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August 20, 2014


I love new things...especially bookish new things. So a new title is big news in my little world. Plus, if you’ve followed me online at all, you know titles don’t always come easily for me, so having a title I love is pretty freaking cool.
The title for The Taking #2 wasn't a huge struggle, but when my editor and I finally landed on this one, the meaning fit on so many levels we knew we had a winner!

And for what it's worth...I’ve seen the early cover comps, and can I just say the Harper team is killing it? I can’t wait to show you guys what they've been working on!!!

So without further ado, I give you the title for book #2 in The Taking trilogy:


THE REPLACED


(Let me just give you a moment to let that sink in...)

And one more time, so you can savor it:


THE REPLACED


I can’t wait until April to share this book with you! You’ll get to know so many new characters, explore more of the world of the Returned, get the answers to some of the questions you all have been asking me. And maybe, just maybe, there will be some kissing...you know, because I can’t help myself...

In honor of this new title-y thing, I think we should have a giveaway, so how about this: A giveaway for the very first ARC I get of THE REPLACED!
The giveaway* will be easy to enter, just check out the Rafflecopter below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


And I'd love to hear what you think of the title in the comments section below!


*There will be three winners: one for the signed ARC of THE REPLACED, one for the signed hardcover of THE TAKING, and one for the $25 gift card. Giveaway ends on 9/10/14 and is open to international residents. Good luck, you guys!


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Published on August 20, 2014 14:43 • 107 views

June 27, 2014


In case you’re wondering what’s been up, I’ve got a couple of events planned, but summer is usually when I catch my breath and spend time with my family. Have I mentioned how much I love the summer?

But if you want to see me, you can find me in the following places:

This Sunday, June 29th, I’ll be at the Clackamas (Portland, OR) Barnes & Noble at 4PM with Suzanne Young. We’re being wrangled moderated by Sara at Novel Novice, so a good time will be had by all ;)

Then in July, I’ll be at the Pacific NW Writer’s Conference on Thursday, July 17th on a Young Adult panel with Richelle Mead and Margaret Stohl (two dazzling writerly ladies!).

And the following week I’m off to San Diego Comic Con, where I’ll be appearing on Friday, July 25th with a whole slew of awesome authors, doing an incredible panel on villains! You can get all the details on my Events Page.

But for now, the fantastically awesome Alyson Noel has tagged me in a blog roll to talk about writing, and the writing process. (She talks about hers here...and I loved her answers!).

1. WHAT AM I WORKING ON –I just finished revisions on the second book in THE TAKING series, and am planning to start the third (and final) book in the trilogy.
2. HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
I think one of the things I have a hard time doing is staying within the boundaries of any one particular genre. THE BODY FINDER was part mystery, part romance, and part supernatural. THE PLEDGE was dystopic, fantasy, and romance. And with THE TAKING it’s kind of a contemporary, grounded Sci-fi, with (what else?) a strong case of romance.  
3. WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?
I’ve always been drawn toward teen protagonists, even before there was a YA section in the bookstore. I like the rawness of their emotions and experiences. Not just that they’re experiencing “firsts,” which they are, but that their emotions are so surface-level and ready to make an appearance at a moment’s notice. Having teens myself, I know that they can have “the best day of their lives” and “the worst day,” all within the span of five minutes. I love that kind of passion.
4. HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?
Each book idea forms in a different way, but essentially it all plays out the same. I’m not an outliner, so I generally know the beginning, the ending, and several large scenes I want to hit along the way. Then I just sit down and write.
5. AND THE OTHER PART OF THIS QUESTION, HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS NOT WORK?
Because, like I said, I’m not an outliner, I often veer off my intended path along the way—the story will just...take an unexpected twist—and then I have to rework the story in my head before I can keep going.

So now I'm tagging three more authors!
Up next is Suzanne Young, because she's one of my favorite people. And she's adorable. And I heart her books, two of which, THE PROGRAM and A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, I loved enough to blurb!


