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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Happy Halloween! All the candy has been given away, so now it’s time for me to announce the winners of the two giveaways.

First, for the Authors Against Bullying giveaway…since there were five entries and four books, I’ve decided to throw in an extra book so everyone wins! I’m giving away, signed from me, HUNGER and RAGE, and signed from A.S. King, PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS. The winners are:

Michelle M. Pillow


YA Book Queen

Sara M


Winners, please email me via my website contact form, and let me know which of the four books you want, in order of preference, as well as your mailing address. I’ll email you back to confirm your address and to let you know which book you’ll be getting. πŸ™‚

And for the VELVETEEN contest, the winner is…

Naomi Clark

Congratulations!!! Naomi, please email me via my website contact form with your mailing address. πŸ™‚

Thank you to everyone for participating! I promise there will be more giveaways in the near future. Stay tuned!

Welcome to the Crossroads Blog Tour of 2012!

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Hooray! Today kicks off the 2012 Crossroads Blog Tour! Starting today until October 28, 13 authors are touring eight blogs. Lots of interviews! Tons of books! And an AWESOME grand prize!!!

How awesome?

How about a Kindle? With 13 books pre-loaded onto it?

I know, right???

For more information on how the tour works, check out Judith Graves’ site here.

Here’s the list of authors participating (taken from Judith’s site – seriously, check it out for all the info!):


Judith Graves – Leap Books – Under My Skin, Second Skin, Skin of My Teeth, Killer’s Instinct

Joy Preble – Sourcebooks – Dreaming Anastasia, Haunted, Anastasia Forever. Soho Press (forthcoming May 2013) – The Sweet Dead Life

Stacey Kade – Hyperion – The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, Body & Soul

Amanda Ashby – Speak – You Had Me at Halo,Β Zombie Queen of Newbury High, Fairy Bad Day, Demonosity

Lucienne Diver – Flux – Vamped, Revamped, Fangtasic, Fangtabulous

Kiki Hamilton – Teen / Macmillian – The Faerie Ring, The Torn Wing

Jackie Morse Kessler – Harcourt Graphia – Hunger, Rage, Loss

Christine Fonseca – Compass Press – Transcend, Libera Me

Carrie Harris – Delacorte Books for Young ReadersΒ –Taste In Boys, Bad Hair Day

Dawn Dalton – Leap Books –Β SPIRITED Anthology, Killer’s Instinct

Leanna Renee Hieber – Sourcebooks – Darker Still (Magic Most Foul, #1), The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul, #2)

Ty Drago – Sourcebooks – The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses, The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead

Janet Fox – Speak – Faithful, Forgiven, Sirens


For Day 1, Judith Graves and I visit A Simple Love of Reading! This one’s all about Halloween. Check it out! And remember to visit the main Crossroads Blog Tour page for information on how to participate – who wouldn’t want a free Kindle with 13 e-books pre-loaded? πŸ™‚

Interviewed, reviewed, and character revenge

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Yesterday, HUNGER got a terrific review at YA Book Reads — and today, they posted an interview with me, in which I talk about writing, donating money to NEDA, the character of Death, and, er, strip clubs. πŸ™‚

HUNGER also recently got a terrific review at the Starmetal Oak Book Blog.

And you should stop by Figment, where I am interviewed by Lisa (protagonist of HUNGER) and Missy (protagonist of RAGE).

Wild And Crazy Fall – with contest

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A wild and crazy fall? No doubt. Man, I haven’t blogged in forever. I think doing all those wonderful blog tours in October (every day!) temporarily short-circuited my blogging urge. But I’m back! Rah! And now, it’s time to play catch up.

Back in October, I showed a picture of Brian and Jen reading HUNGER on the bus to the Rally for Sanity and/or Fear. Here are more pictures of people with copies of HUNGER:

Here’s Julie, showing off her copy. So glad you enjoyed it, Julie!

And here is Neil Gaiman — my god of writing — holding up the copy that I sent him. A huge thanks to his phenomenal mystery aide, Cat Mihos, for the amazing picture!

If you send me a picture of you holding a copy of HUNGER, I’ll put it up on my blog. πŸ™‚

Now that HUNGER has officially launched, and I’ve gotten past the initial wave of OMG OMG OMG AAAAAAAAAAH, I’m focusing on writing LOSS (think bullying, Pestilence, Alzheimer’s…and Robin Hood. I swear, I’ll make it work!), and getting ready for RAGE to hit the shelves in four short months. (Gulp.)

Speaking of RAGE, I’m thrilled that it’s a Junior Library Guild selection for spring 2011! I’ll have an updated cover posted soon — it’s the same as what I currently have on my website, but shiner, and with a fantabulous cover quote from the ever-amazing Heather Brewer. Her quote says:

“RAGE is raw and real, a truly dark, honest look at self-harm and teenage psyche. Kessler left me breathless.”

Last month, That Cover Girl interviewed me and cover artist Sammy Yuen about HUNGER and RAGE. Sammy’s interview in particular is a terrific read. Thanks again, That Cover Girl!

New stuff: there’s a new Post Mortem interview posted: Death talks to Laurel from Amy Brecount White’s lovely FORGET-HER-NOTS.

Amberkatze interviewed me on her blog — thanks, Amber!

Over November, more terrific reviews of HUNGER came in, including:

Icey Books

Wondrous Reads

The Diary of a Bookworm

Marie Loves Books

A Simple Love of Reading

Silent T’s Book Blog

Renee’s Book Addiction

CK2s Kwips and Kritiques

My Favourite Books

I once again want to thank all of the folks who have been reading and reviewing HUNGER. You all rock out loud!

