4.10.2014

The Best Day EVER. My First Book Signing!!


Today was incredible.
And I don't say that because I'm a dramatic author, who fantasizes about days like today (because I totally am, and I totally do fantasize about days like today…)

 When I first signed my contracts with HarperCollins, I felt like I was in a dream.

When I announced the book deals, I felt like I was in a dream.

When I saw my book covers, and revealed them, I felt like I was in a dream.



But today was different. It was real. And it all FELT very, very real. So real that I wanted to cry. It was the first moment, honestly, that I felt like a REAL writer. Not when I signed the contract. Not when I saw the cover, or shared it online, or got to hold the ARC of my book in my hands for the very first time. Those were great days.

But today was THE day.

I got to sign copies of both The Murder Complex and Balance Keepers#1, and I had an actual signing line. A real line, full of REAL readers!

There were 500 teens, packed into a room, and they were loud and crazy and they pushed and shoved, but most beautiful of all, they LOVED books. I mean really loved them.

I had so many teens who KNEW about The Murder Complex and Balance Keepers. I had so many people get upset when I ran out of ARCS, and I ran out fast! I had teens say, "NO I WANTED THAT BOOK!" And I apologized profusely, with a huge this isn't real smile on my face. I had a girl comment on how adorable my pet hedgehog Hedwig was, and I thought "YOU KNOW ABOUT MY PET HEDGEHOG?…wait…you know about ME?!"




And for the 45 minutes in sat in that chair, scribbling my name over and over in my own books, fragments of myself placed into pages, it was this moment where all the noise and the chaos disappeared, and it was my voice in my mind, saying over and over again, "this is real, Lindsay. You made it. You really, really made it."

As a writer, I often feel lonely and forgotten, and unimportant, when I'm sitting in my apartment with my pajamas on, writing away, with nothing but the sound of my fingers tapping the keyboard and the occasional bark from my dogs. It's a long wait to publication. I'm still not there, but I'm close. Like, next month close.

Today I was noticed, by people that thought I was someone, someone who did important things, and who made a difference in their lives.


I wanted to cry. I almost did.

Instead, I smiled and held it together and signed tons of copies, and passed out bookmarks and tshirts and smiled and soaked it all in.

Because it's only just the beginning.


And if this is only the beginning…..it's going to be a beautiful, wild ride. I'm so grateful. I'm so humbled and blessed and overwhelmed by the fact that this is my career. This is my life. God gave me a talent and a love for writing, and my agent noticed me, and she helped HarperCollins notice me, too.

To everyone involved in this journey….Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I couldn't be more grateful.

Today, I am the luckiest girl in the world.






4.07.2014

Between the Spark and the Burn….AMAZING

Between the Spark and the Burn (Between, #2)Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gorgeous and haunting----even better than its predecessor!

If I could give this book a million stars, I would.

When I first opened up Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, I was floored by Tucholke's writing style. It was lyrical, horrifyingly real, and so unique that I was plucked from my tiny apartment and thrown into the book's setting, almost like I was right there beside Violet and River in Echo.

Book two, Between the Spark and the Burn, did exactly that. And then some. I was worried about this sequel taking on a new setting, especially when the town of Echo had become so close to my heart from the first book. But as always, Tucholke proved me wrong. Her writing style was just a deliriously and wonderfully haunting as ever, and the characters came to life off of the page.

I felt, while reading this, that I was under River's Glow, that I was racing across the country in a car with Violet and Neely, Sunshine and Luke, chasing strange radio rumors in search of a boy who might---or might not---be the devil.

The way Tucholke weaves her sentences, her settings, her characters, all together, is fascinating. I don't think anyone has her style or her flair, and while the story in itself is incredible, the writing is what does it for me.

I am so sad to be leaving this series behind. I wish it could go on and on, and the way Tucholke left book two, it's quite possible that it could in the future.

Amazing job. I can't give this one enough praise.

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3.26.2014

Booknerdigans.com Contest!


Hey there Booknerdigans!!
As many of you know, I'm finally launching the booknerdigans.com website!

I started this hashtag in 2012, and since then, it's started to explode! It's so fun to see people using it and creating bookish conversations with each other all over social media!

