Fish Friday is BACK!!

It’s FISH FRIDAY! And have I got an interesting one for you!  And is for all those women looking for a man to do more of the child rearing in their house? Take a look at this one.

This interesting little guy is the male jawfish.  And yes those are eggs in his mouth, but no he’s not eating them. He’s actually playing babysitter!  And this is so common for this fish, they’re called mouth breeders or mouth brooders!  Of course, when I first read this I couldn’t help but think of Sue Sylvester in Glee shouting at the “mouth BREATHERS”, but still. 🙂

While there are many different fish that are considered mouth-brooders, in this particular species it’s the male that does the brooding.  After the male fertilizes the eggs, he’ll collect them in his mouth and holds onto them until they hatch. Some say he never lets the eggs go, not even to eat. But others say he hides them carefully in his burrow, and then goes out to eat, before piling them back in.  But either way he’ll aerate them (that’s why we can see them in the picture.), but otherwise he keeps his lips zipped until they hatch. Which probably makes his mate extremely happy that he can’t demand the burrow cleaned and food on the table all the time. ; )


Good news, congratulations, and awesomeness

So…a few weeks ago, I was all blabbering on twitter about some awesome news I couldn’t share yet. But I can now! It’s not my news, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome, especially when the good news is for my bestest bestie and fabulous crit. partner, Liz Czukas.

What is this most awesome news? Her debut YA novel, ASK AGAIN LATER, sold to Harper Collins! It will be out in the very beginning of 2014!  Her new editor is the same editor for the fabulous authors Kiersten White, Kiera Cass, and Aprilynne Pike!  And let me tell you, I’ve read this awesome book and I’m not surprised Erica loved it so much. I ADORED this book. It’s probably one of the best books I’ve read this year.

I’m SO, so, so excited for her. I couldn’t be more excited for her if I tried. To show it, I’m asking everyone to go tell her how awesome she is, fan her FB page, and follow her on her twitter.


PS: Don’t forget to enter my contest to win ARCs of RENEGADE.

Happy Book Birthday

Today’s post is filled with the wonderful scent of new book smell!  There are a TON of awesome new releases that I can’t wait to share with you! So instead of blathering on I’ll just wish a Happy Book Birthday to the following sweet authors and their books:


THROUGH TO YOU by Emily Hainsworth (Balzer + Bray)



Cover blurb:

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.


KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger (Aladdin)



Cover blurb:

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.


CHASING THE SKIP by Janci Patterson (Henry Holt)


Cover blurb:

Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.

Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.


SEND ME A SIGN by Tiffany Schmidt (Walker)



Cover blurb:

Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn’t expect to look for was: “Will I survive cancer?” It’s a question her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose. From debut author Tiffany Schmidt comes a heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting story of one girl’s search for signs of life in the face of death.

And my personal favorite:

IRON SKIN by Tina Connolly



Cover blurb:

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.


New website is live!

Well, today is the day! It’s October 1st, which means 2 things. It’s exactly 42 days until RENEGADE launches and, more importantly at the moment, it’s the day my new website goes live! I’m so excited for you to see it. It’s been designed by the wonderful, fantabulous Tessa Elwood of ipopcolor. She’s truly fantastic and I’m so glad I’ve been able to work with her.

I LOVE my new website. I love the purple and the creepy, elegant shadows on the side. Not to mention the blood splatter. But I think my absolute favorite is the splash page. I love how the lightning is streaking out of the door like something from a mad scientist’s laboratory. I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect site.

Because I have a new website, I also have a new blog. I’ll still be cross-posting blog posts for the next few weeks, but soon it’ll go away and new blog posts will only be here, so you’ll want to sign up for the RSS feed. It’s up there in the left corner above the Renegade countdown widget. 🙂

Also, you may have noticed on my news page, I have some appearances listed. This is by far not all of them. There are still a ton still in the works, especially for my launch. I’ll update the list when I have confirmations. Also, I’m going to have a newsletter! If you want to sign-up for that, you can do so by going to my contact page. And, I’ll be starting sign-ups for my street team soon! I’m still sorting details, but I’m really excited about it. More details soon!

I’m sure there’s going to be a few bugs to work out with the site(there always is, especially when it comes to me. I’m hopelessly lost when it comes to computer stuff–which is insane considering I’m a science fiction author. LOL.), so if you see something that isn’t working right or whatever, let me know!

Anyway, to celebrate this awesome occasion, I’ll be giving away 5 ARCs of RENEGADE. And all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter widget below. The contest will run for 2 weeks until October 15th. Then I’ll choose 5 winners at random. This contest is US/Canada only do to postage issues, but I’ll have more international contests soon.

P.S.: Don’t forget you can enter the goodreads giveaway, too.

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Renegade Launch and YOU!

Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador and WANA commons

Hi everyone! Can you believe it? Renegade’s US release is in approximately 2 months! I can’t believe it. I’m so excited I can hardly sit still. *wiggles*

 That being said I’m setting up my launch and signings in Florida (if you’re not if Florida–I have a plan for you, too. Just kee

p reading. :]), but I’ve come across a little hitch. I don’t know how many people want to attend a signing by poor little me. Thus, I have no idea how much SWAG to order or how many books to request the bookstores to order!

So, in all my ingeniousness (;]) I’ve decide to put a poll together. Now this is where I need your help. Please fill out the google form below. If you even think it’s possible you’ll attend a signing at a location on the poll, please check it off. You may check off more than one if you think you may attend more than one, but I’d like to keep it as close to accurate as possible.

Of course, there is no obligation to attend once you click a location. In fact, I’m not even taking names or email addresses.  In a few days, I’ll set up a different form for my newsletter that you can sign up if you want to. IF you want me to send you an official invitation to the booksigning closest to you, you may fill out the comment box at the bottom of this google form (and I’ll use that to send you the invitation), but there’s no obligation. When I have the dates and times confirmed I’ll make sure to post them on my website and here on the blog. 🙂

Also, all of the cities on the form are in Florida. HOWEVER, if you are in another state and want me to come to your city, please fill out the form and click of other and use the comment form at the bottom to tell me what city. If there’s enough votes for your city, I’ll do everything in my power to visit you!

All that being said, if you are a teacher/librarian and are interested in me speaking at your location, email me. I LOVE doing talks and presentations.