Kindle Giveaway

Friends, readers, book-lovers! 

I'm so excited for the release of PEARL and so keen on promoting reading that I went and bought a KINDLE to give away to one lucky winner. 


While I love the feel of a hardcover in my hands and the smell of a brand new paperback, I don't think I'd read half as much as I do if it weren't for my Kindle. It's portable and satisfies my I-need-to read-that-now! urges. I don't think I have to try to sell anyone on the amazing-ness that is an e-reader, but if you're not familiar, check out this link; it tells you everything you need to know about the awesome-ness of owning a Kindle. Also, this particular model is glare-free, meaning you can read it while in the sun without having to squint and bring it an inch from your face or create an umbrella of shadow to make out the words on the screen. Cool, huh?

The giveaway runs from February 23 - March 1. 
Please enter below & good luck! 

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Amazon, Facebook, Blogger, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or any other social media site. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this (Facebook, et al) page and not to Facebook et al.

Kindle prize sent by US postal mail and once sent, not the responsibility of author.

Preorder PEARL on Amazon
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Add Pearl to your Goodreads TBR 


And that's not all! Mark your calendar because we're going to party! On the eve of Pearl's release (Monday, February 29) please join me for Q&A, sneak peeks, and more! Please tell your friends, the more the merrier! *Please RSVP HERE!



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Pearl, a Poem





There once was a girl.
People called her Pearl.
She lived in New York City.
Things there were shitty.
Her uncle got bent.
Away she was sent.

Burgundy lips teased.
Eyebrows pleased.
A blondie eased.
A bearded frown freezed.

Meaning and significance passed.
She didn't think she'd last.
Lost at school in the hills.
She took a bunch of pills.
Day brought relief.
Night returned grief.

Cloudy gray.
Gone astray.
Time away.
Please stay.

Fear didn't devour.
Pearl found her power.
Time to wake up.
She drank from her cup.
Untangled a poisoned knot.
She wrote a new plot.


Preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Please add Pearl to your Goodreads TBR.



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Pearl on Polyvore

Pearl's favorite t-shirt says, I vote for Vodka. Her style is part vintage, part rock-and-roll, and all bad-ass. Check out some picks for her that she didn't get from charity and her Aunt Beverly didn't select.
PEARL


Forever 21 top
forever21.com




Lesportsac bag
ebags.com



Sterling silver ring
$18 - princesspolly.com



Opi nail polish
$27 - nelly.com




Ebony pencil
target.com





Writing the story is where my creativity dwells, but it's also fun to create imagery to accompany all those words. Check out the eponymous book, PEARL, here. 



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PEARL in a Month-ish


This is the kind of post that calls for gifs. You know the jittery, can hardly-sit-still, if we were in person, we'd be jumping up and down squeal-yelling with excitement kind of deal. So here we go, my official announcement for PEARL!

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Skyscape is releasing my young adult contemporary novel, PEARL! 
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Technically that's less than a month away. 
Whoa!
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I'm, um, just a little excited. 
Ok, not just a little, a whole-lotta, mega, ants in my pants, excited!


So what's PEARL all about? 

As seventeen-year-old Pearl Jaeger emerges from a gritty childhood, her uncle sends her to a prestigious prep school with the promise of a second chance. But haunted by her memories and reckless with grief when her mother overdoses, she turns to partying with the burnouts, including shy and sweet Grant. All too soon, she's spiraling out of control on the heels of her late mother. But between friendships that turn into sisterhoods, the salvation of art, and Grant showing her what it is to trust and forgive, Pearl must close the door on her past or lose love, along with her future.

Want to preorder?

Want to read? 
Add PEARL to your Goodreads TBR

Stay tuned, because for the next several weeks, I'll be dropping teasers, a poem, a Polyvore set, Pinterest inspiration, a HAH-UGE giveaway—seriously it's a good one—an essay about why I wrote PEARL & what the story means to me, and more!
Want to celebrate? There's going to be an online release-day eve PARTY and you're invited!


Please hang out with me on ALL the socials. If you're more of a single-social kind of person, I try to cross-post so no one misses a thing, but if you want to stay in the inner-circle loop, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter. Typically I send one each season, but there will be a bonus, late February newsletter pre-Pearl. 
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In addition to being positively giddy with excitement, I'm also incredibly thankful to everyone who played a role in giving me the material to write PEARL and to those who brought it from draft to a pub-ready sparkly manuscript. I'm also super appreciative to all those who help promote PEARL and my writing from my publicists to bloggers to the readers who read and leave positive reviews.

Thank you!

I'll be back soon with more and...keep your eyes out for teasers galore!



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City of Legends Release!


I've been waiting to share this with you for a while...a long while! My writing buddy, pub-twin, and all around lit-bestie Cheyanne Young's young adult debut with Alloy Entertainment releases today! I'm so excited for her and the series City of Legends. We've done our share of squeeing, cyber-hugging, and gushing. Now it's your turn to fangirl (or boy) over this superb novel. (See what I did there? Yes, I'm a dork. A super dork ;-)

No spoilers, I promise, but I've read the first in the series, and IT. IS. NON-STOP, SUPER-HERO BUTT-KICKING ACTION. And there's complicated family relations, politics, romance, a hot-headed she-hero, and SO, SO MUCH MORE! You can read my full review here, but here's a highlight: "...My favorite thing about City of Legends is how skillfully author Cheyanne Young melded the best parts of contemporary romance with the bold parts of super hero fantasy."  


