A DAWN MOST WICKED releases today!

I am just so, so, so thrilled that the e-novella A Dawn Most Wicked is available today. You can buy it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

I love this cover. The Mississippi River at dawn is just so perfect for this story.

Even cooler, I have signed up for Authorgraph, so if you get the kindle version of the book, I can send you an e-version of my autograph!

If you DON’T have a kindle or you want something physically signed, you can always get a bookplate or other signed swag. Just fill out the form here.

So a bit about A Dawn Most Wicked. When I wrote this story, I foolishly thought that writing a novella would somehow be easier than a full book. It’s only 100 pages, I thought. And it’s with characters I already know and in a world I already know–it’ll be a piece of cake.

HAHA. I was so wrong.

Piece of cake? Not even close. Cramming an entire story with character growth and relationship arcs–not to mention the vivid 1873 Mississippi setting–into 130 pages was darn near impossible. (Read more…)

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BEA Shenanigans, ShinDig Live Chat, ARC Giveaways, the YAGB Tour, and A DAWN MOST WICKED!

I am officially out of town as of yesterday (I am actually writing this post early since I know I’ll be on the road non-stop from now until June 15). YIKES. But there is SO MUCH to fill you all in on.

Let’s start with my crazy BEA schedule for all of you who will be in NYC next week (EEEE! I CANNOT WAIT!):

Sooz’s Spectacular BEA Schedule

Wednesday 5/29

Teen Author Carnival @ Jefferson Market Library — 6:30-9:30 pm

I will be doing a panel with Erin Bowman, Sarah J. Maas, and Kat Zhang at the Teen Author Carnival–and we’ll be with 13 other YA authors. Full list is here.

Thursday 5/30

BEA — all day

I’ll be prowling the expo with my tour mates and other authorly friends. Look for me!

Friday 5/31

♦ ♦ Signing @ BEA — 10:30-11:00 am ♦ ♦

I will be signing FREE HARDCOVERS of Something Strange and Deadly.

I will also have tons of FREE SWAG to sign and giveaway.

I will ALSO have an awesome, super-badass, you-need-to-enter RAFFLE
for 5 ARCs of A Darkness Strange and Lovely,
5 Aim for the Knees t-shirts,
and 5 copies of the e-novella A Dawn Most Wicked.

Saturday 6/1

Interview with ShinDig — 12:40-1:00 pm

I’ll be prowling the expo with my tour mates and other authorly friends ALL DAY.

Plus, I’ll be at the ShinDig booth for a live-streamed video chat at 12:40.

Now for those of you who WILL NOT be at BEA next week (which is, I imagine, most of you), there is also a live chat on Saturday… (Read more…)

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YAGB Tour Workshop Registration and an ARC Giveaway!

So, for those of you living under a rock 😉 who have not yet heard of our Young Authors Give Back Tour, you can get more details here.

Last week, we set up registration for three cities: Bryn Mawr, Baltimore, and Grand Rapids. Plus, the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh has opened their own registration.

NOW REMEMBER: We are only accepting 20 students at each location, so be sure to apply soon before all the spaces are filled!

Bryn Mawr 

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Current Favorite Reads: a Michael Crichton Binge

I’m out of town (yay! Visiting friends in warm ol’ Texas and TOMORROW IS EDGEFEST!!!), so I thought I’d make today’s post simple. A month or so back, a reader asked,

What are some of your current favorite reads?

I love that there are two covers--one with the demon and one with the angel character. CLEVER!

Well, as of this week, I’ve been on an “old-books-I-read-but-don’t-remember” kick. I started on Sunday, with Good Omens (my World Book Night giveaway book).

I zoomed through THAT amazingly hilarious book in an evening.

And guys, it wasn’t my “normal” reading genre. Lately, all I read is adult fantasy, adult romance, and occasional YA. But Good Omens is straight humor.  It’s speculative fiction layered with more clever jokes than you can imagine…and just as I had when I’d read it at age 18, I adored it on Monday. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages.

So after finishing Good Omens, I thought: why not read other old favorites I’ve forgotten? Why not read…(insert me rummaging through moving boxes of unpacked books)…Jurassic Park? I was a huge Michael Crichton fan in junior high, but I really didn’t remember most of his books. Plus, scientific thrillers and heist books really aren’t my usual diet. (Read more…)

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Happy World Book Night Eve!

Tomorrow is World Book Night in the US–an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading! As the website for World Book Night declares,

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.

It’s all about giving away free books and motivating people to read! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 copies of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

About the book:

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

Good Omens is literally the FUNNIEST book I have ever, ever, ever read. Like EVER. It’s also one kick-butt, high action, character-loving romp. I think Crowley (the demon) might be one of my most favoritest characters of all time.

You want to read this book–I promise you do.

