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.



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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Janet for her amazing blog, My Book Abyss! This is the most in-depth interview I have given so far, so if you are curious and want to learn more about my inspiration behind TQR, my journey to publication, and my advice for aspiring writers, you can access the interview here: Interview with Janet

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Hello friends! I honestly cannot believe that my book is hitting shelves in exactly ONE MONTH FROM TODAY! I vividly remember the day I sold it to HarperCollins (way back when on October 1, 2015). So many months have come and gone since then, and it feels a little surreal to me now, that in 30 days TQR will be on shelves and available. I’m honestly just sitting here, humbled and excited and ready to share Brienna’s story with you all!

For close to a year now, I’ve been mulling over preorder campaign ideas, and I am thrilled to reveal my campaign with everyone today (if you signed up for my newsletter, you got an early sneak peek). This is my way as the author to thank you for preordering my book, because your support truly means the world to me and I want to give something back to you. I have designed this campaign so everyone will receive something. But you are also entered in the drawing for two other bigger prizes.

So without further ado…

Everyone who preorders will receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, and two stickers *

Three randomly chosen winners will receive a signed bookplate, a book mark, two stickers, and this beautiful artwork of the queen that I had commissioned by the amazing Jenna Kass.

One randomly chosen grand prize winner will receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, two buttons, the art print of the queen, two custom candles made by Novelly Yours that tie into TQR, a starry notebook designed by Nikki Strange, a star card case from Anthropologie, and a constellation necklace made by Sea Salt Shop!

If you have preordered my book, or plan to before February 6, all you need to do is email me at rebeccarossauthor@gmail.com. In the subject of the email, please put “Preorder for TQR” and then make sure you include your name and mailing address. Also, please upload a copy of your receipt for proof of purchase.

This campaign is open to international readers!

*I have a lot of swag, but Tier 1 is only while my supplies last. So make sure you sign up soon if you plan to participate in the campaign!

Thank you again so much for your support! Here’s to 2018!

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Hello Friends!

I’m doing a giveaway to officially launch my author newsletter. Sign up for my newsletter before Wednesday December 6, 2017 to be entered to win the following:

*A Signed & Annotated Advance Reader’s Copy of THE QUEEN’S RISING
*A Daydreamers Notebook designed by Nikki Strange
*A Starry Card Case from Anthropologie
*A Candle Tin (scent Aloha Orchard)
*BOW TO NO KING button
*Signed Bookplate

P.S.- Things you can expect to find in my newsletter:
*A first look at what my preorder campaign is going to be (if you like what’s included in this giveaway, you will most likely really love what I have planned for this!)
*Updates and Special Behind the Scenes information about THE QUEEN’S RISING (and book 2!)
*Writerly Advice
*Other fun things (like more giveaways, recommended books, etc)

I promise I will not spam your email (I’ll probably send a newsletter out once a month if not once every two months).

Note: This is an international giveaway!

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Hello friends!

First of all, I am suuuuuuuper late in officially posting this on my website, but the final cover for THE QUEEN’S RISING has arrived! It was unveiled in June (which was, like, three months ago so forgive me), but I wanted to wait until the tagline was finalized before I posted it here.

I have to gush and say that I am totally in love with the cover, and that I was blown away when Harper showed me the initial mock up months ago. One of my favorite elements is the constellation map they integrated (the circular design) and how the constellations overlay Brienna and her cloak and the wooded background. Also, the scroll work and passion imagery in the four corners of the cover is simply divine, and I totally cried happy someone-pinch-me-cause-I-can’t-believe-this-is-truly-happening-to-me tears when I first saw it.

The cover truly does reflect the spirit of the book, and I hope that you love it as much as I do.

And let’s just take a moment to dwell on that tagline (which I confess, took me some time to come up with)…

He chose betrayal. She chooses vengeance.

xo, Becca

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Hello friend!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my website! I hope to post regularly here on my blog (…er…we’ll see about that as I am not the best at blogging!) and share any news, fun things, as well as stories and some thoughts on publishing and writing!

Just in case you didn’t know…THE QUEEN’S RISING is my debut young adult fantasy novel, scheduled to release Winter 2018 from HarperTeen. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, so having this opportunity is a dream come true. There are literally some moments I feel like I need to pinch myself, because it still feels surreal.

An update on where I am in the publishing process:
I turned in my copy edits for TQR a few months ago, so I’m eagerly awaiting my first pass pages! (I might have been granted a little glimpse of a few pages yesterday and oh my stars–the interior of this book is absolutely lovely! It only makes me more excited to share it soon with you all!).

I’ve also seen the map art (YES! There is an incredibly gorgeous map designed by Virginia Allyn!) and my final cover (which again…I pretty much burst into tears of happiness when I saw the first cover mock up months ago. So you can imagine my reaction to the beauty of the final cover!).

All of this should be revealed soon!

In the meantime, here are some questions I get asked a lot (just in case you are curious and want to know more about TQR!):

Q: What’s your book about?

A: Here’s a really short summary:
TQR is about a girl named Brienna who is trying to become a passion of knowledge. When she realizes she has inherited some crucial memories from her ancestor, she joins a secret revolution to overthrow a cruel king and put a queen back upon the throne.

For the longer summary, check out Goodreads: The Queen’s Rising

Q: Umm…so what do you mean when you say Brienna is “trying to become a passion of knowledge?”

A: In the realm of Valenia, there are five passions of life: art, music, dramatics, wit and knowledge. A young person can become a student and dedicate years of their life studying one of the passions beneath the instruction of a master or mistress. When the student reaches the height of their mastery, they gain a cloak and become “impassioned.”

Q: Is there romance?

A: Yes 🙂 However, it’s a very slow burning romance, which means there is far more adventure than there is kissing.

Q: Describe Brienna in three words.

A: Shrewd. Intelligent. Ambitious.

Q: What are some things that inspired you to write TQR?


The Renaissance.
Friendships that last.
The sound of rain on the roof.
Finding family in unlikely places.
Girls with swords.
The constellations.
Laughing so hard you cry.
Magical stones.
Fierce Queens.

Among many other things…

Q: Where is you favorite place to write?

A: My office!

I write best at my desk with a cup of coffee, mug of hot tea or a bottle of water within reach (sometimes all three. And no, I am not kidding. Ask my husband), a candle burning, and my dog at my feet. Also, with epic music blasting 🙂

I find that places like coffee shops, etc. are waaaaay too distracting for me!

Q: How long did it take you to write TQR?

A: 48 days! It was one of the can’t eat, can’t sleep, burning me up from within kind of stories. Literally, the story I had been waiting YEARS to write.

I was working a full time job and my husband had just broken his ankle and had an intense recovery time. And yet this story would not let me rest. I spent every spare minute I could find on it: lunch breaks, late into the evenings, complete weekends.

Sometimes, inspiration likes to find us when we are most stressed!

Q: How many books will be in this series?

A: I sold three books to Harper…so a trilogy! Yay!

Q: What sort of music do you listen to when you write?

A: I LOVE epic, emotional, instrumental music. I also love soundtracks. Here are a few songs that I frequently listen to on repeat:

Opening: Far From the Madding Crowd

Everlasting: Two Steps from Hell

Mhysa: Game of Thrones, Season 3

I think that’s all for now!

xo, Rebecca

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