20,000 words – gone

Yes, gone. But, fortunately there was no nasty computer to blame, just my fingers. I just finished editing WHEN YOU LEAVE and wiped out more than 20,000 words. Actually 21,400 words. That’s a lot of words. And it was hard to keep hitting the delete button. But I feel so much better about it. Hopefully the story of Haley and Jeremy is the better for it.

My Books in School (or not)

This month’s YA Outside the Lines blog had us writing about using our books in the classroom. My post is below, enjoy!!


Oh my. Suddenly I feel terribly inadequate because I can’t imagine any of my books ever being used in a classroom! Especially given the reaction I’ve seen from some adult reviewers – characters have sex! They swear! There’s an abortion! They smoke weed! And drink alcohol!

The Art of Imagination

moebrookerThis month’s topic over on YAOutsideTheLines – the influence of art and media on our writing – is especially topical to me. My next book begins at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. When I started writing the book (three years ago!) I made a field trip to the museum to take it in, take notes on the sounds, smells, how it felt to be in the cavernous museum and all its rooms. I visited collections, some I loved (contemporary art) some not so much (relics).

GCC: Sara Hantz’s IN THE BLOOD

In the Blood - Hantz[1]What a great cover! Check out Sara’s new book:

For seventeen years, Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.

His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol he stashes in his room. But after Jed wakes up from a total blackout to discover a local kid has gone missing—a kid he was last seen talking to—he’s forced to face his greatest fear: that he could somehow be responsible.


Looking for “Just the right combination of butt-kicking and romance to keep you on the edge of your seat,” (according to Allison van SH_PARRAfinalmdDiepen, the author of THE VAMPIRE STALKER)?

Then my friend Kelly Parra has just the book for you! Check it out here and read more:

Supernatural teen hunters and kick-butt couple Jaz and Blake get trouble in their own backyard, the graveyard, when a ghoul is on the loose and looking for fresh meat. When a teen hunter on the verge of death arrives at their doorstep, they realize a much greater evil is upon them.

A Little More Luke…

I keep getting emails requesting more the sequel to THE BOOK OF LUKE, especially something with Luke in it. Well, here you go. The beginning of Chapter 3, which brings us back to graduation day. And Luke.


Chapter 3

 “So now what?” Luke was waiting for me under the apple tree, just as he’d promised.

“I think my retinas are permanently scarred from repeated flash exposure,” I told him and then leaned in close to Luke so he could get a good look. “Can you tell I’m still seeing stars?”

I love Fall…

Does that explain why I’m such a horrible blogger? Am I out enjoying the foliage, the changing season, having picnics while apple picking? No. Or, yes, sort of . I did go apple picking and have a picnic at a vineyard, and it was lovely and we drove the convertible and it was the perfect Fall day. Enjoying the changing season, kind of.  The boat is officially out of the water (sadness). Was in NYC last weekend and I love NYC in the Fall. But it was almost 80 degrees out when I was there and we were wearing shorts and walking around like it was summer time all over again. We even grabbed a yummy ice cream cone after seeing a play in the Village. And we hung out on a rooftop deck until waaaay too late and not once do I recall thinking, “hmm, it’s October, shouldn’t I be cold?” And the foliage? Well, I have a rocking motorcycle and this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to ride in the Fall and I have to admit I am a little leery of slippery leaves on the road, even if they look lovely turning all sorts of crimson and orange on the trees.



Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of the award-winning YA series Amor and Summer Secrets, has created a modern take on the myths of Narcissus and Nemesis in a contemporary teen setting.

Her Mirror, Mirror trilogy debuts September 3rd with “Reflecting Emmy,” followed by “Nara Gazing” in October, and “Shattering GiGi” in November.

Here’s a little about the first book:

Eighteen-year-old Emmy is in the family business-trapping vapid narcissistic souls into her silver compact mirror for all eternity. It’s what the Rhamnusia family has been doing for thousands of years, all under the direction of Great Grandmother. Only Emmy’s latest assignment, Nara, is about to prove more challenging than she ever expected.

A Few Demons to Start the School Year – GCC with Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby’s new book, DEMONOSITY, is the perfect cure for required school reading! Check it out:Demonosity.small

The Black Rose–a powerful ancient force–has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis’ high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That’s where Cassidy comes in.

Another Chapter from the Luke sequel…Enjoy!

Chapter 2

The reincarnation theory notwithstanding, Kaitlin did turn out to be normal.

We’d been roommates for three weeks and so far we actually liked each other (as predicted, Josie and her vegan roommate, who preferred to go by the name Fern even though her real name was Doreen, lasted ten days before requesting that the director of housing step in and remove one of them after Josie threatened to hurl a vegan-friendly imitation leather boot at Fern’s head if Fern forced her to listen to one more grotesque fact about the exploitation at factory farms). Lucy had texted that her triple at UNC was huge and her roommates seemed fine, except for the fact that they were twins and Lucy could never tell them apart (apparently one of them had a distinctive birth mark on her left butt cheek but Lucy was willing to guess at who was who without asking for dematologic verification).