Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ho, Ho, Ho! Sale Alert!



For this holiday week only, my newest book, UNKNOWN, is on sale for $1.99! If you haven't had a chance to check out the first in this New Adult, Apocalyptic-Romance, now is the perfect time!



The sequel, UNREST, is set to publish just around the corner on February 16, 2017. Thank you for your support with this series!<3 br="">

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

UNREST Cover Reveal!



I say it every time, but cover reveal days are my FAVORITE!! I'm just so excited about this series and the places it's going. Book one was heavily about Amber and the breakdown of the world, so it was fitting for the cover to be just her. But in book two the focus shifts a lot to Rylen as Amber deals with her feelings for him. So I wanted the cover to be him. And sexy. Because RYLEN FITE.

Before we get to the cover, here is all the information you'll need about book 1, Unknown, in case you haven't had a chance to check it out yet.



Buying Links: AmazonUS / AmazonUK / B&N / iTunes / Book Depository

Unknown on Goodreads! Unrest on Goodreads!

And now for the hotness...I hope you love it as much as me!!

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Coming February 16, 2017!

Blurb:
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

EEP! Thanks for dropping by to check it out! Be sure to enter the Goodreads giveaway of Unknown!


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Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Unknown

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sign Up to Reveal the UNREST Cover!



A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the UNKNOWN book release a success! I'm super excited to get book 2, UNREST, written this fall! I'm hoping to publish it on February 16, 2017. Fingers crossed, sweeties!

If you haven't had a chance to check out UNKNOWN yet, here are the buying links. It's a thrilling ride guys - an apocalyptic sci-fi that chronicles the breakdown of our society and world through the eyes of a paramedic named Amber Tate. The romance element is a slow burn in book 1, which will lead to some serious smoldering in book 2. I shall say no more. *winks*


Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo / Book Depository (free worldwide shipping!)


And now it's time to start thinking about book 2! The cover will be revealed September 9th (the date has been moved up!) I'm keeping sign-ups open until September 4th. Thank you to everyone who's willing to share the cover and help me spread the word about this series! I'm having so much fun with it. Hugs to all!!



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Epic International Giveaway! Higgins-Howard Indie Launch!


I'm so excited that this day is finally here!! I'm teaming with the amazing A.G. Howard, bestselling author of the Splintered series, for our debut NA book releases! If you're looking for something a bit more mature than our YA, but totally off the NA beaten path, please check out Anita's gorgeous supernatural-gothic-historical THE ARCHITECT OF SONG, and my apocalyptic sci-fi, UNKNOWN!

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We are celebrating our joint indie publications with super fun interviews (our characters from completely different eras have interviewed each other!) and then Anita Grace and I interviewed one another. And most importantly, we have joined together for an epic international giveaway!

Here's a quick look at A.G. Howard's book, out now!


A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower - intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

I adored this book!! You can read my thoughts and add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.
Buy The Architect of Song paperback and Kindle on Amazon today!

And a little about my book, UNKNOWN, out now!


In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
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Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

Add UNKNOWN on Goodreads!
Buy UKNOWN in paperback or Kindle on Amazon! The special ebook price of $2.99 goes up after release day!

CHARACTER INTERVIEW:

Amber Tate: Hi Juliet! We’re so excited to interview you today. We’re all intrigued by your world and can’t wait to learn more about the Victorian Era. I’m from the state of Nevada in America. We’re sort of in World War III right now, writing to you from our secret camp in the desert, so this is a welcome distraction. I’ve got my best friend Remy here with me—*Remy waves crazily*—my stupid brother, Tater is here too—

Tater: Hey! More like handsome Latino Army badass.

Remy: *rolls eyes but can’t hold back a smile* Moving on.

Amber: And we also have Rylen Fite, my, uh…*blushes as she looks at Ry*

Rylen: *half grins* Neighbor? Friend? Practically adopted brother?

Amber: Er, yeah. *clears throat* Anyway. Juliet, I’m totally fascinated with the time you live in. Especially the idea of women having ‘delicate sensibilities.’ Do you find that to be true about yourself?

Juliet: A pleasure to meet you all. No, I do not find ‘delicate’ to be true of me, or any woman, in fact. I’ve always been perplexed by the notion of weakness in beings that grow new beings within their very bodies—all while being nursemaids, cooks, cleaners, caretakers, seamstresses, organizers, entertainers, gardeners, and bookkeepers. I ask of you, who indeed is the weaker sex?

