Saturday, December 14, 2013

Please, admire the Precious...And win an ARC!

In case you've been living under a rock, I wanted to let you know...
(And a pretty one a that)

I know.

It's perfect.

And there's more.

You can win the VERY FIRST ARC of this gorgeous book.
Swing by YABooksCentral & check out my cover release post. 
There you can read about what went into designing this little gem,
as well as learn a few boring tidbits about me.

In other news, WE HAVE WINNERS!
Thanks for all who participated in the RUNNING PRESS book giveaway.
I've emailed each of the winners, 
but just so ya'll know it was legit,
here they are:

Jenny Torres Sanchez Prize Pack:  Selina Xu
Cori McCarthy Prize Pack: Zaira Fernando
Eric Devine Prize Pack: Shelby Mead

This will be my last post here for the year, 
but you can catch me over at The YAValentines on Friday, Dec. 27
where I'll be documenting the last Cupid's Arrow of the year.

Merry Christmas to all of you, and I'll see you next year when we'll
start getting SERIOUS about SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS! 
(that's code for BIG giveaways!)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

RUNNING PRESS: An introduction. (And a HUGE giveaway!!)


You know what that means? 
The smell of cinnamon scented pine cones is heavy in the air, thousand calorie goodies are lurking behind every corner, and SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS will be releasing in just four months!

FOUR MONTHS! *flails*

In honor of this exciting milestone, I wanted to introduce you to the publisher who's making my dream of being a published author a reality.

Running Press Kids is a division of the Perseus Book Group. They're not particularly huge, but they don't need to be. They've got all the guts, gusto and balls-to-the-wallsedness (it's a word) as the big boys. They take chances on books other houses might shy away from. Stories with bold, unapologetic characters written by authors with unique and equally unapologetic voices. While other publishers felt SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS was too honest, and potentially offensive because of it, Running Press embraced that quality. They recognized that real life isn't always pretty, it's just real. 

SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS joins a catalog of other fantastic novels by some incredibly talented authors. And to celebrate this special occasion, I'm giving away prize packs from some of these amazing folks.

Jenny Torres Sanchez is the genius behind, THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE and the incredibly charming, DEATH, DICKINSON AND THE DEMENTED LIFE OF FRENCHIE GARCIA.
If you love reading stories about memorable characters and relatable experiences, Jenny is your author! 

Cori McCarthy BLEW MY MIND with her Sci-Fi nail biter, THE COLOR OF RAIN. Seriously, I've never read a book about space travel and prostitutes but...good gawd! This book is amazing. You want this book!

And finally, there's my good pal Eric Devine. With books like TAP OUT and DARE ME under his belt, Eric takes the art of writing about honest characters to a whole new level. Whether it be surviving the gritty, hard life of a drug-infested trailer park, or leaving a dangerous mark for your classmates to remember you by, Eric tackles very book the same way: Fearlessly.

So, here's what's up for grabs kids:

From Jenny, a copy of DEATH, DICKINSON AND THE DEMENTED LIFE OF FRENCHIE GARCIA as well as some CHARLIE swag. From Cori, a signed copy of THE COLOR OF RAIN, and from Eric, a signed copy of DARE ME. (Plus, a little SHORT BUS tidbit thrown in each prize package for good measure.)

The contest ends December 14. (Eastern time)
Winners will be posted on this page & notified directly.

And if you don't win...don't worry! 
A new giveaway starts January 1!

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thankfulness: Let's get real.

It's that time of year again. You're spending money you don't have. Eating calories you'll never burn off. And giving thanks for your, insert one of the following: family, health, job, financial stability. Not that I'm not thankful for those things, I am. But let's get real for a second, Fan Club. Let's talk about the things you're really thankful for. The things that make your day just a teensy bit sweeter.

Things like: 

-DVRs with a ton of available recording space
-Katy Perry's, ROAR. (You will want to kick someone's ass after hearing that song)
-chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream
-apple pie
-Dylan O'Brien (*fans self* My most recent cougar-bait discovery)
-laughing so hard you cry
-freshly painted toenails (black preferred)
-apple pie a la mode 
-books you can't put down
-planning a summer trip with your closest friends
-discovering a new TV Show you love (Hart of Dixie!)
-a really well thought out blog post (unlike this one)
-Sixteen Candles (and all the feels that come when you watch it)
-your car after it's been washed
-warm apple pie a la mode

These are things I'm thankful for this November. 
How about you?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Do your part to encourage a FREAK!

