Exciting updates!

Happy Labor Day everyone! Whether you’re hanging out in the sun with the hot boy or girl of your dreams or curled up with a fabulous book, I hope everyone is finishing off their summer vacation right. Eyeing this picture, I’m thinking about adding a long walk around the lake with Resident Hottie to my To Do list.

It’s been awhile since I checked in, so I thought now would be a fantastic time to pop in and say THANK YOU to all the bloggers and readers who have been endlessly supportive of FLAWED and of me since Entangled Teen announced they’d picked up the book. You guys are incredible. Seriously. No way, no how, would I be as excited to be an author if it wasn’t for all of you.

This being said, I have some news I’d like to share.

As many of you have already noticed, FLAWED was moved from its original July 2012 release date to the more cozy Fall 2012 season. While I’m pretty desperate to get the book into everyone’s hands (see above—you all rock!), I’m thrilled with this change. Fall is *the* season for fabulous books and I’m honored to get to be part of that excitement. And really…a dark book like mine? It’s going to feel that much creepier when read on a stormy fall night.

There’s been some speculation over whether the book will release in October or November—I’m going to say November, just to be safe. If the book hits Amazon and B&N a few weeks early, awesome. Those of you who notice will get to grab a copy before anyone else. (If this happens, I’ll whisper about it here and on Twitter—don’t worry!)

I’ve also received a lot of emails regarding availability—too many to respond to individually. Again with you guys being made of awesome. Rest assured, print copies of Entangled Teen books are available online and in bookstores all over the place. And FLAWED will be available in ebook on its official release date, whenever that may be! I’m partial to print books, especially when they have a cover like mine (THANK YOU everyone who voted for this one in Entangled’s contest!!), but I love my Kindle Fire. I totally get the ebook thing.

Another fun question I’ve been asked this week is whether my swag will be for sale on my website. Right now, the answer is no. I plan to give away swag to the lucky winners on my blog tour, and just gave a TON of it away at the RWA conference in July (if you snagged a YARWA bag, you have one of 100 specially-made FLAWED swag packs!). Maybe if demand is high for dog tags and bracelets and such after the book comes out, I’ll revisit this idea then. In the meantime, follow along on the blog tour when it begins and enter as many times as you can!

If you’re looking for ways to get involved with FLAWED’s release, consider grabbing my countdown widget and getting in touch with my publicist Heather Riccio (heatherriccio(at)entangledpublishing(dot)com). With the shifting dates, there may still be spots open on the blog tour. She also handles ARC requests and all that fun stuff so I can concentrate on writing more books. The #DarkDarlings already got a sneak peek at the next book in my queue. I hope you love it as much as they did!

I’m off to see a sexy man about a lake. Happy end-of-summer, everyone. I’ll see you in November…

Nominate YOUR favorites in the FtLoC Contemporary YA Awards!

Many of us have seen the Young Adult “readers choice” award contests going around the blogsphere. They’re fun, and they’re interesting…but, sadly, contemporary stories often get buried beneath the other genres.

For that reason, my group blog For the Love of Contemporary is holding its very own CONTEMPORARY AWARDS. You can play along September 3rd through the 17th!

Categories include:

  • Favorite boy
  • Favorite girl
  • Favorite couple
  • Story that made you laugh loudest
  • Story that made you cry hardest
  • Most original and unique contemporary plot
  • Favorite boy point-of-view book
  • Favorite dark contemporary
  • Favorite LGBT
  • Favorite author
  • Favorite 2012 release

How it’s going to work:

Today: Enter your nominations for the Contemporary Awards–up to 5 in each category–as soon as possible!

Thursday, Sept 6th: Drop in for our first giveaway, which includes not one, not two, but several of Stephanie Campbell’s books–IN PRINT! *Note: you MUST have submitted nominations for the  Contemporary Awards to be eligible for the giveaway.

Saturday, Sept 8th: Nominations close at MIDNIGHT. This gives us Sunday to tally all the nominations.

Monday, Sept 10th: The top THREE in each category for the Awards. Voting will open!

