Sunday, December 18, 2011

ARC Winner!!!

I received my box of advanced Sweet Evil copies Friday evening. They've all got destinations, so unfortunately I don't have any extras to spare after this contest. Boo-hoo!

When I designed the drawing contest, I forgot my daughter has a choir concert tonight. Knowing things will be crazy when we get home, I decided to do the drawing early. All sixty-something names went into a bowl...

And a name was drawn!  *bites nails*

And the winner is.......


Congratulations, sweetie!  I'll be contacting you via email.  Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I wish I could send each of you special Christmas gifts. I'm sorry you have to settle for a cyber squeeze --->  *hugs*

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

First ARC Giveaway - My Christmas Gift

Pardon the "just woke up" look - me in my pj's with my first arc
A while back I received my first ARC, which I promptly read and marked all over with editing notes so I couldn't give that one away. I've now received word from my editor that a lovely box of fresh ARCs will arrive soon, and I'd love more than anything to get one to YOU in time for Christmas!
Since we don't have time for a full-blown cool contest, this is going to be a good, old-fashioned name drawing.  This contest IS open internationally, so everyone please feel free to enter (once each!).  Write your name and email address in the comments. If you prefer not to make your email public, write your name in the comments and send your email address to me at The drawing is open until 6:00PM Eastern this Sunday, December 18th. My daughter will draw a name that evening, and I will email the winner to get your mailing address.  If all goes well, your Sweet Evil galley copy will be in the mail the next morning and you'll have it in time for the holiday!  That's right!  I love you SO much that I'm willing to stand in the atrocious postal lines to send this book to you.  :)

Thanks for the love and support, guys. You all are the best!

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Monday, November 7, 2011


I'm so excited to show you the cover that I've fallen in love with!  HarperTeen has done it again. I think it captures the essence of Sweet Evil, especially the dark vs. light elements. Love, love, LOVE!

So, without further ado...enjoy.  :)

The thing I like about Anna's pose is that it shows she's shy, unsure, and self-conscious, while her facial expression depicts her inner strength. 
Kaidan in the background is dark, mysterious, and confident (and, dare I say, HOTT?). 
And if you can't tell from the cover, I'll warn you up front: 
THIS IS A LOVE STORY.  Albeit a dark one.
Still...romance haters beware. Much kissing may or may not ensue...

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

What are YOUR Colors Saying?

(Thank you Evie J for this beautiful picture!)

As we near the time when the cover for Sweet Evil will be revealed (this week???) and ARCs will begin to print and circulate, I want to introduce you to my main character, Anna Whitt.  Ultimately, she's far more "sweet" than anything else.  She's the kind of girl most of us would like to have as a least I would.

Anna has many special abilities, but I think my favorite is her ability to see and feel the emotions emitted by people around her. "Auras" if you will. With her angel heritage, Anna is intuitive, sensitive, and extremely aware of others. I consulted aura charts while researching for the story, and while I've stuck close to a traditional aura chart, I took some liberties to make certain adjustments to fit the story. I'd like to share with you the color chart for Sweet Evil. Enjoy, and I'll be in touch soon, hopefully with something a bit more exicting for your viewing pleasure...

AURAS (Color/Meaning/Distinctions)

Pink - Love - Lighter pink represents comfortable, familial love, while darker, hot pink represents passionate love

Red - Lust

Yellow - Happiness - Buttery, pale yellow represents contentment, while brighter yellow represents joy

Orange - Excitement

Pale Green - Gratitude

Dark Green - Envy

Lavender - Peace

Dark Purple - Pride (boastful)

Pale Blue - Hope, Relief

Dark Blue - Saddness, Grief

Grays/Browns - Negativity - Shades of gray depend on the severity of the emotion. Light, hazy gray represents mild negative emotions, such as embarrassment and irritation. Medium gray represents harsher negative emotions, such as shame, guilt, fear, and anger. Dark gray (nearing black) represents deeper negative emotion, such as fury and depression

I hope you're feeling colorful tonight, friends!


