Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy Birthday To THE OFFERING...and where to get your signed copies!!!

I've been waiting for this day for three (very long) years, and now it's here! I can finally share the ending of THE PLEDGE trilogy with all of you! 

And if you've been wondering where you can get a signed copy of THE OFFERING, well, you can stop guessing because The Sequel Books in Enumclaw, WA is now taking orders for signed and/or personalized copies and sending them straight to your doorstep. All you have to do is call them up! 

And if you'd rather get it right away, you can stop by your local bookstore, or download it directly to your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or any other e-reader you use! (I seriously read on my phone!) 

I can't thank you guys enough for following this journey, and for all your support.  I only hope you love the way this story wraps up for Charlie and her friends as much as I do!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's Officially Winter...

To celebrate, I give you Winter Wonderland, as sung many of your favorite YA authors. And after watching this, you'll understand why most of us decided to write rather than audition for The Voice!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Merry Holidays To Me!!!

I recently got the news that five—count ‘em, FIVE!—of my very favorite authors in the whole wide world were willing to say some pretty amazing things about THE TAKING...leaving me, how do I say this? Speechless.

The first was one of the very first people who even read THE TAKING, Melissa Marr, International and New York Times bestselling author of the WICKED LOVELY series, LOKI’S WOLVES, GRAVEMINDER, THE ARRIVALS, and about a zillion other things. You can imagine I was nervous while she was reading it, so when she said this: 

"THE TAKING is an action-packed, heart-filled ride. I loved it." 

And I was all... 

And then, Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author of UNBREAKABLE and coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, had this to say: 

"Equal parts romance and suspense – THE TAKING is a sexy blend of conspiracy theory and Sci-Fi."

And you guys, just when I thought I couldn’t take any more, another super, amazing, fantastic blurb came in, this time from Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens, including THE AU PAIRS series, The BLUE BLOODS series, and her new book FROZEN...not to mention my favorite new TV show WITCHES OF EAST END: 

"Kim Derting does it again! THE TAKING is an exciting, fast-paced thriller with an eerie and intriguing paranormal mystery at the heart of it. You'll want to read it as fast as you can and then DEMAND the next book NOW!"

I'm telling you, I almost exploded.

And then THIS came in: 

"Kimberly Derting is an amazing writer and a master storyteller. THE TAKING will have you hooked from the very first pages."Richelle Mead, #1 New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of VAMPIRE ACADEMY series (which is coming to theaters February 14, 2014!), BLOODLINES series, and a ton of great adult titles, too! 

And finally THIS happened: 

“With pitch perfect prose, swoon-worthy romance, and edge-of-your seat suspense, THE TAKING kept me reading late into the night. This is Derting at her best!” Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of THE IMMORTALS series, THE SOUL SEEKERS series, the RILEY BLOOM series, and so many more! 

Crazy, right!? I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right about now. 

Best. Christmas. Ever. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


You know how some changes are good, like say, when you get an unexpected raise? Or gaining that bonus hour of sleep when we set the clocks back?

And how some changes are, well, not so good. Like new Coke. Or Michael Jackson’s nose job. And then his other nose job.

Well, I just got news of one of those really, really, really good kinds of changes:

THE OFFERING (the final book in The Pledge trilogy), which was previously scheduled to come out January 7th, is now coming out an ENTIRE WEEK EARLY!!!!

That’s right, you heard me! THE OFFERING will be hitting bookstores and online retailers on December 31st! So mark your calendars, because in case you didn’t do the math yourself, that’s only 8 weeks away. And buying your copy of THE OFFERING is the perfect way to spend all those Christmas gift cards you’ll be getting. Just sayin ;)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Cover (and Synopsis) Reveal for THE TAKING

Today I’m sharing the cover (and the synopsis!) for my upcoming release with HarperTeen, THE TAKING.

I have been waiting months to share this cover with you guys, so I hope you love it as much as I do.

Friends, meet my cover-of-awesome:

In case you were wondering, those are fireflies...and yes, they are totally relevant, and I love-love-love that the cover designers decided to incorporate them, not only into the cover, but into the title!

