Tuesday, December 18, 2012

THE ESSENCE Release and Signing News! (And how to order signed copies!)

After waiting F-O-R-E-V-E-R, it's finally the two-week countdown to THE ESSENCE, which makes me so incredibly, crazy happy I can't even tell you!

And because we're down to those last two weeks, I have some updates for you:

First, mark your calendar for January 1st (you can just cross off that whole "New Years Day" thing) for THE ESSENCE release date!!!

Second, I'm coming to San Francisco! Well, Menlo Park, but close enough. I'll be at Kepler's Books on Friday, January 4th at 7:30PM with authors Lauren Bjorkman and Stacey Jay. If you're in the Bay Area, mark your calendars because I totally want to see you. And if not, you can order signed and/or personalized copies of THE ESSENCE from Kepler's, either by phone at (650) 324-4321, or on their website (just follow the directions they have listed).  And YAY, Kepler's, for making this option available!

Third, I'll also be signing at the Timberland Library in Olympia, WA on Friday, January 11th at 6:30, as well as coming to Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing store in Beaverton, OR on Monday, February 4th at 7:00PM. For all the latest signing news, check out my Events Page!

And lastly, because I love you guys, and because I'm so excited to share, you can check out a sneak peek of the prologue of THE ESSENCE by clicking this super secret link!!!

Hope you're all finding some time to enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


In honor of the amazeballs Elana Johnson's birthday, Christine Fonseca has organized an Online Birthday Extravaganza so that all of us can celebrate everything Elana does for writers and readers everywhere! And besides wishing Elana the most cra-mazing birthday evah, there is also a giveaway of a bunch of awesome books (including the complete collection of Elana's!).

Check out how easy it is to enter:

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Happy birthday, Elana. I hope your birthday is better than unicorn poop!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


I have no idea how long this amazing deal will last so you’d better act fast! 

For a limited time you can get THE BODY FINDER for just $2.99 for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or on iBooks!

You can also get THE PLEDGE for just $3.99 for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or on iBooks.

If you haven’t read one (or both) of these, or if you know someone who hasn't, this is a great time to download them…before the prices go back up!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

5th YA Scavenger Hunt...aka. the Winter(ish) Edition!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-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 TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM--but there is also a blue team offering you the chance to win an entirely different set of signed books!

If 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 homepage.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red 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, December 2nd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I am hosting J.A. Souders for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble. She first began writing at the age of 13, when she moved to Florida and not only befriended the monsters under the bed, but created worlds for them to play together.

Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She still lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children. 

And here's a little about her book, RENEGADE, which is available now!


Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all. 

Now for the top secret bonus material. An exclusive sneak peak (only a few pages of the full version) of the English version of A DARK GRAVE, which is a prequel of RENEGADE specifically from Gavin’s POV and will be released in the US in December! Click on the phrase bonus material below to be taken to a special link, then enter the password: GAVIN

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books, including a copy of THE ESSENCE (by me), RENEGADE by J.A. Souders, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 4. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Joy Preble

And because it's the holiday season, I've decided to keep on giving by adding an extra giveaway here on my site! You can enter to win signed and/or personalized copies of THE PLEDGE, along with an advance copy of THE ESSENCE (The Pledge #2), which is due out January 1st. (I'll also throw in a cool Pledge/Essence swag pack including signed bookmarks, stickers, a Passport, and poster!)

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form (below) and you're entered. How easy is that?

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving...and a Holiday Anthem!

I’m not usually one for sappy, overwrought holiday wishes, but I just wanted to let you all know that I’m thankful for another wonderful year with the most amazing group of readers and friends! Thank you so much for all of your continued support, you have no idea how much you guys mean to me!!!

Now, enjoy some Thanksgiving memes...and an adorable kitten...

And yes, there is a song called "It's Thanksgiving." With over 10 million views. You're welcome.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DEAD SILENCE...What's It About???

