Hi there!

Hello!

This week has been busy as I’m preparing for the book tour (More information can be found here), and obsessively trying to squeeze in episodes of the Vampire Diaries, which, thanks to my editor, I am now addicted to (Katherine why won’t you leave Stefan alone?? He loves Elena!). But yes, the book tour. I’m so excited for this I can hardly stand it. If you’re around Cincy, Lexington, Knoxville, or Louisville, please come by! I’d love to meet you!

I have heard that the first week of Article 5 sales were pretty awesome…this is amazing! Thank you so much to everyone who bought the book, downloaded it on their reader, or spread the good word. I hope you are enjoying Chase and Ember’s journey thus far.

With everything that’s been going on with A5, I had to take a quick break from writing the conclusion of the trilogy (book 2 is currently with my fabulous editor). In the mean time, I’ve been working on revisions for another project – hopefully my next book after the Article 5 series is complete. We’ll call it Top Secret Completely Unrelated Project, or TSCUP. Here’s what I can tell you about TSCUP: there’s a factory, an explosion, and at least one steamy kiss (I’m not sure I’m capable of writing anything without at least one steamy kiss). Just earlier today I sent TSCUP off to my most trusted readers…yikes. That just never gets easier.

I’ve been having a great time on the Teen Book Scene Blog Tour! Thank you so much to Corrine and Kari for organizing all the fun. Here are some of my favorite highlights so far (click on the link to see the full post):

A This or That List at A Good Addiction (In which I find myself entirely too amusing)

An interview with Ember at I B Book Blogging (In which Ember talks Chase…)

Ember’s Favorite Book at That Hapa Chick (In which Ember talks good and evil)

My Teenage Garage Sale at Mel’s Books and Info (I’m selling my sexy band uniform…)

An interview with ME at Word for Teens (Why I want to be a Shadowhunter, amongst other randomness)

Also, a quick reminder that I’m now on Twitter! (@kris10writes ) Stop by and say hi!

Have a great week! Before I go, here are a few FABULOUS PHOTOS I’ve received this week! High-fives for A5! I cannot express to you how happy these pictures make me.

A5 in Chicago, IL

Louisville, KY!

Is that author Katie McGarry?

South Carolina! (Love this)

Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, OR!

The Czech Republic! (Hi Hanka!)

Baltimore, MD

Chattanooga, TN (Love!)

and Reno, NV

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

 

 

11 Responses to Hi there!

  1. Hi Kristen! ;)
    Viva la Article 5!! :)

  2. Jahaira says:

    Just finished A5. It was awesome.. I could not put it Down. I read it in one sitting..I cant wait for the next one.

