Monthly Archives: December 2012

I’m Kicking off the EpicReads Author Takeover

Christmas ribbon on BHV

Epic Reads is letting its authors take over its blog during the holidays, and they asked me to kick the week off!

I chose to give a guided tour of Paris’s Christmas lights, and also chose a special Paris-related gift that you can win if you leave a comment on EpicReads page.

Head on over to see it here.



Research Road Trip

In case you’d been wondering why I’ve been on complete internet blackout this week, I am WORKING. Hard. But not in one of my usual batcaves. This time I’m on a 5-day research related road-trip. And the first person who guesses the closest town to where I am in the photo above wins a hardback U.S. copy of UNTIL I DIE.

Since I’m flying back to Paris on Sunday/Monday, this will be CONTEST MONDAY, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, 10am Paris time. One entry each, leave your guess below. International, as usual.

(I know…I know – this is impossible. But it’s more fun than using Randomizer!)


CONTEST MONDAY presents AE Rought and BROKEN

Today I have the pleasure of hosting AE Rought on today’s CONTEST MONDAY. And up for grabs is an ARC of her upcoming book BROKEN, released in January by Strange Chemistry.

My very own blurb : “Death, kissing, and a smoking hot mystery boy in a hoodie: what more could you ask for?”

Well, one other thing you could ask for is an absolutely amazing cover:

And a fascinating plot:

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

“A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his specter in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely…familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks.

And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.”

Intrigued? Well all you have to do to be eligible for the ARC of BROKEN is follow Ann on FB and Twitter, and then tell me below in the comments that you did both. Ann approved of my regular “international” rule, so is ready to send the book anywhere in the world. We’ll do a 24-hour time limit, but since I will be in an airplane in exactly 24 hours, I’m going to let Ann announce the winner here in the comments. Scan the comments below for Ann’s announcement of the winner. And…GO!


Salon du Livre, Montreuil (Montreuil book fair)

I could write you pages and pages about the time I spent at the Montreuil Children’s book festival, but since I’m on KILLER DEADLINE I will just pop photos in with a few captions. Montreuil is on the eastern edge of Paris, and this book fair was THE HUGEST THING I’VE EVER BEEN TO. As in, massive. Here we go…

Here I am at the opening night cocktail party. Note...coat is off because it is BOILING in the convention center. My date was a very cute politics professor from Canada who I met at PAF.

A view of a tiny itsy bitsy corner of one floor of the book fair.

Opening night cocktail party madness. Again...just one tiny corner. Best part of the party was when some random woman came up and gave my date enthusiastic cheek-kisses and then realized she didn't know him from Adam.

Dinner with my editors Chloe Moncomble and Anne Blanchard, my translator Marie Cambolieu, and writers Malorie Blackman and Amelie Sarn. Did I remember to take a photo of them? No. I took a photo of my eggplant-cardamom crepe instead.

Here is the VIP room on Saturday. This is a stealth photo (that's why it's blurry) because you're usually not supposed to take pics in VIP rooms. Something about respecting people's privacy, blah blah. 🙂 This is the room where I ran into Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs, as well as CJ Daugherty. VIP rooms are the best for running into people (and for free coffee and snacks).

Did I mention how excruciatingly hot it was? I was in a sleeveless dress and I was sweating. The poor guy who had to sign books wearing the mouse suit should have been given an award or something. Like a knighthood.

Amelie Sarn, my editor Chloe Moncomble, and Malorie Blackman before our signing.

Amelie, me and Malorie before our signing.

Me signing books. I brought UNTIL I DIE and IF I SHOULD DIE to show the French readers what was coming next. (UNTIL I DIE will be in French Jan 2013 and IF I SHOULD DIE June 2013.)

Amelie hanging with Anne Blanchard (DIE FOR ME's editor) and Chloe (the Big Boss)

Two of my French readers, Morgane and Blandine at the signing. Morgane is the one who did the awesome fingernail art in my ARC contest.

Me with French fan Laetitia who I already loved for coming to all my signings, but love even more now because she brought me chocolate!

I heart my readers and my French publishing team at Milan Jeunesse/Macadam!


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