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Pre-order THE PRINCESS & THE PAGE to Get a Prize Pack!

Can you believe that in only 8 weeks, THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE releases on March 28th?
I’m so excited guys! And to share my excitement, I’m giving away a super cool Word Weaver pack to everyone who pre-orders the hardcover/ebook PLUS you will automatically be entered to win a gift basket of my favorite French and fairy tale things as a THANK YOU for being so awesome!
It’s super easy to do! Here are some links for you to start:  Find it at your local IndieBookstore or my local bookstore, Bookmark It Amazon Barnes and Noble BAM
Next fill out the form!

Giveaway Celebrating Our New YA Chicks!

As you know, I’m a part of an amazing group of young adult authors, The YA Chicks. We are thrilled to be adding three new members, Lucienne Diver (author and agent), Racquel Henry (writer, Writing Center director, and editor), and Lynne Matson (author)!
To celebrate them joining our group, we are giving away 6 books- one from each of us. It’s simple to enter, just join our mailing list here and fill then out the rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway


THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE received a great review from Kirkus! Here is a teaser:

“Keira’s first-person, present-tense narration, with a close eye to detail, oscillates between mature observations and lighthearted girl-stuff. It works. The story’s overarching theme of the power of words is timely and poignant.

A smart, peppery, action-packed plot teams up with playful, astute characters.”

Read the full review here.

Giveaway for Debut Authors- Master Your Marketing Class

I’m super pumped about teaming up with Writer’s Atelier to teach another class with them. This one is called Master Your Marketing.

What does this class have to offer? Four weeks of targeted marketing to meet an author’s needs. The fun part is that attendees can take all four weeks or just one week depending what their marketing needs are.

As I was putting together this course, I was thinking about how much I could have benefited from all of this as a debut author! Over the years as I launched a YA trilogy and am now launching a middle grade, I’ve been wanting to help other authors. So… I’m excited to share with you that I’m:

giving away one week from this course to 2 debut authors!

How to enter? Choose which week you would like to win and then fill out the Rafflecopter below.

Week 1- Branding
During this week, participants will study successful author brands, consider what a brand is, and the purpose for a brand. Participants will explore and develop their brand as an author. The end goal is to come away with a brand that represents you visually and in content.
Class will cover:
  • Developing your brand
  • Creating logos
  • Creating business cards
  • Creating your author taglines
  • Merging that brand into all areas of the author’s persona
Week 2- Social Media
During this week participants will study the different social media out there and learn how to make it effective for their brand. The end goal is to build anticipation and excitement for your books and gain an active social community.
Class will cover:
  • An overview of social media networks, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and blogging
  • How to set up your accounts
  • How to utilize your accounts effectively and choose which outlets meet your needs
  • Determining which content to post and where 
Week 3- Events
There is so much that authors can do whether it’s bookstore events, school visits, festivals or conferences. What should you do? How can you break into those areas? The end result is for you to have a year plan on which events you wish to attend, and proposals put into place.
Class will cover:
  • Conferences- how to apply, which ones to attend
  • Festivals- how to apply, which ones to attend
  • School visits- information packets, flyers, videos, posters
  • Bookstore events- how to make these most effective
Week 4- Promotion
Promotion can be a black hole where an author feels they are losing money rather than investing it wisely. The end result for this week is to study various promotions and their effectiveness and then choose the areas which will fit your book best.
Class will cover these topics and their effectiveness:
  • Places to promote
  • Swag
  • Advertisement
  • Newsletter
  • Targeting your market
  • Blog tours
For complete details to the class or to register, go here.

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Fall YA Scavenger Hunt + $15 Gift Card Giveaway!

Hey guys! I’m Christina Farley, your hostess for this leg of the hunt. I wrote the GILDED series, contemporary fantasies about a Korean-American girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows who discovers an ancient Korean demigod has been kidnapping the first-born daughters of her family for generations. And she’s next.

Look for my next novel, THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE, comes out March 28, 2017!

