Tuesday, December 1, 2015

#NILtribe giveaways this month

Hey sweet readers--

Just a heads up-- Three Big #NILtribe Giveaways are happening this month!!!

(1) Facebook: Starting today, a giveaway is happening on Facebook! To say thank you to my readers, I 'm offering 10 signed copies of NIL on FB! Click for the link!:) And good luck!

(2) Twitter: Tomorrow is a #WinNIL Wednesday!!!  Woohoo!!! I'll be giving away a signed copy of NIL UNLOCKED + a copy of Placid Girl by Brenna Ehrlich + a copy of Sara Raasch's ICE LIKE FIRE. Awesome, right? Go to my Twitter account for all the scoop!


(3) Coming to Instagram this month? A 12 Days Books of Christmas Giveaway!!! You can win 12 books by 12 YA authors.... Contest will run on IG only, for (you guessed it) 12 days. Stay tuned!!!

So what do you think??/


I totally agree. (I also adore Supernatural...see above pic for all you need to know.:D)

Happy first day of December!!!!!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Thankful...for the #NILtribe, macaroons, and ALL THE BOOKISH THINGS


November is almost over. CRAZY!

This fall has flown by. I've toured with the YA Chicks (Christy Farley, Vivi Barnes, and Amy Christine Parker), visited dozens of schools,  & participated in the Southern Festival of Books, all of which was AMAZING!!!

Proof of #YAChicks Tour awesomeness:

Streetside in Nashville:)

Official Tour Poster--WE WERE SO OFFICIAL

#YAChicks after an incredible school visit in Savannah!

...and we ate macaroons. YES WE DID. ALL OF THEM.

And I went to FAME, which was beyond awesome.:) Evidence of FAME awesomeness:

Bookish goodness happening on schedule :)

Yes, we are hanging out with National Book Award Winner
and all around super nice & talented Neal Shusterman.
Mind. Blown.

The NIL Series!!! In this group!!! *dies of happiness*

Coolest Media Specialists EVER :)

Dinner partners! <3 them!:)

Last night at dinner--so much bookish fun!

And this note from a reader made me teary:

And that my sweet friends, is why I write.:)

FAME was so cool. Inspiring, and amazing.

Like these cool students at Creekside High School, one of my recent school visits:

These readers? LOVE THEM! Amazing kids at Creekside!!!!

I'm constantly blown away by the love of the #NILtribe.:)

And this month... the #NILtribe went international!!! NIL is now out in Turkey (where it's titled ADA), and the Turkish #NILtribe is AWESOME!

Here are just a few of the breathtaking snapshots of #ADA my Turkish readers posted on IG:

THANK YOU TURKEY!!! *all the hugs*

And the original #NILtribe? Still as wonderful and enthusiastic and AWESOME as ever! Books sell one book at a time... through word of mouth. And I'm so grateful for all the Nil love and support. The #NILtribe is AMAZING --you have made NIL UNLOCKED and NIL ON FIRE possible!!!!

So this November, I'm sending the biggest, most heartfelt THANK YOU to all my readers who have shared their love for NIL with a friend or with the world


Like this cool video.:) Here's Ashley, one of my favorite Booktubers and original #NILtribe members, sharing her love for NIL:

Thank you Ashley!!!

I'm so blessed to have the readers I do, and to say thanks? Next month (which starts in one day!) I'll be hosting a special 12 Days Books of Christmas book prize on Instagram, plus a #WinNIL Wednesday in two days!!!!

Stay tuned, and THANK YOU FOR ALL THE NIL LOVE!!!!:)

Oh, and guess what? NIL ON FIRE is only 6 months away!!! #ticktock


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Get Your #YASH ON! The Fall 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt is Here!

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

Hi y'all! I'm Lynne Matson, your hostess for this leg of the Hunt. Welcome to the home of the #NILtribe! *passes coconut cup* 

I'm super stoked to be a part of this hunt! This cool annual event was organized by the awesome Colleen Houck to give readers exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some amazing prizes! In this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt--a secret number. Add up the numbers and enter to win the sweet prize--a signed book from each author on my team! Woot! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours only! 72 hours of awesome! Hunt ends October 4th at noon PST! 

You can start right here or go to the YA Scavenger Hunt home page.

You're currently hunting on TEAM GREEN!!!

Looking for my sekrit NIL UNLOCKED bonus content? YAY! Keep looking . . . somewhere on this awesome blog hop, I've hidden some seriously cool bonus content to get you stoked for NIL UNLOCKED...and super stoked for NIL ON FIRE (coming May 2016). I've hidden an interview with Rives!

