Sep 11

Want a signed book?

Hey friends,

In a little over a month my new series, The Hunted, debuts, and I couldn’t be more excited for it.

I mean really, what’s not to love: you have monsters (some scary, some sexy) and twisted magic and an angsty gay protagonist. It’s kind of the perfect Halloween release. I know what you’re thinking: Alex, this sounds amazing! I just wish I could get a signed copy and some awesome swag to share.

That’s why, from now until November 1st, if you send me proof of purchase of MARTYR, I’ll send you a signed bookplate some other awesome swag*.
Email me a screencap of your receipt (bookstore, online, wherever) to AlexRKahler @ Gmail (dot) com to get your swag.
Even better: Tweet a pre-order link and @ARKahler and I’ll throw in more swag for you. :)

And check out these bookplates. You know you want them.
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* Swag may include: bookmarks, stickers, trading cards, tokens of eternal love, cupcakes, and more.

May 26

Got Swag?

In case you missed it, I’ll be signing ARCs of MARTYR at BEA this week. Spencer Hill Press booth. Friday. 10AM.
Be there or be a hexagon.

There will be swag. Including sexy stickers and a brilliant bookmarks.
There will also be me. My current goal is to take as many hilarious fan photos as possible so…if you’re going to be there, start brainstorming potentially-embarrassing photo ops. I will be the Rihanna of publishing, damnit!

 

 

Also, paperback copies of FINAL ACT are out on Tuesday! I won’t have copies at BEA but I do have bookplates!

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May 12

New Books! Ravenborn!

As some of you guys know, it’s been a fairly rough few weeks on this corner of the continent. Laptop jacked from car, work lost, deadlines missed, and much more, it’s been…trying.

 

WHICH IS WHY

I’m so excited to finally announce that I’ll be working with the fantabulous Michael Strother over at Simon Pulse to publish my new YA series, Ravenborn. From Publisher’s Marketplace:

Alex Kahler’s RAVENBORN, pitched as Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Donna Tartt’s The Secret History as teens in an art school must solve a classmate’s murder and avoid becoming pawns in a battle royale set in motion by ancient gods, to Michael Strother at Simon Pulse, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2016, by Laurie McLean at Foreword Literary (NA)
Dramatic: Brandy Rivers at The Gersh Agency
Foreign: Taryn Fagerness

 

All of my books are special to me in some way. But this one…this one’s extra special.
The opening line of Ravenborn came to me in that weird place at 3am when you’re trying to sleep but can’t. The first draft was plotted on an overnight train in Norway. The first chapters were written in European cafes and in a circus tent (more on that later). And now, a few rewrites and years later, it’s found a home. I’ve been in touch with Michael for some time and I…honestly couldn’t be happier that Ravenborn and all its quirky inhabitants have found a place under his care.

We have POC and LGTBQ protagonists, art school drama, complicated boycrushes, psuedo-intellectual conversations about art, the ironic use of the words ‘juxtaposed’ and ‘post-modern’ and more snark than you can shake a stick at.

Also, Scandinavian and pre-Celtic gods.
Because Ragnarok comes….

Mar 18

And more!

Apparently this is the Week of Big Writing-Related Things.

Not only is today the cover reveal, but today’s the day I can finally talk about the book I worked on last year. Presenting, CIRCUS CRUSH!

It’s completely different from anything I’ve done before. Mainly because it’s contemporary middle grade, and thus there’s no swearing or murder or magic. But it was a blast to write, and I’m so honored to be working with such an amazing team at Simon Pulse. Michael Strother and Nicole Ellul have been stellar editors, and I can’t wait to share more with you soon!

For now, the blurb from Publisher’s Marketplace.

Alex Kahler’s CIRCUS CRUSH, in which circus camp comes to town over Spring Break and the teens learn about juggling, clowning around, and the high-flying feeling of first love, to Michael Strother at Simon Pulse, in a nice deal, for publication in 2015, by Laurie McLean at Foreword Literary (World).
laurie@forewordliterary.com

Mar 17

Super Sexy Cover Reveal!

