Monday, July 30, 2012

Cover Reveal!

So, in another episode of Book Bloggers Are Awesome (guess I'll have to post about something else eventually, huh?), Shane of Itching for Books posted a surprise cover reveal for me on her blog!!!  So if you want to check out the cover of DEFY THE STARS, hop over here.

And while you're there, make sure to follow Shane's amazing blog!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jennifer L. Armentrout Says It Better than I Can

Author Jennifer L. Armentrout just wrote one of the best articles in praise of book bloggers and their reviewing skills that I've ever read, and you can read it at her blog here.

Some of my favorite lines (these are Jennifer's words, not mine):

"Messing with a blogger's reviews is like throwing stones at someone's kid."

"The only time an author or a reviewer has a negative impact on an author, is when the author makes it into a negative thing."

Now go read the article right away!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

I Love Book Bloggers!

It's no secret that the YA book business has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. The number of new books coming out every month--heck, every week--is incredibly overwhelming, and that's without taking into account indie and small press books.  So when, as a new author with very little web presence and my first novel coming out without the support of a major publisher (I'm self-publishing with the support of my literary agency, but still, self-publishing), I queried book bloggers about reviewing my novel, I didn't expect much of a response.  Well...


Book bloggers are seriously the nicest, most enthusiastic, open-minded people despite their busy schedules and the number of requests I'm sure they get.  There must be something about reading a lot that just makes you a better person...

Anyway, right now book blogs and bloggers are making me feel even happier than

And let me tell you, that's quite an accomplishment!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Welcome to My Blog!

I'm thrilled to announce that my YA verse novel, DEFY THE STARS, will soon be available on kindle.  I'll have more info, including a cover, in the near future.  For now, here's a blurb to whet your appetite:

Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories. 
Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class.

Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other…until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense.  Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again.  After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them.  Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence.  Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love.

Defy the Stars is written in an edgy free-verse style that will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder; however, the writing is accessible enough to speak to non-verse fans as well.  The novel’s combination of steamy romance and raw emotion will appeal to fans of Gayle Forman, Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, and Tammara Webber.  With a plot, language and form that both pay homage to and subvert Shakespeare’s play, Defy the Stars is much more than just another Romeo and Juliet story.

Please note that this novel contains mature language and themes, including drug use.