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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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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? 

  • Friday

    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!


    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!


    Happy Book Birthday to Elizabeth Briggs: MORE THAN MUSIC 

    A HUGE congratulations to Elizabeth Briggs who is celebrating her book birthday today, with her release of MORE THAN MUSIC!

    Not only have I gotten to know Elizabeth through the YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp -- GO TEAM RAINIER!!! -- but she and I share a very funny story back in my querying days for WHERE THE WATER FALLS that I'll save for another time...because today? It's all about MORE THAN MUSIC!


    Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars.

    Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star.

    Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real.

    As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

    Add to Goodreads Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords All Romance

    If you buy the paperback on Amazon, you'll get the Kindle version for free, too. You can also order a signed paperback copy from Elizabeth!

    Read the first chapter and check out bonus goodies like teaser images, playlists, and more. And scroll down to enter her giveaway of a signed paperback copy of More Than Music, plus a paperback of Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology, edited by Julie Cross (who was kind enough to blurb her book)!



    Elizabeth Briggs is a Young Adult and New Adult author who lives in Los Angeles with her British husband and a bunch of fluffy white rescue dogs. She's a guitar-playing geek who loves books, rock music, and video games, goes to Comic Con every year, and is still hoping to be a Jedi when she grows up.

    Elizabeth currently works with WriteGirl to mentor at-risk or pregnant teen girls in writing, to help them get through high school and into college. She also volunteers with Bichon FurKids to help rescued dogs find a new, loving home. She previously worked as an intern for literary agent Jill Corcoran of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, an intern for Entangled Publishing, and an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

    Elizabeth is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary and is a member of SCBWI and RWA.

    Check out these interviews:
    By Stephanie Garber, on More Than Music
    By Rachel Searles, on random fun stuff
    By Aimee Salter, on interning with Jill Corcoran
    By Cupid's Literary Connection, on writing

    Website   |   Facebook   |   Twitter   |  Goodreads


    To celebrate her book launch, Elizabeth is giving away the following (open internationally):

    1) paperback copy of FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A New Adult Anthology
    1) signed paperback of MORE THAN MUSIC + bookmarks

    To enter, go here!

    Congratulations, Elizabeth -- I'm so happy for you and can't wait to read MORE THAN MUSIC!

    So head on over to Elizabeth's blog, enter her giveaway, and without fail - GO AND BUY MORE THAN MUSIC!!!