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IF YOU FIND ME a Carnegie Medal ’14 nominee! Plus All. The. News.
November 11, 2013

How can I begin to find adequate words?

**IF YOU FIND ME is an official nominee for the Carnegie Medal 2014!**

 The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards – Press Desk

I believe the simply profound truth is that there are no words. (Even for a writer, sometimes!) Being nominated is an honor, a blessing, and a moment I’ll never forget. Ever.

Ever.

That being said, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated everyone. I’ve posted bits of news here and there, but I wanted to be sure I posted all the wonderfulness here, to share with all of you, since this blog is where it all began.

Firstly, *thank you* for your lovely fan letters and emails. They are precious to me, make me smile daily, and remind me of why I write; how these paper worlds of words and ideas really can change the world, both inside and out.

For everyone inquiring, I hope to have second novel news, soon. More on that in the future.

In the meantime …

THE LATEST NEWS:

Oh my goodness, the news!

 IF YOU FIND ME (click to add on Goodreads)  

~Was invited (along with myself : ) to participate in the Tucson Festival of Books, March 2014!

~Is a Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013 nominee in two categories:

Best Young Adult Fiction 2013 — Goodreads Choice Awards (click here to VOTE!)

Best Debut Goodreads Author 2013 — Goodreads Choice Awards (click here to VOTE!)

(Your votes are so appreciated, if you would be so kind! : )

~Named a BOOKLIST Books for Youth Editors’ Choice for 2013!

~Sold to Korea!

~Has been nominated for the CYBILS! Cybils: 2013 Nominations: Young Adult Fiction

~Will have the original epilogue included in the 2014 paperback editions for the US and UK!

~Was reviewed  in the June 2nd edition of the New York Times Book Review and is named Editors’ Choice in the June 9th edition! (Four months later, still no adequate words!)  ‘If You Find Me,’ by Emily Murdoch – NYTimes.com

~Is an official YALSA Best Books For Young Readers nominee! BFYA Nominations | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

~Released in the UK in May with a gorgeous new cover! The book is a work of art. Thank you, Orion Indigo!

~Entered its second printing in the US, eight days after release!

~Sold to Spain and Italy, and is currently out in Dutch and (almost) German!

Lastly, I can’t wait to share IF YOU FIND ME’s different covers and interpretations in the foreign market, but I’ll save that for another post.

As always, I hope everyone is doing well! I wish you all the words and a safe and glorious holiday season.

God bless us, everyone.

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Shine On: The IF YOU FIND ME Blog Tour!
March 17, 2013

It’s not easy to shine. We all think it is, looking into whatever light we find, wherever we’re lucky enough to find it, whether people, place or thing.

But the truth is, it takes courage to shine. To take that risk, that leap, that plunge. To let people see you, hear you, read you, know you … to own that light and believe in the inalienable right to shine, shine, shine.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

Please join us on the IF YOU FIND ME blog tour, kicking off March 18th at The Midnight Garden! I’ve been hard at work composing original material, companion pieces and even an interview with Carey! Here’s what Wendy Darling has to say:

Please join us next week, when the official If You Find Me Blog Tour begins!

We have a fantastic line-up of exclusive interviews, excerpts, and guest posts for you hosted by some wonderful bloggers. Each stop will also provide an opportunity for you to win a copy of this beautiful book as well, so be sure to follow along with the tour.

3/18  The Midnight Garden
3/19  Alluring Reads
3/20  Live to Read
3/21  YA Romantics
3/22  Winterhaven Books

          3/23  Once Upon a Prologue
          3/24  Hobbitses

3/25  ExLibris Kate
3/26  Xpresso Reads
3/27  Bookish
3/28  Great Imaginations
3/29  Good Books and Good Wine

Blog Tour Coordinator Extraordinaire

I look forward to seeing you there! : )

*Thank you to the blog owners and hosts making this tour possible. Your kindness and generosity mean the world to me!

A Lovely VOYA Review for IF YOU FIND ME!
January 28, 2013

Voya Magazine

Feb issue

 4Q 5P A/YA

Murdoch, Emily. If You Find Me. St. Martin’s, 2013. 256p. $17.99. 978-1-250-02152-6.

Come into the Hundred Acre Wood. Discover how the woods can hide you and protect you, but can also hurt you. Fifteen-year-old Carey finds herself alone with her five-year-old sister, Jennesa. Her mother has deserted them, again, only this time their long-lost father discovers them. All Carey remembers is the smell of his aftershave and the evil words her mother has often told her about him. Follow Carey on her journey of self-discovery, from the end to the beginning.

Fans of Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Chicken House, 2010/VOYA June 2010) will love this suspenseful, mysterious novel. With a twist on the Stockholm syndrome, characters are easy to identify with. Carey faces school, mean girls, bullying, and sibling rivalry. There are minor sexual descriptions. The book is a page-turner. There are references to Shakespeare, King Arthur, and Winnie the Pooh. Music fans will appreciate Carey’s devotion to her violin and will relate to the importance of music in her life. Murdoch has created a moving, riveting read that will have teens staying up late to finish the novel.

—E. Frank.

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Such a lovely review!

For other writers: as you can see, the rankings, numbers, ratings never stop.

What matters most is how YOU feel about your book. If YOU don’t love it, it won’t matter what the trades say.

