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News and Events!

Firstly, and super-duper awesomely, The Nightmare Affair has been nominated for the YALSA Teens’ Top Teen . I’m pretty sure this a big deal, and some of the other nominees are oh-my-gosh amazing. Anyway, if you’re a teen, you can vote for the book. There’s also a giveaway. More details here. Also, if you vote for me, there might be unicorns and rainbows in your future from yours truly.


Secondly, I’ve got two events coming up in a few days. I’ll be doing a chat and signing with Erica O’Rourke and Stacey Kade at Read Between the Lines in Woodstock, IL on Thursday April 24 at 7:00.

After that, I’ll be spending the weekend hanging out at the Chicago Spring Fling Writers Conference. I’ve participating in a panel on Friday, as well as the Librarian Tea, and on Saturday, I’ll be signing books. Hope I get to meet some of you.

Dusty Goes to Germany!

And she gets a new face while doing it. That’s right, the cover for German edition of The Nightmare Affair has been released. What do you think? Personally, I think it’s adorable. And I love the cat. It cracks me up. Anyway, if you speak German or would just like to know more, check out the post here.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Joseph Beth Booksellers YA Beach Bash

Hey Guys,

Just a quick reminder that I’ll be at Cincinnati Joseph-Beth this Saturday at 1:00 for an awesome YA Beach Bash. There’s going to be a ton of amazing authors: Liz Coley, Julie Kagawa, Kristina McBride, Saundra Mitchell, and Aprilynne Pike!!! We’re going to talk books and writing and all things shiny, and there will be giveaways throughout the panel. For me, I’m giving away the items below–a hardback of The Nightmare Affair, a cover proof of The Nightmare Dilemma, and an advanced readers copy of Avalon! Hope to see you there.


p.s. Here is what the title page of Avalon looks like. How cool is that?



Prep School Confidential Giveaway Extravaganza! – Winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated. I’m pleased to announce the following winners:

  • Grand Prize – Rachel Spring
  • Runner Up – Atalia Melendez
  • Runner Up – Jessica Reid
  • Runner Up – Rabiah Rowther

Emails have been sent to the winners. Congratulations again!


Today I’m so excited to participate in a massive giveaway for Kara Taylor’s Prep School Confidential. Kara is not only my agent mate but a fabulous writer and one of the nicest people I know. I know you’re going to love her book! Details on the giveaway, which includes a signed copy of The Nightmare Affair, below.


About the Book:

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston.  Determined to make it back to New York, Anne could care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate, Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school.  

When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it.  With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.

About the Author:

KTaylor Author Photo

Kara Taylor wrote PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL in her first semester of graduate school, in between pulling all nighters and listening to her dad say writing isn’t a real job. Now, she lives on Long Island and writes full time. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Media.

About the Giveaway:

  • First Prize winner will receive a signed ARC of Prep School Confidential, a signed copy of The Nightmare Affair, a paperback copy of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and a PSC Swag Pack (see the awesome pick below)
  • 3-Runner’s up will receive 3 PSC swag packs
  • Open US/Canada only
  • Runs May 29 to June 11
  • No purchase necessary to enter
  • Be sure to read the terms and conditions on the giveaway

PSC Swag The Nightmare Affair


Participating Blogs:

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Signings, Giveaways, and More!

Just a quick reminder that I’m doing a dual signing and author talk with the lovely Liz Coley this coming Saturday at 1:00 at the Beavercreek Barnes & Noble.

If you’re still looking for a signed copy of The Nightmare Affair, you can enter to win one AND raise money for the Oklahoma disaster relief over at The Lucky 13s. I’m also giving away a Query Letter + 5 Pages Critique.

Lucky 13s YA Reader Prize Bundle 2


You can also enter to win a copy of The Nightmare Affair and a bunch of other awesome books over at the 2014 Debut Authors group, OneFourKidLit.

In other news, the cover reveal for Avalon is coming very soon, sometime after June 5th. And speaking of cover reveals, I’ve created 2 annotated ARCs of The Nightmare Affair that I’ll be giving away as part of The Nightmare Dilemma cover reveal. I’m not sure when that one will be, but it should be very soon as well.


Happy reading and I hope to see you Saturday!


