Sunday, June 28, 2009

Harlequin Teen

It's always good to hear about new YA imprints popping into the market. The latest one that's generating a bit of chatter is the upcoming Harlequin Teen line. Senior Editor Natashya Wilson is currently acquiring. She considers both agented and unagented submissions. Forearmed is forewarned, so I've gathered up a few links relating to the line, which launches this August with Rachel Vincent's paranormal MY SOUL TO TAKE.
In other news...
There's still heaps of time to comment at We Love YA and win a copy of Dee White's absorbing new YA, LETTERS TO LEONARDO.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Join me on Sunday, June 28 at my other blog home, We Love YA, when Walker Books author Dee White drops by as part of her cybertour.

In Dee's latest YA, LETTERS TO LEONARDO, fifteen-year-old Matt dreams of being an artist, just like his late mother. But when his supposedly dead mum sends him a birthday card, Matt’s life becomes as complicated as a Pollock painting. He finds solace in writing to the only person who could possibly understand what he's going through - Leonardo da Vinci.

Dee's got a spooky story for us to kick off our dream theme this week. Be sure to comment at We Love YA for your chance to win a copy of LETTERS TO LEONARDO.

In other news, my fab critique partner, Stephanie Kuehnert, is just weeks away from launching her second novel for MTV Books, BALLADS OF SUBURBIA. It’s an intense read about a bunch of kids whose stories resemble a ballad. The choruses echo mistakes they make again and again, while in the verses they try to make sense of it all. In July, I'll be guest blogging at Steph's place, and you could win new music and a T-shirt from one of my fave bands. Please check back for an exact date.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

News Fix

When I uploaded this unofficial and perhaps illegal Blogger template, I lost all my favourite publishing and author links. One day I'll get round to putting them back up again, but for now, check out author Tricia Mills's regular YA news and reviews column over at Romance Novel TV. Click here to get your news fix.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Accidents Will Happen

A TV production crew for a series about paramedics recently did a shoot in and around my office building. We watched a ground-shaking explosion with real flames, extras stumbling along with fake blood streaming into their eyes, and stuntmen leaping off rooftops.

Which brings me to unplanned, unrehearsed stunts - those that occur in everyday life. For anybody who's tumbled down a set of stairs, you are not alone. I've done it, and so has this poor model in the video. Note the inauspicious number stamped on her briefcase.

Have you ever performed unplanned stunt work, and were you glad it wasn't televised?