BLUE is finally out – all except the audiobook, unfortunately. We had a delay in production (thanks COVID!) and hope to have it out within the next few weeks. I’ll make an announcement when it’s available. In the meantime, you can snatch it up in paperback or eBook. Buy Links Here. I’m so glad to share my angry, miserable, hopeful and hilarious story with the world. Be sure and let me know if you guess the twist at the end!
It’s Pub Day Eve for BLUE! I’ve been here twice before in YA (and quite a few more times in other genres), but this one means a hell of a lot to me. You see, BLUE almost never was because I quite nearly ceased to be. Five weeks before DREAMER released in 2018, I was battling for my life against a devastating brain bleed in a hospital room far from home. I survived obviously, but lost the use of the left side of my body. As a single mom with… Read more Dream A Little Dream, Or Battling For BLUE →
In this excerpt, Blue and Maya are in their first afterschool detention with the school counselor, Mrs. Ramsey, and it’s not going smoothly. Blue is determined to get through this and avoid confrontation, but she has no idea what kind of pressure Maya has being a scholarship student at a wealthy, white private school. “Nobody ever treats her or her family like they don’t belong.” Maya grumbles. “So give her an example,” Mrs. Ramsey encourages. “When did you have to deal with someone treating you badly?” “I’ve been called names.… Read more Blue Excerpt: Blue And Maya →
In this scene, Blue receives a letter from her brother, Jack, who is currently serving a six- month sentence in a boot camp style program for his part in the accident that killed the father of her classmate, Maya. He asks Blue to come and visit him—something she hasn’t yet been able to make herself do. I hold the letter in my hand for a moment, just staring at his familiar scrawl, not really reading the words. There’s an ache in my chest as my eyes begin to focus again… Read more BLUE Excerpt: Jack’s Letter →
In this scene, Blue and her newly-acquired boyfriend, Devon, are working on a class project that requires them to select a book to preserve for posterity and write a presentation on it. Blue grabs a book from her MLM-loving mother’s bookshelf, and she and Devon brainstorm some talking points until it all takes a turn. “Mindfulness Over Madness: Your Guide to Self-Realization Through Negation Release,” Devon reads. “This is your book?” “It’s one of my mom’s. I had to grab something. Should be easy to talk about.” His brow crinkles… Read more BLUE Excerpt: The Book Project →
If you’re anywhere near Central Pennsylvania this weekend, don’t miss the Festival Of Books In The Alleghenies. This year’s festival will be held in Ebensburg, PA, and features dozens of authors – including yours truly. I’ll be on the mainstage at 10:45am reading an excerpt from BLUE. And don’t forget to stop by my table at tent #5 afterward and enter to win an advanced copy of BLUE. It’s going to be a great day, with all kinds of fun for the kids, food trucks to gorge yourself on, and… Read more I’ll Be At The Festival Of Books In The Alleghenies This Weekend →
One of the great regrets of my writing career is that TRAVELER and DREAMER never got published in audio. That decision wasn’t up to me, of course, it was up to Macmillan Publishing. I was a debut author and audiobooks are frightfully expensive to produce, so a good many authors on my particular imprint got no audiobook. I vowed to push for one with BLUE, and my wish came true. BLUE will be released in audio! My narration will be done by the amazing Alison Maglaughlin, who has the absolutely… Read more Announcing BLUE: The Audiobook! →
OMG aren’t they gorgeous?? I am so over-the-moon happy right now. I’ve got a beautiful box full of ARC copies (watch for BLUE on NetGalley later this month, as well) and we are rolling right along to release day. I can’t wait to share this story with you. I know you’ll come to love Blue, Maya, and Devon as much as I do. BLUE is available for pre-order on all major outlets, or just follow the links off the main page of my website. In case you missed it, the… Read more ARC Copies of BLUE Have Arrived! →