BRANDED: Inked 2 Gets a Cover, Title, & Publication Date!

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Oh my.

It's happening.

Last week, while I was on my lil' writing retreat with Adi Alsaid and Zoraida Cordova (more on that in a future blog post soon, you guys), YA Interrobang unveiled the title and cover for Inked 2. BRANDED will hit eReaders everywhere on September 8th via Bloomsbury's digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark.

Jenny Zemanek designed the cover, and she also works on covers by a number of other lovely Bloomsbury Spark authors, including Actual BFF ® Ashley Poston, who writes YA books I adore. Definitely check out Jenny's portfolio here. She's a rockstar.

BRANDED is available for pre-order via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other e-retailers now, and you can add it on Goodreads. Please do!

I'll launch a fun pre-order campaign soon, so keep an eye out for that. Folks who pre-order will get a signed poster pack from Inked, Branded, and a really lovely quote illustration that Ashley Poston drew a while back. You can see that here. If you pre-order it, drop me an email at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, and I'll make sure you're on that mailing list.

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Look how cute those posters are! Please note, bunny will NOT be included.

And speaking of mailing lists!

If you're a book blogger that's interested in a review copy of Branded, let me know! As ya'll know from my days at the Quirk Books HQ, I LOVE BOOK BLOGGERS TERRIBLY. If you want a review copy of Branded, email me, and I'll make sure there's one in your inbox.

Huge thank you to Nicole at YA Interrobang for doing the reveal! And of course, to Dawn Frederick for her tireless work as my agent, Meredith Rich for her patience with my frequent ellipsis use, and my dear Kristina for the continued push. Can't wait for September.

INKED: One Year Anniversary Blog Tour & Kindle Giveaway

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Oh snap! INKED turns ONE this week!

Where did the time go, you guys? Where?! It seems like just yesterday I was having crippling anxiety attacks over the book coming out, and now here we are, one year later, with the sequel due out in May. My goodness.

To celebrate, I nudged the lovely crew at YA Bound Blog Tours to put together a lil' one year anniversary blog tour this week. You'll see a bundle of reviews, interviews, and guest posts across a bundle of book blogs through the week. You can see a roundup of the spots here on their website.

Big thank you to everyone playing along, and to Sara for putting it together.

And as a big ol' thank you to the amazingly talented authors under the Bloomsbury Spark blanket, I'm giving away a Kindle with a ton of YA books on it. Winners will win copies of these TEN BOOKS:

And FIVE MORE Bloomsbury Spark titles of YOUR CHOICE. You can check out the entire Bloomsbury Spark catalog here on Bloomsbury's website. Lots of amazing books to choose from, by authors I looooove. And those books with stars? Those are pre-orders! They aren't even out yet.

You can enter via the Rafflecopter below, by following any of these authors, my AMAZING editor, or my publisher on the ol' Twitter. You can also like my Facebook page, or the Bloomsbury Spark imprint's FB page.

Good luck! And thanks for an amazing year.

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Inked is a Kindle Holiday Deal: $1.99 All of December, Score a Free Poster


Whoa you guys! Whoa!

INKED was selected as an Amazon Kindle Holiday Deal and is available for just $1.99 the entire month of December!

With INKED 2 heading your way soon (add it on Goodreads!), now's a good time to pick it up on the cheap:


INKED on Amazon:

Pick up a copy during the Kindle sale? Let me know! I'll send you a poster.

That's right. Email me ( your receipt, and I'll mail you a signed INKED poster! I've got a bundle of these leftover (here's what they look like, created by the amazing Ashley Poston), and would love to send some out!

Already own INKED? Well, there are a whole bunch of great sales going on this month, featuring books by some of my YA pals.

All of these ladies are incredible, and you should be reading their wonderful books.

Book News: Inked Gets a Sequel, to be Published in May 2016!

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Deep breath. Here we go.

Bloomsbury's digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, will be publishing the sequel to my debut YA novel, Inked, in May of 2016. 

And there it is. It feels real now.

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Inked 2: Ink Harder (that is not what it is called) picks up where book one left off, and introduces a class of characters that get brought up in book one, but aren't really explored. The Unprinted, the citizens without the magic, moving tattoos that define one's place in society, who have opted to live off-the-grid and away from the mandatory practice of magical Ink.

In book one you get to see an Unprinted settlement, and one of the main characters is an Unprinted warrior (Tabor!), but this time around, you'll get a lot more of them.

What's it about? I won't get into much, but in  Inked II: The Inkening (still not the actual name), war has erupted. And  smack in the middle of it, are a pack of powerful teens that have been forced into a position where they are leading the charge. It'll take them across the Realm and challenge their relationships with one another. The Citadel has new weapons, new defenses, new allies. And they'll go to some pretty horrifying lengths to get what they want.

2 Inked 2 Furious (not yet), has a bunch of new characters that I can't wait for you to meet, as well as the old ones you hopefully liked in the first book. I started working on the sequel while my superstar agent (hi Dawn you rule!) was shopping around the first book, took a little break from it, and revisited it last year. I had a finished draft ready to go back in January, but my agent spent a few months editing it with me, as every good agent should, to make sure it was up to her standards.

And now, here we are, with Inked II: Cruise Control (no) coming out in the summer.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported the first book. Those of you who helped critique the drafts and final manuscripts. Who tweeted, emailed, Facebooked, YouTubed, and blogged about it coming out, shared the cover, pushed the promotions. The many of you who took the time to write a review on your favorite retailer, on your book blog, or posted on Goodreads. Nena for pushing me. Dawn for repping it. Meredith and the Bloomsbury team for publishing it in the first place. Thank you! You're why Inked 2: The Squeakquel (haha, no) is happening.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have an edit letter to read through and a manuscript to touch up.

Inked: Rise of the Unprinted (the actual title!), coming your way May 2016.


Half Anniversaries: Books, Puppies, & What a Good Story Should Do

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The other day, I noticed the fabulous Maggie Hall tweeting about her book's half anniversary.

The Conspiracy of Us was one hell of a fun novel, hitting stores everywhere back in January. Drawing comparison to a Young Adult version of The Da Vinci Code, the book came out a week before mine. I talked about it a bit on BookRiot and the Huffington Post, because let me tell you... that book. I can't wait for the sequel. I want it right now. So when I saw her tweeting, it reminded me that my own half anniversary was almost here.

And what this particular book's anniversary meant to me.

INKED came out on January 20th, 2015 with Bloomsbury's lovely digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark. And it had a fun ride the past few months, getting spotlighted in a bunch of cool places, like Teen Vogue and a number of my favorite YA blogs. And I had an awesome team supporting the book; from my superstar editor Meredith Rich to my fiercely passionate agent Dawn Frederick, my awesome beta readers to the welcoming YA community of the Internet.

But my fiercest cheerleader, has been my now-wife, Nena.

The day before INKED came out, I was rattled. Press had been good, pre-orders were going fine (largely in part due to Jesse The Reader being a huge champion), reviews were pretty decent. I had some big things planned for the week and was feeling anxious. Having a book come out, as exciting as it is... well, it is terrifying. You want it to do well, you want people to like it. You want readers to read your story. Nena had joked that if the book became a big bestseller, she'd get me a puppy.

Well, Inked didn't become a bestseller.

But I got the puppy. (more…)