Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2 weeks until IGNITE!!!

I can't believe I just typed those words. IGNITE comes out December 30th, which means it's actually less than 2 weeks until it's officially released!! I've already heard from one blogger who said she got notified that her pre-order of IGNITE shipped already, so some of you might even be getting it earlier than that! How's that for a fun holiday surprise??

Remember, if you did pre-order IGNITE (or if you choose to before December 30th) you can enter the contest I'm holding on my blog for a chance to win a DEFY dagger necklace. And it sounds like you might get it early if you do! Everyone who enters will get something, so make sure to CLICK HERE!! (If you'd like a signed or personalized copy, make sure to contact The King's English! I will sign it the night of my launch party and they'll ship it to you! From their site: Preorder your signed copy of Ignite today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized.)


If you do see it "in the wild" make sure to snap a pic and tag me in it! You guys, I'm dying for you all to see how gorgeous this book is in person. No picture can really do it justice, I promise. EEEEP! I'm SO excited!! 



(trying to capture the metallic sheen and the gorgeousness of this cover = nigh unto impossible) 

I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by. I just want to take a minute to thank everyone who has taken the time to read DEFY, to review it, or talk to a friend/book club/blogger/family member/random stranger about it, who have supported my writing and been cheerleaders for this series. I hope that you will all love IGNITE as much as I do! 

For my local friends I have two signings to celebrate IGNITE's release: 

January 6th @ 7PM: THE KING's ENGLISH - IGNITE Launch Party! 
January 8th @ 7pm: PROVO LIBRARY - IGNITE signing/party!

Hope to see you at one (or both if you're super ambitious)! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DEFY Fan Art Contest Winners!

It's 3 WEEKS until IGNITE comes out!!! WHAT THE?!?! I can't believe it's almost here! And guess what showed up today??

My finished hardcover!!! OH. MY. GOSH. It is GORGEOUS. Even more gorgeous than I anticipated. It's seriously just stunning. I'm not even kidding. Wait until you see it in person. Pictures can't do it justice. And the inside flap! And the bow and arrow on the actual hardcover! So many details I just adore! Scholastic has truly outdone themselves. If you don't believe me, read what David Levithan wrote about it on my Facebook post:

David Levithan As someone who has his own copy, I can independently confirm IT LOOKS ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR. Congrats!!!

DAVID LEVITHAN people!

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What was I saying? Oh yeah! If you have pre-ordered (or decide to before Dec. 30th), make sure and enter the pre-order contest for your chance to win a DEFY dagger necklace just like mine! CLICK HERE for details or to enter!!


But, enough of that! Let's get on with announcing the winners!


You guys are so amazingly talented, you made this so hard on me! I loved all of the entries so much I couldn't decide on my own. So I assembled a panel of judges including other authors, my family members, and some friends who are avid readers to decide on a winner. And then THEY had a hard time, too!

So, I've decided to do something extra special. My judges were split on who they felt should win, so I'm going to call it a tie and give away TWO signed ARCs of IGNITE! PLUS I'm going to award signed swag to 2 runners-up who had amazing entries that also got a lot of votes!

That makes FOUR winners! WOOHOO!!!

So without further suspense, here are your winners:

Runner - Up #1  --- Signed Swag pack

Kathy and her DEFY Mood Board! I can't post a pic of it here, but here's a link to the blog post she did with the very cool mood board! I love the pictures and colors she chose!  http://mynookbooksnmore.com/2014/11/bookish-mood-board-defy.html

Runner - Up #2 -- Signed Swag Pack

Mandy_T for her construction paper dagger:

 How cool is that?? And I just love the quote she picked. A truly fabulous entry!

Enjoy your swag packs and thank you for your entries!! I hope you both enjoy IGNITE when it comes out!


And now, on to the winners!


WINNER #1:
 Amber with her DEFY cake! She made a DEFY dagger out of fondant! How awesome is that? (Plus how yummy! Wish I could have tasted it!) Congrats Amber!!

And WINNER #2:

MontanaSky with her stunning drawing of Alexa when she startles the Macaws! Such beautiful detail and stunning color! So, so amazing. Congrats to you as well!