To celebrate, I’m giving away a $15 gift card to the book vendor of your choice (open internationally). Enter at the bottom of this post!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win awesome prizes!

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive a book from each author on the hunt in my team (that’s 20 books)!  

Are you freaking out yet?

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are six contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all to win tons of books! I am on TEAM BLUE!


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the BLUE TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, Oct. 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it.  A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens (so she’s lucky enough to spend her days gabbing about books).

She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Tobie loves chocolate chip cookies and Oxford commas. Tobie is a member of SCBWI and YARWA, the Young Adult chapter of RWA.

Find out more information by checking out the author website here


Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk. So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right?

That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since Emerge came out earlier this year, it’s that people are crazy for Caspian.  Of course, I can’t really blame them.  Lia, the protagonist of the Mer Chronicles series, may have her heart set on Clay, but it’s her best friend Caspian who readers always ask me about at events.  So, by popular demand, this year’s YASH exclusive is a mood board of inspiration for merman Caspian Zayle. So excited to finally share it with you!!

Is this how you picture Casp?  Do you have a favorite image from the board?  Have you been imagining a certain actor as Caspian? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter or Instagram @Tobie Easton J

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Tobie Easton, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the RED BLUE and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!

Don’t forget to enter my additional giveaway of a $15 Gift Card below!

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE Available for Pre-order!

THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE is now available for pre-order! Check out the links below!

Bookmark It (for autographed copies)
Book Depository (for overseas and free shipping for most countries)

And well, pretty much any book vendor! And if you do pre-order, keep those receipts because I have a cool swag pack that I’m sending to everyone who pre-orders the book. Details will be announced after the new year. 

Also, I had a fabulous time at the Florida Heritage Book Festival with the YA Chicks. So great meeting everyone there!

Coming up in November, I’m super pumped about being a part of the inaugural Tampa Teen Book Festival! I’ll be speaking on a panel and there for a signing/meet and greet. Details are below. I hope I’ll get to see you!

Where: SouthShore RegionalLibrary located at 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573-4903 
When: November 16th at 4 pm.

Currently, I’m booking for next spring. One of the exciting places I’ll be visiting is the International School of Bombay in India! If you are interested in booking me, contact me here

Revision! Taking Your Story to the Next Level

I have a new video for you today covering the topic of revision!

Have you ever felt like this when revising?

I have! Sometimes revising feels like I’m floating around lost in a black hole (I’m obsessed with LOST, BTW!).

Some of you have emailed asking for a video on additional revision tips. So I’ve created another revision tips video for you. In this video, you’ll find quick tips to help you stay focused, discover those issue areas, and keep you on track so you will come away with a stronger manuscript.

I hope you will find this helpful! Now go pour yourself a cup of coffee, watch the video below, and get revising!

In the comments, feel free to ask questions or let me know which revision tip resonated with you. Also, let me know if there are any other topics you wish for me to talk about in the future!

Excerpt and Giveaway of SCAVENGER OF SOULS!

It’s here! SCAVENGER OF SOULS, the sequel to COLONY 9 by Joshua David Bellin! I read COLONY 9 and loved it so when I had the opportunity to read the sequel in advance I was like YES!

And let me tell you SCAVENGER OF THE SOULS does not disappoint! In fact, I loved this book even more than book 1. Bellin nailed the world building in Scavenger. I didn’t think it possible to up the stakes any more than he did in Survival, but I was wrong! Between the creepy new group that Querry discovers and a compound that holds deep, dark secrets of Querry’s past, I was hooked from the very first page. Highly recommended.

Today on my blog, I’m thrilled to be a part of Bellin’s blog tour. Below, you’ll find an excerpt of the book as well as a giveaway.

About the Book:

Querry Genn is running out of time. He may have saved his survival colony and defeated a nest of the monstrous Skaldi, but that doesn’t mean he has any more answers to who he is. And Querry’s mother, Aleka, isn’t talking. Instead, she’s leading the colony through a wasteland of unfamiliar territory. When they reach Aleka’s destination, everything Querry believed about his past is challenged.

