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An Opportunity to Give and Get

A very dear friend of mine named Louise recently got some bad news. Her father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and unfortunately doesn’t have health insurance. They badly need financial help to aid in covering the cost of his treatment. You can read more about him and the campaign to raise money here.

To that end, I’m holding a small charity auction to help spread the word and raise some funds. The Auction will go from now through MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH 11:59 PM EST.

I’ll be offering two signed paperback copies of the U.S. version of LOSING IT to the two people who pledge the most money. The book releases one month from today, at which time I’ll sign and send the winners a shiny copy anywhere in the world.

I’ll also be offering up the chance to have a character in Kelsey’s Companion novel named after you (or someone of your choosing), again to the highest pledge.

I don’t know if this will be of any interest to you all, but at the very least, if you only bid what it would cost you to buy the book yourself, it will be greatly appreciated!

Every little bit helps, so whether you place the winning bid or not, I hope you’ll consider donating to help this family out, even if it’s just a few dollars. And if a few dollars isn’t possible, your thoughts and prayers and spreading the word can be just as valuable.

Here are the posts where you can place your bids:

Signed LOSING IT #1
Signed LOSING IT #2
Your Name in a Book!

EDIT: The Auction is now CLOSED! Thank you all so much for the support. It was amazing! If you didn’t win, don’t worry! There will be another opportunity to win signed books (a free one) VERY soon!

The One with the Video

Just stopping in to share this AmazingPants video made by an AwesomeSauce fan! You guys should go give her some love in the comments.

The One with All the Updates

Hello friends!

Life is a little crazy at the moment, but I wanted to pop in really quickly to give you all a few updates!

1. The LOSING IT ebook is now live in the UK! Here is the Amazon link. That should mean it’s available in Australia, New Zealand, and quite a few other places, but I’m afraid I don’t have a way to check to verify that. So, UK readers and friends of UK readers: spread the word!

2. I’ll be attending the Naughty Mafia Book Signing in LAS VEGAS! The event is August 16-20, and is going to be SO MUCH FUN. There are so many amazing authors attending like Abbi Glines, Molly McAdams, Jessica Sorenson, and like a bazillion more. So, if you’re up for some book fun and gambling, you should come! If you’re going to be there, or think you might, let me know! I can’t wait to meet some of you! 😀 😀

(You know I had to throw in at least one gif).

3. I’ll also be attending the RT Booklovers Convention May 1-5 in Kansas City, MO. This convention has so many amazing authors of both Romance and YA, that I can’t even begin to express how amazing it is. It’s also a great convention for aspiring writers. Check it out, and come if you can!

That’s all the updates I have for now, but stay tuned for more news about books and appearances!

In Awkward <3,


The One Where Things Go Into Fast-Forward

So…. it’s been a long time, and for that I’m sorry! 
But I have a good reason! I wrote another book! HUZZAH. I finished a draft of Cade’s novel, and am working on edits right this very second! And by right this very second, I mean I am procrastinating right this very second. Potato, potato. Hmm… the phrase doesn’t work so well when you’re writing it instead of saying it. Alas Alack. I’ll be getting you more news about this little guy later! 
For now…. Who wants to know a secret?
Or rather… who wants me to make a secret less secretive? 
Well, here it is! Because you all have been so fabulous about keeping the buzz up about LOSING IT and continuing to spread the word… good things have been happening! 
Today, I’ve been given permission to tell you about one of those things! 
Are you ready? 
I think you are! 
So… once upon a time, LOSING IT was scheduled to release in paperback in the U.S. at the end of May. Then… they moved it up (which was awesome) to mid-May.  Today, I’m happy to say it has been moved up again!!! 
And do you want to know the best part? Do you want to know the date when LOSING IT will now release in Paperback?
The release is now scheduled for FEBRUARY 26TH! Can you believe it? They moved it up almost THREE months! I mean, February is like right around the corner! In a month and a half, you’ll be able to buy your very own, shiny print copy of the book! In fact, you can already pre-order it right now on most websites! (Note: the date may not be updated everywhere yet, but I promise the date has officially changed). 
This is what I want to do to everyone right now: 
In Awkward <3, 

The One with the Photos

In case you guys didn’t believe me about my extreme awkwardness… Here are some outtakes from the photo shoot for my author photos:

JumpFAIL. Awkward Super hero. 
What do you mean this isn’t how I’m supposed to smile?
Don’t laugh at me! 
Okay… you can laugh. 🙂

The One Where Garrick Goes Home!

Some of you have been waiting a long time to hear this, and I’m happy to say that UK Rights to LOSING IT have sold! 

Are you guys as excited as I am?

Here’s the official deal memo: 

Cora Carmack’s self-published NYT and USA Today bestseller, LOSING IT, to Gillian Green of Ebury, in a three-book deal, by Kate McLennan of Abner Stein in association with Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary & Media on behalf of Suzie Townsend.

Told you guys my agents were Ninjas. 🙂

I’ll get you more info on publication dates when I know them! 

