Showing posts from June, 2011

Updates + Links

Not the most exciting blog title, but accurate.  This is just a quick update with some links.  Tomorrow I'm going to New York City to attend the Prism Awards - wish me luck!! For those who don't get my free email newsletter, I've finally received a few confirmed events for my Australian/New Zealand tour in August!  Info can be found here:   AND I finished the exclusive short story ICE STUDY about Yelena and Valek as they race to save the ICE MOON from a rogue magician :)  Now that my newsletter subscribers have read it, I've put it on my website for all to read!   Here's the link:    I also fixed the broken link to PROTECT THE CHILDREN (another of my free short stories). A blogger Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me has posted a couple fantastic reviews of INSIDE OUT and OUTSIDE IN and is giving away a set of the books with the Australian covers - it

Tales from the Hill

That is Seton Hill University of course :)  I've been in Greensburg, PA for the last four days and will be here one more before I head home.  I'm teaching a few writing classes for the MFA program of Writing Popular Fiction and also to meet with the students that I mentor. When I drive up and yes, it's a steep tree-lined drive to get to the university, which is perched on the highest point in Greensburg, with fantastic views all around - any way, when I drive up (coming down is very interesting in winter)....I feel like I'm coming home - my inspirational home that is because I'm always super charged and ready to write after I've spent time here.  Not because the buildings are like Hogwarts and have personalities (not all good, by the way), and have ghosts (really!), but because of the people.  We all come together to learn about writing, to exchange ideas, and to help each other become better writers (yes, even the teachers - we never stop learning).  It's

Devlen's Song

Ah, the second post.  I've been wanting to post this since SPY GLASS was released last September.  Sometimes a song will echo something I'm writing or have written and when I heard this song, I immediately thought of Devlen - it's perfect for him.  Now if you haven't read SPY GLASS, you might not want to read the lyrics. Devlen's song:  The Reason , by Hoobastank I'm not a perfect person There's many things I wish I didn't do But I continue learning I never meant to do those things to you And so I have to say before I go That I just want you to know I've found a reason for me To change who I used to be A reason to start over new and the reason is you I'm sorry that I hurt you It's something I must live with everyday And all the pain I put you through I wish that I could take it all away And be the one who catches all your tears Thats why i need you to hear I've found a reason for me To change who I used to be A


My determination to blog more hasn't increased the number of my blogs.  And then, out of nowhere you'll get two - go figure! First a newsletter update - no, I haven't sent it out yet.  If you don't get it by this Friday, then it's not coming until the week of June 20 since I'm at the beach all next week - yay! As for the promised links - here's one to Living Little Women where Samantha is giving away a signed copy of OUTSIDE IN.  All you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win.  Here's the link: And I did an interview with Amaterasu Reads about dystopian fiction.  We're also giving away two copies of INSIDE OUT.  To read it and to enter for a chance to win, go here: