A Winner and a New Friend

The winner of The Mockingbirds is…COLURE! While her answer is not the title of Book 2, I’m considering re-naming it now. I mean, how could “Three Serious Wacked-Out Babies” NOT sell?

Congratulations Colure!

Thanks to everyone else for entering. Expect a new giveaway soon!

Now, I would have announced the winner sooner, but I had a slight problem this week. I’ll explain.

Over the past few months, I’ve developed a bit of a morning routine. I wake up at 6 am, shower,  eat breakfast/drink coffee/write until I have to finish getting ready for work. It’s really great; I love starting my day so relaxed and creative. For me, words flow easier so early.

Anyway, Thursday I was doing my routine, getting a few words down for Book 3 (YEP! I’m holding off on editing Book 2 right now–rather let it settle and get this new sparkly idea down) when all of a sudden my coffee falls. Onto my laptop.

I screamed.

Have you ever seen a wet laptop? It’s the saddest thing. The liquid rolls down the screen creating tears. TEARS. I felt like a mother that just dropped her baby.

I went into SAVE THE LAPTOP mode and tried to clean it off as best as I could. S did some research and we took apart some parts and cleaned out others. Then, all we could do was wait for it to dry. So I went to work, saddened. When I got home, the laptop wouldn’t turn on. It wouldn’t the next morning either. It was dead.

I took to to the Mac store and was pretty much in tears. I mean, it was over four years old, it had a good life, but still. I wrote my books on it. It still worked really well. It was my child! (Okay, not really, but you know.) Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do. So I had to say goodbye and buy a new laptop. (Thank goodness for savings.)

So here’s what I’ve learned from this experience: back up everything (thankfully I did, and then the Mac people showed me how to convert my old hard drive – which worked! – into an external hard drive); have extra money lying around in case you do something stupid; and never, ever, ever drink around a laptop.


So, goodbye MacBook – you were a great friend and loyal electronic device – and hello MacBook Air. You’re cute and tiny and I’m excited to get to know you. I promise to take care of you, and not allow a beverage within a one mile radius.

Book 2 and Giveaway 2

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that yesterday I finished writing Book 2. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

Here’s a visualization of what happened after I finished typing the last line:

There were also tears and high fives and whatnot.

I’m really excited because, unlike TNWSY, I did not write this manuscript in a month. It took a bit longer, and I was really worried that it would be a million times harder, scarier. I finished one book, what if I wouldn’t be able to finish another?

But the thing is, I needed to write it. It was never a choice. I needed, wanted, loved to do it.

So, yes, it’s done. It’s a first draft, so it’s clearly a mess. I changed an ethnicity of a character halfway through. Two minor characters have the same name. One part actually says “WRITE ABOVE CHAPTER BETTER BECAUSE, COME ON, THAT WASN’T GOOD.” There are also hundreds of grammatical errors, probably, and many cliche moments. So, a lot of editing will be needed. But writing, getting out, the first draft is always the hardest part for me. The hardest part is now done!

TO CELEBRATE…I’m hosting another giveaway! As you may recall, I like buying books from my library to give away on this blog. This way I’m supporting my library while celebrating my readers.

This time I’m giving away The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney! Daisy is a beautiful writer, and all around lovely person. I’m thrilled to be giving away her debut book. (The sequel, The Rivals, came out earlier this year, so if interested, pick it up!)

A bit about the book:

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way–the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds–a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl’s struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone–especially yourself–you fight for it.

It really is as great as it sounds. Here’s the copy up for grabs:

It’s the original hardback cover. With the exception of a few bent pages, it’s practically as good as new.

TO ENTER! As you know, I like to refer to my manuscripts my their initials. Book 2 finally has a title and it’s abbreviation is: TSWB. To win, guess what the title is! The best, craziest, funniest, favorite answer (as judged by my husband, not me) will win. The deadline is Friday, May 18th at midnight.

Okay? Okay. Good luck!

Contest Winner & Dinosaurs

The contest winner is…

Hannah! E-mail me your address and I’ll ship out your Dessen book right away. Thanks for everyone who entered! We just got a few awesome donations in at the library, so expect another one of these soon.

As for the dinosaur answers, I loved them all. My favorite has always been the brachiosaurus. I mean, he’s just so cool with his big neck and all. For my 23rd birthday, S brought me to Dinosaur World, a large road-side attraction with tons of, well, dinosaurs.

It was as glorious and silly as  you could imagine.

My new friend T-Rexy and I.

So it was only natural for us to have dinosaurs at our wedding, too.

Photo by Katie White

If there were ever a way to my heart, it’s clearly through extinct animals.

A Contest!

I have survived my first week at the library. And you know what? I love it! I’ve had some ridiculously awesome reference questions (“Can you help me find a book about the Holocaust and puppets?”), and seen some ridiculously adorable children talking about dinosaurs (we have a dino display). I’m so happy with the job, it’s almost frightening.

And because of that, I want to celebrate by giving stuff away! Like most libraries, we have a mini store that sells donated books. I’ve decided that periodically, whenever a book I love is dropped off, I’m going to purchase it and give it away on my blog. Because I love you all. And I love supporting libraries. And I love books. So here’s my first giveaway!

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

adore Dessen’s books. They’re so rich and beautiful and engaging. This is one of my favorites. So when I saw it on the shelf, I had to adopt it. Like I said, it’s a used book so it has some wear (bent pages), but otherwise it’s perfectly fine.

Want the Dessen book? Comment below! Tell me your favorite dinosaur, and you’ll be entered to win it. Deadline March 22nd. Good luck!