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Born & raised in Seattle. Time in Hawaii for school. YA author represented by Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company. My YA Contemporary debut, WHERE THE WATER FALLS, will be out Spring 2016 from Disney-Hyperion! Co-founder / co-captain of the YA Buccaneers. Creative thinker. Compulsive shopper. Runner. Active member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI. Want more? Check out my About page.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

2014 Rewind: My Top 10 YA Reads

Because a picture is worth a thousand words...my top 10 YA reads for 2014:

10. #SCANDAL by Sarah Ockler

9. HORDE by Ann Aguirre

8. FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe

7. THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson

6. DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor 

5. ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell

4. HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas

3. RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

And my TWO #1 picks:

1. WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

1. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

Yes, I cheated and picked two #1 books this year...but they were both so good -- here's what I shared about them both over at the YA Buccaneers:

I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN:

Jandy Nelson could write one of those uncomfortable brochures you find in your OB/GYN's office and I'd still read it. Seriously. I love Jandy for so many reasons and I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is one of them. Here's what I wrote about Jandy and her books in our Thanksgiving Giving Thanks post:

I'm thankful for YA author, Jandy Nelson. I loved her latest release, I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, but THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE -- that one is at the top of my all-time favorites and reminds me every single day what great writing is all about. When I went out on sub earlier this year, I was honored to use SKY as one of my comp titles -- and in September when I got to meet Jandy, I let her know. Her response: she squealed, jumped up and hugged me, then gave me a huge kiss on my cheek. It resulted in the best personalization ever. 

WE WERE LIARS:

Captain E. Hook, aka Erin L. Schneider: "My favorite read for 2014 was WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. Full of characters with deep flaws, twists and turns throughout, and an ending that was not at all what I was expecting, this read has it all!" 

Make sure to stop by the YA Buccaneers and check out the rest of the crew's top favorite YA reads for 2014. Plus, we've got copies of I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN and our very own Caroline Richmond's THE ONLY THING TO FEAR up for grabs for our December Reading Muting Challenge!

What was your favorite read from this year?

Thursday
Nov062014

It's Time For #8TerribleTitles!

What is #8TerribleTitles you might ask? Well it's a blog hop that all started when fellow Sweet Sixteen's debut author, Kathy MacMillan - and the rest of us Sixteen admins - had a funny conversation around book titles...which resulted in some pretty hilarious conversations.

Now I've been tagged by fellow Sweet Sixteen debut author, Kali Wallace to share my own #8TerribleTitles.

The rules are simple:

Scroll through your manuscript without looking and stop at a random place. Look at where your cursor lands and select the phrase it’s on -- this is title #1. Repeat this seven more times for a total of #8TerribleTitles. 

And here are my titles from my 2016 debut, WHERE THE WATER FALLS:

  1. CRAP, CRAP, AND CRAP
  2. YOU'RE THE BEST GIRLFRIEND EF-FER
  3. WAFTING CURLS OF SALTY SEA AIR
  4. I SO WISH I HAD BOOBS LIKE THAT
  5. PRETTY CRAFTY FOR A MIDGET
  6. HE DIDN'T CHOOSE ME
  7. MEMENTO VIVERE
  8. SAYING GOODBYE TO US

And because a blog hop is like herpes, the gift that keeps on giving -- I've tagged the following Sweet Sixteen's to share their #8TerribleTitles: Jenny Moyer, Ashley Herring Blake, and Kiersi Burkhart!

Friday
Jul182014

YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge: Check-in #5

I managed to polish off two more reads for my YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge this past week:

  • Read a biography or memoir

  • Read a non YA Book: GRAPEVINE WOODS by Bridgid Gallagher - MG CP Read

  • Read a classic (YA or otherwise) 

  • Read a book by a debut author: MORE THAN MUSIC by Elizabeth Briggs

  • Read a book with Summer in the title

  • Read a book published the year you were born

  • Read a book with a male protagonist 

  • Read a book of your choice: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo and #SCANDAL by Sarah Ockler

  • Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

  • Re-read an old favorite: ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell

  • Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time

  • Read a Printz Award winner: Currently Reading: GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray

  • Read a book set at the beach

  • Read a book with LGBT themes or main charactersFAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe

  • Read a book of poetry or novel in verse

     

    Any recos on a good read set at the beach (I'm re-reading TWENTY BOY SUMMER for my book with Summer in the title, so I need something else that takes place at the beach!)? Or how about a good biography or memoir? 

  • Friday
    Jul112014

    YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge: Check-in #4 

    I'm finally making progress on my Summer Reading Challenge! 

    As of today, I've checked three books off the list and am working on my fourth:

    1. Read a biography or memoir

    2. Read a non YA Book: GRAPEVINE WOODS by Bridgid Gallagher - MG CP Read

    3. Read a classic (YA or otherwise)

    4. Read a book by a debut author

    5. Read a book with Summer in the title

    6. Read a book published the year you were born

    7. Read a book with a male protagonist 

    8. Read a book of your choice: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

    9. Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

    10. Re-read an old favorite

    11. Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time

    12. Read a Printz Award winner

    13. Read a book set at the beach

    14. Read a book with LGBT themes or main characters: FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe

    15. Read a book of poetry or novel in verse


           

    I've already got my picks for both my debut author and male protag spots, but am still looking for a great book of poetry or novel in verse -- any recos out there?

    Friday
    Jul042014

    YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge: Check-in #3

    Yipes! I've missed the first two check-in's for our Summer Reading Challenge -- but not because I haven't been reading, I swear!

    I've been busy cranking and critiquing through a MS for a fabulous friend of mine, which definitely took priority. But now I've finished with her awesome book, sent off my comments, and started back in on all those great summer reads I have piled up!

    So far I've checked ONE book off from the list and am working on my second...you could say I have some work to do this summer!

    1. Read a biography or memoir

    2. Read a non YA Book

    3. Read a classic (YA or otherwise)

    4. Read a book by a debut author

    5. Read a book with Summer in the title

    6. Read a book published the year you were born

    7. Read a book with a male protagonist 

    8. Read a book of your choice: Pending - RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

    9. Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

    10. Re-read an old favorite

    11. Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time

    12. Read a Printz Award winner

    13. Read a book set at the beach

    14. Read a book with LGBT themes or main characters: FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe

    15. Read a book of poetry or novel in verse

    What great books have you read this summer? I'll take any recos that help check off my list! And Happy 4th of July, everyone!

    Tuesday
    Jul012014

    Happy One Year Anniversary To The YA Buccaneers!

    A huge shout out to the YA Buccaneers on their One Year Anniversary!

    So much awesome has happened over the past 365 days and I'm so thrilled to have started this adventure with the ever-amazing Bridgid Gallagher! But B. and I didn't do it all alone and I'm so thankful for the fantastic crew that decided to share in this crazy journey with us: Kris F. Oliver, Heidi Sinnett, Sara Biren, Kelly Loy Gilbert, Ghenet Myrthil, Rachel Searles, Caroline T. Richmond, Kathryn Holmes, and Ellen Goodlett! I love every single one of these ladies like they're my own sisters and I couldn't think of better writer peeps to have gone sailing with!

    Please join me in celebrating the Buccaneers one year and stop by the YA Buccaneers all July long -- I promise there will be lots of activities to participate in and tons of swag up for grabs...which includes books from some of our very own Buccaneers! 

    Happy One Year Anniversary, Buccaneers - I can't wait to see what's in store for the next year!