Cover Reveals

June, briefly

Welcome to the first blog post on my new website! You might have noticed some snazzy layout changes, courtesy of my wonderful husband. In the coming months, more changes will be happening, so stay tuned for updates!

It’s kind of ironic that the heading for this post is June, briefly, because that’s exactly what June felt like… brief. I can’t believe I’m writing this post and that it’s the end of the month already. But here we are, and this month, I have been…

My "office" for most of this month.

My “office” for most of this month.

Working on: A variety of different things. My attention has been pretty scattered this month. The cover reveal for FIRSTS happened, which was totally amazing and so much fun! I’m tinkering with a couple finished WIPs that I had put on the backburner for the last several months, and also letting a couple new ideas take shape in my mind. I’m realizing that as a writer, I really need a bit of time every day to just free write, whether it be scenes for an existing project I’m revising or brand new material for a project that’s just getting off the ground. This process helps stimulate my creativity and ensures that I’m focusing on what I love doing—writing. With a book coming out (soon!), it’s easy to lose focus on that and concentrate my energy on other things, but I never want to forget why I love to write. I also want to consistently challenge myself to be better at the craft, so setting aside a bit of time to get out some words every day makes me feel like I’m working toward this goal.

Reading: June has been a fabulous reading month. I have finished four absolutely fantastic books, starting with GOLDEN BOY by Abigail Tartellin. The titular Golden Boy is Max Walker, an intersex teen dealing with the aftermath of a brutal incident while trying to keep his secret– and maybe falling in love in the process. This book is told in multiple POV, but Max’s perspective was my favorite– he’s an incredibly brave, perceptive, thoughtful, and sensitive character. As an author, Abigal Tartellin tackles very difficult subject matter with grace and intelligence, an GOLDEN BOY is smart, emotionally wrenching, and hopeful, all at once.

I also read BONE GAP by Laura Ruby, which  I had heard great things about. Poetic and beautifully written, this is a book I’ll be thinking about for a long time. I loved the mystery, the romance, the hints of magic, and the history surrounding Bone Gap and the people who call it home. The relationships in this book were deep and important, and Laura Ruby’s writing style is flawless and lyrical.

I read VANISHING GIRLS by Lauren Oliver, an author I have admired since reading BEFORE I FALL last year. Lauren Oliver has such a unique way with words and a writing style that always feels so original to me. I loved the alternating POVs between Nick and Dara, two sisters whose lives are shattered after a tragic accident. The dynamic between the sisters is fascinating, and I especially liked how their complicated relationship with each other was portrayed. I thought this book was especially different because it felt like both a YA contemporary and a thriller, with a deliciously twisty plot.

I finished the month with THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by my fellow Sweet Sixteener, Marieke Nijkamp. I’ll be writing more about this one later, but for now, I strongly recommend that everyone add it to their TBRs. This debut is gut-wrenching and gripping and entirely captivating and you won’t want to miss it. Mark January 5, 2016 in your calendars! (That’s when FIRSTS comes out too– book birthday twins!)

Watching: After binge-watching Season Five of Game of Thrones (I don’t want to talk about that ending!), my husband and I started on Season Three of Orange is the New Black. I’m consistently so impressed by this series. The acting is amazing and the characters are so real that sometimes I forget they’re actors at all. I love the dialogue, the interwoven story lines, and the mixture of comedy and drama. My personal favorite has to be Crazy Eyes, and her space erotica that got passed around the prison had me laughing out loud.

(Her best line this season: “It’s about love. It’s about two people connecting. With four other people. And aliens.”)

I’m looking forward to a hot, sunny, and productive July! Now, if the summer could slow down just a bit, that would be great. Thanks, Mother Nature!

FIRSTS has a cover! (And it’s stunning!)

Hello, everyone! You might have seen the cover for FIRSTS revealed at YA Highway yesterday, or over at Griffin Teen. But if you haven’t, here it is in all of its glory, along with my thoughts!

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My first (pun intended) reaction when I saw the cover? I was floored. The insanely talented cover designer, Danielle Christopher, captured the essence of FIRSTS perfectly. It’s bold without being too provocative, edgy without being too suggestive. The color palette took my breath away. I was lucky enough to have the wonderful Amanda Maciel, an author whose work I greatly admire (TEASE is one of my all-time favorite young adult books), provide a blurb that makes my heart beat faster whenever I read it, and having her words on the cover is such an honor.

The first time I saw the cover turned into the second time. And third time. I whipped out my phone to check it while I was at work, oh, probably a hundred times. (I think I walked into a wall one of those times….)

FIRSTS is a story about a lot of things. It’s about sex and rumors and secrets and slut-shaming. It’s about mistakes and friendship and lust and love. There’s laughter and tears and heartbreak and at the very core, a girl who is slowly learning that the only way to find the control she craves is to stop looking for it. And in one image, I think this cover conveys all those things.

Don’t forget to enter the ARC giveaway on YA Highway before the contest ends!

FIRSTS is available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and for the Canadian crowd, Indigo!

SWEET MADNESS Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

Today, I’m thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for the incredible, chilling, and unforgettable SWEET MADNESS by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie! You can read more about this YA Victorian horror below…

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Coming September 18, 2015 from Merit Press

 

Lizzie Borden took an axe,

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty one.

 

BLURB: 

Who was Lizzie Borden? A confused young woman, or a cold-hearted killer? For generations, people all over the world have wondered how Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, met their gruesome deaths. Lizzie, Andrew’s younger daughter, was charged, but a jury took only 90 minutes to find her not guilty. In this retelling, the family maid, Bridget Sullivan, shines a compassionate light on a young woman oppressed by her cheap father and her ambitious stepmother. Was Lizzie mad, or was she driven to madness?

And without further ado, here’s the haunting, beautiful cover!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

TrishaLeaverTrisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life.  She writes Young Adult Contemporary fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. To can learn more about Trisha’s books, upcoming shenanigans, and her quest to reel in the perfect tuna, please visit her website: www.trishaleaver.com

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LindsayCurrieLindsay Currie lives in Chicago with her three awesome children, husband, and a one hundred and sixty pound lap dog named Sam. She has an unnatural fondness for coffee, chocolate and things that go bump in the night. She spends her days curled up in the comfortable confines of her writing nook, penning young adult psychological horror, contemporary fiction and science-fiction and is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary. Learn more about her at www.lindsaycurrie.com

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