Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Lucky Seven meme:


1. Go to the seventh or 77th page of our WIP (or latest book)
2. Count down 7 lines.
3. Copy the 7 sentences that follow and post them.
4. Tag 7 other authors.

From HOW I LOST YOU  Page 7-

Kya lifted her hand and made the symbol. Two fingers entwined. Me and her. Best friends. Sisters Before Misters. Buds Before Studs. “I found a way to make it happen,” she said.
     I jumped up and down again and then grabbed her by the shoulders and pulled her in close for a giant bouncy hug. “Best. Present. Ever.”
     "Gordo will be pissed, ” she said flipping her long dark hair over her shoulder. “He’s on a mission to find you the best gift ever. But I win!” She raised her hands in the air and jogged in place to break an invisible victory ribbon.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Writer's Good, No, Great Day!

Today has been a GREAT DAY as far as writing goes. First I woke up and found out that WHO I KISSED is included in the Publisher's Lunch TOP 33 Buzz Books for BEA!!!


So there's an excerpt from the book and lots of people will get a peek. EGADS!!! Let's hope they like it shall we. (cross fingers)

After I settled in to do some writing on my new book, which btw, just may be called "HOW I LOST YOU" (you like? I like!) Anyhow.. the doorbell rang, the Chihuahua started burp-growling and look what was on my doorstep!!!

The spine is yellow and the back looks like this:

Honestly I think this is my prettiest book yet! I really, really love the look of it.

Later on I found out that I'M NOT HER ebooks are ON SALE for $3.99! SALE. I LOVE SALES!!
I have the links for Amazon and B&N, but I understand they are on sale where ever EBooks are sold!!! So go to your fave ebook store and SAVE!! 

Also, while we are on the topic of I`M NOT HER,  you may remember that it was was nominated for a RITA award. Well, to my delight, the nomination includes the coolest pin ever.

Hope YOU are having a great day too!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Library Love for If I Tell

Yay! Heard some great news today! I'm Not Her and If I Tell were named to the Pennsylvania School Librarian Association YA Top Fiction Titles for 2011. Yay! Thanks kids who nominated it! Thanks PSLA for including my titles!!!


I noticed over on World Cat, which lists all the libraries that carry titles, IF I TELL could use some library love.

A great way to get a book into your library is to request it.  Usually it's easy and can be done on line with the library's website.  If you are so inclined, why not request IF I TELL for YOUR library?!

"It was like watching a train wreck. I wanted to look away but couldn't take my eyes off them."

IF ONLY ...If only I hadn't gone to that party. I never would have seen what I did. Jackson wouldn't have driven me home. I wouldn't have started to fall for a guy just out of reform school. I could go back to pretending everything was normal. I wouldn't be keeping a secret from my mom that could blow our family apart ...

Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
1402261039 (ISBN13: 9781402261039)
Hope you can get IF I TELL into your library!
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco De Snowa

That's one of the things about living in Calgary, Canada. It snows all the friggin time. Well. Not all the time, but we're never really all that surprised if we get snow in May (like today) or even snow in July (yeah, it can happen)

It's not cold all the time. We had a pretty mild winter. That was awesome. I guess it makes the sunny days better? Bring on the real Spring weather. We are more than ready for it in these here parts!

So. Not a lot of blogging from this YA dude. I am busy writing a new book to a quickly approaching deadline. It has paintball. Girls who play paintball.  I am loving the main character. Her name is Grace and she's gentle in some ways, but fierce in others. The story is about the unraveling of her friendship with her best friend over the summer before senior year.The pain of losing your best friend who you'll always love, but can no longer afford to be with.  Poor Grace! 

Have you ever lost a best friend? It hurts. Sometime even more than breaking up with a boyfriend!

So, WHO I KISSED is officially done!! Arcs should be making their way out into the world soon. I even got my first professional review from Kirkus, the notoriously cranky reviewers. And it's actually pretty darn good. They called it A TOUCHING STORY. I like that. I want it to be touching. There should be lots of touching. Touching is good. I hope you like WHO I KISSED. I am officially in love with the cover. So colorful and bright! Love love love.

I'll be in Anaheim at ALA 2012 signing copies ( FRIDAY NIGHT of the CONFERENCE) If you are going to ALA PLEASE come and see me. I will ply you with chocolate. Have you ever heard about the authors who are afraid no one will show up for their signings. Yes. I could stand in that line-up.  Mmm. Chocolate!

I also get to talk on a panel with other SOURCEBOOK authors. Sourcebook has some seriously great YA books coming out.  Such a fabulous company to work with. Run by a woman. An amazingly brilliant and progressive woman at that. Go Sourcebooks!

Okay. Back to Saturday stuff.  Just wanted to pop in a line or two to let anyone who stumbles across this blog know I am still very much alive and well!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!