Amber: Exactly!

Rylen: I hear we have something in common. I was raised on a farm, so I understand the importance of humans and plants, and the symbiotic relationship we have with the earth. We grew potatoes for food. Can you tell us about what you do?

Juliet: Of course! It is always a pleasure to meet a fellow admirer and respecter of nature. I’m a hat maker; I grow and dry flowers for my masterpieces. I also raise birds, gathering their feathers when they molt (in a symbiotic exchange) to add to my collection of millinery supplies.

Rylen: Awesome.

Remy: Ooh, ooh, my turn! Can you tell us about your clothes? Do you really have to wear one of those birdcage things under your skirt? And what’s it like to wear a corset? How do you breathe and move?

Tater: Those things are hot. Not the birdcages, but those things that squeeze a chick’s waist and push up her—

Rylen: Dude, shut up. Don’t scare her off.

Amber: Yeah, you pig. Let her answer.

Tater: *whispers* Juliet is deaf though, right? Maybe she didn’t catch the boob commentary.

Amber: Deaf, not stupid. And she reads lips.

Tater: Oh… *embarrassed laugh* My bad. Please continue. *smiles innocently*

Juliet: Corsets and crinolines are an extension of the moral strictures put upon women by societal expectations. Try to imagine wearing a circus tent. Or rather, being a circus tent—one that could house a carousel and never even ruffle a hem from the spinning horses mounted on the platform underneath the structured walls of petticoats. Then, imagine your torso is a wooden post, unable to move or expand beneath the contracting pressure against your ribcage and lungs. If your imagination can supply such savory details, then you’ll know what it’s like to be fashionable and accepted in my time.

Amber: Oh, my God. No offense, but that sounds awful. I feel for you.

Remy: Me too, sister. Although, you look so beautiful. I’d totes be willing to try it for a day. I love dressing up.

Tater: *hands Remy a corset, which Amber smacks from his hand*

Amber: Okay, moving on to something more serious. From what I hear, we’re both dealing with some strange stuff. Sort of supernatural. Unexplainable. So, I have a weird question. Do you believe in ghosts?

Remy: *shivers*

Juliet: Not only do I believe in them, but in my experience, the dead speak louder than the living.

Tater: *whispers with wide eyes* Shit just got real.

Amber: Yeah. Thank you so much for meeting with us, Juliet. It was amazing to talk to you. We wish you the best of luck!

*** You can check out Juliet's interview of Amber on A.G.'s blog here!

And now A.G. and I interview each other!

Q: Did any specific songs inspire you while writing your book?

Wendy/Unknown: I wish I could say yes, but I honestly don’t listen to any music while I’m writing. I want to be one of those cool authors who listens to badass playlists to pump them up, but I need complete quiet.

AG/Architect of Song: It's always fun to see how each writer has their own unique routine! I'm the opposite of Wendy. I need music to spark my muse and moods. As for the songs that inspired Architect, they're mainly somber piano accompaniments, romantic ballads, lullabies, instrumentals, and vocals with poignant lyrics and gentle melodies. Here are two, as an example:

1. "Everyone’s Memory is Snow" by Phildel: An instrumental with dreamy, melancholy piano-work reminiscent of snow or petals falling, that inspired me as I wrote many of the bittersweet and heartbreaking moments of the book.

2. "This Voice" by Ane Brun: Ane’s gritty and earthy vocals juxtaposed with the upbeat melody perfectly represent Juliet’s unease yet elation to have discovered a way to hear a voice again—a wondrous secret she can’t share with anyone.

To see all 43 of the songs, follow this link.

Q: Could you share a few images of your characters to give readers an idea of what they look like?

Wendy/Unknown: This has been tough for me, especially a Rylen, and even this is not exactly how I imagine him. But the others are pretty much on point.

Bianca Santos as Amber Tate:



Drew Van Acker (loosely) as Rylen Fite:



Brenton Thwaites as Jacob “Tater” Tate:



And this particular image of Hayden Panettiere for Remy Haines:



AG/Architect of Song: I don't know the models' names, but here are my three main characters...

Ghostly Hawk:



Juliet Emerline:



Lord Nicolas Thornton:



You can find more character and Victorian inspired images on my Architect of Song Pinterest board.

Q: What gave you the idea for this story?

