12/02/2013 00:00:00 AM
This is not about Dior's perfume.Did you know that certain poisons have particular scents? Next time you need to write a poisoning scene, keep these in mind!Fruity: Acetone (not in the concentrations you find in nail polish remover) has a slightly fr
11/27/2013 09:38:00 AM
A few years ago I blogged about a certain wishbone breaking in a funny way:Well, it's come back to haunt the WOW Wednesday guest post that I've done over at Adventures in YA Publishing. If you're a writer, I hope the advice hits home!And now, I need
11/22/2013 13:09:00 PM
I'm a day late for this, but better late than never. :) I did a guest post over at the Bookshelf Sophisticate.Find out how a fortune cookie actually said something of value for once!
11/18/2013 08:52:00 AM
Because life is getting so busy! The holidays are coming, I'm not ready, ideas of gifts and holiday cards and leaves smothering my yard are making my head spin.Then there's this book coming out and getting ready for it, which is occupying a lot of my
11/14/2013 02:00:00 AM
Intriguing title, no?Come read about Flying Syringes over at the League of Extraordinary Writers today! It really should be a Medical Mondays post. It's a fascinating subject and hopefully inspiring for you sci-fi writers out there.Oh, and a little g
11/07/2013 19:54:00 PM
Cookies at the Bookworm? Yes. And more!I've gushed about this bookstore before, and I'm happy to do it again. :)Check out my post on The Class of 2k13 on everything about the Bookworm!There's also a huge November book giveaway by our class, honoring
11/04/2013 13:14:00 PM
Hi guys! I'm recovering from Las Vegas and the Vegas Valley Book Festival (will tell you all about it soon) but I wanted to let everyone know that I'm holding a pre-order giveaway for CONTROL!Retailers/sites selling CONTROL:Bookworm Omaha
10/31/2013 00:00:00 AM
Ah, the eviscerated fruit of our labor.
10/28/2013 00:00:00 AM
I am a fast but sloppy typist. Speed-wise, I'd say I'm faster than a snail, slower than a greyhound. I type at the speed of squirrel.In middle school, my mom enrolled me and my sister in a summer typing class. I still remember some of the exercises.a
10/24/2013 09:00:00 AM
Not OktoberFest.It's OktoberFret!The month where you realize summer days are really, truly, coldly over and the dead leaves raining down are proof. And suddenly, the things you promised to finish by September 1st are still not done, and the things yo
10/21/2013 10:00:00 AM
Hello all and happy middle-of-October! Can you believe it's gotten this far into fall? I swear a few days ago it was August. What the--?Anyway.Today I'm blogging about tapetum lucidum. What is that?It's this:Hello cutie lemur! Source: WikipediaTapetu
10/17/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey all! Thank you so much for participating in the free Wattpad CONTROL Sneak-Peek this week (I swear I'm not trying to rhyme on purpose!)Today, I'm blogging over at The League of Extraordinary Writers about resources for teen writers looking for a
10/16/2013 00:00:00 AM
As promised, you can now read the first five pages of CONTROL on Wattpad right here!Every few days, I'll be uploading another few pages.So please stop by and read! (And if you can vote, that would be great!)
10/14/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys!I'm so excited to tell you about an opportunity this week
10/10/2013 18:00:00 PM
Ah, stationery love.
10/07/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hi guys!Leslie Rose emailed this question:If someone was impaled in the eye by a something about the consistency of a stiff palm frond what kind of damage would there be to:A) Cause bleedingB) Impair sightGreat question. I'm not an ophthalmologist, s
10/04/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hello all!I finally lifted my head up today and looked around, wondering...what HAVE I been doing all week? A whole lot of busy nothings and somethings.October hit and I realized CONTROL's release is less than three months away. Suddenly, it doesn't
09/28/2013 20:35:00 PM
Hey guys, I'm guest posting over at Nikki Wang's Fiction Freak for her GYDO (Get Your Debut On) series.Please stop by if you can and learn why I'm such a mean, mean lady. ;)Oh, and you can also enter to win a necklace swag pack!
