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An Epic and Bookish Weekend!

September has been a busy, busy month for me because I went on not one, but TWO vacations. Yes, that’s right. After four years of staying close to home, I went away twice in one month. Earlier in the month I went to Texas for the first time to visit one of my best friends (and maybe someday I’ll write about that trip!), and this past weekend I went to Cambridge, Massachusetts! I’ve been to every New England state (we did a lot of road trips when I was a kid!), but I’ve never been to Cambridge (or Boston) before.

I took the train from NYC to Boston, which was an adventure in itself. It was very crowded and I couldn’t find a seat, so I spent the four hour trip in the dining car! It was a little uncomfortable, but not horrible. And the view was gorgeous!

215Manhattan. *_*

218Too bad the leaves weren’t changing colors yet!

Once I arrived in Boston, I met up with my friend Molly! We’ve known each other since high school, but the last time we saw each other was in Japan back in 2008! Now that she’s only four hours away (or one hour by plane!), we’re hoping to see each other more. Molly took me to my hotel and after I checked in, she showed me around MIT (her genius husband is a grad student there).

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014Crazy building!

015Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but those are all cranes.

023A really cool sculpture made out of numbers and math symbols.

022There’s a dome at the top of this building.

030And this is the inside of it!

225The view from my hotel room.

After the tour and dinner, I met Molly’s husband (he wanted to know how I’m able to write books, and I wanted to know how he can write complex math equations all over his multiple white boards. XD), and then Molly and I left for Porter Square Books. Mackenzie Lee, author of THIS MONSTROUS THING, was having her launch event there and I was super excited to meet her and get a copy of her book. At the event I met Molly’s friend, Melissa, who kindly saved us seats in the front row! Molly made this awesome, “I ❤ OLIVER” poster for Mackenzie, and Mackenzie’s face lit up when she saw it.

228Mackenzie!

The event was so much fun. Mackenzie explained her love for Mary Shelley and Frankenstein and read a passage from her book, which is being bumped to the top of my to-read pile! After the event we did a selfie with some props:

 tmt3(From l to r-Me, Molly, and Melissa.)

There was a huge turnout, so it took a bit for us to get our books signed. It was so nice finally meeting Mackenzie! We also signed a copy of TMT for Mackenzie (like her own personal yearbook), which I think is a great idea. After chatting for a bit, we went back to my hotel, but first Molly took me to the roof of her apartment so I could see the beautiful view of the city and the Charles river.

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The next morning was the Boston Teen Author Festival! They had an amazing lineup of authors this year; as soon as I saw who was coming, I knew I had to go. And I’m glad I did because the day turned out to be one of the best ever!

Melissa very nicely drove us to the Cambridge Public Library, and after we parked, we went to get Starbucks when Melissa spotted a whole group of YA authors across the street, who were also going to Starbucks! Inside, I approached Becky Albertalli (author of SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA. If you haven’t read this book yet, DROP EVERYTHING AND READ IT!) and introduced myself. She was super sweet and we had a very nice conversation (she introduced me to David Arnold, author of MOSQUITOLAND). And then we ended up walking back to the library with the authors AND riding the elevator with them. Doing things with authors turned out to be the theme of the day, actually!

241The library! (Look at that sky!)

243I’m not actually sure what this building was used for, but it was next to the library and very pretty.

045All of the authors!

First the authors talked and answered questions from the moderator, and then they split up into smaller panels. There were four panels, two at the same time, and luckily Melissa and Molly wanted to attend the same ones I did, so we didn’t have to split up.

240The Author Friendships and Crit Groups Panel (Adam Silvera, David, and Becky were fooling around in the beginning XD)

245The Craft Panel

btaf1In between the panels we did a selfie with Adam Silvera (author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT) and Becky Albertalli. No big deal. XD This was our silly faces selfie, btw. We did do a normal one, too!

After the panels was the signings! I brought my copies of SIEGE AND STORM and RUIN AND RISING from home for Leigh Bardugo to sign (She’s already signed my copy of SHADOW AND BONE), and her line was so long! But she talked with each reader and we chatted for a bit (she wanted to know who my favorite character was, and I told her the Darkling.), which was nice. After that I rushed to Becky’s line, and had her sign my copy of SIMON, yay! We talked again and I picked up some SIMON swag, too!

