Vardaesia Cover Reveal!

I’m SO excited to share the cover for VARDAESIA — the sixth and final book in The Medoran Chronicles, coming February 18th! 

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And the full cover: 

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Pre-orders (with international shipping options) are now available from: https://www.panterapress.com.au/product/vardaesia/

Top 5 of the Top 10!!!

So this happened last week and I’m still in a state of shock!! To have all five of my books not only on this amazing Books+Publishing list, but to be taking out the top positions, is just mind blowing!!! Thank you soooo much to everyone who has bought a copy of any of my books and helped make this happen!!!

International WHISPER Giveaway (via Maria V. Snyder)

I’m super blessed to call the ever-so-talented and unnaturally lovely Maria V. Snyder my friend (long story short: we toured together when she visited Aus in 2016, and stayed in touch afterwards until now when she’s a total rock and amaaaaaazing pillar of support for me *HUGS, MARIA!!!*) and she’s hosting an international giveaway for two copies of WHISPER right now. One’s a hardback (*swoon*) and the other is an ARC (*also swoon*), and you can enter via her website by clicking here. I also answered a Q&A with her all about the book, so you can find out more about it — and me — on that page, too.

I’m sure Maria needs no introduction, but for anyone who hasn’t read her books, you absolutely HAVE to. She’s the internationally bestselling YA fantasy author of The Chronicles of Ixia (AKA The Study Series, AKA The Soulfinder Series), The Glass Series, The Healer Series, and the Insiders duology. 

And speaking of gorgeous covers, Maria’s next book, Navigating the Stars, is releasing on November 19 (you can read an excerpt here and find it on Goodreads here). I had the honour of reading an early draft of this book and IT IS SO GOOD!!!! 

Needless to say, I was a fan of Maria’s books before I ever had the privilege of meeting her, so if you’re looking to add something to your TBR, I can’t recommend her highly enough! I started with Poison Study so I always advise people to do the same, but if memory serves, Maria mentions that Inside Out is also a good one to begin with. Either way, be sure to check her out!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the competition for WHISPER!! Here’s that link again! Did I mention it’s open internationally? :-D

WE THREE HEROES – Chapter Sampler

The next book in my bestselling YA fantasy series, THE MEDORAN CHRONICLES, is releasing on August 29th, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share a teaser for what readers can look forward to!

Here’s the cover and the blurb for a little more information (click on the image to zoom):

As for the chapter sampler, click on the link below to read a few pages from each of the three novellas contained within the book.

PLEASE NOTE: This sampler is full of spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the rest of the series!

WE THREE HEROES — Chapter Sampler

Unimaginably Surreal!!!

So this happened this week as reported by Books+Publishing!!!!

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I can’t believe my books are at numbers #1, #3 AND #5!!!

*Passes out in dead faint*

It’s three days later, and I’m pretty sure I’m still walking around in a daze!! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has bought a copy of any of my books and helped make this happen!!

As for my newest book, WHISPER, it only came out in May so it’s not included in the above, but it’s holding strong at number #3 on the YA charts (behind the incredible Sarah J. Maas and Becky Albertalli!!! Omigosh!!!)

AKARNAE excitement — Top 51!!

If you’ve been following my social media, you’ll know that AKARNAE has been nominated for the Dymocks Kids’ Top 51 list, which is unbelievably awesome!! I would be so, SO grateful if you could take a second to cast your vote for it (before Monday) — every vote counts!!

AKARNAE is listed about half to three-quarters of the way down the page (unless the order changes with each reload), and it looks just like this:

With the craziness of multiple book releases this year, I haven’t had a chance just to sit down and share the surreality of everything that has been happening, but please know that something like this is just insane to me. (In the BEST possible way.) I’m pretty much in a constant state of shock that The Medoran Chronicles have become a bestselling series and that so many people love following Alex and her friends on their adventures!

So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for loving these books so much — and for making it so they even hit lists like this! YOU’RE ALL AMAZING!!

You can find the link to vote either by clicking on either of the above images, or simply by going here: https://www.dymocks.com.au/votes/top-51-voting

HUGS!

WHISPER — Available Now!