SR Johannes, whose book UNTRACEABLE I also blurbed, and who just happens to by my crit partner, and who I also


And CJ Omololu, who I also love, and who is also one of my favorite people (are you noticing a trend here?). 
These are all authors who, if you haven't read their books yet you definitely should!!!


Happy Summer, you guys. I hope you're all taking some time to enjoy the sun, a cold glass of lemonade, and family time!



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Published on June 27, 2014 09:29 • 67 views

May 29, 2014

                        
                      I love this so hard, you guys!!!
Get taken by THE TAKING


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Published on May 29, 2014 08:10 • 35 views

April 29, 2014


It's official, I have my very own shelf:



THE TAKING looks pretty damn good with the other books if I do say so myself! And today it's finally available at booksellers EVERYWHERE!!!
You still have a few more days if you want to get in on the pre-order deal:

And don't forget I'll be heading out on tour this Thursday, May 1st, so if you're in (or near) any of the following cities, try to come see me--I'd LOVE to meet you (check out my EVENTS PAGE for a full listing of times and locations):
Salt Lake City - May 1stSan Diego - May 3rdDallas - May 6thOklahoma City - May 7thKansas City - May 8thSt. Louis - May 9thChicago - May 10thNew Orleans (RT Booklovers Convention) - May 14-18th



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April 28, 2014



Welcome to the AFTER THE END blog tour!
Amy's Truth or Dare 
This is one of Amy's special author-hosted Truth or Dare stops. (The truth-or-dare theme is particularly relevant to AFTER THE END, since Juneau's oracle has said she has to tell the truth or she won't find her clan.) I opted for "dare," giving Amy the mission to ride this merry-go-round:
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while wearing a tiara and waving an American flag. 
Amy's response: "I actually didn't think this dare would be a problem - I borrowed a tiara from my 6-year-old daughter, printed off an American flag and taped it to a paintbrush, and booked it over to Trocadero with some friends to take the pictures. But once I got there, paid for my ticket and put the crown on I was feeling pretty stupid.
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And then, by the third time around I had lost all sense of pride and started enjoying it...
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They basically had to tear me off my horse and force me to take off the tiara once the ride was over. Okay, not really. But it wasn't as bad as I had feared. In fact, who knows...maybe I'll go back and do it again next week. P.S. Never ask Kim Derting to give you a dare. She had WAY too much fun thinking this one up!" And now, on to the juicy info about AFTER THE END + prizes!
About the Book
By: Amy Plum, Published by: Harper Teen, hitting shelves on May 6, 2014 Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound Find out more about the book

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness.They′e survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact.Everything was a lie.Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she′s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

  About Amy Plum


Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR ME, UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into eleven different languages. The fourth book is an eNovella, entitled DIE FOR HER. The first book of Amy’s new series, AFTER THE END, releases in May 2014.Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.Visit her on: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads

  The Giveaway



Each stop on the tour will be hosting a giveaway! We're giving away: - 13 SIGNED After The End books - 6 iPhone After the End shells. *This is open Internationally* To enter, please be sure to fill out the form featured on each stop along the tour. a Rafflecopter giveawayThe first 300 people who pre-order AFTER THE END and show proof of their pre-order will receive one of these limited edition After The End water bottles. *see below*



Please be sure to send your mailing address and receipt to katieloumercier@gmail.com.
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April 27, 2014

So yesterday was the big launch party for THE TAKING, and holy wow...what an amazing-amazing-amazing day! Thanks so much to those of you who came out to show your love. You guys truly rock!


 

The B&N Cafe put together a special drink just for THE TAKING. You gotta love the blue whipped cream!!!




My two favorite guys came out to support me (the father and son Derting Duo)!

One amazing reader made this awesome THE TAKING themed necklace for me, complete with alien and fireflies!
And of course, everyone rocked the alien headbands:


(Even this sweet little doll played along!)

