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November 26, 2014

So, as I mentioned in an earlier blog, I've been working on Pinterest boards. I have a few boards up there, for things I enjoy like books, movies, tattoo ideas, travelling, etc. You can follow me over at www.pinterest.com/aehocking



But I also have Frostfire board where I posted inspiration pics from the book. It has a lot of cool stuff over there, like character inspiration, wardrobe ideas, locales, and even music. Honestly, it was so much fun to make. (As many of you may know, Pinterest can be super addictive).



If you love Pinterest or you're just excited about Frostfire , check out the board.



Follow Amanda's board Frostfire on Pinterest.
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Published on November 26, 2014 18:38 • 154 views • Tags: amanda-hocking, frostfire, kanin, new-book, pinterset, trylle, young-adult

November 3, 2014

It's just over two months until Frostfire comes out on January 6, 2015, and I am getting crazy excited. So I thought a fun thing to do would be once a week until the book comes out, I'll post one of my favorite quotes from the book. So here's the first one:


This is definitely one of my favorite quotes, because Bryn doesn't mess around.

If you're as excited for Frostfire to come out as I am (and I am very excited) here are some other fun things you can do until the release:

Check out the excerpt from Frostfire posted at Wattpad
Enter to win a copy of Frostfire 
Listen to the soundtrack for Frostfire
Read troll facts and other info about the Kanin Chronicles at WorldofAmandaHocking.com
Join the Trylle re-read at Goodreads (they just started on Torn today)
Visit the blog I did where I answer FAQs about Frostfire
Preorder Frostfire in ebook or paperback
Stay tuned to my blog, Facebook, or Twitter for my updates and sneak peeks on Frostfire
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Published on November 03, 2014 14:29 • 193 views • Tags: frostfire, kanin, new-book, trylle

October 2, 2014

All three books in the Kanin Chronicles have been written, and now I'm getting all jazzed up waiting for you guys to get yours hands on them. I literally cannot wait to hear what you all think about it. In fact, it's getting very hard to remain patient when there's only 96 days until Frostfire to come out.

So here's how I've been biding my time.

The majority of it has is probably spent cuddling/yelling at/playing with/cleaning up after my three cats and dog. For instance, I had to give my 60+ pound golden retriever Isley a bath today, and it turns out that she really, really does not like taking baths. Also, my cat Squeak can open drawers and doors, and my cat Sophie is constantly convinced she's out of food even when the dishes are full of food.

I also watch TV. My current favorite shows are probably Judge Judy and Chopped. I do watch a lot of the Food Network because I am the most boring person that ever lived. I don't watch a lot of new movies anymore. Like the other day, I started watching the new Transformers, but we were nearly two hours into it, and the dinosaur Transformer still hadn't been on, and there was still another hour left of the movie, so I gave up.

I do also read a lot. My reading tastes are all over the map. I read a lot of YA, mostly of the paranormal variety. I just read Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (which I thoroughly enjoyed), and I just got Belzhar by Meg Wolizter. It sounds like its one part Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and one part Sucker Punch, so I think that I'll enjoy it.

When I'm not reading YA, I tend to read a lot of nonfiction. Sometimes biographies (varying from celebrities s like Michael Caine to dictators like Stalin). I have many books about WWII too, because I'm fascinated by it. But what I'm mostly interested true crime novels, not always Anne Rule but in the same vein of that, and lately I've been on a binge reading about people who have escaped from cults.

As far as comics go, I've mostly just been reading the New 52 as of late. I go through spurts where I want to read a lot of graphic novels, but right now, I'm just not as in the mood for them. I'm sure it'll change though.

And of course, I'm always working on new book ideas - some come to fruition, many others don't. But I'm usually brainstorming or outlining or tinkering with one idea or another.

Beyond entertainment, I like to spend time with my fiance and his son, and my friends and family. Right now, I have been devoting a lot of time to wedding planning, since we're getting married in a few months, but soon, that'll die down, and I'll be back to filling my time with cooking shows and books and yelling at my cat and counting down the days until Frostfire is finally out.
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Published on October 02, 2014 13:21 • 258 views

August 4, 2014

You may have already caught the cover reveal for Frostfire on Entertainment Weekly, but for those who haven't, I'm posting the cove now, along with some other new information about the book.



