Sep29, 2015 |
Well hello there! Aren’t you looking lovely today?
Oh me? I’m terrific thanks. Yes, these ARE my best yoga pants so nice of you to notice!
The new book? It’s coming along great! We’ve got a title and jacket copy and everything!
Oh you want to know what they are? Silly me!
The new Ellie Cahill book is…
CALL ME, MAYBE
“Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!” raves bestselling author Cora Carmack, and this steamy, upbeat modern romance about connecting in all the best ways proves it once again.
Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.
Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.
You guys in? I hope so! You can add it to your Goodreads list here (and I promise the page will be updated with all the deets as soon as a Goodreads librarian takes pity on me), and I’ll update you as soon as it’s up for pre-order!
And presumably you now have Carly Rae in your head, so….here you go! There’s a bit of a clue about the book in this video, too! Enjoy!
Aug17, 2015 |
If you follow me on social media, you may have already heard that When Joss Met Matt is currently for sale at a special price of only $1.99. The sale will end after this week, so if you haven’t taken advantage, now is your time!
If you are a book blogger who features sale books, I’ve included a couple of images below to make it easy for you to post it. I’ve also included links to the major ebook retailers where the price is still good. Feel free to grab the images!
Jul30, 2015 |
I’m going to be one of the hostess’s for the 2016 Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon! And tickets go on sale August 1st. At midnight! Last year, they were all sold out in 24 hours, so if you’ve ever thought of going, be sure to set your alarm!
Meanwhile, the lovely Barbara Vey was on the local morning show to talk about the event, and she was sweet enough to mention me as one of the local authors who is going to be there! Whooopeeee! This is the closest I have ever come to making the news, so it’s exciting, dang it!
You can watch the video here!
See you in April, Readers!
Feb19, 2015 |
When Joss Met Matt is only 5 days away from the big day, and to celebrate, Ballantine Books has organized a HUGE blog tour! You’ll find reviews galore plus lots of interviews and even some original content along the way–can someone say Deleted Scene? I thought so! I’ve got a list of all the fantastic bloggers who’ve participated in the tour here so check back regularly and see which sites have gone live. You can also follow Ellie Cahill or Liz Czukas on your social media of course to catch all the action as it happens. On Twitter, follow @lizczukas or @ellie_cahill On Facebook, Liz or Ellie will have the links as they arrive. On Instagram, @lizczukas will keep updating the link in her profile to keep you directed to the latest Best of all, you can win one of TEN copies of WHEN JOSS MET MATT, courtesy of my wonderful publisher, Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. In the meantime, feel free to share any of the links or graphics from this post on your own social media and help me spread the word about Ellie Cahill’s big debut! Don’t forget you can pre-order WHEN JOSS MET MATT at your favorite book seller. Click the link to NA Books above to find your fav. And on Tuesday, February 24, you’ll be able to find it at your favorite brick-and-mortar book store!
Dec09, 2014 |
That’s right, if you were one of the brilliant people who pre-ordered TOP TEN CLUES, you either found it on your kindle this morning, or your darling postal worker should be dropping it off in the next couple of days. If you didn’t pre-order, no worries! You can go to your favorite local bookstore today and find it on the shelf!
Or, you can certainly still order from your favorite on-line retailer. I’ve got a few for you right here!
If you’re a review-leaving type person, reviews at Amazon are always particularly helpful. They seem to be the proper sacrificial offering to the algorithm beast that lives under Amazon’s headquarters. You wouldn’t want to upset the beast would you?
Oct26, 2014 |
I’m delighted to be hosting Kim Culbertson for the 2014 Contemporary Scavenger Hunt! Kim is the author of Catch a Falling Star, which came out in April 2014 with Scholastic. After you read the fun interview with Kim, scroll down for instructions on how to win a fantastic prize!
A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.
Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?
1. Catch a Falling Star has a great premise! Do you have experience with the film industry, or did you have do a lot of research for this?
