HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is a NYT bestseller for a THIRD week!

honestly, i’m so floored and am filled with SO MUCH gratitude for each of you. thank you for the incredible word of mouth promotion, for all of the excitement across social media, all of the requests you put in at your libraries, and all of the tweets to my publisher, asking for MOAR. and thank you for continuing to tell everyone you know about these gothic, feminist mysteries.

cheers to YOU, dear reader, you are making your voice heard.

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oh! before I have a Lyme Brain moment and forget: i keep getting questions about signed copies (for gifts for friends, family, and even yourself!), and there are still some available at the following locations, but you’ll have to contact them quickly before they’re gone!

Autographed copies of both STALKING JACK THE RIPPER and HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA:

Books of Wonder

Quail Ridge Books

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop

Foxtale Book Shoppe

Little Shop of Stories

i also have an Instagram giveaway happening now through Halloween, so please hop on over there and enter to win some AWESOME fall bookish things!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

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HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is a NYT Bestseller!!!!

it was a good thing my sister was driving when my phone rang a few minutes after 5pm today because OH MY GOODNESS, i was flailing like you wouldn’t believe when my agent and editor excitedly passed along the news….HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA debuted on the NYT bestsellers list!!!!

HOLY. WOW.

YOU GUYS. Just LOOK at that list…

DKwpwaDUEAAW0ql.jpg-largei cannot even begin to wrap my brain around this. thank you so much to readers who purchased pre-orders and copies this week. to everyone who told their friends, shouted about it over the internet, and left a glowing review–thank you. your love of these characters made this possible and i am infinitely grateful for such amazing readers.

a HUGE thank you to my editor, Jenny Bak, my agent Barbara Poelle, James Patterson, Sabrina Benun, and the ENTIRE team at JIMMY books. you all make my words shine. if you need me, i’ll just be flailing forever.

xoxo

 

pre-pub: Stalking Jack the Ripper updates

Five days left until publication….Honestly, I don’t know how it’s possible. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m thrilled. I’m hyperventilating. I’m so ready for it and so terrified. I never knew it was possible to have so many emotions all happening simultaneously. That laughing and crying and being anxious could all intermingle at once. That something so nerve-wracking could also bring so much joy.

My very first novel is almost in the world, and then it no longer belongs to me, this precious book baby that I’ve loved and nurtured and cared for. It will soon belong to all of you.

Five days. Less than a week. Oh. My. Gosh. I’m so ready, are you????

Fun things to round up before my next publication day post (!!!!!!!):

Phantom Rin has included SJTR merchandise in her shop. I swear I’m going to save my pennies and order EVERYTHING. SJTR-themed dresses and pillows and phone cases and wall art and more. What a dream come true to have my characters featured along with some amazing fandoms!

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I also have Phantom Rin to thank for surprising me with this FREAKING FANTASTIC tour graphic. I’m one of her illustrations and it’s SO COOL!!!!

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Next, I teamed up with Brittany from Novelly Yours to create a STALKING JACK THE RIPPER-inspired candle. Initially, I’d placed a custom order for special door prizes for launch day, but when she asked if I’d like to make it a public listing I jumped at the opportunity. I know not everyone will be able to make it out to the cities on tour, and thought it was a great way for everyone to have their own special SJTR swag.

Guys? I might be biased, but the scents I chose and the way Brittany worked her magic with bringing them together…this is the best candle EVER. I haven’t stopped breathing them in since they arrived this week. If you’d like to check it out, please do so by clicking here. The candles have blood splatter and are this fantastic gray with darker gray swirls to evoke the image of a foggy London night. In fact, I named them (actually my mom came up with the name!) FOGGY KNIGHT. It’s a play on a vigilante group in SJTR.

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EEEEEEEE! I cannot believe the next post I’ll be sharing is as a published author (!!!!!!!!!). I’ve been waiting YEARS AND YEARS for this and cannot believe it’s really happening.

Cheers to this next chapter!

