These are my pass pages for Vengeance Road. This is the first time my book has been typeset (read: not been a .doc file), which is very exciting. Pretty fonts! Chapter headings! Crop marks! Advance reader copies (ARCs) are printed from pass pages. While the ARCs are produced and distributed to early reviewers, the pass pages are reviewed one last time (sometimes more) by the author and the editorial/copyediting team at the publishing house. Then finished copies are printed. This is why ARCs often say “uncorrected proof” on the cover. Because ARC-printing and pass-page-editing happen simultaneously and changes WILL be made between ARC and finished copy. Often, many changes will be made. All those sticky-noted pages are changes I am making to Vengeance Road. 15% of the sticky notes are typos that I found at this stage 25% are new typos that didn’t exist previously, but were created when edits I made during the copyediting stage were mis-transcribed * 50% are small stylistic edits... Read More
Happy New Year!!! I’m a few days late, but Baby Bowman has been keeping me busy. For the last couple years, I’ve been picking a ‘word of the year’ instead of declaring a traditional resolution. In 2014 my goal was focus-related, in 2013 I aimed to be more present, and the year before that I strived for balance. This year, I’m going with… Rediscover. As in… rediscovering my routine. Rediscovering a family/writing balance. Rediscovering, simply put, how to make this all work. People tell you having a baby changes everything. I heard this from every single parent I knew during my pregnancy. I believed these people, I did, but I couldn’t truly understand until Baby B arrived. I haven’t written a single new word since her birth, but I know I will soon. This is a transition period, a huge adjustment, and my maternity leave. Even still, jumping back into things is a little terrifying. Some days, it seems downright... Read More
This blog has been woefully silent these past few months, but I did have a baby, so I hope you can forgive me. I can’t believe 2014 is nearly over. I have lots to look forward to in 2015. Baby Bowman is already growing like a weed and I’m sure there will be tons of ‘firsts’ happening in the days to come. I also have two books coming out next year: FORGED, the final installment in the TAKEN trilogy, and VENGEANCE ROAD, my standalone western! FORGED will hit shelves April 14th and VENGEANCE ROAD will be out September 1st! I also just saw a cover for VR–holy gorgeousness!–and can’t wait til I can share it, but enough about my books… I want to discuss some of my favorite YA reads of 2014. If you’re looking for a last minute gift ideas, consider these my official book-shopping suggestions. (You can click through any book to see my full-length review.) Favorite 2014 sci fi/dystopian * adult fiction Favorite 2014 fantasy ... Read More
I did this last year, and I’m doing it again for 2014! If you are a teacher, educator, or librarian, fill out the below widget for a chance to win copies of TAKEN and FROZEN for your school/classroom/library. a Rafflecopter giveaway ABOUT THE BOOKS : TAKEN was a 2014 Bank Street ‘Best Children’s Book of the Year’ and is the first in a dystopian trilogy that New York Times best-selling author Marie Lu called “action-packed from beginning to end.” Its sequel, FROZEN, “retains plenty of the action and suspense that readers appreciate” (Booklist) and “will attract most readers of science fiction” (VOYA). For more on either book, follow these links: TAKEN | FROZEN GIVEAWAY SPECIFICS: Up for grabs are three (3) book bundles, which include a paperback of TAKEN and a hardcover of FROZEN, and seven (7) hardcovers (FROZEN only). That’s ten (10) winners total! You must be a teacher or librarian in the US to enter this... Read More
Another month come and gone! Here’s what I read in August: THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales Elise has never quite fit in. That is, until she stumbles upon a warehouse dance club and discovers the world of DJing. I heard so many good things about this contemporary, and I’m so glad I finally picked it up. Elise is blunt and melodramatic, but in an incredibly relatable way. I saw pieces of my teen self in her. And watching her navigate new friendships, a new hobby, and a new maybe-boyfriend was heartwarming. A fun read for contemp-lovers. LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo Set mainly in a grocery store, this title is as clever as the format of the writing. Narration is split between fifteen-year-old Amelia and her older, unattainable co-worker, Chris (twenty-one). Equal parts YA and NA, this is a charming novel about coming of age. Amelia and Chris have distinct and honest voices, and I rooted for them both as they clumsily navigate the mess... Read More
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