Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Camelot Code Release Day!

Hey all,

I'm so excited to announce that my brand new teen novel, THE CAMELOT CODE, is now available to purchase on all the regular e-book outlets for $3.99. This is an original, full-length novel, never before released. We will be releasing the paperback version very soon as well.

Ready? Here's what you need to know:



All fourteen-year-old gamer girl Sophie Sawyer wants to do is defeat Morgan Le Fay in her favorite Arthurian videogame. She has no idea the secret code sent via text message is actually a magical spell that will send her back in time to meet up with a real life King Arthur instead. 

Of course Arthur's not king yet--he hasn't pulled the sword from the stone--and he has no idea of his illustrious destiny. And when a twist of fate sends him forward in time--to modern day high school--history is suddenly in jeopardy. Even more so when Arthur Googles himself and realizes what lies in store for him if he returns to his own time--and decides he'd rather try out for the football team instead.

Now Sophie and her best friend Stuart find themselves in a race against time--forced to use their 21st century wits to keep history on track, battle a real-life version of their favorite videogame villain, and get the once and future king back where he belongs. Or the world, as they know it, may no longer exist.

TO BUY: 

Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble Nook
Kobo 

TO ADD: 

TO TRY: 

Read the first two chapters on Wattpad for free

Hope you enjoy!!
MARI

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Want to read the first two chapters of The Camelot Code?

Hey all,

My brand new, never before released novel The Camelot Code will be released tomorrow as an e-book, followed soon after as a paperback. In the meantime, if you want a sneak peek, you can check out the first two chapters on Wattpad right now!

Enjoy! :)
Mari


Friday, April 11, 2014

The Camelot Code - at long last!

Hey all, 

A long time ago I sold a little book called THE CAMELOT CODE at auction to Dutton (Penguin). It was a dream come true and the money allowed me to move to NYC (another life dream.) If this hadn't happened, I would have never met Jacob and an entire human being ( my daughter Avalon) would not currently be on this planet. 

Unfortunately while all my personal dreams came true, the Dutton deal ended up falling through when they changed the perimeters of their line. When we tried to sell it again to publishers, no one was interested in a tween YA -- they all wanted books that appealed to the crossover market. For years I refused to give up on this book - as I think it might be my favorite thing I've ever written - but finally I realized it's just not a good fit with the current YA market. 

SO long story (sort of) short, I've decided to put it out myself. I'm not sure how well a younger YA will do as a self-published book - but I believe in this book so much I'm willing to give it a try.  My agent's digital service will be releasing the book in e-book and softcover format on Tuesday! It's kind of scary but also crazy exciting! And no matter what happens, I am still SO GRATEFUL for all this book has done for me. Because of it, I am a wife and a mom and very, very happy. 

Anyway, here's the cover reveal.


The Camelot Code
All fourteen-year-old gamer girl Sophie Sawyer wants to do is defeat Morgan Le Fay in her favorite Arthurian videogame. She has no idea the secret code sent via text message is actually a magical spell that will send her back in time to meet up with a real life King Arthur instead.
Of course Arthur’s not king yet—he hasn’t pulled the sword from the stone—and he has no idea of his illustrious destiny. And when a twist of fate sends him forward in time—to modern day high school—history is suddenly in jeopardy. Even more so when Arthur Googles himself and realizes what lies in store for him if he returns to his own time—and decides he’d rather try out for the football team instead.   
Now Sophie and her best friend Stuart find themselves in a race against time—forced to use their 21st century wits to keep history on track, battle a real-life version of their favorite videogame villain, and get the once and future king back where he belongs. Or the world, as they know it, may no longer exist. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Shattered Cover Reveal!!

Drumroll please...

At long last, here is the gorgeous cover for SHATTERED, book two in the Scorched series! Isn't it gorgeous? The cover artist, Tony Sahara, really outdid himself this time. Emmy looks amazing!! I can't wait for the book to come out in September so I can see it in real life. 

In the meantime, check out the blurb below and then go ahead and enter to win a beautiful dragon pendant in honor of this new book! 



TRINITY
In only a few short months, her world has changed forever. She’s on the run with Emmy, the last living dragon, and their bond is tested at every turn as their enemies grow ever closer…

CONNOR
He’s betrayed his mission to destroy the dragon, and now he must protect Trinity and Emmy with everything he has. But he isn’t sure he’s strong enough to save them both…

CALEB
He knows each time he visits the Nether he’s one step closer to losing himself completely. But the pull of this fantasy world is becoming harder to resist each day. 

SCARLET
By a twist of fate, this girl from the wrong side of the tracks has a chance to save the world—or at least the world’s last dragon. And she’s willing to risk everything to do so…

When a cell phone video of Emmy goes viral and the government starts closing in, Team Dragon is running out of places to hide.



To celebrate the awesome cover, I'm running a contest over several blogs to giveaway this beautiful dragon egg pendant. Enter below! International is OK


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Thursday, April 03, 2014

YA Scavenger Hunt!



 

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-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 TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red 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 homepage.
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 blue 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 DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


SCAVENGER HUNT POST

This year I am hosting the lovely Kay Honeyman, fellow Texan and author of the Fire Horse Girl. And she created a really cool infographic for the book for her special content! Check it out below. 


Kay Honeyman grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelors and Masters in English Language and Literature. Her first novel, The Fire Horse Girl, comes out in January 2013. It is being published by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. She currently teaches middle school and lives in Dallas, Texas.


Jade Moon is a Fire Horse -- the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, willful, and far too imaginative. But while her family despairs of marrying her off, she has a passionate heart and powerful dreams, and wants only to find a way to make them come true.


Then a young man named Sterling Promise comes to their village to offer Jade Moon and her father a chance to go to America. While Sterling Promise's smooth manners couldn't be more different from her own impulsive nature, Jade Moon falls in love with him on the long voyage. But America in 1923 doesn't want to admit many Chinese, and when they are detained at Angel Island, the "Ellis Island of the West," she discovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams. To get into America, much less survive there, Jade Moon will have to use all her stubbornness and will to break a new path . . . one as brave and dangerous as only a Fire Horse girl can imagine.



Pretty cool, huh? Now I want my own. 
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Kay Honeyman, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author: Lynne Matson

And hey, while you’re here, how about you enter to win a POP figurine of everyone’s favorite MOTHER OF DRAGONS!  (US only for this one, sorry!)





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