Happy Birthday, Rebel Nation!

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I got home late last night from the American Library Association conference, where I had the chance to meet tons of amazing readers and sign some copies of my books. I’ll write more about that tomorrow, though, because today I want to welcome Rebel Nation into the world!

I’m so excited that I had the opportunity to continue writing in Clover and West’s world. I hope that you all enjoy reading Rebel Nation as much as I enjoyed writing it!

If you’re in the Reno area, I’ll be reading from Rebel Nation on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Sundance Bookstore.

 

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The Right Story at the Right Time

 

 

 

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I had all of today to myself. Kevin’s at work, Nick’s at the mall playing some kind of card game that I don’t understand, and Ruby’s hanging out with her bestie.

So, I worked on revising a new story (that I can’t WAIT for you guys to read) for a while. In quiet. I ate chicken enchiladas for lunch. I played with my dog. And then I decided to get out of the house.

I went to see the movie Chef.

I can’t believe that I nearly missed seeing this one in the theater.

I have this thing. I love when I’m at a movie, in a theater, and the audience really gets into it. I love when they laugh. I love when I can hear everyone around me sniffling and whispering ‘oh, my god’ under their breaths. And I really, really love when there’s applause. There was applause for Chef. There was also amazing food that made me want to cook and eat and definitely reminded me that it’s just about time for summer Friday food trucks at Idlewild Park here in Reno.

Chef made me want to get my 9-year-old daughter an iPhone and put her in charge of my publicity.

I love when I leave a movie feeling entirely inspired by the story. It’s not always the best movies that do that to me, or the ones that most people loved, or those with the biggest budgets. Sometimes, you just land on the right story at the right moment. And that, friends, is perfection when stories are your mojo.

Also, I’m totally making yucca fries with banana ketchup. STAT.

 

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Rebel Nation is Coming!

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I spent last weekend working at the Ventana Sierra Advanced Writer’s Workshop, and participating in the Carson City Lit Fest, and guess what?

They had early copies of Rebel Nation!

I can’t believe that release day is almost here. Rebel Nation hits the bookstores on July 1.

A blog tour starts in a week and I’m going to the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas where I’ll be signing at the Penguin booth on Saturday June 28.

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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!

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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.

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 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.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST

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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!
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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!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
Find the white compass at genniferalbin.com 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!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
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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RWA 2013 ROCKED

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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