In the middle of a burned-out desert, an entire compound of humans has survived with plenty of food and equipment. But the colonists find no welcome there, especially from Mercy, the granddaughter of the compound’s leader. Mercy is as tough a fighter as Querry has ever seen—and a girl as impetuous as he is careful. But the more Querry learns about Mercy and her colony, the more he uncovers the gruesome secrets that haunt Mercy’s past—and his own.

With threats mounting from the Skaldi and the other humans, Querry must grapple with the past and fight to save the future. In the thrilling conclusion to the story that began with Survival Colony 9, Joshua David Bellin narrates a tale of sacrifice, courage against overwhelming odds, and the fateful choices that define us for a lifetime.

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Age: 12+
Release date: August 23, 2016
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Available in hardcover and e-book

Praise for Survival Colony 9:

Tantalizing mysteries abound among the human and inhuman inhabitants of the bleak landscape, and the post-apocalyptic plot is satisfyingly full of twists.—Booklist

Joshua David Bellin brings serious game in a post-apocalyptic thriller that collides breathless action with devious world building and genuine heart. A terrific novel!—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and V-Wars

Set in a gritty post-apocalyptic world, Survival Colony 9 is both an adventure and an exploration of what it means to be human.—Margaret Peterson Haddix, New York Times bestselling author of the Missing Series

© 2016 by Joshua David Bellin

Chapter One

Aleka looked out over the land and frowned.

She stood at the crest of a low hill, squinting in the sunlight, the lines deepening around her mouth. I tried to read her expression, but as usual I failed.

This was Aleka, after all. Her close-cropped, graying blond hair framed a face she could turn into a mask at a moment’s notice. I’d been studying that face for the better part of a week, and I still had no idea what was going on behind her deep gray eyes.

Aleka. My mother. And as much a mystery to me as my own past.

After a long minute she spoke the name of her second-in-command. “Soon.”

Soon, a big guy with what might have been called a pot belly in a different time, came up beside her.

Aleka surveyed the unforgiving landscape, the lazy glint of river the only sign of movement in the waste. “How long?”

“A week. Maybe two if we’re extra careful.” He searched her face, but he must have come up empty too. “Why?”

She didn’t answer. The others had edged closer, listening. Any conversation that hinted at our dwindling supply of canned goods got their attention.

But after another long look over the barren land, she turned and strode back down the hill, refusing to meet any of our eyes. Everyone watched her go in silence, until she disappeared behind a clump of rock that stood at the base of the hill.

“Well, that was enlightening,” Wali said.

There were sixteen of us, the last survivors of Survival Colony 9. Five grown-ups counting Aleka, Soon, our camp healer Tyris, our craftswoman Nekane, and the old woman whose name no one knew, a wraith with wild white hair and a threadbare shift the same drab gray-brown as our uniforms. For the past week we’d been carrying her on a homemade stretcher, while she gripped her late husband’s collection container, a scuffed, bottle-green jar overflowing with scraps of hair and fingernails. She was amazingly heavy for a woman who’d dwindled to skin and bones.

The rest of us were teens and younger. Wali, with his shaggy hair and bronzed muscles, the oldest at seventeen. Nessa, the only teenage girl left in our colony since the death of Wali’s girlfriend Korah. Then there was Adem, a tall skinny awkward guy who communicated mostly with gulps and blushes. And the little ones, seven of them total, from ragged five-year-old Keely to knowing Zataias at age ten, with straggly-haired Bea in the middle.

And that left only me. Querry Genn. Fifteen years old last week, and thanks to an accident seven months ago, with no memory of the first fourteen.

Only my mother held the secret to who I was. But she wasn’t talking.

She hadn’t said a word to me the whole week. That entire time, we’d been creeping across a desert landscape of stripped stone and yawning crevices, the scars our ancestors had cut into the face of the land. For six of those seven days we’d been carrying the old woman. Aleka had driven us at a pace unusual even for her, with only short rests at the brutal height of day and long marches deep into the night. What she was hurrying for was another thing she wouldn’t talk to me about.

