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. case you didn't participate in the YA Scavenger Hunt, I thought I'd post it again, 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????