Cover Reveal – Letters to the Lost!!

Guys. GUYS.

It has been the most amazing few weeks.

First, if you haven’t seen my latest news, check out the following announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

May 4, 2016: Author of the forthcoming YA Letters to the Lost Brigid Kemmerer’s A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, in which a prince is cursed to relive the autumn of his eighteenth year after spurning the wrong woman, until he can convince another to love him; when the commander of his guard abducts a tough-as-nails teen from our world, she is pulled into his cursed land…and the only way out is to fall in love, to Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury Children’s, in a major deal, in a two-book deal, at auction, by Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency (world).

Second (as if that’s not enough!!), today, I get to reveal the most amazing cover for LETTERS TO THE LOST (link goes to Goodreads):

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Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they’re not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.

Available April 4, 2017, from Bloomsbury

I am SO in love with this cover, I can’t even tell you. I think my favorite detail is that the art director hand wrote some of the letters from the book and superimposed them onto the flower petals. This cover is my life. I want to frame it and roll around with it. Unless that sounds weird. And even then.

What do you guys think? I would love to hear your thoughts! And tell me what’s new! I feel like we haven’t talked in FOREVER. Seriously. What is going on out there?? Tell me everything.

Hugs,

Brigid

Thicker than Water releases today! Come to the launch party this Saturday!

Hello, everyone! I have missed you all! Has everyone had a nice holiday season? Are you excited for the new year? Tell me about your resolutions!

thicker than waterToday, I am so excited because THICKER THAN WATER is now available! I loved getting the chance to tell Thomas and Charlotte’s story, and I know a lot of you are already clamoring for a sequel. Keep your fingers crossed!

I’d like to invite you all to the launch party!

Join us this Saturday, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Ellicott City, Maryland, at 2pm.

 

Click here for further details, including the store address.

If you’d like to buy THICKER THAN WATER now, click here for information and links!

Reader Question Monday: Do you ever think about giving up?

Some Mondays, I’ll answer a reader question (anonymously). I’m open to anything (it doesn’t have to be writing or book related), so don’t hesitate to send in a question. Email to brigidmary@gmail.com or use the Contact tab.

Q: Do you ever think about giving up? 

A:

Yes. All the time.

Does that come as a surprise? It shouldn’t. Think about any time you’ve taken on a monumental task or goal. Haven’t you thought about giving up? We all have. Especially when it gets really difficult.

When you’re a writer, there are all these levels to hit. You feel like everything will get easier when you hit the next level:

If I could only find an agent, it will all be downhill from there!

I have an agent, but it seems like everyone has an agent. I just need a book deal! Any book deal! Then I’ll be a real writer.

Why was my book deal so small? Maybe my next book deal will be five figures.

Wow. Five figures doesn’t stretch very far after my agent takes her cut and I send most of this off to pay my tax bill. I’m sure the next one will be bigger!

Now, that’s not all that bad, really. We’re programmed to chase the next dream once we’ve accomplished one. Even people in retirement need to find something to challenge them, or they start to stagnate. We all want to grow and thrive and seek the next dream.

The problem is when the problem stops being about reaching the next step, and becomes about falling back down the ones you’ve already climbed. Or pacing back and forth on the same step, unsure which way is up. This is where we settle and struggle and grapple with uncertainty. What should I write next? What do people want to see? Maybe I shouldn’t have used so much profanity in my first book. Maybe I should have added more romance. Maybe I should have fought for a different cover/title/whatever. Maybe I shouldn’t have fought for those things. Maybe I should have done that signing. Maybe I should have answered that email. Maybe I should hire a publicist. Maybe I should set my alarm for 4am and write a chapter every morning. Maybe I should stay up until 1am and write a chapter every night.

Maybe.

One of the biggest challenges of being a writer is that everything is so subjective, and everything takes forever. It takes months (or years) to write a good book. It takes time for people to read a book. We’re in a society where people are upset if their Apple TV remote lags for 0.35 seconds, so waiting for validation on a book feels like an eternity. 

Meanwhile, you might have a spouse/significant other waiting in the wings. You might have kids or a parent or a sibling waiting for your attention, all while you’re in a back room holed up with your laptop because you’re chasing a dream. I’ve compared writing to playing poker before. Some of it’s a gamble, and some of it is in your control. Other players can win with shitty cards, just like crappy books (again: subjective) sometimes hit the NYT list. Sometimes a pair of Aces get cracked by an unsuited  7-2. Sometimes brilliant writing is overlooked and dies on the shelf. The best we authors can do is control what we can: the writing.

