Tuesday, April 29, 2014


I am happy today. Content, even.

That's weird, guys.

Past book releases have been filled with nervous, panicked, frantic energy. I didn't know what to do with myself. Today, I am playing with my baby. Enjoying the sunshine. Working on some editing.


I think part of that is because this is book number seven. (SEVEN.) One can only be an anxious wreck so many times before one gets tired of it. But I think it's mostly to do with the fact that I am so ridiculously proud to be a part of this book. And just that--I'm only a part of this book. It's not mine. It's ours, Jim Di Bartolo and me. The whole process was different. Working with a partner was an incredible, energizing experience, and I do believe that what we created is bigger than the sum of its parts. (Well, if you've seen Jim's biceps, admired by librarians around the world, you might disagree with me on the book being bigger than those.)

Along with that, I want you (yes, you) to experience the book. Because it is a book to be experienced--the combination of art and words, the way in which the two storylines dance around each other, the satisfaction of a mystery lived and solved at the end--is unlike anything else in the YA market right now. And Jim's art (his glorious, glorious art!) is on a whole new level. You can see a bit of the process here to understand just how much work went into this book:

I still remember the first piece of art he sent me--stunning, bright, beautiful, but also layered and atmospheric. I wanted my writing to be the same. I think you'll be surprised by it. I hope you'll love it.

Along with that, I've been teasing photos of some of the covers hand-painted by Jim:

 Amazing, right?? As if the 5,000-8,000 hours he already spent creating art for this book wasn't enough. And it just so happens I have one of these painted cover books...for you.

Well, one of you.

Here is what you can do to enter to win this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Step one: Buy IN THE SHADOWS.
Step two: Take a photo of the book. Be as creative or wacky or boring as you want.
Step three: Post that photo somewhere online (Twitter! Tumblr! Facebook! Blog! Instagram!) with the phrase, "I got lost IN THE SHADOWS."
Step four: Email me the link to your post at intheshadowsbook@yahoo.com. (If your accounts are private, which I totally understand, you can email me a screenshot of the page instead.)
Step five: Do all this by May 20th.
Step six: Wait and see if you win the random drawing of all the entries!

(Please note: I will be posting many of the pictures I receive, so be aware of things like giving away your location, including your children, etc. Safety first!)

And that's that! I hope you enjoy the book as much as Jim and I enjoyed creating it for you.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In The Shadows teaser trailer!

Hello! You look lovely this fine Tuesday morning! You know what else looks lovely? The calendar, which informs us there are only THREE WEEKS LEFT until the release of In the Shadows, my delicious gothic-horror-romance-supernatural-story-in-two-parts novel with artist Jim Di Bartolo!

So, to that end, behold: a teaser trailer! You can see some of the art from the first "prequel" art chapter! Isn't it amazing??

Mad props to Jim for not only his jaw-dropping art, but also all the time he put into making that trailer. (Which I made the mistake of watching with my kids in the room, who were freaked out by the sound effects. "What are you watching?!")

I am so very excited for the twenty-ninth, when we can share the rest with you. Along with that, Jim and I will be at TXLA on Thursday, on the "Other Worlds" panel, at the Tea Time, and signing. We love Texas and we ultra-love librarians, so we hope to see many of you there. Our book will be available early, and we'll have bookmarks!

After that, we'll be at Wondercon in Anaheim on Friday, the 18th, on the What's Hot in YA panel. (Note that it's not "Who's Hot in YA," which would be a very different sort of panel.) And then, on Sunday, the 27th, we're having an early launch party at the Cedar Hills Crossing branch of Powell's in Portland, Oregon.

Can't make it? You can order a signed copy through Powell's! It'll be signed by both of us, and I suspect even doodled in by Jim!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Long Overdue Updatery

Hello, friends!

What a crazy couple of months.

My book came out! I went on tour!
I love these ladies--Sophie Jordan, Tahereh Mafi, and Veronica Rossi--and their books! But most of all I love all of you who managed to make it out to one of our stops. It is ALWAYS a joy to meet you and talk books and squee together.

I also hit up some museums in NYC, including this one with an Ancient Egyptian temple in it. This is my ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STUFF face.

Wadjet eyes? WHY YES. I LOVE YOU. I took an obscene number of photos in museums, and someday I'll get around to posting some of them. Someday. Ha ha. Yes. Someday.

In the meantime, because book release and travel and tour and being away from my kids wasn't enough, we went ahead and found our dream tree. So we bought it, along with the house that came on the property. And we moved. Moving! SO MUCH FUN.

 Then my baby brother got married. He must have forgotten he is still five years old in my head.

Then my baby got an ear infection and we discovered his allergy to penicillin. Exciting! He also discovered grass. ADORABLE.

Here he is in the house that came on the property with our tree. We're mostly settled in. We've hit the point where we are living comfortably, and yet the garage is somehow still entirely filled with boxes. WHAT IS IN THEM? I suspect they breed while we aren't looking, and if we open them, it'll just be box after box filled with tiny gestating boxes. Also maybe the beginning of a horror movie?

And here is some of the sky that came along with the tree and the house. It's good sky. We're very pleased with how it worked out.

True story: We have discovered that, while the house on the property does not have an ocean view, the tree we bought does! You just have to climb way, way higher than I am comfortable with. Still, an ocean view tree. We knew that tree was a winner!

As if all of that wasn't exciting enough, I have another book out this month!

Here I am with IN THE SHADOWS, my book with phenomenal artist Jim Di Bartolo. (To quickly correct some accidental misinformation I've seen: it's YA. Jim is not the illustrator, he's co-storyteller and should be credited wherever the book is listed, because it's not my book, it's OUR book. You'll understand when you read it--super, SUPER not just my book. And I am so excited for you to read it!!)

It comes out on April 29th, which is holy cow so soon. I was looking through pictures for this post and realized that it has not even been a year since I had a baby. This will be my third release post-Baby Otter's entrance into the world. Plus buying a house and moving. Plus trying to work on what I'll do next since I have no more books under contract.


But IN THE SHADOWS is something special, and I can't wait for it to go out into the world. Jim and I worked really hard to craft it, and I hope you fall in love with it!

Along with the book release, I will Be Many Places. TXLA! WonderCon! Portland! Please see my "appearances" tab for up-to-date information on where I'll be and when I'll be there and how we can hang out and talk books!

And now I go, to decide whether to a) shower, b) check on the progress of all the little boxes that can't be weaned from their mother boxes yet, or c) work on the next book.

Or d) climb that tree to peek at the ocean.