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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, THE STAR SHEPHERD, is available now from Sourcebooks Young Readers!

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3:00 pm HOLLOW DOLLS Launch Party! @ Toadstool Bookshop
HOLLOW DOLLS Launch Party! @ Toadstool Bookshop
Jan 11 @ 3:00 pm
HOLLOW DOLLS Launch Party! @ Toadstool Bookshop
Join me to celebrate the launch of my next book, HOLLOW DOLLS (the start of a companion series to SHADOW WEAVER), at the Toadstool Bookshop in my hometown of Nashua, NH!

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TWIN DAGGERS Cover Reveal!!

I’m beyond thrilled to share the cover for TWIN DAGGERS, my debut young adult novel and the first book in a new fantasy duology set in a world of magic versus machines!!! PLUS I’m giving away a Signed ARC at the end of this post!

Twin Daggers has been a long time in the making. I began writing this book back in 2012, and it’s been that book of my heart, the between-contracts-guilty-writing-pleasure ever since. In short, I adore this story, these characters, this fantasy world so very much and it’s lived in my head for a very long time. I’m so grateful that this book will finally be out on bookshelves and to all those who’ve had a hand in bringing it there (in particular my agent Suzie Townsend and editor Hannah VanVels!).

Thanks so much to Blink YA and designer Faceout Studio for crafting a phenomenal cover to kick off this new series. It perfectly captures the idea of magic versus technology that’s at the core of the book and so many other fantastic elements. The machinery motif! The daggers that represent the main characters! The swooshes of magic! I love how dynamic the design feels too, how it evokes a feeling of perpetual motion. As an author, seeing your book cover for the first time is one of the best/scariest things, and they did such an incredible job – my jaw dropped when it appeared in my inbox! I hope you love it too!

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Twin Daggers Cover

About the Book

Aissa’s life is a web of carefully constructed lies. She and her twin sister, Zandria, are Magi spies, magic users most believe to be extinct. And they’re on a mission for revenge. 

This action & adventure spy thriller—a fantasy spin on Romeo and Juliet from New York Times bestselling author MarcyKate Connolly—is perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Elly Blake and is about to become your new obsession!

By day, Aissa and Zandria play the role of normal young Technocrats eager to fulfill the duties of their new apprenticeships. By night, they plot their revenge to retake their city from the Technocrats. But then Aissa is given a new mission: find the heir to the Technocrat throne, who is rumored to be one of the Heartless, and kidnap her. Born without a working heart, the Heartless survive with a mechanical replacement.

Aissa is more likely to be caught than to be successful, but she’s never been one to turn down an assignment, even if the hunt is complicated by a kind Technocrat researcher who is determined to find a cure for the Heartless. But when Zandria is captured by the Technocrats, Aissa will do anything to get her sister back. Even if it means abandoning all other loyalties—and missions—and deciding whether or not it’s worth risk everything on getting help from her sworn enemies.

Win a Signed ARC of TWIN DAGGERS!

The giveaway will run from today through midnight EST Saturday November 30, 2019 and is open internationally. One winner will be selected. Good luck!!

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HOLLOW DOLLS Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to share the cover for HOLLOW DOLLS, the first in a new duology set in the same world as SHADOW WEAVER! As I’ve talked to readers over the past couple years, many have asked to know more about Simone, the mind reader. She was one of my favorite supporting characters in SHADOW WEAVER and I can’t wait for you to read her story too.

Thanks so much to Sourcebooks art director Nicole Hower and artist Erwin Madrid for crafting a fabulous cover to kick off this new series. I just love how it captures so many elements from the book – the mystery, the hint of magic, and the library setting. I hope you love it too!

Also, I’m running an ARC giveaway on Twitter today – RT to enter! (Open internationally and ARCs will be mailed when I receive them in June).

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HOLLOW DOLLS

Available January 1, 2020 

How can you keep secrets, when someone’s in your mind?

Simone is a mind reader. She knows a great many things about everyone she meets, but she can’t seem to remember anything about her past or where she came from. After finally being free for the first time in a long time, she sets off, determined to find her home.

When she stumbles across a man with two minds inside him – the real one, shoved deep down, and one of a body walker, someone who can take over a person’s body against their will – Simone is even more eager to leave her old life behind.

As Simone dives deeper into her history, she learns truths she never could have imagined. But when those she loves start disappearing around her, Simone knows only she can stop the evil.

Set in the same fantasy world as the Shadow Weaver duology, this series starter weaves a tale of secrets, power, magic, and the long path to home.

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Comet Rising Release Day!

I’m so excited that Comet Rising, the sequel to Shadow Weaver, is finally out in the world today! This is the conclusion to a story that I’m so proud of, and I just can’t wait for you to find out what happens to Emmeline, Dar, Lucas, and their new friends. 

I can’t thank the amazing teams at Sourcebooks and New Leaf Literary enough for all their work on this series and tireless efforts behind the scenes, especially my editor Annie Berger and agent Suzie Townsend. You’re all amazing and I’m so grateful I get to work with you!