Wendy/Unknown: For many years of my adulthood I had recurring apocalyptic nightmares: flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, going underground, having the U.S. overrun by enemies and having to hide. It was like the movie Red Dawn. I would wake up terrified and wondering what the heck was wrong with me. Years passed and I began reading a lot of dystopian books, starting with Orwell’s 1984, and moving on to YA. Most of what I read were stories that started in the middle of the action, after the dystopian societies were already set up. I was fascinated by HOW the societies fell, and decided I wanted to write about how a normal girl in the United States would handle losing everything, and how it could be possible for the world to fall in this day and age. Plus, I can never go straight contemporary, so there's some sci-fi flare in there as well.

AG/Architect of Song: I actually wrote a whole blog post about the story's origins once. Short version: I was in a 19th century graveyard and saw a tiny fenced-in plot with a lone headstone and a flower growing beside it. It struck me as odd, that the grave was isolated in such a way, and my muse started dancing around, coming up with all sorts of scenarios as to why it might be. Then I asked myself: "What if the person buried there was somehow tied to that lonely flower? What if their life forces had intertwined?"

All my contemplating birthed a story of a young woman in the Victorian era who touches the flower and awakens a nobleman's spirit. To bond her and the ghost immediately, she would be deaf due to a childhood illness, and his is the first voice she's heard in eleven years. I based Juliet's communication off of a deaf librarian who worked at my elementary school. She read lips so adeptly it was amazing (she'd been reading them / practicing her whole life). I was so impressed by that ability that it left an indelible impression, so I wanted my character to be a tribute to her.

However, since Juliet lives in a more discriminatory era, she would be judged on her deafness by ignorant members of society, and have to learn to embrace as a strength what other people saw as a weakness to overcome their prejudices and show herself for the strong, intelligent woman she is. So that became her character arc which played out through her solving a tragic and dangerous mystery. Sadly, I don't know where that teacher is now, or even if she's still alive (she was in her early fifties back then), but hopefully Juliet did her memory justice. ;)

Q: Could you describe one of your favorite scenes in your book, and/or share an excerpt?

Wendy/Unknown: One of my favorite scenes is when Rylen comes back on a visit from his military deployment, and Amber is seventeen-years-old, looking much more grown than the last time he saw her. I love seeing him take her all in with his eyes, and to feel the tension between them. I have a teaser image with a quote from that scene for you. Enjoy!



AG/Architect of Song: Having a paranormal element offered some creative tools for Juliet to use while sleuthing. From my experience with the librarian in my childhood, I knew Juliet's communication would be tricky. Good lighting and face-to-face proximity were the only ways she'd be able to read lips. For any scenes from afar or in the dark, or were someone’s head turned, she would have to miss out on what was said. But that's where having a ghost as an accomplice comes in handy. She could rely on Hawk to relay the words being spoken.

One of my favorite (and one of the most pivotal) scenes in my book takes place on a rooftop where Juliet is watching an interaction between the viscount and another man through a telescope. Hawk is standing next to them, translating what they're saying to her mind as she's watching through the lens.

Here's a quick unspoilery peek at the setup:



Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, A.G.! What a joy it's been! And now we would like to thank our readers, worldwide, with this international giveaway. :-D Here is what's up for grabs as the Grand Prize: signed paperback copies from both authors, signed posters from both authors, and signed swag from both authors! Second place is signed posters and swag from both authors. Third and fourth places are signed swag from both authors. Please enter with the Rafflecopter form on either of our blogs. Good luck, everyone!



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Monday, July 18, 2016

UNKNOWN Teaser!


Hello Sweeties! I am so thrilled that we're getting close to the UKNNOWN release date of August 16--less than one month!! I'm going to share a graphic teaser that Jennifer Munswami made, along with a larger teaser/excerpt. I'm excited for you to meet Rylen and Amber!

UNKNOWN is not up for preorder, but I will post on all my social media platforms the moment it's available. Thank you so much for your support as I embark on this new writing adventure! I'm seriously into this story and these characters, and I cannot wait to write book 2 this fall once the kiddos are back in school. Wheeee!

In the meantime, please enjoy! *hugs*




He didn’t say anything for a minute, just stared off toward his darkened house. “I just always wanted to do right by you.”

“You have,” I whispered. But I’m not your sister, I wanted to say.

