YA Scavenger Hunt #2

Welcome to the second stop on the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt! Scroll down to find the second word in the short story. Be sure to read the entire post so you don’t miss it! In the mean time, check out my own personal giveaway below!

THE CHRONICLES OF WARSHARD

Would you like to give the Chronicles of Warshard a try?

Enter to win the series reviewers are calling “refreshing, badass and powerful”! Pick and choose how you’d like to enter using the rafflecopter below for your chance to win paperbacks of the first two books in the series, along with the companion short story collection (in ebook)!

ENTER HERE

Already read the Chronicles of Warshard series? Check out a free excerpt of my next book The Aldar Dominion, on Instafreebie! 

The Aldar Dominion_cover only_no tagline

Now for what you’ve all been waiting for….
The second word in the YA scavenger hunt short story is:

The secret word is: “UPON

Put together all the words (in order from 1 ~ 140) and reconstruct the “Secret Legend”.

When you’re done, enter the grand prize here.
If you have any questions, make sure to visit the main post and list of participating authors here.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

scavenger2-1024x1024

The Aldar Dominion Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to share this with you all! I started working on this cover literally months ago, and damn has it ever come far! The process will deserve an entire post in itself, but for now, here is the cover!

The Aldar Dominion_cover.jpg

The cover was designed by myself! Incase you didn’t know, I have a design background, so making the covers for my books has been beyond fun!

ABOUT THE ALDAR DOMINION

The Aldar Dominion saved the world.The Aldar Dominion_cover only_no tagline.jpg

Then they damned it.

After solar flares decimated Earth’s population, the alien corporation gave humans a recipe for immortality and hope for the next generation. Cloning and the technology to transport consciousness from one body to another saved the human race from extinction. But the value of human life plummeted.

In an age when animal conservation no longer exists, Selene smuggles animals to safety. While fleeing Dominion drones during a mission gone wrong, Selene suffers a debilitating head injury. The pain unlocks memories from twenty lost years: stark labs and human experiments. These nightmares could hold the key to why natural-born human children are disappearing. But worse—they reveal a sinister plot centuries in the making.

Can Selene decipher her dreams in time to avoid enslavement to the aliens? Or will she witness the end of the human race?

Read the first book in the Dominion Rising series to find out!

The Aldar Dominion will be released June 13th, and is now available for pre-order! 

Pre-order on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, or Barnes & Noble

Add The Aldar Dominion on Goodreads!

Can’t wait to start reading?

Sign up for my mailing list and get the first 3 chapters of Savages NOW!

Need your dose of sci-fi in the mean time? Try The Stowaway Experiment, a tie in short story taking place before The Aldar Dominion.

The Stowaway Experiment_cover_2.jpgThe Smugglers Legion is gone.

Captain Eria is in a work camp.

Rikkard is all that’s left.

After the Smugglers Legion disbands, Rikkard Gunnar is left to captain the few remaining members. With no credits left, and only one hovercraft, Rikkard risks everything when he takes a mission to infiltrate a Dominion laboratory. He gets way more than he bargained for when he meets a young woman with no memory of who she is or where she’s come from.

Try it now for only $0.99 cents!
Get it on Amazon, iBooks, or Barnes & Noble. Coming soon to Kobo.

Join the AAYAA Scavenger Hunt!

Good evening everyone!

I’m so excited to announce that next month I will be part of a HUGE scavenger hunt hosted by the Alliance of Young Adult Authors (which includes me)! This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed short story HERE (link will be posted soon).

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

THE MAP (participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Efken
  11. Meredith Rose
  12. Lara Ann
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil
  26. Jo Schneider
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Monroe Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert
  105. Rachel Medhurst
  106. Tee G Ayer
  107. May Freighter
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Tom Shutt
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson
  120. J.L. Hendricks
  121. A.L. Knorr
  122. T.M. Franklin
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy
For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.

TIMELINE

Authors will post the rules and the full list of participating authors sometime in June, and have their post up and visible on their site/blog, with their keyword, by June 1st. Readers just need to go through the list, find the words, and use the story to enter for the grand prize.

I know this is a lot different than the giveaways I’ve done in the past, but I’m SO excited to be part of this scavenger hunt! Derek Murphy has done an awesome job putting this together, and I’d like to thank him for all of his hard work!

Now best of luck everyone! I hope you win some awesome prizes. 😉

All the best,

Kat

The images that inspired Savages

Hello all!