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Debut Book Birthday - Carrier of the Mark

Well, well, well...lookie what I found on the shelf at Barnes and Noble today!!!  I had to tell the associates (loudly) that I knew the author, partly because I was so darned proud of her, and partly because I didn't want them to wonder why this crazy woman was taking pictures. So fun!

Aaaand this is what happens when you have your two-year-old son take the picture, LOL.

I just want to let Leigh know that I'm celebrating her here in Virginia. Leigh has been like a big sister and mentor to me during these early months in the publishing game. When you sign a publishing contract with the big folk, you don't exactly get a welcome packet explaining how it's all going to work. You just have to take it day by day, largely in the dark. Thankfully I've been able to turn to Leigh, the first author to be acquired by HarperCollins, with my myriad of questions and insecurities. Thank you, Leigh! And congratulations!!!  :)

On a different note, for those who are wondering where I'm at in the process with Sweet Evil, I've been told ARCs will be out late fall, probably November (please contact HarperCollins directly if you're interested), and the cover will likely be revealed between now and then. I have not seen it yet. (*dies slow death from anticipation*)  Thanks for checking in! 


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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Calling All Inkies!

Hi everyone! Today I get to do my very first live chat on Inkpop! We'll be discussing my journey into the top five, and what I did to prepare my manuscript to be read by a HarperCollins editor. The editor who read my project and took it to the acquisitions board, Alyson Day, will also be there to answer questions about what makes projects stand out to editors. I hope you'll all stop by!  :)

In case you're not familiar with Inkpop, it's a site run by HarperCollins publishing, geared towards readers and writers of Young Adult literature. There are over 60,000 active users, and it's growing daily. Inkpoppers can post their writings and receive feedback, which is what I did last year. Users also have lively discussions in the forums, and can actively join discussions with published authors. I'm so grateful to Inkpop, and there will always be a special place in my heart for Inkies of all ages.

The chat will begin at 5:00 PM, Eastern/NYC time, today, Thursday, August 4th.

Click here to post questions for me and/or my editor, Alyson Day: Inkpop Live Chat

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Where are YOU? Yes, you!

I'm amazed when I look at the stats for my little site, and see that I've had visits from people all around the world: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, El Salvador, France, Malasia, Spain, Singapore, Malasia, UK, and various American states, to name a few. Wow! I can't help but wonder what brought you here. Did you learn on about the second Inkpopper to get their lucky break from HarperCollins? Or maybe you've heard a little buzz about Sweet Evil from a friend?
The diversity of world cultures fascinate me, and I would LOVE if you shared in the comments where you're from and what brought you to my tiny corner of this cyber world. Who knows...maybe if I'm really lucky I'll get to travel someday and find myself in your "neck of the woods." At least, I certainly hope so.  :)  I'd love to meet you!

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Lovin' the Language Blogfest Post

A friend and fellow writer, Jolene Perry, posted a blogfest on her BLOG, asking people to post five of their favorite lines or excerpts from their writings. So, here goes nothin'! It was really hard to choose quotes that wouldn't give away too much. Thanks for the challenge, Jolene! Here are five snippets from my up-and-coming novel, Sweet Evil.  :)

*** (First Time Anna sees Kai)

            He was smokin’ hot. As in H-O-T-T hott. I’d never understood until that moment why girls insisted on adding an extra “t.” This guy was extra “t” worthy.

*** (Conversation between Anna and Kai)

“So that’s it then?” he asked. I ignored him. “I always wondered what it would feel like.”
That made me curious enough to turn to him.
“What what would feel like?” I asked.
“Rejection.” He seemed in the midst of a revelation.
“What are you saying? That no girl has ever told you ‘no’?”
“Not one.”
Well, that explained a lot.

