Friday, May 25, 2012

GRASPING AT ETERNITY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

"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*
*pours everyone Mimosas*
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.

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 #YA
Want 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.

34 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What a huge day! Such beautiful cover art! I want to read and REVIEW this book! It looks delish!

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  2. Yay! I'm so excited to get to read this finally!! =) So happy for you!

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  3. congrats! This novel sounds uber fabulous and I can't wait to read it. I love soul mate stories!

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  4. WOOHOO!! I started reading it all over again last night. Nathan. Sigh. MY HEART. <3 <3 <3

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  5. Yay!!!! I remember hearing about this story and will be checking it out. I can get it on my Nook, right? I LOVE the cover. It's beautiful.

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  6. Thanks so much, everyone! :) *hugs*

    Jessica. yes, it's available for Nook.

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  7. I am so, so excited for you, Karen! Can't wait to read your beautiful book! Congrats!!!!! <3 <3 <3

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  8. congratulations! I can imagine how this story would be near and dear to your heart- the premise sounds amazing! I love me some reincarnation and soul mates!

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  9. So happy for you now that Grasping At Eternity is officially released!! I do envy your beautiful friend Andrea for being able to be a cover model XD I'll be spreading word about the book birthday like wildfire! And congratulations on the release, of course ;D

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  10. Congratulations, and happy release day! :)

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  11. Happy book birthday, Karen! I did a post today to celebrate. I'm absolutely loving it!! Really. :)

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  12. Congratulations on your new book launch which represents the culmination of so much hard work.

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  13. Congratulations!! You must be so stoked.

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  14. So exciting! It's gotta feel good to finally have it out there. :)

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  15. Congratulations, Karen! You are on a roll!

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  16. You're sending your baby out into the world...and the world will love it! Congratulations!!

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  17. Congratulations, Karen! I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to read GAE! <3

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  18. YAY!!!!!!! Congratulations :)

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  19. WE ARE ALL SOO EXCITED!!! :)
    epic, chyeah.

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  20. Congratulations, Karen!! I loved Tangled Tides, so I cannot wait to get my hands on Grasping at Eternity!! :) BTW, I absolutely adore the cover!! Congrats again and Happy Release Day!!

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  21. What an awesome book Karen! I hope you do keep this series going forever! So glad it finally got out!

    Congrats on your release day!! Whoop whoop!!

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  22. Congrats!! I bet it's fantastic finally revealing to the world characters that have been around for so long, you know them like old friends. Now other people can get to know them too. And I love the cover! R.

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  23. Congratulations on your big day!!! Can't wait to read it :)

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  24. I'm so excited for you Karen! I've been following Amazon #s and it looks like it's doing great! MANY HUGS!!! Can't wait to congratulate you in person in 2 months. :)

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  25. Congrats!! What an amazing cover and the story sounds fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  26. Congrats! The cover is beautiful!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

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  27. This sounds intriguing. Talk about a good day to find your blog! Look forward to following you and your future successes.

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  28. makes me smile to see that GAE is finally getting it's release

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  29. Dang it. I totally missed this. I guess that's what I get for taking Friday off.

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