Anticipated YA Debut Interview: NOBODY BUT US (+Giveaway)

Now it's time for an interview with one of the January 2013 Anticipated YA Debut Authors! Today's featured author is Kristin Halbrook—and her first novel, Nobody But Us, is out in stores today, January 29, from HarperTeen! Read on to see how Kristin answered my Q&A... ...And read on to see who won a signed copy … Continue reading Anticipated YA Debut Interview: NOBODY BUT US (+Giveaway)

In Which I Part with My Very Last ARC of 17 & GONE for Real, I Mean It, I Can’t Keep It Forever (Can I?)

Earlier this month I held a giveaway for my very last ARC of 17 & Gone, and then I had trouble parting with it and couldn’t choose a winner from all the great entries that came in via the private entry form and also in the comments. Really, it was so hard to choose! I … Continue reading In Which I Part with My Very Last ARC of 17 & GONE for Real, I Mean It, I Can’t Keep It Forever (Can I?)

Beyond the Buzz: Guest Post by Nicole from WORD for Teens

Welcome to the Beyond the (Latest) Buzz series, where I’m asking YA & kidlit librarians as well as book bloggers to share books they think deserve more attention. Read on to see what titles blogger Nicole from WORD for Teens wants to share with us today...  Guest post by Nicole I was staring at my shelves for … Continue reading Beyond the Buzz: Guest Post by Nicole from WORD for Teens

Turning Points: “Becoming the Person I Want My Daughters to Be” by Kristin Halbrook

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Here is Kristin Halbrook, debut author of Nobody But Us and one of my Anticipated Debuts for January 2013, sharing hers... Guest post by Kristin Halbrook When I … Continue reading Turning Points: “Becoming the Person I Want My Daughters to Be” by Kristin Halbrook

Anticipated YA Debut Interview: USES FOR BOYS (+Giveaway)

It's time to interview one of the January 2013 Anticipated YA Debut Authors! Today's featured author is Erica Lorraine Scheidt—her first novel, Uses for Boys, comes out tomorrow, January 15, from St. Martin's Griffin. Read on to see how Erica answered my Q&A... ...And scroll down to see who won the giveaway! Nova: I’ll start with the … Continue reading Anticipated YA Debut Interview: USES FOR BOYS (+Giveaway)

Beyond the Buzz: Reading Recommendations from Wendy Darling (+Giveaway)

Welcome to the Beyond the (Latest) Buzz series, where I’m asking YA & kidlit librarians as well as book bloggers to share books they think deserve more attention. Read on to see what titles blogger Wendy Darling from The Midnight Garden wants to share with us today...  Scroll down for an announcement of the giveaway winner! Guest post … Continue reading Beyond the Buzz: Reading Recommendations from Wendy Darling (+Giveaway)

Beyond the Buzz: Reading Recommendations from Kari Olson

Welcome to the Beyond the (Latest) Buzz series, where I’m asking YA & kidlit librarians as well as book bloggers to share books they think deserve more attention. Read on to see what titles blogger Kari Olson from A Good Addiction wants to share with us today... Guest post by Kari Olson When I heard Nova was … Continue reading Beyond the Buzz: Reading Recommendations from Kari Olson

Teaching a Spring Session of My YA Novel Writing Class

I’ve been teaching an online YA Novel Writing: Master Class with Mediabistro this winter, and I can’t even tell you how much I’ve been enjoying it. I love being a part of helping other writers polish their novels and write ahead to complete their drafts—and reading the pages every week, sometimes as they write, has … Continue reading Teaching a Spring Session of My YA Novel Writing Class

In Which I Give Away My Last ARC to Someone Who Really Wants It

Happy 2013, everyone! If you’re impatient and don’t want to read through this post, this, my friends, is a giveaway. If you want to win a signed and personalized ARC of my March 2013 book 17 & Gone plus a bunch of bookmarks, just leave a comment on this post telling me why you want the … Continue reading In Which I Give Away My Last ARC to Someone Who Really Wants It