Sunday, June 30, 2013

Oh Kenyon College, How I Love Thee

If you've followed my blog from the start, you know that one of my favorite places in the world to be is Kenyon College, where I participate in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

I'm back for my fourth summer and this year I'm in a workshop specifically designed for teachers (who love to write!).  I've only been here for a day so far, but I'm loving that I'm back on campus.  There's just something magical about writing on this school (hmmm....maybe it's the fact that this is where John Green went to college!).

This year I'm staying in brand new town houses that students haven't even lived in yet (so glad I'm not in the dorms!), and I got a good laugh over the fact that I brought the same comforter I used over a decade ago in my college dorm!

I'm hoping to get a lot of good writing done in the dorm room!

You can read about my past adventures at Kenyon here, here, here, and (this is the post where John Green tweets me back!).

And if you want to see more of the beautiful campus, the movie Liberal Arts was filmed here (while I was at the conference two years ago!).

Friday, June 28, 2013

June 2013

Oh, how I've neglected this poor blog!  I'm so sorry for those of you who follow me and check for posts.  I'm making it a goal this July to get back to blogging more often (uhm...I used to post every single day!).

How is your summer going?

Mine has been really busy because I'm preparing for this thing called my book launch!!!  It's almost here, and I'm so excited you will all finally get to read CANARY!

That's not the only thing I've been up to, though.  Here's my summer so far in pictures...

Friday, June 14, 2013

CANARY book trailer

Icey Books has helped me to reveal my book trailer for CANARY today, and I'm so excited to share it with you!

Make sure to go to their site, so you can read about how the concept for the video came about and enter to win an annotated ARC of CANARY (which means it's full of my scribblings, comments, and doodles!).  Hot diggity dog!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

CANARY Got Kirkused

Kirkus Reviews posted their review of CANARY on Friday.  I've always felt like this was one of the major rites of passage to writing your first book...getting "Kirkused."

While you have to have a subscription to read what they wrote, my marketing department gave me a sneak peek.  I was pretty happy with my review (especially since I've read some pretty harsh reviews from them).  

You'll be able to read it when it's made public two weeks before CANARY's release, but in the meantime, here's what they made visible on the site to everyone...

The first line of the review:

In an engrossing, carefully unfolding drama, sophomore Kate Franklin adjusts to a new school, a powerful set of friends and a family that is falling apart.

The summary quote:

"Overall, a sophisticated, evocative portrait of a teen girl finding her place among peers and family. (Fiction. 14-18)"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CANARY Trailer Reveal

Have you ever seen a book trailer?  They're one of my favorite ways to hook a reader to a book.  I start my school year by showing some of my favorites and it never fails that many of my students will pick a book from one of the trailers I showed them.

Well, guess what???  CANARY has a trailer now!  It's awesome and emotional and I love it to pieces!
I can't wait to share it with you!

I thought it would be fun to get a bunch of people involved in the reveal (which will be Friday, June 14th).  You can share the trailer on your blog, Twitter, Facebook page, or any other social media that you can think of.

As a thank you, I'll randomly pick one person who signed up and shared my trailer and give you one of the very last ARCs that I have (I only have three left!).

If you want to be a part of the reveal, please fill out the form below, and I'll send you all the details (including a sneak peek of the trailer on Thursday, June 13th).