He stepped even closer, enough for us to really see each other’s eyes in the starlight. “There’s so much shit out there in the world. So much fucking evil. There’s times where I’m submersed in it and I start to wonder what the point is—of life—of everything. And then I get a letter from you and it’s like…you’re this beam of light shining from across the world. Like a piece of gold, making me remember the good that’s out there. The things that are worth fighting for.”

He thinks of me like gold? Swallow. Breathe. Do not cry. What do I even say to that?

“If I’m gold, Ry, you’re like…titanium. Stronger than you think.”

My words made him rock back slightly on his heels and he grasped the tire to pull himself forward and study my eyes. When I kept my gaze steadily on his, letting him know I was completely serious, he shook his head in wonder and let out a huff of disbelief. I reached out and touched his chest, gently at first, and then fisting his shirt in my palm, pulling him gently toward me. He stared into my eyes as I urged him closer. He wet his lips and my heart pounded a steady rhythm, chanting finally, finally, finally.



Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

THE GREAT PURSUIT Cover Reveal!



Cover Reveal days are my favorite!!! Today we get to see the cover for THE GREAT PURSUIT, which is the sequel to THE GREAT HUNT, and the final book in the Eurona Duology, my high fantasy romance duo. It's full of adventure, danger, and kisses that made my beta readers squee. I can't wait for you guys to have this finale in your hands!

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Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.


If you haven't read THE GREAT HUNT yet, the ebook is on sale for $3.99 today on Kindle and Nook!

Add THE GREAT PURSUIT on Goodreads!

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Why I am Self Publishing



I try to be as transparent as possible with my readers, and honest to a fault (it's gotten me into trouble - remember the money post??) Publishing is a funny thing because there's so much we're not supposed to say. I feel like I'm always walking a fine line between honesty and taboo. But I'm not going to worry about that too much anymore.

I recently finished my 6th Young Adult book with HarperCollins/HarperTeen. The Great Pursuit will be out March 7, 2017. When asked if I had any new YA ideas to submit to them, my answer was no. Because, to be honest, writing for a publisher was very stressful for me. Nothing against my publisher - my editor was always very encouraging and understanding, and I will miss her like crazy. It wasn't about them, as much as it was about me. My personality. My fears and insecurities, my tendency to compare myself to other authors at my publishing house, and the way I tend to buckle under pressure and have to push myself. I felt a strong need to be on my own for a while.

Also, I wanted to write something sexier. Truth.

I love YA. I love writing for teens and working with young adults. But I have been craving writing something more mature and stretching my wings. A couple years ago I got an idea for an apocalyptic dystopian. I was writing YA at the time, obviously, and I was fascinated by this idea to show HOW the society falls into dystopia. The problem was, every time I imagined the story, it kept veering out of the YA realm. Everything I kept imagining was not going to be YA appropriate. So I shelved it.

Three months ago I dusted it off and got major butterflies in my belly when I realized I didn't have to stick to any rules. I could write whatever I wanted, not worrying about genre or age or anything. I could just write from the heart and not hold back. I knew right then, right from he start, that I would be self-publishing it. This book was never submitted to a publisher.

I've titled the book UNKNOWN, and what's fun is that it's hard to categorize. I know we (the book world and publishers) love to categorize our books and fit them into little boxes of explanation, don't we? But it's not that simple with UNKNOWN. You're going to see UNKNOWN on a lot of different Goodreads shelves: YA (it does have a YA feel for the first part), NA (when we get into the modern-day story, the characters are NA age), dystopian, apocalyptic, adventure, romance, science fiction (scifi), etc.

Why didn't I want to submit it to a publisher? Besides the pressure of contracts and deadlines, I was really excited about having full control over the process. I wanted to pick my own covers and titles for the series. I want to be able to publish each book in the series as soon as they're ready, instead of waiting a year or more. I want to be able to choose my own price and if/when it goes on sale. Those are my primary reasons. I still gave myself personal deadlines, but for the first time in years I felt like I was writing for fun.

I should mention this is not my first indie book. Three years ago I wrote a YA Irish fantasy called SEE ME, which my publisher passed on. After much thought and revision, I self-published it. Generally YA does not do as well as NA/adult stories on the self-publishing market, so I've been pleased by the response it's received. It was a great way to test the waters and prepare myself for this moment.

I know there is a stigma against independent publishing among literary professionals, but here's the thing: I'm done with the snobbery. I do not care. I don't feel as if my traditionally published books have exactly garnered a ton of respect from the professional world, so that is the least of my concerns. I care only about the paying readers.

