Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Team Getsome Week-The Bad Boys

So bad for you.... and yet so irresistible. Especially when they have some demon blood. In our pursuit of the most exciting romances in YA, Novel Novice and I have been putting together a list based on our (and a few expert's) opinions. Today's focus.... THE BAD BOY.

I'm going to start with the sexiest bad boy. It was a TOUGH call (I accidentally wrote touch call, haha). It was a dead heat between Nick from THE DEMON'S LEXICON series by Sarah Rees Brennan and Jace from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series by Cassandra Clare. And after thinking it over, I can't choose! It's a tie of hotness.

Nick is dark and brooding. Jace is blond (swoon!) and witty. Both guys are fighters and good with weapons. And seriously, if you haven't read either of these series YOU HAVE TO! They are excellent!

And I couldn't get out of this bad boy post without mentioning Alex from PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles. His danger is contemporary, so he won't be fighting monsters... But hot damn, he is dangerous. The book is steamy off the charts and it's Alex's fierceness and loyalty--and okay, maybe the motorcycle, too--that gets him on this list.

Any bad boys you'd like to highlight? Be sure to check out Novel Novice's picks for today!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Team Getsome Week-Boyfriends and New Guys

Even though I like reading about the cute best friend, or the steamy bad boy, I have a certain type of love interest that is my personal favorite—The Awesome Boyfriend. He wasn’t always the boyfriend, but awesomeness just comes naturally.

Today’s Awesome Boyfriend is Seth from WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr.

WL is one of my favorite series and Aislinn is a terrific main character with some tough choices! Fortunately she has a great guy to help her deal with some serious drama—Seth. First… he lives in a refurbished train car. I mean, really? How cool is that? Second, he’s got piercings and tattoos. And third, he’s so dang sweet and understanding! If anyone can give The Summer King (who is blond….) a run for his money, it’s Seth.

Now for every awesome boyfriend there is the intriguing New Guy. And I knew who I’d pick the first second this category was mentioned. Although he’s not new in town, he’s new to her. It’s Etienne St. Claire from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins.

He cute, has an accent, and is really great at playing tour guide. He also has a girlfriend…. .wait! Girlfriend? That doesn’t sound hot! But just you wait! This love interest is swoon-worthy with a great sense of humor and crackling sexual tension. More importantly, Anna is one of my favorite main characters. Realistic, sexy and oh, man-you’ve-got-to-read-it-to-understand, St. Claire is at the top of my hot New Guy list.

Check out Novel Novice’s picks for Awesome Boyfriend and Hot New Guy.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Team Getsome Week-The Best Friend

There’s always a team, even T-shirts declaring your loyalty to one love interest over the other when reading a book. But brooding looks and quiet pining aren’t always enough! We like some romance! So Novel Novice and I created Team Getsome Week (Sorry, don’t be offended by the name).

This is your quick guide to the hottest romances in YA according to us, and a few teens we stood in line with recently at a book signing. You know, experts! Be sure to check Novel Novice’s picks HERE.

Today’s focus is….. THE BEST FRIEND.

Oh… the best friend. They always creep up on you, all studly and quiet. And then suddenly, BAM! You notice. Or at least, that’s how it works in my first selection, Kimberly Derting’s THE BODY FINDER. Jay is funny, sweet, a bit protective (but not overbearingly so) and when he and Violet finally admit how they feel—it’s just straight-up hotness. If I were to guess what Jay looks like, I would say he might be a little something like this:

And with the combination of scary and sexy, THE BODY FINDER is a big bowl of win, and definitely part of Team Getsome.

The other best friend romance is with…. Simon from Cassandra Clare’s THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series. Sure, he doesn’t have hot tattoos or a weapon under his coat, but his sense of humor and dogged devotion definitely make him a keeper! And there’s nothing hotter than when a best-friend-but-maybe-more steps up and makes a move. If I were to imagine Simon, I’d guess he looks a little something like this:

Now, Cassandra Clare’s books will also make this list later on in the week, so don’t fret, Jace fans. We have room on our team for bad boys too.

