Monday, October 21, 2013

FORGET ME reveal!

You guys! I'm so excited to share more about FORGET ME with you, including the fantastic cover!

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Two names. One face. A dangerous secret exposed. 

Morgan never minded her boyfriend Flynn’s dark and private nature. She found it mysterious and alluring. But now he’s dead, and she can’t move on. She feels much like her dying town, River’s End, with its overgrown amusement park and abandoned houses: once happy…now rotting away.

Hoping for some closure, Morgan uploads her only photo of Flynn to the social media site FriendShare along with a note to say good-bye. But she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as Evan Murphy. She’s never heard of Evan. A quick search reveals that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Same eyes, nose, jawline. Only this boy is very much alive. Digging through layers of secrets, Morgan questions everything she thought she knew about her town, her boyfriend, and even her parents’ involvement in this massive web of lies.

Forget Me is a heart-pounding novel that draws you in and keeps you guessing until the very end.

YAY! (Sorry. I'm a little excited.)

FORGET ME is a contemporary thriller (no paranormal). And it's a standalone. It releases August 14, 2014 from Putnam. I absolutely love the cover. The merry-go-round is in the book (in the abandoned amusement park). The hazy guy in the background and repeated the font treatment are very thriller-y. I adore it.

You can add FORGET ME to your Goodreads shelf or pre-order now (Amazon, B&N, IndieBound).

Feel free to share the cover far and wide. I am delirious with excitement over this book and want everyone to know about it! Thanks!



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New book deal!

I have happy-making news to share!

From Publishers Marketplace:
K.A. Harrington's FORGET ME, set in a dying town full of abandoned places, in which a 17-year-old uploads a photo of her dead boyfriend to a social media site and the facial recognition software tags him with someone else's name: a boy who lives two towns away and looks just like him, but is very much alive, to Shauna Rossano at Penguin Children's, by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

FORGET ME is a contemporary YA thriller, no supernatural elements, and it's a standalone. The book will be published under the name K.A. Harrington to differentiate it from the paranormal thrillers I write for Scholastic. And I AM SO EXCITED. It will be a 2014 release. We’re already in the editing stages, and I love this book so much. It's a setting I've always wanted to play with, and there are so many twists and turns. But I don’t want to tell you too much too soon. So I’ll just leave you with a few relevant images.






That'll have to do for now. More later!


Saturday, February 09, 2013

5 Reasons to Revel in REVEL

This giveaway is closed. The winner is The Bumble Girl. Thanks!

REVEL by Maurissa Guibord is coming out Tuesday and today I'm giving you five reasons to get excited. Plus a giveaway!

1. The cover

How beautiful is that? Stunning!

2. The summary
There's an island off the coast of Maine that's not on any modern map.

Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn't her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia's not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night. Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it's Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water's edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive.

Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.


How awesome does that sound?

3. The setting
An island off the coast of Maine, shrouded in mist. Gothic, romantic, spooky, and perfect! Maurissa lives on the coast of Maine and was inspired to write the book after a visit to Peaks Island. The details are lush and it's one of those settings you just lose yourself in. Hopefully not literally...since, ya know, people don't leave Trespass alive....

4. The words
The first line of the book reads:
Maybe I should have known from the beginning to stay away from Trespass Island.

Yeah. MUST HAVE NOW.
You can read a longer excerpt here. But beware...you will get hooked.

5. The author
Maurissa is awesome. What? You need proof? Like...pictures? Okay. Well, you guys know I can be a bit...weird. But when we were at a conference and I suggested we run off to a vintage photo shop and dress as witches, she didn't even hesitate.
 Me, Sonia Gensler, and Maurissa being serious writers.

Yeah, that happened. Awesome.

So there are your five reasons to revel in REVEL. Share these reasons with others and YOU COULD WIN!

I'm giving away a hardcover of REVEL and a signed hardcover of THE DEAD AND BURIED to one winner. Enter by posting a comment below. Earn more entries by:

+1 sharing a link to this blog post on your Facebook

+1 share on Twitter. Either retweet one of my tweets about the contest or just copy and paste this:
Win REVEL by @Maurissa_G and THE DEAD AND BURIED by @Kim_Harrington! http://bit.ly/WY1XZM

Please let me know what you did in your comment so I'll know how many points to assign to you. This one is U.S. only, sorry. Giveaway ends Saturday 2/16/13.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Dead and Buried Trivia

Today I'm sharing four bits of authorly trivia from the making of The Dead and Buried. Insider knowledge comin' at ya.

