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
What’s Ready. Set. WRITE!, you ask? It’s a summer-long writing intensive that encourages goal setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for writers to cheer each other on at any point in the process—be it planning, drafting, revising, and/or polishing. The event is hosted by Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman. I’ve be checking in weekly to share my progress, and today’s the very last day of the event! Where did summer go? How I did on my goals (overall) Revise VENGEANCE ROAD and submit a first draft to my editor by July 8th — Check! I also received my first edit letter at the beginning of August and have already churned out another revision. It’s now on its way to trusted beta readers. Revisit (read, revise, and polish) SHUTDOWN, a YA speculative fiction stand-alone I’ve had on the back burner, by the end of the summer — Check again! I was pleasantly surprised to find that I still loved this ms after... Read More
What’s Ready. Set. WRITE!, you ask? It’s a summer-long writing intensive that encourages goal setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for writers to cheer each other on at any point in the process—be it planning, drafting, revising, and/or polishing. The event is hosted by Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman. I’ll be checking in weekly to share my progress, and if you’re contemplating joining the fun, there’s still time! Full event details HERE. How I did on last week’s goals Proofread SHUTDOWN on my iPad to catch any outstanding issues, then send it to a beta reader — Done! Now I’ll try (probably unsuccessfully) to not think about this ms until I get feedback. Formalize a revision plan for VENGEANCE ROAD — Success! I mulled over the revision letter, made myself tons of notes, and am ready to start hacking it apart—I mean, making it stronger—this week. Finish reading LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE... Read More
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