Category Archives: YA

News and New Books!

This has been an incredibly busy summer for bookish things, but only now am I able to talk about everything that’s happened! To put it simply, I have signed on as an author with both Entangled Teen and Riptide Publishing‘s YA imprint, Triton Books!

Riptide-NewAuthorAnnouncement Deserted deal report

First up will be my assassin girls in 2016! I’ll get a chance to introduce you to Kindra and there may also be guns and car chases and explosions. Maybe. Probably. 😀

Then, between March 2017 and March 2018, my fantasy trilogy will release! Desert islands, storm-filled skies, magic, conspiracies, secrets, and lots of fighting. All that and a lot more will be there!

I can’t tell you too much more about the books yet except that I absolutely adore both of these series and am so happy that they’ve found loving homes with fantastic editors! They’ll help me whip these books into shape and then I will get the chance to share them with you! And that really is awesome.

Additionally, now that I have all of these things to keep track of, I’ve added a Book List page to the site. This will be a quick, chronological reference list for all of my publications, both traditional and self-published, and I’ll keep it updated as release dates change or new titles get added to the list.

Aaaaand…that’s it for now! Seems like more than enough to be gettin’ on with, though, don’t you think?

An Interview on DiversifYA

During the RT convention in May, I was lucky enough to meet Marieke Nijkamp, one of the co-founders of the wonderful blog DiversifYA. The blog has an interview series where they invite authors to talk about their own diversity whether that’s sexual orientation, race, disability, or anything else. She asked me to answer questions about what it was like growing up on the asexual spectrum and I was thrilled. So thrilled that I may have gone a little verbose when answering the questions!

Below is a short excerpt from the interview, but you can read the whole thing on DiversifYA.

1. How do you identify yourself?

Since I didn’t discover the term “asexual” in the context of a potential human orientation until last year (I was 29 and already divorced), I’m still figuring out my precise classification. For now, however, I think heteromantic graysexual is close. Both sides of that label set are subject to change if necessary, though.

2. What did it feel like growing up asexual?

You know that feeling when you’re hanging out with a group of people who have known each other for ages and they’re all really nice and everything but they keep referencing people you don’t know, places you haven’t been, and inside jokes you don’t get?

Yeah, that’s what growing up asexual is like. Especially when you don’t know that asexual is an orientation option and so you can’t ever quite put your finger on why you’re ever so slightly on the outside of most groups.

Attempting something new. That apparently takes up a lot of…

Attempting something new. That apparently takes up a lot of space. Wish me luck!

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Posted this on Tumblr. It’s only fair to repost here.

Earlier today, I posted this snippet from a YA contemporary I’m currently writing. It’s from a book I really like, but I’m less than 1/4 of the way through a first draft and I still have some pretty big things to figure out plot-wise. Mostly, though, what I love about this book is how my two MCs interact with each other in the beginning. There’s such a great play between their personalities!

The section below is from the first chapter of this book, a book that you’ll hopefully see out in the world one day. If I ever finish it. 😉

Let me know what you think!!

Fire Escapes of New York (c) Gregory Runyan

Fire Escapes of New York (c) Gregory Runyan

“You’re not a thief, are you?”

The smile on my lips is impossible to keep away. I glance over my shoulder to find him standing with his hands in his pockets, watching me carefully. “If I was, would I tell you?”

“No,” he says, his lips curving up into a smile. “You’d probably say something just like that.”

I nod and shrug at the same time before turning and continuing to walk away.

“Where you going, Cat?”

This time I turn around completely. “Cat?” And then it clicks and I grin. “As in burglar? Cute.” I laugh and walk a few more steps—backward this time. “I’m going to finish a project.”

“Thought you were escaping.”

I shrug again, an idea taking hold. I slide one hand into my messenger bag and start digging for my camera. “Turns out I didn’t need to.”

He blinks and looks back up at the building as I find my camera and turn it on. “Really? What did you think you were you escaping from?”

