Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Teachers & Educators: Enter To Win A Resource Kit For NOT A DROP TO DRINK!

I know, nobody wants to think about next school year yet. I'm with you on that. But - it will get here sooner than we all think. With that in mind, I'm giving away 5 teacher resource packs to facilitate teaching NOT A DROP TO DRINK  in junior high and high school classrooms. Pack includes one signed copy of the novel, a National Geographic / Cengage Learning guide about water resources, and a Choose to Read Ohio Toolkit prepared by the State Library of Ohio. This kit can be used in cross-curricular study for English and Science, and some material are Common Core aligned. Winners will be chosen randomly and contacted by 6/13/16.

Fill out the Google form here!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Deal News!

Publisher's Weekly recently announced my next two-book deal with Katherine Tegen books! The first will be releasing in the Fall of 2017. It's currently titled PHANTOM HEART and can be added on Goodreads.

I've always pitched it as "Fight Club In The Band Room," but the summary below might give you a little more illumination.

A psychological thriller about a good girl who falls for a local burnout. After the heroine discovers she had a twin sister who died, she begins to realize that her dead twin is trying to take back the life she never had, creating a dark, split-personality love triangle where no one’s sure what’s real or imagined.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Talk & Giveaway: THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

The world is full of monsters. The murder of an innocent may take a life, but now something is born from that; The Malchai and the Corsai, creatures born of the shadows of past violence who feed on human flesh and blood. There are also the dreaded Sunai, monsters who appear entirely human but can steal a sinner's soul with their song.

Kate Harker is a the daughter of a man who runs the north half of Verity, with the aid of Malchai that are loyal to him, and the use of protective metals that those who can afford them. Her father's influence has kept Kate from getting into too much trouble - even though she's on her sixth boarding school. After she burns down the chapel, he has to finally give her what she wants - allowing her to come home.

August Flynn is a Sunai, able to pull confessions from a sinner by his very presence, and their souls from their bodies with his violin. He and the other two Sunai in existence live on the south side of Verity with their adoptive father, Henry Flynn, helping to enforce the shaky truce that has kept the Flynn and Harker's people (and monsters) from attacking each other.

But monsters have been crossing the Seam, and each side suspects the other. August is sent to attend Kate's new school, in the guise of a fellow new student, to keep an eye on her and learn what he can. With two sides of the city gearing up for violence and some monsters actively trying to tear the truce down, the duo have to learn who they really are, and what side of the Seam they want to be on.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Book Talk & Giveaway: WISHING DAY by Lauren Myracle

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

In the town of Willow Hill it's tradition for girls who turned thirteen to go to the willow tree and make three wishes on the third night of the third month after their birthday. Some of the girls think it's funny, some of them think it's real, and some of them truly believe.

Natasha's family has always believed in magic, from her younger sisters to the aunts that have raised her since her mother's disappearance. In a house full of strong women and active girls, Natasha wants to be something other than the "good girl." She's responsible, kind and friendly - yet can't seem to hold a candle to her prettier younger sister, or the charming baby of the family.

On her Wishing Day, Natasha's aunts take her to the hill where she follows the tradition and makes her three wishes. The first wish is an impossible wish. The second is a wish she can make come true herself. And the third is the deepest wish of her secret heart.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Book Talk & Giveaway: A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Jamie Watson knows the long and often sticky relationship between his family and the Holmes family. The descendants of the famed sleuthing pair have mostly kept their distance from each other, every Watson warning the next that a Holmes is only going to spell trouble for them - and emotional turmoil.

But when Jamie gets a rugby scholarship to an American boarding school that happens to be the same one Charlotte Holmes attends, their classmates love trying to throw them together. And Jamie doesn't exactly mind. Though Charlotte is distant, moody, and clearly has a drug problem, there's definitely something about her that has his attention.

When they two of them are framed for a murder they didn't commit, and the crime scene is littered with references from an Arthur Conan Doyle story, they have to team up to clear their names.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES Named A Fall / Winter 2016 Buzz Book

A quick announcement on a Tuesday -

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES has been named a Buzz Book for the Fall / Winter 2016 season by Publisher's Weekly. You can read an excerpt from my book, as well as 19 others for free!


Monday, May 2, 2016

A MADNESS SO DISCREET Wins the Edgar & Also I Put On Makeup & A Dress

This past week I was at the Edgar Allan Poe awards in NYC, which was an amazing experience. So many talented published and aspiring authors in one room kind of made my head spin. The champagne may have contributed to that.

Wednesday night I had a panel at Books of Wonder, along with the other 10 nominees in the categories of Middle Grade and Young Adult. My librarian ears were perking as the others read from their books, and I made a few purchases on the plane home as a result. I also managed to get a whopper of a migraine right in the middle of the panel, so if you were there and saw me constantly massaging the back of my own head, it's not because I have an itchy scalp.

The boyfriend and I walked back to the hotel from BoW, while I stifled a deep urge to vomit. He told me to just do it on the street. "We're in NYC," he reminded me. "Nobody will really care. If you did it at home it would be a story for years."

He's not exaggerating. I hit a skunk with my car when I was 17 and the car smelled for weeks afterward and it still comes up in conversation occasionally... and that was 20 years ago.

I felt better the next day - thank goodness. I had my hair and face done, accidentally walked through a movie shoot (that doesn't happen at home), and ate a tuna melt that put all other tuna melts to shame. And... it was time to go.

I had to take a quick shot of the dress and shoes because I had no idea how to answer anyone who asked me about my dress other thank to say, "it's black." That is the true extent of my fashion sensibilities.






And this is my face.


And then I ended up in a room with lots and lots of famous, talented people, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which was completely unexpected. I found my awesome editor, Ben Rosenthal, and my equally awesome agent-lady Adriann Ranta, using Kareem as a reference point in the room. Then we all ate dinner and the boyfriend shared his story about a guy in front of Grand Central Station who had decided he just didn't like my boyfriend. Seriously I have no idea what that was about. He called him a scumbag, and then remembered him when we walked past later and said, "Hey, I called you a scumbag earlier."

I told boyfriend to be flattered that apparently he stands out in a sea of New Yorkers.

And then, long story short, I won the Edgar. Kind of crazy. The lovely and talented Lyndsey Faye read my name out of the envelope and I went into a little bit of shock and touched my nose for a few seconds (this is how I center myself) before getting up. So basically I came to New York and touched parts of my own skull at major public events.

This is Edgar, and my awesome editor Mr. Ben Rosenthal. Also my boyfriend's uneaten cheesecake. You can see my wine glass is empty.


Here is a picture of me not touching my nose or the back of my head, along with Edgar and my awesome, lovely, agent, Adriann Ranta.


And, because I think it's important to destroy any mystique I may have garnered, here is a picture of me in my element at home, courtesy of the boyfriend.