Российское Дело / Russian Deal

YAHOO!! It’s official. THE GLIMPSE is going to be available in Russian!

I’m so excited about this. It is going to be published in Russia by EKSMO who also published Scott Westerfeld’s awesome ‘Uglies’ series and Lauren Oliver’s stunning debut ‘Before I Fall’, among others. As these two books are both favourites of mine, I feel like I’m in excellent company!

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Announcing Winner of Signed ARC

 

The Winner of the signed advanced copy of The Glimpse is

RACHEL (@unforgettablebooks)

CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL!

 

There will be other chances to win The Glimpse coming up soon. In the meantime, I’ve included an extract below of the FIRST blogger review of The Glimpse now in. To read the whole review just click on the Bookmarks & Bookshelves icon.

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. You ROCK! xox

 

GABBY @ BOOKMARKS & BOOKSHELVES:

 

 

 

 

An astounding debut Claire Merle has Introduced a dystopian that is thought provoking and will leave you heart pounding way beyond the last page.

When fifteen-year-old Ana finds out there was a mistake with her test, her whole world crumbles. Now, seventeen, Joining with Pure-boy Jasper is her only hope of salvation.
But when Jasper disappears, Ana sets off on his trail, determined to solve the mystery of his abduction. In doing so she uncovers some devastating truths…

The society that Claire Merle has set was one that was beautifully disturbing. It made my heart pound and had me at the edge of my seat. When I wanted things to get better for the characters- they seemed to get worse! This story made me feel so many emotions and not a lot of YA book nowadays can do that.

TO READ MORE, GO TO BOOMARKS & BOOKSHELVES.

WATCH THIS!

So the marketing/promo girls at Faber asked me to make a couple of videos for the awesome Glimpse facebook page — they know I like doing that!

I’m not sure that this is what they had in mind… But hopefuly it’ll make them laugh.

WARNING: This video is 49 seconds long. The time you spend watching it may not be refunded or exchanged.

Giveaway update

Just a quick reminder that the winner of my giveaway, (a signed advanced copy of The Glimpse) will not be announced until Tuesday 10th April, for those of you who have been asking me if they missed it!
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I also found a whole lot of comments ‘pending’ on my blog from the Scavenger Hunt and have now updated. So if you were wondering why your comment never showed up, or whether your entry was successfully processed you can check the comments as they’re all there now. (And there’s still time to let me know if you entered but your comment was missed off.)
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In other news, an exciting new blog has been launched all about YA fiction in the UK. It looks awesome! Check it out for book recommendations, reviews, and guest posts from British authors.

Should revisions be scaring you senseless?

Well, are you a genius?

If your second answer is yes, then no, but if it’s no, then yes.

Probably, definitely, maybe.

In May 2011, I signed a 2-book deal for The Glimpse. When the infamous editorial letter arrived, (actually, I was lucky to have a short, 3-page letter and a face-to-face meeting), my editor highlighted a couple of ‘issues’ at the beginning and the end of the novel. Listening to her thoughts, I decided I didn’t want to do a patch up job. I wanted to totally rethink the two suggested zones. So I asked if she would be happy for me to rewrite these parts from scratch. She was.

70 sparkling new pages later there were changes which reverberated throughout the story; changes which required tweaking and adjusting everywhere; changes which scared and excited me in about equal measure. Was I nervous when I handed the edits in? Hell yes! I’d taken risks. I’d ‘gone’ places we hadn’t discussed at all. And I was relieved and ecstatic when my editor was ‘thrilled’ with the revisions.

The risk paid off.

Now I’m revising book 2. Book 2 is a very different experience. Because I’ve got under a year to write it and meanwhile, I have also got to fit in first book edits, (including copy edits and proof edits), and I know the book has been bought totally and solely on book 1, and what if they don’t like it at all?

Book 2 has to be handed in May 1st. In January,  I came out of the cupboard, closest, whatever, and asked an author friend for feedback on my rough draft.

When I got her notes, I panicked.

She put her finger on something I’d been kind of, sort of, maybe avoiding. And after a couple of days of lost sleep, I realised I would have to rewrite A LOT. Like almost everything.

The first 3 chapters could stay, the last 2 chapters would remain along the same lines, one or two from  the middle would make the cut, but the rest was in the bin. Did this scare me and then some? Oh yes. But now I’m coming to the end of the tunnel and I know I made the right decision.