I love all of my books, and I stand behind what I've created. Each process and experience has been full of life lessons and helped me grow as a person and writer. I can't say I'll never write YA again or never go back to traditional publishing. I know my whims enough to know nothing is set in stone. But for now I am going to write this 4-book series, and I'm going to enjoy it. I'm not expecting to hit bestseller lists and get rich. I'm just expecting to find joy in this thing I've always loved, and to be a less frazzled mom and wife for my family. I'm grateful self-publishing is an option. I'm grateful my readers will buy my books no matter who is publishing them. Thank you for letting me continue to live my dream. I truly hope you'll enjoy this story as much as I've enjoyed writing it. I'm happy to answer any questions you have.


UNKNOWN is coming August 16, 2016. UNREST, book 2, will be out Jan/Feb 2017. 


Cover Designer: Jennifer Munswami of J.M. Rising Horse Creations


Add UNKNOWN to your Goodreads TBR pile today


Preview UNKNOWN on Wattpad today!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Problem With Forever



Next week, on May 17, THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by Jennifer L. Armentrout releases, and I want everyone to own a copy of this book. I loved this story. Love, love, loved it. It's a contemporary YA romance that hit every single one of my feels. (Read my review and add it on Goodreads!)

Jennifer has graciously given me two signed ARC copies to give away, along with swag, and I'm adding a signed copy of THE GREAT HUNT and bookmarks to the prize! This contest is open internationally. Winner must respond to email within 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen. Contest will run 3 days, ending Friday, May 13. Good luck, friends!



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Congratulations to our winners: Stefanie Studte of Germany, and Callie Hazlett of the U.S.!! You have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Beth Revis PAPER HEARTS Tour!



Beth Revis is awesome. She has taken the time to collect answers and advice to all of the questions writers have asked her over the years about writing, publishing, and marketing, and made them into books! I'm honored to be on the blog tour for her marketing book today.



Beth and I were both given two questions regarding marketing advice for authors.

1. Do you have a general guideline or mentality you use to approach your own marketing efforts?

Wendy's Answer: My general guideline is to try and connect with readers and be as approachable, and accessible as possible. This means answering all emails, reading all tweets directed at me and comments made on my Facebook and Instagram pages, and commenting back as often as possible. It can be very time consuming, but it is worth it to me and I enjoy the interaction.

Beth's Answer: If I'm not having fun, I don't do it. I hear from people all the time, "Do I HAVE to do Twitter?" or "I hate Facebook, I wish I could get away without using it!" And the thing is...you can. Do the marketing that you enjoy. You'll be much more effective doing one thing really well then spreading yourself over all sorts of social media. And besides, typically you'll only sell to about 1% of your social media followers, so don't break your back doing social media that you hate. It's not worth it. It's supposed to be fun.
Beyond social media, when it comes to targeted campaigns, paid advertisements, giveaways, etc., my mentality is: "Would I buy a book based on this?" I would--and have--bought books because of BookBub, for example. That's a system that works on me, so it's reasonable for me to think it'll work for my books. I emulate giveaways that were tempting for me to enter. If there's a program that's offered to me that I've never heard of or that doesn't really entice me to buy any books from their previous campaigns, I don't bother. I am my own test market.

2. Can you think of a recent YA book whose marketing campaign stood out to you? Why?

Wendy's Answer: I'm always amazed by Jennifer L. Armentrout's marketing. She does many amazing giveaways including the "Write Your Way to RT Contest" each year. Currently she is working with HarlequinTeen to promote The Problem With Forever, and one of the things they're doing is a "Guess The Nails" contest in which author friends (including me) are doing our nails in watercolors that match the cover, and readers have to guess which authors the hands belong to (we're all sending in pictures). I love things like this that get the whole community involved, writers and readers.

Beth's Answer: Leigh Bardugo is a freaking genius. I love the stuff she and her publisher do, and she's incredibly brilliant when it comes to marketing. But it should be noted: she's marketing a book that is also freaking genius. Her work is good, and her marketing highlights just how good her work is. She's innovative and does things that makes people notice her and her books.
I also learned a lot from the way Julie Murphy marketing Dumplin. The beautiful pins, the ARC boxes, the viral pose--so smart to integrate the cover in that way!

If you've been following her tour, here is Tip #2:

Analyze your own buying habits.

