Happy weekend & happy writing!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Happy weekend & happy writing!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
And Then Things Fall Apart by Arliana Tibensky
Keek’s life was totally perfect.
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
I know lots of you have been waiting for Wildefire to come out. Are you excited yet??
Friday, July 22, 2011
3. The only "sport" I ever lettered in when I was in high school was marching band. *hangs head in shame*
4. The only "Greek" organization I belonged to in college was Eta Sigma Phi -- it's the Classics Honor Society.
5. My day job is being an appellate attorney. I know, you probably don't even know what that is. Just think: she sits in front of a desk all day researching and writing and hardly ever has to interact with other people. It's sort of my dream job.
So there you have it -- cold, hard evidence that I am just as big of a dork (and maybe more so) as I think I am.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Releasing July 21st --
The Robot by Paul E. Watson
Science-loving Gabe and girl-crazy Dover are best friends. In fact, they're practically each other's only friends. So when Gabe's parents leave town for the weekend, he lets Dover convince him to break into his father's basement laboratory-even though he knows it's off-limits under penalty of lifelong grounding. Once inside, the boys make a shocking discovery, one that will turn a boring weekend into a hilarious madcap adventure: a smoking hot robot!
While Gabe and Dover argue over "Trina," the robot flees the lab. The chase is on! Before the day is over, she'll expose a traitorous plot, catapult two geeky freshmen to high school fame, and try to assassinate Dr. Phil!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday was a really fun and exciting day for me. It was the day I finally got to meet Nikki Katz, the woman with whom I co-authored an entire novel, in person. She and her family were in Orlando so we meet up. And what better place to meet than an IHOP? (We were also joined by our Oasis sister, J.A. Souders, whose debut novel, Renegade will be published by Tor in September 2012 -- but I'm saving that picture for when Oasis comes off hiatus.)
It always seems sort of amazing to me that although Nikki lives in California, I live in Florida, and we'd never met in person, we were still able to gel our thoughts and writing styles to compose a novel. We're still shopping for a home for Beneath the Surface, but we're confident you will find it on bookstore shelves in the not-too-distant future.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Someone's been a very bad zombie.
Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steriods are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town . . . and stay hormonally human.
With or Without You by Brian Farrey
Sister Mischief by Laura Goode
Listen up: You’re about to get rocked by the fiercest, baddest all-girl hip-hop crew in the Twin Cities - or at least in the wealthy, white, Bible-thumping suburb of Holyhill, Minnesota. Our heroine, Esme Rockett (aka MC Ferocious) is a Jewish lesbian lyricist. In her crew, Esme’s got her BFFs Marcy (aka DJ SheStorm, the butchest straight girl in town) and Tess (aka The ConTessa, the pretty, popular powerhouse of a vocalist). But Esme’s feelings for her co-MC, Rowie (MC Rohini), a beautiful, brilliant, beguiling desi chick, are bound to get complicated. And before they know it, the queer hip-hop revolution Esme and her girls have exploded in Holyhill is on the line. Exciting new talent Laura Goode lays down a snappy, provocative, and heartfelt novel about discovering the rhythm of your own truth.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
1. Cirque du Soliel - Alegria
2. Beach time with the family -- after the excitement of Sunday's performance, we spent an incredibly relaxing 4th of July on the beach.
When the tide went out, we got to see the coquinas doing something we'd never seen before. They stuck some part of their body out of their shells, so that it was above the sand while the shell was buried, and they looked like these mini anemones. The girls collected dozens and relocated them to their own private beach colony. They even had an open white clam shell mirror. Very chic.
3. Starcrossed. I wasn't sure about it during the first 2 chapters, but now I'm pretty well hooked. Can't wait to see what happens. Sort of hoping that Helen kills Hector. He's annoying me.
4. Destined. I'm now more than 2/3s of the way through revisions and it's feeling really "right." My lovely and talented CP - Lynne - is being like my own personal cheerleader and I can't thank her enough!
5. Sprint Tri. And no, it's not me. But hubby is doing his last one of the summer tomorrow and I wish him luck as he strives to beat his last time (and maybe even win a new bike in the raffle). Good luck, sweetie!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
So without further ado, I introduce you to Josh --
[[ Jessie's note -- since computers tend to hate me, this job sounds like one of my personal circles of hell. So glad there are people like Josh in the world so I don't have to worry about these sorts of things.]]
[[Jessie's note -- Lauren Hammond gave me permission to post her cover for Famished, which Josh also designed.]]
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter (this is one I read early via NetGalley - you can check out my review here)
Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable debut novel, told by a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia.
A Scene from a Scary Movie by Matt Blackstone
Rene, an obsessive-compulsive fourteen year old, smells his hands and wears a Batman cape when he's nervous. If he picks up a face-down coin, moves a muscle when the time adds up to thirteen (7:42 is bad luck because 7 + 4 + 2 = 13), or washes his body parts in the wrong order, Rene or someone close to him will break a bone, contract a deadly virus, and/or die a slow and painful death like someone in a scary scene in scary movie. Rene's new and only friend tutors him in the art of playing it cool, but that's not as easy as Gio makes it sound.
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif
Even worse, my oppressive parents forbid me to date. This is just cruel and wrong. Especially since Peter, a cute and crushable artist, might be my soul mate. Figures my bestest friend Lisa likes him, too. To top it off, there's a new Muslim girl in school who struts around in super-short skirts, commanding every boy's attention-including Peter's. How can I get him to notice me? And will I ever figure out how to be Muslim and American?
Friday, July 1, 2011
In a word, they were amazing. I knew this was who I wanted to make the cover for Destined. I contacted the blogger, who got me in touch with JL -- who turned out to be the super-fabulous Josh Longiaru (stay tuned for his interview next week) and he said he's never done a cover-for-hire before, but he'd be willing to give it a try. SQUEE.
First step, picking a concept. I knew I really liked the covers of Falling Under and Abandon, so I was going for something along those lines. With that in mind, we both started hunting for stock photos that would work.
Now, you've got to know this about my novel: it's a retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth, where Psyche is the most beautiful woman in the world. So you might say I was a bit "picky" when it came to finding a face I liked well enough to fit the bill.
I found my cover photo on DeviantArt and instantly fell in love with it. Only it wasn't for sale. And the owner/photographer lived in Norway. I tried to put it out of my mind and looked for something else. But when my daughter woke me up at 2 am and I couldn't go back to sleep for hours, I decided, what the heck, it can't hurt to ask if she'd sell me the rights to it. I sent an e-mail in the middle of the night our time.
When I got up the next morning, the self-portrait artist, Perri Eriksen, had responded that she was flattered and yes, she'd sell me the photo as a stock image for my book. Cue jumping over the moon.
From there, the rest came easy. Sure, I had to make sure I paid royalties on the fonts since they were for commercial use. And I had to write the back cover copy. And we went through lots of "just tweak this" and "can you change that?" But in the end, I am SO happy.
I don't know how authors can stand to sit back and have no input on their covers. I was grateful that Josh had artistic vision and came up with ideas for me to give the thumbs up or thumbs down, but I loved having that choice!
I want to thank everyone for their support of the novel thus far. We're still months from launching, and I have friends sending me shout outs, which has led to new twitter followers, Goodreads friends, and I'm sure visits to Amazon. So, THANK YOU!! The YA reading and writing community is amazing and I love being a part of it.