Saturday, June 15, 2013

Spies and Prejudice Launch Party

You are invited to celebrate the official launch of Spies and Prejudice with me at the Avid Reader in Davis, CA on Saturday, June 22nd at 4:00 p.m.

There will be cake!

There will be prizes!

There will be readings!

And lots of general merriment.

The best part is that this will be a co-launch, along with my friend Katherine Longshore's beautiful book, Tarnish, which is released on Tuesday. It's about a teen Anne Boleyn, newly arrived at the Tudor Court, a girl who wants to be heard, wants to fit in, and wants the freedom to make her own choices.  You can't read this book without falling in love with Anne, and wishing that her life had turned out differently.  It's heartbreaking, but also a wonderfully romantic and uplifting look at a girl who would change history.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The SPIES AND PREJUDICE BLOG TOUR



Thanks to Rock Star Blog Tours for sponsoring the tour for Spies and Prejudice.  It runs from June 4-17, and includes stops at some of my favorite blogs!





6/4/2013              YA Sisterhood- Review
6/5/2013              Page Turners Blog- Review
6/6/2013             The Review News- Guest Post (Research for Spies)
6/7/2013              Two Chicks On Books- Guest Post (The Spies Playlist)
6/8/2013              What The Cat Read- Guest Post (Favorite Jane Austen Adaptations)
6/9/2013              I'm a Bookshark- Guest Post (Dream Cast)
6/10/2013            Debbie's World Of Books- Guest Post (Things a Spy Girl Needs)
6/11/2013            Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Guest Post (Characters from P&P)
6/12/2013            Ravenous Reader- Guest Post (My favorite scenes)
6/13/2013            Taters Tall Tales- Guest Post (My favorite quotes)
6/14/2013            Fiktshun- Guest Post (Scene from Tanner's POV)
6/17/2013            Lit Explorer- Guest Post (My Interview with Berry Fields)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Back Cover Copy for Gold

On the heels of the cover, I just got a peek at the cover copy for Gold!   I finally get to tell you that Austin features very prominently in this story.  Don't worry, Blake is back too, and his love for Brianna will be tested in ways that neither of them ever imagined. Plus, it's set in Ireland, and there's time travel, and just, gah, I want to tell you everything, but I can't, so here's the summary:

Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover for GOLD!!

So in case you haven't seen it yet- the cover for GOLD was released this week.

It turned out even better than I imagined it would when I saw the mock-up a few months ago.  Not only does it compliment the cover for SILVER, it fits with the story in so many ways.  The setting is an actual location from the book, and looks exactly as I imagined it. Off in the distance, you can see the ruins of an old castle on the bluff, another feature that figures strongly in the book.  And I love the way Brianna is so much brighter and colorful, a fitting distinction from her near invisibility in SILVER.


And it looks so pretty next to SILVER:


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Upcoming Appearances and Blog Tour Info

So, try as I might to hold those finished copies tight, it seems that Silver shipped early to retailers, and in some places Silver is already available.  Three weeks early!  Needless to say, I am not at all prepared.  I do have some fun events coming up in the next few months that I wanted to share in case you get a chance to check them out.

APPEARANCES:

August 26, 2012 4:00 p.m.  Litquake, Palo Alto, CA

Appearing at Litquake with a panel of Young Adult authors including Katherine Longshore (GILT), Corrine Jackson (IF I LIE) and Veronica Rossi (UNDER THE NEVER SKY). We will be discussing our books and publication journey, and doing a signing. The event takes place at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Admission is free.

September 15, 2012 4:00 p.m. The Avid Reader, Davis, CA

SILVER launch party! Come celebrate the release of my debut novel at the Avid Reader in Davis, CA. I will be joined by Katherine Longshore (GILT), Veronica Rossi (UNDER THE NEVER SKY) and Donna Cooner (SKINNY).

September 29, 2012 2:00 p.m.  Bay Books, San Ramon, CA


Appearing with Katherine Longshore (GILT), Corrine Jackson (IF I LIE) and Veronica Rossi (UNDER THE NEVER SKY).

October 12, 2012  2:00 p.m.  NCIBA Annual Conference

Signing finished copies of Silver at the Flux booth during the Northern California Independent Booksellers Annual Conference in South San Francisco. 

October 24-26 Charlotte, NC


YOUR BEST BOOK Workshop. I'll be on a panel with fellow YA Muses Katherine Longshore (GILT), Veronica Rossi (UNDER THE NEVER SKY) and Donna Cooner (SKINNY) and Bret Ballou, discussing revision and our journey to publication. We are also planning to do a local signing so stay tuned for details.


BLOG TOUR:

Stop by the SILVER blog tour hosted by the fabulous Jaime and Patricia at 2 Chicks on Books:

9/1/2012- YA Sisterhood- Blake Interview
9/2/2012- Page Turners Blog hosted by Sophie- Lightening Round Q&A
9/3/2012- The Review News- Review
9/4/2012- Two Chicks On Books- Dream Cast Post
9/5/2012- What The Cat Read- Silver Playlist
9/6/2012- I'm a Bookshark- Top Ten Scenes from Silver
9/7/2012- Debbie's World Of Books- Guest Post
9/8/2012- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads *****Release Day**** Scene from Blake’s POV
9/9/2012- The Ravenous Reader- Interview and Review
9/10/2012- Taters Tall Tales- Review
9/11/2012- Books Over Boys- Interview
9/12/2012- Jean Book Nerd- Interview
9/13/2012- Fiktshun- Celtic Myth Guest Post
9/14/2012- Literary Exploration- Interview


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Reality is Sweet and Sad and Scary

Every writer dreams of the day when a story becomes a book.  Since Flux first offered on Silver nearly two years ago, I knew this day would come.  But knowing it and experiencing it are two totally different things.