*** (Conversation between Anna and Kai about all the places he’d lived)

            Everything about Kaidan was exciting and exotic. This was my first time traveling away from home, and he’d already seen so much. I ate my apple, glad it was crisp.
            “Which was your favorite place?” I asked.
            “I’ve never been terribly attached to any place. I guess it would have to be…here.”
            I stopped mid-chew and examined his face. He wouldn’t look at me. He was clenching his jaw, tense. Was he serious or was he was teasing me? I swallowed my bite.
            “The Texas Panhandle?” I asked.
            “No.” He seemed to choose each word with deliberate care. “I mean here. In this car. With you.”

*** (A moment between Anna and Kai)

            “Kai,” I said. I could feel his nose and mouth move over my hair. Why was he doing this to me? Telling me not to romanticize him, and then nuzzling me from behind. “You shouldn’t…”
            My knees were shaking. I was so confused. What I really wanted to do was close my eyes and lean back into him, pretending for just a moment that we were together. But I pressed on from a place inside of me that was stronger than my body. I couldn’t be one of his momentary girls.
*** (Anna’s thoughts going into the final chapter)

            Eight months of memories tumbled into my heart right then. Eight months ago I didn’t know who or what I was. Just eight short months ago I’d never been passionately kissed. If someone had told me then that I would soon be dying at the hands of demons posing as gentlemen, I would have laughed and questioned their sanity. How quickly life could change.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

EEK! Dream-Come-True Announcement!

This is completely surreal for me to first novel, Sweet Evil, will be published by HarperCollins/HarperTeen in the Spring/Summer of 2012!  I'm the second author to be acquired via their website, (The first being Leigh Fallon's Carrier of the Mark.) The cover art has yet to be revealed, even to me. Thank you so much everyone for the support and encouragement during this crazy, amazing journey! It's going to be an exciting year, and I can't wait to share it with all of you!

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Book Review: The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

First of all, look at that cover! Is it not lust-worthy? *sighs contentedly*
This is my very first official book review, and I'm so happy to start with The Carrier of the Mark! I was lucky enough to get my hot little hands on an ARC from the lovely author herself. I will say as much as I can about Leigh Fallon's debut Young Adult novel without giving any spoilers...
We begin the story with an American girl named Megan, who moves to Ireland with her father for his job at a marina. The introductions to characters are well done, and I can feel Megan's insecurities and emotions which go along with being the new girl in a new place. I loved the dialogue; Leigh blends humor with Irish lingo in a way that will keep you grinning.
Immediately, there is delicious chemistry when Megan begins school and feels drawn to the mysterious boy named Adam. As the romantic tension grows between Adam and Megan, so does the secretiveness surrounding Adam and his family. It's clear that Megan somehow plays a part in this puzzle, and I found myself reading quickly to figure it all out.
When the mystery begins to unravel, and the mesmerizing elements of magic find their place in the story, Leigh Fallon's storytelling truly shines. Her descriptions of the magical abilities are gorgeously wrought, without being overly explanatory. I was riveted by the simple beauty of the things these characters could do, and I found myself falling in love with the family dynamics of Adam, his siblings, and his guardian.
Being a love story, my favorite line came from one of the scenes that left me feeling tingly. Here it is for you: “My lips parted, eager to taste his breath on the tip of my tongue.” Mmm. Eventually, Megan is faced with a difficult decision, and my heart breaks for her. I shall say no more about that, but I would have hated to face such a choice when I was seventeen. Funny thing is, fate has a way of leading us in the right direction.
I gobbled up The Carrier of the Mark in twenty-four hours, and felt warmly satisfied at the outcome. So many first novels leave readers on an extreme cliff-hanger with too many loose ends and no sense of closure. Carrier does not do that to you; however, there are just enough unanswered questions to make you want to read the sequel.
~ The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon will be released by HarperTeen October 4, 2011, but can be preordered on Amazon.
~ Add The Carrier of the Mark to your bookshelf on Goodreads.
~ Like The Carrier of the Mark on Facebook.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Testing, Testing. One, Two, Three...

Gah! My very first post! :)
This will be my temporary site until an official author website can be made. I will not be blogging regularly; however, I will use the blog feature to update everyone on my publication journey. Thanks so much for your support!

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