And dear readers, thank you so much for reading this series – I hope you enjoy Comet Rising!
 

BUY THE BOOK:

Comet Rising is available through any of these retailers:

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Comet Rising Launch Party – with Special Guest Monica Tesler (Bounders Series)!
Friday, January 4, 2018 @ 7pm
Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, MA 02140

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2018 – A Year of Extremes

This year has felt like several years all squished into one. So much has happened in my tiny corner of the universe (let alone the insanity going on nationwide in the political arena).

In many ways, it’s been an amazing year. Our little boy Logan is a toddler now. He learned to say his first few words (Mama, Dada, Dog, Wow, Tree, and more), and how to crawl, then walk (and run!). It is absolutely incredible watching him grow. On the writing side of things, this has been the best year yet. 2018 began with the launch of a new book (SHADOW WEAVER!). It even got starred reviews and was nominated for the New England Book Award and the Texas Bluebonnet (still pretty darn floored about this). My superhero agent Suzie sold not one, but TWO new duologies for me, meaning that for the next 3 years, I’ll have two books out each year (yes that’s kind of nuts, but also awesome and wow am I excited about it!). I even got my first ever royalty check – not a thing I’d expected to happen for a while, but a very, very welcome surprise!

But while all that was happening, some of the hardest things we’ve had to go through also happened this year.  I debated whether to include them in my year end post. I usually like to keep things upbeat here on the blog, but I also believe in transparency and leaving those challenges out felt wrong, even deceptive. Art is a part of life; we can’t create it in a vacuum. Traumatic events have ripples and impact. Yes, I had a ton of wonderful things happen–which I’m incredibly grateful for–but it was also a year filled with considerable loss.

[Trigger warning suicide and other traumatic events]

 

 

In the spring, my brother-in-law committed suicide. It was – and still is – devastating for the entire family and has left behind a hole that can never be filled. One of my first memories of meeting my husband’s family was at his brother’s 13th birthday party. It still just seems unreal that he could be gone.

On my side of the family, both my parents’ dementia came to light and had grim results. In September, my mom was hospitalized after being catatonic for 3 days before my dad realized he should call 911 (she had dangerously low sodium levels and a BP of 233/180 – and no, that’s not a typo). While she has mostly recovered in a physical sense, mentally she isn’t the same person she was even just this past summer. Now that she’s wheelchair bound and needs round the clock care, she’s moved into an assisted living facility. My siblings and I tried to convince my dad to move in with her, but he insisted he didn’t need it and instead chose to live alone at their house, hoping that she’d be coming home very soon.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, my dad suffered a massive stroke. It’s the nightmare scenario of having elderly parents who live alone. No one knew it had happened until my mom called me on Monday morning worried she hadn’t seen him all weekend. From what we can piece together, he was disoriented from the stroke and fell out of bed as he was trying to turn off the light on his nightstand. He was on the floor unable to move for at least two days before I found him. While that was certainly one of the most traumatizing events of my life, I’m so grateful I found him alive. He spent 3 weeks in the ICU before he was stable enough to go to a rehabilitation center, and soon he’ll go to a skilled nursing facility. He can’t speak or move one side of his body, but he knows we’re there and he can hug us with one arm and answer yes/no questions. It’s awful to see my once very active father like this, but really, it could have been far worse.

Finally, add to all of the above the fact that a kind elderly friend who has been a surrogate grandmother to me for the past 2 decades also passed away this fall, and it’s been one hell of a year.

So, if you’re reading this, hug your loved ones a little tighter, OK? 

 

Anyway, let’s end on a more positive note, shall we? Despite the hard times, there really were so many bright spots this year too. Here are some of my favorite highlights from 2018:

HOW DID 2018 TREAT YOU? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEW YEAR?

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SHADOW WEAVER is out today!

”Dark, yet dazzling.”
-Booklist, starred review

The new year is a time for new beginnings and I am so excited to be launching a new fantasy series for middle grade readers today with Shadow Weaver! Emmeline and her shadow, Dar, are two of my favorite characters that I’ve had the pleasure of writing, and I can’t wait for you to meet them and join them on their adventures.

Thank you so much to the amazing teams at Sourcebooks and New Leaf Literary & Media who have been 200% behind this book from the very beginning, especially my agent Suzie Townsend and editor Annie Berger. You are the absolute best and I’m so lucky to work with you!

And thank you to all the booksellers, bloggers, and librarians who read the book early. You helped make Shadow Weaver a Kids Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild Selection. And of course, thank you to new readers – I hope you enjoy Shadow Weaver! 🙂


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

Learn more about Shadow Weaver

BUY THE BOOK:

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

Shadow Weaver is also available through any of these retailers:

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

I’ll be signing books at the following stores in January with more to come in February and March!

Shadow Weaver Launch Party
January 6, 2018 @ 3pm
Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, MA 02140

Shadow Weaver Book Signing
January 23, 2018 @ 7pm
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Shadow Weaver Book Signing
January 26, 2018 @ 6pm
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd
Madison, CT 06443

Shadow Weaver Book Signing
January 27, 2018 @ 2pm
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
413 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457

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