Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SOKY Bookfest 2017

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Southern Kentucky Bookfest in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as an author. I sat on a few panels, met a ton of kids during kids day on Friday, and interacted with some amazing readers and authors.

Highlights included meeting authors RL Stine (!!!!), Gwenda Bond, Obert Skye, and so many others. The more big-name authors I meet, the more impressed I am at how down to earth and nice so many of them are. Being a part of this incredibly supportive community is such an honor.

Maybe my favorite part of the weekend was sitting on a panel called "Authors are Fangirls, too." My fellow panelists included Carey Corp, Lorie Langdon, Kathryn Ormsbee, and JC Morrows. We discussed all sorts of important topics, such as our celebrity crushes, casting for our novels, creating playlists and Pinterest boards for inspiration while writing, and which show we'd walk onto if given the chance.

We had all sorts of fun and decided that, regarding specifics, what happens in the Fangirl panel stays in the Fangirl panel.

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt may have come up.

Maybe more than once.

Here are some pictures from my amazing weekend. I can't wait to do this again!



 Gail Nall, RL Stine, and Me












Me and Gwenda Bond




 Me, Gail Nall, and Brooks Benjamin










 Annette Oppenlander and Me


Me with Obert Skye


 Me and Courtney Stevens


 Christina Farley, Lorie Langdon, Jessica Young, Marissa Williams, Me
 Marissa Williams with the Authors are Fangirls, Too session

 Marissa Williams, Carey Corp, Lorie Langdon, Me, Kathryn Ormsbee, and JC Morrows



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cover Reveal for Under a New York Skyline

Today is the cover reveal for Under a New York Skyline, a collection of four YA romance novellas releasing April 15th from Teenacity Books. And here it is:


Isn't it cute? Here's a short summary of the book:

Romance in New York has never been so loud with hip hop, so frenzied with Comic Con fans, or so alluring with pop sensations. Authors Kathi Oram Peterson, Nikki Trionfo, Maureen L. Mills and Teresa Richards whisk you away to four of the Big Apple’s sweetest, hippest teen romances evah!

If you'd like to learn more about my contribution to the collection, go here to read about my novella, You, Me, and Comic Con.





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

You, Me, and Comic Con

I'm so excited to announce that I have a novella releasing on April 15th in a collection of four YA romance stories with these authors:




Go here to learn more about the collection.

Here's a quick blurb about my story, which is called You, Me, and Comic Con:

When Avery's super-cool, super-tough skater boy boyfriend breaks up with her and heads to NYC for the day, she decides to follow him and win him back with her moves on the ramps. But when he goes to Comic Con instead of the skate park, everything she knows about him is called into question. Is he actually a closet nerd gone to let his Comic Con flag fly? 

Avery has always been too hardcore for anything but skateboard competitions, but to find out the truth, she might have to bend her own rules. With the help of an unlikely group of new friends recruited from the Comic Con line, Avery sets out to discover the truth, and learns some truths about herself along the way.

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This is the first novella I've ever done and, I've gotta be honest, it's one of my favorite things I've ever written. The format is long enough for some great character development and satisfying story arcs, but not so long as to get bogged down in subplots and complex layers.

I got the idea for You, Me, and Comic Con when thinking about one of my side characters from Emerald Bound, Piper. She's a skater girl, and I thought it would be fun to dive into skate culture and plant a character there. But, of course, I couldn't let her stay in her comfort zone for long, so I threw her into another culture that fascinates me--Comic Con--to see how she'd react. The result was a story that I had an absolute blast writing.

The cover reveal is coming up on March 15 and if you sign up for my newsletter before then, you'll get a sneak peak at the first few pages of my story once the cover is revealed. (To sign up, scroll to the top of this page and look to the right where it says 'Join my fan clan').

Captain America plays a big role in You, Me, and Comic Con, so, as a sign off, here ya go.

You're welcome.