I need your help guys. A friend of mine is in trouble. Let me set the scene:

It's approximately 4pm Pacific time. The sun is dropping  into the hills, though still hangs high enough to warrant wearing sunglasses. Outside the temperature is a comfy 76 degrees, and there's just a trace of that warm Santa Ana system that blew into town last week. As always, traffic speeds vary anywhere between 9 and 75 mph, depending on the freeway, whether or not there are any accidents, or if some jack weed is too busy chatting on his phone to realize he's going twenty below the speed limit.

The black minivan is rolling along at an easy clip; back windows down as far as the childproof restrictions allow, sunroof open, driver's hair whipping around her like snakes in a blender.

It looks a lot like this:
(Yes, that's road kill in the bottom right corner. Skunks shouldn't play in traffic.)

And you see how her mouth is open? No, she's not auditioning for an adult movie or hoping to catch a bug mid-flight, she's singing, really loud & really off-key, just like she does all the time. And believe it or not, the singing isn't the worst of her driving habits. It's her incessant need to change stations on the radio while doing so that wins her the award for ultimate road hazard. Despite the glares from her husband and whinings of her children, she swaps out radio stations as easily as Charlie Sheen does his hookers.

It looks a lot like this:

*pushes button* INDIGO GIRLS *gags*
*pushes button* PHILIP PHILLIPS *Sings along for a second until she realizes she just heard this song*
*pushes button* IMAGINE DRAGONS *sings until she remembers she's 38 and this song is for 20 year-olds*
*pushes button* ERASURE *squeals* *sings along to the end of the song* *waits as new song comes on* LIONEL RICHIE *scowls*
*pushes button* DR. DRE & SNOOP DOG. *nods slowly, like a G* *raps along with her homies until the song ends* *waits for new song* *DIVINYLS* *throws up in her mouth*
*pushes button* TESLA *freaks out* *sings at the top of her lungs until the song ends*
*pushes button* TAYLOR SWIFT *giggles. pretends her kids are in the car so it's not weird she's enjoying it* ...

and so on...for the entire 40+ minute commute home.

Why does she do this you ask?
Good question.

The only answer I can come up with is that she's a total freak. Obviously she's got some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder that won't allow her to enjoy one thing because she's constantly worried she'll miss something else, something better, if she does. The grass is greener, perhaps??

I'd really like to ease this girl's burden a bit by reassuring her she's not the only one with whacked-out habits. So, do me a favor and tell me what kind of dumb ass behaviors you have, and then I'll pass them on to her. My friend. :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gratuitous Cuteness in Lieu of Legitimate Creativity. Part Deux.

Here's the sad truth guys, I couldn't come up with a creative blog post because my brain is a bit oatmealy these days.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVES me some oats (longtime Fan Clubbers know this to be true) but between edits for SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS (and THE HEIST, the book I hope to offer my pub next), and failing miserably at adding wordage to my current WiP (that may very well get me sued. I'm not lying), there's just no brain power left under all this freaking hair to come up with something catchy. Which is what leads me to this second installment of Gratuitous Cuteness in Lieu of Legitimate Creativity. (a.k.a. Bethany's got brain rot)

Hopefully these cute faces will keep you entertained until my brain returns to the blog building.

 Silly Efron.
How does he always manage to creep in there??

Thursday, September 5, 2013


We are so excited to release the cover of Rebekah Crane’s next YA contemporary novel, ASPEN, today! Dance break!

Now that that’s out of the way. We present… ASPEN!

(Blog host side note: This cover tickles my frilly-tailed fancy. I am so in love!)

About the book:
One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

 In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember when Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player, crossed the yellow line in her car and smashed into Aspen's. But forgetting is pretty hard - because Katelyn may have died - but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom's awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing - or kissing - one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn's spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control … and doesn't want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.

Release Date: January 2014
Category: YA contemporary
Publisher: In This Together Media

And an awesome cover reveal isn’t complete without an equally AWESOME giveaway, so let’s tell them what they can win... *dramatic pause*

10 eARCs of ASPEN!
1 tie-dye shirt from Moe’s Broadway Bagels in Boulder, CO (an actual restaurant in the story!)
2 Grateful Dead bumper stickers! Groovy! 
5 Friendship bracelets because WHY NOT?!
1 hacky sack! Rad! 
3 flower stickers you can stick to your laptop or desk or wherever! Peace, man!

