Saturday, January 31, 2009

More Blog Tour News

I've got a lot of stops on my blog tour coming up soon that I'm really excited about!! Here's are some of the confirmed ones (and I've got some others in the works that I'm excited about, too!).

In February, you'll be able to find me at YA Book Realm, TruNerd, 52 Books & 52 Weeks, Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf, Hope's Bookshelf, Book Chic, and The Story Siren. In March you can find me at The Compulsive Reader, Reading Keeps You Sane, The Not-So-Closet-Geeks, and Nocturnal Reviews.

It's not too late to join the tour! If you're interested in participating, e-mail me at

And it's February tomorrow!!! The September Sisters release month is finally here!!!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Blog Tour Begins!

Today I'm kicking off my blog tour with an interview with Stephanie over at Juiciliciousss Reviews. (Actually, it's not really a blog tour as much as a bunch of interviews and guest posts with some very fun book bloggers that I've got lined up in the next few weeks -- but blog tour sounds cooler so I'm sticking with it!) If you want to read the interview click here.

If you want to join in on my blog tour fun by hosting me on your blog with a guest post, interview, author chat, etc. just drop me an e-mail at

And only 26 days till The September Sisters hits bookstores!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Contest Winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the contest! I wish I had ARCs to send to all of you, but unfortunately I don't, so I had to use to pick only two of you.

The winners are. . .Kelsey (from Reading Keeps You Sane) and Shalonda.

E-mail me with your addresses and how you'd like the book signed.

The good news is The September Sisters will be out in bookstores in 32 days! One month!! And I'm planning on a contest to give away a signed hardcover copy of the book around that time. So if you didn't win this time, you'll have more chances to win!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Blogging elsewhere. . .

Today I'm blogging over at the Harperteen MySpace page about when I first knew I wanted to be a writer. You can click here to read it -- and if you haven't already, friend me on MySpace while you're there!

Yesterday, I blogged about my grandfather over at The Novel Girls. He was involved in many of my fondest and most embarassing memories, as you can see from the post if you click here.

Only a few days left in my contest. You have until Tuesday to enter, and Wednesday I'll announce the winner!!

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Guest post at The Novel Girls

Over at The Novel Girls today, Maureen Lipinski posted her interview with literary agent, Holly Root. It's a great interview -- especially if you're looking for an agent of your own, or even if you want an insider's take on what's selling right now.

The rest of us are blogging about our embarassing moments this week, so tune in on Thursday for mine. I'm still contemplating what I'm going to write about -- there are so many to choose from, but most I don't think I'm willing to share with the blogosphere!

And don't forget, you have until Jan. 20th to enter my contest.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Six weeks and counting

I've spent the last year thinking of myself as a debut author, and even though The September Sisters isn't even out yet, I got a little taste this week of what it might feel like not to be a debut author any more! I got to see a draft of the jacket copy for my second book, which reminded me that the book was done, in copy-editing, and wow, coming out in another year! (Hopefully, I'll be able to share this jacket copy very soon!).

But I will say that I was especially excited about the part that referred to me as "The author of The September Sisters" and also the spaces on the back cover where the publisher is planning on putting praise for The September Sisters. It made me realize how fast this whole debut thing is going to whirl by, and how I should enjoy it while it lasts, every little bit of it.

At the same time, I also started to feel a little nervous this week for the first time, thinking about upcoming reviews and The September Sisters hitting shelves in only six weeks. I've been so excited about the book's release for so long, that I never expected to feel nervous, like first-day-of school nervous, at that. I wonder if it will always feel this way, or if it's just something debuters feel?

Anyway, I also finished a draft of my new adult novel, printed it, and mailed it off to my agent this week. So by mid-week, I found myself projectless, which meant I actually cleaned my house a little bit and went to bed before midnight a few nights in a row. (I can't remember the last time I've done this.) But okay. That's enough. I'm ready to dig in and start something new. Because really, I just don't feel like myself unless I'm sleep-deprived.

Don't forget, you have until Jan. 20th to enter my contest to win a signed ARC of The September Sisters.

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Contest

I'm having another contest, and I'll be giving away another signed Advanced Review Copy of The September Sisters. There are a few ways to enter, and the more ways you enter, the more chances you get to win.

1.) Post The September Sisters countdown widget on your blog, site, or myspace page. (To get the widget, scroll down the left hand sidebar, and click on "share.") E-mail me at to let me know where you've put the widget. Each place gets you one entry into the contest.

2.) Add The September Sisters to your wishlist or to-read list on Goodreads, Shelfari, Librarything, Visual Bookshelf (or any similiar site that I don't even know about. I'm sorta new to all the reading/networking sites!). E-mail me at to let me know about any or all the sites where you've added the book. Each one gets you an entry (If you've already added it and you're interested in entering, e-mail me to let me know and I'll enter you in the contest).

3.) Post a link to this contest post on your site or blog, e-mail me to let me know, and you'll get another entry into the contest.

This contest deadline is January 20th, so you've got two weeks! Good luck!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Contest Winner!

I used to randomly select one follower to win a signed ARC of The September Sisters. And the winner is. . .Carol(ina). E-mail me your address and how you'd like the book signed to so I can send your copy.

I'm going to have another contest starting next week, so stay tuned for details!