Pretty Crooked goes to Germany!

It’s been a busy fall with not many updates on this here blog—I apologize. I’ve been hard at work on Book 3 of the Pretty Crooked series (seriously, Willa’s drama is just beginning) and eking out a first draft of something new for my own personal unofficial version of NaNoWriMo. And there are a few other juicy tidbits of news I’m sitting on for the time being…more soon, I promise.

Anyway, back to Deutschland. In October, I traveled to Germany and the Frankfurt Book Fair where I was lucky to meet with the lovely team from Loewe Verlag who are publishing Pretty Crooked in January. Actually, the German title is Pretty Clever (“crooked” doesn’t really translate). I’m so excited, because this is my first foreign sale, and the idea of people getting to read my book in another language just continues to blow my mind. And today I’m thrilled to unveil the awesome cover! Ta-da!

Huge thanks to Loewe Verlag’s designers for a fantastic job! I love the emphasis on the desert setting and the simplicity of the design. I’m also really feeling the sassy orange. What do you think?


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YAmazing Race Concludes!

Thank you so much to all who participated in the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes, which is now closed. Hope you had fun learning about awesome 2012 debuts!

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Welcome, YAmazing Racers


Hello, and thanks for visiting my site and for participating in the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes which is truly YAmazing and MGnificent . I’m offering my own little giveaway here, too, so scroll down to find out more. If you haven’t already, please visit The Apocalypsies home page to read the rules and find out how this whole thing works.

Remember, the race runs from October 22 at noon EST to October 29 at noon EST.

Now I know you wanna get at those prizes—so much great swag, plus gift cards, ARCs and more—so get going!!!


Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her: evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?


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My Berlin Adventure

I just got back from a superfun week in Berlin. My husband had a conference there so I decided to tag along and celebrate my birthday Eurostyle and find out what’s going on with the German version of Pretty Crooked (called Pretty Clever, to be released in January!). Here are some photo highlights from my trip:

I got on a train and caught the Frankfurt Book Fair, where I met my German editors and hung out with fellow Apocalypsie author Lenore Appelhans(pictured on the L).

I admired German bboys, outside of the Flohmarkt (flea market) in Prenzlauer Berg.I fell in love with a car. A Fiat, to be exact. Note that the Club is still very much in usage in Germany.I ate a lot of chocolate. Not this Titantic model, though, which was strictly for decoration at the Fassbender and Rausch choco-boutique.I admired this coffee shop, which has a delightfully straightforward name: Uppers.I saw bears like this one everywhere. Bears are the city mascot. This one was outside of our hotel, and while I can’t be exactly sure what it is that he’s carrying, I do love his polka dotted leotard.I ate a lot of meat. Pictured here is a wurst counter in the famous and dizzying KaDeWe food hall.

We rocked the U-Bahn and S-Bahn railway systems like nobody’s business. That’s Jesse, my husband, on the right.



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PRETTY SLY: The Next Big Thing?

I have had the good fortune of being tagged by the lovely Beth Kephart (have you read Small Damages yet? I am so eager to dive into this one), so I am now the latest in a writers blog chain talking about our next books, our next big thang thangs. So here goes:

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

Pretty Sly

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Like its predecessor, Pretty Crooked, it’s inspired partially by Robin Hood and partially by the real-life exploits of the Barefoot Bandit.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary mystery/thriller.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Okay, I had to do some research on this. Addison Timlin could do a mean Willa—she looks a lot like her and she’s also a Philly girl, so props. I’d cast Tony Oller as Aidan, Keke Palmer as Cherise and Evan Ross as Tre.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Girl goes on the road to find her missing mother and a whole lot of trouble.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About three months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Pretty Little Liars meets Heist Society meets Sweet Valley High.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Well, Willa’s last adventures ended on a mighty cliffhanger, so that had to be rectified.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you like road trips, makeout scenes, movie stars and lots of high-action heists, then this just might be the book for you!

I now pass the baton to E.C. Myers. Take it away, E.C.!

P.S. I will be at Towne Book Center in Trappe on Saturday for a workshop and signing from 3 p.m. Come say hi!

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Three Things (And a Six Month Freakout!)

