July 30, 2014

Vegas Valley Book Festival

My last US appearance of 2014: the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Mark your calendars for this huge annual event, to be held October 16-18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The festival will feature over 165 authors and 100 events, including panel discussions, keynote speakers, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds. Most of these events are FREE and open to the public!

I'm scheduled to sign books on Saturday, October 18th in YA Signing Tent 2 at 2:00 pm, along with several other fabulous NA authors such as Sophie Jordan and Cora Cormack. Hope to see you there!

June 30, 2014

Breakable Bookplates

Signed bookplates for Breakable are finally available! Those of you who've been asking - thanks so much for your patience... and also for the gentle kick in the butt I needed to get these done.

I sell these for cost, not profit - meaning the price represents the total cost of the bookplate, envelope, postage, and Paypal fee tacked onto each sale.

I am, however, retiring one of the Easy bookplates (the "smiling" one) - mostly because the pic, while adorable, is too large - as is my name. When signing, I find I'm either squishing my signature, or signing right into the book title. So I'm going to GIVE those away until they're gone. Follow the instructions on the Bookplates tab to get yours!

Here's the size of the bookplates, relative the size of the books:

Just remove the adhesive backing and stick them inside the cover, on the title page, or wherever else you'd like. Enjoy! And as always, thank you for reading.

June 11, 2014

Breakable Playlist

I sometimes need complete silence to write. Scene-setting? Difficult verbal interactions? Quiet, please. When tackling certain sections, however (well-flowing dialogue and physical interactions like fights and, um, sexytimes), my ability to craft those scenes can be enhanced by listening to particular songs. In one case, an emotionally powerful song (Holcombe Waller's Hardliners) was even (with the artist's permission) incorporated into the story itself (Easy - chapter 24).

While I wrote Between the Lines, I amassed a playlist on iTunes that grew longer along with the novel. Any song that spoke to or about my characters - whether the lyrics touched what they were going through or the music reflected their emotional states - ended up in that list. I found myself frequently just hitting the replay button any time I sat down to write. Those songs became a soundtrack for the story.

As I began writing the next book (a sequel to the first), I moved a few of those tracks to a new playlist and started the process over.

When readers and interviewers began asking questions concerning musical inspiration, I realized that some might like to hear those soundtracks for themselves. Going one step further, I thought it would be cool to assign tracks to chapters. Individual playlists are now posted on my YouTube channel.

Breakable's playlist was over ninety tracks long before I pared it down. Even though it's my longest book, it has the least amount of chapters. So, I ended up keeping a few extra this time. Enjoy.