Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Comic Con Recap and Giveaways!

I had a chance to sign books and speak on several panels at last month's Salt Lake Comic Con FanX event. It was my favorite Comic Con yet, mostly because it wasn't so suffocatingly crowded and my panels rocked. I got to speak about diversity in writing, writing page turning novels, and writing about tough topics for teens. As always, my fellow panelists and readers who came to see me were amazing. Here are some pics from that weekend:

Signing books with Jen Jenkins
at the Shadow Mountain Booth.

Me and Jen.

Posing with the large poster of RESIST nestled between
Mysteries of Cove and Fablehaven.

Chilling in the green room and people-watching from a safe distance. :)

At my first panel of the day: writing diversity.

Also, my publisher is giving away FIVE copies of Resist on Goodreads right now. You have only a week to sign up. While you're there, don't forget to add Resist to your To-Read comes out July 5th along with the Simon Pulse paperback and audio cds of Remake. It's gonna be a busy summer!

Also, Resist is up on NetGalley so if you're a book reviewer, you can sign up to get a review copy there.

If you aren't already following me on social media, please do, because I'll be giving away a few more goodies as we get closer to release date. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And of course you could always pre-order it right now. :)

Won't you fly with me?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Burning Glass

Kathryn Purdie's debut novel BURNING GLASS released yesterday. Katie has been my critique partner and dear friend for years...since the start of my writing journey. She's an amazing writer and I couldn't be more thrilled that everyone can finally read her book! Here's a little about it:

Red Queen meets Shadow and Bone in a debut fantasy about a girl forced to use her gift for sensing—and absorbing—other people’s feelings to protect the empire from assassins. Steeped in intrigue and betrayal, Burning Glass captivates with heartrending romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s quest for redemption. 
In Riaznin, it’s considered an honor for Auraseers like Sonya—girls with a rare form of synesthesia—to serve as the emperor’s personal protector, constantly scanning for feelings of malice and bloodlust in the court. But Sonya would rather be free.
After the queen’s murder and a tragic accident, Sonya is hauled off to the palace to guard a charming yet volatile new ruler. But Sonya’s power is reckless and hard to control. She’s often carried away by the intense passion of others.
And when a growing rebellion forces Sonya to side with either the emperor who trusts her or his mysterious brother, the crown prince, Sonya realizes she may be the key to saving the empire—or its greatest threat.

You can purchase it anywhere books are sold, and here's a quick link to buy it from The King's English where you can order a signed copy. 

Katie also had an epic launch party at the Provo Library where so many friends and fans came out to support her. Here are a few pics from yesterday:

150 cupcakes and swag on the display table I helped set up.
Emily King did all the amazing legwork!

Dinner with writer friends before the event. So much talent in this room!

Requisite goofy author picture.

Quick shot with Katie at the restaurant and her gorgeous book.
We match the cover!

She killed it!

Katie shared several pics of our critique group.
So many great memories over the years!

There was giveaway of Remake AND an advance copy of Resist
(which isn't out for 4 more months). Erin Summerill won!

Hanging out in the HUGE signing line with Emily(CP and bestie)
and her sisters Sadie(writer) and Daisy(beta reader).
They came all the way from California and Logan to support Katie!

Getting her autographs on.

CP love. We miss you, Robin!

Stay tuned to the blog because I have some Remake series related coming up soon!!

Can we go on like it once was?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Remake #2 Cover Reveal!

A lot of you have been waiting a while for this...I know I have. I'm thrilled to announce that Remake #2 has a title and a cover and a blurb and a release date and I'm so excited to share!!!

Okay, so the title is RESIST and it will be out in hardcover on July 5th. You can already pre-order it or add it to your Goodreads shelf. Yay!

Here's a little more about the book:

Having been rescued, Remade, and returned to Freedom, Theron must now face a life without Nine. Though he's chosen to be a healer, he uses all the vices Freedom affords to try to dull the pain of losing Nine. But he can't find the peace he so desperately needs. Until he meets Catcher, a man who shows him the dark truths behind Freedom's Batcher program. From him, Theron learns what it means to be a leader and a father. When he falls in love with a captured rebel named Pua, Theron must choose: Freedom and its easy pleasures, or a life that is truly free but full of hardships and decisions.

This book is probably the hardest I've ever had to write, yet I'm super proud of how it turned out and can't wait for the world to find out what happens next in Freedom One.

Do you want to see what it looks like? 

Are you sure? 

Really sure? 


Here you go...

Yes, that is a picture of Theron on the cover, since this book is told from his point of view. But I assure you that all of your favorite characters from Remake will make an appearance. Trust me. :) 

I'll probably do a giveaway of an advance copy soon but I couldn't wait to share the great news. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.

In the meantime, join me in a celebratory dance!

The dust has only just begun to form...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Merry Christmas to me!

I've been sitting on some BIG news for a long time and am thrilled I can finally share it with the world.

Simon and Schuster has purchased the paperback rights for the entire REMAKE series!

What does this mean exactly? It means that Remake will be released in July 2016 as a paperback from Simon and Schuster under their Simon Pulse imprint. Having a big house behind the series will mean great publicity, marketing, and distribution that will get the novel into more reader hands!

Here's a bonus: there will be different covers for the paperback versions as well, and here's a sneak peek at the new Remake cover. It's creepy and absolutely perfect for the story. I love it.

