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I have a couple of announcements!




First, in case you haven't heard, my very last signing in Texas as a Texas resident (I'll be back in the Dallas area twice next year, as a guest) is this Saturday, December 8, at 2 pm, at the Barnes & Noble at La Cantera, in San Antonio. I will be there specifically to sign the Soul Screamers Volume 2 omnibus, but I'll sign any books you bring me or buy there. [Note: the book store may place a limit on how many you can bring from home. For details, please call the store.]

Also, please note that this signing is also a bookfair for the Northside Independent School District, with proceeds to benefit the local schools. EVERYONE IS WELCOME, but if you tell them at checkout that you're with the bookfair, the school district will benefit from your purchase.

Also note, if you're in the area today, you can come see NYT bestseller Ellen Hopkins at 7pm.

And...


The winners of the YA Scavenger Hunt have been announced! You can find them here.

Winners of most of the individual authors' giveaways have been announced here.

The winner of my personal giveaway is Jennifer GW. Jennifer, please email me (admin1ATrachelvincentDOTcom) with your shipping information, and we'll put your prizes in the mail. As soon as we get settled into our new house in Oklahoma and unpack all my books. I expect that to be about a week from now. ;)

I lied.

So. Turns out I lied.

Not two hours after I posted my previous blog post, this arrived on my doorstep:



Yes, I opened the box upside down.

This may be the single most beautiful book I've ever held. I thought the cover image was pretty on-screen, but in person, it's stunning. I can't wait to see this one on the shelf! (Officially, Dec 1, in the US, but you'll probably be able to find it mid-November.) Here it is up close:



And from the side:



Now, Rachel, you might be thinking. I can't help noticing that this is a very thick book. Why is this book so thick?

I'm so glad you asked, Bob! (You're all Bob, now. That's a new thing I just decided. You good with that, Bob?) This book is so thick because it's an omnibus edition! What does that mean? Again, Bob, I'm so glad you asked! What that means is that when you buy this...

 



...what you're really getting is this...

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That's right! Two full-length novels, plus the novella "Reaper," which has never before been in print.

So. This:  =  +  + .

Three books for the price of one.

As you probably know, No. 1 is getting us all packed to move to Oklahoma, and since we've now added 48 books to the pile of things that must be moved, I thought I should help the poor packing guru out. I know I said I wouldn't do a giveaway this week, but in the interest in getting stuff out of my house, rather than adding to what must be moved...I've changed my mind.

Up for grabs: TWO copies of the Soul Screamers Volume Two omnibus (one to each winner).

The details:

  • Two winner will be chosen at random and announced here on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
  • One entry per person.
  • You must be at least 18 years old or have a parent/legal guardian’s permission to enter, and to provide a shipping address if you win.
  • Please allow 2+ weeks for shipping within the continental US and 4+ weeks for shipping outside of the continental US.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • DO NOT type your email address or shipping information into the body of your comment. I don’t need either of those until/unless you win.
  • YOU MUST come back to this blog on Saturday, October 27 to see if you win. The winner will not be contacted; s/he must follow the instructions on Monday’s blog post to claim the prize.

How to Enter: Answer the following question in the comments of the corresponding post on my main blog. What will you be for Halloween this year, or, if you're not dressing up, what's your favorite costume from the past? 

Okay, start commenting!

There's no place like home...

[Even if you don't read this entire post, please scroll down for important shipping news, in bold.]

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post the winner of the most recent giveaway. I'm pretty swamped. Which is why I have a couple of important announcements for you today, including the name of that winner.

And the (randomly selected) winner is: Megan Bowie, who commented on October 10, 2012, with "I love the Vietnamese cover the most, actually. It’s quite breathtaking."

Megan, please email admin1ATrachelvincentDOTcom with your shipping information and your choice of book from the prize list, and No. 1 will put your prize in the mail!

 

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As most of you probably know by now, I'm in the middle of a move. I won't actually be leaving San Antonio for the Oklahoma City area until mid-December (is there a worse season for moving!?!), but because there's so much to do and because No. 1 is an obsessively early packer, I do, in fact, consider this move already underway. The only room in my house that isn't already half-packed is my office.

