get ready for another epic online scavenger hunt!

TeamI’m once again participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt, this time on #TeamGold, along with seven other teams of 20 authors! The 2015 Spring Hunt will run for 72 hours from noon PST on Thursday, April 2 through noon PST on Sunday, April 5.

The Scavenger Hunt runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes, including a grand prize for each team. If you win one of the grand prizes, you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website.

This online hunt is very much in the spirit of my recent novel, The Silence of Six, and if you play along you’ll find an exclusive deleted/alternate scene from the book. On my own blog, I’ll also be hosting a separate giveaway for audio books of my first two novels, Fair Coin and Quantum Coin. I hope you’ll play along!

Below are all the teams and books up for grabs… (Click the images to embiggen.)

Team Teal (2) Team Red 1Team Purple 1

Team OrangeTeam Gold (2)Pink Team

Team GreenBlue Team 1

 

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LIVE from Philly…

Image Source: Apiary MagazineI’m excited to be part of a terrific program on Monday, March 30: LIVE at the Writers House, featuring local Philadelphia YA authors. I’ll be reading with Eric Smith (Inked), Katherine Locke (Second Position), Lauren Saft (Those Girls), I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), and Tiffany Schmidt (Hold Me Like a Breath), with musical guest Birdie Bush.

The event is open to the public and will be recorded live for WXPN 88.5FM at Kelly Writers House’s Arts Cafe, University of Pennsylvania, 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia. RSVP at Facebook.

I’ll probably have a few copies of The Silence of Six on hand for sale, and I’m happy to sign books!

LIVE at the Writers House is one-hour broadcast of spoken-word art, poetry, and song hosted by Michaela Majoun of XPN’s Morning Show and produced by Alli Katz six times a year, with support from BigRoc. It looks like this episode will be #111, one of my favorite numbers! If you can’t be there in person, you can listen to it on the radio or stream it later online.

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do you like puzzles?

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The Silence of Six is full of puzzles for Max and his hacker friends to solve. If you think you have what it takes to be a hacker, play this digital scavenger hunt inspired by the book, hosted by Adaptive! The grand prize is an Xbox One, and there are prize packs with signed books, hoodies, masks, and a uniquely themed USB drive.

The game is afoot, beginning today and running through March 15! You will get your first clue from awesome booktuber Regan in her video below. Be sure to follow @AdaptiveBooks on Twitter for rules and updates! Good luck!

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new book deal: AGAINST ALL SILENCE

Exciting publishing news I can share now that it’s official: I’m writing a sequel to The Silence of Six, titled Against All Silence, for Adaptive Books! I’m very excited to tell the next part of Max’s story and work with everyone at Adaptive again. These books are technically standalone (because I have feels about cliffhanger endings), but you’ll see some recurring characters (yes, her, and also, her), so feel free to read the first book or its free prequel if you like.

Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

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3 Authors at HHS Library

Um… Happy New Year?

Sorry for the crickets around here, but I’ve been taking time off to hang out with my new(ish) baby. The Spud  is awesome and busy and exhausting! I’m finally getting back into the writing groove though, and clearing out 2014 (and *gulp* 2013) e-mails in pursuit of Inbox Zero and a fresh start on things. I came across a link to this video from my first post-Spud author event, a panel at Haverford High School Library with Marie Lamba and Ellen Jensen Abbot. We talk a lot about writing, so I thought it would be worth sharing with all the young writers out there.

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This was recorded the day after The Silence of Six was published, and shortly after the Spud arrived; I was so tired, I totally forgot to read from the book, but it’s okay, because I talked about why I love libraries instead. (If I say anything too wacky, chalk it up to sleep deprivation.) This was a fun Q&A with some terrific—and unusual—questions. Thanks again to the HHS English Depts and Monica Lalor for producing such a fine video. Enjoy!

ETA: Here’s that post on “Books vs. Babies” that I alluded to in the video.

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