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Book Signing

After being knocked off the internet for a day because of my computer "forget" how to work (how the HECK does that happen anyway?) I can now post that my book signing for THE UNQUIET was a great success. :)

My biggest mistake was not springing for a better camera after my two nice ones mysteriously disappeared. TOTALLY disappeared, as in they-are-absolutely-nowhere-to-be-found-in-spite-of-my-tearing-up-the-house-multiple-times.Yes, ghosts do move things, don't they? Instead of springing for a decent, I bought a crummy Vivitar for around $30 and, sadly, I'm paying a much higher price with pictures like this--


--as well as quite a few others that didn't turn out and are not worth posting



...the book store was small, and quite crowded (above) so we moved next door to Vero Bistro which turned out to be even more crowded that the book store (their gelato, however, is to die for!). And the folks eating pizza seemed somewhat stunned when they realized they'd ended up in the middle of an author appearance.


And, once again, I was presented with some beautiful flowers by my best-ever nephew, Cory (pictured with mom Mary and little sis Rowan). xox

Thanks to everyone who came!

Welcome, RINN!!!

Awesome writing buddy Laura is having AN UNQUIET GIVEAWAY on her blog, LAURA'S REVIEW BOOKSHELF. She was kind enough to allow to me write a guest a post for her: Why I Write YA. Check it out and enter to win!

Thanks, Laura!

And yes, today is the official release of THE UNQUIET! It's hard to believe this book was SEVEN YEARS in the making--I kept starting it and then stopping it again to work on something else, and published two other books in the meantime. (Nobody can ever accuse me of being organized!)

Tonight I'll be at APPLETREE BOOKS at Cedar-Fairmount in Cleveland Heights from 7 pm till 9 pm. Please stop in if your in the area--I would love to meet you!

Also, thanks to all of your who enter the giveaway content on this blog. I'll be announcing the winners later today. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPREADING THE WORD!

And a special thank you to Tina Wexler and Caroline Abbey, my amazing agent and editor, for helping me bring such a complex character as Rinn to life. xox


See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles

READ ABOUT "SEE YOU AT HARRY'S" on jbknowles"s blog! Release date was May 8th.


SEE YOU AT HARRY'S at Amazon: Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. Her dad is always busy planning how to increase traffic to the family business. Her Mom is constantly going off to meditate. Her sister Sarah, who's taking a "gap year" after high school, is too busy finding ways not to work; and her brother Holden is too focused on his new "friend" to pay attention to her. And then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, and the center of everyone's world.

If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's best and oldest friend, there would be nowhere to turn. Ran is always calm, always positive. His mantra "All will be well" is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe.

But when their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down, Fern feels more alone than ever, and responsible for the event that wrenches the family apart. All will not be well. Or at least, all will never be the same.

As a HUGE fan of Jo's writing, I am so excited and I can't wait to read this!



THE SPRINGSWEET by Saundra Mitchell

Congratulations to Saundra Mitchell, aka anywherebeyond--for today is the release date for her novel THE SPRINGSWEET!


Amazon description: Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a “springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land. Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water. Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.

This is the follow-up book to THE VESPERTINE which Saundra worked on during YES! GRAPEMO! (and was so generous with her teasers!) and also the book I'm currently reading. How lucky am I to get to read them in quick succession?? TOTALLY lucky!

Best of luck to you, Saundra! xox

SEA: Heidi R. Kling

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to seaheidi on the release of her YA novel SEA


From Amazon: "Still haunted by nightmares of her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father’s relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder—something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn’t do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.

"But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.

"A compelling summer romance, SEA marks the arrival of a stunning new voice in YA."


Yay, Heidi!!!

April Henry: TORCHED

Congratulations to April Henry--aprilhenry--on the release of her new novel TORCHED!


From Amazon: "When Ellie’s parents are busted for possession of marijuana, the FBI gives her a choice: infiltrate the Mother Earth Defenders (MED), a radical environmental group, or her parents will go to jail. At first Ellie is more than willing to entrap the MEDics, but the more time she spends undercover—particularly with Coyote, the green-eyed MEDic that she can’t stop thinking about—the more she starts to believe in their cause. When talk turns to murder, Coyote backs out, but Ellie is willing to risk everything to save her family—even if it means losing Coyote and putting her own life on the line.

"April Henry, author of the acclaimed YA thriller Shock Point, pulls an issue straight from the headlines as she deftly explores what happens when good intentions get out of hand. With the environment a hot topic, this blend of explosive action and romance will make Torched a must-read for all suspense lovers."

April, this looks awesome!

April Henry's Website

Saundra Mitchell: SHADOWED SUMMER

A BIG congrats to Saundra Mitchell aka anywherebeyond and the release of SHADOWED SUMMER:


"Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

"Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him?

"And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?"


Carrie Jones: NEED

A slightly belated CONGRATULATIONS to carriejones for the release of NEED!!!


Amazon: "Now fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr have a new author to devour . . . Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

"With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has all the elements to keep teens rapidly turning the pages."

Guess what *I* am buying today??????

Carrie Jones's WEBSITE

Friday 5

1. This picture pretty much sums up the month of September for me:


2. Well, at least October started out much better--I got this in the mail today from awesome editor Caroline Abbey:


Paperback copies of Before/After which will be officially be released on October 28th. I love the new cover!

3. How many times I could not take my key out of my ignition because my car wasn't in park: 1,000+

~~How many times I realized that that was the reason the key was stuck: Maybe twice

~~~How many times the AAA guy laughed at me: Zero. Unless you count a stifled snort.

4. Another insane 3 days coming up: working, working, and working. And a doctor's appointment on Monday to verify that yes, I'm alive. I may have to work the streets a few nights to conjure up money as my LOVELY INSURANCE COMPANY won't pay for the office visit.

5. After rushing out to buy a new one, I finally found my camera under the seat of my car along with three crusted coffee mugs, a book, a pair of sandals, an old manuscript, a shredded cigarette, and months-old half-empty bottle of Mountain Dew.