Soulprint Bookmarks & A Few Updates

Happy New Year! SOULPRINT will be published in a little less than a month, and I’m so excited for this book to be out in the world! To celebrate, I’m sending out SOULPRINT bookmarks (see request form below). But first, a few general book-ish links and updates:

 

LINKS!

*SOULPRINT will be published on February 3rd in the US and February 12th in the UK. It’s available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound, and Books-a-Million.

*I was thrilled to see that SOULPRINT received a starred review from Publishers Weekly! They said: “Miranda introduces a heroine with a strong voice and a thirst for freedom” (you can read the full review here).

*Did you get an e-reader for the holidays? I’ve heard that the Fracture e-book will be on sale for $1.99 through all of January and February. Here are the links for Kindle, Nook, & Kobo.

 

EVENTS!

I’ve got a few local events scheduled next month as well: 

  • Wednesday, February 4th,, 7pm: Malaprop’s Bookstore with Megan Shepherd & Ryan Graudin
    55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC

  • Wednesday, February 11th, 7pm: Park Road Books with Megan Shepherd & Meagan Spooner
    4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 

If you’re in the area, I hope you can make it!

 

BOOKMARKS! 

To celebrate the upcoming release, I’m sending out SOULPRINT bookmarks throughout the month of January. If you have a US mailing address and you’d like a bookmark, just fill out the form below. If you’re a teacher/librarian/blogger and would like more than one, just let me know in the comments section.

Thanks, and Happy New Year to all!

 

New Books!

I’m thrilled to share a few pieces of book news from the last week:

First, my debut adult novel, DISAPPEAR, sold to Sarah Knight at Simon & Schuster in a 2-book deal! I’m so excited to work with Sarah on this project and my next adult novel. Here’s a little bit about the book, from Publishers Weekly:

Disappear, Knight explained, is told in reverse and covers a period of two weeks. The story, Knight said, “unravels the mystery of two missing girls who vanished 10 years apart, and whose cases are linked by the same group of friends in a rural North Carolina town.”

We’ve also just sold my next Young Adult novel, CONSUMED, to Emily Easton at Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House. Emily has been my editor since my first book, Fracture, and I'm thrilled to continue working with her! From Publishers Weekly:

Her new book, Consumed, tells the story of Kelsey, a girl raised in fear by her mother, who was the victim of an abduction many years before. When her mother disappears, Kelsey finds herself questioning the version of events she's grown up with and realizes she has set something sinister in motion. It will publish in summer 2016.

I’ll share more about the books when I can. In the meantime, my next book, SOULPRINT, will be published in February, 2015. I hope you all enjoy it! And huge thanks, as always, to my fabulous agent, Sarah Davies.

The Traveling Story – Season 3 – Episode 4

Welcome to The Traveling Story Season 3!

What is the Traveling Story?

5 Authors. 5 Days. 1 Story.

Each season of The Traveling Story will feature 5 well-known authors collaborating on one original, kick-ass story!

Follow the story as it’s revealed on each author’s blog over the course of a week!

How Does it Work?

There are only three rules for The Traveling Story:

1) No brainstorming, outlining, or discussion of plot ahead of time. The first author writes the first episode of ANY kind of story they want and the next author takes the story WHEREVER they want to go! The last author ends the story however they see fit!

2) An author cannot make changes to any previous episode. Each author has total creative control over their OWN episode only, but it has to continue where the last episode leaves off.

3) HAVE FUN! The Traveling Story is meant to be fun for the writers but especially for the readers!

Season 3 Authors:

Jessica Brody

Marie Lu

Robin Benway

Megan Miranda

Kevin Emerson

*Don’t forget to LIKE The Traveling Story on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter so you never miss an episode!

And for some extra visual fun, follow our boards on Pinterest!

FOLLOW THE STORY AS IT TRAVELS:

Episode 1 – May 19 – Jessica Brody

Episode 2 – May 20 – Marie Lu 

Episode 3 – May 21 – Robin Benway

Episode 4 – May 22 – Megan Miranda

Episode 5 – May 23 – Kevin Emerson

And now....

Season 3, Episode 4

by Megan Miranda

“Reverse,” Sandie whispered, though she hadn’t meant her voice to come out so softly, so unsure. She worried Max hadn’t heard her, because he was still frozen—fingers gripping the steering wheel, knuckles blanching white—as he leaned toward the dashboard, staring at the black cloud of smoke billowing up over the skyline.