So here’s what THE TAKING is all about:

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing. 

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day. 

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men. 

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

THE TAKING will be out April 29th, 2014 from HarperTeen, so mark your calendars and be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf now!

Questions? Thoughts? Crazy-mad Love???

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The YA Scavenger Hunt is On!!!

 EDIT:  The Hunt is now CLOSED! Good luck, everyone!!!

So if you've made it this far, I probably don't need to tell you how cool the YA Scavenger Hunt is, right??? But in case you don't already know, this is a fabulous sneak peek into what’s coming up in YA literature that runs from October 3rd - 6th.

Each author on the hunt is hosting another author’s bonus material (mine is out there on someone else's blog!) AND a link to the next step of the hunt.

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 THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there are also red and gold teams giving you a chance to win entirely different sets of books!


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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, October 6th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting April Genevieve Tucholke. April digs classic movies, red-headed villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She loves in Oregon at the edge of a forest.

Her book, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, is a gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and f. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop. "Lavishly rendered, darkly romantic, and beautifully unsettling--Tucholke's debut isn't a book you'll soon forget." --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series

Find out more information by checking out her author website or find more about BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA here!


For April's exclusive content she's written the shortest gothic novel in the world ;)

The Mad Poet and the Sane Governess
By April Genevieve Tucholke

Chapter 1: Conclusion

            Once there was a poet who was mad and his wife was also mad and she lived in the attic but the poet fell in love anyway with a sane young governess who came to live at his turreted and secret-passaged mansion on the wild moors of Yorkshire.  One day the sane governess found out about the mad wife and killed her with a cursed dagger that she received from a strange priest who wandered the moors and sold secrets (and daggers).  Thus, the sane governess married the mad poet and they lived tragically and gothically ever after. 


I don't know why, when it's so obviously tragic, and of course gothic, but that makes me giggle. 

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, April Genevieve Tucholke, 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 blue 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 Amber Argyle, the next author whose site you need to visit!

And because I love giveaways, I've decided to do an additional (completely separate!) giveaway, so you have even more chances to win!

Just fill out the Rafflecopter below, and bam!, you're entered to win one of the four ARCs I'll be giving away. 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Is THE PLEDGE Right for Your Classroom?

Teachers: Now that school is in full swing, keep in mind that THE PLEDGE makes a great classroom read. Not only is it on YALSA’s 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adult’s List, but there’s also a handy-dandy Ultimate Readers Guide that meets the Common Core State Standards. I mean, what more could you want???

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A BACK-TO-SCHOOL BONANZA (aka. Giveaway Time!!!)

If you're not a mom then you may not even realize that back-to-school is a time for rejoicing. No more shuttling your kids from one daytime activity to another. No more endless hours of poolside supervision (you know, so your kids don't drown or anything). No more ceaseless choruses of "I'm bored" while Spongebob is looped endlessly on the TV.

Nope, that's all over. It's back to early morning wake-ups, carpools, lunch boxes, soccer games, and homework. 

But it's all good because for those precious few hours from the time our kids walk out the door in the morning until they crash back in at the end of the day, we have our houses back. And those few hours are so very, very quiet, and we can walk around knowing that if we can pick something up it will stay picked up. Heck, if we really want, we can even say curse words. Like, out loud.

In honor of this glorious season (whether you have kids or not) (heck, even if you are one of those kids), I've decided to have a giveaway!

I have this (a signed ARC of THE OFFERING, the third book in The Pledge trilogy)...

 And this (a signed ARC of Sophie Jordan's ah-mazing upcoming novel UNINVITED...Loved. This. Book!)...

And this (a finished copy of Madeline Roux's ASYLUM...which is crazy creepy!)...

All you have to do to enter this awesome Back-to-School Bonanza is follow the steps in the Rafflecopter to earn points:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That's right, I've taken the thinking out of it for you (on the off chance you still have toddlers at home!). 

