Speed Dating at ILA!

I had such a great time meeting so many amazing teachers, librarians, and educators at the International Literacy Association's annual convention in Boston. Ten-minute visits to seven tables of ten teachers each meant I have never talked more or faster in my entire life, but it was fantastic getting to share more about my books and writing!

Since lots of folks asked about school visits and Skype chats, I'm happy to offer a discounted rate to all ILA attendees! I'm also available for (and love!) conferences, book fairs, and events. For more info, please email Kendall.kulper@gmail.com. 

If you'd like a copy of the educators' guide I passed out at the event, click on the "For Educators" tab at the top of the webpage. 

Thanks again to the ILA attendees who stopped by the Author Meet-up! I had a blast, and I hope you and your students love SALT & STORM and DRIFT & DAGGER!

A Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Hellooooo book lovers!

Recently I heard the fun news that the ebook for SALT & STORM, in celebration of Valentine's Day, is on sale for $1.99! What?! SUCH A DEAL.

Frankly, I *love* that something I wrote is getting a little extra spotlight for Valentine's Day, because I have been accused (ahem) of only writing bitter star-crossed tragedies and I'm always like "look! There's still kissing! There's flirting! So romance!!!"

So to kick off the Valentine's Day celebrations, I thought it would be fun to host a little giveaway!

I'm giving away a prize pack to one lucky entrant, filled with:

 
 

SALT & STORM temporary tattoos!

 
 

A hand-carved wooden whale pen!

Postcards for all my books!

Aaaaannnnddd, the thing I'm super excited for... This gorgeous rope heart knot, the same knot featured on the hardcover version of SALT & STORM, tied by yours truly (with a little bit of Roe magic thrown in), beautifully framed and mounted. You guys, the knot is so pretty and is the perfect gift for your Valentine (or for yourself!).

How do you enter?
Twitter: Follow me and retweet any of my tweets about today's contest (they will say something like "RT to enter!")
Facebook: Like my author page and share the post about SALT & STORM on sale for $1.99!

The contest will run until 9PM ET today (2/16) and every RT and share counts as another entry, so enter EARLY and enter OFTEN!

Standard contest rules apply, and the prize pack can only be mailed to a US address. I do offer an International prize though (a custom, handmade drawing by me), so if that still sounds good to you, feel free to enter!

School Library Connection on DRIFT & DAGGER!

Another lovely review for DRIFT & DAGGER! Thanks so much, School Library Connection!

Mal is a young orphan living on Prince Island, known for its importance in the world of magic. His best friend is heir to the Roe Witch, a highly revered center of the community. Mal’s world is changed with the discovery that he is untouched by magic. His public outing forces Mal to leave the island, destined for a life stealing magical artifacts. Misadventures and betrayals result in Mal finding himself back on Prince Island. This is a follow-up to Kulper’s Salt & Storm (Little, Brown, 2014) but stands alone. Mal’s struggles to fit in a world that shuns him will find sympathy from readers. The magic in this world is subtle; readers typically turned off by romance will enjoy the focus on Mal’s inner struggles. Kulper creates an emotional adventure that will appeal to lovers of fantasy as well as new converts. 

Re: that whole "readers turned off by romance," it is true that DRIFT & DAGGER is way less romance-heavy than SALT & STORM (and, I would say, most YA in general). Got a girl who's sick of love triangles? Got a boy who wants nothin' to do with kissing plots? DRIFT & DAGGER is just what you're looking for.

Of course, if you're a reader who loves the romance, it's still got a lot of fun stuff to keep you happy (and I'd suggest you check out the SALT & STORM novella, SALTWATER HEART, aka the most romantic thing I've ever written, aka the sexy sailor story). 

Happy reading!

DRIFT & DAGGER in The Bulletin!

So thrilled to share this lovely review from the folks over at The Bulletin!

This novel uses the same setting and world of Salt & Storm (BCCB 12/14) to introduce an earlier generation of characters; the result works as a standalone while also offering juicy, heartbreaking insight into one of the previous title’s most memorable characters: the mother of the protagonist. While Mal, a blank on whom magic doesn’t work, narrates the story, it is his best friend turned enemy, Essie Roe, who is the magnetic center of the novel. Her struggle to hone her witch powers under the crushing tutelage of her gifted mother, her ambivalence about being a witch on an island that uses their witches but also distrusts them, and her sincere regret over her frequent unkindnesses are powerful. Mal is right to hate Essie, but he is also right to love her, and their unlucky connection haunts both of them in ways that will have romance buffs gasping at the injustices they face. The world building is strong, surprisingly standing up just as well as in the earlier novel without ever feeling repetitive; this historical fantasy setting, particularly the witch-protected island, is so vibrantly described as to become a character in itself. Mal’s struggles when he runs away from the island are horrible, but his resilience and willingness to grow will keep readers willingly slogging through with him, as invested as he is in a better life somewhere ahead.

Hooray! Any time I hear Prince Island described as another character, it just makes me so giddy :D

Map It Up

The lovely folks over at NOVL have invited me to share some maps inspired by the world of SALT & STORM! These were so fun to create, and I hope you love them as much as I do. Okay--first go look!

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Cool!

I'm thrilled to announce I'll be giving away poster-sized, autographed versions of the Salt & Storm map to five lucky winners! Guys, this thing is gorgeous and possibly my favorite bit of swag ever. I love it and am seriously considering using them to wallpaper my house.

TO WIN: Tweet the link to my post over at NOVL *and* follow me on Twitter (if you're on Facebook, you can post the link *and* "like" my author page). Each tweet is another chance to win, so don't be shy! The contest will run until 9PM ET tonight, and standard contest rules apply. GOOD LUCK!