I have very limited experience with the film industry – I taught high school drama for years and have written a couple of screenplays – but I really don’t have any actual experience. I have two dear friends who work in the industry who helped me with the research for the all the film parts. I loved getting notes back from them on certain scenes saying, “Um, this would neverhappen. Fix this.”
2. What draws you to contemporary?
I’ve been drawn to contemporary most of my life mostly because I’m interested in how differently we all see the same world. I’ve always been fascinated with Point of View and this idea that we can all witness the same event but see it in completely different ways based on our values and personalities and backgrounds. Contemporary allows me to explore all these unique and interesting ways of seeing life within the context of our everyday world. The world we live in is such a funny, ridiculous, heartbreaking place.
3. You must get a lot of inspiration and great insight into teens as a teacher. What is something you wish people knew about teens?
I’m often caught off guard when people generalize about teenagers, when they start a sentence, “Teenagers always…” and then just lump them into this Huge Pile of Teenager. People often tell me, “Oh, I don’t know how you work with teenagers.” Um, with humans, you mean? Over my seventeen years of teaching high school, I continue to be reminded how each student walks into my room as a whole, unique separate person who has opinions and dreams and fears. Of course, over our lives we continue to grow (hopefully) and change but I wish people would know that teenagers are distinct individuals and not some massive blob.
4. Do you write any other genres of YA or are you a contemporary-only kind of gal?
So far, just contemporary. I do love other genres, Harry Potter is my favorite series of all time, but I don’t find myself drawn to writing anything else as of yet.
5. What are 5 contemporary books you think everyone should read?
I have soooooo many but off the top of my head:
- GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby
- PICTURE ME GONE by Meg Rosoff
- HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART by Deb Caletti
- CLEAN by Amy Reed
- LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
Thanks, Kim! Kim is giving away a signed copy of CATCH A FALLING STAR! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this page.
Sourcebooks Fire published Kim’s award winning first YA novel Songs for a Teenage Nomad (2010, originally Hip Pocket Press, 2007) and her second YA novel Instructions for a Broken Heart (2011) which was named a Booklist 2011 Top Ten Romance Title for Youth and won the 2012 Northern California Book Award for YA Fiction. Scholastic published her third YA novel Catch a Falling Star in April of 2014 and she is currently at work on her next YA novel for them (Winter 2016). When she’s not writing for teens, she’s teaching them. She’s a college advisor and teaches creative writing at Forest Charter School. Kim wrote her eBook novella The Liberation of Max McTrue for her students who, over the years, have taught her much more than she has taught them. Kim lives in the Northern California foothills with her husband and daughter.
August is Read a Romance Month! What’s that? Simple–a month to celebrate readers, writers, and lovers of romance! If you’re already a romance reader, be sure to check the link above to see 93 great authors sharing guest posts on the Celebrate Romance blog. If you’re new to the genre, maybe you’re looking for a place to start.
Maybe you’re not the kind of person who ever pictured him or herself reading a romance novel with “one of those” covers. But if you’re also the kind of person who’s ever enjoyed a tear-jerker romantic movie, or can’t resist watching a romantic comedy every time it’s on, you might be surprised by how much you can enjoy a romance novel.
Not surprisingly, I tend to look at romance through the Young Adult (and now New Adult) lens, so I wanted to share a few recommendations with you.
Jul29, 2014 |
Squeee! I can’t believe I have another cover reveal to share already! I feel like a kid on Christmas!
You can see the cover for my New Adult debut, WHEN JOSS MET MATT at Heroes and Heartbreakers today for the exclusive reveal!
While you’re here, sign up for my newsletter to get insider info and even a few sneak peeks you won’t get anywhere else! The widget is over in the side bar ——->
I’ll update my books page with the saucy new cover soon!
