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!

PCPCover!

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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.

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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.!

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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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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!!!

ABOUT PRETTY CROOKED

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?

PRETTY CROOKED GIVEAWAY!

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