Thursday, June 11, 2015

Roundup of Where You Can Win a Copy of Hello, I Love You

Hellooooooo, lovelies!

It's been a while since I posted, and it's super weird to be tweeting from the other side of publication day. Like whaaaaa????

There are tons of fun things going down on the blogosphere to celebrate the release, otherwise known as the Blog Tour of Awesome. Through this, there are tons of giveaways where you can win a copy of Hello, I Love You.

So I thought I'd keep all y'all informed on the places where you can win a copy for yourself! And I'll make sure to update this as new opportunities surface.

Get thee hence and enter!

Book Briefs
Stuck in Books
Gone Pecan
Fashion by the Book
Ticket to Anywhere
Pink Polka Dot Books
Dazzled by Books
Bookish Serendipity
A Midsummer Night's Read
Bewitched Bookworms

Also, I'll be hosting a fun giveaway very soon! So be looking for that!

And until then, KPOP party on.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Month of Thankfulness

If you're reading this and are visiting my corner of the internet world, you probably know that my book releases in about a month. Yay!

But as the date approaches, I've found that my enthusiasm has begun to wane a little. My anxiety has gotten a little out of control as I worry about sales figures, reviews, and the crazy notion that real people are actually reading my book. I've let myself get really stressed and forget that my writing goal for the year was to focus less on worrying and more on being thankful.

So I decided I'm going to be intentional about refocusing my thoughts. I'm going to choose exercising thankfulness rather than stressing about stuff that's out of my control.

How am I going to do this?

Every day from today until my book releases, I'm going to tweet something I'm thankful for about the debut process and my book coming into the world as a real, book-shaped thing. And I'm going to use the hashtag #monthofthanks.

Being an author is hard. The comparison game can kill you. It's so, so easy to see others' successes and feel like crap. It's also easy to fall into the pattern of obsessing about reviews (or lack thereof) and worrying about all these things that you. cannot. control.

But there are cool parts about this insane business, too. And that's what I'm choosing to focus on.

Maybe you're also struggling with disappointment - whether you're published or not. Heck, maybe you're struggling in life in general. You're more than welcome to join me in #monthofthanks! Let me know, because I want to check out your tweets and share in your gratitude.

Let's spread some positivity around the interwebs, lovelies!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pre-order Goodies

Hello, lovely people!

Just a quick update to say that if you've pre-ordered Hello, I Love You anywhere, you are automatically eligible to get some goodies from me!

If you email your pre-order receipt to katiemstout [at] gmail [dot] com, along with your mailing address, I'll send you a signed bookmark and bookplate.

(Bookmarks front & back)

This is free-of-charge to you - I'm paying for all postage. Hooray! All you have to do is pre-order. And if you've already pre-ordered, this is double exciting for you, because you're getting free stuff for no extra charge! Double hooray!

Right now, this offer is US only. However, if you'd like to mail me a self-addressed, stamped envelope to your international address, I will send along the bookmark and bookplate. Sorry, international lovelies, but I can't budget international postage right now.

If you haven't pre-ordered, you can do so at the following retailers:

Barnes & Noble
The Book Depository

And for international readers who want to pay for postage, you can also pre-order at...

Amazon UK
Chapters Indigo

You can also pre-order from your favorite local bookstore or any other retailer that's carrying the book.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We're Going Across the Pond!

I've got super exciting news today, y'all. Probably the most exciting I've had in a while (at least to me). I've just learned that my debut, Hello, I Love You is going to be made available in the UK!


Maybe this doesn't sound like that big of a deal, when the book is already being made available in Russia, Turkey, Singapore, and South Korea.


You see, I used to live in England. I would go to my local Waterstones and see the books written by American authors, and I would wonder if I would ever get to see my book in there. I would wonder if one of my favorite countries - my second home - would love my book enough to put it on its shelves.

So, needless to say, I'm absurdly excited for the special international edition to be available in July, and I can't wait for all the English, Scottish, and Northern Irish lovelies out there to get their hands on a copy!


So now, I'll leave you with some happy British GIFs and a few links for pre-order:

Let's celebrate, friends:

Monday, March 16, 2015

Books that Gave Me the Biggest Book-Hangovers

So I recently read this little book called The Winner's Crime. Maybe you've heard of it. Maybe you've even experienced the crushing pain of finishing it and not knowing what to do with your life once you've devoured the last page.

I've had a lot of book-hangovers in my time as a YA reader. I've experienced the fear that there will ever be another book out there that you love that much, the onslaught of FEELS that you just can't shake because THE BOOK IS OVER OMG.

There really is nothing better than a good book-hangover. It reminds you why you read in the first place. Even after you've turned the last page, you feel like the characters are still with you, and you realize that they always will be - because the book touched you.

Every book nerd I know is always in search of this illusive book-hangover, because it means that they've just read an amazing book. And since I'm a book pimp blogger at heart, I thought I'd share some of the books that gave me the worst book-hangovers so that maybe you can read them and also share in the sea of feels.

Hostage Three, by Nick Lake
I couldn't stop thinking about Hostage Three after I put it down. I was just so invested in those characters. And THAT ENDING! It broke me. I had to pick up Lucy Christopher's Stolen after this one, because I was so desperate to read about another case of Stockholm Syndrome - though nothing could recapture my emotions the way this book did.

Ignite Me, by Tahereh Mafi
I was basically a puddle of goo after finishing this one. It was the end of one of my favorite YA trilogies, and MY SHIP GOT TOGETHER IN THE END WHEN I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN AND I WAS JUST SO HAPPY OKAY?!

The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey
When I finished The 5th Wave, all I wanted to do was read The Infinite Sea. I picked it up literally moments after completing book one. But after finishing Sea, I was thrown into that terrible state of waiting...which I'm still in. There is a legit hole in my heart RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND that only The Last Star can fill.

All Our Yesterdays, by Cristin Terrill
This book hit me hard, I think because I wasn't expecting it to be so emotionally investing. This book is brutal but oh so good. I was thinking about it for a long time after, and I'm still desperately waiting on another book from this amazing author.

Champion, by Marie Lu
This is mildly embarrassing to admit, but I finished listening to this on audio while I was at the gym. As I was listening to that epilogue, I literally started tearing up ON THE ELLIPTICAL MACHINE. Talk about hitting me right in the feels. I've yet to find a dystopian series that affected me as much as this one.

Days of Blood & Starlight, by Laini Taylor
This entire series is amazing, but Days is my favorite of the three books. It was just SO hard to read in places and yet also beautiful. It took me a long time to read it, because I wanted to savor it. Once I'd finished it, I couldn't read anything else for a while; I had to process all my emotions over it. To this day, it's still one of the most emotional, beautiful YA books I've ever read.

Tiger's Destiny, by Colleen Houck
This is one of my absolute favorite paranormal YA series ever. It's so rich in mythology, and it felt like the characters were real people. I did a recent re-read of these books, and the end of this one hit me just as hard the second time. The ending is just so bittersweet. I love these characters sooooo much! < 3

The Iron Queen, by Julie Kagawa
Oh man. That ending. THAT ENDING! It was perfection. I was angry and sad and happy and unsatisfied-yet-satisfied all at the same time. This is probably my favorite Julie Kagawa book to-date.

And the worst book-hangover I've ever had came from...

Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare
I've gone on and on and on about how much I love this book. It's literally everything I love in a book, all wrapped in one 550+ page behemoth. This also has the best epilogue of any book I've ever read. I was GUTTED by the time I finished it. There were actual human tears. I couldn't read anything for a long time after this one; I wasn't emotionally prepared to take in any more stories.

So those are the books that gave me the worst/best
Get thee hence and read, lovelies!