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!

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!

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!

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!

Monday, March 2, 2015

#LastListEgmont Blog Hop: List of places you can enter to win my books

The wonderful Kat Kennedy at Cuddlebuggery has put together a huge blog hop to help spread the word about Egmont's Last List. There are guest posts, author Q&As, and giveaways galore. Here's a list of where you can find Q&As with me as well as giveaways of signed copies of my books. Even with many of Egmont's books being picked up by Lerner, the Last List authors still need a lot of support during the transition--so be sure to check out the blog hop, enter some giveaways, and tell your friends and followers to do the same!

Confessions of a Book Geek (The Shadow Prince giveaway- International) https://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/last-list-blog-hop-interview-with-bree-despain/

 Pili from In Love with Handmade (The Shadow Prince giveaway- International) http://pili-inlovewithhandmade.blogspot.com/2015/03/last-list-blog-hop-q-with-bree-despain.html

Reading Teen (The Eternity Key giveaway- International) http://www.readingteen.net/2015/03/the-last-list-blog-hop-giveaway.html

Wonderland Novels (The Eternity Key giveaway- International) http://wonderlandnovels.blogspot.com/2015/03/blog-hop-q-with-ya-author-bree-despain.html

Chasm of Books (The Eternity Key giveaway- International) http://chasmofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/03/last-list-egmont-interview.html

There should be a couple of more coming, so I will update this list if needs be. 

My new publisher: Lerner aquires Egmont titles


Good News: My books have found a new home at Lerner Publishing! My five existing books (including the very soon to be released THE ETERNITY KEY) will now be published through Lerner. 

What does this mean for the third book in my Into the Dark series? Hope! 

I don't know yet if Lerner will want to publish Book 3, but the reality of it happening is much more likely now. Every preorder, every post of support, and every time you mention one of my books to a friend, that reality comes a little closer. Thank you so much to everyone who has shown their support through this rough month. Xoxo.