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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.




Monday, August 4, 2014

New Book Details

You may have already caught the cover reveal for Frostfire on Entertainment Weekly, but for those who haven't, I'm posting the cove now, along with some other new information about the book.

So, without further ado, here is the fantastic new cover for Frostfire - the first book the Kanin Chronicles.

"Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite guard to protect the royalty. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her commander, Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin—a fallen hero who she once loved—appears to be up to something dangerous..."






Now for those of you that may have questions about the new book, I'm here to answer them.

When does Frostfire come out?
I'm glad you asked. It will be out January 6, 2015. It's available for preoder now, and I have a few links: here.

Is this a spinoff of the Trylle series?
Yes, it is, in the sense that it takes place in the same world that Trylle did. A few characters from the Trylle do appear in the Kanin series, and Ember Holmes (Finn's younger sister) is featured prominently throughout the books. This series takes place four years after the events in Ascend, which has given the characters from the Trylle some time to grow and change.

Do I need to have read the Trylle books to understand what happens in the Kanin Chronicles?
No, you do not. I wrote it with the goal of it being accessible to both old and new fans. With that said, there are a few allusions to past books and events that fans of the Trylle will enjoy, but nothing that will keep new readers from understanding what's happening.

Why did you want to revisit the world?
I loved creating the world of the Trylle, but Wendy's story only showed the tip of the iceberg. I knew that I wanted to write a complimentary tale from the eyes of someone who'd grown up in the world and knew it inside and out and could really showcase everything that's going on the troll world. Originally, I envisioned possibly writing the books from Ember's point of view, but eventually I realized that I wanted to start with a brand-new character, who became Bryn Aven. Bryn is fierce and tough, and she won't take crap from anybody, and I absolutely adored writing her and how she tackles the obstacles in her way.

How many books will there be in the Kanin Chronicles?
Like the Trylle books, this will be a trilogy. I only know the official release date Frostfire, but I believe the last two books will also be out in 2015. (With titles and covers to be revealed at a future time).

Why is the girl on the cover blond? Is that Bryn Aven? But trolls don't have blond hair?
That is Bryn Aven, and she is blond. The Trylle books really only focuses on the appearances of two tribes - the Trylle and the Vittra. In the Kanin Chronicles, readers will learn that there's so much more to the troll
world than just those two.

Is Ridley Dresden named after famed director Ridley Scott, who you frequently reference in your books because AlienBlade Runner, and Legend are masterpieces?
Yes. Yes, he is.

What about the Trylle movie? Is there any new news on that?
Unfortunately, I don't have any new news to share with you. The movie company still has the rights optioned, which is a good sign, but I don't have anything new to add. For previous updates, you can check out this blog: here.

It's great that you're working on this series, but what about INSERT BOOK HERE? When will that come out?
For that I would refer you to this blog: Ideas vs Things, where I explain why I don't talk about projects in process, and also to my FAQs, which I do update when I ever have new info to share with you.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mission vs Machine

There are easily hundreds of posts on the interwebs dedicated to reminding people the differences between "their" vs "there" vs "they're" and "your" vs "you're." Not to mention all the posts reminding people that "a lot" is two words and "irregardless" has never been a word. (You should check out Hyperbole & a Half's post about "alot" because it's funny.)

Today I am going to share with you a personal grammatical struggle of mine that makes no sense. I often write things that sound similar to what I want to say (like that one time I wrote "fart sailing" instead of "start failing" and when I caught in edits, I laughed for like twenty minutes).

One that I've done more than once - in hand written notes and outlines, so there's no possible excuse for autocorrect mucking things up - is I write the word "machine" instead of "mission." Like, "She has to leave on an important machine." Some machines are important, I suppose, but that's not what I was going for.

Now, I know the difference. Verbally, I've never once said, "Hey, let's watch 'Machine: Impossible' starring Tom Cruise" or "I'm going to go throw some laundry in the washing mission."

So I don't understand why my hands don't know what my brain does. But I should really come up with some fancy memes for myself to put up to remind myself of the difference.