Jan 26, 2012

April Tour Dates!

I'll be emerging from the editing cave to hit the road again in April, visiting four states in four days. Hope to see you soon!

Jan 22, 2012

UK Release & Other Updates!

UK Cover
LAST WEEK - ABA's Winter Institute in New Orleans was amazing. I met so many wonderful independent booksellers, spent some time with the awesome Harper crew, and the other Harper authors, Sarah Pennypacker and Katherine Applegate. Also, I had many conversations about the Saints loss in the playoffs. (sad face) Guys... local bookstores are so important. Please support your local businesses!

UNDER THE NEVER SKY is coming up on its third week on US bookshelves. On my way back from New Orleans, I actually spotted three copies at San Francisco International Airport, which was… it was… surreal. Thank you so much for those of you who have read and/or reviewed it.

Lately, there’s been some stickiness between reader/reviewer/bloggers and authors. I want to just state that I feel fortunate for every review. I may not love reviews that are unfavorable, but everyone has the right to speak. No one’s opinion should be silenced or mocked. That’s all I’m going to say about that… other than that I hope the book-loving community can begin to move on to enjoying and talking about books. 

UK RELEASE DATE – Mark your calendars! UNDER THE NEVER SKY publishes on February 7th. And, just in case you’ve missed it, it’s also currently available in Australia.

THIS WEEK – I will be crawling back into the writing cave to work on Book Two, titled THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT. Also this week, Brodi Ashton’s beautiful book, EVERNEATH hits the shelves.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW? -- I'm going to be setting up a Q&A page on the blog. Have any questions about me or UNDER THE NEVER SKY that you'd like answered? Let me know by leaving a comment on the contact page.

A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis. Amazing follow-up to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.
SKYLARK – Meagan Spooner’s debut novel.
SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL – Trish Doller’s debut novel.

So for the past few years, I haven't watched much television. It was great for a while. I wrote a book. I read a lot. But now I sorta miss television. So my question for you: What television series should I be watching? Leave a comment below, please. Help a girl out.

Jan 15, 2012

Book Tour Was Amazing Because of You

Dear writing friends, flanking the amazing Ellen Hopkins at Rakestraw Books
What do the following names have in common:

Katherine Pam Jess Cameron Eva Debbie Nancy Melissa Francie Martha Jen Mindy Anna Jaime Patricia Debbie Connie Kristen Shannon Breanna Stacee Darla Jenny Karen Mickey Hannah Axie Melissa Farrah Valia Tara

Answer: They are just some of the amazing bloggers and readers I met over the past days at the launch of my book, and on the Dark Days tour with Tahereh Mafi and Ellen Schreiber. And the author love! Ellen Hopkins (yes, THE Ellen Hopkins), Lisa Desrochers, YA Muses, Lia, Jackie, Nikki, Debra, Shannon, Kristen, Kiersten, Gretchen, Cory... Gahhh... You guys! Thank you for coming! I think I can speak for Tahereh and Ellen here: we were blown away by the support!

Thank you so much to Rakestraw Books (Danville), Books Inc. (San Francisco), Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego), and Changing Hands (Phoenix) for hosting us. Your bookstores are wonderful! Please reach out to the independent stores if you are interested in purchasing signed copies of our books!

Signing some books!
Special thanks to Becky (Stories and Sweeties), Shannan (Girl in the Stacks) and Bailey (IB Book Blogging) for covering the event. Look for their posts, with interviews and photos soon!

If you were there and covered the event, I'd love it if you'd leave a link in the comments. And if you came out to see us and I didn't mention your name, let me know! And thank you.

Finally, to friends--old and new, family, mentors who came the event at Rakestraw Books, thank you, with all my heart, for being part of one of the best nights of my life!


More happiness.
A lovely arrangement, at the reception after the signing.
The party after the signing
The lovely magnum of ROAR, gifted by the generous and talented Gary Franscioni
The after party, at THE VINE

Special shout-out to Sherman Chu, friend and professional photog, for these beautiful shots!