  3. M.C. says:

    Okay, I bought Article 5 yesterday when I went to the mall and bought it from Barnes and Noble? It had been on my To Buy list for a week or so, the top of the list. All these reviews said it was good and some of them said don’t read it, but I always listen to the good reviews because ‘haters gonna hate’, right? So I didn’t listen to them, and..
    I LOVED IT.
    SO. MUCH.
    I can’t even describe it. It tops all my favorite dystopian books–heck, it IS my favorite book now! Why can’t it be a series and not a trilogy? I feel like 3 books is too little for books of such great magnitude!
    I literally stayed up ALL last night reading it. I even posted a whole gushing review on my Tumblr (the website in this comment form) this morning because I finished the book at exactly 3:24 am. I started at around 9 pm, too…soo…I came back from watching Gone in theaters and was like, “ALRIGHT. I need to sit down and READ.”
    Usually I like to take my time reading books–I read a lot but I might read a couple chapters a day, because of homework and studying and other things, and it drives my sister nuts because she finishes every book in like 2 days. Anyway, I’m a fast reader but only if I try. If I’m not into a book I might take like a week and half!
    This was the first book in SOOO many years that I actually read in ONE SITTING. From Saturday night straight through early Sunday (today).
    I loved how Ember was normal. First of all, I get really annoyed with how all the dystopian books these days are in present tense–I mean, I love The Hunger Games and Divergent and stuff, but come on, not EVERYONE in the future has to sound all serious and angry at the world. Ember sounded like a normal teenager would sound! In fact, if I was in her place I might act the same way!
    I read books for entertainment, and a lot of the time they might not trigger a lot of emotions in me besides really loving it–but this book triggered so many emotions, I can’t even describe it. You don’t even know how many times my eyes welled up with tears (I know, I’m such a dork!) and I had to protect my books from my dangerous tears threatening to ruin the pages (I like to keep my books in really good condition so when I’m old and grown up, and I might not be able to ever find a good copy again, I still have it in mint condition for my kids to read and stuff..).
    Also, the part where the man who had his jacket lined with paper to keep himself from freezing.
    I know it was small part in the book, not really significant to the story, but that was by far the most emotion-triggering part ever.
    I literally had to put the book aside and cover my face so I wouldn’t have to think about it, because it made me so sad inside that I literally just went, “I can’t handle this!” I felt SO bad for him, it was like I was seeing it myself in real life.
    I know I sound weird and obsessive, but I seriously think this book is…the most realistic, coolest, emotion-triggering dystopian ever. The Hunger Games triggered a lot of emotion in me too, but it was hard to relate because it’s REALLY stretched and in the future and pretty much impossible. But Article 5 could might as well happen, who knows, something like that isn’t that stretched from what really happens in reality! Think Russia and communism. Who knows? America could have it’s downfall one day. It’s totally realistic, it totally made me think…I want to reread it already and It’s barely even been 12 hours since I finished it at 3:24 this morning.
    I think my comment might be so long that it won’t be allowed to post.. I might have to continue it on a second comment underneath it so I can get all my thoughts out.
    I wanted to email you this huge message but I thought a blog might be an easier way to get the message that I LOVE THIS BOOK through. Besides, the world can see this comment and then be encouraged the READ THIS AMAZINGNESS. RIGHT. NOW, PEOPLE DO IT NOW!!
    Oh, and I loved the references to Chicago. REPRESENT. ;)
    Yes, I’m a Chicagoan…and Chase living in Chicago for a while? AWESOME. BAM. LOVED IT.
    I think the way Chase acted was realistic and understandable-I almost broke down when I found out he had a copy of Frankenstein. The flashbacks were SO amazing, seriously, the flashbacks in the book were so sad and so…it felt like I was watching a movie. Whenever a flashback scene came, I felt like the edges of the scene got blurry like it does in Vampire Diaries when we see Stefan and Damon flashbacks and the corners of the screen like blurry and the colors get more orangey to show that it’s a flashback? YES, I AM A HUGE VAMPIRE DIARIES FAN TOO. When I found this blog and found out you watched the show, I almost died of happiness because I own all the Vampire Diaries DVDs (only 2 seasons, but still) and I seriously am OBSESSED, its my favorite show and now this is my favorite book and the author of my favorite book loves my favorite show and THIS IS ALL TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. I AM SO OVERWHELMED WITH EMOTION ONE EVERY LEVEL RIGHT NOW! HELP ME.
    WHEN IS BOOK 2 COMING OUT? The second you find out the release date or come up with a title or a synopsis, please post it here because I will be waiting.
    I’m now trying to get my sister to finish the new book SHE bought (Fever, the second book in the dystopian Chemical Gardens trilogy) so she can cut to the CHASE and read ARTICLE 5.
    GET IT?
    GET IT? CUT TO THE CHASE.
    And I love Katherine in VD.
    Seriously, she is so evil that its just awesome. Is it bad that I sometimes like the bad guys if they’re cool like Katherine?
    I hated Tucker, though. For some odd reason, I pictured Tucker Morris to look like John Tucker from the movie John Tucker Must Due. Because their names have TUCKER in it, and also John Tucker was a total TOOL, and jerk-face, and yeah, so I pictured him to look like John Tucker (like a tool and jerkface, basically). I hope Chase goes back and shoots him in the face.
    Wow that was violent of me…
    I hope Katherine kills him one day, hehe.
    Oh, and if you happen to stop anywhere near Chicago, please mention it because I will be there. I wish you would come to Downers Grove. COME TO DOWNERS GROVE IN ILLINOIS.
    SERIOUSLY.
    And this needs to become a movie. And I am TOTALLY buying your other book too when it comes out.
    Bye.
    -M.C.

    • Kristen says:

      Hi MC!
      I love this comment. It just made me so happy. Thank you for that!
      I’m so glad that you loved Article 5 – that it meant so much to you is the highest compliment for a writer. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with me!
      Kristen
      PS. I am just to the part in Vampy Diaries where Damon has been bitten by a werewolf. AHHHH!!!!

  4. Anna Shoemaker says:

    I read Article 5 over the weekend and could not put it down! It was an AMAZING book!! I cannot wait for book #2 to come out. Thank you for writing such a great book. Hope to see you at Jazzercise sometime soon!

    • Kristen says:

      Thanks Anna! I can’t wait for book 2 either! Well…I guess I have to finish editing it first… Yes! Hooray for Jazzercise!

  5. Mrs. V says:

    Like others, I just finished Article 5 and absolutely loved it. So far it is my favorite 2012 debut novel, and in my blog post I mentioned that I won’t be surprised if I still feel that way in December.

    I can’t wait to hear information about when the others will be released!

    I also loved the last paragraph of your acknowledgements.

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Mrs. V,

      Thank you, first of all, for your kind words about A5. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it and that it spoke to you like it did. You have absolutely paid me some of the highest compliments a writer can receive, and for that I am humbled and so grateful.

      Book 2 (I’m still contemplating a title) will be out in January of 2013. The end of the trilogy the following January. Thank you for asking!

      And one final thank you for your comment on my acknowledgements. There is such beauty in the diversity in our world, and such loss if we shut it out. I am ever inspired by those that fight the good fight, every day. Sometimes I wonder if the harder the struggle, the more one truly appreciates the taste of victory.

      Wishing you all the very best,
      Kristen

  6. MacKenzie Osmond says:

    Was walking around the Barnes&Nobles the other day trying to find a book that was different, something that wasn’t about vampires and all that crap for once. Then Article 5 caught my eye. I picked it up read the inside flap and had to get it. I read it from five p.m. to one a.m.. I couldn’t stop reading it. The next day I finished the book. I can not wait for the next book. You are an amazing writer and this is an amazing book. I love how much it was a change of pace. You were so descriptive I that I felt the emotion of the characters the entire time. You paint a beautiful image with your writing. Please don’t stop writing I enjoy your work so far and can’t wait for more to read.

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