Friday, February 28, 2014

3 Days!!!!!


I've been waiting for this for so long!:)

To tide you over, I've posted a Valentine Thad wrote to Charley over at the Bewitched Bookworms blog. It's part of the this month's Big Love Letter Event!

Go check it out!


Monday, February 24, 2014

7 DAYS!!!!

Until NIL's release!!!!


In the meantime, don't forget this Wednesday on Twitter is another #WinNIL contest, so watch for the #WinNIL hashtag! Up for grabs: my last NIL ARC, annotated by yours truly.:)

Good luck!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

11 DAYS!!!!

The clock is ticking!!!!!

NIL is out is 11 days…but you can win a copy right now! The NIL Blog Tour is on, and there are TWO NIL prize packs up for grabs.

Here's all the tour stops:

Feb 17: Dana Square Interview
Feb 18: Book Loving Mom Review
Feb 19: Jenna Does Books Guest Post
Feb 20: Word Spelunking Review 
Feb 21: Book Addict's Guide Interview
Feb 24: Great Imaginations Review 
Feb 25: A Backwards Story Guest Post
Feb 26: Two Chicks on Books Interview 
Feb 27: As Told by Rachel Review 
Feb 28: Paperback Princess Interview 
Mar 3: The Best Books Ever Review
Mar 4: Wastepaper Prose Review 
Mar 6: Good Choice Reading Interview

If you want to know what makes an author CRAZY happy, it's reading reviews like this one: best review ever. Jenna totally "got" NIL, on every level, and she wrote an incredibly well-articulated review.:) Similar crazy-making happy reviews? Go here and here and here. :)

Happy reading everyone! And good luck in the NIL Blog Tour giveaway! :) AND HUGE THANK YOUS TO EVERYONE WHO'S PRE-ORDERED NIL OR WANTS TO READ IT!!!!:)


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

14 days!!!!!!

NIL comes out exactly two weeks from today!!!!!! PEOPLE WILL BE HOLDING MY BOOK IN 14 DAYS.


I pretty much do a Jimmy Fallon move daily that looks like this:

Only I probably look wayyyyy more awkward.:)

Anyway, I'm super stoked! Tomorrow is another #WinNIL contest on Twitter and check the #NILtribe hashtag tonight for deets!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

#NILtribe Happenings!

Only 23 days to go until NIL's release!!!! AHHH!

Here's a quick update of what's happening:

ICYMI: I'm over at The Write Notes talking about the Top Five Songs Behind NIL. I'm also giving away a galley of NIL…with the vintage cover.:) Only 4 more days to enter!

The YA Valentines Winter Formal Blog Tour starts Monday! I'll be over at the lovely Nikki Wang's blog Fiction Freak--please come say hi!!!

And on Wednesday we're having a Twitter party!!! 

This Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30 PM EST, I'll be hanging out with Sara B. Larson (DEFY), Bethany Hagan (LANDRY PARK) and Jen McConnel (DAUGHTER OF CHAOS), some of the sweetest and most talented debut authors around. We'll be chatting about books, embarrassing Valentine moments, and other fun things! There will be prizes! Virtual snacks! The hashtag is #YAValsFormal . . . come hang out with us! 

Also have appearances coming up…will post about them shortly!:) 

Happy Saturday!!!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Freaky Video That Could ALMOST Be My Book Trailer

I'm over at All The Write Notes today sharing my top five songs behind NIL. Two are from Thad's point of view, two are from Charley's point of view, and one is from the island's point of view. (I'm also giving away a signed ARC of NIL so go check out the post!)

Here is where it gets freaky.

The song from the island's point of view is by a band called Pendulum. And the title? The Island (Part 1) Dawn. 

Perfect, right? I KNOW. Just wait--it's gets FREAKIER.

Here's the thing: as I envisioned NIL, the island is the greatest antagonist of all. There's a definite Twilight Zone undercurrent to NIL. After all, how else do you pass out in a city parking lot and wake up naked in a red rock field?!

So seriously, how perfect are the lyrics to this song? 

You arrive
In the rising sun
The hidden passenger
That I’ve been taking
Close your eyes
Let’s forget again
As you drag me down
I will take you in

What are you waiting for?
Just surrender here tonight
What are you waiting for?
As we go towards the light

When everything is said and done
To looking for answers if only one
Turn my back the urge has gone
Left with no reason we come undone

So perfect it's FREAKY.

Now here's where it gets super freaky. I got the idea for NIL in February 2010, while on a vacay in Hawaii. (You can read the full scoop here). Pendulum's album Immersion wasn't released until May of 2010. I'm not sure exactly when I discovered Pendulum, but I remember it was sometime that summer. I already had the entire first half of the novel written at this point--including the opening scene where Charley wakes up on Nil, which I wrote while in Hawaii back in February.

So this morning, when I was finishing up my ATWN post, I searched for a video of Pendulum's song The Island (Part 1) Dawn. And what I found blew me away. The opening was so much like the start of Charley’s Day One it honestly freaked me out a little. (Or possibly a lot. ;D) The girl even looks a little like Charley. 


See for yourself… I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS VIDEO. The end of the video has a twist that my book doesn't, so watch until the end…so worth it. (Plus, the girl in the video has clothes--if it was Charley she'd be running around naked and this is a PG rated blog. lol) 

Here you go…the video that could *almost* be my book trailer:

Totally cool and creepy and FREAKY, right? To think Pendulum was writing/recording this song as I was writing NIL, and for them to have a similar vision. I think it's the collective unconscious as my fellow Valentine Paula Stokes recently talked about.

So there you have it. The music video that could almost pass for NIL's book trailer.