Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Also, Kayla at Midnight Twilight's Book Blog is running a character interview with Clint himself, for all you Clint junkies out there...
In the midst of all the PLAYING HURT excitement, I'm also looking forward to the release of my next novel, which is a (yet untitled) middle grade, due out from Dial in '12. In fact, I just put together a new blog with a group of super-cool fellow MG authors, called Smack Dab in the Middle. We're actively looking for followers (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). Here's the first post, a vlog, which explains what we're all about:
I'm also in the midst of organizing dates for my own PLAYING HURT Tour, so stay tuned!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I just got one of the coolest reviews of all time on Amazon. Seriously. Check out this last paragraph in the review for PLAYING HURT:
“In the book, Chelsea and Clint vow to "never live timidly," and to never take the coward's way out again. As a storyteller, Holly follows her character's advice. She doesn't hold anything back, whether it's exploring sexuality, living with regret and pain, or hurting the ones you love the most and dealing with the fallout. Her characters live and breathe, and in the end, become a part of you.”
Really. How incredible is that?
I’m also proud to announce I’ve got my PLAYING HURT reading finished!
You have no idea what I had to go through to get this reading. Really. No idea. Every time I opened my mouth, kids started screaming in the street. Construction trucks parked outside and honked. My dog started snoring.
I honestly expected some of Dr. Seuss’s tanktookas and bambloozas to start blaring!
But here she is, finally: my reading of PLAYING HURT…
Those of you who’d like to read more (especially from Clint) can check out the sneak peek at The Serpentine Library!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
And if you'd told me, two or three years ago, that my second book would feature a couple of athletes, I would have laughed in your face.
So why did I choose to write about athletes? Check it out at Potter, Percy & I!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Mindful Musings is also featuring my guest post on the covers for A BLUE SO DARK and PLAYING HURT, and why I love PLAYING HURT's cover even more than BLUE.
What do you guys think? Do you like covers to feature metaphorical, poetic interpretations of a book's content (like A BLUE SO DARK), or do you prefer more literal interpretations (like PLAYING HURT)?
Thursday, March 17, 2011
If you haven’t dropped in on Angela yet, do it now. She’s truly just one of the absolute best bloggers out there. Seriously. Authors needing a review or interview should definitely shoot her an email.
Also, Jessica at Shut Up! I’m Reading has an excerpt (from a chapter in Clint’s POV, for those of you who have been hearing that Clint is swoon-worthy)…You can also check out her review here.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A BLUE SO DARK is a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year! Check 'er out here.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Check out her post here—and be sure to follow! Patty’s incredible.
Also, Alisia Leavitt’s got a brand spankin’ new author interview, and Andye at Reading Teen’s got an interview with none other than Clint Morgan himself, one of the dual protagonists in PLAYING HURT! (I really love the character interviews. Seriously. Love.)
…In the meantime, I’m on a mad rewrite. Hoping to get this thing cranked out by the end of the week and bounced back to my agent. Send me good writing vibes!
Monday, March 14, 2011
And this hit my inbox over the weekend—an incredible fan letter from Jessica in NY; Jessica graciously allowed me to share her words:
"Hello holly! My name is Jessica, and I'm a freshman in highschool. I went to the book store wednesday and picked up a copy of playing hurt, and I instantly wanted to buy it! I finished it yesterday! I just wanted to tell you that it was by far the best book I have read! I'm going back to read your other novel too!! I'm so excited to get that one started!! I can't wait till you come out with more books!!-much love! Jessica"
What author's not going to get excited over that?
...Of course, Aura would be a bit peeved if I didn't mention a fantastic review of A BLUE SO DARK went live at Lost For Words, along with a giveaway of the book!
Friday, March 11, 2011
...I know I must, though. So...know it's with a little sadness that I'm removing it from my sidebar...
But: Cool stuff abounds: Mundie Moms is hosting a giveaway (and a top-10 list of some of my favorite love songs)! And, you can catch a sneak peek of PLAYING HURT at Only Sexy Books Allowed!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
And by "lovely," I mean both positive and beautifully written. You should absolutely check it out.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Also: don’t hesitate to check out my guest post, “Costumes, Glitter, and Blank Checks: What it Takes to Sell Your Book” at the Parking Lot Confessional.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
…And: be sure to check out the excerpt of PLAYING HURT, which has just gone live at the Flux website!
I also had to share this, in my post at YA Outside the Lines: the moment my author copies arrived! (Excitement ran amok…)
Monday, March 7, 2011
Of course, this means that I spent the weekend sending out 200 mailers (and more emails), while organizing distribution of author copies of PLAYING HURT, putting together posts for my own PLAYING HURT Blog Tour, and juggling revisions of a yet-to-be-acquired novel.
I’m telling you, in all seriousness, anyone who thinks writing is a leisurely occupation is (as we say here in the Ozarks), a stark-raving idgit.
…But you know who makes it all worth it? You guys. My incredible bloggers. I just want to give you all enormous bear hugs.
…Speaking of: A guest post went live today at Reclusive Bibliophile, in which I comment on how hard it is to write a publishable novel before you’ve gone through the development process yourself.
Flux, my publisher, also put up a hot-off-my-computer interview.
And—just so my first baby doesn’t get too jealous of all the attention my newborn is soaking up, a review of A BLUE SO DARK can be found at The Serpentine Library.
...See you guys tomorrow: On PLAYING HURT's birthday!
Friday, March 4, 2011
Read Sam, Read! is hosting both my guest post on the subject of book trailers (anybody else think a trailer can run the risk of outshining a book—the same way that, say, a video can sometimes outshine a song?), and she’s hosting a giveaway!
Get yourselves on over there; check out the post and enter to win!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Donna at Bites is also running my advice on getting through rejection (and I know plenty about rejection—7 ½ years of it)…
Thanks to Donna, Katie, and Cindy for having me over at their incredible blogs…
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This morning, Amazon listed PLAYING HURT as having only 7 more copies in stock (more on the way, of course). PLAYING HURT doesn’t even “officially” release until March 8!
Who’s responsible for this incredible turn of events? You. My bloggers. I can’t begin to tell you how much I truly appreciate and love you guys…