Don't get me wrong. I greatly appreciate No. 1's offer to do ALL of the packing (except for my office--my choice) so I can continue to work during this incredibly stressful time (I'll be doing all the unpacking), but...well...I am a creature of habit. I like to walk into a room and know where to find all my stuff. With half of our things already packed, I feel unsettled, like I'm living in transition, and that won't end until we're unpacked in Oklahoma--seven long weeks from now. This moving chaos is especially difficult for me this week, because much of our stuff is already packed, but we don't yet know where to ship it. My living room is full of boxes, and there's nowhere to sit, because the love seat is inverted on top of the couch, to make room for all the boxes. We don't truly live here anymore, but we don't yet live in Oklahoma either. I feel...rootless. Unsettled. Because of that, I'm having a lot of trouble concentrating.

Fortunately, next week we'll be house shopping in Oklahoma, and I'm sure that once we've found a place to live, I'll feel much better.

Unfortunately, my work doesn't stop just because I'm out of town looking for a house. I fully intend to ship (email) this new YA off to my agent before I leave, so I will be working nights on my new (already under contract) adult project while I'm gone.

In related news, because I'll be out of town next week, there won't be a giveaway this week or next.

And...any domestic packages/requests snail-mailed to me need to be post-marked no later than October 31. Because of the move, I will no longer be able to accept/return domestic packages shipped after that.

Regrettably, I will no longer be able to accept/return packages from overseas until the beginning of the new year, when I have a box set up in the OKC area. 

In addition, I will probably be scarce here on the blog for the next couple of months, but because Twitter and FB are so easy to use from mobile devices, I'll be more active there during the move. So if you have a question/comment for me after Halloween, please leave it on one of those sites.

Thanks, and wish me luck!

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Vietnamese Soul Screamers!

I woke up this morning to something beautiful!



Thanks to Nina Nguyen for showing me the Vietnamese edition of My Soul To Take! I think it may be my favorite so far. I love the colors and the smoke, and the series title treatment! I can't wait to hold one of these!

If Google Translate is correct, the title Nữ thần báo tử translates to "Goddess of Death," and according to Hoa Hoc Tro Magazine, they will soon be publishing book 2, My Soul To Save, as well. I'm so thrilled!

(If memory serves, HQTeen sold the the Vietnamese rights to the first few Soul Screamers books a couple of years ago, but I hadn't heard anything about the actual publication until today! Such a wonderful surprise!)

For reference, here are the other covers:

  

Above are the US, UK, and French covers for My Soul To Take. (I haven't posted the Spanish, Brazilian, German, or Hungarian, because they use the same art as one of the covers above.

Now for this week's giveaway, in honor of this beautiful new cover art! Here are the details:

Up for grabs: Winner’s choice of any one print book from my list of prize books.

The details:

  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced here on Monday, October 15, 2012.
  • One entry per person.
  • You must be at least 18 years old or have a parent/legal guardian’s permission to enter, and to provide a shipping address if you win.
  • Please allow 2+ weeks for shipping within the continental US and 4+ weeks for shipping outside of the continental US.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • DO NOT type your email address or shipping information into the body of your comment. I don’t need either of those until/unless you win.
  • YOU MUST come back to this blog on Monday, October 15 to see if you win. The winner will not be contacted; s/he must follow the instructions on Monday’s blog post to claim the prize.

How to Enter: Answer the following question in the comments of the corresponding Wordpress postWhich is your favorite cover of My Soul To Take

Okay, start commenting!

Pavlov's writer (+ winner)

[This week's winner + a general summary of the poll results are at the bottom of this post.]

Back when I used to regularly use my treadmill (I really need to get back to that) I had a "running" playlist. It's been several years now since I've done any regular running (if what I did to that poor treadmill can even be called that) but to this day, when I hear one of the songs on that playlist, I have the urge--not the desire; the urge--to run again. It's like flipping a switch. Since I actually hate running (I mean, I loathe it), in a way, those songs have been ruined for me, because I now associate them with exercise. But I've been trained. Hear the song --> feel the need to run.

