A sneak peek at THE CAGE

I came home yesterday from a week-long writing workshop to homemade cookies, an almost-finished chicken coop, and a package from my publisher that contained finished copies of THE CAGE! This is my first time seeing the book in its final form, and it's just beautiful. HarperCollins has always done an exceptional job capturing 350+ pages of story and translating it into a single visual image.

You can read the first chapter of THE CAGE at Hypable.

It hit shelves on May 26 but you can preorder now and get extra bonus goodies.

Isn't it striking?

Upcoming workshop at Spellbound bookstore

Local friends! I'm giving a writing workshop for teen writers this Friday at 6pm at Spellbound bookstore, just north of Asheville NC. 

Here's the info:
This is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” interactive writing workshop, opening with Megan talking to teens about a writer’s life and how she became an author, then discussing the four key elements of story and collaborating on creating a story framework together. For ages 13-18 only. Admission is $15 or purchase of one of the author’s hardcover books from Spellbound. (This includes pre-ordering The Cage.) Pre-registration (by Thursday April 9, 2015) is required. Register online (below), in person, or by phone. Please call Spellbound staff at (828) 708-7570 with any questions

Here are more details.

Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt is on!

Hi! I'm Megan Shepherd, and this year I'm participating in the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt, a game that lets readers win prizes while getting to know some great YA authors and books. You have a chance to win a book from every author on the hunt (50 total!) as well as read exclusive content the authors are putting up just for this game.

This is me:

headshot.jpg

And these are my books:

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

This year I'm on the GOLD team.

THE RULES

Directions: Somewhere in this post I've listed my favorite number and bolded it. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up. Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Note: There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM--but there are also other color teams for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books.

ONTO THE GAME!

Today, I am hosting author Laurisa White Reyes on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

Laurisa White Reyes is the author of The Celestine Chronicles, The Crystal Keeper series, and Contact. She is also the editor-in-chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and the Senior Editor of Skyrocket Press. She loves chocolate, Broadway musicals, and rainstorms, and lives in Southern California with her husband and five children.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here!

Her latest book is CONTACT.

CONTACT description:

Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.
 
To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.

And Laurisa has provided some exclusive content as part of the hunt, a fictional interview between TV host Ellen and the main character of CONTACT, Mira Ortiz:

TODAY ON ELLEN!!!

Ellen DeGeneres’s exclusive interview with the girl everyone’s talking about, Mira Ortiz.

ELLEN:  Hello, Mira, and welcome to the show. So, you’re all over the news these days, what with your father winning the election and you surviving the fire and all. Tell us, how does it feel to be the daughter of California’s first Hispanic governor?

MIRA: Great, I guess? Well, that’s not completely true. I don’t like being in the spotlight all the time. Things were bad enough when my dad was being investigated for those deaths caused by the illegal Guadium trials, and then when I ended up in the hospital after—well, you know—the media wouldn’t leave me alone. I prefer to stay under the radar, but that’s kind of hard to do when you’re father’s famous.

ELLEN: Yeah, what a bummer. So, why do want to be so isolated?

MIRA: It’s hard to explain, but when I touch people, skin to skin, I upload their psyches into mine.

ELLEN: Really? Cool.

MIRA: Not cool. Actually, it’s painful and overwhelming. I can’t control it, so I do everything I can to avoid touching people. I wear a hoodie all the time and stay in my room a lot.

ELLEN: That must make it hard to get close to anyone. Tough on relationships. So you don’t touch anyone?

MIRA: No one.

ELLEN:  Not even that cute guy you were rescued with? You’ve been seen around town together lately. What was his name?

MIRA (blushing): David. His name is David.

ELLEN:  Oooh-la-la! Can we talk about him?

MIRA: I’d rather not.

ELLEN:  Another bummer. But I respect that. Well, before we cut to commercial, I just have one more question to ask. I understand you’re a fan of Broadway musicals.

MIRA: Yes. My room’s covered in playbills.

ELLEN:  Do you have a favorite?

MIRA: I really love Les Miserables. Dav—I mean, a friend gave me a collector’s album recently and I spend a lot of time listening to it. The music helps me face everything that’s happened the past few weeks. It hasn’t been easy.

ELLEN: I image it hasn’t, but with your dad as the new Governor, I suppose you’ll have plenty to keep your mind occupied. And maybe David will help, too.

MIRA (smiling): Maybe.

ELLEN: Thanks, Mira. It was a pleasure to meet you. (To the camera) Stay tuned to learn how to make slammin’ summer subs from the chef of one of So Cal’s favorite sandwich shops, Berge’s. 

(to Mira) You ever been there?

MIRA: Yes, actually, I have. It’s one of my favorite’s, too.

ELLEN: Well, stick around and maybe you can give us some pointers. We’ll be right back!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

Thanks, Laurisa! Are you readers curious about what exclusive content I'm going to reveal as part of the hunt? I'll give you a hint…it has to do with my new book, THE CAGE, and it involves the number eight! You'll have to keep hopping blogs until you find the Gold Team author who is hosting my content.

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Kelly Hashway! Continue the game by visiting her blog here.

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win this mega CAGE prize pack, which includes a signed ARC of THE CAGE, a custom CAGE sticker sheet, and a CAGE bookmark!

Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi! This year I'll be participating in the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt, which is a giant blog hop where you can win free books and get introduced to new YA authors. There are eight colored teams this year, and I'll be part of the #TeamGold. The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th.

For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website

See you on April 2nd, when I'll be posting some exclusive content and giving away an advanced copy of THE CAGE!

THE CAGE preorder offer: sticker sheets!

THE CAGE is now available for preorder! You can preorder at great discounts from online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Book Depository, or preorder from your favorite independent bookstore. (Don't know where your closest one is? Find it here!)

But I wanted to tell you about a special preorder campaign. If you preorder THE CAGE from Highland Books, my family's independent bookstore, before May 25, you will not only get a signed and personalized copy of the book, but also a free CAGE bookmark and this CAGE sticker sheet!

Here's how to get the sticker sheet:

  • The Highland Books website isn't set up to take online orders, but you can order the book by emailing highlandbooks@comporium.net or calling 828-884-2424.
  • Tell them you want to preorder THE CAGE and get the free stickers.
  • If you would like for me to personalize the book to a particular person or with a particular saying, let them know. Otherwise I will just sign the book with my name.
  • That's it! They can ship nationally and internationally, and give you a cost estimate for shipping.