Medical Mondays: Dealing with a Fictional Amputation
07/13/2015 00:00:00 AM
Hello friends! I received this question recently, and it brings up a lot of the fictional issues that can come with a surgical procedure. The question comes from Deb Salisbury, a blogging friend and an expert in historical fashions.My thirteen year o > read more
Bonus CATALYST Scene!
07/06/2015 06:00:00 AM
Hey guys! I posed this bonus scene from Vera's POV in Catalyst for the YA Scavenger Hunt a few months ago. Here it is, and I hope you enjoy it!To read a bonus scene from Control from Cy's POV, click here. :)VERAI am green. Hear me roar.Well, Im gr > read more
Medical Mondays: Water, The Poison We All Drink
06/29/2015 06:00:00 AM
Ever consider water as a means of sickening your characters in a novel? Yes? Well then, this post is for you. :)Have you ever heard someone say, "Oxygen is poisonous. After all, 100% of humans who breathe it will eventually die."Well, the same could > read more
Medical Mondays: Hello Mummy! (Corpse Decomposition, Part 2)
06/15/2015 06:00:00 AM
Hellooooo!Boy, it's been a while since I did a Medical Mondays. A few days ago, I received a question on Facebook that prompted me to revive the blog, Frankenstein-like, with a zap of inspiration.For those of you who are new to my blog or Medical Mon > read more
Spring YA Scavenger Hunt: GO TEAM BLUE!
04/02/2015 14:00:00 PM
Hi! I'm Lydia. Nice to meet you, if we haven't yet! I'm a doctor and YA author who wrote CONTROL and the sequel CATALYST, which just released from Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin!About CONTROL:When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel > read more
Among the Shadows announcement!
03/30/2015 00:00:00 AM
Hello all! So excited to announce the cover reveal for AMONG THE SHADOWS, a collaboration of darkish short stories from thirteen YA authors!The release date is set for September 14th and I'm beyond thrilled to be included in this lineup of amazing au > read more
03/24/2015 00:00:00 AM
Hello all and long time, no blog!I'm so happy to announce the release of the sequel and conclusion to the CONTROL series! I'm thrilled with how this book turned out. It's hard to believe that Catalyst was just a seed of an idea 2011 when I sold Contr > read more
Bonus Scene from CONTROL!
03/20/2015 09:43:00 AM
Hi all!Last fall, the YA Scavenger Hunt was a blast. I posted an exclusive bonus scene from CONTROL from Cy's perspective. > read more
Happy Birthday Lenny Lee!
10/20/2014 00:00:00 AM
To one of the most wonderful kid bloggers in the world!Lenny is one of the first bloggers I met when I started blogging five years ago. He's got a big, warm heart, loves animals, and has been battling an illness on and off with grace, maturity and br > read more
10/13/2014 00:00:00 AM
So this is what's staring at me when I write these days. > read more
YA Scavenger Hunt, TEAM BLUE!
10/02/2014 12:00:00 PM
Hi! I'm Lydia. Nice to meet you, if we haven't yet! I'm a doctor and YA author who wrote CONTROL, which came out in December from Dial Books/Penguin:Click Cover to open GoodReads page!and the sequel, which arrives from Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin) Ma > read more
Write Club Winners!
09/29/2014 06:00:00 AM
Hi all! Do you guys know about D.L. Hammons' Write Club? Well, the contest is down to two finalists, Lord Codpiece (yep, you read that right) and Cocktail Lion. You can read their entries here.I was honored to be one of the judges and the winner is b > read more
YA Scavenger Hunt!
09/23/2014 00:00:00 AM
Hi guys! So the CCHS Fundraiser is over and I'm thrilled to say that we surpassed our original goal of raising $5000 for the Lurie Children's Hospital to support their CAMP program! Our final tally was $6713. WOW. Thank you all so much for your gener > read more
Authors for CCHS Fundraiser starts TODAY!
08/20/2014 05:00:00 AM
Kidlit Author Fundraiser > read more
CATALYST Cover reveal!
07/28/2014 13:57:00 PM
I promise to report back on Comic Con soon, but it the meantime...The cover for CATALYST is being revealed > read more
#MMBB report...Next Stop? COMIC CON!
