ALA Annual 2017 or bust!

i am THRILLED to announce that i’ll be at ALA annual signing ARCs of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA this year! if you’re in Chicago and want to come say hi (and i hope you do!), here’s where you can find me:

ALA 2017 Schedule

i also wanted to say a HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to my signings at BEA and BookCon. some of you waited in line for over an hour (!!!!!!) and i am so ridiculously honored and grateful for your dedication to my gothic book babies. you are all so awesome. thank you.

here are some pictures from the events with myself and author Lyndsay Ely aka my partner in BookCon crime (her debut is called GUNSLINGER GIRL and it’s fabulous for fans of WESTWORLD, btw).

can’t wait to see more of you on the road this fall! (tour dates and information will be announced in the coming weeks…stayed tuned for news on special guests and locations.)

xoxo

BEA and BookCon Schedule + Goodreads Giveaway

hey friends! i have a couple of cool updates for you. first, my publisher is giving away TEN ARCs (advanced reader copies) of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA on GoodReads!! be sure to enter and tell your friends to enter too — you never know if one of them will win a copy and then share it with you 😉

the GoodReads giveaway ends on 5/31 so be sure to enter ASAP. Click here to enter!

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i’ll be in NYC in June for both BEA (Book Expo America) and The BookCon! i am SO THRILLED to be attending and honestly cannot wait to see you there. if you’re going to be in town for the festivities here’s where you can snag a signed ARC of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA:

BEA: Friday June 2nd I’ll be in the Hachette booth trying to play it cool around James Patterson while he does a “James Patterson Booth Takeover” at 10 am. From there I have a signing at table 11 from 2–2:30pm.

BookCon: Saturday June 3rd i’ll be doing an in-booth signing with author Lyndsay Ely from 10-11 am. (Hachette Booth 2502-2503) Followed by a Meet and Greet from 1-2pm in room 1E03.

The meet and greet is a ticketed event for the first 100 people who sign up. It’s a bit more casual than a regular signing and we’ll get to chat and take pictures and basically nerd out over books. You’ll have to check their website to see how to get a ticket for that event: thebookcon.com

i’ll be handing out some special swag at the meet and greet AND during my BEA signing. (The first 50 people in line at BEA will receive the swag.)

i think that’s it for now! cannot wait to be back home in New York and enjoying the city and loading up on ALL the books. ❤

#BEA16 or bust!

cannot believe that #BEA16 is almost upon us! i’m flying out tomorrow morning and will be snapping pictures of Chicago with my sweet friend, Stephanie Garber (author of one of my most highly anticipated reads: CARAVAL) and posting them on Twitter. i hope it’ll make my friends who are missing it feel like they’re there too. i’ll also post a BEA roundup on the blog next week. there *may* be a secret announcement that’s made…i’ll be sure to post it on twitter (and here when i return from Chicago).

we’ll be taking pictures of our favorite books and bookish things, and we’re even going to be on the YA authors buzz stage together with three other AMAZING authors (Sonia Patel, Aaron Starmer, and Billy Taylor). here are the details if you’re attending and want to say hi:

 

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER signing at #BEA16

 

Friday May 13th 

Uptown Stage – Meet the Young Adult Buzz Authors

10:00 – 10:30

i’ll also be signing ARCs of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER during the following time:

Autographing session

1 – 1:30pm

Table 11

Stephanie Garber will be signing ARCs of CARAVAL:

11:30AM-Noon.

Macmillan Booth (Booth 1958) *This is a ticketed event

see you in Chicago!!!

xoxo

OH! i’ve also signed 150 bookmarks for people who are attending The BookCon this coming weekend. They’ll be given away with STALKING JACK THE RIPPER ARCs to the first 150 people who snatch them up at the Hachette Booth. (1716-1717.)

**ARCs will be available throughout BEA and BookCon**

 

Behind the scenes pics from the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER cover shoot

Oh. Em. Geeeee. You guys have been INCREDIBLE with your early support and love of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER! I have been so impressed with all the bookstagrams and photos on instagram and twitter, and all the excited tweets and buzz. Y’all are seriously amazing. I can’t even describe how much your excitement means to me. Seriously. Each tweet or message or note is a treasure that I’m going to hoard forever. To celebrate all of the excitement over SJtR, and to say thank you, I thought I’d share some exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from the cover shoot. Sound good?!