Just enter the Rafflecopter below and you’re on your way to getting some awesome swag!

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About Rebekah Crane: 

Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University, but it wasn't until ten years and two daughters later that she started to write it. Inspired by her past students, growing up in Cleveland with its fabulous musical theater community, and music of all kinds (particularly the Avett Brothers), she created PLAYING NICE. It is her first published novel, but having an unbridled imagination, it's not the only fantasy world she's lived in (just ask her husband). ASPEN, her second YA creation, is set to release in January 2014. She now lives in Colorado, where the altitude only enhances the experience. 

Twitter: @RebekahCrane

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Summertime Binge Reader!

Despite my love of reading now, I wasn't a big reader as a kid. There were always too many trees to climb, too many games of football to play, and too many neighbors to doorbell ditch. (Yes, it's true. I took great pleasure in tormenting my neighbors by ringing their bells and running. Judge away.) But for some reason, my dislike for the written page seemed to go on hiatus during the summer months. Possibly because there was a whole lot of time to fill when school wasn't in session (and your parents won't pony-up for cable TV), or, more likely, because the local library always offered summer reading programs (read: PRIZES!!) if you read a certain number of books. Who wants an eraser shaped like an ice cream cone?? THIS GIRL, that's who!

Was it bribery? Totally.

But it worked. The books I read during those summer months fed my brain just enough, so that when I was finally old enough to realize how awesome reading is, my brain wasn't completely malnourished. And some of those books have stuck with me my entire  life--I still read them whenever given the chance and brag about them as often as I can. Titles like this one: 

(If you've never read FIFTEEN, do it. DO IT NOW!!)

So I'm curious, Fan Club, what summertime reads 
do you hold dear to your heart?
(Ice cream cone erasers for anyone who says, SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS)

Sunday, July 28, 2013


It would probably be professional of me to tell you that my friend Eric Devine is not only one of the most genuine people I've had the pleasure of meeting, but that he's super talented and is one of a handful of authors I've read who can actually make you stop and feel something. But you guys know darn well that I'm not professional, AND, quite frankly, this amazing book trailer speaks for itself and the kind of author Eric is.

DARE ME is Eric's new novel. It will be available on October 8 from Running Press Teens, and unless you take pride in steering clear of all things awesome, you will buy this book.

And now, a peek at DARE ME...

'Dare Me' by Eric Devine - trailer from Patrick Willems on Vimeo.

Find out more about DARE ME on Goodreads or over at Eric's place.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BORLICKADOW: Don't scrimp on your characters' quirky traits!

My husband and I have been together since...well, forever. (I was 17 when we started dating and I just turned 38--you do the math). In that time, we've gotten to know each other pretty well. For example, I know that he'd rather saw off his own leg than walk barefoot across smooth concrete, that he pronounces the word "wash" with an "r" in it (WARSH) and that he adds pepper to foods that really don't need it. (French fries...really?!) On the flip side, he knows that the odds of me ordering anything off a menu containing cream sauce are slim to none (sensitive tummy, anyone?!), that I MUST take a bath before bed every night, and that I will sing, very loudly, to songs whether or not I know the correct lyrics. Case in point, BOUND FOR THE FLOOR, by Local H.

Here are the opening lines in case you're unfamiliar:

"Born to be down
I've learned all my lessons before now
Born to be down
I think you'll get used to it..."

See that first line there ^^ and that third line^^?
Yeah, it's BORN TO BE DOWN, and if you listen to it, it's as clear as a bell. The singer is singing, BORN TO BE DOWN. However, in my teenaged brain, all I heard was, BORLICKADOW. (No, this isn't a word, but in my defense, are half the words used in angst-ridden music?!)  At the time, it sounded legit to me, so I sang it loudly, and fearlessly, using that word, BORLICKADOW!!

