Hello, my loves! So, I've been hinting at a super secret announcement, and I'm sure by now I've annoyed you all thoroughly. :)
I am so excited to say we’re finally ready to announce my big news. Drumroll, please....
I’m writing a new series!!!
Yep. You read that right! But there’s
something special about this series. For one, I’m returning to
self-publishing for this book. It’s something different, and I’m eager
to get it out into the world as soon as possible, so we decided it was
the perfect book to go Indie again!
For ages, I’ve been talking about wanting more New Adult paranormal and
fantasy books. And like a good little author, I continued working on my
contracted books, waiting patiently for that big breakout paranormal
book that would get the tide rolling and start the paranormal boom that I
so desperately wanted.
I waited and waited and waited, and then I got tired of waiting.
I’ve had one other similar experience in my life. In the summer of 2012,
I was dying for a book set in college that was light-hearted and funny.
I waited then too, but when impatience got the better of me, I decided
to write my own.
That was how LOSING IT came to be.
And now that I’ve lost my patience again, I’m excited to tell you that
in December 2014 (just a handful of months from now) I’ll be publishing
the first book in an NA Paranormal series called INSPIRED.
It all started one day when I was thinking
about art. If you’ve read my books, you’ll know that almost all of them
have some kind of focus on artistic pursuits. Acting. Music. Dance.
Creativity is one of the great loves of my life, and so it’s always
seemed natural to me to pair that with romance and books about figuring
out who you are. But the truth is… romance readers expect a happily ever
after. And more often than not, artistic pursuits do not end happily.
Either success is nowhere to be found or… success is not all it’s
cracked up to be. I began to think about famous artists and musicians
that are considered geniuses at their crafts, yet are perhaps even more
well known for the tragedy that their art brought them.
I thought of musicians that were lost too young to suicide. Artists who
withdrew too deeply into their imagination and lost touch with the real
world. I thought of the way you can’t go to the grocery store without
seeing some actor’s downfall splashed across the pages of magazines.
And I asked myself—who is to blame? Is it the artist who cannot live in
moderation? Or is creativity just a cruel mistress that destroys as many
people as it uplifts? Because these kind of tragedies are not unique to
our entertainment-focused society. In fact, stories of the tortured
artist go back as far as history.
And with that, slowly, a story began to take shape. Sprinkle in a bit of
history, a bit of fantasy, and a bit of forbidden love, and you have…
Kalliope lives with one purpose.
As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how
she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their
art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the
next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a
different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie
after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else
in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He
doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she
influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in
small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has
just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she
stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and
it never turns out well for the mortal.
Her presence may inspire genius.
But it breeds madness, too.
Well, now you all know my secret. And I’m so, so excited for you all to
meet Kalliope and Wilder in December! And I’m hugely excited to be going
back to Indie publishing. But as excited as I am, I’m also nervous. I
want so badly for this book to do well, because I love this story and I
love NA Paranormal. And I’m definitely going to need all the help I can
get. So please, if you have a friend that you think might be interested
in INSPIRED, tell them about this! If you’re a blogger, I’d love
for you to share the news on your social media pages. And when the time
comes for the cover reveal, I hope you’ll consider participating. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can be the first to know about exciting announcements like this. You can even add INSPIRED on Goodreads! And as always, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - I absolutely adore hearing from you guys!
Thank you all for so much for your patience as I went through the applications to join my street team! I am so honored and humbled by the number of you who are willing and enthusiastic about helping to promote my books. I wish I could have you all!!
To give you an idea of the process, I'd like to share with you the following:
The Five Stages of Choosing My Street Team
Stage One: Excitement
I've talked a lot about how much I love my Street Team. They were UNBELIEVABLY helpful in getting All Lined Up promoted (and basically have just made my life so much more joyful). When my team and I decided to expand from 25 members to 30, I just about did a back flip! I was absolutely thrilled to be adding more members to the Carmcat family.
Stage Two: Feeling Overwhelmed
But then I started looking through the applications. The numbers weren't quite as astronomical as last time we held street team applications, so I figured choosing the new team would be easier. Yeah, I was wrong. Literally every application was amazing. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. How could I possibly pick only 30 people?
Stage Three: Denial
So then I thought, "Surely it couldn't hurt to expand the team just a little. Like, five more members would be TOTALLY fine...or ten....maybe fifteen...I mean, the more the merrier! I could probably benefit from having a small army, right?"
