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The Fairest Poison – Chapter One Preview

The release of The Fairest Poison is only two weeks away! So I’ve decided to share the full first chapter with you a little early. Enjoy! Don’t forget to pre-order your signed copy from TKE!

Chapter One 

My parents were sick.

That was the first news I received when I returned to the palace after nearly six months away. I was Venesia’s princess, and so its ambassador. I was happy to serve . . . but not if it meant coming home to this.

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So Many Things To Catch Up On

I want to apologize for my extremely long absence between posts. If you’ve been following my instagram, you’ll know I broke my ankle/leg two days before Christmas, and I’ve had a really hard time recovering from that and finishing up with The Fairest Poison. Behind the scenes has been a scary place.

This is my ankle. Look how messed up it is.

This is my ankle. Look how messed up it is. That really long horizontal screw was removed in a follow-up surgery last Monday, but everything else is there to stay. 

However, the good news is that I’m feeling a lot better (though still a work in progress) and TFP is still on track to release May 10. I’m working on a few things for the release, but nothing is finalized yet so keep an eye out.

As for a blog tour, please let me know if you’re interested! I will try to respond ASAP. If you  don’t hear from me in a couple days,  leave a comment, or try to @ me on one of my many social media accounts. I’m looking for book bloggers willing to post during the second week of May, and am happy to do interviews or guest posts.

I promise not to go so long before the next blog post, especially as I gear up for the release. I’m feeling a lot of feelings about this last book, as it’s the last one set in the world I’ve created and it’s been such a difficult road to getting it out there, but I’m excited to share it with you!

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The Fairest Poison Cover Reveal

Who’s ready to see the next cover?

But first, some actual details!

Princess Bianca returns to her court to find it poisoned from the inside out. Faced with mysterious sicknesses, power disputes, and whispers of impending death, Bianca turns to an unlikely ally—a former assassin—to find the antidote that will save her kingdom. But Bianca quickly realizes that she might not even be able to save her own life in this Snow White story.

And now the cover:

The Fairest Poison

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

You can also add it to your Goodreads shelf now, or pre-order on Amazon! I haven’t worked out details about signed copies yet, so keep an eye out for that in the months to come. This will hit shelves in May 2016.

 

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Shelfie Hop

ShelfieHop

I’m naturally a curious person, so when I saw this Shelfie Hop, I thought it was the coolest thing. A bunch of people posting what their shelves look like? Cool! Now, I just moved into a new house a few weeks ago, so my shelves are still kind of messy, but honestly, they’re never going to get much neater. Apologies for bad lighting in advance.

ThisIMG_7243 first shelf has my favorite hardcovers on it. I’ve pretty much run out of room all across the board, but most of my favorite series have made it on here. Then on the left are two make-shift shelves (which are just crates): the top has some old favorite paperbacks, and the bottom is full of ARCS or free books I got at Comic-Con and still need to read.

You can also see one of my cooler masks in its little box. Normally it’s on the shelf too, but I pulled it forward so you could see the books better.

The red panda I got in Japantown when I visited LA earlier this year, and the flowered fabric is a wrap I got in Hawaii a couple years ago.

 

image2Next is my slightly bigger shelf, which holds signed paperbacks and the hardbacks that didn’t make the cut. Also some of the little figures I have and – surprise – more masks.

Some of the cool things to point out:

  • The silver mask is the one that helped inspire WHAT IS HIDDEN
  • The crochet fire ferret was given to me by a reader
  • That bottle of sand is from when I went to a family reunion in Florida

 

image1Last is a little tiny shelf that used to be a nightstand but now it just holds lots of paperbacks. On top is another crate with a bunch of historical romance novels and other non-YA novels.

The white mask in the box is my favorite, and you’ll probably be seeing more of it as I promote my next book. These shelves also hold a bunch of photo books and manga.

The Inuyasha plush dolls I received from my host brother (who I think was about 7 at the time) waay back when I was a student ambassador in Japan. That pink mask is from Tokyo DisneySea from when I lived in Japan and worked as an English teacher.

And not pictured are the three other boxes under my bed or in my closet with non-fiction, textbooks and other assorted books that I just didn’t have room for. Plus another crate (or two) in the basement storage. I keep meaning to go through them but haven’t made it to that point yet. I’m a bit of a packrat, though I’m MUCH better now than when I was younger. If you can believe that.

If there’s anything pictures you’d like to know more about, feel free to ask in the comments! Or you can check out some of these other shelfies from other blogs under the cut!

