Fun stuff

Free book alert!

To celebrate the release of the final book in Kersten Hamilton’s riveting Goblin Wars Trilogy, you can get a copy of the first book free at iTunes. The offer is only good this week, so jump on it!


You can also download a copy onto your Kindle for 0.00 at Amazon.


Here’s what reviewers are saying about WHEN THE STARS THREW DOWN THEIR SPEARS:

“This spectacular conclusion will satisfy fans and lead new readers into a complex world with fascinating magic and appealing characters.” Kirkus, starred review

 “Brimming with heroism, violence, romance, and tragedy. . . . This will more than satisfy series fans—it will make them laugh, fill them with wonder, and uplift them in the end.” Booklist Online
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Don’t be a bully, you jerk

Dear Miss Fortune Cookie,

This noob in photography won’t leave me alone. He keeps asking me dumb stuff like how to view his pictures. I keep telling him to ask the teacher, but he ignores me. How do I get rid of him?




Dear Annoying,

Miss Fortune Cookie says: Someone is speaking well of you. Because they don’t really know you.

The hallmark of noob-behavior? Calling someone else a noob.

In other words, it takes one to know one. I’m rubber, you’re glue. Everything you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

Miss Fortune Cookie

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Dear Annoyed,

Miss Fortune Cookie says: Open your heart. You can always close it again later.

Be nice. Everyone is a noob sometime in their life.

Besides, maybe this noob knows how to view his pictures, but is looking for friendship or romance. Anything is possible.

Miss Fortune Cookie

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RT Teen Day … here I come!

If you’ve never heard of Teen Day at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, let me fill you in.


100 amazing YA authors + me + 1 big room = 3 hours of delicious pandemonium called YA Alley.

Get autographs from luminaries such as Jennifer Brown, Veronica Roth, Kim Derting, Ally Carter, Carrie Ryan, Aprilynne Pike, Maureen Johnson, and Stephanie Perkins. I, personally, will be sitting next to Sarah Rees Brennan trying not to faint from fan-girl overload.

I’m on a speed reading panel between 5 and 6pm, and afterwards plan to “unwind” at the Teen Party, where you can win books and swag by the toteful. Hope to see you there!

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Opinionated much?

Do your friends dump their problems on you all the time? Do you feel like you’re expected to listen and keep your mouth shut?

Here’s your chance to do the talking!

I’m hosting an awesome Dear Miss Fortune Cookie CONTEST. Just reply to one of three letters asking for advice and you’ll get:

A signed bookmark

An opportunity to be published on my blog

An entry into my giveaway — sparkly nail polish, a beautiful bracelet, and a signed copy of Miss Fortune Cookie

Go here for more details!

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Giving away a sprillion books!

Okay, not really. Each month 25 amazing YA authors (including me) blog about process, craft, our writing, and personal lives at YA Outside the Lines. This month, we’re giving away 30 books, plus Skype visits with authors and cool swag. Go here to enter! Here’s a sampling of what you can win.

 image-62  my-big-nose-and-other-natural-disasters  LOGO skypeday-i-killed-james-catherine-ryan-hyde-hardcover-cover-art  MissFortuneCookie jkt-100  Jennifer Hubbard  13375237  almostperfect  10560849  Playing Hurt final  DreamingAnastasia  Breathing

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Miss Fortune Cookie in Hawaii



My friend Erica and her daughter, Isabelle in Hawaii. Mele Kalikimaka!

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love interests

The love interests in my novels tend toward the unconventional. This may have something to do with my own experience that the perfect specimens of manhood weren’t always the most desirable in other regards. With this in mind, I created a list.

what’s hot        …       and     …        what’s not

tells a good story                                   has a bad case of braggadocio pox

has a genuine laugh                               thinks cracking a smile wrecks his image

touches your hair while you kiss         flips her own hair before you kiss

looks deeply into your eyes                  stares at self whenever a mirror is present

has a personal style                               wears what everyone else wears

geeks out over a passion                       is too cool to have a passion

likes to exchange ideas                         nods, but never removes earplugs

cheers you on                                        always tries to outdo you

respects who you are                             tells you who to be

In my books, the love interest may get to swoop in on a horse or motorcycle or whatever and save the day every so often. But the main character gets to do some swooping of her own.

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