Needless to say, the first time hubs (boyfriend then) heard me singing this song my way, he nearly wet himself he was laughing so hard. Eighteen years ago, that really pissed me off. Now, I recognize it for what it is: Awesome character development. (For the record, every time we hear this song he laughs. And sometimes it still does annoy me)

As I see it, my propensity toward singing inaccurate lyrics (this happens quite frequently and I'd list them here but that would just be embarrassing. Taylor Swift *coughs*) just makes me that much more an engaging character to know, and, obviously, as a writer I think this will have the same effect on the characters I write.

Knowing that your m/c only reads e-books horizontally because doing so vertically makes her feel uncomfortably tall, or that she eats all the chocolate off of a Klondike bar before she eats the ice cream itself, is a lot more interesting to your reader than saying she read a book or got an ice cream sandwich--likeability is in the details, yo! Never underestimate the power of a quirky trait when it comes to penning a character! After all, we want our characters to be believable, so don't short-change them by not telling their whole story.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Very Merry Unbirthday Celebration!! Guest of Honor: REBEKAH CRANE

I'm so excited to have my pal, and fellow Bacehelor(ette) addict, over for this special post! Not only is Ms. Rebekah Crane full of snark and wit, but she's as pretty as a peach and super talented, too. Read on for a peek at what makes this girl so amazing and for your chance to win some awesome swag!

It’s the Very Merry Unbirthday for Rebekah Crane’s novel PLAYING NICE! 

PLAYING NICE has been out for six months and it’s time to CELEBRATE! What better way than to host a GIVEAWAY of some awesome things: e-book copies of Playing Nice, skull bracelets just like Lil would wear, and a very special hard copy of PLAYING NICE annotated by Rebekah filled with notes, doodles, and secrets only the author would know!


Martina "Marty" Hart is really nice. At least, that's what people think. 

It's Marty's junior year at Minster High. Minster's a small town where making great grades, smiling pretty, helping old people, running the new-student Welcoming Committee, and putting up decorations for all the dances--including the totally awful Hot Shot fall hunting celebration--gets you ... what? Marty's not sure. Instead of dreaming about a sororities-and-frats future at nearby University of Michigan, she's restless, searching for a way out of the box her controlling mother and best frenemy Sarah have locked her in. When Lil--don't call her Lily!--Hatfield transfers to Minster, Marty gets her chance. Lil's different. She smokes, wears black, listens to angry punk records, and lives in a weird trailer with her mother. Lil has secrets--secrets that make her a target for all the gossiping and online bullying Minster can muster. But so does Marty. And Marty sees something different in Lil. Something honest. 

Something real. 

PLAYING NICE is the achingly true story of a girl who's been following the rules for so long she's forgotten who she was when she started. It's about falling in love with the wrong people and not seeing the right ones, about the moments in life when you step out of line, take a chance ... and begin to break free.  

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In addition to winning cool stuff, we’re gearing up for the publication of Rebekah’s next novel, ASPEN. The cover is coming and will be revealed on September 5th!! We’d love for you to join us (we’re giving away stuff then, too! PARTY!) Sign up below to participate and get a sneak peak at ASPEN’s badass cover!

Sign up for the cover reveal for ASPEN here.

About ASPEN: 

You know your life's going to have some strange twists when your hippie mom names you after the tree she gave birth under at a stoner concert. She didn't know she was pregnant; you end up being named Aspen… 

Next thing you know, you're seeing ghosts. 

Before their cars collided, Aspen was the nondescript slacker flying under the radar, Katelyn the sleek-haired popular girl, one half—with gorgeous boyfriend Ben Tyler—of Boulder High’s “It” couple. 

After the accident, Aspen is unexpectedly popular, her new lab partner Ben, as in Katelyn’s Ben, is unexpectedly interested in her … and in the biggest twist of all, Katelyn’s ghost appears unexpectedly at every turn. At first, Aspen feels badly. 

 Then she starts to feel annoyed. 

 With the help of best friends Kim and Cass, her childlike mother, Ninny, and Ben, Aspen must learn the difference between an accident and fate, while defining the role she wants to take in an indefinite world. It might just be the only way to banish Katelyn from her life forever. 

Rebekah Crane’s darkly humorous new young adult novel, ASPEN, is the story of an accident and its aftermath. It's about a girl struggling to forget the past while being deathly afraid of the future. But most of all, it's the story of what comes next. 

Thanks for being a part of PLAYING NICE’s giveaway and the exciting cover reveal for ASPEN! Let’s get this unbirthday party started!