And Max, for all his supposed training, still wasn’t reversing.

“Reverse!” Sandie yelled this time. A line of red blinking lights had emerged from the darkness, spreading out in an arc, as if the drones were communicating with one another, assembling themselves into formation. Max slammed the car into reverse just as Sandie noticed a bright red laser beam shoot from the nearest drone, the ground smoking and simmering as it made contact.

“What the—” Max slammed on the brakes, and Sandie’s head bounced against the headrest. The drone—and the laser beam—was heading in their direction. No, it was racing toward them, tearing a path with its laser, splitting the pavement as it rapidly approached.

 “Out!” Max yelled, but Sandie was one step ahead of him. She’d already flung herself from the passenger door and was now scrambling backward toward the concrete median. She felt the tremor as the pavement cracked and buckled just as she dove behind the median. Max crouched beside her a moment later, frantically dialing his phone. “Damnit,” he said, pressing his back against the concrete.

Max cursed at his phone, grabbing her elbow. “We need to get to your mother. Now.”

Sandie jerked her arm away. She needed to get to her mother. Alone. Her mom was not a traitor. Her mom would not have unleashed destructive drones over their city. And she certainly wouldn’t let this keep happening if she had the power to stop it. Max was mistaken. He had already established himself as a liar. Max is a traitor, she told herself. Sandie had to find her mother, yes. But first she had to escape.

Sandie peered over the ledge of the concrete, wondering if she could make it to her phone, which she’d left inside the car. But Max’s Audi was currently split in half, the metal still smoking and sizzling, the smell of tar and something burning carrying on the wind. And farther away, she could still see the line of drones, their red blinking lights in the dark sky, periodically shooting laser beams out toward the ground.

Shit.

She needed a plan. She needed a chance. Max, she remembered, liked the sound of his voice almost as much as he liked the look of his own reflection. She hoped that was still true, apocalypse notwithstanding.

 “A neurologist is a ridiculous cover!” Sandie yelled over the sound of the lasers tearing a path through the earth in the distance. “Why not a waitress, or a teacher, or something not so hard to fake?”

Max held his phone to the sky, frowning at it. “Sandie, she was working in the neurorobotics center. She was a spy, stealing their research, passing it along to Igor. It was just the cover. She hacked their system.” He gestured over his shoulder. “This is the result.”

“So you were on the same side!”

“No. We didn’t understand, at first. The lab your mom was placed in was developing synthetic neurons that could work hand-in-hand with a computer system, learning to become autonomous. It escalated too fast to control. Your mother knew. She had to have known.”

No, her mother was passionate. She cared about her research because she cared about people.

She’d never been with her mother to the hospital, but she’d been to her satellite lab many times. Sandie even worked in that lab in the summers and several afternoons a week during the school year, rotating schedules with the other intern, Shane. Shane. Shane would be there now. Shane would know if this…this chaos…. was the result of their research. He worked for her mother—he would know how to stop this, on the slim chance Max was telling some version of the truth.

Sandie noticed another drone heading their way, its laser scorching the earth as it approached. “Look!” Sandie said, and Max turned his head. Hoping to take advantage of the distraction, Sandie took off in a dead sprint down the cracked highway. She heard Max calling her name, but Sandie was fast, the state champion in the 400-meter—faster, she was betting, than Max. He may have been model-material, and government-operative-material, but this was Sandie’s strength. Nobody beat her. Nobody.

Besides, she knew exactly where she was going—she only had to beat Max to the corner before she slipped out of sight.

The satellite lab where her mother sometimes worked was only a few blocks away. Shane might have answers. Bonus: there was a basement—it was the safest place she could imagine. She could only hope her mother would meet her there as well.

Sandie zig-zagged through a row of homes, cutting through backyards. She thought she could hear Max calling her name, but if he was, it was from far behind.

Two more blocks, Sandie thought. Please be standing. Her lungs filled with ash and the scent of tar, and she pumped her arms harder. Relief surged through her as she rounded the last corner. There it was: the single-story building with the tinted windows and the brick facade—still standing.

Sandie almost smiled. She tried not to think of the drones, or the lasers, or her mother being a traitor, or the end of the world or anything like that. Instead, she barreled through the front door, past the empty reception desk, through the glass doors that should’ve been locked, hoping against hope for answers, for safety, for her mother.

