Sunday, August 31, 2014

On Dublin Street 2 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

I cannot believe it has been two years since I first hit the publish button for ON DUBLIN STREET. I had no idea at the time but that one action would go on to change my life completely. Within six weeks I sold 150,000 digital copies of ON DUBLIN STREET, it became a #1 National Bestseller in the US—hitting the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Indie Reader bestseller lists. Because of ODS I gained my amazing agent, and I signed with my awesome publisher New American Library (Penguin Random). The book has gone on to sell in 28 countries, becoming an international bestseller. I cannot even begin to explain how much of a positive impact ODS has had on my career and on my personal life. The book was such a journey for me in more ways than one, and as such it will always be a cause for celebration.

So YAY to ON DUBLIN STREET's two year anniversary! To celebrate I'm giving away some goodies…

Giveaway Details

Up For Grabs!


1 Grand Prize Winner will win: a signed copy of ON DUBLIN STREET (US and UK edition), DOWN LONDON ROAD (US), BEFORE JAMAICA LANE (US), FALL FROM INDIA PLACE (US) and an advanced reader copy of ECHOES OF SCOTLAND STREET, the upcoming 5th novel in the series. The winner will also receive a Keep Calm and Kiss Braden Bear.

GRAND PRIZE


1 Second Runner Up will win: a signed copy of the US editions of ON DUBLIN STREET, DOWN LONDON ROAD, BEFORE JAMAICA LANE and FALL FROM INDIA PLACE. The winner will also receive a Keep Calm and Kiss Braden Bear.

SECOND RUNNER UP PRIZE


6 Runner ups will win a signed Keep Calm and Kiss Braden Bear.

RUNNER UP PRIZE


  • The giveaway is open internationally and entrants must be 18 years and over to enter.
  • One entry per person and a second entry if entrants tweet "Keep Calm and Kiss Braden @SYoungSFauthor Giveaway! *and insert link to giveaway*"
  • Giveaway opens Sunday 31st August 2014 at 16.00 GMT and ends Friday 5th September 2014 at 16.00 GMT.
  • Winners will be selected by random.org and announced within 48 hours of the giveaway end. Winners will be notified by email.

To Enter fill in the form below:



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Preorder ECHOES OF SCOTLAND STREET




Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…


PREORDER LINKS

Preorder (US Only—UK Edition coming soon) price only $4.99

http://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Scotland-Street-Dublin-Novel-ebook/dp/B00L9AXVJM/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1407696221&sr=8-1&keywords=echoes+of+scotland+street

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/echoes-of-scotland-street/id892847477?mt=11

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/echoes-of-scotland-street-samantha-young/1119859157?ean=9780698174337&itm=1&usri=echoes+of+scotland+street


Sunday, August 03, 2014

Empire State of Mind

There are no words to describe how surreal it was for me to see New York City suddenly appear before us as the yellow cab took S and me from JFK to Times Square. It was like watching a movie play out. Everything you think NY will be it is—overwhelming, bustling, intimidating, awe-inspiring, and brimming over its hot pot with hundreds of different cultures.
We arrived at our hotel, our necks already aching from craning back to look up at the buildings, and our necks did a little more creaking as we were taken up to the 23rd floor. Somehow, despite tiredness, we managed to squeal like little girls over the view from our hotel



As soon as that was done apparently I began acting like a drunken person—giggling nonsensically, tripping over my own feet and talking utter crap. I then did this…



And when I woke up in the morning I could barely remember the night before. I wasn’t inebriated, however, I can assure you of that. I was just that bloody tired. Luckily, some sleep and this



…. sorted me out and we excitedly jumped on the nearest open top tour bus. Except for getting elbowed in the head a number of times and S’s dress blowing up right over her head (I shouldn’t have laughed but I did—what? It was funny), that went well. We got to see a lot of Downtown and we took a ridiculous amount of photos that would bore anyone who wasn’t there to enjoy the experience right along with us.
I am amazed by the agility of the tour bus dudes and dudettes who somehow manage to keep upright. Not only do they remain stable as the bus drivers partake in New York City driving, which is only really comparable to the Wacky Races, but they somehow also have some kind of sixth sense about those overhanging street signs and traffic lights. I thought for sure I was going to witness a green light red light my tour guy in the worst way but nope: I call it Sixth Sense Ducking.
With a throbbing head (tour guy was cool but definite elbow hitter) and red cheeks (S’s dress remained pinned down by force for the rest of the day), we crammed in as much NYC as we could in a day. We visited Central Park and hung out, eating hot dogs and watching a friendly game of baseball between ABC and CBS news. Then it was off to…