Long time no see! It’s been a while since I updated or wrote anything on this website (as you may have guessed). Well, it’s been two weeks since the official launch of Savages and I am SO happy to say that it is doing great! As of this evening we’re closing on 300 sales (including pre-orders) and I am over the moon with gratitude!

So before I get started on some of the inspiration behind Savages, thank you. Seriously. Thank you to every one who’s been there during this launch, who bought the book, or who lended a retweet or share. You guys ROCK, and I am so grateful.

Now on to the pretty pictures! 😉 We both know that’s what you’re really here for.

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.**

THE SCENERY

Would you ever guess this book takes place in a desert 98% of the time? No? Well I don’t know how I can be more clear about that. (lol jokes)

THE CHARACTERS

BREEN

 The warrior. The mother. The survivor.

“I never lose.”

tumblr_inline_nh1wn0WEvZ1szuxi8

Breen is one hell of a woman. Stubborn. Strong. Cut-throat when she needs to be, but
rather awkward when it comes to just about anything not involving a blade.

tumblr_nufbnyEE1C1r8t4mjo9_250

She bears a striking resemblance to Khutulun of Netflix’s Marco Polo. Though Breen might look a bit different, her braids were definitely inspired by the warrior princess.

But whatever you do, it’s probably best to stay on her good side.

Never has she been so angry. Never had she wanted to kill so badly. Blood pumped through her veins and angry tears stung the back of her eyes.
“You will not hurt my family.

DRAKKONE

The lieutenant. The father. The savior.

“Why do you do this?”
“It’s the right thing to do.”

ed431462867f4aaff48fd1790ef23edc.jpg

Drakkone is probably the best man in the entire world. No joke. Not only does he put up with Breen’s crap, but he also… you know… saves her life. No big.

Enduring the loss of not only his country, but his family, Drakkone never falters, never fails, and never gives up.

“I told you I’d get you out of there.”

NINA

The gifted. The daughter. The innocent.

Honestly, Nina is probably the cutest little baby in existence (not biased at all), but for those of you who’ve read Haven, you know how her story goes. But Nina wasn’t always the powerful pre-teen. Once upon a time she was a toddler with intelligence beyond her years, and a gift she had yet to grasp.

“You and Daddy can [protect me]. I want to help them, Mumma. I want to help you.”

MISC

Lastly, these are just a few of the photos that inspired some of the streets of Seaburn, as well as the tents in the Delica Tribe.

Most of these photos came directly from google. I claim NO ownership over any of them, and am simply using them as inspiration. You can find any of these images via google. 

Well, that’s it for the images I kept stored away. While I did spend a fair amount of time looking through images, most of what you see in the book came straight out of my head. Seaburn has been featured in two books now, and most of its story has been told. Though I have some short stories in mind for the future, I won’t reveal anymore than that for now!

The last novel in the Chronicles of Warshard will release in the fall, and we’ll be back to the six kingdoms for the majority of it!

I do hope you enjoyed this post! If you haven’t read Savages yet, you can grab a copy on any of these retailers:

Amazon – Kobo – iBooks – Barnes & Noble

Plus, read the first three chapters free right here on my blog! (Just look under the Chronicles of Warshard tab)

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you guys again soon!

Stay classy internet!

Kat

Savages Cover Reveal

I’ve been absolutely DYING to share this with you guys! The cover has been finished for a few weeks now (because I suck at waiting to do things), and at last it’s time to share the cover for Savages with you all!

savages-cover

The cover was designed by myself! Incase you didn’t know, I have a design background, so making the covers for the Chronicles of Warshard has been a dream!

ABOUT SAVAGES

Ten years before Queen Kadia decimated the six kingdoms of Warshard, her interest lay in the unborn child of a Seaburn savage.

Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica savages-cover-onlyTribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers.

When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future.

Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined.

Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment.

Savages, the long awaited sequel to Haven, will be released April 4th, and is now available for pre-order! 

Pre-order on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, or Barnes & Noble

Add Savages on Goodreads!

Can’t wait to start reading?

Sign up for my mailing list and get the first 3 chapters of Savages NOW!

FYRE RELEASE DAY!

Release day is heeeeeere!! Dying to know what happens in the Haven sequel? Get the first chapter free when you buy the short story collection!

Get FYRE for only $0.99 cents THIS WEEK ONLY! 

Fyre: A Short Story Collection

Now available on AmazonKobo, and Barnes & Noble. Coming soon to iBooks.

