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Happy November!

In the couple of weeks since DAMAGED released, I’ve been busy traversing the internet on my virtual book tour (since it’s impossible for me to do a real book tour with a toddler). Here’s a list of all the fun stuff I’ve been doing in case you missed anything:

  • Guest post at Nova Ren Suma’s The Book of My Heart series, in which I reveal the personal story behind CLEAN and my own struggles with addiction and alcoholism.
  • DAMAGED playlist at YA Misfits: Band Geek Thursdays, where I share the soundtrack for the book and some of my favorite songs.
  • Guest post at Dear Teen Me. My letter to a very lost and scared 16-year old me.
  • Interview with YA Highway, in which I discuss my venture into paranormal and writing difficult material.
  • Successful Author Talk at Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire, where I discuss various aspects of being a writer.
  • Guest post at Actin’ Up with Books, where I discuss the books that inspired me to become a writer.
  • Guest post at Writers Read, where I confess to sort of hating short stories.
  • My AMA (Ask Me Anything) at the YA Writers Reddit, where I answer a few questions about writing.

 

If you’re in the Asheville, North Carolina area, I will be making a rare physical appearance at Malaprops Bookstore this Thursday, November 6th, from 3:00-5:00 pm, where I’ll be signing books and trying to get rid of our leftover Halloween candy (if I don’t eat it all by then). Come by and say hi! They have all my books in stock, and it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping at your local independent bookstore.

Hugs,

Amy

Damaged book cover

Hello friends, family, and fans,

I am so incredibly excited to tell you that my new book DAMAGED comes out TODAY!

I started writing it three summers ago while on a cross-country road trip with my husband, Brian, and just barely pregnant with my daughter Elouise. Kinsey and Hunter, the main characters in DAMAGED, visit many of the same places we came across on our route, and I hope you will take the journey with them.

Part ghost story, part epic road trip, and part reluctant love story, DAMAGED offers readers another piercing, poignant story full of emotional truth from author Amy Reed.

After Kinsey’s best friend Camille dies in a car accident during which Kinsey was driving, Kinsey shuts down, deciding that numbness is far better than mourning. All she wants during the last few weeks of high school is to be left alone, but Camille’s mysterious boyfriend, Hunter–who was also in the car that night–has different ideas.

Despite all of Kinsey’s efforts, she can’t outrun Camille, who begins haunting her dreams. Sleep deprived and on the verge of losing it, Kinsey runs away with Hunter to San Francisco. As they drive across the country, trying to escape both the ghost of Camille and their own deep fears, Kinsey questions all she once believed about her friendship with Camille. Hunter, meanwhile, falls into a spiral of alcoholism, anger, and self-loathing. Ultimately, Kinsey and Hunter must come to terms with what they’ve lost and accept that they can’t outrun pain.

Publisher’s Weekly called DAMAGED a “thoughtful portrait of survivor’s guilt and road trip story about taking the risk of shedding one’s past,” and Kirkus called it “haunting, in more ways than one.” School Library Journal said it is a “striking novel” that offers a “well-plotted and excellently written meditation on grief, loss, and the power of new beginnings.”

I am honored to share my book with you, and I hope you enjoy it. You can purchase it at your local bookstore or online at places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, my local independent bookstore Malaprop’s, and many other retailers. If your local bookstore doesn’t have it, please request that they order it!

Here are some other things you can do to help your favorite authors:

  • Buy our books as close to the release date as possible
  • Request that your local library carry our books
  • Share news about our books on social media like Facebook and Twitter
  • Leave positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads
  • Share the news by good old fashioned word of mouth

I would be grateful if you’d do any of these things to help spread the word about DAMAGED. It is a great joy to write books for you all. Thank you so much for your support.

Hugs,
Amy

I am so incredibly excited to finally show you the cover for INVINCIBLE, the first book in my two-book series with Katherine Tegen/Harper Collins (the same folks who do Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT series, among other amazing books).

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Live hard. Love hard. Don’t look back.

Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she’d be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live.

All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there’s no place for her in it—at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and her boyfriend’s constant, doting attention is suddenly nothing short of suffocating.

Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly, fully alive. It’s better than a drug. His kiss makes her feel invincible—but she may be at the beginning of the biggest free fall of her life.

To be Released April 28, 2015

Isn’t it beeeyoooootiful?! I can’t wait for you to read it.

Hugs,

Amy

(P.S. Don’t forget DAMAGED is coming out NEXT WEEK!)

Hey y’all! (I live in North Carolina now, so I get to say “y’all”).

I am so excited that DAMAGED comes out in TWO WEEKS! On October 14th, it will be released into the world and I couldn’t be prouder. (Pre-order to make sure you get it on release day). I have tons of exciting guest posts and special online events coming up, so make sure you follow me on Twitter to get all the updates.

Damaged book cover

If you’re in the Asheville, NC area, I’ll be hanging out at Malaprop’s Bookstore on Thursday, November 6th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to sign some books. Stop by to say hi and pick up a signed copy of DAMAGED or one of my other books. They’ll have them all in stock. I would love to meet you!

It seems crazy to be talking about a book that comes out in April of next year, but I’ve got exciting news about INVINCIBLE too. In less than a week, on Monday, October 6th, at exactly 8:00 pm EST (5:00 PST), I will be revealing the cover RIGHT HERE on this website! It is nothing like my other covers, and it is so freaking beautiful I cried a little when I first saw it. I’m serious, it’s that awesome. I’ll also be telling you a little more about the story, but until then, here’s a little teaser:

INVINCIBLE is book one of a two-book series, pitched as Go Ask Alice meets The Fault in Our Stars, about a teenage girl who survives a terminal cancer diagnosis, only to get trapped in the deadly spiral of addiction, and the boy who would do anything to save her.

Intrigued?

 

I can’t believe DAMAGED comes out in less than two months!
Here’s a  sneak peek for your reading pleasure.

xoxo

Amy

Read an Excerpt of DAMAGED Here

 

Damaged book cover

Available in HARDCOVER and E-BOOK 

October 14th

Order Now!

Beloved bloggers, reviewers, librarians, and other bookish friends:

The eGalley for DAMAGED is ready for your reading and reviewing pleasure! Just click HERE!

If you’d like to contact me about events, interviews, blog tours, or other features, send me a message HERE.

xoxo
Amy

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(P.S. If you’d like to buy your very own copy of DAMAGED, you can always pre-order HERE.)

The publishing world is a strange place. One day your new book has an awesome cover and you reveal it to the world, then a few weeks pass and mysterious forces decide it needs to be changed.

The original cover for my new book DAMAGED (releasing October 14) had a guy on it, which was a departure from all my previous covers, and which I loved. However, a very important bookseller suggested that my fans would not love it so much and would be less excited to read a book with a guy on the front. So, at their recommendation, my publisher and I decided to change it. Luckily, the original photo shoot included a girl, so it was an easy fix. In some ways, it makes more sense this way because Kinsey, the girl, is the narrator of DAMAGED. But the story is still very much about Hunter, the boy.

Here’s the new cover….

Style: "Porcelain vivid"

I’m curious–what do you think about the new cover compared to the old one? Are you less likely to read a book with a guy on the front rather than a girl?

 

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