Book Club Recap & Final Winner!

I am at Dragon*Con right now–probably wondering the booths for a new Star Wars t-shirt–so I’ll keep this brief.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the Something Strange & Deadly book club, both here and on Epic Reads.

You all are truly quite amazing and I love you for it.

On that note, the winner of last week’s giveaway (for a SIGNED copy of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass + signed copies of SS&D or ADS&L) is…

Sara of the Page Sage!

Thank you so much, Sara! And everyone else who joined in and was generally AWESOME throughout August. There are not enough ♥s to express how much I appreciate your interactions.

To everyone who signed up for the participation prize: Because I am out of town for the next two weeks, it will probably take me a bit of time to get you your prizes (A Dawn Most Wicked or an extra scene from A Darkness Strange & Lovely). Please bear with me–I haven’t forgotten you!!

If you still need to sign up for a participation prize, you can do that here. 🙂

And, in case you signed up but didn’t have a chance to participate, here’s a recap of all the month’s posts, discussions, and extra content.

Week 1

Discussion questions + historical extras

Listen/watch me read chapter in Something Strange & Deadly

List of discussions across the web

Week 2

Discussion questions + historical extras

Musical playlist that goes along with chapter 19 from Something Strange & Deadly

List of discussions across the web

Week 3

Discussion questions + fun extras

My dream cast for Something Strange & Deadly: the movie (that does not exist…yet)

List of discussions across the web

Week 4

Discussion questions + fun extras

Musical playlist that goes along with the opening scenes in A Darkness Strange & Lovely

List of final discussions across the web

Enjoy! And again, thank you. I’ll be back to the blogosphere in 2 weeks. À bientôt!

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Something Strange & Deadly, Final Discussions!

First off, let me start this post by sharing my Dragon*Con schedule (since that’s where I’ll be all of Labor Day weekend). Sarah J. Maas and I will be chillin’ like villains–and IN COSTUME, no less–while planning out more of our Starkillers Cycle during every free second we get.


    • Find me at the SFWA Booth at ~3 PM (near the Artists’ & Comics’ Alley)


      • 11:30 AM: Advice for Young Writers; Location: A707 – Marriott
      • 8:30 PM: Historical Fiction and Steampunk Themes; Location: A707 – Marriott 


        • 1:00 PM: Reading with Sarah J. Maas; Location: Vinings – Hyatt
        • 2:30 PM: Autograph Sessions; Location: International Hall South – Marriott

        Now then: ON TO THE BOOK CLUB! (Read more…)

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        A Darkness Strange & Lovely is here!

        Darkness has finally come to the City of Light…

        Okay, that sounds kinda weird, but you catch my drift. The second book in the Something Strange and Deadly series is FINALLY in stores!!

        It’s such a weird feeling because I finished this book over a year ago–before book 1 had even released–and it’s, you know, only just know shipping out to readers. But it’s also a wonderful feeling because watching readers get enthusiastic about a scene or excited about a character makes ME excited all over again. I feel that same rush I felt while drafting the story, and that’s a pretty incredible thing.

        I won’t bother you all with a long post promoting myself or my book–if you want to read it, I have no doubt you’ll find it. 🙂

        Instead, I just want to say thank you. I’ve a come a long way in the past year–as a writer, as a blogger, as a writing teacher, and as a human being in general–and a lot of my growth is thanks to YOU all.

        There is honest-to-goodness nothing more rewarding than getting a blog post comment, a tweet, an email, a Tumblr question, a Facebook like–WHATEVER. Hearing from you guys online and at events reminds me that what I’m doing matter…and wow, that’s a powerful feeling.

        So thank you. I really, really hope you enjoy A Darkness Strange and Lovely.

        Oh, and if you’d like a signed or even personalized copy of the book, be sure to head here and learn how (it’s the same price as buying it in a store!).

        Lots of love to you all, and never forget to ALWAYS AIM FOR THE KNEES!!

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        Pub(lishing) Crawl: YAGB Tour Recap!

        We were in the Chicago Sun-Times!

        We’re BACK FROM TOUR! And by we, I mean Sarah J. Maas, Erin Bowman, Kat Zhang, and myself.

        We survived our epic road trip, our 10 signing events, and our 8 workshops with only a few minor hiccups. Honestly, we could not have asked for a more smooth, fun, and gratifying tour.

        For those of you who DIDN’T know about the self-hosted tour that four of us Pub(lishing) Crawl ladies recently undertook, then you can read more about the idea here. Otherwise, read on as I give a quick recap of the past 2 weeks. (Read more…)

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        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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        What do YOU guys want to hear about?