Now all you parents out there go reward yourselves for surviving yet another summer. Do something crazy, like taking a nap or something. You've earned it!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Remember when I said that I'd seen the cover for this last (and final) book of the Pledge trilogy, and that I LOOOOVED it?

Well now I'm sharing it with you, in all its beauteous glory....

Isn't it gorgeous? I mean...look at the blue? And the glow? And Charlie...???

I seriously...I just...love it!

 (And look at them all together. One big happy Pledge trilogy family!)

So...what about you? Do you love the new cover as much as I do???

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

THE PLEDGE #3 Has a Title...

Not sure if you’ve seen this yet, but the title for the final book in the Pledge trilogy is already out there in cyberspace. It’s up on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble...clearly, I was the last one to get the memo that it was okay to share!

But I’m sharing now, baby...

First we had THE PLEDGE, in which Charlie faces an evil queen.

Then we had THE ESSENCE, where Charlie takes on a would-be assassin.

And now....




We have.......


I gotta say, I love this title! It fits this book (which is my favorite book of the entire trilogy!) to a T.

Finding the perfect title wasn’t easy. I had my share of late-night brainstorming sessions with friends, family members, and eventually, my editor too. I think we would all agree that the titles we were throwing out just weren’t working. It was actually my cover designer, the brilliant Michael McCartney, who just so happens to be a linguist, who finally came up with THE OFFERING

And man, oh man, was it...perfect! 

So, thanks, Michael. Not only do you give me some of the most breathtaking covers, but now you name my books too!

And just wait’ll you see the cover. Michael has OUTDONE himself! And this time, maybe, just maybe, I’ll get to show all of you this beautiful cover before it’s posted somewhere online.

Or maybe not :)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Bad Boy versus The Boy Next Door

Someone mentioned that Rafe (from DEAD SILENCE) is the hot bad-boy she just can't get enough of. It made me think of this guest post I did for Bewitched Books about Bad Boys v. Boys Next Door (like Jay!), and I thought I'd share that post here to see which you guys prefer, hot-and-broody or sweet-and-nerdy:
Boys...gotta love ‘em. And there’s no shortage of different kinds of boys. Tall boys, short boys, nerdy boys, athletic ones, and those who like kittens and volunteer in soup kitchens.

And then there are the bad ones, you know these guys—the kind who roll up on their Harley’s, unshaven—maybe without a shirt—who can make your jaw drop with just the wiggle of an eyebrow.

Then there are the other ones, too. That boy you’ve known most of your life. The one who actually gets your inside jokes, remembers your birthday, and carries your books. He sneaks in under the radar, wiggling his way into your heart when you don’t see him coming, until, before you know it, you can’t remember what it’s like to live without him.

Now, let’s break this down, shall we? We’ll call today’s lesson…The Weird Science of Boys:

Bad Boys:

He drinks extra-black coffee from Styrofoam cups and most definitely does not recycle.

He wears Levi 501s and whatever t-shirt that is laying on the floor next to his bed (which is most definitely not made).

He’s cocky, arrogant, and has abs of steel, but never has to work out!

He lives by his own rules and to hell with the consequences! 

He says what he wants, when he wants, and it still makes your heart race.

He shows the world his bad attitude but only shows you his heart of gold. 

The Boy Next Door:

He drinks a double-shot mocha, but also brings you your favorite drink, which he always remembers.

He letters in track/baseball/football and wears his Varsity jacket everywhere. He’ll give it to you, though, if you’re cold.

He’s sweet and attentive and also has abs of steel. (He should take off his shirt more often!)

He’s a stickler for the rules and is most definitely someone who recycles.

He has a hard time finding the right thing to say—especially when it comes to you. It took him forever to tell you how he feels!

He wears his heart on his sleeve but when he finally gives it to you, you won’t ever want to give it back.

So there you have it...the good, the bad, and the Boy Next Door.

Which boy would you choose? I’m guessing there are a few of you out there who would like one of each, am I right???

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Is Dead Silence REALLY the last book in the Body Finder series?

