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Merry Christmas Eve!

To all who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas Eve!

Anyone tracking Santa on NORAD?

What are you hoping to find under the tree? Or, when you open your gifts, come back and tell me what you got! :)


I've got a new agent!

I'm incredibly excited to announce that after three years, I've signed with a new agent! I'd taken a break from the agent world and had been so busy writing Canterwood that I hadn't started searching until recently.

I'm so lucky and grateful to have been signed by the AWESOME Rubin Pfeffer of East West Literary Agency. This recommendation is all thanks to my bestie, Kate Angelella, who personally knows Rubin and thought we'd be a good match. As always, (don't tell her I said that!!) it appears K was right. :)

Happy, happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

I wanted to let you know that I'll be on a little vacay from blogging as we move into the holiday season. I hope to be able to post at least once to share some SUPER SEKRIT AWESOME NEWS, but aside from that, things will likely be quiet around here. 
I hope you all have a safe, warm holiday filled with loved ones. :) 
Much <3 all="all" p="p" to="to" you="you">

Teen Author MEGA Reading Night!

Ahh, so excited! I'll be at the Jefferson Market Branch of the NYPL at 6pm on Wednesday, December 5th. The event will last from 6-7:30pm.

Here's a link to the details!

And check out the fab line up of authors:

Daphne Benedis-Grab, The Girl in the Wall Jessica Burkhart, from Dear Teen Me Colleen Clayton, What Happens Next Melissa de la Cruz, Wolf Pact PG Kain, Dramatic Pause Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Redemption Hope to see you there! :)  xoxo

YA for NJ is LIVE!

Check it out and BID to help NJ victims of Sandy!

So far, if the auction was stopped RIGHT NOW, we will have raised over $6000 thanks to you! :)

I've got two signed books and a free Skype visit up for grabs and there are many, many more superawesome prizes!

YA for NJ

Thanks to Kieran Scott (Kate Brian), I'm participating in her AWESOME idea: YA for NJ! (Like it on Facebook!)

The basic run down (quoting from the linked PW article below):

Kieran got together "170 young adult and middle-grade authors for a YA for NJ benefit auction, hosted by eBay Giving Works, to fill the coffers of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey." The action, running from November 30 to December 7th will benefit people in need of food because of Hurricane Sandy.

I'm offering up: 

a signed copy of Popular
a signed copy of Comeback
a free 30 minute classroom Skype session

Check out the auction here and please bid for a good cause! 

YA for NJ got some awesome coverage in Publishers Weekly! Yay!

HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster merger?!


First, it was Penguin and Random House. That JUST happened.

Now, it's HarperCollins in preliminary talks to buy S&S.

My best friend called it when the first talk of a merge happened. She predicted this one, too. I didn't know if it would, but wow does it feel scary.

How strange it will be not to say "The Big Six?"

I know jobs will be lost in house and I'm sure that will impact authors as well.


Um, back to writing. A lot. Very fast.

From NaNoNovel to published series

I am one of the VERY grateful authors who has had a NaNoNovel published. Mine was my 2006 NaNoNovel, TAKE THE REINS (Simon & Schuster, 2009).

I love, love NaNoWriMo and thought I'd share my journey with you! I blogged a lot during 2006 on my old blog, so I wanted to post the links to the entries and you can see how TTR went from idea to a 20-book series.

Keep in mind, in October, I had no idea what to write and didn't decide until two days before to enter! I was also a 19-year old senior in college at Florida State University taking a full course load. But I WANTED this. No matter how busy you are, treat NaNo like a job and DO IT!

I hope you have fun looking over my timeline! It certainly took me back down memory lane. :)


NaNo Day 2

NaNo Day 3

NaNo Day 4

NaNo Day 5

NaNo Day 7

NaNo Day 8

NaNo Day 9

NaNo Day 10

NaNo Day 12

NaNo Day 13

NaNo Day 14

NaNo Day 16

NaNo Day 20

NaNo Day 21

NaNo Day 22

NaNo Day 26

After NaNo and onto publication:

December 6

December 20


January 7, 2007

My photo inspired by Lady Gaga's Body Revolution

There have been a lot of positive (and some negative) comments in the media recently about Lady Gaga's Body Revolution. In short, the movement is about loving and accepting your body exactly the way it is. Many people are posting their own shots on I wasn't "born this way," but I'm proud of how I now look.

2: titanium rods in my back
12: number of inches long each rod is
4: inches of height I gained after my spinal fusion
6: pints of my blood used during surgery
1: year until full recovery
9: hours in surgery
0: number of scoliosis cases worse than mine that the doctors had seen
13: age I was at the time of surgery
25: age I am now


*Photo credit: Kate Angelella
Cross-posted from

Dear Teen Me blog tour kick off!

I'm so excited to be the first author in a line up ahhh-mazing writers to kick off the Dear Teen Me Blog Tour!

If you're not familiar with DTM, here's the official scoop: