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This year’s RWA was pretty amazing for me.  First, I LOVE San Antonio.  The Riverwalk is beautiful, peaceful, lush and a great place to visit.  Second, the people were, as always, fabulous.  I love catching up with my authors, meeting new people, finding myself standing next to a longtime heroine of mine (Susan Elizabeth Phillips) and trying not to fangirl.  I was blown away by the party settings and the innovative ways the publishers made their events special, from photo ops to flower pins and hairclips made from book pages.  Every time I thought, “This setting has =got= to be the best” I had to revise my opinion when I reached the next event.  In short, the publishers blew out all the stops and I enjoyed every moment of the conference.  So that you can share a bit of it with me, here are some pics.  Not nearly all I wanted to take (ref. my attempts not to fangirl), but a good representation.

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Me and the stellar Vicky Dreiling!

Next week I’m off to the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in Sydney.  So excited!

A huge WHOO HOO and shout out to:

Wild Things Chloe Neill, whose latest Chicagoland Vampires novel WILD THINGS is on Amazon’s list of Best Books of the Month for February!

spirit and dustgated Rosemary Clement-Moore and Amy Christine Parker for being named to ALA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers for their novels SPIRIT AND DUST  and GATED respectively!

LEGACY Molly Cochran, whose young adult novel LEGACY is currently specially priced for Kindle at just $1.99!

Quick quotes:

“Cochran’s first title for young adults is a rip-roaring adventure featuring half-witch Katy Jessevar, newly exiled to boarding school when her widowed father takes up with a cutthroat businesswoman…. The well-conceived history and culture of Katy’s magical world make this first title unique in the panoply of series featuring a half-mortal, half-magic character. Other interesting features are Cochran’s emphasis on nature’s role in magic, a definite pro-environment and anti–big business slant, and her inclusion of characters of color. The teasing epilogue promises a sequel, and readers will be ready for it.” – Booklist

“Cochran’s first book for teens will satisfy readers hungry for a little paranormal excitement and romance in a post-Twilight world…a quick, entertaining read.”–Kirkus

“In her YA debut, bestselling adult author Cochran (the Forever King trilogy) presents an exciting and well-written tale of contemporary witchcraft and romance…should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller”–Publishers Weekly

“The unsettling and unique plot details and well-drawn secondary characters make this novel stand out from others in the genre.” —School Library Journal

princeofshadows_lores Rachel Caine, who is currently on tour for her latest novel PRINCE OF SHADOWS, an intriguing retelling of Romeo & Juliet from the point of view of Benvolio.  She talks about it here with The Huffington Post and here with USA Today!

And last, but not least, Amy Christine Parker and I share our literary heartthrobs this week with the YA Rebels!

It seems the days when I could count on things being quiet enough to post a leisurely blog are far behind me, so I’m a couple of days late posting my happy book birthdays for the week. Here are some great, great reads just out!

Kicking_It KICKING IT edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price

This is am amazing urban fantasy anthology featuring, as the cover says, “All-New Tales of Murder, Magic, and Manalos”.  Okay, not all the boots are Manolos, but, hey, alliteration…what can you do?  Featured here are some of the very top names in urban fantasy…and me.  Awesome stories from Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Rob Thurman, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Christina Henry, Chris Marie Green, Shannon K. Butcher and (last but least), me.  Really, seriously worth checking out!

nightmaster-150x237 NIGHTMASTER by Susan Krinard

Amanda Quick said, “Susan Krinard was born to write romance.”  I couldn’t agree more.  She’s won the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality, as well as many Readers’ Choice, PRISM and other awards for her paranormal romance.  NIGHTMASTER is the second in her exciting Nightsiders series for Harlequin’s Nocturne line (the first is DAYSIDER).

colton christmas rescue COLTON CHRISTMAS RESCUE by Beth Cornelison

Award-winning author Beth Cornelison’s latest release is in the very popular Coltons of Wyoming continuity series.