Unless my editor hates it.

…I’ll let you know in May.

In the meantime, I say, take the risk.

If you’re curious about what it’s like to work on book 2, check out Candy Gourlay’s post : http://notesfromtheslushpile.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/what-i-learned-from-writing-my-second.html

The YA Scavenger Hunt is on!

Today is the YA Scavenger Hunt and I’m participating for the first time. Yeeha!

Don’t know what the Scavenger Hunt is? Go HERE and find out now. You’ve only got 72 hours to play and win some amazing prizes…

OK, so there are 3 teams, red, blue and yellow and each team has its own loop so that you can win a total of 20 books per loop. You can enter just 1 loop, 2, or all 3 — that’s 60 awesome books!

I’m team RED! 

If you get lost or stuck at anytime go HERE.  Don’t forget, once you piece together all the clues to the hunt, make sure you fill out the form on the blog to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the completed phrase will qualify.

Today for the hunt I am hosting Tara Fuller, author of Perigee Moon. We’re going to have an exclusive character interview in a moment, but first here’s a bit more about her:

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novles and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

And the book…

After a horrific fire claims the life of her mother, seventeen year old Rowan Bliss finds herself in the miniscule town of Ipswich, Massachusetts. It’s here that she meets Alex, a deliciously mysterious boy who holds the key to unlocking her family’s dark secret.

As Rowan falls helplessly over the edge for Alex, the secrets that he insists on keeping refuse to be contained, and the truth that she uncovers challenges everything she has ever believed. Alex is a witch. And now he’s awakened something within her she never even knew existed. But out of all of this, the one thing Rowan won’t accept is the fact that Alex is destined to die.

Now Rowan must unearth the buried power she harbors within to escape a deadly prophecy, defy the very laws of time, and prevent the hands of fate from taking yet another person she loves.

Wow! How good does that sound!! You can buy Perigee Moon Here.

AND NOW TARA’S EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEX FROM PERIGEE MOON.

Sorry! The YA Scavenger Hunt is over and this material has been deleted! ***

Intriguing! Guess I need to get my hands on a copy of Perigee Moon to find out more about Alex and Rowan!

Don’t forget, in this post you’ll need to pick up the secret letter which will help you unscramble the winning phrase to win The Red Team’s books and prizes. The secret letter is the ONLY letter in this post in RED.

And while you’re going through the hunt, do keep an eye out for my special content — the video I have posted won’t be officially released for another few weeks and is only online for the next 3 days.

Want another opportunity to win a rare, signed ARC of THE GLIMPSE?  I just received the first advanced copy today, (see blog post below) so parallel to the Scavenger Hunt prize, I’m giving away an additional signed, advanced copy. All you have to do to be entered for a SECOND CHANCE to win The Glimpse is  ‘like’ my facebook page and/ or follow my blog and leave a comment Here (or on my fb page) to let me know what you did. (1 point for following the blog, 1 point for following the FB page and an extra point for tweeting about the giveaway with a link to my blog). The comp. is open internationally.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the 10th April. For more info, just scroll down to today’s earlier post.

To continue the hunt go HERE

If you get lost or stuck at anytime on the Scavenger Hunt, go HERE. 

HAPPY HUNTING! 

UPDATE!  IF YOU WANT TO TWEET FOR THE GIVEAWAY, PLEASE INCLUDE A LINK BACK TO MY BLOG https://clairemerlebooks.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/advance-reading-copies-of-the-glimpse-have-arrived/  AND SAY SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF ‘WIN A SIGNED ARC COPY OF THE GLIMPSE!

 THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE RTs FOLLOWS & LIKES!

 

ADVANCE READING COPIES OF THE GLIMPSE HAVE ARRIVED!

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! WOHO!!!!

Two weeks ago, advanced copies of my book were mailed from my address in London and never made it through the French post… fingers crossed, I’m still hoping those copies turn up. So, on Monday a new shipping was sent and tracked and it’s arrived! I’m actually holding my book!!!

  

To celebrate, I’m giving away my first signed advanced copy. These signed proofs are going to be pretty rare, (especially if the first package doesn’t show up!)

How can you win it?!

I’m going to make it really easy for you! All you need to do is like my AUTHOR facebook page (Claire Merle, Author) and or sign up to follow this blog. The contest will be points-based so you can get a total of 2 points, (one for following the FB page, one for following the blog) to be entered into the virtual hat of Randomizer.org to win the prize.