Three things:

1. This is so crazy I can’t even believe I am typing it, but Pretty Sly will be out six months from today.

Six. Months. Do you know how quickly that is going to go by? I know, because I remember this time last year, anticipating the release of Pretty Crooked, and it was like two blinks and a wink from September to March.

2. And did you know Pretty Sly was available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble?  Okay, well, consider this your not-so-subtle reminder. Ahem.

3. Finally, in case you’ve read Pretty Crooked and you really liked it or if you just like me (I like you, too!) and want to help support my authordom, I’d like to to direct you to this blog post by my friend E.C. Myers. In it, he lays out all the ways you can help support your favorite authors and books. I was going to make my own plea, but he does it so well, I figured it easiest to just send you his way.


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Events up the Wazoo

Well, I had an amazing time on Saturday at the first ever YAFest in Easton, PA, which was held at the Palmer Library branch. 35 authors were on hand to meet readers and sign books, and the lineup was spectacular. Plus, there was a scavenger hunt, bake sale, book sale, panels, an especially memorable performance of MasterBerk Theater and a crew of incredible Volunteens wandering around to help us all day (they rocked). In all, a fantastic event, and I can’t wait until next year!

In the meantime, I have an event scheduled for tomorrow that’s a little closer to home—about eight blocks, approximately. One of the reasons I wanted to move to East Falls is because it has (in my opinion) the most charming branch of the city library system, and tomorrow, I finally get to do an author event there. It’s the first of a two-part series, actually, which starts with a workshop for teen writers and concludes on the 21st with a reading, signing and meet-and-greet. Hope to see you there. I can’t wait!

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It’s a Sequel!

Well, I got back from vacation to find this beautiful little baby right here:

Yes, that’s right. It’s the ARC for PRETTY SLY. It shines, it plays nicely with its older sibling, it has neat turning page thingies. And best of all, Willa’s adventures continue inside.

To celebrate my second published book entering the world, I am offering a Hello, Pretty Sly giveaway. Details are below. Go forth and Tweet, Facebook, etc. You will be rewarded with good things. (P.S. I’m teaching a free writing workshop at the Plymouth Meeting B&N this weekend. Come join me to learn how to create memorable characters!)

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Teen Authorfest Recap

I’m back from my weekend jaunt to Ithaca for Teen Authorfest (with a detour in Buffalo, NY). It was the first-ever Teen Authorfest at Tompkins County Public Library and the folks there did a great job of putting it all together and making the authors feel welcome. When I got to my hotel room I found a welcome bag with local wine and chocolate (score!) plus other great stuff, including an awesome cookbook the library put together.

The library’s huge and beautiful, housed in a building that was once a five and dime. Only in Ithaca would commerce give way to information, right?

Tompkins County Public Library

I spoke first, sharing a Prezi about my journey to publication, along with some of my favorite YA books from the 70s and 80s. Then Madeleine George spoke about her obsession with Harriet the Spy and the qualities it takes to be a writer. (Sadly, I didn’t get a picture!)

At lunch, we were treated to the funk-rock stylings of local band Bümph.

Local band Bümph rocked the stage during lunch.

I was sad to hear this was Bümph’s last performance. They really killed “Watching the Detectives” and “Rappers Delight.” During lunch we ate pizza and the locally made Purity ice cream (chocolate swirl with PB cups). Then Shawn Goodman got up and talked about how good writers always look beyond the “official story.”

Author Shawn Goodman shared some of his favorite books with the crowd.

Finally, Jay Asher showed us a PowerPoint that traced the genesis of Thirteen Reasons Why (he showed us some fun international covers) and shared his and Carolyn Mackler’s process for co-writing The Future of Us.

Author Jay Asher talked about his journey to publication: 12 years to a bestseller. Inspiring!

It was an enthusiastic crowd and I loved meeting everyone. Can I just say it was a little surreal signing a book for Jay Asher? ‘Cause, yeah, it was. Here’s the author posse, minus Madeleine. She’s not a vampire, I swear.

In all, a fantastic experience.

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Ithaca or Bust!

This weekend I’m headed to Ithaca, NY for the Teen Authorfest. The lineup: Me, Madeleine George, Shawn Goodman and Jay Asher. I am still pinching myself.

There will be talks, signings, live music, snacks, raffles and prizes (iPad and NOOK, anyone?) and the first 40 teens to come by will receive a free book.

I could not be more psyched. Hope to see you there!

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