Sooooo...I found this synopsis on Goodreads:

Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

The Body Finder series has been praised as a “delectable blend of mystery and romance” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books), a “fast-paced, compelling read” (ALA Booklist), and as “imaginative, convincing, and successful suspense” (Kirkus Reviews). With a perfect blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense, Dead Silence continues this gripping series, delivering unexpected twists that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

What do you think?

Cool? Scary? Ready for the series to end...??? 

Monday, October 15, 2012


I got my paperback copies of THE PLEDGE, and realized it comes out in just 15 DAYS!!! Which, of course, totally started me thinking about some other important upcoming dates:

15 days till THE PLEDGE releases in paperback!!!

16 days to Halloween

22 days to Election Day

38 days to Thanksgiving

67 days till the World Ends (12/21/12) (Numbers don’t lie!)

And in case you think you’ll still be around after the apocalypse, you have just 71 shopping days till Christmas!

That leaves 77 days till New Years Eve, and just 78 days till we turn the page on the calendar and it’ll be 2013...

...which means...

Only 78 days till THE ESSENCE hits online booksellers or a bookstore near you!!!!! 

That's right, people, only 78 more days!!!!!

Let’s just hope the Mayans miscalculated…

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Win 24 HOT Paranormal Titles for Halloween!!!

In honor of Halloween, the Supernatural Underground is doing a HUGE Halloween giveaway of 24 awesome Paranormal books, including a signed copy of The Body Finder (a great Halloween read, if I do say so myself!). 

It's crazy-easy to enter, all you need to do is follow the steps in the Rafflecopter, fill out the form, and wait to hear if you're the BIG WINNER!

And just check out all the cool books you can win:

The Body Finder and swag by Kimberly Derting (I mentioned this is a great Halloween read, right?)
Nightspell by Leah Cypess
Ascension by Sable Grace
Afterlife and Fathom (e-book) by Merrie Destefano
A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer
Wrong Side of Hell and To Hell And Back (both e-books) by Juliana Stone
The Heir of Night, US edition by Helen Lowe
Dream of Asarlai trilogy (Secret Ones, Power Unbound, Rogue Gadda) in e-book by Nicole Murphy
Night Forbidden by Joss Ware
Angel's Ink by Jocelynn Drake
A Devil Named Desire by Terri Garey
Tatsania's Gift (e-book) by Kim Falconer
Darkness Becomes Her by Jaime Rush
Last Vamp Standing by Kristin Miller
Diamond Eyes by AA Bell
Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks
One Grave at a Time and Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
Diaries of an Urban Panther by Amanda Arista
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

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Monday, October 1, 2012


In honor of the kids being back in school (YAY!), and the fact that I’m crazy excited about my shiny new DEAD SILENCE posters, I’m offering up your very own DEAD SILENCE and/or THE PLEDGE posters for your classroom or library. (Or maybe for your bathroom at home because, really, how would I know???)

All I need from you is the mailing address of your school or library, and I will drop this puppy* in the mail!

*Not an actual puppy.

Sorry, international educators, this one’s US only. (If I could pay my international postage in hugs, then you’d all be included!) Also posters are limited. Once I'm out, I'm out...so availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

Instructions: Simply email me: kim (at) kimberlyderting (dot) com and let me know where to send said poster(s), and whether you’d like DEAD SILENCE, THE PLEDGE, or one of each!  It’s that easy! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Writing Rules (Or Why I'm A Fake)

After my husband and I bought our first house, I remember moving all of our crappy furniture inside. You know, the hand-me-downs we’d collected from friends over the years, the cheap plywood stuff from IKEA that we’d (incompetently) put together, our yard sale finds—all of which, sadly, ended up in our shiny new home.  Suddenly, none of our stuff seemed to belong anymore. But worse, I remember looking around this fancy new neighborhood and realizing I didn’t really belong either.  These new neighbors of ours were old pros. I mean they knew things like how to fertilize their lawns and when to wrap their pipes for the winter (and what did “wrapping your pipes for the winter” even mean, anyway?).  I was very aware that I was the newbie at all this, and I was intimidated knowing that I would eventually have to meet these people and then they would know the truth: That I was a big fat faker who didn’t really belong in a place like this. I was clearly out of my league.