So, without further ado, here is the fantastic new cover for Frostfire - the first book the Kanin Chronicles.




"Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite guard to protect the royalty. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her commander, Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin—a fallen hero who she once loved—appears to be up to something dangerous..."













Now for those of you that may have questions about the new book, I'm here to answer them.



When does Frostfire come out?

I'm glad you asked. It will be out January 6, 2015. It's available for preoder now, and I have a few links: here.



Is this a spinoff of the Trylle series?

Yes, it is, in the sense that it takes place in the same world that Trylle did. A few characters from the Trylle do appear in the Kanin series, and Ember Holmes (Finn's younger sister) is featured prominently throughout the books. This series takes place four years after the events in Ascend, which has given the characters from the Trylle some time to grow and change.



Do I need to have read the Trylle books to understand what happens in the Kanin Chronicles?

No, you do not. I wrote it with the goal of it being accessible to both old and new fans. With that said, there are a few allusions to past books and events that fans of the Trylle will enjoy, but nothing that will keep new readers from understanding what's happening.



Why did you want to revisit the world?

I loved creating the world of the Trylle, but Wendy's story only showed the tip of the iceberg. I knew that I wanted to write a complimentary tale from the eyes of someone who'd grown up in the world and knew it inside and out and could really showcase everything that's going on the troll world. Originally, I envisioned possibly writing the books from Ember's point of view, but eventually I realized that I wanted to start with a brand-new character, who became Bryn Aven. Bryn is fierce and tough, and she won't take crap from anybody, and I absolutely adored writing her and how she tackles the obstacles in her way.



How many books will there be in the Kanin Chronicles?

Like the Trylle books, this will be a trilogy. I only know the official release date Frostfire, but I believe the last two books will also be out in 2015. (With titles and covers to be revealed at a future time).



Why is the girl on the cover blond? Is that Bryn Aven? But trolls don't have blond hair?

That is Bryn Aven, and she is blond. The Trylle books really only focuses on the appearances of two tribes - the Trylle and the Vittra. In the Kanin Chronicles, readers will learn that there's so much more to the troll

world than just those two.



Is Ridley Dresden named after famed director Ridley Scott, who you frequently reference in your books because AlienBlade Runner, and Legend are masterpieces?

Yes. Yes, he is.



What about the Trylle movie? Is there any new news on that?

Unfortunately, I don't have any new news to share with you. The movie company still has the rights optioned, which is a good sign, but I don't have anything new to add. For previous updates, you can check out this blog: here.



It's great that you're working on this series, but what about INSERT BOOK HERE? When will that come out?

For that I would refer you to this blog: Ideas vs Things, where I explain why I don't talk about projects in process, and also to my FAQs, which I do update when I ever have new info to share with you.


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Published on August 04, 2014 10:03 • 726 views

September 22, 2011

Hollowmen isn't done yet. My goal is to finish it next week and get out to the editor right after that. Then hopefully I can get it out sometime in November. That's the plan right now, but of course, things are subject to change.

With that in mind, here are three things about Hollowmen that I can share:

1. The opening line. I'll probably have the first chapter up once I'm finished with my book and gone over my first cursory edits before sending it off to the real editor. But right now, I can definitely share the opening line.

I was dying. Daniels knew it, and I knew it.

2. The soundtrack. Which I spent way more time on than I should. I made the playlist on Youtube since they had all the songs I wanted, particularly Motion City Soundtrack "Disappear" and People on Planes "Last Man Standing," which were both necessary. (And it is a pretty awesome soundtrack.) You can check out the soundtrack: here.


3. The cover. It's once again by the fabulous Claudia Mckinney at Phatpuppyart.com who did the cover for Hollowland , as well as Virtue .




FYI: I know you can't see really the words above the title. I think I might remove them for the e-version and only use it on the print version. Yep. That's what I think.
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August 17, 2011

The new covers for the Trylle Trilogy were revealed on USAToday.com! Their whole piece is up: here.

