Do you Tumble? Win a Signed Copy of Viral Nation!

Hey guys!

I’m giving away a copy of Viral Nation on Tumblr. Come on by and check it out. Signing up is easy peasy.

Just click here, follow me on Tumblr, and reblog the contest post.

See? Easy.

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Thank You!

Yesterday afternoon, my family celebrated our Thanksgiving with too much food, a drive by our city’s big downtown Christmas tree, and a showing of Elf at the movie theater. I know, I know. Yesterday was Wednesday. We always celebrate on Wednesday, because while the whole country seems to be upset by store employees having to work today,  casino employees like my husband have always worked on holidays.

I’m so grateful for so much. I’m grateful that my husband has a job to get up to go to this morning. That his parents moved to be near us this year and were able to spend our Thanksgiving with us yesterday. I’m beyond grateful that I can walk into any of the bookstores in my city and find a book there that I wrote. That’s — it’s still hard for me to believe. I’m not even sure what I’m going to do about New Year’s resolutions this year, since “get published” has been pretty much it for resolutions for my entire adult life.

That’s a problem I’m grateful to have.

Rebel Nation is due to my editor on Monday. I’ll be working hard today and all weekend to get it as perfect as I can–for me and for her, but really, for you. I’m so grateful to you for giving Viral Nation and a new author a chance. I want to give you the best sequel I can. Thank you for your support and your encouragement. Thank you for helping me make my dreams come true.

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Rebel Nation Cover Reveal!

You guys!

I’m so excited to share the Rebel Nation cover with you. I think it’s gorgeous and it goes so beautifully with the Viral Nation cover.

And guess what? Page Turners is giving away a copy of Viral Nation to celebrate!

What do you think? Do you love the Rebel Nation cover as much as I do?

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YA Scavenger Hunt!!!!

Welcome Scavenger Hunters!
My name is Shaunta Grimes. My debut novel, Viral Nation, released this summer. I’m very excited to be part of the YA Scavenger Hunt this time around. Every author has exclusive content, available for just a few days. Keep searching, and when you find the author hosting me, you’ll get a password to open a page here on my blog that has the first chapter of my new book, Rebel nation.
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 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, 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 THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team and a gold team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red 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 DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting the awesome, amazing Gennifer Albin for the YA Scavenger Hunt!Gennifer is a recovering academic who realized she could write books of her own. She lives in Washington with her family, where she can be found in coffee shops and bookstores.
Gennifer is giving away a copy of her book, CREWEL to the Scavenger Hunt winner, so don’t forget to visit all the authors and enter to win!
Incapable. Awkward. Artless. That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

Find out more information by checking out her blog or find more about her book Crewel World: Altered here!
Find the white compass at to get access to exclusive content.

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 28. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Visit Julie Cross and let the hunt continue!
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I’ve been going to RWA conferences for several years. It’s been kind of amazing to progress through hopeful, to represented, to published author. This year, I got to sign at the big literacy signing that’s held at the conference every year, as well as at my publisher’s signing for attendees. I swear, I smiled so much this weekend, my cheeks are still achy!

Okay, first things first. Something you should know about me. I have this weird propensity for slow travel. I don’t like flying. I’m not scared of it–I flew to BEA in May. I just hate it. It stresses me out. So, whenever I have somewhere to go by myself, I always think: how can I get there without flying? Usually that means driving or taking a train. Amtrak doesn’t go from West to South very easily though, so getting to Atlanta would have taken 6 days. Each way. Too long!

Long story short, I took a Greyhound bus from Reno to Atlanta. Overall, it wasn’t bad. The seats were comfy, with just a couple of short-term exceptions, I had my little row of two seats to myself. The scenery was outrageously amazing. I was a little afraid it would be hot and sticky in the bus, but it was nice and cool. I also met some truly fascinating people. Weird thing: long distance on the bus is kind of like hibernation. You aren’t doing anything, so you don’t get too hungry–and you sleep. A lot. Not great thing: the food available to bus travelers is atrocious. Gas station food for two and a half days straight anyone? I didn’t think so. Also the stations during bus changes were chaotic. My final analysis is that I’d take the bus again, but maybe not across country.