I put this post together a couple of weeks ago, but have decided not to put the whole thing up here on my blog, just in case someone wanders across it by mistake and it ruins EVERYTHING for them! If you haven't read the rest of the Body Finder series, I'm warning you in advance, the answer contains spoilers, so if you click the link, be prepared to be...well, spoiler-ed.  

So, if you really want to know whether DEAD SILENCE is the last book in the Body Finder series, click...here.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

THE PLEDGE: The Ultimate Beach Read?

Deadly secrets, check.

Revolution and assassinations, check and check again.

Diabolical queen who would stop at nothing to remain on the throne, check and mate.

I mean, why wouldn't you want to curl up by the pool or on the beach and read about all the tyranny and oppression of Charlie's world in THE PLEDGE? And hey, why not share it with your friends too, as in: BOOK CLUB!

Simon & Schuster has posted the ULTIMATE READING GROUP GUIDE for THE PLEDGE, great for schools, libraries, and, you guessed it, Book Clubs. (Editorial note: Book Clubs may want to skip the part about making a collage to inspire others to read the book. Or not. Just sayin'.) (Another editorial note: I added the "Ultimate" to the "Ultimate Reading Group Guide." I think it sounds cooler that way. And way more ultimate.)

Seriously, though, this is a great guide if you're reading the book as a group (any group). And if you happen to be using it in the classroom, it meets the Common Core Curriculum Standards. Again, just sayin'. 

I'll keep the link posted in my sidebar. You know, for when your Book Club is choosing its next fun beach read ;)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Changing the Way I Write...

I’ve been hearing for years about the wonders of Scrivener. In fact, I’ve had it on my computer since 2010. And I’d tried it...a couple of times. With no real success. It was just kind of...meh.

But I kept hearing all these other writers extolling its virtues, telling me how much they loved it and couldn’t live without it. How it had “changed the way they write.”  Finally, in April, Kelley Armstrong (whom I both admire and adore!) told me to take the plunge and start using it, because all those other authors, they were right. And she made a recommendation—she told me to get a book called Scrivener for Dummies by Gwen Hernandez to help me muddle through the stuff I just wasn’t “getting” about the program.  

And I did.

And guess what?  I sort of get it, the whole Scrivener thing. Not just because of the book, but I did some research, too.  I watched videos and tutorials. I learned what the program could do for me. And here’s the thing, it’s takes everything I love and puts it all in one place.  It’s like having Pinterest and all my research and my clunky character profiles and my outlines and my little sticky notes (that are usually jumbled all over my desk) with any random thought that pops into my head AND MY MANUSCRIPT all formatted into one ginormous electronic file...where I can find any of the info whenever I need it. It’s revolutionary.

And just downright cool.

If you haven’t tried Scrivener yet, and if you’re as terrified as change as I am, here’s how I got started:

First of all, there’s a free 30-day trial over at Literature & Latte (the site that designs and sells the program). This way you can try Scrivener with zero risk! One of the things I like about the program, too, is that I work on two separate Macs, and even though I bought the program WAY BACK in 2010, I was able to not only upgrade the program I bought to the most current version for free, but I was also able to use THAT SAME license for my second Mac at no additional cost. AWESOME!!!

Second, these are the tutorials and videos I recommend starting with:

Introduction to Scrivener

Scrivener In-depth (Very similar to the intro, but a little more info)

Character Outlines by Erin Bowman (This is a MUST for writers, created by the author of TAKEN) (Not to be confused by my upcoming THE TAKING—although because of the titles, it totally will be!)

Using Scrivener for Outlining by Erin Bowman (Another great one for writers)

I haven’t gone through them all, but here are some more links to tutorials.

Third, if you need a book to refer to, definitely pick up Scrivener for Dummies by Gwen Hernandez. This is a great guide for beginners!

All-in-all, I’m loving Scrivener so far! Life changing? Well, we’ll see about that, but I honestly can’t thank Kelley enough for pushing me to make the switch!!

What about you guys, any Scrivener thoughts???

Saturday, June 1, 2013


I generally don't listen to music WHILE I'm writing, otherwise I'm not writing, I'm singing. Badly.

