Category Archives: Giving Back

Extra Scene – Voting Time!

EDIT: Voting is now CLOSED. Thanks so much, guys, and I’ll announce the winning scenes soon!

Sorry this is a few days late, guys – if you follow my Twitter account, you know that my father’s been in the hospital. He’s out now, and I finally have time to catch back up with everything, including…

Remember that extra scene I owe you all for reaching 3,000 adds on Goodreads for The Goddess Test? Well, now here’s your chance to vote for which scene you want to see! Please vote for your TOP TWO scenes from this list (in 1, 2 order). I will likely only write one, but I’m curious which two scenes you all most want to see. You know, just in case.

The scenes to vote for, listed in chronological order…

1. Kate’s mother/Sofia, when Sofia is taking care of her while Kate’s at the ‘party’.

2. Henry/Diana, before the dreams begin.

3. Ava/the council, before she comes back the second time.

4. Henry/the council, before he confronts Kate and tells her about one of the tests.

5. Ava/Nicholas, when he fends her off before the picnic.

6. Henry/the council, before Kate wakes up ‘after’.

Again, please list your TWO favorites. You have until 12:01am on Tuesday, May 3rd to vote, and then I’ll have that up for you all as soon as possible.

I really can’t say this enough – thank you all so, SO much for spreading the word about The Goddess Test! It’s showing up in bookstores now, and I’m so ridiculously excited. You’re all amazing.

3,000 and Beyond

You guys are incredible. I really can’t say that enough. Not only are there now more than 3,000 people who have added THE GODDESS TEST to their Goodreads account, but we’re nearly at 3,200!

So, as promised, I’ll post an extra scene from sometime during or before TGT. I’m going to wait to post it until after the release (April 26th) just so that the people who haven’t had the chance to read the ARC will be able to read the scene when it goes up. BUT – and it’s a fun one – YOU GUYS get to choose which scene you’d like.

I’ve made a preliminary list of ones I think might be interesting (if you haven’t read the ARC of TGT yet, don’t read it, because it does contain a few mildly spoilery bits, though I tried to be as vague as possible – hopefully not TOO vague). However, if you have suggestions, please mention them in the comments, and if it would make a good extra scene, then I’ll add them to the pile.

For your consideration, listed in chronological order…

– Kate’s mother/Sofia, when Sofia is taking care of her while Kate’s at the ‘party’.

– Henry/Diana, before the dreams begin.

– Ava/the council, before she comes back the second time.

– Henry/the council, before he confronts Kate and tells her about one of the tests.

– Ava/Nicholas, when he fends her off before the picnic.

– Henry/the council, before Kate wakes up ‘after’.

If you have any additional scenes you’d like to see, let me know in the comments, and I’ll add them in. You have a week (until Monday, April 18th) to suggest more ideas, and then I’ll open them all to voting for two weeks (until Tuesday, May 3rd) to give everyone time to read THE GODDESS TEST and vote. And then I’ll work my butt off until you guys have an extra scene.

Again, thank you guys so, SO much. You’re incredible, and you all totally deserve this and way, way more.

Consider This A Bribe

In addition to the contest to win a personalized copy of The Goddess Test, I want to propose another contest of sorts.

No, not a contest Let’s call it a bribe.

With the wonderful support and enthusiasm from whatchYAreading.net, we’ve been trying like hell to get 3,000 people to add The Goddess Test to their To Be Read pile on Goodreads. At this point we have close to 2,500.

With your help, if we’re able to reach 3,000 adds on Goodreads by 12:01am EST on April 26th, the day The Goddess Test will be available everywhere, I will write and post a sort of “behind-the-scenes” scene from The Goddess Test. I’ll come up with a few possibilities I think might be interesting, post them, and you can all decide which one you want to see.

I can’t guarantee length, content, any of that stuff, but I can promise it’ll be from the time period covered in The Goddess Test, and it’ll be something in the story Kate doesn’t witness. And I’ll try my best to make it as juicy as possible.

If we hit 4,000? Or, dare I hope, 5,000? I’ll have more special content for you guys. It may be more scenes, it may be other things, we’ll see.  Either way, the more adds The Goddess Test gets, the more that’s in it for you guys.

Ready, set…go!

You Are Amazing

This week has been a milestone for The Goddess Test. With a little under two months to go before it hits shelves, not only did Goddess Test pass 1,000 adds on Goodreads, but it also hit the top ten list of most requested galleys on NetGalley.com.

Adds have almost doubled. I gained over a hundred new Twitter followers. Fabulous reviews are coming out.  Things are happening.

And it’s because of you. The book bloggers. The early reviewers. The people who take time out of their busy schedules to read books and put their thoughts into words. The readers who hear about a book and tell their friends. Who tweet and link and add. You.

In late December, thirty people had added Goddess Test on Goodreads. And then a blogger tweeted a picture of the ARC.

Now, two months later, nearly twelve hundred people have added it, and the book doesn’t even come out until April 19th.

I want to gush. I want to hug each and every one of you. Your enthusiasm, your tweets, your blog entries and emails and everything you’ve done – it’s magical what the YA blogging and reading community does for authors. It really, truly is.

If you decide to pick up or request Goddess Test, whether you enjoy it or not, thank you for giving it a chance. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read it. I won’t pretend it doesn’t hurt like hell to get a negative review, but it would hurt even more if no one read it at all. But because of you, readers know it’s out there, and with a little luck, they’ll give it a chance.

Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you times infinity. And if anyone ever makes you feel like you don’t make a difference, send them my way and I’ll set them straight.