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I'm an author and arts administrator living in New England with my family and pugs. I'm also a caffeine addict and voracious reader. My latest middle grade fantasy novel, COMET RISING, is available now from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky!

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Birthday Bash Giveaway 2016!

happy-birthday-message002May is hands down my favorite month of the year. It’s warm! It’s sunny! And, today, it’s my birthday! (I don’t care how old I get–I’m pretty darn fond of life, so I like to celebrate it :P)

I’m a big fan of birthdays, and I particularly enjoy parties. And what’s a party without your friends? And gifts?

It’s become an annual tradition, so this year, I’m giving away two recent books from some of my awesome critique partners: A MADNESS SO DISCREET by Mindy McGinnis (which just won an Edgar Award!!!) and SEVEN WAYS WE LIE by Riley Redgate. If you haven’t read them yet, you are majorly missing out (so you really should enter for a chance to win. Just saying!).

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And as an added bonus, I’ll also be giving away a signed set of MONSTROUS and RAVENOUS plus a raccowl frankenplushie.

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The giveaway will run from today through midnight Sunday May 22, 2016 and is open internationally. One winner will be selected for each prize. So, grab a slice of cake, put on a party hat, and enter to win. Good luck! 🙂
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Spring Events for RAVENOUS

It’s May! Which means it’s finally getting warmer, my birthday is only a couple weeks away, and Ravenous has now been out for almost 3 months (which is just crazy).

It also means I’ll be crawling out of hibernation to do more events around New England, including a series of informal conversations on science fiction and fantasy in middle grade with author Monica Tesler (Bounders).  It’s going to be a lot of fun!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

I’ll be signing books and handing out swag at all these events, and at some there might just be a raccowl or sperrier to giveaway just for fun. 🙂 I’d love to see you there!

Ravenous is out TODAY!

"A welcome return to a complex land of fantasy and friendship."

-Booklist


RavenousHCSecond books are strange beasts. In some ways they’re easier, because you know what to expect, and in other ways they’re even trickier. There are expectations now from yourself, your publishing house, and your audience. Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people—at HarperCollins, New Leaf Literary, online, and at home—who’ve supported me and Ravenous the whole way through. I get to work with the absolute best people, and if you’re one of them, please know you have my infinite gratitude for all that you do!

I’m so thrilled that Greta’s story is out in the world today. She’s a girl who is just as strong as Kymera but in very different ways. And you’ll also get to meet Rosabel in the prequel novella, Precious!

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to many readers, and the booksellers, librarians, and teachers who’ve put Monstrous (and hopefully soon Ravenous) in their hands. Monstrous and Ravenous are truly books of my heart, and nothing is better than knowing there are people out there who love them and love sharing them. Thank you.


If you’ve already pre-ordered Ravenous or read an ARC, thank you so much!

Learn more about Ravenous | Read an Excerpt

BUY THE BOOK:

Would you like a signed copy? Now you can order them through the fabulous Porter Square Books here. Simply put the name to make it out to in the order comments and I’ll sign your book before it’s shipped to you!

Ravenous is also available for pre-order through any of these retailers:

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Monstrous Paperback Releases!

Haven’t read Monstrous yet? You’re in luck because the paperback also releases today! It’s an original fairy tale that’s reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Learn more about Monstrous | Read an Excerpt

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A Year to Maintain Momentum

2016

2015 was quite the whirlwind, and I can hardly believe my second book will be out in a mere 6 weeks. I can’t wait for everyone to meet Greta in Ravenous come February 9, AND for the prequel novella Precious to be out too (it’s a 100-page story about Rosabel that will be published as bonus content in the back of Ravenous)!

If you happen to be in the Boston area, consider yourself invited to my launch party on Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2pm at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA (it has parking and it’s T-accessible). If you’re not local and you’d like a signed copy of Ravenous, you can pre-order one from Porter Square Books here. AND if you’ve already pre-ordered Ravenous, you rock and I’d love to send you a Swag Pack!

When I set my goals for last year there was the unknown quantity of time to be spent promoting Monstrous, but now I have a better idea of what that will take for Ravenous in 2016. And I have a better sense of my limits of what I can reasonably accomplish without stressing myself out too much 🙂 I feel really good about Monstrous and how launching it went, so here’s hoping we can maintain that momentum into 2016 for Ravenous, too! Really though, my primary resolution is the same as last year’s: to do the very best I can on those things within my control. Worrying about things I can’t do anything about will only drive me nuts, so focusing on what I can do is something I’ve found helps considerably.

Last year was also a decent year for writing (which is nothing less than a miracle) and I managed to accomplish about 2/3 of my goals and even drafted a random young adult fantasy novella and a sizable chunk of two additional middle grade projects on top of that. (Can you tell I never sleep? Sleep is for the weak!). This year, I really hope I’ll be able to do all of my Must Dos and Want To Dos at the very least – they’re all projects I’m really excited about! Again, I hope to build off the writing momentum I had going in 2015 to keep my writing projects all on track!

MUST DO:

WANT TO DO:

MIGHT DO:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2016? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS!

2015 – Year of Saying Yes

YearofYES2It’s hard to believe 2015 is already over (seriously, where did the year go?!). I spent most of 2014 preparing for 2015 and it did not disappoint! It was a year filled with firsts and fun and stress and saying Yes to as many opportunities as possible.

I’m very lucky to be in a place where I have a part time day job and a flexible schedule that allowed me to do as much as I did. I think I actually said Yes to every invitation I got for a book event, blog post, school or library visit, etc on top of all the other opportunities I pursued myself. I went to several new places and met a ton of awesome booksellers, readers, librarians, teachers, and authors. In short, it was a flat-out AMAZING year.

But saying Yes to everything also has some drawbacks. To be honest, I took on too much and spent most of the year feeling overwhelmed and behind on everything.  So while it was incredibly fun and rewarding, it was also very stressful. Plus I’m an introvert, so being “on” so often can give me anxiety. However, 2015 was a great learning experience on how to fake being an extrovert for a short time…as long as I got to have a day or two of hibernating afterwards. And that hibernation meant I pulled back from non-book related activities without really realizing it. I’m kind of a workaholic, so when I feel like I have ALL THE THINGS to do, I get so focused on it that occasionally that means I may not reach out to family and friends for a lot longer than I should. While I love writing and making up worlds, it isn’t healthy for me to spend so much time alone in my own head. I unintentionally pulled away from my support system, and that’s something I definitely need to remedy in 2016.

Long story short, 2015 was a very exciting year, and now I need a nap and to include more non-bookish activities on my docket for 2016. I also want to say THANK YOU to those of you who came out to my events, bought Monstrous, read Monstrous, supported me in any way shape or form – you are awesome and helped make this year one of the best in a long time! 🙂

These were some of my favorite highlights of the year:

 

HOW DID 2015 TREAT YOU? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEW YEAR? HERE’S TO A FABULOUS 2016!