This Season...

Friends! I'm taking a blogging break and signing off for the season. 

I wish you an abundant holiday 
a prosperous and healthy New Year!

I'll be back in early 2016.

Until then, 


Holly Jolly Shelfie

Welcome to the first annual share your holiday shelfie event aka Holly Jolly Shelfie or #HJShelfie for short! 
The what: This is a contest where you post a picture of your bookshelf, decorated for the holidays, using the hashy: #HJShelfie And while you're at it be sure to follow me on social media, tell your friends, and enter to win an advance reader copy of my forthcoming young adult novel, PEARL

As seventeen-year-old Pearl Jaeger emerges from a gritty childhood, her uncle sends her to a prestigious prep school with the promise of a second chance. But haunted by her memories and reckless with grief when her mother overdoses, she turns to partying with the burnouts, including shy and sweet Grant. All too soon, she's spiraling out of control on the heels of her late mother. But between friendships that turn into sisterhoods, the salvation of art, and Grant showing her what it is to trust and forgive, Pearl must close the door on her past or lose love, along with her future.

The how #HJShelfie came about: The tree is decorated, the stockings hung, but one of my favorite places in my house is in sore neglect of festive decor, my bookshelf. But with the cover reveal for PEARL and umpteen other things on my to-do list this season, not only does my bookshelf need to be decorated, it requires organization; I'm lucky it hasn't dumped onto the floor. It's a mess. Srsly, this reader/writer/author is embarrassed at the sad state of my shelves. So this year, it's up to you to boost my holiday cheer with photos of your beautiful, bedecked shelves! I've been hanging out on Tumblr and there are some amazing bookshelves all lit up, glowing and gorgeous. I love it! Next year, I'll decorate my shelf, but for now, I'll to live vicariously through all your fabulous readers! 

Also: This holiday season, I did two giveaways for my new adult novels and one for SUGAR, so to keep things balanced, it only seemed fitting to add PEARL to the list because, guys, advanced reader copies are, like totally, burning a hole in my pocket, er, floor, since they're in a box and I can't actually fit a book in my pocket unless I were wearing a robe or something, which I'm not, but I digress...

All of my ARCs, expect one, are designated for readers and friends so I thought, why not offer one up to my social media community, right? I mean, you guys are like a writer's lifeline and it's that time of year to spread good cheer, y'know? I have so much to celebrate, but especially you readers who help me do what I love to do: write!

The how to: Usually I do a Rafflecopter and all that nonsense, but I figure you people are busy with shopping and wrapping and hiding from relatives in the bathroom and reading...( oh, is that just me?) so why not make it easy-peasy, yeah?

1. Simply snap a photo of your holiday book shelf. 

2. Post it to one of the big five socials (see below) using #HJShelfie 

3. Please be sure to follow me. I'll check to be sure we're hangin' out on the social scene you posted to, but if you aren't on the others, no biggie. (It would be sweet if you liked, followed, etc. all around though.) I linked up my accounts below to make it easy for you. 

4. Please tell your friends! I say, the more the merrier! Copy and paste the text below or make up your own, just be sure to use #HJShelfie. 

Share your holiday shelfie to win an ARC of   novel PEARL. All the details:  Use 

Want a chance to win an ARC 
of  next  novel PEARL? Share your holiday shelfie using  Deets 

You can also save and repost the badges below: 

The how long: This contest runs from now, 12/16/15, until 12/30/15 when I will pick a random winner and notify you via the social media you used to post your shelfie.

And that's it! Questions? Ask below. 

Oh, one more thing. I'm the queen of one more thing, if you didn't know that already. I'd love to know what book you're really hoping for this year!



Pearl Cover Reveal

Not only is the cover of my forthcoming young adult novel, PEARL stunning, but this reveal is extra special because I didn't get to do one for for my last release, SUGAR. 

