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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Open Minds Virtual Launch Party!

Open Minds 
(Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)

When everyone reads minds, 
    a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where being forced to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

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$9.99 Paperback
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All the excitement about the book, all the amazing support and enthusiasm of my author-friends, has made me misty eyed several times over the last month. And I'm sure I'll be getting teared up many more times today. (It's a good thing that the Party is Virtual, and not in Real Life, or I'd be a puddle of mush all day long.) THANK YOU to everyone for their well-wishes and support, and a special thanks to all the Party Hosts who took time to read and review the book, or write their own Party Posts, or let me take over their blog for a guest post for the day. Thank you especially for your eagerness to read Open Minds - there's nothing that makes an author's heart sing like having people who want to read your work. But that's enough mush!! Because ...

The Virtual Launch Party is here! 

With over 40 Party Hosts joining the celebration, there are lots of cool posts to choose from. Pick one or two, or read them all (like me!), but make sure you leave a comment to be entered to win these ...

(because seriously, what's a party without party favors?)

For Party Hoppers, I'll be giving away
Open Books Encourage Open Minds gear
(because opening a book can truly open your mind)

Grand Prize: t-shirt (in the male or female variety)

Not Quite Grand, But Still Cool Prize: mug

Fashionable and Fun Prize(s): 
19 Open Books, Open Minds wrist bands
(so you can flaunt your support of literacy)
(the wristbands support TheLiteracySite and contributed to
the purchase of books for a school in Rwanda. Yay!)

(three ways to enter)
1) Leave a comment here or at any of the Party Posts listed below

2) Tweet about the Virtual Party or any of the Party Posts
(with tag #keepingOPENMINDS)

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. #keepingOPENMINDS @susankayequinn #SF #YA avail NOW

Celebrate the launch of OPEN MINDS by @susankayequinn #keepingOPENMINDS #SciFi #paranormal #YA avail NOW

3) Facebook (tag @AuthorSusanKayeQuinn) about the Virtual Party.

Celebrate the launch of paranormal/SF novel OPEN MINDS by @AuthorSusanKayeQuinn for a chance to win Open Books/Open Minds prizes!

Party Posts!
Reviews of Open Minds
(from blogger-friends with e-ARCs who have already read the book)
Bethany Kaczmarek Open Minds
Joanna Marple Book Review - Open Minds
D. Robert Pease Recently Read: Open Minds

Posts about #keepingOPENMINDS 
(brightening the blogosphere with stories of tolerance making the world a better place)

(Party Host) Other Guest Posts
(Erynn Newman) Meet Kira Moore, Zero
(Michelle Davidson Argyle) A Conversation Amongst Writers

Click through, have fun, leave a comment or two, and enjoy the party! And THANK YOU for everyone's amazing support in launching
Open Minds!


  1. Yay! I'm having so much fun reading everyone's posts and all your guest posts! Congrats!

  2. Thanks so much for letting me read an ARC of Open Minds. It totally blew my mind! Happy Launch Day!

  3. You've got such wonderful support here, Susan. Congratulations! I've been making my way through some party posts already. WOW. My jaw is agape. I guess you'll see that when you read some of my comments! Congratulations, again! You deserve all the success in the world!!!! :o) XOXO

  4. Congrats Susan! So excited for you. Enjoy your debut!

  5. Oh my gosh, congrats!! That is so awesome! I haven't checked your blog in a while, I had no idea you had a book coming out! It sounds really good too! Can't wait to read it!

  6. Awesome party, Susan. I'm mentioning the book (and party) in my post tomorrow. I couldn't miss out on the chance to tell everyone how great the book is. :D

    I'm so excited for you!!!
    now, to get to work and earn my carrot! :)

  8. Congratulations, Susan, on your launch party and a really wonderful book! Ben is reading it now and loves it so far. (He's skipping the 'kissing stuff' though! :)

  9. Woooo! Susan! Congrats on the big day. I'm so excited for you.

  10. wait! I'm not on the list, but you'll be at my blog still on Monday, right???

    WHOOT! Just bought it, can't wait to read it!!! Rock on, Susan!!! :D <3

  11. I just read the sample Chapter One, and WOW! It's got all I could want. I was grounded in the setting even while the world-building happened. I cared about the MC and began to be worried about her right away. Crisp writing. I'm hooked, hooked, hooked on the story and want more. Fabulous job, Susan.
    Congratulations on the launch. May it be fun and fruitful.

  12. I read your review over at PK Hzero's blog. Sounds like an awesome story. Best wishes for your success!

  13. @Laura Yay! I'm glad you're having fun! I'm having so much fun my head is spinning like a top!! :)

    @Joanna Blowing people's minds - totally what I love to do!! LOL

    @Jessica Thanks so much for all your amazing comments! I appreciate it so much (doubly so, knowing how busy you are!)!

    @Natalie Thanks for all your posts! I think you and Jessica are tied for awesomest party hoppers! :)

  14. @Jess I'm so glad you stopped by! As I recall it was YOUR comment that inspired the #keepingOPENMINDS theme, so it's only fitting that you see the end result! :)

    @Stina Thanks so much for the future-mention!!

    @vic Earn that carrot! LOL #mywritingstartstomorrow

  15. @Jess I'm so glad you stopped by! As I recall it was YOUR comment that inspired the #keepingOPENMINDS theme, so it's only fitting that you see the end result! :)

    @Stina Thanks so much for the future-mention!!

    @vic Earn that carrot! LOL #mywritingstartstomorrow

  16. @WndrgY HEY! You're here! LOL Yes I should expect Ben wouldn't care for the kissy parts! :)

    @Mary Thanks for all your awesome support! :)

    @LT You'll have your own special-y post next Monday, no worries! I didn't want anybody to hop today and go Huh? :) And thanks for buying a copy!! :)

  17. @Tricia I'm so glad you liked the first chapter!! I hope you enjoy the rest as well! Thanks for the well wishes. :)

  18. @Stephen Thanks so much for being a Party Hopper!! :)And for the well wishes!

  19. Congrats Susan! I've downloaded the book and can't wait to start it. May you be blessed with many thousands of happy readers. Good luck!

  20. Wow, you are going to be a busy lady! I just bought your book this morning. I'm so excited to read it. Congrats again, Susan!

  21. Massive congrats, Susan. I read it an LOVED it!

  22. Hey, Susan, I just bought a kindle copy of your book and tweeted about it! Can't wait to read it Congrats! And if I'm lucky enough to win a prize, I'd actually love a coffee cup.

  23. HUZZAH. This, frankly, is pretty awesome.

  24. Ohhh! How exciting! Congrats, Susan. Happy book birthday! And these posts are AMAZING! Such fun!

  25. @Tina Thanks so much! And double thanks for buying the book!! :)

    @Gail Thank you for buying Open Minds! I hope you enjoy it!! And it's friends like you all, spreading the word, that will help readers find the book. #megathanksforthat

    @Kelly Thank you so much for buying the book!! #yalitchatrocks :)

  26. @natz Thank you for all your support!!

    @Talli Thanks so much for reading and spreading the word! #hugethankyouforthat :)

    @Catherine Thanks so much for buying the book!! And I'll whisper into the Random Number Generator and see what we can do about that mug. :)

  27. @Jacinda Thanks for helping to make it a great B-Bday! :)

    @Bryan I'm so glad you stopped by! It wouldn't be a party without you. :)

    @TL I'm so glad you're enjoying the posts! I was hoping that partiers might have some fun with them! :)

  28. Congrats on the virtual launch. I've been reading about it all over today. I'll just have to get a copy and read it next month, after I win NaNo, of course. Good luck with the launch!!

  29. Wow! What a party! Congratulations Susan! So happy for you! And I can't wait to read OPEN MINDS!!

  30. Congratulating you on your super book and launch. Thanks for making it so easy to download book Tommy kindle!

  31. @Miranda Yes, the support of everyone has just been amazing! Thank you for thinking about picking it up! I hope you enjoy it!

    @Ali Can't wait for you to read it too!

    @CLee Thanks so much for downloading!! #awesome

  32. Awesome! What an amazing launch party! Good for you, Sue!

  33. Congratulations, Sue! An amazing party for an awesome book written by an A-1 author. Please pass the chips and dip! Cheers to much success with the Mindjack Trilogy!

  34. Hey!

    Bought your book this morning. You almost made me late for work because I didn't want to stop reading. I love what I've read so far.

    Congrats and good luck with the launch!


  35. Wow, you have been one busy lady! Lots of stuff happening -- I'll try to visit as many parties as I can! congrats once more on the release of OPEN MINDS -- may you get tons of sales!

  36. Yay! It's here! It's here! I hope you're enjoying your day.

  37. Happy launch day! You're so much more organized than me. My mystery GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKY launched on Sunday and an anthology I'm in, INDIE CHICKS launched yesterday. I'm scrambling to keep up. But this launch is awesome. Your book sounds as if it will really take off!

  38. I made it! How awesome for you!!! Hope you had a Great Launch Day!! I handed out book marks to my friends.. Who thought it was so cool!!!!! You are totally inspiring me to sit my butt down and write!!! I have so many stories swirling around in my brain!!! Have a wonderful night!!

  39. Wow....You are all over the web! I started reading Open Minds this morning and am loving it! I'll give away a copy when I post your interview later this week.

  40. Sorry to join the party late, but here I am. I wish I could be there in person to give you a big hug. All your hard work has turned into something amazing. I can't wait to go around and read all the posts.

  41. What an amazing party. Congrats. I tweeted on Twitter(katsrus2003).!/katsrus2003

    Sue B

  42. Congratulations on your launch! I got to check out a few of the posts yesterday - great idea!

  43. Woo! I've found the party! What a great way to debut your book. :)


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