…where I was given an hour to fret over my fear of heights as I waited in the long security lines. Nowhere does it mention in all the modern movies and TV shows that ripped off An Affair to Remember, that the angsty lovers had to wait an hour to get to the freaking top to see if the one they loved would meet them there.
I suppose that would take the romance out of it.
Still, it was cool to be in the building and I had the floor (it’s really freaking gorgeous), and S to keep my mind off what awaited me at the top.
To my surprise it’s really not that bad. I think because unlike SkyRide (who on earth in their right mind would do that shit?????) you’re not looking down at a drop but at a panorama of the city, it was fine. It was more than fine, it was spectacular…



And such a surreal moment. S and I just looked at one another and said, ‘We’re at the top of the Empire State Building. How cool is that?’
It was cool.
Not cool was the gift shop. It feeds on your adrenaline and excitement from having explored the heights of the ESB with all of its cool ESB merchandise. I escaped eventually, but I was hundred bucks lighter and a glittery ESB cup heavier (okay I bought more than a cup).

From there we hit Macy’s. All right, we only partially hit Macy’s. We made it around the jewellery section before we both decided it was dangerous to our bank balance and we left. Upon leaving Macy’s we… well we got lost. For some reason I turn into a guy when I’m lost and I refuse to ask for directions. NYC is a grid! I should have been able to work it out!!!
A few blisters later, a dehydrated S was no longer convinced by my logic or my sense of direction (nor was I but it took me longer to come to terms with it), and asked a helpful hot dog vender guy who got us back to Times Square in two sentences.
The relief I tell you, the relief!!!




We decided not to take another chance on my poor navigational skills and we got a taxi on Saturday to the New York Author Occasion, hosted by the brilliant and awesome and gorgeous Trish Brinkley. She was helped out by her hilarious hubby Shawn, and the two of them put on an amazing event.
This was my first time at a large signing in the US and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Let me tell you, I was blown away by readers and their show of support. Lots of you turned up to have your books signed and I had a blast meeting you all. S was blown away by you all too. While she did a fabulous job as my assistant, she was also treated to a number of compliments on her hair and her general adorableness. On that note, you mustn’t tell her these things. She’s too cute. If you tell her she’ll only use it against me, her partner D (he has enough trouble resisting the cuteness as it is) and all of us who love her. Adorableness is a weapon in cute hands you know. You do, however, have permission to keep calling me adorable when you meet me because well... I like it.



Anyhoo, we had a blast at the signing and I was moved to tears by some of my readers. You guys amaze and humble me so much. Thank you for giving me what you do.


So that night and the next day S and I got to hang out with some geniuses. Those included Trish and Shawn, Samantha Towle and her hubs Craig, Georgia Cates and her hubs J, and Amy Bartol. If you guys follow me you know I love my Georgia and Amy. It’s always a highlight of my year when I get to hang out with my buds—these two women are not only exceptionally talented but they are two of the sweetest, kindest folks you’ll ever meet. Love ‘em to bits.
This awesome group of human beings took us with them to dinner, lunch and the World Trade Center memorial. The latter was a very emotional experience and not one I was quite ready for. It’s intense, very intense there, as you can only imagine.
Getting to hang out with Trish in RL for the first time was phenomenal. This lady is the BEST. Love her so much <3>
It was also really great to spend time with Samantha and Craig. They’re a cool couple and the nicest, most down-to-earth people, and I’m so chuffed we got to hang out with them for a while.
Sad goodbyes later, S and I tried to turn our frowns upside down by decreasing our bank balance at Bloomingdales.
I’m not going to lie we really, really tried to turn our frowns upside down.
Forcing S to spend money on herself was really fun. What can I say? I can be an angel on your shoulder but when it comes to things that sparkle…



S then surprised me with a thank you pressie for bringing her along as my assistant—I know, right, I make her work and she thanks me ;)



My ears will forever be prettier than the rest of me :p Thank you, S! Love ya!!! And not just because you gave me shiny things.

