April 15, 2014

Breakable Teaser #9

Three weeks. 21 DAYS.

Available May 6, 2014. Description and preorder links HERE.

(Side note to my Brazilian readers: I received my first-ever royalty payment from Verus Editora this past week. As an author, getting a royalty check is a big, huge deal. It means you earned out whatever advance you received. It says, "You are worth what we thought your were, and look - a bit more!" It says that readers believed in what I wrote so much that they paid for it. So here's my promise: If Breakable is published in Brazil, I will come to Brazil and do a signing. I will hug every one of you I can hug and I will SIGN ALL THE THINGS. Because OMG. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.)

April 11, 2014

Twelve Things About Writers

We mainline our drink of choice, whether that's Diet Coke or Earl Grey or Jim Beam.

When we were first introduced to math word problems, we felt a deep betrayal that has never gone away.

We congratulate ourselves for showering.
Well there's fifteen minutes I'll never get back.

Also for making a salad instead of grabbing a handful of stale Cheetos and a stack of Oreos for lunch. Who am I kidding - that never happens.

We notice when people say (or write) things like, "He can ride to the party with Gary and I." Our teeth may grind a bit, but we're used to this stuff. We're so used to it, in fact, that when we're writing, our brains reject (grammatically correct!) sentences like: "Come sit with Jill and me." Because people will think it's wrong, even though it's not. Instead, we type: "Come sit with us."

We believe caffeine is a food group.

Our characters are like strangers who grabbed us by the shirt front and insisted we listen to their story. And then repeat it back, word-for-word.

"I'm sure you're a really nice lady, but I'm more of a
sci-fi writer... I just don't see myself writing
women's fict— ow-ow-ow okay then!"

We can be either introverted or extroverted. Whichever of those we are, we're the insecure type.

Yes, we were totally eavesdropping on your conversation. Sorry we're not sorry.

If you were a dick to us in junior high, you've been fictitiously killed off at least once, and it wasn't pretty.
Hope you enjoyed ridiculing my training bra in front of your jock friends in 7th grade, Sally.

We get our best ideas when we can't write them down: in the shower, while driving, in the middle of the 5th grade winter orchestra concert, during communion...

We used to be more organized, we swear.

April 8, 2014

Breakable Teaser #8

Four more weeks until Breakable's release. Many of the review sites approved by my US publicist began receiving their copies this week. Cue the stomach-dropping nerves! Lucas is ready to tell you his story, though, even if I'm tempted to follow my introverted instincts and hide under my desk. :)

Available May 6, 2014. Description and preorder links HERE.

April 2, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway: Breakable

Penguin/Berkley is offering FIFTEEN paperback copies of Breakable in a Goodreads giveaway! Since this giveaway is hosted by my US publisher on Goodreads.com, winners must be US-based Goodreads members. If you aren't a current Goodreads member, now is the time to join!

Enter HERE and good luck! Winners will be chosen on April 30th and notified by email.