“You.” Wiggling my fingers in a girlish approximation of a wave, I pull the camera out of my bag, let the auto-focus take over, click a quick shot, and turn around. Mostly to make sure I’m not about to trip over a curb and fall into traffic. Getting my head crushed by a cab would not be the way to end my day.

“Hey! Wait, wait, wait.” I hear the quick thuds of Converses hitting concrete as he runs to catch up with me. “What do you mean, me? Do I know you?”

He comes up beside me as I turn east toward the subway stop so I shake my head—I still can’t shake my grin. “Nope. Never seen you before in my life.”

“Yet you felt the need to escape from me?” he asks, one black brow disappearing under the brim of his hat. “And why did you take a picture of me?”

“Well, I wasn’t running from you specifically,” I say, quickening my pace and completely ignoring his second question. “Just the person who lived in the bedroom attached to that particular fire escape.”

He’s silent, but only for about two footsteps. “Thanks. That explanation cleared everything right up.”

“People get touchy when you borrow things without asking.”

“So you are a thief?”

“The fire escape is still attached to your building, isn’t it?” He gives me a funny look, but nods. “Then I’m not a thief.”

“You were borrowing the fire escape?” Two more footsteps of silence. “Why?”

“I told you,” I say as I swing into the subway terminal and slide my metro card. “I have a project to finish.”

“What kind of project involves borrowing a fire escape?” he calls through the gate as I walk down the grimy, graffiti covered staircase.

I laugh. “Wouldn’t you like to know.”

 

That’s all for now! Happy Tuesday everyone!

Have you heard about Camp Kiss by J.K. Rock?

Just in case I haven’t said this in the past few days, Spencer Hill is awesome. Their editors and staff are amazing, their authors are all sweethearts, and I adore working with them all. What I like most of all, though, is being able to sneak a look at the new covers before they are released to the world at large. Covers like the new book from J.K. Rock, CAMP KISS.

CAMP KISS is the free prequel novella to CAMP BOYFRIEND that will be available to download on March 26, 2013. That’s barely a month away! What’s it about, you ask? Well, here:

CAMP KISS:

The Camp Kiss That Started It All… Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer she’d dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a plan… if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldn’t interfere before she’s ready. She hasn’t even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? There’s only one way to find out….

And, hey! Did I mention that this novella will be free? Because it will be! And that just makes it harder to wait.

But that’s not all! Have you heard about CAMP BOYFRIEND yet? It releases from Spencer Hill Contemporary on July 2, 2013.

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

Looks awesome, right?! If you want to know more, you can find J.K. Rock online:

Goodreads / Author Website / Series Website / Karen’s Twitter / Joanne’s Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Cover Reveal: Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

One of the amazing things about joining Spencer Hill has been meeting the other Spencer Hill authors. Sarah Guillory is helping to launch the Spencer Hill Contemporary line and, in addition to that, she’s just an awesome human being. And also one of my roommates for BEA this summer! So flipping excited about that I cannot even tell you about it in words that make sense! I just start Muppet flailing every time I think about it.

I totally meant to do this earlier, but doctors appointments and magic contacts and work and other things happened and the day got away from me! Despite my tardiness, Sarah’s book Reclaimed is releasing this year (OMG YAY, SARAH!) and finally, finally we get to see the stunning cover!

Want to know more? OF COURSE YOU DO! So here it is:

Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.

All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.

Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember.

Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.

The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.

Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return.

Jenna, Ian & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

Title: Reclaimed
Author: Sarah Guillory
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary (www.spencerhillcontemporary.com)
Release Date: October 15, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-937053-88-8
Formats: paper, e-book

Don’t forget to go add Reclaimed to your Goodreads list!! And go wish Sarah happy things on Twitter

WIPs, friends, weekends, and good news!

This is a post of news in various forms: Progress news, Good news, and Vague news. So, let’s get started.

