The Reactionary: Happy Launch Day!

Happy release day! I’m so excited to share The Reactionary with you and hope you enjoy the final part of Portia’s story.

Tonight at 7 pm Eastern, I’m hosting a launch party on Facebook, and you’re invited to join! There will be trivia and drawings for an autographed copy, Kindle copy,  and some other special giveaways.

To join the party, click here.

Don’t miss out on the special release day sale for The Reactionary and the first book in the trilogy, The Revisionary. Both Kindle versions are at discounted price.

Thanks for being part of this trilogy adventure! Hope to see you at the party tonight.

~ Kristen


Join the March Book Madness

March is here, and we’re going “mad” for books. The countdown for the release of The Revolutionary (The Rogues, Bk 2) has begun, and in the meantime, you can take part in the pre-launch festivities.

When The Revisionary released last year, you learned that my heroine Portia shares a name with my favorite Shakespearian character. Well, this famous playwright had his share to say about madness. If you’d like to help spread the word about The Revolutionary, please share any of the memes in this post.

You can pre-order The Rogues, book 2 on Amazon now (in Kindle format). On March 20 (release day), both paperback and Kindle formats will be available.

The Revisionary giveaway and specials

To celebrate the release of book two, I’m giving away a paperback copy of The Revisionary through Amazon Giveaways (no purchase necessary to enter). Click here to enter for a chance to win. Giveaway ends March 7.

If you prefer Kindle books, you can take advantage of a limited-time Kindle sale on The Revisionary, starting March 11.

Launch party

You’re invited to a virtual Facebook launch party for The Revolutionary on release day, March 20! There will be games and prizes, including an autographed copy of The Revolutionary and Reapers by best-selling, speculative fiction author Bryan Davis. And that’s not all! You’ll also have a chance to win Kindle copies of books by some of my favorite authors, including Ruth Buchanan, Jerusha Agen, and Betty Thomason Owens. To accept your invitation on Facebook, click here.

Again, you’re welcome to share these memes on social media with your friends!

A final note on madness

While I’m using “madness” in a tongue-and-cheek sense of the word, I don’t want to suggest that “madness” in the traditional sense is any version of fun. In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon had much to say about folly. In his pursuit of happiness, he considered everything “under the sun” and realized that it couldn’t satisfy (Ecclesiastes 1:14). The world’s “madness” ultimately had nothing to offer.

His conclusion in Ecclesiastes 12:13 reminds us where our focus should be:

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (ESV).

The only way to find lasting satisfaction is to live lives pleasing to God and honor His Word. For me right now, that includes stewarding well my gift of writing and sharing the words He’s given me with others.

Publication is just one season of life (Ecclesiastes 3:1), and I’m excited to enjoy it with you. After all, Solomon also shares the challenge to do “with your might” whatever work your hand finds (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

So there you go. Thanks for joining me in the “mighty madness” this month!

~ Kristen


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4 Countdowns for YA Fiction Fans

We Americans like a good countdown. We count as the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Students (and teachers) count the days to summer break. Couples count their calendars for the “big day” or a baby’s arrival.

In Florida’s Space Coast, people visit Cape Canaveral and wait hours for a front row seat at a shuttle launch. (To date, I haven’t experienced a launch first hand, but the pictures look incredible.)

Maybe you’ve never seen a rocket launch either. However, if you’re a fan of young adult (YA) fiction, I’d like to invite you to a “launch” of a different kind for my upcoming release, The Revisionary.

Countdown #1: The Revisionary Cover Reveal

I can’t wait to share the cover design for The Revisionary and the story that goes along with it!

Eight days and counting …

Countdown #2: ASU Flag Design Contest

I teach English for Alpha Omega Academy and have invited students to design their version of the ASU pennant (the fictitious flag of my dystopian society). The top 10 designs will be posted right here on my blog for you to vote on. The winner’s name and design will be published in the book itself!

Look for more details at the end of April.

Countdown #3: Pre-Order Dates and Bonus Feature

You can pre-order The Revisionary as early as May 2! Those who pre-order Kindle versions will also receive an extra bonus story, a short novelette that gives you a glimpse into my heroine’s childhood and sets the stage for book one.

I’ll post more details in May.

Countdown #4: Launch Date

On Tuesday, June 6, both print and electronic versions of The Revisionary release.

If you want to join these “countdowns” with me, what can you do?

  • Share posts, updates, and pictures (like the one here) with your friends. If you’re not a teen, that’s okay! Although I wrote this book for young adults readers, I like to say I also write for “the young at heart” (and include myself in that category).
  • In the next few months, several people will review my book, and I’ll share links to their reviews. Pass those along, please.
  • When you get your own copy, I want to hear from you! Tag me in a picture with you and your book. Leave an Amazon review, and share it with your friends.
  • Closer to the launch date, I’ll create a Facebook event for an online launch party. I’d love for you to join! Connect with me on my Facebook page so I can invite you.

Countdowns are better with friends! Will you join me?




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