Stage Four: Grief
But from a purely logistical standpoint, I knew it just wasn't feasible to have 90+ street team members. So I tweeted about my angst. I gnashed my teeth. I shook my fists at the heavens and raged at the gods. I stress-ate (a lot). And then I did what any other author in my position would have done. I made someone else do it for me.
5. Shirking Responsibility
Eventually there comes a point in reviewing applications when I have cut all I possibly can. Everyone that's left is amazing, and many of them I know personally, or interact with regularly online. (This point came incredibly early this time around because like I said... SO MANY AMAZING APPLICATIONS). So, I turned to my amazing publicity team and said "HELP! HELP! I NEED ALL OF THE HELP!" They swooped in to save the day and somehow narrowed the team down to the final thirty. How exactly they managed to do it, I'm still not sure - they're probably wizards.
Before I reveal the thirty team members chosen, I want you guys to know
that if you weren't chosen, it doesn't mean that my team and I don't think you're amazing. I am so in awe of the talent and passion present in all of the applications, and it breaks my heart that I can't choose all of you. I remember last time around the end, we had 5 maybes that were very strong contenders from which we could choose two final spots. By comparison, this time we had eighteen strong maybes to fill four final spots. I know without a shadow of a doubt that some truly amazing readers and bloggers did not make the list, and for that I ache. SERIOUSLY.... ACHE. All I can say is I hope you won't be discouraged if you weren't chosen. And I hope you'll come back when we open up for applications again before the next book. PLEASE come back!
We're so appreciative of your support, and
we always, always want you to have the chance to be involved. If
you're a blogger and you haven't already, I highly encourage you to
sign up for the InkSlinger PR mailing list. That's the absolute best way to make sure you get in on my cover reveals and other events, if you're interested.
The aim of this wasn't just to go through and choose the biggest and
most popular blogs. The aim was to create a team with various strengths
and skill sets, who could support not only me and the Rusk series but each other as well. While online followings were a big consideration,
things like location and specialties and enthusiasm also played a big
part. The team is comprised of about half former street team members and half newbies. And I'm so SO excited!
So without further ado, here is the new Cora Carmack Street Team!
Melody & Betsy @BookCrastinators
Whitney B. Swain
For those of you on the team, I'll be in touch in the next few days to get things rolling! I'm so excited for this new adventure!
And to everyone who applied: THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart. I would be absolutely nowhere without your love and support, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you! (Seriously... please come back next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) (Was that enough exclamation points?)
And as a consolation prize, here's an extended teaser from ALL BROKE DOWN in Silas's POV! <3
give in to the itch to touch her and start at her bare shoulder, dragging a
finger along until I can curve my whole hand around the back of her neck.
gonna have to stop trying to analyze me. I’m really not that complicated.”
a girl like her, analyzing is step one. Fixing me would be step two.
leans her head to the side, and my hand falls away from her neck.
me about the fight tonight.”
so it begins. “Why?”
me about the fight. Let me clean up your hands. And then, I promise to let you
teach me how to party. Or whatever.”
feel like I’ve just stepped into a courtroom, and am being outnegotiated.
we’re making deals, are we?”
smiles. “I suppose we are.”
up again, and this time she doesn’t pull away when I curl my fingers around the
back of her neck. I brush my thumb over her pulse point . . . feel that thin,
vulnerable skin, and fuck, beneath
that bossy exterior, I can see her nerves. But they’re different now. She doesn’t
look scared or uncomfortable. Her heart is racing, blood pulsing fast beneath
my finger, and she’s taking these tiny sharp breaths. It turns me on in a way I
don’t even understand. Normally, the skittish, inexperienced types send me
running. But the thought of teaching her anything makes my jeans feel too tight.
I want her on her back in my bed, legs spread wide, eyes big and blue, lips
parted, mouth babbling that nervous nonsense until I make her forget what she’s
saying, forget how to talk altogether.
want to forget myself in her, too, steal some of her sunshine, and give this
pristine, perfect girl a taste of what it’s like to get a little dirty.
The Summer Reads
Scavenger Hunt will run from TODAY until
midnight on SUNDAY (19th July). To enter to win FORTYsigned paperbacks by a wide range
of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift
Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops, collect all of the
highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details
along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORM. You
can find more information on how the stop works HERE.
All stops will direct you to the next place to hop across to. And don’t worry
if you get lost, because the entire list of participating authors can be found HERE.
There was a time, not many months ago, when I didn't believe that summer would ever exist. Call it what you want - Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon, Polor Vortex, Hibernation- this past winter was brutal.
But there was a light at the end of the HOLY CRAP I'M SO COLD tunnel! And now...
