Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ms. Martin Reviews Darkride

"The story was filled with action, tension, difficult decisions, and touching romance. I was swept away by the story and the characters who were well-rounded, realistic people."
Many thanks to Kathy Martin of the wonderful blog Ms. Martin Teaches Media for this thoughtful review. I appreciate the kind words, especially coming from a school library/media specialist. Ms. Martin is now officially my favorite teacher!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Can I Sign That For You?

Some of you sweet folks have enquired about having your paperback copies of Darkride signed. I happen to have these lovely bookplate stickers that say "autographed by the author," and I would be more than happy to sign one and send it to you so you can place it inside your book. Simply put SIGN MY BOOK as the subject line when you email me at laurarede(at)hotmail(dot)com. Include your mailing address and any personalization you would like on your bookplate (if you would like a specific message, or if you need it made out to a specific person) and I will pop one in the mail for you. Note that I won't save your address or use it for anything else.Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cover Love!

Someone has been crushing on us and we didn't even know it! The lovely bloggers at Book Chick City posted this Cover Crush feature on Darkride last month, but I didn't see it until yesterday. What a great surprise! A belated thank you to our book chick friends. We love you, too!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Interview on The Blair Book Project

I had a wonderful time doing this interview with the Blair Book Project! We talked about Luke vs. Ander, how I got to know my characters, and what surprises readers can expect from the second book, Crossfire. Go check it out, and while you're there you can read the kind review of Darkride they posted earlier this week and take a look around what has to be one of the most beautiful blogs I've seen!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Into the Graveyard

                                                                                            photo by echiner1

"Only Ander and I know about the doggie door... You can push the fence open just enough to slip through. That's how Ander and I have gotten in a million times before, to hang out after school or to wander around making grave rubbings in my notebook, or just to eat lunch quietly in the shadow of the angel." - Cicely

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Two Months!

Yesterday, of course, was Valentine's Day, but for me Feb 14th was sweet for another reason, too: It marked the two-month-aversary of publishing Darkride. And let me tell you, this has been a busy two months! I don't think I've ever learned so  much in such a short amount of time, or met so many amazing people. I'm thankful because I feel like the book is really starting to make contact and readers are starting to respond. Yesterday felt like a great example of that, with reviews on two excellent blogs. Today I'd like to share another review - and, I think, a particularly eloquent one - written by Fred LeBaron on his blog Still Seeking Allies... I'd also like to share a great interview on Paranormal Book Fan. Go take a look, particularly if you are curious about the second book, Crossfire, and about where the Darkride chronicles will go from here. And while you're there, feel free to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of three ebook copies of Darkride!

Getting in contact with readers and bloggers like these has been one of the joys of the last few months. Thanks again to everyone who has come along on this ride. I appreciate all your support!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy V-Day! (and a giveaway!)

     V is for "valentine." It is also for "vampire." Coincidence? I think not!

I'm posting this picture because it reminds me of Luke and Cicely, and because it seemed fitting for this lovely, romantic holiday. I, personally, am having a great Valentine's Day because, instead of chocolate, I got something even sweeter: happy reviews! First, The Blair Book Project gave Darkride this kind review which had me smiling all morning. Then Paranormal Book Fan posted this five-star review that kept me smiling all afternoon! Thank you to both these excellent blogs. I'm thrilled that you liked the book and I am truly feeling the Valentine's love.

So, with all this love in the air, I think it's time to give a little! That's why I wanted to tell you about the giveaway I'm hosting on Goodreads. Simply go to the Darkride page on Goodreads and enter by March 1, 2012 for a chance to win one of two signed paperback copies of Darkride!

I know Valentine's Day can feel like sort of a canned holiday, dedicated to a superficial idea of love, but I hope you take today to remember the real truth about love: Love is powerful and subversive and transformative and miraculous, no matter what form it takes, and I hope you get a chance to celebrate that magic and to know that you are loved. Now go out and seize the night!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Darkride Is Out In Paperback!

For all of you who prefer real paper over e-readers, Darkride is now available in paperback! You can order a copy from Amazon or CreateSpace. Endless thanks to my partner Marcy for her hard work on the print edition!

Go Team Cicely!

"Cicely is a strong character. I kept waiting for her to become the emo teenager, but her spunk and intelligence continued to surprise me... Laura Bradley Rede took on a popular genre and managed to bring in a bit of originality.  With stories such as Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, this wasn’t an easy task. If you love the supernatural and you like a fun read, then you will enjoy Darkride.Thank you to Alexis at Word Vagabond for this excellent review!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Five Stars from Delphina Reads Too Much!

There is nothing more satisfying than having someone really think about and connect with something you've written. That's why I was so pleased to read this kind five star review on the excellent blog Delphina Reads Too Much. Thank you, Delphina, for taking the time to review Darkride! I'm glad you are looking forward to reading more about Luke, Ander and Cicely, because I am eager to share it with you!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Unvalentines to Die For!

I opened my email this morning and literally squealed out loud. My friend, artist Heidi Randen, made us these amazing unvalentines so we can celebrate (or not) the holiday in style! Feel free to download these and send them to your sweetheart (or your pack... or your bonded...) Love is a darkride. It's good to have company for the trip. :)


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Things I'm Psyched About Now!

Where to begin? There are so many interesting things going on! First, I'm excited because I just got the final proof of the paperback edition of Darkride and I'm so happy with it. My partner Marcy worked extremely hard to get the details of the text and the cover just right, and I hope that the paperback will be out in the next week or so. Keep an eye on this site and I'll let you know as soon as it's available!

Second, I'm excited because I've been invited to be part of a special event called This Is Indie YA, organized by Ashley at the excellent blog What's Your Story. For the entire month of March, What's Your Story will be featuring a different indie YA author every day with guest posts, giveaways, author and character interviews and all sorts of fun stuff. I'm in awe of the the amount of work Ashley has done to bring this together and thrilled to see indie YA get the spotlight. I'll be sure to keep you posted as we get closer. I have a feeling March is going to be a great month!

But Febuary is no slouch, either! For one thing, I'm psyched to be co-teaching a workshop with my friend Carrie Mesrobian at the Loft, here in Minneapolis. It's a one day workshop called "Harry, Bella, Percy and Katniss: Writing Lessons from the Young Adult Novel" and it's happening Saturday Feb. 25th from 9-1. The workshop takes a look at what makes blockbuster YA novels like The Hunger Games and Twilight tick - why we love them as readers and what we can learn from them as writers. We have fun hashing out the cliches and tropes of YA and finding ways to put a fresh spin on our stories, while also talking about what makes a great villain, how to make YA dialogue ring true, and tips for world-building in fantasy and paranormal, along with a host of other topics. I'm extra excited for this workshop because my co-teacher Carrie Mesrobian just sold her first novel to Carolrhoda, where it is slated to come out fall 2013! Go Carrie!

So much to look forward to! Hope everything is going well with you, too!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Subversive Thought

“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.” --Erica Jong

This is the quote that will be on my mind as I write tonight, and as we head into this romantic Valentine's season. I believe in the power of love.