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I am Ellie Cahill!

I hope you read the title of this post with the appropriate intonation.  Sure, I could have gone with the Kirk Douglas classic, but frankly this image works better for me.  Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen That Thing You Do, you’re missing out, and you should probably get on that if we’re going to be friends.

So if you’ve visited my site before, you might realize it looks a little different.  Thanks to Amazing Web Designer of Wonder, Tessa Elwood, at, my header now includes my NOT AT ALL SEEKRIT pen name, Ellie Cahill.

Ellie Cahill? you ask.  Yes, that’s right, I now contain multitudes!!  I bet you have questions.  Allow me to direct your attention to the FAQ below…

Q:  Who’s Ellie Cahill?
A:  Me!  Also, the author of PIECES OF ME, a New Adult book I wrote.

Q:  What’s New Adult?
A:  It’s a relatively new category fiction (notice I said category, not genre).  New Adult books feature characters who are between the ages of 18-25 who are going through the early stages of independence.  Stories tend to focus on college, or the years right after college when you’re getting your first grown-up job, and the stakes in relationships are higher than ever before.  Just like Young Adult is a category that encompasses all genres (sci-fi, paranormal, contemporary, historical, etc.), New Adult stories can be any genre.

Q: So, what’s PIECES OF ME?
A:  You can learn more about it on my NA books page.  It’s coming out February 24, 2015 from Ballantine.  Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement from back in February:

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Q:  Why a new name?
A:  There are a lot of reasons writers use pen names.  Sometimes it has to do with keeping young readers for stumbling onto books that aren’t appropriate for them.  Sometimes it’s to “fit in” better with the genre, because your publisher wants a different identity than the one other publishers use, or because your real name is impossible to spell or pronounce…ahem.

Q:  Hey, I loved ASK AGAIN LATER, will I like PIECES OF ME?
A:  If you like my YA books because they stop at the smoochy-smooching level, probably not.  But if you’re an over 18 type person who likes a little more smexy in your reading, then you probably will.

Q:  I’m a grown-up type person, can my teenager read your New Adult book?
A:  That is totally up to you and your teenager to decide!  When in doubt, I always suggest you read a book yourself before you make up your mind.

Q:  Does this mean you’re not going to write any new Liz Czukas books?
A:  Heck no!  I want to write ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME!  I’m just excited to have the chance to write more!

Q:  Do I come here for Ellie Cahill news/information?
A:  You bet.  Even if you type into your browser, you’ll end up here.

Q:  Where can I get the new book?
A:  Nowhere yet.  It will be available as an ebook and a trade paperback in February of next year.  I’ll keep you updated on where to get it as I get more details.  In the meantime, you can add it to your Goodreads list.  You can also sign up for newsletter in the sidebar and get all the info dropped right into your very own inbox.  Or check back here, on Twitter, or Facebook.  (Did you notice my pretty social media buttons up top?  How awesome is Tessa?)

And don’t forget TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS will be out on December 11, 2014!

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The Big Ol’ Book Blurb Giveaway! Free books! Free Stuff!

You know those quotes from other authors that are on the covers of some books?  Well guess what–I am the luckiest little writer in the world because I got AWESOME ONES!

Maybe you’ve heard of Huntley Fitzpatrick?  You know, the author of the fantastic, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, and the upcoming WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE?

Well, she is as lovely and kind as you might expect if you’ve read her book.  And she was generous enough to read an advanced copy of ASK AGAIN LATER and let us put her thoughts on the cover.  Thanks Huntley!  You should totally read her book, by the way.  And pre-order her new book, WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE while you’re at it.  Because Huntley knows how to write the swoon-worthy romance, I assure you!


And perhaps you’ve also heard of Shaun David Hutchinson?  Author of THE DEATHDAY LETTER and FML?

Well Shaun has been so delightful to this newbie.  I started by fangirling him on Twitter, then sent him an email that literally had “OMG I’m terrified to send this!!” in the subject line.  But he’s super nice and so funny–what a shock if you’ve read his books, right?  He is also gracing us with a new book soon and you should probably put it on your to-read list.  It’s called The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley.  I know! You want to read it based on the title alone, right?  I do.


Anyway, to celebrate my good fortune to have these two amazing authors give my book their seal of approval, I’m holding a BIG OL’ GIVEAWAY!!

GRAND PRIZE:  Choose one book by each of my blurbers, PLUS get an ARC of ASK AGAIN LATER–there aren’t many left!!

FIRST PRIZE:  Choose any book by ONE of my blurbers.

SECOND PRIZE:  A $5 gift card to the bookseller of your choice and an autographed ASK AGAIN LATER bookmark.

THIRD PRIZE:  An autographed ASK AGAIN LATER bookmark.

Easy to enter.  All you have to do is share one of these images below on the social media of your choice!  There are some optimized for Facebook, others are square for Twitter or Instagram.  Any should work on Tumblr.  I’ll have them all up on my own social media if you prefer to go the easy route and “Share” from mine.

Square Huntley Blurb Square Shaun Blurb 2 Square Shaun Blurb 1 Shaun Blurb 2 Shaun Blurb 1 Huntley Blurb






















(Glitter background images courtesy of AssassinM)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Unfortunately, since I have to ship a few of these things myself, I can’t offer this contest internationally.  But that still leaves a whole lotta peeps in the US!  The contest will run for 2 weeks, so get your social media engines revved!

Good luck!

– Liz




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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!

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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!


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