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WHILE YOU WERE GONE hits shelves today!

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Hey everyone! Exciting news around here. The second book of the Duplexity series, WHILE YOU WERE GONE, is officially released into the wild!

Here’s the trailer, in case you haven’t feasted your eyes on it yet:

And here’s what reviewers are saying:

“Danny and Eevee have off-the-charts chemistry. The nonromantic storylines…allow the characters to develop outside of their romance. The novel’s tense and exciting throughout…lots of fun on multiple levels.” – KIRKUS

“Nichols is clever in reimagining characters in the alternate universe, keeping readers entertained throughout. A great modern-day science fiction novel for fans of time travel or the television show Fringe… A fun great back-to-school series to introduce to students as they think about where else they could be and what their lives might be like elsewhere.” – School Library Journal

“Fans of the first book will flock to this one, but the books can easily be read in either order.” – VOYA

“Both Eevees are smart, daring, and attracted to the Danny in their universe. While science is not as prominent in this novel, the sci-fi backstory adds a thought provoking undercurrent to a sweet love story that revolves around larger societal issues.” – Booklist

Sound like something you’re wanting to read? You can get your copy at bookstores everywhere. Here are some handy links to streamline the process for you:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Books-a-Million

IndieBound

What’s that? You say you want to a signed copy? And you want to get it in person at a book launch party? Well, you’re in luck!

I’ll be having a book launch party this Saturday, August 8th, at 5pm at Changing Hands Phoenix, alongside my friend Austin Aslan who is celebrating the launch of his second novel, THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD.

Changing Hands Phoenix is located at

300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ, 85013

The evening will be emceed by fellow author Ryan Dalton whose book THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING will be debuting in December. We’ll also be hosting a raffle of book-related items to benefit the amazing Kids Need to Read. Come along and bring your friends to this family-friendly event! It’s going to be a lot of fun. Oh! And you can get your autographed copy of WHILE YOU WERE GONE.*

(If you can’t make the event, you can still order a signed copy from Changing Hands online or by telephone.)

Thanks for your support! Hope you enjoy the books! ❤

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The Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction

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We officially hit our first 100° day here in the desert this weekend, so you know what that means.

Summer.

electronThis morning I was updating my events calendar, and it struck me how cool this summer is going to be. For the last…I don’t even remember how many years…I’ve been jetting off to Los Angeles at the end of July for the SCBWI conference (which is completely awesome). But this year, I’m doing something a little different. I’ll be heading east instead of west, and attending The Schrodinger Sessions at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland!

That’s right. I’m getting a crash course in quantum physics for science fiction authors. How crazy is that?! Apparently they received 100 or so applications, and chose 15. Mine was one of them. I can’t wait. I have no idea what to expect, but I just know it’s going to be awesome. I’ll be blogging and tweeting and status updating during the workshop, so stay turned.

Here are some links if you want to follow me on the interwebs:

Twitter: @amyknichols
Facebook: Amy K. Nichols
Tumblr: Amy K. Nichols
Instagram: authoramyknichols

Oh, and May the 4th be with you, always.

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE goes on sale tomorrow!

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NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE goes on sale tomorrow!

over-enthusiastic-kermit

 

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:

NowThatYoureHere_AmyKNichols_smDear Teen Me

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*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observe the World, Improve Your Writing

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Yesterday I was walking through a store behind a man with a squeaky shoe.

Step. Creeeeeek. Step. Creeeeeek. Step. Creeeeeek.

I was so taken by the sound and the visual of this shoe — how it slipped from the man’s heel — that I forgot what I was looking for. I forgot the store entirely. My brain went into recording mode. Remember the sound. Remember the image. Tuck it away. It’s too good not to use.

Last night (this morning, really), I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. The windows were open and I lay there in the dark, listening to the night’s noises. A cricket’s staccato chirps. The high-pitched buzz of far-away bug. The rustling of leaves beneath the window. Instead of counting sheep, I thought of a night scene in my WiP and how to write these sounds in words.

Is it like this for you, too? Always watching, cataloging details?

I used to think I was an odd duck, the way I studied details and people and situations. But then I started writing, and the way I observe the world made sense. Here’s why.

Writing a story isn’t just conveying information or events: this happened, this happened, this happened and then this happened. Writing a story is about recreating an experience such that the reader forgets the world around them, they are so fully immersed in the world you’ve created on the page. One way you achieve this is through the use of detail and texture. Details and textures you’ve picked up while observing your world.

A rustling of leaves at night.

The creaking of an old man’s shoe.