09/26/2013 09:36:00 AM
Hey guys! Penguin is hosting this great giveaway for FIVE arcs of CONTROL on Goodreads until October 26th!!!CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAYAlso, stop by the League of Extraordinary Writers where I review NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis and see wha
09/24/2013 00:00:00 AM
Today I'm playing band manager to celebrate the release of Kelly Polark's ABC's of rock 'n' roll picture book, ROCKABET: CLASSIC EDITION. So Kelly asked me to pick any band members from any bands to form the best band ever. And I got SO stressed out
09/19/2013 00:00:00 AM
Today I'm helping to celebrate Alex Cavanaugh's release of CassaStorm this week! A little while back, he took questions (any questions!) on his blog and I asked him this:Me: Since you like keeping your privacy, who would you have play Alex in a YouTu
09/17/2013 06:00:00 AM
Hi guys! So I'm psyched to be part of the 2013 Debut Authors Bash this year!
09/16/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hi guys! I field a lot of fictional medical questions via email and often don't get a chance to post them, so here's one from last year.Dani Vega asked:Does a lobotomy destroy intelligence, knowledge and memories to a certain degree? If not, what kin
09/12/2013 09:05:00 AM
Hey guys! It's been a hectic week, what with school and having a cold AND having a recent no-good, very-bad day...you know how that happens. Also, there was 9/11 and the sad post from Monday, so I'm in the mood for some cheering up.So I'm giving away
09/09/2013 00:00:00 AM
I was so saddened to hear that Carolyn Kaufman--a gifted psychologist and author, and died on September 7th from an aneurysm.I knew Carolyn a little from my days at Querytracker and from her Writer's Guide to Psychology, an invaluable reference for w
09/05/2013 00:00:00 AM
Almost a year and half ago,
09/03/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. No more saggy blogging for me, I'm back and looking forward to posting all sorts of great stuff this month!Today
08/29/2013 00:00:00 AM
This past April, I did this spur-of-the-moment Twitter experiment to see if I could gather up some new followers quickly.Twitter Experiment: Part deuxBasically, I offered a CONTROL swag giveaway to encourage new followers. You could get entered into
08/26/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! I've been on vacation and taking a little blog break, but I'm back. I hope you guys have been having a good summer!Today's Medical Monday is a bit celebratory. Over a year ago, I fielded some questions from Chelsey Flood, another Lucky 13 w
08/08/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! Today I'm blogging over at the League of Extraordinary Writers on one of my favorite books of the year and a really important topic in the scientific community. Please stop by if you can, and thanks!
08/05/2013 00:00:00 AM
Happy Monday, and Happy August!
08/01/2013 09:10:00 AM
Hey guys! Thanks again so much for celebrating my authorial blurbs with the giveaway. Congrats to the three winners:Sheri LarsenJaime MorrowAshley Jellison (who really earned this--she tweeted every single day!)And now, on to chia seeds.So they're a
07/29/2013 00:00:00 AM
I hate to complain about aging. I need something better to say these days than "Oh my creaky back."The other day during a rant on general stiffness, my hubs said, "You're a spring chicken. You're not old."Well. I'm not really a spring chicken. Hell,
07/22/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys!Back with another Medical Mondays. I haven't been doing these quite as much lately, partly from burn out (they take a while to write and put together). But FYI, behind the scenes I have been fielding LOTS of questions from writers about medi
07/18/2013 00:00:00 AM
I've gotten some pretty wonderful author blurbs lately for CONTROL that I wanted to share.
07/15/2013 00:00:00 AM
It's been a while since I've done a Medical Mondays! But here, I'll make it up to you.Have a glass of absinthe.Or maybe...don't?Absinthe is a highly alcoholic beverage that became popular in the late 18th to 19th century, even into the early 20th cen
07/11/2013 00:00:00 AM
It's been a crazy few weeks since ALA and I'm back from vacation. Hope you all had a great 4th of July!In case you missed it, Meagan Spooner (author of Skylark and These Broken Stars) featured me on "In Search of the Write Space" feature on her blog.
07/10/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hello! I'm here to celebrate the release of Mila Ferrera's fantastic NA book, SPIRAL!SPIRAL is one of those read-in-one-sitting books. It's an intelligent romance that is so gripping, with a romance that is pretty sweet and spicy for you new adult fa
06/28/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! Here's the rafflecopter for today's giveaway which includes CONTROL goodies!Thanks, and check over at Laurisa's blog for more stuff!I'm at ALA today, hopefully not flailing like an eejut. Will report back next week!