GIVEAWAY: Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf has a terrific review of HUNGER…plus an ARC giveaway of the book! Thanks, Lauren!!!

On Wednesday, I’ll be over at The Book Smugglers for my Smugglivus post…which happens to also be my birthday, so there may be a RAGE ARC giveaway. Maybe. πŸ™‚

Whew. Note to self: When I don’t blog for a month, there’s a lot of catch up to do!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Late Bloomer Online and Giveaway

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Happy Halloween, everyone! Whew. Spent all morning cleaning the house, and all afternoon and evening getting it dirty. Well, okay, not that, but my best friend and her family came over, so it was Tax Deduction Madness, followed by trick-or-treating. Loving Husband and my best friend’s husband took all the boys around the neighborhood, while my BF and I sat drinking wine. Well, no. Playing cards, actually, and fielding all the trick-or-treaters.

Cool point of the evening? A trick-or-treater came by…with a Vlad Tod bag! I had to give him some smiley-fangy-face temporary tattoos. πŸ™‚

Today is the last day of the Crossroads Tour! Today’s visit is with Late Bloomer Online. Which movie gets a hat-tip in my interview? Read it to find out! And then head over to the Crossroads Tour main page, answer all the questions, and submit your answers for a chance to win Really Cool Things!

A huge thanks to Judith Graves for organizing the Crossroads Tour, to all the terrific bloggers who hosted us, all the other YA paranormal authors for participating, to Shannon Delany for first telling me about the tour, and to all readers who commented and participated. You guys all rock!

And look – another HUNGER review:

Catcher Gone Awry

Finally, Jami at YA Addict is giving away a copy of HUNGER! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Jani!

HUNGER on the HuffPo Sanity Bus

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I couldn’t make it to the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, alas. But two of my friends went, via one of the HuffPo Sanity busses…and look at the reading material they brought:

Brian Cortijo and Jennifer Fischer on a HuffPo Sanity bus

Jen and Brian, you guys ROCK OUT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wish I could have been there. I hope you had a terrific time!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour and signing today

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Before anything else, a moment for me to squee: I received six RAGE advance reading copies yesterday. **SQUEE!!!!!!**


Okay, back to blogging…

Today’s Crossroads Tour stop at Just Your Typical Book Blog is a little different — it’s not an interview, but rather a guest post in which I answer Amber’s question, “If I were sucked into one of my books, which book would it be, and what kind of reaction or hopes would I have.” The post is called “Let’s Talk About Death,” and in it, I get into how influenced I’ve been by books and comic books when it came to the character of Death — including Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony and Terry Pratchett. Thanks so much, Amber!

After you read the post, head on over to the Crossroads Tour main page for today’s question. One day to go!

And hey, another HUNGER review, over at Teen Book Review Blog.

Finally, I’m signing copies of HUNGER today at The Little Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, in Albany NY, from 2 – 3 pm. If you’re local, I hope to see you there! I can show you a shiny RAGE ARC. πŸ™‚

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Electrifying Reviews

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Happy Friday! Today I’m visiting Alex at Electrifying Reviews. He asks me bluntly if the other books in the Riders’ Quartet end the same way that HUNGER did — and I actually give an answer! Come on by, and then go to the Crossroads Tour main page for today’s question. Getting close to the big Halloween finale!

More HUNGER reviews…

Candace’s Book Blog

A Backwards Story

Book Chic Club

And if you’re in the Albany NY area, I’m signing copies of HUNGER at The Little Book House tomorrow, Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 2pm – 3pm.

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Updates

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Yow. Sorry I haven’t blogged in a few days. Just had to step away and deal with Real Life Things. Go figure!

So the Crossroads Tour has been steadily working toward its Halloween finale.

Here’s where I’ve visited since I last blogged:

First, The Book Swarm, where Mary asks me awesome questions. She also reviewed HUNGER, huzzah! And she links to my two-part Death interview at The Book Smugglers. I’m definitely <3ing Mary! πŸ™‚

(Also on Book Swarm is a FABULOUS review of EIGHTH GRADE BITES, written by the lovely and talented Heather Brewer. Rah, Book Swarm!)

Next was Kid Lit Frenzy! Aly asked me terrific questions about the paranormal and horror influences. Whee! And she **also** linked to the Book Smugglers interview! Thanks, Aly! I <3 you too!

And today, I’m visiting Narratively Speaking. Thank you, Lynsey!

Okay, so by now you know the drill – visit the main Crossroads Tour page, get the questions, read the blog posts, and collect all 16 answers by the end of the tour, on Halloween. There will be prizes!!!


And look: more HUNGER reviews!

Book Hooked Blog

Novel Reaction

Writer Musings – As Tabitha says in her review, HUNGER focuses on eating disorders, and far less on the Horseman of the Apocalypse aspect. But for those who are (sorry) hungry for more about the Horsemen, each book reveals a little more. The final book in the quartet, BREATH, is Death’s book…and because he’s the original Pale Rider, he’s got a lot to share. πŸ™‚

Once again, thank you to everyone who has been reviewing HUNGER!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Liyanaland

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Today’s Crossroads Blog Tour stop is at Liyanaland, where I talk about the importance of worldbuilding. (Which some HUNGER readers might think is ironic, because we don’t see a lot of the Riders’ world in the book. But trust me, the world is there. And we’ll see more of it in upcoming books. Promise.)

And here’s another review of HUNGER, from Good Books And Good Wine. Enjoy!