Good news! I ordered bookplates, and they turned out great! (See proof below 😉  ) Thanks goodness I have such an awesome sister who knows how to design cools things like this for me. Anyway, if you live in the United States and would like a signed bookplate for your copy of The Nightmare Affair, please email your address at [email protected]. I apologize for anybody international out there who wants one, but I don’t know if I can hack the shipping. But don’t fret; I’ll look for alternate ways to get them overseas.

Oh, and I’ve got big, big news regarding Avalon, as in the cover reveal and official release date announcement will be coming very, very soon! Like two weeks or so. I can’t wait!

And for my local peeps, don’t forget I’ve got a signing/author talk coming up at Beavercreek Barnes & Noble on June 1st (details on the events page).

Happy days!


TLA 2013 Round Up

Last week I had the tremendous privilege of going to TLA 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. Without doubt, it was the highlight of my publishing career so far. I had an absolute blast. I got to meet a ton of librarians, teenagers, bloggers, and fellow authors. I won’t go into a lot of details, because I have pictures and videos below to demonstrate the awesomeness already. But I want to give a HUGE thank you to Tor Teen for giving me the opportunity to experience the conference.


The Tor Booth with The Nightmare Affair on display with some fabulous company


My fellow Tor Teen authors Kristen Simmons (2nd from left) and P.J. Hoover (right) on their panel along with Joelle Charbonneau (left), Marissa Meyer (2nd from right), and Ilsa J. Bick (not pictured)


Tor Teen author Kendare Blake (2nd left) on her panel with Tessa Gratton (left), Libba Bray (2nd right), and Bree Despain (right)


The gorgeous Jennifer Haight of HipMamaJenn and A.G. Howard


The lovely Maria from Cari’s Book Blog

Sadly, I went to dinner with the awesome Kari Olson of A Good Addiction but failed to get in pictures. I know, I know, I’m fired.

And now for some video proof of the fun:

Kendare Blake reading from Anna Dressed in Blood

Libba Bray reading from The Diviners

And on Saturday, Kendare Blake and I joined a bunch of other YA authors for an all-day signing at Edgefest 2013, a huge rock concert in Dallas Texas. In the video below you will find the dancing delights of Victoria Scott, Brodi Ashton, Susan Dennard, and Erin Bowman.

Fall In Love With YA Giveaway!

I’ve got some awesome news for anybody out there who would LOVE to attend the Fall in Love with YA seven-author signing extravaganza  happening at Powell’s Books in Beaverton, Oregon next Wednesday but who doesn’t leave within driving distance. You can enter to win one of the booklets full of exclusive content and signed by all seven authors. That’s right. Leigh Bardugo, Lisa Desrochers, Sarah Fine, Kristin Halbrook, Kody Keplinger, Ingrid Paulson, and myself will all sign the booklet. Pretty awesome, yah?

And in case you need more incentive, my contribution to the booklet is a brand new piece of short fiction written in Eli Booker’s point of view. There’s also a piece of custom artwork by the lovely Cat York.

Booklet Preview


The contest starts today, April 8 and will end at midnight on April 17. Open internationally. Enter below! (p.s. this is my first rafflecopter contest I’ve run myself, so if anything is broken, please let me know!)

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Book 2 Title Announcement!

That’s right! I’ve been given permission to announce the official title for the sequel to The Nightmare Affair.

This is my level of excitement over the reality that I get to do this book thing all over again:



Okay…you ready?????


Do you like it? There are soooooo many things I want to tell you about it, like how Dusty is confronted with a brand new mystery, this time surrounding a friend, and that Selene has a secret she won’t share even with Dusty, and how the romance between Eli and…opps. Better stop there.

But don’t fret—I’m certain more official details will be coming soon.

Last Chance Giveaways for Signed Copies!

Well, The Nightmare Affair has been out for almost two weeks now. I can hardly believe it, even still! But thank you to everyone who has bought the book, read it, reviewed it, or even given it a shout out. I appreciate it so much. And I hope that people are enjoying the book even half as much as I enjoyed writing it.

That said, if you’re still looking to win a copy, there are two active giveaways going on right now. And as far as I know they might be the last giveaways for a while. So don’t miss your chance:

  • Interview with a giveaway over at Literary Rambles. (I go in depth about my publishing journey)
  • Friday Feature: Author Interview and Giveaway over at A.L. Davroe

Also, if you’re interested in hearing a hint about the sequel to The Nightmare Affair, I drop one in my interview with the fabulous Supernatural Shark. This might also be my favorite of the interviews I’ve given. The questions were an absolute blast.

Happy Reading!