 The contest is open internationally and will end on April 10th, at 10 a.m. French time. The winner will be announced later on in the day.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on the blog or my AUTHOR fb page to let me know you’ve entered. (If you already follow the blog or the fb page that’s fine. Your entries will still be counted. Just let me know!)

UPDATE: As some of you have already begun tweeting about the giveaway, I’ve decided to give an extra point to anyone who tweets it, with a link back to here. (Make sure you put @clairemerle on the tweet so I know to give you an extra point!) Thanks! 

UPDATE ON THE UPDATE! IF YOU WANT TO TWEET FOR THE GIVEAWAY, PLEASE INCLUDE A LINK BACK TO MY BLOG https://clairemerlebooks.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/advance-reading-copies-of-the-glimpse-have-arrived/   THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE RTs FOLLOWS & LIKES!

YA Scavenger Hunt update

 Hello Everybody,

Wow! Check out the amazing lineup for this Spring’s YA Scavenger Hunt!  This year it’s bigger and badder than ever before with 60 YA authors giving away signed copies of their books and other fabulous prizes. You DON’T want to miss this. There are so many books that I would LOVE to get my hands on!

 
JUS ACCARDO

 
AMBER ARGYLE

 
LISA T. BERGREN

 
LISA BURSTEIN


SOFIE COUCH 

 
KIMBERLY DERTING

 
LAURA A.H. ELLIOTT

 
CHRISTINE FONSECA

 
ABBI GLINES

 
CYNTHIA HAND

 
KAREN AMANDA HOOPER

 
S.R. JOHANNES

 
GINA LINKO

 
GRETCHEN MCNEIL

 
MIKE MULLIN

   
ERICA O’ROURKE

 
JOY PREBLE

 
JESSICA SHIRVINGTON

 
TIFFANY TRUITT

 
DEBBIE VIGUIE

 
ANN AGUIRRE

 
JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

 
LEAH BOBET

 
TERA LYNN CHILDS

 
WILLOW CROSS

 
DJ DESMYTER

 
LEIGH FALLON

 
TARA FULLER

 
JANET GURTLER

 
CINDY HOGAN

 
COLLEEN HOUCK

 
ELANA JOHNSON

 
JAMIE MANNING

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CLAIRE MERLE

 
S.L. NAEOLE

 
GREGG OLSEN

 
LISA & LAURA ROECKER

 
JERI SMITH-READY

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CAT KALEN

 
LANI WOODLAND

 
JOSEPHINE ANGELINI

 
BRODI ASHTON

 
CK BRYANT

 
ANGELA CORBETT

 
GINA DAMICO

 
BREE DESPAIN

 
BETH FANTASKEY

 
MARLEY GIBSON

 
RAE HACHTON

 
NANCY HOLDER

 
TARA HUDSON

 
SUZANNE LAZEAR

 
MYRA MCENTIRE

 
ALEXANDRA MONIR

 
LISA NOWAK

 
AMY PLUM

 
INARA SCOTT

 
TISH THAWER

 
MAGAN VERNON

 
RASHELLE WORKMAN

There is a website just for the Scavenger Hunts. Click on the YA Scavenger Hunt image below to be redirected there. Because there are so many authors this time we are breaking into three groups. We have BLUE TEAM, RED TEAM, and YELLOW TEAM!


Each group is made up of 20 authors and I am on  TEAM RED!

 
 
 
This means that my bonus material will be found on the red team. If you get lost on the hunt simply return to the hunt website and pick up where you left off. While you check out the website, don’t forget to vote on the polls, follow the site, and check out all the prizes. You can even tweet from there too!

YA Scavenger Hunt 

THE YA SCAVENGER HUNT BEGINS THURSDAY MARCH 29TH AT NOON PACIFIC TIME AND ENDS SUNDAY APRIL 1ST AT NOON PACIFIC TIME! THAT GIVES YOU ONLY 72 HOURS
TO COMPLETE THE HUNT!
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

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YA SCAVENGER HUNT

I’m so EXCITED!! Just found out I’m going to be taking part in the fantastic international YA Scavenger Hunt.Go and join the blog to keep updated and have a chance to win signed books by sixty YA authors!!! TEAM RED, TEAM RED!!