Wishing you words that sparkle, shimmy and dance!

A Kirkus Starred Review For IF YOU FIND ME!
January 24, 2013

KIRKUS

IF YOU FIND ME (star)
Author: Emily Murdoch

Review Issue Date: February 15, 2013
Online Publish Date: January 28, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Pages: 256
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Price ( e-book ): $9.99
Publication Date: March 26, 2013

ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-250-02152-6

ISBN ( e-book ): 978-1-250-02153-3
Category: Fiction

Ten years after her abduction, 15-year-old Carey is returned to her father and must face harsh realities about her mother, her little sister and their life in the Tennessee woods.

Carey and her younger sister live in a camper deep in a forest, away from anyone who might see and report two girls surviving with their drug-abusing, at-times absent mother, Joelle. It’s during one of her longer absences that the girls are found by a social worker and Carey’s father. Joelle reared Carey on stories of her abusive father, and the teen fears separation from her sister, Jenessa, who rarely speaks and is totally dependent on Carey. Now she finds herself snatched from a life of bare-bones survival to one of physical comfort with her father and his new family. Despite all she has done to raise and educate Jenessa and herself, Carey is hiding things about their life in the woods and the cause of her sister’s silence. This deeply affecting story is made all the more so by Carey’s haunting first-person narration. The portrait of a teen attempting to navigate a previously unknown world of family and school is well-drawn, especially the tension between Carey and her new stepsister, Delaney, and Carey’s budding relationship with a boy she knew before she disappeared.

A compelling narrative that is both unflinching about life’s pain and hopeful about its possibilities. (Fiction 14 & up)

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I’m speechless. Truly.

If You Find Me ARC GIVEAWAY LINKS and Insider Surprise!
June 28, 2012

I’m not sure I’m allowed to be posting some of this stuff, but if you don’t tell, I won’t either, winks.

We’ll get to that in a moment.

First off, THANK YOU to everyone who made my new title and cover reveal such a success! Watching the tweets and retweets roll in, on such short notice, was amazing. Happy tears! So much gratitude for your wonderful efforts, for caring, for helping me out last minute, and for your kindnesses — not only my writing friends, but writers I didn’t know before today, and even complete strangers, jumped in to help!

Magic was in the air! I felt buoyed up by kindred spirits, all of us united over our love of books!

As some of you know, my cover reveal wasn’t supposed to happen until July 24th. But, someone at the publisher uploaded my cover by mistake. It seems once a cover is uploaded onto amazon.com, it spreads like wildfire.

Even I, myself, hadn’t seen the final mock up. Due to a few last minute changes, the cover on Amazon, Shelfari, and other assorted sites wasn’t even the final copy.

These things happen, sometimes. Here’s what it looked like:

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I’m lucky my agents and my editor are so wonderful, and when I told them I’d like my name after my title, and the blurb below or on top of the book, they obliged. And the pink letters … hmmm … were returned back to the original yellow, for the final cover revealed today:

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Now, so many of you loved the original title, The Patron Saint of Beans. A few writers even planned to start a letter writing campaign to St. Martin’s asking to keep it. : ) This next cover, for posterity, is for YOU (and you know who you are)!

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Lastly, I was lucky to get a glimpse of my title page, one of the first pages you’ll see when you open the actual book. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at the cool little griffin icon, or other publishers’ logos/icons, and dreamed of it being on a page of my own book, some day.

And even better yet, I have the image to share!

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Thank you to everyone who made this day so special! All my friends, writing friends, our 2013 debut novels group The Lucky 13s, Mandy Hubbard, Bob Diforio, my agency siblings, everyone!

And you do know there are signed ARCs of If You Find Me for you to win, right?

You can enter here:

ARC Giveaway and Cover Interview written by my agent, Mandy Hubbard! Read about what she thought when she first read IYFM, her offer of representation, how the editor offers went down, etc!

Pub(lishing) Crawl | Reading you under the table since 2012

ARC Giveaway and Author Interview at Tasha’s blog: patron saint of beans « Gypsyscarlett’s Weblog

ARC Giveaway and Cover Reveal at Kristi’s blog: The Story Siren

ARC Giveaway at Kari’s blog: A Good Addiction: Exclusive Cover + Title Reveal + Contest: Emily Murdoch’s Upcoming YA

Cover Reveal at Becky’s blog: Becky’s Book Reviews: Cover Reveal: If You Find Me

ARC Giveaway at Kerry’s blog: Free Arc Giveaway for “If You Find Me” | KerrySchafer.com

ARC Giveaway at Cate’s blog: Going from Nobody to Somebody: COVER REVEAL + Giveaway!

ARC Giveaway and Interview at Lisa’s blog: The Young Adult Connection: COVER REVEAL: If You Find me by Emily Murdoch

Cover Reveal at fellow Lucky 13’er, Elsie Chapman’s, blog: emily murdoch « Elsie Chapman

(And while you’re at Elsie’s blog, check out the recently revealed cover to her amazing 2013 debut, DUALED!)

Cover Reveal at Katie’s blog: Breath of Books: Cover: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Cover Reveal at Julie Butcher’s blog: Julie Butcher

“No man is poor, who has friends.” ~It’s A Wonderful Life

I’m surely the richest person in the world, today.