Third Time’s a Charm? Author DelSheree Gladden gets real about her CTP Experience!

Third Time’s a Charm?

Author DelSheree Gladden get’s real about her Clean Teen Publishing experience.

After having been through two awful publishing experiences, I was fairly disillusioned with the idea of signing with another publisher. I had seven self-published books already, so I knew what it took and had the skills to continue on that path. Last fall I had just pulled my most recent book, Wicked Hunger, from its current publisher and had every intention of returning to self-publishing.

A good friend of mine, the lovely Leah Brimhall, was really excited about Wicked Hunger and kept telling me that it needed to be signed with a good publisher who was going to help me get it in the hands of lots of readers, which is honestly the hardest part of writing a book. I wasn’t keen on getting a new publisher, but Leah insisted I submit to Clean Teen Publishing because she had heard great things about them and knew a few of their other authors. Luckily, I took her advice, and I was blown away by the difference.

I had never worked with a publisher that within weeks of me signing the contract had a marketing plan laid out for my book. I had also never had a publisher who had social media contacts who would actively promote their books to their thousands of followers on a regular basis. With previous publishers, I had waited months at a time for updates, news, progress, anything! With CTP, it was like night and day. If I had a question or problem, it was addressed quickly. I wasn’t just another book on their shelf. I was part of their CTP family and I knew they were behind me one hundred percent.

Both Wicked Hunger and Wicked Power have been released through CTP within the last two months, and both are my highest ranking books out of thirteen books. Clearly, these books are simply my best books, right? As much as I’d like to take all the credit, I know there’s so much more to it. When someone is willing to put their full weight behind your book and take risks like submitting it to Kirkus, and heaven forbid, spending money on advertising or offering up a first book for free… it not only shows that they really believe in their authors, it shows that they’re in it with you. Your success is their success, and they’re going to do everything they can to make sure it works out.

The publishing world is tough. Getting into it is difficult, navigating it seems impossible at times, and making your mark is insanely hard to do. When you’re one person trying to do all of that on your own, it’s easy to get discouraged. When you have a whole team of dedicated readers, cover artists, marketers, formatters, street teamers, and so much more, suddenly it’s not one author trying to swim against the publishing tide. CTP put their faith in me when they signed me, and I can honestly return the favor because, I know they’re going to be there for me and my books now and in the future.

– DelSheree Gladden

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Find out why Kirkus Reviews said: The pairing of a formulaic start and formula-breaking ending makes the book ideal for paranormal-romance readers seeking a new spin on the familiar. 

WICKED HUNGER by DelSheree Gladden

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

“Save him and hurt him, don’t save him and hurt him. Pain, either way. Delicious pain. Hunger will be the only one that wins. Hunger always wins.”

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.

Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.

Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.

As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.

Wicked Hunger is the first book in the all-new paranormal series, Someone Wicked This Way Comes.
WICKED POWER by DelSheree Gladden
“Wicked Power is what he craves. He collects it and turns it into wicked glory—the glory of ruling everything and everyone.”

Even after Vanessa and Zander Roth barely survive the Eroi’s attempt to expose them for what they are, they aren’t safe. Sitting balanced on the edge of impending death and unthinkable power, they reluctantly turn to the other Godlings for help. 

What they find and learn while being trained by the arrogant leader makes them question whether they are being trained to be a weapon for good or evil. Soon enough, Van and Zander find themselves once again on opposing paths. 
A lot of things happen to Godlings as they near their sixteenth birthday, including the impending full strength of their hunger. When Van starts exhibiting some strange abilities, which include a heightened intuition and frightening visions of the future, she soon learns that she’s not like the others. She knows she must do everything she can to protect her secrets from their leader, who will use her as a weapon if he finds out. Thankfully, Van is not alone. She has the help of her best friend—and the one boy she shouldn’t be falling in love with—Ketchup. 
While Van is dealing with her own problems, Zander finds himself embracing the training of the Godlings, even though their methods are cruel and harsh. He finds himself clinging to the hope that he can redeem himself, even after falling into Ivy’s trap and putting their family’s lives in danger. Along the way, Zander finds himself falling for an unlikely accomplice, who has him wondering if he even loved Ivy at all. 
Redemption and protection both take a backseat when a shocking discovery puts everything they have worked for in jeopardy. The choice between safety and freedom has never been more important, and in the end… they may not have a choice at all. 
Wicked Power is the second book in the all-new paranormal series, Someone Wicked This Way Comes.


Teenage siblings with a dark secret find their lives complicated by the arrival of a mysterious girl.
Zander and Van are tougher and heal faster than ordinary teenagers. However, the price is a terrible, mysterious hunger—a bloodlust that becomes intensified by specific individuals. Younger Van does her best to suppress it so she can have friends and a normal life; Zander instead keeps everyone at arm’s length and warns Van that once her 16th birthday hits and her powers reach full strength, she should do so as well. Ivy, a new girl—cousin to one of Van’s friends—puts everything at risk. Both Zander and Van hunger to hurt her, but Zander falls for her in a push-pull love story reminiscent of Twilight, right down to Zander’s sneaking into Ivy’s room to watch her sleep. Van, however—when she’s not busy with a love triangle of her own, with a mysterious boy she’s just met and her trusty best friend, Ketchup—is suspicious that certain things don’t add up with Ivy. The conclusion, made strong by unraveling secrets and formula-shattering twists, sets up a sequel.
The pairing of a formulaic start and formula-breaking ending makes the book ideal for paranormal-romance readers seeking a new spin on the familiar. (Paranormal romance. 13-17) 


DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. The first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series, Wicked Hunger, is scheduled to be released through Clean Teen Publishing on April 1, 2014.

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