Ever wonder if I'm a real person, or maybe just a fabulous looking (and completely humble) internet bot? Well wait no longer, I will be doing a double book launch for both MERCURY RISES and WICKED DESCENT at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Come on out! Tell your friends! Who can resist a book store on a Saturday night?

 

Scarlett Kol -- Double Book Launch

Saturday May 12 2018 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg 

 

Scarlett Kol -- Double Book Launch

 

 

Young Adult Double Book Launch of Mercury Rises (Inkspell Publishing) and Wicked Descent (Evernight Teen).

A girl looking to escape. A boy looking to be a hero. A love that could kill them both. Powerful forces keep them apart but coming together might be the key to saving New America from destruction—even if it costs both their lives. Mercury Rises is a retelling of Robin Hood by a young Maid Marian in a dystopian near future.

All families have secrets, but what Avery, the protagonist of Kol’s Wicked Descent, doesn’t know might try to kill her. Avery Belmont wants to know why her father disappeared, except the only one with answers is the striking, yet caustic, Drew Montgomery. But when getting close to Drew starts to have deadly consequences, living with the lies may be safer than uncovering the truth.

Raised in Northern Manitoba, Scarlett Kol grew up reading and writing about things that make you sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she’s still afraid of the dark.

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As most of you already know, my second novel WICKED DESCENT is dropping on March 2nd from Evernight Teen, but if you can't bear the thought of waiting until Friday to purchase, it is already available for preorder at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

 

To save you the search, Kobo can be purchased here or from Chapters/Indigo here.

 

iBooks would be here.

 

Barnes & Noble here.

 

I hope you all love to meet Avery & Drew. This book is one wicked ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello all,

 

Wanna know where I'll be for the next two weeks? Here is the schedule for the Mercury Rises blog tour. Make sure to stop by to check out the fun stuff we've been working on and to enter the giveaway.

 

February 19, 2018 – Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored – Review

February 19, 2018 – Literary Meanderings – Spotlight

February 19, 2018 – The Avid Reader – Interview

February 20, 2018 – Chapter by Chapter – Interview

February 21, 2018 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

February 21, 2018 – White Sky Project – Spotlight

February 21, 2018 – Book-Keeping – Review

February 22, 2018 – Confessions of an ExBallerina – Guest post

February 23, 2018 – Chapters through life – Review and Interview - Some deep probing questions here and a scene from Hawk's point of view

February 26, 2018 – Falling For YA – Guest Post - I did a dream cast for Mercury here - so fun!!

February 26, 2018 – Lisa Loves Literature – Spotlight

February 27, 2018 – Sincerely Karen Jo – Review

February 28, 2018 – Adventures Thru Wonderland – Review

February 28, 2018 – JeanBookNerd – Guest post - This has a vlog post, in case you were wondering if I was a real person :)

March 1, 2018 – Rachel’s Book Reviews – Review

March 1, 2018 – Firstbooklove – Review

March 2, 2018 – Haddie’s Haven – Review

March 2, 2018 – BookHounds YA – Guest post - A "What's On Your Desk" piece, check it out!

March 2, 2018 – Between the Pages – Review

March 2, 2018 – A Magical World Of Words – Review

March 2, 2018 – Xo Editing and Writing – Review


Also, remember to check out the other blog posts! Book bloggers do a lot for authors, we should all show them some love.

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Recently I was asked why I became a writer, and the answer was simple, I didn’t become a writer, I’ve always been one. A writer. A creative. A storyteller. Or as my report cards from Kindergarten through Junior High put it, “talks too much”.