Okay, so here we go with blurbs for the three-book series, excerpts, author info, and a giveaway! 



Series: City of Legends
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Release: February 2016
Purchase series: Amazon
Book One: City of Legends

Maci Knight has grown up in the shadow of legends. Her father and her brother, Max, are Heroes, worshipped by humans and Supers alike for their strength and valor. All she’s ever wanted is to follow in their footsteps, to fight villains and protect humankind. But Maci has a secret—one that could change everything. 

Maci had a twin sister who died the same day they were born. In their world, one twin is always good, while the other always eventually turns evil. There’s no way to tell which twin will go rogue . . . which means no one knows if Maci will suddenly become a villain. 

The closer she gets to her eighteenth birthday, the more she has feelings she can’t control: Violence. Rage. Revenge. Maci wants to be a Hero. But she may not have a choice . . . 

The first in a trilogy, City of Legends introduces a new superhero mythology and an unstoppable heroine.

Purchase: Amazon

~EXCERPT~

Crimson throws an arm over my shoulder, the scent of her cherry lip-gloss briefly overriding the stench of fish tanks. “So, Maci Knight . . . think you have what it takes to pass your Hero exam?”
I know she’s not talking about the hours of training I’ve endured over the last decade and this last week of performing skill tests for the examiners to prove I’m ready. Crimson’s question goes deeper than that. She’s talking about the core of being a Hero. Placing my life on the line to save people I don’t even know. Throwing away the idea of a normal life, all to uphold an oath of protecting those who can’t protect themselves.
The Hero Brigade is the most elite group on the planet. I meet her gaze and the corner of my mouth twists into a grin. “Hell yes.”

BOOK TWO: The Valiant

After the most vicious villain attack in centuries, Maci Knight is struggling to put the shattered pieces of her life back together. She survived, but barely, and her family will never be the same. The only good thing to come out of the attack is that the Elders have granted her probationary Hero status. Now she’s desperate to prove that she has what it takes to shine in the field.

Maci gets her first chance when she’s called in to stop an illegal fighting ring where humans are battling to the death. But when she goes toe-to-toe with the fighters, she’s shocked to discover that even she can’t contain them. The humans are strong—supernaturally so. Maci knows that this is the work of the villain underground and is determined to put an end to it. But how do you fight an enemy who won’t show their face?

In the second installment of the City of Legends trilogy, Maci Knight will find out what she’s truly made of.

Purchase: Amazon

~EXCERPT~

“Something strange is going on,” Katia says.
“It’s almost like they have power,” I say.
The two Heroes look at me like I’ve lost my mind. “They’re human, Maci,” Katia says. “They can’t have power.”
“I know,” I say quickly, feeling the sudden need to defend my intelligence. But something about my words rings true. Even with dedicated strength training, humans are weak. If I hadn’t seen firsthand what happens when a Super and human breed, I would have suspected that these humans were some kind of half-Super. But this . . . well this, I don’t have an explanation for. And if we don’t figure it out and put a stop it, it could bring unsurmountable chaos into the human’s worldand ours.

BOOK THREE: Empire Rising

Eighteen years ago, Maci Knight’s family was destroyed when Aurora Falcon killed her mother. Now Aurora’s partner, Felix, has kidnapped Maci’s brother. For five long months, there’s been no sign of Max. His Codex is offline and she can’t feel even the slightest trace of his power. Maci refuses to give up hope, but when a new threat on King City emerges, Maci is ordered to abandon her search. 

Somehow Felix has managed to do the unthinkable: repower all the villains that Central has depowered over the years. Now they’ve banded together to get revenge on the Supers who wronged them. What feels like an arduous mission becomes an opportunity when Maci realizes that if she can stop the villains, she can get them to lead her to Felix—and her brother. 

In the action-packed conclusion of the City of Legends trilogy, Maci vows to save her city and bring her family back together—no matter the cost.

Purchase: Amazon

~EXCERPT~

Evan approaches and slides his hands around my waist. A chill goes through me at the feel of his touch and the familiar tingle of his power so close to mine. Heroes train hard to hone and strengthen their power more than any other Super, so it has a distinct and dominant feeling. Evan spent a few years in Hero training, but his power isn’t like that. It doesn’t burn like Crimson’s power when she’s in a frenzied fight, and it doesn’t intimidate like one of the older Heroes might. It encircles my body the same way his arms do, bringing me closer to him spiritually and physically.

Desire courses through my veins. I grab his shoulders and lift up on my toes. Evan grips my waist and lifts me into the air. I close my eyes and kiss him. His lips taste salty and perfect. My fingers slide up through his dirty blonde hair. He deepens the kiss and I hold onto him as if I need his lips to stay alive. I want this moment to last forever. 


Cheyanne YoungABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Trilogy. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.




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