I am a New Adult (Again)

When I was 18 years old, I could not wait to leave my boring, suburban hometown and go to college in the city of Boston. And even though Boston was only a 40-minute drive away, I was convinced that moving to the city had the power to magically transform me—80’s movie montage-style—from a chubby, overachieving nerd, intoContinue reading “I am a New Adult (Again)”

Curl Power

Are you old enough to remember when Nicole Kidman’s hair was actually curly? How about when Kerri Russell rocked a curly do?  And whatever happened to Andie MacDowell’s famous curls?  Or Juliana Margulies?  These ladies used to be my curly hair icons. And now… just a bunch of limp noodles.  Albeit, gorgeous ones. Normally, I’mContinue reading “Curl Power”

Happy Birthday to ESCAPE THEORY, TRINKETS, and Me!

There are few moments more gratifying for an author than the day his or her book gets released.  So, I would like to extend a hearty congrats to my uber-talented writer friends Kirsten Smith (Trinkets) and Margaux Froley (Escape Theory) who saw their book babies into the world today.  YA fans,  I urge you toContinue reading “Happy Birthday to ESCAPE THEORY, TRINKETS, and Me!”

Nothing Compares 2 U

Today’s theme for the TeamTEENAuthor group post is Break-Ups.  But since it’s been a loooong time since I’ve had one of those (1997, to be exact) I’ve decided to write about friendship break-ups, which is a huge part of my book, REUNITED. Though if you’ve recently had your heart broken, go put on a pairContinue reading “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Toilet Papering the Yard – from the pranksters at The YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes

Welcome to “Toilet papering the Yard,” which, in addition to being an obnoxious yet biodegradable Halloween prank, is also the name of my group in  the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes.  If you’ve never hopped with us before, the YAmazing Race is the coolest blog hop ever featuring over 50 YA & MG authors and tonsContinue reading “Toilet Papering the Yard – from the pranksters at The YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes”

Win Tons of Books & Stuff at TeamTEEN Author’s Dare Day Challenge

Guess what, teamTEEN author fans?  It’s Dare Day again!  I know I said that last week, but apparently I jumped the gun a bit.  Whoops.  But the good news is, this week, you can enter to win books & stuff! To check out all of the fabulous PRIZES, just go to the TeamTEEN Author Dare Day Contest,Continue reading “Win Tons of Books & Stuff at TeamTEEN Author’s Dare Day Challenge”

Dare Day: In Which I Reveal My Biggest Celebrity Crush

Guess what, teamTEEN author fans?  it’s Dare Day again!  Oh yes, I already completed my qualifying dare last March (see below). But I’ve never been one to turn down a chance to humiliate myself on the interwebs.  And so, I present to you, my biggest celebrity crush. My Celebrity Crush Likes Richard Nixon! I guess I’m aContinue reading “Dare Day: In Which I Reveal My Biggest Celebrity Crush”

Hello, I am Extra Credit

As a kid, I lived for extra credit.  If making a pinhole camera out of a shoebox, or fashioning a shrunken apple head version of George Washington Carver could boost my A to an A+, I was all over it.   Teachers pets of the world unite!  (Sorry, I get overexcited just thinking about pinholeContinue reading “Hello, I am Extra Credit”

The Bully in My Head

The topic of today’s blog post (bullying) comes from my involvement with TeamTEENAuthor.  TeamTEENauthor is a group of YA writers committed to speaking directly to their teen readers through essays, personal stories, and videos about age-relevant topics (with a small side dose of public humiliation). In other words, we don’t just want to write for you, we wantContinue reading “The Bully in My Head”

Super-fan awesomeness: manicure edition

I thought I showed my love for REUNITED when I got my toes painted yellow for BEA, but @amabe421 has clearly one-upped me.  I present to you the best REUNITED-themed manicure ever.  And possibly the only REUNITED-themed manicure ever. 😉