Instead, I use music as a tool. To think things out. I like to crank up the radio in the car and let my mind drift while I'm driving. And to sing...badly. Sometimes that's where I get my best ideas. (From the driving, not the singing.)

But I also like playlists that are tailored to each book. Sometimes, like the one I did for Violet a couple of years ago, or even before that, the song Possom Kingdom for the serial killer in The Body Finder, I even like to tailor them for each character.

I shared my playlist for DEAD SILENCE with Harper's Pitch Dark site, but realized I hadn't shared it with you guys, so here it is:

CLOSER by Kings of Leon. This is actually a song I had on the DESIRES OF THE DEAD playlist, but I loved it so much I just had to list it here as well. With its sharp-edge and haunting lyrics, it just screams serial killer. Literally.

BONES by Ms Mr. Another song with great lyrics: “Dig up her bones, but leave her soul alone.” Dark, mysterious, and lyrical. Everything a good playlist begs for.

Piano Sonata #14 (aka. MOONLIGHT SONATA) by Beethoven. This was sort of a no brainer, and when you read the book, you’ll know why.

WHAT I’VE DONE by Linkin Park. Okay, so Linkin Park meant for this song to be all about regret for what we’ve done to our planet, but, to me, the lyrics, and the music, are still a great backdrop for a killer’s regrets. It’s hopeful but in a really dark way.

MONSTER by Paramore. I just love this one. It captures that desire we all have to protect those we care about most.

STAND IN THE RAIN by Superchick. This is a great song about finding the strength that exists within us all. Violet’s anthem for this final book.

 SEVEN DEVILS by Florence and the Machine. Fierce and relentless, this song elicits the kind of powerful imagery in line with a book about evil, anguish, and tortured souls. I can’t get  enough of Florence and the Machine!

TIME OF DYING by Three Days Grace. Another song that’s great for interpretation. It’s really about surviving against the odds. But with its melody and ferocious delivery, it has a heavy metal vibe that is perfect for this book.

SHE TALKS TO ANGELS by The Black Crowes. Drug use and loss whisper through the lyrics of this gorgeous oldie, making it an ideal addition to this playlist. I can listen to this song on repeat and hear different nuances each and every time it plays.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by The Fray. This song makes me think of a specific scene in the book, but it also makes me wonder just how much influence we really have over the decisions others make. I think of life and loss and what happens after people are gone.

So, what do you think? Are there any songs you would add to this playlist???

Saturday, May 11, 2013


That's right, West Coasters, we're heading your way! 

If you're in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, or Phoenix areas, here's your chance to see Suzanne Young, Shannon Messenger, Jessi Kirby, Morgan Matson, Sarah Ockler, and me all in one place (or four if you're in So. Cal and love us enough to come see us at ALL of our LA-area stops!). 

We'll be playing games, answering questions, chatting about our books, and discussing...well, summer lovin'. (Just saying that makes me want to break out my GREASE album and sing a duet with John Travolta!)

So bring yourselves, your friends, and (as Shannon Messenger says) all the non-creepy strangers you can wrangle, and meet us there...we can't wait to see you!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013


Have you ever had a secret that you wanted to tell so badly you started avoiding people because you were afraid you might let it slip? And even though you knew how much trouble you’d be in, a part of you still kinda wanted to “accidently” tell just so it would FINALLY be out there???

Well, I’ve been keeping one of those secrets. A really exciting one. The kind of secret that limited my Twitter, Tumblr and even my Facebook activity because I was afraid I would, in a moment of weakness, hint at something I shouldn’t. Well, no more! I can finally tell you my secret:

I have a new book deal!!!!

You have no idea how good it feels to FINALLY be able to say that! Out loud! And in public! Well, on my blog at least.

It’s not that I’ve been keeping this secret for so long, it’s just that I’ve been dying to tell you guys everything! About the book, the details, and that it will be available in stores in about a year from now!      

