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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, SHADOW WEAVER, is available now from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky!

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The Long, Winding Road to Bookshelves – November 2014

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GUYS. It’s less than 2 months until Monstrous is out in the world!!! How crazy is that?

Since it’s getting so close, November was mostly about preparation:

Of course, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably heard me babbling about NaNoWriMo. It’s one of my favorite things and a great opportunity to write with abandon. This year, much like last year, I was working with the knowledge that I had an edit letter looming on the horizon. And also like last year, this really lit a fire under me. I drafted what I hope will be my option book in 10 days – exactly one day before I received my edit letter for Book #2! Obviously it will need an absurd amount of revision before it’s ready for anyone’s eyes besides mine, but it feels good to have a draft under my belt. Having something concrete to revise (a.k.a tear apart and completely rewrite) is a good thing!

And for the rest of the month, you may have noticed I’ve been on Twitter sparingly. That’s because I’ve been hunkered down with edits for Book #2 (can’t tell you much yet, but hopefully soon! :D). Fortunately, this edit letter is only 8 pages long and not another 20 page single-spaced behemoth like I got for Monstrous. It’s nice to feel like I learned a ton doing that first revision of Monstrous and I was able to apply that knowledge to Book 2 before I handed it in.

So if I’m not around as much on social media, know that I’m hard at work polishing another book for you all to read!

 

November Reads – 2014

This month I read 6 books, leaving my Goodreads Challenge goal in the dust!

Monstrous Annotated ARC Giveaway!

You may have picked up on this from my Road to Bookshelves series here on the blog, but I have a whole heck of a lot to be thankful for this year. One of the things I’m most grateful for? YOU. Yep, you folks out there who stop by this blog, who’ve added Monstrous on Goodreads, who are about as excited to read Monstrous as I am for it to be out there in the wild!

Since this is a week when gratitude is particularly on my mind, I thought it would be the perfect time to say THANK YOU and offer up the chance for one lucky reader to win an annotated ARC of Monstrous and a pressed rose bookmark.

 

The ARC will have notes from me throughout with fun facts about the story and process of creating the book. The main character presses roses between the pages of her own favorite book, making the bookmark a perfect companion.

Sounds fun, yes? 🙂

Everyone gets one free entry, plus several other ways to increase your odds of winning. This giveaway will be to US/Canada only and will run from today (11/28/14) through midnight 12/11/14.

Again, THANK YOU for being so awesome, excited, and supportive of Monstrous. Good luck!

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The Long, Winding Road to Bookshelves – October 2014

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October was an eventful month for Monstrous!  First, I took a trip to NYC to meet with the delightful team at HarperCollins. Getting to see where the magic happens is pretty darn inspiring and energizing! And naturally, there were lots of cupcakes (Did you expect any less?).

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Teeny, tiny delicious cupcakes

Then Monstrous went to New York Comic Con! HarperCollins had a booth there and a fun promotion called the Spin & Win, and Monstrous was one of ten Winter 2015 ARCs up for grabs:

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How FUN is this???

Meanwhile, my awesome agency and their fabulous foreign rights director sold Russian rights for Monstrous to Kariera! *cue confetti*

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Last, and anything but least, I’m extraordinarily fortunate to have had several authors generously take the time to read my weird little book and offer a blurb for it. They are my heroes! My deepest gratitude to Anne Ursu, Claire Legrand, Natalie Lloyd, Emma Trevayne, and Rebecca Behrens for being so kind and generous. I cannot thank them enough!

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And coming up in November…Keep your eyes open for some fun giveaways here on this blog! 🙂

 

October Reads – 2014

This month I read 8 books and I met my Goodreads Challenge goal of 50 books read in this year and then some!