Jul28, 2014 |
Recently I went to Crystal Lake, IL for a panel with Joelle Charbonneau, Stacey Kade, and Erica O’Rourke (who are all wonderful, fun, and funny women to spend an evening with, by the way). We were there for part of Barnes & Noble’s Pop Culture Week celebration, and it was a blast. We had a great group of readers come for the panel and they asked tons of fantastic questions.
One subject that came up was authors reading reviews, and I said that I try not to read them as much as possible unless someone directly tweets it to me. I could see one person in the audience get visibly distressed at the thought that I, and the other authors, don’t read our reviews. We addressed it at the time, but I felt like it was something I should go into in more depth on my own.
First, let me say that I love it–LOVE IT–when people love my books and take the time to tell me about it. Seriously, there is no better feeling than finding out something you created spoke to someone in any way. It can totally change my dad from blah or bad to grinning-from-ear-to-ear when someone tweets a great review to me. You might imagine the negative reviews are not quite as ego-boosting.
I admit it, it’s truly a frailty on my part that I would let a negative review affect me that way. And I think it was Chuck Wendig who once pointed out that 5-star reviews are just as “untrue” or biased as 1-star reviews. The fact of a reader loving or hating my book doesn’t change anything about it, including my motivations for writing it, or the pride I feel in seeing it on a shelf. But on a certain kind of day, it’s hard to keep going and creating something new when someone has really hated something you wrote before.
I AM NOT SAYING READERS DO NO HAVE THE RIGHT TO HATE A BOOK. EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION. I don’t like everything, and thank God for that, because I already find myself with stacks of books that beg to be read. Imagine if I felt compelled to read every single word written by every person all the time. It’s impossible. And we’re all different people with different tastes. That’s awesome.
I WANT readers and bloggers to read and review to their heart’s content. But it’s important to understand what the purpose of reviewing is. In my humble opinion, readers are there to inform each other of what they like. There is NOTHING that helps a book become popular better than word of mouth. And in this big beautiful age of the Internet, word of mouth can really get places. Book bloggers can become Tastemakers. Just like Fashion Bloggers can help set and grow trends, Book Bloggers can be their own grassroots movement to help a book become a success.
When you, as a book blogger, establish your pattern of like and dislikes, when you share your enthusiasm, you are setting yourself up as a trusted authority in the book world. You are a go-to person for credibility on books. I know I have a few reviewers whose tastes I admire, and when I see they’ve given a book a positive review, I’m more likely to add it to my to-read stack.
One of the coolest things about the “power” that book bloggers have gained in the industry is that it’s organic. It’s fan-based, and comes from a place of honesty. Let’s face it, a lot of book bloggers are young women, and in a world where popular culture is first created for, then universally looked down upon because it is embraced by young women, I am 100% in favor of a system that allows those same young women to speak for themselves.
So keep speaking up, book bloggers. I may not find every review you write about my books, but I’m so glad you’re there sharing your thoughts with other readers. And for those of you who have taken the time to be supportive and enthusiastic about any of my books, a most humble and profound
Jul28, 2014 |
You may have already heard ’round my social media ‘hoods, but my debut New Adult novel has a brand new title! What used to be PIECES OF ME is now WHEN JOSS MET MATT!
I am very excited about the new title! i think it reflects the playful tone of the story really well, and of course, I can’t help loving the homage to one of the best movies of all time, When Harry Met Sally. There is a certain Harry/Sally quality to the main characters in the book, so I hope you’ll agree it’s a fitting title.
In other Ellie Cahill news, I am delighted to announce that Egmont Germany has bought the German translation rights to this book!
Woo hoo! Can’t wait to keep you all updated on the German edition as I get more details!
In the meantime, i’m happy to tell you that WHEN JOSS MET MATT has moved on to the copyediting stage at Ballantine, which means it’s that much closer to being in readers’ hands here in the U.S!
I’ve updated my book pages and my Events page here on the site with the changes and some new appearances. Stay tuned for details!