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Monday Fun

I'm still writing like a ... like ... like a person who writes a lot. A LOT. (And also like a person whose entire store of creative words has gone straight into the manuscript leaving nothing behind for the blog!) I've written 12k in the past 34 hours, and I have two more scenes to go before the rough draft is finished.

So for your Monday blog reading today, I thought I'd give you two things that recently gave me a much needed pick me up while I've been drafting. Your mileage may vary.

CALL ME MAYBE (Warning! Highly addictive!)

ELLEN READS 50 SHADES OF GREY (This will only be funny to you if you're familiar with the book, so click at your own risk. :) )

Avengers, 80's Style!

*Credit for this photo: I saw it on a friend's page on Facebook. I have no idea who first designed it. :)

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need UNRAVELING

Yesterday, UNRAVELING hit the shelves. I was privileged to read an ARC, and so I thought if you were wondering what book you should pick up next time you head to the bookstore (or, yanno, NOW from Indie Bound, Amazon, or B &N), I'd give you my top five reasons for choosing UNRAVELING.

1. Fringe meets Veronica Mars! Do I even have to elaborate? It's FRINGE meets VERONICA MARS. There is no universe in which that pairing doesn't produce something amazing. Sci-fi, FBI, and a girl with guts, ambition, and brains trying desperately to unravel a mystery before the world ends. Yes, please.

2. Secrets! Think you have it figured out? Think again. Better set aside a chunk of time. You're going to need it. As the mystery unfolds, and the secrets are revealed, you won't want to stop reading.

3. Elizabeth Norris might secretly be Dean Koontz! Okay, no. She isn't. BUT if Dean Koontz wrote YA, I imagine it would be something like UNRAVELING. This book is a thrilling, gra…

Trailer Tuesday: The Immortal Rules

Julie Kagawa has already wowed the world with her incredible Iron Fey series. Now, she takes on vampires. I thought I was over the whole vampire thing, BUT it's Julie Kagawa. And this really does look good. I'm going to give it a try. What do you think?

Drive-by Blogging

1. I wish I could promise to be a good Monday blogger for the next few weeks, but I can't.

2. It's not that entertaining stuff isn't happening on a daily basis!

3. Why just yesterday, I witnessed a friend of mine lean down and PINCH A SPIDER between his BARE FINGERS to kill it rather than do what the rest of us do and grab 32384923 pieces of tissue to avoid even a hint of crunch...

4. I gagged out loud.

5. And I believe I'm probably traumatized for life.

6. Yesterday is also the day when I headed toward my mouth with a spoonful of ice cream and somehow slung it directly into my cleavage instead.

7. Followed immediately by another spoonful of ice cream to the crotch.

8. So, it's not like there aren't ample blogging topics to amuse and delight you.

9. The problem is my brain. You see, THIS is my brain most of the time.

10. Well, if you add in a giant dash of peculiar ...

11. But right now, I'm on deadline for Defiance's sequel. And THIS, my friends, is …


Today's book trailer is for WHAT LIES BENEATH, which comes out this June. I'm intrigued! What do you think?


Thank you to all who entered the giveaway of a signed hardback of Jessica Spotswood's BORN WICKED. There were 109 entries, and as always, I used to choose the winning entry. And the lucky winner is:

Congratulations, Donnas! You will receive a confirmation email from me shortly. Thanks for entering and happy reading!

Trailer Tuesday: I Hunt Killers

Today's Trailer Tuesday is the book trailer for the recently released  I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga. What do you think?

Author Mad Libs: Barry Wolverton

Today's Author Mad Libs guest is Barry Wolverton, author of the recently released NEVERSINK (Which just looks fabulous, and can I please request that this be the next Disney animated movie? Kthanx.). I sent Barry a parts of speech list. He sent back words. This is the result.

Along the Arctic Circle lies a small _parliament_ called Neversink, whose jagged cliffs and ice-gouged _toes_ are home to a colony of _squidgy_-looking seabirds called auks, including one Lockley J. Puffin. With their _hopeless_ views and plentiful supply of _dolts_, the auks have few concerns—few, save for Lockley's two best _breadcrumbs_, Egbert and Ruby, a know-it-all walrus and a sharp-tongued hummingbird.

But all of this is about to change. Rozbell, the newly crowned _improbability_ of the Owl Parliament, is dealing with a famine on the _wart_ of Tytonia—and he has long had his scheming eyes on the _warty_colony to the north. Now Neversink's _bicyclist_ hangs in the balance. An insurgence of owl…

Winners Galore!!

I am woefully behind on announcing winners for the giveaways from February and March, so I'm going to do them all in one post. As always, I used to choose the winners. Here we go!

There were 1219 entries for the DEFIANCE prize package, which includes a signed hardback, a tote bag, and a journal. And the winner is:
Alwyn Hamilton
Congratulations, Alwyn! You will receive a confirmation email from me. Thanks for entering and happy reading!

There were 181 entries for the signed hardback of SPELL BOUND. And the winner is:

Alicia Marie
Congratulations, Alicia! You will receive a confirmation email from me shortly. Thanks for entering and happy reading!

