The turn of a new year inevitably leads to an inundation of “Best of” Lists.

It’s an absolute disaster for my TBR pile, which grows bigger and bigger by the second as I read. But it’s fun to find new books to be excited about so I just forge on anyway and revel in all the new wonderful books I need to read.

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The problem is, while every publication under the sun wants to put its own list out, the most popular books of the year still tend to be the most popular books regardless of whose list you’re looking at.

Then there’s the other lists. The ones that dig up fresh, fantastic new titles that have been around all year, and they never found their way to you. I love these kinds of lists.

With this in mind, I present my list of the very best “Best Of” lists of 2015:

The 24 Best Literary Debuts of 2015
I love a fresh voice. More than that, I love giving my support to one. And I love it when publications use their platform to do the same. Ta-da. Thank you, Buzzfeed.

The Most In-Demand New York Library Books of 2015
It’s pretty interesting to see the commonalities and variations in the most popular books getting picked up from a library in various neighborhoods of the same city—especially in a major melting pot like New York.

13 of the Best Books of 2015 You Might Have Missed
Not every amazing book hits the bestseller list. For whatever reason, some fly under the radar. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them. Start with this list from BookRiot.

50 Best Comic Book Covers of 2015
Eye candy for the comic book fan. Or the book cover fan. Or the looking at stunning things fan. Comic Book Resources really knows how to rock a list.

What the Best Authors of 2015 Read This Year
There’s the books we read, and then there’s the books the authors of those books read. This list is an intriguing glimpse into the reading tastes of the authors shaping the public’s reading tastes.

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Black Friday is one of my favorite days of the year. Because I’m crazy like that.

And if there’s one thing you do. not. do. on the biggest shopping day of the year, it’s mess with crazy.

That’s how it’s done, folks.

But seriously. I love Black Friday because it’s the official opening to the holiday season. I purchase all the gifts, I pull out the Christmas tunes, put up the decorations, and I get my peppermint mocha.

And this year, I’m starting with YOU, with two gifts.

Gift One: Mud cover reveal! Here it is!


And Gift Two:

Mud is now available for pre-order!

Claim your copy now! Click here or on the cover image above to pre-order Mud now, at a special Black Friday sale price. (Available now in epub and Kindle; print and more digital options to come soon.)

Then, tell your friends to do the same! Click here to tweet. 

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This past month was all about the editing. I got comments back from my editor at the end of September, and then it was time to bite the bullet and take the heat.

I’ll admit: I was scared to open it for a full week. And then when I finally looked at the edits … ya know, it wasn’t so bad. Also, my editor is one smart lady, and her feedback definitely made Mud a better manuscript.

It’s so nice to know you’re in good hands.

And then I got a glimpse of the cover design mockup! And then we created the back cover blurb! It’s pretty freaking exciting.


When they’re finalized, you can bet I’ll be sharing them with you.

And just like that, bing-bang-boom, this entire process is just flying right along. I’m told we’re looking at a spring release, so we’re just months away from the finish line.

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Hi all. Welcome to this. my vast author-y web-void ... which soon I hope will in fact be alive with books and news and other fun reader-ly things for you. But, well, I guess everyone had to start somewhere.

So we'll start here: I am absolutely ecstatic to be able to share that I've signed with City Owl Press to publish my first fantasy novel Mud!

I KNOW RIGHT.

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In many ways it feels this happened so fast, and I'm incredibly lucky. On the other hand, it feels I've been snail-crawling my way to this for ages--five years of crazy early mornings, working weekends, countless what-the-hell-am-I-doing's, even more this-is-total-crap's, and another truckload of this-manuscript-is-never-going-to-end's. And of course, the critiques, the beta readers (THANK YOU to each of you, I have not forgotten my promise of a free copy when it releases), the many, many agent rejections.

And yet. Here we are. (!!!)

It feels like the end of a wild and very challenging adventure ... but I've read enough writing blogs to know that it's actually just the beginning of what's likely to be an even wilder, even more challenging one. Eeep! Here we go ...

I've just yesterday gotten my first round of edits from my editor, which I have not even dared to look at yet because this is quite a busy week and I can't afford to feel overwhelmed yet. But lots of excitement ahead, folks.

If you'd like to come along for the ride, sign up for my newsletter--I'll be shooting out monthly updates about Mud along with other fun reader-ly news.

 

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