Today, the dream is a reality. I am holding a finished copy of Silver in my hands.  I don't know whether anyone will buy it.  I hope so.  I hope that some of them will like it.  But as I sit here today, one month before my debut novel is released, I don't want to think about sales and reviews and marketing. The reality of my dream is something completely unexpected to me. 

I am excited, of course.  Still, there is a bittersweet quality to publication that no one warned me about.  The reality is that this book is no longer going to be mine.  I am going to have to let it go out into the world, to succeed or fail on its own.   

Before that happens, I want to keep it close.  I want to remember that when I sat down to write this book, there was no expectation that anyone but me would ever see it.  This book was a labor of love, a place to explore characters and themes and stories that mattered to me.  It was a playground for me to escape to and let my imagination run loose. 

I want to remember how these characters took on a life of their own, surprising me in the most delightful and exciting ways.  I loved uncovering their secrets, especially the ones they tried to keep buried. 

I want to remember how difficult it was to keep going at times.  There were days when I thought I might never finish.  Still, I kept coming back to it, one weekend day at a time.  There were days when my heart bled onto the page, and days when I laughed out loud.  Everyday was a journey.

I want to remember that I didn't write this book for others.  I wrote it for me.  And whether it sells or not, whether people read it, whether they love it or hate it, one simple thing will always be true: I love this book.  I am proud of how far Silver has come from those quiet days when it was just me and these characters and a keyboard, feeling my way through the story.  But it is those days, when I wrote for the sheer joy of discovery, when pieces of me tangled up with the words, those days are the reason this book even exists.

In a month, Silver won't be mine anymore, it will belong to the marketplace.  I will let it go and hope for the best.  For now, I am holding my finished copies tight. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Favorite Quotes



I think every writer has a few lines or passages that they are especially attached to, those “darlings” that managed to stay in the manuscript.  In creating this list, I realized that I love most of my favorite passages not because they were particularly well written or poetic, but because they captured a character or a moment in a way that made everything fall into place for me as a writer.  I also realized that some of them contain spoilers, so I’ve tried to limit this list to quotes that don’t give too much away.  Occasionally, I have hidden the identity of one of the speakers in the quotes from Gold, so as not to spoil some things that happen in Silver.  The last caveat- all are subject to change on final publication.

“So you’re saying I’m a slut?”  Probably true at this point, but no way I’m going to stand for Joe insulting me in my own car.  It’s bad enough that I’m never going to get the hair gel off the ceiling.

– Brianna Paxton, Silver

I loved this moment because it made me laugh when I wrote it.  I had no idea Joe was so tall until he folded himself into Brianna’s compact car, and his pompadour smashed against the ceiling.

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      I don’t mention the fact that I got kicked out of my dojo.  I never understood that one.  What was the point of teaching someone how to take out a knee if you weren’t actually allowed to do it? 

_         -Berry Fields, Spies and Prejudice

Berry is describing an incident in sixth grade where she beat up a boy who was harassing her best friend.  It’s a small piece of backstory that helped me understand Berry’s voice and personality.

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His breath comes harder as his hand finds the bare skin of my thigh.  “Do you want me to make you forget him?”

“Yes,” I say, though I barely remember who it is I’m supposed to be forgetting.

 – Brianna Paxton and [???], Gold

This moment came as a complete surprise to me.  The scene revealed so much about these two characters, and the guy in particular.  It was supposed to be a romantic scene, and it was, but it was also a scene full of raw emotion that I wasn’t expecting.

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Tanner’s voice is low and warm next to my ear. “You know I can hear you, right? I’m standing right here.”

I clutch the latte to my chest, creating a makeshift shield.  “So you are.  What’s the matter?  Yogurt not your thing?”

“Something like that.”  He starts to smile.  “You think I’m hot?”

“You think you’re hot. There’s a difference.” 

-Berry Fields and Tanner Halston, Spies and Prejudice.

This moment really captured the push and pull of Berry and Tanner’s relationship for me.  Berry deliberately pushes him away because of her dislike of him, but there is an undercurrent of attraction too.

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5     Sparks of silver illuminate the green in his eyes.  “I know you, Brianna.  Not just what you are.   Who you are.  If you come after me, you’ll have a damn good reason for it.”

-  Blake Williams, Silver.

I love that Blake doesn’t sugarcoat the danger Brianna poses, but still wants to trust her on some level, even when she can’t trust herself.

                                                                      ***
            I laugh with him.  “You know for an evil killer, you’re kind of fun to hang out with.”

            “I could say the same thing about you.”

-Brianna Paxton and [???], Gold
            
 This exchange was fun, because Brianna needs a friend so badly at this moment in the story. I loved that she found one in such an unexpected place. 

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         The school day drags by in a haze of distraction.  I try to look forward to my A.P. biology and calculus classes, where everything will have an explanation.  A right answer.  When I was kicked out of middle school and put on independent study, math and science were my only friends.  They helped me make sense of the world again.  Today, they’re no help.  There’s no comfort in the Pythagorean Theorem, no solace in the Punnett square.  

‑Brianna Paxton, Silver

This passage is one of my favorites because Brianna’s ability to shut out the things she can’t explain is slipping.  It’s the moment in the story when Brianna can no longer hide from who she is.

So those are some of my favorite quotes from my manuscripts.  At least for today.