So what does buying our house have to do with writing? Well, that moment was exactly how I felt when I first became a published author. I was convinced that sooner or later someone would realize I didn’t belong because I clearly didn’t know the rules of the game.  I was sure that I, unlike every other author out there, was the only one who doesn’t know exactly what I was doing. Once again, I felt like a total and utter and complete fake!

Because the truth is, I just make this writing stuff up as I go!

And not only that, but I do it differently with each and every book. I still haven’t figured out the right way to do it. The formula.

The rules for writing a book.

Flash back to two years ago, when I was on the San Francisco leg of the first Smart Chicks Tour with some of the most megastar authors I’d ever met...and, yes worshipped like a lovestruck fangirl. We were in a library, with about 300 people crammed in it, and we started taking questions from the audience when someone singled me out.  ME!  With a question...just for me!!! I was so excited to be recognized among these super-fantastic rockstar authors, that I almost didn’t realize that the person asking the question had finally figured out my deep, dark secret: I had no idea what I was doing!

Him (or at least in my memory it was a “him”): I’ve always heard you should never start a book with an alarm clock going off or a prologue. And you do both. How did you get away with that? (Or something to that effect.)

Me:  Ummmm.... (And then) Ummmmm....

Thankfully, one of the other authors, who was more experienced and witty and, well, NOT shell-shocked, spoke up and said something charming and hilarious and saved me from utter humiliation. But it made me question: What are these rules, and why do I not know them?

Well, here’s the hard truth. There are no rules. None.  And anyone who says differently is full of total horse shit (sorry to be so blunt about it). But it’s true. There are guidelines, sure, and you may (or may not, if you want to be truly avant-garde) adhere to them, but there’s really no right way to write a book.

Let me repeat that last bit: THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO WRITE A BOOK!!!

I mean this from the bottom of my writerly writer’s heart. I know authors who outline heavily. Seriously, outlines that could be considered novellas! And I know others who sit down and start typing away with absolutely no idea where each scene will take them, like an adventure. There are those of us who use commas like confetti and others who abhor them. I know people with aversions to certain words like “that” or “to” or...“moist.”  And I know others, still, who write only on every other Sunday while wearing purple velvet pirate hats and nibbling on chocolate-covered croissants. (Fine, I don’t know anyone who does that last thing, but you get my point, right?).

I write every manuscript in whichever way allows me to simply get that story out of my head and onto the paper. It’s different for each book, and sometimes it’s different for each chapter.  I continue to try different things to see if they’ll work for me, and I continue to throw out those things that don’t work.   

And for what’s it’s worth, we bought our first (and only) house fifteen years ago. Since then we brought home our youngest baby daughter to that house and have raised our family there. We’ve had graduations and birthdays and celebrated holidays year after year. Those neighbors who I was so nervous about meeting all those years ago, are now some of my best friends in the world, and I hope to grow old with them as we wrap our pipes for the winter, fertilize our lawns, and watch our babies leave the nests. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Smart Chicks Do it Vegas Style. (Or Pics from the Tour!!!)

With over 250 people in attendance, Vegas gave the Smart Chicks the warmest of welcomes, making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside!  They laughed at our jokes, gave us hugs, and stood in line for up to two hours.  It was a rockin' night!!!

Look at the adorable chocolates from the event! (Okay, so I might have gotten the Beautiful Redemption one upside-down!)

Me, Kami Garcia (one-half of the Beautiful Creatures dynamic duo), and Veronica Roth (Divergent)

The ever-lovely Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires)

Getting our signing pens ready!

Just business as usual ;)

All of the Smart Chicks: Richelle Mead, me, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Crystal Perkins (the event coordinator from Barnes & Noble), and Veronica Roth!!!

We had such a fabulous time. Thank you, Las Vegas!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Smart Chick Kick-It 3.0

For those of you who haven’t yet marked your calendar, now’s the time to do so because the SMART CHICKS (and one Smart Dude) are heading out in just FOUR SHORT DAYS!!!

