Tips for Writers and an Intro to CATALYST

I made a pair of videos for Hot Key Books. One includes my tips for writers, the other an introduction to CATALYST!

CATALYST Release Day!

INSIGNIA Book Three: CATALYST comes out today! It’s been a wonderful journey to share with you guys and today it comes to a close. Check my Galaxy Book Post for a giveaway!

To read a series recap and a character guide, check out Epic Reads!



Halloween Book Trail: THE GALAXY

HBT14---The-Galaxy (1) Welcome to the fourth stop of The Galaxy!

This is the first ever Halloween Book Trail, featuring your favorite YA & MG authors! This trail is based on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes presented by the Apocalypsies. In THIS trail, you’ll find all kinds of posts, and discover new authors and their work.

How do you play? Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes! Books, swag, skype sessions, locks of hair (jk jk)! At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop in the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz. Now you’ll be happy you read all the posts! Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize! Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory! One quiz entry per trail.



About me:P7-1b145

As a kid, S. J. Kincaid wanted to be an astronaut, but she decided to become afull-time writer after spending a year studying in Edinburgh and living next to a haunted graveyard. However, after writing many novels and having had no sucess in finding a publisher for any of them, S. J. decided she would write one more, then give up for good. That last book turned out to be INSIGNIA. VORTEX came out to a Kirkus starred review last summer, and CATALYST comes out tomorrow!

Q & A:

Insignia Cover by SJ kincaid

What scares the pants out of you?
Bears! They terrify me. They could just kill you with a swipe of their paws, and so many people think they’re cute.

Do you legit believe in ghosts and things that bump in the night? (We won’t think you’re cray)
I would like to believe in ghosts, at least. I’m always excited to go on ghost tours and to haunted places and the like, yet I’ve never seen a ghost. Never seen a UFO, either. Both make me sad.

Vortex by SJ Kincaid Cover

What magical/supernatural creature do you secretly want to be?
I loved The Last Unicorn and The Little Mermaid as a kid, so I’d probably choose one of those. Actually, no– I’d be a unicorn. Mermaids have to live in the ocean with sharks and that would just not please me.

What is thCATALYST covere worst prank you’ve ever pulled? (And if you won’t fess up, what is the best prank your “friend of a friend” has pulled?
I suggested to my friend that we convince her Scottish husband that Americans ate cookies with orange frosting and fish bits in them called ‘Orange Fischers’. We made them, but instead of orange frosting, we had chocolate frosting with a mandarin orange slice on top. Instead of fish bits, they were sardines. Her boyfriend did try them. He spat it out immediately. Later he married my friend, so there’s a happy ending.

Please cleopatrashare a photo of your favorite Halloween costume you’ve worn.
I was Cleopatra! That was one of the few times I went to any effort with a costume, and I liked doing it enough that I then wore another Cleopatra outfit a second year in a row in a different location. However, Facebook revealed my devious ways to people who’d known me in both locations, so I dared not try Cleopatra a third year in a row.

Thank you so much for reading!

For the next stop on the trail, visit

And remember: INSIGNIA book three: CATALYST comes out tomorrow, October 28th!


Brief CATALYST Teaser

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