Teasing, Teasing, Teasing

Yesterday, I got a big thick package in the mail from HarperCollins. It was my first pass pages, and THEY. ARE. AWESOME.

I can’t wait for you guys to see the design.

Oh yeah, and the cover…

Which I get to show you soon, my pretties. Very soon…


The Only Crafty Thing I’ll Ever Blog

I haven’t really had a reason to talk about this before, but I am a HUGE Disney fan.  Not quite all the way into the obsessive I’d-Rather-Be-At-Disney-World-License-Plate-Frame-Having-Never-Go-Anywhere-Else-On-Vacation fan, but definitely a big fan.  Like, I get choked up when I see Disney World commercials on TV.

I know.

So, back in April, I got to take my kiddo to Disney World for the first time, and I decided I was going to tell him in a special way.  My kiddo is a planner, so he was definitely not a good target for one of those surprise trips you see on YouTube sometimes.  Instead, we decided to tell him it was happening and give him a countdown so he’d be good and ready.

Here’s how it went down.


First I got a bunch of Disney-themed scrap paper and cut it into strips.


Then I made a countdown chain, so he could remove one every day until the trip.


Then I tucked a personalized T-shirt (not shown because it’s got his name on it, and the kiddo deserves some privacy) and some of the goodies Disney had already sent us.


I wrapped the box in red on the bottom, black on the top and glued on two white buttons for Mickey’s shorts. The chain went in on top of the rest of the goodies.


The final touch was a big yellow bow and a polka dot card address to the kiddo on top.

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Oh yeah, I also got a Disney font and wrote a note from Mickey to the kiddo. We had a neighbor drop it off on the front porch one morning and let the kiddo discover it. Definitely a fun way to tell him.

Pretty nerdy, huh?  I swear, this is more crafting than I have done in the previous twenty years combined.  But it was worth it.  And I was so pleased with how it came out I had to share.

And now we return to your regularly scheduled program…

Overheard at RT


This is the skywalk known as The Link, where we spent approximately 60% of our time, commuting for coffee.

What can I say about RT that hasn’t already been put into the police report?  Probably not much.  Except that I am constantly amazed at how much mayhem a conference center filled with awkward introverts can cause.


The delightful Kiera Cass and I at the book signing. We were plotting against our editor, Erica Sussman.

This year’s Kansas City conference was a blur of elevators and skywalks, deafening dinners with fabulous people, getting into vans with strangers, spontaneous dance parties, and plenty of laughter.  From interpretive cover modeling and karaoke, to days-long discussions about the anatomy of mammals, you just never know what you’re going to get.

Just like last year, I was furiously scribbling in my notebook whenever I caught a juicy tidbit.  Some of the stuff I overheard was good advice for writers.  Other things were…well, just plain weird.  Here’s this year’s


Writing Thoughts:

Unexpected Life Advice from Panelists:

The Stuff that Defies Categorization:


Obligatory selfie with Deb Driza


Cole Gibsen is up to no good.

**This year, I also got to be a cub reporter for Barbara Vey’s Publisher’s Weekly blog.  You can see my report here if you want!

Shoe love

Look what came in the mail!!

My custom, one-of-a-kind pink Converse All Stars! Oh, and what’s that in the corner? Why, purple stitching that spells out my book title, of course! (Okay, so it says AskAgainL8R, but there were restrictions people!)

I’m geeking out!

MILA2.0 Harlem Shake

Today, I am grateful for this:

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Deb Driza rocks.

I Haz a Book Birthday!


Is that not the sexiest number you’ve ever seen?

Now go get your calendar.  I’ll wait.

Mark that date.  Make it an all day event.  Because I already know what you’re doing that day.


That’s right, March 11, 2014 is when ASK AGAIN LATER hits the shelves!

Taryn Fagerness is awesome!

