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The Young Adult Summer Scavenger Hunt

I’m excited to announce I’ll be participating in this epic new scavenger hunt, which starts June 1st! Click here to learn more and stay tuned as the big day approaches to learn how to win big.

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Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed short story HERE (link will be posted soon).

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

THE MAP (participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Efken  
  11. Meredith Rose
  12. Lara Ann  
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson  
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long 
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil  
  26. Jo Schneider 
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis 
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Monroe Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker 
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane  
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo 
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe  
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan  
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa 
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose 
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan  
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett 
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert  
  105. Rachel Medhurst 
  106. Tee G Ayer  
  107. May Freighter 
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman  
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Tom Shutt
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson  
  120. J.L. Hendricks 
  121. A.L. Knorr  
  122. T.M. Franklin  
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen 
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy
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The Whispering Echoes Cover Reveal

We’re months away from the release of THE WHISPERING ECHOES, Book 3 in the Smoke and Mirrors series by Melissa Giorgio! This just might be my favorite of the series… Not that the others weren’t amazing, but this one has. THE.BEST.DRAGON.SCENES.EVER!

…Dragons!! (・ω・)ノ--==三三三 >゚)))彡

Today is the cover reveal and wow! *-* The book is out May 9th. Add it to your to-read list on Goodreads today!

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A thousand years ago, the old wars came to a halt when the world’s three most powerful and dangerous magicians were trapped inside a prison stone. The stone has remained safely locked away inside the city of Dusk… until now. The cunning sorceress Aeonia has stolen the stone and Irina, Leonid, Vernen and their friends are desperate to track her down before the stone starts whispering to Aeonia with false promises of power.

But the journey isn’t easy. After a chance encounter with magic-hunting knights Claudette and Emile Borde that has unexpected consequences, Irina soon discovers the world outside of Dusk is nothing like she imagined. But to give up means to doom the world, and Irina will do whatever it takes to prevent that from happening. When a series of dire events forever changes the travelers, Irina will be forced to make a sacrifice which she’s not sure she’s capable of.

With more magic and danger than ever, the third book in the Smoke and Mirrors series will leave readers breathless as they race to read the explosive final pages.

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See how well it goes with the rest of the series?

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If you’ve yet to check out Smoke and Mirrors, start with the first book, THE FADING DUSK, today! It’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

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In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.

Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.

Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

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My Reads for 2016

A few years ago, I started a tradition of listing all of the books I’ve read (not including manga or graphic novels, of which I’ve read a lot!) as a sort of memento of the fictional worlds I’ve been to throughout the year. I don’t keep my Goodreads profile updated with all of these reads because I don’t feel right doling out public criticisms of books as an author myself. This year, I decided to include the client books I’ve read as well (but only revealing the names of the books that have been announced, of course) because they should certainly count toward my total!

I know there are a few days left in the year, but I’m only halfway through a long book, so I won’t be reading any others!

  1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – started in 2015
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – started in 2015
  3. A Madness So Discrete by Mindy McGinnis
  4. There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane
  5. Watched by Sharde Richardson
  6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  7. Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? by Lemony Snicket
  8. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  9. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (novella)
  10. Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
  11. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  12. The Whispering Echoes by Melissa Giorgio
  13. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  14. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  15. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
  16. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
  17. Spinning Thorns by Anna Sheehan
  18. What Doesn’t Kill Us by Stephanie Henry
  19. The Story of Us by Stephanie Henry
  20. C-Vac by Stephanie Henry
  21. Book by client
  22. The Descendants and the Missing Guardian by Melanie McFarlane
  23. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  24. Book by client
  25. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  26. Book by client
  27. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  28. By the Icy Wild (Mortality Book 3) by Everly Frost
  29. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (still reading into 2017)
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THE BURNING CHAOS (Smoke and Mirrors Book Two) Is Here!

The wait is finally over! You can finally get your hands on the Kindle version of THE BURNING CHAOS by Melissa Giorgio right now! 😀

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Two months after Bantheir’s betrayal, Irina is learning how to live in a world where magic is not only real, but a part of her everyday life. As a spy for Parnaby, the shadowy president of the city of Dusk, Irina has to pretend Parnaby’s manipulation magic worked on her and she doesn’t remember his horrifying proclamation about Vernen. If her friend, brought back from the dead by an ancient source of magic, begins to show even a hint of magic, Parnaby will kill him without hesitation.

When a mysterious woman named Aeonia confronts Irina, she threatens to tell Parnaby everything Irina is hiding from him if Irina doesn’t steal a magical artifact from the president’s mansion. Knowing she’s the only one who can protect Vernen, Irina agrees to Aeonia’s demands, but she wonders if this ultimate betrayal will destroy her newfound happiness with Leonid—and get her killed in the process.