If I were a smarter woman, I'd take advantage of that involuntary motivation and actually get on the treadmill.

This morning, my car radio played a song I haven't heard in a while--a song from one of my book playlists, from a couple of years ago--and the moment I heard the first notes, I felt like I was back in that world. Like I could open my laptop and write another Soul Screamers book, based on nothing but the mental/emotional place that song took me back to.

I can't actually do that, of course. I've already ended the series (WITH ALL MY SOUL, April 1, 2013!!!) and I don't actually have a plot for this theoretical book, but I felt like I could write one. Just like that.

And that's when it occurred to me that, once again, I've been trained.

I've always known that a good playlist can help set the mood for a particular scene, character, or book. But this morning it occurred to me that I could also use an established playlist (or individual song) to motivate me to write certain scenes. Why would I need that? Here's why:

I'm a night-person. I'm practically nocturnal. At least, I would be if I let my body set the clock for me. I suspect that after No. 1 retires from his day job and can set his own hours, we'll both wind up sleeping most of the day, getting up in the afternoon, and working for most of the night. But until that happens, I keep a pretty normal sleep/work schedule, which sees me starting my day...well...too early for the creative side of my brain. That's why I do email/FB/non-creative work things first every day--because until the creative half of my brain wakes up, there will be no writing. (With rare exceptions.)

At least, that's what I've always thought. But hearing that song this morning made me wonder. Could the right song played at the right time change that? If I pre-establish a song-feel for a book, character, or fictional world, could I put myself in the mood to write earlier every day by playing that song? Could I really be Pavlov's writer?

I think I might actually try it...

 

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Now what you've all been waiting for. The randomly chosen winner of last week's "Will You Do Me A Favor" giveaway is: PamM, whose comment read, "took the poll. Should be interesting to see the results."

PamM, please send me an email (admin1ATrachelvincentDOTcom) with your shipping information and your choice of prize from my prize book list, and No. 1 will put your book in the mail!

Thanks so much to everyone who took a few minutes to take my poll. The giveaway is over, but I'll leave the poll up for a while, in case anyone else stumbles into it and decides to take it.

The results were eye-opening for me. I've considered doing a detailed results post, but honestly, I'm very well aware that people are tired of hearing about epiracy from me, and I don't want to run that into the ground (over-exposure will make people numb to the issue, rather than aware of it), so if you actually want to see the numbers, let me know. Otherwise, I'll assume there's no interest.

For a general recap (with no percentages or numbers), keep reading:

Wow. I have to say, the sense of entitlement from those who admitted that they still pirate digital content is astounding. (Don't worry. I have no idea who said what. It truly is anonymous.) People actually seem to think they're entitled to the content they want, when they want it, even if they can't afford to buy it (What? Libraries? Radio? Video rental?), or it's not legally available in their area, or they think the prices are unfair. Many admitted to pirating for a "free sample" to see if they like the content. What? Why not just read the excerpt on the author's site/Amazon or listen to the preview in iTunes? Those are legal free ways to sample. And they're just as easy as pirating, and much less likely to give your computer a digital STD.

Some even said they use piracy as an easy quality check--they pirate the content, use it, then if they like it, they buy a legal copy. Huh? Do you steal a shirt, wear it, and if it wears well, go back and pay for it? No? Because you have to pay for the products you take, whether you wind up liking them or not, right? That's how the world works. One person admitted to pirating an entire series of books, even though she hated all of them and thinks the author should now pay her for wasting her time. Seriously? Why read the entire series if she hated it? And even if she hated it, she still used it! She made the conscious decision to devote her time to reading a series she hates, yet somehow the author she stole from owes her money? What kind of logic is that?

Entitlement. Guys. The world doesn't owe us free songs movies, books, images, video games, and software just because we exist. "Free stuff" is not among the rights guaranteed with citizenship (to any country). We're not talking about food, clothing, or shelter. We're talking about luxury. Not having a new song the day it comes out won't kill you. So you have no right to steal it, even if everyone else is doing it. 