In Awkward <3, 


The One where LOSING IT goes International

Hello Lovelies!

Sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ve been locked in the writing cave working on Cade’s companion novel, but I’ve peeked my head out to tell you some very exciting news!

You all know that the New York Times broke the news of LOSING IT selling to Harper Collins, but today the official notice went life on Publisher’s Marketplace along with a few other deals that have been secret until now. Here’s the notice:

Cora Carmack’s self-published NYT and USA Today Bestseller, LOSING IT, about a 22-year old virgin in her last year of college who decides to solve the problem, but her attempt at a one night stand turns disastrous the next morning when she realizes her new theatre professor is the guy she left half naked in her bed eight hours earlier, to Amanda Bergeron at William Morrow, in a major deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media (NA). Rights to Psichogios in Greece, by Nelly Moukakos of JLM Agency, to Random House Korea, by Ally Bang of Eric Yang Agency, to RBA Libros in Spain, by Jennifer Hogue of International Editors, and to Pena in Turkey, by Bengu Ayfer of Akcali Copyright Agency, in association with Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary & Media.

Yes, my loves. Those are foreign rights sales you see, specifically to Greece, Korea, Spain, and Turkey so far! And RBA Libros in Spain will be distributing to other spanish speaking countries as well! Clearly my agency of awesome (New Leaf Literary) is SLAYING it.

Now I don’t have release dates for those countries yet, but they’ll be there eventually! And hopefully the book will continue to gain interest in other foreign territories. So that all my AMAZINGPANTS fans across the globe can get their hands on paperback copies. 
In other news, HarperCollins officially took over sales of the ebook of LOSING IT today, too! That means it’s now available on other ebook websites other than B&N and Amazon! Like iBooks and Kobo! So many of you have been asking about this for so long, so I’m relieved to say it’s up!!! 😀 And Harper Collins is amazing and didn’t raise the price, which means it’s still extremely affordable at $3.99!   *Cough* Cheap Christmas present *Cough*.
*For those of you wondering, you don’t need to buy a new copy of LOSING IT if you have the original (unless you just want to, because you love me). It went through a quick edit for any grammatical errors, but there are no major changes. 
And if you haven’t already, you should check out the interview with me posted today on USA Today’s HEA blog
I’m sure there are more updates that I’m missing, but I’ll catch them next time! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook if you haven’t already! 
In Awkward <3, 

The One with the BIG Announcement

Hello lovelies!

I know some of you have been waiting for an update forever, and I’ve been carefully avoiding answering your questions with any finality. Sorry about that. It was a necessary evil.

But now I can officially announce that a print version of LOSING IT in the U.S. is imminent! I’ve signed a three book deal with Harper Collins! The deal includes LOSING IT and two companion novels (one for Cade and one for Kelsey).

AND… as if that wasn’t cool enough. THE NEW YORK TIMES broke the news of the sale. Yeah. I said New York Times. You can read the article here in which they discuss how LOSING IT is heralding in “New Adult Fiction.” Then you can come back and celebrate with me! 
I don’t have a set release date for you yet, but I can tell you that everyone is working hard to get the book ready for a quick and seamless release. As soon as I have more information that can be shared, I will send it your way! 
And lastly, I cannot end this post without a host of thank yous! Many of you have been with me on this from the very beginning. I remember watching the adds on Goodreads and getting SO excited when LOSING IT had 1,000 adds. It has since blown that number out of the water, and it’s all thanks to you guys. Amy at the YA Sisterhood and all the bloggers from the blog tour did such a tremendous job sharing the news about my little book. I have no doubt that you all are largely responsible for its success. Heather Self was my self-pub mommy and answered all my multitudes of questions and calmed my freak-outs– you’re the best! I have been blessed to have so many fabulous readers reach out to tell me about their experience of reading the book. Many of those same readers have told their friends, for which I am very thankful! I have just been inundated with love and it is the best feeling EVER. I have the best agent and agency EVER. Suzie Townsend did an amazing job negotiating this deal, and as evidenced by the NYT article, the whole team has put their full support behind LOSING IT. They are really making some amazing things happen. Signing with New Leaf was possibly the best decision I ever made. 
I love you all so much! I am just feeling ALL THE FEELINGS. 
Now, I need to get back to work on that second book we sold. 😀 But for all those who have asked about a paperback version of LOSING IT, I can finally say… IT’S COMING! 
P.S. OH! OH! I just realized. It’s been one month since the book released! Wow. A lot can happen in a month. 

The One About What New Adult Means to Me

What is a “New Adult” book anyway? 

I’m a re-reader. 

 That’s how I know that I really LOVE a book, when I can read it a second, third, or fourth time and get just as swept away in the story as that very first time. 

I discovered this for the first time when I was twelve and re-reading HARRY POTTER. Since then, I have reread and loved many books, one of which stuck with me so completely that I can still recite entire quotes from it with ease. 

