Introducing our newest member: Alexandra Bracken!

I’m sure several of you noticed that we lost some members over the course of last year. Timing, life, and the general pursuit of happiness got in the way, and we were sad to see people go. Plus, as the New Year rolled in, our ability to fill post slots each month was starting to hurt.

But, in case you haven’t realized, we’re super picky about who we invite to join out ranks—primarily because we want to be able to offer YOU, our dearest readers, high quality content from industry experts you know you can trust.

So imagine our absolute DELIGHT when someone who is an author AND a school/library marketer for Random House Children’s Books accepted our invitation to Pub(lishing) Crawl. She has so much knowledge to bring to the table, it’s kinda making the rest of us wonder if we’re worthy anymore. 😉

Seriously, though, we could not be more thrilled to introduce you to…

Alexandra Bracken

a.k.a. Alex

Alexandra BrackenAlex was born and raised in Arizona by an artsy mother and a Star Wars-collecting father. She traded her desert for colonial bonnets to study History and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After graduating, she relocated to New York City, where she now works in children’s publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at her website, Twitter, or Tumblr.

We actually just did an interview with Alex a few weeks back, if you’re interested in learning more about her. Oh, and how could I forget? Alex has TWO novels now available!


The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness…

Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country—and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home. But North has secrets—about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey. What does he want from her? And why does North’s sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself?


When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

To celebrate Alex’s arrival, we’re giving away a copy of EITHER Brightly Woven or The Darkest Minds (the winner can choose!). All you have to do is leave a comment welcoming Alex to our team—and, of course, fill out the Rafflecopter form!

Hooray! Welcome, Alex!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


69 Responses to Introducing our newest member: Alexandra Bracken!

  1. Christina K. Feb 1 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Everyone knows Alexandra Bracken is an amazing author, so of course she’s be part of your blog which is full of incredible talent!!

    Thank you so much:))

  2. Llehn Feb 1 2013 at 7:46 am #

    I loved Brightly Woven. Have yet to read Darkest Mind but I’m sure I’ll love it too. Welcome, Alex!

  3. alicia marie Feb 1 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Another great author added to the mix! I an’t wait to see what Alex has got to say : )

  4. Anna J. Boll Feb 1 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Welcome, Alex. Looking forward to the books!

  5. Erin Bowman Feb 1 2013 at 8:26 am #

    ALEX!!!! Hooray–you’re now officially part of the PubCrawl family! So very happy to have you with us. 😀 😀

  6. Jesselle Feb 1 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Hi, Alex! I look forward to reading your posts here on Pub Crawl! 🙂

  7. ellie M Feb 1 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Alex! Love both your books!!! Looking foward to your input! ♪

  8. Kaniesha Feb 1 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Alex 😀 This is super exciting!

  9. Shelver506 Feb 1 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Hi, Alex! Welcome to Pub Crawl. I’ve heard amazing things about your books, so I look forward to your posts.

  10. MackenziLee Feb 1 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Welcome, welcome! you are in good company!

  11. Leigh Smith Feb 1 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Welcome, Alex! Can’t wait to hear more from you! I’ve heard ridiculous good things about Darkest Minds and I can’t wait to read it!

  12. Alex Ray Feb 1 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Hi, Alex, my name twin! LOVED Brightly Woven. Welcome to Pub Crawl!

  13. Lori M. Lee Feb 1 2013 at 9:55 am #

    How cool! I’ve been hearing amazing things about Darkest Minds, and I had no idea Alex was also a school/library marketer for Random House.

  14. Maggie K. Feb 1 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Hi Alex,
    I am looking forward to reading THE DARKEST MINDS. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Adriana Feb 1 2013 at 10:04 am #

    THE DARKEST MIND is my next book on my tbr list!! 😀 so excited. Welcome, Alex!!

  16. Sel Feb 1 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Hello! *waves* Can’t wait to read your posts, Alex 🙂

  17. Melody Feb 1 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Welcome Alex! I’m beyond excited to see you’ve joined Pub Crawl! Can’t wait to see your first post!

  18. Alyssa Feb 1 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Welcome, Alex! I’ve heard awesome things about your books. I’m so glad you’re a part of PubCrawl now!

  19. Stacey O'Neale Feb 1 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Seriously, everyone should read THE DARKEST MINDS! I read the ARC in early 2012 and I listed it as one of my favorite reads of the year!

  20. Megan Duff Feb 1 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Welcome Alex!!! I loved Darkest Minds and know you’ll bring a ton of good knowledge to the table 🙂

  21. Stephanie Feb 1 2013 at 10:32 am #

    I wondered when Alex would be joining! Welcome!!! xx

  22. Steph Feb 1 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Welcome Alex! There is consistently sooo much awesomeness going on on this blog, I have no doubt I’ll love your posts as well. You’re in great company, can’t wait to read more from you. (The Darkest Minds has just moved to the top of my to-read list. 🙂 )

  23. Carl Feb 1 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Hi Alexandra, Welcome to the blog. I’m looking forward to getting into The Darkest Minds as soon as possible.

  24. Adria Feb 1 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Ah! I absolutely loved The Darkest Minds! Haven’t read Brightly Woven yet, but I’ll be sure to do that soon. I’m looking forward to lots of posts from you 🙂

  25. Katelyn Feb 1 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Hi, Alex! I’ve heard only incredible things about your books and I can’t wait to read them! 🙂 Welcome to Pub Crawl!

  26. Alexa Y. Feb 1 2013 at 11:04 am #

    You guys made a SOUND choice in choosing Alex to be a new member of Pub Crawl! I love her and her writing, and I cannot wait for the posts to come from her. Hi Alex! <3

  27. Marina Feb 1 2013 at 11:11 am #

    I really want to read the Darkest Minds, but I haven’t gotten around it. I really liked Brightly Woven though. So welcome to PubCrawl!! Hello!

