DANGEROUS BOYS – up for pre-order!

Still super-excited here about the upcoming release of DANGEROUS BOYS, the YA e-anthology I’m contributing to along with Sara Hantz, Ebony McKenna, Maree Anderson and Robyn Grady! Even more so now that it’s just gone up for pre-order exclusively on iBooks for just U.S. 99 cents! Click here or on the pic below and it’ll take you to iBooks.

Add DANGEROUS BOYS (Volume 1) to your GoodReads shelf.

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Tomorrow, of course, is Valentine’s Day, which I know people either love or hate or don’t care all that much for! But if you love *reading* about romance, head on over to my Facebook page, where I’m running a contest with my good friend and critique partner Pintip Dunn. We’re giving away prize packs consisting of Kindle e-copies of our debut YA books! Entries close 12:01am, February 15 US EST.

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TOMORROW Is Here!

FORGET TOMORROW, that is — the debut YA sci-fi novel by my critique partner, agency sis and super-good friend, Pintip Dunn! You won’t forget FORGET TOMORROW. It’s a high-stakes, thrilling story that’ll leave you breathless. Pintip has worked incredibly hard to make this dream come true and I’m thrilled her first book is finally out TODAY. Congrats, Pintip!

You could win a hardcover edition of Pintip’s book. To enter the draw, fly over to my Facebook author page, where I gave Pintip five quick-fire questions and posted her answers. In the comments trail, write your own answers to the quick-fire questions, then like/share the post on FB.

International entries welcome. Entries close November 4 at 11:59pm, US EDT.


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Click on the graphic to reach my Facebook author page and enter the prize draw!

 

About FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

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It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

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Pintip and I are part of a very special group, the 2014 RWA Golden Heart finalists aka the Dreamweavers. Three other Dreamweavers are celebrating releases on this very day. Give these fantastic authors a huge cheer! (And shower Asa with some virtual Cheetos—her favourite thing to snack on while writing.)

▪ Asa Maria Bradley‘s debut paranormal romance, VIKING WARRIOR RISING.
▪ Laura Trentham‘s contemporary romance, MELTING INTO YOU.
▪ Shelly Alexander‘s contemporary romance, IT’S IN HIS TOUCH.

 

Around the World in 21 Days – Part 1

I’m recovering from an epic holiday that took me from Sydney to New York to Amsterdam to Berlin to Amsterdam and back to Sydney again. This trip was so epic that I’ll have to tell you about it across several blog posts. (And I’ve got to write it down before everything fades from my jet-lagged head.) So here’s Part 1…

In New York, I attended the Romance Writers of America national conference, where I caught up with some of my very best writing friends. Erica O’Rourke introduced me to Courtney Milan, and together we had a veritable love-in over Courtney’s Apple Watch. I honestly had zero interest in getting one until she said you could send someone your heartbeat via the watch.

A super-cool thing that happened in super-hot Manhattan was the OKRWA’s awards reception for the National Readers’ Choice Award. My book, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, picked up the winner’s trophy in the YA category. Thank you SO much to the judges and everyone involved in this contest — this is a huge honour!

 

I went to a couple of great Broadway shows. Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons was hilarious as God in An Act of GodAt the stage door, he graciously signed autographs for fans. I got a brilliant shot of his forehead. My dear friend Kim MacCarron, who was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Award, took me to see Kinky Boots — a colourful, toe-tapping spectacular.

My agent, Beth Miller, took me and hot debut author Pintip Dunn (also my agency sister, critique partner and fab friend) to the Frying Pan on the Hudson River. Once a lighthouse, the Pan is now a floating bar/eatery. Their sangria cured me of motion sickness, I think. 😉

When I wasn’t purchasing discounted shoes at Macy’s or getting my hair did at the Drybar salon with Pintip, I was actually attending writing workshops. In the Seven Sins of Self-Promotion, I learned it’s useful to keep a bunch of promo postcards, bookmarks or even a physical book in your handbag. Give them out at parties, etc, when people ask that perennial question, “So what do you do?” This can be more effective than simply leaving a bunch of promo material in a conference goody room because you’re actually interacting with potential readers.

On my way to JFK airport, my taxi was rear-ended by another driver. It was minor, no damage to either vehicle. Definitely nothing compared to the bike accidents that I would have days later in Europe… More on that next time!