Cover copy:

Join the Coltons of Wyoming for a holiday showdown at Dead River Ranch

Deep undercover, Wyoming special agent Slade Kent comes to Dead River Ranch with only one thing in mind: justice. Bent on solving a string of recent crimes, as well as his father’s long-unsolved murder, he won’t let down his guard for anyone. Until beautiful heiress Amanda Colton and her baby are attacked. He’ll do anything to protect them…even put his heart on the line.

Amanda’s done with deception, but the irresistibly mysterious Slade draws her trust. When danger—and uncontained passion—spark, they must both put aside secrets and agendas for survival…and love?

Looking for more great reads?  GoodReads has announced their Best Books of 2013!  I’m particularly excited to have TWO authors on the Paranormal Fantasy list – the fab Chloe Neill and Faith Hunter!

Also, Amy Christine Parker and I recommended some Rebel Reads in our video Tuesday for the YA Rebels (see below).  And if you scroll below that, you’ll see a couple more of my Rebel Reads that I’d somehow neglected to send, but which are great recommendations for boys particularly: SUBJECT SEVEN by James A. Moore and PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry.  (Also, my 13 year old recommends Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series, Kristen Simmons’s ARTICLE 5, and Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle.)

Yesterday I posted about the Crossroads Blog Tour, coming October 21st – October 28th.  Well, guess what?  Just before that comes Teen Read Week!  It would be fabulous for you to choose one (or more!) of the authors from the tour so that it’s that much more meaningful when you follow us and maybe win that Kindle pre-loaded with great reads!  Other fabulous choices: The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, BRIMSTONE, HIGHWAY TO HELL, THE SPENDOR FALLS or TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore, LEGACY by Molly Cochran, THE DARK ELITE and CHARMFALL by Chloe Neill, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund, RADIATE by Marley Gibson, the Vamped series by, well, me…or any of my Girlfriends Cyber Circuit sisters, like Gretchen McNeil, interviewed below about her new release, TEN, a modern teen take on Agatha Christie’s classic TEN LITTLE INDIANS.

Synopsis:

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Interview with Gretchen McNeil:

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser?  Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I’m like a plotpantser.  Basically, I outline the first act, and then I know what the end will basically be, but what happens between the beginning of Act II and the end of Act III is malleable!  When I’m on deadline, I try to write 1k words a day, 5 days a week.  That’s a comfortable pace for me.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

The waiting.  I’m not a particularly patient person, and so waiting for everything from notes to cover reveals to reviews to sales figures is so difficult for me!  I cope with champagne.  😉

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Meg can’t possibly live without her notebook, a pen, and T.J. Fletcher.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

Funnily enough, someone tweeted last week how Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights)  would be perfect as T.J. Fletcher.  I’m in total agreement.  And the only other character I’d definitely want the chance to cast would be Minnie – Elle Fanning would be perfect.

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?

Definitely check out the appearances page on my blog for all my upcoming events: http://gretchenmcneil.blogspot.com/p/appearances.html

And if you want be in the loop for exclusive meet and greets with me, sign up to join the Army of Ten!  http://armyoften.blogspot.com/

Congratulations on your fabulous new release!

Yesterday a very fabulous book released, BRIMSTONE by Rosemary Clement-Moore, which includes two novels I consider to be my gateway drugs into young adult fiction, PROM DATES FROM HELL and HELL WEEK, which won the RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance.  These are the first two novels in the snarky and wonderful Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series, which continues with HIGHWAY TO HELL.  I highly, highly advise you to check them out!

In other news, I’ve been holding onto a wonderful interview with Elise Allen for her new release POPULAZZI!  (I know, bad blogger, no cookie.)  But I’m pleased to present it to you now, along with a big of info about the author and book.

