Friday, August 29, 2014

Bree Despain's Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 Schedule

Next week is going to be a blast because I get to spend it as a panelist at Salt Lake Comic Con! Here's my schedule if you feel like dropping in on one of my panels or getting a book signed:

 Thursday, September 4, 3:00 pm Katniss Revealed: A Closer Look at The Hunger Games on Film and in Print, Room 251A

Thursday, September 4, 7:00 pm Writing Suspense, Room 355D

Friday, September 5th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Signing* at the Shadow Mountain booth on the main expo floor (#111)

Friday, September 5, 6:00 pm Comic Con Writer's Retreat Part 2: Writing Your Novel, Room 255B

Friday, September 5, 8:00 pm Why We Love the Winchester Brothers: Supernatural and the Art of Characterization, Room 255B

Saturday, September 6th 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Signing* at the Shadow Mountain booth on the main expo floor (#111)

Saturday, September 6, 6:00 pm  My Favorite Disney Princess Villain, Room 251A

Saturday, September 6, 7:00 pm  The Whedonverse: Why Writers and Creators Love Buffy, Angel, Firefly and the Rest, Room 251A

Saturday, September 6, 8:00 pm Dark and Dangerous: The Appeal of the Bad Boy Hero, Room 255F
 * Autographs from me are always free. You can bring books from home to have signed or there will be books for purchase at the Shadow Mountain booth. (And I'll have bookmarks to sign as well.)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yet Another Ice Bucket Challenge Video!

I was called out to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by the ladies of Writers Cubed (who put on the most excellent Teen Author Bootcamp). I accepted their challenge and here are the results.

Luckily my kids couldn't lift the bucket all that high, but they sure did think it was funny.

KidA: "Mom, can we do this every day???"

I hereby nominate Natalie Whipple, Elana Johnson, and Colleen Houck to take the challenge next. You have 24 hours!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A secret from THE ETERNITY KEY and cover reveal contest winner(s)

Four things from me today!

1. I'm going to be a panelist at Salt Lake Comic Con! I am so super excited--and they even made me this cool profile pic.

2. My ARCs of THE ETERNITY KEY arrived! I was so thrilled to get this box of books. I swear it feels like I just barely typed "the end" on this story and now it's in my hands in book form. This is my fifth book and it still feels surreal!

3. Now that ARCs are going out into the world, I thought I'd share a secret with you. (Though I don't know how well I've kept it a secret so far). THE ETERNITY KEY features three point-of-view characters.

This means there will be chapters from not only Haden Lord and Daphne Raines, but also some from one of my other favorite characters: Tobin Oshiro-Winters. I realized he had so much going on that he deserved to tell his side of the story. It was so much fun getting to delve into Tobin's head while he tries to sort through his issues with his mother, his sister's disappearance, and not to mention his love life.

4. Also now that I have ARCs, I can send one to the winner from last week's giveaway. Winners actually! I was so excited about getting my box of books that I decided to pick two winners.***
Who are:

Shaili Parmar
Magan Bagan

***Winners, please email your shipping info to me at readbree (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send you your prize. Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of this post or they will be forfeit.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Intorducing THE ETERNITY KEY: Book #2 of the Into The Dark series. Plus a super HOT suprise and a giveaway!

After slaving away over a mildly warm computer for several months, the fruits of my labors are finally starting to take form. Book #2 of the Into The Dark series is written, edited, and finally has a cover, title, and an official synopsis! Check them out below . . . and then keep scrolling for a super HOT surprise. (Trust me, you will want to see this!)

Synopsis (Warning: mild spoilers if you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE):
Fan-favorite author Bree Despain continues her modern-day romance trilogy inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades with this second book in her Into the Dark series.

Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden's choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms.

Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends.

Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone's Gate opens again on the spring equinox.

THE ETERNITY KEY will be hitting shelves some time in Spring 2015, but if you're looking for a review copy, I hear that it is already available on Netgalley.

