Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Draw a Dragon contest

Hey everyone!


Happy September 1st!  We are nearly two months away from the release of TALON, and today kicks off the first of many cool events, contests, and giveaways that will happen between now and then.  I'm pretty excited, if you can't tell.





So, let's begin with a super awesome contest!  And, since TALON is all about dragons, this will be a very dragon-centered contest.  Artists, are you ready?  Here we go:


1. Draw/sketch/doodle/scribble/color/paint the most awesome (or scary, or cute and fluffy) dragon you can think of.  All mediums are accepted.  The drawing can on your computer, an easel, a scrap piece of paper, it doesn't matter.  It doesn't have to be colored.  It doesn't have to be a work of art.

It DOES have to be of a dragon.  And it DOES have to be your own original work.


2.  Post a pic of your awesome dragon, along with an image of the TALON cover, to your blog, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, wherever.  Include a message about the contest and a link to it, as well.



 
   
Dragons.  Slayers.  Destiny.  The flames of war begin October 28th. 




3.  Leave me the link to your post in the comments.  Please include your email.  :)



Two winners will receive a signed arc of TALON, and a handmade clay dragon in the likeness of their entry.


For example, if you drew something like this:







You might get something like this:







So break out those pens, inks, and colored markers, and go draw some dragons!  :D  Contest will run until September 22nd.  It is open to everyone, and it is international.


The dragons are coming!


-Julie





Sunday, August 24, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Or I get a freezing bucket of icewater dumped on my head).



So, I was challenged by author Michelle Madow (also Leon Regenberg and blogger Elise Carstairs) to do the Ice Bucket challenge.  Nothing more to say, really, except I hope Katie McGarry, Adi Alisaid, and my editor Natashya Wilson have as much fun as I did.  ;-P

Here we go!











-Julie

Friday, August 15, 2014

Signing in Cinci this weekend

Hey everyone!


So, first off, congratulations to Xsarea Powers, who won the giveaway for the signed Talon arc.  Thanks to everyone who entered, and if you didn't win, don't worry.  As we get closer to the release date, there will be many exciting things to come, so stay tuned.


Second, this Saturday (16th) I will be at Joseph Beth booksellers in Cincinnati OH with a bunch of other cool YA authors for our annual Beachy Keen event.  There will be a panel, a Q&A, some awesome giveaways (see below), and of course a signing.  It's a ton of fun, and hilarity always ensues, so we hope to see you there.

I will be bringing some awesome swag to give away, including some new Talon bookplates, and two lucky people will snag a Talon arc or a tiny handmade Ember.  Even more reason to come say hi.


Talon swag.


Full event details are here.  Hope to see you in Cinci.  =)



-Julie

Friday, August 1, 2014

New giveaway: Signed TALON arc

Hey everyone!


So today is August 1st, and what better way to start off a new month than with a giveaway?

This time, you guys got to choose the giveaway prize, and the signed arc of TALON won by a landslide.  I guess everyone is excited for dragons!




Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons


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Anyway, you know what to do. Rafflecopter thingie is below.  Giveaway ends August 15th and it is international.




a Rafflecopter giveaway







Friday, July 25, 2014

Giveaway winners and a poll

Hey everyone!


So, we did it!  The final entry count for the giveaway of a Talon arc and custom dragon was 4056!  You guys are awesome, thanks so much for all your tweets, shares, and the like.  This means I got to choose TWO winners to receive a signed Talon arc and a little clay dragon.

And that brings us to the actual winners, so...


Congratulations Yvonne Jefferson and Konstanz Silverbow!  You are the proud owners of a signed Talon arc and a tiny pet dragon.  ;)  I will be emailing you both shortly for dragon colors and mailing addresses and such.  Thanks again for playing.


So, did everyone enjoy that giveaway?  If I do another in the future, what kind of prize would you guys like? Actually, let's make this fun and do a poll!  You guys decide:  for my next giveaway, which of the following prizes should I put up?



-A signed arc of TALON
















-Choice of any (1) signed book from the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, or Call of the Forgotten series.












-A handmade, custom clay dragon.
















-A handmade clay chibi character of Ash, Puck, or Allie.

















-A signed bookplate with a doodled chibi character (from any of my books) of your choice.

















So which of these five choices would YOU like the most?  Let me know in the comments, and the one with the most votes will be my next giveaway.

-Julie


















Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vlog post: Why I write YA

Hey guys!


New vlog post!  Why I write YA (Which is really hard to say on camera. Try saying "Why write YA" five times fast; you'll see what I mean, lol).


Please excuse sound quality.  We were fighting the wind all through filming.








-Julie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dragon Friday: Talon arc and custom dragon giveaway

Happy Dragon Friday!




Today's very special giveaway will be....




*drumroll*



A signed arc of TALON





Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.






And....



A custom clay dragon figurine!



Which means that, if you win, YOU get to decide what you want your dragon to look like.  You get to pick two colors and whether it is sitting or lying down.  You might want a black and green dragon:








Or a red and black dragon.






















Or a blue and white dragon.






















The choice will be up to the winner.  And don't forget the signed TALON arc, as well.  Giveaway will run until the 25th, and it is international.


So enter the Rafflecopter thingie below, and spread the dragon love!


(Giveaway is for one normal, two color custom dragon in the poses described. No crazy standing on head dragons or dragons with rainbow bellies. ;) After giveaway ends, I will contact the winner via email to determine what colors and poses they want for their dragon.)


ETA: WOW, 3000 entries!  You guys are awesome.  So, I'm adding a second prize.  IF we can get up to 4000 entries, I will add a SECOND Talon arc and a SECOND custom dragon figurine!  So keep spreading the dragon love, and good luck!



a Rafflecopter giveaway