May 18, 2016

Countdown to Smash & Grab's Release!

Smash & Grab comes out exactly two months from tomorrow! I'm very excited to share this novel with you and to show you just how much, I've got some very special surprises planned in the upcoming weeks leading up to July 19th. But for today, I'd like to share the official countdown clock.


Cool, right?  If you'd like to grab the countdown and share as well, you can find it at Countdown Widgets by Erin


And in case you haven't heard much about the book just yet, here is the synopsis:



Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.

Keep checking in over the next few weeks for upcoming giveaways and some very exciting pre-order swag!






October 28, 2015

SMASH & GRAB Has A Cover and New Release Date

I'm so very excited to reveal the cover for SMASH & GRAB, my next book out with Random House Children's on July 19, 2016! Here's the description:


Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!
LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.


AND NOW HERE'S THE COVER!!




Let me know what you think!

September 28, 2015

ON THE ROAD AGAIN or I'M GOING ON TOUR W/ MY FELLOW YA CHICKS!!!






I am pleased to announce that next week, October 5-10, 2015, the YA Chicks officially kick off our third YA Chicks Tour! And this year we are kicking it up a notch and visiting not one, but three states as well as bringing on a very special guest, Lynne Matson, author of NIL and NIL UNLOCKED!! SO where are we going to be?




Stop One: Jacksonville, Florida

Monday, October 5: Bolles Middle School
Tuesday October 6: St. John's Country Day School

****Open to the public event: Fall YA Book Bash Panel/Q&A at Barnes & Noble, Towns Center




Stop Two: Savannah, Georgia

Wednesday, October 7: Charles Ellis Montessori, Savannah Arts Academy



Stop Three: Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, October 8: School Visits all day

*****Open to the public event: Fall YA Book Bash Panel/Q&A at Barnes & Noble, Mansell Crossings, 6pm

Friday, October 9: School Visits all day



Stop Three: Nashville, Tennessee

Saturday, October 10: Southern Festival of Books, Publishing Boot Camp & Signing, 2pm



Along the way we also have some super fun YA Chicks shenanigans planned and a giveaway for those of you who can't see us in person this time around. So keep checking back over the next two weeks for more information, fun photos, and prizes!

August 25, 2015

ASTRAY Releases In Paperback Today!!





Today's the day. ASTRAY, the sequel and conclusion to GATED is out in paperback. Time to get my dance on.




Okay, so no dancing because this is actually what it would look like. But I am over the moon that now both books are out in soft cover. If you haven't read either, now's the perfect time. Go here to find out more.

Also, I am guest blogging a few places today.

On Janice Hardy's blog I'm talking about Sleeping With the Enemy--you'll have to read it to figure out if I'm confessing something or giving out advice!

I am also over on my agent Lucienne Diver's blog talking about The Ultimate Author High.

And yes, I do realize how dirty my blog titles sound, but trust me, they are relevant, I swear...and very PG!




May 22, 2015

Read or Write Anywhere Giveaway!




It's finally here!!!!

#ReadorWriteAnywhere is here and I'm so stoked! Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we should stop reading and writing. My fellow YA Chicks and I are working with other amazing authors and writers on a global campaign to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures of all the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers/lovers of both middle grade and young adult books. 

Look what you  can take part in…A MONSTER GIVEAWAY!  Every author participating in this campaign is giving away one of their books AND some are also giving up critiques, swag and/or Skype visits. Contest runs May 22nd, 2015-May 31st, 2015.So are you ready?Dun, dun, DUN!!!!Can you guess where I am?
That's me in the black and white stripes!



Here are my 5 clues:


1. I'm not South of the Border

2. But I am in the land of sombreros and maracas.

3. I am with the YA Chicks, but here we could be the Three Caballeros.

4. When I'm here, I love to be “goofy”?

5. This is the only place where Norway and Mexico are next door neighbors.


Once you’ve figured out where I am, head over to the YA Chicks site and:
Officially enter the giveaway by inputting each author’s name and your guesses about our locations. Every author location you guess correctly increases your chances to win. For even more chances, post a picture of yourself reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag#ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag!).


For writer prize packs:
Post pictures of yourself writing in a fun location on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then follow the directions on the Rafflecopter giveaway to let us know you did it. For even more chances, gather your writer friends together and post a group shot with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. And hey, since you’re already together, why not host a write-a-thon?


For teacher prize packs:
Post pictures of your class reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag#ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then let us know you did it when you enter the Rafflecopter. If you don’t have a Twitter or Instagram, you can email (yachicks@gmail.com) your picture directly with the picture pasted directly into the email (no attachments–we won’t open them) AND the subject, “Read or Write Anywhere.” You can also check out the YA Chicks Read or Write Anywhere lesson plan, available on our site.

Good luck!!! 


***Contest runs May 22nd, 2015, 9am EST until May 31st, 2015, Midnight EST. Winners will be posted on YA Chicks June 1st, 2015. Thanks for taking part in Read or Write Anywhere!









May 4, 2015

Read or Write Anywhere





Summer is about to begin! 







But just because it's summer doesn't mean we should stop reading and writing. The YA Chicks ViviBarnesChristina Farley, and Amy Christine Parker—along with guest co-creators Lucienne DiverPeggy Jackson, and Tara Gallina , are excited to share with you a global campaign that we are launching on May 22, 2015, to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!




as well as take part in...

A MONSTER GIVEAWAY! 


We have THREE separate prize packs in the works:

·       The Reader's Pack: Includes one book from every participating author (just wait until you hear who we've got lined up!): US and Canada only

·       The Writer's Pack: Includes query critiques, writing swag from authors, and more! International


·       The Classroom PackIncludes free Skype visits w/YA Chicks and other participating authors, a signed YA Chicks poster, and other swag! International

***A more detailed listing of prizes will be posted closer to the event date, so check back often!


So, how can you participate? 
It's easy! Simply choose which prize pack you'd like to win and find the directions for it below under the headings: READERSWRITERS, or STUDENTS & TEACHERS (you can participate in multiple giveaways). Then visit the YA Chicks site on May 22, 2015, beginning at 9 a.m. EST, and enter your chosen giveaway(s).

We can't wait to see where you're reading and writing! 

READERS:
At 9 a.m. EST on May 22, 2015, we will be posting pictures of middle grade and young adult authors writing or reading in mysterious locations. It will be your job to figure out exactly where they are. We will link each picture to that author's website where you will find 5 clues to help you figure it out. Once you've got all the authors locations, come back to the YA Chicks site and:
·       Officially enter the giveaway by telling us the authors' names and your guesses about their locations. Every author location you guess correctly increases your chances to win.  

·       For even more chances, post a picture of yourself reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). 

WRITERS:
Starting at 9 a.m. EST on May 22, 2015, we'd like you to:
·       Post pictures of yourself writing in a fun location on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then let us know you did it when you enter the giveaway.
·       For even more chances, gather your writer friends together and post a group shot with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). And hey, since you're already together, why not host a write-a-thon?

TEACHERS & STUDENTS:
Starting at 9 a.m. EST on May 22, 2015, we'd like you to:
·       Post pictures of your class reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).
·       Then let us know you did it when you enter the giveaway. If you don't have a Twitter or Instagram, you can email your picture directly to us with the picture pasted directly into the email (no attachments--we won't open them) AND the subject, “Read or Write Anywhere.”
·       You can also check out our YA Chicks Read or Write Anywhere lesson plan, available on our site
  

***ATTENTION AUTHORS******
If you are reading this and we haven't contacted you directly, but you'd like to take part in this event, please visit our Read or Write Author Page and fill out the application here.

  
That's it! We hope you're as excited as we are about this campaign and trio of giveaways. Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE!

#ReadOrWriteAnywhere

February 18, 2015

More Upcoming Events!!!!




I've been in the writing cave a lot the past year and so I don't post here often--hopefully sometime soon I'll be able to rectify that. In the meantime, here's where you can find me this spring. If you're anywhere near any of these events. please come find me, I'd love to meet you!


February 19, 2015: Cypress Creek High School Visit

February 20, 2015: Amelia Island Book Festival--I'm teaching a writing workshop with fellow YA Chick, Christina Farley from 2:30-3:15. 

February 25, 2015: Gulf Middle School Visit




March 17, 2015: Wordier Than Thou Event at Studio 620, St. Petersburg, Florida (Details to come--check my website/twitter closer to the event)


April 29-May 3, 2015: Indiana Author Visit w/Reading For Life--events and details to come.

May 16, 2015: St. Leo University Sandhill Writer's Retreat--I will be giving a presentation on writing for YA and essential elements for compelling fiction. Registration is now open.

July 7-11, 2015: ThrillerFest w/International Thriller Writers