Deliver Release Date

Sorry, guys. I have been beyond silent the last month or so. Too much busyness! All good reasons, I assure you.

But it’s about time you all got an update. I apologize if you’ve sent me an email or Facebook post in the last few weeks asking after Deliver. I was frantically finishing up a few things and haven’t had a chance to reply yet.

Now for the news you have all been waiting to hear:

Deliver will release April 25!

That is less than a month away! Eep!

Stay tuned this week for lots of more pre-release info, such as a cover reveal, preorder on Amazon, listed on Goodreads, launch team sign up, and more. But for now, I’m just going to leave you with this teaser of the cover:

 

Update: I’ve decided to re-brand the covers of Destroy and Deliver. So here is a new sneak peak for you guys!

Fan Art Contest Winners!

Before I announce the winners, I want to once again congratulate everyone on their submissions! Thirteen people sent in a total of 28 different submissions! Wow! I was amazed to have so many of you send in such creative pieces! Even if you didn’t win, I loved each and every one of them.

I’ve already emailed all of the winners. If your name is listed below, you might want to check your email. ­čśë

Prizes: 2 $5 Gift Cards just for entering, choice of Dare, Deny, or Defy ebook for the winners of the different categories, and choice of signed Dare, Deny, or Defy paperback for the winners of the Fan Favorite and Author’s Favorite awards.

Winners of the $5 Amazon Gift Cards

For those who entered the fan art contest, I held a drawing for a total of 2 Amazon gift cards.

Winners: Jessica Witt and Moko Kai

Photo Category

The voting on this category was EXTREMELY close. It kept going back and forth between a couple of photos, but in the end, the below photo pulled away by a slim margin.

Winner: Adri Ray – Photo 1

Adri Ray - Photo 3

Fiction Category

I’m not sure how everyone managed to pick a favorite in this category! I was glad this winner was chosen by voting, because I never would’ve been able to choose!

Winner: Blades of Acktar Fanfiction by Rebekah Jewett

If you’d like to read it again to refresh your memory, click here.

Video Category

So many great videos! In the end, one video managed to pull ahead of the others.

Winner: Dare Book Trailer – Rose Knight

Drawing Category

I loved so many of the drawings in this category! You guys are all so talented!

Winner: Leith and Vane – Hannah Rogers

Leith and Vane


 

Now, on to the two grand prizes: Fan Favorite and Author’s Favorite!

Fan Favorite Award

To determine the Fan Favorite, I had all of your enter your top three. I then dumped the result in Excel and averaged the rank of each entry. You guys made a great choice, because Hannah’s artwork is amazing!

Winner:┬áLeith and Vane – Hannah Rogers

Author’s Favorite

Like I’ve said, I loved all of the submissions. It was so hard to choose just one for this prize! In the end, I decided to choose a submission that I adored, but it hadn’t already gotten a prize.

Winner: Scene from Dare – Hannah Rodes

Once again, congratulations to everyone! Thanks for your enthusiasm for The Blades of Acktar and for making this contest so amazing to look through!

Fan Art Contest – Drawings

Here’s the second round of fan art projects! All the lovely drawings and art work! They are all so amazing!

Just to remind everyone, the official voting will open this weekend once all the posts are up.

Paul Ophoff – Leith arriving wounded at Stetterly Manor

Paul Ophoff Drawing

Hannah Rodes – Renna and Brandi

Hannah Rodes - Sketch 1

 

Tabitha Lynn – Brandi

Tabitha Lynn - Brandi drawing

 

Moko Kai – “I Got You” – Leith rescuing Brandi

Moko Kai - i got you (2) (1)

 

 

Ariana – Renna

Ariana - Renna Drawing

 

Adri Ray – Leith rescuing Brandi

Adri Ray - Leith Rescuing Brandi sketch

 

Hannah Rogers – Leith and Renna

If you like Hannah’s fan art, she has a fan art Facebook page that is also fun.