You can check out more launch party pictures over on my Facebook page :)


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Published on April 27, 2014 18:50 • 37 views

April 21, 2014


Anyone who purchases ANY version of  THE TAKING  before midnight (Pacific Time) on Saturday May 3rd, will receive a signed bookmark and stickers if you email a copy of your receipt to  admin@kimberlyderting.com  by May 15th.

We're just a week away, people. This is go time!

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Published on April 21, 2014 07:26 • 176 views

April 12, 2014


I can hardly believe it's 2014 already, let alone April! But it is, and that means THE TAKING is almost here! And for those of you who don't already know, THE TAKING kicks off an all-new series about a 16-year-old girl who disappears one night and is returned five years later, yet she hasn't aged a day.
THE TAKING  officially hits bookstores on April 29th, but is available for pre-order NOW! (See below for all the ways to order signed books and get free stuff!)
To celebrate the release, we've planned a launch party at 1:00PM on Saturday, April 26th at the Barnes & Noble in Federal Way , the same place where the café named special drinks after DESIRES OF THE DEAD and THE PLEDGE . We'll have prizes, goodies, and of course, lots and lots of books! And because the launch party is April 26th (three whole days before the actual release date!), you can get your copy of THE TAKING before anyone else! How cool is that?!?! (Answer: So cool.)
And if you're not in the Seattle area, I will be heading out on May 1st to the following cities: Salt Lake City, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, and New Orleans. For a full listing of bookstores, dates, and times, check out my EVENTS PAGE . If you're in the vicinity, I'd love-love-love to see you!!!
If you're just too far away from my tour stops, but you still want signed copies of THE TAKING , you can order personalized copies from the following stores BEFORE I arrive:
The King's English in Salt Lake City
Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego
Barnes & Noble in Federal Way
Or you can get signed-only copies from:
Books of Wonder in New York
Blue Willow Books in Houston
And for those of you who've already ordered your copies, or who prefer ebooks or audiobooks, don't worry, I haven't forgotten about you! Anyone who purchases ANY version of THE TAKING before midnight (Pacific Time) on Saturday May 3rd, will receive signed bookmarks and stickers if you email a copy of your receipt to admin@kimberlyderting.com by May 15th! See, everybody wins!  Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see all you very soon!

Kim
And by the way, check out what some of my FAVORITE authors had to say about THE TAKING :
"Kimberly Derting is an amazing writer and a master storyteller. THE TAKING will have you hooked from the very first pages."
   — Richelle Mead , #1 New York Times bestselling author of VAMPIRE ACADEMY
"Equal parts romance and suspense, THE TAKING is a sexy blend of conspiracy theory and sci-fi."
   — Kami Garcia , #1 New York Times bestselling author of UNBREAKABLE and co-author of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
"THE TAKING is an action-packed, heart-filled ride. I loved it."
   — Melissa Marr , #1 New York Times bestselling author of WICKED LOVELY
"Kimberly Derting does it again! THE TAKING is an exciting, fast-paced thriller with an eerie and intriguing paranormal mystery at the heart of it. You'll want to read it as fast as you can and then DEMAND the next book NOW!"
   — Melissa de la Cruz , New York Times bestselling author of BLUE BLOODS and WITCHES OF EAST END

"With pitch-perfect prose, swoon-worthy romance, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, THE TAKING kept me reading late into the night. This is Derting at her best."
   — Alyson Noël , #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE IMMORTALS
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April 3, 2014

Check it out, you guys! Tor.com is hosting an entire chapter of THE TAKING on their site here.

Let me know if you love it!

And if you don't...well, like my mom always said, if you can't say something nice...

You get the idea ;)
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Published on April 03, 2014 18:47 • 111 views

It's that time again! And if you've made it this far, I probably don't need to tell you this is the YA Scavenger Hunt! But in case you don't know, we're doing a round-up of what’s coming up in YA  literature that runs from April 3rd through April 6th (Which just so happens to be my birthday. Coincidence? Yeah...probably).

Each author on the hunt is hosting another author’s bonus material (mine is out there on someone else's blog!) AND a link to the next step of the hunt.