And now all I want to do is be at the beach or by a pool with a good book (or several) and a margarita (or several).
So without further ado... Here are my top five reads for this summer!
FIVE WAYS TO FALL by K.A. Tucker- I've already checked this one off my list. It's hot and sweet and set in Florida. There's beaches and margaritas and Florida oranges-- you can't get much more summery than that!
THE RULE OF SCOUNDRELS series by Sarah Maclean- I'll admit. I'm a newbie to Historical Romance. My mom read a lot of it when I was younger, and I was too weirded out to read it with her. But now I'm playing catch- up and I freaking LOVE Sarah's books. They're hilarious and smart and so very good!
EVERYTHING by Tessa Bailey-
No... Everything is not the name of a book. I recently devoured pretty
much everything Tessa has written, and they were the perfect sinful and
fun summer reads. And I wouldn't be surprised if I reread several of
them before Summer's end!
SCORING WILDER by R.S. Grey- I've not read this one yet, but it sounds so awesome that my fingers are itching for it! I've not read anything by R.S. Yet either, so I'm excited to check out a new author!
WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout- *ducks* I know it's criminal that I haven't read this book yet. I am a super fangirl for all things JLA, and this little beauty is definitely on my to do list for this summer. Jen's books are always witty, and swoon-worthy, and imaginative. And I can't wait!
Welp... There's my summer reads. Lots of sexiness up there, friends.
What's on your to-read list this summer? Answer in the comments below for your chance to win this swag pack from Paranormal Romance author, J.A. Belfield!
And now here's your hunt info!
Scavenger hunt number: 32
Your next stop on the scavenger hunt is the one and only Wendy Higgins! Seriously... I effing LOVE Wendy and her books. If you haven't read them... What are you waiting for?
Well, the time has come to start promoting the next book in the Rusk University series, All Broke Down.
And my publicity peeps and I think it's time to add some new readers to the mix!
A street team is the ultimate set of super readers. I'm looking for
people who've read all my books, and love my characters, and are eager
for my next fictional journey! A street team helps spread the word about
an author's books-- online, in person, and IN SPACE.
The Rusk University Street Team (aka "The Carmcats") was absolutely invaluable to me during the lead up and release week of All Lined Up. They made graphics, designed the Rusk logo, hosted giveaways, helped brainstorm marketing ideas, and spread the word about ALU like a plague (a plague of AWESOMENESS). They went above and beyond to host the Spirit Week party during release week, and basically kept me from losing my mind during a (very exciting, but still very) stressful time. And they are some of the funniest, kindest, most generous, most encouraging people I have ever met - I want to carry each and everyone one of them with me everywhere I go. Seriously... I cannot sing this team's praises enough. But now we're looking to expand and add new faces and new skills and new ideas!
One of the many wonderful Rusk graphics created by the Street Team.
I'm seriously still in awe of how talented these people are.
Interested? Here's some more details.
It's a big time commitment to be part of this street team (not just because you'll be helping me, but also because our exclusive street team Facebook group is an incredibly fun place to hang out and ignore the rest of the world). Here's what's in for you:
Exclusive giveaways ONLY for street team members. ARCs, Swag, Signed
copies, and other special stuff. Your odds of winning are MUCH better
than when competing with the masses.
Exclusive content and news. When a new book is releasing or I'm
writing a new project, you guys will be the first to hear about it!
You'll also be the first people I torture tease with excerpts!
Swag for you! Swag for your friends! Swag for strangers you bombard
on the street! You shall be the swag queens (or kings... I'm looking at
you, rare and exotic male fan. We've already got one dude reader on the team, here's hoping for more).
Every active street team member's name will appear in the
acknowledgments of my books. Show all your friends how important and
beloved you are! Plus, I sometimes steal street team members names when I'm creating characters. Just saying. :)
Membership in the exclusive street team Facebook group! Here you can
chat with other team members, brainstorm promotional ideas, and hang out with
me! I'll pop in for exclusive street team chats and hang outs (and by pop in, I mean I spend entirely too much time procrastinating there). Not to
mention I might pick your brain about books and characters you'd like to
**One extra lucky Street Team member will get to join me as my
assistant at an upcoming signing in 2015! I'll
take care of your flight and hotel, and we'll just hang out, meet book
people, bask in our awkward goodness. Carmcat Stephanie from SmartSavvySteph won for ALU's team, and she'll be joining me at Chapter by Chapter Bookrave in NY!
