVITY e-ARC Contest

Crazy details:
  • The contest begins now and will run until I hit 3,000 followers on Twitter.
  • If a miracle occurs and I hit 3K like yesterday, then please note the ARC will be provided as soon as it is available. We are assuming it will take a bit to hit 3,000 followers, and by then my ARC will be shiny and perfect and ready to send to the winner.
  • As this will be the first ARC provided, I ask that the winner limit detailed reviews of the book to closer to the release date if possible
To enter do one of the following:
  • Become a new follower on Twitter.
  • “Like” my Facebook author page
  • Add GRAVITY and friend me on Goodreads
  • If you rock like a superstar and have already done all the above then just retweet the contest.
And to make it super simple, I've added a widget. Awesome, right? Please use the below widget to enter this contest. I'm so excited to get GRAVITY into the world. I hope you'll join me in the fun!

Waiting on Wednesday Awesomeness

Title: RENEGADE
Author: J.A. Souders
Pub date: 2012
Description from Goodreads:
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Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
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But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
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Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

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Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

FIVE things you should NOT do if you're an author or aspiring author:

  1. Broadcast to the world that your book is totally original. It isn’t. Sorry.
  2. Badmouth other authors online. They will read it. They will hate you for it. And voodoo dolls will be made with your name on them.
  3. Act like you know more than those that are still learning. You probably do know more. Congratulations. But preaching your greatness does not Ye great make.
  4. Read negative reviews if you can’t handle it. If you know you’ll be pissed beyond pissed, ready to light a torch and march, then walk away. Close out Goodreads and Amazon. Read the positive reviews instead and enjoy the fact that your book is being read by people other than your family. Yay!
  5. Forget that reading is an amazing thing. Readers are an amazing thing. Relish in them, praise them, appreciate them. I want people, especially children and teens, to enjoy reading, even if what they’re enjoying isn’t my book.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

10% to the American Cancer Society

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A few months ago when I signed with Entangled, I mentioned that part of my journey to publication involved my father growing sick. As he is my first reader and why I began writing, I said that I would donate 10% of my earnings for the entire GRAVITY series to the American Cancer Society. I have yet to mention this again because honestly I tend to be private both about my personal life and also my charitable donations, but in talking to my dad today, I realize that is foolish.

So I will be adding a page here on my blog (and also my website) that details why I’m passionate about the American Cancer Society, and then the 10% donation and how that will work. I am fully open to any questions you may have, as my intention is to bring more awareness to this disease that impacts so many.