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May 6, 2016

So I have some exciting new! I've been working with Regina Wamba at Mae I Design to create beautiful new covers for the My Blood Approves series. They're totally redesigned with new images that perfectly capture the feel of the novels, and the interiors have been reformatted for both the ebook and the paperback versions.

For a long, long time now, I've wanted to update the covers, but I kept putting it off for a variety of reasons. But now finally, the My Blood Approves series has beautiful new covers that I can proud of. They are so stunning and I'm so excited! The covers at still updating at the retailers, but I can't wait anymore and I have to share them with you all!!!

You can check them all out, with all the links to purchase at at various retailers on the series page: hereOr you can just look at them below!

My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1)
Fate (My Blood Approves, #2)
Flutter (My Blood Approves, #3)
Wisdom (My Blood Approves, #4)
Letters to Elise: A My Blood Approves Novella

Get the new edition of My Blood Approves in paperback at Createspace

Get the new edition of Fate in paperback at Createspace

Get the new edition of Flutter in paperback at Createspace

Get the new edition of Wisdom in paperback at Createspace

Get the new edition of Wisdom from Amazon for the Kindle

The new edition of Letters to Elise WILL be available in paperback for the first time ever, but it's currently being proofed. I will update with a link as soon as it's available, but for now, it's out in ebook
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Published on May 06, 2016 12:45 • 475 views

August 4, 2015

Crystal Kingdom - both covers The wait is finally over, and Crystal Kingdom is released, and the Kanin Chronicles has come to an end.

My publisher sent out ARCs and had Crystal Kingdom on Netgalley, so I've been able to see early reviews of the book. And I can tell you in all honesty that these are the some best reviews I've ever gotten for a book. I've had good reviews before, but these are ones have been consistently good in a way that they haven't before. So I guess that means that Crystal Kingdom may be the best book I've ever written, which is exciting.

Basically, what I'm saying, is that Crystal Kingdom is out now, and you should pick it up. I know some people like to wait until a series is complete until they start it, and now the Kanin Chronicles is complete. If you want to get the first two books in the Kanin Chronicles as well, click here for links: here

While you're reading, you can also check out the soundtrack for Crystal Kingdom  here , and you can also check out my dreamcast for the Kanin Chronicles over at Pinterest  here .

And finally, here are some places you can get Crystal Kingdom. If you got to a physical bookstore, and they don't have it on the shelves, ask for it. They might not have put it out yet, or if its not in stock, they can order it for you.

iBookstore – for ebook 
Barnes & Noble – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Amazon – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Indiebound – for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Powell’s– for paperback
Books-a-Million– for paperback, hardcover, & audio
Audible – for audio
Target – for paperback
Walmart – for paperback
Booktopia (Australia) – for paperback 
Waterstones (UK) – for paperback

 
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Published on August 04, 2015 09:56 • 525 views • Tags: amanda-hocking, bryn-aven, crystal-kingdom, kanin, kanin-chronicles, paranormal-romance, quote, teaser, teen, trylle, young-adult

July 28, 2015

CK - Teaser 6 It's only one week until  Crystal Kingdom comes out, so this is the final teaser quote. I thought I would end it all with a kiss.

If you can't wait until  Crystal Kingdom hits the shelves on August 4th, you can read the first three chapters now at Wattpad: here . You can also check out the Pinterest inspiration board:  here , and listen to the soundtrack:  here .

If you haven’t preordered Crystal Kingdom yet, and you’d like to, here are some ways you can do it:

iBookstore – for ebook 
Barnes & Noble – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Amazon – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Indiebound – for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Powell’s– for paperback
Books-a-Million– for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Booktopia (Australia) – for paperback 
Waterstones (UK) – for paperback
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Published on July 28, 2015 11:30 • 233 views • Tags: amanda-hocking, books, crystal-kingdom, ice-kissed, kanin, new-book, paranormal-romance, preorder, teen, trylle, young-adult

July 22, 2015

Cover - (Kanin #3) Crystal Kingdom

It's less than two weeks until Crystal Kingdom comes out, and today I'm posting the final chapter in from the excerpt. The first two chapters of the book - "Friends & Enemeies" and "Tracking" - are already available at Wattpad.

Remember: If you have not read Frostfire or Ice Kissed yet, there will be plenty of spoilers in the first few chapters of Crystal Kingdom, so read it at your own risk.

To start reading chapter two “Ember” now, please visit: here .

To check out Crystal Kingdom at Wattpad and all the chapters available, please visit: here .

