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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Drum Roll...Contest Winners!

I'm grateful to everyone who cruised by to leave a comment in honor of my cover reveal for my next book, The Truth Against the World--the favorite sayings you shared were all fabulous, and I've compiled them into a list below. FIRST, though: the moment you've all been waiting for. The drawing of winners, who will be selected via, a random number generator, and picked simply by counting down through the eligible comments (a method I stole--er, borrowed--from the smartypants Greg Pincus and his Pi/Pie contest).

I'll be picking not one, but three winners (heh. pick a winner. HAHAHA! sorry, apparently I am 12 years old).

So, here we go: the winner of a signed copy of Underneath, my newest book, is--

The winner of a signed copy of The Latte Rebellion, my first book, is--
RM1(SS) (ret), aka James

The winner of a Latte Rebellion coffee mug is--

Yay, everyone!! Congratulations! Winners please email me your mailing address and I will pop these in the mail this week. If you want the book signed to a particular person (i.e. yourself, a loved one, a sworn enemy), or not, please let me know.

Thank you all so much, too, for all of your support over these past few busy years--I've known nearly all of you commenters for quite a number of years, either in person and/or online, so you probably know far more about my ups and downs than you really WANT to. I'm thankful for your friendship and kindness--and your collective, collected wisdom:
  • "-- life exists -- and identity -- the powerful play goes on -- and you may contribute a verse" -- Walt Whitman
  • "dyfal donc a dyr y garreg" - "It's a steady tapping that breaks the stone."
  • "There are more things in heaven and earth, {Horatio,}
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." -- Hamlet (1.5.166-7)
  • "Gwlad heb iaith, gwlad heb genedl." - "A country without a language is a country without a nation."
  • "If you truly want your 'ship to come in,' don't wait on shore expecting it to steam in past the breakwater and onto the beach. Risk everything, jump in the water and swim out to meet it."
  • "There are two types of ships - submarines and targets."
  • "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
    — Scott Adams
  • "If you love something, set it free.
    If it comes back to you, it's yours.
    If it doesn't, it never was."

Friday, October 04, 2013


Goooood morning, and welcome to the official cover reveal for The Truth Against the World, my next YA novel, due out in June of 2014! Whee! Raise your glass or coffee mug or whatever you happen to be imbibing at this hour, and take a gander at this:

(C) Flux Books, 2013. Don't steal it!

I honestly could not be more excited, considering I had no preconceived notions about the cover design this time around. ALL three of my covers have been awesome. I'm thrilled. I keep looking at that fake old-crinkly-paper look around the edges and ooh-ing and aah-ing. In fact, I've learned a lot about graphic design just from my own book covers.

Anyway, because I'm all excited and jumping up and down about it, I am holding a giveaway so I can share the love. The details:
  • The entry period is NOW, today, Friday, October 4th, through two weeks from now, Friday, October 18th.
  • The requirements: leave me a comment (A REAL ONE, PLEASE) on this post, letting me know one of your favorite slogans or sayings. (Why a saying? The title of my book comes from the slogan of Wales' Gorsedd of Bards, and there are some cool Welsh proverbs scattered throughout the book.) One entry per person, please. I reserve the right to deem any entries ineligible: e.g. if they are not real actual people, if they are duplicates, or if they are evil trolls. Like Google says: Don't be evil.
  • There will be Three Prizes, awarded by random drawing at the end of the contest period: one signed copy of The Latte Rebellion, one signed copy of Underneath, and one Latte Rebellion coffee mug.
  • OK: go!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Tune in Tomorrow, Kids

...for the long-awaited (or, at least, awaited) unveiling of my next book's awesome cover! I love, love, love it, just like I've loved my other two covers, and I feel incredibly lucky about that.

Another teaser about my next book, The Truth Against the World: some of you might remember it as my "Welsh novel," because part of it's set in South Wales. You might also remember it as my World War II novel, although the wartime bits are mostly memories and such, and most of the story's in the present day.

This one is also going to have a heinously long list of thank-yous, because I consulted a ridiculously large number of people when I wrote the first draft, and it will also have a bibliography, because I'm nerdy and looked up books about WWII Britain. I BOUGHT books about WWII Britain. They are cool. No, really. Where else could I find recipes for Trench Cake, Wood-Pigeons, and Mock Oysters?

Those aren't in my book, though.

Check back tomorrow! There will also be a giveaway, so come with your commenting hat on!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Cover Reveal Countdown!

Okay, so this is an unforgivably short post, but I just wanted to alert you all that I will be doing the OFFICIAL COVER REVEAL for my next YA novel, The Truth Against the World, this Friday, October 4th, right here! Watch this space!

Some of you may remember The Truth Against the World in its earlier form, The Other Olwen, a ghostly mystery about a family secret. It was my MFA thesis (and therefore exists in a rather embarrassingly early draft bound in the Mills College library) and the first book I ever tried submitting to publishers and agents. It has undergone some serious changes (damn you, cell phones! damn you, inevitable passage of time!) but, I hope, is much better for it.

I will also be having Some Sort of Contest to celebrate the cover reveal. Details to be determined, but there will be prizes. Prizes, I say!