#1: A tale of many titles
People love to know how titles come about and The Dead and Buried has had many of them. I started writing the book under the name Shimmer (at the end of Chapter 1, Colby originally said “shimmers” instead of “glimmers”). Then another book sold with that title, so I changed it to Glimmer. The book sold as Glimmer in 2010. Yay! Then another book sold with the same title. I’d been thinking we should have a longer one anyway because another one word title might make people mistake it for Clarity #3. We bandied about some ideas and went with The Murder House, which I loved. Then after a few months it had to change again and we tossed a lot of ideas around. I believe the person who suggested The Dead and Buried was my editor and I immediately liked it. More trivia: In the UK, it will be called The Killing of Kayla Sloane.

#2: How World Cup soccer changed a main character’s name
Donovan’s name was originally Wes. I wrote the first several chapters of the book during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. That month, I would often be typing away while my husband and son watched soccer games (LOUDLY) in the background. The announcer kept saying Landon Donovan, Landon Donovan, Landon Donovan, over and over, and one time I made a typo and wrote Donovan instead of Wes. Then I realized I kind of liked it. So I changed it throughout and Wes’s first name became Donovan.

#3: A confession
Just like the teens in The Dead and Buried, I played with a Ouija board. Fortunately, it didn’t turn out like that scene in the book, but here’s my confession. My best friend and I took her board to my neighbor’s house and made him play in an attic bedroom. He was a year younger than us and my friend and I had already agreed beforehand that we’d take turns pushing the planchette. Long story short, by the end of the afternoon, we had him convinced that his house was haunted and he was in grave danger. But we did confess the truth…eventually. ;)

#4: An ironic difference
My main character, Jade, is obsessed with gemstones. Her mother was a jewelry designer and Jade has a box full of various gems and knows all their supposed meanings. She wears a piece each day--earrings or a pendant, etc. You’d think I gave my main character this hobby because it’s something I’m also interested in. Well…I own almost no real jewelry. I’m allergic to gold and nickel. I don’t even have my ears pierced. All I wear is a cheap (but sentimental) Mickey Mouse watch and my engagement and wedding rings, which I have to have coated with rhodium every six months for my allergies. I can wear cheap beaded bracelets and necklaces, but not expensive jewelry. My husband is not upset about this. But, even though I can't wear much jewelry, I had fun doing the research for the book!


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Top Five Reasons to Buy THE DEAD AND BURIED

It's The Dead and Buried's official release day! Happy birthday, my precious! (said like Gollum, of course)

A summary and reviews of the book are here. We're kicking off a two week blog tour over at Books Complete Me including reviews, interviews, guest posts, fantasy casting, playlist, a gemstone primer, and more! Check it out! And if you're in New England, please come to my signing Saturday, January 5th from 11:00-1:00 at Barnes & Noble in Framingham, MA.

I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the last few books. Whether it's buying a book, reviewing on your blog, telling your friends, I appreciate it all. Readers, bloggers, librarians, fans...I appreciate you! I am giving you all a big virtual hug. 

Now, because I can't stay serious for too long, I present the Top Five Reasons to Buy The Dead and Buried:

1. Buy The Dead and Buried and I personally guarantee the ghost of Kayla Sloane will not haunt you. Don’t buy it and you’re on your own. Is that a risk you really want to take?

2. Readers who like horror: The Dead and Buried is totally spooky and page 127 will make you whimper.

3. Readers who don’t like horror: I wrote another mystery! It’s called The Dead and Buried

4. Readers who want a subtle commentary on school pressure & educational inequality due to socioeconomics: The Dead and Buried is 3% that.

5. Readers with series fatigue: Publishers are more likely to buy paranormal standalones if one does pretty well. Nudge, nudge.

Bonus reason: Every time someone buys The Dead and Buried, an angel gets their wings. And a mean girl trips and falls.





