Category Archives: Book Covers

Introducing Island of Exiles!

MY FIRST EVER FANTASY NOVEL FINALLY HAS A FACE!

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This project has been years in the making, and I’m thrilled to finally have a cover this stunning to show the world. More soon on this one (honestly, I probably won’t shut up about it until well past the release date), but for now, I’ll be over here staring at the pretty for a while.

Coming soon: A cover reveal!


The cover reveal for #IslandOfExiles is TOMORROW! ?

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Upcoming From Spencer Hill Press!


Look at some of the upcoming titles from @spencerhillpress (including mine!)! I can’t wait for these books to be in my hands. ?

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I am so happy with this day omg. LOOK! We got to play with 6 of…

I am so happy with this day omg. LOOK! We got to play with 6 of the 10 main characters in the Laguna Tides series today! I love seeing my characters come to life like this! 😀

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Today we shot the remaining three covers for the Laguna Tides…

Today we shot the remaining three covers for the Laguna Tides novels! It was absolutely amazing to see our characters come to life! They WERE our characters and not only physically. Lani did an amazing job and I got to play assistant with the whole thing! Such a blast! 😀

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The Taken By Chance Cover Reveal is here!

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A single chance encounter can change your life…

Despite being the son of Hollywood’s hottest director, Dare Andrews has managed to steer clear of the paparazzi for seventeen years. But when his ​ex-​girlfriend sells a tell-all interview to the tabloids, he’s suddenly hounded by fans and reporters alike. Dare is getting cynical fast, so he’s unprepared to meet a glass-half-full girl like Chance. And unprepared for the consequences after he helps her save face. Pretending to be the new guy in her life was easy enough when she was being dumped by her boyfriend, but the lie backfires.

What started as a random act of chivalry becomes something deeper as Dare and Chance find themselves trapped in their charade. The problem is that the more Dare gets to know Chance, the less fake their relationship feels. But secrets they both keep threaten their future, and with new storm​s​ overhead, will Chance’s lessons in optimism be enough to help Dare find the silver lining?​


Lani and I wrote the first draft of this book back in 2012. After two years of trying to find it a home with a traditional publisher, we decided to take the plunge and put it (and the four companion novels that will be coming after it) out into the world on our own. Lani photographed our beautiful cover and we’ve been working hard getting everything ready to release. Now, on May 5, 2015 you too can enter the world of Laguna Tides.

Taken by Chance Cover Reveal

Taken by Chance Cover Reveal:

On April 7th, 2015, I’ll be revealing the cover of my first self-published young adult novel! It’s called Taken by Chance and, guys? It’s ridiculously adorable. Better yet? It’s releasing SO SOON! It’ll be here on May 5!

If you want to see the cover a few days early and help us promote the first book in this new series I co-wrote with Lani Woodland, click the link and sign up in the Google Form it’ll take you to. There are only a couple of questions so it should take a minute or so.

I can’t wait to share the pretty with you guys! 😀

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Have you seen the Deadly Sweet Lies cover yet?

It has been amazing watching this cover pop up all over the internet. In fact, I was so enthralled by that happening that I forgot to post it here! Which is such a ridiculous fail I can’t even begin to comprehend how it happened! I’m making amends now:

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Nadette Lawson knows when you’re lying.

Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she’s seen through their lies. Now, they’re tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It’s no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn’t join them, they’ll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she’s seeking may be just out of reach.

Julian Teagan is a master of deception.

To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn’t useless, that everything’s fine, otherwise he’ll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won’t be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it’s all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian’s facade and challenges him to face the darkness.

Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance at finally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him…

So, a few things. It may be obvious by now that this next book is not going to be told from Mariella and Hudson’s points of view. Instead, I get to introduce you to characters only tangentially mentioned in Sing Sweet Nightingale. Not only introduce you, but let you dive inside their heads and live there for a while!

I am very excited about this fact, but knowing it made it so hard to bite my tongue these past few months when people told me how much they couldn’t wait to see more from Mariella and Hudson! Our two narrators from SSN aren’t disappearing, but book 2 lets us see their world expand. We’ll meet new people, go new places, learn new things… it’ll be like summer camp! Kind of. Not really.

I can’t say much more about the book now, but I can tell you that my publishers and I have plans to release some really special deleted scenes from Sing Sweet Nightingale over the summer and also give you the option of meeting DreamWeaver in the short story “Whatever It Takes” if you haven’t already read the story from the Doorways to Extra Time anthology. There will be more, but details are still in the works. Check back every so often for news as I can share it!

Until next time, lovelies!

*dives back into her massive pile of works in progress*

More from BEA. This time with video evidence!

So many people weren’t able to come to see my cover reveal because New York is expensive and far away, but with technology, that doesn’t matter! I can bring my cover reveal to you!

This video is thanks to my lovely publishing-sister Joanne Rock. And, seriously, THANK YOU, JOANNE! I never think about recording moments like this until they’re long gone and then I wish for years that I had pictures or, better yet, video. Only thanks to my friends and family at Spencer Hill did I come away from this rather momentous day with anything to remember it by (other than a really cool poster!).

And now, unfortunately, back to the grind.  My life is not nearly as glamorous as it looks in that video. 😉

Looking back at BEA2013

It’s been a week since I came back from New York, but my head and my heart are still wandering around Manhattan and jumping on the 3 to Brooklyn. I have an intense love for that city, so I hate leaving as much as I love visiting. Last week I posted about the two covers I now have and the pre-order information for the anthology containing your first peek into the world of The Dream War Saga, but I couldn’t bring myself to post about BEA. Thinking about it just reminded me that it was over. And that is sad. I told myself that I was waiting on a video of the reading portion of my cover reveal, but that’s a lie. Well, half lie. I am waiting on that, but it’s not like I can’t post without it. So I will. Now.

It wasn’t until 8 am the morning of my cover reveal that my editresses decided I would read. Seriously. They called me just before 8 that morning and said, “We thought it would be a good idea for you to read your first chapter.”

CUE THE BEGINNING OF MY FREAK OUT.

The next five hours were a slow descent into the kind of trembling, twitching nervousness I haven’t felt in years. My friends Asja and Alex literally had to drag me away from the Spencer Hill booth the half an hour before my reveal to try to distract me. Alex tried the biceps of the Ellora’s Cave models and Asja tried books, glitter, and bubbles, but nothing worked. Somehow, I made it back to the booth in time to wait for the actual countdown to begin.

It wasn’t all bad, though. I got to meet some of the other SHP authors like the Rock sisters! They’re so sweet! My wonderful NY-roommates Sarah Guillory and Megan Whitmer were both there to support me as well as so many other awesome, amazing people! Like my glorious editresses Danielle and Patricia. The presence of actual people waiting to see my cover and hear me read was… well, daunting comes to mind!

But I didn’t pass out! Instead, these things happened:

My editresses introduced me and my cover designer Jeremy West
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Jeremy and I drew the curtain back to reveal SSN!
We took pictures with the cover model, Kit, and the SHP group behind SSN

And then I started reading the first chapter of Sing Sweet Nightingale. Like, out loud. To PEOPLE! Well, it was really only the first seven pages because the first chapter is kind of intense and also intensely long, but they’re INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PAGES. Things happen. Things that, apparently, make people cry during author readings.

Yes, you read that right. More than one tear was seen during my reading and it made me want to cry happy tears of my own!

When you write something, it becomes important to you. The characters and the moments in their lives matter. Will that translate to a reader when they pick up the book? Did you pick the right words to get the emotion across? The happiness, the sadness, the pain, the joy, the whatever they’re feeling at the time–did it work? Seeing their reaction first hand made all my shaky nerves worth it. The failure nerves before the reading began and the OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT HAPPENED nerves from after.

I did it, though. I didn’t pass out and my words were intelligible and I didn’t cry while I was reading (which I actually worried I would, considering the section I was reading) and people liked what I read and the cover we showed them and I just… It’s so hard to describe. I’m still in the middle of edits, so the reality of other people seeing and reading and understanding my obsession with The Dream War Saga universe feels so far away and impossible. But it’s not! It’s already happening!

I met so many wonderful bloggers while waiting in line to grab books and even, while I was at a really amazing City of Bones event, met a fantastically sweet book buyer and blogger from Austin and her twin sister who KNEW WHO I WAS! Talk about surreal. They even asked me to autograph my business cards! Which I gladly did. My first ever autograph! I was so lucky to be standing in line next to them so I got to give them hugs and realize that there are people in other parts of the world talking about my book!

The rest of the time I spent in NY, though, was just for the hell of it. I got to spend time with some friends I don’t get to see nearly as often as I would like and was able to spend Memorial Day eating yummy food, phenomenal ice cream, and laying in the sun at Prospect Park with Asja. And I can’t wait to go back!

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Asja and I at Prospect Park in Brooklyn