Who Wants to Hear Some Exciting News???!

Published June 19, 2016 by Ashley Townsend

Come hither, come hither! (wherever “hither” is) I have some exciting news! Drum roll please.

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DEFYING SHADOWS IS OFFICIALLY OFF TO THE PUBLISHER!!!

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After rushing to get the final round of edits done–moving past burning eyes, late nights, coffee abuse, and a serious lack of social engagements–Defying Shadows (click here to add it on Goodreads) is officially ready to go to print. WEEEEEE!!!!!!

It has literally been a decade from the start of this series to getting Rising Shadows published (see where it all began here), seeing Chasing Shadows in print, and now sending off the final book in the trilogy. I am crazy excited to share it with you all (July 2016 release date TBA), but it’s also a little strange to know that this series has come to a close.

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Of course, I’ll read it when it comes out (say, 20 or 100 times), but I’ll never get to write a new scene between Sarah and Will, never laugh at Karen and Seth’s antics (the badger moment you will experience in Defying Shadows), and never sigh with confused emotions when Damien breaks/mends my heart a thousand times over.
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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” sounds pretty appropriate for how I felt doing that final read-through. But although it is incredibly bittersweet to send my little word-child off to the presses all on his lonesome (yes, I laughed, I cried), it’s also really exciting to have the chance to dive into new series and novels that have been gnawing at my writer-mind for so long. Plus, I can always go back to visit Sarah and the gang in Serimone because . . . badum da dum!!! . . . yet another surprise:

RISING SHADOWS IS COMING OUT IN PAPERBACK!!!

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That’s right, Ink Smith requested the rights to have the first book, so it will be re-released in paperback in mid- late-July along with Defying Shadows.

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Soon, I will have the ENTIRE Rising Shadows Trilogy on my bookshelf, looking all pretty and fabulous, and you will too! And because Rising Shadows will be revamped in paperback in a month, I figured the oldest sibling in the family needed a new look. I’m not going to ask for a show of hands (because I can’t see your hands), so I’m just going to assume I can drop another bombshell on you today and REVEAL THE NEW COVER FOR RISING SHADOWS!!! ^_^

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“Would you entrust your future with a hero of the past?”

I know, it’s fabulous, feel free to fangirl.

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The incredibly talented Elegant Stylus (click here to stay updated on future designs), who imagined the drool-worthy cover for Defying Shadows, also decided to revamp the cover for Book I in the trilogy, and I am LOVING it! Feel free to share around, and I am waiting with baited breath for the moment these lovelies can all grace my shelf, side by side. I might even have an entire room for them. Hmm. Something to consider.

Now, I'm taking a full day to organize my bookshelf and get back to Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matsen. Yep, I'm going to read an entire book this week and listen to music and not have a schedule.
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8 comments on “Who Wants to Hear Some Exciting News???!

  • AHHH SO MUCH EXCITEMENT.
    So, will it be available at Ream Makers? So I can buy a copy from my fabulous roommate? 😉

    Seriously. So excited for you. I can’t imagine that kind of feeling. o.o *hugs the series* Look at them, going out on their own away from their mama. 😛

    // katie grace
    a writer’s faith

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    • It will be out before then, so I should have *sing songs* copies to bring! Oh, you totally will know what it feels like someday, because from what I’ve heard around circles, you’re a fantastic writer (and I’m hoping to read some of your work, too!). I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU!!!!😁

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  • Silly me, I thought I left a comment on here ages ago haha…but this cover is sooo gorgeous! I can’t wait have this entire series in my hands and on my bookshelf! And most importantly, I can’t wait to re-read one of my favorite worlds (and characters) all over again 😀 I really wish I could go to Realm Makers to meet you, but congrats again!!

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    • Isn’t it fantastic? I’m so pleased with how the new covers turned out! You know your love of these characters always warms my crusty ol’ ticker. Haha. I can’t wait to share the entire series in paperback with you (check the acknowledgements in the back!!! Hint: I put my favorites first *wink*), and I might be sending you some samples of my upcoming duology in a few months…. 😁
      Ugh. I SO wish you were going, but if you are ever in SoCal, just shoot me an email. I’d seriously love to meet my #1 Shadow and the amazing writer that I call a friend!

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      • I’m super excited to see them 🙂 And send away!! I’m already super excited to read them! But I’ll definitely remember that. It really stinks because Villanova isn’t far away from Philly at all but with classes, I can’t make it which makes me even more upset because you’ll be so close to me!

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