Hey loves,

I have been waiting for AGES to share this with you. And that’s par for course, seeing as we sold this book nearly two years ago–this is a world I’ve been so eager to give you! The incubation period between the initial sale and now has allowed the story to flourish in amazing new ways, and I couldn’t be happier with the entire process. This one’s gonna be big.

A HUGE thank you to my amazing editor, Patricia Riley, the entire Spencer Hill Press team, and IceyDesigns, for the BEAUTIFUL cover. Seriously…I saw this and teared up.

 

This series has it all.

Monsters.
Tainted magic.
Ruined cities.
Gay protagonists.
Kickass straight sidekicks.
And, to quote Patricia, a villain with “panty dropping powers.”

Don’t forget, a portion of the proceeds will go to charity, so please vote in and share the poll below!

Also, there’s more info about the series as a whole at the official website : www.fearthehunted.com

 

And now….
are you ready?

wait for it….

 

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To which charity should A.R. Kahler donate a portion of his proceeds from MARTYR?
UNICEF
The Trevor Project
Water.org
To Write Love on Her Arms

Poll Maker

Mar 14

MARTYR cover reveal and German Translations!

Hey everyone!
Some exciting things today, and more coming up oh-so-soon.

First! On March 18th, we’re revealing the cover for MARTYR, the first book in my new YA series, THE HUNTED. There are so many cool things going along with this, but the one I can tell you about now is….a portion of all proceeds are going to charity! And you get to help pick which one gets the love.

If you’re interested in being a part of the reveal, CLICK HERE!

If you’re interested in acquiring an ARC (and oh, how gorgeous they will be!) CLICK HERE!

I’ve added the blurb at the bottom of this post, just so you know what you’re getting involved in. :)

 

Annnnnnd as you may have seen on Publisher’s Marketplace, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS will soon be coming to you IN GERMAN! Here’s the official release.

German rights to Alex Kahler’s THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, pitched as a macabre marriage between Joss Whedon’s “DOLLHOUSE” TV series and Holly Black’s “TITHE”, yet unlike any show on earth, to Amazon Germany, in a nice deal, for publication in 2014, by Laurie McLean at Foreword Literary.

Excitement all around! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
But now, the teaser for MARTYR…..

 

Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world.

Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic—the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place.

Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but it’s never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.

When Tenn falls prey to an incubus named Tomás and his terrifying Kin, Tenn learns there’s more to this than a fight for survival. He’s a pawn in a bigger game, one with devastating consequences. If he doesn’t play his part, it could cost him his life, his lover and his world.

Mar 09

Musical Monday: Bring the Fire

Hey friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but this came on the radio and it just…resonated. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching the last few weeks, doing the usual twenty-something-what-am-I-doing-with-my-life questioning. The answers weren’t always the most positive, as I have some strong defeatist streaks. Then came this song, and it was exactly what I needed to hear. (And yeah, I have a soft spot for anthems and Ellie Goulding, so it was a match made in heaven)

 

I was, admittedly, down for a few days there. I did what you’re not supposed to do and read unhappy reviews from unhappy readers, and it was…harsh. Because reviews are like intentionally opening yourself up to hugs and stab wounds, for me: positive reviews are a hug. They feel great. They’re necessary to function as a human being. But they don’t last forever unless it’s one of those uncomfortable hugs that lingers  way too long. Negative reviews are stab wounds. A single one can undo a thousand positive words. They hit deeper, hurt harder, and take much longer to heal from.

Clearly, the answer is A) just avoid reviews because, as I learned in art school, everything is subjective and what I love, others hate, and B) give myself a little credit because, damn it, I’m 27. I have four books published and five more slotted for release. That’s…amazing, especially since a few years ago, I would have given almost anything to have even one book seen by the masses. Not only that, my books are impacting people in big ways, and that’s honestly why I write. Books help me deal with life, even if indirectly. I’m honored to be able to add to that collective library.

So that’s where the song comes in. I’m pretty certain it’s my new theme song. And it applies to everything: art, love, friendships, life. I know so many creative types who struggle to keep the spark of their passion alive. The world can be a cold and blustery place, and negativity hates those who try to overcome it with beauty. It’s much easier to despise what is than create something more, and there can be a lot of hatred out there toward those who raise up the flame. This song is for the artists. For you. For the ones trying to keep their heads above water, the ones with the dreams that are yet unlived. It’s for everyone.

