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Fourteen YA authors, including myself, are sponsoring this giveaway for your chance to win a $220 Amazon e-gift card to restock your bookshelves this fall.

Participating authors include:

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Suzanne VanRooyen

Dorothy Dryer

J. Keller Ford

Joshua David Bellin

Jullie Reece

Nicole Conway

Stephanie Scott

Amy McNulty

Tobie Easton

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Jennifer Anne Davis

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#ReadProud Reading Challenge

June is #PrideMonth and to celebrate, my writing friend Julia Ember is hosting a #ReadProud Challenge. The goal is work through your LGBT+ TBR list!

This is a 4-week challenge. Each week will have 2 categories. You can participate on two levels:

(1) GOLD:  Read two books per week, one from each category, totalling 8. 

(2) SILVER: Read one book from one category a week, totalling 4. 

Successful completers of the challenge will be entered in a prize draw:

GOLD: $100 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)

SILVER: $50 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)



1) You must read in the weekly categories to be eligible. However, you do not have to read the suggested books. You may find your own reads in the relevant categories.

2) You must post your reviews on GoodReads and at least one retailer website. You shoud link these in the comments on this post. These reviews can be negative or positive.

3) These reads must be new reviews. This means you can’t recycle old reviews or old Arc reviews. You need to post the review in the relevant week.

4) Post in the ORIGINAL comments OVER HERE to introduce yourself and your blog/twitter handle!

Here is a badge to put on your blogs if you plan to blog the event!



WEEK 1 — May 29-June 5

Category A:  TRANS YA  ** fiction or non-fictional 

Suggested Titles: 

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

FREAKBOY by Kirstin Elizabeth Clark (lyric)

BEING EMILY by Rachel Gold

THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson


PARROTFISH by Ellen Wittlinger



Suggested Titles: 

FOXES by Suki Fleet


CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux


WEEK 2 — June 5-12 


Suggested Reading:


UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember (meeee!)


DISSENSION by Stacey Berg



THE SECOND MANGO by Shira Glassman


Category B:  LGBTQ Middle Grade or Younger

Suggested Titles: 

GEORGE by Alex Gino

RED: A CRAYON’S STORY by Michael Hall

AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson


ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva


WEEK 3 — June 12-19 


Suggested Titles: 

SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel Jose Older

All books by Malinda Lo

All books by Alaya Dawn Johnson

All books by Octavia Butler

All books by Nalo Hopkinson

All books by Stephanie Kuehn

All books by Nnedi Okorafor



Suggested Titles: 

ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden




AN UNSTILL LIFE by Kate Larkindale


WEEK 4 — June 19-26

Category A:  GAY YA

Suggested Titles: 

WE ARE THE ANTS by Shawn David Hutchinson

JERKBAIT by Mia Seigert


DAGGER by Steven dos Santos

BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan

THE RAVEN BOYS series by Maggie Stiefvater

Category B: WILDCARD 

Surprise me. Surprise us all. As long as it’s LGBTQIA. I’d LOVE people to bring forward some terrific Asexual, Bisexual and Non-binary books!


Extra Suggested titles:

DUST by Elizabeth Bear

ANCILLARY series by Ann Leckie

NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio

MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides

THE ADORNED by John Tristan

PROXY by Alex London

CODA by Emma Trevayne



WITCH EYES by Scott Tracey



And don’t forget that Harmony Ink Press has a bunch of LGBT+ YA titles for you to choose from if you’re looking for more great reads!

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April WIPmarathon Check-in

I can’t believe it’s check-in time again! This year is just evaporating! I know it seems like I’m saying that everything month, but seriously – we’re almost half way done with 2016! 0_o

This month was mostly about edits again, but I am absolutely thrilled to have completed the proofread on Obscura Burning *phew* While I do love that story and the characters, I will be extremely glad if I never have to read that book again.

When I wasn’t pushing to meet editing deadlines, I was working on revisions for the fantasy novel and I am even more thrilled to report that those are nearing completion!

Also, I’ve seen the new cover for Obscura Burning and it is stunning!! Cannot wait to share it 🙂

Writing Issues This Month:


None really. The edits required for Obscura Burning went fairly quickly and the revisions of the fantasy are going pretty well too. I realized that by changing the characterization and a lot of the points leading up to the climax, that the Main Event of the story no longer worked so I’ve basically rewritten the entire last quarter of the book.

Things I learned this month:

1. A lot of little changes along the way can add up to some pretty substantial changes by the end.

2. Changes in a character’s personality and development absolutely affect the plot! Can’t force an old plot on fresh characters.

3. I adore writing fantasy! It is so much fun getting to craft an entire world from scratch, letting my imagination run wild and giving the characters and storyline freedom to evolve organically.

4. I abhor writing fantasy! It is so damn difficult crafting an entire world from scratch, making it believable, taking into account history, politics, economics, religion, and more!

What distracted me this month while writing:

The day job as usual, as well as the fact that my husband has been country hopping with his new job so I’ve been alone quite a bit. I think that’s actually helped me to stay focused though and get a lot done.

Goal for next month:

Finish revisions on the fantasy and get that out to beta readers asap.

Last 200 words: I really want to share words, but we’re deep in spoiler territory so once again I’ll have to pass…

That’s it for April, how did you do?

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt!

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Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAM BLUE!

Team Blue S2016If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the NA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I’m hosting Stacey Mosteller.

Stacey is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of Second Chances, Shadows of the Past (co-authored with H.M. Ward), the Nashville Nights series, and the Nashville U series coming soon from Swoon Romance.

She is also a wife, mother, writer and self-professed bookwhore – not necessarily in that order! As the mother of three growing boys, her Kindle has become her temporary escape from the insanity of boys, dogs and her husband. Stacey can usually be found curled up with her iPad when she’s supposed to be writing or creating endless playlists on Spotify!

As a transplanted Yankee currently living in NC, she fantasizes about living in NYC and has an unhealthy addiction to Starbucks, Dr. Pepper, and reading every book she can get her hands on. Hunky heroes with control issues and strong heroines who stand up to them are her weakness. She loves to talk books – not just her own – with anyone, so send her a message!


Looking for Trouble

Dream Cast

Clay, 22, Finance major, senior at Nashville U. Bossy, cocky, jerk, single, playboy Kat, 19, Elementary Ed major, Sophomore at Nashville U. Shy, Uptight, Sheltered, allergic to fun
Max, 20, Football Player, Sophomore at Nashville U. Clueless, horndog, friend with no benefits Scarlett, 19, Music Ed Major, Sophomore at Nashville U, outgoing, punk rock type

Looking for Trouble, the first book in the Nashville U series, releases July 2016!

If I was asked to rate Clay Mitchell on the cocky jerk scale, well, let’s just say on a scale of 1-10? Clay’s a 14. He’s been making me miserable since the first time I set eyes on him back in high school. Since I’m in love with his brother Max, I kinda have to put up with him. But, now that we’re in college, everything’s changing. Max isn’t the friend he’s always been, and Clay keeps stepping in – even when I don’t know I need him. Scarlett thinks I should give him a chance, but how can I fall in love with my previous tormentor? Then again, he has changed this year. He’s still cocky and a jerk, but he’s also sweet, caring … and let’s not forget sexy.

Continue the Hunt! Find the next lucky number by heading over here and don’t forget to enter below for a chance to win a giftcard for a $10 GC from either Amazon or The Book Depository!

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Nobody’s Lady by Amy McNulty Blog Tour!



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For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.

Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
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by Amy McNulty

If you talk to most any author, they’re likely to tell you that the first book you read with their name on it wasn’t the first manuscript they ever wrote. They’ll probably even have a few manuscripts between published books that never saw the light of day for various reasons. My experience is a little different in that I don’t have any completed manuscripts I’m shelving permanently at the moment—I’m a hybrid author, and I believe that there are ways to get your work that agents and editors might not have connected with out there (like Wattpad and self-publishing) because there will be readers who enjoy your stories. However, I do have several unfinished manuscripts I consider shelved for the foreseeable future.

One was way too long and full of pointless scenes and I wasn’t even halfway to the end. That was my first attempt at writing a novel, and I took the best parts from it and included them in Nobody’s Goddess. The second manuscript I shelved was my first (and so far only) attempt at writing a MG novel. I felt inspired and had this wacky idea and found it fun to write for about 10,000 words before I got stuck. My third shelved manuscript was a YA suspense I wrote 50,000 words of before I realized the magic elements I was weaving into the contemporary setting weren’t working out and I had no idea how to finish the story. I wrote an entire outline for my fourth shelved manuscript, a YA/NA historical fiction, but I wrote less than a chapter of it because I just wasn’t feeling the new (to me) genre despite having that initial idea. For my fifth shelved manuscript, I wrote a few chapters that I really loved, but I couldn’t finish an outline and lost interest. My sixth shelved manuscript was actually my attempt to rewrite that YA suspense (the third shelved manuscript) over from chapter one with new characters and no magic but a similar concept. This time, even with an outline, I got stuck at 58,000 words and wasn’t feeling the passion I needed to figure it all out.

