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March 30, 2015

Demitria Lunetta, Mindy McGinnis, and Kate Karyus Quinn, YA authors extraordinaire came up with an amazing idea: a crowdfunded YA anthology all about darkness and light--in characters, in the world, in the shadows. I've seen a little behind the scenes work, and I know these ladies are working to make this project be the best it can possibly be.

They've compiled thirteen amazing YA authors, each contributing a story to Among the Shadows, and the anthology will be released in September this year. But to get it off the ground, we're turning to you.

Among the Shadows is now a part of a brand new Kickstarter campaign. You can enter on several levels, with lots of perks from various different authors (I'm giving away copies of The Body Electric and "The Girl and the Machine"). There are books, critiques, being in the acknowledgements, and more up for grabs--and of course the anthology itself!

 You should definitely check out the book here. Perks start at just $5, so you can get some amazing books and stories easily!

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Published on March 30, 2015 11:53 • 136 views

March 20, 2015

This great giveaway just opened, so be sure to go in and enter!There are tons of prizes up for grabs!
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Published on March 20, 2015 07:57 • 101 views

March 10, 2015

Thank you all for sharing the news about The Body Electric sale! You made THIS happen:

I'm so lucky to have readers like you!

To celebrate, I ran a contest last week for people who shared the news on social media. It took me a little longer than expected to compile all the entries from all the social media platforms (thank GOODNESS for Excel!) and the winner is:
Congrats! Winner, please email me your shipping address so I can get the prize in the mail to you ASAP. 
Also! In case you missed it, I have a Twitter-only contest going on right now to help celebrate Lauren DeStefano's latest book! All you have to do is retweet to enter. The prize is a signed copy of her latest book, Burning Kingdoms, and a handcrafted doll made by Lauren herself! (Did you know Lauren has her own etsy store where she sells dolls like these? I grabbed this one as I figured it'd be Pen's favorite :) 
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Published on March 10, 2015 11:55 • 97 views

March 5, 2015

The Body Electric was lucky enough to be picked for a special book deal by BookBub and will be on sale for just 99¢! The sale technically only lasts for one day--March 7th, this Saturday--but it may go on sale a little bit before and/or stay on sale a little bit after that. The book is on sale at Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook) in the US, Canada, and the UK. But you're only guaranteed to snatch a copy at this special price on Saturday, March 7!

BookBub is a great email program that sends the best deals straight to your inbox--if you like the cheap ebooks, definitely subscribe to their newsletter program. (And you can subscribe to my newsletter too, so you'll always be the first to know when my books go on sale.)

Meanwhile, here's this weekend's special deals! This sale qualifies in the USA, the UK, and Canada, and is only guaranteed on March 7th. It may be on sale early (some retailers take different times to put a book on sale), but it will only definitely be on sale March 7th.

The Body Electric for 99¢ at AmazonThe Body Electric for 99¢ at Barnes & NobleThe Body Electric for 99¢ at Kobo
To celebrate, I'm also going to put my short story collection, The Future Collection, on sale for just 99¢. That's six short stories for the price of one--you can't beat that deal! (Note: The Future Collection is only available on Amazon/Kindle.)

The Future Collection for 99¢ at Amazon
This sale is truly only available for a limited time, and it will be a very rare occurrence. Don't miss out--grab a copy at the special sale price on March 7! The sale WILL END on Sunday!

Because this sale is so rare and won't come along again for a long time, I want to make sure that as many people as possible can grab a copy at such a special price. Therefore, throughout social media, I'm spreading the word...and I'm rewarding the people who help me!

ONE GRAND PRIZE-Signed copies of: Across the UniverseA Million SunsShades of EarthThe Body Electric
-Swag pack including:Limited Edition Across the Universe metal water bottleHuge packet of swag from books all overA specially designed necklace
-Mystery Book!A signed copy of a mystery book!I'll keep which book it is a surprise, but it's a great one!It's YA, and it's signed by the author.

On Instagram: Reblog the sale image at the top of this page, link to my Instagram account @bethrevis, and tag it #BookBargain

You can reblog my photo from here or by following @bethrevis
On Facebook: Post the sale image above, link to either this website or one of the books, and tag it #BookBargain
Alternatively, you can share my post from here
On Twitter:Tweet the following message: DEAL ALERT! You can grab @bethrevis's latest book, The Body Electric, for just 99¢ MARCH 7 ONLY! #BookBargain
Alternatively, you can RT my twitter post from here
On Tumblr:Reblog my image post from here
I'll be selecting one winner to win the prize on Monday, March 9th, and the prize is international (although please note that the sale is only in the USA, UK, and Canada--sorry!).
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Published on March 05, 2015 21:49 • 112 views

March 3, 2015

So newsletter subscribers just got my latest newsletter, which includes some awesome news about things that are happening THIS SATURDAY.

But...the newsletter wasn't supposed to go out until Friday morning...which means the news was a little pre-emptive. Oops! So newsletter subscribers: yay, you have a sneak peek! More details are coming soon!

(And if you want more extra sneak peeks, even ones that are accidental, you can subscribe to my newsletter here.)

Note: The newsletter subject also mentioned a unique workshop opportunity--which is the writing retreat workshop I'm leading with Cristin Terrill--but since the workshop filled up within days of announcing it, I decided to cut it from the newsletter...but it sent before I had a chance to edit the subject. Sorry for the confusion! (You can still sign up, btw, and be added to the waitlist if you're so inclined.)
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Published on March 03, 2015 21:29 • 63 views

February 19, 2015

I don't remember who told me about Black Mirror , a British television show that was pitched to me as a modern The Twilight Zone, but whoever it was: thank you.

