Friday, September 15, 2017

Pre-order Giveaway for THE NOVEMBER GIRL!


Hello all! I'm so excited to let you know that I'm holding a pre-order giveaway for my book! I spent many hours in the last month making these adorable silver wish bracelets.

I've been a huge fan of wish bracelets for a long time. In fact, I often wear them when I'm writing a new book. I would make one with a charm that represented the book, and then wish that I could write it/finish it/get a publishing contract...you get the idea!

Once you tie it on, it stays on until the string breaks. It's made of Irish waxed linen, and it's pretty strong. Usually mine last for about two months before it falls off.


I picked this shape because it looks both like a tear drop and a rain drop, and I thought both the emotion and the storminess of the symbol was perfect for Anda and Hector, my two characters.



And look how cute these buttons turned out! The one on the right is a quote from Hector, talking about his difficult life. Who else needs a good fairy tale in their life right about now? ;)

So! 

The first 150 pre-orders will get a hand made wish bracelet made by me, plus bookmarks, signed bookplate, postcard, and two buttons. 

ALL PREORDERS will receive a signed bookplate, bookmarks, and post card! 

You can email your proof of purchase to LydiaKangContest@gmail.com OR

The contest is open from today until November 6th. 
US Only! 
Thanks guys!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The November Girl Countdown Widget!

Look at this lovely countdown widget for The November Girl! 
If you'd like it on your blog, copy and paste the HTML located on the widget 
(click on the red HTML). 
Please share!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Scavenger Hunts time for all YA readers!

The Rules
Each entry must be posted on Instagram AND must be tagged with #YAInstagram to be counted as an entry! You can earn up to 8 points per team -- 1 for each photo you post on Instagram using #YAInstahunt -- The authors will choose their winners so get creative! Grand prize winner will be chosen from the contestants that take part in all teams and has the most points entered. Don't forget to also tag the teams authors with each pic entry! 
Any entries on other forms of social media DO NOT count, so make sure you are posting each pic on Instagram! However, you can share this hunt on twitter, facebook, Pinterest and all other social media platforms, but only Instagram entries count.
Winners will be notified through Instagram.



  TEAM PINK PRIZES: Print copy of REAWAKENED + $20 gift card & Legendary swag 

  TEAM GREEN PRIZES: ebook The Watcher and The Angel Killer + Gift card

  TEAM PURPLE PRIZES: $10 Gift card + $20 gift card & November Girl swag
(Oops we are TEAM PURPLE! Typo being fixed as we speak!)


TEAM RED PRIZES: $25 gift card + Custom crow pendant & a signed hardcover of BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS

  TEAM YELLOW PRIZES: T-shirt & Swag + $25 gift card


  TEAM ORANGE PRIZES: $20 Amazon gift card + $25 B&N gift card

 The grand prize winner will receive 1 copy of EACH AUTHOR'S featured book! Open internationally--where ever Book Depository ships to for free.



                   
 Put Aug 25th on your calendar and get your INSTAGRAM filters ready for use! See you all then :)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Beautiful Poison is OUT now! Blog tour commences!

Hi everyone!

After being a Kindle First for July, A Beautiful Poison has raked in over 500 reviews so far and it's still in the top 20 on the Kindle Bestsellers list! Thank you so much for all your support so far. Many of you have preordered it and I'm so grateful for the love, and the great reviews!

Please take a moment and check out the blog tour stops this month and next month to learn a little more about the book!






Monday, March 27, 2017

Cover Love! and Book News!

Hello! It's been ages since I last blogged but I have some new covers to share! Look!



I'm so thrilled with how this turned out. I can't get enough of the edging details, the photo addition of a real bottle of medicine, the snake reference to snake oil, that snap of orange against black. The artists at Workman Publishing knocked it out of the park! We are in the process of doing first pass pages so the end is near. :)

If you like, pre-order here: 
Releases October 17, 2017



Oh how I love this cover. The team at Lake Union discussed the design with me during several steps and asked for my input. This cover is a dream come true! Dark, alluring, rich. I adore the jeweled potion bottle and the font that harkens to that era just past the Gilded Age. I LOVE IT. 