So, a few Instagram bloggers, writers, and me, are going to be running it! The site will have weekly videos, reviews, giveaways, fandom news, etc, and it'll be loads of fun!

Now this is where you come in!

THE CONTEST

We need a header! We're going to be running a contest, so that you guys, with photoshop skills or drawing skills or editing skills, can have a chance to have YOUR header displayed on booknerdigans.com for all to see!

The rules:

  1. just don't use copyrighted images, unless you own them. I don't want to get sued ;) (Try getting free stock images online, there's loads if you google them)
  2. you have until next Friday to get your edit in! 
  3. You can either tweet me the link @lindsaycwrites, or tag it to Instagram under #booknerdigansheader
  4. (I am not good at this photoshop stuff, so I don't know the dimensions. Do a typical website's header dimensions, and if you win, we can adjust to fix!)
  5. good luck!

3.17.2014

ERASED by Jennifer Rush


They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth -- before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last age is turned.

AVAILABLE NOW FROM LITTLE BROWN BOOKS

This series is easily one of my new favorites.

I fell in love with book 1, ALTERED, flying through it in a day. I moved right onto book 2, and flew through that in half a day!

This isn't really going to be a review. It's going to be more of a "ZOMG I AM FANGIRLING BUY THIS SERIES NOW" post.

Why did I love it so much? Because it was SO unique. So different from what I expected! I didn't realize there would be so much action, mystery and betrayal! This is the perfectly webbed story, where things don't make sense in the beginning---you're following right along with Anna and the boys, as they figure everything out. And you NEVER know what's going to happen next. You don't know who to trust!
You don't even know if you can trust Anna....or Sam, her sexy love interest, who is so multi-faceted.

I loved the writing style, so punchy and fast paced. I LOVED the characters, and I honestly don't know how Jennifer Rush made them all so unique and so loveable, even the douchebaggish one, Nick! The Branch is a great "bad guy" type of corporation, and they aren't afraid to kill to get what they want.

But neither are Anna and the boys. I just LOVE that in a YA book, where an author isn't afraid to push the limits and just do some wicked good killing scenes.

I can't say a bad thing about this series. Other than the fact that it kept me from sleeping for a full 2 nights in a row, and now, I am DYING for book 3.

Get a copy NOW!

And check out the other books in the series!





3.13.2014

BURN OUT by Kristi Helvig---A Killer SciFi



"A scorching series opener not to be missed." - Kirkus 

A futuristic blend of Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans's Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure. 

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

Coming April 8th, from EgmontUSA

My Initial Reaction: Holy Crap. 

This book is SO good, you guys. I'm a major fan of scifi, and always have been. But reading scifi books really started a few years ago, when I picked up ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis. I devoured those books, and when I was done, I was pretty disappointed to find out that there just wasn't a ton of recent YA like it.

I wanted actual SPACE stuff. Spaceships. Weapons. Aliens. Crazy stuff like that.
That hunger was sated when I watched all of FIREFLY in a course of just a few days. The show sucked me in---the characters, the drama, the amazing plots, and the badA fight scenes.

So, naturally, when I saw the cover reveal for BURN OUT---I wanted that freaking book.
And I got to know the author, Kristi Helvig, over the YA Valentines blog, which we are both members of. She's so sweet and hilarious, so I just knew I'd love her book.
Finally, the day came when I got my hands on on ARC of BURN OUT.

And guys, this book rocked my face off.
Seriously. It's so good.

It has all the perfect elements that I love in a scifi. Action, weapons, advanced technology, spaceships, characters who are a little off their rockers.
The main character, Tora, is a total spitfire. I could really relate to her, and she never really disappointed me. I loved that about her. She always did what she thought was right. Even if that meant leaving herself in isolation because she didn't really trust the people who wanted her dad's weapons.

And by the way, the weapons are super cool. I want a wicked laser-gun thingy. Maybe the author is handing some out as swag...

Overall, if you're looking for something fast-paced, futuristic, and super fun, you'll love Burn Out. This book is great, because you never know who to trust, and your opinions will constantly change---which will keep you hooked.

This is a killer debut, and I am sooo excited for the sequel!