World Read Aloud Day Double Surprise!
So, I wake up on World Read Aloud Day and feel like death, but I have schools scheduled and it’s going to be an amazing day, so I down the cold medicine and get ready. Ooh, but wait. A very heavy box has arrived. Hmm…I’m not expecting anything? What could it be? ARCs!!!! I had no idea they were coming but THE AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY is suddenly here and real and in my hands, just in time to show off to kids around the country. And I do! Because the classes are fantastic. The kids are engaged and I get to read from GROUNDED FOR ALL ETERNITY and it’s…
New Year, New Book!
It seems crazy to announce that with the new year I have a new book coming out! THE AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY is Malachi’s second book and will release on July 18th, 2023, shortly after GROUNDED FOR ALL ETERNITY comes out in paperback on June 13th. I hope you pre-order and continue on with Mal’s story! Debuting is something that I don’t think you can ever really prepare for and 2022 was a crazy year for me because of that. Grounded released five months ago, and with it a rollercoaster of emotions I never expected. Grounded made lists and got great reviews, which was amazing! I got fanmail and fanart…
It’s October, the leaves are falling, the air is crisp and the horror movies are screaming in the background. What better way to get in the mood for Halloween than to have a giveaway! So ENTER by 10/15/2022 for a chance to win one of three trick-or-treat/shopping totes, signed book plate and other book swag! The Rules:1. Add GROUNDED FOR ALL ETERNITY on Goodreads or share one of these giveaway posts on social media2. Send me a proof of purchase or library request for #GroundedForAllEternity to my email Darcy.Marks@outlook.com3. US entries only (Sorry, guys, international postage is expensive!) Winners will be selected at random!
One month out!
It’s hard to believe GROUNDED FOR ALL ETERNITY has been out for exactly one month today! As a debut I seriously underestimated the chaos and stress of launch month. Even still it has been wonderful. I love people falling in love with my characters, there have been some amazing reviews and I’ve visited some wonderful indie book stores, and most importantly I have made some wonderful author friends. Over the weekend, on a much needed road trip with my youngest, we listened to the audio book narrated by Kevin Free and what an odd experience that was! On the one hand, Kevin is so talented that I could easily fall…
A Very Good Shipment!
It’s always a fabulous day when you have a shipment from your publisher! Yup, that’s right, my author copies came for the final, very real hardcover version of #GroundedForAllEternity, and they are beautiful! Ever since I saw the sketch of Nicholas Kole’s proposed cover for Grounded I have been in love, and on the hardcover with the foil lettering? I mean, GORGEOUS! It’s hard to believe the book I’ve been working on as a word document now exists as a hardcover book that is going to be in bookstores. It’s surreal and I haven’t really had a chance to absorb it while I’ve been finishing edits for book 2, but…
Grounded is an Indie Kids’ Next Pick!
I’m so excited to announce that Grounded For All Eternity has been named an Indie Kids’ Next Pick! This list is based on recommendations from Independent Booksellers and the blurb that accompanies Grounded’s presence on the list makes me so happy! “A rollicking adventure of fallen angel kids experiencing a fall greater torment than the hell they call home — being stuck on earth. Humorous and heartful, with queer representation.”—S. Kitty Garza, Bards Alley, Vienna, VA
“Fast Paced and Amusing!”
Every writer thinks about Kirkus, and if they say they don’t they’re either lying or have a lot more self-restraint than I do. For those that don’t know, Kirkus is a widely respected book review source with a reputation for being objective but perhaps a tad cranky at times. I’ve been wondering for a while if they would review Grounded. When would it happen? And more importantly, would they like it? Well…the review is up and they didn’t hate it! In fact, they liked it! It’s actually quite positive and I am thrilled! (Warning: Book review contains spoilers) “This is an entertaining, high-octane story that moves with the speed of…
Summer Lit Camp
My amazing publicist is setting up events for Grounded For all Eternity, and I’m very excited to announce that I will be part of Lit Camp this summer! I have so many fond memories of summers at my town library. With no school I had nothing but hours of reading to do and I would take out a dozen books a week. I remember a new staff member once try to talk me out of the number of books I was borrowing and the librarian interrupted and said, “Oh no, it’s ok. She’ll go through them.” And I did. Every week. If I had been able to join a summer…
The Marketing Team at Simon Kids are amazing, because they made this stellar animated book cover for Grounded For All Eternity! Less than three months until release! Check it out!
A shipment from an interesting address…
I was at the barn yesterday with middle child. This in itself is a pretty much daily event considering the love of said child’s life is a thousand pound princess with an attitude problem and a love of treats. This trip was a little different because middle child’s first heart pony is struggling with his PTSD. He’s a cuddly, unpredictable bullet train, and while child has moved on to bigger, we still love him dearly. S wasn’t even in the saddle when this tiny package of speed bolted, scaring the heck out of a new student having a lesson, and sending kiddo to the ground. I was pretty focused on…