Monday was a big day in the NYC business trip. BIG SURREAL DAY.
Not only did I visit Penguin offices and get my make up done and do a video that made me so nervous I wanted to hurl (but I did a good job of covering up that fact… I think. Well… there was no vomiting so I do believe that constitutes a good job), and best of all meet all the fabulous people I email with on a regular basis. I met my awesome editor!!!!!!! Lots of exclamation points on that one because that’s just how awesome she is. After the exciting times at the Penguin offices, S and I had lunch with my editor and agent (it’s still too surreal to say those words in relation to myself), and then took a walk through Greenwich Village (now my favourite part of the city) with my agent to the agency office.
It was there I got to meet an agent I queried a few years ago and once we left the office I realized it was probably the most surreal experience of the whole trip. When S asked me why, I told her because I remember querying said fantabulous agent because he was one of my favourite authors' agent and he dealt in YA paranormal (the genre I was writing most prolifically in at the time). I also remember that feeling of utter longing and hope I had of becoming a published author when I queried him. It was this deep, gripping feeling in my gut that was constantly being quelled by this pessimistic part of me that said dreams like that just don’t come true. So to stand in that office discussing my fav author and joking with said agent, meeting him with my freaking wonderful agent standing beside me, having come from a visit with my publisher at Penguin, I actually felt extremely emotional.
To top that grand day off we hit Broadway with front row tickets to see Wicked. The show blew us away! Words cannot describe how fantastic the cast was.
 And so as my head hit the pillow on our last night in NYC, I took stock of everything we’d experienced.
And I realised that it all comes back to my readers.
That’s why I kinda, maybe, just a little bit more than a lot, absolutely love my readers.

And that’s why when we caught the train from Penn Station to Back Bay Station in Boston… 


...when we spent the next few days walking all over Boston and taking in the feel of the city (and falling deeply in love, so, so in love I want to own a second home there kind of deep, deep love), it was business too. It was research.
For something new from me to you, and the only way I know how to thank my readers.
Enough said.
For now ;)


Sam x



Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Dublin Street #5 — The Reveal

I announced some weeks ago that there would be a book five in the ON DUBLIN STREET series and the hero of the story would be the much loved Cole Walker, all grown and tatted up!

I also asked readers on Facebook to choose from four possible titles and I'm now revealing that the winning title is…









ECHOES OF SCOTLAND STREET

And without further ado here is the cover reveal and book blurb…



From the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street comes a seductive story of forgiving the past and making up for lost time…

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…

"Enchanting couples and delicious romances make [Young's] books an auto buy." 
— SMEXY BOOKS

"[Young] is a goddess when it comes to writing hot scenes."
— ONCE UPON A TWILIGHT


ECHOES OF SCOTLAND STREET
Coming February 2015

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Celebration Giveaway!

Hey guys,

If you were hanging around my Facebook page last night you would have seen my post thanking my readers for putting FALL FROM INDIA PLACE on the New York Times Bestseller List! So I'm celebrating by hosting a giveaway for you all :)




What's up for grabs?

2 sets of signed copies of the entire ON DUBLIN STREET series (ON DUBLIN STREET, DOWN LONDON ROAD, BEFORE JAMAICA LANE, FALL FROM INDIA PLACE).
2 pieces of Scottish handcrafted jewellery

Here's the details:

  • 2 winners will win a signed set of the ON DUBLIN STREET series and can choose from any piece of Scottish handcrafted jewellery to the value of £50.00 from Pitlochry's Heather Gems http://www.heathergems.com
  • Giveaway is open internationally
  • Entrants must be 18 years and over
  • One entry per person and a second entry if you tweet "Edinburgh Love Stories Giveaway @SyoungSFauthor http://www.samanthayoungbooks.com/2014/06/celebration-giveaway.html"
  • Giveaway is open June 12th 12.30pm GMT until June 16th 12.30pm GMT
  • Winners will be chosen by random.org

To Enter, fill out the form below:



GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Release Day–FALL FROM INDIA PLACE

YES! Hannah and Marco's story has finally arrived on all those real and digital bookshelves :) I hope you love 'em like I do…



FALL FROM INDIA PLACE (An On Dublin Street Novel)

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin StreetDown London Road, and Before Jamaica Lane returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future....



When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving in to temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.



Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life—something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together....



But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him—a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again....