 

But now here I am at an interesting crossroad of change. Tomorrow my debut novel will be released and I will not only be a writer, but I will also add the author badge to my Girl Scout sash of life. MERCURY RISES isn’t the first novel I’ve written. It isn’t even the first novel I sold into publication, but it is the first one that will actually see the light of day…assuming all bookstores don’t go on strike in the next 24 hours, which with my luck could totally happen. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, however, writing in the potential pursuit of publication has been a journey of about ten years. This may seem long, but I know many out there have hustled far longer than that and met with more setbacks and disappointments than I ever hope to, and for that I bow humbly at their feet. But ten years is still a long time, and now that the time has finally come, so do a bunch of mixed emotions.

 

I’m excited. Of course I’m excited. Part of me is still the little girl curled up in the stacks or in front of a sun filled window devouring the pages of my favorite authors like literary pixie sticks and gluttonously craving more. I’ve always wanted to be an author. I’ve always wanted to be able to tell my stories to anyone who would listen. And now that wish is finally coming true. Every second of edits and cover reveals has crackled in my nerve endings, charging me up like Frankenstein’s monster, ready to be unleashed into the world.

 

And I’m terrified. Absolutely, gut-wrenchingly, wake up screaming covered in sweat, terrified. In a matter of hours people will be able to read what goes on in my head. What if they hate it? But even more terrifying are the additional concerns that come with our modern times; what if it’s problematic? What if no matter how hard I try my story offends someone or multiple someones and becomes fodder for internet trolls and exposé articles on irresponsible authors. What if my author career is over before it starts? Or the worst of all; what if no one even reads it? It’s like trying to cross an invisible bridge over a pit of flesh-eating monsters. Each step puts you further and further from the safe rocky ledge, exposed and vulnerable, completely unsure if your next step will get you closer to the other side or disappear from underneath your feet. But even though the dangers, here I stand, about to take that step, ready or not.

 

So why do we do it? Why do authors cross their fingers and hold their breath and take another step onto that bridge risking a treacherous fall into a pit of doom and the wrath of a million internet pitchforks? It’s for that one fleeting chance that someone out there will click their link, pick up their novel in a bookstore or borrow it from the library, and for one small moment be taken away. For someone out there to read a line and write it on a post-it note to remember later. To make someone smile, or feel, or be seen. That for at least one person out there, all the work was worth it.

 

That said, I really hope you get a chance to read MERCURY RISES and love it as much as I do. Authors can be self-conscious, self-deprecating, nervous individuals (see above), but we write because there isn’t anything else in world we’d rather do. We are storytellers, and just like Tinkerbell, if people stop believing we might just disappear.

 

And if you do love MERCURY, or any other book by any other author, let them know. Leave reviews. Tell your friends. Keep believing.

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Have you seen the cover for WICKED DESCENT yet? If you haven't you are missing out because it's GORGEOUS!!!!

 

I am so thankful to the Evernight Teen team and their cover designer Jay Aheer for this beautiful cover. I couldn't be happier. Can't wait to share Avery and Drew's story with you on March 2nd. What do you think of the WD cover?

 

                                                

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The lovely Liv over at Liv's Wonderful Escape let me visit her blog today to drop my writing soundtrack for Mercury Rises and a cool novel aesthetic. Thank you so much Liv!!

 

You can check out the post here, and please stay a while and check out her other posts.

 

Also, don't forget about the preorder contest for the Stella & Dot necklace. Contest closes on the 12th and winner will be drawn on the 13th.

 

Happy reading!

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That's right all, the cover for Mercury Rises is now live, and you can see it below. Isn't it gorgeous! Thank you to the wonder Najla Qamber from Najla Qamber Designs for making such a beautiful cover for me to share, and thank you to Inkpell Publishing for all your hard work in making this book a reality.

 

                                          

 

Mercury is also available now for preorder on Amazon and Kobo until it's release date on February 13th. So that means it's time for a PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!

For anyone who pre-orders MERCURY RISES from either site and sends me a copy of their pre-order confirmation they are entered to win a beautiful "On the Mark" necklace from Stella & Dot. Contest is open internationally and will be drawn on release day. Good luck!

