Thursday, July 16, 2015

IN REAL LIFE Update!

It's been forever since I've had a chance to update my blog. Unfortunately, writing a decent blog post takes time, and for me, that's time away from writing or lesson planning or whatever else I have on my plate.

BUT I am taking the time today because I actually have updates about IN REAL LIFE! Five of them!


First of all, IN REAL LIFE has a release date! It's coming out March 1, 2016, and I am crossing an X through every day in the calendar, because I seriously can't wait.


Second, IN REAL LIFE has a plot!

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah's romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick's girlfriend, whom he failed to mention. And it turns out his relationship status isn't the only thing he's been lying to her about. Hannah knows the real Nick can't be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.







Third, IN REAL LIFE has two lovely blurbs from two lovely authors!

A witty and entertaining story of friendship and secrets with a sparkly Vegas backdrop. Jessica Love knows love! 
~ Kristin Rae, author of Wish You Were Italian

A sweet, honest story that begins as so many of our relationships do: online. 

~ Emery Lord author of Open Road Summer


Fourth, IN REAL LIFE has a gorgeous cover!


I SO didn't know what to expect with this cover, but I absolutely love it! I'm a huge fan of graphic covers like this, and I particularly love the title font. 


And fifth, IN REAL LIFE is up for pre-order a couple of places! (You know, if you're into that sort of thing.)

Pre-order IN REAL LIFE on Amazon
Pre-order IN REAL LIFE on B&N


I'm so excited that this book is actually going to be a book. (If I am inclined to blog again soon, I may share the timeline and evolution of this book, because, man, it was a journey.) I worked on it for so long and it changed so much, but I love, love, love it, and I'm thrilled it's actually going to be A Thing.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Terrible Titles

I was tagged by Katy Upperman for this challenge. You can check out her post here!

The rules of the blog hop are simple: Scroll through your manuscript and stop in random places. Whatever words/phrase the cursor lands on becomes one of eight terrible titles.


I cracked open IN REAL LIFE, my 2016 release, and scrolled through it to find some title choices. 

1. The Devil On My Shoulder 
2. Break Through The Chains Of Your Good Girl Shackles 
3. This Random Parking Lot 
4. Easter Peep On Speed 
5. Across A State Line 
6. You're Hardly A Dude To Me 
7. Big Boobs All In My Face 
8. I'm Trying To Hate Her

So...I don't think these titles really tell you all that much about the book. But maybe if you added a few of them together?

I don't really tag people, but this is pretty fun, and you should definitely do it if you have a ms to play with! Post your results!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Superlatives Giveaway Winners!


Thanks so much to everyone for participating in the Class of 2014: YA Superlatives blogfest! Alison, Katy, Tracey, and I had such a blast sharing all of our 2014 favorites with you guys, and we loved reading about your favorites, too!

We promised some winners, and we are delivering! We chose four winners from the people who participated in every day of the blogfest. Each of these four winners will win a copy of the 2014 release of your choice!




We also have a bonus winner! The amazing Kelsey Macke generously donated a copy her debut novel Damsel Distressed to one of our participants! So congratulations to Sarah Chafin for winning that awesome book!

Winners, please get in contact with Katy to claim your prize. Include your mailing address and the book of your choice, and we'll get your book out to you ASAP. 

Happy holidays, everyone!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Class of 2014: Best In Show


It's the last day of the blogfest! Thank you all so much for playing along with us and sharing your favorite 2014 releases! Alison, Katy, Tracey, and I have had so much fun hosting you all this week, and we've loved reading about everyone's favorites. I don't know about you all, but I've certainly added some new books to my TBR pile!

Remember to hop around to the other blogs on the linky below to see everyone else's choices. And at the end of today's post, everyone chose their own superlative category, so make sure you weigh in on all of those.

Here are my picks for today (and remember, these are the 2014 books that I read this year)... 


Favorite Cover
So, I haven't read this book yet, but I absolutely love the cover. I'm partial to any cover with a gorgeous Asian girl on it, and this one is particularly beautiful.