        So, I had a CRAZY weekend. I mean crazy with a capital “C” and “Razy”. As such, I didn’t get a chance to think up some nice content for today’s blog post. I thought I’d just open the floor to comment-questions.

        Do YOU have any questions for ME?

        Or topics you want to read about?

        Feel free to ask about anything about publishing, writing, me, etc.


        Now about my CRAZY weekend. Saturday had the Frenchman and I traveling four hours to reach an Ikea. We are, as I think I’ve said before (?), renovating our new house (the one to which we are moving all this week). We’re also installing a kitchen ourselves, and after a lot of research and comparing, we opted the Ikea kitchen route (we also had an Ikea kitchen when we lived in Germany, and that thing was really sturdy. Especially considering the cost). (Read more…)

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        The Young Authors Give Back Tour!

        GUYS! Our big news is finally coming out into the world.

        And by “our”, I mean: Me, Erin Bowman, Sarah J. Maas, and Kat Zhang.



        Starting at BEA in New York City, we’ll be heading gradually west for two weeks–and ending up in Chicago.

        But it’s not just a self-hosted tour of total awesome, but a tour that’s all about GIVING BACK. For each city we hit up, we’re doing signings…and we’re hosting workshops. Free workshops for young writers. The whole focus of this tour is to reach out to young writers (or any writers, really). We all started writing young (as children!), and now we’re very blessed to be where we are today. We want to pay some of our good fortune forward! (Read more…)

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        Pub(lishing) Crawl: Those Who Inspire Us to Read

        Chances are, if you’re reading this blog post, then you enjoy reading.

        You probably devour book after book (and maybe you’re a writer too). You no doubt have a TBR (To Be Read) stack a mile high and your shelf space reached its limit long ago*. Maybe you’re a regular at your library/bookstore. Maybe you’re in a book club. Maybe your default birthday/holiday gift is a book.

        Me too.

        But I wasn’t always that way. Sure, my parents read to me growing up, and the highlight of Saturdays was going to the bookstore. I had a library card, and my mother was kind enough to transport me regularly. My parents promoted reading my entire life, and they supported it with their wallets and their time.

        But I can’t deny that my love for reading underwent a giant shift in 3rd grade. That was the year I met my best friend, Brenna. You see, Brenna’s mother was a librarian, so Brenna didn’t just like to read–she knew about reading. She knew titles and writer names and genres. Even cooler, her librarian mama was friends with authors. I very vividly recall the day Brenna flashed her signed edition of William Sleator’s Singularity like it was no biggie. (Read more…)

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        Thank you…take 2

        So…one week has passed. I’m not sure how it happened… One moment it was the 24th, then ten bazillion tweets, interviews, guest posts, Pinterest pins, emails, and loving comments later, it was suddenly the 31st.

        I have never, ever, EVER felt so much love. Truly, you all made the book’s release day (and the days following) the MOST SPECIAL DAYS OF MY LIFE. And it’s still happening! As more people read the book, more emails and more tweets show up on my feed and remind me why I ever set out to be a writer…

        You see, I think it’s easy to forget WHY we all started out with this whole writing thing… We get caught up in the “getting of an agent” and “keeping up with the trends”. Then we get wrapped up in selling our books to a publisher and worrying if OUR deal will be as big as THEIR deal–as if deal size and the time it takes to sell a book are somehow measures of the story’s quality. Guys, it isn’t. (Read more…)

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        Thank you

        Sorry: This post is very long. I tried to bold people’s names so they could find their own particular “thank you” more easily. I totally understand  if you don’t want to read it all; cliffnotes version: Thank you to everyone. :))

        This post is one of those that’s kind of hard to write…primarily because it leads to hysterical (happy) tears that leave my keyboard damp and my nose stopped up.

        But I have to say “thank you” today–on The Official Release Day of my book, I can’t happily bask in launch-glow without acknowledging ALL the people that got me here.

        Guys, writing a book definitely takes a village, and there were SO MANY people that helped me get Something Strange and Deadly to where it is today. And…so many of those people didn’t make it into the book’s acknowledgments. Funnily enough, I had to write my acknowledgments a year ago–before I even met or grew close with so many of the people that helped bring this book to its close.

        So, let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to staaart. When you sing you begin with…wait…sorry. The only way I can keep from crying today is to be a goofy fool. Forgive me.). (Read more…)

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