Eeeeee!!! This year is passing by SO quickly, but now that it’s May, the first book in my new series, WHISPER, is officially available!In a nutshell, WHISPER is like Stranger Things meets Divergent and it’s about a girl who has been locked away in a secret government facility for nearly three years, and in that time, she hasn’t spoken a single word. The question is, why?

I had the tremendous honour of working with Kate Egan on this (the editor of The Hunger Games) and I’m so thrilled that it’s my US debut! As of today, you can grab a copy from all good bookstores in US/CAN (blue cover) and AUS/NZ (white cover), or online from all the normal retailers like Amazon, etc., as an ebook (or to purchase the hardback or paperback with shipping).

I hope you all love this one! It’s also been blurbed by two incredible authors:

Sarah J. Maas, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series said:

“Compulsively readable, compellingly narrated, and so full of twists and turns that I couldn’t put it down until I’d turned the final page. I loved every sentence of Whisper.”

And Maria V. Snyder, the New York Times bestselling author of the Poison Study series said:

“A gripping and heart-wrenching tale. I was enthralled!”

On top of that, it’s been receiving some amazing praise from trade reviewers:

Overall, I’m soooooo excited for this to be out in the world!

HAPPY READING!!!

What does “YA fiction” mean to me?

I completely forgot that I was interviewed during Supanova last year! They’ve just posted the episode, so click on the video below to hear me chat about everything from what “YA” means to me, to my take on insta-love in fantasy fiction! (Plus some other fun answers!)

I’m up first, but after that you can keep watching to listen to the super-cool Vic Mignogna, or just skip straight to the end to watch the magnificent “God of Thunder” himself — Chris Hemsworth!

Three Weeks of Graevale Magic

The last three weeks have been filled with wonder after wonder, starting with the release of the fourth book in my Medoran Chronicles series. The Brisbane launch was held a week before the official release date, and over two hundred people RSVPd for the event (!!) which led to it being an incredible night! You can watch a recap of it here, along with a short Q&A I did with the lovely Jeann from Happy Indulgence Books:

There was also an AMAZING cake on the night (with the most delicious frosting!!) that displayed the tagline for Graevale — “Resist the shadows”:

Next up was the launch on the official release date — February 1st — at QBD Books in Maroochydore. So many people from all across the Sunshine Coast (and beyond) came out to the signing event, which was amazing! This is me with the seriously lovely QBD team at the end of the night:

Two days after that, I flew to Sydney for two launch events — the first at Galaxy Bookshop with a Q&A hosted by the lovely Annie from Read3rz Re-Vu:


… and the second at Dymocks Books with a YA Bookmeet hosted by the ever-wonderful Emily:

That was a HUGE day full of awesomeness and soooo many people — and I loved every second!

A few days later, I had the final launch event for Graevale at my local indie bookstore, Books of Buderim:

And all that brings us to the conclusion of the launch events! Since then, it’s been amazing news after amazing news, including the following: 

Graevale topping the charts at #1 for Australian YA Fiction!

– In its first two days alone, Graevale sold more copies than Akarnae did in its entire first year of publication (!!!!!)

– After only 9 days of sales, Graevale had to go back for another reprint because the astonishing amount of sales were clearing out the warehouse! 

On top of all that, just a few days ago I received the following AWESOME news:

I’m still in happy-happy-yay-yay land from seeing both Akarnae and Draekora on this bestsellers list (at numbers #1 and #5) and I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped put them there — thank you!!!

A few of the other exciting things that happened in the last three weeks include a visit to QBD headquarters in Brisbane to sign a gazillion copies of Graevale:

… and to just check out their fabulous warehouse full of books, which was SO cool:

And speaking of signing heaps of books, when I was in Sydney, I dropped around to my publishers’ office to sign a few hundred copies of Whisper in preparation for its release on May 1st:

So, all in all, it’s been a MASSIVE couple of weeks (all of this since January 25th!) and in the background I’ve been editing We Three Heroes (coming September 1st) as well as slowly drafting the sequel to Whisper… along with a heap of media responses and emails etc. So it’s been busy, busy, busy but suuuuuuuper wonderful. And I’m SO excited for everything that’s coming next in this huge year ahead!!

Again, thanks so much to everyone for continuing to support me and my books! You’re all amaaaaaazing!!!!!