Bio:

After starting her career in television, Elise Allen has emerged as a vibrant new voice in teen fiction.  She is the co-author of Hilary Duff’s New York Times Bestseller Elixir, as well as its sequels, Devoted and True.  She received an Emmy nomination for her work on the PBS show Dinosaur Train, and fulfilled a lifelong dream when she wrote for the Muppets.  She lives in Los Angeles, where she indulges her inexplicable desire to run marathons.  Visit her at www.eliseallen.com, or on Twitter @EliseLAllen.

Synopsis:

WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you had the chance to erase your past and reinvent yourself as the person you’ve always wanted to be?  Would you grab it?  Would you stick with it, no matter what the consequences?

Cara Leonard always wished she could be one of  those girls: confident, self-possessed, and never at a loss for the perfect thing to say.  One of the Populazzi.

It always seemed impossible… but now could be her chance.

When Cara moves to a new school just before junior year, her best friend urges her to seize the opportunity and change her life… with the help of The Ladder.  Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms herself into the perfect girlfriend for guys higher and higher on the Popularity Tower, she can reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi, the most popular girl in school.

The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment — a straight climb up — but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted.  And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.

Interview with Elise Allen:

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser?  Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer? 

My writing process is complete chaos.  I’m a plotter, but a rough plotter, and I’m not married to anything I plot.  When the characters morph and change and develop and tell me they want to do something other than I had in mind for them, I listen.

As for when I write, I have fantasies of an organized “writing time” each day, but it never works out that way.  I’ve never heard the term “spree writer,” but I love it!  It’s also very accurate.  I’ll fit in my writing whenever I can, but then I’ll take a whole day when my husband’s hanging with our daughter, plop my butt at a coffee shop, and not move for twelve hours while I write.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

For me it’s the first draft.  Rewriting – even if it’s a page-one, rip-it-all-to-shreds-and-start-fresh rewrite – is fun and exciting, but that first draft… I have a horrible time getting what Anne Lamott calls Radio Station KFKD out of my head.  I’m always imagining someone staring over my shoulder and making gagging noises so loudly that I can’t hear myself think.

How do I get through it is a tougher one to answer, since I’ve yet to find that great, healthy solution that I’m positive is somewhere out there, taunting me with its elusiveness.  In the meantime, I battle it with boatloads of coffee, eardrum-shattering music blaring through headphones… and mass quantities of munchies.
We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

1)    Snacks – ideally French fries and chocolate shakes, so she can dip the fries into the shakes and enjoy.

2)    A journal to vent about the drama she will undoubtedly encounter even when she’s all alone on an island.

3)    A small replica of the Liberty Bell and an ancient pack of Tastykakes.  I know it sounds odd, but it has major sentimental value.
If your story were a film, who would you cast?

I love this game!  And it gives me a chance to say that Populazzi has been optioned for a film, so fingers crossed we’ll be playing this game in real life.

For Cara, my lead character, I’d cast Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland.  She’s great with comedy, emotionally honest, and very likable.  And while she’s the beautiful, confident daughter in Modern Family, I believe she’d do a great job as the far less secure Cara, and get to show off a more vulnerable side.

Cara’s best friend Claudia is a whole pile of quirky, obsessed with all things Shakespearean and dramatic.  For her I’m very intrigued by Ashley Rickards, from MTV’s Awkward.  I think she could totally nail the role.

Archer, the guy for whom Cara falls hard, has to be charming, quirky, quick-witted and completely at ease … except when he’s trying to express his feelings for Cara, at which point he gets all tangled up in himself.  My dream would be Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire.  I get all melty just imagining him in the role; he’d have Cara and the rest of the world completely in love with him.

Nate Wetherill is the dark, brooding, guitar-playing DangerZone who makes Cara’s blood race.  There is no question in my mind that this should be Darren Criss from Glee.  Nate is a complete 180 from Blaine, but I know Criss could pull it off, and I think he’d have a blast with it.  Plus there’s the fact that between Glee and A Very Potter Musical,I have a mild obsession with Darren Criss, and working with him professionally would give me a legitimate reason to gush to him about his awesomeness.

