Two Months Until LOOP Comes Out!

It's getting real, folks! 

Especially as I'm putting sparkly polish-dust on LOOP's sequel right now, TWIST. No spoilers other than to say, Bree just can't cut a break. Also, the bringing swoony back.

Win a pre-order of LOOP!

Yep. It's my first giveaway! I'm giving away a pre-order of LOOP along with some sweet signed swag.

(Note: this is a giveaway for a *pre-order* of LOOP. You'll receive it when it releases in October, but I'll send the swag...a signed bookplate, bookmarks, and a super-sekrit fun thing that I'm unreasonably excited about...before then.)

All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below. With awesome bonus entries available. And note the +10 bonus entries for joining the newsletter, which you can do in the link on the left sidebar of this site or enter your e-mail here: 

This giveaway is open to North America only.

That's all.

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter, you should.


How fun is this?

Hafsah over at Icey Books is hosting the official cover reveal (and giveaway of a Barnes & Noble gift card and lip gloss!) for Rachele Alpine's adorable Operation Pucker Up today, but here's a sneak peek at the cuteness:

Seriously. Isn't that adorable?

And the synopsis:

Haddie Shaw is thrilled to pieces when she wins the coveted lead role in her school play. That is, until she realizes she’ll have to kiss Prince Charming. On the lips. And not only is Prince Charming—a.k.a James Lowe—the most popular boy in school, but Haddie has never, ever been kissed.
To help, Haddie’s two best friends create Operation Pucker Up—a plan for Haddie to score a kiss before opening night so she doesn’t make a total fool of herself in front of a live audience. If that weren’t enough to think about, Haddie’s father, who left six months ago, suddenly walks back into her life. Haddie, her mom and sister have bonded as the “Terrific Three” – and while two of the “Three” welcome Dad back with open arms, Haddie isn’t sure she can forgive and forget. 
With Operation Pucker Up spinning out of control, and opening night fast approaching, will Haddie manage to get her happily ever after—both on-stage and off?

You can add it to Goodreads here.

And you can find Rachele here

LOOP is up on Netgalley!

That is all.

You can request it here.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Librarian ARC Tour for LOOP

First, what's an ARC? It's an Advanced Reader Copy (also called a "galley" in the publishing world). It's not the final hardcover version of LOOP, which will be released October 21, 2014. Rather, it's a paperback early version which will have some typos, mistakes, and small changes because it hasn't been through the final proofreading stages. Only a small number of ARCs are printed, and it's usually a single print run.
Sorry. The lighting is terrible.

What does this mean? Unfortunately, it means that there are very few copies of LOOP's ARCs available. Most of them are already committed to various promotional efforts.

Seriously, I'm feeling a little like this guy:

I hate it. I wish everyone could read it right now.
But, of course, that's not feasible.
And let's be honest, I'm also kind of like...
Sorry. I mean...
But back to my conundrum. How to get LOOP into the hands of as many readers as possible? That's when I had the idea for an ARC Tour. 

This is how it will work:

If you are a public or school librarian, I would love to send you a copy of LOOP's ARC. You will have the chance to read it and then pass it on to the next person in the ARC Tour.

All you need to do is fill out the form below.

Please read LOOP as quickly as possible and then send it on to the next person. The more quickly you read it, the more people will be able to participate. This is going to be strictly first come, first served. If you realize you won't be able to read it within seven days, please send it along to the next person.

I'm not a librarian. Is there any other way I can receive an ARC? LOOP is uploaded to NetGalley. My publisher makes all decisions regarding request approval. You can also enter my Goodreads giveaway to win a signed ARC. 

Is there a cost to participate in LOOP's ARC Tour? Nope. I will be enclosing pre-paid postage and mailing labels to send the ARC along to the next person. If you would like to help out with the cost of postage, you can note that when you fill out the form. I will be able to budget a certain amount of money for shipping, so the more people who volunteer to help with the postage, again, the more participants I'll be able to include, but it's strictly voluntary.

Am I guaranteed a slot on the tour? Unfortunately, I can't make that promise since I don't know how many people will sign up. Also...see above regarding postage. So sign up as quickly as possible for the greatest chance of getting to read it!

Are there any other requirements? No. Just read the book and pass it along. 

Really? No other requirements? Really. I'm a debut author, and my main goal is to get the word out about LOOP to readers, especially teens. Would I love for you to tell your patrons and students about LOOP? Yes. Is it a requirement? No.

Anything else I can do to help spread the word about LOOP? Well, thank you for asking. One of the best ways to help others discover LOOP is to post an honest, thoughtful review on GoodreadsAmazonBarnes and Noble, and/or LibraryThing's websites. Not required, but it would be super-dee-duper appreciated. (Note: You can't post a review on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles until after the publication date.)

And, of course, the number one thing you can do to help spread the word is suggest it to a reader.

I have a question you didn't answer. How do I contact you? Feel free to e-mail me at karen.d.akins (a) gmail (dot) com.

Again, this will be first come, first served so sign up now! 

About LOOP:
A time travel student accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he’s already in love with her future self and is keeping his own set of secrets. 

On a final note, this is the first time I've attempted anything like this, so please be patient with me. <3