As a street team member, there's lots of things you can do to help my
books succeed. You don't have to do them all...at least not at the same time. And this is far from an all-inclusive list, but rather some suggestions to give you an idea of how we might need you to promote All Broke Down.
In person you can...
the books up and share promo material with friends, family, co-workers,
and book clubs. You can even drop off promo materials at bookstores,
libraries, coffee shops, etc.
Buy my books the first week of release, which helps it get more visibility, thereby selling more books
your local library to order my books. Give the librarians the title,
name and publisher of each book. In the same vein, ask your local
bookstore to stock my books if they don't already.
Online you can...
your (honest) review/rating of the book via Amazon, iBooks, BN.com, and
Goodreads. I can't even begin to express how big a deal this is in terms
of discoverability for new books.
interviews, reviews, cover reveals, and other promotional events across
your social media and online platforms (Blogs, Tumblr, Facebook,
Spread the word about my books to your online friends and followers.
“Like” my books and me on Amazon.com & BN.com
Like, Retweet, and Share whenever/whatever you can!
Recommend the books on Goodreads and elsewhere. As readers, you wield so much influence. And every little bit helps!
Participate in online Publicity and Marketing campaigns (Blog tours, FB parties, cover reveals, etc).
Hello, my loves! Just popping in for a moment to tell you that I'M SO EXCITED!
Like, Jessie Spano on caffeine pills excited!
The reason I'm so excited can be summed up in three little words: ALL. BROKE. DOWN. ALL BROKE DOWN is the second book in the Rusk University series. It's a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel published by William Morrow (an imprint of Harper Collins) and it's scheduled to release on October 28. But you guys get to see the cover TODAY!
I think it should go without saying that I'M OBSESSED WITH THIS COVER. I love it so much! The fact that they did an entire photo shoot just to create a cover for my book is still mind blowing to me. And y'all....I love this book. I am so excited (and slightly terrified) for you guys to read it! Here's a little more info about ABD:
In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.
issues, civil rights, education—you name
it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause
lands her in jail, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a
different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating,
she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.
and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas.
And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s
met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the
damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think
he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to
change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten
the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University
football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.
It's midnight on July 3rd, which can only mean one thing....IT'S TIME.
IT'S VOTING TIME!!
Like I mentioned in this post, the NA Crush Tourney is in full force, and Carson is competing RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE! Betsy over at Book Drunk Blog has done an incredible job so far of advocating for Carson, and now it's up to you guys.
We've only got 24 hours to show Carson our love, so make sure you vote! Remember, if Carson wins this match, I'm going to release a super secret sneak peek of All Broke Down - you want that, right?
Here are some other ways you can show your support for Carson today:
No matter what happens today, win or lose, I'm
thrilled to have been a part of this tournament. And I hope all you
awesome fans will take the opportunity to read any of the books involved
if you haven't already. I've read a lot of them, and loved them so
much. Please take the time to thank the hosts at NA Alley for
hosting such a fun event to celebrate this genre that means so much to so many of us. Thank you all so much!!
The wonderful people over at NA Alley are once again hosting the NA Crush Tournament!
If you aren't familiar with the concept of a Crush Tournament, check out this page for more information. Basically, think of it as a literary version of March Madness where you vote for your favorite book boyfriends until only one is left standing.
I'll admit that I'm a little surprised that Carson made it into the tourney - not because I don't think he's crush-worthy, but because All Lined Up hasn't even been out that long!
I thought if one of my guys made the tournament it would be Garrick or Cade, since y'all have had more time to get to know them. But I am absolutely THRILLED that it's Carson, and I can't tell you guys how much it means to me that you love him as much as I do!
Carson's first match is Thursday July 3rd, and he's going up against Jack Carter from The Perfect Game by J. Sterling. Jack's a super swoony baseball player, and I think it's kind of awesome that my quarterback is going up against another college athlete. It's sure to be a great match, and it's only TWO DAYS AWAY!
You can also grab some of these sweet #TeamCarson graphics to post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and anywhere else you see fit!
But what's in it for you? I'm glad you asked! All Broke Down is the second book in the Rusk University series, and I just CAN.NOT.WAIT. to share it with you guys! It's Silas' story, and the first time I've ever written a "bad boy," and y'all...he is BAD. It's the longest book I've written to date, and by far the steamiest (for real, I'm blushing just thinking about it). All Broke Down releases in October, but if Carson wins the match on Thursday, I'll share a super secret excerpt with you guys!
So, to review: If you want an exclusive peek at All Broke Down, VOTE FOR CARSON! Thank you all so much for your support - it's because of YOU that Carson has this amazing opportunity!