Thursday, May 26, 2011


Here's a Summer of Second Chances scene I'm working on where Grace and Adam are on the deck while the rest of their friends are down in the living room playing the game of Life:

It was no longer silent.
A cheer had exploded throughout the condo, a male cheer that sounded a lot like a “woo,” and I laughed at the absurdity of it. It wasn’t hard to recognize that it belonged to Tripp. Adam and I looked at each other in amusement when we heard another cheer from the living room.
“Did Tripp win or something?” Adam asked.
“Must be,” I said, remembering my board game and pogs day with Tripp last summer. Even though he was supposed to keep me company and cheer me up, he didn’t go easy on me in the games. When he celebrated, he celebrated hard. He didn’t care how naked he got—not that I’d seen him naked before. “He is a sore winner. He probably took his shirt off to celebrate.”
“Let’s check it out.”
I raised an eyebrow at him.
Adam rolled his eyes. “The celebration, not my shirtless friend.”

Friday, May 20, 2011

WITHER Giveaway Winner!

So my puny little contest had 9 entries which gave each one of you a high percentage of winning. Because it's a small number, I went old school by writing the names on slips of paper and picking a winner out of a hat--my Phillies hat, specifically.

My lovely Phillies hat.

The 9 Entries.



So I'm going to email the winners from jadedlittlegirlx[at]gmail[dot]com so you'll know it's from me :)

I hope to do more of these giveaways in the future!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fairy Tales

I love fairy tales.

It's my dream to have a fairy tale collection from books to DVDs. (I already have a good book collection of anthologies, commentaries, annotations, and analyses.) I would love to rewrite fairy tales. I would love to teach a course on fairy tales.

Fairy tales are very big these days in Hollywood, too. You already have Beastly, Red Riding Hood, and Tangled recently. And upcoming fairy tale retellings include Snow White and the Huntsman, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jack the Giant Killer, Sleeping Beauty, and more. This fall, there will be two different fairy tale TV series: NBC's Grimm and ABC's Once Upon a Time.

It makes me more excited to work on my fairy tale dystopia!

Friday, May 6, 2011

WITHER Giveaway!

So I mentioned on yesterday's blog that I have a signed ARC of Wither by Lauren DeStefano to give away...I'm  giving it away on this post! I got the ARC awhile ago, but I never bought the finished copy when the book was released. I figure, I should buy books I haven't read yet before buying Wither. Well, I finally bought a copy at the signing at Books of Wonder in NYC (which is an awesome bookstore). Since now I have the finished copy (signed, too), I don't need the ARC anymore.

So one of you guys are getting it!
It's signed, too!
And it has such a pretty cover!

So how do you win this signed book?

It's simple. Just comment once with your email address. And I'll randomly choose someone. That's all.

*US only. Why? Because I'm currently unemployed and don't have the money to send internationally.
*You don't have to follow me to enter because I figure some of you will just unfollow me after the contest which would just make me sad.
*You can blog or tweet about the contest if you like, but it won't count as extra entries.
*Contest ends on Friday, May 20 at Noon.
*Then one of the comments will be randomly chosen :)

After a person is chosen to win Wither, I will randomly choose someone from the remaining comments to win a Cassandra Clare and Holly Black sampler I got from the signing. They're excerpts from their upcoming books Clockwork Prince and Black Heart. If the winner doesn't want it, then I can choose someone else :)

Now comment away!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Books of Wonder Signing

I wish I was still living in New York City. But sadly, I moved back to Delaware last year because I graduated from NYU and my apartment lease was up. One of the things I miss the most is going to author signings (and concerts). I already miss a lot of them with authors I would love to meet and hear them speak!

But this past Tuesday, I went to NYC to see Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Lauren DeStefano at Books of Wonder! I love all their books and I knew I had to take the Chinatown bus into the city to see them! There were so many people there in the store when I got their 45 minutes before it started! I was number 88 for the signing later on. There were so many more people after it started. It’s fun to hear the authors talk about their books and answer questions by the fans.

I got my books signed (I had to lug around 4 hard cover books and 2 paperbacks I brought from home, and I even bought 3 hard cover books at the store!). I got to have pictures taken with the lovely ladies. I got free goodies such as samplers of their next books and postcards from Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I love the ones by Cassie b/c the postcards are funny to read—the exchanges between Alec and his friends back in NYC.

It was my first time meeting Lauren, but I’ve seen Cassie and Holly several times before at other NYC signings. Cassie even recognized me! That’s fun. (It’s like when my favorite male singer Tyler Hilton recognizing me at his concerts because I went to like 10 of them within a couple of years.)

Here are my pictures with the authors. Don’t mind my ugh face—it’s all shiny, bleh, and I have too much hair.  (And yes, my hair’s naturally wavy, thick, and long. You can’t really see the rest of my hair because it was partially tied up!)

Me with Holly Black

Me with Cassandra Clare

Me with Lauren DeStefano

Oh, since I bought Lauren DeSefano’s WITHER at the store, I really don’t need the ARC I got previously. Before going to the signing, I knew I wanted to give it away so I had her sign it. Tomorrow, I’m going to have a contest so one of you guys (who live in the USA because currently I’m unemployed so no money to send internationally) can win a signed ARC of WITHER! Watch out for that :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Summer Friends: Before and After

It's amazing that I first finished writing Summer Friends back in 2009. A lot of time have passed but it's good because I have put distance between me and that book (especially after it got a gold star on Inkpop). A couple of days ago, I started rewriting the beginning of the book, and it became so much better! I think it's going to be fun rewriting this story about Sam and Mandy and their many adventures together as they grow up :). I'm still debating whether to take out the Mandy's sister and Sam's dad situation. Maybe it should be Mandy's mom and Sam's dad.

(I know, I know.  I'm already working on Summer of Second Chances and the Untitled Fairy Tale Dystopia. I'm adding a third book into the mix even though it's going to be a rewrite.)

Here are the beginnings of Summer Friends before and after:

Summer Friends (2009):

1st Summer (Age 7)
I hate you…
I hate you…                                        

An apple pie sat in the center of the table, simply waiting to be eaten. 
Mandy Joseph’s mouth began to water, waiting.  A swirl of cinnamon danced in front of her face.  She could already taste Sweet Nancy’s yummy apple pie in her mouth, warm and sweet. 
“Hello, Mandy.”  

Summer Friends (2011):

1st Summer (Age 6)
A Yummy Apple Pie

The best apple pie in the world was sitting right in front of her, and it had her name on it, or rather, her initials…if she squinted a little and pretended that the strips in the lattice crust formed the letters M and J. Her mouth began to water. A swirl of cinnamon danced in front of her face as she breathed in. She could already taste Sweet Nancy’s yummy apple pie in her mouth.
Warm and sweet. 
It was simply waiting to be eaten, but Mandy Joseph kept her hands under the table. If they were above it, there was no telling what she might do. She giggled. Okay, she knew what she would do. She would jump onto the table in her green sneakers that probably had a couple of squished ants on the bottom and dig her hands into the pie like a little monster.
 “Hello, Mandy.”