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Monday, June 25, 2012

Event Planning

Thanks to everybody for their responses so far about the "blog event" I'm planning for this summer. I'm still working out the details of everything, but I really appreciate all the feedback.

(If you're unfamiliar with what I am speaking about, check out my last blog: Calling All Bookbloggers & Readers.)

I'm trying to come up with a catchy title for the "event." I'll probably come up with like 80 really bad ones and whine to Eric about it, then he'll come up with one really awesome one. (Fun fact: Eric came up with the names for 3 of the Watersong books, as well as the name of our band, Fraggin Aardvarks. Well, kinda. Jim Henson actually came up with the name, but Eric was one the that decided we should use it.)

Anyway, I'm thinking that the "event" will officially run from July 23rd until August 17th. That means I'll have 20 full days of fun event stuff (I'm keeping weekends open).

But that's just for myself. I'm excited about visiting other blogs and doing interviews and guest blogs and giveaways elsewhere too. (I'm in the process of gathering swag, so I'll let you know what I have to giveaway when I'm able to gather things.)

I've been getting many requests for interviews. And while I want to be able to do them all, I don't know if I'll be able to. I don't want to over extend myself or have twenty interviews going up on the same day, because that won't benefit you or me or blog readers, and that's no fun.

With that said, if you have something going on at your blog at all this summer and would like me to participate, please ask (I prefer emails at hockingbooks@hotmail.com but you can also comment here). But if I do say no to a request, please know that I'm truly sorry. I want to do as many things as I can, but I can't do everything.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Calling All Bookbloggers & Readers

As some of you may know, my newest book Wake comes out August 7th. So I was thinking that I wanted to do some fun stuff with book bloggers and readers over the course of July and August not only to get people excited about the new book but also to show appreciation for all the people who have worked so hard to make my life so awesome (namely, you guys).

So here's my question: What are some things that you guys would consider fun? What would you like to see on my blog? And/or what would you like me to do on your blog?

I'm considering and probably will do the more obvious things - like giveaways, interviews, etc. I also plan on reaching out to some other YA authors, and see if they would be interested in doing guest posts/giveaways, etc, on my blog.

But really, I want to know what you want to see more of. After all, if I'm doing something for you, it would be best if I give you what you want.

If you guys have any fun events or blog-iversary type things going on in the months of July or August, let me know. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments or email me/Eric at hockingbooks@hotmail.com

Once I hear back from people and get an idea of what you guys are interested in, I'll start rolling out some ideas to gather even more feedback. I know for sure that I'll be giving away some of my books, and that I'll probably do some sort of completely-unrelated-but-totally-awesome Batman giveaway around the time The Dark Knight Rises comes out. But that's because I need to.

I think I'd like to start kicking off around the beginning of July and go right on through until the end of August. I don't think I'll be doing something every day, though, and I would probably like to do the most things around the end of July and beginning of August.

But anyway. Yeah. Let me know what you think.

Unicorns, Gene Wilder, & my good friend Jeffrey

You guys know my good friend Jeffrey, right?  His author-y name is J. L. Bryan, and he wrote these amazing books about Jenny Pox and some other awesome books about fairies (Songs of Magic). Currently, he's having this event called Midsummer Dream Fair (although, it's really more of an Early-Summer Dream Fair, since the first day of summer was like 2 days ago. But "Early-Summer" has less of a Shakespearean/Puck connection). You can check out at the crazy stuff going on at the fair: here.

Anyway, he's had tons of fun posts and giveaways and more things than you can shake a stick at (because your arm would get tired from shaking at so many things). Today he has a guest post from me, and it's a very fun interview, wherein I answer questions that nobody has asked me before (for true). Read: here.

But I haven't even told you about the best part! Jeffrey is giving away unicorns! UNICORNS! Like super awesome amazing ones! Honest. So go on over, read some stuff, and win yourself a unicorn. (And my book Virtue, which may also have unicorns in it).

Meanwhile, check out this awesome freaky trailer for his book Jenny Pox (which is currently free). And then, when you're doing doing that, go check out Fairy Metal Thunder (also totally free). (Here's a link to win the WHOLE set of FOUR Songs of Magic books: here.)


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lullaby Cover Reveal!

Lullaby - the second book in the Watersong series - will be out November 27, 2012. It originally wasn't go to be out until February, but they're bumping up the schedule, so all the books will be coming out sooner.

For those of you unfamiliar with Watersong, here's the description for Wake - the first book in the series:
    Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone's attention, including the eye of practical Harper. But it's her sister, Gemma, they've chosen to be part of their group.

    Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all - carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion has always been the water. She craves late night swims under the stars, where she can be alone yet belong to the sea. Lately she's had company. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove--and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed.

    Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.

    Wake will be out August 7, 2012.
And now here is the cover for Lullaby:

The description for Lullaby is coming soon.

Also, for fun, here is the soundtrack for Lullaby, if you want to check that out: here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fun Stuff Coming Up

Oh my gosh. It's been way too long since I last blogged. But it's been with good reason. I didn't want to bore you.

I am in full Batman mode at this point (with a bit of Captain America residue still hanging on from The Avengers). That means all I want to talk about right now is Batman and how it's only 38 days until The Dark Knight Rises comes out and re-arranging action figures in my office.

So I'm trying to spare you from my obsessive nature. It's really me being kind to you.

But I do have news now that is unrelated to Batman that I want to share with you. The cover for Lullaby - book 2 in the Watersong series - is ready! I'm going to reveal it on my blog tomorrow, along with other fun info about the Watersong series.

Wake - the first book - will be out August 7th, which I kinda can't believe it. Time has been going by CRAZY fast lately.

It's one month to my birthday. I'll be 28 this year, which makes me all kinds of sad. I also have my 10 year high school reunion in July, and I really can't believe that. It's like the first 20 years of my life seemed to take forever and the past 8 years have just flown by in the blink of an eye.


So anyway - check back tomorrow for the cover reveal for Lullaby as well as other fun info! (Hint: The cover is pretty).