YA Scavenger Hunt, TEAM PURPLE!

10/03/2017 00:00:00 AM

Welcome TEAM PURPLE!Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win ...

Pre-order Giveaway for THE NOVEMBER GIRL!

09/15/2017 08:40:00 AM

Hello all! I'm so excited to let you know that I'm holding a pre-order giveaway for my book! I spent many hours in the last month making these adorable silver wish bracelets.I've been a huge fan of wish bracelets for a long time. In fact, I ...

The November Girl Countdown Widget!

09/12/2017 21:30:00 PM

Look at this lovely countdown widget for The November Girl! If you'd like it on your blog, copy and paste the HTML located on the widget (click on the red HTML). Please share!

A Beautiful Poison is OUT now! Blog tour commences!

08/03/2017 14:44:00 PM

Hi everyone!After being a Kindle First for July, A Beautiful Poison has raked in over 500 reviews so far and it's still in the top 20 on the Kindle Bestsellers list! Thank you so much for all your support so far. Many of you have preordered ...

Cover Love! and Book News!

03/27/2017 10:05:00 AM

Hello! It's been ages since I last blogged but I have some new covers to share! Look!I'm so thrilled with how this turned out. I can't get enough of the edging details, the photo addition of a real bottle of medicine, the snake reference to ...

End of Summer Update

08/08/2016 11:29:00 AM

Piper, the day we brought her home. 9 weeks old! She's super sleepy in this picture.Wow, it's been a while since I last blogged. I used to blog so regularly, twice, sometimes three times a week. But I've also come to realize that blogging without ...

Paperback Release of CATALYST!

03/01/2016 06:00:00 AM

The matching paperback set is now available!I can't wait to see the two matching paperbacks next to each other. Hope you enjoy the read!Available on Amazon / Barnes and Noble / IndieBound / Books-a-Million


01/28/2016 13:17:00 PM

It's always nice to get reviewed by your local paper. This one is the Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is right across the river from Omaha. :)Here's the link to the original article.Teri DavisFor The Nonpareil

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

01/06/2016 03:00:00 AM

Don't you just love that cover???Today, the newest book from


12/21/2015 06:00:00 AM

So this happened:I am over the moon. I know I just posted about another book deal below for QUACKERY, which is adult nonfiction. Well, it's been almost three years since my last YA book deal, which was CATALYST. And I have written many things ...

Book Deal News: QUACKERY!

11/18/2015 16:52:00 PM

So this happened:First: THROWING CONFETTI EVERYWHERE OMG CONFETTI IN MY EARS AND NOSE AND YAY.Okay, I had to get that over with. It's been almost three years since my last book deal, so yeah. Lots of celebrating!But also, I guess this needs ...

NaNoWriMo, CATALYST ARC giveaway, and Grosheries

10/26/2015 00:00:00 AM

National Novel Writing Month. It's that particular November rite of writerly passage in which people feverishly commit to writing 50,000 words in a single month.click here for site!

Events Updates: Omaha and Chicago!

10/12/2015 00:00:00 AM

Hey everyone! If you're in Omaha, I'll be at the Omaha Lit Fest this Saturday, October 17, along with friend and colleague Dr. Bud Shaw to discuss how our practice of medicine and surgery affected our writing.If you're in town, I'd love to see ...

Medical Mondays: I Am Titanium

09/28/2015 00:00:00 AM

(That's one of my favorite songs, by the way.)Today, we've got a question from a friend and author, Elle Cosimano. She's the author of the YA thrillers

Book Giveaway! Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey, by Dr. Bud Shaw

09/21/2015 01:00:00 AM

Plume Books/Penguin Random House/2015Many of you know I've lived in Omaha for almost a decade now, after being a home-grown East Coast girl. I also did my twenty-four years of schooling and training in the East too. (I had to add that up recently ...

Medical Mondays: Fluoride Toxicity and Saying No To That 100th Cup of Tea

09/14/2015 10:00:00 AM

I've been wanting to do a #MedMondays on this one for a while.In the United States, pretty much everyone is familiar with fluoride. The element fluorine is the lightest halogen and exists as a highly toxic, yellow gas at room temperature. But ...


09/14/2015 00:00:00 AM

It's here! So excited to be part of this dark YA anthology with some of my favorite authors!About the book:You’ve been there.It’s dark and you’re comfortable. You’re just about to fall asleep when you can’t help but wonder if maybe ...


09/07/2015 00:00:00 AM

So excited that this book is coming out soon! We have lots of blog tour stops scheduled and there will be excerpts from the book at each stop.Read some choice bits from this dark YA anthology--there is something there for every reader. :)9/ ...

Medical Mondays: Blind Spots

08/31/2015 00:00:00 AM

There are so many little quirks of normalcy in your body. Maybe I'm well-suited to being a doctor since I find most of these endearing and fun (I'd entertain myself during boring lectures by finding the valves in my wrist veins, forcing the ...

Among the Shadows Giveaway!

08/14/2015 09:16:00 AM

AMONG THE SHADOWS releases in a month and we're

Catalyst Giveaway!

08/02/2015 14:23:00 PM

Hey! I'm running a five-book giveaway on Goodreads. If you haven't had a chance to read Catalyst, then click the links! Goodreads Book Giveaway Catalyst by Lydia Kang Giveaway ends August 17, 2015. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...


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 ...

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.

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 ...

Mid-October Musings

10/13/2014 00:00:00 AM

So this is what's staring at me when I write these days.

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

Authors for CCHS Fundraiser starts TODAY!

08/20/2014 05:00:00 AM

Kidlit Author Fundraiser

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

#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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 fr ...

Write Club!

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 ...

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 ...

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. :)

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 ...

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.

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.

Reporting Back!

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 ...

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 ...

Nyquil Booziness

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 ...

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 elevator—let alone get stuck with—is ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 r ...

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 ...

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 ...

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!

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"

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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!

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 ...