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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Covers & More

So you know how I've been talking about Frostfire a lot lately, and it's the first book in the new trilogy the Kanin Chronicles? Well now I have the covers for the last two books series to show you, and I really, really love them. They're beautiful, and there's also subtle hints to what happens in the books, and I love it.

But that's enough rambling about how much I love the covers. I'll just show them to you:



So Ice Kissed, is book two, and Crystal Kingdom is the last book. I think Ice Kissed is probably my favorite of the series, but I love all of them. They're so pretty, and there's such great details in them. Ice Kissed will be out May 5, 2015, and Crystal Kingdom will be out in August 2015.

My website World of Amanda Hocking is updated with new info about the Kanin Chronicles. It also
includes some really great facts about troll society that hints at some of what's happening on the covers of the book. You can check out the Troll Facts: here.

So what do you think of the covers? Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Q & A at Goodreads

I mentioned the other day that there is a Trylle Re-Read going on at Goodreads, so readers can get geared up for the release of Frostfire in January. Today there I'm doing a Q&A for Switched at Goodreads. I'll just be stopping by throughout the day, so you can post a question, and I should be able to answer it. I think I'm currently all caught up, so unless questions start exploding, I do think I'll be able to get to all of them.

I will also be doing a Q&A for Torn on November 14th, and another for Ascend on December 4th. There are also giveaways for Torn and Ascend coming up in the Trylle Re-Read Goodreads group.

As the release of Frostfire gets closer, there will be more and more fun stuff coming up. I'll keep you posted. Until then, hop on over to Goodreads and ask me your burning questions. ;)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Frostfire & Fun

So I have several fun things to tell you about Frostfire


First, there's currently a giveaway going on through my publisher for a Frostfire gift pack - which includes the book, pins, and really sweet fingerless gloves. To enter the giveaway, go: here. And you should enter now because it only goes until October 21st.

(And seriously. I love the gloves so much. I'm gonna wear them everyday forever).

It is only open to residents of the US, because it's through the US publisher, but I will always keep you posted about any giveaways, including international.

The next bit of fun news is that in preparation for the release of Frostfire, there is a Trylle re-read going on over at Goodreads. Along with having a place for readers to talk about all their thoughts on the series, there will also be giveaways going on for each of the Trylle books. (The Switched giveaway has already ended, but the Torn one is starting up in a few days and Ascend will be in November).

I'll also be stopping in throughout the re-read to answer questions about the Trylle books. So if you've had any burning questions about the series, now is the perfect time to ask. To check out the re-read, go: here.

And onto the final bit of news: An excerpt from Frostfire is now posted on Wattpad. You can read the sneak peak: here. (If you're unfamiliar with Wattpad, it's a great site where people can post original works and get feedback from other readers. I've also posted excerpts from the Watersong series, and I'm sure I'll be posting more stuff there in the future).

The excerpt itself is the first chapter of FrostfireThe Kanin Chronicles takes places four years after the events in the Trylle, but the Prologue starts out right after the ending of Ascend. 


I have so much fun stuff for Frostfire and the Kanin Chronicles for the next few months, and I'm soooooo excited for you guys to read the book.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How I Bide My Time

All three books in the Kanin Chronicles have been written, and now I'm getting all jazzed up waiting for you guys to get yours hands on them. I literally cannot wait to hear what you all think about it. In fact, it's getting very hard to remain patient when there's only 96 days until Frostfire to come out.

So here's how I've been biding my time.

The majority of it has is probably spent cuddling/yelling at/playing with/cleaning up after my three cats and dog. For instance, I had to give my 60+ pound golden retriever Isley a bath today, and it turns out that she really, really does not like taking baths. Also, my cat Squeak can open drawers and doors, and my cat Sophie is constantly convinced she's out of food even when the dishes are full of food.

I also watch TV. My current favorite shows are probably Judge Judy and Chopped. I do watch a lot of the Food Network because I am the most boring person that ever lived. I don't watch a lot of new movies anymore. Like the other day, I started watching the new Transformers, but we were nearly two hours into it, and the dinosaur Transformer still hadn't been on, and there was still another hour left of the movie, so I gave up.

I do also read a lot. My reading tastes are all over the map. I read a lot of YA, mostly of the paranormal variety. I just read Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (which I thoroughly enjoyed), and I just got Belzhar by Meg Wolizter. It sounds like its one part Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and one part Sucker Punch, so I think that I'll enjoy it.

When I'm not reading YA, I tend to read a lot of nonfiction. Sometimes biographies (varying from celebrities s like Michael Caine to dictators like Stalin). I have many books about WWII too, because I'm fascinated by it. But what I'm mostly interested true crime novels, not always Anne Rule but in the same vein of that, and lately I've been on a binge reading about people who have escaped from cults.

As far as comics go, I've mostly just been reading the New 52 as of late. I go through spurts where I want to read a lot of graphic novels, but right now, I'm just not as in the mood for them. I'm sure it'll change though.

And of course, I'm always working on new book ideas - some come to fruition, many others don't. But I'm usually brainstorming or outlining or tinkering with one idea or another.

Beyond entertainment, I like to spend time with my fiance and his son, and my friends and family. Right now, I have been devoting a lot of time to wedding planning, since we're getting married in a few months, but soon, that'll die down, and I'll be back to filling my time with cooking shows and books and yelling at my cat and counting down the days until Frostfire is finally out.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ink

So I'm trying my hand again at Tumblr. Macro-blogging no longer seems to be my forte, but I like gifs and micro updates, so Tumblr seems like the platform to do that. You can follow me over there, although I will be honest and admit that I'm still getting the hang of it. But it's amandahocking.tumblr.com.

I also believe there's a feature where you can ask me questions, and I am open to receiving questions, and I am also very open to receiving tips on how to better enjoy my Tumblr experience.

I guess my one issue with is that I see people reblogging all sorts of great and interesting content, but how do you find it in the first place? I've stumbled across a few neat things, but I don't know how to figure how to find neat things consistently.

I've also been experimenting on Pinterest. I've got a couple boards going on now, with books and movies and just random things I like. I've used other boards to post inspiration for the Kanin series, and they're secret right now, but I plan on making them public in the future. So you can check out my Pinterest boards here (if you're into that sorta thing): www.pinterest.com/aehocking/

Also, I've updated my Upcoming Projects to include Trylle: The Complete Trilogy. It's a 3-in-1 special edition paperback that includes Switched, Torn, and Ascend, and it's coming out January 6, 2015. It's a great way check out series if you haven't already, or to introduce to any of your friends that haven't read it yet. And it's just time for the release of Frostfire, the first book in the spin off series, The Kanin Chronicles.

And finally, in just some fun news, I got some fresh ink the other day. I've been plotting getting new tattoos to add to my arm for over a year, and I finally got around to do it earlier this week.

It's a blue and purple peony, so I finally added some more color. I also had the black vines on my hand touched up, because they weren't done very well the first time (or the second time around). I cannot stress enough how important is to vet your tattoo artist. Ink is permanent. Make you sure get it done right.