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!

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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. 

 

 

On perseverance … and whether it’s worth it to “keep writing”

So Facebook has this new “Memories” thing where it will show you your posts from the past on that same date.  (There’s also an app called Timehop that does the same thing, and is a little more comprehensive.) The other day, I stumbled across this post that I put up on April 14, 2009 Six years ago.

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Six years ago.

SIX YEARS AGO.

What’s even more eye-opening is that the book I was querying? It wasn’t Storm. It was A Wicked Little Rhythm, a book about the son of Apollo being banished from his home and setting up a music store in downtown Baltimore, only to be framed for a murder … well, that book is in the vaults for later. It never sold, and now that I’m six books past it, I can see all its flaws, and I understand why it didn’t sell.

I like to look at my life in five year chunks. Anytime I begin to feel frustrated about where I am, I like to look back at what my life was like five years ago, just so I can see how things have changed.

Five years ago, I had one child, and we weren’t sure we wanted any more. We’ve since had TWO more.

Five years ago, I had an agent, but I didn’t have a book contract. I’ve since sold EIGHT BOOKS. And I have a new agent.

It makes me excited to think about what the next five years have in store for me and my family. Five years isn’t a lot of time, if you really think about it.

Has it been quick? No way.

Have I taken a few bullets to the vest? Yes. Have I gotten up, dusted myself off, and kept going? Yes.

Has it been worth it?

YES.

Keep writing.

 

 

Guess what? I have a new book deal!

I am so, so, SO excited to be able to announce the following, from Publishers Marketplace:

STORM author Brigid Kemmerer’s LETTERS TO THE DARK, pitched as a grittier version of YOU’VE GOT MAIL for teens, in which a girl copes with her mother’s death by leaving her letters at the cemetery, until a boy intercepts them and starts writing back, and soon the two find themselves falling for a stranger–except they’re actually classmates who loathe one another, to Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury Children’s, in a two-book deal, by Mandy Hubbard at D4EO Literary Agency (World).

 

I think I’m going to let Zac Efron show you how I feel about this:

Actually, that gif doesn’t really capture an emotion. It’s just awesome. Is hotness an emotion?

*cough*

ANYWAY. I am so excited to be working with Mary Kate and Bloomsbury, and I can’t wait for all of you to read this book. I don’t have many details yet about official release dates, cover, etc., but stay tuned.

While you’re waiting, be sure to check out my next release from Kensington, THICKER THAN WATER, which comes out in January 2016. Have you seen the absolutely amazing cover? 

Because I love you all…here’s the cover for Thicker than Water

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I hope you’re all having a nice Saturday. I’ve been thinking of doing a big cover reveal for my next book, but this time, I really just want to be able to share it with you all myself, because I think you’re all so fabulous. If you were here, I’d buy you a coffee and tell you how amazing you are straight to your face.

My next book, Thicker than Water, comes out in January 2016. I am so in love with the cover, I can’t even tell you.

But first, here’s what it’s about:

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect. 

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

Okay, so that’s the story. Are you ready for the badass cover?

Here it is! You can click the image to go to Goodreads and add it to your “to read” shelf!

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What do you think?

Is Michael Merrick your ultimate hero? He needs your help!

Hey, guys! How is everyone?

Guess what? Michael Merrick is in a tournament for the Ultimate Kensington Hero! He needs your help!

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Click on one of the images above, or go here to vote for Michael, to show everyone that he’s the Ultimate Hero!

In honor of the contest, Sacrifice is on sale all over the place. Check with your favorite e-book seller to find Michael Merrick’s story for less than $3.

Release Day Question: What’s next for the Merrick brothers? Is this the end of the series?

Every Friday (or on the occasional release day *cough*), 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: What’s next for the Merrick brothers? Is Sacrifice really the last book in the series? Is this the end? I want closure! Are you writing more books? Are ya?

A:

This is such a hard question to answer.

First of all, I need to take a minute. I need to thank you. To thank all of you. I was going to do a video blog, but it’s 4:45am, my hair is wet from the shower, and there’s a good chance my happy sobbing would wake the baby.

Besides, I’m a writer. I’m more comfortable talking to you from behind the keyboard. (That said, if you want to see me cry, you should probably come to the Sacrifice Launch Party on Saturday.)

