Monday, May 17, 2010

Author Photos--the outtakes

It seems a shame to not show some of the other fabulous pics that Dawn took during my author photo shoot. Ultimately I decided on the one that I think worked the best for my upcoming book A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. But there were others in the running.

What do you think? Did I pick the right one?

THE WINNER: Choice 1

Choice 2:

Choice 3:

Choice 4:

And this concludes my America's Next Top Author posts. :-) Smize!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Author photo!!!

I am SO EXCITED!! I went to downtown Portland today and my good friend Dawn Goei took my author photos for A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL! And guess what... I'm not smiling! I love it! What do you think??

Need pics? Hit up Dawn HERE!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit: Starring Jessica Brody

I'm very happy to present today's girlfriend, Jessica Brody! I've been looking forward to THE KARMA CLUB forever!!!! Check it out!

Book Summary:

When you mess with Karma, Karma messes back...

Madison Kasparkova always thought she understood how Karma works. Do good things and you'll be rewarded, do something bad and Karma will make sure you get what you deserve. But when Maddy’s boyfriend cheats on her, nothing bad comes his way. That’s why Maddy starts the Karma Club, to clean up the messes that the universe has left behind and get back at the people who have wronged them. Sometimes, though, it isn’t wise to meddle with the universe. It turns out Karma often has plans of its own.


"Written with wit and panache. Readers will have fun with this one, and it might make them think a little, too."

“Fresh, funny and engaging. This is one YA debut you won’t want to miss.”
-Alyson Noël, NYT bestselling author of The Immortals series

"A well-paced comedy, with a nice balance of cinematic physical humor and genuine teen emotions."
--Publisher's Weekly

Author Bio:

Jessica Brody is the author of two books for adults. The Karma Club is her first book for teens. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California where she is working on her next novel. Despite what some people from her high school might claim, she has never sought revenge on an ex-boyfriend. Visit her online at:


Free Flip Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of The Karma Club on April 27, Jessica is giving away FOUR Flip Video Cameras (as well as TONS of other cool prizes!) on her site. Visit her website, for all the details and to enter to win!

1. Okay, first question. If this were high school, which senior superlative in the yearbook would you score?

Best multi-tasker. I’m actually watching TV, texting, chewing gum, and knitting a sweater for the neighbor’s cat while I answer this question.

2. What is one thing you wish you would have done when you were younger? For me, it’s that I never studied abroad. How about you?

I wish I had been more active in sports when I was younger. Then maybe I’d have an easier time getting my butt to the gym as an adult!

3. Now here’s the self-promotion part: Can you please tell us all about your book? We have some book shopping to do!

But of course! The Karma Club is about three teen girls who decide they’re tired of waiting for Karma to take its course so they vow to take Karma into their own hands by getting revenge on the people who have wronged them. But they soon discover when you mess with Karma, Karma messes back! Shop away!

4. So, say your book just got picked up for a movie (congratulations!) Who’s playing your MC?

Oh, I always love this question. I have multiple people in mind. I could easily see someone like Emma Roberts, Shailene Woodley or Selena Gomez playing the role of Maddy. But I also LOVE the actress that plays Maddy in my book trailer. Her name is Madisen Hill (she even has the same first name!) and she’s simply adorable. The minute she stepped into the audition I knew she was the one I would cast. She fits the main character perfectly! You can check out the trailer at:

5. If you could take one literary character to prom, who would it be, and why?

Um, Edward Cullen of course! Although after prom, I’d probably ask him to come back to my house for a snack, a movie, coffee, and then who knows where it might lead! I’m not to be held responsible (or accountable) for fictional dates with hot vampires.

6. And finally, since all of the other questions were so serious… What do you hope teens take away from your book?

First and foremost, I write my novels to be entertaining and fun. So I really do hope that teens enjoy the book and have fun reading it. But I also like to make sure there’s something to think about in each of my books as well. So if readers come away from this story with a new outlook on life and why things sometimes happen the way they do, then I would be one happy writer!

Thanks, Jessica! And everyone, pick up a copy of The Karma Club today!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

YA Author Panel: Starring LK Madigan, Lisa Schroeder and Me!

Today me, Lisa Schroeder, and LK Madigan did a YA panel down at the library in Corvallis, Oregon! It was so much fun! And thanks to our friend Bryan Bliss for setting it up!

I got to show off my covers--the covers I described as portraying the desperate struggle between life and death. And then I think I may have compared my road to publication to a family trip to Disney World.

Our girls showed up! Love ya, Ashley and Sarah!

One of our favorite bloggers from The Eager Readers not only showed up, she brought flowers!! AW!!!!

Bryan is obviously stoked being this close to me. It must be my amazing charm (don't comment anything mean, Bryan!)

And then we broke it down old school.

And finally we headed out to dinner (my feet are sore from walking around!) :-)

It was a wonderful day and a wonderful event. I had SO MUCH FUN!! Thanks to everyone who came out!! It was so great that I hope I can make it down for the release of SO MANY BOYS! And then I'm getting a hot dog :-)