With elements of magic, mystery, and murder, The Burning Chaos takes readers on a dangerous journey through Dusk, introducing them to new characters and reuniting them with old favorites. Can Irina stay one step ahead of everyone and save Vernen? Or is she doomed to succumb to the magic she once loved but now despises?

Click here to buy!

I’m the editor for this series and I can’t express how much LOVE I have for it! If you enjoy magic and mystery, romance and adventure, pick it up today!

If you’ve yet to read the first book in the series, THE FADING DUSK, you can get it now for only 99 cents!

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My Reads for 2015

Another year just flew by! It was my big YA debut year, too, and although I don’t feel like my life has changed drastically, I’ve been floored by the readers who’ve taken the time to reach out to me–thank you! I hope it’s just the start of a longer book writing career.

The past couple of years, I’ve posted a list of all the books I read (not including graphic novels and manga, of which I’ve read many) on this blog to celebrate New Year’s. Why do I do this and not post every book I read on Goodreads? I feel weird publicly assigning grades and criticizing other people’s novels as an author, especially since if I don’t love something, it might just be my own tastes, you know? This is a way for me to celebrate how much I’ve read each year.

  1. Split Second by Kasie West
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  4. Monk and the New Lieutenant by Hy Conrad
  5. The World We Live in by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  6. The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  7. No Life But This by Anna Sheehan
  8. Ransomwood by Sherryl Jordan
  9. The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio (second time read through for proofs)
  10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  11. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  12. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  13. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  14. Smoke and Mirrors #2, sequel to The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio (reading ahead of time as her editor)
  15. Dexter Is Dead by Jeff Lindsay
  16. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  17. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  18. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley
  19. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  20. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
  21. Naruto: Kakashi’s Story by Akira Higashiyama
  22. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  23. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  24. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – still reading
  25. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – still reading

Each year I’ve read fewer books, but I did spend a lot of time reading graphic novels and manga I’m not counting on this list–over 100 volumes, in fact!

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My GMMG To-Read List (Just a Small Portion of It, Anyway!)

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It’s practically summer, which is one of my favorite times of the year to read. Yes, I read all year round, but I have very vivid memories of curling up with books all summer long between school years and even just taking a blanket outside to sit under a tree and read when my parents forced me to go outside to “get fresh air.” (I’m still a cave troll to this day.) So when a number of other YA authors who write for GMMG Books (that’s Month9Books and Swoon Romance as far as YA goes) were talking about what we want to read soon, we decided to highlight a few of each other’s books on our to-read list. Don’t get me wrong, ALL of the GMMG YA books (that I haven’t read already) are on my to-read list, but I have some particular reasons for wanting to read these:

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I HEART Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen

Suzanne and I met online through Ifeoma Dennis’ WIP Marathon in summer 2013 before either of us announced our book deals with the same publisher. But even if I didn’t know Suzanne a little better than some of the other authors on my list, I’d want to read this book! It’s got a dystopian Scandinavian setting (how frequently do you find that in YA?) and romance between a human and a robot–all based on their mutual love of music. And it’s a love against the backdrop of a civil war? I’m ready to swoon! Not to spoil anything (I haven’t read it yet, either, so does it really count as a spoiler?), but I hear there’s positive LGBT representation, too, so yay for diverse YA books!

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Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil

Cover love! I had to get this on my Kindle as soon as possible because this seems to be one of those times when you can judge a book by its amazing cover. I love YA fairy tale retellings, and this one is a YA retelling of The Snow Queen. I, like half the world, enjoyed Frozen the year before this book came out, so I’m even more of a fan of the fairy tale than ever. It follows the POV of the snow queen herself, so I’m especially intrigued to see if she’s still a villainous character or more of an anti-hero. Since she kidnaps a hot young math genius, I’m guessing she’s at least still got a villainous streak, and I love my heroes in shades of grey.

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Of Breakable Things by A. Lynden Rolland

This cover scares the crap out of me. Seriously. But it makes me want to read it! This has been on my Kindle for a while, too. This story takes place in the afterlife. I have a thing for stories like What Dreams May Come and Life, A.D. that turn life after death into another adventure instead of just a resting place. There’s definitely a romantic element, too, as the main character decides to live on in the spirit world because of a young man she loved. It’s not in the synopsis, but I’ve heard it also deals with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome (ah, the title makes even more sense), and I’m eager to see how a YA book tackles this. I also met Ms. Rolland at BookCon this year (Ms. Weavil was there, too, but I didn’t have a chance to say hi) and I know she’s funny and friendly!

