Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When The Stars Go Blue

(Blog title courtesy of Bono & The Corrs)

Still in the thick of deadline madness and the messages are piling up!! And while I won't be getting to them anytime soon, I figured I'd answer a few of the more commonly asked questions here:

Q. When will Dark Flame be in stores?
A. June 22, 1010

Q. When will you post the first chapter of Dark Flame so we can read it?
A. As soon as my publisher gives me the okay!

Q. Is Dark Flame the last book in The Immortals series?
A. No. It's the 4th book. The 5th book is Night Star (I'm working on it now!), and the 6th book is, as of yet, untitled.

Q. When will Radiance be in stores?
A. August 31, 2010

Q. Is Radiance part of The Immortals series?
A. It's a spin-off of the series, starring Ever's ghostly little sister, Riley & her dog Buttercup. It's about her adventures in the afterlife!

Q. Are you going to make a movie of The Immortals?
A. No. Hollywood makes the movies, I just write the books. Though, the dramatic rights were optioned by a producer so I'm hopeful that someday a movie will be made! My fingers are crossed--which makes for some very awkward typing . . .

Q. Can I audition for the movie? I would be a perfect: Ever, Haven, Riley, (insert character here).
A. I'm afraid I will have as little control over that as I do over whether or not it actually becomes a movie. It's all in the hands of Hollywood now . . .

Q. Are you doing any book signings?
A. Yes! You can find more on that HERE and HERE!

Q. When can we see the cover of Night Star?
A. As soon as it's finalized. But I saw an early mock-up and it's really, really pretty!

Q. I heard you have a story in the upcoming Kisses From Hell anthology--is that true?
A. Yes, it's called Bring Me to Life (after the Evanescence song) and it was really fun to write! It'll be in stores in September!!

Q. Is Bring Me to Life about Ever & Damen?
A. No. It's an entirely new story, a gothic romance, with entirely new characters!

Q. Why did you name this blog post When The Stars Go Blue?
A. Two reasons.
1. Because I recently got a sneak peek at Caridad Ferrer's upcoming YA of the same name and LOVED it!
2. Because it's an awesome song.

Q. Did you really get braces?
A. Yes.

Q. Why?
A. I ask myself that same question every single day!

Q. Is it true that you're sitting on some exciting news you can't wait to tell us?
A. Yes. it's true. But for now, I am bound to both secrecy and the powers of Jinx!


Okay, back to work . . .

Have a good day all!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Instant Karma

(blog title courtesy of John Lennon--again!)

While I thought about writing a nice, long, quite possibly meandering, introduction to this trailer, I soon realized it pretty much speaks for itself.

So, in brief, allow me to say:


And, as I was lucky enough to get an early read on KARMA CLUB I can definitely say that anyone who reads it is in for a treat!

So without further ado, please sit back and enjoy the latest from fellow author, friend, and book trailer producing powerhouse-- Ms. Jessica Brody!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


(blog title courtesy of John Lennon)

Hey Everyone-

Wow, I can hardly believe almost a week has passed since my last blog entry, but the truth is there's a very good chance this could happen again as I'm careening toward the deadline for NIGHT STAR (formerly known as Untitled Immortals Book #5), which makes for such crazy-making times that the normal, daily activities like eating & showering are reduced to two more annoying items on the "To Do" list, while blogging definitely takes a back seat.

Though before I jump back into the world of Ever & Damen, I thought I'd take this rare moment of procrastination free time to catch you up on a few "newsy" type things:

1. RADIANCE: I just learned that foreign rights to Riley's series, beginning with RADIANCE, have sold to both France & the UK!!! I am very, very excited about this!

2. KISSES FROM HELL- an anthology: will be in stores September 1, 2010, and I'm thrilled to be included along with such amazing authors Kelley Armstrong, Francesca Lia Block, Kristin Cast, & Richelle Mead. I had a blast writing my story, a gothic romance titled, BRING ME TO LIFE, and I really hope you enjoy it too!

3. The Smart Girls Kick it Tour: Big things happening on the tour front- we've got the Smart Girls Facebook page HERE & The Smart Girls Twitter feed HERE

And a whole line up of awesome authors and exciting cities lined up!

The tour is set to begin mid-September, so stay tuned for more details coming soon . . .

4. And in case you missed it last time, the release of DARK FLAME has moved up to:

June 22, 2010!!

While RADIANCE will be in stores on:
August 31, 2010!!

5. And . . . well, there's actually more to share . . . and as soon as I get the okay, I will . . .


That's it for now-- Happy President's Day everyone!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

And, we have title . . .

Hey Everyone-

Just wanted to let you know that we've finally decided on a title for the 5th Immortals book!

What was previously (and affectionately!) referred to as UNTITLED IMMORTALS #5 is now officially:

(insert drum roll here . . .)



Now all I have to do is finish it . . .

Have a good day everyone!


Saturday, February 06, 2010

Lune Bleue!!!

It's a working Saturday for me, but I just wanted to take some time out to share the French cover of BLUE MOON--or LUNE BLEUE as they're calling it in those parts!!

Have a great day everyone!



Thursday, February 04, 2010

Don't Stop Believin'

(Blog title courtesy of Journey)

So last night, my husband & I decided to celebrate The Immortals hitting their 52nd consecutive week on the New York Times Best Sellers list by dining at the same restaurant Ever dined at with Sabine on page 38 in Evermore.

The one Riley called, "ChiChi."

(For those of you who don't have your book handy, that restaurant is HERE.)

And after enjoying an awesomely "ChiChi" meal with probably just a bit too much wine & champagne, served by our awesome waiter with the world's coolest name (shout out to Metro!)--it suddenly hit me:

Six years ago --to the day!-- I was in Las Vegas with my husband (a business conference for him), it was our last night on the town and I gave myself a stern talking to I'll never forget.

You see, my then agent had been shopping my debut novel, FAKING 19, and all we seemed to be getting for our efforts was a nice big stack of rejections. Months had passed, and not one publisher was biting, and I was starting to doubt that they ever would.

It was making me sad, depressed, filled with self-doubt, and probably not all that fun to live with. So, that night, I made a vow to myself to release it. To stop focusing on it, obsessing over it, and worrying about an outcome I had absolutely no control over whatsoever.

I decided to just let it be and turn my focus to something else.

I wasn't necessarily giving up on the book, and I definitely wasn't giving up on my dream of being published, but I was giving up on all of that energy I'd spent freaking out over its unsold state.

Moments after I'd made that commitment, I felt better. Lighter. Less burdened. And I decided that as soon as I returned home the next day, I would pick up where I left off on that "other" book idea I'd kinda started (aka-ART GEEKS & PROM QUEENS).

So, cut to the very next day, February 4, 2004, I've pushed Faking 19 totally out of my mind, and am thinking up new plot ideas for my other book, while returning the rental car to the airport, when my agent calls to tell me that St. Martin's Press just offered me a deal for FAKING 19 and "whatever else I was working on."

Yep, less than 24 hours after releasing my obsession, it all just sort of happened on its own.

Last year on this date, when I first hit the NYT list, I couldn't help but notice the coincidence in the dates, and I'm sure I blogged about it then too.

This year, after being on the list for a year straight (something I never even dreamed of!), and with the milestone hitting on the same date, well, sorry for the redundancy, but I couldn't help but blog about it again.

I guess what I'm really trying to say here is that if you really, really want something you cannot give up on the dream itself--though you can (and should) give up on the negative emotions that tend to crop up when that dream is temporarily thwarted.

Don't give in to the self-doubt and that little voice in your head that just loves the words like "Can't" and "No" and "Sorry, not for you!"

Just keep learning, doing, improving, and moving forward--and don't forget to take time to enjoy the journey, because even though it's not always pleasant while you're down in the muck of it--looking back on all the rough bits you survived sure makes it feel sweeter once you've arrived!

Have a good day everyone!


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Maybe I'm Amazed

(Blog title courtesy of Paul McCartney)


I just leaned that THE IMMORTALS Series has made the New York Times Children's Best Sellers list for its 52nd week straight!!!

That's one solid year on the list!!

And I owe it all to YOU.

Yes, YOU!!!

Thank you so much to all of my readers for your amazing supply of enthusiasm and support. Your messages, art work, kindness, and generosity never cease to amaze me.

You are the reason I do what I do.

And I can't thank you enough for helping to make my most far fetched dreams come true!

Cheers Everyone!