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October 2, 2014

I doubt I need to tell you about the Scavenger Hunt at this point. If you've made it this far, you know the drill: This is the biggest round-up of YA literature in town! The Scavenger Hunt runs from October 2nd through Sunday, October 5th, giving you THREE WHOLE DAYS to collect every author's favorite numbers and enter to win a ton of amazing books!

So here's THE DEAL:

Each author on the hunt is hosting another author's bonus material (mine is out there in the blogosphere somewhere, you just have to find it!), along with a link to the next step of the hunt.

At each step, you not only get access to that exclusive content, but you'll also collect another clue for hunt. Add up the clues and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive a signed book from every author on each team! But play fast--the contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) is only available for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt (and to see all the books you can win). There are SIX separate contests running simultaneously (no lie!), and you can enter ALL OF THEM, giving you a chance to win up to six different sets of books! I'm TEAM GOLD (aka. the best team around!). 

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold 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 the 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, October 5th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. 

Today, I'm hosting Rebekah L. Purdy. Rebekah is the author of THE WINTER PEOPLE. Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She's lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids) she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.


Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.
Find out more about Rebekah and THE WINTER PEOPLE here!

***This scene is from The Winter People, only it’s from the character Gareth’s point of view. This particular scene takes place outside Club Blade, after Kadie and Salome are driving away***
Screams erupted in the club as the lights went out. Shit. It was already midnight. Simeon and I pushed our way out into the crisp winter air, ignoring the cries for help as we went. With a sigh of relief, I watched Salome and Kadie pull out of the parking lot. Just in time. They never should’ve come to Club Blade. It was too dangerous. I didn’t know who I was more pissed at, Salome, for coming out tonight, or Kadie for bringing her here.“Gareth? Are you listening to me?” Simeon nudged my arm.“What?”“Don’t you think you’re taking this ‘keeping an eye on Salome thing’ a bit too far?”“No—if anything I’m not taking it far enough. Or did you miss the part where Caralina almost stabbed her?” I stalked over to my truck.Simeon chuckled, shaking his head at me. “Do you hear yourself?”My eyes narrowed. “How about you quit leading Kadie on—she’s the reason Salome’s out here tonight—because of you.”Simeon frowned and took a step back. “So you’re the only one who can have fun with a girl?”Something inside me snapped and I jerked him forward by his collar then slammed him against the hood of the car. “It’s not like that with Salome. She’s a nice girl and I plan to make sure she stays that way.”He shoved me off, glaring. “Don’t pretend that you’re only watching after her for him. I know better.”Without another word, I climbed into my vehicle.“Where are you going now?” he said.“To make sure she gets home safely.” “Like I said…”

Don't forget to enter the contest for your chance to win, but first you need to know that MY favorite number is 4. Add up all the other favorite numbers on TEAM GOLD and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!!!

To keep going, you need to check out Sarah Beth Durst's website, the next author on the hunt!

And because I love giveaways, I've decided to host an ADDITIONAL giveaway (for an entirely separate prize!), giving you an extra chance to win :)
Just fill out the Rafflecopter below, and boom! you're entered for a signed copy of THE TAKING, along with a bunch of super-sweet Taking swag.

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Published on October 02, 2014 11:00 • 70 views

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:


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

And one more time, so you can savor it:


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 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.
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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 • 204 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.
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.  
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.
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.
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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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 • 61 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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Published on April 29, 2014 08:00 • 84 views

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:
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.
And then, by the third time around I had lost all sense of pride and started enjoying it...
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
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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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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  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 • 200 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 by May 15th! See, everybody wins!  Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see all you very soon!

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! 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 • 150 views