But the only person she saw was a guy hunched over a keyboard at a lab-bench.

Shane spun around from the computer as she entered the room, his hands visibly shaking.

“Sandie? Sandie!”

“Shane, oh my God, are you okay?” Sandie locked the doors behind her.

Shane shook his head, and blew a stray piece of hair out of his eyes. “Drones are taking over the city, Sandie. I think it’s safe to say I’m not okay.

In a lot of ways, Shane was the exact opposite of Max. He was skinny, and his hair never fell right, and he was definitely not operative material, since she could always tell exactly what he was thinking. But he made her laugh, whether he meant to or not, and she always had the urge to reach out and move a piece of his disheveled hair. His eyes glanced nervously to the side, and he took a step closer. “Sandie, your—”

“Shane? Who are you talking to?” The voice came from the open door in the back of the room, and Sandie rushed forward as her mother walked up from the basement.

“Mom!” Everything would be okay now. Everything would be fine.

Sandie’s mother’s face froze in surprise, which she quickly twisted into a smile. “Oh Thank God,” she said, pulling Sandie into her embrace. “I’ve been so worried, but none of the phone lines are working…”

Sandie pulled back just as she heard another explosion, close enough to make the ground rattle.

“Underground,” her mother said, gesturing toward Shane. “The both of you. Come on.”

But Sandie pulled away. “Mom? What’s going on? Max said… he said this was your research. That…” she cut her eyes to Shane, deciding what to say. She settled on the simplest explanation. “That this is your fault.”

“My fault? My fault? I’m the one trying to regain control.”

“It is true?” Sandie asked. “Did you unleash these drones?”

“It’s not that simple. My colleague and I, we were trying to show the danger of this project. These drones, they’re supposed to defend us! But they’re dangerous in the wrong hands. Anyone can hack a computer system. Igor and I, we needed to show that. If we can control a machine, then so can someone else…. But we’ve lost control! Igor was supposed to man the controls. But they killed him—they killed him. And now they’re looking for someone to blame.”

“Why are they doing this? Why are the drones destroying the city? I thought they were programmed to defend us!”

“They’re autonomous now,” her mother explained. “They’re functioning based on the world around them. They’re reacting. Imagine, Sandie. They woke up with no understanding of the world, and what did they see? Where’s the threat?”

Men with guns, Sandie thought. Fighter jets heading toward them, humans in the pilot seats, aiming to destroy them. Chaos. People fighting, looting, screaming.

“Us,” Sandie said, finally understanding. “The threat is us.”

“Yes,” her mother said.

“Then give them the codes!” Sandie shouted. “Get this to stop!”

Sandie’s mother shook her head. “They don’t want the codes to stop this, Sandie. There’s something bigger going on here….”

Her mother’s voice trailed off as her gaze shifted to somewhere beyond Sandie. Sandie turned her head slowly toward the glass doors.

Max.

He had a gun out, pointed at the glass doors. No, the gun was pointed at them.

“The codes,” Max called, his voice muffled through the glass. He shot the corner, and Sandie jumped as the fragments of glass rained down. Max stepped through the empty doorframe.

Shane inched closer, reaching for Sandie. He was always so dependable. He cared. He was, Sandie admitted to herself, mostly adorable. And what had Sandie done with that? Broken his heart, that’s what.

“The codes,” Max said to Sandie’s mom. “Or she dies.” The gun, Sandie realized, was pointed at her head.

“No,” her mother said. “Think about what you’re doing. Just….” she held her hands out in surrender, even as she stepped closer. “Just, wait a second.”

“Your daughter’s life, for the codes,” Max repeated.

Sandie had a direct line of sight down the barrel of the gun, and she couldn’t believe she ever fell for Max, ever. “I hate you,” she gritted through her teeth, just so she wouldn’t regret never getting the chance to say it.

And in that moment, Shane rushed Max from the side, knocking the gun from his hand, as a shot rang out. Both men were on the ground, and the gun skittered across the floor. Blood was pouring from Shane’s shoulder, and he stared at the wound in surprise. “No!” Sandie shouted, but her mother held her back as Max pushed himself to his feet once more.

Not Shane. Sandie closed her eyes. In another life, Max never comes on the scene, and when Shane asks her to prom, Sandie says yes. But it’s all too messed up now. For one, she’d said yes to Max instead, and Shane had already gone ahead and asked someone else by the time she broke up with Max. For the second thing, the apocalypse was upon them. And thirdly, Shane was currently bleeding out on the pristine, white floor.