The event was winding down by then, and I found Molly’s friend Nicole (who became my friend after we met at BEA this year!), and we chatted while we waited for Molly and Melissa to finish getting all of their books signed. We left, thinking the day was over, but then this happened:

btaf5Riding in the car with Leigh Bardugo. (Melissa not pictured because she was driving!)

Because Leigh’s Uber was nowhere to be found, we ended up driving her to Porter Square Books so she could sign SIX OF CROWS stock! An epic ending to an epic day. As Molly said, we basically won at the Boston Teen Author Fest.

252My haul from the weekend (well, two I brought from home, but the rest I got there or from Molly!).

I left the following day, and it was a much calmer ride, thankfully. I didn’t have to sit in the dining car, for one!

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268Cambridge is very pretty, but my heart will always belong to NYC.

It was one of the best weekends ever. I’m so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone, got on that train, and went. And now I have a new pile of books that I can’t wait to read!

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FALL 2015 YA SCAVENGER HUNT!

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It’s that time of year again! I’m participating in the Fall YA Scavenger Hunt as part of Team Pink!

YASH PINK TEAM 2015

The YA Scavenger Hunt is a great way to discover new authors and win tons of cool prizes like books (who doesn’t love books?) and swag! There are eight teams total! That’s a lot of books!

YASH BLUE TEAM 2015

YASH PURPLE TEAM 2015

YASH ORANGE TEAM 2015

YASH GREEN TEAM 2015

YASH GOLD TEAM 2015

YASH RED TEAM 2015

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The hunt starts October 1st!

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Sign up for the cover reveal of THE FADING DUSK!

Exciting news! The cover reveal for THE FADING DUSK is set for May 21st, and if you have a blog and are interested in joining in the fun, you can sign up here! Regina Wamba from Mae I Design designed it and it’s absolutely stunning. I was completely blown away the first time I saw it. She captured the essence of the city of Dusk perfectly, and I cannot wait to share it with everyone!

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YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2015

I’m excited to announce that I will once again be participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Pink Team

This year I’m on Team Pink (heh, I think a certain pink-loving demon hunter would approve!) with nineteen amazing authors! This time around it’s all about THE SOUL HEALER, and I will be sharing an exclusive story (that you’ll have to find on another author’s blog!) that takes place toward the end of the book. It’s going to be my first time writing from a certain character’s point-of-view, which I’m very excited about.

There’s eight teams total this year, wow! And check out who’s on the gold team!

Team Gold (2)Amy McNulty, with her debut book, NOBODY’S GODDESS!

Here are the other teams:

Team Red 1 Team Purple 1 Team Orange Blue Team 1 Team Teal (2) Team Green

So many beautiful books! Mark you calendars; the hunt runs from April 2nd-April 5th!

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The Soul Healer is here!

Talk about a crazy release day. The Soul Healer was scheduled for April 11th, but when I got up early that morning, it was no where to be found! All day long I received messages from people asking where it was, and by the evening, I wasn’t sure if I should continue with the release party or postpone it. It’s weird having a party without the guest of honor! But in the end we decided the party must go on, and about a half hour into it, The Soul Healer arrived on Amazon! I have no idea why it decided to be a diva and make us wait, but it definitely makes for an interesting story (ironically, The Sight Seer released a day earlier than it was supposed to!).

The party was a blast; we ended up having so many contests (thanks to donations from very generous authors!) that we had to extend it for another hour. We played games, talked about the books, and I revealed two exciting pieces of news:

 

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There will be five chapters to the Silver Moon Saga! Three full length novels, and two novellas. I wasn’t sure about the second novella, but I already have one story written, another one partially written, and an idea for the third one, so I’m going for it. And The Shadow Stealer (yay, I can finally call it by it’s proper title, instead of just “book three”) is in the process of being revised. The first two months of 2015 are going to be crazy, and I just can’t wait.

Happy Reading!