Okay, so you may have noticed that the cover for THE ETERNITY KEY is significantly different from the hardcover of THE SHADOW PRINCE (Book #1 of the Into The Dark series). Well, surprise, that's because TSP has gotten a HOT (or is that HOTT!? Or maybe even HAWT??) new cover design for the paperback!***

Not only does TSP have a schmexy new cover, it also has a new official synopsis.
Check it out below:
 From Bree Despain, the fan-favorite author of The Dark Divine trilogy, comes her highly anticipated second young adult series: a contemporary adventure inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades.

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world for six months in order to convince Daphne Raines to return with him to the land of the dead.

The best way to do this, Haden is told, is to get Daphne to fall in love with him. But getting a teenage girl to fall in love with you isn't easy, especially when Haden's life and more depends on the success of his quest. Little does he know that the tenuous peace between the Greek god of the Underrealm and the Greek god of the Sky is breaking and war is imminent.

If Haden succeeds, his honor and standing will be restored in the royal court, and Daphne will be sacrificed to save us all.

The complication he didn't see coming: he's the one who falls in love.

Now Haden must choose to either fulfill his sacred duty or to follow his heart and find a way to rewrite his and Daphne's destinies.

Btw, the paperback edition of THE SHADOW PRINCE will be available in April 2015--and you can already pre-order it HERE.


To celebrate the new covers, I am going to give away the very first signed ARC of THE ETERNITY KEY to one lucky winner. (Please note: I don't have ARCs yet, but when they arrive, the very first one out of the box and signed will go to the winner.) All you have to do to enter is share one or both of the new Into The Dark covers with you friends. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. 

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Q: Why did the cover for THE SHADOW PRINCE change?
A: Because if certain powers that be want a different cover for your book, and you have a smart publisher, you get a new cover.

Q: Is this the third cover design for TSP?
A: Yes, yes it is. I guess some books are trickier to cover than others. Maybe that's because TSP is so many things rolled into one story: fantasy, contemporary, adventure, mystery, romance, etc.

Q: Does this mean my hardcovers for the series won't match now?
A: Unfortunately, yes. I know, I know, that always bugs me too. But you gotta admit that new cover for TSP is pretty HOT.

Q: These covers are kinda romancey, will boys like this series too?
A: Yes, I think so! The story itself has a ton of appeal for both female and male readers. Heck, the main character is a dude! This series has everything from explosions and monsters and gods and a love story and music and quirky characters and a tiny adorable cat who will probably kill you if you make her angry. There's something for everyone! (If I do say so myself. Heheh.)

Q: Did you design the covers?
A: No! People far more artistically talented than I designed the covers for my publisher. I just write the books.

Q: Did you get to pick the cover models?
A: I didn't pick the model for Daphne on the TEK cover, but I did get some say in the model for Haden on TSP. He was one of a few that I picked out as possible hunks to get the privilegeq of being my Underrealm prince.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My SLC Comic Con FanX Schedule

I will be speaking on eight panels and doing two signing's at this week's Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience! I am so super excited, you have no idea. Between panels I'll be trying to sneak in pics of my favorite celebs like Nathan Fillion. If you see me wandering around, be sure to say hello. And if you deliberately want to see me, check out my schedule below:

4/17 6:00 pm: Veronica Mars: From Cult TV Series to Major Motion Picture

4/18 11:00 am: The Future of Science Fiction and Fantasy in a Post-Twilight, Post-Potter World

4/18 1:00-2:00 pm: Book Signing***

4/18 3:00 pm: Writing and Mental Health

4/18 6:00 pm: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Dr. Who

4/19 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Book Signing***

4/19 2:00 pm: Top Things to Do and Not to Do as an Aspiring Writer

4/19 4:00 pm: Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century

4/19 6:00 pm: Buffy, Angel, Firefly & Marvel’s Avengers: Joss Whedon and the Art of Storytelling

4/19 7:00 pm: Werewolves, Mr. Hyde and the Incredible Hulk: Our Love/Hate Relationship with RAGE!

***There will be a bookseller at the con so you can purchase a book at the event. (But you're also welcome to bring your copies from home.)