And in case you don't want to click that link, here are the covers:







Aren't they fancy? I love them! ARCs should be going out for Switched soon, but it won't be in stores until January 24, 2012. There's going to be a ton of stuff going on in January to promote it, too - all of which I'm incredibly excited for.

AND I have another announcement about the books. Readers are always telling me how they want me to continue the series - and while I have no plans to do that - I do like new content. So for fans of the series, I wanted to give them a little something extra. Each of the books will contain a never-before-seen short story set in the world of the Trylle.

I don't want to give away too much about the stories except that each is set in the time frame the book takes place. The first short story is set during the time that Switched takes place, and so on. I will also say this: Both the short story for Switched and Torn do not take place from Wendy's POV.

But anything else, I don't want to say. We're trying to keep it a surprise. The short stories aren't even going to go out in the ARCs.

In other fun news - I'm picking out the models for the covers of Wake. It's neat, and it makes me feel fancy that I get to look at models portfolios. That cover probably won't be released for quite awhile, I imagine, since Wake isn't set to come out until fall 2012.
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Published on August 17, 2011 17:15 • 1,232 views

July 26, 2011

I'm home!

I had a great time at Comic-con, and everyone on the panel was super nice. But I'll go in to that in more detail in another blog, because I have more announcements to make. (Other than to say that I saw Charlie Hunnam and totally squeed).

My announcement is this: I'm taking down Switched today, which means that in approximately 24-72 hours, it will no longer be for sale, (EDIT: Switched is no longer for sale as an ebook) and I'll be taking down Torn and Ascend by Friday, August 5, 2011.

You may be saying, "Wait a second. I thought this was good news!"

But it is! Because first of all, you still have plenty of time to buy any of the books in their current state at their current price. And if you don't get a chance to get them or decide not to get them now, they will be available again in a few months.

In an earlier blog, I mentioned I would be taking down the books in August and September to get ready for the St. Martin's release of the Trilogy. After talking with the publishers, we've decided to move the dates up to July and August because there is a big cover reveal for the new books happening in August, and we thought it would be wonky if the old books were still up.

Basically, St. Martin's is going to start their big launch for the Trilogy, and it would be confusing and messy if my older versions were still available. So I'm unpublishing them.

Here's why this is good news for you, the reader:

The big cover reveal is going to happen in early August. (I'll let you know the exact date as soon I find out).  It's fun to see new covers. (Especially if you're Alex, who's been dying since I won't let him see him them yet.).

I'm also going to announce something new and fun with the Trilogy. I'm not going to tell you what that is yet, but I will at the same time as the cover reveal.

And remember, even if you don't get the books now at their current prices and forms, they will be available in a few months with less errors at only slightly higher prices. In fact, you can pre-order all three books in the Trylle Trilogy in paperback already, with the pre-ordering for ebooks coming soon. (The paperbacks are actually cheaper with St. Martin's).

Pre-order Switched: here
Pre-odrer Torn: here.
Pre-order Ascend: here.

For people who didn't know that the Trilogy was going to be published with St. Martin's, here's the blog where I discuss it from back in May: blog.

And now I am going to go spend some time with my dog and cats, who I missed terribly while I was away.
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July 22, 2011

It's been a long time since I've last blogged, but for good reason. My life has been incredibly busy the past week and a half, but good busy.

I turned 27 last Tuesday, so now I'm officially the same age as Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones were when they died. But I'll live, because I'm not a musician, and I don't mix sleeping pills with wine or heroin.

Because of my birthday, I had friends staying with me for a few days, and that was loads of fun. Plus I got to have a party where I saw people, which is neat, because I like people. At least the one I'm friends with, anyway.
My friends from out of town left this week, and on Wednesday, Eric and I headed out to the fine city of San Diego, where we are now.

And let me tell you, the city is beautiful. The weather is divine. When we left Minnesota, it was 98 degrees with like 90% humidity. Here it's a cool 72 and breezy. Plus, there's an ocean.