And, you guys, can I just tell you…I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! I know I say this about all my books, and I mean it, I really do. But I really, really, really mean it when I tell you I love this one. This story and these characters…I simply cannot wait to share them with you!

For real!

So here’s part of the official, fancy deal announcement that hit Publisher’s Weekly today (and the reason I can finally tell you all about this new series):

HC Takes ‘The Taking’

"The new series is tentatively called the Taking, which is also the title of the first book. The series will follow the story of a teen who wakes up after one lost night, to find that five years have passed and everything about the life she remembers has changed, even though she’s still the same 16-year-old that she was when she vanished. Publication of The Taking is planned for summer 2014, and film and television rights are being handled by Alicia Gordon, Ashley Fox, and Erin Conroy of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Derting’s earlier series the Body Finder has been published in 12 foreign territories, and the Pledge, another series, has been published in nine."

For the full article, click here.

And in case it wasn’t clear, here’s how I’m feeling right now: 


Yes...that good!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

ICONS: Take Me To Your Reader Tour!

Friends don’t let friends tour alone! That’s right, in honor of the May 7th launch of Margaret Stohl’s (of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES) new sci-fi series, ICONS, some of the most amazing YA authors E-V-E-R have banded together and are joining Ms. Stohl on the road. Just when you thought YA book tours couldn’t get any more awesome, along comes the ICONS: Take Me To Your Reader Tour to blow the rest of them out of the water! 

And how cool is it that I get to be a teeny tiny part of all that awesome???

For the full tour schedule, check out the ICONS Tumblr page here.

And in case you were wondering, here’s which stops you can find me on: 

San Francisco area – Wednesday May 8 at 6:30 pm at the Redwood Shores Library (hosted by Keplers) – Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Melissa de la Cruz, Leigh Bardugo, and me!

Seattle – Thursday May 9 at 7:00 pm – Pierce County Library – Margaret Stohl, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, and me.

Seattle – Friday May 10th at 6:30 pm – Third Place Books – Margaret Stohl and me in conversation with a Special Guest Moderator.  Details TBA.

Trust me, I’m reading ICONS now and I’m completely hooked—this book is AMAZING!  You should definitely check the schedule and mark your calendar for the nearest stop!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Dead Silence Consider this the string to tie around your finger to remind you that this Friday, April 19th, is the BIG launch party for DEAD SILENCE!

And, man, oh man, am I ready to celebrate!

Books? Check.

Prizes? Check.

Sappy speech in which I try to sound like I didn't prepare anything in advance but really I've been practicing in front of my bathroom mirror for weeks? You betcha!

So don't leave me hanging...come see me at Garfield Books in Tacoma this Friday, April 19th at 7:00PM.

208 Garfield Street, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA, 98444
(253) 535-7665

Seriously, you guys, if you don't come, then why did I spend weeks practicing my fake I-promised-I-wasn't-gonna-cry move??? But if you really can't make it, you can still order signed copies of my books by clicking here!

And just for the record, I love you guys and can't wait to see you!!!!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Coming To RT???

If you're in or around the Kansas City area, RT is getting ready to throw one of the craziest parties of the year right in your backyard!

On Saturday, May 4th, the moon and stars align, and some of the most amazing YA authors around gather for this once-a-year event: RT TEEN DAY!!! (Otherwise known as: My favorite day of the convention!)

For just $25, one young adult (up to 20 years old) and one companion get admission for an entire day of signing, panels, and partying, including free books and swag! This event is open to the public, and you don't technically have to be a "young adult" to enter, but teens get extra bonus stuff that the grown-ups don't!

You can get all the details here, but be prepared, this is an all day adventure, so wear your comfy shoes ;)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

DEAD SILENCE Launch Party!!!

Dead SilenceSo it's that time again...launch party time! Only this time it's bittersweet because we're celebrating the end (probably!) of the Body Finder series.

DEAD SILENCE, which releases on April 16th, is the fourth and (most likely!) final installment in Violet's journey, and we need you to come help us send this series off with a bang!