06/26/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! I'm going to the American Library Association's annual conference in Chicago this weekend.Have you ever gone? It's my first time and I'm excited and nervous! In case you're going to be there, here's my schedule:Friday at 11 AM, I'm in a pan
06/25/2013 00:00:00 AM
(Hey, so after posting on my blog at a sloth's pace, I'm a blogging maniac this week. Heh heh.)My fellow Class of 2k13er's book, IN THE AFTER, is releasing today!
06/24/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! It's here!
06/19/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! I'm interviewing fellow Class of 2k13 member Demitria Lunetta (I know, I know--her name is so crazy gorgeous!) on her post-apocalyptic book, IN THE AFTER, which releases from Harper Teen on June 25th.Check it out!Some more items:1. THANK YO
06/10/2013 10:35:00 AM
So last night I saw Star Trek.
06/03/2013 00:00:00 AM
I've bit slapped in the head with a shiny new idea. This happens to me every few months, and I've now about three books sitting in my noggin, waiting to be written after the CONTROL series is wrapped up.Except, erm. This one took fanatical possession
05/29/2013 00:00:00 AM
Welcome to the Get Healthy Blog Hop!I'm supposed to give an easy tip to help you get healthy. Oh boy. Which to choose? As many of you know, I've spent countless hours helping my patients get healthy as an internal medicine primary care physician. Whi
05/24/2013 08:45:00 AM
I know many of you are as horrified as saddened as I am about the recent deaths and destruction wrought by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.The Lucky 13s have banded together to raise funds for the victims--to help rebuild, in any way we can.Here is what's
05/20/2013 10:02:00 AM
So I was all ready to post my first vlog today, and I totally panicked.
05/13/2013 00:00:00 AM
So I'm so happy that I went to RT Booklovers Convention! For those of you who aren't familiar with RT, it's sponsored by the Romance Times Book Reviews and the YA track is pretty substantial. After shying away from writer/book conventions for years,
05/09/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! I had a great time at RT and promise to post lots of pictures soon! In the meantime, I'm blogging over at the League of Extraordinary Writers on
05/03/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! I'm blogging over at the Class of 2K13 on "One Smart Thing I Did to Sell CONTROL"Have a great weekend!
05/01/2013 08:24:00 AM
Hey guys!Jaiden over at Girls on YA
04/29/2013 08:41:00 AM
Hey guys!So, I'm going to my first book convention! I've always wanted to go to a convention and threatened many, many times to head to SCBWI in NY, but this time I have no excuse.RT is right around the corner, literally (I can drive there!) and thou
04/24/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys, I wrote about my history with writing poetry, poetry in CONTROL and other YA/MG books, and #twtpoem, a new Twitter poem prompt I started with some fellow writers.Check it out here! :)
04/22/2013 00:00:00 AM
Last week was pretty crazy.I spent way, way too much time watching the news and following the horrific events unfolding in Boston. In the face of such inhumanity, I clung to the stories that told of first responders (both professional and civilian) t
04/18/2013 10:01:00 AM
Hey guys!Thanks for the comments on the malaria post. (I'm still itching! Where's my hydrocortisone? Where's my mefloquine???)So today I had this random idea. I have 2900 Twitter followers and would love to break the 3K mark. I used to search out ran
04/15/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! I wanted to blog about malaria because, well, I've been watching River Monsters and that English chap with the charming accent and bad teeth got a bad case of malaria.One of my favorite authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder, described getting malar
04/10/2013 00:00:00 AM
Just a few of them!
04/08/2013 06:00:00 AM
Hey guys! Laura Diamond has been a bloggy friend of mine since waaaay back when. She's a
04/01/2013 00:00:00 AM
Thanks so much for stopping by on Kerri and Tamera's blog tour last week! I was off on a long-awaiting vacation with my family and caught up on a ton of reading.*I don't actually read in the ocean. I'm more afraid of dropping precious books in the wa
03/28/2013 04:00:00 AM
Welcome Kerri!Kerri is a longtime blogger friend and her new book, DEADLY KISSES, is out!