Do I think about giving up? Sure. All the time.

But then I decide to play one more hand.

 

Elemental Series NEW COVERS! Reveal #5 – SACRIFICE

Guys, I am SO EXCITED to announce that Kensington Books, my publisher here in the United States, has decided to release NEW COVERS for the Elemental Series.

Not only that, but the entire series is ON SALE in eBook form wherever books are sold. (Sale prices may only be valid in the USA.)

Every day, I’m going to reveal a new cover. Each day, you’ll have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the entire series, as well as an exclusive copy of THICKER THAN WATER, which hasn’t been released yet. This contest is open to everyone on the planet.

SACRIFICE KEMMERER

 

 

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…

And now, for the contest!

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Elemental Series NEW COVERS! Reveal #4 – Secret

Guys, I am SO EXCITED to announce that Kensington Books, my publisher here in the United States, has decided to release NEW COVERS for the Elemental Series.

Not only that, but the entire series is ON SALE in eBook form wherever books are sold. (Sale prices may only be valid in the USA.)

Every day, I’m going to reveal a new cover. Each day, you’ll have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the entire series, as well as an exclusive copy of THICKER THAN WATER, which hasn’t been released yet. This contest is open to everyone on the planet.

 

THIS IS MY FAVORITE ONE.

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Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.

Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.

Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

What do you think of the cover? Be sure to check back tomorrow around this time to see the new cover of Spirit!

And now, for the contest!

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Elemental Series – New covers! Reveal #3 – SPIRIT

Guys, I am SO EXCITED to announce that Kensington Books, my publisher here in the United States, has decided to release NEW COVERS for the Elemental Series.

Not only that, but the entire series is ON SALE in eBook form wherever books are sold. (Sale prices may only be valid in the USA.)

Every day, I’m going to reveal a new cover. Each day, you’ll have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the entire series, as well as an exclusive copy of THICKER THAN WATER, which hasn’t been released yet. This contest is open to everyone on the planet.

It’s no secret that SPIRIT was one of the least popular covers in the series. This new cover? NAILED IT.

SPIRIT KEMMERER Repack

 

 

With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot.

But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…

What do you think of the cover? Be sure to check back tomorrow around this time to see the new cover of Spirit!

And now, for the contest!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Elemental Series NEW COVERS! Reveal #2 – Spark

Guys, I am SO EXCITED to announce that Kensington Books, my publisher here in the United States, has decided to release NEW COVERS for the Elemental Series.

Not only that, but the entire series is ON SALE in eBook form wherever books are sold. (Sale prices may only be valid in the USA.)

Every day, I’m going to reveal a new cover. Each day, you’ll have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the entire series, as well as an exclusive copy of THICKER THAN WATER, which hasn’t been released yet. This contest is open to everyone on the planet.

SPARK KEMMERER FINAL DESIGN

 

 

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

What do you think of the cover? Be sure to check back tomorrow around this time to see the new cover of Spirit!

And now, for the contest!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Elemental Series NEW COVERS! Reveal #1 – Storm

Guys, I am SO EXCITED to announce that Kensington Books, my publisher here in the United States, has decided to release NEW COVERS for the Elemental Series.

Not only that, but the entire series is ON SALE in eBook form wherever books are sold. (Sale prices may only be valid in the USA.)

Every day, I’m going to reveal a new cover. Each day, you’ll have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the entire series, as well as an exclusive copy of THICKER THAN WATER, which hasn’t been released yet. This contest is open to everyone on the planet.

 

STORM KEMMERER FINAL DESIGN

 

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—the ones she doesn’t want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

When Hunter, the mysterious new kid in town, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all…

What do you think of the cover? Be sure to check back tomorrow around this time to see the new cover of Spark!

And now, for the contest!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Who wants to read the first chapter of THICKER THAN WATER? And more exciting news!

Hey, guys, it’s been a long summer of regular blogging, right? I’ve been blogging so much you’re probably muttering to yourself, “OMG. She is blogging AGAIN.”

*cough* I mean, my publicist pointed out that I haven’t blogged since before RT. Which was in MAY.

SO. I wanted to let you know about some exciting things. Also, there’s a cool Zac Efron gif at the bottom of the post. So just keep reading.

1) You can totally read the first chapter of THICKER THAN WATER now! You know you want to. 

Click HERE to read it online.