But first--a few rules.

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number in GREEN. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GREEN team and add them up (feel free to use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 4 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information won't be considered.:(


Phew! Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, on to the post! I'm super stoked about the author I'm hosting today. She's the lovely & talented . . .


Kay Honeyman lives, writes, and teaches in Dallas, TX. Her first novel, THE FIRE HORSE GIRL, came out in January 2013. It was published by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. It earned a spot on the Texas TAYSHAS honor list, a nomination for the Middle School and High School Sequoyah Award, and a starred review in Booklist. Her next book INTERFERENCE comes out in Fall 2016. It is about politics, small towns, and West Texas football.

(Lynne here--yes to diverse books! And yes to anything involving FOOTBALL. WIN. Hunt on.:D)

Kay's a YASH veteran... and today's she promoting THE FIRE HORSE GIRL!


Jade Moon is a Fire Horse — the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, reckless, and far too headstrong. While her family despairs of marrying her off, she dreams of traveling far beyond her tiny village, living out a story as big as her imagination.Then a young man named Sterling Promise offers Jade Moon and her father an incredible opportunity: the chance to go to America. As they travel, Sterling Promise’s smooth manners and Jade Moon’s impulsive nature strike sparks again and again. But America in 1923 doesn’t welcome Chinese immigrants, and when they are detained at Angel Island — the so-called “Ellis Island of the West” — Jade Moon uncovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams. To get into America, much less survive there, she will have to use every bit of her stubbornness and strength to break a new path . . . one so brave and dangerous that only a Fire Horse girl could imagine it.

Sounds amazing, right? AND JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU READ THE BONUS MATERIAL! Read on . . .

I have been obsessed lately with http://postsecret.com/. People send their secrets on 4x6 postcards. Some are posted on the site. All are save and archived. It’s made me think about how our secrets motivate and shape us in surprising ways.

I started to think about my characters’ secrets - ones that they still keep even through the end of the story. So I created postcards for my characters that share one of their secrets. I hope you enjoy!

If you want to learn more about Postsecrets, here is an interview with founder Frank Warren-  http://www.kera.org/2015/09/08/anonymous-secrets/


Sterling Promise – THE FIRE HORSE GIRL


Kate – INTERFERENCE (available Fall 2016)

 ** end of YASH bonus material**

need INTERFERENCE now!:)
Find out more about Kay on her website: http://kayhoneyman.com/
Connect with Kay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kayhoneyman

Okay! It's time to...


Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win heaps of signed books from all the #YASH authors, including a hardback of NIL UNLOCKED!!! To enter, you need to know that 10 may be the best number EVER. I'm not kidding. My birthday is on November 10 and I can eat 10 Thin Mints in less time than it takes to enter the giveaway below (this last one may or may may not be true.;D) Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for world domination the hunt, you need to check out the next #TeamGreen author, Lisa Schroeder!


To say thanks for stopping by my blog, as a bonus #YASH giveaway, I'm giving away a signed copy of NIL plus a #NILtribe t-shirt + swag pack! Enter below, and happy hunting! Good luck!

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Leave a comment if you like, and I'll reply back!:)

Happy Hunting!



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#YASH STARTS TOMORROW! (+ bonus scene)

The YA Scavenger Hunt is TOMORROW!
I'm #TeamGreen!

Cool, right? I LOVE GREEN.

Tomorrow I'm hiding an exclusive interview with Rives...somewhere along the hunt. Last Spring I hid an exclusive scene. Just to whet your #YASH appetite, here's that scene! It's one of the last scenes of NIL, seen through Rives's eyes.

Enjoy, and come back tomorrow! I'll have a giveaway too!:)

**originally posted as part of last Spring's #YASH*

As y’all may know, NIL UNLOCKED is both a sequel and a companion novel to NIL. NIL UNLOCKED picks up on the island of Nil where NIL leaves off, but NIL UNLOCKED is told from a new character’s point of view: Rives, who was Thad’s Second in Command on the island. (NIL UNLOCKED is actually a dual POV like NIL—the other POV in NIL UNLOCKED is Skye, another new character you’ll meet soon. :D) Below is a bonus scene I wrote just for the #YASH—it’s Thad’s last moments on Nil, as seen through Rives’s eyes. **Spoiler Alert** The following scene contains spoilers about the ending of NIL…so if you haven’t read NIL yet, be warned!:)