 

          

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It's been a rollercoaster of a few years getting ready for the launch of WICKED DESCENT, but unfortunately this ride has gone off the rails in a major way. My publisher, Rebelight Publishing, has decided to close and with that will no longer be publishing my book. Cry

 

I'm sorry out there to anyone who was looking forward to the book's release, but unfortunately things happen that are sometimes out of your control.

 

I don't know if this is the beginning or the end for my little book, but I promise I will update here and on my social media if WICKED rises from ashes. 

 

Thank you all for your support, and look for MERCURY RISES in 2018.

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After long last, my book baby WICKED DESCENT has a cover. It's a lovely purple that screams magic and mystery. Can't wait to share the Avery's story with everyone.

 

Small towns never forget.
 
The day Avery Belmont was born her father disappeared. Shortly after, her mother stole her away to Toronto, far away from the secrets buried deep in Shady Creek. But after her estranged grandmother’s dies, Avery is forced to return and face the rumors that she’s a witch, making her wish she’d never come back. Until Drew Montgomery gives her a reason to stay. 
 
Drew knows things that no one else knows. Things about Avery, about her family, and about what really happened to her father. However, the price for information might be too high as getting close to the striking, yet caustic Drew starts to have deadly consequences and living with the lies may be safer than uncovering the truth.

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Exciting news! WICKED DESCENT is inching closer to publication and today I read my first review of the book...and it got 4 out of 5 stars!

I am so thrilled, and absolutely terrified as I realize that soon other people will be able to read my work. 

As I breathe deeply into this paper bag I'm holding, you can read an electronic version of the review for Prairie Books Now right here.

 

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So today is my birthday and I have some exciting news to share. Come this time next year I will have not one, but TWO books published. That's right, MERCURY RISES has found a home at Inkspell Publishing and will be released in 2018.

Beyond excited to share Mercury's story with you. Best birthday gift ever!

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I've been quiet, for a while, but big changes have been happening. Things have been moving forward on MIDWINTER, and it's looking like a late 2017 release. 

 

The biggest change, however, is that MIDWINTER is now WICKED DESCENT. Sometimes you change a plot during editing. Sometimes you change a title. 

 

Can't wait for you all to read it!!

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The lovely YA Reads is hosting a party for the entire month of June exclusively for 2016 debut authors. How nice of them, right?

Anyhow, I was cordially invited to visit today and my interview is now up on the blog.  Come check it out and find out more about me and the upcoming MIDWINTER!! It's coming folks, it's coming.

 http://www.yareads.com/2016-debut-authors-bash-scarlett-kol/author-interviews/15575

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So as if you've seen any of my twitter feed you'll know that I am very shortly heading to the RT Booklover's Convention in sunny Las Vegas!!!  The most exciting part is that not only am I going to absorb the infinite wisdom from the author hivemind, I am also going to be hosting at some of the events. Yep, me, in public, talking to actual people. It's intense!

I will be at the Teen Day Party on April 16, 2016 but I will be starting out the week as part of the fabulous list of authors in the YA Spooky Sleepover Event.

I mean look at that line-up!! Epic good times guaranteed. Plus I have donated an aptly name "Take a Gamble on Canadian YA" basket that will feature novels from Canadian authors. 21 books. 1 lucky winner.

 

Now since this isn't my first rodeo (especially since RT was in Dallas last year), I picked up a few bits of wisdom for convention attendees, so if there are any first timers out there or those who want to make sure they are on their convention going game keep reading.

 

1. Comfy Shoes - Yes, you hear this everywhere, but remember it's not enough to bring comfy shoes, you need to break those puppies in. I bought new flats last year. Pretty and glittery and ripped my feet to shreds before the end of the first night. I had to rock booties with everything I brought, which although gave me a slightly edgier appearance, they were definitely not part of the plan. 