But what about the hardcovers? Yes, all of the books in the series will still be available as hardcovers, and Shadow Mountain will be publishing those along with the ebooks and audio versions. Remake 2 is scheduled to be released next summer as well, with the paperback version coming out a year later in 2017. And so on and so forth with the next book.

Long story short, my Nine and her story will be around for a while and I'm so so grateful. It's the best present I could have asked for this year. Yippee!

My heart still beats and my skin still feels
My lungs still breathe, my mind still fears

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Why I Love NaNoWriMo

Writing can be a lonely endeavor, which is why I love it when November rolls around. There’s just something magical about thousands of writers coming together in crazy drafting bliss. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions, but when I’m on that track next to those who get it, the dips don’t seem so scary.

My main advice is to forget all the advice and do what works for you. If that means writing forward and not looking back, do it. If that means bouncing around from scene to scene or editing what you wrote the day before, do it. Ignore the “experts” and just write—it’s as simple as that.

Each night in November my CPs and I email each other our word count for the day and a short snippet of our writing. With only positive cheerleading allowed, we pull each other through those crappy days and encourage to the finish line. Here’s a sampling of what can be found in those daily emails:

So I started out with a dream that is also a flashback within a prologue. Um…

I’m already veering from the plan. *clings possessively to 30 page outline*

For someone who doesn’t really grasp the rules of using the em dash, I sure use it a lot.

I’m just going to ignore the CP who already hit 50K. She does not exist. Poof. Go away.

Blogs. Twitter. Facebook. Other Shiny Things. How do I turn off the internet, again?

I am drowning in dirty dishes. This is why paper plates were invented, people.

My writing SUCKS. Why the crap did I ever get into this business in the first place?

Blinking cursor. Blinking cursor.

Stayed up til the wee hours to write new scene, then woke up three more times during the night because the muse wouldn’t shut up.

I wrote, like, 200 words today. Aack! Muse…where did you go?

My bar graph is still above that diagonal line…that’s all that matters.

The honeymoon is over! I hate Nano. This is stupid. :P

I made a playlist for my book. Then googled actors to play my characters. Then designed a book cover.

Got 5K in today. 5K!!!! I’m amazing. I rock. I can’t believe those around me aren’t constantly blown away by my awesomeness.

Why, hello shower. Nice to meet you.

I wrote THE BEST kissing scene today, then jumped ahead and wrote the next one, just for good measure.

Time to stalk my Nano buddy list and evil laugh at everyone I’m beating. Just kidding. Kind of.

Is there a genre called YA erotica? Because I think I just invented it.

I’m setting fire to my 30 page outline.

Dear Stomach Flu, it’s NOVEMBER. You are not allowed to visit. Be gone with thee!

Wait, MC. Where are you going? Come back. COME BACK.

I’m just going to ignore that other CP who is going out on submission before me. *deep breaths*

I cried four times today—whimpering out loud and everything. I don’t know if I can do this.

We ran out of Diet Coke. And milk. But…DIET COKE!

Nope. I did NOT go back and make all the changes needed to accommodate new idea, erasing several hundred words that no longer work. I would NEVER.

Used the F-bomb in my novel. Twice. Then the word “balls” in reference to male genitalia. I am going to hell.

I’m sure a lot of this sounds familiar. And crazy. But we writers are artists, and the best artists are a little off their rocker, don’t you think? So cheers to all you Nano-ers out there…you are crazy, and you can do it. I believe in you!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Excuse me while I take a nap

The launch party crowd, me with
fellow authors Chad Morris, Shannon
Hale, Sara Larson, and J. Scott Savage,
and a wide shot of all the authors
It's been pretty eventful around these parts. First off, the TRUE HEROES launch party was a hit. We had a great crowd come out to support this wonderful cause. I enjoyed getting to speak on a panel with fellow authors and sign books for almost two hours straight, but my favorite part was getting to meet several of the children battling cancer who are featured in the book. What an amazing day.

A picture of my TV while watching
NBC Nightly News :)
On top of a great launch and much local coverage, TRUE HEROES has been getting a lot of national attention too. We were featured on, Publishers Weekly, NBC Nightly News, and even appeared on The View. Crazy! Along with some amazing trade reviews and being an Amazon #1 bestseller, it's been a very exciting ride that I'm thrilled to be a part of.

Me and three of my kids posing with
James Dashner
We got to attend a private viewing of THE SCORCH TRIALS the night before release with James Dashner's family and friends. Not only was it a blast to watch the movie with such a fun crowd and listen to Jamie talk about the ins and out of the movie-making process, but the movie was INCREDIBLE. Seriously, it hit #1 worldwide that first weekend, and if you haven't seen it yet, go!

Comic Con was kind of insane. The crowds were crazy, the cosplayers were amazing, and speaking on three panels and signing books for an hour wore me out. The event broke several records, including attendance (right up there with San Diego and NY), the highest public transportation users ever, and the largest amount of comic book characters in the same place. Kind of cool.

Me and Azog, posing with Groot and Starlord, and my favorite cosplay of the day...
Owen and Blue from Jurassic World. :)

It was a lot of fun, especially since I got to spend the day with my daughter. I spoke on a panel about writing the first five pages, another about writing good characters, and my favorite was a TRUE HEROES panel where many of us teared up talking about the project, and one of the kids from the book was in the audience too. I'm sure I'll be ready to head back to Comic Con in a year, but for now I will crawl into my introvert cave and recover with a nap, because holy crowds!

How has your fall been so far? 

Don't be so scared of the things you love.