1st Week Reflections

Hello!

It’s been an amazing and humbling week, and I just wanted to say thank you for being a part of it.

Thank you times a million.

Thank you for giving Aya and Kiran and Brax a chance. Thank you for reading a little piece of my soul that’s been bound up in a book with a pretty green cover. Thank you for being made of awesome.

I’ve learned that the time around a release is really emotional. It’s the culmination of years of work, the merging efforts of dozens of people. It’s a lot of pressure to succeed, a lot of hope that this reflection of yourself will mean something to somebody, a lot of fear of failure. It’s a rush and a thrill, punctuated for me by moments of intense gratitude. This book would never have been published had my editor an agent not picked up Article 5. My first series never would’ve happened if not for the 10 years prior to it, writing query letter after query letter, facing rejection after rejection, wondering if this dream would ever be a reality. Holding The Glass Arrow in my hands I think of all of those things. All those times I quit. All the really good moments that brought me a step closer to my goal. So, yeah. It’s a lot.

I have been asked this week what the one thing I want readers to take away from the book is. There are two things. The first, like with any book, is that I hope that you enjoy it, and that it transports you to somewhere exciting, scary, and hopeful. The other is more personal for me. I hope that you remember that worth isn’t determined by another person or the size of your pants. That you are not only the way you look, but your achievements, your kindness, all of the good things inside of you. I hope you know that somewhere out there someone is rooting for you.

I hope you know that you are worth more than all the stars in the night sky.

Thank you for joining me on this wild ride.

Love, Kristen

GA

 

Most Awesomest Giveaway Ever

YOU GUYS. THE GLASS ARROW COMES OUT IN JUST 2 WEEKS AND I WANT TO CELEBRATE. I’m so excited to share this book with you. I’m also a little petrified to share it with you. But that, I’ve learned, is how it goes. Either way, LET’S PARTY.

Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to get to know some really, really wonderful and talented people. Their books? Incredible. If you haven’t read them, you reallllly need to. In fact, let me help you with that.

In this monster giveaway there will be three lucky winners. The grand prize looks a little something like this:

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  • ALIENATED by Melissa Landers (signed)
  • ANTIGODDESS and MORTAL GODS by Kendare Blake (both signed)
  • CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry (signed)
  • DOON by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (signed)
  • ENDSINGER by Jay Kristoff (with signed bookplate and bookmark)
  • GATED by Amy Christine Parker (signed)
  • NOT A DROP TO DRINK and IN A HANDFUL OF DUST by Mindy McGinnis (both signed)
  • PRETTY GIRL 13 by Elizabeth Coley (signed)
  • REPLICA by Jenna Black (signed)
  • SEARCHING FOR SKY by Jillian Cantor (signed)
  • SILVERN by Christina Farley (signed)
  • SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch (unsigned, but signed bookmark and pin included!)
  • THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR by Mindee Arnett (signed)
  • WILD by Alex Mallory (signed)
  • Oh, and the ARTICLE 5 trilogy (ARTICLE 5, BREAKING POINT, and THREE) by Kristen Simmons (that’s me.) (Yes, signed.)

I’m going to throw in a signed hardcover of THE GLASS ARROW (not pictured because, well, I don’t have it yet) and a swag bag! AND a special collection German edition of ARTIKEL 5! AND a WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS bookmark and pin!

Also, because I’m so excited about the release of THREE in paperback, two winners will receive signed sets of the entire ARTICLE 5 series (ARTICLE 5, BREAKING POINT, and THREE), along with a GLASS ARROW swag bag and WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS swag.

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THE PRIZES! THEY’RE GLORIOUS!

So how do you enter? This morning I posted the fourth GLASS ARROW teaser quote on Facebook and Twitter. Share it, and then come back here to enter the contest. It’s only running for 2 weeks (and YES! It’s INTERNATIONAL!) so let’s do this thing!

Good luck, and enjoy! THE GLASS ARROW drops February 10th. WEEEEEEE!!!

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