Here’s the tour schedule, in case you missed it (and trust me, you don’t wanna miss this!):

Salt Lake City:  Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Launch Event sponsored by King’s English to be held at Rowland Hall, St. Marks, 843 Lincoln Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. (http://www.kingsenglish.com/event/smart-chicks-kick-it) NO TICKETS. Free Event.
Featuring: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Ally Condie, Bethany Griffin, Richelle Mead, and Margaret Stohl

Las Vegas: Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Las Vegas Shakespeare Theater, 821 North Las Vegas Blvd. For more information call 702.229.5431. (http://www.voiceplaces.com/smart-chicks-kick-it-tour-las-vegas-2881576-e/) NO TICKETS. Free Event.
Featuring: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Kimberly Derting (Hey, that’s me!!!), Kami Garcia, Richelle Mead, and Veronica Roth

Alberta: Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Chapters Westside, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Featuring: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Ally Condie, Charles de Lint, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, and Margaret Stohl

Quebec: Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at 2:00 PM. Pointe-Claire Chapters, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Featuring: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Melissa de la Cruz, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl

Nova Scotia: Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 2:00 PM. Dartmouth Chapters, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Featuring:  Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Melissa de la Cruz, Charles de Lint, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Jeri Smith-Ready

Philadelphia: Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 7:00 pm.  Oxford Valley Barnes & Noble, Philadelphia, PA.
Featuring: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Melissa de la Cruz, Kami Garcia, and Sarah Rees Brennan

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In which I give away not one, but TWO ARCS!!!

In case you didn't know, I have this...

and I have this...

 And I was thinking...that should mean GIVEAWAY TIME, right???

So, I've put together a whole lotta ways for you to earn points to win these advance copies, as well as a chance to win some of the really cool swag I've ordered for these books.

I know, I'm excited too!!!!

Here's how the whole shebang's gonna go down:

We're gonna have two SEPARATE giveaways (one for each book). Be sure to enter the right one (or both!) so that all of your entries count. Both giveaways will run from today until next Wednesday, September 5th, and all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter forms below!

Simple. As. Pie!!!

And speaking of pie, YALLFest is just around the corner. Check out my Events Page for all the details and to see where else I'll be this Fall!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

THE PLEDGE nominated to BFYA

I just found out that THE PLEDGE has been nominated for the 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list. This is such a super huge honor...especially when you look at the other books that have also been nominated!!!

Can I just say how much I love YALSA and libraries and librarians, and that I can hardly believe how lucky I've been to have such fabulous readers and awesome support? You guys, all of you, are the very, very best!!!!!!

And yes...I am this excited...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Movies News (Not mine, but almost as awesome!)...

If you've read my blog for a while, you've probably heard me mention these two books once or twice, as they definitely land on my all-time faves reading lists. But now these books are being made into ginormous film franchises and I, for one, am rabidly(!!!) watching all the pre-production news (casting, set locations, filming dates, etc) since I can't wait to see them in full technicolor (do we even have technicolor anymore?) on the big screen!!!

The first one is BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, a book I've gushed and gushed about. This southern gothic series is a gorgeous blend of amazing characters and fantastic writing and the most incredible imagery. It's going to be cinematic eye candy!

And not only will it be beautiful to behold, it's got the most talented cast, with the likes of Emmy Rossum as Ridley, Jeremy Irons as Uncle Macon, Academy Award nominee Viola Davis(!) as Amma, Emma Thompson playing the dual role of Link's mom AND Serafine, and about a zillion other amazing actors!!! You can see the full cast here and you can even get your first glimpse of this magical set here

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, the movie, is set to release on February 13th 2013, and the next (and final) installment in the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION, hits stores October 23rd.

The second book that I've raved about is CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare. I may have actually mentioned once or twice that Ms. Clare is at risk of receiving a lady kiss from me if I ever see her again. I love her books that much! Okay, I love Jace that much!  

