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June 18, 2015

I love the direction these covers are going.

FEVERBORN on sale January 19, 2016. 

Available for pre-order (click on store for link):
Amazon
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BURNED on sale in paperback Nov. 24, 2015.


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Published on June 18, 2015 00:09 • 712 views

May 4, 2015

The majority of my year is spent in my writing cave so when it's time for a book launch, it's a reason to celebrate and I want to party with nyou! For BURNED I stayed close to home but now I'm ready to return to one of my favorite cities in the world, New Orleans! There is something magical about NOLA and I have so many wonderful memories of time spent there with the Moning Maniacs.
I'm in the process of finalizing the details but I wanted to give you as much time as possible to plan and save.


WHEN? The FEVERBORN signing is on Monday, January 18th, but we'll be in town partying from the 15th - 19th. We've got a fabulous costume party with awesome prizes, a scavenger hunt and tons of other fun stuff planned for you.


WHERE? NEW ORLEANS! I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be.


HOST HOTEL WHERE WE'LL BE HANGING OUT? Again, where else? The spectacular Le Pavillon. They did such a wonderful job with the SHADOWFEVER and ICED launch that I’m in no mood to mess with success. We’ve negotiated special room rates for you again but the block is LIMITED.

Thursday $120
Friday $250
Saturday $250
Sunday $120
Monday $120
Tuesday $120


There's a lot of excitement and energy when we are all together at Le Pavillon that is certainly a memorable part of the experience. We're often found in the lobby, the bar and having informal get togethers in the rooms. For me, the best part of doing a book event like this is getting to hang out with all of you in a central location!


You must book your rooms at Le Pavillon using the code FEVERBORN2 or you won’t get the special rate. When you call, you have to clearly state you’re coming for the event.

PLEASE NOTE: We are on our second room block and once the rooms are full, there will be no more rooms to book, so if you plan to stay in the hotel where the majority of the events will be, book it now.


Here is the number to reserve by phone. You must use the code FEVERBORN2 to get the discounted rates: 1(800) 535-9095. If you can't get thru initially, please be patient.


For the most up to date information, join our FEVERBORN BOOK LAUNCH PARTY event page on Facebook. This page will be updated when we have more details. To help us better prepare, please mark that you are going ONLY if you are definitely attending. If your plans aren't set, mark the event as maybe and you will still receive updates. If you don't have Facebook my website will also be updated as details become finalized. ‪#‎KMMFEVERBORN‬
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Published on May 04, 2015 10:55 • 831 views

April 17, 2015

You asked, we heard--just letting you know we ARE going to be doing a huge event for the FEVERBORN signing in Jaunary 2016 so if you're interested put these dates on your schedule: January 15th - 18th....more details to come soon! (It's not going to be in the Cincinnati area:))
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Published on April 17, 2015 10:13 • 1,151 views

February 13, 2015

First, I want to say thank you to all who’ve written to tell me how much you loved BURNED. I love hearing from you guys, getting to meet you at events and am eternally grateful for your support. It means the world to me that you love the characters and come along for the ride with me every time!

But...I’ve also heard from readers that think BURNED isn’t the book I wanted to write. While I hate taking time away from wrapping up FEVERBORN, this mistruth needs to be tended to and disposed of.

BURNED IS the book I wanted to write. To those who felt so much disappointment with where the story went in this installment that they feel the only possible explanation is that I didn’t want to write BURNED the way I did, or I wasn’t in love with the story and following my muse—that’s not true. You didn’t like it. And that’s okay. But it’s not because I don’t love the book. I do.

I didn’t succumb to pressure from anyone, fans or publishing folks, to change my story after ICED. If I made any mistake at all it was in proposing the next three books while I was getting divorced and not taking the time to write a full outline. I pitched one book and stated “plus two more”. Because I’ve been with my publisher for as long and successfully as I have, they accepted it that way. Then, as I began writing ICED, I realized I had some problems to sort out, like: who the hell is going to narrate when Dani becomes Jada? There was also the larger problem that Mac and Barrons’s story had to unfold alongside Dani’s. I couldn’t keep them offstage that long. My mistake: I didn’t see it going in. A bigger mistake would have been to stick to a bad plan just because I made it.

A few say there’s talk that ICED wasn’t well received so I was pressured by my publisher to change the story to ‘appease’ fans. Neither of those assertions is true. ICED was well received by an enormous number of readers, in fact it’s the best reviewed book of my career, and over the past two years has sold very well. My publisher and I are extremely happy with it. If I’d wanted to appease fans with a book, I know how. I did things in BURNED that I knew would upset readers. The goal isn’t to make readers mad, there’s a purpose and that’s simply where the characters and story are right now.

If you think it was hard reading Mac feeling lost and uncertain of herself now that she’s no longer the MVP and has something brewing inside her that terrifies her—it was even harder writing it. It was similar to slogging through her eternal grief at the beginning of SHADOWFEVER. I began to wonder if it would ever end. Yet in the overall story arc, her grief, like her loss of direction right now, had and have purpose. You may not like or even see that purpose, you may feel strongly that I should have written it a different way. You may feel strongly that I should stop writing Mac. Or stop writing Dani. Neither is going to happen.

I follow my muse and my muse put Mac where she is at this time for reasons. I understand that those reasons are not apparent to others because only I know where the story is going. And I can see how that’s hard for the reader.

To those who were upset with what happened to Dani, it WAS foreshadowed in ICED. Dani was always going to go through those silvers and come back older. And as someone else. Jada was there in my head all through ICED, talking in the background, fighting to come out. I adore Dani. It kills me to see her contained in any way. But Jada is only a prelude to the real Mega. I always intended to give Dani to the reader (and hopefully make you adore her)—then take her away in this brutal fashion. The only concession I made in BURNED (and I said this last year) was making Jada 19 instead of 17. Was that because people complained? No. 17? 19? Not that much difference. In terms of freedom with her sexuality, a subtle nuance. It made writing her more interesting to explore and I need to be utterly riveted by what I’m writing.

Was there controversy over Dani’s age in ICED? Sure. There was controversy over Mac in DARKFEVER. There was controversy over the rape in FAEFEVER. There was controversy over the end of DREAMFEVER. There’s constant controversy because my books end in cliffhangers. If I were interested in stopping controversy, I’d stop writing cliffhangers. Hell, I’d go back to writing my stand-alone romance novels

My publisher has never tried to control my writing in any way. They make soft suggestions and if I tell them no because I have a plan, they trust me. I’ve been with Random House for fifteen years, and my current editor for the entire Fever Series, and have never had better champions.

If anyone thinks that writing the Fever books has been easy, I can tell you it’s been a battle every step of the way. First with the readers who wanted me to continue writing stand alone romance, then with my publisher when DARKFEVER sold badly for the first year or two. Then with my publisher when BLOODFEVER sold badly. They, too, suggested I go back to writing what we knew sold: stand alone romance novels with happy endings and no cliffhangers, new couple each time. I just kept saying: wait. I know what I’m doing. And they waited. And they—and you—trusted me. I finished the series and you guys took SHADOWFEVER straight to number 1 on most lists in the country. I’m incredibly proud of those five books.

I’m also incredibly proud of ICED and BURNED. I’m not saying that because I ‘have to put a good face on things.’ I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do. That’s a rule I live by. I can’t wait to finish FEVERBORN and FEVERSONG, bringing the second story arc that was always coming, to the resting place I need it to achieve.

Voltaire says writing requires a certain complete self-renunciation and self immersion. It does. I do it for me. By myself. To satisfy my muse, my artistic drives and desires. I offer it to the reader and when I’m lucky and all the stars line up—they love it. And when I’m not, they don’t. But reader response will never change the story I’m writing for this reason: I’m not writing my stories to be rich and famous. That was never my goal. I’ve been blessed enough in a challenging field to be fairly successful. But that’s icing on the cake. The cake is the writing. I write because I have these damns stories in my head—and half the time I don’t even understand why I’m so obsessed by them. I write to get them out. And I love it when the readers get it, when they see the intricacies of the web I weave, when they fall in love with the characters I love so much myself.

But when readers don’t like one of my books—accusing me of not having written the book I wanted to write because they didn’t get the book they wanted to read is not only absurd—but not true.

At the end of every writing day, I answer to one person: the bitch muse that drives me bugfuck. She is the only one who must be obeyed.

But back to the happy stuff: thank YOU for reading my books, for feeling passionately about them, for loving to hate and hating to love the people I can’t stop thinking and writing about. At the end of the day, I feel I have the best job in the world and can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s writing brings. That’s the feeling I live for, and you guys make it possible!

Xo
Karen
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Published on February 13, 2015 14:35 • 12,758 views

January 29, 2015


My fave cover of all time is still the hardcover of SHADOWFEVER, the paperback of SF and the hardcover of ICED but I have to say these re-issues are pretty hot. It's fun to see these covers because it reminds me of how I felt at the beginning of the first story arc in the Fever Series...wondering if readers would trust me to watch the story unfold over multiple books, taking grief for writing in installments with years in between, and ending in cliffhangers. Promising myself I'd never do it again, that I'd go back to the simple, easy life of writing stand-alone novels once the first story arc of the Fever Series ended. 
But in life little of worth is ever simple or easy, and there was that damn second story arc that I couldn't walk away from. It stalked me as relentlessly as the first story arc had. However, it didn't come quite so easily. Perhaps because my marriage ended while I was fishing my subconscious for it and my vision was temporarily clouded, perhaps it just wasn't ready to come yet. 
When the first story arc came to me fully fleshed in a dream, and I wrote the titles on the wall of my study (then firmly refused to write the series for many months) I also wrote a quote next to the titles that puzzled me for the next 8 years. I trusted the dream implicitly, and over the subsequent years every detail I'd recorded ended up being worked in somewhere.
Except for that single quote that I not only never found the place for in the first five books--but was never even able to grasp the theme and motif of. I ran it across my tongue for years, evaluating, trying to define just what/who the hell it pertained to.
I know now. I get it. While writing BURNED it became crystal clear. Although much has changed in how I originally thought I would write the second story arc of the Fever Series, it went exactly where it was supposed to, albeit by a more circuitous route than I'd have preferred. I finally understand that fucking quote that's tortured me. 
So, here I am again....ICED was my DARKFEVER, setting the stage and engaging emotion where I wanted it, BURNED is my BLOODFEVER, building the scenery and developing the nuances necessary, FEVERBORN is FAEFEVER & DREAMFEVER where the stakes become increasingly clear and everything goes code red. FEVERSONG is my SHADOWFEVER, where the shit I've been stirring into a mystery and a puzzle and a pattern hits the fan and flies off the blades to take its true form.
I love this series and every character in it. And although I'm committed to innate emotional justice in my fiction, that doesn't mean good things will happen to everyone. Still, like life, there is structure and form and beauty and joy in it, and your joy can fill you only as deeply as your sorrow has carved you (and I do love to carve:) and hopefully one helluva a good story and I thank you all from the very bottom of my heart for coming along for the ride again.




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Published on January 29, 2015 08:12 • 2,049 views

January 20, 2015

"BURNED is Moning’s best writing to date, bar none." ~Popwrapped

"BURNED scorches with fierce intensity, suspense and sexiness..."
~USA Today
“Mac is back and badder than ever!”
~#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward

“Dark, delicious suspense! Karen Marie Moning is my author of choice and Fever is my series of choice for action-packed suspense with a spine-tingling paranormal twist.”
~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

“A masterwork by an incomparable writer. BURNED is brilliant, sexy, and dangerous. I adore Moning! No one does it better.”
~#1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day

“Prepare for a heart-stopping trip into the epic Fever world, filled with gasp-out-loud surprises and sweltering sensuality.”
~#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole

“BURNED gets the highest rating from me. I wanted to run through town shouting ‘Mac is back! Mac is back!’ Grab some snacks, something to drink, and settle down for a cover-to-cover read that will likely keep you up all night.”
~New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard
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Published on January 20, 2015 05:04 • 134 views

January 6, 2015
































Take the quiz and get automatically entered to win one of 75 fabulous prizes (including the last fifty Fever Tarot decks in existence!) You also get to read a long excerpt from BURNED! Share your results--I want to know who I'm dealing with:)
http://thefeverseries.com/

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Published on January 06, 2015 10:23 • 1,201 views

January 3, 2015


“Mac is back and badder than ever!” -- #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward

MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in BURNED, the latest novel in the blockbuster FEVER series from Karen Marie Moning.

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing. 

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.


When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.




PRE-ORDER BURNED, on sale January 20th, 2015FEVER Series Book 7 by Karen Marie Moning 
Amazon Hardcover $17.08 http://tinyurl.com/lpazt9a
Kindle $11.99 http://tinyurl.com/ptksrpw
Barnes & Noble Signed Hardcover $17.45 http://tinyurl.com/ocsbr9b
Nook $13.99 http://tinyurl.com/pygm4nv
iBooks $11.99 http://tinyurl.com/pcqjy7w
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Published on January 03, 2015 07:59 • 737 views

January 2, 2015



Saturday, January 24th at 1:00 PM EST
Barnes & Noble
1 Levee Way
Newport, KY 41071
(859) 581-2000

With very special guests #1 New York Times Bestselling author J.R. Ward and audiobook narrator Phil Gigante!!!

For those who aren't familiar with Newport on the Levee in KY, it's right across the river from Cincinnati and offers an assortment of shops, restaurants, bars, a comedy club, a movie theatre, a nearby aquarium and, of course, Barnes & Noble bookstore!

We're doing this signing a little differently than when I popped in to visit J.R.. Although you'll still go into Barnes & Noble to obtain your wristband, the actual signing will be held in the attached Gallery. For those of you familiar with Newport on the Levee, that means in the small mall (right next to Claddagh Irish Pub which seems pretty much perfect to me.) I grabbed a quick picture of the space when I was down there. Obviously it will be set up differently than it is in the picture and there will be ample seating. The Gallery is open 24 hours so if you arrive early, no need to stand outside in the cold. There are public restrooms inside the Gallery. There's an enormous parking garage beneath the complex for easy access and CVG airport is about ten minutes away.

Barnes & Noble is opening an hour early the day of the signing, at 9:00 AM.

You MUST purchase BURNED from Barnes & Noble in order to get in the signing line--either the day of the signing or bring your receipt from your prior B&N purchase. That receipt gets you your numbered wristband. The number on your wristband determines your place in the signing line, and your seating. The earlier you get there, the better your number.

Phil and I will be selecting random people from the crowd to participate in a few interactive skits, I'll be doing a Q & A and the amazing J. R. WARD is GONNA BE THERE!!!

We're doing talks first, signing after. First time through the line, I'll sign two books per person. Once everyone has been through, I'll sign additional books.

No flash photography or videotaping of the event is permitted.

BURNED in audiobook and backlist titles will also be available for purchase at the store.

This is the only signing I'll be doing for BURNED as I'm under a tight deadline for FEVERBORN.
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Published on January 02, 2015 17:00 • 297 views

December 18, 2014


“Mac is back and badder than ever!” -- #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward

MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in BURNED, the latest novel in the blockbuster FEVER series from Karen Marie Moning.

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing. 

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.



PRE-ORDER BURNED, on sale January 20th, 2015FEVER Series Book 7 by Karen Marie Moning 
Amazon Hardcover $17.08 http://tinyurl.com/lpazt9a
Kindle $11.99 http://tinyurl.com/ptksrpw
Barnes & Noble Signed Hardcover $17.45 http://tinyurl.com/ocsbr9b
Nook $13.99 http://tinyurl.com/pygm4nv
iBooks $11.99 http://tinyurl.com/pcqjy7w
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Published on December 18, 2014 09:53 • 1,078 views