This weekend, the YA Apocalypse Tour headed all the way to Belleville, Ontario–about 2 hours east of Toronto–with authors Megan Crewe, Cheryl Rainfield, Lesley Livingston and Courtney Summers.

It was a great road trip. Highlights included: watching in awe as Lesley Livingston donned mascara in my passenger seat while we zipped along the 401, ordering food off the Hobbit menu at Denny’s and seeing some of the Ontario Blogger crew again!


I’m not sure what a turkey and stuffing sandwich has to do with Gandalf or The Hobbit, but not sure I care. It was yummy.

Here’s a photo of the end cap of our books in the store. And look. Mine’s on top! So, if you live within driving distance of the Chapters in Belleville, head on down to buy a signed copy. DEVIANTS will make a great Christmas gift (for you or someone on your list.)

Today, I’m on two different blogs.

First, the lovely Sarah Fine, whose novel SANCTUM came out 2 weeks before mine, asked me some really interesting questions about the origins of my dystopian world and the relationship between Glory and her disabled brother Drake.

Check it out here:

Also today, I’m a special guest at adult author, Marie Treanor’s Fairy Tale Party!

At the Fairy Tale Party, I posed the question: are dystopians the new fairy tales? Marie’s blog has some 18+ content… (Not all fairy tale adaptations are rated PG…) But do stop by if you’re 18+. I’m giving away two books! A signed hardcover copy of Deviants and a signed trade paperback copy of Cinderella: Ninja Warrior.

Also… if you’re in the US, dropped the price for the hardcover version for DEVIANTS!

Right now, the hardcover is only $8.87 and the e-book is $3.99.  Not sure how long the sales will last, so I suggest you buy multiple copies now–just in case the apocalypse comes and you run out of books. (That’s a joke for those of you who don’t know me well enough to appreciate my sense of humor. 😉 The sale is no joke, though. :-) )

In other news… Madly finishing up the polish edit for Compliance (The Dust Chronicles #2) which will be coming out May 21, 2013!!! Then I need to finish the third book, ASAP. Ack! No sleep for the wicked. :)


It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!

Yes, today is the official release day for DEVIANTS. And the first day people can actually post reviews at

Here are some places where you can find me on the interwebz today:

An interview/discussion about DEVIANTS, worldbuilding and dystopias with the fabulous and talented Diana Peterfreund here.

Interview about writing and publishing with lots of tips with the equally fabulous and talented Debbie Ridpath Ohi, aka @inkyelbows here.

An interview with, um, me here. Yes I interviewed myself. What a nerd!

And my giveaway continues! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In case you’d like a handy set of links… Here are some places where you can buy the book!


Deviants inspired Halloween Costumes

Today, I’m guest blogging at as part of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop.

Want to dress up as a Shredder for Halloween?

How about a Comp?

Even if you haven’t read Deviants yet, you can get a preview on how some of the characters might look.

And, they’re giving away lots of great prizes as part of the hop, including a signed copy of Deviants.

Stop on by!

Big week!

First, I’m interviewing friend and multi-talented author Diana Peterfreund tomorrow at Get Lost In a Story. My copy of For Darkness Shows the Stars arrived in the mail on Friday and I can’t wait to dig in!!!  I’ll post some of the interview here, too. :)

Second, my critique partner and best buddy, Molly O’Keefe’s first single title contemporary romance will be released on Tuesday! Can’t Buy Me Love is a fabulous book. Funny, sexy, heartbreaking and, yes, serious. Molly’s ability to create characters who seem real (versus romance land perfect) never ceases to amaze me.

Also on Tuesday, another critique partner, Joanne Levy’s first middle grade novel releases!  Small Medium at Large is also  fabulous and funny. I read a previous version of this book and can’t wait to read the final product!

And then finally… I’m finally, on Thursday, going to release the cover for DEVIANTS!!!

Here’s a tiny sneak peek.

Stay tuned. :)

My Book Deal!

This news has already been disseminated on some (most?) of my writers’ loops and on Twitter and Facebook but for some bizarre reason I failed to blog about it.

I really have become a slacker blogger. I will get back to it. I will.

But for now…. For those of you who haven’t heard…

I signed a three book deal with Amazon Publishing! (Imprint and details to be revealed at a later date.) And for those of you who don’t read the publishing press… Yes, Amazon is now a publisher. And no, this isn’t anything to do with their self-publishing. And yes, the books will be in both print and e-book form.

The deal is for a YA trilogy, that can best be described as a sci-fi thriller. Think Divergent (although that book didn’t come out until after I wrote mine, so I definitely wasn’t thinking Divergent… but if you liked Divergent, I think you’ll like my new trilogy.)

Book one is called Deviant and will likely be released in the early fall of 2012. Books two and three are tentatively titled Shredder and Chosen.

The trilogy is set in a post-apocalyptic world and the heroine is a 16 year old girl who can kill with her eyes.

Here are a couple of tweets by my fabulous agent, Charlie Olsen, sent the day I could finally spill the beans. (I had to sit on the news for MONTHS.)

“Head-bursting action, dark post-apocalyptic world building, lip-biting sexual tension…Deviant’s got it all!”

“#FF Hey. You.Yes, you! C’mere. You like action, yes? Romance? Scab-covered mutants that kill humans for fun? Follow @MaureenMcGowan

Too bad he can’t give me a cover quote!

Talking about Twisting Tales

I’m thrilled to be guest blogging at the Indigo Teen Blog today. (For those of you not in Canada, Indigo is the biggest bookseller in Canada.)

The wonderful editors there asked me to talk about the process of updating the fairy tales and adding reader interaction.

I’d love it if you stopped by! Indigo Teen Blog!