Thursday, December 27, 2012

WIP excerpt time

I’m standing at the edge of the world, staring out at the ocean. The beach is rocky beneath my bare feet, grit between my toes with broken seashells, sharp and jagged. I take in a deep breath, filling my lungs with salty air. It feels so good to be alive. To be back.
            “There you are,” he says from behind me. His voice is on the wind, blowing over me as my heart breaks. “I thought you left me again,” he continues, “was sure of it, actually. But then Marceline said—” He pauses as I turn to him slowly, my long red braid slipping over my shoulder. Harlin smiles sadly. “You’re different now,” he whispers. “How will I find you?”
            My eyes well up, and I step forward into his arms, hugging myself close to him. “I don’t know,” I say. “Guess you’ll just have to look harder.”
            Harlin’s breath is warm against my skin, even as the air surrounding us quickly chills. I don’t want to let him go—because the minute I do, he’ll be gone forever. But the cold is starting to burn the bare skin of my forearms, the backs of my legs; the icy breeze burrows into my clothing, searching out my soul.
            “You can’t save him,” a voice calls from across the beach. “I won’t let him live. He owes me too much.”
Her words crawl over me, and I close my eyes, holding tighter to Harlin. The edges of the scene are beginning to fray, and I pull back, ignoring the voice as I take a final look at Harlin. His hazel eyes search my face –trying to memorize me before we both evaporate. “I love you,” he says miserably. “No matter who you are, I’ll always love you.”
            I lean forward to kiss him one last time, but it’s too late. Instead I’m falling, ocean waves climb to catch me and pull me under; ocean waves bury me before dragging me out, away, from Harlin. I try to scream to him, but the salty water fills my mouth and chokes me.
And then I’m gone, alone again in a vast nothing.

Monday, August 13, 2012


Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster) is giving away FIVE copies of THE PROGRAM!! It's the first giveaway!! You can enter HERE on Goodreads.

Good luck!

Sunday, August 12, 2012



A quick recap of the SCBWI LA Conference... in pictures! With absolutely no explanation! Enjoy :-)

See you next year!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

SCBWI 2012 Summer Conference LA: Pre-Conference Faculty Interview--Arianne Lewin


The 2012 SCBWI Summer Conference is only a few weeks away (excited?!), and I'm here with a faculty pre-conference interview with a fantastic editor and speaker at this year's event, Arianne Lewin. 


Arianne Lewin is an executive editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. She edits all kinds of books, with an emphasis on young adult novels and fantasy. Ari has worked with Mike Rex, Cinda Williams Chima, Rachel Hawkins, Katie Alender, Marie Lu and Jessica Spotswood (from SCBWI's site)

I was lucky enough to be able to ask Arianne some questions about the upcoming conference:

Hi, Arianne! What do you think newly published authors can gain from attending a conference?  

Conferences are a fantastic opportunity for new authors to keep growing. It takes a long time for a baby writer to know their way around publishing, and conferences provide the opportunity to meet editors, agents, and experienced authors who can answer some of their burning questions. Pre-pub and post, the burning questions never stop...

What topics will you touch on in your talk? 

Which talk? I’m doing three. One is about how and what I acquire. Another is about writing fantasy (but could really be applied to most genres). My intensives are about improving first pages.

The SCBWI Summer Conference is a great way for authors to meet prospective agents and editors. Have you ever met an author through a conference or after-conference submission? 

I’ve worked with a number of authors who I’ve met at conferences, but haven’t signed any yet. Still, signing people is the whole reason I come; I know it will happen eventually – I just have to keep at it! 

Thank you so much, Arianne! I'll definitely be at the writing fantasy session.

If you can't attend the conference this year, you can follow the action through the official SCBWI Team Blog site HERE. Hope to see you in LA!



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Birthday- A WANT SO WICKED

A WANT SO WICKED is out today. You can order it online, or pick it up in-store. There's an exclusive scene written from Harlin's perspective HERE. A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL is also out in paperback. In case you missed it, here's a quick synopsis of AWSW:

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 effect 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?

To order A WANT SO WICKED:      Amazon    IndieBound    B&N
              A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL:  Amazon    IndieBound    B&N

Sunday, June 24, 2012


While writing A WANT SO WICKED, I went through several playlists. In fact, I listened to my iPod so much that my ears would ache at night. Here are a few of my favorites:

A WANT SO WICKED playlist:

Sinister Kid by The Black Keys         (Abe)
Closer by Kings of Leon                    (Harlin)
Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars       (Abe)
Jealousy by The Killers                      (Abe)
Just Breathe by Pearl Jam                  (Harlin)
The Killing Moon by Nouvelle Vague (Elise)
Oh It Is Love by Hellogoodbye          (Harlin)
The End by Pearl Jam                        (Harlin)

Pick up your copy of A WANT SO WICKED today!!! Amazon   B&N  IndieBound

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to A NEED SO BEAUTFUL (again)

Today is the paperback release of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL! Like with ANSB the original, it may be a little elusive--after all, Charlotte is a Forgotten. But you can order it online for now from pretty much anywhere. Or check your local indies who have been very kind to Charlotte, Harlin, and the rest of the gang.

You'll also find an excerpt from A WANT SO WICKED in the back of the book! Check it out today!!! It's only $8.99!

Where to buy:
IndieBound                      Amazon                        B&N

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Welcome to THE PROGRAM...

Very excited to post the cover for my next series, THE PROGRAM. It will be released April 2013 from Simon Pulse, and here are the details!


With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories. 

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.
And The Program is coming for them.

