Rachel Vincent's Blog
October 29, 2015
It’s been an eventful couple of weeks around here, so here’s a quick catch-up of what’s been going on with my latest release, Menagerie! (The hardcover of which is currently 36% off at Amazon and 35% off at B&N!)
I will be signing books from noon to 2 pm at Best of Books in Edmond, OK on Halloween! Come see me! I’ll likely have Halloween candy and book swag!
Menagerie got a starred review in Library Journal! (A star on a trade review means the book was found particularly noteworthy!) LJ wrote, “[Menagerie] is a dark tale of exploited and abused others, expertly told by Vincent.”
Menagerie was reviewed in the NYTimes Bookreview, which is a super big deal for me. They only review a fraction of the books sent their way! They called Menagerie, “…well paced, readable and imaginative.”
Menagerie got not just a Top Pick from RT Bookreview, but their Seal of Excellence, which means it was the editors’ pick for the best book of October!
New In Books asked me a few great questions here!
YA Books Central has a great interview and giveaway here!
October 1, 2015
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you 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 hunt in my 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 EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM–but there is also a RED, BLUE, GREEN, ORANGE, TEAL, PURPLE, & PINK for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed a number. Collect the 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 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 Oct 4, 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 Kate Ormand on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Kate Ormand is the author of DARK DAYS and shape-shifter circus book, THE WANDERERS. She writes children’s picture books as Kate Louise and is represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website or on Twitter (@kateormand).
Find out more information by checking out the books here!
A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance
Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.
Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.
Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT – Excerpt from THE WANDERERS
I close my eyes and will my shape to come.
The world blurs around me, eventually surrounding me in darkness, nothingness, which is why I close my eyes. When I was younger, and just beginning to learn how to take my shape, I’d fall over all the time from the dizzying sensation that comes with what we call the Blackout. It’s as if the shape takes you, picks you off the planet, and sends you somewhere else. I’ve seen others shift, their bodies blurring out of focus so they’re nothing more than lines and smudges of color.
Wherever we’re taken during the transformation is cold. Goosebumps flare up on my bare flesh, pins and needles prickle beneath my skin, and I feel like I’ve been dropped into a dimension of black ice.
Then I start to take shape, to leave my human skin behind, and I’m on fire. My insides are electric, sparking and sizzling. My long chestnut-brown hair grows and travels along my body, coating every part of my skin, wrapping me in its warmth. My heart feels like it’s expanding in reaction to the change. It beats differently, at a quicker rate, pumping more forcefully.
When I open my eyes, the world looks different. I can see and hear so clearly; everything is suddenly sharp and intensified. My senses are overloaded. Sound crashes into my ears, making them twitch. Jett’s foot against the hard mud, the rustle of his jacket as his arm moves, the noise of him breathing through his nose, the sound of his heart beating—I can hear it all, and all too well.
I can see for hundreds of yards to each side, but Jett’s standing right in front of me and almost completely out of sight. I turn my head so I can see him properly. Having eyes on the side of my head is usually the most difficult thing to get used to when I shift—the way the world looks so different when I open them again, throwing me off balance. Walking on four legs takes some getting used to as well.
Sunbeams break through the clouds like spotlights. I know my coat will be shimmering and glossy in this early morning light. I shake my head, fanning out my dark- brown mane, and swish my tail.
“Are you ready?” Jett turns around slowly. He looks at me and smiles. I smile back, I think, by curling back my upper lip. Warm breath surrounds my face in a thin cloud, visible in the crisp air for a second before disappearing altogether.
Jett takes a step toward me and carefully reaches out to me. He runs his hand down my long nose and I tilt my head to let him, nuzzling his side. He laughs. “You’re so beautiful,” he says. The girl in me loves to hear him say that.
I stamp my hind leg and move away from him, trotting off into the opening to warm up and get used to my form. Tonight, this is the skin I will wear.
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, hosted author’s name, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 12. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!
September 29, 2015
Today I have a new kitten and a new release! I’m so super excited for MENAGERIE to be out in the world today!
I’ve been working on this book for what feels like forever, and it’s overcome quite a few challenges. The hardback is on sale just about everywhere! (Amazon currently has the best price, but B&N isn’t far behind.) And to thank readers who buy the book on or before October 6th (during that all-important) release week, I’m giving away limited edition prints, signed book plates, and assorted book swag. Click here for details!
I think this is the best adult book I’ve ever written. I truly do. Trade (professional) reviews seem to support that. But I ask readers of my previous books to keep in mind that this is a very different kind of story from what I usually write, so I hope you’re feeling adventurous!
Just a note about MENAGERIE (on the release day!!!)…
Despite how you may have seen it classified on Goodreads, MENAGERIE is not urban fantasy, nor is it romance, nor is it YA. [Note: Goodreads classifications/categories are listed by readers, not by publishers or authors. They are NOT official, and authors cannot change them, which has made it very difficult for me to get the word out.]