You also want to participate in World Book Night–I promise that too. Tomorrow, on April 23, approximately 25,000 volunteers will give away close to 500,000 books! Isn’t that just incredible? And that’s only in the US–this amazing celebration happens in the UK and Germany too!

Now all you have to do to win a copy of the books I’m giving away is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and help spread the word about the AWESOME celebration that is World Book Night! The contest is also open internationally, so let’s share reading and books with the world!! 😀

Oh, and stay tuned! I’ll pick my five winners tomorrow night, when World Book Night comes to a close. ♥

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A Dawn Most Wicked cover! And some musical stuffs…

So I don’t have a whole lot to say. The Frenchman and I are packing yet again to move into a new house. Our current home is a jungle of boxes and packing paper. Hopefully this next home, though, will be the final home. At least for a few years. (I am so sick of moving! This will be our third move in just over a year!)

But you don’t care about that. You’re here to see the cover for A Dawn Most Wicked–and I can’t blame you.

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: Books That Inspire

Hello, everyone! We have a slightly different week for you–a week of paying forward all the many blessings we here at Pub(lishing) Crawl have had. A week of talking about who and what we’re grateful for–and a week of giving back.

PoisonThe idea came about after we heard about a book called Poison by Bridget Zinn. We we so, so, so inspired and moved by her story–and by what her husband is doing for her–that we just had to participate.

For those of you who haven’t heard about Bridget or her book, she was a librarian and writer who finally reached her dream of publication. But she passed away last year without getting to see her book release. Her final, beautiful tweet to the world was, “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”

Many of us here at Pub(lishing) Crawl cried and cried after reading Bridget’s story–and we all realized how very, very blessed we are. We thought the best way to count our blessings would be to give some back. So today, we’re going to give thanks to the books that inspired us to enter the writing/publishing business.

But first, a bit about Bridget’s book Poison:

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her? (Read more…)

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely giveaway!

You could win one of THESE babies. Oh yeah, you know you want it.

I wish I could say, “Hey! I’m back to blogging, guys!”

But I can’t. Though my  internet-via-phone-only pet-sitting stint was VERY productive for book 3, it was not quite as productive as I’d hoped. Primarily because I ALWAYS overestimate how quickly I can work. Sigh.

Anyway, I am super, SUPER close to finishing up book 3. I wrote the The End yesterday…after four days of nonstop sobbing.

I have seriously never cried so much in my entire life.


My eyes have also never been this puffy. Nor my wrists so sore.

My goal is to now revise these final chapters into a Real Coherent Ending and then turn this sucker in to my editor. So, perhaps I’ll be back to blogging in 2 weeks?

ANYWAY, the point of this post was not to bemoan how deeply I am grieving or how close I am to finishing book 3, but rather to say

It’s my birthday!

Toss the confetti!

I turn 29-years-old today. Frightening. Next year is that dauntingly huge 30. This is my last year as a cool twenty-something! WAAAAAH.

But on the bright side of aging, I am doing a super epic giveaway!

A signed ARC of A Darkness Strange and Lovely!

There are very few of these in the world yet, since the book doesn’t release for 5 more months. But I am just dying to send this little baby into the world, so…I will! It has become something of a birthday tradition of mine to giveaway ARCs much too early.

Now, if you want to enter the giveaway, you can do it either HERE or over on Pub(lishing) Crawl. The only “advantage” to doing it on Pub Crawl is that there’s a fun quiz to go along with the giveaway. 😉

If you opt to enter the giveaway here, then please leave a comment telling me one of YOUR birthday traditions and then fill out the Rafflecopter form below! Huzzah! Oh, and the giveaway is open internationally! ♥

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: Interview with Wendy Higgins, author of Sweet Evil

Woohoo! We’re kicking off this second week of Pub(lishing) Crawl post-apocalyptic insanity with an interview from the amazing Wendy Higgins. If you haven’t read Sweet Evil, then you guys are really missing out. Seriously, there’s a reason this book has been making waves all over the blogosphere (and beyond!), and that reason is that it’s awesome.

Also, it’s got some seriously hot romance with a seriously amazing female lead (and comparably amazing male lead to match her–oh Kaidan, be still my heart!). Truly, guys, I cannot recommend this book enough! (Read more…)

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: We’re Glad We Survived the Apocalypse For THESE Books!

We’re back! And we made it through the apocalypse with only a few minor cuts and bruises. 😉

To kick off a brand new year at Pub(lishing) Crawl, we’re sharing some books we’re glad we survived the apocalypse for!

Also, if you scrollllllll down, you can enter in a HUGE GIVEAWAY to celebrate this new 2013! Don’t forget to enter or spread the word! Now, lets get started, shall we?

Marie Lu says she’s most excited for Proxy by Alex London. (Read more…)

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