 (Case art on the hardcover underneath the jacket!)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Book Signing and Author Event!

I'm so excited to have my first Arizona event scheduled. If you live in the area (or are planning to visit) I'd love to have you stop by! I have lots of candy! :-) Here is the information for my upcoming signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona:

Suzanne Young - Author event and book signing
Thursday July 12th, 7 p.m.
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr Tempe, AZ 85283

Praise for A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL (new in paperback):
Young’s clever and well-written fantasy features a likable protagonist and supporting characters. Whether Charlotte is an angel or a being less freighted by religious tradition is left up to the reader, but certainly the dilemma of how we can make a lasting impression on those we touch 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

“A beautiful, poignant, and gripping tale of love and sacrifice.”
   — Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH

A WANT SO WICKED (available June 26th, 2012)

The heart-pounding and thrilling follow-up to Suzanne Young’s provocative and original take on angel lore, A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. 

Elise is a normal seventeen year-old girl until the day she inexplicably loses two hours of time. She has no idea what happened--that time just disappeared. Since her episode, things have been different. She’s experiencing bizarre flashes of and insights into people’s lives--people she’s never met before. Strangers approach her and frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And two handsome but very different young men are vying for her affections: Abe, the always-in-a-good-mood charmer, and mysterious Harlin, who has just came to town and whose presence stirs something elemental and urgent within Elise. 

Elise’s world is turned upside down. Who is she, exactly? Who are these guys who both want her? What are the Shadows? And why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


The very awesome Epic Reads has selected A WANT SO WICKED as one of their upcoming book club picks!!! And right now you can download FREE samples from all of their picks! And that includes the first five chapters of A WANT SO WICKED!! Get your copy HERE.

Hope you enjoy! The finished book will be available June 26th.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


“If I destroy you,” she says quietly, “destroy the light—there will be no hope. The misery I spread will be unstoppable, not by anything. Only then might it let me go. Can you imagine if your every thought, your every impulse, was covered in thick smoke—a choking desire that’s only relieved by the most dastardly of things. The Shadows create the horror of this world. But humans cultivate it—putting it into action. I’m cursed, darling. I will never die, never find peace. And that’s the cruelest fate of all.”


A WANT SO WICKED June 26th, 2012

Pre-Order your copy today! IndieBound Amazon B&N

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


A new contest is running now through 5/14!! It's the Love Is Epic Facebook sweepstakes on Epic Reads. Each week, 6 lucky winners will receive 5! of the featured titles.

Wanna know what you're playing for? These are the titles up for grabs:

THE TEMPTATION by Alisa Valdes
UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris
HEMLOCK by Kathleen Peacock
UNTIL I DIE by Amy Plum
IMMORTAL HEARTS by Ellen Schreiber
A WANT SO WICKED by Suzanne Young
TIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson
DREAMLESS by Josephine Angelini
ARISE by Tara Hudson

Nice list! So enter HERE for a chance to win! Good luck!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Available Now

If you missed it yesterday, I announced the third and final book in the Naughty List series--A GOOD BOY IS HARD TO FIND--is now available as an ebook for only 2.99. I love this one, so I hope you'll enjoy it too!


Tessa Crimson's the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad-turned-spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time.

But after her center-court split with her boyfriend Aiden, Tessa has had to reevaluate her role in the SOS, and her closest friendships. Now it’s the semester leading up to the state championships, and the Smitten Kittens have admitted their former nemesis Chloe Ferril to the squad. So when the cheerleaders are exposed as the SOS and humiliated by the football team, they have to wonder: Is Chloe a true kitten or a saboteur?

Now Tessa must again tease out the truth while navigating her own less than strawberry smoothie love life. Should the squad continue to catch cheating boyfriends and bring them to justice? Or have they really been using sleuthing as a romantic crutch?

Where to buy it:




THE NAUGHTY LIST (Kindle, Nook) and SO MANY BOYS (Kindle, Nook) are also available as ebooks.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Oh, by the way...

This happened:

Cyn Balog, Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink, eds.'s TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes, a charity anthology in which authors including: CynBalog, Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leah Cypess, Shannon Delany with Max Scialdone, Debra Driza, Leigh Fallon, Angie Frazier, Jessie Harrell, Nancy Holder, Heidi R. Kling, Suzanne Lazear, Karen Mahoney, Lisa Mantchev, Georgia McBride, C. Lee McKenzie, Gretchen McNeil, Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg, K.M. Walton, Suzanne Young, Michelle Zink, and one previously unpublished writer, Sayantani Das Gupta, explore the dark, hidden meanings behind some of our most beloved Mother Goose rhymes through short-story retellings, with a foreword by Francisco X. Stork, to Georgia McBride of Month9Books, for publication in October 2012 (World). --From Publishers Marketplace

My short story--THE WISH--will be in the mix somewhere. And it's dark, romantic, and maybe just a little bit twisted. Fun times!! Look out for the AMAZING cover being revealed next month!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

YALSA's Readers' Choice List--YAY!!!

I'm sooooo excited!! Eloquent, right? A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL is on the 2012 YALSA's Readers' Choice List for Romance! I'm completely honored! Thank you, readers! Thank you, YALSA!

Yay for Charlotte and Harlin!!!
(They're excited, too)
And you'll see more of Harlin in A WANT SO WICKED, coming out this summer.

In the meantime, I'm going to celebrate! Check out the full list HERE!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I shared this earlier on Facebook, but I thought I'd put the jacket for A WANT SO WICKED up on the blog too. Not sure what will be on the back cover yet, but I have an excerpt in mind...

And here's the A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL jacket which I loved nearly as much!