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In THE FIRST TIME, 25 young adult authors contribute 25 stories all about firsts: first loves, first kisses, first zombie slayings, and more. Featuring New York Times bestselling authors Carrie Ryan and Jessica Verday, plus a host of others. From humor to horror, and everything in between, these stories will make you laugh, cry, cheer, (and maybe even scream) as you experience something brand new from the authors that you love.

Contributing authors include: Cyn Balog, Lauren Bjorkman, Leigh Brescia, Jennifer Brown, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Janet Gurtler, Teri Hall, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Stacey Jay, Heidi R. Kling, C. Lee McKenzie, Saundra Mitchell, Jenny Moss, Jackson Pearce, Shani Petroff, Carrie Ryan, Sydney Salter, Kurtis Scaletta, Jon Skovron, Kristina Springer, Rhonda Stapleton, Charity Tahmaseb, Jessica Verday, J. A. Yang, and Lara Zielin

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My story is called CART PRINCESS. Let me know what you think of it!

Happy Friday!

I just realized I haven't been on LJ in forever and I miss it! I know what absolutely no one is up to! Wah! I like blogger for putting up general blogs but I still haven't gotten the swing of things with reading people's blogs from there. And all the fun writing people are over here anyway. :-) 

So right now I'm having a 45-min break from all things work/mommy related (ok, unless there is crying. Then break over.) and I'm having my coffee (with pumpkin spice creamer, OH YUM) and I'm going to catch up on what all of my LJ friends have been doing.

And because I love a post with a pic, here's one of me last weekend at an author fair. 

Yes, I themed-dressed. You can't see the cowboy boots but they're there. My book came out last Tuesday so I was excited to celebrate that. Do you love the pumpkin? My husband made it for me-- he's so crafty. Oh! And I had those sweet cookies out right? So funny story, this 15-16 year old boy came by three times to get a cookie. Not that I care, I mean, I put them out there for everyone. But he felt like he had to explain himself the third time and so he told me he reads my books. I'm not going to lie, I was a little surprised. I've never had a boy tell me he reads my books as they're quite girly. He said yeah. I said well tell me your thoughts on Fake Boyfriend. He shrugged and said it was "all right". And snatched another cookie. Too funny!

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit: Starring Elizabeth Scott!

There's another cool girlfriend stopping by to visit me today: Elizabeth Scott! Elizabeth's new book, THE UNWRITTEN RULE, just released this week and looks so good!


Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like you best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...


KRISTINA: In my book, THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, Jane, a coffee barista, matchmakes people based on their favorite coffee drinks. What’s your favorite coffee drink? (If you don’t like coffee, tell me what your favorite drink in general is. But I am sorry, you’ll never find love. Kidding!)

ELIZABETH: I'm actually allergic to coffee--sorry! So I don't have a favorite coffee drink. I think it smells amazing, though!

KRISTINA: I am always curious about when and where writers write. Can you tell me about your schedule and your favorite place to work?

ELIZABETH: I like to work at home, and I try to schedule at least a few hours every day to get off line and just write!

KRISTINA: What is your most favorite (or, weirdest, craziest, funniest, most touching etc.) comment you’ve received from a fan?

ELIZABETH: I once got a letter from someone who didn't like my first novel, Bloom--and that same person wrote me back about a year later to say they'd read the book again and that they now liked it! It really meant a lot to me--not just because they'd read the book again and liked it, but because they'd decided to read the book again. I mean, that's amazing!

KRISTINA: Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?

ELIZABETH: I am! You can find me on: http:///www.twitter.com/escottwrites -- hope to see you there!

KRISTINA: What are you working on now?

ELIZABETH: My next novel, Grace, will be out this September. It's about a girl who has been raised to be a suicide bomber--and what happens to her when she decides she doesn't want to die.


Elizabeth Scott grew up in a town so small it didn't even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She's sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn't want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband; firmly believes you can never own too many books; and would love it if you visited her website: www.ElizabethWrites.com

Click here to order THE UNWRITTEN RULE.

Author Fair Tomorrow

I'll be signing copies of THE ESPRESSOLOGIST at the Joliet Regional Author's fair tomorrow, Sat 11-3. Stop by if you're out that way. Location: Joliet Public Library - 3395 Black Road, Joliet, IL. There will be lots and lots of authors there!

Arcs, new ideas, and school visits oh my

Catching up! It's been a bit of a strange week. My 7-yr old had his tonsils out so I've been mostly taking care of him. But some really cool things have been going on this week too. Like...











Aren't they so cute?? I love them! The first thing I did was drop one of at my mom's house so her and my dad could read (and mom could see that I dedicated this book to her. :-) ). And, according to the back of the ARC, the book will be coming out in August! YAY! It's coming up! I'm so dang excited about this!

I'm also working on a new book that I'm super jazzed about. I want to spend all my time writing but life and family and other things keep getting in the way. There is a lot of reading I need to do for this project though so I am getting through that fast. I'll share more about it when I can but right now I'm in that YAY, I LOVE MY NEW BOOK IDEA! mode. Which is one of the best times as a writer.

Lastly, yesterday I had an awesome school visit with the Westmont Junior High Writer's Club. I was super impressed with the turnout, considering these kids had to stay after school to see me. I'd say there were maybe 30-35 people there. And they are so smart! Of course that's given as they're all writers. :-) But it was great to see how many kids (6th through 8th graders) are already writing their own books! I never tried more than short stories at that age. Very impressive. And they asked lots of really great questions too! And of course some that made me laugh like- Do you know Stephanie Meyer? How big is your house? How much do they pay you? :-) They were also very sweet and had lots of cookies and gave me flowers and gave me the signs they made advertising the event. Aren't they so cute?








Now I'm thinking about my post on Author2Author tomorrow. This week we're talking about book trailers. I still can't decide how I feel about them. Do you guys think every book needs a book trailer? What if the book is more tween or middle grade? Hmmmm.


V-Day Signing Pics, GIVEAWAY, and Anderson's Children's Lit Breakfast

This is going to sound like a lame excuse but I swear it's true-- my 1 yr old chewed up my memory card. That's why there have been no V-Day signing pics yet. But Kristin from Bookworking into the 21st Century was there and took some great pics! Here are a few:

(Our cute little table.)

(Kristin Walker, Kimberly Pauley, and me.)

(Kristin Walker, Kimberly Pauley, Kim's cutie, Me, and Kristin from Bookworking in the 21st Century)

ALSO, I've been blogging more lately on my blogspot. If you're on there too-- follow me! Usually I'll remember to post in both spots but I forgot to post about Kristin Walker's launch party over here (and giveaway! Signed copy of A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL + schwag. Comment for a chance to win over HERE.)

Lastly, anyone else going to the Anderson's lit breakfast this weekend? Hoping to meet up with lots of people!

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit: Starring Suzanne Young!

Yay! First I have to announce that I joined the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit. What's this? A virtual tour of female authors. And I have to say, there are some really rockin' authors in this group! I'm so excited I'll get to interview and post about them as their books come out! Starting today with Suzanne Young:

About Suzanne Young:


Suzanne Young is a brilliant scientist. Not really. But she is a former middle school teacher turned zookeeper (mother). When Suzanne's not fending off zombie squirrels or narrating her daughter's Barbie soap operas, she can be found camping on the Oregon coast or writing obsessively.

Suzanne is the author of The Naughty List series coming February 4th, 2010 from Razorbill/Penguin. The Naughty List is about a group of cheerleaders who investigate cheating boyfriends. Which Suzanne never did. Or at least, not that you can prove.

Learn more at www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com

And here's the first of her fantastic new book series:


As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

Follow the squad at www.thecheaterreport.blogspot.com

Look out for series: The Naughty List-2/4/10, So Many Boys-6/10/10, A Good Boy is Hard to Find-10/2010

And here's our interview:

In my book, THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, Jane, a coffee barista, matchmakes people based on their favorite coffee drinks. What’s your favorite coffee drink? (If you don’t like coffee, tell me what your favorite drink in general is. But I am sorry, you’ll never find love. Kidding!)

        Haha. Well, I like Vanilla Frapps with whipped cream. Got someone in mind for me??? 

Ooh, I'd say you are a sweetie pie and young at heart. If I didn't already know you were married with kidlets I'd hook you up with a Jonas. :-)

I am always curious about when and where writers write. Can you tell me about your schedule and your favorite place to work?

My office is the couch. Haha But occasionally, when I’m on a short deadline, I’ll move to the kitchen table. Glamorous, huh? I usually write between 9am and 3pm while my kiddies are at school. Although I try to keep my schedule open to write whenever I’m feeling inspired.

Wow, you rock! And put me to shame!

So, what are you reading right now?

I just finished Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver—both of which I LOVED! Now I have an ARC of Adam Rex’s Fat Vampire and Carrie Ryan’s Dead Tossed Waves.

Lucky you!

Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?

I love tweeting! I’m @suzanne_young and you can also catch me on my blog www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com

Thanks Suzanne!!! Good luck with your book!