03/25/2013 06:00:00 AM
Announcing the release of Inevitable, the newest young adult suspense novel by Tamara Hart Heiner!Visions of death plague Jayne, who thinks watching her boyfriend die is the worst that could happen to her. But when she witnesses a murder, Jayne finds
03/20/2013 01:00:00 AM
Hey guys,I'm blogging over at the League of Extraordinary Writers on who my sci-fi influences are. I have a major (but obvious) revelation about an author that has definitely influenced me.Can you guess who it is?Come find out!
03/14/2013 04:00:00 AM
Hey guys! Amber over at Me, Myshelf, and I invited me over to do this super fun post!Though MMSAI has several bloggers, Amber's been an integral part of swag creation over the last several weeks, helping me design my bookmarks, magnets, and button. S
03/11/2013 00:00:00 AM
I only heard about Bridget Zinn a few weeks ago and I had to post this.Bridget's debut novel, POISON, debuts tomorrow on March 12th. What a dream come true! The story is fantastic, the cover is perfect, and it should be an otherwise
03/08/2013 00:00:00 AM
I'm blogging over on the Class of 2k13 on the What Ifs: What I've Learned from Kids. Stop on by!
03/05/2013 00:00:00 AM
Well it's Tuesday! Which means some new books are coming into the world.
03/01/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! To celebrate the sale of my new book (CATALYST, Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin coming Fall 2014) I'm giving stuff away!One the bestest things about debuting this year is befriending other fantastic authors. They've got lots of swag they are wil
02/26/2013 00:00:00 AM
Well it's Tuesday! Which means some new books are coming into the world.
02/25/2013 00:00:00 AM
You've probably heard of narcolepsy. Who hasn't jokingly labeled themselves as a narcoleptic when excessively tired? (No? Maybe that's just me then.)Or watched the abundant YouTube offerings of narcoleptic dogs?Narcolepsy is a real sleep disorder, us
02/22/2013 00:00:00 AM
This is my new, favorite weather-related exclamation.I'm having a second snow day at home with the kidlets. Someone posted this on a local weather station and though I Tumbled it, I had to share with you guys too:SourceHee hee.
02/18/2013 01:00:00 AM
Thank you guys again for all your support surrounding my news! I'm still on Cloud 9. :)So about two weeks ago, one of my friend
02/14/2013 01:00:00 AM
Hey all! I'm very happy to announce that I've joined the League of Extraordinary Writers, alongside some of my absolute favorite authors. I'm honored and thrilled!My intro post is on Stuff I Love, so please stop by and have a peek. Thank you, and Hap
02/13/2013 08:47:00 AM
From Publisher's MarketplaceFebruary 13, 2013Lydia Kang's CATALYST, sequel to CONTROL in which a teen girl in 2151 is forced to align herself with her worst enemies in a safe house that's anything but safe, to Kathy Dawson at Kathy Dawson Books, in
02/11/2013 00:00:00 AM
Happy Monday!So this past weekend I was visiting family and managed to squeeze in a meeting with two amazing authors I've befriended online in the last year.Look!On the left is Elisabeth Dahl, author Genie Wishes
02/08/2013 05:00:00 AM
Hey guys! I'm blogging over at The Class of 2k13 on CONTROL's playlist. Check it out if you have a moment. And have a great Friday!
