Sunday, July 21, 2013


You guys, you guys--look what arrived on Friday!!!!

I can't believe ARCs of THE SHADOW PRINCE are already here! I mean, I just finished writing this book a few weeks ago, and now the printed advanced copies are already in my hands. (And they're even more gorgeous in person than in a picture!)

I had promised the very first ARC to my amazing Grandma B, but sadly she passed away last month--just days before I turned in the final draft of the book--so instead, I gave the very first ARC to my parents. But the next five copies are going out to the winners of last week's contest.

Here they are:

Karen Taylor Russell
Betsy Lybbert
Jessica Russell
Brooke Newton

Winners, please email me at readbree{at}gmail{dot}com with your shipping address so I can get your ARC out to you A.S.A.P.!!!

Of course, giving out ARCs brings a whole truckload of FEELS that kind of has me freaking out. First comes giddiness from just getting to hold the physical book in my hands (I carried a copy around with me that whole first day) and the pure excitement of giving one of my stories to somebody to read...but then there's all the trepidation that comes with that.

Will they like it?
Will they love it?
Will they hate it?
Will they still like me if they don't like it?
Will they think I am a little nuts after getting a glimpse inside my imagination?
Crap, is my crazy showing too much?


So yeah, excuse me while I try to keep a straight face while giving out these ARCs . . . .

I really, really hope you love THE SHADOW PRINCE as much as I do!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Into The Dark Book 1: Title and Cover Reveal (and ARC Giveaway)

You guys! You guys! You guys! If you can't tell, I am so freaking excited. Because I can finally share details with you about my new book! Really good details like the title, release date, a short synopsis, and the COVER!!!! I was going to fill this post with a bunch of Supernatural GIFs to show my extreme enthusiasm, but figured I should probably just get to the goods--as in, the cover--because we all know that's what you're here for.  Oh, and the ARC giveaway.  (I'll get to that in a minute.) So without any more ado, I present to you the STUNNING (if I do say so myself--which I am--heheh) cover of . . .

The Shadow Prince
(Book One of the Into The Dark series) . . .

Coming March 11, 2014 . . . .

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails.  As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

A pulsating romance of epic proportions, Bree Despain’s The Shadow Prince will leave her fans breathless for the next book in the Into The Dark series.
[Please note: this is not the official finalized summary of the book.]

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about The Shadow Prince! And the cover literally made me scream with joy when I saw it. Many thanks to the crew at Egmont USA for designing something so incredibly amazing to encapsulate how I feel about this book. It's a story I've been mulling over for several years and it's kind of a combination of all of things I love from Greek mythology to Avatar: The last Airbender, Supernatural to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hot princes, and indie music. And I just have to say that Haden is by far my most favoritest (yes, that's a word) character I have ever written.

The Shadow Prince will be released on March 11, 2014 but it is already available for pre-order on Amazon HERE. And I am sure it will be up soon on B&N and IndieBound soon.

But a few of you won't have to wait that long!

In honor of the cover reveal, my wonderful publisher is giving away five advanced reader copies (ARCs)* of the book.  Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below to be one of the first to read The Shadow Prince!**

*Please note, ARCs are not available yet, but will be sent out to winners as soon as they are.
**This giveaway is for US residents only. Sorry!

P.S. I will be speaking and signing tonight (July 9th) at the Provo Library with Kasie West, Elana Johnson, Natalie Whipple, and Jenn Johansson. Come join us to "Escape Reality" with a panel Q&A, signing, and prizes galore! 7:00 p.m.

P.P.S. Did you know that I am on tumblr and Pinterest now? (Yeah, I know, it's about time.) I am new to both and still learning the ropes, but you can follow me here and here if you want. :)

Now on to the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, July 8, 2013

Something awesome this way comes...

Tomorrow that is. Yes, tomorrow I get to show you something super freaking awesome. (Hint: Said super freaking awesome thing wraps around a book. That I wrote. Just for you.)

I can't tell you how excited I am to show you the awesome, but I can show you . . . .