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Summer is about to begin! 

But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we should stop reading and writing. I’ve teamed up with the YA Chicks and many participating authors (Rachel Caine, Amy Christine Parker, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Christina Farley, Vivi Barnes, Janice Gable Bashman, Tamsin Silver just to name a few!) on a global campaign to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!

You can also take part in…

A MONSTER GIVEAWAY! 

Vamped I’ll be giving away a copy of my first young adult novel, VAMPED, and also a Skype visit.

And there’s more! Every author participating in this campaign is giving away books, critiques, swag and/or Skype visits.

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL RUN FROM 9:00am, Friday, May 22nd – 11:00pm, Sunday, May 31st

So are you ready?

Drum roll….

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Can you guess where I am?  Here are some clues:

1- It’s a Southern thing.

2- Where Shopping is a Pleasure®

3- (Really, you need more?)

4- It really is super.

5- When I visit I throw caution to the wind and put all my eggs in one basket.

Once you’ve figured out where I’m writing, head over to the YA Chicks site and:

  • Officially enter the giveaway by inputting each author’s name and your guesses about our locations. Every author location you guess correctly increases your chances to win.
  • For even more chances, post a picture of yourself reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).

For writer prize packs:

  • Post pictures of yourself writing in a fun location on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then follow the directions on the Rafflecopter giveaway to let us know you did it.
  • For even more chances, gather your writer friends together and post a group shot with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). And hey, since you’re already together, why not host a write-a-thon?

For teacher prize packs:

  • Post pictures of your class reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).
  • Then let us know you did it when you enter the Rafflecopter. If you don’t have a Twitter or Instagram, you can email your picture directly with the picture pasted directly into the email (no attachments–we won’t open them) AND the subject, “Read or Write Anywhere.”
  • You can also check out the YA Chicks Read or Write Anywhere lesson plan, available on their site.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE!

Tomorrow, the YA Chicks with the help of many, many other writers of young adult, new adult and middle-grade fiction, are launching the #ReadorWriteAnywhere campaign.  The full list of participating authors and prizes and info on participation are up on their blog.  In short you can participate by:

-stopping by the YA Chicks blog tomorrow (kick off is 9 am Eastern) to see pics of the authors writing anywhere, click on their photos to see larger versions and to get clues on where they were taken, enter your answers and the giveaway on the blog.

-post pictures of yourselves reading or writing anywhere and post them up on social media with the hashtag #ReadorWriteAnywhere and let the YA Chicks now on the blog.

-teachers: post pics of your classes reading or writing anywhere with the hashtag and enter to win a Skype visit from participating authors.

I believe there will be a Rafflecopter set up so that we can keep track of it all for prize purposes.

Most of all, have fun and remember to keep on reading, keep on writing and keep on dreaming big!

Because I’m a bossypants, I roped more of my friends (including the great Nunes at Night band and Beth Ceyrolles of Brick City) into helping me demonstrate how to read or write anywhere.

In case you haven’t heard about #ReadorWriteAnywhere, it’s a great campaign started by the YA Chicks to encourage reading and writing specifically for (but not limited to) teens over the summer. On May 22nd, many young adult and middle-grade authors will be posting pictures of themselves writing anywhere with clues for viewers to guess where that might be. And, of course, prizes to be won for correct answers. But that’s not all! Readers, writers, teachers and students are all encouraged to share pictures of themselves reading or writing anywhere on social media with the hashtag #ReadorWriteAnywhere and then enter the Rafflecopter giveaways that will be posted for chances to win books, critiques, Skype visits for their classes, etc. You can check it out here on the YA Chicks blog.

To get you ramped up and show you how it’s done, I had some great friends of mine help out and take pictures of themselves reading and writing anywhere. So get pumped, get out there and get pictures. Ready? Set? Go!!!

The fabulous YA Chicks— ViviBarnesChristina Farley, and Amy Christine Parker—along with “guest co-creators” me, Peggy Jackson, and Tara Gallina, are putting together a really exciting global campaign launching on May 22, 2015, to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!  It will involve a big giveaway with THREE separate prize packs:

  • The Reader’s Pack: Includes one book from every participating author (just wait until you hear who we’ve got lined up!): US and Canada only
  • The Writer’s Pack: Includes query critiques, writing swag from authors, and more! International
  • The Classroom Pack: Includes free Skype visits w/YA Chicks and other participating authors, a signed YA Chicks poster, and other swag!International

Our introductory video is below (and much fun)!  You can click here to visit the YA Chicks website and find out more about participating.  There’s nothing to lose and a lot, potentially, to win!