So, basically what I've learned is this: People who want to steal will steal, and they'll justify it any way they can. Period. That way they get free stuff, but can still sleep at night, right? Because what kind of self-respecting pirate feels guilty for stealing?

A lot of people are still confused about why it's okay to lend a physical book, but not an ebook. For the record, there ARE legal ways to lend some ebooks. But sending someone a copy of a book you own is not one of them. Users don't have the legal right to make a COPY of digital content. Lend? Yes. Send a reproduction, while you still retain your original? No. Because you only paid for one book, not the right to reproduce it. That's the difference.

Anyway... On to other things. Happier topics. Words that need writing. Thanks so much to everyone who took the poll. Even the pirates. Especially the pirates. Their's are the answers that made me think. ;)
I've been sitting on this news for a while, waiting for all the pieces to fall into place, and since that's finally happened, I'm ready to tell you all...I'm moving to Oklahoma. Specifically, the OKC area. ;)

Those who've followed me for a while probably know that I was born in Oklahoma, and I lived there for the first eleven years of my adult life, so this move is actually a move back to Oklahoma. Back to friends I haven't seen in years, back to my critique partner, back to my best friend (whose children have practically grown up in my absence), and back to much of my extended family.

The move is still a couple of months away, but I expect those to be hectic months. I have to revise Oath Bound, finish my new YA (almost...there...) and write my new adult book. In addition, I've been asked to do another signing here in San Antonio before I go, and I hope to be making at least one school visit. These will be my last appearances in Texas until TLA 2013, when I'll be back in the Dallas area.

I've loved living in San Antonio. Loved it. There are many, many things I will miss when No 1. and I leave. But we've been away from OKC for four years, and it's time to go home.

Texas, thanks so much for having us. We promise to come back and visit.

Oklahoma, look out! I'm headed home!

Readers...Obviously I didn't announce the giveaway winner, because there was already a lot in this post, so that gives you all one extra day to enter!

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Will you do me a favor?

[This giveaway is now closed, but the poll will stay open for a while.]

I forgot to post this week's giveaway. Because I suck. Now it's Thursday, and the week's almost over, so I'm going to do something a little different.

I'm calling this the "Will You Do Me A Favor?" Giveaway. What's the favor? Take this 5-question poll about pirated content. The poll is completely anonymous. You don't have to leave a name or email address. No one will know how you answered--not even me. I'm just really curious about the answers.

As a thank you for doing me this favor, after you take the poll, leave a comment here telling me that you took the poll (you don't have to say how you answered any of the questions) and you'll be entered to win a book of your choice from my prize book list. Since the poll is anonymous, I can't tell whether you legitimately filled it out, so this contest will work on the honor system. And yes, I do see the irony in an honor-system giveaway entered by answering a poll about internet piracy. What can I say? I have a renewed sense of faith in humanity, today. ;)

The winner will be announced next Monday, and that'll be the end of the contest, but the poll will probably stay up for a while, so I can get as many answers as possible.

Also, last week's randomly chosen winner is... Ryan, who wrote, "I’d like to meet Cinda Williams Chima, as well as you, RV. If either ever come to the Baltimore, MD area, it’d be awesome!"

Ryan, please email admin1ATrachelvincentDOTcom with your shipping information and your choice of prize from the prize list, and we'll put your book in the mail!

Signing pics! (+ giveaway)

The randomly chosen winner of last week's "What if We Weren't Alone?" giveaway is Valerie Long! Valerie, please send an email with your shipping information and your choice of prize from this list to admin1ATrachelvincentDOTcom and we'll put your prize in the mail.

Thanks so much to everyone who came to see me and Sophie Jordan in San Antonio on Saturday! We had so much fun answering your questions and signing your books! Caren, the B&N events coordinator, sent me most of the pics below (Thanks, Caren!) and I've cropped out the faces of minors, just in case. Safety first, you know... ;)



Above are Sophie and me, answering questions. And struggling with the cap on my water bottle. ;)



Above, I look stupid in mid-word, but it was a great pic of Sophie, so I had to post it! ;)



Here we are signing books for actual teenagers! That's my favorite part, and since I started in adult urban fantasy and I do few signings, interacting with my actual target audience for YA is still something of a thrill for me.