So many incredible things went on during this year’s conference. The big literacy signing was out of this world. My book has been out for two weeks, and there are hundreds of well known, well loved authors at the signing. I wasn’t expecting much more than the joy of being in the midst of it, but I ended up talking to lots of people about Viral Nation. One woman got all excited because she was reading Viral Nation right then! Another one told me that her friend in Ireland is a fan. Wow.

The Berkley signing for conference attendees was also so much fun! I gave away all my books and met some amazing people. I am officially addicted.

I had dinner one night with Marni Bates (Awkward, Invisible) and we decided to take a cab to the local Barnes and Nobel, because someone had told us they’d seen Viral Nation there. And there it was! What a fantastic feeling. We signed our stock and had some fun with a guy who got into taking pics for us.

Also — I had the most perfect Sushi dinner with my friends Tracy Clark and Jason Roer–and also Jay Asher, Ally Carter, and Carrie Ryan. That dinner is one of the highlights of my life so far.

And then, Goodreads sent out it’s July YA Newsletter, and named Viral Nation as a Mover and Shaker. My little book is a Mover and a Shaker, ya’ll. Thank you guys for helping make that happen.

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I can’t wait . . .

to tell you guys all about my week made of all-caps AWESOME, as soon as I get home! You aren’t going to believe the adventures I’ve had.

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Happy Birthday Viral Nation!

I personally think it’s entirely appropriate that people are gearing up for fireworks and barbeques — Viral Nation is here! I can hardly believe it. I’m so excited to share it with you guys. It should be available in your local book store, and it’s definitely available online. Will you help me celebrate? Share Viral Nation’s birthday on Twitter, Facebook, with your friends. Your support is so incredibly important to me, and so appreciated!

Viral Nation on: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells

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Viral Nation July Blog Tour

Two more days, you guys! Two more. I can hardly believe it. Tuesday morning, Viral Nation will be out there in the world. A bunch of really fantastic bloggers are helping me give my baby a nice launch with a blog tour the whole month of July. I’m so grateful to them for their support.

It’s so weird. I never really thought about how to support authors until the last few years, when I started to have friends who actually write books for a living. It’s easy to think that there isn’t any way for a regular reader to have that much impact. So, I thought I’d share some ways that you really can make a difference for your favorite authors.

1. Visit the blogs that support them. It encourages bloggers to keep posting and reviewing and interviewing. Not only that, but you get a chance to know more about the authors and the books that they feature. Leave comments–join the conversation!

2. If you plan to buy a book, try to do it in the week of it’s release. Book stores and publishers pay attention to first week sales. Book stores decide how many books to order, or whether to order at all, based on those numbers. Publishers plan additional print runs based on them. A pre-order or first week purchase is one of the best ways to help support an author.

3. Spread the word! Leave a review or rating on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble. Tell your friends about books that you liked. Tweet, post something on Facebook, talk about a good book at whatever outlets you have where you connect with your friends.

Here’s where I’ll be for the next month. Check out the “Blog Tours” tab above, it’s there, too. I’ll update it with links to the posts as the tour progresses. Also, I’ll Tweet and post them on Facebook, so make sure you’ve liked me there if you want updates.

And most of all — thank you, so, so much.

