Autographed Copies of SALT & STORM!

After getting a few inquiries about autographs, I am thrilled to partner with a wonderful local indie, the Harvard Book Store, to offer autographed copies of Salt & Storm to readers around the world!

Here's how it works:

Go online to the Harvard Book Store's page for Salt & Storm and click "Add to cart."

When you're ready, click "Checkout." On the next page, you can fill out your shipping and billing information. At the bottom of the page in the "Order Comments" box, write that you'd like an autograph and if you'd like it personalized. Please note that all orders are pre-paid and non-returnable.

A big thank you to the Harvard Book Store for supplying these copies! If you're in the Boston area and looking for an autographed copy, I frequently pop around to local indies with my autographing pen, a la Gilderoy Lockhart. Favorites include the Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, and the Children's Book Shop in Brookline.

A Brief Introduction to Drift & Dagger

With the arrival of ARCs, my beautiful little book is one step closer to meeting the world. I’ve gotten some questions about it and how it relates to Salt & Storm, so here’s a getting-to-know-you guide:

Is it a sequel to Salt & Storm?
It’s a prequel! It’s set about seventeen years before the events of Salt & Storm, in the 1840s.

Why a prequel?
When my editor was talking about ideas for my next book, she asked me how I felt about writing another book set in Salt & Storm’s world. Salt & Storm has always been a standalone to me. I knew it was a complete story with a definitive end, and so I wasn’t interested in continuing that story.

But, I had been thinking in the back of my mind about the other Roe women. Their dreams and hopes, their stories. The history of the witches felt very rich and untold, and I was excited to jump back in and tell a new story with this same world.

So who’s it about? Another Roe witch?
Not quite. The main character is an eighteen year old boy named Mal. Mal, you may remember, is the ship captain Avery meets in Salt & Storm. He’s revealed to have grown up on the island and knew Avery’s mother, Essie, when they were both young.

Why him?
I always dearly loved Mal’s character. He sort of came out of nowhere and turned out to be much more important than I could have imagined. Originally, he didn’t even have a name (Browncoats alert! I named him “Mal” after Nathan Fillion’s character in Firefly because yeah, of course I did), but the more I thought about him, the more I loved him.

When it came time to think about a prequel, his story felt really compelling. I also liked the challenge of not writing another Roe witch. While Essie’s story is lovely and she does play a big part in Mal’s life, if you’ve read Salt & Storm, you already know what’s happened to her.

Mal gave me a lot of freedom to explore other parts of the world, which Avery only mentions a few times in passing. The world of Salt & Storm and Drift & Dagger is a world of magic, and I was super excited to explore that.

Is this book set on the island?
Parts of it are, other parts take place all around the world: Boston, New York, London, Paris, Constantinople… If it was a glamorous world capital in the nineteenth century, chances are it makes an appearance in the book.

Magic?
Oh yeah. Lots of magic.

Whales?
Fewer whales. Originally I’d hoped to make Mal into a whale man so I could finally write some awesome whaling scenes. And I did write them! And they were super cool and great and I looooved them. But—they ultimately didn’t jibe with the story and ended up getting cut. It’s my hope and dream that I can release these scenes as a sort of alternate world bonus. I worked hard on learning all about whaling and sailing, and I want to share that with the world.

Romance?
There is some romance, but I would hesitate to call this book a romance story. Mal’s a complicated character going through a lot of emotional turmoil. The relationships he has with other people and his own sense of identity play a huge role in the story. Some of those relationships are romantic, some are platonic. There’s love—and hate—in all forms in this novel, and Mal spends a lot of time and energy trying to figure out the boundaries and difference between the two.

Tl;dr: kissing=yes.

Okay, so what’s it about?
Drift & Dagger is about Mal’s journey as an outsider in a world of magic. Mal was born a blank—a person invincible to magic. In a magic-obsessed community like Prince Island, blanks are the ultimate threat, because there’s a rumor that they can spread their immunity to other people. Mal’s must keep his blankness a secret or be labelled a monster, but when the one person he’s trusted to keep his secret—his best friend, Essie Roe—exposes him, he’s forced to leave behind the only home he’s ever known.

He makes a living as a hunter, someone who tracks down and sells magical artifacts, working with his charming but unscrupulous partner, Boone. When Boone tells him about a knife that has the power to steal magical abilities, rendering magic folk powerless, Mal decides to help him hunt it down. The knife will bring fame and fortune, but Mal has only one thing on his mind: revenge against the girl who destroyed his life.

Sounds great! How do I read it?
What a wonderful question! It will be out in stores September 8. If you’re feeling antsy, you can pre-order it right this second ( Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound). There are also some ARCs floating around; keep checking back for a chance to win one!

 

Thanks for learning more about Drift & Dagger. I love this book, and I’m thrilled to share it with the world!

DRIFT & DAGGER Has a Cover! (Plus: an ARC Giveaway!)

I am SO thrilled to reveal Drift & Dagger's gorgeous cover! The team at Little, Brown totally killed it with Salt & Storm's cover, so when they said they wanted to go in a new direction for the prequel, I was a little nervous. BUT as soon as I saw it, all my fears whooshed away.

Okay, ready?

Reeeeady?

Scroll down and behold the loveliness!

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Hellllloooooooo cover!

It is SUCH a change from the heart rope of Salt & Storm but it is so totally perfect for this story. Moody, atmospheric, and a lovely introduction to my main guy, Mal. (Can I just say: I cannot WAIT for you to all meet Mal!)

Official cover means ARCs!!! They arrived on my doorstep last week, and I have already spent an embarrassing amount of time cooing over them.

These ARCs are begging to get out in the world, and I think I'm going to help them out. Check back next week for details on how to get your paws on a Drift & Dagger ARC. It's already getting rave reviews from the pre-crawling set:

Thanks for checking out the cover and don't forget to visit next week for a chance to win one of these babies (the book, not the actual baby...) for your very own!

 

P.S. Worried that this book won't match your pretty blue Salt & Storm? Well, Salt & Storm just might be getting a new look too ;)

Celebrate World Book Day with SALT & STORM!

Happy World Book Day! Obviously, EVERY day over here is Book Day, but anything that celebrates and raises awareness of books and reading sounds pretty good to me.

For my own celebration of the day, I tweeted out that anyone who sent me a picture of them reading SALT & STORM would get back one of my awesome and beloved whale pens.

I'm so thrilled at the response and I can't wait to get these babies out to their new owners! Here are some of the pictures I received, and it's not too late to send your own! Don't have twitter? Email me at kendall.kulper@gmail.com!


SALT & STORM Named One of the 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults!

I am THRILLED to announce that YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) has selected Salt & Storm for their 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adult list! I am so stunned and honored at the news--this list has some seriously wonderful books on it, and it is amazing to see Salt & Storm up there with them.

My editor kindly shared some of the comments from the BFYA committee's annual open meeting, where they discuss the books, and this is what people had to say: "rich," "unique" "found the atmosphere so alluring," "embodying the rhythm of the ocean."

They also picked out some of my favorite parts of the book, like the relationship between women of different generations and the idea that there can be power in pain. And the best part: their teen readers love it!

Thank you to YALSA and the BFYA committee for this wonderful honor and to all librarians for your committed and impassioned love of reading!