Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ENDURE cover reveal!

In case you hadn't seen it yet, here is the cover for ENDURE, the final book in the DEFY trilogy!

Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?!?! I am SO in love with it. So symbolic and powerful. An epic cover for an epic conclusion to this series.

Add ENDURE to-read on Goodreads by clicking HERE!
Pre-order ENDURE on Amazon by clicking HERE! Watch for it on B&N soon! Or order a signed copy through The King's English (info below)!!

I'm dying to share this book with you, but alas, we must endure the wait until Jan. 5, 2016 together. (See what I did there? hee hee...I'm so clever. Or punny. Either way.) HOWEVER, for a few lucky readers, you have the chance to win an ARC from YABooksCentral (who hosted my cover reveal). CLICK HERE for the synopsis of the book (be warned, there are major spoilers for anyone who hasn't read DEFY and IGNITE yet!!) and to enter the giveaway on their website. Just PLEASE PLEASE promise me not to post any spoilers (or give the ending away to your friends) if you win. There are some big ones in this book and I truly hope my awesome readers and fans will give everyone the chance to experience the ending to Alexa's story on their own!

I will also be doing giveaways for ARCs on my different social media sites, so make sure you're following me on Instagram (@SaraBlarson), Twitter (@SaraBLarson), Facebook (www.facebook.com/authorsarablarson), and Tumblr (AuthorSaraBLarson.Tumblr.com).

There will also be a pre-order giveaway that I'm still working on the details for, but basically it will be EPIC. Every pre-order will get something VERY cool and the grand prize will be something you will ALL want, trust me!! (And remember, you can always pre-order signed copies through my local independent bookstore The King's English by CLICKING HERE or calling them 801-484-9100.)

I can't quite believe the end is almost here!
So tell me, what do you think of the cover??

Thursday, April 2, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2015!!

QjIt's that time of year again!! When we all go crazy for a few days, trying to win piles of awesome books! This year, I'm also doing my own personal giveaway, so make sure to read all the way to the VERY BOTTOM of the post for your chance to win a signed copy of DEFY & IGNITE!!

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 SIX 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 team, a blue team, a teal team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team 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.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite 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 Sunday April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting FONDA LEE on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! I can't tell you her real age, or she might beat the tar out of me, but I think she looks 21, don't you?? She's so beautiful and talented, too! A double whammy! Here's more about Fonda and her book!

Author bio: 

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. Zeroboxer (from Flux/Llewellyn) is her debut novel. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, an avid martial artist, a fan of smart action movies, and an Eggs Benedict enthusiast. Originally hailing from Canada, she now lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find Fonda at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

Social Media Links 

Website: www.fondalee.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FondaJLee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fonda.lee.94
Tumblr: fondalee.tumblr.com
Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7705004.Fonda_Lee

Book Cover: 


A Sci-Fi Thrill Ride Set in the Action-Packed Sports Arena of the Future
A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way. 

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

If that’s not enough to get your attention, check out the ZEROBOXER trailer: https://youtu.be/-YJzwwwmZ3M


Fonda tells us about the logos: 

While writing ZEROBOXER, I had a lot of fun envisioning not just how a zero gravity combat sport would actually work, but the whole culture and industry behind it, one that mirrors what we’re familiar with today. 

Carr “the Raptor” Luka competes in the Zero Gravity Fighting Association, the pre-eminent professional fight promotion company in Greater Earth orbit. Headquartered on Valtego city station and run by the influential Martian, Bax Gant, the ZGFA Cube is where every amateur Terran zeroboxer dreams of competing. 

Even bigger and more established than the ZGFA is the WCC - the Weightless Combat Championship. Based on Surya city station near Mars’ moon of Phobos, the WCC is a massively popular and lucrative organization boasting the best Martian zeroboxers. 

I just had to design ZGFA and WCC logos. Dar Albert at Wicked Smart Designs helped me create these, and I still bounce up and down and grin every time I look at them. The star in the ZGFA logo, and the Cube (the zero-g arena) shape behind the WCC are perfect. 

