Conferences and Cons

Sunday, January 27

Popping out of the writing cave to say HI! Book Three is chugging along, but never as fast or as brilliantly as I think it should be. Also, I have noticed working on a highly compressed schedule like this, I seem to be able to write the book OR write blog posts. Not very good at juggling both. BUT! I have created a Tumblr account because it feels like there’s many times I have something very short to say (but too long for twitter) or I just want to post a picture or quote I enjoyed, so I’m dipping my toe in the Tumblr stream. We’ll see how it goes. If you’re interested in following me there, by Tumblr is

Also, there will be a most awesome book trailer! Stay tuned for details on the big reveal over on EW soon!

As I mentioned over on Twitter, I will be going on tour for the release of DARK TRIUMPH for the first two weeks of April. I don’t have all the details yet, but I will be visiting San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Chicago, St. Paul, Cincinnati, Boston, and DC.

I’ve also got a number of conferences and conventions I’ll be attending this year, including some workshops I’ll be teaching.

First up I’ll be at Western Washington SCBWI’s annual conference on the weekend of April 19-21. I am SO excited about this one. I’ll be teaching a Master Class on Rediscovering Your True Voice, one of my favorite aspects of craft. I’ll also be teaching two workshops, one on Pace Yourself: Tools and Tips for Pacing Your Story and Architexture, techniques for adding layers, complexity, and texture to your novel. Oh, and I’ll be giving the closing keynote as well.

Next up I’ll be at the Texas Library Association’s annual conference in Fort Worth. On Thursday, April 25 at 3:00 I’ll be on a panel about New YA Literature to Entice Readers along with A. G. Howard, Andrew Smith, Mindee Arnett, and Joe Schreiber.

Then at the end of May, on the 18th, I’ll be at the 8th Annual Rochester Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY along with a whole host of truly aMaZiNg authors!

After that, I will bury myself DEEP in the writing cave to finish up Mortal Heart.

In August, I will be teaching a week long intensive at the Antioch Summer Writing Institute in Santa Barbara. The class runs from July 28 to Aug. 3, and you can find more details HERE.

I will have a few more events this fall and I’ll post more details on those as they develop!

And that’s it for now!



(photo by flickr's tuli nishimura)

Just popping in with some news. Well, lots of news, actually.

I’m HUGELY thrilled to report that GRAVE MERCY has made a number of year end, BEST OF 2012 lists–Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and Amazon! My sincere thanks to each and every one of you who read this book or blogged about it or recommended it to a friend. Truly, this entire year has been one amazing milestone after another, and seeing my name on those lists with so many authors I have admired for so long is just…gobsmacking.(I have been using that word a lot this year.)

Not only that, but it’s also on the Texas Library Association’s  TAYSHA’s list as well!

And speaking of the Texas Libarary Association, I have an exciting travel schedule shaping up for 2013 and will be going to lots of lovely places! Maybe I’ll even get a chance to meet YOU! (And no, that wasn’t a non-sequitur as I will be at TLA in 2013–so it was a totally logical segue.)

Aaaaand, the first official review for Dark Triumph is IN. It’s from Booklist, and it’s a STAR!!

My two favorite lines. Well, okay, three favorite lines…

“. . . in this book, the wounds are deeper as Sybella must come to terms with her past and how her secrets tie and untie her to a knight who is the bane of her existence and her hope for the future. LaFevers is that wonderful sort of storyteller who so completely meshes events, descriptions, and characters that readers get lost in the world she’s concocted. It’s a place where history mingles with mystery and love is never expected.”

::happy sigh::

And lastly, there is now a handy-dandy countdown widget for DARK TRIUMPH!

Feel free to add it to your blog!

We had a very fun Dark Triumph ARC giveaway on Twitter last week, and I will be having more in the coming months. I’ve also created a Facebook page for the His Fair Assassin books, so if you prefer to get your information and updates on Facebook, please feel free to LIKE the page. (Or even if you don’t–consider liking it anyway because it makes my publisher SO happy…)


Summer Events

Saturday, July 14

Just a head’s up that I have two upcoming events I want to be sure and let you know about.

I’m hugely excited about the first event because I will be appearing with three other YA authors whom I admire tremendously, but have never met: Marie Lu, Kiersten White, and Cynthia Hand! I know, right? How. Awesome. Is. THAT?

We’ll be speaking at the Oceanside Public Library on Tuesday, July 24 at 4 pm. (330 North Coast Highway.)  Following the talk at the library, we’ll all be signing at the Oceanside Barnes and Noble at 6 pm. I’m sure it will be loads of fun and will hopefully see some of you there!

The second event will happen a little closer to the Los Angeles area, Anaheim to be exact. I will be one of mAnY authors signing at RWA’s Reader’s For Life Literacy Signing at the Anaheim Convention Center on Wed.,  July 25, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. I’ll be located at table #605. (Because this is a charity event, no books may be brought in for signing–they will need to be purchased on site.)



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Upcoming Appearances

Tuesday, June 5

I’ve gotten a few emails asking me if I’d be at ALA in Anaheim and I will! Which reminded me that I hadn’t updated my upcoming appearances, so here they are!

July 25, 5:00 to 8:00 pm  RWA’s  Reader’s For Life Literacy Signing in Anaheim, California (along with a ton of amazing authors!)

June 23, ALA Anaheim, California Signing at the Houghton Mifflin booth from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m

June 20, 7:30 pm Santa Barbara Public Library Book Club, meeting a the Carpinteria Branch

Hope to see some of you there!