Last week was an abridged one for me, since I left mid-afternoon on Thursday for the wonderful Lake County Library System’s BookFest.  This year’s theme?  Dreams & Nightmares.  I’ll post a bit about that below, but since Tuesday is new release day, I’m very excited to blog about one new release from last Tuesday and one re-release for today!

THE EXILE THE EXILE by C.T. Adams (Tor Books)

“Adams does an admirable job of breathing life into Faerie and its creatures before ending on a game-changing cliffhanger.” —Publishers Weekly

“. . . this book (the first in a planned series) will entertain readers looking for a fun fantasy that mixes adventure with just a bit of romance.” —Kirkus

Cover Copy: Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists—and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna’s apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds.

A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Angelo, a police detective who doesn’t believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne.

A suspenseful urban fantasy with a hint of romance. The Exile is the first solo novel by C.T. Adams, who is half of USA Today bestselling author Cat Adams. Like the Cat Adams Blood Singer novels, The Exile is set in a world where magic is real and contains Adams’s trademark blend of suspense, action, humor and strongly emotional writing.

under fire new UNDER FIRE by Beth Cornelison (Samhain)

(This brand new cover won out in competition, sparking this brand new reissue!)

“Beth Cornelison writes intriguing, emotionally-charged stories that will keep you turning the pages straight through to the end.  Fabulous entertainment!” — Susan Wiggs

Under Fire opens up emotionally charged, and the tension and suspense continues through to the last page… Under Fire is an exhilarating, high tension story and Ms. Cornelison’s side effect warnings of racing pulse, missed sleep, and nail-biting have been scientifically proven.  I enjoyed every word of Under Fire and I Joyfully Recommend it.” — Joyfully Reviewed

Cover Copy: A terrorist plot puts their lives-and hearts-on the line. When Jackson McKay and his daughter are kidnapped, their captors demand his research files on a devastating chemical weapon-or they’ll kill his little girl.

Jackson searches desperately for a way to save his daughter and also protect his country from the terrorists. No risk is too great. His daring escape sets in motion a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Arriving at the scene of a wildfire, smokejumper Lauren Michaels and her crew are caught in the crosshairs of Jackson’s nightmare. Lauren is the only one who can lead Jackson off the burning mountain and to the police. In order to prevent a national crisis and save a child’s life, they embark on a treacherous journey-one step ahead of a sniper! But more than their lives are at risk, because an unexpected heat flares between them that may cost them their hearts…

Warning: This title contains sex, strong language, some violence, smart men, courageous women, and heart-pounding action. Possible side effects of reading include racing pulse, missed sleep, and nail biting.

As for the Lake County BookFest, I was privileged to join an incredible line-up of authors, including Karen Chance, Nichole Peeler, Dana Cameron, C.L. Wilson, Leigh Perry/Toni Kelner, Susan Klaus, Caighlan Smith, Chris Tozier, and two of the fabulous YA Chicks, Amy Christine Parker and Vivi Barnes for a wonderful, FREE program at various Lake County Libraries this past weekend.  We YA Chicks did presentations on the publishing process and on characterization.  There were panels presented on mystery and urban fantasy, fantasy and romance, crossing genres, writing action: fight and love scenes and many other really useful topics.  We had a wonderful time talking, meeting friends and fans, and for some of us, even donning costumes for the kick off party.

me with disney princesses For example, me as Black Widow with the Disney princesses, all of whom made their outfits with their very own hands…color me impressed!

lcbf1 The YA Chicks in front of the Lady Lake Library’s fabulous and fantastical display, L to R: Amy Christine Parker, Vivi Barnes and me (really a “featured alternate” since Christina Farley was on tour in Korea for her fabulous YA series)

lcbf And the whole gang, L to R: Leigh Perry/Toni Kelner, Amy Christine Parker, Susan Klaus, me, Karen Chance, Vivi Barnes, Dana Cameron, Caighlan Smith, Nichole Peeler, C.L. Wilson (photo via the awesome Rachel Montgomery)