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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Monday, October 27, 2014

DEFY Bonus scenes!!!

I can hardly believe October is almost over already...because that means we're quickly closing in on the 2 month mark until IGNITE releases on January 6th!!

And that also means I'm kicking the giveaways and special events leading up to IGNITE's release into high gear!

Who wants to read some special bonus scenes from the DEFY world?? 




CLICK HERE to read the first of 4 special bonus scenes from the DEFY world that I will be posting on Wattpad every few weeks leading up to IGNITE's release in January! 

And make sure to check back here later this week - I will be announcing the details for the IGNITE pre-order giveaways, as well as 2 IGNITE ARC giveaways!!! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

YASH winner + more chances to win coming soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered my bonus contest for the YA Scavenger Hunt - it's so great to see so much enthusiasm for IGNITE! Seriously, it means the world to me you guys. I am so excited to share this book with you!!

But for now, only one person gets to read it early, and the lucky winner, picked by Rafflecopter is:


MICHELLE KELLOGG!!! 


Woohoo!! Congrats Michelle! I hope you enjoy IGNITE! Email me at SaraBLarson21 (at) Gmail (dot) com with your adress to claim your prize!

(Fine Print: If Michelle doesn't claim her prize in one week, I will pick a new winner.) 



So....Exactly 3 months from today IGNITE comes out!! Can you believe it?? Definitely keep an eye out, because there are a lot of fun things headed your way very soon, including more never-before-seen bonus scenes from different character's POVs (just you wait to see who they are!!)...more giveaways...a pre-order contest...and more!

The first bonus scene will be posted on Wattpad at the end of this month, so make sure you're following me by clicking HERE. I will also be doing 2 simultaneous giveaways of signed ARCs of IGNITE at the end of October!! The first giveaway will be an easy Rafflecopter giveaway -- however, the reason I'm telling you now is because the second one is going to be a Fan Art contest! (So I wanted to give you a warning to give you time to work on it!) Any kind of "art" you want - paintings, drawings, music, video, whatever you can think of and want to do! 

So stayed tuned for those!!

And if you have pre-ordered IGNITE (or are thinking about it) you're in luck - keep an eye out for the announcement about my IGNITE PRE-ORDER contest! If you want to order a signed copy of IGNITE (or DEFY) you can do so through my amazing local indie THE KING'S ENGLISH by clicking here! I will sign it at my launch party and then they'll ship it to you! 


So yep, lots of fun stuff coming!! Can't wait to share it all with you!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

YA Scavenger Hunt GOLD TEAM!!

It's that time again....

WOOHOO!!!!

And this year I'm on: 

Make sure to get to the very bottom because on top of the big YASH giveaway, I'm also hosting a personal giveaway, just on my blog, for an ARC of IGNITE - the sequel to my YA Fantasy DEFY! 

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by authorColleen 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, 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.


SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE



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 October 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

This time I'm hosting this beautiful lady:


Can you believe she's only 21?? (Okay, I don't actually know how old she is, but she *could* be that young based on this lovely picture, right?)

Victoria Scott is the author of:


 A pulse-pounding thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life--and her own.

Time is slipping away. . . .

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Victoria Scott's breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go.


If you haven't picked this one up yet, you should right away! It's SO, SO good you guys. 

Here's where you can buy it:


And here's where you can find Victoria:


We are SO SO lucky because for her bonus content, Victoria is giving us a look at the very first excerpt released of SALT & STONE, the sequel to FIRE & FLOOD! I'm dying to get my hands on this book...

Salt & Stone Excerpt




My fingers are numb from the injection. My words slur together, but I gather that I’m screaming, prying the rope from the man’s hand, running. Someone grabs me around the middle and tackles me to the ground.

“Hush now,” he says.

“Remember Cody,” he says.

“This is the last time I’ll help you,” he says.

Fox tongue against my cheek. A grizzly bear on his feet, roaring a warning. An iguana flat on my stomach. I don’t have much time before my thoughts are gone from me. So I fill my lungs, and I think of Caroline. And Dink. And of Ransom and Levi and all the friends who aren’t here for one reason or another. I think of Harper, too, of whether she’ll make good on her promise to return and help me win.

I squeeze my hands into fists. I close my eyes. And I whisper my brother’s name inside the folds of my mind: Cody.

Cody on the last day I saw him well. He was drinking pickle juice from the jar and wincing from the sourness. Has he always liked pickle juice? I can’t remember, but I want to see him drink it again. I want to see him drink anything without the use of a straw and small sips. I want to take back every bad thing I’ve ever said to him and replace it with this: I look up to you.

The woman appears. She says something. She’s holding something. She lifts her slender arm into the air to show the men her prize.

I narrow and widen my gaze, trying to see past the drug’s fog.

And then I know exactly what she’s holding.

It’s a life jacket.


WHOA. Now I want this book even MORE!! 

Now hop on over to the next stop on Maureen McGowan's blog by clicking HERE!

***But before you go, make sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a signed copy of IGNITE below! (And check out the special, never before revealed bonus scene in the DEFY world on Susanne Winnacker's blog for my part in the YA Scavenger Hunt!)***


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