Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One Year...ONE YEAR!

Today is August 28, 2012.

It seemed like a regular work day, and it would have passed as one, but then someone at work asked me about CANARY.  And when it was coming out.

I told them August 28, 2013, which was posted on Barnes and Noble under the listing for my book.

I thought about it for a minute and realized that today is August 28.  So today isn't just a normal day.  Not at all.  Today is one year until my book comes out, and while it still seems far away, it also seems so very very close.  All of it does.  This whole book thing, which often still feels like a dream.  And that is pretty incredible!

One year!  Hot diggity dog!

Want to celebrate with me?  Add it to your Goodreads shelf! 

P.S.  I just talked to marketing last week and was told that my cover was in production and should be complete soon!


When fellow Lucky 13 debut author, Justina Ireland, organized a cover reveal with the blog ATOMR, I wanted to be involved.  Her book sounds amazing and the cover is so fierce.  Don't you think?

And it's not just the cover that sound incredible:

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? 

As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

If this sounds like something you'd love to read, why not pre-order it?



And shelve it here on Goodreads!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Cuteness

How about a warm fuzzy to start your week?

Yesterday Radley was in a deep sleep and dreaming of lapping up water.  Her little tongue kept moving as if she were at the water bowl!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Read More Books

This is painted on an abandoned building in Cleveland.  I love the message it demands of you!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Gateway Books

Today was the first day of school for my students.  I teach 10th grade American Literature.  I always start the first day by telling my students that my number one goal is to teach them to love reading.  Many of them don't believe me and fight the fact that I'm making them pick a book on the first day of school.  I tell them to remember this day, because we'll talk again at the end of the semester.

I show them some of my favorite book trailers and bring in a cart of what I like to call my "gateway books" books.  These are books that I've found even my most reluctant readers tend to get hooked on.  I hold these books up, gush about them and then let my students make book selections  (we also have a library with an AMAZING selection of books for those students who want something different).  Everyone walks out of my class with a book in their hands and I promise them the first fifteen minutes of every class to read.  

The reading is slow going at first, my students aren't too into reading for fifteen minutes, but as the days go on, sure enough, most get hooked.  My students will even call me out if I don't give them the full fifteen minutes of reading time.  The best part of all of this for me is when one of them finishes their book before the assigned due date and asks what they should do next.  

Can you guess what I say?

"Go pick another book!"

And you know what the greatest thing is?  

Most of them want to!

YA is taking over the world, and I'm starting in my classroom!

The "gateway" books I bring from the library.
One of my book corners with more favorites.

Gateway Books:

Some Girls Are (Summers)
Thirteen Reasons Why (Asher)
Divergent (Roth)
Break (Moskowitz)
You (Benoit)
The Mockingbirds (Whitney)
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Han)
Before I Fall (Oliver)
The Book Thief  (Zusak)
Little Brother (Doctorow)
Wake (McMann)
If I Stay (Foreman)
Pefect Chemistry (Elkeles)
Boot Camp (Strasser)
Anna and the French Kiss (Perkins)
Lola and the Boy Next Door (Perkins)
Bunheads (Flack)
Cracked (Walton)
City of Bones (Clare)
Knighs of Hill Country (Tharp)
Gym Candy (Deuker)
The Hunger Games (Collins)

*I would include Lucy Christopher's Stolen and Dana Reinhardt's Things a Brother Knows to my "gateway books", but I'm lucky enough to have a class set, so I get to teach two units using YA literature!  I think every English class needs a mix of the classics and new books.  Don't you think?

Friday, August 17, 2012

First Lines

Paper Lantern Lit has a great post about first pages.  Seriously, if you're a writer, check out their advice.  It rocks!

It also got me thinking about first lines in books.  One of my favorites is from The Great Gatsby

In my younger and more venerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

It's just one line, but it holds so much information.   I've literally made my students discuss this one line for a whole class period before.  It says so much about the narrator, his relationships, his views, and what might potentially happen later in the book.  It amazes me how much just one line can say.

As a writer, the article made me go back and look at the first lines in my books.

CANARY starts:
Your dad will leave you when you are twelve.

CIRCLES starts:
The first time I betrayed my sister was two weeks before she disappeared.

OPERATION PUCKER UP (my MG novel that I hope to hand over to my agent within the next week or two!) starts:
My parents told us during Friday Pizza Night.

What about you?  What are your favorite first lines?  If you are a writer, how does your book start?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Road Trip 2012: Ithaca, New York and Washington D.C.

Hard to believe I have never been to Washington D.C. (especially when it's only six hours away!), but I can now cross that off my list!

My main squeeze and I took a week off from work and writing, and went on an adventure.  First stop, The Finger Lakes.  We met up with my cousin, her husband and kids and visited their alma mater, Cornell University.  Did you know Ithaca is gorges?!  : )

We climbed to the top of the Cornell clock tour at sunset...

And listened to the students play a concert with the chimes.  It was crazy loud, but the view from the top was worth it!

We also found time to hit up one of my favorite places to eat in colleges. Jason was a believer!

Then we moved onto D.C where we stayed in a hotel that was an old bank.  That's one of the vaults behind our head board!

On the way home, we made a quick stop in Maryland to visit one of the greatest writers to ever exist...

Did you go anywhere fun this summer?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Nooooooo! Say It Aint So!

My lovely husband thought it might be fun to ruin my day today.

He shared this article with me.

Words cannot even express how upset I am.  I have been DYING to see this movie.  I made my husband swear we'd see it on Christmas Eve at midnight.  I planned to take my English 10 Honors students to it after we read the book.

How can I wait another whole year!?!

If you agree with me, this button might come in handy.  Make sure to press it with the sound up.  It pretty much sums up all of my feelings right now.

Oh, F. Scott Fitzgerald, I'm so sorry Hollywood sucks!

P.S.  Check out where I went on Friday after we left D.C.!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Off The Grid

I'm going off the grid until August 17 (my first day back to school).

My agent wants to sub my new book this fall, so I need to get it into shape!  I figure removing distractions and using these last two weeks to write is my best bet.

I'll answer any comments/e-mails/tweets/posts to me, but you probably won't see me around for a bit.

Don't forget about me as I go and hide in my writer's cave (you can even send chocolate if you want!).