I meant to log on and post this yesterday, but my pub day was far busier than I thought it was going to be. All of this to say…The Queen’s Rising debuted yesterday! I honestly cannot believe this day has finally arrived, and I was overwhelmed in the best way possible by so many good wishes and happiness and book birthday posts. I am SO THANKFUL for everyone who reached out to me; it truly meant the world to me!

And can we talk about my preorder campaign for a minute? I was honestly expecting around 30 people to enter. And I was completely blown away and thrilled by how many of you entered! I am so excited to send out all the goodies, and again, THANK YOU for preordering a debut author’s book! Because I had such amazing engagement from so many of you around the world, I already have some plans for a Book 2 preorder campaign (which… BOOK 2!!! I cannot wait to finally tell you more about this one!! Hopefully within the next few weeks or months! I can say that the cover is already in the works and I’m about to go through my second round of edits, so hang tight. More news will be coming soon!). Now, back to what I was saying…I have randomly chosen the four winners and will be emailing them later today, so they can be on the lookout for packages to arrive. And then I’ll begin sending off my swag to everyone. I’ve got quite a few envelopes to address, but don’t worry–they are on the way. And I truly hope you enjoy it!

Okay, one last thing.

Of course, I had to go to Barnes and Noble and find my book on the shelf yesterday, because, you know, it still didn’t quite feel real. Not gonna lie…I was kind of shaking when I walked towards the YA bookshelves. And then I found it right away. A whole stack of TQRs on the bottom shelf, near Veronica Roth and Margaret Rogerson. And I about cried, to see myself shelved with them. And then I got to sign those books, and it was simply wonderful and fulfilling.

I sold this book to HarperCollins on October 1, 2015.

And now here she is, sitting on shelves, on February 6, 2018.

It’s been a long journey. And there have been highs but there have also been lows. Publishing is difficult. But when I hear from YOU–readers who love my book, readers who have been impacted by my words–it makes all of my tears and worries and sleepless nights worth it.

You are amazing, readers. And I truly hope you enjoy Brienna’s adventure.

 

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I really love hosting giveaways. I love giving away books. I love giving away little trinkets and treasures that tie into the aforementioned books. And with my author copies of The Queen’s Rising sitting pretty on my bookshelves…I thought it was time for me to officially host a giveaway of TQR on my instagram!

I am also addicted to Etsy. Last holiday season, I bought all of my gifts from Etsy. I think it’s a combination of supporting small businesses + the irresistible glamor of handmade, one of a kind goods. Needless to say, I spend quite a bit of time scouting Etsy and buying from Etsy.

So I’ve married my love of giveaways to my love of Etsy and I’m hosting a giveaway on my Instagram.

What’s included:

*A signed hardback copy of The Queen’s Rising

*Brienna’s solstice flower crown, made by BloomDesign Studio

*A print of the iconic Medieval tapestry, The Captive Unicorn, printed by Stardust Print Shop

*A Crescent Moon and Turquoise gemstone ring, made by Cameoko Jewelry.

This is an international giveaway but it’s only on my Instagram, so you can find me @beccajross. Ends Friday February 2 at noon, EST!

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One of the things I enjoy the most about being an author is getting to chat with book bloggers and readers! Check out my latest interview with Amber on her blog, The Reading Addict, here: Interview with Amber

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Atlanta/Athens friends! Just wanted you to know you are cordially invited to The Queen’s Rising launch party! It’s going to be at Avid Bookshop in Athens (which, if you have never been there, you need to! It’s one of the most amazing indie bookstores!).

You can still RSVP here: The Queen’s Rising Launch RSVP

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I was so honored to be interviewed by Karen, who is a fellow fantasy writer! Check the interview out here: Interview with Karen

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I had the honor of being interviewed by Rae over on her blog, A New Look on Books! A couple things we chat about: being an English major, why I think self-discovery is so important in YA lit, and a little teaser from The Queen’s Rising. You can check it out here: Interview with Rae

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Three years ago to the day, I had started to draft this book, not knowing where it was going to lead me. All I knew was that I really liked Brienna, and I wanted to know what ended up happening to her. Little did I realize that Brienna was going to take me on an grand adventure, perhaps the greatest adventure of my life, a path that wound beyond words on the page.

Today, my author copies of The Queen’s Rising arrived. I honestly can’t even describe how it feels, to hold the hardback copy of your book for the first time. I feel immense gratitude for the people–my family and friends, my incredible agent and editor, my entire publishing team–who got me here. I am humbled, excited, struck equally with disbelief and wonder. It is like catching my breath only to lose it again, in the best of ways.

And I cannot believe this is mine, that I have finally reached such a moment. I liken it to seeing a little piece of your heart out in the open, bound by paper and ink. It is terrifying as it is glorious, to know that while my name is on the cover, this book is no longer wholly mine. It also belongs to you, dear reader. It belongs to the amazing people who have come behind me, supported me, and invested in this story.

And the book…well, it is absolutely gorgeous. (Disclaimer: I might be biased, but still…everything about it is lovely).

Here’s a little preview. And you can pick up your own copy Tuesday February 6!

 

Oh! And one of the best things about the finished copy? The pages smell absolutely divine.

xx

Rebecca

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