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One of my current projects, INVISIBLE, is currently being featured on Wattpad

In the first week, INVISIBLE has received over 60,000 reads from the amazing Wattpad members and lots of great comments and messages. One of those fabulous comments was from BruisedDreams, who created this unique banner for Invisible. 

This is how BruisedDreams pictured Olivia and Mason at five years old when they first found each other…when Olivia spotted him crying on her front porch…when no one believed her that he was real because she was the only one that could see him. He wasn’t her imaginary friend, he was her best friend, and still is. 

I love the banner, BruisedDreams! Thank you so much!

My Crazy Corner: Introducing Delsheree Gladden, author of Wicked Hu…

My Crazy Corner: Introducing Delsheree Gladden, author of Wicked Hu…: What kind of teen wants to feed on pain and suffering? Definitely not your average high school crowd. The Roth siblings, however, have spe…

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Distractions…

“I use Grammarly for english proofreading because me and commas are not friends.”

When you’re an author, sometimes multitasking isn’t a good thing

In between graduating with my degree in Dental Hygiene and staring my new job, I had the summer to spend time with my family and get caught up on a few projects. Well, I planned to get caught up on a few projects anyway. 


With my To Do list looking something like this…
And my reading list looking something like this…

I didn’t get quite as much done as I thought I would. 

But, the real reason I didn’t finish as many projects as I would have liked was because I kept starting new ones! 

My main goal this summer as far as writing went was to learn a ton about promoting my new book, Wicked Hunger, and finish writing the sequel, Wicked Power. I did spend a lot of time figuring out how to market my book (the jury is still out on how effective it was) and got a lot done, but I made only about 12,000 words of progress on Wicked Power. 

Why? 

Because I wrote a completely different book instead and almost finished another one besides that. I thought taking a break from Wicked Power would help me work through a few plot issues I was struggling with. Instead, I got completely distracted. Sorry readers! I know you’re waiting for Wicked Power, and I promise I will get it done over the next few months. 

So what got me so distracted? 

My very first published novel, Escaping Fate, has been falling behind my series lately. As a standalone book, it just wasn’t grabbing as much attention. So, I decided to turn it into a series. Soul Stone is the second book in the series and follows Arrabella as she begins to realize her connection with Aztec gods has left her with an ability she’d rather not have and a new curse to figure out before someone gets hurt. Soul Stone is now going through beta readers and is planned to be published in early 2014. A third book, still unnamed, will complete the series, but will likely not be ready until 2015. Anyone who’d like to take a peek at Escaping Fate in preparation for Soul Stone can check it out Amazon, ibooks, and most major ebook retailers. 


The other project that stole my time away from Wicked Power was a story about an Invisible boy named Mason. After watching his family murdered in front of him, Masons tries to get help, but realizes no one can see him…except for Olivia. They become best friends instantly, but now as teenagers they begin to realize their feelings go beyond friendship. In the midst of trying to figure out the logistics of falling in love when one of them is invisible, Mason and Olivia become aware that a group of killers is hunting Mason, and if they find him, they have no intention of letting him live. The book is temporarily titled “Invisible” but I’m working on coming up with something better suited to the story. You can check out Invisible now on Wattpad
One last project to share, even though this one didn’t take up much time this summer since it was already written. You can check out my YA post-apocalytptic novel, Child of Destruction, right now on Swoon Reads for FREE! Swoon Reads is a new pilot project from Macmillan Publishing where readers and editors get to vote and comment on the novel uploaded to their site. The novels that garner the most attention may just be published by Macmillan! So stop by Swoon Reads today and check out Child of Destruction

Meet the Characters Blogfest

Get ready to meet some fascinating, fun, steamy, and scary characters!

This coming October I’m hosting the Meet the Characters Blogfest! 

Readers will get the chance to meet the characters in some of the hottest new YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal books. 

Authors get to share there characters with readers who are hungry to find a great new author and characters they can get caught up in! 

Readers…mark your calendars for a month long party!

You’ll get to know characters through character interviews. Find out the answers to questions about your favorite characters! Want to know what your favorite character looks like? We’ll have character artwork revealed! Want all the details about that swoon-worthy character you can’t get out of your head? Check out character bios! 

Authors, get out your pencils and laptops and start writing!

Sign up to share your characters through interviews, bios, artwork, and more. Get creative! That’s what authors are good at right? If you have a guest post that will highlight your characters, my readers would love to see it! 

Let readers get to know the stars of your book. Make them fall in love with your characters so they can’t help but run out and grab their story! Making a personal connection with readers is the best way to spread the word about your books, so sign up today to participate!