Add Fyre on GoodReads

Join Haven and her siblings on four unique adventures in a time when war ravaged the six kingdoms… 

HAVEN has always hated royal gatherings, and jumps at the chance to sneak away for afyre_short-story-collection race through town on horseback. But when the young princess is injured, her ancestry is brought into question.

Much is expected of the heir to the Rythern throne, but when LUCIAN is forced to leave the warfront by his father, his reluctant agreement comes at a price.

The battle for Helms Keep has disastrous consequences for MARCEL. Soon he finds himself fighting both enemy forces and his own memories.

ASTRID is sent to the family summer home in the Cinder Mountains for her own safety. Only she doesn’t expect the knee-high snow and frigid temperatures. With only her guards to protect her, Astrid must dig deeper than she ever thought herself capable of in order to survive.

SUPPORT FYRE’S RELEASE BY SHARING THE HEADTALKER CAMPAIGN.

Fyre Cover Reveal

In case you aren’t subscribed to my newsletter – which let’s be real here, you should be – you might have missed something pretty spectacular yesterday.

Not only did I announce my coming publishing schedule for the next couple of months, but I also revealed the cover for my first ever short story collection: Fyre.

Fyre is a set of short stories in the Haven universe, not long before the book actually begins. But before I get into that, I suppose I should tell you what I’m publishing when, first.

Continue reading “Fyre Cover Reveal”

Untamed Cover Reveal

I’ve been dying to see this cover, and here it is! Finally the day has arrived to share with you all the gorgeous new cover for Untamed!

In case you haven’t heard, Madeline Dyer’s publisher is closing and the rights for Untamed have reverted back to her. She is now in the process of independently releasing a second edition (the only changes are the ISBN, cover, interior design, and that book one will no longer have the opening chapter of book two printed at the end–the actual story itself is the same and unchanged).

And Molly Phipps at WeGotYouCoveredBookDesign.com has designed the most beautiful cover ever! And here it is!!

*swoon* Is this not absolutely stunning? 

About Untamed

“A fantastic dystopian tale. Highly recommended for fans of strong heroines and intriguing sci-fi worlds.”
Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of the Forget Tomorrow series

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

The new edition of Untamed releases on 10th January 2017!

Add the book to your Goodreads shelves now!

40 FREE young adult stories!

15241255_10157896249085790_8980606015383576158_n

Guess what guys?! Brand new content is headed your way!

40 writers. 40 epic short stories. Lots of genres. Lots of new content. And the best part? It’s FREE

Whether you love YA paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction, fantasy or dystopian books, this anthology is for YOU.

We’ve gathered a handful of thrilling stories from all of your favorite genres and put them together into an epic anthology of young adult fiction. Some of them are just the beginning of a unique adventure, while others are complete stories that will spark your imagination.

With over 200,000 words (about three full-length novels) That Moment When will provide weeks of reading pleasure.

OUR THEME
Have you ever reached a moment in your life when everything changed? A crossroads of 15181710_10157896248380790_4475149259460264848_nsorts… a point of no return. An event or realization so enormous you knew it would impact you forever in ways you couldn’t begin to understand? Discoveries so momentous they changed everything you thought you knew about the world, and yourself?

That Moment When is filled with exactly these kinds of moments.

If you read the stories in this anthology, I guarantee you’ll find at least a few that thrill and excite you. Make sure to follow the authors if you want to read more – most of us have at least one free book on our sites.

If you pick up this amazing anthology, not only will you get 40 FREE stories but included in those stories is a special short story set in the Haven universe, long before Haven was ever queen. The Birth of the Immortal Queen follows a young Haven, and her siblings in a story that’ll show you just how Haven discovered her invincibility after all.

Pick up THAT MOMENT WHEN for FREE today! 

Available on:
AmazonKoboiBooks

15284822_10157896248325790_8766246017822243308_n

The Alliance of YA Authors is a community of over 1000 young adult writers. Many of us are award-winning, bestselling authors; others are brilliant debut authors just starting out. We team up to make it easier for you to find your new favorite reads, with book giveaways, contests and joint book promotions.

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Week 4

Can’t believe NaNo is over and Christmas is just around the corner. I swear it seems like 2016 just started a few weeks ago.

Very proud to be a Nano-Winner this year, especially so early. How did everyone else do? Did you make it? Did something come up that you didn’t? No matter what, you did something this month. You started a BOOK. Not everyone can say they’ve done that, and not everyone is going to finish a book either. So I wish you the best of luck in finishing your book! There’s always NaNoFiMo next month, and I know I myself will be using it to finish my book as well!

Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2016 – Week 4”