Then there’s Trista, the Supreme Populazzi who has the whole school in the palm of her hand.  My dream pick?  Emma Watson!  I love her!  She’s gorgeous, self-possessed, and a terrific actress, plus sexy, devious Trista is a complete departure from Hermione Granger, so she’d get the chance to play way off type.

 
Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?

Sure!  I’m doing a giveaway right now on my blog, and the winner gets a five-pack of books: Populazzi, plus one book from each of the four authors who blurbed it.  Check it out here: http://eliseallen.com/2012/bookscoop/populazzi-paperback-prize-a-palooza/
Congratulations on your fabulous new release! 

Thanks so much, Lucienne, and thanks for hosting me on the blog!  I’m really excited about Populazzi coming out in paperback!
Book Trailer:

It was wonderful to spend last weekend at the DFW Writers Conference, communing with my fellow agents, meeting and renewing friendships with the wonderful DFW membership and seeing some of my local authors!  Here’s a wonderful pic of us at dinner at Italianni’s.

(From L to R: J. Kathleen Cheney, P.N. Elrod, Karen Whiddon, me, and Rosemary Clement-Moore)

Rosemary’s novel TEXAS GOTHIC, a fabulous story that appeals to adults as well as the young adult audience for which it’s intended, was just featured on Good Morning, Texas as a great book to take to the pool or beach, especially for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend! Oh, and that first series that’s mentioned (“like Veronica Mars meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Delacorte is bringing out the first two, PROM DATES FROM HELL and HELL WEEK, and publishing them together in September in an omnibus edition called BRIMSTONE.  I highly recommend checking it out!

If you’re looking for romantic reading for the holiday weekend, RT Book Reviews has a “Which Self-Published Story is Right for You?” quiz up on their website featuring works by Sharon Sala, Diana Layne, Crista McHugh and our own Beth Cornelison (TRUST IN ME, currently just 99 cents!).

Here are some other great 99 cent reads!

THE MALORIE PHOENIX by Janet Mullany: a stolen family jewel, an abandoned child, mystery, intrigue and, best of all, romance!

Z by Lauren Baratz-Logsted: a contemporary re-envisioning of The Great Gatsby

Our you can “Take Five” with Lynn Flewelling, whose latest Nightrunner novel featuring my very favorite spies Seregil and Alec, will be out next week (CASKET OF SOULS).

They’re a bit more than 99 cents currently, but, of course, if you feel a sudden urge to run out for any of my books, there’s the Vamped series (Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer…nearly as cool as Veronica Mars meets…) or BAD BLOOD (mythology, murder and mayhem, first in the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series).

A huge, super-congrats to Rosemary Clement-Moore, whose novel TEXAS GOTHIC (Delacorte Books for Young Readers) is on Kirkus Reviews’ Best Teen Books of 2011 list!

So well deserved!  Anyone who likes mystery, romance, the paranormal or simply a wonderful read ought to pick it up.

But don’t take my word for it:

“A deeply affectionate rendering of Texas landscapes and legends combines with an appealing cast of well-developed characters to give texture to this well-plotted mystery; truly scary moments are balanced by the humorous bumbles of the awkwardly developing romance between Amy and Ben, as well as Phin’s sublime cluelessness about the way her eccentricities appear to other people. The mystery itself is a richly imagined interpolation on documented history and lore of the area; readers who’ve outgrown the silliness but not the adventure of Scooby-Doo will thoroughly enjoy this.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This engaging mystery has plenty of both paranormal and romance, spiced with loving families and satisfyingly packed with self-sufficient, competent girls.” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“Teens looking for a rollicking adventure filled with paranormal events, dastardly evildoers, and laugh-out-loud moments as Amy and Ben argue and snipe their way to love will adore this book.”       —School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Overall, an amazing book and Rosemary Clement Moore is definitely someone you guys should check out!” —Radiant Reads