CATALYST Cover Reveal

Hello, everyone! I can now reveal the cover and synopsis of CATALYST, though admittedly, someone beat me to the punch. Here it is!



The synopsis is below:

This exhilarating, explosive, and heartrending conclusion to the Insignia trilogy brings Tom and his intelligent, passionate, and brave young friends stunning tests and dangerous confrontations and through to an impossible future they could never have predicted.

Tom Raines and his friends are eager to return to the Pentagonal Spire to continue training for the elite Intrasolar Forces, but they soon discover troubling changes: strict new regulations and the revelation that the Spire is under new military control. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those now in control are aligned with corporate sponsors and their ruthless agendas. And when the military academy begins welcoming new cadets with suspicious neural processors, the first step in a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications, Tom is desperate to stop it, even if that means keeping secrets from his closest allies.

Then a mysterious figure, the other ghost in the machine, begins fighting against the corporations, but with methods even Tom finds shocking. And when the enemy comes for Tom, how much can Tom endure in the battle to save himself? He must decide if he can still fight when the odds of success seem to be sliding from his grip.

Release Date:  October 28th, 2014 (Wow, that is late, isn’t it?)

ISBN 0062093053 (ISBN13: 9780062093059)

Winners of Book Three: Guess the Title Contest!

First of all, I am a few days late! I was going to prepare a fantastic video, but alas, I seem to have media compatibility issues, so this post will have to do.

That said, wow, I am absolutely staggered by the awesome responses I received! I wish I’d thought of a lot of these when I was coming up with the title.

Nobody guessed the final title, BUT….

Special kudos to staceykim and wedontfollowrules for guessing my first choice of title, the one I was planning to use while writing book two… INFERNO. I would have loved that one, but unfortunately, it was already being used by Dan Brown and Sherrilyn Kenyon on titles a mere year before my book is due to come out, so… ::Angry fist shake!::

More shout-outs: Elizabeth.Goozeit guessed EMBLEM, my father’s suggestion for the title of book two. Lisa guessed ALICELEE, a title absolutely awesome for completely unrelated reasons. There were also some fantastic titles I couldn’t use because they weren’t easily illustrated, like CYANIDE and UPRISING, and titles I didn’t even think of but wish I had, like DEATHSTORM (that would be a fantastic call-sign).

Several people guessed ALLIES. There already is an ALLIES! It’s a short, Wyatt Enslow-centric e-novella I did for HarperImpulse.


Having said all that, the title of INSIGNIA: Book Three is….






And I will give you one hint: the CATALYST the title refers to will not be on the cover, but it is more an animal than a vegetable or mineral…

Last but not least, the randomly drawn winners of personalized, signed copies of INSIGNIA and VORTEX are




Congratulations! I will email you guys today for your addresses and what you’d like written on the book.


Guess the Title of INSIGNIA: Book Three Contest

I am now allowed to share the title of INSIGNIA: BOOK THREE coming out in Fall of 2014. Let’s make this fun, though. Guess a title, any title, and enter to win signed, personalized hardbacks of INSIGNIA and VORTEX! In the highly unlikely event someone or some people guess right, three winners will be randomly picked. If nobody guesses the title (more likely), three winners will be chosen at random anyway.

Just FYI: the rules for the titles of the INSIGNIA series are as follows:

One Word

No more than eight letters

A word that can easily be illustrated by a tiny little drawing thing on the cover

Next Friday, I’ll reveal the real title and announce the winners of the signed copies! Good luck!

VORTEX is out!

VORTEX is in stores today!

Synopsis: S. J. Kincaid has created a fascinating dystopian world for Insignia, her futuristic science-fiction adventure series. Earth is in the middle of WWIII, battling to determine which governments and corporations will control the resources of the solar system.

Teen Tom Raines grew up with nothing, some days without even a roof over his head. Then his exceptional gaming skills earned him a spot in the Intrasolar Forces, the country’s elite military training program, and his life completely changed.

Now in Vortex, the second book in the series, Tom discovers that the Pentagonal Spire, where he and his friends are being trained as superhuman weapons, is filled with corruption. He is asked to betray his friends—the first real friends he’s ever had—for the sake of his country.

Will he sacrifice his new life to do what he believes is right?

Vortex by SJ Kincaid Cover