PRETTY SLY in your hands!

Pretty Sly HC_final cover

It’s here! It’s here! I can’t believe it! Today PRETTY SLY appears in stores. I’m so so thrilled to see it out in the world, as I am super proud of this book.

I hope you’ll read it and let me know what you think.

In case you’re wondering about other ways you can support me or other authors and their books, you can consider doing any of the following:

*review the book on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indie Bound or any other retail site!
*if your local store or library doesn’t have PRETTY SLY available, ask them to order it!
*recommend it to friends!
*blog, Tweet, Facebook about it!
*come to my launch party on Sunday, March 23 at The Franklin Institute in the Franklin foodworks at 4:30 p.m.

Thank you so so so much for all of your help! (Willa Fox thanks you, too!)

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The PRETTY SLY trailer debuts on Epic Reads!

I have been waiting so long to share this with you guys! Finally, the PRETTY SLY trailer is out in the world, and I am super super proud of it. Special thanks to my sister Susannah Ludwig, Kevin Chou, Tim McAleer, Emma Hearn, and the students of Germantown Academy for all of their work in bringing Sly Fox to life!

Now, da da da….

Click through to Epic Reads to check it out!!!


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Paperback is OUT!

Some of you fine readers out there have been holding out on PRETTY CROOKED, waiting for the lower price point (no judgment!), or for the amazing new cover. And some just simply haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. (As someone with a sky-high night table stack, I understand these things.) Well, today, my procrastinating friends, is your lucky day.

The paperback is out! You can visit it and pet your screen here and here and here.

Bonus: This edition has a nice little teaser to prepare you for the sequelness that’s coming next month.

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Pretty Pretty Paperback

Pretty is an oft-used adjective over here, what with my book titles and all, but come on… you can’t tell me these brand new paperbacks are anything but. New covers! Less than a month, people! So psyched!


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2014, Here We Come

It’s always a little bittersweet this time of year, saying goodbye to the previous year and ramping up expectations for the new one. In terms of the writing life, 2013 was very quiet for me (exhibit A: this blog). That’s not to say I wasn’t writing—I was! I finished one book, and drafted two others. But with no new books out, I was laying low on promotion, and staying off social media for long stretches of time. It was a time to recharge and reconsider my goals and expectations about writing.

Of course, the other major reason it was quiet was because I had a baby. When I look back on 2013, it was the most amazing year of my life. Everything changed, so radically and with such suddenness, that I am still in many ways catching up to this new reality. Becoming a mom has been the most profound joy I can imagine. In some ways it’s the perfect balance to the challenges of authorhood. It’s keeping me optimistic, grounded in my priorities and aware of the bigger picture and it’s giving me reasons to step away from the keyboard now and again and just be in the moment.

This time last year, it was all about preparing for that big change. Anticipating 2014 is wholly different, because I really have no idea what to expect, and to tell you the truth it’s kind of snuck up on me between deadlines and snuggling time.

I do know this: The paperback for Pretty Crooked is out in February. And then Pretty Sly drops in March. There will be promotion, and events (including a blowout launch party with details to come), meeting readers, hanging out with authors and school visits. There will be lots more writing, with my current and upcoming projects to complete. There will be more reading, now that the little guy sleeps through the night and I have two brain cells to rub together. There is a lot to accomplish and a lot to strive for, new hopes and new growth ahead.


Whatever you are doing and whatever your goals for the new year, I wish you pure awesomeness. Okay, 2014: Let’s do this!


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Winning and Finishing

First off, I want to say congratulations to the ARC giveaway winners, Kate Ivan and Emily Ables! Thanks, too, to everyone who entered. There will be other opportunities to win PRETTY SLY ARCs between now and March, so stay tuned.

Second: Today is a big day, guys. I just turned in the third draft of book three to my wonderful editors Melissa and Claudia.

