Monday, August 27, 2012

ARC giveaway!

I've been at Edinburgh Book Festival for the last week, talking about THE OTHER LIFE, and I'm now trying to catch up on emails, laundry and a lot of other things. Once that's done you'll get a post with lots of photos from Edinburgh! For now I have a giveaway for you!
Before I flew to Edinburgh, I sent line edits for my new YA thriller IMPOSTOR off to my lovely editor, Caroline. And she was so generous to send me a few ARCs from fellow Razorbill authors! Of course I won't keep them all to myself!
Here are the ARCs I have for you:

ORIGIN (pub date: September 4th, 2012)

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home—and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin—a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. This is a supremely compelling debut novel that blends the awakening romance of Matched with the mystery and jungle conspiracy of Lost.

THE INNOCENTS (pub date: October 16th, 2012)

Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie.
Friends didn't.
Boys couldn't.
Their family falling apart never would.
Until they got to Serenity Point.
"The Innocents" is the first in a new series of young adult novels that weave a saga of nail-biting drama, breathless romance, and gothic mystery.

There'll be two winners. All you have to do to win is leave a comment with your email address. If you want to gain extra entries, you can:
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The giveaway is international and ends this Friday, the 31st, at 3 EST. I'll announce the winners shortly after.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Update!

It finally stopped raining in Germany!

Before I'll tell you what I've been up to in the last few weeks, I'll have to tell you about the Amazon Kindle 100 promotion. The Other Life is part of it. That means you can buy the ebook for only $1.99!
So if you've been thinking about buying the book, now is probably a good time! :D

And today's a special day: The Other Life is six months old in the UK! Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since my book hit shelves in the UK!

A few days ago, I got to see the almost final UK cover of The Life Beyond (sequel to The Other Life)! It's deliciously creepy just like the first!

I've been editing The Life Beyond and Impostor in the last few months, but now that both manuscripts are with my editors, I have a few days to catch up on other emails and spending time in the garden.

I started growing my own herbs and vegetables.

Here you can see our dog with the tomato plant. It was super tiny when we bought it two months ago but has been growing steadily despite the lack of sunshine.
This is the first tomato. I wish the sun kept shining, then maybe I could harvest my own tomatos in a few weeks!
Here's the lamb's lettuce and the arugula.
Cilantro and Parsley.

Oregano and more parsley!

And here's the doggie enjoying the sunshine with his new short hair! It took my husband and me hours over the weekend to get rid of his fur.

I'm still doing my vegetarian diet. It's been two months!
Now I'll go sit in the garden with a homemade Green Iced Tea with lime wedges. Yum!
I hope you're enjoying your summer!