Saturday, August 18, 2012

Book giveaway: 'Wake' by Amanda Hocking

Walking through Barnes and Noble in Wyomissing the other day (struggling not to buy any more books), I noticed a massive display of the new young adult novel "Wake" by Amanda Hocking (St. Martin's Griffin, August 2012, $17.99 hardcover, 309 pp., Ages 12+). The cover that you see at left looked familiar. I realized I had a review copy of the just-published paranormal teen thriller on my desk. 

One I'm offering to you. Thanks to St. Martin's Press.

Want to win it? 

Just comment with your email address and I will contact you for your mailing address if you are the winner. OR send me an email with your mailing address to

"Wake" is the first book in 27-year-old Minnesota native Hocking's four-book young adult series, Watersong. Hocking is a self-publishing success story. She worked as an adult caregiver by day and wrote books at night. In April 2010, Hocking published the e-book copy of "My Blood Approves," a vampire novel, on Kindle. Her book caught on. By February 2011, according to USA Today, Hocking had seven self-published e-books on its bestselling books list. These included Hocking's Trylle trilogy: "Switched," "Torn," and "Ascend." The novels, which are about trolls, were ultimately picked up by St. Martin's Press for print and e-book. In her new Watersong series, Hocking writes about those bewitching mythical sea creatures, sirens.

Read a March 24, 2011, Huffington Post story on Hocking signing a four-book deal with St. Martin's.

About the book (from the publisher):

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention — but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all — she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves — or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

About the author (from

Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with John Hughes and Jim Henson. In between making collages and drinking too much Red Bull, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her USA Today best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for a film, and the books were re-released through St. Martin's in January 2012. She has two other young adult series out now - My Blood Approves and The Hollows - and a standalone fairy tale, Virtue. 

She is currently at work on the Watersong series.

Click here to view Hocking's blog.

Watch the kinda scary "Wake" book trailer.


Tracie said...

I know a 14 year old who would enjoy! (If no other takers)

Michelle Karas said...

Congrats to Tracie's friend, who is the winner of the WAKE giveaway!

Erika said...

This looks like a great book! Can't wait to read it. Thanks!
saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

Michelle Karas said...


I'm afraid the book already landed in another winner's hands. But don't worry, soon I will be posting a giveaway of "Serpent's Kiss." Stay tuned.