  28. Saundra D. Feb 1 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Welcome Alex!! I am currently reading The Darkest Minds and loving it!!

  29. Caitlin Vanasse Feb 1 2013 at 11:29 am #

    I’m pretty sure with this announcement that all of the authors I consistently follow online have now written for Pub Crawl or LTWF at some point or another. Welcome Alex! I look forward to your posts here about the industry and your work. Plus, you know, any general nerdiness you decide to invoke.

  30. sydney Feb 1 2013 at 11:38 am #

    welcome alexandra,i cant wait to read your work soon 🙂

  31. stephanie garber Feb 1 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Welcome Alex! Pub Crawl is the best! I just bought Darkest Minds, and I’m can’t wait to read your posts!

  32. Hannah Feb 1 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Hi Alex!

  33. Ashley Tucker Feb 1 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I absolutely love Alex’s work. I’ve read them both, but I’d love to actually own my own copy. Glad to see her as an addition here!

  34. Dreams Feb 1 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Welcome to the group Alex!

  35. Nora Feb 1 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Yay, welcome Alex!

  36. Julie Feb 1 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    So excited to have you here with us Alex!!! Welcome welcome welcome!

  37. Alexa O Feb 1 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    *waves excitedly* Looking forward to reading The Darkest Minds, as well as your future posts.

  38. Biljana Feb 1 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Yeahhhh Alex!! 😀 It’s great to have you!

  39. Emily Feb 1 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi, Alex! WELCOME! 😀

  40. Andrea Feb 1 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Hello and Welcome!! I loved Brightly Woven, and TDM looks phenomenal!! I’m so glad you accepted Pub Crawl’s invitation!! What a treat for all the rest of us! =)

  41. Calla Feb 1 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to read her books for forever!! So glad she’s joined publishing crawl!! =)

  42. Peggy Eddleman Feb 1 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Welcome Alex! I’m excited to read posts from you!!

  43. CreativeA Feb 1 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I saw this and blurted out “YES!” So excited to see Alex join the ranks. Love her, love you guys…seems like a pretty epic combination to me. Alex, way to join the ranks!


  44. pauna oana Feb 1 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Hy Alex!I’m new to!

  45. Desiree Feb 1 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Hello! Welcome to the site!

  46. Nhi Feb 1 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Unfortunately I haven’t read either one of Bracken’s books, but they have always kind of been on my ‘to read’ list for waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long! They just sound too damn enticing to overlook. 😀

  47. Vivien Feb 1 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Welcome!! I’m so excited for your future posts 🙂

  48. Lea Feb 1 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Welcome!! Loved The Darkest Minds! Looking forward to your posts!

  49. Kate F. Feb 1 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Hi Alex!! I’m so glad you’re on Publishing Crawl now, I’ve been hearing a ton about how good The Darkest Minds is 🙂

  50. Sara Feb 1 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Welcome! I’ve been dying to read Brightly Woven and The Darkest Minds. They both sound awesome!

  51. JQ Trotter Feb 1 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Welcome! I look forward to reading your future posts 🙂

  52. Sylvia Feb 2 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Oh, my gosh. I’m seriously wanting to read Brightly Woven, now. Sounds amazing. Plus, I’m excited to see a new author around here! Lots of promise.

  53. Ange/Libby Blog Feb 2 2013 at 3:04 am #

    Very cool! Welcome Alex! I can’t wait to read Darkest Minds and what Alex has to say about things on here!

  54. mary ann Feb 2 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Hello! Welcome to the family :))

  55. Kirsten W Feb 2 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Welcome! I’m looking forward to hear more from you 🙂

  56. Renee Suzanne Feb 2 2013 at 9:33 am #

    This makes me happy beyond words! “Brightly Woven” is the most-reread novel on my bookshelf since it was first released, in fact I’m about to go through it again. Awesome to see Alex joining the Pub Crawl team! 😀

  57. Jasmine Stairs Feb 2 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Hello Alex! 😀 Thank you for contributing!

  58. Sarah S Feb 2 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Hi Alex! So excited that you will be a part of the Pub Crawl team. I just read THE DARKEST MINDS this week and really loved it! I’m looking forward to hearing more from you.

  59. Erin Feb 2 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    How exciting! I figured it was only a matter of time before you’d end up here, Alex, but welcome nonetheless! Can’t wait to see your posts!

  60. Myia Feb 2 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    First time posting… But welcome Alex! I found Alex’s Blog through Sarah’s awhile ago and have been following both! So excited Alex is a part of PubCrawl now! 🙂

  61. Loie Feb 3 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Awesome!!! Can’t wait to read some posts by you!! <3

  62. Ellie Feb 3 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Welcome Alex! Can’t wait to hear more from you 🙂

  63. Alicia Feb 4 2013 at 2:16 am #

    Welcome Alex! I’m so excited you joined! Can’t wait to read your posts!

  64. Teresa Feb 4 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Hi Alex! It’s so exciting to have you here!

  65. Danielle Feb 5 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Welcome, Alex! It’s always so exciting to hear from different people in the business. 🙂 Can’t wait to read your books!

  66. Emily Feb 6 2013 at 1:22 am #

    Hi Alex! Welcome to Pub Crawl 🙂 Looking forward to reading your posts!

  67. cait Feb 6 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Welcome to Alex!! THE DARKEST MINDS sounds really, really good.

  68. Cordelia Feb 6 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Welcome Alex!!! I have brightly woven on my wishlist!!!

  69. Carolyn C Clark Feb 7 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Welcome Alex! This is so great!! Hope to win a copy of Brightly Woven.

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