Big thanks today to foreign rights agent extraordinaire, Taryn Fagerness of the Taryn Fagerness Agency, because…

*drumroll*  (hint:  look at the bottom of this picture)


Hey, who’s Lisa? Ah, who cares? It’s a typo, people! That’s me.

I’m happy to announce that ASK AGAIN LATER will be available in Germany!  Thanks, Loewe, I wish I spoke German!

I don’t have any more details than that right now, but y’all will definitely know when I do!


New Friends

I met some lovely new people on my recent vacation, but I’d have to say I’m most grateful for meeting the man who was shocked to learn I was NOT 25.

It’s the simple things.

Sunscreen + Me. I Ship It.

Today, I am deeply grateful for sunscreen, because without it, I would probably be medium-well right now instead lightly seared.


This was my office for the last four days. Do I miss it? Oh my yes.


I am over the moon excited to be part of the big cover reveal for J.A. Souders’s next book, REVELATIONS!

You’ll see it below in just a second, but I also wanted to tell you that Jessica is hosting a giveaway.  Details at the bottom of this post, so keep on scrollin’, y’all!

Now then, what were we doing here…

Just kidding.

In case you missed it, Jessica’s first book, RENEGADE started off this fantastic trilogy.  I’ve been lucky enough to be in on this series since the beginning, since I am also lucky enough to have Jessica for a critique partner!  Seriously, you guys, I could not be more proud of her.

And I could not be more SQUEEEEEFUL about the cover for her new book.  Are you ready?  Have you already scrolled past here to see the big reveal?  You totally have, haven’t you?  I’m just talking to myself now, aren’t I?

Okay, fine!  Here it is:

Revelations Elysium Chronicles (Book 2)
J.A Souders
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen

Blurb to come!

*dies*  OMG the pretty!  The pretty!!!!  It almost hurts me!I thought the cover for RENEGADE was gorgeous, but I actually love this one even more! Let’s hop in the Way Back Machine and go revisit it, shall we?RENEGADE
Elysium Chronicles (Book 1)

Since the age of
three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the
People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of
children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was
perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter,
a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world,
she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been
Her mind and body
aren’t under her own control.
And the person she
knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin
she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb…
and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

So, yeah, that one was already gorgeous and now REVELATIONS IS EVEN BETTER!!

You know what?  Let’s just look at it again.  Maybe bigger this time.


And just in case you’ve already read RENEGADE, and you’re climbing the walls waiting for REVELATIONS, you can tide yourself over with a short story from Gavin’s perspective.  Did you know that?  Uh, yeah.  It’s in ebook format, and here’s the dish:

A Dark Grave:
Elysium Chronicles (Book 0.5)
An Elysium Chronicles
short story: the beginning.
There is only one place forbidden to the people of Gavin’s village; the island just off the shore, rumored to be haunted. Cursed.
All who venture to the island disappear.
But Gavin doesn’t believe in such things. He is a hunter; since his father’s death, he is the only one who can provide for the family. Silly rumors of ghosts aren’t going to stop him from crossing the dark waters to the island in search of fresh game…

And if all that weren’t enough, Jessica is also hosting a fantastic giveaway to celebrate her amazeballs new cover.

About J.A. Souders:
J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an overabundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble. She first began writing at the age of 13, when she moved to Florida and not only befriended the monsters under the bed, but created worlds for them to play together.
Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her
imaginary friends to work and started writing. She still lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children.
Where you can find J.A. 


J.A is hosting a giveaway of a signed hard copy of RENEGADE,
an e-copy of A DARK GRAVE (for those that don’t have it, of course.) and signed
copies of ARTICLE 5 and BREAKING POINT by Kristen Simmons.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I can’t figure out how to make the Rafflecopter form appear on my blog, so you’ll have to follow that little linky link up there, sorry!

Also, a quick note:  he contest is US/CAN only for the actual signed copies of the books. However, international people can enter, but the prize will be e-copies of RENEGADE, ARTICLE 5 and BREAKING POINT if they win.