That’s a lot of false starts. I partially blame the “shiny new idea” other authors talk about. When you’re in the middle of one project and you’re committed to finishing, you all of a sudden get an awesome idea for a new project, but an idea is just the very start. That’s different from having the entire thing plotted and carrying it through to the end, which is where all the hard work comes in. I know from experience I can lose passion for a project even toward the end. However, although I hope to get back to most of those projects someday, even if I don’t, I don’t consider the time I spent on them a waste.

Even if those words never see the light of day, they helped me stretch my writing muscles and practice writing dialogue and narration and painting scenes. I discovered what it was about the projects that attracted me to the ideas in the first place and how that compares to the passion I felt for the projects I have finished. I learned that it’s okay to fail and that I can still succeed again afterward. (Between shelved projects, I successfully finished six manuscripts.) Not every project may work out, but every project sparked something in me that reminded me why I love writing and creating new worlds. I’ll continue carrying that lesson with me whenever it feels like I’ll never finish another manuscript so I’ll feel encouraged to keep writing.

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Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt!

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Hello Everyone! Hope you are excited as I am, because we have less than two weeks until the Spring 2016 New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins!

Here are the Spring 2016 #NewASH teams:


Team Blue S2016


Team Red S2016


Team Purple S2016

I hope you all are as excited as I am! The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on

Thursday, April 28th and runs through Sunday, May 1st. Be sure to visit https://newadultscavengerhunt.com/ for more information and the prize listings.

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March WIPMarathon Check-in

This month flew by – I can’t believe we’re a quarter through this year already 0_o

This month was all about edits. I have done little to no actual ‘writing’ since I’ve been working almost exclusively on revising THREE different books!

Writing Issues This Month:

When it rains it pours and this month was a monsoon of edits! Firstly, I was revising book 1: I Heart Robot. The reason being that I Heart Robot is no longer being published by Month9Books so I wanted to give it a thorough going-over before sending it out to hopefully find a new home.

Then I received an R&R letter for book 2: the fantasy novel. Since I’m basically switching this book from YA to adult, the revisions for this one are substantial and as soon as I was done with I Heart Robot, I jumped into those. That didn’t last long because I then received the edits for book 3: Obscura Burning. Due for release in November, the turn around time on edits of OB are pretty quick so I’ve been editing like a boss the past few days and success! I finished edits on this about 5 minutes ago 🙂

Things I learned this month:

1. Writing it rewriting – this never gets any less true. Thankfully, I love the editing and revision process just as much now as I always have 🙂

2. Things definitely do come in threes!

3. Editing is writing too. Just because it doesn’t technically involve creating fresh words, doesn’t mean it still isn’t a creative process. I often find even greater catharsis during the editing process than I did in the writing process.

4. Daredevil is the devil! The series robbed me of almost 13 hours of editing time, but I don’t regret a single minute spent with Matt Murdock!


What distracted me this month while writing:

Daredevil – but analyzing that show and what makes it so addictive and why I love it so much counts as a writing exercise, especially in helping me to better understand heroes vs antiheroes vs villains.

Goal for next month:

Work on the revisions of the fantasy novel. I would love to finish them by the end of April but because of how much work is involved and how badly I want to do these revisions well, I’m not going to rush it.

Last 200 words: Again, nothing to share this month 🙁

That’s it for March, how did you do?

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The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

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I’m thrilled to take part in the Excerpt Blitz for Pintip Dunn’s upcoming YA thriller, THE DARKEST LIE! Check out the book below, along with the teaser excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

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by Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Release Date: June 28, 2016

“The mother I knew would never do those things.

But maybe I never knew her after all.”

Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.

As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…

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“This one will tug your heart and leave you breathless!”
–Natalie D. Richards, author of Six Months Later

Excerpt from THE DARKEST LIE

It’s time to view the body. Family first.

Well, technically, me first. There was always only three of us in the nuclear unit, and Dad’s been locked in the den for the past seventy-two hours. I’ve only seen him once, when he shuffled upstairs like a pajama-clad zombie and asked me if I’d eaten.

That was it: Did you eat?

Not: I prefer the cherry wood casket. Or: Let me make your grandma’s travel arrangements. Or even: I know this was Mom’s favorite dress, but isn’t the neckline a little…low?