2. Make a Hydration/Caffination Plan - Line ups for coffee and other items (including snacks) will be longer than you think. If you want to make sure that you getting your morning cuppa or anything else you need to keep you from crashing before happy hour you need to make sure you plan enough time between events or bring your own to avoid the lines. It is also super important to make sure you drink enough water. You will be more rundown than you think after a couple of days, especially in airconditioned spaces, so stay hydrated my friends!

3. Make a Schedule (but plan to ignore it) - It's great to get the basics of what you want to see and do, but remember to go with the flow. You might find a new author you love that you want to follow to their next panel. You might go into writing business overload and just want a break after a day or two. Some events you plan might not be great. Some events that didn't sound appealling might turn out to be awesome. Maybe you just want to sit back and chill for an hour. If you want to get the most out of the convention, pick your must-dos then let your gut be your guide.

4. Chat People Up - Some people come to these conferences alone, some bring an entourage. No matter how you travel make sure to talk to people you don't know - in lines, in the elevators, beside you in a panel, whereever.  Most authors welcome good conversation and a little (non-crazy) fangirling. You might meet your next year's roommate in the shuttle from the airport if you're willing to talk to them (wait - I totally did that - Shout out to you C). You can get great sketchy stories from the RT veterans, and maybe you might pick up a new fan or blogger connection if you're a writer. Most people are super friendly, but if you get lost look for me, I'll talk to anyone.

5. Use the Swap Room - RT has this great place called the swap room. It's a great way to reduce your luggage weight if you get books that don't pique your interest, but it's an even better place to pick up great finds. I know I found at least four books that I desperately wanted cast aside in there. I do like to stress that it is a SWAP room, so I try to at least give up a title or two if I'm taking, but I recommend checking early and checking often. Best part, anything leftover is donated to local libraries (or at least it was last year).

 

Hopefully no matter what you do you'll have a great time. Anyone coming to RT this year? Got any additional tips?

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A few weeks ago, I tweeted this:

 

 

Almost immediately, I received a tweet back from the talented Mia Siegert, author of the upcoming YA novel JERKBAIT, who asked me for some tips. Not one to ever say no to a fellow author, nor keep my mouth shut (ever), I responded with a rapidfire of tweets. Then I decided with Valentine's Day soon approaching that maybe this would make a great blog post, so here goes.

 

Top Tips for Locking Lips:

1. Overdo it: When I was writing MIDWINTER I was working on a (spoiler alert!) kissing scene and it just wasn't working. Put head here, move mouth there, place hand A onto arm B - BORING!!! So I searched the internet and found some advice (sorrry I can't remember the source) that when writing kisses to go for it. It's always easier to dial down the heat than turn it up. Sounded logical, so I tried again and continued on with the story. Months later, I'm editing in a coffee shop when I come across that scene. Not even half way through and my cheeks were redder than the Starbucks holiday cups and twice as warm. It was over the top and needed to be rewritten, but for the first time the scene had what I was looking for - spark!

2. The Little Things: You've heard One Direction talk about so it must be true, it's the little things that make the biggest impact. Give your kissers quirks to make them memorable.

In highschool I was fortunate enough to have one really epic kiss. One of those kisses you think only exist in great books and Nicholas Sparks movies. But the one thing about that kiss that I remember clearer than anything else is the smell of pink wintergreen mints. The guy had been eating them prior to the big moment and to this day everytime I get a whiff of them, I'm an awkward swooning 17 year old again. Everybody has lips and it's expected that they will be in the kiss somewhere, but what about how a hand brushes someone's chin, or how their left knee shakes, or the cute, contented sound they make deep in their throat? Find the little things that make that kiss unique for that couple or in that moment to make it stick with a reader.

3. Matchy Matchy - Intimate moments can tell a reader a lot about a character, so the way a character kisses needs to match their personality or you need to have a strong reason why it doesn't (ie. macho character is really a teddy bear at heart), or the scene will feel unrealistic. Make it personal (see "The Little Things" above), and the reader is more likely to buy in.

A kiss also needs to match the story. Is it paced properly? You can't have a ten minute romantic make out session while the opposing army is charging. And what are the characters feeling? Is there urgency? Anger? Is one character more into this kiss than the other?  The best kiss in the world can kill a scene if it doesn't match the circumstances of the story.

4.Get in the Mood: Just as your characters need to be feeling it, it helps if you are too. Play your favorite love songs, watch some great kisses on Youtube, practice **wink, wink**. Do whatever you need to do to get into that head space.

5. Have Fun: I don't know about everyone, but I love to write kissing scenes because they're fun. You can mess with your characters and tug at your readers and generally whip up a whole pot of drama soup. Kisses can be funny or heartfelt, a slow build or completely spontaneous, clumsy or perfect, but they always change the game. Experiment with different techniques. Write, then rewrite, then change it up again. If you enjoy it, the reader will too. 

 

Anyone else have tips for great kisses? Who's your favorite literary kiss?

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It's 2016. I don't know how you feel about it, but I was completely blindsided. Sure, the new year has been looming for months now, but then all of a sudden it just showed up like an uninvited relative hogging your couch and eating out of your refridgerator. It's here and here to stay.

I had been looking forward to 2016, then somewhere around mid-October the clock started turning double time and I found myself far busier than I, or the laws of nature and psychics intended.

Based on the above, you can probably suspect that I'm glad to see 2015 go. Don't get me wrong, it was a great year, but I've been itching to recalibrate and refocus. I've never been one for resolutions, since I already have them broken before I get the chance to get them out of my mouth, but I do set yearly goals, and like most years they include some writerly type things.

Finish my 3 WIPs: Yep, you heard it here first, I have not one, not two, but three WIPs in varying states of completion between the 75-95% marks that desperately need some closure. I love all these stories, but each one is vastly different and I have a bad habit of becoming enamoured with any two of the projects that I am not currently working on. But that's gonna change! I'll have to love the one I'm with if it kills me as I have made a promise to myself  (and my writing group - damn accountability!) that I will start no new projects - novel length anyway - until all three projects are at least in the shiny completed first draft stage.  

Write Every Day-ish: I've tried. I really have, but I've never seemed to be able to keep up with this one. I always tell myself that I don't have time to do anything substantial so why bother unless I have time to make progress. Then days drift into weeks and I get nothing done, then I binge write and spend so much time trying to figure where I left off that I would have been more productive to have written 5 words a day to this point. So the new goal is 10 minutes a day. I know it's not much but hopefully I will write more than the minimum and at least keep my plot fresh in my mind. I have an app to record this. It's happening. Exception: There is no way I'm writing in Vegas this year or if I visit any places that have a swim up bar, hence the "ish". The relaxation is far more valuable than any words!!

Read More: You can always read more books. It's great for writing research and it's the best thing I can do for my brain apart from locking myself away from the world for five days (who has time for that?). I'm on Goodreads and I'm taking the Goodreads 2016 reading challenge. I'm slated for 30 books, more than two a month. Wish me luck.

Enjoy Ever Second of MIDWINTER's Release: Don't know if you heard, but I have this little thing going on this year called the release of my debut novel! I am so ridiculously excited about this experience, even though I know there is still a lot of hard work ahead of me before I will finally see my baby in pages. One of my biggest goals this year is to enjoy every minute of this release. You can only have a first time once, and for me it was definitely worth the wait!

So there you have the main goals for this year. I have a few others, like stalking Katie McGarry at RT Booklover's Convention (nothing illegal, just a little fangirling, call off the FBI), but here's hoping that 2016 is a writing success.

What are your goals for 2016?

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As you may have noticed on my "Works" page that the release date for MIDWINTER has moved from Spring 2016 to Fall 2016. 

I'm sure all of you out there are impatiently waiting for this book to come out (or maybe it's just me), but I promise the delay will result in a better read for everyone. 

Thanks for your patience!

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