The Next Big Thing Slam Book

So it’s not really a slam book…but sometimes blog memes remind me of those awesome notebooks we used to send around in junior high. By “we” I mean all two friends and me.

ANYWAY, the lovely and wonderful Marie Lu tagged me in this fun little meme, and I thought I’d hop on…and tag three more authors! So, first I say what I’m working on…then I name three authors whose work I love. 🙂

What I’m Working On

Well, yesterday I turned in revisions for A DAWN MOST WICKED.


As I have mentioned on MANY occasions, this novella has darn near killed me. First I FINALLY found The Right Story with the how the Spirit-Hunters meet…and then, rightfully so, my editor pointed out that I wasn’t really showing any of Daniel’s relationship with The Girl Before Eleanor. And I spun my wheels trying to figure out why the romance was so flat in my earlier drafts…

And then it hit me like a freaking BUS that I wasn’t in love with Cassidy…so how could I write a convincing romance? I was still seeing her as The Girl Before Eleanor. I know it seems like such an obvious epiphany, but it took me MONTHS to finally see. And even then, it required me writing a few scenes AS Cassidy before I could really identify with her and see why Daniel would give her his heart .

ANYWAY. That just turned into a ramble. Sorry guys.

Now I’m going back to book 3, which needs to be WRITTEN…like…yesterday. 🙂

Authors I ADORE

So, I’m only supposed to mention three…but that seems so SMALL. How do I only pick three?

Well, let’s just say that I have MANY more authors than only three whose books I am anxiously awaiting. But, I decided to not include debuts and instead stick with authors who have sequels I am anxiously, DESPERATELY awaiting. 😉
First and foremost, I have to say…

the UNTITLED third book in the DUSTLANDS trilogy.

Book three releases in January 2014...

I have to thank Erin Bowman (author of TAKEN, which I am very, very excitedly looking forward to in April 2013) for introducing me to this book. I’m going to do a full review for BLOOD RED ROAD on Monday…but…yeah. This series. THIS SERIES.

It will blow you away. And then some.

Next on my list is

PRODIGY by Marie Lu.

Available January 29th, 2013

Guys…like…guys. LEGEND is amazing, and I actually have an ARC of PRODIGY.

I started it. And put it down because I wasn’t emotionally prepared for it. YES. I kid you not. There are some books I do this with (THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken and the BOOK THIEF come to mind) because either 1) I am afraid they will emotionally cripple me and I have a deadline, or 2) I’m afraid they’ll emotional devastate me and I’ll never write again. This was one of those books. I knew within the first 20 pages that sh** was about to get REAL, and I wasn’t sure I was up to the task…

But I still have that ARC. And it’s gonna be a holiday read when there are no deadlines or self-doubts to worry about. HECK YES.

And finally, a book that caught me by surprise and blew me away

UNTOLD by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Book 2 will be available August 29th, 2013

This is the sequel to UNSPOKEN, and…also a book I am not sure I’ll be emotionally able to read. Now that I know how INTENSE stuff got at the end of book 1 (and it started out so funny and light!), I…may actually need some time before I can handle book 2.

Fortunately, I have a while before it comes out. 😉

Um, and I’m just gonna tack one more of these on here…because 3 just really isn’t enough.

DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke.

Erica's newest book will be available some time in 2013

I am a huge, huge, huge fan of Erica’s TORN trilogy. Those books will take you through one emotional roller coaster…made of awesome. She has a new book coming out, and even though I know very little about the story, I know she wrote it. And that guarantees it’ll be good. 🙂

So there you go–my “Next Big Thing” contribution.


What are you working on right now?

And what sequels are you really looking forward to?