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Title Announcement

Salt Lake Comic Con was great, my summer madness is winding down, and things are moving right along with my next book, so it’s finally time to share the title with you! Drumroll please….

THE FAIREST POISON

Now, to answer a few commonly asked questions:

Q: Is this still connected to the first two books?
A: Yes, it takes places directly after the events of WHAT IS LOST.

Q: Which fairy tale will it be drawing from?
A: Snow White

Q: Who will be the narrator?
A: Bianca, who you met in WHAT IS LOST as the noble in the purple mask. She is also Aiden’s younger sister.

Q: Why isn’t this another WHAT IS title?
A: Originally, it was going to be titled WHAT IS FOUND in order to tie in with the other books in the series. However, my publisher wanted a title that was more reflective of the fairy tale aspect, and one that would be more inviting to new readers. The plot will be contained in the one book, so it can be read alone, though it will of course have references to the others for long-time readers to enjoy (and tie up some loose ends).

Q: Will we get to see Evie and Aiden again?
A: Yes.

Q: Any more details?
A: There’s no official plot summary yet, and I am still writing, so there’s not much more I can say right now.

I’ve seen the first draft of the cover, but there’s nothing official there yet either. Hopefully soon, because I think it will be another beautiful one!

THE FAIREST POISON will be out May 2016. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. Are you excited?? Seven months to go!

 

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Book Announcement

One of the most common questions I get is if there will be a sequel to WHAT IS HIDDEN. The answer is yes, and I can finally give you more details on book two.

And because I know you’re probably not even reading this sentence, let’s get straight to it. The title to the next book is:

WHAT IS LOST

And the release date is March 10, 2015!

What do think? Who’s excited? Who can’t wait to see the cover? Join my newsletter (link in the sidebar) and you’ll be one of the first to see it!

 

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Top Reads of 2013

First blog post! Well, it’s that time of year where everyone is looking back over the previous year, and the perfect time for a Top Ten list. So, in no particular order, here are my Top Ten Reads of 2013.

1. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

This is the second book in the Grisha Trilogy and it is the best second book I have read in a very long time. Mal and Alina’s relationship is just perfect, there’s never a dull moment, and the plot is just all fantastic. I can’t say enough nice things about this book. Also, I adore Leigh Bardugo and want to be best friends.

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is another person on my BFF Wishlist and Scarlet is another fantastic second book. Her world-building and characters are wonderful and of course the fairy-tale inspiration speaks to me. I’m dying to read the next book and see how everything turns out.

3. Rift by Andrea Cremer

I like going into books with no prior knowledge so I don’t have any expectations, and that really paid off with this one. It’s apparently a prequel to something I’ve never read, but it doesn’t matter. It has wonderful character development and a wonderful romance to it (with no love triangle!).

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This book speaks to me. Cath is so much of me and my friends growing up and it’s fantastic.   Levi is fantastic. There’s great dialogue and great characters and at the same time, it’s a deep story about relationships and family and tears might have been shed here.

5. Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas

This book just takes everything you love and breaks it into tiny pieces and it hurts but you can’t stop. It’s got great characters, plot, and world-building, everything I need in my second books. This was a good year for second books.

6. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I know, I’m extremely late to this part, but I finally read the Mistborn trilogy this year and wow it is fantastic. The amount of world-building and planning that must have gone into this just blows my mind. The story is so complex but so well told that I’m in awe. I can’t recommend this series enough.

7. These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

I was told this book was basically Titanic in Space. And while there certainly is that aspect, it’s also so much more. It didn’t go at all where I expected, and I mean that in the best way. It’s unpredictable and fantastic. I loved Tarver and Lilac and even though this reads well as a stand alone, I can’t wait to read more.

8. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

I’ll admit, I wasn’t completely in love with the first book in this series, but I’m so so glad I kept with it. Elisa grew in such a fantastic way that I just loved her by the end. This was a satisfying end to a great trilogy.

9. Emerald Green by Kersten Gier

I love a good time travel book and this book is no exception. It made me want to go back and reread the others in the series and see how it all lined up. Another satisfying end and such an interesting world.

10. Mind Games by Kiersten White

I was impressed with this one, especially since it’s so different from Kiersten White’s Paranormal series. It’s much more grown-up, with great characters and some crazy plot twists and turns. A thriller start to a new series.

Those are mine, what were your favorites this year?

 

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