Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Book Birthday to UNTRACEABLE...

You can probably guess from the blurb on the cover (psst, it's from me!) that I loveloveloved this fabulous book!

Congrats to S.R. Johannes on the release of this super fun, fast paced, thrill ride!!!!

And starting today you can get your very own copy! (For more formats, check out this link.)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

THE PLEDGE T-shirts and more...

I’ve gotten several questions about how to order these awesome THE PLEDGE T-shirts, so here are the deets:

The T-shirts are $9.56 (including sales tax) for the black, short-sleeved shirts. Standard sizes are Youth S-XL; Women S-XL; Men S-XL (for larger sizes, just add $2.00 for each X beyond XL).

Black Unisex Hoodies are available in S-XL for $23.50 (incl tax) and go up to 3XL, but each additional X is $2.00.

They also have cinch bags similar to this one for DESIRES OF THE DEAD (except, you know, with THE PLEDGE logo on it) for just $5.75 including tax. They are super cute!!!

Also available, but not pictured: Women's Baby Doll tees in Junior sizes S-4XL and they're $15.00 (incl. tax) for S-XL. Add $2.00 for each additional X.

Orders can be placed by calling Sports Connection in Bonney Lake, WA (253) 891-1677. You can also contact them via email at sportsconnection@comcast.net.

**Youth sizes are also available, contact the store for pricing info.

U.S. Shipping is $2.00. (If you’re international, again, you’ll need to contact the store to make arrangements with them.)

Whew! I think I covered almost everything, if you have more questions, please get in touch with Sports Connection (not me!)...they really are awesome!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


I wanted to thank those of you who came out to celebrate the launch of THE PLEDGE! For the rest of you, here are some pics of the awesome event B&N put together:

Why yes, they had a drink in honor of THE PLEDGE...and it was delish!

(My helpers!)

Apparently this was a very moving part of the book. Or I just make weird faces while I talk.

Look...they even had a "Kim Derting Recommends" end-cap! Even though they were missing several of the recs I sent them (Wicked Lovely, The Summoning, City of Bones, Possess, A Need So Beautiful...) it was still very, very cool!!! (Also, I like how I "recommended" my own books!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

THE PLEDGE Street Teamers Killed It...

Let me just tell you that, wow, The Pledge Street Teamers pretty much blew me away with their enthusiasm and creativity! They enlisted their friends, family, adorable babies, and even a fabulous author (see below!) to help spread the word. There were tons of contests and giveaways for swag, and one street teamer even took her shiny copy of THE PLEDGE to a library that was...um...built in 117 A.D.!

Some of these projects included passing out hundreds of personalized THE PLEDGE candies, making 1000 bookmarks to distribute, photo shoots involving characters and scenes from the book with random readers, plastering hundreds of flyers around schools, and of course taking THE PLEDGE on a trans-continental trip (while still finding the time to spread the love all over NY!).

Of course, all of this means that choosing the Top Five was nearly impossible! So, I decided to put together a crack team of judges (my husband and ten-year-old included) to help make some very (and I’m mean very!) tough decisions. After some serious deliberating, we FINALLY narrowed it down to these five winners:

Karin (and Chelsea) Shearer
Cassidy (and Ally) Finn
Jennifer Sternberg (and the X-treme Readers)
Kristin Feliz
Ashly Ferguson

Here were just some of the pics they sent...

BUT!!! There were some Honorable Mentions, too:

Anna Pett
Amy Fournier
Supagurl (Heather)
Rachel B.
Julie Wolfe
Lena Marsteller

Look...even Ally Condie got in on the action:

I’ll be contacting the Top Five winners so you can choose your prizes...and you Honorable Mentions can expect a little something too! ;)

Thanks again, Street Teamers!!! No matter what, I love you guys and totally appreciate your incredible support!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Okay, Street Teamers, you have just one more day to dazzle me with your creativity, wow me with your enthusiasm, and blow my mind with your awesomeness!

I’ll be choosing winners for the TOP FIVE tomorrow, and let me tell you, there have been some fan-freakin-tastic submissions!!! You guys totally rock!

So, be sure to send me your pictorial evidence to help be make my decision (and so I can post some of them on my blog!).

And even if I don’t choose you, I want you to know how much I appreciate your support...you guys have been the best!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Spread-The-Word-And-Win-Some-Stuff Giveaway!!!

A while back I promised you international folks a shot at a giveaway, and I am nothing if not honest, so here goes!

Here’s the deal, I got these super sweet WORDS ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON OF ALL T-shirts for The Pledge yesterday and I kinda love them.

Which means...

I wanna share.

So I’m offering up my biggest swag pack yet, including one of these awesome T-shirts, along with a signed finished copy of THE PLEDGE (so shiny!), a Passport (which will mean something once you’ve read the book), stickers, and bookmarks!!!

In exchange, all you have to do is help me spread the word for my launch party, which is in just TWO DAYS (Sunday, Nov. 20th at noon!).

It doesn’t matter if you’re in Boston, somewhere in Europe, or if you’re reading this blog from the streets of Ludania …you ALL have the same chance to win!

Note: No entries allowed from Ludania because my post office doesn’t ship to countries I make up in my books. :)

All you have to do is post a quick message about my launch party (preferably with link) (even better with the pretty launch party poster!) on your:

Google Plus

(Okay, yeah, I made that last one up! But you get the point...any social networking site will do!)

Just post here** in the comment section which site(s) you used and include the user name(s) you posted with...and VOILA you’re entered! Easy peasy.

But you only have two days. This giveaway is open to EVERYONE and ends at noon Pacific Time on Sunday, November 20th. You can earn one point for EACH social networking site you post to, so get out there and start Flarping!!!

**This message cross-posts, so be sure to post comments on the original blog post at www.kimberlyderting.blogspot.com!

Congrats to Petra @ Safari Poet! You won!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waking Up To Good News!

I’ve been traveling for the past week and I spent this morning catching up on emails, only to realize I had not one but TWO fabulous reviews of THE PLEDGE sitting in my inbox from my editor.

So now, not only has THE PLEDGE gotten mad love from KIRKUS and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, but VOYA is calling it “fast-paced and engrossing”, while BOOKLIST says “Derting (Desires of the Dead, 2011) gives texture to Charlie’s future society, hinting at a not-so distant past when cities had names and people wanted democracy but became corrupt and turned to an all powerful Queen. Danger, dread, mystery, and romance are a potent combination for those that enjoy their dystopian-light fiction action packed.”

They say a lot of other nice stuff too, but you get the gist. And, yes, I’m over-the-moon excited that the reviewers are lovin’ this book...

I hope it’s a good sign!!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I can't believe that after what feels like F-O-R-E-V-E-R...

The Pledge is officially out today!!!!!

I'm excited, worried, and nail-bitingly freaked out!

Does anyone know if these release-day jitters ever go away?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Get Signed Copies of THE PLEDGE...delivered right to your door!

Remember last year when the Barnes & Noble that hosted my Mega Epic Launch Party offered to take phone orders for signed copies? Well, guess what...they’re at it again!!!

Even in you don’t live in the Seattle area, you too can get a signed (and even personalized) copy of THE PLEDGE sent right to your home. I mean, yes, you miss out on the chance for sparkling conversation with me, but still...signed copies are pretty awesome, right?!?! (This offer also applies to copies of THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD!)

How can I get in on this sweet action, you ask?

Here are the deets: Be specific on the phone! If you want your book(s) personalized, be sure to give the correct name spelling. If you don’t want it personalized (just signed), be specific about that too! Shipping will be $3.99 for the first book, $.99 for each additional book. I’m assuming that’s US residents only...sorry international peeps! Call (253) 839-2535 to place your order.

(Yes, they already have THE PLEDGE available!!!)

AND...Speaking of launch parties, don’t forget: This one’s gonna be EPICALLY EPIC! If you like sparkling conversation (and if you live in the area), join me on Sunday, November 20th at noon. I’ve got GREAT prizes lined up, so you’ll totally wanna be there!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Get THE PLEDGE (A Little Early!)

So the release is less than two weeks away now, but there are a couple of places where you can get early (and signed!) copies of THE PLEDGE!

I will be making an early appearance at Books & Books in Miami (one of the coolest bookstores I’ve been to) on Thursday, November 10th at 7PM. If you’re anywhere in the Miami area I hope you’ll come and see me!!!! If not, call them, maybe they’ll make some over-the-phone arrangements (although I’m not promising anything!).

And then on Saturday, November 12th, I’m at YALLFest in Charleston, South Carolina (sponsored by the fabulous Blue Bicycle Books)! This is gonna be a whole lotta pie-eating, author-lovin’ goodness. I’m doing panels (signings will be held at Blue Bicycle Books immediately following the panels!):


DEMONS & WITCHES & CASTERS OH MY! with Sarah Rees Brennan, Victoria Schwab, Caitlin Kittredge, Kami Garcia

Moderated by: Kimberly Derting (that’s me!)

4 pm DON’T DIS-TOPIAN with Beth Revis, Kimberly Derting, Diana Peterfreund, Eliot Schefer

And, of course the YA SMACKDOWN at 6 pm. There will be games, food, and a chance to make fun of your favorite YA authors! You SO don’t want to miss this!!!

Then, not to be outdone, if you’re in the Seattle/Tacoma area, there’s always the Epically EPIC Launch Party on Sunday, November 20th. Maybe it’s not early, but it’ll definitely be epic ;)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


In my next life I totally want to be a makeup artist. Not the fancy kind that does the Kardashians or the Victoria’s Secret runway shows or anything. I want to work on the set of The Walking Dead:

(I even got tooth paint, for that authentic zombies-don't-brush look!)

But even better than turning daughters into zombies, my nephew went as Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) from Misery.

(THE BODY FINDER’s #1 fan! I would NOT want to mess with him/her!!!)

Plus, who doesn't want 1600 pieces of candy???

My daughter was totally crossing her fingers that only three kids would show up at our house. No such luck...