All cover shoot photos were taken by my super-talented and lovely editor, Jenny Bak. (The ARC picture is from my personal photo library.) Enjoy this sneak peek at the hard work that went into the cover we all adore so much.

Thank you to art director Tracy Shaw and uber talented photographer Carrie Schechter for bringing Audrey Rose and Victorian London to life.

Now onto the good stuff!!!!

Every badass Victorian girl needs a good dagger while stalking infamous killers, luckily we had plenty to choose from:

Great hair is also a must. The makeup artist was a complete genius with taking our modern model and giving her that authentic Victorian feel.

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And then there’s the clothing. So. Many. Amazing. Dresses. Here are just a few. (No worries–I’ll share more in another post!) 

For those who have asked here is a photo of the ARC cover:

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Aaaaand here is the beautiful final cover. I cannot wait to share this story with you in September! Stay tuned for an ARC giveaway coming in the next couple of weeks. <333

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If you’d like to read the first chapter, please check it out on Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.

xoxo

 

 

 

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER made the 2016 BEA Buzz Panel!

We got the news a few weeks ago that STALKING JACK THE RIPPER had made this year’s BEA YA Buzz Panel, and it has been SUPER hard keeping this kind of secret from everyone. I’ve gotten a few questions from people outside of the industry about what it all means, and am posting some answers taken directly from the press release.

What is BEA, exactly? BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. The event is widely known as an ideal place for content creators, media, booksellers, rights professionals, and movie and television executives to meet new authors, discover new books, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BEA is foremost a gathering place for creative writers and thinkers and the commerce they create. It is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself. BEA is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).

What’s the Buzz Panel? The Buzz Panels are divided into three categories – BEA Adult Editor’s Buzz, BEA Young Adult Editors’ Buzz, and BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz – and cover a wide range of topics this year exploring race, love, family, and more

BEA Buzz has a powerful track record of predicting the year’s hottest books, selecting nine titles over the past two years that made it onto the The New York Times Best Sellers list.

“BEA has had a good track record in selecting upcoming bestsellers and I think that once again this crop of authors is likely to become household names in the coming months,” said Steve Rosato, event director. “We’re happy with these selections and look forward to exploring these works further at BEA.”

How are the books chosen? The selection process was made by three separate committees of booksellers, librarians and other industry professionals. BEA officials note that the intensive selection process, which takes place over a two and a half month period, always involves passionate debate over the finalists. The selection committees are purposely designed to achieve the widest possible consensus.

I think I might be living in a dream world and hope to never, ever wake up if that’s the case. A few titles from previous Buzz Panels include:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Room by Emma Donoghue

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

and many, many more.

So yeah. Totally. Blown. Away. I cannot believe that my book made the panel, and will probably be pinching myself for the rest of my life. Thank you so much to Barbara Poelle, Jenny Bak, and JIMMY patterson books for taking a chance on a gothic story about a determined girl who takes on Jack the Ripper.

See you all in Chicago this May!

Links to the 2016 BEA Buzz Panel Announcement:

Publisher’s Weekly – BEA Unveils Books for 2016 Buzz Panels

Shelf-Awareness – BEA Editors’Buzz Panels: The Titles

BEA – BookExpo America (BEA) Announces BEA Editors’ Buzz Program Spotlighting Industry’s Next Breakout Stars

 

 

Hunger Games text messages, pre BEA and Fun.

I’m not actually going, going to BEA this year (I know, I know I’m a terrible writer!)  – but I am meeting up with some pretty cool authors today. So I don’t have time for a real post, BUT I did find something that might make you smile on this Monday. Enjoy random Hunger Games text messages (that have absolutely nothing to do with BEA) from HungerGamesFandom.net.

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Here’s one of my favorite songs that again, has nothing to do with BEA or the Hunger Games. But it is a lot of fun…

Song: I wanna be the one

Band: Fun.

Video credit: ‘s youtube channel.