There were 173 entries for the pre-order of UNRAVELING. And the winner is:

Congratulations, Kae! You will receive a confirmation email from me shortly. Thanks for entering and happy reading!

Didn't win this time? Don't worry, I have more authors lined up and more books to giveaway in the very near future. In fact,…

Interview With Jessica Spotswood

I met Jessica through the Apocalypsies (a group of debut authors whose books all hit the shelves in 2012), and as soon as I saw her book cover, I knew I had to read it. Because seriously--that's one of the prettiest covers ever. And once I read it, I knew I had to have her on the blog to give all of you a chance to get acquainted with this book too. It's atmospheric, romantic, and suspenseful. What more could you want? Here's a peek at BORN WICKED:

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word...especially after she finds her mother's diary,…


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Author Mad Libs: Sarvenaz Tash

Today's Author Mad Libs guest is Sarvenaz Tash, author of the upcoming THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST which hits the shelves April 24th. (My kids can't wait to read this one!) I sent Sarvenaz a parts of speech list. She sent back words. This is the result.

Goldenrod Moram loves nothing better than a good _mapmaker_. Intrepid, _stinky_, and full of a well-honed sense of _snowflake_, she decides to start her own exploring team fashioned after her _Doritos_, the explorers Lewis and Clark, and to map the _El Nino_ right behind her home. This task is complicated, however, by a series of _smarmy_ events—a chance encounter with a mysterious old _Great and Powerful Oz_ has her _canoodling_ for a legendary blue rose. Another encounter lands her in the middle of a _hairy_ gang of brilliant _zippers_. And when she stumbles upon none other than the ghost of Meriwether Lewis himself, Goldenrod knows this will be anything but an ordinary _forest_ . . . or an ordinary quest. Debut author Sarvena…

Movie Friday: The Dark Shadows

It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Johnny Depp. I'm also a huge fan of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton working together. So, when I saw this trailer, I was instantly smitten. What do you think?

Author Mad Libs: Tom Ryan

Today's Mad Libs guest is Tom Ryan, author of the recently released WAY TO GO. I sent Tom a parts of speech list. He sent back words. This is the result.

Kierce has a _gorilla_ for everything, not to mention his _festering_ future planned out. Jay has _blue_ grades, no _jet skis_, and could care less. As for Danny, he’s stuck somewhere in the _pepper-grinder_ and can’t stop stressing out about it. His dad keeps _bouncing_ him about his post-high school plans, his _feathers_ won’t stop bugging him about girls, and a run-in with the cops means he has to to get a summer_pomegranate_– about the last thing he had planned. Worst of all, the _feather bed_ he’s been keeping for years is threatening to spill out into the _thumb_.

Just when he’s beginning to wonder how he’ll _shimmy_ through the summer, let alone survive another _crayon_ in Deep Cove, Danny meets Lisa Walsh. Lisa is dynamic, _ominous_, and different from any _rotary phone_ he’s ever known. She’s also from New York City, whi…

Author Appreciation Blog Tour: MYRA MCENTIRE

Today, I'm delighted to take part in a new feature dreamed up by the brilliant and conniving owner of YABooksCentral, M.G. Buehrlen. She is running an Author Appreciation Blog Tour every month or so where she lines up bloggers and other authors to surprise one special author with an avalanche of love one Wednesday morning.

This inaugural tour features Myra McEntire who, in addition to being one of my favorite authors (Seriously, folks. You thought HOURGLASS was good? Wait until you read TIMEPIECE. You will love it!) is also one of my closest friends.

So close, in fact, that she visited me in the hospital two years ago when I had emergency gall bladder surgery and faithfully tweeted all the things I said while I was flying high on pain killers and then brought me spaghetti the next night when I got home. Proof of true friendship, yo.

Here's proof of mine.

My Top 5 Reasons Why I Want Myra McEntire On My Side In An Apocalypse
1. Research: Let me tell you something you may not …

Trailer Tuesday: INSURGENT

Like many others, I was totally captivated by Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT. Now, the sequel INSURGENT hits the shelves May 1st, and I can't wait. Here's the trailer. What do you think?

Oh Yeah. We Went There.

Today, for your entertainment, I bring you a transcript of a chat I had last Thursday night with Jodi Meadows. I often tell her we should make some of our transcripts public, though we've both wondered if that might be social suicide.

So ... throwing caution to the wind and acknowledging that my deadline is fast approaching and my creative brain cells are all focused on my manuscript and so this is as close to a personally written blog post as you're likely to see from me for a bit, I give you what happens when I ask Jodi a very innocent grammar question.

C.J. Redwine: oh bugger me ... it's stupid question time!

C.J. Redwine: is it "gentler" or "more gentle"?

Jodi Meadows: gentler

C.J. Redwine: that's what I typed

C.J. Redwine: but now it all looks wrong

Jodi Meadows: hee

C.J. Redwine: gentle looks like the worst word every made

Jodi Meadows: yes

C.J. Redwine: it still isn't as bad as moist

C.J. Redwine: ugh

C.J. Redwine: I can't even type it withou…