If you have the fire, don’t hide it. Don’t let negativity get you down. Burn fiercer, burn brighter.
While you’re on this earth, be more than a shadow.
Light that shit up.

Feb 25

Epilogue!

Hey all,

So, as you might have read in the Amazon forums a while ago, a few days before launching the final episode of FINAL ACT, I decided to cut the epilogue. I thought it was a nice artistic flourish–it allowed the reader to use their own imagination and carry the story whichever way they wanted. But it quickly became clear that that’s…not what the readers wanted. People wanted me to give closure and, since I do what I can to keep readers happy, that’s what I’m going to do.

With that in mind, all copies of FINAL ACT purchased after 2/22 have the epilogue included, and all previous copies will be updated very soon (hopefully by Thursday this week) to include the epilogue.

No one likes saying goodbye to the characters they’ve fallen in love with, the author least of all. Three years of living in this world made writing those last pages very hard. But I do hope you keep in mind, too, that the end of a series doesn’t necessarily denote the end of a world, or the characters within it. If threads were left hanging, it was intentional. If closure wasn’t given, that, too, was intentional.

There are many ways a series can continue and flourish after the final book, and I’m hoping to be able to reveal my own plans soon….

Feb 18

Endings and Beginnings

Hey loves,

Today is a strange day for me.
Today is the day THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: FINAL ACT airs its final episode. Sure, there’s still some time until the paperback comes out (5/27/14) and all my international friends are awaiting the book to air in their neck of the woods (2/18, I hope!), but the series is…finished.

 

And so, I wanted to take a moment to thank you. It always sounds a little cliche for authors to talk about being humbled by their readers and the response their books draw, but it’s honestly the best word I have. I am humbled. I am grateful. A few years ago all I could think about was getting published–it was my biggest dream, the goal that kept me going through more shit than I care to recount. And now, here I am, thanking the thousands of readers around the globe who’ve read, loved, and shared THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS. You guys have bombarded me on Twitter and the Kindle Forums and email, sending questions and love and a few exclamations of HOW COULD YOU!? The experience has been surreal.

Admitting I’m a real-life author is still impossible.

I just kind of write things. And oddly enough, lightning struck and stars aligned and those things got published, and people read them, and more than a few fell in love with a world that spent most of its life in my head. But I guess that just goes along with the territory of being an author–we’re the weirdos who spend most of our lives in our heads, and it’s strange to admit that other people are living in there with us now, too, and making all those made-up worlds into their own.

 

Sad as I am to say goodbye (for now….) to the cast and crew of the Cirque des Immortels, I’m ecstatic to say that other shows will go on.

 

I have dozens of irons in dozens of fires, and I can only tell you about a few of them.

The main one is MARTYR, which debuts from Spencer Hill Press in October this year. It’s a dark, post-apocalyptic YA with monster hunters, magic, and kickass gay protagonists. Very soon we’ll be debuting the cover and the full description, but for now, I leave you with these profile cards (by Beatrice Schares). Yes, they’re real, and collectible, and if you see me at a convention, I’ll probably throw some at you. Amicably, of course.

 

 

Thank you, again, for your support. I couldn’t have done any of this without you.
Now, let’s go on another adventure, shall we?

 

Tenn

Tenn

Jarrett

Jarrett

Dreya

Dreya

Devon

Devon

Feb 07

Sweet Charity

Hey loves,

Exciting things are happening in my neck of the woods. Things that I cannot wait to share with you. I’m still reeling as I get back into ‘society’ mode after a few days on the Washington coast (pictures soon!) but I wanted to drop a note and start taking a poll.

 

For Super Secret Reasons, I’m looking for charities. And, although I’ve done my fair share of research and donating, I wanted to find what charities you cared about most. Local or international, big or small–who do you feel needs a bit of monetary lovin’?

 

Share your thoughts in the comments. Tweet using the hashtag #ImmortalCharity. Let’s get a fantastic list going!
You’ll find out why very, very soon. ;)

Until then….

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