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The Keep of Ages Is Out!

Yahoo! The Keep of Ages is out today!

I’m so happy. This book wraps up the Vault of Dreamers trilogy in the perfect dazzling way, and I’m so excited that readers can finally learn what happens to Rosie and all her friends. Yay!

The Keep of Ages Blog Tour ends today, too, with a fitting stop at Mundie Moms. Katie, the force behind Mundie Moms, interviewed me back when Birthmarked first came out, and I had the fine pleasure of meeting her in person when I visited Texas a… Continue reading

A Blog Tour Playlist at Bookish Lifestyle

I can hardly believe The Keep of Ages is out tomorrow!

Today, the penultimate jump of the Keep of Ages Blog Tour takes me to Bookish Lifestyle, where a playlist of songs reflects the moods, characters, and key moments of The Keep of Ages. Choosing just the right music was a pleasure and gave me the chance to think about the novel in a new way.

Music has always been important to me. More than hearing it with my ears, I tend to feel it around my… Continue reading

The Jump from Teacher to Writer

Today, the Keep of Ages Blog Tour takes me to YA Books Central where I’m talking about how my life as a high school English teacher prepared me for writing YA novels.

Writing Rosie’s story, especially the first book in the Vault of Dreamers series, gave me a chance to draw directly on my experiences in a high school, both as a student when I was younger, and as a teacher. The energy and daily anxiety of high school are unforgettable, and it was a natural leap to… Continue reading

The Blog Tour Stops at Reading Teen

Today the Keep of Ages Blog Tour swings by Reading Teen, where I’m playing Two Truths and a Lie about myself and Rosie’s story. I’m a truthful person, normally, but it was fun trying to come up with lies that sound plausible. 

If you are not already familiar with Reading Teen, Andye’s site is cool because aside from providing book reviews and giveaways, she invites discussions of sensitive topics (like sex in YA novels) and supports methods for turning books into art. It’s an inspiring… Continue reading

Onto the Reading Nook Reviews

For Day 6 of the Keep of Ages Blog Tour, I head over to The Reading Nook Reviews with a list of my 10 favorite science fiction novels. My taste in sci fi leans towards dystopian novels like 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale, disaster novels like Life As We Knew It and Station Eleven, and futuristic survival stories like The Martian and The Dog Stars.  They often deal with injustice, and always give me a new perspective on living now, in this world. Follow the blog… Continue reading

Visiting A Dream Within A Dream

Today the Keep of Ages Blog Tour stops at A Dream Within A Dream for a goofy list of 10 horrible titles and a giveaway of all three books in the Vault of Dreamers series. Steph’s blog features reviews, giveaways, and excerpts of YA sci fi, YA contemporary, and adult urban fantasy. Her site is always up to date with information on new books and authors—a great place for discovering new fiction. Do drop by!

The Keep of Ages will be out one week from today! It’s hard for me… Continue reading

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