I don’t know about you, but all of my news seems to hit all at once. I’ll have nothing of interest going on for months on end and all of a sudden…BAM! Of course, this also seems to happen around the launch of a new book! So, I’d like to share some cool updates.
IF YOU WRONG US is out on October 8th and I’m ecstatic. This book took over a year to write because it scared the bejesus out of me. But it was also a ton of fun to get into the heads of my twisted characters. And it looks like it was all worth it. Trade reviews have been trickling in, and they are pretty great. Here’s a little taste of what reviewers have to say about my YA thriller:
- “If You Wrong Us is an intricately thought-out thriller… drawing the reader into the deepest recesses of their psyches. The truth about the car accident …is surprisingly intriguing, holding the reader captive. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read.” – VOYA Teen Reviewer
- “An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens. (Thriller. 13 & up)” – Kirkus Reviews
- “…a gripping page-turner and a thought-provoking primer on the merits of revenge.” – School Library Journal
- “…the climactic showdown is gripping, and the path to it has plenty of grim twists and turns to hold readers’ attention.” – Publishers Weekly
- “With short chapters, brisk pacing, and unexpected plot twists,If You Wrong Us should appeal to reluctant readers. The novel reads like a…teen movie thriller.” – VOYA
Secondly, I have a new literary agent! My career is continuing to evolve and expand (more on that in later post), which is why I’ve signed with the amazing Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency. She is whip smart and incredibly strategic and I feel so lucky to be working with her.
That brings me to new books! I’m working on two new YA stories at the moment and waiting to see which one will take over. They both have strong romantic hooks, but are still very thriller-ish. That’s all I can really say about them for now, but I can’t wait to share them with Laura, because she has amazing taste and I’m confident she push me in the right direction!
Finally, I have a few events coming up and they are listed on my news/events page. And if you’re interested in IF YOU WRONG US, I have buy links on my books page!
If you love books and are not following booktubers, remedy that immediately. These are fun, informative video book reviews in almost every genre you can imagine.
I just got my first one for IF YOU WRONG US.
Check it out!
I’m so excited to announce that IF YOU WRONG US, my new YA thriller, will be released in just a few months– on October 8th. Here’s a look at the creepy cover…
Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.
As they plot revenge against the person responsible, a bond—intense, unyielding, and manic—takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.
Or so they think.
In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful and love and hate become one, Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they’ve come to believe about the crash. Question is: will they learn the truth before it’s too late?
No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?
Soooooo, what do you think?
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I’d like to wish a very happy book birthday today to Elissa Hoole and her beautiful YA novel, SOMETIMES NEVER, SOMETIMES ALWAYS.
A few weeks ago, our publisher, Flux, arranged a mini-Minnesota author tour and I got the chance to meet Elissa Hoole (and Kelsey Sutton) in person. We had an amazing time! Here we are in Duluth signing books.
So here’s the thing about Elissa, she has the coolest, most relaxed, nurturing, funky, creative vibe. She’s one of those people who you want to spend time with. Maybe it’s because she lives close to Lake Superior, or that she can read tarot cards, or that she’s a teacher of middle school kids and knows how to handle people. I’m not sure, but I enjoyed our time together so much.
I would love you all to meet her, and I’m incredibly excited to share this interview I did with her in Duluth. We talk Dylan, tarot cards, becoming your own person, technology and teaching:
Here’s a bit more on her awesome book:
For Cassandra Randall, there’s a price to pay for being a secret atheist in a family of fundamentalists—she has nothing good to write on an online personality quiz; her best friend is drifting away; and she’s failing English because she can’t express her true self in a poem.
But when she creates a controversial advice blog just to have something in her life to call her own, there’s no way she can predict the devastating consequences of her actions. As her world fractures before her very eyes, Cass must learn to listen to her own sense of right and wrong in the face of overwhelming expectations.
Don’t miss this one!
You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Sometimes-Never-Always-Elissa-Janine/dp/0738737224/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383866041&sr=1-1&keywords=sometimes+never+sometimes+always or here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sometimes-never-sometimes-always-elissa-janine-hoole/1114856276?ean=9780738737225
Or, come on out to Addendum Bookstore in St. Paul on Saturday. I will be there with Elissa and Kelsey at 2:00. We’d love to see you there!
Over the past weekend, my publisher, Flux, arranged a mini-Minnesota author tour and I got the chance to finally meet Kelsey Sutton and Elissa Hoole in person. We had great fun, ate fabulous food, and talked our faces off.
It took me about two seconds of chatting with these ladies to realize how special they are. Here are the three of us at Book World in Bemidji.
I knew I’d want all of you to meet them, so we did a few video interviews. Today, it’s all about Kelsey Sutton.
Kelsey lives in Bemidji, Minnesota and is the author of SOME QUIET PLACE. Her debut novel is about a girl, Elizabeth, who doesn’t feel emotions…she sees them in human form. The emotions have all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?
Doesn’t that give you chills?
You seriously need to read this book. And wait until you find out when and how Kelsey wrote it. Take a look:
So, in other words, this woman is amazing. I just love her!! And she is so down to earth and sweet. Right now Kelsey is finishing up college, working two jobs, taking care of her adorable doggie, and writing. She makes me feel a bit inadequate!
Her next YA novel, WHERE SILENCE GATHERS, will also be published by Flux in summer 2014. Visit her at: http://kelseysutton.blogspot.com/.
Coming soon, my interview with Elissa Hoole, author of SOMETIMES NEVER, SOMETIMES ALWAYS.
Despite what my mother chooses to believe, I am very much an introvert. Sure, I do just fine with public speaking and I adore people, but I get my energy from solitude. I’m also quite uncomfortable being the center of attention—I would kill my family if they ever threw me a birthday party, and I’ve told them so on many occasions, and I even opted out of walking for my college graduation.
So when the Indie Bookstore Duo, Katherine and Marcus, offered to host my book launch party for The Cutting Room Floor at Addendum, I was flattered but nervous. I wondered … do people really care? Would anyone show up? Is it just too much?
Of course, when I told my husband, he said YES I should have a party and YES we should invite people.
We did. People came. And it was an amazing night.
(*For you book folks, that dapper gent on the bottom, next to my son, is Brian Farrey-Latz. There are also some awesome authors in this group.)
The bookstore was decorated in a film motif to tie in with the book. We also had popcorn, movie candy, and even our own cutting room for guests to write down their favorite movie quotes and take photos.
Whether it’s a book launch, career recognition, or some award to celebrate an achievement, I say just do it. Don’t opt out. Find some way to mark the occasion. For introverts, I found having others help takes the pressure off. Katherine and my husband sent out invites, Marcus and my friend Tammy took pictures, the hubs bartended—all I had to do was read, mingle, and sign books. Most of that is done is small groups, so it really isn’t that scary. For this type of party, I also recommend a game to lighten the mood. Before my reading, we did a quick film-themed game and it was a lot of fun.
Here’s a little video of my reading:
My family, friends, the Twin Cities’ writing community, and Addendum Bookstore made this night incredibly special. Seriously, it’s up there with the birth of the boy and the wedding. Marcus and Katherine are the most amazing hosts. They gave me these rad filmstrip earrings, and I’m wearing them to every book event this year.
And Katherine even wore a Riley-styled manicure from the book.
I’m so thankful to everyone who took the time to come out and celebrate! It was an incredible night!
As I mentioned yesterday, I didn’t have any fancy plans to celebrate the release of The Cutting Room Floor. But I did want to mark the occasion, so I spent the morning visiting some of the places that inspired me during the writing process. And, of course, I had to go visit a book store to see if my book really made it to the shelves.
Here’s what happened.
*Editor’s Note – None of John Green’s books were harmed during the filming of this video and all books were safely returned to their original locations.
A girl can dream, right?
After my little field trip, it was back to business as usual: picking up my son from school, helping him with homework, and making dinner. I wasn’t kidding when I mentioned leftover tacos. This is how we wrapped up the evening:
It really was an amazing day. I was overwhelmed (and quite teary!) reading all the notes on Twitter and Facebook. I’m so thankful for all of the support! I can only hope for a chance to do it all over again–leftover tacos and all.
Well, it’s here— THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR’s official birthday!
It was on October 30th last year when I accepted the offer from Flux. This is me moments after, ready to head outside for a walk with my puppy to let it all sink in.
I didn’t call or email anyone after finalizing the news with the super duo – my agent, Jessica Sinsheimer, and my editor, Brian Farrey-Latz. I just walked around in a daze for a while. Later, when I came to, I celebrated with my husband and son. October 30th also happens to be my wedding anniversary, so it was a pretty cool day.
It’s hard to believe that less than one year later, THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR is on the shelves at book stores! I’m thankful to so many for this moment (see the long shout-out in the book), but since then there are even more to add to the list. A few of my BFFs have already read the book and sent me the most amazing notes; fellow writer friends have posted interviews and promotions on their blogs and have been an incredible support; bloggers/reviewers took time to read the ARCs and posted kind words on a bunch of sites; my writers’ group has given me a free pass as I’ve fallen behind on pages; my publicist (and the Flux team) has worked hard to get me in front of readers and support the book; and my agent has held my hand the entire time. And I can’t forget my family—they’ve put up with a lot over the past year.
Now, I’m waiting on the readers. Though it’s been great reading the reviews and blog postings, I can’t wait to hear from the young adult readers.
I hope this book will move you in some way, and if it does, I want to hear about it! Drop me a line out here or send me an email at dawnklehrbooks.com.
Tomorrow, I’ll be back with photos from my very fancy release day. Kidding! I have to write, clean the house, take the boy to football, and run errands. Oh, and it’s leftover tacos for dinner…
Whew! The day is almost here – the release of The Cutting Room Floor!
Thankfully, I had a ton to do over the weekend to keep my mind off the whole deal. We started with turning our house into a nightmare, per the boy’s request.
Then we watched some football. My son was awarded the game ball for a dangerous-looking tackle.
I also went to a book launch party for the amazing Carrie Mesrobian and her YA debut, SEX & VIOLENCE. She was adorable and funny as hell!
And I also got some of this in …
We’ll see what tomorrow brings!