Friday, June 21, 2013

For the ♥ of John Hughes


Several weeks ago I asked you to vote for your favorite John Hughes flick
(Your choices were: SIXTEEN CANDLES, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL and PRETTY IN PINK) in an effort to help me with my next Cupid's Arrow challenge over at the YA Valentines' blog.

Well, you did your job, Fan Club. (gift packs will be arriving on your doorsteps any day) Your voices were heard and as a result, I prepared what I think hope is a unique and entertaining way of expressing my love for the great John Hughes.

Click here to be taken to this Cupid's Arrow post, and let me know what you think.

Friday, June 14, 2013

FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover Reveal: Sara B. Larson's DEFY

 This blog post contains an image that may leave
you drooling, pawing at your monitor with
grabby, baby hands, or wetting yourself in anticipation.

  Bethany Crandell (a.k.a. RookieRiter) accepts no liability
for any damage caused to computers, furniture, clothing, 
or your Barnes & Noble pre-order account balances
as a result of this gorgeous image
being introduced to your retinas. 
 And now, on to the post...

It's a big day, guys. A BIG DAY!
My dear friend & fellow Valentine, Sara B. Larson, has
something purdy to show you. 
No it's not her gorgeous 
head shot, (though she is a looker (◕‿-) ),
it's the cover for her soon-to-be-released book, DEFY!

Here's a quick blurb to whet your eyes' appetite:

Alexa, the fiercest member of a prince's elite guard is actually a girl disguised as a boy, who gets embroiled in a deadly game of thrones while keeping her secret, and realizes she has far deeper feelings for the prince than she thought.

And now for the feast...

I know, right?! I get the chills 
just looking at. *licks screen*
Sara's book will be released January 1, 2014 (Scholastic), 

and it's your job to go out and buy a copy!
It's also imperative that you swing by The Valentines' 
blog to check out more cover reveal fun! 
(Yes, I'm bossy, but being a part of my Fan Club has its privileges. 
Someday we'll figure out what those are.)

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Erm...wait a second. Rewind. Let's try that again...


(Much better.)

Lots going on, guys. LOTS going on.

Because I'm crunched for time, I'm going to do this in list form:

#1.  WE HAVE A RELEASE DATE! *pauses for applause* 
I am oh-so-excited to announce that SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS will be 
released on...APRIL 1, 2014! (No joke)
(The awesomeness of this book debuting on April Fool's Day is not lost on me. 
The promotional action will be great fun, so be prepared!)

Holy crap, guys, edits & deadlines are no joke! 
But, despite the additional stress and desire to drink 
myself into Charlie Sheen status, I'm super excited
to be at this point in the publication process. 
The deadline will limit my blogging during the month of June, however.
A little tide-me-over gift is included at the bottom of this post
in hopes to make you feel better until we meet again.

Yeah, I knew that'd get your attention.
Last month I asked you to vote for your favorite John Hughes
flick in preparation for a blog post I'd be doing over at The Valentines' site.
Make sure you check that out on June 14. I've been told my idea
didn't totally suck arse could be fun.

#4.  MAUI
I'm going to Maui for a week.
This has no bearing on any of you, I just wanted to rub your noses in it.

And now, that warm, fuzzy little treat I promised you...

(Adorable pic courtesy National Geographic)

I figured his happy hairdo might remind you of me.

Until next time, Fan Club. 
Be well.

Monday, May 20, 2013

And the winners are...


Our little rafflecopter was nearly grounded for exceeding the FAA's weight restrictions--We had over 3,000 (!) entries for AG Howard's creeptastic giveaways. Well done! 

And now, let's get down to business...

If you know how to roll your Rs, (Just like you did in Spanish class.  You remember the drill: erre con erre cigarro erre con erre barril...) Now would be the time to do that. Because we need a drum roll, si?! (Didya catch that?! My little play on words?? I said, "si" instead of "see"??)

Okay, okay, I know. Shut up and get to the good stuff.


After hours of mind-numbing number-crunching and brow-scratching, I am happy to announce that... 


Aw, I'm sorry. 
That was a mean trick. 
But don't get your undies all twisted.
After you roll that bottom lip back into place, jump
over to AG's place. She'll be announcing the winners
sometime this week.

Thanks again to all who entered.
And remember, buy all of our books or
I will club you over the head with a baby snow seal.