“Young Adult” Giveaway

Feb 22, 2014 by

To celebrate the upcoming release of my first young adult novel . . . well . . . I’m having a young adult giveaway! :) The winner will get three Young Adult eBooks, including KEEPER vol 1, of course! Plus, a super cute handcrafted bracelet inspired by the beautiful colors and texture in Keeper’s cover–which, by the way, I need to tell you…I absolutely adore it.

On to the details . . .


*** PRIZES ***

This contest is international. Must be 13 years old to enter.
A KEEPER Vol 1. eBook (by Ingrid Seymour – Moi!)
A City Of Bones eBook (by Cassandra Clare)
A Divergent eBook (by Veronica Roth)
A handcrafted bracelet inspired by KEEPER’s cover

If the winner wishes, City of Bones and Divergent can be exchanged for other eBooks of equal or lesser value
Participants will be included in fictionBOUND’s mailing list


All right, enter now! You don’t want to forget and miss your chance :D

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KEEPER Cover Reveal

Feb 20, 2014 by

Official Cover Reveal

By Ingrid Seymour
Release Date: March 5th, 2014 (Volume 1)
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy





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For them, freewill is a luxury . . .

Greg Papilio both wants and dreads his impending metamorphosis. He’s tired of being a runt—always picked last on the basketball court—and tired of being ugly, like a caterpillar, when he could be what girls call “drop dead gorgeous.” But as much as he looks forward to the transformation, he also fears the caste it will inevitably assign to him. He doesn’t want a common caste, or one that will obliterate his freewill and make him a slave. He wants a powerful one, a cool one.

Samantha Gibson is average. She’s short and a little full around the hips—a terribly cute look for a future chef. À-la-Rachael-Ray in her old days. She’s two years away from culinary school, from her uncaring parents, and from carving a perfectly Human future. She wants independence, a career and a quiet life of her own.

Except fate couldn’t care less about what Greg and Samantha want and gives them exactly the opposite. Greg’s metamorphosis assigns him a caste that enslaves him to Samantha, while her chance to attend Le Cordon Bleu is taken away when her parents get a divorce. And fate’s cruelty doesn’t stop there. Not content with shattering their dreams, it also makes them fall in love, just to tear them apart when Samantha morphs, losing her freewill and developing a compulsion for a guy she barely knows.

Still, these misfortunes are just the tip of the iceberg, because Greg’s fate is to protect Samantha at a time when someone wants her dead. He is her Keeper and will stop at nothing to ensure her safety, even if her secret past proves deadly, even if she belongs to someone else.


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Soul Stone Cover Reveal

Feb 19, 2014 by

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Soul Stone (Escaping Fate #2)

By DelSheree Gladden
Release Date: February 26th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Length: 230 pages
Soul Stone (Escaping Fate, #2)


Arrabella thought she was done with dreams, done with curses and the threat of death.
After surviving the ancient Aztec curse that had plagued her family for centuries, Arra was more than ready for her new life in the boring little town of Grainer, Maine. Boring and small sounded perfect…but she should have known better than to think it would last. 
The dream was odd, but Arra passed it off as nerves about starting school in Grainer. Her boyfriend, Tanner, was there to distract her…and get her into a little trouble as well. He pushes the dream out of her mind until they walk onto the school campus and see her. The lonely girl from Arra’s dream. 
Tanner’s reaction is fierce. He won’t risk losing Arra again and demands she stay away from Sibeal, but Arra can’t stop thinking about her haunted expression. What if she can help her? Arra can’t just walk away and let whatever curse has a hold of Sibeal claim her without trying to stop it. But what if Sibeal deserves the punishment? 
Arra’s battle to make the right choice about Sibeal only gets harder when she is forced to turn to the person in town she likes least for help. Sebastian Wallace is arrogant and irritating, but he’s seems to be the only one who can help her. As Arra tries to determine what the right choice is, she finds out saving Sibeal may be the least of her problems.



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Turning sixteen should mean driving, dating, and breaking curfew. It should never mean certain death. Arrabella’s excitement for her upcoming birthday is swallowed up by not only her dismay at being moved to a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere, but by the terror of the dreams that assault her every night. 
Stalking her dreams, the raven haired beauty warns her, taunts her, as she is paraded toward her death. Desperate for answers, Arrabella turns to her grandfather, the only one willing to delve into her family’s dark past. Warning her that once she takes the first step, there is no going back, Arrabella’s grandfather begins to unwind their awful heritage. The only joy she finds in the week leading up to her death is meeting Tanner Wheeler, a young man she barely knows but is immediately drawn to. A story of selfish betrayal reaching back to an age of merciless gods and blood sacrifice, Arrabella’s world is sent into a deadly spiral.
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About DelSheree Gladden

DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. Look for, Wicked Power, the next book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, and Soul Stone, book two in the Escaping Fate Series, coming 2014.


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Don’t Let Querying Kill Your Muse

Feb 11, 2014 by

Query Letters

Query Letters

Let’s talk honestly about querying . . .

Anyone who has ever queried an agent or publisher can tell you it is very, very, very hard work, and—for most of us—also very disheartening. The time-consuming, difficult process involves:

  1. Researching the right agents for your novel
  2. Reading the submission guidelines at every agency
  3. Crafting a personalized letter for each agent
  4. Keeping track of the agents who you’ve queried
  5. Waiting, waiting, waiting . . . and waiting
  6. Deal with rejection
  7. Repeat (unless you’re one of those super fortunate few who succeed the first time. If you are: Congratulations!!)

Most of the mechanics are simple—if time consuming—except of course: step 3. The meat of the query, that sweet and thrilling blurb that will make every agent and publisher want your novel, can take many, many days to write and perfect.

All of that aside, step 5 and 6 are what can take the biggest toll, and where any air-breathing, blood-pumping author might run the risk of sending their muse into permanent retirement.

There is only so much rejection a person can take before they start questioning their worth. We all know it isn’t personal; agents can’t represent every single person; publisher can’t publish every single book; it is the nature of the business. There are many valid and reasonable explanations.

Yet, the inevitable thoughts will enter our minds: Is there something wrong with my writing? Is the plot weak? Are my characters good enough? . . . and maybe at some point . . . Am I cut out to be a writer? Should I just give up?

I can’t help but wonder how many amazing stories will never be read. How many authors have given up—people who have what it takes and then some, people who just needed to try a little harder, a little longer. Because getting published is a marathon, not a sprint . . . and not for the faint of heart.

Lucky for this marathoner, we live in a wonderful time, full of opportunities for those who aren’t willing to give up. People like me who killed the rejection blues by self-publishing and, with that decision, also killed the doubt and second guessing. Many readers like my books—love them, even. They think that I can spin a good story and my words make the page exciting. I don’t have to wonder anymore. Hallelujah! Self-publishing was a liberating decision—one that saved my muse and made querying less desperate and less essential. I still query and I still hope for a traditional contract. I just don’t think life depends on it anymore ;)

[Image attribution: Photo by Daniel Borman, used under CC/ No changes]

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