Sandie’s mother ran at Max with a metallic blade—one of the razors from the lab—but Max caught her wrist. Sandie dove for the gun, trying to focus on Max. She held the gun in both hands, straight in front of her with her legs planted, moving it slightly from side to side as Max and her mother struggled against each other. Left, right, left…..

“Do something!” Shane shouted from the floor.

In hindsight, Sandie thought that maybe, possibly, Shane was asking her for help with the bleeding. That his plea to do something might’ve been a request to stop the blood, or call 9-1-1, or drag him to the basement and block the door.

But Sandie thought none of those things in that moment.

Do something! he yelled.

And she fired.

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Tomorrow, the story concludes on Kevin Emerson's blog!

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February Tour Dates!

I’m so excited to be touring this February when Vengeance is published, and even more excited to be teaming up with a bunch of wonderful authors along the way! First, I’ll be joining fellow Bloomsbury author, Robin Benway, for events in California, Arizona, and Texas:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7pm
Barnes & Noble, Huntington Beach (with Robin Benway)
Bella Terra
7881 Edinger Ave. #110
Huntington Beach, CA

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7pm
CHANGING HANDS (with Robin Benway)
6428 S McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7pm
BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP (with Robin Benway)
14532 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079

Then, back home to celebrate the release of Vengeance locally:

Saturday, Feb. 15th at 3pm
BARNES & NOBLE – BIRKDALE VILLAGE
Huntersville, NC 

And then I’ll be joining authors Robin Constantine, Megan Shepherd, and Kasie West for THE LOVESTRUCK TOUR around the Southeast!

What is it?

February is the month of love, and we love books! We are four young adult authors from across the country touring the Southeast to talk books, writing, and how we fell in love with literature. Our books range from contemporary to thriller to historical to paranormal, but each has a dose of love, whether it be first kisses, star-crossed, or doomed romance. We want to share our passion for books with you!

Where are the tour stops?

February 19, 7pm--Malaprop's Bookstore
Asheville, NC
Free & open to the public.

February 20, 7pm--Quail Ridge Books
Raleigh, NC
Free & open to the public.

February 21, 7pm--Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC
Free & open to the public.

February 22, 4pm--Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC
**This is a ticketed event.** Advance tickets cost $15 (more at the door) but can be redeemed for $15 off any purchase of our books. So, essentially, this is just an RSVP system for the bookstore so they know how many to prepare for.

February 24, 7pm--Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA
This event is free and open to the public. Store policy is to get in the signing line, you must purchase at least one book from the bookstore. (You can bring more books from home for us to sign, as long as you buy at least one at the store.)

 

AND, AS A BONUS, ENTER TO WIN SIGNED COPIES OF EACH OF OUR BOOKS!

Hope to see you at an event this February! 

(PS – I'm sending out Vengeance bookmarks this month. If you’d like some, fill out the form here!)

Vengeance Bookmarks & 2014 Updates

Bookmarks! Events! Happy New Year!

Hello, 2014. Nice to see you there.

First... upcoming events! I’m thrilled to be heading to YAK Fest in Texas on January 25th, and I’ll also be going on tour for Vengeance in February (details coming very soon)!

The local book launch for Vengeance will be: Saturday, February 15th, 3pm, at the Birkdale Barnes & Noble (Huntersville, NC). If you’re in the area, I hope you can make it!

Next up… Vengeance bookmarks and bookplates! Here they are:

(UK - purple; US - blue)

To ring in the New Year, and to celebrate the fact that Vengeance will be published next month (Feb. 4th in the US; Feb. 13th in the UK), I’ll be sending these out during the next few weeks.

Planning to read Vengeance? Want a bookmark? Fill out the form below. And please include any special requests in the “notes” section (if you work in a library/school/bookstore and would like more than one; if you’d like them signed). 

Open to US/UK/Canada

Wishing you all the best for 2014!

About VENGEANCE (and a giveaway!)

Hello there! My next book, VENGEANCE, is set to be published on February 4, 2014 (and is now available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Amazon, & Books-A-Million).

A few quick facts about VENGEANCE:

*It’s the sequel to FRACTURE

*It takes place about 8 months after the events in FRACTURE

*It’s told from Decker’s point of view

And here’s the US cover for it!

