Monday, October 27, 2014

Giveaway winners

We have winners in the Whispers from the Past giveaway! Congratulations to Victoria, De'Anne, and Ana. They have all been emailed to notify them of their prizes.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Stay tuned in the next three weeks; I Wish is almost here!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dream cast for Whispers from the Past

( Reposted from a guest post I wrote on Live to Read )

If I were the casting director for a film adaptation of the Whisper Falls series, I’d start the casting process with Mark. That actor has to be hot, athletic, and charming in a really nice, boy-next-door way. I’d want Brenton Thwaites.  (And his amber eyes are gorgeous!)

Susanna would be much harder to cast. She needs to have amazing chemistry with Mark—but still convey how quiet and repressed she is. The right actor would have to communicate so much emotion with just her eyes.  I visualize Susanna as having an ordinary appearance until she smiles—and then she’s beautiful.  I’m thinking Sarah Hyland (who is probably too pretty but that’s why we have makeup artists.)

I'd also like to mention my reasoning for the casting of Benita and Jesse.  They’re a biracial couple where the girl is taller than the guy. She needs to exude “musician” while he needs to be an adorable geek. I did find two actors who could be great, although probably not quite enough difference in height. But then, she could just wear heels!

So, here is my dream cast:

Mark Lewis = Brenton Thwaites
Susanna Marsh = Sarah Hyland

Jethro Pratt = Karl Urban
Dorcas Pratt = Sierra McCormick

Benita Adams = Taylor Swift
Jesse = Tequan Richmond

Gabrielle Stone = Victoria Justice
Marissa Lewis = Sasha Spielberg
Isaac Saunders = Seth Numrich

Did I leave out any characters that should also be cast?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

tweet chat Thursday evening

I'll be available to answer questions tonight, 8:00 pm Eastern time, on twitter.  Join me and my author-friends Jennifer Murgia and Lisa Amowitz as we discuss our new books, writing, life, etc.

See you there.

Awesome Author Chat tonight on Twitter 8PM EST with


Thursday, October 9, 2014

traveling around the blogosphere

To celebrate the release of Whispers from the Past, I'll be visiting with several bloggers over the next two weeks, talking about books and film stars and such.

I'll update this post whenever there is a new stop on the tour! So check back...

  1. Interview with Mark and Susanna (with fellow YA author Amanda)
  2. Interview with me (with fellow veteran Kim at SOS Aloha)
  3. My top 10 recommendations for YA historical/time-travel books*  (with KellyVision)
  4. The Dream Cast for the Whisper Falls series (with Live to Read)

Don't forget that I have a giveaway running through October 18.

The Whisper Falls series is available from many online retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes&Noble .

* If you have not read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, read it now. It is beautiful, heart-breaking, glorious, tragic, and unforgettable. The climax of that book has to be one of the most amazing pages of literature ever written. The story is a tough read, but worth it. And that is my humble recommendation.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book birthday

When I was a little girl, I didn't have all that much fun on my birthday.  It was a few days after Christmas. I grew up in a large family, and my parents had always spent all of their budget on Christmas presents. There was rarely anything left afterwards for my birthday.

Whatever was on sale, that's what I got. One year it was socks. Another year, a nightgown. After a particularly expensive holiday season, the gift was a matching towel and washcloth.

The other kicker was the cake. My parents had a good friend (and my choir director at the high school) who shared a birthday with me. We celebrated together, and he got to pick the cake. So he didn't pick cake; he picked banana pudding. Now, I like banana pudding, but not on my BIRTHDAY!

Today is the book birthday for Whispers from the Past. It is also the day that the story of Mark and Susanna comes to a conclusion.  To celebrate, I bought myself a cupcake. A red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting!

If you want to hear from Mark and Susanna, they're interviewed at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog.

Details about giveaways are on my blog yesterday.

But today, all you get here is the cupcake that I will be enjoying tonight!

Monday, October 6, 2014

1 more day until Whispers from the Past releases

Tomorrow is the big day. Whispers from the Past, the 3rd and final book of the Whisper Falls series, will release.

I'll be on a blog tour, so check back to see what's happening.

And the big giveaway is live! Enter to win!

Here is a teaser*, in Susanna's words, as well as an excerpt (that is a metaphor for the relationship between Mark and Susanna):

The Whisper Falls series is available from many online retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes&Noble .

* I took this photo in Norway in August 2013.