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Cockroach and Cat Litter

Once again, I bring you a transcript of a very disturbing run while you can! chat I had with Jodi Meadows. Read at your own risk.

ETA: After this posting, my mom made it clear that the cat box was brand new and unused and she disinfected the toothbrush. I've edited this to keep her reputation as an OCD cleaner intact. :)


C.J. Redwine: GROSS

Jodi Meadows: I have possibly the grossest story ever to tell you

C.J. Redwine: that is exactly the reason why I cannot drink without looking in my glass

Jodi Meadows: it does involve bugs

C.J. Redwine: OH NO

Jodi Meadows: (yeah, I always look)

C.J. Redwine: *gags preemptorily*

C.J. Redwine: bring it

Jodi Meadows: okay

Jodi Meadows: so it all starts on Thursday night

Jodi Meadows: at my mom's

Jodi Meadows: My brother and I are in the kitchen cleaning up

Jodi Meadows: and he jumps back

Jodi Meadows: and shrieks

Jodi Meadows: (my brother is not what you'd call a manly boy)

Jodi Meadows: because…

Win a Pre-Order of DEFIANCE!

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city's brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan--the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city's top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for…


It's time to announce the winners of both the SO SILVER BRIGHT and FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS giveaway! As always, I used to choose the winning entries.

Thank you to all who entered! There were a total of 112 entries for SO SILVER BRIGHT. And the lucky winner is:


Thank you to all who entered! There were a total of 288 entries for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. And the lucky winner is:


Congratulations!! You will receive a confirmation email from my assistant shortly. Thank you for entering and happy reading! 

Interview with Lisa Mantchev

Today, I'm super excited to have Lisa Mantchev return to the blog. I've been a fan of Lisa's since I received an ARC (advance review copy) of her debut novel, EYES LIKE STARS. I fell hard for that book with it's incredibly unique premise, hilarious secondary characters, and wide scope of imagination that just took my breath away. SO SILVER BRIGHT is the third and final book in the Theatre Illuminata trilogy, and it's just as imaginative, just as sweeping, and just as full of hilarious moments as the first two. (She even gives us an army of zombies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland ... a delightful surprise for those readers who love post-apoc stuff!) Lisa's writing is full of fantastic imagery, literary references, and wit. Here's a peek at SO SILVER BRIGHT:

Things are never easy for Beatrice Shakespeare Smith. Something’s happened to the Théâtre Illuminata, putting the only home she’s ever known in limbo. Her mother’s sanity is fraying under the strain, her …

Interview with Diana Peterfreund

Because Diana and I share an editor, I was privileged enough to get an advance copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS several months ago. I didn't know what to expect from it as I started reading, but I was instantly captivated. It's a re-imagined PERSUASION in a dystopian-ish setting, and it is lyrical, heartbreaking, and wonderful. I don't even think I have the words to describe how unique and special this book is. I couldn't finish it fast enough, but I wanted to slow down and just ... savor. Here's a peek:

It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting t…


Thank you to all who entered my Celebrate May giveaway by sharing something or someone you're grateful for. I was moved and encouraged, and I hope you were too! As always, I used to choose the winning entries. Here are the winners:

The signed, annotated ARC of DEFIANCE: Tashina Falene

A signed bookmark & a character in book 2 named after you (or someone you love):Anna (More than 1 Anna w/o last name entered, so you'll know this is you if you get a confirmation email!)

A signed bookmark: FireStarBooks

A signed bookmark: Megan Anne

Thank you all for entering! My assistant will send you a confirmation email shortly. Enjoy your prizes!

If you didn't win this time, don't worry. I have another epic giveaway coming at the end of June, and this one will be international!

Winner of HEMLOCK

Thank you to all who entered to win the signed copy of Kathleen Peacock's HEMLOCK. There were 164 entries, and as always, I used to choose the winning entry. The lucky winner is:

Hannah Lorraine
Congratulations, Hannah! You will receive a confirmation email from me shortly. Thanks so much for entering and happy reading!