Either way, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES has that all important green-light from Hollywood and is set to start filming on August 15th (yes...just three days from now!!!).  And talk about casting...this cast is swoonworthy to the nth degree!

Where do I start? Let's see, I'll start with Valentine since he's being played by uber-freaking-hot Johnathan Rhys Meyers, and then move on to Jace being played by Jamie Campbell Bower, Alec who will be played by Kevin Zegers, Magnus Bane played by Hottie McHot, I mean Godfrey Gao, and Luke played by Aidan Turner.  The scorch factor on this one is over the top.

And, oh yeah, there are some girls in this movie too.  The super talented Lena Headley is playing Jocelyn (Clary's mom), and Clary, herself, is being played by gorgeous Lily Collins. You can see the rest of the casting and get movie news here.

So what about you? Do you get all tingly when your favorite books are made into movies? Are you as fan-girlie as I am about these ones? Are there any books you would sell one of your kidneys to see on the big (or small) screen???

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


If you're in Kennewick, WA (or anywhere nearby), you can come see me tomorrow, August 9th at one of two libraries I'll be visiting for the day. At 7:00PM, I'll be at the Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Kennewick Branch, giving a public presentation, where I'll be talking about my books, how I got started in publishing, and sharing other random (and often embarrassing) facts about myself!

Earlier in the day, I'll be joining Prosser teens and residents for a lunchtime meet-and-greet at Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Prosser Branch. Attendees will get free pizza and a book from my Body Finder series (while supplies last, of course!). Space is limited, so you're encouraged to reserve your free books by pre-registering at (509) 786-2533.

Both events are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries and Friends of the Prosser Library. And since I don't make it to that side of the state very often, you should totally come say Hi!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

What's THE ESSENCE all about anyway...?

So, in case you missed it, I did my super-secret reveal of THE ESSENCE synopsis on the YA Scavenger Hunt last week.

BUT...in case you didn't participate in the YA Scavenger Hunt, I thought I'd post it again here...like, now:

Poor child. Poor, wretched child. You have no idea what you’re up against. No idea how to stop me, do you?

Though it has been months since Charlaina—Charlie—defeated the tyrant Sabara and took control of the Ludanian crown, Sabara has not disappeared. The old queen’s Essence has fused itself to Charlie’s psyche and is viciously fighting to overpower Charlie.

Balancing her new duties as Queen and battling both Sabara’s voice and a growing resistance to her rule push Charlie to the brink of exhaustion. She wants to be the same old Charlie she has ever been but now she is
Your Majesty.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with the leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages is the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

Can I just dork out and say how super excited I am for this book? And that it's less than FIVE MONTHS till it's out????

Monday, July 30, 2012

Why Aren't There More Hours In The Day???

Not too long ago I posted my Top Ten favorite recent reads. Well, now I'm gonna share those books that are either sitting on my nightstand just beggin' to be read, or that I'm (im)patiently counting down the days for. Also known as: The Top Ten Reasons I Wish I Was A Speed Reader!

INSURGENT by Veronica Roth. DIVERGENT made my recent Top Ten faves, but I still haven't gotten around to INSURGENT, which is sad because I'm D-Y-I-N-G to know what happens next!!!  Plus, I totally need more Four!

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. Okay, so BEAUTIFUL CREATURES makes my faves of all-time list (which I haven't posted yet, but I totally will). This is one of those series you get lost in: the writing, the imagery, the characters (oh, the characters!). Plus, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is coming to the big screen February 2013, so if you haven't already started then you'd better get on it!

TIGER'S CURSE by Colleen Houck. Yes, everyone's read these books already, but I'm always behind (did you not see the title of the post?!).  I adore Colleen. And shapeshifters. And kissing. So I have a feeling this one's right up my alley!

UNSPOKEN and TEAM HUMAN (I'm counting these two titles as one since they're both by Sarah Rees Brennan...although TEAM HUMAN is co-authored by Justine Larbalestier).  Oh, how I love me some SRB! She's smart, charming, Irish, and awesomely hilarious!

SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. Do I really have to say anything? Just look at that cover...

A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis. I was so enamored by ACROSS THE UNIVERSE that I think I'm sort of afraid to start A MILLION SUNS. Not because it won't live up to the first one, but more because I don't want this series to ever, ever, EVER end. Ever.

UNCONTROLLABLE by S.R. Johannes. I might not be a nature girl, but I loved reading Grace's plight in UNTRACEABLE, and can't wait to see what she'll be up to next!

CINDER by Marissa Meyer. Meyer blends sci-fi with fairy tale, and honestly, what more could a girl want???

DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum. Seriously, another one that's been out forever that I still haven't gotten around to reading, but I totally should. What it has to offer: a Paris backdrop, creatures called Revenants, and, you guessed it, kissing! Ooh-la-la!!!

And, because I've mentioned before that I can't count, here's a list of upcoming debuts that I'm dying to get my hands on:  MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza, THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd, LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans, LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger, and TAKEN by Erin Bowman.

I could seriously keep going and going, but I have to stop somewhere, so now it's your turn...

What's on your reading wish-list???

Monday, July 23, 2012


I’ve noticed one question popping up more and more frequently during panel and signing Q&A sessions:  Are Young Adult books getting darker? 

There seems to be a lot of speculation that YA is beginning to trend toward the dark side, and it begs the question, are teens really seeking out darker subject matter?  Are authors trying to see how far is too far? And what, exactly, is the draw for these tender young readers on the cusp of adulthood?

With the recent surge in dystopians and paranormals in YA, we’ve seen tributes fight to the death, zombie apocalypses, vampires who will either love you or rip your throat out, an up-rise in serial killers, and plagues that have destroyed nearly the entire world’s population.  It’s starting to feel as if we’ve reached a desolate time in young adult literature.

I find this topic endlessly fascinating, the idea that teens have only just discovered these “dark” topics, or that teens of today are reading materials that are much more sinister, somehow, than those of the generations before them. Umm, hold on a moment while I fondly recall curling beneath the covers and reading Stephen King’s SALEM’S LOT at the ripe old age of 14 (and those were definitely not the vampires that sparkled).  So forgive me if I scoff at the notion of teens-of-today being more obsessed or fascinated by horror or violence or just plain ole gore than those of yesteryear (and, ehem, I apologize to those of my generation for calling it “yesteryear”).  Or that they’ve been somehow corrupted by the books that are flooding the market...books that are indulging this bloodlust. 

Honestly, I think what’s really happening here is that publishers are finally realizing that teens have always been reading this stuff. That before we had a substantial Young Adult section in bookstores, as teens we were reading Stephen King or Christopher Pike or Clive Barker...and even, dare I say it, a little Edgar Allen Poe? This fascination isn’t new. Hell, the subject matter isn’t even new. It’s just the realization that teens don’t need to be treated with kid gloves; that they can actually handle it...and that even if it’s not shelved in the YA section, doesn’t mean that teen readers won’t find the material. Honestly, as a parent, I’m much more concerned with what they can find on the internet as opposed to in the pages of a novel. 

So what about you, if you’re a teen, what kind books do you like to read? And if you’re not, who (or what) did you curl up with in your yesteryears???

I, for one, was a pretty eclectic reader...even back then. Some of my favorite teen reads were The Shining (or pretty much anything by Stephen King), The Color Purple, Suffer the Children (or anything by John Saul), To Kill a Mockingbird (still my all-time fave!), and Pride and Prejudice. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012


I haven't been reading nearly as much as I'd like lately, but it's really one of my favorite things to do. Shocking, I know!  But every now and then I like to put together a list of my favorite recent reads, and summer seems like as good a time as any to post another of these TOP TENS, so here goes (in no particular order!):

CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Melissa Marr (Okay, so this one is first because Melissa is beginning to top my list of all-time favorite authors. I love her WICKED LOVELY series, and ditto with GRAVEMINDER, so when I had the chance to read CARNIVAL, I jumped at it. Suffice it to say, I was so not disappointed! This one's out September 4th!)