And finally, the picture above is from a reader named Gabby, who really made my day!

If you were there and have any other pictures of the event that you'd like me to share, let me know!

Now for this week's giveaway...

Up for grabs: Winner’s choice of any one print book from my list of prize books.

The details:

  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced here on Monday, Sept 24, 2012.
  • One entry per person.
  • You must be at least 18 years old or have a parent/legal guardian’s permission to enter, and to provide a shipping address if you win.
  • Please allow 2+ weeks for shipping within the continental US and 4+ weeks for shipping outside of the continental US.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • DO NOT type your email address or shipping information into the body of your comment. I don’t need either of those until/unless you win.
  • YOU MUST come back to this blog on Monday, September 3 to see if you win. The winner will not be contacted; s/he must follow the instructions on Monday’s blog post to claim the prize.


How to Enter: Answer the following question (in honor of the signing this past weekend) in the comments of the original post on my main blog. What was the most recent author event/signing you attended? If you've never been to an event, what author would you most like to meet? 

Okay, start commenting!
[First, if you haven't seen the beautiful new (US) cover for With All My Soul, click here. It's new and beautiful!]

Here are the latest international covers for the Soul Screamers series. Germany, Spain, and France, you're in luck!

 

Above is the cover for the (electronic-only) German edition of "My Soul To Lose," the first of the Soul Screamers novellas. They're calling it "Kaylee" and they've used the cover art from the US edition of the Volume 1 omnibus, which can be seen next to it. It looks like "Kaylee" is already out in Germany, and now I'm wondering if they're going to publish "Never To Sleep" and call it "Sophie!"

 

Above is the cover for the French edition of Before I Wake, which they've titled (if my French hasn't totally abandoned me) Don't Open Your Eyes. This one comes out December 1, 2012, and is using a beautifully color-altered version of the UK cover art, which can be seen next to the French version, above.

  

Above is the Spanish language edition of My Soul To Save, which is already out in Spain, using a version of the cover art from the original US edition, before it was cropped. The uncropped version was printed on the US ARCs, and I recently accidentally printed it on 1000 my new Soul Screamers postcards! Because I'm an idiot. Both US versions can be seen next to the Spanish version, above.

So...what do you think?

With All My Soul

I've been sitting on this for quite a while and am thrilled to finally get to show it off, so in case you haven't already seen it on FB, Twitter, or a blog, here's the cover for With All My Soul, the seventh/final Soul Screamers book!



 

I think the gold is just gorgeous, and I'm happy to report that this time, the dress is in the book! The only other cover art dress that's actually been in one of stories is the white dress from the cover of the first omnibus, which I picture as the dress Kaylee stole borrowed at the end of My Soul To Keep.

I'm thrilled with the cover, and I actually requested gold or silver for this final book, so I'm really happy the brilliant Harlequin art department was able to accommodate that, but I have to admit that showing off this last cover is kind of a bittersweet moment for me. Because this is the last book in the series.

I don't have clearance to post the plot description yet (HQTeen is actually planning to "reveal" the back cover later) but I suspect it's pretty obvious that this last book is the culmination of everything that's been building in the series between Kaylee and her friends and Avari and his...fellow forces of evil, so even if I can't tell you specifically how that will play out, you can probably guess that this book has the most action of any book in the series. It also contains major changes for at least one character, and major relationship evolvement between just about every character in the series.

I'm excited, and sad, and nervous (as per usual) about this final book, and I'm currently neck-deep in the revisions, trying to make sure I wring every single drop of emotion I can possibly get from my awesome readers, both tears and joy. I want you to be fully invested in Kaylee and her world, and both scared and horrified along with her by the decisions she has to make this time, and the consequences of everything she and her friends have had to do along the way to survive.

I'd love to promise you a happy ending, but...well...I try not to make promises. Read into that what you will. ;)

So...what do you think of the cover?!