Create a Superhero Contest – Winners!

Posted on: 23rd Oct 2017  /   Categorized: Renegades

Last Friday I announced the winners to the #WinRenegades Create a Superhero (or Villain) Contest on Instagram, and I’m excited to be able to share them here, too!

I am absolutely enamored with all five of these characters, and can’t wait to figure out how the grand prize character is going to fit into the story arc of the RENEGADES sequel!

On top of that, it has made me SO HAPPY to hear how many people who entered this contest have been inspired to take their characters and start writing new stories with these creations at the helm. That is the best possible result that I could have hoped for. I wish you many happy words and crazy plot twists! (And perhaps even a few NaNoWriMo novels? It is that time of year, after all…)

Without further ado, here are our winners!


“DISASTRO” created by Erin Fehres


“PRINCESS” created by Jordan Mundy

“BRIAR” created by Jadyn N. Marshall

“RECURSION” created by Aimee Lim


And our grand prize winner…

“WONDER” created by Laurel Wreath
Visit Laurel’s blog at


Congrats to our winners, and thank you so much to everyone who entered. I hope you had as much fun creating your mind-blowing characters as I had reading about them!


NEW CONTEST! Create Your Own Hero or Villain to #WinRenegades!

Posted on: 9th Oct 2017  /   Categorized: Giveaways

It’s time to give away some RENEGADES goodies, and my publisher has graciously provided me with not one but FIVE of these amazing ARC boxes, complete with Anarchist and Renegade button packs! (Omygosh I love them so much!!)



On top of that, I’ll be offering one grand prize winner the option of having their character creation featured in the sequel to RENEGADES, which will be releasing in Fall 2018!

All that is to say… it’s time to host a new contest!

What do you have to do to get one of these boxes? Easy! Just create your own superhero or supervillain by filling in the form below. No drawing or design skills necessary. (You’re welcome.)


YOUR MISSION: Create a New Superhero or Supervillain

Your character MUST include an alias and superpower, and you must choose whether they are a hero or a villain (or, if selecting “other,” you’ll have to explain yourself).

You can also include information such as their real name, interesting costume or weaponry details, and a memorable quote or catchphrase (all optional).


For example…
This character is a VILLAIN.
Real name: Nova Artino
Alias: Nightmare
Superpower: She never sleeps, but she can put other people to sleep through her touch.
Interesting costume or weaponry detail: A dark hood and metal face mask over the lower half of her face protects her identity. She also wears a utility belt for weapons and tools, most of which she invented herself.
Memorable quote or catch phrase: “I won’t rest until the Renegades are punished.”


Once you’ve created your character, fill in the form below with all their details and your email address, and click submit! (You will have the option to go back and edit your character until the contest ends. That said, please do not submit more than one character!)


FOR EXTRA CREDIT (and More Chances to Win):
Share Your Character on Twitter or Instagram!

– Create an image that represents your character – it could be a text-only graphic, or a sketch of your character, or a photo of related props… your image is NOT being judged, so what you do here is completely up to you!
– Post it to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtags #WinRenegades and #jointherenegades
– On Instagram, please also tag me: @marissameyerauthor




Four first-place winners and one grand prize winner will be selected based on creativity, originality, and overall character cohesiveness (i.e., that their alias, superpower, and other details work together to form one interesting character).

Right now, I plan on judging all the entries myself, but depending on how many entries I receive, I may need to enlist some people from my publisher to help me go through them.



TWO (2) extra credit winners from social media (one from Twitter, one from Instagram) will be randomly selected to each win a signed ARC of RENEGADES and some fun bonus swag!

FOUR (4) first-place winners will be chosen based on the criteria above to each win a RENEGADE ARC box with button packs.

ONE (1) grand-prize winner will receive the RENEGADE ARC box with button packs, PLUS they will have the opportunity to have their character featured in the sequel to RENEGADES, which will be out in the Fall of 2018!



This contest is open internationally. It will close to entries at 11:59pst on Monday, October 16. Winners will be selected and contacted no later than Thursday, October 19.