BLACK HEART by Holly Black (Another fave of mine. Her Curse Workers series has turned her into one of my author crushes and has put her at risk of being kissed on the lips if/when I see her in person again!)

VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead (I am so late to the party in starting this series, but I totally get why it's so hugely popular. I immediately fell in love with Rose's bad-ass, no-nonsense sensibility...and then fell just as hard for Dimitri Belikov with his hot Russian accent. Did I mention he's hot? And Russian???)

VELVETEEN by Danny Marks (Like CARNIVAL OF SOULS, this debut YA is another book that isn't out quite yet--it comes out October 9th. It had everything I love in a book: a creepy serial killer, a ghost hell-bent on revenge, an underworld in the throes of revolution, and a fair amount of kissing!!!You should totally pre-order it now!)

SLIDE by Jill Hathaway (Okay, so I read this one a while back, but it made the list anyway because I really, really loved it. Vee is a narcoleptic who "slides" into other people's bodies and finds herself in the middle of a mystery when she wakes up in a murderer's body. How cool is that? Plus, this is one of those rare books I sorta want to re-read because I loved the character's voice so much. She's so spot-on today's teen. At least the kind of teens in my household: one part snotty brat and one part vulnerable child.)

FRACTURE by Megan Miranda (Another one that I'd read months ago, but still want to rave about for the same reason as SLIDE--loveloveloved the voice. Funny enough, turns out that these two authors are crit partners! You should totally read FRACTURE if you haven't already...I'm still thinking about this one.)

BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver (Since pretty much everyone's already read this, there's not much to say really, except...WOW! This book makes me want to be a better writer.) 

SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater (Seriously, I'm not sure how she did it, but somehow Stiefvater made killer horses lyrical. Lyrical. I listened to the audio version of this book, and I'm so glad I did. I fell under the spell of both the narrators' voices and the author's writing, and there were several times I missed a turn or spent way too long sitting in my driveway just to keep listening. Beautiful and intense!!!) 

THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young (It's no secret I'm a Suzanne Young fan--I loved A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL! So when an early copy of THE PROGRAM landed in my inbox, I dropped everything to read it. This one's not out till 2013, but I'm telling you it's frightening and sweet and so compelling, you won't be able to put it down!) 

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (And this is why I said "in no particular order." Divergent was one of the best books I read this year, maybe even this decade! Another one that pretty much everyone's read, but I couldn't very well leave off the list. Seriously, if you haven't already picked this one up, why the frick not???)

And what TOP TEN list would be complete without an eleventh book? I couldn't help myself because I recently read this awesome adult novel (and, no, it wasn't FIFTY SHADES OF GREY!). INTO THE DARKEST CORNER by Elizabeth Haynes is a dark glimpse into a woman's escape from an abusive relationship, the toll it's taken on her, and what happens when that ex comes after her. If I wasn't already checking and double-checking my locks at night, I definitely would be after reading this book!!! (Warning: Not for the faint of heart. Also not for children!)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In Which I Discuss The Characters In THE LAST ECHO...

Now you can see how I picture some of my latest characters...

(Psst, if you can't see the video, click this link!)

Oh, and if you're in Seattle, check out my Events' Page...I'll be signing at the Pacific NW Writer's conference on Friday night. The 8:30 signing is free, open to the public, AND they'll have books for sale if you don't already have them!!!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

DEAD SILENCE Cover Reveal. (Or Why I Love My Cover Designer!!!!)

Remember when I mentioned how much I love the cover for DEAD SILENCE? I believe I said something about it being my favorite one, or maybe that I wanted to make a dress out of it and wear it around town, or possibly that I was considering running away with my crazy-talented cover designer.

Well, after teasing you with that little tidbit, I’m finally able to share this amazing cover with all of you...

Soooo...what do you think?  Isn’t it to-die-for (lame pun totally intended...)???