Thursday, September 15, 2011

No More Lies...

So…a lot of you have asked me whether THE PLEDGE would be a stand-alone book or part of a series. And of course I cleverly (or maybe not so cleverly) evaded your questions by using the Jedi mind trick, or just flat out playing dumb about it for far too long. Well, I’m happy to announce that I can finally answer this question!

Since I’d originally intended THE PLEDGE to be a trilogy, I’m super duper fab-tabulously excited to announce that’s it’s official: THE PLEDGE will, in fact, be the first book of a TRILOGY!!!!

See the announcement that was in Publisher's Marketplace this morning:

Kimberly Derting's THE PLEDGE series, books 2 and 3, in which a teen girl in an oppressive society, who has a secret ability to speak all languages, meets a mysterious and beautiful teen boy who speaks a language she's never heard, and discovers she is the key to her country's survival, to Ruta Rimas and Justin Chanda at McElderry Books, for publication in Fall 2012 and 2013, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).

Whew!!!! I’m so glad that’s FINALLY out there! I am the world’s worst secret keeper, and it kills me to have to hide things like that.


I’m excited. I hope you are too.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Eighteen Years Later...

Several months ago, I mentioned that I’d like to find a cool, vintage typewriter.

This morning, on our 18th anniversary, I woke up to find this in place of my laptop…

Best. Husband. EVER!!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kirkus Loved THE PLEDGE!!!!

I just got my first really, really big review of THE PLEDGE...and IT WAS A GOOD ONE! Kirkus had all kinds of nice things to say:


Author: Derting, Kimberly

A girl reluctantly faces her destiny in this gripping dystopian fantasy.

Seventeen-year-old “Charlie” knows she has unusual, even dangerous, powers. In the far future, in a land controlled by a brutal and ancient queen, the common language of Englaise may be spoken and understood freely, but all upper classes have their own languages. If a lower-class person even looks up when such languages are spoken they are subject to execution. Charlie can understand all languages, a fact she hides to protect her life. As war descends on her city, Charlie hides with handsome Max, a member of an upper class who pledges to protect her. But why? When Charlie discovers a vast underground rebel camp she also learns a highly guarded secret: She herself may be the cause of the rebellion. Derting (Desires of the Dead, 2011, etc.) keeps her story consistently engaging through vivid description and brisk pacing, propelling Charlie through her adventure. She throws enough romance into the mix to satisfy but keeps the main focus on suspense. Although some of the plot depends on the paranormal, turning the story more into a fantasy than a dystopia, the author keeps readers involved all the way by gradually increasing the emotional pressure on Charlie.

More great suspense from a prolific new writer with a vibrant imagination. (Dystopian fantasy. 12 & up)

YAY!!! Kinda makes me wanna kiss Kirkus on the lips!

And check this out, you can enter to win a signed advance copy of this "gripping dystopian fantasy" over on Goodreads.

Can I just say it again? YAY!!!!!