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  1. Announcing 2-book deal with Carolrhoda Lab

    February 21, 2016 by Kiersi

    Hot dang, it has been a wild week around here.

    I’ll be posting tomorrow or the next day about what’s going on in QUARTZ CREEK RANCH land, but today, I have a super special announcement to make:

    I’m going to have TWO Young Adult novels published by Carolrhoda Lab!

    Here’s the deal announcement in Publisher’s Weekly:

    Deal text from Publisher's Weekly

    So a little background on these two books, because they both have a story.

    HONOR CODE has some pretty deep roots in my feminist heart, even though the subject was originally Alix’s brainchild. The novel takes place at a private boarding school on the east coast—an elite institution that’s been educating and refining the rich and powerful for over a century. (more…)


  2. Come See Me at #YALaunch—over the computer!

    November 6, 2014 by Kiersi

    There is so much stuff happening I can’t even begin to talk about it. But right here, right now, I’m going to try to scratch the surface by telling you about…

    #YALaunch!

     

    Photo by Mircea

    Photo by Mircea

    What is #YALaunch? 

    #YALaunch is a really big party that you are invited to! Okay, so it’s quite a bit more than that. It’s a party that I will physically be attending in Omaha, and you’ll be attending via your computer screen—asking questions, participating in panels, and winning free books!

    What: #YAlaunch is a giant book party, with author panel discussions, games, & book giveaways.

    Why: To celebrate the launch of two new YA novels, and to promote reading, literacy, and other great authors.

    When: Monday November 10, 6-9pm (Central Standard Time)

    Who: Anyone who enjoys books. The party is family-friendly.

    Where: Online, live-streamed over video.  Click here for the link to the live-stream. To receive updates and to be entered for door prizes, please RSVP here at the Facebook event. Chat on Twitter about the party on the hashtag #YAlaunch.

    So, yeah, you heard me right—I’m going to be there, too! Along with a host of other fantastic YA authors. Here’s the line-up of cool people you’ll see appear on the video feed:

    Kate Brauning,  Entangled Publishing editor and YA author of How We Fall
    Nikki Urang, YA author of The Hit List
    Nicole Baart, New York Times bestselling author of The Beautiful Daughters (Atria 2015), Sleeping in Eden, & more
    Blair Thornburgh, Quirk Books editor and author
    Kiersi Burkhart, MG and YA author of the Second Chance Ranch series (ho ho, that’s me!)
    Alex Yuschik, YA author multipublished in poetry/literary journals
    Kelly Youngblood, faith writer and blogger
    Delia Moran, YA author
    Bethany Robison, YA author, Month9Books editor, and sports writer
    Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Legend of Sheba, the Books of Mortalsseries with Ted Dekker, and more).

    So if you’ve ever wondered what I look like, sound like, or (for heaven’s sake, save us all) act like in person, now’s your chance to find out! Join us on Monday, November 10, 6-9pm CST (for my West Coast people, that’s 4-7pm PST).

    And trust me when I say: I know how to party.

    Photo by JD Hancock

    Photo by JD Hancock


  3. We’ve Got A New Horse Book Series!

    October 3, 2014 by Kiersi

    Kiersi Burkhart riding her horse at 12

    Me at 12 years old, running the poles event at a gymkhana show with my Appaloosa pony, Frosty

    All right, everyone. Do me a favor and, before we go any further, run and get your cowboy hats on. Then shrug on your cowboy boots. And prepare a good old holler: WHOOPAH!

    First: This whole thing came about because of a story I told on Twitter about a horse I loved as a girl. When my friend Amber Keyser heard I’d grown up a cowgirl, she approached me about a possible opportunity for a series of horse books, aimed at the middle-grade age range.

    Then we started dreaming. We dreamed and dreamed and had this really wild Vulcan-esque mind meld, where suddenly the perfect idea came to us.

    And so SECOND CHANCE RANCH was born—a place for troubled kids to find themselves with the help of a horse. The series is set on a cattle ranch in the mountains of my home state, Colorado, and based loosely on a cattle ranch owned by Amber’s relatives (also in Colorado). It draws on a lot of the things we loved about horse books as youngsters ourselves—the child helping the horse, and the horse helping the child; the magic of learning to ride for the first time; and the deep relationships we form with animals.

    Second: Here is the announcement in Publisher’s Marketplace!

    Publisher's Marketplace announcement SECOND CHANCE RANCH

    So, after giving birth to this crazy idea, we handed it over to Amber’s agent, Fiona Kenshole, at Transatlantic Literary Agency.

    And she loved it.

    She asked us to write some sample chapters right away for two of our proposed books in the series. Though we dreamed up this world together, we each took control of one story—my debut in the series will be SHY GIRL AND SHY GUY, and Amber’s PUSHOVER AND PRINCE.

    Third: Since then, I have signed with Fiona as my agent, and I couldn’t be happier! Fiona has done a fantastic job helping us hone our proposal for the series and negotiating our 4-book deal with Andrew Karre at Darby Creek, an imprint of Lerner Books.

    The books are scheduled to release twice a year beginning in Spring 2016. I’m so excited to be working with the folks over at Darby Creek and, of course, my great friend and truly talented co-author Amber!

    (Seriously, you guys don’t even know how awesome this woman is. I am pretty much the luckiest girl on the planet.)

    And that’s it for today, my friends. It’s time for me to go eat some celebratory sushi!


  4. Author Site!

    July 18, 2013 by Kiersi

    I’ve been so, so quiet over here lately, and it’s because… well, the gears of fate are moving and turning in ways I can’t really control. I’ve lost a close friend this week, had a major life change, and some other unanticipated bumps in my road to publication.

    But in spite of my recent fortune cookie roulette, my official author site did actually manage to launch! Pretty sweet, huh?

    Kiersi Burkhart, Author and Copywriter Website Logo

    Go check it out by clicking here, or visiting http://kiersi.com.

    Thanks guys! More coming soon–I promise.


  5. Interview with Author Kiersi Burkhart

    June 13, 2013 by Kiersi

    While I was off on my quest, my friend and fellow writer Sione Aeschliman posted an interview with me! (Wasn’t that sweet of her? Trust me, this is a gal who knows how to write.)

    In the interview, we talk about current projects, writer communities, and ambitions. It was so fun! Here’s a tidbit for you:

    Q: You and I have talked a lot about getting involved in communities of writers. Why is it important to you to interact with other writers?
    Getting involved in a writer community is not only a great way to develop professionally, but writers are now some of my best and closest friends. I think writers are all a little crazy–and people outside our profession don’t always get us. Fellow writers, especially ones who have been through the agent and/or publishing wringer, are an invaluable resource to a new author. They can teach you the pitfalls to watch out for, and offer a little reality check when we start thinking that getting our first book published is the end-all, be-all of the industry. (Hint: it’s not.)

    Read the whole interview here.