If you haven’t preordered Crystal Kingdom yet, and you’d like to, here are some ways you can do it:

iBookstore – for ebook 
Barnes & Noble – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Amazon – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Indiebound – for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Powell’s– for paperback
Books-a-Million– for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Booktopia (Australia) – for paperback 
Waterstones (UK) – for paperback
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Published on July 22, 2015 11:09 • 182 views • Tags: amanda-hocking, books, crystal-kingdom, ice-kissed, kanin, new-book, paranormal-romance, preorder, teen, trylle, young-adult

July 16, 2015

For the next three weeks, I’ll be posting chapters from Crystal Kingdom at Wattpad . The first chapter - "Friends & Enemies" - has been up since last week, but now the newest chapter, entitled "Tracking," is up and ready to read.

Be warned: If you have not read Frostfire or Ice Kissed yet, there will be plenty of spoilers in the first few chapters of Crystal Kingdom, so read it at your own risk.

To start reading chapter two "Tracking" now, please visit: here .

To check out Crystal Kingdom at Wattpad and all the chapters available, please visit: here .

If you haven’t preordered Crystal Kingdom yet, and you’d like to, here are some ways you can do it:

iBookstore – for ebook 
Barnes & Noble – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Amazon – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Indiebound – for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Powell’s– for paperback
Books-a-Million– for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Booktopia (Australia) – for paperback 
Waterstones (UK) – for paperback
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Published on July 16, 2015 13:28 • 147 views • Tags: amanda-hocking, crystal-kingdom, excerpt, fantasy, kanin, paranormal, preorder, romance, teen, trylle, young-adult

July 15, 2015


KB
Happy birthday to the enigmatic and allusive Konstantin Black! (Pictured here is Kit Harington, which is who I would cast in a film adapation for the Kanin Chronicles if there ever were to be one. And to answer the followup question: No, there are no plans for a film at the moment, but I will let you know if that ever changes).



Spoilers will follow in this post for both Frostfire and Ice Kissed, so read on at your own risk.

Konstantin Elis Black was born on July 15, 1984, and the Kanin Chronicles takes takes place in 2014, so he's 29 throughout the duration of the books.

One thing that I've found interesting about Konstantin is that some readers have commented on him being "old," as in "too old." I find this fascinating, because I don't get the same comment about immortal characters, like in the My Blood Approves or Watersong series.

It's only interesting because Konstantin was originally conceived as being even older. In my original outline for the series, I had him at about 35. The reason for this that I wanted his journey to be realistic. In Frostfire, he's introduced as one of the most famous, more revered guards in the kingdom. As skilled and talented as he may be, I couldn't imagine that at twenty years old, he'd be outclassing every other member of the elite guard.

In the first two books of the trilogy, Konstantin is more hinted at than explicitly shown. He and Bryn have a few confrontations, but he's not been in a place where he can fully tell her what's going on. In Crystal Kingdom, Konstantin - and his true motives - are finally completely revealed.

If you haven’t preordered Crystal Kingdom yet, and you’d like to, here are some ways you can do it:

iBookstore – for ebook 
Barnes & Noble – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Amazon – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Indiebound – for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Powell’s– for paperback
Books-a-Million– for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Booktopia (Australia) – for paperback 
Waterstones (UK) – for paperback

 
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July 14, 2015

CK - Teaser 4 This week's teaser is a simple one, yet it hints at the chaos that will break loose in Crystal Kingdom.

In the scene this teaser quote is taken from, Bryn is wearing a white gown inspired by the one below. But without the belt/bow. I don't much care for that. And also, for the record, Bryn isn't that thin. She's much more muscular and fit, like Gina Carano or Pink.

I think it's technically a bridal gown, but just so you don't all freak out, I'm telling you know that Bryn is just wearing it as a dress - she's not getting married in it. As to where she's wearing that lucious Zuhair Murad coutoure gown, well, you'll have to wait and find out ;)



If you haven’t preordered Crystal Kingdom yet, and you’d like to, here are some ways you can do it:

iBookstore – for ebook 
Barnes & Noble – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Amazon – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Indiebound – for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Powell’s– for paperback
Books-a-Million– for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Booktopia (Australia) – for paperback 
Waterstones (UK) – for paperback
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Published on July 14, 2015 14:25 • 227 views • Tags: amanda-hocking, bryn-aven, crystal-kingdom, kanin, kanin-chronicles, paranormal-romance, quote, teaser, teen, trylle, young-adult

June 24, 2015

Exciting news! A couple months ago, I wrote a prequel novelette to the Kanin Chronicles called "The King's Games," and now it's available for FREE at Wattpad, for everyone to read. You can read it: here

Kings Game Cover Here's the official synopsis:

Set five years before the events in the Kanin Chronicles, Bryn Aven is struggling to find her place in the secret kingdom of the Kanin—a realm as beautiful as it is treacherous. Born of mixed heritage, fourteen-year-old Bryn has never felt like she completely belonged. Now, with the summer sun thawing the frozen province, the yearly King's Games are about to begin, and an opportunity has arisen to squire for the popular guard, Konstantin Black. Bryn can finally prove herself and earn the respect she craves.

