Monday, July 28, 2014

CATALYST Cover reveal!

I promise to report back on Comic Con soon, but it the meantime...

Hop on over to see both the new paperback cover of CONTROL, as well as the hardcover reveal of the sequel, CATALYST. I'll be giving away two ARCs of CATALYST as well as swag packs!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#MMBB report...Next Stop? COMIC CON!

Last week's #MMBB tour went great!

I met so many fantastic authors--Lindsay Cummings, Philip Seigel, Paula Stokes, Whitney Miller (my hotel roomie!), Victoria Schwab, Courtney Stevens, Robin Bridges, and Heather Brewer. And I got to see some writer friends I've met before--Bethany Hagen, Sarah Bromley, and Cole Gibsen!
Here is Whitney Miller and the Geishas! It took them at least four hours to get ready. They've accompanied Cole Gibsen on her book jaunts when she's promoted Katana. :) They were super nice and didn't mind all my makeup and hair questions!
The YA panel at the Ethical Society in St. Louis
I met the wonderful YA bloggers Christina (Ensconced in Lit) and Jamie K (This Isn't Rocket Science!) Christina is a doctor and Jamie is a rocket scientist. Seriously. We had such a great time after the event and I got to meet Christina's adorable dogs, Oz and Boots!

Here's the cool banner that The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis made for us! (Thanks to Nikki Wang at Fiction Freak for designing the #MMBB logo!)
At the Booksellers at Laurelwood, here is Courtney Stevens, Victoria Schwab, me, Lindsay Cummings, and Robin Bridges. We weren't that serious the whole time, swear!
Here I am with Paula Stokes, Whitney Miller, Philip Seigel, and Lindsay Cummings 
after the Memphis signing.
It truly was a blast! And this weekend, I'm off to San Diego for Comic Con. It kind of is a dream come true to be able to go to the big SDCC. I promise to take lots of pictures!

On Friday at 4PM, I'm signing books at the Penguin Booth (#1028) with Walter Jury and M.D. Waters. I'd love to see you! The signings require tickets and I believe you can pick them up at the Penguin Booth in the morning.

On Saturday at 10AM, I'm on the Diversity in Genre Panel, Room 7AB.
In the literary world, there are mystical beings, futuristic landscapes, magic and mayhem, heroes and villains and slowly but surely, more diversity in our heroes. Our panel participants are the creators that have made a more diverse world with their novels. Join authors Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Josephine Angelini (Trial by Fire), Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), Greg Weisman (Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel), and Lydia Kang (Control) as moderator David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy leads the discussion of what is "diversity" in genre writing, what it looks like, and why it is important! Book signing will follow from 11:30-12:30 PM. 

Hope to see some of you there. :) I'll report back next week!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

St. Louis & Memphis, Giveaway, with a side of Fundraiser Rumblings

This Thursday, I'll be in St. Louis doing a book signing with the other fabulous authors of  

Where: The Ethical Society 
When: 7PM, Thursday July 17 
Who: Bethany Hagen, Heather Brewer, Cole Gibsen, Sarah Bromley, Lindsay Cummings, Lydia Kang, Victoria Schwab, Whitney Miller, Courtney Stevens, Philip Siegel
Sponsored by Left Bank Books

Friday, I'll be in Memphis--my first visit ever to Tennessee!

Where: The Booksellers at Laurelwood
When: 6PM, Friday July 18th
Who:  Robin Bridges, Victoria Schwab, Courtney Stevens, Lydia Kang, Whitney Miller, Philip Siegel, Lindsay Cummings

Hey look! The Booksellers at Laurelwood are giving away all our books, a gift card, 
plus a Memphis river boat ride! Click here and enter to win!

I'm also in the midst of putting together a massive fundraiser that's going to run from August to September to benefit children with CCHS (Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome--see the tab up above on my blog for more info!). It's the condition that my main character, Zelia, has in CONTROL. I wanted to be able to spread awareness of CCHS and give back to the community. So far, over 40 authors have committed to contributing things like signed books, fiction and query crits, Skype visits, and swag. I'm so excited about this! Stay tuned for more info soon!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Reading Vacation

Hi guys! How is your July going?

Last week, I had a restful and lovely vacation with family. And I caught up on some of my reading!

Here's what I read:

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Charm and Strange, by Stephanie Kuehn
The Rules, by Stacey Kade
Adaptation, by Malinda Lo
Fake ID, by Lamar Giles
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

Yep. Almost a book a day. It was soooo wonderful. I usually don't read that fast. In fact, it often takes me weeks to finish one book, if I'm really busy.

How about you? What have you read lately?