Monday, April 13, 2015

Into the Dark Series Character Profile: Tobin Oshiro-Winters


Releasing in paperback 4/14/15
Name: Tobin Oshiro-Winters (a.k.a. Toby--but only his mother calls him that, and he hates it).

Hair color: Black

Eyes: Brown

Height: 5'6"

Build: Slim but toned and muscular from years of dance training.

Favorite food: The Oshiro family's infamous spider roll . . . or Swedish Fish.

Favorite drink: Mountain Dew Code Red

Special Skills: Singing, dance, sailing, amateur conspiracy theorist, occasional hacker and code breaker.

Releasing in hardcover 4/28/15
Weaknesses: Under the thumb of a controlling mother, overly obsessed with exposing conspiracies surrounding strange disappearances of teenaged girls from his town,  jumps to quick conclusions.

Life goal:  Become the next Bruno Mars--and find his missing sister, Abbie.

Character inspirations: Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christian Reed from Dance Academy, and Sammy Lieberman from Dance Academy. 


Into the Dark Series Character Profile: Daphne Raines

Releasing in paperback 4/14/2015
Name: Daphne Raines (a.k.a. The Cypher)

Hair color: Golden blonde

Eye color: blue

Height: Just little over 6 feet

Build: Tall and curvy--often described as looking like an amazon.

Favorite food: BBQ bacon cheese burger with avocado and a single onion ring.
Releasing in hardcover 4/28/2015

Favorite drink: Rootbeer!

Special skills: singing, guitar, floral design, animal charming, can hear special tones and music put off by all living/organic things. Uses these tones and sounds to read people and situations. (May be able to do even more with this ability--like control the elements.)

Weaknesses: Abandonment issues from being raised without her father, has difficulty letting people in, overly focused on her goals, can't drive. 

Life goal: Become a world famous musician on her own merit--not because her father is a the Joe Vince "the God of Rock." 

Character inspirations: Taylor Swift meets Dean Winchester from Supernatural + Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender.



Into the Dark Series Character Profile: Haden Lord

Releasing in paperback 4/14/2015!
Name: Haden Lord (a.k.a. Lord Haden, Prince of the Underrealm)

Hair color: Dark brown hair in daylight. Appears midnight black in the dark.

Eyes: Jade green with amber fire rings around his pupils. Sometimes, especially when vexed or otherwise emotional, it looks like he has actual flames dancing in his eyes.

Height: about 6'4"

Build: Big and muscular like a Spartan warrior.

Favorite food: Braised hydra in plum sauce and steamed griffin's milk  . . . or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Favorite drink: Pomegranate nectar--definitely not soda like Daphne, it burns!

Special skills: tracking, hunting, sword fighting, hand-to-hand combat, languages, stealth--to the
Releasing in hardcover 4/28/2015
point of being almost invisible in the dark, playing the guitar and singing (he just doesn't know it yet!)

Weaknesses: Impulsive, sometimes selfish, occasionally compassionate of the less fortunate, sentimental about his deceased mother, too human.

Life Goal: To have his honor restored and to reclaim his standing as heir to the throne of the Underrealm. (Or so he thinks.)

Character inspirations: Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sam Winchester from Supernatural, Castiel from Supernatural, Thor and a little bit of Loki. 



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eternity Key launch party info and YASH winners!

Announcement: The launch party for THE ETERNITY KEY will be Saturday, May 9th at 2pm at The King's English Bookshop. I would love to see you there! If you can't make it, you can pre-order a signed copy of the book from TKE online and they will ship it to you. You can even request a personalization. Just be sure to mention that you want the book signed/personalized in the comments of the order form.

Reminder: THE SHADOW PRINCE ebook is still on sale for $1.99 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I imagine this deal will go away once the paperback edition of the book launches on April 14th. If you want an inexpensive ebook, grab it now!

YASH Winner:

The winner of my giveaway of a The Shadow Prince paperback and swag pack is: Isabella Plummer.

Winner, please email me at readbree@gmail.com with your shipping address to claim your prize. If I do not hear from you within 30 days, your prize will be forfeit. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Become an Into the Dark Series Ambassador!

Edit: Due to overwhelming response (thank you!) I have gone ahead and closed the application form for series ambassadors. Everyone who applied will be contacted by Sunday evening. 


