Thursday, January 19, 2012

My too hot for YA WIP

I have been Tweeting a lot recently about my WIP using hashtags such as #toohotforYA and #sexsexsex and #yummy. Today I'm giving you a peak at my YA WIP.

Here is my 18 year-old protag:

And here is his song. (The Youtube video is linked because the amazing artist who recorded it has asked that it not be embedded.)

With any luck, someday you might get to read him =)

What are y'all working on?

Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Book Recs and stepping away

There have to be a bazillion books coming in 2012 that I want to read. I won't get to all of them, unfortunately, but I've been lucky to get my hands of a few of them already. The ones I read and loved, I've listed below. You should definitely check them out.

RIFT by Andrea Cremer (cover not available)
My fabulous critique partner, Andrea Cremer's Bloodrose just released last week. If you haven't read the Nightshade series, you should do that pronto. And when you finish the trilogy, be sure to check out the prequel, Rift, coming out in August. It's about the origins of the witches war and features fabulous new characters that you're sure to fall in love with. I told Andrea it has a Fire feel about it, for those of you who love Kristen Cashore.

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (cover not available)
I love everything that Kody writes, and this is no exception. As a matter of fact, I think this is her best novel yet. Go get it when it comes out in June, and have tissues ready, cuz you'll need them.

False Memory by Dan Krokos

If you like a good thriller, pick this up when it releases in August. Action packed from the first few pages, it never lets up. You'll love trying to guess what's going to happen next.

Tempest by my drinking buddy, Julie Cross ;p

The release of Tempest is only a week away, and you'll want to read this book. Your heart will go out to Jackson as he travels back in time to save his girlfriend from being murdered. It's a wild ride, though, so you'll need to hang on to your seat.

Wings of the Wicked by my tour partner, Courtney Allison Moulton

Wow! That's pretty much all I have to say. You'll want this as soon as it comes out at the end of the month. Will...Caden. Wow. Get ready to dig deeper into the world of reapers. And just when you think you're safe...

A Touch Morbid by my other tour partner, Leah Clifford

Dark. Twisty. Dark...and dark. Oh yeah, and Kristin (who's twisty). Leah does a great job taking us deeper into the world of Siders and all their dark twistiness. If you liked A Touch Mortal, you'll want to snatch this one up when it releases in February.

And, on a personal note, many of you might have noticed I've been missing in action. I haven't posted here in over a month, which has never happened before. November and December were busy months for me both professionally and personally. Once again, I accidentally did NaNoWriMo and wrote a book, but also, my daughter had major surgery. Lately it seems many authors have stepped away from their blogs. Most have been gracious and posted to their readers that they were going to be on hiatus. I just took one. Mostly because it really wasn't planned. But the feeling from many authors in the blogosphere seems to be burnout. The immensely talented and scarily funny Kiersten White, the stupendously popular Nathan Bransford and my idol, Myra McEntire have all recently posted about stepping back. For me, it's a matter of sanity--and family. My daughter posted this fall on Facebook (when she thought I was too busy to notice) that her mom is so busy since she started writing that they aren't close anymore. (The mother in question would be me, in case you missed that.) So, in 2012, I'll be here when I have something to say, or when I have books to give away, cuz you guys know I'm addicted to giving things away, but not everyday, and maybe not even every week. We'll see.

I totally want to thank those of you who have hung in with me for the last few years. You've inspired me to keep plugging away at the blog and the writing. I'll be stalking you all out there on Twitter and Facebook. =)