02/04/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! Thanks again for helping me celebrate the cover reveal of CONTROL last week! I am totally floored by the positive comments and the support. Thank you guys so much! There's still time to try to win a signed ARC and necklace Swag Packs, if yo
01/28/2013 11:00:00 AM
Helloooo!It's cover reveal time! I am so excited. I'm having palpitations!Head over to Young Adult Books Central where they are doing the exclusive cover reveal of CONTROL at Noon EST!There will be a signed ARC giveaway!And swag giveaways!And me, pos
01/24/2013 00:00:00 AM
Here's a Thursday gift of eye-candy for y'all.This is Nathan Adrian, three-time Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer and me, pretending it's no big deal that he's like, five feet taller than me and that his chesticles are right next to my ear. My sister-in-law
01/21/2013 00:00:00 AM
01/14/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys!I can't wait to show you the cover of CONTROL!Wait,
01/10/2013 00:00:00 AM
Congratulations to fellow Class of 2k13 author Alex Lidell! Her book CADET OF TILDOR is releasing today! Woot!Here is a glowing review from Kirkus Reviews:A gripping debut embraces the trend toward gritty grimdark fantasy.Lady Renee de Winter has rej
01/07/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hi guys! I'm guest posting at the Lucky 13s today on some things I thought up for the150 years into the future, in my book CONTROL. In particular, I'll talk about the practice of medicine in my book.Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you can check ou
01/04/2013 00:00:00 AM
So my new Macbook Pro comes built in with voice recognition dictation. Cool, right?
01/01/2013 00:00:00 AM
Happy New Year!I can't believe it's officially 2013!I'm pretty excited, because this is the year that my book is going to debut.Okay, so it's debuting in December and I basically have to wait another year. But hey, who's counting months? And days? An
12/20/2012 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys,I'll be taking a blog-cation for the holidays. Before I go, a few things.First, if you haven't, please check out the auction for Publishing Hearts Connecticut benefitting the Newtown Youth and Family Services. It will be
12/17/2012 08:00:00 AM
I'm still in shock from the terrible killings in Newton, Connecticut. The media is on fire with details of the events, some of which are burned into my psyche now. Social media is pouring out discussions on gun control and the state of mental health
12/14/2012 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys. This blogfest come courtesy of DL Hammons, who puts the AWESOME in RECYCLE.
12/12/2012 04:00:00 AM
Hey guys. Angela Felsted is doing a very generous thing.She is going to donate the proceeds made from her new novel, CHASTE, from
12/10/2012 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys. I had so much fun writing the wintergreen post last week that I thought I'd blog about a favorite spice of mine, cinnamon. It's one of my favorite candy flavors of all time. Give me some Red Hots or Hot Tamales or cinnamon gum, and I'm a ha
12/06/2012 00:00:00 AM
A little over a year ago in September of 2011, my hubs bought me a betaa fish. I named him Finney. He was my first betta, so I asked the pet store person for advice."Don't overfeed him! Only one pellet of food a day. And skip a day a week! They can g
12/03/2012 00:00:00 AM
I've been fascinated by wintergreen ever since I read this passage in Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
11/29/2012 00:00:00 AM
They're here!So the photo shoot was in September. After tossing out, oh, maybe a thousand of bad shots where I looked either drunk (I wasn't drinking), like the Joker from the first Batman movie (me + Jack Nicholson + makeup = scary), or just plain b
11/26/2012 04:00:00 AM
Hey guys! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks again for joining in the Ally Condie MATCHED giveaway. The winner is...J.E. Fritz! *applause*So today, I thought I'd talk about blue people. No, not the Na'vi, or the Smurfs. But I'm think I
11/21/2012 01:00:00 AM
Hey guys!So last week I went to my first book signing by a YA author. Ally Condie came by my local indie bookstore,
11/19/2012 04:00:00 AM
Click to add me to Goodreads!Hey guys! Jessica Bell is hanging out at my blog today to discuss her new writing book, Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing.
11/15/2012 03:00:00 AM
I've had the title for this blog post in my draft folder for over a year and a half. After all this time, I've forgotten why I titled the post like this.(I know, I know. This is probably a sign that I ought to be sleeping more. Or that I need an MRI
11/13/2012 08:13:00 AM
Hey guys, I'm over at the Lucky 13s blog interviewing the lovely Elizabeth Richards on her release day for BLACK CITY! Check it out. :D
11/12/2012 04:00:00 AM
I've never done NaNo. Every single year, I've been in the midst of revisions in the fall, and end up joining the smaller group of writers revising their WIPs, who have no fancy banner, only the BIG RED PEN. The NaNoRevMo-ers.But anyway. NaNo is in th
11/08/2012 08:31:00 AM
I'm going to complain and then get off my pity potty right after, I swear.Man, has hit been a crazy few months. I've had long but lovely visits from family. I've gone on trips myself. I've had other visits from dearly missed friends (six houseguests