Good luck!



This contest is now closed! Due to the high volume of entries (998 total!!), it might take me longer than expected to choose a winner, but I do still hope to have all our winners selected and announced by the end of this week (Oct. 20)! Thank you for your patience. 

The Remann Hall Book Club

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017  /   Categorized: Book Love

Last month I had the honor of speaking to some of the residents at a local juvenile detention center – Remann Hall – thanks to the Remann Hall Book Club. It was an extraordinary experience, not only to meet the teens, but also to meet so many staff and volunteers who are working hard to impact the lives of these young people.


Being introduced by Margaret Ross, the founder of the Remann Hall Book Club.


I truly believe in the life-changing quality of books and stories. Books teach us empathy and courage. They broaden our perspectives. They show us that life is so much bigger than our own existence and that the world is full of endless choices and possibilities.


Unfortunately, having access to books and stories and ideas isn’t a reality for many kids. Too many grow up unaware of all those possibilities. One of the most eye-opening realizations I had when my husband and I were getting our license to become foster parents was hearing how many children who come from impoverished backgrounds have literally never left their own neighborhood. How many have never experienced the little things that most of us take for granted, such as eating at a restaurant. And how many don’t have a single book in their household.


Of course, many young people who end up in detention come from similar backgrounds. Now, I’m by no means an expert on this topic. I don’t know the personal stories of any of the teens that I met at Remann Hall. I do believe in personal responsibility and consequences for our actions. But I also believe strongly that everyone should have access to books. And that many people, when offered a choice for a better life, when shown a different path, will take it.


(Case in point: I just read this statistic a couple of days ago in Success magazine: “Whereas 67 percent of prisoners reoffend after release… that figure drops to about 20 percent of those who get an associate’s degree, and 5.6 percent of those who finish their bachelor’s.” If you find that statistic as fascinating as I do, you can  read more about the impact of prison education here.)


With some of the staff and volunteers who make the book club possible.


The Remann Hall Book Club, and similar book clubs across the country, may not be offering these teens a diploma or a degree, but it is offering them a chance to explore and discuss new ideas. I suspect it offers them much more than that, too, judging solely on my own personal love for books and what they’ve given to me over the years.


Perhaps most meaningful for me is that, for some of the residents who join the book club, it is the first time they have ever been given a book to call their own.


Thank you so much to the Remann Hall Book Club for inviting me to talk to the residents and for all that you are doing to make a difference in their lives!


The book club’s library, built largely by public donations.


If you would like to support the Remann Hall Book Club…

There are a multitude of ways to support the Remann Hall Book Club, including through monetary donations, book donations*, via Amazon, or through Tacoma’s local indie bookstore, King’s Books.

For full details, visit

(*When donating books, note that they must be paperback – no hardcovers – and they must not address suicide.)


…or check with your local prison or detention center. 

Book clubs are becoming increasingly popular in prisons and detention centers, as we learn more and more about the positive impact they can have both on the residents and on the community as a whole. You may want to consider finding out if there is a book club or education program close to your own home that could use your support.

COVER REVEAL! Lintang and the Forbidden Island by Tamara Moss

Posted on: 27th Sep 2017  /   Categorized: Book Love

I am SOOOO honored today to be hosting a COVER REVEAL! I don’t do many cover reveals here on this blog, but this is a book (and series, and author) who are all near and dear to my heart.


It is with utmost pleasure that I reveal the cover for…



A new middle grade fantasy adventure from Tamara Moss



The time has come to visit the forbidden island of Allay.

But first Lintang needs to find her captain, and it seems the only way to get to the Winda is to join – then escape – the Vierzan navy. Only then will Captain Shafira set sail for Allay, where the crew of the Winda must uncover what really happened to the country’s missing ruler.

When disaster strikes, and Lintang is separated from her captain again, she and her friends must sneak through the heart of Allay, battle terrifying new mythies and overcome Captain Shafira’s enemies to return to where they belong.