Click here to download a PDF: Thicker-Than-Water-Chapter-One

2) The Baltimore Book Festival is coming up! 

In an effort to prove to you all that I’m more exciting in person than I am online, I’m going to encourage you to logo-bbfcome out to the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 11am. I’ll be presenting on a panel with some amazing authors, including Jennifer Armentrout, Lea Nolan, Miranda Kenneally, Andrew Grey, Rachel Harris, and Cheryl Klam. We’ll be talking about swoony and sexy YA stories. Click here for more details.

I WILL TOTALLY BE GIVING AWAY A COPY OF THICKER THAN WATER!! You want to come for that alone, right? This book is hot off the presses, and you’ll could win a copy just for showing up!

If you’re missing any books from The Elemental Series, they’ll be available for sale, and I’ll be available to sign. I’ll sign anything. Books. Babies. Biceps. You name it.

3) Come join my reader group on Facebook!

Click here to join. We’re having a lot more fun than on the Facebook fan page, because Facebook doesn’t want us to have nice things anymore. Group members will get early, exclusive access to things like sneak peaks, secret info, and more. Come hang out. It’s worth it. I promise.

4) Tell me about you guys!

How was your summer? (Or, if you’re on the other side of the world, how was your winter?) Seriously. Tell me everything. I want to know!

5) You’re welcome: 

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Meet me at the Romantic Times Convention in Dallas TX this week!!

Guys, I am so excited to be getting on a plane to Dallas tomorrow. I’ll be headed there for the Romantic Times (“RT”) Convention, which runs from Tuesday, May 12 through Sunday, May 17. If you’re going to be at the convention, I’d love to meet you! Even if you don’t plan on attending the full convention, there is a GIANT BOOK FAIR on Saturday that is open to the public. You can come meet all of your favorite authors! (Seriously, there will be hundreds of amazing authors in attendance.)

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Here are the details about the GIANT BOOK FAIR on Saturday, May 16: click here (all links open in a new window)

Here is my schedule while I’m at RT:

Tuesday, May 12

12 noon – Arrive in Dallas! Where’s the bar? 

10:15pm – YA Spooky Slumber Party (RT Convention Attendees only) 

Put on your jammies and join us for some spooky, silly fun and games! Challenge your favorite YA authors to time-honored slumber party favorites like Truth or Dare and Boy Meets Girl, and create your very own spooky flash fiction. Snacks and prizes abound — and the best slippers win!

Wednesday

3:45 – 4:45 PANEL – YA Burning Questions

Get up close and personal with your favorite YA authors, and ask them all your burning questions. Will your favorite couple ever get together? Why did the heroine’s best friend have to die? Whatever happened to that hot immortal guy in book two — and what is the title of that top secret e-novella anyway? This is your chance to hang out, chat and enjoy photo ops with some of the coolest authors around. You’ll find out their secrets (Cake or pie? Gale or Peeta?) in a lightning-fast round of questions.

Thursday

10 – 11 PANEL – Oops, Your Research is Showing

Need to know the most accurate way to maim your character? Or which undergarment your character would wear in 1755? Finding the right information and using it seamlessly in your story is an art in and of itself. These authors have experience, from giving medical and psychological consultations for writers’ characters to researching for a living as a copy editor and journalist, so they can help you show — not tell! — all you know to make that scene just perfect.

11:40am – Pick up my husband from the airport – NO ONE LET ME FORGET TO DO THIS, OKAY? 

5:15 – 6:45 – Kensington Sweet Heat Party 

Warm your heart with a celebration of Kensington authors and books. Indulge in delicious snacks and refreshments as you chat with your favorite authors, meet the Kensington team and score special prizes. We’ll be giving a special surprise to the first 100 people who line up for love, but all who attend will get fun treats, sneak peeks and their choice of two autographed books!

Friday

1:30 – 2:30 – Kensington Hearts & Kisses

Join the Kensington family for our Hearts & Kisses event, where you can star in your own romance cover and pose with your favorite muscled hero! Write love notes to your favorite authors, which will be delivered after the event.

Saturday

10:30 – 2 – Giant Book Fair

Meet more than 500 authors who will autograph books, posters and bookmarks. Bring your “keepers” and have them signed! This year we will have all authors (traditional, e-book only, and indie/print on consignment) all in one room and fully intermingled!

If you’ll be in Dallas, let me know! I love meeting new people (and seeing old friends!). I always have my smartphone with me, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line at brigidmary@gmail.com if you’re interested in grabbing coffee/drinks/whatever.