Did I eat?

Yes, Dad. I had soup from the can and microwaved pizza rolls and a bowl of cereal. The food sloshes in my stomach now as I walk down the runner to the casket I picked out because of its mauve tint.

Calla lilies pile in urns around the viewing room, and the air-conditioning wars with the sweat along my hairline. My mom smiles at me from a portrait erected behind the casket. Her eyes are hesitant and a little wary, as if she knew, somehow, some way, she would wind up here. Lifeless. Pumped full of formaldehyde. About to be gawked at by a town full of gossips.

This was only going to end one of two ways—with Tabitha Brooks dead or in jail. I never thought I’d say this, but I’d give anything to see my mother behind bars.

I wade through the dense, chilly air and stop a few feet from the body. Behind me, my grandmother and aunt sit, a box of tissues between them, blowing their noses like it’s a sport.

“Look at our Cecilia,” Gram sniffs. “So brave. Not a single tear shed.”

If she only knew. I’m not brave. Fifteen minutes ago, I was retching into the toilet bowl. Five minutes from now, when the doors open for the visitation, I’ll be long gone, leaving Gram to shake people’s hands and deal with the bit lips, the knowing eyebrows, that inevitable speaking-in-a-funeral-parlor whisper. I can hear the titters: “Is it true? Tabitha’s heart stopped while she was boffing the high school quarterback? Why, she must’ve been twenty years his senior!”

Twenty-three years, to be exact, and a high school English teacher to boot. But she didn’t actually die during sex. Instead, a few days after Tommy Farrow came forward with their affair, my mother took her own life.

What could be a clearer admission of guilt? She might as well have been caught in the act. The investigation was shut down before it even began.

I take a shuddering breath. Two more minutes. A hundred and twenty seconds and then I can leave. I steel my shoulders and walk the final steps to my mother’s body.

Oh god. It’s even worse than I thought.

The room whirls around me, and nausea sprints up my throat. My hands shoot out to grab the casket, stopping short of actually touching the corpse.

This . . . this thing . . . can’t be my mother. She never smiled like that, all serene and peaceful-like. She never wore this much makeup; her red hair was never chopped so closely to her head. My mother was chaos and passion, devastation and joy. Dad used to say you could reach deep into her eyes and pull out a song.

Well, her eyes are closed now, and I’m not sure there’ll be any music in my life, ever again.


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Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.

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Chatting about queerness and writing on the WROTE podcast

The WROTE podcast is pretty awesome, exploring queer books by chatting to LGBT+ authors and authors who write LGBT+ characters. A little while ago, I got to hang out with the WROTE team and answer some thought-provoking and LOL-inducing questions. You can hear all about my publishing journey, my experiences at European SF/F cons, and the virtues of peanut butter over here:


Hope you enjoy it and if you have any questions for me about any of the content, please feel free to let me know either here or in the comments on the WROTE page!

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February WIPMarathon Check-in

It’s check-in day which means February is almost over!

So this month was intense because SCARDUST released on February 8! And I’ve been pretty busy with all the promo for that while also trying not to refresh Amazon rankings. Actually, I think I’ve been a lot more chilled this release, just happy to see my book out there and being read.

Writing Issues This Month:

I didn’t get a lot of writing done mostly because I had an idea that somewhat derailed the plan I had for the book. This forced me to go back to square one which has definitely helped me sort out some plot holes, but in doing this I realized that the book has become about one thing when really it should be about another. This means another major rewrite and reworking is in order, which is fine, it just means the word count hasn’t moved much despite me actually doing quite a bit of work on the story.

I’m also now working on revisions from my agent so March is going to be all about that book. I probably won’t get much done on the WIP at all. That’s okay. That’s how these things happen.

Things I learned this month:

1. I can plot and plan a novel like a boss! <<LOL! Apparently not, which is what I learned this month!

2. Writing is rewriting – not a new lesson but good to be reminded of this from time to time.

3. It’s okay to make changes. Just because I’m more of a planner now doesn’t mean I can’t change the trajectory of the story even once I’m 30k in.

4. There are never enough hours in the day.

What distracted me this month while writing:

Scardust’s book birthday; the day job; life.

Goal for next month:

Finish the revisions I’m currently working on and revise the plan I’ve got the fantasy WIP so that it’ll be ready for new words in April.

Last 200 words: Nothing to share this month 🙁

That’s it for February, how did you do?

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