Look for these to show up in some pretty epic fight posters very soon. If you want to know when and where exactly, check out the full schedule of Zeroboxer launch events happening over the next several weeks. 

And remember to look for the book on April 8!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! CLICK HERE TO GO TO E.C. MYERS Website!

And now for your chance to win a signed copy of DEFY & IGNITE, just fill out the rafflecopter below! Good luck!! 

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

IGNITE is here!!!

I've really been struggling to write this post. There is just too much to say and I'm completely overwhelmed.

IGNITE is officially published. I truly hope that you will all love what happens next for Alexa, Damian, and Rylan. It's a strange and wonderful thing, publishing a book. These characters, this story, it feels like mine...until now. Now, they are yours. We all bring something different to a book when we pick it up, open to the first page, and begin to read. What happens next will be a little bit different for everyone. But my wish is that you will find a piece of yourself somewhere within its pages, and maybe, just maybe, a piece of your heart, too. My goal as an author is to try and make each book I write better than the last, and I hope you will find that I succeeded with IGNITE. 

I have so much gratitude in my heart for everyone that has made this dream into a reality, but I won't bore you by repeating it here. (I guess that's what my acknowledgements are for, right?) But I do want to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for your part in this journey. Every one of you has a piece of this dream. My family, my agent, my editor, the team at Scholastic, every reader and blogger and reviewer--you are all vital and amazing and I can't thank you all enough. 

Okay, now that I'm pretty much crying...! 
(Let's watch Kristen Bell cry instead of me, because let's be honest, she's a way cuter crier than I am!)

 Don't forget that the IGNITE blog tour is happening right now (and continuing through the end of next week). Lots of fun interviews, blog posts, insider info, and you can enter to win one of 10 copies of IGNITE + a DEFY Dagger charm! So hop on over to Rockstar Book Tours to check out all the posts and see the schedule of what's to come! CLICK HERE. 

Finally, I've been asked many times "What can I do to help ____ (fill in with book of your choice) succeed?" and I thought today, on the day IGNITE releases, it might be a good time to quickly let you know a few easy ways you can help the books you love reach more readers! 

1. Buy it! Buy it from an independent bookstore, buy it from B&N, buy it from Amazon, in hardcover, or paperback, or ebook, just buy it! Ask for books for gifts, give books as gifts. (Nothing hurts an author more than piracy.) 

2. If you can't afford to buy it, check it out from your library! If they don't have it, request it. It really does help authors if their books are in demand at the library, I promise. We love it when readers check out our books!

(Was it just me, or did you totally think you were Belle growing up because you loved books so much, too?) 

3. If you do read a book you love, review it online. It only takes a minute, but every review a book gets on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc. gets that book seen by new readers. It really can make a big difference, so please, let others know when you love a book! (And I'll love you forever and a day if you are so kind as to review IGNITE on those websites!) 

4. And of course, spread the word. Nothing helps a book more than word-of-mouth. What helps you decide to pick up your next read? More often than not, it's because someone told you to read it, right? Or your book club picked it, or you keep hearing about it from multiple sources. If you love a book, share that love! 

Okay, that's enough of that. It's time to CELEBRATE!! IGNITE IS HERE!!!!!

Again, thank you all SO much for your love for this series and for you support and kindness towards me. I can't even begin to tell you how much your messages, emails, letters, gifts, posts, and words mean to me. You are all amazing! IGNITE is now yours - I hope you will love it as much as I do! 


You can purchase IGNITE in many places!

For a SIGNED/PERSONALIZED copy order through The King's English and they will ship it to you! Call 801-484-9100 or through their website: CLICK HERE




(And these are all great places to leave reviews as well!) :-)

And for my local friends and fans: I have 2 launch parties coming up. I hope to see you at one!




LAS VEGAS BARNES & NOBLE JANUARY 15th w/ Lindsey Leavitt! 

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!!!



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!

 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!!


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:


**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: 


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...)