That is THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin. It was one of those books that you’re forced to read in your high school English class, and for many people it is a miserable experience. But for whatever the reason, I didn’t resent having to read that book. The story captivated me utterly, and I’m inclined to believe it is a huge part of the reason I write stories like I do. 

 THE AWAKENING is about a 28-year-old married woman named Edna. As you can guess, she goes through an awakening where she realizes she hasn’t truly been living. Her ideas and opinions and emotions all begin to change radically because for the first time in her life, she is determined to live life on her own terms. 

There is one quote that has stuck with me all these years: 

“Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her… But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!” 

There could not be a better way to describe the turbulent years between adolescence and adulthood, that terrifying in-between. Whether you’re at college or moving out on your own or working your first full time job—your life seems to change radically overnight. And yet for most people in that age group (18-25ish), you’re still not completely on your own. Your parents are still a large part of your life. You’re not a child anymore, but you’re also not quite an adult. You may call yourself an adult (as will others), but deep down in side you are petrified because you don’t feel like one. 

At least, that’s how it was for me. It really did feel like my world was starting from scratch. I was searching for my perfect fit in this wide world. I once likened the feeling to leaving behind a comfortable pair of old shoes for new ones that fit a bit better. It’s not that you want to stay with the old shoes that have become worn out and are a bit too snug, but breaking in those new shoes takes time and can be painful. That is what New Adult books are about to me.

Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that. New Adult is the “I’m officially an adult, now what?” phase. 
 Just like growing up, that life stage is different for everyone, but I do think there are some things that are constant.

The first is figuring out who you are outside of the world in which you grew up. A few lucky people may figure out who they are when they are teenagers, but I’m inclined to think that for most of us, we just think we know who we are. Some of it might be right, but a lot of it can be very wrong. We believe things because we’ve never known there was another way to believe. We think life is a certain way until we experience the opposite. 

So why are people just now hearing “New Adult” in terms of a category for fiction? Well, the world is a very different place than it was when YA first became an accepted genre. It used to be that many people got jobs straight out of high school, and only some people went on to college. And usually those who did go to college were more financially and emotionally dependent. Now, it has become the norm to go to college, and for young adults to remain in contact or even dependent upon their parents for years after graduating high school. College is the new high school, and as such that “growing up” phase has been stretched to include a few extra awkward years. 

That time, like Kate Chopin says, can be vague and hard to understand. It can be chaotic (oh so chaotic). It can be a mess. We, as the “new adults” can be a mess. It can be awkward and emotionally exhausting and painful and disturbing. For me, it was a time of anxiety and self-doubt, where I questioned everything I’d always thought to be true about the world and myself. I’d grown up as an intelligent, confident, ambitious young woman. Then suddenly I was this indecisive, terrified girl who was afraid she’d made all the wrong choices and doubted her ability to achieve her dreams. 

I’m twenty-five-years-old, and I still suffer from some of those symptoms. In the moments before I hit the button to self-publish LOSING IT, I felt like I was going to be sick, and was moments away from a complete breakdown. I had to turn my music on really loud, dance around, let go of the world, and completely clear my mind, so that the prospect of hitting a stupid button didn’t break me. 
 And now LOSING IT has been more successful than I ever could have imagined. For the first time in a long time, I feel like that new world that Kate Chopin talks about is finally starting to make sense. It has become a little less vague and a little less scary.

Who would have thought that by writing about this awkward phase in life, I would begin to find my way out of it?

The One with the Contest

So… I keep getting questions about how I envision the characters of LOSING IT to look or who my dream cast would be for an imaginary movie.

And honestly… while there are actors that I think could work, I don’t and never have had certain actors in  mind. So, I thought we might have some fun, and find out who you all pictured when you read the book. Or if you don’t picture the characters in your head, who your dream cast would be.

So, here’s the deal:

  • To enter the contest, make a post on your blog about your dream cast for LOSING IT. You must include Bliss, Garrick, Cade, and Kelsey. Other than that… you can include as many other characters from the book as you’d like. The contest ENDS at 12:01 AM on November 19th. 
  • Once you’ve done that, come back and leave a link to your post in the Rafflecopter form below. You’ll get five entries for your post. You can get one entry a day when you tweet about your post . Please @ me in your tweet and then come back and post it here in the Rafflecopter form.  

THE WINNER will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter and will receive a prize pack of some of my favorite New Adult and YA eBooks. This includes: Easy by Tammara Webber, The Wild Ones by M. Leighton, Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, On Dublin Street by Samantha Young, Reflection by Jessica Roberts, and Want by Stephanie Lawton. 

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is open internationally BUT SOME OF THESE BOOKS ARE NOT. If you win and one of these books is not available in your country, we’ll figure out a replacement. 🙂

So, you have my permission to begin wasting hours on the internet trolling through pictures of hot actors that could be your dream Garrick. I know it will be a real hardship. 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway And finally, I know not all of you out there have a blog, and will be unable to participate in this contest. So for the rest of you, I’ve got another giveaway of LOSING IT that is open to everyone! Ends November 19th at 12:01 AM also! U.S. and Canada only. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway