As it says, here’s the next chapter in Martyr!
Click the image for the pdf, or select after the cut to read on.
Third chapter coming soon!
Exciting news today: I can officially announce that MARTYR has won Bronze in the YA Fantasy category of the Moonbeam Awards! These awards are presented by the Jenkins Group, an independent publishing company. Given to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading, the Moonbeam is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious awards given to books from smaller publishers.
I’m incredibly honored and excited to have been considered and awarded. There were many amazing books nominated this year, so congrats to all authors involved!
For more info, click HERE.
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.
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!
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….
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).
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.
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
are you ready?
wait for it….
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.
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.