Dying to find out what happened after the ending of THE LAST ECHO? Well, now's your chance to snag one of the first copies of DEAD SILENCE. Haven't read the first book in the series yet? No problem, this is the perfect time to come and get your full set...and to have them all signed. Or maybe you just want some cookies and a good laugh. Well, at least we'll have cookies... ;)

Seriously, I couldn't have done any of this without you guys, so ending the series (for now, at least!) without you would be a real bummer. Come say goodbye with me. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll dance. Okay, yeah, no one wants me to dance, but you get the idea. We'll have a great time!

And did I mention the prizes; because of course there'll be prizes!!!
And you know me, I'll probably get caught up in the excitement and blurt out some secret I'm not supposed to, like that time I accidentally told everyone the title of DEAD SILENCE before it had been made public.

So please join me on Friday, April 19th at 7:00PM at Garfield Books in Tacoma. It's a great store with a great staff—the perfect place to say goodbye (possibly!) to the Body Finder gang.

208 Garfield Street, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA, 98444
(253) 535-7665

Can't make it all the way to Tacoma because you live in Schenectady, New York (or some other inconvenient, faraway location)? Not a problem. Garfield Books is taking phone orders for signed and/or personalized copies.

So, no excuses, people! Clear your calendars and circle this event in bold-tip Sharpie, and we'll see you there on April 19th!!!

Oh, and remember that great picture of all of us in our BODY FINDER shirts at the first launch party? 

Well, we're doing shirts again! And whether you can make it or not, here's how you can order your DEAD SILENCE t-shirts, hoodies, and bags.

I hope to see you all there!


Sunday, March 10, 2013


Every editorial letter I’ve ever gotten is what I call “the compliment sandwich.” What’s a compliment sandwich, you ask? 

Here, let me show you

In editorial terms, it goes a little something like this: 

Dear Author, 

We are off to a great start (note the use of the word “start” and not “you nailed it”)! 

Followed immediately by: 8, or 10, or 12 soul-crushing pages that detail everything you need to change in your manuscript, ranging from plot, to individual character and relationship development, to timing, to scene cutting, to itemized line edits. Basically a page-by-page outline of why your book sucked. 

All of this is rounded out by a friendly and cheerful: Go you! We know you can do it, and can’t wait to see your next draft!!! 

Your Editorial Team 

I both anticipate and fear that moment when I open my editorial letter. I love the feedback, really I do. Seriously, I look forward to the revision process! But the first time I read through the letter, I’m convinced my editor just finished up a three day crack pipe bender. 

But instead of immediately calling her out on it, I have a “process” I have to go through first. I start by taking a full day to let everything sink in. I mull over her points and, more importantly, give my bruised ego some time to heal. 

After that, I go back through the letter and start checking off the concepts that have merit, which at first are few and far between—you know, the crack pipe and all. But after a while, I start to consider that maybe, just maybe, she might be more right than I first believed, and I start conceding more and more points to her, until, in the end, I am sending her a thank-you note along with my shiny, newly revised manuscript. I even start to believe she may have been drug-free when she wrote the letter in the first place. I know, right??? 

Writing is such a collaborative effort. But it’s also not for the faint-hearted. You have to be willing to swallow your pride and accept the fact that you’re not always right, and that others can see things when you aren’t able to. 

But it doesn’t change the fact that a compliment sandwich, while eventually delicious, is hard to swallow when you first get it.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Making Time Your B*tch...

I recently got an email from a friend who’s in the process of writing her first manuscript (YAY!). She wanted to know if I had any advice on how to juggle taking care of her small kids with finding time to write. After giving it some thought, I decided to share my oh-so-wise words with you all as well.

As far as finding time to write with kids around (and this same logic applies to spouses, demanding pets, pesky jobs...basically anything that keeps us from lounging around all day eating Bon Bons), I’ll be honest, there is no easy answer. When I was writing The Body Finder, my kids were 6, 15, and 20 (although my oldest was in college and rarely around). I was also working two jobs, so the term “me-time” was practically a swear word. But I had this story idea that I just HAD to write. So what did I do?