At each of these steps, you not only get exclusive content from one of the authors, but you'll also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the entire team! But play fast--this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!


Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests running simultaneously, and you can enter one or both! I'm part of the RED TEAM--but there is also a blue team, which gives you a chance at winning an entirely
different sets of books!
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 6th (aka. my birthday!) at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting Jessica Shirvington. Jessica Shirvington is the author of the bestselling EMBRACE SERIES, with the final book EMPOWER coming out in the US in May 2014. 

Also in 2014, her first stand alone novel - ONE PAST MIDNIGHT - is set for release June 22 in the US and UK (this book is also known as Between the Lives in Australia & NZ). A full time author and mother, Jessica lives in Sydney, Australia with her family.

About ONE PAST MIDNIGHT: For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?
Find out more information by checking out her author website or find more about ONE PAST MIDNIGHT here!


EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

For Jessica's exclusive content she's sent us a sneak peek at the preface for ONE PAST MIDNIGHT to enjoy:
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text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">Not compulsive.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">Simply required.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">I am two people. Neither better than the other, no superpowers, no mystical destinies, no two-places-at-one-time mechanism – but two people. Different in ways fundamental, even though at the most basic level I look the same. My physical attributes, my memory, and my name follow me. For the past eighteen years, everything else, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">everything</i>, about me is different. Twenty-four hours as the first version of me. And in the blink of an eye, twenty-four hours as the second. Every day, without fail, it goes on.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">I’ve never told anyone. By the time I was old enough to figure out everyone didn’t have two lives – by the time <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">that</i>little shock settled in – I didn’t know where to begin. <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">How</i> to begin. And society, both of them, didn’t want to know.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">When I was a child, I didn’t realize I was different from everyone else. But I’m pretty sure I’ve always been this way – this two-lives way – which means I was probably born twice, was a baby twice. No surprise I’m glad I can’t remember that. Being torn from one set of arms and thrust into another every twenty-four hours? Well, it doesn’t matter how much they love you … Can anyone say issues?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">Practice makes perfect though, and I like to think of myself as a pro. I’ve ironed out the kinks; identified the major pitfalls and how to avoid them. I manage. I know who I need to be in each of my lives, and I try not to confuse my brain with the “infinity questions” anymore.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">I’ve learned to accept that in one life I love strawberries, while in the other my tastes buds cringe at the flavor. I know that in one life I can speak fluent French, but even though the memory of the language comes with me, in my other life I must not. Then there are the easier things to remember, like Maddie, my gorgeous little sister in one life, and my not-so-great big brothers in my other.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">Above all else – though I try not to think about it – I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next, a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed – the only thing I can be certain of is that my body clock is different from everyone else’s. There is no loophole. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: .5in; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: "Arial Unicode MS";">Until now, that is.</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%;"><br /></div><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",serif;">Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Jessica Shirvington, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is <span style="font-size: small;"><b>4</b></span>! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the <span style="color: red;">red team</span> and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!<b> </b></span><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",serif;"><b>CONTINUE THE HUNT</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",serif;">To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out <a href="http://www.jessicabrody.com/2014/04/y..." target="_blank">Jessica Brody</a>, the next author whose site you need to visit!</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://kimberlyderting.blogspot.com//...; </script> <span style="font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",serif;"><span style="color: magenta;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",serif;"><span style="color: magenta;"><span style="color: black;">And because I love giveaways, I've decided to do an additional (completely separate!) giveaway, so you have even more chances to win!</span></span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia,"Times New Roman",serif;"><span style="color: magenta;"><span style="color: black;">Just fill out the Rafflecopter below, and <i>bam!</i>, you're entered to win a signed ARC of my April release, THE TAKING, along with a bundle of sweet TAKING swag!!! </span></span></span><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: magenta;"></span></div>  <a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/disp..." id="rc-d0c62f14" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="http://kimberlyderting.blogspot.com//...;
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