Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG~Stepping Out of Your Genre & A Gorgeous #CoverReveal!

Hi Everyone!
*Quick Splat Note: I suck. Haven't been blogging due to all sorts of legit bookish reasons, life with four kids & ailing parents. I still LUV you! 
"It's September," I whisper, for fear if I spoken loudly another page will turn and December will arrive. And I'm not ready for the holidays to be here. Let's agree to concentrate on today being the 1st Wednesday of said month, where I come to answer the question posed by the Insecure Writer's Support Group. 
"Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?"
Talk about a loaded question...

Sure have. And it's one of my favorite parts of writing fiction. I'll use my MG novel Motley Education as an example. Originally, my main character Ebony Charmed was a teenager, not a tween. But the more I wrote her story, the younger she sounded. It was at that point I realized she didn't want to be an emotionally wounded teen medium with trust issues or to lust after her best guy friend only to realize they were better off as just friends. Nope, she wanted to be a spunky, boneyard-loving, misfit medium dressed in miniskirts with skulls on her tights and pink/blue strips in her hair, whose rocky relationship with her mom contributes to her insecurities at school and with the local bully-boy, except for her GTG (go-to-guy) Fleishman - the best real friend any girl could hope for. <3

Yeah, I totally heart them, too.
And guess what? Their little story won yet another award! 

I've been invited to Miami, FL, in November to attend the awards ceremony and accept the award. Unlike with the Literary Classic award ceremony that I couldn't attend because it was in South Dakota this past weekend (airfare from Maine to SD was ridiculously expensive), I'll be able to make it to Florida for the ceremony! I'm thrilled.

I want to thank our amazing September co-host team of Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, & Beverly Stowe McClure! Want to be part of the IWSG? Click the image.

Reminder Splat: My YA publisher is offering a preorder sales price of $3.99 for Marked Beauty from now until release day - October 17, 2017. In conjunction, anyone who preorders their copy will receive a fabulous preorder package of bookish goodies! Just sign up via this link: Preorder links: AMAZON & BARNES AND NOBLE.
Are you ready for an amazingly gorgeous cover reveal??? Oh, and it's not mine. LOL Here goes:

Book I of The Curse of the Phoenix Duology
by Dorothy Deyer

Publisher: Snow Wings Publishing
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Genre: NA (New Adult)
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Design

Description: Since the outbreak of the phoenix fever in Drothidia, Tori Kagari has already lost one family member to the fatal disease. Now, with the fever threatening to wipe out her entire family, she must go against everything she believes in order to save them—even if that means making a deal with the enemy.

When Tori agrees to join forces with the unscrupulous Khadulians, she must take on a false identity in order to infiltrate the queendom of Avarell and fulfill her part of the bargain, all while under the watchful eye of the unforgiving Queen’s Guard. But time is running out, and every lie, theft, and abduction she is forced to carry out may not be enough to free her family from death. Add Phoenix Descending on Goodreads!

Congratulations to Dorothy! I'm excited for this one.

So, IWSG peeps: have you ever had a character you're writing yell at you that you're doing it wrong? ;) 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A YA Preorder Offer: Be The Marked Beauty You Are

I am super excited to share the news that MARKED BEAUTY has preorder links! They. Are. Real. YAY! This book has had one heck of a twisted journey to get to this point, and I'm thrilled that it's finally here. My publisher is so excited to get this book out into the wild that they're offering it up at the sale price of $3.99 until release date! You can preorder on AMAZON & BARNES & NOBLE.

BUT there's more...

I'm announcing a ***SPECIAL, SUPER-DUPER PREORDER OFFER ALERT!*** If you'd like to preorder a copy of MARKED BEAUTY, I'm offering this special preorder package with all sorts of goodies! This offer is open US/CAN and will run until release day, October 17, 2017, or while supplies last.

So here's what you get: one signed bookplate, one Marked Beauty bookmark, one Marked Beauty tattoo, one Be The Marked Beauty You Are exclusive poster, and one Marked Beauty magnet.

I have a limited amount of bookish swag, so make sure you order your copy soon if you want some! Just click on this link Google Doc! And if you'd like your eBook signed, look over to my right sidebar under authorGraph. Choose Marked Beauty & Voila! I'll make it happen.

And still MORE...if you're a newsletter subscriber you get to enter into a special giveaway, too! Not a subscriber, but would like to be one? No problem. Sign up HERE.

When tragedy strikes her best friend, a reluctant empath is 
forced to use her skills to help; only doing so stirs her energy, 
luring a dark, elusive boy into her world and with him an 
ancient evil that threatens her heart and life, but even more 
deadly...her eternity. #markedbeauty

If you'd like to share this offer, feel free to retweet:

Join the Be The #MarkedBeauty You Are march! Preorder a copy & receive a goodie package! #YAlit @EllysianPress

Praise for Marked Beauty

"With some of the best imagery I've ever read, MARKED BEAUTY will have you desperately flipping pages to find out what happens with Ana and Viktor--who are both mysteriously endearing and an absolute delight to cheer for." 
           - Elana Johnson, author of the POSSESSION trilogy & co-founder of the Querytracker blog

Marked Beauty is a compelling, magical masterpiece that hooks you from page one and doesn’t let go. Ana and Viktor's story is a timeless tale you'll want to read over and over.                                                                                     -Natalie Decker bestselling author of the YA romance series Rival Love.

“S.A. Larsen’s Marked Beauty is a tale of mystery, magic, and beauty. Never will a book ever make you want to be a teen again more than this one. Completely charming.”                                                                                                                            –Danielle DeVor, author of The Marker Chronicles.

I'll be releasing a teaser or two now and again over the next few weeks. Thank you so much for the support!

For this month's IWSG, I guess what I'm most insecure about right now is learning the ropes of marketing and promoting my books in the young adult world. It's so different from middle grade - and getting the word out about middle grade books isn't any easier, either. It's just YA is a completely different animal.

Any words of wisdom from my fellow YA authors or any marketing/promotion guru out there would be greatly appreciated. >3 

(The purpose of the IWSG is to share and encourage, posting on the first Wednesday of each month. You'll find writer doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Support and a common understanding spread throughout the group as many fellow writers can relate. Feel free to JOIN in anytime.)


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