Exciting Writing News!

I have a bunch of exciting writing news to share today!

First, many of you know that I just moved a couple of weeks ago from Maryland/Washington, D.C. to the other Washington across the country.  I’m now living in Seattle, and as you can imagine, this is a BIG transition!  I feel like everything changed…writer colleagues, friends, house, job, kids’ school, etc.  This is the first post I’ve written since the move, so there’s a lot of cool info on which to update you!

Because of the move I’m getting the privilege to meet other writers, and on Wednesday I get to have a “writing date” with one of my favorite authors, Marissa Meyer.  She writes the Lunar Chronicles, the first of the series called Cinder.  It’s a sci-fi, twisted Cinderella tale.  I’m excited to write alongside her, and I’ll let you know how that goes.

The three other AMAZING pieces of writing news are:

1) ELECTED is now for sale in paperback form on Amazon!  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JUEWUP0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1VK071GYV94FF472F3MY&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846.  All of the pre-order paperbacks shipped this month, so that’s why the book is now for sale in paperback to the general public.

2) I’m part of a second book that will be released this year!  Athena’s Daughters Volume 2 is a collection of sci-fi short stories from female authors.  All the books in the anthology have female main characters, and I submitted a prequel to ELECTED.  My short story called “The Pendant” will release inside the anthology alongside some bestselling authors!  The Pendant tells the secret behind Aloy’s brother Evan’s departure.  He was supposed to be East Country’s Elected, and it’s his departure that led to Aloy’s birth and her placement into East Country’s presidential role.  If you think you know who the good guys are in ELECTED…think again!  Nothing is so black and white!  This prequel will blow what you thought you knew to smithereens!


3) I was chosen to speak at the Baltimore Book Festival Sept 26-27th.  It’s held at the Baltimore Inner Harbor and is free to the public.  It’s a great event for kids because there will be lots of festival tents set up where you and your family can wander through and peruse all the events.  I’ll be speaking on three panels (a YA fiction one with Marissa Meyer, a homeschooling session where we discuss using sci-fi books to teach children about science, and a book signing/selling event).  Also, my publisher will be there talking about using kickstarter as a pre-order mechanism.

4) Last, the cover for the second ELECTED book, titled SUSPECTED will be revealed soon!  Just a couple more changes from the cover artist, and then I promise I’ll let everyone have a peek!  If you haven’t figured it out yet, each of the book’s covers reveal a secret about the earth’s plight.  The first cover contains a medallion.  (hint, the second book shows a diamond)

So lots of fun things going on!  I can’t wait to meet more of the Northwest Writers who’ve been very welcoming.  And I’ll update you more on any other news, especially about how to get a copy of Athena’s Daughters when it releases!

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