CONTESTS!!!

Because everyone loves winning great prizes, I’ll be hosting several fun contests during the blogfest where readers will have the chance to win paperbacks, ebooks, and loads of swag. 

Meet the Characters Blogfest Main Giveaway

Enter to win a prize pack of great books! Rafflecopter entries will be available every day, so stop by as often as you can to earn more entries. 

Hottest Guy Contest
Feistiest Girl Contest
Cutest Couple Contest
Steamiest Couple Contest

Vote on which character participating in the blogfest should earn the title! Your vote enters you to win fabulous book swag and a copy of the book the winning character stars in. 

Where do you sign up to be a part of the Meet the Characters Blogfest? 

Click here to visit the SignUp Genius page. 

Wicked Hunger Official Tour

Book Title:  Wicked Hunger
Series:  SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes
Author:  DelSheree Gladden
Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Length: 95,000 words/240 pages
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours

Setting, Setting, Setting
We’ve all heard that in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. How true is that in writing?
Where you set your story can have a big impact on the rest of the book.  Knowing how to choose the right setting, and knowing how a setting will affect not only the development of the plot, but how the reader perceives the characters and book as a whole is very important to a book’s success. People who grow up in small, rural towns may view the world a little differently than life-long city dwellers. Renters have a different outlook on a broken faucet than someone who owns their home. Someone who grew up in the mountains may have different day to day activities than one who grew up near the beach. The setting can impact so many aspects of a story that it is very important that the right one be chosen.
The first step in choosing a setting is knowing what types of settings you are prepared to write about. In other words, what settings to you know enough about to accurately recreate? Don’t write about living on a farm if you’re never so much as touched an animal that wasn’t a house pet. Readers who know about feeding pigs or mucking stalls are going to know that you have never done either. This doesn’t, however, mean that you can never write about a farm just because you’re a city kid. It means that you need to get to work researching, reading, and most importantly talking to people who have firsthand experience. An interview might seem daunting, but most people are happy to share their expertise.
What type of setting does your story require? It may be challenging to write a complex spy thriller with lots of action in a town of 100 people living in rural Iowa. Think about what events are going to take place in your novel and find a setting that is appropriate for traditional high tea, bird watching, corporate espionage, or whatever you plan to write about.
Another aspect to consider is how do you want your characters to be affected by the setting? Are they overwhelmed by moving to a big city for the first time? Are they about to be swept up into high class or political intrigue? Also, consider how familiar you want your character to be with the setting. They may be an old pro, or a newbie struggling to tread water. Is the environment hostile or restive? Create a setting that will impact your characters in a way that helps you further the storyline.
Just like a poor real estate selection, a setting that doesn’t meld with the characters and plot can significantly hurt the readability. Consider every aspect of how a setting will impact the characters, plot, atmosphere, and pacing. And don’t forget to do your research and make it as realistic as possible. Don’t give readers an excuse to put your book down.

SYNOPSIS
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.
Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens.  She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories.
One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.
AUTHOR RECOMMENDATIONS
Delsheree Gladden’s first book in her new YA series SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes is a riveting story of uncontrollable bloodlust that turns dealing with family, friendships, trust, devotion and love into a WICKED HUNGER~~~Susan Stec, author of Dead Girls Never Shut Up and The Grateful Undead Series.
AUTHOR BIO
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 teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree’s newest series, The SomeOne Wicked This Way Come series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.
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Book Trailer Contest!

It’s time for another contest!

Last year, one of my readers named Kaylee Blair created a music video for Twin Souls. You can watch her video here on YouTube. This was so neat to see her video! I want to give more readers an opportunity to share their creativity, so I’m having a Book Trailer Contest! 

So, how does this work? 

Anyone who would like to participate (you don’t have to have read my books) is welcome to try their hand at creating a book trailer for Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, or Wicked Hunger.

You can use any of the info and pictures on my book pages for each series to create your video, or do something completely unique. 


How do you Enter?

Post a link to your video on my Author Facebook Page between now and September 15th, 2013. I’ll share your link all over the place so readers can take a look and vote. 

What do you win?

The winner of the book trailer contest will win a prize pack of goodies the includes signed a signed copy of Wicked Hunger, signed bookmarks, ebook copies of my other books, Wicked Hunger tote bag, and themed ribbon bookmarks for each series. 

I’ll also be posting the links for each entry on my Facebook pages, blogs, and Twitter accounts. 

The winner will be chosen based on “Likes” on YouTube, votes/comments on FB and my blog. 

Thank you for participating and I look forward to seeing everyone’s videos!

Tour Stop | Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Update!!!

