::Looks outside:: Well, no massive volcano has erupted in North Texas, so I guess I can send out this post! 🙂
Now, for an announcement.
IT’S MA2 RELEASE DAY!!!!
I’m super excited to announce that Matt Archer: Blade’s Edge (MA2 for those playing along at home) is now available as an eBook from Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords! (UPDATE — MA2 is now available at Barnes & Noble!). Other retailers, along with the print version, will be added soon, too. What better way to celebrate the (not) end of the world and the holidays, than by releasing a book? And, yeah, I’m totally dancing like Snoopy about this.
Blade’s Edge marks a change in Matt’s life. This book was tougher to write than Monster Hunter in a lot of ways. Matt’s older (almost 16), a little more jaded and has Big Things to deal with and overcome. In some respects, it’s my Goblet of Fire — Matt, like Harry Potter, is tested beyond his limits and has to find his way out on the other side. It also marks a change from a younger YA tone (suitable for older MG readers, so 11+) to a more true YA tone (this one is appropriate for readers 12+). Books 3 and 4, which will come out in 2013, are firmly PG-13 YA. Since I’m a parent who’s pretty vigilant about what my kids read, I want to be upfront about this. As Matt gets older, so does his story. I just want to put that out there with the hope it’s useful information.
Bringing a book into the world takes a village, and a lot of people made this one happen. I want to send a special shout-out to my husband (who read multiple drafts, held my hand when I nearly quit and generally keep my crap together) and to my dad (who taught me to read and helped bring Matt to life). My beta readers–Lindsay, JR, Jeanne, LaDonna, Elizabeth, Liz, Crash, Arthur, Maria and Becca–gave me a ton of advice…so huge thanks to them!! Finally, the military–particularly U.S. Army Special Forces–factors into much of this book. I want to take this time to thank all the soldiers who sacrifice so much for our country. To you, I give my most humble appreciation.
And the biggest thank you of all? To my readers, of course! Matt Archer: Monster Hunter got a ton of support, retweets, raves and reviews from y’all, and it meant the world to me. I hope this new installment exceeds your expectations and I’m hopeful you’ll continue on this journey with our intrepid monster hunter.
Now for a little launch fun! I have a GoodReads giveaway running right now. Two lucky entrants will win signed copies of both Monster Hunter and Blade’s Edge! Check it out via the link below. In the meantime, thank you for all the support, and let’s go hunt some monsters!