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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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Cover Reveal: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

It's here, it's here!!!

I'm SO happy to share the amazing cover reveal for my dear friend and fellow Mouse House author, Marci Lyn Curtis, and her upcoming YA Contemporary novel, THE ONE THING!!!

I was thrilled to see early cover designs Marci received late last year -- just to have a little glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes...share in the excitment of actually knowing your book is coming to life. It was all, well, a little surreal and I was so happy for Marci that the cover is perfect!

But enough about what I think...what do YOU think?

Perfect right???


Coming September 8th, 2015

A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

When Maggie first meets Ben, she thinks she can add crazy to her list of problems. But the precocious ten-year-old isn't a hallucination. Maggie can actually see him. She immediately befriends the kid, desperate for any chance to see again.

It turns out Ben's older brother is Mason Milton, the ridiculously hot lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band. Music is the first thing that has made Maggie feel alive since losing her sight. But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.

Pretty fantastic, huh? So what are you waiting for -- add THE ONE THING to your Goodreads TBR shelves now!


Marci Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two college-aged kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Maryland, where she laughs too loudly and eats peanut butter off spoons. Her YA contemporary debut, The One Thing, comes out September 8th, 2015 via Disney-Hyperion. Learn more about her at Marcilyncurtis.com

Marci is giving away an awesome pair of custom earrings themed perfectly around THE ONE THING -- enter the Rafflecopter form below (or directly on Marci's website).

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I'm so thrilled for Marci and her gorgeous cover -- and I definitely can't wait to get my hands on THE ONE THING!!!


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


6. DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor 


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:


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. 


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?


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:


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!


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? 

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    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?


    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!