Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I Spent the Day with John Cusack

“Wasn’t that the worst apocalypse…EVER?” I texted to my older brother the day after, who quickly replied, “I’ve seen better.”

All day long on Rapture day my siblings exchanged text messages. My other brother wrote, “No sense buying green bananas” and “I’m not flossing today.” And when my sister did her grocery shopping, she texted, “Everything I bought today is a lifetime supply.” I also called my mom to borrow money, telling her I’d pay her back on Monday. She totally fell for it. After the clock ticked down to THE END, I had an automatic message go out to anyone who texted me – “The person you tried to reach has ascended. Try again later.”

My husband and I celebrated our last day by watching the movie “2012” with John Cusack—no less—and ordered our first pizza in months. We ate dessert first and ran with scissors to work up an appetite, capping off our excitement with an exploding world tsunami flick. I thought the movie would blow, but the special effects kept us overlooking the fact that it was a John Cusack movie. After the film ended, I texted my family, saying, “We’re celebrating Christmas. Happy New Year!”

In hindsight, if I had actually believed the end of the world would come on a damned weekend—Why not on Monday, for crying out loud?—I might have spent the time better. I blame John Cusack for this. I’m jaded. Cynical. Maybe I should have taken it more seriously and taken stock in all the things I have to be thankful for, but I didn’t want to crowd Thanksgiving. That day, turkey rules.

So tell us. How did you spend Rapture Day? What cracked you up? What made you think? What did you actually do as the clock ticked down? Or did you even KNOW about it? (Yeah, some of my friends didn’t buy a vowel or get a clue. [Insert eye roll here.])

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Next Book with Harlequin Teen - Sneak Peek

My next YA with Harlequin Teen is ON A DARK WING, a paranormal suspense novel set in Palmer, Alaska. I lived in Anchorage for ten years and still feel like Alaska is home. DARK WING is scheduled for release in 2012. Here’s a sneak peek:

On a Dark Wing
Harlequin Teen (2012)
ISBN 978-0-373-21041-1

The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over.
I would learn a lesson I wasn’t prepared for.
And Death would be my willing teacher.

Five years ago Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her lucky break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

Now she’s the target of Death’s Ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death is with him because of her.

Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chills & Thrills Teen Book Tour BLASTS OFF!

Our summer read tour in Texas kicked off to a great start at Barnes & Noble - La Cantera in San Antonio and at BookPeople in Austin Texas. Both stores rolled out the red carpet and made us feel very welcomed. Now I have even more books to read.

Thought you might like to see photos of the events. For more information on the rest of the tour and who will be at the remaining locations, please visit:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Signings & Sales

Texas Book Tour
Hot new titles for cool summer reads

I’ll be touring Texas with the Chills & Thrills Teen Book Tour in May. Check out my young adult APPEARANCE page for details. We have a blog giving tour dates & times, locations, and which Texas YA authors will be participating at each location. Yes, every author is home grown in Texas. I feel fortunate to be touring with authors of this caliber with so many diverse YA books to offer. Fins, fangs, ghosts, dragons, cemetaries, angsty teen love, and dark edgy murder.

Texas YA Authors on tour are: Jennifer Archer, Lara Chapman, Tara Lynn Childs, Jordan Dane, Tracy Deebs, Sophie Jordan, & Mari Mancusi. Be sure to check each signing location for participating authors.

Foreign Sales

I’m pleased to announce that IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS has garnered international interests. Harlequin Teen has sold into several countries (besides North American rights into Canada). Australia released the book in May, 2011. The cover is stunning. France and the U.K. will be released in 2012. I can’t wait to see these covers as well.