Book #1 in the Other series (Flux, July 1, 2010)

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I can’t last much longer. It’s been one week, three days, and I forget how many hours.

My belly cramps, and I curl on my bed, staring out at the stars. A delicious breeze glides through my window and cools my sweaty forehead. The air smells of summer–mowed grass, recent rain, lingering barbecue–and tempts me more than I want to admit. Shards of moonlight and shadow shift on the wall. I clench my teeth and toes and try to ride out the pain. My bedroom drifts counterclockwise, and I shut my eyes.

It can’t be good for me, not shapeshifting.

Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate–into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and–most importantly–stay alive.

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“This who-done-it is an unusual blend of mystery and fantasy, starring original characters not often featured in modern urban fantasy for teens. I really enjoyed it.” – Annette Curtis Klause, author of Blood and Chocolate

Other has it all: love, shifters, pookas, and nail-biting action. What’s even better, Kincy’s characters are vibrant, real and lovable. This is a debut that leaves you aching for more.” – Carrie JonesNew York Times bestselling author of Need and Captivate

“Gwen is extremely likable as the impulsive, conflicted heroine, and although Tavian is a bit perfect, their romance is a dynamic counterpoint to the suspenseful mystery.” – Booklist

“The emotional turmoil of the characters is evident and will appeal to readers who have felt misunderstood or as if they don’t belong.” – School Library Journal


What readers are saying…

“What a fantastic debut novel! I absolutely loved this world that Kincy created….. Where ‘Others’ live among humans. It’s ‘normal’ to see a centaur beside you shopping in the produce section at the grocery store. I mean wouldn’t that be a riot! It was interesting to have a novel that included an array of mythological and magical creatures.” – The Story Siren

Other was a fantastic and enthralling debut that had me glued to the pages from the start…. With an engaging and exciting plot, romance, and terrific characters, Other is a debut I’d recommend to just about anyone.” – The Book Scout

“Outstanding debut! Karen Kincy does a fantastic job weaving our world with a mythological one, a place were all beings can coexist. Can you imagine seeing a centaur in the produce aisle – it would definitely make grocery shopping a lot more interesting. Karen takes a current problem in our world and develops this amazing story around it. The story itself is great, but it is the underlying lesson it teaches that makes me love it” – Page Turners

Other is a remarkable debut novel featuring an amazing mystery who-done-it style. Add in a wide variety of paranormal creatures, and I was hooked.” – The Neverending Shelf

“Overall the book is really very sweet, and has an addictive and captivating storyline.  I found it to be a fast read – and every page is convincing.  It’s very sad in places, and the characters shine through with their emotions.  Most of the way through the book I was smiling, it’s a deliciously delightful read with some fantastic twists…” – Clover Hill Book Reviews

“Gwen’s snark is realistic, without being overshadowing the rest of her personality.  She isn’t just a random font of witty one-liners and banter.  She struggles between her human and Other selves, and explores some of her own self-hate throughout the course of the novel.  If Gwen had been gay, or of a mixed race, many of the themes of the book would still have held true.” – The Bookanistas

Other has a strong storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You have mystery, paranormal, suspense, love. All things we want in our YA novels.” – Courtney Reads

“Karen Kincy has an absolutely awesome writing style. It’s descriptive and at sometimes, almost poetic.” – Mindful Musings

“The writing was fantastic. It really made you feel as if you were right next to Gwen. Gwen goes through a lot, and Kincy portrays this very well and really makes you feel for Gwen. There’s a perfect balance between describing everything and dialogue.” – The Book Cellar

“There is almost a love triangle, but not quite. I will say, keep your eyes peeled for Tavian. He is awesome. Plus he’s Asian. YAY PoC love interest!!”- Good Books & Good Wine

“The plot is original and creative. Honestly, it was one of few books that I could not guess what was going to happen or who the enemy was. No part of this book bored me and it ran in a smooth pace. I dare you to go and pick this book up right now!” – Lost in Believing

“There are dryads, and water sprites, and leprechauns, oh my!… They are all so unique and fascinating in their own way, I loved reading about them and I was sorry to see the story end because it meant my journey with them was coming to an end for now.” – A Bookworms Haven

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YA Scavenger Hunt

YA_ScavengerHunt_WebBannerWelcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. 

There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM–but there is also a REDBLUE, GOLD, GREEN, ORANGE, TEAL, PURPLE, and SILVER team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

Team PinkIf you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Nina Rossing

Today, I am hosting Nina Rossing for the YA Scavenger Hunt! We both love the number 13, which has always been good luck for me. Welcome, Nina! I’ve never been to Norway, though the fjords look gorgeous.

Nina Rossing lives in Norway, where the winters are long and the summers short. Despite the brilliant nature surrounding her, she spends more time in front of her computer, or with a book in her hands, than in the great outdoors – though you may find her out on her mountain bike if the weather is good.

She prefers creating young adult stories where obstacles are overcome and endings are hopeful. Her debut YA novel SUPERMASSIVE came out in 2014, and her second novel FJORD BLUE was published in March 2016. Her next YA, MICK & MICHELLE, will be available in late fall 2017.

Find out more information by checking out Nina’s website or find more about her book Fjord Blue by following the links below!



Seventeen-year-old Benjamin is shipped off to work on his grandparents’ remote farm in the fjords of Western Norway for the summer. It’s not like he didn’t deserve it. After all, he crashed his dad’s vintage Bonneville in a car-chase duel on a Miami freeway.

Norway is cold and rainy, the farm is desolate and resists modernization, and the grandparents are quiet and religious. On to the scene waltzes Even, the eighteen-year-old farmhand, who counters Ben’s restlessness and complaints with friendship, fresh perspectives, and secret problems of his own.

As the friendship deepens, the two boys learn that secrets can turn into both beautiful and ugly truths, and that support can be found in unexpected places.

Today Nina brings us an inspiration board and playlist for Fjord Blue:


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Nina Rossing, and more! To enter, you need to know my favorite number. (Hint: I introduced it earlier.) Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the pink team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


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