07/23/2014 13:40:00 PM
Last week's #MMBB tour went great!I met so many fantastic authors--Lindsay Cummings, Philip Seigel, Paula Stokes, Whitney Miller (my hotel roomie!), Victoria Schwab, Courtney Stevens, Robin Bridges, and Heather Brewer. And I got to see some writer fr > read more
St. Louis & Memphis, Giveaway, with a side of Fundraiser Rumblings
07/16/2014 14:15:00 PM
This Thursday, I'll be in St. Louis doing a book signing with the other fabulous authors of > read more
Summer Reading Vacation
07/07/2014 13:35:00 PM
Hi guys! How is your July going?Last week, I had a restful and lovely vacation with family. And I caught up on some of my reading!Here's what I read:The Fault in Our Stars, by John GreenCharm and Strange, by Stephanie KuehnThe Rules, by Stacey KadeAd > read more
Crazy weather and summer writing!
06/22/2014 10:35:00 AM
Hi all!I'm so sorry I've been neglecting my blog, but there are good reasons. I'm writing up a storm! I've been working on a new WIP and writing anywhere from 1000 to 4000 words a day, and having so much fun.But that kind of wordage means I'm not nea > read more
PB Release of THIS OLD BAND by Tamera Will Wissinger!
06/03/2014 00:00:00 AM
Hello all! Today I'm celebrating a PB book release of This Old Band from Tamera Will Wissinger, whose debut book in verse, Gone Fishing, is a favorite at our house!Hi Tamera! So glad to have you on my blog. Since this book takes place in the wild wes > read more
Philly Recap, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, and RT!
05/12/2014 12:18:00 PM
Last weekend, I went to the Philadelphia Science Festival as a speaker.The Franklin Institue, all festooned with helix balloons!I kind of felt like I was giving a TED talk, with the secret microphone pack in the back of my pants and all. I felt very > read more
Happy Book Birthday to Kristin Rae's WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN!
05/06/2014 00:00:00 AM
Have some espresso. (Or gelato. Your choice.) And help celebrate the release of Kristin Rae's WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN, releasing today from Bloomsbury!I've known Kristin through blogging for a few years, and am her "big sis" since she's in the Class of > read more
Interview with EMMA PASS, author of THE FEARLESS and ACID!
05/05/2014 00:00:00 AM
Hello everyone! Today, I'm happy to be interviewing Emma Pass, author of ACID and her newest post-apocalyptic YA novel, THE FEARLESS.I thought I'd take you directly to where most of THE FEARLESS takes place, Hope Island, a haven from the frightening, > read more
05/02/2014 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! DL Hammons is having his annual Write Club event where you get to pit your own writing against other talented writers out there. I'm honored to be one of the judges for the finalists this year.Learn more about the contest rules and schedule > read more
And I WON!
04/28/2014 10:19:00 AM
So C2E2 is over, and I'm happy to announce that I won the Geek Geek Revolution panel against three major SF/Fantasy authors, Seth Fishman, Patrick Rothfuss, and Kevin Hearne.) Woot! I got some awesome Star Wars notepads as the prize!Some of my favori > read more
Geek Musings and Nutschell Blog Visit!
04/21/2014 00:00:00 AM
Yes, that is "Geek Musings" and not "Greek Muses." My brain is all on geek trivia and how much I (gulp) don't know. You'll see why, below. :) > read more
Blog Musings and Seward, NE signing
04/11/2014 09:01:00 AM
Hi guys! Well, I'm finding that I'm blogging rather sporadically (whoa, I'm having flashbacks of the movie Clueless and Cher's vocabulary lessons).When I started blogging in 2010, I decided the best way to blog was regularly and often. I think I star > read more
A Good Badlands Trip and more
04/03/2014 11:04:00 AM
Hi guys! My family and I went offline for a week while we drove to South Dakota and visited the Badlands, the Black Hills, and Mt. Rushmore. We stopped by Wall Drug and adopted this adorable Jackalope. > read more
Medical Mondays: Surviving a Shot to the Head
03/17/2014 00:00:00 AM
Boy, it's been a while since I did a Medical Mondays. I've been continuing to get medical questions from writers, but finally have a chance to breathe and blog about one of them. > read more
03/10/2014 13:27:00 PM
So my trip to St. Louis was wonderful!I got to meet Cole Gibsen, an old friend on QueryTracker, and Antony John, who shares the same publisher with me (Dial/Penguin.) He also has a delightful English accent!I make weird faces when I'm talking.And her > read more
St. Louis or Bust
03/03/2014 12:53:00 PM
Hi guys!Well, that "walking-cold" turned into a "lying-facedown-cold" within a day of writing that last blog post. Man, it's not fun being hit sideways with a bad virus. Luckily, this helped make me feel a little better:Really, I think seeing this im > read more
02/28/2014 09:10:00 AM
So I'm sick. I have this nasty cold, laryngitis, cough, nose-faucet and it just sucks. You've heard of walking pneumonia, right? Well this is a walking cold. Not bad enough that I need to be in bed all day, but bad enough that I feel like my brain's > read more
Elana Johnson's ELEVATED releases today!