Lintang was left behind once. She won’t let it happen again.


PRE-ORDER NOW: Booktopia (Australia) | Book Depository (worldwide delivery)



Tamara has been one of my close friends and critique partners since we were both writing Sailor Moon fanfiction as teenagers (oh the memories!!) and LINTANG AND THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND is quite possibly my favorite of all of the works of hers that I’ve had the privilege of reading over the years! It is witty, fun, adventurous, and has some of the most breathtaking worldbuilding of any books I’ve read. I LOVED this second installment of the series and absolutely adore how this cover captures its excitement and vibrancy!


As an added treat, Tamara was gracious enough to answer a few questions for me!





1. If ever there was a series that celebrates confident, talented women in a variety of roles, it’s this one! Can you talk about why it was important to you to include such a female-centric cast?


Do you remember Captain Planet? That was on TV when I was in primary school, and my friends and I used to pretend to be the characters. I was always cast as Gi, because she’s Chinese and I have brown skin (I’m part Sri Lankan), and that was “close enough.” I was so mad! I grew up with not only a lack of female role models, but a complete lack of girls who looked like me in books and movies, and trust me, I felt ugly my whole childhood. I made sure I wrote a variety of women in Lintang, because I want girls like me to feel good about themselves.


2. Perhaps my favorite thing about both LINTANG books are the mythies! Some are familiar, such as dragons and mermaids, while others, like the malam rasha and the shadowdeath, are sooo creepy and fascinating! Where did you draw inspiration from to create such a variety of creatures?

Some mythies, like the malam rasha and the sea guardian, are actually influenced by mythical creatures around the world. I researched mythology in SE Asia for the first book, parts of Africa for the second book, and Japan for the third book, and drew my inspiration from them while adding my own twists. Others, like the lidao, I completely made up, creating their myths to suit the story.


3. I know that Book Three is in the works! *Checks inbox again to see if you’ve sent me the manuscript yet. Sees it empty and sighs.* What can you tell us about the continuation of Lintang’s adventures?

I’m 35,000 words into Book 3, and spring holidays have just started! Hopefully I can finish this draft in two weeks. Over the next two books, Lintang is trying to find her place on the Winda while travelling to different countries and meeting new friends – and mythies (see: the new character and predator mythie on the cover of Lintang and the Forbidden Island!). She’s learning different skills and improving her fighting so that one day she can become a fierce warrior like the legends in her stories. I can’t wait to see how she goes for the rest of Book 3!

Thank you so much for the interview, Marissa!





Booktopia (Australia) | Book Depository (worldwide delivery)



And don’t miss the first book of the series, LINTANG AND THE PIRATE QUEEN, available now! (A U.S. publication is also currently slated for 2018.)



Lintang dreams of having adventures on the high seas.

When a deadly mythie attacks the same day the infamous Captain Shafira visits her island, Lintang gets her chance, defending her village with a bravery that earns her a place on the pirate queen’s ship.

But they’ve barely left the island when Lintang discovers her best friend, Bayani, has stowed away. Telling Captain Shafira means betraying her friend, but keeping Bayani’s secret risks everything . . . including their lives.


PURCHASE: Booktopia (Australia) | Book Depository (worldwide delivery)

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Win an ARC of RENEGADES with the Superhero Selfie Contest!

Posted on: 19th Sep 2017  /   Categorized: Giveaways

Announcing the #SuperheroSelfie contest, where you can win an ARC of RENEGADES!

It’s time for me to give away another ARC, and it’s time for YOU to channel your inner hero! (Or villain…)

Striking a superhero pose with my girls at the Washington State Fair.




1. Take a selfie* of yourself striking your best superhero or supervillain pose!

*Hate selfies? Me too (ha!) – so feel free to get creative. I will accept photos of pets, dolls, action figures, clay sculptures, and pretty much anything you want, so long as it / they are in total superhero mode!


2. Post your photo to Instragram and/or Twitter. Include the hashtags #SuperheroSelfie and #WinRenegades.


3. Fill out this Rafflecopter:


a Rafflecopter giveaway



– Open internationally!

– Ends at midnight PST, September 26, 2017

– One winner will be randomly selected from Twitter; one winner will be randomly selected from Instagram. (Does that mean your odds of winning increase if you post to both? Yes it does!)



Each winner will receive a signed ARC of RENEGADES!



That’s it! Now go be heroic, or villainous… and good luck!


(Pssst, if you missed the news before, I am now on Instagram! Follow me here.)

Pre-order RENEGADES and Claim Your Swag!

Posted on: 11th Sep 2017  /   Categorized: Marketing & Promotion


We’re less than TWO months away from the release of RENEGADES (!!!!!!!!!) and all sorts of fun things are a’happening. Including this fun pre-order promotion, just launched by Fierce Reads!


When you pre-order RENEGADES and submit your receipt, you’ll receive a set of either Renegade (hero) or Anarchist (villain) buttons – and you get to choose your side!


See the full details HERE.


(P.S. I’ve been getting asked if you can pre-order two books and receive both sets of buttons. Technically they’ll accept only one entry per person. BUT, if, say, your mom or a friend wanted to pre-order an additional book, then you’d both get to choose a set. *wink wink*)


(As this promotion is being hosted by my U.S. publisher, it is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.) 

Watch the RENEGADES Book Trailer! (+Giveaway!!)

Posted on: 5th Sep 2017  /   Categorized: Renegades
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The book trailer for RENEGADES was posted at Hypable last week, and to celebrate the occasion, they’re giving away one Advanced Reader’s Copy to a lucky winner!

Now that you’ve seen it, hop on over to Hypable’s reveal page to enter their giveaway. Ends Thursday, 9/7!

The #WinRenegades Bookstagram Winners!

Posted on: 28th Aug 2017  /   Categorized: fanart
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Winners have been chosen from last week’s social media #WinRenegades giveaway! You can see the randomly selected winners posted on the Rafflecopter of this post, but I wanted to pull special attention to the #Bookstagram winners, because they are all SO PRETTY!


My plan had been to select only one Marissa’s Choice winner, but I love both of these SO, SO MUCH, I had to award them both.



So many amazing releases this year!! I don't know about you, but I find myself anxiously awaiting the day of each new release.😍❤📚. And one of those releases is Marissa Meyer's Renegades! The days have never felt slower, fellow book lovers. Seriously, the struggle is real. But what if… There was a chance to #WinRenegades ?! Well, in honor of Marissa Meyer joining the Instagram book community she's hosting a giveaway for…yep! You guessed it! She'll be giving away a much coveted ARC of Renegades!! I know…Total *grabby hands* right?!?! So, take your best #bookstagram / still-life photo or video featuring at least one of Marissa Meyer's books (My favourite is Heartless!). Include the hashtags #WinRenegades and #bookstagram and be sure to fill out the form for a chance to win! And don't forget to head over to @marissameyerauthor 's instagram and welcome her to the magical #bookstagram community! (Hi, Marissa! 😄 I hope you enjoy my pictures!)

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Look closely – the delicate lacey border is made out of BOOKS! I am amazed at how cleverly Dani set up this whole composition. When I first saw it, it felt like looking through a kaleidascope. Plus the harlequin backdrop and the roses… the end result is just SO pretty!



#winrenegades #bookstagram

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From what I can tell, this might be Ella’s first go at a Bookstagram, and she completely knocked it out of the park! I absolutely love the simplicity of the design, and how much impact the photo has with the Queen and Joker cards together in that dark, moody lighting. Also – the banner is real needlepoint! I had to do a double-take the first time I saw it. Such a unique idea!



This Bookstagram was actually the randomly selected winner, but I love it so much that I wanted to share it, too – look at all those fabulous textures! And also, the adorable chibi-Cinder!!


There were LOTS of gorgeous photos submitted for this contest. If you want to see more, check them out here!

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