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Crystal Caves Hits Print

Kristine Grayson here:
Crystal CavesI’ve been so busy finishing up two major projects before I teach the mystery workshop next week that I almost forgot to tell you my big news!

Crystal Caves, the second book in the Interim Fates series, just appeared today. A writer shouldn’t love one baby more than her others, but I love Crystal. She’s my favorite Interim Fate—which surprised me, considering I would have told you that Tiffany was before I wrote the books. (Poor Brittany. I love her too. And so do her friends and family.)

Crystal’s book is very different from Tiffany’s, which appeared last month. Tiffany learned how to negotiate life in a small city high school in Oregon. Crystal’s hip-deep in uppercrust Manhattan. And of all the Interim Fates, she’s the one who never wanted to leave Mount Olympus in the first place.

I hope you pick up this book. WMG Publishing marketed The Interim Fates series as YA, but it’s really just a fantasy series with protagonists who happen to be high school age. So, please, read. Enjoy. And remember, if you like this book, you can preorder the third, Brittany Bends, so you don’t miss a single word.

Oh, and for one week only, if you head to my other website, kriswrites.com, you can read my short story, “Geeks Bearing Gifts,” for free.

Tiffany Tumbles into Print

Kristine Grayson here:

Tiffany TumblesToday’s a big day for me. Tiffany Tumbles, the first in the Interim Fates series, hits print. Getting Tiffany in front of you readers took some work—and I don’t just mean the writing.

The Interim Fates appeared one afternoon as I wrote the Fates series under my Kristine Grayson pen name. The Fates got demoted, and someone had to take their place—hence “interim.” For some reason, my brain decided that three of Zeus’s daughters would take over the job…three of Zeus’s youngest daughters. Three teenage girls, in way over their heads.

Well, if you read the Fates trilogy, then you’ll understand why I couldn’t abandon those three girls to their (ahem) fate. I needed to know what happened next.

What happened was that Ms. Grayson, this hard-to-categorize romance writer, committed YA with a fantastic bent and no romance at all. Two separate agents gave up on the project, and one editor, well, let’s just say that she objected to an African-American protagonist in the strongest possible terms. As if I could go back and change Tiffany’s appearance in the romance novels to please that editor. As if I wanted to. (Nope, not at all.)

Fortunately, publishing has changed. WMG Publishing took on the project, and will publish the entire series this year.

Tiffany’s story, set in Eugene, Oregon, comes first. Next month, Crystal will share her tale from Manhattan, and it’ll all end with Brittany in Superior, Wisconsin.

I love these books. I had fun writing them, and I hope it shows. You don’t have to read the romance novels to enjoy these novels. (Nor do you have to be a young adult.)

Here’s the back cover copy for Tiffany. You can find the trade paper at your favorite retailer, and the ebook at your favorite online store, or click on this link.

Recently fired from her job as an Interim Fate, one of the most powerful people in the world, Tiffany VanDerHoven must move in with her mother in Eugene, Oregon. Tiffany finds living without magic hard enough, but high school? Not even movies or TV prepared her for that.

Tiffany has tumbled into “the real world,” and it baffles her.

To make matters worse, she can’t talk to her sisters Crystal and Brittany (the other two Interim Fates)—except for an hour or so, on the weekend, under strict parental supervision. Parental, meaning their mothers’ supervision. Because none of the girls can talk to their father, the Greek God Zeus, who started this entire mess when he wanted his daughters to use their Fateness to get rid of true love.

Tiffany needs to face her future, but first she must decide what kind of future she wants. One with her crazy magical Greek God family? One in the “real world”? Or can she discover the strength to straddle both worlds?

Whatever Tiffany decides will impact not just her own fate but her sisters’ fates, too.

“Grayson’s clever, humor-tinged writing is absolutely delightful.”
—Booklist

Tiffany Tumbles: Book One in the Interim Fates Series

Remember the Interim Fates, those teenage girls who had no business being in charge of the magical world? Well, they have their own books now. The entire series will appear in the next few months, starting with Tiffany Tumbles in August. 