02/18/2014 00:00:00 AM
Hey guys! So I was really lucky to get an early read on Elana Johnson's contemporary YA novel in verse, ELEVATED.Here's the blurb:The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevatorlet alone get stuck withis her e > read more
Chicago! And School Visit Schooling
02/10/2014 00:00:00 AM
Hi guys!Well, this year is going to be ripe with a lot of new experiences. Last week, I went to my first school visit with the awesome students from Drauden Point Middle School in Plainfield Illinois!Look what they made to welcome me!Look at those he > read more
Mini Yeti At My House
02/03/2014 00:00:00 AM
It's been cold here. As in, freeze-your-tukas-off cold. After weeks and weeks of occasionally sub-zero weather, we got a few inches of snow. > read more
My First Book Signing! And Stuff. And Sherlock.
01/20/2014 00:00:00 AM
This past Saturday, I had my first book signing at my local bookstore, the Bookworm Omaha! It was part terrifying and part wonderful, but 100% amazing!I had a local bakery, Jones Brothers, make a few dozen book-themed cupcakes. There were none left a > read more
Cyanide and Guest Posts
01/13/2014 07:31:00 AM
No, I'm not guest posting about cyanide, nor doing a guest blog posting involving cyanide.I was watching Skyfall recently (I can't get enough of Adele's theme song!) and was troubled about the scene when Javier Bardem takes a prosthetic out of his ch > read more
Checking into the New Year
01/06/2014 00:00:00 AM
Hey everyone!Wow, what crazy few weeks I've had. There was family over, and snow, and winter holidays with the kids...oh, and a minor event of my book being released on December 26th.So what does a debut author do on the day that her book releases?We > read more
It's finally heeereeee! CONTROL Debuts Today!
12/26/2013 00:00:00 AM
In 2009, I started writing novels.In 2010, I started writing CONTROL.In 2011, in the span of one month, I signed with an agent, Eric Myers, and sold CONTROL to Penguin.And now, at the very far end of 2013, my dream of becoming published novelist has > read more
Scorpion Pose Book Release Yoga
12/23/2013 00:32:00 AM
Hi everyone! It's after midnight and here I am, writing blog posts!So, see that countdown widget over to the left? It's ticking down. I remember when it said 300. That was so long ago! And now, Control is nearly ready to be out in the world in only t > read more
CONTROL Book Trailer Reveal!
12/16/2013 08:51:00 AM
Hi guys!I'm revealing the book trailer for CONTROL over on the League of Extraordinary Writers today! Stop by and tell me what you think. I also discuss a little bit of the process of making the trailer, too. :)Happy Monday! > read more
Art Inspiration, Book Exhalation
12/12/2013 00:00:00 AM
Hi guys! I'm doing a post over on the League of Extraordinary Writers on "Art Inspiration, Book Exhalation" > read more
Giveawayarrhea and Interviews!
12/06/2013 09:21:00 AM
Lots of stuff happening this month! Okay, this week, even. And lots of stuff being given away. Giveawayarrhea is a way better problem to have then the gastrointestinal kind. :PIf you missed it, I was over at Literary Rambles for an interview and ARC > read more
Medical Mondays: Scent of a Poison
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 > read more
WOW Wednesday and Happy Thanksgiving!
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 > read more
Guest Post at the Bookshelf Sophisticate!
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! > read more
They Should call it "RUN", not Fall
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 > read more