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Onyx & Ivory Street Team Sign-Ups

Dear friends, it’s January 15, and that means we’re exactly four months away from the release of Onyx & Ivory. I just can’t believe it. How did this happen? Oh wait, time flies, that’s how it happened.

O&I Street Team Sign-Ups

Speaking of time, as usual I’m running short on it, which means I’m only just now launching the official Onyx & Ivory Street Team. For those of you unfamiliar with street teams, basically you sign up to help promote the book, both online and around your town, and in return you receive exclusive content and prizes. If you already know what’s up, the sign up link is at the bottom of this email.

Some caveats. This is my very first time trying something like this, and as such I’ve no actual idea what I’m doing, but I promise to do my best. There will be a learning curve, though, so please keep that in mind. I’m also looking for anyone interested in captaining the team. Basically this person will be my go-to individual(s) for questions and suggestions about tasks and prizes and whatnot. If you’re interested, send me an email.

How it Works

  • There will be 12 tasks total. The first 2 will be two weeks apart starting Feb 11. Then starting Mar 11 there will be 1 task per week until release week.
  • A special newsletter will appear in your inbox providing the details of the assigned task (including how to get credit for it), the due date, and the exclusive content and/or prizes up for grabs.
  • For every task completed, you will be entered to win a major prize package at the the end of the launch.
  • To qualify for the big giveaway, you have to complete 10 out of 12 tasks, but you will receive points for every task, so doing them all will increase your chances off winning.
  • Depending on the number of sign-ups, there might be several big prizes at the end.
  • Everyone who completes 10 of the 12 tasks will receive a swag package, including bookmarks, book plates, and other goodies.
  • Open internationally.

Exclusive Content & Prizes

All of these are things I hope to offer, although I can’t promise everything will happen. There will also be more. Again, I’m learning as I go.

  • Advanced Readers Copies (most likely eArcs, but some of the giveaways will include physical arcs)
  • Interactive Map
  • Exclusive Badges
  • Dream Cast
  • Quizzes to determine your magic type
  • Previews of Book 2
  • Bookmarks + bookplates + other swag (including the original inspiration for the “moonbelts” in the story)

  • Trading Cards
  • Signed Copies of other books like these (candles, too!):

  • And some of my own books, of course.

Other Details

As I mentioned above, this is my first time doing this, and I want to say thanks ahead of time to any of you that sign up. It’s no secret that a lot of success for a book is based on how much buzz it generates, and a street team can go a long way to helping create that. It might not seem like it, but every mention helps.

Also, I promise to keep these tasks reasonable. I understand how valuable your time is. It’s the same for me. Some of you might not know that I work a full time day job in addition to the writing gig, which frankly, is also full-time. I also have two children young enough that they can’t be left home by themselves longer than an hour. Not to mention horses, dogs, and cats to take care of. So yeah, I get it. Every task will be designed to be doable even for someone with a hectic and crazy schedule.

Street Team Sign up

And finally, at last, you can sign up here. Just be signing up, you’ll be given access to the first five pages of Onyx & Ivory to read online.

Musingly Yours,

Mindee

Onyx & Ivory Cover Reveal

Big news! The cover for my next book, Onyx & Ivory, was released into the world last Wednesday by the awesome folks over at Happy Ever After. You can check out the post here. Or you can scroll down to see it in this post. I’ll wait until right here until you’re done…

So…what do you think? Awesome, right? When I first saw this I simply had no words, which is saying something for a writer. Seriously, though, I love it. The artist is Santi Zoraidez and you can check out more of his awesome work on his website. The team at Harper behind the overall design is the art directer, Alison Donalty and the designer, David Curtis. I have David to thank for the surprising direction they took on the cover. He read a draft of Onxy & Ivory and zeroed in on one particular scene as the inspiration for this. I would love to tell you all about that scene, but I’m afraid it’ll have to wait.

What I can tell you is that Onyx & Ivory is out May 15, 2018, and you can preorder from any of your favorite places. You can also add it on Goodreads here. And did you know that every time someone adds it a baby unicorn is born? It’s true…I swear! So be sure to tell a friend.

Oh, and just an early heads up that I’m preparing to launch a street team for the book sometime in January. Anyone who wishes to join the street team will be guaranteed a chance to read the book early. You’ll also win swag and prizes and be able to compete for some fabulous giveaways. Be sure to check my website as we get closer if you’re interested in joining.

About the book:

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled ride for the Relay, and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, for being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan mysteriously massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart when he condemned her father to death.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom of Rime—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s crimes and will lead both Kate and Corwin into the middle of a brewing civil war.

Acclaimed author Mindee Arnett’s stunning new novel thrusts readers into a beautiful, expansive, and dangerous new world—one where trust is rare, magic is commonplace, and little is as it seems.