Admittedly, I haven't seen that much of this lovely city, and I probably won't. I'm here for Comic-con. So far, it's been fun, with a whole lot of lines. Lots and lots of lines. Also, two Deloreans, and tons of Batman stuff.

If you are also at Comic-con and want to say hey, feel free. I will be wandering around the next few days. I'm also going to be on a panel on Sunday called "What's Hot in Young Adult Fiction." The other more famous, more talented authors on the panel are:

Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy and the upcoming Supernaturally
Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade and the upcoming Wolfsbane
Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and the upcoming Lola and the Boy Next Door
Laini Taylor, author of Lips Touch: Three Times and the upcoming Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Tahereh Mafi, author of the upcoming Shatter Me

It will be moderated by Nathan Bransford, former literary agent/current author of Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Kapow .

The panel starts at 11:00 am on Sunday and is in ballroom 23 ABC.

There's an autograph session afterwards that everyone else is doing, but not me. Here's why I'm not doing it: Because 99.98% of my readers buy my books electronically, my books aren't currently sold in bookstores, and I don't have headshots. So there's nothing for me to sign.

But if you want to me to sign something, I definitely will. I just didn't want to sit there acting like a fool without anything to sign.

Anyway... the moral of this blog is: Sorry I've been MIA lately, and I hope to see y'all at Comic-Con. :)
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Published on July 22, 2011 18:32 • 418 views

June 3, 2011

First up, I'd like to remind everybody that Virtue is currently for sale for the Kindle at Amazon and for the nook at Barnes and Noble!


Eric and I finally got the vlog  up. It took three different takes, and lots and lots of time uploading. It's longer than I'd originally wanted (ending up at about 14 minutes), and I didn't even answer all the questions you guys asked. Thanks to everybody for all the great questions, and if you guys like this, we might try it again later.

Watch "Ask Mandy" on Youtube


P.S. This is the super awesome shirt I'm wearing in the video that you can't really see:


P. P. S. When Eric says, "Did they call him a question, and ask him Brad?" at the beginning, he meant to say, "Did they ask him a question, and call him Brad?" And that's really, really funny to me.

P. P. P. S. The reference to "Inside the Actor's Studio" doesn't make any sense because Eric had asked me ten questions from the show, but the video ran way too long, so we cut out the questions. So yep.
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Published on June 03, 2011 00:30 • 513 views

May 24, 2011

My good friend/platonic lifemate/assistant Eric and I were talking the other day. He's obsessed with Rosie O'Donnell, and she has a feature on her blog called "Ask Ro." Ever since I've had a blog, Eric has been suggesting that I have an "Ask Mandy" feature. (That last part makes more sense when you know that he and Barry Manilow call me "Mandy.")

Anyway, I have new book coming out next week. (A fun fairytale called Virtue . For more info on it, click: here.) So I thought now would be a good time to try out the "Ask Amanda" thing. Or "Ask Mandy," if you prefer. I've never much cared what people call me. I'm not like Bradley Cooper and insist you call me "Bradley" even though I'm an adult male.

Here's how the "Ask Amanda" thing will work:

In the comments section of my blog, you write a question. (For the blog, click: here.) If it's profane or illegible, I won't answer it. If it asks for a spoiler (i.e. how will the last My Blood Approves book end?), then I won't answer it. Otherwise pretty much everything is fair game.

You have until Thursday, May 26th at midnight (central time) to ask a question. Then on Friday, Eric and I will go through the questions and pick some to answer. We'll just pick them based on whatever strikes our fancy. (Note: Eric's fancy will probably have a larger pull than my fancy, since he's very excited about this).

Then sometime either on Friday or Saturday, Eric and I will make a video blog (a vlog, if you will) with the answers to the questions. Why a video? I don't know. It's something that Rosie used to do, and apparently, it's important to the whole "Ask Ro" theme.

I'm not sure how many questions we'll answer (and Eric will be helping answer, so feel free to direct questions to him). I guess it depends on how many questions you ask and how long it takes me to answer. We'll probably spend about 5 or 10 minutes answering them, because any longer than that feels like something I would fast forward through.

So there you have it. Ask away!
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