Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays: A Need so Beautiful style

Over at The Novel Novice, Sara shared some super cute artwork made for A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. Aww... Thanks!!!



Hop on over to the blog and see what other novels were immortalized by snowmen. :-)

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Win- A WANT SO WICKED!

Sara at Novel Novice is running an awesomely cool contest to win the FIRST advance copies of A WANT SO WICKED!! Plus some other prizes! Wanna win?? Go HERE and see how!

In the meantime, Sara interviewed me about A WANT SO WICKED to find out more about the story. You can preorder your copy of AWSW HERE.

Interview:

I know when you originally finished A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, you felt very happy with the ending — but ultimately, your editor wanted more. Tell us about the process of rethinking the story to write the sequel, A WANT SO WICKED.

I made the decision to write the sequel the day we sold A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. But I had NO IDEA how I would accomplish that. Originally, I intended to write Onika’s story—but after thinking about the end of ANSB, I realized there was still so much to learn about the main characters. A WANT SO WICKED picks up about nine months after ANSB ends, and I think it helps deepen the story of the original, while creating a universe of its own.

How does Onika’s story fit into WANT?

We only got a taste of what Onika was about in A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. Now we learn the HOW and WHY of becoming a Shadow. How far would someone go to be remembered? What are the consequences of that decision? The answer is a dark one, and seeing Onika go through it helps to understand her and see how her existence fits into the universe.

NEED was very much about the light, but you’ve said WANT is much more about darkness and the Shadows. Tell us how this figures into the story!

The mythology of the Forgotten is the main aspect of book one, but now we explore the other side. Although the choice to stay or go was never easy, now we find out exactly what happens when a Forgotten turns away from the light—we find out what the opposite of hope is. And we find out where true evil starts.

And Harlin’s back! Did you have a favorite Harlin moment?

In this book? Oh, man. Harlin has changed a bit from A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL—having survived a serious trauma and now having a new purpose. But I think his maturity is for the better, and let me just say this—there is an amazingly sexy haircut scene. I’ve said too much.

Anything else you want people to know about WANT?

I think AWSW is the natural progression of the story from A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. If you questioned anything about why or how from the first book, you’ll get your explanations here. And you’ll also get to see two people fall in love—the kind that can transcend lifetimes—which was really fun to write.


Don't forget to enter the contest at Novelnovice.com!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A WANT SO WICKED

Well.... it's that time. Since the Summer 2012 catalog is out, A WANT SO WICKED is now on display along with its synopsis. But my friend Sara at NovelNovice will have more info about the book, including a story-related interview soon. Want to know which characters from A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL will be returning for book 2? Stay tuned.

For now, here is the official cover for A WANT SO WICKED, along with the synopsis. Can't wait to show the full jacket. I think it's breathtaking. I'm very happy with Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins for the amazing work they did on this book. Hooray!


A WANT SO WICKED-June 26th, 2012 (PREORDER HERE)
Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.


After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds
herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

Monday, September 12, 2011

A WANT SO WICKED songs

A WANT SO WICKED is less than a year away (which still feels like a million years away), and I'm finalizing lots of cool things. In the meantime I thought I'd share some of my AWSW inspirations. This time, it's music! So here are just a few songs that helped to inspire the vibe of the book.

Sinister Kid- The Black Keys
Barton Hollow- The Civil Wars



Closer- Kings of Leon
Killing Moon- Nouvelle Vague



Can't wait to share more about it!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Creepy Photo Inspiration

Since writing THE PROGRAM (Simon Pulse/Spring 2013) I've thought and thought about cover possibilities. Would I want something mysterious? Something heartbreaking? I sketched out one image of a girl in lemon yellow hospital scrubs staring down a long, stark-white hallway.

A few weeks later when the family and I were on vacation in Lake Shasta, I decided to drag them on a tour of the Shasta Dam (because I'm a dork and LOVE guided tours). But while I was on that tour, I found the perfect hallway! So I had my daughter star as the cover model (minus the teenager and yellow scrubs part) and snapped this photo.

