Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wanna Know More About THE PLEDGE, Me, RT...

Check out my guest post on Dark Faerie Tales in which I do my best to describe THE PLEDGE...and explain how I'm going to try NOT to embarrass myself at RT!

But let's be honest, I'm probably going to embarrass myself.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Dark Days of Winter Post-Tour Wrap-Up!!!!

DAY ONE: MINNEAPOLIS (St. Patrick's Day!)

The Good: My first night on tour with Claudia Gray, Courtney Allison Moulton, and Leah Clifford! B&N put together an awesome night for us!!!!

The Bad:
A four-hour flight delay, which meant racing straight from the airport to the signing.

The Ugly:
Dressing in a cramped Minneapolis Airport bathroom, while trying NOT to touch the floor. Or the walls. Or the toilet. Eww!



Look at all the green! My socks were green...just ask airport security...


Courtney decided to become part of the decor. Yes, those are balloons tied to her hair...



DAY TWO: CHICAGO

The Good: It’s Chicago! We did a school visit, a library round-table discussion with some amazing librarians, picked up Ellen Schreiber, AND got to go to Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville…YAY!!!

The Bad: We did all that on only about 4 hours sleep.

The Ugly: We hit turbulence on the way to Chicago and one of the authors (*cough*Courtney*cough*) gets airsick. Poor thing!!!



The crowd at Andersons...


OMG, look! She has pink AND blue in her hair for the TBF and DESIRES covers. I think I love her!!!



DAY THREE: MIAMI

The Good: What wasn’t good??? Books & Books may have been one of the coolest bookstores I’ve ever been in! They have a courtyard for live music, a full service café, art displays…and it was 80 degrees! Not to mention it was Super Moon that night.

The Bad: I tried to get a picture of the Super Moon from a moving vehicle. With the flash on. Through really dirty windows. Umm, yeah.

The Ugly: They asked us to do the Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show. And they videotaped us. Said video has not surfaced yet, but I have a feeling it will. Someday…


Clearly, we thought we were hilarious!


Books & Books had great crowds too...




My attempt at shooting the Super Moon...


And, later, a power dinner...tortilla soup and chocolate cake. What else???

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yes, I'm Still Alive...and other stuff.

Okay, guys, I’m back from tour, trying to catch up on emails/sleep. You know, the essentials. I promise I’ll post pics soon!

Just a couple of housekeeping items:

First, I’ve updated my EVENTS PAGE. You can see what I’ll be doing for the next couple of months. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess…although I may or may not be attending the Capitol Bookfest in Charleston, SC in November. (Hint: I’m totally attending!)

Second, I’ve been a little off-grid lately, and that’s because I’m working feverishly on the third Body Finder book (which still doesn’t have a freaking title, but that’s another matter altogether!). So if I don’t respond to your emails/Tweets/Facebook messages, forgive me. I promise it won’t last forever!

Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, Novel Novice posted a blooper reel of me trying to record a 10 second video for my UK publisher. Honestly, this is why I shouldn’t be allowed in front of a camera!

AND…because I love you guys, I thought I’d point out that you, too, can own one of these babies! Seriously, how much would I love for someone to walk into my house and see this?!?! And how long before we can order them custom with our own images on them?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BECAUSE I CAN’T BE EVERYWHERE. OR CAN I???

I’m busy packing for HarperTeen’s Dark Days of Winter Tour, getting ready to head out to see everyone in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Miami. And I’m feeling terrible that I can’t be in New York/Toronto/Houston/Salt Lake City/Atlanta/Dallas…well, you get the idea. There are A LOT of great cities I won’t be visiting this tour. Maybe even this year.

If it were up to me, I’d totally invent a transporter (yes, I’m a Star Trek geek) and beam myself everywhere. But it’s not. So Harper’s doing the next best thing.

Livestreaming!

On both Friday, March 18th at 7PM Central time and Saturday, March 19th at 7PM Eastern time, you can watch the Chicago and Miami events live from the comfort of your own couches. Check out HarperTeen’s Pitch Dark Books Facebook Page for more details!

But…if you’re in Minneapolis, Chicago, or Miami, check out my Events Page for times and locations of the real-live signings…because, trust me, I’m WAY funnier in person!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

How Gorgeous Is This???

As if I don't have enough going on this year, I also have a short story coming out in the Smart Chicks' anthology, ENTHRALLED, in September. And because I like to share a little eye-candy now and then, check out our awesome new cover:


You guys, I'm "AND MORE"!!! See? Down there...at the bottom!!!!!

The stories in the collection are as follows:

Giovanni’s Farewell
by Claudia Gray
Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan
IV League by Margaret Stohl
Red Run by Kami Garcia
Things About Love by Jackson Pearce
Niederwald by Rachel Vincent
--- by Melissa Marr
Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong
Let’s Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan
Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready
Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting
Leaving by Ally Condie
At the Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday
Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson
The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Automatic by Rachel Caine

Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong did an amazing job editing us. And, yes, I'm freaking the hell out that I'm even included among these ridiculously talented authors!

Freaking. Out.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Why yes that is DESIRES OF THE DEAD...

...on Barnes & Nobles' BEST BOOKS OF MARCH LIST!!!!!

And did you see that company I'm in?!? OMG, I'm pretty sure everyone within a 5 miles radius just heard me screaming!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

THE PLEDGE

Well, here it is, the synopsis I promised for THE PLEDGE. It gives you a pretty darn good idea of what you can expect. THE PLEDGE is dark in a completely different way than THE BODY FINDER books; I think of it as a dystopic-fantasy since there are definitely elements of both in it.

But you know me, there’s also a fair amount of romance too...

Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.



And because I’m super stoked about sharing, I thought I'd post a little teaser too:

There was a long pause, and I thought my heart might explode. Each beat was painful as I told myself that this wasn’t happening, that I hadn’t just made such a grievous misstep. Surely I couldn’t have forgotten. My parents had worked so hard to teach me, to instill the importance of never, ever mistaking one language for another. And to never, ever break the rules.

And yet, here I was. Waiting to see if I would die.



Just in case you want to see the cover again…because I know I do…



Well...???

MARCH MADNESS WINNERS...

Congrats to:

Jessi E. (The Elliot Review)

Tere Kirkland

Julia :)

Jackie (from Goodreads)

Renee

Nely

and

dani_nguyen

who were the MARCH MADNESS giveaway winners!!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

FRIDAY FIVE (Some Big Things)


1. Today is my youngest daughter's birthday and she's in the double-digits now. She's my firecracker (that's my polite way of saying she's stubborn as hell), but I'm sooo not ready for her to grow up just yet.

2. In case you missed the news on Twitter, I'll be revealing the synopsis of The Pledge either tomorrow or once I reach 2500 Twitter followers...whichever comes first. Let's just call that tomorrow.

3. If you're in Portland, OR, I'm really hoping to see you on Sunday at Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing store in Beaverton. It's at 2:00PM, people, don't make me beg!

4. Today is also the last day to enter the MARCH MADNESS giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of one of seven fab March releases!!!

5. The Chicago Public Library named THE BODY FINDER as one of its 2011 BEST OF THE BEST Books for Teens. YAY, Chicago! I'll see you in a couple of weeks!!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

SUPER DUPER COVER REVEAL: THE PLEDGE!!!

So, since it’s already on Amazon, I guess it’s not a secret any longer…

Here’s my super-fabulous, mega-awesome, ridiculously-beyond-gorgeous cover for THE PLEDGE (November 15, 2011):




ZOMG, what do you guys think?!?!? Do you love it as much as I do???

I have to say, I have hearts floating out of my eyes…