Additional details: What makes you buy a book? What makes you notice an author? Emulate that. There are a million and one different ways to sell books, but do what works on you, and adapt it. When I was marketing Across the Universe, I’d seen dozens of giveaways, but none of them were quite what I felt like a giveaway should be. So I used my experience in entering giveaways to develop my own, and it worked really well. Later on, people started telling me about the importance of newsletters. So I signed up for dozens of authors newsletters and really paid attention to which ones made me want to open the newsletter, read the content, and buy the book. That helped me to develop my own newsletter—and taught me lots of new tricks that I’m still using today.

ALL ABOUT THE BOOK!

Bird by Bird meets Save the Cat in this new writing advice book by NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis. With more than 100,000 reads on Wattpad, this newly expanded and rewritten edition features 350 pages of content, including charts and a detailed appendix.

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Fight the blank page.

When it comes to writing, there's no wrong way to get words on paper. But it's not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won't make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:

-How to Develop Character, Plot, & World

-What Common Advice You Should Ignore

-What Advice Actually Helps

-How to Develop a Novel

-The Basics of Grammar, Style, & Tone

-Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure

-How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel

-How to Deal with Failure

...And much more!

BONUS! More than 25 "What to do if..." scenarios to help writers navigate problems in writing from a NY Times Bestselling author who's written more than 2 million words of fiction.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

UNKNOWN Cover Reveal!!



Is there anything more fun than cover reveals? I think not! Except maybe that moment when you meet the book boy and swoon right into his strong imaginary arms. *happy sigh* Where was I? Oh, yes, cover!!

This is my first New Adult book. The story actually starts in her childhood, and we watch Amber grow up. Meanwhile we're also watching her brother and Rylen grow up. But rest assured that they DO become adults and maturity ensues. Well, mostly. Hehe. All I can say is that I've been completely in my element with this story, enjoying every moment. I hope that feeling shows on the page. You can find out for yourself by reading the first seven unedited chapters right now on Wattpad! This is the first time since Inkpop in 2010 that I have publicly uploaded parts of my work online. Goin' back to my roots. :)

A little insight into the cover. The first book centers strongly on Amber, so it felt right for her to have her own cover. The second book will focus more strongly on Rylen, so he will get that cover to himself. I'm not sure exactly how many books will be in this series yet, but I'm imagining a cool looking sky for each one. And yes, it's a romance series, so we might have a couple on one or more of the covers down the line--who knows? I'm writing this series in total panster mode with no outline, and only a general idea of big events!

SYNOPSIS:
Coming August 16, 2016

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technological communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.


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Cover Art by Jennifer Munswami


Add UNKNOWN to your Goodreads shelf today!


To read more about the origins of UNKNOWN and what to expect from my first NA, check out this post! *hugs*
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

YA Scavenger Hunt, Spring 2016!



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 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 TEAL TEAM--but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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: You'll find each author's favorite number at the end of their Scavenger Hunt post or hidden within. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the TEAL team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers on a team, make sure you fill out the form HERE to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number sum 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 April 3, 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 Brianna Shrum, author of Never, Never for the YA Scavenger Hunt, and fans are in for a VERY special treat!!

Brianna's BioI'm a YA author living in Colorado with my high-school-sweetheart-turned husband and two little boys. I love all things villainous, magical, and strange, and when I'm not writing, am usually buried in someone else's words in a book. You can usually find me drinking chai and reading by my Harry Potter Christmas tree, which I will probably never take down.

Find out more at Brianna's website or check out her book Never, Never here!

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.
When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child - at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children's dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.
But grow up he does.
And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isn't about Peter Pan; it's about the boy whose life he stole. It's about a man in a world that hates men. It's about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.
Except one.



EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Today's exclusive content is a brand new Never, Never bonus scene!!! Enjoy...

“I want to show you something,” said Tiger Lily.

James raised an eyebrow and threaded his fingers through hers. “Oh?”

“I’d considered keeping it entirely to myself, but you’ve worn me down. I’ve never…never shown this place to anyone.”

“Anyone?” he said, but when he said “anyone,” what he really meant was “Peter.”

Her fingers tightened minutely around his for a moment as they made their way through the darkest part of the forest. This was the place that had always frightened him most as a child—where the trees banded so close together that you couldn’t make out the sky. Even Peter had steered clear, though he’d threatened to wallop anyone who’d brought it up.

But Tiger Lily wasn’t afraid of anything.

She pushed ahead and James followed, holding his hook close to his side so it wouldn’t get caught in the bramble.

“There,” Tiger Lily said, and she ducked into a little indent in the earth, surrounded by shimmering leaves. James followed, trying to ignore the hairs raising on the back of his neck at being swallowed by the dark. And when he pushed through, he found himself in a much larger space than he’d expected—an entire room in the earth, vines and grass and fingerlike branches that spread out overtop them. It was surprisingly warm in here, given the damp, and when he wriggled in a bit further, breaking through the wall of branches, he drew in a sharp breath.

“Told you,” she whispered, and she grabbed for his fingers again.

“The fairies,” he breathed. They were everywhere. He and Tiger Lily were hidden, staring at them from the shadows as they flew around, dancing and spinning and laughing. The air was washed with the sound of tinkling bells, and lit with little houses, staircases and room that glowed gold and thin as thread.

“How did you find this place?” James said, suddenly feeling the sort of wonder that only came to the young.

“By not being afraid,” Tiger Lily whispered , lips brushing against his ear. His fingers curled in the black soil beneath them and she said, “One can wander into a good many secrets if one chooses not to be afraid.” Her breath on his ear and neck sent a spray of goose bumps over his skin.

“Oh is that the way of it?” James turned his face quickly, so that his mouth met hers. She smiled into his lips and he ran his fingers through her hair, hook over the back of her neck.

“So this is your secret?” he said, voice low.

“Yes.”

“I wish I had one with which to repay you,” he said.

Tiger Lily cocked her head and raised an eyebrow. “Oh no, I absolutely expect one in return. Fair’s fair, James Hook.”

“I have none to show you. But I can tell you,” he said.

“I don’t believe you, pirate,” said Tiger Lily. “But I accept your offer.”

James ran his fingers down her back while the fairies played and flitted like the stars around them. “If I were to show you a secret, it would be London. Where the stars stand still in the sky. The fog is cold and tastes like nothing but the rain, and it wraps around your ankles,” he said, sliding his hook and fingers up her bare calves. “There’s a clock in the middle of the city, so large that when it chimes, you can feel it in your chest.” His hand slipped up to her hip, and then his fingers were brushing her collarbone.

“I doubt it feels like this,” she said, glancing down at his hand.

“Oh, of course it does. I’m no scoundrel. I’m only telling you a secret.”

Tiger Lily ran her teeth over her lip and said, “You, James, are a scoundrel to your very bones.”

He tipped up one corner of his mouth and leaned over her. “Are you fed up with me then? You don’t wish to hear of the breeze that kisses your eyelids, or the salt of the sea on the wind that touches your tongue, or—”

“You fool pirate,” she said, and she grabbed his shirt by the laces and kissed him, fingers knit in his hair, back pressed against the leaves. He braced himself on the ground, chest pressing into hers, and skated his teeth over her jaw, up to her ear. “Do you wish to hear more of London?”

And she kissed him again.

AHHHH!!! Love it!

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a copy of NEVER, NEVER, plus my book THE GREAT HUNT, and so much more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 33. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the teal team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Here are the books up for grabs in the Teal Team's Grand Prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Leo Hunt!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wendy's Mean, Hope-Giving St. Paddy's Post



It really is mean what I'm about to do. I have this crazy urge because it's St. Patrick's Day. And I know I shouldn't, but UGH. I want to show you the cover for SEE ME's sequel, REMEMBER ME. I had Jennifer Munswami make it for me last year when I started playing around with an idea in my mind for Cass and Rock's story. And then the idea just sort of hit a wall that I couldn't knock down or go around. I still have the loose idea, and really I just need to try and push forward and stop letting the unknown intimidate me. It's a wonder I get any books written, lol!

So, yeah. I'm going to share it. The cover for a book that may or may not get written. But it's such a shame to let Jennifer's gorgeous work sit on my computer, filed away, going to waste. I really do love it. And I feel like each time I put myself out there talking about this story, it's a possible step toward writing it. Also, I'm going to Dublin this summer, HALLELUIA!!! I will be visiting the Leprechaun Museum and praying for inspiration the entire time I'm guzzling Guiness!

Here it is, sweeties. I love you dearly, and I can't thank you enough for your kind, patient pleas to write this book. I hope someday soon I can do just that! Until then, enjoy the pretties...

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Friday, March 11, 2016

THE GREAT HUNT Release Week!!