It’s not that I don’t think teens can read MENAGERIE. It think many older teens can and will. I started reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz in 6th grade, and I never looked back. But the intended audience for this book is adult, and those who don’t realize that will go into the story expecting something they’re not going to get. The cover flap refers to Delilah as an ordinary woman. Not a girl. She’s a twenty-five-year-old college grad with her own apartment, not a high school student.
And since it’s not UF or romance, the plot is not driven by action or a love story. Not that the book doesn’t have either. It has both. But neither is the driving force of the narrative (and the love story is not Delilah’s). This is not the breathless adventure of a single kick-ass character or romantic couple.
This is a story about humanity, and how we define that concept, both good and bad. It is, in various places, beautiful and horrific. Exciting and devastating. I am SO PROUD to have it out in the world.
What the critics are saying:
KIRKUS REVIEWS – “Vincent summons bold and vivid imagery with her writing.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY – “As depicted by Vincent, Delilah is magnificent in her defiance of injustice, and the well-wrought background for her world sets the stage for her future adventures in this captivating new fantasy series.
LIBRARY JOURNAL – starred review – “[Menagerie] is a dark tale of exploited and abused others, expertly told by Vincent.”
RT BOOK REVIEWS – Top Pick – “Vincent creates a fantastic world that is destined to pique your curiosity … As Delilah Morrow slowly uncovers a side of herself that she never knew existed, you’ll sympathize with her … desperate to see her succeed.”
I hope you like my latest literary endeavor.
September 25, 2015
After three years of work, two publication reschedules, several different cover concepts, the loss of one editor, and one change of format, MENAGERIE will finally hit the shelves next Tuesday. I’m both terrified and excited!
Because the first week’s worth of sales is so very important to a book’s initial success, I would like to personally thank all the readers who chose (or will choose) to pre-order MENAGERIE or buy it during the first week, in any format. Here’s how I’m doing that:
If you preorder the book in hardback, ebook, or audio format (or buy it before October 6), fill out the form below, and I will send you:
a signed bookplate
a signed limited edition print (see below for a description)
assorted book swag, including an individually numbered menagerie ticket, which will be good for an extra entry for any giveaway I host of any book in the Menagerie trilogy.
(Not shown: signed bookplate. Note: The novels and typewriter are not part of the giveaway.)
The keepsake print (I shameless stole this idea from Carrie Ryan, with her permission):
No 1 and I have removed the pages from a hardback copy of MENAGERIE and have printed them with his original drawing of Eryx the minotaur and a Metzger’s Menagerie circus wagon. I will sign every page.
I will personalize every book plate, and I will add other postcards and bookmarks, as availability allows.
To register your preorder, fill out the form found here!
[For now, this is for US/CA residents only, but if I find a feasible way to open it up overseas, I will!]
September 12, 2015
With the Menagerie release just 2.5 weeks away, it’s time to give away another signed, hardcover copy! Hopefully by now you know the drill. Fill out the form below.
There are 3 ways to enter, but only one is required. If you’re not sure what a menagerie ticket number is or how to get one, click here: http://www.rachelvincent.com/ticket.pdf
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents 18 or older (or 16+ with a parent/guardian’s permission), void where prohibited. By entering the giveaway you are stating that you have met the entry requirements. If you win, you will have to provide a shipping address. Your email address will not be used for anything other than notifying the winner, and it will not be added to any lists.
August 31, 2015
July 17, 2015
July 10, 2015
On Tuesday, my friend and fellow writer Jennifer Lynn Barnes celebrated the release of her new book, The Fixer, which is a YA cross between Veronica Mars and Scandal. I’m reading it right now, and it’s great!
June 27, 2015
Last week, my ARCs of Menagerie arrived in the mail, and here’s your chance to win one!
ARCs are Advance Review Copies, which means they were printed before the final edits. As such, they can’t be sold.
I’m going to open this one up to international entries, so as long as UPS or the USPS will deliver to you, you can enter. If you’re under 18, you must have a parent/guardian’s permission.
Fill out the form below to enter.
NOTE: Both new and existing newsletter subscribers can enter with the newsletter option.
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June 15, 2015
So, The Stars Never Rise has been out in the US for a week now, and I’m hearing from lots of people who’ve already read it! Those of you in the UK will be able to buy it on June 18, and readers in any other territory can order a either the US hardback or the UK paperback from The Book Depository with free worldwide shipping.
In case you haven’t seen, I will be doing a live chat with Colleen Houck’s book club on June 27! Click the image below for details. The chat will be spoiler-free for The Stars Never Rise, but I can’t promise you won’t hear spoilers about some of my earlier work!