In 2011 two novels in my 13 to Life series hit book shelves in multiple countries. Secrets and Shadows released in February and Bargains and Betrayals released in August. Both were recently nominated in the preliminary round of the YA Genre Battle in competition with some far bigger names. I am honored to be among those listed.
In October 2011 an anthology I participated in for charity through Leap Books was released in ebook format. My short story, a sci-fi dystopian called “To Hel and Back” is one of the tales included in Spirited: 13 Haunting Tales. I encourage you to get the ebook and enjoy the variety of authors who participated.
In November I was asked to participate in another charity anthology through YA Lit Chat (if you aren’t familiar with it, check out the organization—it’s fabulous). I had a short story concept wriggling around in my head but I needed someone to bring something special to it. Something I couldn’t provide myself. I talked to the lead singer in a rock band I was doing some voluntary promo for at the time (Autumn Fire—if you like great original rock music check out their two albums) and he signed on as coauthor (you have no idea how exciting—and stressful as an admitted control freak—this is for me). Oh, his name’s Max Scialdone ("shall-DOHN" for those of you—like me—who are clueless about Sicilian pronunciation) and you’re going to love him.
In December two novels I loved enough to write blurbs for hit book shelves. In case you don’t understand blurbs, pop over here. I blurbed both Shattered Dreams by Ellie James (New Orleans is made even more magical in this tale) and Legacy by Molly Cochran (if you’re missing Harry Potter, try this on for size). I highly recommend each (obviously) and it’s even more of a pleasure to suggest these because after blurbing them I had the opportunity to meet Ellie at RWA in NYC and chat online with Molly—lovely ladies, both.
That brings us to now. Crazy, right? Well, it just gets crazier. At the end of this month Destiny and Deception releases (1/31/12). I’ll be visiting the following places on the following dates: The Green Toad Book Store in Oneonta, NY 2/16 at 7pm; Barnes & Noble in Vestal, NY 2/18 at 2 pm; Flights of Fantasy in Albany, NY 2/19 at 2pm; and Barnes & Noble in Wilkes-Barre, PA 2/25 at 2pm. Not so many dates all at once this time because of my ultra-exciting near-death experience last year in February (check out the pics of the flippin’ Jeep on Facebook).
In March the short story is due to editors and I head to Pennsylvania to sign for PLA and to speak at a couple schools and other book stores around that time (dates are still firming up). Also in March Spirited: 13 Haunting Tales releases as a paperback (directly through Leap Books so they can maximize what goes to the charity).
And, throughout January, February and March something else starts ramping up—something I still can’t tell you about. But I’m excited. Really excited.
Then in August the final novel in the 13 to Life series, Rivals and Retributions, comes out. I hope you're all ready--because this series is going to end with a bang (not a whimper). ;)