Thank you for the book-birthday love!! I'm so happy THE GREAT HUNT is finally out there in the world. :) If you're looking for romance, fantasy, and a dark adventure, I hope you'll check it out! This will be a 2-book duology, and the second installment is set to hit shelves in winter 2017 (title to come!) THE GREAT HUNT is my very first book in hardback, which makes me especially nervous. Release week sales are the most important to an author, so I want to send my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who preordered and bought the book this week! It means the world to me!!



THE GREAT HUNT on Goodreads!


Buying Links!

AMAZON/KINDLE
B&N/NOOK
BOOK DEPOSITORY (free worldwide shipping!)


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Diving Into The New Adult World!


For the past six years I have written YA, and I've enjoyed every word I've written for teens. I also love that my stories have had crossover appeal, blessing me with many adult readers. I've always been a slave to inspiration, so when I found myself coming up on the end of my YA contractual obligations, and a New Adult idea was plaguing my mind, I knew it was time to go there. This is not to say I'll never write YA again. I'm open to whatever the future may hold.

Switching genres from YA to NA, and going from traditional publishing to indie publishing, is a bit daunting. When I'm under contract, that legal obligation is always there, lighting a fire under me. But with self-publishing there's this fear in the back of my mind - the worry that I can't do it, or I'll lose interest and flake out, or I'll completely suck without the aid of my professional editor. I'm also completely aware of the possibility that I'll be lost in a sea of obscurity in the NA market, which consists primarily of contemporary stories. Sci-fi and fantasy are notorious for not doing as well in the self-publishing world. That being said, I'm not being inspired to write contemporary. It's an apocalyptic sci-fi romance that is haunting me, so it is an apocalyptic sci-fi romance I will write, come what may. I am past the point of letting trends and competitive markets hold me back. It's my own personal fears that I'll be battling in this adventure. So I must find ways to hold myself accountable.

I've decided to do something different with this book than I've ever done before. Some of you might know that I got my start online. I was picked up by HarperCollins on a website called Inkpop where I'd uploaded a version of Sweet Evil. Well, now I'm going back to the web, and I'll be uploading the first 10k words of Unknown to Wattpad, adding a chapter each week, starting mid-March after the publication of my newest YA fantasy, The Great Hunt. I will post online each time a chapter is added. Please keep an eye on my Facebook page and Twitter account.

Now let me tell you about my story, Unknown. (SQUEE!!) Since I was a teen I've suffered recurring apocalyptic nightmares, stuff like the movie Red Dawn where the U.S. is being invaded and I'm traveling, trying to stay alive amid the enemy and chaos. There are usually sexy undertones to these frighteningly realistic dreams. I hardly watch any end-of-the-world movies or shows, so I have no idea where these dreams come from other than my own warped imagination. But after all these years I think it's time to put those nightmares to good use.

And now for the Blurb/Description!

UNKNOWN by Wendy Higgins

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technological communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.


If you want add Unknown to your "to read" shelf, here it is on Goodreads!

Here's what I can tell you so far about the Unknown series:

~It will be at least 3-4 books in total
~It will follow at least 2 female main characters. Book 1 will focus on Amber Tate. Book 2 will introduce us to Jasmine, and will go back-and-forth between Amber and Jasmine's viewpoints for the remainder of the series, both told in first person point of view, both with their own romance threads.
~There will be no male POV in these books.
~The first book will be mostly backstory and introductions, along with the world's downfall. You will be left with more questions than answers in book 1. I love you. Don't hate me.
~I am hoping to get the first book written this winter/spring, edited in early summer, and published in August. That is if all goes well and there are no set backs. But I will not put out a rushed product, so if I don't feel it's ready by August I will adjust the publication date.
~I know this will be disappointing to reviewers, but I will not be doing ARC (advanced review copy) distribution. I literally get hundreds of ARC requests for every book, and it's not financially feasible or smart of me to give away hundreds of free copies when I have no idea how sales will be for this kind of book on the indie market. Since I'm one person, and not a giant publishing house, I'm going to keep this simple and do none. It's a business decision, and I hope you'll understand. But I WILL do an international giveaway closer to the release date.
~And lastly, the incredibly talented graphic artist Jennifer Munswami is working on a cover! *flails*

I cannot thank you enough for your support and enthusiasm in all things. To everyone who shares my posts and helps to spread the word, my family and I owe you a world of gratitude. xoxoxo




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