I'm on vacation with the fam--Mom, Dad, and sis--which means we're all sharing a pret-ty small space at the beach. But one of the escapes is this amazing swing bed on the porch. My sister took this picture through a window (so, really, there's no escape, but this time I didn't mind).
As you can see, I was reading E. Lockhart's We Were Liars--quickly, because it's soooo compelling. It's kind of the perfect book to read on a family vacation, even when your digs aren't quite as resplendent as the Sinclairs'. For me, this book wasn't about "the twist"--I loved it but didn't read it as a twist. Without worrying about that, it's still mysterious and driven and full of consequence, and yes, it made me cry, but the dogs helped me through.
I'm happy to announce a new event with some fellow OneFour Kidlit types--a YA Panel with Lindsay N. Currie & Trisha Leaver, co-authors of Creed, and Natalie C. Parker, author of Beware the Wild.
We'll be at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville talking YA and chatting about our books. Can't wait!
Don't Touch has a beautiful new Epic Reads Book Club Guide. It might be spoilery, so read the book first, then discuss!
That's right, friends! Don't Touch is exactly eight weeks from release.
And in honor of this, I'm celebrating with a Don't Touch Fear Annotated ARC Giveaway!
What is an annotated ARC, you ask? Why, it's one with little notes all over it from me letting you in on inspirations, some of the changes that will appear in the finished book, background stories, and general goofiness. Here's a sneak peek, about my high school theater's tradition of eating Gummy Worms for good luck before a show . . .
I'll be giving away TWO annotated ARCs via Rafflecopter in the Don't Touch Fear Annotated ARC Giveaway. Each leg of the contest will be open for two weeks. This contest is open to US and Canada only as my shipping budget is dwindling.
Don't Touch is all about fears that keep us from connecting to other people and following our passions. I'm on a personal vendetta against fear, so I'm curious to hear about your own battles against fear--the glorious triumphs and the still-working-on-its alike! How has fear touched you, and how have you sent it packing?
There are several ways to win. You can like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or Tweet about the challenge, but I'm hoping you will choose to share a story--you can do that with a comment here, on a reblog of the Tumblr post about the giveaway, or in your own blog post about a time you stood up to fear.
Best of luck!
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