Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
I loved Emily's blog yesterday, especially the book part, so I thought I'd take a couple of minutes and let you know what YA books I have been devouring this summer.
Early in the summer, I fell in love with Veronica Roth's Divergent. She gives us a really interesting heroine and a futuristic, dystopin world that absolutely fascinated me.
Sophie Jordan's Firelight. I did the whole Chills and Thrills Teen Book Tour with Sophie Jordan this summer and had so much fun with her-- she's such a great person. In preparationg for book two in the series, I reread Firelight, which was just as good the second time around!
Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs, because, as you know, I love me a mermaid book ;) This one is just as fun and lighthearted as Forgive My Fins and just as wild a ride!
Jenny Han's series, Summer series. I devoured these three books, starting with The Summer I Turned Pretty, in about two days-- while on deadline. Which says a whole lot about how much I liked them!
Kody Keplinger's The Duff, which ended up being a really great love story, despite the title and marketing. The narrator had a great voice and it was a really enjoyable read.
Oh, and since I'm in the middle of writing Tempest Unleashed, I did just go back and read Tempest Rising for the first time since I wrote it, to make sure I've got Tempest's voice down (she's a lot different than Pandor, obviously ;)
So that's some of what I've been reading this summer. How about you? What are you reading?
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I am very excited to be the one with the first contest, because I really need your help! As you know, because I've been talking about it incessantly, I have a Pandora book coming out next year. Anyway, I just heard from my editor that Zero Day is not an optimum title, so I have to change it. And since that was my second title,and my first title, Unplugged, also got nixed, I'm in desperate need of help. So, you guessed it, I need help finding a title for the book and am throwing myself on your mercy.
Here's the blurb:
Pandora opens an email from her long-lost father on her seventeenth birthday and gets a lot more than she bargained for-- namely an attachment that uploads a worm to her computer and starts the countdown on technological armaggedon. As she and two friends, the gorgeous Eli and Theo, follow a scavenger hunt of clues of her father's making in an effort to find him and save the world, they face-off against everything from the FBI to a motorcycle gang bent on murder and mayhem to a massive tornado and the twisted mind of a madman, not to mention the very real threat of nuclear annihilation.
It's just a little different than Tempest, lol, but just as fun to write (and read, I hope). Anyway, the rules of the contest are: for every title suggestion you make for the book formerly known as Zero Day, I will enter you in a contest for a twenty-five dollar gift card to either Barnes and Noble or iTunes-- whichever you'd prefer.
Thanks in advance for your help!!!! The contest runs through Friday :)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Have a great Tuesday-- and be sure to check back tomorrow for a fun, new contest!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Teen movies are my not-so-guilty pleasure. I kneel at the alter of John Hughes. John Cusack has a permanent place on my freebie five list. Of the 83 DVDs in our family’s permanent collection that I can claim as just for me, fifty-seven (I counted) are YA. Big-budget or indie, doesn’t matter. Comedies, romances, dramas, I love them all.
Give me a geeky teen protagonist, a locker-lined setting and a kick-ass soundtrack, preferably with a Peter Gabriel penned anthem and I’ll happily hand over my $10 for a ticket. Throw in a cute guy with a mushy love story full of adolescent longing and I’ll call in sick to work for the first showing.
Favorite classic? Gorgeous Natalie Wood going crazy, literally, over hunky Warren Beatty, in Splendor in the Grass.
Favorite drama? The young buddy weeper Stand By Me (River! Gone too soon.)
My first love? Jake Ryan, Sixteen Candles. I was twelve, he was hot. I’d never wanted to be a freckled, flat-chested redhead more than when he leaned over that birthday cake and kissed Molly Ringwald. Bitch.
The scene that most made me wish I could go back in time and be in high school again (though this time with clear skin and better fashion sense)? Heath Ledger stalking Julia Stiles through the bookstore accompanied by Joan Armatrading’s gloriously moody The Weakness in Me: I'm not the sort of person who falls in and quickly out of love; But to you, I give my affection, right from the start. Oh. God.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Pretty in Pink. Some Kind of Wonderful. One Crazy Summer. Heathers. Romeo & Juliet. Cruel Intentions. American Pie. God forgive me: Twilight, New Moon & Eclipse—all regularly in the rotation.
There is, however, one glaring exception from my vast film library of high school angst. Anyone guess?
That’s right. I’ve never seen The Breakfast Club. Arguably the best teen movie ever made.
A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. They only met once, but it changed their lives forever. I’ve seen bit and pieces of it. Them running down the hall. Ally Sheedy as the proto-goth. But, for whatever reason, I just…I’ve never sat down and watched it all the way through.
It’s wrong, I know. How can I have sat through RPatz sparkling in the sun and never seen Judd Nelson in the greatest role of his life (he’s 51 now, by the way! How did this happen?).
I’ve promised myself that this is the year I will rectify the situation. I swear. I mean, I paid to see Red Riding Hood for God’s sake. Surely, watching The Breakfast Club will purge that cinematic sin from my soul.
How ‘bout you? What’s your favorite teen film? Any biggies you’ve missed over the years?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Premise: A modern day Pandora story, except in this case Pandora opens an attachment instead of a box and hearkens technological armageddon. There's an MMO, a real-life scavenger hunt, a love triangle, and a countdown to Armageddon .... just to name a few of the things going on in the book.
Main Characters: Pandora, Theo (Prometheus) and Eli (Epimetheus)
Setting: Begins in Austin, Texas and ends in South Dakota-- in the meantime, a whole lot of states are covered. The whole world is falling apart as the attachment, a computer worm, shuts down control systems around the world, and in doing so annihilates all technology.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Since I'm in the middle of writing it now, I thought I'd throw an excerpt up for you guys, since I've been getting a lot of emails about the second book. And check back regularly-- I'll be popping excerps up regularly in the next few weeks as I write :)
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Actually, there are going to be some changes happening here. I'm adding on my two writing partners for The International Kissing Club-- Shellee Roberts and Emily McKay (Together we are Ivy Adams)-- who will start blogging here next week!!!
In the meantime, here's the rundown on IKC:
Four Best Friends …Piper, Cassidy, Mei and Izzy are the misfits of Paris, Texas. Too artsy, too determined, too smart and too hip to fit in with the rest of their classmates, they’ve spent most of their sixteen years determined to escape the stifling fishbowl of life in their small Texas town.
One Mean Girl…
Enter Germaine Stewart, mean girl extraordinaire and undisputed queen of Paris High School. Head cheerleader and girlfriend of the coolest guy in school, she’s made it her life’s mission to torture Piper and her friends … a mission that leads, among other things, to Piper kissing a pig in front of the entire school—in her underwear.
Ten Million YouTube Hits…
When the Kiss the Pig video hits YouTube and Facebook there’s nowhere in the entire state of Texas—or America—that Piper can hide. Desperate to escape the pig noises that follow her every waking moment, she becomes an exchange student to the real Paris. Only her friends can’t let her go alone and soon Piper, Mei and Cassidy are heading to different countries for the adventures of their lives, while Izzy is stuck at home.
The International Kissing Club Facebook Page …
To make their time abroad more interesting—the girls form the International Kissing Club, a Facebook fan page where they record each boy they kiss while abroad—or at home, in Izzy’s case (one point for a regular kiss, three for a “transcendent” one).
Too Many Kisses to Count …
But while each girl meets a guy who curls her toes, their twelve weeks on their own teach them a lot more about themselves and their friendship than they ever expected.
And Ivy Adams: