Friday, September 28, 2012

GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Happy Friday to all. A big thank you to everyone who joined in the excitement of my new cover - all of your kind words meant a lot. An even bigger thank you to those of you who took your time to enter the giveaway!

Without further adieu. THE WINNERS, in order of first, second & third places, chosen through Rafflecopter and random.org.

CONGRATULATIONS TO LEA, STEPHANIE AND MATTHEW!!
Email me at kmwalton1 (at) verizon (dot) net with your mailing addresses, and I'll get your prizes out to you. Enjoy.

Next week I will be posting:
5 Crucial Things I've Learned Since Being Published

Hope you'll stop back and have a read. I'd love to have you.

Friday, September 21, 2012

EMPTY's NEW Cover Reveal and Giveaway


I've known for some time that EMPTY was getting a new cover, but I had to wait to show the world. The BRILLIANT and TALENTED and DEDICATED people at Simon and Schuster had to create it. While the previous cover captured a part of Dell's story, this new one captures, well, the essence. The everything.

I heart this new cover hard, with the love of infinity hearts.


 Drum roll please....


Isn't is just, wow? Didn't your mind blow right out of your mind? As promised?

I can not thank my editor extraordinaire, Annette Pollert, and everyone else at Simon & Schuster, for the amount of time, focus, love and dedication put into this cover. It was changed for all of the right reasons, but mostly because they care about Dell's story. And that's just incredible to me

So it is with much joy, glee, and euphoria that I also reveal some additional bits of wonder. Read on, my lovely blog readers, read on.

The inside flap copy:
Dell is used to disappointment. Ever since her dad left, it’s been one let down after another. But no one—not even her best friend—gets all the pain she’s going through. So Dell hides behind self-deprecating jokes and forced smiles.

Then the one person she trusts betrays her. Dell is beyond devastated. Without anyone to turn to for comfort, her depression and self-loathing spin out of control. But just how far will she go to make all of heartbreak and the name-calling stop?


The back cover copy:
As I turn the corner, there’s a commotion up ahead. I come to a halt. What’s going on at the end of the hallway could easily be classified as my worst nightmare.

I want wings to take flight. I want disappearing dust sprinkled on me. I want a wand waved, a lamp rubbed, heels clicked—anything to make me invisible right now. But I’m just your garden variety fat girl standing in her high school hallway. Magic isn’t real.

Pain is real.


This reveal here, is something I've been dying to share. Something that I can't believe is really real.
The full blurb from the amazing Andrew Smith, author of THE MARBURY LENS series, GHOST MEDICINE, IN THE PATH OF FALLING OBJECTS, and, and, and, and, STICK--one of my favorite reads of 2012:
 "K.M. Walton's EMPTY is riveting, compelling, and brutally honest. K.M. Walton has crafted a very brave novel that draws readers not only into the complexities of a discarded teen's troubled world, but also toward the inevitable questions we must ask ourselves -- the questions EMPTY dares to explore."

I respect the hell out of Andrew Smith, and what he wrote about my story made my knees buckle.

Last, but certainly not least, onto the Giveaway Extravaganza!!!!!
THE PRIZES:
GRAND PRIZE! See Rafflecopter for details.

SECOND PRIZE!! See Rafflecopter for details.

THIRD PRIZE!!! See Rafflecopter for details.

You can make this as easy or as detailed as you like. Let Rafflecopter break it down for you:

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Could EMPTY Be the Next Big Thing?

Many thanks to Beth Kephart, author of the breathtaking SMALL DAMAGES, for tagging me in The Next Big Thing blog game. Below I answer questions about my next novel, titled EMPTY and then tag another writer at the end. Have a read!

What is the working title of your book? WHALE was my original title for EMPTY, which will make perfect sense when you read the book. And, drum roll please, I will be revealing EMPTY's BRAND NEW COVER here soon. Yes, EMPTY has gotten a new cover, one that will blow your mind right out of your mind. I can not wait to share it with the world. I also can't wait to share who blurbed EMPTY. Let's just say this author wrote one of my favorite reads of 2012. And the blurb, oh, the blurb.