Here's some questions you might have about "The King's Games:"

What's a "novelette?" It just refers to the length of the story. It's longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel or a novella.

Will I be spoiled if I haven't read any or only some of the Kanin Chronicles? No. Since it's a prequel, there are no spoils for the Kanin Chronicles, or even for the Trylle series for that matter.

Where's Ember? The story takes place in June of 2009, and Ember doesn't move to the Kanin capital until February 2010 (after the events at the end of Ascend). So she's just not there yet, but she will be.

Where's Ridley? He's only just retired from tracking, so he's not able to participate in the King's Games, and he hasn't yet taken over the Rektor position. So he's relaxing on the side.

Will this ever be available in print? Right now, I'm going to say no, it will not. But the upside is that it's for FREE at Wattpad, and you can read it now .

For other fun stuff to go along with the release of "The King's Games," I also created a soundtrack for the novelette. You can listen to here at Youtube, and check out the tracklist below.

1.Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
2.Big Data – “Dangerous (feat. Joywave)”
3.Daniel Johns – “Preach”
4.The Echo-Friendly – “Same Mistakes”
5.Echosmith – “Cool Kids”
6.Emily Wells – “Becomes the Color”
7.Florence + the Machine – “What Kind of Man”
8.Lorde – “Ribs”
9.Sia – “Free the Animals”
10.Sufjan Stevens – “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”
11.Tove Lo – “This Time Around”

You can also check out the Pinterest inspiration board I made for "The King's Games." It was fun, because I got to pick more summery images, and that was a nice change of pace after the snowy scenery of the rest the Kanin Chronicles. (Well, more Frostfire and Ice Kissed, because Crystal Kingdom definitely has changes in scenery).

Follow Amanda Hocking's board The King's Games on Pinterest.

So check out "The King's Games" and I can't wait to hear what you all think. It was a lot of fun to write, and it was great digging more into Bryn's past and what it was like for her growing up. I hope you all enjoy it :)

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June 23, 2015

CK - Teaser 1
Here's the very first teaser quote for Crystal Kingdom, the final book in the Kanin Chronicles. With the ending of Ice Kissed, this one doesn't come as much of a surprise, but it does show that things are looking very dark for Bryn.

Crystal Kingdom will be out on August 4, 2015, and until then, stay tuned for plenty of teasers, giveaways and exclusives materiel.



If you haven’t preordered Crystal Kingdom yet, and you’d like to, here are some ways you can do it:

iBookstore – for ebook 
Barnes & Noble – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Amazon – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Indiebound – for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Powell’s– for paperback
Books-a-Million– for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Booktopia (Australia) – for paperback 
Waterstones (UK) – for paperback
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Published on June 23, 2015 14:26 • 191 views • Tags: amanda-hocking, books, crystal-kingdom, ice-kissed, kanin, new-book, paranormal-romance, preorder, teen, trylle, young-adult

June 22, 2015

CK Countdown  

The countdown for the final book in the Kanin Chronicles is now underway. Crystal Kingdom will be out August 4, 2015, and until then, I'll be posting plenty of trivia, teasers, and exclusive material to get everyone geared for the release.

Releasing the final book in a trilogy is always a bit more scary than the first two books. The first two books are about the building up, the final book is about delivering on that build up. I also took a few risks with Crystal Kingdom that I'd been afraid to do with previous books, and in the battle that Bryn is pulled into, the stakes have never been higher.

Another exciting thing about Crystal Kingdom is that it's the most encompassing of all the books. You get to see more of the troll world than ever before. For the first time in either the Trylle Trilogy or the Kanin Chronicles, you get to really see all five troll tribes. Plus, Crystal Kingdom features more familiar faces than it's predecessors (like Finn, Wendy, and Loki).

Some things to look forward over the next 43 days:
giveaways
teaser quotes
Crystal Kingdom excerpts
playlist
inspiraion boards
a prequel novelette called "The King's Games" (which I'll be posting for FREE later on this week)

I'm sure there's more stuff that I'm forgetting, but stay tuned, because it's going to be fun a month and a half.

If you haven't preordered Crystal Kingdom yet, and you'd like to, here are some ways you can do it:

iBookstore – for ebook 
Barnes & Noble – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Amazon – for paperback, ebook, hardcover, & audio
Indiebound – for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Powell’s– for paperback
Books-a-Million– for paperback, hardcover, & audio 
Booktopia (Australia) – for paperback 
Waterstones (UK) – for paperback
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Published on June 22, 2015 12:51 • 163 views