WHILE YOU WERE GONE – Advanced copies!

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Hey everyone! Exciting news. Yesterday a box arrived from my editor.

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What’s this?

 

I opened it and found…

Advanced copies of While You Were Gone!

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Advanced copies!

 

YAY!!!

With Now That You’re Here being out for only a little over a month, I haven’t done a lot of talking about the second installment. In fact, I haven’t even shown you the cover yet. *gasp* A few of you have seen it on Goodreads and Amazon, as well as on The Hiding Spot, who included it in a recent cover shout-out about books they’re excited to read. (Thank you, Hiding Spot! <3 ) But I haven’t posted it here yet. So, without further ado, here is the cover of my second novel, While You Were Gone.

 

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OK, maybe I’m biased, but I think it’s gorgeous. And I love how it contrasts the cover of Now That You’re Here, because that’s what the story does. Want to read the jacket copy? Here you go.

While You Were Gone

An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue.

Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor’s daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition—years in the making—her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She’s struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny, a boy from a different world. Literally.

Raised in a foster home, Danny has led a life full of hurt and hardship until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he’s never seen, with parents who miraculously survived the car crash that should have killed them. It’s like he’s a new Danny. But this alternate self has secrets—ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee, he’s even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work.

As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that’s bigger than both of them. . . . And together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it’s too late.

 Those of you who read Now That You’re Here know about those crossover scenes between the two worlds. Well, in While You Were Gone, you get to see what was really happening in the parallel universe. What I love most about the second book is that it changes your understanding of the first book. Pretty mind-bendy, eh?

While You Were Gone hits shelves August 4!

Advanced copies!
*happy dance*

If you haven’t yet, please add While You Were Gone to your Goodreads To Read list. And be sure to pre-order your copy. You can do so from these booksellers, or ask your favorite local independent bookstore! (Indies rock!)

Barnes & Noble
Book Depository
IndieBound
Powell’s
Changing Hands
Poisoned Pen
Amazon
iBooks

Book reviewers: if you’re interested in receiving a review copy, please contact me.

And if you haven’t read the first book yet, what are you waiting for?! Read what reviewers are saying about Now That You’re Here.

More exciting news and giveaway to come in the lead up to the launch, so stay tuned. And thank you so much for being on this ride with me! <3

Mark a course for 2015. Engage.

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So…here we are.

2015.

Every year I choose a word that sums up my intention for the year. Last year, with my first book being published, I chose the word “launch”.

This year, with one book out in the world and another on the way*, my word is…

Engage.

en·gage (verb) \in-‘gaj, en-\

: to get and keep (someone’s attention, interest, etc.)

: to bring together and interlock <the gears engaged>

JLPOf course ‘engage’ makes me think of Jean-Luc Picard. Which makes me want to drink tea, Earl Grey, hot. And shave my head. No, wait. Not shave my head. But tea, yes. Always tea.

Anyway, my goal this year is to engage readers, both online and in person. Now That You’re Here has received really great reviews, and I’ve been getting emails from readers who have enjoyed it (which, seriously, is an author’s dream come true). Now it’s a matter of spreading the word that there’s a fun new science-y book out there that tweens and teens will enjoy. To do this, I need to engage with my audience. I began by redesigning my website, making it more me, and I’ve been setting up events where I can chat with readers.

First up is YAllapalooza at Changing Hands Tempe on January 24 at 4pm. It’s going to be so much fun! Hope to see you there.

In March, I’ll be down in Tucson for the Tucson Festival of Books, doing panels, signing and workshops. More on that soon.

Online, I’ll be blogging here (duh), as well as at the Parking Lot Confessional and YA Outside the Lines. The PLC is also continuing our geeky writing podcast, Curb Chat, which is so much fun, I can’t even tell you. Definitely check it out.

My other goal this year (and always) is to engage my creativity. My brain is brimming with ideas and my heart is full of hope of seeing more stories published. It’s time to put the pedal to the metal and get the gears turning. Or rather, the fingers typing.

So, without further ado, here’s to a great 2015!

Engage.

Make it so.

*While You Were Gone, the second book in the Duplexity series, will be published by Knopf on August 4! More news to come!

 

WINTER FALLS by Nicole Maggi

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With all the holiday hubbub, I failed to post the announcement of the final Class of 2k14 book birthday! My apologies. 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 Nicole Maggi on the debut of WINTER FALLS!

About the book:

Alessia Jacobs is a typical sixteen-year-old, dying to get out of her small town of Twin Willows, Maine. Things look up when a new family comes to town, but when she falls for the hot, mysterious son, Jonah, her life turns upside down.

Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals.

Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest.

As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. When her two worlds collide, Alessia’s forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make.

WINTER FALLS is published by Medallion Press.