Does this mean it’s totally completely and forevermore finished? Not sure yet, but it feels like a major milestone, because Willa’s journey is coming to a close. I have to say that I am super-proud of books two and three in this series—a lot of writers talk about the challenge of seeing characters and an ever-twisting storyline through sequels, maintaining drive and continuity while creating fresh new narratives. It’s true that these two books were harder in some ways than Pretty Crooked. But for me the experience was also much more satisfying as I went deeper into these characters and their relationships.

And, I don’t know if this is so PC to admit? I kind of like the sequels better than the first book. I don’t know if it’s a Godfather situation or anything… I guess readers will be the judge of that. Anyway, I will be sad to see Willa and her sticky fingers go (at least until she comes back in page proof form).





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ARCs, baby, ARCs

Guess who got a big box of Pretty Sly ARCs over the weekend? This girl.

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IMG_1015To celebrate, I’m giving away TWO sets of ARCs, each including one copy with the original cover (for serious collectors) and one copy with the brand new cover seen above. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter drawing. Winners will be chosen Monday, July 29. Go forth and Tweet, FB, comment, etc.!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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New Look; New Release Date

So I’ve been dropping hints for a while now that there was some big news to come, and the day is finally here!

Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars: Willa’s adventures continue with the release of Pretty Sly on March 18, 2014.

Not only that, but the series has been redesigned and Pretty Sly has an amazingly hotttt cover.

I’m so loving this new look, you guys. It’s glamorous, sophisticated, and slick like Willa, with just the right amount of sass. The hand-designed fonts have a fresh, energetic feel, and the black and white image brims with the intrigue of an old movie poster. Once again, it’s an awesome job by the geniuses at HarperCollins and I cannot wait until these new books are out in the world. Oh yeah, and the Pretty Crooked paperback (out in February) has a new cover, too. How cool is my swag gonna look? LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

But enough of my oohing and aahing. You can see for yourself over at I Read Banned Books, where the cover is being unveiled today! What do you think? I’d love to know. XO



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This Spring’s New Release

Well, it’s been quiet over here and I promise it’s for good reason. As some readers have noticed, Pretty Sly did not come out on March 12 as it was originally supposed to. (I know—suspense is cruel!) Its publication has actually been delayed. I’m really excited to tell you about these developments but for the moment all I can say is more info to come soon…

In the meantime, I actually had another new release this season to celebrate—on March 12, funnily enough: the birth of my first child, Rainer. Sure, it doesn’t resolve any lingering questions about Willa, Aidan, et. al, but how can you resist this punim?


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2012 in the Rearview Mirror

I hope all of you have had wonderful holidays thus far. I’m still nursing a pie-and-cookie hangover, but I thought, with the year drawing to a close, that I would take time to reflect on some of the best book-related moments of 2012. Becoming a debut author was an all-encompassing experience, and it felt like every week there was a new first or new skill to learn. In all, it added up to an enriching, challenging, transformative year. So here they are, in no particular order:

Very first signing!

  • Seeing Pretty Crooked out in the world
  • Meeting readers (this is still a wonderful novelty, btw)
  • Connecting with other authors, especially my fellow Apocalypsies
  • Discovering new favorite authors and books
  • Being amazed, time and again, by the generosity of friends, family, coworkers and complete strangers who helped me get the word out about my book
  • Signing books at my launch party
  • Going to BEA for the very first time (holy crap it’s overwhelming)
  • Going to the Frankfurt Book Fair (and I thought BEA was huge)
  • Learning to conquer (sorta) my fear of public speaking and self-promoting
  • Bonding with writer friends through the highs and lows (and sometimes minor humiliations) at book events
  • Getting to work with my editors at HarperCollins who were always upbeat, supportive and wise

    Meeting readers!

  • Mastering the Prezi
  • Connecting with bloggers who dedicate so much of their free time to their passion and inspiring a culture of YA readers
  • Continuing to work with my agent to better hone my craft and find my identity/voice as a writer
  • Discovering that becoming an author is an ongoing process that doesn’t end with publication

Of course, I’m really looking forward to 2013—and there’s some exciting news to come on the book front and otherwise. So how about you? What were some of your favorite moments of the year?

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