When we’d left our camp by the river, the old woman had babbled on about mountains somewhere to the north, licking her lips while she talked as if she could taste the snow-fresh air. She’d described green grass as high as our knees, wind rippling across it so it seemed to shimmer like something she called satin. She’d told us about yellow flowers and purple ones, trickling water so clear you could see brightly colored fish darting among the submerged stones. Clouds, she said, blanketed the mountain peaks, cool and white and soft, unlike the oppressive brown clouds that smothered the sun but almost never rained in the world we knew. At first I refused to believe her, told myself that half of what she said had to be exaggerated or misremembered or just plain crazy. But like everyone else, I’d fallen in love with the picture she painted. None of the rest of us had seen mountains, not even Tyris, who’d been two or three years old when the wars started. After a lifetime in the desert, the prospect of mountains rearing up out of nowhere, white and purple and capped with gold from the sun, was irresistible.

By now, though, it seemed even the old woman had forgotten where we were headed. She’d lapsed into silence, except for the times she stroked her collection jar, mumbling to it. She slept most of the time, sometimes beating her hands against her chest and mouthing words no one could make out. But even when her eyes opened, her glassy expression showed no awareness of anyone or anything around her.

We set her stretcher down in the best shade we could find and stood there, waiting for Aleka to return. Nessa held the old woman’s gnarled hand and sang softly, something the old woman had sung to her when she was a kid. I tried to organize a game with the little ones, but they just flopped in the dirt, limbs flung everywhere in postures of dramatic protest. I’d learned the hard way that you couldn’t get all seven of them to do anything at once, but occasionally, if you got one of them doing something that looked interesting enough, the others couldn’t stand to be left out.

Today, though, it wasn’t going to happen. A fossil hunt usually got them going, but this time even Keely wouldn’t bite when I told him an old, rotting buffalo skull was a T. rex.

“I don’t want to play that game, Querry,” he managed weakly, before putting his head down and closing his eyes. “It’s boring.”

Without warning, Aleka stalked back to the group. To my complete surprise, she took my arm and pulled me away from the others. I stumbled to keep up with her long strides. When we reached the rock where she’d hidden herself before, she stopped, so suddenly she just about spun me around.

“Querry,” she said. “We need to talk.”

“We’ve needed to talk all week,” I said under my breath.

She heard me. She always did. “That will have to wait. This is priority.”

“Something else always is, isn’t it?”

We faced off for a moment.

“I’m asking you to be patient,” she said. “And to believe I’m working on this.”

“Fine.” I wished for once I could meet her on even ground, but she had a good six inches on me, not to mention at least thirty years. “Let me know when you’ve got it all worked out.”

If I thought I’d get a reaction from that, I was wrong. Her face went into lockdown, and I was pretty sure the conversation was over. But then she asked, “What is it you want, Querry?”

“Answers,” I said. “The truth.”

“Answers aren’t always true,” she said. “And the truth isn’t always the answer you want.”

“Whatever that means.”

She glared at me, but kept her voice in check.

“It means what it means,” she said. “For one, it means that Soon’s estimate is wildly optimistic. I’ve checked our stores, and we have only a few days of food left. If we’re even stingier than usual. Which is a risk, since there’s nothing here to supplement our supplies.”

“Why would Soon. . . .”

She ignored me. “And it means the old woman is failing.  Earlier today she asked me if she could talk to Laman.”

“You’re kidding.”

“I wish I were.”

I stared at her, not knowing what to say. Laman Genn had led Survival Colony 9 for twenty-five years. But like so many of his followers, he’d died a little over a week ago, just before we set out on our journey.

Died. Been killed. I tried not to think about it, but I remembered the nest, the bloody wound in his side, the creature that had torn him open.

The Skaldi.

The ones we’d been fleeing all our lives. Monsters with the ability to consume and mimic human hosts. It was hard to believe anyone could forget them. Even though we’d destroyed their nest, I kept expecting them to reappear, like a second nightmare that catches you when you think you’re awake and drags you back under.

“Any more good news?” I said, trying to smile.

She didn’t return the offering. “The children are failing too,” she said. “Keely and Beatrice especially. If we run out of solid food. . . . We forget how fragile they are. And how many of the little ones simply don’t make it.”

I turned to look at the kids, lying on the ground like so many dusty garlands. “What can we do?”

She didn’t say anything for a long time, and her gaze left mine, drifting to the desert beyond. I thought she wasn’t going to answer when her voice came again, as far away as her eyes.

“I know this area,” she said. “Or at least, I did. None of the others has been here—Laman seems to have avoided it assiduously. But I was here, once upon a time. So long ago the details are fuzzy. Either that or it’s . . . changed.”

I glanced around us, as if I expected to see something I hadn’t noticed before. “Why didn’t you tell anyone?”

Her shoulders inched in the slightest of shrugs. “I didn’t want to give anyone false hope. They were excited enough about the mountains. And I wasn’t sure I could find it again. I’m still not sure.”

“What is it?”

She waved vaguely toward the northwest. “A sanctuary, or as much of one as we’re likely to find in this world. Not mountains, but a canyon. Shaded, protected from the worst damage of the wars. The river gains strength as it flows through, nourishing what grows on its banks. If we could only reach it, there might be a chance for the most vulnerable members of the colony.”

I studied her face, as still and remote as the surface of the moon. This time, though, I thought I caught something there.

“If this place is so great,” I said carefully, “why did Laman stay away from it?”

Her eyes snapped to mine, and for the briefest second I imagined I saw a glimmer of fear.

About the Author:

Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). He taught college for twenty years, wrote a bunch of books for college students, then decided to return to fiction. Survival Colony 9 is his first novel, with the sequel, Scavenger of Souls, set to release on August 23, 2016. A third YA science fiction novel, the deep-space adventure/romance Freefall, will appear in 2017.

Josh loves to read, watch movies, and spend time in Nature with his kids. Oh, yeah, and he likes monsters. Really scary monsters.

To find out more about Josh and his books, visit him at the following:


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Deconstructing the Query Letter

Writing a query letter is tough, but at the same time, it’s an essential skill a writer who wishes to get an agent must master.

I’ve received a lot of requests from writers wondering how to write a query letter. So I put together some of my tips and thoughts into this video. Basically I’ve broken down the query letter by paragraph.

To those of you who are querying, make sure you check out Query Tracker and Literary Rambles to help you with your agent search.

May the odds ever be in your favor!

Cover Reveal for THE PRINCESS & THE PAGE + Giveaway!

I am thrilled to share with you the cover for my first middle grade book, THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE!

Giveaway Details

The official reveal was yesterday on YA Books Central where a insider look from the illustrator, Pétur Atli Antonsson, is shared as well as a giveaway. The giveaway includes two advanced autographed copies (US only when they become available) and a $25 gift card (international) so make sure you head over there to check it out and enter.

Make sure you add it to your Goodreads list here, and consider adding it to your favorite Goodreads list, too!

What is this book about?

If you loved the Gilded series, I think you’re going to fall in love with Keira, Chet, and Bella, too. This book is full of twists on fairy tales, humor, adventures, history, and a modern-day girl who discovers a powerful pen. Plus it’s set at my favorite castle in France- Chateau de Chenonceau! (click on the link to check it out).

Here’s the official blurb:

A mystical adventure about a pulls-no-punches princess and the power of her magical pen.

A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But for generations Word Weavers have been hunted for their power. That’s why Keira is forbidden to write. When Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen, and writes a story for the Girls’ World fairy tale contest, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after. Inspired by the life and times of Gabrielle d’Estrées, a real French princess who lived during the 1500’s.

Enter the YA Books Central giveaway here! 

3 Winners! Prizes include 2 autographed advanced copies of the book when it is available (US only) and a $25 gift card to your favorite book vendor (international).


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