Bonus Scene
Day 241, Nearly Noon

I was the definition of a third wheel.
Not that we had a Dictionary here on Nil. Hell, we were lucky to have food. Grammer paled in light of survival. But, if things worked out, I’d be catching back up on my English lessons sometime in the next 124 days.
That was a big if.
If I caught a gate, if I didn’t die first. If I got seriously lucky.
Right now, I just hoped Thad got lucky, but the odds weren’t good. He had exactly one noon left.
Based on the sun’s position, he actually had less than an hour.
I’d spent the last few hours hanging back, alternating between watching Thad’s back and trying not to watch at all. Watching Thad and Charley this morning ranked up there with getting my finger stitched without anesthesia as a good time. Thad’s expression was a potent mix of hurt and anger and raw desperation that I couldn’t fix, no matter how badly I wanted to. Charley wasn’t much better, but to give the girl credit, she had the tough act down. She didn’t show her desperation like Thad; instead Charley strode forward with fierce hope, chin set, shoulders back, every step showing off the Nil badass that she was. Then again, she still had time.
It’s easy to be tough when time is still on your side.
Time is never on our side, I thought. Not here.
Pay attention, I told myself.
It was Nil rule number one.
I glanced back at Thad. He’d stopped, and the pain scarring his face broke something inside me. I’d almost been there, once. Not again. Never again, definitely not here.
Charley stopped beside him and taking his hand, she smiled.
Like their shadow, I braked too. Keeping my distance, I looked away. Looked around.
No gate, yet.
Wrapped in themselves, the pair barely acknowledged me, which brought strange relief. Thad and I were cool; so were Charley and I. I’d said my goodbyes last night. At this point, I had no interest in being drawn into a conversation where I had nothing to say—as if I’d be able to talk with the weight of Nil on my chest. In minutes I’d lose the best friend I had here, one way or another, and I’d had enough Nil funerals to last a lifetime.
Dammit, Nil. I looked around, again. Please send a gate. Please give Thad a ticket home.
Beneath my feet, the ground shifted, then stilled. A small jerk, more like a wake-up call. Around me, the air went slack.
A gate.
Exhaling the breath I’d been holding all day, I looked back at Thad. Charley was shaking him like a rag doll and pointing over his shoulder. Sure enough, a gate shimmered a few meters out from the two, but Thad didn’t see it; he stood frozen, staring at Charley like a man about to jump off a sinking ship. Then the gate winked out.
Time rushed back in, filling the vacuum the gate left behind.
The three of us stared at the spot where the gate vanished, like if we all stared hard enough, it would come back, like a bad April Fool’s joke.
To my complete shock, it actually worked. Either that, or Nil was having too much fun to quit now. A second gate flashed a few meters past the first. Charley spotted the second gate at the same time I did. Her face lit up like a holiday tree.
Charley shook Thad again, and then he woke up. Or gave up. Given the next few ridiculous minutes, it was a toss-up.
“NO!” Charley’s agonized scream hung in the still air.
I froze, shocked by the whisper in my head. I knew that voice; I’d ached for that voice. I’d let that voice go—or at least tried to.
Out on the rocks, Thad laughed. He threw his fist in the air like he’d won. His laughter echoed across the open black rock, like Nil thought is was a joke too.
The scene slowed, a weird warp of Nil ghosts, past and future.
Charley was gone.
Thad’s time was up.
Rives! Talla whispered again. On your left.
Stunned, I whipped around, half-expecting to see her, knowing I wouldn’t because I buried her. Six feet under in Nil dirt.
No Talla, but I couldn’t miss the massive grizzly barreling our way—or the gate rising from the ground.
Thad wasn’t looking. He was shouting now, screaming at the Nil sky, faced raised to the heavens even as he chewed out Nil. Nil answered, shaking the ground with a vengeance.
“Thad!” I shouted. “On your left!”
He spun, saw the gate, and took off, sprinting all out.
That day was the first time I heard Talla’s voice, but not the last. 
How had I let Nil in my head?

--end of bonus scene--

Yay! Come back tomorrow for this Fall's #YASH!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

#NILtribe t-shirt flash giveaway on Instagram!

Just a quick heads up to let y'all know that over on my Instagram account...I'm running a flash giveaway until 9/30. up for grabs? Two #NILtribe t-shirts!

One for you...one for a friend.:)


Sweet, right?:)

Go forth & enter! Here's the link just in case you need it... click here.:) Good luck!


Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11

Today is such a somber moment in our nation's history.

*moment of silence*

More bookish-things next week but for today, we remember.


Friday, August 14, 2015

What's New with You?

Happy Friday! It's been FOREVER since I've posted!

How are you? What's new?

For me, summer is over. *sniff* The boys are back in school, and while I'm sooooooo sad to say goodbye to summer, I'm super stoked about what's coming up!

First, a little summer wrap. Ready?:)


June was all about the Southeast Summer Book Bash with Lindsay Cummings, Paula Stokes, Jaye Robin Brown, Robin Constantine, and Anne Blankman. THESE WOMEN ARE LOVELY, and their books will rock your socks. Getting to spend time with them was a treat for me.:)

Here's proof of all of the above:

Look how happy we are! This stop was AMAZING! But WHERE IS PAULA???
Happy authors in the house!

Found her! And she's rocking her skull kitty top. <3
Super sweet banner!:) Thank you Booksellers at Laurelwood!

Road tripping into Asheville at twilight...so pretty!

Lindsay rode shotgun with me and I love her just a little bit. She was my roomie too and is pretty much awesome. :)

A sweet set up in Asheville at the lovely Malaprops! Jaye Robin Brown was out moderator, and she did an incredible job!

Charleston was both deeply moving and incredibly sad. It was out last tour stop, and we wrestled with whether it was the right thing to do--to go talk about our books, when the city was suffering. But the lovely staff at Blue Bicycle Books assured us that to not come would be a loss all its own, because the city was banding together so tightly that it was inspiring. So we went. We arrived days after the terrible fatal shooting, and to our surprise, our hotel happened to be just across the street. We could see it from our window--the church, the support, the ministers gathering everyone together in prayer, the flowers and moments, and later, the protestors. I took this picture because this particular note spoke to me...this church was where MLK preached and worshipped. MLK was so wise; hopefully we will not only remember his legacy and his words, but start living them too.


Last day of the #SSBB tour....

A panel and signing at Blue Bicycle Books! SO. MUCH. FUN.:)

A great crowd, a great city.:)

A few #SSBB tour thanks: Thanks to all the booksellers who hosted us and made us feel so welcome! And thanks to all the moderators who helped us (Cliff Redwine! Nicole Castroman! JRo! We love y'all!) and thank to the READERS for coming out to support us!

After the #SSBB, I went to Orlando for the Orlando LibCon and IT WAS AWESOME.
Lori and Christy--amazing authors & super sweet to boot!:)

Then after ALL THE TOURING (Fierce Reads! WOOHOO! #SSBB! YIPPEE!) it was time to chill.

Which meant...


How gorgeous is this?!
So much inspiration here...I refilled my writer well. :) Lots of ideas to flesh out the end of NIL ON FIRE...

and lots of just chillaxin.

Me & my sweetheart...in the Abacos on Tahiti Beach

The rest of the summer? With my boys and my sweetheart and puppy Charley on the beach...
like this:

Charley...stalking fish on Crescent Beach:)
Charley ). Fish, one million. lol

So what's next?

I'll be doing school visits in September, going on tour with the YA Chicks in October...we're heading to Gainesville, Jax, Savannah, Atlanta & Nashville! Details to come, but you can definitely find us at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville!

To wrap up today?

A quick Friday Five!

5. Last book I read: A re-read of THE THRONE OF GLASS
4. Top of My TBR List: The WRATH AND THE DAWN
3. Favorite Pizza right now: Hawaiian from Mellow Mushroom
2. Movie I'm dying to see: Antman
1. What I'm doing today: writing.:)

So what's new with you?:) What's topping your TBR?


Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Five



Happy June!

I can't believe it's JUNE. Seriously. WHERE DID MAY GO?

For me, it was the Fierce Reads tour, and the release of NIL UNLOCKED, and the last month of school for my four boys, and drafting NIL ON FIRE, and planning the #SSBB.

So. How about a quick Friday Five about May?:)


This tour was AMAZING. Meeting readers, chatting with bloggers, and hanging out with three of the most wonderful (and sweet! and talented!) authors I've ever met: Lindsay Smith, Marie Rutkowski, and Katie Finn (aka Morgan Matson. YES THERE WERE TWO MATSONS ON THE FR TOUR!!! How cool is that?! Answer: seriously cool.) Marie, Lindsay & Morgan were wonderful to tour with--all were so, so sweet, and the last night at dinner the three of us laughed so hard I cried. (I do that when I laugh really, really hard.:D) And that, my friends, is a sign of a GREAT TOUR.:) <3 these ladies!

