"If you love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end." ~Anonymous
GRASPING AT ETERNITY has been almost four years in the making, but finally, today, I'm releasing it into the world.
*throws star-shaped confetti*All of my stories are near and dear to my heart, but this was my first novel. This is the story that started it all and made me discover my passion for writing books. This is the series that can go on for as long as I'm alive, because these characters live forever--and I can't imagine ever getting tired of them.
*pours everyone Mimosas*
*pours everyone Mimosas*
The eBook is releasing first, but the paperback version will be available sometime this summer. Want a chance to win Grasping? Head on over to Twitter and tweet about my release. I'll choose several winners throughout the day. Here's a ready made tweet to make things easier:
Happy Book Bday to #GraspingAtEternity by Karen Hooper. Soul mates and superpowers forever! http://amzn.com/B0085CI5IE #YAWant to increase your odds of winning? Use my beautiful cover (designed by the uber talented Alexandra Shostak) as your profile image:
It's available for purchase on AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords.
And as always, I appreciate any and all Goodreads support.
Just in case you have no idea what the story is about:
Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.
Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.
Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.
While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.
I couldn't have done this alone, so some quick but heartfelt shout-outs...
My eternal thanks to my original betas/critique partners: Natalie Bahm, Megan Rebekah, and Marie J. Devers (my final editor and superhero). They have watched this story grow up and evolve over the years, and they've helped it go from a 110k word mess (it was originally 150k--eek!) to a better, tighter, more loveable book. Sara McClung and Alexandra Shostak swooped into my life not too long after, and read my revised-five-times story with fresh eyes and offered new perspectives. The fabulous Sara Megibow at the Nelson Agency also suggested a couple things that improved the story. My publisher Rhemalda was very understanding about me wanting to be a hybrid author, and they have been incredibly supportive. The Indelibles gave me the knowledge and courage to release this book. My beautiful friend Andrea who is the cover model. Alexandra again for designing the cover. My mom for reading twenty version of the story and loving each one. John for supporting me and my dream. I am forever grateful to everyone above.
Now, LET'S PARRRTTYYYYY!
Want to win more stuff? Leave a comment for a chance to win Grasping PLUS your choice of TWO (like soul mates) ebooks from the Indelibles. I'll send a list of participating books to the winner but there are LOTS of fab choices. Open internationally and winner will be announced on Monday.