Thursday, Sept 13th: Winners for Steph Campbell’s books will be announced! And a new contest will open for an e-book copy of Hushed by Kelley York, and YOUR CHOICE of one of Nyrae Dawn’s e-books! (What a Boy Wants, What a Boy Needs, Freeing Carter, or Measuring Up)

Monday, Sept 17th: Winners for the Awards will be announced, as well as winners for the e-books by Nyrae and Kelley.

So what are you waiting for? Go forth and nominate all your contemporary YA favorites!

Lucky 7: Peek at a new story

The Rules:

  1. Go to page 77 of your current MS.
  2. Go to line 7.
  3. Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they’re written. No cheating.
  4. Tag 7 other victims …er, authors.

Thanks to the fabulous Melissa West for tagging me!

Oh, man. I picked FLAWED because my WIP isn’t at page 77 yet, so excuse any foibles my editor hasn’t corrected! Um…you guys are going to kill me for this, but here are the seven (of nine!) lines that lead in to Sam and Sarah’s first kiss:

I forget my father, I forget the hell I live in, I forget James. Even if it’s only temporary and I can’t allow myself to return it, I want to know what it feels like to be loved by someone who isn’t obligated to love me back.

I’m not prepared when he leans back to wipe the tears from my cheeks with his thumbs and pins me with an intense look that screams something I don’t understand.

I’m even less prepared when my body responds.

Heart pounding, my arms wind easily around his neck.

Breath catching, I stretch to meet him halfway.

Our mouths fit together perfectly, just like I always knew they would.

And now I get to pick 7 victims! I’m going to tag:


Christa Desir
Katee Robert
Leah Miller
Katy Upperman
AE Rought
Heather Riccio
Jamie Manning

How a Lullaby Sparked the Darkest Book I’ve Ever Written

Music is a huge part of my life. From the twenty bajillion songs on my iPod to all the bands I’ve been in to Resident Hottie’s mad composing skills, every memory I have comes with its own soundtrack. This probably explains why I love Adam and Mia from Gayle Forman’s IF I STAY series so much. I see a lot of Resident Hottie and myself in their relationship, particularly in why he’s drawn to her:

“I’ve never seen anyone get as into music as you do. It’s why I like to watch you practice. You get the cutest crease in your forehead, right there,” Adam said, touching me above the bridge of my nose. “I’m obsessed with music and even I don’t get transported like you do.” – IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

Music also drives the books I write, and not just because of the insane playlists I put together. All it takes is a particularly brilliant lyric to set me off, sometimes a single harmony, and I won’t be able to stop until I’ve bled every emotion I feel onto the page. It’s a crazy process that takes me deeper and darker each time, but it works. At least Resident Hottie is used to listening to the same eight or nine songs 48 times a day for thirty days straight. He’s my Adam. He gets me.

FLAWED came about four years ago when I stumbled across the lyrics to You Are My Sunshine. Who knew a lullaby about the light of someone’s life would turn out to be so dark? I came away from that writing frenzy with a book about obsession, betrayal, and how easy it is to throw your life away because of misplaced loyalty. FLAWED follows the downward spiral of You Are My Sunshine‘s lyrics closely. I can only hope reading the book affects you as much as writing it affected me.

You Are My Sunshine
© 1940 Peer International Corporation
Original lyrics by Oliver Hood

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You’ll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

The other nite, dear,
As I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms.
When I awoke, dear,
I was mistaken
And I hung my head and cried.

I’ll always love you
And make you happy
If you will only say the same.
But if you leave me
To love another
You’ll regret it all some day.

You told me once, dear
You really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But now you’ve left me
And love another
You have shattered all my dreams.

I have NEWS!!!

And holy crap, is it news!

My dark, contemporary YA romance, FLAWED, has sold to Entangled Teen! The book releases July 2012, and will be edited by the fantastic Liz Pelletier, who also edited OBSIDIAN, TOUCH, and HUSHED. I still can’t believe my debut ended up somewhere this phenomenal. Have you seen their covers? Is it possible to die of luck??

So what comes next? Edits. But also, we get to reveal the cover and the blurb! I’m told both will happen sometime next week, possibly as part of one of those mammoth cover reveals EP is so good at, and possibly including an excerpt (eeee!!), so be watching for more info on that. I’ve seen my cover, guys, and I love my cover. Again with the dying of luck!

Now if only I could stop jumping up and down long enough to finish this website…