Hey all, I have 3 big things to share with you!

First: 
The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark book 1) ebook is currently on sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only $1.99!  I don't know how long this sale will last, so you might want to take advantage while you can!

Second:
The release dates for The Shadow Prince paperback and The Eternity Key (Into the Dark book 2) hardcover in the U.S. are coming up fast.  The Shadow Prince paperback will be available April 14th and The Eternity Key will be available in hardback and ebook on April 28th, a full 3 weeks earlier than was originally announced!

Third:
Become an Into the Dark Series Ambassador! (Pretty please?)

With the roller-coaster of news of my original publisher, Egmont USA, closing it's doors and my books being acquired by Lerner Books, the future of the Into the Dark series is a little bit up in the air at the moment. Which means I need a little help from my friends (and fans, or just general book loving people). I'm looking for a few good folks who would be willing to become ambassadors for my Into the Dark series in order to give The Shadow Prince paperback and The Eternity Key hardcover the best possible send off into the world this coming April. The better these books do out of the gate, the better the chances that Book 3 in the series will be published. And believe me, once you finish The Eternity Key, you are going to want Book 3!

I've already experienced an overwhelming show of support and best wishes from many of you (seriously, just thinking about it makes me a bit verklempt) and so many people have said to let them know how they can help--so I've decided to create a very tangible way for people to help give the Into the Dark series a well-needed boost.



Here's the deal:

The Into The Dark Series Ambassadors will be a consortium of friends and fans all working together to tell others about Haden and Daphne. If you would like to sign up as a series ambassador, I will provide you with the tools you will need, including books, content, and swag to help promote and talk about the Into the Dark series.
  
As an ambassador you will receive:
  1. 3 to 4 copies of The Shadow Prince paperback. 1 personalized to keep for yourself and 2 or 3 signed pass-along copies to give away. How you give them away is up to you--host a contest, gift to a "loudmouth" book loving friend, donate to a high school class . . . however you think will spread the word about the series in the best way.
  2. 1 signed The Eternity Key ARC. (To keep for yourself or pass along.)
  3. Additional pass-along swag (i.e. bookmarks, charms, etc.)
  4. Exclusive teaser content to be posted on your social media platforms once a week for 6 weeks. (For the 4 weeks leading up to the release of The Eternity Key in the U.S. and the 2 weeks after.) Content may include teaser quotes, book excerpts, character profiles, videos, and exclusive interviews. Don't worry, I will do all the work--all you have to do is post the content on its designated day.
  5. A Series Ambassador badge that you can post on your social media sites if you choose.
  6. Your name listed in the acknowledgements of Into the Dark book 3 (when it's published because y'all are going to rock getting the word out about the series.)
  7. A special exclusive thank you gift from me. (Every ambassador who posts all 6 weeks worth of content and gives away their pass-along books will receive a very special gift from me as a thank you. Trust me, you'll want it. It's adorable!)
All I ask in return is that you spread the word about The Shadow Prince and The Eternity Key by posting, talking, and sharing. There are a few of restrictions though.
  
1.  This opportunity is unfortunately only open to U.S. residents or people with a U.S. shipping address--because international shipping costs are a bear. 
2. You need to have a social media presence where you can post content--and agree to post the content you are provided with each week for the 6 weeks. (All content will be PG friendly.)
3. I only have so many books to give away, so I will have to limit the number of official ambassadors to 20 individuals/households.  (However, that doesn't mean you can't participate by linking, sharing, and talking as much as you want in an unofficial capacity.)
4. Postage is expensive and I only have so many supplies, so please, please, do not sign up to be a series ambassador if do not plan to (or are unable to) fully commit to posting my content for the 6 weeks and to finding a great home for the pass-along books.

So how do I sign up you ask?  Great question!  Just fill out the form below before Noon MDT on Saturday, April 4th.  We will review all applicants and contact you once you have been selected, which will likely be sometime on Sunday, April 5th.  The first content post will be sent out to ambassadors early next week. If you have any questions, be sure to let me know either in the comments or by using the contact button above. If you know someone who would be interested in being an ambassador, please pass this information to them.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who is even considering becoming a series ambassador! I am able to do what I do because of people like you!