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!