If you are so inclined, pre-order here!
Releases August 1, 2017



But what about THE NOVEMBER GIRL cover? Oh it's coming very soon, and I'll have a wonderful pre-order campaign too. Swag, swag, swag. I love book swag. 



And finally--some news from last month: I have a new book deal with Entangled TEEN!


This is a story I cooked up years ago, but only now had the time and the right publisher to make it happen. The teen girl is ethnically Korean, so yes, it's going to be Korean girl in space! Hooray for #ownvoices! 

I'll be back with another cover reveal soon. If you're an old blogging friend, please comment. I'd love to hear how you're doing! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

End of Summer Update

Piper, the day we brought her home. 9 weeks old! She's super sleepy in this picture.

Wow, it's been a while since I last blogged. I used to blog so regularly, twice, sometimes three times a week. But I've also come to realize that blogging without enjoyment isn't fun for readers, is it?

So here I am. My brain is constantly filled with the million things I have to do, and should do, and don't. So here's where my life is right now.

1. I am writing. 
Yeah, writing a lot! When I started trying to publish my first novel back in 2009, I remember wishing so hard to get one book published. That was all. Two years ago, I was begging for a career with longevity, hoping I wouldn't be a one-series flash in the pan ("flash in the pan" is a reference to flint-lock rifles. Yeah, I researched that for my second non-published book).

So I wrote what I loved (even though that meant one book--an Asian dragon fantasy--never sold). But it also took me to places I wasn't used to. THE NOVEMBER GIRL is magical realism/contemporary with a diverse main character who's half Black, half Korean. And I also decided to wet my toes in the non-fiction world, with QUACKERY, which I'm still writing with Nate Pederson. Writing a book that got sold on proposal is so new and weird, folks. I try to research and write anywhere from zero to three chapters a month. It's tough work, totally fascinating, but very exhausting.

So this is where I am now, with three books coming out in 2017 in entirely different genres.

2. I got another book deal. 
So one of those three books? It's the book of my heart. One that started out as YA, but ended up as an adult historical thriller. This one means so much to me, because it told stories of the hospital that I did my med school and residency in, Bellevue Hospital in New York City, but also combined my love of chemistry and science, and complicated relationships. That one is called A BEAUTIFUL POISON and it's coming out with Lake Union, an imprint of Amazon. So, so happy this book found a home!

3. I quit a job. 
So I now have three deadlines, instead of zero. I am very grateful for that. But it also meant having to let go of working as an attending physician at the Veterans Administration, a job I'd had for ten years. I was sad to go. Vets are among the most amazing, brave humans on earth, and taking care of them was truly an honor, but I had to make concessions somewhere. The clinic I worked in completely changed from continuity care to acute care, which is not where my love of outpatient medicine lies. And I refused to quit unless I knew I had income coming in from books. So finally, I said goodbye. I'll miss everyone there!

4. I didn't quit doctoring altogether. 
I'm still taking care of my patients at the University clinic where I work. And I'm happy to do so for as long as I can. The truth is, writing keeps me in the medical game. It keeps me from burning out. When the paperwork and headaches of healthcare get to me, I can turn to my fictional universes and feel so free. And when the stress of publishing gets me frazzled, I can go and help someone's diabetes get under control, or help someone with debilitating depression. It's the most amazing balance, and I appreciate it every week.

5. I got a puppy. Her name is Piper.
Because you know, life with two jobs, one hubby, and three kids (one in high school, middle school, and lower school) isn't crazy enough. But hey, everyone needs a puppy. Or kitten. Or gecko. My kids have been wanting one forever, but they have dog hair allergies, and I refuse to pick up anything that weighs a good portion of me, so we got a shihpoo puppy. She's now 7 months old, spayed, and wonderful. And since I don't post pictures of my children online, I can now Instagram my puppy to my heart's content. Here's her IG account.

I hope you are all well. I'm thrilled to see so many of my old blogging buddies with agents and book deals, oh my! We've all come a long way, haven't we?

I find that I spend more time on Facebook, so friend me there if you haven't already. Talk soon!





Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Paperback Release of CATALYST!


The matching paperback set is now available!

I can't wait to see the two matching paperbacks next to each other. Hope you enjoy the read!