Where did the idea come from for the book? Cyber bullying and when human beings, namely teens, flex their "online muscles" and go for the jugular. I wanted to explore the potential consequences of such evil.

What genre does your book fall under? Contemporary young adult fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I truly have no idea, which I know is the lamest answer, but it's true.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? From the flap copy: A girl tumbles into a downward spiral when a romantic encounter turns violent in this heartwrenching novel.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? About two months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? While I'm embarrassed to admit that I haven't read SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, a few reviewers have compared EMPTY to it.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? I wanted to give a voice to a bullied and broken teen, and let the reader inside of her pain. I wanted readers to see that words matter.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I've been told by countless readers that Dell's story stays with the him/her long after the last page is turned. That just warms any author's heart.

I've tagged my friend, and fellow writer/blogger, Kelly Lyman.

Friday, September 14, 2012

COOL Upcoming Events

EXCITING BOOK EVENTS COMING UP! 

MANY ARE WITH OTHER AUTHORS. 

SEE IF YOU'RE A FAN OF ANYONE BELOW. IF YES, TRY TO COME. 

WE'D LOVE TO SEE YOUR SMILING FACE!

West Chester University
TWF Sponsored by PAWLP 
October 6, 2012
12 -3 PM
*Grades 6 - 12
**MUST pre-register

Hyatt Regency, Crystal City
Arlington, VA
September 29, 2012
Check NAIBA schedule for signing time
MUST have conference badge to attend

Educator Appreciation Night
HUGE Children’s Lit Book Signing & Reading + giveaways, prizes, and fun!
Participating authors: 
Me, Beth Kephart, Ellen Jensen Abbott, E.C. Meyers, Ame Dyckman, Dianne Salerni 
& Timothy Young!!!
Barnes & Noble
Exton, PA
October 16, 2012
4 – 6 PM

YA Panel Discussion
Appearing with Jeri Smith-Ready, E.C. Meyers & Amy Garvey
Glenside, PA
October 23, 2012
4 – 7 PM

#YALitChat twitter discussion
October 24, 2012
9 - 11 PM
Twitter

YA Panel Discussion & Reading
Appearing with E.C. Meyers, Elisa Ludwig & Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Philadelphia, PA
October 25, 2012
6:30 PM

Haverford, PA
A HUGE Apocalypsies Signing featuring 8 YA authors!
October 26, 2012
Time & Location TBD 

Authors’ Fair
Saturday, November 3, 2012

9 – 12 noon
Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Center

Walnut Bottom, PA 
Hosted by Capital Reading Council and Franklin County Reading Council!

Local Authors Support CCBMC (mingle and chat with loads of authors). Sponsored and organized by Local LIT.
West Chester, PA
November 23, 2012
7 PM

Writing for Children Live Teleconference*
*This is a FREE event but you must click on the link to register.
November 28, 2012
7 PM

Thursday, September 13, 2012

There's Only One Beth Kephart

Last night I attended the launch party for Beth Kephart's fourteenth book, SMALL DAMAGES. I've already gushed and drooled over this novel here. Quite frankly, it was one of the most breathtakingly written novels I've ever had the pleasure to read.


Beth's event was held at the Radnor Memorial Library in Wayne, PA, a place where, after hearing her introductions, Beth is deeply loved and admired. I can relate. Beth Kephart is one of those rare people who actually see you the very first time she looks into your eyes. She's genuine, real, and sincere.


The room was filled with people Beth has loved and who love her back. Two fans actually drove from Ohio - that's a twelve hour drive - just to help her celebrate this book. Speaking of celebration, there was cake and punch, sunflowers and smiles, books and recipes. Yes, recpies. Estela, one of the characters in SMALL DAMAGES, is a phenomenal Spanish cook--it's what she does, who she is--and Beth had recipe cards created with the recipe for Estela's Pears Al Horno.


Beth looked lovely. The room was stuffed with support and admiration. The air smelled of cake. Congratulations to Beth Kephart! And to anyone out there who hasn't read SMALL DAMAGES, get thee to a bookstore and turn those gorgeously written pages. You will think about Kenzie long after you finish--it's that kind of book.