Here’s the cover and the cover copy:

Tiffany Tumbles ebook cover web

Recently fired from her job as an Interim Fate, one of the most powerful people in the world, Tiffany VanDerHoven must move in with her mother in Eugene, Oregon. Tiffany finds living without magic hard enough, but high school? Not even movies or TV prepared her for that. 

Tiffany has tumbled into “the real world,” and it baffles her. 

To make matters worse, she can’t talk to her sisters Crystal and Brittany (the other two Interim Fates)—except for an hour or so, on the weekend, under strict parental supervision. Parental, meaning their mothers’ supervision. Because none of the girls can talk to their father, the Greek God Zeus, who started this entire mess when he wanted his daughters to use their Fateness to get rid of true love. 

Tiffany needs to face her future, but first she must decide what kind of future she wants. One with her crazy magical Greek God family? One in the “real world”? Or can she discover the strength to straddle both worlds? 

Whatever Tiffany decides will impact not just her own fate but her sisters’ fates, too. 

Right now, you can order Tiffany Tumbles for Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo and other ebook retailers as well as in paperback from your favorite bookseller. The next two books in the series, Crystal Caves and Brittany Bends, are available for preorder now. If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll receive an e-mail reminder when those books publish in September and October, respectively. 

The Latest Santa Story Just Appeared!

Dressed in Holiday Style ebook cover web 284I’ve had so much to do this year that I had to scramble to write a new Kristine Grayson holiday romance before the holidays began. I had written two before, and I really wanted to get the third to you before the season began. Dressed in Holiday Style is loosely related to the other two, but go ahead, read it first. Then read the other two.

Set in Chicago, Dressed in Holiday Style follows journalist Raine Wilkins on the night she meets the mysterious Niko North. Wish fulfillment, leaky boots, and a horrible press conference lead to magic and romance during the holiday season.

Dressed in Holiday Style appeared this week, and should be on all online sites as an ebook (if not, wait a day and it’ll be there). I know it’s on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.  It’s also available in trade paper. If you end up liking this one, pick up Up on The Rooftopand Visions of Sugar Plums, which also follow the adventures of S-Elves from Claus & Company.

—Kristine Grayson

The Entire Fates Trilogy Available!


For years, readers have asked for the books following Simply Irresistible. But the previous publisher wouldn’t release the rights, so we couldn’t publish them. The rights have finally come back and now, for the first time in years, all three books in the Fates Trilogy are back in print! They also have appropriate covers for the first time as well.

The books are (in order):

Simply Irresistible, available in ebook and trade paperback

Absolutely Captivated, available in ebook and trade paperback

Totally Spellbound, available in ebook and trade paperback.


Or get all three in The Fates Trilogy, available in ebook.

Enjoy!

Utterly Charming On Sale!

This week, if you have an e-reader, you can buy a copy of the first book in my Charming series, Utterly Charming, for 99 cents. If you have a Kindle, go directly to Amazon.com.  If you have a different kind of e-reader, go directly to Sourcebooks’ website, and you’ll find a discounted version of the book in any format for your e-reader.

Meet Emma of Thoroughly Kissed before she gets her history degree. Learn why I decided a side character really deserved her own Happily Ever After. Read Utterly Charming.

New Books, A New Cover, and News

In September, Sourcebooks will publish Charming Blue, the story of Bluebeard. Yes, that Bluebeard. We’re calling him a killer Prince Charming. Those of you who read Wickedly Charming have already met him, and you’re probably wondering how he can be a hero. The answer will arrive at the end of the summer. In the meantime, here’s the cover:

And I missed announcing a few other things. You can preorder Thoroughly Kissed, which will be out in June. I’ll have a longer piece on that shortly. Thoroughly Kissed is Emma’s story. (Sleeping Beauty, for those of you who missed Utterly Charming.) If a woman really deserves a happily ever after, it’s Emma.

And I have a Christmas novella  in case you want to get in the mood for Christmas 2012 early. It’s called Up On The Rooftop. I’ll make a proper announcement about that one in the fall, maybe with a few more Christmas stories…