07/01/13 Manga Mania Cafe – Interview
Chick Loves Lit – Guest Post
Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf– Debut Author Event
07/02/13 Deadly Destinations – Guest Post
Absolute Forest of Words – Review
Page Turners Blog – Review
Reading Date – Interview
07/03/13 YA Reads – Guest Post
Word Spelunking – Interview
07/04/13 Once Upon a Twilight – Review
07/05/13 Dear Teen Me – Letter
Coffee and a Book Chick – Guest Post
Bittersweet Enchantment – Interview
07/06/13 A Book Lover’s Review – Review
A Tale of Many Reviews – Guest Post
07/07/13 Girls With Books – Interview
07/08/13 Aunt Spinelli Reads – Interview
Anna’s Book Blog – Interview
07/09/13 Page Turner’s Blog – Interview
07/10/13 Tumbling Books – Review
A Book Worm’s World – Guest Post
07/11/13 Book Den – Guest Post
07/12/13 Pen to Paper – Guest Post
07/13/13 Books, Bones, & Buffy – Interview
07/14/13 Book Whales – Interview
07/15/13 Always YA at Heart – Guest Post
07/16/13 Bibliophilic – Interview
07/17/13 A Soul Unsung – Guest Post
07/18/13 Bookish Outsider – Guest Post
Literary Escapism – Guest Post
07/19/13 Kayla’s Reads & Reviews – Guest Post
07/20/13 Good Choice Reading – Interview
07/21/13 Read Now Sleep Later – Guest Post
07/22/13 The Reading Fever – Interview
07/23/13 Buried in Books – Character Interview
07/24/13 Head Stuck in a Book – Guest Post
07/25/13 Icey Books – Guest Post
07/26/13 Books With Bite – Interview
07/27/13 Chapter by Chapter – Interview
07/28/13 Books of Love – Guest Post
07/29/13 YA Book Addict – Guest Post
07/30/13 CC Hunter’s Blog – Interview
07/31/13 Urban Fantasy Investigators – Guest Post
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Viral Nation: Ten. More. Days.

Tomorrow starts the final ten-day count down to Viral Nation’s release date!

I’m a writer, so I should be able to find the words to adequately express how excited I am. I just–I don’t. But maybe you can imagine it. Think about a time when you worked really, really hard for something that took a lot of time and effort. Maybe you trained for a marathon, or worked toward a diploma, or saved enough money to buy a house. Maybe you learned how to do something really awesome. Remember that feeling, right when you knew that you were going to make it? You didn’t know if you’d run a fast marathon, or be valedictorian, or whatever it was–but you knew you were going to be able to say, for the rest of forever: I did it! I bought a house/graduated/survived.

That’s how I feel.

I did it! I worked really hard, I studied, I failed a lot, I made a thousand mistakes. And I wrote a book. And someone wanted to represent it. And someone wanted to publish it. And in ten days, I’ll walk into my local bookstore and there it will be, in the Gs, just like I’ve imagined it would be for most of my life.


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Plot Boards and Second Books

Two weeks from today until Viral Nation hits the stores! It’s so hard to believe that it’s been fourteen months since my agent called to tell me that Berkley wanted to publish my book. Publishing is definitely not the business for the impatient. Two more weeks, you guys!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the sequel the last couple of weeks. Because, you know, I have to write it. I’ve got the first draft of the first act done. I think you’re going to love it. I hope you do. My fingers are crossed! I taught a class on Saturday at my local community college about plotting, and I thought I’d share some of my writing process with you guys today.

Here’s the thing: I’m not really a plotter. I hate the term ‘pantser’, but it defines me. I start with the first page of a book and write through to the end, and I never know quite what’s going to happen next. The problem with that, when you’re working on a book that’s you’re already contracted to write, is that there are people who want to know what’s going on with the story before it’s written. Also, when I hit about the place were I am now in the second book–the beginning of Act II, the story starts to get too big to hold all in my head without losing some of the threads.

I use Alexandra Sokoloff‘s plot board method to help me make a loose outline. That’s what I worked on all day yesterday. It involves a tri-fold cardboard poster and lots and lots of sticky notes. Alexandra’s book, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors, is one of my favorites. If you have any interest in writing and ever get the chance to attend one of her seminars, don’t hesitate. Not only is a plot board a great tool for born plotters, it’s a great way for pantsers to dip their toes in as well.

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