For starters, I got up every day before anyone else did so I could write before getting my kids off to school. I began squeezing in 15 minute cram sessions here and there throughout the day (whenever I had a break), and I wrote in the evenings while my husband helped with homework and did dinner dishes. At the end of the night, I would fall into bed, and in the morning I would start it all again.

And, no, it wasn’t easy. 

I read a great post on this topic by Jaye Wells that outlined the differences between those who say “I want to write” and those who actually sit down and make it happen.  It's kind of harsh, but from where I sit, it’s pretty danged inspirational, too.

The thing is, you really don't always have two or three hours to devote to writing. If you only have 10 or 15 precious minutes, spend them polishing what you’ve already written, or brainstorm and outline your next few chapters. Or write 100 words. The amazing thing is, sometimes when find your writing groove you won't want to stop, and miraculously you’ll find another 10 or 15 minutes…and then another. Because sometimes just getting started is the toughest part.

And don’t underestimate the voices in your head (you writers out there will know what I mean). I write in my head pretty much everywhere I go: in the car, in the shower, pushing my grocery cart down the aisles. Sometimes I’m fixing the plot and sometimes my characters are dialoguing with each other. I get my best epiphanies while I’m zoning out on a long stretch of highway. Hell, I wrote half this blog post in the shower.

Writing takes discipline, and finding the time is crucial. But if you really, really have a story that needs telling, you will somehow, some way find the time to get it done.

Ben Affleck may have said it best, when he summed up the keys to success during his acceptance speech for his Best Picture Oscar:

Or you can just keep telling people, “I’ve always wanted to write...”

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Love-is-in-the-Air Giveaway!!!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I've decided to talk about my favorite subject...and to give some stuff away!

Anyone who’s read my books knows one thing for certain: I love kissing. And I love writing kissing scenes. I love it when my main characters finally get to unleash the floodgate of emotions they’ve been holding back...when their lips finally meet at long, long last!

But sometimes even better than the kissing, is the non-kissing. The tension that builds up in the days, hours, and minutes leading up to that first kiss.  If you ask me, sometimes that’s even sweeter than the actual kiss itself.

You know what I mean...those moments when your eyes meet across the room...or you accidentally brush hands and there’s that sudden spark.  Or when you’re at a dance and that slow song comes on, and the boy you like wraps his arms around your waist. You can smell him, and feel the warmth of him against you, and the butterflies in your stomach are going crazy while the music plays and you get lost in the sensation of being so close to him you feel like you might implode. 

And then there are those scant seconds right before you know—you know!—he’s going to kiss you...when his eyes are watching your lips and you see him moving tentatively closer. Your heart feels like it might pound out of your chest. You want him to do, and at the same time you’re afraid that he might chicken out, or that you might chicken out, but he’s still coming...closer and closer. Until, finally, you feel his lips on yours...ever so lightly. Ever so gently. Ever so perfectly.

Did I mention I love kissing?

And that’s what I love about it, the tension. The uncertainty, and all of the emotions going crazy.  To me, the perfect kiss is that very first one. The one where anything is possible. Where neither of you know what to expect. You don’t know when, or even if, it will happen. You don’t know if the two of you will be compatible or if it’ll be the best kiss of your entire life.  It’s all still a mystery.  A heart-stopping, stomach-clenching, roller-coaster of a mystery that you can’t wait to unravel.


In honor of love, and kissing, and well...kissing, let's win some stuff, shall we???

I've got an an ARC of DEAD SILENCE, Tahereh Mafi's UNRAVEL ME (which I know you want!), Julie Cross's TEMPEST, and Alaya Dawn Johnson's THE SUMMMER PRINCE...all very good kissing books! Because of shipping costs, the books will be available to US residents only. But fret not, International residents, because there will be a second Rafflecopter as well! International residents are eligible to win the equivalent of a $20 e-certificate to the online bookseller of your choice so you can order the kissing books of your choosing! (Everyone is eligible to enter for the e-certificate!)

All you have to do is fill out one (or both!) of these Rafflecopters:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Giveaways end on Valentines Day!!!