Dec 4 2013


Just popping out of my scotch-soaked creative cave to tell you about a book that I am super pumped for.  So Lynne Matson has this book coming out March 4th, and it’s like Survivor plus LOST plus Battle Royale plus Lord of the Flies plus kissing.  Here’s the copy from Goodreads:

On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing Charley remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley hunts for a way out. She discovers desolate beaches and human remains, but no sign of civilization–until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with hidden dangers, their greatest threat is time.

They can’t stop the clock. They can only hope to beat it. 

And, because Lynne knows we’re all dying for this book (and because she’s all industrious and productive while I lay on my floor in sweatpants and gnash my teeth) she has started the Nil Tribe.  Here’s the deal from her blog post:

If you love books, especially thrillers, packed with mysteries, islands, secrets and ALL THE FEELS, then #NILtribe may be for you! All you have to do is tweet… or post to Facebook . . . or post on your blog . . . or comment on my blog: “I joined the tribe!” and add the #NILtribe hashtag. And that’s it! You’re in.

Over the three months, follow the #NILtribe hashtag on Twitter and Facebook for chances to win galleys of NIL, copies of other YA books I love and sweet NIL swag . . . and to discover NIL sekrits. Each day I’ll tweet using the #NILtribe hashtag. I’ll share cool facts about the characters, island sekrits, author interviews, giveaway links, etc. Each week I’ll share new goodies that will be up for grabs by members of the #NILtribe in upcoming giveaways (spoiler: creepy bone cuff bracelet anyone?!) Each month will bring more opportunities to win NIL galleys, NIL swag, and after NIL’s release, signed hardbacks.:) And in the last month before release, all #NILtribe members will get swag-to-be-revealed… just by joining the #NILtribe.

And to all those readers-who-love-thrillers-and-islands-and-sekrits-and swoon? Feel free to use the #NILtribe hashtag as often as you like! Post anytime using the hashtag! You can countdown to Nil’s release, repost any of my posts, or post about why you’re excited for NIL, Waiting on Wednesday style. Just remember to use the #NILtribe hashtag, and you’re golden.  Welcome to the tribe.

Jun 25 2013

Want to See the Cover of Kristi Helvig’s BURN OUT?

Well, of course you do.

Here’s why:

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

*hugs description to chest*

I love pure sci-fi.  Love it love it love it.  LOVE.

So, befitting a book as amazing as this, is an amazing cover.  BEHOLD:




Yeah…mama like.


Anyway, drooling aside, there’s extra awesome because there is a *drumroll* GIVEAWAY!  The contest runs through Tuesday, July 9th, and the winner gets the YA Book of their Choice PLUS a copy of DEFY THE DARK (an anthology featuring several of my friends, so trust me, you need this book in your life.)

Don’t forget to find the beautiful author in all the right places:

Kristi Helvig
Author of Sci-Fi novel BURN OUT coming Spring 2014 (EgmontUSA)
“The last girl on Earth…just got company.”
Available now for preorder on Amazon!

Mar 22 2013

Bees? Yes, Bees.

I’m over at the YA Valentines professing my love for bees!

Also, I’m just now recovering from my delicious writing retreat in Texas!  It was five days of writing, talking, gin and jumping into a freezing-cold river.  I didn’t take any pictures because I’m lazy and also because I was either drinking or writing or both and forgot to think about it, but Michelle Krys has some great ones, including one of Anna Carey’s Daring Wasp Removal.  Anyway, it was a wonderful time, and I hope I get to do it again next year.

Oh, and I finished the first draft of Book Two.