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New Post Mortem and upcoming KEY blog tour

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

It’s true! It’s true! There’s finally a new Post Mortem interview posted — and it’s with the protagonist of one of my dear friends, D. E. Atwood! Check out Death’s interview with Jordan of IF WE SHADOWS!

And I’m thrilled to announce there will be a TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour!


Details to follow. 🙂



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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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

HUNGER blog tour: Steph Su Reads, plus VERA

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Before I link over to today’ HUNGER blog tour stop, I want to give a huge shout out to a great friend and fabulous writer, whose latest book hits the shelves today.


Yes, today is the official publication date for PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, a Junior Library Guild selection that has earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ is about a teenage girl, her dead (ex) best friend, and her attempt to clear his name. The author’s first book, THE DUST OF 100 DOGS, was a fabulous read — and VERA is even better. Get thee to a bookstore and buy PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ.

You can read an interview between Vera and Death here. And if you’re a Saffron fan from 100 DOGS, you can read Saffron’s interview with Death here.

Today’s HUNGER blog stop is with Steph over at Steph Su Reads. Along with the review, there’s also an interview in which I talk about the Thin Voice, Death,  the end of the world, and what Horseman of the Apocalypse I’d be if I could. It was a very fun interview to do; hope you enjoy reading it!

HUNGER blog tour: Books By Their Cover

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Today’s Traveling To Teens stop is with Books By Their Cover. No interview today. Here is the review, which includes a cover grade. (I have to say, I was truly blessed by the cover gods for both HUNGER and RAGE.)

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a signed copy of HUNGER; I’m picking a winner (at random) this Saturday, so if you haven’t already done so, enter today!

And look: A new Post Mortem interview! In this one, Death interviews Vera, the protagonist of A.S. King’s upcoming novel, PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, which is a Junior Library Guild selection and received a starred review from Kirkus (which, as far as I’m concerned, makes A.S. King a goddess).

January? Already?

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Holy cats, where did 2009 go?

Ah, who cares? It’s gone, baby, gone, and 2010 has begun. I, for one, am glad. I’ve been looking forward to 2010 for a while now, for a number of reasons. The biggest, of course, is HUNGER coming out in August.

But there will be plenty more Post Mortem interviews coming — starting tonight. Stay tuned.

I’m currently working on RAGE, the second book in the Riders’ series. It’s rolling along — I’ve got about six chapters to go. Something interesting happened a few chapters back: I realized I didn’t like the synopsis for the rest of the book. So I rewrote it. Yeah, that happens sometimes: the story we think we’re going to write winds up not being the story we actually write. As long as the story that comes out is the **right** story, that’s what matters. (She typed confidently.)

Okay, I’ve got a Post Mortem interview to post. Diana Peterfreund’s Astrid, the heroine of RAMPANT, took some time out from unicorn-hunting to talk to Death. Good stuff. (I will never watch LEGEND the same way again.)

Happy Birthday to Me

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

My birthday is here! Cake for breakfast and happiness all around! Here’s wishing everyone a marvelous, magical day.

A new Post Mortem is on its way — stay tuned!

So What’s This Post Mortem Thing?

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

By now, some of you may be wondering what the heck the Post Mortem part of my website is all about. (Or maybe not. But for the sake of this blog post, and my fragile ego, I’m going to act as if I’ve been bombarded with questions about Post Mortem.)

Simply put, Post Mortem is a fake talk-radio show. And Death is the host.

Now, I have to be clear: this isn’t Neil Gaiman’s Death (although she is incredibly fabulous), and this isn’t Terry Pratchett’s Death (with or without all caps when he speaks). This is my Death. (Which, taken out of context, sounds incredibly weird and perhaps a little creepy.) Specifically, this is the character Death, who will appear in my upcoming novel HUNGER.

For more about Death and his role in HUNGER…well, you’ll have to be patient. (A year, folks. One year. We can do it!)

As for Post Mortem, here’s the deal: Death — cuddly, fun-loving guy that he is — has decided to interview the characters of other authors. The other authors’ characters, bless them, have happily agreed to come on over and answer some questions and talk about things…including what it’s like working with their authors.

Yeah, I’m pretty psyched about it too.

Some of the authors whose characters will be guests on Post Mortem? Heather Brewer. Rachel Caine. Mari Mancusi. Michelle Rowen.

So stay tuned.