Renna and Leith

 

Hannah Rogers – Leith and Vane

Leith and Vane

Hannah Rogers – Renna and Brandi

Renna and Brandi

All of these are so amazing! Thanks so much for everyone’s hard work on this artwork!

Next up, tomorrow you’ll get the first look at the fiction pieces that were submitted!

Character Chat #2

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I regain my seat behind Lord Alistair’s large, oak desk. The three people sitting across from me don’t seem any more comfortable after our break than they did before. Leith rubs the hilt of one of his knives. Renna grips her skirt like she wants to bolt. Brandi just bounces in her seat as if eager.

“Thanks for returning, everyone.” Since Brandi looks so eager, I decide I’d better start with her. “Brandi, Sierra wants to know what your favorite food is?”

“Aunt Mara’s maple sugar cookies.” Brandi closes her eyes and rubs her stomach. “Especially when they are warm and goey and the sugar on top is still melting into them.” She opens her eyes and cocks an eyebrow at Leith. “Aunt Mara never made them while you were visiting. Too bad.” She crosses her arm and turns her attention to me. “That will change in the next book, right?”

“I’ll…see what I can do.” I shouldn’t have been surprised. Brandi did tend to get her way when she set her mind on something. “Moving on. Leith, Claire wants to know if there is any skill you wish you had?”

“Throwing knives.” His eyes narrow at me. “I don’t have the hand-eye coordination.”

“Sorry. It’d make things too easy.” I clear my throat. “Renna.”

She squeaks and snaps her head up when I call her name. I think she was secretly hoping I’d forget about her if she made herself silent and small enough. I lower my voice a little bit. “Do you have any friends in Stetterly?”

She shrugs and picks at her skirt. “Not really. Before my parents died, I was the future lady of Stetterly. I didn’t exactly make friends with the local girls. Afterwards, it was safer not to leave Stetterly Manor all that much. And I wouldn’t want to put anyone in danger by being friend’s with them.”

I could hear the hint of loneliness in her voice. “But you do have a few friends.”

“Well, Lydia Alistair was nice enough when we were little. And her brother was…a friend.” Renna swallows and looks away.

“Yes, we’ll have to let the readers figure out the rest from there.” I can’t help but grin as I turn back to Leith. “Leith, Sierra wants to know if you think you’ll ever have a family in the future?”

His jaw drops. “What? You can’t seriously expect me to answer that question.”

“Yep. Don’t worry, none of you will remember this conversation when I leave the book-world, so you can be completely honest.”

He crosses his arms and glares at me.

I cross my arms and glare back. I’d played this whole silent game with him before. If I waited long enough, I’d get an answer out of him.

His shoulders sag. His eyes flick towards Renna for the briefest of moments. “I haven’t really thought about it.”

“Yes, you have.” I swallow my sigh of frustration. Sometimes he could be so stubborn he’d keep things from himself.

“It’s not like I’m ever going to have a future. King Respen is probably going to kill me long before that happens.”

“But if you did survive and you didn’t get killed and you were able to settle down, would you want to have a family?”

“You’re not going to drop this, are you?” His hand clenches on his knife. Renna flinches, but I don’t. I know it’s only a reflex. He wouldn’t actually draw it on me.

“Nope, I’m not. So just answer the question.”

“Fine.” He scowls. “Yes, I would like a family.”

Renna gapes at him. Brandi grins so broadly that I shoot her a warning look. I’d better distract her before she started meddling. Or spouting spoilers. “Brandi, if you could be anything or anyone, who would you be?”

She blinks at me for several moments. Finally, a question she doesn’t have an immediate answer for. She goes strangely still and stares at the floor. Renna cocks her head at Brandi, as if she was seeing a side of her sister she didn’t realize existed.

“I’m not sure.” Brandi shrugs. “I want to do something great. Something big. Like something from a story.”

I smile at her. “Don’t worry. You will. Eventually.”

Her face brightens with the return of her grin. “In that case, I’m happy just being me. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?”

“Yes, it is.” I pick up my stack of papers. “Thank you all for coming and putting up with me.”

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