I'll admit; I had my doubts. There are only six episodes available on Netflix now, and I wasn't sure if it could live up to my beloved The Twilight Zone. And, frankly, the first episode didn't. While provocative--it did raise a few questions that I thought worth considering--overall, the first episode felt long and not worth it. Still, I knew the format of Black Mirror--each episode, like The Twilight Zone, tells an entirely different story.

By the time I got to Episode 2, though, I was hooked. That episode, "Fifteen Million Merits," tells the story of a society that...frankly, could one day be our own. People slave over their work, filling their lives with cheap (or not so cheap) entertainment, and people's lives revolve around virtual entertainment. Everything, from skipping a commercial to hand soap after the bathroom, costs money. When one man finds a way to make something real, something not so virtual and fake, society's reaction is...well, I'll leave it to you to find out.

But honestly, "Fifteen Million Merits" is the best of sci fi--a totally believable, futuristic society that is also a total mirror to our current world and has something significant and important to say about our society today.

It posed those lasting sorts of questions that make your mind spin with possibilities.

I couldn't help but wonder if this was a nod to Blade Runner...
Additionally, Black Mirror is just really, really smart. It's super easy for me to turn on the television right now and let the noise play in the background while I pay half my attention on tumblr or something else. Not so with Black Mirror--it had my full attention, and rightfully so. The stories, each unique, were totally engaging, and they required the viewer to actively engage. Ignore the story, and you'll miss key details. Nothing's spoon fed to you.

In writer's terms, this show is the epitome of "show, don't tell." It shows you the world, the characters, the situation--and leaves all the meaning for you to formulate.

Unlike The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror episodes are far longer and more in-depth. To be fair, it sometimes borders on slow pacing. In the first episode, the tension dragged. There was a so-called ticking time bomb, but it took quite a long while to get there. Even in "Fifteen Million Merits," which I liked a lot, there were a few moments where the plot dragged--I actually thought the episode was over about fifteen minutes before it actually was. However, despite the fact that it does sometimes feel slow, the story is so richly developed and the characters so vivid in their world, that I can forgive a few moments of lag.

Episodes are easily available online, such as Netflix, and I highly recommend you give them a try. If you don't like the first episode--and you'll be able to see the entire premise within the first ten minutes and decide for yourself if that's the sort of thing you want to see--definitely skip to the next episode and the next. Like The Twilight Zone, these episodes are great for sci fi lovers, but defy genre. The stories are twisted peeks at possibilities.

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Published on February 19, 2015 19:15 • 101 views

February 10, 2015

A huge, grateful shout-out of thanks to TURKEY for being the first country to purchase rights to The Body Electric! The publisher is Grup Yayincilik, the same publishing house that did the Turkish translations of Across the Universe.

I am so, so happy that The Body Electric is reaching past America's and the English-speaking language borders, and I can't wait to see where else it goes! A special and heartfelt thanks also to my agent, Merrilee Heifetz, her assistant Sarah Nagel, and the entire foreign rights department at Writers House, including Cecilia de la Campa. Thank you all for working so hard to get my book to international readers!

In other happy-making news, The Body Electric was also featured in an article from the School Library Journal--you can read the whole article here, which is a fascinating look at the evolving nature of publishing in today's marketplace.
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Published on February 10, 2015 11:47 • 64 views

February 3, 2015

This fall, I'll be joining author Cristin Terrill for a five day workshop retreat. We've been hard at work selecting the perfect location, lining up lodgings (and a private chef!), and developing a program that would most benefit aspiring authors. The result is the Appalachian Writers' Workshop.

The retreat will take place in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, near the city of Asheville, NC. You can see our current house selection here. We've scheduled the days to have a good combination of writing time (who wouldn't want to take advantage of that beautiful, wrap-around porch?!), critiquing time (the workshop includes a one-on-one critique from both Cristin and I), and workshop time, with programs designed by both of us to include helpful information on writing, publishing, and other relevant topics.

The rates are very reasonable--we worked hard to keep this affordable!--and include not just the program, but also lodging and meals. Sign up now--the space is very limited! 
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Published on February 03, 2015 10:58 • 53 views

January 20, 2015

Due to popular request, I've made my short story, "The Turing Test" available to educators for free. Additionally, this version of the story includes a discussion guide and activity suggestions for students.

If you are an educator who intends to use the story for educational purposes, you may download the short story and educational materials (all in one file) here.

Thank you, teachers, librarians, and other educators who bring my stories to your students! 
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Published on January 20, 2015 09:30 • 82 views

January 12, 2015

The Future Collection  is officially out tomorrow! For less than a cup of coffee, you can read six sci fi short stories that involve time travel and revenge, cyrogenics and star-crossed love, teleportation and a serious cover-up, and much more!

Still on the fence? You can nab one of the short stories for just $0.99 (or free with Kindle Unlimited) here. There are also three different ways you can win a copy:
--> Tell the League Writers what your favorite sci fi trope is, and you can with a copy of The Future Collection, The Body Electric (signed!), and an Across the Universe water bottle here
--> Tag a friend who love sci fi in my Facebook page, and you could win a free copy of The Future Collection here!
-->Visit the official blog tour for The Body Electric going on all this week, and you'll win a complete signed trilogy of Across the Universe and a signed copy of The Body Electric, and an Across the Universe water bottle, and if, when you win, you mention you'd like a copy of The Future Collection, I'll throw one in as well :) You can see the full list of blogs here!

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Published on January 12, 2015 06:52 • 106 views