Monday, September 1, 2014

#LetItGo Day!

Hey guys. I'm participating in the official #LetItGo Day this Wednesday September 3rd. Here's more information from Inkslinger PR:

#‎LetITGo‬ day all stemmed from Ann Aguirre's title, I WANT IT THAT WAY. One of the characters finds freedom when he lets something go that he had been holding on to. In the book, you see him physically do something to represent the act of letting it go and then finding peace. While reading, the wheels started turning! We all need to have a day to let things go. We've all had those moments when things play over and over in our head, when we hear the whispers of being told we're not good enough, when we find ourselves paralyzed by something. Some of us are affected by this in ways we think others could not possibly understand. So...#LetItGo day was formed. In the midst of ugly and dark things happening all around, we want to focus on freedom and finding peace. And September 3rd, 2014 is that day.

Using the hashtag #LetItGo on September 3rd from 8-9pm EST, we're having a Twitter chat. I'm lucky enough to be one of the hosting authors along with Ann Aguirre, Megan Hart, Lauren Dane and Monica Murphy.

We hope you'll come chat with us. It'll be a lot of fun with conversations, stories, and giveaways! See you this Wednesday to #LetItGo!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Epic YA book rec post!

With the rising popularity of YA, Steph Campbell and I wanted to put together a list of some of our all-time favorite YA reads. We're passionate about YA and wanted to share that love with you. These books represent what we love so much about YA.

We hope there’s something here for everyone, and that it’s helpful when you’re looking for your next book!

Also, please be sure to scroll down a couple posts and see how you can help me with clothes for the LGBT Youth Center in L.A. :)

The Body Finder: Kimberley Derting
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: Michelle Hodkin
Anna Dressed in Blood: Kendare Blake
Name of the Star: Maureen Johnson

Hemlock: Kathleen Peacock
Sweet Evil: Wendy Higgins
This is Not a Test: Courtney Summers
Falling Under: Gwen Hayes

Two Boys Kissing: David Levithan
The Vast Fields of Ordinary: Nick Burd
Don't Let Me Go: JH Trumble

Harmonic Feedback
Graffiti Moon: Cath Crowley
Speechless: Hannah Harrington
Sloppy Firsts: Megan McCafferty
Cracked Up To Be: Courtney Summers
Some Girls Are: Courtney Summers

Boy POV:
Freefall: Mindy Scott
Split: Swati Avasthi
I Know it's Over: C.K. Kelly Martin
Lovesick: Jake Coburn
Winger: Andrew Smith

The Secret Year: Jennifer Hubbard
Twenty Boy Summer: Sarah Ockler
The Sky is Everywhere: Jandy Nelson
Take Me There: Carolee Dean

Soon to be a movie/already a movie:
The Duff: Kody Keplinger
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Ransom Riggs
The Spectacular Now: Tim Tharp
Geography Club: Brent Hartinger

historic premise:
Between Shades of Gray: Ruta Sepetys
Out of the Easy: Ruta Sepetys

Pointe: Brandy Colbert
Wintergirls: Laurie Halse Anderson
Fault Line: C. Desir

Issue Books:
Stay: Deb Caletti
Thirteen Reasons Why: Jay Asher

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some fun things

I have a couple fun odd and ends that I want to share with you.

First, in October I am participating in the first Queer Romance Month. I am REALLY excited about this. You can get more information HERE. More soon!

Also, I wanted to share a teaser of the YA I am working on right now. I can't even find the words to tell you guys how much I love this book. Ryder and Virginia are near and dear to my heart.

I'll be in New York for a Book Rave next month. I am stoked to go. You can find more information HERE. It's going to be a fun event. I hope to see you there.

Lastly, don't forget to scroll down. I'm still collecting clothes for the LGBT Youth Center in Los Angeles. Let's help these kids by making sure they have clothes to wear. Plus, you can win signed copies of ALL my books!

Check back soon... I should have something else exciting to share :)

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Let's help LGBT youth in Los Angeles

It is estimated that 20-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT, when LGBT youth only make up 10% of the general youth population (statistics found online).

The Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center provides services for LGBT or questioning youth between the ages of 12-24 who don't have a home. Some of the services provided are: Housing, meals, showers, recreational services, eduction and employment programs and more.

This is where we come in :)

Twice a day they allow homeless LGBT youth access to gently used clothes and new packages of socks and underwear. From now until Monday September 15th, I will be collecting gently used clothes and new packs of socks and underwear to help. At the end of September, with my good friend, Melissa, I will take them all to L.A. to donate to the LBGT Youth Center.

*For those interested in helping out, please email me at for the address to send me clothes donations.

*Please visit their site HERE for a more specific list on what to donate. Please make sure the clothes are in decent shape, and go by the sizes etc. on their site.

Each person who sends me clothes or new packages of socks and underwear, I will enter your name in a drawing. Sometime the week of September 15th, I will randomly draw one winner who will get a SIGNED paperback of ALL of my books. Yep. One person will win signed copies of: CHARADE, FACADE, MASQUERADE, RUSH, WHAT A BOY WANTS, WHAT A BOY NEEDS, FREEING CARTER, MEASURING UP, OUT OF PLAY, SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL, and DIZZY. So, not only are you helping homeless youth, but you also have the chance to win some free books!

*What else you can do to help:
I understand that not everyone is able to purchase socks and underwear. Or maybe you just cleaned your closets and donated your clothes. You can also help by spreading the word about this. Tweet it, Facebook it, blog it. We can make the most impact by getting the word out!

Thanks everyone!

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