Presenting: My Latest Aesthetic For DREAMER

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So, what’s going to happen in DREAMER? What sort of worlds will Jessa travel to – and what sort of Jessa will she be when she gets there? Here’s a sneak peek of some of the adventures waiting on the other side of that mirror . . .

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Kiss The Book Reviews TRAVELER

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Big thanks to Samantha at Kiss The Book for her very complimentary review of TRAVELER!

Kiss the Book is a book review site to help school librarians at any K-12 level find books for their classes and libraries. Their reviews are written by school library professionals and vetted student reviewers, so this is a very treasured thumbs-up.

Here’s an excerpt:

Teens will be instantly drawn into this irresistible read. What girl could resist your dream-guy come to life? Especially in pirate form? The other realities Jessa visits are thought-provoking possibilities about the choices we make and how it changes our lives. The plot is intricate and the pacing is fast. Recommend to both contemporary and fantasy readers.

They also rate the book for age-appropriateness, and it turns out my book has 34 swears.  I guess “crap” counts as a swear word. Who knew? I promise, nothing stronger than hell or damn, if that’s a concern.

Read the entire review (and check out Kiss The Book’s other recommendations) HERE.

Tidbit Tuesday: Finn And Jessa Talk Shoes & Romance

In this excerpt from DREAMER, Finn and Jessa have a little heart-to-heart . . .


“Penny for your thoughts,” he says, rolling onto his side to face me. I roll as well, and we’re just about nose-to-nose.

“You owe me a fortune by now,” I say.

“I’d pay it, and gladly. I can see the play of thoughts across your face, but in many ways you’re still such a mystery. What’s funny?” he asks as he sees my lips twitch into a smile.

“You think I’m a mystery, and I feel like I’ve known you forever. Like we’re two old shoes sitting side by side in the same closet.”

“I’m an old shoe?” He makes an exaggerated face. “Well, that’s not very romantic, is it?”

“It’s romantic,” I defend myself. “It’s wildly romantic. Not everyone gets the luxury of growing old together.”

He bites his lip. “No, I suppose they don’t.”


They have a lot more to say to each other, but you’ll just have to wait. DREAMER will be on the shelves April 10th, but you can pre-order your copy now!

I’m On MTV! Check It Out!

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Well, my book cover is, anyway. And well-deserved, if you ask my completely biased opinion. TRAVELER is just gorgeous and a definite eye-catcher, so I was pleased but not outrageously surprised to see it on MTV UK’s list of 20 Of The Most Beautiful Books In The World. 

Of course, all I did was write the story. This magnificent design credit goes to Kathleen Breitenfeld and Rich Deas in the art department at Macmillian, and I owe them the world for giving me a stunning YA debut!

 

 

2017: My Writing Year In Review

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I can’t believe this year is drawing to a close already. Even crazier than that, I became a traditionally published author this year! I still have a hard time believing it! And now with a second book breaking in 2018 (and more on the way!) I guess I need to stop pinching myself and get to work because next year is gonna be a doozy. In the meantime, here are the highlights of my unbelievable year:

In January, my first run copies arrived on my doorstep. My daughter snapped this photo when I pulled my book from the box and held it in my hand. I think my face says it all.

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What’s Up Wednesday: Revising A Revision Before The Next Revision

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I’m in the middle of a holiday week at the day job, which means I get extra writing time (hooray!) and I’m determined to use it wisely. I had planned to start blocking out book 2 of this next project, but then I got an email from my editor commending me on my latest revision but gently suggesting that I might have too many characters coming in right off the bat.

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