Come see me at Phoenix Comicon!

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Hooray! It’s time for Phoenix Comicon, the geekiest pop culture event in all of Arizona!

I’m a guest author this year, and will be appearing on a panel Friday afternoon with Austin Aslan, Beth Cato, Jamie Wyman and Shonna Slayton. We’re going to be talking about…

The Secret Lives of Debut Authors

*cue mysterious music*

How fun does that sound? We’re going to dish all the saucy details you’ve been dying to know.

Here are the details:

The Secret Lives of Debut Authors
Amy K. Nichols, Austin Aslan, Beth Cato, Jamie Wyman, Shonna Slayton
Friday, 430-530pm
Phoenix Convention Center, North 127c

Here’s the link at the Phoenix Comicon website:

Hope to see you there!


NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE is available for pre-order from a whole bunch of booksellers!

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On sale December 9, 2014

Exciting news! Now That You’re Here is available for pre-order from a whole bunch of booksellers!

H0oray for booksellers! Hooray for choices!

If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, you can now choose from the following booksellers:


Changing Hands

The Poisoned Pen



Book Depository


Barnes & Noble


Also, please be sure to add Now That You’re Here to your Goodreads reading list.

Thank you for your support!

Hello, my name is Amy, and I am a shmoopy book blubberer

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While at the Tucson Festival of Books, I participated in “A Book I Love”, a segment of Mark McLemore’s Arizona Spotlight. Basically, you choose a book you love and talk about it for a couple of minutes. Pretty cool, right?

I chose The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, one of my all time favorite books EVER.

The only thing is, I’m a weepy goober who can’t actually talk about The Book Thief without crying.

I should have known better. I mean, I could have talked about any number of books. There are so many incredible books out there. But whenever someone asks me, “What’s the best book you’ve read lately?” I always return to The Book Thief. So during my two minutes, I talked about The Book Thief…and I cried like a shmoopy blubberer.


Those who know me well are nodding their heads. They’re used to me getting verklempt.

There is an upside. When I played the segment for my daughter, she buried her face in her hands and said, “You are so embarrassing.” There are few things in life as satisfying as embarrassing your tween daughter.

Maybe there’s another upside as well. Perhaps my genuine, emotional reaction to this wonderful book will cause others out there to read it. I just hope they have their tissues ready. Especially if they’re weepy book goobers, too.

Click here to listen to A Book I Love (and me, blubbering). I’m the last speaker on the audio segment, located below the first video.


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Today the Class of 2k14 celebrates another book birthday! If you want to read up on all of the books from the Class of 2k14, head on over to our official site. Lots of good stuff going on over there.

Congratulations to Liz Czukas on the debut of ASK AGAIN LATER !


About the book:

Sliding Doors meets Sixteen Candles in this irresistibly romantic debut.

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all.

Ask Again Later is published by HarperCollins.


About Liz:

Visit Liz at Czukas is a freelance writer living outside Milwaukee, WI.  Ask Again Later is her first novel.  In high school, Liz did go to two proms but not at the same time.

Where to buy the book:

Barnes & Noble


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Today the Class of 2k14 celebrates another book birthday! If you want to read up on all of the books from the Class of 2k14, head on over to our official site. Lots of good stuff going on over there.

Congratulations to Varsha Bajaj on the debut of ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD !

About the book:

bollywoodAbby Spencer wants a life of excitement!

Well, sort of. Actually, that’s a lie. All Abby really wants is to meet her father. It’s not that she’s ungrateful for what she has – nice mom, adorable grandparents, great friends – but she feels like something’s missing. She’d never tell anyone that.

Abby knows her dad lives in India, but she’s never met him and doesn’t know much else about him. But Abby’s mom realizes it’s time to have the big talk and for Abby to finally meet her father.

Does he want to meet her? Abby’s about to find out that her dad lives a very different life in a different country and she’s going to experience it all, for better or worse. This is what happens when all your wishes come true…

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood is published by Whitman, Albert & Company.

About Varsha:

varshabajajBorn in India, Varsha Bajaj came to America, as a graduate student in 1986. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Southern Illinois University and worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in St. Louis, Mo.

Varsha’s upcoming titles include Abby Spencer goes to Bollywood (Whitman, 2014), a funny touching middle grade and Our Baby (Nancy Paulsen Books), a lyrical picture book to be illustrated by Eliza Wheeler.

You can visit Varsha at

Where to buy the book:

Barnes & Noble