This is my creepy photo inspiration for when I work on THE PROGRAM. :-)


Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Want so Wicked

Wait... is it still summer? I'm not quite sure because instead of going outside, I've been typing my little fingers bloody working on revisions. One of those revisions is A WANT SO WICKED, the sequel to A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. I've gotten a few emails from readers asking for AWSW's summary, but unfortunately, I can't share it yet. Sorry!!

But since I'm here.... I thought I might post a quick little excerpt and not even try to explain it. Enjoy!


At the sound, my heart kicks up its pace and I slowly lift my eyes. The guy--the hot one from the motorcycle--is looking down at me, apologetic. The frazzled feeling I just had immediately evaporates as I stare at him, struck by how incredibly handsome he is up close. His eyes are an amazing shade of hazel, more green than brown. His dark hair is long, curling under his unshaven chin, evening out the prettiness of his features. He's certainly rough around the edges, but I like it. He looks kind of dangerous.

Gosh. I wonder who THAT could be. Anyway, A WANT SO WICKED isn't up for pre-sale yet, but you can add it to your goodreads shelf HERE. More info soon!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Preview: THE PROGRAM

I'm wrapping up my revisions on A WANT SO WICKED, the sequel to A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, this week. I can't wait to show you the cover! It's AMAZING!!

In the meantime, I can't give any spoilers for the book--not even the official summary yet! But I can tell you a little about my new series coming Spring of 2013. Book 1 is THE PROGRAM, and I did a quick interview about it over at Presenting Lenore!

Click to Check it out!!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Conferencing....

SCBWI LA is coming to a close (although not quite yet...) and I think it's time to put up some pictures! To find out more about the conference, the sessions, and interviews--check out the official TEAM BLOG!!!

The first night:





Me and amazing author GARY PAULSEN!



The pajama party!






The book signing at Once Upon A Time Book store with Nova Ren Suma, Cindy Pon and Holly Goldberg Sloan



And, of course, through it all... I was revising.... :-)


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit: Starring Jennifer Echols

I'm thrilled to bring you author Jennifer Echols are part of the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit. Her newest book LOVE STORY (awesome title!) is out now!!! Let's hear more about it!


From Jennifer Echols, the award-winning author of Going Too Far and Forget You, comes LOVE STORY(Gallery Books; July 19, 2011; $11.00), a provocative and powerful story of teen romance, set against the bustling world of a New York City university.

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions – it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a local coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter… so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter… except this story could come true.

“A tremendously talented writer with a real gift for developing relationships.”
– Romantic Times Magazine


And here's more about Jennifer!


JENNIFER ECHOLS is the author of teen romantic dramas for MTV Books and teen romantic comedies for Simon Pulse. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family. Please visit her online at www.jennifer-echols.com.

WOW!!! I'm totally stoked for this one! Everyone, pick up your copy of LOVE STORY today!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit: Starring Melissa Walker

Today I'm so excited to feature friend and author Melissa Walker! Her new book, SMALL TOWN SINNERS, is available now. Check out this awesome cover!




“A devilishly good read.” —Lauren Myracle, NY Times bestselling author of Shine


SMALL TOWN SINNERS
A NOVEL OF FAITH, FRIENDSHIP AND FAMILY

New York (Winter 2011)— Inspired by an article on Hell Houses (haunted houses of sin) she wrote for ELLEgirl magazine, journalist Melissa Walker set out to delve deeper into the culture of this phenomenon, as well as the community that creates them. The result: Small Town Sinners (July), a universal story of first love and finding your voice set against the backdrop of extreme religion. This thought-provoking, touching story of faith in family, friends and self will have readers endlessly talking about and sharing this break-out novel.

“I was so intrigued by the small town I traveled to and the warmth of all the teenagers I met, plus their obvious passion for this production, that I had to revisit that world,” said Walker.

Hell Houses are often run by fundamentalist Christian churches and emphasize the belief that anyone who does not accept Christ as their personal savior is condemned to Hell. The way they often work is that a script is written covering a variety of sins each of which is performed within its own vignette in its own room in the house. A guide leads the visitors through each room acting as narrator. The performances have a controversial tone focusing on issues such as abortion, suicide, drinking and drug use, premarital sex, and homosexuality. Hell Houses usually take place in the fall.