Where was I?

THANK YOU. Storm came out in April of 2012. In just over two years, I’ve published five books, three novellas, and through those books, I’ve met some of the most amazing people on the planet. YOU GUYS. If you’re reading this post, I mean you. I never imagined the amount of emails I would receive or the number of amazing gif-filled reviews I would get, or the people I would meet, or the Facebook friends and Twitter buddies I would have. I have dozens of friends on Facebook and Twitter that I’ve never met in person, but now we talk about kids and dogs and life and share recipes and I know them JUST BECAUSE I WROTE A BOOK. Do you know how special that is? Do you know how amazing you all are? You are a part of my dream, people. You helped make this happen.

Okay, now I’m crying. These are ugly tears. Seriously, now. I made the right decision in not doing a video.

Besides which, you’re all probably like QUIT WITH THE CRYING AND TELL US ABOUT THE MERRICKS, WOMAN.

Here are the most frequent questions I’ve been getting:

1) So is this the end of the series?

I don’t know.

That’s an ambiguous answer, I know, but I can’t say a whole lot about what’s next. (Yet.) I am currently not contracted for any further books in the Elemental series, but I can cryptically say that this probably will not be the last of what you hear from the Merricks. I can also say that my next book for Kensington / Allen & Unwin is about sexy empaths and a small town where women keep dying. (We’re still working on titles.) The book will be a solid blend of family issues and the paranormal. I’m hopeful you’ll love Thomas and Charlotte just as much as you’ve loved the Elemental boys.

2) Do you want to write more books in the Elemental series?

Yes. 

But there are only so many hours in the day. I want to write other things, too, and I don’t want the Elemental Series to turn into crap that felt forced just because I didn’t have the opportunity to be creative with other stories. Yes, the series is open ended right now. I did that deliberately so I can come back to it in the future.Right now I just don’t know when that will be. I’d love to tell Tyler’s story. And Irish’s. And Adam’s. And … and … and … and …

3) How could you do that to __________?!?!?!?!??!????!!!!

Come on. How could I not? 

Okay, my husband just woke up, came out here and asked how long I’ve been up, and I burst into tears.

You guys.

YOU GUYS.

I love you all. So much.

Thank you. Thank you for everything.

Now someone bring me some tissues, ‘kay?

 

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SACRIFICE LAUNCH PARTY! (And some other upcoming signings…)

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Hey, guys! Who wants to come to the Sacrifice Launch Party?

YOU KNOW YOU DO.

As always, I’ll be giving away gift cards, reading from a new project, and dancing in the aisles of the Barnes & Noble while they blast Iggy Azalea from the loudspeakers.

(Only one of those isn’t true.)

The launch party will be Saturday, October 4, at 2pm, at Barnes & Noble in Ellicott City, MD. 

Click here to join the event on Facebook.

Here is the official event page on Barnes & Noble’s website.

 

(This is the same location where all the previous launch parties have been held.)

I have some other signings coming up in the near future (including Las Vegas in mid-October, and Alexandria, VA in early December), so stay tuned!

 

 

 

WINNERS of the signed Elemental series!! (Check here if you entered)

Remember when I said I was writing that contest post at like 2:30am? Well, I neglected to mention that you guys should probably tell me whether you’re in the USA or elsewhere (though some of you did!), so I just picked two winners at random. If I end up with two in the US or two international winners, I’ll pick one more.

Drum roll, please…

The winners of a full set of the Elemental Series, all signed, are:

Maddie Waugh

and

Chelle818

Unfortunately neither of you filled out the comment form with an email address (which is fine!), but I have no way to contact you directly. Please email me at brigidmary@gmail.com with your mailing address, and I’ll get the books right out to you. Congratulations!

If you guys haven’t noticed, Storm is currently free in the US across almost all e-book platforms, and it’s the iBooks “Book of the Week.” Additionally, all the books and novellas leading up to Sacrifice are at a steep discount, and available for less than $3 each. If you’ve missed any books in the series, or if you have a friend you want to surprise with a cheap present, here’s your chance! 🙂

Feel free to grab the following banner for your blog. Thanks for spreading the word, everyone!

 

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