ASK AGAIN LATER’s Cover is Live at YA Highway!

Today is the day!  I’ve been waiting for this for so long!!

You can finally see the cover to ASK AGAIN LATER over at YA Highway!  Many many thanks to the ladies over there for being such excellent hostesses and generally excellent people.

Now get over there and gaze, people!  Gaze!!

Cover reveal countdown…4 days

I am over the moon excited that I get to show you guys my beautiful cover soon! And I’m oh-so grateful to the wonderful ladies at YA Highway for agreeing to host my cover reveal.

So, on Monday, June 17, get thee to YAHighway to see the big reveal!

On Tuesday, I’m really hoping the book community will help me spread this baby far and wide, so if you’re interested in being a part of the second wave–please let me know in the comments, on twitter, or via email at [lizczukas AT me DOT com].  I would love to have my beautiful cover spread all over the Interwebz!

See you on Monday!

– Liz

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:


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.