Small Town Sinners is the story of Lacey Anne, daughter of the pastor and perennial good girl, who is eligible for a lead role in the season’s Hell House production—a role she’s been coveting for years. But when Ty moves to town as casting begins, a new perspective is added to Lacey Anne’s world and she starts to see her tight-knit, Evangelical community in a different light. With the help of her two best friends Starla Joy and Dean, and her potential first love Ty, Lacey Anne begins exploring her own thoughts and feelings about her religion, her community, and her place within both. While this novel deals with provocative issues like religion, teen pregnancy and underage drinking, it is not an “issue” book; the topics are masterfully interwoven into this story of friendship and family.

Early readers agree:

“Small Town Sinners shines a light on the fascinating world of the teenage Hell House. Sit back and let Melissa Walker be your guide. She writes without a shred of judgment and plenty of heart.” —Dana Reinhardt, author of A Brief Chapter of My Impossible Life

“Walker is sympathetic and respectful of her characters’ faith, while putting on display the shocking extremist scare tactics that make Hell Houses, well, hellish.” —Donna Freitas, author of This Gorgeous Game and The Possibilities of Sainthood.


“A non-judgmental, nuanced, fascinating look at the teenage religious right… Walker writes an outstanding contemporary novel with a cast of characters who, far from being portrayed as hateful zealots, are relatable for readers of all faiths. The extremism of Hell House is tempered by the perfectly understandable attitudes and intentions of Lacey Anne, who struggles with what it means to grow up, to question and to think for herself.” –Romantic Times

“Both tender and provocative… Walker creates an astutely balanced portrait of a conservative congregation’s in-your-face response to perennial issues of domestic abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide, as well as of those who struggle to fit the prescribed Christian mold.” –Publishers Weekly

“This secular story about religious people could easily devolve into camp mockery, but because Walker takes her character’s crisis of faith seriously and sensitively, readers will, too.” –Kirkus Reviews

And also in the NYTimes Book Review



MELISSA WALKER: Melissa has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She is the author of the Violet on the Runway series as well as Lovestruck Summer. Melissa manages I Heart Daily, an e-newsletter and blogs for ReaderGirlz, an online community for teens. www.melissacwalker.com

You can check out The Apple Challenge HERE for your chance to win!

SMALL TOWN SINNERS is available now! Pick up your copy today!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer 2011 SCBWI Pre-Conference Interview: Julie Strauss-Gabel

In another SCBWI Team Blog exclusive, I'm here with the incredible Julie Strauss-Gabel. I had the opportunity to chat with her in a pre-conference interview for the Annual Summer Conference in LA!

Let's learn more:

Julie Strauss-Gabel is the Vice President and Publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, a small middle grade and young adult fiction list (Please note that Dutton no longer acquires picture books.) A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University, Julie worked at Hyperion Books for Children and Clarion Books before joining Dutton in 1992. Her authors include: Ally Condie (Matched), Gayle Forman (If I Stay, Where She Went), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm), John Green (Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns), Nina LaCour (Hold Still), Lauren Myracle (the Winnie Years series), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss), and Nova Ren Suma (Imaginary Girls). (From SCBWI website)


I got a chance to interview Julie Strauss-Gabel about the upcoming conference:

What advice can you offer first time attendees on how to select the right workshops for them?

Pick the opportunities that are both for the writer you are and the author/professional you hope to become, being realistic about what you really need now or in the near future. I think it’s important to mix in some attention to craft, not just focus on selling. All that said, this is a special opportunity that doesn’t come along often, so make time for someone you’ve always wanted to hear speak, or take a chance on a new topic.


What topics will you touch on in your talk?

I’m looking forward to talking with a lot of people about the talented authors I’m working with and the list I’m building at Dutton. It’s been an exciting few months as Dutton moves into a small, fiction only list, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to be back with so many friends at the LA SCBWI Summer Conference to talk about it.


The LA SCBWI Summer Conference has a great mix of writers. What do you think newly published authors can gain from attending a conference?


Especially at a conference this big, I think writers at every level can find information and inspiration. Not only is it a great opportunity to take your craft to the next level (everyone is always learning and getting better . . . that never stops), but also to pick up some knowledge about marketing and the business overall. And the personal connections you will make with other writers is so, so important; it’s probably the best thing about the conference.



There you have it! Yet another reason to attend!! Thank you so much to Julie Strauss-Gabel and I hope to see all of you at the conference!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer 2011 SCBWI Pre-Conference Interview: Steven Malk

As part of my pre-conference coverage for SCBWI's Summer Conference, I got a chance to interview fantastic agent Steven Malk of Writers House. Here's more about him:

Steven Malk is the third generation of his family to be involved in children’s books, as both his mother and grandmother owned children’s bookstores. He opened a West Coast office for Writers House in 1998, and represents a wide range of authors and illustrators, including Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith, Marla Frazee, Kadir Nelson, Sara Pennypacker, Jennifer Donnelly, Brett Helquist, Sonya Sones, Adam Rex, Deborah Wiles, and Cynthia Rylant, among others. (from SCBWI's website)


I was lucky enough to interview Steven about the upcoming conference:

Are you doing any manuscript critiques this year? If so, what can an author expect in terms of feedback?

I will be doing critiques this year. I do my best to provide constructive feedback to the author about his or her work, both from a strictly editorial perspective and also in terms of how the work fits into the market from an agent's perspective. I really believe that the best editorial conversations are a dialogue, so I always hope for some back and forth in the critique session and try to ask questions that hopefully get the author to think of his or her work in new ways. My goal is for the author to take my comments, think about them carefully, and use them as a springboard to really dig in and build on my feedback in a way that will result in the best revision possible.

The SCBWI Summer Conference is a great way to meet perspective agents. Have you ever met a client through a conference or after-conference submission?

I've been fortunate to have met lots of talented people at the conference over the years, and a few of them have ended up becoming clients. At one of my very first conferences, I met Sonya Sones after one of my talks. She introduced herself and then sent me her manuscript, STOP PRETENDING, right after the conference. I'll never forget reading the whole thing in one sitting and being completely blown away. At that same conference, I met Bruce Hale, who submitted the first book in his CHET GECKO series to me following the conference. And, finally, I critiqued Stephanie Hemphill at the conference. She submitted the poems that eventually formed the foundation for her first book, THINGS LEFT UNSAID. Stephanie's gone on to write several well-loved books and she won a Printz Honor for YOUR OWN, SYLVIA.

What advice can you give first-time attendees in terms of making the most of their conference experience?

I think the key to making the most of the conference experience is to go in with an enthusiastic but relaxed attitude and not to put too much pressure on yourself. Sometimes, I think people go in with very specific goals to the point that they feel the conference will be a failure if they don't talk to a certain person or get a request from an agent or editor. And that's not the case at all. The more important thing is to just soak up as much as you can and relish the chance to be around so many people who love children's/middle-grade/YA books as much as you do. The most important and useful piece of information you pick up at the conference might come from a speech you hear or a critique you get or even just from an informal conversation in the lobby with a fellow writer or illustrator. If you can go into the conference just expecting to have fun and learn as much as you can, you won't be disappointed and you'll keep coming back year after year.

Wow, amazing right?? Thank you so much, Steven! And everyone, I'll see you in just a few weeks!!

-Suz

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer 2011 SCBWI Pre-Conference Interview: Alessandra Balzer

The SCBWI Summer Conference in LA is just around the corner, and to give you more behind the scenes action, Team Blog is conducting pre-conference interviews. Today I'm here with Alessandra Balzer:

Alessandra Balzer is the Vice President, Co-Publisher of Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. She edits everything from picture books to novels for teens. Among the authors and illustrators she is fortunate enough to work with are Candace Bushnell, Doreen Cronin, Stephanie Hemphill, Gordon Korman, Patty McCormick, Bob Shea, and Mo Willems. Recent projects include the #1 New York Times bestseller Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion, the National Indie bestseller The Trouble with Chickens: A JJ Tully Mystery, and the New York Times bestselling Carrie Diaries series. (From SCBWI's website)

I got a chance to interview Alessandra Balzer about what you can expect from this summer's conference:

1.) What do you think authors can learn from editors when attending a SCBWI conference?

I think they can get terrific, straightforward feedback about the publishing and the editorial process. I also love hearing people’s stories about their experiences or their career paths—it can be so inspiring. Authors should come prepared with lots of questions. They’ll also learn about editors’ tastes and what they are looking for.

2.) What will be the focus of your workshop, and do you think it’s best suited for published or aspiring authors?

My workshop will reveal the key secret to publishing that has been protected by editors for centuries...kidding! Sadly there is no one secret. I’m going to debunk some myths that authors have probably heard about the publishing process and be very honest about the process that editors go through in-house for acquisition, and what my particular imprint (Balzer + Bray) is looking for. I’ll also leave lots of time for questions--that’s often the most useful part for writers. It’s probably best suited for aspiring writers and published writers who are just starting out.

3.) Is there any advice you can give writers on how to reach out to editors or agents they’ve met through SCBWI?

Most editors work in publishing houses that do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. But usually the presenters will be willing to accept submissions from attendees for a short period of time. They will normally detail that in their presentation and if they do not, authors should ask. I’m sure Lin, Sara, or Kim will have a good idea if you can’t find it out through your session.

So there you have it! Yet another reason to attend this year's conference!! You can check out more interviews and insights at the conference home page. Hope to see you this summer!!!

-Suzanne

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

THE DAY BEFORE by Lisa Schroeder



I'm so excited that my friend Lisa Schroeder is publishing her new YA novel THE DAY BEFORE today!! And even my dog, Murdock, was so excited that he decided to recreate her cover.



Congrats, Lisa!! And everyone, pick up your copy today!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

THANK YOU

I'm writing this mid-sob. I woke up to a wonderful surprise today. A few bloggers and authors--ones who I respect and admire--got together to put on something... too kind for words.

Celebrating A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL: Random Acts of Kindness. In these posts they tell a story of sacrifice or kindness that meant something to them in honor of my book release. In addition, they are offering a HUGE giveaway.

What can I say to this? I'm so.... touched. Humbled. Blessed. I've never felt so moved in my whole life. Heck, Lisa Schroeder even said that my Gram would be proud of me. And she would. And I thank you, Lisa, for mentioning her.

Kari at A Good Addiction sums it in her post HERE. Thank you, Kari for putting this together. This was a tremendous gift and it far outweighs Reese's Pieces and Candy Corn. You are awesome beyond words.

I hope you check out the posts. But thank you to EVERYONE--from my agent Jim McCarthy to my editor Donna Bray. To the fabulous people at Balzer & Bray and HarperCollins. To the fantastic bloggers who've supported this book and to the authors who've truly inspired me, to my friends who I'm so lucky to have... and to my family.

THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

Now I have to go wipe my tear-stained cheeks and get ready to do a news interview. Which you can watch at www.kptv.com at 9am PT/12pm ET

A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL IS OUT!!!

So there's this book... you might have heard of it. Anyway, that book is out today, out in the wild, available for purchase. Ready for YOU to bring it to its forever home.

That book is A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. And it's out today. You can buy it. I think you'll like it!



Where can you buy it? Well, you can get it at your local store, maybe even get a copy for your friends. You can order it online pretty much anywhere. You can even download it to your Kindle or reader.

Here's the trailer:



Here are some of the reviews, and you can see even more on Goodreads:

"A clever and well-written fantasy. Whether Charlotte is an angel or a being less freighted by religious tradition is left up to the reader, but the dilemma of how we can make a lasting impression is a very human concern. Young offers an elegant solution that is well worth consideration."
— BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)

“A gripping supernatural romance… An imaginative twist on the timeless battle between dark and light.”
— Kirkus Review


I hope you get a copy of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. It would mean a lot to me. This book means a lot to me.

-Suz

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit: Starring Jessica Brody

I'm excited to feature GCC member and bestselling author Jessica Brody today on the blog. Her new teen novel MY LIFE UNDECIDED came out this week! Here's more about it:



Book Summary:

PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment.

Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.

But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I’m gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!

Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.

But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.

Reviews:

"Brooklyn is a sympathetic protagonist with whom teens will identify. Her journey is fun to read, and decision-challenged readers will learn an important lesson about self-acceptance along the way."
--School Library Journal

"Brody taps into a universal human desire...An amusing coming-of-age story with many funny moments...[Brooklyn's] flustered, off-the-cuff narration should keep readers as invested in her actions as her blog followers are."
--Publisher's Weekly

About the Author:


A few fun facts about Jessica Brody’s own life undecided:

• Jessica was born in Los Angeles, moved to Colorado when she was twelve, moved back to California after college and now indecisively splits her time between both states.
• Jessica graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with majors in Economics and French because she was convinced she wanted to be an “important business woman.” After a brief stint as a strategic analyst for MGM Studios, she abandoned her business background to become a full-time writer. Now she uses her mad spreadsheet skills to build complicated outlines for her books.
• Appropriately, when writing this book, Jessica couldn’t decide on a title. So she polled 50 of her closest friends to finally come up with My Life Undecided.

Visit her online at: www.JessicaBrody.com

And coming soon: www.MyLifeUndecided.com, where you can post your own undecided questions, poll the community, and get some answers.

Check out the trailer!!



Jessica was even cool enough to provide stills from her trailer shoot!

MY LIFE UNDECIDED is out now, so pick up your copy today!!

-Suz

Friday, May 13, 2011

Trailer: A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL

A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL
Balzer&Bray/HarperCollins-June 21st, 2011

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences?


Watch the trailer:



"A clever and well-written fantasy. Whether Charlotte is an angel or a being less freighted by religious tradition is left up to the reader, but the dilemma of how we can make a lasting impression is a very human concern. Young offers an elegant solution that is well worth consideration."
— BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)

And for a super awesome contest to win a signed, finished copy of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, visit the Novel Novice HERE.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A sneak peek at the A Need so Beautiful trailer!

The fantastic VLC Productions is doing the book trailer for A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL as I type! Well, sort of. It's in post production--but Vania was kind enough to send me some stills from the photo shoot yesterday

And since we all know I'm a patient, mature and classy lady, I will just say that they were lovely. Thank you.

NOW HERE'S KISSING!!!!! Oh My Harlin! And it's Charlotte!!!!






Look for the full trailer in a few weeks!



And check out A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL coming June 21st!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Need so Beautiful final

Okay, I'm coming back from my very short vacation because I got to see the finished jacket for A Need so Beautiful and I want to share because I love it!!!!! I'm so excited!!!! Less than three months....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Signing: Starring Kimberly Derting

Very excited that fabulous author Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder series) was in town talking about her newest book Desires of the Dead at Powell's. I was happy to catch up with her and a couple of blogger friends!

Kimberly taking questions from the audience:



Violet, Candace and me:



Ariel, me and Sarah:



And me and Sara from The Novel Novice:



Sara, Kimberly, me and Inara Scott (Delcroix Academy):



Good times. Good times. Go buy Desires of the Dead today!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Liar Society Week

This is a special week here on the blog. A week that will include mystery, romance, and pink hair. Our friends Lisa and Laura Roecker will soon release their YA novel THE LIAR SOCIETY--and we're going to celebrate it!

On this final day we have author Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder series) and her awesome video. Take it away, Kim!



And everyone, order your copy of THE LIAR SOCIETY today!!!!



About the book (from Goodreads):

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)

Kate,
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Obsession: The Liar Society Week

This is a special week here on the blog. A week that will include mystery, romance, and pink hair. Our friends Lisa and Laura Roecker will soon release their YA novel THE LIAR SOCIETY--and we're going to celebrate it!

Today's video is from Suzanne Young (me!). THE LIAR SOCIETY made me obsessively call the fabulous Kimberly Derting....



And then there were a few outtakes....



Order your copy of THE LIAR SOCIETY today!!!