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The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski

I’m far more of a fantasy/dystopian/paranormal reader than a contemporary reader, but when I gravitate toward contemporary, it’s got to have a special hook that draws me in. The Funeral Singer is about the daughter of a funeral home owner, an amazing singer who lends her talents to eulogies and dreams of escaping the morbid business in which she finds herself. One viral-sensation graveside singing video later, she’s rewarded with fame and a hot rock star boyfriend. There seems to be hints about a love triangle, too, which is a trope I adore. There’s something intriguing about the funeral home setting that starts off this rags-to-riches story that makes me think there’s something special here. How many YA romances involve funerals?

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Team Gold: YA Scavenger Hunt Stop

The Spring 2015 YASH is over! Good luck to everyone! All the giveaways are over! Congrats to the winners. Thanks for playing on:

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 The deleted scene is gone, but I hope you’ll still support Katherine Longshore’s BRAZEN!
Find out more information by checking out Katherine’s website, her Twitter or her Facebook page. And buy Brazen here!
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Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?
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As a bonus, I’m having my own YASH Giveaway for anyone who stopped by. Win an e-book of NOBODY’S GODDESS (Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another e-reader), one of five NOBODY’S GODDESS stickers sent to your address, or an e-book of Melissa Giorgio‘s THE SIGHT SEER (Amazon only)! (She’s over on Team Pink.) If you’re only entering for a chance to win a sticker (if you don’t have an e-reader), you can pass on the e-book and get a sticker instead should you win.

Click here to enter my exclusive Rafflecopter Giveaway

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My Reads for 2014

Another year down, and less than a year until Nobody’s Goddess releases! We announced the deal this past January, but I actually knew as far back as September 2013 that Month9Books was interested and I had to sit on the news. I’ve been so excited about the release that it seemed like it would take forever, but the year has flown by. This year it’s gotten a new title and a cover (although I haven’t been able to share that with you yet) and has gone through a few more revisions. I also managed to write both sequels to it (one’s been turned in to my publisher and has begun revisions, one’s still a draft), which are due out in 2016 and 2017.

The past couple of years, I’ve posted a list of all the books I read (not including graphic novels and manga, of which I’ve read many) on this blog to celebrate New Year’s. Why continue to do that now that I have a Goodreads account? Well, I don’t always post what I’m reading there—unless I feel especially passionate about sharing it with you all. As a soon-to-be published author myself, I feel weird about assigning grades and criticizing other people’s novels, especially since if I don’t love something, it might just be my own tastes, you know? This is a way for me to celebrate how much I’ve read each year.

  1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (I was reading it at the end of 2013 and finished it in early 2014)
  2. When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket
  3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  4. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  5. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  6. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  8. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad
  9. Monk Gets on Board by Hy Conrad (my bf and I discovered there were more Monk books by a new author, yay!)
  10. Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel
  11. A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
  12. Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock
  13. The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper
  14. Life, A.D. by Michelle E. Reed
  15. The FitzOsbornes at War by Michelle Cooper
  16. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  17. The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones (her last book! ;-;)
  18. 18 and 19. The Shadow Stealer by Melissa Giorgio (twice, a few months apart—not out until early 2015, but I beta read 🙂
  19. (See above)
  20. A Promise of Magic by Melissa Giorgio (a novella, but easily as long as a novel!)
  21. Monk Is Open for Business by Hy Conrad
  22. File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket
  23. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (which I read after loving the TV series *hearts*)
  24. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick
  25. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
  26. Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
  27. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  28. Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
  29. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  30. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
  31. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  32. Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
  33. Shouldn’t You Be in School? by Lemony Snicket
  34. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins et al.
  35. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  36. Split Second by Kasie West (still in progress)

Not as many as last year, but I’m still happy with my progress!

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2014 NYC Books of Wonder Visit (Fierce Reads)

A year ago I posted about my first Books of Wonder event in New York City, and now I can post about my second. My boyfriend and I try to visit NYC every year to see some of his family. Coincidentally, my best friend Melissa Giorgio, whom I’ve known since before I even met my boyfriend, is a local, so I get to visit her each year, too! (We met through old-fashioned handwritten letters a long time ago, believe it or not. And we’re both writers who beta for one another.)

This year I was in NY in time for the Fierce Reads stop there. Like last year, I hadn’t read any books by any of the authors showcased, although Melissa and our mutual friend, book blogger and writer River, love a number of their books so I’m quite familiar with them. Ann Aguirre, Caragh M. O’Brien, Marie Rutkoski and Emmy Laybourne were there to discuss their books, writing in general and random, amusing trivia about them. All of the books seemed marvelous, but I limited myself to two paperbacks, which I got autographed. I love hearing YA authors speak. They’re always entertaining and have such great things to share about writing. If I’m ever lucky enough to give a talk about Nobody’s Goddess, I hope I can speak as well as they do!

 

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