Pics from the Dangerous Ladies 2.0 tour!

The Dangerous Ladies 2.0 has officially concluded! I'm home with my dog, husband, chickens, and wonderful memories. Last year was the inaugural Dangerous Ladies tour, which took us across the Southeast to some fantastic bookstores, and this year we headed up to the DC/Virginia/North Carolina area. Each stop was special; we had readers, bloggers, longtime friends, and fellow book geeks gather to chat with us. There was much fun & merriment!

If you came to one of our events, thank you! If you missed us, you can still get signed copies of our books. We left signed copies (along with some fun swag) at Hooray for Books (Alexandria VA), One More Page (Arlington VA), Fountain Books (Richmond VA), and Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill NC). 

And now I'm taking the month of August off from travel, so I can work on some very exciting upcoming projects!

NYT Bestseller!!! + bonus CAGE short story

Apparently I was in a fugue state last week because it slipped my mind to mention here that THE CAGE hit the New York Times bestseller list! It came in at #3 on the YA ebook list, leading to lots of happy sobbing, hugs with author friends, and champagne. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy! You all are amazing!!!

And as an extra special thank you, I have a very fun surprise: a free CAGE short story from Cassian's point of view! THE CARETAKER shows what Cassian was doing behind the scenes while Cora and her friends were trapped in the cage. There's a little romance. A little danger. It was a thrill to write and I hope y'all enjoy reading it!

The story is up exclusively at EpicReads.com. Happy reading! 

THE HUNT hits shelves today!

Today is an extra special day...THE HUNT is officially released!

 

This is the sequel to THE CAGE, and is crazier and more mind-bending than the first. Cora finds herself in an even worse situation than a human zoo: a recreated safari lodge where she, Lucky, and Mali are forced to serve Kindred guests as they hunt animals from Earth. Meanwhile, Leon's shacked up with dangerous blackmarket traders, and Nok and Rolf are being kept captive in a giant dollhouse experiment. 

Didn't I promise it was crazy??

 

Buy THE HUNT from Amazon

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And of course, I always encourage you to buy a copy from your local independent bookstore!

THE HUNT is available in hardback, ebook, and audiobook.

Want a signed and personalized copy? Order from Highland Books in Brevard NC or Malaprops in Asheville NC!

Duo launch party: THE HUNT and THE SAFEST LIES

Official launch party news for THE HUNT! Mark you calendars!

4:30-6pm, Tuesday, May 24
Transylvania County Library, Brevard, NC

That's not just the day the sequel to THE HUNT (book #2 in THE CAGE series) hits shelves, but also the day another fantastic young adult book will be published: THE SAFEST LIES by Charlotte author Megan Miranda. Megan M and I are teaming up for a duo launch party at Transylvania County Library. We'll be interviewing each other, signing books, and there will be plenty of freebies and refreshments. All are welcome for this free event!

And if you can't make the launch party in person but you want a signed copy of THE HUNT, you can order them from Highland Books in Brevard, NC or Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC. Just let them know you'd like me to sign & personalize it. And they ship internationally!

First look: THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL cover

I've been thinking hard about how to word this post to convey how strongly I feel about THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL, my debut middle grade novel, which comes out in October, and about its beautiful cover, which you'll see below. My feelings for the book and for the cover are wrapped up together so tightly that I can't really separate the two, and that is a credit to the illustrator, Dan Burgess, and the cover designer, Kate Gartner at Delacorte/Random House, who were able to take a story that means a great deal to me and give it a cover that captures my complex feelings for this book in this single, striking, powerful image.

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I love the contrast of the dark horse silhouette and the light horse; the moon, which is relevant to the story; the magical connection between girl and horse. I've gotten a glimpse at Dan Burgess's interior illustrations as well, a silhouette-like style that feels both classic and modern at the same time. And to go with the cover, here is the full description:

A contemporary masterpiece in the vein of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess, this stark, beautifully written story about a girl and the winged horses she sees will be cherished as a beloved classic for years to come.
 
There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.

One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own. 

Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?

Though the book doesn't come out until October 11, Random House has advanced reader copies that it will soon start passing along to booksellers and educators. I'm fortunate to have received a few copies, and the book looks simply gorgeous. 

GIVEAWAY:

Onto the fun part: Are you a teacher or librarian (preferably grades 5-8) who loves classic children's literature? I'm going to give away three ARCs to educators. Email a request for an ARC to meganshepherdauthor@gmail.com by Friday, January 22, and I will pick three educators to receive early copies!