The Official Blog Tour for Wicked Hunger kicked off yesterday! I’m a day late sharing the news because I was out of town, but here’s the link for the kick-off post on Julia Hendrix blog, As You Wish Tours.

Stop b for my guest post on 10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer and enter to win an ebook copy of Wicked Hunger!

Tour Stop | Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Summer Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Summer Giveaway Hop Hosted by I Am A Reader and Book Hounds. 

Even though summer is winding down, there’s always time for a few more books! As a part of the hop, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of my new book, Wicked Hunger, the first book in the SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes series. 

Tucked inside the book will be a ribbon bookmark made just for the series and a Signed bookmark!

Here’s a little more about Wicked Hunger to get you excited!

Wicked Hunger

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious. 


Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories. 


One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.
Wicked Hunger is available now from: 
·        Amazon Kindle US
·        Amazon Paperback US
·        Amazon Kindle UK
·        Amazon Paperback UK
·        B&N
·        Kobo
·        Goodreads


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Giveaways, Contests, and more!

Who’s ready for some fun?

With the release of Wicked Hunger, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in promoting. It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun too! Now I’m passing on the fun to my fans!! Keep reading to find out more about the contests and giveaways going on right now. 

Wicked Hunger Autographed Copy Giveaway!

Just click on the button below to enter the Goodreads giveaway of 3 signed copies of Wicked Hunger. Time is almost up, so hurry!


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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Wicked Hunger

by DelSheree Gladden

Giveaway ends July 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Twin Souls “Like” Contest

Twin Souls needs more “Likes” on Facebook, so we’re having a contest! 

At 100 Likes we’ll be giving away a signed bookmark! 

At 300 Likes we’ll be giving away a signed paperback copy of Twin Souls!

At 1000 Likes we’ll be giving away signed copies of ALL 3 books in the Twin Souls Saga!

So, stop by the Twin Souls Facebook Page and enter to win, and don’t forget to invite your friends to like the page also!

The Destroyer Trilogy “Like” Contest

The Destroyer Trilogy is already over 500 likes, but we’d like to make it 1000! 

Stop by The Destroyer Trilogy FB Page and like to the page to enter for a chance to win autographed copies of the ENTIRE series! 

And don’t forget to invite your friends so the prizes get handed out sooner 🙂 

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Thanks to everyone for checking out the Giveaways and Contests!

Stop back by soon for more contests and giveaways, including a book trailer contest!

Wicked Hunger Book Blitz!

Wicked Hunger (SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes, #1)by DelSheree Gladden
Published: July 9, 2013
Publisher: GMTA Publishing
Synopsis:
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious. Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories. One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.

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Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Wicked Hunger

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Excerpt: Chapter 3: No Happy Endings

“I want you to stay away from that girl,” I say. 

“But she’s Laney’s cousin. I can’t avoid her without doing the same to Laney.” 

“Maybe that’s just how it has to be, then.” 

Giving up friends, it’s something Van should get used to, now, because it isn’t going to stop any time soon.

Van shakes her head. “No, Zander. She’s my best friend. I’m not going to bail on Laney like that.” 

“You think she’ll be happy you stayed friends with her when you kill her pretty little cousin?” I snap. 

Her head drops down, but I can still see the corner of her mouth twitching. “I can control it. I won’t hurt her.” 

“You can’t guarantee that.” 

“I won’t live like you,” she says quietly. “I won’t live alone for the rest of my life because I’m scared of hurting people.” 

I sigh and close my eyes. “It’s not about being scared, Van. It’s about being smart. Stay away from her.”

For a long moment, she doesn’t say anything. Deep down, I’m hoping with everything I have that she’ll listen to me. I can’t go through it again. Oscar nearly broke me. She can’t expect me to go through that with her. I won’t make it. Please just listen to me, I beg. When she finally speaks, her voice startles me. 

“She knows something.” 

It’s just a simple sentence, but it ignites my anger like a match to a fuse. “She doesn’t know anything! Nobody does. Get that through your head and quit looking for answers, Van!” 

My sister’s head snaps up and my hands tighten into fists at the determination in her eyes. “She knows something, and I’m going to find out what it is.” Then she throws open the door of the truck and runs away.


About the Author:I live in New Mexico with my husband and two children. I love expressing my creativity through writing and painting and I get a lot of my inspiration from my family and from the culture and beauty of New Mexico. I write mainly Young Adult urban fantasy, but my writing interests are ever expanding. I am also currently in the Dental Hygiene Program at San Juan College, so 90% of my waking hours are devoted to thinking about teeth for the time being! Author Links:Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon