Six months and counting…

TAKEN comes out exactly six months from today! This doesn’t seem possible because I swear my agent called just yesterday to tell me my release date. (Truth: she called back in April.) Where does the time go?

I’ve been busy these past few months–working on TAKEN’s sequel, writing some Shiny New stories, designing lots of swag. I’ve been quiet on the blogging front, not to mention twitter. (And when I’m quiet on twitter, you know I’m truly busy.) I wish I could do both more often, but I’m sure you’d all rather have TAKEN’s sequel some day.

But since we are six months away from TAKEN hitting shelves, I thought it would be fun to celebrate by giving away a bunch of swag. Specifically: bookmarks, bookplates, and stickers.

Here’s a peek at the goods. The bookplates and stickers feature snippets of TAKEN’s cover, as do the bookmarks, although the latter are by far my favorite. (I think they do the stunning cover art justice.)

Oh, and see all that tiny white text on top of the tree in the bookmark shot? That’s my first ever blurb! Since I know you don’t have the ability to enhance the photo to clarity, here’s what it says:

“An action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. I devoured this in one sitting and might have gnawed a nail or two off from all the excitement. More, please!”
–Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy

Please pardon me while I beam like an idiot.

LEGEND was one of the dystopians I devoured last fall, caught up in the world and the stakes and the characters. (Can I tell you how anxious I am for PRODIGY? I miss Day and June!) I’m so thrilled that Marie took the time out of her insanely busy schedule to read TAKEN (thank you, Marie!) and even more humbled that she had such wonderful things to say about it (seriously, M–if you’re reading this, thank you a million times over!). I can’t wait for the rest of you to read TAKEN come April. (Maybe you’ll even share Marie’s sentiments.) But until then…

 

— SWAG GIVEAWAY! —

This is going to be US Only. I really wish I could do international, but as you can see I’m giving away a ton of stuff and am trying to rein in the mailing costs. Stay tuned for an international ARC giveaway in the future.

Here’s how the giveaway will work: Fill out the form below to request swag. (Yup, that’s it. Super simple!)

The first 100 entries will get a bookmark
The first 50 entries
will get a bookmark AND a signed bookplate
The first 25 entries
will get a bookmark AND a signed bookplate AND some stickers

So this means if you are one of the first hundred people to submit your US mailing address, and you answer my one TAKEN-centric question correctly, you are guaranteed swag. (Wahoo!) Once I have a hundred qualifying entries, I’ll close the form. Well, what are you still reading for? Ready…GO!

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