Until then, I’ll leave you with a Qantas Inflight Radio song that haunted me during the many hours in transit, ‘Beloved‘ by Say Lou Lou, a twin-sister duo from Australia/Sweden.

Cover Reveal – Pintip Dunn’s Forget Tomorrow!

Pintip Dunn — remember that name, readers! Pintip’s debut YA, Forget Tomorrowis due out in hard cover on November 3 from Entangled Teen. This cover reveal is extra special to me because Pintip’s a very close friend. She’s one of the hardest working writers I know and deserves every bit of her success.

Here’s the blurb for Forget Tomorrow:

How do you change your future when it’s already been determined?

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

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Now feast your eyes on the GORGEOUS cover!

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When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

Pintip 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 published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

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I’m in lurve with this cover! It’s so striking and perfect for the story, which I’ve been lucky to enough to read. You won’t forget Forget Tomorrow!

I certainly won’t forget the day I laid eyes on this cover. Hours earlier, I was attacked by an angry little bird in Sydney’s Hyde Park. It pecked my forehead and drew blood! I’m very superstitious by nature, and I’m looking at this as a good omen. This book will fly off the shelves come November.

I thought of Alfred Hitchcock during my random bird attack
I thought of Alfred Hitchcock during my random bird attack

National Readers’ Choice Award Nominations!

OK, I am officially flabbergasted…in the best possible way. This morning I learned that This Is Your Afterlife is a finalist in the OKRWA National Readers’ Choice Award in the YA and the Best First Book categories. To the reader judges, I can’t thank you enough! Good luck to all the finalists! Click on the logos below for the full list of nominees and add their books to your reading list.


One person who helped me bring This Is Your Afterlife to, er, life is the enormously talented Pintip Dunn. Her debut YA, Forget Tomorrow, will be out this November from Entangled Teen. She’s celebrating the sale of her trilogy to Turkish publisher Pegasus Yayinlari. Congrats, Pintip!!! #turkishdelight It’s been a while since I last blogged, so here’s a quick update in picture form. Click or hover over the pics to read the captions.

Book Signing!

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Reading!

At the moment, I’m hard at work writing another paranormal YA. But I’ve been sneaking peeks at a stack of books my Bloomsbury publicist shared with me: IMG_6556

Love Bomb by Jenny McLachlan A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

What’s on your reading list?

Paranormal Party Guest – Pintip Dunn

Welcome to my Paranormal Party*! I’m hosting a festival here right up until Halloween to celebrate the release of my first book This Is Your Afterlife. I’ve invited some very special YA writer friends. Together we’re throwing around a ton of confetti and sharing spooky stories. But there’s more! Enter my Rafflecopter giveaway, and you could win a $50 Amazon e-card and a Kindle copy of my debut novel!

Today’s guest is one of my esteemed critique partners, Golden Heart and agency sisters— the amazing Pintip Dunn. Please give her a HUGE welcome!


Pintip and I first met online when she was a finalist in the 2012 Golden Heart contest, and we’ve been writing, emailing and texting each other pretty much every day since! Entangled Teen recently acquired her debut sci-fi YA, Fit To Die, in a two-book hardcover deal. Her success is so well deserved. She’s incredibly focused and determined and, most of all, Talented. That’s right, with a capital ‘T’! I’m so excited about the world finally getting a chance to see her well-crafted and absorbing stories from 2015. Learn more about Pintip on her website and don’t forget to follow her on Twitter.

And now, here’s Pintip with her paranormal party post*!

 *Just giving you a heads-up — I’m partial to alliteration in blog posts.


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I am so excited to be kicking off Vanessa’s Paranormal Party! And even more thrilled that THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE is out in the wild. Vanessa’s ghosts in this YA novel are fascinating, complex, and funny. And okay, they’re pretty cute, too. I should know. I had the privilege of interviewing Jimmy (and his ghost interpreter) last week.

But not all ghosts are so much fun. Some of them are downright … spooky. Especially when they get up close and *way* too personal.

Last year, I misplaced my phone. Not such a surprise, since I’m constantly losing things. I checked all the usual places — kitchen counter, dresser, bathroom sink.

Nothing.

No worries. I made a second round, adding in more obscure spots. The shelf inside my closet. The ledge next to the toilet. Even my sock drawer.

Nothing.

Huh. The panic began to creep up my throat. I needed my phone. I do all of my writing on there, and I had  a major scene to finish. I took a deep breath and slowly, methodically retraced my steps.