SEE HOW HARD THIS WAS?! Everyone is so talented, thank you ALL for entering and congrats to the winners!

All four winners, please email or message me your mailing address and I will send out your prizes as soon as possible!!


3 WEEKS YOU GUYS. AAAGGGHHH!!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEFY in Paperback!

Today DEFY is officially released in paperback - just in time for holiday shopping!

If you'd like a signed copy, I will be at The King's English from 12-2 this Saturday, November 29 for Small Business Saturday, helping them sell books! (I'm so excited to help get some of my favorite books into reader's hands!)

I am also doing another group signing at the Sandy B&N on Saturday December 13 from 1-3 along with lots of other awesome authors!



If you're not in UT, you can always order from The King's English by calling or going to their website, and requesting to have me personalize it for you. They will let me know and make sure I come in to sign it and they will then ship it to you! (This is the same if you want to pre-order a signed copy of IGNITE!) CLICK HERE for their website!

I've been celebrating in a few different ways: My DEFY BOOK TRAILER was released last week:






(ISN'T IT AMAZING?!?!)

**I've been posting bonus scenes from the DEFY world every two weeks leading up to IGNITE's release on December 30th, including the most recent one from Rylan's point of view yesterday on Wattpad! CLICK HERE TO READ THEM ALL! (I try to respond to all comments, so feel free to let me know what you think!)


**My #DEFYfanArtContest goes until December 6th. Post your entry on Twitter or Instagram and tag me (@SaraBLarson on both) and use the hashtag. If you win, you'll receive a signed copy of DEFY + IGNITE! Here are the details:

 FAN ART - IGNITE ARC Giveaway!!

This one will last until December 6th! Show me your best drawings, paintings, sculptures, music videos, fan trailers, interpretive dances (I'm lenient on the definition of "art" here), or whatever kind of art you excel at, inspired by DEFY and you could win a signed/personalized ARC of IGNITE + a signed/personalized paperback of DEFY*! Tweet me your picture/video or post it on Instagram and make sure to tag me (@SaraBLarson on both sites) so that I see your entry along with hashtags: #IGNITE #giveaway #DEFYFanArtContest. I will comment or reply to let you know I saw it and that you're entered. If I don't respond, I didn't see it so try again and make sure to tag me! If you wish to mail it to me, you can by sending your entry to P.O. Box 1298 Draper, UT 84020. But make sure you send it with plenty of time to reach me!!

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

*this giveaway is the only international giveaway I'll be doing for an ARC of IGNITE



**IGNITE Pre-order contest to win the DEFY Dagger Necklace

You have 34 and a half days left to pre-order IGNITE and enter the contest for the chance to win a DEFY dagger necklace plus lots of other awesome prizes! (Everyone who enters gets something!) CLICK HERE for details and to enter! 


I'm grateful for so many things this year, and at the top of my list are my amazing readers and fans! You are all incredible! I can't thank you enough for your support and excitement for Alexa, Damian, and Rylan. I hope you continue to enjoy their journey when IGNITE comes out next month!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

EXCITING stuff headed your way!!

Is everyone enjoying their November so far? It's the month to think about your blessings, to look for ways to show gratitude, and to remember to be thankful for everything we have in our lives. And I want to take a minute to thank ALL of YOU. It means so much to me that anyone would take time out of their busy life to read something I wrote, whether it be a blog post or my books. And then when you take the time to let me know how much you loved it...well, wow. I just can't even express how much that means to me and how grateful I am for the fans of DEFY. You are all AMAZING!! Thank you for loving DEFY and sharing that love with others. I am grateful for all of you, more than I could ever say!!

Okay, enough mushy gushy, let's get on to the other good stuff. :-) 


DEFY releases in paperback on November 25th and in case you hadn't heard yet, IGNITE is now releasing on DECEMBER 30th!! That means you get it a whole week earlier! How's that for some holiday cheer? (That also means the pre-order contest where one lucky pre-orderer will win a very rare DEFY dagger necklace ends sooner, too! So make sure to CLICK HERE For all the details and enter for your chance to win!!!)

(Again, for my local friends and fans - my signings will remain the same as I know the holidays are crazy busy. So: launch party at The King's English on January 6th and Provo Library signing on January 8th, both at 7pm with goodies, giveaways, swag, and me trying to be entertaining or something. Both events are on Facebook with all the details  CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE.) 


I have SO many exciting things planned leading up to the paperback release and IGNITE's release! Have you been reading the bonus scenes I'm posting on Wattpad? I hope so, because they give you some really cool insight into the character's lives and how others view them and a few things that you didn't see in DEFY that might give you even greater understanding of the events and characters in the books! You can FOLLOW ME AND READ THEM BY CLICKING HERE!! And you might want to do it soon, because there are two more coming in the next month or so, and I've saved the best two scenes for last....Here's a hint: one is from the point of view of someone whose name starts with "R" and the other is from the point of view of someone whose name starts with "D"... !!!!! 


AND that's not all!!! Next week, I have a VERY special treat to help celebrate the paperback release of DEFY on November 25th! I can't WAIT to share this with you guys!! Remember that cryptic tweet I posted, freaking out about seeing something that was so amazing I couldn't stand it?? Well, THIS is it! You get to find out what it was on Wednesday!! 

And finally, I'm DYING to see all of your entries for the DEFY Fan Art Contest! Remember, you only have until December 6th to enter and this is my ONLY INTERNATIONAL IGNITE ARC giveaway. So start posting those entries, tag me, and use the right hashtags! Here's the info again in case you need it: 

FAN ART - IGNITE ARC Giveaway!!

This one will last until December 6th! Show me your best drawings, paintings, sculptures, music videos, fan trailers, interpretive dances (I'm lenient on the definition of "art" here), or whatever kind of art you excel at, inspired by DEFY and you could win a signed/personalized ARC of IGNITE + a signed/personalized paperback of DEFY*! Tweet me your picture/video or post it on Instagram and make sure to tag me (@SaraBLarson on both sites) so that I see your entry along with hashtags: #IGNITE #giveaway #DEFYFanArtContest. I will comment or reply to let you know I saw it and that you're entered. If I don't respond, I didn't see it so try again and make sure to tag me! If you wish to mail it to me, you can by sending your entry to P.O. Box 1298 Draper, UT 84020. But make sure you send it with plenty of time to reach me!!

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

*this giveaway is the only international giveaway I'll be doing for an ARC of IGNITE

Who else is excited?! Aaaagh, guys, it's almost here! IGNITE is only 47 days away!!!! (You know I'm excited when I abuse exclamation points as much as I have in this post...) 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WINNER! + News!

Thank you all for entering the IGNITE ARC giveaway! There were so many of you - I'm blown away! I can't tell you how much your excitement and enthusiasm for this book means to me. Before I announce the winner, I want to remind you that there is still the Fan Art Contest (which ends Dec. 6th - so make sure and start getting me those entries!), and the pre-order contest where you could win this gorgeous DEFY Dagger necklace and lots of signed goodies! (details in my previous posts)



And never fear...there will be more IGNITE ARC giveaways coming up soon! So stay tuned!

But for now there can be only one winner. And the lucky entrant is....






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****CONGRATS  REGAN D. ****!!! 

I hope you enjoy IGNITE!!! 


And now, a little bit of exciting news for you all, that will change up the pre-order contest just a tad:

IGNITE is now officially releasing on DECEMBER 30th!!! That's right, you can get it a whole week earlier than you thought! WOOHOO!!! Of course, that means the pre-order contest will end a week earlier, too, so don't procrastinate entering!


(FOR MY LOCAL FANS: Because the holidays are so insane, my launch party at The King's English will stay on Tuesday Jan. 6th at 7pm and my Provo Library Signing will still be on Thursday January 8th at 7pm as well. I hope to see you at one of those events in the new year!)


Monday, November 3, 2014

IGNITE Pre-order AWESOMENESS!

OOOOOH you guys, I'm SO excited about this!! I have such a treat in store for you all...and without any further teasing, I'll just get right to it.

It's time for the:

IGNITE pre-order giveaway!

Yes, you can pre-order IGNITE from all major retailers, including Book Depository (CLICK HERE),  Amazon (CLICK HERE), and Barnes & Noble (CLICK HERE)... but if you want a signed or personalized copy, make sure to order from my local indie store The King's English and I will sign it however you'd like the night of my launch and they'll ship it to you! CLICK HERE to order online or you can call them: 801-484-9100 to tell them how you'd like your book personalized!

Once you've done that, make sure to come back here and enter to win some awesome prizes for pre-ordering! EVERYONE who pre-orders automatically gets signed bookmarks from both books + a special postcard with a personalized message (make sure you fill out the form in the rafflecopter giveaway to receive your gifts!) - buuuuut THREE lucky winners will get even more!

2 Runners Up will get - an "I READ YA" tote from Scholastic + signed bookmarks + DEFY button + a personalized copy of DEFY to go with your shiny new copy of IGNITE!

AND....

1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win everything the Runners Up got + a signed/personalized copy of IGNITE to keep or give to a friend/family member/blog follower/teacher/passing stranger/whoever you want AND a very special charm of the dagger from the cover of DEFY! (You can put it on a necklace, bracelet, wherever you want!)

(picture from the day DEFY launched when my family surprised me with this beautiful DEFY necklace! The dagger charm is hanging from the necklace - and you could win one just like it!) 


I've had so many people compliment me on my necklace and ask if they can get one...well now, one lucky pre-orderer can!! Good luck to everyone! (And don't forget about the 2 IGNITE ARC giveaways I'm doing in my last post!)

Once you've pre-ordered IGNITE come back and ENTER HERE: 


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

IGNITE ARC giveaways!

We are just a few days away from the 2 month mark counting down to IGNITE's release! Can you believe it? I can't. This year has flown by! And we're less than 1 month until the paperback of DEFY releases on November 25, too! (Just in time for holiday gifts!)

Sooooo....you know what that means? GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

And I'm starting with a bang, giving you 2 - count 'em TWO - giveaways at once!! (So make sure you read all the way until the end!)


But first, I wanted to give you the info on pre-ordering IGNITE. I am going to be announcing the details of my pre-order campaign very soon (still waiting to finalize a few details) - but trust me, it's going to be worth the wait!

If you want to get a head start on it, you can pre-order IGNITE from all major retailers, including Book Depository (CLICK HERE),  Amazon (CLICK HERE), and Barnes & Noble (CLICK HERE)...

HOWEVER if you want a signed or personalized copy, make sure to order from my local indie store The King's English and I will sign it however you'd like the night of my launch and they'll ship it to you! CLICK HERE to order online or you can call them: 801-484-9100 to tell them how you'd like your book personalized!

And then make sure to come back very soon to find out about what I'm offering everyone who pre-orders IGNITE and a couple of very special Thank You's you can enter to win!


OKAY, moving right along to.....

FAN ART - IGNITE ARC Giveaway!!

This one will last until December 6th (the 1 month mark until IGNITE comes out!!!). This is a fan art contest! Show me your best drawings, paintings, sculptures, music videos, fan trailers, interpretive dances (I'm lenient on the definition of "art" here), or whatever kind of art you excel at, inspired by DEFY and you could win a signed/personalized ARC of IGNITE + a signed/personalized paperback of DEFY*! Tweet me your picture/video or post it on Instagram and make sure to tag me (@SaraBLarson on both sites) so that I see your entry along with hashtags: #IGNITE #ARCgiveaway #DEFYFanArtContest. I will comment or reply to let you know I saw it and that you're entered. If I don't respond, I didn't see it so try again and make sure to tag me! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

*this giveaway is the only international giveaway I'll be doing for an ARC of IGNITE


Now if you aren't artsy in any way, shape, or form, don't despair! There are a few more opportunities to win an ARC of IGNITE, including this one: 

IGNITE ARC GIVEAWAY!!

This one is SUPER easy! All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter giveaway to try and win a signed/personalized ARC of IGNITE + signed bookmarks + personalized postcard*! This giveaway runs for 1 week - until November 6th (the official 2 month mark until IGNITE comes out).

*open to U.S./Canada only.






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