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…
I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!
May13, 2013 |
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.
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.
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…
May10, 2013 |
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.
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
OVERHEARD AT RT
- That lovely moment when you realize that awesome quote is actually your own. – Suzanne Lazear
- I have an almost unholy love for librarians. – Melissa Marr
- On anthologies: First you write your story, then you wait ’til it comes out to read all the ones that are better than yours. – Kami Garcia
- On book trailers: I make my own, so they suck. – David Macinnis Gill
- Don’t get into a fight with a hardcore steampunk traditionalist. Nobody walks away a winner from that. – Caitlin Kittredge
- I said “Sure” because you don’t argue with marketing. – Caitlin Kittredge
- I don’t think about that, because I can’t help it that Barnes & Noble is wrong. – Beth Revis
- As a dog romance, it might have sold. – Debra Driza
- I don’t think there’s any captain on my ship sometimes. – Debra Driza
- What happens at RT stays at RT.
- On how to write for teens: I think being immature helps. – C.J. Omolulu
- I second immaturity. – Corrine Jackson
- On the influence of books on behavior:
Corrine Jackson: Did that means I ran out and had sex? No!
Jackie Kessler: Well, then you were reading them wrong!
Unexpected Life Advice from Panelists:
- On teenage boys: They either smell bad, or they smell so good it smells bad. – Jennifer Brown
- That’s what they all say about you on the bathroom wall. – Gayle Formann
- Gayle, you have to save the world from peas. – Jackie Kessler
- I like to wear pants! Surprise! – Debra Driza
- My parents are not cryogenically frozen. Surprisingly. – Beth Revis
- Please don’t tweet about the spouse-swapping. – Melissa Marr
- You don’t stop and talk about your feelings with you’re fighting a monster! – Caitlin Kittredge
The Stuff that Defies Categorization:
- Why is there a dead muskrat in the elevator?
- Naysayers gonna naysay.
- You never know what people will eat. There’s leprachaun junk hanging around here!
- This one is like my whore ear.
- I faceplant because I care.
- Make bad choices!
- Don’t die on me.
- I should say something smart here, but I can’t think of anything.
- There’s a reason cover models don’t have heads.
- She gave my fish tongue last time I saw her.
- Can I check your trunk for cilantro?
- I’m going to need a cilantro-sniffing dog.
- It was uphill! Both ways! Through the snow! Literally!
- I know how to handle a pole.
- Maybe it’s a seizure-detecting chicken.
- One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
- Three-armed people need love, too.
- 1: Do you guys want to see a whale penis?
2: I have never been asked this question before.
- It’s girthy.
- You’re strange and awkward.
- On the Quidditch teams of life, you are the seeker…I think I’d like to be the beater.
- I was hangry. Now I’m going to be drunkry.
- I would come for the whale penises alone.
- 1: I’ve never been a waitress, but I’ve watched people do it.
2: In that case, I’m totally awesome at pole vaulting!
- I need a pizza plant.
- Someone better hurry up or I’ll show them my boobs.
- The wiener trees rocked.
- I’m not surprised. Manatees strike me as orgy-loving fellows.
- That seems like the sort of thing armadillos would want people to know about themselves up front.
- I feel like I could get a degree in animal husbandry after this weekend.
- I’m the harlot of Lansdown.
- So, essentially, I’m a hispter, but like, not cool, because I don’t do anything, but I like to snub things when they become trends.
**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!
Mar19, 2013 |
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!
Mar18, 2013 |
Today, I am grateful for this:
Deb Driza rocks.
Mar13, 2013 |
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.
YOU’RE READING MY BOOK, PEOPLE!
That’s right, March 11, 2014 is when ASK AGAIN LATER hits the shelves!
Mar13, 2013 |
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)
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!
THANK YOU, TARYN!!
Feb28, 2013 |
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.
Feb26, 2013 |
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.
Feb18, 2013 |
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…
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:
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
altered.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:
Elysium Chronicles (Book 0.5)
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.
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.
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.
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.