Monday, December 31, 2012

How I got the idea for THE DEAD AND BURIED

The Dead and Buried releases officially tomorrow! So I thought now would be a good time to share how I got the idea.

Sometimes an entire book lands in your head in one daydreaming session. And sometimes a book comes together in pieces, over years and snippets written in your idea notebook. Clarity was the former. The Dead and Buried was the latter.

I always wanted to write a haunted house book. I’ve loved the genre since I was a little girl and it’s no coincidence that some of my favorite novels of all time are ghost classics. But the genre has been done to death. I didn’t want to rewrite the same story that had already been done. So I waited for inspiration, for a fresh spin. And it came to me in three parts.

1. One day I read an article in the real estate section about “stigmatized properties” (a.k.a. murder houses) and how they can be a bargain for families looking to trade up to a nice town or that dream house they always wanted. And I thought THERE IT IS. That fresh spin. My haunted house is not a traditional 100 year-old drafty monster. It’s a benevolent looking McMansion on a typical suburban street. And the ghost? She’ll be a fresh one. Someone who continues to affect the lives of the townspeople.

So now I had my house, but I still didn’t have a main character I wanted to play with.

2. Apart from any supernatural ideas, I’d also been interested in writing about, in a subtle way, the theme of educational inequality (resources in rich towns vs. poor towns) and the immense amount of competitive pressure many students find themselves under. Teen readers are very concerned about grades, homework, and college, but you don’t often find mention of this in paranormals. I wanted to include these themes in a book, but in an organic way. Not just plopped in for the sake of it.

One day, I was lunching with a friend. She grew up in a very rural area with a graduating high school class of under thirty kids. She’s brilliant and school was easy for her. Then she headed off to a highly competitive college where everyone was smart and driven like her, and it was a shock to the system. I thought…wow, creating a character with that background could help me play around with those ideas I wanted to include. But in what kind of book?

And then I thought…the ghost book.

My main character could be a fish out of water, taken from a town where school was easy to her and placed in a highly competitive high school full of academic pressures. How would her family afford to uproot themselves and move to this wealthy suburb? By purchasing a murder house, of course. One where the Queen Bee of the high school lived until her untimely death last year. And my little fish out of water, Jade, now finds herself in the dead girl’s house and school, surrounded by the dead girl’s old friends…and boyfriend.

3. The last piece was essential. I needed my main character’s motivation. Why would she care about this ghost girl? Why risk her life to investigate her death?

What happens on page 127 (my favorite scene in the book) was inspired by a real-life middle of the night scare with my son. I can’t go into details because it would spoil what I consider a big turning point in the book. But when it happened in real life, it had a non-supernatural reason. (After you read the scene, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.) Nonetheless, it FREAKED ME OUT. But a writer’s mind always plays the “what if” game. So I thought…what if it hadn’t been [harmless thing it really was]…what if it had been [thing that happens on page 127]?

And then I had my motivation.

Three ideas, spread across months of time, finally clicked together to create The Dead and Buried. So when people ask me how I came up with the book, I say, “It’s kind of a long story.” Sometimes you just have to wait for things to come together.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Dead and Buried Contest

This contest is over. The winner is Lena!

So a few days ago I got my very own hardcover copy of The Dead and Buried in the mail, hot off the press!
And then I decided to VANDALIZE IT FOR YOU.

I did this with Clarity and people seemed to like the idea, so I’m doing it again. I spent the weekend re-reading the book and marking it up. It's now one of a kind and full of notes and secrets. Where character names came from. What scene was written last and for what reason. The true-life scary story behind that scene on page 127. What the original ending was before I changed it. And lots more. Now it's ready to be signed/personalized and mailed to one winner!

All you have to do to enter is post a comment below. However, you can earn additional entries by:

+1 tweeting this: Enter to win a signed/marked up hardcover of THE DEAD AND BURIED by @Kim_Harrington! http://bit.ly/122ZAKh Please RT!

+1 sharing a link to this blog post on your Facebook

+1 adding The Dead and Buried to your Goodreads shelf

+4 writing about this contest on your blog

Please let me know everything you did in your comment so I’ll know how many points to assign to you! Giveaway ends Sunday, 12/16/12. International is fine. I'll choose a winner from Random.org.

Thanks! :)