I feel so lucky—I really love all the covers for my books. And I especially love how this really captures the atmosphere of the book. Falcon Lake plays a big role in the story again, and I adore how the lake is on both covers.

From the jacket (WARNING: there are FRACTURE spoilers below, for those who haven’t read it yet):

Falcon Lake will have its vengeance.

When everyone thought Delaney was going to die, Decker made a bargain. Anyone but her. Everyone but her.

He never realized someone might actually be listening.

Carson pulled Delaney out of the frozen water of Falcon Lake, and he died on the side of the road with his mouth pressed to hers. Troy tried to recreate Delaney’s accident, and the lake took him instead. All the talk about a curse doesn’t shake Decker, until yet another unthinkable tragedy strikes and there’s just too much coincidence and death for Decker to take . . . and too much anger.

Because Delaney knew it was coming, and she never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can’t forgive Delaney until he knows why.

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For UK friends:

VENGEANCE is scheduled to be published there on February 13th. It’s going to have a different cover in the UK, where there will also be a new cover for FRACTURE to go along with it. I think they're absolutely gorgeous. Here they are, side-by-side:

 

And now, for the giveaway!

I have, in my possession, advanced copies of VENGEANCE. To enter, just share this post wherever you’d like (twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, blog, etc). Share more places to be entered more times. Open internationally, runs through November 5th. 

Please fill out the form below for the chance to win a signed ARC of VENGEANCE.

(PS – for people in the US and Canada, Bloomsbury is also running an ARC giveaway on Goodreads)

CONTEST NOW CLOSED 

A New Book Deal!

I’m so excited to share some book news today!

Here’s the official announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

Children's: Young Adult
FRACTURE and HYSTERIA author Megan Miranda's AFTERLIFE, set in a world in which soul-fingerprinting is a reality, and about a girl who escapes after spending her whole life imprisoned for crimes her past-self committed, uncovering clues only she can decipher and which raise questions about who she was and is and whether she's fated to repeat the past, again to 
Emily Easton at Walker Children's and Rebecca McNally at Bloomsbury UK Children's, in a very nice deal, for publication in Winter 2015, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (World English). Foreign: info@rightspeople.com 

I am so thrilled to be working with my editor and the entire team at Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers again! And a huge thanks, as always, to my fantastic agent, Sarah Davies!

More soon!

YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! (This hunt officially begins Thursday, 12pm Pacific Time) This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author (from me, this will be a deleted scene from Hysteria), you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

Today, I'm hosting Rachel Harris on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

 As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends. 

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. She's the author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, and her debut adult romance, Taste the Heat.

Find out more at Rachel's website!

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

You can pre-order at Amazon, B&N, or IndieBound!

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The hunt is now over!

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BONUS PRIZE

I'm also giving away an additional prize right here: signed copies of FRACTURE & HYSTERIA!

Contest now closed. (Winner: Ali Kiki)

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Tera Lynn Childs!

Signed Books! And This Month in Pictures

First: If you’re interested in purchasing signed books, either now or in the future, you can do so through the fabulous Park Road Books! They will ship anywhere. Either call or email them, and if you would like the books personalized, let them know and I’ll stop by the store to do so.

And now… a photo recap of the last month or so: 

HYSTERIA was published!

Speaking at my local B&N. And with Beth Revis, who is the nicest!

 

And then it snowed! And it was beautiful, and my kids got really optimistic… 

…and used 90% of the snow in the yard to make a snowman. Which they strategically placed at the bottom of the slide so they could promptly destroy it. Because obviously that’s the purpose of a snowman.

And then, I was so fortunate to be sent on tour by Bloomsbury, along with Robin Benway, who wrote Also Known As, and Yelena Black, author of Dance of Shadows. We had a fantastic time, and I’m so, so grateful. 

 

Also, you should read Robin Benway’s recap of our time on tour. It captures the truth. And also my dependence on caffeine.

Thank you to the schools and bookstores who hosted us, and thank you to everyone who came out to see us!

 

 

 

 

HYSTERIA Book Trailer & Giveaway

Less than 2 weeks until HYSTERIA is on the shelves in the US! Ahh!

Ahem.

Anyway, a bunch of exciting things happening.

Like author copies!

Also from the UK!

And… the book trailer! (PS - I adore it. Thank you, Walker/Bloomsbury!)

I love so much about this, especially that there are lots of clues hidden inside the trailer… so many hints! I also love how several lines from the book are in here, both written (“Gone, but not forgotten" & “Forgotten, but not gone”) or spoken (“It’s only real if you let it be.”) And the mood! So perfect. Did I mention that I love it? Because I do.

And to celebrate the arrival of finished copies and the reveal of the book trailer, I’ll be giving away 2 of my author copies (signed and personalized)! To enter, all you need to do is share this post OR the trailer (with a link back to this page). Share in more places (on Facebook, twitter, blog, etc), for more chances to win.

This contest will run through February 4th (the day before Hysteria publishes in the US), and is open internationally. (winners in US/Canada will receive US version; international winners will receive the UK version)

(Also, this offer to send bookmarks will also remain open until Feb. 4th)

PS - Hysteria will be published February 5th in the US and February 14th in the UK.

CONTEST NOW CLOSED

First Chapter & Tour Dates

Three quick updates:

1 - You can now read the first chapter of HYSTERIA right here. AND right now Bloomsbury is holding a giveaway. Share this status on Facebook and be entered to win 1 of 3 ARCs!

Hope you enjoy!

2 - The launch for HYSTERIA will be on Tuesday, Feb.5th at 7pm at the Birkdale Barnes & Noble in Huntersville, NC. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you!

3 - And then, at the end of February, I’ll be heading out on tour with two other Bloomsbury authors -- Robin Benway (Also Known As) & Yelena Black (Dance of Shadows)! Here's where we'll be:

  • Feb. 26, 7pm
    Anderson's
    123 West Jefferson Avenue
    Naperville, IL 60540
     
  • Feb. 27, 7pm
    The Book Cellar
    4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60625 

 

Hope to see you there!

Fracture Giveaway, Holiday Edition

Oh, hello there December. Way to sneak up on me.

I was driving home from vacation today and ranting about a radio station playing Christmas music SO EARLY, and the husband was like, yeah, it’s in like 2.5 weeks.

Right.

So.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

If you’re interested in giving someone (or keeping for yourself) a signed/personalized copy of Fracture, you’ve come to the right place.

3 copies up for grabs! Open internationally* Runs through December 13th.

Fill out the form below to enter. Extra entries for sharing this post on Facebook/twitter/blog/etc. I'll email the winners for more info.

Thanks!

PS – If I don’t pull your name, I’d also be happy to send out signed/personalized bookplates through the end of December if you’d still like to give someone a copy of Fracture. Email me at meganmirandabooks@gmail.com

*International winners will receive the UK edition

CONTEST NOW CLOSED.

(emails have been sent to the winners)

NCTE Schedule (and Countdown)

I’m thrilled to be heading to NCTE in Las Vegas in a few days! On Saturday, November 17th, I’ll be on a panel and signing copies of Hysteria afterward in the Bloomsbury/Walker booth.

Here’s my schedule:

Panel: OTHER-WORLDLY PAGE TURNERS: YOUNG ADULT NOVELS THAT KEEP YOU GUESSING AS YOU RACE TO THE END - with Michelle Hodkin, Megan Miranda, Cat Patrick, & Jessica Warman

When: Saturday, November 17th – 8:00-9:15am

Where: Premier Ballroom Room 312, Level Three, MGM Grand

 

SIGNING: 9:30-10:30am in the Bloomsbury/Walker Booth (#501)

 

In other news, HUGE thanks to Petra who made countdown widgets for Hysteria, which are currently counting down right over there on the side of this page. As a refresher, US version = girl without a head; UK version = girl with a head. (You can visit her site here to grab the code)

Lastly, Hysteria is currently available to request for review from NetGalley (both US and UK). 

(PS - you can still request Hysteria bookmarks over here (US/UK/Can.))

 

Will you be at NCTE this weekend? Let me know!

HYSTERIA Giveaway

It’s almost Halloween! Ghosts. General creepiness. Headless people.

Hmm.

Seems like the right time to give away this:

A signed copy (advance uncorrected proof) of HYSTERIA, up for grabs!

A little about HYSTERIA, from my publisher:

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can’t remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn’t charged. But Mallory still feels Brian’s presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her... or anything about her past. But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence -- to herself and others.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda’s masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.

To enter, all you need to do is fill out the form below. Additional entries for sharing on Facebook/twitter/etc. Just paste the links in the form and—voila—extra entries.

And to learn even more about HYSTERIA, follow along on this Facebook Page for character introductions—and more coming soon!

Also, if you would like HYSTERIA bookmarks, go here. (If you requested before today, they should be arriving soon!)

US only. Contest runs through November 1st.

NOW CLOSED

 

HYSTERIA bookmarks

Bookmarks! I have them.

HYSTERIA will be published in about 4 months (4 months!), and I can’t wait for people to have the chance to read it.

In the meantime, I’d be happy to send out these bookmarks (US version on the ends, UK version in the middle).

Left - US; Center - UK; Right - US; Bottom = Back

If you’re interested, please fill out the form below (be sure to specify whether you’d like the US or UK version). And you can let me know in the *notes* section if you would prefer them signed or not, etc.

Also, hop on over to Sleuths, Spies, & Alibis to read the guest blog that Elle Cosimano and I wrote about our time at the Writers’ Police Academy (spoiler: it was ridiculously fun, and also ridiculously informative).

And if you’re in the Asheville, NC area, I’ll be there this Sunday (Oct. 14) from 3-5:30 at the Schmooze for children’s book writers and illustrators (details on the events page). Let me know if I’ll see you there!

 

Open to US/Canada/UK

Dark Places: Free Young Adult eSampler

The lovely people at Bloomsbury/Walker have put together a free ebook sampler of some of their recent and upcoming young adult titles (including Fracture).

Here’s some more info:

DARK PLACES: A free ebook sampler with exclusive bonus material from FRACTURE by Megan Miranda, FREAKS LIKE US by Susan Vaught, TRANSCENDENCE by CJ Omololu, and THE UNQUIET by Jeannine Garsee. 

The sampler features author notes, sample chapters, and bonus stories (including ELEVEN MINUTES—the retold first chapter of Fracture from Decker’s point of view).

Available for free at Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Hope you enjoy!

It's Not A Race. Unless It Is.

Last month, I went on vacation to the beach with my family. Half my family. There were twenty of us.

I have a big family.

Also, it was awesome.

Anyway, that first morning my mom came upstairs to the breakfast room and asked the table of us who were eating pancakes and sipping coffee and looking like people generally on vacation if any of us would be up for a walk on the beach.

I should backtrack a second.

When I was growing up, my parents’ idea of vacation was to do two mountain hikes a day. Also, my dad played soccer until I was in high school and he had to have back surgery. Also, my mom played softball until she broke her wrist sliding into home plate after an in-the-park homerun. I watched her do it.

Also, I am not athletic.

Let me backtrack even further: I used to at least be in decent-ish shape. I’d been a distance runner (it was the one sport I could do, even with my appalling lack of coordination), and even though I stopped running, I was pretty much in some sort of shape until Kid #2 was born. Not now. Today, in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I’d probably die first.

So anyway, back to that breakfast table… we all kind of grunted into our coffee, knowing what a walk from my mom meant (it means speed walking and arm pumping and her kicking your ass, which isn’t really my thing, if I’m being totally honest).

So we all grunted various versions of hell no, and then my mom leaned over and whispered in my ear, so nobody else could hear, “Are you scared you won’t keep up?”

Okay, actually, that’s a lie. What she really said was, “Is that your second plate of pancakes?” But I heard what she meant. So that first day, I pushed back my chair, saluted, and said, “I accept your challenge.”

And my aunts all kind of gave me this look, like, “You are such a sucker.”

But then I left them home with my two kids, and all I could think was, “You guys are a bunch of suckers.”

Anyway.

That first day, I kept up okay. We took our flip-flops off and speed-walked (really freaking fast, I might add) half in the water, half on the sand. My mom even patted my shoulder after and said, “You didn’t suck.”

Okay, actually she said, “I hate sand.” But you get the picture. I find the compliments where I can.

So, the second day, my mom issues this challenge, and my dad stands up and says, “I accept.” They both give me The Look, like they’re thinking, Is this seriously our kid? Where did we go wrong? I scrape the remaining eggs into my mouth, salute them again, take a really long time finding my flip-flops, and meet them out front.