#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

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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**

 

Friends hate me writing my book.

Friends hate me writing my book.

First of all, hi blog friends. *waves* It’s September, my how the summer FLEW by. I’m still in the writing cave, but something came to my attention last night that had my little hackles all raised and scary-like. And when I get mad, it’s NOT a pretty sight. There’s red-hot fury, then there’s stringy drool and panting and A LOT of obscene gestures as I transform into the HULK. Here’s why. Someone came across my blog by searching:

“Friends hate me writing my book.”

Let me clarify, that the search term and subsequent finding of MY blog didn’t make me bare my teeth and go all crazy-eyed. No friends, it’s the sadness of knowing there are people out there who would actively shoot down their friends dreams. Writing a book is hard. Sharing your words, your art, your freaking bloody little heart on your sleeve for everyone to pee on, is soul sucking scary hard.

Having people in your corner is so important when all those little doubt devils rear their ugly heads. If you’re the person that’s been beaten down, I want you to take a deep breath, because I’m about to tell you something important.

You are amazing. 

Don’t you ever forget that. Having a dream, then having the strength to put the time (and effort) into writing and rewriting your book until you bleed vowels and eat consonants is no easy task. If your friends go as far as HATING the very thing you’re passionate about, well, I can only say that they’re truly not worth giving up what sparks your soul for.

Keep writing your book. Keep your chin up. And when all else fails, write those naysayers into your project and kill them off slowly, and painfully. Bleed your frustrations into your pages, your art will thank you.

Hold your head high, put those blinders on, because if you ask me (which, I’m aware that no one did) those friends are sounding mighty jealous that you’ve found something you love doing. Write your book. Do your thing. And know, that one day after you’ve edited the heck out of that manuscript, I’ll be waiting in line to get my grubby little paws on it. To hell with anyone who tries to crush your dreams.

Write on.

*steps off box, ends rant*

Do you know how incredible you are?

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s something I firmly believe in. If you are querying, or are out on submission, or doing anything where you’re receiving rejections, celebrate them. Want to know why? You are actively DOING something. You decided to go for your dreams, you didn’t just talk about it – you sat down and wrote and revised and then you bravely put yourself out there. You are incredible!

Seriously, you are. How many people do you know that are brave enough to wear their heart so openly on their sleeves?

I wrote five books and queried them for over two years, before I signed with my agent on my SIXTH novel. As you can imagine, I racked up A LOT of rejections. Some were form letters, others were personalized, and a decent amount were encouraging enough for me to keep going.

Sure there are days where you feel like giving up, or question your sanity, but that stuff will pass. Really. It will.

If you’re feeling particularly down, allow yourself a day or two to regroup. Do something – ANYTHING – other than writing or querying. Go for a walk. Make a fancy dessert. Rent a bunch of movies and laugh until you cry. Watch a baseball game. But whatever you do, stay away from your computer.

Do not check your email. 

Do not touch your project for 24 solid hours. 

Read that book you keep putting off.

Meditate. 

By the end of the day you’ll start to feel something. You know what that is? It’s hope blossoming in the pit of your stomach. That’s also passion for your work. An entire day away from it is hard. You miss it. How can you even think of giving it up now, after you’ve come so far?

Now take that query letter back out and see what you can do to improve it. Do the same with your manuscript. Then get back out there and try all over again.

You know why I used to celebrate my rejections? Because I always believed that better things were in store for me. I just couldn’t always see it at the time, but I had faith it would all work out. I am a firm believer in the saying, when one door closes a better one opens.

Keep knocking and your door will open.

What’s even more impressive is this: you are learning so much about yourself. Look at how strong you are. You fell down, but you got back up again. I bet you didn’t know you had that kind of inner strength before.

Thank you for being incredible. 

Dream bigger…

My Critique Goddess (aka Taryn Albright) posted this picture on her blog last week, and I HAD to share it with you. Go out there and do the things you think are impossible. You are capable of so much more than you can ever imagine.

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