Any other BEST FRIEND romances you can think of?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Napkin Draft

My friends know that I constantly write, both as a job and for fun. When I'm not writing I get cranky and anxious. But when I am writing I become anti-social and weird. Not really a win-win.

Anyway, last night I went out to dinner--which, believe me, is much safer than eating anything I cook--and while I was there I had a sudden burst of inspiration for the new book I'm working on. (Adult this time!) I grabbed my kid's crayon and wrote it down on the restaurant napkin, spewing everything that came to mind. When I ran out of space, I took my son's napkin and added. This all went down AS WE WERE EATING. I didn't end up finishing my dinner.

This may sound like odd behavior, but it happens all the time. Maybe that's why I like to go out to eat so much. Maybe I purposely cook awful food so that I have an excuse to go to the Spaghetti Factory and brainstorm. Maybe.

So as I sat around today, transcribing my napkin draft onto the computer, I thought about it. Pretty much every book I write is partly written on napkins. In fact, I took a picture of a recent one--and this is not a book you know about--that ended up turning into an 85k-word draft. All from a napkin. Actually, I think there were three or four napkins, a back of an envelope and a place mat.

Here's a picture with spoilers cut out:

Am I alone in this? Do you have napkin drafts too?

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Something about catalogs thrills me--especially The Pottery Barn! And when I saw that A Need so Beautiful made it in the Summer 2011 HarperCollins catalog, I got REALLY EXCITED. I mean, I knew it'd be in there, but I had this fear that somehow they forgot to tell me they'd changed their minds :-)

But no, it's in there! It even has a quick synopsis, although I'm not sure what will read on the actual book yet. Either way, it's totally real. Check it out! And while you're there, look at some of the other amazing books coming out next summer!!!

Click the cover to go to the Summer 2011 catalog listing:

Friday, November 5, 2010

Check This Out!

Friend and author Lisa Schroeder revealed the cover today for her summer release THE DAY BEFORE (June 2011) Check this out:

Isn't it gorgeous!? I love it. You can read the description (which is amazing!) on Elle Strauss' blog, or go to Lisa's website to learn about her other books!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit: Starring Daisy Whitney!

I am THRILLED to bring you today's girlfriend--the amazing Daisy Whitney. Her debut novel THE MOCKINGBIRDS is out in the wild!!! Let's hear more about it:

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.

"In The Mockingbirds, Daisy Whitney has written an unflinchingly honest story about the importance of taking a stand and speaking out. An emotionally powerful debut that will leave readers breathless." (Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be)

"First-time author Whitney boldly addresses date rape, vigilantism, and academic politics in an intense and timely novel... Besides showing skill in executing suspense and drama, Whitney masterfully evokes the complexity of her protagonist's emotions, particularly her intense longing to feel 'normal' again." (Publishers Weekly (Starred review) )

"[Whitney] writes with smooth assurance and a propulsive rhythm as she follows Alex through the Mockingbird's trial process and its accompanying emotional storm of confusion, shame, fear, and finally, empowerment. Authentic and illuminating, this strong debut explores vital teen topics of sex and violence; crime and punishment; ineffectual authority; and the immeasurable, healing influence of friendship and love." (Booklist )

THE MOCKINGBIRDS was picked as one of best of the year in YA by Romantic Times, and also one of ABC's 2010 New Voices list of outstanding debut books by authors for middle-grade and young-adult readers. Way to go, Daisy!!

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

Most likely to be found eating alfala sprout sandwiches in the library during lunch.

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 learned an instrument! I would love to play the piano.

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

THE MOCKINGBIRDS is the story of an underground student-run justice system at a prestigious boarding school and the date rape case they try.

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

Emma Stone. I freaking love her.

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

Etienne St Clair from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS obviously! He’s perfect! And I hear he’s a great kisser.

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

I hope they realize that taking a stand for someone including yourself is cool!

You're awesome, Daisy! Thank you! And everyone, pick up your copy of THE MOCKINGBIRDS today!