Wow! (c) David Siqueira

Progress News: 
I’m still plugging away at The Dream War Saga Book 2 and over the weekend hit the 56,000 word mark! I’m past the halfway point and I’m really loving where this book is going… as long as I concentrate on how shiny it will be after my editresses Danielle and Patricia help me polish it and not how rough and raw draft one is now. Luckily it’s not too hard to look past the uneven pacing, the dropped emotional threads and subplots, the unanswered questions, and the chapters that kind of ramble. I see the potential and the potential is all sorts of awesome!

Good News: 
Speaking of my editresses, Danielle Ellison announced this morning that she sold ANOTHER two books! This time the series starts with the digital-only release of Salt, a YA paranormal, with Entangled Publishing! This is awesome news and I am so proud of her! I know it will be incredible because, well, it’s Dani. So, duh. 😉 Read more about this amazingness on her website here.

Vague News: 
I got an email last night that could lead to something amazingly cool for me and a friend of mine. I can’t say much about it yet, but I really hope everything happens the way it looks like it might! Also, pretty awesome things are happening behind the scenes of The Dream War Saga! I wish I could say more about both of these things or even tell you when I might have news for sure, but I just don’t know! Suffice it to say that 2013 is shaping up to be even more awesome than I’d hoped it might be!

That’s it for now, but I’ll check back in on Wednesday, lovelies! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Playing with promotion ideas

Is the following brilliant or too corny to consider?

For Teens in 14

Well? It’s the possible name of a promotional blog focusing on debut YA authors whose first books are releasing some time during 2014. Whether small press or Big 6, a gathering place for YA fiction in 2014.And maybe not just debut. Maybe any YA authors who have books coming out in 2014. What’s funny is that I mentioned this on Twitter on Tuesday. As of right now, that tweet has been re-tweeted a total of 12 times. Which is insanely high for me. HOWEVER, no one has joined. It’s a strange mix. Obviously people think it’s a good idea, but no one seems to want to commit to it. I did discover that a blog like this already exists in OneFour Kid Lit. So I applied to join that. 😀

Honestly, maybe it’s a good thing no one is jumping on my bandwagon. I’m not the most organized of people and trying to corral a group effort like this is a little scary. I was hoping some super-efficient person would come along and think it was a great idea and take over some of the responsibilities. So far that hasn’t happened.

Anyway, maybe this will happen, maybe it won’t. Either way, I’m looking forward to beginning promotions for Sing, Sweet Nightingale. This book is my baby and I can’t wait to show her off! 😉

Cover Reveal: The Devil’s Triangle by Toni De Palma

What better way to make a Monday more fun than to have a cover reveal! This week I’m happy to show off the cover for Toni De Palma’s upcoming The Devil’s Triangle, which I’ll be picking up as soon as it comes out!

Check out the details below and go congratulate Toni!

The Devil’s Triangle
by Toni De Palma

When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil’s sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.

While Cooper figures out his mission, he’s thrown into the life he’s always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend that can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn’t watch out.

While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what’s keeping he and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.

Find Toni and The Devil’s Triangle here: 
Goodreads  |  Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook

ISBNs
978-1-939173-03-4 – Devil’s Triangle print
978-1-939173-04-1 – Devil’s triangle Ebook

 

Cover Reveal: Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock

As you may or may not know, my publisher Spencer Hill Press recently launched two new imprints. One of them, Spencer Hill Contemporary, is run by one of my fabulous editresses Patricia and today marks the first ever cover reveal for one of her SHC books! Check out Camp Boyrfriend by J.K. Rock!

CAMP BOYFRIEND

by J.K. Rock

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

Title: Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
Author: J.K. Rock
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
ISBN: 978-1-939392-50-3
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Formats: Paper, e-book
Goodreads TBR: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16409311-camp-boyfriend
Go to the reviewer form to request an ARC. They will ship in late spring of 2013.