My dad falls behind. Not far behind, but enough behind that if we were counting (which we totally were), he’d be the loser. So here’s the thing about my 64-year-old father. He can run. Which he starts to do. Right then. Yes, as my mom and I are realizing that he’s totally losing and is going to be the loser and ha ha ha aren’t we in better shape than him, he starts to freaking run. He blows by us both, and my mom curses under her breath (she does not run), and I think, you have got to be kidding me, and I start to run.

This is how it works in my family.

I have not run, honestly, except for the phone, since I graduated high school. I am 31. It’s not pretty.

So we leave my mom in the dust, and we’re running, and I’m thinking, Ugh, running hurts. Since when did running hurt? Oh crap, I’m out of shape.

My dad keeps giving me these sidelong glances, and I am giving them right back. We are dying. Both of us.

So obviously he says, “Faster?”

So I try.

I do not go any faster. My legs will not physically turn over any faster, so I say, “My legs will not physically turn over any faster.” And he grins. He leaves me in the freaking dust.

He wins.

But at least I don’t lose.

Meanwhile, my mom steps on a sea urchin, thus putting an end to all morning challenges.

Thank God.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this recently. I’ve been a long-time-believer in mind-over-matter, back to the days when I actually ran distance. Mind over matter gets you to the finish line.

But that run on the beach was like this great cosmic message for me. You can mind-over-matter yourself to finish. But you can’t mind-over-matter yourself to get there any faster.

I guess I’ve been thinking about this as I throw out draft-after-draft and have finally found myself more than halfway through a draft that, I’m pretty sure, will stick. I can sit at the computer every day and hit a word count, but I can’t get to the heart of a story any faster.

But today, I am more done than not done. I can see the end. I can hear the last line, waiting to be written. In the meantime, I've just got to write everything between here and there.

(Also, for the record, even when I was in the best shape of my life, I never beat my dad in a race.)

Cover for HYSTERIA!

I’m so excited to share the US cover for HYSTERIA!

The first time I saw this image, I did a double-take. Then I got a chill.

I adore it.

I love this cover for many, many reasons, but I think the aspect I appreciate the most is how much it captures the feel of the story (in the same way I felt the cover for Fracture did the same).

Anyway, I hope you love the cover as much as I do, and I hope you’ll enjoy the story inside. I can’t wait to share it. As of now, the US publication date is: February 5th, 2013.

Links: On Goodreads. Available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Amazon, Books-a-Million

(PS – the UK cover is totally different, but also totally awesome – I’ll be posting about that one soon!)

HYSTERIA links

Recently, HYSTERIA has started popping up here and there around the internet. (Note: HYSTERIA is a stand-alone YA psychological thriller; it is not the sequel to FRACTURE)

(For info on the sequel to FRACTURE, see here. I’ll be posting some more info about it….after I finish writing it.)

Anyway, as of now, it looks like the publication date for HYSTERIA will be….

February 5th, 2013 in the US

and

February 14th, 2013 in the UK

And, yes, my reaction to seeing these dates for the first time was the same as my reaction to seeing FRACTURE listed for the first time. I have this moment where I think, holy crap, this is really for real happening, followed by a wave of excessive excitement and nausea. Apparently, it never gets old.

So, the links:

You can add it on Goodreads

And it’s available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Books-a-Million, and Amazon UK

Can’t wait to share more info on it soon!

But for now, I’m in that all-consuming phase of first-draft writing, and also summer break starts in 2 hours, and consequently I am turning off the internet in 3….2….1….

Happy summer!

The YAmazing Race!

Welcome to my stop of the YAmazing Race (with MGnificent prizes)! In case you're landing on this page first, this is a blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors and featuring prize packs, including signed finished copies (including Fracture!), ARCs, swag, and more. Head over to the Apocalypsies website to start from the beginning and read the rules for the contest. The contest begins on May 2 at 12pm EST.

Okay, on to my section of the race! (There will be a quiz at the end of the race....and an answer can be found below) Here's some information about my debut, FRACTURE, which was published in January from Walker/Bloomsbury:

By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake’s icy waters by her best friend, Decker Phillips, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead.

But somehow Delaney survived—despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. Unsure if her altered brain is predicting death or causing it, Delaney must figure out if their gift is a miracle, a freak of nature—or something else much more frightening….

Please leave a comment (including your email) if you're interested in receiving a signed bookmark and bookplate.

Otherwise, you're off to the next leg of the race: Gina Rosati

Good luck!

The YAmazing Race is now over (and winners have been emailed). Thank you to everyone for participating!