Thursday, December 26, 2013

It's finally heeereeee! CONTROL Debuts Today!

In 2009, I started writing novels.

In 2010, I started writing CONTROL.

In 2011, in the span of one month, I signed with an agent, Eric Myers, and sold CONTROL to Penguin.

And now, at the very far end of 2013, my dream of becoming published novelist has finally come true.

For those of you who have already bought the book, I can't tell you how deeply honored I am to have my work in your hands. It is truly a miracle that anyone would buy something I created from the depths of my imagination. 

Just...incredible. It's a really weird thing to be on this side of the journey. A good thing, and a scary thing. I've a lot of emotions bubbling inside my head today, but the biggest one? Feeling so utterly grateful. There are so many people I'm thankful for, who supported me from day one.  My family, and closest friends and colleagues, but...

I also want to thank you, my fellow bloggers, for being such amazing cheerleaders. You've been there since the first day I started blogging and learning how to writing fiction. If this book entertains readers for even for a minute, than I've done a good thing. And you were part of making that good thing happen. 

I also want to take a moment to thank the CCHS community (Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, called Ondine's Curse in CONTROL) and the many individuals within it who have supported this book. The main character, Zelia, possesses this syndrome. If readers can become more aware of the brave patients and family members that live with CCHS every day, well then, that's another good thing done. Click here to learn more about CCHS, or the tab up on my blog!

Aaaaaand...here it is is. CONTROL, my book baby. Fly. Be free!


After the violent death of her father, 17 year-old Zelia loses her younger sister, Dylia, during an abduction at a foster care agency. It turns out her sister Dylia isn’t just pretty and sweet—she’s illegal. In the year 2150, DNA must be pure by law, and anyone with enhanced genes face death. Zelia’s only allies are the freak-show inhabitants of her new, underground foster home. Along with the unexpected love of a very strange boy, she will need her flaws and their illicit traits to save the only family she has left.

“Control blew me away, from the depth and richness of this fascinating, disturbing vision of the future—and all its technologies—to the twists and turns and suspense that made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I’ve read in a very long time. Highly recommended.” — James Dashner, NYT Bestselling Author of the Maze Runner Trilogy 
“A sweet, edgy romance rounds out this smart, futuristic medical thriller.” Publishers Weekly
“Control, with its mix of legitimate science and inventive fantasy, is unforgettable for all the right reasons.”—VOYA
“Surprising twists, tender romance, and a fierce, smart protagonist make for a winning formula in Kang’s debut. CONTROL is tautly woven and breathlessly delivered—a thrilling read!”  — Jessica Khoury, author of Origin
“Control successfully integrates science, adventure, and romance into one unforgettable read. [It] will keep you wanting more until the jaw-dropping ending.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“CONTROL is a masterful debut, filled with everything I love in a novel: mystery, danger, and romance. Kang has crafted a world readers can easily fall into and won’t want to leave, complete with flawed yet lovable characters. I couldn’t put it down!”   — Elana Johnson, author of Possession
“Steamy, romantic . . . scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity.” —Kirkus 

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32 comments:

Anita Saxena said...

Congratulations on your book release!

Petra Poet said...

Congratulations on your debut :-D

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats! So, so excited and happy for you. Enjoy your special day!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I can't wait to read it!!! Congrats, Lydia, on your big day!

Betsy Paquelet Patrick said...

Congratulations! I wish you all the best!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Lydia!! Enjoy your release day. Nothing like the first one.

Louise Bates said...

Congratulations! So thrilled for you!

walk2write said...

Very exciting! So happy for you. You've worked hard for this moment and deserve it. Wishing you much success and many more books to come!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I wish you only the highest sales today and through the New Year! Fantastic reviews of your book from great sources. You have every reason to be proud and happy. I am happy for you.

Your hard work shows in your vibrant prose and riveting story. Roland

David P. King said...

Amazing! Congratulations a hundred times over, Lydia! :)

Mason Canyon said...

Lydia, Congratulations on your release day!! Wishing you much success and many, many more books releases.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I took a few years, but you made it Lydia! I'm sure your in-depth medical knowledge makes it a fascinating read.

Slamdunk said...

Now that is the proper way to finish 2013. Congrats on your accomplishment and success Dr.

J.L. Campbell said...

Well done, Lydia. I hope it does wonderfully well. :)

mshatch said...

Congratulations Lydia :)

Deb Salisbury said...

Hurray! Congratulations, Lydia!

J E Oneil said...

This is so wonderful! You are a published writer! And of an excellent book :)

AJameton said...

Lydia: Control just popped up on my Kindle. What a delightful holiday present. Congratulations! and Best Regards, Andy Jameton now from St. Paul

bethchristopher.com said...

So very happy for you, Lydia! I'm chomping at the bit to read this. Yahoo!

Jessica Bell said...

Fabulous!!! When will the paperback be out?

Kimberlee Turley said...

Got an email from Goodreads that this was now available. So excited!

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss lydia!

BIG CONGRATS!!!!!! for sure im gonna be getting a copy of your novel. the trailer is cool and i just know the book is gonna be a fantastic read.

...hugs from lenny

jonyangorg said...

Congrats!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Congratulations!!! I can't wait to read it!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Huge congrats to you, Lydia!

Jessie Humphries said...

I've been traveling like a vagabond for many days, so this comment is delayed, but...CONGRATS, Lydia! I am so happy for you. I am your #1 fan! (not in a creepy-stalker way tho).

alexia said...

Congrats! So exciting!

Mark R Hunter said...

Congrats on your book release!

Steve MC said...

Congrats on what looks like a great debut, and between the release and revisions, hope you're sleeping again by now.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Congratulations. You must be over the moon. It sounds like such an original book.

Jai Joshi said...

Wow! Congrats on the book release! Such an achievement and well deserved!

Jai

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