Introducing the Indelibles

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Welcome to The Indelibles Blog Hop!


In celebration of our official launch, we are giving away a KINDLE FIRE! If you’d like to start at the very beginning of the INDELIBLES ON FIRE GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP, then please start here: http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com/

However, I'm the first stop on the Hop, so if you're starting here, then just keep going until you end up on The Indelibles blog! By following the link at the bottom of this post, you can proceed to the next author (and check out the awesome, individual giveaways we are doing along the way!). If you are entering to win the KINDLE FIRE, don’t forget to make a note of the keyword at the end of every blog post - the words spell out a phrase you will need to enter the contest on the last stop.

Who are we? Marketing guru Shelli Johannes Wells has teamed up with twenty-four other indie and small press authors to bring you the Indelibles.


“We are indie authors who write middle grade and young adult fiction.

We are dedicated to leaving a permanent mark on the world with our stories and words.

We are The Indelibles.”

Each week, we’ll explore fun, fabulous, and fierce topics for today’s teens, drawing on pop culture and themes from the books we write.

We’ll be having a “blogger” chat on January 11th and a writer/author chat on the 17th to answer questions about self and indie pubbing. See our blog for details.

And now with no further ado, I will introduce myself:

Karen Amanda Hooper

(But you can call me Karen.)

I was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and I'm currently sunning and splashing around Florida with my two beloved dogs. I'm addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters. Due to my strong Disney upbringing, I still believe in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of my novels.

I've been making up stories for as long as I can remember. In high school I discovered my passion for putting my thoughts onto paper, but it wasn’t until my late twenties that I wrote my first novel. No agent or publisher picked up that one, but last year Rhemalda Publishing offered me a book deal for my YA merfolk/selkie story, TANGLED TIDES.
Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.


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Wanna win a copy of TANGLED TIDES? All you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me the title of the best book you read in 2011.

You have until Thursday to enter. I'll announce the winner this Friday, along with the winner of my Faeries & Fantasy Hop contest.

The keyword for this stop on the hop is: Indelibles
Continue the hop and visit the next fierce and fabulous Indelibles author: Heather McCorkle

Thanks for hopping by!

76 comments:

T.D. McFrost said...

Oh wow, congrats on the book deal! I can see why they snatched it up, the premise is to die for!

I wish I could enter, but, sadly, I read no YA in 2011. Now if this were either for MG or Adult Fiction I'd most definitely be a shoo in.

I wish you all the best nonetheless. (LOL, that rhymed) ^_^

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

TD, I changed it to any book. Go ahead and tell us your fav! :)

Rachele Alpine said...

Imaginary Girls was my favorite read of 2011...loved, loved, loved!

T.D. McFrost said...

Awesome! Thanks so much!

I loved 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

Jessica Nelson said...

I think I read The Book Thief in 2011? Sheesh. Maybe it was 2010. Anyway, I loved that one. ;-)

Jessica Nelson said...

Oh, and your pic is too cute!

Jen R. said...

Oooh, If I Die by Rachel Vincent! But I also loved the Iron King by Julie Kagawa. Argh, can't choose! :P

(I follow under Midnight Book Thief)

Krysykat said...

I loved 'No Place Like Holmes' by Jason Lethcoe :)
GFC- Krysta Banco

Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

Candace said...

GFC: Candace Hawkins

The best book I read in 2011 was Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky :)

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

GFC Jennifer Messerschmidt

Favorite book I read in 2011 was Delirium, Divergent, and Stolen: A Letter To My Captor. Also the Soul Screamers series and Vampire Academy series! I loved a lot of books!

Thanks for the giveaway!

mpg12345(at)aol(dot)com

Ash Krafton | @ashkrafton said...

Best wishes, Karen! The best book I read in 2011 was The Diviner by Melanie Rawn...but I may be biased since I've been waiting for that book to come out FOR YEARS after having read and fell in love with The Golden Key...

Cheers, Ash

LK said...

Best book? Darn, it's so hard to choose just one. 2011 had been a year of fantastic reads.

I think I'll go with Gayle Forman's Where She Went. It left the biggest impact.

Christina said...

The title of the best book I read in 2011 was Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I just love that series and can't wait to the third book! Thank you! I can't wait to read Tangled Tides!

caymanian_girl(at)earthlink(dot)net

Kelly said...

the best book I read this year was Significance by Shelly Crane. But there were a lot of good books this year. I have Tangled Tides on my TBR list and hope it is one of my favorites for 2012
thanks for the giveaway
delivery.RN at gmail dot com

Annie, Beckie, and Courtney said...

I would say, hands down, Divergent. In close second was the Hunger Games. I'm going through a dystopian phase ;)

Brenda Demko said...

I don't know which one was the best. Almost all of them were good! A new author(to me)
that I really enjoyed was Sara Humphreys's Unleashed. Thanks for the post. It's nice to know a little about authors whose books you read!

Jennifer said...

I'm a new follower and excited to be here! Best book I read in 2011... WOW... so many great ones. For now I'll have to say The Fever Series.

salarsenッ said...

Following!

I loved Jessie's DESTINED!

SHANNON O'DONNELL said...

I loved learning a bit more about you, Karen! My favorite book of 2011 was DIVERGENT, followed closely by a certain mermaid novel I read. :-)

Margo Berendsen said...

I am definitely going to read your book this year. Last year, the best book I read was a threeway tie between the Help, Holes, and Pegasus.

TammCramer said...

The best book that I read in 2011? That is a hard questions to answer as I have read so many. I think that I will have to go with a series. That would be the Celestra series by Addison Moore. I am so addicted to this one.

Kristine Asselin said...

Good luck to you all--can't wait to see what great things emerge this year for the Indelibles. Best book I read last year? Toss up between Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins and The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. :)

Stacey Jo Siferd said...

HI and nice to meet you!! The best book I read in 2011 was "Until The End" by Christopher Pike. Why? Because of his ability to transport the reader into the world of the book, he conveys true emotion easily--even when it's the emotion of a girl. That truly amazes me. Not to mention his wide array of characters :)

bakinstuff
at yahoo

Vickie Reljin said...

Yay! Thanks for the giveaway Karen! My favorite book/series I read this year was the Tiger's Curse series by Colleen Houck. They are my favorite books ever! :) I can't wait to read Tangled Tides!

cookie said...

the best book I read last year was definitely the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was so good.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the giveaway op, Karen! Your book has been on my wishlist since I first heard about it!

My favorite book in 2011 was Unlovable, by Sherry Gammon.

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

lisasanuma said...

Hi Karen! Congrats on the Indelibles endeavor, it looks great!

Best book I read in 2011 was probably Hunger Games, I have to admit!

Ashley Maker said...

I would love to win a copy of Tangled Tides! And what a tough question.. Hmm. I really loved Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman!

kbrebes said...

Best Book: Divergent!!!!

Randi said...

I read the Hunger Games trilogy in 2011, so the first book would have to be my favorite read. :) Thank you for this giveaway!

GFC: Randi M
randi.wedekind(at)gmail.com

Connie Hall said...

I became a follower of your blog. Your book sounds fun. I like fantasy but my favorite is historical fiction. The book I enjoyed most this year was "Free Men and Dreamers" by L C Lewis.

Brandy said...

Im a follower of your blog. My favorite book of 2011. there are too Many But Silence - Baeck Fitzpatrick, Tigers Voyage- Colleen Houck, City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare and The unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin are at the top of the list!

Lori M. Lee said...

Only one?! Gah... okay well, ONE of the best titles I read in 2011 was Anna Dressed in Blood :D

Diana said...

The best book is a hard choice, but a recent one that I loved is Variant by Robison Wells.

Marian Scadden said...

One of the best books I read in 2011 is actually a re-read: The Phantom Tollbooth. And there are about a gazillion other books I read in 2011 that I love. I may be exaggerating ever so slightly.

Library Lady said...

My favorite book last year was not a YA book. It was Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning.
GFC Library Lady
adsanders77 at gmail dot com

Carey Velazquez said...

I read so many books that I loved this year. For books released this year, I guess it would have to be Tiger's Voyage. Team Kishan all the way!! The best series I read (which spans a few years) is the Sevenwater series by Juliet Maurillier. Thanks so much for another awesome blog hop/scavenger hunt.

Sassy said...

So hard to choose just one, I've read so many amazing books in 2011. I'd have to say The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (the whole series is my best read of 2011) Such an amazing story.

Thanks for this amazing giveaway, your book sounds amazing!

s_l_a_s_c69@hotmail.com

Janel said...

It's a toss up between quite a few books for me, but I'll say my favorite was Changless by Gail Carriger. Love her steampunk world!

Sherlyn said...

My fave read of 2011 is undoubtedly Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey - vampire novel, I know, but I personally feel that it's much better than the Twilight Saga in many ways, though I'm a large fan of both! The best thing was that Jessica's Guide was free for Kindle for a few days so I grabbed my copy and got seriously hooked!!

purplecheval@yahoo.com.sg

Jemi Fraser said...

I already have your book, so don't enter me, but good luck to all the entrants! :)

Stacey Donaldson said...

I loved so many books in 2011, but I think one of my favorites was The Restorer by Amanda Stevens.

I love the cover of Tangled Tides!

writetomakealiving@gmail.com

CelinaOrtiz said...

I believe by pick for best read would have to be Divergent.

Celina Ortiz
judgenotbythecovers@hotmail.com
www.judgenotbythecovers.blogspot.com

Julie W said...

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Tangled Tides! I've heard good things about it :)

I think the best book I read in 2011 would have to be Under the Never Sky! It blew me away!
GFC follower: Julie Witt
jwitt33 at live dot com

Laura Josephsen said...

Oh, that's rough. I think the best book I read last year would have to be the Hunger Games trilogy. I suppose if I had to narrow it down, I'd say Catching Fire.

Jody FL said...

I have discovered so many great Indie Authors and My favorite book of all time and 2011 is Significance by Shelly Crane

Jody
iteachfl@aol.com

ali cross said...

You are so gorgeous Karen! I love that your blog matches your books and you match your blog and and and. I love that you'll sprinkle magic in all of your books. So happy to be associated with you!

Deb Cushman said...

The best book I read in 2011 was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Haven't read many indie titles, but my hope for 2012 is to change that :)

Mandi said...

I think one of my favorite reads of the year was a novel-in-verse called 'Glimpse' by Carol Lynch Williams.

Katrina W said...

Oh my the gorgus cover just blows me away !! the best book I read in 2011. Im not sure where to start ... would have to be... Shadowshifter by Melissa Ellis a new indie author I loved it !!

thanks for the wonderful giveaway !!

kat

kittee_cat@bigpond.com

Nicole Zoltack said...

One of the best books I read in 2011 was Delirium. I just started Shatter Me and that's awesome so far!

Valerie said...

I'm now following your blog and the best book I read in 2011 would probably be The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Thanks!

Katie said...

Clockwork Angel & I'm following your blog! :)

Becca Puglisi said...

So many good books in 2011. My favorite, I think, was Ashes by Ilsa J Bick.

Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

Julie said...

Eeeeek! I love mermaids! Fell in love during the Little Mermaid when I was four, then rediscovered the passion during Pirates of the Caribbean 4... currently writing my own mermaid tail at the moment ( :

And by the way? Your cover is stunning!

Best book in 2012 (this is a toughie...) would probably have to be Divergent by Veronica Roth. Couldn't get enough of it and DEFINITELY counting down the days until the sequel!

P.s. New stalker alert!

Juana Andrade said...

tigers curse book by Colleen Houck How do you follow your blog?

Susan Oloier said...

Your book sounds intruguing. I am a new follower, BTW. Hmmm...best book of 2011? This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers.

Aeicha @ Word Spelunking said...

Good luck to all the Indelibles authors!

Hmm, best book in 2011?! What a tough question...but I gotta go with Daughter of Smoke and Bone cause it was simply breathtaking!

GFC: Aeicha @ Word Spelunking
wordspelunker(at)gmail(dot)com

robinofrockridge said...

LOVE the Indelibles book tour blog. Great Job!
Best book I read in 2011? Whew, that's tough considering I read about 200 books. Suppose the easy answer would be Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. (An oldie but a goodie.)Also read Teri Farley's Seven Tears Into The Sea, which was my first look at a YA book about selkies.

BookAttict said...

My favorite read of 2011 was The Great Lenore by JM Tohline.

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Taffy said...

I really liked Forgotten! Your book sounds intriguing! THANKS for the chance to win it!


taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

Taffy said...

I really liked Forgotten! Your book sounds intriguing! THANKS for the chance to win it!


taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

Sher A. Hart said...

I think Open Minds beat the Hunger Games. Thanks for the chance to win your book too. sherahart at gmail dot com

Nicole@The More the Merrier said...

I read so many great books in 2011 but I think my favorite was Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.
GFC Nicole@ The More the Merrier

spyblue78(at)gmail.com

primrose said...

Oooh read so many great books last year. Very hard just to name one. Let me see..probably Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. The book is very creepy but for once I'm rooting for the ghost.

tcsg80@gmail.com

Tamie said...

That does sound interesting. The best book I read in 2011 is a tie between supernaturally by kiersten white and the Celestra series by addison Moore.
Thanks for letting me enter the comp. sounds like a great book to win.
Tamieg@collinswcollins.com.au

Mary Huff said...

I am now a follower and my favorite book that I read in 2011 is Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck. Thanks for the contest.

Teressa Oliver said...

I follow you by email teressaoliver at gmail dot come. The best book I read in 2011 was Hollowland

Christa said...

You don't need to enter me in the contest because I already have a copy of Tangled Tides:)
But the best book I read in 2011 was probably FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
Thanks!

suzebomb(at)gmail.com

Janet Johnson said...

I think this is such an awesome idea! Go you guys! And best of luck with your book. :)

Naomi H said...

I read a lot of books during 201, as I've rediscovered reading, so for me my fav book from last year would have to be Rachelle Meads Vampire Acadamy series book Blood Promise. Mind you I love the whole series, but I enjoyed that one most.

Jaime Gilligan said...

Ugh...so hard to pick. One of the best books I read this year was MATCHED by Ally Condie. It reminded me of one of my all time favorites - THE GIVER.

Thanks for the contest!

PS - I read about the development of your cover art on another blog (can't remember which one!). It's beautiful!

Matthew MacNish said...

Wow. What an amazing group!

The best book I read last year was A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin. The best YA I read is not yet published, so I can't say.

I.S. said...

I loved Howl's Moving Castle.

cigam9(at)gmail(dot)com

Erin Kane Spock said...

I love the cover. I would absolutely be drawn to this book. Congrats.

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