Thursday, March 29, 2012

First Pass Pages Have Landed!

Yep. They’re here! First pass pages: The first time I get to see the manuscript laid out in book form. And it’s going to be a juicy one. Almost 500 pages of fantasy, romance, drama, action, adventure… plenty of it. It’s also the last time I get to tinker with the words before the manuscript begins its journey toward August 28th. Want to see them?

And, as an extra surprise, this is what you’ll see when you open the cover to the title page (if you can tear yourself away from Sol’s back!):

Wow! The double page spread isn’t yet finalized--depends how things look in the mock up--but fingers crossed it stays, because it looks amazing.

Hope you agree.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cover Love: The Dark Light


I can't tell you how excited I am to share the cover and a brief summary for my debut YA fantasy, THE DARK LIGHT (official jacket copy to follow). I have a tendency to get ultra-excited whenever I see this cover, so I'll get straight to it and save the explosions for later.

But I would like to say this: I'd seen the stunning Fall 2012 covers coming out of Simon Pulse, so I knew that my wonderful editor, Annette Pollert, and her hugely talented designer, Angela Goddard, would create an amazing cover for THE DARK LIGHT.

I could never have imagined how amazing it was going to be. That huge scream you heard in January? It was probably me.

So, here it is!  Meet you on the Other Side!

Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she's concerned, that's about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town. That is, until Sol arrives.
Intense and gorgeous, Sol keeps to himself. Mia's not one to fall for just any guy, but she can't get Sol--or the brilliant tattoo on his back--out of her mind.  Mia's seen that tattoo before... on her brother, Jay.
Then Jay goes missing. Mia's convinced that Sol knows more than he's sharing, and to find her brother, she needs Sol's help. But Mia must first unravel the secrets of her past if she's going to confront her future. Because Sol's not who Mia thought he was--and neither is she.

Isn't it stunning?

I adore how this image encapsulates all the romance, the drama, the magic, and the mystery in THE DARK LIGHT, with Mia and Sol front and center as they deserve to be. I'm in awe of how it captures Mia's strength. And, of course, Sol's tattoo looks absolutely amazing! As things stand now, I believe the title will be created in beautiful blue foil and the cover printed on matte stock. How gorgeous is that? I am seriously overwhelmed.

So, to Annette, and Angela, and all the team at Simon Pulse, thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm in love.

Can't wait to hear what you think!


THE DARK LIGHT releases August 28th, 2012, and is available for pre-order at:

Barnes & Noble

You can also add THE DARK LIGHT to your shelves at Goodreads. You'll make my day if you do.

Monday, March 5, 2012

So what's going on?

Tons... In the background.

But, mainly:

1. THE DARK LIGHT. Squeee. Or as my editor would say, wahoo! Things are starting to warm up now. We have:
  • An official release date: 28th August, 2012. Yep. That's in less than SIX MONTHS!!! LESS THEN SIX MONTHS!!!!. So...
  • Where's the cover? Aka. THE TOP SECRET COVER. It's coming, I promise.  Confession: I've seen it.  Fact: I saw it eight weeks ago.  Truth: I've been a blubbering, gibbering wreck ever since. Hint: IT'S FREAKING AMAZING! It really is a special one, and you definitely don't want to miss it. So far, unofficial reactions have included screams (many of those), gasps (also plentiful), and bucket loads of drool.
  • When will the cover be revealed? Soon.  I promise.
  • Plus, THE DARK LIGHT is now available for pre-order at all the major online retailers, such as this place, this place, and this place. But we're not on Goodreads. Yet. We will be. Very soon.
  • ARCS. Uh, yeah. Not sure about those yet. I do know that Simon Pulse will be handling all things ARCish. From what I gather, the ARCs will be going out widely, so there should be plenty of chances for reviewers/bloggers/librarians, etc. to get their hands on one. Plus, if anyone wants to request an ARC through me, I'll put up a request form once I know the ARCS are ready, and send them on to Pulse. Doesn't guarantee you'll get one. But, hey! Where's the harm in asking?

2. Writing. A whole bunch of it. Finished a draft of a supernatural stalker novel I've been tinkering with for some time. Have to say that I love it. Creepy. Exciting. And totally romantic, of course--don't panic, the stalker is definitely not the LI. Not sure what we'll be doing with it though, because of...

3. Super sekrit project number two. Yep. Super sekrit. Clue? It's been massively tough to write, has melted my brain on multiple occasions, and is a novel I want to be so, so good... Yeah. Guess what it is.

4. Grand Official Website. I have a wonderful, amazing designer weaving magic as we speak. But we won't be live until a) he's finished; and b) the cover is out and about (because it's going to be featured heavily--you'll understand once you've seen it. It's scorching!)

And that's pretty much it! We're ramping up. In the background.  And I'm writing like a maniac. As always.