Evidence of the Fierce Reads awesomeness:

We went to so many amazing bookshops...and met SO many wonderful people who love books as much as we do!:) I got to meet Jen Mathieu and Becky Wallace, authors I adore (plus Becky is one of my crit partners and I lurveeeee her).:) And I got to hang out IRL with bloggers I love--and members of the #NILtribe that I tweet with constantly!:) Like Mary & Stacee & Nikki & Skye & more!:) So much love for y'all!

And.... buttons! Cupcakes! THE GOODNESS WAS ENDLESS.:) Thank you to all who came to see us, and all the readers & booksellers & librarians who made us feel so welcome!!!!

One more pic of happiness: here's a great shot of us with Molly, one of the awesome Macmillan publicists who did so much to make this tour so full of amazing:

The amazing Molly grinning in a Matson sandwich:)

The second leg of the Fierce Reads tour is happenening right now, so go see those authors if you can!

#4. NIL UNLOCKED hit the wild!!!!!

#NILtribe readers sent these to me!:) THESE MAKE ME SO HAPPY!

And we had a NIL UNLOCKED launch party!!!!

These are my peeps AND I LOVE THEM.:)

#3. The end of school.

I have 4 boys. 2 in elementary school...1 in middle school...and 1 in high school. I can't even put into words the crazy factor of May for our family. Thank the good Lord its summer. FOR REAL.:)

#2. NIL ON FIRE!!!!!

Or as I like to say... NIL ON FIYAH.;)

Drafting. Furious drafting. Revising. Deleting. Pulling it all together. WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME HOW HARD IT IS TO END A TRILOGY???

I am still working on NIL 3 (which is now NIL ON FIRE) as we speak. Hence the lack of May blogging..see numbers 5. 4. & 3. above.:)

#1. Planning the Southeast Summer Book Bash.

In two weeks, I hit the road again with the lovely Lindsay Cummings. We're heading to Ga, AL, TN, NC & Sc. For all teh deets, go to the #SSBB website!

JUNE 17-23-- IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT!!!!!! I'd love to meet you--so come see me! So that was my May.:)

A few quick notes:
Last book I read: ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas. 5 STARS FROM ME.
Song I'm addicted to: Four Walls by The Broods
Favorite summer drink: Lemonade
Next on my TBR list: You tell me!:)


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NIL 3 has a title!!!!!!!

Book three in the Nil trilogy has a title!!! And it's PERFECT.


*drum roll*

The title of the third and final book in the Nil series is . . .


So what do you think?:)



It's been an amazing week!

NIL UNLOCKED hit the wild one week ago today!:) 

Thank you to all the #NILtribe who have supported the Nil world in the weeks -- and months!-- leading up to release.

And for those who have just now discovered the Nil world, welcome!:) The #NILtribe is glad to have you!*

What else is new? Tomorrow is a #WinNIL Wednesday...and in the meantime? The NIL UNLOCKED blog tour is in full swing, with lots of amazing posts, Nil secrets, and a wonderful giveaway sponsored by MacTeenBooks.

You can start the blog tour here!

Thank you to all the book bloggers for hosting NIL UNLOCKED's tour!


A full-recap tomorrow!:)


*If you've read NIL UNLOCKED, I will forever love you if you take the time to tell a friend or leave a review on Amazon, B& N, Goodreads and/or your favorite book-buying site.:) Word of mouth is huge! THANK YOU!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pre-order Contest for NIL UNLOCKED +PICS!!!

7 days.

One week.

And this will be IN YOUR HANDS:



Ok y'all, I promised pics today of the prizes for the NIL UNLOCKED pre-order contest. 
So here you go!!!:) Mission accomplished!

The prize pack contains:

NIL + NIL UNLOCKED bookmarks
"No Regrets" Buttons
A #NILtribe t-shirt
A super cool necklace that reminds me of what Rives feels for Skye

Sweet, right?:)

You totally need to see an up-close-and-personal look at the necklace:

I LOVE this E.E. Cummings quote!

To enter: pre-order NIL UNLOCKED from one of the sites below. Take a screen shot of the confirmation of your order, and email it to me at:

That's in! Winner picked at random on May 12.

Good luck!!!!

May the odds be ever in your favor!;) 


Pre-Order Your Copy of NIL UNLOCKED from these lovely booksellers: