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


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


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.... :-)