About Nicole:

Nicole Maggi knew she would be a writer since the 3rd grade, when she wrote a story about a rainbow and a unicorn who became friends, and her teacher chose it to read aloud to the class.  She took a detour into acting for many years, earning a BFA in Acting from Emerson College and performing in many off-off-Broadway shows during her decade in NYC.  Now she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter Emilia and two cats named Sawyer and Hurley.  She practices yoga passionately and will use any excuse to bake something elaborate…mainly so she can eat it as soon as it’s done!

Visit Nicole at http://nicolemaggi.com.

 

Where to buy the book:

Barnes & Noble
Books-A-Million
Amazon
IndieBound

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE End of the Year Round Up

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Wow. It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Warning: I’m about to say thank you A LOT.

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If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, you can do so at any of these fine booksellers. Thank you!

If you enjoyed reading NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, please tell your friends! A lot of this business comes down to word of mouth. Please also leave a review online to help spread word that this book is a great read. I really appreciate your support. Thank you!

Me, fellow YA author Shonna Slayton, and Shonna's daughter
Me, fellow YA author Shonna Slayton, and Shonna’s daughter

To celebrate the release of NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, I held a party at the First Draft Book Bar inside the Changing Hands Bookstore’s Phoenix location. Soooooo many people showed up! The place was packed and the store ran out of books. They said it was their largest YA event to date at that location. So awesome!! Thank you!!

Then I zoomed over to San Diego to participate in the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore holiday party, where I mingled with a dozen other authors and signed books. It was such a blast! I got to see fellow Class of 2k14 author Stephanie Diaz, and got to chat with the likes of Weston Ochse, Jonathan Maberry and Jeff Cohen. I also got to see the wonderful Maryelizabeth Hart, who I swear is a superhero whose mutant power is awesomeness. It was a dream come true to see NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE on the shelves there.

Chatting with James Sallis at The Poisoned Pen
Chatting with James Sallis at The Poisoned Pen

The next day I zipped back over to Arizona and met up with my mentor and friend James Sallis to have a conversation and book signing at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. Another full house, and another run on books. They sold out, too! It was a fun event with lots of Q&A’s with those in the audience. And again, so amazing to see NTYH included among so many books I’ve long admired. Dream come true. Thank you to everyone who came!

While I was running around to bookstores, things were happening online, too.

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE was reviewed by the USA Today HEA blog and included in their Must-Read Romances.

It received a glowing review from the School Library Journal, and was included in their “What’s Hot in YA” winter list.

VOYA reviewed it, saying, “Think of the intrigue in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, softened by the romance of a Sarah Dessen novel.”

And Bustle included it in their December 2014’s Best YA Books: Stuff Your Own Christmas Stocking with These 9 Novels list.

In case you missed previous reviews, here’s what Kirkus and Publishers Weekly had to say about NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE. PW gave it a star!

My stops for the second week of my Rock Star Blog Tour included:
Page Turners Blog
Once Upon a Twilight
The Cover Contessa
The Best Books Ever
Me, My Shelf and I

I also did guest posts at Terribleminds, Adventures in YA PublishingAll the Write NotesYA HighwayWriter Writer Pants on Fire, and The Hiding Spot.

Finally, in case you missed it, here’s the very cool trailer for NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE:

Now, it’s Christmas and even though I’m ready for a nap, I’m lining up events and whatnot for the new year. It’s going to be exciting. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

In the meantime, I have to say it again: thank you. This has been an amazing journey, and I couldn’t have done it without you. <3

 

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE goes on sale tomorrow!

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NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE goes on sale tomorrow!

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Just before Christmas 2012 I signed a contract with Knopf Books for Young Readers. Tomorrow the book comes out. It has been an incredible journey.

I’ve been quiet around here, but there’s been a lot of activity on other blogs. Rock Star Book Tours put together a really fun blog tour, and I’ve done a number of guest posts at various blogs. Here’s a round-up of blogs so far:

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The YA Club

Adventures in YA Publishing

The League of Extraordinary Writers

Pub(lishing) Crawl

Reading YA Rocks

Fiction Fare

Xpresso Reads

Two Chicks on Books

Please Feed the Bookworm

YA Misfits

And today I’m over at The Page Turners blog AND at All the Write Notes!

Also, there are two giveaways going on, here and here, so be sure to enter to win a signed copy of the book!

Guys, this is so much fun! *massive Kermit flail*

OK, there are a couple of events I need to tell you about.

Tuesday December 9 – LAUNCH PARTY at Changing Hands (Phoenix location) at 7pm.

Changing Hands Phoenix
300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
602.274.0067

Saturday December 13 – Holiday party at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

Sunday, December 14 – Book signing at The Poisoned Pen

The Poisoned Pen
4014 North Goldwater Boulevard #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-947-2974

Hope to see you there!

There’s so much more news to come. Stay tuned!

*Kermit flails, falls to ground*