Cutest Couple
Reagan and Matt in Open Road Summer
I loved these two so much!

Most Likely to Succeed (Pick a Printz Winner)
This was the best book I read this year. Amazing.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime
You're definitely going to want to read this in one sitting so you can figure out what happens.

Best Repeat Performance (Favorite Sequel or Follow-Up)
I read it and then immediately read the whole series again. That's how good it is.

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel
 
and

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath
Aliens have never been so sexy.

Best Breakout Novel (Favorite Book by a Debut Author)
Because I'm a 2014 debut myself, I don't really feel okay about picking a favorite from all the awesome One Four books I read and calling it the BEST. So a huge shout out to all of my fellow debut 2014 YA authors I had the pleasure of reading this year!





Best Old-Timer (Favorite Book Published BEFORE 2014)
I can't believe it took me so long to read this amazing book. 

Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry
This book brings the feels! 

Most Pleasant Surprise (Didn’t Think I’d Like It But Totally Did)
This isn't entirely true...I love Arthurian legend, so I knew I would love this book. But this one is the book most outside of my normal reading patters that I really loved.
                                                                                                         
Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle
I wrote this about The Raven Boys for this category in 2012's Superlatives: "So you think Blue is going to hook up with Gansey. AND THEN SHE DOESN'T. What are you doing to us, Maggie? Well, I don't even care. I know I'm going to love it, regardless. "
Yup. Still. LOL.

Sleeper Hit (Novel So Awesome I Wish It’d Been Hyped More)
This quiet little book was so excellent, I wish more people knew about it.


Favorite Outlier (Best 2014 Picture Book, Middle Grade, NA, or Adult Novel)
  
 

Make My Own Category

Favorite Novella
I loved getting the conclusion to Allyson and Willem's story!

Ok, everyone...that's it! Thanks so much for playing along! Be sure to drop your linky in the list, answer my bonus question in the comments, and visit everyone else's blog. And check back, because if you participated every day of the blogfest and you're all linked up, you are eligible to win the 2014 release of your choice! I hope you guys had a great time...I know we sure did.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Class of 2014: Elements of Fiction


Welcome to Day Three of the Blogfest! I hope you all are having as much fun with this as Katy, Alison, Tracey, and I are!

Okay, let's get to today's choices. (And, as a reminder, here are the 2014 books I read this year.)



Most Envy-Inducting Plot (Or, the plot you wish you'd thought of yourself.)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater's brain is a weird and wonderful place.


Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
I have zero desire to visit anywhere that is being attacked by giant insects.


Wanderlust-Inducting (Or, the setting you'd happily travel to.)
Rome is one of my favorite places on Earth. I'd love, love, love to go back. (And reading this book made me feel like I was there.)


Loveliest Prose
I loved the writing in quite a few books I read, and I feel like those books will get lots of love from other people. In addition to those, this debut really stood out. Writing you want to savor.


Most Dynamic Main Character
Jude and Noah in I'll Give You The Sun
These two grow and change in such compelling ways throughout this novel. 

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending

There were some things I figured out about this book as I read, and there were some things that were complete shockers at the end.


Best Performance in a Supporting Role
(Drawing by the ridiculously talented Maggie Stiefvater)
My love for Ronan Lynch is no secret to anyone who has talked to me about these books for more than 5 seconds. God, what a character.

Best use of Theme
Laini Taylor did such a beautiful job of weaving the theme of hope throughout this entire trilogy.


If you played along on your blog, leave the link to your post below. If not, tell me some of your choices in the comments. And come back tomorrow for the last day of the blogfest! 



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Class of 2014: Popularity Contest




Thanks for joining Katy, Alison, Tracey and me over here at the Class of 2014: YA Superlatives Blogfest again for the popularity contest! The linky is at the bottom, so add your link and the then hop around to visit everyone's blog!

Now, on to today's categories, where we can pick characters from any 2014 book! (In case you need a reminder, here is what I read this year.)



Class Clown
Kami in Unmade
Even in the midst of complete upheaval of her town and life at the hand of sorcerers, Kami never fails to bring the hilarious one-liners. 


Most Likely to Become a Rock Star
With that voice, it's pretty obvious that Amber is going places.


Mostly Likely to Start a Riot
Vivienne in Camelot Burning
I don't think Vivienne would start a riot on purpose...


Biggest Flirt

Cole in Sinner
This guy never turns it off. He even flirts with his limo driver, and I love him for it.


Fashion King and/or Queen
Isabel in Sinner
Isabel moved to LA and started working in fashion, and she ended up with the hottest leggings in town.

Character You’d Most Want For Your BFF
Reagan in Open Road Summer
I feel like Reagan would take none of my crap, and that's exactly what I need in a friend. 


Character You Wish You’d Dated in High School
As much as I love Etienne and Cricket, I think Josh may be the most "my type" of any of Stephanie Perkins's boys. 

Most Likely to Become President
I vote for Gansey in this category every year, but how can I not?!


Quirkiest Characters

Jude and Noah in I'll Give You The Sun
These twins are both quirky in their own way, and it's glorious.


Villain You Love to Hate
The Greenmantles in Blue Lily, Lily Blue
I kinda want to be BFF with Piper?


Favorite Parental Figure

Kami's dad in Unmade
Kami's dad also wins every year, but that's because he is the absolute best.


Coolest Nerd

Imogen is into theater, and some people think that's nerdy. (I think it's awesome.)

If you participated today, leave the link to your Popularity Contest below...then hop around and see what everyone else picked today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for Elements of Fiction!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Class of 2014: Head of the Class


Welcome to the Class of 2014: YA Superlatives Blogfest, hosted by me, Katy Upperman, Alison Millerand Tracey Neithercott. We can't wait to read about all of your favorites of 2014!

If you are participating in the Blogfest on your own blog, please leave a link to your blog in the linky tool at the bottom of this post. You can find this linky tool on each of the hosts' pages, and be sure you link the individual URL for today's post. And once you link your blog, make sure you click around and comment on what everyone else has chosen!

Oh, and remember...if you participate every day of the Blogfest you are entered to win a 2014 release of your choice!)


Now, on to my picks! (For reference, here's a list of the 2014 releases I read.)

Favorite Dystopian
So, I definitely reached my dystopian burnout point. I didn't read anything I would consider dystopian this year. Not a single book! So, no favorite dystopian for me this year. Womp womp.


Favorite Science Fiction
Sci-fi isn't always my thing...but adorable alien romance totally is!

Favorite Fantasy
The conclusion of this trilogy was about as fantasy as I get, but I absolutely loved it.


Favorite Contemporary
Jandy Nelson's writing is perfect.


Favorite Action/Adventure 
You know a book about a teen girl grifter is going to have some edge-of-your-seat action.


Favorite Historical Fiction
Ok, I admit that labeling a book about a steampunk version of Arthurian legend historical fiction is a bit of a stretch. But it takes place in the past. And England is a real place. And it's fiction. And I loved this book. So this is where I'm putting it. 

Favorite Comedy
I always consider rom-coms in the comedy category. And, honestly, the first few chapters of this book literally made me LOL.

Favorite Mystery
I loved being lost in Cadence's head and trying to figure out what happened to her as she did.


Favorite Romance
This book has a lot more going on than romance (true friendship and self-discovery FTW!), but I have to admit that this romance is one of my absolute favorites ever!


Favorite Paranormal 
Lots of sorcery happening in this final book in the trilogy. (Also lots of Kami and Jared.)

Favorite Genre Bender
This series defies all classification and I absolutely love it. 

Come back tomorrow for the popularity contest, highlighting all of those awesome 2014 characters.
If you have posts for the Class of 2014 Blogfest, leave a link to your blog below! Then hop around and comment on everyone else's choices. Even if you aren't participating, be sure to check out the bloggers who have posts up.