When I reached the cover design process for PEARL with my publisher Skyscape, I knew I was in great hands because, um, have ya seen SUGAR? I've had loads of reader compliments on the cover—the liquid elements, the sparkle appearing and dissolving in smooth tones—it's be-you-tiful, which is kinda the message of the book. And I can't take any credit for it, nope. Zero, zip, zilch—we should just shorten that to zeplch or something. 

Anyway how were we going to follow in the spectacular-ness footsteps of SUGAR? 

For PEARL, I was presented with three options, all beautiful—two of them were similar to the above mentioned, featuring sparkly, water elements, but when I saw the initial draft of the third rendition, the one you'll see in a just moment, I stood in front of the image for a full minute, my mouth hanging open, thinking, "Wow. Wow. Wow." Pure wow. Mega wow. A wow explosion! 

Okay, okay, I won't hold you in suspense any longer...


Run fast and run far, unless you’re fearless.
Unless you’re courageous.
I’m not, but I’d like to be.

Pearl Jaeger is seventeen and homeless after drugs, poverty, and addiction have unraveled the life she shared with JJ, her mother, a formerly glamorous rock star.

This moment of happiness is fleeting; someone will take it from me.

When tragedy brings a chance to start over at an elite boarding school, she doesn’t hesitate. Yet the only salvation comes from an art teacher as troubled as Pearl, and she faces the stark reality that what she thought she wanted isn’t straightforward.

I trace the outline of my reflection in a window. I am no more than a replica of my mother. This is not the self-portrait I want to paint.

Through the friendships she forms at school – especially with Grant, a boy who shows Pearl what it means to trust and forgive – she begins to see a path not defined by her past. But when confronted with the choice to be courageous or to take the easy way forged by her mother's failures, which direction will Pearl take?

Preorder on Amazon //  Add to your TBR on Goodreads 

What do you think of the cover? 

My favorite comment came from one of my favorite people, author and friend, Cheyanne Young, "I wanna cuddle that cover and drink coffee with it." Cheers to that, but be careful not to spill, contents my be hot ;-) I  know, I'm such a dork.

A big thank you to my publicists Kim & Megan, Xpresso Book Tours for hosting the cover reveal, and the many bloggers who participated! You guys hold the title: greatest! Mwah! 

Oh and a little pre-P.S. I'm giving away an advanced reader copy of PEARL to one lucky person who posts a 


Lit Related Gift Ideas

Top on my wish list are books. 
Plain and simple. 
Hardcover and soft. 
Fiction and non. 
Bestsellers and debut.
Traditional and indie. 

 There's an entire world of lit related gifts I'd like to find in my stocking this year. Are you a book lover? Have a book worm to shop for? I've compiled some of my favorite bookish gift ideas that are unique, brilliant, and sure to please. 

1. Check out my Pinterest board Gifts for Book Lovers & Writers for inspiration.  

2. Want a gift that gives all year long? As tech savvy as us lit-types are, I think we're also of the breed that loves getting mail (not of the bill variety). Check out these monthly subscription services that deliver books and lit-related goodies to your snail-mailbox. 

3. And of course, there are gift cards to Amazon, your local indie bookseller, or Barnes & Noble. I wouldn't say no to a clever gift basket with a gift card, a mug, tea or cocoa, and some fuzzy socks. Perfect for a cozy afternoon doing what i love, reading.

4. You can also support your local library in the name of a friend or family member by making a donation. Often times, libraries also sell tote bags and other items with their logo to support the services they provide.

5. Last but not least, obvi, there are books, in all their bound, paper-smelling, smooth and glossy glory! But here are a ways to make the giving a little extra special:

A personalized bookmark.
Sticky tags noting your favorite passages.
A letter explaining why you loved this book and reasons why the recipient might too. 
A list of discussion questions and a promise to get together over dinner to talk about the novel later.
A list of links to the author, bonus content, etc. for a total fangirling or boy-ing bonanza!
Do you have any great lit-gifting ideas? Please share in the comments below. 

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