Spring Update!

So a few updates regarding all things writerly…

I’ve got two short stories coming out this year! And hoping to have a third published in Finnish this summer.

The first story is F is for Finale, scheduled for publication in the ‘A is for Apocalypse’ anthology by Rhonda Parrish. This is going to be an epic collection of shorts all dealing with an apocalyptic theme in very unique ways. That’s currently in edits and as soon as I have more info, I’ll be posting the details here.

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The second story is The Machinery of Xmas, which has been picked up for publication in Space Squid. I’m not sure when this story will be available, but watch this space for updates!

In other news, I can tell you that the cover for I Heart Robot is looking awesome! It’s so different and so striking. I can’t wait to share it with you, but we’re a few months away from official reveal yet. The wait will definitely be worth it, I promise :)

I’m currently waiting on edits for I Heart Robot while working on a quirky NA sci-fi romance about a boy from Texas who dreams of going to Mars.

And there you have it – all things writerly in a nutshell.

 

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Author Event at Sello Library

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It’s my first official library event and it’s happening tomorrow at Sello Library in Espoo. Not sure how many of you will be able to attend considering Espoo is the neighbouring city of the Finnish capital Helsinki, but if anyone in the Helsinki region feels like stopping by at 17.00 tomorrow, please do! I’ll be giving away autographed copies of Obscura Burning and The Other Me while discussing diversity in young adult fiction.

You can find out more at the HelMet pages here or check out the event on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

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It’s Almost Christmas!

My debut YA contemporary novel THE OTHER ME released just last week! In the spirit of Christmas, Harmony Ink Press is offering you 25% off all of its titles until December 26th. And you’ll get an even greater discount if you use the code below:

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You can see all Dreamspinner and Harmony Ink titles on their website over here. And of course The Other Me is on sale too!

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Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn’t find out she’s a freak.

As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.

But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.

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Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you have a lovely week!

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Book Birthday!

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One year ago today my debut YA novel was released. Happy birthday OBSCURA BURNING!

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I have some exciting news regarding this novel coming soon! Watch this space :)

There are still a few autographed paperback copies up for grabs. If you’d like to get your hands on one of these, please leave a comment or email (details on the Contact page).

Here’s an exclusive birthday excerpt:

Cornflakes; scraps of yellow cardboard polluting perfectly good milk. I wash them down with orange juice, dribbling a little from the corner of my mouth where my lips no longer form a smooth crease. From his cross fixed to the kitchen wall, an emaciated Jesus glares at me, making the cardboard cereal even more difficult to swallow.

I drag the paper over and skim the headlines: Obscura panic despite government reassurances that the world probably won’t end. Department stores got ransacked in Albuquerque amid fears of price gouging. People are really starting to freak out. There’s a snippet on page two about the situation in Iraq, how a bunch of American soldiers are demanding flights home to see family before Armageddon. A picture of the Eiffel Tower lit up with candles and strewn with flowers; a phallic offering to whichever god tossed Obscura into the sky. There’s a whole segment on what Obscura might be doing to the weather. Meteorologists predict the worst hurricane season in centuries, increased seismic activity resulting in more tsunamis and volcanoes. The world might not end, but that doesn’t mean humans won’t get wiped out anyway.

“What are you doing today, son?” Dad asks around the edges of the sports section. He should be scouring the classifieds for a job, not that there’d be much point if the world ends.

“The usual.” There isn’t a hell of a lot to do in Coyote’s Luck. Last couple of summers, Danny and I passed the days out by the dam near the reservation with Shira, or worked odd jobs around town, sometimes even helping out at the ranches farther away. This year we’d both been set for working at Black Paw, an eatery sporting kitsch Indian decor and a Mexican menu. Then the fire happened.

“Didn’t you have a job lined up?” Dad folds the paper and looks at me. His gaze doesn’t linger too long on my face before he’s studying his checkered napkin. Mom usually mediates conservations like this one, but she worked the night shift and is still passed out upstairs.

“You really think they’re going to want me serving kids their tortillas?”

“Why not?” Dad still doesn’t look up.

You can’t even look at me, Dad. How the hell do you think some kids are going to order food and not end up puking on the table when they see my face?” I smash my bowl in the sink and stomp out of the kitchen, slamming the screen door behind me. Dad calls after me, but I ignore him. Nothing he can say will change my scars.

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The Other Me Promo

This weekend, I’ve already been hard at work on all sorts of happy things relating to The Other Me. We’re striving towards a late 2013 early 2014 publishing date, which means things are going to happen fast and I need your help.

If you’d like to participate in the cover reveal, release day blitz and/or blog tour for The Other Me, you can fill out the form here or fill it out below. As I do not yet have an official release date, I’ll understand if you sign-up, but later can’t participate due to clashes in scheduling.

Still not sure what The Other Me is all about? Check out the book’s Pinterest board for some insights into my novel. I’ll be releasing snippets and teasers on a weekly basis from now until release as well.

Thanks so much for signing-up!

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