Still nothing.

I checked the same places again. And again. And again.

My palms were burning, my nerves sweating. My heart was a woodpecker trying to jab its way out. I couldn’t lose my phone. My entire book was on there. I hadn’t transferred the files to my computer. Hadn’t backed them up in any way. If I didn’t find it, an entire year of my life would be gone.

I stopped in the guest room and lifted my eyes to the fan. “Please, god. Help me find this phone. I need my phone. I NEED IT. Please, oh please, oh please.”

When I finished praying, I immediately walked to my bathroom. I don’t know why. I’d already looked in there a dozen times. But this time, as my eyes skated past the toilet,  I saw a flash of green. I crouched down — and every hair on my body stood up. Because my phone was there. Sitting on a ledge *at the back* of my toilet. *Perfectly aligned* as if someone placed it there.

But who? My kids were already at school. I was alone in the house. If it had fallen there, why would it be perfectly aligned? Did I absent-mindedly place it there myself? Okay, so my thoughts are always wandering. But the idea that I would stretch my hand behind my toilet without knowing it is a but much. What’s more, I found it within seconds of praying.

So who placed my phone there? No clue. Any ideas are welcome. And maybe Vanessa can ask Jimmy the next time she talks to him.

Question…

Have you ever had a spooky, unexplainable experience? Please share. I will be giving one lucky commenter an e-copy of Vanessa’s fantastic book, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, as well as a Dead Sea Salt Scrub to ward off the spirits in your life.

– Pintip


Giveaways!

How would you like to win some great prizes? There are two separate giveaways to enter:

1. Enter my Rafflecopter for your chance to nab your very own Kindle copy of This Is Your Afterlife plus a $50 Amazon e-gift card! Please take the time to read the terms and conditions. 

2. Have you ever had a spooky experience that you can’t explain? Leave a blog comment below for another chance to win an e-copy of This Is Your Afterlife plus Dead Sea Salt Scrub from Pintip.

Good luck to all!

~ Vanessa

Tomorrow…

Thanks for hanging out with me and Pintip today! Tomorrow, meet Amanda Ashby! She’ll be here to share a spooky tale all the way from New Zealand.

This post originally appeared at my old blog.

Merry-Go-Round Part 1

Apologies for my absence. I’ve been on a revision/travel/revision/bronchitis/revision merry-go-round. I’m sure you don’t want to know about the bronchitis, so let’s talk about travel, eh?

I flew to the US on business in July. When I arrived at LAX Customs, the immigration officer asked me the usual questions about what business I was conducting in the US, etc. I managed to work in the title of my book, This is Your Afterlife, during our conversation. He looked very puzzled and said, “What?” “It’s This is Your Afterlife. Sir.” “What?” “This is Your AHHHfterlife.” He still didn’t get it. So then I affected an American accent and said, “This is your AIRRRterrrlife.” And then he understood! We had a good ol’ laugh and he then let me into the country.

 A few days later, my CP Kim MacCarron picked me up from Dulles Airport and spirited me away to her home in Virginia to meet her gorgeous family. Then we rushed over state lines to meet our other CP Pintip Dunn at a fabulous seafood noshery called BlackSalt. Seven courses. Divine. Pintip insisted I stay with her family even though she had only recently given birth, for goodness sake. So lovely to spend time some one-on-one time with her because we knew she wouldn’t be able to join us later in San Antonio for the RWA conference.

In New York, I saw Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Brilliant. Got my hair did at the Drybar in Murray Hill — highly recommend this salon for travellers or anyone else who hates blow-drying their hair in 100F weather. They do only blow-dries (or blow-outs), and my stylist wrangled my thick hair very well. Later, I met my editor, Meredith Rich, for the first time. She took me and my agent, Beth, to lunch and showed us the drafts for my debut book’s cover. It was such a surreal moment I nearly cried into my fries. Needless to say, I’m thrilled about the artwork so far and can’t wait to share the final cover with the world!

Speaking of covers, my fellow Bloomsbury Spark author Theresa DaLayne revealed hers while I was on the dizzying bronchitis phase of the merry-go-round. I LOVE this cover. The Edge of You is a New Adult romance set in Alaska and you can get your hands on it September 25. I’m really looking forward to reading this one! 

That’s it for now. I’ll tell you all about my exciting San Antonio stop in the next merry-go-round post!